[p. 448] a well known resident of Mount Jackson comes of a prominent old family of Lawrence County. He was born in Little Beaver Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, February 26, 1859, and is a son of Robert and Susanna (Wortman) Paden.
Robert Paden was born in that part of Beaver County which is now included in Lawrence County, and was a son of Hugh Paden, who was one of the earliest settlers of that section. Some years after his marriage, Robert moved to a farm near the present town of Bessemer, which consisted of 186 acres, having purchased it of a Mr. Fowler. There the family lived for more than forty years, and in addition to general farming, they operated a lime kiln for many years. This property was finally disposed of to the Bessemer Limestone Company, and from it was taken the first stone quarried in this vicinity. Robert Paden was married to Susanna Wortman, who was born near Petersburg, but in North Beaver Township, and was a daughter of Jacob Wortman, who was of German descent. They became parents of eleven children as follows: a daughter who died in childhood; Jacob, of North Beaver Township; Melissa (Stanley), of Mahoning County, Ohio; Zimri R., of North Beaver Township; Angelina (Nelson), of North Beaver Township; Alonzo S.; Etta (Metz), of Mount Jackson; Mary, Della, Hugh and Ross, both deceased. Mrs. Paden passed from this life in 1888, and was survived by her husband, who died in 1893.
Alonzo S. Paden was reared on the old home place at Bessemer and received his educational training in the public schools of that vicinity. He has always engaged in agricultural pursuits, and in 1900 purchased his present valuable farm of 102½ acres of John Martin, in North Beaver Township, it being known as the old Arthur Rogers farm. He farmed this place and resided upon it until March 28, 1906, when he rented the farm and moved to Mount Jackson, where he now lives.
In November, 1901, Mr. Paden was united in marriage with Alla Eudora Dixon, a daughter of William K. and Mary Jane (Sloan) Dixon, she being a native of Cheshire, Ohio. They have a comfortable, home in Mount Jackson, and are surrounded by friends of many years' standing.
20th Century History of New Castle and Lawrence County Pennsylvania and Representative Citizens Hon. Aaron L. Hazen Richmond-Arnold Publishing Company, Chicago, Ill., 1908
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