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BASEHORE, BENJAMIN, farmer was born in Paxton township, Dauphin county, Pa., August 14, 1832; son of the late George and Polly (Etter) Basehore. His grandfather, Rev. George Basehore, was born in Berks county, Pa.; he was a weaver, and for many years carried on that business. He subsequently engaged in farming and was so employed up to the time of his death, which occurred in October, 1840, in the sixty-sixth year of his age. He was a man of intelligence and integrity and genuinely pious. For some years before his death he was a minister in the German Baptist church, a godly and useful man. He married Miss Mary Fackler, who was born in Paxton township, Dauphin county; she died in March, 1841, aged sixty-five. They had nine children: Michael, George, Catherine, wife of Daniel Miller; John; Abraham; Mary, wife of Jacob Hart; Benjamin, Daniel and Wendel.

George Basehore, father of Benjamin, was born in Berks county, Pa. He was a shoemaker and worked at that trade for twenty-five years. The remainder of his life was spent in farming. He died in Paxton township in 1890, aged eighty-seven years. His wife, Miss Polly Etter, was born in York county, Pa.; daughter of Rev. Lawrence Etter; she died in Paxton township in 1877, aged sixty-five. They had eleven children, of whom seven are living: Mary, wife of Elias Moore, deceased; Levi Peffly; Elizabeth, wife of William Aungst; Benjamin; Leah; Rachel, wife of Levi Miller; and Susan.

Benjamin Basehore enjoyed slender educational advantages; he attended the public schools of West Hanover township and was a diligent student. After receiving his school education he worked for his father on the home farm until he was twenty-one years of age and made farming his life work. He cultivated his father’s farm in Lower Paxton township for nine years. In 1871 he removed to East Hanover township, to his farm, where he remained two years. Thence he removed to Jackson township, Dauphin county, and farmed for three years. His last removal was to the farm in East Hanover township, which he has ever since occupied and tilled.

Mr. Basehore was married, May 31, 1862, to Miss Rebecca, daughter of John and Rebecca (Heffling) Weber. They had seven children, three of whom are living: Mary, wife of Uriah Hook; Lizzie, wife of Charles Marberger, and Sallie.

In 1888 their family was sorely afflicted by the death of four of their precious children within a few days. They were cut down by that dreadful disease, scarlet fever. Although bowed down beneath the weight of this four-fold bereavement, the sorrowful family were submissive to the will of the Heavenly Father, who doeth all things well. The children who died with scarlet fever were: John W., died February 26, 1888, aged twenty-four years; George W., died February 25, 1888, aged eighteen years; Rebecca, died February 16, 1888, aged fourteen years, and Daniel W., died March 7, 1888, at the age of eight years. In their great sorrow Mr. and Mrs. Basehore had the sympathy of all their neighbors. They are regarded as most excellent people.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Donna Whipple for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project –

Date of Transcription: 21 Feb 2001

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