Marion Harkleroad


MARION HARKLEROAD, who is engaged in agricultural pursuits in Cowanshannock township, was born in Plum Creek township, Armstrong Co., Pa., Sept. 5, 1846, son of George A. and Susan (Martin) Harkleroad.

Christopher Harkleroad, the paternal grandfather of Marion Harkleroad, came from Bedford county, Pa., to Armstrong county in the early thirties, and settled in Plum Creek township, where he was engaged in farming up to the time of his demise, which was caused by his being thrown from a horse which he was riding. He married Mary Smouse, and their children who grew to maturity were: Sophia, who married Garrett Thomas; Rebecca, who married George Rearick; Susan, who married Jonathan Yount; Lavina, who married John Rearick; Mary Ann, who married Herman Rearick; Barbara, who married David Kirkpatrick; Elizabeth, who married Henry Kirbs; George A.; William, and Philip.

Jonathan Martin, the maternal grandfather of Marion Harkleroad, was a pioneer of Indiana county, where he spent all of his life.

George A. Harkleroad, son of Christopher Harkleroad, and father of Marion Harkleroad, was born in Bedford county, Pa., in 1817, and came to Armstrong county with his parents when still a youth. He settled with the family in Plum Creek township, but prior to 1850 purchased a farm in Cowanshannock township, which is still operated by his heirs. Later he purchased the farm now owned and occupied by Marion Harkleroad, which, with the assistance of his sons, he cleared and improved, and there he spent the remainder of his life, passing away in 1892 at the age of seventy-five years. He and his wife had the following children: Mary, who married Daniel Beltz; Margaret, deceased, who was the wife of Henry Wampler; William; Nancy, who married James Ritchey; Marion; Jane, who married James Garbrant; Elizabeth, who married Casper Reefer; George A., Jr.; Christopher; and Susan, deceased, who was the wife of Henderson Harkleroad.

Marion Harkleroad, son of George A. Harkleroad, was reared to manhood in Cowanshannock township, and received his education in the common schools. On completing his studies he followed lumbering for fifteen years in Indiana and Clearfield counties, but since 1879 he has lived on the old homestead and devoted his attention to farming. Mr. Harkleroad uses modern ideas and methods in his work, and his property gives evidence of the presence of thrift and good mangement, while his skill as a farmer and stockman has never been questioned.

In 1874 Mr. Harkleroad was married to Mary C. Smail, daughter of John and Margaret (Lohr) Smail, of Plum Creek township. Four children have been born to this union: Francis; Sarah E., who married Charles Lauster; Daniel W.; and Howard C. Mr. Harkleroad's political principles are those of the Democratic party. With his wife and children he attends the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Source: Pages 727-728 Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by Joyce Sherry for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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