BOWERS, ABRAHAM, was born in Lancaster county, Pa., January 18, 1820; son of Christopher and Magdaline Bowers. The parents were both born at Wurtemberg, Germany, and came to this country in their youth, the father being a general laborer. He had eleven children, of whom the only survivor is Abraham. The father died at the age of seventy-five years, and the mother at the age of fifty-five years, and both passed away in Lancaster county.
Abraham attended the pay and public schools and worked on the home farm until he was seventeen years of age, when he began an apprenticeship at the balcksmith trade, in which he served three years, and then worked at his trade until 1891, when he retired from business. He was married, December 21, 1843, by Rev. Jacob Stein, to Miss Madeline Sanders, daughter of Frederick and Catherine (Beam) Sanders, to whom has been born two children: Israel, born January 15, 1855, and Barbara, died August 1, 1873, aged twenty-five years. Mr. Bowers is a Republican in politics and served as constable of Conewago township one year, and also as inspector of elections. He came to Dauphin county in 1840, and in 1892 moved to the farm on which he now resides. He is in fellowship with the United Brethren church.
Mrs. Bowers was born August 21, 1821, and died at the age of seventy-six years. Her parents were both natives of Germany, and came to America when young, and reared a family. The father was a farmer: both are deceased, the mother dying in 1859.
Israel, the only son and living child of Abraham Bowers, has been engaged in farming for the past twelve years, and since 1892 has occupied and cultivated his father's farm. He was married November 29, 1882, to Miss Amanda Shoemaker, daughter of Charles and Caroline (Yeager) Shoemaker, and they had two children, both deceased, Edward, died October 31, 1895, aged nine years, and Abraham, died October 11, 1894, aged seven years.
Mr. Bowers is a Republican and has been elected to several offices. He served as inspector of elections for two years, and in 1888 was elected tax collector for Conewago township, and served one year, and in 1889 was elected school director and served three years. He is a member of the United Brethren church, as is also his wife Amanda. She was born March 18, 1868, and her parents were both natives of Lehigh county. The father was a hotel keeper in that county, and removed to Dauphin county in 1872, and kept the hotel at Hummelstown for many years. He married Miss Caroline Yeager, daughter of Jacob and Lydia Yeager, and they had thirteen children. In 1880 he went on a farm in Derry township and cultivated it for fourteen years, and then retired, and is now living at Hummelstown. He is a Republican in politics. His wife is a Lutheran and he is a member of the Evangelical church.