History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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JOSEPH H. PAIST, of Mechanicsville, Buckingham township, Bucks county, was born in Buckingham township, December 1, 1862, and is a son of James Monroe and Elizabeth (CONNARD) PAIST, and a grandson of Jonathan and Sidney (BRADSHAW) PAIST.

            Jonathan PAIST married in 1805 Sidney BRADSHAW, daughter of David and Elizabeth (CARVER) BRADSHAW, of Buckingham, and lived for two years in Plumstead township.  On April 1, 1808, he purchased the farm in Buckingham where the subject of this sketch was born, and spent the remainder of his life there, dying in 1870.  His wife Sidney, who was born in Buckingham 4 mo. 10, 1784, died ten years earlier.  They were the parents of four children: Minerva S., who married George W. SCOTT; David Bradshaw, who was a blacksmith at Mechanicsville for some years, and later removed to Iowa, where he died in 1881: J. Monroe; and Eliza, who died unmarried.

            James Monroe PAIST was born on the farm where he spent his whole active life, February 5, 1819, purchasing of his father, April 8, 1861.  This farm was part of 500 acres purchased by William COOPER in 1700, and the first Friends’ meeting in Buckingham was held there, prior to the erection of the meeting house at its present site.  It was later the residence of Jacob HOLCOMB, a prominent member of Buckingham Meeting.  J. Monroe PAIST married Elizabeth CONNARD, daughter of Andrew and Mary (SELNER) CONNARD and they were the parents of five children, three of whom survive, viz.: Andrew C.; Mary R., wife of George MCKINSTRY, of Buckingham; and Joseph H., the subject of this sketch.  Both the father and grandfather were members of the Society of Friends.  Elizabeth Connard PAIST died September 5, 1898 aged sixty-seven years.  After her death J. Monroe retired from active life, and lived with the subject of this sketch on an adjoining farm recently purchased, where he died.

            Joseph H. PAIST was born and reared on the home farm, and acquired his education at the public schools and at the Hughesian School.  On January 8, 1887, he married Emma F. KELLER, daughter of Isaac and Lucy Ann (FLUCK) KELLER, and the following spring took charge of the farm upon which he still resides, then the property of his father, but since purchased by him.  In politics Mr. PAIST is a Republican, but has never held or sought other than local offices; has been a member of the school board of his native township for several years, being at present the president of the board, and has filled other local offices.  He is a member of Buckingham Lodge, No. 208, A. O. K. of the M. C. To Mr. and Mrs. PAIST have been born five children: Newlin Fell, now a student at Banks’ Business College; Stanley Scott; Ida Marion; Harry Monroe; and Evelyn, all of whom reside at home.




Text taken from page 553 to 554 of: 


Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III

Transcribed September 2006 by Joan Lollis as part of the Bucks Co., Pa., Early Family Project, www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/bucksindex.html

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