Samuel Henry McNaughton


SAMUEL HENRY MCNAUGHTON, for many years a resident of Parker City, Armstrong county, was born at Madison Furnace, Clarion Co., Pa., Jan. 14, 1839, son of James and Barbara (Brenneman) McNaughton, and grandson of Alexander McNaughton.

Alexander McNaughton was born in Scotland, and one of the fine farms of Clarion county, Pa., was a tract on which he settled prior to 1815 and which he subsequently cleared. The balance of his life was passed there, as was that of his wife, Hannah Boyd. They had children as follows: John, Alexander, James, Samuel, William, Robert, George, Hannah (who married John Boyd), Sarah (who married William Cook), and Mary (who married William Brenneman).

James McNaughton, son of Alexander McNaughton, was born in Clarion county, Pa., and in early manhood followed farming. Afterward, for many years, he was employed at Madison Furnace, where he died at the age of sixty years. He married Barbara Brenneman, a daughter of Peter Brenneman, who was born in Germany, emigrated to America, and became a substantial farmer in Clarion county, Pa. Mrs. James McNaughton lived to be seventy-five years of age. Their children were as follows: Mary Ann, deceased; Jane, deceased, who married Samuel Klingensmith; Catherine, deceased, who married John D. Lyon; John, deceased; Fanny, deceased, who married Absalom Vechtel; James, deceased; Esther, deceased, who married Lorenzo Dow; Elizabeth, deceased, who married John Boyd; Washington, deceased; Daniel, deceased; Samuel H.; and Barbara, now deceased, who married John Rifenberrick.

Samuel H. McNaughton was reared in his native county, was educated in the district schools, and began life as a farmer, continuing to follow agricultural pursuits until he enlisted in the United States army, Feb. 28, 1863, as a member of Company N, 16th Pennsylvania Cavalry for three years or during the continuance of the Civil war. He saw much hard service, taking part in the battles of Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Hatcher�s Run, and all the other engagements in which his regiment was engaged. At the battle of Hatcher�s Run he was wounded in the left arm. When he was honorably discharged with his regiment, at Harrisburg, Pa., Aug. 11, 1865, it was with the rank of corporal.

For two years after his military life was over Mr. McNaughton was engaged in a mercantile business at Vienna, Ohio, removing then to Venango county, Pa., where he followed farming for four years and was in the oil business for five years. In 1873 he came to Parkers Landing, where he has since been well known, residing there continuously with the exception of three years when he was in the oil fields of Butler county. His business interests have been in different industries, including teaming, coal operating and oil development.

Mr. McNaughton was first married to Rachel Crosin, of Clarion county, and (second) to Margaret Allen, who died in 1900. She was a daughter of John and Sarah (Boyd) Allen, of Butler county. Eight children were born to the second union, namely: Mina, who is the wife of Donnelly Sutton; Daniel W.; Samuel H., Jr.; Ida, who is the wife of Charles Christy; John T.; Charles A.; Franklin R., and Mabel. Mr. McNaughton is a member of the First Presbyterian Church at Parker City. In politics he is a Republican, and for three years has served as health officer of his city. For many years he has been identified with Craig Post, No. 75, G. A. R., which he served for six consecutive years as adjutant.

Source: Pages 837-838, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by Kathy Zagorac for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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