SPITLER, ADAM G., shoemaker, was born in Jonestown, Lebanon county, October 30, 1818, and is a son of Adam and Elizabeth (Gosserd) Spitler. The grandfather was a native of Lebanon county, as were also the father and mother. The father was a weaver by trade, and followed that occupation all his life. He married Miss Elizabeth Gosserd, and their children are: Adam G.; John, deceased; William, deceased; Samuel, also deceased. He filled various offices in Lebanon county, serving as constable for a number of years, and as tax collector, and for fifteen years was assessor.
Adam G. received his education in the public schools until he was sixteen years old, when he secured employment on the Union canal for two years, and then began the trade of hat manufacturer, but was compelled to quit because of ill health. He next learned the trade of shoemaking, and has spent most of his time since in that occupation, but for a time was engaged in boating along the canal above Hummelstown. He resided for thirteen years at the old lock-house, and then built the home he now occupies. He retired from work in 1894. He was married, April 18, 1842, at Jonestown, to Miss Rebecca Swartz, daughter of Andrew and Mary (Cauffer) Swartz. Their children are: Jacob, Alfred, Pollie, Benjamin, Samuel, Adam, deceased, and Emma, deceased. Mr. Spitler is a Republican, and a member of the Lutheran church. Mrs. Spitler was born February 28, 1825, in Berks county, of which her parents were both natives. Her father married Miss Mary Cauffer. Their children are: Absalom; Susan; Rebecca; Elizabeth; Peter, deceased; Israel, deceased; Reuben, deceased; Leah, deceased; and Adeline, deceased.
Transcribed by Judy Warner Bookwalter, for the Dauphin County,
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