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lick township, where he cleared a farm and followed the avocation of a farmer the remainder of his life. Before leaving Wales, he married Miss Sarah Price, and their union was blessed in the birth of nine children, of whom Philip H., the subject of his memoir, is the youngest. Mr. Jones, Sr., died on his farm in 1877. Philip H. Jones was reared on the farm, and received his education in the common schools of his township. Being reared on a farm, he naturally took to farming as a means of securing a livelihood. He is a progressive and extensive farmer, owning a farm of three hundred acres in Blacklick township, of which one hundred acres are cleared, the remainder in timber, and a farm of one hundred and forty-three acres in Jackson township. He has for a number of years been extensively engaged in the lumber business, in connection with which he has a water-mill on his farm, and owns one half interest in a steam saw and shingle mill in Blacklick townshp. In this line of business he has shown rare good judgment and business tact, and has pursured it with more than an ordinary degree of success.
     June 12, 1861, he gave up the life of a farmer for that of a soldier, and enlisted in the defense of the imperilled liberties of his country. He entered company A, Eleventh regiment, Pennsylvania Reserve infantry, and served three years. The following is a list of battles in which he participated: battle of Cold Harbor; then he was taken prisoner at Gaines' Mills, and sent to Richmond and Belle Isle, where he remained from June 28, 1862, until August 8, 1862. His next engagement was the second battle of Bull Run; then followed Gettysburg, White Hall Church, Mine Run, battle of the Wilderness, Spottsylvania Court House, Fountain Farm and Bethesda Church. Although
wounded slightly several times, he was never off duty on account of his induries. He received his discharge at Pittsburg, [sic] Pennsylvania, June 12, 1864. He is a member of the Emory Fisher Post, No. 30, at Johnstown, this county, and of Council No. 182, Jr. O. U. A. M., and is an influential member of the Farmers' Grange of this county. In political opinion he is a republican, and has served for six terms as school director in his township. He served seven years in company A, Fifth regiment, National Guards of Pennsylvania.
     July 3, 1871, he married Miss Diana Shoeman, a daughter of John Shoeman, of Jackson township, and to this union six children have been born: Jennie and Harry, who were burned to death at the time of the burning of their home, February 23, 1875; Minnie M., the wife of Samuel Marks; Rachel, Lucy, and Clara May, all at home.

BLAIR SHORT, the proprietor of the Washington hotel at Lilly, this county, is a son of John and Mary (Murphy) Short, and was born on the old homestead near Lilly, January 14, 1861. The Short family is of German origin, the paternal great-great-grandfather having been born in Germany. The great-grandfather, Peter Short, was born in Maryland, and was a soldier under Washington in the Revolutionary War.
    Samuel Short, grandfather, a native of Maryland, was a carpenter by trade, and followed that avocation all his life. He died in 1873, at the age of seventy-six years. John W. Short, father of the gentleman whose name heads this memoir, was born in Cambria county, Pennsylvania, near his present home at Lilly, in 1828. He was educated in the district schools, and early in life learned the trade of a carpenter. However, for a number

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