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FENCIL, NATHANIEL S., dealer in stoves and tinware, was born in York Haven, York county, Pa., October 15, 1847; son of the late George W. and Mary E. (Roe) Fencil. The grandfather Fencil was a native of Germany, and came to America in 1800, locating in York Haven, Pa., where for many years he worked as a flour miller. He was a soldier in the war of 1812. The father was born at York Haven in 1804, where he was a merchant for many years. He removed to Dauphin county, where he died April 17, 1881. The mother was a native of Sussex county, N. J., and died in 1895. They had ten children, seven of whom are living: Francis R.; Nathaniel S.; Rosa Belle, wife of John Guistwhite; Georgiana, wife of J. M. Curry; Mary, wife of F. B. Wickersham; William, and George W. The father served as postmaster at York Haven many years.

Nathaniel S. was reared and educated in the public schools of his native place. He was busily employed in his boyhood on the farm and in the cigar shop, and hence received only a limited education. At the age of seventeen he served an apprenticeship at the tinners’ trade at Middletown, upon the completion of which he removed to Titusville, where he worked as a journeyman for two years. In 1869 he returned to Middletown, and was employed in business for himself until the spring of 1873, when he removed to Steelton, where he has since been continuously in business, being now one of the oldest established and leading business men of the place. Mr. Fencil was married, at Middletown, Pa., November 7, 1872, to Anna C. Bippers, daughter of John and Catherine Bippers, of Middletown, both deceased. To them have been born seven children, two of whom died in infancy, and the survivors are: Clarence V., Jennie C., Mabel B., Mary, and Ellen. Mr. Fencil is a member of the Knights of the Golden Eagle. In political views he is a Republican. The family attend the Methodist Episcopal church.

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Transcribed by Judy Warner Bookwalter, for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project – http://maley.net/transcriptions.
Date of Transcription: 10 July 2001
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