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History of Cambria County, V.2

556 HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY.
superior numbers of the enemy, were surrounded and taken prisoners, marched four days without rations with the fleeing army, released at the surrender of Lee at Appomattox, Virginia, April 9th, sent to Parole Camp, Annapolis, Maryland, and there mustered out.
    Mr. Matthews married, August 23, 1864, Martha Sechrist, daughter of John and Priscilla (Craig) Sechrist, who were the parents of seven children: Catherine, Marie, Susan, Franklin, David, Jennie, and Martha, mentioned above. The children of Joseph W. and Martha (Sechrist) Matthews, were: Cora, born May 5, 1865, deceased; Olive, born September 11, 1867, deceased.

    LEWIS COBAUGH, who resided in Johnstown, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, was a man of widely diversified attainments, which will be mentioned more in detail further on in this sketch. He was a representative of an old and honored family of the county, which had been closely and beneficially identified with the agricultural interests of this section of the state.
    Frederick Cobaugh, father of Lewis Cobaugh, was a prosperous farmer of Taylor township, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, where he owned a considerable amount of land. In politics he was a staunch adherent to the principles of the Republican party, and was an active worker in the ranks of that body. He married Susan Bennshoof, and they had children: 1.Barbara, married Joseph Cobaugh. 2. Jacob, married Hannah Hildebrand, and then settled in Iowa. 3. Elizabeth, married Samuel Kane. 4. Paul, married Elizabeth Roberts, and settled in the west. 5. Susan, married (first) Frederick Grove, and (second) Josiah Custer. 6. Lewis, see forward. 7. Mary Ann, married Daniel Stutzman.
    Lewis Cobaugh, third son and sixth child of Frederick and Susan (Benshoof) Cobaugh, was born in Taylor township, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, September 6, 1833. His boyhood and youthful days were spent on the farm of his father, and he acquired as good an education as the limited opportunities and schools of the district afforded. He was not, however, satisfied with this, and spent all his spare time in home study, devoting special attention to the study of theology, and the acquirement of several languages in addition to his mother tongue. He taught school for several terms during the winter months, assisting his father in the cultivation of the home farm during the summer, and thus acquired a practical working knowledge of the details of the management of a farm. He was but sixteen years of age when his father departed this life, and he then took the entire management of the farm upon his shoulders until he had attained his majority, when he purchased this land from the estate. His careful and thorough home study enabled him to prepare himself for the ministry, and he ultimately became one of the most eloquent and successful preachers of the Brethren church. These duties, which at that time were not remunerative,


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