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SENSENIG, ISAAC B., M. D., was born in Earl township, Lancaster county, Pa., September 9, 1847. He is a son of Isaac and Eliza (Bowman) Sensenig.

The Sensenig family is of German ancestry, two brothers having come to America late in the eighteenth century, and landed at the port of Philadelphia. Here they separated, one locating in the upper end of Cumberland Valley, near Hagerstown, Md., the other, who was the ancestor of the Lancaster county, Pa., branch of the family, settled in the Conestoga Valley, in Earl township. Prior to the last three generations the members of this latter branch of the family have all engaged exclusively in quiet agricultural pursuits. They were members of the Mennonite Church, where adherents must agree not to participate in politics, trade or commerce; not to vote at any political election; not to fill an office of trust or public honor; not to go to law on the offensive; not to take up arms to defend life or property; a peaceable, law-abiding people, promptly paying tax assessments, a people peculiar to themselves, by themselves, and for themselves; sober, industrious and progressive, none ever being found in jail, in the almshouse or on public charity. But in the last three generations the children are breaking away from those peculiar domestic, economic and church tenets, and are taking an active part in the affairs of the world; joining different church denominations, and engaging in politics, commerce, trade, science and art. The father was a prominent farmer of Earl township. He is now retired. The mother was a daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Bowman, pioneer settlers of Breakneck township, Lancaster county, from whom the town of Bowmansville in that county derives its name. The mother is not living. They had four sons, namely: Isaac B., Israel, residing on the homestead, Peter, who died in infancy, and Samuel, who died in 1892.

Isaac B. was reared to manhood in his native township, receiving his primary education in the public schools. When a little over fifteen years old, in 1862, he enlisted in the three months’ militia. In the spring of 1864 he re-enlisted in the service of the Government, joining the One Hundred and Ninety-fifth regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers. He served until the close of the war, and was mustered out at Washington, D.C. He returned home, and began the study of medicine with Dr. Isaac Winters, of Hingletown, Earl township. He attended Belleview Hospital Medical College, of New York, graduating with the class of 1869. He began the practice of his profession in Denver, Lancaster county, at once, and continued there for six years. In 1875, he removed to Columbus, Ohio, and practiced there six years. In 1881, he returned to Lancaster county, and took up the practice of medicine at Whitmore, and continued there till 1886. During the two subsequent years, from April, 1886, to September, 1888, he was resident physician and superintendent of Lancaster County Insane Asylum. In September, 1888, he located in Harrisburg. He was married in Earl township, Lancaster county, Pa., in July, 1868, to Mary Eby, daughter of Henry and Mary (Resh) Eby, Mr. Eby being a prominent farmer and stock dealer of Upper Leacock township, Lancaster county. To them have been born four children, one of whom died in infancy. Their living children are: Naomi, Elizabeth and Oliver W. Dr. Sensenig is a member of the Lancaster County Medical Society. In politics he is a staunch Republican. He attends the Reformed church. The Doctor was the first of the family to enter the medical profession, and well remembers the admonition of his older relatives: "Do not engage in that profession, it is not the proper calling for our people;" and telling of the danger of being enticed away from the good, pious church and social relations.


Transcribed by Kathye Thornton,,

For The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project –

November 19, 2000

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