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Rose J., James Henry and Walter W. The Bisett Brothers are among the representative oil producers of Foster township.
RICHARD L. BISETT, oil producer, Dallas City, a son of James and Mary (Clark) Bisett, was born in Cattaraugus county, N. Y., July 29, 1855. He received a common-school education, and for several years followed lumbering and farming. In 1885 he and his brother formed a partnership in producing oil, under the firm name of R. L. & C. C. Bisett. In 1882 he married Miss Mary, daughter of James McHale, of McKean county, and they have one child, John H. Mr. Bisett is a supporter of the Democratic party, aud is a member of the Catholic Church.
A. W. BOYD, oil producer, Sawyer City, is a son of John Boyd, a native of Mercer county, Ohio, who came to McKean county when a young man, and followed farming and lumbering; he married Miss Annie Hutchinson, a native of McKean county, of Irish parentage. Mr. Boyd was a Democrat and a prominent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He died in 1867, his wife in 1861. They reared nine children, five of whom are living: Elizabeth, wife of Andrew Swarthart, in Michigan; Martha, wife of Roswell Hale, in Tarport, Penn.; Jane, wife of Jesse Pumphrey, in Kansas; A. W., and William, a farmer, in Foster township, McKean county, A. W. Boyd was born in Foster township, McKean Co., Penn... June 20, 1846, and attended the township schools, also Rochester Commercial College. For ten years he engaged in lumbering, and since 1877 he has been producing oil, controlling from fifty to sixty wells. In 1866 he married Miss Amelia, daughter of J. S. Seaward, of Kendall Creek, and has five children: Clinton G., Annie M., Leonard C., Frank G. and Clement C. Mr. Boyd is identified with the Republican party. He is a member of Union Lodge, No. 334, F. & A. M., Bradford Chapter, No. 160, R. A. M., and Trinity Commandery, No. 58, K. T.
JONES BUCHANAN, farmer, P. O. Kendall Creek, a son of Andrew L. Buchanan, was born in Warren county, Penn., March 28. 1811. He received a limited education and came to McKean county when seventeen years of age. He has principally been engaged in lumbering, and has made many trips to Pittsburgh down the Allegheny river. In 1841 he was united in marriage with Miss Sophronia A. Foster, daughter of L. S. Foster, of Bradford township, and nine children were born to their union, five of whom are living: Mary Elizabeth, wife of John H. Corll of New York, in Tarport: Rebecca and Ella, at home; Thomas Jefferson in Tarport, married to Miss Mary Morse, of Jamestown, N. Y., and has one child, Harry; Russell, in Washington county. Penn., married to Miss Annie Brooks, of Philadelphia, and has four children, Grace, Estella, Lulu and an infant. Mr. Buchanan voted for Jackson in 1832. but since 1852 he has been a Republican, and has filled various township offices.
A. W. BUCHANAN, farmer, P. O. Kendall Creek, was born in what is now Warren county, Penn.. September 25. 1819. His father, Andrew L. Buchanan, who was 'd native of Mifflin county, Penn., was born August 16, 1775, married February 26, 1801, Miss Rebecca Jonos. also a native of Mifflin county, Penn. He was a blacksmith by trade, and moved into McKean county, Penn., in 1829. locating on the farm now owned by our subject in Foster township. They were among the early and representative families of the township. Mr. Buchanan was a Jeffersonian Democrat, and filled various township offices. He was drafted in the war of 1812, but furnished a substitute. He died February 28, 1841, and his widow in 1861. Their children were Susan, who was born December 25, 1801, but is now deceased; Lucinda, born April 3, 1803, died October 25. 1833; Daniel, born August 9, 1805, also deceased; Robert, born September 9, 1807, and now dead; Isaiah, born April 18, 1809, died August 15. 1834; Jones, born March 28, 1811; Andrew and Rebecca (twins), born December 30, 1812; Polly Ann, born September 26, 1814, and A. W.
A. W. Buchanan came to McKean county with his parents. He was given but limited educational advantages and early engaged in lumbering, and acted as pilot on the Allegheny river for many years. For the past twenty-five years he has been engaged in farming. The first flowing oil well in the county was found upon his farm. In 1847 he married Miss Adeline, daughter of L. S. Foster, of Bradford township, and twelve children were born to them, six of whom are living: Irene, wife of John Whipple, in Omaha, Neb.; Jeanette, wife of T. W. Hunt, in Hyde county, Dak.; Florence, widow of George May; Della, wife of Eugene Holcomb, in Omaha, Neb.; Minnie and Elwin, at home. Mr. Buchanan was a member of the Democratic party from 1840 to 1856, but since then has been a supporter of the Republican party. He has filled about all of the township offices, and is prominent in school work.
JOHN T. CALHOUN, druggist, Kendall Creek, is a son of John Calhoun, who was born in County Sligo, Ireland, June 21,1839; there learned the shoemaker's trade, emigrated to America in 1857, and for several years worked at his trade in New York City, Jersey City, Scranton, Port Jervis and Middletown. In 1867 he followed the oil excitement to Petroleum Centre, and in 1875 located at Eldred, McKean county, coming to Kendall Creek in 1876, where he first engaged in baling hay. He is now conducting a shoe shop. In 1865 he married Miss Mary Kenney, who was born in Ireland and brought to America when one year of age. They have six children: John T., Mary M., Margaret, Charles P., Anna E. and George D. John Calhoun has held several public offices, having been three times elected overseer of the poor, three times constable, and five times collector of taxes; he is also secretary of the Democratic County Committee, and is a member of the A. O. U. W., K. of L., and of the Catholic Church. John T. Calhoun was born August 13, 1866, in Forestville, Chautauqua Co., N. Y., and received a common-school education. In 1882 he entered a drug store at Bradford, as clerk, and afterward went to Olean, N. Y., where he remained for one year. In 1886 he assumed the management of the drug business of McCarty & Calhoun, which our subject conducted until 1888, when he established his present business, under the firm name of John Calhoun & Son. He is a member of the Columbia League, of the Catholic Church, and in politics is a Democrat.
W. B. COR WIN, farmer, postoffice Sawyer City, is a son of p. P. Corwin, and a grandson of Edward Corwin, a native of Connecticut and a Revolutionary soldier. He was one of the early settlers of McKean county, taking up Government land. P. P. Corwin, who was a native of Madison county, married Miss California Gallup, a native of McKean county, and settled on a farm in Foster township, McKean county, now known as Corwin Centre. Mr. Corwin was a member of the Whig and Republican parties and of the Baptist Church. He died in 1857; his widow still resides on the homestead. They reared a family of nine children, eight of whom are living: Huldah, wife of Bishop Coston, in Missouri; Malvina, wife of Thomas Farnsworth; Jestina, wife of James Farnsworth, of Sheffield, Warren Co., Penn.; Lucina, wife of Salmon Keesler, of Corwin; W. B.; Edwin A.; Andrew P., and Nancy, wife of Harry T. Abby, of Port Allegany, McKean county. W. B. Corwin was born in Norwich township, McKean Co., Penn., February 10,1840, and moved to Foster township when four years of age, where he has followed farming. In 1868 he married Miss Louisa, daughter of Peter H. Storms, of Foster township, and they have three children: Cynthia, wife of Sydney Smith, of Butler; Wallace and Elsie. Mr. Corwin is a member of the Democratic party, and has filled various township offices. He and family are members of the Baptist Church.
A. P. CORWIN, farmer, P. O. Sawyer City, son of P. P. and California (Gallup) Corwin, was born in Foster township, McKean Co., Penn., February 7, 1848. He received a common-school education, and since starting in life for himself has followed farming. In 1881 he married Miss Celia, daughter of Albert Burdick, of Cattaraugus county, N. Y., and by this union they have four children: Rubie M., Gordis P., Mira B. and Raymond Earl. Mr. Cor win is a supporter of the Democratic party and has served as assessor of his township.
JOHN DENMAN, oil producer. P. O. Kendall Creek, was born in Somersetshire, England, July 26, 1848. His parents were John and Harriet (Sharpe) Denman. In 1868 Mr. Denman emigrated to America and went direct to Pit Hole, Venango county, where he soon began to produce oil, in which he has since been engaged in Ohio and Pennsylvania, having sixty wells in Ohio and about thirty in McKean county. In 1867 he married Miss Elizabeth Eason, a native of England, and they have eight children: Heber (studying for a mining engineer at Lehigh), John, Arthur, Edgar, Maud, Clyde, Allen and Jessie. Mr. Denman is a member of the Knights of the Maccabees. His wife is a member of the Episcopal Church.
JAMES P. EATON, oil producer, Sawyer City, was born in Enterprise, Warren Co., Penn., March 4, 1849, a son of Corrydon P. and Caroline (Phelps) Eaton, natives of Chautauqua county, N. Y. His grandfather, Ebenezer Eaton, who was a native of Madison county, N. Y., took up government land on the present site of Laona, in Chautauqua county, erected one of the first dwellings in the village of Pomfret, and in 1815 erected a cloth-dressing factory, which he operated for many years. He was a soldier in the war of 1812. Corrydon, the father of our subject, was also a cloth-dresser by trade, and was one of the pioneer oil men of Venango county, drilling the third oil well in Oil Creek and the first well at Pleasantville. He was the originator of the steel line "jars," and was the first to use casing to case out the water in drilling wet holes. He was an ardent Republican. He died in Warren county, Penn., December 14, 1884. His widow is still living. Mr. and Mrs. Eaton reared five children, three of whom are living: Orlando P., at Corry; James P., in Sawyer City, and Callie (wife of Barker Chadwick), at Corry. James P. Eaton was taken to Chautauqua county, N. Y., when three years of age, and at the age of eighteen years he began in the oil business at Pleasantville, whence he went to Titusville, where he remained five years. In 1876 he came to McKean county, and has since been engaged in producing oil. In 1870 he married Miss Ada, daughter of Thomas Padden, of Chautauqua county, N. Y., and they have two children: Hattie B. and Harry James. Mr. Eaton is a member of Forest Lodge, No. 166, F. & A. M., of Chautauqua county, N. Y.; Sawyer City Lodge, No. 215, A. O. U. W., and Eureka Assembly, Knights of Labor, No. 9873.
DR. R. A. EGBERT, Foster Brook, was born in "Mercer county, Penn., February 4, 1849. His parents, Edwin and Milky (Grace) Egbert, were natives of that county, and farmers by occupation. Our subject received a common-school education, and at the age of twenty-two years began the study of medicine with Dr. T. W. Egbert, of Oil City, Penn. He graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, in June, 1875, and began the practice of his profession at Oil City. In 1878 he came to McKean county, where he has since had an extensive practice. April 14, 1880, he married Miss Evaline, daughter of the late H. F. Howe. He is a member of the McKean County Medical Society, and has held the office of secretary and treasurer of the same. He is a member of the United Workmen of Red Rock, the Knights of the Maccabees, of Derrick City, and of the Knights of Pythias, of Foster Brook. He is identified with the Republican party, and is a member of the school board.
E. D. FOSTER, farmer, P. O. Kendall Creek, is a son of Leonard S. and Betsey H. (Hinds) Foster, and was born on his present farm December 3, 1835. He received an ordinary education at the township schools, and has principally been engaged in lumbering and oil producing, now having oil interests in Washington county, Penn. In 1861 he married Miss Helen, daughter of James McMurray, of Derrick City, Penn., and they have five children: Ola, wife of V. H. Ellsworth; Nettie, wife of A. C. Marsh, of Washington, Penn.; Frank Foster, tool dresser, who married Miss May Ferguson, and has two children (Fred and Clarence); Jessie and Effie, at home. Mr. Foster is a member of the Republican party, and has filled various township offices.
HARRY FOX, farmer and oil producer, Bradford, was born in England, April 15, 1849, a son of Thomas and Sarah (Pool) Fox. Our subject immigrated to America in 1872, first locating in Allegany county, N. Y., and eight months later came to McKean county, where he engaged with the lumbering firm of Clark & Babcock, and remained two and one-half years. He then went to Ellsworth county, Kas., where he was in the hotel business, thence moved to and resided in Michigan and Illinois for two years. In 1876 he returned to McKean county, and in 1877 began to operate for oil. He now has nineteen wells, and a farm of thirty-five acres under cultivation. In July, 1877, he married Miss Jane A., daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Tate, of Foster township, McKean county, and they have six children: Thomas, Francis, Estella, Alice, Howard and Agnes. Mr. Fox is a member of the Royal Templars of Temperance; his wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
C. W. GILLESPIE, merchant, a member of the firm of Gillespie & Baker, Summit City, was born in Armstrong county, Penn., November 7, 1858. His parents, J. B. and Elizabeth (Hartman) Gillespie, were natives of that county. In 1865 they moved to Oil City, where our subject received his education. He has worked in the oil fields since starting in life for himself, and in 1881 located in Summit City, McKean county. In 1887 he engaged in his present general mercantile business, and same year he was united in marriage with Miss Bertha, daughter of Daniel Walker, of Erie county, Penn. Mr. Gillespie is identified with the Republican party, and is a member of the Knights of the Maccabees. Mrs. Gillespie was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and died October 2, 1889. Mr. Gillespie's mother died in Armstrong county in 1864, and his father died in Oil City in 1879.
M. A. HAGGERTY, hardware merchant, Kendall Creek, was born in Sussex county, N. J., September 14, 1844, a son of Alfred and Susan (Harden) Haggerty, both natives of that county. The father died in 1854; the mother is still living. They reared four children, three of whom are living: M. A., Samuel H. (in Sussex county, N. J.), and George A. (in Clinton county, Penn.) M. A. Haggerty was reared in Sussex county, N. J., and received a commonschool education. At the age of twenty-two he began work for the Philadelphia & Erie Railroad as brakeman, worked up to be engineer, and ran an engine for eight years. In 1878 he came to McKean county, where he first engaged in the livery business at Kendall Creek, and for a number of years he has conducted a general hardware store. In 1875 he married Miss Hannah M., daughter of Nicholas and Margaret (Carnie) Westcott, of Schoharie county, N. Y.
W. N. HANNA, owner of Hanna's Lumber Yard, Kendall Creek, was born in Geneseo, Livingston Co., N. Y., June 4, 1838, a son of George W. and Nancy (Wynn) Hanna. George W. moved from Cortland county to Livingston county, N. Y., before marriage, and still resides there, a widower. W. N. Hanna was reared in Livingston county, and received a good education. He graduated from the University of Syracuse and also Geneseo College. After leaving school he engaged in teaching at Fillmore Academy, Missouri, and also taught in the public schools of Texas, being principal of the schools at Corpus Christi, and other places in Texas; he also taught at Mayfield, Ky., and Dresden, Tenn. In 1878 he came to McKean county, Penn., and located at Tarport, where he has since been engaged in handling hemlock and pine lumber, and manufacturing wheels, reels, etc., for oil wells. In 1874 he was united in marriage with Miss Ellen Clarissa, daughter of Joseph F. Clark, one of the early settlers of Bradford, and they have two children: Genevieve and Jamius. Mr. Hanna is identified with the Republican party, and has been a member of the borough council. He is a member of Lodge No. 133, A. O. U. W., of Tarport, and a member of the Episcopal Church.
R. HANNAHS, dealer in junk, rags, etc., Kendall Creek, was born in Pike county, Penn., March 7, 1844, a son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Moore) Hannahs. He was given a common-school education, followed farming for some years, and learned the trade of tinsmith and copper-wire worker. In 1883 he came to McKean county, and established his present business at Kendall Creek, keeping constantly on the road three wagons or carts. In 1871 he married Miss Christina, daughter of M. Taylor, of Elmira, N. Y., and they have seven children: Della, Libbie, Hattie, Fannie, William, Isaac and Harry. Mr. Hannahs is liberal in politics, but usually supports the Republican party.
PHILIP HOOKER, farmer, P. O. Tuna Creek, was born in Allegany county, N. Y., February 22, 1827. His father, Philand Hooker, a native of Vermont, was brought to Allegany county, N. Y., when a child, and eventually married Margaret Wilson, a native of Ireland. They were farmers by occupation, and always lived in Allegany county. Philand Hooker was a Democrat, and filled various township offices; he and his wife were members of the Episcopal Church; he died in 1864, his widow in 1883. They reared seven children, five of whom are still living: James, in Allegany county, N. Y.; Harriet, widow of James Wells, in Dunkirk, N. Y.; Calvin T., in Dakota; Philip, and Jane Ann, wife of Willard Lyon, in Dunkirk, N. Y. Philip Hooker came to McKean county in 1863, and purchased his present farm. In 1852 he married Miss Deblah S. Lyon, daughter of Allen Lyon, of Allegany county, N. Y. She died September 21, 1867, leaving four children: Fred John, who married Miss Eva Whittaker, of Carlton, N. Y., and has three children (Ellen May, Benjamin C. and an infant); Willard H., of Rochester, N. Y. (married to Miss Harriet Lyon, of Dunkirk, N. Y.); Charles C., of Foster township (married to Miss Effie Case, and has one child, Harrold G.), and George W. of Rochester, N. Y. (married to Miss Fannie Loudin, of Canada). Mr. Hooker was again married, this time in 1868, to Miss Sarah Ann Hazzard, a native of New York State, who died in October, 1886. His present wife was Mrs. Jennie Brown, daughter of John Eastman, of Warren county, Penn. Mr. Hooker is a member of the Democratic party, and has filled various township offices.
WILLIAM M. HOWARD, merchant, Derrick City, was born in Cattaraugus county, N. Y., July 16, 1858, a son of Alexander and Laura (Bacon) Howard, natives of that county, but both dead. Mr. Howard received a com