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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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JOHN A. SOLLENBERGER, D.D.S., who is located at No. 105 North Hanover street, in Carlisle, was born in York county, Pa., Dec. 26, 1847, son of Joseph M. and Mary Ann (Helsel) Sollenberger, natives of Cumberland and York counties, respectively. Dr. Sollenberger was reared to farm life and received his early education in the common schools, later going to Normal school, and in the fall of 1869 he removed to Fulton county, Ill., where he taught school at first. In the following August he entered a general store at Astoria, where he was employed for two and one-half years. He again turned to school teaching, but after a term resumed clerking, and was employed in various capacities until 1874, when he entered the office of Dr. T. W. Atkinson, at Astoria, Ill., where he took up the study of dentistry, continuing his association with Dr. Atkinson for eight years. In the fall of 1883 he returned to Pennsylvania, and took a course of lectures at the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1884 he located in Mt. Holly and began the practice of his profession. After seven months he removed to Mooredale, and remained two years, at which time he settled in Carlisle, and has since been engaged in building up a large and very prosperous practice.

In 1872 Dr. Sollenberger was married to Miss Fannie Brubaker, daughter of Jacob Brubaker, who was born in Lancaster county, but was brought to Cumberland county when a child. They have a family of seven children: Guy A. married Clara Hartzel, and they reside in Carlisle, where he is a silk and carpet weaver; Clarence R. is property man for the King Dramatic Opera Co.; Charles M., who resides at Steelton, Pa., in the employ of the Steelton Co., married Sarah Bolinger, and has three children, Roy, Lawrence and an infant ; Grace E. is at home; Harry resides at Steelton, where he is bookkeeper; Annie V. is at home; Maud E. is at home. Dr. Sollenberger is one of the successful, substantial men of Carlisle, and both as a professional man and a private citizen he is honored and respected by a large circle of acquaintances and friends.

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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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