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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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WILLIAM A. LINE, a retired farmer of Penn township, Cumberland county, now residing at Centerville, in that township, comes of a family which has long been identified with Cumberland county and whose members have ever ranked among her most substantial citizens.

Mr. Line is a great-great-grandson of George Line, and a great-grandson of David Line, who was born June 10, 1753, in Leacock township, Lancaster Co., Pa., and was a blacksmith by occupation. His family consisted of six children: Eliza (Mrs. Harris), Sallie (Mrs. Mackey), Levina (Mrs. Lutz), Mamie, Levi and Daniel.

Daniel Line, Sr., the grandfather of William A., came to Cumberland county in an early day, and made a permanent home at Hogestown, in Silver Spring township, where he followed farming.

Daniel Line, Jr., father of William A., was born at Hogestown, Silver Spring township. April 1, 1822. He grew to manhood in his native place, received a common-school education, and learned the blacksmith’s trade, which he followed for about fifteen years. He then engaged in farming, being located for a time near Shippensburg, and later for a time on a place a half mile east of that place. There he passed the remainder of his days, and died in February, 1891. Mr. Line was married to Miss Hannah Allen, daughter of Americus and Rachel (Swigert) Allen, of Cumberland county, and four children blessed this union, namely: Abigail, who died at Shippensburg when thirty-two years old; Levi, now a resident of West Virginia, who married Miss Lucy Bingham; William A.; and John C., who died young. The mother of this family passed away in October, 1903, at Shippensburg.

William A. Line was born in 1849 in Shippensburg, and there received his education. He worked for his father until his marriage, after which he located at his present home in Centerville, where he has ever since resided. Farming has been his principal occupation in life, and he still owns a fine farm in Penn township, which he himself cultivated for about sixteen years. He is regarded as an excellent business manager, and is respected by all who have come in contact with him for his uprightness of character. He has never cared for public honors, or sought them, though he has served one term as township auditor.

In 1870 Mr. Line was united in marriage with Miss Mary Elizabeth Hawk, daughter of William and Mary A. (Ausbaugh) Hawk, of Ohio, later of Shippensburg, and to this union came one daughter, Margaret, who was born in 1872. She graduated at Shippinsburg State Normal in 1889, and from Dickinson College in 1895, and is now the wife of Dr. George Heyde Krall, of Centerville. They have had three children: Elizabeth Line, born in 1896; Orena Eby, born in October, 1901; and William Line, who died in infancy. Dr. Krall is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 1895, in both Medicine and Pharmacy, is a member of the Cumberland County Medical Society, and Fraternally is a Knight Templar Mason, and a member of the Jr. O. U. A. M. Mrs. Krall is a member of Carlisle Chapter, D. A. R.

Mr. and Mrs. William A. Line are members of the Centerville Lutheran Church. He is a Democrat in political faith, and has always been active in the local work of the party. Fraternally, he is a member of Carlisle Lodge, No. 110, G. E.

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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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