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METZGER FAMILY. The first of the Metzger family to settle in Dauphin county was Jacob Metzger, a native of Germany, who resided first near Middletown, at that time in Lancaster county, and afterwards in Londonderry township, Dauphin county, on the farms, part of which are now occupied by Henry and Adam Metzger. His son Jacob was born on the farm now occupied by Henry about 1756 or 1757. Jacob Metzgcr, Jr., married Margaret Brandt, a native of Cumberland county. They were members of the Dunkard church. They reared a large family; their children were: David, Eva, Barbara, Joseph, Jacob, Martin, Elizabeth, Esther, and Catherine.

David Metzger was born in 1779. He received a good education for that period, and succeeded to his father's homestead, where he lived until his death. He was counted one of the foremost farmers of his day. He was a very methodical man, and always very careful and exact in his business transactions. He was a prominent member of the Dunkard church, and died in 1832. He married Miss Eva Rothrock, who died March 18, 1843. They reared eight children to maturity: Jacob, deceased; Christiana, deceased, married Joseph Gingrich; Margaret, Mrs. Joseph Gingrich, of Lower Swatara township, died April, 1896; Barbara, widow of John Meyers, and widow of Frederick Beck, of Lancaster county; John, deceased; Leah, Mrs. John Stout, of Hanover, Pa.; Henry, and Adam.

Henry Metzger was born on his present homestead, September 17, 1827. He has always been engaged in farming, so that his life has not been one of unusual incidents and adventures. He has been industrious and enterprising in the management of his farm, and has been able to meet all the demands which the community and his family have made upon him. In 1851 he married Miss Fannie Miller, daughter of David Miller, of Lancaster county, Pa. They have four children: David M., farmer, of Londonderry township, married Barbara Mumma, daughter of Christian Mumma; Joseph, of Elizabethtown, Lancaster county, married Fanny Keyler; Amanda, wife of John Rider, of Londonderry township; Emma, wife of Frank Hoffer, of Mt. Joy, Pa. Mr. Metzger is Republican in politics. He and his family are prominent in the Mennonite church.

Adam Metzger, farmer, Middletown P. O., was born on his present farm, January 8, 1830. He secured only a limited education in the schools, being obliged at the age of fourteen to leave home and seek a livelihood. He has always been engaged in farming. In 1851 he settled on the farm known as the John Metzger farm, in Londonderry township, where he resided for a few years. He afterwards purchased the farm he now owns and occupies. He has been very successful; his farm is universally considered one of the finest in the township. Every feature of the place displays the work of a master hand. Usefulness, comfort and beauty, all the essentials and adornments of farm work and farm life, are abundantly provided for under his skillful management. He has other business interests also. He was one of the original stockholders of the Middletown Car Works. In 1852 Mr. Metzger married Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Matthias Brenser, of Londonderry township: She died September 9, 1894. His family consists of four children: Millard, of Londonderry township, who married Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Jacob Meckley, of Elizabethtown, and after her death married Miss Elizabeth Bierbower, of Dauphin county; Fannie, wife of David Ulrich, of Londonderry township; Martin, of Londonderry township, married Ruth, daughter of Abram Roth; John, of Royalton, and Solomon, died at the age of twenty-three. Mr. Metzger is independent in politics; he has filled many township offices, and served as school director of his township for nine consecutive years.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 29 Jan 2001

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