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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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JOSEPH BOSLER was born March 23, 1838, and like many farmer boys alternated working upon the farm with attendance at the district school, and later was given the advantage of a course in the preparatory department of Dickinson College. When he was fourteen he went to Columbiana county, Ohio, where he assisted his brother in a store, but after a few years returned home, and remained upon the farm until the outbreak of the Civil war, when he went West and located at Sioux City, Iowa. Later he was at Omaha, Neb., with his brother James, filling contracts for Indian supplies for the Government. Again his heart turned toward Pennsylvania, and he settled in Carlisle, where he formed a partnership with his brother, J. Herman, in a grain, coal and flour business, which lasted eight years, when the young men sold out to their father and Mr. Dale. In the meanwhile Mr. Bosler was making annual trips to the West to look after his interests there, and when he disposed of his grain business he and his brother James established a cattle ranch at Big Bend on the Missouri river, in South Dakota, and conducted it for several years. Joseph Bosler then retired, and has so lived for the past fifteen years, but he has large realty holdings in Nebraska, the Dakotas and Virginia, and he is a director of the Carlisle Deposit bank and of the Allen & East Pennsboro Fire Insurance Co. Politically, he is a Democrat, and he is very influential in the city.

On Nov. 4, 1868, Mr. Bosler married Miss Sarah E. Lemen, of Berkeley county, W. Va., a daughter of Thomas Newton and Margaret ( Billmyer) Lemen, both natives of Jefferson county, W. Va., the family being an old one in the State. Mrs. Bosler was reared in her native State, and was married there. Mr. and Mrs. Bosler have six living children: Margaret, widow of John H. Murray, of Milton, Pa., who was a native of Berlin, Germany, has one son, Samuel Wilson Murray; Joseph, Jr., who has lived in Nebraska since 1899, engaged in a real estate and insurance business, graduated from Dickinson College and filled the office of clerk in the revenue office at Lancaster, Pa., for five years before going West, where he is proving a very successful and enterprising young man; E. Herman, an art student, graduated from the Art Students’ League, of New York, and has also studied in Paris; Mary is a graduate of the S. Weir Mitchell Hospital; Susan L. is at home; Newton L., a very promising young fellow, is also at home. Two other children of this family died in childhood, Bessie L. and Catherine N. The family are all members of the Presbyterian Church, with which they have been prominently connected for many years, and Mr. Bosler has well sustained the honor and prestige of his family. Needless to say that Mr. and Mrs. Bosler are along the most highly esteemed people of Carlisle, or that they are leaders in the best circle of social life.

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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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