FRANTZ, MICHAEL A., farmer, was born in Dauphin county, January 15, 1830, and is the son of Michael and Elizabeth Frantz. The paternal grandfather was engaged in farming and married a native of Lancaster county, by whom he had four children: Michael, John, Elizabeth, and Snavely. The father was born in Dauphin county in 1789, and was married twice, first to Miss Elizabeth Amaghdie, by whom he had two children, Mary and Elizabeth; and secondly, to Miss Elizabeth Walters, by whom he had a family of nine children, eight of whom survive. The children are: Samuel, Anna, Michael A., Fannie, Jacob, John, Maggie, Christian and Sarah, deceased. He held several township offices and was connected with the Old Bridge at Harrisburg, and also with the construction of the turnpike from Harrisburg to Middletown. He and his wife were members of the United Brethren church, and he died June 5, 1865.
Michael A. received his education in the public schools of Swatara township. After leaving school he engaged in farming with his father, and since the age of twenty-three has lived on the old homestead. Mr. Frantz has also spent some time in the store and in real estate business. He was married, January 15, 1861, to Miss Barbara A., daughter of Rev. David and Susan (Gall) Rush. They have one daughter who resides at home. In politics he is a Republican and has served as assessor, and was school director for twenty years. The family adhere to the Methodist church. Mrs. Frantz was born in Lancaster county, October 20, 1838. Her father, who was a minister of the Gospel for forty years, was born May 17, 1805, and married September 2, 1829, Miss Susan Gall, daughter of Martin and Elizabeth (Graff) Gall, who was born April 16, 1805. their children are: David, Barbara, John, Harry, Magdaline, deceased, Martin, deceased, John, deceased, and Elias and Isaac, also both deceased.
Transcribed by Judy Warner Bookwalter, for the Dauphin County,
Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project –