JOHN GIBBS VANDEGRIFT
JOHN GIBBS VANDEGRIFT, eldest son of Alfred and
Catharine(GIBBS) VANDEGRIFT and brother to Hon. Charles S. VANDEGRIFT, the subject
of the preceding sketch, was born in Bensalem township, Bucks county, September 2, 1834.
He was educated at the public schools, and later received an academic education.. He was
reared on the farm, and for several years followed the vocation of a farmer. In 1873 he
purchased the store at Eddington and followed the mercantile business there for the rest
of his life. He was a justice of the peace for twenty years, and filled many positions of
trust. He took a deep interest in educational matters and was for many years a member of
the school board, acting as its secretary. H was a vestryman of the Episcopal church. In
politics was a Democrat, but never sought or held other than local office. He was a member
of Bristol Lodge, No. 25, A. Y. F. and A. M.; of Harmony Chaptor, R. A. M.; and St. Johns
Commandery, K. T. Mr. VANDEGRIFT married March 27, 1861, Mary Jane CREIGHTON, daughter
of Thomas and Rebecca ASHTON CREIGHTON. She was born May 10, 1832, at Holmesburg,
Philadelphia, and died May 4. 1895. John G. VANDEGRIFT died April 11, 1901. Two
children were born to Mr. and Mrs. VANDEGRIFT, Katherine and Lemuel.
Lemuel VANDEGRIFT was born August 13, 1864. He was reared on a farm and
attended public school. At the age of seventeen years he entered his father's store to
assist him in the business, and at his death succeeded him in its conduct. He was also
elected a justice of the peace to succeed his father. He is a vestryman of the Episcopal
church. In politics he is a Democrat. He is a member of Bristol Lodge, No.25, A. Y. F.
and A. M. Philadelphia Chapter, R. A. M., and St. Johns Commandery,, K. T. Mr. VANDEGRIFT
was married, April 6, 1893, to Mary Ella CAREY, daughter of Seneca and
Mary Ella (MOORE) CAREY. They are the parents of two children: Lemuel
Creighton, born July 26, r895, and Marian Latharine, born July 8, 1897. Their eldest
child, John G., Jr., died in infancy. These children are being educated in the public
school of Bensalem.
Text taken from page 34 of:
Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks
County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III Transcribed
May 2000 by Judy Jackson of Missouri
as part of the Bucks Co., Pa., Early Family Project, www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/bucksindex.html
Published May 2000 on the Bucks County, P., USGenWeb