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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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GEORGE C. KUTZ, one of the most prosperous farmers of North Middleton township, Cumberland county, was born in 1854, on the old homestead in that township, a son of Joseph and grandson of Gideon Kutz. The latter was born in Bucks county, this state, and was among the early settlers of Cumberland county, upon his location in this county buying land in Middlesex township. He married Mary Wonderly, of Boiling Springs, this county, and their children were: Anne, who died in Carlisle, was married to John Plank; John, living at Carlisle, married Lottie Barton; Gideon, who died in Carlisle, married Mary Gottshall; Joseph is mentioned below; David, who died in Cumberland county, married Elizabeth Eckert; Lydia, living at Newville, married Jacob Abrahams; Elizabeth married James Smith, who died in 1902 in Carlisle, and she is still living there with her daughter, Annie; Andrew, living at Carlisle, married Sarah Basehore; Mary, living at Mechanicsburg, married David Rider; Emanuel died at Harrisburg; Sarah died at Newville; Rebecca is living in North Middleton township, married to Kennedy Reed.

Joseph Kutz was born Jan. 8, 1821, in South Middleton township, where he was educated and followed farming. In 1847 he married Eliza Kiel, daughter of George and Polly (Hanshew) Kiel, of Frankford township, and after that event located in North Middleton township, buying the Mentzer farm, which consisted of 129 acres of good farming land. There he remained a number of years, but at present he is living with his daughter, Mrs. Hoy, in North Middleton township, his wife having died in that township at the age of sixty-four years; she is buried at Carlisle Spring. Their children were: John, living in Middlesex township, married Julia Litner; George C. is mentioned below; Mary, living in Dickinson township, married Peter Strohm; Ellen, living in Middlesex township, married Samuel Kitner; William died when two years of age; Joseph and Sarah were twins (Joseph, still living in Middlesex township, married Harriet Stowe); Sarah, living on the old homestead in North Middleton township, married J. W. Hoy, a sketch of whom will he found elsewhere; Annie, living at Steelton, Dauphin county, married John Stone.

George C. Kutz was born in 1854 on the old homestead in North Middleton township, and received a common school education. He worked for his father until his marriage, on Jan. 12, 1877, to Annie L. Lightner, a daughter of William and Fannie (Shaeffer) Lightner, of Landisburg, Perry Co., Pa., and that same year bought the homestead, in North Middleton township, consisting of 154 acres of good land, which he has greatly improved, spending a large sum of money upon it. He has erected a fine residence and a good barn, and made many other changes. His house is beautifully located, and as it is on a high elevation, from it there is a fine view for many miles around. Mr. and Mrs. Kutz became the parents of two children: William, born Nov. 27, 1878, married Maud Shughart, and lives on a farm adjoining his father; Albert, born May 11, 1882, is living at home. In politics Mr. Kutz is a Democrat; he has never sought office. He is a member of the Lutheran Church at Carlisle Springs and is very prominent in that body. By industry, thrift and good management Mr. Kutz has made money, and firmly established himself in the confidence of his friends, by whom he is respected and admired.

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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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