William Bender, wheelwright and carpenter, was born in Armstrong Valley, Jackson Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, 17 January 1842. He is a son of Leonard Bender and Elizabeth [Shoop] Bender.
Adam Bender, his great-grandfather, kept a hotel at Halifax, and later removed to where Elizabethville now stands.
John Bender, grandfather of William Bender, married Elizabeth Gipple. They had six children:
Katie Bender; and
John Bender laid out the town of Elizabethville and named it for his wife Elizabeth [Gipple] Bender.
Leonard Bender, father of William Bender, was born in 1811, and is living at the time of this writing. His wife, Elizabeth Shoop, died 2 February 1872, at the age of fifty-four. They had six children:
Samuel Bender, married Barbara Shraeder;
Susan Bender, wife of Isaac Keiter;
Sarah Bender, deceased, wife of Emanuel Hoover;
John Bender, married Sarah Snyder, who died, and he married Sarah Warfel, widow of James Warfel;
Louisa Bender, deceased, wife of David Griesemer.
William Bender was at school for few months of each year until he was fifteen; but his last periods of attendance of school alternated with seasons of busy employment, and from his sixteenth to his twenty-first year his time was wholly taken up with assisting his father, both on the farm and in the wheelwright shop. He thus acquired a practical knowledge of both agricultural and mechanical business. Thinking it well to try work away from home he was for a little less than a year in the employ of the Northern Central Railway Company, after which he worked for a time with Levi Straw at carpentry.
On 6 September 1864, Mr. Bender enlisted at Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, in Capt. Solomon B. Bowerman’s Company A, 210th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers [210th Pennsylvania Infantry], under Col. William Sargeant. The regiment was sent to the Army of the Potomac, and assigned to the Third Brigade, Second Division, Fifth Corps. It was ordered from Baltimore to City Point, and from City Point to the front of Petersburg, where it remained during the operations at that point during 1864 and 1865. In the following spring the regiment was sent to Fort Stedman, thence to Hatcher’s Run, thence to Gravel Run, where they lost their colonel, William Sargeant, thence to Five Forks, thence to Appomattox, where they remained for three days, thence to Petersburg, thence to Richmond, thence to Fredericksburg, thence to Harper’s Ferry, thence to Arlington Heights, and thence by way of Washington to Harrisburg, where the war having ended, the regiment was honorably discharged.
Mr. Bender, after his discharge, returned to Jackson Township, spent a short time at home, and was then for about six months in the employ of the Northern Central Railway Company. Then for six months he worked at his trade with George Yeager, at Millersburg, after which he engaged at carpenter work with Theodore Dechant, and remained with him during the summer of 1866. The next year and up to the spring of 1867 he spent with his father, working on the farm or in the shop, wherever his help was most needed. After a short visit to Michigan, from which he returned in the following June, he was again engaged in his trade until 1874; in the spring of that year he was occupied throughout the season with the building of a barn on his father-in-law’s farm, in Halifax Township. In the winter of 1871-1872, Mr. Bender bought a tract of land at Lenkerville, near Millersburg, where he built his present homestead, to which he removed in the spring of 1873, and which has been his residence ever since.
For the next six years Mr. Bender was employed by David Kuhns, in carpenter work, and for three years after that by Mr. Bell, in bridge building. He then again worked for Mr. Kuhns, as a carpenter, and later did the same kind of work for Benjamin Jury. For four years he was again employed by the Northern Central Railway Company, and then engaged for the third time by Mr. Kuhns, carpentry; then he worked for John R. Miller, and afterwards engaged in carpentry on his own account.
William Bender was married, 16 September 1866, to Mary E. Hoffman, daughter of Jonathan Hoffman and Joanna Hoffman. Mr. and Mrs. Bender have five children:
Emma L. Bender, born 19 August 1867, wife of Clinton Tobias, has five children, two of whom are now deceased –
Ralph Lester Tobias, born 3 September 1886, died 3 September 1890, and
Mary Edna Tobias, born 27 February 1888, died 24 June 1888, also
Anna Dora Tobias, born 18 November 1887;
Harry Edwin Tobias, 28 August 1890, and
Mark Tobias, 1 June 1895;
Charles Irwin Bender, born 14 July 1869, married Lizzie Bilger;
Annie Dora Bender, born 6 May 1871, wife of Ramsey Beller, has two children, Rose M. Beller, born 29 September 1890 and Esther May Beller, 24 May 1891;
Harry Edwin Bender, born 3 April 1875; and
Sarah Florence Bender, born 13 February 1885.
Mr. William Bender is a member of Kilpatrick Post, No. 212, G.A.R., at Millersburg, and is a pensioner of the late war [Civil War]. He is a Republican. The family attend the Lutheran Church.
Jonathan Hoffman, father of Mrs. Mary E. [Hoffman] Bender, died 29 June 1884, aged seventy-two; his wife died 30 December 1893, aged sixty-nine years, six months and two days. They had twelve children:
Mary E. Hoffman;
John Hoffman; and
The above information was modified/edited from Commemorative Biographical Encyclopedia of Dauphin County, published in 1896 by J. M. Runk and Company of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. A free download is available from the Internet Archive.
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Findagrave Memorial #151882332. William Bender died on 28 September 1923. He is buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Millersburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.