WILLIAM UMBURN

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             WILLIAM UMBURN, of Bethel township, Armstrong county, superintendent of the plant of the Philadelphia Gas Company, Station No. 3, at Banks Farm, is a native of Somerset county, Pa., where the Umburns settled many years ago.  His grandfather, Henry L. Umburn, was a farmer in that county.  He was of German descent, and his wife, Rebecca (Burkey), was born in Scotland, of Scotch ancestry; she came to the United States with her parents when a child, and attained the age of ninety-three years.

            Lewis Umburn, son of Henry L. and Rebecca (Burkey) Umburn, was a native of Somerset county, but eventually settled in Indiana county, Pa., where he followed farming.  He married Susan Ripple, who was also born in Somerset county, and both lived to old age, Mr. Umburn dying when about seventy-eight years old, and his wife when about seventy-three.  They were members of the Lutheran Church at Indiana, Pa.  Their family consisted of nine children, six sons and three daughters, namely:  Henry L., was killed while serving in the Civil war as a soldier from Pennsylvania; Josiah married Susan Crum, of Long Island, N. Y.; Hiram R. was twice married, first to Della Gibson, subsequently to Anna Earhart; Elizabeth married William Crayton; Lovina is unmarried; William is mentioned below; Urias died in childhood; Elmer McClelland died in childhood; Emma J. married Charles McGee.

            William Umburn was born May 30, 1856, near Davidsville, Somerset county, where he attended a German school until eight years old.  His parents then moving to Indiana county he obtained the rest of his schooling there.  When a boy of fourteen he commenced to learn the carpenter´┐Żs trade, and by the time he had reached the age of seventeen was a journeyman.  In 1875 he went into the oil country, and found employment running an engine, being thus engaged until 1904 in Butler, Washington and McKean counties.  He has since been in the employ of the Philadelphia Gas Company, for whom he first worked at Zollarsville, Washington Co., Pa., building a station there.  In April 1905, he was promoted to his present position, being superintendent of Station No. 3, at Banks Farm (post office Kelly Station), in Bethel township, in Armstrong county, Pennsylvania.

            On June 21, 1878, Mr. Umburn was married to Margaret Ann Swauger, of Indiana county, daughter of William and Ann (Landis) Swauger, and four children have been born to them:  William Lewis, born June 14, 1879, is an electrician, and is now located at Clarksburg, W. Va.; Frank, born April 16, 1881, is a carpenter, at Los Angeles, Cal.; Fred Alfred, born April 10, 1886, died June 12, 1908, at the age of twenty-two years; Margaret Hazel was married Sept. 15, 1909, to H. W. Hancock, a steel mill worker at Brackenridge, Pa., and has one child, Edwin Martin, born Oct. 18, 1910.  Mrs. Umburn and her daughter are members of the Presbyterian  Church, Mr. Umburn is a Lutheran in religious connection.  He joined the I. O. O. F. at Amos, W. Va., becoming a member of Lodge No. 110, and was made a member of the Knights of Pythias lodge at Gilmore, McKean, Co., Pa.  In politics, he is a Republican.

Source: Page 880, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J. H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed May 2002 by James R. Hindman for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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