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BRACKENRIDGE, Alfred, real estate and insurance and notary public, was born in Lisburn township, Cumberland county, Pa., March 19, 1845. He is a son of Dr. John and Rebecca (Pague) Brackenridge. His father was an eminent physician and practiced in Cumberland county the greater part of his life. He died at Danville, Lycoming county, Pa., in 1851, while comparatively a young man. The mother of Alfred still survives, and lives at Joliet, Ill., at the advanced age of seventy-four years. His parents had a family of four children: Theodore, residing at Salem, Ky.; Alfred; John E., who died at Harrisburg, February, 1895, at the age of forty-seven years; Mary E., wife of Thomas Newbold, residing at Joliet, Ill. When Alfred was about four years old he removed with his parents to Shippensburg, and a short time afterwards to Lycoming county, then back to Shippensburg, and after that to Newville. While the family were in Lycoming county the father died. At Shippensburg Alfred was reared to manhood and educated by Mr. John Givler. He received a common school education, and learned the saddler's trade. In 1863 he enlisted in company F, First battalion, Pennsylvania volunteers, and served six months. When discharged, he returned to Newville and worked at his trade until another call was made for volunteers, when he re-enlisted in company K, Twentieth regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, and served until the close of the war. After being discharged at Harrisburg, he took a position as grocery clerk in this city, in which he continued three years, during which time he took a course in the Business College. In 1868 he engaged in the grocery business for himself, and conducted this business until 1890. In 1885 he was elected alderman for the Second ward. Finding that the duties of this office demanded his whole time and attention, he closed out his grocery business and devoted his entire time to his aldermanic duties. In 1890 he was re-elected alderman. At the expiration of his second term, in May, 1895, he engaged in his present business. He was married at Harrisburg, April 17, 1870, to Carrie A. Hummel, who was born at Wormleysburg, Cumberland county, Pa., December 10, 1843, daughter of John P. Hummel, of Clark county, Ohio, and Ann Hummel, of Hummelstown, Pa., and a granddaughter of the founder of Hummelstown. To them have been born four children, namely: John Frederick, born February 8, 1871, died July 11, 1871; Alfred, born June 3, 1872, died July 3, 1872; Valentine Hummel, born March 7, 1876, now a compositor in Harrisburg Telegraph office, and John Givler, born December 24, 1880. Mr. Brackenridge is a member of Nazareth Commandery, No. 125, K. of M., of A. O. U. W., of Dauphin Conclave, No 96, I. O. of H., of Robert Tippett Lodge, No. 736, Jr. O U. A. M., and of Post No. 58, G. A. R. Politically, he is a Republican. He and Mrs. Brackenridge are members and active workers of Fourth Street Zion Lutheran church. Mr. Brackenridge has been connected with the Sunday-school for thirty years, and superintendant of the school for eight years. Mr. and Mrs. Brackenridge were also founders of a branch church at Springdale.

The family from which Mrs. Brackenridge comes is one of note. Her great-grandfather was one of the founders of Hummelstown. Her father was a bridge-builder and a prominent man in the county. He had a family of eight children: Frederick, who died in infancy; Calvin, who was drowned in the Susquehanna river in 1846; Valentine B., residing in Wisconsin; George Washington, died in 1880 at the age of forty years; William Henry Harrison, residing at Auburn, Ill., Mrs. Brackenridge; John, who died in infancy; Savilla Elizabeth, wife of Frederick Garmhausen, residing at Harrisburg. The two living brothers of Mrs. Brackenridge, and George W., deceased, enlisted in the army as privates at the beginning, and served with distinction to the close of the war. When they were discharged, the three brothers had the rank of captain in three different branches of the service, infantry, cavalry, and artillery. The brothers of Mr. Brackenridge also served in the war. John E. served six months in company F, First regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, and afterwards in company G, Fifty-fifth regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers; Theodore enlisted in the One Hundred and Seventh regiment and served with distinction during the whole war, having enlisted twice in the same regiment. He was in many engagements, was twice taken prisoner, and suffered severe hardships.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 05 Jan 2001

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