HESS, CHRISTIAN, Oberlin, Pa., was born in Lancaster county, Pa., in 1820; son of Abraham Hess. Samuel Hess, the grandfather, was a native of Germany, and came to Lancaster county with his three brothers at a very early day. He was a farmer, and lived and died on the farm where his son, Abraham Hess, died. Abraham Hess, the father, was born in Lancaster county, where he was engaged in farming, and died in August, 1823. He married Catherine Eppler, daughter of Christian Eppler, by whom he had three children: Nancy, deceased, Christian, and Samuel, deceased. His widow married John Kingport, by who she had five children: David, deceased, Daniel, Lydia, Fannie, deceased, and Abraham, living at Harrisburg. The mother died in the fall of 1869, aged seventy-three years.
Christian, at the age of five years, removed with his parents to Lebanon county, where he attended the public schools until he was seventeen years of age, when he removed to Dauphin county and worked on the farm, and subsequently learned the fuller’s trade. He was afterwards engaged in milling grain for three years, after which he took up farming, which has been his occupation up to the present time. Mr. Hess laid out the borough of Oberlin, of which he has been a resident for forty years, and has built the greater portion of the town. He was one of the organizers of the Citizens’ Passenger Railway Company. In political views Mr. Hess is independent, but is always active in public business. He is still interested and active in farming, and is a leading man in agricultural affairs. He was married, in 1843, to Miss Eshnauer, born in November, 1825; daughter of John Eshnauer, of Dauphin county, by whom he has eight children: Malinda, John H., and Samuel, all of whom are deceased; Christian, married Miss Carrie Bope, of Harrisburg, living at Mount Clair, Montgomery county, formerly a resident of Steelton; Catherine and Abraham, both deceased; Elizabeth, wife of William Sull, of Oberlin; and Mary, wife of Thomas Puffer, of Cumberland county. John Eshnauer, father of Mrs. Hess, was a native of Dauphin county; by occupation a farmer and weaver. He married, first, Elizabeth Fishburn, of Derry township, by whom he had four children: Catherine; John and Jacob, both deceased, and Elizabeth, wife of Henry Kaylor. He married, secondly, Susanna Pratz, by whom he has one child, Joseph, of Grantville, Pa.
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Transcribed by Judy Warner Bookwalter, for the Dauphin County,
Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project –