George Zahniser


George Wright Zahniser


Rev. George Wright Zahniser, of Mercer, Pa., who was born Mar. 19, 1823, and died June 12, 1889. Mr. Zahniser's first wife was Catherine Gaston, youngest daughter of John I. Gaston, whom he married June 2, 1864, and who was an aunt to his second wife [Elizabeth Sergeant, daughter of Dr. Albert Sergeant and Sara E. Gaston, born in Somerville, N. J., May 25, 1835].

Mr. Zahniser graduated from Jefferson College, Canonsburg, Pa., 1846; subsequently entered Princeton Theological Seminary, and was licensed by the Presbytery of Erie, Pa., April 10, 1851. His pastorates were at Conneautville, Pa., 1851-'59; Huntington, Pa., 1859-'75. He then removed to Mercer, Pa., where he filled various supplies in the Presbytery of Erie until his death. Children: (a) George Brown Zahniser, civil and mining
engineer of Newcastle, Pa., who married, 1902, Ruth Agnew, of Sewickley, Pa., and has children, Elizabeth and George Brown, 2nd. (b) Katherine Gaston Zahniser, unmarried (c) Albert Wright Zahniser, civil and mining engineer, now member of firm of Camp & Zahniser, of Philadelphia, who married, 1905, Hannah Oliver Barton, of Baltimore, and has children, Hannah Mary, Albert Wright and George Wright.

Somerset County NJ Historical Quarterly Vol V, 1916 , pages 403-404

Rev. George W. Zahniser was ordained and installed as pastor [of the Conneautville Presbyterian Church, Crawford County] September 7, 1853; released, April 13, 1859. 


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