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BRECKENMAKER, Abram K., Harness maker, was born in Middlesex township, Cumberland county, Pa., September 28, 1852; son of P.Lilik and Susan (Kirwin) Breckenmaker. The father was born in Elsorce, Wurtemberg, Germany, July 18, 1814, learned the trade of weaver and came to America with his parents when he was eighteen years of age. He has since resided in Cumberland county, working at farming and weaving, and still survives at the age of eighty-two years. The mother was born in Queen Anne county, Md., of Scotch-Irish ancestry, and died when Abram R. was an infant. They had nine children, of whom Abram is the only one living. The mother is of the well-known family of Kirwins of Maryland. Three brothers were steamboat captains, one of whom is Capt. John Kirwin, bailiff of the Superior Court of Baltimore and a well-known citizen, prominent in Masonic circles.

0Abram K. was reared and educated in his native township. He learned his trade with William Cleaver, of Carlisle, and at the end of his apprenticeship removed to Baltimore, where he was engaged in steamboating for four years. In 1871 he came to Harrisburg and worked at his trade as a journeyman with Charles Grieb, and after the death of Mr. Grieb took charge of the business for the widow for two years. In 1883 he bought the business, and has conducted it since that time in his own interests. He was married in Harrisburg, May 29, 1873, to Sarah S. Snyder, daughter of Levi and Bridget L. Snyder, of Lancaster. Four children have been born to them, all of whom died in childhood. Mrs. Breckenmaker died January 3, 1890. In his political views Mr. Breckenmaker is a Democrat, and has served as member of the council from the Third ward for two years. He is a member of Fulton Council, No. 35, O. U. A. M.


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Charles E. Fies for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project -

Date of Transcription: 25 Nov. 2000

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