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JACKS, LEVI, was born in Derry township, Dauphin county, Pa., August 27, 1842. He is a son of Thomas and Joann (Dewitt) Jacks. His father was born in Lancaster county, near Columbia, in 1815. He was a farmer by occupation, came to Dauphin county when a young man, and was a member of the Lutheran church. He married Miss Joann Dewitt, of Dauphin county, whose parents died while she was very young. They had ten children, six of whom are living: Levi; Sarah Ann, wife of George Buser, of Harrisburg; Thomas, married Miss Ann Hummel, of Hummelstown; Jennie, wife of John Spidle, of Hummelstown; Annie, wife of Christ Henry, of Royalton; Andrew, married Miss Media Shoemaker, of Hummelstown. The deceased children are: Mary, James, William and an infant.

Levi attended the public schools and acquired a good education for that period. He was all the time as busy as all farmer boys must be. The days and hours for school were mingled with those of work; for the stock must be cared for, and wood and water for the house must be provided. Amid a multiplicity of exacting demands upon

time and strength the farmer's boy must use his earnest efforts to become intelligent, well informed, and educated for life's work. Levi found time for all duties, and none were neglected. He chose farming as his occupation for life, and is still engaged in it. It was a time of excitement in the country when he became old enough to have a voice in the government. Mr. Lincoln was candidate for re-election to the presidency, and

Levi cast his first vote for that great man. He has continued his connection with the Republican party as a voter. He holds the office of township auditor.

He was married, October 1, 1867, to Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Abram and Elizabeth (Nissley) Strickler, of Dauphin county. They had nine children, of whom six are living: Ida E., wife of Harry Christman, of Dauphin county; Bertha A., living at home; Sherman S., Mabel J., Beulah P., and Laura May. Those deceased are: Franklin S., Minerva, and Milton.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 29 Jan 2001

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