The Zerby biography gives Confer family names.
Hannah Zerby m. Peter Confer.... and
Adam Zerby married Catherine (Heckman) Confer, widow of Joseph.
A. P. Zerby, a wide-awake and progressive farmer of Penn township, Centre county, is descended from one of its earliest families. His paternal grandfather, Philip Zerby, located in what is now Penn township, Centre county, about the beginning of the present century. He was born in Blue Mountain Hollow, Schuykill Co., Penn., a son of Jonathan Zerby, and in the county of his nativity married Barbara Lingle. A short time afterward they made what was then a long and tedious journey to Centre county, and located upon a farm between Millheim and Coburn, in Penn township, where they made their home for a few years, and then removed to Gregg township. By trade Philip Zerby was a linen weaver, but principally supported his family by day labor. He was an honest, hard-working man, and a staunch supporter of the Democratic party. His death occured in Gregg township, when he was 55 years of age. To Philip and Barbara (Lingle) Zerby were born the following children: John, born September 27, 1894, was blind for some years prior to his death, which occurred in Snow Shoe, Centre county; Johan Philip, born March 27, 1866, died near Pottsville, Penn., while seeking treatment for threatened blindness; David born November 1, 1807, was blind for thirty-five years, and died in Gregg township; Jacob, born November 10, 1809, died near the Loop, in Potter township, Centre county, after being blind for nearly twenty-five years; Adam the father of our subject was next in order of birth; Michael, born May 7, 1814, died in Stephenson County, Ill.; Henry, born October 23, 1815, died in the same county; Catherine, born October 27, 1817, and died in 1896, married Abram Hoover, also now deceased; and Andrew, born March 1, 1821, is living in the same township. For his second wife, Philip Zerby wedded Hannah Sunday, a native of George's Valley, and a daughter of Adam and Hannah Elizabeth (Minich) Sunday. Eight children blessed this union: Elizabeth, born May 16, 1822, married Charles Ripka, and died in Gregg township; Mary, born April 26, 1824, married Henry Garver, and died in Pottery township, Centre county; Susannah and Sarah (twins) were born August 26, 1826 (Susannah is now the widow of Peter Auman, late of Gregg township); Joseph , born November 4, 1830, died in Gregg township; William is a resident of that township; HANNAH is the wife of PETER CONFER, of Millheim; and Amelia died at the age of twenty-one years. The birth of Adam Zerby occurred in Gregg township, August 19, 1811, and as his parents were in limited circumstances he was given no educational advantages. When a young man he learned the weaver's trade, which he followed in conncection with farming, and also operated a saw mill for many years. In 1847, he removed to Penn township, on Penn creek, where he purchased eighty acrs of land, going in debt for the same, but fortunately his sons were of much assistance to him, and he soon had a comfortable home. Upon that farm his death occurred when he was nearly seventy years of age. He was a quiet, unassuming man, six feet three inches in height, who enjoyed excellent health up to the tiem of his last illness. His remains were interred in Paradise Cemetery by the side of the mother of our subject, who died at the age of fifty-seven years. He was a firm supporter of Democratic principles, but cared nothing for public office, and was a faithful member of the Evangelical Church. In early life Adam Zerby married Susanna Suavely, by whom he had the following children: Henry, a resident of Haines township, Centre county; A. P., subject of this review; Reuben who died in Penn township; David L., teller in the Millheim Bank; Sarah, widow of F. F. Jamison, of Gregg township; and Julia A., who married Daniel Geary, and died in Penn township. After the death of his first wife, Adam Zerby wedded Mrs. CATHERINE CONFER, NEE HECKMAN, WIDOW OF JOSEPH CONFER She is still living in Stephenson county, Illinois. A.P. Zerby was born April 21, 1845, and was an infant when brought by his parents to the farm which he now owns, and where he has since resided. His first literary training was under the instruction of John Strayhorn, and his entire education was obtained in the district schools, which were much inferior to those of the present day. He strongly endorses the changes that have since been made in educational institutions, and has served as an efficient member of the school board in his district. At the age of eighteen he left the schoolroom, and worked for some tiem in a mill and in the lumber woods, being thus employed until twenty-seven years of age. In February, 1872, in Haines township, Centre county, Mr. Zerby was married to Miss ELizabeth Daup, the oldest of the seven children born to Joseph and Catherine (Decker) Daup, the former a blacksmith by trade. Five children have been born of this union: Susan O., at home; Joseph A., who died at the age of five years; William D. and Emory P., school teachers, residing at home; and Nina A., also at home. After his marriage, Mr. Zerby began housekeeping upon the old home farm, comprising sixty-five acres of rich and arable land, where he still resides, and which he has under high culture. For nearly a half of a century it has been his home, and after the death of his father he bought it at public sale. Althought he went in debt for much of the amount, it is now free. In connection with his farming operations, he also operates a sawmill, which he has equipped with modern machinery. No man in Penn township is more industrious, energetic and enterprising, and all that he now possesses has been obtained through his own unaided exertions. He has always supported the men and measures of the Democratic party, and has been called upon to serve in several official positions, including those of auditor, overseer of the poor, judge of the election, school director, and assessor. With the United Evanglical Church Mr. and Mrs. Zerby hold membership, and they enjoy a prominent position among the best and most highly respected citizens of the community.
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