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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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SAMUEL E. BRENNEMAN was born on his father’s farm in Middlesex township Nov. 4, 1848, and since attaining manhood has continued to make that locality his home.

His father, Isaac Brenneman, was born in Lancaster county, about 1820, and was a farmer during his earlier life, but the last twenty years of his life lived retired in Carlisle, though he always retained some business interests, and was a director in the Farmers’ Bank at Carlisle. In his politics he was first a Whig and then a Republican, after the foundation of the latter party. His death occurred in 1895.

Samuel E. Brenneman was reared on his father’s farm, and was educated in the country schools. When he grew up he adopted the occupation of truck farming, and settled on the place of eighteen acres on which he still lives. He was married in 1876 to Miss Emma Heagy, who was born in the village of Middlesex, July 20, 1855. They have had five children, as follows: Frank, who married Miss Catherine Zearing, has one daughter, Marion, and resides in West Virginia; William H., who died April 2, 1900, aged twenty-one; Robert C., who married Miss Pearl Hall, has two children, Emma H., and Lucile, and lives in Middlesex; and Roy and Albert, at home.

Mrs. Emma H. Brenneman is the daughter of William and Sarah A. (Spousler) Heagy. The father, born in Middlesex village, July 27, 1820, son of John Heagy, was a farmer and carpenter by occupation and he died Dec. 1, 1898. The mother was born in Carlisle, Jan. 25, 1821, and died Sept. 12, 1877. Of their six children, Mrs. Brenneman was the youngest.

Mr. Brenneman, as well as his wife, is a member of the United Brethren Church, is a trustee in it and an active worker. Politically, he is a Republican. He is a man thoroughly upright and conscientious, and has the respect of his neighbors.

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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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