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BLESSING, FRANK D., merchant, Hummelstown, Pa, was born in Derry township, Dauphin county, Pa., December 20, 1852; son of Absalom and Mary Blessing. The first of the family in the county was Christian Blessing, a native of Germany, who settled in Derry township, at an early day, where he took up a tract of land. His son, Christian Blessing, was born in Germany and came in his youth with his parents and became a farmer in Derry township. He was a member of the Lutheran church.

Absalom Blessing, father of Frank D., was born in Derry township in 1801, and died December 31, 1891. He was a stone mason and followed that occupation. In political views he was a Democrat, and in religious faith and fellowship a Lutheran, in which connection he was active and liberal, and contributed to the erection of the Sand Hill church. His wife survives him. They reared ten children: Mary, wife of Henry Aldinger, of Conewago township; John, stone mason at Lebanon; Rebecca, Mrs. Joseph Riddle, Hummelstown; Frank D.; Daniel D., Hummelstown; Elizabeth, Mrs. John Smith, of Londonderry township; Sarah, Mrs. John B. Nye, Hummelstown; John, married Amelia Hatton; David, unmarried, and two children, who died in infancy.

Frank D. was reared in Derry township and attended the township schools. He was engaged in farming until 1875, when he became a clerk in a store, where he remained five years, and in 1879 he opened a general store, which he has since conducted. He is a member of Harrisburg Lodge, No 68, I.O.O.F., and of the P.O.S. of A. at Hummelstown. In politics he is a Democrat and has served in the borough council. Mr. Blessing was first married to Catherine, daughter of Jacob B. Hummel, who died, leaving one child, Olive. For his second wife he married Miss Sabina A. Hoffer, daughter of Christian Hoffer, of Hummelstown, by whom he has one child, Edwin Hoffer. Mr. Blessing is a member of the Lutheran church, in which he formerly was a deacon.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

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

Date of Transcription: 7 Feb 2001

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