|JAMES ENGLISH, a native of Ireland,
settled upon the farm where his grandson, William F., now resides,
in Muddy Creek township, Butler county. It consisted of 200
acres, a portion of a tract purchased by his wife's father.
He married Mary GALLAGHER, and their family were as follows:
John; Margaret, who married Steel BRYAN; Jane, who married Zeni
DURREN' Elizabeth, who married James PISOR; Isaiah; James Y.;
Mary Ann, who married Valentine WHITMER; David, and William.
Mr. ENGLISH and wife were early members of the United Presbyterian
church of Portersville, and both died in Muddy Creek township.
JAMES Y. ENGLISH, third son
of James and Mary ENGLISH, was born in Muddy Creek township,
Butler county, in 1832. He grew to manhood in that township,
and lived with his parents until 1861, when he enlisted in
Company E, One Hundred and Thirty-fourth Pennsylvania Volunteers,
and was severely wounded in the right arm at the battle of
Fredericksburg, and was afterwards discharged from the service.
He settled on a farm in Franklin township, after his marriage
to Jane FORRESTER, a daughter of William FORRESTER, and died
there in June, 1892. Their children were as follows: William
F.; Leroy; Newton, deceased; Edward; Martha, deceased; Mary,
deceased; Henry; Judson; Susan, and Ford. Mr. ENGLISH was
an enterprising citizen, and filled many of the township offices;
in politics, he was a Republican, and was a prominent member
of the Zion Baptist church. His widow resides upon the homestead
in Franklin township.
WILLIAM F. ENGLISH, eldest son
of James Y. and Jane ENGLISH, was born in Franklin township,
Butler county, June 19, 1856, received a common school education,
and afterwards taught in the schools of Franklin, Fairview
and Washington townships for six years. In 1881 he settled
upon the old English homestead in Muddy Creek township, where
he is cultivating 100 acres, and engaged in the dairy business.
He married Eliza Jane HILLIARD, a daughter of Frederick HILLIARD,
and has four children, viz.: Newton; Pearl; Enos, and [p.1275]
James. He is a member of Zion Baptist church, and in politics,
he is an adherent of the Republican party.