FARVER, CHRISTIAN, farmer, was born in Londonderry township, March 26, 1848. His father, Frederick Farver, was born in Germany, where he was educated and learned carpentry. When he was a lad of sixteen he came to this country and located at Marietta, Lancaster county, Pa., where he found employment in a distillery. He also worked a short time on the canals. At twenty-three years of age he came to Dauphin county and located in Londonderry township, where he bought one hundred and thirty acres of land in the woods. Here he worked hard, early and late, cutting away the forests, building house, and barn, and fences, and succeeded in making a productive farm where be had found the wilderness. He was known as an industrious, hard-working man, sparing no effort to make a home and all needful provision for his family.
Mr. Farver married Catherine Meiley, who was born in Germany, and came to this country in early youth. They had ten children: John, farmer in Kansas; William, a prominent farmer in Lancaster county, Pa.; Christian; Catherine, wife of Jacob Baker, of Conewago township; Samuel, farms the homestead; Eliza, Barbara, and Fred died young, and there were two who died in infancy. Mr. Farver was a Republican, and one of the most widely know men in the township. He died in 1887 in Londonderry township. His wife still resides on the old Homestead in Londonderry township, at the advanced age of eighty-four. She has a third set of teeth, which have grown since she was eighty years old.
In his youth Christian Farver spent a part of each year in the schools of Londonderry township, and worked the rest of the time on the farm. He also worked two years for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, after which he remained on the homestead until he was twenty-four. At this age he spent six months in a trip through the western States, visiting Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and other portions of the country. Upon his return he rented the homestead farm one year, after which he removed to Conewago township, where he rented and cultivated a farm of one hundred and sixty-three acres for twelve years. He afterwards bought the farm, erected new buildings, improved the old ones, and made improvements to the extent of one thousand, five hundred dollars. This is his present homestead, in which he is engaged in farming and stock raising.
Mr. Faver was married at Elizabethtown, Lancaster county, in 1871, to Lavinia, daughter of the late Jacob E. and Elizabeth (Nissley) Shenk, born in Conewago township, July 12, 1857. They have had four children: Jacob S., born August 27, 1871, farmer in the township, married Bertha Gruble; Edwin S., born October 23, 1876, educated in the township and resides with his father; Samuel S., born April 19, 1884, attends school; Harvey B., bore May 19, 1873, died March 8,1874.
Mr. Farver is a Republican. He has been assessor and tax collector in the township. He is a member of the United Zion's church, of which he has been a deacon since 1885. He began life with a debt of one hundred and twenty-five dollars resting upon him. He had empty pockets but strong hands, a brave heart, and a clear head. His career has been successful. He is the owner of three hundred acres of land, and has started his son in farming, giving him over six hundred dollars. He is a large man, tipping the beam at two hundred and thirty pounds, and is large of heart also. Mr. Farver and his good wife are the dispensers of a liberal hospitality, and take great pleasure in entertaining their visitors. Their house is the abode of peace and plenty, and no people are more highly esteemed than are this worthy couple.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 20 Feb 2001
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