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William Franklin Amy  

WILLIAM FRANKLIN AMY, of 215 Main Street, Greenville, Pennsylvania, was born November 19, 1858, in West Salem township, Mercer county, Pennsylvania, a son of  Isaac and Adaline (Bartz) Amy. Isaac Amy was born in Lehigh county, Pennsylvania, in 1830 and died December 26, 1896. His wife was born in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, in 1839 and died in 1907. Their ten children were as follows:  William F., of this memoir;  Amanda, wife of  A. Miller; Charles E., Sarah, wife of  John Thompson; Fannie,  wife of  William Seiple: Mary, wife of  T. E. Kamerer; Ralph; Addie, wife of  F. Sisley; Emma, wife of  George Cooper, and Mabel, wife of  F. Snyder.

Mr. Amy came to Mercer county, Pennsylvania, when a mere lad. He had been early bereft of his parents and was obliged to make his own way through life. He worked on a farm and later found employment with Daniel Bartz in a distillery. After leaving there he was engaged at carpentering work up to 1866, when he engaged in business as a dealer in stone quarry products. He had a quarry in West Salem township, where he operated for a number of years, the same that his father had up to the time of his death.

William F. Amy obtained his education in the public schools of his native county, and worked in his father's stone quarry when but twelve years of age. He continued in the stone industry up to January 8, 1903, when he engaged in the meat market business in Greenville, and is continuing both lines of business at the present time. Politically, he is a Democrat. He has served one term as assessor of West Salem township. He belongs to a number of insurance associations and is an industrious citizen in whom all have confidence.

Mr. Amy was united in marriage November 8, 1877, to Elizabeth Ruffing, born in Sharon, Pennsylvania, a daughter of John and Margaret Ruffing, both of whom were born in Germany and came to America on their wedding tour. The father was a coal miner. Later, he purchased a farm and followed agricultural pursuits in Pymatuning township, two miles north of Transfer, where he still resides. His wife died several years since. The children born of their union were: John, Elizabeth (Mrs. Amy), Charles, Christopher, Jacob, Lewis, Mary, William, Joseph and one who died in infancy. The father was Roman Catholic, and politically he was a Democrat.

William F. Amy and wife are the parents of the following children: Charles William, married Jennie Mathay and they have three sons and one daughter; Nettie, who died in infancy; Margaret Adaline; Frederick L., John I., married Pearl Lenhart; Frank; Floyd; Katherine; Albert; Nora; Lewis, and Edward, who died in infancy.

Twentieth Century History of Mercer County, 1909, pages 490-491 

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