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Moyer, John, farmer, Gratz, Pa., was born in Gratz, March 19, 1840. He is a son of George and Margaret (Tallman) Moyer. The father was born in Germany, in 1801, and learned there the trade of blacksmith. In 1821 he came to the United States in a sailing vessel, and landed at Baltimore. He first located in Gratz, and later moved to Gratz, where he purchased a shop and began blacksmithing, which occupation he continued all his life. He married Miss Margaret Tallman, also a native of Germany. Their children were: Mary, deceased; Louisa; George D., deceased; Charles H., deceased; John; Amanda, deceased; and Caroline. The father died in 1876, and the mother in 1864. They were members of the Lutheran church. The father was a Democrat.

John received his education in the public schools of Gratz, Pa. He then learned the furniture manufacturing business in Harrisburg, where he worked for six years. He then moved to Gratz and farmed the homestead. In 1882 he bought additional land and made numerous improvements on it. He was married, in 1861, to Miss Sarah Gonser, born in Northumberland county, January 4, 1841; daughter of Daniel Gonser. Their children are: Charles P., Daniel G., William O., a graduate of Millersville Normal School, and principal of the high school Gratz, and Sadie. In politics Mr. Moyer is a Democrat and served as a member of city council, as chief burgess, as school director and also as tax collector. He is a member of Lodge No. 565, I.O.O.F.; Grangers, No. 530; and Washington Camp, No. 575, P.O.S. of A. He is also a member of the Lutheran church, in which he holds the office of deacon, besides being Sunday-school superintendent.



Historical Review of Dauphin County

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

Date of Transcription: February 14, 2001

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