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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  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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JOHN BLATTNER, of Worcester township, Montgomery county, an energetic and successful farmer, has won for himself a creditable place and a competence in the business world, though he came to America as a boy with no resource save his inheritance of a sound body and a vigorous mind.

He was born in Wittenburg, Germany, September 16, 1842, a son of Anthony and Lona (Herman) Blattner, his father being a farmer. Mr. Blattner was one of three children, his brother remaining in Germany, and his sister coming to America, where she married Andrew Gaysor, in Philadelphia. He attended school until he was fourteen and then worked on his father’s farm, until seventeen years of age, when he came to America. He went to Norriton township, Montgomery county, where he worked on the farm of Henry L. Heebner for about four years. He was next in the employ of Dr. Martin for a time, after which he was employed for two years by Dr. Krause. Following this, he worked for five years for Charles Kreble, and then bought the property where he now lives. This farm consists of fifty-two acres, and in addition he owns two other pieces of land in Worcester township, one consisting of twenty-eight and the other of forty-two acres. Dairying is the principal line of his farm work, and he keeps on an average on the home place about sixteen head of cows. He is a careful manager, thorough in all his methods, and confines his operations to the business lines with which he is thoroughly familiar, and in which his practical experience and sound judgment win him success.

Mr. Blattner is highly regarded in the community and is thoroughly in touch with the spirit of his adopted country. While not a member of any church he is tolerant in his views and is ready to cooperate in any good work, either in the church or outside of religious organizations. In politics he is a Republican and follows the course of public affairs with much interest.

On December 18, 1869, John Blattner and Elizabeth Cassel were married by the Rev. S. M. K. Huber. Mrs. Blattner was a daughter of Abraham and Susanna Cassel, and was one of a family of seven children, as follows: Isiah, born March 8, 1842; Elizabeth, born October 18, 1843, the wife of John Blattner; Cornelius, born June 23, 1845, deceased; Abraham, born March 23, 1847, now living at Skippack; Susanna, who was born January 30, 1849, and married Herman Wise, a shoe dealer of Norristown, and who has had nine children, three of whom are dead; Benjamin, who was born December 15, 1853, and is a farmer of Worcester township, represented elsewhere in this work; and Mary, born January 12, 1855, the wife of Michael Kreeble, a farmer of Worcester township, and the mother of three children.

John and Elizabeth (Cassel) Blattner have become the parents of nine children, as follows: Charles, who is a farmer in Belfry, born June 25, 1871, married Rachel Green, and has had two children, of whom Bertha, three years old, is living; George, born August 5, 1872, and living on one of his father’s farms, married Annie Fisher and has four children, Elizabeth, Frances, Florence, and George; Joseph, a farmer and huckster of Worcester township, born September 15, 1873, married Emma, daughter of Anthony Shultz of Belfry, and has two children, John and Elmer; Abraham, born April 16, 1875, died September 11, 1875; Mary Ann, born October 10, 1876, died August 14, 1877; Frank, a milk dealer of Norristown, born November 28, 1877, married Lina Shultz, daughter of Wilson Shultz of Lonsdale; Aaron, born July 1, 1879, and living on one of his father’s farms, married Alice, daughter of Anthony Schultz of Belfry; Ella, born March 6, 1882, is at home; Margaretta, born July 11, 1885, died in March, 1904.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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