Genealogical and personal history of the Allegheny Valley, Pennsylvania Vol. 2
Jordan, John W. (John Woolf), 1840-1921University of Pittsburgh, University Library System., Digital Research Library.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co, 1913
Pgs. 716, 717
JOHN HENRY, pioneer farmer, was born in Juniata County, Pa. In 1826 he came to Clarion County and settled in Piney Township, establishing there a home for himself and his family. He married MARGARET MURRAY. Their children were: 1. WILLIAM A. 2. JOHN. 3. REUBEN. 4. THOMAS. 5. LEVI A. 6. JANE married JOHN KIPER. 7. GEORGE HENRY. 8. MANASSEH.
WILLIAM A., son of JOHN and MARGARET (MURRAY) HENRY, was born in Juniata County, Pa., in 1826. After leaving school he taught for a time in the same neighborhood. An opportunity offering to secure a good position as bookkeeper at Paint Mills, he accepted it and held the post for a number of years. He also served for a time as a county commissioner. In his political opinions he was a Democrat. He married CATHERINE McCOY, and their children were: 1. WILLIAM H. 2. JAMES B. 3. EMMA J. 4. ELMER E.
ELMER ELSWORTH, son of WILLIAM A. and CATHERINE (McCOY) HENRY, was born in Piney Township, Dec. 22, 1861. He attended first the district schools of Piney, then going to one at West Freedom and still later to another at Scotch Hill. He was only twelve years old when he went to work for himself in the employ of a farmer of the neighborhood. He is now the owner of two well cultivated farms in Porter Township each of them comprising 90 acres. He has made his home on one of these and has lived on it for 24 years. A Democrat in his party affiliations he is an independent in local matters, giving his vote for the man who in his opinion is best fitted for the office. He has served as school director for several years, and has been the township auditor for fifteen years. He and his wife are both members of the Evangelical Lutheran church. He serves the church as trustee and has been a deacon for many years.
He married MRS. HANNAH J. B. WHITMORE, born Nov. 4, 1850, daughter of JOHN and HANNAH (BASHLINE) SMITH. Children: 1. RUTH, married ARTHUR E. BROWN; no issue. 2. GEORGE, unmarried. 3. CARL. MRS. HENRY had one child by her first marriage: NELLIE WHITMORE, married A. DALE WIANT; children: IRENE and HARRY.
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