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FLOWERS, GEORGE L., farmer and cabinet maker, Hockersville, Pa., was born in Mt. Joy township, Lancaster county, Pa., November 13, 1826. He is a son of Christian and Susan (Lindersmith) Flowers. Christian Flowers was born in Lancaster county, Pa. He was a weaver, and was the son of a native of England, who settled in Pennsylvania. His wife, Susan Lindersmith, was a daughter of George Lindersmith, a native of Switzerland, who for seven years and eight months fought under the banner of George Washington. They had seven children: George L., Eli, carpenter, Lancaster county, Pa.; Rosanna, widow of Abraham Meashly, of Lancaster county; Susan, wife of C. Arndt, carpenter, Lancaster county; Barbara, wife of Jacob Brown, of Lancaster; and two children who died young. Mr. C. Flowers was a Republican, and a member of the United Brethren church.

George L. Flowers attended the schools of his native township. At the age of sixteen he began to learn carpentry, and made this his occupation for twenty-one years. For nine years he worked at cabinet making also, and was an undertaker, making coffins and caskets as ordered. Then, removing to Dauphin county, he changed his occupation to farming. He rented and cultivated farms in several parts of the county, taking them on shares. He was very successful as a farmer and accumulated money. Removing to Annville, Lebanon county, he bought a farm of one hundred and forty-three acres, for which he paid $8,000 in cash, the accumulation of his years of hard toil. He made numerous substantial improvements on the farm, and cultivated it for seven years. He then sold it for $10,000 and spent one year with his son.

In 1883 he returned to Dauphin county and bought forty acres of land with improvements, paying for it $7,550. He remodeled the dwelling, which was a hundred years old, built a workshop and made other improvements. He works in the shop in the winter and tills the land in the summer. He finds a good market in the surrounding country for the furniture he makes.

He was married, in September, 1847, in Lancaster county, to Catherine Werner, born in Rapho township, Lancaster county, Pa., October 10, 1827. They had eleven children: Ann, wife of Jacob Smith; Abraham, farmer, Dauphin county; Aaron, farmer, Susan, wife of Edward Gailbaugh; Emma, wife of D. Seabold, of Lebanon county; Levi, farms the homestead; Frank, thresher and farmer; Mary, wife of George Boyer, and three children who died young. Mr. Flowers belongs to the Mennonite persuasion. He is worthy of the confidence and respect which his neighbors cherish for him.


Transcribed by Dorothy Bumbaugh for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project.