Wingert, Jesse, was born in Harrisburg, Pa., March 4, 1833. He is a son of John and Mary (Heckendorn) Wingert. The Wingert family are of German ancestry. John Wingert was born in Georgetown, D. C., came to Harrisburg with his parents when a boy, and resided here to continuously until his death. He served in the war of 1812. He was a weaver, and followed that occupation. He died in 1837.
The Heckendorn family are of Swiss extraction. They settled at Jonestown, Pa., at an early date. On account of troubles with the Indians, they abandoned their home there, and located in York, Pa. Mary Heckendorn, mother of Jesse Wingert, came with her parents to Harrisburg in 1804, and resided here until her death. John and Mary Wingert had a family of eight children: a daughter, Mary, widow of Michael Goodwin, residing in Philadelphia, and their son Jesse are the only living members of the family. Joseph, a son, was killed at the battle of Vicksburg; Charles died in Harrisburg in September, 1889; Elizabeth, wife of Jacob Martin, died in Harrisburg in 1850. Three other children died young.
Jesse Wingert has spent his whole life in Harrisburg. He received his education in the city schools. He learned bricklaying, but followed that occupation for only one year after his apprenticeship. For the next seven years he was engaged in the sale of building sand. Since that time he has been in the real estate business. In August, 1864, he enlisted in company L, Ninety-ninth Pennsylvania volunteers, as a private. In the same year his company was attached to the One Hundred and Ninety-ninth regiment, becoming company E of that regiment, and Mr. Wingert was promoted to be its second lieutenant. He served in this regiment until the close of the war, taking part in the engagements around Petersburg, Va.
Jesse Wingert was married in East Pennsboro' township, Cumberland county, November 20, 1865, to Barbara, daughter of Dr. Joseph and Mary (Renninger) Blust. They have no children.
Mr. Wingert has been assessor for one year. He has represented the Sixth ward for one term in common council. He ia a director in the Merchants' National Bank, and in the Central Safe Deposit and Guarantee Company; also in the Safe Deposit Building and Loan Association. In politics Mr. Wingert ia an independent voter, aiming always to support the most worthy men, irrespective of party. Mr. Wingert is executor of the Downey estate, and is committee for George W. McKee, in the McKee estate. He has also settled other estates to the entire satisfaction of every one concerned. He is a member of Grace M. E. church. Mrs. Wingert is a member of St. Lawrence's Roman Catholic church.
Dr. Joseph Blust, the father of Mrs. Wingert, is one of the oldest residents of Harrisburg, and the oldest physician. He was born in Baden, Germany, October 28, 1804, received his education in his native land, came to America with his parents in 1817, and lived in Lebanon county, Pa. There he read medicine under Dr. Mish and other eminent physicians. He began the practice of his profession when he was twenty-nine years old, in Cumberland county, and remained there until 1865. In this year he removed to Harrisburg, and practiced until a few years ago. He was married, January 4, 1838, to Mary Renninger, who died in Harrisburg, July 8, 1889. They had three children: Margaret, born January 15, 1839, died March 18, 1869; Barbara, wife of Jesse Wingert, born June 4, 1840; Joseph, born May 15, 1846, married Mart Webber, May 14, 1870, and resides in Hampton township, Cumberland county.
Mary Renninger, mother of Mrs. Wingert, was born in Cumberland county, March 18, 1808. She was the daughter of Martin and Margaretta (Rupp) Renninger. Martin Renninger was born in Lancaster county in 1764. He served in the State Legislature. For many years he was an officer in the Lutheran church. He died October 29, 1841, and is buried in Zion Lutheran church, near West Fairview.
Wingert, Jesse, p. 312 & 313
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