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FOLTZ, JOHN E., was born in Londonderry township, Dauphin county, Pa., August 31, 1830. He was the son of John and Catherine (Eby) Foltz. Christian Foltz, his grandfather, was the first of the family to settle in Dauphin county, about 1787. He had seven children: Elizabeth, John, Susan, Polly, Katherine, Christian, and Christiana, all deceased. John Foltz, father of John E., was born in Londonderry township, Dauphin county, Pa., August 16, 1792. He married Miss Catherine, daughter of Barbara Eby, of Dauphin county. They had eleven children, seven daughters and four sons: Barbara; Mary Ann, deceased; Catherine, Elizabeth, deceased; Christiana; Susan, deceased; Christian, deceased; John E.; Samuel deceased; James Monroe, deceased, and Sabilla, deceased.

John E., in 1837, when he was seven years old, moved to Elizabethtown, Lancaster county, where he lived until he was seventeen, and where he received the most of his education. In 1847 he went to Harrisburg, where he spent the next twelve years. He returned in March, 1859, to Elizabethtown, Lancaster county, and there lived until October, 1865. Since that date he has lived in Londonderry township and in Royalton, where he now resides: The public schools in the several places in which his younger days were spent afforded him the opportunity of acquiring a very fair education. During the twelve years that he lived in Harrisburg he was for the most part employed in sawing lumber. On August 31, 1864, he enlisted in the United States army for one year. He was a member of company E, Two Hundred and Third regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers. He was honorably discharged June 27, 1865, and reached home July 3. The hearing of his left ear was entirely lost at the battle of Fort Fisher, January 14 and 15, 1865. He was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company from May 1,1861, to 1892, a period of over thirty-one years, with the exception of the one year's service in the army, as above stated. In connection with Thomas Holland and John Matthias, he suggested the organization of Royalton, and was active in carrying out the plan. He has held all the township offices, has been tax collector in Royalton since 1891, and has also served a term as burgess and treasurer of the borough. He was married, September 14, 1864, to Miss Frederica, daughter of Andrew Honnesy, a native of Germany. They have one child, Harry F. Foltz, born May 21, 1866; married Miss Annie Miller, July 3, 1887, and has one child, John E., born May 18, 1888. Mr. Harry F. Foltz is employed at the Middletown Pipe Works as overseer of the sticker blocks.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 29 Jan 2001

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