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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman 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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HENRY R. BLOCKER. The marble interests of Seigfried’s Bridge find an able representative in our subject, who has been engaged in business there since 1875. He has a large plant, and manufactures all kinds of monuments and tombstones, together with door and window sills. He is an expert workman, and never allows an order to leave his works until personally inspected by himself. He is a native of Lehigh County, and his birth occurred in September, 1855. His parents, Frederick and Catherine Blocker, the former of whom is deceased, were natives of the Fatherland, and resided in this country for over forty years, living in Whitehall, where Mrs. Blocker still makes her home.

When a lad of eleven years, Henry R. Blocker began working out by the month on farms in the neighborhood, continuing in this manner for four years. In the mean time he received a common school education, attending during the dull seasons of, farm work. In 1872 he found employment in the Coplay Cement Works, where he remained for several years, until learning his present trade. He served an apprenticeship of three years with E. H. Lentz, after which he worked as a journeyman for some time, and then started in business for himself at Seigfried’s Bridge. He has been quite successful in this venture, and has many warm friends who delight to do him honor.

The lady to whom Mr. Blocker was married in 1877 was Miss Emma Reinhard, of Coplay. She bore him four children: Annie, Minnie, Mabel and Luke. Mr. Blocker is a consistent member of the Lutheran Church, with which he has been connected for many years. Socially he is an Odd Fellow, and is connected with the lodge at Seigfried’s Bridge. He also belongs to the Senior Order United American Mechanics at that place, and the United Beneficial Society. In politics he is a stanch Democrat, believing that the principles laid down in the platform of that party are best adapted to the needs of the nation.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the book, Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company. 

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