History of Bucks
County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
ELI L. CLYMER
At the time that the United States formed a part of the colonial possessions of Great Britain the Clymer family was established in Bucks county. The progenitor of the family in America came from Germany, and most of his descendants have been tillers of the soil, recognized in the various generations as men of prominence and influence in the community and of unquestioned honor, integrity and worth. Henry Clymer, Sr., grandfather of Eli Clymer, was born and reared in Bucks county, and married Elizabeth Kulp, also a native of this county. They became the parents of eleven children: Abram, Henry, William, Hannah, wife of Jonas Clymer; Polly, wife of C. Moyer; Elizabeth, wife of B. Kulp (sic—s/b Krupp); Mrs. Ann S. Haldeman, Valentine, John, Fannie, who became the wife of John Kulp; and Sarah, the wife of H. Swartley. All were reared in the faith of the Mennonite church, and continued adherents of that denomination.
Henry Clymer, Jr., son of Henry and Elizabeth (Kulp) Clymer, was born in New Britain township, and remained with his parents up to the time of his marriage, when he purchased a farm in Warrington township, whereon he settled and reared his family. He carried on general farming and also attended the market, and was practical, enterprising and therefore successful in his labors. His political support was given to the Republican party. Reared in the faith of the Mennonite church, he was always a faithful member thereof and was widely known and highly respected in his township. He was a man of medium size, but of strong constitution and did much hard work in his younger years. He married Mary Benner, a native of Hatfield township, Bucks (sic—s/b Montgomery) county, and a daughter of John Benner, a farmer and a member of one of the pioneer families of this county. He, too, was a devoted member of the Mennonite church. He married a Miss Haldeman, also connected with one of the leading families, and their only child became the wife of Henry Clymer. She survived her husband about twelve years. They were the parents of eight children: John, a farmer; Eli L.., Ann, who became the wife of Joseph Sapp (sic—s/b Lapp); Valentine, a mechanic; Daniel, a farmer; Henry, a carpenter; Kate, the wife of E. Kratz; and Abram, who is an assessor and auctioneer in Warrington township.
Eli L. Clymer was born in Warrington township on his father’s farm, June 5, 1841, and acquired his education in the public schools. He began earning his own living as a farm hand and afterward rented land for a year. Subsequently he purchased a house, but sold this property in the fall of 1868, and bought the farm where he now resides, comprising seventy-one acres, which was originally the John Grove farm. This was but partly improved, but he at once began its further development and cultivation, and made it a splendid property. He has erected all the present substantial buildings, including a commodious two story frame residence, which is built in modern style of architecture and is one of the attractive features of the landscape. There is also large barn and substantial outbuildings. He has set out a good orchard and follows general farming, sending his products to the city where they are sold to the commission merchant. In all of his business transactions he is active and energetic, and whatever he undertakes he carries forward to successful completion.
On May 6, 1865, Mr. Clymer was married to Miss Magdalena Detweiler, who was born in New Britain township, March 12, 1844, a daughter of Joseph and Hannah (Burdy—sic--s/b Bergey) Detweiler, the former a native of Bucks county, Pennsylvania, and the latter of Montgomery county. Her paternal grandfather, Jacob Detweiler, of New Britain township, represented an old colonial family of German lineage. They became prominent and progressive citizens of this part of the state and were faithful adherents of the Mennonite church. Jacob Detweiler was a farmer and also owned and operated a sawmill. His children were: Elizabeth, who became Mrs. Rosenberger, Jacob and John, farmers; Mary, the wife of M. Kindy (sic—s/b Kindig); Joseph, father of Mrs. Clymer; and Magdalena, wife of J. Knise (sic—s/b Nice). At the time of his marriage Joseph Detweiler purchased a farm in New Britain township, where he spent his remaining days, living a quiet and uneventful life, yet commanding the good will and confidence of all, by reason of his fidelity to honorable, manly principles. He married Hannah Burdy (sic—s/b Bergey), and died in 1849 at the age of forty-seven years, while his wife, long surviving him, passed away in 1890. He had left but a small estate, and in her later years she made her home with her older children. Both Mr. and Mrs. Detweiler were members of the Mennonite church. Their children are: Isaac, a practicing physician of Lancaster, Pennsylvania,; Mary, the wife of M. Rosenberger; Sarah, who married Eli (sic—s/b Levi) Yoder; Jesse, a farmer; Elizabeth, who married E. Rosenberger; Magdalene, wife of Eli L. Clymer; Joseph, a farmer and tailor to the trade; and Hannah, who died at the age of forty years.
Mr. and Mrs. Clymer have become the parents of eight children: Ellen, wife of William Swartley, a farmer; Adda, wife of L. McCune (sic—s/b McEwen), a farmer; Hannah, who married William Worth; Frank, who died at the age of thiteen years; Elmer, a farmer; Flora, the wife of Frank McNare; Oliver, at home; and Emma, a school teacher. All were given good educational privileges, and the daughters have become successful teachers. The parents and children are members of the Mennonite church, and Mr. Clymer is a Republican, who has filled the office of school director for ten years, and takes an active interest in public affairs. He is a typical American, alert and enterprising in business, loyal in citizenship, and interested in everything pertaining to the welfare and progress of his county, state and nation.
Text taken from pages 270-271 of:
Davis, William W.H., A.M. History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III
Transcribed April 2008 by Thera Schwenk-Hammond; email@example.com; as part of the Bucks Co., Pa., Early Family Project, http://pagenweb.org/~bucks/biographies/bucksindex.html
Published April 2008 on the Bucks County, Pa., USGenWeb pages at http://pagenweb.org/~bucks
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