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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania

 

JEREMIAH CLOUD, retired miller and distiller, Carmichaels, Penn., was born in Cumberland Township, Greene County, September 3, 1797.  He is a son of Joel and Susannah (Carrington) Cloud, being the oldest in a family of twelve children.  His father was of English-German descent, a native of Chester County, Penn., and was both a farmer and a cooper.  His mother was of Welsh origin.  He received a common school education, and at an early age learned the hatter’s trade, which he followed until he attained his majority.  He was married by Rev. William Barley October 3, 1822, to Jane, daughter of John and Sarah (Wright) Morgan, who were of English descent.  Three of his seven children are now living—Thomas, a farmer; Marion, a millwright; and Sarah Ellen, wife of Joseph Everly.  At the age of twenty-one Mr. Cloud engaged with his father in the distillery business, in which he continued for a period of twenty years.  By reason of the meager facilities of that early day, the distilling art being then in its most primitive state, they could make but slow progress, one barrel a day being considered a big day’s work.  A grist-mill was erected by him in 1846, which for many years was a great convenience and benefit to the people of his neighborhood.  He retired from the cares of an active business life at an advances age.  Mr. Cloud is the owner of 203 acres of valuable farming land in Cumberland Township, He is a self-made man, his success in life being due largely to his strong will and remarkable energy.  He has been an enthusiastic Republican ever since the party was organized; and so steadfast was he in the support of Republican principles that he was never prevailed upon but once to vote for a Democrat.  He was an active politician, but neither desired nor held an office.  His thorough knowledge of politics, however, made him a very popular leader of his party.  Mr. Cloud was reared a Quaker, and although he never joined any religious denomination, his sympathies were with the Society of Friends, of whose doctrines he has ever been an earnest advocate.  Mrs. Cloud, deceased, was a zealous member of t he Baptist Church.

 

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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 – http://freepages.history.rootsweb.com/~arkbios/Greene/index.html.

Date of Transcription: 18 June 2007

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