History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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   WILLIAM H. ATKINSON, of Buckingham, son of Joseph and Eliza (HIBBS) ATKINSON, and grandson of Thomas and Jane (SMITH) ATKINSON, some account of whom is given upon other pages of this work, was born at Pineville, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, August 10, 1850.

   Joseph S. ATKINSON, deceased, the father of the subject of this sketch, was born in Buckingham township, August 9, 1823, being a son of Thomas and Jane (SMITH) ATKINSON.  He was a prominent farmer and large landholder in Bucks county.  The first fifty years of his life was spent in Buckingham township.  About 1879 he purchased the SHAW farm in Solebury township, near Lahaska, and lived thereon for several years.  He later built a house in Lahaska and retired from farming.  He died 3 mo. 27, 1900.  His wife was Eliza, daughter of William and Margery (KIRK) HIBBS, of Pineville, by whom he had four children: William H., the subject of this sketch; Thomas, who died on the Solebury homestead in 1903: Mary, wife of George WATSON, of Doylestown; and Albert, who died in infancy.

   The subject of this sketch was reared on the farm in Buckingham, attended the public schools of the neighborhood, and later the Excelsior Normal Institute at Carversville and the Doylestown English and Classical Seminary.  On arriving at manhood he took charge of the home farm, his father being occupied with the management of his other properties, and, on his marriage in 1879, his father removed to Solebury, and he took entire charge of the farm, which with six other farms he acquired at his father's death.

   He married, in 1879, Elmira, daughter of Jesse K. and Sarah (HEADLEY) HARPER, of Falls township.  Mr. Harper was a prominent and highly esteemed farmer of Falls; he died in 1898, aged eighty-three years, and his wife died in 1893, aged seventy-seven years.   Both were prominent members of the Society of Friends.  Mr. and Mrs. ATKINSON are the parents of two children, Eva W. and J. Harper, both residing at home.   The family are members of the Society of Friends.  In politics Mr. ATKINSON is a Republican, but has never sought or held public office.

 Text taken from pages 166 and 167 of:

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

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