EARLY, Israel
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EARLY, ISRAEL, miller, was born in East Hanover township, Dauphin county, Pa., December 8, 1825; son of the late George and Catherine (Brightenstine) Early. His great-grandfather, William Early, was born in Firebaugh, Germany. He was a carpenter; he came to this country in 1725, and practiced his trade throughout life. His wife, Mr. Early’s great-grandmother, was a native of Pennsylvania. Both died near Palmyra, Lebanon county, at a very great age.

Christian Early, Israel Early’s grandfather, was born in Lancaster county, now Lebanon county, Pa. He built the flour mill where his grandson, Israel Early, now lives. He also build the large mill at Manada Gap, now owned by Jacob Early. Christian Early was married to Miss Elizabeth Killinger. They had twelve children: John, William, George, Christian, Jacob, Catherine, Richgina, Elizabeth, Susan, Margaret, born April, 1803, died aged eighty-eight years; one child died at the age of six months, and one died the day of birth.

George Early, father of Israel, was born in West Hanover township, Dauphin county, March 15, 1787. He spent his business life in the work of milling. He was twice married; first to Polly Gosert, by whom he had one daughter, named Polly. In his second marriage, in 1816, he was united to Catherine Brightenstine, born in Manheim, Lancaster county, daughter of Nicholas Brightenstein. They had nine children, three of whom are living: Sarah, wife of Jacob Wolf, deceased; Israel, and Roseanna, wife of Henry H. Miller. George Early died in 1848, aged sixty-one years; his wife died in 1853, aged fifty-five. Both died at the old homestead, with their son Israel. Both were faithful members of the Lutheran church.

Israel Early had only the limited education to be obtained in the schools of his time. In 1836 the free schools were established, and he reaped much benefit from his attendance upon them. He was alert and ambitious, and by his own efforts prepared himself for the useful and successful life which he leads. In early life he was engaged in farming in which occupation he continued until he was twenty-four. At that age he went to learn the trade of miller. This has ever since been his employment. He is now seventy-one years old, strong, and in good health. He is still in the old mill where he has served at least two generations, and where his father and grandfather worked before him. He is still able to do his own work in the mill. In 1847 he taught school for one term in East Hanover township. In 1864 he was drafted for service in the United States army, but was discharged on a surgeon’s certificate, on account of the weakness of one of his eyes. In 1851 he was elected school director of East Hanover township, served for five years, and was re-elected for three years. Mr. Early was married January 15, 1865, to Miss Frances M., daughter of John and Mary (Zerker) Getz. They have three children; Mary C., John G., and William.

Mr. Early names some of the neighbors around the Early homestead when he was a boy. Along the Jonestown road, in East Hanover township, were Alexander McKnight and David, his brother; along the road westward lived Christian Shellenberger, who kept a hotel; next, James French; Dr. Wenderstich; John Reed; George Goodman; Christian Early, uncle of Israel Early, Philip Nitruer; Major Shell; Robert Hill; Jacob Keim; Benjamin Snodgrass. Along the Manada creek, near the West Hanover line, stood Adam Reider’s mill; Rogers’ mill; Samuel Todd’s mill; Conrad Winger; Jacob Stine; Barry Hill Bell; Jacob Zimmerman; John Snyder; David Killinger; Henry Zimmerman; Abraham Meese; Samuel McCord. Mr. Early is highly esteemed for his enterprise and integrity. He is prosperous in business, and no citizen is more honored or more popular.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Donna Whipple Dwhip79307@aol.com for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project – http://maley.net/transcription.

Date of Transcription: 14 Mar 2001

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