Category Archives: Berkeley

Roger Earl Watson

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III, pg. 110

ROGER EARL WATSON, who is engaged in the successful
practice of law at Martinsburg as one of the able and repre-
sentative members of the bar of Berkeley County, has the
distinction of being the only person born in the old home-
stead of Gen. Charles Lee, a Revolutionary officer, at Lee-
town, Jefferson County, West Virginia, the date of his
nativity having been February 10, 1886.

The lineage of the Watson family traces back to stanch
English origin, and the name has been one of prominence
in the history of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia,
in connection with both civic and material development and
progress. From Scotland, via England, James Watson with
three brothers came to America prior to 1740, and settled in
St. Mary’s County, Maryland. He married Mary Greene,
who, according to family tradition, was a sister of Gen.
Nathaniel Greene, the distinguished Revolutionary officer.
James Watson bought land near Port Tobacco, Charles
County, Maryland, where he developed the fine estate known
as Chestnut Ridge. By marriage the Watson family became
related to Charles Carroll of Carrollton, another dis-
tinguished figure of the Revolutionary period. Numerous
representatives of the family were identified with early
Indian conflicts, and members of the family also gained
fame as scouts and soldiers of the patriot forces in the war
of the Revolution. Among the numerous children of James
and Mary (Greene) Watson were three sons, Joseph,
Zephaniah and James Greene, and through one of these sons
the subject of this review is a descendant of James Watson,
one of the three original representatives of the family in
America.

John James Watson, father of him whose name initiates
this article, was born in what is now Jefferson County, West
Virginia, August 15, 1836, his father, James Watson, hav-
ing been born in Maryland, and who came thence to Vir-
ginia and developed a large farm estate in the vicinity of
Leetown, Jefferson County, he having been the owner of a
goodly number of slaves. He was somewhat more than
seventy years of age at the time of his death. The maiden
name of his wife was Elizabeth Shaull, and their children
were ten in number, namely: Benjamin, George, John J.,
Ephraim, Charles, Snowden, Joseph, Daniel, Lydia and
Elizabeth.

John J. Watson was reared on the old homestead, and at
the inception of the Civil war he entered the Confederate
service, in which he participated in the first battle of Bull
Run and many other important engagements, besides which
he served for a time as courier between Generals Lee and
Jackson. He was wounded in the forehead, and bore the
scar until his death. In the last year of the war he was a
member of dark’s Cavalry, and he was its last survivor.
He was present at the surrender of General Lee, his service
having covered the entire period of the war. After the war
he was for twenty-five years engaged in mercantile business
at Charles Town, Jefferson County, and he then removed to
Martinsburg, where he continued a few years in the same
line of enterprise, and then retired from active business,
his death having here occurred November 1, 1921. His
wife survives him, her maiden name having been Ella Vir-
ginia Rogers. Her birth occurred in Jefferson County, she
being a daughter of Isaac and Drusilla (Nicely) Rogers.
The only child is Roger Earl, immediate subject of this
sketch.

In 1904 Roger E. Watson graduated from the Martins-
burg High School, as president of his class, and in the same
year he entered the University of West Virginia, where he
took a course in the department of chemistry. For two
years, from 1906, he was engaged as a chemist with the
H. C. Frick Coke Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
and he then entered the law department of the University
of West Virginia, in which he was graduated in 1910, he
having been president of his class in the junior year. After
receiving his degree of Bachelor of Laws, with concomitant
admission to the bar of his native state, Mr. Watson opened
an office at Martinsburg, where he has developed a sub-
stantial and representative law practice and gained secure
vantage-ground as a resourceful trial lawyer and conserva-
tive counsellor. He has been active in local campaign
service of the democratic party, and is one of the loyal
and progressive citizens of the fine little city that is the
judicial center of Berkeley County. Mr. Watson is affiliated
with the Pi Kappa Alpha and the Theta Nu Epsilon fra-
ternities of the University of West Virginia, and as an
undergraduate in that institution he was active in athletic
affairs, he having been assistant manager of the baseball
team in 1910 and manager of the second team of that year.

Mr. Watson married, July 4, 1919, Miss Catherine Mc-
Harg, of Boston, Massachusetts, the one child of this union
was Roger Edward.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

George M. Bowers

Biographical Sketches of Members of Congress, Members of the Legislature,
Officers of the State Governement and judges of the Supreme Court of Appeals,
West Virigina, 1917

Source:
West Virginia Legislative Hand Book and Manual and Official Register, 1917,
Compiled and Edited by John T. Harris, Clerk of the Senate,
The Tribune Printing Co., Charleston, West Va.
pgs. 719 – 770

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

pg. 720

Representatives.

SECOND DISTRICT.-COUNTIES: Barbour, Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson
Mineral, Monongalia, Morgan, Pendleton, Preston, Randolph, and Tucker (13 counties.)
Population (1910), 211,690.

GEORGE M. BOWERS (Republican), of Martinsburg, W. Va., was born
September 13, 1863, at Gerrardstown, W. Va., in the heart of the, Shenandoah
Valley. Was a member of the West Virginia Legislature at the age of 28; a
candidate for auditor of the State in 1888; census superintendent in 1890; treas-
urer World’s Fair managers in ,1893; appointed by President McKinley Com-
missioner of Fisheries in February, 1898, and reappointed by President Roose-
velt and President Taft; resigned April 16, 1913. Elected at a special election
held in the second congressional district of West Virginia on May 9, 1916, to fill
the vacancy caused by the death of Hon. William G. Brown. Was nominated
on June 6, 1916, by a majority of nearly 10,000 votes, and re-elected November, 7
1916, to the Sixty-fifth Congress. Assigned to the Merchant Marine and Fish-
eries Committee in the latter body..

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

Samuel Clive Bryarly

BERKELEY COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA
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The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 342
Berkeley

SAMUEL CLIVE BRYARLY. The Bryarlys have been a fam-
ily of farmers, landowners and of industry in other lines
in Berkeley County for several generations. Samuel C.
Bryarly lives at Martinsburg, where for a number of years
he has been in the service of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
Company.

He was born on a farm located between Darkesville and
Tablers Station, in Berkeley County. His great-grandfather,
Robert Bryarly, was an early settler in Berkeley County,
where he owned a large amount of land, including the
present site of Tablers Station. He married Sally Bust.
Both were of Irish ancestry, but were members of the
English Church.

Thomas Bryarly, grandfather of Samuel C., was born
on the Federal Hill farm near Tablers Station, inherited a
portion of his father’s estate and continued a life-long
resident and farmer there. He married Susan Glass, and
their seven children were Robert Pressly, Elizabeth, Sally,
Thomas, Susan, Annie and Mary Eugenia.

Robert Pressly Bryarly was born in the same locality as
his son Samuel C., grew up on the farm, and at the very
beginning of the Civil war entered the Confederate army as
a member of Company B of the First Virginia Cavalry. He
was in the service until severely wounded in the right arm
at the battle of Towns Brook, and thereafter was incapaci-
tated for further active duty. After the war he bought a
portion of the old homestead, and was busily engaged in its
duties until 1890. He then lived for a time in Winchester
and Martinsburg, and for ten years was station agent at
Inwood. He finally retired on account of ill health and died
February 14, 1919. His wife was Cordelia J. Schendel, who
was born in Washington County, Maryland, in 1842, daugh-
ter of Samuel and Julia Schendel. She died January 17,
1912. The six children of these parents were Thomas Cox,
Robert Pressly, Julia Ann, Elizabeth Miller, Mary Louise
and Samuel C.

Samuel Clive Bryarly acquired his first school advantage
in the Grange Hall School, later attended school at Martins-
burg and Inwood, and as a youth he clerked in a store and
assisted in a grain elevator at Inwood. Leaving these oc-
cupations, he removed to Pittsburgh in 1910, and for three
years was employed in the Pennsylvania Railroad Machine
Shops. Leaving Pittsburgh, he returned to Martinsburg,
and for three years was with the Auburn Wagon Works and
since then has been a machinist with the Baltimore & Ohio
Company.

In 1901 Mr. Bryarly married Sabina Lee Graham, who
was born at Gerrardstown, Berkeley County. Her great-
grandfather was a native of England and an early settler in
Franklin County, Pennsylvania, where he followed farming.
Her grandfather, John Graham, was born in Franklin
County, served an apprenticeship at the carpenter’s trade,
became a building contractor, and some barns and other
buildings are still standing in Franklin County that testify
to his workmanship. He died there at the age of seventy-
nine. John Graham married Sabina Lancaster, who was
born in Franklin County, and died there when about eighty
years of age. Andrew Maxwell Graham, father of Mrs.
Bryarly, was born on a farm in Montgomery Township of
Franklin County, March 28, 1828. He was educated in the
rural schools, and the Lancaster Normal School, began
teaching at the age of eighteen, and in 1862 enlisted as a
private in Company F of the Eighth Pennsylvania Infantry.
He was in the Army of the Potomac under General Meade,
and was in nearly all the battles of that army at General
Grant’s command. He remained until the surrender at
Appomattox. For meritorious conduct he was commissioned
first lieutenant, and received his honorable discharge with
that rank. After the war Lieutenant Graham came to
Martinsburg, for several years taught at Gerrardstown and
vicinity, and is now living retired at Martinsburg.

December 24, 1861, he married Isabella Breneizen, daugh-
ter of William S. and Sarah (Wilson) Breneizen. She was
born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. On December 24,
1921, Mr. and Mrs. Graham celebrated the sixtieth anni-
versary of their marriage, and both are still in good health
and have excellent memories. Mr. and Mrs. Bryarly have
three children, named, Robert Pressly, Andrew Clive and
Donald Graham.

Harry Preston Henshaw

Biographical Sketches of Members of Congress, Members of the Legislature,
Officers of the State Governement and judges of the Supreme Court of Appeals,
West Virigina, 1917

Source:
West Virginia Legislative Hand Book and Manual and Official Register, 1917,
Compiled and Edited by John T. Harris, Clerk of the Senate,
The Tribune Printing Co., Charleston, West Va.
pgs. 719 – 770

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

pg. 738

HENSHAW, HARRY PRESTON. (Democrat.) Ad-
dress: Bunker Hill, West Va. Born in that village; edu-
cated in public schools of Berkeley county, at Shenandoah
Academy, Winchester, Va., and the West Virginia Uni-
versity; a prominent and successful farmer and fruit
grower in a section noted for its fine farm products and
fruits; elected in 1917 as one of the delegates from Berkeley
county; committee assignments 1917: Arts, Science and
General Improvements (Chairman); Federal Relations,
Education, Counties, Districts and Municipal Corpora-
tions, Private Corporations and Joint Stock Companies,
Humane Institutions and Public Buildings, Immigration
and Agriculture, Medicine and Sanitation.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

Herbert E. Hannis

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III, pg. 19

HERBERT E. HANNIS, who was a lieutenant of field artil-
lery during the great war, was born and reared in Martins-
burg, and completed a liberal education in the law before
the war, and when he left the service he returned home to
practice and shortly afterward was elected prosecuting at-
torney of Berkeley County.

The Hannis family is descended from Andrew Hannis, a
native of Scotland, who came to America in Colonial times
and established his home in Philadelphia. He was buried
in Christ Churchyard in that city. The name Hannis has
been a prominent one in Philadelphia in all subsequent
generations. The grandfather of the Martinsburg lawyer
was Henry Stites Hannis, a. native of Philadelphia. He
owned and operated the Hannis Distillery in Philadelphia.
He married a Miss Poole, of English descent.

Herbert E. Hannis, Sr., a native of Philadelphia, where
he was reared and educated, at the age of eighteen moved
to Martinsburg, where his father had acquired the Naden-
bousch Distillery, and he took an active part in its manage-
ment until his death in 1906. Herbert E. Hannis, Sr., mar-
ried Susan Gardner, a native of Berkeley County and resi-
dent of Martinsburg. She represents the old Gardner and

Showers families of Berkeley County, her father having
been John Gardner.

Lieutenant Hannis was one of eight children, was
educated under private tutors, and took both literary and
law courses in Washington and Lee University. He re-
ceived his degrees A. B. and LL. B. from that university,
and supplemented his law course in Columbia University
at New York.

Mr. Hannis in August, 1917, entered the United States
service, was trained at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indian-
apolis, was commissioned first lieutenant of field artillery,
and was on duty for a time at Camp Funston in Kansas, at
Camp Jackson, South Carolina, and from Camp Dix, New
Jersey, went overseas and was with his command in all its
activities in France until March, 1919. He then returned
to the United States, was at Camp Upton on Long Island
for a brief time, and was then assigned special work at
Washington, D. C. In July, 1920, he resigned and received
his honorable discharge, and returned home to find that
his friends had nominated him as republican candidate for
prosecuting attorney of Berkeley County. In November
of that year he was elected to office, and now devotes all
his time to its duties.

Mr. Hannis is one of the very popular public officials of
Berkeley County. He is a member of several bar associa-
tions, the American Legion Post, and is affiliated with
Martinsburg Lodge No. 778, Benevolent Protective Order
of Elks, and Washington Lodge No. 1, Knights of Pythias.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

Jacob W. Gatrell

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III, pg. 111

JACOB W. GATRELL is closely associated with some of the
primary business interests of the Eastern Panhandle, par-
ticularly those involved in the handling and storage and
also the production of the most distinctive output of this
region-fruit. He grew up in the cold-storage business, and
the Rothwell-Gatrell Company, of which he is president, is
one of the larger concerns of this kind at Martinsburg.

Mr. Gatrell was born in Martinsburg, a son of Charles
Anthony Oscar Gatrell and grandson of Charles Gatrell.
Charles Gatrell, who was born in 1807, was a native of
either Jefferson or Berkeley County, and his ancestors were
pioneers here. Owing to the early death of his father
Charles Gatrell had to become a wage earner to assist in the
support of an invalid sister and a blind mother. The best
wages he could earn was 6 cents a day. His industry and
long continued application to work brought him a reason-
able degree of prosperity, and after rearing his family he
bought a home in Shepherdstown, where he spent his last
days and died at the advanced age of ninety-four. He
married a Miss Leshorne, whose people were early settlers
of Berkeley County, and she died some years before her
husband.

Charles Anthony Oscar Gatrell was born on a farm in
Berkeley County in 1845, and during his youth learned the
trade of miller. He spent practically all his active life as a
miller at Martinsburg, where he died at the age of seventy-
two. He married Emma Eliza Hess, who was born at the
family homestead then located at the corner of Queen and
West Race streets in Martinsburg, daughter of David H.
and Mary (Cline) Hess. The Hess family is represented
elsewhere in this publication. Mr. Jacob Gatrell and his
sister, Maud, are the only living children. His sister and
her mother occupy the old home in Martinsburg.

Jacob W. Gatrell was educated in Martinsburg, and the
industrious habits of his family have earned him a career
of usefulness and success. He worked at different lines as a
boy, and at the age of twenty-three he went with the Roth-
well Cold Storage Plant. He learned that business in every
detail, was advanced to general manager, and eventually
became a large stockholder. In 1921 he reorganized the
business as the Rothwell-Gatrell Company, of which he is
president and general manager. This plant has storage
capacity for 50,000 barrels of apples, manufactures thirty-
five tons of ice daily and supplies ice to the city in addition
to refrigeration for the storage plants.

Mr. Gatrell married Louise I. Hanshew, a native of Mar-
tinsburg and daughter of Allen and Bernice Hanshew. The
four children of Mr. and Mrs. Gatrell are Ann, Jacob W.,
Jr., Louise and David. Mr. Gatrell was reared a Lutheran.
Among other business interests he is vice president and
treasurer of the Rothwell Farm and Orchard Company, is
president and general manager of the Pomona Orchard
Company, and is a stockholder in the Imperial Orchard
Company. He is affiliated with Tuscarora Lodge No. 24,
Modern Woodmen of America.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

Jasper L. Graves

BERKELEY COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA
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The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 323

JASPER L. GRAVES, a native of Berkeley County, is one
of the prosperous young business men of Martinsburg. He
began acquiring experience in mercantile lines before he
left school, and has built up a satisfactory business by
steady application and industry.

Mr. Graves was born on a farm near Jones Springs in
Berkeley County, son of John M. Graves, a native of the
same county and grandson of William Graves. William
Graves was of early English ancestry, and on leaving Penn-
sylvania located in Berkeley County, on a farm on Stuckey
Ridge. He married Sarah Stuckey, of a pioneer family of
that community. Both were stricken with diphtheria and
died a week apart, leaving two small children, the daughter
Barbara dying at the age of five years. John M. Graves
was only five years old when his parents died, and he was
cared for by his uncle, Michael Stuckey, with whom he lived
until he was twenty-one. As a young man he did farm
work, later bought a small tract of land near Jones Springs,
was a tract farmer for several years, and on leaving his
farm and moving to Martinsburg, was employed at Bishops
Mill and lived at Martinsburg until his death at the age
of fifty-two. On December 85, 1878, he married Sarah
Catherine Albright, who was born on a farm in Berkeley
County, daughter of Lewis Grantham Albright, a native of
the same county, and granddaughter of William Albright,
who is said to have been of Pennsylvania-Dutch ancestry.
Lewis G. Albright learned the trade of shoemaker, when all
boots and shoes were made to order, and he followed that
trade in connection with farming. He married Sally Shimp,
and both lived to a good old age. Mrs. Sarah Catherine
Graves is a resident of Martinsburg. She became the
mother of the following children: William Lewis, James
Franklin, Nellie Gertrude, Jasper L., Ernest Cleveland and
Andrew J. The son Andrew died at the age of twenty-two,
while attending a training camp at Morgantown during the
world war. William L. is a machinist by trade, and is now
a foreman in the Southern Pacific Railroad shops at Oak-
land, California. He married Grace Arvin, and they have
three children, named Lester, Francene and Howard. James

Franklin Graves lives at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, is a
Pennsylvania Railroad conductor, and by his marriage to
Alice Gift has children named Marvin, Virginia, Sarah,
Jasper and Learie. Nellie Gertrude is the wife of I. F.
Hyle, foreman at the Kelly Island Stone Quarry and has
a daughter, Catherine, now a student in the Martinsburg
High School. The parents of these children were both
active members of the United Brethren Church and reared
their family in the same faith.

Jasper L. Graves at the age of fourteen began clerking in
a grocery store, doing that work after hours and on holi-
days. After leaving the city schools he continued clerking
until 1911, then he engaged in the grocery business on his
own account, and with a very small stock of goods. He now
has one of the leading stores of the kind in Martinsburg.
He lives with his mother. Mr. Graves is a member of the
United Brethren Church and has been prominent in the
church in various official capacities, having been a member
of the board of trustees, is a teacher in the Sunday school
and has served as president of the Christian Endeavor
Society.

Jonas Barrett Chamberlin

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III, pg. 18-19

REV. JONAS BARRETT CHAMBERLIN, who has given able
and successful service as a clergyman of the United Breth-
ren Church but who has been identified with business enter-
prises in the period of his residence at Martinsburg,
Berkeley County, was born at Winchester, Frederick
County, Virginia. His father, Abraham Chamberlain, was
born in Hampshire County, that state, August 11, 1822, a
son of Jonas Chamberlin, born in Frederick County, Vir-
ginia, January 13, 1774. The latter’s father, Jonas, Sr.,
was born in England and came to America in company with
two of his brothers, one brother, Joseph, having settled in
Pennsylvania and the other in Massachusetts, they having
been members of an old and prominent family in Birming-
ham, England. Jonas Chamberlin, Sr., settled in Frederick
County, Virginia, where he passed the remainder of his life,
his religious faith, that of the Society of Friends, which is
opposed to warfare, having prevented him entering military
service in the War of the Revolution. He was a graduate
of Oxford University, and after coming to America he en-
gaged in the manufacturing of silk hats for the gentry of
that period. Jonas Chamberlin, Jr., engaged in the manu-
facturing of scythes in Hampshire County, Virginia, where
he continued to reside until his death, February 20, 1853.
His wife (Ann Bane) was born in that county September
11, 1787, a daughter of English parents who were pioneers
of Mineral County. By marriage the Bane family was
connected with that of which General Morgan, the Revolu-
tionary patriot and officer, was a member. Jonas Chamber-
lin and his wife were members of the Society of Friends.
Mrs. Chamberlin died June 9, 1825. Their children were:
Margaret, Mary, Joseph Morgan and Abraham.

Abraham Chamberlin received his early education under
the direction of private tutors, and as a man of fine mental-
ity and mature judgment he became influential in com-
munity affairs and was called to various offices of public
trust. In the Civil war period he was sheriff of Hampshire
County, Virginia, a position which he held at the time of
the formation of the new state, of which he became one of
the first county sheriffs under the new regime. He was
interested in mercantile business, and he ever commanded
unqualified popular esteem. His death occurred June 15,
1907. He married Elizabeth Ann Barrett, who was born in
Frederick County, Virginia, where her parents, of English
lineage, passed their entire lives. The death of Mrs. Cham-
berlin occurred May 20, 1901. Her children were four in
number: Jonas Barrett, Mary (Mrs. Joseph Martin),
Nancy Jane (Mrs. C. E. Liller) and Joseph. The parents
wore birthright members of the Society of Friends, to the
gracious faith of which they adhered until the close of their
lives.

Joseph Barrett Chamberlin attended the rural schools, a
state normal school in Virginia and the Shenandoah Acad-
emy at Dayton, Virginia. In his youth he became a mem-
ber of the United Brethren Church, and after due prepara-
tion was ordained a clergyman in the same at Winchester,
Virginia, in 1893. Thereafter he held pastoral charges at
Winchester, Virginia, and Martinsburg, West Virginia, and
in Washington, D. C. In the meanwhile he took a special
course in Columbian University (now George Washington
University), at the national capital, with the intention of
engaging in foreign missionary work, but impaired health
frustrated his plans, and since establishing his permanent
home at Martinsburg he has been identified with various
business interests. He is treasurer of the Farmers & Me-
chanics Mutual Insurance Company, a director and a mem-
ber of the finance committee of the Old National Bank of
Martinsburg, and a trustee of the local Kiwanis Club.

At the age of twenty-five years Mr. Chamberlin was
united in marriage with Miss Maude C. Earmon, who was
born in Rockingham County, Virginia, a daughter of New-
ton and Corinne (Sheets) Earmon, the latter likewise a
native of Rockingham County. Her father, Strother Sheets,
was born in that county, March 10, 1821, and his wife
whose maiden name was Frances Shirley, was born in
Augusta County, Virginia, July 9, 1822, of Colonial an-
cestry. Mrs. Chamberlin passed to the life eternal on the
17th of November, 1917, and is survived by two daughters,
Minnie G. and Carrie E.

Submitted by: Valerie

John Nadenbousch Parks

Biographical Sketches of Members of Congress, Members of the Legislature,
Officers of the State Governement and judges of the Supreme Court of Appeals,
West Virigina, 1917

Source:
West Virginia Legislative Hand Book and Manual and Official Register, 1917,
Compiled and Edited by John T. Harris, Clerk of the Senate,
The Tribune Printing Co., Charleston, West Va.
pgs. 719 – 770

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

744

PARKS, JOHN NADENBOUSCH. (Democrat.) Ad-
dress: Martinsburg, West Va. One of the members of
the House of Delegates from Berkeley county. Born in
Martinsburg, West Virginia; educated in the public
schools, the West Virginia University, Virginia Military
Institute and the University of Virginia; since leaving
school has been engaged in a general line of business, and
has occupied the position of cashier; elected to the legis-
lature in 1916, and served in the 1917 sessions, being
chairman of the committee on Roads and Internal Navi-
gation. He was also a member of the following com-
mittees: Taxation and Finance, Prohibition and Tem-
perance, Labor, and Executive Offices and Library.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

Joseph Bosler

History of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
Published 1886

Joseph Bosler was born March 23, 1838. He attended the common schools and
the academy at New Kingston and the grammar school of Dickinson College.
He also spent his early life on his father’s farm, with the exception of
several years passed with his brother James in Ohio. In 1863 he joined
said brother in Sioux City, Iowa, and engaged with him in merchandising
and Government contracting until 1866, when he returned to Carlisle and
formed a copartnership with his brother, J.H. Bosler. This partnership
lasted eight years, during which time they were interested in stock and
real estate in the West. Joseph still continues this business. November
4, 1868, he married Sarah E., daughter of Thomas Newton and Margaret
(Billmeyer) Lemen, of Berkeley County, W.Va. Mr. and Mrs. Bosler have had
seven children, five of whom are living: Margaret, Joseph, Jr., Eliza
Herman, Mary and Susan Lemen. Mrs. Bosler and a daughter, Margaret, are
members of the Second Presbyterian Church, of Carlisle.

Data entry by volunteer: Tina Hursh (frog158@juno.com)