George Wright Zahniser, of Mercer, Pa., who was born Mar. 19, 1823, and
June 12, 1889. Mr. Zahniser's first wife was Catherine Gaston, youngest
daughter of John I. Gaston, whom he married June 2, 1864, and who was an aunt to
his second wife [Elizabeth Sergeant, daughter of Dr. Albert Sergeant and
Sara E. Gaston, born in Somerville, N. J., May 25, 1835].
Mr. Zahniser graduated from Jefferson College, Canonsburg, Pa., 1846; subsequently entered Princeton Theological Seminary, and was licensed by
the Presbytery of Erie, Pa., April 10, 1851. His pastorates were at
Conneautville, Pa., 1851-'59; Huntington, Pa., 1859-'75. He then removed
to Mercer, Pa., where he filled various supplies in the Presbytery of
Erie until his death. Children: (a) George Brown Zahniser, civil and mining
engineer of Newcastle, Pa., who married, 1902, Ruth Agnew, of Sewickley, Pa.,
has children, Elizabeth and George Brown, 2nd. (b) Katherine Gaston
Zahniser, unmarried (c) Albert Wright Zahniser, civil and mining engineer, now member
of firm of Camp & Zahniser, of Philadelphia, who married, 1905, Hannah
Oliver Barton, of Baltimore, and has children, Hannah Mary, Albert Wright and George Wright.
Somerset County NJ Historical Quarterly Vol V, 1916 , pages 403-404
George W. Zahniser was ordained and installed as pastor [of the
Conneautville Presbyterian Church, Crawford County] September 7, 1853; released,
April 13, 1859.
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