Biography of John B. Erway
Potter County, PA Biographies

JOHN B. ERWAY was born in Harrison township, Potter Co., Penn., May 22, 1836, a son of P. P. and Harriet (Hurlbut) Erway. His paternal grandparents were John and Christiana M. (Arter) Erway, who settled in Harrison township in 1829, where they resided until their death. They reared the following named children: Jacob, Anna (Mrs. John Wilbur), Sally (Mrs. David McConnell), Elizabeth (Mrs. William Colvin), Julia (Mrs. Israel Merrick), Catherine (Mrs. John Rose), Pearl P., Henry and George K. The maternal grandparents of John B. Erway were Giles and Jeddah (Metcalf) Hurlbut, who also settled in Harrison township in 1829. P. P. Erway was a farmer by occupation, and a pioneer of Harrison township. He reared a family of eight children: John B., Hestina (Mrs. Hamilton Warner), Elizabeth (Mrs. David Mascho), 4urilla (Mrs. Alex. Logue), Caroline (Mrs. Benjamin Crandall), Oscar, Benjamin F. and Emmett. J. B. Erway was reared in his native township, where most of his life has been spent. He participated in the Civil war, enlisting in August, 1862, in Company G, One Hundred and Forty ninth Pennsylvania Volunteers. He lost his left leg, below the knee, at Chancellorsville, May 2, 1863, and was honorably discharged from the service in September following. After his discharge he returned home, where he remained some time, and afterward went West, spending several years in the Territories, returning to Harrison township in 1883, where, with the exception of one year, he was engaged in business His wife was Mary Fletcher, daughter of William Fletcher, of Tioga county, Penn., by whom he has had two children: Addie M. (Mrs. Ernest Edmunds) and Grace. Mr. Erway is a member of the G. A. R., and in politics he is a stanch Republican.

History of the Counties of
McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania
J. H. Beers & Co. Publishers
Chicago, Ill. 1890

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