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

George W. Sheary


The early records of the Sheary family lead to Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, to George Sheary, born in that county, but later a pioneer of Union county, Pennsylvania, where he followed his trade of tailor and cultivated a farm near Mifflinburg. He and his wife, Fannie Young, were both members of the Lutheran church. Of their thirteen children all are living except one. George Sheary died aged eighty-one years, his wife at the age of seventy-nine years.

Samuel F., son of George and Fannie (Young) Sheary, was born in Lewisburg, Union county, Pennsylvania, 1840. He was well educated and learned his father's trade of tailor. Later he located at Penn's Creek, where he taught school and was postmaster for eighteen years. He is a Republican in politics and a member of the Lutheran church, also of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He married Eva Hartman, born in Snyder county, Pennsylvania, in 1844, daughter of Jacob Hartman, an early settler and farmer of Snyder county, and his wife, Rachael Yeisley, also a native of Snyder county. Children of Samuel F. Sheary: Albert, deceased; Ellen; George W., mentioned below, and Jennie.

George W., son of Samuel F. and Eva (Hartman) Sheary, was born in Snyder county, Pennsylvania, November 2, 1872. He attended the public schools, obtaining a good public school education. He learned the carpenter's trade and in 1898 settled in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, where he followed his trade until 1894. becoming a well known, prosperous and reliable contractor and builder. In 1904 he established a hardware business at No. 28 Valley street, moved in 1905 to No. 37 Valley street, and in 1908 to his present location at No. 50 Valley street. He built his present commodious store in 1907 and there conducts a prosperous business. He has his home on Pennybaker avenue, and has other residence properties in Lewistown. Mr. Sheary began in a small way, but has worked his own way to a secure position in the business world, of which he is an honored, respected member. He is a Republican in politics, a member of the Lewistown Board of Trade, and belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America. In religious faith he is of the Evangelical church.

He married, November 3, 1896, Minnie Grace, daughter of Christian Stine. Child, George William Jr., born May 9, 1904.



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