William Campbell Storey


WILLIAM CAMPBELL STOREY (deceased), who spent his latter years in retirement at Wickboro, Kittanning, was for a number of years a successful business man of Brady's Bend, Armstrong county, and was also prominent in public life, having served a term as county commissioner.

Though a native of Brady's Bend Mr. Storey passed his early life in Butler county, Pa. His father, Alexander Storey, was a native of that county. For a number of years he was engaged as a mill man at Brady's Bend, but when he had saved enough he bought a farm near Petrolia, in Butler county, upon which he passed the remainder of his life, dying there at the age of seventy-five years. He was buried in the Fairview cemetery in Butler county. His religious connection was with the Baptist Church, and in politics he was a Republican; he never held public office. His wife, Julia (Campbell), was also born in Butler county, and died there at the age of sixty-two years. The following family were born to them: William Campbell, James, Hannah, Webster, Raymond, Elmira, Cora, and another daughter, deceased.

William Campbell Storey was born March 4, 1840, at Brady's Bend, and was reared principally in Butler county, where he received all his schooling except a business course at Iron City College, Pittsburgh. He became a fine penman, and taught school for several years, being engaged in teaching both before and after his marriage. After this event he went into business at Brady's Bend, at which place he became a leader, as a builder of tanks and oil well derricks or rigs. He was three times elected justice of the peace of Brady's Bend township, holding that office for a period of fifteen years. In 1862 he settled on his farm, the place his widow still owns in Perry township, living there while engaged in business at Brady's Bend. He was also engaged in farming. While living on his farm Mr. Story was elected on the Republican ticket county commissioner, in which office he gave highly efficient and creditable service for the term of three years. Retiring form this farm and business interests Mr. Storey moved to Kittanning, where he passed the rest of his life. He died, suddenly, March 6, 1902, at Wickboro, of heart trouble, to which he had been subject, and was buried in Kittanning cemetery. Mr. Storey belonged to the I. O. O. F., and was a prominent member of the Baptist Church, in which he held the office of deacon. A man of many sterling qualities, he had the high character and strength of purpose which typify the substantial citizen to whom his fellows may look for good service in any capacity, and he was a worthy and highly respected member of his community.

On Feb. 23, 1861, Mr. Storey was married to Elizabeth Crawford, who was born in Perry township, Armstrong county, daughter of William and Jemima (Berford) Crawford, and six children were born to them, namely: James B., who is a resident of West Virginia, married Elizabeth Shott, and their children are Emma, harrison and Ruth. William A., who died Sept. 6, 1913, also lived in West Virginia, near Mannington, and married Lydia Copenhaver; they had Mable, Walter, James, Lottie (deceased), Elizabeth, Julia May, Robert and another child. Lottie married Chamber Bowers, of Queen street, Kittanning, and has four children, Wilbert, Maldred, Ruth and George. Elizette is the widow of Mac. Mildren and has five children, John, Arthur, Horace, Frank and Chester. John S., proprietor of a restaurant and confectionery at Wickboro, where he resides, married Olive Siebert, and they have one child, Sharon. Mary (deceased) married J. D. Cuffman (no living children). Mrs. Storey continues to make her home in Wickboro, living at No. 1102 Orr avenue. She still owns the farm in Perry township, a tract of forty-two acres.

William Crawford, father of Mrs. Storey, was born in Westmoreland county, Pa., where he spent his early life and received his schooling. When a young man he settled in Armstrong county, buying a farm at Cresswell, in Perry township, where he passed the rest of his long life, dying there at the advanced age of eighty-six years; he is buried in Perry township. He became a large land owner, his holdings including considerable oil lands, and was widely known, having served twenty years as a justice of the peace. This section was all wild when he settled here, bears and other wild animals being still numerous, and he cleared the property on which he continued to make his home until his death. Energetic and progressive, he was always a leader in movements for the well-being or advancement of his township, and was a notable good citizen. In politics he was a Republican, in religion a member of the M. E. Church.

Mr. Crawford married Jemima Berford, a native of Armstrong county, daughter of Reuben Berford, who was of English parentage. She died at the age of eighty-two years and was buried in the same cemetery as her husband. Mr. and Mrs. Crawford became the parents of twelve children, five of whom are now living, and Mrs. Storey was the fifth of this family in the order of birth.

Source: Page(s) PAGES 424-425,
Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914

Transcribed July 1998 by Caral Mechling Bennett for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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