John Linduff


JOHN LINDUFF, one of the industrious farmers of the county of Hancock, whose labors in the development of the county have been rewarded in the somewhat unexpected way of a discovery of the oil producing wealth of the land, was born in Brooke county September 5, 1841. He is the son of Isaac Linduff, who was born in New Jersey, April 1, 1800 and came to Steubenville when six years old of age. After a few years' residence there, he lived for a considerable period at the Mingo Bottom and then settled in Brooke county. He is now about ninety years of age. John Linduff came to this county when less than four years of age and has resided ever since on the farm he now occupies. He and his father together own 150 acres in the heart of the oil region and there is a good well on his father's farm and one just beginning to produce on his own farm. Mr. Linduff was married September 5, 1867 to Sophia Moore, who was born in Hancock county February 2, 1851, the daughter of Henry Moore. The latter is a native of this county of which his father Robert, was one of the pioneers. Henry Moore, who is now a resident of Beaver county, Penn., has been a teacher most of his life, but is now engaged in merchandise. Mr. and Mrs. Linduff are the parents of six children, four of whom are still living: Anna, Mary, Elizabeth, Alice, Agnes Lydia and Frances Mercella. Two sons died in infancy. Mr. Linduff and family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. He is a valued citizen, and has served on the school board for three years. He has devoted his life to constant industry, but now with a bonus of $150 per acre for the use of his land for the oil business, and a royalty of one-eighth of the product, he is prepared to take the world more easily.

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