EBY, HENRY B., was born on a farm in Derry township, Dauphin county, Pa., May 6, 1833; son of Peter Eby. The father was born in Derry township, received his education in the district schools of his native township, and grew to manhood on the farm of his father. The ancestors were from Switzerland. The father succeeded to the homestead in Derry township, and was married in Lancaster county, Pa., to Miss Mary Wisler, of that county. He took up his residence on the home farm in Derry township, and lived there until his death in 1844. His wife survived him many years, and died in Lancaster county, aged eighty-nine years. Their children are: Samuel, George, Henry B., Annie, Mary, deceased, and Peter.
Henry B. acquired his education in the common schools, and worked on the farm until he was fifteen years of age, when his father died, and he started to learn the trade of shoemaking near Churchville, Dauphin county, and served an apprenticeship of two and a half years. When he was nineteen years of age he became a clerk in the store of John Eby, who kept a general store at East Hanover, Lebanon county, where he remained two years, and then clerked for Moses Early, in the same place, for one year, at the end of which time he worked for a while for Mr. Garbuck in that town. He next went through the West prospecting for business, and after a few months sojourn in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Iowa, he returned to his brother Samuel's home, at Bismark, Lebanon county. In a short time he got a situation at Colebrook, in Lebanon county, where he remained six months, and then returned to Bismark. In 1855 he embarked in the mercantile business with his brother at Bismark, where he continued until 1864, when he located at Bachmansville, where he opened his present place of business, and conducts a general store. Mr. Eby was married at Bismark, in 1860, to Miss Lizzie Smith, by whom he has four children: Mary, Robert, Grant, and Lizzie, died young. His wife died six or seven years after marriage, and he took for his second wife Miss Lydia Lehman, a native of Lebanon county, by whom he has twelve children: Henry, John, Ida, Anna, Louisa, deceased: Lillie, Katie, Tillie, George, William, Elsie, and Ira. Mr. Eby was originally a Republican, but is now an independent voter, and has never sought any political office. He is not a member of any religious organization.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 4 Mar 2001
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