History of Mercer County

History of Mercer County, Pensylvania

John K. Hamblin, senior member of Hamblin, Sons & Co., proprietors of the Greenville Foundry and Machine Shops, was born in Wilmington, Essex County, New York, March 2, 1809.  He is a son of Samuel and Rhoda (Smith) Hamblin, natives of Connecticut, and grandson of Simeon Hamblin, a native of Maine, and a pioneer of Essex County, New York.  Samuel removed with his family to Licking County, Ohio, early in the thirties, where he died in 1838.  His widow afterward came to Mercer County, Pennsylvania, and here spent the remaining years of her life.  In 1829 John K. Hamblin came West, and located in Unionville Lake County, Ohio, and taught school in that county two terms.  He then, as confidential clerk, took charge of a furnace store in the same county, which position he filled three years, and then went to Cleveland, Ohio, to occupy a similar position.  In 1835, he went back to Wilmington, New York, and on the 20th of September was  there married to Miss Elizabeth Hickok, a native of Essex county, born September 10, 1810.  Mr. Hamblin immediately returned to Lake County, Ohio, and resided there until March, 1838, when he removed to Greenville, Pennsylvania, and opened on Canal Street the first foundry operated in the town, and one of the first in Mercer County.  For the past fifty years, excepting one short interval, he has been continuously engaged in the same business, the present foundry being just across the street from the site of the one he established half a century ago.  Mrs. Hamblin died in November, 1846, leaving a family of five children:  Henry M., Mrs. Mary E. Thalimer, of Greenville, Samuel, Mrs. Harriet Donaldson (deceased) and Mrs. Emeline McClelland, of Warren, Ohio.  Mr. Hamblin was again married in April, 1848, to Mrs. Eunice B. Hunstable, who bore him three children:  Albert, a resident of North Carolina; Alice, wife of A. T. Kreps, of Hamblin, Sons and Company, and J. Charles (deceased).  Mrs. Hamblin died April 6, 1888.  Our subject is a Republican in politics, and the oldest surviving pioneer business man of Greenville.

Ancestry.com.  History of Mercer County, Pennsylvania.  Provo, UT. MyFamily.com, Inc.2004.  History of Mercer County, Pennsylvania, its past and present:  including its aboriginal history, its early settlement and development, a description of its historic and interesting localities, sketches of its boroughs, townships and villages, neighborhood and family histories, portraits and biographies of pioneers.

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