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Minsker, Moses, farmer and blacksmith, was born in Clark's Valley, Middle Paxton township, April 1, 1837, and is a son of Ludwig and Henrietta (Keen) Minsker. For two generations the Minsker family have lived in the locality where Moses was born. The father was born in 1799, and had a family of ten children. They are: Benjamin; Solomon; John; Moses; Mary, deceased; Catharine, Harriet, and Rachel. The parents of Mrs. Minsker are both deceased, and had a family of six children: Rebecca, John, Mary Ann, Edward, James, and George.

Moses received his education in the public schools of his native place until he was seventeen years of age, and then assisted his father on the farm until the latter's death in 1857. He then engaged in various occupations until 1871, when he began working for Henry M. Bayard & Co., with whom he remained seven years. He then located on his present place and erected a new house, blacksmith shop and other buildings, and has continued to reside there to the present time. He was married, December 5, 1863, to Miss Mary Ann (Forney) Minsker. Their children are: Catharine, born May 29, 1877, and died September 6, 1878; William, born August 21, 1864; Susan E., born February 3, 1866; John, born August 8, 1867; Eliza Ann, born April 14, 1870; Mary Rebecca, born January 15, 1873; Hannah Alice, born January 20, 1875; Sarah Jane, born September 12, 1879; and Moses, born October 2, 1882. Mrs. Minsker passed away November 13, 1893. She was a consistent Christian, a devoted wife and fond and indulgent mother, whose loss was felt by all who knew her. Mr. Minsker is a self-made man, and by his enterprise and perseverance has accumulated a competency sufficient to enable him to spend comfortably his remaining life. In politics he is a Democrat, and the family attend the Evangelical church.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Michael W. Gerberick, lonewolf452@netscape.net, for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transciption Project -


Date of Transcription: February 11, 2001

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