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(deceased), Anton, living in Summit lownsliip; Fer-
nando, and Au-u^i -M ^:i... ,,M-,1). Fernando Wald-
inger married S\ I r of John J. and Barbara
Wolf, of Erie (l.o! . .\, . . , , ,i , ( >ctober 27, 1868. This
union has been lil - -.'in. Their chil-
dren were, A. (deceased), M.iitli.i uiii r.isid) and Philip.
Mr. Ackerman served in the (_iernian army seven
years, jiarticipating in the war of that period. He came
to this country from Germany in 1853, settled in Union
Hill, N. J., and lived there two years, when he moved
to Mill Creek township, where he lived some four
years; he later moved to Summit township, where he
now resides on a fine forty-acre tract of land. He was
married August 19, 1854, to Anna, daughter of Martin
Palle (deceased). To this union were born five chil-
dren, as follows: Anna, wife of Joseph King, of Erie;
Frances, wife of Philip Snyder, of Erie; Philip, jr., of
Erie; John (deceased) and Margaret (decea.sed). Mrs.
Ackerman was the eldest of a family of five chil-
dren, as follows: Anna, Catherine, Eva, wife of An-
thony Frederick, of Germany, and George, of Charles
City, la. Mr. and Mrs. Ackerman and family are
members of St. Joseph's Church, of Erie. Politically
Mr. Ackerman is a Democrat.

John Baker, farmer, Erie, Pa., was born June 10,
1836, in Germany and is a son of Jacob and Eva
(Baltze) Baker who came to America from Germany in
1852; first settled in Erie and shortly after moved to
Wisconsin, where he lived two and one-half years.
He then returned to Erie county and lived in McKean
township four years and Greene township eleven years.



Jacob Baker married Eva, daughter of Fehlein Baltze,
of Germany, a wortliv 1 iii/m of the Fatherland. Their
children were: riiili|i. Iuihl; in Erie; John, Fehlein
(deceased), who w.is iliowm il m the Erie bay in 1871,
and Barbara, wife d S. ll.ilt. nl l-",rie. John Baker was
married October'25, 18(i5, to Susan, daughter of Michael
Swap (deceased), and is the youngest of a family of
three children, as follows: Jacob, George and Susan.
Mr. Baker started in life in Erie in the coal business
and after following that business for a number of years
he moved to Summit township, where he now resides
on a farm of fifty-six acres, well equipped and the land
is in a good state of cultivation. The farm is located
five miles from Erie. Mr. and Mrs. Baker have the
following family: Katie, Ida, Carrie, John, Rosa,
Frank and Anna. The family are members of the St.
Joseph's Church, of Erie.

John Stttbbe, farmer, Kearsarge, Erie county,
Pa., was born in Germany November 27, 1845, is a son
of Fritz and Mary (Rhod) Stubbe, who were the par-
ents of three children: John, Lizzie, wife of Christian
Schultz, of Germany, and Fritz, of Erie. John came to
America from Germany in 1872 and settled in New
York city, and one year later removed to Erie, where
he lived about two years and then located in Summit
township, where he now resides. April 14, 1872, he
married Sophie, dniightcr of Frederick Topp, of Ger-
111, mv. Si\ 111 cliil. Ill 11 have blessed this union: John,
Frit/, Willi, nil, t li,irlis, .Albert, Sophia and Otto.
Mrs. Stulihe ilii-d Diiember 25, 1888. Mr. Stubbe
took for his second wife Emma, daughter of Regma
Matthlia, of Erie, September 21, 1889. Two children
have been born to them: Archibald and Emma. The
family are members of the Lutheran Church and at-
tend services in Erie. Mr. Stubbe is a member of the
K. O. T. M. of Erie and politically is a Democrat.

B. F. Briggs, stock breeder, Godard, Erie county,
Pa., was born December 20, 1839, in Washington
township, son of John and Sophia (Fairbanks) Briggs.
The Briggs family were among the earlv settlers of

Washington t.iwniliip, wlm rnme fnim the State of
New York in ilir \,,ii- is: Id ,„■ Is;;;. Afirr twenty
years' resuli m r in W ,islini-lnn ln« iislii|i llii\ located
in Waterfni-.l to»n>l,i|., «1m r.- Mr. 11. !■ . Tai^i-s' father
died in 1SS4. Inlin r.n-us ni.irn.il S. i| iln... .1, nn^iter
of Perlev l',iirh,inks, nf \ irini.nt. riii\ r.Mro.l ,1 large
familvo'f cliil.lrrn, ,is loirnus. M.iIIIhI,! nlr. iMSed);
B. F.; Lurni/o (di-riMSrili; Crm-r W ., Iivin- in Cedar
Falls, la.; Perlev F., living in Jamestown, N. Y.; Jane,
wife of lohn Glatain, of Brighton, Mich.; Phcebe, wife
of G. W. Richards, of Titusville, Pa.; and Walter J.,
living in Titusville. Mr. B. F. Briggs enlisted in 1861
in Co. G, 83d Reg. P. V. I., under Captain Knox. He
participated in the battle of Hanover Court House,
Fredericksburg, siege of Yorktown and several other
engagements, and was wounded May 27, 1862, at the
battle of Hanover Court House, and again at the
battle of Fredericksburg in December, 1862, and was
honorably discharged in" March, 1863. He then came
to Pennsylvania, and was engaged in the oil business
in the oil fields for five years; he then came to Water-
ford township, where he resided about seven years,
and, in 1877, moved to Summit township, where he now
resides. G. W. Briggs, brother of B. F., enlisted, on
the breaking out of the war, in Co. B, 145th P. V. I.,
and participated in all the engagements of that regi-



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ment until the close of the war. Mr. B. F. Briggs has
always been a stanch Republican.

D. E. Nash, merchant, Godard, Erie county, Pa.,
born September 8, 18.38, in Richville, St. Lawrence
county, N. Y., is a son of Orlando M. and Susan
(Gleason) Nash. Orlando M. Nash was born Decem-
ber 23, 1812, in Williamstown, Berkshire county, Mass.,
and March 15, 1854, he married Susan, daughter of
Aaron Gleason, of Cold Rain, Mass. Mr. Nash first
started life in Massachusetts, and lived there for a
number of years, when he moved to St. Lawrence
county. New York, and after twenty-five years' resi-
dence he moved to Erie county, in 1871, settled in
West Greene, and was a resident of that township
three years. He moved to Godard in 1875, and to
Lowville in 1876, where he died in 1881. Mr. D. E.
Nash is third in a familv of eight cliiMrcn: |.ilin L.,
living in Richville, N.V'.; Svlvestir idrccise.l 111 1836);

D. E^; Susan (deceased June il, 1864); ( )rhindu .M. (de-
ceased in 1891); Sidney, living in Gouverneur, N. Y.;
Anna E., wife of Ralph Buckley, of Scotland, Conn.;
and William H. (deceased July 26, 1867). Mr. D. E.
Nash was married September 30, 1862, to Lueretta H.,
daughter of Henry Harkins, of Gouverneur, N. Y.
Mrs. Nash died December 27, 1894. Mr. and Mrs.
Nash were the parents of two children: Edna, wife of
C. Maloney (deceased December 25, 1884); and Mary
Adell, wife of E. W. Gardner, of Summit township.
Mr. Nash came to Erie county in 1869, and lived in
West Greene four years; he then moved to Godard,
and was engaged in'blacksmithing until 1887, when he
started in the grocery business. He was postmaster
eight years at Godard, served in the offices of town
treasurer, collector and school director. Mr. Nash is a
member of the Masonic fraternity, and politically is a
Republican.

Frank Dudeuhoefer, farmer, Godard, Erie
county. Pa., was born in Germany, September 23,
1852, and is a son of Peter D. and Rosa f Sellinger) Du-
denfioefer. Peter Dudenhoefer was born in Germany
in 1809, and removed to America in 1853, settling in
West Mill Creek township, where he lived about a year,
when he moved to Greene township, which is now his
home. He was married in 1889 to Rosa, daughter of
William Sellinger (deceased). To this union were born
four children, as follows: Balsey, living in Greene
township; Frank, George, living in Meadville, Pa.;
and Anthony, who lived in Greene township in 1874,
on the old Northrup place, then moved to Mill Creek
township, a number of years later returned to Summit,
and in 1894 to the place where he now resides, on a
farm of eighty-two acres, well equipped with build-
ings, and in a good state of cultivation, eight miles
from Erie, near Godard. Mr. Dudenhoefer was
united in marriage to Alice Irene, daughter of George
Reynolds ( deceased ), November 14, 1877, and is the
sixth of a large family of children, viz.: Deane, of Los
Angeles, Cal.; Molain, of Ladora, la.; Nancy, wife of

E. Powell, of McKean townshijj; Barr, of Summit
township; George, of Findlay, O.; Clav, of Los .A.nge-
les, Cal.; Elmer (deceased), and nim- half-brothers
and sisters; William Reynolds, of lo\\a; Al.m.i Skel-
ton, of Crawford county; Clinton KiMiolds, (.1 Iowa;
Benj. B. Reynolds, of Cambridge, Pa.; iMma lilystone,
of Crawford county; Mary Skelton, of California;
Helen Tittle, of Cr?wford county; Clark (deceased).



killed in battle of Gettysburg; Estella, of Waterford,
Pa. Mrs. Reynolds' maiden name was Arminda
Wobley. Her first husband, John Lawson, died in
1848, leaving two sons: Clinton ( deceased in 1861 );
and Charles, of Hastings, Neb. In 1860 she was
united in marriage to George Reynolds, whom she
survives, he having departed this life in 1883. Mr.
and Mrs. Frank Dudenhoefer are the parents of five
children: Ella Grace Hetrick, of Greene township;
A. R. ( deceased ); Bessie Irene, Balsey F. ( deceased )
and Mable J. (deceased), all three dying within a
week from diphtheria.

James Porter Jacksoti, farmer, Godard, Erie
county. Pa., born in Summit township September 14,
1841, is a son of James and Mary E. (Davison) Jack-
son, both deceased, the former in 1875. James Jack-
son, jr., father of James Porter Jackson, was born in
one of the Eastern States, came to Erie county, and
located in Summit township, formerly Greene town-
ship, and was one of its first settlers. He bought 100
acres of land from one of the land companies when he
first settled, and later added seventy-five acres, and
then fifty acres, near where Mr. Jackson now resides.
James Jackson, jr., married Mary E., daughter of
James Davison (deceased), by occupation a ship car-
penter, who helped to build Perry's fleet, and also
served in the Revolutionary war, and who was the
father of eight children. To this union were born a
large family of children, as follows: Mary Elizabeth
(deceased); William A., living inVerdon, 111., engaged
in the grocery business; Smith I., of Girard township;
Ira V. (deceased), who enlisted in Co. B, 145th P. V. I.,
under command of Col. Brown, and participated in
the battle of Gettysburg; Sarah Ann, wife of Samuel
Rice, of L'nion City; James P., Florence (deceased)
and John D., of Kansas. Mr. James Porter Jackson
started farming for himself when he was 21 years of
age, and lived in various places in Erie county. He
located on the farm where he now resides in 1885, and
has become the owner of a fine tract of fifty acres, in
a good state of cultivation, located at Jackson's Sta-
tion, on the P. & E. R. R. He is also engaged in the
fertilizing trade and is agent for a number of different
fertilizers. Mr. Jackson was united in marriage Feb-
ruary 7, 1884, to Vernie, daughter of John Myers (de-
ceased), who was a prominent citizen of Greene town-
ship. There were six children in the Myers family, of
whom Vernie was the fifth. The others are: Deloss,
Emma, George, Yully and Gara. Mr. Jackson and
wife are the parents of three children: Ira D., Haddie
J. and Emma. They are members of the Methodist
Ejiiscopal Church of Summit and he is connected
with the P. H. C; politically he is a Democrat.

Fraak EUer, farmer, Godard, Erie county. Pa.,
was born in Erie county January 11, 1865, and is a son
of Michael and Kate (Neubauer) .Eller, who reside in
Erie. Michael Eller emigrated to America in 1850,
settled in Venango township, lived there about seven
years, and moved to Harbor Creek township, where
he lived for three years, when he moved to the place
where Frank now resides, on a fine farm of 160
acres, on the old plank road, six miles from Erie. Mr.
Eller was married to Kate, daughter of John Neu-
bauer. To this union were born a large family of
children: Phil (deceased), Michael, Frank, George,
living in Erie; Martin, living in Mansfield, Ohio;



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Peter, of Summit township, and Christian, Hving in
Erie. Frank made his start in life in Summit town-
ship, where he now residt-s, and has always had to work
his own way in Hfe. By Ins ihnlt ami industry he has
placed himself in a pruS|Hi,iii> < i.n.litKin. Mr. Eller
was united in marriagr Ui Manm- .S., daughter of
Simon Snider (deceased). To this union were born
five children, as follows: Lena, Philip, Elizabeth,
Michael and Frank. The family are all members of
the Lutheran Church of Erie. Mr. Eller received a
common school education in Summit township. In
politics he is a Democrat.

P. A. Root, Clipper, Erie county. Pa., was born
where he now resides May 17, 1849, and is a son of H.
O.and Eliza (Foot) Root. Mr. H. O. Root was one of
the early settlers of Summit township and moved from
Hartford, Conn., in 1810, settling in Summit township,
near Langdon Station, on the P^ & E. road. He was
married to Eliza, daughter of Warren Foot (deceased),
and is the father of six children: Eliza, Sarah, Sophia,
George, Warren and Perry. The children of Mr. and
Mrs. P. A. Root are; Warren, living in Greene town-
ship; P. A., Flora, wife of C. P. Haskins of Erie. Mr.
Root started for himself in 1876, farming in Summit
township, which he followed for two years; he then
moved to Erie and was engaged in the milk business,
which he followed for five years; then he removed to
Summit township and engaged in farming, on the place
where he now resides, a fine farm of eighty acres in a
high state of cultivation, with good buildings. Mr.
Root was united in marriage with Ida M., daughter
of S. Webster (deceased), March 16, 1876. One child
has been born to this union, Clarence Allen. Mr. Root
and family are members of the Universalist Church of
Erie; he is also a member of the A. O. U. W., of Erie,
and has passed the chairs of that order; is also a mem-
ber of the Grange of Summit, and is master of that or-
der. He has served as school director and road com-
missioner. In politics he is a Populist.

H. O. Root, farmer, Clipper, Erie county. Pa., was
born in Summit township, where he now resides, April
3, 1847, and is a son of Lucius and Margaret (Mulkins)
Root. Mr. Lucius Root was one of the pioneer settlers
of Summit township, and came with his brother, H. O.
Root, jr., from Hartford, Conn., when the township of
Summit was all a wilderness, and located where his son
now resides. He was married to Margaret Mulkins,
the youngest of a family of three children. Mr. and
Mrs. Root are both deceased, the former in June, 1843,
and the latter in 186.5. Their children were: Lucius
M., H. O., H. C. living in Summit township, and Try-
phena, wife of John Hull, of Minneapolis, Minn. Mr.
H. O. Root, on the death of his father, when but 1.5
years old, took charge of the farm. He has always had
to work hard, and is flow the owner of a farm of fifty
acres, which is in a prosperous condition. He was
united in marriage December 24, 187.5, to Addie,daugh-
ter of Anson Vaple, of West Greene township, who is
a prominent farmer of that township, and the father of
ten children. Mr. Root and wife are the parents of
three children: Inez B., Carl C, and Irwin L. Mr. Root
is a leading citizen and has served as school director
five years, and politically he is a Republican.

Sidney A. Root, farmer, Clipper, Erie county.
Pa., was born in Summit township, October 14, 1820,



and is a son of Roger and Lorinda (Miner) Root.
They were one of the pioneer families to settle in Sum-
mit township. Mr. Roger Root, his wilr an



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 177 of 192)