F. Hartman was born in
Germany and educated in the University of Berlin.
After coming to this country, he studied for a short time at
Mercersburg. He served a charge in Crawford County, Pa., for some years,
and married Miss Lizzie Kern, from
Saegertown, and they had on child, a son, who became an Episcopal
clergyman. Rev. Mr. Hartman
took the pastorate of several congregations in Mercer Co., Pa., on Nov.
1st, 1856, and bought a farm and lived on it where the village of Shenango
afterwards grew up. He was
very successful in the ministry and organized the congregations in
Greenville and New Hamburg. He
was pastor of the Shenango charge for ten years and then entered the
Episcopal church and served a congregation in the suburbs of Pittsburgh.
At length he returned to Germany and for a time held an important
office under the government. He
was popular among his people and the churches were strengthened under his
History of the Pittsburgh Synod of the Reformed Church in the United
prepared in commemoration of its fiftieth anniversary, by David B.
Lady, 1920, pages 178-179.