“A Biographical History of Lancaster Co. Being a History of
Early Settlers and Eminent Men of the County” by Alex. Harris, 1827
Lancaster, Pa.: Elias Barr & Co., 1872
Pg. 256, HALDEMAN FAMILY.In Rupp’s History of Lancaster County, pg. 397, a list of citizens is given who were chosen in 1775 as a Committee of Public Safety, in the (pg. 257) troubles which resulted in the war with England, and among numerous German names, that of JACOB HALDEMAN appears as one of three for Rapho Twp.To his grandson, HENRY HALDEMAN, a similar trust was confided at Harrisburg during the so-called Buckshot War in 1838.JACOB HALDEMAN, was the father of JOHN HALDEMAN (1753-1832) of Locust Grove, near Bainbridge, on the Susquehanna, who lived in the house now occupied by his grandson JOHN (son of JOHN B.) HALDEMAN, about two miles below Bainbridge.The elder JOHN was married to MARIA BRENEMAN, and they brought up a large family, most of whom were sons, and became successful business men.After a prosperous career, JOHN HALDEMAN and wife left their homestead to their oldest son, JOHN B. (1779-1836 and retired to a life of leisure in Columbia.The large stone mill at Locust Grove (subsequently transferred to his fourth son, HENRY), was built by him and bears the inscription -ERBAUET BEI JOHN HALDEMAN AND MARIA HALDEMAN, 1790.
About the year 1795 he was a member of the State Legislature for two terms at Philadelphia, where he made the acquaintance of various distinguished men of the period.He was well informed, fond of reading, and a subscriber to works like ‘Guthrie’s Geography,’ 2 vols. 1794, and ‘The World Displayed,’ 8 vols. 1795, both of which he presented to S. S. HALDEMAN when a boy.In 1837, when engaged in the geological survey of the State in the vicinity of Hummelstown, remembered the exaggerated description in Guthrie, of the cave on the Swatara.Upon visiting it he discovered the main cave. (pg. 258)
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Born in German Switzerland, Oct. 7, 1722; died Dec. 3, 1783.GENERAL HALDEMAN, a native of French Switzerland, and the first British Governor of Canada, visited Lancaster Co. in 1733, and offered to adopt one of JACOB HALDEMAN’S sons, as he had not a family of his own.The celebrated scientific writer, MRS. MARCETT, was related to this This town was founded by his sons JOHN B. and HENRY HALDEMAN.
Particularly the second JACOB M. HALDEMAN, (1781-1857) of Harrisburg, whose son JACOB S. was Minister to Sweden in 1862, and another son, (RICHARD J.) is now (1872) a member of Congress from Cumberland Co., Pa.)
Pg. 258, S. S. HALDEMAN was born at Locust Grove Mills in 1812; the oldest son of HENRY HALDEMAN (1787-1849) and his wife FRANCES STEMAN (1794-1826).In the spring of 1826, when nearly 14 years of age, PROF. HALDEMAN was sent to the Classical Academy of Dr. (pg. 259) John M. Keagy, at Harrisburg, where he remained for two years, and then went to Dickinson College, Carlisle, where he was a student for two years more.His taste for natural science was encouraged under Prof. H. D. Rogers, a distinguished geologist.He returned home at the age of 18, and while occasionally assisting his father in the saw-milling business at Chickies, he continued his studies...(pg. 260) In 1835 PROF. HALDEMAN married MISS MARY A. HOUGH, and moved to the residence which they family, still occupy, at Chickies, where he was subsequently joined by his brothers, DR. EDWIN HALDEMAN and PARIS HALDEMAN, in the iron business.In this connection he published a paper, in 1848, on the construction of blast furnaces; in 1855 he edited the second edition of Taylor’s “Statistics of Coal,” and for many years he has been an officer of the State Agricultural Society.In1841 his “Freshwater Univalve Mollusca” of the U. S. was begun.About the period of 1855-8 he was professor of agricultural chemistry and geology in Delaware College.His paper “On Species and their Distribution,” (1851), opened a question which has been more recently developed into what is now called Darwinism, and Darwin himself makes favorable mention of this article in his later editions...(ends of pg. 262)