DIEHN, Henry, Royalton, was born in Penn township, Lancaster county, April 30, 1828. His father, John Diehn, son of Philip Diehn, was born in Warwick township, Lancaster county, August 5, 1795. He died August 19, 1873. He was a farmer, and in politics a Republican. He was an active member in the White Oak Lutheran church. He married Miss Sarah Seitzinger, daughter of Michael Seitzinger, of Berks county, Pa. They had five children : Eliza, born September 5, 1820, wife of Abraham Dohner, of Penn township, Lancaster county; Leonard, born September 19, 1822, died November 27, 1876; Sarah Ann, born April 28, 1826, wife of David Smith, of Penn township, Lancaster county ; Henry ; Priscilla, born October 21, 1834, wife of Christopher Eversole, of Elizabethtown, Lancaster county , died December 19, 1863. The father died August 19, 1873, and the mother October 17, 1865.
Henry lived in Lancaster county until 1867. He was educated in the White Oak school in that county. He chose farming as his occupation, and was engaged in that pursuit until he was nearly thirty-five years of age. In 1867 he came to Dauphin county, to what is now Royalton, and purchased the home where he has since lived. When he came to this county he changed his vocation, finding employment with the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, and has continued to serve that corporation up to the present time. For twenty-four years he worked on the wreck train. For the past four years he as been employed by the company as gateman at the Union street crossing in Middletown. He is a Republican. As a member of the Lutheran church he takes an active interest in all church work. He was married, in Lancaster county, August, 1857, to Miss Julia Ann Leightner, daughter of Andrew and Ellen (McGomery) Leightner, of York county, by whom he had three children, who were reared to maturity : Leonard H., born December 28, 1858, married Miss Annie Federoh, of Highspire, by whom he has two children, Mary, and Julia, living in Baltimore, Md.; Sarah Ellen, born October 18, 1862, wife of William Andrews, of Middletown ; Elias Grant, born December 26, 1867, married, and has a family of four children ; lives in Philadelphia and is employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 07 March, 2001
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