History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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EDWIN HEMMERLY.  Among the enterprising and prosperous farmers of Buckingham is the subject of this sketch.  He was born in Springfield township, Bucks county, son of John and Catharine (Wimmer) Hemmerly, both of German extraction, descendants of early German settlers in Upper Bucks or Lehigh county.

    John Hemmerly was born in either Lehigh county or near the line of that county, in Springfield township, Bucks county, about the year 1807.  He was a blacksmith and followed that vocation in Springfield township for many years and up to within a few years of his death.  He was one of the first in that section to manufacture the old “Bull” plow, and did a large and profitable business.  He married (first) Catharine Wimmer, who died in 1849.  The marriage resulted in the birth of eight children, of whom four survive:  Levi, of South Bethlehem ; Edwin H., the subject of this sketch; John, of Luzerne county; and Amanda, widow of Levi Overholt, living at Hellertown, Northampton county.  The father married (second) Barbara Hottle, and had by her four sons and one daughter, of whom only one survives, Jacob Hemmerly, an upholsterer of Philadelphia .  A few years prior to his death John Hemmerly retired from business and removed to Bethlehem , and two years later took up his residence with his daughter Matilda, now deceased, in South Bethlehem , where he died at the age of eighty-three years.  In early life Mr. Hemmerly was a Democrat in politics, but at the organization of the Republican party in 1856 he became a member of that party, and voted the ticket for the remainder of his life.  In religion he was a Mennonite.

    The subject of this sketch spent his boyhood days among the farmers of Springfield township, after his mother’s death, and received a limited education at the public schools.  On December 22, 1860 , he married Eliza Landis, daughter of David and Lydia (Jacoby) Landis, of New Britain township, but raised in Springfield township, and began life as a farmer.  In 1862 he enlisted in Company F, One Hundred and Seventy-Fourth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, and served nine months, the term of his enlistment.  In 1864 he enlisted in the Second New Jersey Cavalry Regiment, and served to the close of the war.  Returning home he again engaged in farming.  In 1875 he purchased his present farm of fifty acres, and has resided thereon ever since.  In politics Mr. Hemmerly is a Republican, has served his township as supervisor for four years, and in 1902 was the candidate for county commissioner, but was defeated.  He is a member of the Lutheran church, and belongs to the Grand Army of the Republic, being a member of General Robert L. Bodine Post, No. 306, at Doylestown.

    To Mr. and Mrs. Hemmerly have been born eight children, five of whom survive:  Emma, wife of David Cyrus Boyer, of Durham, Bucks county; Lydia, wife of Linford Raike, of Doylestown; Clinton, a carpenter and builder at Oak Lane, Pennsylvania; David, superintendent of a large mercantile establishment in Philadelphia; and Cora E., residing at home.  A daughter, Amanda, who was a teacher, died at the age of twenty-one years.

Text taken from page 485 of:

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

Transcribed February 2004 by Thera Schwenk-Hammond; tsh@harborside.com; http:// www..rootsweb.com/~schwenk as part of the Bucks Co., Pa., Early Family Project,

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