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Biographical review. : containing life sketches of leading citizens of Bedford and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania.
Boston: Biographical Review Pub. Co., 1899, 340 pgs
George Cobaugh Lichty, an extensive and successful agriculturist of Somerset, Pa, and one of its most highly esteemed citizens, was born November 17, 1831, at Jenner township, Pa., a son of Daniel J. and Sarah (Cobaugh)Lichty. He comes of thrifty Swiss ancestry, his parental grandparents, Joseph J. and Frany (Forney) Lichty, who were married in this State, having been born and bred in Switzerland.
Coming to America in early manhood, Jospeh J. Lichty bought land in Somerset County, in the township of Elk Lick, where he was industriously employed in general farming until his death, at the age of four score and four years. Fourteen children were born to him and his wife, and they all reached years of maturity.
Daniel J. Lichty was born at Elk Lick, December 13, 1804. Coming with his parents to Somerset when but a boy, he assisted in clearing land and improving a homestead. Subsequently, choosing the occupation to which he was brought up he removed to Jenner township, and was there employed in agricultural pursuits until 1848. Returning then to Somerset township, he bought the homestead now owned and occupied by his son, George C., and here continued his operations a a tiller of the soil until his decease, June 25, 1874. A staunch Republican in politics, he took a general interest in local and national affairs, and as a worthy and useful citizen was respected throughout the community. On March 8, 1831, he married Sarah Cobaugh, who was born in Somerset, April 10, 1812, the daughter of John and Rebecca (Good) Cobaugh. This union was blessed by the birth of three children -- George C., Mary C., and Rebecca C. Mary C. married Hon. William H. Miller, of Stoyestown, Pa., and has had seven children, four of whom are living; namely, Royal, Ada, Carrie, and Olive. Rebecca C. married the Hon. Emanuel J. Meyers, of Berlin, Pa. He died in February, 1884, leaving three children -- Harvey, Ida, and Robert. The mother, Mrs. Sarah C. Lichty, is still living, and makes her home with her son, George C. She belongs to the Evangelical church, of which her husband was an active member during his life. (A sketch of her brother, George Cobaugh, may be found on another page.)
George C. Lichty attended the public schools of Jenner township through his boyhood and early youth. At the age of seventeen he came with his parents to Somerset township, and, settling with them on the farm where he now lives, has since devoted his time to agriculture. Industrious, skillful, and an excellent manager, he is numbered among the leading farmers of this part of Somerset County. He is an ardent supporter of the Republican party, and has served efficiently as County Auditor and Jury Commissioner.
On October 13, 1857, Mr. Lichty married Sarah A. daughter of Jacob and Lydia (Ankeny)Casebeer. Her parents had four children, but only twp of them are now living, Mrs. Lichty and her sister Ellen. The latter married Josiah L. Berkey, of Somerset, and has five children -- Lizzie, Nellie, Charles, Parker, and Annnie. Mr. Casebeer passed away at the age of seventy-eight years, and Mrs. Casebeer when five years younger. They were both members of the Lutheran church of Lincoln township. Nine children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Lichty, and five of them are living; namely, Mary Ellen, Jacob C., Daniel G., Allen G., and Lillie M. Jacob C. Lichty married Annie Kline, of Lincoln, Pa., and has three children -- Norman, Marion, and Bruce. Daniel G. married Minnie Lichty, a distant relative; and he and his wife with their two children, Olin and Sarah Ethel, are living in Waterloo, Blackhauk County, IA. Allen G. married Josie Bickley, of iowa, and they also have two children -- Parker and Florence.
Allen G. Lichty also resides in Waterloo, IA. Mr. and Mrs. Lichty are active members of the Lutheranchurch in Lincoln township.