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George, whose father was a Revolutionary Soldier and resident of near Camden, New Jersey, where the George family was among the earliest settlers in that locality. Nicholas George removed to Chambersburg, Franklin county, and in 1810 went to Buffalo, New York, from which he was driven back in 1814 by Indian and British raids to Franklin county, in which he remained until 1820. In that year he became the first settler in the vicinity of Belsano, this county. He bought a tract of land, and cleared out a farm, on which he died in October, 1846, aged over sixty years. He was a Lutheran; served as a soldier in the War of 1812, and married Elizabeth Helman, by whom he had nine children, five sons and four daughters: Mrs. Charlotte Luke, Jeremiah, Rev. Nicholas, Adam, Mrs. Elizabeth Cameron, Jacob, Mrs. Mary Mardis, Mrs. Catherine Pringle, and Cyrus.
Rev. Nicholas George was born new Buffalo, New York, March 1, 1811, and died at Belsano, March 2, 1883. He was a shoemaker by trade, spent the early part of his life on a farm, and served for over twenty years as a local minister of the Evangelical association. While in the pulpit at Belsano, and in the midst of his sermon, he had a paralytic stroke, from which he died in a few hours. His life, though quiet and unostentatious, was well rounded and consistent to the close. He married Catherine Yutzler, who was born in Westmoreland county, November 15, 1810. Her father, Jacob Yutzler, was a native of near Greensburg, Westmoreland county, who enlisted as a soldier in the War of 18l2, and was killed at the battle of Lundy's Lane.
To Rev. and Mrs. George were born ten children: Rev. Nicholas S., Lieut. Adam, a school-teacher, who enlisted in the One Hundred and Forty-ninth regiment Pennsylvania
infantry; was taken prisoner at South Anna, and died at Andersonville after six months' confinement, July 7, 1864, number of grave 2992; Jonathan Mendall and William D., who died respectively at two and thirteen years of age; Jacob D., served in company I, Fifty-fourth Pennsylvania infantry; was wounded five times, and after the war became a carpenter, contractor, and builder in Cumberland, Maryland; Annie M., wife of Rev. B. F. Feitte, of Warren county; Elizabeth died at two years of age; Benjamin F., of South Fork, and Malinda and Fannie, twins, who died in infancy.
Rev. Nicholas S. George was reared on the farm; received a common-school education, and at fifteen years of age went to an iron furnace, where he worked for three years. He then engaged in farming in Clarion county, which he left in May, 1857, to learn the trade of cooper, which he followed at Summerhill and Ben's Creek for three years, excepting the winters. From 1857 to 1862 he taught five terms of school. During this time, in 1861, he had offered to enlist as a soldier, but was rejected on the ground of physical disability; but when Lee invaded Maryland, he served as a sergeant in an emergency company at Antietam, and again in the same capacity at the time of Lee's invasion. A year later, on September 1, 1864, he offered to enlist, and was accepted as a member of company D, Two Hundred and Fourth Pennsylvania regiment or Fifth Heavy artillery, in which he served at the battles of Salem and Rectortown, Virginia. After the close of the war he returned to Summerhill, and entered the service of the Pennsylvania Railroad company as a laborer, but was soon promoted to foreman. Four years later, in November, 1869, he became manager of P. M. and J. Brown's large general mercantile establishment at Summerhill, which position he resigned nine years