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Joseph Bricker

The Bricker family is of German extraction, formerly a large
and prolific one, and many of them rest in the old cemetery in
Hampden township.

Joseph Bricker was reared on his father's farm and attended the local schools until he was seventeen years of age. Although then but a mere youth, he ofifered his services to his country, enlisting in Company D, 78th P.V.L. under Col. Bonanfine, and was ordered, with the regiment, to Nashville, Tn., participating in the battle at that point and in several others, His services continued from September 1864 to September 1865, during the greater part of which time he was doing guard duty along various railroads.

After his honorable discharge, Mr. Bricker returned to Mechanicsburg, and soon after, went to Missouri, were he spent some three years in farming, Going north, he farmed a year or two in Minnesota, and also rafted lumber on the Mississippi. This life, however, was too strenuous and in the spring of 1871 he returned to Cumberland county, and went to work on his father's farm in Silver Spring township.

In 1873 Mr Bricker married Clara Sipe, of Silver Spring township, daughter of Peter and Caroline (Wilson) Sipe, formerly of York County. Two Children were born to this union, Peter and Ella. After marriage he settled for five years in Hampden township, and then went back to Silver Spring township, were he lived until 1897. He owns two farms, one of 100 acres, with good dwelling, barns, sheds and outbuildings, everything being in good shape and suitable for farming and stock raising, and one of forty acres adjoining.

He moved to Mechanicsburg in 1897, renting his farm, and engagedfor a year in the grocery business. A year later he disposed of this and bought the property in College Park, which he has occupied ever since. In 1901 he became a contractor to carry the mail on Rual Route No.5, and has proven himself a very satisfactory official.

Both Mr. Bricker and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church. Faternally, he belongs to Mechanicsburg Post, No.415, G.A.R.
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The son of Peter & Mary Bricker, in 1860 he was a farmer living in Silver Spring Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Archives' ARIAS file claims he was living in Goldsboro, York County, Pennsylvania, in early 1865, although that particular piece of data is not trustworthy on that file. By then, he stood 5' 4" tall and had dark hair and gray eyes.

A Civil War veteran, he enlisted in Harrisburg February 10, 1865, mustered into federal service there February 11 as a private with the 78th Pennsylvania Infantry in the second organization of Co. D, and honorably discharged with his company September 11, 1865. He did not, as his obituary claims, take part in the battle of Nashville on December 15 & 16, 1864, because he would not enlist until nearly two months later. He was, however, eventually stationed at Nashville with the 78th Pennsylvania.

After the war, he lived in Missouri and Minnesota before returning to Cumberland County in 1871. He married Clara Sipe in 1873 and fathered William H. (b./d. 03/05/73), Peter Wilson (b. 08/14/74), and Ellen C. (b. @1877). He was a post-war member of Mechanicsburg's Zinn Post No. 415, G.A.R.


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  • Created by: PaGenieGirl
  • Added: 10 May 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 52218058
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Bricker (3 Feb 1847–18 Oct 1932), Find A Grave Memorial no. 52218058, citing Saint Johns Cemetery, Shiremanstown, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by PaGenieGirl (contributor 47027054) .