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Free Genealogy Biography of Michael Smyser
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Michael Smyser

Michael Smyser, son of Daniel and Catherine (Weist) Smyser, was born March 27, 1842, in Jackson Township, where he was reared on his father's farm. In 1867 he moved to Franklin Township, and after fifteen years residence he returned to Jackson Township, and removed to his present home in Spring Grove in the spring of 1885, and began business in grain, all kinds of feed, flour, coal, phosphates, etc.

Mr. Smyser is the owner of valuable real estate in Spring Grove, having 110 feet of ground fronting on Main Street, and extending back to Glatfelter's Sideling, on which are erected four buildings on Main Street, two warehouses, etc. In addition to this Mr. Smyser owns a house and lot on Water Street and a lot on Main Street, and is building a new warehouse in place of the old one.
April 15, 1866, Mr. Smyser married Magdaline Menges, daughter of Andrew and Caroline (Klinepeter) Menges, of Jackson Township. This marriage was blessed with four children: Henry Howard, Edith Ellen, Andrew Willard and Ada May.

In the late war Mr. Smyser enlisted in Company H, Two Hundredth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, 200th Regiment, and was with the regiment at Butler's Front, Fort Stedman, Petersburg, at the surrender of Petersburg, and also at the surrender of Lee's army. He was mustered out of service at Alexandria, Va., and honorably discharged at Harrisburg at the close of the war. Our subject's grandfather was Michael Smyser. His grandmother's maiden name was Wolf.

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

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