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conducted successfully for many years.

In 1866 Mr. Leinbach married ]\Iary E.
Evans, daughter of John and Margaretta (Bar-
nitz) Evans. John Evans, a lawyer of York,
Pennsylvania, was born in May, 1800, and died at
at age of seventy-five. He had one sister who
married a Frenchman and died young. His chil-



dren were : George, Joseph, Edward John, who
married Fanny Chapin and had four daughters, —
Frances E., Margaretta B., Mary Pierrepont, and
Sarah ; Mary E., born June 24, 1839 ; Albert, w'ho
died in infancy. The children of Felix William
and Mary E. (Evans) Leinbach, were as follows:
I. John Evans, born July 23, 1867; 2. Ellen Ther-
esa, born September 12, 1868, who married Pros-
ser Hall Frye, Professor of English at Lincoln
University, Nebraska ; 3. Walter Evans, born
September 16, 1869, and died September 14, 1870;
4. William Augustine, deceased ; 5. Albert, de-
ceased ; 6. Felix Thornburg, deceased ; 7. IMargar-
etta ; 8. Joseph, deceased ; 9. Beatta, deceased ; 10.
Mary Evans.

ABRAHAM SEBASTIAN SCHROPP is a
resident of Bethlehem, where for many years his
activitv and energy have been important elements
in the business, educational and moral develop-
ment of the city. He was born here i\larch 22,
1841, and is a son of John and Maria Cornelia
(Goundie) Schropp.

For manv generations his ancestry is traced
back to John Conrad Schropp, a native of Ger-
many. He married Miss Berkmuller, and his
death occurred in 1728, while his widow passed
away in 1731. Their only child was Matthew
Schropp, whose birth occurred on the 21st of
March, 1722, at Kaufbeuren, Suabia, Germany.
When a young man of about twenty-one years he
came to Pennsylvania with the second Moravian
colony that settled in the Lehigh valley, the year
of the emigration being 1743. He married Anna
Maria Tomet, who was born in Basle, Switzer-
land, April 13, 1719. His death occurred in
Salem, North Carolina, September 11, 1767, and
his widow afterward became the wife of the Rev.
John Wolfgang Michler. Her death occurred in
Nazareth, Pennsylvania, April 3, 1786. Unto
;\latthew and Anna Maria (Tomet) Schropp were
born four children.

John, born October 11, 1750, was the next in
the line of direct descent to Abraham Sebastian
Schropp. Christian Schropp, the second of the
family, was born June 27, 1756, and died Decem-
ber 31, 1826. He was married November 17,



GENEALOGICAL AND PERSONAL MEMOIRS.



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1/93' to Anna ]\Iaria Russmeyer, who was born in
Bethlehem. Pennsylvania, July 12, 1757, and died
at Lititz, December 29, 1804. They had one child.
Christian R., who was born October 7, 1796, at
Lititz, and died June 2],. 1S21, at Nazareth. After
the death of his tirst wife. Christian Schropp mar-
ried Rebecca Edmonds, on the Sth of January,
1806. She was born August 9, 1762, at Sechem,
New York, and died August 25, 1828. Mary,
the third child of Alatthew and Anna ]\Iaria
Schropp, was born June 20. 1747, and died No-
vember 10, 1819. Sabina, the yomigest member
of the family of jNIatthew and Aima [Maria
Schropp, was born November 5, 1759, and died
May 8,. 1848. She became the wife of William
Henry, of Nazareth, and their children all born in
Nazareth were as follows : Elizabeth, born Oc-
tober 15, 1782, became the wife of John Jordan
and died at F'hiladelphia, December 15, 1844;
Anna, born September 29, 1784, died in 1801 ;
John Joseph, born June 17, 1786, died December
2, 1836; Johanna ]\Iaria, bcrn May 6, 1788. be-
came the wife of the Right Rev. A. Benade and
died January 31, 181 1 ; [Matthew S., born August
10, 1790, died January 20. 1862 ; Sabina, born Au-
gust 4, 1792, became the wife of John F. \\ olle
and died March 22, 1829 ; William, born August
15, 1794, died iMay 23, 1878, in Wyoming, Penn-
sylvania ; Jane, born June 5, 1796, was the young-
est of the family.

John Schropp (2), the elder son of Matthew
and Anna jMaria (Tomet) Scliropp, was born in
Nazareth, Pennsylvania, October 11, 1750, and
died at Bethlehem, July 4, 1805. He married
jMaria Elizabeth Tanneberger, who was born July
15, 1753, at Nazareth, and died in Bethlehem,
Pennsylvania, August 23, 1801. The children of
that marriage were four in number : Johanna
Elizabeth, born August 17, 1785, in Nazareth,
died in Bethlehem, 'Slay 7. 1810, Charlotte Sa-
bina. born November 23. 1787. in Nazareth, died
in Bethlehem, June 22, 1833 ; [Maria Louisa, born
June 27, 1790. became the wife of John Samuel
Krause and died July 29, 1819. Her husband
was bom June 23, 1782, and died December 26,
1815. They had two children: Sophia Louisa,
who was born February 13, 181 1, and died at



Salem. North Carolina, in 1846. and Matthew,
born August 6, 1814. Anna Caroline, born June
7, 1793, became the wife of Owen Rice, and died
September 23. 1852. They had one child. Maria,
who was born May 4, 1S29, and died March 18.
1849. John Schropp (2) was again married.
April 26, 1802. his second union being with
Elizabeth Krogstrup, who was born [May 18,
1763, and died at Lititz. [March 25. 1819. Their
children were, a daughter who was born and died
on the 20th of August. 1S03, and John, tlie father
of Abraham S. Schropp.

John Schropp (3). the only son of John and
Elizabeth (Krogstrup) Schropp, was born in
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. September 8. 1805, an 1
died on September 2, 1840. He married Maria
Cornelia Goundie. on the 12th of October, 1828.
Her birth occurred October 15, 1807, and she died
October 6, 1893, aged eighty-six years. By her
marriage she became the mother of the following
named children, all born in Bethlehem : Charles
William, born May 15, 1830, died in Philadelphia,
April 3, 1888. Maria Elizabeth, born April 21,
1832, became the wife of Charles M. Stout and
died August 15, 1854. Henry John, born Decem-
ber I, 1833, died July 21, 1834. John Cornelius
bcrn August 28, 1836. Anna Caroline, born Feb-
ruary 16, 1840, died December 31, 1841. Abra-
ham Sebastian was the youngest of the family.

In his native city Abraham S. Schropp was
reared, and to the Moravian schools he is indebted
for the early educational privileges which he en-
joyed. He afterward attended \'ankirk's Acad-
emy, and then entered upon his business career,
serving from 1856 until 1861 as a clerk in the
general ticket office of the Lehigh \'alley Rail-
road Company at Bethlehem. He responded to
the first call of President Lincoln for troops at
the beginning of the Civil war, enlisting in Com-
panv A, First Pennsylvania Regiment. At the
expiration of the term of service of three months,
he was honorably discharged, on July 26. Sep-
tember 12, 1862, he was commissioned as second
lieutenant in the Fifth Regiment Pennsylvania
[Militia, emergency men. June 29, 1863. he en-
listed in the Thirty-fourth Pennsylvania Infantry
Regiment, Colonel Albright commanding, was



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commissioned first lieutenant and adjutant, and
served with abilit_v and fidelity until he was hon-
orably discharged. Returning home, he again en-
tered upon his business career, taking a position
with the Bethlehem Iron Company. In 1864 he
was made secretary, and he occupied that posi-
tion until 1901, when he resigned, after a total
service of thirty-seven years, having been longer
in official connection with that great corporation
than any other of its officers. His unflagging dili-
gence, unabating energy and progressive spirit
were salient elements in the success that attended
the enterprise, and he retired bearing with him
the esteem of .all with whom he had been
associated.

Mr. Schropp has been active and influential
along many lines contributing to the improvement
of the city, and is now connected with the Mora-
vian Historical Society, the Pennsylvania German
Society, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania,
and the American Institute of Mining Engineers.
He is an active member of the Moravian congre-
gation in Bethlehem, is serving as one of its trus-
tees, and was a director of the school board. He is
also a member of the advisory board of the provin-
cial elders' conference, and the vice president of
the board governing the young ladies seminary.
He has always taken an active part in Grand
Army affairs. He joined Y. K. Taylor Post, No.
182, on January 29, 1886, and was electetd com-
mander in 1877, and re-electetd in each of the
four following years. He served for one year
on the staff of the department commander, and in
1892 was an aide on the staff of General Palmer,
at the national encampment in Washington City.

Abraham Sebastian Schropp was married on
the 19th of April, 1864, to Caroline Angelica
Guetter, who was born March 13, 1842. Their
cliildren, all born in Bethlehem, were three in
number: i. Elizabeth Burnett, born November
12, 1865, wdio was married, Februarv 8, 1887, to
George Hildreth Worrall, who died December 24,
1887 ; 2. Mary Helen, born August 25, 1868, was
married, January 13, 1892, to Thomas Smith
Leaser, who died November 10, 1903 ; three chil-
dren were born to them : Thomas S., Jr., born July
27, 1893 ; John, born January 14, 1895 ; and Ruth



Schropp, born August 16, 1897, died December
21, 1898. 3. Ruth Caroline, born September 8,
1871, was married, October 30, 1894, in Bethle-
hem, to Rev. Arthur D. Thaeler, of Winston,
North Carolina, and to them were born three chil-
dren : Louise S., born in Winston, North Carolina,
December 12, 1895 ; Abraham Schropp, born in
the same place, November 19, 1898 : and Arthur
D., born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, October
12, 1902.

REUBEN KEM MERER. One of the highly
cultivated and therefore productive farms of
Northampton county, Pennsylvania, located in
Bethlehem township, is the property of Reuben
Kemmerer, a native of that section of the state,
his birth having occurred February 5, 1846. He
is a son of Enoch and Julia M. (Arner) Kem-
merer. Enoch was a son of John and Susanna
Kemmerer, and John was a son of John Nicholas
Kemmerer.

John Kemmerer (grandfather) was a farmer
by occupation, and continued in this line of indus-
try throughout the active years of his life. He
took an active part in the Revolutionary war, and
also in the war of 1812, displaying the utmost
courage and heroism on the field of battle, was a
consistent member of the Reformed church, and
in politics, was an ardent Republican. He mar-
ried Susanna Dreisbach, and they reared a fam-
ily of children, among whom was a son, Enoch
Kemmerer.

Enoch Kemmerer (father) followed the quiet
but useful calling of agriculture, conducting ex-
tensive general operations on a farm of one hun-
dred and forty acres located in Lower Nazareth
township. Although his time was fully occupied
with business interests he was not unmindful of
his duties as a citizen, and for two terms he was
chosen bv his fellow townsmen to fill the office of
supervisor. He was united in marirage to Julia
M. Arner, daughter of Nicholas and Susan
(King) Arner, and eight children were born of
this union — I. Maria, who became the wife of
Peter Engler and one child was born to tliem,
Llovd Engler, whose first wife, Annie (Mussle-
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second wife,



( Koch ) Engler, bore him one



child. 2. James, married Julia N. Schnabel, and
their family consisted of two children, both of
whom are now deceased. 3. John Edward, mar-
ried Harriet Engler, and their three children are
as follows : Claude, unmarried ; Miranda, became
the wife of Samuel Fenicle, and they are the
parents of two children ; Elsie, became the wife of
Frank Heller. After the death of his first wife,
John E. Kemmerer married Emma Braerman, and
their family consists of the following named chil-
dren — Sadie, Russel, Myrtie, Velma and Nama.
4. Amelius F., married Leana Odenwelder, and
they are the parents of nine children : Harvey,
married, and has children ; Estella, became the
wife of Albert Eisel, and their children are :
Miriam and Eisel ; Minnie, married, and her fam-
ily consists of seven children ; Stanley, married
Sadie Moser, and they are the parents of one
child ; Flossie, married Frank Wagner ; Victor,
untnarried ; William, unmarried ; Laura, unmar-
ried ; and Harry, unmarried. 5. Ellen, became the
wife of Ephraim W. Moyer, and two children
were the issue of this union : Harvey, married
Mary Knecht, and one child has been born to
them — Mavne Knecht ; Minerva, became the wife
of George Barron, and they have one child, Min-
nie. 6. Reuben, mentioned at length in the follow-
ing paragraph. 7. Alfred was married three times ;
his first wife, Louisa (Walter) Kemmerer, bore
him two children — Elmer and Oscar ; his second
wife, Lydia (Walter) Kemmerer, bore him no
children; his third wife, Henrietta (Titus) Kem-
merer, bore him three children — Asher, Annette,
and Charles. 8. Elijah Israel, married Celia
Walter and their family consists of the following
named children — Esta, became the wife of Fran-
cis Schaffer. and two sons have been born to
them : Clarence, married Daisy Huber, and they
are the parents of three children ; Nora, became
the wife of \'incent Bright, and one child has been
born of this union : Celesta, married John Schortz ;
Arthur, unmarried ; Beulah, unmarried ; and Lot-
tie, unmarried.

Reuben Kemmerer. sixth child in order of
birth bom to Enoch and Julia ]\I. Kemmerer, re-
ceived his early education in the public schools of



his native township, and later attended two terms
in the high school at Easton, Pennsylvania. He
then accepted a position as clerk in the general
store owned and conducted by John Lerch, but
after two years service in this capacity his health
became impaired and he was obliged to resign.
Upon recovering his usual health and strength
he devoted his attention to teaching school, and
filled that responsible position with credit and
efficiency for three terms, after which he rented a
small farm and began trucking for the citv mar-
kets. This occupation proved so lucrative that he
continued it for six years, and at the expiration
of this period of time he established a dairv busi-
ness which he conducted in addition to his former
line of trade. He purchased a small tract of land
consisting of ten acres, later added thirty-two
acres more to his estate and, in 1899, by means of
industry and thrift he was enabled to purchase a
ninety-seven-acre farm, formerly the property of
Joseph Emery, and since that date has operated
both farms, which are devoted to the production
of large quantities of stock, grain of all kinds and
vegetables. Mr. Kemmerer has never taken a
very active part in local politics, preferring to de-
vote his entire time to the management of his
property, but he was prevailed upon to accept
one term as tax collector. In national politics Mr.
Kemmerer follows in the footsteps of his father
and grandfather, casting his vote for the candi-
dates of the Republican party, but in local poli-
tics he votes for the man who in his estimation
is best qualified for office.

Mr. Kenmierer was united in marriage to
Mary M. Emery, daughter of Joseph and Anna
Melinda (Derhammer) Emery. Their children
are — i. Laura, wife of Ulysses Clauss ; 2. Jennie
S., wife of \'ancela Clauss and they are the
parents of one child, Elva Clauss ; 3. Ursella, wife
of William Yeakle and their family consists of
two children — Laura and Russel ; 4. Joseph, mar-
ried Lizzie Rosenberger and their children are —
Edith, Warren Dewey, Stanley and Nevin Paul :
5. Carrie, wife of Charles Garr : 6. Annie M., un-
married. Joseph Emery, father of Mrs. Kem-
merer, was the son of Samuel and Annie ( Lau-
bach) Emerv, and his wife, Anna Melinda, was



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the daughter of IMichael and



(Eckert)



Derhammer. 2\Ir. and Mrs. Emer}' were the pa-
rents of four children — Mary M., wife of Reuben
Kemmerer ; Joseph D., married Agnes Stahr and
they are the parents of one child, now deceased ;
Susan, wife of Jacob M. Barch and their ten chil-
dren are as follows — Harr^', Annie, wife of James
Long ; Walter, unmarried ; Florence, unmarried ;
others deceased. Stephen S. Emery married Annie
Lawall, and two children were the issue of this
union, one of whom is deceased and the other is

John D. Emery, who married Alice and

they are the parents of one child.

CHARLES S. HESS, prominent as a dairy-
man and agriculturist in Bethlehem township,
Northampton county, Pennsylvania, comes of the
strong and virile German stock that has figured so
largely in the development of the commonwealth.

His grandfather was Jacob Hess, a farmer of
the county, who possessed in marked degree the
musical ability for which the Germans as a race
are famous. He was organist for fifty years in
the Lower Saucon Reformed church. He married
a woman named Lerch, and one of the children
born was a son Thomas, whose descendants are
traced in this article.

Thomas Hess was a farmer, and was ac-
counted one of the successful men of the town-
ship. His farm was one of the largest thereabout,
and he was always fortunate in his enterprises.
He had an abiding interest in the public welfare,
and felt particularly the need of an adequate popu-
lar education. He did good service for many years
as a member of the local school board. He was a
man of strong principles and sanguine tempera-
ment, altogether a sane and forceful personality.
He and his family were all members of the Re-
formed church, and he was a liberal patron of all
good works. He was a believer in the principles
of the Democratic party, and supported that party
in local and national politics. He died in 1902,
being survived by his wife.

Thomas Hess married Catherine Kern, a
daughter of Peter Kern and his wife, whose fam-
ily name was Ott. Thomas and Catherine
(Kern) Hess had a family of seven children, as



follows: I. Jacob Peter, who married Emma Seip
and has two children — Carrie C. and Thomas J. ;
2. Charles, who is elsewhere spoken of ; 3. Sarah,
who is unmarried ; 4. James, who married Cath-
erine Smith, and has one child, James Monroe ;
5. Harvey, who married Cora Hess, and has
one child, Claude ; 6. Alice, who became the wife
of Herbert Seager, and is the mother of one child,
Joseph ; 7. Frank, deceased, who married Lizzie
Brown and had two children, Truman and
Clarence.

Charles S. Hess, second child and second son
of Thomas and Catherine (Kern) Hess, was born
in Bethlehem township and received his education
in the public schools there. He grew up in the
life of the farm, and early showed an aptitude for
its various activities, having an especial liking for
all domestic animals. He made farming his occu-
pation, with dairying the principal line of work.
After a few experimental years of work with his
father, he rented the old Hess homestead and car-
ried on an independent business. Later on he
bought a farm property of John Brown, and con-
ducted a dairy there, until 1891. In that year he
bought of David Keim, his father-in-law, the
farm of seventy-eight acres which is now occu-
pies. Under his skilful management it supports a
dairy herd of about thirty-two cows. His stock
is carefully selected, and he is considered one of
the best breeders and judges of cattle in that sec-
tion. He maintains the interest of a good citizen
in township affairs, and has held his share of the
local offices. He is especially interested in school
matters, and has been one of the school directors.
He is a member di the Reformed church, and be-
longs to Lehigh Council, Royal Arcanum. He
votes with the Democratic party.

He married Amanda Oscilla, daughter of
David and Arminda (Lerch) Keim. David was
the son of Jacob and Christian Anne Keim, and
his wife was a daughter of Williain Lerch. Mrs.
Hess was one of a family of nine children, as fol-
lows : I. Camilla and 2. ]\Iary Jane, died in in-
fancy; 3. Alfred L., married Emeline Whitsel,
and has two children ; 4. Emma C, married Ed-
ward Brinker, and 'is the mother of eight chil-
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S. Hess ; 6. Ellen Louise, who became the wife of
-Oliver Stuber, and is the mother of one child ;
7. Wilson B., who married Kate Aloser and has
two children ; 8. Cora, who died in infancy ; 9.
Annie, who married Francis Bond and has two
children. Charles S. and Amanda Oscilla
(Keim) Hess, are the parents of five children, —
Preston, Robert, Helen, Stanley and Emily.

MORRIS A. BORHEK, a teller in the Le-
high National Bank of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania,
was born October 9, 1842, and is a son of James
T. and Alarietta Carlctte (Brunner) Borhek. The
family of which he is a representative was
founded in America by John Andreas Borhek,
who was a weaver of Gottingen, Prussia, and
came to the new world with a band of Moravians
during the Revolutionary war. He was married
at Bethlehem, to his wife, Anna Maria (Fishcell)
Borhek, who was born in 1743, and died in 1807,
while John Andreas Borhek, who was born in
1728, died May 14, 1791.

Christian Frederick Borhek, son of John An-
dreas and Anna IMaria Borhek, was born in Beth-
lehem, and married Anna Catherine Kindig, who
was born Alay 4, 1780 ; she was a daughter of An-
drew Kindig, of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, and
died August 14, 1808. By his first wife Chris-
tian Frederick Borhek had two children : Clemen-
tine S., born in 1806, and James T., born in 1808.
By his second wife, INIary Liickenbach, he had the
following children : Frederick R., who married
Harriet Hunsicker, and had children : Helen, wdio
was borii January 10, 18 10, and became the wife
of August Belling, and the mother of a large fam-
ily ; Emily Amelia, who was born January 8,
1813, and became the wife of Frederick Hoffman,
by whom she had a son, Frederick ; and Lindora.
the wife of Abraham Grosh, by whom she had
one daughter, Mary L.

James T. Borhek, the eldest son of Christian
Frederick Borhek, was born January 6, 1808, at
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he was reared
and educated, attending a ^loravian school. At
an early age he was apprenticed to Christian
Luckenbach, with whomhe learned the trade of a
locksmith and tinsmith. On attaining his ma-



jority he went to Philadelphia to learn the trade of
a coppersmith, and upon his return to Bethlehem
he gave his attention to the manufacture of hats,
buying the business of C. A. Luckenbach. ,\t
that time this was the only industry of this kind
in eastern Pennsylvania, and in his establishment
silk hats were first manufactured in America out-
side of Philadelphia. In 1848 he again changed
his occupation, becoming a lumber and coal mer-
chant, and establishing the firm of Borhek &
Knauss. After the death of his partner he car-
ried on the business alone for a number of vears,
and then sold out in i860 to his son and Mr.
]\Iiksch, who in connection with the lumber and
coal trade conducted a general merchandising
establishment. This, however, was destroyed in
the great freshet in 1862.

For a number of years James T. Borhek filled
the office of justice of the peace, and also served
for two terms as school director. While filling
the former position he was largely instrumental
on various occasions in keeping litigation out of
the courts, inducing contestants to settle their
dift'erences without recourse to the law, and
whether in or out of office his advice and his
judgments were ever strictly impartial, and his
rulings extremely free from personal prejudice or
bias. He became a charter member of Keystone
Lodge, I. O. O. F., and he was the secretary of
the Bethlehem Gas Company from its organiza-
tion until his death, which occurred July 24, 1888.

James T. Borhek was married, July 5, 1830,
to ^[arietta Charlotte Brunner, and to them were
born seven children : Albert and Robert, who died
in childhood ; Ashton ; Alorris A., born October
9, 1842 ; Louisa Catherine, who was born Febru-
ary 14, 1840, and died in childhood ; James T.,
born October 16, 1844; and Henry G., who was
born ]\Iarch 13, 1848, and died October 18, 1889.
Of this family IMorris A. Borhek married Emma
Stadiger, and to them was born a son, Herman
S., whose birth occurred April 15, 1869, and who
married Addie Thayer. James T. Borhek, Jr.,
married Otillia Clauder, a daughter of the Rev.
H. G. and Charlotte (Ruede) Clauder. She was
born on Staten Island. New York, October 15,
1846, and was educated in the Moravian Seminary



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at Bethlehem. Their children are Henry Theo-
dore, born January i, 1877; Emily Louisa, who



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