Mifflin County Biographies
"History of the Juniata Valley and Its People, Vol. II" 1913

Samuel D. Postlethwaite


Samuel D. Postlethwaite, born November 27, 1811, in Newton Hamilton, was a son of Thomas Irwin Postlethwaite, born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, in 1779, son of John Postlethwaite, born in Lancaster county, 1736, married (first) Hannah Wright, and in 1789, settled in Mifflin county, Pennsylvania. The father of John was ----- Postlethwaite, an early settler of Lancaster county, who kept a house of public entertainment, and in 1729, at his house, known as Postlethwaite Tavern, was held the first court in Lancaster county under the Crown. Thomas Irwin Postlethwaite, born in Lancaster, was an early settler of Mifflin county, where he was a prominent, influential and prosperous farmer. He served in the state legislature and in other public positions. He married Nancy Drake. Children: Thomas, Samuel D., William. Jackson, Eliza, Jane, John and David. Samuel D. Postlethwaite was a cabinetmaker by trade, later a farmer, until his death, November 27, 1892. He was a faithful member of the Presbyterian church, and in politics a Democrat. He married, December 15, 1840, Eleanor Van Dyke, born in Paradise, Northumberland county, Pennsylvania, January 29, 1823, died March 6. 1906. Children of Samuel D. Postlethwaite: I. Thomas, a Union soldier, killed at the battle of Fredericksburg. 2. Lambert. 3. Mary Jane, married Marion Van Courte; three children: Elmer, Mary and Mabel. 4. Porter, died when a young man. 5. Ella E., wife of James D. Ricketts. 6. Alice A., married W. S. Caldwell. 7. Charles B., married and lives in Kansas. 8. John M. 9. Samuel H.



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