Duey, Simon, was born in Susquehanna township, Dauphin county, Pa., December 1, 1829. He is a son of Frederick and Barbara (Peiffer) Duey. His father was born in East Hanover township, Dauphin county, March 24, 1796, and died in Susquehanna township, December 4, 1855. His mother was born in Lebanon county, Pa., June 14, 1804, and died November 15, 1857. His grandparents, Emanuel Duey, a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and wife, had nine children: John, born February 15, 1783; Simon, born December 11, 1784; Susanna, born November 29, 1786; John, born August 18, 1789; Catherine, born November 11, 1791; Mary, born December 14, 1793; Frederick, born March 24, 1796; Eva, born October 22, 1798; Elizabeth, born April 3, 1805; all long since deceased. His father and mother, Frederick and Barbara Duey, were married March 21, 1822. They had twelve children: Caroline, born November 8, 1823, widow of the late Paul Barnhardt, of Harrisburg; Elizabeth, born October 1, 1825, wife of Samuel Stober, of Harrisburg; Mary Ann, born October 26, 1827, deceased; Simon; Susannah, born February 19, 1832, deceased; Jacob, born December 5, 1834, killed while serving in the defense of his country in the late war; Ann Catherine, born April 11, 1837, wife of Jesse Long, of Northumberland county; Fanny, born February 15, 1839, deceased; Harriet, born March 12, 1842, wife of David W. Miller, of Harrisburg; Leah, born November 15, 1843, died April 1, 1851; Frederick, born December 11, 1844, killed while serving in the defense of his country in the late war; and Rebba, born May 4, 1844, died March 29, 1851.
Simon Duey was reared to manhood in Susquehanna township, receiving his education in the public schools. He worked on the farm until he was twenty years of age, and then learned carpentry which he followed for ten years. The following twenty years he spent in agricultural pursuits in Susquehanna and Lower Paxton townships. In 1870 he was elected register of wills, which office he held for six years, meanwhile remaining on the farm and superintending its operation. In 1879 he was appointed warden of the Dauphin county prison, and filled the office for four and a-half years. He also served as auditor of Dauphin county from 1867 to 1870. Since 1884 he has not been engaged in active business.
Mr. Duey was married in Lower Paxton township, December 25, 1853, to Susan Zarker, daughter of Benjamin and Catherine (Faler) Zarker, both natives of Dauphin county. Mrs. Duey was born in Susquehanna township, Dauphin county, Pa., May 9, 1832. They have two daughters, Mary A., born August 5, 1854, wife of John H. Smith, of Harrisburg; and Sarah E., wife of Andrew R. Unger, a prominent farmer of Lower Paxton township.
Mr. Duey is a member of Perseverance Lodge, No. 21, F. & A. M. In political views he is a staunch Republican. The family attend the Lutheran church. Mr. Duey has well discharged the public trusts committed to his hands, and enjoys the confidence and esteem of his neighbors.
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4 Nov. 2000
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