HON N. SEANOR, member of the House of Representatives of Pennsylvan ia, a popular republican leader of South
Mahoning township and one of the most extensive stock dealers of Indiana county, is a son of George and Sarah (Ainsley)
Seanor, and was born near Seanor's church, in Sewickley township, Westmorelaud county, Pennsylvania, May 14, 1844.
The Seanors are of German descent, and the name was originally written Zaner. Michael Seanor (grandfather) was
born in eastern Pennsylvania and came to, western Pennsylvania, where he purchased a farm on the Pittsburgh, pike,
in Westmoreland county, at the present town of Grapeville. Besides cultivating his land, he kept a hotel, and was
an active business man. He was a member of the Lutheran church, and an active whig in politics. He married Elizabeth
Weible, of German descent, by whom he had six children, two sons and four daughters. He died in 1871, when he was
in the seventy eighth year of his age. His son, George Seanor (father), was born in Westmoreland county and drove
a team on the old pike for several years in connection with the management of his farm and dealing in live stock.
He was a whig in politics and a class leader in the United Brethren church. He died in 1851, aged thirty four years.
He married Sarah Ainsley, of Westmoreland county, and to their union were born four children, two sons and two
daughters: Mary; Harrison, who enlisted as a non commissioned officer in Co. E, one hundred and fifth regt., Pa.
Vols., and was killed May 31st., at the Battle of Fair Oaks; Hon. N. and Sarah, deceased. Mrs. Seanor passed away
in 1882, when she was in the sixty third year of her age. Her grandfather, Ainsley, was a Revolutionary soldier
of New Jersey, who ran ofF with and married the daughter of a tory who followed them for three days with his gun.
Their son, Daniel Ainsley (maternal grandfather), removed to Indiana county at an early day and cleared out a large
farm. He married a Miss Fisher, by whom he had nine children, five sons and four daughters. Of these sons, Daniel
was sheriff of Indiana county; and another, Hon. Josiah Ainsley, M.D., is a physician in Illinois, where hc served
as a member of the legislature of that State.
Hon. N. Seanor was reared on his father's farm near Madison, and attended the schools of his native township and
county. His father's death left him at an early age to do for himself, and he worked for some years as a day laborer,
After marriage he engaged in farming and in 1864 came to Indiana county. At the breaking out of the late civil
war he enlisted for three months, but his company was not accepted, and in 1862 he enlisted in Co. H, 14th Pa.
Cavalry, but his company soon withdrew from that regiment and united with the 18th regt., Pa. Cavalry. He served!
until January, 1863, when he was captured by the Confederates under 'Colonel Moseby near the battle field of Chantilly.
He was sent to Middleburg, where he was paroled, and as soon as exchanged rejoined the army. Soon after this, upon
the application of his mother that he was not of age and her only support, he was discharged, but in 1865, having
attained to his majority, he re-entered the Union service. and enlisted in Co. F, 28th regt., Pa, Vols. He took
part in Sherman's famous March to the Sea, witnessed Johnston's surrender, and was discharged at the close of the
war in 1865. In 1867 he began dealing largely in live stock, has been very successful in that line of business
and some years has shipped as high as 100 to 130 car loads of stock, aggregating over $100,000 in value. In 1877
he purchased the farm upon which he now resides, and on which be has built a fine dwelling as well as a large barn.
He also owns two other farms of 70 acres or more each, in Armstrong and Indiana counties, and ranks high as a neat,
successful and progressive farmer.
On December 4, 1860, he married Barbara Ellen Kinnan, a daughter of Jonathan and Mary J. (Stahl) Kinnan, and whose
father (Kinnan) served three years in a Pennsylvania regiment as a sharpshooter. To Mr. and Mrs. Seanor have been
born seven children, three sons and four daughters: Sarah J., married to John Ferguson, a farmer of New Bethlehem;
Harrison, who married Alice Kroh, is a farmer and stock dealer; Sherman, married Mary Johnson, and is a resident
of East Liberty, Pa.; Mary E., who was the wife of Chas. Kroh, and now dead; Emma, wife of G. Dinger, of Jefferson
county; Annie, wife of G. A. Polliard, of Clarion county, and George W.
Hon. N. Seanor is a member of the United Brethren church, while his wife holds membership in the Methodist Episcopal
church. In politics he is an active and prominent republican, and in the spring of 1890 he was urged to be a candidate
for the legislature, and was nominated on the Republican ticket by a majority of 515 votes. At the fall election
he was elected by the largest majority of any candidate on the republican ticket for that office. During the same
year he was unanimously elected to represent Armstrong county on the State Board of agriculture for the term of
three years, although a resident of Indiana county. He was one of the first members of the Dayton Agricultural
society, of whose board of managers he is now president as well as one of its most active members. He is strictly
temperate, indulging in neither liquor nor tobacco in any form, and by his honesty, enterprise and reliability
has secured the respect and esteem of all with whom he comes in contact. He is a man of fine personal appearance,
being sir feet one and one half inches in height, and has a fine military record as a brave soldier who never flinched
from any duty in the camp or on the battlefield.
Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
John M. Greshan & Co.
Indiana County Pennsylvania Biographies
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