Location: Fayette County PA

Biography of Rev. Jacob Lindley

The Rev. Jacob Lindley, seventh son of Demas Lindley, one of the early settlers of Washington county, Pennsylvania, was born in that county, June 13, 1774. At the age of eighteen he was sent to Jefferson college, Pennsylvania, and from there went to Princeton, New Jersey, where he graduated in 1798. After a course of theological study he was license] to preach by the ” Washington Presbytery,” and in 1803, he removed to Ohio, settling first at Beverly, on the Muskingum. Having been selected by the first board of trustees of the Ohio university to organize and conduct that institution, he removed to Athens in 1808, and opened the academy there. For several years he had entire charge of the infant college, which he conducted with distinguished ability and success. He was the prime mover in securing the erection of the college buildings, and also in founding the Presbyterian church at Athens. He labored assiduously here for about twenty years, during part of which time he was the only Presbyterian minister in this portion of the state. He returned in 1829 to Pennsylvania, where he spent the rest of his life, and died at the residence of his son, Dr. Lieutellus Lindley, in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, January 29th, 1857. Dr. Lindley was no common man, but an earnest thinker and conscientious worker. The leading trait in his character was an...

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Biography of Ebenezer F. Porter, Hon.

For nearly a quarter of a century the Hon. Ebenezer F. Porter, State Senator from the Ninth Senatorial District, had been one of the powers and potential forces in business and in politics, in material progress and in educational affairs in that seetion of the state. He had, from an early age, borne a large share of his father’s as well as his own responsibilities in business affairs and had been forced to deal with matters of far more than ordinary importance. Notwithstanding the extent and seape of his activities, it may be said without fear of contradiction that he had never failed in any of his enterprises. He had gained among his associates the reputation of going straight to the mark in any enterprise with which he is identified, and with a definite goal for his efforts had not failed to securing whatever he went after. While he had been connected with a number of large interests during his career, yet he had never allowed himself to be so concerned with them that they receive his attention to the neglect of any detail of his other interests. His friends have said of him that everything he does is thoughtfully planned out beforehand, and with his foundation thus well built, his business structures invariably rise to a suceessful completion. Aside from pure business matters, his intense energy and trained...

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Biography of Mrs. A. C. Stich

Mrs. A. C. Stich by her inheritance of some of the best of old American stock and as head of the home over which she presided for so many years, is a Kansas woman of whom some special note should be made. Her great-grandfather William Henry Stoy was the founder of the family in America, having emigrated from Germany. He was a ministor of the Episcopal Church, and spent many years in preaching in Pennsylvania, where he died. Her paternal grandfather Heury William Stoy was born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, in 1782 and died in West Virginia in 1858. He was one of two sons, his brother being Gustavus Stoy. Henry William Stoy was a physician and surgeon and practiced for many years at Brownsville, Pennsylvania, and in the latter part of his life in West Virginia. Mrs. Stich’s father was Capt. William Stoy, who was born in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, in 1815 and died in Waynesburg of that state in 1898. A man of great talent as a musician, he was both a teacher and composer of music. At the beginning of the Civil war in 1861 he enlisted and was at the head of a regimental band of one hundred members. He was wounded while in the service and was honorably discharged after eighteen months. He was a democrat, a member of the Masonic fraternity, and belonged to the...

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Biography of John William Moser

John William Moser has been a figure in the commercial life of Meriden, Kansas, for over thirty years. Besides his large mercantile enterprise and the ownership of considerable property Mr. Moser is active in various public and semi-public movements and enterprises of Jefferson County. He was born March 3, 1857, in Georgia Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, in which state his ancestors, the Mosers, have lived since Colonial times, locating there from Germany. His great-grandfather, Abraham Moser, was born in Pennsylvania in 1767 and spent his last years in Georgia Township of Fayette County, where he belonged with the pioneer stock. His wife, Catherins, was born in 1774. The grandfather, John Moser, was born, in Georgia Township of Fayette County in 1809, spent his life as a farmer and died in the same locality in 1888, at the age of seventy-nine. He married Amy Sterling, who was born in German Township of Fayette County and spent her last years in Georgia Township. Her father, John Sterling, was born in England and was of straight English descent for generations. The Sterlings have been prominent both in England and America. John Sterling was a farmer in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, and died in German Township. Abraham Moser, father of John W. Moser, was a well known citlzen of Jefferson County, Kansas, for many years. He was born in Georgia Township of Fayette County...

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Biography of William A. Coughanour

For almost fourteen years Payette has numbered William A. Coughanour among its most prominent and progressive citizens. He may well be termed one of the founders of the city, for he has been the promoter of many of its leading business enterprises, and the growth and development of a city depend upon its commercial and industrial activity. His connection with any undertaking insures a prosperous outcome of the same, for it is in his nature to carry forward to successful completion whatever he is associated with. He has earned for himself an enviable reputation, as a careful man of business, and in his dealings is known for his prompt and honorable methods, which have won him the deserved and unbounded confidence of his fellow men. Mr. Coughanour was born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, on the 12th of March 1850, and is of Pennsylvania Dutch lineage. His father, H. S. Coughanour, is still residing in that county, at the age of eighty-four years. He followed shipbuilding as an occupation through the period of his active business career. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Caroline Conkle, was likewise a native of his neighborhood, and belonged to one of the old Dutch families. They became the parents of four daughters and a son, and all are yet living. The subject of this review was reared in the place of his...

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Biography of Ed. F. Winn

No work that might attempt to tell the story of the settlement and civilization of Idaho would be complete if it should contain no account of the hard, brave work performed by Deputy Sheriff and Deputy United States Marshal Ed. F. Winn, in ridding the country of the gangs of thieves, cut-throats and outlaws that once infested it. A book devoted to the exploits of Winn and other Federal and civil officers in this part of the country would be of thrilling interest. Ed. F. Winn is a native of Brownsville, Pennsylvania, and was born October 29, 1857. His parents, Isaac and Mary Jane (Moore) Winn, came to the United States from Lancashire, England, soon after their marriage and settled in Pennsylvania, where they are vet living, Mr. Winn being still in the active practice of his profession, as a civil engineer. They are people of the highest worth, ornaments of the community in which they live, and have been lifelong members of the Cumberland Presbyterian church. They had three sons and a daughter, and Ed. F. Winn was their second child. He was educated and learned the carpenter’s trade in his native state, and in 1875, when lie was about eighteen, went to Iowa and thence to Nebraska. At Omaha he found work as a carpenter, in the employ of the Union Pacific Railroad Company. He was sent...

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Biography of Samuel A. Pursel

SAMUEL A. PURSEL. – Union county’s list of business men comprises a wide awake and energetic class that has wrought well for the advancement of the county and among the number are some that have manifested extraordinary ability in financiering and in manipulating the resources of the county. One of this distinguished number is the gentleman, of whom we have the pleasure now to write, and his enterprise and industry have been well known for a third of a century in the walks of business life in this country, while his capabilities have been shown to be second to none in the enterprises that he has inaugurated and consummated. West Brownville, in the old Keystone state, is the place of his birth, which occurred in 1840. When ten years of age he was brought to Iowa, where his parents remained until the time of their death. When the call of patriotism sounded in his ear, he left the quiet walks of life and enlisted in Company K, of the Fourth Iowa, where he served with valor for about one year, then was honorably discharged and returned to the pursuits of industrial life. In 1872 he left the place of his youth and came to Union county, landing at Lagrande on the 1st of April. He at once saw an opening in the manufacture of lumber and was quick to...

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Biographical Sketch of George Taylor Bishop

Bishop, George Taylor; owner of electric railways; born, Ravenna, O., Oct. 11, 1864; son of Clark B. and Arvilla A. Taylor Bishop; public school education; married, Brownsville, Pa., Nov. 26, 1891, Anna L. Swearer; pres. and director Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis R. R. Co.; director Cleveland Trust Co.; director National Bank of Baltimore, Baltimore, Md.; director Munsey Trust Co., Washington, D. C.; member Union, Country, Mayfield, Cleveland Automobile Clubs; Cleveland, Maryland and Baltimore Country Clubs; Baltimore, Columbia Country Club, Washington, D. C., Ohio Society of New...

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Biographical Sketch of William Ross Hunter

Hunter, William Ross; contractor; born, Gillardsport, Pa., Oct. 24, 1869; son of Joseph and Lucinda Dukate Hunter; common school education at Masontown, Pa.; married, Masontown, Pa., Jan. 1, 1902, Haddie May Willard; three children; plastering contractor; has worked at the business for 25 years, served apprenticeship under his father; aim has always been to please customers; member Odd...

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Biography of Miss Isa Allene Greene

Miss Isa Allene Greene grew up in Bourbon County, Kansas, and in that section taught her first school. Through her work she had become one of Kansas’ noted educators. She had proved herself a real teacher. She possesses the ability, rare as it is in any time or generation and rare even in these modern times when so much emphasis is placed upon it, of vitalizing and inspiring the intellectual activities of those under her charge, and all her work had been characterized by a depth of sympathy and understanding which is more necessary in any rational scheme of education than mere ability to impart knowledge. Miss Greene had taught for many years in Kansas and was recently promoted to the great responsibility of superintendent of the School for the Blind, Kansas City, Kansas. Miss Greene was born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, at the Town of Smithfield December 29, 1866. She was next to the youngest in a family of ten children. Her parents, Harvey and Nancy (Jaco) Greene, were both natives of Pennsylvania. Her maternal grandfather was of English descent, while her paternal ancestors were Welsh and German. The grandparents came to America about 1800. James H. Greene was a cooper by trade, and also a local minister of the Methodist Church. He and his wife were married and lived continuously in one house in Pennsylvania until all...

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Elva Lorena Todd Burhams of Dunbar PA

BURHAMS, Elva Lorena Todd9, (Seth H.8, Isaac7, Moses6, Hezekiah5, Caleb4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Feb. 21, 1861, in Wakeman, Ohio, married Aug 28, 1881, James Mott Burhams, who was born Aug. 31, 1855, in Wakeman, O. She attended Oberlin College. They are now (1916) living in Dunbar, Penn., where he is engaged in the undertaking business. Child: I. James Todd, b. June 26, 1885, in Wakeman, O., m. June 11, 1910, Effie A. Bernhardt, of Uniontown, Penn., where she was b. March 29, 1885; they are now (1916) living in Van Nuyes, Cal., on a chicken ranch. They had issue: (1) Florence Todd, b. Jan. 4, 1913; (2) Ruth Louise, b. Feb. 24,...

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Fayette County, Pennsylvania Census Records

1790 Fayette County, Pennsylvania Census Records Free 1790 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free TrialĀ  Hosted at USGenWeb Census Project Index, 1 of 3 Index, 2 of 3 Index, 3 of 3 Index by Township, 1 of 3 Index by Township, 2 of 3 Index by Township, 3 of 3 Townships, 1 of 13 Franklin Townships, 2 of 13 German Townships, 3 of 13 Georges Townships, 4 of 13 Luzerne Townships, 5 of 13 Menallen Townships, 6 of 13 Redstone Townships, 7 of 13 Saltlick Townships, 8 of 13 Springhill Townships, 9 of 13 Tyrone Townships, 10 of 13 Union Townships, 11 of 13 Wharton Townships, 12 of 13 Washington Townships, 13 of 13 Hosted at Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives Bullskin, Franklin, German, and Luzerne Townships Menallen, Springhill, Tyrone, Washington, Wharton and Union Townships Surname Index A-J Surname Index K-R Surname Index S-Z File 1 of 3 File 2 of 3 File 3 of 3 Hosted at Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives Fayette County, Federal Census Records Hosted at Census Guide1800 U.S. Census Guide 1800 Fayette County, Pennsylvania Census Records Free 1800 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free TrialĀ  Hosted at USGenWeb Census Project Surname Index A-K Surname Index L-Z Notes Hosted at Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives Surname Index A-K Surname Index L-Z Bullskin and Dunbar Townships Franklin Township German Township Georges Township...

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Fayette County, Pennsylvania Cemetery Records

Most of these are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Cemeteries hosted at Fayette County PAGenWeb Project (transcriptions and photos) Ache Farm Cemetery Acklin Cemetery Allen Farm Cemetery Associate Reformed Cemetery Baker Family Cemetery Ball Cemetery Batton Cemetery Beaver Creek Cemetery Bethel Church of Christ Cemetery Bethel Memorial Park Bice Farm Bidwell Cemetery Bigham Cemetery Bird / Burd Cemetery Blacksmith Cemetery #6 Blosser Cagey Cemetery Boal Family Bowell Jones Cemetery Bowman Flatwoods Cemetery Boyd Family Boyd Mitchell Family Braddock Grave Breading Family Brick Church Cemetery Bridgeport Cemetery Brooks Family Brookvale Cemetery Brothers Cemetery Brown Cemetery Brownfield Cemetery Brownfield Family Brownfield Jennings Bryan Methodist Cemetery Bryner Farm Bryner Ridge Cemetery Buchannan Woodward Burnsworth Family Carroll Cemetery Cedar Grove Cemetery Chalfant Cemetery Chalk Hill Cemetery Chestnut Hill Cemetery Chrise Family Christ Episcopal Cemetery Church Hill Presbyterian Cemetery Clare Cemetery Clearview Cemetery Cochran Cemetery Cole Cemetery Collins Cemetery Conn Family Connell Family Connell Grave Yard Conwell Family Cove Run Cemetery (New) Cove Run Cemetery (Old) Crawford Cemetery Cromwell Cemetery Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery Cummings Cemetery Dan Snyder Davidson Williams Dearth Cemetery Destroyed Cemeteries Dickerson Family Dickerson Run Union Dickey Cemetery Dietz Cemetery Dunlap Cemetery Dunlap’s Creek Presbyterian Durr Cemetery East Liberty Presbyterian Edenborn Cemetery Eutsey Cemetery (New) Eutsey Cemetery (Old) Evergreen Memorial Park Fairchance Cemetery Fairview Church...

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Biography of Joseph Schoewaiter Smith

Joseph Schoewaiter Smith, was born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, June 20, 1824. His ancestors at an early day emigrated from England and Wales and settled in New Jersey and their descendants are now scattered all over the United States. At the age of eight years he accompanied his parents to Clermont County, Ohio, and three years later to Vermilion County, Indiana. He received such education as a farmer’s boy of ambition could receive at that day in a pioneer neighborhood. During the summer he worked on the farm and in the winter attended such schools as the county afforded. He early evinced great fondness for books which stimulated his thirst for knowledge, and at the age of sixteen he left his home determined by his own exertions to obtain a better education than the limited means of his father would permit. From that time until he was nearly twenty he spent at school all the time which the hardest physical labor necessary to support himself would allow. In the fall of 1844 he started for Oregon. Several months were consumed in making the overland journey, the winter of 1844-5 being passed among the Indians in the Rocky Mountains, while every mile of the long journey to the settlement in the Willamette Valley was beset by perils and privations such as fell to the lot of the pioneer land emigrants...

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