George Bisher

Male 1828 -


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  • Name George Bisher  [1, 2, 3
    Birth 14 Nov 1828  [4, 5
    Born 24 Nov 1828  Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Gender Male 
    Person ID I3558  Bishir Family | Samuel & Elizabeth Bisher
    Last Modified 14 Apr 2017 

    Father Samuel Bisher,   b. 28 Sep 1791, North Hampton County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1867, Ross, Luzerne, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Van Horn,   b. 22 Apr 1801, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1885, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married Bef 1819  [4, 6
    Family ID F1426  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hannah H. Pringle,   b. Abt 1836, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1 Jan 1856  Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Children 
     1. Geraldine Bisher,   b. Abt 1857
     2. Frances E. Bisher,   b. 1864
    +3. George Pardee Bisher,   b. Mar 1866, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Daisy Bisher
    Last Modified 14 Apr 2017 
    Family ID F1433  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • George was living in a boarding house(?) in Denison, Luzerne, PA in 1850. He was married by 1860 and living in Kingston, Luzerne, PA.

      GEORGE BISHER, engineer at the Parrish Colliery, Plymouth. Among the early of Luzerne county may be mentioned the Bisher family. Samuel W. Bisher, the father of our subject, was born in 1791 in the State of New Jersey, and settled in Huntington township, this county, in 1824. He was married to Elizabeth VanHorn, who was born in 1801 at Bethlehem, Pa. They settled in this county at a very early period, being one of the pioneer families who were subjected to the hardships of those early times. Nine children were born to Samuel and Elizabeth Bisher, the subject of this sketch being the fourth, born November 24, 1828. He was educated in his native county; the facilities for learning at that time being limited, only those who could pay for tutorship were given instruction. George was reared on a farm, and at the age of nineteen began railroading, having taken a position as fireman on the Beaver Meadow Railroad. He fired for six months and was then given an engine to run. It was one of those early type engines without a cab, the engineer carrying an umbrella in stormy weather. The machine was run on wooden rails or a wooden track, with strap-iron nailed on the top surface for the purpose of protecting the wood from the iron wheels of the locomotive, which ran at the then tremendous speed of six miles per hour. Mr. Bisher remained on this line seven years, taking a position at the end of that time, in 1859, as engineer on the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad, which then extended from Scranton to Rupert, Pa. Here he remained two years, then taking charge of the engine that was used to transfer coal from Nos. 4 and 5 to the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad below the Bull Run crossing. He ran this locomotive for six years, leaving the road at the end of that period, and taking charge of the hoisting engines at the Lance Colliery No. 11, where he handled the levers for thirteen years, having begun when the mine was first opened. Mr. Bisher then went to the Parrish Mines as breaker engineer, in which capacity he was employed for three years; at the end of that time he took charge of the fan engine, which position he has since occupied. He was married January 1, 1856, to Hannah J., daughter of Samuel and Huldah (Ives) Pringle, and four children have been born to this union, namely: Geraldine, Francis E., G. Pardee and Daisy. Mr. Bisher is a Republican in politics, and has for thirty-eight years been a member of the I.O.O.F. The family attend the Methodist Episcopal Church.
      History of Luzerne County, Pa., by H.C. Bradsby, 1893

  • Sources 
    1. [S661] Luzerne PA's Master Surname Information List (Yahoo! group).

    2. [S446] 1860 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004).

    3. [S426] 1850 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005).

    4. [S424] World Family Tree vol. 28, ed. 1.

    5. [S393] Ferguson, Bret website www.our-town.com/~brit, (Stephenville, Texas).

    6. [S825] Bisher, Paul Harrison II, (http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/b/i/s/Paul-H-Bisher/PDFGENEO1.pdf).