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JOHN SWARTLEY

JOHN SWARTLEY, postmaster of Chalfont, was born in New Britain township, Bucks county, November 19, 1862, and is a son of John M. and Mary (MOYER) SWARTLEY, whose ancestry is given in the sketch of Levi SWARTLEY.

John M. SWARTLEY was born in New Britain township, September 18, 1829, and was educated at the local schools. He followed the life of a farmer, near the little village of Newville, and was a member of the Mennonite church. He was an active and progressive farmer, and filled the office of supervisor of New Britain township for a number of years. He married on October 18, 1835, Elizabeth M. MOYER, daughter of Rev. Abraham and Anna MOYER, of Bedminster, the ancestors of the former having borne the name of Christian for four generations, the first of whom was Christian MEYER, who came to Pennsylvania about 1712 and settled in Franconia township. His grandson, Christian MOYER, born in Franconia, March 27, 1763, married Mary LANDIS, and settled in Bucks county. Rev. Abraham MOYER, of Bedminster, above mentioned, was the ninth of their eleven children: he married Anna MOYER, and Elizabeth M., who married John M. SWARTLEY, was the youngest of their five children. John M. and Elizabeth M. (MOYER) SWARTLEY were the parents of eight children, vix.: Mary Ann, born January 5, 1855, died July 12, 1873; Amanda, born April 19, 1856, died June 22, 1878, married November 13, 1877, A. G. RUTH; Oliver J., born November 15, 1857, died august 30, 1885; William M., born September 24, 1860; John, the subject of this sketch; Emma Jane, born November 24, 1863, died April 19, 1878; Elizabeth m., born May 11, 1865, died February 15, 1884; and Elmer M., born June 25, 1873, died April 29, 1899. John, the father, died September 24, 1900.

John SWARTLEY, the subject of this sketch, was reared on the farm near Newville, and was educated at the local schools. In 1882 he entered the general merchandise store at Chalfont as clerk, and filled that position for sixteen years. In 1898 he entered into the mercantile business for himself, and carried it on for five years and then sold out. He was appointed postmaster of Chalfont in February, 1897 and still fills that position. He is a member of the Methodist church, and politically a Republican.

He married April 7, 1891, Laura SCHOLL, daughter of Leidy L. and Lucilla (DIEHL) SCHOLL. They have no children.

Text taken from page 223 of:

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

Transcribed June, 2002 by Donna J. Kling of Pennsylvania as part of the Bucks Co., Pa., Early Family Project, www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/bucksindex.html

Published July 2002 on the Bucks County, Pa., USGenWeb pages at www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/

 


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