GARMAN, GEORGE B., dairyman and farmer, was born November 7, 1832. He is a son of David and Elizabeth (Brightbill) Garman. His father died at the age of seventy-one, and his mother at the age of sixty-four years. They had fourteen children, eight of whom are deceased. The story of two of these, George and Benjamin, is like that of many other patriotic boys, but it is one which cannot be too often told, both as a just tribute of gratitude to those who freely gave their lives to redeem the Nation and to perpetuate free institutions, and as an inspiration to coming generations. Both of these boys enlisted in the army at the outbreak of the Rebellion. George was killed at the battle of Spottsylvania. Benjamin was taken prisoner, and died a lingering death from privation in the prison pen of Andersonvillle.
George B. Garman was educated in the district school of Susquehanna township. He left school while still in his teens, and began the business of life as a farmer. He is adapted to this occupation, and likes it. He has the indefatigable, persistent energy and purpose which cannot fail. He has demonstrated the possibilities of farming in Dauphin county. He was married, in October, 1858, to Mary A., daughter of Peter and Barbara Fisher. They have six children: Francis H.; Emma B., wife of David Moyer; Mary E., wife of Edwin Herr; George P.; Sallie E., wife of John Starry, and Ida M. Mr. Garman has been school director for nine consecutive years, and township auditor for nine years. He is a staunch Republican. He and his family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
Date of Transcription: 06 Aug 2001
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