Zahniser, John

Submitted by mercercounty on Thu, 08/12/2010 - 03:04

JOHN ZAHNISER, farmer, post-office North’s Mills, is a son of Michael and Mary (Mourer) Zahniser. Mathias Zahniser, the grandfather of our subject, was a native of Germany, and immigrated to America and settled in Lancaster County. From 1789 until 1797 he lived near Pittsburgh, when he came to this county and located on a tract of land in what is now Lake Township. His children were Mathias, Michael, John, Valentine, William, Jacob, David and Mary, all of whom are dead. Michael, the father of our subject, was born in Lancaster County in 1777, and came to this county with his parents, and located on a tract of land in what is now Lake Township, where he lived until his death in 1852. He was a soldier in the War of 1812, and a member of the Whig party, and afterward of the Republican party, and a member of the Presbyterian Church of Cool Spring Township. His widow lived to be ninety-three years old, and died in 1876. They reared six children: Mary, Mrs. John Condit, and William, are deceased; the four living are Jacob, of Jackson Township; our subject; David, of Lake Township, and Catherine, Mrs. William North, of Cool Spring Township. Our subject was born on the homestead in Lake Township, May 25, 1813, and received his education at the log school-house of that period, and has always been engaged in farming, locating on his present farm in 1850. In 1855 he married Susanna, daughter of John Runkle, of Fairview Township, Franklin County, and has one living child, Michael M., who lives on the homestead with our subject, and married Caroline, daughter of Albert Pool, of Lake Township, and has one child, Zella M. Our subject has held the offices of school director, supervisor, etc., of the township, and justice of the peace since 1851. He is one of the directors in the Sandy Lake Bank, votes the Republican ticket, and is an elder in the Presbyterian Church.

History of Mercer County, 1888, page 1007

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