Person:Henry Bortner (1)

Henry M (Heinrig) Bortner
m. ABT 1817
  1. Sarah M Bortner1818 - 1899
  2. Gerard (Jared) M Bortner1819 - 1913
  3. Henry M (Heinrig) Bortner1822 - 1898
  4. Jonas M Bortner1823 - 1893
  5. Lydia (Lidia) Bortner1825 - 1857
  6. Cassandra Ann Bortner1828 - 1920
  7. Catharine (Cathren) Bortner1831 - 1921
  8. Noah M Bortner1835 - 1911
Facts and Events
Name Henry M (Heinrig) Bortner
Gender Male
Birth? 5 JAN 1822 , York, Pennsylvania, USA
Christening? 11 FEB 1822 Fissels Church Cem., Shrewsbury, York Co., Pennsylvania
Death? 2 AUG 1898 , York, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial? Shrewsbury Twp., York, Pa, Fissel's Ch.
Ancestral File Number L4D1-HT
Other? Notes

!BIR-MAR-DEATH: George Bortner of Codorus Twp., York Co., PA and His Descendants; by Charles H. Glatfelter; 1949; pp. 123-125. CENSUS: 1870 - In Codorus, York, PA - Ancestry Image 40 or 51. In the home (all born in PA) were H. M Bortner 59, Henrietta 43, Alfred 22, Henrietta 18, John 14, Kesiah 11, Amanda 9, George 7, Edgar 5, Laura 3, and Alice 1. OCCUPATION: Listed as Farmer on the 1870 census. BIOGRAPHICAL: York County Biographical History, 1886:

                              Codorus Township
                              Henry M. Bortner
   son of Michael and Catherine (Marckel) Bortner, of Codorus and Shrewsbury Townships,
respectively, was born January 3, 1821, in Codorus Township, and is the second son in a family of
 cight children, viz.: Jared M., Henry M., Jonas M., Noah M.; Sarah, wife of Solomon Wherly;
Liddie, widow of Henry Bahn; Cassie Ann, wife of Peter S. Smith; and Catherine, wife of Adam S.
  Smith. June 14, 1846, our subject married Henrietta Dubs, daughter of John and Elizabeth
 (Rohrbach) Dubs, of Codorus Township. Thirteen children have been born to them: Albert D.,
  Louisa J.; Henry D., deceased; Henrietta D.; Leminda, deceased; John D.; Sarah, deceased;
 Josiah D., Amanda D., George D., Edgar D., Laura D. and Alice D. Our subject was reared on his
 father's farm, and received the advantages of the common schools of his township. He followed
 weaving for seven years, having learned it from his mother, and then went to learn the trade of
miller, June 8, 1844, with Jacob Bortner, ex-commissioner of York County; Ephraim Fair was his
 miller. After working there four years, our subject bought the mill property of Michael Krout, at
 what is now Seitzville. He operated this mill four years, then bought Abraham Thoman's mill in
Shrewsbury Township, now Honeytown, where he followed milling twelve years, and then moved
to his present mill, and after three years' stay here rented a farm and followed farming five years,
 when he relinquished that occupation to accept the office of treasurer of York County, having
   served the full term to the entire satisfaction of the people. In 1875 he removed to the mill
property, where he now lives, at Pierceville. Hestill runs the mill to its full capacity. Our subject's
  father, John Michael Bortner, died October 21, 1870, in his ninetieth year. His mother died
 October 9, 1838, in her fortieth year. Subject's paternal grandparents were Ludwig Bortner and
 Ablona (Florschner) Bortner, and were among the pioneer settlers of Codorus Township. Mr.
  Bortner is a member of Fishel's (Lutheran) Church; has been assessor of his to wnship ten
   consecutive terms, also school director for nine years, and is one of the leading and most
                      respected citizens of Codorus Township.

BIO: From research of Thomas R Yingling at - He was also know as Little Harry Bortner. He had little formal education. He was engaged in weaving for 7 years, and then turned to milling. He owned in succession the Seitzville mill, the Honeytown mill (which he first aquired in 1854 and finally sold in 1886), and the Pierceville mill. He early began to accept local governmental positions. In 1852 he was assesser in Springfield Twp., York Co. In 1860 he was tax collector of Shrewsbury Twp., and school director from 1862 to 1864. His political affiliations were Democratic, and in 1871 he was elected county treasurer, serving a two year term. In 1886 and again in 1892 he was chosen by voters of his district to represent them in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he served on th commitees on agriculture, constitutional reform, manufacturers. library, public buildings, and printing. During his second term he was one of the oldest members in the House. While in Harrisburg he stayed in a house on Elder St. and he occupied desk number 88 in the House chamber. One of his last activities was to join with others in bringing about the first Bortner reunion in 1897. He was fond at trying his hand at poetry. He was the first historian on record of the Bortner family. This poem was written by Henry on his 71st birthday: When I was young I had much fun, Today I reach my seventy-one.The day, whem I was fifty-one I filled the place of Treasurer John.The Auditors, when fifty-two, Approved accounts, correct and true. Refunding orders, were away I left no space, for them to stay. For it was what was overpaid, More then you need to keep you straight. Without voucher to pay it back, If not, you keep it in your sack. On my birthday, when fifty-three Went out of office, for I was free Thirteen years, from this day later Went to the hous of legislator. Give one term more, is all I ask. And then will say, my time is past, As I am going down the hill Day after day, tending the mill. Yes, over seveteen thousand days A long journey, for me to stay, And many times, in winter day. No sleep, no rest, no bed to lay. The rest myself, a half an hour All day and night, when making flour. How many times I cannot tell.I say good-bye, farewell, farewell.


  1.   The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (TM) (July 1996 (c), data as of 2 January 1996.

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  2.   The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (TM) (June 1998 (c), data as of 5 JAN 1998).

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