Fayette County Genealogy Project
[Source: Nelson's Biographical Dictionary and Historical Reference Book
of Fayette County, Pennsylvania.; Uniontown, Pa.: S. B. Nelson, 1900; page
"J. W. FRASHER, of Smock station, farmer and merchant, was born March 11, 1852, in Franklin township. He is a son of James and Eliza (Wheatley) Frasher, and his grandparents emigrated to this country about one hundred years ago and settled in Franklin township. They were of German parentage, Mr. Frasher is one of seven children: Sarah E., Mary Ann, deceased; J. W., L. H., John B., Caroline and William R. Mr. Frasher married Miss E. Campbell, of Menallen township, February 5, 1879. She is the daughter of Emanuel and Mary (Ball) Campbell, and they have had one child, Edna Pearl, who was born January 6, 1886, and died January 7, 1892. Mr. Frasher was a poor boy with very little education, made farming his occupation for eighteen years, and afterwards was employed as manager of the store of J. D. Boyd & Co., at Smock station, for two years. He then formed a partnership with his brother-in-law and went into general merchandising business, under the firm name of Porter & Frasher. Mr. Frasher owns an interest in two farms of two hundred and twenty acres of coal which is valued at fifteen thousand dollars. He is an active man in the community, has served as school director, road commissioner and is at present postmaster at Smock station. He and his wife are Presbyterians and take an active part in Sunday-school and church work. Mr. Frasher is one of the leading citizens and solid men of his vicinity and has accumulated quite a handsome little fortune. His store has one of the largest stocks of goods in the county. He has a lovely home and is a kind and devoted husband."