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Oakes, Samuel T.

SAMUEL T. OAKES, one of the men who gains an independent livelihood in Hempfield township, Mercer county, by tilling the soil, was born September 15, 1855, a son of Samuel Oakes, who was born in 1812, in Staffordshire, England. He was a coal miner in his native country, and in 1832 married Hannah Bolton, born in 1813. After their marriage they emigrated to America, settling in Greenville, where he followed coal mining for about four years, then purchased a farm, the homestead where Samuel T., of this notice, was born. He was politically a Democrat. The date of his death was 1881 and that of his good wife 1895. Their children were: Robert, a farmer, of Hickory township; Elizabeth, wife of William Laird, a farmer; Rachel, wife of Joseph Filer, the proprietor of a hotel at Grove City, Pennsylvania; Leah, wife of C. Thompson, a stockman of Greenville; Emma, wife of Samuel Rider, a farmer of Crawford county; Rhoda, wife of Arthur Pierce, a farmer of Crawford county; Eliza, wife of William Wageman, a farmer of Otter Creek township; Sarah, wife of Silas Wells, a blacksmith of Sharon, Pennsylvania; Samuel T., of this sketch.

Samuel T. Oakes was a student at the common schools until he was twenty-one years of age, after which he continued to work with his father until the latter's death. He then took charge of the farm, continuing until 1906, when he bought his present farm, adjoining the old homestead. His place consists of ninety acres, which by energy and much labor he has brought to a high state of cultivation. It is now among the best places within the bounds of Hempfield township, and is styled the "Pleasant View Farm." In August, 1908, Mr. Oakes began the erection of a beautiful two-story house, furnace-heated, with hot water, bath and all modern conveniences, a residence which is a credit to the township of Hempfield.

Politically Mr. Oakes votes the Democratic ticket and has served his township three terms as supervisor and the same number of terms as school director. In church relations he is of the Reformed church. He was united in marriage September 15, 1879, at Greenville, to Sarah Agnes Haws, born in 1859, a daughter of Thomas Haws, a farmer, and his wife, Barbara (Lubold) Haws. He is now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Oakes have the-following children: Clara, wife of Edward Kaufman, an employe of the Bessemer Railroad shops : Samuel, deceased ; Miles II., assisting his father on the farm; Clifton and Clayton (twins), both at home.


 

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