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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 M. LICHTENWALNER, the popular station agent for the Central Railroad of New Jersey, located in Northampton, and likewise agent for the United States Express Company at that place, is possessed of those qualities well calculated to win the respect and esteem of all whom he encounters, either in a business or social way. He was born in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, August 23, 1844, and is the son of Joseph and Anna C. Lichtenwalner, the former born in Northampton, and the latter in Lehigh County. Joseph Lichtenwalner was for many years a prominent agriculturist of Hanover Township, where he was living at the time of his decease, in 1882. He was originally a Whig in politics, but on the formation of the Republican party immediately joined its ranks. The following-named brothers and sisters of Tilghman M. survive: Belinda, who is the wife of Charles Fatzinger, and makes her home in Hanover Township; Reuben, a minister of the Evangelical Church, located at Shenandoah, this state; and James, a resident of Northampton County.

The subject of this sketch received a thorough training in farm pursuits, passing his boyhood days in the country, where he pursued his studies in the district school. Later he attended one term at Freeland Semi nary, after which he taught school or two terms. In 1871 he was appointed station agent at Stemton, now Northampton, for the Central Railroad of New Jersey, and so creditably has he discharged the duties required of him in that position that he has been the incumbent ever since.

In 1864 Mr. Lichtenwalner was married to Miss Clarissa Dewalt, the daughter of Joseph Dewalt, now deceased, but formerly a farmer of Hanover Township. There have been born to them six children, two of whom are deceased. Those living are Julia, Estelle, Elizabeth and Clara. The deceased members of the family are Harvey and George.

Mr. Lichtenwalner has always taken an active interest in school affairs, and has consequently been placed on the School Board, serving as Director in his district at the present time. He is a member of the Lutheran Church, in the faith of which he reared his children. Socially he is an Odd Fellow, belonging to the lodge at Siegfried, the Knights of Malta at Northampton, and the Improved Order of Red Men at Bethlehem. In politics he is a straightforward Republican, and he is very popular in his party.

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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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