Biography of William H. Warner
Potter County, PA Biographies

WILLIAM H. WARNER, one of the early settlers of Potter county, Penn.,. was born in the town of Bristol, county of Hartford, State of Connecticut, July 1, 1792. His father's name was Samuel, who came from England when quite young; his mother's name was Mary Jerome. He also had three brothers: Benjamin. Samuel and Jerome, and three sisters: Sally, Cynthia and Polly When eighteen years of age, he and his younger brother, who was sixteen, went on foot to the town of Preble, Cortland Co., N. Y., where they hired out, went to work, and in time saved enough to buy a farm, which they cleared up and improved, when, through some defect in the title, they lost it all. In 1819 he married Polly Gill, daughter of John Gill, of Preble, and, after they had lost their home, he set out to find another; and in 1825 came with his wife and two boys (one aged five years and the other six months) to Potter county, Penn., and settled in the northwest corner of Harrison township, a very thinly settled part of the county, at which time there were only seven inhabitants between their residence and Coudersport, a distance of twenty eight miles. Deer were plentiful, and furnished about all the meat they had, with a little bear meat occasionally for variety. Wolves were also plentiful, and they could be heard howling nights very often. One morning Mr. Warner found sixteen sheep lying dead in a small field, not over ten rods from the house; in fact, all the sheep he owned had been killed by the wolves. In 1832 he was appointed justice of the peace, which office he held for twelve consecutive years; he was also one of the county commissioners at the time of the building of the first courthouse. Politically he was a Democrat; religiously he was brought up a strict Presbyterian, but in after years he became a Universalist and a firm believer in that faith. He was loved and respected by all who became acquainted with him and died November 1, 1861 His widow survived him sixteen years. and died at the age of seventy nine years.


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


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