MONTOUR COUNTY, PA BIOGRAPHIES

COOPER TOWNSHIP

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


 
Jesse C. AMERMAN, merchant and farmer, P. O. Danville, was born in Northumberland County, Penn., February 4, 1821, son of Henry and Susanna (COOK) AMERMAN, the former a native of New Jersey and the latter of Montgomery County, Penn. His great-great-grandfather came over with the Dutch colonists and settled in New York. His grandfather, Albert, came from new Jersey and settled in Northumberland County, Penn., in 1800, where he bought a tract of land and remained his lifetime, dying in 1821. He served in the war of the Revolution. He was a farmer previous to the war, in the interior of the State of new Jersey, and when the war broke out he gave up his horses and cattle and stock of all kinds, a sacrifice upon the altar of his country' liberty. He had his knee-cap taken off at the battle of Monmouth. Our subject's father, who was only a small boy when he came to Northumberland County with his parents, worked on the farm during his father's life, after which he learned the shoemaker's trade, which he followed a number of years, but during the latter part of his life he followed farming exclusively, his sons, Jesse C. and Isaac, having purchased the old homestead. His father died in 1855 and his mother in 1865. They were the parents of eleven children, five of whom survive: Isaac; Jesse C.; William, in Illinois; Harriet N., wife of Mr. CROWELL, and Andrew J., a Baptist minister in Illinois. Our subject helped his father on the farm, going to school three months in the winter, till he was nineteen; then he began boating on the canal, a business he followed during the summer, while he taught school in the winter. The boating he continued fifteen years, but gave up school-teaching after about six years. During the latter part of his boating he and his brother Isaac engaged in merchandising and dealing in grain in Danville. They owned a boat, by which they carried grain, etc., to Philadelphia. This they kept up until 1853, when our subject bought the farm of sixty-eight acres where he now lives in Cooper Township, Montour County, and has since lived here. He is also engaged in merchandising, keeping store at his home. Our subject in 1863, when the Confederate Army under command of Gen. Lee invaded his State, volunteered and took up arms to resist the invasion. In 1873 he was elected a member of the Legislature, and re-elected in 1874, on the Democratic ticket, under the old constitution. He has held a number of township offices. Mr. AMERMAN was married December 2, 1845, to Caroline STROHM, by whom he had nine children, five of whom are yet living: Lemuel, an attorney in Scranton, Penn.; Alvaretta, wife of F. A. BEIDLEMAN; Caroline, wife of Jacob S. COXEY; Laura and Ella. Alonzo, who died in January, 1886, was a physician, having practiced ten years. Mrs. AMERMAN died April 19, 1869, and our subject then married, September 26, 1871, Margaret J. APPLEMAN, by whom he has two children: Charles V. and Edwin C. His son Lemuel has been a member of the Legislature for two terms, having been elected on the Democratic ticket. He is now State reporter for the supreme court. (History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, Cooper Township pg. 190)

P. C. BLECHER, a farmer, P. O. Grovania, was born in Cooper Township, this county, June 29, 1856, and is a son of Jackson and Mary A. (FOUST) BLECHER, natives of Montour County, Penn. His ancestors came from Berks County, Penn. Our subject was reared on a farm and remained under the paternal roof until 1876, until his marriage, when he moved to where he now lives. He cultivates 115 acres of land, all well improved. He was married July 1, 1876, to Alice JANETT; they have two children: Mary A. and Viola. Mr. and Mrs. BLECHER are members of the Reformed Church. (History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, Cooper Township pg. 191)

Jacob HARTMAN, farmer, P. O. Grovania, was born in Hemlock Township, Columbia Co., Penn., July 5, 1826, son of Jacob and Mary C. (HEINBALD) HARTMAN, the former a native of Hemlock Township, Columbia County, and the latter of Cooper Township, this county, and of German descent. His grandfather, John HARTMAN, a native of Germany, immigrated to America about 1785, and first settled in Hemlock Township, Columbia County, where he took up a large tract of timber land, and there remained all his life and followed farming. He was in his eighty-fourth year at the time of his death. Our subject was reared on a farm and has always followed agriculture. He remained at home until twenty-one years of age, and then went to St. Joseph County, Mich., and was absent three years, working two years on a farm, and the remainder of his time in a steam saw-mill. In the spring of 1850 he bought a team, and followed teaming for five years, hauling ore, etc. He next rented a farm of Mr. APPLEMAN, and carried on agriculture twenty-three years, then bought the place where he now resides. Mr. HARTMAN was married in 1852 to Lydia KRUM, and they had five children, four of whom are living: Isaac, in Michigan; William, in Columbia County, Penn.; Wellington and Leander. Mrs. HARTMAN died July 8, 1884, and is buried in the Odd Fellows' cemetery, at Danville, Cooper Township, Montour County. Our subject's maternal grandfather served in the war of 1812. Mr. HARTMAN is a Democrat in politics, has held the offices of supervisor of the board of election and auditor. He owns 368 acres of land and the fine residence he now lives in. (History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, Cooper Township pg. 191)

WILLIAM McNINCH, farmer and quarryman, P. O. Grovania, was born in Northumberland County, Penn., September 30, 1826, a son of James and Jane (McCORD) McNINCH, natives of Montour County, and of Scotch-Irish descent. His grandfather, James McNINCH, came from Scotland and settled in this county in 1766, being among the very first settlers of this section. He took up a large tract of land, where he lived and farmed until his death. The land was all timber, and wild animals were still plenty. Their nearest market was Northumberland. Our subject's grandfather, Joseph McCORD, also a farmer, came from Ireland and settled here about the same time. He served in the Revolutionary war, and was a man noted for his military ability. Our subject's father was reared on a farm, and moved to Cooper Township, this county, in 1845, where he bought the farm on which William now lives, and remained here until his death, which occurred in March, 1855. He was the father of nine children, four now living: Mary, in Catawissa, Columbia Co., Penn.; William; James, in Kansas; and Emily, also in Catawissa. James McNINCH was a lifelong Democrat. Our subject was reared on a farm, and remained with his parents until their death, after which he took the homestead, which he has since farmed. In 1861 he opened a stone quarry, and built lime-kilns in Cooper township, on the Bloomsburg road, and has had them in operation ever since, manufacturing a good quality of lime. He was married February 17, 1859, to Rachel DEITRICH, and they are the parents of six children: Warren, in Helena, Mont.; Annatta; Hugh, at school in Lawrenceville, N. J.; Martha, Joseph and Elizabeth. Mr. and Mrs. McNINCH are members of the Presbyterian Church at Bloomsburg. In 1858 he was elected county commissioner, serving one term of three years. In 1863 he was elected county treasurer, serving one term. He has been justice of the peace ten years, and has held nearly all of the township offices. In politics he is a Democrat.(History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, Cooper Township pg. 191)

AARON C. MAUSER, farmer, P. O. Danville, was born on the old homestead where he now lives, July 21, 1849, son of Jacob and Catharine (KRUM) MAUSER, both natives of Pennsylvania, and of German descent. His great-grandfather, Nicholas MAUSER, settled in what is now Cooper Township, this county, in 1785, and bought a large tract of timber land. The deed is one hundred and twelve years old, and was bought from George MILLER, who had just received it from William PENN. His grandfather, Christian MAUSER, was fourteen years of age when his parents moved to this place, and he remained on this farm all his life; he died at the age of eighty-eight years. The "little old log cabin: that our subject's great-grandfather built, is yet standing, and Aaron KC. can boast of having put a roof on the house that his great-grandfather built. He has a clock which was made in 1801, and also the old gun that his great-grandfather used in the Revolutionary war. Our subject's father was born on this farm, and remained here all his life. He died in his fiftieth year. Aaron C. is of the fourth generation that has lived on and owned this farm, one of the first settled in this county. He now owns 183 acres of land. He was married March 28, 1874, to Ellen KEIFFER, and they are the parents of four children: Lydia, Edda, Lizzie and Ellen. Mr. and Mrs. MAUSER are members of the Lutheran Church and are also members of the Grange. He has held the offices of constable, auditor, assessor, supervisor and collector. In politics he is a full-blooded Democrat.(History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, Cooper Township pg. 192)

ANGUS MORRISON, deceased farmer, was born in Washington County, Me., September 21, 1834, son of Peter and Jane (McKASKELL) MORRISON, former born in Scotland, latter in North Carolina, of Scotch descent. His father died in 1880, in his eighty-seventy year; his mother died several years previous to his father. Our Subject was reared on a farm and remained at home until twenty-one years of age. Then he moved to San Francisco, where he remained a short time; then located in Shasta County, Cal., where he bought a farm and remained six years. He then sold out and removed to Nevada in 1861, locating in Humboldt County, where he was engaged in quartz mining and milling for about twenty years. He remained in this county until the spring of 1881. He was a member of the Nevada Legislature for one session. In 1881 he moved to Idaho, and there remained until the fall of 1883, engaged in mercantile business. He came to Pennsylvania in the fall of 1883, and purchased a farm of 157 acres of good land. Mr. MORRISON was married December 25, 1879, in San Francisco, to Laura Richardson WELLS, and they are the parents of three children: Emily F., Catharine J. and Mary H. Mr. MORRISON died January 12, 1887.(History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, Cooper Township pg. 192)

JOHN LYMAN RICHARDSON (deceased) was born in the State of Vermont, September 16, 1816, son of William P. and Laura (LYMAN) RICHARDSON, natives of Vermont and of English descent. Our subject came to Luzerne County, Penn., at the age of twenty-five years. He began life by teaching school, which he followed several years, and was superintendent of the public schools of Luzerne County for two terms. He was also connected with a Prohibition paper in Bloomsburg for a number of years. He was an Abolitionist until slavery was abolished, and then became a Prohibitionist, in which party he figured quite prominently until his death in March, 1885, at Mount Carmel, Penn. He dropped dead of heart disease, but no one ever knew that he was troubled with it. He was the father of nine children, eight of whom are now living: Mary, wife of Isaac P. HAND, in Wilkesbarre, Penn.; Laura, wife of Angus MORRISON; Galitzin T., in Idaho; Florence D., wife of Willis EMMONS, in Pomona. Cal.; Emily E., wife of Walter T. HALL, in Idaho; William P., in Jordan Valley, Ore.; John L., in New York City; Harriet H., in Bloomsburg. Catharine is deceased. The mother resides in Bloomsburg, Penn.(History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, Cooper Township pg. 192)

CHARLES EDWIN YORKS, farmer, P. O. Danville, was born in Cooper township, this county, on the place where he now lives, August 3, 1853, son of William and Martha (HULL) YORKS; former a native of Montour County, Penn., and latter of Catawissa, Columbia Co., Penn., and of Scotch-German descent. His grandfather, Samuel YORKS, came from New Jersey and settled in what is now Montour County in about 1780, where he owned a large tract of land which he bought at a low figure. He owned another large tract of land in Columbia County. He served in the war of 1812. Our subject's father was a farmer and a lumber dealer; was also interested in the insurance business in Danville. He bought the old homestead and lived on the farm where our subject now resides, until his death, which occurred in August, 1877. He held the office of county commissioner for one term, and was justice of the peace of Cooper Township for about thirty years. He was the father of six children, three now living: Charles Edwin, Ida and Dr. John, who resides in Philadelphia. Our subject was reared on a farm and remained at home until his father's death. He attended school at Mechanicsburg, Penn., two years, and Danville, this county, four years. He was married April 18, 1878, to Anna BARTHOLOMEW, a native of this county, and they are the parents of two children, one living, Florence. (Belle is deceased). The farm where our subject now lives comprises 156 acres of good land. The estate owns 400 acres. Mr. and Mrs. YORKS are members of the Presbyterian Church. He is a member of the P. of H. and is reporter for the Agricultural Bureau of this county.(History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, Cooper Township pg. 192)

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