Mifflin County Biographies
"History of the Juniata Valley and Its People, Vol. II" 1913

Peter Loudenslager


Peter Loudenslager, deceased, was born in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, October 1, 1820, died in Lewistown, December 5, 1896, son of George Loudenslager, an early settler of Selinsgrove. Peter Loudenslager attended the public school and grew to manhood at Selinsgrove, where he learned the shoemaker's trade. Later he moved to Perry county, thence to Millerstown, Perry county, where he married, and in 1857, settled in Lewistown, where he followed his trade until death. He was a man of industry, and by his excellent qualities won the regard of all who knew him. He was a Republican in politics, and a member of the Lutheran church.

He married in 1844, Maria Rumbaugh (Rev. Boyer officiating), of Millerstown, who joined the church at Millerstown at the age of fifteen years. She is the daughter of Ulrich and Anna Maria (Limperd) Rumbaugh, both born in Pennsylvania, of German parentage. Ulrich Rumbaugh was a farmer of Perry county, where he died in 1870. His wife died in 1828. They had eight children, of whom Maria, widow of Peter Loudenslager is the only survivor. She resides at No. 138 West Market street, Lewistown. Children of Peter and Maria Loudenslager: 1. A daughter, died in infancy. 2. Theodore, now residing in Lewistown, a shoemaker; married Harriet Blett; they have ten children. 3. Ellen, married Robert Riden, deceased, and has four children. 4. David Crawford, died, aged five years. 5. William Luther, died, aged 18 months. 6. Ida, married John Eyster, whom she survives, and has five children. 7. Margaret N., married Kirk McClintic, of Mifflintown, a merchant; one child. 8. Anna, married George Knepp, of Maywood, Missouri; two children. 9. Miriam R., married Robert Calvin Orr, of Lewistown, a dry goods clerk; one child.



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