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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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WILLIAM K. METZ, one of the best known farmers of Worcester township, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, is the son of Josiah H. and Hannah H. (Keeler) Metz, both of Worcester township, who were married March 31, 1844, by Rev. W. T. Gerhart. He was born November 3, 1859.

Josiah Metz (father) was the son of Garret and Hannah (Heebner) Metz. Josiah Metz was born April 28, 1815, in Towamencin township, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania. Hannah H. (Keeler) Metz (mother of William K. Metz) was the daughter of Henry and Susan (Hunsberger) Keeler. She was born June 17, 1822, in New Hanover township, Montgomery county.

The brothers and sisters of William K. Metz: Abraham K., born 1846, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this work; Lydia, died in infancy; Susanna K., born in 1849, died in infancy; Garret K., born in 1851, married Hannah Saylor, and has five children, resides in Philadelphia; Mary K., born March 31, 1852, married Milton Mininger, and has seven children; Hannah K., born September 30, 1853, married John Heffentrager, and has three children; Margaret K., born November 24, 1854, married Joseph Moyer and has five children, one of whom is deceased; Henry K., born March 8, 1856, died in infancy; Jacob K., born August 26, 1857, died in infancy; John K., born August 26, 1857. (See his sketch elsewhere in this work); Joseph K., died in infancy; Samuel K., married Lizzie Gottshall, and had seven children (one deceased); Lizzie K., born August 31, 1866, unmarried and resides with her brother, William K. Metz.

William K. Metz, subject of this sketch, was reared on the farm, and attended the public schools of Worcester township, and later engaged in the occupation of farming on his own account. He married Emma, daughter of Elias Frick. Mr. and Mrs. Metz had three children, two of whom survive, as follows: Bertha, born April 21, 1886, resides with her father; William, born February 9, 1891, is attending school. Mrs. Metz died February 15, 1891, and in 1893 Mr. Metz married (second wife) Anna Frick, sister of his first wife. There is one child by the second marriage, Verna F., born October 3, 1896, now in attendance at school.

Mr. Metz is a Republican in politics. In religious affiliations he is a member of the Reformed church. His farm consists of thirty acres of highly improved land. He has an average dairy of six cows. He is a prominent member of the Worcester Farmers’ Union. His first and second wives were members of a family well known in that section of Montgomery county. Their parents had six children in all.

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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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