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1284 PRESIDENTS, SOLDIERS, STATESMEN.

JOSEPH C. SHARP

Was born in Indiana county, Pa., April 7, 1848, of parents, John and Mary E. (Cover) Sharp, both living. Dec. 31, 1872, in Johnstown, pa. He united his fortunes for life with Anna J. Barclay, who was born in 1856; her father, Robert Barclay, is still living, but her mother, Mary (Barnhart), is deceased. As the fruit of this marriage ten children were born, John R., Myrtle E., Grace, Walter A., dec., Ralph W., Joseph A., Frances C., Emma S., Lora E. and Mary E. When the Stars and Stripes were hauled from Sumter, he was among the volunteers to enlist when 13 years of age as a private in Co. F, 194th Pa. V.I., July 15, 1863 he was detailed on guard duty at Fells Point, Baltimore, and spent six weeks in this way. In the fall of that year he was detailed to guard Fort No. 3, Baltimore, for same lenth of time. Owing to his detailed service, he did not take part in any battles and was honorably discharged Nov. 6, 1864. Comrade Sharp has been councilman; he is a member of Emery Fisher Post, No. 30; he is by occupation a tinner and his post office address is Johnstown, Pa.

AUGUSTINE SHOFFNER

Was born in Cambria county, Pa., Aug. 17, 1840, a son of Casper and Barbara (Miller) Shoffner, no longer living. Rachel Plumkert, who became his wife in 1862 in this county, was a daughter of John and Jennie (Walt) Plumkert, deceased, and was born in this county April 3, 1840. Ten children were the issue of this marriage, Joseph, Raymond S., Charles E., John G., Harry, Annie N., Mary G., Jennie B., Lizzie and Martin Herman. Comrade Shoffner was 22 years of age and had been engaged in farming when he began his military career Feb. 8, 1864, at Harrisburg, Pa., as a private soldier in Co.A, 55th Pa. V.I. July, 1864, he was confined in hospital at Petersburg with typhoid fever, he was then transferred to New York, thence to Germantown hospital at Philadelphia. He was detailed in commissary for two months. He took active part in the battles of Drewry's Bluff, rear of Petersburg, Bermuda Hundred, and several others. He was honorably discharged August, 1865, at Petersburg, Va. He had four brothers in the late service, Casper, John, Peter and martin. His wife's brother William also served in the late war. Comrade Shoffner is engaged in farming near St. Augustine, Pa.

NICHOLAS B. SHORTS

Was born in Huntingdon county, Pa., Jan. 20, 1831, of parents, James and Elizabeth (Hewett) Shorts, neither of whom are living. He was married first in 1862 to Sarah Myers, who was a daughter of Gee and


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