Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, 1912

Metzler Family Biography

This family was founded in the United States by Jacob Metzler, who came from Germany when young, grew to manhood in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, learned the trade of miller and became prosperous. He owned land as well as a mill, married and founded a family. Among his sons were Isaac and John.

(II) John, son of Jacob Metzler, was born in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, and was a farmer of that county. After his marriage he moved to near Bruceton, West Virginia, where he remained until death. He married Rmetzlerl Ross, born in Somerset county, Pennsylvania. Children: 1. Harrison, now a farmer of Somerset county. 2. James, killed in a railroad accident at Newburg, West Virginia. 3. Noah, of whom further. 4. Isaiah, now living at Smithfield, Pennsylvania. 5. Jane, now living at the old home near Bruceton. 6. Sarah, married Jacob Snyder, whom she survives, a resident of Kingwood, West Virginia. 7. A daughter, deceased, married Aaron Lenhart.

(III) Noah, son of John Metzler, was born in Somerset county, Pennsylvania. He was a young man when the family moved to West Virginia, settling in Preston county, near Bruceton. He learned the blacksmith's trade, which he followed all the active years of his life in Preston county. During three years of the civil war he served in the Union army as a blacksmith. For the last ten years of his life he lived in Kingwood, West Virginia, having retired from active business in 1908. From 1860 to 1900 he was in business at Albright, Preston county. He was a Republican, served in local offices, and with his wife belonged to the Methodist Episcopal church. He died September 11, 1911, at Kingwood. He married Mary Feather, born in Preston county, West Virginia, daughter of Abraham and Elizabeth Feather, of that county. Abraham Feather was for a great many years a wagoner on the National Pike, freighting between Wheeling and Baltimore. He owned his own teams and a good farm in Preston county. He was a veteran of the civil war, serving in the Union army. Mrs. Mary (Feather) Metzler survives her husband, a resident of Kingwood, West Virginia. Children: 1. Odo F., married William E. Sharps, who is connected with the Wright Metzler Company of Uniontown. 2. Charles R., trainmaster on the M. and K. railroad, residing in Morgantown, West Virginia. 3. Sankey Wesley, of whom further.

(IV) Sankey Wesley, son of Noah Metzler, was born at Albright, Preston county, West Virginia, December 13, 1876. He was educated in the public schools, and began business life as a driver of a delivery wagon for a mercantile firm at Independence, West Virginia. He advanced rapidly and at the end of seven years was owner and manager of the store. He formed a partnership with J. M. Hartley, of Fairmont, West Virginia, and purchased the business from its owner and his old employer, W. E. Sharps. They operated the store successfully for five years, then in association with F. W. Wright organized in February, 1904, the Wright, Metzler Company to operate a department store at Connellsville, Pennsylvania, with F. W. Wright as president and S. W. Metzler as secretary and treasurer. In 1907 the company established a department store on East Main street, Uniontown, which has been a very successful enterprise. This store comprises eleven departments, employs at all times fifty clerks and a much greater number in the busier seasons. Besides his mercantile business, Mr. Metzler is secretary and treasurer of the Webster County and New River Coal Company, owning large tracts of coal land, and is interested in the Colonial Lumber Company of Parsons, West Virginia. He is a thirty-second degree Mason of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. Politically an independent in local politics, he is a Republican in National questions.

He married, October 12, 1904, Margaret Clare Judkins, born in Barnesville, Ohio, daughter of John W. and Anna (Cole) Judkins. Child: Martha Judkins, born May 15, 1906.

Source: Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, John W. Jordan, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1912.

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