Biography of Henry Claypool
Armstrong County, PA Biographies

HENRY CLAYPOOL, an industrious and prosperous farmer of West Franklin township and a lineal descendant of the Claypool who was the first white settler at Kittanning, is a son of David and Sarah (Hickey) Claypool, and was born in West Franklin township, Armstrong county, Pennsylvania, November 9, 1839. His great grandfather Claypool was one of the early settlers of Armstrong county. He located on the site of Kittanning, from whence he was driven away by the Indians, but afterwards returned. His son, Samuel Claypool (grandfather), was a boy when he came with his father to this country. His son, David Claypool (father), was born in 1811, and followed farming in North Buffalo township for many years. He is a member of the Baptist church, and a republican politically. He married Sarah Hickey, who was born in 1815 and is a member of the same church as her husband.

Henry Claypool grew up to manhood on his father's farm and attended the public schools of West Franklin township, In 1861 he enlisted in Co. K, 78th regiment, Pa. Vols., as a private and served more than three years. He participated in all the principal skirmishes and battles in which his regiment was engaged. In December, 1862, he was wounded in the left leg by a minie ball at the battle of Murfreesboro', Tenn. in 1865 he returned home and spent the next year in the oil region. He then returned to his native township, in which be has been engaged in farming ever since. He now owns a well-improved farm of seventy acres, which is underlaid by a heavy vein of coal.

In 1867 he married Margaret E. Bonner, daughter of John Bonner, of this county. They have four children, two sons and two daughters: Addie C., Marinda B., Jerry and Earl.

In politics, Henry Claypool is a strict adherent to the principles of the Republican party and has been twice elected as school director and road supervisor of West Franklin township. As a township officer, Mr. Claypool has always given satisfaction to the public and as a citizen is highly esteemed by his neighbors.


From:
Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
John M. Greshan & Co.
Philadelphia, 1891


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