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BERNHEISEL, PETER, son of John and Catherine (Loy) Bernheisel, was born August 18, 1806, in Cumberland (now Perry) county, Pa. His father was a native of Berks county, Pa., where he was born May 12, 1765, settled in Perry county about the year 1800, and where he died on the 21st of September 1825. His mother was also a native of Berks county, born May 1, 1768, and died in Perry county on the 31st of August, 1833. Peter’s early education was limited to the schools of the county until 1822, when he went to Carlisle, where he learned the trade of a carpenter and builder. He came to Harrisburg from Carlisle in 1827, was married to Margaret Uhler in 1828, went to Perry county and returned and settled in Harrisburg in 1830, where he became a contract builder until 1859. He was the builder of the county jail and the Presbyterian church on Second street. He served as a member of the old borough council during the shin-plaster era, and filled other municipal offices. In 1859 he relinquished the house building and went into the lime business. Mr. Bernheisel married, first, on the 28th of August, 1828, Margaret, daughter of John and Catherine Uhler, and their children were: John Frederick, Jeremiah, Peter, Augustus, George, William Henry, and Jacob Houser, all deceased except Peter and William H. His second wife was Elizabeth, daughter of John and Barbara Shott, and their children were: Barbara Catherine, deceased, Valentine Hummel, of Harrisburg, and Rebecca Shott, wife of William Painter, of Harrisburg. His third wife was Frances, daughter of Bernard and Elizabeth Sigman.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

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

Date of Transcription: 13 Jan 2001

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