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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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JOHN G. HUNSICKER, proprietor of a leading mercantile establishment in Souderton, was born June 4, 1850. He is the son of Isaac C. and Mary (Garges) Hunsicker. The family are of German origin, but his great-grandfather, Isaac Hunsicker, who was the father of thirteen children, was a native of Montgomery county, Pennsylvania. Of these children, Isaac was the grandfather of John G. Hunsicker.

Isaac Hunsicker (grandfather), after obtaining an ordinary education, became engaged in farming, which occupation he followed until his death, which occurred February 4, 1845. His first wife was a Miss Cassel, and his second a Miss Stauffer. He was the father of seven children; one of them, Isaac C., was father of John G. Hunsicker.

Isaac C. Hunsicker (father) was born October 3, 1819. He also was a farmer by occupation, being very successful in his calling. He was a man of sound judgment and strict integrity, enjoying in an eminent degree the confidence of the community. The Hunsickers, from the earliest generations, were Mennonites. He was very active in church work. His children: James, born January 7, 1846; Isaac, 1848, both deceased; John G., subject of this sketch; Anna, born February 26, 1852, deceased; Henry G., born February 10, 1856.

John G. Hunsicker obtained his education at the public schools with H. Johnson, and also attended Freeland Seminary one term. On leaving school he accepted a position in a Philadelphia wholesale dry goods store, where he remained four years, and left that position to start a genera1 store at Lederachsville, Montgomery county. Later he engaged in the same business in Blooming Glen, Bucks county, remaining there five years, and assisting in the establishment of the first creamery in the vicinity, and then built a creamery in Bedminsterville. He then bought the creamery at Branch Valley, and operated it for a time. In 1893 he removed to Souderton, and purchased the store in which he still conducts his business, being a man of enterprise and public spirit as well as an energetic and prosperous merchant. He is one of the organizers of the Lansdale Trust Company. He handles a large quantity of butter and of country produce generally. He has prospered in all his undertakings, because all of them are conducted with good judgment. He is pre-eminently a self-made man, having started in life with only his indomitable will, industry and integrity at his capital. He is a man of great business ability, and enjoys the respect and confidence of the community in which he lives.

Mr. Hunsicker married, October 30, 1873, Sallie, daughter of Hiram Heil, and they have the following children: Harry H., born August 2, 1874; Charles born January 4, 1877; Irvin, born January 2, 1879, deceased; Lily, born January 13, 1881; Sallie, born September 4, 1883; Lizzie, born August 24, 1889. The family are members of the Reformed church. In politics Mr. Hunsicker is an earnest Republican. He has been a member of the town council of Souderton three terms. He is the founder and president of the Souderton Improvement and Realty Company, and a director of the Lansdale Trust Company and of the Souderton Building and Loan Association.

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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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