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The Baer Family

The Baer family of Pennsylvania is of German origin, and among its members have been many prominent characters in the business and professional world.

(I) Christopher Baer, the American founder of the family, spelled the name Bär. He was born in Zweibrucken, Germany. The date of his birth is not now known to his descendants. He came to this country and effected a settlement in White Hall township (near present Unionville), Lehigh county, Pennsylvania. He died in 1786, when between eighty and ninety years of age. His will, dated November 16, 1784, probated August 15, 1786, is recorded at Easton, Pennsylvania, in will book No. 1, page 448. He married Catherine Wingert, of Brockweiler Zweibrucken, Germany. They came to this country in 1743 in the ship "Phoenix" from Rotterdam. He took the oath of allegiance September 30, 1743. He purchased some eight tracts of land, one for each of his children, who were married, as follows: Melchoir, John, Henry, Salome, Appolonica and Jacob.

(II) Jacob Bär, the grandfather of the Somerset Baers, was the youngest son of Christopher and Catherine (Wingert) Bär, the first of the name in this country. He was born in White Hall township, Lehigh county, Pennsylvania, in 1761. He married a Miss Findlay, by whom he had four children: John, Nicholas, Jacob and Daniel. The mother died prior to 1790. In 1791, Jacob, the father of these children, married Mary Elizabeth Hersch, by whom four children were born- Peter, Solomon, Adam and Dinah Baer. In 1800 Jacob Bär and family removed to Maryland, near Mount Savage, Allegheny county.

(III) Solomon Baer, son of Jacob and Mary Elizabeth Bär, married Anna Maria Baker, in 1820, and to them were born the following named children: Margaret, born May 17, 1822; Elizabeth,  April 2, 1824; William Jacob, January 20, 1826; Herman Imdwig, March 20, 1828; Ruffena, July 19, 1830; Henry Giesey, May 5, 1835 ; Mary Ann, April 25, 1840 ; George Frederick, September 16, 1842; Neven Solomon, April 25, 1845. Solomon Baer and family resided at Berlin, Somerset county, Pennsylvania. He was a house carpenter and cabinet maker. He served as constable for several years and was later a justice of the peace. He was elected to every office in the militia, from captain to brigade inspector. He died January 12, 1882, aged eighty-seven years, six months and twenty-nine days. Of the Baker family to which Anna Maria (Baker) Baer belonged, it may be stated that George Baker settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania, and his children were: George, Frederick, Richard, Michael and Ludwig. The last named was Anna Maria's father, born in 1762, and settled at Berlin, Somerset county, Pennsylvania. He married Maria Margaret Glessner, born 1761 and died in 1839. He died in 1840. Their child was: Anna Maria, born February 2, 1797, died October 5, 1888.

(IV) Herman Ludwig Baer, son of Solomon and Anna Maria ('Baker) Baer, was born in Berlin, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, March 20, 1828. The subjoined is his autobiography:

''When I was about fourteen years of age my father left Berlin, and moved to a farm four miles from Somerset, where I now reside. I worked on the farm for seven years; the last two years I taught school in the winter. My father sold his farm and removed to another close to Somerset. The idea of going to college was frequently talked of and when it was finally decided that I should go I left the plough standing in the field where I had been ploughing on Saturday evening and left for Franklin and Marshall College, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, in 1848. I entered the preparatory department, was there one session. The next session I entered college and continued to the junior year, then I remained at home and taught school one winter to raise some funds. I returned to college, stood the required examinations and was reinstated in my class and graduated in 1853. I returned to my home and within a few days thereafter received a call to take charge of Elmwood Institute in Norristown, Pennsylvania, which call I accepted and taught there two years, when I returned to Somerset and entered as a student of law in the office of my brother, William J. Baer, and was admitted to the Somerset bar in June, 1856, and entered into partnership with my brother under the name of Baer & Baer, which partnership continued until William J. Baer was elected judge of the sixteenth judicial district of Pennsylvania, I continuing the practice alone.

''In December, 1856, I formed another partnership (my marriage) with Lucy E. Schall, of Norristown, Pennsylvania, daughter of General William Schall, an iron master and a military man of considerable note in the Pennsylvania militia. My parents and those of my wife were members of the German Reformed church, one of the churches of the Reformation now known as the Reformed church in the United States, and the children were of the same faith. I have always been a lover of the Sunday school and have been a superintendent for fifty years and an elder in the same church for the same time and still continue.

''I am a Jeffersonian Democrat and never was an aspirant for office, but could always give a reason for my faith religiously and politically. I have always tried to do my duty conscientiously. I have held the position of examiner of students at law for over thirty years and still continue.

''In 1881 my wife died. I kept house with my children for eight years thereafter, when I married my first wife's sister, Annie C. Schall.

"William Schall, died in infancy; Caroline Trexler, born April 1, 1859; Reuben Edward, born April 2, 1867; George Baker, born March 30, 1863; Hermanus Ludwig, born October 4, 1874. Carrie T. Baer (V) was married to George R. Scull, Esq., of Somerset, Pennsylvania, both an editor and lawyer; also at this time president of the First National Bank of Somerset, Pennsylvania, and president of the Somerset Trust Company. His wife was a graduate of the common school system and attended Greensburg high school. Four children were born to them: John I., Lucy B., Edward and Anna C. George B. Baer (V) graduated in the common schools of Somerset borough and then entered the printing office of the Herald and Whig, edited by Hon. Edward Scull. After finishing his trade as a printer, he attended the high school at Elders Ridge, Pennsylvania. On his return home he concluded to go to California and finally located at Cloverdale, Sonoma county, California, purchasing the Cloverdale Reveille, which he edited for several years and then sold to his brother, Reuben Baer, he having been appointed postmaster at Cloverdale, which position he still holds. He is also superintendent of a quicksilver mine near the Geyser hot spring, eighteen miles distant from Cloverdale. He married a daughter of Dr. William Markell of the same place—Sarah Markell, by whom he had three children: Markell C, Lucy S. and Helen. Reuben E. Baer (V), born April 2, 1867, graduated in the common schools of Somerset, Pennsylvania, and entered the printing office of the Herald and Whig, and after mastering his trade there went to Tyrone, Pennsylvania, and afterwards to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where he worked at his trade until the great flood of 1889, after which he went to California, where he worked for his brother. Later he purchased his brother's newspaper, which some years later he sold and purchased the Enterprise at Healdsburg, California. He married Helen Markell, daughter of Dr. William Markell, of Cloverdale, California, by whom he had three children—Christina, Elizabeth and Herman Ludwig. Hermanus Ludwig Baer (V) was born October 4, 1874. After attending and graduating from the common schools of Somerset county, Pennsylvania, he entered a drug store for a term of three years, after which he attended Bordentown College for one year and then entered the Jefferson School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia and graduated therefrom. The next two years he operated a drug store. Having concluded to become a physician, he went to Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia and graduated. He then married Miss Mabel McKinley, daughter of Abner McKinley and wife. He then moved to New York city and engaged in the practice of medicine. He has recently been appointed a lecturer in Anatomy in the Post-Graduate Medical College and Hospital of New York City.

(Source: History of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania with Genealogical and Personal History, Volume III; Publ. 1906, by E. Howard, Blackburn, William H. Welfley, Hon. William H. Koontz; pp. 26-29; Transcribed by Terri Griffiths)

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Harvey M. Berkeley

Harvey M. Berkeley, an attorney and cashier of the Somerset (Pennsylvania) First National Bank, was born in Summit township (Meyersdale P. 0.), Somerset county, Pennsylvania, August 24, 1860. He is the son of Peter and Sally ('Meyers) Berkeley. The father was born in the same place as the son, in 1832, and the mother at Berlin, Pennsylvania, in 1836. She was the daughter of Samuel Meyers, a well known agriculturist of that community. In religious faith and profession, Peter Berkeley belonged to the Brethren church. Politically he was a Republican. His education was of the common school order, primarily, and later he attended the local normal schools. He became a minister in the Brethren denomination and passed from earth in 1865, when Harvey M., his son, was but about five years of age. Harvey M. Berkeley attended the common schools and local normals and subsequently graduated from Juniata College of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, in 1881; from Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, in 1885, having conferred upon him the degrees of M. E. and Ph. B. He taught Latin and Philosophy at Susquehanna Collegiate Institute, Towanda, Pennsylvania, in 1886-87; registered as a law student with Rodney A. Mercur, Esq., son of the late Chief Justice Mercur of the Pennsylvania supreme court, June, 1886, and was admitted to the Bradford county (Pennsylvania) bar in September, 1888. In May, 1899, he was admitted to practice in Somerset county, and has been in practice ever since. In 1892, on the solicitation of interested parties, he became cashier of the First National Bank of Somerset, Pennsylvania, which position he resigned in June, 1906, and since that time has devoted his entire attention to the practice of law and business enterprises, in which he is engaged with associates. He later became one of the directors of this bank, as well as of the First National Bank of Confluence, Pennsylvania. For many years he has been director and the treasurer of the Somerset Telephone Company, also connected with a number of coal companies. His political affiliations have been with the Republican party. He was the chairman of the Republican county committee from 1896 to 1900; nominated for congress at the Republican primaries in 1900, but the district nomination was finally conceded to Hon. Alvin Evans, of Ebensburg. He is now in active business as lawyer and banker. Mr. Berkeley is a member of the Brethren church at Meyersdale, Pennsylvania. October 31, 1889, he was united in marriage to M. Emma Beachley, of Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Urias M. Beachley, a distinguished medical practitioner. No children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Berkeley.

(Source: History of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania with Genealogical and Personal History, Volume III; Publ. 1906, by E. Howard, Blackburn, William H. Welfley, Hon. William H. Koontz; pp. 25-26; Submitted by Terri Griffiths)

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John Albert Berkey

John Albert Berkey, of Somerset, Pennsylvania, commissioner of banking and attorney at law, is a epresentative of an old family which was planted in the state more than a century ago, locating in Berks county, whence his ancestors of three generations ago removed to Somerset county. The family is large and widely dispersed, and numbers among its members many of the most prosperous and highly respected people of Somerset county and elsewhere.

Mr. Berkey was born in Jefferson township, Somerset county, January 31, 3861, son of Chauncey H. and Elizabeth Berkey. He was reared upon the paternal farm, and began his education in the public schools, finishing in the Southwestern State Normal school at California, Washington county, Pennsylvania, from which he was graduated in 1884. Prior to this, and at the early age of seventeen years, his educational preparation was so sufficient that he engaged in teaching, performing his duties most creditably in schools in the counties of Fayette and Westmoreland, as well as in his native Somerset, and closing his career in the educational field as principal of the Somerset borough schools. He would have undoubtedly made further advancement as an instructor, but he had a predilection for the law, and entered upon a course of legal reading under the able instruction of Coffroth & Ruppel, and was admitted to the bar in 1889. He soon gathered about him a large and influential clientele, and now enjoys an extensive and remunerative practice.

He early entered upon public duties, being appointed by the director of the United States census to the collation and tabulation of the recorded indebtedness in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, and Somerset counties for the federal census of 1890. In 1892 he was elected district attorney of Somerset county, and brought to the place qualifications of a high order, and most praiseworthy industry and perseverance. Firm in his advocacy of Republican principles, he early found recognition as a party leader, and in 1899 was elected to the chairmanship of the county committee, in which capacity he rendered service of such value that he has since been continued as a member of the state committee. In 1902 he was cordially endorsed by the Republicans of Somerset county for the nomination of member of congress from the Twenty-third congressional district. The contest was warm and long protracted, and was only terminated by his withdrawal in favor of his warm friend and former fellow-student, Hon. Allen F. Cooper, who was accordingly made the nominee. On July 27, 1905, Governor Pennypacker appointed him to the highly important position of commissioner of banking, in which capacity he is now acting. A warm friend of education, Mr. Berkey has been for years a member of the board of trustees of the Southwestern State Normal school at California, Pennsylvania—the institution in which he made his preparation for his active career. He is an active member of various benevolent and fraternal bodies—Berlin Lodge, No. 481, I. 0. 0. F., the Knights of the Golden Eagle, No. 181, of Somerset, the Knights of Maccabees of the World, the Royal Arcanum, the Modern Woodmen, the Junior Order of American Mechanics, and the Patrons of Husbandry. In addition to his law practice and his official duties, he is largely interested in agricultural affairs, giving intelligent oversight to the conduct of several highly cultivated farms in Somerset county.

Mr. Berkey married, April 3, 1887, Miss Anna M. Barron, daughter of John C. and Catherine (Gonder) Barron, old and respected citizens of Somerset county, which has been their ancestral home for more than a hundred years past. Of this marriage was born three children—Mabel Amnions, Sue Elizabeth and May Jane Berkey. Mr. Berkey is a communicant of the Lutheran church, and his wife and children are members of the United Brethren church.

(Source: History of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania with Genealogical and Personal History, Volume III; Publ. 1906, by E. Howard, Blackburn, William H. Welfley, Hon. William H. Koontz; pp. 29-31; Submitted by Terri Griffiths)

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Arthur O. Barclay, M.D.

Arthur O. Barclay, a practicing physician of Somerset, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, was born October 31, 1874, in Bakersville, a son of Simon P. and Amanda (Shaffer) Barclay. He is of German descent, his great-grandfather having emigrated to this country from Germany. His grandfather, Samuel Barclay, was a native of Somerset county. He had the distinction of raising the largest steer ever raised in Pennsylvania, which weighed forty-two hundred pounds.

Simon P. Barclay (father) was born April 12, 1844, in Lavansville, Somerset county, Pennsylvania. He follows the occupation of a farmer and stock raiser, and is an ardent Republican. He married Amanda Shaffer, daughter of Henry and Susan (Hoffman) Shaffer, both natives of Jenners, Pennsylvania, the former a farmer by occupation. Mr. and Mrs. Shaffer were the parents of the following children: John, Cyrus, Amanda, Mary, Sadie W., Benjamin, Franklin, Herman, William, Nancy and Perry. The following named children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Simon P. Barclay : Nettie A., Arthur O., of whom later; Cora I. and Loyal  Wilmington.

Arthur O. Barclay decided on a medical career, and studied for his profession in the Eclectic Medical Institute, of Cincinnati, Ohio, from which he was graduated in the year 1902. He served for eighteen months in the Seton Hospital at Cincinnati, and then returned to Somerset, where he has since been established in practice. He is in every way well qualified for the work which he has chosen, and has built up an extensive and lucrative practice.

He married, August 25, 1898, Margaret M. Ream, born August 2, 1879, in Jennerstown, a daughter of Benjamin and Sarah (Gumhert) Ream, the former a farmer and stock raiser.
Her grandfather is Charles Ream, a farmer of Berlin, who is still living and active at the advanced age of eighty-two years.

(Source: History of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania with Genealogical and Personal History, Volume III; Publ. 1906, by E. Howard, Blackburn, William H. Welfley, Hon. William H. Koontz; pp. 39-40; Transcribed by Terri Griffiths)

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The Biesecker Family

The Biesecker family were Germans and first settled in Adams county, Pennsylvania, at a very early day. The first of this name to settle in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, was Daniel Biesecker,  who was born in Adams county, Pennsylvania, October 11, 1789. His brother, Frederick, came at the same date and made settlement. During his early years he came to Somerset county and in the township of Quemahoning worked at farming several years. Later he removed to Jennerstown where he purchased land and improved the same, residing thereon and being prosperously engaged in agricultural pursuits up to the time of his decease at the age of sixty-six years. He was an industrious worker, an able and efficient manager, and therefore his broad acres yielded him a goodly return for the labor expended.  He was a Republican in politics. His wife, whose maiden name was Nancy Kimmel, was a daughter of Solomon Kimmel, and her birth  occurred on the homestead now occupied by her son, Noah, in Quemahoning. Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Biesecker: Elizabeth, born October 3, 1814, married Jacob Byers and they had five children; she died March 15, 1894.  Joseph, born April 14, 1816, died April 21, 1853; married Hannah Keller and had five children. Abraham, born October 15, 1817, a farmer, married Agnes Richmeyer, and they had seven children. Elijah, born March 6, 1819, died February 21, 1853. Rebecca, born December 27, 1820, married Henry Sipe and they had twelve children. Solomon, born February 11, 1822, died September 19, 1839. Sarah, born January 8, 1824, married Aaron Friedline and had three children. Noah, born September 13, 1825, see forward. Magdalena, born May 19, 1827, now deceased, married Michael Sipe and they had seven children. John, born December 13, 1829.

The father, Daniel Biesecker, died on the farm upon which he first settled. The date of his death was January 24, 1855. His wife, Nancy (Kimmel) Biesecker, was born in 1794 and died March 19, 1859, aged sixty-five years, ten months and thirteen days. They are both buried at the Beams Reformed church now, but prior to the fall of 1905 rested in the family burying ground at home. Their children were all born on the original Biesecker homestead in Jenner township, Somerset
county, Pennsylvania.

(II) Joseph Biesecker, fist son of Daniel (1) and Nancy Biesecker, born April 4, 1816, married Hannah Keller and they reared five children. He was a tanner by trade and operated a small tannery for many years, but when improvements and large concerns came into use he was employed for other tanners. He died when aged about sixty years.

(II) Abraham Biesecker, second son of Daniel (1) and Nancy Biesecker, born October 15, 1817, married Agnes Richmeyer and they reared seven children. He was a farmer and voted the Whig and Republican tickets. He was of the Presbyterian faith. He died about 1887 and is buried beside the Presbyterian church at Jennerstown, Pennsylvania.

(II) Noah Biesecker, fifth son of Daniel (1) and Nancy Biesecker, born September 13, 1825, a prominent farmer of Quemahoning, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, and a citizen of influence, received his education in the public schools of Jennerstown, and after completion of his studies conducted general farming at the parental homestead until 1854, becoming highly proficient therein. He then came to Quemahoning and assumed possession of the old Kimmel farm, on which his mother was born, and has since followed this independent calling with marked success. During his long residence in the town he has taken an active interest in the development and growth of the same, every enterprise tending thereto receiving from him a hearty support. From 1881 until 1885, inclusive, he served in the capacity of associate judge of Somerset county, the first year having been associated with Judge George Pile, and thereafter with Judge Daniel J. Horner, and the responsible duties of the office were performed by him in a highly commendable and praiseworthy manner. He is a stanch advocate of the principles of Republicanism.

In September, 1860, Mr. Biesecker married Elizabeth Winters, daughter of the late John and Margaret (Mull) Winters, whose deaths occurred at the ages of sixty-five and seventy-two years, respectively. Mr. and Mrs. Winters were the parents of eight children, five of whom are now living: Wendel married Mary Bowman, who bore him two children, William and Amanda Winters; Elizabeth, wife of Noah Biesecker; Sophia, wife of Thomas Gallagher, and mother of four children, John, Edward, Rebecca and Ida Gallagher; Julia, wife of Herman Shaffer, and mother of five children, John, Barton, Robert, Ida and Lillie Shaffer; John, who married Jan Bowman, and their family consists of seven children, Joanna, Maggie, Grace, Robert, Thomas, James and Jacob Winters. Mr. and Mrs. Biesecker were the parents of four children, two sons and two daughters, all now deceased. James F., the only child that attained maturity, married Mary Cunningham, by whom he has one child, Elizabeth Biesecker. Mr. and Mrs. Biesecker stand high in social and religious circles, the former being a valued member of the Reformed church, and the latter of the Lutheran church.

(II) John Biesecker, sixth son of Daniel (1) and Nancy Biesecker. born December 13, 1829, has been a sturdy, successful farmer all his days thus far. He now owns and occupies the old Biesecker homestead in Jenner township, Somerset county, Pennsylvania. He obtained a good common school education, and in political affiliation was first a Whig and later a Republican. He is a member of the Reformed church, and belongs to Jenner township Grange. He served as school director for twelve years prior to 1885. He was married in 1857 to Miss Joanna Winters, daughter of John and "Margaret (Mull) Winters, whose family connect back to the prominent Winters family of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, in which were three generations of eminent physicians, including her uncle. Mrs. Biesecker died September 12, 1886. She was the mother of two children—Frederick W., an attorney of Somerset, and Magdalena, who died aged five years. The mother and daughter were both buried near the Beams Reformed church.

Concerning the Winters family it may be related that John Winters and his brother. Dr. Isaac Winters, of Lancaster fame, came of English stock. Their grandfather, John Winters, emigrated from England to America before the Revolution, and later in that struggle bore an active part as a soldier under General Washington. His home was near Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and there he died within a month after returning thereto from his Revolutionary service. He left a widow and son, the latter being named John, born November 21, 1776. When John Winters, Jr., grew to man's estate, he settled in the village of New Holland, Lancaster county, where for many years he followed the occupation of a blacksmith. He married Catharine Diffenderffer, January 16, 1796, and their children were: John, Isaac. Maria, Ludwig Levi, Margaratha and Cyrus. John Winters died July 13, 1859, and his wife, Catherine (Diffenderffer) Winters, died July 12. 1843. John Winters, eldest son of John and Catharine (Diffenderffer) Winters, came from Lancaster county to Somerset county about 1800. He was a farmer, belonged to the Reformed church and in politics was first a Whig and later a Republican. He married in Lancaster county Margaret Mull, by whom seven children were born, three sons and four daughters. His sons—Wendel, Elias and John—served in the Civil war conflict on the Union side, going from Somerset county, Pennsylvania. Elias was accidentally killed by being crushed beneath some slate and rock about a coal mine in 1881. He left a widow and twelve children. John Winters died in 1860 and was buried in the church yard at Zimmermans Reformed church. His wife, Margaret (Mull) Winters, died in 1871, and rests beside her husband.

(III) Frederick Winters Biesecker, an attorney of Somerset, Pennsylvania, was named for his grandfather's brother, Frederick Biesecker, an early settler in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, and his middle name was given to him in honor of his mother's family, the Winters. He is the only son of John and Joanna (Winters) Biesecker, born on the old Biesecker farm on which his grandfather settled in Jenner township, Somerset county, Pennsylvania. The date of his birth is March 10, 1858. He was reared to farm labor, and attended the common schools of his native township and the normals of Somerset county. Believing he was better suited for a professional
career than for an agriculturist, he took a preparatory course in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and entered Franklin and Marshall College, from which he graduated in June, 1880. He then chose law and entered into the study under General Koontz, at Somerset, was admitted to the bar in August, 1882, and since that time has been in active and constant practice at Somerset, where he has been eminently successful. He has also branched into various business enterprises, including investment in coal lands, which have now been disposed of at a handsome profit. He is a stockholder and director of the Somerset Trust Company, also of the First National Bank of the same place, as well as of the First National Bank at Confluence, Pennsylvania. Politically Mr. Biesecker is an out-and-out Republican. He was elected to the office of district attorney in the autumn of 1883, and re-elected in the fall of 1886, serving in all six years. He is a consistent member of the Reformed church at Somerset borough.

Mr. Biesecker married Mary Ogle Scull, daughter of Edward and Louise (Ogle) Scull, October 16, 1886. Mrs. Biesecker was educated in Somerset county schools and at the seminary at Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. They have no children.

(Source: History of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania with Genealogical and Personal History, Volume III; Publ. 1906, by E. Howard, Blackburn, William H. Welfley, Hon. William H. Koontz; pp. 76-80; Transcribed by Terri Griffiths)

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Henry Franklin Barron

Henry Franklin Barron, cashier of the Farmers' National Bank of Somerset, descends from German ancestry. George Barron, grandfather of Henry F. Barron, was born in Somerset township, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, in 1784. He married Christena Barclay, who died June 21, 1851. He died January 18, 1852. The children born to them were: George, September 1, 1810; Joseph, March 15, 1812; John C, July 21, 1820, died April 16. 1897; Eliza, January 6, 1825, married Chauncey Marteeny; Polly, who married Frederick Weimer, Sr., of Somerset, Pennsylvania, died in young womanhood. George Barron was a farmer throughout his life. He was a member of the Lutheran church and politically a Democrat. His children are all dead at this writing.

John C. Barron, son of George and Christena (Barclay) Barron, was born July 21, 1820. He was a farmer in Somerset township, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, occupying the old Barron homestead. He was of the Lutheran church faith and obtained a common school education. He was twice married; first to Lavinia, daughter of Jacob and Mary (Hay) Young. They resided in Somerset township. The children born to them were: Araminta, February 26, 1849, married a farmer named Amos A. Adams, now a resident of Waterloo, Iowa; Sophia, April 12, 1850, married James Weimer, a blacksmith of Somerset county, Pennsylvania; Missouri, October 11, 1851, married Cyrus Hemminger, a farmer of Somerset township; Louisa, January 21, 1854, married A. F. Kugs, a farmer and stone mason of Somerset township. The mother of these children died February 22, 1857, and Mr. Barron married (secondly) Catherine, daughter of Frederick and Elizabeth (Queer) Gonder, in 1860, and by this union were born: Henry F., January 11, 1861; Belinda J., May 26, 1863, married Henry Coleman; Annie M., August 31, 1864, married J. A. Berkey, of Somerset, Pennsylvania; Edward C, March 5, 1866, married Carrie M. Berkey; Sadie E., July 18, 1867, married Edward L. Simpson; Lizzie K., March 3, 1869, died January 1, 1881; Nannie K., October 1, 1870, married Wesley Slagle, of Johnstown, Pennsylvania; John 0. K., November 24, 1872, died January 20, 1881.

Henry F. Barron, son of John C. and Catherine (Gonder) Barron, born January 11, 1861, obtained his education at the common and normal schools of Somerset, his native county. Subsequently he took a thorough course at Duff's Commercial College of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. From 1879 to January 1, 1891, Mr. Barron followed school teaching in the borough of Somerset and adjacent country districts.

Politically Mr. Barron has always voted and given his hearty support to the Republican party. Among the places of trust he has held in an official capacity may be named: From 1891 to 1894 he was deputy sheriff under Isaiah Good; from 1897 to 1899, inclusive, he was prothonotary and clerk of the courts of Somerset county; was school director in the borough of Somerset during 1898-99-1900; chairman of the Republican county committee for 1900-01; also twice a delegate to the Pennsylvania State Republican Convention—1899 and 1900.

September 4, 1900, when the Farmers' National Bank of Somerset was organized and opened for the transaction of business, he became its cashier, which position he still holds. He is also one of the directors of this bank.

He is a member of the Lutheran church and served as Deacon of Trinity Lutheran church of Somerset for ten years in succession, from 1892 to 1902. He holds a membership in the following civic societies: In Masonry, he belongs to Somerset Lodge, No. 358; Hebron Chapter, No. 272, of Meyersdale, Pennsylvania; Oriental Commandery, No. 61, of Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Harrisburg Consistory, A. A. S. R., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Syria Temple, A. A. 0. N. M. S., of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the Odd Fellows Order, Somerset Lodge, No. 438; Knights of Pythias, Lodge No. 471, of Meyersdale, Pennsylvania; Junior Order of United American Mechanics, of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and Johnstown Lodge, No. 175, of Elks.

Mr. Barron was united in marriage at Lavansville, Pennsylvania, by Rev. L. L. Seiber, pastor of the Lutheran church, April 6, 1882, to Mollie J. Berkey, daughter of Chauncey H. and Elizabeth (Adams) Berkey, of Somerset borough (see Berkey family sketch).

(Source: History of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania with Genealogical and Personal History, Volume III; Publ. 1906, by E. Howard, Blackburn, William H. Welfley, Hon. William H. Koontz; pp. 98-99; Transcribed by Terri Griffiths)

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William Collins Begley

William Collins Begley, the well known and highly esteemed sheriff of Somerset county, is a descendant in the sixth generation of John Begley, or O'Begley, as the name was originally spelled.

John O'Begley, afterward John O. Begley, married Mary Hurley in her native town, Belfast, Ireland, in 1750. One child was the fruit of this union, and it was christened James Oliver Begley, probably for two reasons: First, the preservation of the letter O, and, second, love for Oliver Cromwell.

James Oliver Begley located in Cork and married Bridget O'Neil. They had one child, John Patrick.

John Patrick Begley, a native of Cork, married Nora Hogan, also a native of Cork, in 1799. Their second child was named William and was the grandfather of William C. Begley.

William Begley, grandfather of William Collins Begley, was born at Cork, Ireland, in 1804. He emigrated to America in 1823 and three years later married Annie Kelly. William Begley and his wife were the parents of three children: John, born 1829; David, 1833; and Nancy, 1835. Mr. Begley was a stanch supporter of the Republican party.

David Begley, father of William Collins Begley, was born in Springfield township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, March 10, 1833. Left fatherless at the early age of three years, all the education he received was given him by his foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Kern. Free schools did not exist at that time. He was a private in Company F, Eighty-fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, during the trying days of 1861-65. Mr. Begley married Amanda Collins, born March 19, 1841, at Mill Run, Fayette county, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Begley's father was Dr. William Collins, who is especially noted in Somerset county for the geological survey he made many years ago to show the mineral wealth of the county. He was the first discoverer of limestone and the first to urge its value for agricultural purposes. In the burning of lime he constructed the first incline railway in the county, the same extending from the quarry to the kiln. He made patterns for the wheels, built the cars and put the railway in successful operation. The incline railway was at first a great curiosity. By the introduction he suffered pecuniary losses. He was elected associate judge of the Somerset county court in 1882, which position he filled creditably for five years. He practiced dentistry for thirty years, conducting a large and successful business. He was a grandson of Moses Collins, one of the pioneers of Fayette county, and the man who built the first log cabin in the Indian Creek settlement. In politics he was a Republican. Dr. William Collins located and developed the first coal mines in the Meyersdale basin. His father, Henry Collins, enjoys the distinction of having built the first carding mill in either Fayette or Somerset counties.

William Collins Begley, son of David and Amanda (Collins) Begley, was born in Stewart township Fayette county, Pennsylvania, December o, 1870. He received his education in the common schools of Fayette and Somerset counties. He lived about three miles from the schoolhouse, and in inclement wintry weather it was a great hardship to make his way there. This had to be endured, however, as the school term was but five months of the year. By occupation Mr. Begley is a farmer. In politics he has always affiliated with the Republican party, having cast his first vote in 1892, when he voted for Benjamin Harrison and Whitelaw Reid. Since that time he has always adhered to the political faith of his family. In January, 1903, at the beginning of his term of office as sheriff of Somerset county, Andrew J. Coleman appointed William Collins Begley as deputy sheriff. In the previous political campaign, in which Mr. Coleman had had aggressive opposition, Mr. Begley, whose acquaintanceship extended over almost the entire county, was Mr. Coleman's most active and effective supporter, and his appointment as deputy sheriff was made by Mr. Coleman in recognition of his loyal and efficient political services.

Mr. Begley entered official life as he had always approached every other task, determined to do his duty. In the many delicate situations that occur in the administration of the sheriff's office, Mr. Begley always acted with consummate tact and exhaustless patience. With the unfortunate he was ever sympathetic and considerate, so that in the wake of his official career he left no enemies but many friends. Indeed, combined with a natural kindness of disposition that is magnetic and contagious, Mr. Begley possesses an intuitive knowledge of human nature enjoyed by few men. In the great miners' strike of 1903-04, lasting throughout the winter, and extending to almost every colliery in Somerset county, when riots and almost every conceivable form of violence were occurring daily, the brunt of the work of preserving the peace fell upon Mr. Begley as chief field deputy. How well he performed his arduous duties is best attested by an admiring and grateful public wherever Chief Begley comes upon the scene of disturbance. In the riot at Boswell, January 18, 1904, Mr. Begley was wounded four times, but notwithstanding  his wounds, he remained in active control of the situation all night, and thereby saved the property of the coal company from destruction. His conduct everywhere compelled the applause of the general public, and his conciliatory treatment of the men and his undoubted bravery inspired the respect and esteem of the strikers themselves.

Several months before the Republican primary election preceding the triennial election of county officers, Mr. Begley was favorably mentioned by many of his admirers as a worthy successor to Sheriff Coleman, when the latter 's term of office should have expired. Mr. Begley was very diffident, but the movement for him grew from month to month. The men who arrogated to themselves the Republican leadership of Somerset county did not look upon the Begley boom with approval. Mr. Begley 's strong individuality, political independence, and sterling manhood, did not commend him to the managers of the party, and when the Republican slate for 1905 was finally made up, Mr. Begley 's name was not upon it. But the Begley boom could not be overlooked; it loomed like a great cloud across the political horizon. Mr. Begley was forced into the political arena by the irresistible demand of the rank and file of his party, and the political tempest which ensued after the formal announcement of his candidacy for the office of sheriff has never been equalled in intensity in the history of Somerset county. The campaign was but of three weeks' duration, but the contest was unprecedentedly fierce. William H. Deeter, Mr. Begley's opponent, was by no means a weak man, and he was supported by every influence and artifice at the command of a dominant political faction. Mr. Begley 's fight was made practically without money, while the opposition was plentifully supplied with "the sinews of war." But there are times when the passions of men rise beyond the power of money to divert them from their honestly cherished purposes. Such a time was the Republican campaign of 1905 when the people, on the twenty-fifth day of March, triumphed over their self appointed masters. The Republican convention was held on the twenty-eight of March, at which time Mr. Begley 's nomination was certified with an official majority of one hundred and thirty-four votes, having received two thousand seven hundred and ninety-five votes to two thousand six hundred and sixty-one for Mr. Deeter.

While Mr. Begley has never been a member of any church, he has always been a willing and liberal contributor to the cause of religion, making no distinction as to the denomination which he wished to help. For many years past he has been a regular attendant of the Lutheran church. Mr. Begley is not connected in any way with any society, fraternal, beneficial or otherwise. Mr. Begley is not yet married.

(Source: History of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania with Genealogical and Personal History, Volume III; Publ. 1906, by E. Howard, Blackburn, William H. Welfley, Hon. William H. Koontz; pp. 95-98; Transcribed by Terri Griffiths)

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Benjamin Johnson Bowman

Benjamin Johnson Bowman, postmaster of Berlin, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, was born in Jefferson township, October 23, 1864, the son of Cyrus and Matilda (Hay) Bowman, and grandson of John Bowman, who was a prosperous farmer of Somerset county. The original ancestor of the family in this country came from Switzerland, and settled in Berks county, Pennsylvania.

Cyrus Bowman (father) was born in Brothers Valley township, Somerset county, Pennsylvania. He received what education the public schools of that day afforded, and turned his attention to the occupation of a farmer. He was a member of the German Reformed church. He married Matilda Hay, a descendant of a prominent family of this county, daughter of Simon Hay, who was born in 1807. He cast his first presidential vote in 1828, and voted for each succeeding president, down to the second candidate of William McKinley in 1900. His death occurred in 1903. The death of Cyrus Hay occurred in August, 1878.

Benjamin J. Bowman acquired his early education in the public schools of the county, and later became a pupil in the Meese Preparatory School at Meyersdale, Pennsylvania. Mr. Bowman engaged as a school teacher for six years, but relinquished this occupation for agricultural pursuits, being thus engaged for eight years. He removed to Berlin in 1896. In his political affiliations he is a stanch Republican, and has served his township in various offices. In 1897 he was appointed postmaster by President McKinley, and the following year was elected to the office of county auditor, which necessitated his resigning the former position. At the expiration of his term as auditor he was again appointed postmaster by President Roosevelt, which office he now holds. He is also interested in educational affairs, and has served as school director, Mr. Bowman is a member of the Reformed church at Berlin, and has held the offices of deacon and elder of same. He is a well known citizen of Berlin, and well thought of throughout the community. In the various positions of trust to which he was elected he discharged his duties in a most creditable and efficient manner, thus gaining the confidence and respect of his fellow townsmen.

Mr. Bowman married, September 4, 1887, Minnie Stahl, daughter of Samuel and Druscilla (Walker) Stahl, the former a blacksmith. Mrs. Bowman was educated in the public schools, and during her husband's term of office as county auditor, was appointed postmistress to fill out his unexpired term, and filled this position very satisfactorily for three years. Mr. and Mrs. Bowman have children as follows: Vida M., Clarence H., Mary E., Eugene K., Benjamin S., and John Oliver. These children all live with their parents and are attending school.

(Source: History of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania with Genealogical and Personal History, Volume III; Publ. 1906, by E. Howard, Blackburn, William H. Welfley, Hon. William H. Koontz; pp. 101-102; Transcribed by Terri Griffiths)

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Gurdon E Bishop

Gurdon E. Bishop, editor of the Meyersdale Republican, Meyersdale, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, was born June 13, 1862, at Owego, Tioga county, New York, the son of Peleg Tabor and Estella (Evans) Bishop.

His grandfather, James Henry Bishop, was also a native of Owego. He married Abigail Tabor, of Union Springs, Cayuga county. New York. Their children were: Jane, Sarah, Rettie, Anna, Celia, Frederick H. and Peleg Tabor.

Peleg Tabor Bishop (father) was born at Owego, October 17, 1834. He was a carriage maker by trade, and carried on business at Owego, where he established the Owego Carriage Works. In 1871 he removed with his family to Winneconne, Wisconsin, and engaged in the same business, which he is continuing at this date (1906). His wife was Estella Evans, a daughter of Henry Evans, of Owego, New York, to whom he was married November 25, 1859. They had the following children: Gurdon Earle, of whom later; James H., born September 5, 1866; Nettie, born September 5, 1870. died October 15, 1904; she was the wife of P. J. Roblee; Rettie, born August 15, 1874, wife of C. W. Rogers, of Wisconsin.

Gurdon Earle Bishop attended the public schools in Owego until his father's family removed to Wisconsin, and was a student in the Winneconne schools until 1876. Immediately after leaving the school-room he entered into an apprenticeship to learn the newspaper business with Frank S. Verbeck, who was then the proprietor of the Winneconne Local, and is the present manager of the Inland type foundry of Chicago. When he was in the third year of his five years'  apprenticeship his employer, Mr. Verbeck, removed to Neenah, Wisconsin, and Mr. Bishop followed him and there completed his trade on the Neenah Times. From there he went to  Milwaukee, and in 1881 became press agent for W. W. Cole's circus, remaining with them until 1885. Mr. Bishop's next removal was to Dixon, Illinois, in 1887, where he founded the Daily Star. He continued this successfully until 1891, when he sold out the establishment and went to Marshalltown, Iowa, and was there engaged for a year on the Times-Republican. In 1892 he removed to Ida Grove, Iowa, and was editor of the Ida County Pioneer until 1894. He next went to Monticello, Iowa, where he owned and conducted the Jones County Times until 1900, when he sold out and came to Meyersdale, where he has since made his residence. He is now engaged in the conduct of the Meyersdale Republican, which paper enjoys the confidence of the public and a very generous patronage. Mr. Bishop is a Republican in politics, and a member of the Lutheran church. Knights of Pythias and Modern Woodmen of America.

Mr. Bishop married, December 25, 1887, at Falls City, Nebraska, Rose C. Macgregor, and they have one child, Earle Ronald, born November 17, 1889, at Dixon, Illinois.

(Source: History of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania with Genealogical and Personal History, Volume III; Publ. 1906, by E. Howard, Blackburn, William H. Welfley, Hon. William H. Koontz; pp. 135-136; Transcribed by Terri Griffiths)

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John Livengood Barchus

John Livengood Barchus, president of the First National Bank and a prominent business man of Salisbury, is a son of Daniel Barchus, of English ancestry, and a grandson of John Barchus, who was the son of and Elizabeth (Jones) Barchus, the former an Ohio farmer and the latter a native of Ireland.

John Barchus was born in Ohio, and when a young man came to Garrett county, Maryland. He was a miner and farmer. His teams, driven by his sons, Otho G. and Daniel, were employed in teaming on the National pike. In Garrett county, Maryland, Mr. Barchus met Elizabeth Porter, of Scotch ancestry, to whom he was married September 12, 1811. Their children were: Otho Gwinn, born in 1812, a wagoner and a mail coach driver in the mail coach days on the pike, who died in 1883. Daniel, see forward. John Barchus died in 1868. His wife, Elizabeth (Porter) Barchus, died the preceding year.

Daniel Barchus, second son of John and Elizabeth (Porter) Barchus, and father of John L. Barchus, was born in Allegany county, Maryland, December 27, 1820. He received the limited education that the schools of his day afforded, and in 1838 began teaming on the "pike" with his brother, Otho G. An incident in his career at this time is quite interesting. When the Baltimore & Ohio railroad was built to Cumberland, Maryland, among the first goods to arrive was a consignment of freight for Wheeling, Virginia, this shipment weighing six thousand pounds. Mr. Barchus contracted to deliver it in Wheeling in six days, a feat he accomplished. The merchants
of Wheeling met the six-horse team, drawing the load, outside the city and escorted Mr. Barchus in. In the evening there was public rejoicing over the then unprecedented event of freight reaching Wheeling from Baltimore in seven days. Mr. Barchus was also a postillion or mail rider in those olden days. After the decline of the pike Mr. Barchus engaged in coal mining in the Frostburg region for a time and then bought a farm in Allegany county, Maryland. After a time he removed to a Somerset county farm, and from there to Fayette county, Pennsylvania. In 1870 he located in Salisbury and for nine years was the proprietor of the Valley House. In 1879 he bought a farm near Hagerstown, Maryland, on which he resided for six years. At this time Mrs. Barchus died and he sold out and returned to Salisbury, Pennsylvania, where for the last ten years of his life he was a guest at the Valley House, then and now conducted by his son-in-law, Henry Loechel. Mr. Barchus invested in coal lands, and by careful management of his various enterprises became a man of considerable wealth. He had a wonderful memory and could recall each business transaction and keep faithful records without the aid of books. He was a man of the strictest business integrity, was a member of the German Baptist Brethren church and an adherent of the Republican party.

Mr. Barchus was twice married. His first wife was Harriet, a daughter of Moses Poland, of Virginia. They were married in 1852, but after a brief married life of three years Mrs. Barchus passed away on June 27, 1855, at the age of nineteen. One child was born of this marriage, Annie Elizabeth, January 9, 1855; she is the wife of Henry Loechel, proprietor of the Valley House, Salisbury. January 15, 1857, Mr. Barchus married Barbara, daughter of David Livengood, of Salisbury. Mrs. Barbara (Livengood) Barchus was a direct descendant of Peter Livengood, the Swiss emigrant, who founded the family in America. (See the Livengood ancestry on another page of the work.) To Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Barchus were born two sons: David L,, who died in 1864, aged five years; and John L., see forward. Daniel Barchus died August, 1900. His wife, Barbara (Livengood) Barchus, died September 12, 1884.

John Livengood Barchus was born October 10, 1865, in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, and was about five years of age when the family moved to Salisbury, where he attended school until the removal to Hagerstown, Maryland, where he was a student at the academy of that place. He engaged in mercantile life in Salisbury, as a clerk for a time. To perfect himself in correct business methods, he entered a commercial college in Baltimore, Maryland, and took a special course, and after completing the same went to Kansas, where he clerked in a store for a friend. On his return in 1889 he opened a clothing and furnishing store in Salisbury, which, in 1895, became the present firm of Barchus & Livengood through the admission of A. E. Livengood, whose sketch appears on another page of this work. In 1889 Mr. Barchus founded the Valley Bank in Salisbury, and in 1902 organized, with other leading men of the town, the First National Bank of Salisbury, and was chosen its first president. This institution has been wisely and conservatively conducted and enjoys the confidence of the banking public. Their deposits for a small town are unusually large, reaching over two hundred thousand dollars, with a surplus fund of fifteen thousand. Mr. Barchus is interested in other business enterprises. He is a director in the Improved Traction Engine Company, and in the Livengood Coal and Coke Company, a West Virginia corporation. He is secretary and treasurer of the Salisbury Coal and Lumber Company of West Virginia, and director of the Citizens' Light, Heat and Power Company of Salisbury. Mr. Barchus is one of the incorporators of the Pennsylvania and Maryland Street Railway Company, in which he also serves as secretary and treasurer. This company will build and operate an electric line from Salisbury to Meyersdale, and are now consolidating with another company with a view to extending the line through Somerset county to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and south to Frostburg and Cumberland, Maryland. Work is now (1906) under way between Salisbury and Meyersdale and the towns will soon be connected. Mr. Barchus is a Republican. For six years he served as president of the borough council, and for four years as school director. He is a consistent member of the Brethren church of Salisbury.

Mr. Barchus is a worthy scion of a worthy sire. He is a man of many sterling characteristics, with strict regard for commercial ethics, with a high standard of citizenship and with social qualities that render him popular with his circle of friends. His career has been one of perseverance and enterprise and is indeed worthy of commendation and should serve as an example to young men who are ambitious and desire to succeed in the business world. Never shrinking a duty, and
never seeking an honor, he is ever ready to give support and encouragement to all undertakings that have for their objects the elevation and advancement of mankind and the growth and prosperity of his adopted town.

Mr. Barchus married, October 10, 1899, Mary Edna, born August 21, 1878, daughter of Captain Q. A. McClure, of McKeesport, Pennsylvania. She was educated in the public schools of McKeesport and Bucknell University of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Baptist church. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. John L. Barchus: J. McClure, April 10, 1902; Dorothy, May 12, 1906.

(Source: History of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania with Genealogical and Personal History, Volume III; Publ. 1906, by E. Howard, Blackburn, William H. Welfley, Hon. William H. Koontz; pp. 133-135; Transcribed by Terri Griffiths)

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Peter Berkey

BERKEY Peter, St Paul.  Res 153 W College av, office 300 Germania Life bldg.  Real estate.  Born Sept 14, 1822 in Somerset county Pa.  Married in 1853 to Anna E Porter.  First employed as driver on Penn Canal 1836-40; agent and later capt of canal packet; later staging between Pittsburgh and Clarion; moved to St Paul 1853 and was member of firm of Nicols & Berkey iron established 1855 (now Nicols, Dean & Gregg) moved to California 1858 but returned to St Paul; sold out iron interests 1860; refugee agent and claims comnr during Indian outbreak 1862; one of the organizers of St Paul Fire & Marine Ins Co 1865; resumed connection and was partner in Nicols & Dean until 1868; built St Paul, Stillwater & Taylor Falls R T 1872 and pres of same until consolidation with C & N W R R; organized and was pres St Paul Nat Bank 1883-93; with others organized banks in St Peter and Stillwater; has been occupied in the care of his own real estate and investments since 1893. 

[Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. Publ.  1907 Transcribed by Rhonda Hill]


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Rufus M Beachy

Rufus M. Beachy, an active and successful veterinary surgeon of Meyersdale, was born in Garrett county, Maryland, January 30, 1867. He is a son of Manasses J. and Elizabeth (Heddings) Beachy, and a grandson of Jonas and Sarah (Gnagey) Beachy. Jonas Beachy was of Pennsylvania birth, but his parents were natives of Germany. He lived the life of a Maryland farmer and was a minister and bishop of the Amish church. He died in Maryland (in which state his wife also died), aged eighty-six years, and when eighty-five he walked seven miles to preach to his people on the Sabbath.

Manasses J. Beachy (father) was a farmer in Elk Lick township, where lie was born. His education was obtained in the subscription schools, and his early life was spent on the farm, which lay along the state line. He had some skill as a veterinarian and practiced to some extent among the farmers of that region. Part of his time he lived in Maryland, where some of his children were born. He was a Republican, and, like his father, was a minister and bishop of the Amish people, comprising the Elk Lick congregation. His first wife was Barbara Swartzendruber, by whom he had one child, Anna (Mrs. John K. Yoder, of Allensville, Mifflin county, Pennsylvania). His second wife was Elizabeth Heddings, who bore him the following children: Rufus M., of whom later; Amos, deceased; Lewis, a farmer of Preston county, Virginia; Moses, who farms the old homestead; Phoebe, deceased (Mrs. Peter Smoker); Alvin, a farmer of Oregon; Mary, deceased (Mrs. Jonas M. Yoder). Manasses J. Beachy died June 21, 1895. His widow, Elizabeth (Heddings) Beachy, became Mrs. Samuel J. Miller and lives near Springs, Pennsylvania.

Rufus M. Beachy was educated in the public schools of the township. His early life was spent on the farm; in fact, nearly all his life has been spent in and around it. He early began to accompany his father on his visits, and when but thirteen years old was sent alone to attend a sick horse. He treated the case successfully, staying with his patient all night. From that time until the present (1906) he has followed the veterinary profession, and it may truly be said that he has grown up in it. The practical knowledge gained from actual experience has been supplemented by an extensive course of professional reading and study, and now he has a large and successful practice that occupies his entire time. His office and laboratory in Meyersdale are well equipped with instruments, remedies and an extensive library of works pertaining to his profession. He sold his farm in 1904, which was the home farm, purchased at the time of his marriage, and which he cultivated in connection with his veterinary work, also his lime and stone business, in order to devote his entire time to his profession.

Mr. Beachy married, December 23, 1888, at the age of twenty-two, Lydia, born October 13, 1866, daughter of Emanuel and Mary (Miller) Heishberger, from Grantsville, Maryland. Their children were: Jonas, born December 31, 1889; John, born May 7, 1891, died July 3, 1894; Noah, born September 22, 1896, died in infancy.

(Source: History of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania with Genealogical and Personal History, Volume III; Publ. 1906, by E. Howard, Blackburn, William H. Welfley, Hon. William H. Koontz; pp. 203-204; Transcribed by Terri Griffiths)

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