Biography of Archibald Smitten
Indiana County, PA Biographies

ARCHIBALD SMITTEN, an intelligent citizen and one of the leading farmers of North Mahoning township, is a son of Archibald, Sr., and Hannah (Thompson) Smitten, and was born in North Mahoning township, Indiana county, Pennsylvania, December 18, 1831. Archibald Smitten, Sr., was born December 6, 1780, in Dundee, Scotland, from which, in 1820, he came to Indiana county, where he purchased land at "Clover Patch," near the Clearfield county line, of the Holland Land company. He soon abandoned this purchase and bought a large tract of land, upon the western part of which the town of Marchand stands and upon the eastern part of which the subject of this sketch resides. He was a stonemason and erected good buildings on the eastern part of the land, where be resided until his death, in 1856. He was a baptist and democrat and was once the candidate of his party for associate judge. He was active and influential in politics and religious affairs as well as being one of the prominent business men of his section. He erected most of the old stone dwellings in his township, whose inhabitants also depended upon him for merchandise which he had hauled in wagons from Pittsburgh. He was noted for generosity and hospitality and his house became the stopping place for many years of all the travelers who passed through that part of the county. His first wife was a native of Scotland, who died in that country and left two daughters who did not come with their father to this country, but remained there with their mother's relatives. He married for his second wife Hannah Thompson, who was born at Shirleysburg, on the Juniata river, and died in 1886, at the advanced age of eighty seven years. They had five children, Sarah J., of Indiana county, and widow of Isaac Simpson; John Y., of Marchand, married Nancy McComb and engaged in farming; Evaline B., wife of George S. Hennigh, a blacksmith and farmer of Punxsutawney, Pa,, who was a Union soldier in the late war; Archibald and Mary A., who married John Mitchell and after his death married W. R. Mahan, who died from the effects of disease contracted from exposure while serving as a soldier in the late war. Mrs. Smitten was a granddaughter of the Rev. Robert Thompson, one of the early ministers of the Presbyterian church west of the Alleghenies, and a daughter of John Thompson, who was drowned in the Jnniata river when she was quite young.

Archibald Smitten was reared in his native township, where he received his education in the common schools. Upon attaining his major! ity, he engaged in farming on the homestead farm, which he now owns. He raises good crops and makes a specialty of fine stock. He owns about three hundred acres of land which he keeps in a good state of cultivation.

Archibald Smitten married Mary J. Sparr, a daughter of David Sparr, of Westmoreland county, but formerly of Chambersburg, Pa. She was born December 7, 1833, and passed away June 10, 1883, leaving four children: Ida Jane, of Washington City, who married James C. Kinsel and has two children, J. Merrill and Veida Ruth; William B., who married Laura Shomo, by whom he had one child, ma Mary, and after her death married for his second wife Nannie Smith, of Indiana, Pa.; Hugh W., a teacher and farmer, who is now business manager of the Mahoning Union Cemetery company, which was incorporated under a perpetual charter on August 21, 1890; and Martha Belle.

Archibald Smitten is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Patrons of Husbandry and Marchand Methodist Episcopal church. He is a democrat, but takes no active part in politics and gives his time to his business affairs.


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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