COLUMBIA COUNTY, PA BIOGRAPHIES

PINE TOWNSHIP

From "The History of Columbia and Mountour Counties"
Battle, 1887


 
EMANUEL BOGART, farmer, P. O. Pine Summit, was born in Catawissa, this county, May 18,1828, son of Jacob and Elizabeth (MOYER) BOGART. The paternal grandfather of Emanuel, Nicholas BOGART, was of German descent, served as a captain in the war of the Revolution, was taken prisoner, imprisoned in a church, and died while a prisoner. To Jacob and Elizabeth BOGART eight children were born: Maria, Joshua, Emanuel, Israel, Noah, Harriet, Sarah and Margaret. Our subject when a boy came to Lycoming, here grew to manhood and for several years followed lumbering; also operated a saw-mill. In 1854 he went to Canada, returned the same year, still followed the lumbering business; but finally, in 1858, purchased the farm he now owns, of 100 acres, since adding until he has 136 acres. He was married in October, 1856, to Maria, daughter of Philip and Sarah (ALBERTSON) SHOEMAKER. they have seven children: James B., David C., Cora J., Sarah E., Susan J., Clara B. and Eva Lena. They attend the services of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. BOGART was member of Company A, Ninetieth New York Volunteer Regiment, First Brigade, First Division Nineteenth Army Corp, in the late war. Held the office of school director for twenty-one years; also several years as supervisor. In politics he is a Democrat.(History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, pg. 527)

Jacob CHRISTIAN, farmer and miller, P.O. Derrs, was born in Madison Township, June 12, 1825, the eldest son of John and Frances (WELLIVER) CHRISTIAN. Jacob removed with his parents to this township when a boy, was reared to manhood on the farm, succeeded his father at his death, and has since resided here. He was married in September 1848, to Martha, daughter of Chester and Rachel (MELLICK) SMITH; she died September 1, 1884. To Mr. & Mrs. CHRISTIAN were born nine children: Theodore S., John C., Thomas H., J. Judson, Mary E., William B., Howard S., Justin L., and R. Euphemina. Mr. CHRISTIAN has been for several years engaged in lumbering, operates a saw mill, and has a chopping mill in connection with the saw-mill. Of late years he has given more attention to farming. He and nearly all the family are members of the Baptist Church, he has been trustee and also held other offices; has served the township in official relations. (History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, pg. 527)

SAMUEL J. ECKMAN, farmer, P. O. Sereno, was born August 25, 1839, in Lancaster County, Penn., only son of Samuel and Barbara (KRUG) ECKMAN. When twelve years of age, Samuel removed with his parents to Sullivan County, and was here reared to maturity and farming pursuits. Beginning at the age of eighteen he worked for two years in the lumber woods, and at the age of twenty he went to learn the carpenter's trade, which he followed for twenty years. He came to this township and purchased the farm he now owns, having over 180 acres, which he has largely improved and brought to a good state of cultivation. He was married December 26, 1861, to Hannah FOUGHT, daughter of Jacob and Julia (KRICHER) FOUGHT. To this union have been born eleven children: Charles, Julia, Mary, Jennie, Willie, Bessie, John, May, Pearl, Blanch and Ella, who died in her fourth year. In connection with his farming Mr. ECKMAN carries on a shingle-mill and manufactures birch oil. He and Mrs. ECKMAN are members of the Lutheran Church, with which he has been officially connected. Politically he is a Republican, and is secretary of the school board.(History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, pg. 527)

EZRA EVES, farmer, P. O. Sereno, was born in Madison Township, March 28, 1838, son of Parvin and Annie EVES. He was reared in Madison Township until he attained his majority, and then removed to Greenwood Township. When he was twenty-two years of age he was married to Phoebe, daughter of James and Mary A. (RHODES) MATHER. Two years later he removed to Lycoming County, remained here three years, and engaged in farming. In 1868 he returned to Greenwood Township, and located on the PATTON farm where he lived five years. Then he moved to Pine Township, and for seven years lived on the ASHTON farm, now owned by William MASTERS. In the spring of 1883 he located on the farm he now owns at Sereno, where he is engaged in farming. He has three children: Chalkley G., Lena and Louella. The eldest child, Willie A., died at the age of six and one-half years; the last four died in infancy.(History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, pg. 528)

THOMAS EVES, (deceased) was born in Millville, February 1, 1804, and November 18, 1838, he married Esther, eldest of a family of fourteen children born to Joseph and Mary (KLINE) LEMON. In the spring of 1842 Thomas and his wife came to Pine Township and purchased of James LEGGOTT the farm now owned by J. L., which was settled and improved by Philip YEAGER. Here he engaged in farming, and for several years operated a saw-mill and manufactured lumber. Here he died March 29, 1864; his widow, Esther, yet survives him. Three children were born to them: Simon (died July 17, 1861, aged twenty-one years, nine months, and fifteen days); Mary A., married to John V. WELLIVER; and Joseph L. Joseph L. was born October 8, 1853, and with the exception of two years, has always lived on the farm. He married Sarah, daughter of Benjamin and Mary (APPLEGATE) BIDDLER. Mr. and Mrs. EVES have one son, Henry W., born August 27, 1885.(History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, pg. 528)

JOHN F. FOWLER, P. O. Pine Summit. The FOWLER family are of English extraction, and were among the early settlers of Columbia County. Benjamin FOWLER, the grandfather of john F., was a British subject, and when a boy came as a servant to one of the officers who came to America to fight the colonists. After the war was over he learned the blacksmith trade and settled above Espy, in this county, followed his trade and farmed also. He married Deborah, a daughter of David FOWLER. To Benjamin and Deborah were born the following named children: James, David, Daniel, Benjamin, William, Gilbert, Sarah and Nancy. David, the father of John F., died in 1876, aged ninety-one years. He reared four children: Catharine, Sarah, John F. and Sophia. John F. was born in Centre Township, May 2, 1813, was reared to farming and operated his father's farm until 1842, when he came to this township and purchased the farm now owned by N. L. MOSER. He remained here until 1866, when he purchased the farm he now owns. May 29, 1836, Mr. FOWLER married Julia A., daughter of John FORTNER; she died January 29, 1866, leaving seven children: Dorcas F., Mary E., Alvin C., Sarah E., David, Jeremiah R. and William M. Mr. FOWLER married for his second wife, January 10, 1867, Hannah M., daughter of Joseph and Mary (SPARKS) HOUGHTON. By this last union he has two children : Hervey O. and Mattie M.(History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, pg. 528)

J. R. FOWLER, farmer and distiller, was born in this township March 17, 1854, the sixth child and the third son of John F. and Julia (F0RTNER) FOWLER. He was reared on the homestead farm, and remained under the parental roof until twelve years of age; his mother dying when he was young, he left home and learned the puddler's trade at Danville, and worked in the rolling-mill for several years. In 1875 he engaged in the lime business in Muncy Township, Lycoming County, remained here until the spring of 1880, when he came to this township but continued the lime business until 1881. In 1880 he started the distillery here at Pine Summit, which he conducted until 1883, when he located on the farm he now owns, which was purchased of Fowler LYONS, consisting of 250 acres and has since been engaged in farming. The place has been much improved by him, a new barn being built, one of the best in the township. He married Eliza LATHLEAN, born in Sourleo, England, daughter of Joseph and Mary (DUNN) LATHLEAN. Mr. and Mrs. FOWLER have one child, Lillie Dunn. Mr. FOWLER is a member of the I. O. O. F., Iola Lodge No. 711, and is secretary of the same.(History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, pg. 528)

JOHN GORDNER, retired farmer, P. O. Unityville, was born September 27, 1809, in Moreland Township, Lycoming County, son of Daniel and Catharine (NEUFER) GORDNER. The parental grandfather of John was Jacob GORDNER, who came from Berks County soon after the Indian war, and located in Muncy Creek Township, Lycoming County, was shot and scalped by one of the Indians remaining after the war. He had five sons-Peter, John, Philip, Daniel, George-and several daughters. Daniel, the father of our subject, was five years of age when his father was killed by the Indians. He grew to manhood on his father's farm and remained here for many years. He was twice married: first to Sarah HILL, by whom he had six children. His second wife, Catharine NEUFER, the mother of our subject, bore him seven children: John, Hannah, Katie, Henry, Jonathan, William and Esther. John, our subject, remained on the home farm until his marriage in the fall of 1832, when he came to his present residence; he first bought 200 acres which was covered with timber, afterward added 200, and kept on until he had 450 acres. The first year he lived here he brought his bread and meat from Lewisburg, and his feed from Limestoneville; he soon cleared land and had grain to sell. His wife, Catharine, bore him nine children: Hannah (wife of Jacob CHAMBERLAIN); Sarah (wife of James BUDMAN); Henry; Susan (Mrs. John LORE); Jacob (resides in Lycoming County); Daniel; Thomas; John; Margaret (wife of Britton BARTLEY, of Milton). Mrs. GORDNER died of pneumonia, after four days' illness, April 13, 1884, and had been a member of the Lutheran Church about thirty-five years. Mr. GORDNER has been a member of the same church over forty years, and has been deacon, elder, trustee, etc., since his first membership. All of the children are also members of the church. He has been successful in life, and has started all of his children in business; has been supervisor, overseer of the poor, school director, etc. In politics he is a Democrat.(History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, pg. 528)

THOMAS B. GORDNER, farmer, P. O. Unityville, was born March 6, 1848, on the homestead adjoining his own farm. He was the fourth son and seventh child born to John and Catharine (STACKHOUSE) GORDNER. Our subject remained on the home farm until he became of age, then worked for his brothers about two years. His father then gave him ninety acres of land, all of which was covered with timber, which he began clearing. When he was twenty-four years of age he married hannah C., daughter of John and Elizabeth (POUST) BERGER; they lived one year with his father; in the meantime he built his house, and September 11, 1873, he occupied it, and has since resided there. He now owns 322 acres, having added 232 by his owns exertions. Mr. and Mrs. GORDNER have four children: John Oliver, Harriet Elizabeth, Charles Henry and Daniel Ezra. They are members of the Lutheran Church, he having been deacon of the same for several years; he is also a member of the P. of H.(History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, pg. 529)

William GREENLY, superintendent and farmer, P.O. Sereno, was born in this township[Pine] in 1839, a son of Richard (born in 1812) and Sarah (CHAMBERLIN) (born in 1819) GREENLY. Both parents are still living. William remained at home until twenty-two years of age, and was reared to farm pursuits. About 1873 he came to Sereno and learned the tanner's trade with Edward RICHIE; since 1881 he has been superintendent of the tannery, having the entire management. He was married in 1872, to Martha, daughter of George WELLIVER. Mr. and Mrs. GREENLY have three children: Harrison W., Cora and Clara. He purchased a farm of 100 acres in 1886, and is now carrying on the same. In politics he is a Republican. (History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, pg. 529)

BENJAMIN H. LEE, farmer, P. O. Millville, was born in Scott Township, Columbia County, in 1838. He removed to Centre Township when a lad, and here grew to manhood, reared to farming pursuits. He is the eldest son of Charles and Mary (ZEIGLER) LEE, to whom were born a family of twelve children, all of whom lived to be grown. Our subject was married December 25, 1862, to Sarah J., daughter of Samuel and Margaret (CULP) SHAFFER. After Mr. LEE was married he farmed the homestead one year; then moved to Orange Township, and farmed one year; then farmed one year below Light Street, three years in Briarcreek, then returned to Orange Township, and here farmed eight years; came to Pine Township and farmed the Shadrach EVES farm three years, and in November, 1881, he moved to his present place consisting of 112 acres, having built the house and barn previous to his coming. Mr. LEE has greatly improved the farm and now has a very desirable location, his residence overlooking the town of Millville and the valley below. To Mr. and Mrs. LEE have been born seven children: Samuel, Margaret, Charles, Fannie, John, Minta and Harry. In politics Mr. LEE is a Democrat.(History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, pg. 529)

BENJAMIN LORE, farmer and lumberer, P. O. Iola, was born in Jordan Township, Lycoming County, November 19, 1840, the fourth son and fifth child born to John and Mary Ann (WILSON) LORE. The paternal grandfather of our subject was William LORE, who came from New Jersey, located in Lycoming at an early day, and reared a family of seven children, of whom John was the father of our subject. To John and his wife were born seven children: George P., John, Mary, William, Benjamin, Sarah and Thomas. Our subject was left fatherless at the age of six years. His mother died in 1857. When twenty years of age he commenced learning the carpenter trade with his brother John, and this he followed for about seven years. He came to this county in 1861. He married Sarah J., only daughter of Catharine CHAMBERLAIN. He mad his first purchase in 1867, and located on his present farm in 1882. He has six children: Emma E., wife of John F. EDGAR; Henry H., Mary C., George B., Myra B. and Franklin B. since the spring of 1886 he has been a partner with his brother John in the California mill property. They have a tract of about 400 acres, and manufacture their own lumber.(History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, pg. 529)

The LYONS FAMILY came originally from New Jersey. The name of the pioneer was John LYONS, who came to this county about 1803. To John LYONS and his wife (who was a WILEY) were born Joseph, Mary, James, Robert, Edward, Eliza, Solomon, Paul, Hannah, Esther and Isaac, all of whom reared families excepting Edward. The father died when these children were young, and his wife married Peter MOURY and removed to New York with a portion of the children. The only ones that settled in this locality were Solomon and Joseph. Joseph was born December 15, 1795, in Sussex County, N. J., and was brought by his parents to this county when an infant, and for several years lived at Millville; then came to this township and here grew to manhood, and spent his entire life in this neighborhood. For seventy years he was an efficient member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and was the principal founder of the church in his neighborhood. He was drafted in the war of 1812, but his services were never required. He accumulated quite a large property, but backing his immediate friends caused his estates to become greatly embarrassed before his death. His wife's maiden name was PAUGH, and to them were born six sons: Robert J., Wesley, Isaac P., Ezra S., Joseph B. and Richard W. Joseph LYONS died September 15, 1886, after two days' illness, being ninety-one years old; his wife died at the advanced age of eighty-five years. Richard Watson, the youngest son, was born in 1832, and has always lived in this township. He clerked in a store some time, then engaged in farming and lumbering for several years. In 1866 he began merchandising at Pine Summit, and has since continued. He is also engaged in farming, and for some years carried on huckstering. He has been twice married, first to Phoebe HOUGHTON; she died December 23, 1875. To them were born four children, three living: William Park and Sallie. His second wife was Susanna, daughter of James and Margaret FANNSWORTH. He was drafted three times, and volunteered twice, but on account of legal technicalities was released on the two first drafts, and when the third draft came he was already in the service as a volunteer. He has served as deputy and postmaster (with the exception of one year, when he was justice of the peace) since the establishment of the office here, and has been township auditor. In politics he is a Republican.(History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, pg. 529)

James MASTERS, farmer, P.O. Sereno, was born September 28, 1812, the second son of David MASTERS born in 1783, near Kennett Square, in Chester County. James MASTERS was the grandfather of our subject, and married Margaret SALKEL by whom he had five children—three sons and two daughters, viz.: Isaac, Sarah, Martha, David and John. All lived to be grown and raised families. Sarah married Samuel KESTER—they rode to Berks County on horseback to be married by the Friend's ceremony; Martha married Andrew EVES, son of John EVES, the pioneer; Isaac married Paul KESTER's daughter, and subsequently moved to Ohio; John was a rambler, and never made a permanent settlement; David married Mary EVES, a granddaughter of the pioneer, and settled in Madison Township on Spruce Run, adjoining lands owned by the pioneer EVES, and the DEMOTTS. (The place is now owned by Conrad KREAMER.) This he settled in 1791, there being no improvements on the place. He here made his settlement and lived until he died in 1832, aged eighty-four years and some months. He built a saw-mill into a chopping-mill. David was eight years of age when he came with his father to that place; there he grew to manhood and married Mary EVES, daughter of Joseph, who was a son of John EVES, the pioneer. To David and Mary were born George, James, Sarah, Joseph, Margaret, Parvin, Mary, Elizabeth, all living to be grown. George married Margaret MATHER, settled in Millville and had four children: Sarah, David, Mary M., and William. Sarah married Daniel ROTE, and located near Millville; Joseph married Sarah EDWARDS, and subsequently moved to Muncy, Penn.; Margaret married Benjamin WARNER, and located in Muncy Valley; Parvin resided in Philadelphia, was thrice married, rearing children from each wife; Mary married George D. KELLER, settled near Watson farm, first in Light Street, Columbia County, and ran a blacksmith shop in Northumberland County, and afterward at Muncyborough; Elizabeth married Morris ELLIS, a descendant of William ELLIS, one of the early settlers of Muncy Valley; James married January 1, 1835, Abigal, born March 3, 1812, daughter of Francis and Mary ROTE, the latter of whom was a daughter of Daniel WELLIVER, one of the early pioneers of Madison Township. After James was married he moved to below Eyer's Grove, and operated until 1837, when he moved to Millville and took charge of the grist and saw mill owned by his father; this mill he conducted until about 1841, when on account of failing health he then rented the mill, and for four years clerked for his brother George and his partner, MATHER. Then on account of the mill losing trade by his absence in 1845, he again took charge, and gave it his personal attention until the spring of 1849; then the mill burning down, he quit the milling business and came to Sereno in December, 1849, embarked in the mercantile business, and carried this on until 1857, when he discontinued the store and engaged in farming. He purchased the farm, in 1850, in Greenwood Township of 107 acres, and in 1858 purchased the farm of 228 acres in Pine Township, where he now resides, and has since been engaged in farming pursuits, having about 240 acres, and has been successful in his business. He has six daughters and one son: Mary, Elizabeth, Francis, Catharine, Sarah E., Margaret A. and Susan. Mary is the wife of Dr. J. B. PATTON; Elizabeth is the wife of R.L. RICH; Francis resides at home, and married Orpha, daughter of Wilson M. EVES of Iola, Penn. (he has two children, Alfred and Marion); Catharine and Margaret are both single; Susan is the wife of John EVES, the wagon manufacturer. (History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, pg. 530)

NATHAN L. MOSER, farmer, P. O. Pine Summit, was born in Amity Township, Berks County, September 4, 1833, fourth son of George and Mary (LUDWIG) MOSER. Nathan was brought up on the farm of his father, reared to agricultural pursuits, and continued on the homestead several years after he attained his majority, having charge of the farm. His father died in March, 1862, and he was one of the executors of the estate, remained one year after and settled up the estate, then went to Mahanoy City, where he was engaged in merchandising about two years, and the business proving unsatisfactory on account of the stoppage of the coal works, he sold out and came to Columbia County and purchased the farm he now owns, consisting of 155 acres, well improved, having good farm buildings and pleasantly situated. He was married to Ellen, daughter of Joseph NAGLE and Sarah (KEIFER). Mr. and Mrs. MOSER have five sons and three daughters: Mahlon K., Wellington, George, Albin, John, Olivia, Anna, Virdilla. Mr. MOSER is a Republican in politics and a member of the Lutheran Church.(History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, pg. 531)

Robert POTTER, farmer, P.O. Sereno, was born in this township, April 19, 1838. Robert POTTER, his father, came from England to this country about the year 1828; his wife was Jane BOOT, and their family consisted of the following named children: Ann, William, Joseph, Thomas, John, Charles, Mary J., Fannie, Henry and Robert. Robert was the youngest of the family and remained on the homestead until twenty-five years of age, when he came to Sereno and learned the tanner's trade of Samuel SCATTERGOOD was foreman and worked in the tannery for several years. He purchased the farm he now owns in 1876, and has since been engaged in farming pursuits, now owning a good property, which he has acquired through his diligence and economy. By his first wife, Mary E., daughter of John and Nancy (WELLIVER) BENNETT, seven children were born: Elizabeth, Marietta, Charles, Susan, Edward, Clyde and Bertha. His present wife was Sarah, daughter of Asa and Elizabeth (FALLS) WETHERAL, and to this union have been born three children: Carrie, Frank and Reba. His eldest daughter, Elizabeth, married Henry GREENLY of Millville, and Marietta married Benjamin DRAKE, of Light Street. Charles removed to California. (History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, pg. 531)

DAVID ROTE, farmer, P. O. Sereno, was born September 13, 1832, in Madison Township, eldest son of Daniel and Sarah (MASTERS) ROTE. He resided here until March, 1886, when he purchased the farm he now owns, known as the John BRUNER farm. He married Mary, daughter of George WELLIVER; his wife Elsie was a daughter of Simon and Mary (ROBBINS) KINNEY. The KINNEYs were from New Jersey, and among the early settlers in Pine Township. Mr. and Mrs. ROTE have two children: Sarah E. and Anna E.(History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, pg. 531)

HIRAM SCHULTZ, farmer, P. O. Iola, was born in Greenwood Township, July 25, 1816, eldest son of John SCHULTZ. The latter was a tanner by trade, which he followed for several years. He bought 339 acres and settled on the farm now owned by Ezra EVES, near Sereno, and here he died. He reared six children: Hiram, Daniel, lydia, Melinda, Harriet and Zebulon. Hiram was married first November 10, 1837, to Sarah HOUGHTON, daughter of Joseph and Mary (CRYSTERS) HOUGHTON; she died leaving six children, five now living: Joseph, Mary J., John, Julia and Sarah E. He next married October 4, 1851, Harriet, daughter of Benjamin and Rebecca WATTS. To this last union the following named children were born: Charles W. (in Trenton, N. J.), Clarence W. (residing in this township), Samantha (wife of Jeremiah HOWARD), Woodward, Emma (wife of William GREENLEE, of Millville), Savilla (wife of John W. COX, of Nebraska), and Lawson. Mr. SCHULTZ settled here in 1837, when the land was covered with timber; this he cleared, and now has ninety-six acres in all. He has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for fifty years, and has held several official positions in the same. In politics he is a Democrat.(History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, pg. 531)

PHILIP WESLEY SONES, P. O. Sereno, sawyer and foreman of the Benfield Mills, was born May 20, 1832, in Moreland Township, Lycoming County, son of Peter and Savilla (LOWE) SONES. The paternal grandfather of P. W. was named Peter, as was also his great-grandfather, the latter of whom served through the Revolutionary war, and lived to the advanced age of ninety-eight years. Philip W. was reared in Moreland Township until ten years of age, when he removed a few years, and about the year 1853 he located in this township, purchasing the farm he now owns, and has since engaged in lumbering; for several years he has been foreman and sawyer in the Benfield mills. In May, 1853, he married Mary Ann, daughter of Lewis and Catharine (HUNTER) CHAMBERLAIN. They have five children: Calvin L., Sarah C., Susan E., Lewis E. and Mary E. Mr. SONES is a member of the Evangelical Association, also of the Iola Lodge, I. O. O. F.; has been school director for twenty years, and is overseer of the poor. In politics he is a Democrat.(History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, pg. 531)

Abraham TITMAN, farmer, P.O. Iola, was born in Greenwood Township, March 1, 1843, the eldest son of Isaac an Beulah (KLINE) TITMAN. The grandfather of our subject was Abraham TITMAN, whose wife was Jane ROBBINS, and to them were born three children. Abraham was among the early settlers and for several years kept a tavern on the place now owned by Humphrey PARKER, on the Greenwood road; he was a farmer, also operated a saw-mill and carried on lumbering. Our subject was reared in Greenwood Township, where he lived until he located on the farm which he now owns, consisting of 100 acres; he came here in 1865. He married Emma, daughter of Philip SHOEMAKER, and they have one son, Walter K., born March 26, 1868. They are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Iola. (History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, pg. 531)

Phineas WHITMOYER, farmer, P.O. Pine Summit, was born May 27, 1840, in Franklin Township, Lycoming County, son of Eli and Catharine (REED) WHITMOYER, whose offspring were four sons and four daughters, viz.: Euphemia (now Mrs. J. T. CRIST); Phineas; Lydia (Mrs. John GORDNER); William, Emanuel, Rebecca, Isabella S. (now Mrs. Sylvester HILL), and Charles W., all of whom save Phineas settled in Lycoming County. Phineas left home at the age of twenty-one, and when twenty-five married Maggie, daughter of Benjamin and Deborah (WELLIVER) WINTERSTEEN. After his marriage he lived for several years in Lycoming County engaged in farming, a portion of the time being on the homestead farm; subsequently removed to Pine Township and purchased the farm he now owns, which formerly belonged to his father-in-law, Mr. WINTERSTEEN. He was for several years engaged in lumbering. Mr. and Mrs. WHITMOYER have two children: Benjamin and Nora. (History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, pg. 532)

R. F. WHITMOYER, farmer, P. O. Pine Summit, was born September 18, 1840, son of Simon and Sallie (KISNER) WITMOYER. The father was a blacksmith and built the first shop that was erected in this region. He died here in 1849, aged forty-nine years, three months. His widow died at Charlevoix, Mich., in 1885, aged seventy-four years, four month and five days. She was a daughter of Michael KISNER, whose father, John, came from Germany. Simon was a son of Conrad WHITMOYER who settled here at an early day. Our subject's great-grandfather came from Germany, and had two sons; both settled at Berwick, Penn. Conrad had fifteen children: John, Joseph, Polly, Caty, Mary, David, Lyda, William, Betsy, Michael, Simon, Eli, Adam, Susan Hess, and Ephream. These children moved with their parents to Lycoming County at an early day, there settled and reared families. R. F. was left fatherless at an early age, but remained with his mother until the breaking out of the Rebellion, when he enlisted, September 12, 1861, in Company F, One Hundred and Sixth Pennsylvania Volunteers Infantry, served three years, when he re-enlisted in the same company, remained until the close of the war, and was discharged as first sergeant. He was in about twenty-five general engagements; was captured January 22, 1864, at Petersburg, and was nearly six months in Andersonville, but was finally paroled in November, 1864. All of his brothers, five in number: Leonard, Michael, Clark, Galord, Amos and their sister Rebecca were in the war, and his brother-in-law, Thomas, was killed in the last battle of Petersburg. Richard returned from the war and bought the old homestead, where he has since lived. He was married September 28, 1865, to Elizabeth, daughter of Philip and Sallie (ALBERTSON) SHOEMAKER. Mr. and Mrs. WHITMOYER have seven children living: Sallie, Frank G., Orpha R., Lynn S., Clay, Blanche, Sylva; Galena died aged eighteen months. He is a member of Bryan Post No. 439, located at Unityville, Lycoming Co., Penn., also of the P. of H. In politics he is a Republican.(History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, pg. 532)

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