I transcribed this for a friend and thought I'd share it with you all. It is from one of those old county historirs in which everyone is thrifty, industrious, honest, sober, kind, truthful, reverent and, most important, willing to buy a copy of the book. The names and dates are usually accurate.
Commemorative Biographical record of central Pennsylvania: including the counties of Centre, Clearfield, Jefferson and Clarion : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, etc..
Chicago: J.H. Beers, 1898.
p. 854, 855
John W. Kyler, an agriculturist of energy and ability, residing on a good farm in Boggs Township, is a native of Clearfield County, his birth occurring in Bradford Township July 11, 1823,a son of Jacob and Mary (Wise) Kyler, who were born in Pennsylvania of German extraction, the father October 22, 1790, the mother ----.
The parents were married in the county and settled upon a farm in the midst of the unbroken timber, where the father developed a good farm. there his death occurred August 24, 1873, in the eighty-fourth year of his age, and his widow survived him only four years. They were numbered among the honored pioneers and highly respected citizens, and were faithful members of the Presbyterian Church. The father was a Democrat and held some township offices. In therr family there were children as follows:
William, born October 8, 1816, died January 27, 1817;
Conrad, born December 17, 1817 (deceased);
Martha, born September 14, 1819;
Hannah, born April 6, 1821;
John W., born July 11, 1823;
Pernenah, born September 21, 1825;
Mark, born April 11, 1827, is a farmer;
Luke, born May 8, 1829 is a resident of Iowa;
Sophia, born November 28, 1831, married George Albert, who is now deceased;
Henry, born May 1, 1834;
Washington, born January 8, 1837, died March 8, 1839.
Our subject was reared amid the peaceful scenes of rural life, and has always made his home in the country, remaining under the parental roof until attaining his majority. For the following five years he was employed in farming and in the lumber woods. After his marriage he located on a farm in Woodland, which he sold in 1853, and removed to his present place, which is situated in Boggs Township, nine miles from Clearfield. This he has cleared and cultivated and placed thereon many valuable improvements.
In 1848 he was married to Miss Sophia Shirey, a native of Clearfield County, daughter of John Shirey, whose birth also here occurred, he father being numbered among the first settlers, a farmer and lumberman by occupation. John Shirey was a resident of Bradford Township, and for many years served as Justice of the Peace.
The following children blessed the union of our subject and his wife:
Cambridge, born January 28, 1849, died when young;
Ernest Emery, born December 14, 1851; married Etta Jewry [Jury?] is a house carpenter, and resides in Bradford Township;
Francis A., born May 1, 1854, married Jennie Undereffer [Undercoffler/Undrecoffer], now deceased, lives in Boggs Township;
Mary Etta, born July 26, 1856, married Alexander McMartin, and lives at Pennfield, occupied in teaming and working by the job;
Leonard, born June 2, 1859, married Edith Smeal, is a farmer residing in Bradford Township;
Nannie May, born July 28, 1861, died at the age of 12 years;
Alice, born December 27, 1863, married W. C. Owens, a dealer in hardware in Philipsburg, Penn.;
Elva, born January 1, 1869, married Rush Dehass, a bookkeeper in DuBois, Penn.;
and Gertie, born April 13, 1871, is unmarried.
John W. Kyler is an earnest supporter of the Democratic party, but has never cared for office, though he has filled some positions in his township. He is a man of medium size, of athletic build and pleasant address. Nature has dealt kindly with him, and although he has passed the allotted three score years and ten, he is still well preserved, being able to make [take?] a hand in the meadow with the scythe. Surrounded by such comforts as a pleasant home, pure water and pure mountain air, he bids fair for a harvest hand for many years to come.
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