Ezra L Doverspike

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EZRA L. DOVERSPIKE, a successful farmer of Mahoning township, Armstrong county, belongs to one of the first settled families of that section, his paternal grandfather, John T. Doverspike, having settled in what is now Mahoning township in the year 1816. He purchased 240 acres of land, part of which is the farm now owned and occupied by his grandson Ezra L. Doverspike. He married Katie Knight, and to them was born a family of six children, four sons and two daughters: Daniel married Peggie Beck; Christena married John Colhup; George married Sarah Gumbert; John married Margaret McCullough; Katie married Peter Smith; Louis married Lavina Gumbert.

George Doverspike, father of Ezra L. Doverspike, was born on the original family homestead, where Clarence Gould now lives, and was reared there. He succeeded to that part of his father's land now owned and occupied by his son Ezra, and made his home thereon until his death, which occurred Aug.2, 1888. He married Sarah Gumbert, daughter of William Gumbert, a pioneer of Armstrong county, and they became the parents of fifteen children, seven sons and eight daughters: Elizabeth, who married Z. H. Nolf; Teamie, who married A. G. Kells; Hannah and Emanuel, twins, the former of whom married R. H. Nolf, the latter Lauretta Miller; David, who died Feb. 24, 1875; Sarah, who married Sylvester Grinder; Millie, unmarried; Mary, who married Amos Bittinger; William, who married Mary Neal; Ternie, who married Levina Daugenbaugh; Boyd, who married Ella Smith; Ezra L.; Maggie, who married John Cunningham; Wesley, who married Emma Ferguson; and Dessie, who died when quite young.

Ezra L. Doverspike was born Aug. 18, 1864, on the farm in Mahoning township where he now resides, and during his youth attended the common schools in the neighborhood. He has always followed farming, cultivating the old homestead and now owning the 100 acres cleared and improved by his father. He is a worthy member of a family which has been highly esteemed in the township for several generations.

On Jan. 4, 1894, Mr. Doverspike married Mattie J. Procious, daughter of William and Catherine (Gearhart) Procious, and sister of Edward G. Procious, whose sketch will be found elsewhere in this work. Her father settled in Mahoning township in 1840, purchasing 105 acres of land then in the wilderness, and which he converted by his industry into a valuable farm. Mr. and Mrs. Doverspike have had three children, only one of whom survives, Violet Catherine. They are members of the M E. Church at Putneyville. In political matters he is a Democrat.

Source: Pages 681-682, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 1998 by James R Hindman for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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