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born Oct. 29, 1823, died in Manchester town-
ship: Daniel, born Sept. 27, 1825, died in Man-
chester township : Barbara, born Nov. 22,
1827, married John Shindel, and lives in Man-
chester township; Anna, born June 8, 1830,
died at Mt. Wolf: Moses, born Oct. 29. 1832,
died in Manchester township; Emanuel B. ;
John, born July 15, 1837, is a dentist at St.
Joseph, Mo.; Elizabeth, born May 22, 1841,
died in Lower Windsor township ; Catherine,
born May 26, 1844, married George Dubbs,
and resides in Manchester township; and Eli,
born Nov. 14, 1846, lives at St., Joseph. ]\Io.,
where he is engaged in dentistr}^ and literary
pursuits. In religion Jacob Good was formerly
connected with the Mennonite faith, but before
his death became a Dunkard. Mrs. Good died
in ]\Ianchester township, and was buried there
beside her husband.

Emanuel B. Good attended the township
school, the teacher of which was Martin L.
Duhling, who still resides in Manchester
borough. Mr-. Good remained with his father
until his marriage in 18.^6 to Sarah Zorger,
daughter of Martin and Eve (Lichtenberger)
Zorger, of Newberry township, when he lo-
cated on the old homestead for three vears,



later removing to his present homestead of
71 acres. l\Ir. Good has spared neither time
nor money in the improvements he has made
on the place, and he has every reason to feel
some pride in the ownership of so fine a farm.
He has about 1,500 peach trees, and for a
number of years prior to 1899 was engaged in
the nursery business, devoting about eight acres
of his farm to this branch of agricultural in-

To Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel B. Good the
following children have been born : Alice
Jane, born Oct. 2t,. 1857, married Frank P.
beisinger, and resides in York; Isabella, born
Jan. 2;^. 1859, married Henry Kohr, deceased,
and resides at Alt. Wolf, Manchester town-
ship; Edward, born Oct. 28, i860, is vei-y
active in politics, having served as judge of
elections and held other township offices;
George, born Jan. 11, 1862, resides at home;
Elizabeth, born Sept. 21, 1863, resides with
her parents; Wesley, born Aug. 4, 1865, mar-
ried Hattie Brown, and is a dentist at St. Jo-
seph, Mo.; William Henry, born April 16,
1867, married Susan Crone and resides in
Manchester township; Catherine, born May 3,
1871, died April 27, 1873 ! ^"<^^ Jacob Emanuel,
born Sept. 18, 1873, resides at home.

Mr. Good is very prominent in politics,
having been assessor, tax-collector, school
director and a member of the election board.
His support has always been given to the
Republican party, and he is considered a very
valuable man by that party. He is a thorough
business man, honest and upright in all his
dealings, public-spirited and of much executive

BENJAMIN S. SENTZ. a cigar and cigar
box manufacturer of Felton borough, was born
July 16, 1866, in Hopewell township, son of
Henry and Elizabeth fMitzel) Sentz.

Henry Sentz, grandfather of Benjamin S.,
was a farmer of Hopewell township, where he
died. Fie married Lydia Tyson, who died in
July. 1866, and they had these children ; Henry,
father of our subject; Jacob; John; Benjamin;
Lydia A.7 who married Joseph Sechrist ; Cath-
erine, who married John Schaeffer; Elizabeth,
who married John Flinchbaugh ; Miss Aman-
da; and Sarah, who married William Stabley.

Flenry Sentz, father of our subject, was
born in 1844, in North Hopewell, where he re-
cei\-ed a common school education. He fol-

lowed farming all of his life and now resides
on his farm in Windsor township. In polit-
ical faith he is a Republican. He is a Lutheran
and has been very active in. the work of the
church. He married Elizabeth Mitzel, born in
what is now known as Felton in 1843, daughter
of Daniel and Susan (Raab) Mitzel, both now
deceased. They had these children : Benjamin
S. ; Henry D., of Yoe; AViUiam F., of Windsor
township; Jacob M., of Windsor township;
John W. M., at home; James T., who lives on
our subject's farm; and Lemuel E. at home.

Benjamin S. Sentz attended school in the
winter terms until seventeen years of age, and
worked in the summer on his father's farm. At
the age of nineteen he started clerking in J. D.
Hake's store, where he remained for one and
one-half years. At the age of twenty-one he
embarked in the mercantile business at Cross
Roads, but after two years he removed to Fel-
ton and engaged in business, where C. T. Grove
is now located. Here he ran a general store
for three years, and then sold to Andreson &
Grove, engaging in the manufacture of cigar
boxes and builcling a factory. He is also en-
gaged in the cigar manufacturing business,
which he began on a small scale, and as the
demand for his goods grew, enlarged accord-
ingly. He has all of the latest machiner}' and
improvements, putting in entire new equip-
ment last fall, including boilers and engines.
Mr. Sentz is certainly a self-made man. AMien
he embarked in the mercantile business he was
the possessor of a horse and buggy and eighteen
dollars in money. He received some backing
from his former 'employer, Mr. J. D. Hake, and
in this way was enabled to start in business.
He is now one of the prosperous men of Fel-
ton borough.

On Nov. 27, 1890, Mr. Sentz married
Emma J. Stiles, born in 1868, at Adamsville,
York county, daughter of Joseph and Alary
(Neff) Stiles, and these children have been
born to this union: Araminta E., Hobson
Clare and Alary Elizabeth. In politics Air.
Sentz is a Republican, and has served as school
director. He was appointed a justice of the
peace by Governor Stone, and was again chosen
in 1900. At the time of his first appointment
Felton borough had just been formed, largely
through the efforts of Air. Sentz and Air. C.
T. Grove. Air. Sentz has also been delegate
to the State convention. His family are mem-
bers of the Evangelical Church, although before



coming to Felton, Mr. Sentz was connected
with the United Brethren Church. In the
E\-ang-elicaI Church he is class leader and is
^•ery active in Sunday-school work, formerly
having been superintendent. Fraternally Mr.
Sentz is a member of Felton Lodge, No. 148,
K. of P., in which he is past chancellor com-
mander. He is serving his second year as dis-
trict deputy of the K. P., and was representa-
tive to the Grand Lodge, at Carbondale. in
1903. He is a member of Cashmere Temple,
Knights of Khorassan, Reading, Pa.; Shrews-
bury Blue Lodge, No. 462, F. & A. M. ; Ka-
tahdin Lodge, No. 560, I. O. O. F. ; and Red
Lion Encampment, No. 210.

On July II. 1892, Air. Sentz organized the
Felton Cornet Band, of which for three years
he was leader, and he had charge of the finan-
cial affairs of that organization. He is a very
talented musician, performing ably on the trom-
bone. Mr. Sentz spent one week in Chicago
at the time of the World's Columbian Exposi-
tion, and spent some time at the Pan-American
Exposition at Buffalo. As an active supporter
of educational and religious movements he is
universally esteemed, and can with truth be
named as one of Felton borough's representa-
tive men.

PHILETUS F. WILT, city treasurer of
York, has for many years been a well known
business man of that city and comes of an
old York county family.

The American ancestor of the Wilt family
came to this country early in the eighteenth
centur}^ The great-gTandfather of Philetus
F. Wilt was a farmer in York county, and his
grandfather, Peter Wilt, was born on the old
homestead, but died in York.

William Wilt, father of Philetus F., died
in 1880, in his sixty-eighth year. His wife,
who died in 1888 at the age of seventj^-six, was
Lydia Forry, daughter of Rudolph Forry, a
tanner, of York. Of the seven children born
to this union only two survive: Miss Lydia A.,
living in York ; and Philetus F.

Philetus F. Wilt was born in York, May
26, 1838, and was educated in the York Coim-
ty Academy. Li i860 he associated himself
with his father in the coal business, and con-
tinued in that line until 1900. In that year
he and his son, ^^"illiam M., opened a fire in-
surance oflice at No. 13 South George street,
removing on Feb. i, 1905, fo No. 33 West

Alarket street, where they secured cjuarters that
were more in keeping with their growing busi-
ness. In 1902 Air. Wilt was elected city treas-
urer for a term of three years, being the only
successful Democratic candidate at that elec-
tion, a great compliment to his personal popu-.
larity. Mr. Wilt married Alary J. Aletzger,
daughter of Elder F. Aletzger, a hardware
merchant and banker of Hanover, Pa. The chil-
dren of this marriage are as follows : \\'illiam
AL, in partnership with his father; E. Kather-
ine, wife of Clarence W. Hyde, coal and
wood dealer at South Bend. Ind. ; Paul E.,
watchmaker and jeweler, at Phoenixville, Pa.,'
and Leila, a graduate of the Woman's College
at Frederick. Aid., and for several years a stu-
dent in the Peabody Institute, now livmg at

In politics Air. ^^■ilt is a loyal Democrat.
He is a director in the City Bank of York,
and for twenty years has been a trustee and
treasurer of the Prospect Hill Cemetery Co..
and is president of the York County Alutual
Fire Insurance Company, having been elected
in 1900. He is a member of the First Re-
formed Church, of which he has been for twen-
ty years a trustee, and no man in York stands
higher in church, social, political and Ijusiness

GEORGE KISE is a native son of York
county and a representative of one of its
pioneer families. On the farm now occupied
by Alilton Burg, in Lower Windsor township,
he was born Aug. 6, 1842.

George Kise. his father, was likewise born
and reared in York county, and for a number
of years was successfully engaged in contract-
ing, after which he was identified with agri-
cultural pursuits until his death. He had re-
sided on the Wilton farm in Hellam township
for fourteen years, and on the John Small
farm in Lower \\'indsor township for sixteen
years. He died at the home of his son George
in Lower Windsor township, in April, 1904.
at the patriarchal age of ninety-two years, two
months and twelve days. He was a man of
integ-rity and commanded esteem in his
native county. He was originally a Whig,
and later a Republican in politics, and in his
earlier years was an incumbent of various local
offices of public trust. His wife, whose maiden
name was Christine Anstine, still survives him,
being over ninetv vears of age. Of the chil-



dren of this marriage Henry is deceased ; John
is a resident of Philadelphia ; Jane is the wife
of Nathaniel Snell, who resides near Yoe, York
countv : George ; Susan is the wife of George
Kline, of East Prospect: Aaron is a resident
of Harrisburg, Pa., \A'ilIiam resides in Lower
AMndsor township; Milton makes his home in
the city of York ; Kate is the widow of Oliver
Dietz,- of Goldsboro, York county; Avilla is
the wife of Rev. Edward Crumling, of Lewis-
berry ; Simon is deceased ; Albert is a resident
of Newberry township, and Elmer is a resi-
dent of York, Pennsylvania.
* George Kise secured his early educational
discipline in the township school at Craleys-
ville and the Benson school, in Lower Wind-
sor township, being fourteen 3'ears of age at
the time of his parents' removal to Hellam
township, where he continued his studies in the
Levergood school until he had attained to the
age of eighteen years, in the meanwhile hav-
ing rendered material aid in the work of the
farm. At the outbreak of the war of the Re-
bellion his patriotic ardor led him to seek a
place in the ranks of the brave boys in blue.
In 1862, in company with Samuel Boll, Mr.
Kise went to York for the purpose of enlist-
ing, the company there having been raised by
Captain ]\Iarsh. He duly enlisted and pro-
ceeded to Harrisburg for examination, but
when the authorities learned his age (twenty
years), they refused to accept him, as at that
time no recruits were received under the age
designated as the legal majority. Boll prevari-
cated to the extent of saying that he was twen-
ty-one years of age, and thus was accepted.
When the next call for troops was issued Mr.
Kise accompanied a militia company from
Wrightsville to a point below Chambersburg,
where he enlisted and was mustered in as a
member of Company G, i6th Pa. Cav., under
Captain West, while later the regiment was
commanded by Colonel Irving Gregg. After
the battle of Antietam the regiment was
ordered back to Harrisl)urg, where it was prop-
erly outfitted and equipped, and in the autumn
of that year (1862) the command was sent
to "W^ashington, D. C, where it went into win-
ter quarters. In the spring of 1863 Mr. Kise
was detailed on special duty at the cavalry
corps hospital at Brandy wine Station, Va.,
where he remained for one year. At the ex-
piration of that time he was sent to Alex-
andria, where the dismounted men were pro-

\'ided with horses and other equipments and
organized into a command, which was sent
forward to Frederick City, where they took
part in the engagement. With this command
Mr. Kise then went to Harper's Ferry and
thence to Shepardstown, ten miles distant,
where an attack was made on the rear guard
of the Confederate troops at that time retreat-
ing from Gettysburg. Mr. Kise was on guard
duty and captured and held three prisoners
until relief came, showing much finesse in suc-
cessfully concluding this adventure. He took
part in seven spirited skirmishes on Winches-
ter Pike, and shortly after this service was
sent to join his regular command at Gettys-
burg, proceeding from that point to Peters-
burg. In the winter he paiticipated in the
Bellfield raid, in which he aided in destroying
railroad lines, being on picket duty during the
balance of the time until spring, when he took
part in the battle of Five Forks, his com-
mand being dismounted during that engage-
ment. Mr. Kise captured two prisoners at this
time, and the next morning the command
pushed forward to Amelia Springs. There a
skirmish took place, Mr. Kise having his horse
shot from under him and receiving a bullet
wound in his left side, his life being undoubt-
edly saved by the glancing of the ball from
his belt plate, which had worked around to that
portion of his body and Avhich thus fortunately
deflected the death-dealing missile. The next
day he was enabled to secure another horse,
and then proceeded with his regiment to
Farmersville, incidentally making a raid on a
wagon train ; on this day Mr. Kise was cap-
tured by the enemy and taken toward Appo-
mattox Court House. On the way he was in-
formed by his captors that Sheridan's entire
command were prisoners. About nine o'clock
that night, in company with other Federal
prisoners, Mr. Kise was marched up to the
heig-hts and there discerned the old flag proudly
floating in the breeze, while at this
dramatic moment there came to them the news
of Lee's surrender. Thereafter our subject
was with his command on picket duty at
Lynchburg, where he received his honorable
discharge as corporal, June 15, 1865.

z\fter the close of his exemplary military
career Mr. Kise returned home and became
associated with his brother Henry in the opera-
tion of a canal boat. e\'entually securing his
Ijrother's interest in the enterprise and con-




tinning operations for several years. There-
after he was engaged in repair work on the
tidewater, and for nearly six years following
was employed in John Small's sawmill at
Wrigbtsville. The mill finally burned, and
wdiile a new one was being erected he assisted
in the buiding- of the railroad n)undhouse at
Columbia. Thereafter he was identified with
the operation of the sawmill until 1884, when
he removed to East Prospect, where lie en-
tered into partnership with W. E. Olewiler
in the line of general merchandise, later be-
coming 'the sole proprietor of the business.
This he continued successfully for the ensuing-
fifteen years, when he retired from active busi-
ness and purchased his present attractive and
finely improved farm. He had previously be-
come associated with his brother Henry in the
ow'nership of a farm in Newberry township,
and later became the sole owner of the place,
which he still holds. He continued to devote
his attention to the cultivation of his farm near
Marg-aretta Furnace until April, 1904, when
he returned to his old home in East Prospect,
where he has since resided, giving the major
portion of his time to the supervision of his

In politics Mr. Kise is a stanch Republi-
can, and in a fraternal way is identified with
Lieut. R. C. Smith Post, No. 270, G. A. R.,
at Wrigbtsville. He is a prominent and valued
member and a trustee of the'L'nited Evangel-
ical Church, at East Prospect. He has taken
a specially deep interest in the promotion of
the work of the Sunday school, of which he
was superintendent for a period of ten years.
In Lower Windsor township, Dec. 25, 1872,
was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Kise to
Sarah A. Young, daughter of the late George
Young, who was a prominent citizen of that
section of the county. Mr. and Mrs. Kise have
no children.

justice of the peace since 1885, an honored
\-eteran of the Civil war and an influential
citizen of North Hopewell township, York
county, was born in old Hopewell township,
Sept. 30, 1839. His father, Andrew Carman,
spent the greater part of his life in Hopewell
township, working at brick making during his
younger days, while in later years be engaged
in farming. He married Christina Berger, and
l)nth died in what is now Hopewell township.

Two children, were born to Mr. and ]\Irs. Car-
man — Adam H. ; and Nathan, who was a sec-
ond lieutenant in the J 2th Penn. Reserves, and
was wounded in battle, at, or about, Fredericks-
burg, and wdio after the war engaged in brick
making at Stewartstown, married Henrietta
Meads, and became the father of several chil-

As a boy, Adam H. Carman, worked (jn
the home farm. Fie learned the shoemaker's
trade at Stewartstown, at which he was em-
ployed for a time, and was engaged in this
occupation at the outbreak of the Rel^ellion.
He enlisted at York in Company C, 87th P. V.
L, Captain A. J. Fulton, Colonel Hay, being
mustered in Sept. 14, 1861, by Lieut. , H.
M. Baldwin, U. S. A., in the three-years'
service, being made corporal of his company.
The regiment proceeded to Cockeysville, Yi-d..
and became a part of the Third Brigade, Third
Division, Sixth Army Corps, the latter being-
first commanded by General Milroy. I\Ir. Car-
man's regiment had a great record as a fighting-
command, participating in some of the hardest
struggles of the war, among them being Win-
chester, South Mountain, Spottsylvania Court
House, Antietam, the Wilderness, Chancellors-
ville and Weldon Railroad. Two months be-
fore his term expired. Captain Carman was
placed on the sick list and sent to the hospital
at Baltimore, Md., thence to Wilmington, Del.,
and to York, Pa., to be mustered out of service.
This was during September, 1864, and Captain
Carman returned to his home, where he fol-
lowed the shoemaker's trade for a period of
fifteen years. He commenced his agricul-
tttral career on his father's farm near Jilount
Pleasant, and later purchased a portion of his
present place, to which he added from time to
time, until at present he owns a fine farm of
forty-five acres.

Captain Carman is a member of General
Sherman Post, G. A. R., of Felton. His re-
ligious connection is with the Evangelical
Church. In politics he has been a lifelong
Republican, and takes a great interest in the
success of his party. On Nov. 30. 1866, the
Captain was united in marriage to ^Margaret
Jane Tarbert, and to this union were born :
Jane Ann, JNIrs. James Ream, who resides near
Loganville; William, of North Hopewell
township, who marriefl Ruth Snyder: Jean-
nette, INIrs. David Hess, of Hopewell tow-n-
ship ; INIary, Mrs. [Murray Sampson, of New -



market. ]\Id. : John W"., of North Hopewell
township, who married Ida Brenneman, and
Ivy. Mrs. Harry Fulcomer, of Red Lion.

years identified 'with the business interests of
York, is now living retired in the enjoyment
of the fruits of his early labors. Mr. Greiman
was born in Pmssia, Germany, in 1832, son of
Barnhart Henry Greiman.

In 1^37 Barnhart Henry. Greiman came to
America from Germany, and with his family
landed at Baltimore, Md., where, however, he
did not remain long, but located at York,
sawed wood and did whatever honest work
■came to hand. He married Anna Mary Fait-
man, who died in 1847, and both are buried at
Prospect Hill cemetery. They were the par-
ents of Henry (deceased), who married Eliza
Gotwalt; Anna Mary, a resident of York;
Katie, who died in Harrisburg, the wife of
John Feather; Augustus, who died at York,
in August, 1 90 1, and Charles F.

Charles F. Greiman received a common
school education, and began to assist his father
in wood sawing at the age of seven years. He
later learned the brick-making business, and
in •i860 purchased three acres of land in York,
near Spring Garden township, where he oper-
ated a brick yard. After all the clay had been
removed from his ground Mr. Greiman com-
menced operations as a builder, erecting about
fifty dwellings. Mr. Greiman also manufac-
tured whips in the winter months, a trade he
Iiad learned in early manhood. He retired
from business in 1886, since which time he
has lived a quiet life. In 1857 he wa= united
in marriage with Caroline Brown, a daughter
of Jacob and Sarah Brown, and to this union
have been born these children : Emma is the
wife of Jacob L. Wiest; Jacob, who died in
1892, married Sarah Brillhart, who after his
death married Henry Flinchbaugh; Alexander
died when seventeen months old; Alice Ann
died in 1894, the wife of Henry Lucking;
Mary S. is the wife of David Martin, of Phila-
delphia ; Dora is the wife of Rev. Nelson B.
Kline, a Presbyterian clergyman of Armagh,
Pa. ; Charles F., died at the age of seven
years: Fannie' E. died when only ten days old,
and Ellen Eliza, lives at home. Mr. Greiman
is a Democrat. He is a faithful member of
Christ Lutheran Church of York, and one of
its liberal supporters.

The grandfather of Mrs. Greiman, Jacob
Brown, was a farmer of York county, and died
in Manchester township, being buried in East
Manchester township. He married Amelia
Fisher, and to this union were born : Joseph,
John, ITenry, Jacob, Daniel, Lena, and Sarah
(deceased). Of this family Jacob was the
father of Mrs. Greiman. He was born in York
county April 12, 18 17, and in early manhood
learned the tailor's trade, which he followed
for a number of years. For thirty-six years
he was sexton of Christ Lutheran Church of
York, and was a man well known and highly
respected. He married Sarah Ziegler, who
died Dec. 6, 1877, while he survived until
June 5, 1 89 1, both being interred at Prospect
Hill cemeter}^ Their children were as fol-
lows: Caroline, Mrs. Greiman; Alexander;
Annie E. ; Fanny ; M'ary Jane, who died
young; and twins, who died in infancy.

WILLIAM R. SNYDER, formerly a
farmer of North Hopewell township, York
county, and now a resident of VVinterstown,
was born Dec. 28, 1839, on his father's farm
below Stewartstown, Hopewell township, son
of Jacob and Sarah (Hartman) Snyder.

The grandfather of Mr. Snyder had three
sons (William, Jesse and Jacob) and two
daughters. The ancestors came from Germany
and in the old country spelled their name
Schneider. The' grandfather died when his son
Jacob was only seven years old.

Jacob Snyder was born in Springfield
township, York county, and learned the shoe-
maker's trade which he followed until he
bought the farm. After that he engaged in
farming until his death March 4, 1866, aged
fifty-four years. He was reared in the
Lutheran faith, and was always liberal in his
religious donations, contributing with others to
the building of the Mt. Pleasant Lutheran
church. In his early days he belonged to the
Know Nothing- party and then became a Re-
publican. He married Sarah Hartman, born
in Hopewell township, daughter of Henry and
Mary Hartman. She survived her husband
only two years, and they both were biu"ied at
the Mt. Pleasant cemetery. The children of
Jacob and Sarah Snyder were: Flenry H., of
York ; William R. ; Jesse ; Jacob FI. ; Mary,
Mrs. Andrew Zeigler, of Hopewell township;
Sarah Elizaljeth, Mrs. A. F. Strayer, of York;

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