Biography of Adam M Hope
Lawrence County, PA Biographies

ADAM MORRISON HOPE, a representative farmer of Narth Beaver Township, residing on his fine farm of eighty eight. acres, located just east of the Hope school house, which is located on a part of his farm, was born in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, on an adjoining farm, August 13, 1825. He is a son of John and Betsey. (McKibben) Hope.

The first of the Hope family to settle in North Beaver Township was James Hope, who came in 1800, and two years later came Adam Hope, the grandfather of Adam Morrison. He came here from Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, in 1802, and settled on the farm which his grandson now owns. At that time little clearing had yet been done in this section and Adam Hope cut down trees, cleared out the brush, put the rich soil in excellent condition and made a large number of the improvements which make this old farm a comfortable one on which to live. The remainder of Adam Hope's life was spent on this place. He was of the sturdy old pioneer type and became a man of standing in his section.

John Hope, father of Adam M., was born on this old homestead farm and in early manhood he married a daughter of Hugh McKibben, who was also an early settler who had come to Lawrence County from Center County to survey land. He was pleased with the conditions he found in North Beaver Township and took up 400 acres for himself. The wife of John Hope was born and reared on the farm now owned by G. A. Martin. The father of Mr. Hope died on. the home farm and the mother passed away subsequently at Petersburg, Ohio.

Adam Morrison Hope was mainly reared on the farm which lies just west of his own. He learned the carpenter trade when he was a young man, but later purchased a farm and engaged in agricultuial pursuits. He has a nice property and a well stocked farm.

In 1851 Mr. Hope was married to Mary Ann Rock, who was born and reared in Springfield Township, Mahoning County, Ohio. She is a daughter of George and Elizabeth (Young) Rock. They were farming people in Mahoning County, where their lives, were spent. To Mr. and Mrs. Hope nine children were born, namely: Eliza Jane, who died when aged twenty one years; Rachel, who died when aged fourteen years; Martha Ellen, who married Eli Sipe, and they have one daughter, Eva, who is the wife of Floyd Johnson, and. they have one daughter, Olive; Clara; Viola, who married James Reed, and they have two daughters, Mary Ilga. and Hilda Vesta, and the latter is the wife of Louis Gailey, the former of whom is the wife of David Woods; Mary Adella, who married Robert Hope, and they have one daughter, Jane Marie, wife of James Edward Hamill, and they have a daughter, Florence Muriel; Florence Belle; John, who married Janet Woods, and they have four children, William Earol, John Harold, Rebecca Marie and Elizabeth Woods; and William Henry, who married May Musser. They have two children, Helen Gertrude and Grace Viola. Mr. and Mrs. Hope have two great grandchildren, little Florence Muriel Hamill and Olive Johnson.

Mr. and Mrs. Hope have resided on this farm since May, 1862. They are members of .the Westfield Presbyterian Church, of which he has been an elder for forty years, being the oldest man in that congregation both in years and in point of service.

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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