John and Jamima (Dunlap) Wherry
James and John Wherry were born in Ireland and came to America about 1812 with their parents, James Wherry (1764-1812) and Mary (Dick) Wherry (1776-1852). Sons James and John Wherry both later settled in the South Bend Township area of Armstrong County, Pa. James was a stone mason by trade, a member of the Presbyterian Church and the Masonic Lodge. James gave up the trade of stone mason, and he and his brother, John Wherry, each bought a farm in South Bend Township, Armstrong County, Pa. James died on April 28, 1878 and his wife died on July 4, 1905 in her 94th year. Both are buried in South Bend Cemetery.
John Wherry (5-10-1804/3-10-1880) married Jemima (Dunlap) Wherry (8-9-1810/4-16-1888) on January 30, 1838. They built a brick home in South Bend Township, 1850-1852, and they are both buried in the Elders Ridge Cemetery.
Jemima Dunlap Wherry was born in Derry Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA on August 9, 1810. She was brought up on a farm and had about the same hard work and uneventful life of all girls of that period. She was married to John Wherry on January 30, 1838. For her wedding trip, they rode horseback from her home to his home, now South Bend, Pa. She often spoke of that day and how near dead she felt when she reached her future home and found her sister-in-law, Margaret Wherry Graham of West Newton, Pa., had almost the whole country-side invited to the home-coming. However it passed and she survived.
She was the mother of eight children, four sons and four daughters. She was a good woman, the burden-bearer of her family. She died April 16, 1888 at age 78.
Children of John and Jemima Dunlap Wherry:
1. James Alexander Wherry - B. 1838 in South Bend - D. 1862, Buried S.B. Cemetery
2. Jane C. Wherry - B. 1840 in South Bend
3. Maria L. Wherry - B. 1842, South Bend - D. 1863, Buried Elders Ridge Cemetery
4. John Newton Wherry - B. 1844 South Bend - D. 1847 Buried S.B. Cemetery
5. Jemima Dick Wherry - B. - 1/31/47 - D. 1867 Buried in S.B. Cemetery
6. Thomas T. Wherry - B. - 1848 South Bend - D. 1884, Burried S.B. Cemetery
- Resided on old homestead of 81 acres one mile south of South Bend.
- Married: Ida B. Armstrong - B. 1859
1. Margaret Ethel "Maggie" Wherry - B. 18757. Samuel A. Wherry - B. 1850 South Bend - D. 1875, Buried in Blairsville Cemetery
Married: Frederick William Grosse
2. Paul Armstrong Wherry
8. Nancy M. Wherry - B. 1852 South Bend - D. 1869, Buried in S.B. Cemetery
She was the daughter of Thomas Dunlap and Jemima Jack Dunlop, who were married in Westmoreland Co in 1789. The son of James Dunlap and Jinny Anderson, he came to America vey soon after the Declaration of Independence and opend a small store in or near what is now Bolivar.
Goods at that time had to be brought from Philadelphia in wagons as far as "Packsaddle" where they were loaded on mules and carried across the mountains, where they were again loaded on wagons and taken to their destination.
About the time he married, he sold his store and took up land which could be bought very cheap. He bought 200 acres about two miles from Blairsville on which grandsons are still in possession. He also took up a tract of land near what is now West Lebanon, Indiana Co., Pa. He divided this tract between his sons James and his daughter Jamima.