AHRENS, EDMUND H., p. 962
Surnames: AHRENS, HUGHES, LIPPERT, ZIEBER, KING, ZIEBER, SAILOR, STITZER, LEINBACH, ROTHENBERGER, KRAEMER, UNGER
Edmund H. Ahrens, excellent citizen and general farmer, residing in Ontelaunee township, Berks county, was born on the old family homestead, Sept. 19, 1861, son of Franklin and Sarah (Hughes) Ahrens.
The Ahrens family can trace its ancestry to the great grandfather, Henry Ahrens, who was born in Bavaria, Germany, April 15, 1754. Family history tells that he left home while still a youth, after having some differences with his father, went to England, where he joined a party of emigrants who started to America in 1770, landing in Massachusetts. There he served an apprenticeship to the millwright trade. About 1790 he went from New England to Pennsylvania and settled in Lippert's Valley, Ruscombmanor township, Berks county, where he married Catherine Lippert. born Feb. 9, 1772. They had children born to them as follows: John; Henry; Jacob; and Hannah, who married Jacob Miller. Henry Ahrens died Jan. 2, 1836, and his wife, Sept. 14, 1830.
Henry Ahrens (2), the grandfather, was born March 17, 1799. He was a carpenter by trade, and lived in Ontelaunee township, Berks county, where he died May 2, 1873. He married Anna King, born Oct. 15, 1806, daughter of Abraham and Catherine (Zieber) King, and they had eight children namely: Franklin, James, Henry, Cyrus, Sarah (m. Henry Sailer), Annetta (m. Daniel Stitzer), Catherine (m. James Leinbach), and Eliza (m. Daniel Rothenberger).
Franklin Ahrens, father of Edmund H., was born Feb. 7, 1827, and died July 30, 1904. He was a carpenter and builder. On Oct. 2, 1855 he married Sarah Hughes and they had three sons: Harry; William (died in 1882) and Edmund H.
Edmund H. Ahrens attended the local schools and has done a large amount of home study and reading. Farming has been his life work and he now owns the old homestead on which he resides. On Dec. 24, 1887, he married Kate Unger, daughter of Reuben and Rebecca Unger, and they have six children, namely; Sallie married Frederick Kraemer, and has two children, Nellie (deceased) and Erma; Edith died age eleven years; and Bertha, Marion, Ruth, and Nellie are all at home. This pleasant old homestead farm lies on the Kutztown road between Temple and the Half-way House.