Back Up Next

BOMGARDNER, JOHN, farmer, was born in Lebanon county, Pa., July 20, 1842; son of George S. and Rebecca (Zeiker) Bomgardner. George S. Bomgardner was born in Lebanon county, in September, 1810. He was a shoemaker, which trade he followed through life. His wife, Rebecca Zeiker, was born in Lebanon county in 1808. They have ten children, all living; Catherine, wife of Joseph Kline; Abraham; Mary A., wife of Eden Stoner, deceased; Gideon; Louisa; John; David, resides in Nebraska; George; William; Ellen, wife of Dr. Early. Mr. and Mrs. George S. Bomgardner were both faithful members of the United Brethren church. Mr. Bomgardner resides at Grantville, Dauphin county, and is aged eighty-five years; his wife died in December, 1891, at eighty-five years of age.

John Bombardner took the regular course in the public schools of his native county. In his boyhood he learned shoemaking and worked at that trade until he was twenty-five years old; after this he engaged in farming, which has been his occupation since 1888. On July 1, 1863, Mr. Bombardner enlisted as private in company D, Forty-eighth regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, the company commanded by Capt. David S. Seibert. He served three months and was discharged August 23, 1863; he again enlisted August 26, 1864, in company I, Two Hundred and First regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, serving ten months, and was discharged at the close of the war, June 21, 1865, when he resumed work at his trade. Mr. Bomgardner was married, October 18, 1866, to Miss Maria, daughter of Henry and Phoebe (Isenhard) Gernert. They have eight children, all living: Phoebe R., wife of John Rambler; George E., Miles A., Mary L., Carrie May, Hannah D., John G., and Claudius E. In 1890 Mr. Bongardner was elected school director of East Hanover township and served efficiently for three years. He is a reliable man and a useful citizen, and stands well in the community.

Henry Gernert, father of Mrs. Bomgardner, was born in Lehigh county, Pa., November 6, 1818. In his younger days he was a farmer. In 1847 he purchased a hotel north of Jonestown, Lebanon county, and conducted it for eleven years. He was a prosperous business man and universally popular. He died at his hotel, November 1, 1860, aged forty-one years, eleven months and twenty-five days. He was married, February 18, 1841, to Miss Phoebe Isenhard, born in Lehigh county, January 25, 1820. Six of their eight children are living: Matthew; Aaron; Anna M., wife of Mr. Bomgardner; Caroline, wife of Samuel Kreider; Sarah, wife of Daniel Laudermilch; and George Alfred. Their deceased children are John Henry and Elize. Mrs. Gernert died December 31, 1860, aged forty.

John Gernert, Mrs. Bomgardner’s grandfather, was born October 21, 1780; he was married, August 20, 1805, to Miss Catherine Seighfert, born February 10, 1788; he died August 14, 1857, aged seventy years; his wife died July 7, 1844, at the age of fifty-six. They had ten children: Jonas, Nathan, Solomon, Henry, William, Benjamin, Catherine, wife of Daniel Hinderline, Mary, wife of Mr. Boltz, Hannah, wife of Benjamin Donmoyer, and John. Mrs. Bomgardner’s great-grandfather, Henry Gernert, was born in Germany, and came to this country when a boy.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Donna Whipple for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project –

Date of Transcription: 20 Apr 2001

Copyright © 2000 – All Rights Reserved: Use, duplication or reproduction for profit or presentation by any person or organization is strictly prohibited.