James Wherry was born in 1764 near Londonderry, Ireland. His ancestors came from Scotland and Ireland. He came to America in 1812, settling in West Wheatfield Township in Indiana Co., Pa., and died in 1846.
Married Mary Dick, who was born in 1776 and died in 1852. Both are buried in Bethel Cemetery near Armagh, Indiana Co, Pa.
Note on James Wherry:
In 1812 James Wherry was coming to the United States from Ireland on the HMS Guerriere when the ship was engaged the USS Constitution in battle on August 18, 1812. The family history has this account of the incident: "It seems a far cry to the days of 1812 and the naval fight between the Constitution, 'Old Ironsides' and the British war vessel, the Guerriere, so creditable to the sea fighters of the then young republic. R. R. Ellis is a well-known resident of this place, recalls a circumstance connected with this historic engagement of great local personal interest.
Mr James Wherry, the father of the late Mrs. Margaret Graham, a well known resident of the town the greater part of the last half century, with his family, among them two sons, John and James, brothers of Mrs. Graham, one of them the father of James T. Wherry, also formerly a citizen of the town, were passengers of the Guerriere, emigrants from Ireland when it engaged in its bloody conflict with the Constitution on the high seas. During the conflict, while the American vessel hurled a storm of iron upon its opponent, and the decks of the Guerriere ran with blood, Mr. Wherry and his family crouched in the hold, anticipating instant death. When the Guerriere surrendered, Mr. Wherry and his family were transferred uninjured from the sinking vessel to its captor, the Constitution, and eventually reached the land of their adoption, settling in Armstrong County."
This battle also gave the nickname of "Old Ironside" to the USS Constitution when someone reportedly said its sides were made of iron when they saw a cannon ball bounce off the side of the ship.
- They had seven children:
1. Samuel ~ who located in Ohio.
2. John ~ who later became a resident of South Bend Township.
3. James ~ who was a resident of South Bend Township (listed below).
4. William ~ who went to California and was never heard from again.
5. Mary ~ who married Alexander Van Horn.
6. Nancy ~ who married Charles Barr.
7. Margaret ~ who married Richard Graham
James Wherry: Born in Ireland in 1808, came to America at 4 years old with his parents (listed above), and later settled in South Bend Township area of Armstrong County, Pa. He was a stone mason by trade, a member of the Presbyterian Church and the Masonic Lodge. He 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. His brother John married Jeminia Dunlap and both are buried in Elders Ridge Cemetery, Indiana Co., PA.
Married Sarah Nesbit: Born in 1812, Died in 1905
Both are buried in South Bend Cemetery.
They had seven children:
Elwood Morris, Harriet Elizabeth, John Nesbit, Oscar M., Sarah Maria, Nancy Jane, James Thomson
John Nesbit Wherry: Born in 1847, Died in 1938
Lived in present-day residence of Jake/Pearl Altman in Village of South Bend
Married Sarah Walker: Born in 1841, Died in 1908
Both parents are buried in South Bend Cemetery.
They had seven children:
1. James Elwood Wherry: B. 10/16/1873
Married (1st) Flora Elder: B. 11/16/1877 - D. 11/19/1940
Married (2nd) Edna Lowry: B. 7/8/1887 - D. 10/29/1952
2. Clara Belle Wherry: B. 1/23/1875
In 1931, Clara was a stenographer for attornies Fisher & Ruddock in Indiana, PA.
3. Rob Roy Wherry: B. 6/28/1878 - D. 8/12/1958
In 1931, Rob Roy & Mary Wherry were living in Indiana, PA.
4. Bessie Beulah Wherry: B. 8/9/1880
5. Oscar M. Wherry: B. 4/9/1884 - D. 1965
Married Magdelene Kepple: B. 1889
Both are buried in South Bend Cemetery
6. Helen May Wherry: B. 2/28/1889
In 1932, Helen was a stenographer for the Indiana Foundry Co. in Indiana, PA.
7. Byron Porter Wherry: Born 6/6/1876
Married: Sarah Jane Rudolf - 1898
Born 1/29/1874 ~ Died 3/31/1948
They had six children:
1. John Wherry - (Died in WW-I)3. Sarah Louise Wherry
2. Paul A. Wherry: Born: 10/11/1902
Married Edith Scott - 1926
Paul A. Wherry, Jr.: Born 1/27/1927
Married Nancy McGinnis on 9/12/1953
Carol Jean Wherry: Born 12/3/1954
Mark Byron Wherry: Born 5/1/1956
Thomas M. Wherry: Born 3/23/1963
Married: Boyd Prescott ( Vandergrift, PA)
1. Byron Prescott (Deceased)
2. Lucille Prescott
Married: Robert Rearick, South Bend
3. Patrica Lee Prescott
Married: Larry Ronald Myers ( Deceased)
1. Rhonena Lee Myers4. Sarah Jane Prescott (Deceased)
Married: Eugene Hoyet
Adopted: Sarah Elizabeth Myers
2. Gloria Dawn Myers
Married: 1st Spouse: Daniel McGibbeny (Deceased)
2nd Spouse: Terrance Michael Ahearm
3. Leslie Allen Myers
Married: Vicki Lynn White
Married: Francis Anthony (GG) Demeno
Michael Allen DemenoMelissa Rae
Julia Lynn Demeno
Marrried John Patrick Whitlinger
Brooke Elizaberth Whitlinger
4. Mark Lynn Myers
Married to Janet (?) - Divorced
Married: Donald Blystone