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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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JACOB M. LONGSDORF, one of the prominent retired farmers owning a pleasant and comfortable home in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland county, was born April 9, 1836, in Silver Spring township, Cumberland county, son of George and Elizabeth Longsdorf.

George Longsdorf was born in 1800, in Silver Spring township, and belongs to one of the county’s fine old families, whose ancestral history will be found elsewhere. He was the father of eight children: Margaret S.; William Zeigler, deceased; Henry, deceased;: Emanuel; George A., deceased; Jacob M.; John, deceased; and Sarah, wife of John Kast, of Nebraska.

Jacob M. Longsdorf passed his youth on the farm, and attended the district school in the old log school-house in Silver Spring township, during the winter seasons, until his eighteenth year, and he remained with his father until his marriage. After this event he settled on a part of his uncle Adam Longsdorf’s farm, the old Longsdorf homestead in Silver Spring township, operating that farm for five years, and then moved to New Kingstown, where he remained until 1870. In this year he removed to the borough of Mechanicsburg, where he bought a small tract of ten acres, and there engaged in a nursery business, growing and handling nursery stock extensively and successfully until 1898. At this time he disposed of his stock, but retained his little farm, on which is a good dwelling, barn and numerous sheds. Mr. Longsdorf has been a very industrious man, and has met with excellent success in all of his efforts.

On Dec. 22, 1859, Mr. Longsdorf married Mandilla Williams, of Silver Spring township, born in York county, Nov. 10, 1836, daughter of John W. and Wilhelmina L. Williams. They have no children. Both he and wife are members of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, in which he has been a deacon for eighteen years, and an active worker in the Sunday-school. In politics he is a Democrat, and for three years he was elected a member of the borough council of Mechanicsburg, from a Republican ward, this being a pretty fair indication of the esteem in which he is held by his fellow citizens.

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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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