John H Huston


JOHN H. HUSTON, a farmer of Manor township, was born June 15, 1843, in Armstrong county, Pa., son of John P. And Elizabeth (Hindman) Huston.

The paternal great-grandfather was a native of Ireland who settled in Cumberland county, Pa., at an early period in history of the State, and there followed farming.

Samuel P. Huston, son of the orginal Huston in America, was born in Cumberland county, where he too followed farming.

John P. Huston, son of Samuel P., and father of John H., learned the trade of carpenter, and followed that calling several years, but later in life was a farmer. He bought the farm on which his son John H. now resides, in Manor township, in 1848, dying there in 1880; his wife passed away in 1872. They were the parents of eleven children, two of who died young, the others being: Thomas M., who was a soldier of the Civil war, in Company A, 8th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and was killed on the first day of the seven days' fight before Richmond; Eliza, who married Jefferson Williams and (second) Joseph Irwin; Rosanna, wife of James Atkinson; Samuel P., who was first in the 25th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and later in the 197th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry; John H.;William; David H.; Harvey S.; and Mary, wife of Prof. Alexander T. Osmand, president of Grove City (Pa.) College.

John H. Huston was educated in the public schools of Armstrong county, and all his life has been engaged in farming. On June 23, 1863, he enlisted in Company B, Second Six Months' Volunteers of Pennsylvania, and was discharged Jan. 20, 1864. He reenlisted Aug. 11, 1864, in Company A, 5th Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery, from which he was discharged July 7, 1865, at Vienna, Va. Returning home, he resumed farming and has since continued that line of work.

On Dec. 29, 1869, Mr. Huston married Mary E. Hindman, daughter of George Hindman. Mr. and Mrs. Huston have two children: George H., who married Nettie Schumaker, and has five children, Elenora, Harold, Ethel, Blanche, and Ruth; and John M. In addition to rearing their own children Mr. and Mrs. Huston adopted a little girl then only a few months old, Margaret Esther Brunton, who has been given the same parental love and care as the two sons. She married Arlo Campbell, and her four children, Alice, Caroline, Hindman and Allison, are loved as grandchildren. Mr. Huston and his family belong to the Presbyterian Church, which he has served as elder for more than forty years. He has also taken an interest in the Sunday school, both as a teacher and superintendent.

Source: Pages 719-720 Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September, 1998 by Joyce Sherry for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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