Biography of Simon Nolf
Armstrong County, PA Biographies

SIMON NOLF, a comfortably situated farmer of Mahoning township, is one of the veterans who fought on Lookout mountain amid the clouds and under Thomas when he crushed Hood. He is a son of Casper and Eve (Hetrick) Nolf, and was born in what was then Red Bank township, Armstrong county, Pennsylvania, April 4th, 1826. His paternal grandfather, Wolf, was born in Germany. He came to the eastern part of Pennsylvania, from whence he removed to Red Bank township, where he was engaged in farming until his death, which occurred in 1830 or 1840, when he attained the advanced age of one hnndred and three years. He was a Lutheran and a democrat. Casper Nolf (father) was born in eastern Pennsylvania and removed to Clarion county, where, after a stay of some time, he left to come to Mahoning township. He was there engaged in farming until his death, in 1863, at ninety two years of age. He was a democrat, and a member of the Evangelical Lutheran church. He married Eve Hetrick, whose father was a native of Germany and passed the greater part of his life as a soldier. He first served in the German army and after being discharged from the troop in which he was a private, he came to Pennsylvania, where he enlisted in the American army, in which he served until the close of the Revolutionary war. Mr. and Mrs. Nolf were the parents of nine children.

Simon Nolf obtained a common school education and learned the trade of boat builder, which be followed for several years. He then purchased his present farm of eighty acres and turned his attention to agricultural pursuits. By industry and economy he has succeeded well and has a very desirable and well improved farm. He also owns the "Nolf House" and three town lots at Putneyville. On October 12, 1862, he enlisted as a private in Co. B, 78th regiment, Pa. Infantry, and served till the close of the war, participating in all the battles in which his regiment was engaged. He was at
Chickamauga, climbed Lookout mountain, served under Gen. Sherman when he commenced the famous "March to the Sea," and then his regiment was sent to Gen. Thomas and he was in the great fight that destroyed Hood's army.

On February 14, 1850, he married Savilla Rugh, of Westmoreland county. To their union have been born seven children, two sons and five daughters: Clarissa (deceased); Amanda, Hannah C., Alice A., Turney G., Nancy J. and Lemuel C. (deceased).

In politics Simon Nolf is a democrat. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, while his wife is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran church.

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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