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FISHER, William, farmer, Progress, was born in Maxataning township, Berks county, Pa., April 28, 1818. He is a son of John and Susan (Wink) Fisher. The parents have both passed away, the father dying at the advanced age of seventy-seven years and the mother at the age of seventy one. They had a family of five children : William, James, Peter, Mary, wife of William Reno, and Jacob. Mrs. Fisher’s parents are both deceased also, the father having died aged eighty-two years and the mother eighty-four years. They had these children : Joshua, Annie, Jacob, Elizabeth, Harriet, Catharine, William, Henry, Daniel, and George. William received his education in an old log school house near his home. He assisted his father in the tailoring business for a time and then worked on his grandfather’s farm until twenty-three years of age, when he began farming for himself. He lived in Maxataning township for eight years, and in 1849 moved to Dauphin county, and located on the old Baer farm, which he purchased and cultivated ten years. He then sold the farm and rented a small place in Lower Paxton where he stayed two years. He next bought a farm near Linglestown, where he remained three years and then sold it and purchased his present homestead in 1864. In 1874 he built his present residence. He was married in May, 1841, to Catharine Levan, and their children are : John L., Catharine, wife of John H. Sheesley, and George L.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Ronald Singer for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project

Date of Transcription: 16 March 2001

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