OGLESBY, JOSEPH J., furniture dealer and undertaker was born in Harrisburg March 23, 1838. He is a son of the late Jonah and Phoebe (Miller) Ogelsby. His parents were both natives of Chester county, were of Scotch-Irish ancestry, and were Quakers. They settled in Harrisburg in 1837. The father was a manufacturer of sickles and worked at this industry for many years in Chester county. In 1838 he removed to Susquehanna township, where he was a prominent agriculturalist till 1856. He died at the residence of his son, Washington P., in Philadelphia, in 1885, at the advanced age of ninety-five years. He had a family of nine children, of whom but two are now living, Joseph J. and Washington P., of Philadelphia.
Joseph J. Ogelsby, when but an infant, came with his parents to Susquehanna township, where he remained till he was seven teen years of age. He worked upon his father's farm, receiving such educational advantages as could be obtained in the district schools during the winter months. In January, 1856, Mr. Ogelsby was apprenticed to the firm of J. R. Boyd & Son, Harrisburg, to learn the cabinet-making business. He was a faithful employee in the service of this firm for twenty-three years. Since 1879 he has been continuously engaged in business for himself in this city. He was married in Harrisburg, June 25, 1863, to Miss Fannie Mauma, a daughter of Jacob and Nancy Mauma, of Harrisburg. They have had seven children, of whom five are living: Warwick M., Joseph N., Body M., Fannie M., and Martha, all residing in Harrisburg.
In August, 1862, Mr. Ogelsby enlisted in the One Hundred and Twenty-seventh Pennsylvania Volunteers, and served for nine months. In August, 1864, he re-enlisted in the Two Hundred and First Pennsylvania volunteers and served for a further time of one year in this regiment. He is a member of Post No. 58, G. A. R., and also of the Royal Arcanum. In politics he is a staunch Republican. The family attend the Lutheran church.
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