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Lemuel Black

LEMUEL BLACK, farmer, post-office Jackson Centre, was born May 12, 1839, on the farm where he now resides. The old house, now almost sixty years old, is still standing. His father, John Black, was born January 31, 1786, in England, and married Dorothy W. Winson, born October 9, 1799, in England. They immigrated to this country in 1829, and settled on the farm where Lemiel now lives. They were the parents of twelve children: John, the eldest, was born January 15, 1819; Hannah, born August 24, 1820; Stephen, born October 8, 1821; Jesse, born July 20, 1823; Jeremiah, born August 29, 1825; Sarah, born April 6, 1827; Mary, born February 16, 1829; Joseph, born October 24, 1830; Lydia, born July 9, 1833; Sarah, born August 15, 1835; Priscilla, born March 30, 1837, and Lemuel, born May 12, 1839. Stephen Black died in England; Sarah died in New York; John died in Illinois; Jeremiah was in Company I, Fifty-seventh Pennsylvania Volunteers, and died in the service with the fever; Joseph was in Missouri at the breaking out of the war, and was never heard of by his family afterward; Mary died in January, 1863, at the old home; Priscilla married John B. Maxwell, March 30, 1862, and died in August 1863; Hannah married Rev. Richard Peat and is still living; Jesse resides in Iowa; Lydia and Sarah are still living on a part of the old homestead. John Black, the father of the above named children, was a sailor for fourteen years, and was under command of Lord Nelson in the battle of Trafalgar, October 21, 1805, and the scars which he received in this famous struggle were ever afterward visible. He was killed April 17, 1839, by a log falling on him at the raising of a barn for a Mr. Forker, in Cool Spring Township. His widow subsequently married John Peat, and died in October, 1881.

Lemuel Black was brought up at farming, and is the owner of a fine farm of eighty-eight acres, well watered by living springs. He was married May 30, 1882, to Jane McCurdy, daughter of James F. McCurdy, who was for many years a captain of a steamboat, which ran on the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers. Our subject has four children: James M., John W., Olive L. and David L. Mr. and Mrs. Black are members of the Cottage Methodist Episcopal Church. He is also a member of the A. O. U. W. of Fredonia, and is a Prohibitionist in sentiment. He is one of the upright, intelligent and enterprising citizens of Mercer County, who lends his aid to everything that has a tendency to advance and improve the community in which he lives.

Source: History of Mercer County, 1888, page 1007

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