EBY, MICHAEL, retired farmer, of Derry township, was born in Derry township, Dauphin county, Pa., on the farm where he now resides, January 12, 1831. His grandfather, Michael Eby, was a native of Switzerland. He came to this country when a young man, located in Lancaster county, and subsequently removed to Derry township, where he reared his family. He cultivated and highly improved a farm of two hundred acres, and here also he died. He married Elizabeth Oberholler, born in Lancaster county, Pa.
Christian Eby, son of the elder and father of the younger Michael Eby, was born in Lancaster county. He attended the subscription schools of the county. He removed with his parents to Dauphin county, and grew up there on his father’s farm. He made farming and stock raising his life occupation. He married Elizabeth Witzler, born in South Hanover township, Dauphin county. They had nine children: John, farmer; Michael; Christian, deceased; Elizabeth, wife of William Light, farmer, Hanover township; Catherine, wife of Henry Linawav, of Campbellstown; Amos, deceased; Jonas, justice of the peace at Campbellstown, and two children who died young. Mr. Eby died in Derry township in 1865. His wife also died in Derry township in 1892. His politics were Republican. He was a Mennonite. He was well known, had many warm friends, and was universally respected.
Michael Eby had the ordinary advantages of the neighborhood schools. He remained upon the farm with his father, and made farming his business for life. He bought the homestead of two hundred and nine acres, and made improvements of great extent, costing $5,000. He built one of the finest and most convenient farm dwellings in the township. Stock raising was an important branch of his business. In 1888 he was able to retire from active business, and enjoy the fruits of his days of hard but successful work.
He was married, in 1855, in Harrisburg, to Caroline Detweiler, born in South Annville, Lebanon county, March 17, 1834, one of the nine children of Michael and Barbara (Thomas) Detweiler. The children of Michael and Caroline Eby are: Charles P., born in 1857, married Mary Brandt, born in Lebanon county, and has two children, Nola and Clyde; Anson H., born in 1858, married Mary Bomberger; John, married Elizabeth Bowman, resides in Lebanon; Michael, in the creamery business in Londonderry township, Lebanon county, married Emma Bowman; and Franklin, died young.
Mr. Eby is a Republican. He held the office of supervisor of roads for one year, and of tax collector for one year. He has been a traveler, and has visited many parts of the Western States. He is enterprising and industrious in business, and has been successful. He enjoys the confidence and respect of his neighbors.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 3 Feb 2001
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