Biography of John Pilson
Indiana County, PA Biographies

JOHN PILSON, a prudent and industrious farmer, and one of the well-respected citizens of White township, is a son of John, Sr., and Nancy (Johnston) Pilson, and was born in White township, Indiana county, Pennsylvania, December 9, 1803. John Pilson, Sr. (father), was born in Ireland, from which he emigrated in 1870 to the United States. He settled in White township, Indiana county, where he purchased three hundred acres of land, which he cultivated until his death. He died in 1834, when be was in the seventy second year of his age. He married Nancy Johnston, a native of the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, by whom lie had five children, of whom three are still living: Susanna, who was born in 1807, and married Jesse Griffith, of Indiana county; John and Nancy, horn in 1812. Mrs. Pilson was a consistent member of the Presbyterian church, and died in 1851, when in the eightieth year of her age.

John Pilson was reared on his father's farm apd attended the subscription schools of that period, in which he received a practical education. He has always lived a quiet and peacefnl life and devotes his time to farming and stockraising. He owns one hundred and sixty acres of the homestead farm, which is four miles from Indiana. He keeps his farm in fine condition and raises good crops of grain and grass.

He has never married, and Nancy J. Griffith, a daughter of his sister, Mrs. Susanna Griffith, keeps house for him. John Pilson is an esteemed citizen of White township, a stanch republican in politics, and, like his father, is a conscientious member of the Presbyterian church. Mr. Pilson has never given time or attention to any other business than that of farming and stock raising. John Pilson is one of the thrifty and prosperous citizens of his township, and while taking no active part in political life yet, he has decided opinions of his own concerning public affairs, which he has formed by closely watching the course of the political parties of the United States since Andrew Jackson was first a candidate for president in 1824.

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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