DANIEL MILSOM,* a highly respected citizen of Aliport, Pa., who has been foreman of Lane No. 5, of the Todd
Brothers Coal Company for the past two years, was born in Brookfield, Trumbull County, Ohio, May 20, 1872, and
is a son of John and Elizabeth (Pritchard) Milsom.
John Milsom was born in 1842 in Bristol, England, and when seven years of age started to work in the mines there.
In 1865 he came to America, landing here the day of President Lincoln's assassination, and he at once went to Brookfield,
Ohio, where he secured work in the mines. After ten or twelve years there he went to Mercer County, Pa., as a miner,
and in April, 1887, came to Allport, Pa. He is now mine foreman for the Berwin White Coal Company, at Smoke Run,
Clearfield County, with which concern he has been connected for fourteen years. Mrs. Milsom, who was born in Scotland
in 1849, preceded her husband to this country. They had a family of eleven children, as follows: W. J., a mine
foreman of Madera; Alice, who is the wife of Joseph Napper of Philipsburg; Charles, who is a mine foreman of Osceola;
John, who holds a like position in the Pittsburg district; Daniel; Elizabeth, who is the wife of Charles Diehi
of Philipsburg; Maggie, who married Thomas Gatehouse of Gates, Pa.; Phoebe, who married Adoiphus Bowser, a mine
foreman of Smoke Run; Annie, who is the wife of William Johns of Smoke Run; Sarah Jane, who married Charles Smith,
an electrician for the Berwin White Coal Company at Janesville; and Eddie, who is a mine foreman near Pittsburg.
Daniel Milsom attended the public schools of Mercer County, and when between twelve and thirteen years of age left
school to work in the mine at Hazzard and continued there until coming to Allport, working in both the Allport
and Rutherford mines. He was employed for four or five years as a blacksmith in the mines, and for the past eight
years has been a foreman. In addition to his comfortable home, Mr. Milsom is the owner of valuable real estate
in Allport, and he is considered one of the good, public spirited men of the town.
On December 22, 1890, Mr. Milsom was united in marriage with Miss Jessie Wilson, whose parents came from Scotland
and settled in Tioga County, Pa., later moving to Clearfield County. Seven children have been born to Mr. and Mrs.
Milsom, namely: John W., who is deceased, and Nellie, Elizabeth, Jean, Alice, Margaret and Adam. Mr. Milsom is
a member of Winburne Lodge No. 931, I. O. O. F., and Clearfield Lodge No. 540, B. P. O. E., also being connected
with Moshannon Lodge, F. & A. M., of Philipsburg. He is a Methodist in his religious views and a stanch 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
Clearfield County Pennsylvania Biographies
Names A to L
Names M to Z
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