John Bestwick  

JOHN BESTWICK, farmer, post-office Mercer, was born June 26, 1848, in Mercer County, son of John and Ann (Godsby) Bestwick. He was educated in the common schools, and brought up on a farm. He was married in 1880 to Sadie Moon, daughter of Lewis Moon, of Jackson Township, by whom he has two children: Plummer and Sennett. He settled on his present farm in 1882. It consists of 100 acres, a part of the old Stokely farm; upon which the famous old pioneer sleeps his last sleep. He is a Republican, and an enterprising young man, who always does his share in every public enterprise that has a tendency to build up Mercer County or the community in which he lives. His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. His brother, Thomas Bestwick, was born November 13, 1841, in Jackson Township, and was married April 5, 1866, to Mary J., daughter of George McEwen, by whom he had John, Charles, George (deceased), Anna, Thomas (deceased), Jennie, Bert and Lester. In August, 1861, he enlisted in Company G, One Hundredth Pennsylvania Volunteers, and re-enlisted in December, 1863, and served until the close of the war.  At the battle of Bull Run he was shot in the right shoulder, and was shot through the clothing several other times. A part of the time he was a sharp shooter, and bears a record of a brave soldier.

Source: (History of Mercer County, 1888, page 975 - 976)

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