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Shorts, Robert Crispen

ROBERT CRISPEN SHORTS, son of William and Martha J. (Witherup) Shorts, was born September 7, 1826, in Trumbull county, Ohio. He removed to Pennsylvania in the year 1830, where he has lived the greater part of his life to the present time. He attended the schools of the neighborhood and received only a limited education. His occupation has been farming. He was married in 1853 at the age of twenty- seven to Catharine Bunnell, daughter of Alfred and Rachel Bunnell of Venango county; they are the parents of six children, the oldest of whom, Elwilda Viola, died at the age of one year. The five living are: William Lawrence; Floretta Florence, wife of Leonadis Heasley, of Franklin; Martha Maud, wife of Robert Blair, of Mercer county; Buena Kate, wife of William Beaver, of Switzerland, now residing in Franklin, and Mary Ellen. His wife, Catharine Bunnell, daughter of Alfred and Rachel Bunnell, was born in 1834. Her grandfather, Bunnell, came from England, lived in Maine for a number of years, then came to reside in Venango county, Pennsylvania. Her grandfather, Cannon, came from Ireland and settled on Sandy creek when it was an unbroken wilderness, inhabited by wild beasts. He made improvements and lived there the remainder of his life. Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Shorts are connected with the Church of God. He has been a Republican since the organization of the party and is a man of very decided views on general matters.


 

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