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Free Genealogy Biography of George Ensminger
Pennsylvania Volunteer of the Civil War

George Ensminger Esq.

George Ensminger Esq., was born in Manchester Township, eldest son of Samuel Ensminger and grandson of John Ensminger, greatgrandson of Conrad Ensminger. and great-great-grandson of Heinrich Ensminger, who came from the Palatine by the ship "Samuel, of London;" landed at Philadelphia, Penn., August 17, 1733, and settled near Lewisberry, this county.

George Ensminger, Esq., the subject of our sketch, lived in Dover Township from the time he was three years old, and was educated in the public schools of said township and worked on the farm until August 12, 1863, when he joined the army and became a member of Company I, One Hundred and Forty-third Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, 143rd Regiment. He participated in the battles of Haymarket and Wilderness. In the latter he was unfortunately captured by the Confederates, was a prisoner of war at Danville, Va., Andersonville, Ga., and Florence, S. C., for a term of nine months and twenty-two days.

After being paroled joined his regiment, and was mustered out with the regiment June 12, 1865; returned home and worked on the farm till the fall of 1869; traveled west to Ohio and Michigan, and returned to the oil region of Pennsylvania and worked in the oil fields till the fall of 1870; returned to York County, worked on the farm till the spring of 1872.

He entered the York County Academy under the instructions of Profs. Ruby and Heiges; taught school in the winter and went to school at the York County Academy during summer, and taught the summer of 1874 as assistant teacher to Prof. Ruby. Moved to Conewago Township in the spring of 1875 and taught school. Was elected justice of the peace in 1877, but did not take up his commission. Was elected justice of the peace again in the spring of 1880 by the votes of both parties; followed surveying and conveyancing in connection with his office, teaching school in the winter till the spring of 1884, teaching twelve terms in succession, when he was appointed United States Storekeeper and Gauger, in which vocation he is at present (1885) engaged.

The genealogy of the Ensminger family is as follows: Heinrich Ensminger, father of Conrad Ensminger and others; Conrad Ensminger, born in 1745 and father of John and others, died July 13, 1783, buried at Quickel's Church; John Ensminger, father of Samuel, Jacob, John, Henry, Elizabeth and Mary, born in 1783, died in 1862; Samuel Ensminger, father of George (the subject of this sketch), Samuel, Albert W. and Jacob W., was born March 9, 1811, died April 9, 1879.

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

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