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born December 25, 1818, died March 21, 1835. Lucy
Clarissa, born June 3, 1821, died in September, 1822.
Children of Marsena and Polly Keep are: AbnerN.,
born October 3, 1824; Oliver Dwight, born September

24, 1826, died May 4, 1837; Prosper M., born April 21,
1829, died March, 1825; Amos, born December 29,
1831; Asa H., born December 26, 1833; Reuben F.,
born August 16, 1835; Sally, born February 23, 1837;
Alsinus, born July 22, 1838, killed September 17, 1862,
at the battle of Antietam; John Oliver, born August 9,



AND HISTORICAL RBFERENGE BOOK Of ERIE COUJUTy.



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1840; Oliver R., born OctulxT 31, 1843; Edmund E.,
born June 9, 1850."

Wllliatn Sheppa, jr., farmer, Elk Creek township,
was born in Saxony, Germany, in 1823, and came to
this country in the year 1852, settled soon after m Elk
Creek tcwiiship, where he has l)ecome by fru,L,'ality
and industry one of the substantial citi/ens of the
community in which he resides. He joined the 18th
Pa. Cav. and served three years, after which he came
to Elk Creek and took up 144 acres of land, with the
results above stated. Mr. Sheppa landed in America
with only 66 cents in silver, with which to begin life in
a new country. His father, William Sheppa, sr.,
remained in the fatherland. In 1848 he was married
to Augusta Schettler, and seven children have been
born to this union, as follows: Theodore, a resident of
Crawford county, Pennsylvania; Paul, of California;
Clara C, of Elk Creek township; Lewis, of Crawford
county; Oswald, of California; Oscar and Otto, of Elk
Creek township. Mr. Sheppa is a member of Wells-
burg Post No. 240. G. A. R.

Hial D. Wade, farmer. Elk Creek township, was
born in Connecticut September 19, 1820, and is the
son of the late Amasa and Abigail (Coe) Wade, the
former a native of Connecticut and the latter of Ver-
mont. They came to New York State in 1835, and
later to Erie county. Mr. Wade died in Union town-
ship in 1865, and Mrs. Wade in 1868. They were the
parents of six children, as follows: Homer (deceased),
Harmon (deceased), Mary, wife of William Moore,
Nebraska; Hiram (deceased), Harris E., now resident
of Missouri. Hial U., of Elk Creek, was married to
Keturah C, daughter of James Brooks, an early set-
tler of Chautauqua county. New York, in the year
1845. This union was blessed with four children, as
follows: Hiram (deceased), Dennis D., Allan (de-
ceased) and Emma (deceased). Mr. Wade was a
prominent citizen of LeBo^uf township for forty-one
years, and after the death of his wife, in 1890, came to
reside with his son Dennis, in Elk Creek township.
Dennis Wade was born in 1845. He married Miss
Phebe J. Nichols. Their children are George, Vernon,
Merle, Maud and Glenn.

Amos H. Waite, Elk Creek, Elk Creek township,
Erie county. Pa., was born in Crawford county, Penn-
sylvania, the third son of Horace and Mary (Hilburn)
Waite, of his native township. Horace Waite came
to Crawford county from New York State at an early
day, and to Erie county about 1854, settling upon the
farm now owned by his son Amos, where he died in
1890. Mrs. Waite died in 1873. Amos H. Waite was
married in 1866 to Miss Ruth Rhodes, of Elk Creek
township. Three daughters have blessed this union:
Myrtle M., Jessie E. (deceased) and Elicia A., who
now reside with their parents in CranesviUe. Mr.
Waite is a brother of the late Robert H. Waite, of
CranesviUe, whose death occurred March 24, 1896, and
of Seneca W., a resident of Springfield, Erie county,
Pa.; Lester, of CranesviUe, and Mason (deceased).
He is prominently identified with the interests of his
locality, a member of the K. of P., State Police, and
has held several public offices in the township.

David Thrasher (deceased), farmer. Elk Creek,
Elk Creek township, Erie county, was born in 1827 in



Oswego county, New York, and removed to Erie
county with his parents in 184.'i. Ilr was a son of
Stephen Thrasher, a native of Saii.K (,/ 1' вЦ† k , Oswego
county, N. Y. His mother was Miss Mai\ Smith, of
the same locality. The father dird January 9, 1859,
and the mother died February 8, 1858. Mr. Thrasher
was married April 20, 1853, to Adelia Kid



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 156 of 192)