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KEITER, SAMUEL, was born in Jackson township, Dauphin county, Pa., November 8, 1819. He is a son of Garhert Keiter, a Pennsylvanian, of German ancestry, and a farmer and stock raiser of Jackson township. He married Barbara Lentz. They had ten children: John, Joseph, Michael, Garhert, Peter, Samuel, Catherine, Sarah, Ann, and Barbara, all of whom are deceased except Samuel. Mr. and Mrs. Keiter were Lutherans. They died in Jackson township. Mr. Keiter was a Republican.

Samuel Keiter attended the subscription schools, and worked with his father at farming until he was of age. He then learned shoemaking, and worked at that trade for eight years. He then bought eighty acres of laud on which he now resides, built a louse and barn, and otherwise extensively improved the land, which he continued for some time to cultivate. In 1862, at the age of forty-three, Mr. Keiter was drafted into the army, and assigned to company A, One Hundred and Seventy-second regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, under Capt. Solomon Bowerman and Colonel Cleckner. He served nine months and was then discharged, and returned home. He resumed farming; also, for twelve years, in connection with his brother Michael, was a manufacturer of lumber. In this business they met with fair succcss. Mr. Keiter was married, in Jackson township, in 1842, to Miss Susanna Shott, born in Lykens Valley. They had twelve children: Susan, wife of Henry Hoffman; Jonas, deceased ; Catherine, deceased ; Philip, farmer; Leah, wife of Solomon Matters; Ellen, wife of William Shertzer; Sarah, wife of Isaac Henninger; Elizabeth, deceased, wife of James Miller; Amanda, wife of Isaac A. Enders; Isaac, farmer, South Bend, Ind.; Charles, and Hiram. Mr. Keiter is a Republican, but no office seeker. He is a member of the Lutheran church. Mr. and Mrs. Keiter have passed fifty-four years of wedded life, have reared a family of twelve children, have been industrious and frugal, and are now quietly enjoying the fruits of their well spent life. They are surrounded by three generations of descendants, but are not chilled by the frosts of age. They are cheerful and genial, and by old and young are considered pleasant company. They present an attractive example of the happiness resulting from right living. In their own cheerful old age, in the society of their children and grandchildren, in the enjoyment of home and friends, they proclaim that the marriage relation is no failure, but the largest success of which human nature is capable.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Joanne Nichols for The Dauphin

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Date of Transcription: 29 Jan 2001

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