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History of Cambria County, V.2

HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY. 563
    LESTER LARIMER, who has been the assistant cashier of the American National bank of Ebensburg since the organization of that institution, who is prominent in the real estate transactions of that section of the state, and who is actively identified with every commercial and financial movement of moment in the town in which he resides, traces his ancestry to four nationalites--French, Irish, Scotch and German. His paternal great-grandfather, William Larimer, and his grandfather, Ebenezer Larimer, were highly respected residents of Allegheny county, Pennsylvania.
    William Larimer, son of Ebenezer Larimer, was born in Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, January 1, 1830, on a farm. Here his early years were spent and he was educated in the common schools of the district. The greater part of his life was spent as a farmer in his native county, and in 1862 he removed to Cambria township, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, where he located on a farm and at the same time purchased a large tract of timber land, which he proceeded to convert into lumber, and continued in this line of business until his death, which occurred June 11, 1875. He enlisted in Company H. One Hundred and Ninety-second Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, February 23, 1865, and was mustered out June 9 of the same year. He was first stationed at Camp Chase, Ohio, and then transferred to Harper's Ferry and other points. He was advanced to the rank of corporal and served with bravery. Two years before his death his house was destroyed by fire and for a time he was obliged to reside with his family on an adjoining farm. He was a consistent member of the Baptist church, and is buried in Bethel cemetery.
    He married, March 10, 1853, Mary Jane Sharp, born April 10, 1836, and now (1906) residing in Ebensburg, Cambria county, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of Daniel Townsend and Abilene King (Long) Sharp, of Canal Dover, now New Philadelphia, Ohio, and granddaughter of Peter and Judith Sharp, of Cadiz, Ohio. Her maternal grandparents were William and Mary King. The children of William and Mary Jane (Sharp) Larimer were: 1. Eveline Cordelia, born August 5, 1854, married January, 1870, James Skees, now deceased, of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. 2. Emma Jane, born April 28, 1856, married April 4, 1878, Alexander J. Evans, of Ebensburg. 3. John L., born April 5, 1858, married. December, 1862, Mary Wallace, of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and resides in that city. 4. Annie Viola, born February 12, 1860, died September 16, 1865. 5. Ida Mary, born February 5, 1862, died September 16, 1865. 6. Infant daughter, born April 25, 1865, died October 2, 1865. 7. Maggie Bell, born August 10, 1866, married November 24, 1891, Joseph J. Davis, of Ebensburg. 8. Lester, of whom more hereinafter. 9. Clement Sharp, born February 9, 1870, died April 28, 1886. He was on a hunting and fishing expedition with two companions, and as they were walking along in single file, young


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