PAGES 785 & 786


On Jan. 12, 1782, in what was then Northampton County (now Monroe), about three miles west of Stroudsburg, Pa., was born the father of the subject of this sketch, --namely, John Rouse.  He was of English descent.  His wife, Miss Susan Schaffer, was of German parentage.  She was reared in the same locality, where her parents engaged in the pursuit of farming.  They were married in the year 1806, the result of which was a family of ten children, six boys and four girls, Mr. Daniel Rouse being the eighth in succession.  He was born June 14, 1823; spent his younger days assisting around the farm, and attending school in winter, until his eighteenth year, when he was apprenticed to the carpenter trade for a period of three years.  After working at the bench for about a year he started out to seek his fortune, going first to Wilkes-Barre, from there to Weatherly, arriving there in April, 1846, when he connected himself with the Beaver Meadow Railroad Company.  He worked at his trade until 1855, when he was made superintendent of the car-shop department, which embraced all the important carpenter-work done in the shops.  In this position Mr. Rouse has made many warm friends on account of his fair and wise treatment of all his employees.

Dec. 12, 1850, he was united in the bonds of matrimony with Miss Sarah Ann Gilbert, who was born June 24, 1830, at Brodheadsville, Monroe Co.  The early part of her life was spent there, from whence she went to Weatherly, where she lived with her sister, Mrs. Mary Houser.  Their family consists of four children.  The eldest, Edwin G. Rouse, was born June 27, 1852, who, after having the advantages of a good common-school education, spent several years at the Wyoming Seminary, at Kingston, Pa., also taking a special course in architectural draughting at the Polytechnic College, Philadelphia, after which he served his apprenticeship at the carpenter's trade and car-building. 

In 1876 the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company made him their foreman in the car-shop department.  In this position he proves himself to be a man of competence.  He is now serving a three-years' term as president of the Common Council.  He was married to Miss Clarissa McCarty, of Weatherly, May 21, 1874.  The second son, John Rouse, was born Dec. 9, 1855; died Sept. 16, 1860. 

Peter G. Rouse, the third son, was born April 17, 1859.  He also had opportunities of receiving a good education, taking a thorough course at the Wyoming Commercial College.  He was married to Miss Katie Koons, of Weatherly, November, 1882.  He now stands well as a machinist in the employ of the company. 

            Miss Laura Emma, the only daughter, was born Nov. 18, 1869, and at present is attending school.  Mr. Daniel Rouse was one of the foremost in organizing Weatherly borough, so much so that his fellow townsmen showed their just appreciation by making him their first chief burgess.  He served as school director for a period of fifteen years, dating from 1860.  In the fall of 1875, he was elected to serve a term of three years as county commissioner.








The History of the Counties of Lehigh & Carbon, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,


Alfred Mathews & Austin N. Hungerford

Published in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1884


Transcribed from the original in July, 2002 by

Vincent E Summers
[3X-great-grandson of David Weatherly Sr., namesake of the town of Weatherly]


Web page by

Jack Sterling

August 2002