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JOSEPH SCOWDEN, farmer, P.O. Meadville, was born in this township November 20, 1823, on the farm on which he resides. He is a son of William and Mary (Patterson) Scowden, natives of Clinton County, Penn. William Scowden came to this county when but nine years of age, settling in Greenwood Township, and there spending the remainder of his days. Mary Patterson, his wife, was born in Pittsburgh, and. came to this county in 1797 with her parents. Our subject and his brother William, who resides in Meadville, are the only survivors of a family of eight children, who all grew to maturity. Our subject was married in September, 1851, to Mary A., daughter of Reuben Brown, and, they had seven children, of whom six survive, viz.: Edward A., Fred B., Joseph, James, George S. and Florence E. Edward A. married Annie Weller, and they have one son— Clyde. Mr. Scowden was School Director two years in the township and twelve years in the city, and for nine years County Commissioner, when he again removed to the township, where he has a finely cultivated farm with a thriving lot of small fruit, peaches and other fruit trees. Mr. Scowden is a worthy representative of the farming interest, and is a lover of literature, considering good and useful books among the most essential furnishings of a well- conducted home.