This week’s story for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge is my 3rd great grandfather, Aaron Serfass.
Aaron was born on February 22, 1817 to successful farmer and shoemaker, Adam Serfass and his wife Christina (nee Berger) in Polk Township, Pennsylvania. He was baptized at the Salem Church Union Church in the village of Gilbert, PA. Sponsors were Jacob Serfass and Mary Bargen.
The Serfass family were well known and long established in Polk Township. Aaron’s great- grandfather, Philip Serfass, had arrived in Philadelphia from Germany in 1739, eventually buying land in Polk Township. His grandfather, Johannes “John” Serfass, served in the Revolutionary War as a soldier and a clerk under Captain John Gregory.
Aaron married Elizabeth Hawk, also from Polk Township, sometime around 1840. Aaron also took up farming and also did some blacksmithing. Aaron and Elizabeth had 8 children: Elizabeth, Joseph, Hannah, Adam, Christiana, Peter, Catherine and Mary Jane.
Aaron died at his home on March 26, 1893 at the age of 76, after being stricken with sudden paralysis. He is buried in the Jerusalem Church Cemetery in Trachsville, PA.