HERSHEY, MARTIN, retired farmer, Hockersville, Pa., was born in Derry township, Dauphin county, Pa., December 27, 1830. He is a son of John and Mary (Frick) Hershey. John Hershey was born in Derry township in 1800, and was a son of Isaac Hershey, a native of Lancaster county, Pa., of German descent. He was an extensive farmer and stock raiser. He married Mary Frick, born in Rapho township, Lancaster county, in 1800. They had ten children: Annie, wife of Isaac Kulp, farmer; Martin; Mary, who died young; Elizabeth, deceased; Fannie, unmarried; Priscilla, wife of Jacob Kulp; Lydia, unmarried; Leah, deceased; Maria, wife of Jacob Wenger; Menno, farmer of Derry township. Mr. Hershey died in 1851, and his wife in 1853. He was a membr of the Mennonite church, and for several years a minister. He gave land and otherwise aided liberally toward the building of a church. He was an exemplary citizen, and a worthy and respected man.
Martin Hershey attended the common schools of the township. He remained on the home farm during his fatherís lifetime, and after his death continued to cultivate it for nine years, or until the youngest child became of age. Upon the partition of his fatherís estate, one hundred and sixty acres of land was allotted to him. This tract he retained for his home, and improved by the erection of a fine brick dwelling at a cost of six thousand dollars and a barn which cost three thousand dollars. He thus provided for himeself one of the best farm houses in the region. He has a lime kiln upon his farm, and is also interested in stock raising.
He was married, in January, 1861, in Franklin county, Pa., to Mary A. Shartle, boen in that county, daughter of Anna Maria (Huffer) Shartle. They have had three children: one who died in infancy; Amos S., born July 11, 1867, received preliminary education in the common schools and the schools at Millersville, Pa., graduated from the Normal School at Kutztown, Pa., attended Bucknell College, Lewisburg, Pa., graduated with honors Harvard University, graduated from Heidelburg, Germany, and studied at Paris, France, and is now a professor in the State University of Indiana; married Lillian Wilcox, a prima donna, born in Schuylkill county, Pa.; Ida, third child of Martin Hershey, was born December 28, 1869, and is the wife of Clinton M. Hershey of Harrisburg, Pa., son of Christian Hershey of Derry township. Mr.Hershey is a mennonite, and holds the office of deacon. He is a substantional citizen and a man of strong character. He is actively interested in all that promises good to his fellow-men.
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