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A. T. Black  

A. T. BLACK, farmer, post-office Grove City, is a son of Alex. and Elizabeth (Glenn) Black. Adam Black, the grandfather of our subject, was a native of Adams County, Penn., and moved into this county about 1804, and settled on a farm in Springfield Township. The father of A. T. was born in Adams County, Penn., in 1794, and was reared and educated in this county. At the age of eighteen years he enlisted in the American army, and served through the War of 1812. Afterward settled near Blacktown, where he lived until his death, in 1853. His widow died in 1869. They had a family of nine children, seven of whom are still living: Robert G., James H. and Joseph C., of Grove City; A. B., of Springfield Township; Maria E., who married the Hon. Robert Patterson, of Beaver County; Elizabeth, a maiden lady of that county, and our subject, who was born in Springfield Township in 1822, educated at the schools of that period, and learned the trade of blacksmith, which he followed for twenty-five years in Grove City, having moved here in 1846. In 1861 he enlisted in Company F, Fifty-seventh Pennsylvania Volunteers, and served until the close of the war; was wounded at the battle of Gettysburg, and held as prisoner in Belle Isle and Libby Prisons for three months. In 1846 he married Margaret Christley, daughter of William Christley, of Springfield Township. She died in 1874, leaving two children: Emilla, Mrs. Charles Jaggers, of Michigan, and George M., who died in 1876.  Subject was again married, to Miss Margaret McDowell, daughter of Robert McDowell, of Pine Township, his present wife. In 1886 Mr. Black was elected sheriff of the county, and held that office for three years; has also held township offices of supervisor, school director, etc. He is a member of Marion Craig Post, No. 325, G. A. R., of Grove City. He and family are members of the Presbyterian Church of this place.  

Source: (History of Mercer County, 1888, page 1026)

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