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History of Cambria County, V.3

years. He was a large and successful farmer, a man of substance in the township. He married and had a family of twelve children, whose names in the order of birth are as follows: 1. Samuel Horner, married Elizabeth Deshong (the Deshongs formerly owned the site of Morrellville). Emanuel Horner, married Ellen Coe, daughter of a Revolutionary veteran; lived in Johnstown. 3. Jonas Horner, married Elizabeth Barber, and lived in Pittsburg; died July 2, 1884. 4. Elias Horner, married Sarah Horner; lived in Johnstown. 5. Peter Horner, died unmarried. 6. Susan Horner, married a Mr. Drew; both dead. 7. Nancy Horner, married George Beam, and lived in Johnstown. 8. Elizabeth Homer, married William Tibbett, and removed to Kansas; both dead. 9. Katherine Horner, married John M. Smelker; died in Wisconsin in 1899, aged eighty-one years. 10. Martha Homer, married Samuel Tibbett; now a widow living in East Conemaugh, Pennsylvania. 11. John Horner, married Elizabeth Horner; lived in Johnstown, both dead. 12. Jacob Horner, born 1803; died 1874.
    Jacob Horner, youngest son of Jacob Horner, and grandson of Adam Horner, the pioneer, was born in Hornertown, and at one time owned nearly all the land in that locality. He laid out Hornertown, which was called after his father, and also laid out Sandyvale cemetery. He was a substantial man, a farmer by principal occupation, but a good business man in whatever he undertook, and if he saw an enterprise that promised better returns than the farm he was generally ready to invest. When the old Pennsylvania canal was building he was engaged on that work as boss, and during the balmy canal days he owned a line of boats that run between Johnstown and Pittsburg. For several years he was assistant superintendent of the old Portage railroad. Mr. Homer died late in December, 1874, and was buried in Sandyvale cemetery on New Year's Day, 1875. Mr. Horner married his own cousin, Catherine Horner, who bore him nine children. Catherine Horner was a daughter of Christian, Horner, who was born in Franklin county, Pennsylvania, January 25, 1778, and died October 6, 1865. In 1799 he married, the ceremony being performed by Rev. Mr. Stoy, founder of Stoystown. In the same year he removed from Somerset county to Cambria county and settled near Johnstown, one year before Joseph Johns laid out the town which has since borne his name. Christian Horner moved to a farm in Richland township, lived there until 1847 and then returned to Somerset county.
    Like several others of his surname in the earlier generations of the family, Squire Horner was a prominent man in the community in his time. In 1809 Governor Snyder commissioned him justice of the peace, an office then of much dignity, carrying the title of "Squire," while the officer himself was generally regarded as the first man in the township. As justice of the peace he, had jurisdiction over the large territory of Conemangh township, which then included the present township of that name, the townships of Croyle, Summerhill, Jackson, Taylor, Yoder and Richland and the towns of Johnstown and Wilmore. This office he held until 1847, when he removed to Somerset county. Squire Horner was married twice and had in all fifteen children. The children of Jacob and Catherine Horner were as follows: 1. Jonathan Horner, born December 3, 1828, died November 4, 1895; married Lucinda Cover, who now lives in Johnstown. 2. Aaron Horner, died April 20, 1853, unmarried. 3. Simon Horner, died September 7, 1862; married Mary Horner, who after his death married Mr. Barnacle. 4. Mary Homer married Oscar Graffe, and died April 27, 1879, aged forty-two. 5. Nancy Horner,

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