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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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MILTON D. ZENDT, an enterprising and successful business man of Souderton, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, not only adds greatly to his own income by the line of work he is engaged in, but also to that of the many employees of his plant, which is devoted to the manufacture of clothing for men and boys, and which is one of the leading enterprises of the town, and thus has contributed to the growth of that section of the county. He is a native of Towamencin township, Montgomery county, born September 11, 1844, a son of Frederick and Mary (Delp) Zendt.

Frederick Zendt (father) was born in Germany in 1820. He came to the United States when two years old, and was educated in the common schools of Philadelphia, and later learned the trade of millwright. He settled in Towamencin township, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, where he prosecuted his trade with a large degree of success, and also devoted considerable attention to farming in the township of Skippack, where he departed this life. He was a Republican in politics. He married Mary Delp, a native of Montgomery county, and they were the parents of six children: Lovina, Susan, Elizabeth, Henry, Morris, and Milton D. Mr. Zendt passed away in 1902, and Mrs. Zendt several years before.

Milton D. Zendt attended the common schools of Towamencin and Skippack townships, and Kulpsville Academy, Freeland Seminary, now Ursinus College, and Rambo’s Academy at Trappe, thereby obtaining a good English education. For a period of time he assisted his father on the home farm, then served in the capacity of teacher in this county and Whiteside county, at Sterling, Illinois. He later clerked in a store at Harleysville, Montgomery county, and Sterling, Illinois, worked in huckster business while on his father’s farm, and in 1870 came to Souderton, his present home, where he conducted a general store for a number of years successfully, but later disposed of this in order to engage in the manufacture of clothing for men and boys, which enterprise he is now conducting. His plant is equipped with all necessary machinery for the successful conduct of the business, gives constant employment to a large number of hands, and his goods find a ready market in the large cities. He is reliable and prompt in his business transactions, and among his associates his word is considered as good as his bond. For fifteen consecutive years he has held and now holds the office of justice of the peace, the first justice of the peace of the borough of Souderton. During this long period he is credited with having kept a better transcript and having settled more cases than any other incumbent of the office in the county. Politically he is a staunch Republican, and socially a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is universally respected and honored in the community.

Mr. Zendt was united in marriage in 1865 to Miss Mary Hallman, a daughter of George Hallman, a farmer of Skippack township, Montgomery county, and his wife Ann (Harley) Hallman. Their children are: Lillian, who became the wife of Dr. Umstead, and four children have been born to them; Anna, who became the wife of Frank Moyer, and their family consists of two children; Penrose, who married Laura Althouse, and the issue of this marriage was three children; George, who married Eva Barndt, and two children have been born to them; Norman, who married Gertrude Moyer, and they are the parents of one child; Fred, unmarried; Pearl, unmarried; and Beulah, unmarried. Mr. Zendt and the members of his family attend the Reformed church.

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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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