BASIL J. DORNAN, an enterprising and popular citizen of Hancock county, is a native of Washington county, Penn. He was born in July, 1847, the son of Emanuel Dornan, who was born near Florence, Penn., about 1807. His occupation was farming and carpentry. He was married to Catherine Swearingen, born in Beaver county, Penn. about 1810, daughter of Basil and Sarah Swearingen. The father died at New Cumberland in 1876. When Basil was about six years old he accompanied his parents to this county, where he attended the common schools. He completed his education at Wellsville, Ohio, where he studied two or three years, and at the Iron City commercial college, at Pittsburgh. He has been engaged mainly in farming, though he has also worked somewhat at carpentry, and has filled official positions. Two years ago he embarked in dairying in connection with farming, and as a dairy man enjoys a custom that is a just reward of his enterprise. He is a member of the Disciples church, and in politics was republican, but is now a member of the union labor party. He has served four years as deputy sheriff of the county. He is a member of Stella lodge, No. 47, I. O. O. F., and of the Knights of Labor, and the Junior Order of American Mechanics. Mr. Dornan was married October 16, 1866, to Alzira Gibson, a native of Beaver county, and daughter of Joseph and Nancy (Cunningham) Gibson, both deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Dornan have eight children: Elmer, Nannie, Mary, William G., Dora, Ola, Charles and Archie.
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