Mifflin County Biographies
"History of the Juniata Valley and Its People, Vol. II" 1913
George Albert Leopold
This family is of French ancestry, the founder, George
Leopold, coming to the United States from his native
city, Paris, with his wife, a Miss Swigert, of German
descent. No record is found of their residence in this country or of
their family, except of their son, George.
George (2) Leopold was born in 1800 and made settlement
in Mifflin county, Pennsylvania, when a young unmarried man. He
was a blacksmith by trade, but after his marriage bought a farm of
about one hundred and fifty acres in Ferguson valley, which he improved and later sold. He then purchased a large farm in Oliver
township. He later bought and moved to a farm in Granville township, but after a short residence there returned to his Oliver township
farm, where he lived until his death in April, 1861. He was a prosperous farmer, a Democrat in politics and held several local offices.
He married Anna E. Hannawalt, born in Mifflin county, Pennsylvania,
in 1804, died in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, in 1880, at the home of her
daughter, Susan. She was a sister of Rev. Joseph R. Hannawalt and
a member of the Presbyterian church. Children: i. Louis H., lived
and died in Granville township, Mifflin county, Pennsylvania, a farmer.
2. Catherine, married Stuart McKee and died in Granville township. 3.
Susan, married (first) Albert Ickes, (second) Amos Pennypacker, and
died in Philadelphia. 4. George Albert, of whom further. 5. Died in
George Albert, son of George and Anna E. (Hannawalt)
Leopold, was born in Oliver township, Mifflin county, Pennsylvania,
June 27, 1848. He was educated in the public schools and Bucknell
College, being a graduate of the latter institution, class of 1865. He
chose the occupation of farming and purchased one hundred acres of
the Granville township farm from the heirs of George Leopold, which
he still owns. There was a rich vein of iron ore on the farm which he
opened and worked out, employing for several years from twenty to
thirty men. In 1898 he moved to Lewistown where he has lived practically retired ever since at the corner of Oak and Logan streets. He
has real estate interests in the city and county, but is not actively
interested in any business. He is a Democrat in politics, and has always taken an active interest in public affairs. In Granville township
he was school director and collector of taxes, and in Lewistown was
elected in 1909 a member of the borough council and in 1911 was
chosen president of council, an office he now holds. He was one of the
organizers and first vice-president of the fifth ward fire department,
and for several years has been its financial secretary. He is a deacon
and trustee of the Baptist church in Lewistown, of which his wife is
also a member.
He married, in 1870, Camilla Catherine Kauffman, born in Oliver
township, daughter of Hamilton Kauffman, formerly of Juniata county.
Children: 1. Ada Irene, educated at Westchester Normal School, taught
for seven years, then took a regular course as nurse at Trenton (New
Jersey) Hospital, now a graduate nurse located at Lewistown and residing with her parents. 2. Mary Luella, married William M. Snook,
a pattern maker and resides in Lewistown. 3. William Lewis, graduate
of Juniata College, Westchester Normal School, now principal of the
Ralston street high school, Pittsburgh. 4. George Albert (2), now
assistant principal of Wayne street high school, Lewistown; he married Gertrude Reid. 5. Harry, married Sarah Miller and resides in
Lewistown, a machinist.
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