John A Saxman


JOHN A. SAXMAN, farmer and fireman, of Wayne township, and one of the representative men of his section of Armstrong county, was born at this present home Aug. 24, 1870, son of John Saxman.

Frederick Soxman (For so the name was spelled originally), his grandfather ,came from Germany, and settling in Armstrong county, Pa., in what is now Wayne township, bought what is now the Gallagher farm. His death occurred here, and his remains were buried in the township that was his adopted home. His children were: Henry, Fred, Christopher, Sophia, Barbara, Nancy and John.

John Saxman, father of John A. Saxman, was born in Wayne township, and was a farmer until his death, which occurred at Dayton in 1894. he bought the ofd Funk farm of 106 acres in Wayne township, now owned by his son John A., on which he put up a fine residence. On Nov. 17, 1868, he married Catherine Kline, daughter of George Kline, and they had the following children: John A.; Henry H., who died young; Lizzie E., who died young; James G., who died young; Ida M., wife of J. Pl. Silvis, of Clarion County, Pa.; and Charles A., born May 25, 1883, living at Sagamore, this county. John Saxman is buried at echo.

John A. Saxman attended the local school, and helped his father on the farm, remaining with him until twenty-four years old. In 1895 he opened a lime quarry on his farm and still burns lime, selling it in his own district. This is one of the largest lime quarries in this section, and its product is recognized as being second to none. In addition he is an engineer in the Dayton Coal Company's mines. In every respect his is a thorough-going, reliable man, well and favorably known all over the country.

On March 30, 1893, Mr. Saxman married Laura B. Ralston, daughter of Albert and Julia (McCandless) Ralston, of Butler county, Pa. Mr. and Mrs. Saxman have children as follows: Mary P., Dorothy M., a daughter that died in infancy, James A., Charles F. and Catherine. A stanch Republican, Mr. Saxman has served several times a judge of election. Fraternally he belongs to Modern Woodmen of

America, Dayton Camp. He is a consistent member of the Methodist Church.

Source: Pages 749-750, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
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