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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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DIONYCIOUS PAGE LINE. In the early settled days Pennsylvania offered untold advantages to those of the old country who were persecuted for religion’s sake. The French Huguenots first sought a haven of refuge in Switzerland, and then some years later their children sought homes in the New World. Of these George Line, a native of Switzerland, sailed with his wife and son for America. He died on shipboard, but his widow came to Pennsylvania, settling in Lancaster county, where the son, George, grew up. He married Salome Zimmerman. Their children were: George L., David, William, Abraham and John.

William Line, son of George, was a minute-man in the war of the Revolution, at the time of the battles of Trenton and Princeton, and his record is still a prized relic in the family. Some of the Hessian prisoners became laborers on his farm. He married Maria Bear, who bore him a large family of children, namely: Emanuel, George, David, Mary, Catherine, Nancy, Sarah, Susan, Rebecca, Lydia and Rachel.

David Line, son of William, married Sarah Myers, who died June 1, 1882, aged eighty-one years. He died Jan. 3, 1864. Their children were: John, Dr. William, George, David, Samuel C., Mary A., Matilda, Sarah Jane and Frances.

George Line, son of David, was born in Dickinson township, Cumberland county, July 6, 1826. Upon reaching manhood he made his home first in South Middleton township, where he remained until 1872, when be moved to a fine farm of 136 acres in West Pennsboro township, still, however, retaining the ownership of a valuable 100 acre tract in South Middleton. While an ardent believer in temperance principles, Mr. Line did not believe in coercion, and cast his vote with the Republican party. After a long and useful life, he entered into rest July 2, 1895. In November, 1851, he married Isabella W. Huston, daughter of Jonathan and Amy (Spear) Huston, the former son of John and Margaret (Huston) Huston. Of the children born to George and Isabella W. Line four died of diphtheria within two weeks, in October, 1862. The two survivors were: Arthur Wing and Dionycious Page.

D. Page Line was born at the old home in South Middleton township, in 1862. In the schools of that township, and of West Pennsboro, he gained a good education, attending until he was nineteen years of age. His home industrial training was among agricultural lines, and that he profited under his father’s practical instruction is well attested by his unvarying success in later years. For five years he farmed land belonging to his father in the western part of the township, but at his father’s death he inherited the West Pennsboro homestead, where he is found to-day. He is a man of advanced ideas, and belongs to the progressive faction of Cumberland county farmers.

In 1888 Mr. Line was married to Susan E. Ocker, daughter of John and Mary ( Seitz) Ocker. They have been blessed with six children: Harrison P., Mary Belle, David William, Clarence Huston, Helen Camelia and Samuel E. Their pleasant home is situated about one mile south of Greason. The Lutheran Church at Plainfield counts them among the earnest faithful members of the parish.

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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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