SELSER, Samuel, retired, Middletown, was born at Middletown, Dauphin county, Pa., March 5, 1815; son of George and Catherine (Musser) Selser. The father was born in York county and the mother in Lancaster county. John George Selser, the grandfather was a native of Germany, came to American, settled in York county, and had three sons and one daughter: George, Nicholas, Michael, and Christina. George Selser, the father, came to Middletown before his marriage, about 1812, and purchased a lot from the Foot family. He was originally a distiller, but after coming to Middletown engaged in the manufacture of nails, and followed that business many years, and later in life was engaged in milling, carpentry, and other employments. He was a member of the Lutheran church, and was one of the workmen employed in building the steeple on the church. He died in 1852 and his wife died in 1876. Their children are: Catherine, married Adam Foot, and died at Grand Rapides, Mich.; Samuel, and Mary, Mrs. Eli May, of Middletown.
Samuel was educated in the schools of that period and learned the trade of cabinet making, at which he worked for several years, after which he had a saw mill and was in the lumber business for thirty-five years, in connection with which he did carpentry work. In politics he was a Whig, and later a Repulican, and served as member of the council and as tax collector. Mr. Selser was married, in 1835, to Sarah Smith, who lived only a short time, and after her death he married Miss Christina, daughter of Jacob Ehersman. She died in 1893. They had eleven children: Anna, Salome, Sarah, Catherine, Christina, Mary, Lucinda, George W., Samuel S., John, and Jacob. Mr. Selser attends the Lutheran church.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 2 March 2001
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