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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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TILGHMAN FATZINGER. Hanover Township, this county, is favorably located in the midst of a wonderfully fertile tract, that yields a rich return for the attention given it by industrious farmers. A drive through the township will show that all its inhabitants are well-to-do, if not wealthy. Our subject is one of the fortunate possessors of one hundred and twenty-five acres of land, which are conspicuous for the improvements that are found upon them.

Mr. Fatzinger is a native of this county, having been born November 12, 1836, to Adams and Mary Fatzinger. His grandfather, Henry Fatzinger, was well known as an old settler of Lehigh County, and the family of which he was a representative originally came from Germany. Adam Fatzinger was a life-long resident of Hanover Township and died at an advanced age in 1880. Of his family of children who survive our subject was the second in order of birth, and those living beside himself are Henry and Owen J.

Tilghman Fatzinger of this sketch was reared to manhood in his native county, and engaged in farm pursuits with his father until reaching his nineteenth year, when, having learned the trade of a carpenter, he was engaged in that business for twenty-five years. The remaining years of his life, however, have been spent as an agriculturist. He received his education in the public schools near his home, and when ready to take a life companion chose Miss Mary, daughter of John Clader. Their union has been blessed by the birth of the following children: Alice, Mrs. Preston Snyder; and William A., Charles H., Frank J. Tilghman G., Owen T., Robert and Minnie. The father of Mrs. Fatzinger was an old and prominent resident of this county, of which he was a native.

He of whom we write owns one hundred and twenty-five acres of land, which is all under a high state of cultivation. All educational matters that tend toward advancement in methods have always received his hearty endorsement. He is an influential member of the Lutheran Church, and an earnest advocate of all good work.

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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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