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Kissinger, Jacob, farmer and stockman, Gratz, Pa., was born in Lykens township, Dauphin county, Pa., November 14, 1843. His grandfather, John Kissinger, was a native of Lykens township, farmer, who lived and died in that township. He married Elizabeth Klinger, of Lykens Valley; their children were: John, Jonas, Peter, Angeline, Susan, George, and Kate.

George Kissinger, father of Jacob, was born in Lykens township in 1817, and educated in the subscription schools of the township. His life was spent in farming. He owned a farm of sixty acres in Lykens township, which he cultivated and improved, and on which he was engaged in stock raising. He is still an active business man. He is a Republican and a member of the Lutheran church. George Kissinger was married in Schuylkill county, Pa., to Sarah Knerr, born in Berks county, Pa., in 1822. Their children were: John, in Northampton county, Pa.; Jacob; Catherine, wife of Benjamin Hoffman; Jane, wife of Reuben Steeley, Lykens township; Amos, farmer, Lykens township, and Amanda, died young. Mr. and Mrs. Kissinger still reside in the township. Mr. Kissinger took an active part in the Sunday-school - was teacher and treasurer for many years.

Jacob Kissinger attended the Kissinger school house in the winter and worked on the farm during the summer. He continued work at home until July 1, 1863, when he enlisted in what was called the "Home Guards," at Gratz, Pa. He was in company C, Thiry-sixth regiment of these militia troops, and served eight weeks at Gettysburg. Being then discharged, he returned home and remained on the farm until February, 1864, when he re-enlisted at Gratz for three years in company K, Ninth Pennsylvania cavalry, Col. Thomas J. Jordan and Capt. J. Frank Miller. He was in the Atlanta campaign, and went with Sherman to the sea, and remained with Sherman's army, participating in marches and battles, until the surrender of Johnson, having been in forty-two battles and skirmishes. At the close of the war Mr. Kissinger was honorably discharged from the service at Harrisburg, returned home, and for two years assisted his father in cultivating the home farm. After this he cultivated a rented farm of eighty-five acres until 1885, when he bought the farm he now owns and occupies for $8,000. He has built upon it a dwelling costing $1,500, and made other important improvements. Besides farming, he carries on a stock and dairy business.

Jacob Kissinger was married, in Lykens township, in August, 1867, to Amanda Williard, born in Lykens township October 1, 1848, daughter of a farmer of that township, George Williard, and his wife, Lavinia (Deibler) Williard. Mr. and Mrs. Kissinger had eleven children: Harvey F., born November 11, 1868, farmer, Lykens township; Mary, born February 8, 1870, wife of Frank Hoffman, Lykens township; S. Katie, born June 9, 1872; Daniel, born January 10, 1874, farmer; Edmund O., born November 9, 1876, at home; Ida, born January 9, 1878, died January 19, 1880; Dora E., born December 13, 1880; Annie, born September 21, 1882, died in 1891; Charles W., born September 4, 1884; Jacob, born August 12, 1886; and Thomas H., born October 6, 1888.

Mr. Kissinger is a member of Kissinger Post, No. 376, G.A.R., was commander of Post one year, and has officiated as chaplain, vice-commander, and lieutenant vice-commander. He has also been a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and of the Grange. He is a Republican; has been four terms supervisor of roads and judge of elections, and has served in other township offices. Mr. Kissinger is also prominent in church affairs, being a member of the Reformed church at Gratz. He has been an elder for three years, and has represented the congregation at synods. He has served in all offices of the church, and is a diligent worker, and an honorable and influential citizen.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Michael W. Gerberick,, for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transciption Project -

Date of Transcription: February 11, 2001

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