Chestnut, Charles

Submitted by mercercounty on Fri, 07/23/2010 - 10:07

Charles Chestnut, farmer, post-office Sharpsville, Penn was born in 1830, in Pymatuning Township, and is a son of Andrew and Mary (McKnight) Chestnut, she being a daughter of David McKnight.

The father of our subject came to Mercer County, Penn., in 1798, with a relative, Robert Mc Cord, from Westmoreland County, Penn., He was a soldier in the War of 1812, and died in 1867, aged ninety years. His wife died in 1854. Mr. Chestnut's family consisted of nine children: David, of Grant County, Wis; Robert of Lee County, Iowa; Andrew J., who died in Lee County, Iowa; Caroline, Mrs. J. B. Kelly, of Pymatuning Township; Hannah, Mrs. Henry Clark, who died in Grant County, Wis; John, who died in Clear Lake, Iowa; Mary A, Mrs. J. F. Bean, who resides on the old homestead in Pymatuning Township, and our subject, who is the youngest.

He was reared and educated in his native township, and learned the trade of a farmer, and followed it for twenty-five years, excepting five years spent in Iowa. He was married in 1853 to Miss Sarah, a daughter of Jacob Klingensmith, of Pymatuning Township, and by this marriage they have ten living children: Andrew W., Mary K. (wife of Jacob Reimold), Byron F., Laura M., Charles C., John J., Annie, Horace, Maud and Elsie. Mr. Chestnut is identified with the schools of this township, and engaged in general farming.

from the History of Mercer County, 1888, p. 904, Chapter 35, Biographies of Pymatuning, Delaware and Jefferson - - Pymatuning.

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