With the early settlement in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, of Henry Tarr,
this record begins. His name has been left in this locality in Tarr's
Station, a railroad stop upon his land. Henry Tarr married Elizabeth
Poole, and had children: John Tarr, a soldier of the Union army in the
war between the states, met his death in battle: Joseph Tarr lives in
Missouri; Casper Tarr, of whom further; Peter Tarr, deceased; Henry Tarr;
Maria Tarr (deceased); Keziah Tarr.
Casper Tarr, son of Henry Tarr and Elizabeth Poole Tarr, was born in
Westmoreland county, Penna, in 1834, died in 1897. During his entire
active life he was a tiller of the soil finding in farm an occupation
both congenial and profitable. He was a loyal Republican and held
membership in the Presbyterian church. Casper Tarr married Margaret A
Peairs, born in Allegheny county, Penna, near Sutersville in 1836, now
living, daughter of John Peairs and Martha Hough Peairs.
John Peairs was a son of John Peairs, who passed his entire life in
Allegheny county, Penna, his farm being located in Elizabeth township. He
married and had sons John Peairs, of whom further; David Peairs; William
Peairs; James Peairs.
John Peairs (2) was born in Elizabeth township, Allegheny county, Penna,
and there died. He was a farmer on one hundred acres of land on which he
erected excellent farm buildings. He and his wife were members of the
United Presbyterian church; he was a Democrat in politics; and both are
buried in Round Hill Cemetery. His wife, Martha Hough, was a daughter of
David Hough, a farmer, and distiller, and grist mill owner, who lived
near Cookstown, Fayette county, Penna. Children of John Peairs and Martha
Hough Peairs: Margaret A Peairs, of previous mention, married Casper
Tarr; Etta Peairs married John Guffey, died in Westmoreland county,
Penna; Eliza Peairs married Philip Howell; died in Elizabeth township,
Allegheny county, Penna; David Peairs, a farmer, died in Elizabeth
township, Allegheny county, Penna; John Peairs, a farmer and carpenter,
died in Elizabeth township, Allegheny county, Penna; William Peairs, a
farmer, resides in Elizabeth township, Allegheny county, Penna; Martha
Peairs lives unmarried in Elizabeth township; James Peairs; Joseph
Peairs, a farmer of Elizabeth township.
Children of Casper Tarr and Margaret A Peairs Tarr:Elizabeth Tarr
married J F Logan; Etta P Tarr married Samuel Woodward of West Newton,
Penna; Belle Tarr, deceased, married John Anderson; John P Tarr, of whom
further; Henry C Tarr lives on the homestead in Westmoreland county,
Penna; Maggie Tarr, deceased, married Foster Mathias; Joseph Tarr lives
in Homestead, Penna.
John P Tarr, son of Casper Tarr and Margaret Peairs Tarr, was born in
Allegheny county, Penna, near Sutersville, September 9, 1867. He obtained
a good education in the public schools and ever since applying himself to
the business of life has been a farmer. In 1899 he moved to Sutersville,
Penna, and there remained for three years then purchasing a farm near
Elizabeth, Penna, which he cultivated for nine years.In 1912 Mr Tarr
bought the John Applegate farm of one hundred and four acres in the same
locality and has there since conducted general farming operations with
profitable results. He is held in universal high favor among his fellows
with home he has lived on terms of neighborly friendliness and who
through their daily intercourse with him have come to recognize the
gentleman of honor and the citizen of worth and public spirit. His church
is the United Presbyterian, his political party the Democratic and he has
served as a member of the Forward township schoolboard.
Mr Tarr married in May, 1855, Margaret Saimer, born in Westmoreland
county, Penna, December 16, 1866, daughter of Adam Saimer and Hannah
Smith Saimer, her father a native of Somerset county, her mother born in
Westmoreland county, Penna.Adam Saimer was the son of Adam Saimer and
Parnelia Hyatt Saimer, his wife a daughter of David Smith, an early
settler of Westmoreland county.
Children of John P Tarr and Margaret Saimer Tarr: Gertie Tarr; Harry
Tarr; Logan Tarr, deceased; Frank Tarr, deceased; Margaret Tarr; Adam
Tarr; Warren Tarr.
Vol. 3 Genealogical and personal history of western Pennsylvania;
editor-in-chief, John W. Jordan.