Biography of James Easley
Armstrong County, PA Biographies

JAMES EASLEY, a democrat of the Jacksonian type, and an active and intelligent citizen of North Buffalo township, is a son of Andrew and Elizabeth (Coon) Easley and was born in North Buffalo township, Armstrong county, Pennsylvania, May 1, 1815. Andrew Easley was a native of Westmoreland county and came about the beginning of the present century to what is now North Buffalo township, where he purchased about two hundred acres of laud and followed farming. He lived to reach the three score and ten years of man's allotted age, and died in the faith of the Catholic church, of which he had been an exemplary member during his entire life. He well sustained the record of honest industry left by his forefathers in this country and of his remote ancestors in what is now the great German empire. He was active in business, warm in his friendship and reliable in his business transactions. He was a democrat in politics, and married Elizabeth Coon, who was born in the far famed Camberland Valley of Pennsylvania. They bad seventeen children, of whom the subject of this sketch is the eighth in order of age.

James Easley passed his boyhood days on his father's farm and grew up to manhood amid the daily incidents of farm life and in the community in which he has always resided. His educational privileges were confined to the common schools of his nativetownsbip, which heattended, but the close of his school days was not the horizon boundary of his education. The rudimentary knowledge of the common schools enabled him to prosecute his studies after leaving the school room, and by continued reading and close observation he has become well informed on all the current issues of the day as well as upon all matters of general interest. Leaving school, he engaged in farming, which he has followed with good success ever since. He owns three very good and well-improved farms aggregating three hundred and forty five acres, and in addition to farming raises some very fine stock.

May 7, 1840, he married Elizabeth Miller, a native of Westmoreland county, and their union has been blest with eleven children, eight sons and three daughters, of whom five are living, namely: Gabriel F., Margaret E., John C., Michael S. and James V.

James Easley is a member of the Catholic church at Kittanning. He is a democrat in politics, and while not a demagogue, yet is in favor of an earnest and aggressive policy on the part of the Democratic party. He is recognized as one of the enterprising and public spirited men of his township.


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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