HOUCK, ISAAC, Enhaut, Pa., was born in Northampton county, Pa., December 6, 1839. He is a son of Adam Houck, a native of Northampton county, born in 1813. He was a collier, and was also to some extent engaged in farming. He came in 1840 to Dauphin County, where he lived until his death in 1880. He married and reared a family of five children: John, deceased, married Susan Smith, who with several children survives him; Charles, deceased, died shortly after three years' service in the defense of his Country, married Sarah Jane Herman, who with one child survives him; Rebecca, wife of Henry Zimmerman, living in Iowa; Juliana, widow of Jacob Laudermilch, has five children, lives in Oberlin; and Isaac.
Isaac Houck, when about one year old, came with his parents to Dauphin county. He acquired his education in the common schools. When he was fourteen years old he went to the West, settled in Indiana and engaged in farming, remaining five years. In 1858 he returned to Dauphin county, and was there occupied with farming until 1870. He then found employment with the Pennsylvania Steel Company in the Bessemer department. From this department he was transferred to the forge mill, and from this to the rail department, where he has since remained. During the late war he was in the service of the Government as a teamster. In the spring of 1865 he was in Lycoming county, near Pine Creek, during the flood which occurred that year. In 1860 he married Miss Sarah, daughter of Benjamin Meffort, of Dauphin county. Mr. Meffort died September 24, 1884; his wife in March, 1879. They have had twelve children, ten of whom are living: John A., born September 27, 1861, engaged with the Pennsylvania Steel Company, married Emma Keller; Mary E., born August 8 1863, wife of Emory E. Holmes; Margaret E., born February 2, 1866, wife of Jacob Pathamore, of Enhaut; Charles O., born February 15, 1868, married Mattie Morrison, of Huntingdon county; Christana, born April 7, 1870, wife of H. T. Hoy; William B., born April 14, 1872, married Martha Prowl, of York county; Susan J., born May 8, 1874, living at home; Edward, born March 1,1877; Rebecca, born March 2, 1879; J. Sylvester and Perly Esther, twins born December 29, 1880; the former died January 6, 1881, the latter February 24, 1881; Bertha May, born January 10, 1883.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 4 August 2001
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