GARVER, Joseph, L., Londonderry township, was born on the old Garver farm in Londonderry township, Dauphin county, Pa., September 3, 1840 ; son of Christian Garver, Jr. The grandfather, Christian Garver, Sr., was the first of the family to settle in Dauphin county. He came to the county about 1805 and located on what came to be known as the old Garver homestead, where he lived until his death in 1848. He had nine children : John, Jacob, David, Samuel, Christian, Nancy, Mary, Fanny, and one child not named. Christian Garver, Jr., father of Joseph L., was born on the old homestead in 1813. He acquired a good education for that period and became a farmer, and followed the occupation through life. He was an active member of the United Brethren church. His wife was Miss Susan Lord, daughter of William Lord, of Lebanon county, and they had five children : Elizabeth, John, Christian, Joseph, and Susan, who are all living excepting Elizabeth, who died in the fall of 1875. Joseph L., lived on the home farm until he was nineteen years of age, after which he engaged in farming on his own account and has made this his occupation. In 1867 he was married to Miss Mary C. Bunser, daughter of Rev. John Bunser, of Londonderry township. Mr. Garver is a Republican in politics, and is an active member of the United Zionís Childrenís church. They have one child, Harry B., born February 15, 1870. He was graduated from the State Normal School at Millersville, July 3, 1890, since which time he has been engaged in teaching in the public schools.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 14 March 2001
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