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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania


ISAAC T. BIDDLE, deceased, who was a farmer and stock-grower, was born in New Jersey, in the year 1799.  He was a son of Timothy and Mary (Taylor) Biddle, natives of New Jersey and of English and German origin.  His father, who was a shoemaker in early life, came to Washington County, Penn., in 1802, and carried on farming for twenty-eight years.  In 1840 I. T. Biddle came to Greene County and bought a farm in Cumberland Township, and one year later his father, Timothy Biddle, came to the same farm.  I. T. took charge of the farm and continued his father’s business of farming and stock-growing, devoting his time principally to the raising of fine sheep.  He succeeded in accumulating a handsome fortune, but in later years met with serious reverses by the failure of three banks in which he lost about $40,000.  This proved a serious disarrangement in his financial affairs, but he was a good business man and died in fair circumstances after reaching a good old age.  His widow, whom he married in Washington County, still survives him.  Her maiden names was Jane Kerney, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Montgomery) Kerney.  Mrs. Biddle was born in Washington County, September 16, 1804, and is of Irish lineage.  Mr. and Mrs. Biddle had a family of eleven children, Seven now living—Eliza, wife of Edward Carson; Mary, wife of Lewis Jennings; Morgan, who married Eunice Patterson; Nathan H., married Zillah Bailey and lives on the old homestead; John, married Mary Barclay; Amanda, wife of Dis South; and Edith F., wife of Walter Richey.  Mr. and Mrs. Biddle have been faithful members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, in which he served as elder for many years.  Mrs. Biddle has property in Carmichaels, where she still resides, an active and remarkably well preserved woman for her age, and loved and respected by all who know her.


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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania

Samuel P. Bates

Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago. 1888


Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles

The Greene County, Pennsylvania Biographies Project –

Date of Transcription: 18 June 2007

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