Daniel Michael Shakley


DANIEL MICHAEL SHAKLEY, of Perry township, Armstrong county, where he has been engaged in farming for almost half a century and has been a useful and respected citizen, was born July 24, 1841, in Fairview township, Butler Co., Pa., son of Henry and Margaret (Smith) Shakley.

Mr. Shakley's great-grandparents were the first of the family in this country. Coming from Ireland, they first settled near Fredericksburg, Va., thence coming to Perry township, Armstrong Co., Pa., in pioneer days, and settling on a farm of 160 acres which is still owned by their descendants. Henry Shakley, their son, was born in Virginia, and coming to Pennsylvania with his parents spent his life on the home farm, which he helped to clear and improve. He died there. He married Elizabeth Altman, and their children were: Polly, who married Jacob Byers; Susan, who married David Barnhart at Chicora, Butler county in 1840; Elizabeth, who married John Doubinseck of Parker township, Butler county, in 1841; Michael; Henry; John; George, and David.

Henry Shakley, son of Henry and Elizabeth (Altman) Shakley, was born Aug. 11, 1812, on the old homestead farm in Perry township, Armstrong county. After attaining his majority he purchased a farm of one hundred acres in Fairview township, Butler Co., Pa., cleared and improved the place and continued to reside there until 1874, in which year he sold out and returned to Armstrong county. Purchasing a farm of thirty acres in Sugar Creek township, this county, he passed the remainder of his life on that place, dying in 1886, in his seventy-fifth year. He married Margaret Smith, a native of Clarion county, Pa., and they reared a family of ten children, namely: Lizzie, who married James B. Steele; John; David M.; Mary, who married Webster Barnhart; Rebecca Jane, who married Asa Knight; Hannah, who married David Cohler, of Clarion county; Susan, who married A. S. Spence; Sarah, who married Gyllam Morgan; and Daniel Michael.

Daniel Michael Shakley was reared to manhood on his father's farm in Fairview township, Butler county, and received such educational advantages as the local common schools afforded. He served as a Union soldier during the Civil war, enlisting Aug. 6, 1862, for nine months, in Company G, 134th Pa. V. I., took part in the battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, and was honorably discharged at Harrisburg in June, 1863, having served ten months; he received no pay for his extra service. In the spring of 1864 he located in Perry township and engaged in farming, in 1874 purchasing the farm of eighty-five acres there upon which he has since made his home. He subsequently purchased one hundred acres adjoining, and has a valuable property, which he has increased and improved by intelligent cultivation and wise management. Mr. Shakley has taken a good citizen's interest in the public welfare, and has served his township as supervisor, school director and overseer of the poor. He is a Republican in political connection.

On April 25, 1865, Mr. Shakley was married to Biddy J. White, daughter of David and Jane (Foster) White, of Perry township, and granddaughter of William and Rosanna White, natives of Ireland who came to the United States in 1791 and settled in Perry township among the pioneers. Seven children have been born to this marriage: William H., David W., Abner C., Eleanor F., Albert F., Margaret (wife of John Shoup) and Milton P. Mr. and Mrs. Shakley are members of the Presbyterian Church at Bruin, Pennsylvania.

Source: Pages 675-676, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 1998 by James R Hindman for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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