Biographical Annals of Lancaster County, 1903, Beers Inc.


a retired farmer and esteemed citizen of Strasburg township, was born Feb 27, 1825 in New Providence, Pa son of John and Susan (Miller) Peoples, both deceased. John Peoples was a son of Francis Peoples, a farmer of Lancaster County, who had a family of five children namely; William, Francis, Samuel, John, and Sarah, all of whom have passed out of life. John Peoples the father of Abner, was born Dec. 10, 1793, died in New Providence Dec. 28, 1862, and was a merchant, farmer and Lime burner and one of the leading citizens of his community. About 1818 he married Susan Miller, of Lancaster and seven children were born to them; Mary, born Dec. 6,1820,deacesed;Anna born Jan. 16,1823, deceased; Abner; Amanda, born Nov. 6, 1827; Leah, a widow Born Oct. 14, 1829, who lives in New Providence, Pa.; Hiram, born Feb. 1835, a retired farmer of New Providence; John, born July 29,1837, who resides in Lock Haven ,Pennsylvania. Abner Peoples was reared on a farm and received his education in the schools in his township. When he started out in life for himself it was as a poor boy, and his present financial position has been secured by the exercise of industry, perseverance and economy. His fine farm of 127 acres, with its excellent improvements, attest his success, and he is fully justified in passing his reclining years in rest and retirement. In his earlier years he was a Whig, but has been an active Republican since the formation of that party. Both he and his wife are valued members of the Mennonite Church. On Nov. 9, 1848 Mr. Peoples was united in marriage to Miss Martha Hess, of Pequea township, a daughter of John Hess. A family of four children has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Peoples, as follows Lettie , born June 29, 1849 married to Henry Groff of Providence township, a farmer; Mary born in 1852, the wife of Frank Gachnour, a carpenter of Providence township, Susan the wife of Dr. L. M. Bryson of Paradise township; and Thaddeus, who died at the age of fourteen years. Mr. Peoples has an ancestry of which he may well feel proud, both the Peoples and Miller families being among the leading ones of the county. Great grandfather Miller was one of the oldest settlers of that part of Lancaster county, was born in 1713, and married Mary Brubaker, born in 1719. Their son David, the grandfather of Abner Peoples, was born in 1754 married Mary Souder, born in1753, and they had a family of nine children; Jacob M. born in 1776;Annie M. 1778,David 1781,Elizabeth 1784, Mary 1786, Catherine 1788, Daniel 1790, Isaac 1793, and Susan the mother of Abner Peoples was born in 1797. All of these good people lived worthy lives and at death were mourned with respect and affection. Since the days of the revolutionary war the families of Peoples and Miller have been identified with most of the progress and advancement in educational and religious lines in this vicinity. Abner Peoples is a most worthy representative of this combined ancestry.

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