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Elizabeth (Kinter) Myers, the former only is living, and passed away June 16, 1875. Five children were the issue of this marriage, James H., Sarah E., Ellis E., Emma and George M. He was married secondly to Sarah Stevens, who was born March 24, 1844. Two children were born to them, Robert and John Raymond. Comrade Shorts served a short time in the Union army during the late unpleasantness; he was 34 years of age and had been engaged in farming when he was enrolled march 4, 1865, in Co. F, 74th Pa. V.I. June, 1865, he was granted a furlough of thirty days and returned at end of time. Owing to the lateness of his enlistment and the close of hostilities so soon thereafter, he was not called into active service and was honorably discharged Aug. 29, 1865, at Clarksburg, W. Va., his services having consisted of scouting after Mosby and doing guard duty on B.&O. R.R. He had three brothers in service, John and James; the former was killed at Fair Oaks; David in Co. F, 74th Pa. V.I. John Ross and Henry, brothers of his first wife, were also in service; his present wife's parents, both now deceased, were James and Phariah (Garrett) Stevens. Comrade Shorts has been school director; his occupation is that of a farmer and his address is Tanoma, Pa.


Was born in Indiana county, Pa., May 25, 1836, and was a son of Robert and Margaret (McCune) Simpson, deceased. His wife's maiden name was Maggie Lapsley, and she was a daughter of James Lapsley, deceased, and Ellen (McAffery), dec. They were married in this county in 1860, the county of her birth, which occurred April 5, 1845. Six children have blessed this marriage, Robert E., James L., Harry dec., Maggie, Minnie, dec., and Merrell S. Comrade Simpson is an old soldier who served his county faithfully and well. He had been engaged in farming and was 27 years of age when he was enrolled from Camp Howell, June 13, 1863, as a private--was later made Corp.--of Co. G, 2d Batl., Emergency call. He was detailed on scouting and skirmishing duty, and was honorably discharged at Pittsburg, Pa., Jan. 31, 1864. Comrade Simpson is a huckster and his address is Vintondale, Pa.


Son of John Singer, deceased, and Jane (Rodgers), still living, was born Aug. 12, 1838, in Ebensburg, pa. He has been twice married, his first union being with Caroline Wehn, by whom he had these children, George E., John M., Chester M. and Grace A. He was married secondly Oct. 19,1883, in Jackson township, this county, to Matilda M. Sell, who was born in Somerset county, Pa., March 19, 1862

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