Stephen and Carrie White Metcalf papers  1863-1868
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Biography

Hannah Minor (1802-1902) of Colerain, Massachusetts, and Halifax, Vermont, taught school briefly before marrying Samuel Niles in 1827. The couple moved to Smithfield, Pennsylvania, in 1837 with their children, some of whom were adopted. The couple moved to Burlingame, Kansas, in 1869, where they lived for the remainder of their lives. Their daughter Nancy was born in 1828 and taught school in Halifax, Vermont, before marrying Lark Bird of Smithfield, Pennsylvania. A deeply religious woman, she embraced multiple social causes during her life, serving as secretary for the Soldiers Aid Society of East Smithfield, Pennsylvania, from 1862-1864, and actively participating in the Women's Christian Temperance Union throughout her life. She died in 1914.

George Niles Bird, son of Lark and Nancy Niles Bird, was born in 1860 and married Frances Rowe in 1883; he worked as a farmer and later kept a general store in Smithfield. Helen, their daughter, was born in 1892 and attended West Chester Normal School for one academic year during 1912 and 1913. Their son Richard married Carrie M. Ballantine on October 12, 1910. Richard and Carrie's son, George Owen, was born in 1915 and received a degree in architecture from Pennsylvania State University in 1939. He joined the United States Army in July 1941, and served as a technical sergeant at Ellington Field, Texas. He was discharged in December 1945.