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Lutheran Church. He is a member of York
Lodge, No. 213, B. P. O. E.

JOHN NESS, who is actively engaged in
working his fariji in Manchester township, lo-
cated along the Board road, about one and one-
half miles north of York, was born June 7,
1863, in West Manchester township, son of
Noah and Sarah (Hoke) Ness.

Jacob Ness, great-grandfather of John, was
born in Germany, and came to America, set-
tling in Shrewsbury township, York county,
Pa., where he learned the wagonmaking trade
and later went to farming. To himself and
wife these children were born : Jacob, Jr., was
a farmer of Ohio, where he died ; Daniel died in
Springfield township; Hannah died in York
township; Elizabeth married PhiHp Hilder-
brand and died in Springfield township;
Susan married Caspar Hilderbrand, and
died in the same township; Christian died
in York; Polly died in Springfield township;
John died in Springfield township ; Adam died
in the same township; Mathias; and Joseph
followed a coopering business.

Mathias Ness was born Feb. 24, 1801, in
Shrewsbury township, and learned the carpen-
ter's trade with a Mr. Swartz, following that
occupation for about fifteen years. He mar-
ried Elizabeth Myers, who was born Aug. 27,
1804, and died April 23, 1873, daughter of
Christian and Annie (Eby) Myers, of Lancas-
ter. After his marriage Mr. Ness located in
Springfield township, and later went to West
Manchester township, where he bought a tract
of 200 acres of land, located about three miles
southwest of York, where he died Aug. 23,
1879, ^'^d both he and his wife are buried at
Bear's Meeting House in West Manchester

Noah Ness, son of Mathias, was born in
West Manchester township, and received a
common school education. He worked at farm-
ing for his father, and later took his father's
farm. In 1900 he went to York, where he en-
gaged in the ice business from 1900 to 1903,
and then engaged in the feed business, on Bel-
videre street. In 1858 Mr. Ness married
Sarah Hoke, who was born in West Manches-
ter township, daughter of Herman and Eliza-
beth (Free) Hoke. Her death occurred in 1895
and she was buried at Green Mount cemetery.
The children born to this couple were : Adam,
who married Millie Shaeffer, is engaged in the
ice business and lives on King street, York ;
Annie married William Kauffman, a farmer of
Springetsbury township ; John ; Lucy married
Joseph Sprenkle, and lives in York ; Sallie died
in infancy, and was buried at Bear's Meeting
House in West Manchester township ; Amanda
died in infancy, and was buried in West Man-
chester township; Noah, Jr., married Annie
Altland, and is engaged in the milk business
in York; Matilda married L. Lewis, an em-
ployee of the York Manufacturing Co. ; Emma
married Henry W. Christ, and she died in
York, and was buried at the Green Mount
cemetery; Thomas married Sadie Landers,
and lives in York; and Rebecca married Clay-
ton Miller, who is in the lime and stone busi-
ness in Jackson township.

John Ness attended the public schools of
West Manchester township, and remained at
home with his father on the farm until his mar-
riage which occurred in the year of 1887. He
married Sarah A. Brillhart, daughter of Jacob
and Rebecca (Yost) Brillhart, and after his
marriage located where he now resides. He
has built a fine home about one and one-half
miles north of York along the Board road, and



is considered one of Manchester townsliip's
most prosperous farmer citizens. These chil-
dren have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Ness :
Herman B., who attends school in York ; and
Charles B., at home. Mr. Ness is a devout
member of the German Baptist Church, having
been connected with that religious organization

PETER A. NAGLE, of Washington
township, York county, was born in 1851, in
Baltimore, Md., son of Conrad and Maria
(Hoefling) Nagle.

Conrad Nagle was born in Germany where
he attended school and learned the shoemak-
ing trade. When he emigrated to America he
landed in Baltimore, Md., in 1848, and lived
in that city until 1859, when he removed to New
Oxford, Adams Co., Pa., and there followed
his trade until his death. He was a good me-
chanic, and was a man who commanded the
respect of all who knew him. He died in 1889,
at the age of sixty-four years. He married
Maria Hoefling, who died aged seventy-three
years, and both are buried at the New Oxford
cemetery, in Adams county. They had these
children : Com-ad H., J. B., Elizabeth, Mar-
garet and Peter A.

Peter A. Nagle was educated in the schools
of Baltimore and New Oxford until he was fif-
teen years old, and then he learned the shoe-
making trade under his father, which he fol-
lowed off and on until 1892. In 1871 lie en-
listed in the United States army, and became
a member of Company K, ist United States
Artillery, and remained in the service three
months and seventeen days. His abbreviated
time was on account of an accident which hap-
pened to him at Fort Riley, Kans.. he being-
thrown from a horse he was riding to water.
His accident was a very serious one, his skull
being fractured, and he was confined in a hos-
pital for four weeks, and still feels some effects
of it. The government gives him a liberal pen-
sion. After he recovered enougii to engage in
any travel he made a visit to Ohio, where he
remained- a year, and then returned to Adams
county. From late in 1872 until 1884 he con-
tinued to work at his trade, and then bought a
tract of six acres of land from Jacob Smith,
in Washington township, and settled on it. To
that he later added twenty-three acres which he
bought of M. L. Strayer. This land he has
improved and built upon, and he is very much

interested in his farming operations. He has
made a scientific study of agriculture and fre-
quently lectures at the Farmers" Institutes held
in York. He has a well-cultivated little farm
and makes a specialty of fruit.

Mr. Nagle married Mary Howell, a daugh-
ter of Benjamin and Amanda (Lockman)
Howell. The Howells were residents of New
Oxford, and were members of the Society of
Friends. Mrs. Nagle died in 1891, and was
buried at the Red Run Church in Washington
township. They had these children : Clayton,
who is employed in York; Isaac Newton, who
is employed in the same works as his brother;
Bessie, the wife of Calvin Pentz, of York;
Helen, wife of William Rauhouser, of York;
and James M., at home. Mr. Nagle was mar-
ried (second) to Maria Bair. In politics Mr.
Nagle is a stanch Republican. He is a very in-
telligent man, one who keeps thoroughly in-
formed concerning all matters of public interest
and holds very decided opinions on political
and social economy, and religion. His especial
comfort and consolation in his later years, and
enfeebled health, are his wife and step-daugh-
ter, Elsie Bair, who bestow upon him more
than ordinary kindness and care.

DANIEL J. DEHOFF, a prosperous cigar
manufacturer, is one of the self-made citizens
of Hellam township. From small beginnings,
with few advantages, and in the face of many
discouragements, he has made his way to a
position of comfort and influence.

The Dehoff family came originally from
France, but little is known of their history be-
fore coming- to this country. Grandfather John
Dehoff was a farmer all his life, and is known
to have died in Windsor township, near the
Hellam township line. He had a family of
sixteen children. His brother, Jacob, was also
a farmer, and settled in the Peach Bottom

George Dehoff, father of Daniel J., was
born in York county, and spent much of his
life, early and late, in Hellai-n township. After
his marriage, to Catherine Dietz, he lived part
of the time in York county, and part of the
time in Adams county, engaged in farniing.
His last years were spent in Hellam township,
where he died in October, 1897. His wife died
in 1894. They were both members of the Re-
formed Church. They had the following chil-
dren : Anna, who is INIrs. Morris McOuirk,



of York ; Lizzie, who is Mrs. Frederick High-
land, of Hellam township ; George, who Hves in
York; Daniel J., who is mentioned below; Wil-
liam, who lives in Hellam township ; Samuel,
who lives in Lancaster county ; Emery, who
lives in Hellam township; Clinton, who lives
in York; Oliver and Charles, deceased; and
Catherine, who is Mrs. Wesley Bulet, of Hel-
lam township.

Daniel J. Dehoff was born April 15, 1866,
in Adams county. Pa., but grew up in Hellam,
w^here he attended the public schools. He
was the oldest boy, and his father was poor,
so that he was obliged to go to work very early
in life. As a boy he did farm work, and when
he was twenty-one he went to work for J. W.
Gable, wdiere he was variously employed.
While with Mr. Gable he learned cigarmaking,
and in 1892 started in the cigar business for
himself. He took his parents to live with him,
and worked hard to make a home, and to save
so that he might increase his business. When
he had saved $4,600 he built a home. He
started his cigar factory in a small house back
of his home, and in 1902 put up his present
place of business, the buildings costing $4,000.
He began with one or two helpers, which he
soon increased to six, then to eight, and now
he employs steadily ten and twelve. Me manu-
factures many grades of cigars and does a large
and thriving business.

In September, 1895, Mr. Dehoff married
Melinda Myers, of Yorkana, daughter of Mil-
ton and Mary (Keller) Myers, laoth of whom
are living. One child, Milton Myers, has been
born to this union. The family are members
of the Reformed Church, in which communion
Mr. Dehoff was brought up. In political faith
he is a Democrat. He has had many discour-
agements in life, but has never allowed himself
to succumb to them. Hard work and perse-
verance have been his watchwords, and through
them he has won.

ADAM DRORBAUGH. With the tran-
sition from Germany to America many a name
alters its form and adopts the American pro-
nunciation that brings with it a change in spell-
ing. Thus the name Drorbaugh, long a famil-
iar one in York county, was originally Tror-

Adam Drorlaaugh, the paternal grandfather
of his namesake, was one of the early residents
of Fairview townsliip, where he owned a farm
of 140 acres upon which he passed iiis whole

life. He and his wife, Sarah (Malone) Dror-
baugh, both died at the old home, and were
buried in a cemetery near Lewisberry. Their
children were : Catherine, Sarah, Mary and

William Drorbaugh was born March 8,
1804, in Fairview township, and, like his
father, was a lifelong farmer. He married
Miss Maria Boyer, daughter of a Revolution-
ary patriot whose burial place is near his old
home on Ball's Hills. After their marriage
Mr. Drorbaugh and his wife located on a farm
in his native township, and there passed their
lives. For the three years before his death,
which occurred in 1873, h^ l^d a retired life.
His wife survived him till Jan. 2, 1892, and
the remains of both are interred in the cemetery
of the Brick Church, in Fairview township.
Mr. Drorbaugh was a prominent Democrat in
his political views, and at one time served as
township supervisor. The children were as
follows : Emeline, who died in April, 1903,
the wife of George F. Sheafifer ; Adam ; David,
who married Minora Witmore, of Indiana;
Christiana, who died young; Sarah, who died
aged twenty-five; Eliza, Mrs. Jeremiah Gris-
singer, of Fairview township ; and Annie, Mrs.
James Starr, of Lisbon, Cumberland county.

Adam Drorbaugh was born on his father's
farm Aug'. 3, 1832, •and until he was twenty
years of ag"e attended the Navoo school, also
assisting his father in the work on the home-
stead. In August, 1857, he married and
started farming on his own account, an occu-
pation which has absorbed most of his atten-
tion since. His first wife was Miss Barbara
Ann Fisher, daughter of Love Fisher. Mrs.
Drorbaugh died two years after their marriage,
and was buried in Emanuel cemetery. The
only child of the union was Justinana, who is
now the wife of Henry L. Holtman and lives
near Lewisberrry. In 1862 Mr. Drorbaugh
was again united in matrimony, to Miss Anna
Maria Hoover, daughter of Peter and Eliza-
beth (Shoff) Hoover, of York county. She
bore her husband the following children : Da-
vid H., a carpenter in Harrisburg, who mar-
ried Miss Lillie Hoover; Elmer E., a plasterer;
Charles F., who married Miss Jennie Coble and
lives on his father's Fairview farm; Elijah H.,
who married Miss Angeline Pathmore, and is
a Fairview farmer; Lee, at home; and Mary
Elsie, Mrs. Harry L. Fisher, of Fairview town-

Adam Drorbaugh supports the Demo-


cratic party, and has served efficiently as tax
collector. He attends the Lutheran Church.
He is an honest, upright and hard-working
man, and is much respected throughout the

MARTIX L. VAN BAMAN, the well-
known representative of Bradstreet in York, is
descended from a very old and distinguished
family of Germany, his father's brother having
been a judge of the courts of Hildesheim. Prov-
ince of Hanover, Germany. Another relative.
Col. Carl von Boehmen, commanded the First
Cavalry Regiment in the German army that
entered Paris after its evacuation in the Fran-
co-Prussian war. Ludwig von Boehmen, his
grandfather, was burgemeister of Hildesheim.

Charles Augustus von Boehman, the father
of our subject, was banished from Germany for
participation in the political revolution which
terminated in the banishment of Carl Shurz
and others. Coming to America, he settled
in Pennsylvania, near East Prospect, where he
practiced medicine until his death. He mar-
ried Amelia Floeckher, of Hanover, Germany,
also of a very old and distinguished famih'. and
there were five children born to this union :
Amelia, who died in St. Louis, in 1890: The-
resa, who died in Columbia, in the spring of
1894; Charlotte, who married William Oliver,
of Harrisburg; Frances, a widow; and ]Mar-
tin L.

]\Iartin L. \^an Baman was born in East
Prospect Dec. 23, 1843, ^"d received his educa-
tion in the public schools of York. For many
3'ears past he has been the careful, intelligent
and efficient representative of Bradstreet for
York, Adams, Cumberland, Lancaster and
Franklin counties. In politics Mr. Van Baman
is a Democrat, and was a member of the select
council of York, from the Eighth ward, for
four terms, aggregating sixteen years, during
which time he served on the committees of Fi-
nance, Public Building and Grounds and Fire.

In 1872 Mr. Van Baman was one of the
organizers of the Rescue Fire Co., of York, of
which he is now, and has been for many years,
president. In 1896 he was the organizer of the
Firemen's Relief Association, which started
with sixteen members and $60 in money. It
now has o\"er 800 members and more than
$9,000 in the treasury. In 1898 ^Ir. \'an Ba-
man organized the board of Park Commission-
ers, of which he was made secretarv. The

board is now constituted as follows : A. B. Far-
quhar, president ; George P. Smyser ; Henry
Small; Benjamin Allison; and our subject, and
their labors have resulted in the development
of York's city parks, to an extent that thev are
today a credit to the City and the State.

Mr. Van Baman married Mary Catherine
Frank, daughter of Lieut. \^'. F. Frank, of
York, who served in the war of the Rebellion,
and nine children have been born to this union :
Two who died in childhood ; ^largaret FL, who
married Charles \\\ Floeckher, a flour and
feed dealer of Washington, D. C. ; IMary Lou-
ise, who married W. C. Foley, one of the super-
intendents of the Newport News Ship Building
and Dry Dock Company ; W. Walter, an attor-
ney-at-law ; Ernest G., a stenographer of New
York City; Carl F., superintendent of the con-
struction of submarine boats of the Lake Sub-
marine Boat Co., in St. Petersburg, Russia:
and Meta F. and S. Catherine, at home. The
mother of these children died in May, 1902.

Mr. Van Baman belongs to the Royal Ar-
canum and the Ancient Order of Lnited W^ork-
men. He is a consistent member of the Trin-
ity Reformed Church. Possessed of a high
order of intelligence and untiring in anything
that he undertakes to accomplish, Mr. Van
Baman's labors for the betterment of the peo-
ple of York have naturally met with signal

JOSIAH BESHORE, the experienced tel-
egrapher operating the M. R. tower with the
Northern Central Railroad at the Falls Sta-
tion, Newberry township, York county, was
born in i860, in East Manchester township,
and belongs to an old family of this county,
extended mention of which will be found else-

Mr. Beshore attended the township schools
until fourteen years of age, and remained as-
sisting his father on the home farm until 1879,
when he learned the business of telegraph op-
erator with the N. C. R. R. In 1891 he was
stationed in the tower as operator, at Falls
Station, and this responsible position he has
held ever since. He bought the old John M.
Hess farm at the Falls, and operates this in
connection with his telegraphic duties.

In 1883 Mr. Beshore married Susan Whis-
tler, daughter of John and Nancy B. Whistler.
Ijoth of whom died in Dauphin county. Their
children were: ^Irs. Beshore: John L., chief



burgess of Micklletown ; Solomon : Elias B.,
living on Whistler Island at York Haven ; and
Josiah. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Be-
shore are : Bertha, Edith, Elsie, Clarence,
Russell and Florence, all at home. While a
resident of East Manchester township, Mr.
Beshore served as school director in his com-
munity, and was a leading citizen. In politics
he is a Republican. He belongs to the U. B.

Keller History. The Keller family is of
■German extraction and the founder of this hon-
■orable old family came to America and settled
in Manchester township, York Co., Pa. Here
he died and was buried in the old Mennonite
cemetery in that township.

Christian Keller, the grandfather of Mrs.
Jacob Beshore, was born in 1752, and died in
August, 1826. He married Elizabeth Grove
and they had children : John, who died in
Canada; Christian; Maria; Elizabeth; Susan;
]\Iattie ; and Annie.

Christian Keller (2), the father of Mrs. Ja-
cob Beshore, was born June 3, 1799, in
Manchester township, where he followed farm-
ing. He married Elizabeth Bear, daughter of
Michael and Catherine (Witmer) Bear, and he
died in this township, aged forty-four years,
Sept. 29, 1843. She was born Feb. 18, 1793,
and died Aug. 18. 1872, aged seventy-nine
years and six months, and both were buried
in the old Mennonite cemetery mentioned.
Their children were; ]\Iichael, born Dec. 22,
1820, who died July 12, 1868, and is buried in
Manchester township; Daniel, who died in the
"West, aged eighty-two years; Christian, who
Jives in Dover township, aged eighty years;
Jacob, born in Manchester township in 1827;
Elizabeth, who married Peter Royer, of Mary-
land, and both died in the West ; and Catherine,
the wife of Jacob Beshore and mother of
Josiah Beshore.

Rev. Jacob Keller became connected with
the Dunkard Church at the age of twenty years,
and in that denomination he has been a
preacher for over fifty years. He married
Mary Wombaugh, who died in Manchester
township, and i.-? buried in the old Mennonite
cemetery. Mr. Keller now ]i\-es in retirement
near Manchester.

Catherine, wife of Jacob Beshore. was born
Sept. 6, 1825, and died April 26, 1903, and
was laid to rest in the same old Mennonite cem-
etery where have been buried so nianv members
of this old family.

JOHN W. HOFFMAN, a prominent citi-
zen of Wellsville, York county, who conducts
a blacksmith shop, was born July 18, 1867, in
Adams county, son of Michael and Sarah
(Brougher) Hoffman.

Michael Hoffman is a native of Pennsylva-
nia, being born on the line between York and
Adams counties, and was educated in the pub-
lic schools. He engaged in agricultural pur-
suits early in life and followed this occupation
until his retirement from active life several
years ago, and he now lives in Warrington
township. He was the owner of a fine farm,
which he sold in 1884. He and his wife
Sarah were the parents of the following chil-
dren : Sarah A., John W., Michael L. and
Willis F. Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman were mem-
bers of the United Brethren Church, in which
faith she died in 1897, aged fifty-seven years.
In politics Mr. Hoffman is a Republican. He
had been previously married to Sarah Gardner,
by whom he had two children, Isaac and Mary.
Mrs. Hoffman had also been previously mar-
ried to Henry Rensill, by whom she became the
mother of one child, Henrietta.

John W. Hoffman received his education in
the common schools of York county, and after
completing his schooling, being sixteen years
of age, learned the blacksmith's trade under F.
F. Weigert, with whom he remained two years
and seven months. He then opened a shop in
Perry county, where he remained five years,
selling- out at the end of that time and removing
to Rockville, where he engaged on iron bridge
work for Drake & Stratton, remaining with
that concern for two years. He then opened a
shop at Emig's Mill, and in 1902 located in
Wellsville, and built his present residence and
shop, where he has been successfully engaged
ever since. Mr. Hoffman has been very suc-
cessful in a business way and has worked his
way to the front among the business men, sole-
ly through his own untiring eft'orts.

Mr. Hoffman was united in marriage with
Miss Arra M. Speck, daughter of Henry Speck.
In religion this couple are liberal. In politics
Mr. IToffman is a Republican, and has always
taken an active interest in the success of his
party. He is well regarded in W'ellsville.

ADAM R. WARNER, the well-known
miller and rake-maker of Manheim town-
ship, York county, was born in Codorus
township, in 1850, son of John Warner,
a prominent farmer of that township, who



died aged forty-five years. John \\'ar-
ner married Elizabeth Rohrbaugh, daugh-
ter of Henry Rohrbaugh, and these chil-
dren were born to the union : Henry, Mary
and Jacob, all of Illinois; John, of Codorus
township; and Adam R., of Manheim town-
ship. Mrs. Warner, after the death of her
first husband, married Samuel Baylor, and they
had two children, Samuel and Lizzie.

Adam R. Warner spent his school days in
Manheim township, and there learned the car-
penter's trade, which he followed for about
,se\xn years, and then went to farming in \\'est
Manheim township, remaining there until
1901. He then bought the old Stine mill prop-
erty in Manheim township, with seven acres of
land, and has one of the most up-to-date mills
in the county. He has also built several out-
buildings. He makes flour, feed and bran,
and is also a skilled rake-maker, his yearly
output being from 600 to 800 rakes. He has
followed the latter for thirty-three years, and
finds a ready market at Hanover. He also has
a sawmill and cider press in connection with
his mill.

Mr. Warner was married, in 1873, to Man-
tilla Hoffacker, daughter of John W. Hoff-
acker, and these children have been born to the
union: Harvev M. and Minerva C. (twins)
Albert T. ; John G. W. ; Adam L. ; Celesta C.
Claude J. ; Jacob E. ; Bertha M. ; Ezra M.
and William H. and Emery B., deceased. In
politics ^Ir. Warner is a Democrat.

nent and successful farmer and highly esteemed
citizen of Do\-er township, where he owns 106
acres of good land, situated about two miles
west of Dover borough, near Strayer's Church,
was born Feb. 9, 1855, in \\'indsor township,
■York county, son of Henry and Charlotte
(Ruby) Kaufifman.

The great-grandfather of our subject came
from Lancaster county, and settled in Spring
Garden township, York -county, where he fol-
lowed farming until his death.

Joseph Kauffman, the grandfather, was
born in Spring Garden township, where he
followed farming all of his liie. He married
Susan Sprenkle, and she died in the same town-
ship, where they are both buried in the Men-
nonite graveyard. The children born to this
worthy couple were : Henry, father of our sub-
ject; Joseph, a retired farmer, living in Wind-

sor township; Isaac, a retired farmer, living in
Spring Garden township ; Emanuel, who died
at his home in West Philadelphia street, York,
and is buried in the Mennonite graveyard,
Spring Garden township ; Israel and Mary, re-
tired farmers, living in Spring Garden town-
ship; John, a retired farmer, who lives in York;

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