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Sarah, who married [Michael Smyser and re-
sides in York; Susan, who married Eli Kindig,
and lived in Philadelphia until her death in
1905, and was buried in the ]\Iennonite grave-
yard ; and ^Martin, who lives in Philadelphia.

Henry Kauffman was born in 1824, in
Spring Garden township, and remained at
home until after his marriage to Charlotte
Ruby, dughter of John and Elizabeth (Beck-
er) Ruby, of York county. He then started
farming in Windsor township, on a 120-acre
farm, which his father bought for him, and
remained there about twenty-four years. He
then went to ^^'est Manchester township, where
he bought a limestone farm of 112 acres, which
he farmed until 1886, and lived there retired
until his death in August. 1896. Mrs. Kauff-
man died there also in February, 1886; and
they are both buried in Spring Garden town-
ship, in the Mennonite graveyard. Mr.
Kauffman was a Mennonite, while his wife
was a Dunkard. Their children were as
follows : Ephraim, who married Isabella
Smyser, and died in April. 1898. being
buried at Prospect Hill cemetery, York:
Anna [Mary, who died when eight years
of age; Milton Ruby, our subject: Cassandra,
who married Michael Miller, and lives in Wind-
sor township : Henry, who married Sarah
Hoke, and died June 21, 1893, in West Man-
chester township, and was buried at Green
Mount cemetery : Elizabeth, who married Sam-
uel Baker, of Adams county, and lives on the
old homestead : Samuel, married to Lizzie
Kohr. and li\"ing in York : Harriet, living with
Susan Ruby in Heliam township ; Sarah, mar-
ried to Charles H. Stonner, and living in Hel-
iam township ; and Emma, who married Abra-
ham Hersh, and lives in Windsor township.

Milton Ruby Kauffman attended the
schools of Windsor and ^^'est Manchester
townships, and on Feb. 6, 1881. he married
Anna [Maria Fahs, daughter of \\"illiam Henry
and Anna M. E. ( Fishel) Fahs, of Manchester
township. She was born Feb. 19, 1858. After
marriage [Mr. and Mrs. Kaufifman located in
^'ork, where thev remained twelve years, and



wiiere Mr. Kauffman engaged in the machine
business, being a skilled mechanic. In 1893
they came to their present home, Mrs. Kauff-
man having fallen heir to -the property. Later
Mr. Kauffman purchased a small tract adjoin-
ing the 106 acres, which was the original
farm. A great many improvements have been
made since they took charge of the place, and
the property is now one of the best cultivated
in the township. It is located about two miles
west of Dover boroug'h, near Strayer's Church.

The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Kauff-
man are as follows : ( i) Charles F., born Nov.
7, 1884, attended York Academy, and Millers-
ville State Normal school. He began teaching
school in 1904. His specialty is history. He
has a fine collection of historical relics, which
he has from various places. (2)
Susan Ellen, born Oct. 18, 1886, attended Lin-
den Hall seminary at Lititz, and the State Nor-
mal school at Millersville, Lancaster county.
(3) Elmer Frederick, born Sept. 11, 1893, is
developing a taste for history and is also mak-
ing a collection of relics. (4) Clara Eliza-
beth was born March 25, 1897.

Mr. Kauffman is a stanch Republican, in
the service of this party being an active worker.
Mrs. Kauffman is a valued member of the Mo-
ravian Church of York. Mr. Kauffman is a
thorough business man, honest and upright in
all his dealings and of much executive ability.
He supports all good movements in the com-
munity, and is regarded as one of the leading
and representative citizens of Dover township.

Fahs. The Fahs family, to which Mrs.
Kauffman belongs, is of Swiss origin. John
Fahs, her grandfather, settled in West Man-
chester township, where he owned a tract of
150 acres, and there farmed for a number of
years, removing to York to live a retired life.
He died at the age of eighty-one years and is
buried at Prospect Hill cemetery. He married
Susan Elizabeth Ilgenfritz, and she died in
York, and was interred with her husband.
Their children were as follows : William
Henry ; Sarah lives in York, with her brother,
Capt. John Fahs ; Charles, a prominent physi-
cian, who married Elizabeth Dean, of Vir-
ginia, died in Selma, Ala., of yellow fever ;
Susan E. married Gibson Smith, and resides
at No. 419 West Market street, York; Mary
married Martin Wiegel, and died in March,
1903, being buried at Prospect Hill cemetery;
Captain John lives in York; and Emma Re-

becca, who married Stephen Morgan Smithy
lives in West York.

William Henry Fahs, father of Mrs. Kauff-
man, received a common school education in
the schools of the township, and remained at
home until his marriage to Anna Maria Fishel,
daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Brill-
hart) Fishel, of Paradise township, York
county. After marriage Mr. and Mrs. Fahs
located on the homestead, and followed
farming until Mr. Fahs' death, which occurred
in his forty-ninth year. Mrs. Fahs died at
the age of forty-one and they are both interred
at the Prospect Hill cemetery. The children
torn to William Henry Fahs and his wife
were: Charles F., who married Katie E. Ben-
der, and is in the land speculating business at
Omaha, Neb. ; John Augustus, who died in
infancy; Ellen Elizabeth, who lives in York;
and Mrs. Kauffman, the youngest of the

■ HENRY EPPLEY, a prominent, self-
made farmer of York county, who is working
his fine 133-acre farm in, Newberry township,
was born in 1848 in York township, York
county, son of George and Mary (Piffer) Ep-

George Eppley came from England and
settled in Codorus township, where he followed
farming near Seven Valley, later removing to
Stewartstown, where he died. He married
Mary Piffer, who died in Newberry township,
where she was buried, and they were the par-
ents of the following children : George ; Ed-
ward; Henry; Jacob; William, a farmer in
Conewago township, York county ; Levi ;
Columbus; Sarah; Louisa; John and Annie.

Henry Eppley attended the schools of Co-
dorus township until he was eleven years of
age, and then started working on farms in the
vicinity. This work he followed until he was
twenty-three years old.when he married Lydia
Miller, daughter of George and Elizabeth Mil-
ler, and they located in Manchester townshig.
There Mr. Eppley engaged in farming, remain-
ing there until 1884, in which year he came
to Newberry township. By this time he had
accumulated enough to buy a fine farm of 133
acres, which he has since .very successfully
farmed. Mr. Eppley has good substantial
buildings on his place and each year is making
improvements that are raising in value an al-
ready valuable piece of property. He owes



his success to his tireless energy, his excellent
management and the thrift he has always dis-
played. He is a self-made man, and as such
is highly esteemed by all who know him.

To Mr. and Mrs. Eppley the following
named children have been born : Charles, who
is deceased; Minnie, living in Harrisburg;
George, living at Washington, D. C. ; Burt, de-
ceased ; Harry, who is now at Bon View, Lan-
caster Co., Pa., where he is engaged at work on
the railroad, running a hoisting engine ; How-
ard ; Cora ; Elmer ; Paris ; Mabel, at home ;
Annie, deceased ; and Millard, deceased.

In politics Mr. Eppley is a Democrat. In
religious connection he is a consistent member
of the Quickel Church of Conewago township.

WILLIAM A. MYERS was the son of
David M. and Mary (Slagle) Myers. He was
married, Oct. 13, 1869, to Miss Ellen L. Smy-
ser, daughter of E. G. Smyser. Of the chil-
dren born to their union there are living three
sons and three daughters, David M., Edward
G. Smyser, William H., Mary J., Sarah E. and
Susan Smyser.

township, was born in Codorus township. May
4, 1865, son of Lewis G. Bortner, and grand-
son of Jacob Bortner, a prominent farmer and
distiller of Codorus township, where he died.
Jacob Bortner married Catherine Gerberick,
who also died in Codorus township, where both
are buried in the Stone Church. Their chil-
dren were : Catherine, the wife of Peter Rohr-
baugh ; Lewis G. ; Jacob ; Daniel ; Amos ;
Emanuel ; Charles ; Levi ; Lucy Ann ; Julia ;
and Mantilla, who married Jesse Deveney.

Lewis G. Bortner was born in Codorus
township, where he followed farming. He was
a large land owner there, and died aged seven-
ty-seven years. He married Elizabeth Krebs,
daughter of John Krebs, and she died in 1905,
both she ancl her husband being buried at the
Stone Church, Codorus township. They had
these children: Levi K., who married Rebecca
Emig; Julia, the widow of Henry Werner;
Saranda, wife of Edward Rohrbaugh ; Lean-
der K., our subject; George W., who married
Tursie Rohrbaugh ; and Jacob, Lewis and
Catherine, deceased.

Leander K. Bortner attended the township
schools until twenty years of age, and remained
at home with his father until his twenty-first

year. Fie then hired out for three years, at the
end of which time he began farming on E.
M. Bailey's farm in Codorus township, remain-
ing there three years. In 1893 he bought the
A. D. Manchley farm of thirty-three acres,
upon which he has made many improvements.
This is located in Manheim township, and
Mr. Bortner is also in charge of the creamery
at Marburg, for S. B. Brodbeck, taking charge
of that business in 1904.

Mr. Bortner married Miss Ellen Sue Gar-
rett, daughter of Henry and Sarah { Rohr-
baugh) Garrett, and to this union two
children have been born: John L., who
attended the academy at Glenville, is now
teaching in Manheim township, at the
Summit school ; and Wilson G. is attending
school. Mr. Bortner is a Democrat, and
is now serving the township as school di-
rector. For two years he was president of the
board, of which he is now treasurer. In
religion he is a Lutheran, and has served as
deacon in the church.

Henry Garrett, the father of Mrs. Bort-
ner, was for many years a farmer in Heidel-
berg township, and is now living a retired life
at York Road Station. His children were :
Agnes, wife of Martin Kaltreider; Amanda,
wife of Jacob Markel ; John ; Ellen ; Mrs.
Daniel Renoll; Ada, wife of Iiwin Thoman;
Laura, wife of Daniel Snyder; Horatio; Ches-
ter, and Harry.

S. L. SEIFERT, a prosperous merchant
of Rossville, Warrington township, York coun-
ty, was born near Mechanicsburg, Oct. 31,
1869, son of Peter and Sarah A. (Swean)
Seifert, and grandson of Samuel Seifert.

Samuel Seifert was a native of York coun-
ty, where he followed farming, and in early
life drove a team to Baltimore. He and his
wife were the parents of the following children :
Emanuel, Levi, Samuel, Henry, Tempest.
Leah, Peter, Andrew and Michael and Rebecca
and Elizabeth, the two last named being de-
ceased. In religious belief Mr. and Mrs. Sam-
uel Seifert were Lutherans. In the matter of
politics he was a Republican. His death oc-
curred in 1892 at the age of eight3'-three years,
while his wife died in the same year. Samuel
Seifert was a brother of the late Rev. Henry
Seifert, a Lutheran minister, who died Aug.
26, 1905.

Peter Seifert, father of our subject, was



a plasterer by trade, and also followed farm-
ing. He bought the old Sechrist home in War-
rington township, where he died in 1894 at the
age of fifty-four years. Mrs. Seifert is still
living on the old homestead. They were the
parents of these children : Tempest (deceased),
U. Grant, John A., Samuel L., Elizabeth and
Bertha, deceased. In their religious views these
people were Lutherans, while, like his father,
]\Ir. Seifert always voted the Republican

Samuel L. Seifert received his education
in Mt. Airy, York count)^, and after his school
•days were over went to work on the farm,
following agricultural pursuits until twenty-
eight years of age, when he went into business
at !Mt. Airy postoffice, Fortney, and was ap-
pointed postmaster in President McKinley's
administration. Here he remained four years
and then sold out and located in Rossville, jn
1902. and built his place of business in 1903.
Mr. Seifert has a full line of general merchan-
dise. On Oct. 3, 1905, he was appointed post-
master by President Roosevelt. His close and
careful methods and careful manag'ement have
made the business with which he is connected
very prosperous, and he has gained the con-
fidence of the community.

On May 12, 1898,^ Mr. Seifert married
Miss Ida Sanders, and three children have been
born to them, Bertha, Leah M. and Lawrence,
the last named being deceased. They are mem-
bers of the Evangelical Church. In political
matters Mr. Seifert has always been identified
with the Republican party, while fraternally
he is connected with the P. O. S. of A.

REUBEN F. BARLEY, a retired farmer
and highly respected citizen of Codorus town-
ship, York county, was born in 185 1 in Lower
Windsor township, this county, a son of Will-
iam Barley and a grandson of Mathias F.

Mathias F. Barley was born in Germany,
and came to America in 181 9. He had been
€mployed in vineyards in his native land and
was a competent gardener. The voyage across
the ocean consumed twenty-one weeks, during
which time the old sailing vessel encountered
many storms and an accident hajjpened to the
ship, which was fast on a sand bar for seven
weeks before being floated ; there was great
rejoicing at their release, after much fasting
and praying, as their provisions had become

exhausted, and the passengers were finally
landed safely in the port of Baltimore. There
he remained but a short time, coming on to
York county, Pa., where he passed the re-
mainder of his life. His children were : Got-
leib, Frederick, Jacob, John, Christian, a
daughter and William. Jacob was born in

William Barley, father of our subject, spent
his early life in York and Windsor townships,
and was a post- fence maker by trade. In 1856
he moved to Carroll county, Md., where he
lived twenty-two years. After locating per-
manently in Codorus township he followed
farming until five years before his death, which
occurred Feb. 10, 1899, when he was aged
seventy-six years, four months and fourteen
days. He lies buried in Baltimore county, Md.
He was a worthy member of the U. B. Church
and always took an active part in the work,
being a leading official and a preacher of the
Gospel. Mr. Barley was drafted twice during
the Civil war. He married Eliza Sechrist,
born July 4, 1824, daughter of Michael Se-
christ and Elizabeth (Heindel) Sechrist, and
Mrs. Barley still makes her home with her son.
the subject of this review. Though eighty-one
3'ears old and quite heavy, weighing two hun-
dred and sixty-five pounds, she is active, and
does her own housework. Mr. and Mrs. Bar-
ley had children as follows : William H., of
York township, near Ore Valley Station, on
the Maryland & Pennsylvania railroad ; John
J., of Minnesota; Reuben F., of Codorus lown-
ship ; Susan, who died aged twenty-four years ;
Benjamin, a contractor in Kansas ; Joshua, of
Codorus township ; Eliza, wife of G. W. Bor-
der, of Codorus township ; Elizabeth, who mar-
ried (first) David Killen, and (second) Sam-
uel Deitz, both deceased; Angeline S., wife
of J. F. Gerver; and Leah, wife of William

Reuben F. Barley attended the schools of
Carroll county, Md., until eighteen years of
age, and remained subject to his father until
reaching maturit}^ after which he worked with
an iron company for several years. Later he
spent several years farming- in the West, but
coming home on a visit he stayed until the
death of his father. Since then he has resided
with his venerable mother on a fine farm of
forty-five acres close to Stick's store in Codorus
township. They also own an excellent prop-
erty at Jefferson borough.


86 1

Formerly Mr. Barley was active in politics,
and he was elected on the Democratic ticket
a committeeman and school director. He is a
member of St. John's Evangelical Church of
Manheim township, and has been a Sunday-
school teacher for a number of years ; he is
now a German teacher.

SIMON M. SHOFF was born Nov. 29,
1854, son of Jacob S. and Annie (Koppj
Shoff, and is a member of a family which has
lived at Conrad's Cross Roads for many years.

David Shoff, his grandfather, was a
teacher, and lived at Conrad's Cross Roads on
a farm. He and his brother, Fred, accumulated
quite a competency, and their families com-
prised twenty-two children. David Shoff died
in 1880, in his eighty-second year. In religion
he was a Lutheran, while in political matters
he was a Democrat. His wife's maiden name
was Smeltzer.

Jacob S. Shof¥ was educated in the common
schools. He followed blacksmithing all of his
life, having a shop at Conrad's Cross Roads.
He died there in 1896, in the faith of the Lu-
theran Church. He married Annie Kopp,
daughter of Adam and Lizzie (Arnold)
Kopp, and she is still living, at the age of sev-
enty-four years. Children were born to Mr.
and Mrs. Jacob S. ShofT as follows : Savilla
married William Haugh, of Chanceford town-
ship; Simon M. is our subject; twins died in
infancy ; Adam married Miss Tome, of Chance-
ford township; Susan married Al Reider, of
York ; David is at home ; Annie died young.

Simon M. Shoff was born at Conrad's Cross
Roads, in the cellar of the home which his
father was building, but which had not yet
been completed. Although as a lad he displayed
the qualities which would have made a bright
scholar his educational advantages were few,
as he was kept at home a great deal of the
time to assist his father in his blacksmith shop.
He attended Thompson's school off and on
and then the public school, from the time he
was six until he reached the age of fifteen
years. He learned the blacksmith's trade in his
father's shop, and learned butchering with his
grandfather. Mr. Shoff worked with his
father at blacksmithing until twenty-one years
old, and then for a while farmed tobacco for
Jacob Kohler, Bert Thompson and Ben Hake,
accumulating some money thereby, and work-
ing as a farm hand when not employed in the

tobacco patch. Thus by 1880 he had enough
money saved to start buying his present larm,
a fine place of seventy-seven acres, in Chance-
ford township, which was bought one-third at
a time. In 1901 Mr. Shoff built a new house,
and all the buildings now on his farm are new
with the exception of the old house which has
stood on the place many years, having been
built by Jacob T. Gohn. Mr. Shoff" is a prac-
tical, successful farmer and stock raiser, one
who thoroughly understands his business, as is
evinced by his years ot prosperity, and he has
always taken his place among the leading men
of his township, being considered one of the
substantial and representative farmers of York
county. Of an honest and upright character,
temperate and business-like, Mr. Shoff' com-
mands the respect of all who know him. For
the past twenty years he has been a member of
St. Luke's Lutheran Church, in which for a
number of years he was deacon and sexton,
and which he helped to build. In politics he
is a Democrat.

On Dec. 8, 1881, Mr. Shoff married Sally
Workinger, daughter of William and Barbara
(Shaull) Workinger, and a niece of ex-Sheriff
Jesse Workinger. One child has-been born to
this union, William Henry, who receiveil his
education in the public schools and'the business
college at York.

township, who is actively engaged in cultivat-
ing his farm, was born Aug. 4, 1838, in Ba-
\'aria, Germany, son of Frederick and Charlotte
( Mangold ) Houck.

Frederick Houck, father of our subject, was
born in Germany and was a weaver by trade.
He married Charlotte Mangold, who was also
born in Germany, and after marriage came to
America. In 1844 they landed at New Orleans,
La., after having a stormy voyage of fourteen
weeks on the ocean, on the sailing ship "Swan-
ton," coming by the way of Liverpool. They
spent two years in Louisiana, while Mr. Houck
was engaged in firing on a steamboat, and tlien
journeyed to Wheeling, W. Va., where they
remained six months, and from there went to
Columbia, Lancaster Co., Pa. Remaining
there only a short time, they removed to Hal-
deman's Furnace, where Mr. Houck was em-
ployed until i860, when he removed to York
county, and bought a small farm in Fairview
township, upon which he died in 1865, at the



age of sixty-five years. His wife died at the
age of eighty-one years, and they are both
buried at Harrisburg. The children born to
them were as follows : Frederick ; Charles, who
died at the age of two years ; Elizabeth, wife of
Adam Kreig, a butcher of Harrisburg; Sarah
Catherine, who married Charles Hiouseman,
who is employed at Steelton ; and Harriet, who
married Frederick Wagonbaugh, an engineer
of Steelton.

Frederick Houck was but six years old
when his parents brought him to America. He
attended the schools until fourteen years of
age, and was then put at driving a cart at
Haldeman's Furnace. This he followed until
i860, at which time he removed with his father
to York county, and assisted him on his farm.
In 1863 Mr. Houck married Julia Druck,
born May 6, 1839, in Germany, daughter of
George and Elizabeth Druck. After his mar-
riage he located in Harrisburg where he was
employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad com-
pany, as helper in the blacksmith shop, and later
he became a skilled mechanic. He followed
that occupation for ten years, and then bought
the old home in Fairview township, to wdiich
he removed at the death of his father. In
1873 he built a barn and good out-buildings
and made many improvements. Mr. Houck
was also employed in the Pennsylvania Steel
Works at Steelton for eight years, but is at
present looking after his farm.

To Mr. and Mrs. Houck the follo\Ving
children have been born : Elizabeth, who died
at the age of two years ; Adam G. and Freder-
ick, Jr., who live at Newmarket; Catherine,
who died at the age of fifteen months ; Charles,
who lives at New Cumberland; Harriet E.,
who married John Killinger, of Fairview
township; and George, who resides at home.

Mr. Houck tried to enlist during the Civil
war, but was rejected. In politics he is a Re-
publican, and was supervisor for three years
and inspector one year, proving to be a very
efficient public officer. Mr. Houck is a de-
voted member of the Lutheran Church, in
which he holds the offices of elder, deacon and
superintendent of the Sunday school. Mr.
Houck is very well-known throughout York
county, and is very highly esteemed for his
many sterling traits of character. He has an
enviable reputation for honesty and integrity.

engaged in agricultural pursuits in Winters-

town, where he has one of the fine farms of
that section, was born on the home farm in
North Hopewell township, Nov. 19, 1849.

The Herbst family is an old one, the name
formerly being spelled Von Herbst, and David
D. is a descendant of one John Herbst, who
brought his family from Holland to America
in 1798. When they left Holland the family
consisted of the parents, five boys and three
girls, and a son, David, the grandfather of
David D. Herbst, was born on the journey
across the Atlantic. The family settled in
North Hopewell township, where they took up
land and were among the earliest settlers of
that section. Of the children, besides David,
the youngest, Jacob returned to Holland,
thence went to South Africa, and all trace of
him was lost ; another son settled in Adams
county. Pa. ; two others settled in Reading ;
John became a Lutheran minister and was lo-
cated at Hanover; one of the daughters mar-
ried Elias Eby, and went to Idaho fifty years
ago; another daughter married a Mr. Wertz;
and the third died unmarried.

David Herbst grew to manhood in North
Hopewell township. He married Polly Mil-
ler, settling on the home place, where he died.
He was a faithful member of the Evangelical
Church. Besides carrying on farming opera-
tions he was an old time physician, with a good
country practice, and he also engaged in the
mercantile business. His children were : Will-
iam, a merchant, who died in Glen Rock; Da-
vid, who died in Springfield township; Eliza,
who married Henry Howard, and died in Lo-
ganville; Mary, who died out West; and Ja-
cob, mentioned below.

Jacob Herbst was born on the family home-
stead, and he received a common-school edu-
cation. He was reared to a farmer's life, and

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