History of Centre and Clinton County, Pennsylvania, 1893
John Bierly Biography
John Bierly came to Brush valley with his father, Anthony Bierly, and located on the same tract, part of which he owned himself subsequently. He was the oldest son, and the support of the numerous family depended mainly upon himself and his second brother, John, for their father was sickly and unable to do much. He had to work hard to pull through.
He was married to Lucy, a daughter of John Buchtel, who came into the valley about the same time or soon after the Bierlys moved in.
Nicholas lived in the house now occupied by his son, Anthony, where they died, and are both buried in the Lutheran and Reformed Cemetery, Rebersburg; no tombstones to mark their graves. Nicholas Bierly died July 25, 1848, aged seventy-three years; his wife died March 26, 1851, aged seventy-three years.
There were ten children, - Nicholas, born Feb. 12, 1799, died in Sugar valley, aged seventy-eight years; Hannah, born May 26,1800, married to Henry Meyer, residing three miles east of Rebersburg; Michael, born Nov. 25,1801, lives at Madisonburg; John, born Sept. 25, 1803, lives west of Rebersburg two miles; David, born Dec. 6, 1805, moved to Ohio; Anthony, born Aug. 26, 1807, lives on the old farm; Reuben, born March 8, 1809, removed to Missouri; Peter, born April 13, 1814, died near Milesburg; Simeon, born March 25, 1817, dead; George, born July 17, 1819, moved to Ohio.
Source: History of Centre and Clinton Counties, Pennsylvania; John Blair Linn; Philadelphia; Louis H. Everts; 1883.
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