Biography of William H. Densham
Clearfield County, PA Biographies

WILLIAM HENRY DENSHAM, whd conducts a general mercantile business at Oak Grove and Hawk Run, Clearfield county, Pa., is president of the Morris Township School Board and is a representative citizen in every laudable way. He was born in Devonshire, England, March 2, 1872, and is a son of John and Mary Ann (Creber) Densham.

John Densham brought his family to Morrisdale, Clearfield county, Pa., in August, 1888. He was a coal miner and his death was occasioned by an injury received in the Morrisdale shaft, March 2, 1899, at the age of fifty seven years. His widow survived, was twice married, and died August 22, 1909. The following children were born to John Densham and his wife: Elizabeth Ann, who is the wife of Richard Davy, of Oak Grove; Martha, who is the wife of Harry Barkell, of Plymouth, Eng.; John, a farmer, who resides at Oak Grove; Jane, who is the wife of Josiah Jones, of Morrisdale; William H.; Samuel; who is foreman for the Morrisdale Coal Company, and married Elizabeth Vinton; and Lena, who is the wife of Henry Vinton, of Clairton, Pa., who is an electrician.

William H. Densham attended school in his native land and also the night schools of Morrisdale, after the family settled there, and thus secured an excellent education and has always been an active supporter of the cause of education, consenting to serve again and again on the school board of his township. He was a mine worker until 1899, and since 1902 has been in business at his present location, at Oak Grove, and in December, 1910, opened a general store also at Hawk Run.

Mr. Densham was married August 9, 1896, to Miss Agnes Neal, who was born in Tioga county, Pa., February 11, 1872, her parents, Jeremiah and Jane (Tate) Neal, having come from England. Mr. and Mrs. Densham have had eight children: Mary, Mildred, Jane, Beatrice, Ruth, Theodore, and two are now deceased. Mr. Densham is identified fraternally with the Golden Eagles and the Order of Moose. In partnership with Mr. Shugarts and Charles Wrye, Mr. Densham is also interested in a grain and feed business at Morrisdale. He is a self made man, having won financial independence entirely through his own efforts. As a business man he stands high and his relations with his neighbors sociaily are kind and friendly. Politically he is a Republican.

Note - Sketches unrevised by subscribers are distinguished by a small astrict (*).

Twentieth Century History of
Clearfield County, Pennsylvania
and Representative Citizens.
BY: Roland D. Swoope, Jr.
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co,
Chicago, Ill. 1911

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