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Phiel, Adam Weaner, Christman, Parker, Kinkel, Bush,mShields, Miller
Potter, James
SOURCE: HISTORY OF FRANKLIN COUNTY, 1887, page 913
ADAM PHIEL, farmer, P. O. St. Thomas,was born in Dauphin County, Penn., 
Jannuary 13, 1826, and is a son of Abraham and Margaret (Weaner) Phiel, former 
a native of Pennsylvania and latter of England. His grandfather, Jacob came 
from Germany when young, and settled in Dauphin County, Penn, where he was
among the early settlers. He bought a farm, on which he lived until his death. 
Our subject"s father, Abraham, was born and reared in Dauphin County, but came 
to Franklin County in 1834 and settled on the tract that Adam now owens; built 
on it and there lived until his death in 1870. Our subject was reared on a farm 
and remained at home until twentysix years of age, when he married and
located on the same farm where he lived twelve years; then moved to where
he now lives. He owns ninety acres on the tract where he resides and another
farm of 134 acres in the same township. He was drafted into the service, but 
paid his commutation. He married, November 17, 1851, Catherine, daughter of 
John and Mary (Christman)Brandt. Mr. and Mrs. Phiel are the parents of ten
children, five sons and five daughters: John, married to Alice Parker;
Margaret, married to Samuel Kinkel; Mary, married to Jacob A. Bush; Sarah,
married to Samuel A. Shields; Catherine, married to Grant Miller; Adam,
Martin; Samuel; Hettie and Harry. The parents are members of The German
Baptist Church. In 1858 Mr. Phiel was ordained a minster of his church and 
served in the pulpit until 1879, when he was ordained a bishop. Since he has 
been a minister of his church he has added largely to its membership. 
Mr. Phiel is one of the prominent men of Franklin County. He is an intelligent
man and a lover of Christianity.

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The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume IIV

POTTER, James, soldier, was born in Tyrone, Ireland, in 1729; son of John
Potter, who immigrated to America with his wife and children in the ship
Dunnegall, landing at New Castle, Del., in 1741, and settled in 1746 in what
became Cumberland county, Pa., in 1750, and was high sheriff of the county in
1750, 1754 and 1755. James Potter was commissioned ensign in Lieut.-Col. John
Armstrong's battalion. Feb. 17, 1756, and was wounded in the expedition
against Kittanning, Sept. 7, 1756. He was promoted lieutenant, 2d battalion,
Oct. 23, 1757; captain, Feb. 17, 1759, and in 1764 commanded three companies
on the northern frontier. He removed to Sunbury, Pa., in 1769; was appointed
a justice of Northumberland county in 1772, removed to Union county, and
settled in Penn's Valley in 1774. He was elected colonel of the upper
battalion of Pennsylvania patriot militia, Jan. 24, 1776, and commanded a
battalion in the battles of Trenton, Dec. 26, 1766, and Princeton, Jan. 3,
1777, being wounded at Princeton. He was promoted brigadier-general of
Pennsylvania militia, April 5, 1777, and commanded a brigade at Brandywine
and Germantown. He also served on the outposts of Washington's army at Valley
Forge; during the summer of 1778 he assisted in repelling Indian invasion in
Penn's Valley, and in July, 1779, he removed to Middle Creek, Pa. He was a
member of the supreme executive council in 1780, vice-president of
Pennsylvania in 1781, and was defeated as president by John Dickinson. He was
appointed major-general of Pennsylvania militia, May 23, 1782, and was a
member of the council of censors in 1784. He was married, first, to Elizabeth
Cathcart; secondly, to Mrs. Mary (Patterson) Chambers. He died in Franklin
County, Pa., in November, 1789.

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