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township. The first of this family to settle here was
John, who, in 1799, took up 400 acres of land, but his
title was not clear, the land also being claimed by a
Mr. Fisher. The matter was settled by Mr. Culbert-
son taking a deed for 150 acres. Stephen Culbertson,
born May 13, 1809, in Washington township, was the
first settler in the southeast "corner of Washington
township, where he took up a tract of land, cleared it
and farmed it until his death. He was married March
27, 1834, to Elizabeth B., daughter of George Isher-
wood, one of the early settlers of LeBoeuf township.
They were the parents of eight children; Adeline, born
April 30, 1836, wife of Halsey Mitchell of Crawford
county, Pa.; Nancy, born May 20, 1839, the wife of
Wells Hodges, of Lansing, Mich.; George, born April
12, 1841, who enlisted, in 1865, in Co. E, 98th Reg., and
was honorably discharged June 23, 1865; he died
shortly afterwards from exposure received there; Syl-
vester, born January 12, 1844; Fayette, born August 6,
1848, and died in 1849; Wesley, born July 8, 1850, and
died in 1877; Rhorbert, born May 6, 1852, a farmer of
LeBoeuf township; and Austin, born May 3, 1854, now
living on the old homestead. Elizabeth Culbertson
died March 21, 1895, at the advanced age of 81 years.
Mr. Sylvester Culbertson received a common school
education in Washington township, and, in 1870,
started at farming; he purchased the farm where he
now lives, containing 70 acres, cleared it up, and now
has it in a good state of cultivation, with substantial
buildings; it is located one and a half miles from Mc-
Lallen's Corners. He was united in marriage May 9,
1869, to Roxy, born July 26, 1848, daughter of George
and Lydia Upham, natives of Crawford county, Penn-
sylvania, the former born October 25, 1814, the latter
January 14, 1821. There are six children in the Up-
ham family, viz.: Roxy, the wife of Sylvester Culbert-
son; George C, born July 9, 1850, a farmer of Ovid,
Neb.; John N., born April 16, 1852, of Crawford coun-
ty; Effie, born November 20, 1854, and died March
12, 1893; Amos T., born September 15, 1856; Hattie,
born October 13, 1865, the wife of Frank Racop, of
Crawford county. Mr. Culbertson and wife are
the parents of five children, as follows: Mvrtle S.,
born May 7, 1870, the wife of Charles Ryan, of Wash-
ington township; Maud L., born June 21, 1874, and
died February 21, 1891; De Etta M., born November
16, 1876; Grace B., born August 13, 1884; and Willow
F., born October 4, 1889.

Balser Bowmati, farmer, Edinboro, Erie county,
Pa., was born in Baden, Germany, January 1, 1810,



and is a son of Joseph and Sarah (Cushman) Bowman,
natives of Baden, Germany, both of whom are now
dead. They were the parents of five children, as fol-
lows: Martin, who came to America and settled near
McKean, where he died about twenty years ago;
Philip also came to America and settled in New York
city, where he died; Balser, Sophia (deceased), Eliza-
beth (deceased). Balser Bowman came to America
in 1830, and settled in Erie, Pa., where he followed
the occupation of watch-maker for three years. He
then purchased a farm of 25 acres in Cussewago
township, Crawford county. Pa., living there for
three years, and in 1838, he purchased the farm where
he now lives, located on Kinter Hill, two and one-half
miles from Edinboro, containing 130 acres, now in a
good state of cultivation. Mr. Bowman was twice
married, first to Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph Fry,
December, 1835, in Erie. To this union were born six
children: Mary, born in 1837, the wife of Amos Bur-
dick, of LeBoeuf township; William, born in 1839, liv-
ing in LeBoeuf township; Joseph, born in 1841, of
LeBoeuf township; Susan, born in 1843, wife of Will-
iam Way, now deceased; John, born in 1845, living in
Erie, Pa.; and Charles, born in 1848, living at home.
Mr. Bowman married for his second wife, Julia,
daughter of Patrick Brofa, a native of Ireland. Mr.
Bowman is a highly respected citizen of Washington
township, and is a member of the Catholic Church of
McKean.

Albert C. Stafford, farmer and dealer in meats,
Edinboro, Erie county. Pa., was born May 28, 1863, in
Washington township, and is a son of Jasper N. and
Mary (Sipps) Stafford, natives of Erie county. The
first of the Stafford family to come to Erie county was
Annanias, who came from New York State when the
township was all a wilderness, and settled in Conne-
autte valley, near McLallen's Corners, where he pur-
chased a farm and was engaged in farming it until his
death, about twenty years ago. There were eight
children in the family, three of whom are living: Ba-
zillia, the wife of William Mallory of LeBoeuf town-
ship; Lucinda, wife of Mathias Sipps, of Muskegan,
Mich.; and Edward, now living in Oceana county,
Michigan. Jasper Stafford, born in 1823, in New
York State, came to Pennsylvania, when a boy, with
his father, and lived at home until he was 19 years of
age. He was married in 1842 to Mary, daughter of
Benjamin Sipp, one of the pioneer settlers of Wash-
ington township, and a shoemaker by trade, following
that occupation for twenty years. During that time
he purchased a farm of fifty acres, near Gleeton
Corners, farming it for a number of years. Selling it
he purchased another of fifty-five acres, located on the
Crane road, about half a mile north of the other place,
which he occupied until his death, in 1890. Mr. and
Mrs. Jasper Stafford were the parents of nine children:
Mellissa, wife of Philip Kline, of Washington town-
ship; David, living in Oceana county, Michigan; Aaron,
who enlisted in 1863 in Co. C, 83d Reg., P. V. I., and
in the battle of the Wilderness he received a wound
which resuked in his death the same year; Matthias,
living in McLallen's Corners; Jane, wife of Bennett
Crocker, of Oceana county, Michigan; Albert; Lydia
(deceased); Eva (deceased), and Clara (deceased). Al-
bert Stafford received a common school education, and
at the age of 17 he started in life, working in the lum-
ber woods in the northern part of Michigan, 1



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ing there two years, when he came back to Pennsyl-
vania, and worked in a mill at Cambridge, Pa., for
about two years; he then purchased a small farm near
Cambridge, and operated it two years; coming to
Washington township, he purchased a farm of ten
acres, and is engaged in farming and the meat busi-
ness. Mr. Stafford was unitcil in marriage in 1874, to
Alice (born in IS-W). .laimhtci nf Melker Stultz, a na-
tive of Crawford county, Pennsylvania. To this
union were born five children; Clara Bell, born Janu-
ary 1, 1NT7; Aaron Chilton, born May 28, 1880; Delia
May, born April 27, 1883; Mary Elizabeth, born Au-
gust IS, 1886, and William, who died in infancy. His
wife died June 18, 1891. Mr. Stafford has held the
office of tax collector two years, and is highly respected
in the community. In politics he is a Republican.

Patrick Flymi, farmer, Edinboro, Erie county,
Pa., was born March 10, 1820, in County Cork, Ireland,
and is a son of Dennis, Jr., and Catherine (Lally)
Klynn, also a native of Ireland. Dennis, sr., was the
only ancestor who came to America, arriving about the
time of the Revolutionary War, and settled in South
Carolina, living there until his death. He married
Ellen Tobin; they were the parents of six children, all
of whom are now dead. Dennis, jr., born in 1770, in
Ireland, where he followed the occupation of a farmer
until his death. He was married in 1790, to Catherine
Daley. This union was blessed with ten children, six
of whom arrived at maturity, and four came to
America, viz.: Marguritte, who came here about 1847,
was the wife of Benjamin Raycroft, both of whom are
now dead; Ellen, came to America about 1862, was the
wife of Daniel Sullivan (deceased); she is now living in
Cincinnati, O.; Patrick and Michael, who came about
1848 to Pennsylvania, and settled in Erie county, where
they lived until his death, which occurred in 1885;
Patrick, who came to America in the spring of 1847,
landing at Baltimore, Md., and from thence going
to Philadelphia, where he worked a short time and
then went to Norristown,Pa., and remained for one win-
ter; he went to Harrisburg, and eighteen months later
removed to Cincinnati, O., where he lived over six
years; he then came to Washington township, Pennsyl-
vania, in 1855, settHng on the farm on which he now re-
sides. Mr. Flynn has always been a hard-working man,
and brought his farm from a primitive wilderness to a
high state of cultivation, with substantial buildings on
it. The farm is located two and a half miles from
Edinboro. Mr. Flynn wastwice married, first to Mary,
daughter of Daniel Lehan, a native of Ireland, in 1848.
She was the mother of seven children, three of whom
are now living; Catharine (born in 1849) living in
LeBoeuf township; Ellen (born in 1854), in Denver,
Col.; Margaret (born in 1857), wife of John Kingston,
of VVashington township. He took for his second wife
Mary Ann Tarley, a native of Ireland. To this union
have been born six children, two of whom are now liv-
ing: Joseph v., born February 14, 1869, is now en-
gaged in the grocery business at Erie, Pa., and John,
born June 13, 1872, druggist, Edinboro. Mr. Patrick
Flynn has held the office" of school director for three
years. The family are members of the Roman
Catholic Church of Crossingville, Crawford county, Pa.
In politics he is a Democrat.

Jolm A. Bolard, L. L. B., eldest son of Frederick
D. Bolard and Celia H. Bolard, was born in Craw-



ford county October 4, 1867. He was a grandson of
Christopher Bolard, a prominent business man of
Meadville, Crawford county. Pa., and came to Water-
ford with his parents in 1874, completing his studies in
the grammar school, which was followed by a three-
years' course in the Waterford Acad



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 187 of 192)