|Birth: ||Nov. 12, 1823|
|Death: ||Dec. 26, 1897|
Born in Armstrong Township, Lycoming, Pennsylvania.
Passed awawy in Montoursville, Lycoming, Pennsylvania.
Married 3 Dec 1856 to Sarah Jane Bryan.
To their union was born 7 children:
Charlotte E, William Maffet, John Clifford, James Ausker, Albra Wadleigh, Josephine S, and Harry Bastian.
From History of Lycoming County by Meginness (1892):
"John S. Bastian, retired, was born in what is now Armstrong Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania November 12, 1823, son of John Peter and Esther (Artley) Bastian. He received a common school education, and has devoted his life principally to farming. He and Franklin Bruner were partners in a mercantile business on Loyalsock Creek for three years, and he was also engaged in operating the State flour and saw mill for eight years. He was married in 1856 to Sarah J., daughter of David Bryan, and to this union was born seven children: Charlotte, who married Thomas Lichtenthaler; William Maffet; John Clifford; James Ausker; Albra Wadleigh; Josephine, and Harry, deceased. Mr. Bastian has always been a stanch Democrat; in 1877 he was elected sheriff of Lycoming County and served a full term. He removed to Montoursville in 1850, and has been burgess, councilman, overseer of the poor, supervisor, and a member of the school board of that borough. He is a member of Fairfield Lodge, I.O.O.F., and with his wife and family belongs to the Episcopal Church."
From a Williamsport, Pennsylvania newspaper, and found in the Pennsylvania Scrap Book Necrology, Volume 22, Page 142 (Information was from between 16 October 1891 and 3 March 1904):
"He Was as Well as Usual Christmas, and the End Came Early Sunday Morning - Sketch of the Deceased - John S. Bastian, one of the best known of Lycoming county's ex-sheriffs, passed away at his home, on Loyalsock Avenue, in Montoursville, at an early hour yesterday morning. His death was not only a great shock to all Montoursville, but to his friends everywhere in the county, and they are legion. Mr. Bastian had apparently been in the best of health, and was out on the street as late as Saturday evening. He, however, that evening complained of a slight pain in his chest, but thought it was caused by dyspepsia. It was the advance guard of apoplexy, though, and at about 4 o'clock Sunday morning that fatal malady suddenly seized him in its deadly embrace and he peacefully passed away. HIS DEATH WAS SUDDEN - At a few minutes of 4 o'clock his wife was awakened by Mr. Bastian breathing heavily and snoring peculiarly. At the same time her husband's arm fell over on her with a thud. She grasped the arm and found it apparently lifeless. Calling her husband and receiving no reply, Mrs. Bastian at once summoned her daughter Josephine. It was seen at once that Mr. Bastian was dying, and Dr. George C. Saeger, the family physician, was sent for, but when he arrived life was extinct. Mr. Bastian was down town on Christmas and about his house as usual. Although complaining of feeling somewhat indisposed, nothing serious was thought of and he did not ever deem it necessary to resort to home treatment. He retired about the usual hour. His death was almost instantaneous. Everybody in Montoursville today mourns the death of John S. Bastian and his sudden demise is almost the sole topic of conversation. No man had the respect of people generally in the borough more than he, and his loss will be deeply felt by everyone. The funeral will occur Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, from the Church of Our Savoir (Episcopal). Friends will meet at the house, near by. Interment will be made in Washington street cemetery, this city, and the funeral will be in charge of the Odd Fellows. John S. Bastian was born Nov. 12, 1823 in Armstrong Township, this county. In 1833 his parents, Peter and Esther (Artley) Bastian, purchased the late Dr. Charles Lyon's farm, in Fairfield Township, where the subject of this sketch lived and followed farming until 1850, and his father having died two years previously. From the farm Mr. Bastian removed to Montoursville, where for three years he was engaged in the mercantile business with Franklin Bruner, on Loyalsock creek. For eight years after that he operated the State flour and saw mills. On Dec. 3, 1856, he was married to Sarah J. Bryan, daughter of David Bryan, who survives him, together with the following children: William M., of Buffalo, N.Y., J.C. and A.W., of Philadelphia; J.A., and Mrs. Thomas Lichtenthaler, of McDonald, Pa., and Miss Josephine, who lives at home. One sister, Mrs. Josephine W. Bubb, wife of John Bubb, of Antes Fort, is the only remaining one of his brothers and sisters. Mr. Bastian was always a staunch Democrat, and in 1877 he was elected sheriff of Lycoming County, serving very creditably a full term. After his term as sheriff was over he returned to Montoursville, and a more liberal minded and generous man could not be found in the town. It was over his aim and desire to first please others and himself last. During his life at Montoursville he filled the office of burgess, councilman, supervisor, member of the school board, overseer of the poor and street commissioner, successively, after which he retired to private life. He was one of the oldest, if not the oldest member of the I.O.O.F. He was a member of Fairfield Lodge. He was also a member of the Church of Our Savoir since 1860, filling the office of senior warden at the time of his death. Montoursville has lost a good citizen and many people a kind friend. Peace to his ashes! The Odd Fellows of Montoursville are requested to meet this evening at their hall, at 7:30 to arrange for the funeral of Mr. Bastian."
Peter Bastian (1771 - 1848)
Maria Esther Artley Bastian (1782 - 1851)
Sarah Jane Bryan Bastian (1830 - 1910)
Josephine S Bastian (1872 - 1953)*
Harry L Bastian (1879 - 1879)*
Peter Bastian (1815 - 1838)*
Julia Ann Bastian Downing (1818 - 1862)*
Josephine W Bastian Bubb (1820 - 1902)*
John Peter S Bastian (1823 - 1897)
Mary Anne Bruner (1824 - 1872)*
Margaret Amelia Bastian Bruner (1829 - 1893)*
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