DE LANCY H. WARING, a successful farmer of Morris Township, and formerly a county commissioner, was born in
this township, one mile from where he resides, in September, 1850. He is a son of Samuel and Susannah (Shimmell)
Samuel Waring was born in England and came to America and settled in Morris Township, Clearfield County, in March,
1830. He bought a farm from James Allport, who was also a native of England and was the first settler in Morris
Township. Samuel Waring was an educated man and was not only a farmer but also a teacher and a surgeon. His death
occurred in 1851, at the age of fifty seven years. His father as well as the father of his wife crossed the Atlantic
Ocean, the latter coming from Germany. Samuel Waring married Susannah Shimmell, who died in 1879, at the age of
sixty nine years. They had eight children, namely: James, who died in infancy; Catherine, who married first Newton
Antis, and secondly John Ebbs, and resides at Philipsburg, being now in her seventy second year; William, who lives
near Clearfield; George, who was a lumberman and died in 1899; John, who has lived in Oregon since 1876; Samuel,
who lives in the State of Washington; Elizabeth, who was married first to George Wagner and secondly to John Sullivan,
is now a widow and lives in Morris Township; and De Lancey H.
De Lancey H. Waring was the youngest born in his parents' family and he secured his education in the Allport schools
and at Pine Grove Academy, in Center County. After leaving school he was engaged for a time in the lumber business
in Clearfield and Center Counties. In 1875 he had bought his farm, originally containing 106 acres, but now having
but ninety. It was formerly the property of Joseph Rothrock, who built a large barn, but Mr. Waring had to move
into a log house and it remained the home until 1876, when he put up his present comfortable residence, making
many improvements from time to time. He found an orchard in bearing condition but he set out the trees that now
bear the choice fruit for which the place is noted, while he also made provision for small fruits, and each season
brings an abundance of currants, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries. He takes pardonable pride in the appearance
of his fine estate. From a part of the land he cleared the stumps and with careful methods prepared the soil for
the high state of cultivation that it shows.
In 1875 Mr. Waring was married to Miss Sarah C. Hicks, a daughter of William and Elizabeth Hicks, the former of
whom was reared in Elk County and the latter in Center County. William Hicks was a lumberman and also worked around
the mines. Both he and wife died near Osceola, Pa. Mr. and Mrs. Waring have had children born to them as follows:
Millie, who is the wife of Charles Dailey, of Altoona; Elizabeth, who is the wife of Thomas Murphey, and they have
five children; Susan, who died unmarried, at the age of twenty one years: Eliza, who is the wife of John Johnson
of Philadelphia who is employed with the Stephen Green Publishing Co. (has one child) : Marjorie, who is a teacher
at Morrisdale; Alfred C., a resident of Altoona, who owns and operates a vacuum cleaner; and Thomas, who assists
on the home farm. Mr. Waring's children have all been well educated and all the girls have taught school, with
the exception of Susan. Mr. Waring was reared an Episcopalian but the family attend the Methodist Episcopal church.
He is an interested and useful member of Center Hill Grange, in Graham township, and belongs to Moshannon Lodge
No. 391, F. & A. M. He is one of the leading Democrats of the township and at different times has held almost
every office, serving as school director, treasurer for several terms, auditor for some four terms, filling that
important office when this township was united with Cooper township, and at present is township assessor. In 1896
he was elected a county commissioner and served out his term with faithful efficiency. Perhaps no man in Morris
township stands higher in the personal esteem of his fellow citizens.
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
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