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Online LibraryBenjamin WhitmanNelson's biographical dictionary and historical reference book of Erie County, Pennsylvania : containing a condensed history of Pennsylvania, of Erie County, and of the several cities, boroughs and townships in the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 175 of 192)
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where he was born July 10, 1849. He is a son of
Thomas and Jane (Schultz) Silliman. The former was
a nati\e of Lancaster county and the latter of Erie.
Thomas Silliman was born April 24, 180'2, and died
July 9, 1890. His widow now resides in thi- bnnuigh.
They were the parents of three chllilnn; H. I..;
Frank, farmer. North East; and Fnd oli ircKidl.
Thomas was a son of James and Jam lluiittr Silli-
man, who moved from Northumberland to Erie county
in 1802, when Thomas was 2 months old. James Silli-
man was a native of Ireland, and his wife was a Penn-
sylvanian. He bought a large tract of land in North
East township, and built a rude log house thereon,
near where now stands the historic old brick house,
which was built in 1818, about a mile east of the bor-
ough. James and Jane Silliman were parents of seven
children, viz.: Nancy, married Richard Cochran;
Alexander, Polly, Asa and William, all of whom are
now dead. Thomas, father of H. L., spent his life on
the place where his father settled, and where H. L.
now resides. He was well known throughout the
county, and his long life was one of honesty and in-
dustry. He was prominent in local politics, and was
a life-long Democrat. H. L. Silliman was reared on
the place where he now resides, and educated in the
public schools. He has made farming his chief occu-
pation, and cultivates about 100 acres of excellent
land. He is also engaged in fruit raising, and has a
handsome ten-acre vineyard. He was married Janu-
ary 23, 1878, to Miss Belle Bort, of North East. They
have three children, viz.: Thomas, Lorenzo and
George.

A. K. Wing, farmer. North East, Pa., born March
29, 1822, in Chenango county, New York, is a son of
William and Mariam (Moseley) Wing, both natives of
Hoosic, N. Y. William Wing came' to Erie county
with his family in 1835, and lived for a time in Wash-
ington and Girard townships, following farming. He
finally returned to New York State and settled in
Hinsdale, Cattaraugus county, where he spent the re-



mainder of his life. William and Mariam (Moseley)
Wing were the parents of seven children, viz.: Fi-
delia, born March 19, 1815, married Nelson Chapin,
who was killed at Fort Plymouth, N. C; he was pro-
moted to colonel, but was killed before he received his
commission; his wife died January 4, 1890. William H.,
born October 4, 1818, spent his life in Ohio, and died
September 12, 1891; A. K.; Sarah, born June 27, 1824,
now Mrs. Colby Chamberlain, Olean, N. Y.; David,
born March 31, 1827, died at Hinsdale, N. Y., March
29, 1869; Smith, born September 12, 1830, removed to
Indiana and died at Ft. Wayne April 29, 1875; and
Mary, born November 8, 1832, now Mrs. Seth Warren,
of Olean, N. Y. A. K., when a young man, learned
the tailor's trade at Hinsdale, N. Y. About 1844 he
engaged in the clothing business at Castile, N. Y.,
where he remained about eight years. He then came
to North East and farmed a few years, when he en-
gaged in the mercantile business at State Line. In
March, 1867, he purchased a part of his present place,
which has since been his home. He has spent a great
deal of time in the Pennsylvania oil fields, and was
engaged in the oil business in several of the important
oil centers within the last thirty years, spending about
fifteen years in that section. Mr. Wing was married
October 5, 1845, to Miss Richamer Sherman, a native
of Rhode Island. They have one child, W. O., who
resides in North East borough. He was born at Cas-
tile, N. Y. He was educated at the Ripley High
School and at Bryant & Stratton's business college,
Buffalo, and. when a young man, learned telegraphy,
which he followed for a short time on the Lake Shore
R. R. In 1860 he engaged in the oil business with his
father, and for eight vears was a nu-mlier of the Brad-
ford Oil E.xchange. 'in 1882 he moved to North Last,
since which time he has devoted his attention to farm-
ing and fruit raising, in partnership with his father.
Their farm is located about one mile east of the bor-
ough, and contains 100 acres, forty-five of which are
devoted to urajie growing. He was married May 28,
1873, t(. .Miss llarnrt M.,(laughter



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 175 of 192)