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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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HARRY COMLY, one of the most progressive and prosperous farmers in that section of Montgomery county, being esteemed for his many admirable qualities, was born at Blue Bell, in Whitpain township, October 25, 1868. He is the son of Alfred and Elizabeth (Shaw) Comly. The Comlys are an old family of English ancestry, and the family were members of the Society of Friends. Some of its members were prominent in the history of the Society.

Alfred Comly (father) was a native of Gwynedd township, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, where he was born June 8, 1839. He was reared on a farm, being engaged all his life in agricultural pursuits. He was educated in neighborhood schools, and on reaching manhood married Elizabeth Shaw. He subsequently removed to Moreland township, in Montgomery county, and after a residence of several years in that township removed to Bucks county. A few years later he returned to Gwynedd, residing there for seventeen years. He then purchased the farm in Montgomery township on which Harry Comly now resides, and remained there the remainder of his life. The farm contains thirty-five acres of land. The children of Alfred and Elizabeth Comly: Sallie, deceased; Harry, subject of this sketch; Jonas and Mary, both deceased.

Harry Comly was educated at the Friends’ School at Gwynedd, where he was a pupil of Ellwood Roberts and other well known teachers. He also attended Gwynedd public school. From early boyhood he has been engaged in agricultural pursuits. In 1886 he purchased from his father the farm which he now occupies, and has brought it to a high state of cultivation. He is a practical farmer, all his surroundings being of a kind calculated to indicate thrift and industry. Mr. Comly married at Lansdale, December 21, 1898, Emma Moyer, a daughter of William and Amanda (Cassel) Moyer. She was born December 1, 1881. Her father is deceased, and her mother survives and resides at Hatfield, Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Comly have no children. Mr. Comly attends Friends’ Meeting. The family of Mrs. Comly attend the Reformed church.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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