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MUSSER, JOHN S., foundryman and machinist, was born in Fairview township, York county, Pa., May 9, 1827, and is a son of Benjamin and Frances (Snavely) Musser. Benjamin Musser, Sr., great-grandfather of John S. Musser, died November 12, 1820, aged seventy-one years, four months and thirteen days. He was the father of three sons and four daughters. His son, Dr. John Musser, was married, November 13, 1799, to Elizabeth Neff. Benjamin Musser, son of Dr. John and father of John S. Musser, was married, January 20, 1825, to Frances Snavely, of East Pennsboro township. They had fifteen children: Elizabeth, born January 8, 1826, wife of Josiah Seal; John S.; Henry D., born December 20, 1828, married Ellen Rupley; Benjamin, born December 21, 1830, married Susan Muench; Catherine, born October 1, 1832, wife of Benneville Boyer; Anna L., born April 13, 1834, wife of Isaac Lloyd; Jacob, born November 5, 1835; Joseph R., born February 7, 1837, married; Levi, born March 15, 1838; David, born January 9, 1839, married Susan Coble; Daniel, born September 3, 1840; Hiram, born November 29, 1841; Jeremiah, born April 9, 1843; Sarah, born April 19, 1847; Josiah A., born July 29, 1849, married.

John S. Musser’s parents removed to Cumberland county, Pa., when he was six years old. He attended the subscription schools there during the sessions of 1833-34, after which, the family removing to the vicinity of Millersburg, he attended the subscription school of that borough, entering the public schools after they were established in the town. In the meantime he gave a good share of his time to the assistance of his father on the farm until he was seventeen years old; after that he was wholly employed in farm work until he became of age. His father then employed him on wages as a regular farm hand until 1851, at which time the farm was sold to James Freeland, from whom Mr. Musser rented it and began farming on his own account. He continued there for fourteen years, then relinquished farming, and in 1865 returned to Millersburg. During 1865-66 Mr. Musser was engaged in contracting. After completing his contract he embarked in the foundry and machine business at Millersburg, associating with himself Seth Schreiber, under the firm name of Musser & Schreiber. They were successful in establishing a large business and continued the partnership until 1889, when it was dissolved by the death of Mr. Schreiber. Mr. Musser carried on the business until 1895, when it was sold in order to effect the settlement of the estate, and Mr. Musser engaged in plumbing, which is his present occupation.

Mr. Musser was married, January 20, 1848, to Elmira, daughter of Daniel and Hannah (Ferree) Hoffman, born January 19, 1830. They have six children: Frances E., wife of William Kahler, born February 3, 1849; Sarah A., born August 9, 1851; Henry A., born July 3, 1853, died May 17, 1873; Annie K., born September 19, 1857, wife of James L. Meck; Laura V., born November 18, 1859; George A., born November 6, 1861, married. Mrs. Musser died November 17, 1890. She was well known for her generous kindness and hospitality, and was an earnest and devout Christian woman, zealous in all good works, especially industrious in the up-building of the church.

Mr. Musser was active and influential in organizing and incorporating the Oak Hill Cemetery Association, of which he is one of the directors. Mr. Musser was formerly a Whig, and is now a staunch Republican. He takes a deep interest in all public business. In 1858 he was elected county commissioner of Dauphin county for three years. He was the only Republican in the board until Mr. Beam was elected in 1859. Mr. Musser was an earnest advocate of the plan of building a new court house, and to his wise and energetic support of the project its success is largely due. He has served several terms as burgess of Millersburg, and in other borough offices. In 1894 he was elected justice of the peace, and has filled numerous township offices. Mr. Musser belongs to Syrian Commandery, No. 133, A. O. of K. of M., at Millersburg. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Musser is now enjoying the fruits of his honorable business activity in earlier years, and he is surrounded by those who cordially wish him long life and happiness.

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Transcribed by Judy Warner Bookwalter, for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project –
Date of Transcription: 17 July 2001
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