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er, and having inhabited and resided for the Space
of Seven Years in His Majesty's Colonies in America,
and not having been absent out of some of the said
Colonies for a longer Time than Two Months at any
one Time during the said seven Years; and the said
Jacob Heek having produced to the said Court a
Certificate of his having taken the Sacrament of the
Lord's Supper within 'Three Months before the said
Court," etc. This interesting document was
found among a number of old papers, which have
passed down directly through the several genera-
tions, and are still in the possession of the family.
The earliest record of said Jacob Hock, in York
County, is the baptism of his daughter, Maria Bar-
bra, April 26, 1752, at Christ Evangelical Lutheran
Church, York. April 9, 1761, he bought of
Sebastian Fink, of Dover Township, twenty acres
of land "by little Conewago." February 23,
1762, he sold to George Stevenson, of York Town,
Esq., " The plantation and tract of land whereon
I lately dwelt, situate on branch of Codorus
■Creek, in CodorusTownshJp." 'The same was sur-
veyed to Tobias Amspoker in pursuance of war-
rant, dated at Philadelphia, March 9, 1753. He
must have moved to Manchester Township from
Codorus Township between April 9, 1761, and Feb-
ruary 23, 1762. He made his will October 6, 1802.
He signed a receipt December 10, 1802. His son,
Andrew, received letters of administration Novem-
ber 2, 1803. His children were Maria Barbra, born
January 24, 1753. Probably died without issue as

she is not mentioned in the will. The other chil-
dren, as given in the will, are Andrew, Frederick,
" my daughter Lousia imerm.-irried to Jacob Barr,"
"my daughter, Mary Elizabeth, intermarried with
George Neynian." Of Lousia Hake, born Septem-
ber 9, 1761, the wife of Jacob Barr, I have not been
able to learn anything. Mary Elizabeth Hake, born
July 22, 1756, wife of George Neiman, who was
born September 1, 1750. Their children were;
Sasanna, wife of Daniel Jacoby, moved to Somerset
County, Penn., and from there to Ohio; Maria
Elizabeth, wife of George Benedict; George, born
January 30, 1782. His children living and dead are
Catharine, wife of Jacob Hake, Manchester Town-
ship; Sarah, wife of David Maish; Levi Maish, ex-
congressman, a son; Eliza, wife of Jacob Shettle;
Elizabeth, wife of Samuel Shettle; John Neiman,
York; George, Samuel R. and Adam R. Neiman. of
Conewago 'township; Mary, wife of Solomon Shet-
tle; Rebecca, wife of Peter Atland; Lavina, wife of
Henry Hoof man; Susanna, wife of Jacob Rudy, and
Leah, wife of William Metzger. Michael, born Feb-
ruary 16, 1785, no information. Jacol)'s descend-
ants were living in and by Indianopolis. Maria
Catharine was born December 9, 1786, wife of John
Jacoby; descendants are; Rebecca, wife of John
Ginter; Catharine, wife of Henry Fink; Leah, wife
of Jacob Miller; Eli Miller, of York, a son; Eliza,
wife of Christian Miller; Lydia, wife of John
Charleston, and John Jacoby. Andrew Neiman
was born November 5, 1790; his children were;
Jacob; Mary Ann, wife of Daniel Gross; Andrew,
Leah; William, husband of Susanna Hake, and
Levi. Margret was born August 25, 1794, wife of
Peter Boose; children living and dead are Eliza-
beth, wife of John Zimmerman; John, Peter, Mrs.
Daniel Hake, York, a daughter; Jacob and Catlia-
rine, wife of Jacob Christine. Mary was the wife
of Jacob Meisenhelder; their children were Eliza-
beth, widow of John Spar; Mary Ann, wife of

Peter Boyer; Catharine, wife of • Wyn-

koop; Emanuel, Samuel, one of whose sons is
Dr. Meisenhelder, of York; Lavinia, wife of
John Shellabarger. Jacob Hock, a brother to
Conrad Hock, who died at Carlisle 1786, had
two sons; Andrew and John Frederick. Andrew
was the elder; born March 13, 1754; baptized at
Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, York; his
children were in the order of their age: Anna Mary,
Jacob, Andrew, Frederick, Susanna Catharine.
Simon, John, Elizabeth, Salome and Sarah. The
children of Anna Mary, the wife of Sebastian Fink,
were Allen, Sarah, the wife of Jacob Zest, and
Anna Maria, the wife of David Cocklin. >Iacob
Hake; wife, Anna Mary Copenhafer, their children
in order of age: John; Mary, the wife of Adam
Free; Jacob; Leah, the wife of Jacob Fahs; Sarah,
the wife of Frederick Schindle; Frederick; Eliza-
beth, wife of John Reeser; Andrew; Henry; Catha-
rine, wife of Peter Gobd; Daniel; Susanna, the wife
of William Neiman; Elias and Lousia Anna, -yvho
died single. They reside, or some of the descend-
ants — John, Jacob. Henry, Mrs. Frederick Schindle,
Mrs. Peter Good, Mrs. .William Neiman — in Man-
chester Township; Mrs. Adam Free, Mrs. Jacob
Fahs, Frederick and Daniel Hake, in York; Mrs.
John Reeser, Conewago; Andrew and Elias Hake,
in Fairview Township. Next in age to Jacob was
Andrew, who moved to Baltimore a good many
years ago. His descendants write their name Hack.
Their children were Augustus A.; William A.;
Frederick A.; Elizabeth, wife of David Rulhraff;
Mary A., wife of Morris J. Jones. Next in age,
Frederick, who lived in Conewago Township.
His children, living and dead, are: Sallie, wife of
John Schindle; Andrew; Elizabeth, wife of Deweese
Beck; Julia, wife of Abraham McNeal; John,
Henry and William Hake. Next in order of age


Susimna, wife of Jacob Wilt, liad two daughtei's.
Leah, the wife of "William Tyler, one of whose
daughters — Margaret, the widow of John B. Ever-
sole — lives at Mlddletown, Dauphin County. The
other daughter of Jacob Wilt was Julia, the wife of
George W. Geiselman. Next in age, Catharine,
wife of Henry Grove; they had two children:
Henry Hake Grove, one of whose sons is Dr. Eugene
Grove, of Carlisle, and Susanna C, the wife of
Rev. John Ulrich. Simon was the next in age,
who probably died without issue. Next in order of
age was John, who moved to Baltimore at an early
day, and his descendants write their name Hack.
His children, living and dead.are; Susanna; Mary
Anna, wife of James H. Warner; John W. ; Orlando
v.; Oliver F. Hack, attorney, Baltimore; Elizabeth,
Andrew C. and George W. Hack. Next in order of
age was Elizabeth, wife of Christian Hake, grand-
son of Conrad Hock; their children, living and dead,
are Susanna, wife of Benjamin Deardoff; Sarah,
wife of Andrew Beuhler; Elizabeth, wife of Henry
Loucks; Samuel and Andrew. Salome, next in age,
probably died without issue. Sarah, the youngest,
wife of Joseph Kroft; their children, living and
dead, are Mary Ann, wife of Eli Free; Washington,
Hack, Oliver, John Andrew, Frederick Augustus,
Sarah and Amanda. The younger of the two sons
of Jacob Hock, John Frederick and brother to
Andrew, whose descendants we have enumerated,
was born June 5, 1759. We give his descendants as
far as we have been able to learn. Jacob is proba-
bly the eldest; two children: Leah, wife of Michael
Gross, and Daniel Hake, Manchester Borough.
Henry, who lived at McKnightstown, Adams Coun-
ty, had two children: Peter and Harriet, both died
without issue. Anna Maria, wife of George Gross;
their cliildren, living and dead, are Adam, George,
John, AnnaMary and Elizabeth. John, one child —
Leah, widow of Jacob Eppley, Manchester Borough.
Next in age two daughters; Susanna and Sarah, no
knowledge of any descendants. Frederick, known
as " Captain," moved to Lynchburg, Va., about
1825 or 1830. His children were, as far as we have
been able to learn, Helen Mary, wife of Mr. Thomas;
Susanna, wife of Mr. Oaks; Frederick and Annie.
Elizabeth, vvifc of George Smith, a daughter of
said John Frederick; their descendants, living and
dead, are: Sarah, wife of Thomas Bennett; Samuel,
Daniel and Elizabeth. Peter, the last we have to
enumerate of the children of John Frederick Hake,
lived at McKnightstown, where the most of his de-
scendants still live. His children, living and dead,
are: Henry, Peter, James, Matilda, William A.
Abraham and Anna Mary, wife of Aaron Loher.
E. G. Hake, M, D.
FRANKLIN L. JACOBS, born in Lower Wind-
sor Township. June 11, 1851. is the eldest son of
William and Mary (Landes) Jacobs, natives of York
County, and of English and German descent. He
lived with his parents, working some at farming,
but before he was twenty-one he learned the trades
of cigar-maker and plasterer, and has followed
both trades since. He began business for himself
in iiis native township, wlien about twenty-one
years of age. He was married, September 24, 1874,
to Annie E. PafE, daughter of Amos PafE of Hellam
Township, and has had four children, one — Horace
C, died in infancy; the living are Mary Estella,
William Garfield and Ivy Rebecca. He removed to
Manchester Borough in the spring of 1875, and lias
since been engaged in the manufacturing of cigars,
employing a few hands, and making 150,000 cigars
per annum. His plastering work is done under
contract, and he does most of the first class work
in his neighborhood. He has held the offices of in-
spector of elections and auditor of Manchester
Borough; was elected chief burgess of Mancliester
Borough in the spring of 1884, and is an active

Republican. He belongs to the Evangelical Asso-

JOHN JACOBY was born October 33, 1819, oq
the place now owned and occupied by him, and
where he has spent his life. Hisparents were David
and Elizabeth (Miller) Jacoby, of York County,
Penn., who reared three sons and one daughter.
John was the youngest child and lost his father,
when he was only fifteen years old. He grew up
on the farm and attended the public schools. Oc-
tober 15, 1844, he was married in Manchester Town-
ship to Catharine, daughter of John E. Frantz, and
has had fifteen children, four of whom have died:
two unnamed infants; Catharine, a baby, and John
at the age of twenty years. The living are Lewis,
a carpenter; Henry, a butcher; Elizabeth; Sarah,
married to Daniel Shettle; William, a butcher;
Adam, a carpenter; Amanda, married to Alfred
Shoop; Anna; Samuel, a butcher; Augustus, and
Alfred, a merchant at York. Mr. Jacoby and
wife belong to the Lutheran Church. For about
thirty years he was engaged in butchering, but
gave it up in 1878. He owns a fine farm of forty-
eight acres, where he now lives, and some wood-
land in Conewago Township. What he has he has
earned by the sweat of his brow.

LEWIS JACOBY, carpenter and builder, was
born in Manchester Township. York Co., Penn.,
August 19, 1844, eldest son of John and Catherine
(Frantz) Jacoby, who were parents of fifteen chil-
dren, eleven of whom are now living: Lewis,
Henry, Elizabeth, Sarah, William, Adam,
Amanda, Anna, Samuel, Augustus and Alfred.
Our subject was reared on his father's farm and has
always lived in this township. He began learning
his trade in York, Penn., in 1863, and started busi-
ness for himself in 1880. Since he began contract-
ing for the erection of buildings he has all the work
he can attend to, and has built nearly every house
in the village of New Prospect, on Cemetery Hill,
I near York, Penn. December 25, 1868, he married
' Adeline Myers, daughter of Peter and Sallie (Hum-
mer) Myers, of Dover Township, andthisunion has
been blessed with five children: Mary Alice, Adelia
E., James Latimer. Laura E. (deceased) and Mar-
garet Lucretia Mr. Jacoby is a member of the
Lutheran Church.

H. C. KAUFFMAN is a son of Henry and Re-
becca (Heininger) Kauffman of Manchester Town-
ship, where our subject was born October 3. 1858.
He received a common school education, and began
the business of manufacturing cigars in September,
1881, in Manchester Borough. He gives constant
I employment to eighteen hands. February 19, 1880,
Mr. Kauffman married Annie SchroU, daughter of
Samuel and Anna (Snyder) Schroll, of Manchester
Township. Two children have been born to them,
Harry A. and Marcus L. His parents still live in
this township, where they were born; his grand-
father was also a native of York County — so that
his ancestors were among the pioneer settlers of
Manchester Township. Mr. Kauffman, although a
young man, has been very successful in his busi-

ALEXANDER KLINDINST, son of Daniel and
Leah (Shiudle) Klindinst, was born June 28, 1863,
in York, Penn. He was reared on his father's farm,
and attended the public schools of his native town-
ship, also three terms at the Emigsville Academy;
began teaching school at Eisenhart's schoolhouse,
Manchester Township; after teaching two terms re-
moved to York to accept a responsible business po-
sition in the firm of E. K. ^mig & Co. November
27, 1884, Mr. Klindinst married Katie A. Smyser,
daughter of Augustus and Catherine (Schriver)
Smyser, of Manchester Township. Mr. Klindinst
is a young man of pleasing address, conscientious
in the discharge of his duty, stead}' in his habits,



trustworthy and esteemed by all who know him.
He is a member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran
Church of York, Penn., the E. M. R. A. and E. L.
andR. C, ofEmigsviUe.

HEKRYKOHR, is the second son of Henry and
Lydia (Stauffer) Kohr, of York, and was born in
Manchester Township, October 29, 1833. He was
reared a farmer and married Mary, daughter of
George and Eve (Fink) Bower. This lady died
October 9, 1880, the mother of four children:
George, Augustus, Emma and Stephen. Our sub-
iect next married Isabella, daughter of Emanuel
and Sarah (Zorger) Good, of Manchester Townsliip.
Our subject resides at Mount Wolf, where he is
highly esteemed by his neighbors.

ADAM KOHR, born in Emigsville, November
14, 1834, is the eldest son of Lewis and Rebecca
(Westhafer) Kohr, natives of York and Dauphin
Counties, and of German descent. His father was
a miller, farmer, distiller, tavern-keeper, etc., in
his time, and died in 1861. aged sixty-four years.
Adam Kohr was educated in the public schools of
Emigsville. and has always followed farming.
He was married at York, January 18, 1839, to Mary
Fink, a native of York County, and daughter of
John Fink, of German descent. They have had
two children: Eli, died in 1875, aged sixteen years;
and Hyman F., a school teacher and student at
Newark, N. J., Commercial School. Mr. Kohr is
a member of the church of the United Brethren in
Christ, and has been trustee of Bethany Chapel.
Emigsville, since 1871. He was director of the
poor of York County from 1877 to 1880, and is an
active Democrat. He removed to his present place
of abode, an eighteen-acre farm, from an 118-acre
farm, which he still owns near Emigsville. He also
^ owns a small farm in Newberry Township. He
' has one brother in Illinois, and one in Michigan.
ZACHARIAH KOHR, born near Emigsville,
August 18, 18.51, is the youngest of ten children of
Lewis and Rebecca (Westhafer) Kohr. He was
reared on a farm near Emigsville, and educated at
the common schools, until twenty years of age,
when he began work at the trade of shoe-making,
which he has followed since in connection with the
cultivation of a farm of seventy-seven acres. His
mother resides with him. He was married in York
County, November 14, 1876, to Dollie Smith,
daughter of Jacob Smith. They have two children :
Allen Jacob and Edward Lewis. He is a member
of the church of the United Brethren in Christ,
andjis treasurer of the church at Emigsville. In
politics he is a Democrat.

WILLIAM S. KUNKLE, auditor of York
County, was born April 7, 1843, in Manchester
Borough. His parents were George and Mary
(Bull)Kunkle, natives of York County, who had
seven children, of whom three are dead — William
S. being next to the eldest living. He lived mostly
on tlie farm, was educated at the public schools,
and learned something of the carpenter's trade, be-
fore he became of age. In 1863 he enlisted at York
in a nine months' regiment. From 1865 to 1868 he
kept a livery stable at York. In 1867, he was mar-
ried at York to Miss Owens, of Adams County,
Penn. He belongs to the order of I. S. of A.,
and holds the office of Master of Forms, and has
at different times held all the chairs. In 1875 he
was elected constable, and held the office five
years; he was elected county auditor in 1881, and
served one term. In 1883 he was elected school
director. At present he is engaged in raising Ha-
vana tobacco, and works also at carpentering. He
is an active Democrat

JABOB LICHTY was born in Manchester
Township December 4, 1838. His parents, Michael
Licbty and Hannah Porringer, natives of Lancas-
ter County, and of German descent, married and

brought up their children in York County. Mi-
chael Lichty died when subject was but three years
old, leaving the widow and three children, subject
being the youngest. The latter worked for differ-
ent farmers until he was nineteen years old, when
he began work at the trade of cooper. This he
abandoned in 18.58. and farmed until 1863, when
he embarked in the mercantile business in New
Holland, where he has since lived. He was educat-
ed in the public schools, and one term in York
County Academy. He was married to Mary Wolf,
a daughter of Adam Wolf, of New Holland, and
had nine children, two of whom are dead. He is
an active Republican, and has been a member of
the Republican county committee. He farms a
small place of twenty-live acres, and carries a stock
of general merchandise.

is the son of George and Mary (Laucks) Lichten-
berger, and was born in Manchester Township
September 8, 1829. He was reared on the home
farm and attended the public schools. He married
Phebe M., daughter of Samuel and Ann (McGary)
Prowell, of Fairview Township, tlte result of the
union being six children: Carrie (deceased), Ed-
ward, William, Maggie, Annie and George (deceased).
Our subject's paternal grandfather, Casper Lichten-
berger, married Catherine Nieman. who bore him
the following children; George, Rudolph, Benja-
min, Henry, Samuel and Eva. Our suliject's
mother is still living at the ripe age of eighty-five,
and is the mother of the following children: Henry,
Sarah (deceased), Margaret (deceased), Elizabeth
(deceased), Samuel, Mary (deceased), Leah, Jesse
(deceased) and George.

SAMUEL LIGHTNER was born in Manchester
Township April 18, 1828, and died April 3, 1881.
His parents were Charles and Sarah (Myers) Light-
■ner, of York County, and of German descent.
They were married in Lancaster, Penn. . August 9.
1831, and had six children— three sons and three
daughters — of whom Samuel was the fourth child
and second son. He was brought up on the farm
and educated at the York Academy. Nathaniel
Li2htner purchased the tract of land lying about a
mile and a half north from Harrisburg road, from
Penn; it descended to Nathaniel second, then came
to his son George, then to his son Charles, then to
the .subject of this sketch. Samuel Lighlner was
married, in Manchester, November 12, 1863, to Bar-
bara M. Herman, of the same township, daughter
of Emanuel Herman, of English descent. "They
had one son, Harry G., who is a farmer and at
home. They were all brought up in the Lutheran
Church. Samuel entered the army November,
1863, as second lieutenant of Company A, One Hun-
dred and Sixty-sixth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infan
try, and served nine months. He participated in
the defense of Suffolk, at Somerton Road, and in
the expedition up the peninsula. While in service
he contracted disease, wliich resulted in his death.
ALBERT C. LIGHTNER was born in Man-
chester Township, January 34, 18.55. His parents,
George and Anna Mary (Bbert) Lightner, were
natives of York County, and of German descent,
and had two sons and one daughter. AlbertC. is
the second and only one of the three now living.
He grew to manhood on the farm, was educated in
the common schools of West Manchester Township,
supplemented by a thorough course in York Acad-
emy. He was married in West Manchester Town-
ship, December 24, 1878, to Isabel E. Sprenkle. a
native of that township, and daughter of George
W. Sprenkle, farmer, and of German descent.
Fel)ruary 38, 1879, he removed from West Manches-
ter to his farm where he now resides. His farm is
situated in Manchester Township, about one mile
north of York, and was bouglit from Penn by one


of Mr. Lightner's great ancestors, and has remained
in the Lightner family ever since. He was brought
lip in the Lutheran Church, and belongs to that
denomination in York, Penn. He is a Republican
in politics, devotes his entire time to the farming
interest, and is one of the educated farmers of
York County.

ALEXANDER W. LOUCKS was born June 1,
1845, and is the eldest son of Zachariah K. Loucks.
His early life was spent principally at the schools.
His primary education he received at the York
County Academy, supplemented by a thorough
course at Eastman's National Business College at
Poughkeepsie, N. Y., from which he returned in
1864. From that time he assisted his father in
business until 1867, when he took charge of his
father's mill and farm, about one mile north of
York on the Codorus Creek, to which he has
given his entire attention ever since. February 5,
1867, he was married, in York, to Catherine Wan-
baugh, a native of York, and a daughter of John
and Mary Ann Wanbaugh. Four children were
born to them: Annie Mary Kate, Henry John,
William Ebert and Isabella Lydia. Mr. Loucks
and his wife are members of Zion Lutheran Church,
of York. Mr. Loucks has held different offices to
which he was elected, such as inspector and school
director. In politics he is an active Republican,
and has served as member of the central county
committee, and as a delegate to the county con-

JAMES C. MAY, M. D., was born in Dover
Township, York County, January 14, 18.58. His
parents were John B. and Caroline (Leatheny)
May, of York County, and of German descent.
They reared a family of four sons and three
daughters, of whom James C. is the second. He
remained on the farm until his fifteenth year, and
attended the common schools and the York County
Academy; at the age of seventeen he began teach- I
ing in the public schools. After teaching four i
terms he entered the office of Dr. Kain, at Manches-
ter, and at the end of two years went to Jefferson
Medical College, at Philadelphia, where he gradu-
ated in March, 1881. Returning to Manchester he j
formed a partnership with his preceptor, and began
practicing at once. In the spring of 1884, he
bought the interest of his partner, and has since
been practicing for himself. All his time is de-
voted to his profession. In October, 1883, he was
married, in Columbia, Penn., to Ellen M. Yinger, a
native of Manchester. They have one child— a
boy. Both are members of the Lutheran Church.
Dr. May has served as school director for Manches-
ter Borough.

ZACHARIAS METZGER, eldest of eight chil-
dren of John and Elizabeth (Wilt) Metzger, was
born March 31, 1833, on the old Metzger homestead.
In Manchester Township. He was reared to farm-
ing and November 30, 1848, married Maria
Feiser, daughter of Jacob and Catharine (Bupp)
Feiser. Three children blessed this marriage:
Mary E. (wife of Abraham Hartman), Louisa C.
(deceased) and Rev. John A. Metzger. Our sub-
ject's great-grandfather, George Metzger, was the
lirst of this name that settled in Manchester Town-
ship, on the Altland farm, near the village of Man-
chester. He was among the first settlers in this

SAMUEL R. MILLER was born in Conewago
Township, September 13, 1834. His parents were
Samuel and Lydia Ann (Rudy) Miller, of York l
County and of English and German descent. They 1
had seven children — four sons and three daughters 1
— of whom Samuel R. is the third child and second
son. He was brought up on a farm, but also
worked at milling and carpentering. His educa-
tion he received at the common schools. At the

outbreak of the late war, he enlisted in Company
E, Sixteenth Pennsylvania Volunteers, a three-
months' regiment. On his return home from the
service he re-enlisted on the twenty-fourth of
August, 1861, in Company E, Eighty-seventh Penn-
sylvania Volunteer infantry for three years. He
was in the battles of Winchester, Locust Grove,
Mine Run, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor
and front of Petersburg. In June, 1863, he was
captured at Winchester, and for twenty-one days
he was a prisoner at Belle Isle, and Libby prison;
he jumped his parole, and after a French furlough,
returned to his regiment. June 33, 1864, he was •
captured again in front of Petersburg, held in
different prisons, including Andersonville, where
he was kept until Sherman's army appeared.
From there he was taken to other prisons: Black-
shear, Thomasville, Albany (Ga.), and on Christ-

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