“A Biographical History of Lancaster Co. Being a History of
Early Settlers and Eminent Men of the County” by Alex. Harris, 1827
Lancaster, Pa.: Elias Barr & Co., 1872
Pg. 332, ABRAHAM KAUFFMAN, son of DAVID KAUFFMAN, was born in Rapho Twp., Lancaster Co., March 30, 1799. His father moved to a farm in what was then the southwestern part of Warwick (now Penn) Twp., where ABRAHAM has lived up to this time. His father died Jan. 15, 1846, age 75 years, 1 month and 8 days. His mother died March 11, 1867, age 87 years, 2 months and 26 days. He was brought up to agricultural pursuits. In 1835 he was elected to the House of Representatives. (pg. 333) He was again elected to the House of Representatives in 1836, 1837, 1843 and 1844. In 1850 he was elected a director of the poor for Lancaster Co. He was reelected in 1853, of which board he was president during the last five years. Feb. 11, 1865, he assisted in organizing the Manheim National Bank, of which institution he has been president up to this time. In the year 1869 he made a donation to the borough of Manheim, of three acres of woodland, containing a spring of water, near said town, to be used as a public grove. This the town council properly named after the donor.
Pg. 333, ANDREW I. KAUFFMAN, a member of the Legislature in 1836.
Pg. 333, BENJAMIN KAUFFMAN, a member of the Legislature in 1801.
Pg. 333, BENJAMIN KAUFFMAN, a member of the Legislature in 1839. He was also elected Clerk of Orphans’ Clerk in 1845.
Pg. 333, C. S. KAUFFMAN, elected a member of the Legislature in 1856.
Pg. 334, DR. MICHAEL KAUFFMAN, one of the five brothers, named CHRISTIAN, JOHN, MICHAEL, DAVID, and ISAAC, sons of JOHN KAUFMAN, was born March 5, 1767, near what is now Landisville, in East Hempfield Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa. His younger years were spent on the farm, when he learned the millwright trade. About 1790 he bought a mill in Rapho Twp., which business he followed for some years, when he moved to Manheim, where, with his brother JOHN, he went into the hardware business for few years, when he commenced studying medicine with Dr. Bard, and commenced practicing about 1803 and followed it up to the time of his death. In 1831 he was elected to the House of Representatives and reelected in 1832. This long usefulness to his duties which he lived, can perhaps not be better described than they are given in the following obituary notice:
“DR. MICHAEL KAUFFMAN died at his residence at his residence in the borough of Manheim, on Sunday morning, July 7th, 1839 aged 72 years, 4 months and 6 days. His earthly remains were interred on the following day at two o’clock, p.m., attended by an unusually large concourse of relatives and friends. Impressive addresses were delivered on the occasion by Revs. Messrs. Jacob Hochstetter and Daniel Fritz, on verse 22d, 16th chapter, Book of Job: ‘When a few years are come then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.’ It is seldom that one is called from amongst us whose loss will be more extensively felt and more deeply deplored than that of the individual whose name heads this obituary notice. He has been a resident and an extensive practitioner of medicine upwards of forty years; he was liberal and ever ready to render assistance to the distressed. Of him it may be truly said, the poor have lost a friend. After his death many, very many, called to get a last sight of him for whom they had at one time or another, during life, sent in the hour of suffering.
Pg. 334, MICHAEL KAUFFMAN and family, emigrated from the vicinity of Greenstad, Hesse, on the upper Rhine, and came to this county between the years 1710 and 1719, and settled somewhere not now known. MICHAEL died a few years after their arrival. The widow next died, leaving a son JOHN and a daughter ELIZABETH. The guardian of these children bought of William Penn’s commissioner a considerable tract of land, in the vicinity now known as Landisville, Lancaster Co., Pa., where the said JOHN KAUFFMAN. All that (pg. 335) is known of ELIZABETH is, that she was married to CHRISTIAN STONEMAN, Dec. 12, 1734. The said JOHN KAUFFMAN had three sons, CHRISTIAN, MICHAEL and JOHN. JOHN KAUFMAN lived on the farm now owned by Samuel Nissley, about one mile from Landisville, where he died March 24, 1776, age 48 years, 6 months and 12 days. His widow died Dec. 22, 1806. They had nine children grown up and married, viz.: MARIA, ANNA, CHRISTIAN, BARBARA, JOHN, MICHAEL, ELIZABETH, DAVID and ISAAC, besides two, ANNA and SUSANNA, who died minors. This family has now all passed away.
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