a retired business man of Quarryville, was born in Drumore township, Lancaster county, Feb. 19, 1841. He is the son of John and Susan ( Anglenine ) Seiple. John Seiple, the father, was born in Montgomery county, Pa., in 1813. Mrs. Seiple was born in Northampton county, Pa., in April, 1815. John was the son of Samuel Seiple, who was born in Germany, and his wife Magdeline Shipe was also of German origin. Samuel Seiple settled on a farm in Drumore township, and for many years taught school in the county. He reared a family of five sons; Joseph, David, Samuel, George and John, the father of our subject. They are all dead except David who resides in Chester county. Of the brothers Samuel and George never married. Joseph made his home in Drumore township and there died. John Seiple married and settled on a farm in Drumore township, where he continued to live until 1896, when he bought a home in Quarryville, and lived a retired life until his death in 1898. His widow is still living in the home place, at the age of eighty- seven years. This couple reared a family of nine children. ( 1 ) William Seiple, who was born in Lancaster county, married Miss Tillie Hannah, of Maryland. When a young man he served in the Civil war Co. G, Pa. Cav., and took part in a number of battles. After the war he was engaged, with his brother, our subject, in the oil fields, Venango county, for twenty years, and then went to New York State where he sunk artesian wells for some time. In 1888 he engaged himself with English syndicate to drive oil wells in India, with two of his sons, Gay and John, is in that country at the present time. His wife and the rest of the family, Maud, May and Bert, reside in Lancaster city. ( 2 ) Samuel Seiple was born in Lancaster county and married Miss Mary J. Potts of Lancaster county, and they now reside at Princeton, Ill., where the husband is engaged in mercantile pursuits; they had five children; Edward who died when young; William, Owen, Lee, and Hattie, all being teachers in Illinois. ( 3 ) Harvey Seiple, our subject, was the next child. ( 4 ) Mary A. Seiple, deceased, was born in 1843, and married Jacob Rintz, of Lancaster county, and left a family of nine children; John, Harry, Charles, Laura, Emma, Mary, Ida, Lillie, and Minnie. (5 ) Catharine Seiple, deceased, was born in 1846, and married Simon Reese of Providence, Lancaster county, and left a large family as follows; Dora, Harvey Luticia, Lisle, May, Lottie, Maud, Lemuel, Melo and Sue. ( 6 ) Charles Seiple was born in 1852, and married Susan Gochman, of Lancaster county, and they reside in Drumore township, where he is a merchant, also serving as postmaster of that place; they have the following children : Lulu, Carrie, Harry, Charles, Maisey, Edna and Aurther. ( 7 ) Thomas Seiple was born in 1848, and during the Civil war was a soldier in the 53rd Pa. Regiment and severed until the close of the war, after which he returned home and engaged in the oil business in Venango county, Pa. He married miss Alice C. Brooks, of Lancaster county. His family is in Lancaster county, while he is engaged in the oil enterprises of India with his brother. His children are as follows: Ada, Minnie, ( deceased ), Jennie, Alice, Frank, Mamie, Mellie, Leon, ( deceased ), and Chester. (8 ) James D. Seiple was born in 1854, and married Miss Carrie Jeffries, of Illinois, and they now reside in Carroll county, Ill., where he follows farming. Their children are: Roy, Mabel, and Frank. ( 9 ) Susan Seiple was born in 1856 and is the wife of David Rineer, of Quarryville; they reside at Newark and have the following children: Percy, Celia, Abram, and Clinton. Harvey Seiple was reared in Lancaster county, and received a common school education. When the Civil war broke out he enlisted in the 122nd P. V. L., Co. H, and was in the army of the Potomac under Gen. McClellan. He took part in the battles of Antietam, Fredricksburg and Chancellorville, and in May, 1863, re-enlisted in Co. G, 21st Pa. Cav. for six months. He was engaged in the Shenandoah valley under Gen. Sheriden, and took part in a number of engagements. At the expiration of hiss second enlistment, he re-enlisted in the same regiment until the close of the war. He remained on duty until Lee surrendered. under Phil Sheriden he was engaged at Cold Harbor, Hatches Run, Weldon Railroad, Poplar Springs Church, and Petersburg. After the war he returned home, and was married, in 1869 to Louisa E. Brooks, of Lancaster, a daughter of Benjamin and Jane ( Barnett ) Brooks. Mrs. Seiple was born in Drumore township, in 1846, where she was reared and educated, and for several years before she was married, taught school. Three children were born to this union, all whom died in infancy. Alice L. Seiple, a niece, was reared by Mr. and Mrs. Seiple. After his marriage Mr. Seiple entered the oil fields in Venango county, and was engaged in the oil business for eighteen years. He met with an accident while there, caused by a mill explosion. which for a time seriously injured him. In 1888 he returned to Lancaster county, and for a time engaged in the restaurant business. About six years later he undertook a livery business, which he managed successfully. In 1898 his wife died in Quarryville borough. She was a member of the M. E. Church. On Oct. 9, 1901, Mr. Seiple married for his second wife Miss Louella Holmes, daughter of Dr. J. E. Holmes, of Virginia. They now reside in Quarryville. He is a member of the Republican party but seeks no office. He affiliates with the reformed church. Mr. Seiple is a member of the W.S. Bryerly Post, 511 G.A.R., of Quarryville, and filled all the chairs in that order. Mr. Seiple's family is one of the most respected in the county, and deservedly so, as four sons of the family volunteered their services at the call of their country. They did their duty manfully, and no record for bravery stands higher than that of the " Seiple boys" as they were known in those times. They are men of honor to-day in the community, and respected and loved by all who know them.
is a leading citizen and business man of Peters Creek, Fulton Township, Penna. " Now Peach Bottom, Fulton Township, Lancaster County, Penna. He is a grandson of Alexander Shank, who was a weaver by trade, and who had a family of eleven ( 11) children; William ( father of Park B. ), Joseph, Alexander, Thomas, John, Isabel, Adeline, Anna, Elizabeth, and Margaret. William was born in Ireland in 1808, and emigrated to America with his father, Alexander Shank while yet a youth. In 1831 he married Eliza Burkins, and eight ( 8 ) children were born to them; Margaret deceased, Rachel, wife of Henry Weidley of Drumore Township, Park B., Alexander a carpenter in Clinton Co., Penna. Harriett, wife of Joseph Barnett, a Blacksmith of Drumore Township, Catherine, wife of Miles Fite of Philadelphia, Adeline, wife of Bruce Rush of Ohio. William, a shoemaker by trade, who died in Drumore Township in 1880 leaving a widow who followed him to the grave in 1887. Park B. Shank was reared in Drumore Township and received his education in the common schools of the district. In 1873 he married Dora, daughter of John Dorsey, and to this union have come eleven children, seven of who are living, as follows William, Charles, Park, Grover now deceased, Harriett, Thurman, and Andrew. Park B. commenced the active duties of life at age fourteen years, as a raftsman on the Susquehanna River, and followed that vocation for nearly forty years. In 1866 he opened a lumber yard at Benton Station, and soon afterward bought a sawmill and operated a business at Peach Bottom, Peters Creek. Since 1885 he has also carried on a coal business, contracted for slate work, and done general contracting and building. Besides his various other enterprises he operates a large farm of three hundred acres of the finest land, and does it in the most approved manner at that. He ia a large real estate proprietor, owning six dwellings in Peters Creek, besides a sawmill and lumber yard, a warehouse and other buildings located at various points. Mr. Shank started life with only his ability to hustle capital, and may be justly regarded a self made man in the proper sense of the word. He is the sole of honesty, and his word is as good as his signature, a proud distinction to have these days. He attributes his more than usual success in life of hard work, economy and strict attention to business. Financially he stands among the best in his neighborhood and all his wealth has been gained by his own unaided efforts. He is respected by all who know him. Mr. Shank is a Democrat in politics, and believes in the strict Jacksonian doctrines of his party. He is a Democrat from principal, but has no political aspirations for himself, only the belief that Democracy will eventually prove the salvation of his country. In religious belief he is protestant, but is a member of no church.return to People
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