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John Keating    

KEATING, JOHN, the subject of this sketch, was born in Huntingdon county, Pa., December 24, 1804, being the youngest of a family of seven, five sisters and two brothers; all now dead. John was the last survivor. In ----* he came with his five sisters to Muninsville, Butler county, and in 1838 or ‘39 he removed with his family to Emlenton to engage in mercantile business. He formed a partnership with John Vensel in 1846, and erected Richland Furnace in this county, beginning the manufacture of charcoal-iron the following year. This he prosecuted successfully for a number of years. About 1850 he moved with his family and took up his residence at the furnace, where he continued to live till his decease. In 1866 he was elected associate judge as a Democratic candidate, his term expiring 1871. Hon. Hugh Maguire was his colleague.

Judge Keating was conspicuously identified with the industrial interests of Richland township, and his correct and honorable business principles were rewarded by a comfortable income. At his death he was possessed of considerable real estate, much of it having proved valuable oil territory. In social life Mr. Keating was one of the pleasantest of men; of a kindly and equable temperament, he always preserved agreeable relations with his fellow-men. He died as he had lived—a consistent Roman Catholic, January 1st, 1881, at the age of seventy-six. His wife, Catharine, daughter of Michael McCullough, deceased, of Pittsburgh, survives him. Of a family of seven children, three, two daughters and a son, Mr. Hugh Keating, of St. Petersburg, are now living.

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History of Clarion Co., Pennsylvania: with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers, Syracuse, N.Y.: D. Mason & Co., 1887, pages 653-654. View image of this page of the book on line at - Free Trial  More Clarion County History Books  Search Hundreds of 1880s-1890s Pennsylvania County History Books for biographies and historical information on your ancestors.  View the book page images on line and print them out for your genealogy file!  Free Access to the old history books - plus birth & death records, census images and ALL other records at


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