EARNEST, FRANKLIN C., Steelton, was born in Hummelstown, Dauphin county, Pa., August 26, 1834; son of Obed Earnest. David Earnest, the grandfather, was a native of Dauphin county, and one of the earliest settlers of the county. He was a farmer by occupation and reared a large family. Obed Earnest, the father, was born in Dauphin county in 1807, and received his education in the schools of that time. He was engaged in farming until he was twenty-one years of age, when he learned the trade of shoemaker, which he followed until his death in November, 1857. In his political views he was a Republican, and was an active member of the Lutheran church. He married Miss Cobaugh, by whom he had ten children, of whom five are living: Dr. John A., pastor of the Lutheran church of Mifflinburg, married Miss McCreary, who died in 1895; Richard, of Hummelstown, married Miss Flasher, of that place; Margaret, widow of Joseph Hill, of Jersey Shore, Lycoming county; Charles, living with his sister, Mrs. Joseph Hill; Franklin C. The deceased children are: David, Obed, Alice, Mary C., and Amanda, wife of Henry Parker, of Jersey Shore.
Franklin C. attended the schools of Hummelstown, and when a young man learned the shoemaker’s trade with his father. He was engaged in the shoe trade for over two years, and in 1873 removed his business to Steelton and conducted it there until 1884, since which time he has worked at his trade. In his political views he is a Republican, and has served in important offices as school director and as member of the borough council three years, and also as justice of the peace, resigned the latter office in 1875, on account of its interruption of other business. In 1863 he married Miss Jennie E., daughter of Captain McCreary, of Gettysburg, by whom he has eight children: John living at Steelton, married Miss Battey; and they have two children; Grace, living at home; Jennie, wife of Charles E. Frasier, of Carlisle, and they have two children; May, living at home; Frank, at home, chemist; Ralph, living at home, machinist; Luther, at home; Robert, at home. Mr. Earnest and his family are connected with the St. John’s Lutheran church, of which he is an elder.
Transcribed by Judy Warner Bookwalter, for the Dauphin County,
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