WILLIAM McCOLLUM, one of the well known and highly respected citizens of East Franklin township, was born in
county Donegal, Ireland, February 3, 1825, and is a son of William and Sarah (McGarvey) MeCollam. William McCollum
left his native county of Donegal in 1829, and came to what is now East Franklin township, where he purchased two
hundred acres of land, and was engaged in farming until his death, in 1853, when in the seventy sixth year of his
age. He was an early settler in the township, was a member of the United Presbyterian church, and supported the
Republican party from the time of its organization until his death. He married Sarah McCollum, who was a native
of the same county, and a member of the same church as himself. She died in 1835, when only thirtyfive years of
William McCollum was reared from four years of age on the farm on which he now resides, and has always resided
ever since his fourth year. He attended the early common schools of his township, and then engaged in farming,
which he has followed until the present time. He owns one hundred and fifty acres of the home farm, to which he
has added forty eight acres additional by purchase. His farm is well improved and well watered. He raises good
crops of grain and some very good stock. He is a stanch democrat, and has served his township as assessor for one
term, and as a member of the school board for several terms. He is a member of Limestone Evangelical Lutheran church.
Mr. MeCollum is of rather a retiring disposition, has no thirst for office or political position, and has been
successful in farming and stock raising. He enjoys the respect of his neighbors, has a comfortable home, and is
genial and hospitable.
In 1851 he married Susan Tarr, daughter of Joseph Tarr, of this township. They are the parents of nine children,
three sons and six daughters: Joseph, who married Annie Lemmon; Martha, wife of Robert Rogers, an oildriller; George,
of Butler, Pa.; Mary, married to David Bowser, a farmer of this township; William, an oil contractor of Freeport,
and married Aggie Coleman; Sarah, wife of William Rogers, who operates a flouring mill; Eliza, wife of Robert Thompson,
of Leechburg; Margaret and Nancy.
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