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PAINTER, Jacob, retired blacksmith, Progress, Pa., was born in Oley township, Berks county, Pa., in 1825. The parents are both deceased. There was but one day of a difference in their ages, each being eighty-one years old. Jacob received his education in his native county, and at the age of eighteen began to learn the trade of blacksmith with Frederick Yeiser, in Mill Creek township, Lebanon county. He served an apprenticeship of two and a half years, for which he received $20 per year, after which he worked six years in his native county. At the age of twenty-seven he began business for himself, at Manada Hills, Middle Paxton township, Dauphin county, where he remained three years. After living at Pine Grove, Schuylkill county, and various other places, he moved to Susquehanna township, where he continued his trade for twenty-seven years.

In 1887 he purchased the Ludwig property, and in 1889 bought his present home. He retired from business in 1892.

He was married, first, August 21, 1847, to Miss Amelia McCorkle, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Fultz) McCorkle. Their children are : Jacob H., born May 27, 1849, and died August 27, 1854 ; Joseph, born March 16, 1856, and died in 1857 ; Barbara, born September 29, 1851, wife of Augustus Shoop ; Mary E., born October 10, 1853, wife of William Wolf ; and one child who died in infancy. His wife died April 9, 1857. He married secondly, February 4, 1858. Miss Eliza, daughter of Frederick and Elizabeth Lutz. Their children were : Katie E., born December 26, 1860, wife of Jacob Wolf ; and Sallie E., born April 4, 1863, wife of Wentz Metzger. Both daughters are deceased. Their mother died December 30, 1883. He married, thirdly, July 23, 1885, Miss Mary E. Weaver, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Zimmerman) Weaver. In politics Mr. Painter is a Republican, and has served in various offices, being township auditor for three terms, and tax collector for one term, in 1887. He is a member of the Church of God.

Commemorative Biographical Encyclopedia of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania

Transcribed by Leslie Silvernail ( for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project -

Date of Transcription: 11 August 2001

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