UMHOLTZ, Emanuel
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UMHOLTZ, Emanuel

Umholtz, Emanuel, farmer, Gratz, Pa., was born in Lykens township, Dauphin county, Pa., July 30, 1843. Philip Umholtz, his grandfather, was of German descent, and was a farmer in Lykens township, where he died. He was an old line Whig and a member of the Reformed church. His son, Samuel, father of Emanuel Umholtz, was also born in Lykens township, where he owned and cultivated a farm of one hundred acres. His wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Frederick Harner, was a native of the same township. They had eight children: Maria, died young; Emanuel; Isaac, enlisted in company H. Two Hundred and Tenth Pennsylvania volunteers, and was killed in battle; Sarah M., wife of Henry M. Ritzman, Lykens township; Ellen, wife of Elias Klinger; Henry, deceased; Louisa, wife of Jacob Zimmerman, Williamstown, Pa.; Edward, in Iowa. Mrs. Umholtz died in Lykens township in 1856. Mr. Umholtz was again married, to Elizabeth Genter, born in Washington township; their children were: Adeline, wife of George Welker, Lykens township; Harvey, killed by a casualty in the mines, and William, miner, residing in Gratz. Mr. Umholtz died in the township in March, 1884. He was a Republican; he served as tax collector and in other township offices. He was an active member of the Reformed church, serving as deacon; he was deeply interested in the welfare of his fellow-men.

Emanuel Umholtz had only the most slender educational advantages, having been in school not more than a year altogether. He began at a very early age to work with his father on the farm, and remained with him until he was fifteen; at this age he went to Ohio, worked for a year on a farm, and then returned and was for two years in the employ of a farmer in Lykens township. He enlisted on July 1, 1863, in company H, Thirty-sixth Pennsylvania militia, and served sixty days in and about Gettysburg, at the time of the great rebel invasion. He afterwards worked on the farm until September of that year, when he enlisted in company H, Ninth Pennsylvania cavalry, Captain Kimmell and Col. J.J. Jordan. He was with Sherman in all his campaigns, and participated in the battles fought by that army up to the close of the war. He was discharged July 28, 1865, resumed farm work with his father, and remained with him until 1867. In this year he bought a farm of eighty-two acres, which he cultivated for twelve years, and then bought a farm of sixty-four acres, improved it and farmed it for four years. He then sold this farm and bought the old homestead of seventy acres, which he now occupies and cultivates.

Emanuel Umholtz was married, in Lykens township in 1867, to Mary, daughter of Henry Hartman, born in that township in 1840. Their children are: Isaac M., on the homestead, married L.C. Cecelia Willard and has one child, Elmer; and Lizzie, wife of George Daniel, farmer, Lykens township, has one child, Charles.

Mr. Umholtz is a Republican; has served fifteen years as constable. He is a member of Kissinger Post, No. 376, G.A.R., at Gratz. He is connected with the Lutheran church, and has been four years a deacon. He has spent an active and useful life. He worked a year and a half in the mines, but most of his life has been devoted to agriculture. He takes an active part in the county fair, and is alive to all that promises good to the farmers. He is well known and well liked and everywhere recognized as a solid man.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Michael W. Gerberick,, for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transciption Project -

Date of Transcription: February 12, 2001

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