Biography of William Shields
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WILLIAM SHIELDS, retired, Clarington, was born in North Londonderry, Ireland, August 9, 1820, and is a son of William and Margaret (Douglass) Shields. He was educated in Ireland, and in 1847 came to America, remainirig in New York City for some time, then went to Putnam county, N. Y., where he obtained employment in the blacksmith department of the West Point Foundry, remaining there three years. In 1850 he moved to Jefferson county, Penn., and obtained employment in the lumber woods. May 1, 1851, he came to Clarington, and for five years worked for Mr. Armstrong. He then purchased the hotel known as the Shields House. which he conducted for twenty one years, and since then he has been engaged in farming. Mr. Shields married, October 13, 1851, Miss Nancy Winlack, of Jefferson county, Penn., and they have reared three children: W. D. and S. H., merchants in Clarington, and Jennie, living at home. Mr. Shields is a member of the Democratic party and served five years as justice of the peace.

From:
History of the Counties of
McKean, Elk and Forest,
Pennsylvania
With Biographical Selections.
J. H. Beers & Co., Publishers
Chicago, 1890.


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