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FITTING, WILLIAM H., farmer and stockman, was born in Jackson township, Dauphin county, Pa., March 20, 1833. John Fitting, his grandfather, was born in Germany, and emigrated to this country, settling in Dauphin county, where he was engaged in farming in a small way, and where he reared his family. John Fitting (2), father of W. H. Fitting, was born in Hanover township, where he grew up an attended school. He worked on the farm in early youth, and afterwards learned shoemaking, which trade he carried on for some years. He finally removed to Jackson township, and bought a farm of ninety acres, and sixty acres of woodland. Here he engaged in farming and stock raising. He married Sarah Betz, of Northumberland county, Pa. They had ten children: William H.; Samuel deceased; Annie R., deceased; Mary A., widow of Samuel Miller, and mother of Dr. C. C. Miller, of Halifax; Sarah, wife of Henry Rough, farmer, Lykens Valley, and Valeria, wife of George Hummel, of Lykens Valley. The other children died in infancy. Mr. Fitting was a Republican. He and his wife were members of the Reformed church, in which he was an elder. They both died in Jackson township.

William H. Fitting attended the common schools of this township, and worked on the farm with his father until he was sixteen years of age, when his father died. For four years after he worked the farm and supported the family. At twenty years of age he married and removed to Lykens Valley, where he cultivated a rented farm for nine years. He then returned to Jackson township and bought the ninety-acre farm on which he now lives. He built a fine dwelling and other farm structures, and made improvements costing $15,000. He also bought another farm of fifty-five acres near Fishersville, which his son cultivates.

Mr. Fitting's marriage took place in Jackson township, October 23, 1853. His wife was Miss Caroline, daughter of Adam and Elizabeth (Lebo) Cooper; she was born in Mifflin township, November 28, 1832; her father was a farmer. Mr. and Mrs. Fitting had seven children: Amanda, wife of Hezekiah Matter, Millersburg; Cevilia, wife of Reuben Snyder; John, school and music teacher, married Clara Boyer; Leon, deceased, married Annie Tison, has two sons, Samuel E. and William H.; Elmer, farmer, married Emma Albright; Harry, teacher, Jefferson township, and Samuel, deceased.

Mr. Fitting is a Republican; he has served as tax collector of the township. He is a member of the Lutheran church, in which he is deacon and elder. Mr. Fitting is a good living man, and has made life successful. He married at twenty, and set out in the world with his young wife to earn a living and make a home. His present situation, in a delightful home, where he and his worthy wife are resting from the active duties of life, is a suitable close to his career. He is justly honored and esteemed. John, the eldest son of Mr. Fitting, takes a very active part in church matters; he has been superintendent of the Sunday-school for several years, and is secretary of the church. The mother of Mr. Fitting was of the sturdy old Scotch-Irish ancestry.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Joanne Nichols for The Dauphin

County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project -

Date of Transcription: 29 Jan 2001

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