John M Upperman


JOHN M. UPPERMAN, who has long been settled as a farmer in Boggs township, has passed all his life in Armstrong county. He was born Jan. 2, 1852, at Buffalo Furnace, in West Franklin township, son of John and Eliza (Hull) Upperman, the former a native of Germany, where his father lived and died.

John Upperman was born in 1806, and was a young man of twenty-eight, unmarried, when he came to the United States. He landed at Baltimore. Some years later he came westward to Pittsburgh, and later to Armstrong county, where he first located at Ruff Run Furnace. He then moved to Buffalo Furnace, in 1868 locating on a tract of 107 acre in Pine (later Boggs) township. He remained at that place until his death, in 1883. Mr. Upperman married, while living east of the mountains, Eliza Hull, who was born in 1818, and three children were born to them prior to their removal to western Pennsylvania, Mary, Catherine, Rebecca and Rachel E. Francis W. was born on the old Buffington farm. At Buffalo Furnace three more children were born, Henry M., William B., and John M. The mother of this family died in 1885. Mr. Upperman was a Republican in politics. In religious faith he was a Baptist.

John M. Upperman passed his early manhood working at various places, in 1877 returning to the old family homestead, where he has ever since continued to reside. He follows farming, and is one of the thrifty, intelligent residents of his section, held in the highest esteem by all who know him.

On Oct. 26, 1882, Mr. Upperman married Margaret Oliver, who was born Oct. 6, 1862, in Boggs township, daughter of John S. and Margaret (Wilt) Oliver, natives of Armstrong county, the former born Sept. 15, 1816, the later March 17, 1827. Mr. and Mrs. Oliver had four children, born as follows: Wilson, May 30, 1847; Sloan, April 12, 1850; Mary J., June 17, 1860; and Margaret (Mrs. Upperman), Oct. 6, 1862.

Mrs. Upperman died Sept. 5, 1907. She was the mother of six children: Alice Bell, born Feb. 21, 1885, who married John Bush and lives in Steubenville, Ohio; Harry R., born March 9, 1886, who died Sept. 15, 1886; Laura May, born July 17, 1887; Ina Pearl, born Sept. 17, 1890, who died Feb. 12, 1891; Walter E., born Nov. 16, 1893; and Francis Earl, who died Sept. 12, 1897.

Source: Page 906, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed February 1999 by Nanci Michalkiewicz for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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