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Free Genealogy Biography of George Smith
and Peter Ankeny,
Pennsylvania Volunteers of the Civil War

George Smith and Peter Ankeny

George H., eldest son of John L. Smith, was born in Hooversville, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, May 18, 1843, died May 15, 1906. He was educated in the public school of Somerset, attending until the age of eighteen years.

He then served an apprenticeship at the carpenter's trade, continuing as a journeyman until his enlistment in Company G, Ninety-third Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, 93rd Regiment. He served for over a year and fought with the Army of the Potomac at Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864; Fall of Petersburg, April 2, 1865; Sailors Creek, April 6, 1865, and in other engagements.

After the war he returned to Somerset county, where he purchased a farm near Listie of two hundred acres, on which he resided for the twenty-six years prior to his death. He also did a great deal of building and contracting in addition to his farming operations. Previously he had purchased the Ankeny farm and operated it for some years.

He was a strong Republican and served his township and county as school and poor director. He was public-spirited and aided in all matters of public concern. He was a member of R. P. Cummings Post, Grand Army of the Republic, of Somerset, and with his wife belonged to the Reformed church. He never was known to have a sick day until his last illness, when he took his bed on Friday, dying the following Tuesday, in his sixty-third year.

He married, July 9, 1871, Susan Ankeny, born November 30, 1849, daughter of Peter (2) and Mary (Zimmerman) Ankeny, and granddaughter of Peter (1) Ankeny, of the early Somerset county family.

Peter Ankeny (2) was a farmer, enlisted in the Ninety-third Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, 93rd Regiment, and died in a Union hospital at Baltimore, Maryland, during the civil war.

Mary Zimmerman was a daughter of Michael Zimmerman, judge of the Somerset county circuit court. The Ankenys are of French and Scotch blood; the Zimmermans of German descent. Children of Peter (2) Ankeny: 1. Susan, of previous mention, wife of George H. Smith. 2. William, married Sadie Steel, whom he survives, a resident of Connellsville. 3. Josiah, married Amanda Ripple and resides at Windber, Pennsylvania. 4. John, married Anna Gardner and resides at Johnstown, Pennsylvania, engaged in contracting and building. 5. Kate, married George W. Smith and resides in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania. 6. Alonzo, married Anna Heipel and resides in Jenner township, Somerset county, Pennsylvania. 7. Elizabeth, married William Beachley and resides in Akron, Ohio; he is an expert carpenter. Children of George H. and Susan (Ankeny) Smith: 1. Huldah W., born February 14, 1872, resides with her widowed mother. 2. Russell K., of whom further. 3. Mary M., born February 3, 1876, died in infancy. 4. Michael Z., born April 28, 1877, a wholesale confectioner of Johnstown, Pennsylvania; married, October 22, 1902, Elizabeth S., daughter of Isaac and Louisa (Gonder) Heiple; children: Mary Alta, born April 25, 1903; Edmund R., born March 6, 1911. 5. Edmund B., born March 28, 1879, unmarried, resides in Johnstown with his mother and sister. 6, Emma O., twin of Edmund B., married, February 11, 1903 Oscar D. Weigle, born November 28, 1881, son of Jacob and Abbie (Hill) Weigle; they reside in Johnstown. 7. Gertrude R., born June 4, 1880, married, May 22, 1905, Arthur G., son of Henry and Elizabeth (Coleman) Hoffman; they reside in Johnstown. 8. Jennie E., born April 6, 1882, married, June 28, 1905. Bruce U. P., son of Daniel and Catherine (Gohn) Cobaugh; children: George Daniel, born June 28, 1906 and Margaret, born March 15, 1911. Professor Cobaugh is principal of the high school at Connellsville, Pennsylvania. 9. Kate Naomi, born 29, 1884, married Edward Whipperman and resides at Listie, Somerset county, Pennsylvania. 10. Alta D., born July 25, 1889, resides at home

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

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