ENDERS, SAMUEL, deceased, was born in Jackson township, Dauphin county, Pa., October 16, 1816, and died February 23, 1896; son of Conrad and Elizabeth (Whitman) Enders. His father, Conrad Enders, was the grandfather of G. W. D. Enders, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this volume.
Samuel Enders received his education in the public and private schools of his township. He worked on the farm with his father until he was twenty-three, when his father gave him fifty acres of land on which the only improvements were a log house and a barn. Here he and his wife began life, young, strong, and ambitious, with will and courage to meet and overcome all obstacles. The old log house soon gave place to a fine frame dwelling, and a new barn and other needed improvements were added. Prosperity attended their unremitting efforts, and their resources were husbanded by frugality and economy. Additions were made to their land, and the farm grew in productiveness under their skillful tillage. The final result was a farm of one hundred acres, with first class improvements, constituting a home and a business among the best in the community. Stock raising and the raising of market produce were Mr. Enders' specialties.
Samuel Enders was married, in Harrisburg , February, 1839, to Leah Etter, born in York county, Pa., in 1820; daughter of George and Kate (Fackler) Etter, both natives of York county, but residents of Dauphin county at the time of their death. Mr. and Mrs. Enders had seven children: Isabella, wife of Daniel Wert; Aaron, farmer in Kansas, married Amanda Miller, had three children; Rebecca, wife of A. Zimmerman, had one child; James, merchant at Ashland, Pa., married Susan Yeager, had six children; Louisa, deceased, wife of Daniel Bowman, had five children; Charles W., lumber manufacturer, at Elizabethville, married Phoebe Buffington, has four children; Ann J., wife of Dr. Levi Enders, of Williamstown, Pa. Mr. Enders was a Democrat and attended the United Brethren church. Until the death of Mr. Enders he and his wife had the satisfaction of looking back over fifty-seven years of their united labors, sorrows and years Their comfortable situation, in a good home, with a competence for all their needs, among their children and their children's children, and hosts of friends, was a lot as happy as any that Heaven could bestow upon mortals.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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