Biography of James M. Work
Indiana County, PA Biographies

JAMES M. WORK, a well qualified justice of the peace and a prominent citizen and leading business man of Marion borough, is a son of William and Nancy (Brown) Work, and was born about five miles northeast of Marion, in East Mahoning township, Indiana county, Pennsylvania, April 8, 1832. He is of ScotchIrish lineage, and his paternal grandfather, William Work, Sr., was a native of eastern Pennsylvania. He was married, in 1792, in Cumberland county, to Miriam Scroggs, daughof Alexander and Rachel (Ireland) Scroggs, the former a native of Scotland and the latter of Irish descent. Soon after his marriage William Work, Sr., removed to the foot of "Squirrel Hill," near the site of New Florence, in Westmore.land county. In 1805 he came to East Mahoning township, where he died in 1828, aged sixty eight years. He was an honest, honorable man and a member of the Seceder church. His widow survived him until 1855, when she passel away at eighty one years of age. William Work, Sr., was a prominent man although no aspirant for po]itical honors. He was among the first (if not the first) teachers in the Majoning country, and left the impress of his excellent character, to some extent, on the generation that succeeded him and received its education at his hands. His children were: Rachel Hamilton, James, Lettice Ewing, Alexander S., John, William, Hon. Allen N., who was a member of the Pennsylvania legislature; Sarah Steele, Mary S,. Miriam Limerick, Moses T., Susan E. Smith, and Elijah I. William Work (father) was born in November, 1800, and died in 1878. He was reared in his native township, where he always resided, and where he followed farming until his death. He married Nancy Brown, who was a daughter of Jeremiah Brown, a farmer and distiller of this county. After Mrs. Work's death, Mr. Work married for his second wife Mary T. Hamilton.

James M. Work was reared on a farm, received a good, practical education and taught school for five years. At fifteen years of age he learned barn building, but was principally engaged in farming until 1871, although he devoted a portion of each winter to lumbering. In the last named year he came to Marion, where he embarked in the manufacture of furniture and window blinds. After seventeen years of successful experience as a manufacturer he disposed of his factory and engaged in his present prosperous undertaking business. In 1874 he was elected as county commissioner and served very faithfully during his term. In 1875 he was appointed to fill out an unexpired term as justice of the peace, and rendered such good satisfaction that he has been elected to that office three times in succession since. On Oct. 13, 1853, he married Margaret Hamilton, who died September 7, 1874. Mr. Work was remarried April 17, 1879, to Anna R. (Getty) Morton. By his first marriage he had six children: Jeremiah W., Jessie F., wife of James L. Park, Jr.; Elizabeth Estella, married to Robert O. Meanor, editor of the Cherry Tree Record; Lottie N., wife of Samuel Rue, of Ft. Collins, Colorado; Maud C., married to A. L. Guthrie, a merchant of Marion; and Margaret.

In 1863 he enlisted in a regiment of Pennsylvania Militia, and served on the southern border of the State. He is a member of the Ma honing United Presbyterian church, and has been as prosperous in his present as he was in his past lines of business. Squire Work has carefully studied the principles as well as the practice of law, and while an expert in drawing up legal documents in correct form, is also recognized as an authority in his section upon points of law.


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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