“Genealogical and Personal History of Beaver County, Pennsylvania”
Editor: John W. Jordan, LL. D.
Illustrated. Volume 2.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1913
Pgs. 726, 727 McCANDLESS
This is an old and honored family of Ireland, and is now in its fifth generation in this country. The first generation came to the U. S. when their children were small, and settled in Butler County, Pa.
ROBERT McCANDLESS was born in Ireland, and was a very young child when he came to this country with his parents. He was educated and grew to maturity in Butler County, Pa., and followed the occupation of farming. After his marriage he settled on a farm in Center Township, where both he and his wife spent the remainder of their lives. Both were members of the Presbyterian Church. MR. McCANDLESS married MARY, a daughter of JOSEPH JACK, of Butler County, Pa., and had children: GEORGE J., of further mention; JANE, married SAMUEL IRWIN, and died in Butler County, Pa.; MARY, married ELI EAGLE, and lives in Unionville, Pa.; ELIZABETH, married FRANK FLIGGER, and died in Butler County, Pa.; child, died unnamed.
GEORGE J. McCANDLESS, son of ROBERT and MARY (JACK) McCANDLESS, was born in Butler County, Pa., Nov. 15, 1838, died in Beaver Falls, Pa., Oct. 4, 1898. Like his father, he engaged in farming, and after his marriage bought about 115 acre of land in Butler County, on which he lived many years. He then purchased an old grist mill in Conoquenessing Township, and operated this about ten years. In 1888 he moved to Beaver Falls, where he lived a retired life until his death. During the Civil War he was a soldier in the Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, served for a period of seven months, during which time he was an active participant in several skirmishes, and was then honorably discharged by reason of ill health. He was a Democrat in politics, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He had been a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows for a number of years. MR. McCANDLESS married, Sept. 30, 1862, SAMANTHA YOUNG, born in Mercer County, Pa., Feb. 17, 1843, now living in Beaver Falls, where she is a member of the United Presbyterian Church. They had children: ADDISON YOUNG, a grocer of Beaver Falls, married ANNIE HEAVEN; JOANNA, married WESLEY RAISLEY, and live in College Hill; MARCUS WILLIAM, a grocer, lives in Beaver Falls, married MARY COX; ROBERT PRESLEY, a grocer in Beaver Falls; BERIAH NELSON, superintendent of a nail mill at Struthers, Ohio; OREN LEONIDAS, a grocer in Beaver Falls; JOSIAH COUVERT; JAMES, died at the age of 14 years; SAMANTHA JANE, died at the age of 19 months; EDITH LENA, died at the age of 7 weeks; child, died unnamed; SYLVESTER MERLE, a plumber, resides with his mother.
ROBERT YOUNG, paternal grandfather of MRS. SAMANTHA (YOUNG) McCANDLESS, was born in Ireland, and came to America in his early youth. He settled in Lawrence County, Pa., where he became an extensive land owner and farmer. He married and had children. MATTHEW YOUNG, son of ROBERT YOUNG, and father of MRS. McCANDLESS, was born in Lawrence County, Pa., and learned the trade of tanning. He became the owner of a tannery in Wolf Creek Township, Mercer County, Pa., and in addition he had a farm of 75 acres, which he cultivated. He died there at the early age of 37 years. He was a Democrat in political matters, and a member of the Covenanters Church. He married JOANNA COUVERT, born in Butler County, Pa., who resided on the farm in Mercer County until one year prior to her death at the age of 78 years, when she lived with her daughter SAMANTHA, in Butler County, having never remarried. She was a member of the Covenanters Church. She was a daughter of COLONEL JOHN and __ (BENNETT) COUVERT. COLONEL JOHN COUVERT was a veteran of the War of 1812. He lived about four miles from Centerville, on a large farm which he owned and cultivated, and died there when above 94 years of age. He was a Presbyterian. MR. and MRS. YOUNG had children: SYLVESTER M., a merchant, died at New Castle, Pa.; CAROLINE, married JAMES VOGAND, and died in Mercer County, Pa.; AMANDA, died unmarried at the age of 26 years; SARAH JANE, married JAMES JOHNSON, and died at Oil City, Venango County, Pa.; SAMANTHA, married MR. McCANDLESS, as above mentioned; MARCUS C., a carpenter and contractor, who lives at Youngstown, Ohio; Professor WILLIAM H., an instructor in music, of New Castle, Pa.
JOSIAH COUVERT McCANDLESS, son of GEORGE J. and SAMANTHA (YOUNG) McCANDLESS, was born in Center Township, Butler County, Pa., Nov. 20, 1874. Having completed his education at the age of 17 years, he found employment in a nail factory for two years. He worked in the employ of the Dietrich Glass Company; as a glass cutter, for six years, for F. A. Eberline, in New Brighton, Beaver County; six months with the Pennsylvania Bridge Company; 7 years as salesman for the National Biscuit Company; moved to Buffalo, New York, and was salesman for the New England Specialty Company (groceries) for some time; returned to Beaver Falls, and continued working for the last mentioned concern; in 1908 he opened a grocery and delicatessen store at No. 2011 Seventh Avenue, Beaver Falls, selling this on Feb. 10, 1913. He then moved to a farm in Adams Township, Butler County, and in November of the same year returned to Beaver Falls, and accepted a position with the J. B. Lytle Company, wholesale confectioners. MR. McCANDLESS is an independent in political opinion, and has served as a member of the board of school directors. He and his wife are members of the United Brethren Church, in which institution he has served as a trustee for several years. Fraternally, he is a member of the Independent Americans and the Knights of Pythias.
MR. McCANDLESS married, Dec. 25, 1892, MARY JANE SNYDER, born in Lowellville, Mahoning County, Ohio, and they have had children: JAY YOUNG, born April15, 1894, died in July of the same year; LAURA SAMANTHA, born Aug. 10, 1895, married, Nov. 11, 1913, WILLIAM KARL HESPENHEIDE, and lives in Beaver Falls; MOLLY JOANNA, born July 31, 1897, lives with her parents.
WILLIAM JAMES SNYDER, father of MRS. McCANDLESS, was of German parentage, his parents having emigrated from Germany and purchased farm in Mercer County, Pa. WILLIAM JAMES was their only child. His mother died when he was two years old, and his father when he was four years of age. He was taken in charge by WILLIAM GRAHAM, and his treatment was evidently not of the kindliest, as he ran away three times, and finally joined the arm as a drummer boy when he was 14 years old. He was captured by the Confederate soldiers, taken a prisoner to Andersonville Prison, and while there lived on raw onions. At the close of the war he returned to the GRAHAM family and lived on the farm three miles from Mercer until he had attained maturity. He learned the trade of iron working in New Castle, and lived the remainder of his life there with the exception of a few years. He rose to the rank of a boss in the furnace, later becoming a stable boss at a livery stable, a position he held until his death. He and his wife were Methodists. He married LAURA SIMMONS, born in New Castle, Pa., a daughter of WILLIAM and NANCY (WATTERSON) SIMMONS, the former born in Germany, emigrated to America, and located on a farm he purchased near New Castle, Lawrence County, Pa. WILLIAM JAMES and LAURA (SIMMONS) SNYDER had children: MINNIE BELLE, married JOHN N. FRAZIER, lives in Beaver Falls; CHARLES B., a stationary engineer, married (first) MYRTLE SEAFROST, (second) JENNIE YOUNG, lives in Deerfield, Ohio; MARY JANE, married MR. McCANDLESS, as above stated; SARAH ELIZABETH, married ALBERT BOHEMUS, and lives on a farm at Deerfield, Ohio; BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, deceased, married MAUD TEAFENBAUGH and lived at Beaver Falls; WILLIAM JOHN, died at the age of 4 months; JAMES CLYDE, employed on the ships on the Great Lakes, married ELSIE CANAREM, now deceased.
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