History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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CHRISTIAN TREICHLER CLYMER. Bucks county has no more useful citizen than Christian Treichler CLYMER, of Quakertown. The CLYMER family is of German origin, the name having been formerly spelled KLEMMER. It was brought to this country by two brothers, one of whom was Christian CLYMER, or KLEMMER. He was born in 1697 in Germany, and is thought to have emigrated to America prior to 1730. He settled in what is now Lower Milford township, and in 1734 his name appeared on the record as a petitioner to divide the township. His wife was Barbara-------, and they were the parents of seven sons and five daughters. Among the sons was Jacob, mentioned at length hereinafter. Christian CLYMER died in 1759, and some of his descendants are yet living on the land which he settled. His wife passed away January 14, 1776.

Jacob CLYMER, son of Christian and Barbara CLYMER was born in 1729, and was the father of a numerous family, among whom was Henry, who married Maria, daughter of Peter and Maria (ZEINGENFUS) SHAFFER, of Northampton county. They were the parents of seven sons and two daughters. Among the sons was Henry SHAFFER, mentioned at length hereinafter. All the descendants of Christian CLYMER were born in the region in which that pioneer ancestor made his home.

Henry Shaffer CLYMER, son of Henry and Maria (SHAFFER) CLYMER, was born in 1819, on his father’s farm, near Milford Square. He attended the subscription school, also the Friends Richland Meeting, and learned the shoemaker’s trade, which he followed in connection with farming. In politics he was an old line Whig, and later became a Republican. He was a member of the Lutheran church, which he served as deacon and was active in religious work. He married Lavina, daughter of Jacob and Sarah (TRUMBAUER) TREICHLER, and ten children were born to them, among whom was Christian TREICHLER, mantioned at length hereinafter. Mrs. CLYMER, the mother of the family, died in 1859, and her husband passed away in January, 1863.

Christian Treichler CLYMER, son of Henry Shaffer and Lavina (TREICHLER) CLYMER, was born February 10, 1846, on his father’s farm, near Milford Square, Milford township. He attended the public schools of his native place, and remained on the farm until his eighteenth year, when he was apprenticed to learn the shoemaker’s trade with Isaac GROFF, near Quakertown. At the end of two years he became a journeyman, and for six months worked near Zion’s Hill. In the autumn of 1866 he moved to Quakertown, where he engaged in business as a custom shoemaker on Main street, near the Friends’ meeting-house. (sic) He carried on a flourishing trade until April, 1903, when he retired from business. Mr. CLYMER has always taken an active interest in local political affairs, and for thirteen years was a member of the board of education, serving two terms as president and two as treasurer. He has also acted as delegate to the county convention. On March 18, 1903, he received the appointment of postmaster of Quakertown, an office which he still holds, discharging its duties with credit to himself and satisfaction to the government. His political principles are those advocated and upheld by the Republican party. Since 1864 he has been a member of St. John’s Lutheran church, to which his family also belong. He is a member of the choir, and has served ten years as treasurer of the Sunday school, in which he has been a teacher since 1864.

Mr. CLYMER married January 29, 1869, Andora, daughter of Samuel and Catharine (TRUMBAUER) TROXEL, of Montgomery county, and they have one son, Benjamin Franklin, who was born September, 1870, attended the Quakertown public schools, and is now a commercial traveller, (sic) residing in Wilmington, Delaware. C.T. CLYMER, married in 1884, for his second wife, Margaret, daughter of David and Rachel (KULP) KULP, of Skippack township, Montgomery county, and they have one son, William Kulp CLYMER, who was born June 20, 1886, and was educated in the Quakertown public schools, graduating in 1903. He holds the office of assistant postmaster.

Test taken from page 236-237 of:

Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III

Transcribed June 2001 by Joan Lollis of IN. as part of the Bucks Co., Pa., Early Family Project, www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/bucksindex.html

Published July 2001 on the Bucks County, Pa., USGenWeb pages at www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/

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