ESPENSHADE, CHRISTIAN, Oberlin, Pa., was born in Dauphin county in 1849. His father, Jacob Espenshade, was a native of the same county, where he spent his life. He was a farmer. He married Margaret Ebens. They had eight children: Mary, wife of Peter Bowman; Valentine, Susanna, Christian, and Jacob, living; and Solomon, Elizabeth, and Henry, deceased. He died in 1878, aged seventy-two years; his wife in 1888, at the age of seventy-seven.
Christian Espenshade acquired his education in the common schools of Dauphin county. He began life as a farmer; for some time he worked as a miner in the Lykens Valley, but afterwards resumed farming and continued in that occupation for several years. Since 1880 he has been engaged in the Bessemer department of the works of the Pennsylvania Steel Company, at Steelton. He has always been a resident of Dauphin county. In politics he is a Republican. In 1870 he married Miss Hoffman, daughter of Jacob and Eliza (Musser) Hoffman; they have five children: Charles F., Harry E., Jacob W., Laura, F., and Christian C. Jacob Hoffman, the father of Mrs. Christian Espenshade, married Eliza Musser, by whom he had six children; three are living: Maggie, Mrs. Espenshade, and John; the three deceased were: Jacob, Sarah and Harry.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 4 August 2001
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