GINGIRICH, Jacob, farmer, Middletown, Pa., was born on the Nissley farm in Londonderry township, Dauphin county, Pa., June 16, 1840 ; son of Jonas and Christina (Metzger) Gingirich. The first of the family to settle in the county, so far as known, was David Gingirich, who is buried in the graveyard on the present Guyer farm. His children were : Jonas, John, Daniel, David. Daniel settled in Illinois, and died there. John died on the homestead. David settled in Lancaster county, Pa., near Elizabethtown, where he died. Martha married George Wyman, and died in Londonderry township. Barbara, married a Mr. Sheeley, and lives in the west. Jonas, father of Jacob M., was born on the homestead in 1811, and died in 1844. He was a farmer. His religious fwllowship was with the United Brethren, and in politics he was a Whig. His wife was born in 1809, and died in 1892. They had four children, two of whom are living : Jacob M., and Leah, wife of David Espenstoch, of Londonderry township.
Jacob M. received only a limited education. His father died when he was four years old, and he was reared among strangers and became a farmer. In 1867 he married Elizabeth Wagner, daughter of John Wagner, of Londonderry township. Their children are : Simon W., born in1869, married Carrie Whitmer, daughter of David Whitmer, and they have one child, Lizzie ; David W., born in 1871, married to Miss Mary Rife, daughter of John Rife, of Londonderry township. Mr. Gingirich settled on his present farm in 1865, and farmed on the shares for one year, and then purchased the farm. He is a stockholder in the Farmersí Bank, and is on of the organizers and a director of the Middletown Market Company. In politics he is a Republican. He attends the United Brethren church, of which he is a liberal supporter.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
Transcribed by Ronald Singerris@vicon.net for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project
Date of Transcription: 14 March 2001
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