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ers, brick manufacturers of Allentown, and after
her death Mr. Grim married her sister Aggie.
William Miller, the only son, married Emma
Blein. Mr. and Mrs. Rhoda have five children,
of whom the eldest, Ralph H. M. Rhoda, mar-
ried Julia Hecker, a daughter of W. F. Hecker,
a merchant of Allentown, who is represented on
another page of this volume. The younger chil-
dren of the Rhoda family are Warren, ^^'illiam,
IMargaret and Noble, all yet at home.

Horn ancestor of Frank M. Horn of whom there
is authentic record was Abram Horn, who was of
German lineage and a native of Philadelphia. He
moved to Easton, Pennsylvania, in early boy-
hood. During the war of the Revolution he
served his country as a sergeant in Captain
Thomas Craig's company in the Second Pennsyl-
vania Battalion, under Colonel (afterward Gen-
eral) Arthur St. Clair. During the war of 1812
he was lieutenant-colonel of the First Regiment
Volunteer Riflemen of Pennsylvania- In this
regiment were his sons. Captain Abram Horn, Jr.,
(who was postmaster of Easton, Pennsylvania,
during President Jackson's administration) , First
Lieutenant John Horn, Sergeant Melchior Hay

Horn, and JMusicians Samuel Horn and Joseph
Horn. Two sons-in-law also served in this regi-
ment. He was state surveyor for the eastern dis-
trict of Pennsylvania. He married Susan Hay,
a daughter of Melchior Hay, (also a Revolution-
ary soldier) and they became the parents of eight
sons and two daughters, of which number Mel-
chior Hay Horn was born in Easton in 1783, and
married Isabel Traill, a daughter of Robert
Traill, a major and member of the committee of
safety during the Revolution. Their children
were Sybilla, Robina, Robert T., John J., Isabella
R., Melchior H., Enoch C, Philip H., Sarah and
Maria L. The father was married a second time,
to Mrs. Stedinger, and they had one son, William

Melchior Hay Horn, son of Melchior and Isa-
bella (Traill) Horn, was born in Easton, Penn-
sylvania, April 9, 1822, and died February 28,
1890. He served his country as colonel of the
"Iron Regiment," Thirty-eighth Pennsylvania
Militia, in the Civil war. On the 12th of Oc-
tober, 1845, he, married Alatilda L. Heller, who
was born March i, 1823, and died in August,
1903, and was a daughter of Jacob Heller. She
was descended from Christopher Heller, who em-
barked with his son, Johan Simon, at Rotterdam,
on the ship "Winter Galley," Edward Paynter,
master, and arrived at Philadelphia on September
5, 1736. Christopher Heller was born in 1688
and died in Lower Saucon township, Northamp-
ton county. His son, Johan Simon Heller, was
born in Peltersheim, in the Pfaltz, Germany, June
18, 1 72 1, and died in Plainfield township, North-
ampton county, Pennsylvania, May 20, 1783; he
was married in 1749 to Lowii Dietz, whose birtl-
occurred June 12, 1726, and who died April 13,
1768 ; their children were : Jacob, Elizabeth, John,
Daniel, Anthony, Margaret, Abraham, Michael,
Simon, Veronia, Sarah, Catherine, Mary and

Captain Jacob Heller, sen of Johan Simon
and Lowii (Dietz) Heller, was born in Lower
Saucon township, Northampton county, March 6,
1750, and died in Plainfield township, of the
same county, October 8, 1822. He married Su-
sanna , who was born June 21, 1752, am'



died December 28, 1797. Their children were
Jacob, Charles, Susanna and Elizabeth.

Jacob Heller, son of Captain Jacob Heller,
was born in Plainfield township, Northampton
count)', April 23, 1782, and died in Easton, Oc-
tober 14, 1834. He was married March 18, 1804,
to Susanna Butz, whose birth occurred June 8,
1783, and her death December 20, 1853. Their
children were Maria, Susanna, Christian, Charles,
William, Jacob, Matilda, and Daniel. Of these,
Maria Heller, born November 9, 1805, died June
28, 1862 ; she became the wife of Samuel Yobe,
who was born April 15, 1805, and died July 5,
i886- Susanna Heller, born March 14, 1810,
died April 11, 1883; she was married April 11,
1833, to John A. Junes. Christian B. Heller, born
December 16, 1812, died May 13, 1873 ; he was
married June 25, 1839, to Henrietta Detwiller,
who was born June 13, 1819, and their children
were Maria, Elizabeth, Alice and Henry. Charles
Heller, who died in Philadelphia, April 14, i89r),
had married Louisa Tindall, and they had two
daughters. Sue and Mary. William Heller, who
was born December 20, 1815, died January 15,
1888; he had married Annie E. Mixsell. Jacob
B. Heller, born January 22, 1819, died Febru-
ary 26, 1890; he married Maria Martha Gray,
who was born October 23, 1823, and died Decem-
ber 15, 1896. Their children were Samuel,
Jacob B., William G., Mary, Matilda and Laura.

Matilda Louisa Heller, the youngest of the
family of Jacob and Susanna (Butz) Heller, was
born March i, 1823, and was married October 12,
1845, to Melchior Hay Horn ; died August, 1903.
They had seven children.

William H., who is now in Mexico.

Rev. Edward T. Horn (2) is a minister of
the Lutheran church at Reading, Pennsylvania.

Susan Butz Horn (3), born September 15,
1845, was married April 21, 1874, to Martin L.
Dreisbach, who was born September 6, 1843.
They had two children : Matilda E., born July 4,
1875, and John Martin, born November 26, 1878

Edward Traill Horn was born June 10, 1850,
and was married June 15, 1880, to Harriet Chis-
elm, who was born November 10, 1861. Tlv
had seven children : Robert C, born September

12, 1S81 ; William M., November 28, 1882 ; Isa-
bella T., May 4, 1884; Harriet E., October 22,
1885 ; Edward T., September ■2},, 1887; Mary G.,
January 10, 1889; and M. Hay, who was born
May 12, 1892, and died September 30, 1S93.

Frank Melchior is the fourth of the family.

Harry Yohe, born January 8, 1859, was mar-
ried November 10, 1881, to Annie M. Heller,
who was born April 3, i860, and died March 9,
1897. Their children are Matilda, born Novem-
ber 23, 1884; Isabella T., born April 28, 1886:
George Peter, born March 21, 1888; Robert
Traill, born November 23, 1889 ; Annie Heller,
born March 28, 1891 ; and Harry Yohe, Apri'
4, 1892.

Isabella Traill Horn, born February 4, 1861,
died February 5, 1882.

Charles Robert Horn, born October 16, 1863,
was married June 23, 1886, to Blanche Thomas,
who was born April 6, 1863. Their children are:
Isabella T., born September 18, 1887 ; Mary, who
was born October 18, 1888, and died on the 15th
of November, following; Catherine R., born July
19, 1890; James Thomas, born March 19, 1892;
Blanche, May 13, 1894; and Helen, bom De-
cember 22, 1896-

Frank M. Horn, born October 16, 1852, in
Easton, Pennsylvania, was reared in Catasauqua,
and acquired his education in the public schools.
He is now cashier of the National Bank of Cata-
sauqua and has been connected with the institu-
tion since 1867, during which time he has filled
various positions, acting as its president a part
of that time, and by his enterprise and thorough
understanding of the business contributing
largely to its success.

On the i8th of January, 1882, Frank Melchior
Horn was married to Miss Lizzie F. Williams,
a daughter of John and Emma C. (Heilig) Will-
iams. They have four children : Melchior Hay,
born November 4, 1884 ; Emma Williams, born
January 12, 1887; Susan, born August 13, 1889;
and Eleanor Traill, born August 22, 1894.

JOHN FULMER, who is living retired in
Nazareth, represents an old family of Pennsyl-
vania that through several generations has been



connected with agricultural interests in this state.
His grandfather, John F. Eulmer, was born in
the old country and reared in Bucks count_v,
Pennsylvania, pursued his education in the com-
mon schools, and then began farming. Later he
operated the old tan bark mill at Richmond. He
married and had four sons, and four daughters.
Christian Fulmer, the father of John Fulmer, was
born at Richmond, Pennsylvania, in 1807, and
died in 1870 at the age of sixty-three years. Hav-
ing acquired his education in the common schools.
he became associated with his father in the con-
duct of the old tan bark mill in Lower Alount
Bethel township, and ultimately became its owner.
He carried on business in that way throughout
his entire life. His political faith was in accord
with the principles of the Republican party, and
his religious belief in harmony with the teachings
of the Reformed church. He married Sarah A.
Butz, of Lower Mount Bethel township, North-
ampton county, and their children were : John,
Joseph, George, Henry and Hiram.

John Fulmer was born in Lower Mount
Bethel township, June 12, 1827, and at the usual
age entered the common schools where he pre-
pared for the practical duties of life. On putting
aside his text books he worked for his father in
the tanbark mill, but subsequently turned his
attention to farming which he followed for man}-
years, or until 1883, when he removed to Nazar-
eth township, where he now resides. His life
has been one of industry, and his rest from
further labor is well merited. He was diligent in
his business affairs and never took advantage of
the necessities of his fellowmen in any trade
transactions. In politics he is a Republican, and
he attends the services of the Reformed church.

Mr. Fulmer has been married twice. His first
wife was Susan Ott, and the wedding ceremony
was performed February 14, 1850. Her parents
were Henry and Mary (Kern) Ott, the former a
farmer of Lower ]Mount Bethel township. The
children of the first marriage were : Henry C.
who was born January, 185 1, and married Min-
erva Dech : and Emma, who was born September
31, 1852, and is the wife of Levy Beck, bv whom
she had four children: William H., who was born

November 19, 1854, and died in 1874; Jacob,
who was born April 21, 1856, and died the fol-
lowing year; Mary A., who was born December
25, 1864, and is the wife of Wallace Sweitzer,
by whom she had four children. In 1890 Mr.
Fulmer married Mrs. Mary Hess, the widow of
Jacob Hess, and a daughter of Josiah and Har-
nah (Oyer) Krout, of Upper Mount Bethel

farming in Heidelberg township, Lehigh county,
where the family has been represented through
several generations. His grandfather, Martin
Handwerk, who was there born and reared,
turned his attention to farming, which he fol-
lowed throughout his entire Hfe. He married
Katherine Blose, of the same township, and to
them were born the following named: Phaon,
Maria Drusilla, Peter, Benjamin and Paul.

Paul Handwerk, father of Tilghman Hand-
werk, was born on the old family homestead in
Heidelberg township, Lehigh county, in the year
1833. He, too, has made farming his life work,
entering upon an active career after acquiring a
liberal education in the public schools. For a
number of years he devoted his time and atten-
tion in an undivided manner to agricultural pur-
suits with good success, and then with a com-
fortable competence accumulated through his own
labors retired to private life. He yet makes his
home in Heidelberg township, and is widely and
favorably known throughout the community in
which his entire life has been passed. His politi-
cal support has ever been given to the Republican
party, and although he is a stanch advocate of its
principles he has always refused office, although
frequently solicited to serve in local positions of
public trust. When the Civil war was being
fought he was drafted for service, but sent a sub-
stitute to take his place in the army. He married
Susan Lobach, also a native of Heidelberg town-
ship, Lehigh county, and their children were :
Tilghman, Leonora. Helen, Alice, Louisa, Aman-
das, Emma, Henry, Minnie, Frederick, and two
that died in infancy.

Tilghman Handwerk. whose birthplace was



the old home farm, and whose natal day was
March 5, 1858, was educated in the common
schools of his township, and when he had mas-
tered the branches of learning taught in the public
schools he became an active factor in the agricul-
tural life of the township. He had early become
familiar with the labors of field and meadow,
which he is now carrying on, and in addition to
the raising of cereals best adapted to the soil and
climate he is also devoting some time to the pro-
duction of vegetables for the city market, having a
fine garden on his place. His views of political
questions are in accord with the principles and
policy of the Republican party. He has held the
office of school director, and is deeply interested in
the cause of education and other movements for
the welfare and upbuilding of the locality. He and
his family attend the Lutheran church.

Mr. Handwerk was married in 1889 to Miss
Mary A. Krause, a daughter of Levi Krause, a
farmer of Heidelberg township, and they now
have two children, Delia and Samuel, who are at
home with their parents.

WILLIAM P. MOYER. Among the public-
spirited citizens and influential business men of
Allentown whose ability and enterprise have con-
tributed materially to the growth and develop-
ment of the city, is William P. Moyer, a native
of Lehigh county, Pennsylvania.

The Moyer family is one of the oldest in the
county, having settled in Lynn township, near New
Tripoli, about the year 1770. Peter Moyer, the
grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was
born in April, 1800, and died in the house in
which he was born, in December, 1857. His
wife was Catherine Gerard, born in Wurtem-
berg, Germany, April 5, 1804, and came to this
country with her mother in 1816, landing at Phil-
adelphia, and was indentured to John Miller for
the cost of the passage of the mother and daugh-
ter, and served for the same for six vears. Dur-
ing this service the mother settled at New Tri-
poli. In those days communication between Phil-
adelphia and New Tripoli was only had by stage,
the market for Lehigh county being principally
confined to ;bf city of Philadelphia, and farmers

and business men carried their products and
wares to market by wagon. Among those who
visited Philadelphia for this purpose was Peter
Moyer, already mentioned, and in carrying the
communications between mother and daughter he
became intimately acquainted with both of them,
which acquaintance in subsequent years resulted
in the marriage of the daugnter to Peter Moyer.
The marriage took place January 11, 1823, in the
church at New Tripoli, then called Ebenezer
church. Here the couple settled with the deter-
mination to become useful citizens in the com-
munity, and engaged in farming.

By the thrift and energy of Peter Moyer he
became a prominent citizen in the community,
serving as supervisor of the township for nine
years, in connection with the certain other of-
fices which he held. In later years he became en-
gaged in the distilling business, which he car-
ried on from 1830 until within a year of his death.
Even in those early days one of the enterprises
in which the people of the community were en-
gaged was the distilling of applejack, which is
continued extensively to this day.

In connection with their business pursuits
Peter Moyer and his wife also took an active in-
terest in church matters, serving almost continu-
ously in the various offices connected with the
church. Their christian spirit was further shown
by their adoption of a number of homeless chil-
dren whom they reared in connection with their
own large family. The wife survived her hus-
band almost twenty years. There were born to
them thirteen children, the oldest of whom was
Gideon Moyer, the father of the subject of this
sketch. The other children were Adeline, Caro-
line, Esther, Amelia, William, John Peter, Bcn-
neville, Henry, Owen, Noah, Nathan, and a son
who died in infancy. Of these seven are still
living — Esther, Amelia, John Peter, Pjenneviile,
Noah, Owen and Nathan.

Gideon Moyer, the oldest son, was born Sep-
tember 22, 1824, on tlic farm at New Tripoli,
and from his earlv years was engaged in work-
ing on the farm, the advantages for education
being then very limited. He married Jane
Amanda Snfith, a dauglitcr of Abraham and




Amelia (^SeiberlingJ Smith. The Smith family
was also of early settlement in that vicinity.
There were besides 2\irs. Moyer eight children:
James H., William Jackson, Phaon Abraham,
John David S., Charles Wellington, Thomas E.
Smith, Amelia, and Sarah Catherine Drumbore.

Shortly after the marriage of Gideon Moyer
he purchased his father-in-law's farm near Lynn-
ville and engaged in farming and operating the
grist-mill and saw-mill in the village until 1868,
when he sold out his interests in Lynn township,
with the desire of engaging in more active enter-
prises, and moved to Allentown. Here he estab-
lished a store on a small scale, and shortly there-
after purchased a property and built a store house
thereon, at the corner of Ninth and Chew streets.
By his energy and close attention his business
increased from year to year, and it became neces-
sary for him to provide a more extensive place
of business, and he purchased the property at the
southeast corner of Sixth and Gordon streets,
where he erected a large three story store build-
ing, where he continued tne business for many

To this family were born three children :
Julius A. Moyer, Elias Moyer (who died at tne
age of six years), and William P. Moyer. Gid-
eon Aloyer died November 2, 1904, at the age ot
eighty years, and his wife preceded him in death,
August 24, 1899, aged seventy-one years. The
two sons from early boyhood assisted their fa-
ther in the store, in connection with which they en-
gaged in the cigar business, and by reason of ad-
vancing years of the father he discontinued the
store business and joined the sons in the cigar
business, which they carried on extensively.

William P. JMoyer was born May 2, 1859,
and attended the public schools of the city only
to the age of twelve years, thereby securing a
knowledge of the rudimentary branches of edu-
cation, assisting his father in the store business
during this time. He then learned the trade of
cigar making with Jacob Mann, and when in his
fifteenth year started in the lousiness for himself,
manufacturing cigars, and at the same time as-
sisting his father in the store until he was twenty-
one vears of age. His desire for a more active

career and also for the beneht of his health, which
by close confinement to the manufacturing busi-
ness was failing, led him to accept the position
of traveling salesman for Julius V'etterleinx &
Co., of Philadelphia, and from that time on was
actively engaged as traveling salesman for seven
years, at the same time continuing his manufac-
turing business. After having established his
cigar manufacturing business on a large and pay-
ing scale, his activity led him into more enter-
prising pursuits, and he began to deal in real
estate, purchasing vacant lands in the then north-
ern part of the city. These tracts he cut up into
building lots and erected houses thereon. Be-
ginning on a small scale and selling the houses as
they were completed, he bought other and
larger tracts, and carried on extensive building
operations, and the development and improve-
ment of the northern part of the city is largely
due to his energy and enterprise. Purchasing
a tract of thirty-five acres which was then in the
outskirts of the city, selling lots and erecting
houses thereon, in the course of live years he has
practically succeeded in building up the entire
tract, thereby increasing the valuation and popu-
lation of the Tenth ward to almost double what
it was prior to this purchase. In his building
operations he has erected upwards of two hun-
dred houses, for which he has always found a
ready market, and it may be said that his success
in this line is largely due to the taste which he
displayed in the architecture of the buildings
and their convenient arrangement. He also
erected for himself on North Sixth street one of
the finest residences in that section of the city.

During all this activity he has found time to
concern himself about municipal affairs, having
served in common councils :ot two years and in
select councils for four years, thus showing an
active interest in politics, being under his con-
victions a stanch Republican. Charity has also
not been lost sight of by him. From the incep-
tion of the Allentown Hospital he took an active
interest in its promotion, was one of the first
trustees, served as one of the building committee
and his large experience in this line aided greatly
to the development of the fine structure erected ;



served as trustee for a number of years. He
was one of the promoters of the 2^Ierchants'
National Bank, and a director since its organiza-
tion. In this connection it may also be men-
tioned that in all his active career he has not lost
sight of church matters. From his early years
and from the influence bestowed upon him by
his parents he has been a member of the United
Evangelical church, which he served as trustee
for sixteen years, and the fine edifice known as
"Seibert Church," at the corner of Ninth and
Liberty streets, is one of the monuments of his
building operations. He has also not lost sight
of social affairs, holding membership in the or-
der of Free and Accepted Masons, Knights of
Friendship, and the Livingstone Club.

He was married February 25, 1878, to Miss
Mary J. Holtzinger, a daughter of John and Ro-
sina (Long) Holtzinger, the latter being a daugh-
ter of Jacob Long. R'lrs. Moyer was one of a
family of seven children, namely: i. Charles,
who married Josephine Hendricks, and their
children are : Annie, Laura, Rosie, Charles and
Raymond. 2. Rosie, who became the wife of
Rev. J. M. Rinker, and their children are :
Charles, Rollin, Homer, Ralph, Edith, Ruth,
Alma and Verna. 3. Anna, who became the wife
of George Fry, and their children are : Trueman,
Reba, Mabel, and Emily. 4. Mary J., wife of
William P. Moyer. 5. Lizzie, who became the
wife of John Wolf, and they are the parents of
one child, Bessie. 6. George, who married lona
Zellner, and their children are : John, Helen and
Lillian. 7. William, who married Lottie Yeakle,
and their children are: Evelyn and Dorothy.

Julius Moyer, l:)rother of the subject of this
sketch, was married to Anna Schell, daughter of
Rev. John Schell, and had four children: i.
Hovi'ard, who is intermarried with Rebecca
Christ. 2. Arthur. 3. Robert, who died at the age
of twenty years. 4. Amy, who died at the age of
eigjiteen months.

Three children were born to William P.
Moyer and his wife: i. Estella, who died at the
age of three years. 2. Elsie Jane, who is living
with her parents. 3. One who died in infancy.

In all his activity Mr. Moyer believes in enjov-

ing the fruits of his labors. He has always taken
an interest in driving a fine pair of horses, and
within the last year has taken to the automobile,
and sports one of the finest Knox machines, acting
as his own chauffeur. In proper season he is
frequently seen in his hunting outfit. He enjoys
a day's hunting with friends as one of his favorite

DR. PALMER M. KERN, one of the lead-
ing physicians of Bath, Northampton county, is a
representative of one of those old families who,
by the combined influence of high station and
e.xalted character, have done so much toward the
rearing of the social and political fabric of Penn-
sylvania, both as a province and a state.

Nicholas Kern, the progenitor of the race in
the new world, was the original owner of five
hundred acres of land, upon which the greater
portion of the town of Slatington now stands.
He held the land under patents given by the pro-
prietors, the heirs of William Penn, and dated
November 24, 1737, and March 15, 1738. One
of his descendants was Colonel Nicholas Kern,
who was born April i, 1760, and married Maria
Barbara Oil wine, who was born October 2, 1761.
Their children were : Magdalena ; Jacob, men-
tioned at length hereinafter ; Charles, and Eliza-
betli. The death of Colonel Kern occurred July
15, 1829, and that of his wife March 29, 1836.
The former is buried at Stone Church, and the
latter in the old graveyard in Bath.

Jacob Kern, son of Nicholas and Maria Bar-
bara (Ollwine) Kern, was born February 14,
1790. In 181 1 he received a lieutenant's com-
mission from Governor Snyder; in 1814 was
made a colonel by Governor Findley, and on

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