GEORGE BOYD DOVERSPIKE, a general merchant of Oakland, has been proprietor of a store there since 1893, and during this time has become a popular and successful business man.

             His paternal grandfather was John Doverspike, a native of eastern Pennsylvania, who spent a short time in Butler county, Pa., and later located in 1805 on Red Bank creek, in what is now Clarion county, Pa.  In 1816 he settled in what is now Mahoning township, Armstrong county, purchasing about 240 acres of land.  From this he cleared a farm which is now occupied by Clarence Gould, and his death occurred there.  He made agriculture his life pursuit and was a well-known and prosperous farmer in his day.  His wife was Margaret Jane McCullough and their children were: Daniel, George, John, Lewis, Christina, Callop and Lavina.

             George Doverspike, son of John, was born and reared on the homestead, a part of which he inherited from his father.  Here his death occurred in August, 1888, when he was sixty-three years of age.  He married Sarah, daughter of Henry Cumbert, a pioneer of Armstrong county.  Mr. Doverspike followed the life work of his father, working on his farm all his life. He was the father of fifteen children, all but one living to mature years, as follows:  Elizabeth, who married Z. H. Nulph; Tena, who married A. G. Kells; Hannah, who married R. H. Nulph; Emanuel (twin to Hannah); David; Sarah A., who married Sylvester Griner; Turney J.; Millie; Mary, who married Amos Bittinger; William H.; George B.; Ezra L.; Maggie, who married John Cunningham; and Wesley M.

             George B. Doverspike was born in Mahoning township, Armstrong county, May 26, 1863, son of George and Sarah (Gumbert) Doverspike. He was educated in the common and select schools and resided on the homestead until 1893, on April 18th of which year he embarked in the general merchandise business at Oakland in which he has since been successfully engaged. He conducts an up-to-date business in every way, and his courteous manner and reputation for honesty and square dealing have been the attributes which have brought him a good business.

             On Sept. 21, 1892, Mr. Doverspike married Ella, daughter of George and Mary (Long) Smith, of Red Bank township, Armstrong county, and they have five children:  Wade R., Edith Z., Cleo L., George Brent and Frank L.  Mr. Doverspike is a member of the M. E. Church.  He takes an active interest in his township, has served two terms as school director of Mahoning township, and is a man ever ready to do his share toward the welfare of his fellow citizens. In politics he is a Democrat.

Source:  Page 840-841.  Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J. H. Beers & Co., 1914
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