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Free Genealogy Biography of Ernst Eckhard,
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Ernst Eckhard

Ernst Eckhard, boot and shoe dealer, Chambersburg, was born in Kamenz, Saxony, Germany, January 21, 1833, third born of Johannes and Catharine (Snyder) Eckhardt. Our subject, was educated in the schools of Kamenz, and when but fourteen years of age commenced an apprenticeship of three and three-quarters years at shoe-making. He then worked as journeyman in various cities of his native land until immigrating to America in 1857.

He came direct to Chambersburg, this county, and worked as journeyman here for three years. During this time he was married, July 18, 1858, to Justina Sophia Bauer, who was born in Germany April 9, 1834. In 1861 he purchased the site of his home, corner of Market and Federal Streets, and erected a portion of his present residence.

He commenced the shoemaking business on his own account, which he continued until enlisting in Company D, Two Hundred and Tenth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, 210th Regiment. He participated with that regiment in the battles of Hatcher’s Run and Gravely Run, and was present at the surrender of Gen. Lee. He served until the close of the war and was mustered out at Harrisburg, Penn., in June, 1865.

He then returned to civil life and resumed his business which he has since conducted successfully. In 1866 our subject visited his mother (since deceased) in Germany. He completed his present residence and shop in 1868. Mr. and Mrs. Eckhardt have had eight children, of whom six are living: Katie C., Sophia C. and Mary E., all residents of Philadelphia, Penn.; and Charles H., Martha H. and Eliza A., at home. The family are members of the German Lutheran Church.

Source: Biographical Annals of Franklin County, Pennsylvania : containing genealogical records of representative families, including many of the early settlers, and biographical sketches of prominent citizens; Chicago. Genealogical Pub. Co.. 1905. Notes: Prepared in part by George O. Seilhamer.

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