Pius J. Noel, grocer, New Oxford, was born in Oxford Twp., this county in 1832, a son of Peter R. and Lydia A. (Clunk) Noel, who for many years have resided on a farm in the vicinity of Oxford, and to whom were born 12 children (all in Adams County) viz.: Caroline, Pius J., Mary, John, Agnes, William, Joseph, James, Louisa, Francis, Lydia A. and Lucinda. At the age of 18 Pius J. began the blacksmith's trade with his uncle, Joseph Clunk. In 1854, the family removed to Grand Rapids, Mich., where William, Pius J., Joseph and James opened a wheelwright shop, the former two being smiths and the latter wagon-makers. The brothers continued the business until 1873, when Pius J. returned to Adams Co. and engaged in the mercantile business at New Oxford, in which he is still engaged. In 1856, our subject paid a visit to Penn. and married Miss Caroline, daughter of James & Mary (Myers) Robinson, who had been neighbors of the Noels for many years, Miss Robinson being one of his schoolmates. Mr. Noel returned to Grand Rapids, taking with him his young bride, and during their stay there 8 children were born to them: Mary, William, James, Ella, Martha, Cora, Henry (deceased) and Carrie (deceased). After their return to New Oxford, 2 sons, Pius and Lewis were born. Mrs. Noel died in March 1882. Mr. Noel is a self-made man, and has earned every dollar he is worth. In business he has always been successful, and has avoided politics, so far as a desire for official honors is concerned. From infancy, he has been a consistent Catholic. Mary, the eldest daughter, is a Sister of Charity. Ella and Cora received a liberal education at the acadamy at McSherrystown, and are housekeepers for their father. One son, James, is engaged in business for himself at Waynesboro, and another son, William, is clerking for his father at the present time.