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Free Genealogy Biography of Isaac Kister,
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Isaac Kister

Isaac Kister was born in December, 1823, in Newberry Township, York County, and is the fourth of nine children of Henry E. and Tacey (Hart) Kister, natives of York County, and of German descent, both deceased. The father was a farmer, and acted as justice of the peace several times during his life. Isaac Kister was brought up as a farmer, and remained with his mother until he was sixteen years of age, when he hired out to work on a farm, performing any kind of labor until he was thirty-three years of age, when he purchased some land, where he finally made his home. He built large and commodious buildings, adding acre after acre to his farm, and has now a fine farm of seventy acres, as the result of his industry.

In 1856 he married Letitia H. Shelley, who died in 1874. They had nine children, four now living: Crull S., Ulysses G., Annie E. and Harry. Those who died were Viola, Flora E., Ida and two infants. In 1876 he married Mrs. Sarah Gross, widow of Daniel Gross; they have one child: Charley.

Mr. Kister enlisted in February, 1865, in Company K, One Hundred and Ninety-second Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and served until the close of the war. Although in no engagement, he received a severe injury in the right knee in crossing a fence, the top rail giving way and throwing him to the ground.

In politics he is very liberal, always voting for the man rather than the party.

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

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