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Free Genealogy Biography of John Maust,
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John Maust

John H., ninth child of Jacob (3) and Charlotte (Frazee) Maust, was born in South Union township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, at what is now the Beeson Coke Works, July 9, 1856. His parents returned to Garrett county, Maryland, three years after his birth, therefore, his youth was spent in that county. He had little chance to obtain an education as there were no schools in that section until after the civil war. He came to Fayette county when a lad of twelve years, taking up the battle of life at that early age. He worked on the farm owned by Widow Sarah Hellen -first for his board and clothes, later was paid the regular wages of a farm hand. He remained with Mrs. Hellen nine years. Later at the age of twenty-eight years he began learning the carpenter's trade under the instruction of J. B. Nabors, his brother-in-law. After five years as apprentice and journeyman he started business for himself as building contractor and house mover. He is located at No. 103 Walnut street, Uniontown, where he purchased and remodeled a residence in 1904. He is well established in business and keeps constantly employed six or eight gangs of workmen in new building and house moving, having outfits for moving several buildings at the same time. He is a Republican in politics, and with his family belongs to Central Christian Church, Uniontown. He is a member of the Fraternal Order of Owls.

He married, February 28, 1881, Frances Nabors, born in Greene county, Pennsylvania, near Dunkard Post Office, October 31, 1850, daughter of James and Hannah Letetia (Brown) Nabors. James Nabors was born in Preston county, West Virginia, January 28, 1825, died May 9, 1903. He was a carpenter by trade and a veteran of the civil war, having served three and a half years in Company E, Fourteenth Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry, 159th Regiment. About 1851 he moved to Springhill township, Fayette county, where he lived until 1870, then settled in Uniontown, where he was tipstaff at the court house for twelve years. He was an ordained deacon of the Baptist church and a man highly respected. Hannah Letetia (Brown) Nabors, his wife, was a daughter of George Brown, born in Cumberland, Maryland, a soldier of the war of 1812, grandson of Lord Brown, of Brown Hall, England, whose second son came to America, married and was the father of George Brown. George Brown married Letetia McFarland, born in West Virginia, daughter of Major John McFarland, an officer of the revolution from Cumberland, Maryland, and noted as a hunter. Major McFarland, after the war, moved with his wife and all his household effects loaded on two mules, settling at the Forks of the Cheat river. James Nabors was a son of William Wheat and Rebecca (Bell) Nabors, both of English descent, he born in Virginia where he was a farmer, she also of Virginia birth. Children of James and Hannah L. (Brown) Nabors: 1. Caroline, died aged two years. 2. Frances, of previous mention, wife of John H. Maust. 3. Judson B., deceased. 4. Delia, married Martin Farrington and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 5. James, died in infancy. 6. Clara, living in Uniontown. 7. Letetia, living in Uniontown. 8. George Edward, died aged twenty-three years. Children of John H. and Frances (Nabors) Maust: 1. Letetia Pearl, born June 15, 1884. 2. James Norman, May 22, 1889, cashier at Pennsylvania railroad freight office at Uniontown.

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

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