HUMMEL, RICHARD T., Hummelstown, Pa., was born in Hummelstown, Dauphin county, Pa., March 23, 1821; son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Lubrick) Hummel. The first of the family to settle in Dauphin county was Frederick Hummel, a native of Wurtemberg, Germany, who came to this country and took up a tract of Government land, which included the present site of Hummelstown. He was a farmer by occupation, and was the founder of the town which bears his name. He donated the old site of the Lutheran church and the present site of the Reformed church. His church connection was with the Lutherans, and he aided in the foundation of both churches. So far as known, his children are: Frederick, Valentine, and David, all of whom were farmers. He sold the town lots on ground rents, stipulating that the rents should be paid in the currency of Great Britain, and divided his property among his children. David died at the age of thirty three years. He married Miss Mary Toot, and his children are: Frederick; David; Joseph; Leah, Mrs. Henry Landis, of Derry township; Annie, Mrs. George Stover, died in Hummelstown. He was a prominent member of the Lutheran church. Of his sons, Frederick was a farmer at Hummelstown; served as justice of the peace and as associate judge of the county; David located in Harrisburg, and died there, having served as commissioner of the county.
Joseph, father of Richard T., was born in 1793. He was a farmer and merchant, and also saddle and harness maker. During the war of 1812 he rendered military service as assistant quartermaster in Captain Moorehead’s company. His death occurred April 18, 1852. He was married to Elizabeth Lubrick, of Hummelstown, a daughter of Philip Lubrick, who survived him until 1887. He was a Lutheran in his religious faith and fellowship, and in political views was prominent in the Whig and Republican parties. His children are: Henry P., deceased, for many years a merchant at Hummelstown; was married to Adeline Stecker, and they had no children; Elizabeth, Mrs. Frederick M. Lauman, deceased, of Middletown, and they have two children: Joseph, deceased, and William of Middletown; Richard T.; Mary, widow of Benjamin Gisler, of Cumberland county, miller by trade; Sarah, Mrs. Martin Earley, of Palmyra, Pa., merchant and farmer; David J., of Philadelphia, merchant for many years, and now in the saddle and harness trade, married Catherine Zinn; Joseph, deceased, all his life an invalid; Susan, deceased; Caroline, unmarried; Hummelster, Annie, Edwin, Silas, and Charles, of New York City, commercial agent, unmarried. Richard T. attended the schools of his time, and learned the saddler trade with his father, and was afterwards engaged in the business for forty years. In 1868 he engaged in the general mercantile business, the title of the firm being first, H. L. Hummel & Co., then H. L. Hummel & Bro., and later R. T. Hummel & Son, and continued up to 1891, when he retired from the business. Mr. Hummel also conducted a farm. He was married, in 1847, to Miss Mary Coover, daughter of John Coover, Esq. Merchant, at Mechanicsburg, Pa. Their children are: Edgar C., Hummelstown, deputy sheriff of the county; C. Carroll, M.D., physician, has been practicing at Mechanicsburg for nineteen years, a graduate of Jefferson Medical College; Salome, Mrs. Percy B. Metzger, office of the Union Trust Company, of Philadelphia, attorney-at-law. During the war of the Rebellion Mr. Hummel was called out with the emergency troops. In political matters he is interested and active in the Republican party. He has served as member of the borough council, and was chairman of that body many years, and also has served as member of the school board and auditor of the township. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, in which he holds the office of trustee, steward and class leader, and is also the teacher of the Bible class in the Sunday-school. Mr. Hummel helped to organize the first Sunday-school in the town.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 11 Feb 2001
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