Jeremiah Wyant

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JEREMIAH WYANT has been a lifelong resident of Washington township, Armstrong county, where he is engaged in farming and stock raising. He has lived at his present home for almost half a century, and its creditable condition is the best evidence of his energetic and progressive methods. He is a grandson of Martin Wyant, the founder of the family here.

Bartholomew Wyant, father of Jeremiah Wyant, settled in what was then Sugar Creek (now Washington) township, clearing a farm upon which he spent the remainder of his life, following farming. He gave all his time to his own affairs, making many improvements upon his land, and was a quiet, unassuming citizen, with no desire to mingle in public matters. He died at the age of sixty-two years, a member of the Lutheran Church. Mr. Wyant married Christina Wolf, who lived to the age of eighty-two years, and they had children as follows: Margaret, Jeremiah, William, Jacob, Luther, Chambers and Addison Bartholomew.

Jeremiah Wyant was born May 7, 1841, on the old homestead in Washington (then Sugar Creek) township, and grew to manhood at his birthplace. In August, 1862, he enlisted in the service of his country, joining Company D, 103d Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and served for three years, being mustered out in 1865. Among the engagements in which he took part were the battles at Blackwater river, Kinston and Plymouth, where he was captured. He was first taken to Andersonville, where he was held for five months, was transferred thence to Blackshear Station and later to Savannah and Charleston, and finally to Milan prison, at Florence, S. C. His experiences and sufferings during this period were of unusual severity. He was exchanged while at Florence and returned to his regiment. After the war Mr. Wyant settled upon the farm in Washington township where he has since made his home, a tract of seventy-six acres which when he took possession had comparatively few improvements. An old log barn and brick house stood on the land, but it was only partly cleared, and he set about to make a desirable estate with a spirit of ambition and enterprise which assured success. He has brought the soil into splendid condition by systematic working and judicious management, has erected all new buildings on the place, and keeps the property in excellent order, its appearance being a credit to him and to the neighborhood. Mr. Wyant has taken a good citizen's interest in the welfare of his locality and has ably filled the office of supervisor for five or six terms; he has also been school director. In politics he has always adhered to the principles of the Republican party. He is a member of the Lutheran Church.

Mr. Wyant married Martha Catherine Best, who was born Dec. 25, 1840, and they have had a family of eight children, born as follows: Harvey Adolphus, May 15, 1866 (was drowned when twenty-three years old); William, Dec. 15, 1868; Lillie, Feb. 20, 1871; John L., Jan 26, 1872; Anna, Dec. 22, 1873; Charles, Nov. 22, 1876; Margaret, Oct. 22, 1877; James, Feb. 24, 1881.

Source: Pages 794-795, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by James R Hindman for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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