From Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania:
William D. Himrod, son of Moses and Nancy King (Lattimore) Himrod, was born in Waterford township, Erie county, Pennsylvania, February 21, 1832, died there December 16, 1908. He obtained a good education, became his father's assistant, and spent his entire life engaged in farming and kindred pursuits. At the time of his death he owned a part of the old home farm and thereon resided. He was held in high esteem as friend, neighbor and citizen and was a liberal supporter of the Presbyterian church, of which his wife and children are members. He served as school director of his township and used his influence always in behalf of good educational advantages for the youth of his neighborhood. He was a Republican in politics, but never sought or accepted public office.
He married, December 18, 1856, Frances Sarah, daughter of Squire Joseph Trask. Children: 1. Harry Reed, born April 18, 1858; was educated in the public schools and Waterford Academy ; he was his father's assistant and has been engaged in farming since his youth ; he is a Republican in politics; is present jury commissioner of Erie county, an office to which he was elected in November, 1912, for a term of three years ; he married, December 22, 1887, Francelia Valnette Waldorf, born in Mecca, Trumbull county, Ohio, November 23, 1862, daughter of John and Sarah (Rose) Waldorf; children: Louis Waldorf, born June 28, 1890; John Edson, September 27, 1893; Alice Rose, October 17, 1896; Helen, March 12, 1898. died September 18, 1899; Seth Reed, August 31, 1903. 2. Ralph B., born September 8, 1859, died February 2, 1915; educated in the public schools of Waterford ; he was a resident of Weaver township, Humboldt county, Iowa, engaged in farming: he married, December 10, 1891, Rachel Elizabeth, daughter of George W. and Emmeline (Eversole) Dodson, who were residents of Lawrence county, Indiana, later of Avery township, Lawrence county, Iowa, moving to the latter locality in 1869 ; children of Ralph B. Himrod, all born in Humboldt county, Iowa: Charles William, born October 1, 1892; Guy Reed, April 24, 1894; Sarah Emmeline, February 6, 1897; Paul Edward, October 28, 1899; Kirk Dodson, April 16, 1906; Leon Ralph, September 12, 1909. 3. Nancy L., born 1861, died in June, 1888. 4. Paul M. O., born October 28, 1863 ; he was educated in the public schools of Waterford, remained at the home farm during his youthful manhood, then went West, settling in Seattle, Washington, where he engaged in merchandising; he was accidentally killed by a railroad tram, January 17, 1900, at Danville, Illinois; he married May Blackburn, also 'deceased, without issue. 5. Harvey Boyd, born October 15, 1869; he was educated in the public schools of Waterford and spent his early life at the home farm; in early life he journeyed westward, settling in Weaver township, Humboldt county, Iowa, where he yet resides ; he married, November 10, 1909, Johanna Birdsack, daughter of John A. and Ottie Shindlies, both born in Berlin, Germany, where they were married in 1871, came to the United States in 1878 and settled in Humboldt county, Iowa ; child, Arthur Dale, bom 1910. 6. William C., born February 11, 1875; he was educated in the public schools and early began farm labor, continuing a tiller of the soil until the present ; he resides on the homestead farm two miles above Waterford on the Erie turnpike and is one of the prosperous, well esteemed men of Waterford township. He is a Republican in politics, and is a member of the township school board; he married Mary, daughter of James and Susan (Thompson) Trask; children: Laurence, born March 15, 1899; Louise, born April 8, 1901.
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