HARTMAN, Jacob, Farmer and mill owner, Berrysburg, Pa., was born in Lykens township, Dauphin county, March 28, 1828. Henry Hartman, the grandfather, was a native of Germany and a farmer. He first settled in Montgomery county; moved from there to Williams Valley and afterwards to Lykens Valley, where he farmed one hundred acres of land, and raised live stock. He married a Miss Herner, and they had six children. Both were members of the Lutheran church, and both died near Gratz, Pa.
Henry, the father, was an extensive farm and stockman, cultivating three hundred acres, and owning and operating a grist mill in Washington township. He married Magdelina Shoffstall, of Lykens Valley, and thy had six sons and five daughters: John, deceased; Henry; Simon, deceased; Elizabeth; Jacob; Benneville and Catherine, twins, deceased; Moses, Michael, Catherine, Polly, and Umholtz. Originally Mr. Harman was a Whig, and later a Republican. He and his wife were members of the Lutheran church, and he served in various church and Sunday-school offices. Both died on the old homestead.
Jacob attended the subscription school taught in the log school house, which was originally his fathers home. His education was limited, because he was obliged to drive the horses in tramping out the wheat, and also to use the flail on the grain, to chop wood in the winter, and work on the crops in the summer. He remained at home until he was twenty-four years of age, after which he took on of his fatherís farms in Washington township on the shares for six years, and saved a little money. He bought a farm of his father consisting of one hundred and six acres of land, only a part of which was cleared, on which there were a small frame house and a log barn, for which he paid $56 per acre. He cleared the land, built a fine dwelling house, of brick made on the farm, costing $3,000, and also a good barn, and other buildings costing $1.8000. He also bought more land, and built a flouring mill costing $8,000; and is reported as one of the most prosperous men in the township. He was married, in Mifflin township, in 1853, to Catherine Deibler, daughter of John Deibler, born in Mifflin township, in 1833. Their children are Lena; John; Nathaniel, deceased; George, deceased; Henry, Grant, Kate, Emma, and one child died young.
Mr. Harman is a Republican in politics, and has served in the offices of school director, supervisor, tax collector, and assessor. He is a member of the Lutheran church, in which he is a deacon, elder, trustee, and treasurer, and is also Sunday-school superintendent and teacher.
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