History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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LEWIS HERBERT VANDEGRIFT, of Bensalem Pennsylvania, was born at that place, October 3, 1845, the son of Alfred and Catherine (GIBBS) VANDEGRIFT. He was educated in the public schools of Bensalem, after which he en­gaged in farming, as an employe of his brother, John, with whom he remained 1870, when he removed to the old homestead farm in Bensalem, which he purchased 1892. After thirty years of farm life, he sold his farm and removed to Philadelphia, when he entered the employ of the Western Union Telegraph Company, with whom he is still engaged. Mr. VANDEGRIFT has been twice married -first, January 7, 1874 to Mar­garet, daughter of James and Margaret (BALLANTYNE) HARVINSON. By this union four children were born: I. Alfred Eugene born November 22, 1874, married, February 20, 1901 to Susannah KEIFER, of Brooklyn, New York, daughter of John Colder and wife, Susannah (JENNINKER) KEIFFER, and they have one child, Margaret Susannah, born November 10, 1902; 2 Clara May, born January 29, 1877, married March 7, 1905, Eugene GASKILL, of Philadelphia; 3. Maud, born May 13, 1882; married, first Elwood K PORTER, by whom the issue was Milton Harvinson, born December 1, 1899; second, to Frank Peabody HEDGES, of Trenton, New Jersey, May 1, 1904; 4. Bertha Irene, born May 20, 1883.Mrs. VANDEGRIFT died February 13, 1888, and for his second wife Mr. VANDEGRIFT married, January 14, 1892, Margaret BROWN, of Eddington, who was born May 4, 1854 daughter of Henry Jackson and Sarah (STAATS) BROWN , and the granddaughter of Alexander and Elizabeth (DARRAH) BROWN; also the granddaugh­ter of Jacob and Maribel (SHAW) STAATS. By his second marriage Mr. VANDEGRIFT has one child - Lucy Eccleston, born October 13, 1893. Each of the above children, except Lucy, were educated in Bensalem. Alfred was graduated from Pierce's Business College of Philadelphia and Lucy is attending Lincoln Grammar School in Philadelphia. Mr. VANDEGRIFT is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and affiliates with Newton Lodge, No. 427, A. F, and A. M. Both Mr. and Mrs. VANDEGRIFT are members of the church of. Christ (Episcopal) of Eddington, where they are efficient, earnest workers. Mr. VANDEGRIFT has served on the school board very ably for three years, and has been its secretary. He has ever been much in­terested in educational matters, and is counted among the loyal citizens of his place.

Text taken from page 36 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

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