WHITMAN, WILLIAM, farmer, Fisherville, Jackson township, was born in Jackson township, Dauphin county, July 3, 1823. Bartholomew Whitman, the grandfather, was born in Berks county, and removed to Dauphin county with his family, and located in Lykens Valley, afterwards removing to Jackson township, where he and his wife died. John, the father, was also born in Berks county, and was brought by his parents to Dauphin county when a child, where he attended the schools of Jackson township, and from early boyhood worked on the farm with his father. He also owned and operated a farm of two hundred and fifty acres in Armstrong Valley. and was extensively engaged in raising stock. He married Catherine Maisner, born in Washington township in 1806. Their children are: Mary, Daniel, William, Elizabeth, Catherine A., Sarah, deceased, John, deceased, Lavina, and Rebecca, died young. The father was once a Democrat, but became a Republican, and served as supervisor for three years. He and his wife were members of the Lutheran church, in which he served as a deacon. He died April 14, 1884, in Jackson township, and his wife died in the fall of 1886, in Powell's Valley.
William attended the schools in Jackson township in the winter months, and worked on the farm with his father until he was twenty-three years of age. He then learned the trade of carpenter and joiner, at which he worked for several years, taking contracts. He built several houses and barns in Jackson township. He bought thirty-three acres of land from his father on which he built a dwelling house and barn. After his father's death he got the homestead of ninety acres, where he has his present residence. For a timber supply he bought mountain land, and has made important improvements on the homestead. In September, 1895, his barn was struck by lightning, and with its contents entirely consumed by fire, entailing a loss on building and crops of $3,000. He is now building a new barn. He was married, April, 1857, to Susanna Enders, born in Jackson township, December 25, 1835; daughter of Philip and sister of George W. Enders. Their children are: Isaac, William, Bertha, and Ellen, died in infancy. Mr. Whitman enlisted at Harrisburg, September, 1864, in company A, Two Hundred and Tenth regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, and participated in the battles of Gravel Run, Hatch's Run, Five Forks, and was at Lee's surrender. He was discharged May 3, 1865, at Arlington Heights, and was present at the grand reunion in Washington. He was not sick a single day while in the service, and receives no pension.
In his political views he is a Republican, and served as supervisor, tax collector and assessor, one term each. His religious faith and fellowship are with the Lutherans, and he is a deacon in the church and a Sunday school teacher.
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