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Free Genealogy Biography of John F. Peiffeir,
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John F. Peiffeir

John F. Peiffeir Chambersburg, son of Philip and Magdalena (Kobler) Peiffer, was born in Chambersburg, this county, December 21, 1840.

He was educated in the public schools of his native place, and when sixteen years old commenced clerking in the store of C. Peiffer, where he remained about one year; also worked upon his fatherís farm until the spring of 1861, when he enlisted in Company D, Second Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, 2nd Regiment; served three months and then re-enlisted, this time in the Eleventh Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry, 108th Regiment, and with that regiment was taken prisoner in the vicinity of Blackwater River.

He was an inmate of Castle Thunder and Libby Prison for some two weeks, and was then paroled; served out that term of enlistment, and in 1864 re-enlisted as a veteran. He was present at the surrender of Gen. Lee, serving all through the war, and with his regiment was mustered out at Philadelphia, in August, 1865.

Returning to civil life he worked in the coach factory of his brother, P.H. Peiffer, some two years. While a resident of Philadelphia, he was employed as a street car conductor for about four years, but failing health and gradual loss of eyesight compelled him to abandon active business. He then resided in West Virginia for a period of seven or eight years, returning to Chambersburg in 1878. In 1873 he totally lost his sight, since which time he has engaged in no active business.

He married, March 12, 1867, Annie M. Etchberger, daughter of George P. Etchberger, a former well known resident of Chambersburg. Mr. and Mrs. Peiffer are the parents of two children: an infant (deceased), and Lizzie, born June 24, 1871. Mr. Peiffer is a member of the Lutheran Church.

In 1879 he entered the institution for the blind in Philadelphia, where he learned the trade of broom-making during his one year there. He then worked one year for William McKnight, and afterward opened a little broom manufacturing establishment of his own, from which he retired after six months.

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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