From: History of Erie County, Pennsylvania
By John Elmer Reed
Historical Publishing Company, Topeka-Indianapolis
Biography of John B. Farver
John B. Farver, retired, has been prominently identified with the agricultural interests of Erie County for many years, and is also a veteran of the Civil War. He was born in Erie, Feb. 26, 1843, and is the son of John and Catherine (Butt) Farver.
John Farver, deceased, was born at York, Pa., in 1813, and his wife was also a native of the same place. He was a cooper by trade but in later life engaged in general farming on the old Butt farm in Erie County. Mr. and Mrs. Farer were the parents of the following children: Dan, deceased, was a veteran of the Civil War, having served with the 145th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry and was wounded at Fredericksburg; Susanna, married Gilson Stone of Northe East, both deceased; Sarah E., married Conrad Ort, of West Mill Creek, Pa., both deceased; Mary, the widow of Thomas McKee, lives at West Mill Creek; Edward, deceased; and John B., the subject of this sketch.
John B. Farver attended the schools of Erie and when a young man became interested in farming, in which occupation he was successfully engaged until the time of his retirement in 1917, when he sold his farm of 125 acres. On Sept. 6, 1864, Mr. Farver volunteered for service durng the Civil War and served with Battery H, Independent Light Artillery. He took part in the engagements at Alexandria, Va., Fairfax, Va., and Washington, D.C., and was discharged in July, 1865.
On Feb. 25, 1868, Mr. Farver was united in marriage with Miss Lydia M. Buseck, a native of Erie, born April 13, 1845, and a daughter of Clemens E. and Catherine (Zimmerman) Buseck. Mr. Buseck was born in Germany in 1808 and his wife was a nataive of East Mill Creek, Pa., born in 1813. They were married in 1840, and were the parents of the following children: John C., born in 1842, died in 1919; Mrs. Farver; Edward E., born in 1851, died in 1921; Clemens, born in 1859, lives at Fairview, Pa.; Clarence W., twin brother of Clemens, died in 1871; George C., born in 1862, lives retired in Erie; and Cassie, the widow of John Sparling, lives at 358 West Seventh Street, Erie.
To Mr. and Mrs. Farver, who celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1918, seven children were born, as follows: (1) Harley W., born Dec. 20, 1868, a grape grower, lives at North East, Pa., married in March, 1895, to Emma Parker of North East, Pa., and they have four children; H. Parker, born Dec. 24, 1900, married in June, 1923, to Anna Adler, and they have two children, Betty Jane and Harley Parker; Ruther Mary, born Dec. 20, 1902, married in November, 1923, to Haskell Miller, and they have a son, Elwod Miller; Helen Jane, born March 25, 1914; and Richard C., born Aug. 6, 1917. (2) S. Iona, born March 2, 1876, married May 1, 1902 to Edward M. Epp, furniture dealer of Erie, and they have two children: Herbert Verne Epp, born Nov. 26, 1903, a student at the University of Wst Virginia; and Bert B. Epp,born May 2, 1910, a student at Roosevelt Jr. High School, Erie. (3) John, born OCt. 29, 1877, connected with the Continental Rubber Company, Erie, married in 1906 to Saide Butt of Erie, and they have four children: Alice Mane, born March 4, 1907; Norman, born Ja. 28, 1910; Marion L., born May 17, 1919; and Elwood Butt, born Nov. 26, 1923, died in June, 1924. (4) Katie A., born June 14, 1871, died April 17, 1875, buried in Erie Cemetery. (5) Estella, born Oct. 4, 1883, married June 11, 1921, to George T. Burger of Erie, and they reside with Mr. and Mrs. Farver. (6) Bert B., born Aug. 14, 1885, lives at Fairview, Pa., married in June, 1912, to Edith Pickett, of Erie, and they have three children: Clemens B. born March 21, 1913; L. Ione, born June 24, 1914; and John Burton, born Oct. 9, 1923. (7) Roy E., born April 7, 1889, lives in Erie, married May 29, 1910, to Edith Miller, of West Mill Creek, Pa., born July 8, 1888, and she died July 4, 1911, leaving a daughter, Evelyn L., born May 2, 1911, a student at Roosevelt Jr. High School.
Mr. Farver has been a life long Republican. He served as treasurer of Mill Creek Township for three years, as a member of the West Mill Creek School Board for 12 years, adn as tax collector for West Mill Creek Township for six years. He is a charter member of the Lutheran Memorial Church, Erie, and belongs to the Grand Army of the Republic, Colonel Brown Post. Mr. Farver has always been known as an upright and honorable citizen of Erie County.
Lydia Mary Buseck Farver
1845–1931 (m. 1868)
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