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Lucy H. (married to Edward Chapin, Esq.), and
Mary A. (married to Robert Stair). B. Franklin
(married to Rebecca Graybill of West Manchester
Township). They have three children as follows:
Charles Edward, Alice and Grant.

COL. GEORGE HAY, deceased, was born in
York, Penn., August 1, 1809, and was a son of John
and Susan (Smyser) Hay. He was the third in a
family of seven children, and of German descent.
He was a representative of an old-time family of
this county, and here his father and grandfather
were born. By occupation Mr. Hay was a cabinet-
maker and undertaker, and this work he continued
until Ills death, which occurred May 34, 1879. The
marriage of Mr. Hay took place in 1830, to Miss
Susan Damuth, a native of York County, and one
of six children born to her parents, who were natives
of York County. To Mr. and Mrs. Hay were born
five children, only one of which survives the father,
viz. : Amanda. Col. Hay was a brave and true
soldier in the late war, and was also a member of
the I. O. q. F., and of the Lutheran Church. He
was a leading and prominent man, and greatly re-
spected citizen of York.

SA.MUEL HAY, ex-deputy sheriff, son of George
and Susan (Schall) Hay, of York, Penn., was born
September 16, 1810, in York Borough. He attended
the borough school, and also the York County
Academy, and afterward learned the trade of cigar
making. January 31, 1833, he married Susan Wilt,
daughter of Peter and Catherine (Ernst) Wilt, of
York.Penn. Two children were born to them, Sarah
(deceased wife of George Gardner), and Catherine
(deceased wife of Hamilton Bletcher). Our sub-
ject's grandfather came from Germany, and was one
of the early settlers of York. He owned all the
land on which several hundred houses are now built
on Queen, King, Princess Streets, and the surround-
ing neighborhood. Few men are better or more
favorably known throughout York County than our
subject, he having been deputy sheriff over twenty
years, and a better or more eflicient officer never
held that position.

JACOB HAY, M. D., is a native of York, and
was born in 1833. His parents were Dr. Jacob and
Sarah (Seard) Hay, representing two families of
early settlers in York County. His grandfather,
whose name was also Jacob Hay, was an emigrant
from Scotland to the province of Pennsylvania,
early in the colonial period, and located in York,
where he became a prominent merchant and justice
of the peace. George Beard, his maternal grand-
father, was one of the first immigrants that settled


in the present region of Spring Garden Township,
on land still occupied by the Indians to whom he gave
a pick and shovel to please them and make his title
doubly sure. The two occupations of farming and
hotel keeping, were successfully followed by him.
Dr. Jacob Hay, Sr., who for fifty-five years was a
promjnent and influential physician and public
spirited citizen of York, after receiving an elemen-
tary education in hisnative town, entered Princeton
College, at which institution he graduated. He
read medicine with Dr. John Spangler of great local
fame, and completed his course by graduating at
the University of Maryland. For a number of
years he was president of the York Bank, and a
trustee of ' the York County Academy. He died in
York, April, 1875, and his wife died in July of the
same year. Both were members of the Lutheran
Church. They had eight children, as follows : Dr.
John, a successful physician who died at forl3'-two ;
Hary E., now widow of the late Dr. J. A. Brown,
president of the Lutheran Theological Seminary, at
Gettysburg ; Caroline ; Lucy, widow of W. H.
Davis; Dr. Jacob; William, a graduate of Pennsyl-
vania College, andmany years a prominent member
of the York bar. He was a presidential elector
from this district, representing the Republican party
in the campaign of 1876. He died at the early age
of forty-seven, after a very successful career in the
practice of his chosen profession. He was a gentle-
man of very high repute and universally esteemed
for his manly virtues and estimable character. The
tTFo youngest children were Henry and Sarah, both
deceased. Dr. Jacob Ha}', who is now familiarly
known in York Borough and through the county
as a very extensive practitioner, spent his school-boy
days in the York County Academy. After reading
medicine in the ofiice of his father, he entered the
medical department of the University of Maryland,
where he graduated in the spring of 18.54; since
that time he has been in continuous practice. He
is a member of the National, State and County
Medical Association, and was for a time president of
the last named body; is a member of the Masonic
order of Knight Templars, York Commandery.
For a period of twelve years Dr. Hay has been an
active member of the board of school control of
York, and served as president of the board for
several years. In 1865 he was married to Catherine
Smyser, daughter of Joseph Smyser, of York.
They have four children, namely : Nellie, Lucy,
Joseph and Katie. Dr. Hay and family are mem-
bers of the Lutheran Church.

DAVID HECKERT is a native of York, Penn.,
born in 1825, is a son of Jacob and Salome (Her-
bach) Heckert, is of German extraction and is traced
authoratively to Francis Heckert, who was born in
New Bamberg, in the kingdom of Bavaria, in 1703.
His father's name was Conrad Heckert, a native of
the same town. Francis Heckert was married
February 25, 1728, to Miss Mary Margaretha
Hilda Seymering, of Wallerthum, Bavaria. To
this union were born three children as follows:
Magdalena, John Jacob and John Peter. This
family came to America in 1737, and settled in the
territory that now comprises York County. The
great-grandfather of our subject was John Jacob
Heckert, born in Bavaria, April 13, 1730, and his
grandfather was Jacob Heckert, who, one year
(1775) prior to the Revolutionary war, was bound
out to Lawrence Etter, of York Township, to learn
the wagon-maker's trade. He was tax collector of
York during the years 1793 and 1795, and member
of the house of representative 1812-18. The father of
Mr. Heckert was born in York, August 21, 1791, and
died October 2, 1871. The boyhood of our subject
was spent in attending the early schools of York.
His first tutor was a Mrs. "Willis. At .seventeen he
began serving an apprenticeship to the tinner

and coppersmith trades, and in September, 1847, he
went to Baltimore, Md., and continued his trade
j for some time. In 1850 he went to Independence,
I Mo., and there remained seven months, and then
j removed to Memphis, Tenn., where he continued
his trade more than one year, and then returned to
I his native town and county. Here, in 1855, he
I began business, in which he has since continued,
the firm being now known as Heckert & Bros. In
1884 he erected his business and residence block on
Lot No. 26 East Market Street. Politically he affil-
liates with the Republican party. Ancestors Luth-
eran. List of members for the house of represent-
atives of commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the
session of 1812-13 for York County: James S.
Mitchell, Adam Hendricks, Peter Storm, Jacob
I Heckert. OfEcers for same term: George Heckert,
clerk; Samuel D. Franks, assistant clerk; John
Benjamin, sergeant-at-arms; Henry Lechler, door-
keeper. George Hecker's residence at that time was
[ at Lancaster City. He was a lawyer by profession,
' and practiced law at Lancaster bar later on in life.
I He was a son of Jacob Heckert, who resided in Lan-
I caser City till late in life. He had fourchildren— three
sons and one daughter. George the eldest lived to the
age of eighty-six; Catharine, eighty-four; Jacob,
eighty-one; Daniel, forty-seven. Daniel Heckert
was a printer by profession in the year 1811. He
was in connection with Updegraff, doing business
under the firm name of Heckert & Updegraff.
Published a paper called the York Expositor,
issued weekly. In 1812 he enlisted in the company
which went from York to the defense of Baltimore,
and marched to North Point; was in the engage-
ment at that place; died in 1829.
i HEFFENER & SEACRIST, cigar-box manu-
I facturers of York, are extensively known as pros-
; perous business men. This industry was started in
1872 by H. W. Heffener, on a small scale, in the
rear of College Avenue, then only employing four
hands. Business increasing he moved to another
location, where, with better facilities, he increased
the number of his employes to fifteen hands. In
1879 he associated with his present partner, H. Sea-
crist. In 1881 they removed to their present loca-
tion on Charles Avenue, where they erected a build-
ing sixty-three feet long and thirty-two feet wide,
especially adapted to their business. They have
since added two new apartments, increasing their
force to the extent of employing fifty workmen, and
use a twenty-horse power engine, running four
saws. The capacity of their establishment is 25,000
boxes weekly, which are made principally of cedar
and poplar. They expend $2,000 per month for
label paper and their trade is extended over Penn-
.sylvania and Maryland. Messrs. HefEener & Sea-
crist are both practical workmen and superintend
their business personally; the success that has at-
I tended their efforts is the result of faithful applica-
tion to business and honorable methods; their busi-
I ness is rapidly increasing.

i H. W. Heffenek, the senior member of the
' firm, was born in York in 1845, and is a son of Will-
iam H. and Charlotte (Reika) Heffener, natives of
Germany, who settled in York the same year our
subject was born. At the age of sixteen he enlisted
in Company G, Ninth Pennsylvania Veteran Cav-
alry, and soon after his regiment was placed under
Gen. Kilpatrick's command, the only Pennsylvania
Cavalry in Sherman's famous march from Atlanta
to the sea. He participated in all of the engage-
mentsand skirmishes of his regiment from Atlanta,
Ga., to Morrisonville, N. C, where he saw Gen.
Joseph E. Johnston's force surrender, and remained
with Sherman's army until the close of the war.
At Waynesboro, his horse was shot dead from under
him. He was one of the 100 men selected to carry
important dispatches from Gen. Kilpatrick to Gen.


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Sherman. They performed the daring act of pierc-
ing the Confederate lines, and passing through
them to their general (Sherman) in command. This
■was considered one of the most daring acts of the
war, and richly merits the admiration of all. The
Ninth captured during its service some 8,000 pris-
oners and twenty-eight pieces of artillery, and de-
stroyed hundreds of miles of railroad and bridges.
The Ninth was known as Krider's Mounted Rang-
ers, and did scout duty for all the prominent gen-
erals in the department of Kentucky. Mr. HefEener
was one of thirty scouts under the famous "Ken-
tucky Bill," that burnt the house of Gen. Battle,
■where all the guerillas had their headquarters, and
■were commanded by a son of the General. After
being mustered out at Harrisburg, our subject re-
turned to York and followed the trade of painting
until 1868. He then became a fireman on the North-
ern Central Railroad, until he engaged at his pres-
ent business. He is a member of the G. A. R., a
member of the town council of York, vice-president
of the Anchor Building Association, a director in
the Protective Building Association, and a member
of the Rescue Fire Company. Mr. HefEener was
married to Miss Rebecca Brenner, of Adams County,
in April, 1883. They have one child, George W.

H. Seacrist, the second member of this firm,
was born in Manchester Township, in 18-38. He is
the son of Henry and Martha (Dailey) Seacrist; the
father is a native of the county, and the mother of
Maryland. Our subject was educated in the schools
of the county, and at the age of nineteen learned
the carpenter's trade, which he followed until 1879,
■when he embarked in his present business. Mr.
Seacrist is an efficient business man, and gives his
entire attention to its requirements. He was united
in marriage, in 18.58, with Miss Susan Stough, a
daughter of David Stough, whose ancestors were
among the first German settlers in that section of
the county, immigrating about 1750. Mr. Seacrist
and wife have three children; Henry C, Sarah N.
and Emma J. The family are members of the Re-
formed Church.

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J. D. HEIGES, D. D. S., son of Jacob and Eliz-
abeth (Mumper) Heiges, was born in September,
1833. His father was a chair manufacturer and
cabinet-maker of Dillsburg. J. D. Heiges assisted
his father until 1854, when he began the study of
dentistry under Dr. Beuny, of Mechanicsburg,
Cumberland Co., Penn., with whom he remained
several years; then came to York and engaged with
Dr. Thomas Tyrrell, with whom he remained until
the fall of 1858, -when he entered the Baltimore
Dental College. After attending the first sessions,
he took up the practice of dentistry, and subse-
quently retijj;ned to the college for the sessions of
1863-63, and graduated in the fall of the last named
year. He returned to York where he has since
continued to practice with success. Dr. Heiges was
married, in September, 1867, to Annie C, daughter
of William and Mary E. (Boyer) Smith, of "York.
They have eight children, viz.: William S., Thomas
T., John C, Philip B., Horace M., Jay ClifEord.
Amiee E., Robert R. Dr. Heiges is a member of
St. John's Episcopal Church, in which he has been
vestryman for about fourteen years.

HON. GEORGE W. HEIGES, attorney at law,
was born in Dillsburg, York Co., Penn., May 18.
1842. His father, Jacob Heiges, was a prominent
chair manufacturer of York County. His mother
was Elizabeth Heiges, whose maiden name was
Mumper. The Heiges family is of German origin.
Mr. Heiges was educated at the public schools of
York and at the York County Academy. He later
was principal of the York Classical and Normal
Institute, and again was appointed one of the prin-
cipals of the local normal school and a tutor at the
York County Academy. Completing the usual
course of legal studies, he was admitted to the bar
in 1867, and immediately began practice. In 1872
he was elected to the legisljiture and re-elected in
1873. He was a member of several important com-
mittees, and during his last term he was noted for
the prominent action tliat he took on all important
questions. He is a Democrat, one of the leading
lawyers at the York County bar, and was elected
chief burgess of York in 1885. He is a prominent



Mason. He has always taken an active part in all
the political movements of the county and State,
and is especially interested in all matters of advance-
ment and increase of public and educational inter-
ests. In 1877-78-79 he was attorney to the
board of commissioners of York County. He was
married, in 1874, to Miss Mary E. Gallagher, a
native of York and a daughter of John Gallagher
(deceased). He is the father of two children: Helen
Days and Stewart Sprigg.

MICHAEL HEIMAN, son of John and Anna
Mary (Hultzler) Heiraan, was born in Bavaria, Ger-
many, May 1, 1843. His parents immigrated to
America when he was but three years old, settling
in Baltimore, where they remained three years, and
then removed to York County. Our subject was
one of the first in the county to respond to the call
of President Lincoln for volunteers, and on the
19th of April, 1861. he offered his services to pro-
tect the properly of the Northern Central Railroad
between York and Baltimore. April 29, 1861, he
enlisted in Company 6, Sixteenth Regiment Penn-
sylvania Volunteers, for three mouths' service, at
the expiration of which he re-enlisted in Company
B, Eighty-seventh Regiment Pennsylvania Volun-
teer infantry, for three years' service. He was
engaged in all the battles participated in by the
Eighty-seventh Regiment until June 23, 1864. when,
at the battle of Petersburg, Va., he was taken pris-
oner and confined in Libby prison, subsequently
being removed and confined in the following prison
pens in the South: Belle Island. Danville, Va.,
thence to Andersonville, Millen. Blackshire, and
Thomasville, Ga., and then returned to Anderson-
ville, escaping on his way, about the 23d of Decem-
ber, 1864, and after traveling about two weeks
through the swampy land of Irwin and Isabella
Counties for about seventy-five miles, was recap-
tured and taken back to Andersonville. He again
escaped from Andersonville about April 17, 1865.
and after enduring great hardships finally reached
the Union lines at Macon, Ga.. and from thence
returned home and was discharged June 19, 186.5, at
Harrisburg, Penn. Time in service over four years.
He was in Southern prisons from June 23, 1864. until
May 2, 1865. Mr. Heiman has resided in York con-
tinually since the war, and is now engaged at
shoemaking, 118 East King Street. He is a member
of Post _ No. 37.^ G. A. R.' October, 1867, he was
united in marriage with Miss Mary Sowers, of
Adams County. Penn. Five children have been
born to them; John, Anna C, Henry, William and
Erasmus M.

THEODORE K. HELB was born in York Coun-
ty, and is the sou of Frederic and Rebecca (Henry)
Helb, the former a native of Germany; and the lat-
ter a native of York County. His father, by trade,
was a tanner, but subsequently engaged in the
brewing business at Shrewsbury Station, York
County. Theodore attended the common schools
of York County, and subsequently went to Balti-
more, Md., and took up a course of studies at the
Knapp German and English Institute. After finish-
ing his studies, he apprenticed himself to Jacob
Seeger to learn the brewing business at Baltimore,
Md. He finished his trade and returned to Shrews-
bury, York County, and assisted his father in the
brewing business. In 1873 he came to York, and
erected a large, commodious brewery, and engaged
in the business himself, in which he is doing a large
trade. He was married January 22, 1874, to Miss
Louisa, daughter of John and Margaret Rausch, of
Baltimore, Md. To this union were born two chil-
dren: Louis F. and Herbert T. Mr. Helb is a mem-
ber of the I. 0. O. F., also of the K. of P., I. O. of
Heptasoph and I. O. R. M.

JOHN W. HELLER, attorney at law, is a native
of Franklin, Va., born October 24, 1838, son of Rev.

J. and Eliza (Fisher) Heller, and is of German
origin. The father of Mr. Heller was born in
Adams County, Penn., in 1806. He was a German
Reformed minister for many years. His death
occurred in Highland County, Ohio, in 1875. The
mother of the subject was a native of Franklin
County, 'Pa. Mr. Heller received a common school
education. In 1857 he went to Fremont, Ohio, and
there began his legal studies under Judge T. P.
Finefrock, and was admitted to the bar at that
place. For three months he was a soldier and mem-
ber of the Eighth Ohio Volunteers. In 1865 he
came to York, and the same year was admitted to
the York County bar, and has been engaged in the
active practice of his profession. In 1877 he was
elected district attorney for York County, and suc-
cessfully held the ofiice one term. He is an able
lawyer, and enjoys an extensive practice at the York
County bar. His marriage to Miss Ella J. Engles,
daughter of ex-sheriff Engles, of York County, was
solemnized in 1867. To this union have been born
five children, viz.: Thomas P., Sarah E.. George
E., John and Henry T. Mr. Heller is an earnest
advocate of the f)rinciples of the Democratic party,
and a prominent man.

DR. T. J. HERBERT, veterinary surgeon, York,
Penn., treats all diseases of horses and cattle, and of
all domestic animals.

JACOB HERMAN, a native of York County,
was born June 22, 1849, His parents, Adam and
Catharine Herman, were also natives of the county,
and farmers of West Manchester Township. Jacob
obtained his education in the public schools, and
the York County Academy; in the latter institution
he remained for eight years. After completing his
studies, he was connected with Brillinger, Lanius &
Co., lumber merchants at York, for one year. He
then engaged in the nursery and seeding business
with E. J. Evans, and subsequently engaged in the
sewing machine trade, continuing for a period of
five years. Mr. Herman next embarked in the
flour, feed and grain business, and has succeeded in
establishing a successful trade. He was united in
marriage December 25, 1876, with Miss Dollie E.,
daughter of John and Elnoran Brougher, of Cum-
berland County, Penn. This union has been blessed
with two children: Nora K. and Elve A.

W. H. HERMAN was born in York in 1851, and
is a son of Rutter and Mary C. (Slrickler) Herman,
of German descent. The family is one of the oldest
in York Borough. W. II. Herman received a good
academical and high school education, and then
served an apprenticeship of three years in A. B.
Farquhar's machine shops. He next learned the art
of printing under Hiram Young, of York, finishing
at the office of the Lancaster Inquirer. Returning to
York in 1876,he established a job-printing office, the
first in the borough, and has established a fine
trade. In 1880 he married Annie L. Heckert, of
Y'ork. Mr. and Mrs. Herman are connected with
the Presbyterian Church, of which Mr. Herman is

EDWARD R. HERR was born in Baltimore,
Md., July 16, 1846, and is a son of .lohn and Eliza-
beth (Reinicker) Herr. Mr. Herr's father, a native
of Lancaster County, was born January 19, 1806,
his mother was born in Baltimore, Md., about
1816. The father of our subject removed to Balti-
more at an early age, and eng,aged in commission
business, in which he continued until 1846, when
he came to York and was elected president of what
was then the Y'ork & Cumberland Railway. He
remained in active railway life until 1860 when he
retired from business. He was a member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, and one of the most
popular railway men of York County. His death
occurred February 3, 1876. At fifteen years of age
Mr. Herr enlisted in Company I, Eighty-seventh



Pennsylvania Volunteers. He was at the battle of
the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, Win-
chester, etc.. and was taken prisoner near Bunker
Hill, Va., on the retreat from Winchester to Har-
per's Ferry, and for a short time was in Libby
prison also at Belle Is]e. He was discharged at York,
October 13, 1864. He was married December 20,
1881, to Miss Emma Landes, a native of York. To
this marriage has been born one child, viz. : Rein-
icker. The maternal grandfather of our subject
was George Reinicker.who was born April 31, 1785,
and who died September 10, 1805. Mr. Herr is a
member of the G. A. R.

GEORGE W. HESS, manufacturer of lounges,
wire, hair and husk matresses, was born in York in
1848, is a son of William and Sarah (Welsh) Hess,
and is of German origin. A.t the early age of eight
years, Mr. Hess was thrown entirely upon his own
resources, and for several years was employed at
different occupations. Later he, was given a clerk-
ship in the store of P. A. & S. Small, where he
remained in faithful service for thirteen years. In
1881 he began the mattress business and this yet
continues. He was married in 1873 to Miss Emma
V. Schall of York. They have two children: Will-
iam and George. He is a Republican, and a member
of the K. of P.

ALBBRTUS HIBNER, contractor and builder.
Was born in York, Penn., November 15, 1833, is a
son of Augustus and Margaret (Rodgers) Hibner,
is of French-Euglish descent, and is the eldest in a
family of three children. His father was also a
native of York, Penn., and was born in 1809; his
mother was born in 1814. His paternal
grandfather was Frederick Hibner, a native of
France, who came to America with a fleet fitted out
by Gen. La Fayette, and took part in the Revolution-
ary war. Mr. Hibner received a good common
school education, and at seventeen years of age
began a four years' apprenticeship at the carpenter's
trade under Jacob Quichel. In 1860 he began car-
pentering and contracting for himself, which occu-
pation he still continues, and is one of the success-
ful contractors of York. The marriage of Mr. Hib-
ner occurred in 18o8, to Miss Sarah Krone, a native
of York, Penn. Politically Mr. Hibner is a Dem-
ocrat, and has held the office of borough surveyor,
and been a member of the school board for a
number of years In 1855 he was made an Odd Fel
low, and is now a member of Harmonia Lodge, No.
8.53, and for ten years has represented this lodge in
tlie Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.

R. HOFFHEINS, one of the leading dealers,

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