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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical 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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ARTHUR WING LINE, a farmer of South Middleton township, Cumberland county, living about three miles southwest of the city of Carlisle, is a member of one of the oldest families of this section of Pennsylvania. He is a great-great-grandson of George Line, the first of this branch of the family of whom we have record, and a great-grandson of William Line, who served as a minute-man in the Revolutionary war, and also took part in the engagements of Trenton and Princeton. It fell to his lot to take some of the Hessian prisoners as laborers on the farm. His sword is still preserved in the family. William Line married Maria Bear, and they had a large family, viz.: Emanuel, George, David, Mary (Mrs. Spangler), Catherine (Mrs. Eby), Nancy (Mrs. Musselman), Sarah (Mrs. Tritt), Susan (Mrs. Myers), Rebecca (Mrs. Givler), Lydia (Mrs. Myers) and Rachel (Mrs. Snyder.)

David Line, son of William, married Sarah Myers, and they had the following named children: John, now deceased; Dr. William, of Nebraska City. Neb.; George, deceased, father of Arthur W.; David; Samuel C. deceased; Mary A., Mrs. Greason, deceased; Matilda. Mrs. Huston, deceased; Sarah Jane, Mrs. Huston; and Frances, deceased. The father of this family passed away Jan. 31, 1864, and the mother survived until June 1, 1882, reaching the age of eighty-one years.

George Line, son of David, was born July 6, 1826, in Dickinson township, Cumberland county and was married in November, 1851, to Isabella W. Huston, daughter of Jonathan and Amy (Spear) Huston, the former of whom was born in Cumberland county, son of John and Margaret (Huston) Huston; the latter was a native of Maine, and came to Pennsylvania with her mother and step father, Mr. Wheeler, who moved the next year to Morgan county, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. George Line lived in South Middleton township until 1872, when they removed to West Pennsboro township, also in Cumberland county, and there they made a permanent home. They had a fine farm of 136 acres. Mr. Line still retaining a place of 100 acres in South Middleton township, which is part of the tract purchased from Gen. Armstrong in 1778 by a member of the family. Mr. and Mrs. Line had six children, four of whom died of diphtheria within two weeks, in October, 1862. The survivors are Arthur Wing and Dionycious Page, the latter a resident of West Pennsboro township. George Line was one of the most respected citizens of Cumberland county. He was a strong advocate of temperance, and in political faith a Republican.

Arthur W. Line attended the local public schools until he was seventeen years old, after which he became a student in the Normal School at Shippensburg. He was reared to farm life, and when he started on his own account settled on the old home place in South Middleton township, where he has ever since made his home. His place comprises about 100 acres, located three miles southwest of Carlisle, and he has done very well in his agricultural work, his prosperity being the result of thrift and excellent management, as well as unceasing industry. He is an intelligent citizen, and much respected by all who have met him. Mr. Line has spent his life in his native county with the exception of a trip West, which he took about the time he reached his majority.

In December, 1879, Mr. Line was married to Miss Laura E. Kissinger, daughter of George and Maria Kissinger, and two children have blessed this union: Camella Grace, who is at home; and George William, who is at present attending the Normal School at Shippensburg, Cumberland county.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company. 

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