Name: Elizabeth H. Dambach 1
Father: Martin Dambach b: 21 SEP 1813 in Lancaster Co., Pa.
Mother: Elizabeth Herr b: 26 MAY 1816 in Manor Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa.
Benjamin S. Martin
1903 Biographical Annals of Lancaster Co., Pa.
Benjamin S. Martin, residing one and a half miles southeast of Columbi a, in Manor township, Lancaster Co., Pa., was born in West Lampeter townsh ip, in the same county, Sept. 26, 1859, and is a son of John and Susan (Sh aub) Martin.
Benjamin S. Martin attended the public schools and worked on the home fa rm in Lampeter township until fifteen years of age, when his parents die d, and he had recourse to any kind of labor that would net him an honest d ollar; he made his home meanwhile with a brother until his marriage, wh en he rented a farm near Landis Mill and two years later removed to the o ld Dambach farm in the northwestern part of the township. This farm compri ses ninety-five acres, devoted to general farming, market gardening and da irying.
On Nov. 11, 1884, Benjamin S. Martin was united in marriage with Elizabe th H. Dambach, and this union has been drowned with six children, fi ve of whom still survive, viz.: John D., Mary D., Elizabeth D., Susan Al va and Benjamin F.; the deceased child, Amos, was a mere infant at the ti me of its death. The parents of these children are members of the Mennoni te Church, and in politics the father is a Republican. Mr. Martin is o ne of the broad-minded and progressive men who give vitality and vig or to the community in which they live, and is ever ready to assist with h is influence and means every measure designed to promote the public welfar e.
Adam Dambach was the founder of the family bearing this name in Manor tow nship, and was the great-grandfather of Mrs. Martin, but was a reside nt of Conestoga township. In religion he was a Lutheran. His son, also nam ed Adam, was probably born in Conestoga, but came to Manor township and se ttled at Creswell, was a shoemaker by trade and married Mary Wagoner, to w hich marriage were born the following named children: Henry, Adam, John, M artin, Joseph, Amos, Benjamin, Eliza and Mary, all members of the Luther an Church at the time of deceased.
Martin Dambach, father of Mrs. Martin, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Se pt. 21, 1813, and was married Sept. 27, 1835, to Elizabeth Herr, daught er of Abraham and Mary Herr, and born May 26, 1816, in Manor township. T he newly married couple lived on the old Herr homestead a short time, when ce they moved to Funk’s Division, as it was called, and purchased a sma ll farm on which they resided six years; then for one year they rented t he Blue Rock farm; next, they returned to Funk’s Division for several year s, where they lived on a place adjoining their former home there; and in A pril, 1857, located on the homestead of 250 acres in northwestern Manor to wnship. At that time it was one of the finest farms in the county, b ut it has since been divided into three separate tracts, which are respect ively occupied by his two sons, John and Henry, and by Joseph K. Newcome r, who bought the third part.
In 1870 Martin Dambach purchased and removed to a thirty-acre farm we st of Central Manor. On this farm Martin passed the remainder of his lif e, dying Nov. 12, 1875, in the faith of the Mennonites. His widow died Ju ly 19, 1901. To Martin Dambach and wife were born fifteen children, of wh om twelve grew to maturity and are still living, viz.: Mary, wife of Chri st Kauffman, of Petersburg, Lancaster county; Susannah, wife of John H. Ke agy, of Adams county; John H., also of Petersburg; Fannie, wife of M. D. K indig, of Manor township; Martin H., residing near Windom; Henry H., livi ng near Columbia; Joseph H., of the same neighborhood; Catherine, wi fe of Aaron Herr, of West Hempfield township; Amos H., of Columbia City; A dam H., of Pequea township; David H., of Manor township; Elizabeth, wi fe of Benjamin S. Martin, whose name opens this biographical review. The t hree deceased children of the fifteen born to Martin and Elizabeth (Her r) Dambach were named: Abraham, the second in order of birth, who di ed at the age of nine months; Elizabeth, the third born, who died when fo ur months old; and Benjamin H., the fourteenth in order of birth, who di ed in infancy.
- Title: 1903 Biographical annals of Lancaster Co., Pa.