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Martin Luther Duhling

Martin Luther Duhling, justice of the peace, was born in Manchester Township, April 9, 1820. His father was Martin Duhling, a native of England, and his mother, Barbara Quickel, born in York County. Until his fifteenth year, our subject remained on the farm, and then learned the pottery trade, which he followed twenty years.

He was educated at the public schools, and at seventeen years began teaching, and taught thirty-two winters in York County.

At twenty-one years of age he married Elizabeth A. Bentz, daughter of John Bentz, of Manchester. They had seven children, four of whom are now living: William H., of York, now of Edgar, Clay Co., Neb.; Sarah Catherine, wife of George Mathias, of New Cumberland; Emma S., wife of Stephen Copenhefer, miller, at Hellam, and Lillian Jane, at home. The three who died were John Clay, thirteen years; Annie, two years; Maria, wife of H. M. Everhart, twenty-six years.

Mr. Duhling formerly belonged to the Lutheran Church, but left it in 1868 to connect himself with the United Brethren Church, in which he is assistant class leader. Since 1870 he has been secretary of the Quarterly Conference.

In 1844 he was captain of the militia of Hellam District. He was a member of the Manchester Borough Council in 1880, and in 1884 again elected for three years, and has been secretary of the council for ten years.

Being elected justice of the peace of Manchester Township in 1863, he has held that office nearly twenty-two years.

Since 1857 he has also been engaged in butchering, and with the exception of ten years has followed it ever since. He attends also to surveying and conveyancing.

August 23, 1864, he enlisted in Company D. Two Hundredth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, 200th Regiment, and served until the end of the war. When the regiment was properly organized, he was elected first lieutenant, while his son, William H. Duhling, was elected captain.

His company served in the Army of the Potomac, and participated in the battles in front of Petersburg. At Fort Steadman he was wounded by a piece of shell striking him in the left leg; he lay in the hospital about eight days, but could not do any duty for fifteen days. The company was raised by him and his son, and it was his express wish that his son should be its captain. It left Harrisburg with 104 men, and returned with only seventy.

In politics Mr. Duhling is a Republican. In 1870 he took the census for Manchester Township and Borough, and from 1860 to 1866 he was postmaster at Manchester. His children, with the exception of the youngest, have all been teachers in the public schools.

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

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