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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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GEORGE McCALEB, who has resided on his present farm in Newton township, Cumberland county, for over fourteen years, was born in that township, near Stoughstown, in 1857.

Alexander McCaleb, Sr., his grandfather, was married in Adams county, this State, and came thence to Cumberland county, settling at Springfield, in Penn township, where he and his wife both died. They were buried in the Presbyterian cemetery at Newville. They were the parents of the following named children: John and his wife died in Santa Barbara, Cal.; Jacob and Robert died in Iowa; Joseph died in Clinton county, Pa.; Alexander is mentioned below; James was suffocated while digging in a well at Stoughstown, and was buried at Newville.

Alexander McCaleb, Jr., father of George, was born in 1821 at Springfield, and received a common school education. He was employed in a drug store for a short time in early life, and later engaged in well digging, an occupation which many members of the family have followed. For a few years he also worked as millwright near Springfield, where he located. Later he took up farming in Newton township, on the McKee farm, where he remained four years. For the next nine years he lived along the Big Spring road, near the town of Big Spring, Newville, and in 1865 he bought a farm of 157 acres in Newton township, upon which he lived for thirteen years. Selling this property he bought a small place near Newville, where he resided until he sold off his household goods and went to make his home with his daughter, Elizabeth, Mrs. Charles Leib, in Bloserville, Frankford township.

On May 30, 1849, Mr. McCaleb married Annie Zeigler, daughter of William and Margret Zeigler; of Newville, and they became the parents of the following named children: Alice received a good education, graduating from the Shippensburg Normal, and is now the wife of Solomon Shelton, a carpenter of Newton township; Bell is the wife of Samuel Fry, who is engaged in business in Harrisburg, and lives in West Pennsboro township; George is mentioned below; Elizabeth is married to Charles Leib, a merchant of Bloserville; Laura is the wife of Fred Mentzer, who is at present serving as deputy sheriff of Cumberland county; Albert died at the age of twenty-three, and is buried at Newville; Annie M. graduated at Shippensburg, taught for a time in Cumberland county, and is now married to Ervin Weast, who is engaged in the baking business at Carlisle.

George McCaleb received a good practical education in the common schools, which he attended until he was eighteen years old. He lived at home, assisting his father, until he was twenty-one, when he went west to Illinois, in which State he remained three years, engaged in farming. Returning home, he again assisted his father for a year, and then, marrying, he settled on the Drawbaugh farm in Newton township for a year. From that place Mr. McCaleb and his young wife moved onto his father’s farm, where they made their home four years, at the end of that time renting the Greene farm, one mile east of Oakville. After five years’ residence there they removed, in 1882, to their present home in Newton township, also near Oakville — the old McCum farm of eighty acres, which Mr. McCaleb bought. Here he sunk a well, and he has a very pleasant home and profitable farm. His land is fertile and well cultivated, and is especially known for the apples it produces, being the best in the section for that particular fruit. Mr. McCaleb is an industrious and intelligent farmer, one who has placed himself in comfortable circumstances by well directed effort, and he is universally respected. He has taken quite an active part in local politics as an ardent Republican, and has served as an inspector and member of the election board in Newton township.

In 1882 Mr. McCaleb married Miss Elizabeth Heberlig, daughter of John C. and Catherine (Mowery) Heberlig, of Hopewell township, Cumberland county. Mr. Heberlig died in 1902 and was buried at Zion’s Church; his widow is now living with her daughter, Mrs. Brandt, of Mifflin township. Eight children have come to Mr. and Mrs. McCaleb; J. N., who is engaged in burning lime, having a large business at the old Miller kilns; Lottie; Lawrence, who attends school at Newville; Annie; Charles Orin; Lois; Chloe; and Mary. The parents are members of the Lutheran Church at Newville.

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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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