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Jacob I. Range

JACOB I. RANGE, farmer, P. O. Tionesta, was born in Gettysburg, Penn., September 18, 1822, and is a son of James and Mary (Shetrine) Range, who settled in what is now the borough of Tionesta, in 1826, owning all the land comprising the north half of the present borough, and cleared and made all the improvements in land between the Universalist Church on Elm street and Tubbs run. They both died in Forest county. John Range, paternal grandfather of Jacob I., was originally from Adams county, Penn and with the brother of Ex-President Buchanan, a surveyor, in an early day surveyed through what is now Forest county and its vicinity. He had two sons, John and James. He finally settled in what is now Tionesta, prior to 1820, and cleared that portion of the present borough lying south of the bridge. He made his home with his son John, in the borough, and died there. James Range, father of the subject of this sketch, reared a family of six children: Susan (Mrs. James Brinkerhoff), Mary (Mrs. Isaac Lott), Magdalena (Mrs. William Siggins), Emeline (Mrs. Nathaniel Siggins), Peter and Jacob I.

The subject of this sketch was reared in Tionesta township until thirteen years of age, then removed to Scrubgrass, Venango Co., Penn., where he resided five years. He spent a good share of his life in farming, and cleared and improved a farm in Harmony township, on which he resided from 1848 to 1864, when he sold out and bought the Dawson farm on Stewart's run, removing in 1889 to Tionesta township. During the oil excitement at Pit Hole City he kept a grocery store at Stewart's run four years. In 1843 he married Ann, daughter of William and Sarah (Range) Hunter, of Tionesta, and they had five children who grew to maturity: Belle (Mrs. John Parker), Jane (Mrs. Thomas Allender), Leonard, Martha A. (deceased) and Louie (Mrs. S. N. Norris). Mrs. Range died October 13, 1887. Mr. Range is a prominent farmer and citizen, and in politics is a Republican.

Source: Page(s) 938-939, Chapter 15 Biographical Sketches - Tionesta Township and Borough of Tionesta
Hickory and Harmony Townships
History of Counties of McKean, Elk and Forest, Pennsylvania.
Chicago, J.H. Beers & Co., 1890.
Transcribed December 2005 by Nathan Zipfel for the Forest County Genealogy Project
Published 2005 by the Forest County Pennsylvania Genealogy Project

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