DAVIS - Biographical Sketches – Richland



…coal and lumber dealer, P.O. Quakertown, was born in Lower Saucon township, Northampton county, November 5, 1846. He is the eldest living son of Michael Achey, a native of that county, son of Lewis Achey, who came from Germany and settled in Williams township. The mother of Benjamin was Louisa Werling, daughter of Andrew Werling. Michael Achey was one of a family of six children, viz., John, Michael, Kate, Christiana, Elizabeth, and one whose name cannot now be recalled. All of them reared families, and all settled in Northampton county except Christiana, who married Levi Amy of Springfield township. Benjamin lived on his father’s farm in Williams township, Northampton county, up to the time of the death of the latter, which occurred when Benjamin was twelve years old. He then worked out among the farmers until he was nineteen years of age, when he went to learn the miller’s trade with Levi S. Moyer, of Hellertown. After learning his trade he took charge of the Gruver mill and run it for three years on his own account, when he went to Milford Square, and for four and a half years run Sholl’s mill. In 1875 he purchased the Milford Square mills and conducted them up to 1885, when he sold out. In August, 1886, he purchased the coal and lumber business of John Ozias, of Quakertown, and has since continued the same. He was married in January, 1871, to Josephine, daughter of Lewis and Rebecca (Bachman) Ritter, the former a native of Springfield township, the latter of Lower Saucon, Northampton county. Mr. Achey has three children: Allen A., Benjamin F. and Estella R. He is a member of the Reformed church, and a member of Hellertown Lodge, No. 606, I. O. O. F.



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