FRANCIS PORTZLINE (1771-1857)
was born in Germany and immigrated to America in 1777. Portzline married in 1801 and lived with his family in Union County along the Susquehanna River in an area that later became part of Snyder County. Proficient in both German and English, his frakturs cover the period from 1800-1855. He was employed in a variety of professions including schoolmaster, shopkeeper and farmer.