BALSBAUGH, GEORGE, Oberlin, Pa., was born in Derry township, Dauphin county, Pa., in December, 1817; son of John Balsbaugh. The Balsbaughs are one of the oldest families of the county. Valentine, the grandfather of George, was the son of a Mr. Balsbaugh, who came from Germany, and was one of the very early settlers of the county. He died in Dauphin county, and is buried at South Hanover, where his son Valentine is also buried. John Balsbaugh, the father of George, and the son of Valentine, was born November 4, 1788, and died January 18, 1879. He was married March 22, 1814, to Mary Seigler, born October 18, 1794, and died May 28, 1857. They had nine children: George; Valentine and John, both deceased: Henry; Solomon; Mary, wife of Cornelius Shope; Elizabeth, wife of John Snyder; Anna, unmarried, and Elijah, deceased. John Balsbaugh was a farmer by occupation and a prominent man in his time. George Balsbaugh attended the public schools of the county, and learned the trade of carpenter, which he followed a number of years. He was also engaged in farming up to 1891, when he removed to Oberlin, where he has since lived a retired life. While in Lower Swatara township he served in the offices of township assessor and school director. In 1858 he was married to Miss Moyer, of Dauphin county, by whom he has three children: George W., with the Adams Express Company, at Harrisburg; Ephraim, living in Southern California since 1889, is married; Mary A., wife of E. Stauffer, of Highspire. Mr. Balsbaugh is the oldest one of the family now living.
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Transcribed by Judy Warner Bookwalter, for the Dauphin County,
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