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W. M. Bockius

W. M. BOCKIUS, a progressive farmer of Shenango Township, owns a fine farm of forty acres, on which he has passed his life since he was ten years old. He was born in Hickory Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, January 27, 1848, and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Martin) Bockius.

The grandfather was Daniel Bockius, who took part in the War of 1812. He was born in 1782, in Holland, where he learned the trade of bookbinding. This he followed in Philadelphia, and also after settling in Lawrence County, on the State line, about one-half mile above Eastbrook, and in the libraries through this section may yet be found specimens of his skill. Little is known of the grandmother except that her name was Rachel and that she was of Scotch birth.

John Bockius was born in 1820 and was the oldest child of his parents. In 1858 he left the home farm and moved to Shenango Township, securing land on the Princeton road, which later became very valuable. He died on this farm in the fall of 1886, aged sixty-six years. In politics he was a Democrat and had frequently served his township as school director. He married Elizabeth Martin, who was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, a daughter of William Martin. They bad three children: W. M., the only survivor; Augustus, and Maude. The parents were members of the Presbyterian Church.

W. M. Bockius received his educational training in the schools of Shenango Township. His life has been passed in agricultural activity. The home farm originally included a part of what is now Cascade Park, and also a number of acres now utilized by the Lake Erie Railroad. Mr. Bockius raises abundant crops of corn, oats, wheat and hay on his land, which he cultivates according to modern methods. He has one of the finest apple orchards in this section.

Before marriage, Mrs. Bockius was Miss Elizabeth Riley. She was born in Ireland and is a daughter of Thomas Riley. Mr. and Mrs. Bockius have the following children: W. S. Augustus, Mary, who is the wife of Frank Stalter, of Allegheny; Ann, Frances, John and Sarah, twins, and Maude. In politics Mr. Bockius is a Democrat, but takes no active interest in political campaigns.

Source: History of New Castle and Lawrence County, 1908, page 564


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