W. M. BOCKIUS, a progressive farmer of Shenango Township, owns a fine farm of forty acres, on which he has passed
his life since he was ten years old. He was born in Hickory Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, January 27,
1848, and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Martin) Bockius.
The grandfather was Daniel Bockius, who took part in the War of 1812. He was born in 1782, in Holland, where he
learned the trade of bookbinding. This he followed in Philadelphia, and also after settling in Lawrence County,
on the State line, about one half mile above Eastbrook, and in the libraries through this section may yet be found
specimens of his skill. Little is known of the grandmother except that her name was Rachel and that she was of
John Bockius was born in 1820 and was the oldest child of his parents. In 1858 he. left the home farm and moved
to Shenango Township, securing land on the Princeton road, which later became very valuable. He died on this farm
in the fall of 1886, aged sixty six years. In politics he was a Democrat and had frequently served his township
as school director. He married Elizabeth Martin, who was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, a daughter of
William Martin. They had three children: W. M., the only survivor; Augustus, and Maude. The parents were members
of the Presbyterian Church.
W. M. Bockius received his educational training in the schools of Shenango Township. His life has been passed in
agricultural activity. The home farm originally included a part of what is now Cascade Park, and also a number
of acres now utilized by the Lake Erie Railroad. Mr. Bockins raises abundant crops of corn, oats, wheat and hay
on his land, which he cultivates according to modern methods. He has one of the finest apple orchards in this section.
Before marriage, Mrs. Bockius was Miss Elizabeth Riley. She was born in Ireland and is a daughter of Thomas Riley.
Mr. and Mrs. Bookius have the following children: W. S. Augustus, Mary, who is the wife of Frank Stalter, of Allegheny;
Ann, Frances, John and Sarah, twins, and Maude. In politics Mr. Bockius is a Democrat, but takes no active interest
in political campaigns.
20th Century History of
New Castle and Lawrence County
Edited By: Hon. Aaron L. Hazen
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill., 1908
Lawrence County Pennsylvania Biographies
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