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Samuel Lightner

Samuel Lightner was born in Manchester Township April 18, 1828, and died April 3, 1881. His parents were Charles and Sarah (Myers) Lightner, of York County, and of German descent. They were married in Lancaster, Penn., August 9, 1821, and had six children--three sons and three daughters--of whom Samuel was the fourth child and second son. He was brought up on the farm and educated at the York Academy. Nathaniel Lightner purchased the tract of land lying about a mile and a half north from Harrisburg road, from Penn; it descended to Nathaniel second, then came to his son George, then to his son Charles, then to the subject of this sketch.

Samuel Lightner was married in Manchester, November 12, 1863 to Barbara M. Herman, of the same township, daughter of Emanuel Herman, of English descent. They had one son, Harry G., who is a farmer and at home. They were all brought up in the Lutheran Church.

Samuel entered the army November, 1862, as second lieutenant of Company A, One Hundred and Sixty-sixth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, 166th Regiment, and served nine months. He participated in the defense of Suffolk, at Somerton Road, and in the expedition up the peninsula. While in service he contracted disease, which resulted in his death.

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

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