KEATING JOHN, the subject of this sketch, was born in Huntingdon county, Pa., December 24, 1804, being the
youngest of a family of seven, five sisters and two brothers; all now dead. John was the last survivor. In he came
with his five sisters to Muninsville, Butler county, and in 1838 or '39 he removed with his family to Emlenton
to engage in mercantile business. He formed a partnership with John Vensel in 1846, and erected Richland Furnace
in this county, beginning the manufacture of charcoal-iron the following year. This he prosecuted successfully
for a number of years. About 1850 he moved with his family and took up his residence at the furnace, where he continued
to live till his decease. In 1866 he was elected associate judge as a Democratic candidate, his term expiring 1871.
Hon. Hugh Maguire was his colleague.
Judge Keating was conspicuously identified with the industrialinterests of Richiand township, and his correct and
honorable business principles were rewarded by a comfortable, income. At his death he was possessed of considerable
real estate, much of it having proved valuable oil territory. In social life Mr. Keating was one of the pleasantest
of men; of a kindly and equable temperament, he always preserved agreeable relations with his fellow-men. He died
as he had lived-a consistent Roman Catholic, January 1st, 1881, at the age of seventy six. His wife, Catharine,
daughter of Michael McCullough, deceased, of Pittsburgh, survives him. Of a family of seven children, three, two
daughters and a son, Mr. Hugh Keating, of St. Petersburg, are now living.
History of Clarion County, Pennsylvania
With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches
of some of its prominent pioneers.
EDITED BY: A. J. Davis
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Clairion County Pennsylvania Biographies
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