WILLIAM G. HORNER is descended from one of the oldest pioneer families of Washington county, Penn., his grandfather, William Horner, having come hither from Adams county, Penn., in 1800, and passed the remainder of his life in agricultural pursuits. He died about the year 1860.
Joseph Horner (son of William) was born in 1806, and grew to manhood on the home farm. He married Catherine Mitchell, who was also a native of Washington county, born August 25, 1817, and the young people settled on the home farm. The following children were born to their union: William G., Elizabeth B. (Mrs. Samuel Mitchell, of Piatt county, Ill.), Nancy C. (wife of David Templeton, of North Strabane township), Mary (Mrs. Abner Myers, of Somerset county, Penn.), Louisa (living at home), and Martha J., Sarah E. and Margaret (all three deceased). Mr. and Mrs. Horner were members of the Presbyterian Church. The father of this family died May 29, 1874, and the mother passed away April 30, 1887.
William G. Horner was born September 16, 1834, on the home farm in North Strabane township. He was educated in the usual log-cabin country school of the vicinity, but has broadened his educational knowledge by observation and experience. He has always followed agricultural pursuits, and is the owner of a well-cultivated and productive farm, which is furnished with fine stock. He is an active politician, and has ever been a leader in all progressive movements of the community which tend to improve the general welfare. Mr. Horner has never married, but his maiden sister, who is living with him, assists in providing the comforts and luxuries of a pleasant home.
Text taken from page 1452 of:
Beers, J. H. and Co., Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893).
Transcribed January 1997 by Neil and Marilyn Morton of Oswego, IL as part of the Beers Project.
Published January 1997 on the Washington County, PA USGenWeb pages at http://www.chartiers.com/.
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