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under treatment for about one year, carrying the bul-
let for eight months before it was removed. On leav-
ing the hospital he was transferred to the Veteran Re-
serve corps, and did service there until September 24,
1864, when he was mustered out of the service, and
thus he closed a highly honorabe career as a private
of that noble army of citizen soldiers to which we as a
nation owe a debt of gratitude that must remain a
debt to all posterity, for no material rewards can ever
repay courageous self-sacrifice, and even the roll of
honor contains but a scant list of those who earned the
right to a place there. Mr. Hatch returned to the old



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and was married April 23, 1890, to Elsio, ilanglit.r of
John C. Crowell, of Concord township. They have
one daughter. Ore. W. W. Hasbrook, father of A. L.,
resides on the farm, a part of the old homestead, where
he was born May 16, 1842. He was married June 20,
1867, to Martha C. Haviland, who died November 10,
1867, leaving but one child, A. L. January 3, 1871, Mr.
Hasbrook was married to Sara A., widow of J. R. Rus-
sell, and daughter of Allen G. and Rachel (Brink)
Heath. She was born October 12, 1850, in West Fair-
field, Crawford county. Pa., and died in 1887. Three
children blessed this union: Frank A., Ursa B. and
Minnie L. A. L. Hasbrook is a grandson of William
H., born at Woodstock, Ulster county, N. Y., Febru-
ary 23, 1805, and died in Concord township in January,
1891. He was a son of Daniel and Phcebe (Griffen)
Hasbrook, early settlers. He was married at Kings-
ton, Ulster county, N. Y., December 9, 1826, Luena,
daughter of Charles and Rhoda (Wilbur) Powell.



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She was born February 27, 1807, in Duchess county,
New York. Five children were burn to this union;
Lorenzo imarriedl, Charlotte, wife of Jesse Perkins;
Phebe, wife of Darius Walton; W. W., Jane, wife of
Henry Valentine. All have families, and there are
sixteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was among the pioneers of the township, and cast
his first presidential vote for Andrew Jackson. Mr.
A. L. Hasbrook has but recently began on his fifty-
acre farm, and during 1894-5 erected new commodious
buildings thereon.

William E. Oltnstead, farmer, Concord town-
ship, Corry postoffice, was born April 10, 1816, in
Woodstock, Ulster county, N. Y., son of Elias and
Sarah (Hoyt) Olmstead. They came from Connecti-
cut about 1816. Ellas, father of William, was soon
after drowned in the Ohio river. He was born in Fair-
field county, Connecticut, of Scotch-English, German
and Polish extraction. His wife was born in Ridge-
field, Conn., and was of French and Puritan stock.
They had ten children. William E. Olmstead was
married in Concord township, October 27, 1842, to
Emily Ladu, born in Brown, Shenango county, N. Y.,
February 14, 1826. Was a daughter of Oliver P. and
Hulda (Jacobs) Ladu, parents of seven children. Mr.
Ladu died in 1869; his widow in 1881. Mrs. Olmstead
died in 1891. Mr. and Mrs. Olmstead had a family of
fifteen children, as follows: Caroline, wife of Joseph
Pete, of Chautauqua county; Stewart (deceased); Hoyt
E., Adaline, Alsina, wife of M. P. Freleigh; William
Arthur, Warwick L., Earnest, Frank, John S., Etta,
Elmer E., Ida Mav, wife of William K.Baxter; Charles
L. and Fred L. In 1869 Mr. Olmstead settled on 100
acres of land, sections 68 and 86, in Concord township,
cleared away the dense forest, and has since made this
his home. He has, during these years, traveled ex-
tensively through different States of the Union, and
to-day is one of the few active pioneers of Concord
township. His son, E. E. Olmstead, who lives on the
same farm, was married to Mary Sherred, daughter of
John Sherred, of this township, a native of Belfast,
Ireland. They have one son, Joseph. Mr. Olmstead
has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church
for over fifty years, and for many years a steward. In
politics he is a Republican, and cast his first presiden-
tial vote in 1836.

Chapman B. McCray, farmer and hay dealer,
Elgin, Concord township, Erie county, Ba., was born
February 1, 1858, and is a son of Josiah and Salley A.
(Hammon) McCray, natives of Concord township.
Chapman is the fourth in a family of eight children,
was reared and educated in the public schools of his
birth place, and after leaving school, went to work by
the month, and then engaged in the hay pressing busi-
ness, but has not followed it extensively. In 1893 he
purchased a farm, near Elgin, of 112 acres, and at this
writing is building a fine resilience on it. He is also
one of the firm of Smith & McCray. Mr. McCray is
a progressive, public-siiirited, ])rosperous citizen, and
is always found at the head of enterprises that will
further the interests of the community. He was mar-
ried. May 26, 1878, to Miss May, daughter of David
and Emily (McCray) Crowell, natives of Concord
township. Pa. Five children have been born to this
union: Percy, Emily, Bert, Roy and Dell. In political
matters Mr. McCray is independent, feeling it a duty



Online LibraryBenjamin WhitmanNelson's biographical dictionary and historical reference book of Erie County, Pennsylvania : containing a condensed history of Pennsylvania, of Erie County, and of the several cities, boroughs and townships in the county also portraits and biographies of the governor's since 1790, and of numerous r → online text (page 151 of 192)