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William Follmer - Northumberland Co., PA
Posted by: Jerry McWilliams (ID *****5132) Date: June 11, 2008 at 21:16:31
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Genealogical and Biographical Annals of Northumberland County Pennsylvania, J.L. Floyd, 1911


William Follmer: born July 24, 1818, died Aug. 10, 1888.  He was an extensive farmer in Turbut, his native township, owning some three hundred acres, and a prominent citizen of his time, serving for many years as justice of the peace, and one term in the State Legislature, and he was well known in local business circles as president of the Danville Mutual Fire Insurance Company and as a stockholder and one of the incorporators of the Buffalo Milling Company of Lewisburg. He was a Democrat in politics, a Mason in fraternal connection (member of Milton Lodge, F. & A.M.) and a member of the Follmer Church.  He married Eleanor McWilliams (daughter of John), who died Dec. 27, 1876, and they had a family of twelve children: Mary E., born Dec. 20, 1839, died Feb. 18, 1842; John H., born in 1841, married Jennie McLaughlin; Sarah E., born July 14, 1843, died Sept. 1, 1859; Margaret J., born July 14, 1843, married David Utt and had four children, William, Harry, Jessie and Mary M. (who married Rolland S. Follmer, mentioned below); Susanna A., born Jan. 12, 1847, married Thomas Rissel and had two children, Ella H. and John H.; Clara K., born Feb. 14, 1849, died Feb. 1, 1852; William L., born May 20, 1855, died June 5, 1855; Hannah R. was born May 3, 1857; Daniel G., born May 3, 1857, died Sept. 27, 1859; Mary E., born April 17, 1859, died July 18, 1859; Martha H., born Sept. 6, 1860, died Oct. 10, 1862; Francis M., born Feb. 16, 1867, educated in the public schools and at Bloomsburg Normal, married Elizabeth Hunty, and had two children.  Mr. Follmer married (second) Mrs. Susanna M. (Follmer) Marsh. 
[end of excerpt; note that Bell lists William's date of birth as 1810]
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William Follmer was the son of Henry Follmer and Mary
Elizabeth Geiger, also noted in both Floyd's and Bell's histories.

Eleanor McWilliams was the daughter of John McWilliams (born 1784 PA, died 1849 Northumberland Co., PA) and Maria (Cruiser) McWilliams (1785-1838). Both are buried in the Old Chillisquaque Church cemetery. John McWilliams was the son of William (1739-1819) and Sarah J. McWilliams.


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