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(II) Anthony Deff-
DEFFENGAUGH enbaugh, son of
Conrad Deffen-
baugh (q. v.), was born about 1790, in
German township, Fayette county, Penn-
sylvania, where he died. He always fol-
lowed the farmer's occupation, living a
simple, peaceful and contented life. He
married Susan Bowman. Children : John ;
Henry, of whom further; George! Christo-
pher; Solomon; Maria, married John John-
son.

(III)Henry, second son and child of An-
thony and Susan (Bowman) Defifenbaugh,
was born in German township, Fayette
county, Pennsylvania, 1824, died May 14,
1901. He obtained a public school educa-
tion in his native township. With the love
of the soil strong in his blood and with the
example of past generations to follow, it
is not remarkable that he should decide to
follow farming, beginning as his father's
assistant. He later moved to Waynesburg,
remaining there until 1854, when he pur-
chased a farm in Nicholson township, and
at his death was considered one of the most
successful farmers in the township. He
was a member of the Lutheran church and
a Republican in politics. Universal and sin-
cere respect was his in all circles in which
he moved. He was revered as a conscien-
tious and earnest church worker, an up-
right and honorable man in business deal-
ings, and loved as a fond, dutiful, husband
and father. He married Margaret Durr,
born in Springhill township, daughter of
Samuel Durr. Children : Maria, lives on
the old homestead ; Salena, born December
8. 1853, died Sentember i, 1882; Sylvanus
C, of whom further.

(IV) Sylvanus C, son of Henry and
Margaret (Dnrr) Deffenbaugh, and twin
of Salena, was born in Nicholson township,
Fayette county, Pennsylvania, December 8,
1853. He attended the public schools of
his native township, and until the death of
his father assisted in the work of the farm.
Since then he has conducted general farm-
ing and stock raising operations on the same
land. His efforts in both directions have
been unusually productive of good results.
He married, in 1880, Emma Baker, born
in Springhill township, Fayette county.



Pennsylvania, July 15, 1854, daughter of
George and Margaret (Sargent) Baker.
Children: i. Earl, born August 10, 1884,
lives at home. 2. Lola, born December 19,
1892. 3. Nellie, born November 16, 1897;
attends public school.



This branch of the Bow-
BOWMAN man family descends from
Christopher Baumann, born
about 1733, in Germany, near Ems. His
father was a man of importance and the
owner of a silver mine named Mehlbach,
situated in the mountains near Ems. Tradi-
tion says he had three sons, of whom Chris-
topher was the eldest ; that these sons were
required to work the mine in person. Hav-
ing been bothered for sometime with water
in the mine, the boys became discouraged,
and Christopher, with his younger brother,
resolved to come to America, v/hich they
did in 1754.

(II) Christopher Baumann, aforemen-
tioned, settled in Bucks county, Pennsyl-
vania, where he was successful, and in a
few years returned to Germany, sold out his
interest in the silver mine, and returned to
America, bringing his remaining brother.
It may here be said that one brother settled
in Massachusetts, the other "went west,"
while Christopher remained in Bucks coun-
ty. In 1759 he married Susan Banks, of
Scotch descent. Later he settled at Mount
Bethel, in Northampton county, where he
bought a farm and lived for thirty years. In
1800 he joined his son, Rev. Thomas Bow-
man, in Briar Creek township, Columbia
county. He died at Queenshocking Valley,
seven miles north of Williamsport, Penn-
sylvania, in 1806, while on a visit to friends.
His wife Susan died at Briar Creek in 1816,
and is buried at the Old Stone Church
graveyard. They both were aged seventy-
three years at death, Christopher being ten
vears her senior. Children: i. Rev. Thomas
Bowman, born December 6, 1760. died
April 9, 1823, father of Bishop Bowman,
who at his death was the venerated senior
bishop of the Methodist Episcopal church.
2. Rev. Christian Bowman, born 1761, died
January 26, 1831. 3. Mary, born 1762, mar-
ried James Staokhouse. 4. Susan, buried
in Queenshocking Valley, Pennsylvania.



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5. Lydia, died at Briar Creek, 1813; mar-
ried (first) Jacob Mack, (second) John
Hoffman. 6. Jesse, born June 10, 1769, died
May 16, 1828. 7. Susan, died at Nescopek,
Pennsylvania. 8. John, of fvhom fur-
ther. 9. Orne, Hved near Muncy, Pennsyl-
vania.

(III) John, son of Christopher Bau-
mann, was born in Northampton county,
Pennsylvania, about 1772, and lived near
Town Hall, Pennsylvania. This generation
always spelled their name Bowman, all the
other children of Christopher following the
change from Baumann. John Bowman
married and had issue, including a son, John
(2).

(IV) John (2), son of John (i) Bowman,
was born in Eastern Pennsylvania about
the year 1800. When a young man he
settled at Brown's Run, Fayette county,
where he purchased land and followed farm-
ing until liis death. He married Catherine
Wall, and left issue, including a son, James
A.

(V) James A., son of John (2) Bowman,
was born on the homestead farm at Brown's
Run, German township, Fayette county, died
1880. He attended the public school, and on
arriving at a suitable age learned the stone-
mason's trade. He married, and began
housekeeping on the "Old Ephraim Wal-
ler's" farm near Fairview Church, where he
lived until after the birth of Aaron W., his
fourth child. He then moved to Mason-
town. He was drafted near the close of the
war, served till its close, then returned to
Masontown, where he lived the remainder
of his life. He was a Democrat, and with his
wife belonged to the Cumberland Presby-
terian Church. He married Huldah Walters
born near Masontown, Fayette county,
daughter of Jacob and Prudence Wal-
ters, both born in Western Pennsyl-
vania. Jacob Walters was a tailor, and
had a shop in Masontown. Children of
James A. Bowman: i. M. H., now living
in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. 2. Josiah.
now in the grocery business at Morgan-
town, West Virginia. 3. John F.. now a
bricklayer living in Charleroi, Pennsyl-
vania. 4. Aaron Walters, of whom further.

(VI) Aaron Walters, youngest child of
James A. and Huldah (Walters) Bowman,



was born near Masontown, Fayette county,
Pennsylvania, April 27, 1856. He attended
the public schools of Masontown, and early
in life began working with his father at the
stonemason's trade. He was too frail in
body, however, for so arduous an occupa-
tion, and later secured a clerkship with the
Dunbar Furnace Company at Dun]:iar,
Pennsylvania, remaining two and a half
years. He next was clerk in the dry goods
store of Hopwood & Miller, at Uniontown,
Pennsylvania, remaining in that employ
three years. He next spent six months with
the Dunbar Furnace Company in their store
at Fairchance, then returned to Uniontown
where he formed a partnership with C. D.
Kramer and established a dry goods busi-
ness, which partnership continued two
years, Mr. Bowman then selling out to his
partner. He next was manager for Robert
Hogsett, a merchant of Mount Braddock,
one and a half years. In 1889 he entered
the employ of the Union Supply Company,
as first clerk of store No. 3 at Monarch,
Pennsylvania, and later became manager of
the company stores at Adelaide, remaining
there five years, then returned to Monarch
and assumed the management at that place
for five and one-half years. After leaving
Monarch he assumed the management of
Continental No. i, at Uniontown, Pennsyl-
vania, staying there about two years. In
1904 he was appointed manager of the store
at Davidson, a suburb of Connellsville, and
so continues. His long service with the
Union Supply Company has brought him
substantial reward, and he is rated a most
efficient business manager. He resides in
Connellsville, where he erected a residence
in 1905 at No. 503 East Cedar street. He is
an Independent in politics, voting for the
best candidates, but is a Prohibitionist in
sentiment. He is a member of the Christian
church (Disciples of Christ) at Connells-
ville.

He married, September 28, 1887, Laura
Ethel Lloyd, born in Monongahela City,
Pennsylvania. Children: i. Catherine
Adele, born July 22, 1888, died November
27, 1909. 2. James Allen, born January 6,
1890, now a student at Pennsylvania State
College. 3. Huldah Louise, born June 24,
1892, died March 3, 1895. 4. Hugus Jen-



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kins, born June 6, 1895. 5. Arthur Willis,
July 16, 1897. 6. Mary Ethel, January 26,
1902, died February 18, 1906.



The American ancestor of
GIBSON this early and prominent Fay-
ette county, Pennsylvania,
family was James Gibson, born in Ireland,
came to Pennsylvania in 1770, and settled in
Chester county, where he owned land. In
1776 he enlisted in the continental army
and served until the final surrender at York-
town. Two of his brothers were compelled
to serve in the British army, having been
taken by a "Press gang" in the old country.
These two settled in Virginia after the war,
where most of their descendants now live.
In 1790 James Gibson left Chester county
and settled in Luzerne township, Fayette
county. In 1792 he married Mary Lackey,
and founded the Fayette county family. He
was a hard working honorable farmer and
left a posterity endowed with sterling ele-
ments of character.

(II) Alexander, son of James Gibson, was
born in Luzerne township, Fayette county,
Pennsylvania, 1797, died July 12, 1875. He
spent his early life on the farm, and obtained
an education in the subscription district
school. He remained on the farm until he
was twenty years of age, then engaged in
freighting by wagon between Baltimore
and Wheeling, Virginia. In 1819 he began
freighting south from Baltimore, going as
far as Nashville, Tennessee, where for two
years he was engaged in trade with the
Cherokee Indians in partnership with Levi
Crawford. In 1823 he returned to Fayette
county, where he purchased a farm in
Luzerne township and spent the remainder
of his life engaged in farming and stock
raising. He was an energetic capable man
of business and prospered to that extent that
he was able to give each of his children a
good start in life, when they were ready to
leave the paternal roof. He never took
prominent part in public life, and was so
fair in his own dealings and so emphatically
opposed to contention of any kind that he
never had a law suit. In his religious life
he was consistent and actively connected
with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
He is buried in Hopewell cemetery.



He married, June 24, 1824, Mary Hibbs,
of Redstone township, Fayette county,
Pennsylvania, who survived him until Jan-
uary 25, 1876. Children: James G., of
whom further ; Margaret J., married Wil-
liam H. Miller; Mary A., married Oliver
Miller, children: Albert G. and Emma S. ;
Albert M., married Alice Frey, child, Nellie.

(III) James G., eldest son of Alexander
Gibson, was born in Luzerne township, Fay-
ette county, Pennsylvania, September 16,
1826, died February 26, 1908, buried in Hope-
well cemetery. He was the owner of a fine
property and a large number of cattle, and
amassed a considerable fortune in coal spec-
ulation. He served as president of the
Millsboro National Bank and director of the
Second National Bank of Brownsville. Mr.
Gibson was well known, not only in the
community where he resided for many years,
but in the surrounding communities. He
married (first) Mary Rodgers, who died in
i860, leaving two children: John A., of
whom further, and Mary R. He married
(second) Rebecca J. Haney, now deceased.

(IV) John A., son of James G. Gibson,
was born in Luzerne township, Fayette
county, Pennsylvania, April 12, 1858. He
was educated in the public schools, and grew
to manhood on the home farm. After his
marriage he continued in the same occupa-
tion, now owning six hundred acres of land.
In 1909 he retired from active farming and
erected a modern residence in Brownsville,
which is now his home. He is a capable
business man and has lived a successful, use-
ful life, honored and respected. He is a
director of the Second National Bank of
Brownsville, also director of First National
Bank of Millsboro, and held in high esteem
by his business associates. In political faith
he is a Democrat, but never sought public
office. He is a member of the Methodist I
Episcopal church, to which he has belonged
for many years.

He married, November 9, 1892, Stella M.
Vernon, born in Luzerne township, Fayette
county, Pennsylvania, July 11. 1868, daugh-
ter of Andrew and Margaret (Mobley) Ver-
non, both deceased. Children: Margaret,
born January 23, 1894, a student in Browns-
ville high school; Mary, born March il,
1898, died April 12, 1899.

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Sometime during the
SHERRICK eighteenth century, three

brothers. Joseph, Ulrich
and Sherg, came from Switzer-
land to America, setthng in Lancaster coun-
ty, Pennsylvania. The elder of the brothers,
Joseph, a widower, brought with him five
sons: Joseph, Henry, Jacob, John and
Christian; (perhaps also daughters.)

(II) The eldest of these sons, Joseph
Sherg, was a Mennonite preacher, and many
of his descendants yet cling to that faith.
He moved from Lancaster to Fayette coun-
ty, and on his journey was accompanied by
his wife, Anna Mercer, a distant relative of
General Mercer of revolutionary fame. In
1790 he moved to Westmoreland county,
near Everson, where he died January i,
1812. By his will, recorded at Uniontown,
Pennsylvania, (Will book No. i, page 140)
he left his widow well provided for, and the
following children : Christian, a minister of
the Mennonite church, always lived in Fay-
ette county ; Peter, located in Wayne coun-
ty, Ohio; Jacob, of whom further; Henry,
removed prior to 1845 to Missouri, where he
died; Joseph, born 1787, a farmer of East
Huntington township, Westmoreland coun-
ty, married Barbara Beitter, and left a large
family; Mary, married Abraham Stoner;
Katherine, died unmarried; Henry; Ruth;
Susan, married Christian Frink. Anna, the
mother of these children, died aged eighty-
four years, three months and eleven days.
In this generation the family name became
Sherrick.

(III) Jacob Sherrick, son of Joseph
Sherg, was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania,
about 1780. He' was reared in Fayette and
Westmoreland counties, and grew up a
farmer. After attaining his majority he lo-
cated in Fayette county, where he contin-
ued engaged in agriculture all his active life.
He married and became the father of the fol-
lowing children : Mattie, married a Mr.
Myers; daughter, married a Mr. Kintiset;
John ; Abraham ; Martin.

(IV) Abraham, son of Jacob Sherrick, was
born in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, about
1810, but in youthful manhood moved to
Westmoreland county, settling near Mount
Pleasant. He followed agriculture all his
active life; his farm lying at the head of



the hollow just above the Alice Mines in
Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania. He
was a member of the Church of God. He
married Anna Overholt, a descendant of
Martin Oberholtzer, born near Frankfort,
Germany, 1709, died in Bucks county, Penn-
sylvania, April 5, 1744, and of Henry, his
son, who founded the family in Westmore-
land county. Children of Abraham Sher-
rick: Jacob; Abraham H., of whom fur-
ther; John; Anna, died young; Betsey, mar-
ried Joseph Walters; Susan, married Jacob
Stover; Martin O., married (first) Mar-
garet Nicely, (second) Caroline Gongawere.
(V) Abraham H., son of Abraham and
Anna (Overholt) Sherrick, was born in
Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, March
3, 1832, died February 28, 1892. He was a
man of good education and for several years
taught in the public schools of his native
county. After completing his studies at
Mount Pleasant Institute he worked on the
farm in the summer time, worked in his
uncle' s store and taught in the winter. In
1854 he joined a party of "gold seekers"
and spent three years in California, in search
of the precious metal. Returning to his na-
tive county he worked for a time in the
distillery owned by Dillinger & Sons, and
was otherwise engaged until 1862 when he
purchased a farm of eighty acres in Bull-
skin township, Fayette county, Pennsyl-
vania. He improved this property by the
erection of needed buildings, and as he pros-
pered added additional acres until he had
an estate of three hundred acres. He was
a breeder of fine horses, making a specialty
of Clydesdales, also raising many lighter
horses. In 1872 he began the erection of
coke ovens upon his farm and for many
years was a successful coke manufacturer,
carrying on this branch of business as Dill-
inger & Sherrick. He was a good business
man, active and energetic, consequently
prospered abundantly. He continued ac-
tively engaged in both farming and coke-
making until his death. He was a Demo-
crat in politics and served in both township
and county offices, principally on educa-
tional boards, as he was always a firm friend
of the public schools. His tastes were for
the quiet of home, however, and he never
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esteem in his community and lived a con-
sistent Christian life.

He married, in 1852, Mary Dillinger, born
in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania,
July 9, 1834, daughter of Samuel and Sarah
(Louck) Dillinger, and granddaughter of
Daniel and Mary Dillinger, who came to
Westmoreland county from Bucks county,
Pennsylvania, before their marriage. Dan-
iel Dillinger was a well-to-do farme.. His
children: Samuel, father of Mrs. Abraham H.
Sherrick ; Elizabeth ; Jacob ; Joseph ; Mary ;
Sarah ; Daniel (2) ; Abraham ; Nancy, died
in infancy; Christian; Margaret. Samuel
Dillinger was born in Westmoreland coun-
ty, Pennsylvania, October 10, 1810, died Au-
gust 25, 1889. After his marriage in Fay-
ette county to Sarah Louck, he settled on
his farm in East Huntington township,
Westmoreland county, where he ever after-
ward lived. He was engaged in other busi-
ness enterprises of importance and became
one of the prominent men of his town. Both
he and his wife were members of the Church
of God. Sarah, his wife, was a daughter of
Peter and Annie (Overholt) Louck, a Men-
nonite family from Bucks county, Pennsyl-
vania. Sarah Dillinger died November,
1898, nine years after her husband's death.
She was fifth of a family of seven : Martin,
Jacob, Peter, Henry, Sarah, Catherine and
Mary. Children of Samuel and Sarah
(Louck) Dillinger: i. Annie, married Jo-
seph Hixon, a farmer of East Huntington
township, where both died. 2. Mary (of
previous mention). She survives her hus-
band, Abraham H. Sherrick, and resides in
Pennsville, Pennsylvania, now (1912) aged
seventy-eight years, but a most capable
and well preserved lady. 3. Catherine, mar-
ried Moses Hixon, a farmer of East Hunt-
ington, where both died. 4. Sarah, married
Jacob Fouck, of Greensburg, Pennsylvania,
both deceased. 5. John, a resident of the
state of California. 6. Elizabeth, married
Cyrus Hanna and lived in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, both deceased. 7. Eliza, mar-
ried Albert Hasson, both living, residents of
Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. 8. Daniel, now
living in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. 9.
Samuel, now living in Baltimore, Maryland.
Children of Abraham H. and I\Iary (Dillin-
ger) Sherrick: i. Franklin, died aged seven



years. 2. Samuel, born October 10, 1854,
now living at Hendricks, West Virginia,
a coke manufacturer, married Sarah Yeut-
sey; child: Ralph D. 3. Burton T., of
whom further. 4. John D., of whom fur-
ther. 5. Sarah Luella, married Edgar J.
Enos, of Connellsville. 6. Carrie, married
Charles B. Woods, and resides in Philadel-
phia. 7. Charles, deceased. 8. Nora, de-
ceased. 9. Eliza. 10. Mollie, deceased. 11.
Edwin L., residing in Memphis, Tennessee.
(VI) Burton T., third son of Abraham H.
and Mary (Dillinger) Sherrick, was born
near Bethany, Westmoreland county, Penn-
sylvania, April 2"^, 1858. He was four years
of age when his father settled in Fayette
county at Pennsville, where he was educated
in the public schools. When a boy he
worked around the coke works with his fa-
ther and later learned every feature of the
business. After the death of his father in
1892 he took charge of the works at Penns-
ville and managed them until 1907. He as-
sociated with his brothers, John D. and Sam-
uel Sherrick, in organizing the Keystone
Planing Mill Company. In 1907 he moved
to Connellsville and in 1908 with A. A.
Straub became proprietors and managers of
the Smith House and so continues. He
retains his ownership of the Coke Works;
has three hundred and seventy-five acres of
undeveloped coal land in West Virginia ; is
interested in the lumber business in that
state and owns the home farm in Fayette
county. He is an active and capable busi-
ness man and always on the alert for busi-
ness opportunity. He is a Democrat and
for eleven years served as school director at
Pennsville. His fraternal order is Junior
Order of American Mechanics. He married
(first) October 15. 1880, Clara Bell Burk-
hart, born in Somerset county, Pennsyl-
vania, died 1901, daughter of Jacob and
Maria Burkhart. He married (second)
April 6, 1905, Catherine Stevens, born in
Orangeville. Wyoming county, New York,
daughter of Daniel and Mary Elizabeth
(Duscham) Stevens. Children of Burton T.
Sherrick by first wife: i. Laura, (or Lola
May) born June 7, 1882; married G. P.
Felty, of Connellsville. 2. Earl Cleveland,
of whom further. 3. Ernest Harrison, twin
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aged seven years. 4. Mary Bell, born No-
vember 7, 1898.

(VI) John D., son of Abraham H. and
Mary (DilHnger) Sherrick, was born at Old
Bethany, Westmoreland county, Pennsyl-
vania, April 19, i860. He was educated in
the public schools, and in early life worked
on the farm. Later he began working with
his father at the coke ovens. He became
an expert at coke manufacture and contin-
ued in that business most successfully until
1908, with his brothers owning and opera-
ting Pennsville Coke Works. He then went
in partnership with his brothers Samuel and
Burton T. organizing the Keystone Planing
Mill Company, of which company he is vice-
president. In addition to manufacturing
the regular lines of planing mill products,
the company are general contractors and
builders. He is also interested in the Pitts-
burgh Safe Company, and other enterprises
of a minor nature. He is a Democrat in
politics, and a member of the Universalist
church.

He married, in 1880, Emma Jane, bom
in Westmoreland county, daughter of Jacob
Noel, of Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, of
German descent. Children : Dick ; William ;
Pearl ; Homer ; Eva ; Mabel.

(VII) Dr. Earl Cleveland Sherrick, eldest
son of Burton T. and Clara Bell (Burkhart)
Sherrick, was born in BuUskin township,
Fayette county, Pennsylvania, July 7, 1884.
He attended the Pennsville public school and
then entered Connellsville high school,
whence he was graduated, class of 1903.
After a course at business college in Con-
nellsville he entered Jefferson Medical Col-
lege, Philadelphia, whence he was gradu-
ated M.D., class of 1908. He then served
seven months as interne at St. Timothy's
Hospital, Philadelphia, then for ten months
at Jefferson Medical Hospital. In 1909 he
returned to Connellsville and in 1910 began
practice and so continued very successfully.
While at Jefferson he was a member of the
W. W. Keen Medical Society, and from 1906
to 1908 of Jefferson Medical Research Soci-
ety.

He is a member of the American, Penn-
sylvania State and Fayette County Med-
ical societies, and of the Yough Medico
Social Club of Connellsville.



A brother of Abraham
SHERRICK Sherrick, grandfather of
Franklin N. Sherrick, of
Connellsville was John Sherrick, who on
the death of his father Jacob came into
possession of the old Sherrick farm at Sher-
rick's Station and there built the first coke
ovens in that region, the coal used being
taken from the old Eagle Pit. Sherrick's
Station was so named from the large coke
and coal interests the family owned at that
point. John Sherrick became a leading mer-
chant and banker of Mt. Pleasant, West-
moreland county.

(V) Martin O., grandson of Jacob and
son of Abraham Sherrick, was born near
Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland county, Penn-
sylvania, February, 1840. He attended the
public schools and became a farmer. About
1868 he went to Kansas, where he remained
four years. On his return to Pennsylvania
he located at Tarr Station, in Westmore-



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