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Descendants of William Machemer (Primarily Berks Co PA)
1 William Machemer 1755 - 1831
+Anna Elizabeth Berlet 1755 -
2 Anna Maria Machemer 1789 - 1867
+John Miller 1791 - 1860
3 Edward M Miller 1817 - 1897
+Sarah Moyer 1822 - 1898
4 James Jerome Miller 1843 - 1929
+Amanda Mary Bean 1851 -
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From: "Barry Wetherington" <email@example.com
Subject: Jacob Machemer 1/18/1783 - 9/27/1863 md Sarah (Snyder) & sons Sebastion Barlett
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 20:25:34 -0400
Philip Machmer b Switzerland, arrived America 1753; Dau Mary (will of 1773) md Sebastion Barlett. (Philip Machmer arrived Berks Co about the same time as Paul & Conrad Barlett, and their descendants married.)
The Machmer family is one of the old-established ones of Berks county that has a history that is interesting to preserve. The founder was Philip Machmer, who was born in Switzerland and came to America in 1753, settling in the rich agricultural domains of Berks county, Pa. He prospered, as in 1759, he paid a Federal tax of Â£4,. in Bern township. He lived at least twenty years after settling here, as his last will and testament, dated Nov. 7, 1773, was registered Dec. 14, 1773. He and his wife Elizabeth had five children, and they were mentioned in the will as follows: Nicholas, who was under twenty-one years of age when the father died, obtained the homestead, and he was to pay Â£500 to his brothers and sisters; Mary m. Bastian Bartlet
(Most likely Sebastion Barlett)
MACHEMER, HENRY L. , p. 1624
Surnames: REBER, HETTIGER, RHOADS, LAMBERT, TOBIAS, HARTMAN, REEDY, SMITH,
Henry L. Machemer of Bern township, a successful merchant and farmer, was born in Lower Heidelberg township, June 13, 1852, and is a son of David Machemer. Jacob Machemer, the grandfather, lived in Lower Heidelberg township, about a mile northeast of Brownsville. He was born Jan. 18, 1783, and died Sept. 27, 1863, aged eighty years, seven months and nine days. He owned a small farm, now known as the Jonathan Reber estate, in Lower Heidelberg township, but he died at Tuckerton in Muhlenberg township, and is buried at Bern Church. He was twice married, and among his children were:
Michael, who died in Heidelberg township;
Ephraim. who died at Sinking Spring in 1907;
Jacob, who died young;
Elizabeth, who married Barnhart Hettinger ;
David; and Caroline (Rhoads), who died at Tuckerton in 1907.
David Machemer was born in Lower Heidelberg township. All of his life he followed farming, owning a small farm which he cultivated. He died in June, 1875, aged fifty-four years. He is buried at Bern Church, of which he was a member. He married Mary Lambert (died in September, 1879, aged fifty-one years), daughter of Jonathan and Mary (Tobias) Lambert. Their children were:
John, who has traveled through all the States in the Union and has spent considerable time among the Indians, manufactures and sells patent medicines, and is now in the West (he enlisted when sixteen years of age and served three years in the Civil war) ; Sarah (deceased, married Henry Hartman) ; Henry L.; James, who lives in West Reading; Mary Ann; David; Charles; Reuben and George who died young of diphtheria less than two years apart; Clara (who died in 1909. married William Reedy of Reading); Rosa E.
(widow of Charles Smith, and resides in Reading) and Joseph who was killed in a boiler explosion in 1888. Henry L. Machemer attended the public schools f Lower Heidelberg township, working among the farmers until he attained his majority. After this he worked by the day until 1886 when he bought the old John Savage home, which at one time was operated as a hotel, and for the building of which when a boy of sixteen he helped to haul lumber. Connected with this pleasant home Mr. Machemer owns twenty acres of good land, and once a week he carries his produce to the Reading market. He also operates a mercantile business which he established in 1902, and has built up to its present proportions. Mr. Machemer married Mary Savage, daughter of John and Ellen (Koller) Savage of Bern township, and one son, Howard, was born to them, but he died when five years old. Mr. Machemer is a member of Bern Reformed Church. In politics he is a Democrat. Among his other interests he has made considerable research in the matter of Indian relics, and has a fine collection of 500 arrow heads which he has gathered in Bern township, and he is regarded as an authority in all kindred lines. Successful, genial and a hard worker, Mr. Machemer holds the position of honor which he has fairly won in his community.
MACHEMER, HENRY S., p. 1636
Surnames: MACHEMER, BEALER, GASS, HENDRICKS, JONES, RAHN, SNYDER, STAMM,
STEACH, SUNDAY, TILDEN
Henry S. Machemer, a prominent citizen of Reading and Berks county, is a native of Perry township, born Feb. 3, 1856. He is the youngest son of the late John and Sarah (Snyder) Machemer.
John Machemer was born in Upper Bern (now Tilden) township, Berks county, about 1816, and died in 1867, in his fifty-second year. He and his wife are buried at Gernands Church, of which they were members, belonging to the Reformed congregation. He was a blacksmith, and followed his trade near Mohrsville for many years, in addition to cultivating his farm of about fifty acres. He was a Democrat, and influential in his district, serving as supervisor for some years. When twenty-two years of age he married Sarah
Snyder, whose parents lived on a farm adjoining the Machemer homestead. Mrs. Machemer died in August, 1881, aged sixty-three years. They had eight children as follows: Frank, who lived near Hamburg, died May 26, 1909, in his seventy-eighth year: Isaac S., who has been station agent at Bern Station for many years, was formerly the merchant at Berne. John, of Reading, was a policeman of Reading for many years and is now in the restaurant business. Peter, of Mohrsville, is a lock-tender on the Schuylkill Canal. Henry S. is mentioned below. Mary married John Bealer, and
both are deceased. There were two daughters, between Isaac and John, who died a year apart, one when eleven years old.
Henry S. Machemer spent his boyhood on his father's farm, and received his early education in the public schools subsequently attending select schools. At the age of eighteen years he secured a position with I. H. Rahn and his brother, Isaac S. Machemer, who were then in the mercantile business at Leesport under the firm name of Rahn & Machemer, and with them he remained five years, was employed by Samuel Sunday, their successor, and
afterward by Willitts Bros., at the same place. He finally became a partner in the firm of Willitts, Dauber & Company, and when it was dissolved became a salesman with Dives, Pomeroy & Stewart, Reading, in the cloth and cassimere department. Subsequently he connected himself as salesman with the firm of Hall, Shenk & Company, which has since become Glase, Hall & Company,
wholesale dealers in foreign and domestic dry goods, Philadelphia, and later he was employed as traveling salesman by William C. Hendricks & Company, of Trenton, N. J., manufacturers and importers of queensware. In 1886 he became a traveling salesman for Lippincott & Company, wholesale grocers and tea dealers, Philadelphia, by which firm he has been employed up to this time,
living at Leesport, Ontelaunee and West Leesport, and locating in Reading in 1899. He resides at No. 438 North Ninth street. He has visited nearly every district in Berks and adjoining counties twice a month for the past twenty-five years, and enjoys a large personal acquaintance.
Mr. Machemer has always taken an active interest in Democratic politics, casting his first vote for Samuel J. Tilden for President, and has never missed a primary or general election since. He has been elected delegate to county conventions a number of times; was committeeman of Ontelaunee for a
number of years, and served as school director of that township until he moved to West Leesport. His home has been in the Eleventh ward since his removal to Reading, and he has taken the same interest in politics here as in his former home. In 1907, as candidate for the office of county controller, he received a large vote. Mr. Machemer is a charter member of Camp No. 165, P. O. S. of A., of Leesport; a charter member of the Knights
of the Golden Eagle Castle at the same place; and is a member of the Northeastern Democratic Association of Reading. On Aug. 4, 1877, Mr. Machemer married Ida Stamm, daughter of James T. and Henrietta (Steach) Stamm, of Womelsdorf, Berks county, and granddaughter of John Stamm, who lived near Bern Church. James T. Stamm was a school teacher in Berks county for forty-five successive years. He and his wife are buried at Womelsdorf,
where they last resided. To Mr. and Mrs. Machemer have been born three children: Claude J., who for many years was employed by the Philadelphia & Reading Company as a clerk, died April 20, 1908, in his thirtieth year (he married Clara Gass, and they had two children, Henrietta and Grace); Harry L. is employed in the shipping department of the W. H. Luden Candy
Manufacturing Company, at Reading; Clarence S. is employed as a cutter at
the Curtis E. Jones Company's factory, Reading.
MACHEMER, JOSEPH B., p. 1654
Surnames: MACHEMER, REBER, HITTINGER, HUNTZINGER, BOLTZ, RUTH, FIANT,
BLIMLINE, HAIN, GRILL
Joseph B. Machemer, blacksmith and carriage builder of Sinking Spring, Berks
county, was born May 20, 1868. at the place where he still resides, son of
Joseph Machemer, his grandfather, was born Jan. 18, 1783, in Lower
Heidelberg township, about a mile northeast of Brownsville, and died Sept.
27, 1863, aged eighty years, eight months, nine days. He owned a small farm,
now the Jonathan Reber estate, in Lower Heidelberg township, but he died at
Tuckerton, in Muhlenberg township, and is buried at Bern Church. Among his
children were: Michael, who died in Heidelberg township; Ephraim; Jacob, who
died young; Elizabeth, who married Barnhart Hittinger; and David. Ephraim
Machemer, father of Joseph B., born Oct. 1, 1823, died at Sinking Spring
Dec. 3, 1906, aged eighty-three years, two months, two days. He was a
carpenter, and during the many years he followed that trade he built the old
Penn street bridge. He lived at Sinking Spring, where he died, and is buried
at St. John's Church. He was a Reformed member of that church. In politics
he was a Democrat. He was twice married, first to Mary Huntzinger, and they
had children as follows: Edward, Adam, James (deceased), Catharine
(deceased), Leanda (deceased) and Sarah. For his second wife Mr. Machemer
married Rebecca S. Boltz by whom he had these children: George (deceased).
Ephraim (deceased). Henry (deceased), Joseph B., Jacob B., Lizzie (deceased)
Joseph B. Machemer was only twelve years old when he commenced to earn
his own living. He worked in the ore mines for over three years, and then
learned the blacksmith's trade from M. D. Ruth, of Sinking Spring, in whose
employ he remained three and a quarter years. After that he spent two years
at Wernersville, the second in the employ of H. L. Fiant, and then went to
Brownsville, in Heidelberg township, working for S. Blimline exclusively as
a coach blacksmith. In 1892 he engaged in partnership with George M. Hain,
under the firm name of Hain & Machemer, which continued for three years,
doing business at Sinking Spring. On Dec. 9, 1895, Mr. Machemer purchased
his partner's interest in the coach and blacksmith business, and he has
since carried it on alone. He is a successful business man, honest and
upright, and held in the highest esteem by his fellow-townsmen. His product
consists of fine carriages of all kinds, business wagons, market wagons,
etc., and his work is reliable in every respect. His establishment is large
and up-to-date, and he also has a Fine residence in the borough.
Mr. Machemer has proved his public spirit in various ways, took an
active part in the incorporation of the village into a borough, and has
served as treasurer of the township. He is a Democrat in political
sentiment. He is widely known in fraternal circles, holding membership in
Williamson Lodge, No. 307, F. & A.M., of Womelsdorf; Reading Royal Arch
Chapter; Reading Commandery, No. 42, K. T.; Rajah Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S.,
Reading; Sinking Spring Lodge, No. 660, I. O. O. F.; the Knights of
Friendship; P. O. S. of A. at Sinking Spring; and Wyanet Tribe. No. 301, I.
O. R. M., Reading. He is a Lutheran member of St. John's Church at Sinking
Spring. Mr. Machemer married, April 29, 1893, Annie V. Grill, daughter of
Henry Grill, a well-known citizen and at present tax collector of Sinking
Spring. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Machemer, namely: Harry
E., Florence M., Esther M. and Arthur F.
MACHMER, CHARLES H., p. 771
Surnames: MACHMER, BARTLET, HIMMELBERGER, McGRETH, ROEDER, SPEICHER
Charles H. Machmer, who, as assistant superintendent of the Reading branch
of the Prudential Life Insurance Company, is well and favorably known to a
large body of his fellow-citizens, was born Oct. 21, 1878, at Bernville,
Berks Co., Pa., son of Henry S., a veteran school teacher of Berks county.
The Machmer family is one of the old-established ones of Berks county
that has a history that is interesting to preserve. The founder was Philip
Machmer, who was born in Switzerland and came to America in 1753, settling
in the rich agricultural domains of Berks county, Pa. He prospered, as in
1759, he paid a Federal tax of Â£4,. in Bern township. He lived at least
twenty years after settling here, as his last will and testament, dated Nov.
7, 1773, was registered Dec. 14, 1773. He and his wife Elizabeth had five
children, and they were mentioned in the will as follows: Nicholas, who was
under twenty-one years of age when the father died, obtained the homestead,
and he was to pay Â£500 to his brothers and sisters; Mary m. Bastian Bartlet
(Most likely Sebastion Barlett; bw); Philip and George were ordered by the
will to learn a trade when they should become sixteen years of age; and
Margaret. Nicholas Machmer, yeoman of Bern township, died in 1823. He and
his wife, Eva, had a daughter, Elizabeth, and two sons, John and Peter.
George Machmer, son of Philip Machmer, died in 1840. He bequeathed John
Machmer, son of Nicholas, $500, and John Machmer, son of Philip, $200, and
also made bequests to David and Daniel Machmer, whose relationship he does
not specify. He had no issue.
Peter Machmer, probably a son of Nicholas, was a farmer in Upper Bern
township. He made his will Jan. 12, 1852, which was probated May 22, 1854.
He and wife Magdalena had sons, John and Benneville. Michael Machmer made
his will Nov. 5, 1851, and it was probated in 1872, the year of his death.
His wife, Sophia, was named executrix. The names of his daughters are not
mentioned in the will, and, when it was made, his sons, Michael, Franklin
and Meckley, were all under age.
William Machmer, born in Maryland in 1777, died in Upper Bern (now
Tilden) township, Berks county, in 1865. Among his children were John F.,
Jonathan and Abraham. John F. Machmer, son of William, died in 1882, in
Upper Bern (or Tilden) township, and both he and his father are buried at
St. Michael's Church.
Henry S. Machmer, son of John F., was born in Tilden township in 1847,
and was educated in the common schools of his native township and in
Hamburg, and later attended the Millersville State Normal School. At the age
of seventeen he began teaching, and taught in Upper Bern, Centre, Penn and
Bernville. For seven terms he was principal of the Penn grammar school. and
taught twenty-four terms in Lower Heidelberg. He is one of the veteran
teachers of Berks county, and is a well known figure at teachers'
institutes. He served as justice of the peace in Bernville five years, and
is now serving his fourth term in that position in Lower Heidelberg. He
married Susanna Himmelberger, daughter of John Himmelberger, of Centre
township. They had nine children, four of whom are deceased. The survivors
are: Anson, of Wernersville; Annie, m. to William McGreth, of Alliance,
Ohio; Edward H., a painter at Reading; Charles H.; and Willis J., of East
Liverpool, Ohio. Charles H. Machmer was reared at State Hill, in Lower
Heidelberg township, and there attended the public schools, later entering
the Keystone State Normal School, at Kutztown, and still later took a
commercial course, in 1899 graduating from the Lebanon Valley Business
College. He also attended the Interstate Commercial College at Reading,
where he was a student of merit. Prior to identifying himself with life
insurance, he taught school in Lower Heidelberg township and one term at
Robesonia. In May, 1901, he connected himself with the Prudential Insurance
Company, at the Reading agency, and Dec. 23, 1903, he was promoted to the
position of assistant superintendent. He is a most successful insurance man
and ably performs the many responsible duties of his position. Since 1902 he
has occupied a home of his own, at No. 364 Schuylkill avenue.
In 1897, Mr. Machmer was married to Themson E. Speicher, a daughter of
Jacob K. and Themson (Roeder) Speicher, of Robesonia, and they have had
three children, namely: Elliott D., born May 22, 1898, died Jan. 4, 1899;
Stanley E., born MayÂ· 27, 1900, died Nov. 8, 1900; and Russell S., born June
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