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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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HENRY FASSETT CONARD was born October 22, 1849, and is a son of Joseph Phipps and Rebecca A. (Shaw) Conard. The father was born December 24, 1812, and on the 12th of March, 1835, was married to Rebecca A. Shaw. He died November 26, 1897, and his wife in April, 1873. They became the parents of the following named: Charles E., who was born February 9, 1836, died on the 10th of April of the same year; Ann W., born June 13, 1837, married Jacob T. Buckman, April 14, 1859; Mary S., born December 9, 1840, became the wife of Charles Shoemaker, December 24, 1863; Alice S., born May 10, 1843, was married February 13, 1877, to John Walton; Elizabeth R., born March 15, 1847, is the wife of Franklin Stackhouse; Henry Fassett is the sixth of the family; Elwood, born September 25, 1852, married Ella Burk, September 3, 1883; Israel S., born June 1, 1856, was married March 16, 1880, to Jane Cline; John R. born January 8, 1860, died April 2, 1861. The father of this family was a strong anti-slavery man prior to the Civil war. He gave his political support to the Whig party in early life and when the Republican party was formed to prevent the further extension of slavery he joined its ranks and was one of its valiant supporters in his township. His ancestors were connected with the Federalist party. His farm contains fifty-nine acres of undulating land and the place is richly cultivated, returning golden harvests for the care and labor bestowed upon it.

Henry Fassett Conard attended the central public school at Blue Bell, where he completed a good education. In the meantime he assisted in the operation of the home farm until his nineteenth year, becoming familiar with farm work in all of its departments. At length he succeeded his father in the ownership of the old homestead and engaged there in general farming and dairying. He is now assisted by his second son Eugene in the cultivation of the home place and he uses four horses in operating his land. Everything about his farm is neat and thrifty in appearance and indicates his careful supervision.

In his political view Mr. Conard is a Prohibitionist, giving his allegiance to the party because of his earnest interest in the temperance question. Previous to his affiliation with the Prohibition party he was a Republican. He is a member of the Society of Friends, belonging to Plymouth Meeting, in which his ancestors worshipped for many generations.

Mr. Conard was married on the 6th of July, 1875, to Miss Sarah H. Nice, a daughter of Harper and Mary Kelter (Large) Nice, who were residents of Broad Axe, Whitpain township, Montgomery county. Her father was born March 29, 1815, at Branchtown, Philadelphia county, a son of John and Sarah (Harper) Nice. The mother of Mrs. Conard was a daughter of Jesse and Katherine (Kelter) Large. Harper Nice and Mary Kelter Large were married February 20, 1840, and unto them were born nine children: Lemuel, born March 29, 1841, was married to Rebecca Fisher, September 22, 1864; Jesse Large, born June 12, 1842, married Mary Catherine Rossiter, October 9, 1861; Catherine Large, born December 26, 1843, was married November 5, 1867, to John N. Slingluff; John, born August 1, 1845, died September 12, 1863; Jacob Large, born October 13, 1848, was married to Irene Whitcomb, March 18, 1869; Harper, born March 26, 1850, was married to Annie Elizabeth Stout, November 24, 1874; Eugene Edgar, born July 30, 1852, was married to Hester Wertzner, November 4, 1875; Sarah Harper Large, born July 25, 1854, is the wife of Mr. Conard; and Horace Humphrey, born April 8, 1857, died November 4, 1859.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Conard have been born five children: Walter, married Bertha A. Bitting, a daughter of C. C. Bitting. They reside at Cheltenham, Montgomery county. Eugene Nice, born March 24, 1879, married Della Bertha Slingluff, a daughter of Henry G. and Flora (Kinsen) Slingluff, the wedding taking place April 10, 1901. They reside upon the old family homestead, Eugene Nice assisting his father in its operation. By his marriage he has one child, Vera LeRoy Conard, born June 20, 1903. Alice Rebecca, born January 30, 1881, is at home with her parents. Joseph Harper, born November 1, 1883, died September 14, 1884. Mary Catherine, born December 30, 1885, resides at home, unmarried.

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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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