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his stepfather. After that e^■ent he rented a
farm in the same township for three years,
and another in York township for six years,
after which, in 1887, he bought his present
home from Sebastian Stevens, a tract of
twenty-six acres of fine land, upon which he
has made many improvements. He has lately
bought the wai"e house and feed store of H.
S. Myers in York, and will conduct that busi-
ness in addition to managing his farm.

In Springetsbury township, Mr. Keasey
was married to Miss Mattie Forry, born in
York township, daughter of Joseph and Eliz-
abeth (Strickler) Forry, both of whom are
now deceased. Three sons and two daughters
have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Keasey,
namely : Jemima, Mrs. David Hursh, of
Windsor township; Howard W., of York,
who married Miss Florence Hughes; John
Franklin, of York; Flora May; and Millard
Edward. Mrs. Keasey is a member of the
Mennonite Church, and her husband attends
with her. In politics Mr. Keasey is a Repub-
lican, but not active in party affairs. He is a
progressive and successful farmer, a good
business man, and he commands the respect
and confidence of his fellow townsmen.

E. SHERMAN MILLER, a clerk in the
freight department of the Northern Central
Railway Company, is a grandson of Robert
Miller. Robert Miller was a son of Henry
Miller, who came from Ireland when quite
young, and whose wife was also a native of the
"Emerald Isle," which she left at fourteen
years of age to come to America with her par-

Robert Miller was born in Milton, Union
Co., Pa., April 10, 1807. He became active in
railway contracting, which he followed for
over iorty years, and died at York, Pa., May
II, 1889, aged eighty-two years, one month
and one day. He married Magdalena Young,
a daughter of Peter Young, of Middletown,
this State, and left a family of three sons and
two daughters. The late Col. James Young,
one of Pennsylvania's most prominent farm-
ers, was a grand-uncle of our subject.

James D. Miller, father of E. Sherman
Miller, was a son of Robert and Magdalena
(Young) Miller, and was born near Wooster,

Wayne Co., Ohio, Dec. 8, 1840. He was
reared in Dauphin county. Pa., and received
a common-school education, finishing a good
business education, in March, 1859, at Emau's
Institute, Middletown, Dauphin Co., Pa. He
then engaged in railway work, which was his
life's pursuit. He entered the telegraph office
of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, in
that towh, where he learned telegraphy with
H. H. Neiman, operator, whose ofifice was lo-
cated in the hotel kept by Raymond & Ken-
dig. On leaving" there he entered the service
of the Northern Central Railway Company, at
Goldsboro, Pa., as telegraph operator, Aug.
9. 1859.

The Northern Central Railway Company
had no line of its own at that time, but used
the National Line. In i860 the Northern
Central Railway Company erected its line.
Each operator at that time was furnished with
a coil of wire, spurs and pliers, and whenever
the line was down or in trouble the operator
was required to start out, and walk half the
distance north and south, between his office
and the next office, and repair the line, having
the privilege of using the road repairmen to
assist, and of stopping the first train which
came along, after he had repaired the break,
to take him back to his office. Mr. Miller re-
mained in that service until Nov. i, 1861, when
he left the Northern Central Railway Com-
pany and entered the service of the Pennsylva-
nia Railway Company, as night operator at
Branch Intersection,, near Middletown, Pa.,
there remaining until July, 1862, when he left
the service. He then went to Washington
City, where he was foreman in the construc-
tion of the first street railway of the National
Capital, and on Aug. 16, 1862, enlisted in
Company H, 127th Regiment, Pennsylvania
Infantry Volunteers; he participated in the
battles of Fredericksburg, Va., and Chancel-
lorsville, Va. Returning home he was mus-
tered out, and honorably discharged on May
29, 1863, and went to work that night for the
Pennsylvania Railroad Company at Branch
Intersection, remaining there until December,
1863, when he left the railroad service, and re-
mained out until Feb. 22, 1864, when he re-
entered the service of the Northern Central
Railway Company as day operator at Marys-
ville. Pa. He held this position until Aug.
15, 1864, when he re-enlisted in Company K,
9th Pennsylvania Veteran Cavalry, at Nash—



ville, Tenii., and Kilpatrick's Division of Cav-
alry, in November, 1864, at Marietta, Ga. He
was with Sherman in the celebrated march to
the sea and up through the Carolinas. Being
honorably discharged at Lexington, N. C, May
29, 1865, he returned home un June 15, 1865,
and on the 28th of June again entered the serv-
ice of the Northern Central Railway Company
as a brakeman on the Susquehanna division,
running between Marysville and Sunbur)-. In
1868 he was made freight conductor and ran
a freight train until July, 1870, when he was
made assistant yardmaster at Marysville. He
was made general yardmaster in June, 1872,
and when the Pennsylvania Railroad Company
and the Northern Central Railway Company
consolidated their yards at Marysville, in Au-
gust, 1874, he was made general yardmaster
for both companies. On Jan. i, 1881, he was
transferred to York, Pa., as assistant train-
master of the Baltimore division of the North-
ern Central Railway Company, which position
he held until the time of his death. Mr. Miller
enjoyed the record of being "one of the most
earnest, careiul and successful officials in the
service of the Pennsylvania Railroad Com-
pany," in whose employ he had been for over
forty years.

On Oct. 12, 1865, at Marysville, Pa.,
James D. Miller married Sarah Jane Stabler,
a daughter of David H. and Mary Ann
(Jackson) Stabler, of Marysville, Pa. Mr.
and Mrs. Miller had these children : Edgar
Sherman, railroad clerk; William M., painter
in the marine department of the Maryland
Steel Company, Sparrows Point, Md. ; Harrie
N., yard clerk at Marysville, for the Northern
Central Railway Company; Mary A., wife of
Thomas Hollahan, superintendent of the York
Cab Company; Bessie E., wife of A. W. An-
drews, a boilemiaker; James Y., foreman in
the Northern Central Railway freight ware-
house; Bayard B. and Clayton T., clerks for
the York Card & Paper Company.

James D. Miller was a Republican in poli-
tics, and while at Marysville served acceptably
as councilman of that borough. He and his
wife were both members of the "Church of
God." Mr. Miller was prominent in fraternal
societies, being a past post commander of Gen.
John Sedgwick Post, No. },'], Grand Army of
the Republic; a past master of Perry Lodge,
No. 458, Free and Accepted Masons; a past
chancellor of Behler Lodge, No. 269, Knights

of Pythias; a past noble grand of Marysville
Lodge, No. 590, Independent Order of Odd
Fellows; and a member of Sandilands Com-
mandery, No. 152, Knights of Malta. He had
been a delegate from his post to eight State en-
campments ; was a member of the State Grand
Lodge of Odd Fellows, and was a district dep-
uty grand master in the last named organiza-
tion. Mr. Miller died at York, Pa., June 12,

E. Sherman Miller, was one of nine chil-
dren born to his parents and was born Sept.
30, 1867, in Marysville, Perry Co., Pa. He
was educated in the public schools of Marys-
ville, and York, Pa. His rise in the employ
of the Northern Central has been rapid, for
he started as a messenger boy, which position
he filled from Dec. 24, 1883, to Jan. 25, 1884.
Then he became a clerk. On Feb. 8, 1889,
he was appointed agent at Freeland, Md., and
remained in that position until Jan. 25, 1892,
when he was made assistant baggage agent ar
York. On Jan. i, 1895, J^^r. Miller became
a night clerk in the freight office, and April
I, 1899, was promoted to the position of day

On Nov. 2, 1894, Mr. Miller married
Sarah A. Bailey, daughter of Dr. N. A. Bai-
ley, a veterinary surgeon of New Freedom,
York Co., Pa., and Anna C. (Orwig) Bailey,
daughter of John Orwig, a wealthy retired
farmer of Shrewsbury, York Co., Pa. Six
children have been born to this union : Edna
Earlue, who died at the age of three months;
Agnes Leona, who died at the age of six
months; Edgar Bailey, who died when two
years of age; Anna L. ; Sarah Aldis; and
Ralph Kirkwood. Mr.. Miller belongs to York
Lodge, No. 266, F. & A. M. ; Chosen Knights
Commandery, Not 174, Knights of Malta;
Capt. E. M. Ruhl Camp, No. 33, Sons of Vet-
erans; and Codorus Council, No. 87, Wood-
men of the World. He is a member of the
Pennsylvania Railroad Voluntary Relief De-
partment. In politics he is a Democrat.

lector of Codorus township, York county, was
born April 6, 1870, in that township, son of
Michael and Elizabeth (Gantz) Bortner.

John Bortner, grandfather of C. Alexan-
der, was a well-known farmer of York county,
who was accidentally killed on the Northern
Central Railroad, and is buried in Fiscel's cem-



etery. His children were : Michael, of
Shrewsbury township; John and Adam, de-
ceased ; Isaac, of York ; and Mrs. Allison, de-

Michael Bortner, father of C. Alexander,
learned the milling business with H. M. Bort-
ner, in Codorus township, which he followed
about twenty years in that and in Shrewsbury
townships, and he now resides on a small farm
in the latter township, near New Freedom.
He married Elizabeth, daughter of John
Gantz. Their children were: C. Alexander;
Jennie M., wife of Emanuel Luckabaugh, of
Codorus township; Rosa, deceased; Killian C,
at home; Lettie May, wife of William Black,
of Codorus township; Edward L., of Ilhnois;
Harvey W., also of Ilhnois; Blanche, at home;
John ; Sadie, deceased ; and one that died in

C. Alexander Bortner was educated in the
schools of Codorus and Shrewsbury town-
ships, completing his education at the age of
nineteen years. Since the age of twelve years
Mr. Bortner has made his own way in the
world, and for his success deserves a great
amount of credit. From that time until his
twenty-first year he had two dififerent homes
with farmers, and then went to Illinois, where
he spent five years engaged in farming, re-
turning to his native place irr December, 1895.

In February, 1896, Mr. Bortner was mar-
ried to Joanna Leese, daughter of Benjamin
Leese, of Jefferson borough, who died March
24, 1897, and is buried at Fiscel's Church in
Shrewsbury township. Mr. Bortner married
(second) Alice Gantz, daughter of Adam H.
and Caroline Gantz. His two promising
young sons, Ralph Adam and Perry ClifTord,
were born to his second union. Ralph Adam
is in school.

After this marriage Mr. Bortner bought
the old Dellone farm of 106 acres, but he has
sold a part of this, retaining only ninety-one
acres. It is located on the old Baltimore Road,
near Stiltz post office. Both he and wife are
member of Fiscel's Lutheran Church, he
being a deacon and very active in the Sunday-
school. In politics he is a Democrat. He
owns some of the finest land in this section,
and has the reputation of being one of the best

JOHN L. McCREARY. The McCreary
family of York county are of Scotch-Irish de-
scent, and trace their ancestry from three

brothers, Thomas, John and Samuel, who
came from the north of Ireland to York coun-
ty. Pa., early in the eighteenth century. John
settled in the western part, Samuel in the
lower and Thomas in the vicinity of what is
now known as Hanover. This Thomas,
founder of the Hanover branch of the family,
was the great-great-grandfather of John L.,
and the next in direct line was his son, also
named Thomas.

John L. McCreary, grandfather of our
subject, was born in Hanover in 1793. A
farmer by occupation, he died in 1824, at the
early age of thirty-one, leaving a wife, Juli-
ana (Lease) McCreary,, and two children,
Juliana, and Samuel. Mrs. McCreary lived
to the ripe old age of eighty-four, and passed
away in 1882. The daughter died in 1894,
aged seventy-four.

Samuel McCreary was born in 1818, at
Dover, York county. He was well-educated,
and in early life taught school. Of versatile
ability, he was for a number of years a brick
maker, and also a tailor, while the latter part
of his life was spent in farming. He was well
known in the community and highly esteemed ;
he served for several terms as school director
in Washington township. His death occurred
in 1897, when he was aged seventy-nine. He
married Harriet, daughter of Aaron Black-
ford, also of York county, who is still living,
a resident of Franklintown. There were five
children born to this union : ( i ) Aaron,
died at the age of twenty-one. (2) Juliana
married Jesse Ruhl, a farmer of Cumberland
county, and was the mother of Samuel, who
married Miss Annie Beitzel, of Cumberland
county, has three children, and lives on the
McCreary farm in Washington township;
(3) John L. was the third. (4) Elizabeth be-
came the wife of Daniel Baker, a teacher
formerly of Warrington township, now of
Dillsburg. They have a daughter, Virginia.
(5) Samuel married Carrie, daughter of Dan-
iel Brougher, of York county, and has one
child, Roy. He combines the occupations of
farming and teaching. (6) Catherine is the
wife of Joseph Hershey, a farmer living in

On the maternal side John L. McCreary
is connected with the Blackfords and the
Yoners, old original families of the county.
Samuel Yoner, his great-great-grandfather,
was one of the earliest settlers of Dover, but
this was then called Yonerstettle, in honor of



resided, April 9, 1871, son of Henry and
is still in a good state of preservation. Joseph
Blackford, great-grandfather of John L. Mc-
Creary, died in 1834, aged eighty-four. His
wife was a Miss Garretson, who was born and
reared in Washington township. The grand-
father, Aaron Blackford, who reached the
advanced age of ninety, married a Miss Miller,
of Perry county, who also lived to an ex-
tremely old age, passing away in 1885. They
had five children : ( i ) Miller, who was all
his life in the mercantile business, was for two
terms a member of the Legislature, and a di-
rector of the Dillsburg Bank. He died in
1895, aged sixty-five years. (2) Catherine
Jane, married a Mr. Bushey. (3) John lives
in Iowa. (4) Alfred died at the age of eigh-
teen. (5) Harriet became Mrs. McCreary.

John L. McCreary was born in Washing-
ton township in 1854, was educated there, and
afterward remained at home working on the
farm until he was twenty-eight years old. One
year he spent working on, the Welty farm near
Dillsburg, but at the end of that time perma-
nently abandoned agriculture and entered
upon a grocery and general merchandise busi-
ness at Dillsburg. Since 1891 he has been
carrying on a bakery, and began with a small
establishment which he bought from John
Arnold. Mr. McCreary has steadily built up
the business until it has reached large propor-
tions, and has a capacity of fifty-five barrels
of flour a week, while the output of bread
alone is 18,000 loaves. In handling the deliv-
ery trade, which covers an area of twelve
miles, a force of sixteen men is employed, with
four large wagons and twenty horses. Mr.
McCreary shows himself possessed of qualities
marking the successful business man, is
ranked as a good citizen and stands well in the
esteem of the community.

In 1883 occurred the marriage of Mr.
McCreary to Miss Rebecca Wireman, daugh-
ter of John Wireman, of York county. Their
only child, Samuel, is at present a boy in
school. In religion Mr. and Mrs. McCreary
are members of the Lutheran and United
Brethren churches, respectively. He is a
Democrat in political belief.

JOHN E. WEISER, proprietor of the
"Bellview Farm," in Chanceford township,
York county, was born on the farm which he
now occupies, and upon which he has always

its founder. The property where he resided
Sarah (Snodgrass) Weiser.

The paternal grandfather spent all of his
life in York, where he died, when his son.
Henry was a boy. Henry Weiser received a.-
common school education, and when eighteea
years of age went West, working all over the
western States. For a time he was a boatman.
on the Mississippi ri.ver, and on his return
home became captain and owner of canal boats
on the Tide Water Canal, and followed this,
occupation for a number of years. He then
bought the home farm and spent the rest of his
life in farming, dying in 1886, at the age ot
sixty-three years. Although a member of no-
religious organization, Mr. Weiser attended
St. Luke's Lutheran Church. In politics he-
was a prominent member of the Democratic
party, being school director for several terms,
and auditor. He was connected with the
Wrightsville Bank. Mr. Weiser married Miss-
Sarah Snodgrass, a resident of Lower Chance-
ford township and the following children were
born to them : Cassandra, Mrs. Henry Snelt-
zer, of Brogueville; Mary, married to
Hiram Crone, of Wrightsville; Josephine,
Mrs. George Sanger, of Chanceford town-
ship; Elmira, Mrs. Jacob Tome, of York;
Henrietta, who married Isaac Sample, of
Chanceford township; Isabella, Mrs. James
Scott, of Chanceford township ; Ida, Mrs.
Thomas Grove, of Dallastown; William, who-
married Maria Kohler, and died in March,.
1902; and John E.

John E. Weiser attended the public schools-
from the age of six to nineteen years. His-
father died and he was compelled to stay at
home to work the farm, which he bought in:
1898. Mr. Weiser has been very prominent
in politics, being a delegate of the Democratic
party to the county convention at the age of
twenty-two years, and since then has served
in that capacity three times. He has been
county committeeman twice, and has always
taken the deepest interest in the success of
his party, since his first presidential vote,
which was cast for Grover Cleveland.

At the age of sixteen years Mr. Weiser
took up music and became very proficient in
playing the organ. Since the age of eighteen
years he has been teaching- music, and at the
age of twenty joined the Rockville Band,
which organization was later named the Ex-
celsior Band, in which Mr. Weiser played the



lirst cornet, B flat. In the Bethel M. E.
Church Mr. Weiser plays the organ, and is
steward and a Sunday-school teacher.

On Oct. 26, 1895, Mr. Weiser married
Miss Annie Reichard, born in Chanceford
township, daughter of John and Mary (Mor-
rison) Reichard, and two children have been
born to -this union, Ethel and Wilbur. Mr.
Weiser has been very successful in his agri-
cultural ventures, and he is highly respected
by all who know him.

GEORGE E. ENDERS, manager of the
Commonwealth Beneficial Association, is de-
scended from a family who were amoilg the
early settlers of Pennsylvania, and was born
May II, 1872, in Franklintown, York county.

Three Enders brothers crossed the Atlan-
tic together, one of whom stayed in the East,
another went West and the third went South,
the last named being the one from whom our
subject is descended. "

George M. Enders, the grandfather of
George E., was for many years an undertaker
in York county, but in his latter years became
a grocer.

H. M. Enders, son of George M., who has
been a traveling salesman for Jacob Stair, of
York, for the past twenty-two years, married
Lydia Ann Hershey, daughter of Michael
Hershey, a York county farmer, and there
were five children born to this union : Olie
M., wife of Harry E. Shane, a cigar maker of
York ; John C, a carriage trimmer of York ;
Charles E., employed by the York Manufact-
uring Company; C. Grove, connected with the
freight department of the Northern Central
Railroad Company; and George E.

George E. Enders was educated in the
pubhc. schools of York. His first occupation
was as a clerk, and he was so engaged for four-
teen years, after which he spent two years in
the employ of the Northern Central Railroad,
and the following three years were devoted
to the grocery business.

In 1 90 1 Mr. Enders became manager of
the Commonwealth Beneficial Association, es-
tablishing an office in Room 8, in the Mercan-
tile and Law building, on East Market street.
He is a member of the Masonic fraternity,
and also belongs to the Modern Woodmen.

PETER H. GROVE, who is engaged in
the manufacturing of cigars and in handling
leaf tobacco of local production, has his resi-

dence and business headquarters in the village
of Rye. He is a scion of one of the old fam-
ilies of this section of the State, whither the
original representative of the name came from

Peter Henry Grove was bom in Spring-
field township, March 29, 1869, son of John
Henry and grandson of Henry Grove.

John Grove, his great-grandfather, may
have been born in Pennsylvania, the available
and authentic data not being such as to de-
termine whether this John or his father repre-
sented the first generation of the family in
America. Certain it is, however, that John
Grove was early settled in Hopewell township,
York county, where he became a prominent
and influential farmer, living to a venerable
age. He was the father of a large family of
children, as follows: John, Jr., born March 15,
1795, died April 21, 1871 ; Elizabeth, born Jam
31, 1796, married John Sechrist, and died
Jan. 13, 1861; Justina, born Oct. 29, 1797,
married Rev. James Ewing, and died at
Johnstown, Pa.; Jacob, born April 12, 1799,
died Feb. 20, 1882; Henry, born Feb. 23, 1801,
died Nov. 16, 1885; Susan, born Nov. 28,
1802, married Jacob Bixler, and died in Jones
county, la., Feb. 4, 1888; Catharine, born 'Aug.
15, 1804, married Jeremiah Hess, and died, in
York, Pa., Dec. 19, 1880; Samuel born Jan.
22 1806, died in York county, Feb. 25, 1891 ;
Charles, born Oct. 14, 1808,' died Aug. 19,
1897, in York county; Michael, born March
25, 1810, died at Bannock City, Montana, Dec.
20, 1895; Frederick, born March 30, 1812,
died in Jones county, la., Nov. 25, 1882;
Lydia, born Aug. 10, 1814, married James
Lutz, and died, at Castle Fin, Pa., Jan. 20,
1892; and Francis, born Sept. 22, 1817, died at
Leadville, Colo., March 18, 1891. All of these
children were born in York county, and it will
be noted that nearly all lived to the age of more
than three score years and ten. Many repre-
sentatives of the family still remain in York
county, as the pages of this work will indicate
in a direct and incidental way.

Henry Grove, grandfather of our subject,
was born on the ancestral homestead, in Hope-
well township, Feb. 23, 1801, and there was
reared to maturity. As a young man he
learned the milling trade, which he followed
for a few years, after which he was engaged in
farming during the greater portion of the re-
mainder of his active career. He became
blind about four years prior to his death, at



the age of nearly eighty-five years. His wife
was a daughter of John Sheaffer, of Hope-
well township, where she was born, being like-
wise a member of one of the old and well
known families of the county. She, too, lived
to a venerable age. Their children were as fol-
lows : John Henry, father of our subject;
Jacob, born Sept. 4, 1833, died in York town-
ship; Elizabeth, born Jan. 31, 1835, died in
3-outh; Alexander F., born July 12, 1836, re-
sides in Stewartstown, this county; Catherine,
born Jan. 31, 1838, resides in Stewartstown;
Lydia, born July 14, 1839, resides in Hopewell
township; James, born April 4, 1841, died in
Philadelphia; Benjamin, born Feb. 12, 1843,
died in the West; Cornelius, born April 16,
1845, li'vss at Dallastown, York county; Mar-
garetta, born April 7, 1847, is a resident of
Pittsburg, Pa.; Joseph, born July 14, 1849, is
a resident of York; Eli Free, born Feb. 13,
1852, resides in York.

John Henry Grove was born in Hopewell
township, this county, April 16, 1832, and re-
ceived a common-school education in the county
schools, while in his 3'outh he learned the car-
penter's trade, which he followed as a voca-
tion for a ninriber of years. He was united in
marriage to Miss Sarah Williams, who was
likewise born and reared in this county, being
a daughter of Peter Williams. After his mar-
riage Mr. Grove engaged in farming in Spring-
field township, and there continued to be identi-
fied with that vocation until his death at the
age of forty years, his mortal remains being
laid to rest in the cemetery in that townsliip.
His widow still survives, and now makes her

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