ESHENOWER, JACOB J., farmer, Oberlin, Pa., was born in Dauphin county, October 12, 1839, and is a son of Jacob and Catharine (Bishop) Eshenower. The paternal grandfather, Christian, was a farmer and wagon maker. He was married, twice, the first time to Miss Shutt, by whom he had the following children: Catharine, John, Christian, Jacob, Andrew, Leonard, and Frederick. The maternal grandfather, Peter Bishop, was engaged in farming all his life and was married to Miss Catharine Shaffer. Their children are: John, Sallie, Peter, Catherine, and William. The father was born in Dauphin county, February 8, 1798, and while young learned the trade of blacksmith, which he followed for a few years and then engaged in farming. He married, first, Miss Ulrich, daughter of Michael Ulrich, by whom he had two children: John and Elizabeth.
He married, secondly, Miss Catherine Bishop, daughter of Peter and Catharine (Shaffer) Bishop. Their children are: Mary, Jacob J., and Catherine A. He filled the office of supervisor of Swatara township for some years and died June 18, 1869, and his wife in May, 1880. Both were members of the Lutheran church.
Jacob J. received his education in the public schools of Swatara township and then assisted his father on the farm until he was twenty years of age. During 1867 and 1868 he conducted the "Black Swan" Hotel, situated along the Reading pike, west of Hummelstown. With this exception Mr. Eshenower has farmed continuously during his lifetime. He married, first, Miss Susan H. Newcomer, November 3, 1859, by whom he had one daughter, Susan. His wife was born December, 1841, and died in 1861. He married, secondly, Miss Susina A. Brown, daughter of Henry and Rebecca (West) Brown. They have six children, all of whom are living: Edward, married to Miss Kate Reed, daughter of John and Sophia Reed; Jacob, married to Miss Kate Kramer; Carrie, Elenora, Grace V., and Martin W. In politics Mr. Eshenower is a Republican and has been judge of the election board and also member of the detective association. He is connected with the Lutheran church. Mrs. Susina Eshenower was born December 13, 1843, in West Hanover township, Dauphin county. Her parents were engaged in farming and were both natives of Berks county. Her father married Miss Rebecca West, daughter of Jacob and Mary (Rambo) West. Their children are: John W., Mary, Susina, Elizabeth, deceased, and Uriah H., deceased.
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Transcribed by Judy Warner Bookwalter, for the Dauphin County,
Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project –