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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 B. OCKER, one of the young and progressive farmers of Middlesex township, was born in Pennsboro township, Cumberland county, March 12, 1876, son of John and Mary (Sites) Ocker.

John Ocker is a native of Cumberland county also, born in November, 1843. A man of much natural ability, he was given a good education, but instead of taking up some professional life decided to remain a farmer, an occupation to which he had been accustomed from boyhood. He now resides on a farm in West Pennsboro township. Politically he is a Republican. He and his wife, who is also a native of the county, and a daughter of Jacob Sites, have had a family of twelve children, namely: Susan, who married Page Line, and lives near Carlisle; William, deceased, who lived to the age of seven; Annie, Mrs. Elmer Jacoby, who lives near Newville; Frances, wife of Harry Rutz, of Silver Spring township; Emma, who married Charles Leib, of Boiling Springs, Pa.; John B.; Addie, deceased; Alfred and Viva, twins; Samuel E.; Henderson; and Jacob.

John B. Ocker attended the public schools of the township until he was eighteen and the next year, in 1895, married and settled down as a farmer. His wife, who was Sarah Anthony, of Frankford township, Cumberland county, has borne him four children, Leroy, John, Bertha and Norman. They lived in Upper Frankford township until 1903, when Mr. Ocker bought his present farm, a tract embracing eighty acres. Here, in connection with his farming operations, he has one of the very latest improved hydraulic cider presses. Mr. Ocker is thoroughly modern in his methods, wide-awake and energetic, and is one of the rising-young farmers of the region. In his political sentiment he is a Republican.

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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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