Wesley Permar


WESLEY PERMAR, who was born on the farm in Cross Creek township where he now resides, January 3, 1823, is one of the worthy and enterprising farmers of the county. He is the son of John Permar, a native of Maryland, who came to Jefferson county in March, 1805, and settled upon the farm his son Wesley now lives upon, where the father died July 15, 1846. John Permar was a carpenter by trade, but devoted the major part of his life to farming. He opened the first coal bank which was operated in the county, and was probably the first to sell coal at Steubenville from local mines. He was married February 26, 1796, to Mary Offett, who bore him seven children, all of whom are deceased. This wife died May 12, 1812, and on December 13, of the same year he was wedded to Margaret Shaw, by whom he had eight children, seven of whom are living, including the subject of this mention. Their mother died October 28, 1872. Wesley Permar was reared upon the old homestead, gaining his education at the common schools, and his life has since been spent in his boyhood home. December 20, 1855, he was married to Mary Scott, by whom he has had seven children: Ida M., Frank A., Oella, Henry G. C., Asa S., Irene and Mary, the first of whom is deceased. Mr. Permar and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and he is in politics a republican.

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