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Devor, J. H. 
Duke, Benjamin F.
J. H. DEVOR, physician and surgeon, Fort Loudon, is a native of Fannett Township, this county, and a son of Amos M. Devor, a member of one of the old representative families of this county. In his boyhood his parents removed to Metal Township, where his early life was passed. In the district schools he obtained the rudiments of his education, which was afterwards developed by a course of study at Shippensburg Normal School, where he took a scientific cource, and graduated in 1880. Previous to gointo, and while at the college, he taught six years in the schools of St. Thomas, Montgomery, and Metal Townships, this countty. His last teaching was at Mercersburg, where he was principal of the public schools. As an educator the Doctor has won laurels. In 1882 he entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Baltimore, Md., took the full cource of lectures and graduated in 1885. In April of that year, he located in Fort Loudon, where he has devoted himself to the demands of an increasing and remunerative practice. The Doctor is a gentleman, a favorite, Professionally and socially. In politics he is a Republican. Submitted by: Judy
back to top of page back to Franklin Co. Biographies ****************************************************************************************** Benjamin F. Duke Benjamin F. Duke, backsmith, Chambersburg, was born in Greene Township, Franklin County, Penna., August 12, 1835, eldest son of Jacob and Mary (Kunkel) Duke. Jacob Duke, who was born in Cumberland County, Penn., in 1801, came to Franklin County about 1830; he was a miller by trade and carried on a mill in Culbertson's Row for many years; he removed to Chambersburg in 1852 and here he died in 1879. He reared to maturity a family of seven children, of whom four are living, one daughter and three sons. Benjamin F. Duke was educated in the public schools of Greenvillage. He was reared on a farm, working for others till seventeen years old. In the fall of 1852 he commenced an apprenticeship of three years with Abraham Metz, at the trade of blacksmith, and with him subsequently worked as journeyman till April, 1864, when he commenced business on his own account on the cornor of Water and Washington Streets, just opposite his present location. He met with a loss in July of the same year in the burning of his shop and tools, but he immediately resumed business, and in 1880 removed to his present location on the southwest corner of Water and Washington Streets, where he has continued a successful and properous blacksmith. Mr. Duke was married in 1857, to Margaret, daughter of Adam Bolles, a former resident of Chambersburg, this county. To him and his wife have been born thirteen children of whom ten survive, three daughters and seven sons. Mr. Duke is a member of Zion's Reformed Church. Mr. Duke has been a member of the I. O. O. F. since 1866. Sourcr: History of Franklin County Pennsylvania 1887, page 635 back to top of page back to Franklin Co. Biographies