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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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SAMUEL B. HARTLINE was born July 25, 1862, in Shanesville, Berks county, Pennsylvania, being the son of Samuel G. and Leah Anna (Bell) Hartline.

Samuel G. Hartline (father) was a blacksmith for many years, and later a farmer. He removed from Berks county to the farm where his son now lives, in Upper Pottsgrove township, in 1885, and died eight years later, at the age of sixty years, In politics he was a Democrat, and he and his family were Lutherans. They had two children: Margaret, born in 1859, died in 1864, aged five years, four months and six days; Samuel B.

George Hartline (grandfather) lived in Berks county, where he was a mason by trade, and also engaged in farming. He married Katherine Gousert, and they died many years ago. They are buried in Oley church cemetery. Their children were: Benjamin, George, Edwin, Daniel, Samuel and Sallie. Charles Bell (maternal grandfather) lived in the vicinity of Pottstown all his life. He was a farmer and was always a prominent resident of Montgomery county. He served in the war of 1812, and was sixty-one years of age when he died. He married Margaret Garver, who died in 1890, aged ninety-one years, having survived her husband about thirty-three years. Their children: Harriet, Rachel, Mary, Edith, Margaret, Leah Anna (mother), Charles, Calvin, and two who died young.

Samuel B. Hartline was in school until he was sixteen years of age, when he left school and started to work in a brick yard, where he remained for several years. Since that time he has been engaged on the farm. He also does a large milk business.

Samuel B. Hartline married Emma, daughter of William Browning, of Philadelphia. William Browning was a revenue collector and a prominent man in Philadelphia. Both he and his wife died young. Samuel B. and Emma Hartline had three children: Raymond Browning, born 1888, died March 6, 1901; Helen M., born 1890; Leonard Browning, born 1893.

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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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