Tyrone - Gorley, John D. April 10, 1891

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Obituaries: Gorley, John D. April 10, 1891

Another of the old residents of our community passed away 
yesterday morning at 5 o'clock, when John D. Gorley 
peacefully fell into the eternal sleep.  Mr. Gorley was born 
in county Tyrone, Ireland, in 1812, and was aged within a 
few days of 79 years.  He came to this country in 1824.  He 
learned the trade of shipbuilding in Philadelphia.  In 1835 
he came to Hollidaysburg, where he has ever since resided.  
He engaged in boat building and became a member of the 
Phalanx Boat company, which did a large business here for 
many years.  In 1868 Mr. Gorley suffered a stroke of 
paralysis, from which his left side became paralyzed, and 
last January he received another stroke, from the effects of 
which he died.  In 1837 he was married to Miss Sarah Taff, 
who, with seven children, namely, Matilda, wife of Thomas 
Hartsock, of Newport, Kentucky; Hannah, wife of Henry L. 
Bunker, of this place; William, who is in the west; Sallie, 
wife of Frank Hartsock, of Yanett, Indiana, and Thomas M., 
Mary and Amelia, all of this place, survives him.  In early 
life he connected himself with the Presbyterian church and 
he died in that faith.  He was a man of strong convictions 
and unwavering faith.  Patient in suffering and meekly 
submissive to the chastening hand of affliction, his 
downward path to the grave was made bright and easy by the 
kind ministrations of his loved ones.  Funeral services will 
be held at the family residence in East Hollidaysburg this 
afternoon at 4 o'clock.  Interment in the Presbyterian 

Morning Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Saturday, April 11, 1891