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PETER BOGARDUS, Postmaster and farmer, P.O. Black Ash, was born in Allegany County, N.Y., December 16, 1838, son of Nicholas Bogardus, also a native of Allegany County, born April 17, 1815, and son of Peter and Elizabeth (Dempsey) Bogardus, natives of New York, and parents of seven children. Nicholas, who is the fifth in the family, came to this county and located on the farm where he now lives, and which at that time was in a state of nature. He was married to Fanny Taft, who died leaving to his care three sons: Peter, Timothy and Mark. His second wife, Isabel Hoffman, is a native of Warren County. He has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for about forty years. Our subject, who has always followed the occupation of a farmer, was appointed, in 1878, Postmaster at Black Ash, where he opened a small grocery business. He was married March 20, 1860, to Emily A. Daniels, a native of this county, born October 10, 1840; died September 18, 1863, leaving one son— James B.— born January 17,1861, married December 25, 1883, to Ida L. Boals, born in Venango County, Penn., June 14, 1865. Abigail Adkinson, second wife of our subject, was born in South Shenango Township, December 4, 1836; died August 11, 1874, leaving three children: Emily J., Alfred E. and Peter L. Mr. Bogardus was married for the third time January 27, 1876, to Ellen Oaks, born in this county August 17, 1841. Our subject is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church; of the K of H. at Guy’s Mills; has filled several township offices.