J.W. Schull


J. W. SCHULL, an undertaker of Kiskiminetas township, was born in Mary, 1845, in Armstrong county, a son of David and Mariah (Shutt) Schull, natives of Pennsylvania.

David Schull lived in Westmoreland county, this State, until he was twenty-four years old, then moving to Armstrong county, where he bought a farm of 125 acres. This farm continued to be his home until his death, in 1857. His widow survived until 1885. Politically the father was a Democrat. He and his wife were the parents of ten children, of whom J. W. is the fifth in order of birth.

J. W. Schull attended common school until he was seventeen years old, but from the time of this father�s death he had to help with the farm work. After leaving school he continued to work on the homestead until his enlistment, which took place Feb. 25, 1863, in Thompson�s Battery, C, at Pittsburgh. It was attached to the 2d Corps of the Army of the Potomac, was engaged at Gettysburg July 2 and 3, and then used in the defense of forts thought to be in danger. Mr. Schull joined his battery at Brandy Station, Va., and was at Forts Smailer and Ellsworth, whence they went to Fort Ethan Allen, and then to Fort Williams. Following this the battery was sent to Washington for equipment, and was finally discharged at Camp Berry, in June, 1865.

Mr. Schull returned to Armstrong county, joining the family at home, but after a short stay went to Kittanning, where he learned the shoemaking trade, following this calling far [sic] twenty-three years. He then came to Kiskiminetas township, where he embarked in the undertaking business, which he is still following.

In 1866, the same year that he arrived in this township, Mr. Schull was united in marriage with Lavina Heckman, daughter of Michael Heckman, an old farmer of Armstrong county. The Heckman family are of Pennsylvania Dutch stock. Three sons and three daughters have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Schull: John M.; Cynthia A., now Mrs. H. E. Shomacker; Mary M., now Mrs. James Townsend; Herbert R.; Robert B., and Wilda B., now Mrs. J. E. Bush. Mr. Schull belongs to the Lutheran Church, as does his wife. He was formerly a Democrat, but is now independent in politics, preferring to vote for the men whom he deems best fitted for office.

Source: Pages 702, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 1998 by Carl Waltenbaugh for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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