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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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JOHN FARBER. Probably no resident of Lehigh Township is more deserving of representation in this volume than Mr. Farber, who has pursued a course in life which has resulted in securing for him the hearty respect of those who know him, and in giving him a proud rank among the farmers and landowners of Northampton County. The visitor to his home will find it a well regulated establishment, where good stock in sufficient numbers, improved machinery, and a complete line of well built edifices add to the value of the naturally fertile soil. The estate consists of two hundred and sixteen acres in Lehigh Township, which are devoted by the intelligent owner to general farming.

Our subject is a native of this county, and was born April 7, 1839, to Daniel and Anna Farber, the father born in Lehigh County, and the mother a native of this county. Daniel Farber departed this life in February, 1873, greatly mourned by many true friends. John, of this sketch, grew to man’s estate on his father’s farm, and as was usual with the lads of that early day, attended the district school, where he acquired a good fund of general information.

The lady whom our subject chose as his wife and to whom he was married in 1860 was Miss Rebecca daughter of Reuben Beichey. To them has been born a daughter, Laura, who is now the wife of Henry Hower. For many years after his marriage Mr. Farber gave his attention entirely to the cultivation of his farm. Later, however, he operated a gristmill in connection with tilling the soil, but after being thus engaged for some time rented the mill, and is now living on his fine estate, taking life easy and enjoying the result of former years of hard work. He is also the proprietor of a saw-mill located on his farm, which is fitted out with good machinery, and in this business he reaps a good income.

Mr. Farber has been called upon to serve as a member of the School Board and has been Assistant Assessor of Lehigh Township. In politics he is a Republican, giving his voice and ballot in its favor. He is a member of the Horse Insurance Company of Lehigh, Moore, Allen and East Allen Townships. Religiously he holds membership with St. Paul’s Reformed Church.

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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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