Crawford County, Pennsylvania

History & Biography
Part V:  Biographical Sketches


pages 1109-10
      H. F. HAMMAN, farmer, P. O. Meadville, was born in Union Township, this county, June 8, 1852, and is a son of Philip and Susan (Myers) Hamman, both of German descent.  His father was a farmer and settled here in 1829, dying in 1866.  His grandfather, Daniel Hamman, cleared the farm on which H. F. now resides, purchasing it from the Holland Land Company, and settling in this township in 1812.  He died in 1870 aged eighty-one years; his widow lived to be eighty-four years old.  H. F. is the eldest of six children:  H. F., John, Emma (Mrs. Oscar Kelsey), Daniel (now in South America), Charles (deceased), and Marion, at home.  Our subject has made farming his life pursuit, and owns the fine farm on which he resides.  He was married in 1879 to Barbara, daughter of the late Peter Armburger, who was a prominent farmer of this county.  This union has been blessed with one child—Susan.  Mr. and Mrs. Hamman are members of the Reformed Church.  Politically he is a Republican.
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      J.L. HENRY, farmer, P. O. Meadville, was born in Mercer County, Penn., January 20, 1811, and is a son of Jeremiah and Elizabeth (Caine) Henry, natives of Pennsylvania, and of German and Irish descent.  His father came to this county in 1795, and raised a family of seven cildren, four sons and three daughters; he died when J. L. was but eight years old.  He was a soldier in the war of 1812.  In 1820 our subject was sent to learn shoe-making, at which he worked in Meadville for many years, being in business in Meadville from 1826 to 1859.  His health failing, he purchased the farm on which he now resides.  He was married in 1844 to Jane F. Randolph, of German and English descent, her parents being Quakers.  They have had ten children, of whom seven survive:  Fannie, Willis, Edward A., Nellie R., G. W., Sarah A. and Minnie.  Mr. and Mrs. Henry are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he has been Trustee and Class-leader.  He has served for twenty years as Justice of the Peace; has also served as County Auditor and County Commissioner; was Postmaster in Union Township for several years; Secretary of the School Board nine years, and has been a member of the Republican County Committee fourteen years.  In politics he is a Republican.  Mr. Henry is held in high esteem in this community, and it is said of him that he has never used a dollar which he has not honestly earned.