Author: Brian J. Ensley
County histories are known for their very valuable biography sections. In 1907, Henry Wilson Storey, Sr. published a three volume set entitled History of Pennsylvania. In this work, he detailed the early history of Cambria County and included several biographical sketches of its early and prominent citizens. Earlier, in 1896, Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Cambria County, PA was published. This book was a biographical sketch of Cambria County’s early prominent citizens. These books were such valuable genealogical research tools that Brian was motivated to extend this project and carry on with more biographies.
Some of these families were very prominent and some were not, but all were equally important in the development of this area. A few of these families were already covered in one of the earlier mentioned books, but additional data was added. In the introduction Brian outlines the geographical area showing how the different municipalities came about and where they are in relation to each other.
It is important to note that Cambria County was formed on March 6, 1804 from portions of Huntingdon County to the north and Somerset County (created in 1795 from Bedford County) in the south. Over 600 biographies, 21 photographs, Brown and St. Clair Cemeteries, map of Johnstown Wards, and a surname index for the entire book.
2002, 8.5" X 11", Softbound, 276 pages
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