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William Templin, for many years prominently and actively identified with the agricultural, political and social interest of East Nantmeal township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, where he is now serving in the capacity of supervisor, having been elected on the Democratic ticket at the spring election, was born in Warwick township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, March 1, 1840, a son of James and Martha Templin.

James Templin, father of William Templin, was both prominent and useful as a man and citizen, and his labors in his own particular line of business were crowned with marked success. He was united in marriage to Martha Morrison, and the following names children were born to them; Elizabeth, deceased; Sarah, wife of William Greer, for a number of years engaged in the carpentering work at Concordville, and later a contractor and builder; Susan, wife of Pennell Smith, a farmer of Delaware County, Pennsylvania; Lewis, formerly a carpenter, but later an agriculturist; he married Elizabeth Wynn, daughter of Jonathan Wynn, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this volume; Mary, wife of John Wynn, formerly the proprietor of a hotel, but now engaged in the occupation of shoemaking at Pottstown, Pennsylvania; Rebecca, wife of David Amo, a collier by trade, and a resident of Warwick Township; George (1) died in early life; George (2) also died in early life; Martha, deceased; and William Templin.

William Templin acquired a good English education in the public schools of East Nantmeal, and his first business experience was gained at the moulding trade, in which line of industry he was engaged for six years; he then devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits, working by the month for one year, after which he served three years as an apprentice at the carpenter trade. He then followed this occupation for eighteen years, and at the expiration of this period of time purchased his present farm in East Nantmeal township, Chester County, consisting of fifty-five acres, where he conducts a general line of farming with a dairy attached. Mr. Templin has always taken a deep interest in the advancement and progress of the township, and has held all the offices, including that of school director, which he filled for many years, from supervisor down to the least important position. He is now the incumbent of the office of supervisor, having been elected at the spring election. During the progress of the Civil War, Mr. Templin was drafted and served for nine months in Company D, One Hundred and Seventy-fifth Regiment, in the capacity of first sergeant. The company was not called upon to participate in any regular battles, therefore Mr. Templin did not receive any wounds, but he contracted the measles and this disease left him severely impaired in health.

Mr. Templin married Annie Cochran, daughter of James and Sidney (Davis) Cochran, of East Nantmeal township, where Mr. Cochran was engaged in agricultural pursuits, and in this vicinity they reared a family of four children; Margaret, wife of Josiah Keeley, a farmer of East Vincent township; Elizabeth, wife of Thomas A. Wynn, an agriculturist of East Nantmeal township; William Franklyn Cochran, a widower, and a farmer by occupation; and Annie, wife of William Templin. Two children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Templin; 1. James, is a carpenter by trade, which occupation he followed for several years, but of late years he has engaged in farming; he served as town clerk for the township of East Nantmeal, and for the past three years has filled the office of auditor. He is a member of the Patriotic Order of Sons of American, of A Camp, No. 335, Nantmeal Village. He married Lizzie Loomis, daughter of the late Allen Loomis, of East Nantmeal Township. 2. Frank, resides at home with his parents and assists with the work on the home farm; he has held some of the minor offices of the township, being elected on the Democratic ticket. Mr. Templin and his family hold membership in the Baptist church, in the work of which they take a keen and active interest. One brother of Mr. Templin resides with him at East Nantmeal Township, James K. Templin, and another brother, John M. Templin, was formerly a contractor, but is now a carpenter and builder at Reading, Pennsylvania. He married Elizabeth Diffendofer, of Chester County, Pennsylvania, and they have reared a family of six children.



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