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Abraham Passmore

Susannah Peirce

  • Born: January 27, 1769, Sadsbury, Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Died: September 9, 1843, Pike Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania
  • Parents: Gainer Peirce and Jane Underwood

Married: Between July 23 and August 23, 1794, Chester County, Pennsylvania


  • Jane Passmore
  • Mary Ann Passmore
  • George Chaflin Passmore
  • Nancy Passmore
  • Susanna Passmore
  • Elizabeth Passmore
  • Gainer Passmore

From "Sketches of Early History of Clearfield County--written in 1858-59 and Recounts the Stories as Told By the Early Pioneers Themselves

At an early day, a few persons leaving the river bottoms to penetrate further into the woods, gave an impetus to three important settlements--the Ridge settlement on the north side of the West Branch, between the two turnpikes--the Grampain Hills settlement, on the same side of the river, but higher up stream--and the Ridge settlement to the south of the river.

Abraham Passmore was born in Chester county on the 11th of August, 1764, and died in the first named settlement on the 10th of August, 1854, having just completed his ninetieth year. Although not the first who made an opening in this settlement, he was one of those who early emigrated to the county. Leaving Chester county, he removed to Spruce Creek, from thence to Centre county, and afterwards, in the fall of 1802, he settled on the bank of the West Branch, where he commenced clearing the farm later occupied by Jacob Hoover.

Mr. Passmore followed his trade--blacksmithing--and from that fact was quite an accession to the community. His business was more extended than extensive--his customers coming from all the surrounding settlements. In 1806 he left the river for the ridge settlements and commenced anew upon the farm owned by his son, Col. Geo. C. Passmore. Here he made for himself a comfortable home and was soon surrounded by children whose marriages have connected him with many of those who now live at ease in this productive and flourishing settlement. He had two sons and six daughters.

The Blooms, Baileys, Hartsocks and Smeals are related to him by blood and marriage.

His wife died before him, in 1843, having reached three score years and ten.