Biography of James S. Jack
Armstrong County, PA Biographies

JAMES S. JACK, a successful farther and stock dealer of North Buffalo township, is a son of James and Sarah (Booze) Jack, and was born in North Buffalo township, Armstrong county, Pa., April 25, 1846. The Jack family is of Irish origin, and James Jack, Sr. (grandfather), came to Armstrong county about 1800. He took up a farm in Sugar Creek township, which he tilled until his death. He was an old line whig, married, and had three children: Samuel, James, Jr., and Washington, all of whom are dead, James Jack (father) was born in 1811, in North Buffalo township, and was a farmer in that township, where he took pride in the fine condition of his farm. In politics be was a whig and republican. He was an active member of the Baptist church at North Buffalo, and married Sarah Douze, by whom he bad seven children, four sons and three daughters, of whom five are: George, Margaret, Sarah A., Emma and James S. Mrs. Jack died in 1847, and her remains were interred in Slate Lick cemetery. Her father, a Mr. Douze (maternal grandfather), who settled near Slate Lick, was a native of France. He married and had two children, Sarah and George, neither of whom are living. After the death of his first wife, James Jack married, in 1849, Sarah Wilson, who is still living. Mr. Jack died in October, 1865.

James S. Jack grew to manhood on the farm, and attended the common schools of his native township. He commenced life for himself as a farmer, but soon engaged in stock dealing, and has driven a considerable amount of stock to the Allegheny stock yards. He owns a farm of forty acres, and in May, 1890, opened a general store at North Buffalo, where he carries a stock of goods worth three thousand dollars, and has a good trade which is constantly increasing. On the 24th of February, 1864, he enlisted under Captain Kiskadden in Co. L, 14th Pa. Cavalry, for three years, and participated in the battles of Fredericksburg, Winchester and Fisher Hill, as well as in many severe skirmishes.

On December 9, 1869, he married Mary E. Bruner, daughter of Samuel B. Bruner, a farmer of North Buffalo township, and to their union have been born nine children, of whom six are living: Clara E., married to Grant Claypole; Harvey S., Milton, William, Charles N. (deceased); Anna M., Curtis E. (deceased); Anna (dead), and Maud R.

In politics, James S. Jack is a stanch republican, and during the past nine years has held the offices of tax collector and constable of his township. He is a member of the Baptist church at North Buffalo, and for two years has been one of its trustees, he is a member of Post No. 422, G. A. R., at Slate Lick, and of Council No. 387, Junior Order United American Mechanics, at the same place.

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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