“Old and New Westmoreland” Vol. 4
Author: Boucher, John Newton, 1854-1933
SAMUEL U. KEPPLE – He is a member of one of the German families which have come to the New World from the Fatherland in early periods and settled in the State of Pennsylvania and which have formed so valuable and so large an element in the citizenship of that State. Himself a native of this country, his father and grandfather were likewise born in Pennsylvania, and it was in times as remote as those in which his great-grandfather, lived that the name of KEPPLE was brought across the ocean to the Western Hemisphere.
His grandfather, JACOB KEPPLE, was born near Boquet, Pa., near the old Brush Creek battle grounds. He married EVE TONNER, who came from the eastern part of the State across the Allegheny mountains at an early date. Soon after their marriage they moved to Salem Township, where MR. KEPPLE cleared sufficient land for a farm. He was the owner of a saw mill on the White Thorn Creek. His death occurred at the age of 69 years, and he was survived by his wife, who continued to live on the old farm until the year 1895, and which is now owned by a descendant, MRS. W. T. SEANOR. JACOB KEPPLE and his wife were the parents of the following children: CLEMENT, who lived on the old homestead, and whose granddaughter is the MRS. SEANOR above referred to; JACOB, who lived near Dawson Station, Westmoreland County, and died at the age of 85 years there; JOHN, mentioned below; GEORGE, who served through the Civil War, and died at Blairsville at the age of 70; DAVID, who died in early youth.
JOHN KEPPLE, late of Salem, Pa., was born in that township, about six miles north of Greensburg, on his father's old farm near White Thorn Creek, in the year 1812. He married, in 1845, SUSAN DIBLE, of Franklin Township, a daughter of JACOB DIBLE. She was born near Murrysville, in 1824, and was twenty-one years of age at the time of her marriage. JOHN KEPPLE cleared up his farm and erected a grist mill, which was widely known as KEPPLE'S Mill, where he handled flour in large amounts, finding a market for the same at Blairsville and even shipped the same by canal to Pittsburgh. He continued in this business until 1859 and the old wall of his mill is still standing. He also owned a farm of three hundred and twenty acres, and a barn which he built thereon about 1858 or 1859 is still in use. MRS. KEPPLE, SR. died on April 5, 1899; MR. KEPPLE many years before, January 24, 1882. They were both active in the Congruity Presbyterian Church. He was very active in all public matters, and was a staunch supporter of the Republican party. He and his wife were the parents of 12 children, ten of whom grew to maturity, as follows: DAVID, to whom descended the old homestead and who died in Alexandria Township at the age of 69; JANE, who became the wife of HARVEY GIVEN, of Monessen; JAMES, who died at Springfield, Ohio; MARY, who became the wife of WILLIAM HUDSON, and died young; JOHN, who has been engaged in farming all his life in Hempfield Township, about one mile west of Greensburg; MAGGIE, who is now MRS. DANIEL BIERER, of Hempfield Township; ANNA, who is now MRS. WESLEY BLANK, of Los Angeles, California; SAMUEL U., of whom further; EDWARD, who now resides at Springfield, Ohio, where he is foreman of the shop of the O. S. Kelley Company; WILLIAM, who is now a resident of Los Angeles, California, where he is engaged in the business of contracting and building. Two other children died in infancy.
SAMUEL U. KEPPLE was born on the farm that he now owns, February 3, 1864. He lived in the house of his father until the latter's death, upon which occasion he inherited the property. This is a tract of valuable land, containing 210 acres, which had been cleared by his father and used for general farming. It is in a coal region and a rich deposit of this essential mineral having been found under MR. KEPPLE'S place, it is now being worked out. For many years MR.KEPPLE has operated a local coal business and has also shipped considerable to other parts of the State. MR. KEPPLE was reared in the Presbyterian church and as a child attended, with his parents, Congruity Church of that denomination, but he has since that time joined the United Presbyterian Church at New Alexandria, Pa.
Upon reaching his majority, in 1885, MR. KEPPLE was united in marriage with MARGARET SEANOR, a sister of MRS. DAVID KEPPLE, and a daughter of ADAM and SALINA (TWEEDY) SEANOR, of Salem Township, Pa. They are the parents of 12 children, as follow: 1. BERTHA, who is the wife of J. T. DICK, of Greensburg; children: SAMUEL, MARGARET, JOHN, SARAH, LOUISE. 2. GRACE, who became the wife of WILLIAM PARSHELL; one child, EARNEST. 3. LENA, who became the wife of MACK JOHNSTON, of Latrobe, Pa.; one child, ELIZABETH. 4. LAURA, who became the wife of JOHN L. MILLER, of Atwater, near Alliance, Ohio; childen: EDNA LOW, ALICE, died in infancy, and DOROTHY. 5. DORA, twin of ALICE, died in infancy. 7. A. SENOR,a member of Company I, One Hundred and Tenth Infantry, Pennsylvania National Guard, who in 1916 saw service with this body on the Mexican border. 8. MARY, who became the wife of CLARENCE FRY; one child, MILDRED. 9. JOHN, who resides with his parents in Greensburg. 10. SAMUEL, who resides at home. 11. RUTH, twin of SAMUEL, resides at home. 12. ELIZABETH, who resides at home. MR. and MRS. KEPPLE were married in 1885, and the death of MR.KEPPLE occurred in 1905. After a married life of harmony which lasted for twenty years, MR. KEPPLE, married (second) , October 7, 1914, MINNIE EYRING, a daughter of WILLIAM and CHRISTINE (JORDAN) EYRING. MR. and MRS. EYRING are both natives of Germany, and made their home at Greensburg until the death of MRS. EYRING. One child has been born to this union, JAMES EYRING KEPPLE, born September 28, 1915.
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