Mifflin County Biographies
"History of the Juniata Valley and Its People, Vol. II" 1913
This family descends from German ancestors, the
first to arrive in the United States being John F.
Nighthart, born in Germany, July 29, 1820. He
was well educated, a fine linguist, speaking seven different languages
fluently. He was a coach trimmer and saddler by trade. He came to
the United States when a young man, and settled in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, where he died May 3, 1874. On February 18, 1865, he enlisted
in Company C. Seventy-eighth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, and
served until September 11, 1865, when he was honorably discharged.
He married Catherine E. Peters, born in Germany, February 3, 1830,
came to the United States unmarried, and died in Lewistown, October
15, 1905, surviving her husband thirty-one years. She was a member of
the Presbyterian church. Children: John H., born May 10, 1852, died
November 1, 1906; William, living in Lewistown; Mary Ellen; Charles,
(see below); John L.; Frank.
Charles, son of John F. and Catherine E. (Peters) Nighthart,
was born in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, April 21, 1860. He attended the
public schools, and later learned the trade of printer. Subsequently he
entered the employ of the Standard Steel Company, and is a worker in
the hammer shop at the Steel Works. For the past twenty-six years he
has been a breeder of fine poultry, specializing in Buff and White Leghorns and White Orphingtons, his pens containing prize winners at
poultry shows. Mr. Nighthart is a Republican in politics, and a member
of the Lutheran church. He is a member of Lewistown Lodge, No.
203, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. He married, in 1882, at Lewistown, Sarah Rebecca Grove, born in Mifflin county, Pennsylvania,
daughter of George and Catherine (Decker) Grove, of Snyder county,
later of Lewistown, where Mr. Grove died at an advanced age, May 29,
1905, his wife passing away in 1911, aged seventy-seven years. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Nighthart: George Edward, born July 13, 1884;
Charlotte May, March 10, 1888; Lester Abbott, May 14, 1890. The
family home is at No. 318 Valley street, Lewistown.
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