KAUFFMAN, Felix, farmer, was born in Conewago township, Dauphin county, Pa., November 15, 1842. He is a son of Samuel and Mary (Stivig) Kauffman. Samuel Kauffman was a carpenter, is also a farmer, and resides in Conewago township. Mr. and Mrs. Kauffman hadnine children, three of whom are deceased : Henry, Elizabeth, wife of Rudy Harg, and one who died in infancy, unnamed. Their surviving children are : Felix; John; Catherine, wife of Levi Moyer; Nancy, wife of Peter Swartz; Mary, wife of Jacob Shearer, and Elias. Felix Kauffman was educated in the schools of his native township. At the age of seventeen he began to make his own way in the world. He was hired by the month as a farm hand for about five years, or until he was twenty-two years of age. In 1864 he enlisted in the United States army, at Harrisburg, and was assigned to company F, Two Hundredth regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers. Captain Hoffman was his commander. He enlisted for one year and served his term. He was discharged May 30, 1865, at Alexandria, Va. He took part in two important engagements there, and in other minor battles and skirmishes. He is still suffering from the effects of exposure during his service in the army.
Returning from the war, he located in his native township and engaged in farming, on wages. In 1868 he began farming on his own account. In 1869 he removed to Lancaster county, and was for twelve years engaged in farming there. He then removed to his present homestead, where he has continued to the present time. Mr. Kauffman was married, October 15, 1870, to Elizabeth G., daughter of Jeremiah and Mary (Gieb) Martin. Of their three children, two are deceased : Sarah M., born August 6, 1870, died August 19, 1870; and Alice M., born May 25, 1873, died May 19, 1879. The surviving child was born December 10, 1875. Mr. Kauffman has served Lower Paxton township for one term as school director. He is a Republican and belongs to the German Baptist church.
Jeremiah Martin, father of Mrs. Kaufffman, is still living. He married Mary Gieb, born July 18, 1818, died July 2, 1890. They had twelve children, five of whom are deceased : Christian, Mary Ann, Fannie, Joseph, and one who died in infancy. Their living children are : Elizabeth G., who is Mrs. Kauffman, Jeremiah, Addison, Jacob, Annie, Benjamin, and Barbara.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
Transcribed by Ronald Singerris@vicon.net for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project
Date of Transcription: 16 March 2001
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