Jefferson J. Tope


JEFFERSON J. TOPE, one of the best known and most generally esteemed old residents of the county of Hancock was born at Holliday's Cove, in December, 1818. He was early engaged in farming to which he has devoted his life and in 1839 he bought 100 acres of land in the woods which he has cleared. He now has 270 acres of good land, which is developing a source of revenue not dreamed of in early days of settling and clearing. The farm is in the heart of the oil field, and there is already one well on the same, producing fifteen barrels per day. Mr. Tope was married in 1845 to Louisa Langfitt, who was born in this county in 1828, the daughter of William Langfitt one of the old settlers. He was a son of one of those heroic pioneers who struggled with the Indians, when he was a settler in Beaver county, Penn. Mr. and Mrs. Tope have had twelve children: Laodocia Alice, died about 1851; Lucretia Ann, born November 1849; George Taylor born 1851, died aged four years; James B., born in 1852; William J., Mary Virginia, John Mc., Della Louisa, Thomas Jefferson, Frank McClellan, Charles Wilders and Ella Cordelia. Mrs. Tope is a member of the Presbyterian and her husband of the Methodist Protestant church. He has served as a captain of the militia. In politics he was originally a whig, having voted in 1840 for Gen. W. H. Harrison. but has more recently been a democrat. Thomas J. Tope, son of the above, was born in Hancock county, April 27, 1862. His early years were spent upon the farm. On May 5, 1886, he was married to Florence Anderson, who was born at Pittsburgh, Penn. in 1862, daughter of John and Lydia Anderson, who are both still living. After his marriage Mr. Tope followed teaming until February 1889, when he came to New Cumberland and engaged in the livery business. He has since been conducting one of the principal stables of the town and is one of the prominent young men.

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