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ville, Penn., and in 1884 began the study of medicine with Dr. Samuel Sherwell, of Brooklyn, N. Y. He entered Long Island Hospital College, Brooklyn, N. Y., in the fall of 1885. and was graduated in March, 1887. In June of the same year he located at East Hickory, this county, where he has built up a wide and steadily growing practice. Dr. Weber was married September 24, 1881, to Etta J., daughter of Robert Montgomery and Elizabeth Ann Carter, of Dempseytown, Penn., and of Irish descent, and three children have been born to this marriage, their names being as follows: Henry Clarence (born February 15,1883), Mark Urban (born March 8, 1885) and Savilla Hazel (born November 18, 1888).
J. H. BOWMAN, farmer, P. O. Perry, was born near Franklin, Penn., September 30, 1838, and is a son of James and Nancy (Wilson) Bowman, both natives of Venango county, Penn. He was reared on a farm, has been a farmer most of his life, and since 1866, with the exception of five years, has resided on the farm he now occupies. He was in the Civil war, enlisting September 10, 1862, in Company H, Fourth Pennsylvania Cavalry, and served until July 12, 1865, when he was honorably discharged at Lynchburg, Va., and mustered out of the service at Pittsburgh, Penn. On December 8, 1868, he married Laura, daughter of Capt. J. H. and- Sarah (Miller) Pennell, of Pleasantville, Venango Co., Penn., and they have four children: Claude, Willie, Belle and Myra. Mr. Bowman is an enterprising citizen; a member of the Presbyterian Church, I. O. O. F. and G. A. R. In politics he is a Democrat.
J. A. DAWSON, farmer, P. O. Tionesta, was born in Allegheny township, Venango Co. (now Harmony, Forest county), Penn., July 13, 1835, and is a son of James and Elizabeth (Allender) Dawson. His father and paternal grandfather were natives of Ireland, and the latter a pioneer of Pit Hole, Venango Co., Penn. His maternal grandfather was of English descent, and a pioneer of what is now Harmony township. James Dawson settled as early as 1812 on the farm now occupied by his son J. A., cleared and improved it, and died there; he was a soldier of the war of 1812. He reared a family of seven children: Jane, Mrs. James Ronald; John A.; Phoebe, Mrs. John Sutherland; Fletcher; Nancy, Mrs. J. Tyler Watts; Isabel, Mrs. John Beatty; and George. J. A. Dawson was reared on the old homestead where, with the exception of four years of his life, he has always resided. He married, in 1868, Susie C., daughter of John W. and Parmelia (Fuller) Smith, of Crawford county, Penn., and they have two sons: George and Ralph. Mr. Dawson is a prominent farmer and leading citizen; politically he is a Republican. Two brothers, George and Fletcher, were in the Union army during the war of the Rebellion.
E. L. JONES, farmer, P. 0. Trunkey ville, was born in what is now Harmony township, Forest Co., Penn., April 22, 1825, a son of Isaac and Sarah (Hunter) Jones, and is of Welsh and Irish descent. The parents were among the first settlers of Harmony township, and cleared and improved R farm on which they lived and died. The father was married twice, and by his first wife he had ten children—four sons and six daughters—as follows: Mohitable (Mrs. James Alcom), Elizabeth (Mrs. Rev. S. Smith), Daniel, Eliza (died at the age of ten years), Elijah L. and Elisha (twins), Robert, Margaret (Mrs. M. T. Babbitt), Sarah (Mrs. William Duffield) and Dorcas (Mrs. William Chambers). By his second wife, Rebecca, Isaac Jones had four children: Isaac, Joshua, Rebecca (Mrs. Jackson Goodwin) and William. E. L. Jones was reared in his native town, and from 1852 to 1871 was in the lumber business at Pitts burgh; then for a time he resided in Randolph, N. Y., returning to Harmony township in 1876, where he now resides. He married, in 1856, Emma, daughter of Ira and Miranda (Sprague) Sibley, of Pittsburgh, Penn., and they have four children living: Ella (Mrs. Charles M. Dow), Ida E. (Mrs. Frank Young), Anna (Mrs. Charles Raisig) and Charles S. Mr. Jones is a member of the Universalist Church, and of the I. O. O. F. Politically he is a Republican, and is one of the present auditors of Forest county. His paternal grandfather, Daniel Jones, a native of Juniata county, Penn., was a writer in his day of both poetry and prose, and was also very well read in law—one of the first in the county at that time. The wife of Daniel Jones, and grandmother of our subject, was Mehitable Arters. The maternal grandfather of E. L. Jones was Robert Hunter, a citizen of Limestone township, Warren Co., Penn.
CHARLES E. LANDERS, farmer, P. 0. Perry, was bora on the farm where he now resides, in Harmony township, Forest Co., Penn., August 4, 1849, and is a son of Peter and Caroline (Fisher) Landers, the former a native of Eastern New York, and the latter the first white child born in Cassadaga, Chautauqua Co., N. Y. They settled in what is now Harmony township, Forest Co., Penn., in 1839, and cleared and improved the farm now occupied by Charles E., where the father died in 1870. They had ten children, of whom seven grew to maturity: Adoniram J., Byron, Orrin F., Charles E., Emma J. (Mrs. Andrew Carson), David and Lucy (Mrs. C. 0. Nyburg). Charles E. Landers was reared on the old homstead, where he has always resided. He was married, May 11, 1880, to Miss Emma L., daughter of D. H. and Anna (Castle) Deinun, of Neilltown, this county, and she dying, March 1, 1881, he married, January 4, 1887, Birdie V., daughter of William and Hannah (Overmoyer) Bromley, of Stewart's Run, this county, and they have two children: Goldie B. and Charles Errol. Mr. Landers is a member of the Presbyterian Church and of the Equitable Aid Union; has served as constable, collector and assessor of Harmony township, four years; is a Democrat in politics, and an advocate of prohibition.
J. B. MACHESNEY, merchant and postmaster, Perry, was born in Franklin, Penn., September 9, 1853, and is a son of Samuel and Hannah W. (Shugert) Machesney, natives of Centre county, Penn. The father, who was a civil engineer by profession, located, about 1855, in Harmony township, where he followed his profession until the breaking out of the Civil war, when he enlisted in Company F, Twelfth Pennsylvania Cavalry. He was promoted from time to time until he reached the first lieutenancy of his company, and in 1864 died of disease contracted while in the service. He had four children who grew to maturity: Anna E. (Mrs. J. O. Ross), Fred O., Joseph B. and Thomas B. J. B. Machesney was reared in Harmony township, and educated in the common schools. He began life as clerk in a general store, where he remained more or less for several years, and May 1, 1879, he embarked in general mer chandise business, at Neillsburg. in which he has since been successfully engaged. He married, in 1880, Kate E., daughter of John and Anna (Byrd) Woodcock, of Harmony township, and they have two children: Clyde J. and Ralph. Mr. Machesney in politics is a Republican, and has been postmaster of Perry since 1879.
JOSIAH NEILL, farmer, P. O. Perry, was born in what is now Harmony township, Forest Co., Penn., March 6, 1842, and is a son of Isaac and Mary (McCaslin) Neill. His paternal grandfather was William Neill, and his maternal grandfather was James McCaslin, both pioneers of what is now Harmony township, Forest county, and Allegheny township, Venango county, and both veterans of the war of 1812. William Neill, who was a farmer, cleared a large tract of land, kept a hotel, and was a prominent and representative citizen of his day. His children were John, Isaac, Robert, Thomas, William, James, Jane (Mrs. James Neill), Ann (Mrs. William Patterson) and Hannah (Mrs. James McCaslin). Isaac Neill was a farmer, and cleared the farm occupied by the subject of this sketch, where he died. His children were Jane (Mrs. Jesse Burchfield), James, William H., Anna (Mrs. Robert Cochran), John, Josiah and Lou. Josiah Neill was reared in his native township, and at his father's death succeeded to the homestead, where he now resides. He married, December 23, 1886, Letha B., daughter of B. C. Scott, of Harmony township, and they have one son, Roy. Politically Mr. Neill is a Democrat.
ORION SIGGINS, dealer in real estate and lumber, West Hickory, was born in what is now Harmony township, Forest Co., Penn., June 3, 1848, and is a son of George S. and Rachel (Dawson) Siggins. His paternal grandfather was George Siggins, whose wife was Jane Young, a descendant of the great British Admiral Hood. George Siggins, last mentioned, was a son of John and Sarah Siggins, natives of the County Sligo, Ireland, and was born in the parish of Drumcliff, in that county, in 1778. The family emigrated to America in 1793, and settled in Centre county, Penn.. where John Siggins died in 1801; his wife, Sarah, died in Youngsville, Warren Co., Penn., in 1835, at the age of eighty five years. George Siggins. from information derived from his only surviving son, James Y. Siggins, of Pleasantville, Penn., came from Centre county to Stewart's Run, near where John A. Dawson now resides, in Harmony township, Forest county, about 1801 or 1802, and cleared quite a tract of land. Some years later, on account of a heavy frost, which ruined his crops, he removed to what is now Harmony township, below Fagundus, built a saw-mill and manufactured and shipped lumber down the Allegheny river to Pittsburgh. The war of 1812 breaking out soon after his mill began running, he was drafted, and stationed at Erie, being there at the time of Perry's victory. After the war he sold his mill to Isaac Ball, and settled below Tidioute, soon after migrating to Hickory Town (now West Hickory), a once famous Indian reservation, where he purchased of a squatter, by the name of John Thompson, 1,0J0 acres, on which the family descendants now reside. He was a life-long member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and died January 17, 1865, aged eighty-seven years. His children were John, William, Mary, Nathaniel H., George S., Isaac C., James Y., Jane (Mrs. Cyrus Richardson) and Rebei-ca. The maternal grandparents of Orion Siggins were Thomas and Hannah (Connelly) Dawson, pioneers of Stewart's Run, Venango Co., Penn. George Simpson Siggins, father of the subject of this sketch, always followed farming as an occupation, and cleared and improved the homestead farm where Orion now resides, and where he died August 20, 1875, aged sixty-six years. His children were Harriet E. (Mrs. Wesley C. Howe), Hannah (Mrs. James Gilfillan), Rachel R. (Mrs. John Gilfillan), Orion, Elizabeth (Mrs. Clinton Smith), Francis B., Jane I., Julia E. (Mrs. Frank Wheeler) and Justina. Orion Siggins was reared on the old homestead, where he has always resided, following farming up to 1877, since which time he has been in the real estate business, also lumbering quite extensively. He married, November 26, 1884, Miss Alice M., daughter of Joseph and Rachel (McGrew) Hall, of Steubenville, Ohio, and to this union was born, October 17, 1889, one child, a daughter. Mr. Siggins is one of the prominent and leading citizens of Forest county, full of vim and enterprise, and always ready and willing to give liberally of his means for the welfare of the community in which he lives. Ho doaated the grounds for the fine tannery and for numerous other purposes at West Hickory; gave large possessions to the Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad; also assisted in the construction of other public benefits, and by this liberal policy founded a now flourishing town.
WILLIAM P. SIGGINS, merchant, West Hickory, was born in what is now Harmony township, Forest Co., Penn. , May 15, 1840, and is a son of William and Jane (Hunter) Siggins, his paternal grandparents being George and Jane (Young) Siggins, natives of Ireland. George Siggins emigrated from Ireland with his parents in 1793, and they settled in Centre county, Penn. About 1801-02 he settled at Stewart's Run, Venango county, and later in what is now West Hickory, Harmony township. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and died in West Hickory January 17, 1865, aged eighty-seven years. The maternal grandfather of the subject of this sketch was William Hunter, son of Poland Hunter, a native of Ireland, and who was among the first settlers of Tionesta. William Siggins was a farmer by occupation, and cleared and improved the farm now owned by his son, Andrew J., where he died. He had eight sons and three daughters: John, William P., George W., Jane (Mrs. W. C. Barnes), James B., Lewis C., Alex. H., Florence M.,Sarah M., Andrew J. and Isaac P. William P. Siggins was reared in Harmony township, where he has always resided. He was in the Civil war, enlisting August 6, 1861, in Company G, Eighty-third Pennsylvania Volunteers; was wounded in the breast at Fredericksburg, and honorably discharged after three years' service. He married, November 9, 1864, Elizabeth A., daughter of Moses and Laura (Barnes) Walters, of Hickory township, this county, and they have nine children: Lettie (Mrs. Frank F. Ricker), William, Isaac, Forest, Bertha, Truman, Emma, Purl and Earl (twins). Mr. Siggins succeeded to the old original Siggins homestead in 1883, on the death of his uncle, Isaac Siggins, Esq. Politically he is a Democrat, and has served as constable and collector of Harmony township seven years.
JOHN THOMSON, farmer, P. O. Stewart's Run, was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, April 29, 1827, and is a son of William and Elizabeth (Morton) Thomson. He was reared and educated in his native town, and served a fiveyears apprenticeship at the carpenter's trade in the town of Ayr, on the coast of Scotland. He came to America in 1849, and settled in what is now Harmony township, Forest Co., Penn., cleared and improved the farm he now occupies, and at the same time worked twenty years at his trade. He married, October 12, 1849, Jeanette, daughter of William and Mary (Stuart) McCnlloch, of Ayrshire, Scotland, and they had twelve children: William, Hugh M., Mary S. (Mrs. Quinton Jamison), John A., Elizabeth (Mrs. James R. Clark), James D., Charles F., Robert F., Gilbert M., Ronald S., Albert L. and Nettie G. Mr. Thomson is one of the prominent farmers and citizens of Harmony township. He has served one term as commissioner of Forest county; is a member of the I. O. O. F.. Tionesta Lodge, No. 369, and is a Republican. CHAPTER XVI.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES—JENKS, BARNETT, HOWE,
C. W. AMSLER, merchant, Marienville, was born in Washington township, Clarion Co., Penn., July 3, 1849, a sou of Henry K. and Magdaline (Kapp) Amsler, natives of Lancaster county, Penn., former of whom, who was one of the pioneers of Clarion county, taking up government land, was an oldtime Whig, and is now a Republican, taking an active part in local politics. The family of our subject's mother were also among the pioneers of Clarion county, and the first to settle in Washington township. Mr. and Mrs. Henry K. Amsler are devout members of the Lutheran Church, in which he has been a deacon for many years. They reared nine children, seven of whom are living: Caroline M. (wife of S. D. Rickembrade, in Clarion county), Clara A. (wife of Peter Green, also in Clarion county), C. W., Louisa (wife of Ellis Detrick, in Venango county), William H. (on the homestead farm of his grandfather), Elmer E. and Ida (at home). C. W. Amsler was reared and educated in Clarion county, and at the age of twenty-one years engaged as a laborer in the Warren county oil fields. He soon became an operator for himself, and has been through the excitement in the whole field, retiring at Garfield, Penn., in 1884, but finally coming to Marienville, when he embarked in mercantile business with Mr. Sigworth under the firm name of Sigworth & Amsler. Mr. Sigworth retired in 1885, and the present firm of Amsley Bros. & Co. was organized. They are also engaged in the manufacture of lumber and shingles, having mills in Jenks township. Mr. Amsler married, in 1871, Miss Laura A., daughter of John H. and Fannie Sigworth, of Clarion county. He is a member of the A. O. U. W. of Shippensville, and politically is a Republican. He was appointed postmaster at Marienville, July 1, 1889. Mr. and Mrs. Amsler are members of the Presbyterian Church.
CYRUS BLOOD (deceased) was born in New Ipswich, N. H, in 1795. of English and Irish parentage, and received his education at Boston, Mass. His brother. Samuel Blood, graduated from Harvard College, and began the study of law; his health failing him, he went to Chambersburg, Franklin county, where he taught school many years, and was principal of the Chambersburg Academy, his brother,Cyrus, assisting him, until about the time of his marriage, or shortly before, when he took charge as principal of the Hagerstown Academy; but the confinement of the school-room not agreeing with his health, he traveled for some years. Cyrus Blood married, in 1820, Miss Jane McA.nultv of Charnbersburg. and in 1883 they came to Jefferson county (which had formerly been Indiana county, the north part being afterward set apart for Forest county) and purchased immense tracts of land. Mr. Blood was one of the founders of Forest county, gave it the name and located the county seat at Marienville, upon what was his farm at that time. He was a prominent Democrat, and became the first associate judge of the county; also served as county superintendent, county commissioner, etc. He employed a number of