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HORNING, SAMUEL S., farmer, Jefferson township, was born in Mifin township, Dauphin couuty,Pa.,March1, 1826. Michael, the great-grandfather, was a native of England. Samuel, the grandfather, was a native of Montgomery county, where he was engaged in farming. James B., the father, was also born in Montgomery county, and followed farming. He married Sarah A. Miller, of Germantown, Montgomery county. Their children are: Ann Eliza; Samuel K Mary A., deceased; B. Franklin; John M., deceased; Lewis, and Martha, deceased. The father was a Democrat. He and his wife were members of the Lutheran church. He died on the homestead, and his wife died at Monterey, Berks county.

Samuel S. received a fair education in the schools of Upper Providence township, Montgomery. county. He learned the milling business in Chester county, where he spent several years in the grist mill, after which he operated a mill in Lykens Valley for three years, and also worked on the canal. In 1854 he bought a farm in Halifax township, which he improved and cultivated for three years, and then sold it. He then bought one hundred and forty acres of land in Jefferson township, which he cleared and on which he made valuable improvements, and engaged in farming and stock raising. He attends the Lykens markets. He was married, in Powell's Valley, Halifax township, in 1856, to Marv J. Baskin, of that township, daughter of Oliver and Eliza (Smith) Baskin, the father a well-known resident of the county, operating a farm, woolen factory and saw and grist mill. They had two children: Oliver B., manages the homestead, in the postoffice at Lykens, formerly a bookkeeper at Philadelphia, an estimable gentleman, not married, taking care of his parents in their old age; Annie E., single, at home, a lady of culture and refinement, much interested in Sunday-school and church work. Mr. Horning is a Democrat in politics; was a tax collector and school teacher, and always much interested in educational matters. The family attend the Methodist Episcopal church.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

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