From pages 1215 and 1216 of the 1897 "Biographical Encyclopedia of the Juniata Valley" - genealogical data only: This biography concerns Joseph Howanstine of Markelsville, Juniata twp, Perry county, Pa.
Joseph was born February 14, 1826, one of ten children born to Mr. Howanstine and Elizabeth Wilson. At the time of the book's writing (1897)only Joseph remained alive, the other 9 children deceased. Joseph's grandparetns were of German birth who came to America in early life. Mr. Howanstine was a native of Franklin county. the names of the other 9 children, Joseph's siblings, were: Nancy; Samuel; Leah; John; Jackson; William; George; and 2 infants. Mr. Howanstine (joseph's father) died January 4, 1865, aged 80.
Joseph Howanstine moved with his family to Perry county when he was a boy. He was first married January 31, 1856, to Catherine, daughter of John and Margaret (Keiser) Biseline, who died in May, 1884, aged 55, leaving these children: Margaret (Mrs. Joseph Van Camp), of Harrisburg; John; David; Wilson; Mary (Mrs. Dr. Manning) of Harrisburg; Edwdard; Celesta, died in February, 1861, aged 4 years; William, died February 11, 1869, aged 10 years, 6 months and 4 days; and Frank S., died July 18, 1872, aged 14.
Joseph Howanstine was afterwards married, November 11, 1886, to Mary, daughter of George and Barbara (Deitz) Camp.
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