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

James S. Pannebaker


The Pannebakers were old residents of Port Royal, Pennsylvania, where Jonas Pannebaker died, leaving a large family.

Philo, son of Jonas Pannebaker, was born in Juniata county, Pennsylvania, 1830, died at Mifflin, Pennsylvania, about 1893. He learned the carpenter's trade, which he followed in different localities, finally settling in Mifflin, where most of his life was passed. He was a Republican in politics and both he and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal church. He married, in Juniata county, Susanna Hurl, born in that county in 1836, who survives him, residing with her daughters in Milroy, Pennsylvania. Children: 1. A daughter, died in infancy. 2. Robert, now living in Mifflin, a carpenter. 3. Philo, now living in Mifflin, a carpenter. 4. James Sellers, of whom further. 5. Edward, now living in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a truck farmer. 6. Jennie, married James Ulsh and resides in Altoona, Pennsylvania. 7. John, now living in Mifflin, a printer. 8. Frances, now living in Milroy, Pennsylvania, unmarried. 9. Martin, died at Butler, Pennsylvania. 10. Holmes, now living in Lewistown. 11. Anna, married N. Baer and resides in Yeagertown, Pennsylvania.

James Sellers, fourth child and third son of Philo and Susanna (Hurl) Pannebaker, was born in Juniata county, Pennsylvania, January 26, 1862. He attended Mifflin county public schools and literally grew up to the carpenter's trade, having begun work with his father at an early age. On arriving at legal age in 1883 he located at Renovo, Pennsylvania, where he worked in the Pennsylvania railroad shops for three years, then with a lumber company until 1887, when he moved to Astor, Orange county, Florida, remaining three months. Returning to Pennsylvania he entered the employ of the Altoona Lumber Company in Clearfield county, becoming assistant foreman in charge of their millwright work and remaining with them twelve and a half years. In 1899 he located in Lewistown, where he built his own home and worked as a journeyman, then entered the employ of the Standard Steel Company, where he yet remains. He is a Republican in politics and both he and his wife are members of the Presbyterian church. He married, March 26, 1891, Louisa Lesher, born in Juniata county, daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth (Geise) Lesher, both born in Northumberland county, after their marriage moving to Delaware township, Juniata county, where Mr. Lesher bought a farm on which he lived until his death. He was drafted during the civil war, but furnished a substitute. He was a Democrat in politics and both he and his wife were members of the Lutheran church. His wife survives him, still a resident of Juniata county.

The only child of James S. and Louisa (Lesher) Pannebaker is Gilson, born May 4, 1892, now an apprentice at the molder's trade. The family residence is at No. 333 Valley street, Lewistown, which Mr. Pannebaker erected in 1900.



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