Biography of Isaac Heister
Westmoreland County, PA Biographies

HEISTER FAMILY. The family of which Isaac Heister, of New Kensington, is a representative, was founded in this country by four brothers who emigrated from Baden, Germany, previous to the Revolutionary war, and settled near Sinking Spring, Berks county, Pennsylvania. They all bore arms in the patriot cause, and were members of the Lutheran church.

Daniel Heister, son of one of the four brothers mentioned above, was born about 1802, in Berks county, and about 1835 moved to the western part of the state, where he engaged in farming during the remainder of his life. He was a member of the Lutheran church. His wife was Rebecca Mayer, of Berks counts, and they had children: Reuben deceased Daniel deceased Isaac, mentioned hereafter; Rebecca, married Jacob Sarver; James, lives in East End, Pittshurg; Susanna, married Edward Callahan: and Samuel, a resident of Allegheny City, who served three years and a half in the Army of the Potomac. The death of Mr. Heister. the father, occurred in 1870.

Isaac Heister, son of Daniel and Rebecca (Mayer) Heister, was born August 24, 1830, in Berks county, and was but five years old when the family moved to western Pennsylvania. He was educated in the common schools of Allegheny county, and in early life learned the bricklayer's trade, in which he was exclusively engaged until 1895, with but one interruption. This occurred in January. 1865, when he enlisted in Company H. Seventy-seventh Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers and served until the close of the war. In April, 1892, he moved to New Kensington, and when it became a borough was chosen one of the first school directors, serving five years. In 1898 he was elected justice of the peace for a term of five years, and in 1903 was reelected for the same length of time. In all the years during which he has filled this office he has never had a decision reversed by the higher courts For a number of years he has been an elder in the Reformed church. He is a member of Colonel Espel Post, No. 153, G. A. R. Mr. Heister married Patience Crummy, and their children were: Thomas J., a bricklayer in Allegheny; Annie, wife of James Yourd; Minnie, at home; Joseph, died April, 1905. while serving his second term in the state legislature; Samuel, a bricklayer in New Kensington; Hugh, who works at the same trade and lives. at home; April 27, 1898, he enlisted in Battery B, of Pennsylvania, for a term of two years or during the war; he served in Porto Rico and was mustered out November 27, 1898; Isaac, a bricklayer in Pittsburg.


From:
History of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Vol. 3
By: John N. Boucher
The Lewis Publishing Company
New York - Chicago, 1906

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