JOSEPH J. SCHRECKENGOST, a descendant of two substantial and early families, and a prosperous farmer of Kittanning
township, is a son of Benjamin and Susanna (Oury) Schreckengost, and was born in Kittanning township, Armstrong
county, Pennsylvania, April 29, 1829. His paternal grandfather, Coonrod Scheckengost, Sr., was a native of Germany,
and came to Bucks county, where he remained a short time. He then came to Kittanning township, where he purchased
a farm and followed farming and gunsmithing until his death. He was one of the early settlers of this township
and was accompanied here by his son, Coonrod Schreckengost (father), who was born in Bucks county. Coonrod Schreckengost,
who lived to be eighty two years of age, was a miller by trade, but gave part of his time to farming. He was a
lutheran in religious belief, and a republican in political opinion and married Susanna Oury. Mrs. Schreckengost,
was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran church.
Joseph J. Schreckengost was reared on his father's farm in a day when farmers' sons had to encounter privations
and hardships of which they know nothing today. He obtained his education in the schools of his neighborhood, which
were as good as any in the county at that period. Leaving school, he learned the trade of millwright., which he
followed for eight years. He then embarked in the milling business, which he followed for eight years, and at the
end of that time engaged in farming, in which he has continued successfully ever since.
J. J. Schreckengost united in marriage with Rachel J. Bouch, daughter of Eli Bouch, of Kittanniug township. They
have six children living, four sons and two daughters, of whom five are: Susanna P., Nathaniel, William E., Sarah
Adaline and David A.
In religious belief Mr. Schreckengost is a methodist, being a member of one of the churches of that denomination.
In political opinion he is a republican. He owns a very good farm of sixty five acres of land, which he carefully
cultivates. The Schreckengost and Oury families were early settlers of this township. In the assessment list of
1807 there are four of the name of Schreckengost, who were land owners, and on the same list appears the names
of Christopher Oury, who owned a distillery, and Adam Oury, a farmer.
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