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Notes for Simeon Amos YORK
The History of Bradford County, Pennsylvania with Biographical Sketches
, by H. C. Bradsby, 1891 states: Simeon A. York, farmer, P. O. Wysox, was born in Wysox township, this county, October 15, 1829, a son of Amos and Harriet (Hinman) York, the former a native of Wysox, and a descendant of the old English York family; the latter a native of Connecticut, and of English origin. Amos and Lucretia (Miner) York, great-grandparents of Simeon A. came to Wyalusing, in 1876, where he was taken prisoner and carried to Canada, the mother escaping with the children and making her way back to Connecticut; one of the children died on the way, and she was obliged to bury it with her own hands under a sawmill. Her husband, being liberated, returned to Connecticut, and was buried one day before she reached there. The paternal grandparents of Simeon A. were Rev. Manassah M. and Elizabeth (Arnold) York, who came to Wysox, and the maternal grandparents were John and Hannah (Mallory) Hinman, who came to Wysox about 1791, the grandfather having made a previous visit and taken up a farm soon after his arrival; he built the first gristmill in Bradford county, on the farm now owned by J. L. Morgan, and it was in operation three years, hence is not remembered by some as the first mill in the county.
Rev. Manassah Minor York was about the first permanent minister in the county, and preached from Wyalusing to Athens. The children of Amos and Harriet (Hinman) York were: Wealthy Ann, married to J. V. Woodward, of Williamsport, Pa.; Nelson H., of LaGrange, Ill.; Manassah M., a one-armed soldier living in Wysox; Harriet M., deceased wife of E. A. Coolbaugh; Saphrona E., E. A. Coolbaugh’s second wife; John C., a farmer in Missouri; Simeon A., the subject of this article; Penelopy F., who died at fifteen years of age; James S., clerk in drug store at Rockford, Ill., and three deceased. Simeon A. York has always been connected with the homestead farm and now owns seventy-five acres of it. He was married, June 11, 1856, to Jane D., daughter of John and Phebe (Kelley) Barnum, natives of Delaware county, N. Y., of English and Irish lineage, respectively; they have six children, as follows: John, born April 9, 1857, engaged in ranching in Montana; Harriet M., born October 8, 1858, married Lyman J. Norton, a farmer, Hillsgrove, Pa.; Charley H., born August 23, 1861, a farmer, Colorado; Mary N., born March 30, 1864, married D. A. Crawn, of Wysox; Amos M., born September 5, 1866, and Lizzie F., born March 6, 1868. Mr. and Mrs. York are members of the Presbyterian Church at Wysox, of which he is elder, Sunday-school superintendent and president of the board of trustees. Politically he was formerly a Democrat, then a Republican, but is now separated from all party influences, and votes independently.
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