blacksmith for the Mercer County Coal Company at Pardoe, was
born November 27, 1837, in Clarion County, Penn. He was educated
in the common schools, and began learning his trade at the age
of nineteen years in Clarion, where he continued for four years.
He then went to Oil City, where he combined his trade with
drilling until 1862, when he came to Mercer County and enlisted
in Company H, One Hundredth Pennsylvania Volunteers, and served
for three years. He was wounded in the left hip at Spottsylvania,
and was laid up for several months. Excepting this loss he was
with his regiment in every battle they fought. On his return
from the war he engaged in smithing at Pardoe, where he has
since continued. He does the smithing work for the Mercer County
Coal Company. He was married to Margaret Wilson, a sister of
David Wilson, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this work. Mrs.
H. died, leaving two children: John and Albert. He was married
again, to Mary Parks, and has three children: Ada, Irene, James
Arthur and Floyd Morris. He and wife are members of the
Methodist Episcopal Church of Pardoe, and he is a Republican.
John and Betsey Highbarger had six children: Jacob, Eliphas,
Henry, Amos, Jonas and Andrew. The parents are both dead, and
were consistent members of the Lutheran Church. Mr. Highbarger
is one of the representative citizens of this county, and one of
the most efficient blacksmiths in the State.
History of Mercer County, Pennsylvania
: its past and present : including its aboriginal history,
its early settlement and development, a description of its
historic and interesting localities, sketches of its boroughs,
townships and villages, neighborhood and family histories,
portraits and biographies of pioneers and representative
citizens, statistics, etc. : also, a condensed history of
Pennsylvania. Chicago, Ill.: Brown, Runk & Co., 1888.