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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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AARON C. BOOK, one of the progressive and successful business men of Hopewell township, who deals in hardwood lumber and bark, with offices at Newburg, comes of an old Lancaster county family which was established there by David Book.

David Book, the grandfather of Aaron C, was born Sept. 29, 1794, in Germany, where he married Anna Howery. David Book died Oct. 29, 1861, aged sixty-seven years and one month, leaving ten children: John, David, Elias, Isaac H., Jacob, Abraham, Susie, Katie, Elizabeth and Mary Ann. Susie became the wife of David Keeports; Katie married Christopher Keeports and lives in Lancaster; Elizabeth married Benjamin Wenger; and Mary Ann married Christopher Binkley. The two survivors are Elias, a resident of Talmage, Kans., and Katie, of Lancaster City.

Isaac H. Book was born June 3, 1837, in Lancaster county, where he was educated and later taught school, teaching also in Lebanon county, Pa. On Sept. 29, 1864, he married (first) a Miss Sarge, who died Nov. 25, 1869, aged twenty-nine years, three months and twenty-three days. On Nov. 3, 1870, he married (second) Rebecca Hoover, daughter of Christian and Anna (Byers) Hoover, of Cumberland county. The children of his first marriage were: Mary, born July 14, 1865, married Elias Freeman, of West Lebanon; Ellen, born Dec. 22, 1867, married John H. Lerch, of West Lebanon; and John, born Nov. 5, 1869, died Dec. 7, 1809. Aaron C. was the only child of the second marriage. His father died aged thirty-five years and nine months, and was buried by the side of his first wife, at Jonestown, in Lebanon county. His mother married (second) John Burkart, and she died in Mifflin township, in 1896, and is buried in the Hoover cemetery in Hopewell township. After his first marriage Isaac H. Book came to Cumberland county and settled in Southampton township, where he followed milling for a number of years, and then bought a farm in Hopewell township, consisting of about 200 acres of land about four and a half miles from Shippensburg, upon which he remained a year prior to his death.

Aaron C. Book was born at his father’s mill in Southampton township, in 1872, and attended first in the schools of Franklin and Mifflin townships, also a graded school at Oakville, Cumberland county. He then engaged in farming in Hopewell township, where he first bought a farm of eighty-two acres and later a tract of sixty acres, which he sold in 1904. On March 30, 1904, he came to Newburg, and has been engaged in lumbering ever since. On Nov. 1, 1900, he bought a mill, and he bought his first tract of timberland from his father’s farm. He is doing a fine business and keeps twenty men busily engaged continually.

On Nov. 17, 1891, Mr. Book was married to Anna J. Heberling, daughter of B. F. and Harriet L. Heberling, who still reside in Hopewell township. They have had children as follows: Annie E., born Nov. 14, 1892; Mary Ellen, April 29, 1895; Florence Grace, Nov. 5, 1898 (died when twenty-two months old and is buried at Zion Church); Oscar, Oct. 3, 1901; and Mark, Oct. 13, 1903 — a happy little household all still under the parental wing.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Book are leading members of the Reformed Church of Zion, in Hopewell township, of which he is a trustee and has been a deacon for four years and superintendent of the Sabbath-school for some seven years. They are most highly regarded residents of this section where they have many friends and a large number of kindred.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company. 

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