BOOSER, Ephraim, was born in Londonderry township, Dauphin county, Pa., October 7, 1842 ; son of Jacob Booser. Henry Booser, the grandfather of Ephraim, was born in Switzerland, and was the first of the family to settle in Dauphin county. He married Miss Goss, a native of America, by whom he had five children : Henry, John, Benjamin, Jacob, and Barbara, all of whom are deceased. Jacob Booser, the father of Ephraim, was born in Londonderry township, in 1797, where he spent his entire life on the old homestead. He acquired a good education in the public schools and engaged in teaching, and was an active and consistent member of the Dunkard church. He married Miss Maria Ober, of Lancaster county by whom he had seven children : Henry, married Elizabeth Longenecker, and lives in Cumberland county ; Mary, wife of Samuel Foltz, of Conewago township ; Jacob, John, Benjamin, Michael, and Abraham, all deceased. His wife died in 1840, and in 1842 he married, secondly, Mrs. Elizabeth Brestel, widow of Michael Brestel, of Dauphin county, by whom he had two children : Ephraim and Samuel, married Elizabeth Heisey, daughter of Henry Heisey, of Dauphin county, and they had these children : Emma, deceased, Mary, Anna, Elizabeth, and Sarah.
Ephraim was born on the old homestead, where he lived until he was about sixteen years old, when he went out in the world to make his own way. He became a farmer and spent his life in the township, in which he has filled nearly all of the township offices. In politics he is a Republican, having cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln, when he was a candidate the second time. He is a member of the Dunkard church. Mr. Booser was married, June 6, 1869, to Miss Maria Hamilton, daughter of William and Mary Hamilton, of Lancaster county, by whom he has two children : Elizabeth, wife of Franklin Detweiler, of Dauphin county, and they have one child, Weigie, born October 20, 1893 ; and Alice, born October 11, 1871, unmarried and living at home.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
Transcribed by Ronald Singerris@vicon.net for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project
Date of Transcription: 14 March 2001
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