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Free Genealogy Biography of Andrew Duden,
Pennsylvania Volunteer of the Civil War

Andrew J. Duden

Andrew J. Duden was born at York, Penn., January 25, 1841, and is the only child of John A. and Sarah (Jack) Duden. His father died in 1846, aged forty-seven years, but his mother is still living, aged about eighty-two years. He came to Wrightsville, in 1847, and remained about ever since, receiving his early education here. At the age of fifteen, he began learning the trade of wheelwright, and worked at it until twenty-two years of age, excepting the time he served in the army.

September 23. 1861, he enlisted at Harrisburg, in Company I, Seventy-sixth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, 76th Regiment, and served eighteen months in the department of the South. At Pocataligo, he was wounded by a rifle ball in the right cheek. He carried the ball for six years in his neck, when it was discovered that it had lodged against his collar bone, and was removed. On account of the wound, he lay in the hospital five months, and finally was discharged on account of disability. He was virtually sergeant-major at the time he was wounded, but did not receive the appointment until after his discharge.

In 1870, he engaged in the planing-mill business at Wrightsville, in company with Mr. Zorbaugh, in which business he is engaged at the present day. He was one of the organizers of the Wrightsville Hardware Company, and is the present secretary; also of the Wrightsville and Chanceford Turnpike Company and of the Wrightsville Hall Association, and is director of the latter. He has held various borough offices: burgess, councilman and school director, for several terms. November 24, 1864, he was married at Wrightsville, to Emma Mann of the same borough, and has had three children: Charles F., Sally M., and Ralph. Mrs. Duden is a member of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Duden is a Mason, a member of the I. O. O. F., and officer of the day of the G. A. R. He sold out the planing-mill, April 1, 1884, and is going to Columbia, to engage in pulverizing rock flint. He is also proprietor of a cigar box factory, and manufactures annually about 225,000 boxes, employing about twenty hands.

Source: York County, Pennsylvania Biographical History, John Gibson, Chicago: F.A. Battey Publishing Co., 1886.

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