KNISLEY, JOHN P., grocer, was born in Shepherdstown, Cumberland county, Pa., August 14, 1866. He is a son of A. Y. and Annie B.(Grable) Knisely. Mr. A.Y. Knisely was born in York county, Pa., March 23, 1843. His parents were Peter and Matilda (Seitz) Knisely. He was reared in York and Cumberland counties, and was a farmer. He married Miss Annie B. Grable in 1865. He located in Maryland, and removed to Mechanicsburg, Cumberland county, and afterwards to Steelton. He was in mercantile business, but relinquished it in 1895, and has since been in the fire insurance and the building and loan business. He served for two terms in the borough council of Steelton, having been elected on the People's ticket. In 1861 he enlisted, and served three years and nine months. He is past commander of Lascomb Post, No. 351, G. A. R. He also belongs to the Knights of Malta, the I. O. O. F., and the Royal Arcanum. He has five children: John -P.; Elsie M., wife of Isaac Lehman, of Virginia; Annie U., wife of Thomas Keim, of Steelton; Edith L., wife of Melvin C. Conklin, of Steelton; and Jennie S. Mr. Knisely is a member of the United Brethren church, and secretary of its board of trustees.
John P. Knisely attended the Steelton public schools, and was graduated from them in 1884. In the same year he engaged with his father in the clothing and gentlemen's furnishing business, in which he continued until 1892, when he purchased his present grocery business, established by his father in 1890. Mr. Knisely is a Republican. He belongs to the Knights of Malta. He was married, in 1888, to Miss Minnie, daughter of Rev. Lewis Peters, deceased, of Steelton. They have three children: Edna M., H. Lloyd, and Lester P. He and his wife are members of the United Brethren church, in which he is prominent. He is superintendent of the Sunday-school, church organist, and president of the Christian Endeavor Union. Mr. Knisely is chairman of the "Good Citizenship Association," of Steelton.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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