My Genealogy Hound

Below is a family biography included in the book,  Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company.  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.

* * * *

JOHN BACON, one of the native sons of the Keystone State, has passed his entire life within its borders, and is now one of the business men of Easton. Since 1890 he has been Treasurer of the Easton Trust Company, and for a period covering a quarter of a century faithfully and efficiently served as Cashier of the Glendon Iron Company, and also as Treasurer of the Glendon Lehigh Bridge Company for the same period.

The birth of John Bacon occurred in Philadelphia, September 30, 1842, his parents being Charles Warder and Mary (Thomas) Bacon. The ancestors on his father’s side were natives of England, while on the maternal side he is of Dutch and Welsh descent. His grandfather, John Bacon, was also, like him, a native of Philadelphia, and possessed unusual business and executive ability. He was a faithful and conscientious member of the Society of Friends, and was frequently honored by his fellow-citizens with positions of trust and importance. At one time he served for a period of eight years as City Treasurer, and was also Treasurer of the Deaf and Dumb Asylum from its infancy, and in addition to those mentioned was connected in an official capacity with the Eastern State Penitentiary from its incipiency until his death. Charles W. Bacon, the father of our subject, in early life was in the mercantile business, and later for about thirty years he was Treasurer of the Schuylkill Navigation Company, which position he held to the time of his death. In the community in which he made his home he was always esteemed one of the substantial and reliable business men. He was born in Philadelphia, and, like his father before him, in religious faith was reared in the Society of Friends. Politically he was a Republican. Of his nine children only three are living. Agnes is the wife of Capt. H. G. H. Tarr, of New York; and Anna is Mrs. Robert K. Neff, of Philadelphia.

John Bacon was reared to manhood in Philadelphia, and in its excellent schools received a good education, graduating at the Philadelphia High School in 1858. Upon the completion of his studies he became interested in the mercantile business in Philadelphia, and remained in that business for about three years. Subsequently he was connected with the North Pennsylvania Railroad. In 1865 he came to Easton to accept the position of Cashier of the Glendon Iron Company, with which concern he remained for twenty-five years. In 1890, when the Easton Trust Company was organized, he was made Treasurer, and has proved himself thoroughly capable in the discharge of the duties of the place. Both from his father and grandfather he inherited marked financial ability and a fidelity to the duties and trust reposed in him. In 1865 Mr. Bacon married Harriet, daughter of John and Eliza Vogel, of Philadelphia. His wife died the following year. In 1869 he married Miss Emilie, daughter of John J. and Matilda Burke, respected citizens of Easton. To Mr. and Mrs. Bacon have been born five children, all but one of whom are still living. In the order of their birth they are as follows: Matilda Runkle, Agnes Thomas, John, Jr., Howard Burke, and Charles Warder, who died in early childhood.

* * * *

This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the book, Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company. 

View additional Northampton County, Pennsylvania family biographies here: Northampton County, Pennsylvania Biographies

View a historic 1911 map of Northampton County, Pennsylvania

View family biographies for other states and counties

Use the links at the top right of this page to search or browse thousands of other family biographies.