Biography of John L. Stockdill
Armstrong County, PA Biographies

JOHN L. STOCKDILL, one of the young and progressive farmers of Mahoning township, is a son of George and Martha E (Foster) Stockdill, and was born in what is known as "The Cove," in Mahoning township, Armstrong county, Pennsylvania) April 15, 1861. George Stockdill, Sr. (grandfather), was born in Ireland in 1784, from which he emigrated to eastern Pennsylvania in June of 1822, and landed at Kittanning and moved to Franklin, Pa., which he soon left and came to Mahoning township in 1828, where he purchased the farm on which his grandson, the subject of this sketch, now resides. He owned one hundred and three acres of land, was a whig in politics and a member of the Protestant Episcopal church. He married Margaret Clark on March 16, 1809. She died Jan. 9, 1871. When he died, July 9,. 1857, he left a widow and five sons and four daughters. One of these sons, George Stockdill (father), was born on his father's farm, "The Cove," June 26, 1827, and lived on the old homestead until his death, which occurred May 9, 1872, when he was in the forty fifth year of his age. He was a farmer by occupation and owned a farm of two hundred and thirteen acres of land, upon which he built (1859) the large brick house which is now occupied by his son, John L. He was a republican in politics, and a member of the Protestant Episcopal church. He married Martha E. Foster, and to their union were born seven children: Margaret C., Nov. 25, 1849, died Aug. 21, 1861; Mary J., wife of Milton Spence, a farmer of Wayne township, who was born Sept. 30, 1867; Margaret F. was born Dec. 11, 1856, and married Rev. Joseph Calhoun, a Presbyterian minister of Slate Lick; John L. and George, who died in 1869. Mrs. Stockdill was a daughter of Thomas Foster (maternal grandfather), who was born in Ireland, from whence he emigrated to Pennsylvania, and settled at Kittanning where he purchased the farm upon which Joseph Stockdill now lives. He was a member of the Protestant Episcopal church and married to Catharine McCauley by whom he had eight children, four sons and fonr daughters.

John L. Stockdill was reared on his father's farm, received his education in the common schools of Mahoning township and the academies at Oakland and Glade Run. Leaving school, he taught one term and then engaged in farming on the old homestead, which he now owns, He raises good crops and makes a specialty of fine stock.

On September 26, 1882, he united in marriage with Annie O. Alcorn, daughter of Thomas Alcorn, a farmer of Wayne township. To their union have been born two children, one of which died in infancy, and Thomas M., February 18, 1888.

John L. Stockdill is a republican in politics and is a member of the Presbyterian church. He is reliable, industrious and energetic.


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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