MOYER, Benjamin F., teacher and farmer, was born in Lower Paxton township, September 9, 1841, and is a son of Daniel and Rebecca (Gettle) Moyer.
The parents are both deceased. The father was born June 10, 1797, and served as bugler in a company of United States cavalry. He participated in the military parade at Harrisburg at which General Lafayette was present. When twenty years of age he learned the trade of milling, which he followed for a time and then engaged in farming until 1872.
Mrs. Moyer's parents are also deceased. They had a family of four children, viz: Mrs. Moyer; Emma J., wife of Peter Fox; David; Martha, and Caroline, deceased. Her father was married a second time and had two children by this marriage, viz: Susan, and Matilda, deceased.
Benjamin F. received his education in the public schools until he was twenty years of age, when he attended the academy at White Hall, Cumberland county. Later he attended the Palmyra Academy, Lebanon county, under Professor Witmer. He assisted for a time in his father's mill and then engaged in farming, but at the same time taught school during the winter. In 1867 he began farming on his own account, and has continued up to the present time. At the urgent request of the school directors of his district he taught school for twelve winters, beginning in 1869, and in 1895 he began teaching again. He was married December 17, 1866, and has a family of five children: Joseph D., born November 5, 1868, and died September 22, 1869; Sarah Jane, born March 9, 1872, and died April 3, 1890; Laura Irene, born October 1, 1870; Nevin W., born May 28, 1876; Cora M., born March 30, 1881. Mr. Moyer served efficiently as justice of the peace in Lower Paxton township for one term. He is a Democrat in politics and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Wellsville. The family attended the German Reformed church.
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