History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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WILLIAM H. TRAUCH, who holds an honorable place among the farmers of Bedminster township, is a grandson of Peter Trauch, who was a native of New Jersey and a miller by trade. In middle life he became a resident of Bucks county.

            Peter Trauch, son of Peter Trauch mentioned above, was born about 1823 or 1824, near Easton , New Jersey , and was still a child when his parents removed to Bucks county. His boyhood was spent in Durham township, and subsequently he removed to Nockamixon township, where he purchased a farm on which he lived thirteen or fourteen years. He then sold the property, and after some years spent at farm work settled in New Britain township, where he passed the remainder of his life. He was a Democrat in politics, and a member of the Lutheran church. He married Diana Ruth, and seven of their eight children are still living: Christiana, wife of Edwin Rice, of Williams township; Saul, living in Durham township; William H., mentioned at length hereinafter; Edward, a resident of Easton ; Titus, living in Durham township; Philip, residing in Easton ; and Sarah Catherine, wife of George Fackenthal, of Riegelsville , New Jersey . After the death of his wife, Mr. Trauch married the widow of Dr. Clymer. His death occurred in 1870.

            William H. Trauch, son of Peter and Diana (Ruth) was born September 18, 1848 , in Durham township, and at the age of ten years was employed by Jonathan S. Kohl, a neighboring farmer, with whom he lived three years. At the end of that time his mother died, and he returned home and remained two years. He was then placed with the family of George M. Swope, in Tinicum township, and after living there five years entered the family of Tobias M. Swope, of the same township. At the end of a year he was given his time by his father, and on application obtained a teacher's certificate. He had charge of a school for three terms, and then for two years worked on the farm of Reed Wildonger, of Tinicum township. After his marriage he worked four years for his father-in-law, and then began farming for himself as a tenant. Two years later, in the autumn of 1876, he bought the farm which is now his home, taking up his abode there in the spring of 1877. He has served eleven years as supervisor of Bedminster, and in politics adheres to the Democratic party. He is a member of St. Matthew's Lutheran church, in which since 1895 he has served as deacon. Mr. Trauch married, December 23, 1870 , Mary Jane, daughter of Elias Trauger, of Bedminster township.

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

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