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him his wife and four children. He located in Allegheny township, this county, where he purchased a farm, which at that time had but a few acres cleared for cultivation. He had been a farmer in his native country and followed that pursuit until his death, September 23, 1877. His wife, who was formerly Mary Ann Myers, survived him only nine months, after a wedded life of fifty years.
To their marriage were born seven children, four sons and three daughters : Anthony, a carpenter, located in Barr township, this county; Louis, deceased, who was a victim of cholera, near Louisville, Kentucky, in 1854; Joseph died in Washington township, this county, in 1894; Christina, deceased, who was the wife of William Simons; Mary Magdalene, one of the sisters of St. Frances, a convent of Glenn Riddle, Delaware county, Pennsylvania; Henry J., and Mary, the wife of John Ashton, of Plymouth, Indiana, a retired farmer.
Henry J. was reared on his father's farm, received his education in the common schools of this township, and has made farming his life work. He is a man of energy and enterprise, and as a farmer and business man is prominent and successful. In 1862 he purchased his present farm of three hundred acres, located in Barr township, all underlaid with coal; besides which he has one-half interest in forty acres of coal land on Moore's creek, Barr township, and owns a house and two lots in Spangler, Pennsylvania. In connection with his other enterprises for many years he has successfully conducted a large lumber business and has manufactured and shipped large quantities of lumber. He is a prominent member of the St. Nicholas Catholic church, of Nicktown, and is one of the trustees of the same.
ROBERT T. LONGWILL, president of the Longwill Supply company, of South Fork, and a member of the mercantile firm of L. A. Haupt & Co., of Portage, is one of the young and progressive business men of Cambria county. He is a son of John S. and Sarah (Henderson) Longwill, and was born in Green township, Indiana county, Pennsylvania, December 28, 1862.
The original ancestors of the Longwills in this country were two of three brothers who started for America on board of a ship, from which one of them fell overboard and was drowned. The two surviving brothers became ship-builders in New York city, and some of their descendants settled in New Jersey, from which State a Longwill came to Centre county, this State, and was the ancestor of Mr. Longwill's paternal great-grandfather, who was a shoemaker by trade, and settled in Clarion county, where he died when over one hundred years of age. He left several cbildren, one of whom, Thomas, was a shoemaker and brazier by trade, and in early life removed from Centre to Indiana county, where he died at the age of seventy-six years. He married Sarah Beamer, who was born in Maryland in 1800, and died at Dixonville, Indiana county, in 1883. Some of her ancestors fought in the Revolutionary war. Her father was one of the early settlers of Sinking Valley in Blair county, where quite a number of his descendants still reside. Mr. and Mrs. Longwill reared a family of children, and their son, John S. Longwill, was born January 14, 1831, at Blairsville, Indiana county, where he received his education in the early common schools. At twenty-four years of age he removed to Green township, in his native county, and purchased a one hundred acre tract of woodland in a section that was then