ENSMINGER, JOHN T., auctioneer, commission merchant and furniture dealer, was born at Harrisburg, March 9, 1842, and is a son of Phillip and Elizabeth (Shrenk) Ensminger. His grandfather Ensminger was born in Lancaster county, but settled in Harrisburg at a very early date in the history of the city. His father, Philip Ensminger, was born in Harrisburg, October 24, 1802. He was engaged in the butchering business, but subsequently was for many years engaged in the furniture business, and continued in it until succeeded, in 1860, by his son, John T. The mother was born in Dauphin county, December 18, 1809. The parents were married October 25, 1838. They had six children: Charles M., born September 2, 1840, died December 10, 1840; John T.; Frances Marion, born August 18, 1844, wife of Charles Brown, now residing in New York City; Ellen Virginia, born February 13, 1847, wife of W. O. Bishop, residing in Harrisburg; Catherine Jane, born July 10, 1849, wife of W. E. Smith, residing at Plainfield, N. J., and Louis Kossuth, born February 9, 1852. By a previous marriage there was a family of four children, none of whom are now living. Joseph Ensminger, brother of Philip, was born in Dauphin county, December 17, 1798, and was the organizer and captain of the first company of Minors, (their ages ranging from sixteen to eighteen years), which he took to Baltimore against the English. He still survives, and resides at Crawforsville, Ind., hale and hearty at the advanced age of ninety-seven years. Samuel, another brother of Philip, was born in Harrisburg, May 21, 1811, and was a prominent businessman in Carlisle, Pa., for many years, where he is well and favorably known, and now is a resident of Topeka, Kan.
John T. attended the public schools of this city and completed his education at the Academy of Newville, after which he engaged in the furniture business with his father, and succeeded him, as stated above, in 1860. On the breaking out of the Rebellion in 1861, he gave a striking illustration of his patriotism by closing up his place of business and offering his services in the defense of his country. He enlisted in the Twenty-fifth regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, was attached to company F, and served three months. He then re-enlisted as a private in the One Hundred and Twenty-seventh regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, in company A, and seed nine months, and during this time was promoted to second lieutenant. At the expiration of this time he again enlisted, this time in the Two Hundred and first regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, and was appointed captain of company G. He served with this regiment until the close of the war. He was mustered out of service at Harrisburg, June 25, 1865, having served continuously during the war in defense of his country, during which time h participated in some of the most important battles fought in subduing the Rebellion. At the time of his discharge he was acting in the capacity of provost marshal of the Monogahela district, with headquarters at Pittsburgh. At the close of the war he returned to his business, which he has since conducted with credit and success. He has been twice married. His first wife, to whom he was joined December 26, 1866, at Carlisle, Pa., was Miss Sallie C. Fought, daughter of Jonas Fought. The children of this marriage : Edgar Irwin, born October 3, 1868, and Amy Florence, born May 11, 1870, and died March 18, 1871. Mrs. Ensminger died at Harrisburg, August 7, 1870. His second marriage occurred at Harrisburg, December 30, 1873, in which he was united to Mary J. Charles, daughter of Henry R. Charles, of Union county, Pa. The children of this marriage are: Eugene Charles, born February 21, 1875, Grace Stephenson, born December 29, 1876, John Tyler and George Hursh, twins, born April 26, 1878. Mr. Ensminger has represented the Third ward of Harrisburg in the common council. He is a member of Col. Seneca G. Simmons Post, No. 116, G. A. R. In political views he is a staunch Republican. He attends Grace Methodist Episcopal church.
Peggy McNeal, for the Dauphin County,
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