POTTEIGER,Jacob, grocer, was born in Lower Paxton township, Dauphin county, Pa., December 24, 1833; son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Feeser) Potteiger. Jacob Potteiger, the grandfather, came from Berks county, and settled in Lower Paxton township. He married Mary Deck. The father was the oldest of seven children, the only survivors of whom are: Jonathan, of Lower Paxton township; Daniel, of Fort Hunter, Dauphin county; Elizabeth, (Mrs. Jonathan Crum), of Illinois. He was born in Berks or Dauphin county, and reared on the farm. He learned the blacksmith trade, and followed it, having a shop near Linglestown, where he worked until his death, in 1853. In politics he was a Democrat. He was a member of the Lutheran church, in which he held the office of deacon. His wife died in 1870. She was a daughter of Peter Feeser. They raised eleven children, ten of whom are living: Jacob; Elizabeth (Mrs. Reuben Conrad), of Seneca county, Ohio; Alert, of Fishing Creek Valley, Middle Paxton township; Sarah, deceased; Jonathan, of Halifax; Matilda (Mrs. Samuel Hepford), of Harrisburg; David, of Lock Haven, Pa.; George, of West Hanover township, blacksmith; James, of Ohio, merchant; Levi, of Iowa, laundry, etc.; William, of Ohio, painter and paper hanger.
Jacob was reared and educated in Lower Paxton township. He also attended school in Linglestown, and subsequently taught school five terms in the township, after which he was engaged in farming four years. In 1867 he settled at Progress, in Dauphin county, where he conducted a general mercantile business until 1871, when he purchased his present property in Harrisburg, and since continued in the same line of trade. Mr. Potteiger is a director of the East Harrisburg Building and Loan Association. In his politics he is a Republican, and has served as a school director one term from the Ninth ward, and also as assessor of the same ward. He is also a member of the Improved Order of Heptasophs.
Mr. Potteiger was married, in 1858, to Miss Rebecca Allbright, daughter of Henry Allbright, in Lower Paxton township, who died June 14, 1893, leaving only one child, Emma C., wife of Wesley Hoover, of Harrisburg. He is a member of the Thirteenth Street Lutheran church, of which he has also served as treasurer. He also served as an elder and secretary of the council of the Memorial Lutheran church, and was one of the Memorial Lutheran church, and was one of the organization of that congregation.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 1 Apr. 2001
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