Betts, Rev. Frederick G., was born in Philadelphia, August 14, 1812; his parents were New Englanders. In the year 1840 he was licensed as a Presbyterian minister by the Huntingdon Presbytery, and accepting a call from the congregation at Clearfield, he was ordained and installed as its pastor in November, 1840. Moving with his family from Boalsburg, Centre county, to Clearfield, he continued in charge of the congregations at Clearfield, Curwensville and Forest Hill, until his death, in January 1845. His widow, Cornelia (Finley) Betts, died eight years later, 1853.
Of their six children, the third, William Wilson Betts, the subject of this
sketch, was born at
On the 28th day of October, 1862, William W. Betts married Margaret J. Irvin,
daughter of William Irvin, of Curwensville. Of this marriage six children have
been born, four of whom are still living.
In every enterprise looking to the general welfare of the people of the county
and the development of its resources, Mr. Betts has always occupied a prominent
position, contributing of his means and personal attention to the advancement of
the interests of both borough and county, and actively aided the organization of
such public improvements as the Water, Gas and Cemetery Companies of Clearfield,
as well as most of the manufacturing industries of that place.
Although Mr. Betts is not a politician in the ordinary acceptance of that term,
caring nothing far political power or place, yet he has ever been an active and
straightforward Democrat, aiding the success of his party with his means, and
active in its councils, and though frequently urged to become a candidate for
political position he invariably refused; although, in 1876, and again in 1878,
he accepted the instructions of his county for the office of State Senator, but
made no special effort to secure the nomination in the district. But in 1886,
the senatorial conference, composed of
Source: Pages 691-692, History of Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich, Syracuse, NY: D. Mason & Co., Publishers, 1887.
Transcribed August 2009 by Charlotte Gaines for the Clearfield County Aldrich Project
Published 2009 by the Clearfield County Genealogy Project
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