Biography of Nicholas Keener
Armstrong County, PA Biographies

NICHOLAS KEENER, an enterprising and successful farmer and butcher of Brady's Bend, is a son of Sebastian and Mary Keener, and was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1844. His father, Sebastian Keener, was born in Germany about 1808, and emigrated from the Fatherland to the United States and settled at Mount Oliver, in Pittsburgh, where he followed coal mining for some years and then engaged successfully in buying and selling stock. He was a member of the Catholic church at Pittsburgh, when he died in 1853. He married and had four children, three sons and one daughter: Catherine, who was born in 1840, and is the wife of Charles Sellers, a glass blower of South Side, Pittsburgh; Philip, born in 1842, and now an iron worker at South Side; Nicholas, and John, who was born in 1846, and is now engaged in the butchering and grocery business at New Bethlehem, Pa.

Nicholas Keener attended the public schools of Pittsburgh, and in 1862 removed to Brady's Bend, where he has since followed successfully the butchering business. He is also engaged in farming. He owns and cultivates thirty acres of land in Brady's Bend township and two hundred acres of land in Sugar creek township. He enlisted in a regiment of Pa. Vols. and served three months.

February 12, 1867, he married Catherine Uhl, daughter of Augustus Uhl, a mine overseer of Brady's Bend. To this union have been born eleven children, five sons and six daughters; an infant, born December 6, 1867, and died in early infancy; Mary A., born December 25, 1868; Augustus, born January 18, 1871; Frank, born January 22, 1873; Nicholas, Jr., born January 31, 1875; Daniel, born April 18, 1877; Ella, born May 8, 1879; Maggie, born September 22, 1881; Catherine, born December 1, 1888; Philip, born April 10, 1885, and Annie, born November 6, 1888.

Nicholas Keener is a member of St. Patrick's Catholic church at Brady's Bend, and is an uncompromising democrat. Mr. Keener's excellent judgment of weights and measures accounts for some of his success in the cattle and butchering business. He has strength of purpose and keen perception, and has never been led into visionary or impracticable business projects. He has always been fortunate in his investments in property, and has acquired a competency by industry and economy.


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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