GARVER, C.L., Middletown, Pa., was born in Cumberland county, Pa., March 1, 1838 ; son of Christian Garver, Jr. The grandfather, Christian Garver, Sr., was a native of Lancaster county. He was a farmer by occupation. He married Miss Grim, of Lancaster county, by whom he had eight children : David, John, Jacob, Christian, Rachel, Nancy, Barbara, and one unnamed, all deceased. He came to Dauphin county about 1820, and settled on a piece of land which is still in the possession of he family. Christian Garver, Jr,, the father of C.L., was born in Lancaster county in 1815, and when five years of age came with his parents to Dauphin county, where he was reared and received his education in the school of that period. In 1836 he was married to Miss R. Lord, daughter of James Lord, a native of England, by whom he had six children : John, Elizabeth, C.L., Joseph, Susan, and Samuel.
C.L. Garver acquired his education in the schools of Londonderry township, which he attended until he was sixteen years of age. In his earlier life he was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, and in 1875 he began farming, which has since been his occupation. In 1876 he purchased the farm on which he has since had his residence.
He takes and active interest in politics, in connection with the Republican party, and has held many of the township offices. He and his family attend the United Brethren church. In 1862 he was married to Miss Catherine Bunser, daughter of John and Mary (Barber) Bunser, of Londonderry township, by whom he has six children, of whom five are living ; Albert B., married Miss Mary Bowser, daughter of Benjamin Bowser, and they have two children living ; John married Ellen Moyer, living at Conoy, Pa., and they have three children ; Harry B., school teacher at Royalton, living at home, unmarried; Susan, wife of David Brandt, and they have four children; Annie and Katie, twins-Katie died at the age of seven, Annie living at home.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
Transcribed by Ronald Singerris@vicon.net for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project
Date of Transcription: 13 March, 2001
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