MONTOUR COUNTY, PA BIOGRAPHIES

WEST HEMLOCK TOWNSHIP

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


 
V. R. SHULTZ, farmer, P. O. Danville, was born January 13, 1820, in this township, fourth son of Peter SHULTZ. Jacob SHULTZ, grandfather of our subject, was a very early settler in this county, and was driven away from his home several times by the Indians, and forced to take refuge in the fort. To Jacob and his wife were born the following children: Peggy, Polly, Betsey, Peter, Jacob, Philip and John, all of whom reared families. Peter, the father of our subject, and a farmer by occupation, was born in 1789, and came to this county when a small boy. He married Sarah, daughter of Vincent ROBBINS, and by her had eight sons and one daughter: William, Jonathan, Jacob, V. R., James B., John K., B. F., Peter R. and Mary. Vincent R. SHULTZ was born in what is now West Hemlock, Montour County, and was reared on the farm until he attained his majority, when he was married to Elizabeth, daughter of John and Mary (LONG) COX. After his marriage he located on the farm he now owns, which was covered with timber and which he has since cleared. Mr. and Mrs. SHULTZ have four children: Melinda M., wife of henry COOPER, of Derry Township; Sarah C., wife of Hiram TURNER in Madison Township; Jane, wife of John JOHNSON, of Jerseytown, and Lloyd C., of this county. Mr. SHULTZ has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for forty-five years; his wife since she was fourteen years of age; he has served as class leader. Politically Mr. SHULTZ is a Democrat. Has been justice of the peace for twenty-five consecutive years; and school director twenty-one years. ("History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania" Battle - 1887 West Hemlock Township pg. 219)

JEREMIAH WINTERSTEEN, farmer, P. O. Danville. The WINTERSTEEN family came from Scotland and located in New Jersey about the year 1740. Philip WINTERSTEEN, grandfather of our subject, came from New Jersey with his family and settled in what is now Columbia County, in Fishingcreek and Roaringcreek Townships, about the year 1798. His son, Philip, father of our subject, was born October 27, 1778, in New Jersey; when young he learned the miller's trade which he followed for several years, being for some time in the mill at Millville. He married Hannah STILES, daughter of Benjamin STILES, who fought seven years in the colonial war. They reared a family of twelve children: Jacob, Benjamin, William, Mahala, Sarah A., Hannah, Philip, Mary, Nancy, John, Jeremiah and Solvena. The father bought a farm at Warnerville, but after clearing it lost it through an imperfect title; he then moved to the place where Elias WATTS now lives; buying this he cleared it up and here died in the fall of 1839, his widow surviving him until 1860. Jeremiah was born July 14, 1826, in Warnerville, now Sereno, Columbia County, and was reared in Pine Township, Columbia Co., Penn. At the age of eighteen years he began life for himself, and when about forty-four years of age he came to thhis locality, the year prior to the division of the county. He married Sarah, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (BENFIELD) SITTLEO, and a native of Valley Township, Montour Co., Penn. In 1855 he purchased the farm he now owns, which was settled about 100 years ago by James WINTERSTEEN, his uncle. He now owns two farms. To Mr. and Mrs. WINTERSTEEN were born twelve children, six living: Mary L., wife of John A. SHULTZ, of Madison Township, Columbia County; Elizabeth J., wife of William E. KNORR, of Bloomsburg; George B.; Hannah C.; Daniel A.; Thomas B. Politically Mr. WINTERSTEEN is a Democrat; has been supervisor and school director of the township. He is a member of the Lutheran Church.("History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania" Battle - 1887 West Hemlock Township pg. 220)

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