CHARLES BLACK is a son of Joseph and Pleasant Black; the former was born in Chester county, Pennsylvania, and the latter, whose maiden name was Pleasant Newhouse, was a native of Virginia. They were of Irish and English extraction, were married in Ohio about 1815, and had seven children, as follows: Mary A., born in 1816; Elizabeth, born in 1818; Charles, the subject of this sketch, was born April 20, 1820; Joseph, born in 1822; Andrew, born in 1824; Sarah, born in 1826; Pleasant J., born December 13, 1828; Andrew died about 1845; the father and mother died in Ohio, mother in 1830. Charles was married September 5, 1869, to Catharine Sprinkle, daughter of Michael and Catharine Sprinkle, and was born in Arkansas, June 17, 1850, and came with her parents to this county in 1860. Their three children are, Katie, born October 11, 1870, Charley A., August 8, 1874 and Oliver, April 24, 1878. Kate died August 31, 1872. Mrs. Black's father died August 13, 1867. Mr. Black owns five hundred and twenty acres of land valued at $50 an acre. His early educational advantages were not so good; but he attended Greenfield Academy two years; wife's educational advantages were also good. They are members of the United Brethren Church, and in politics are Republicans.