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Lewis Templin, one of the substantial men and public-spirited citizens of East Nantmeal township, is well-known in several lines of business and prominent as one of the stanch supported of the conservative wing of the Democratic party in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

He is the son of James and Martha (Morrison) Templin. They came of strong-fibred stock, and were the parents of a large family, as follows: Elizabeth, deceased; Sarah, who became the wife of Nelson Green, at Concordville, and afterward a builder and contractor; Susan, wife of Pennell Smith, a farmer of Delaware County, Pennsylvania; Lewis, of whom a more detailed sketch appears; Mary, who married John Wynn, at one time a hotel proprietor, but now a shoe manufacturer at Pottstown, Pennsylvania; Rebecca, who became the wife of Davis Amo, of Warwick township, a collier by trade; George (1), who died young, George (2). Who also died in early life; Martha, deceased; William, of whom a sketch appears elsewhere in this volume.

Lewis Templin, born October 29, 1835, in East Vincent township, was the fourth child and first son of James and Martha (Morrison) Templin. He went to school in East Vincent township and in Nantmeal Village, and at sixteen years of age he began to learn the carpenter’s trade with John Neely, of East Nantmeal township. For five years after finishing his apprenticeship, he carried on an independent business as contractor and builder. He then moved to the farm which he now occupies in East Nantmeal township. This farm he has cultivated since 1868. In consists of seventy acres of highly productive land, and yields a varied line and high average of crops under its owner’s management, for Mr. Templin is an exponent of intensive agriculture. He believes that a small farm well-tilled and carefully studied as to its adaptability, yields a far better return for a given amount of labor than a large farm indifferently cultivated. When this idea becomes general, or when increase of population makes intensive cultivation necessary, our unkempt country districts may take on the trim and thrifty appearance that characterizes the landscape in the civilizations of Europe. Mr. Templin is greatly interested in all matters for the external improvement or the moral uplift of his township. He is a Methodist, and has administered most of the local offices in a limited political field. He has served at different time as school director, supervisor, constable and he made a strong stand for the gold standard at the time the split came in the Democratic party, and has since been a leader of that faction.

Mr. Templin married, in 1862, Elizabeth J., daughter of Jonathan Wynn of Chester County, whose wife was Elizabeth Richards, and five children were born of the union, namely; John R., born January 12, 1837, who married Mary, sister of Lewis Templin, is now living in retirement at Pottstown, Montgomery County; his activities have been various, as he was many years a farmer, was at one time engaged in the leather business, and afterward proprietor of a hotel; Rachel Ann, born April 5, 1839, who married Clayton R. Pike in 1858; he was a farmer, now deceased, leaving his wife and three children; Howard, born May 6, 1844, who married Clara Ewing in 1863 and has one child, has been since 1874 living in San Francisco, where he is employed as clerk in a lumber yard; Jacob D., of whom a sketch appears elsewhere in this work; Elizabeth J., already mentioned as the wife of Lewis Templin. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Templin are three in number, and are as follows; 1. Mary Emma, born April 9, 1863, who married James Elmer Entriken of West Chester, a tinsmith by trade, has two children, Helen, born October 27, 1890, and Sarah B., born July 5, 1894; 2. Marshall W. born April 3, 1866, who married Della Mower, in 1892, is a painter and reside in Bucktown; has two children, LaRue, born June 6, 1892, and Wynn, born May 24, 1897; 3. Jonathan W., born July 26, 1869, married Annie Swineheart, in 1894, who died August 13, 1899, leaving one child, Emma E.; he is a painter, working in Bucktown with his brother.



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