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Daniel Chisolm

Daniel, eldest son of Alexander and Mary Ann (Williams) Chisholm, was born February 26, 1845, near Van Kirks, now the residence of the widow of Joseph M. Thompson on the McClellandtown road from Uniontown in German township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania.

He was educated in the public schools of German township and Uniontown, and began business life as a clerk in a Uniontown dry goods store in 1861, remaining until 1864, then on February 29, he was mustered into the United States service, enlisting in Company K, One Hundred and Sixteenth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, 116th Regiment, seeing sixteen months of strenuous service. He was engaged in the battles of the Wilderness, May 5, 6, 1864, where his cap was shot from his head; Spottsylvania Court House, May 12, 1864, and for a period of nearly two months was continually under fire at Cold Harbor, Poe River, Petersburg, where he was wounded in the leg, and several other battles. At Strawberry Plains he received a slight wound, but was never taken prisoner. He was honorably discharged and mustered out of the service at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 9, 1865.

He then returned to Uniontown, where for fifteen years he was a drug clerk. In 1879 he embarked in the dry goods business on Pittsburgh street opposite the post office, remaining at that location for fifteen years, having added largely to his original store, as business increased and prosperity came. In 1894 he bought the building at 27 West Main street, where he removed his large stock and still continues in successful business operation. He is a member of the Presbyterian church, and a Republican in politics.

He married, May 16, 1878, Sarah Ann Clarke, born January 30, 1853, near Martin 's church, near the Monongahela river, Monongalia county, West Virginia, She is the fifth child of William Fruzard and Sarah A. (Batton) Clarke, of Springfield township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, and granddaughter of Matthew James Clarke, a prosperous merchant and large slave owner of Gerradstown, Berkeley county, West Virginia, and his wife, Sarah Ann (Gaw) Clarke. William Fruzard Clarke was born March 14, 1815, in Gerrardstown, Berkeley county, West Virginia. He clerked in his father's store until attaining his majority, then engaged in mercantile business with his brother at Mobile, Alabama. He came to Springhill township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, and engaged in farming, then moved to West Virginia, remaining eleven years, engaged in agriculture. He then returned to Springhill township and purchased a farm. In 1870 he visited Missouri, later moving his residence to that state. He next moved to the state of Nebraska, settling in the Nemaha Valley, where he died July 14, 1890. He married Sarah Ann Batton, who died in Springhill township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, March 14, 1864, daughter of John H. Batton, son of Thomas H. Batton, son of Thomas Batton, who took a warrant for the Batton homestead in Springhill township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, dated April 5, 1769, containing three hundred and thirty-one and a quarter acres. The home-stead still remains in the hands of descendants.

Children of Daniel and Sarah Ann Chisholm; 1. Alexander, born January 19, 1879, at the family residence, near the bridge on West Fayette street, Uniontown, Pennsylvania; he married, June 26, 1900, Nellie Irene, daughter of Frank W. and Eleanor (Fox) Andrews; one child, Sarah E., born March 19, 1903; Mr. Chisholm is a clerk in the dry goods business. 2. Clarke MacQueen, born March 25, 1884, at the family residence on Berkeley avenue, west of the Catholic Church, Uniontown, Pennsylvania; he married, March 25, 1912, Mabel Gladys, daughter of Frank H. and Lucy (Hawkins) Rosboro, the latter deceased; Mr. Chisholm is employed in his father's mercantile establishment.

Source: Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, John W. Jordan, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1912.