BALSBACH, Henry, farmer, Oberlin, Pa., was born in Derry township, Dauphin county, Pa., January 29, 1831; son of John and Mary (Zeigler) Balsbach. The mother was born in Lancaster county and the father was born in east Hanover township, Dauphin county. He was a son of Valentine, a son of Valentine (1), who came from Germany and cultured a tract of land in Derry and Hanover township. Valentine, the grandfather of Henry, was a minister in the German Baptist church, and lived to the advanced age of ninety-six years. He married Miss Brosh, and they reared a large family.

John, the father, was a blacksmith by trade, and settled in Derry township, where he remained until 1827, when he removed to Lower Swatara township, and died there in 1875, and his wife died in 1867; both were members of the United Brethren church. They had eleven children, of whom nine grew to maturity: George, of Oberlin; Valentine, deceased, Middletown; John, deceased, Juniata county; Elijah, deceased, Lower Swatara township; Henry; Solomon, Lower Swatara township; Elizabeth, Mrs. John Snyder, of York county; Mary, wife of Cornelius Shope, of Oberlin, and Annie, ummarried, at Oberlin.

Henry was reared and educated in his native township and learned the carpenter trade, which he followed for some years, and later engaged in farming. In politics he is a Republican, and served as supervisor of the township. He is a member of the United Brethren church, and is also a trustee of the organization and the superintendent of the Sunday-school. Mr. Balsbach was married, in 1855, to Mary, daughter of Samuel Ulrich, after which he located on his present farm. Their children are: Frank, born in 1871, married in 1892 to Miss Jennie Ebersole, daughter of Martin Ebersole, and they have two children, Theo. Mary, and Annie Esther; Amelia, wife of Henry Stauffer, of Oberlin, and they have three children, Jennie, Mary, and Sally; Emma, wife of C.O. Horstic, lives with her father, and has three children, Harry, Eva, and Lucy.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 10 Feb 2001

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