| History of Cumberland and Adams Counties, Pennsylvania |
Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co., 1886
H. C. Bradsby with Aaron Sheely
|Transcribed by Vicki Hartman; September 2008 for GenealogyTrails.com|
"JOHN BURKHOLDER, postmaster at Bendersville, was born in Latimore Township, this county, May 8, 1811, and is a son of Samuel Burkholder, a son of John, who was a native of Germany, and settled in Latimore Township, this county, at a very early period. Samuel was born about 1785, was drafted in the war of 1812, but furnished a substitute. His death occurred in Latimore Township, about 1870. His wife, Elizabeth (Troutner) Burkholder, was a native of Latimore Township, of German descent, and died shortly after her husband. Our subject was reared on a farm, and at the age of nineteen began as a journeyman in Tyrone Township, this county, for one year; then conducted a shop for three years in Franklin Township, York County; then in what is now Butler Township, this county, for twelve years; then for three years kept what was known as the “Keystone Hotel,” the property now being owned by John Reeder; then kept store at what is now Center Mills, in Butler Township, and in the spring of 1847 moved to Bendersville, where he engaged in merchandising. In 1859 he sold his business to his son, S. A. Burkholder, and George Wilson. He then engaged extensively in the nursery business for twelve years, and in 1871 again entered trade by purchasing his son’s interest in the firm of Burkholder & Hoffman. In 1879, he met with some reverses, and closed out his business, and in 1883 again began merchandising, which he still continues. He was appointed, in July, 1885, under the Cleveland administration, postmaster at Bendersville. Since 1876 Mr. Burkholder has been a Democrat; prior to that was a Whig and a Republican. He has served the township in several offices of trust and was justice of the peace for ten years. He was formerly a very active worker and influential politician in his vicinity, though he does not take so active a part now. He was married, at York Springs, February 27, 1832, to Elizabeth Gardner, a daughter of Adam Gardner, of that place. They have one child, Samuel A. Burkholder, born January 6, 1833, who resides at Bendersville, and is a commercial traveler for a wholesale boot and shoe house, of Worcester, Mass. He married Elizabeth Minnich, a daughter of George Minnich, of Bendersville, and they have two children: Leella and John E. "
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