Biography of John Bartle
Lawrence County, Pennsylvania Biographies

JOHN BARTLE, general farmer and representative citizen of Big Beaver Township, resides on his valuable farm of eighty five acres, which is situated eleven miles south of New Castle. He was born July 24, 1861, at Hickory Corners, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, and is a son of William and Sarah (Tindle) Bartle.

William Bartle was born in England. There he was married twice, first to the mother of his oldest son, George, who later served in the Civil War, in the United States. His second marriage was to Sarah Bindle, who accompanied him to America. They established their first home at Hickory Corners, near Sharon, Pa., but later moved to Oil City, where they lived for a number of years, where William Bartle worked as weighmaster for a coal company. Later he worked in the coal mines in that vicinity for six years. When his days of activity were over he retired to Wampum, where he died in 1892, at the age of seventy eight years. The death of his second wife occurred prior to 1873. They had five children, namely: Sarah, who married Richard Grinned; John; William, deceased; Jane, who married Watt Davis, and Thomas.

John Bartle was small enough to be carried a part of the distance on his father's back when the family removed from Hickory Corners to Oil City, and he remained at home until his own marriage. In early boyhood he attended school for a short time, but was not over eight years of age when he began to earn wages by working in a coal bank. His first duty was to bail out water, with a half gallon bucket, and then he was advanced to the position of mule driver, later became a miner and still later was made track layer and still works in that position, in the employ of the Beaver Coal & Coke Company, No. 3, whose mine is partly situated on his farm. Following his marriage he lived at Possum Hollow, where he worked in a coal bank for a time and then rented the Thomas Cross farm for two years. In 1892 he bought the first ten acres of his present farm from Ernest Barber, and to the original purchase he added from time to time until he has now as large an acreage as he can comfortably cultivate. Since acquiring this land he has done a large amount of improving, this including the erection of all the present substantial buildings.

Mr. Bartle was married in 1884 to Julia Seaburn. who is a daughter of William and Sarah (Fye) Seaburn, and they have had seven children: Thomas, Frank, David, Nettie, Sarah, Mary and George. Thomas died aged two years and Sarah aged three years. David is a soldier in the United States army and is serving in the Philippine Islands as a member of Battery A, Fifth Regiment. Mrs. Bartle's parents live on the same farm with Mr. and Mrs. Bartle. They had thirteen children, two of whom are deceased, Reuben and William H. The survivors are: Mary Jane, Matilda, Minnie, Elizabeth, Julia, Benjamin, David, William, Nettie and George.

In his political views, Mr. Bartle is a Republican. He takes an active interest in public affairs and has served in local offices.

20th Century History of
New Castle and Lawrence County
Edited By: Hon. Aaron L. Hazen
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill., 1908

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