Daniel W. Mottern was born May 16, 1856, in Ringgold Township, Jefferson County, PA, a son of Levi George and Elizabeth (Bussard) Mottern. The Mottern name had
been originally spelled Matthorn, but with several changes, it became Mottern when Henry Mottern moves his family to Jefferson County. Daniel followed the family
tradition of farming. About 1888, he married Eliza Agnes Stormer, and they established a home in Pine Creek Township. Known children of Daniel and Eliza were:
Joseph William, who married Nellie A. Mowrey; Jennie C., who married J. W. Smathers; Minnie Edna who married John W. Ishtman; Grant L., who married Dorothy Duffy, Mamie Alverta, who married Harry R. Ohl, and
After the death of Eliza Agnes on May 28, 1920, Daniel married, second, to Elizabeth Jane Harmon, and third, to Celesta L. Dinger. Daniel died December
14, 1937, and is buried in the Church of God Cemetery at Emerickville, PA.