KAUFFMAN, HENRY K., a native of Lancaster county, Pa.; was born September 5, 1833; son of Benjamin and Annie Kauffman. His paternal grandfather, John Kauffman, was a native of Lancaster county, as also his grandfather on the mother's side, and both of his parents were born in that county. Benjamin Kauffman was first a weaver and later in life a farmer. He was married to Miss Annie Kauffman, daughter of John and Mary Kauffman. Four of their family of nine children are living: Henry K., Martha, Benjamin and Andrew. Those deceased are: Abraham: Susan, wife of Jacob Snider; Jacob, who died in 1863, aged thirteen years; Amos, died in 1862, at the age of seven years; and Annie, who also died in 1862, aged four years and ten days. Mr. Benjamin Kauffman died a retired farmer, aged seventy-six years and three months; his wife died aged sixty years. Both were of the Mennonite persuasion.
Henry K. Kauffmen received his education in Rapho township, Lancaster county, attending school, like farmers' boys in general, only during the winter, and learning the art and science of agriculture practically by making themselves useful on the farm during the rest of the year. Mr. Kauffman was all his life a farmer, for although he endeavored during one winter to learn the trade of a miller, he was obliged at the end of the season to give up the attempt on account of ill health. He therefore returned again to farming, to which he has ever since, especially since the beginning of his married life, given his exclusive attention. Mr. Kauffman is a Republican; he is now serving his township as supervisor, to which office he was elected to 1895. Henry K. Kauffman was married, February 16, 1871, to Susan S., daughter of John and Mary (Sherry) Helman, born August 1, 1833. Mr. and Mrs. Kauffman have had four children: Annie and Lizzie, twins, died July 19, 1876, aged twenty-one days; Mary A., wife of Harry Sheerer; and F., who is married to Miss Bate Grumbine. Mr. Kauffman belongs to the Mennonite church.
Mr. and Mrs. John Helman, the parents of Mrs. Kauffman, were both natives of Lancaster county. Mr. Helman was a weaver, but continued only a short time in that occupation before exchanging it for fence making, with which he was occupied for many years, but which he at last relinquished to engage in butchering. He was married to Miss Mary Sherry, daughter of Jacob and Anna Sherry. Two of their children are deceased: Jacob, died at the age of twenty-two years and three months; and Henry, died at the age of forty years and two months. Their living children are: Kate, wife of Benjamin Minutes; Lizzie, widow of Michael Steffey; Susan S., Mrs. Kauffman; John; Mary, wife of Peter Kegerreis; Cyrus, and George. Mr. Helmen died at the age of sixty years, and Mrs. Helinan in 1880, aged seventy-five; both died in Lancaster county. They were members of the Lutheran church.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 3 Mar 2001
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