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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  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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MRS. ALMINA M. HINDENACH, widow of Charles Hindenach, was born at Jarrettown, August 20, 1847. She is the daughter of Conrad and Elizabeth (Allen) Lower. Her mother was of Horsham township, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, and her father, born in 1817, of Germany. Her grandfather was a man of wealth and influence in Germany. He bought from the government the right of his four sons to be exempt from army duty, and came with them to America in April, 1835, bringing also a sister with him. His sons, all having the prenomen John, were as follows: John Frederick, John E., chemist and physician; John Conrad, father of Mrs. Hindenach; John G., a blacksmith. Conrad and John G. settled in Montgomery county, and John F. in Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, the last named being a tailor by trade. John E. was well educated in Germany and engaged in the occupation of teaching school after coming to this country. Later he located in Philadelphia, where he became a physician, remaining there until 1849, when he went to California as the result of being attacked with the gold mining fever. After some experience in gold mining he returned to New York and remained there.

Conrad, father of Mrs. Hindenach, settled in Newtown, Bucks county, and from there removed to Jarrettown where he followed the occupation of wheelwright for many years. He was a prosperous mechanic. Later he turned his attention to the purchase of real estate, and owned two fine farms. He was very successful in his wheelwright business, being an extensive manufacturer of farm wagons. He employed for a time a dozen workmen in various capacities. He was a member of the Lutheran church. He died at Jarrettown, January 22, 1889. His wife, who was Elizabeth Allen, of an old Montgomery county family, died in 1869. Their children: William C., of Jarrettown, who served in the Union army during the rebellion; Anna (Mrs. Joseph M. Jones), who is deceased, leaving no children; Almina, Mrs. Charles Hindenach, subject of this sketch; Charles, a farmer, who is deceased, leaving six children; Emma, died at the age of sixteen years; Frank, a coach painter, now of Fort Washington. Conrad Lower was one of the best known citizens of his sections of Montgomery county, enjoying the confidence and esteem of all who knew him. Politically he was a Republican, but he never sought or held public office. He attended the Methodist church, although not connected with it in membership. His wife died in 1869. The parents of Mrs. Elizabeth Lower had the following children: David, Abraham, William, John, George, Elizabeth, mother of Mrs. Hindenach; Brice, of Chalfont, the only one of the family now living.

Mrs. Hindenach was reared at Jarrettown, and remained with her parents until she was married, January 6, 1877, at Hatboro Methodist parsonage. The couple first settled on a farm in Bucks county for two years. They next located in Montgomery county, on the David Lukens farm, for two years, and then on the Jesse Roberts farm for two years, at the end of which time Mr. Hindenach bought the farm on which Mrs. Hindenach now resides.

Charles Hindenach, husband of Mrs. Hindenach, was born in Bucks county, Pennsylvania, February 23, 1849, and was reared on a farm. When he was old enough he was employed by William Hallowell, with whom he remained fourteen years as a farm hand and teamster. At the end of that time he married, and engaged in farming as already noted. He was a successful farmer. His education was limited but he was a good business man. He was a member of Ambler Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He died April 19, 1901. In politics he was a Democrat, but never sought or held office with the exception of supervisor, which office he held for four years, giving good satisfaction to the people of the township. He attended the Lutheran church. The children of Charles and Almina M. Hindenach: Mary E., born February 1, 1879; Gertrude, born August 28, 1884, a four-year student and graduate of the State Normal School at West Chester, and is a competent teacher; Warren, born January 24, 1892, now in attendance at school. Mrs. Hindenach is a Methodist in religious faith, being a member of the Jarrettown church.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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