HATZ, Jacob W., retired, Middletown, Pa., was born in Londonderry township, Dauphin county, Pa., December 29, 1823; son of Jacob and Anna Mary (Wagner) Hatz. Three brothers of the name came from Germany, one of whom settled in Lancaster, one in Lebanon, and one in Dauphin county. John Hatz, son of the one who settled in Dauphin, and grandfather of Jacob W., came with his parents to America when a small child. Jacob, the father of Jacob W., was a farmer in Londonderry township on his father’s farm which he leased. Later he became a tenant farmer in Lancaster county, when he died. He was twice married, and by his first wife, Anna Mary Wagner, had five children, all of whom are deceased except Jacob W. By his second wife, Miss Susan Keller, he had eleven children. The family were members of the Lutheran church.
Jacob W. was reared by his maternal grandparents, and at eighteen years of age learned the carpenter trade at which he worked until 1863. For the next twelve years he was a tenant farmer in Londonderry township, after which he moved to Middletown and was with Etter, Carmany & Siple in the lumber business for several years. In 1849 Mr. Hatz was married to Elizabeth, daughter of John Aungst, of Lancaster county. Their children are: John, born August 3, 1850, lives at Middletown, married Mary, daughter of Jacob Nissley, and they have four children: Garfield W., Jacob N., Pearl, and Blanche; Henry, born January 6, 1852, married Elizabeth, daughter of David Detweiler, and they have two children, Fannie and Blaine; Jacob, born September 13, 1856, married Ellen Coble, and have three children: Maude, Guy, and Reuben; David, born October 6, 1859, married Miss Barbara Brinser, and they have four children: May, Bessie, Ralph, and Marion; Annie, born January 29, 1862, wife of Henry Douhower, of McKeesport, Pa., and they have two children, Marion and Robert; and Elizabeth, born September 1, 1872. The family attend the Church of God. Mr. Hatz was originally a Whig but later joined the Republican party. In 1864 he served as tax collector in Londonderry township and has also filled the offices of school director and auditor of the township.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 12 Feb 2001
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