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spring house to the (Hning room with the but-
ter and cream for the dinner table.

(IV) Daniel H., second son of Abraham
and Barbara (Troxell) Pershing, was born in
a log house (still standing) at Hammondville,
Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, in May,
1832, died April 5, 1905. He grew to man-
hood on the home farm, received a good edu-
cation, and for several years taught school.
He also was a surveyor and engineer, having
taken these branches up and acquired pro-
ficiency through a regular course of study.
He prospered in business, and lived upon his
faim of one hundred and fifty acres, also own-
ing two hundred acres elsewhere.

He was ?. Democrat in politics, later in life
becoming a Republican. He held many local

othces, and was a man of nuich influence in
iiis locality. He married, in Lebanon county,
Pennsylvania, Amanda Miller, born in Leb-
anon county, March 8, 1838, died March 5,
1912. She met her husband in Westmoreland
county, but was married at her home in Leb-
anon. Her mother, Leah Stewart, was daugh-
ter of an Englisli emigrant; she married

Miller, of German descent, who died in Leb-
anon county. Children: i. Isaac, died aged
twenty-two years. 2. Nevada, married Jacob
Atkinson, of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. 3.
Louisiana, married John H. Seaman, and lives
at Sheridan, Pennsylvania. 4. Minnesota,
married David M. Steyer, and lives at Dos
Polos, California. 5. Idaho, married Burton
Jackson. 6. Missouri, married John H. Bra-
der, lives in Hugo, Indiana. 7. Abraham,
married Laura Weber, lives in Mount Pleas-
ant, Pennsylvania. 8. Stuart (or Stewart),
resides in Chicago, Illinois; he married Etta
Steyer, deceased. 9. Ira S., of whom further.
10. Emerson, born May i, 1879; ""^^ an engi-
neer at Staufter, Pennsylvania; married Irma
McCloy. Also Alva E'. and Noble, both de-

(V) Ira Sankey, son of Daniel H. and
Amanda (Miller) Pershing, was born in Bull-
skin township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania,
March 1, 1877. He was educated in the public
schools of Bridgeport, Pennsylvania, and
spent his early life upon the farm. He was
his father's assistant for several years working
tne home farm, but later entered the employ
of the H. C. Frick Company and is now fore-
man at the Buckeye works near Hammond-
ville. He is a Republican in politics, and a
member of the LTnited Brethren church, as is
his wife.

He married, December 31, 1896, Edna V.
Carson, born at Perryopolis, Fayette county,
June 28, 1879, daughter of A. C. and Elmira
J. Carson. Children: Erda Pearl, born No-
vember 14, 1897; Beitrice Naomi, October
29, 1899: Olaf Carson, September 18, 1901;
I>elmar Homer, born September i6. 1905;
Samuel Allen, November 7, 1907; Frederick
Ellsworth, Seiitemher 7. 1909. The family
home is at Hammondville, Fayette county,

Jonathan Lyons was an early

LYONS "settler of Somerset county. Penn-

svlvania, where he grew to man-



nood, but in early married life moved to Salt
Lick township, Fayette county, where he was
the owner of three hundred acres of land on
which he lived until his death. He was a
staunch Republican and a man of influence in
his township. He married, early in life, Sarah
Boucher, who bore him five children: i. Han-
nah, married Irving Brooks, a farmer of Salt
Lick township. P'ayette countv, Pennsylvania,
where both died. 2. John B., of whom further.

3. Eliza, married William Miller, a farmer of
Salt Lick township, where both now reside.

4. Margaret, married James Miller, a miller,
who died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where
his widow now resides. 5. Rebecca, residing
in Fayette county, unmarried.

Sarah Boucher was a daughter of Henry
(2) Boucher, youngest son of Henry (i)
Boucher, the founder of the family in Amer-
ica. Ho was no doubt a Frenchman from one
of the provinces bordering Germany, as he
spoke the German language. He came in the
ship "President," it is said, and in the old
Boucher family Bible it is written in his own
hand that he landed in Philadelphia, June 20,
1755. with wife and children. He settled in
Berks county, Pennsylvania, where he pur-
chased land in Albany township and followed
farming. He was a member of the German
Reformed church, and chiefly instrumental in
erecting the church edifice known as "Bethel"
near his home. It has been rebuilt three
times, but still retains the name given it by
its pioneer founder. It is further known of
him that he lost heavily by the revolution,
that he died early in the nineteenth century,
and is buried in the churchyard near the
church which he built. He had sons: Peter,
Willifim. Philip, Jacob and Henry. Peter
died without issue; William settled in Ross
county, Ohio, in 1801; Philip remained with
his father and inherited the estate, much of
which is yet owned by descendants; Jacob
settled in Schuylkill county; Henry, the
youngest son, was born in Berks county,
Pennsylvania, March 10, 1759. He married
Mary Shoemaker, and moved to Hamburg,
Pennsylvania, where he farmed and followed
his trade of shoemaker. In 1801 he started
west on horseback with a neighbor, Jacob
Will, intending to purchase lands there and
settle. He proceeded as far as the Miami
valley, in Ohio, where the prevalence of fever
and ague so alarmed him that they returned

east. On reaching Somerset county, Penn-
sylvania, they bought lands to which they
moved their families in the spring of 1802.
The lands bought by Henry Boucher lav about
three miles from Glade, and consisted of four
hundred and fifty acres. He spent the re-
mainder of his days there as a farmer, and
died January 22, 1834. His wife. Marv Shoe-
maker, born January 22, 1762, died May 12,
1840. They are both buried at Glade, Somer-
set county. Children: Jacob, Henry. Chris-
tian, David, Solomon, John, Elizabeth, Mag-
daline, Mary, Rebecca, Catherine, Sarah (of
previous mention), married Jonathan Lyons,
and Hannah.

A great-grandson of Henry Boucher is
John Newton Boucher, the well-known attor-
ney of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and author
of a standard history of Westmoreland county,
published by the Lewis Publishing Company
of New York in 1906.

(Uj John B., eldest son of Jonathan and
Sarah (Boucher) Lyons, was born in Salt
Litk township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania,
in 1838. He attended the public school and
grew to manhood on the home farm of three
hundred acres, which he afterward bought and
on which he still resides, although he has
reduced the acreage by sale. He is an ardent
Democrat, and has held several township of-
fices, including school director and register.
He was drafted for army service during the
civil war, but furnished a substitute, and was
released from military duty.

He married Ann Resler, born in Springfield
township, Fayette county, only child of Dan-
iel and Esther (Brooks) Resler, both born in
Somerset county, Pennsylvania, but early in
their married Ufe settled in Springfield town-
ship, where their only child Ann was born
and early left an orphan. Daniel Resler mar-
ried (second) Tina Dull. Their children:
Peter, now living in North Dakota, and Mary,
who married Martin Kirg, both deceased.
Mrs. Ann Lyons has been a member of the
United Brethren church since girlhood. Chil-
dren of John B. and Ann Lyons: i. Norman
Resler, of whom further, 2. Sarah, married
Warren Christner, who survives her. 3.
Eliza, married William Snyder, who survives
her. 4. James, a farmer; married Lizzie Rite-
nour. 5. Mary, married Robinson Berg; re-
sides in Hammondville, Fayette county. 6.



Laura, deceased: married John Ritenour. 7.
Samuel, a farmer of Fayette county; married
Rosa Newman. 8. Emma, died aged ele^^en
years. 9. Gertrude, died aged twenty years.
10. Infant died unnamed.

(Ill) Norman Resler, eldest child of John
B. and Ann (Resler) Lyons, was born in Salt
Lick township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania,
March 14, 1862. H^ was educated iii public
and normal schools and remained on the home
farm, his father's assistant, until he was of
legal age.

At the age of twenty-one years he began
teaching, and for twenty-seven years was a
most successful instructor of youth, continu-
ing until 191 1. He passed all required teach-
ers' examinations, and in 1896 was granted
a permanent teacher's certificate. During
most of these years he owned a farm' of sev-
enty acres in Bullskin township, which he cul-
tivated during the vacation periods, gaining
considerable fame as a breeder of fine Berk-
shire and O. I. C. hogs.

In politics he is a Prohibitionist, and has
held several town of^ces. He is a member of
the local grange, Patrons of Husbandry, and
with his Avife belongs to the Evangelical as-
sociation. He married, July 29, 1886, Kate
Bailey, born in Springfield township, Fayette
county, daughter of James and Sarah Bailey.

James Bailey was a soldier of the civil war,
was taken prisoner and died in Libbyi prison.
He was a son of William Bailey and a grand-
son of John Bailey, who died in Springfield
township, leaving William, Riley, Fanny,
Michael, Rebecca and Margaret. William
Bailey was a farmer of Stewart township, Fay-
ette county, where he owned several hundred
acres of land. He and wife, Mahala. were the
parents of fifteen children: James (of previous
mention), father of Kate Bailey Lyons; John,
died in infancy, as did George and Catherine,
David, now living at West Newton ; Rebecca,
married (first) Thomas Mitchell, (second)
William Dull, and is now living at Conflu-
ence, Pennsylvania; Ann, married James
Rush and lives in Iowa; Ellen, died pged
twenty years; Hiram, married Rena Mitchell,
and lives at Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania; Thomas,
married Alice Immel, and lives on the old
Bailey homestead; Clara, married E. S. Jack-
son, and lives at Ohiopyle; Amanda, married
George IMoon, and lives at McKeesport,
Pennsylvania; William, a farmer of Nebraska,

married Miss Immel; Cramer, married Mary
Dial, and lives at Confluence; Irwin, married
Mattie Seybert. and lives at Ohiopvle; James
Bailey, father of Kate Bailey Lvoiis, married
Sarah, daughter of Joshua and Susan (Mari-
ette) Kern, both of Fayette county. Joshua
Kern was a farmer and small land owner, also
a soldier of the war of 1812. He died aged
eighty-six years. His children: i. John, killed
in the civil war. 2. William, now living in
Springfield township. 3. George, a farmer
of Springfield township. 4. Mary, died young.
5. Sarah (of previous mention), married James
Bailey. 6. James, killed in the civil war. 7.
Margaret, married Silas Prinkey, and lives in
Springfield township. James Bailey was born
in .Springfield township, October 18, 1837. He
married in 1858, later served four years in the
Union army, nine months of which he spent
in Libby prison. He died at Hilton Head,
South Carohna, on his way home. He was
a private of Company K, Eighty-fifth Regi-
ment, Pennsylvania Infantry. His widow
never remarried. Their children: i. Joshua,
now living at Coal Brook, Fayette county.
2. Kate, married Norman Resler Lvons; their
children: Randall Bailey, born October 16,
1890, now employed with the Crystal Ice
Companv of Connellsville, Pennsylvania;
Maude Esther, born October 19, 1892, now
a student of the Pennsylvania State Normal
school at California, class of 1913.

The earliest record
POORBAUGH found of this family is of

Philip Poorbaugh, born
in Germanv, who came to Somerset county,
Pennsvlvania, shortly after the revolutionary
war. He was a pioneer settler in Northarnp-
ton township, part of Somerset county, lying
east of the Alleghanies. He became the
owner of a goodly number of acres of this
mountain land, not the best suited for agri-
cultural purposes, but heavily timbered.
When he first settled there he had to go as
far as Chambersburg for flour and salt. Un-
der such conditions many of the early set-
tlers became discouraged and abandoned
their improvements, but Philip Poorbaugh
had come to stay, and stay he did. He en-
gaged chiefly in lumbering, but soon had
part of his acres under cultivation. He pros-
pered, and many of his descendants are yet



found in Northampton and part of the orig-
inal land taken up from the government by
Philip Poorbaugh is yet in the family name.
Prior to the coming of Philip Poorbaugh to
Somerset county he had lived in York coun-
ty, Pennsylvania. In 1793 he obtained his
warrant for seven hundred and ten acres of
land. His children were: Henry, who moved
to the state of Indiana in 1848; Philip, lived
and died in Northampton; John J., of whom
further; George, lived and died in Northamp-

(II) John J., son of Philip Poorbaugh, was
born in Northampton township, Somerset
county, Pennsylvania, in 1795, and lived near
his birthplace until his death in 1862. He
was a farmer and lumberman all his life, and
well to do, as the times then considered
wealth. He was a Whig in politics, later a
Democrat, and active in local affairs. The
first election in the township was held at his
house. He married Elizabeth Gerry, who
died in 1876. Children: i. Jacob, died Jan-
uary I, 191 1, aged eighty-four years; he lived
on a part of the original homestead and
served many years as justice of the peace. 2.
Samuel, died 1905, a farmer of Northampton,
living at Glencoe, where his son was a mer-
chant; married a Miss Rengler. 3. John J.,
of whom further. 4. Mathias. died 1907; a
farmer of Northampton. 5. Gideon, moved
to Illinois, served three years during the civil
war; settled in Nebraska, where for thirty
years he has been a farmer. 6. Herman, a
soldier of the civil war, was wounded in bat-
tle and died a year later from the effects.
Ellen, the only daughter, was the first born

(Ill) John J., son of John J. and Elizabeth
(Gerry) Poorbaugh, was born in Northamp-
ton township, Somerset county, Pennsyl-
vania, 1830, died there May 15, 1912. He was
a farmer all his life, first for his father, and
later purchasing the home farm, on which he
resided until death. He was drafted during
the civil war. but for some unknown reason
was never called into active service. He was
a lifelong Democrat and served in many
township offices. In religious faith he ad-
hered to the German Reformed church. He
married (first) Marv Elizabeth Weisel, born in
Somerset countv, Pennsylvania, February 20,
1835, died March 16, t868, daughter of David
and Marv (Pollv) (Sellers) Weisel. David

Weisel was born in Bedford county, Pennsyl-
vania, his wife in Hagerstown, Maryland, but
her parents died when Mary was young and
she was reared under the guidance of an
older sister, Mrs. Rock, of Bedford county,
where she met and married David Weisel.
He was a millwright and miller, building and
operating many of the early mills of Somer-
set county. He also owned seventeen hun-
dred acres of timber, some of which he
cleared and farmed. He was an ardent Whig,
and with his wife belonged to the German
Reformed church. He was a natural me-
chanic, and in addition to his milling and
tarming made coffins for his neighbors when
needed, and was a generally "handy man."
He was born September 9, 1795, married
March 23, 1820, died August 13, 1853. His
wife, Polly Sellers, was born February 7,
1797, died May 18, 1879. Their children: i.
John, born February 26, 1821, died unmar-
ried, January 23, 1859. 2. George W., born
September 13, 1823. died April 17, 1857; mar-
ried Susan, sister of Dennis Comp, men-
tioned especially in this work. 3. Philip, born
December 25, 1825, died March or April,
1900; married Eliza Miller and lived on the
home farm. 4. Sarah Anne, born December
30, 1827, died February 7, 1864; married
Hezekiah Fair, who survived her, and again
married. 5. Henry, born May 30, 1830, died
unmarried, September 9, 1861. 6. David,
born January 12, 1833, died December 30,
1838. 7. Mary Elizabeth, born February 20,
1835, died March 16, 1868; married John J.
Poorbaugh, of previous mention. 8. Emeline,
born August 20, 1837; now living in Scott-
dale, Pennsylvania; married (first) Henry
Suder, (second) Henry D. Bole, a soldier of
the civil war, serving in the Pennsylvania
Regiment, Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery,
commanded by Colonel Gallup; they are now
living in Scottdale, Pennsylvania. 9. Samuel,
born September 27, 1841, died September 24,
1882; married Charlotte Dively. John J.
Poorbaugh, married (second) Mrs. Mary
Sumpstine, widow of William Sumpstine. She
bore him three children: Wilson, of Meyers-
dale, Pennsylvania; Jacob Franklin, of Ne-
braska; Elam, of Mount Pleasant, Pennsyl-
vania. He married (third) at the age of sixty-
seven years a widow, Mrs. Martha Hamilton,
aged forty years, who bore him Helen and



Marshall. Children of John J. Poorbaugh
and his first wife, Elizabeth Weisel: i. Henry
A., of whom further. 2. Silas, died in in-
fancy. 3. Herman, an invalid, now residing
in Alount Pleasant, Pennsylvania.. 4. Nelson,
a farmer and dairyman, near Mount Pleasant.
5. John, died aged ten years, his mother giv-
ing up her life at his birth.

(IV) Henry A., eldest son of John J. and
Elizabeth (Weisel) Poorbaugh, was born in
Northampton township, Somerset county,
Pennsylvania, May 26, 1859. He attended
the public schools and grew to manhood on
the home farm, continuing his father's assist-
ant until his marriage in 1886. He then rent-
ed a farm, on which he lived until 1899, then
moved to Bullskin township, Fayette county,
and bought a farm of fifty acres. Later he
sold that property and bought his present
farm of seventy acres, on which he lives and
conducts general farming operations and
stock raising and dairying. He is a Demo-
crat in politics, has served in several town-
ship ofifices and as member of the Democratic
county committee. He is a member of the
local grange. Patrons of Husbandry. Both
Mr. Poorbaugh and wife are members of the
Reformed church.

He married, in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania,
September 26, 1886, Sarah Baumaster, born
in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, daughter
of Elias and Elizabeth (Harshberger) Bau-
master, of German parents; she died Decem-
ber 7, 1903. He married (second) June 24,
1908, Mary, daughter of- John and Tina
(Hoover) Long, both living in Somerset
county, Pennsylvania. Children of Henry A.
Poorbaugh and his first wife: i. Edward,
born September 15, 1888, now a teamster and
farmer living in Bullskin township; married
Katherine Hinkle. 2. John, born May, 1892,
died December 21, 1897. 3. Raymond, born
January 13, 1899, 4. Elizabeth, born June 7,
1902. Children of second wife: 5. Lucy
Emeline, born May 12, 1910. 6. Joseph
Glenn, Mav 13, 1912.

This is an ancient Polish fam-
PISULA ily transplanted from the land

of their birth to the United
States in recent years comparatively. The
grandfather, Martin Pisula, was born in Po-
land, and worked a farm near the city of
Posen. He was born in 1826, was educated

m the state schools and followed the occupa-
tion of farming until 1885, when he came to
Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, joining his
son, who had preceded him a few years. He
found employment about the coke ovens near
Mount Pleasant, continuing until his death
in 1902, aged seventy-si.x years. His wife,
Mary Pisula, still survives him. They were
members of the Catholic church. Children:
John, of whom further; George, a hotelkeep-
er of Everson, Fayette county, Pennsyl-
vania; Philip, now a mine fire boss in West
Virginia; Jacob, deceased. Several children
died in infancy.

(H) John, son of Martin and Mary Pisula,
was born near Posen, Poland, in 1859, died
1907. He attended the state schools, grew
up on the farm, and on arriving at suitable
age began learning the stonemason's trade.
He married in 1879, and in 1880 emigrated to
the United States, settling at Mount Pleas-
ant, Pennsylvania. He found employment at
the coke ovens, working as a coke drawer for
a few years. He was economical, and in 1885
moved to Everson, where for several years
he worked for the Scottdale Brewing Com-
pany. In 1899 his capital was sufficiently
large to purchase the Everson House in
Everson, Pennsylvania, continuing propri-
etor until his death in 1907. He was a Ro-
man Catholic in religious faith. He married
Josephine Jozviak, born in Poland, 1865, died
in Everson, Pennsylvania, 1899, daughter of
Martin and Catherine Jozviak, both born in
the same Polish village, came to Mount
Pleasant, Pennsylvania, about 1848, where he
worked at coke burning until his death in
1910. His wife Catherine died 1912. Their
children: i. Josephine, wife of John Pisula.
2. Margaret, married Lawrence Kosciel-
niak, now living at Alice Mines, Fay-
ette county. 3. Mary, married John Rac-
zunski, and lives at Morgan, Fayette county.
4. Andrew, now living in New Salem, Fay-
ette county. Children of John and Josephine
Pisula: Vincent Paul, of whom further; Jo-
sephine, student at Eastman's Business Col-
lege; Harry, Alexander, Leo and Anna, all
attending school.

(Ill) Vincent Paul, eldest son of John and
Josephine (Jozviak) Pisula, was born at
Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, July 7. 1888.
His parents moved to Everson, Fayette
county, when he was quite young, and there



his first ten school years were spent in the
parocliial school. In 1901 he entered St.
Mary's Seminary at Detroit, Alichigan, where
he was graduated, class of 1905. He chose
medicine as his profession, entered the Med-
ico Chirurgical College, Philadelphia, whence
he was graduated M. D., class of 1909. He
served one year as interne at Uniontown
Hospital, then, in July, 1910, located in Ever-
son, where he is securing a good practice.
He is highly respected among his profes-
sional brethren. He is a member of the state
and Fayette county medical societies. He is
deeply immersed in professional work, study
and investigation, constantly fitting himself
for greater usefulness in the future. He is a
member of the Roman Catholic church, the
Knights of Columbus, and in politics a Dem-

He married, September 7, 191 1, Anna
Stackowiak, born at Everson, July 22, 1889,
daughter of Andrew and Margaret Stack-
owiak, both born in Poland and now living in

This family is of either Dutch or
CROW German origin, the founder in

Fayette county being Michael
Crow, whom authorities differ in assigning a
birthplace, giving both Maryland and Hol-
land as the place of his nativity. The greater
probability is that he was born in Maryland,
as he came to Fayette county when a boy of
eighteen years with a party from Maryland,
settling in Springhill township. Later he
married a daughter of one of his old Mary-
land neighbors. She lived to be very old and
was known for many years as "Granny
Crow." Michael Crow built a grist mill on
Georges creek, in Springhill township, which
he operated until his death, aged nearly one
himdred years. It was a burr mill, operated
by water power. Children of Michael and
"Granny Crow": i. John, lived at Crow's
Ferry, on the Monongahela river, and oper-
ated the ferry there for many years; also
owning a farm on which he lived 2. Isaac, of
whom further. 3. Michael, a farmer of
Springhill township; married Sallie Cover. 4.
Alexander, lived at Geneva, Pennsylvania,
and for two terms was associate judge of
Fayette county; married Sarah Hustead. 5.
Nathaniel, a miller, and with his brother
Isaac, ran the Georges creek grist mill after

the death of Michael Crow; he married Eliza-
beth Brown. 6. Jacob, lived near Crow's Mill
and cultivated the old homestead farm; he
served a term as treasurer of Fayette coun-
ty; he married a Miss Gans. 7. Elizabeth,
married A. Neal, and lived on a farm near
Geneva, Pennsylvania. 8. Kate, married
Alexander Dunham, a farmer of Springhill
township. 9. Mary, died unmarried.

(H) Isaac, second son of Michael Crow, was
born at Crow's Mill, German township, Fay-
ette county, Peimsylvania, July 31, 1799, died
February 3, 1889. In 1807 he took the man-
agement of the mill, his father then being an
old man and getting feeble. He continued the
operation of the mill for thirty-one years until
1838, when he purchased a farm of one hun-
dred and seventy-six acres, one mile east of
McClellandtown, in German township, Fay-
ette county. There he lived the remainder of
his days, retaining active control of its oper-
al'.on until old age put an end to his activity.
He was a strong Democrat, serving as school
director ?nd tax collector. He was always ac-
tive in town affairs and a man of influence.

He married Nancy Kendall, born in
Springhill township in 1800, died June 6, 1872.

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