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A HISTORY 



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DELAWARE COUNTY 

PENNSYLVANIA 

AND ITS PEOPLE" 



UNDER THE EDITORIAL SUPERVISION OF 

JOHN W. JORDAN, LL. D. 

Librarian of the Historical Society of Pernlsjiyania, ■'Ph'iradeliiih.id 



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ILLUSTRATED 



VOLUME III 



NEW YORK 
1,EWIS HISTORICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY 
1914 " 



THE NEW YORK 


PUBLIC LIBRARY 

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Copyright 
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. . . 1914 



DELAWARE COUNTY 773 

The name Baldwin is one of the oldest of those great names 
BALDWIN that have come down to us through the Middle Ages and 
which, with their associations, are an inheritance to recall to 
us the splendid past. The name appears as early as 672 A. D., on the roll of 
Battle Abbey in the English records, a Baldwin was Earl of Flanders in the 
time of Alfred the Great, and throughout the early history of Europe, and 
especially in the Crusades, men of that name have distinguished themselves. 
That branch of the family to which the subject of this sketch belongs is de- 
scended from John Baldwin, who came from Oxfordshire, England, about the 
year 1682, and settled in Ashton township, Chester county, Pennsylvania. 
From that time to the present, the family has been represented by a long line 
of worthy members who have continuously made their home in that part of 
the state. 

Richard Jacobs Baldwin, the second son of John Erskine and Mary Grif- 
fith (Hoopes) Baldwin, was born in East Bradford township, Chester county, 
Pennsylvania, March i, 1853. He received an excellent education in the pub- 
lic schools of the neighborhood and later attended Maplewood Institute at 
Concordville and Eaton Academy at Kennett Square. At the age of seventeen, 
he left home to learn the trade of carpentering which he followed until he 
was twenty-three years old, when he entered the mercantile business and oper- 
ated a general merchandise store at Whitford, at that time Belvidere, West 
Whiteland, Chester county. After continuing this enterprise for three years, 
he removed to Chadd's Ford, where he purchased what was then known as 
the Worrliow store property, and here conducted with great success a general 
merchandise store for twenty-five years. About ten years ago, in 1904, Mr. 
Baldwin turned over his thriving business to his sons, the youngest of whom, 
Richard Lindley Baldwin, is now conducting it. Mr. Baldwin, however, still 
lives on the property which has for so long been the scene of his activities and 
success. ^_ , . ^ : . " - 

As early as 1880, Mr. Baldwin began to tajiei'an active 'intereit' in, politics. 
He was a firm beUever in the principles and pbiicies of ' the Republican party 
and made for himself a sufficiently important place in die local ranks thereof to 
win the appointment of postmaster at Chadds Ford from President Harrison, 
a position which he filled with credit from 1889 to 1893. ; Upon, the inaugura- 
tion of President Cleveland, he resigned this office, b^t.'■was reinstated during 
President McKinley's administration. He became a candidate for the Gen- 
eral Assembly of the state in 1894 and, being chosen by the Republican party 
at the primaries for its nominee, he was elected to the office by one of the larg- 
est majorities ever given a candidate in Delaware county. He was subse- 
quently re-elected and served in the sessions of 1897 and 1899, in the latter 
of which he became one of the recognized leaders of the House. Elected 
recorder of deeds for Delaware county, in 1901, he chscharged the duties of 
that office in so satisfactory a manner that his fellow citizens re-elected him. 
In 1910, he was again elected to represent his county in the General Assembly, 
and once more in 191 2 for the current session of that body. During these last 
two sessions, Mr. Baldwin has established a state-wide reputation for himself 
as a legislator, his public experience and the diligent attention which he_ be- 
stows upon all public questions, combining to make him one of the authorities 
on legislative matters generally. His long experience in oratory, he having 
stumped the state in every campaign for the last eighteen years, added to a 
natural gift of expression,' has with his other attainments resulted in establish- 
ing him in the place of Republican party leader in the Assembly of 1913. 

Mr. Baldwin is at present engaged in a real estate and insurance business 
in Media, the county seat, and takes an active part in the life of the district. 



774 DELAWARE COUNTY 

He is a member of the Young ?k[en's Republican Ckib and the Springhaven 
Golf Club, both of Media, and the latter of which he helped to organize ; of 
the Brandywine Golf Club of Brandywine Summit; the Wilmington Country 
Club, and is an honorary member of the !Media Fire Company. Fraternally, 
his memberships are in the ]\Iasonic Order, Concord Lodge No. 625 ; the Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows ; Senior and Junior Orders, United American 
Mechanics: the Improved Order of Red Men and the Patrons of Husbandry. 

Mr. Baldwin was married in 1873, to Miss Sarah Worrall Temple, a 
daughter of Thomas B. and Elizabeth (Worrall) Temple, of Middletown, 
Delaware county. There is a tradition in the Temple family that William Tem- 
ple, its founder in America, was smuggled into the country by his step-mother 
after his father's death in order that the lady's son might inherit the English 
estates. To Mr. and Mrs. Baldwin there have been born ten children, five of 
whom survive. 

Mr. Baldwin has been uniformly successful, both in his commercial and 
political careers, and has filled the various positions to which he has been called 
with a thorough-going earnestness of purpose that could not fail to bring about 
results the most satisfactory. He is one of the best known citizens of his 
county, and in all the seven times in which he has been before the people for 
their suffrage, he has not known defeat, but in every case has been triumphantly 
endorsed and elected. Mr. Baldwin is still in the prime of his usefulness and 
there is every reason why he should continue to serve his fellows and develop 
his own career for manv vears to come. 



The McLaughlins of this sketch descend from an old 
McLaughlin family of Ireland. The first of this branch to come to 
the United States was Edward (2), son of Edward (i) 
IVIcLau^iliji, the .latter a lifelong resident of county Donegal, Ireland. He was 
a farmer .'^njl. a- iVi&nmg.r^-b'f 'lilt; Roman Catholic church, raising his family in 
that faith'.' Hfe' married Roj.V ^IcCaffery, who also was born, lived and died 
in county DoI-fegalj.ChJlclrep: Rose, married John Cusacks, both deceased, of 
Chester, PeitRSy'U'arti?'. Edjvard (2), of whom ftirther; Sarah, married Daniel 
Butler, a c'pntr&cttir^cf.Che^er, both deceased. 

Edwarii .l'2.)-.'-o;l{v'^an pf Edward (i) and Rose McCaffery, was born in 
county Donegal, Irelancf, 'in' 1824, died at Leiperville, Delaware county, Penn- 
sylvania, in 1899. He grew to manhood and married in Ireland, soon after- 
ward coming to the United States, settling in Chester, Pennsylvania. He later 
moved to Ridley township, living on the John L. Crosly property until his re- 
moval to Leiperville, vv-here he died, a member of the Roman Catholic church, 
and a Democrat. He married Cecelia Boyle, born in county Donegal, in 1836, 
died in Leiperville, Pennsylvania, June 3, 1908: children: Rose, married Ed- 
ward Jobson, now manager of Dunlap's grocery store, and resides in Chester ; 
Bridget, died young: Edward F., of whom further: Ann, now residing in Leip- 
erville, unmarried : John, now living in jNIorton. Delaware county : Joseph, 
resides in Ridley Park: Daniel, died young: ]\Iichael died in Leiperville, in 
1909. 

Edward F., eldest son of Edward (2) and Cecelia (Boyle) ^McLaughlin, 
was born in Chester, Pennsylvania, January 16, 1867. He attended school tm- 
til he was ten years of age in Chester and in Nether Providence township. He 
then worked in the mills in Carey's Banks, continuing until 1894. He then 
ran a bottling business in Leiperville for one year. He then conducted a whole- 
sale and retail business until December i, 1901, when he purchased the old 
Leiperville Hotel, that had been run as a licensed house since 1830. The Lei- 



DELAWARE COUNTY 775 

perville Hotel was established in 1830, and was the outgrowth of the boarding 
house kept to accommodate the men employed in getting out stone from Rid- 
ley creek quarries to build the "Breakwater." Judge George G. Leiper and 
most of the quarry owners of the neighborhood petitioned for the house, which 
they described as being near the intersection of the old Queen's highway with 
the Springfield road, alleging the license was necessary to furnish accommo- 
dations to the men employed by them in conveying stones to the Breakwater, 
which at that time was the largest industry in the county. The court granted 
the petition and authorized Thomas Ewing to keep a public house at the loca- 
tion mentioned. Ewing called his house "The Leiperville Tavern," and re- 
mained its proprietor until 1833. when Robert Murray became the landlord 
and named the house "The Canal Boat." In 1835, Daniel J- Campbell leased 
the house and restored the old name. The house has had many landlords and 
in 1847 was the scene of the institution of Leiperville Lodge No. 263, Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows, which occupied a room in the garret of the 
wing. The last landlord prior to Mr. McLaughlin was Dr. Wernz, who suc- 
ceeded Landlord Coward. 

Mr. ]vIcLaughlin is a Republican in politics, and for several years has been 
county committeeman from Leiperville. He is a member of the Roman Catho- 
lic church, belonging to the parish of St. Rose de Lima at Eddystone. His fra- 
ternal order is the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, affiliated with Chester 
Lodge No. 488. He married, August 19, i8gi, in the Church of the Immacu- 
late Heart at Chester, Elizabeth Gertrude Bunce, daughter of Patrick Bunce, 
born in Ireland, in 1815, died at Chester, in January, 1893. He came to the 
United States about the age of forty years, arriving in New York City, but 
soon settling in Chester, where he was employed at the Roach shipyards. He 
married Margaret Manning, born in Limerick, Ireland, married in St. Michael's 
Church in Chester, and died in that city in 1884. Patrick was a son of Fran- 
cis Bunce, a shoe manufacturer of Kilrush, Ireland, where he and his wife, a 
:\Iiss McKane, both died. Children of Edward F. and Elizabeth Gertrude 
McLaughlin: Edward, born February 25, 1904; George, March 10, 1905, 
both born in Leiperville. 



The family of Pusey is of ancient English origin, having been 
PUSEY settled in the Hundred of Ganfield in Berkshire, England, for 

about nine centuries. During this long period the narne has un- 
dergone inevitable changes of orthography, being entered in the Book of 
Domesday, coinpleted in 1086 as "Pesie or Pesei" in "Gannesfelde hundred." 
The manor and village of Pusey, in Ganfield, Berkshire, lies south of the 
London road, twelve miles from Oxford and about five miles east of Earring- 
don. Here the family have resided from the time of the Danish King Canute, 
fifty years before the Norman Conquest. The tradition is that about the year 
1086.' during the contest between the Danes under Canute and the Saxons un- 
der Edmund Ironside, the hostile forces lay encamped but a few miles apart. 
William Pusey, an officer under Canute, entered the Saxon camp in disguise 
and there discovered a plan for a midnight surprise and massacre of the 
Danes. He at once fled to his own camp, gave the alarm and saved the Dan- 
ish army from destruction. King Canute rewarded the daring officer with the 
manor lying contiguous to the camp, giving him as evidence of the transfer, 
the horn of an ox bearing the inscription : "King Knowde geue Wyllyam Pewte 
thys home to holde by thy lond." Camden and other antiquarian authorities 
refer to this circuinstance. The conveyance of realty by the delivery of a 
horn or other article of personal property is known to have been an ancient 



776 DELAWARE COUNTY 

custom, especially under the Danish King, while the tenure of lands bv what 
is known as cornuage or the service of a horn is stated by Ingulphus and other 
old writers to have been not unusual in the early days of England. 

The estate thus granted by the Danish King to \Mlliam Pusey has re- 
mained in the uninterrupted possession of the family, their descendants and 
direct representatives, down to the present day, by family deeds and records 
in the British ■Museum, the different lords of the manor down to Qiarles Pusey 
in 1710, after whom the male line became extinct. Qiarles Pusey, the owner 
in 1710. recovered both the horn and the manor in chancery before Lord Chan- 
cellor Jefferies, when according to Dr. Hicks "the horn itself being produced 
in court and with universal admiration received, admitted and proved to be 
the identical horn by which, as by a charter Canute had conveyed the manor 
of Pusey, seven hundred years before. Reference to this case is made in. i 
\'ernan's Reports 273 de Term: S. Mich. ZC1S4: wherein the demurrer of the 
defendant is stated to have been overruled and the plaintiff awarded his claim." 

The family became extinct in the male line in 1710 by the death of the 
above mentioned Charles Pusey, who bequeathed the manor to his nephew, 
John Allen, Esquire, directing he should take the name of Pusey, and that in 
case of his dying without issue, it could be entailed on the male issue of his 
own sisters and his nieces, the Aliens successively, who upon inheriting the 
estate were to assume the name of Pusey. By intermarriage the manor came 
into the Bouveries descendants of Lawrence des Bouveries of the Low Coun- 
tries, driven to England by religious persecution in the time of Queen Eliza- 
beth. The present Sidney Edward Bouverie Pusey succeeded in 1855. The 
Pusey coat-of-arms: Gules three bars argent. Crest: A cat passant. 

The old horn, by the delivery of which the estate was originally granted, 
remained in possession of the family until recent years, when it was deposited 
in the British Museum. It is believed to have been the drinking horn of King 
Canute. It is described of dark brown or tortoise shell color, two feet and one- 
half inch in length, one foot in circumference at the large end and two and a 
quarter inches at the small end. Rings of silver gilt encircle it at either end 
and a broader ring or band surrounds it near the middle. To this middle 
band are fastened two legs with feet resembling those of a hound, by which the 
horn is supported on a stand. At the small end is a screw stopper of silver 
gilt in imitation of a hound's head. By taking this out and passing a strap 
through the two rings which are suitably placed for the purpose it might be 
made to serve as a hunting horn. That it may have been used both as a drink- 
ing and a hunting horn at different periods, is not improbable, but as the al- 
leged discovery of the horn took place long before the discovery of gunpow- 
der or the use of firearms, it could not have been at first used as a powder 
horn, while the tradition that it was originally the drinking horn of King 
Canute and subsequently bestowed to evidence the reward of military service, 
received plausibility in view of the two special uses to which horns are known 
to have been devoted at that early day. namely : drinking purposes and the con- 
veyance of landed property, which is further supported by the presumption 
that a peculiar value was attached to the familiar drinking appliance of a rude 
convivial people. 

The presentation of this horn by Canute to the original William Pusey is 
said to have been made with much ceremony, on the beach at Southampton and 
a plastic representation of the scene hangs in the hall of the present Pusey 
mansion. Other treasures and interesting relics are also there collected, includ- 
ing family portraits, antique lace and articles once belonging to royalty. Con- 
siderable legendary interest moreover attaches to the old place revived from the 
curious customs and characters of former residents, one of whom, .\lice Pat- 



DELAWARE COUNTY ^^^ 

ernoster, held lands in Pusey in the reign of Edward I., by the service of say- 
ing paternoster five times a day for the souls of the King's ancestors. Another 
of the same surname on succeeding to an estate in the same parish, instead of 
paying a sum of money as a relief said the Lord's Prayer thrice before Barons 
■of the Exchequer, as his brother had done before him. 

The Pusey Mansion is a plain stone structure, with two front bows, pre- 
senting an attractive and substantial appearance. The present owners and oc- 
cupants give courteous reception and attention to members of archaeological 
societies and other considerate visitors attracted by the historical interest of the 
place. 

Caleb Pusey, the first of the name who came to America, was born in 
Berkshire, England, in 165 1. He grew up among the Baptists, but in early 
manhood joined the Society of Friends, moved to London, where he became 
actively associated with William Penn in his cherished project for the coloni- 
zation of Pennsylvania, having arranged with Peon for the erection of a grist 
and saw mill in the new province, the materials for which were to be prepared 
in England. Caleb Pusey sailed for this country in 1682, probably in one of 
the earliest of the twenty-three vessels which arrived that year in the Dela- 
ware. He selected a site for the proposed mill on Chester creek, one mile from 
its entrance into the Delaware, where the materials which arrived on a later 
ship were fitted and set up by Richard Townsend. Caleb Pusey was one of 
the proprietors and acted as the miller and resident agent of a joint stock com- 
pany of owners. Some of these owners withdrew and the mill finally was 
owned solely by William Penn, Samuel Carpenter and Caleb Pusey. With the 
exception of a rude mill, which the Swedes had used for a brief period on the 
Schuylkill, this was the first grist mill in use in Pennsylvania. It stood on 
land now part of the Crozier estate at L'pland. It fell into ruins years ago, 
but its weather vane, bearing the date 1699 and the initials of the three owners, 
was fortunately rescued and now is preserved in the museum of the Histori- 
cal Society of Pennsylvania, Thirteenth and Locust streets, Philadelphia. 
Caleb Pusey's residence, built about 1683, near the mill, is kept in repair by 
the present owners and is thought to be the oldest dwelling in the state. 

Caleb Pusey was a man of high rectitude of purpose and great force of 
character. He was a leading elder of Friends" fleeting: was sheriff of the 
■county and head of the "Peace Makers," a species of volunteer court. He 
was the author of various essays and pamphlets in defence and explanation of 
the convictions of the early Quakers: served as member of the Provincial 
Council : the Governor's Council and the Assembly. He was always a trusted 
friend and associate of William Penn in important matters touching the set- 
tlement and prosperity of the province. He left a mass of valuable papers, 
comprising his own writings and the collections he had carefully made per- 
taining to public afifairs, papers largely used in preparation of "Proud's His- 
tory of Pennsylvania." After forty-four years of active life in America, 
passed in Philadelphia and Chester, he moved to Marlborough, Chester county, 
Pennsylvania, where he died, greatly honored and beloved, December 25, 1726, 
leaving no male issue, and but two daughters. 

Two brothers, William and Caleb (2) Pusey, nephews of Caleb Pusey, 
followed him to Pennsylvania about the year 1700. William Pusey married 
Elizabeth Bowater and settled in London Grove, Chester county, where he 
erected a mill and a substantial stone dwelling house, yet standing. Caleb (2) 
Pusey, settled in Marlborough : both left numerous descendants and so far as 
known all Puseys of American birth trace to one or other of these brothers. 

From William Pusey descends Fred Taylor Pusey, of Lima, Pennsyl- 



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vania. son of Joshua Pusey, and grandson of Jacob Pusey, born in Auburn, 
Delaware, in 1791. died 1870. 

Joshua Pusey, son of Jacob Pusey, was born in Auburn, Delaware, in 
1842. died in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania, in 1906. He was an attorney and 
counsellor at law, specializing in patent causes, a veteran of the civil war, hav- 
ing served in the famous "Bucktail" regiment, from Pennsylvania, and re- 
ceiving a severe wound at the battle of Fredericksburg. Although not a mem- 
ber of the Society of Friends, he was in sympathy with that sect and attended 
their meetings. In politics he was a Republican. 

Joshua Pusey married Rebecca Kenderdine, born in Germantown, Phila- 
delphia, died in 1876. daughter of Joseph Rakeshaw and Sarah (Wright) 
Kenderdine, of Montgomery county, Pennsylvania. Joseph Rakeshaw Ken- 
derdine was born near Horsham, j\lontgomery county, Pennsylvania, about 
181 1, a contractor and builder, head of the firm of Kenderdine & justice, 
later Joseph R. Kenderdine & Sons, builder's hardware store at Seveiith and 
Spring Garden streets, Philadelphia. He was a Whig in politics, later a Re- 
publican. Children of J\Ir. and Mrs. Kenderdine : Isaac ; Warner Justice ; 
Frank: Elizabeth, died unmarried: Rebecca, married Toshua Pusey: Laura, 
unmarried. Children of Joshua and Rebecca Pusey, now living: Fred Tay- 
lor, of whom further: Grace Edna, married Philip Marot, of Swarthmore, 
Pennsylvania. 

Fred Taylor Pusey, son of Joshua Pusey, was born in Philadelphia, Penn- 
sylvania, June 3, 1872. He was educated in the public schools of Avondale, 
Chester county, Pennsylvania, and Friends" Schools in Philadelphia, finishing 
at Friends' Central High School, whence he was graduated in June, 1889. In 
his boyhood he worked on the farm, and after leaving school worked two 
years in a Philadelphia hosiery mill. He then began the study of law, work- 
ing in the meantime as collector for an industrial life insurance company. He 
was admitted to the bar of Philadelphia county in 1894 and later to the Super- 
ior and Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania and to the Federal Courts of the dis- 
trict. On December 5, 1898, he was admitted to the bar of Delaware county 
and has since continued in active practice at both bars. He has established -x 
wide reputation as a lawyer and commands a generous patronage. He has 
been for several years solicitor of the borough of Lansdowne and served his 
district as member of the House of Representatives during the legislative ses- 
sions of 1903 and 1905 and the special session of 1906. In political faith he 
is a Republican. Mr. Pusey is now serving as a member of the Board of 
Trustees of the State Institution for Feeble Minded at Spring City, Penn- 
sylvania, by appointment of the Governor. Since 1892 Mr. Pusey has sensed 
in the National Guard of Pennsylvania as jjrivate, corporal, sergeant, sergeant- 
major, lieutenant, captain and regimental adjutant of the First Regiment of In- 
fantry. In 1907 he was appointed aide-de-camp on the staff of Governor Stuart 
with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. November ( 1913 ) serving on the staff 
of Governor Tener as colonel and adjutant-general. During the Spanish- 
American war he served as adjutant of the First Regiment, Pennsylvania 
Infantry, United States A'olunteers. Mr. Pusey is a member of the State 
and County Bar associations ; the Law Academy of Philadelphia, president 
in 1898-99 : the Union League of Philadelphia : Lansdowne Republican 
Club, president many years : the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the 
Veteran Corps of the First Regiment of the National Guard of Pennsyl- 
vania. In religious connection he is a member of the Society of Friends. 

^Ir. Pusey married, December 3, 1895. at Brooklyn. New York. Nellie 
Ogilvie, born in that city August 25, 1873, daughter of John S. Ogilvie,. 
founder of the ]HibIishing firm of J. S. Ogilvie Publishing Company of New 



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DELAWARE COUNTY 779 

York City, and his wife, Charlotte (Purchase) Ogilvie. Children of Mr. 
and Mrs. Ogilvie : Nellie, of previous mention ; Frank B., John S., Donald 
M. Children of Fred Taylor and Nellie (Ogilvie) Pusey : i. John S. Ogil- 
vie, born March 10, i8g8; prepared in the public schools of Delaware county, 
now a student in the "Hill School," Pottstown, Pennsylvania. 2. Charlotte 
Elizabeth, born November 3, 1899; now a student at Miss Irwin's school 
(private) Philadelphia. The family home is at Lima, Delaware county, Penn- 
sylvania. 



Charles M. Walton is a noble illustration of what indepen- 
WALTON dence, self-faith and persistency can accomplish in America. 
He is a self-made man in the most significant sense of the 
word, for no one helped him in a financial way, and he is largely self-edu- 
cated. As a young man he was strong, vigorous and self-reliant. He trusted 
in his own ability and did things single-handed and alone. To-day he stands 
supreme as a successful business man and a loyal and public-spirited citizen. 
Most of his attention has been devoted to the contracting and building busi- 
ness, many magnificent structures in Philadelphia and elsewhere having been 
constructed by him. For the past twelve years he has been the efficient incum- 
bent of the office of assessor in Norwood, which place has long represented 
his home. He was a member of the first council and elected to a second term. 

Near Doylestown, in Bucks county, Pennsylvania, January 16, 1847, occur- 
red the birth of Charles M. Walton, a son of James and Jane (Thomas) 
Walton. The Walton family is one of the oldest in Pennsylvania, the pro- 
genitor of the name in this commonwealth, having come hither eight years 
prior to the arrival of William Penn. Four brothers came here about 1675 
from England. They landed at Wilmington, Delaware, and proceeded thence 
to Byberry, Pennsylvania, locating where the old meeting-house now stands. 
They were devout Quakers and they purchased land from the Indians. They 
erected the first church at Byberry and remained there, then practically a wil- 
derness, until fall, when they returned to civilization, remaining at Wilming- 
ton during the winter months. In the following spring they returned to the 
vicinity of Byberry and there settled permanently. \\'illiam Penn, on his 
arrival, did not acknowledge the deed the Walton brothers had received from 
the Indians and the matter was left to be settled by them and the Penn 
colony by arbitration. Two outsiders were chosen by each side and the Wal- 
tons were asked to suggest a fifth party. Very ingeniously they called for 
William Penn and the matter was quickly settled, the Walton deed gaining 
immediate recognition. William Penn gave them another deed to their prop- 
erty, and this is still on record in Philadelphia. The genealogy of the Walton 
family can be traced without any discrepancies from the original settlers down 
to the present time. Two Waltons, not knowing of the other's work, traced 
the genealogy in all its branches, and when the two completed volumes were 
compared at a later date, only two disagreeing facts of importance were 
found. 

The Thomas family, the maternal ancestry of Charles M. Walton, dates 
back almost as far as the Walton side. The great-great-great-grandfather of 
Charles M. Walton was a Griffith and a native of Wales, whence he came to 
America and settled in tlie Penn colony in the early part of the eighteenth 
century. 

Jacob Walton, paternal grandfather of Charles JNI. Walton, was a soldier 
in the Mexican war, a lieutenant, but being a Friend he never divulged the 
fact to any of the members of his immediate family. About eighteen years 



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ago, after his demise, his honorable discharge from service was found among 
his papers. James Walton, father of Charles M. W'alton, was a wheelwright 
by trade, and he was also engaged in farming operations in Bucks county 
where he owned a big saw mill. He married Jane Thomas, who bore him' 
eight children, all of whom grew to maturity, the first to die being twenty-eight 
years of age. Four of them are still living. James \\'alton died in the year 
1875 and his cherished and devoted wife died in 1896. Both are interred in 
Bucks county. 

Charles M. Walton was reared to maturity on the old homestead farm in 
Bucks county, in the work and management of which he early began to assist 
Ins father. He attended the district schools and supplemented his early train- 
ing with a course of study in the Excelsior Xormal School. He then 'learned 
the trades of carpenter and miller, and in 1876 located in the city of Phila- 
delphia, where he gradually won success and renown as a builder. He has 
since devoted his attention to the building business, and conspicuous among 
the beautiful structures he has erected is the library at the University of Penn- 
sylvania. Many other fine buildings in Philadelphia and elsewhere stand as 
monuments of his handiwork. 

In 1890 Mr. Walton established the family home at Xorwood, in Dela- 
ware county, and here he is known as a citizen of sterling integrity and the 
utmost reliability. He is a stalwart Republican in his political convictions, and 
for the past twelve years he has served Norwood in the capacity of city asses- 
sor. His fraternal affiliations are with the Independent Order of Odd Fel- 
lows, and with Hamilton Lodge, No. 274, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, 
into_ which latter organization he was initiated in 1874. In religious faith 
he is a devout member of the Methodist Episcopal church, although his 
children are all Lutherans. 

In 1882 Mr. Walton was united in marriage to I\Iiss Mary F. Griswell, a 
daughter of Eduard and Joanna Griswell. members of pioneer families in 
Delaware county. Pennsylvania. This union has been prolific of five children, 
whose names are here entered in respective order of birth: Elsie G.. Emma 
C May Frances. Charles M. Jr., and Joanna D.. the three vounger ones being 
at home. Elsie G. married Clifford Bonsall : Emma C. married Harry N. 
Robbins. 

Mr. Walton has lived a life of usefulness such as few men know. God- 
fearing, law abiding, progressive, his life is as truly that of a Christian gentle- 
man as any man's can well be. Unwaveringly he has done the right as he 
has interpreted it. While undoubtedly he has not been without that hon- 
orable ambition which is so powerful and useful as an incentive to activity in 
public affairs, he regards the pursuits of private life as being in themselves 
abundantly worthy of his best efforts. In community affairs he is active and 
influential, and his support is readily and generously given to manv measures 
for the general progress and improvement. His life history is certainly worthy 
of commendation and of emulation, for along honorable and straightforward 
lines he has won the success which crowns his efforts, and which makes him 
one of the substantial residents of X^orwood. 



In making a selection of men whose sketches form the 
SHOEiVIAKER biographical portion of this work, great care has been 

exercised to select none but those who have in some 
measure left "footprints on the sands of time." Men whose efforts and deeds 
are matters of public interest, and whose memories will linger long after their 
bodies shall have been laid in the dust. \\'orthy to hold an important posi- 



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tion in this class is Richardson Shoemaker, than whom there is not a more 
prominent resident in Lansdowne, Delaware county. Pennsylvania, or one 
who is better entitled to the high esteem in which his fellow citizens hold him. 
He has been a pioneer and leading spirit in many important business enter- 
prises which have tended materially to increase the prosperity of the town, 
and is a descendant of one of the oldest families of tlie state of Pennsylvania.. 
The name was very probably Schuhmacher in Germany, and has been literally- 
translated. 

George Shoemaker, who was married in Heidelberg, Germany, in 1662, 
died at sea while on his way to this country with his wife and family. His 
widow, Sarah, and their eight children, arrived at Philadelphia, January 20,. 
1686, and soon afterward purchased two hundred acres of land in Chelten- 
ham township, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, on the York road, the 
place now being called Ogontz. Her children were: George, of further men- 
tion; Sarah; Barbara; Abraham; Isaac; Susanna; Elizabeth; Benjamin. 

George, son of George and Sarah Shoemaker, also born in Germany, mar- 
ried, December 14, 1694, Sarah Wall. 

Abraham, son of George and Sarah (Wall) Shoemaker, married Amelia 
Levering. 

\\'illiam, son of Abraham and Amelia ( Levering I Shoemaker, married 
at Abington Friends' Meeting, 10 mo., 25, 1752, Susanna, a daughter of 
Aubrey and Margaret Richardson, of Cheltenham, and granddaughter of 
Joseph Richardson, whose seat was Olethgo, on the Perkiomen, in Providence 
township. 

William, son of \\'illiam and Susanna (Richardson) Shoemaker, was 
born in Cheltenham township, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, .September 
8, 1761. He was a farmer all his life, and removed to Delaware county about 
the year 1800. He was a member of the Society of Friends. He married 
Sarah Aliers, a daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth ( Draper ) Bowman, of 
Philadelphia. Children : Eliza ; Thomas B. ; William D. ; Miers ; Edward ; 
Richardson, of further mention; Manlove ; Joshua. 

Richardson, son of XMlliam and Sarah Aliers (Bowman ) Shoemaker, was 
born at Shoemakerville, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, in 1813. He was the 
proprietor of a country store in his native town and operated quarries on 
Ridley creek from which he furnished the stone for the Delaware Break- 
water at Lewis, Delaware, by three schooners which were also his property. 
He was a member of the Society of Friends, an overseer in Chester Meeting 
under the Darby Quarterly Meeting. He married at Philadelphia, in 1861, Annie 
Gray Clark, born at Fifth and Pine streets, February 18, 1825. She was a 
daughter of Lewis and Sarah ( Alorton) Clark, granddaughter of Judge ]Mor- 
ton, and great-granddaughter of George Gray, of Gray's Ferry, Philadelphia. 
Children of jMr. and Airs. Shoemaker: Lewis Clark; Richardson, of further 
mention; Sarah A., born December 31, 1865. 

Richardson, son of Richardson and Annie Gray (Clark) Shoemaker, 
was born at Shoemakerville, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, J\Iarch i, 1864. 
His education, which was an excellent and practical one, was obtained in the 
public school at Fern wood, the Friends' Central High School at Fifteenth and 
Race streets, Philadelphia, and at the Pierce Business College, from which 
institution he was graduated in 1883. He found employment as a clerk in the 
lumber yard office of J. Alfred Bartram, with whom he remained until 1892, 
and while there commenced the livery business which has since grown to 
such proportions. This was in 1889, at Bartram Lodge, and at the same 
time he inaugurated the stage line running to and from the railroad station, 
and this has been operated continuously since it was first established. It 



782 DELAWARE COUNTY 

was commenced in order to accommodate the summer guests stopping at 
Bartram Lodge, which was conducted as a suburban summer apartment house 
by the mother of Mr. Shoemaker. In 1908 this was torn down to make way 
for modern improvements. The house itself had been erected in the year 
1800, while a stable on the premises had been built one year previously. Mr. 
Shoemaker resided there from 1889 to 1892, when he purchased property at 
the corner of Baltimore and Lansdowne avenues, and erected stables which 
were destroyed by fire December 9, 1903. On the same site he then erected 
a large storage warehouse and stable, which is now used as a garage, and in 
1910 had an improved warehouse erected, this being constructed of concrete 
and being practically fireproof, at Nos. 8 and 10 South Lansdowne avenue. 
He is the owner of a large quantity of real estate, both improved and unim- 
proved, a portion of it being the property occupied by the Crucible Steel Cast- 
ing Company, at South Union avenue and the railroad, and has erected a num- 
ber of houses. For many years Mr. Shoemaker has been an active worker in 
Republican interests, and has represented the Southern Precinct in the county 
committee for the past fifteen years; at the present time he is still a member 
of this committee. November 4, 1913, he was elected a member of the com- 
mon council of the borough. He served as judge of election in the borough 
from 1892 to 1902. His connection with organizations of varied character is 
as follows : Charter member of the Lansdowne Fire Company ; charter 
member, and at present vice-president of the Lansdowne Republican Club ; 
member of Fern wood Lodge, No. 543, Free and Accepted Masons, having 
joined September 17, 1889; director of the Philadelphia Liverymen's Asso- 
ciation ; member of the Lansdowne Country Club. He and his family have 
been connected with the Lansdowne Baptist church since its incorporation, and 
Mrs. Shoemaker is a manager of the Baptist Orphanage at Angora. 

Mr. Shoemaker married, in Philadelphia, November 26, 1890, Jean, born 
in Philadelphia, January 24, 1864, a daughter of John and ]\Iary Shedden, both 
born in Scotland. Mr. Shedden was a tailor by occupation, was chief of the 
Caledonia Club, and was a member of the Philadelphia Board of Education 
for a period of twenty years. They had two other daughters : Margaret and 
Annie P. Mr. and J^Irs. Shoemaker had children : John Shedden, born 
February 10, 1892, attended the Lansdowne public school, being graduated in 
the class of 191 1, and is at present a farmer; Richardson Jr., born January 
10, 1898, is a student at the Lansdowne high school. 

Mr. Shoemaker enjoys an enviable reputation for integrity and high- 
mindedness in every phase of life. He has high business ideals and he lives 
up to them in every detail. This is recognized by all with whom he has 
business dealings, and they respect him accordingly. While he is the owner 
of a number of motor vehicles he has never lost his fondness for horses, and 
his stables are always well filled with horses of excellent breed and blood. 
He has ever evinced a public spirit which it would be well for others to emu- 
late, and strives in every manner to improve conditions in the community to 
the extent of his power and ability. 



Of straight Teutonic descent is George C. Schwartz, of 
SCHWARTZ Essington, Delaware county, Pennsylvania. For genera- 
tions his forbears were among the expert industrial work- 
ers in the Fatherland, on work which required skill or careful handling. The 
family also served Germany in time of war, and was known for the bravery 
of its men. 

(I) Ezekiel Schwartz, father of George C. Schwartz, was born in Ger- 



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many, where he was reared and educated. He became a glass packer while a 
youth, which occupation he followed in Germany and afterward in the United 
States. About fifty years ago he decided that he would move with his family 
to the United States. He located in Glassborough, New Jersey, engaged in his 
line of work for a while, and later moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where 
he again plied his vocation. He lived the remainder of his life in Philadel- 
phia, and there died. He married Anna Christina Weber, born and reared in 
Germany, who accompanied her husband to the United States. They were the 
parents of ten children, among whom was George C, of whom further. 

(H) George C. Schwartz, son of Ezekiel and Anna Christina (Weber) 
Schwartz, was born in 1876, in Philadelphia, there reared and educated. After 
leaving school, while a lad, he learned furniture varnishing, which requires 
great dexterity of touch and a judicious judgment. This occupation he followed 
for years with various furniture and piano firms. When the Lester Piano 
Company moved its manufactory to Essington, Pennsylvania, he was one of 
its employees, and has been with the company fifteen years in the capacity of 
expert varnisher of the finest instruments. He takes the greatest pride in his 
work, putting the finishing touches with loving care on the handsome piano 
under his hands. He and his family are members of the German Lutheran 
Church, and occupy one of the pretty cottages in Essington that are put at the 
disposal of the employees by the Lester Company. In politics Mr. Schwartz 
is a Republican, voting with and working for the party enthusiastically. At 
the present time (1913) he is secretary of the school district of Tinicum 
township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, which position he has held for 
the past ten years, and in which he gives supreme satisfaction. He is a mem- 
ber of Workmen of the World, giving it the benefit of his counsel and experi- 
ence. There are few men who stand higher in the estimation of their fellow 
citizens and co-workers than Mr. Schwartz. He is known for his energv, ex- 
cellent workmanship in his chosen line, his probity and fairmindedness in his 
dealings, business, social and political. 

He married, in 1896, Nanc)'- R. Mclntyre, of Philadelphia. Children: 
Sarah, Anna, Kathe, Elmyra, William, Samuel, Harry, Lorenz, and three chil- 
dren who died in infancy. 



The American ancestry of this old English family dates back 

BARLOW to one, Arthur Barlow, who was among the earliest settlers of 

Virginia in the seventeenth century. 

(I) Aaron Barlow, a direct descendant of Arthur Barlow, came to the 

United States earlv in the eighteenth century, settling in Delaware county, 

Pennsylvania, where he died, near Chelsea, aged seventy years. He and his 

wife were communicants of the Methodist Episcopal church. He married 

Mary Eyre, who died near Chelsea, aged sixty years. Children : Malachi, of 

whom further; Robert, Curtis, William, John, Rebecca, Lydia, Jane, Eliza, 

Lavina, Sarah. s t, , ,_ 

(H) Malachi, son of Aaron and Apiary (Eyre) Barlow, was born near 
Chelsea, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, 1808, died in Wilmington, Delaware, 
1885. He obtained a public school education, and immediately after leaving 
school learned the trade of carpenter, which he followed in all parts of Dela- 
ware county. His political faith was Democratic, and he was much interested 
in all the affairs of the township, holding several offices, among them super- 
visor and. school director. Later he moved to Wilmington, Delaware, and for 
eleven years was steward of the almshouse there, a position he later resigned. 
With his wife he belonged to the Methodist Episcopal church. He married 



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Eliza Taylor, of Concord township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, daughter 
of Emmor and Hilary (Miller) Taylor, the former 'named a farmer of Con- 
cord township, who died in Brandywine Hundred, Delaware. Eliza (Taylor) 
Barlow died in Ridley township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, aged fifty- 
one years. Children of Emmor and Mary (Miller) Taylor: Eliza, above men- 
tioned ; Emmor ; William ; Anna, married, and living in \Mlmington, Dela- 
ware; Hannah; George; Mollie ; Mary: Marsh; Samuel. Children of Malachi 
and Eliza (Taylor) Barlow: i. Henry, deceased: was a carpenter and col- 
lector of the port in Wilmington, Delaware ; married Eliza \\'hitcroft. living 
in Delaware. 2. Mary Jane, married William Weer, now deceased; she lives 
in Brandywine Hundred, Delaware. 3. Lydia Ann, deceased; married Rob- 
ert Morrow-, a veteran of the civil war, living in Delaware count}-, Pennsyl- 
vania. 4. Elizabeth, married Richard Downs ; lives at Marcus Hook, Pennsyl- 
vania. 5. Susanna, married Joseph Pierce ; both deceased. 6. E. Lewis, of 
whom further. 7. ^Margaret, widow of Thomas Aaron ; lives at Marcus 
Hook, Pennsylvania. 8. Anna Eliza, married Lewis IMiller ; lives in Brandy- 
wine Hundred. Delaware, q. Rebecca, deceased ; married Thomas Zelby. 10. 
Emma, died aged eleven years. 11. Estella, married Harry Schlice : lives at 
I\Iarcus Hook, Pennsylvania. 

(HI) E. Lewis, second son and fifth child of ^vlalachi and Eliza (Taylor) 
Barlow, was born in Birmingham township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, 
Januar)' 25, 1844. His early life w-as spent in Birmingham township, and in 
Brandywine Hundred, Delaware, where he obtained a public school education. 
He learned the carpenter's trade and moved to Chester township, where he 
followed his trade and also engaged in the pursuit of agriculture. In 1909 he 
purchased and remodeled a house in Brookhaven. Chester township, Delaware 
county, selling the same in 1912 and buying his present home in Brook- 
haven, which he has since remodeled and greatly improved. In politics he is a 
Democrat and for three years held the office of county commissioner, as well 
as holding a position on the school board. 

He married, Januar}' i, 1867, at Germantown, Sarah Emma, daughter of 
James A. Bayard Smith, a farmer of Brandywine Hundred, prominent in county 
politics, died 1893, aged eighty-four years, and Sarah (Pennell) Smith, of 
Chichester township, Delaware county, died 1868, aged fifty-seven years. Chil- 
dren of James A. Ijayard and Sarah (Pennell) Smith; [Mary, Pennell, Alfred, 
Rebecca, Francis, Elwood. Sarah Emma, married E. Lewis Barlow ; Simon, 
Atmore and Atw-ood. twins : Wilson, Harry, Margaret. Air. and Mrs. Barlow 
had the following children: i. Sara Florence, born October 16, 1867. died 
March 13, 1886; she was noted for her remarkable beauty, and strength of 
character, and had just finished preparing for a teacher's career, when stricken 
with illness, resulting in her death. 2. Harry Llewellyn, born July 26, 1869, 
died January 24, 1909; married Anna, daughter of Jacob and Sara Reis, of 
Reading, Pennsvlvania ; for several years he conducted a flour and feed store 
at Twelfth street and Edgmont avenue, Chester, Pennsylvania; to this union 
two children w-ere born, Rodney Kipton and Sara Emma. 3. George Lewis, 
born December 21, 1870: he married Mabel Christine, daughter of Robert and 
Christine Dempster, of Louisville, Kentucky ; for many years he was a retail 
milk dealer of Chester : to this union three children were born : Florence Marie, 
Mabel Christine, and Emmor Lewis, the latter dying in infancy. 4. Eliza Mad- 
aline, born February 11, 1872, died in infancy. 5. Alfred Calvin, born Febru- 
ary I, 1875: married Bertha, daughter of Howard and Ella Cloud, of Moylan, 
Delaw-are countv, Pennsylvania : he is a prosperous agriculturist and dairyman, 
and also holds office as township commissioner of Chester township ; to this 
union two children were born : Alberta Cloud and Anna Rebecca. 6. Margaret 




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Theresa, born April 29, 1876; she married Albert Lewis Flounders, son of 
Isaac and Mary Flounders, of Media ; he is one of Delaware county's most 
prominent contractor? and builders, he having built many of the finest resi- 
dences of Media and Delaware county ; to this union was born one daughter, 
Margaret Barlow. 7. Anna Rebecca, born May 20, 1878; married Ira Sankey 
Williamson, son of Garrett and Ella Williamson, of Media ; he is a very promi- 
nent salesman for one of Media's oldest and best established coal and feed 
companies ; Anna Rebecca was for many years a popular school teacher in 
Delaware county ; one son, Stanley Barlow, was born to this union ; he died at 
the age of five weeks. Both daughters were noted for their daring horseman- 
ship. 

' The name Flounders has always been borne by the mem- 

FLOUNDERS bers of the family in the United States with the same dig- 
nity and honor which made the line famous in England, 
whence it springs. The earliest obtainable record of any of the name in this 
country is of Nathaniel Flounders, of Darby township, Delaware county, 
Pennsylvania, a farmer and cattle drover. He was a lover and owner of 
many fine horses and cattle, a trait common to the following generations of 
the family. Both he and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal 
church, and both died at Cherry Hill, Maryland. He was twice married. 
Children of first marriage: Sarah, Mary, Nathaniel, John, of further men- 
tion ; Benjamin, and Thomas. All of these are now deceased. 

(II) John, son of Nathaniel Flounders, was born in 1830, died Novem- 
ber, 1902. He obtained an education in the public school near Holmes Sta- 
tion, Delaware county, and went with his family to Maryland, returning to 
Delaware county in 1876. He followed the occupation of farmer all his life, 
and was noted throughout the neighborhood for his knowledge of horses and 
cattle, and for his veterinary skill. His services were often in demand among 
the farmers around, but he did not make this his profession and never accepted 
any remuneration for his assistance. Through solitary study and through 
a close acquaintance with nature, he had acquired a wide knowledge of for- 
estry, and was an excellent judge of timber. For six years he was employed 
by John B. Roach, of Chester, Pennsylvania, as timber inspector. He was a 
Democrat in political belief and held several county offices in Maryland. He 
married Catherine, of English descent, born in Cecil county, Maryland, died 
in Qiester, Pennsylvania, aged seventy-seven years, daughter of Solo- 
mon Blake, a farmer, died in Cecil county, aged seventy-seven years. He was 
thrice married, his third wife being Polly Linch. Children of Solomon and 
Polly ( Linch ) Blake ; Catherine, of previous mention, married John Flound- 
ers ; and Solomon Kennard. Solomon Blake was grandson of Lord Admiral 
Blake, of England. Children of John and Catherine (Blake) Flounders: i. 
Kennard Blake, of Philadelphia, married ffirst) Elizabeth McGuire, (second) 
Clara Applegate. 2. Mary, lives in Chester, Pennsylvania. 3. Elizabeth, lives 
in Chester. 4. John, deceased. 5. Theodore, deceased. 6. Wilbur, a tinsmith 
of Philadelphia, married Mary Brinton. 7. Edward T., of whom further. 
8. Alfred E., a farmer and horse breeder of Chester township; he married 
(first) Sarali Halsey, born in Philadelphia, June 30, 1872, died March 25, 
1898; children: Elma May, bom March 12, 1893; Sallie Mary, born June 
22, 1894; Charles Laird, bom February 17, 1896; he married (second) Flor- 
ence Cox, of Wilmington, born February 22, 1878, Camden, New Jersey; 
one child, John Alfred Flounders, November 7, 1909. 9. Emmor Lovell, a 
tinsmith of Philadelphia, married (first) Lillie Moyland, (second) Clara 
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Rindge. lo. Edith May. deceased, ii. Catherine, married Frank \"andergrift, 
of Philadelphia. 

(Til) Edward T.. son of John and Catherine (Blake) Flounders, was 
born in Cecil county, ]\Iaryland, April 17, 1867. He obtained a public school 
education in his native locality and in Delaware county, where he moved when 
he was eleven years of age. For six years he was employed by the S. A. Cro- 
zer and Sons Company, leaving this firm to enter the dairy business, in which 
he has continued for twenty-five years. He farms one hundred and 
six acres of the old Joseph Engle farm, owned by John P. Crozer. He 
owns fifty head of cattle and operates two milk wagons, supplying the towns 
of Chester and Upland. He is one of the leading dairymen of the county, 
and conducts a modern, well-equipped, and highly sanitary dairy. He is a 
lover of blooded horses and has several fine ones upon his farm. With his 
wife he is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. Fraternally he is 
a member of the Improved Order of Red ]\Ien and the Knights of Pythias. 
In politics he is actively interested and has held the offices of tax collector, 
school director, and treasurer. He married. November, 1892, Mary E. Hon- 
nen, born in Philadelphia. Children of Edward T. and Mary E. (Honnen) 
Flounders: i. Lawrence Dutton, born July 10, 1896, attends Drexel school, 
Philadelphia, preparing to become an electrical engineer. 2. Edward War- 
ren, bom December 6, 1898. 3. John W.. born May 15, 1901. 4. Earl 
Honnen, born August 21, 1907. 



Affectionately known as "Uncle Mike" to many, and as such to 
CRONIN all "Eagles," Michael Cronin. although not by any means an 

old man, is one of Chester's best known citizens. For twenty- 
five years a resident of Chester, he has during that entire time been a caterer to 
the traveling public and is as well known to habitues of the road as he is to his 
friends and neighbors. He is a true son of the Emerald Isle, although a na- 
tive born Jerseyman, son of John Cronin, a native of Cork, Ireland, who on 
emigrating to the United States, about 1845. settled in Sussex county. New 
Jersey, where he becam.e a worker in the iron mills. His wife, Alargaret 
Cummings, was born in county Roscommon. Ireland, came to the United 
States and was married in Paterson, New Jersey. He died in Sussex county, 
in 1861, and is buried in Newton, New Jersey: she died in Chester, in 1892, 
and is there buried. Children, all born in Sussex county. New Jersey: i. 
William, born 1849, died young. 2. John, born 1851, died young. 3. Peter, 
born September 18. 1S53. now an iron worker in Chester: married Helen 
Gorev, deceased. Children : i. Peter, deceased, ii. William, died at Platts- 
burg Banks during the civil war. iii. Michael J., proprietor of the Swan 
Hotel, Chester. 4. Michael, see forward. 5. Mary, born 1857: married in 
Butte, Montana. July, 1882, Charles Behre, of San Francisco, whom she sur- 
vives, a resident of Daly City, California. 6. Catherine, born 1859: married 
James Murray, now employed' in the government mail service in Chicago. She 
died in Chester, in DecemlDer, 1890. 

Michael Cronin. fourth son of John and Margaret (Cummings) Cronin. 
was born in Sussex county. New Jersey, October 15. 1855. He attended pub- 
lic schools in his early life, but at ten years of age became a worker around the 
iron and zinc mines, his education being therefore largely obtained through 
private study, reading and experience. He spent twenty years in the iron ore 
and cement mines of New Jersey and New York : the anthracite coal mines of 
Pennsylvania ; the soft coal mines of Missouri : the silver mines of Montana, 
and the coal mines of Oklahoma and the Indian Territory. The years from 



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ten to thirty were spent as indicated, he in the meantime acquiring a sturdy 
frame and a well stored mind, as the different experiences through which he 
passed, the people with whom he came in contact, and the mining knowledge 
he absorbed, all had a broadening and expanding influence. In 1885 he re- 
turned East and settled in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, where he became proprie- 
tor of the Central restaurant, continuing until December 31, 1886. In January, 
1887, he came to Chester, Pennsylvania, where he purchased the Avenue Hotel 
on Concord avenue, remaining there twenty-three years as proprietor. On 
February 15, 1910, he bought the Swan Hotel, one of Chester's leading hostel- 
ries, which he conducted until April i, 1913, when he was succeeded by his 
nephew, Michael J. Cronin, son of his brother, Peter. Since retiring from the 
hotel Mr. Cronin has resided at No. 515 East Broad street, Chester, where he 
purchased a handsome home. He was one of the incorporators of the Con- 
sumers Ice Company, twenty-two years ago, served as director and is now 
treasurer of the company ; is interested in the Seaboard Steel Casting Com- 
pany ; the Cambridge Trust Company, and has large real estate holdings in the 
fifth ward of Chester, one of the principal residence wards of the city. In pol- 
itics Mr. Cronin was originally a Democrat, casting his first vote in 1876 at 
Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, for Tilden and Hendricks, the Democratic nominees 
for president and vice-president. After coming to Chester county, he served 
three years as jury commissioner and was active in the party until about 1905, 
when as the outgrowth of a fight for local option, he turned to the Republican 
party. He has since then been closely affiliated with the inside workings of 
the party in Chester and is an influential worker for party success. 

He is a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, an order he joined 
at the age of eighteen years and for the past twenty-six years has been affiliated 
with Division No. i, of Chester. For the past fifteen years he has been presi- 
dent of the Liquor Dealers' Association of Delaware county, and for twenty- 
five years a member of the association. He is a charter member and past 
chief ranger of Court Commodore Barry, Foresters of America, and is an ac- 
tive member of Moymensing Hook and Ladder Company, No. i, an organi- 
zation in which he has been interested many years. When a lodge of Frater- 
nal Order of Eagles was being organized in Chester, Mr. Cronin became one 
of the charter members. He took a deep interest in the lodge, and when later 
they desired a home of their own, it was chiefly through his advice, guidance 
and assistance that their beautiful building at Seventh and De Shong streets 
was erected. He was presented with an expensive chain of the order, by the 
lodge members, as a token of their appreciation ; his name is carved on a tab- 
let in the vestibule of the building, and "Uncle Mike" is consulted on all mat- 
ters of business pertaining to the order and is also sought after for advice on 
matters of a more private nature. Having no children of his own, he has 
adopted everybody's children, and he is "Uncle Mike" to a small army of young 
people. In religious faith he is Roman Catholic, belonging to St. Michael's of 
Chester. Mr. Cronin married in St. Michael's, May 19, 1886, Catherine E. 
McKeggan, daughter of John and Bridget McKeggan, both deceased. 



The progenitors of the Massey family of Dupont Banks, Dela- 
MASSEY ware, were of French birth and ancestry. The founder of 

the family in Delaware, Peter Massey, was born in France, came 
to this country when a young man, and in 1869 was killed in a powder mill 
explosion at Dupont Banks. He was an expert powder maker and came from 
France to work in the Dupont powder mill, and was in charge of one of the 
presses at the time of the explosion. He left a widow and children: i. 



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Frank, died in 1900; a cooper of Dupont Banks; married Naomi Latch, alsa 
deceased. 2. Henry Curtis, of whom further. 3. Maria, married a Mr. 
Garvine, both deceased, leaving a daughter Bella, who married John Crow 
and resides in Wilmington. 4. Eliza, married James Sharp ; resides in Wil- 
mington. 5. Charles, now a resident of \\'ashington, D. C. ; for the last 
twenty years engaged in the manufacture of the Red Cross rifle; married 
Mary Naylor. 

Henry Curtis, son of Peter IMassey, was born at Dupont Banks, Dela- 
ware. August 13, 1844, now a government pensioner residing at Wilmington, 
Delaware. He was educated in the public schools, and until seventeen vears 
of age worked at coopering. In July, 1861, he answered the president's 
call for men to defend the flag by entering in the First Battery, Delaware 
\'olunteer Artillery, serving until the close of the war. He received an injury 
to his back, which was of such seriousness that he has ever since been paid 
a pension by the government. For many years he was an employee of the 
\\'ilmington Water Department, but in 1906 retired. He is a Republican 
in politics, and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He mar- 
ried Esther Scofield, born at Chester, Pennsylvania, daughter of Thomas Sco- 
field, a cotton mill manager, who was drowned in the Delaware off Chester 
wharf, prior to 1859. She had two brothers, both veterans of the civil war, 
Thomas, now an inmate of a soldiers' home near Richmond, Virginia, and 
William, who died in 1908. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Massey: i. J. Harry, 
of whom further. 2. Frank C, born at Dupont Banks, 1870; now connected 
with the police force of ^^'ilmington. 3. May, born 1872 ; married Frank 
Ferguson; residesin Wilmington. 4. Laura, bom in Wilmington, 1874; now 
residing at home; unmarried. 5. Howard, died young. 6. Lewis, born 1886; 
married May Warick. 7. William, born in \^'ilmington, 1888 ; now a brick- 
layer of ^^'ilmington ; unmarried. 8. Howard (2), born 1892; also a brick- 
layer : unmarried. 

J. Harry, son of Henry Curtis and Esther (Scofield) ^lassey, was born 
at Dupont Banks, Delaware, June 8, 1868. He attended public school in 
Wilmington until 1882, then for two years worked in the Wallace nurseries. 
From 1884 until 1890 he was employed as fireman on Delaware and Chesa- 
peake Bay steamers, and from 1890 until 1900 was a member of the police 
force in \\'ilmington. In 1900 he became proprietor of a hotel in \Mlming- 
ton, at the corner of Second and King streets, remaining three years. He ran 
a hotel at No. 615 Shipley street for a short time, and in May, 1903, he opened 
a hotel in Leipsic, Delaware, and in 1905 was in the same business in Odessa, 
Delaware, continuing until September, 191 1, when he purchased and took pos- 
session of the Morton House, at the corner of Eighth street and Morton avenue,. 
Chester. This hotel was first opened in 1876 by John Buckley, who was suc- 
ceeded by Harry G. Mason, who was its proprietor for over thirty years, sell- 
tng out to Mr. Massey. He is a Republican in politics, and in Odessa served 
as town commissioner. He is a member of the Odessa Tribe, Improved Order 
of Red Men, and is past president of Wilmington Eyrie, No. 74, Fraternal 
Order of Eagles. 

He married, at Lower Brandywine, now Centreville, Delaware, April 
15, 1888, Mary Journey, daughter of Moses (2) and Mary Ann (Wilson) 
lournev. of Rockland, Delaware, he a paper manufacturer, died 1892, she 
died in 1894. Children: I. Harry, born at Smith's Bridge, Delaware, Janu- 
ary 15, 1889; now clerk at the AlcCullough Iron Works, Wilmington; mar- 
ried Amy Hanna and has a daughter Miriam. 2. Frank, born in Wilming- 
ton, April 16, 1890; resides at home. 3. Lillie Naomi, born in Wilmington, 
November i, 1891, resides at home. 4. Mary E., born in VVilmington, ApriK 



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4, 1893. 5. Ereon, born in Wilmington, December 13, 1895. 6. Walter P., 

born August 22, 1896. 7. Esther S., born April 11, 1898. 8. Ethel, born in 
Odessa, April 21, 191 1. 



The first of this branch of the McCall family to come to the 
McCALL United States, was Robert iMcCall, born in county Donegal, Ire- 
land, in 1838, who came to the United States when a young 
man, and was killed by his horses at Glen Riddle, Pennsylvania, in 1892. He 
worked in Philadelphia for a time, after first coming to this country, but his 
principal business all his life was teaming and other work with horses. In 
religion he was a member of the Roman Catholic church, and in politics a 
Democrat. He married, in Philadelphia, Sarah Burke, born in Londonderry 
county, Ireland, who survives him, residing in Lima, Delaware county. Chil- 
dren : Anne, died young; Dominic, died young; Charles R., of whom further; 
James, a farmer of Lima ; Kate, married Frank Baker, of Media. 

Charles R., son of Robert and Sarah (Burke) McCall, was born in Phila- 
delphia, Pennsylvania, February 15, 1869. He attended public school until 
he was nine years of age. and then was a newsboy for a time, until he secured a 
position with the Glen Riddle Mills. He later was a trainer of running horses, 
afterwards worked in a hotel ; and then in partnership with John Gitday, he 
bought the Mountain House at Rockdale, which they operated for three years, 
when he purchased his partner's interest and became sole proprietor. Later 
the mills there were destroyed by fire, and the house ceasing to be profitable, 
he was forced to close up. He was in the employ of John MciMonigal, as 
driver in 1898 and 1899, ^nd in 1890 was employed at the hotel located at 
Tenth and Edgemont streets, Chester. His next position was as a member of 
the Chester police force, remaining here eighteen months. In 1896 he resigned 
and was employed by \'alentine Ingram, then returning to the police force 
he continued with them three years. For the succeeding three years he was 
employed by Hugh McCafifery 'at the American House in Chester, then for a 
year was with Thomas Hargrave at Sixth and Edgemont streets, Chester. In 
1910 he became proprietor of the Colonnade Hotel, Nos. 10 and 12 Third 
street, Chester, where he still remains. The Colonnade was built in 1876 by 
Benjamin iMorris, who after five years sold it to Mr. Green, who later sold it 
to Goff and Brown, they being succeeded by ex-chief of Police Williamson. 
He sold the hotel to John Waifs, who sold out to Mr. AlcCall. The house is a 
favorite one with the commercial and theatrical traveling public, and rooms 
are constantlv booked in advance. Mr. McCall is a Republican in politics. He 
belongs to Chester Lodge, No. 285, Loyal Order of Moose, of which he is past 
dictator; Chester Nest, the Owls; Chester Eyrie, No. 159, Fraternal Order of 
Eagles; Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division No. 3, and for fifteen years 
has been an active member of •Moyer Hook and Ladder Company. In religious 
faith he is a member of the Roman Catholic church. 

Mr. McCall married (first) Annie, daughter of James and Catherine Con- 
nors, of Glen Riddle. Children: Kate, born in 1890: Robert, in 1891; Nellie, 
in 1894; all are living in Rockdale, Pennsylvania. He married (second) Cath- 
erine, daughter of Edward and Catherine Welsh. 



That the Strongs of England, Ireland and Scotland are of a 
STRONG ditferent origin respectively, would seem to be manifest from 

the variety of their family crest. The crest of the Strongs 
of Ireland is a lion rampant, azure, supporting a pillar argent (or silver) ; of 
those of Scotland, a cluster of grapes stalked and leaved; while of those 



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of England there is a three-fold variety of crest. One of them is, out of a 
mural coronet, gold, a demi-eagle, wings displayed, gold ; another is an eagle 
with two heads, wings expanded ; the third an eagle displayed, gold. Any of 
these latter three may be the authentic crest of Elder John Strong, immigrant 
ancestor of virtually all the families bearing the Strong surname in this coun- 
tr}', who was born in Taunton, England, 1605, son of Richard Strong. The 
family was originally located in county Shropshire, England, but one of the 
family married an heiress of Griffith, county of Caernarvon, Wales, and went 
thither to reside in 1545. 

(I) Of this W'elsh branch was Richard Strong, who was born in county 
Caernarvon, in 1561, and in 1590 removed to Taunton, Somersetshire, England, 
where he died in 16 13, leaving beside his son John, a daughter Eleanor. 

(II) John Strong lived at London and at Plymouth and finally, having 
strong puritanic sympathies and convictions he and his sister came to Xew 
England, sailing Alarch 20, 1630, in the ship "Mary and John" and. after a pass- 
age of more than seventy days in length, on Sunday, Alay 30, 1630. landed at 
Nantasket, Massachusetts. They settled in Dorchester. The sister married 
\\ alter Deane, a tanner of Taunton, Massachusetts, previously of Taunton, 
England. In 1635 John Strong removed to Hingham. He was admitted a 
freeman, March 9, 1636. He removed to Taunton before December 4, 1638, 
when he was on the list of inhabitants and proprietors and remained there 
until 1645 or later. He was deputy from that town to the general court in 
Plymouth in 1641-43-44. He moved to Windsor, Connecticut, where with four 
others he was appointed to "superintend and to bring forward the settle- 
ment of the place." He settled finally in Northampton, Alassachusetts, with 
which his name has since been associated. He was one of the first and most 
active founders, and for fully forty years a prominent and influential citi- 
zen. He prospered in his business as a tanner and husbandman, owning about 
two hundred acres of land in and near Northampton. He was elected ruling 
elder of the church and ordained June 24, 1663. His first wife died in the 
passage, or soon after landing in Massachusetts, and two months later her 
baby died also. He married (second) in December, 1630, Abigail Ford, 
daughter of Thomas Ford, of Dorchester; she died, the mother of sixteen 
children, July 6, 1688, aged about eighty years. He died April 14, 1699, aged 
ninety-four years. He had at the time of his death one hundred and sixty 
descendants, among whom were eighteen children and one hundred and four- 
teen grandchildren, and at least thirty-three great-grandchildren. During his 
lifetime he made over his lands to his children. 

Children of first wife: i. John, of whom further. 2. Infant, died in 
Dorchester, Massachusetts, 1630. Children of second wife: 3. Thomas, born 
163 — , died October 3, 1689. 4. Jedediah, born May 7, 1637, died May 22, 
1733- 5- Josiah, died young. 6. Return, born 1641, died April 9, 1726. 7. 
Elder Ebenezer, born 1643, <^'sd February 11, 1729. 8. Abigail, born 1645; 
married (first) Rev. Nathaniel Chauncy. (second) IMedad Pomeroy. 9. Eliz- 
abeth, born at AMndsor, Connecticut, Februan.- 24, 1647, died May 12, 1736; 
married Joseph Parsons. 10. Experience, born August 4, 1650; married 
Zerubbabel Filer. 11. Samuel, born August 5, 1652, died October 29, 1732. 
12. Joseph, (twin of Samuel), died young. 13. ]\Iary, born October 26, 1654: 
married Deacon John Clark. 14. Sarah, born 1656 ; married Joseph Barnard, 
of Hadley. 15. Hannah, born ^May 30. 1659; married William Clark. 16. 
Hester, born June 7, 1661 ; married Thomas Bissell. 17. Thankful, born July 

25, 1663; married Baldwin. 18. Jerijah. born December 12. 1665, died 

April 24, 1754. 

(Ill) John (2) Strong, son of John (i) Strong, was born in England. 



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1626, died February 20, 1697. He was probably a tanner of Windsor and was 
a prominent man in the community. He married (tirst) November 26, 1656, 
Mary Clark, baptized September 30, 1638, died April 28, 1663, daughter of 
Joseph and Frances Clark; (second) in 1664, Elizabeth Warriner, died June 
7, 1684. Children of John and Mary (Clark) Strong: i. Mary, born April 
22, 1658, died 1722; married, November 22, 1676, Timothy Stanley, of Con- 
necticut, died November 26, 1728. 2. Hannah, born August 11, 1660, died 
November, 1745: married Stephen Hopkins. They had three children, who 
died unnamed. Children of John and Elizabeth (Warriner) Strong: 3. John, 
born December 25, 1665, died May 29, 1749. 4. Jacob, born April 8, 1673. 5. 
Josiah, of whom further. 6. Elizabeth, born 1684 ; married Thomas Burnham. 

(IV) Josiah Strong, son of John (2) and Elizabeth (Warriner) Strong, 
was born January 11, 1678, died at Colchester, Connecticut, April 5, 1759. He 
married, January 5, 1698, Joanna Gillett, born October 28, 1680, daughter of 
Josiah and Joanna (Taintor) Gillett, of Simsbury. Connecticut. Children: I. 
Hannah, born October 12, 1699; married Dr. Benjamin Warner, of Water- 
bury, Connecticut. 2. John, born June 17, 1701, died April 7, 1783. 3. Dama- 
ris, born May 8, 1703: married June 7, 1723, Samuel Calkins Jr., of Hebron, 
Connecticut: child: Aaron Calkins, born January 19, 1725. 4. Elizabeth, born 
October 21, 1705. 5. Mary, born September 19, 1707; married, in 1724, Jon- 
athan Webster, born November 5, 1700, died July 27, 1746; a farmer of Leba- 
non, Connecticut, son of George and Sarah Webster ; children : David, born 
April 8, 1723, died January 2, 1727: Jonathan, born February 26, 1727; Mary, 
born December 14, 1729; Abigail, born February 12, 1731 : Israel, born June 
18. 1735, died at Lake George, New York, October 20, 1755. 6. Josiah, born 
September 9, 1709. 7. Eunice, born November 19, 171 1, married, September 

26, 1739, Benjamin Webster, of Lebanon, Connecticut, a farmer; child: Bena- 
jah, born October 2, 1740. 8. Caleb, born February 20, 1713. 9. Rachel, born 
April 21, 1716. 10. Dorothy, born May 25, 1718. 11. Joshua, born July 20, 
1721, died in Middle Haddam, Connecticut, November 25, 1779. 12. Irene, 
born October 20, 1722. 13. Asahel, of whom further. 

(V) Asahel Strong, son of Josiah and Joanna (Gillett) Strong, was 
born June 22, 1725. He married, June 7, 1744, Betterus Crouch, a farmer of 
Colchester, Connecticut. Children: i. Irene, born May 20, 1745. 2. Asahel, 
born March 29, 1747, died April 13, 1748. 3. Adonijah, born May 21, 1749. 
4. Ambrose, of whom further. 5. Joanna, born December 10, 1753; mar- 
ried Aaron Dewey. 6. Betterus, born November 3, 1755. 7. Asahel, born 
October 17, 1760. 8. Mercy, died unmarried. 9. Polly, married a Mr. Gott. 

(VI) Ambrose Strong, son of Asahel and Betterus (Crouch) Strong, was 
born in Colchester, Connecticut, November i, 1750. He was the compounder 
and seller of "Strong's Syrup for Rickets," a famous medicine of his day. He 
married, October 4, 1770, Lydia Holdridge, a widow. Children: i and 2. 
Elisha and Elijah, twins, born June 26, 1771. 3. Betterus, born January 

27, 1773; married Richard Crouch, of Cohocton, New York. 4. Roxana, 
born April 13, 1775, died March 13, 1776. 5. Charles, born August 27, 1777. 

(VII) Elijah Strong, son of Ambrose and Lydia (Holdridge) Strong, was 
born Tune 26, 1771, died April 26, i860. He was a farmer of Colchester, 
Connecticut, He married (first) May 21, 1797, Anna Crouch, born Septem- 
ber 24, 1773, died April 8, 1813, daughter of Christopher and Rebecca (Buell) 
Crouch, of 'Hebron, Connecticut, (second) June, 1814, Lucy Finley, born 
December 18, 1778, died October 26, 1856. daughter of Solomon Finley, of 
Alarlboro, Connecticut. Children of first wife: i. Anna Buell, born Janu- 
ary 12, 1799; married George Strong, of Hebron, Connecticut, born August 
3, 1793, son of Asa and Polly (Mann) Strong. 2. Lydia Chamberlain, born 



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September i6, 1800, died in Hebron, Connecticut, April, 1866. 3. Rebecca 
Crouch, born April 13, 1803; married Hazael Gott Jr., of Hebron. 4. Elijah 
Frink, born October 12, 1804. 5. Charles Davis, born September i, 1806. 6. 
Elizabeth Wright, born December 4, 1808 ; married Roger Lewis, of Hebron, 
Connecticut. 7. William Christopher, born March 12, 181 1, disappeared. 8. 
George Griswold, born November 14, 1812: a miner in California. Children 
of second wife: 9. Edward Henry, of whom further. 10. Lucy Elvira, born 
January 30, 1817. 11. Walter John Finley, born September 17, 1822. 

(Vni) Edward Henry Strong, son of Elijah and Lucy (Finley) Strong, 
vi'as born in Colchester, New London county, Connecticut, May 14. 1815, 
where died ]\Iarch 15. 1891. He was educated in the public schools of the 
neighborhood, later considerably furthering his education by his own efforts. 
Until the civil war he had always been a staunch supporter of the Demo- 
cratic party, but at that time he differed so greatly from the principles of his 
party and was at the same time so ardent an admirer of Abraham Lincoln that 
he joined the ranks of the Republicans. He was a member of the Connecticut 
House of Representatives for two or more terms. He and his wife were mem- 
bers of the Congregational church. He was a farmer of Colchester, Connecti- 
cut. He married f first) .\pril 12, 1842, Abigail Hodgekins Utley, born June 
8. 1821, died February 20, 1843: (second) December 7, 1843, Eunice Loomis, 
born May 6, 1818, died June 30. 1902, daughter of ^"each Loomis, a farmer of 
Lebanon, Connecticut, where he died April 30, 1867, aged ninetN'-one, and 
Lucy (Lathrop) Loomis, daughter of Charles Lathrop. Children of \'each 
and Lucy (Lathrop) Loomis: i. Charles Lathrop, born December 6, 1810; 
married (first) Wealthy Grant, (second) Frances Esther Clark. 2. Anson, 
born January 14, 1813: married Emily Augusta Phillips. 3. Adgate, born 
May 29, 1815, died aged twenty-four years. 4. Eunice, of previous mention, 
married Edward Henry Strong. Children of Edward Henry and Eunice 
(Loomis) Strong: i. Edward L., born November 4, 1844. died April i. 1896: 
married Rhoda Dolbeare. 2. Henry A., born September 10, 1846 : married 
Esther Lucretia Hastings: she died April 22. 1901. 3. Nelson Hooker, of 
whom further. 4. Lucy Louise, born February 14, 1852, died May 21, 1853. 
5. Abigail L'tley, born March 23. 1854, died March 2, 1901 : married John 
Backus. 6. Sarah Jane, born November 11. 1856: married Frank Barbour. 
7. Arthur Hotchkiss, born July 9, 1859, died January 15. 1863. 8. Nora 
Amelia, born May 26. 18^12, died January 16, 1863. 

(IN) Nelson Hooker Strong, son of Edward Henry and Eunice (Loomis) 
Strong, was born in Colchester. New London county. Connecticut. February 
27, 1850. His mother was a paternal granddaughter of Captain Isaiah Loomis 
who served as a soldier in the army of the revolution. His boyhood was thus 
passed among the traditions and influences of New England. In the district 
school of the day he laid the foundation of his education, and during the win- 
ter of 1868-69 he taught in the neighboring district of Columbia. In June. 
1872, he was graduated from that old and famous school of his native town, 
Bacon .Academy, at which he also took his entrance examinations for Yale 
College. Upon his graduation from Yale in 1876, he accepted a position as 
teacher in Shortlidge's Academy. Media. Pennsylvania. This work he contin- 
ued for several years, taking up at the same time the study of law. In Decem- 
ber, 1879, he was admitted to practice at the Delaware county bar. Business 
and the practice of his profession have occupied him from that time hitherto. 

In political faith he owes allegiance to no organized party, but is classed 
as an Independent. He and his wife are members of the Presbyterian church 
and his only fraternal affiliation is with the ^lasonic Order, George W. Bar- 
tram Lodge, of Media. 




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He married, October 27, 1886, Alice VV. Bishop, born in Upper Provi- 
dence township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, daughter of Pratt Bishop, a 
farmer, who died in Media, March i, 1888, and Matilda (Yarnall) Bishop, of 
Delaware county, Pennsylvania. Children of Pratt and Matilda Bishop: i. 
Margaret, married Edwin E. Worrell. 2. Priscilla, deceased : married Charles 
Moore. 3. Deborah, deceased ; married Passmore Howard. 4. Emma, mar- 
ried John Dunwoody. 5. Ellen, married Frank Yarnall. 6. Matilda, deceased. 
7. Ida, married Edgar Peirce. 8. Hannah, married Arthur Adams. 9, Alice W., 
of previous mention, married Nelson Hooker Strong. Children of Nelson 
Hooker and Alice W. (Bishop) Strong: i. Helen Bishop, born March 2, 1888; 
was graduated from Media High School, and has taken courses of study at 
both Swarthmore College and Mount Holyoke, and was graduated from Mount 
Holyoke College, June, 1912: now teaching in the Haverford Primary School, 
Haverford, Pennsylvania. 2. Henry Loomis, born November 4, 1892, grad- 
uated from DeLancey School of Philadelphia, June, 1913, and is planning to 
enter Yale University. The family home of the Strongs is at Media, Penn- 
sylvania. 



■ For many years the branch of the Smith family treated in this 

SMITH review has been identified with the industrial life of Delaware 

county, Pennsylvania, greatly to the advantage of the state, for 

the real prosperity of a state or country is due mainly to the individual efforts 

for good of its inhabitants. 

(I) Chandler Smith was a farmer by occupation, and his children were: 
Caleb, see forward ; Albert, an old soldier, resides in Chester, Pennsylvania ; 
George, also an ex-soldier, is in the Soldiers' Home, Leavenworth, Kansas ; 
Esther, resides near Emporia, Kansas : .A.nna, deceased. The mother of these 
children died near Levis Mills, above Clifton, and she and her husband were 
Methodists. 

(II) Caleb, son of Chandler Smith, was born above Clifton, Delaware 
county, Pennsylvania, where his early years were spent. He attended the 
common schools, which were under the supervision of Squire Ballard. He 
was occupied as a carder for the Samuel Levis Mills, later finding employment 
in Halls' Mills. In politics he was a Republican. His death occurred in 
Kansas in 1891, at the age of sixty-one years. He married Anne, born in 
England, a daughter of John and Alice Wilde, the former a manufacturer. 
She had one brother and one sister : Joseph, deceased ; Sarah, married Robert 
Clegg and lives in Frankford. Following is an extract from a well known 
publication, which appeared at the time of the death of Mr. Smith: "Sep- 
tember, 1 89 1. The church suffered a serious loss in the death of Caleb Smith, 
who was at the time president and trustee. Brother Smith was loved and 
respected by all who knew him, and the entire church mourns his loss. The 
board of trustees passed resolutions commending his piety and consistent living, 
and as a further tribute of respect elected his son, Joseph Smith, to fill his 
place on the board." Children of Caleb and Anne (Wilde) Smith: John 
William ; Henry ; Mary : Alice, married Warfield H. Yocum and resides in 
Lebanon county, Pennsylvania ; Emma, unmarried ; Sarah, married Charles 
D. Verlenden, a manufacturer, and lives in Darby, Delaware county, Pennsyl- 
vania ; Joseph, twin of Sarah, see forward ; Delia, married William Y. 
Drewes, a travelling salesman, lives in Darby, Delaware county, Pennsylvania. 
The first three died within three months of each other, the remains of the first 
having been resting in a vault, they were all interred on the same day. 

(III) Joseph, son of Caleb and Anne (Wilde) Smith, was born in Oak 



794 DELAWARE COUNTY 

Hill, near Garrettford. Delaware county, Pennsylvania, January i6, 1866. His 
early years were spent above Clifton Heights, where he attended the public 
schools for some years, but at the early age of twelve years he commenced to 
assist in the support of the family. Between fourteen and fifteen vears of 
age he was able to obtain another year's schooling, of which he eagerly availed 
himself. He was apprenticed to learn the machinists' trade at the age of 
sixteen years, and this was acquired in the Baldwin Locomotive Works, and 
he has been associated with that concern since his first connection with it. .At 
the expiration of thirty years of service the firm presented him with a gold 
button as a token of their appreciation of the faithful manner in which he had 
discharged the duties which fell to his share. Mr. Smith is independent in his 
political views and has the courage of his convictions. He has been a director 
on the school board for a long time, and has also served as a member of the 
common council of Darb}-. 

Mr. Smith married, September 14, 1899, ^lary G., Ijorn in Darbv. Dela- 
ware county, a daughter of Edward D. and Sarah (Dailey) Sipler. Mr. Sip- 
ler is in the harness business, conducting the same shop which his father had 
before him. Mr. and Mrs. Smith have children : Aliriam, born .\ugnst 28,^ 
1900 : Ruth, born November 26, 1903. 



The family of which L Carrol! \\'eaver, of Folcroft, is a rep- 
^^'E.\^'ER resentative has long been identified with -American historv. The 

founder of the family came from Holland in 1689, locating in 
Delaware county. Penn.sylvania. whence his descendants drifted to various 
parts of the country, doing well their part in the development and improvement 
of the communities in which they settled. 

(I) Isaac Weaver, the first member of the branch herein given of whom 
we have definite information, was born near Shoemakerville. Pennsylvania. 
He was a miller by trade, his father following the same occupation, and by 
industry and thrift he was enabled to sup|)ort hi<; familv. bringing them up in 
the way they should go. His son, Reese, was of a patriotic disposition, offer- 
ing his service in defense of the country to which his forefathers came, and 
was an active participant in the civil war. Isaac Weaver married Ann Doerty, 
born near Chester, Pennsylvania: her parents died when she was young and 
she was reared by the Worrall family in Upper Providence township. Among 
their children was John E., of whom further. 

( II ) John E. Weaver, son of Isaac and Ann (Doerty) W'eaver. was born 
near Chester, Pennsylvania. .September 2-3, 1836. He attended the schools at 
Norristown, and upon arriving at a suitable age learned the trade of miller, 
which had been followed by four generations of his family, and was success- 
fully engaged along this line until about the year 1872, at Chester, and also at 
the Inskip Mills in Glen Olden. He then turned his attention to agricultural 
pursuits, conducting his operations near Philadelphia, following the trade of 
butcher during the winter seasons, and since April, 1903. has been a resident 
of Darby township. He is well known through this locality and is regarded 
with esteem as a genial, persevering and industrious man. He married. Feb- 
ruary 20, 1862, Harriette. daughter of John and .'^arah .Ann (Alinshall) Eves, 
the former of whom was born in .Ashton. 1807, was a contractor, building the 
first station at Media, also Charter House, also various bridges, and the lat- 
ter was born in Middletown. Delaware county, Pennsylvania, lanuary 31, 1808. 
John Eves was a son of William and Elizabeth (Stimel) Eves, the former 
born in London, in 1768, the latter born in Berks county, Pennsvlvania. 1770, 
of Pennsylvania Dutch ancestors. William Eves was an English gentleinan. 



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coming as a young man to this country: he displeased his fatlier in some way, 
and as a punishment for his behavior was sent to school for eight years. John 
Minshall, father of Sarah Ann (Minshall) Eves, was born in Middletown, 
Pennsylvania, and there was a successful agriculturist. He married Sarah, 
daughter of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Wilkinson) Sharpless. Children of 
Mr. and Mrs. Weaver: John Henry, a resident of Darby township; Horace 
Minshall, deceased; Laura Henderson; L Carroll, of whom further; Sadie 
Eves, deceased. 

(HI) L Carroll Weaver, son of John E. and Harriette (Eves) Weaver, 
was born August i, 1871, in Ridley township. He acquired a good education in 
the public schools of Darby township. He is a carpenter by trade, also en- 
gaged in the real estate business, and is the owner of property in Folcroft, ac- 
quired by means of thrift and energy. He is a Republican in politics and has 
always taken an active interest in local affairs, filling various offices in the 
gift of the people. He was first minority election inspector, then majority 
election inspector, after which he was a candidate for office of supervisor, but 
was defeated at the polls, hut in 1893 was elected by a large majority for the 
same position, being the incumbent of that office for three years. He then 
served as tax collector for a smiilar period of time, and was then elected under 
the new law for two more years, at the expiration of which time ( 1908) he 
resigned, accepting the office of road master, and in this capacity he did con- 
siderable for the improvement of the roads in his township, and Red Bridge is 
now under course of construction. His leisure time is devoted to gunning, a 
favorite pastime of his. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. 
He is a man of more than ordinary ability, as is evidenced by the number of 
public positions he has been called upon to fill. As a citizen he is honorable, 
industrious and public-spirited, and the greater part of his success in life has 
come as the reward of his own efforts. He is a member of several lodges, 
and treasurer of the Darby Township Fire Company, No. i. 



Came in 1683 from Cloynes, Worcestershire, England, two 
YARNALL brothers, Francis and Philip Yarnall, from whom spring the 
Chester and Delaware county families of Yarnall. Franci-. 
Yarnall settled in Springfield township, Chester county, married in 1686 Han- 
nah Baker, who bore him nine children, all sons except one; all married 
except one, Daniel, and all reared families. The family were members of the 
Society of Friends, a faith that yet prevails among the descendants of the 
emigrant, some of them having been ministers. 

Philip Yarnall, younger of the two emigrant brothers from England, 
resided for several years with his brother, Francis, in Springfield township, 
but later moved to Edgemont township, where he also became a large land 
owner. He married Dorothy Baker, supposed to have been a relative of 
Hannah Baker, wife of Francis Yarnall. Seven of their ten children were 
sons, who also married and reared families, as did the three daughters. This 
branch were also Friends and furnished that faith with several ministers. 
The family is still an important one in Delaware county, Pennsylvania, as 
well as in Chester county, and other parts of the state. 

This record particularly deals with the life of Holton Hallowell Yar- 
nall, now deceased, son of Holton Clayton Yarnall, the latter a native of 
Chester county, where his early life was passed. He was a soldier of the 
civil war, married Lydia Hallowell and later in life settled in the state of 
Iowa where he died. 

Holton Hallowell Yarnall was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, June 



796 DELAWARE COUNTY 

10, 1862, died in Ardmore. Pennsylvania. November 25, 1906. He was edu- 
cated in the public school, finishing in high school, and began business life 
as an electrical worker. He became an expert in his chosen field, and for a 
long time held an important position with the Haverford Electric Light and 
Power Company. In 1893 he moved to Ardmore where in 1898 he pur- 
chased the Saint Mary's Laundry, a profitable concern that he successfully 
conducted until his death. He was an enthusiastic horseman, particularly 
fond of the light harness liorse, of which he always owned a string of good 
speedy ones. He was a well known e.xhibitor at Belmont and local fairs, his 
stock being often named in the winning classes. He was a member of the 
Society of Friends : a Democrat in politics, and prominent in the Masonic 
order, holding the thirty-second degree. Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite. His 
manly qualities won him many friends, among whom he was held in high 
esteem. 

Mr. Yarnall married. September 7, 1886. Mary Bradford Miller, born 
in 1864, at Cape 'Slay. Xew Jersey, daughter of Aaron and Mary (Marcy) 
Miller. Aaron Miller was a native and farmer of Cape May county, owning 
transportation lines carrying produce to Philadelphia market by water route. 
He was also a merchant and twice elected sheriff of his county. He became 
verj' prominent and prosperous, but lost heavily by the United States Hotel 
in Cape May, of which he was sole owner. This hotel, then the largest in the 
city, was entirely uninsured, an oversight that caused such severe loss that he 
died soon afterward in 1869. He was a man of great public spirit, straight- 
forward and upright, a man greatly admired and justly popular. His wife, 
Mary ( Marcy) Miller, who died in 1895, was a descendant of the prominent 
Xew England family of that name. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Aliller : 
George Wells. William C. Lemuel E., Frank W., Aaron E., Alfred B., 
Enoch E., Mary Bradford, married Holton H. Yarnall, whom she .survives, 
a resident of Ardmore, where she continues the business left by her husband ; 
Annette ]Marcy. died, aged nineteen years ; the others all living. Children of 
Holton H. and Marv B. Yarnall: \ernon Miller, born October i. 1887, now 
manager of Saint Mary's Laundry at Ardmore; Mary, residing at liome : 
Emma, married A. O. \^orse and resides in Ardmore : James H., associated 
with his brother in the laundrv business. 



The grandfather of James F. Dougherty, of Chester, 
DOUGHERTY Pennsylvania, was John Dougherty, a farmer of county 
Donegal, Ireland, a lifelong resident of that county. He 
married Alary Houghton, who bore him four children: 1. Owen, of whom 
further. 2. Alichael. married Bridget Houghton and died in Donegal. Ire- 
land, leaving eight children, four now living in Ireland, four in the United 
States. 3. Patrick, died in Darby. Pennsylvania, in 1895 • ^^"^^ a contractor 
and canal boat owner: his wife is also deceased. 4. .Sarah, married a Mr. 
McLaughlin : both died on their farm in Donegal. 

Owen, eldest son of John and Mary (Houghton) Dougherty, was born in 
county Donegal, Ireland, in 1824, died in Chester. Pennsylvania, in 1906. He 
was educated in Ireland, there remaining until 1841, at the age of seventeen 
years, when he came to the L'nited States, locating in Delaware county. Penn- 
sylvania, at Kerry Bank, near Leipers Quarries in which he found his first 
employment. Later he became foreman for John Deshong and for a Mr. 
Powell, continuing in the quarries until the premature explosion of a blast de- 
prived him of his eyesight, a most serious disaster but one that did not disheart- 
en him. He came to Philadelphia and learned the art of making brooms at 



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Twentieth and Race streets, and followed that trade until his death. He was 
a member of the Roman Catholic church ; first was affiliated with the Demo- 
cratic party, later became a Republican. He was a good man and fought well 
the battle of life under a most serious handicap. 

He married .Ann ^IcLaughlin, from county Donegal, Ireland, where the 
families had been friends and neighbors, both claiming descent from the Danes 
of long ago who invaded Ireland, many settling on the Irish Coast near the 
present Mollinghead Light House, which stands on land once owned in this 
family. Ann (McLaughlin) Dougherty died in Chester in 1902. She bore 
him eleven children, three only surviving childhood: i. Dennis, died aged 
twenty-two years. 2. Joseph, died at age of sixteen years. 3. James F., of 
whom further. 

James F., the only living child of Owen and Ann (McLaughlin) Dough- 
erty, was born at what is now Twentieth and Chestnut streets, borough of 
Chester, December 22, 1869. He attended the public school at Eighteenth and 
Chestnut streets and the Oak Grove School, but ended his school days at the 
age of twelve years. For the next nine years he worked in the Chester mills- 
during the winter months and in the brick yards during the summer time. 
In 1890 he became a clerk at Leiperville, continuing as such until 1890, when 
he was elected supervisor and tax collector of Ridley township. He served 
until 1904 when the township adopted the commission form of government. 
From 1904 until 1906 he was at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, appointed by the 
state as an electrician. He next purchased the old hotel property at Leiper- 
ville on the Chester Pike and there on the site of the old stone house, built the 
present "Colonial Hotel" on the old foundation laid in early Colonial days. 
The property was owned and a building erected in 1846 by Judge Leiper and 
was owned in turn by Michael Bagley, Daniel Lee, and Smith Longbotham,. 
who failed. The Chester National Bank then came into possession of the 
property and was sold by them to Mr. Dougherty. On this same tract the 
Continental army encamped when retreating from Chadds Ford. Here also 
stood the old Mcllvaine House where Lafayette stopped, a hostelry that dated 
far back to the early Colonial days. The present house has been greatly en- 
larged by Mr. Dougherty, has twenty-eight rooms and is a well kept modern 
house. Mr. Dougherty is a Republican, and in addition to the office already 
referred to he served as justice of the peace. He is a Catholic in religion ; a 
member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Fraternal Order 
of Eagles, the Knights of Pythias, and the Order of Owls, all of Chester. 

He married, at the Church of St. Rose de Lima in Eddystone, in 1893, 
Mary, daughter of William Bryan, then of Baltimore, now living retired in 
Chester. Children of James F. and Mary Dougherty, all born in Crum Lynne, 
Pennsylvania: Ann, William, deceased; James, Matthew, Dorothy, Joseph H., 
Elizabeth, Mary. 



George Lodge, of Morton, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, is of 
LODGE pure English extraction on both the paternal and distaff side. 
The founder of the American branch came over from England 
in the early part of the seventeenth century, and landed at Boston, Massa- 
chusetts, and there lived for many years. He married, probably before he 
sailed from England, and was the father of a large family, and his descendants 
are to-day among the best known citizens of the L^nited States. The family 
was always known for its patriotism, and there are many of the name on the 
rosters of the different companies in the Continental army, also in companies 
that enlisted in 1812, as well as in the civil war. In 1760 a member of the- 



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family settled in New Jersey, owned a farm of one hundred and twenty acres, 
and also had a shad fishery. Among his children was Isaac, of whom further. 

(II) Isaac Lodge, son of George Lodge, was born in Camden county, 
New Jersey, in 1776 or 1777. He was a wheelwright by vocation and passed 
the first twenty-three years of his life in New Jersey. He then moved to 
Darby township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, where he pursued wheel- 
wrighting until his death, at the age of fifty-six years, at his home. He was 
a Whig in politics, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. His 
wife was a Friend. She died at the age of eighty at Radnor, Pennsylvania. 
Children: i. George, of whom further. 2. Allen, married Mrs. Palmer. 3. 
Joseph, died young. 4. Isaac, married a Miss Malin. 5. Rebecca, married 
William Coburn. 6. Elizabeth, married Randolph Fields. 7. Sarah, married 
Charles Free. 8. Jane, married Virgil Eachus. 9. Anna, married George 
Free. 

(III) George (2) Lodge, son of Isaac Lodge, was born December, 1802, 
in Darby township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania. He was reared in the 
township. He was first sent to the township common school, from there 
he went to the Swede school, and then to the Friends or Quaker school at 
Darby, Pennsylvania. Under the tutelage of his father he became a fine 
wheelwright, and remained at home with his father, working as wheelwright 
and cultivating the parental farm. About 1835 he located in Ridley township, 
Delaware county, where he passed the remainder of his life plying his voca- 
tion. He died in Ridley township in 1875, at the advanced age of seventy- 
three. He was a Democrat in politics, and was an influential man politically 
and socially. He married Catherine Price, born in Delaware county, Penn- 
sylvania, in 1812, daughter of John Price, a farmer living in that sec- 
tion, who died in 1858, in Rutledge township, Delaware county. Besides !Mrs. 
Lodge his other children were : James, married a Miss Vernon ; Sarah, mar- 
ried John Seitz; all of whom are now deceased. Children of George and 
Catherine (Price) Lodge: i. Mary, born in 1832; married Benjamin Kibby. 
2. Sarah, married Enoch Dennis. 3. Anna, married William Jones. 4. George, 
of whom further. 5. Catherine, born in 1838, died young. 6. James, mar- 
ried Harriet Harper. 7. Martha, married a Mr. Morris. 8. John, died unmar- 
ried. 9. William, married a Miss Long. 10. Frank, married Mary Levitt. 

(IV) George (3) Lodge, son of George (2) Lodge, was born in Ridley, 
Delaware county, Pennsylvania, February 13, 1840. He was reared at Rid- 
ley, about three miles from his present residence. He attended the Ridley 
public school, and on completing his education he learned wheelwrighting under 
his father. LTntil he was thirty-one years old he remained with his father, 
at which time he went to Morton, in 1871, where he has since lived, and has 
pursued his trade for forty-two years. He is one of the esteemed citizens of 
the community, and is known for his integrity and patriotism. By conviction 
he is a Socialist, and has been a member of the town council. He married, 
November 24, 1864, Sarah Johnson, born in Ridley, Pennsylvania, in 1844, 
daughter of Amos and Margaret (Stewart) Johnson. Mr. Johnson was a 
farmer in Delaware county ; was born in the county and died at Tinicum, 
Pennsylvania, aged sixty-five. Besides Mrs. Lodge their other child was 
Elizabeth, married Charles Home. Children of George and Sarah (John- 
son) Lodge: i. Walter, born in 1865; married Lizzie Lovett, deceased; one 
child, Edith. 2. Amos, born in 1867 ; married Lizzie Smedley ; one child, 
Florence. 3. Maggie, died in childhood. 4. Lizzie, married a Mr. Hanby, 
deceased ; one child, Constance. 5. Florence, married a Mr. Knapp ; chil- 
dren : Francis and Baptist. 



DELAWARE COUNTY 799 

The Caldwell family of Springfield township, Delaware 
CALDWELL county, Pennsylvania, worthily represented in the present 

generation by David L. Caldwell, a man honored and es- 
teemed in his community, public-spirited and enterprising, an active factor in 
every project that has for its object the development and material welfare of 
the section of the state wherein he resides, trace their ancestry to William 
Caldwell, a resident of Springfield township, who served in the capacity of 
constable in the year 1745. He married and among his children was John, of 
whom further. 

(II) John Caldwell, son of William Caldwell, was born in Springfield 
township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania. In early life he learned the trade 
of blacksmith, which line of work he followed throughout his active years, de- 
riving therefrom a comfortable livelihood. He was active in the affairs of 
the township, and in 1757 served as overseer of the poor. He married, in 
1755, Mary, daughter of Richard Crozier, who bore him five children, namely: 
I. Elizabeth, born 9 mo. 24, T756, died, unmarried, in 1844. 2. William, born 
5 mo. 19, 1759, died in 1814; married, about 1799, a Miss Bird, who survived 
him, as did also their son, Edmund Caldwell. 3. David, of whom further. 4. 
John, born about 1773, died in 1848; was a shoemaker and farmer; married 
-Rebecca Hopkins, of Philadelphia, who died in 1870: their children were: 

Charles, Mary, Catharine, William, all of whom died in early life, un- 
married ; the parents of Rebecca Caldwell were among the first victims of the 
yellow fever scourge in 1792. 5. Sarah, born in 1780, died in May, 1864, un- 
married. 

(III) David Caldwell, son of John Caldwell, was born in Springfield 
township, about 1765, died about the year 1814. He was reared on a farm, 
and chose that occupation for his life work, his well directed efforts meeting 
with success. He served as overseer of the poor for three years, 1804-05-06. 
He married Hannah, daughter of Benjamin and Sarah (Neacock) Pyle, who 
was a member of the Springfield Meeting of Orthodox Friends. She died 2 
mo. 27, 1848. Children: i. Rachel, born i mo. 20, 1801, died 3 mo. 18, 
1873 ; married, in 1837, John Hill, of Nether Providence, a farmer. 2. James, 
of whom further. 3. George W., born 12 mo. 2, 1803, died in Ridley, 5 mo. 
6, 1884: married Martha Carey. 4. Benjamin P., born 12 mo. 2, 1803, twin 
of George W., died in 1890, unmarried. 5. Sarah Ann, born 11 mo. 17, 1808, 
died II mo. 27, 1876; married Charles Shillingford, of Springfield. 

(IV) James Caldwell, son of David Caldwell, was born in Springfield 
township, 6 mo. 14, 1802, died 4 mo. 8, 1886. In early life he learned the trade 
of carpenter, to which he devoted many years, achieving success as the result 
of activity and perseverance, but in his latter years he was a farmer, prosperous 
and contented. In 1863 he was chosen as one of the supervisors of Spring- 
field township, and he "was a prominent member of the Springfield Friends' 
Meeting. He married, February 21, 1839, Susanna D., born 10 mo. 4, 1815, 
in Nether Providence, died 10 mo. 3, 1898, daughter of James and Margaretta 
(Brant) Seary, who were the parents of three other children, namely: Cath- 
arine, born 10 'mo. 3, 1801, died 4 mo. 27, 1887, wife of William G. Ward; 
Patrick, born in 1802, died in 1865, married Susan Hall; John, born about 
1805, died about 1876, married Elizabeth Bonsall. James Seary came from 
Ireland about the year 1705 and settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and 
after his marriage he settled in Nether Providence, where he died about 1817, 
and his wife about 1823. Mrs. Caldwell was a member of the Ridley Baptist 
Church, now known as the Prospect Hill Baptist Church. Children of Mr. 
and Mrs. Caldwell: i. David L., of whom further. 2. Mary G., born 3 mo. 
4, 1842; married Edmund Stewart, born in Ridley township in 1839. 3. Han- 



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nah P., born 2 mo. 14, 1845, died 4 mo. 22, 1898, unmarried. 4. Anne E., 
born 12 mo. 25, 1850, died 7 mo. 16, 1851. 5. Charles E., twin of Anne E. 
died 7 mo. 19. 185 1.* 

(Y) David L. Caldwell, son of James Caldwell, was born in Springfield 
township. 2 mo. 7, 1840. He attended the common schools adjacent to his home, 
obtaining a practical education, and was reared on a farm, becoming inured to 
the labors thereof, and upon attaining manhood chose that occupation as 
a means of livelihood, and has so continued to the present time (1913), having 
about thirty-five acres of the old Caldwell Homestead, which he has cultivated 
to a high state of perfection, raising the general products. The entire appear- 
ance of his property indicates the personal supervision of one who thoroughly 
imderstands agricultural pursuits, and his crops compare favorably with those 
of others engaged in the same line of work, finding a ready sale in the nearby 
markets owing to their excellence and superiority. Having acquired a repu- 
tation for honesty and integrity, both in private and public life, he was chosen 
to serve as director and officer of the Springfield Building and Loan Associa- 
tion, which he has served for over four decades, and as one of the board of 
directors of the Springfield school district, which he has served for almost 
two decades. He was elected a member of the board of directors of the Media 
Title & Trust Company in 1895 and is serving at the present time. About 1903 
he was elected a member of the board of directors of the Delaware County 
Mutual Insurance Company. In 1882 he assisted in forming the Springfield 
Free Fountain .Society, whose object was to raise funds to erect fountains 
along the highways of Delaware county : he was at first elected a manager of 
said society, and for the past eighteen years has performed the duties of sec- 
retary. Although not a member of any church, he has for the past ten years 
acted as one of the trustees for the Louns Free Church, built in Springfield 
township in 1832 by Bolton Louns for the use of a meeting place when 
churches in Delaware county were very few in number. He is a self-made 
man, and has won the respect of all who have been associated with him. either 
in business or social relations. Air. Caldwell is unmarried. 



Francis Parvin Willits, recognized as one of the most progres- 
W'lLLITS sive and successful representatives of the agricultural interests 
of Concordville, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, is a member 
of a family that has long been resident in the state of Pennsylvania, devoting 
their attention to the tilling of the soil, and leading quiet, peaceful lives, leav- 
ing an influence for good in the various communities in which they resided. 

David \\'illits, father of Francis P. Willits, was born in Berks county, 
Pennsylvania, November 12, 1827, son of \\'illiam Willits and Esther (Light- 
foot^ Willits, the former a resident of Maiden Creek, Pennsylvania, a farmer 
by occupation. David Willits attended the district school, and his active career 
was devoted to farming, being a man of energy and thrift. He married Char- 
lotte Dunkle Parvin, born in Berks county, Pennsylvania, July 15, 1833, 
daughter of Francis and Mary (Dunkle) Parvin, the foriner a successful 
farmer of Berks county. Children: i. W'illiam, born October 4, 1852, in 
Maiden Creek, Pennsylvania, and living there at the present time (1913); 
married Amanda Yoder ; children : Allen, Charlotte, Howard, deceased, and 
Sally, deceased. 2. Francis Parvin. of whom further. 3. Ellen Emily, born 
February 17, 1859; unmarried; resides in Maiden Creek. 4. Sally, born 
December 4, 1861, died in infancy. David Willits died I\Iarch g, 1863, and 
his wife died January 29, 1863, both of typhus fever, aged respectively thirty- 
six and thirtv vears. 



DELAWARE COUNTY 8oi 

Francis Parvin \\'illits was born in Berks county, Pennsylvania, Novem- 
ber 3, 1856. He attended the public schools of Lower Oxford township, Ches- 
ter county, Pennsylvania, where he went to live after the death of his parents, 
with Franklin and JMary Garrett, cousins of his father, he being then six years 
of age, and he remained with them until he was eighteen years of age. His 
early training in the public schools was supplemented by a course of study in 
the Maplewood Institute at Concordville, Delaware county, which he attended 
for two winters. He then accepted a clerkship in a mercantile business, 
remaining in that capacity for one year, under Merkle & Willits, and later 
he purchased the interest of his brother's partner and operated the store in 
connection with his brother. This relationship continued until 1885, when he 
disposed of his interest to his brother, removed to Concordville, and there pur- 
chased his present farm, which consists of ninety-five and a half acres, devoted 
to general farming and dairying. He makes a specialty of asparagus and 
mushrooms, beginning the cultivation of the latter in igoi, and now has five 
large houses for that purpose, readily disposing of his product in the markets 
of New York, Philadelphia and Boston. The appearance of his property indi- 
cates that he is master of his business, of progressive ideas, and the success 
he has attained is the natural sequence of his well directed efforts. He was 
chosen to serve on the directorship of the Grange National Bank of East 
Downington, Chester county, Pennsylvania; as a member of the school board 
of Concordville, and as one of the jurors of View, Delaware county. He has 
taken an active interest in the Progressive movement, being an Independent 
Republican. He is a member of Concordville Lodge, No. 625. Free and 
Accepted Alasons, in which he has served as trustee ; member and past mas- 
ter of Concord Grange, No. 1141, Patrons of Husbandry, and is now {1913) 
member of the executive committee, also past master of Pomona Grange, No. 
3, of Delaware and Chester counties. 

Air. Willits married, February 18, 1885, Elizabeth Paschall, born Febru- 
ary 19, 1858, daughter of Henry L. and Annie (Pancoast) Paschall, of Con- 
cord township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, who were the parents of four 
other children, as follows: i. Hannah B., married Elwood Hannum, now 
deceased, has two children : Anna P. and \\'illiam E. : they reside in 
Concord township. 2. Joseph H., married Laura Mattson. 3. Catherine R., 
married Jacob J. Styer; children: Elizabeth; John, deceased; Paschall, 
deceased ; Mildred ; Franklin. 4. Susan, unmarried, resides with her sister, 
Hannah B. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Willits: i. Paul Lincoln, born March 
23, 1887; resides on the home farm and is engaged in business with his 
father; married Anna Miller, of Concord township, April 21, 1909; two chil- 
dren: Frances P., born April 28, 1910, and Jennie Bennett, May 14 1912. 
2. Joseph Henry, born June 16, 1889; graduate of Media High School; of 
Swarthmore College, 191 1, receiving the Master's degree from the same insti- 
tution in 1912, and during the past year has served as professor in economics 
at the Pennsylvania University; he married Ruth Clement Sharp, of River- 
ton, New Jersey, May 3, 1913. The family, who are highly esteemed in the 
community, taking an active part in its social life, are regular attendants of 
the Episcopal church of Concord township, Mr. Willits being a member of 
the vestry. 

The history of the English speaking family of the Carrs and Kerrs, 
CARR is as old as the Norman Conquest. One of the followers of Wil- 
liam the Conqueror, taken from a charter in Battle Abbey, bore the 
name of Karre. The early posterity of this Norman soldier undoubtedly set- 
tled in the North of England, and succeeding generations spread on both sides 
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of the border land of England and Scotland and afterward into the North of 
Ireland. From this Xorman-French name, Karre or Carre, the simpler Eng- 
lish form of Carr has been evolved. The Scotch branch had various ways of 
spelling the name, but most generally Karr, Kerr or Ker is used. 

In America, a William Carr landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in the 
fall of 1621, coming in the ship "Fortune" and founding the earliest Xew Eng- 
land family of Carr. In Pennsylvania, Andrew Carr came with the English 
forces that conquered the province, and married a widow, ]ilargaret LaGrange. 
To them Governor Lovelace, on October i, 1669, issued a patent for land thus 
described "To Andrew Carr and ]\Iargaret, his wife, formerly the wife of Joost 
De LaGrange, deceased, to confirm to them a certain island in Delaware river, 
called by the name of Matiniconck. containing by estimation three hundred 
acres more or less, the said island lying about six Dutch miles up the river 
from the town of Newcastle." After this patent was granted, Andrew Carr 
and his wife resided at Tinicum, later going to Holland to obtain an inherit- 
ance, leaving a Captain John Carr. as their attorney, in charge of their Tini- 
cum estate. This makes the Carr family one of the earliest known families in 
Pennsylvania. 

Barne}- Fries (2) Carr, of Darby, Pennsylvania, is a grandson of Barney 
Fries (i) Carr, and a son of Amos Johnson Carr, the latter born in Darby 
township. Delaware county, February 10. 1834. died in Darby borough. Dela- 
ware county, in July, igio. He was educated in the public school and was en- 
gaged in farming from boj'hood until his retirement. He was a Republican in 
politics and he and his wife were members of the Episcopal church. He mar- 
ried (first) Rebecca, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Rudolph, the former 
a mason and contractor of Darby and vicinity, who died in Philadelphia, aged 
seventy years. Amos J. and Rebecca Carr were the parents of three children. 
two died in infancy, Barney Fries (2) being the only survivor (1913). He mar- 
ried (second) Sarah C. Young and had two children : Mary J. and Thomas Y., 
both died young. He married (third). Amy Gravener, and has three children, 
all living: Charles, Amos J. and Samuel T. 

Barney Fries (2) Carr, son of Amos Johnson and Rebecca (Rudolph) 
Carr. was born in Darby township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania. January 
31, 1863. He was educated in the public schools of Darby borough and from 
early boyhood until 1889 was engaged in general and dairy farming in Darby 
cownship. In 1889 he disposed of his interest in these lines, located in the 
borough of Darby, where he established a hardware business, which he still 
successfully conducts. He is interested in the Darby Bank and for the past 
sixteen vears has been a director of the Sharon Building and Loan Association. 
He is a Republican in politics : was a member of the first borough council of 
Cohvyn ; was coroner of Delaware county six years, and for fourteen years 
was a member of the Delaware county Republican committee. 

Mr. Carr married, October i, 1884. Ida Germaine Downnard. born in 
Wilmington, Delaware, daughter of James Germaine Downnard, born in Vir- 
ginia, October 6, 1837, died in Coatesville. Pennsylvania, June 16, 1904; mar- 
ried Ellen Louisa Young, born in Wilmington. }^Iarch 24, 1840, died in Coates- 
ville, May 4, 1904, leaving issue: James: Germaine. married Leah Cramer and 
resides in Coatesville, Pennsylvania: Augerers, married a Mr. Thomas: Ellen, 
married a Mr. Soule : Ida Germaine, wife of Barney Fries (2) Carr. The 
only child of Mr. and Mrs. Carr is Harry G. D., born May 26, 1887, married 
Ella M. Yates, of Darby, and has one child, Ida Germaine. 



DELAWARE COUNTY 803 

The Burnley family has been identified with the business inter- 
BURNLEY ests of the state of Pennsylvania since the commencement, or 

early days, of the nineteenth century, when several brothers 
of this name located there. George Burnley, the eldest of these brothers, 
became the American ancestor of the branch of the Burnley family of which 
this sketch treats, and his record will be found at length below. John Burn- 
ley, his brother, was born in Littletown, Yorkshire, England, May 14, 1820, 
and died November 26, 1883. He came to America in 1838, was head of the 
firm of Burnley & Company, which later became the Parkmount Cotton and 
Woolen Company, Limited, and he acted in the capacity of secretary and 
treasurer of the company until his death. Another brother, Charles Burnley, 
was born in Levisage, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England, June 21, 
1808, and died October 13, 1881. For many years he was associated with his 
brothers in manufacturing interests, then purchased a farm in Middletown 
township to which he devoted his attention. All the brothers married and 
raised families. 

(I) George Burnley was bom in Littletown, near Leeds, Yorkshire, Eng- 
land, December 28, 1804, and died August 9, 1864. His early years were spent 
in his native town, where the education he received was a very limited one. 
He was a very young lad when he commenced to work in a factory in that sec- 
tion and, after he had acquired a thorough knowledge of the manufacturing 
of cotton goods and yarns, he emigrated to America in 1825. He went at 
once to Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, and subsequently entered into the 
manufacture of carpets in Philadelphia. He was unsuccessful in this venture, 
and upon removing to Haverford, commenced the manufacture of cotton 
goods in a mill he had rented on Cobb's creek. Removing to Darby creek, in 
Upper Darby township, he erected the Tuscarora mills in which he manufac- 
tured cotton goods and spun yarn. He was occupied with this industry until 
1861, by which time he had amassed a considerable fortune, and he retired 
from the active management of afi'airs, delegating these duties to his brothers, 
John and Charles, and to his son, George E. Mr. Burnley was a supporter of 
Whig principles in politics until the organization of the Republican party, when 
he affiliated with that body. He was a member and trustee of the Sweden- 
borgian church. Mr. Burnley married. December 31, 1838, Hannah, daugh- 
ter of James Lomas, of England. Of their ten children we have record of 
the following: I. George E., born February 9, 1840, received his early edu- 
cation in the public schools, and this was supplemented by a course of instruc- 
tion in the private school of Thomas Griffith, at Media, Pennsylvania. He 
entered the business founded by his father, upon the latter's retirement, con- 
ducting it in association with his uncles for a time, then alone until 1868, when 
he closed the mill and purchased the farm on which he now resides. He rep- 
resents a number of insurance companies, and has held several public offices. 
He married Sarah A., daughter of the Rev. Thomas Wilkes, of Swansea, 
Wales. 2. Rev. Charles W., married (first) Annie Corson, and had one 

child, George Corson; he married (second) Updegraph, and had, 

Lucy, Cloyd and Charles. 3. Washington, see forward. 4. Michael, born 
December 2, 1859, was educated in the public schools, Swarthmore College, 
West Chester Normal School and the Bryant and Stratton Commercial School, 
in Philadelphia; purchased the ]\Iarker farm and is extensively engaged in 
dairying. He married (first) Anna Snape, and had one child, Anna; he mar- 
ried (second) Jane Ellen, a sister of his first wife, and had: George Michael, 
Elsie Dinsmore and Michael Clarence. 5. Alice, married Dr. W. A. Fries, of 
Philadelphia, where she now resides. 

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born December 21, 1847. His occupation was that of farming, and he was a 
member of the following orders: Free and Accepted Masons, Knights of 
Pythias and Improved Order of Red :\Ien. He married (first) Anna Fields, 
(second) Anna Chitick. 

(HI) Harry, son of Washington and Anna (Fields) Burnley, was born 
in Upper Darby, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, May 12, 1870. Havmg 
passed with honor through the public schools, Mr. Burnley became a student 
at the Dickinson Seminary, at Carlisle, and completed his education at Wil- 
liamsport. He engaged in the general mercantile business, with which he has 
been identified since 1888, as a successor to E. R. Curtis, of ]\Iarple, Pennsyl- 
vania. He is a member of the Methodist church, and contributes liberally 
toward the support of that denomination. 

Mr. Burnley married, in Springfield, Pennsylvania, October 12,^ 1893, 
Bertha May, daughter of Davis and Margaret Planning, of Greenwood, Colum- 
bia county, Pennsylvania. They have had one child: Harry Parker, born 
December 31, 1895. 

The first person bearing the name Stockton to come to this 
STOCKTON country was Rev. Jonas Stockton, M. A., who with his son, 
Timothy, then aged fourteen years, came to Mrginia in the 
ship "Bona Nova" in 1620. He was for many years incumbent of the par- 
ishes of Elizabeth City and Bermuda Hundred. Among his descendants he 
numbered manv men of prominence. His cousin, Prudence, daughter of Rev. 
John Stockton,' rector of Alchester and Kingbolt, married June 18, 1612, Ed- 
ward Holvoke, of Tramworth. later of Lynn. Massachusetts, and from them 
springs the Holyoke family of .\merica. The next Stockton to emigrate ac- 
cording to "Hotten's List" was Thomas Stockton, aged twenty-one, who sailed 
from London to Boston in the ship "True Love," September 16, 1635. Later 
came Richard Stockton, who is found at Charleston, Massachusetts, in 1639, 
when he witnessed a deed. Next he settled on Long Island, but between the 
years 1670 and 1680 he joined the Society of Friends, sold his Long Island 
property and moved to Springfield township, Burlington county, New Jersey, 
where he purchased twelve hundred acres of farm land. 

From him and his wife, .\bigail, descends the famous Stockton family of 
New Jersey, who number as signers of the Declaration of Independence, gover- 
nors, chancellors, commodores, and men distinguished in every walk of life. 
One branch of the Stocktons remained loyal to the King. Joseph and Richard 
Witham Stockton were sons of Samuel and great-grandsons of Richard Stock- 
ton, the emigrant and founder ; Joseph, went to the Bermuda Islands and there 
founded the Bermuda branch ; Richard Witham fled to New Brunswick, Cana- 
da, with four sons, but his son, Charles Witham Stockton, returned and settled 
in Western New York, founding the \\'alton. New York, branch. 

The branch from which Dr. H. Thomas Stockton descends, remained in 
New Jersey, settling at Beverly, Burlington county. The line of descent is 
Richard, the emigrant, died 1707: Job, 1752: William, born 1736, died 1781; 
Benjamin, born 1756, died 1779; Daniel, born 1778; Thomas W., born 1822; 
Loui Mulford, born 1859, father of Dr. Harry Thomas Stockton, born 1883. 
The first five generations were farmers and land owners of Springfield town- 
ship, Burlington county. New Jersey. 

Thomas W. Stockton, born in 1822, was a well known contractor and 
builder of Beverly, New Jersey, until 1876, when he moved to Philadelphia and 
there died March 12, 1891. He married Anna Meeks, the mother of his six 





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children, now all deceased. She died in Philadelphia, April 16, 1898 ; both 
were active and devoted members of the IMethodist Episcopal church. 

Loui Mulford, son of Thomas W. and .Anna (Meeks) Stockton, was born 
in Beverl3^ New Jersey, September 16, 1859, and died in Philadelphia, Novem- 
ber 9, 1907. He was educated in the excellent public schools of Beverly, and 
at Shortlidge Academy. Media. Pennsylvania, and became engaged as a gro- 
cer, conducting his store until a few years before his death. In politics he was 
a lifelong Republican, and in religion both he and his wife were members of 
the Methodist Episcopal church. He married Julia Sheaff Curry of Philadel- 
phia, daughter of John Curry, a manufacturer of chandeliers and brass cast- 
ings, whose concern is said to have been the largest of that kind in Philadel- 
phia, and his wife, Elizabeth (Sheaff) Curry, of the Sheaff family prominent 
in early Philadelphia. Children of Loui Mulford Stockton: Harry Thomas, 
of further mention ; Carrie Emily, born November 22, 1889 : Edna Thomas, 
October 30, 1891 ; Julia Sheaff', September 15, 1896. 

Dr. Harry Thomas Stockton, only son of Loui Mulford and Julia Sheaflf 
(Curry) Stockton, was born in Philadelphia, May 10, 1883. He was educated 
in the public schools, and spent his early life in Philadelphia. After leaving 
the Central High School, he followed a business career for seven years and in 
1904 entered the Hahnemann INIedical College and Hospital of Philadelphia, 
whence he was graduated AL D.. class of 1908. He is now, in 1913. well es- 
tablished in the general practice of his profession at Marcus Hook, Delaware 
county. Pennsylvania. He is a Republican in politics, is an attendant of the 
Methodist Episcopal church ; on the staff' and lecturer at the J. Lewis Crozer 
Hospital, Chester ; member of the Delaware County Homeopathic Medical 
Society, Tri County Medical Society, American Institute of Homeopathy and 
various patriotic orders. 

Dr. Stockton married, February 19, 1907, Mary Deacon Bowden, born in 
Philadelphia, November i, 1885, daughter of Thomas Roberts Bowden, born 
in Falmouth, England, later removing to Philadelphia, where he became a mem- 
ber of the firm of N. J. Bowden and Sons, master stevedores. He married 
Isabella Burke, now living in Philadelphia. Their children were : Mary Deacon, 
Kathryn Trevarthean, Isabella. Thomas Roberts. Elizabeth, Edward James. 
Children of Dr. Harry T. Stockton and Mary Deacon (Bowden) Stockton: 
Dorothy May, born May 5, 1908; Ruth Eleanor, November 2, igog; Loui 
Mulford, February 17, igi'a; Isabella Kathryn, twin of Loui Mulford. 



Jerome Levis Pyle, ^M. D., of Gradyville, Delaware county. Penn- 

PYLE sylvania, represents worthily one of the oldest families of the state 

of Pennsylvania. For many generations they have been identified 

in religious belief with the Society of Friends. The great-grandparents of Dr. 

Pyle were Stephen and Rachel (Stokes) Pyle. 

Eli, son of Stephen and Rachel (Stokes) Pyle, was a farmer in Delaware 
county, Pennsylvania, his farms consisting of 280 acres, which he utilized 
largely as pasturage for cattle. He was a man of influence in the com- 
munity, and affiliated with the Democratic party. He married Rachel Es- 
worthy and had four sons and five daughters, of whom there is now one 
daughter living. 

Eli (2), son of Eh (i) and Rachel (Esworthy) Pyle. spent all his life 
in Delaware county, Pennsylvania, where he owned and operated two farms 
aggregating about one hundred acres, and where he died October 23. 1910. 
He married (first) Hannah Levis, and they had five children: George M. ; 
Lafayette; Eli E. ; Jerome Levis, see forward; Elias R. He married (sec- 



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ond) Asenath :\IinshalI, and had children: Hannah L., Asenath M., Ada 
and Ida. 

Dr. Jerome Levis Pyle, son of EH (2) and Hannah (Levis) Pyle, was 
born in Concord township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, September '9, 1857. 
The public schools of his native township furnished his early education, and he 
then became a student at the Maplewood Institute, where he took a three 
years' course. He then commenced the preparatory study of medicine, after 
•which he matriculated at the Jefferson Medical College, taking a complete 
course in medicine and surgery, which consumed three years, and was gradu- 
ated from this institution with honors in the class of 1884 and 1885, the degree 
of Doctor of ]\Iedicine being conferred upon him. He established himself in 
the general practice of his chosen profession at Glen Mills. Pennsvlvania. and 
his faithful and consistent good work has enabled him to build up an exten- 
sive as well as lucrative practice. He has won the affection as well as the 
confidence of his numerous patients. He has been the medical examiner for 
many foreign and local insurance companies, and has always taken a great 
interest in a number of fraternal organizations. Among them may be men- 
tioned: The Order of Free and Accepted Masons, George W. Bartram 
Lodge, Media, Pennsylvania ; Tamenend Tribe, Improved Order of Red Men ; 
Westmont Lodge, Knights of Pythias, Tanguay, Pennsylvania. His profes- 
sional membership is with the State Medical Society and the County Medical 
Society. In a large number of these organizations he has held official posi- 
tion. Dr. Pyle has always been an ardent supporter of the principles of the 
Democratic party, and was appointed pension examiner by the late President 
Cleveland, holding this office three years. For six years lie sen-ed as a mem- 
ber of the board of education, and he tilled the office of supervisor for several 
years. 

Dr. Pyle married. Xovember 12, 1891. Catherine Meredith, daughter of 
James and Edith D. ( Stackhouse ) Yarnall, granddaughter of James and 
Rachel (Sharpless) Yarnall, and niece of Nathan and Annie Yarnall. Mrs. 
Pyle is a member of the Middletown Meeting. Dr. and Mrs. Pyle had 
children: Lafayette Yarnall, born April 21, 1893, died July 12, 1894: 'jerome 
Levis, born February i. 1895, died January 7, 1902; James Yarnall. born Feb- 
ruary 10, 1896; Brinton Levis, born September 30, 1902. 



A powerful contributmg cause to the greatness of this coun- 
NIEWEG try has been the steady influx of sturdy German blood, ideas. 

honesty and indomitable perseverance. This is amplv demon- 
strated in the Nieweg family of Pennsylvania. This family has long been 
classed among the oldest inhabitants of Lippe-Detmold, now a duchy or prin- 
cipality of the German Empire. The members thereof have served the Father- 
land as soldiers, giving to it their best. Others have been manufacturers, farm- 
ers, in fact have filled every honorable walk in life. Of such stock descends 
Frank C. Nieweg. of Pennsylvania. 

(I) Conrad H. Nieweg, one of the founders of the American branch of 
the family, was born :\Iarch 12. 1838, in Lippe-Detmold. Germanv. and died 
September 20, 1906. in Oxford. Pennsylvania. He was educated in the public 
schools of his native place, and being of an unusually studious turn of mind, 
even for a German, he learned rapidly and thoroughly the tasks assigned him. 
After reaching manhood he cast about for a vocation that would soonest give 
him financial success. In deciding that he would seek a newer country for 
endeavor his choice fell upon the L'nited States. He and five other members 
of his family, all of whom are deceased, emigrated to this country. They lo- 



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cated in Philadelphia, where he established a wholesale and retail flour business at 
No. 728 Oxford street, with three of his brothers. The partnership lasted 
twelve or fifteen years. At the end of that time he withdrew, leaving only one 
brother to continue the business, and Mr. Nieweg moved to the southern part 
of Chester county, Pennsylvania. He purchased two farms, aggregating two 
hundred acres, where he lived until i8g5, when he retired to Oxford, and there 
died, .\fter becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States he allied him- 
self with the Republican party, and thereafter took an active interest in poli- 
tics. He held several local offices in Chester county. He and his wife were 
members of the Presbyterian church, giving it material and moral aid. He 
married Emma Dickel, like himself of German origin. She still makes her 
home in O.xford. Children; i. \\'illiani H., resides in Kennett Square, Penn- 
sylvania. 2. George A., resides in Oxford, Pennsylvania. 3. Louis A., re- 
sides in Oxford. 4. E. Louise, married Thoinas E. Gillingham, resides in Ox- 
ford. 5. Charles, died in infancy. 6. Frank C, of whom further. 7. Flor- 
ence E., married Orville Shortlidge, resides at Lincoln University, Pennsyl- 
vania. 

(H) Frank C. Nieweg, son of Conrad H. and Emma (Dickel) Nieweg, 
was born November 6, 1879, in Oxford, Pennsylvania. He was given superior 
educational advantages as a boy, attending public school near Oxford and the 
New London and Oxford academies, the Westchester Normal, graduating 
from the latter in 1807. He at once began teaching; taught three years at 
Cornwells, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, then at Cynwyd, near ^lerion, Penn- 
sylvania, next at Manayunk ; six years in all. During this time he established 
a reputation as a disciplinarian as well as ability to impart knowledge to his 
pupils. His chief ambition was to enter college for a course, and this he 
achieved in 1903, when he matriculated at Harvard L^niversity, entering the 
departments of History and English. He graduated in three years with the 
degree of Bachelor of Arts, Phi Beta Kappa and suiuiiia cum laude. He 
again entered the pedagogic profession, accepting a position in the West Ches- 
ter High School, and seven months later was offered, and accepted, a place in 
the Central High School of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During the following 
summer he was again complimented by the offer of a still higher post, and be- 
came connected with the Southern High School in Philadelphia. In 1912, on 
the opening of the West Philadelphia High School he was given the chair of 
literature and languages, where he has since remained. At the present time 
(1913) he is the head of a department in which there are twelve teachers. He 
is a valued member of the Classical Club and the Schoolmen's Association of 
Philadelphia. All this has been attained by Professor Nieweg through his 
own unaided efforts, assisted by a strong determination to succeed and to reach 
the highest pinnacle in his chosen vocation, and by brains inherited from a 
long line of Teutonic ancestors. Both he and his wife are members of the 
Presbyterian church, and he is a Republican in principle as well as politics. He 
married, June 27, 1906, Adell A. Taylor, born in Kennett Square, Pennsyl- 
vania, the daughter of Mary A. Taylor, of English descent. 



George Kleemann, son of Jacob and Elizabeth ( Straub) 
KLEEMANN Kleemann, was born in Wiirtemberg, Germanv. July 29, 

i860. His parents were well-to-do hotel keeper^ in Wiirt- 
emberg, and there lived and died. George was one of six children, and when 
at the age of fifteen, having finished his course in the public school of his 
native place, he decided to emigrate to the United States, his parents reluct- 
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way to Brooklyn. Xevv York, where he found work in a factory where men's 
clothing, especially trousers, were made. For thirteen years he remained with 
his first employer, being promoted to a better position and more pay with 
each year. In '1888, he" went to Philadelphia, where he engaged in the same 
line of business with the E. J. Wilson Company. During this time he estab- 
lished a small business of his own, and did remarkably well in it. In July, 
1892, he moved to Essington, Delaware county, Pennsylvania. In 1900 he 
opened a boarding house, which proved both popular and paying, and he con- 
tinued to run it until 191 1. when he decided to enlarge and extend his busi- 
ness. At that time he erected his present hotel, and is one of the best known 
hotel men in that section, and doing a thriving business. He is a Lutheran in 
faith and is a member of the American Lutheran Brethren. He is also a mem- 
ber of the Benefit Association, the General Shafter's Society, and other orders. 
He is a member of the Essington and Lester Fire companies, and has been 
since their organization. He is actively interested in politics, and since becom- 
ing a naturalized American citizen he votes the Republican ticket, and is a 
member of the Essington Republican club. He was constable for a time, and 
has been school director for the past six years. He married, in 1888. Eliza- 
beth Schaab. 

The ancestors of the branch of the Johnson family herein re- 
JOHNSOX corded have been natives of Delaware county for many gen- 
erations, where they have all been farmers. For the last three 
generations the family home ha? been in Haverford township. The first of 
the line of whom there is authentic record is Charles Johnson, a farmer of 
Haverford township. Delaware county, who married Sarah Hood, born in 
Newtown township, Delaware county. Pennsylvania, and had issue. 

(II) ^^^lliam Albert, son of Charles and Sarah (Hood) Johnson, was 
born in Haverford township. Delaware county. Pennsylvania. October 13, 
1850. He obtained an excellent education in the public schools of his native 
township, and later in the Pauline and Worrell .\cademy at West Chester. 
With a hereditary inclination toward farming, early in life he engaged in this 
occupation, in which he still continues. He attends the Society of Friends, al- 
though his wife and family are believers in the Presbj-terian faith. In politics 
he is a staunch supporter of the Republican party, belonging to the Lansdowne 
Republican Club of Lansdowne. Pennsylvania. 

He married. Xovember 27. 1S72. in L'pper Darby township (now Lans- 
downe borough). Delaware county. Hannah D. Lobb, born in I^pper Darby 
township. September 20, 1852. daughter of John (a farmer) and Emily Dick- 
inson Lobb. Children of William Albert and Hannah D. Johnson: i. Lem- 
uel Lobb. born August 14. 1874. 2. Emily, born Sei)tember 23, 1876, married 
Harry M. Davis: children: Clara. Albert and Harry. 



Prominent among the representative and substantial business 
DOEMLIXG men of Lansdowne. whose success is due to intelligent effort 
and persistent work, coupled with integrity of a high order 
and rare business ability, is August \'alentine Doemling, a native of Bavaria, 
his birth occurring in the town of Ashaft'enburg. Xovember T, 1872. son of 
Dominicus and ]\Iary (Stoudt) Doemling. natives of Bavaria, where their 
parents were born, lived and died. 

Dominicus Doemling was born in 1837, died in 1909. He had two broth- 
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He was a traveling salesman for a coffee and tea house, traveling in Australia 
and China, and during his short business career (he retiring at the early age 
of forty years) he accumulated sufficient capital to enable him to lead a life 
retired from active pursuits, spending the greater portion of his time in travel, 
from which he derived considerable pleasure, he having crossed the ocean 
five times, his time being devoted to traveling in dift'erent portions of the 
United States. His wife, Mary (Stoudt) Doemling, born 1842, died 1878, 
when in young womanhood, had one sister, who also died in early woman- 
hood, and' who was the wife of J. Elbert. ]\Ir. and Mrs. Doemling were com- 
municants of the Roman Catholic church. They were the parents of seven 
children: i. Theodore, resides in Elizabeth, New Jersey, employed in the 
Singer Manufacturing Company. 2. Elizabeth, died in Europe in young 
womanhood : she was a fine pianist and musician. 3. Eda, died aged twenty-three 
years. 4. Anna, died in early life, her death being caused by excessive study. 
5. Bertha, married Emil Shiner, who served as school director or superinten- 
dent in the high school in Germany, being employed by the government. 6 
August \'alentine, of whom further. 7. Dora, married Adolph Floss; she 
died in Elizabeth, New Jersey. 

August V. Doemling attended the schools in the neighborhood of his home 
in Germany until he was fourteen years of age, and then turned his attention 
to acquiring a knowledge of the florist business, devoting three years to the 
same, and at the expiration of that period emigrated to the United States, 
locating in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and later he secured employment in a 
bakery in Newark, New Jersey, where he remained for one year. The 
following six months he was in the employ of the Domestic Sewing Alachine 
Company, for some time after that worked for various concerns, and in 1898 
removed to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and for three years was in the employ 
of ]\Ir. Craig, a prominent florist. He then went to Baltimore, Maryland, 
where for a similar period of time he had charge of the Industrial School 
greenhouses, which he managed in a skillful manner, and in 1906 he removed 
to Lansdowne, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, and leased the greenhouses 
of Mr, Price, which he managed for five years. In the following year he pur- 
chased ground on Union avenue, erecting thereon greenhouses for his own 
use, and the business since then has increased so rapidly that he has been com- 
pelled to greatlv enlarge his quarters each year, and at the present time (1913) 
he has one hundred and twenty-five thousand square feet of glass covering his 
greenhouses, which are well stocked with all kinds of plants, both flowering 
and otherwise, his specialtv being roses, he disposing of the cut flowers by 
wholesale trade, shipping them to Philadelphia and New York, where there 
is a ready market. He finds his work entirely suited to his tastes and inclina- 
tions, and hence he is making a great success of it, not only providing his 
family with every comfort but being enabled to lay by a certain amount each 
year for the future. 

Mr. Doemling married, March i, 1898, Elizabeth ]\IcLean. born in county 
Antrim, Ireland, Januarv i. 1875, came to Philadelphia in 1893, daughter of 
William and Elizabeth ^IcLean,^iatives and residents of Ireland. Children: 
Emil Augustus, born February 13, 1899: Herbert William, born June 28, 
1909: Bertha Elizabeth, born March 19, 1912. :\Ir. Doemling and his wife 
are members of the Episcopal church, and are highly respected in the com- 
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Charles H. Hagerty stands well among the leading business 
HAGERTY men of Oak \'ie\v. having won his standing by patient and 
unremitting toil, by business sagacity and by honorable meth- 
ods. His position has not been reached by virtue of any favoring circum- 
stances, but simply because he marked out a course of conduct early in life 
that, faithfully followed out, has brought him to his present position of respect 
among his fellowmen. 

George Hagerty, fathei' of Charles H. Hagerty, was bom in county Don- 
egal, Ireland, in 1822, died in 1901, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents 
were born, lived their entire lives, and died in Ireland. In 1846, when eleven 
years of age, George Hagerty came to the United States, and secured employ- 
ment with the Camden Atlantic railroad, now part of the Pennsylvania sys- 
tem. Subsecjuently he located in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey, and for thirty- 
five years he served in the capacity of section boss, this long service demon- 
strating his fitness for the position. Later he removed to Philadelphia, where 
he spent the remainder of his days. He offered his service for the defense 
of his adopted country during the civil war, but was rejected on account of an 
injury to his leg. He married Catherine Gallegher. born in county Donegal, 
Ireland, in 182 1, died in 1908. at the venerable age of eighty-seven years. Her 
parents were born, lived and died in Ireland. Children: i. Patrick, deceased; 
resided in Philadelphia ; a merchant. 2. Catherine, married Edward Touhy ; 
resides in Philadelphia. 3. Jane, deceased : married John Huntinger. also de- 
ceased. 4. Charles H., of whom further. 5. George, resides in Philadelphia ; 
a cigarmaker. 6. John, died aged twenty-seven years. 7. Ann, unmarried ; 
resides in Philadelphia. 8. .Sarah, unmarried ; resides in Philadelphia. 9. 
Thomas, resides in Philadelphia : postal clerk. 10. Ella, married George 
\\'alsh. who is now deceased : she resides in Philadelphia. All the members of 
the family are communicants of the Catholic church. 

Charles H. Hagerty was born in Egg Harbor City, Atlantic county. New 
Jersey, October 12, 1855. He attended the parochial and public schools of his 
native place, thus acquiring a practical education. When seventeen years of 
age he accompanied his brothers to Philadelphia and there learned the trade 
of printer with the "Philadelphia Free Press," working there for a period of 
five years, and for a similar period of time was employed by the German- 
American Publication Board. .\t the age of thirty-one years, after becoming 
a thorough master of his trade, he abandoned that line of work and engaged 
in mercantile pursuits, his ne.xt ver.ture being a store in Lansdowne, Penn- 
sylvania, which he conducted until 1893, when he removed to Oak View, 
Pennsylvania, then known as Kelley's post office, Upper Darby township, and 
erected a store, where he has since conducted a general retail dry goods trade, 
which has steadily increased in volume and importance, he finding it necessary 
to greatly enlarge his stock and also to add an addition to his store, which was 
made in 1905. The success he has achieved is the natural result of activity, 
coupled with shrewd business sense, and clearly demonstrates what can be ac- 
complished by perseverance and pluck. He is a member of the Catholic 
church, and a Democrat in politics. For eighteen years he served as postmas- 
ter of Oak Mew, and is now (1913) one of the commissioners of Copper 
Darby township, 

Mr. Hagerty married, in 1880. ^lary Love, born in JMinorsville, Schuyl- 
kill county, Pennsylvania, in 1856, died in 1903, a daughter of James and 
Jane Love, the former named of whom died from sickness contracted during 
the progress of the civil war. Children of i\Ir. and ]Mrs. Hagerty: Jane, born 
February 16, 1883, married Frank Gillespie and resides at Oak Mew : George, 
horn April i, 1885. works with his father, married Isabell Haley and resides 



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in Oak ^'iew ; Kate, born November 14, 1888, resides at home; Lewis, born 
September 10, 1890, resides at home ; Bertha, born April 25, 1894, resides at 
home. 



Charles L Cronin was born in Thornbiiry township, Delaware 
GRONIN county, on July 12, 1869. He was raised on a farm, entered 
mercantile business and remained until he entered the office of 
Edward A. Price, Esq., of Media, Pennsylvania, in April, 1888, to study law. 
He was admitted to the bar of Delaware county, July 6, 1891 ; removed to 
Philadelphia, and was admitted to the bar of that county in February, 1893, 
and is now engaged in the practice of his profession at No. 905 Land Title 
building, that city. His present residence is Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. 



Among the many descendants of Samuel Painter was William 
PAINTER Painter, of Painter's Cross Roads, Delaware county, grand- 
father of Dr. William Peirce Painter, of Darby, Pennsylvania. 
It is not definitely known just when Samuel Painter came to Pennsylvania, but 
he is known to have owned property on Second street, Philadelphia, as early as 
June 8, 1705. In JNIarch. 1709, he was living in Birmingham, Chester (now 
Delaware) county, probably with his son. Samuel (2). a farmer and tailor. 
Samuel (2) married Elizabeth, daughter of Humphrey Buxcey, of Berkshire, 
England, and from this marriage sprang the I'ainter family hereafter recorded, 
of which Dr. William Peirce Painter, of Darby, is a representative. 

William Painter was born in Birmingham, Delaware county, Pennsyl- 
vania, April 12, 1785, died July 6, 1854. He was a lifelong member of the 
Society of Friends, a Whig in politics, and a prosperous farmer. He married, 
November 18, 1807, Phoebe Churchman, and had issue: Mihon, Mary West, 
Samuel, Edward, Charles, Darwin, of further mention; Eliza, John, and Mar- 
garet Churchman. 

Darwin Painter, son of William and Phoebe (Churchman) Painter, was 
born in Birmingham, Delaware county, March 12, 1820, died January 22, 1891. 
He was a man of education, grew up on the farm, and in that occupation and 
in mercantile business, spent his active years. He was a member of the So- 
ciety of Friends, and in politics a Republican. 

He married, August 28, 1839, Sarah Brinton Peirce. daughter of Wil- 
Ham Peirce, of Media, Pennsylvania, who married a daughter of George Brin- 
ton, better known as "Blind" George Brinton. Children of Darwin Painter : 
George Brinton, born June 22, 1840; William Peirce, of whom further; Em- 
len, born September 8, 1844, died June 15, 1890; Phoebe, born October 29, 
1846; Jane Brinton, July 27, 1849; Samuel H., January 26, 1852. 

■Dr. William Peirce' Painter, son of Darwin and Sarah Brinton (Peirce) 
Painter, was born in Birmingham, Delaware county, February 3, 1842. His 
early and preparatory education was obtained in the public schools, Clarkson 
Taylor's school, Wilmington, Delaware, and William Weir's, West Chester 
Academy. He then purchased a farm at Painter's Cross Roads and for three 
years engaged in farming. Deciding upon the profession of medicine, he sold 
his farm and entered Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, whence he was 
graduated Doctor of Medicine, class of 1875. He began professional practice 
at Glen Mills, Delaware county, continuing one year, then spent three years in 
California and Arizona. In 1878 and 1879 he was post surgeon at Fort Yuma, 
Arizona, ranking as assistant surgeon of the United States army. In 1879 he 
returned to Pennsylvania, located in Darby, where he established in the prac- 



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tice of his profession, and so continues. He is a director of the First National 
Bank of Darby and holds the same relation with the Lansdowne and Darby 
Trust Company. In political faith he is a Republican, served on the Darby 
school board for several years and was a member of the borough council for 
three years. He has been for many years treasurer of the borough township 
council and the school board, and also of the Friends" Meeting for a number 
of years. 

During the civil war. Dr. Painter was an emergency soldier of the Twen- 
ty-ninth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, stationed at Duncannon, Penn- 
sylvania, to guard the pass ; mustered out at Harrisburg in 1863. He is a 
member of the Society of Friends and of the Delaware County Medical So- 
ciety. 

Dr. Painter married, at Darby. April 28, 1886, Margaret Middleton, born 
March 5, 1845, daughter of Edwin Middleton, born September 23, 1805, and 
his wife. Rachel H. Passmore, born October 17, 1808. Edwin Middleton 
was a bricklayer and contractor, and a man of importance in the neighborhood 
of Darby in his day and time, a great friend of Matthew Baird, of the Baldwin 
Works, and a help to many young men in making a start in life. He and his 
wife had issue: Gabriel, Edwin, Charles, Passmore, Naomi and Margaret. 
Child of Dr. \\'illiani P. and Margaret Painter: Rosalie, born January 26, 
1887, married Roger Matthew Wood, of Linwood, Delaware county. 

The family residence is at No. 1016 ■Main street. Darby, where for thirty- 
four years the good doctor has practiced his healing art and won the high re- 
gard of his townsmen as physician, neighbor and friend. 



For many years the ancestors of this family were residents of 
CROOKS county Derry, Ireland, where William Crooks, father of An- 
drew Crooks, of Middletown township, Delaware county, was 
born, resided, and at the age of eighty-four years, died in 1893. The family 
is of Scotch-Irish blood, and the members have ever possessed the character- 
istics of that hardy admirable race. 

(I) William Crooks, grandfather of Andrew Crooks, was a farmer and 
a school teacher. He married and had children: i. Nancy, who was a 
teacher prior to her marriage to James Mather : they had two sons and two 
daughters, all lived in Ireland. 2. Lizzie, married William Lennox ; one son. 
Crooks Lennox, a business man of Northern Canada. 3. William (2) of 
whom further. 

(II) William (2), son of William (i) Crooks, was born in Londonderry 
county, parish of Moneymore, Ireland, in 1809, died there in 1893. He was a 
man of education and for over forty years was a school teacher. He also 
became a landowner, owned a flax mill and manufactured linen goods. He 
was one of the prosperous men of his section, a member of the Church of 
England (Episcopal), and for nearly half a centur}' taught a large Sunday 
school class. He married Elizabeth Conn, who died in county Derry, aged 
seventy-four years. She had five brothers and sisters who came to the 
United States, settling in Philadelphia, where they prospered. Her father, 
Joseph Conn, was born in Ireland, was a well-to-do farmer and there died in 
1845, aged sixty-three years. 

(III) Andrew, son of William (2) and Elizabeth (Conn) Crooks, was 
born in Moneymore, Londonderry, Ireland, in May, 1848. He obtained a 
good education, and when a young man served on the Royal Irish constabulary 
in Belfast and Dublin" for three and a half years. He remained in Ireland 
initil he was twenty-four years of age, and in 1872 came to the United States, 



DELAWARE COUNTY 813 

landing in Philadelphia, with a cash capital of ten cents. He secured work in 
a brewery for nine dollars a week, slee])ing in a wagon and borrowing a dollar 
from a driver on which he existed until pay night. Later he was made driver,, 
but after working a week was cheated out of his wages and quit the firm's 
employ. He then obtained work with the Pennsylvania railroad, handling 
freight at Thirteenth and Market streets at forty-five dollars monthly, but 
only remained a short time. He then worked two years for Robert Smith, 
of Germantown, as gardener and coachman, and there got his first start on the 
road to prosperity. He invested ten dollars monthly in the Beden Building 
and Loan Association, kept up his payments and nine years later drew out 
two thousand and twenty dollars. He secured a position as head gardener at 
the Pennsylvania Training School, also was in charge of the stock on the 
farm, where he remained thirteen years. He then bought a farm at Sugar- 
town, Delaware county, which he worked during 1891, then bought sixty-three 
acres of the old Worrall farm, in Middletown township, adding in 1905, 
seventy-four acres, bought of William Pratt. He has brought his farm up to 
a high state of productiveness and is rated an A-i farmer, a good manager,, 
and one of the prosperous men of his community. He is well and favorably 
known ; has many warm friends, and his estate, "Cumberland Farms," is a. 
silent but eft'ective testimonial to his energy, thrift and agricultural abihty. 
The ten cent piece of silver, with which he landed in Philadelphia in 1872, has 
wonderfully increased under his judicious handling, and no better example 
of the rise of a poor but energetic young man, landing a stranger in a strange 
land, can be cited, than Andrew Crooks, farmer. He is an Episcopalian in 
religion and a Republican in politics, having for twelve years served Middle- 
town township as supervisor. 

He married in Philadelphia, November 3, 1875, Ellen, daughter of Wil- 
liam Kelley, a farmer, born in Ireland in county Lovett, died near Paoli,, 
Pennsylvania, in July, 1893. His wife, Jane Stewart, of Scotch-Irish extrac- 
tion, was born in the same county as her husband; their children: i. Annie, 
deceased. 2. Jane, married John Canby, an undertaker of Philadelphia. 3. 
Ellen, married Andrew Crooks, of previous mention. 4. Minnie, a widow, 
residing in Newark, New Jersey. 5. John, residing in Philadelphia, married. 
6. Carlotte, married Washington Stanley, resides in Easttown, Chester county, 
Pennsylvania. 7. Kate, married William Brannon, resides in West Chester, 
Pennsylvania. 8. Lydia, married Harry Molden, resides in Kennett Square,^ 
Pennsylvania. 9. William, married Irene Wisner, lives at West Chester. 10. 
Emma, married Frank , resides in Chester county. 

Children of Andrew and Ellen Crooks: i. Jennie, married Robert Blank,, 
of the Philadelphia police force; seven children. 2. Bessie, married Howard 
Rainy, a policeman, resides in Philadelphia; four children. 3. Alfred, a con- 
tractor, in the employ of the Baldwin Locomotive Works; married Rhoda 
Ruth and resides in Norwood, Pennsylvania. 4. Warren, residing at home. 
5. Walter, a gardener on an estate at Wawa, Pennsylvania ; married Olga 

Parsons; one child. 6. Helen, married Edgar , a machinist of West 

Chester, and night engineer for George W. Wood, of Wawa; one child. 7. 
Florence, died in 1890. 8. Sharpless, died in 1890. 9. Samuel, deceased. 



For several generations the Bonds have been native born residents- 

BOND of Delaware county; members of the Society of Friends and in 

politics, Whigs and Republicans. 

\'an Leer E. Bond is a grandson of Joseph and Esther (Ellis) Bond, who 

had issue : John Thomas, David, Sarah, Mary, Joseph and Jesse E. He and 



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wife were members of the Society of Friends — he a farmer of Delaware coun- 
ty and a Whig in poUtics. 

Jesse E., son of Joseph and Esther (Ellis) Bond, was born in Delaware 
county, in January, 1799. He was a mason by trade, well educated and for sev- 
eral years a school teacher. He was a member of the Society of Friends and 
in politics a Whig. He married in Delaware county, Elizabeth Super, born in 
Upper Darby township. Delaware county, in January, 1814, daughter of Philip 
and Hannah (Kirk) Super of Upper township; children of Jesse E. Bond: 
Samuel S., Esther E., Rachel E., Hannah S., Mary E. and Van Leer Eachus. 

Van Leer Eachus, youngest child of Jesse E. and Elizabeth (Super) Bond, 
was born in LTpper Darby township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania. Septem- 
ber 21, 1848. He was educated in the public school, finishing at Shortlidge's 
Academy, Delaware county, whence he was graduated class of 1866. Three 
years later he located in the oil fields of Western Pennsylvania, operating until 
1874 in Armstrong, Butler and Clarion counties. He then returned to Dela- 
ware county, and in 1875 established his present mercantile business at the 
corner of the West Chester and Garrettford roads. He has been very suc- 
cessful and has a well established business in hay, grain, feed, agricultural 
and kindred lines. He is a director of the First National Bank of Darby, also 
of the Lansdowne and Darby Savings Fund and Trust Company. Mr. Bond 
is an active Republican at all seasons ; was for several years auditor of the 
township and in 1909 was elected county commissioner, serving with credit a 
term of three years. He is a member of Cassia Lodge, No. 273, Free and 
Accepted Masons, and of Arcturus Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fel- 
lows. 

He married in Philadelphia, in the presence of Mayor Stokeley, February 

3, 1875, Martha L. Jones, born in Upper Darby township, August 16, 1848, 
daughter of Richard L. and Mary F. Jones, the former a farmer. Their chil- 
dren : Martha L., WilHam H., Richard L., J. Walter, Lidie F., Howard E. and 
Marshall L. Children of Van Leer E. Bond: i. Ehzabeth L., born February 

4, 1876, married William H. Warwick of L'pper Darby, and has a son, Wil- 
liam. 2. Richard J., born June 18, 1879, marched Anna B. Clarkson, of Jersey 
City, and has : Van Leer L ; Richard C. : Anna R. 3. Van Leer Irwin, married 
Elizabeth Powell and has Richard V. and Martha. 4. Marian E., born Octo- 
ber 31, 1892. married. November 20, 1913, Edward Anderson. 



Frank M. Cody, since 1897 a practicing attorney of the Delaware 
CODY county bar, is a son of John B. and Amanda M. Cody, of Phila- 
delphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Cody was born in Philadelphia. March 
15, 1854. He was educated in the public schools, studied law in the office 
of William Hardcastle Browne, and was admitted to the Philadelphia bar on 
November 25, 1875 ; and subsequently to the Delaware county bar on June 7, 
1897. He was solicitor of the borough of Lansdowne for several terms. He 
is a member of Eastern Star Council, No. 184, Free and Accepted Masons, 
and a number of other fraternal and beneficial organizations. Mr. Cody 
married, January 13, 1883, Mary Reynolds Camp, daughter of Rev. Joseph 
J. and Lodemia K. Camp — her father a minister of the Methodist Episcopal 
church. They have but one child living, Philip Camp Cody, who was born 
December 22, 1887. 



DELAWARE COUNTY 815 

Otto R. Trefz, general superintendent of the Lester Piano Manu- 
TREFZ facturing Company's plant, in Lester, Delaware county, Pennsyl- 
vania, is descended from German ancestry, long skilled in piano 
making in Stuttgart, Germany. 

(I) John Trefz, was born in Stuttgart, Germany, where he was a piano 
maker by trade, and was considered one of the best in his native city. He 
emigrated to the United States in 1880 and located in Philadelphia. He at 
once entered the employ of the Schumacker Piano Company, with whom he 
remained nine years ; he then entered the employ of the Lester Piano Man- 
ufacturing Company, as head action regulator, and continued with them until 

his death in 1901. He married Emma . Among his children was Otto 

R., of whom further. 

(II) Otto R. Trefz, son of John and Emma Trefz, was born December 
15, 1862, in Stuttgart, Germany. He received an excellent education in the 
public schools of his native city, and early learned the piano making trade, 
becoming a skilled workman in a short time. In this he was aided bv a trained 
ear for music, an essential for the piano maker who would rise in his vocation. 
He came with his father to the United States in 1880, and with him entered 
the employ of the Schumacker company in Philadelphia, where he remained a 
year. For four years he was in the employ of another firm of piano makers. 
He was ne.xt employed by the North Company, where he was promoted to the 
managership of the repair department. Out of this company grew the Lester 
company, which was organized in 1887 and incorporated in 1888. Mr. Trefz 
made the first piano put out by the new company, and it was perfect in tone, 
handsome in appearance and finely finished off. During the first year of the 
life of the Lester Piano Manufacturing Company the output was four instru- 
ments a week ; it has now an output of twenty times that number, and the 
demand is greater than the supply, so quickly and firmly has the instrument 
taken hold of the popular fancy. Owing to his intelligence, experience and 
great mechanical ability Mr. Trefz has been promoted to the position of gen- 
eral superintendent of the entire plant, which is modern in every respect. 
Besides giving .special attention to the quality of the instruments placed on the 
market, he has introduced many innovations that materially lighten the work 
of the employees and facilitate matters. Among the labor saving devices is one 
in the lumber yard, which is a network of tracks. Upon these tracks stand 
cars on which is loaded lumber necessary in the making of pianos, and they 
wait, in readiness, to be used by the simple process of running them to that 
part of the plant where they are needed, thus a board is handled but once. Mr. 
Trefz has seen the village of Lester grow from four houses to a neat, tidy 
little, modern town of ninety buildings, which are occupied by the employees. 
Being a Lutheran he takes a great interest in the church, and in 1903 he was 
active in raising money with which to erect a building for that denomination to 
worship in. He is a Republican, and has been school director and road super- 
visor. He is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons of Philadelphia. 

He married, in 1881, Matilda Wittig, of German descent, who was born 
in Philadelphia; her father also was a piano maker. Children: Otto, 
Robert, Edwin, Harry. Otto and Edwin learned the piano business in all its 
branches at the factory of the Lester Piano Manufacturing Company, and 
in 1912 started a factory of their own in Philadelphia, manufacturing piano 
bass strings for the trade. Robert and Harry are graduates of the Philadel- 
phia High School. Robert is the proprietor of a shoe store in Scranton, Penn- 
sylvania, and is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons at Scranton. 
Harry is manager of the North Company branch store at Trenton, New Jersey. 



8iD DELAWARE COUNTY 

Harry Rasmussen. of Essington, Pennsylvania, is a strik- 
RASMUSSEN ing example of what can be accomplished in the United 

States by a man with energ\-, brains and persistence. Born 
in a foreign country, reared and educated there, cast by a turbulent sea on 
strange shores, knowing not a word of the language, he has since his arrival 
in the United States, not only earned his living but has accumulated property. 

(I) Henry Rasmussen. the grandfather of Harry Rasmussen, was born, 
reared, lived and died in Denmark, where he was superintendent of the Castle 
Palsgaard. Like all of his family he possessed indomitable energy, and held 
his position until late in life. He and his family were members of the Church 
of Denmark, the Lutheran. He married Miss Shaflfer, also of Denmark. 
Children: Stiniia, Holger, of whom further. 

(II) Holger Rasmussen, son of Henry Rasmussen, was born May 28, 
1836, in Denmark. He was a blacksmith by vocation, and his fame as such 
was more than local, and commanded him patronage from outlying villages. 
He also owned forty acres of land, and he was well repaid for his efforts in 
agriculture. Like his forbears he was a Lutheran, and in politics a Democrat, 
as that name is understood in Denmark. He married, January 10, 1859, ^^''^ 
bara Hanson, born June 8, 1834, a daughter of Hans J. and Maren (Jensori) 
Hanson, who were born, lived and died in Denmark. Children: i. Died in 
infancy. 2. Harry, of whom further. 3. Minnie, born October 12, 1861, 
married Jans Jorgensen. 4. Maren, born September 21, 1863, married Thomas 
Christian. 5. Anna, born September 29, 1865, married jNIartin Rasmussen, 
living in Wisconsin, a farmer. 6. Sorina, born June 30, 1867, married Bert 
Anderson. 7. Marie, born February 25, 1869, married William Nelson, lives 
in Iowa. 8. Sina, born February i, 1871, died in Wisconsin. 

(HI) Harry Rasmussen, son of Holger and Barbara (Hanson) Rasmus- 
sen, was born :\iarch 31, i860, in Denmark. After receiving his education he 
was apprenticed to a large ship building firm, and remained with them four 
years. He shipped on a sailing vessel as its carpenter, following it for two 
years. He was next engaged, in the same capacity, by the captain of the 
'•:\lary Lawton," of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The vessel was wrecked in a 
heavy gale off the coast of Newfoundland. The ship went down and Mr. 
Rasmussen and three others were all of the crew that were rescued from the 
wreck by a Norwegian bark, and were brought to South Chester, Pennsyl- 
vania. After recovering from his harrowing experience he sought employ- 
ment, and again engaged in ship building with a large firm of ship builders. 
February 2, 1880, he was in Camden, where he remained two years. From 
there he' went to Dover, and was employed in the construction of schooners. 
He was the designer and builder of "The Yankee Doodle," which was able to 
show a clean pair of heels to anything in her class. In 1899 he moved to Es- 
sington, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, and established a boat building busi- 
ness for himself, and since that time has built over one hundred and fifty boats, 
of many classes and kinds. In politics he is a Republican, taking the keenest 
interest in the questions of the day since his naturalization as an American cit- 
izen. He married, in 1886, Elizabeth Murphy, daughter of Humphrey Mur- 
phy, a laborer. Children of Harry and Elizabeth (Murphy) Rasmussen: i. 
Harry C, died in infancy. 2. Joseph F., born June 27, 1888, deceased. 3. 
Regiiiia. born October 6, 1890, employee of Wanamaker's. 4. Josephine, 
born August 25, 1892, employee of Bell Telephone Company. 5. Gertrude, 
born May, 1894, dressmaker. 6. Jeannette, born September 13, 1896, at home. 



DELAWARE COUNTY 817 

Albert N. Diehl, postmaster of Essington, Delaware county, 
DIEHL Pennsylvania, descends in a direct line from old Palatine stock, 

which settled in Pennsylvania about 1680. During that year the 
"Spotted Cow" made two voyages to America, each time filled with Palatine 
families, who accepted the invitation of the governor of Pennsylvania to cross 
the Atlantic and join their fortunes with the English emigrants. Despite the 
Indian massacres, so frequent in the Province of Pennsylvania, it was one of 
the best known of all those in the New World. Its laws were beneficent, there 
was none of the bigotry and religious intolerance shown in Massachusetts, nor 
.lone of the haughtiness of the Provinces of Virginia and Maryland. To the 
Palatine, Pennsylvania was a Mecca, a land flowing with milk and honey, al- 
beit attended with many dangers. 

(I) Adam Diehl, the grandfather of Albert N. Diehl, was born in 
Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania, where he lived and died a prosperous farmer. 
He owned his own little farm, which he purchased after his marriage. Among 
his children was Joseph, of whom further 

(II) Joseph "Diehl, son of Adam Diehl, was born in Schuylkill county, 
Pennsylvania, and there reared. He moved from there to Berks, and being of 
a roving, or pioneer nature, he next went to Lebanon county. He was a black- 
smith in Berks county, opening a smithy in 1861, which he continued for 
many years, establishing a reputation of being the best and most careful 
smith in the trade, in that portion of the state. He sold his smithy, moved to 
a small farm in the same county that he purchased and eventually died. He mar- 
ried Mary Houtz. He had eight children, six of whom reached maturity, and 
all of whom are living. Among them was Albert N., of whom further. 

(III) Albert N. Diehl. son of Joseph and Alary (Houtz) Diehl, was born 
in Lebanon county, Pennsylvania. He is of direct German descent on both pa- 
ternal and the distaff sides. He moved with his father from Berks to Leba- 
non county. He attended school in Lebanon county and then matriculated at 
the Palatinate College at Myerstown, Pennsylvania, one of the oldest and most 
noted institutions of learning in the state. Palatinate College was founded by 
the Dutch Reformed Church of Pennsylvania. At the age of twenty-two he took 
a course in telegraphv, and having acquired a working knowledge he was given 
employment by the Reading railroad: so greatly was he appreciated by the 
road that he has continued with them to the present time (1913). In 1889 
he was moved to Essington, Delaware county, by the road and given charge 
of the station. At that time he was appointed postmaster, the first to hold the 
position, and has continued in it since. He is a member of the Protestant Epis- 
copal church, and of the Free and Accepted Masons. In politics he is a Repub- 
lican, and has held local offices, among them being school director. He mar- 
ried, in 1886, Lily Bordner. Children : Nevin, Mabel M., Ruth. 



Gilbert Griffin, of Essington, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, is 
GRIFFIN one of the modern and popular Bonifaces of his section. He 

is of Irish and English descent, and possesses all the geniality 
and wit of his race. His progenitors, for many generations, have been sons 
of the Emerald Isle, and a large number of the name and family still reside 

there. 

(I) Thomas Griffin, grandfather of Gilbert Griffin, was born, reared and 
educated in Ireland. He was a miller, a Roman Catholic in_ faith, and an 
honest man. Desiring to better his condition and that of his children, he 
emigrated to the United States, landing in Baltimore. With him came his 

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8i8 DELAWARE COUNTY 

wife and six children. Among the children of Thomas Griffin was Gilbert, 
of whom further. 

(IIj Gilbert Griffin, son of Thomas Griffin, was born March 20, 1849, ™ 
Ireland, and died in Essington, Pennsylvania, April 10, 1907. He came with 
his parents when he was thirteen years old to Baltimore, Maryland, where his 
father entered the hotel business. He was educated in Baltimore, and on 
reaching his majority entered the hotel business as assistant to his father. From 
Baltimore he went to Philadelphia, where he was proprietor of the Girard 
House for years. In 1891 he moved to Essington, where he eventually died. 
He built the Rosedale Inn, a commodious, handsome structure, and was 
licensed in 1893. Besides the inn he owned ninety acres in Essington, and did 
a real estate business. He was a Republican and exerted a large influence in 
Delaware for that party, and he held several offices in the town. He. like 
his forbears, was a Roman Catholic, but his wife was a devout member of 
the Presbyterian church. He married Emma L. Powell, September, 1879. 
One child, Gilbert Jr., of whom further. 

( III ) Gilbert Griffin Jr., son of Gilbert and Emma L. ( Powell ) Griffin. 
was born July 2~, 1887, in Philadelphia. After receiving his education in the 
public schools of his native city he graduated from Bank's Business College 
in 1902. For three years he worked as electrical machinist in the Baldwin 
Locomotive Works in Chester, Pennsylvania. Leaving this position he assisted 
his father in his hotel business, and also in the real estate. Being the only 
child he inherited his father's estate, with it the Rosedale Inn, in Essington. 
Since that time he has devoted his entire time and attention to running it suc- 
cessfully, making it one of the oases in the life of the commercial traveler who 
has to spend Sunday on the road and away from home. As a money making 
proposition the Rosedale Inn may be accorded the palm. It is modern, run 
on up-to-date lines, and the cuisine is unexcelled. Mr. Griffin is an Episco- 
palian, a Republican, and a highly esteemed resident of Essington, and enjoys 
a wide reputation as mine host par excellence. He married, January 20, 1909. 
Clara Harrison, daughter of Frank Harrison, a druggist, of Philadelphia and 
Ridley Park. Pennsylvania ; treasurer for one year of Delaware county, and 
an upholder of the Republican platform. She is a Protestant. Child, Gilbert 
Francis, born February 23, 1910. in Essington, Pennsylvania. 



Rev. John Laverton Foreman, pastor of the Baptist church 
FOREMAN" at Brandywine Summit, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, rep- 
resents the first generation of his immediate family in the 
United States, the paternal home being in London, England. He is a descend- 
ant on the paternal side of an Italian ancestry, and on the maternal side of a 
Scotch ancestry. 

John Laverton Foreman, grandfather of Rev. John L. Foreman, was born 
in Bristol. Gloucester county, England. He was a blacksmith by occupation, a 
Protestant in religion, and a Liberal in politics. He married, in 1857, Cathar- 
ine Montgomery, who bore him two children : Emily Amelia and George Lav- 
erton. 

George Laverton Foreman, father of Rev. John L. Foreman, was born 
in London, England, March 10, 1862. He is a certificated elementary school 
teacher by profession, a Protestant in religion, and an Independent in politics. 
He married, September 4, 1881, at St. Mary's Church, Old Kent Road, Lon- 
don, England, Elizabeth Knight, born in London, England, September 11, 1852, 
daughter of George and Elizabeth Ann Davey (Bennetts) Knight, who were 
married in St. Mary's Church, Truro, Cornwall, England, in 185 1, and were 



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the parents of four children : Elizabeth ; George, drowned while sliip was in 
harbour along Portugese coast : Edward ; James John. George Knight, who 
was born in Padstow, Cornwall, England, was a shipwright by occupation, a 
Protestant in religion, and an Independent in politics. Children of Mr. and 
Mrs. Foreman : George John, born November, 1882, died same month ; Eliza- 
beth Emily Catharine, November 14, 1884; John Laverton, of whom further; 
David James, May 6, 1889; Sophia Ethel, June 14, 1892; Edith Rose, Febru- 
ary I, 1895, died August i, 1895. 

Rev. John-L. Foreman was born in Deptford, London, England, May i, 
1886. He spent his early life in Deptford, Rotherhithe, Bermondsey, Upton 
Park and Forest Gate, all outlying districts of the city of London. He was a 
pupil in the Board School, East Ham, until about twelve years of age, when 
he entered Carpenters Company's Technical Institute, Straatford, East Lon- 
don, and pursued his studies there for three years. He began business life as 
general clerk in the great diary house of D. J. & J. Smith, Newgate street, Lon- 
don, with whom he remained two years, then entered the employ of the Gres- 
ham Publishing Company, Southampton street, Strand, London, serving in the 
capacity of ledger clerk and assistant cashier, remaining between five and six 
years. Then, acting under the inspiration of a call to China, he entered Har- 
ley College (Missionary Training Institute), Bow, East London, where he be- 
gan study in divinity. He was ordained to the ministry on July 13, 19 10, at 
Woodgrange Baptist Church, Forest Gate, East London, John H. French, pas- 
tor. In July, 19 10, he came to the United States to assume charge of the 
Pequea Baptist Church, in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, and in July, 1912, 
he accepted a call to the pastorate of the Baptist church at Brandywine Sum- 
mit, where he is now located. 

Rev. John L. Foreman is a zealous and successful minister of the Gospel, 
and his sermons are characterized by eloquence and directness of speech, his 
one aim being to lead his people in the right path. He possesses a warm heart 
and a genial nature, and the culture he has acquired makes him a safe coun- 
selor, an earnest friend, a pleasant companion, and an interesting and in- 
structive preacher. 



William H. Tricker, son of William and Margaret (Moor) 
TRICKER Tricker, was born near London, England, January 18, 1858, 

and came to the United States with his parents in the 70's 
and settled in Middletown, Delaware county, Pennsylvania. His father was a 
landscape gardener of note and his skill was displayed in many of the import- 
ant homes and estates in eastern Pennsylvania. Both he and his wife were 
members of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Media, Pennsylvania. 

Mr. Tricker early in life became associated with his father in his land- 
scape gardening operations, continuing until his twenty-fourth year, then 
entered the employ of Joseph Chadwick, editor and publisher of the "Dela- 
ware County Record" as outside business man. He gained in these years a 
valuable experience and formed an extensive acquaintance with men of affairs 
in all parts of the county. In 1882 he entered the employ of Edward A. 
Price, Esquire, a prominent lawyer of Delaware county, and secretary and 
treasurer of the Delaware County Mutual Insurance Company, as a book- 
keeper, continuing in that capacity until the decease of his employer in 1905, 
succeeding him as secretary and treasurer of the company, the position he 
has since held. He also conducts as a private business the only sta- 
tionery store in Media. In 1883 he was appointed a notary public; is secre- 
tary and treasurer of several corporations and director and trustee in others. 



820 DELAWARE COUNTY 

Air. Tricker is a Republican in politics and has always taken an active 
interest in the party : was elected town clerk of the borough of Media in the 
year 1884, and held the office continuously for twenty-three years. When a 
boy he became a member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Media, 
and its work has appealed to him as of the highest importance, and he has al- 
ways taken an active interest in all its affairs. He was elected trustee when twen- 
ty-one years of age and has held the office continuously since ; was also super- 
intendent of the Sunday school for a great many years. This brief record of 
the activity of Mr. Tricker, in behalf of his adopted town, shows strikingly 
the earnest, forceful public spirit of the man, but cannot give the high esti- 
mation in which he is held by his townsmen. That is shown not in words, but 
in the expression of their confidence by his continuance in positions of trust, 
bestowed by them. 

Mr. Tricker married, September 20, 1881, Sarah A., daughter of Stephen 
O. and Caroline Alalin, of an old Delaware county family. Children : Adele 
Price, married Elmer S. Lukens of Media ; Harry Ray, associated in business 
with his father. The family home is in Media at No. 311 East Front street. 



The forbears of Jasper R. Phillips of Marcus Hook, were 

PHILLIPS copper miners of Cornwall, England, living at Stonehenge, 

where his great-grandfather lived and died leaving three sons 

— William, James, and one, w^ho died in India. His widow, Thamazyne, came 

to the Lnited States, where she died at Frank ford, Pennsylvania. The family 

were all members of the Qiurch of England. 

James, son of the Cornwall miner, was born at Stonehenge, Cornwall, 
England, 1806, there grew to manhood and obtained his education in the 
church schools. When a young man he came to the United States, entering 
the employ of the L'nited States government, as an expert stonemason. He 
worked on the construction of the stone forts of that period and later aided 
in the erection of public buildings, notably the bureau of printing. He set- 
tled at Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, prior to 1840, where he died in Febru- 
ary, 1905, aged ninety-nine years. Fie was a Democrat in politics and in 1840 
served as councilman. He was a member of the Baptist church ; his wife a 
Methodist. He married Eliza Lamplugh, born in Delaware county in 1800, died 
1872, daughter of Josiah Lamplugh, a farmer of Boothwyn and his wife, 
Eliza (Martin) Lamplugh, born in Chichester; children of James Phillips: 
John, died in infancy; Mary, married Edward Casey, an electrician; Eliza, 
married Richard Pearson, now deceased ; Thamazyne, married William H. H. 
Gibson ; William L., see forward. 

William L., son of James and Eliza (Lamplugh) Phillips, was born at 
Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, July 24, 1843. He spent his early life at Marcus 
Hook and Washington, D. C, obtaining his education in the public schools. 
Later he was regularly bound and apprenticed to the United States govern- 
ment to learn the machinist's trade, the only government machinist now living, 
who learned his trade under such conditions. He has resided in Marcus 
Hook for many years and has followed his trade in various shops of the lo- 
cality. 



The Walbers came to Pennsylvania from Germany where the 
WALBER family have long been seated. 

Christian Walber, father of Charles Walber, was born in 
Alunzenheim, Germany, in 185 1, died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1896. 
He came to Philadelphia prior to his marriage, but after he had served his re- 



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quired years in the Germany army. He continued in Philadelphia until his 
death. He married Josephine, daughter of Anthony Schonweitz, born in Ger- 
many in 1837, came to the United States before his marriage, settling in New 
York state. He served all through the civil war; was captured at the battle of 
Cedar Mountain, and for a time confined in Libby Prison. He was for many 
years in the employ of the state of New York as head electrician at the Sol- 
diers' Home in Bath, New York, now lives retired at his home in Maple 
Shade, New Jersey. He married a Miss Arnd of New York City, who died 
in Philadelphia in 1904; children: Charles, a plumber and tinsmith of Con- 
voy, Ohio, and an ex-mayor of his town; Josephine, married Christian Wal- 
ber, of previous mention ; Amelia, resides in Philadelphia, unmarried ; Fred- 
erick, now a hardware merchant of Bath, New York. Children of Christian 
Walber : A son and daughter, both died unmarried ; Charles, see forward. 

Charles, son of Christian and Josephine (Schonweitz) Walber. was born 
in Philadelphia, March 13, 1882. He attended the public school at Twelfth 
and Locust streets, advancing to the eleventh grade before beginning business 
life. In 1896 he was employed by Bailey, Banks & Biddle, jewelry manufac- 
turers, and a year later began his apprenticeship at plumbing and tinsmithing. 
He began with the Laughrey's on Eleventh street, Philadelphia, continued with 
Mr. Wall at Narberth, Pennsylvania, and for a time was with the Supplee 
Hardware Company. He was next employed by Mr. Shea, a plumber of 
Morton, Pennsylvania, then became manager for Charles A. Arnd, an uncle 
of his mother. In 1903 he established in business for himself at No. 3256 
Sansom street, Philadelphia, later moving to No. 3423 Chestnut street, where 
he conducted a successful business in plumbing, steam heating, ventilating, 
tin roofing and kindred lines. He also established a similar business in 
Essington, Delaware county, continuing with his stores until 1907, when 
he purchased the Riverside Hotel in Essington, from Mr. Miller, who had been 
its proprietor for thirty-three years. This hotel was established over a century 
ago, and has long been famous for its planked shad, reed bird and game din- 
ners; each in their season attracting parties from Philadelphia and surround- 
ing towns, where the fame of the house is well known. 

Mr. Walber was formerly a Democrat, but later became a RepubHcan ; 
has served as president of the Republican Club at Essington. He is a mem- 
ber of the following fraternal societies and clubs: Lodge No. 9, Free and 
Accepted Masons; Philadelphia Corinthian Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, 
Philadelphia; Green Hill Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Phil- 
adelphia; Loyal Order of Moose, Chester; Benevolent and Protective Order 
of Elks, Chester: the Essington Fire Company, Essington: West End Boat 
Club, Chester: West Philadelphia Fidelia Manaechor ; Riverside Gun Club 
(manager); Chester Gun Club; Riverside Yacht Club (commodore); Clear- 
view Gun Club; Edgewater Club, Essington; Media Republican Club; Arti- 
sans' Order of Mutual Protection: Owls, of Philadelphia; Delaware County 
Automobile Association. 

Mr. Walber married, March 7, 1906. at the Baptist church. Thirty-sixth 
and Chestnut streets, Philadelphia, Mabel Lillian Seiberling, born in Essing- 
ton, Delaware county, Pennsylvania. June 23, 1882, daughter of Charles and 
Sarah Seiberling, the former a farmer and coal dealer of Essington. 



822 DELAWARE COUNTY 

Born in the oil district of Pennsylvania, Ross Lynn Elliott has 
ELLIOTT passed tlirough every form of the oil business and perhaps no 
other man can be found so familiar with its everv phase, from 
the drilling of the well to the finished product of the refinery. 

Ross Lynn Elliott is a son of James Marshall Elliott, and a grandson of 
John Elliott; the latter born in Ireland in 1818. coming to the United States 
when young and settling in Armstrong county, Pennsylvania. He was a farm- 
er there for many years, then moved to Rockland, Ohio, where both he and his 
wife died, both members of the Presbyterian church. Her maiden name was 
Miller, and she bore her husband ten children. 

. James Marshall Elliott was born in Kittanning, Armstrong county. Penn- 
sylvania, September 17, 1844, son of John Elliott, the emigrant. He attended 
the public schools, worked on the farm and when oil was discovered, engaged 
in oil production for many years. He is a Republican in politics and a mem- 
ber of the Methodist Episcopal church, which he has served as trustee and 
in other official capacities. His wife is also a member of the Methodist Epis- 
copal church. He married Mary N. McNanny, born in Shippensville, Clarion 
county, Pennsylvania, daughter of Henry McNanny, a farmer of Clarion 
county, deceased. .She has brothers and sisters now living: Henry, of Venan- 
go county, Pennsylvania : Joseph, of Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania ; John, 
of Butler, Pennsylvania : Sophia, married Andrew Schidemantle : Susanna, 
married George W. Shaw : Margaret, married Henry JNIcGinley, of Wichita, 
Kansas. Children of James Marshall Elliott : Bertha, born in October, 1871, 
unmarried : Ross Lynn, of whom further ; James Park, born December 16. 
1875, married in February. 1906, Hazel Hyle. 

Ross Lynn, eldest son of James Marshall and ]\Iary N. (McNanny) El- 
liott, was born at Parkers Landing, Armstrong county, Pennsylvania, April 17, 
1873. He obtained a good education in the public scliools. finishing his studies 
at high school at Parkers Landing. He early entered the oil fields and con- 
tinued his operations as producer in the fields of Butler, Armstrong and Alle- 
gheny counties of Pennsylvania. He has not only mastered every detail of 
oil production, but of refining in all its branches and for many years has been 
in the employ of the Pure Oil Company, of Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania. In 
politics Mr. Elliott is a Republican ; for the past nine years has been a mem- 
ber of the borough council of Marcus Hook and for four years has been pres- 
ident of that body. He is a member of the Masonic order ; the Woodmen of 
the World, and both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal 
church. An excellent business man and good citizen, 'Sir. Elliott has won the 
high regard of all who know him. 

He married, October i, 1901, Anna McMurray, of Oakdale, Allegheny 
county, Pennsylvania, born May 3, 1873, daughter of Joseph McMurray, also 
born in Oakdale, May i, 1844, a farmer by occupation. He married Margaret 
Rowley, born at Bridgeville, Allegheny county, in February, 1842, died 
March, 1901. in her fifty-ninth year. Children: Emma, born April 28, 1866, 
married, October i, 1897, Albert Sturgeon: Walter, born June 27, 1868: John, 
November 2, 1870; Anna, May i, 1873: Bertie, November i. 1875, married 
Lewis A. Maire. Children of Ross Lynn and Anna Elliott: James Marshall 
(2), born February 16, 1905; Joseph Harold, May 7, 1907: Alargaret Anna, 
October 8, 1909, deceased: Park, January 13, 1911: Ross Lynn (2), July 5, 
1912, deceased. 



DELAWARE COUNTY 823 

John H. Donohne, of Sharon Hill, is a man much respected 
DONOHUE in his community, and one who by strict morality and integ- 
rity of purpose furnishes an excellent example to others. He 
is one of the representative business men of Sharon Hill. He was born in 
West Philadelphia, December 22, 1863, son of Michael and Rose (Sullivan) 
Donohue, natives of Ireland, from which country they came to the United 
States about the year 1855, locating in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 
where her death occurred. After settling in this country ^lichael Donohue 
followed the occupations of drover and butcher, and he spent his last days 
in Sharon Hill. He and his wife were the parents of six children, all of whom 
are living at the present time (1913). 

John H. Donohue attended the public schools of West Philadelphia until 
twelve years of age, and then assisted his father in the butcher business, be- 
coming thoroughly familiar with that occupation, which he followed for a 
number of years. In 1887 he engaged in the meat business on his own ac- 
count, locating at the corner of Seventy-second street and Woodland avenue, 
and continued the same until 1895, meeting with a fair degree of success. In 
the latter named year he removed to Sharon Hill, and for the following ten 
years was employed in the meat business, working for various parties, and in 
1905 established a meat and grocery store in Sharon Hill, of which he is the 
proprietor at the present time. He is moderate in his charges, keeps nothing 
but the best of goods, and being a man of keen business acumen, success has 
crowned his efforts. He is a communicant of the Holy Spirit Church, a mem- 
ber of the Catholic Benevolent League, and a Democrat in politics. 

Mr. Donohue married, in 1890, Anna A. Bears. Children: Frank J., Jo- 
seph A., Elizabeth, Joseph, Helen, Hilda and Harriette, twins, James, Walter, 
Edward, Anna, Paul. Mr. Donohue is a man of progressive ideas, and he is giv- 
ing his children the best possible educational advantages in order that they 
may be fitted for the duties of life. 



Among the leading business men of Glen Olden, who arc 

FLAHERTY achieving success as the result of industry, perseverance 

and integrity, must be mentioned Daniel M. Flaherty, whose 

standing is high among the citizens of Glen Olden, and who is deservedly 

respected by those whom he favors with his friendship. 

He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 13, 1866, son of 
James T. and Rebecca R. (Murphy) Flaherty, and grandson of James Flah- 
erty and Daniel M. Murphy, the former named a native of Ireland, from 
whence he came to this country about the time of the Mexican war, engaging 
in the same with General Scott, and after the cessation of hostilities returned 
to Philadelphia, where he followed the occupation of tailor, and the latter 
named was reared in Philadelphia, learned the trade of tinsmith with a Mr. 
Williams, with whom he was employed until his death. James T. Flaherty 
(father) was a druggist during his early manhood, and later in life a restorer 
of pictures, which proved a highly successful vocation. He died in March, 
1904, survived by his wife, who is a resident of Glen Olden, where she has 
a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. 

Daniel M. Flaherty was educated in the public schools of Philadelphia 
and the Mount Vernon Grammar School, this course qualifying him for an 
active career. He learned the trade of printing with Burk McFetridge and 
with John A. Bencannon, following this line of work for some time. He then 
engaged in the magazine business, after which he worked for a contractor, then 
became a contractor, performing all kinds of work, and in 1897 established 



824 DEL AW ARE COUXTY 

a business at Glen Olden, dealing in coal. feed. lime, sand, etc., which has 
proven successful, he being thoroughly practical and progressive in his meth- 
ods, and reliable in all his transactions. The industry and resolute purpose 
which lead to honorable success are his and have brought him a comfortable 
income. He believes firmly in the principles of Republicanism, and has taken 
an active interest in local politics. In 1893 he was elected supervisor of Darby 
township, in 1904 treasurer of the borough of Glen Olden, and has also served 
in several minor offices, in all of which he performed his duties to his own 
credit and to the entire satisfaction of all concerned. He is a member of 
Prospect Lodge, No. 578. Free and Accepted Masons. 

Mr. Flaherty married, September 28, 1898, Clara Maass, of Glen Olden, 
born July 19, 1875. daughter of Charles and Caroline Maass. Mrs. Flaherty 
is a member of the Lutheran church, a devoted wife and loving mother. 
Children : Marie R. and D. Thorp : they are members of the Congregational 
church. Mr. Flaherty has a wide acquaintance by reason of his business 
interests and his social qualities, and is popular with his many friends. 



Enos ^'erlenden, deceased, was a member of a family of 
VERLENDEN important manufacturers of the state of Pennsylvania. 

Bv their business and industrial activities they have, both 
as a family and as individuals, contributed to the wealth and growth of Penn- 
sylvania. 

(I) John Verlenden was born and reared in Avondale. Delaware county, 
Pennsylvania. Receiving his education in the public schools of his native 
county, he early decided upon an industrial career, established a business, and 
in time became known as one of largest cloth manufacturers of Pennsylvania. 
His record as a business man still remains with his immediate family, and he 
accumulated wealth through his acumen in matters which others overlooked, 
or failed to seize the opportunity when presented. Possessing money and in- 
fluence, he was one of the foremost men of his day. He was a Whig until the 
organization of the Republican party, when he gave it his adherence. He held 
local offices, such as school director, but never cared for others, as his time 
was engrossed with his business affairs. He married (first) Edith Lane, 
daughter of Edward Lane, a carriage manufacturer: married (second) Re- 
becca Boyd. Children of Edward and (Dixey) Lane: Joel. Edward, 

David, John, Edith, married John ^'erlenden. Children of John and Edith 
(Lane) \^erlenden : i. W'illiam Lane, married Mary W. Serrill. 2. Enos, of 
whom further. 3. Elizabeth, unmarried. 4. Sarah, married Charles Lloyd. 
Children by second marriage : 5. Charles, married Sarah Smith. 6. Harry. 

married Jessie . 7. Edith, unmarried. 8. Child, died in infancy. 9. 

Child, died in infancy. 

(H) Enos Verlenden. son of John and Edith (Lanel Verlenden. was 
born March 21. 1849. '" Avondale. Delaware county. Pennsylvania: died May 
14. 1905, in Darby. Delaware county. He passed his early years in Avondale, 
attended public school in Darby, and graduated with distinction from the 
Westchester Academy. On reaching his majority he entered the world of com- 
merce and industry, and in partnership with his brother, engaged in the man- 
ufacture of cloth, specializing in jeans. The firm of \"erlenden Brothers at 
once established a name for itself and ere long was doing an extensive busi- 
ness, not only in Pennsylvania, but throughout the United States. As the 
vears passed more and modern machinery was added thus enabling the firm to 
keep pace with the demand for its class of goods. It brought that part of 
Pennsvlvania into repute as a manufacturing center. Than Mr. \'erlenden 



DELAWARE COUNTY 825 

there was no more influential, highly respected and substantial citizen in Dela- 
ware county. He was a Republican, taking an active interest in all political 
questions of the day, and was a delegate to the National Republican Convention 
that nominated James G. Blame for the presidency of the United States. He 
was justice of peace one year, and despite the protests of his constituency he 
declined to accept another term, as his large and ever growing industrial in- 
terests demanded his entire time and attention. He was vice-president of the 
cotton mills, which place he satisfactorily filled. He was a member of the 
Masonic order and of the Manufacturers Club. 

He married, August 31, 1881, Ellie S. Lewis, a daughter of Maris W. and 
Sidney (Seamans) Lewis. The father of Sidney (Seamans) Lewis was 
Thomas Seamans, who married Jane Smith. Children of Mr. and Mrs. 
Thomas Seamans : Margaret ; Sidney, married Maris W. Lewis ; Sarah, mar- 
ried Edward Crispin ; Ellen, married Joseph Sager ; Jane, married Phillip Sig- 
ler; William, married Elizabeth Jackson. Children of Maris W. and Sidney 
(Seamans) Lewis: Joseph, Margaret, Jane, Wilham, Rebecca, Edward; one 
died unnamed; Ellie S. (see above) ; Rebecca B., Harry B. Children of Enos 
and Ellie S. (Lewis) Verlenden : i. H:elen L., married L. Hastings Alexan- 
der ; two children : L. Hastings Jr., and Helen V. ; they make their home in 
Philadelphia. 2. Rebecca, married Dr. H. L. H. Dick, of Darby; one child. 
Eleanor. 3. Elizabeth L., unmarried. 



A generation after William Penn, the great and astute Quaker 
LEWIS founder of the colony of Pennsylvania, had transplanted from 
England to the congenial soil and surroundings of the sylvan 
dales of the New World, his friends and people of like faith, Thomas Lewis, 
gentleman farmer, joined them. In common with other Friends he at once 
entered upon the task of subduing the wilderness, conquering the savages by 
friendship and barter, if possible, if not. by more forcible means. He was 
allotted a tract of land by the governor of the province, and at once began 
his labors toward clearing' it for farming purposes, and later erected thereon 
a house of logs, both comfortable and secure against Indian raids and assaults. 
With the Friends "an ounce of prevention was worth a pound of cure," and 
they early realized that they were at the mercy of a wily and dangerous foe ; 
to-day friendly and placated, to-morrow vengeful enemies, so they constructed 
their rude log' houses accordingly. From Thomas Lewis sprang rnany of the' 
name in Pennsylvania, especially those who professed the faith of the 
Friends. 

(I) James Lewis, a direct descendant of the immigrant, Thomas Lewis, 
was bornabout 1783, or perhaps earlier, in Newtown Square. Delaware county, 
Pennsylvania, there" passed his early years and received his education in the 
district school of the place. He was a man of unusual prominence in his day, 
socially, politically and commercially. He established a large shoe manufac- 
tory in Philadelphia and conducted it successfully for years. The wearing 
qualities of the Lewis shoe became proverbial throughout the state, _ and until 
the day of his death, in Newtown Square, at an advanced age, his product 
retaine'd its fame. He was an old line Whig in politics, but lived to^ vote the 
Republican ticket after the organization of that party. He and his family 
were Friends and contributed to the dignity and standing of the congregation 
they attended. He married Rebecca Worrell; to them were born three chil- 
dren: Maris W., of whom further; Elisha and Evan. 

(II) Maris W. Lewis, son of James and Rebecca (Worrell) Lewis, was 
born in Springfield township, Delaware county. Pennsylvania, June 16, 



826 DELAWARE COl'XTY 

1813, died June 26. 1870, in Darby, Pennsylvania. He was reared and 
educated in Springfield township, and there remained until he was twenty- 
one. At that time he went to Darby and engaged in the manufacture of car- 
riages, and here passed the remainder of his life, a highly prosperous, influ- 
ential and public spirited citizen. He was interested in all matters pertaining 
to the public good, especially in and around Darby. He was a Whig until the 
organization of the Republican party in 1857, when he supported that party 
with his franchise, and continued to do so until his death. He married Sidney 
Seamans, daughter of Thomas and Jane (Smith) Seamans. ]\Ir. Seamans 
was a carpenter in Darby. His children were: Margaret, married (first) 
Evan Foster, (second) \\^illiam Xewton ; Sidney, married Maris W. Lewis; 
Sarah, married Edward Crispin : Ellen, married Joseph Sager : Jane, married 
Phillip Sigler; William, married Elizabeth Jackson. Children of Maris \\'. 
and Sidney (Seamans) Lewis: i. Joseph, born in 1836. died in 1907. aged 
seventy-one. 2. Margaret, died in i860. 3. Jane. 4. William, died in infancy. 
5. Rebecca, died in infancy. 6. Edward, died aged three. 7. Child, died 
unnamed. 8. Ellie S., born September 22. 1850, in Darby, Pennsylvania; 
married, August 31, 1881, Enos Yerlenden. g. Rebecca B., unmarried; 
attended public school in Darby, then finished at a young ladies' school. West 
Philadelphia, where she made a record as a student. She is a highly accom- 
plished woman, brainy and up-to-date. She makes her home at 5708 Thomas 
avenue, ^^'est Philadelphia, at the present time (1913), but hopes in the near 
future to return to the home of her childhood, for which she has the tenderest 
memories connected with her parents and brothers and sisters. 10. Harry B., 
married ^Martha E. Boyd. Children : Ida, married Harry Sliaffer, children, 
Sidney and Charlie; Ellen, married Frank McLaughlin, one child, Henry B. 
Lewis ; Thomas S. 



From the time of tlie -settlement in this country of \\'illiam 
RUDOLPH Penn and his colony of Quakers, the influence of this sect 
has been felt in a quiet, but none the less powerful, manner in 
many directions, and invariably to the benefit of the matters with which they 
interest themselves. The Rudolph family, of Springfield township, and of 
L'pper Darby township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, is a notable example 
of this kind. Tradition has it that they are of French descent ; however, it is 
known as a positive fact that they have been Quakers for a number of genera- 
tions. 

(I) Thomas Rudolph was a farmer and drover, and became very pros- 
perous, owning two farms in .Springfield township. He married Hannah Pow- 
ell and had children : Abraham, at first a farmer, then removed to Woodbury, 
New Jersey, where he engaged in the grocery business ; Thomas, see forward ; 
Hannah, married Joshua Longworth, and lived in Abington township ; I\Iary, 
died voung, unmarried : Sarah, married Joseph Longworth, a farmer. 

(H) Thomas, son of Thomas and Hannah (Powell) Rudolph, was born 
in Springfield township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, December 21, 1824, 
and died February 18, 1887. During the greater part of his life he was en- 
gaged as a farmer, but in 1872 he was offered, and he accepted the position of 
superintendent of the Friends' Southwestern Cemetery, filling this office until 
his death. He was an Independent in political matters, and in religion an at- 
tendant of the Concord Quarterly fleeting. He married Sarah A, Fogg, born 
in Philadelphia. February 2, 1828. died October 29, 1894. She was the daugh- 
ter of Samuel Allen and Elizabeth (Glover) Fogg; the former born February 
20. 1805. died November 28, 1893; the latter born August 16, 1807. died May 



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3, 1893. Samuel Allen Fogg was born in Salem, New Jersey, and was a 
bricklayer by occupation. He was of English descent, and" also a member of 
the Society of Friends. During the latter -years of his life he was in the under- 
taking business. He and his wife raised a large familv, of whom there are 
now living the following: Joseph, lives at Sixteenth and Race streets. Phila- 
delphia : Rachel, married John E. Balderson : Elizabeth, married Harry Stiles. 
Thomas and Sarah A. (Fogg) Rudolph had children : Samuel F., see forward; 
Deborah F., born March 27. 1853, died April 27, 1876: Hannah, born July 24! 
1856, died September 28. 1875: Elizabeth, born jNIav i, 1858, died March 15, 
1910, married William P. Hall : John M., deceased' 

(HI) Samuel F., son of Thomas and Sarah A. (Fogg) Rudolph, was 
born in Springfield township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, December 25, 
1848, in the same house in which his father had been born. He received a part 
of his education in the Friends' School in Chichester township, Delaware coun- 
ty, Pennsylvania, later attending the public schools. His education was com- 
pleted when he left school at the age of sixteen years, and he then assisted his 
father in the cultivation of the farm until his marriage. He rented farms suc- 
cessively at Beverly, New Jersey, and in Delaware county, Pennsylvania, and 
upon the death of his father in 1887, was appointed to succeed him as super- 
intendent of the cemetery. He is a member of the Society of Friends, attend- 
ing the Western District [Monthly Meeting. Mr. Rudolph is quiet, even-tem- 
pered and unassuming in his manner, yet with a perseverance and faithful at- 
tention to detail which render his services invaluable. He attends to his 
various duties in a most methodical manner, and the cemetery is kept in a 
model way. 

Mr. Rudolph married, April 18, 1872, Mary S., born in Philadelphia, 
daughter of Edwin and Louisa Hansell, both now deceased. Mr. Hansell was 
a woodcarver by trade, and lived on Thirteenth street, Philadelphia. Children 
of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph : Edwin, born September 7, 1873, died September 2, 
1893; Thomas, born June 14, 1875, married Anna Hearst, and assists his fath- 
er in the care of the cemeterv; Laura, born February 7, 1884, died May 7, 
1884. 



The Kerlins were early settlers in Delaware countv, where 
KERLIN they have ever been prominent. John Kerlin, of Chester, was 
the fourth president of the Bank of Delaware County, state 
senator, 1824-1832, and a well known lawyer. The present day representa- 
tive, John H. Kerlin, of Lima, Pennsylvania, is a grandson of William Ker- 
lin, for many years a prominent figure in Chester. 

( L) \\'illiam Kerlin located on a farm at Chester, Pennsylvania, a part of 
which is now known as the Deshong property. He was a wealthy landowner 
and a man well known and respected. At one time time he owned the 
Washington House in Chester, and the ground on which the old Delaware 
county courthouse stood was donated by him, with the provision that should 
the county seat ever be removed, the land should revert to him or to his 
heirs. This proviso, however, was never carried out. Mr. Kerlin was an 
active Whig during the Revolution, and after the evacuation of Philadelphia 
by the British army, named his hostelry, purchased April i, 1772, the Wash- 
ington House, the former name having been Pennsylvania Arms. General 
\\'ashington, in passing to and from the seat of the government at New York 
and his home at Alount \'ernon, often stopped at this hotel, and on those 
occasions a certain room, the best in the house, was assigned to his use. The 
ancient mahogany chairs which stood in the room occupied by the first presi- 



828 DELAWARE COUNTY 

dent during these visits are still preserved among the descendants of William 
Kcrlin. He took an active part in the discussion from 1780 to 1786 regarding 
the removal of the county seat to West Chester, and after the county seat had 
been moved from Chester he labored energetically to bring about the formation 
of the present county of Delaware. He did not remain "mine host" of the 
Washington House until his death, for by his will, proved April 29, 1805, he 
alluded in his devise to his daughter, Sarah Piper, to "the tavern house," being 
at that time under lease to Isaac Tucker. After the death of her father, 
Mrs. Sarah (Odenheimer) Piper inherited the Washington House, which was 
conducted under the management of her second husband. Major Joseph Piper, 
until his death, when his widow continued as its manager for several years, 
then leasing it to Evan S. Way. By her will, proved September 13, 1841, 
Sarah Piper directed that "the tavern house and thereto belonging, be sold 
within one year after my decease." This wish was carried out, not within a 
year, but on April 2, 1844. when her executors sold the property to Henry 
L. Powell, and all connection between the Kerlins and the famous old hostelry 
ceased. 

William Kerlin married Hannah Byers. Children: i. William B., of 
whom further. 2. Jane Maria, married Martin Rulon. an undertaker of 
Swedesboro, New Jersey, and Chester, Pennsylvania. 3. Elizabeth, died 
•unmarried. 4. Henry, accidentally killed at Chester by a yoke of oxen, which 
threw him to the ground and then drew a loaded wagon over him. 5. Sarah, 
married (first") an Odenheimer. (second) Major Piper. 

Hannah Byers was a daughter of Jacob Byers, a farmer of Lower Prov- 
idence township and a large landowner. His wife was a Miss James. Chil- 
dren : Jacob, a farmer ; Jesse, a carpenter, and Hannah. 

(H) William B., eldest son of William and Hannah ( Bj'ers) Kerlin. was 
born in Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1790, died in 1856. He grew to manhood at 
the home farm and was educated in the schools of Chester and Philadelphia. 
He learned the trade of a harnessmaker and later established in that business 
in Chester, having a large and lucrative business. He also owned and man- 
aged a large farm near Chester. He was a Whig in politics and active in the 
political affairs of his day. He was a member of the Society of Friends, and 
a man held in high esteem. He married Martha Baynes Yates, born in Eng- 
land, who was brought to Claymont, Delaware, when a babe, by her mother, 
Mary (Baynes) Yates. They lived with a brother of Mrs. Yates, James 
Baynes, a wealthy wool grower and owner of two thousand acres of land. 
Mrs. Yates later made her home with her son-in-law, William B. Kerlin. 
She died in 1870. Children: i. Hannah L., deceased: married Edward L. 
Gardner, of Chester. 2. John H., of whom further. 3. Mary, married Joshua 
Garsid, of Rockdale. Pennsylvania, whom she survives. 4. Martha Frances, 
died aged twenty-three years. 5. Elwood, died young. 

(HI) John H., eldest son of WilHam B. and ^lartha Baynes (Yates) 
Kerlin, was born in Chester, Pennsylvania, May 12, 1842. He was educated 
in the public schools and Professor Gray's Academy, entering the drug busi- 
ness at an earlv age, taking a course at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. 
When the war between the states broke out, he enlisted in the United States 
Navy in February, 1862, and for eight months served as surgeon's steward 
on board the warship "LI S. S. Sangamon — ^Monitor." He reenlisted at 
Chester in Company A, 197th Regiment. Pennsylvania \^olunteer Infantry, 
under Captain James Barton and Colonel Hazlett. By a confusion of orders 
he was sent to Rock Island, Illinois, where he was assigned to guard duty 
over Confederate prisoners: later was on duty in Philadelphia, receiving hon- 
orable discharge at the close of the war in 1865. Returning to Chester he was 



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engaged for one year as manager of the drug store of Jerry Flickner at No. 
109 Third street. He then established his own drug store at the corner of 
Third and Penn streets, continuing there four years, after which he located 
his business at Alarcus Hook, where he remained for several years. He was 
elected director of the poor of Delaware county in 1875, and served six years. 
He was then elected recorder of deeds for Delaware county, an office he 
creditably filled for six years. He then purchased a good farm of one hun- 
dred and twenty-four acres in Cecil county, Maryland, near Chesapeake City, 
overlooking the bay and river. He remained there for three years, then 
returned to Chester, where he was appointed chief of tlie bureau of delin- 
quent taxes, serving two years. In 1906 he was appointed steward at the 
Delaware County Home at Lima, a position he now fills. Since 1858 Mr. 
Kerlin has been an active volunteer fireman, joining in that year the America 
Hose Company of Philadelphia, known derisively as the "Sarsaparilla" Hose 
Company, from the fact that the company was composed of business men 
and clerks. When the Franklin Fire Company of Chester was organized he 
became a member and rose to the position of chief engineer. He assisted 
in the organization of the Chester Fire Department, of which he is yet a mem- 
ber. He belongs to Wilde Post, Grand Army of the Republic, of Chester; 
and L. H. Scott Lodge, No. 352, Free and Accepted Masons. Mr. Kerlin 
is one of the best known men in Delaware county, and has a host of warm 
friends. He is an authority on Delaware county happenings of the past fifty 
years, and has a wealth of interesting reminiscences for the entertainment of 
his friends. 

He married, July 3, 1865, in Chester, Mary E., daughter of James S. and 
Jane (McCluen) Bell. James S. Bell, a tanner by trade, was later a partner 
with Judge Hinkson, of the firm Hinkson & Bell, the leading tanners of the 
day. Children of John H. Kerlin: i. Jane Bell, residing at home. 2. Mary 
Frances, married L. B. Walters, a salesman residing in Chester ; children. 
Mary Kerlin and John Kerlin. 3. Martha, residing at home. 4. Malachi 
Harris, a salesman of Chester. 5. John H. (second), engaged with his broth- 
ers in the cigar business in Chester ; married Lucretia Bentley ; one child,. 
Lucretia Bentley. 6. James, now with the Sun Oil Company of Chester, mar- 
ried Sarah A. Abrams. 



An adopted son of Delaware county, John Way has displayed all the 
WAY interest and enthusiasm, of one native born, in the matter of furth- 
ering the public good, since becoming a resident of Lansdowne, in 
1897. 

Mr. Way is a grandson of David and Elizabeth (Blackburn) Way, and a 
son of Samuel Way, of Bedford county, Pennsylvania, born in 1818, died in 
1882, and his wife, Jane Wilson, born in Adams county, Pennsylvania, Feb- 
ruary 21, 1 83 1, died in 1909. 

John Way was born in Bedford county, Pennsylvania, October 21, 1871,. 
and obtained his early preparatory education in the Bedford county schools. 
He then entered Friends Boarding School at Westtown, Chester county, Penn- 
sylvania, leaving that institution to engage in business. His first position was 
in a store in West Chester, Pennsylvania, remaining there until 1893, when he 
entered the employ of the Provident Life and Trust Company of Philadel- 
phia, taking a clerical position. He won his way upward, filling positions of a. 
greater trust with each promotion, until in 1910 he was elected assistant treas- 
urer of the company, which responsible post he most acceptably fills at the- 
present time. 



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An Independent in politics, Mr. Way has been active in all reform move- 
ments in Delaware county, since becoming a resident of Lansdowne. in 1897. 
He is a birthright member of the Society of Friends, and from an early age has 
been actively identified with the activities of the Society. He is also treasurer 
of the Pennsylvania Prison Society, organized in 1787 as "Society for the Al- 
leviation of the Miseries of Public Prisons." and said to be the oldest organi- 
zation of its kind in the world. 

Mr. Way married. ?ilay 18, 1897, Lydia Annette Greene, of Clarksville, 
Ohio, born February 7, 1872; child: Mary French, born December 18, 1905. 



The Halkett family came originally to this country from 
HALKETT Scotland, and is now represented "by William G. Halkett, 
whose abilities have been directed to the accomplishment of 
valuable results. 

George Halkett. the father of William G. Halkett. was born in Scotland, 
in Perth, and came to America when a very young man. He was a ship-build- 
er by trade. He went to Chicago, and there made his home, residing in that 
city until his death in 1899. In Chicago he met Christina Bruce, also born in 
Scotland, in Aberdeen, and they were married. Mrs. Halkett died in 1897. 
Children : Margaret : Isabel, deceased ; W' illiam G. 

.William G. Halkett was born in Chicago, Illinois, February i, 1857. The 
public schools of his native city provided him with an excellent training and 
on the completion of his education he entered upon his business career. For a 
period of eight years he held a number of positions in various lines. In 1873 ^^ 
entered the employ of George B. Carpenter & Company, ship chandlers. Eigh- 
teen years were spent in the employ of this concern, during which time he had 
risen to the responsible position of manager. He resigned this office in order 
to go to New York City, where he was engaged in the manufacture of cotton 
duck for a period of four and a half years, with a large and thriving concern. 
In 1897 he w-ent to Philadelphia and purchased the business in which he is still 
engaged, that of jobbing cotton duck, and other heavy cotton goods. The firm 
is the largest concern of its kind in Philadelphia and operates under the name of 
William G. Halkett Company. It has more than quintupled since 1897. Mr. 
Halkett is also one of the directors of the Ridge Avenue Bank of Philadelphia. 
In his political affiliations Mr. Halkett is Republican, has been a member of 
the Ridley Park borough council for many years, and served as its president, 
1908-10. In religion both he and his wife are members of the Ridley Park 
Presbyterian Church, of which he is a trustee. He is also a member of the 
Art Club, the Ridley Golf Club, and the Spring Haven Country Club. Mr. 
Halkett has lived in Ridley Park since 1899, and in 1907 he erected a beautiful 
residence on the corner of Swarthmore and Sellers avenues. It is constructed 
of stone, with porches on three sides, and has a garage : the shape of the land is 
triangular, thus permitting the grounds to face on three beautiful thorough- 
fares. 

Mr. Halkett married (first) in 1882, Margaret Ainslie, who died in 1907 ; 
he married (second) Elizabeth Miller. Children, all by the first marriage: 

1. Adelaide Bruce, educated in Swarthmore and Wellesley Colleges, and a 
graduate from the latter institution ; married William Freeman Kershaw. 

2. Walter, educated at the University of Pennsylvania. 3. George William, 
deceased. 4. J. Spencer, educated at the Staunton Military Academy. Vir- 
ginia. Both the sons are now associated in business with their father. 



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The name of Sanderson js one which has been con- 

SANDERSON nected with railway, shipping and kindred interests for 

many years, both in this country and in Europe. Richard 

P. C. Sanderson, at the present time in charge of the plant, at Eddystone, of 

the Baldwin Locomotive Works, is a worthy representative of the family 

name. 

Richard P. C. Sanderson was born at Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, 
January 9, 1858. He received a very thorough education in mechanical engi- 
neering in schools in both England and Germany. For some years he worked 
printer's trade, which he followed all his life. In 1864. he enlisted in the United 
States in 1879. For a time he worked at his calling in the city of New York; 
then he joined the service of the Norfolk & Western railroad, up to 1900! 
Two years were then spent on the Santa Fe railroad, at Topeka, Kansas, as 
assistant superintendent of motive power. He next served as superintendent 
of motive power on the Seaboard Air Line railroad, and then for the \'ir- 
ginian railway at Norfolk, Virginia. On April 2. 19 10. he came to Ridley 
Park, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, to act as superintendent for the Bald- 
win Locomotive Works, and he has been given cliarge of their plant at 
Eddystone, which employs approximately six thousand men. 

Mr. Sanderson married, in October, 1882, Clare Otey, born in Lynchburg, 
Virginia, and they have one son : Richard, who is in business in the citv of 
New York. 



The immigrant ancestor of the Rodgers family, of Brandy- 
RODGERS wine Summit, was James Rodgers. a landscape gardener of 

Ireland, who came to America in 1847, where he followed the 
same occupation until his death. He and his wife adhered to the Catholic 
faith. Children: John; James, died in 1864: Mary; Arthur; Thomas; Susan; 
Joseph, a member of Company D, 95th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, 
killed in the battle of the Wilderness ; Alexander Augustine, of further men- 
tion. 

(II) Alexander Augustine, youngest child of James Rodgers, was born 
in Ireland, in 1847, and died in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania, April 16, 1908. 
He grew to manhood in Philadelphia, where he attended first the public school 
and then a private institution on Pine street. Leaving school, he learned the 
printers trade, which he followed all his life. In 1864. he enlisted in the L'nited 
States Marines, and on the night that President Lincoln was assassinated, he 
was on duty at Long Bridge, Washington. D. C. He was relieved from duty a 
half hour before the committal of the crime, and the marine who relieved him 
was arrested upon a charge, the nature of which was never revealed. In poli- 
tics he was a Democrat, but never held public office. With his wife he was 
a member of the Catholic church. He married Margaret A. Hagerty, who died 
in Philadelphia, September 13, 1901, daughter of Robert James, a hotel pro- 
prietor of Philadelphia, who died there in 1900, and Catherine (Woods) Hag- 
erty, of Armagh, Ireland. Children of Robert James and Catherine (Woods) 
Hagerty ; Mary Ellen, married William T. Smith ; William C, married Ellen 
Myers; John E., married Ella Kavanaugh ; Elizabeth, married John Bolden; 
Robert J., married Susan Macauley ; Catherine, married Michael Carmody; 
A-Iargaret A., of previous mention, married Alexander Augustine Rodgers. 
Children of Alexander Augustine and Margaret A. (Hagerty) Rodgers: Jo- 
seph P., of further mention ; Catherine M., married Edward F. Higgins ; Mar- 
garet A. ; Mary, died in infancy; Robert J. ; Arthur A. ; James, died in infancy; 
Elizabeth, died in infancy ; Susan ; Anna ; Mary. 



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(III) Joseph P., eldest child of Alexander Augustine and Margaret A. 
1 Hagerty) Rodgers, was born in Philadelphia, September 21, 1878. He ob- 
tained his early education in the parochial schools, later attending the Roman 
Catholic High School. His business interests are in the Kaolin and Feldspar 
Company of Brandyvvine Summit, the largest company of its kind in the United 
States, of which he is secretary and treasurer. In politics he is an Independent 
Republican, holding the office of school director in Brandywine Summit. He 
belongs to the Knights of Columbus, and is a past master of the Patrons of 
Husbandry. He married, October 21, 1907, Bessie Pusey Steele, born in 
foughkenamon, Chester county, Pennsylvania, daughter of Amor M., born in 
Cecil county, Maryland, a miller of Unionsville, Chester county, and Sarah 
Elizabeth (McCoy) Steele, of Cecil county, Maryland. Children of Amor M. 
and Sarah Elizabeth (AlcCoy) Steele: Cecil; Harry; Mabel, married William 
Hippie : Anna, married John J. Garvine ; Amos, married Hannah Collins ; Bes- 
sie, of previous mention, married Joseph P. Rodgers ; Raymond, married Elma 
Ireland. Child of Joseph P. and Bessie Pusey (Steele) Rodgers: Helen Eliza- 
beth, born December 22, 1910. 



The family of which Albert James Turner, member of the 
TURNER firm of Patton & Turner, of East Lansdowne, is an honored 

representative, is of English extraction, in which countrj' the 
various members of the family were actively identified with the religious, 
commercial and social interests of the communities in which they resided. 

(I) Thomas Turner, the earliest known ancestor of the family, was born, 
and lived and died in Derbyshire, England; and the active years of his life 
were spent as local minister in the Friends' church, he performing the sacred 
duties of that office faithfully and conscientiously, pointing out to the people 
of his congregation the right way of living and setting them an example which 
was well worthy of emulation. He was married twice and was the father of 
twenty-three children, all of whom he reared to manhood and womanhood ; 
four of them came to this country, as follows : Richard, a tinsmith, resides in 
Germantown, Pennsylvania ; Catherine, married William Brooks, resides in 
Germantown : Elizabeth, married Harry Charlesworth, resides in German- 
town ; James, of whom further. The father of these children died at the 
age of eighty-two years, honored and respected by all with whom he was 
brought in contact. 

(II) James Turner, son of Thomas Turner by his first wife, was born 
in Derbyshire, England, February 25, 1861. During his youth he attended 
the public schools and worked as a coal miner. Upon attaining his majority 
he came to the United States, locating in Germantown, Pennsylvania, where 
he learned the trade of bricklayer, which he followed until twenty-seven years 
of age, when he became a contractor, and he has since devoted his attention 
to that work, contracting for all kinds of concrete, stone and brick work, and 
has achieved a fair degree of success in his undertaking, being a man of energy 
and perseverance. He is a Republican in politics, and in religion he and his 
wife are members of the Episcopal church. Mr. Turner married I\Iaria 
Willis, born in Essex, England, April 20, 1862, daughter of Joshua WiUis, 
who was superintendent of a large estate in Essex, and died at the age of 
seventy-nine years. The first wife of Joshua Willis died at the birth of her 
daughter, Maria, mentioned above, and the other children of this union were: 
Joseph, who left home and was neyer heard from again ; Samuel, who resides 
in Essex, England, serving as superintendent of the estate his father served; 
Alice, married a Mr. Killenback, both of whom are deceased. By his second 



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wife Mr. Willis had no children. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Turner : Albert 
James, of whom further; Florence, Willis and Thomas, all of whom reside 
at home. 

(Ill) Albert James Turner, eldest son of James and Maria (Willis) 
Turner, was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, August 6, 1883. He attended 
the public schools of Germantown, and later took a course of architectural 
drafting in Drexel Institute, Philadelphia. He then accepted a position as 
draftsman with the Conklin, Armstrong Terra Cotta Company, in whose 
employ he remained for seven years, and in 1908 accepted a similar position 
with William Grey & Sons, remaining with them for two j-i-ars. At the 
expiration of this period of time he formed a partnership with Harry E. Pat- 
ton, under the style of Patton & Turner, dealers in coal, feed and building 
materials, locating at the corner of Fifth street and Baltimore avenue, Fern- 
wood, and during the three years of this connection their business has increased 
greatly in volume and importance, ranking now among the chiefest in that 
locality. Mr. Turner possesses the attributes of a successful merchant, energy, 
perseverance, determination and pluck. In religion he is a member of the 
Presbyterian church, a Republican in politics, and fraternally a member of the 
Royal Arcanum. 

Mr. Turner married, September 2-, 1909, Mabel Bardsley Barr, born in 
Germantown, Pennsylvania, December 27, 1885, daughter of Samuel and 
Florence Barr. Mr. Barr is in charge of the stock department of a woolen 
mill in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Children : Albert Edwin, bom October 
16, 1910; Mildred May, born June 24, 1912. In 1913 Mr. Turner erected his 
present house, which is attractive in appearance and modern in every respect, 
and here Mr. and Mrs. Turner, who are highly thought of in the neighborhood, 
offer hospitable welcome to all who come. 



Ireland has furnished many men to this country, who have as- 
BRYAN sisted in building up her prosperity and have aided nobly in main- 
taining her prestige ; and this is most certainly the case with the 
members of the Bryan family, now of Lansdowne, Delaware county, Pennsyl- 
vania. 

(I) Patrick Bryan was born in Ireland, and after his marriage and the 
birth of three of his children, immigrated to the United States, and made his 
home at Little Falls, New York, where he was engaged in business as a manu- 
facturer of shoes until his death. He employed a number of men to assist him 
in the industry of which he was the head, and was a man of considerable in- 
fluence in the town in which he lived, although he was naturally of a quiet and 
retiring disposition. In religion he and his wife were both members of the 
Roman Catholic church. He married Bridget , also a native of Ire- 
land, and their children were : Edwin R., a lumberman, who died in Philadel- 
phia ; Thomas, a liveryman, who died in New York state ; Michael, the only 
son now living, was a farmer near Canajoharie, New York ; Mary, who mar- 
ried Andrew Armstrong, now deceased, lives in Corning, New York ; James 
Simpson, see forward ; Rose, married John B. McBurney, and lives in Corn- 
ing, New York ; John, a wholesale liquor dealer, died in Utica, New York. 

(II) James Simpson, son of Patrick and Bridget Bryan, was born at Lit- 
tle Falls, New York, December 25, 1856. He received an excellent education 
in the public schools of his section of the country, and this was supplemented 
by a complete course at the Elmira Seminary. For the long period of twenty- 
four years he was the manager of the "Philadelphia Times," after which he 
organized the Electric Horseshoe Company, of which he was elected president. 

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This corporation commenced its business operations on Walnut street, below 
Fifth street. Philadelphia, but before it had been long established. Mr. Bryan 
died, June 7. 1901. In political matters he was a staunch supporter of Reptib- 
lican principles. About i8g8 he reinoved to Yeadon. Delaware county. Penn- 
sylvania, and it was there that his death occurred. In that town he served as a- 
councilman for the period of one year, and also was influential in starting the 
electric light system in the town. He was naturally active and energetic, and 
to these traits he added a marvelous power of systematizing work, which en- 
abled him to accomplish wonders. He displayed fine public spirit, and by his 
example many others were influenced to act for the benefit of the community. 
His widow and children removed to Lansdowne about 1905, and have lived 
there since that time. 

Mr. Brs'an married. Jnly i. 1882, Elizabeth E. Savage, who was born in 
Philadelphia. Her father, John Savage, was born in England, and immigrated 
to America : he was a tailor by trade, but in this country was mostly engaged as 
a salesman for Wanamaker & Brown ; he died young. "Sir. Savage married El- 
len Jane Hagerty who. married (second) William Alaloney. Mr. and Mrs 
Bryan had children : Edwin Ridgeway. a chaufl^eur, who resides at Cape May, 
New Jersey : Eleanor Adele. died at the age of twelve years : James Vincent, 
lives in Lansdowne : Arthur Savage, resides with his mother. 



For over two centuries the Stewart family has been estab- 
STEW'.ART lished in Pennsylvania. The English emigrant, John Stewart, 

founded the American branch. He came from England about 
1670, landed in New York, and from there made his- way into Delaware. After 
the founding of the colony of Pennsylvania by \\^illiam Penn in 1675. he 
drifted to Philadelphia with several boon companions. Eventually he located 
in the province, married and reared a large family. Among his descendants 
was John Stewart, of whom further. 

(I) John Stewart was born in Port Penn, Newcastle county, Delaware, 
where his familv had been established for generations. He was a farmer and 
owned five hundred acres of fertile farming and wood land, and here he lived 
and died before reaching the prime of life. In his day he was prominent, and 
was looked up to by his neighbors. He and his v.-ife were members of the 
Methodist Episcopal church. He married Rosana H. Cozens, like himself of 
a family who had long resided in Port Penn. They were the parents of five 
or six children, among whom was Homer C, of whom further. 

(II) Homer C. Stewart, son of John and Rosana H. (Cozens) Stewart, 
was born January 24, 1840, in Port Penn, Newcastle county, Delaware, and 
died November 26, 1904, in Lansdowne, Delaware county, Pennsylvania. When 
a boy of four or five his father died and his mother married a ^^Ir. Smith ; and 
after receiving a preparatory education in the common schools of Delaware, he 
went to work at the age of sixteen. He was in the employ of a general mer- 
•cantile store in St. George's, Delaware, where he remained for many years. 
At the outbreak of hostilities between the North and South, Mr. Stewart en- 
listed in Company A, Ninety-first Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, for three 
years, being discharged after one year for disability, induced by a long and 
severe attack of typhoid fever from which he recuperated with diflficulty. At 
the close of the war he moved to Philadelphia, where he was engaged as an ex- 
pert bookkeeper for eight years. When he received the ofifer. he accepted the 
position of cashier on the Westchester and Media railroad, and then that of 
treasurer of the Baltimore Central Railroad Company, and these positions he 
held until the two roads with which he was connected, passed by purchase to 



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835 



the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. On looking around for an opening to 
establish a business of his own, he found it in the real estate business, then in 
its infancy, in Lansdowne. Air. Stewart was the first and chief pioneer in this 
line of endeavor in Lansdowne, and it is largely due to his judicious advertis- 
ing, and handling of real estate, that the place grew by leaps and bounds from 
a village to its present proportions. He laid out a large tract of land, known as 
Lansdowne Park, into streets and lots, and placed them on the market for 
building purposes. He continued in this business until a short while before 
his death. Mr. Stewart built many homes on Lansdowne, Baltimore, Wind- 
rnere and Stewart avenues, the latter avenue being named for him. In poli- 
tics he was a Republican, but he never held any office except that of town coun- 
cilman on one occasion, his time and attention being too deeply engrossed with 
his interests to divide it with politics. In religion he was a member of the 
Presbyterian church, and his wife of the Society of Friends. He was one of 
the most public spirited and influential men that Lansdowne has had. Always 
he was in the forefront on all questions pertaining to the welfare of Lans- 
downe, and he was unfailing in his efforts to help towards material prosperity 
and a larger population. In his death the citizens of the place felt that they 
had suffered an almost irretrievable loss. 

Mr. Stewart married, in 1868, Margaret L. Hibberd, born in Upper Dar- 
by township, Delaware county, a daughter of Joseph and Emily Hibberd. Both 
were descended from old Quaker families, the progenitors of which came from 
England upon the invitation of William Penn in 1680, to Pennsylvania. Mr. 
Hibberd was a successful farmer and a large land owner. Children of Homer 
C. and Margaret L. (Hibberd) Stewart: i. Helen, married Horace Hafleigh, 
and lives in Lansdowne ; children. Homer and Horace. 2. Estelle C, married 
Henry W. Pratt. 

The Anderson family herein recorded springs from James 
ANDERSON Anderson, an emigrant from Scotland, who married Eliza- 
beth Jerman, daughter of a Quaker preacher and thrifty 
miller. They settled in the Pickering valley, their farm bordering on Picker- 
ing creek in what is now Schuylkill township, Chester county, Pennsylvania. 
(II) Captain Patrick Anderson, son of James and Elizabeth (Jerman) 
Anderson, was born on the home farm on Pickering creek, July 24, 1719, died 
in 1793, and is buried in the yard of Valley Episcopal Church. When a babe 
he was occasionally left with a friendly Indian woman to be nursed while his 
mother visited her parents across the mountain. He was educated in Phila- 
delphia, and in early life taught a private school in his father's house. He 
became prominent in public life, became the owner of the farm, and at an 
early date built the saw mill that later was owned by his great-grandson, Dr. 
M. J. Pennypacker. Long before the revolution he had made himself influ 
ential, and a letter is yet preserved, written by William Moore, of Hall, 
November 5, 1755, to WiUiam Allen, chief justice of the colony, recommending 
Patrick Anderson for a captaincy. 

In the struggle that brought forth a nation, he bore a patriot's part. In 
1774 he was a member of the Chester county committee, of which Anthony 
Wayne was chairman. In Alarch, 1776, he was appointed by the assembly, 
senior captain of the Pennsylvania Battalion of Infantry, and though advanced 
in years accepted the honor and recruited a company. This battalion, under 
command of Colonel Samuel J. Atlee, fought with gallantry at the battle of 
Long Island, Captain Anderson's company losing heavily in killed and 
wounded. His friend and neighbor, Lieutenant-Colonel Caleb Parry, was 



836 DELAWARE COUNTY 

killed b}- his side, and Colonel Atlee, having been captured, the command of 
the shattered battalion developed upon Captain Anderson. A letter from him 
to Benjamin Franklin, dated September 22. 1776. detailing the condition of the 
battalion, may be found in the Pennsylvania archives. At the capture of 
Fort Washington, all or nearly all of the company were taken prisoners, and 
on January, 1777, he made application for a lieutenant colonelcy, but does not 
appear to have received it. The company was reorganized and consolidated 
with other troops, and Captain Anderson placed in command of the first com- 
pany of the State Regiment of Foot, later commanded a company in the 
Thirteenth Pennsylvania Regiment of the Continental line. He was in the 
service in the fall of 1777, when the British passed through Chester county 
during the campaign for the possession of Chester. At his farm thev wreaked 
special vengeance, destroying a great deal of furniture, also carrying off cattle 
and fowls to the value of three hundred and three pounds. A mirror, which 
had been part of the marriage portion of his dead wife, escaped and is still 
preserved in the Pennypacker family. 

In October, 1778, he was elected a member of the assembly, and after 
a long contest obtained his seat in that body. He was reelected in 1779, 1780- 
and 1 781. and as a member voted against all eft'ort to abolish slaverv in Ches- 
ter county, being himself a slave owner. In April, 1779, he wrote to the 
Council of Safety in regard to election of militia officers in Chester county, 
as conducted by Colonel Levi Gronow, and that election was declared null and 
void. In 1781 he was appointed by the assembly one of the board of com- 
missioners to provide for the navigation of the Schuylkill river. 

Captain Anderson married (first) at Christ Church, Philadelphia, Decem- 
ber 22, 1748. Hannah IMartin, who bore him Rebecca and Harriet. He mar- 
ried ( second ) Elizabeth Alorris, a granddaughter of John Bartholomew and 
sister of Colonels Edward and Benjamin Bartholomew. She bore him : Isaac, 
of whom further; James and Elizabeth. He married (third) Ann Beaton, 
a sister of Colonel John Beaton, who bore him seven children. 

(Ill) Hon. Isaac Anderson, son of Captain Patrick and his second wife, 
Elizabeth Morris Anderson, was born November 23, 1760, died October 
27, 1838. When a boy he was a great favorite with the Indians, who yet 
frequented the valley of the Pickering and often accompanied them on their 
fishing and hunting trips. Though but a boy when the Revolution com- 
menced, he entered into it with all a boy"s ardor and was one of the squad who 
visited and searched the house of William Moore, the Loyalist, looking for 
arms. In the fall of 1777, during the British invasion, he was lieutenant of a 
militia company that marched to Washington's assistance, and while the 
army lay at \alley Forge, he carried dispatches to and from the congress sit- 
ting at York. He was a Democrat, and after the war was appointed justice of 
the peace. From 1803 to 1807 he was representative in congress. In 1816 he 
was a presidential elector and at one time was prominently mentioned for 
governor. He was one of the earliest members of the Methodist Episcopal 
church in the state, he and his wife having been converted and admitted in 
T780. He was very zealous in religious matters and was a local preacher. A 
history of Charlestown township written by him was published in "Potter's 
American Monthly" for January, 1875. 

Isaac Anderson married Mary Lane, born in Providence township, now 
Montgomery count\% Pennsylvania. May 22. 1762, daughter of Edward and 
Sarah (Richardson) Lane; granddaughter of Samuel Lane, of Providence, 
and great-granddaughter of Edward Lane, a son of William and Cecile (Love) 
Lane, of Bristol. England. The Lanes were early settlers of Plymouth town- 
ship and founders of St. James' Episcopal Church. Mary Lane was a great- 



DELAWARE COUNTY 837 

great-granddaughter of Samuel Richardson, one of the earHest Philadelphia 
judges and provincial councilors; also a great-great-granddaughter of Barbara 
Aubrey, a first cousin of the William Aubrey who married Letitia Penn, 
whose ancestor, Sir Reginald Aubrey, was one of the Norman concjuerors 
of Wales in the twelfth century. Isaac Anderson was six feet four inches in 
height, a man of great muscular strength and equal firmness of character. 
Among his eleven children was Dr. James Anderson, who had three sons, also 
physicians, in fact Chester county has never since been without its Dr. 
Anderson. 

(IV) Dr. Isaac (2) Anderson, son of Hon. Isaac and Mary (Lane) An- 
derson, was born in Schuylkill township, Chester county, Pennsylvania, died 
in Norristown, Pennsylvania, aged over seventy years. He was a practicing 
physician, eminent in his profession and a man of high standing in his com- 
munity. He married Mary Smith, born in Haverford township, Chester 
county, daughter of Benjamin and Margaret (Dunn) Smith. Benjamin Smith, 
a farmer, was of a prominent early Chester county family. Children of Dr. 
Isaac (2) Anderson: Benjamin Smith, of whom further: Elizabeth, now 
residing in Westchester, married (first) Washington Baldwin, (second) Wil- 
liam Fisher, also deceased ; Charlotte, died unmarried ; Samuel Lane, died 
in Bryn Mawr in 1907. 

(V) Dr. Benjamin Smith Anderson, eldest son of Dr. Isaac (2) and 
Mary (Smith) Anderson, was born on the farm now a part of West Phila- 
delphia, in 1 82 1, died in Marple township, Delaware county, in 1894. He was 
an eminent physician of Delaware county, practicing in Upper Darby, Haver- 
ford and Marple townships until his death. He married Julia, daughter of 
Lane Scofield, of Chester county, at one time commissioner of Philadelphia. 
Mrs. Anderson survives her husband and resides with her children, who all 
reside in Delaware, Daughin and Chester counties; Children: i. Elizabeth H., 
resides in West Chester. 2. Edward Lane, M. D., born in 1857, died in De- 
cember, 1887. 3. Julia, married Jacob Stauflfer, for the past twenty years a 
resident of Harrisburg, where he holds a state position. 4. Mary F., married 
George R. North, a farmer of Lyndell, Chester county. 5. B. Hayes S., now 
a real estate agent of Philadelphia, but a resident of Haverford township, Del- 
aware county. He was the owner of the old mill property in Haverford that 
had been in the family since 1682, but had been sold and out of the family for 
many years, until purchased by Mr. Anderson, who later sold it to the Spring- 
field Water Company, but retained part of the original acres. 6. Virginia D., 
resides in West Chester. 7. S. Lane, M. D., a practicing physician of Nottingham, 
Chester county, was born October 12, 1864, and in his youth attended the pub- 
lic school of Marple township and Hillcroft Academy. After a year in Ne- 
braska he returned to Delaware county and began the study of medicine at 
the Medico Chirurgical Hospital, whence he was graduated M. D. in 1892. 
After an association with that hospital and St. Clement's in Philadelphia, he 
located at Chadds Ford, where he was in successful practice for several years, 
later moving to his present location. He married, October 6, 1898, Julia, 
daughter of William T. and Sophia (Simmons) Porter, of Wilmington, Dela- 
ware. Children: S. Lane (2d), born December i, 1902: Sophia Simmons, 
born May 18, 1904. 8. Nathan Garrett, of whom further. 9. Josephine W., 
married Dr. R. Knipf of Norristown. 

(VI) Nathan Garrett, son of Dr. Benjamin Smith and Julia ( Scofield) 
Anderson, was born in Haverford township, Delaware county, October 24, 
1866. He attended the public schools in Upper Darby until fourteen years of 
age, then began farming, working at that occupation until 1891. Since that 
date he has been successfully engaged in the lumber business, residing since 



838 DELAWARE COUNTY 

1895 at Ridley Park. He is a Republican in politics and has served as audi- 
tor of Ridley township. 

Mr. Anderson married. March 21. 1888. in Media. Pennsylvania, Annie 
Harrison Hill, born in Marple township. Delaware county, daughter of Peter 
and Elizabeth (Davis) Hill, both deceased. Peter Hill was a farmer and mill 
owner of Ridley township. Children : Esther Garrett, born in Upper Darby 
township, February 16. 1889, a graduate of Ridley High .School; Beulah Bar- 
tleson, born in Springfield township. November 14, 1893. 



Benjamin Hayes Smith Anderson, son of Dr. Benjamin S. 
ANDERSON (q. v.) and Julia (Scofield) Anderson, was born in Haver- 
ford township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, August 20, 
i8fii. For a ]jeriod of three years he was a pupil in the public schools of 
IMarjiie township, then completed his education in a private school conducted 
in Broomall township, Delaware county. Pennsylvania, by the Misses Hotchkins, 
and known as jMann's Seminary. He was graduated from this institution in 
1892, and from that time was engaged in the milling business in Haverford 
township until 1904. In that year he established himself in the real estate bus- 
mess in the city of Philadelphia, and has been successfully identified with it 
since that time. He has. however, continued to reside in his beautiful home at 
Llanerch. Haverford township. 

Mr. Anderson married, in 18S7, Mary W.. daughter of Maris ^^^ and El- 
vira (Clark) Leedom. uf Haverford township, where the former is engaged 
in milling. Children : Edward Lane, who holds a clerkship with the Real Es- 
tate Trust Company of Philadelphia ; Benjamin Hayes Smith Jr., engaged in 
farming in Texas ; Elvira L., at home ; Elizabeth P., also at home ; Mary W., 
a pupil at the high school. Mr. Anderson is a strong Republican, and until 
very recent years was an active worker in the interests of that party. His 
fraternal affiliations consist of membership in the Cassia Lodge, No. 273, Free 
and Accepted Masons, of Ardmore, Pennsylvania. 



Although a son of Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, John Mil- 
LUTZ ton Lutz has since early youth been a resident of Delaware county, 
where he has achieved prominence in business and political life. 

Mr. Lutz is a grandson of Adams Lutz, born in Pennsylvania, who mar- 
ried a Miss Bisbing and had children : Hiram, George Mahlon, Albert, Mary 
and Hannah. George Mahlon, the second son, married Mary Martha, a daugh- 
ter of Clement and Lavina Collom, and a few years later settled in Copper 
Darby township. Delaware county, where he was engaged in the butchering 
business until 1882. In that year he moved to Philadelphia, surrendering his 
business to his son. Children of George Mahlon and Mary M. Lutz: John 
Milton, of further mention ; Charles Hiram, who married Hettie Dermond 
and has a daughter. Myrtle ; Philip Melancthon. 

John Milton, eldest son of George IMahlon and Mary M. (Collom) Lutz, 
was born in Three Tuns, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, October 18, 1857. 
He was educated in the public schools of \Vest Philadelphia and Hestonville, 
and during his youth assisted his father in his meat market. After leaving 
school he continued in his father's employ, becoming familiar with everv detail, 
and so well qualified was he that in 1882, on the removal of his father to 
Philadelphia, John ^I. became his business successor. From 1882 until Jan- 
uary I, 1899, he was successfully engaged in the meat business in Upper Darby 
township. C)n the latter date he sokl out. Later he became one of the organ- 



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izers of what is now the Clifton Heights National Bank, being named in the 
charter with other leading men of the county, and he is now its president, 
the successor of Mr. Henry T. Kent, its first president. He is also president of 
the West Philadelphia Bank, No. 36 South Fifty-second street. 

Mr. Lutz is a Republican in politics, and has given much of his time tO' 
the public service. For thirty years he served on the school board of Upper 
Darby township ; was seven years its treasurer, and thirteen years secretary 
of the board. In 1905 he was elected director of the poor for Delaware 
county, serving two years. In 1907 he was elected to the State L.egislature, 
serving with credit one term. He has been for seven years chairman of the 
executive committee of Delaware county. Mr. Lutz is a member of the 
Baptist church, and of several of the fraternal societies of the county, among 
them being the Masonic order, belonging to lodge, chapter, commandery of 
Knights Templar, and to the Mystic Shrine, and the Odd Fellows order. 

Mr. Lutz married, April 25, 1883, Alary Jane, daughter of Patrick and 
Esther (Chambers) Dermond ; children: Lavina AL, Howard AL. and Mary 
M. The family resides on the Westchester road, between Llanerch and the 
Sixty-ninth street terminal, the old homestead. 



On the north side of the Baltimore Pike, between Morton and 
BOWERS Swarthmore, is situated the beautiful old home of the late Mrs, 

P. Pemberton Morris, who purchased it from Mrs. Henry Og- 
den in 1893. It contains about ten acres, is one of the best known places in 
Delaware county and is remarkable for its fine old trees. It is now owned by 
Airs. Morris' daughter. Miss A'irginia Roberts Bowers, whose city residence is 
at No. 1818 Pine street, Philadelphia. 



Among the well known and enterprising dairymen and fruit, grow- 
BOND ers of Delaware county, Pennsylvania, is Lewis H. Bond, whose 
family has been active in this field for a number of generations. 
Harmon P>. Bond, his grandfather, was born in Frazer, Chester county, Penn- 
sylvania, in 1800, and died there at the age of eighty-one years. His business 
activities were of a threefold nature, as he was occupied as a miller, a farmer 
and a dairyman. He was a strong supporter of the Republican party, and an 
earnest member of the Episcopal church. He married Martha J- Gray, and 
had children: Benjamin J. (see forward); Harmon B., and Sarah J., who 
married William Rogers. 

Benjamin J., son of Harmon B. and Martha J. (Ciray) Bond, was born in 
Frazer, Chester county, Pennsylvania, in 1830, and died in June, 1913. He 
was the owner of one hundred and ten acres of land in Chester county, which 
he cultivated for general farming and dairy purposes. In political matters he 
was a Republican, and in religious, an Episcopalian. He married Margaret, 
daughter of Charles and Margret Jane Coulter, and had children, all now liv- 
ing, as follows: Harmon, Darlington; Lewis H. (see forward); Winfield. 
Harvey, Martha, William. 

Lewis H., son of Beniamjn J. and Margaret (Coulter) Bond, was born 
in Frazer, Chester county, Pennsylvania, Afay 21, 1859. He attended the 
public schools of his native township, receiving what was then considered a 
sound, practical education. Even while he attended school his spare time was 
devoted to assisting his father in the labors of the farm, and upon the comple- 
tion of his education all of his time was devoted to such occupations. He be- 
came thoroughly familiar with all the details of farm and dairy work, and at 



840 DELAWARE COUNTY 

the age of twenty-one years, established himself independently. Then for a 
period of twenty-eight years he conducted a dairy successfully at Philadelphia. 
In June, iQio, he purchased fifty-eight acres of land at Newtown Square, 
Delaware county. Pennsylvania, ihis property having been known as the 
Pratt farm since the days of William Penn. The house still standing on it was 
erected in 1735. Mr. Bond has become greatly interested in fruit culture, and 
has set out several hundred young peach trees ; he will undoubtedly have one 
of the finest peach orchards, in the course of time, in this region. 

Mr. Bond married, in 1888, Emma J., daughter of Joseph Frame, of West 
Chester. Pennsylvania. They have one child : Harvey, born in February. 1889. 
He received a fine education in the Philadelphia schools, and is now a motor- 
cycle mechanic. 



Edward Nathan Grimm Davis, one of the younger generation of 

DAVIS business men who have done so much to increase the prosperity 

of Delaware county. Pennsylvania, is a worthy representative of 

the Davis family, which has been noted for some generations for the business 

acumen displayed by its members. 

Edward Davis, his grandfather, was born in Delaware county. Pennsyl- 
vania, and was active in the agricultural circles of that section of the country. 
He married Drucilla Gardner, and had children: William Thomas (see for- 
ward) ; Susanna R.. deceased; Henry G., deceased: Kezia G. : George L.. de- 
ceased: Edith A., Hannah T.. deceased. 

William Thomas, son of Edward and Drucilla (Gardner) Davis, was 
born in Delaware county, Pennsylvania, August 13, 1830. His early education 
was acquired in his native township in the public schools, and this was sup- 
plemented by a course in the boarding school of Jonathan Gause. at Greenwood, 
Chester county. He then returned to the farm of his father and assisted in 
its management until the death of his father, which occurred in 1854, He 
continued farming for about eighteen months, then engaged in the cattle drov- 
ing business. In 1856 he rented the Grubb farm, consisting of about two 
hundred acres in Chester county, and managed this very successfully until 
1866, when he disposed of his interest. He removed to Newtown Square, 
where he carried on his business as a drover for the period of one year, then 
bought a hotel, which he conducted personally until 1897, and of which he is 
still the proprietor, although it is under other management. Another line of 
business with which he was successfully identified was that of auctioneering, 
and he still carried on his business as a drover. He is indeed a man of many 
sided business ability. He retired from active business pursuits in 1897 and 
erected the handsome residence in which he now lives, this being equipped 
with every modern convenience. In addition he is the owner of thirty-seven 
acres of land in Newtown township. In politics Mr. Davis is a Republican, 
and has very ably filled the office of supervisor, and has also acted for one 
term as auditor. Mr. Davis married, in 1879, Sarah J., a daughter of John 
and Hannah (Thomas) Kirk. They have had one son. 

Edward Nathan Grimm, son of William Thomas and Sarah J. (Kirk) 
Davis, was born in Newtown Square. Delaware county. Pennsylvania, October 
20, 1880. He was the recipient of a very comprehensive education, this con- 
sisting of attendance first at the public schools of Newtown Square, then at 
West Chester, next the St. Luke's School at Bustleton. and lastly two years 
were spent at Swarthmore College. For about seven years Mr. Davis was 
engaged in the lumber and coal business. Having become interested in the real 
estate business, he established himself as a real estate broker, with the usual 



DELAWARE COUNTY 841 

side lines, and is now successfully identified with that. Like his father, he sup- 
ports the Republican party, and for the past eight years he has been a mem- 
ber of the order of Free and Accepted Masons. He and his wife attend ser- 
vices at the Episcopal church. 

Mr. Davis married, in 1906, Amelia, a daughter of Horatio Lavender. 
They have two children : Elizabeth L., born in 1908, and William Thomas, 
born in 191 1. 



The Barker family, of which Henry S. Barker, of Lansdowne, 

BARKER Delaware county, Pennsylvania, is a representative, came to this 

country originally in the early Colonial days, from England. 

Owing to loss of records from various causes, it is not possible to trace the 

family in the mother country, but in America the ancestral line is as follows, 

after their settlement in Massachusetts : 

( I ) Richard Barker, the immigrant ancestor. 
(IT) Stephen, son of Richard Barker. 
(HI) Ebenezer, son of Stephen Barker. 

(IV) Asa, son of Ebenezer Barker, married a daughter of Benjamin and 
Elizabeth Pierce, whose brother. Governor Benjamin Pierce, of New Hamp- 
shire, was the father of Franklin Pierce, president of the United States. 

(V) Asa, son of Asa and ( Pierce) Barker, was a stonecutter and 

blacksmith. He lived in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, until about 1812, at 
which time he removed to Tyngsboro, Massachusetts. He married (first) 
Sarah Foster, (second) Anna Jones. 

(VI) Charles, son of Asa and Anna (Jones) Barker, removed to Phila- 
delphia about 1856 in order to look after the interests of the granite quarries 
which he, as a member of the firm of H. Barker & Brothers, was operating 
at Quincy, Massachusetts. This firm supplied the granite for many noted 
structures in Philadelphia, among them being the jMasonic Temple and the 
Ridgway Library. Mr. Barker died in the fall of 188S in Philadelphia, and 
the following year his widow removed to Lansdowne, Delaware county, Penn- 
sylvania, where she died in 1907 at the age of eighty-seven years. Mr. Barker 
married Christiana Hallstram, who was born in Massachusetts. She was the 
daughter of a Swedish sea captain, Jonas Hallstram, who was wrecked on the 
coast of Massachusetts. Children : Helen Maria, widow of Gideon A. Rider, 
lives in Ardmore, Pennsylvania: Charles Augustus, in Ardmore; William 
Henry, see forward ; Albert, in ]Moylan, Pennsylvania. 

(VH) William Henry, son of Charles and Christiana (Hallstram 1 
Barker, was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, November 13. 1847. and was a 
young lad when his parents removed to Philadelphia. He was educated in 
the schools of that city, and when he entered upon his business career it was 
with William Sellers & Co., whom he left in order to form a connection with 
the old firm of McNichols, contractors. Subsequently he became associated 
with his father in the granite business, and has been identified with this since 
that time. Many of the most beautiful mausoleums and monuments have 
been erected under his personal supervision, and his ideas have been highly 
commended by those best competent to judge of such matters. Since 1889 
he has resided' in Lansdowne, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, where, in 1896, 
he erected the Barker building, one of the largest in the town. He is prom- 
inent in the public affairs of the community, giving his political allegiance to 
the Democratic party. He served as the first burgess of Lansdowne in 1893, 
was reelected at the expiration of his term of office and, in 191 1, was appointed 
a member of the council to fill an unexpired term. Mr. Barker married Emily 



842 DELAWARE COUXTY 

Shurtleff. born in Philadelphia. October 2Q. 1847 (see Shurtleff). Giildren : 
Emily Shurtleff. married William J. Muth and lives in Lansdowne : Williani 
Shurtleff, lives in East Orange. Xew Jersey, where he is connected with the 
Public Service Corporation : Henry S., see' forward. 

(VIII) Henry S.. son of William Henry and Emily (Shurtleff) Barker, 
was- born in Philadelphia, January 28, 1880. His education, which was an 
excellent and thorough one, was received in the Friends' school in Philadel- 
phia, and upon its completion in 1896 he established himself in business in 
Lansdowne as a general job printer and continued this successfully until 1902, 
in which year he transferred his business to I'hiladelphia and carried it on in 
that city for the next ten years. He then abandoned printing interests for the 
most part, and returned to Lansdowne, where he engaged in the real estate 
business with which he has since been identified. Since 1900 he has pub- 
lished the city directories for Lansdowne. In political matters Mr. Barker 
is an Independent, having the courage of his convictions, and preferring to do 
his own thinking, and he and his wife are members of the Presbyterian 
church, ilr. Barker married, 1901, Anna Pearson, born in Philad'elpliia, 
a daughter of Abram G. and Sarah (Williamson) Powell, and they have had 
children: Henry Shurtleff" Jr.. born October 4. 1902. and Margaret Powell, 
born Xovember 12, 1904. 

(The Slnirtleff Line). 

( I ) William Shurtleff" was born in England. .Mav 16, 1624. and came to 
Xew England at a very tender age. He is known to'have been bound out as 
an apprentice to a carpenter, commencing :\Iay 16, 1634. He grew to maturity 
in the Plymouth colony and his name appears in many early records as 
among the otffcers of the colony. He is thought to have removed to Marsh- 
field about 1660, where he resided until his death, June 23, 1666, at which 
time he was possessed of much real estate. He married Elizabeth Lettice 
and had children : W'illiam : Thomas ; and Abiel, see forward. 

(II) Abiel, posthumous child of \\"illiam Shurtleff", was born in ?klarsh- 
field, Massachusetts, in June, 1666, and died October 28, 1732. He was .1 
"housewright"' by trade, well known in his profession, and built many churches. 
The greater part of his life was spent at Plymouth, where he was a useful 
citizen, and where he held a number of public offices. Late in life he removed 
to Plympton, Massachusetts, and his wife died six vears after they had taken 
up their residence there. :\Ir. Shurtleff was a paralvtic for manv years and, 
at about the age of fifty years was stricken with palsv. which confined him 
to his bed for the greater part of the time. He was the father of children : 
James; Elizabeth: Lydia : David: Hannah: John; Benjamin: William, see 
forward ; Joseph ; Abiel. Jr. 

(HI) \\"illiam, son of Abiel Shurtleff. was born in Plymouth. Massa- 
chusetts. September 8,. 1713, and died in Carver, Massachusetts. December 15, 
1802. He married, in Plympton, Massachusetts, Deborah Ransom, and had 
children : Lydia : Ebenezer, see forward : Peter ; Sarah : \\'illiam : Anna : 
John : Isaac ; Robert : Deborah : Priscilla. 

(I\') Ebenezer. son of William and Deborah (Ransom) Shurtleff. was 
born in Plympton. Massachusetts. June 5, 1736. and died in Plymouth, .\pril 
25- }77^^- I" 1756 he served as a private under Lieutenant X'athaniel Cook. 
Major Moses Deshon's company, Colonel Joseph Thatcher's regiment, raised 
for the intended expedition against Crown Point under John Winslow. com- 
mander-in-chief. In 1759 he was a private in Captain Sylvester Richmond's 
company. Third Regiment of Massachusetts Provincials. ' He died of small- 
]iox at his own home. He married, in Plympton. :\Iarv Pratt and had chil- 



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dren : Joseph : Asaph, see forward ; Mary : Sarah ; ^^'illiam : Ebenezer ; Isaac. 

(Y) Asaph, or Asa, son of Ebenezer and Mary (Pratt) Shurtleff, was 
born in Plympton (now Carver), Massachusetts, June 30, 1763, and died in 
Philadelphia. January 14, 1806. He served in Captain Calvin Partridge's 
company. Colonel Josiah Ouincy's regiment, marching July 30, 1778. and be- 
ing discharged September 13. 1778. He also served as a private in Captain 
Edwin Sparrow's company. Colonel Nathan Taylor's regiment, having en- 
listed July II, 1779, for a term of six months. He married in Philadelphia, 
May 10, 1787, Elizabeth Foster. Children: WilHam, see forward, and John. 

(AT) William, son of Asaph and Elizabeth (Foster) Shurtleff, was born 
in Philadelphia, November 23, 1789, and died at sea, .^pril 5, 1824. He was 
ihe captain of the brig "Commodore Porter," and died on a return voyage from 
Liverpool. He married in Philadelphia, June 26, 1812, Alargaret Connelly, 
and had children : Elizabeth : John ; \\'illiam Foster ; Henry Connelly, see 
forward : Asa Foster. 

(YH) Henry Connelly, son of William and Margaret (Connelly) Shurt- 
leff. was born in Philadelphia. August 21. 1820. and died July 21. 1895. At 
the time of his death he was the oldest funeral director in West Philadelphia, 
having been established in this business since 1842. He was a school director 
for a number of years, and he and his wife were members of the Asbury ]\Ieth- 
odist Episcopal Church. He married. April 4. 1844. Caroline Garnett. who was 
always a social leader in ^^'est Philadelphia, and who died June 20. 1897. Chil- 
dren : Mary Ella, died unmarried: ]\Iargaret. now deceased, married George 
Barton : Emily, married W. H. Barker : Henry. Harriet and William, now de- 
ceased : Charles, who resides in Lansdowne. married Hannah S. ^^^olfenden: 
Leslie and Walter, deceased : Henry Connelly, secretary and treasurer of the 
St. Petersburg Transportation Company, and a director in the Boca Ceiga 
Boat Company, St. Petersburg Electric Light and Power Company, and sev- 
eral others. He lives in West Philadelphia. 



In 1682 a number of Palatine families left their homes in Ger- 
EAGLE many for America. After William Penn had, in 1676, obtained 

a grant of territory from the Crown of England, now forming the 
state of Pennsylvania, for the purpose of making it into a refuge for his per- 
secuted co-religionists in England, he invited all peoples suffering for their 
religious and political beliefs to make their home in the province of which he 
was feud proprietor, made so by an act of parliament, in lieu of paying him 
sixteen thousand pounds due him by the government on his father's estate. 
Almost immediately after the charter was granted him he shipped across the 
Atlantic many families of Quakers. Finding that they were happy in their 
isolation and readilv became accustomed to the wilderness and its ways, he 
issued broadcast over Europe invitations to join the Quakers and help them 
build it up. The invitation was eagerly accepted by people of many religions, 
or of diverse faiths, and a tide of immigration set in from Germany, .\mong 
the men who emigrated was Henry Eagle, and he landed in Pennsylvania 
about 1682. He had been a farmer in Germany, and at once set about clear- 
ing land whereon to sow grain and plant Indian corn, until that time an 
unknown product to him. It is thought that he brought his wife. and. perhaps, 
children with him. He erected a stout log house, for in common with all 
arriving Europeans, he distrusted the Indians. However, in 1683. William 
Penn had an interview with the real owners of the soil, despite his royal char- 
ter from James II.. at Shakumaxon. and concluded a treaty of lasting friend- 
ship with "them, by which the colony in its infancy escaped the raids and mas- 



844 DKLAWARb: CUL'X TY 

sacres which befell other colonies. The farm that Henry Eagle first cleared, 
and on which he lived and died, was located in what is known as Cone- 
wago, now in Adams county. Pennsylvania. Later he replaced the rude log 
house with a more commodious one, which was burned in 1734, and with it 
many of the early and valuable records of the family. The family lived on the 
site, in another and handsomer house, for generations. Among the sons of 
Henry Eagle was Henry, of whom further. 

(Hi Henry (2) Eagle, son of Henry |i) Eagle, the Palatine emigrant, 
was born in the familj- homestead. He was a product of his time. Soon after 
his birth the Indians woke up to what they were pleased to call a sense of their 
wrongs from the white men, and during his childhood and boyhood he was 
daily endangered by the wily red men. He became an expert scout and Indian 
fighter, and joined the forces of Sir Jeffrey Amherst when he was opposing 
the French. He moved later in life to Lancaster county, Pennsvlvania, and 
there died. Among his children was Dominick, of whom further. 

(III) Dominick Eagle, son of Henry Eagle, was born in Lancaster county. 
Like his forbears he was a farmer and a member of the Lutheran church ; 
later he became a Catholic. He moved to Donegal Springs, finally retired, 
and died at ^^laytown. Pennsylvania. May 18. 1829, aged ninety-eight. He 
was a valiant soldier in the war of the revolution, and was buried at Elizabeth- 
town, Pennsylvania, with military honors. He was internal revenue collec- 
tor, making a splendid officer, and was probably a Federal. His wife was Mrs. 
Anna Poorman; she died April 7. 1840. aged eighty years. Among his sons 
"was Henry, of whom further. 

(IV) Henry (3) Eagle, son of Dominick Eagle, was born on his father's 
farm in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, in 1784; buried at Elizabethtown, 
Pennsylvania, aged seventy-six. He was a farmer and a large land owner, a 
prominent and influential man. He and his wife were Roman Catholics, and 
he was quite a sportsman, being particularly devoted to fine horses. He 
married Anna Alary Felix, the daughter of a descendant of the Palatines; she 
died December 17. 1864. aged seventy-seven; her mother, Mary M. Felix, 
died February 2, 1819, aged eighty. Among their children was Jerome, of 
whom further. 

(V) Jerome Eagle, son of Henry (3) and Anna Marv (Felix) Eagle, 
was born November 20, 1818, in Lancaster county. Pennsylvania, and died 
in 1900, in Philadelphia, and with his wife is buried in the Cathedral ceme- 
tery. He was reared on the Eagle homestead; in 1837 he went to Philadel- 
phia and engaged as a saleman with a mercantile house. He. by close atten- 
tion to his duties, however humble and exacting, finally was made partner 
in the firm of Robert Ewing and Company, and later in Eagle, Elliott and 
Company, located on Front and Chestnut streets. He continued there until 
1862, when he retired. He and his wife were members of the St. James Ro- 
man Catholic Church. He married Mary .\nn T. Ouinn, born November 18. 
1818, in Philadelphia, and died there in 1900. She was the daughter of 
Barnard and Catherine (Gibbons) Ouinn. Barnard Ouinn was the son of 
Edward Ouinn. born in New Orleans, April 6, 1734, many years before the 
Louisiana Purchase, and who died in New Orleans in 1807, aged sixty-three. 
His wife. Jane, died August 16, 1824, aged seventy-three. Barnard moved 
north about 1813, after having taken part in the battle of New Orleans. He 
located in Philadelphia, and here married Catherine Gibbons, born in \"\r- 
ginia, a distant relative, or connection, of Martha Custis Washington, wife of 
the first president of the United States. Catherine Ann Gibbons was the 

daughter of and Catherine ( Custis i Gibbons. Mr. Ouinn had been 

a merchant in New Orleans and continued in the same line in Philadelphia, 



DELAWARE COUNTY 845 

at Second and Spruce streets. He retired from business and died in i860, 
aged seventy-five. He was originally a Presbyterian in faith, but in 1844 he 
accepted that of the Roman Catholic church ; his wife, however, remained a 
Protestant, and died before his conversion. She died February 24, 1836, 
aged forty-three. Children of Jerome and Mary A. T. (Quinn) Eagle: i. 
Cecelia, died young. 2. Edward, died aged twelve years. 3. Louis J., of 
whom further. 4. Jerome B., a jeweler of Knoxville, Tennessee, where he 
died in 1900, aged fifty-one. 5. Charles, died in 1901, aged forty-eight, in 
Philadelphia, an officer in the United States navy for twenty-seven years, in 
paymaster's department. 6. Kate, died aged fifteen. 7. Gertrude, married 
Henry W. Town, died November 5, 1898, aged forty-seven years, in Philadel- 
phia. 8. Died unnamed. 9. Died unnamed. 

(VI) Louis J. Eagle, son of Jerome and Mary A. T. fOuinn) Eagle, 
was born July 27, 1849, ^n Philadelphia. He received his preparatory educa- 
tion in the public schools, and then attended the St. Francis College, from 
which he graduated in 1866. Immediately before the close of the civil war 
he joined the national guard at Philadelphia, and is still a member of the Sec- 
ond Pennsylvania National Guard; served as first lieutenant until 1878, and 
is now on the retired list. After leaving college he studied telegraphy, and on. 
gaining a practical knowledge was employed by the Reading railroad. While 
he was still telegrapher he applied himself to learning the florists' business. 
In 1869 he opened a place for himself at Belmont, West Philadelphia, and 
erected four green houses. He continued to enlarge his business to meet the 
demand made upon him by an appreciative public, until he finally had ten, all 
of the most modern design. Me remained in this work for many years, at 
the same location, or until 1886, ^t times employing six or eight men in both 
the wholesale and retail departments. In 1887 he retired to accept the posi- 
tion as receiving teller in the United States treasury in Philadelphia, which 
he held for four years. This he resigned to accept the managership of the 
National Automatic Machine Company of New York, and has since retired 
from this. In 1898 he moved to Lansdowne, purchased a home on Rigby 
avenue, and now resides on Elberon avenue. In 1903 he was elected fire 
marshal, of Lansdowne, which place he still holds, and is now assistant state 
fire marshal, having been appointed to the place in 1912. Among Mr. Eagle's 
most cherished possessions is a Bible, a family heirloom, descending to him 
through the Quinn family. It is two and a half by one and a half feet, and 
is six inches Thick, and has been in the family for over two centuries. Than 
Mr. Eagle there is no more highly esteemed man in Lansdowne. His intel- 
lectual attainments, education, culture and varied experiences make him 
delightful to meet. He is a staunch Republican; he is and his wife was a 
Roman Catholic. He married, in 1883, Ella C. McConnell, born in Philadel- 
phia, a daughter of Alexander McConnell, a prominent and weathy soap man- 
ufacturer, she died June 21, 1910. Children: i. Mary, married H. L. Van 
Wyck, of New York City. 2. Agnes, at home. 3. Gertrude. 4. Louis J. Jr., 
a carpenter. 5. Helen. 6. Josephine. 7. .-\loysius. 8. Francis. 9. Beatrice. 



From the mountains of Wales came Daniel Hibberd about 1682, 

HIBBERD settling in the Province of Pennsylvania, where he first obtained 
a tract of fifty acres of land suitable for farming purposes. He 
came in the capacity of a servant, thus securing the fifty acres offered by Penn 
to all those who came in the services of others. In 8 mo., 1697, he married 
Rachel Bonsall, daughter of Richard and Mary Bonsall of Darby, and took up 
his residence in that locality. Children: i. >/Iary, born 5 mo. 22, 1698, mar- 



846 DELAWARE COUNTY 

ried John David, of Radnor, in 1718. 2. Aaron, born 2 mo. i, 1700, married 

Elizabeth . 3. .Moses, born 2 mo. 14, 1702, died 1762: married Sarah 

Bradshaw in 1732. 4. Phoebe, born 12 mo. 28, 1703. 5. Hannah, married in 
1729, Thomas Hall, of Philadelphia. 6. Martha, married Joseph Lees, of Dar- 
by, license dated March 19, 1730. 7. Rachel, married John Pearson, of Darby, 
license dated July 30, 1735. 

(I) Josiah Hibberd, believed to have been a brother to Daniel Hibberd. 
held residence in Darby in 1692. His marriage to Ann Bonsall. the ceremony 
being performed on 9 mo. 9, 1698, by John Blunston, Esquire, was the culmina- 
tion of a courtship vigorously opposed by Richard Bonsall, father of the wife of 
Daniel Hibberd. Because of the old Friends' ruling, which would not permit 
marriages to be solemnized in meeting without the consent of the parents of 
the contracting parties, the union was accomplished by an official dignitarv. Jo- 
siah Hibberd's name appears frequently upon the records of the dav, once 
when on 10 mo. 7. 1692. he purchased one hundred acres of land near Eern- 
wood from Anthony Morgan, conveying the same to Josiah Fearne, on 3 mo. i, 
171 1 : again as the purchaser of two hundred and fifty acres of land west of 
Kellyville on June 30, 1710: and once more when he bought five hundred acres 
in Willistown from Martha Barker, of London, by deeds of lease and release, 
dated May 16 and 17, 1722. He died intestate 6 mo. 16, 1744, conveying most of 
his lands to his sons, John and Benjamin. Children: i. John, born 11 mo. 18, 
1699, died 9 mo. 25, 1766; married (first) Deborah Lewis, (second) Mary Men- 
denhall and (third) Margaret Havard. 2. Joseph (of further mention). 3. 
Josiah, born 7 mo. 28, 1702, died ir mo. 13, 1727-1728, unmarried. 4. .Abra- 
ham, born 9 mo. 28, 1703. died unmarried. 5. ^lary. born 6 mo. 29, 1705, died 
12 mo. 1782, married Benjamin Lobb. 6. Benjamin, born 2 mo. 27. 1707, died 
1783, married Phoebe Sharpless. 7. Elizabeth, born 12 mo. 11, 1708-1709, died 
3 mo. 19, 1739, unmarried. 8. Sarah, born 3 mo. 19, 171 1, died 2 mo. 24, 1795, 
married Samuel Garrett. 9. Isaac, born i mo. 16, 1712-1713, died about 1797. 
married Mary Lownes. lo. Ann, born 3 mo. 12, 1715, married John Ash of 
Darby in 1744. 11. Jacob, born 2 mo. 21, 1718, died 1750, married Jane Gar- 
rett. Child : Esther, married her cousin, Isaac Lobb, in 1762. 

(II) Joseph, son of Josiah and .\nn (Bonsall) Hibberd, was born 11 mo. 
20, 1700, died 6 mo. 11. 1737. He married (first) 8 mo. 16, 1723, at Darby 
Meeting, Elizabeth, daughter of Josiah and Sarah Fearne, who died at the birth 
of a daughter, i mo. 11, 1725-1726: (second) 11 mo. 26, 1731, Elizabeth, daugh- 
ter of William and Mary Garrett, of Darby, who married again in 1756, her 
second husband being Stephen Hoopes, of Westtown. Child of Joseph and 
Elizabeth (Fearne) Hibberd: Elizabeth, born 12 mo. 20. 1725, married Benja- 
min Bonsall. Children of Joseph and Elizabeth (Garrett) Hibberd: Hezekiah 
(of further mention) and Mary, died 5 mo. 18, 1742. 

(III) Hezekiah. son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Garrett) Hibberd, was born 
in Darby township, Delaware county. Pennsylvania. 7 mo. 28, 1735. buried in 
Darby Meetmg churchyard, 4 mo. i, 1806. He married Mary Holloway, born 
in Newton township, now Camden county. New Jersey, December 16, 1733, died 
in Darby i mo. 8, 1795, daughter of Tobias and Mary (Griscom) Holloway, the 
tormer coming from Bristol, England, in 1714, and being married in New Jer- 
sey in 1732. For several years Hezekiah Hibberd and his wife were residents 
of Philadelphia, but in 1778 moved to Darby. Children: i. Hezekiah, born 
1761, died aged four years. 2. John, born 10 mo. 14, 1763, died 6 mo. i, 1790, 
married Rebecca Davis. 3. Joseph (of further mention). 4. Elizabeth, born i 
mo. 26, 1773, believed to have died unmarried. 

(RO Joseph, son of Hezekiah and Alary (Holloway) Hibberd, was born 
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 5 mo. 12, 1765. He was a large land owner, a 



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successful farmer and a life-long resident of Darby; his wife, Hannah, born 3 
mo. 13, 1771, daughter of Abraham and Mary (Hinde) Bonsall, whom he mar- 
ried at Darby Meeting, 12 mo. 9, 1790, likewise being a native of that place. 
Children: i. John (of further mention). 2. Joseph, married Emily, daughter 
of Samuel Levis, of LTpper Darby: children: Samuel Levis, William and Mar- 
garet. Samuel Levis Hibberd was born in Upper Darby on 4 mo. 13, 1835, and 
lived on the old homestead until he attained man's estate, obtaining his educa- 
tion in the public schools. Until 1880 he was a farmer, abandoning agricultural 
pursuits in that year and taking up residence in Lansdowne. He married in 
Chicago, Illinois, 6 mo. i, 1862, Novella R., daughter of Dr. A. E. and Martha 
M. (Sloan) Small. Children: Talbot L.. born 5 mo. 5, 1864, married Elizabeth 
Webb and has children : Harriet, Novella and Levis ; Sloan E., born 2 mo. 2, 
1867; Emily L., born 7 mo. 11, 1877: Samuel L. (2), born 2 mo. 14, 1880. 3. 
Elizabeth, married 12 mo. 7, 1820, Abram Powell, of Upper Darby. 4. Han- 
nah, married Charles Garrett, 3 mo. 14, 181 1. 5. Rebecca, married Thomas 
Powell. 

(V) John, son of Joseph and Hannah (Bonsall) Hibberd, was born at 
the Hibberd homestead in Upper Darby township, Delaware county, 3 mo. 
22, 1796, died in Philadelphia, on Fortieth street, near Market, i mo. 23, 1866. 
He became a prosperous farmer, owning considerable land, his home being 
on the Baltimore pike at vvhat is known as the Charles Kelly homestead. He 
continued his agricultural activites until about 1853, when he sold his farm 
property and moved to Philadelphia, where both he and his wife died. They 
were both members of the Society of Friends. He married, 11 mo. 17, 1825, 
at Springfield Meeting, Henrietta, born in Springfield, 5 mo. 15, 1805, died 
5 mo, 21, 1885, daughter of John, born 3 mo. 19, 1767, died 5 mo. 11, 1839, 
and Mary Levis, born 6 mo. 20, 1778, died 8 mo. 28, 1827. Children of John 
and Henrietta Hibberd: i. John L., born 12 mo. 14, 1827, died 6 mo. 25, 
1867, married, 9 mo. 8, 1855, Elizabeth Parry; a veteran of the civil war. He 
had one child Hannah. 2. Joseph H., born 7 mo. 11, 1829, died 2 mo. 15, 
1879, a veteran of the civil war, died unmarried. 3. Abraham B., born 7 mo. 
13, 1831, died in Philadelphia, 3 mo., 1891, retired; married Mary, daughter 
of John Entriken. 4. Samuel Hezekiah (of whom further). 5. Hannah B., 
born 8 mo, 22, 1835, married Thomas Reed and died in. Marple township, Del- 
aware county, December 24, 1909. 6. Thomas Henry, born 10 mo. 4, 1837, 
died in Philadelphia, at his mother's home, unmarried, 12 mo. 15, 1875 ; a vet- 
eran of the civil war. 

(VI) Samuel Hezekiah, son of John and Henrietta (Levis) Hibberd, was 
born in Upper Darby township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania. 7 mo. 3 da., 
.833. He was educated in the schools of Haverford township and spent his 
oarfy life at the home farm. After his marriage he moved to a farm of sev- 
enty acres owned by his father-in-law and also managed an adjoining farm, 
making a tract of two hundred acres under his immediate charge. At the 
death of his father-in-law, Mr. Hibberd purchased the property from the heirs 
and there continued a successful farmer until 1897, when he retired from ac- 
tive life. He sold his farm to John P. Lathrop, a contractor and builder, re- 
serving, however, five acres on which he built a good stone residence, which is 
yet his home. The stone and sand used in the construction of his home came 
"from his own land, a stone quarry and sand bank being among the valuable 
features of the property. From youth Mr. Hibberd has been active in the 
Hicksite Society of Friends, is now treasurer of IMerion Preparative Meeting 
and an elder of both Haverford and Merion Meetings. In politics he was for 
many years a Republican, but has shaken ofif party allegiance and is independ- 
ent in his political action. 



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He married, in Philadelphia, 12 mo. 19, i860, Margaret Jones Cooper, 
born 8 mo. 19, 1837, died 12 mo. 21, 1902, daughter of Townsend. a farmer 
and carpenter, and Mary R. (Lukens) Cooper. Townsend Cooper was a son 
of Joseph and Sarah (Townsend) Cooper; JMary R. Lnkens, a daughter of 
Levi and Mary Lukens, of Haverford. Children: i. Mary Lukens, born i 
mo. 26, 1864; she married George C. Dickinson. He died May 22, 191 1. 2. 
John Henry, born 6 mo. 17, 1867. He married Sarah L. Hagey. 



It is given to few men to live as long and useful a life as has 
McEWEN been vouchsafed by Providence to William McEwen, the 

highly interesting nonagenarian resident of Lansdowne, Del- 
aware county, Pennsylvania. Within eight years of rounding out his century 
on this earth, he is to-day (1913) a hearty, healthy man, enjoying full posses- 
sion of his mental faculties and physical strength, is able to converse on any 
topic of general interest, and to pursue his vocation if it so pleases him. He 
descends from an ancient and long lived family of Londonderry, Ireland, the 
members of which have for centuries been law-abiding. God-fearing subjects 
of the English Crown. The McEwen family has been established in that 
stronghold of Protestantism, Londonderry, for many generations ; the mem- 
bers thereof have upheld the faith of their fathers in strain and stress, have 
given their allegiance to the King of England, and have contributed by their 
moral, physical and financial support to the growth of their country, their 
birth place and their church. They have become an integral part of the 
body politic and economic. 

(I) Andrew Crawford McEwen was born in Londonderry, Ireland, 
about 1770, and died in 1851, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the age of 
eighty, soon after he joined his son. ^^'illiam McEwen, in this country. Both 
he and his wife are buried at Fourth and Race streets. Philadelphia. He was 
educated in the schools of his native place, being studious and eager for knowl- 
edge, he readily assimilated all information that was offered him, either in 
school or by independent reading. He was an omnivorous reader, in conse- 
quence of which, by comparison, he was able to outline the future trend of 
events, which made him regarded as a kind of prophet by his fellow townsmen. 
Always active, energetic, generous and kind there was not a man in London- 
derry, of whatever station in life, who received a greater respect from the pub- 
lic than he. He was a clear thinker : a member of the Protestant Episcopal 
church when it was dangerous to admit it. Being an expert shoemaker his 
shop was much visited by the quality in search of foot wear that coincided to 
their ideas of the fashion. In this v.ay he came in contact with men, and 
women, who were above his station in life, but none refused him their respect, 
and many heeded his words of wisdom, to their great benefit. Naturally he 
was an Orangeman, and led that party to more than one victory. He was an 
authority on the Bible, making it. during the latter years of his life, his one 
study. At the age of eighty he gave up his business and emigrated to the 
United States, to join his children, who had preceded him. He was enabled to 
appreciate all that had been accomplished by them in the new country, before 
his death, and great was his pleasure in contemplating it. He married, in Lon- 
donderry, Susanna Laughlin, the daughter of a neighbor. Like her hus- 
band she came of Protestant stock, and was a member of the Protestant 
Episcopal church until the day of her death, which occurred a few years after 
her husband's, at the home of her son. William McEwen. She is interred be- 
side her husband. Children: i. .^nn. born in Londonderry, Ireland, married. 
Steele, died at Carakeel. Pennsylvania. 2. James, born in London- 



DELAWARE COUNTY 849 

derry, died in ISTew York city. 3. Andrew, born in Londonderry, died in 
Philadelphia, a shoemaker. 4. Mary Jane, born in Londonderry, married Wil- 
liam Clemens, died in Philadelphia. 5. William, of whom further. 

(II) William McEwen, son of Andrew Crawford and Susanna (Laugh- 
lin) ]\IcEv/en, was born March 8, 1821, in Londonderry, Ireland, in the fam- 
ily home, and is at this time (1913) ninety-two years old. He received his 
education in his native place, and being of a quick mind easily absorbed all 
that was taught him and demanded more. Like his father, he was studious 
and anxious for knowledge and he learned a great deal missed by the average 
youth in the time allotted for study. On leaving school he at once began to 
learn the painter's trade, and by applying himself with the same assiduous care 
with which he attended school, he soon mastered it thoroughly. He worked 
at it until 1848, when, at the age of twenty-seven, wishing to better his condi- 
tion and advance more rapidly than was possible under the existing conditions 
in Londonderry, he decided to emigrate to the United States. He accordingly 
sailed from London that year, landed in Philadelphia, and there located. Look- 
ing over the field, he decided to specialize along one line of painting, and his 
choice fell on that of graining, in which he was artistically expert, as the most 
lucrative branch of the business. Pie established a shop and had a phenomenal 
success from the beginning. He continued in this line of endeavor for about 
fifty-five years, retiring ten years ago from active participation in the aflfairs of 
life. Even to-day, when he is ninety-two years old, he is frequently called upon 
to do work that requires a deft touch, an experienced eye and a keen apprecia- 
tion of the beauty of the wood that is to be faithfully imitated. He invariably 
accepts the commission to prove that his hand has not lost its cunning, his eye 
its clear sight, and that his artistic sense is still predominant. He is known far 
and wide as one of the best, if not the best, grainers in Southwestern Pennsyl- 
vania. When the Pennsylvania state fair was held in Pittsburgh in 1856, he 
received a medal for the beauty of his work. So great is the respect of the 
trade for him that he was presented with a memorial by the Grainers Association 
of Philadelphia for the work he had accomplished for that organization while 
its president in the seventies. In 1893 he moved from Philadelphia to Lans- 
downe, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, where he erected a comfortable house 
at 29 East Stratford avenue, and has since made his home. When he was 
past eighty years old the desire seized him to visit the place of his birth and 
the scenes of his childhood, youth and young manhood, and he made the 
journey to Londonderry, Ireland. He stood in the old shop where he had 
learned his trade, just fifty years and one month after leaving it for a foreign 
country. Memories, pleasant and unpleasant, crowded upon him, and at last 
he turned away, contented that he had so chosen. He is a remarkable man, 
not only for his wise old age, but for his superior intelligence, his store of learn- 
ing and varied experience, his havmg lived through a history making epoch in 
the land of his adoption, and his knowledge gained through long years of dili- 
gent reading. He is an interesting and edifying conversationalist, and has a 
vast fund of anecdote and historical data that was gained first hand. He is 
abreast of the times on all political, religious, economic and social questions, 
and with his past experiences and observations he is able to deduce correct con- 
clusions with an almost prophetic insight. Like the seer in Lochiel's Warning : 
" 'Tis the sunset of life gives me mystical lore : and coming events cast their 
shadows before." His is an ideal old age. After the fever and heat of the 
strife in Life's battle, he now rests in his own home, surrounded by his chil- 
dren, friends and a host of admiring acquaintances. He is a member of the 
Protestant Episcopal church, as are the other members of his family. He mar- 
ried, in 1848, Elizabeth Evans, a native of Londonderry, daughter of William 
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Evans, of that place. She and three sisters came to the United States in 1847. 
Mr. and Mrs. McEwen are the parents of eight children, four of whom are 
living: i. Susan, married Horatio T. Lavender, resides in Lansdowne, Penn- 
sylvania. 2. Fannie, unmarried, lives with father. 3. \\illiam A., employee 
of L'. G. L. married Miss Swayne. 4. ^lartha. married Edwin Hetherington. 
resides in Lansdowne. The dead : 5. William Laughlin. 6. ^lartlia. died 
young. 7. Mary Ann. 8. Died unnamed. 



Of the first American born generation of his family, Dr. 
HARRIGAX John W. Harrigan. of Darby and Collingdale, has in both 
professional and business life, achieved a success both satis- 
fying and permanent. He is a grandson of John Harrigan. of County Tipper- 
ary. Ireland, who there lived and died, the head of a family. 

(H) Rev. John F. Harrigan, son of John Harrigan, was born in county 
Tipperary. Ireland, died in Kensington, Philadelphia, aged sixty-five years. 
He was educated in private schools and at the University of Dublin, taking holy 
orders and becoming a clergyman of the Protestant Episcopal church. He 
continued in the ministry in Ireland until 1864. when he came to the United 
State, locating in Philadelphia. He was rector of the Frankford Episcopal 
Church for about eight years, when failing health compelled his retirement, his 
death occurring not long afterward. He was a cultured, earnest useful minis- 
ter of the Gospel, and served well the cause of the church he loved. He mar- 
ried Margaret Welsh, who was born in Tipperary, died in Kensington. Penn- 
sylvania. Children: Cornelius, deceased; Michael; Edward, deceased: John 
William, of whom further ; Margaret, deceased : Julia, deceased ; Isabella : Jen- 
nie, deceased ; Rebecca and Lilly. 

(Ill) Dr. John William Harrigan, son of Rev. John F. and ]\Iargaret 
(Welsh) Harrigan, was born in Groveville, Xew Jersey, July 4, 1866. He was 
educated in the public schools, graduating from Hunter Grammar School, Ken- 
sington, class of 1882. He entered Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1886, 
later entering the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania. 
v,hence he was graduated Doctor of [Medicine, class of 1890. He then em- 
barked in the retail drug business, establishing stores at different times at the 
following locations : Twentieth street. South Philadelphia ; Twenty-sixth and 
Federal streets. Twenty-second and Wharton streets. Thirty-fourth and Wharton 
ton streets, Twenty-fifth and Christian streets, Fifty-sixth and Haverford 
streets, Philadelphia; and W'ildwood, Xew Jersey. These stores he operated 
until an advantageous sale could be made, disposing of the last about 1908. His 
W^ildwood store was built on an expensive corner lot, a square from both rail- 
road stations, the building being a marvel of builder's perfection, with equip- 
ment and furnishings of modern expensive style. 

In 1908. Dr. Harrigan promoted a large brick manufacturing plant at 
Glen Olden. Delaware county, that was incorporated under the laws of the 
state of Pennsylvania in 1909 as the Mink Company. The plant, valued at 
sixty thousand dollars, covers an area of sixteen acres. In 191 1 he established 
his present business, Harrigan Darby Theatre, on Chester avenue. Darby, 
Pennsylvania, where he also conducts a prosperous modern drug store. Dr. 
Harrigan is a member of Keystone Lodge. No. 271, Free and Accepted Ma- 
sons : Universit)' Chapter. Xo. 256, Royal Arch Masons ; Corinthian Com- 
mandery. Knights Templar: Columbia Post. Order of Foresters: Shawnee 
Tribe, Improved Order of Red Men, and Knights of the Mystic Chain, all of 
Philadelphia. In religious faith he is an Episcopalian, and in politics a Re- 
publican. 



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He married, May 17, 1887, Margaret Young, daughter of Thomas Young, 
a contractor of Philadelphia, now deceased, and his wife, Bess AIcBrine, born 
in county Antrim, Ireland, who died in Philadelphia, aged sixty-four years- 
children: Margaret, wife of Dr. Harrigan ; Rebecca; John, a soldier of the 
Spanish-American war, now deceased, and Sarah. Children of Dr. J. VV. and 
Mai-garet Harrigan : Bess, married Karl Muller, and resides in Darby ; Myrtle. 
died in infancy; John William (2), died in infancy. The family home is iii 
Collingdak, Delaware county. 



A lifelong resident of Delaware county, Mr. Levi Malin has been 
MALIN a worker since eleven years of age, when he began the accumula- 
tion of a fund that later amounted to a sum nearly sufficient to 
purchase his present farm of eighty-nine acres located at Broomall, in Marple 
township, Delaware county. From the poor boy with no assets but courage, 
energy and ambition, he has developed a character strong in its integrity and 
in worldly goods has acquired a competency. 

Levi Malin is a grandson of Benedict Malin, and a son of Levi (i) Malin, 
the latter born in Delaware county, in 181 1, died near the Rose Tree, in the 
same county, in 1856. He was a carpenter by trade and in politics a Whig. 
He married Elizabeth Pascall, born in Media, Pennsylvania, died in Spring- 
field township, Delaware county, in 1862, daughter of Abraham Pascall, a farm- 
er; children of Levi Mahn: Phoebe, resides with her brother, Levi Malin; 
Hannah, married Elwood Jayness ; Charlotta, twin with Hannah, died young ; 
Levi (2), of whom further. Levi Malin and wife were members of the So- 
ciety of Friends. 

Levi (2), son of Levi (i) and Elizabeth (Pascall) Malin, was born near 
the Rose Tree, Upper Providence township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, 
February 18, 1845. He attended public school and remained with his parents 
until eleven years of age, then began his career as a bread winner. He at first 
and for several years worked for a farmer at Edgmont, on the West Chester 
road — ^William Taylor. From there he went to a farm in Philadelphia coun- 
ty, remaining four years, then returning to Edgmont, where he spent two years. 
He then located in Springfield township on a farm rented from his uncle which 
he cultivated until 1889. He then rented the Thomas Powell farm in Springfield 
township for one year; then removed to Isaac Briggs' farm in Marple town- 
ship, remaining two years. He had been prudent and economical in his busi- 
ness afifairs, and after leaving the Briggs farm purchased his present farm, pay- 
ing therefor from his savings the entire purchase price in cash, except the 
small balance of $300. He has not confined his operations to the raising of 
crops, but has for the past five years dealt extensively in cattle, buying and 
selling, until he has reached a position where he farms not more for profit than 
for the pleasure of compelling the land to produce at his will. He is modern 
in his methods, uses the best of chemical fertilizers, and has his property in 
the finest of condition. He affiliated with the Republican party vmtil 1912. but 
in the campaign of that year supported Theodore Roosevelt for the presidency. 
His standing in his community is high, and those who know him best and have 
watched his career from boyhood, respect him the more and rejoice in his suc- 
cess. 

Mr. Malin married, March 25. 1889, Carrie Hurd Castle, born in Media, 
died at the farm in Marple, in 1904, daughter of John H. Castle, a carpenter. 
Mr. Malin has no children, and on his beautiful well kept farm is rounding out 
a life of honor and usefulness, his home being presided over by his maiden sis- 
ter, Miss Phoebe Malin. 



8S2 DELAWARE COUNTY 

A prominent citizen of Brooniall, Delaware county, Pennsyl- 
HIPPLE vania, is William P. Hippie, who in addition to his extensive 
business interests here is an active participant in public affairs. 
He has served as clerk of the board of commissioners of Delaware county, has 
long been school director and at the present time is supervisor of Alarple town- 
ship. 

His grandfather, Henry Hippie, was a native of Germany, and immi- 
grated thence in company with his brothers, George and John, to America, set- 
tling in Pennsylvania. He was engaged in farming operations in Chester 
county until his demise, at the age of eighty-six years. He married Jane Gar- 
rett, a representative of an old Pennsylvania family, and to them were born 
the following children : Henry, George. Elijah, Jesse, Lawrence, Elizabeth, 
Margaret, Garrett and Sarah. 

Henry Hippie, father of William P. Hippie, was born in Goshen, Chester 
county. Pennsylvania, in the year 1816, and passed to the life eternal on his 
farm in Marple township, Delaware county, this state, in December, 1878. He 
lived in Chester county until the age of twenty-two years, and then came to 
]\Iarple township and purchased a farm in the vicinity of Cedar Grove, the 
same comprising 160 acres. He worked and improved his estate until it came 
to be one of the finest in this locality. Air. Hippie was a Republican in his 
political faith, and the only office he ever held was that of school director. His 
wife was a devout member of the Society of Friends. His wife, Rachel Rob- 
erts in her girlhood, was born in Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, in 1816, 
and passed away m 1908, aged ninety-two years. She was a daughter of Amos 
and Marv (Ellis) Roberts, the former of whom was a farmer by occupation. 
The Roberts family consisted of the following children: William, Isaac, Jo- 
seph, Rachel, Lydia, Mary, Sarah and Jane, all of whom are now deceased. 
Issue of Henry and Rachel (Roberts) Hippie: Mary J. and Margaret, both 
deceased ; Elizabeth, a resident of Media, this county ; A. Retta, likewise a resi- 
dent of Media ; Halrry L., resides on the old homestead farm in Marple town- 
ship ; and William P., of this sketch. 

William P. Hippie, son of Henry and Rachel (Roberts) Hippie, was born 
on his father's farm in Alarple township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, May 
3, 1856. After completing the curriculum of the district schools of his native 
place, he was a student in the West Chester State Normal School for several 
terms. He initiated his independent career as a farmer, but in 1912 abandoned 
that line of work and located in Broomall, where he has since been local repre- 
sentative of the Pennsylvania Fire Insurance Company of Philadelphia. In 
recent years he has become interested in other fire insurance companies and 
lias money invested in a number of local business enterprises. His political al- 
legiance is given without stint to the Republican party, in the local councils of 
which he is an important factor. For several years he gave efficient service as 
clerk of the board of commissioners of Delaware county and was elected in 
1896 and served two terms as county commissioner, and he is now the popular 
incumbent of the office of supervisor of Marple township. He has been a 
member of the township school board, and in every respect is a loyal_ and pub- 
lic-spirited citizen, doing much to advance the prosperity of this section of the 
county. He is a valued and appreciative member of Newtown Square Grange, 
No. 1279. of which he was at one time overseer, and his wife is a member of 
the Friends Meeting at Newtown. 

Mr. Hippie married, December 9. 1896, Miss Hanna M. Bartram, a na- 
tive of Delaware countv, Pennsvlvania, where her birth occured in the year 
1865. She is a daughter of William Bartram, born in Marple township, this 
countv, March 21. 18^0. Her grandfather, Samuel Bartram, was born 



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Delaware county in 1800. He was a farmer during his lifetime, and settled on 
what is still known as the old Bartram homestead, which was recently disposed 
of in a private sale. In 1826 was celebrated his marriage to Massey Pratt, 
who was born in Marple township, in 1800, and who was a daughter of Thom- 
as and Hanna Pratt. The Bartram and Pratt estates adjoined and the latter 
was owned by members of the Pratt family for over two hundred years. Mr. 
and Mrs. Hippie are the parents of two sons: \^^illiam Bartram, born February 
19, 1899; and Henry, born May i, 1901. 



The Oglesby family of Chester, Delaware county, Pennsyl- 
OGLESBY vania, is of recent Irish origin. Since settling in the United 
States the members have demonstrated their adaptability to a 
Republican form of government, and their appreciation of the same. 

(I) Robert Oglesby, the founder of the American branch of the family, 
was born in Central Ireland in 1813, and emigrated to the United States in 
t8j6, with his vv'ife and two children. He located first in Philadelphia, and 
later moved to I.eeperville, Pennsylvania, and became an employe in the James 
'.'cimpbell mill. He remained in this position for many years, but eventually 
'etlrcd and moved to Chester Pennsylvania, where he died October 13, 1900, 
at the advanced age of eighty-seven years. He was a consistent member of the 
Episcopal church ; was highly esteemed by those who knew him and was a 
fine example of a patriotic American. He married, in Ireland, Ann J. Laifan, 
also of Ireland. She is still living (1913) and makes her home with her 
daughter, Mrs. Mary Finnegan, of Chester. Children of Robert and Ann J. 
Oglesby: i. Theresa, widow of Amos Knight, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
2. William J., of whom further. 3. Samuel, wholesale and retail baker, of 
Chester, Pennsylvania : lives at 206 Ninth street : married Mary Ella Rownsly ; 
he is a civil war veteran and saw much service during his enlistment. 4. James, 
a baker by trade; resides at 713 West Second street, Chester; married Mar- 
garet Jenkins. 5. Phillip Powell, a marble cutter; resides at the corner of 
Eighteenth street and Edgemont avenue, Chester; married Elizabeth Morrow. 
6. George R., musician and piano maker; resides at 1307 Edgemont avenue, 
Chester ; married Irene Pyle. 7. Harry, musician and teacher of piano in the 
Chester Conservatory of Music; resides at 11 19 Edgemont avenue, Chester; 
married Annie Warren. 8. Mary, widow of Harry Finnegan; lives at 318 
East Ninth street, Chester. 

(II) William J. Oglesby. son of Robert and Ann J. (Laflfan) Oglesby, 
v/as born in Central Ireland, February 28, 1844, and came with his parents 
from Ireland in 1846. He was educated in the common schools, and as a 
young man worked for T. Reany Sons and Archebold for three years, during 
v.'hich time he began to study music. While he was learning shipbuilding with 
the above mentioned firm he was one of many who assisted in building the 
"Sangamon Monitor," and was sent with the ship to Newport News, Virginia, 
and up the James river, where he remained until the vessel was finished. At 
the outbreak of hostilities between the North and the South he enlisted, July i. 
1862, as a private in Company K, Tenth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers. W. 
B. Thatcher, captain ; Richard M. Frame, colonel. He was discharged Septem- 
ber 10, 1862, and re-enlisted July i, 1863, in Company A, Thirty-seventh Regi- 
ment Volunteer Infantry; was discharged August 2, 1863, at Harrisburg, Penn- 
sylvania. During his second enlistment he was under Captain W. Frick and 
Colonel John Trout. After 1863 he was engaged in work in the Chester ship- 
vards. In 1868, with his brother, Samuel, he established a bakery at 214 East 
Ninth street, in Chester, and later enlarged the building to meet the increased 



854 DELAWARE COUNTY 

volume of business. In 1874 he was located in the bakery business at Seventh 
and Lpland streets. Chester, where he remained for eighteen months after 
which he removed to West Third street, where he bought and operated a retail 
and wholesale bakery and confectionery for nine and a half years celling it 
September 29, 1885. to David Saylor. ' Mr. Oglesby retired for a time from 
busmess, but in 1890 he again entered the commercial world, and established 
a bakery at 313 Market street. He is an accomplished musician, and in 1874 he 
organized the Oglesby Band, which he taught and led. Since its organization 
it has been called upon to furnish music on many important occasions through- 
out the country. He is a staunch Republican, has served for fourteen years as 
common and select councilman and six years as city controller, and also takes 
an active part in politics, aiding his party in every way in his power. He is a 
member of the ^Masonic fraternitv. being a member of Blue Lodge. Xo. 236, 
and Chapter No. 252. He is a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and 
was married in that church by Rev. Henry Brown. He married. October 19, 
1874. Jane Kenworthy. born in 1854. in 'Chester. Pennsvlvania, daughter of 
Alathew and Elizabeth (Clark) Kenworthy. who were married in Qiester, 
Pennsylvania, August. 1853. where he pursued the occupation of millwright.' 
In 1854 he returned to England for a short visit and there died, leaving his 
young widow and infant daughter, Jane, in Chester. As a child of six years, 
Elizabeth (Clark) Kenworthy was among the wee flower girls who. on a 
bright June day in 1838. strewed flowers in the pathway of Mctoria. the young 
queen of England, as she went to Westminster to be crowned. After the death 
of her husband. Mrs. Kenworthy married (second) James Gardner, March 3, 
1868. He came from Ireland and was of Scotch-Irish descent : died December 
31. 1903, his wife dying m 1892. at the age of sixty years. Children of Mrs. 
Oglesby's mother by second marriage: Mary, widow of J. Morris Chamber- 
lain, of Chester, Pennsylvania; Elizabeth, died in infancy. Children of Wil- 
liam J. and Jane (Kenworthy) Oglesby: i. Robert, born'july 23. 1875: grad- 
uated from Chester High School in 1894: from Princeton in igoo: attended 
the law department in University of Pennsylvania one year, read law with 
Judge ^^■illiam B. Brownall in Chester for one year, and with A. B. Roney in 
Philadelphia, a year, after which he located in Chester, and also has an office 
in Philadelphia. Like his father, he is a gifted musician. He is a member of 
the ^ilasonic fraternity, belonging to Chester Blue Lodge, Xo. 236, Chapter No. 
252. and Commandery No. 26: also is a member of the Princeton Club of 
Philadelphia, the Springhaven Golf Club of Delaware county, the Alpha Boat 
Club of Chester, and the Musician?" Club. He has always taken a great inter- 
est in baseball and football and rowing. Rowed on U. P. crew vear of 1901 
varsity. 2. Samuel, born February 11. 1878: was educated in Chester public 
schools, attended the University of Pennsylvania for four years, and one year 
in the Philadelphia Dental College, from whence he graduated in 1902 ; he 
located in Chester and also has offices in Philadelphia. He is a member of 
the Free and Accepted }^Iasons, Blue Lodge. Xo. 236: the Alpha Boat Club 
of Chester, and the Musicians' Club; he also played foot ball, base ball and 
rowed while at the University of Pennsylvania. 3. Charles, born August 6, 1880, 
died aged two years, seven months and five days. 4. Mary Elizabeth, born 
March 11, 1886. died July 17, 1887. 



The immigrant progenitor of Owen J. A\'ood, of Chester. Dela- 
WOOD ware county, Pennsylvania, came from England during the lat- 
ter half of the eighteenth century, ^and before this country had 
gained its independence from the mother country. He located in Massa- 
chusetts, where he reared his family and eventually died. He was a son of 



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an English farmer and followed his father's occupation in the new world. 
The ^Massachusetts records give the names of many \\'oods who were soldiers 
from that colony in the revolutionary war, and it is supposed that Mr. Wood 
participated, with others of the name, in that glorious struggle for liberty. 
Among his children was Elisha, of whom further. 

( II ) Elisha, son of the English immigrant, was born in MassaclnisettS, 
and followed the family vocation, that of farming. He is known to have been 
in Keene, New Hampshire, and later he settled in \'ermont, dying after ne 
had passed the eightieth milestone of his life, in Taftsville, \"ermont. Roth 
he and his wife were members of the Adventist Church, and were actively 
interested in its welfare and the propagation of the faith. He married Mar\ 
Nay, probably of Vermont, who died in Chester, Vermont. Children, all of 
whom died in \'ermont, were: i. Elisha. 2. Russell. 3. James N., of whom 
further. 4. Lorenzo. 5. Julia. 6. Caroline. 7. Susan. 8. Elizabeth. 

( ni ) James X., son of Elisha and Mary ( Nay ) Wood, was born in 1819, 
in Keene, New Hampshire. He was reared in Bridgewater, \'ermont, and 
received his education in the common schools. Reaching his majority he 
began farming, but soon added to this occupation that of grist and saw milling. 
He was exceedingly successful, especially in the latter enterprise, as earlv in 
life he had learned the carpenter's trade, which particularly fitted him for the 
management of a saw mill to an advantage. He was a prominent man in 
his community, and was active in politics, being a Democrat, and worked 
for that party. He and his wife were members of the Free Methodist church. 
He died at Plymouth, \'ermont, aged eighty-four. He married Eme- 
line Backus, born in Bridgewater, \^ennont, where she died. She 
was a daughter of Gideon Backus, a famous local Adventist min- 
ister, who was also a successful farmer of the section around Bridgewater; 
he died at Brandon, Vermont, when past eighty. Besides Mrs. Wood his 
children were : Phoebe, Harriet, Ann, Angelina, Gideon, Quimby, Martha, 
Clark; Joseph, all of whom are dead. Children of James N. and Emeline 
(Backus") Wood: i. Newell, born in 1841, died in 1909, a farmer and civil 
war veteran ; he was a member of the Eleventh \'ermont Regiment and served 
three years, seeing much service and participating in many of the greatest 
battles. 2. Owen J., of whom further. 3, Oscar L., born in 1851, died at 
Brandon, \'ermont, in 1910; first a carpenter and later became a farmer. 

(IV) Owen J., son of James N. and Emeline ( Backus) Wood, was born 
December 23. 1849, in Bridgewater, Vermont. He passed his early years in 
Bridgewater and Brandon, Vermont, and received his education in the com- 
mon schools. Leaving school he was taught carpentering by his uncle, Clark 
Backus, remaining with Air. Backus three years. He was then engaged by 
the Howe Scales Companv. at Brandon, Vermont, for three years : after 
which he was with A. C. Carr, contractor, for one year. In 1872 he moved to 
Pennsylvania, and was engaged by his cousin, Albert ^^'ood, of Ridley Park, 
and remained with him one year, after which he did jobbing for a short time. 
He was offered and accepted a position with the Eddy stone Manufacturing 
Company, July 5, 1874, with which company he still remains (1913), having 
been promoted to the responsible position of foreman, which was given him 
because of merit, intelligence and close attention to the interests of the com- 
pany. In 1883 he moved to Chester, Pennsylvania, and now lives in his own 
home, a large and handsome double house at 426 East Fourth street. He has 
made many improvements in the residence since purchasing it, and it is now 
one of the' model homes in Chester. He is actively interested in politics and 
give his franchise to the Republican party. He is a member of the Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows, of Chester: and both he and his wife are 



856 DELAWARE COUNTY 

members of the First Baptist Church of Chester, of which he was committee- 
man for eight years, and was the popular Sunday school superintendent for 
several years, during which time he interested the youth of the congregation 
in the work and added materially to the attendance. Mr. Wood has had 
deserved success in his business undertakings on account of his honest and 
straightforward dealings with his fellowmen. He and his wife are affable, 
courteous, kindhearted people whom it is a pleasure to meet and know, and 
are highly esteemed and greatly respected by their large circle of friends and 
acquaintances. 

He married, April 26, 1868, in Bridgewater, Vermont, Abbie B. Kendall, 
daughter of Allen C. and Diantha (Newton) Kendall. He was a farmer at 
Bridgewater, Vermont, and was born in 1815, died in 1908, aged eighty-three. 
Mrs. Kendall was born in 1818, died December, 1862. Their children: Mon- 
roe Newton, Albert Allen, Abbie B., Mary and Martha, twins, Minnie A., 
Sarah L., Jennette C, Frank Leslie. Children of Owen J. and Abbie B. 
(Kendall) Wood: i. Etta Mabel, born July 12, 1870, in Brandon, Vermont; 
married A. B. Eaton, an attorney of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at Penn 
Square; children: Bertram Kendall and Abram Wood. 2. Allen Owen, 
born November 22, 1878, in Delaware county, Pennsylvania; a carpenter at 
Eddystone, Pennsylvania ; married Ethel Excelby ; children : Emma Ken- 
dall and Abbie D. 



The first Carter of record in this branch to settle in Pennsyl- 
CARTER vania. was John Carter, born in England. He came to the 
United States with his two brothers, settling in Delaware county, 
Pennsylvania, where John became a large land owner, his holdings including 
the site of the present village of Darlington. He resided in Middletown town- 
ship and there died leaving a son, Amos, of whom further, and a daughter, 
Mary, who married Joshua Clemmens, resided in Chester county, later moving 
west, where both died. 

(H) Amos, only son of John Carter, was born near Rose Tree, Delaware 
county. Pennsylvania, about 1820, died in Concordville, Pennsylvania. He at- 
tended the public schools of the district, and in early life was apprenticed to 
John Bennett, who taught him the stone-mason's trade. He later became a 
"well known contractor, erecting many dwellings and barns of his section, build- 
ing bridges and other structures of stone or brick. He was a Republican in 
politics, served as constable and was a man highly respected for his industry 
and worth. He married .\nn Mershon, daughter of Henry Mershon, a hat- 
ter of Thornton, Delaware county, and Theodosia (Dillworth) Mershon. Henry 
Mershon died at the age of eighty-six years. Children of Henry Mershon : Caleb, 
James, Mary, Joab, Theodosia, Ann and Rachel, all deceased except Rachel, a- 
widow now Hving in Astoria. Illinois. Oiildren of Amos and .\nn Carter : 
Dillworth, now of Astoria, Illinois ; Emma, married Eli Smith ; Phoebe, mar- 
ried J. Ally ; Mary, married Samuel Pyle : John W., married Lydia Cloud ; 
Joshua Clemmens,' of whom further; isabelle, married Frank Malin ; Ruth 
Anna, died in Illinois, was residing with her brother, Dillworth ; .Anna, married 
Richard Mav; Demaris. married Andrew Mathews; Sarah, married William 
Press; Amos C. married Elizabeth Rust: .Ann D. ; William Penn: Pennell : 
Theodosia ; Henry ; Cora, married Willard Dixon ; and four who died in in- 
fancv. 

'(Ill) Joshua Clemmens, son of Amos and Ann (Mershon) Carter, was 
born in Thornton, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, January i, 1849. He at- 
tended the public schools of Thoniton until he was thirteen years of age, but 



DELAWARE COUNTY 857 

in 1862, the family moved to a farm in Concord township. He learned the 
stone-mason's trade with his father and followed that occupation for several 
years. In 1876 he married and soon afterward moved to his present farm in 
Middletown township, then known as the "Ouinby Farm." He has thirty-five 
acres of well tilled, productive land with all improvements and is prosperous. 
He is a Republican in politics and both he and his wife are members of Mid- 
dletown Presbyterian Church. He is a man of industry and integrity, well 
known and respected. 

He married, January 20, 1876, Mary J. Stoffel, of Chester county, Penn- 
sylvania, daughter of Patrick Stoffel, born in Ireland, and his wife, Bridget 
Murray, born near Dublin, Ireland, who died January 16, 1910, aged ninety- 
one years. Mrs. Carter is the last survivor of the three children of Patrick and 
Bridget Stoffel. Children of Joshua C. and Mary J. Carter: i. Ella, married 
Aaron B. Hunter, was a farmer of Bethel township, Delaware county, now 
living in Chichester, Pennsylvania. 2. Amos, residing at home. 3. Walter 
Crawford, a farmer of Fort Dodge, Iowa, married Florence M. Habbersett. 
4. Mary A., residing at home. 5. Joshua Clemmens Jr., residing at home. 



Lemuel L. Moore, of Middletown township, Delaware county, 
MOORE Pennsylvania, has behind him a long line of colonial and revolu- 
tionary ancestry. Among the first immigrants to land in Mas 
sachusetts in 1624 was one, Lemuel Moore. He located first at Salem, after- 
ward going farther south where he established himself. His sons, of whom 
he had many, eventually wandering into New York and Pennsylvania. The 
records of Pennsylvania show many Moores who took part in the Indian, 
French and Revolutionary wars. They have also contributed their quota 
toward the commercial growth of the state. The immediate forbear of Mr. 
Moore was Benjamin Elliott Moore, of whom further. 

(I) Benjamin Elliott Moore was born in Pennsylvania, probablv in Darby 
township, Delaware county, where he lived a useful life as a farmer, and 
where he died and is buried. He and his wife were devout members of the 
Presbyterian church and reared their children in that faith, to be God-fearing 

and law-abiding men and women. He married Theodosia , who after 

his death moved to Philadelphia and there died. Children: i. Benjamin 
Elliott Tr., a farmer of Ridley township, Delaware county; married Mary 
Carr, both deceased ; they were the parents of eight children. 2. Emma, died 
in the fall of 1912; married George Fisher, deceased, of Shamokin, Pennsyl- 
vania; seven children. 3. Charles Wesley, of whom further. 4. Harriet, mar- 
ried William Skarrett, of Philadelphia, both deceased ; had seven children. 
5. Mary, married Warren Lawrence, of Springfield township, Delaware county; 
both deceased. 6. Theodosia, married Morris Larkins, of Philadelphia; he is 
dead ; she makes her home in Philadelphia. 7. Thomas, a farmer of Walling- 
ford, Pennsylvania; married Margaret Moore. 8. Sadie, married George 
Thompson, of Philadelphia. 

(II) Charles Wesley, son of Benjamin Elliott and Theodosia Moore, was 
torn in Darby township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, July 23, T832, died 
September 26, 1904. He was reared on the farm and attended the common 
schools of the township, going later to an advanced school in Philadelphia. 
During the lifetime of his father he remained with him on the homestead. 
When he was yet a boy of twelve he began attending the markets in Philadel- 
phia, where he disposed of the products of the farm, and this he continued for 
sixty years. After his marriage he located in Ridley township, Delaware 
county, and there farmed for eighteen or twenty years. He then purchased 



858 DELAWARE COUNTY 

the old Seal place on jMiddletown road. Middletown township, whicli con- 
tained seventy-five acres. He improved the farm greatly and there lived until 
his death. He was an industrious, energetic man, and enjoyed a hand- 
some competence from his farming, in which he made a specialty of potatoes. 
He also did dairying, keeping as many as thirty graded milch cows, besides 
hogs, horses and cattle. He took an active interest in politics and worked for 
the Republican party, also voting with it. He was highly respected by his 
large circle of friends and acquaintances, and in dying bequeathed to his des- 
cendants an unstained record for probity, honor and fair dealing with his fel- 
lovvmen. He married, in Darby township, in 1871. Anna Elizabeth Eindsay, 
born in Delaware county, a daughter of Lemuel L. Lindsay. Mrs. ?iloore was 
a devout member of the Episcopal church. Children: i. Lemuel L.. of whom 
further. 2. Charles Wesley, born October 3. 1876: an electrician; in igog, 
accompanied by his mother, he moved to Lindsay, California, where he bought 
an orange grove, and made other investments. 3. Johnson Larkin F.. l:>orn 
January, 1878; an orange grower in Lindsay, California; married Martha 
Durforaw. 4. Mae. 5. Jennie. 

(HI) Lemuel L., son of Charles Wesley and Anna Elizabeth (Lindsay) 
Moore, was born April 18, 1874, in Ridley township, Delaware county, Penn- 
sylvania. He was educated in the high scho(il of Media, Pennsylvania, and on 
graduating he returned to the homestead where he succeeded to the manage- 
ment of the farm. During his father's life he remained with him in the home, and 
at his death purchased the interests of the other heirs and now makes his home 
in the place where he was born. He has brought the seventy-five acres to a 
high state of cultivation, and besides doing general farming he has a dairy, 
which is supplied by twenty-four cows, has six horses and other cattle. He 
furnishes Chester with milk, and raises for the market Rhode Island chick- 
ens. He is accounted one of the most progressive and up-to-date farmers of 
his section. He has always taken an active interest in politics, has served on 
the election board of his township and votes the Reiniblican ticket. His 
wife is a member of the Mount Ho]ie Methodist Episcopal Church. He mar- 
ried, at Mount Hope, June 11, 1903. Anna Twaddell. born in Boothwyn, 
Delaware county, a daughter of William and Mary (Wxbster) Twaddell. 
Mr. Twaddell is retired, living at Chelsea, Pennsylvania. Children of Mr. 
and Mrs. Moore: i. Mary Anna, born December 28, 1904; died in infancy. 
2. Lemuel L. Jr.. born July 14, 1906. 3. Charles W^esley, born December 10, 
1908. 4. William Twaddell. born May 21, 1913. 

(The Lindsa}" Line). 

Among the first settlers of Pennsylvania was John Lindsay and his wife. 
Charity. They came from England on the invitation of William Penn, and 
enjoyed his friendship during his lifetime. They were the parents of a num- 
ber of sons, from whom descended the I^indsav families of Pennsvlvania. 
Among their posterity was Lemuel L.. of whom further. 

Lemuel L. Lindsay was born in Darby. Pennsylvania, and there farmed. 
He was one of the successful planters of that region, and was well known and 
respected. He married the daughter of a neighboring farmer. Children : 
I. William Lindsay, a carpenter in Philadelphia. 2. George, died unmarried 
at home on the farm. 3. Abbie, deceased ; married I ^ Purvis, a merchant in 
Philadelphia, deceased. 4. Harriet, widow of William Rigley. of Philadel- 
phia. 5. Anna Elizabeth, married Charles \\'csley Moore (see Moore TL). 



DELAWARE COUNTY 859 

About the year 1682. George Smecllev arrived in Pennsyl- 
SMEDLEY vania from England and found a temjDorary home in L'pper 
Providence township. Chester, now Delaware county. While 
here he jmrcliased one hundred and fifty acres of unlocated land from \\'illiam 
Penn, that was surveyed to him in the adjoining township of Middletown by 
virtue of a warrant issued to (jeorge Smedle}- under date of 4th mo. 9th, 1684, 
signed by William Penn. In 1687, he married and settled in Middletown town- 
ship, later moving to Willistown township, Chester county, where he died 3rd 
mo., 1723. 

He married at Friend's Meeting, Philadelphia. 1687, Sarah, widow of 
John Goodwin and believed to have been a daughter of Thomas Kitchin of 
Dublin township, Philadelphia county. She died in Willistown, 3 mo. 16, 
1709; children: Thomas, born 2 mo., 15, 1688, died 3 mo. 9, 1758, married 
Sarah Baker; Mary, born 2 mo. 3, i6go, died about 1772', married (first) John 
Edge, (second) John Warnall; George, of whom further; Sarah, born 8 mo. 
12, 1694, died 5 mo. 29, 1789, married John Williamson; Alice, born 3 mo. 
2, 1696, died prior to 1743, married (first) John Allen, (second) Edward 
Woodward. The years of birth of the first two children are not known to be 
absoluteh' correct, owing to a confusion of dates in the records. 

(II) George (2), son of George (1) and Sarah (Goodwin) Smedley, was 
born I mo. 2, 1692-93, died 11 mo. 20. 1766. He owned the homestead farm 
in Middletown township of two hundred and ninety-five acres, less thirty acres 
previously sold. He also purchased two hundred and fifty acres from his 
brother, Thomas, and seventy-five acres from Richard Barry. He was an 
overseer of the Chester Monthly Meeting of Friends, and a minister of the 
Society. 

He married (first) at Chester Meeting, 3 mo. 2. 1717, Jane Sharpless, 
born in Ridley township, 12 mo. 24, 1695-96, died at Middletown, 6 mo. 30, 
1725, daughter of John and Hannah (Pennell) Sharpless of Ridley (now 
Nether Providence) (see Sharpless family in this work). He married (sec- 
ond) at Middletown Meeting, Mary Hammans, born i mo. 28, 1710, died 2 
mo. 18, 1774, daughter of William and ^Margaret (Staples) Hammans, of Up- 
per Providence. She was a granddaughter of Henry Hammans of the Parish 
of Nimpsfield, Gloucestershire, England. Margaret Staples was a daughter of 
William Staples of Minchinghampton, of the same county. Children by first 
wife ; George, married Hannah (Xorbury) Matson ; Caleb, died young; Joshua, 
died unmarried. Children of second marriage: William, born 9 mo. 19, 1728, 
died 3 mo. 6, 1766. married EHzabeth Taylor; Joseph, died aged sixteen years; 
Caleb, born 9 mo. 20, 1732, died 1806, married (first) Elizabeth Blue, (sec- 
ond) Mary Newberry(?V; Jane, born [2 mo. 6. 1734-35, died 1782, married 
(first) William Larkin, (second) Thomas Wilson; Sarah, born 11 mo. 18, 
1737-38, died 3 mo. 11, 1810, married (first) Samuel Hampton, (second) Jo- 
seph Moore; Samuel, died aged twenty-two years, unmarried; Thomas, born 
I mo. 21, 1742-43, died i mo. 22, 1791, married Elizabeth Rhoads ; Ambrose, of 
whom further; Joseph, born 7 mo. 13, 1748, died aged twelve years; James, 
born 2 mo. 20. 1752, died aged twenty years. 

(III) .Ambrose, son of George (2) and his second w-ife, Mary (Ham- 
mans) Smedley, was born in IMiddletown township, 11 mo. 19, 1745. died 
there I mo. 7, 1820. He inherited, under the will of his father, the homestead 
in Middletown with one hundred and ninety acres of land, subject to his moth- 
er's maintenance. He built the stone house later owned by his granddaughter, 
Ahinoam Smedlev, which bears his initials and date: — S. A. M. 1784. He 
married (first) at Providence Meeting. 6 mo. 23, 1768. IMary Taylor, born 7 
mo. 5, 1749, died 2 mo. 23, 1788, and was buried with her infant child on the 



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25th following. She was the daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Hall) Taylor 
of Upper Providence. He married (second) at Willistown Meeting, 12 mo. 
24, 1789, Elizabeth Yarnall. born 8 mo. 6. 175 1. died i mo. 14. 1830. daughter 
of Daniel and Ann (James) Yarnall, of Willistown. Daniel Yarnall was a 
son of Amos and Mar_v (Ashbride) Yarnall, and grandson of Francis and 
Hannah (Baker) Yarnall. Mary Ashbride was a daughter of George and 
Mary (]^Ialin) Ashbride, of Goshen. All were members of the Society of 
Friends. Children of Ambrose Smedley by his first wife: Elizabeth, married 
Enos R. Kellog; James, died in infancy: Sarah, married William Griffith; 
Mary, born_ 1776: George, died in childhood: Phoebe, died unmarried: Am- 
brose, married Jane Hinkson : Joshua, married Sarah Bishop. Children by sec- 
ond marriage: Sam.uel, of whom further: Ahinoam, born 8 mo. 29, 1795'. died 

8 mo. 22, 1857, married John Yarnall. 

(IV) Samuel, only son of Ambrose and his second wife. Elizabeth (Yar- 
nall) Smedley, was born in Jkliddletown township. Delaware county, Pennsyl- 
vania, 6 mo. 12. 1791. died there 2 mo. 9, 1876. By his father's will he inher- 
ited the homestead with one hundred acres of land including the place of orig- 
inal settlement in Middletown. This he bequeathed to his daughters. Elizabeth 
.\nn and Ahinoam Smedley, subject to the payment of legacies. He married 
at Middletown ^Meeting. 12 mo. 30. 1819. Elizabeth Malin, born 6 mo. 8. 
1799, daughter of George and Rebecca (Ogden) Malin of Edgmont. George 
was a son of William and Elizabeth (Crossley) Malin. grandson of Jacob and 
Susanna (Jones) Malin and great-grandson of Randall Malin of Great Bar- 
row, county of Chester, England, who was a purchaser of two hundred and 
fift}' acres of land in Pennsylvania by deeds of lease and release dated 6th and 
7th of March, 1681. He was a grand juror at a court held in Giester, 10 mo., 
1684, and a settler in Upper Providence township. He was recommended as 
a minister of Friends, 10 mo, 27, 1723, and in 1727 moved within the limits of 
Goshen Meeting. Samuel and Elizabeth Smedley are buried in Cumberland 
cemetery, adjoining the graveyard of the Middletown Meeting. Children : An 
infant, died unnamed: Elizabeth .'Vnn, born 11, 26. 1822, died i, 20, 1888, un- 
married: Esther Ogden, born i, 25, T825, died 9, 25. 1848. unmarried: Samuel, 
died in infancy: Ahinoam, born 8, 6, 1827, owned the old homestead, where she 
lived unmarried until her death. 2 mo. 14, 1910: Rebecca, died in infancy; 
George Malin. of whom further. 

(V) George Malin, youngest child of Samuel and Elizabeth (Malin) 
Smedley, was born at the old homestead in INIiddletown township, Delaware 
county, Pennsylvania, 3 mo. 12, 1832, died in Philadelphia, i mo. 31, 1910. 
He was a farmer of the homestead tmtil after the death of his wife, when he 
retired, living at No. 3214 York street, Philadelphia, until his death. His chil- 
dren were cared for after their mother's death at the homestead by their aunts, 
Elizabeth Ann and Ahinoam Smedley. George ^lalin Smedley married (first) 
Sarah, daughter of Frazer ^^'orrall. 7 mo. 4. 1861 : she died in October, 1893. 
Children: i. Samuel, of whom further. 2. Edgar Miller, born in Middletown, 

9 mo. 17, 1863, graduate of Swarthmore College, class of 1886, now a farmer 
of Nether Providence township: he married in Edgmont, 11 mo. 4. 1896, 
Emma B, Howard, born in Newtown, i mo. 13. 1868. daughter of Passmore 
and Deborah A. (Bishop) Howard of Edgmont: children: Edgar Howard- 
born 12 mo. 13. 1898: Edith and Helen. 3. Elizabeth .Ann. born 9 mo. 12, 
1865, now residing in ]\Iedia. He married (second) Ella Cosart. of Philadel- 
phia, who survived him a few weeks. 

(VI) Samuel (2). eldest son of George Malin and Sarah (\\'orrall) 
Smedley, was born at the old Smedley homestead in Middletown township, 
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farm. His early education was obtained in the private schools, later entering 
Swarthmore College, whence he was graduated class of 1886. He worked at the 
homestead for his Aunt Ahinoam for several years, and continued to reside 
there after his marriage. He now owns one hundred and thirty-five acres of 
the old farm and there successfully conducts a general farming and dairying 
business. He has made many improvements but the old stone house built by 
his great-grandfather in 1782, previously mentioned, is still a well preserved 
residence. Mr. Smedley is a member of the Society of Friends, and in politi- 
cal faith is a Republican. He married in Concoidville, October 29, 1891, Fan- 
nie Cornog, born there November 14, 1863, daughter of Isaac and Matilda 
(Sharpless) Cornog. Isaac Cornog, a carriage builder of Concordville. died ia 
July, 1882, aged sixty-six years, his wife died in 1910, aged eighty-two years; 
children : Albert A., a carriage builder of Concordville, married Emma Han- 
thorne ; Samuel Sharpless, died in igio, unmarried; Isaac (2) a merchant of 
Concordville, married Lilian Patten ; Margaret, married John Wilson, a sta- 
tionary engineer of Concordville ; Fannie, married Samuel Smedley, of pre- 
vious mention ; Ulysses S., a farmer of Concordville. married Sarah Pyle -^ 
Bertha L., married Horace Darlington of Darling, ^Middletown township. 
Children of Samuel and Fannie (Cornog) Smedley, both born at the old home- 
stead in Middletown: Samuel, born January 9, 1893, graduate of Media High 
School, now a student at Swarthmore College; Paul, born ]\Iarch 25, 1895,. 
graduate of Media High School, 1914. 



While the original American home of Little was in the state 
LITTLE of Delaware, Philadelphia soon became the family seat. The- 

late James Henry Little, an eminent lawyer, was the first of 
his family to choose Delaware county, Pennsylvania, as a place of residence. 
The settlement in the state of Delaware was made by three brothers of 
Scotch-Irish descent. Henry Little, a son of one of these brothers, came 
from Ireland with his parents, he being but a lad at that time. He embraced 
the profession of architecture, and located at Philadelphia, where he became- 
a well-known and leading architect. His wife, Margaret (Wood) 
Little, was also born in Ireland and of Scotch-Irish blood, and was the daugh- 
ter of a Belfast linen manufacturer. Her father later came to Philadelphia 
and established on the banks of the Wissahickon the first cotton mill in the 
United States. Henry Little and his wife were both members of the Epis- 
copal church. After a life of great usefulness, Henry Little died in Philadel- 
phia, leaving as a monument of his life work several churches and buildings 
in Philadelphia. His children were: James Henry, of whom further: Amanda, 
who died in Philadelphia in the year 1865, aged twenty-five years. 

James Henry Little, only son of Henry and Margaret (Wood) Little, 
was born in Baltimore, Maryland, December i, 1835, died at his home in 
Wallingford, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, October 15, 1906. At the time 
of the birth of James Henry Little the family home was in Philadelphia, but 
Henry Little having planned a church to be erected at Baltimore, and having 
supervision of the erection of the same, made that city his temporary resi- 
dence until the completion of the church, and then returned to Philadelphia. 
James Henry Little grew to manhood in Philadelphia and received his educa- 
tion in the public schools. He graduated from the high school with honors. 
He chose law as his profession and prepared therefor under the preceptorship 
of the late Charles E. Lex, of Philadelphia. Mr. Little was a member of the 
bar of the Supreme Court of the United States and of the bars of Philadel- 
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in its practice, honorable and upright. He held the confidence of a large and 
influential clientele, and was highly regarded by his fellow members of the bar. 
He pursued his course through life, both private, professional and public, with 
lofty purpose and high ideals. He was progressive and public-spirited, and 
contributed to the full extent of his ability to the upbuilding of the commu- 
nity in which he had cast his lot. He is remembered as a man of strong char- 
acter and of noble life — "a gentleman of the old school." He volunteered 
for service during General Lee's invasion. He enlisted in Company A, a 
Philadelphia regiment of artillery, recruited among the lawyers and judges of 
that city. The regiment was ordered to the front at the field of Gettysburg, 
the colonel of the regiment having asked his brother-in-law, Major-General 
Reynolds, for an honorable position in the coming fight. However, owing to 
a delay at the front, caused by some of the other volunteer regiments refusing 
to go forward, the regiment was so late in arriving at Gettysburg, that when 
it arrived the battle was virtually over. In politics Mr. Little was a Repub- 
lican. He was a churchman and a member of Grace Church, Philadelphia, 
the same church of which his father was the architect and builder, and of 
which parish his father was a member. For many years ]\Ir. Little made 
W'allingford his home and was a resident of Wallingford at his death. 

On Tune 9, 1864, he married Louise Bucknell. Mrs. Little was born in 
Philadelphia, March 6, 1840, and still resides at W^allingford. She is the 
oldest daughter of the late William and Harriet Burr (Ashton) Bucknell, of 
Philadelphia. Her father died in Philadelphia, aged seventy-nine years, a 
successful man of business, philanthropic and generous, and of high character 
and purpose. Her mother was a daughter of the Rev. William Easterly and 
Harriet Maria (Burr) Ashton, of Philadelphia. The children of James Henry 
and Louise (Bucknell) Little are: i. Margaret, who married Thomas H. C. 
Reed, of Maryland ; Mrs. Reed is a member of the Colonial Dames and 
resides in Philadelphia. 2. Henry Ashton, a graduate of the college depart- 
ment and of the law department of the L^niversity of Pennsylvania, and a 
member of the Philadelphia and Delaware county bars. Mr. Little occupies 
the law offices formerly occupied by his honored father at No. 424 Walnut 
street, Philadelphia, and is engaged in the practice of law and a real estate 
operator ; his residence and farm is at Glen Olden, Delaware county, Penn- 
sylvania; Mr. Little married Mary Downing Hatch, of the city of New 
York, and their children are: James Henry 2nd, Mary Sanford, Anna Down- 
ing, Henry Ashton 2nd, and Nathaniel Hatch, the latter, however, having died 
in infancy. 3. Amanda Louise, resides witli her mother, Mrs. Louise Little, 
at Wallingford. 4. William Bucknell, died in infancy. 5. Laura, who mar- 
ried Walter Godley, of Philadelphia, and whose children are: Laurence, 
Henry, Ashton, Frederick and Louise, the latter, however, having died in in- 
fancy. 

The home of Mrs. James H. Little at Wallingford is one of the most 
attractive of the many handsome Delaware county estates. The mansion is 
of gray stone, massive in its proportions and beautiful in its surroundings, the 
natural charms of the location enhancing its beauty. The house is located on 
an elevation that afifords a fine view of the gracefully rolling country that is 
typical of this most beautiful portion of rural Delaware county. The entire 
estate bespeaks the pride and pleasure taken in its possession by the owner. 







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Dr. A. Parker Kitchens, of Sharon Hill, is at present direc- 
HITCHENS tor of the Biological Laboratories of the H. K. Mulford 
Company, manufacturing and biological chemists. 

Dr. Hitchens was born in Delmar, Delaware, September 14, 1877, son of 
Wilham S. and Fannie ( Parker ) Hitchens, both natives of the vicinity, the 
family having located in Sussex county about the year 1780. William S. Hit- 
chens was reared and educated in Delaware, was a successful merchant there 
for many years, continuing in that line until 1888, when he removed to Phila- 
delphia, Pennsylvania, and is still engaged in mercantile business. He and his 
wife are the parents of three children. 

Dr. Hitchens' early education was acquired in the public schools of Del- 
mar and Philadelphia. Later after a preparatory course in Temple University 
he matriculated at the Medico-Chirurgical College, from which he graduated in 
1898 with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. During the year after his gradua- 
tion he was resident physician at the Samaritan Hospital, Philadelphia. Follow- 
ing this he did graduate work in bacteriology at the University of Pennsylvania. 
He was for two years assistant in the department of Pathology and Bacteriol- 
ogy in the Medico-Chirurgical College. In 1907 lie did special work in the 
Immunization Department of St. Mary's Hospital, in London, under Sir Alm- 
roth Wright. In 1900 he had given up the general practice of medicine in order 
(O devote his entire time to laboratory work, in that year entering the Biologi- 
cal Laboratories of the H. K. Mulford Coinpany, and six years later he be- 
came director of these laboratories, in which capacity he is serving at the pres- 
ent time (1914). 

Dr. Hitchens resided at Glen Olden from 1908 to 1909, and since then in 
Sharon Hill. He married, June 20, 1906, Ethel Bennett, born in Philadelphia, 
in 1880, daughter of Thomas and Sarah Bennett. She is a member of the 
Protestant Episcopal church. 

Dr. Hitchens is a Fellow of the Philadelphia College of Physicians and of 
the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is secretary 
and treasurer of the Society of American Bacteriologists, chairman of the 
Council of the American Association of Immunologists, and an ex-president of 
the Philadelphia Clinical Association. He is a member of the American I\Iedi- 
cal Association, the Pennsylvania .State ^Medical Society, the Delaware County 
Medical Society, the Philadelphia Pathological Society, the Philadelphia Medi- 
cal Club, the American x-\ssociation for the Study and Prevention of Tubercu- 
losis, the American Public Health Association and others. He is author of 
the Section on "Bacterial Vaccines" in "Sajous's Cyclopedia of Practical Med- 
icine," seventh edition, Davis, Philadelphia. Among his numerous contribu- 
tions to medical science, published in American and foreign journals may be 
mentioned, "The Preventive Dose of Tetanus Antitoxin for the Horse," "The 
Bacteriolog}' of Cotinmon Colds," "The Treatment of Simple Catarrh of the 
Respiratory Passages with Bacterial \^accines," "Serums and Vaccines in the 
Prevention and Treatment of Undulant Fever," "An Improved Syringe for the 
Injection of Precise Amounts," "A Chamber in which Dried Tubercle Bacilli 
may be Handled without Danger," "Refrigeration in its Relations to the Bio- 
logical Materia Medica," and "Current Developments and Problems in \''ac- 
cine Therapy." Fraternally he is a member of the chapter and commandery of 
the Free and Accepted Masons. 



864 DELAWARE COUNTY 

This branch of the Pierce family came to Pennsylvania from 
PIERCE Brandywine Hundred, Delaware, a locality in which the Pierces 
had long been located. The first of the family to settle in Del- 
aware county was Albin, father of F. Newton Pierce, of further mention. 

(I) Albin Pierce was born in Brandywine Hundred, Delaware, in 1821,^ 
died in Bethel township, Delaware county. Pennsylvania, March 4, 1888. He 
grew to manhood in Delaware, learning the stone-mason's trade and working 
at farming, moving after his marriage to a farm in Bethel township, near 
Booths Corners, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, on which he resided until 
his death. He was a Democrat in politics and held the offices of tax collector 
and school director of Bethel township. Both he and his wife were members 
of the Siloam church. He married Alary J. Hance, of Concord township, 
Delaware county, who died in 1882. Children: i. Margaret E., deceased. 
2. Samuel H., a hardware merchant of Dov^'nington, Pennsylvania, married 
Anna Moore. Children, Laura E., Wesley, and Anna. 3. A. Atwood, now 
connected with the Eddystone Print Works, married Ella Painter. Children : 
P".mily, Carrie, Ella, Lawrence and Warren. 4. Sarah }., married Isaac Pen- 
nington, a blacksmith and present supervisor of Middletown township. Chil- 
dren : Florence, Bella, Clarence, Edgar, and Norman. 5. Harriet T., 
deceased, married (first) George Grawl, ( second ) Charles Schlacter. Chil- 
dren, Mary, Bertha, and Alice. 6. Adam, died in infancy. 7. F. Newton, of 
further mention. 8. Albin, a carpenter of Linwood, Pennsylvania, married 
Margaret Barlow. Children : Elmer and Herman. 

(II) F. Newton, son of Albin and Alary J. (Hance) Pierce, was born in 
Bethel township, Delaware county. Pennsylvania, June 8, 1865. He was edu- 
cated in the public school at Booths Corners and began business life as a clerk 
in the general store there, remaining four years. He then spent three years 
on a farm in Concord township, then moved to Brandywine Hundred, Dela- 
ware, for three years, returning to Delaware county in 1895, locating in 
Aliddletown township, where he purchased the Malin farm of sixty-five acres, 
where he yet resides. He has made many improvements to the farm and there 
carries on a successful farming and teaming business. He is a member of 
the Junior Order of United American Mechanics, and in political faith is a 
Republican. 

He married in March, 1889, Elfie W. Weer, of Brandywine Hundred, 
Delaware, daughter of \\'illiam C. and Mary J. (Barlow) Weer. Mary J. 
Barlow is a sister of E. L. Barlow, of Chester township, Delaware county, 
whose family sketch appears in this work. Children of \Villiam C. and Mary 
J. Weer: i and 2. Elizabeth and Ella, deceased. 3. Edward Tatnall, a farmer 
and large land owner of Newport. Delaware. He married Elizabeth Han- 
num and has children : George Clyde, Earl, Anna, Josephine. 4. Laura A., 
married Thomas Watts Zelley, of Booths Corners, Delaware county. Chil- 
dren : Mary, married R. Harry Hannum, of Concord, Delaware county ; Ed- 
ward, married Bessie McLaughlin, of Booths Corners : Clarence, married 

and resides at Booths Corners ; Lewis : Thomas, deceased. 5. Leila Lorain, mar- 
ried John Trimble. Children : Clara, married William Hunter ; Paul, Rupert,. 
Fred, Ellen Cora, Alarshall. 6. Elfie W., of previous mention, married F. 
Newton Pierce. 7. Fred, married Fannie Scott, of Kennett Square, Penn- 
sylvania, and has a son, Winfield. 8. Wilmer, a farmer of L'pland, Delaware 
county, married Lottie Pierce. Children: Ethel, Albert, Fred, Lillian, Mar- 
garet, Walter and Mary J., deceased. The only child of F. Newton and Elfie 
W. Pierce, Mildred, is a graduate nurse, educated in the public schools and 
at Northfield, Massachusetts, now a nurse in Media Hospital. 



DELAWARE COUNTY 865 

In 1657, Isaac Thomas, a farmer of Devonshire, England, 
THOMAS sailed from London for the New World, where he hoped to 
make his fortune, and which accomplished he expected to re- 
turn to his native land and spend the remainder of his days. After a long and 
stormy voyage he debarked at New York, where he remained several months, 
and then made his way up the Hudson river. He became enthused over the 
prospects of the country, its resources, the fertility of the land, and decided that 
he would make his permanent home in one of the colonies. He wrote for his 
wife and their young family to join him in the new land, which they did ; and 
together they canoed up the beautiful Hudson and located on the west shore. 
Here he took up wild land, cleared and erected a log house on it, and culti- 
vated the fields. Isaac Thomas died on his homestead that he had so heroically 
rescued from the wilderness, and his sons, of whom there were many, wan- 
dered away to other colonies, and thus was the present numerous Thomas fam- 
ily founded in America. One of the sons went to Pennsylvania, and is thought 
to be the forbear of the Thomas families in Lancaster and Chester counties. 

Isaac Thomas, a descendant of the English immigrant, was born in Penn- 
sylvania, and spent the greater part of his life in Lancaster county, where he 
farmed successfully. In his declining years he moved to Chester county, Penn- 
sylvania, and died in 1875, ^^ 3" advanced age. He married Mary L. Smith, 
daughter of a neighboring farmer in Lancaster county, who died in Chester 
county, also at an advanced age.' Children : Abraham, of whom further ; Wil- 
liam, who went to sea and is supposed to have drowned, as he was never heard 
from after sailing. 

Abraham, son of Isaac and Mary L. (Smith) Thomas, was born in 1834, 
in Lancaster county. He was partially reared in Lancaster county, and was 
educated in the common schools of the day. After his marriage he went to 
Wilmington, Delaware, for a time, about 1875. From there he moved to 
Chester county, Pennsylvania, becoming a successful farmer, and lives at the 
present time (1913) in Chester county. He has been locally prominent in pol- 
itics in whatever community that he has lived in, though he has never accepted 
any public office. He is a member of the Baptist church, supporting it liberally. 
He married Lydia Hammond, like himself of straight English descent, who 
was born in Chester coimty, and died there in 1881. She was a devout member 
of the Baptist church, and was greatly beloved by all who knew her. She was 
the daughter of John E. and Mary E. (Down) Hammond, oldtime residents of 
Chester county, where they held the esteem of their neighbors. He was a 
farmer of the county and died at Coatesville, Pennsylvania, when well along in 
vears ; his wife was also a native of the county. Children of Mr. and Mrs. 
Hammond : Sallie, married Stephen R. Smedley ; M.ary L., dead ; Lewis, 
dead: Lydia, wife of Mr. Thomas. Children of Abraham and Lydia (Ham- 
mond) Thomas : John E., of whom further ; Mary L., dead : George, dead ; 
Lydia, dead ; Ida May, married J. Calvin Shinne, of Montana ; Frank C, 
married Mabel Sharpless, resides in Chester county. 

John E., son of Abraham and Lydia (Hammond) Thomas, was 
born in Chester county, Pennsylvania, June 30, 1866. He was educated in the 
public schools in the various places in which he lived with his parents. When 
nine years old he accompanied them to Wilmington. Delaware, and later re- 
turned with them to Chester county. He remained at home until he reached 
the age of sixteen, when he decided that he would enter the business world 
for himself. He was in the employ of various farmers in Chester county for 
four years, during which time he established a reputation for industry and in- 
tegrity. At the expiration of that time he moved to Delaware county, Penn- 
sylvania, and located in Upper Providence township, where he rented farms. 
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and became known as one of the thrifty, successful farmers and dairymen of 
that section. He remained there for seventeen years, and in 1910 he pur- 
chased the Miller farm, comprising eighteen fertile acres, situated near Rose- 
tree, Pennsylvania, two and a half miles from Media, where he has built and 
equipped a modern and model dairy. It is one of the up-to-date plants of Del- 
aware county, and commands the admiration of every one who sees it. The 
stables are new and perfectly sanitary; all of the stalls and interior are white- 
washed and disinfected. The dairy is supplied by twenty high grade milch 
cows, their average yield per day being about two hundred quarts of rich 
milk, which is disposed of to customers in Media. The fresh milk from the 
cows is placed in disinfected cans in a separate departm.ent of the dairy, great 
care being taken to avoid anything that will impregnate the milk with any 
odor. The cans are then placed in the spring house, which was built at a cost 
of over S400, and with the view of keeping it fresh and sweet in a wholesome 
and sanitary manner. The milk is placed in bottles that have been subjected to 
a high degree of heat and then cooled in a vat of clear, pure spring water, after 
which they are sealed and are ready for a quick delivery. This sterilized milk 
is greatlv sought after in Media and the surrounding countrj'. Mr. Thomas 
takes great and justifiable pride in his fine plant as well as his blooded stock, 
and has won his customers by the purity of their product and his manner of 
handling the same. He has a thorough knowledge, practical and theoretical, of 
the dairy business, and keep'; abreast of the times through reading periodicals 
of the newest methods and patents that are calculated to assist him in its de- 
velopment. He ranks as one of the most progressive dairymen in the state, 
and justly so. He is a public spirited citizen, and holds the esteem of his fel- 
low men. He is independent in politics, voting for the man who will best 
fill the position ; and has served as register and assessor of the township. He 
is a member of the Grange, and of the Baptist church. 

He married, March 22, 1887. Tillie Yarnall, born in Thornburg. Pennsyl- 
vania, a daughter of Edward and Abbie (Sharp) Yarnall. Her father was a 
blacksmith and farmer in Chester county, and died in 1881 : his wife was also 
born in Chester countv. and died at the age of seventy-nine. Besides 3.1 rs. 
Thomas, the children of Mr. and Mrs. Yarnall are: .\nnie. married Robert 
Johnson, of ]\Iedia : Isaac, married Katie Worrell: Maggie, married Henry 
White: Marv. married Thomas N. Rodgers : Thomas, married (first") Tillie 
Moris, ("second) Ruth Broomall; Susannah, married Lewis Ridenbaugh : Min- 
tor. married Sallie Mullen: Joseph, married Sallie Mullen: John, married 
Annie Worrell : William, married Fannie Lear : Samuel, married Mary Wil- 
liams. The children of John E. and Tillie (Yarnall) Thomas: i. Lena J., 
born July 8. 1888 ; married John 31. Chrystal : resides at Nether Providence, 
Pennsylvania. -2. Clifford .\.. born April 26. 1893: married Edna Gallagher; 
one child, Clifford Jr., born in 1913. 



From an ancient and honorable Welsh ancestry sprang Thomas 
THOMAS Thomas, a tailor of Upper Darby township, Delaware county, 

where he died aged about fifty years. His wife, Hannah Pal- 
mer, died aged about forty-five years; both were members of the Society 
of Friends. Children : John, Nehemiah. Thomas. Palmer. Mary and Wil- 
liam. 

William, son of Thomas and Hannah f Palmer) Thomas, was born m 
Upper Darby township, Delaware county. February 16, 1817. died at his farm 
in Marple township in 1892. He grew to manhood in Upper Darby, obtain- 
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DELAWARE COUNTY 867 

around considerably until about 1850, when he purchased the farm in Marple 
township upon which he lived until death, and which is now the home of his 
son, Leonard S. During the years prior to 1850 he learned the miller's trade, 
working in different localities, then became a butcher, then for two years 
rented and worked a farm in Chester county. The farm in Marple township 
consisted of forty acres, lying along the Springfield road, and was purchased 
by William Thomas from Philip Welling. At the time of purchase the land 
had had little cultivation, the improvements being a small stone house and a 
log barn. Mr. Thomas added a log addition to the house, which was later 
replaced by a modern frame addition to the old stone house. He brought the 
land under a good state of cultivation and prospered. He was a Republican in 
politics, and a member of the Society of Friends; his wife was a Presby- 
terian. He married Naomi Snyder, born in LTpper Darby, died aged seventy- 
eight years, daughter of Leonard Snyder, a farmer and tanner, who died in 
1864. His wife, Sarah Powell, was born in Upper Darby; children of Leon- 
ard Snyder : Naomi ; George ; Joseph ; John ; Hannah ; Mary ; Sarah and 
Andrew, all deceased. Children of William Thomas : Sarah, died unmarried ; 
Mary, now residing at the home farm; Leonard S., of whom further; Ella, 
died young. 

Leonard S., only son of William and Naomi (Snyder) Thomas, was born 
in Upper Darby township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, October, 1850. He 
was educated in the public school of Marple township, and in Philadelphia. 
He began business life as a butcher, but later became a farmer, succeeding 
to the farm in Marple township purchased by his father about 1850. Tq the 
old stone building he added a modern dwelling and has otherwise improved the 
farm. He maintains a small dairy in addition to his general farming, and by a 
judicious use of bone fertilizer produces abundant crops. He has added seven 
acres lying across the Springfield road, a piece of land well improved and occu- 
pied by his son, Howard. Mr. Thomas is a Republican in politics, has served 
his township as assessor, collector of taxes and supervisor, and now (1913) 
is a member of the school board of his district. 

He married, February 6, 1878, Joanna Pugh, born in Marple township, 
in 1857, daughter of Davis F. Pugh, born in Radnor, Delaware county, in 1824, 
died in Marple township, 1909. His wife, Elizabeth E. Barr, born in Haver- 
ford township, died February 19, 1904. Children : i. Howard C, died in Octo- 
ber, 1912, married Emma Lyon. 2. Joanna, married Leonard S. Thomas (of 
previous mention) ; children — Bertha, married Seth E. Duey, and resides in 
Marple township, children: Grace and Anna: Howard W., a farmer, mar- 
ried Jennie Riegner, children — James and Elizabeth M. ; Elizabeth P., resides 
with her parents. 

This branch of the Hippie family in Pennsylvania descends from 
HIPPLE Henry Hippie, who came from Germany to Pennsylvania, 

accompanied by his brothers, George, John and James. Henry 
Hippie settled in Chester county, where he engaged in farming until his death 
at the age of eighty-six years. He married Jane Garrett, of an old Penn- 
sylvania family, and had issue: Henry (2) of whom further; George, Elijah, 
Jessie, Lawrence, Elizabeth, Margaret, Garrett and Sarah. 

Henry (2), son of Henry (i) and Jane (Garrett) Hippie, was born in 
Goshen, Chester county, Pennsylvania, in 1816, died at his farm in Marple 
township, Delaware county, in December, 1878. He was educated in the 
public school and became a farmer. About 1838 he purchased a farm in 
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868 DELAWARE COUNTY 

and sixty acres, now the home of his son, Harry L. Hippie. Here he lived in 
prosperity the remainder of his sixty-two years. He was a Repubhcan in poli- 
tics and held the office of school director, and both he and his wife were mem- 
bers of the Society of Friends. He married Rachel Roberts, born in Mont- 
gomery county, Pennsylvania, in 1816, died at the Marple township farm aged 
ninety-two years. She was the daughter of Amos and Mary (Ellis) Roberts, 
he a farmer of Montgomery county until his death, leaving issue: William, 
I>aac, Joseph, Rachel, Lydia, Mary, Sarah and Jane, all deceased. Children 
of Henry (2) and Rachel ( Roberts I Hippie: Mary J., deceased; Margaret, 
deceased : Jesse, of Springfield township, a farmer ; Elizabeth, residing in 
^Nledia; A. Retta, residing in Media; Harry L., of whom further; William 
P., married Hannah Bartram. 

Harry L. Hippie, son of Henry (2) and Rachel (Roberts) Hippie, wa.'; 
born on the Marple township homestead, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, 
December 14, 1852. Here his youth was passed, his years of active labor, 
and here in his declining years he still resides. He attended the public schools 
and Swarthmore College, early becoming his father's assistant, and on the 
death of the latter succeeded to the ownership of the estate, one of the most 
fertile and well cultivated in the township. In addition to general farming 
Mr. Hippie maintains a dairy of thirty cows, producing three hundred quarts 
of milk daily, that is disposed of to the retail dealers of the district. He is of 
the modern type of farmer ; asks not more of his land than it can give, and 
returns to it each year, in bone fertilizer, the elements extracted by the 
preceding crop. 

yir. Hippie is a Republican in politics, has served as school director 
eighteen years, and for six years was a commissioner of Delaware county, 
filling these offices with a zeal and an integrity that is a pleasure to contem- 
plate. He is a birth-right member of the Society of Friends and attends their 
meeting. He is a member of the Rose Tree Hunt, and is a lover of the out-door 
sports indulged in by the members of that club. His life spent amid the 
beautiful surroundings of his home has been an open one, and there is no man 
held in higher esteem by those who know him. 

He married, April 6, 1909, Harriet A. Castle, born at Upland, Delaware 
county, ^lay 20, 1855, daughter of Augur Castle, born in Yorkshire. England, 
died in Delaware county in 1904, a manager of woolen and cotton mills ; he 
married Elizabeth Harrison, born in England; children: Harriet A., wife 
of Harry L. Hippie ; Mary J., unmarried ; Hannah, unmarried ; Sarah, unmar- 
ried : Elizabeth, married Herbert G. Coe ; Robert, an overseer for Crozer ; and 
Lincoln, a druggist of Chester, Pennsylvania ; both married. 



Consideration for the welfare of traveler? and 
OLD LAMB TAVERN a desire to regulate the sale of liquors seemed to 

the early colonists to be important reasons and 
to justifv the licensing of taverns. Yet they were not opened wholly for the 
convenience of travelers, they were for the comfort of the community — for 
the interchange of news and opinions — the sale of liquor under restrictions 
and the incidental sociability. In fact the importance of the tavern locally 
was far greater in the early day to its local neighbors, than to the traveler. 
The history of Pennsylvania shows that its taverns were many in number 
and good in quality. Philadelphia had a great number and many were needed, 
for many strangers visited the city, and a strong current of immigration poured 
into that port. So in Chester and Delaware counties there were many taverns. 
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For one hundred and seventy-five years the Old Lamb Tavern has stood 
with welcoming doors for the traveler or transient dropper-in, and around its 
hospitable board many of the famous men of six generations have gathered. 
Landlord after landlord has passed in succession, but the popularity of the 
house has not diminished and it is to-day as much sought for as a resort for 
the automobilist, as it was for the coaching party, farmer or traveler of the 
long ago. 

The old landmark stands in what is now Marple, Springfield township, 
Delaware county, and was probably built in 1739, as on August 26, 1740, 
Benjamin Maddock petitioned the court for license, stating in his application 
that he had : "Recently built on the Cross Roads that leads from Darby to 
the Back inhabitants where Palantines has of late much frequented with 
wagons, likewise the greate road that leads from Chester to the Schuylkill." 
Although his petition was signed by thirty-five persons, including Abraham 
Lincoln, the court declined to grant his petition. In 1748 Benjamin Maddock 
again presented his petition for a license, receiving this time a favorable rul- 
ing of the court. 

In 1761 Isaac Glease was granted a license for the tavern, and in 1762 
and 1763, Richard Mall was also licensed. In 1764 and 1765 John Wayton 
was landlord, followed in 1766 by John Gibbon Jr. From the granting of 
Gibbon's license in 1766 until 1835, the court continued the tavern as a licensed 
house of entertainment, when it was discontinued. During this period of 
nearly a full century the house had become one of the well known historic 
taverns of the county. On the night after the battle of Brandywine its doors 
stood wide open for the fleeing Americans, and at 10 o'clock a wagon load of 
wounded men arrived with a detachment of troops. The best the house con- 
tained was freely placed at their order ; their wounds were dressed and every 
convenience of the house brought into service to insure their comfort, and in 
the morning they were breakfasted and sent on their way, they being in danger 
of capture by the British had they remained. 

In 1808 Emmor Eachus. who had had diiificulties at the Blue Ball Tav- 
ern, moved to a house a short distance from the Springfield Meeting House, 
and obtaining a license from the court gave to the new inn the name of 
"The Three Tuns." It was at this house that Captain Morgan's company of 
drafted men assembled in 1814, previous to beginning their march to Marcus 
Hook. The license for this house was continued to Emmor Eachus until 1820, 
when he was succeeded as landlord by John Jones. Five years later John 
Fawkes became landlord for a short time and was succeeded by his widow, 
Susan Fawkes, who continued as proprietress until 1829, when she married 
Wayne Litzenberg, who was the next petitioner for a license. In 1830 John 
Black followed as proprietor, succeeded by Isaac Johnson in 1835. The Old 
Lamb Tavern kept by Joseph Gibbons Jr., having ceased to be a licensed house, 
Landlord Johnson discontinued the name under which his house, "The Three 
Tuns," had been known since 1808. and continued business under the name 
of the older house, calling it "The Lamb." 

In 1837 John Ford was the proprietor, continuing until 1848. when 
Forrester Hoopes applied for license for "The Lamb," his being the first 
application under the first local option law, he was granted leave by the court 
to keep a temperance house, a privilege he was not at all pleased with. But 
after the law interdicting the sale of liquor in the township had been declared 
by the Supreme Court unconstitutional, he received full license, continuing as 
landlord until 1853, when the owner of the property, George Worrall. became 
also proprietor. In 1858 Worrall was succeeded by Joseph H. Black, who 
after a year was succeeded by the owner and former proprietor, George Wor- 



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rail. In 1863 Peter H. Hill obtained a license which he afterward transferred 
to Worrall. In 1864 William F. ^^"oodward was proprietor, followed in 1868 
by Malachi W. Sloan who in 1869 surrendered the tavern to Benjamin Rod- 
gers. In 1873 J^I^- Sloan again became proprietor, and Leedom Kirk in 1875 and 
James A. Stevenson in 1878. In the meantime ?klalachi W. Sloan had become 
owner of the property. He died August 16, 1881. and in his will directed: 
"It is my will and desire that the Lamb Tavern property in said will named, 
shall after the e.xpiration of the present lease, be no longer used for the pur- 
pose of a hotel." Under this provision the "Lamb Tavern" ceased to be a 
licensed house. The historic old inn was closed as a house of entertainment 
for about fourteen years, when the property was purchased by B. Worrall 
who restored it ; obtained a license and later sold to Luton B. Severance, who 
sold to Charles H. Miller. Dr. William B. Werntz, a veterinary surgeon, next 
kept the tavern, then Charles McGovern rented it eighteen months. In 1910 
Charles G. Hause purchased the property and. expending a large sum in reno- 
vation and improvements to interior and exterior, has brought back to the 
old inn its former popularity, and made it a favored stopping place for the 
Philadelphia automobilist. 



John George and Mary A'on Lohr. who were the ancestors 
VAN LEER of the A'an Leer family in Pennsylvania, emigrated from 
Germany to Pennsylvania with their family in 1697. L'pon 
their arrival they settled in Marple township (now Delaware county), first 
on the farm later owned by Felix A'elotte, but later on that owned by the heirs 
of Garrett Williamson. John George Von Lohr died in 1748, leaving a sec- 
ond wife, Rebecca. 

( II ) Dr. Bernhard or Bernhardus \'an Leer, son of John George \'on 
Lohr. the emigrant, was born at Isenberg. in the Electorate of Hesse, Germanv, 
in 1686, died in ]\Iarple, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, January 26. 1790. aged 
one hundred and four years. He was a lad of eleven years when his parents 
came to Pennsylvania, where he remained a few years, then returned to Ger- 
many for the purpose of studying medicine in his native land. He remained 
in Germany seven years, and not only studied medicine but the classics and 
French. Some time after his return to Pennsylvania, but shortly after com- 
mencing the practice of his profession, he married Marv Branson, daughter 
of a wealthy Philadelphia merchant. He took up his residence at the Velotte 
farm, which was his home during the remainder of his long life. He prac- 
ticed medicine there until his death, doing chiefly an office practice. He had 
a peculiar manner of diagnosis, and his remedies were usually from the veg- 
etable kingdom, and generally of the mildest nature. He was a man of great 
physical strength and vigor. AMien in his one hundredth year he rode on 
horseback from IMarple to his Chester \'alley farm, a distance of thirty miles, 
in one day. In his one hundred and second year he was cruelly beaten by 
burglars, who entered his house, because he refused to disclose his hidden 
treasures. The injury then received no doubt hastened his death two years 
later. After the death of his first wife, who bore him five children, he mar- 
ried a wife much younger than himself, who bore him nine children, including 
a son, Bernhard (2), a physician, and a son, Branson, also a physician of 
Delaware county. 

(III) Dr. Bernhard (2) Van Leer, son of Dr. Bernhardus \'an Leer by 
his second wife, lived on the old homestead in IMarple township, where he 
practiced medicine until his death in February, 1814. He married and left 
a .son, Bernhard. 



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(IV) Dr. Benihard (3) \'an Leer was the third of the direct hne to 
practice medicine in Marple township. He married and had a son, John 
Franklin. 

(V) John FrankHn Van Leer was a farmer of Marple township, where 
most of his life was spent, although his latter years were passed in Chester 
where he died. 

(VI) William Grover \^an Leer, son of John Franklin Van Leer, was 
born in Aston township, Delaware county, where he was educated in the pub- 
lic schools. He located in the butcher business in \illage Green, where his 
after life was spent. He was a successful man, an elder of the Presbyterian 
church, his wife also being a member of that denomination. He married 
Amy Anna Mullen, born in Middletown township, daughter of Philip Mullen, 
a farmer and auctioneer. Mrs. \'an Leer survives her husband and continues 
her residence at Village Green. Her brothers, Philip and Emmor, and sister, 
Alice, who married Daniel Yeager, are deceased, leaving her the sole survivor 
of her family. Children of William G. and Amy A. Van Leer: Frank, mar- 
ried Lillian King: PhiHp, married Mary ; William Grover (2), mar- 
ried Rebecca Jester, deceased ; Clarence H., of whom further ; Albert, died aged 
two years ; Alberta, married J. Engle Halsey. 

(VII) Clarence Harvey \'an Leer, fourth son of William Grover and 
Amy Anna ( }ilullen ) \'an Leer, was born in Chester township, Delaware 
county, Pennsylvania, March 12, 1876. He was educated in the schools of 
X'illage Green' and at Prof. George Gilbert's Academy in Chester. In the 
intervals occurring in his school life he learned the type setter's art in the 
office of the "Delaware County American" at Media, having a five years' con- 
nection with that paper. He began his mercantile career as clerk in the gro- 
cery of John B. Rhodes at Aston Mills, remaining with j\Ir. Rhodes six years. 
For thp next si^- vears he was manager of the Columbia Tea Company, in 
Media, then in 1907 engaged in the business for himself at Rockdale. At the 
end of two and a half years he sold out to his brother-in-law, Charles P. 
Griffith, and in 1910 located in Media where in partnership with a Mr. Jones 
he opened a grocery, trading under the firm name of Van Leer & Jones, a 
very successful and responsible firm, well established in public favor. Mr. 
Van Leer is a Republican, and both he and his wife are members of the 
Presbyterian church. 

He married, June 22, 1899, Cecelia A. Griffith, born at West Branch, 
Aston township, [March 26, 1882, daughter of Hayes W. Griffith, loom boss, 
now residing in Rockdale, and his wife, Cecelia Costello. Children of Hayes 
W. Griffith : Frank, married Alary Curry ; Charles, married Annie Cullen ; 
Cecelia A., married Clarence Harvey Van Leer: NelHe, married Isaac Hab- 
bersett: Hayes (2), married Kate O'Brien; Margaret, unmarried. 

Children of Clarence H. and Cecelia A. (Griffith) Van Leer; CeceHa M., 
born Julv 22, 1900; Amy A., March 22, 1902; Clarence Harvey (2), June 
5. 1904; 'William J., June 22. 1906; Hayes W., October 3, 1908; Jessie M., 
September 23, 1910. 

The Fords have been for several generations residents of Dela- 
FORD ware county, the earlier members being usually tillers of the soil, 
well-to-do and prominent. 
John Wesley Ford was a farmer of Middletown township, where he died 
December 2, 1905, aged eighty-five years. He married and left issue. Wil- 
liam Henry, see forward ; Hampford ; Andrew, married Ella Lodge ; James ; 
all now Hving ( 1913) but parents both deceased. 



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William Henry, son of John Wesley Ford, was born in Middletown town- 
ship, November i8, 1849. He was educated in the public schools and Maple- 
wood Institute, and grew to manhood in his native township, spending his 
early life on the farm. Later he learned the carpenter's trade, and is now a 
successful contractor and builder of Media. He is a Republican in politics, 
served eight years as school director and is a loyal party man. Both he and 
his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. 

William Henry Ford is a member of the following lodges: Junior Order 
American Mechanics of Media, Patriotic Order Sons of America of Chester, 
Knights of Malta of Chester, Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Chester, 
Lucius H. Scott Lodge of Masons of Chester. He married Anna Mary Tay- 
lor, born in Darby, Pennsylvania, daughter of Robert Taylor, a landscape 
gardener, now deceased, whose children were : Edward ; Anna Marv, wife of 
William Henry Ford ; Joseph ; Harry, and a daughter, who died in infancy — all 
others living. Children of \\'illiam Henry and .\nna AI. Ford: \\'illiam, died in 
infancy; Eva ilay, married William Roser and lives in Chester; Lawrence 
Crawford, married Irene Terry and resides in Media; John Wesley (2) mar- 
ried Marian Williams and resides in Media; Wilbur Ulysses, married Mary 
Harrington and resides in Media ; Norman Malcolm Layton. of whom further ; 
William Summers, unmarried. 

Norman Malcolm Layton. son of William Henry and Anna Mary ( Tav- 
lor) Ford, was born at Knowlton, Middletown township. Delaware county, 
Pennsylvania, December 29, 1887. His early years were spent in South 
Media and Nether Providence township, his education acquired in the public 
schools of Wallingford. finishing in the high school. He learned the painter's 
trade and until 1909 always worked with his father. In that year he estab- 
lished as a painting contractor for himself and is now considered one of the 
most successful contracting painters in this section of Delaware county. He 
is a Republican in politics : a member of Kossuth Lodge, No. 393, Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows of Media, and of Morton Lodge, No. 364, Patriotic 
Order Sons of America of ]\Iorton. and in both he holds an official position. 
In religious preference he is a Methodist. 

Mr. Ford married, July 23, 1910, Mary Ann \'ollmer, born in Darby, 
January 19, 1892, daughter of John Frederick and Minnie (Huber"* Vollmer, 
the former a fruit gardener near Rutledge. the family home. Children of 
Mr. and Mrs. Vollmer: ]\Iinnie. married Edward Shillingford, now of Cleve- 
land, Ohio: Mary Ann. wife of Norman Malcolm Layton Ford: Florence and 
Frances. 



The first members of the Vernon familj' in Pennsylvania were 
VERNON three brothers — Thomas, Randal and Robert. Thomas came 

from Stanthorne. county of Chester. England, about the same 
time as ^^'illiam Penn in 1682. While not excessively annoyed he had not 
entirely escaped religious persecution in England, because of his membership 
in the Society of Friends. With his brother, Randal, he settled in Nether 
Providence. Delaware county, on contiguous tracts, for some time occupying 
only one dwelling, at which the meetings of the Society of Friends were held. 
His name is on the list of jurors for the first court ever held for the county 
of Chester. He died in 1698. Randal ^'erno^ was likewise an active and 
influential member of the Societv of Friends and frequently had charge of the 
public business of that sect. In 1687 he served as a member of the Pro- 
vincial .Assembly. He died in 1725, aged eighty-five years, having survived 
his wife, Sarah, six years. Robert \'ernon came from Stoaks. Cheshire, Eng- 



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land. He was a member of the Society of Friends, but took no such active 
part in its affairs as did his brothers. A member of the family, prominent 
in the war of independence, was Captain Job Vernon, born in Lower Provi- 
dence, 1750, died in Concord township, 1810. He served in the Army of the 
North, and participated in all its engagements up to the storming of Stony 
Point. 

From this early Vernon family sprang Samuel \'ernon, a miller at But- 
ton's, Delaware county, born November 15, 1755, died in Aston township, 
Delaware county, in 1812. aged sixty-two years. He and his wife were mem- 
bers of the Society of Friends. He married Ann Hall, who died near Bridge- 
water, on Chester creek, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, leaving issue. 

(H) Abner, son of Samuel and Ann (Hall) Vernon, was born in Chester, 
Delaware county, Pennsylvania, April i, 1791. His early life was spent in 
Aston township, where he obtained an education in a private school. Leaving 
school he learned the carpenter's trade, which he followed all his life. Toward 
the end of the war of 1812-14, he was drafted for service, but the end of the 
conflict came soon after and he saw little active service. Politically he was a 
Whig, and served two terms as supervisor of Lower Chichester. With his 
wife he was a member of the Episcopal church, in which he was a vestryman 
and warden. He married Esther Bullock, of Concord township, Delaware 
county, died in Claymont, Delaware, aged seventy-four years, d&ughter of 
John and Sarah (Hampton) Bullock. Children: i. Lavina, born October 
14, 1816; married Benjamin Larkins. 2. Sarah .\nn^_born_^sOTember 17, 
1818; married James Price. 3. John B., .J^lwedr'^ne 8, 1821?" Margaret 
Brooke. 4. Samuel (of further mention). 5. Abner, born April 26. 1826. 
6. Mary G., born August 27, 1828 : married John Brooke. 7. Frank S., born 
May 19, 1830, married Elizabeth Otty. 8. George W., born October 6, 1833; 
married Mary Kim. 

(HI) Samuel, son of Abner and Esther (Bullock) \'ernon, was born in 
Aston township, Delaware county, September 7, 1823. His early years were 
spent in Aston and Concord townships, where he followed the occupation of 
his father — the carpenter's. In politics he is a Republican, and was the first 
burgess of Marcus Hook. He is very prominent in fraternal circles, being one 
of the oldest living members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, to 
which he has belonged for sixty-four years. He has held all the grades of 
offices in this fraternity, as he has in the Improved Order of Red Men, of 
which he has been a member for forty-one years. He is a communicant of 
the Episcopal church. He married, April 14', 1853, Caroline Moore, born in 
Pedricktown, Salem county. New Jersey, daughter of John, a farmer, died 
aged seventy-four years, and Priscilla (Kate) Moore. Children of John and 
Priscilla Moore: George, married Mary Handy, of Brandywine Hundred, 
Delaware: Susie, married Samuel Butler, of Wilmington, Delaware: Caro- 
line (of previous mention). Children of Samuel and Caroline (Moore) Xer- 
non: i. John M., born June 22, 1854: married (first) April 25, 1886, Cather- 
ine Carter, (second) February 12, 1897, Mary Fogarty. 2. Esther, born 
September 11, 1856; married, September 11, 1879, Elwood B. Woirilow. 3. 
Samuel C, born March 25, i8S9: married, September i, 1886, Ada Lantz. 4. 
Albert H. (of further mention). 5. Abner, born March 4, 1863; married, 
October 17, 1894, Lorna Downes. 6. George M., born November 14, 1864; 
married Ruth Lewis. 7. Eva C, born October 24, 1866. 8. Lillie May, born 
April 30, 1874; married, November 19, 1895, John W. Gosch. 

(IV) Albert H., third son and fourth child of Samuel and Caroline 
(Moore) Vernon, was born in Claymont, Delaware, x\pril i, 1861. He obtained 
his education in the public schools of L'^pper Chichester, and later gradu- 



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ated from the mechanical tlraughtsmansliip course, class of 1898, of the 
International Correspondence School at Scranton, Pennsylvania. His first 
employment was as a carpenter, at which he worked until he was twenty years 
of age, abandoning this to accept a position with the Jackson & Sharp Com- 
pany of \\'ilmington, Delaware, with whom he remained for two and a half 
years. On March i. 1884, he entered the employ of the Pennsylvania rail- 
road as a station agent and telegraph operator, in which capacity he now 
serves. For seven years he was in Washington, D. C. In politics he is a 
Republican, and has been town clerk and road commissioner of Lower Chiches- 
ter. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, belonging to 
Farmers and ^lechanics Lodge, Xo. 85. of Linwood, Delaware county, and to 
Freeman Encampment, of the same town. He passed all chairs in the subor- 
dinate lodge, and in September. 1894. was elected a representative to the 
Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, and has been reelected for each succeeding year 
up to the present (1913). In March, 1909, he was elected district deputy 
grand master for Delaware county, an office he held for one year, according 
to the rule of the country districts. He also belongs to Lucius H. Scott Lodge, 
No. 352, Free and Accepted Masons, of Chester, Pennsylvania : Florence E. 
Joslyn Lodge, No. 287, Daughters of Rebekah, Linwood, Pennsylvania, and the 
Veteran Odd Fellows Association of Pennsylvania. 

He married, April 2-j. 1887. at Linwood, Delaware county, Mary P. ^Ic- 
Caflferty, born at Wilmington. Delaware. July 12. 1865, daughter of William 
G. andAnna M. ( Price ) McCafferty : children : Mary P. ( of previous men- 
tion j married Albert H. \'emon : Edward T. : Laura E. : Anna E. : William 
G.; George R. : Frank H. and Edith M. Children of Albert H. and :\Iary 
P. (McCafiferty ) \'ernon : i. .A. Willard, born February i, 1888. 2. .\nna 
R., born December 30, 1894. 3. S. Howard, born May 8, 1896. 



A native of the neighboring state of New Jersey, ;\Ir. Har- 

GOMMOLL ry Gommoll first came to Delaware county, Pennsylvania, 

in the year 1900, and although a newcomer, began business in 

the oldest smithy in Delaware county, the old shop at Hinkson's Corner, where 

from the early days of the county, a flaming forge has gleamed. 

Harry Gomrnoll was born in Essex county. New Jersey, April 13. 1875, a 
son of a well known landscape gardener, Frederick Gommoll, and his wife, 
Wilhelmena. Harry Gommoll attended public school until twelve years of age, 
when he began working in a blacksmith shop, where he served an apprentice- 
ship of four years. In 1893 he came to Pennsylvania, and followed his trade 
for eight years as a journeyman smith, working in Philadelphia. Norristown, 
Collegevilfe, Reading and other Pennsylvania cities, and becoming an expert 
horseshoer and general iron worker. In the year 1900 he settled permanently 
in Delaware countv, starting in business for himself on Labor Day of that year, 
as successor of Ez'ekiel R. Norman, the oldest smith in Delaware county, in the 
shop at Hinkson's Corner. Here he prospered for two and a half years : then 
he moved his business location to Media, locating in the Broadhead shop, Aprd 
I, 1903. He continued at that location until April i, 1909. when he moved to 
his present place of business on Baker street. He has established himself firm- 
ly in the good opinion of his numerous patrons, and is one of the successful 
prosperous men of the borough. 

Mr. Gommoll is a member of Garfield Lodge. No. 94. Knights of Pythias ; 
treasurer of Kossuth Lodge, No. 393, Independent Order of Odd Fellows: and 
of Morning Star Encampment of the same fraternal order. In religious faith. 



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]\rr. Gommoll, with his family, is a member of the Baptist church, while in po- 
litical preference he is an Independent, 

On April 9, 1902, Mr. Gommoll married in Xorristown, Pennsylvania, 
Clara Bechtel, daughter of Henry L. and Annie E, Bechtel. Mrs. Gommoll has 
brothers and sisters : \\"illiam H., married Carrie Dellar ; Walter I,, married 
Katie Rex ; George \\'., married Ella Davis ; Alary E. ; Laura G, ; Samuel L,, 
and Howard L. Children of Harry and Clara ( Bechtel ) Gommoll : Anna G,, 
born January 27, 1903; Robert L., July 24, 1904; Norman L„ September 20, 
1906; Edna M., October 19, 1910, 



The first members of this branch of the McKnight family 
McKNIGHT came to this country about the commencement of the nine- 
teenth century, and they have been conspicuously identi- 
fied with important business interests since their arrival here, and have been ' 
intensely patriotic citizens. 

(I) \\'illiam McKnight, the emigrant ancestor, was born in Ireland, and 
after his coming to this country, made his home in Philadelphia, where he diet! 
at the age of fifty-si.x years. He married Gylac Hagertv, who died in 1833 
in Philadelphia. Children : Robert, deceased ; John ; David, see forward ; 
and Annie, deceased. 

(II) David, son of William and Gylac (Hagertyl McKnight, was born 
in Ireland, March 4, 1831, and is now living in Philadelphia. He was very 
young when he arrived in that city with his parents, and attended the 
public schools of that city. It is an interesting fact to note, that he was a 
member of the ninth class of the Central High School of Philadelphia ; his 
son, William, was a member of the sixty-ninth class ; Paul was a member of 
the seventy-ninth class, and David Jr., was a member of the eighty-ninth 
class, David McKnight was a schoolmate of Prof. Daniel Howard in the 
school house which stood on the present site of Wanamaker's store. For 
many years he held the position of live stock agent of the Pennsylvania Rail- 
road Company, but is now living in retirement. He formerly belonged to 
the \\'hig party, but upon the organization of the Republican party, joined the 
ranks of that body, and later joined the Progressive party. During the civd 
war he was a member of Company K, Gray Reserves, but was not called into 
active service. He married Mary A. AlacPherson, born in Anne Arundel 
county, Maryland. She was a daughter of William and Eliza (Doherty) 
;\lacPherson, the former for many years foreman for Brooke & Pugh, flour 
merchants in Philadelphia, and who died, leaving two children : Mary A., 
mentioned above, and William John, who was a member of Company D, One 
Hundred and Twenty-fourth Pennsylvania Regiment. ]\Ir. and Airs. Mc- 
Knight have had children : William ; Albert, died in infancy ; Paul, see for- 
ward : Jessie, died April 27, 1903, at the age of thirty-seven years ; Mary ; 
David Jr. : and Elisabeth. 

(HI) Paul, son of David and Mary A. (MacPherson) McKnight, was 
born in Philadelphia, November 26, 1863. His early years were spent in 
Philadelphia, where he attended the public schools and, upon the completion 
of his education, he was engaged in business for some time. He then enteerd 
the Young Men's Christian Association Training School in Springfield, Massa- 
chusetts, and filled various positions in Young Men's Christian Associations. 
May 13, 1891, he formed a connection with the Pennsylvania Railroad Com- 
pany, which is still in force. He has risen from one position to another, until 
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Philadelphia stock yard station. In political matters he is an Independent 
Republican. 

Mr. McKnight married, October 10. 1894. Anna Howell, born in Philadel- 
phia, a daughter of Abram B. and Maria fElwell) Thomas, the latter born in 
Pennsylvania ; the former, who was born in Chester county, Pennsylvania, was 
a worker in leather goods, and is now living in Philadelphia, being over sev- 
enty years of age. They had six children : Harvey B., deceased ; George, 
died young ; Anna Howell, mentioned above ; Sara ; Mary J. ; William Bon- 
sall. Mr. ]\IcKnight has no children. He is a member of George W. Bar- 
tram Lodge, No. 298, Free and Accepted Masons : IMedia Chapter, No. 234, 
Royal Arch Masons: Kossuth Lodge, No. 393, Independent Order of Odd 
Fellows; IMedia Fire and Hook and Ladder Company. No. i, of Media. He 
and his wife are Presbyterians. When he came to iledia in 1894, he at once 
affiliated with the church, and since then has officiated as an elder and a trus- 
tee; he was the secretary of trustees for seventeen years, and has been treas- 
urer of that body three years. He takes a great interest in the \'oung people's 
church work, and does everything in his power to further it. 



On the fifth day of May, 1675, a company from England, princi- 
WARE pally members of the Society of Friend;, landed from the ship 
"Griffith." which had brought them from England to find a home in 
West Jersey. The leading spirit of tjie enterprise and the owner of the lands 
now included in what are now known as Salem and Cumberland counties. New 
Jersey, was John Fenwick. from which the colony received its name. The 
landing place of the Fenwick colony appearing to Fenwick as a good location 
for a town he called it New Salem. 

Among these Fenwick colonists was Joseph Ware, of Monmouthshire, 
Wales. Thomas Shourds. in his "History of Salem County," says that Joseph 
Ware came as a "servant" to Edward Wade. But as Smith, in his "History of 
New Jersey" says — Fenwick"s daughters. Anne and Elizabeth, married two 
of his "servants,"' it would seem that the meaning of servants then was one who 
worked for wages and not one of inferior social position. But that is of little 
moment. Joseph Ware soon became a man of importance in the colony, his 
name appearing several times as a member of and sometimes as a foreman of 
the grand jury. He bought within a few years five hundred acres of land on 
Lower Alloways Creek, part of which is yet owned by descendants. He died 
March 30. 171 1, leaving a will in which he divided his property among his chil- 
dren, after providing for his widow Mary. He made no mention of his son, 
John, who early in life became a follower of George Keith, known as the 
Quaker Baptist, which fact probably estranged him from his father. Joseph 
Ware married (first) May 30. 1683, Martha, daughter of John Becket, of Es- 
sex, near Kingston-on-the-Thames. England; four children. He married (sec- 
ond) IMary, who is mentioned in his will, who bore him a daughter. Patience. 

John Ware, second son of Joseph Ware by his first wife, Martha (Becket) 
Ware, was born in New Jersey about 1688; his will, probated June 20, 1734. 
was made May i, preceding, when he declares himself "sick and weak in body, 
but of sound mind and perfect memory." He was styled "yeoman" and de- 
clares in his will that he is a resident of Cohansie. Salem county. Province of 
New Jersey. He left to his "loving wife. Bathsheba" all his "plantation lands 
buildings with the appurtenances situate and being in Cohansie" until his first 
born son John, born 1722, "shall arrive at the age of twenty-one years." After 
that she was to have one-third of all he possessed so long as she remained a 
widow. 



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Elnathan Ware, second son and fourth of the six children of John and 
Bathsheba Ware, has had no mention of his early life preserved beyond men- 
tion in his father's will in which he was given twenty-five acres and ten 
pounds in gold. There is no record of him until 1760, when he gave bond tO' 
the state when he obtained "License of Marriage" to "Mercy Moore." He was 
then resident of Greenwich, Cumberland county. New Jersey, his wife, Mercy,- 
a daughter of Enoch Moore of the same town. Elnathan and Mercy (Moore) 
\\'are were the parents of nine children of which Joseph was the sixth child 
and the fifth son. 

Joseph Ware, fifth son of Elnathan and Mercy (Moore) Ware, born Au- 
gust"27,' 1771. in Greenwich, Salem county. New Jersey, removed to Cape 
May, New Jersey, where he died. He married (first) Deborah Whillden, 
(second) Harriet Whillden, supposed to have been sisters. Children : i. Sam- 
uel Fithian, born October 16, 1800, died 1876; married (first) Esther Teal, 
(second) Lydia Thomas. 2. Deborah Whillden, born May 4, 1804, died 1866; 
married Thomas Eldredge. 3. James Whillden, born January 12, 1806, died 
1890; married Deborah Hampton. 4. Joseph, born May 16, 1809; married 
(first) .^nn Hughes, (second) Lydia Leaming. 5. Daniel Crowell, born No- 
vember I, 1810, died 1891 : married (first) Rachel , (second) Louisa 

Ford. 6. Welmon W.. see forward. 7. Maskell, born 1822; married (first) 
Leah Mathias. (second) Mary J. Warrick. 8. John G. W., born 1825. 

M'elmon W. Ware, fifth son of Joseph Ware and his second wife, Harriet 
(Whillden) Ware, was born in Cape May. New Jersey, 1818, died in July, 
1886. He was educated in the public schools, and became one of the promi- 
nent men of Cape May county. He was a Republican in politics , member of 
the State Senate eight years and for sixteen years was superintendent of the 
United States Life Saving Station at Cape May ; mayor of Cape May several 
terms, also serving in the city council several terms. In the years following 
the civil war he was proprietor of the Willaid Hotel in Washington, D. C, later 
returning to Cape Mav. He was a man of juiblic spirit and used his influence 
always for the betterment of public conditions in his city. He married (first) 
Mary B. Schellinger, (second) Lydia C. Schellinger, (third) Bell West. 

Preston W. Ware, son of Welmon W. Ware and his second wife, Lydia C. 
(Schellinger) Ware, was born in Cape May, New Jersey, June i. 1866. He- 
vvt.s educated in the public schools of Cape May, which was his home in youth, 
save for the few years spent in Washington, D. C, while his father was pro- 
prietor of the Willard Hotel, the family making their home there during that 
period. After leaving school he became a plumber's apprentice and became 
thorough master of all branches of that business. He followed his trade as a 
journeyman in Cape ]\lay and other New Jersey and Pennsylvania towns until 
his marriage in 1889, when he located in Media. He there established in busi- 
ness for himself in plumbing and steam heating in all its branches. He has 
gained an enviable reputation as an expert workman and a reliable contractor. 
His business covers the territory surrounding Media and for a time included 
the contracting of buildings as' well as their fitting out with plumbing and 
steam fitting. He is a member of the Order of Artisans, and he and his 
wife and familv are active members of the Presbyterian church: workers in 
both church and Sunday school. In politics he is a Republican, but although 
interested in all that pertains to the public good has never sought or accepted 

public office. 

Mr. Ware married. October 11. 1889, Matilda J., daughter of John and 
Catherine Schowerer, of \lec\\a. Children: Elsie, married Freeman B. Ches- 
ley, of ]\Iarlton, West ^^irginia : Louise, now attending West Chester Norma! 
School: Walter, now a student in Media. The family residence is at No. 4. 
West State street. Media. 



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The English family came to Media from Ohio, but earlier gen- 

ENGLISH erations were of Pennsylvanian birth. The settlement in Ohio 

was made in 1835, by Daniel S. English, who settled on a 

farm in Stark county, not far from Canton. He married Elizabeth Severn, who 

bore him thirteen children. Both he and his wife died on the farm in Stark 

county. 

Joseph" Edward, son of Daniel S. and Elizabeth (Severn ) English, was 
born near Canton, Stark county, Ohio. March 30, 1855. He attended the dis- 
trict public schools and spent his boyhood at the home farm. At the age of 
fourteen years he began learning the trade of marble cutter, working in the 
marble yard during the summer months, and in the coal mines of Columbiana 
county, Ohio, in the winter. He continued tliis method of work until 1876. 
when he came east to Delaware county, Pennsylvania, settling in Media. Feb- 
ruary 2, 1882. From 1876 until 1882 he worked at marble cutting in Phila- 
delphia and nearby towns as a journeyman, but after coming to Media engaged 
in business for himself in a small way in the line of monuments and grave- 
stones. He had little capital, and all work in the beginning, from the rough 
stone to the finished monument, was done by his own skilled hands. Mr. 
English has prospered through thrift and industry, and now has a shop, well 
equipped with machinery for cutting and polishing, in fact a complete modern 
stone working plant. \Vhile his principal line is monuments, he also maintains 
a department for building purposes, furnishing marble and granite work of 
every kind at the builder's order. He is himself a finished workman, and he 
demands the same excellence of workmanship from his employed cutters, giv- 
ing close attention to detail of design and plan. This thoroughness has 
brought the deserved reward, and has extended his business all over Dela- 
ware county and into the states of New Jersey and Delaware, although he 
employs' no solicitors or traveling salesmen. His business comes entirely from 
his well known superior workmanship and strict business integrity, every 
patron bringing him others. 

In politics, Mr. English has been a life-long Republican, active and 
deeply interested in the welfare of his town, but always refusing offers of 
political office for himself. He belongs to the Junior Order of American 
Mechanics ; his three sons are also members. He is a member of the official 
board of the ]\Iethodist Episcopal church, and his wife and children are also 
members of that church. 

Mr. English married. June 26. 1879, Lydia. daughter of John and 
Charlotte (Kitson) Broadbelt, of Delaware county. His two sons. Lewis 
E. and Franks, are associated with him in business ; his third son. Frederick 
E., is a bookkeeper in the Delaware County Trust Company. The family 
home and marble works are situated on the corner of East Washington 
and ^^ernon streets, !Media. 



The ]\IcCauleys. of Scotch ancestry, settled in county Ar- 
McCAULEY magh, Ireland', whence came Hugh McCauley who married, 
soon after his arrival in Philadelphia. ]\Iargaret Means. 
John, son of Hugh McCauley, was born in Concord, Delaware county. 
July 29, 1804, grew up a farmer, and lived in Chester county until 1843. I" 
that year he moved to Harrisburg where he was manager of iron mines in 
Dauphin and Luzerne counties. In politics he was a Democrat, later a Repub- 
lican, and in religion belonged to the Methodist Episcopal church. He was 
also a member of the Masonic order. He married, in 1834, Lydia Gheen, who 



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tore him ten children. Mr. McCaiiley died in West Chester, September 11, 
1889; his wife died April 4, 1850, leaving a large family. 

William, son of John and Lydia ( Gheen ) McCauley, was born in Lan 
caster county, Pennsylvania, May 6, 1839, and died there June 3, 1902. He 
was a contracting painter and lived in the same community for over fifty 
years of his life. He was a man of personality, held decided opinions, and 
was remarked for his general uprightness of character. In religion he was a 
strong Presbyterian, and in political faith a Democrat. Mr. McCauley married 
Sarah Johnson and left issue. 

James lasper, son of William and Sarah (Johnson) McCauley, was born 
in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, December 16, 1862. He attended the public 
schools of his neighborhood, and at a suitable age began learning the painting 
and paper hanging business with his father. After becoming master of his 
trade, he went to Philadelphia, where for two years he was in the employ of 
Webber & Howe, big contractors of railroad painting, operating over a large 
extent of country. After his marriage in 1888, he returned to Media, where 
he worked with his father for about one year. He then entered. the employ 
of the Pennsylvania railroad, working at his trade with that company for 
thirteen years. In August, 1898, he began his residence in Media, and in 
November, 1905, he began business as a painting contractor. He has built 
up a large business in Media and surrounding boroughs, his contracts even 
extending to the city of Philadelphia. He is an expert workman in all kinds 
of plain and decorative work, and has won fairly a reputation as a leader 
in his business. 

Mr. McCauley is a Republican in politics, but while interested in all that 
pertains to the public welfare, has never accepted office. He belongs to the 
fraternal orders, Knights of Pythias, Knights of the Golden Eagle and Im- 
proved Order of Red Men. Both he and his wife are active workers in the 
church and Sunday school of the United Presbyterian Church of Media. The 
family home is at No. 18 West Second street. Media. Mr. McCauley married, 
in 1888, Sarah Elizabeth Work, daughter cf Robert and Letitia D. (Robinson) 
Work, of Russellville, Chester county, Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. McCau- 
lev have no children. 



The Seal family, of I\Iedia. descends from ^^'illiam Seal, born in 
SEAL England, who at an early day settled in Birmingham, Delaware 

county, Pennsylvania. He married there, October 3, 1718, Hannah 
Gilpin, daughter of Joseph and Hannah Gilpin, of Birmingham township. 
Children: Rachel; Joseph; Hannah, married John Bennett; William; Joshua; 
and Caleb. Erom William Seal descend all of the Seal name in Delaware 
county. The family is a large one, and in past generations has been repre- 
sented hv farmers of large industry, with good business and substance. The 
descent in this branch is from William (2) Seal, son of William (i) Seal, the 
emigrant. William (i) Seal died in 1742, and his wife in 1746. William (2) 
was a distiller, and a member of the Society of Friends. When that body an- 
nounced its opposition to their members engaging in harmful occupation, Mr. 
Seal converted his distillery into a mill for the manufacture of castor oil. He 
owned six hundred acres of farm land in Birmingham township. He married 
Mary Hunt, of Birmingham township, brought up a large family, and died in 

1821. , . .^ , 

William A. Seal, a descendant of William, the emigrant, was born m Del- 
aware county, and lived there, settling in Media after his marriage, where he 
made his home until his death. He was a plasterer by trade. He was an honor- 



88o DELAWARE COUNTY 

dble, upright man and a good citizen, quiet and unobtrusive, and a member in 
high standing of the Hicksite branch of the Society of Friends. During the 
Avar between the States he was a soldier of the Union, doing thereby violence to 
his natural feelings, and incurring the displeasure of his church. He mar- 
ried JNIary Ann Cline, also born in Delaware county. 

Joseph C. Seal, son of William A. and Mary Ann (Cline) Seal, was born 
in Media. Pennsylvania, August 2, 1864. He attended the public schools, and 
began business life as a clerk in a Media store, acting in that capacity several 
years. He then attended Shortlidge Academy in Media for one year, and then 
apprenticed himself to Charles Walter, of Media, to learn the carpenter's trade. 
Until 1885 he worked as apprentice and journeyman carpenter, when he began 
business for hmiself. He has continued in the building business ever since, 
and has won fairly his reputation as one of the leading contracting builders of 
IMedia. He has erected many of the best residences in Media and the sur- 
rounding country. Mr. Seal is himself an expert workman, and in his business 
dealings adheres strictly to principles of highest integrity. He is both capa- 
ble and reliable, these qualities having brought him deserved success. In poli- 
tics he is a Republican ; he has always been active in public affairs, and for six 
years, has served in the borough council. 

Mr. Seal married, March 31, 18S9, Wilhemina Cosgrove, daughter of 
Adam Cosgrove, of Media ; and both are members of the Hicksite Society of 
Friends. Their only son, Jesse B. Seal, is connected with his father in busi- 
ness ; their only daughter, Edna C, is a successful music teacher. The fam- 
ily resides at No. 322 North Orange street. 



In far away Germany, that land of thrift and industry, was born 
HOLL Sebastian Holl and Maria Wappler. both natives of Wiirtemberg. 
They came to the United States, and while still young met and 
were married in Philadelphia, where Sebastian Holl became a successful 
manufacturer of fine furniture, retiring from business in 1900. He died Jan- 
uary 10, 1910. Maria, his wife, died March 13, 1888. Of their four sons: 
one died in infancy; Albert, now resides in Philadelphia; Emil, resides in 
Media; and Julius, died in 191 1 in Philadelphia. 

Emil, son of Sebastian and Maria ( Wappler) Holl, was born in Philadel- 
phia, October 14, 1853. He was educated in the public schools of Philadel- 
phia and after finishing his education became a watchmaker's apprentice, 
serving the full term of years required, and becoming an expert jeweler and 
watchmaker. He worked at the bench until 1877, when he embarked in busi- 
ness for himself, opening a jewelry store in Media, where he has since been in 
continuous, successful operation for a period of thirty-six years. A business 
extending over so long a space of years, necessarily has its reverses as well 
as its successes, but in Mr. Holl's case, the latter have greatly predominated, 
and is now located at the northeast corner of State and Orange streets in a 
fine store well stocked with a modern line of jewelry store goods, and pos- 
sessing an adequate repair department. His reputation for the "square deal'" 
has brought him generous patronage, well deserved prosperity and the high 
regard of his townsmen. He is vice-president and director of the Media Title 
and Trust Company, president and a director of the Second Building and 
Loan Association, and actively interested in other Media enterprises. 

Mr. Holl has always taken an active and prominent part in the business 
and public affairs of the borough of Media. He is a Democrat in politics 
and has played a leading role in party affairs. He has served as chairman of 
the Democratic County Committee, and in 1894 he was appointed postmaster 



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of Media by President Cleveland, for a term of four years. He has also been 
the Democratic nominee for presidential elector, for assemblyman and for 
state senator, but the district in which he lives is so strongly Republican 
that a Democrat is rarely elected to any state or district office, no matter how 
high the standing or popularity of the candidate. In religion Mr. Holl and 
his family are members of the Roman Catholic church ; he is a Knight of 
Columbus and a member of other church organizations. 

He married, January lo, 1878, Anna P., daughter of Theodore Kampen, 
of Philadelphia. Children : Cyrilla M., Albert E., Julia C, S. Herman, 
Frances, Frederick T. and Helen. 



Among the native sons of Ireland, who came to Delaware county 
MAJOR in the long ago, was John Major, who came when quite young, 
and settled in Media where he became prominent as a contractor 
and a man of public affairs. He was a member of the Presbyterian church in 
religious faith, and a Democrat in politics with all of his countrymen's love of 
public office. He was active in party affairs and held various local offices. His 
wife, Margaret Callahan, whom he married here, also came from Ireland when 
young. Both are now deceased. 

George Major, son of John and Margaret (Callahan) Major, was born in 
Media, June i, 1867, where has always lived. He was educated in the public 
schools, and began business life as his father's assistant in his contracting oper- 
ations. However, early in life he became a plumber's apprentice, finishing his 
trade and working as a journeyman until 1893, when he established himself in 
the plumbing business, opening a shop in Media. He has greatly extended his 
business in the years intervening, and is one of the successful, substantial men 
of his town, upright in character and held in high esteem. In politics he is an 
Independent, and interested in public aft'airs, although he has never sought or 
accepted office. He is a member of the Presbyterian church, which he serves 
as trustee, and of the Sons of A'eterans, by virtue of his father's service during 
the civil war, as a private in Company F, 126th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volun- 
teer Infantry. 

Mr. Major married, in November, 1893, Letitia A. JNIcIlrath, daughter of 
Thomas and Sarah Mcllrath, natives of Ireland, who emigrated to New York 
City, and later returned to the North of Ireland. Children: George Adams, 
born August 6, 1894; Sarah, February 27, 1896; Lillian and Ethel May, No- 
vember 17, 1897; ^11 ^re students in the Media schools. The family home is at 
No. 33 West State street, where Mr. Major's place of business is also located. 



The Green Isle of the Sea never gave to America a bigger- 
REILLY hearted man, a truer patriot, or better citizen than Terrence 
Reilly, a resident of Pennsylvania sixty-one years, and of Media 
thirty-nine years. 

Terrence Reilly was born in Ireland in 1821, died in Media, Pennsylvania, 
January 16, 1896. He was brought to the United States in 1825, and his home 
was in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, until 1857. He obtained a common school 
education and developed an unusual aptitude for business. He worked and 
clerked for several years, finally accumulating sufficient capital to start a store 
He continued in prosperous merchandising in Philadelphia until 1857, whem 
he moved to Media. He there established a tannery and from the first pros- 
pered. He enlarged his business and was a most prosperous leather manufac- 
turer until his death thirty-nine years after his first coming to Media. His life 
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882 DELAWARE COUNTY 

of seventy-five years covered the period of wars waged by the United States in 
both of which Terrence Reilly bore a part under the flag that was his, only 
by adoption. He was a private in the Mexican War and in the war between 
the States won the rank of first Heutenant. He had all of an Irishman's love of 
battle, yet was especially noted in Media for his kindness of heart and liberality 
to those in distress. He gave large sums in charity each year and no man 
ever appealed to him in vain, if in need. He was an industrious, energetic man 
himself, scorning the idler, but ever ready to advance the interests of the 
worthy. He was a Democrat in politics with all the love for public life and 
political power that seems inherent in his race. He served in the Media bor- 
ough council for several terms and was twice elected chief burgess, serving the 
borough well and faithfully. He took a deep interest in the Media Fire Com- 
pany, assisted in its organization, was its first president and but one week prior 
to his death was re-elected. His life was a busy, useful, successful one, begun 
in a faraway land, from which he was so early transplanted that to him .\mer- 
ica was more his own than an adopted home. \\n:ile he never married, he had 
adopted as his son a nephew. Peter H. Reilly. on whom he lavished all a fath- 
er's love and interest. A feature of his character was his strong sense of duty 
and his courage in maintaining his opinions when satisfied he was right. He 
was absolutely fearless in his advocacy of public measures and never lost sight 
of the interests of his community. A member of the Roman Catholic church 
and faithful to his religious obligations he was broadminded and liberal, hold- 
ing every man's creed sacred and when he passed from their midst every man 
regardless of religious creed or political faith, had a kind word for Terrence 
Reilly. 

Peter H. Reilly. adopted son of Terrence Reilly, was born in Media. Penn- 
sylvania, April 12, 1866, and there has always lived. He was educated in the 
public schools, La Salle College and Pierce's Business College of Philadelphia. 
He was taught the tanning business by his adopted father and with him was 
associated until the death of the latter in 1896. During their long connection 
he grew to thoroughly appreciate the excellence of character of Terrence Reilly 
.,nd unconsciously perhaps absorbed many of his most striking characteristics, 
becoming very much like him in many respects. He formed the same energetic 
business habits, is broad-minded and liberal in his charities, has the deep inter- 
ests in public affairs and the same regard and devotion to the interests of Me- 
dia. He belongs to the same political party, the Democratic, and has served 
with the same fidelity that distinguished Terrence Reilly in his public life. 

Peter H. Reilly was appointed by Judge Isaac Johnson in 1904 to fill out 
an unexpired term of a member of the board of county auditors, and in the fol- 
lowing year was regularly elected to membership on the same board for a term 
of three years. In religious faith he is a Roman Catholic ; member and chair- 
man of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul ; member of the Knights of Colum- 
bus and prominent in both organizations. He has a private library of several 
hundred well selected books, which show evidence of daily use and indicate 
their owner's love of good literature. Fond himself of out-of-door sports, he 
gives heartv support and assistance to all helpful athletics and is a firm friend 
of young men. The business founded by Terrence Reilly has been wisely con- 
tinued by the adopted son and its old time prosperity in no way diminished. 
Faithful alike to the upright principles of the founder and his own high ideals, 
he has carried out the unspoken wishes of his benefactor and holds in the aflfec- 
tions of the people the place first won by the warm-hearted Terrence Reilly. 

Peter H. Reilly married, June 9, 1907, Anna, daughter of Abram and 
Anna Cohen, of New York. The family home is an attractive residence at 
No. 114 North Edgmont street, Media. 



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883 



, In point of interesting and protitable reading, biography certainly 
DOAK yields to no other subject. Moreover, it is especially noteworthy 
to mark the progress made in the varied fields of industry by 
those who have come to these shores from another country, and to observe 
the eagerness displayed in acquiring the methods and customs in vogue here 
and the facility with which they adapt themselves to circumstances in their 
new surroundmgs. In the majority of cases the best traits of the ancestors 
are retamed, and mingled to the best advantage with the progressive ideas to 
be found in our manner of conducting business transactions. A case in point 
is that of James L. Doak, of Media, Pennsylvania, who is of Scotch-Irish 
descent. 

Joseph Doak, father of James L. Doak, was a native of Scotland, and 
came to the United States when he was a very young lad. He was engaged in 
farming throughout the active years of his life, and died in April, 1908. He mar- 
ried Mary M. Wiggin, who had been born in Ireland, and had come to this 
country when a child with her parents. Both the Doak and the Wiggin fam- 
ily settled in Delaware county, Pennsylvania. 

James L., son of Joseph and Mary M. (Wiggin) Doak, was born at Wal- 
lingford, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, June 21, 1876. His early life was 
as uneventful as the usual one of a farmer's son. He acquired a good, prac- 
tical education at the district school, during the intervals when he was not 
engaged in assisting his father in the cultivation of the homestead farm. When 
he attained young manhood, he determined to branch out for himself, as his 
ambitious and energetic nature was not satisfied with the humdrum existence 
he had hitherto led. He accordingly removed to Media, where he engaged in 
business as a contract teamster, and in several other enterprises, of which he 
made a financial success. By these means he amassed considerable capital, 
and in 1908 opened a livery and boarding stable business in connection with 
his contract teaming and heavy hauling, and these numerous activities engage 
his attention at the present time. They have become very extended in the 
course of events, and they are enterprises which are still steadily and con- 
sistently growing. Mr. Doak wields a considerable influence in the political 
ai?airs of the county, and is a member of the Republican county committee. 
He also holds the office of assistant fire chief, and he has filled other public 
offices of trust and responsibility. In 1913 he was the Republican candidate 
for county comptroller of Delaware county. Fraternally he is a member of 
Media Lodge, No. 139, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. 

Mr. Doak married, September i, 1906, Anna, daughter of Michael and 
Jennie (Snappe) Burnley, whose children are: Anna, George, Elsie and 
Clarence. The Burnley family has been resident in Garrettford, Pennsyl- 
vania, for many years. Mr. Doak keeps well abreast of the times in all public 
movements, and is ever ready to give his personal service as well as his means, 
to further any project for the general benefit of the community. 

This branch of the Wagner family came to Media from Tren- 
WAGNER ton. New Jersey, where Nicholas Wagner and Anna Von 
Lochems were married. Both were born in Germany and 
came to the United States when young and both members of good substantial 
German families. Nicholas Wagner engaged in the iron manufacturing busi- 
ness, with which he was connected successfully, until his retirement in 1887. 
His business life was spent in Trenton, but after his retirement he moved to 
Philadelphia, where he yet resides. Anna, his wife, died in 1887. 

Nicholas H. Wagner, son of Nicholas and Anna Wagner, was born in 



884 DELAWARE COUNTY 

Trenton, New Jersey (as were all his brothers and sisters). May 3, 1862. He 
was educated in the public schools and Trenton Business College, beginning 
business life as a bookkeeper for the Mercer Pottery Company, remaining five 
years. For the next eight years he was traveling salesman for different Tren- 
ton pottery companies, his territory covering almost the entire country. He 
then spent three years prospecting in Arizona, New and Old Mexico, but did 
not permanently locate, returning at the end of this period to his home in the 
East. Soon afterward he became actively engaged in iron manufacture, and 
until 1900 was secretary or treasurer for twenty-three different corporations in 
the United States, engaged in different branches of iron manufacture. In 1900 
he retired and purchased the Colonial Hotel in Media, a well-equipped summer 
hotel, accommodating one hundred and fifty guests. This house, built in 1854, 
until coming under Mr. Wagner's ownership, was conducted only as a summer 
hotel, but he has made it an '"all the year" home for traveling and permanent 
guests. Always a favorite resort for Philadelphians and others, the house has 
increased in popularity under his management and is one of the best patronized 
houses in rural Pennsylvania. Every modern convenience has been installed 
and every provision made for the entertainment of guests during the "out of 
doors" season. The Spring Haven Country Club golf links are but ten min- 
utes walk distant, while in a spacious hall, forty by sixty feet, semi-weekly 
dances are given. The hotel, situated in the midst of a magnificent natural 
grove of chestnut trees, is near the Pennsylvania railroad depot and within two 
blocks of three trolley lines, connecting with Philadelphia, Chester and all sur- 
rounding country. Mr. Wagner succeeded in ownership Mrs. Herman Hoeck- 
ley, who conducted the house for more than forty years. The Colonial opens 
as a summer hotel, ]\Iay i, of each year, but a welcome and the best of treat- 
ment awaits the guest any day of the year. Mr. Wagner has proved as popu- 
lar as a landlord as he was successful as a business man and is known to the 
traveling public as a most genial, generous and obliging "mine host," and the 
Colonial Hotel, situated among surroundings of historic interest and natural 
beauty, has a nation-wide reputation as a delightful, hospitable and enjoyable 
summer home. Mr. Wagner is a Republican in politics and interested in all 
that pertains to the welfare and prosperity of his town. 

He married, November 16, 1892, Sophia A., daughter of James W. and 
Helen (Albertson) Moyer, of Philadelphia, the former dead, his wife yet liv- 
ing. Children: Frances Chandler, born March 4, 1895; Nicholas H. (2), May 
4, 1896; Helen Moyer, March 8, 1898. 



The Andersons came to Chester, Pennsylvania, from the 
ANDERSON adjoining state of Delaware, where they were residents of 

Newark for several generations. John Anderson, grand- 
father of Arthur B. Anderson, was a finished wood worker, learned his trade 
in the day when a carpenter was expected to be able to make anything per- 
taining to a house, including stairs, sash and even furniture. He had a chest 
of tools that included everything known to the trade, and was expert in the 
use of all. He was born in Scotland, coming to this country a young man. 
He married a Miss Mc^'ey and left issue: John B., (see forward) : Samuel 
K., now a cabinet maker of Wilmington, Delaware ; Emma, died in North 
East, Maryland, when young, in 1878. 

John B. Anderson, son of John Ahderson. was born in Newark, Delaware, 
in 1844. He is now a grocer of Wilmington, Delaware, having first begun 
business forty years ago in North East, Maryland, thence coming to Wilming- 
ton. He served as a justice of the peace in North East; is a member of the 



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Methodist Episcopal church and of Knights of Pythias. He married Ella 
Benjamin, born in North East, .Maryland, in 1852, died in Chester in May, 
1898, daughter of I. N. Benjamin, deceased, and his wife, /Adeline. Chil- 
dren, all born in North East, Maryland : Emma, born in 1877, married Clar- 
ence H. Kirven, of Tennessee, now a title searcher for the Delaware County 
Trust Company, residing in Chester; Arthur Benjamin (of whom further), 
Samuel, died in North East, aged sixteen years; John, born in 1886, tele- 
graph operator by profession, now a clerk in the store of his brother, Arthur 
B,, he married Lena Turner, of Upland, Pennsylvania; David, born 1890, 
now a (Irauglitsman with the Duplex Metal Works of Chester. 

Arthur Benjamin Anderson, son of John B, and Ella (Benjamin) An- 
derson, was born in North East, Maryland, October 17, 1879. He was edu- 
cated in the public schools, also for a time attended a private school. He 
left school at the age of fifteen, beginning business life as a grocer's clerk in 
Chester, continuing five years. From 1899 "'''t'' ^903 ^''^ ^^''^s in the employ 
of M. B. Fahey, then with the Pennsylvania railroad for a year, then again 
a grocery clerk until 1908. In that year he decided to use for his own 
advantage his knowledge of business gained during these years. He opened 
a light lunch cafe at the corner of Seventh street and Edgmont, Chester, 
where he has built up a large and profitable business — probably the largest 
of its kind in the city. He gives it his personal management and in every 
detail has proved his ability to organize and conduct the business of a caterer 
to the public appetite. In politics he is a Democrat, and in religious faith 
a Methodist. 

He married, November 22, 1910, in Chester, Anna Hyland, born in Up- 
land, Delaware county, daughter of James W. and Edith Hyland, who reside 
on their farm near Llpland ; child : Tola Edith, born in Chester, December 
23, 1911. ^ 



The Lobbs of Pennsylvania trace their descent paternally from 
LOBB Welsh, and maternally from English forbears. The grandfather 

of E. Oscar Lobb, of this narrative, was William Lobb, who for 
many years was a teacher of botany in the Philadelphia high schools. Retiring 
from the pedagogical profession, in which he had earned distinction, he pur- 
chased a small farm in Chester county, where he devoted his latter years to 
stock raising. Many of his horses were bred from fine stock, and nothing gave 
him more genuine pleasure than the exhibition of a well-formed, strong, hand- 
some, blooded horse. He and his wife were members of the Society of Friends, 
and both are buried in the churchyard of the Darby Friends Meeting-house. 
He was the father of thirteen children, of whom the following are living: 
Ethelbert, a builder of Berwyn, Chester county: Clayton A,, a lumber dealer 
of Devon; Henry, lives retired at Broomall, Delaware county; Maria, married 
Edward Dutton and lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania ; Mary, married Wil- 
ham Clegg (deceased) ; Margaret, married Thomas Taylor (deceased) ; Louis 
D., of whom further, 

(II) Louis D., son of William Lobb, was born near Berwyn, Chester 
county, Pennsylvania, in 1856. After receiving a public school education he 
learned the trades of cabinetmaking and undertaking under the direction of 
his father-in-law. For four years he continued in those pursuits, then began 
building operations in Berwyn under the firm name of L. D. Lobb & Sons. In 
1909 he moved to Oakmont, Delaware county, where his son, E. Oscar, was 
engaged in a contracting and building business, and entered his employ. He is 
a Republican in politics, and with his wife is a member of the Baptist church. 



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He married Alary E. Otty, born at White Horse, Chester county, Pennsyl- 
vania, in 1857, daughter of Enoch and Anna E. (Mercer) Otty, from near 
Media, Delaware county. Enoch Otty, died 1911, was a cabinetmaker of wide 
reputation, many of his pieces of work being held at great value by the owners. 
Because of the extreme care taken in its manufacture, the finely fitting joints 
and smooth finish, there is little, if any, of his work upon the market. Every 
secret of the cabinetmakers" art was his and his smallest article is a masterpiece 
of neatness and beauty. His earliest occupation was as the driver of a tram 
car up and down the mountains in search of closely-knitted, straight-grained 
lumber for use in the manufacture of various articles of furniture. Besides 
the work he did in this line he was frequently called upon to act as undertaker, 
a business he had learned when a young man. Although he was a member of 
the Society of Friends he nevertheless forsook the doctrines of the "peace- 
ful sect" at the outbreak of the civil war, and took up arms in defence of 
what he believed to be a greater principal than universal peace, universal free- 
dom. He was a Democrat in political belief. He married Anna E. Mercer and 
had children: George, a carpenter of West Chester, Pennsylvania; Anna E., 
married Harry Lewis and lives in Malvern, Pennsylvania; Mary E., married 
Louis D. Lobb, of previous mention ; and six others, all deceased. Children 
of Louis D. and Mary E. (Otty) Lobb; E. Oscar, of whom further; Clyde, a 
contracting painter, married Gertrude Griffith, and lives in Conshohocken, 
Pennsylvania ; Victor, married Rosamond Mousman, and lives at Conshohock- 
en. Pennsylvania ; Edith, ]Marion, and Russell, all living at home. 

(HI) E. Oscar, eldest son and child of Louis D. and Mary E. (Otty) 
Lobb, was born near Berwyn, Chester county, Pennsylvania. August 6, 1880. 
He obtained a public school education at Berwyn, Pennsylvania, and later at- 
tended Drexel Institute at Philadelphia, there taking a business course of one 
year's duration. This he followed with a three years' correspondence course 
in architecture, a profession in which he progressed rapidly because of certain 
innate ability and talent. His first position was with his father in the firm of 
L. D. Lobb & Sons, with whom he remained until 1908, when he determined to 
enter business independently and came to Llanerch, establishing as E. Oscar 
Lobb, builder. Being the designer of all of his own houses, he soon gained a 
reputation for original taste and individuality which created a great demand 
for his services in the erection of houses in the vicinity. Since starting in busi- 
ness in Llanerch he has built eighty-six houses, also dealing in real estate in a 
small way. Mr. Lobb is a valuable member of the Llanerch community and 
one from whom much may be expected in the future, as he is an indefatigable 
worker, well-liked, and public-spirited, all qualities and attributes which make 
for success. He is deeply interested in all political questions and is an ardent 
supporter of the Progressive party. His church affiliations are Baptist, while 
his wife is an adherent of the Presbyterian faith. Fraternally he is connected 
with the Masonic order, belonging to lodge, chapter, commandery, and shrine ■ 
also to the Improved Order of Red Men and the Independent Americans. He 
is a member of the Shrine Club and the Delaware County Auto Club. 

He married, in February, iqo2, Rae H. Huntly, born near Berwyn, Ches- 
ter countv, Pennsylvania, daughter of Robert, an engine inspector of the Penn- 
svlvania railroad, now retired, and Mary Huntly (deceased). Children: Ellen, 
born July 5, 1904; Ethel, born May 5, 1906. 



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Frederick A. Scheck, a retired carpet and rug manufacturer 

SCHECK of Llanerch, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, is a descendant of 

an honored German family, and has attained an enviable place 

in industrial and financial circles by reason of his indefatigable energy, close 

application and great care in the management of the business interests with 

which he has been connected. 

His father, Herman Scheck, was born in Frank fort-on-the-IV fain, Ger- 
many, and died in the United States in 1907. He was the recipient of a fine 
education in his native country and was for a number of years successfully 
engaged as a teacher. At the age of twenty-eight years he came to America, 
and immediately crossed the continent, making his home in Sacramento, Cali- 
fornia, where he was a wholesale and retail provision merchant. After a time, 
acceding to the request of a favorite sister, he came east and opened a pro- 
vision shop in Philadelphia, at Frankfort avenue and Adams street, where 
he was located for a period of nineteen years. He then removed to a nearby 
location where he engaged in the wholesale business solely, and after having 
conducted this for seven years, retired permanently from business responsi- 
bilities. This was eighteen years prior to his death, and after he had amassed 
a considerable fortune. He was active locally in the interests of the Demo- 
cratic party, and served three terms as a school director on the Thirty-first 
Sectional Board. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, the 
Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Improved Order of Red Men. A 
devoted husband and father, he was of very domestic tastes and found his 
chief pleasures in the home circle. He and his wife were members of the 
Lutheran church. Mr. Scheck married Pauline Sonneborn, born in Phila- 
delphia, died in 1910, a daughter of Sonneborn, a German by birth. 

and a well known carpet manufacturer of Kensington. They had children: 
Herman, died young ; George, died young ; Frederick A., whose name heads 
this sketch ; Etta, married Dr. Randel C. Rosenberger, and resides at No. 2330 
North Thirteenth street, Philadelphia; Clara M., unmarried, lives with her 
sister, Etta; Marie M., married Charles Quigley, and lives at No. 6157 
Chestnut street, Philadelphia ; Mathilde, married Harry Stephens, and lives 
at No. 5106 North Tenth street, Philadelphia. 

Frederick A. Scheck was born in the Kensington district, Philadelphia, 
May 27, 1873. Having acquired an excellent and practical education in the 
public, grammar and high schools of his native city, he was for the next 
thirteen years, engaged in learning the manufacture of carpets and rugs of 
all varieties, and mastered this art in every detail. He then established him- 
self in this line of manufacture, opening one factory at Howard and Palmer 
streets, and another at Nos. 1710-12-14 North Front street, operated these 
very successfully for eleven years and then retired from business. He was 
also the president of the Palruba Manufacturing Company, whose offices were 
in New York and Philadelphia, but he has sold out these interests. For 
many years he has been active in political affairs on behalf of the Republi- 
can party, and has done exceptionally fine work along educational lines. He 
served two terms as a school director in the Twenty-eighth Sectional Board 
in Philadelphia. 

Mr. Scheck married, June 3, 1896. Laura Mae Moyer, of Reading, Penn- 
sylvania. They are both members of the Lutheran church. Since October, 
1908, Mr. Scheck has lived in Llanerch, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, at 
No. 321 Davis road, where he has a beautiful home. Mr. Scheck is held in 
the highest esteem as a public spirited citizen. While he was still at the head 
of his well paying industry, he not only won prosperity in his trade transac- 
tions, but he also gained the confidence of those with whom he had dealings, 
by reason of his strict confomiance to the ethics of commercial life. 



DELAWARE COUNTY 

A fine example of wliat may be accomplished by means of well 

BERNER directed effort and original and methodical business ideas is 

furnished by John Berner Jr.. of Llanerch. Delaware county, 

Pennsylvania. The courage "and ambition which sustained his father during 

the trying times of the civil war have been inherited by him in rich measure. 

and he has been one of the representative men of the county. 

John Berner Sr. was born in Wittenberg. Germany. July 30. 1836. and 
came to the United States in 1863. He at once became a citizen, and enlisted 
in Company F, Third Pennsylvania \'olunteer Cavalry, and served a nme 
months" term. For some tmie he was a member of the bodyguard of General 
Meade, and was an active participant on the last day of the battle of Gettys- 
burg. .\fter the close of the war he made his home in Philadelphia, where he 
lived for manv years. He had learned the baker's and miller's trades in his 
native land, and.' when he located in Philadelphia, he opened a bakery at Tenth 
and Sargent streets. At the end of three years he removed to Fourth and 
Pine streets, where he was in business for a period of thirty-five years. He 
then retired from active business and removed to Clifton Heights, where he 
and his wife are still living. He is a man of robust health, having survived the 
loss of one leg, and is familiarly and affectionately known as "Old Hickory." 
In political affairs he was formerly a Democrat, but of late years has affiliated 
with the Republican partv. Both" he and his wife are consistent members of 
the Lutheran church. Mr. Berner married, in 1865. Barbara Geckler. born in 
Wittenberg. Germanv. Julv 7. 1843. who came to the United States with her 
parents prior to the 'civil war. and they have had children : Frederick, a con- 
fectioner in business in Philadelphia : Elizabeth, married George Chestnut, and 
lives in Philadelphia : Katherine, unmarried, lives with her parents ; John Jr., 
who is the subject of this sketch: Charles, lives with his parents and is in the 
employ of the Philadelphia and Western Traction Company. 

John (2). son of John (i) and Barbara (Geckler) Berner. was born m 
Philadelphia, .\ugtist 27, 1871. He attended the public schools of the fifth ward 
in Philadelphia, and at a suitable age was apprenticed to learn the baker's and 
confectioner's trade. After he had acquired this knowledge he went to the 
West and held a position as a "cow puncher" in Wyom.ing for a period of three 
years. This was during the time of the "Rustling" troubles. Upon his return 
to the East he worked for his father for a time, and then entered the employ 
.,f A. ]NL Taylor as a night watchman at Germantown, holding this position 
nine months, 'and leaving it in order to accept a position for the same man at 
North Thirty-second street and :\Iantua avenue. During the Spanish-.\mencan 
war he was 'employed bv the :\Iidyale Steel Company, then returning to .\. M. 
Taylor, he had charge of Castle Rock Park for five seasons, then conducted 
ihis place for himself for one season. During the next four years he had 
charge of the waiting room at Sixtv-third and ]\Iarket streets, and then es- 
tablished himself in die junk business. At the expiration of two years he 
abandoned this in favor of the huckstering business, with which he was also 
occupied two \ears. and was then an ice dealer for one year. He then took 
up huckstering again with which he is identified at the present time, having a 
well paying route in the suburbs of the city. For many years he has been an 
active worker in the interests of the Reoublican party, and served one year as 
township clerk for the borough of Llanerch. He and hi^ wife are members of 
the Methodist Episcopal church, and his fraternal affiliations are with Fern- 
wood Lodge. Free and Accepted ^lasons. and University Chapter. Royal Arch 
Masons. He has lived in Llanerch about thirteen years, and has built a beau- 
tiful house at No. 300 Coopertown Road. 

:Mr. Berner married. August 10. IQ03. Bertha May. born in Delaware 



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county, Pennsylvania, daughter of William and Ida McLaughlin. They have 
been blessed with children as follows: A. M. Taylor, Emily Barbara and Eliza- 
beth. Mr. Berner is a self-made man, and the accumulations of an enterpris- 
ing business career have come as the result of his able, persevering efforts. His 
life has been an honorable and industrious one, and he has the respect and es- 
teem of all who know him. 



Henry P. Shinier, a well known resident of Newtown township, 
SHIMER Delaware county, Pennsylvania, where he has been engaged in 
manufacturing and agricultural pursuits for many years, was 
born in Chester county, Pennsylvania, September 15, 1854. 

Frederick Shimer, his great-grandfather, came to this country from Ger- 
many in 1749, and spent the greater part of his life in the vicinity of Phila- 
delphia. He was acompanied to this country by his wife, Mary Alagdalena, 
and they had children : Conrad. Daniel, Bartholomew, Michael, Frederick, 
John, Peter, Elizabeth, Catherine, Mary. Barbara. 

Frederick (2), son of Frederick (i) and Mary Magdalena Shimer, had 
children : John, Mary, Elizabeth. 

John, son of Frederick (2) Shimer, was born in Chester county. Penn- 
sylvania. His business was that of farming and manufacturing cotton batting. 
He owns fifty-five acres of land, is a member of the Republican party, and of 
the Baptist church. He married Emily Duseaux, and had children : John 
N. ]\L, Henry P., Samuel M., Margaret, Susan, Harriet. 

Henry P. Shimer was educated in the public schools of Edgemont town- 
ship, and the schools of Thornbury, Chester county, Pennsylvania. He was a 
bright and ambitious young lad, and was not content to serve others many 
years. At the age of twenty years he established himself in business. He 
manufactured cotton batting, and engaged in farming at the same time. In 
1889 he went west to the Indian Territory, where he purchased one hundred and 
sixty acres of land, and at the present time he still owns some land there 
which holds out good oil prospects. In 1899 he returned to his home in the 
East, where he has since remained, his fine residence being on Shimer ave- 
nue. He casts his vote for the Republican party, and is a member of the Bap- 
tist church. Mr. Shimer married, in 1884, Phoebe A. Levero, born in 1859. 
Children : i. Edward P., born in 1885. a molder and lives at Coraopolis : mar- 
ried Catherine Smyth, has one son, born in November, 1913, Edward Paul 
Shimer. 2. Lucy E., born 1890; married Isaac A. Hain. December 26, 1913; 
lives in Cleveland. 



For many generations the Taylor family has been established 
TAYLOR in Maryland, where the original immigrant ancestor landed on 

reaching this country from England. He was a tobacco planter, 
and his sons, and sons' sons followed that lucrative occupation. Then as the 
numbers increased and the original estate was found to be too small to sup- 
port them all. many found other occupations in dififerent parts of the state 
and other states. 

(I) William D. Taylor was born in Maryland, there was reared, lived 
and died. For many years he was a farmer, after which, owing to the needs 
of the community, he established a blacksmith and millwright shop in his 
neighborhood. In this he did remarkably well, and succeeded in accumulat- 
ing a handsome competence. He married Fannie Parsons, daughter of a 
neighboring planter. Among their children was William S., of whom further. 

(II) William S., son of William D. and Fannie (Parsons) Taylor, was 



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born in ^laryland. near Churchill. He was educated in private schools and 
at Washington College. In 1893 he moved to Eddystone, Delaware county, 
Pennsylvania, and there established one of the best grocery stores that the 
town had up to that time. It was located on the corner of Second and Lex- 
ington streets, and there he did business until his death, .\ugust 14, 1909. Mr. 
Taylor was one of the most substantial citizens in Eddystone, and his death 
was greatly regretted by the community. He was a Republican, voted with 
and worked for the party. He married, in 1891, Mary Stewart, born in Ed- 
dystone. One child, William Davis, of whom further. 

(Ill) William Davis, son of William S. and Mary (Stewart) Taylor, was 
born in Eddystone, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, in 1892. He received a thor- 
ough education in the Eddystone Grammar School and the Chester High 
School. As he was the only child of his parents he inherited the estate at his 
father's death, and immediately took charge of the business. One year later 
he erected a handsome brick structure, corner of Eleventh street and Saville 
avenue, and here continues the grocery and market business. Beginning 
under such favorable auspices there is little wonder that the dual business 
has grown to such proportions as it has. Mr. Taylor has added much to its 
growth by his uniformly courteous treatment of his patrons. He stands high 
in his town, both as a business man and as a citizen. He is a member of 
the Eddystone ]\Iethodist Episcopal Church, supporting it generously on all 
occasions, and is also a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, the Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows. L'pland Lodge, and the Eddystone Fire Com- 
pany. He is a director of the Delaware' County Business Men's Association, 
which is doing such valiant work for that section of the state. He votes the 
Republican ticket, and has served as, .school director. He married, Septem- 
ber, 191 1, Alyrtle \'. Hewlings/^V. '' /.' 



This branch of the Baxter family dates in this country to the 
BAXTER year 1849, but in England trace to Richard Baxter, an English 
Non-conformist divine, born 1615, died 1691. He is said to 
have preached more sermons, engaged in more controversies and written more 
books than any other Non-conformist of his age. He is perhaps best known 
through his work, "Saints Rest and Call to the Unconverted." although his 
autobiographical narrative is of great historical value, and the review of his 
religious opinions is spoken of by Coleridge as one of the most remarkable 
pieces of writing in religious literature. 

Robert Baxter, of Yorkshire, England, married and had children : John ; 
Robert, died in 1853, and Ann. 

John Baxter, son of Robert Baxter, was born in Thistleboro, Yorkshire, 
England, near Settle, in 1784; died in Grassington, Yorksliire. March 20, 1845. 
He was self-educated, but so profound was his learning that he was known as 
the best educated man in his village. He was manager of a quarrv and later 
engaged in milling, making money plentifully, but spending so freely that he 
never accumulated. He married Mary T'ollard. born in Craco. near Skipton, 
Yorkshire, March 26, 1794, died in Philadelphia, July 20, 1868, daughter of 
John and Mary Pollard, and sister of W'illiam Pollard, who died in York- 
shire. Children, all born in Yorkshire : i. I\Iary Ann. born July 2, 1819, died 
November 26, 1856, married Duncan Campbell. 2. John, born November 29, 
1821, died July 20, 1888, in Camden, New Jersey, a i)artner in business with 
his brother, Albert. 3. William, born February 11, 1824. After the death of 
his first wife he came to Philadelphia with his second, engaged in the wool 
business and became wealthy. Later he moved to Richmond, Indiana, where- 



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he helped to organize and was vice-president of the Wayne County Agriculture 
Works. He was elected to the state senate of Indiana and is the author of 
the Baxter Temperance Law. He was an Orthodox Friend and died in 
Richmond, September 26, 1866. 4. Alfred, born September 22, 1825. He was 
principal of schools at Stratford-on-Avon, England, later came to the United 
States and settled in Colorado, where he followed his profession. He was a 
noted linguist, teaching Greek and Hebrew from the original. He was also 
a regularly ordained minister of the gospel. He was also one of the pioneer 
farmers of Colorado and a surveyor in the early days. He later moved to San 
Diego, California, where he died November 7, 1903. 5. Ellen, born June 8, 
1827, married Donald ^MacGregor and lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; she 
died September 29, 1905. 6. Maria, born February 23, 1829, married Thomas 
Hodgson, both died in Yorkshire, she August 5, 1855. 7. Robert, born Decem- 
ber 5, 1831, died at Philadelphia, August 5, 1849. 8. Jane, born June 16, 1833, 
died in Yorkshire, x\pril 8, 1848. 9. Richard, born March 12, 1855, died in 
Yorkshire, January 8, 1848. 10. Albert (of whom further). 

Albert Baxter, son of John and Mary (Pollard) Baxter, was born in 
Bradford, Yorkshire. England, January 25. 1837, now living retired in Ches- 
ter, Pennsylvania. He came to the United States when a lad of twelve years 
of age, locating in Philadelphia, where he joined his brother, William, for 
whom he worked as a wool sorter and in other capacities. Later he located 
in Camden, New Jersey, where he established a hide and tallow business, which 
he afterward sold to his brother, John, and returned to Philadelphia. He 
there engaged in the wool business, but owing to the money stringency in 1877, 
he went into voluntary liquidation, and in 1878 settled in Chester, Pennsyl- 
vania, where he established a plant for the manufacture of tallow, grease, oils 
and fertilizer, also dealing in hides. This he continued until 1897, when he 
sold out to his son, Henry V. Baxter, and retired. He was a successful busi- 
ness man, honorable and upright in all his dealings. While in Camden he was 
a member of the vigilance committee, formed to cope with the epidemic of 
arson and burglary that swept that city until the heroic measures taken by the 
committee made it too dangerous for the criminals to continue. He is an 
active member of the First Baptist Church, and for ten years was leader of 
the choir. In political faith he is a Republican. 

Albert Baxter married December 3, 1866, Annie E. Brace, born in Phil- 
adelphia, October 4, 1842, died in Chester. March 7, 1879. daughter of John 
Brace, born in Oldham. England. October 16. 1819, and his wife, Elizabeth 
Beideman, born September 14, 1821, both deceased. Children: Flenry Vin- 
cent (of whom further) ; Edward Everett, died in youth; Nellie, died young; 
Howard Brace, born November 8, 1874, a carpenter of Chester for many 
years in the employ of his brother. He married Isabelle Lawrence, of Mar- 
tins Corners, Chester county, Pennsylvania. 

Henry Vincent Baxter, eldest son of Albert and Annie E. (Brace) Bax- 
ter, was born in Camden. New Jersey, March 8, 1868. He attended the pub- 
lic school there until he was ten years of age, then his parents moved to Ches- 
ter, Pennsylvania, where he attended Gilbert's Academy until he was sixteen 
years of age. He then began working for his father at the grease, tallow, oil 
and fertilizer plant, located in the outskirts of Chester, continuing until 1897, 
when he purchased the business which he yet continues. In 1908 he pur- 
chased a similar business from a competitor. Otto Walther. and now operates 
the only plant of this nature in his locality. Mr. Baxter is an accomplished 
performer on the pipe organ; is a graduate of Philadelphia Musical Academy, 
1887, where he was under the instruction of Prof. Richard Zeckwer. For 
twenty-three years he was organist of the First Baptist Church of Chester, for 



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the same length of time has been a member of the board of trustees, for six- 
teen years has been treasurer, and for thirty years has been a member of that 
church. He is a Repubhcan in poHtics and has always been a supporter of all 
reform movements within his party, never, however, seeking or accepting pub- 
lic office for himself. He belongs to the United Order of Independent Me- 
chanics, Council No. 36, Chester: is a charter member of Chester Camp, 
Modern Woodmen of America; the Grand Fraternity, Philadelphia, and the 
Business Men's Science Club of Philadelphia. His tastes are varied in their 
nature and his works show that in business, church, fraternity and town, he is 
active, earnest and helpful. 

Mr. Baxter married, April 11, 1889, in Chester. Marv Elizabeth Miller, 
born in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania, February 10, 1867, daughter of James 
Miller, a veteran, who died of injuries received in the civil war, and his" wife, 
Jane Day. born in Oxfordshire. England. August 23, 1846. daughter of Daniei 
and Mary ( Gardner) Day and granddaughter of John Day. James Miller was 
the son of Andrew and Mary (Crocker) Miller. Mrs. ^lary E. (Miller) 
Baxter was educated in the Soldiers Orphans' Home at Chester Springs, and 
has resided in Chester ever since, the family home of the Baxters now being 
at No. 1016 KerUn street in that city. Children: Ella Miller, born March 
28, 1892, graduate of Friends Select School of Philadelphia, now a teacher of 
music, also a student: .Anna Jane, born May 25. 1904. 



Isaac Paschall, of Newtown Square, Delaware county, Penn- 
PASCH.\LL sylvania, a prominent Grand Army man and honored citizen, 
descends from an ancient English family of Derbyshire. Eng- 
land. There were many notable members of the family, some of whom were 
made famous tlirough being martyrs because they would not recant or give up 
their Protestant religion during the reign of Bloody Mary, Queen of England. 
It is not definitely known when the emigrant member of the family came to 
America, but it is thought to be about the time of William Penn, as the latter 
is known to have had among his intimates and friends one Jeremiah Paschall. 
Among the descendants of the immigrant Paschall was .\braham J. Paschall, 
of whom further. 

Abraham J. Paschall, father of Isaac Paschall. was born in Pennsylvania, 
at the Paschall homestead, and died in Chester. Pennsylvania, aged sixty- 
eight. He married Ann Linculm, born near Darby. Pennsylvania, died near 
Eagle. Pennsylvania. They were members of the Quakers or Friends, and 
were devout in their observances of their religion. They were the parents of 
ten children, all of whom are dead except Isaac, of whom further. 

Isaac Paschall. son of Abraham J. and Ann (Linculm) Paschall. was born 
in Media. Delaware county, Pennsylvania, in 1836. His parents died when he 
was quite young and he was reared away from the family, and near Media. He 
attended the common schools in Newtown township, and the schools in Media. 
He worked on various farms vmtil he purchased land, when he improved it, 
but at the call of the bugle "to boots and saddles" in iSfii, he enlisted in Com- 
pany C, 97th Regiment Pennsylvania A'olunteers. commanded by Colonel Henry 
R. Guss, of West Chester. The regiment was attached to the Army of the 
South, and saw much active service. It was in numberless engagements, but 
its specialty was siege work, and among those in which the regiment took part 
were Fort Sumter and Fort Wagner. Mr. Paschall enlisted for three years, 
but arduous duty in the field brought about a decline in his health and he was 
honorably discharged in 1863. He returned to Newtown township where he took 
vp the broken threads of life and began to farm. This vocation he followed 



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successfully until he retired in 1893. He lives at the present time (1913) a 
quiet retired life at Newtown Square. Through his probity and high sense of 
duty he holds an influential position in the regard of his fellow men, and com- 
mands their respect and esteem. He is a member of the Grand Army of the 
Republic, of West Chester, Pennsylvania, and of the Friends' congregation. 

He married, in 1888, Amelia Acker, born in Chester county, Pennsylvania, 
died, January 8, 1910, a daughter of Conrad Acker, a farmer of the county. 
Mrs. Paschall was a member of the Presbyterian church. ^Ir. and Airs. Pas- 
chall had no children. 



The Schofield family has been resident in the State of 
SCHOFIELD Pennsylvania for a number of generations, and has taken 
an active interest in the business affairs of the sections in 
which the various members have resided. They have been especially identi- 
fied with agricultural interests for many years. 

(I) John Schofield was born near Manchester, England, in 1774, and he 
came to America in 1827. 

(H) James, son of John Schofield, was born in Lancashire, England, in 
1800, came to America, and resided in Aston township, Delaware county, Penn- 
sylvania, and later removed to Middletown township. He was a farmer and 
settled on a tract of land which is the present site of Williamson Trades School. 
His death occurred in 1865. His children were : Hiram, see forward ; Mary 
Ann, married John Smith ; John, married Mary Evanson ; all were members of 
the Episcopal church. 

(HI) Hiram, eldest child of James Schofield, was born in Lancashire, 
England, and was seven years of age when his parents came to this country 
with their family. He grew up in Middletown township, Delaware county, 
Pennsylvania, where he acquired only a limited education in the district 
schools, as he was obliged to assist at a very early age in the cultivation of the 
home farm. In fact his entire life was spent in agricultural pursuits, and he 
was a regular attendant contributor to the Philadelphia markets. He was an 
active worker in the interests of the Democratic party, and served as school 
director and in several other public offices. His death occurred in 1906, at the 
age of eighty-six years. He and his family were members of the Episcopal 
church. He married Esther Burk, of Avondale, Delaware county, Pennsyl- 
vania, who died in 1902 at the age of eighty years. She was the daughter of 
William Burk, a cooper of Avondale, who was seventy-two years old at the 
time of his death. Mr. Burk married Martha, a daughter of Matthias Cooper, 
an Englishman, who was a soldier in the Continental army during the revolu- 
tionary war. They had children : John, Thomas, Samuel, Matthew, William ; 
Esther, who married Hiram Schofield ; Jane, Mary, Elizabeth and Margaret. 
Hiram and Esther (Burk) Schofield had children: i. James M., an inspector for 
the Pittsburgh Testing Laboratory ; married Mary Pierson. 2. Mary E., de- 
ceased. 3. Mattie J., has always lived on the old homestead. 4. Winfield 
Scott, deceased. 5. Nellie, deceased. 6. Thomas, see forward. 7. Harry, in- 
spector for the Pittsburgh Testing Laboratory ; lives on a part of the old home- 
stead ; married Ella Hudson. 8. Orion, deceased. 9. Hiram A., civil engineer; 
lives in Germantown, Pennsylvania ; is manager of the Pittsburgh Testing Lab- 
oratory, and has an office in the Crozier Building, Philadelphia ; he married 
Maude Crout. 10. Frank, deceased. 11. Emma S., married D. Wilmot Go- 
don, a Doctor of Dental Surgery, of No. 102 1 Edgemont avenue, Chester, 
Pennsylvania, with a summer home in Middletown township. 

(IV) Thomas, son of Hiram and Esther (Burk) Schofield, was born in: 



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Middletown township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, j\lay 19, 1854. He and 
his sister, Mattie J., have always resided on the old family homestead. Mr. 
Schofield has always been identified with farming interests, and in addition has 
conducted a dairy farm in a model manner. He is a Democrat in political mat- 
ters, but has never aspired to holding any public office, preferring to content 
himself with casting his vote as a good citizen should. Both he and his sister 
are regular attendants at the church, and are known and esteemed throughout 
the section of the country, for the open-handed manner in which they support 
all charitable and philanthropic projects. They are social and hospitable, and 
have a large circle of friends. 



The Irvings originally came to Liverpool, Eng- 
IRVING — HEACOCK land, from Scotland, where Joseph Irving was 

born, but spent the greater portion of his life in 
Liverpool, where he died. His wife was a Miss Luxmor, and was the mother 
of his si.x children. Both were members of the Church of England ; he was a 
Ton,' in politics. She died in Liverpool in 1861. Children: Joseph, Agnes, 
Sarah, Isabella and Molyneaux, all deceased; and Harry L., mentioned below. 

Harry Luxmor Irving was born- in Liverpool, England, August 26, 1829. 
He grew to manhood in Liverpool, was educated in the church schools, and 
learned the trade of sailmaker. He died at New Orleans, Louisiana, aged 
forty-four and is buried on Gilliepie's Island. He married Mary Elizabeth 
Musson, whose father, a seafaring man. died and is buried at Calcutta, India. 
His wife was Harriet Cox, now deceased. Children of Harry Luxmor Irving, 
all born in Liverpool, England: Eliza (see forward); William Henry, born 
June 23, 1859, married Emma Booth ; Margaret, born in July, 1861, died 
in infancy ; John, born June x8, 1863, unmarried. The mother of these 
children is still living, and all are members of the Church of England. 

Eliza, eldest child of Harry Luxmor and Mary Elizabeth (Musson) Irv- 
ing, was born i'n Liverpool, England, October 30, 1856. She was educated 
in the Church of England schools, and lived in Liverpool 'until sixteen years 
of age, then came to the United States. She married, October 14. 1875, 
Samuel F. Heacock, born August 23, 1842. Mrs. Heacock resides at Linwood 
Station, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, where she is postmistress, having 
been appointed in July, 1904. She is a member of the Daughters of Rebekah, 
and a communicant of St. Martin's Protestant Episcopal Church at Marcus 
Hook. Children: i. Mar}' Leiper, born October 30, 1876; married George 
Sheing, a machinist. 2. Bessie Irving, born ]\Iarch 4, 1878; married John 
S. McCafferty, a farmer. 3. Henry Luxmor, born May 28, 1880; married 
Mabel Bell. 4. Isaac, born December 25, 1882 : married Marion Elliott. 5. 
Emma Booth, born May i, 1885: married C. K. Ryan, a clerk. 6. Harriet 
Musson, born January 6, 1892 ; unmarried. 



John L. Galloway, of Moores, Delaware county. Pennsyl- 
GALLOWAY vania. was born in 1849, in county Antrim. Ireland. His 
parents, Charles and Jane (Leslie) Galloway, were natives 
of county Antrim, there lived and died. The former was a grocer, owning his 
green grocer's shop, and serving his customers the best the market afforded. 
They were Protestants, attending the Presbyterian church faithfully, .\mong 
their eleven children was John L. 

Mr. Galloway received a fair education in the public schools of .Antrim, 
and was reared by God-fearing, law abiding parents. At the age of twenty, in 



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1869, he decided that he would cross the Atlantic to the United States and 
there try his fortune, as so many of his friends, young and old, were doing. 
yVfter arriving in this country he located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, sought 
and found employment with the Lucas Brothers, in the grocery business in that 
city. He remained with them three years, giving the utmost satisfaction. Be- 
ing ambitious and desiring to rise faster in the world, he decided to adventure 
into the business arena on his own account. Looking over the field for an op- 
portunity whereby he might accomplish his desire for financial advancement, he 
selected that of contracting and building. He entered this line of endeavor 
when about twenty-three, with little money, no experience, and has succeeded 
beyond his most sanguine expectation. He at once solicited and received or- 
ders, and it is said that from the day he began to contract and build until he 
relinquished it, he erected from five to six hundred houses in the twenty-sixth 
ward alone, and over fifty houses in Prospect Park. In 1881 he built and 
moved into his present residence ; in the meantime he had taken up his abode 
in Norwood, on Chester Pike, leaving there for Moores. When he came to 
the latter place there were only about twelve dwellings, and he has since that 
time seen it grow by leaps and bounds to its present not inconsiderable popula- 
tion. He is one of its most substantial citizens, and his keen Irish wit and 
genial manner make him one of its most popular inhabitants. He was the first 
burgess of Prospect Park, and for eleven years he has served the public wisely 
and well as justice of the peace. Mr. Galloway is still in the contracting busi- 
ness, but it is along the line of laying sidewalks and putting in sewers. He 
votes the Republican ticket, is a member of the Presbyterian church, the Sons 
of Temperance and Cadets of Temperance. 

In 1872 he married Catherine Love, of Philadelphia. Children : Charles 
Boyd, J. Leslie, Edward R., Lillian May, Harry F. K., Catherine. 



The department of biography is crowded with the lives of men 
MEANEY distinguished in politics, science, literature and the professions. 

All the embellishments of rhetoric and the imagination have 
been employed to captivate, stimulate and direct in these "upper walks of life" 
the youthful mind and ambition of the country. The result of this system is 
manifest, and by no means fortunate. The ranks of the professions are 
filled to overflowing. To instill in the minds and hearts of the young respect 
for great attainments, reverence for great virtues, and to excite to general 
emulation by holding up, as examples for admiration and imitation, the lives 
of the wise, the great and the good, is commendable and right. But the field 
of example should be extended; the lessons of industry, energy, usefulness, 
virtue, honor, the true aims of life and the true sources of happiness, should 
be gathered and enforced from all the various provinces of labor. The path 
of labor and usefulness should be indicated as the highway of honor. One 
who has walked in this path and achieved distinction in the business world, 
and who has merited an unusual share of commendation by his conduct in 
defence of his country, is "to be found in the person of James Meaney Sr., of 
Ardmore, Haverford township, Delaware county. Pennsylvania. He has inher- 
ited in full measure the admirable traits of his Irish ancestry, and has added 
to them the modern ideas and progressive methods which prevail in this 
country, where he has made his mark. 

His father, also James Meaney, was born in county Tyrone, Ireland, in 
1790, and died in this country in 1862. He was one of four children, his 
brother, Patrick, dying in Philadelphia, and his sister, Catherine, married 
John McKenna, and also lived in Philadelphia; there was another brother. 



896 DELAWARE COUNTY 

whose name is not on record. James Meaney grew to manhood in his native 
land, where lie was a farmer and learned the trade of weaving gingham on a 
hand loom. After his marriage to Mary ]^Ieaney, who was born in Ireland 
in 1 79 1, died in America in 1853, he emigrated to America, and for a time 
lived in Xew Brunswick, Xew Jersey, from whence he removed to Philadel- 
phia, where he followed his trade of weaving. He and his entire family were 
members of the Catholic church. Children : John, deceased, who was also a 
weaver in Philadelphia ; Mary, who died while the civil war was in progress, 
married John Neill, of Philadelphia ; ^largaret, married John Myers, and is 
now living at Xew Lisbon, Xew Jersey : Catherine, married Thomas Thatcher ; 
James, see forward. 

James Meaney was born July 11, 1844, in Xorthern Liberties, Philadel- 
phia, at a time when that city was laid out in districts. His schooling, which 
was a very meager one, consisted of three months' attendance at St. Paul's 
Parochial School, Philadelphia, but he has bravely and creditably overcome 
this handicap by earnest study in later life when he had more time at his dis- 
posal, and the finest education ever received could not have improved the 
character of the service he rendered as a soldier during the civil war. He 
was but nine years of age at the time of the death of his mother, and he was at 
once obliged to begin to work for his own support. Naturally he was obliged 
to choose an occupation in which scholarship was not a requisite, and he 
found a position as a driver of a wagon for a woman who was a huckster. 
Later he obtained employment with a family by the name of Erickson, j\Ir. 
Erickson being a truck farmer and fisherman. Early during the progress of 
the civil war he enlisted in the regular army, and was in active service until 
he was honorably discharged for disability. March 23, 1863. He became a 
private in Troop H, Sixth United States Cavalry, July 12, 1861 ; was with 
IMcClellan in the Peninsular campaign ; was the last picket to leave Harrison's 
Landing when that place was evacuated ; was the first man to enter Gaines- 
ville, upon the capture of that city. For meritorious service he was advanced 
to the rank of sergeant, but declined this rank as he considered his lack of 
education too great a detriment. After leaving the army Mr. Meaney rested 
for a time in Philadelphia in order to restore his strength, and when he again 
engaged in business he was at first a huckster in \Vest Philadelphia, and lived 
at the corner of Fifth and Christian streets. In 1877 he removed to Mont- 
gomery county, Pennsylvania, locating in Lower Merion township, and estab- 
lished himself in the dairy business in which he was engaged from 1879 to 
1890. In 1885 he purchased upward of seven acres of land on Wynnewood 
road, in Haverford township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, and on this 
erected a good house. From 1890 until 1900 he was engaged in farming on 
Clevenger's farm, and the next six years were spent on the Hermitage farm. 
His political affiliations are with the Democratic party, and he is a member 
and liberal supporter of St. Denis' Catholic Church. 

Mr. Meaney married, in St. Philip's Church. Philadelphia, January 3, 1866, 
Anna Isabella, born in Philadelphia, daughter of James and Eliza Morrison. 
Children : Anna, deceased ; James Jr., is in the dairy business at the corner 
of Lippincott and Spring avenues, Ardmore : John, is an Augustinian priest, 
at Schaghticoke, Rensselaer county, Xew York ; Joseph, deceased : Mary 
Alice ; Francis ; David, married Anna McCuen, and Hves at Atlantic City, Xew 
Jersey ; Charles, deceased. Mr. Meaney is of a bright, optimistic disposition, 
and this habit of making the best of everything in most adverse circumstances 
has helped him over the diihculties of life, and given him opportunities, which 
he has not been slow to embrace, of assisting others along the road. He is 
well read on the general topics of the day, having acquired this absolutely 



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through his own efforts, and his naturally acute mind enables him to form 
excellent opinions on all matters of current interest. 



The CovercHll famil_\', of Darby, Delaware county, Pennsyl- 
COVERDILL vania, has not been in this country many generations, but it 

has, nevertheless, left its impress upon the business and 
other interests of the communities in which it has dwelt. They came originally 
from England, where the grandfather of William Coverdill, of Darby, Penn- 
sylvania, was a brewer in the city of York, where his entire life was spent. 

(II) John Coverdill, his son, was born in York, England, and died in Dar- 
by, Pennsylvania. He was educated in the national schools in his native city, 
and later in life engaged in the manufacture of shoes. He married Sarah, 
daughter of John Crabtree, of Lancashire, England, where he died, and sister 
of Edward, who died in Darby; George, who died in Massachusetts, and John, 
who died in England. Mr. and Mrs. Coverdill had a number of children, of 
whom several died young ; those who attained maturity were : William, see 
forward ; Mary Ann, now deceased, married James Wilde ; Leah, now de- 
ceased, married John Wolfenden ; Edward, unmarried ; Hannah, married Wil- 
liam Compton. The mother of these children died in Darby. They were 
Presbyterians. 

(III) William, son of John and Sarah (Crabtree) Coverdill, was born in 
Lancashire, England, June 27, 1833. .\t the age of seven years he came to this 
country with his parents, and while he obtained a fairly good education, he ac- 
quired it for the greater part at the evening schools, as he was early obliged to 
assist in the support of the family. At the age of sixteen he was apprenticed to 
learn the machinist's trade in Worcester, Massachusetts, and then traveled 
about considerably. He finally settled at Chester, Delaware county, Pennsyl- 
vania, where he established himself in the machine jobbing business under the 
firm name of Jagers & Coverdill, and continued there for almost four years. 
He then removed to Darby where he engaged in the grocery business, aband- 
oning this in order to go to Philadelphia, where he conducted a hardware and 
pump business for a time, meeting with more or less success. He finally re- 
turned to Darby, where he is now living in retirement, in magnificent health for 
a man of his years. He takes a lively interest in whatever concerns the wel- 
fare of his country, especially the political situation, and calls himself a "Red 
Hot Republican." For the past sixty years he has been a member of Chester 
Lodge, No. 263, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. 

Mr. Coverdill married (first) Ruth .Ann Scott, born in Rockdale, Penn- 
sylvania. She was a daughter of Scott, who was a carder, and whose 

entire life was spent in England; his children were: John; James; Ruth .A.nn, 
mentioned above; William. Mr. Coverdill married (second) August 27, 1890, 
Mary Ridsdale, born in Yorkshire, England, February 22, 1843. She is a 
daughter of Thomas Ridsdale, born in Rochdale, England, where he died: 
he was a blanket manufacturer, and married Anna Stapleton, born in York- 
shire, England, died in England, and they had children : James, Benjamin, Ann, 
Mary, mentioned above ; and a child which died in infancy. Mr. Coverdill had 
no children bv either marriage. He and his wife are devout members of the 
Presbyterian church. 
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898 DELAWARE COUNTY 

Everit S. Boice, M. D., of iMoores, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, 
BOICE son of Andrew and Alary J. (:\Iontgomery) Boice, born in Wash- 
ington county. New York, July 25, 1872, is one of the highly es- 
teemed and honorable citizens of Aloores. 

(I) Andrew Boice was born in Scotland. When he was four years old 
his family moved to Ireland, remaining there until he was thirteen. He re- 
ceived a portion of his education in the Irish National School and in the Brooks 
Academy. He married Mary J. Montgomery in Scotland, who was a native 
of the land of heather. After their marriage they came to the United States, 
spent one year in Omaha, Nebraska, and then came to Philadelphia, where he 
now lives a retired life. He was the parent of ten children. 

(II) Dr. Everit S. Boice received his education in the public schools 
wherever his parents chanced to be living. He early determined to enter the 
ministry of the Presbyterian church, and to accomplish this end he learned 
paperhanging and artistic painting, and continued in it for six years, in busi- 
ness for himself the greater part of the time. During this time he was receiv- 
ing private instruction from professors, doing full college work. In 1894 he en- 
tered college and graduated in 1898. Between 1896 and 1897 he took a spec- 
ial course in Hebrew, fitting himself to read the Bible in that language In 
1898 he received the degree of B. O. at the Neff's College of Oratory. In Oc- 
tober. 1898, he received an invitation and accepted it to become pastor of a 
Presbyterian church in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, and remained its pas- 
tor four years and six months. In 1902 he moved to Moores and after that time 
was pastor of the Olivet Presbyterian Qiurch. He had previous to that 
time entered the medical department of the Pennsylvania University, in 1902. 
and graduated therefrom in June. 1906. The following year he took a special 
course in the ear. nose and throat department, and practiced for a time in 
Philadelphia, and then later in Moores. He is regarded as one of the best 
specialists in his line in tlie medical profession in his section, and commands a 
large patronage, which grows with each succeeding year. He is a popular citi- 
zen of Moores, and his opinion on any subject carries weight. He is a mem- 
ber of Prospect Park Lodge No. 573, Free and Accepted Masons : Prospect 
Park Assembly ; Orators Order : the Delaware County, State and National 
Medical associations : Medical Alumnus Society of the L'niversty of Penn- 
sylvania. He is a Republican, actively working for the party : has served on 
town council for the past eight years, chief of fire company, was chief of po- 
lice, and now is assistant fire marshal of his district; chairman of high ways 
committee and council. In fact he is one of the most valuable men in the town 
of Moores. and is always in the forefront of progress and all that pertains to 
the well being of the town, county, state or country. 

He married. April 3, 1897, Mary E. Story. Children: Mary, Everit, 
Samuel Story, deceased: Esther Marjorie, Robert Andrew. 



Archibald Gray, a resident of Morton, Delaware county, Pennsyl- 
GRAY vania, is of Irish descent, and has a record for braver}' in the civil 
war, which is one of which any man might well feel proud. 

(I) Archibald Gray, grandfather of his namesake mentioned above, came 
to America from Ireland at an early age. He settled in Delaware county, 
Pennsylvania, with the affairs of which the family has been identified since 
that time. He was a farmer by occupation, and was actively engaged in this 

calling until his death. He married Jane , and had sons: John and 

Archibald. 

(II) Archibald (2) Gray, son of Archibald (i) and Jane Gray, was 



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reared in Delaware county, Pennsylvania, and received his education in the 
public schools of that section. He died in Haver ford township, Delaware 
county, Pennsylvania, in 1847, at the age of forty-six years. He married 
Julia Ann, daughter of Henry Epright, a farmer, and sister of Samuel, Cath- 
erine, Rudolph, Charles and two others. Mr. and Mrs. Gray had children: 
I. James, born October 3, 1824; married Jessie Smedley, deceased. 2. Fanny, 
born June 7, 1826, died young. 3. Catherine, born December i, 1827; mar- 
ried Joshua Thompson. 4. Henry, born December i, 1829. 5. Elizabeth, 
born November 4, 183 1 ; married Abraham Powell. 6. James, born Decem- 
ber 24, 1833, died young. 7. John L., born May 25, 1836. 8. Archibald, of 
whom further. 9. Julia Ann, born December, 1840; married Edward Has- 
kins. All of these deceased with the exception of Archibald. They were 
Presbyterians. 

(HI) Archibald (3) Gray, son of Archibald (2) and Julia Ann (Epright) 
Gray, was born in Marple township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, June 10, 
1838. His early years were spent under the parental roof, and he was edu- 
cated in the public schools of his native county. Upon the completion of his 
education he went to Chester county, Pennsylvania, where he spent four years 
in an apprenticeship to learn the blacksmith's trade, after which he removed 
to the state of Maryland and located near Washington, District of Columbia. 
At the end of three years, during which he had been engaged doing blacksmith 
work for the water works company, he returned to Pennsylvania, making his 
home in Springfield township, now Morton borough, and has been successfully 
identified with his calling there since that time. He is a staunch Republican in 
political opinion, and has served his community as a member of the borough 
council, as school director and as assessor of Springfield township. 

Mr. Gray married, February 22, 1868, Margaret Anna Reese, born in 
Nether Providence township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, May 14, 1847. 
She is the daughter of Eli Reese, a farmer, born in Delaware county, Penn- 
sylvania, January I, 1800, died in Marple township in 1864. He married Eliz- 
abeth Tucker, born in Marple township, in 1814, and Ihey had children: i. 
John, born November 3, 1838, died December 21, 1905; he married (first) 
Susanna Worrell, deceased; (second) Clara Breckney. 2. William Henry, 
bom November 4, 1840, died in October, 191 1 ; he married Emma Craig, who 
died in 1912. 3. Rebecca, born in 1842, died in 1885; married Thomas Sut- 
ton, deceased. 4. Jonathan, born June 28, 1845 ! resides in Concord township, 
Delaware county ; married Hannah Trainer. 5. Margaret Anna, married 
Archibald Gray, as mentioned above. 6. Elizabeth, born in 1850; married 
Robert Orr. 7. Eli, twin of Elizabeth, married Mary Epwright. Archibald 
and Margaret Anna (Reese) Gray had children: i. Ruth Anna, died in 
infancy. 2. Catherine, married William H. Dovett, and has had children : 
William, Ruth Anna, Mabel E. and Catherine G. 3. Margaret, married James 
Pilson, and has one child, Marguerite. Mr. Gray and his wife attend the 
Methodist church at Morton, and he is a member of the following fraternal 
orders : Past commander of Bradbury Post, No. 149, Grand Army of the Re- 
public, of Media, Pennsylvania ; Knights of Pythias, No. 280, of Morton, Penn- 
sylvania; Washington Camp, No. 634, Patriotic Order Sons of America; 
Arrasapha Tribe, No. 161, Improved Order of Red Men. 

The military record of Mr. Gray is as follows: 

The first enlistment of Mr. Gray was at Finlaytown, District of Colum- 
bia, January, 1861, in the Union District Rifles. The above company was an 
independent one, organized for the defense of the city of Washington, and 
it was the body guard of President Lincoln at his inauguration, March 4, 1861. 
It then disbanded, and Mr. Gray returned to his home in Marple township, 



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remaining there until September 4, 1862, when he enlisted in Company A, 
Fourteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry, for three years or until the conclusion of the 
war. His company going into camp at Torresdale, Pennsylvania, later moving 
to Pittsburgh, where they joined the Fourteenth Regiment. There Mr. Gray, 
who had enlisted as a private, was promoted to the rank of sergeant, and the 
regiment moved to the south where it commenced its active service. Follow- 
ing is a list of the engagements of all kinds in which Mr. Gray was actively 
engaged: Beverly. West Virginia, July 3, 1863; Huttonville, West Vir- 
ginia, July 4, 1863; Hedgesville, July 19, 1863; Warm Springs, July 24, 1863; 
Rocky Gap, August 26, 1863 ; Droop Mountain, November 6, 1863 ; Averill's 
Salem raid, from December 8 to December 31, 1863; Newmarket, X'irginia. 
May 5, 1864; Wythesville, \'irginia. May 10, 1864; Piedmont, June 5, 1864; 
Bunkers Hill, \irginia, June 26, 1864; Darksville, July 2, 1864; Martinsburg, 
Mrginia, July 24, and August 31, 1864; Luloloman's Gap, July 6, 1864; 
Brownsville, X'irginia, July 7, 1864: Crampton Gap, Maryland, July 8, 1864; 
Monocacy Junction, July 10, 1864: Urbana, Maryland, July 11, 1864; Point 
of Rocks, Maryland, July 16, 1864; Snickers Gap, Virginia, July 18, 1864; 
Bunkers Hill, Virginia, July 19, 1864, and September 5, 1864; Newtown, Vir- 
ginia, July 22, 1864; Kernstown, X'irginia, July 24, 1864; Clearspring, Mary- 
land, July 29, 1864; Hancock, Maryland, July 31, 1864; Shepherdstown, Vir- 
ginia, August 3, 1864; Antietam, Maryland, August 4, 1864; Moorsfield, 
Virginia, August 7, 1864; Winchester, Virginia, August 11, 1864; White 
Post, Virginia, August 12, 1864; Darksville, September 3, and September 10, 
1864; Stone Bridge, X'irginia, September 18, 1864; Opequon, \^irginia, Sep- 
tember 19, 1864; Fishers Hill, \'irginia, September 21 and 22, 1864; Forest- 
ville, \'irginia, September 24, 1864; Mount Crawford, Virginia, September 
25, 1864: Weirs Cave, \'irginia, September 26 and 27, 1864; Middletown, 
Maryland, October 19, 1864; Milford, Luray Valley, Virginia, October 25, 
1864; Millwood, Virginia, December 17, 1864. On December 27, 1864, Mr. 
Gray was captured by the enemy, and was a prisoner for two months at Libby 
prison and Pemberton castle, Richmond, Virginia. He was discharged from 
service with his company, Alay 27, 1865, at Washington, District of Columbia. 
The following incident ( extract from the history of Company A, Fourteenth 
Pennsylvania \'olunteers ) is worthy of a place in this work: On July 3, 1863, 
while the battle of Gettysburg was going on, a detachment of the Fourteenth 
Pennsylvania Cavalry, under Major Foley, was sent out from Frederick City, 
Maryland, to destroy the pontoon bridge at Falling Waters. Sergeant Arch- 
ibald' Gray was in charge of the advance guard, and seeing a large wagon train 
moving towards Boonesborough, Maryland, Sergeant Gray and twenty-five 
men were ordered to find out what it was. It proved to be General Meade's 
provision and ammunition train being decoyed into the rebel lines by a rebel 
spy, who represented himself to be a lieutenant on General Meade's staff. 
Sergeant Gray, holding a dififerent opinion, put him under arrest and turned 
the train back, sending it to Frederick City, taking the spy to General French's 
headquarters, and from there to General Bu ford's headquarters, where he was. 
executed as a spy. 

The late James Wellington Baker and his wife. Dr. Frances N. 
BAKER Baker, M. D., who survives him, hold an honored and exalted 

place in the affections and esteem of the residents of Delaware 
county, Pennsylvania, fcr the good they have accomplished in their respective 
professions, he as an educator, a vocation which requires ability of a peculiar 
order, which he possessed in large degree, whose active career was devoted to- 



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the cause of education in Delaware county, and she as a physician, one of the 
noblest of all professions, who during her many years of active practice has 
proven her ability to successfully co])e with disease and master its intricate 
problems, and whose skill has gained for her a position of due relative prece- 
dence among the medical fraternity in this section of the state. 

James Wellington Baker, scholar and educator, was born in Edgmont, 
Delaware county, Pennsylvania, December 6, 183 1, died there, September 6, 
1902. His father and his father's people were farmers, and his mother was a 
daughter of James Hall, an Orthodox Friend, member of Fourth Street Meet- 
ing, Philadelphia. Both the paternal and maternal lines were of English stock, 
and the race characteristics, directed and refined by the Quaker insight and spir- 
ituality of his grandfather, were no doubt the source of his unusual moral en- 
dowment. His early education was acquired in the common schools of the 
neighborhood, and from the first he exhibited a taste for study and a distaste 
for the harsher duties of farm work. Books and thought were his delight, and 
so marked was his bent for learning that in 1848 he was sent to the Academy 
at Unionville, then under the care of Milton Durnall, a man of fine scholarship, 
high morality, and marked earnestness in the cause of education. Here his 
superior intellectual ability was recognized, he found himself in a congenial at- 
mosphere and passed a few happy fruitful months when he was offered a posi- 
tion as teacher in a public school in I'nionville ; thus he entered without efifort 
the profession of which he held himself a member during the remainder of his 
life. He began teaching before he was seventeen, and for thirty years was un- 
interruptedly engaged in educational work. His first examination was under 
James Agnew Futhey, first superintendent of schools of Chester county. Lit- 
tle did the earnest, timid lad realize the terror and the joy which he would in- 
spire in many hearts when he should hold the same office in his native county. 

The story of the following ten years is that of the earnest student who 
must gain an education through his own efforts ; alternately teaching a term of 
five months and then attending his well beloved academy for a like term. Here 
he was always assured of sympathy and encouragement, and found as teachers 
men of superior ability and scholarship. One of these, Thomas Baker, of 
Lancaster county, was remembered as a man of especial mental vigor, and was 
probably one of'the obscure great men "who exist to produce greater men." It 
is pleasant that his name is remembered and can be set down in the record of 
this pupil who, no doubt, filled a more conspicuous place in the world through 
the influence of his stimulating personality. In the academy at Unionville he 
received most of his scholastic education, although he never ceased to be a 

student. 

In 1849 he went to Bethel township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, to 
teach, and remained about two years : then to Upper Providence for one year. 
Later" he went to Birmingham, Chester county, where he taught five years m 
what was then called Shady Grove School. From this school, in the sprmg of 
1858, he was called to the position of associate principal of Unionville Acad- 
emy." During this associate principalship, which continued four years, he pur- 
sued an extended course in mathematics, and began the study of Latin. In 
this language he afterwards attained a rare degree of proficiency, reading it as 
fluently as he read English. He read not only the most familiar, but many of 
the less known Latin authors. He read Virgil fifteen times, and Horace 
quite as often. He loved Latin as did some of the old Scotch divines, and al- 
thou'^h there is no discoverable Scotch ancestry he possessed traits ascribed to 
such^ugged men as Dr. Chalmers and Thomas Carlyle. Later he accepted the 
Chair of Mathematics at the Unionville Academy, where he had been a pupil, 
this being one of the principal institutions of that section, and there taught all 



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the higher branches in the regular collegiate course. In the spring of 1862 
Mr. Baker went to the State Normal School at Millersville, Pennsylvania, for 
training in pedagogy, and remained there until the school was broken up by the 
rebel raid into the state. He returned to Delaware county, taught for a time 
in Thornbury, and in 1866 took charge of a grammar school in Upper Provi- 
dence. 

In 1868 James W. McCracken. superintendent of schools of Delaware 
county, resigned and recommended James W. Baker as his successor. He was 
appointed by State Superintendent James P. Wickersham to finish the unex- 
pired term, .\fter this he was elected superintendent of schools for three 
terms in succession, his last term ending in 1878. He then entered business 
with his brother in-law, Philip Wunderle, in Philadelphia, with whom he was 
associated until his death. Of his work as superintendent, a contemporary 
writes as follows : 

When Mr. Baker accepted the appointment of superintendent of Delaware county 
educational matters were in a comfortable state of inactivity. No one was caring over- 
much about free schools. He gave his first thought to raising the standards of the 
teachers ; the method he adopted was to make the examinations more searching, thus 
eliminating the dead wood. He took no pleasure in displacing the inefficient ; indeed, it 
often caused him deep distress; but go they must, imless there were energy and enough 
scholastic attainment to insure better equipment in the near future. After a few years 
of Laborious work he had better school houses, more and better appliances for teaching, 
and a fine body of teachers of whom he was justly proud. Meantime he had arrived at 
the conchision that the only way to further progress was to establish high schools at con- 
venient places in the county, and thus give impetus to the lower schools. At no time did 
he have the desire or thought to force tlic establishment of such schools upon an unwill- 
ing people. While the high school, as he planned it. has not yet come, many fine high 
schools exist in the county. Teachers' Institute, as a dignified, scholarly 1)ody was un- 
known in Delaware county before his time. He employed the best talent to be had, and 
frequently there was no hall in Media large enough to accommodate comfortably the au- 
diences that came from far and near to hear the evening lectures. The surplus funds 
thus earned enabled him to secure for the day sessions the best instructors that the 
country afforded. Directors' Day was also inaugurated under his superintendency. 

In the ofifice of superintendent of schools, Mr. Baker was in "the province 
of his best usefulness" and of his dearest interest. For the duties of this ofifice 
he was admirablv equipped in scholarship and in character. He had "execu- 
tive ability of the highest type in the management of school afTairs." He pos- 
sessed the power of initiative in an exceptional degree, his ideals sprang from 
his brain fullv formed, to conceive was to execute if expedient. His energy in 
the fulfillment of a purpose was tireless. He sympathized with men as man. 
and lifted burdens with tenderness and helpfulness correspondingly large, leav- 
ing the recipient of his wise sympathy cheered and strengthened. He remained 
"ever an example and an inspiration" to his teachers, always easily the leader 
and the master, equal to every demand. In taking "affectionate leave of the 
work," he modestly said: "I retire from the superintendency with clean hands 
and a clear conscience, humbly praying that my labors may not have been in 
vain." Happily he lived to realize that the fulfillment of his prayer had begun 
before its utterance. 

Tames W. Baker was pre-eminently a teacher. In order to be a successful 
teacher one must not onlv have knowledge, but he must be able to impart this 
clearly and concisely to others: he must liave a deep and thorough interest in 
his work, and must be able to maintain discipline. In all of these requirements 
Mr. Baker was well qualified, and although progressive was not radical. It 
was his "delight to assist and encourage," not alone the many school children of 
the county in their efforts at learning, hut all young people with whom he came 
mto friendly relation, and every endeavor was made looking towards making 



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"each generation of men better, wiser, and more learned than the preceding 
one." His interest in education is perpetuated through the estabhshment of two 
scholarships in the University of Pennsylvania for the benefit of the graduates 
of the Media High School. For many years he was a member of the Board of 
School Directors of Media, and filled successively the positions of treasurer and 
president. His last public duty was the presentation of diplomas to the gradu- 
ates of the high school, June 28, 1902. 

During the years he was in business he devoted much of his leisure time 
to the study of physical sciences. Being an independent and original thinker he 
frequently gave scant credence to many scientific theories, finding them inade- 
quate to his demands. He read, not to accept, but to test, and in working out 
his own conclusions, unconsciously placed himself among the great thinkers of 
his time. He also read wisely in general literature, and was critical not of mat- 
ter only, but of manner, being sensitive to the structure and rhythm of sen- 
. tences, and exacting in the close use of words. He was a lover of language, 
and wrote fluently when the occasion demanded. 

He was a man of strong character, abstemious in his habits, never using 
tobacco or liquor in any form, and his broad, scholarly attainments made him a 
prominent factor in the best circles. As a citizen he was public-spirited, and 
quietly and generously encouraged every effort to promote the general good of 
his town and county. In religion he accepted the Orthodox belief of his 
church, the Disciples of Christ, and in politics he was always a Republican, 
standing unswervingly for the principles of the party while abhorring many of 
its practices. 

Mr. Baker married, in 1865, Frances Naomi Smith, of Chester county, 
Pennsylvania, daughter of Andrew Smith, of Scotch-Irish parentage, born in 
county Clare, Ireland, educated for the Presbyterian ministry, but was forced 
to abandon this calling on account of ill health. He came to the United States 
in early manhood, locating in Chester county, Pennsylvania, where for a short 
period of time he followed the profession of teaching, and subsequently became 
the owner of considerable property in the same county. He married Matilda 
Schreiver, a native of Adams county, Pennsylvania, of German descent, a 
descendant on the maternal side of Hermann, the great German patriot. Mr. 
Smith died at a comparatively early age. 

Mr. and Mrs. Baker took up their residence in Aledia, Pennsylvania. In 
1873 she entered the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, in Philadel- 
phia, taking up the study of medicine. She was among the first to take the long 
course, when the studies were divided, she pursuing the four year instead of 
lMc two year course, graduating with the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1877. 
After spending some time in hos])ital and post-graduate work, thus gaining 
valuable experience, she opened an office in Media, Pennsylvania, and has since 
engaged in a general practice, meeting with a marked degree of success, her 
practice extending throughout a large portion of Delaware county. That she 
has been a practitioner in the same locality for so many years proves conclu- 
sively her high standing in the profession, this indicating a good business for 
it is only the capable and devoted physician that can command and retain the 
public patronage. Dr. Baker is one of the managers of the Woman's College 
Hospital of Philadelphia, having been connected with it for many years, and is 
chairman of the Public Health Educational Committee of the American Medi- 
cal Association for Delaware county. She keeps in touch with the advanced 
thought along the line of her profession by membership in the American Medi- 
cal Association ; the Delaware County INIedical Society, of which she was pres- 
ident in 191 1, and she is also identified with the Alumni Association of the 
Woman's Medical College, and one of the early members of the society to aid in 



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the prevention of tuberculosis ; also a member of the Society for the Pre- 
vention of the Social Disease. She is a member of the New Century Club of 
Philadelphia and the Woman's Club of ^^ledia, and is in sympathy with the 
suffrage movement. 

Mr. liaker and his wife spent considerable time in travel, both in this coun- 
try and abroad, crossing the ocean five times, using this as a means of study 
aiid recreation, from which they derived great pleasure, and since the death of 
her husband, Dr. Baker has made three trips abroad. During the summer of 
1913 she visited Labrador, and during her stay inspected the ^lission Hospi- 
tals located there. 



The Bartows came to Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, from West- 
BARTOW Chester county. New York, where \\'illiam Bartow was born, 
in the town of Bartow, named in honor of the family, who early 
settled there. William Bartow later came to Marcus Hook, where he died 
leaving a widow and six children, all deceased : Sarah, married John Qiance ; 
Eliphas. married Benjamin Smith; William. George, John (of whom further), 
and Henrv. 

John, son of William Bartow, was born at Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, 
November 16, 1822, and died there. He attended the public schools, and when 
a young man became a Delaware river fisherman, an occupation he followed 
throughout his active life. He married Jane \'alentine, born in Wilmington, 
Delaware, only daughter of Jefferson Valentine, who also had an only son, 
William, a railroad contractor of Wilmington. Children of John Bartow : John 
H., married Bertha Clayton; Eliphas: Alfred: Elizabeth, married K. T. W. 
Pechmann : Martha, died unmarried : Florencio. of whom further. 

Florencio, son of John and Jane ( \'alentine ) Bartow, was born in Mar- 
cus Hook, Pennsylvania, Tanuarv 10, 1870. He was educated in the public 
school, graduating in iSS/'under'the instruction of A. G. Smith, then superin- 
tendent of public schools after which he began business life. In 1906 he was 
appointed postmaster of Marcus Hook, was reappointed in 1910, and still holds 
that office. He is a Republican in politics, and a member of the Knights of 
Pythias. Mr. Bartow is unmarried. 



Ideas backed with indefatigable energ\-, — the desire and power to 
DUKE accomplish big things, — these qualities make of success not an ac- 
cident but a logical result. The man of initiative is he who com- 
bines with a capacity for hard work an indomitable will. Such a man recog- 
nizes no such thing "as failure and his final success is on a parity with his well 
directed efforts. Henry Duke, builder and real estate operator at Norwood, 
Pennsylvania, is strictly a self-made man and as such his success in life is the 
more gratifving to contemplate. 

A native of Ridlev Park. Pennsvlvania. Henry Duke was born Septem- 
ber 27, 1865, a son of Hardy and Sarah (Morgan) Duke, the former of Eng- 
rish descent" and the latter of Swedish origin. :Mr. and :Mrs. Duke were mar- 
ried in Nansemond countv, Virginia, whence they removed to Ridley Park, 
Pennsylvania, in 1864. The father was a laborer by occupation and he died 
It Moores, Pennsvlvania, in 1887. He was a Democrat in politics and a Bap- 
tist in his religious faith. He and his wife were the parents of thirteen chil- 
dren, of whom the subject of this review was the sixth in order of birth. 

Henry Duke was educated at Moores, Pennsylvania, and for a time he 
attended the Norwood public school. As a young man he worked in the dairy 
business for a time at Chester, and then he entered upon an apprenticeship to 



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learn the trade of carpenter. He has long been active as a builder, many homes 
in Norwood having been erected by him. He is likewise interested in the real 
estate business at Norwood, and in that line of enterprise is achieving marked 
success. He has a beautiful residence in Norwood, and the same was built in 
1909. Mr. Duke is a Democrat in all matters affecting the welfare of the na- 
tion, but in local politics he maintains an independent attitude, preferring to 
give his support to men and measures meeting with the approval of his judg- 
ment, rather than to vote along strictly partisan lines. He has been a member 
of the borough council at Norwood, and has held all the offices in the local fire 
department, being still connected with the latter as a member. He and his 
family are Methodist Episcopal in their religious faith, and in a fraternal way 
he is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. 

August 26, 1892. Mr. Duke marrietl Miss May Bovver, and they are the 
parents of the following children : Mary, Harry, Frank. Horace, Charles and 
Ruth, all of whom are living except Mary, who died in 1891. 



Man's greatest prize on earth is physical health and vigor; 
DOOLING nothing deteriorates mental activity so quickly as prolonged 
sickness, hence the broad field for human helpfulness afforded 
in the medical profession. The truly successful doctor requires more than 
merely a technical training, — he must be sympathetic, kindhearterl and con- 
genial', capable of inspiring hope and faith in the heart of his patient. These 
qualities are possessed in good measure by Dr. Henry C. Dooling, who has 
been engaged in the active practice of medicine and surgery at Norwood since 
1909. 

Dr. Dooling was born at Clayton, New Jersey, June 23, 1885, a son of 
John W. and Sylvia (Cheeseman) Dooling, both natives of New Jersey and 
"residents of Clayton, that state, in 1913. John W. Dooling is a glass blower 
by trade, and he is now serving his fourth term as postmaster at Clayton, 
where is recognized as a man of sterling character. The Dooling ancestry 
is of Scotch origin, the founder of the family in .\merica having been an 
early settler in the state of New York. 

Dr. Henry C. Dooling passed his boyhood and youth in Clayton, New 
Jersey, where he attended the public schools, being graduated in high school 
as a member of the class of 1901. For two terms thereafter he was a student 
in Temple College, at Philadelphia, and in 1904 he entered the Medico-Chiru- 
gical Medical College, at Philadelphia from which excellent institution he was 
graduated in 1908, as honor-man of his class, receiving a gold medal and the 
Spencer-Morris cash prize of $500 for highest general average, duly receiving 
bis degree of Doctor of Medicine. He was resident physician at the Pres- 
byterian Hospital for one year immediately succeeding his graduation, and in 
1909 he established his professional headquarters at Norwood, in Delaware 
county, where he now controls a most lucrative practice, and where he is 
rapidly gaining distinctive prestige as an unusually successful physician and 
■surgeon. In connection with his work he is a valued and appreciative mem- 
ber of the Delaware County Medical Society and of the Pennsylvania State 
Medical Society. Fraternally, he is connected with the Junior Order of 
American Mechanics, and with Forest Grove Lodge, No. 91, Ancient Free 
and Accepted Masons. In politics he is a Republican, and he is serving as 
vice-president of the school board at Norwood. 

June I, 1909, Dr. Dooling was united in marriage to Miss Nellia M. 
Essler, a native of New Jersey. To this union have been born two children : 
Frances Jean, whose nativity occurred ]vlay 14, 1910; and George Halvor, 



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born April 17, 1912. Dr. and Mrs. Dooling are popular in connection with the 
best social activities at Norwood, where they are held in high esteem by all with 
whom they have come in contact. 



Civilization will hail riches, prowess, honors, popularity, but 
BARTLETT it will bow humbly to sincerity in its fellows. The expo- 
nent of known sincerity, of singleness of honest purpose, has. 
its exemplification in all bodies of men : he is found in every association and to 
him defer its honors. Such an exemplar whose daily life and whose life work 
have been dominated as their most conspicuous characteristic bv sincerity, is 
Arthur T. Bartlett, passenger engineer on the iNIaryland & Delaware division 
of the Pennsylvania railroad, his runs being between Philadelphia and Wash- 
ington. Mr. Bartlett resides at Norwood, in Delaware county. Pennsylvania. 

In the city of Baltimore. Maryland. December 22. 1861. occurred the birth 
of Arthur T. Bartlett. who is a son of Thomas and Mary A. (Lovell) Bartlett. 
the former a native of Maryland, and the latter of New Castle, Delaware. The 
father was a blacksmith by occupation, devoting his attention to that line of 
business for a period of fifty-two years, during the greater part of which time 
he was in the employ of the P. W. & B. Railroad Company, his headquarters 
being at Baltimore. He and his wife became the parents of four sons and one 
daughter, of whom three sons are living, in 1913. Mr. Bartlett passed to the 
great beyond in 1901 and his wife died in 1881. 

To the public schools of Baltimore. Maryland. .Arthur T. Bartlett. of this 
notice, is indebted for his ijreliminary educational training. .-\t the age of 
eighteen years he began to work, and in his nineteenth year he turned his at- 
tention to railroading. His first position was with the P. W. & B. Railroad 
Company, and he worked in their shops at Baltimore for eighteen months, at 
the expiration of which he began firing on an engine. He was fireman for 
seven years and eight months, and at the expiration of that period he became 
a full-fledged engineer. This was in 1880. and for the past twenty-four years 
he has been running freight and passenger trains without any serious mishaps. 
Since IQ05 he has been running express trains on the Pennsylvania railroad be- 
tween Philadelphia and 'U'ashington. His ])resent position as engineer on this 
run is one of infinite responsibility. Mr. Bartlett is familiar with every de]iart- 
ment of railroading, having worked in the shops, in the yards, switching 
freights and passengers, and as fireman, and finally, as passenger engineer. He 
entered the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company in 1880, and he 
has a fine record for being careful in all his work. He resided in Baltimore un- 
til 1893. when he established the family home in Philadelphia, whence he re- 
moved to Norwood in 1907. In politics he is an unswerving supporter of Re- 
publican principles and in a fraternal way he is affiliated with the Royal .Arca- 
num, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the Pennsylvatiia Railroad 
A'olunteer Relief Association and the A'eteran Employes of the Maryland & 
Delaware Division. Formerly he was a member of the Independent Order of 
Odd Fellows, and he is a charter member of the Protective Order. Sons of 
America. Religiously he is a fervent member of the Norwood Methodist 
Episcopal Church. He is a strong advocate of the no license movemetit in Del- 
aware countv. 

October 31. 1883. Mr. Bartlett married Miss Marion L. Caleb, a native of 
Baltimore. Air. and Mrs. Bartlett have two daughters.— Bessie, who is the wife- 
of R. P. Collins, of Philadelphia: and C'lara. wife of J. H. Wells, of Philadel- 
phia. 



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John C. W'ahl is a man highly respected in the business circles 
WAHL of Fernwood, and one who by strict morality and integrity of pur- 
pose furnishes an excellent example to others. He was born in 
Brooklyn, New York, December 23, 1853, son of John C. and Mary (Strucher) 
Wahl, and a descendant on both the paternal and maternal side of a Ger- 
man ancestry. 

John C. Wahl Sr. was born in the town of Uln, Saxony, Germany, 1830, 
died in Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1901. He was the only son of his parents, 
who were born, lived and died in Germany, their other children being daugh- 
ters, all of whom remained in their native land. During his young manhood 
John C. Wahl emigrated to the United States, the trip being made in a sailing 
vessel, which got off its course, and was nine months in reaching this side of 
the Atlantic. There is a law in Germany that on marriage the husband shall 
put up a certain sum of money, which shall be refunded upon the birth of the 
first child, and with the equivalent of this sum in his pocket Mr. Wahl left 
his native land. During his early life he learned the trade of shoemaker, and 
this occupation he followed in the United States, first in Brooklyn, New York, 
where he married ]\Iary Strucher, who was born in Berne, Switzerland, 1832, 
died 1903, whose parents lived and died in Germany. She came to this 
country with her intended husband and an older lady, but upon arriving here 
they became separated and never saw each other again, and later she became 
the wife of Mr. Wahl. After the birth of his oldest child, John C., of whom 
further, Mr. Wahl went to Boston, Massachusetts, leaving his wife and child 
in Brooklyn, and all the capital he could spare, $33.00. The landlord of the 
house she resided in swindled her out of her money, intercepted the letters sent 
her by her husband, thinking that they would contain money, but by strategy 
she succeeded in getting from the postman the seventh letter sent her by her 
husband, and by threatening to expose the landlord she secured from him suf- 
ficient money to defray her expenses to Boston, where she joined her husband. 
They remained in that city for six years, and then the failing health of Mrs. 
Wahl compelled them to seek a different climate, and ;\Ir. Wahl purchased, on 
the installment plan, a small farm in the German settlement at Egg Harbor 
City, New Jersey, where they resided for six years, after which they moved to 
Atlantic City, New Jersey, where Mr. Wahl was the proprietor of a shoe 
store and in addition to the management of this followed his trade of shoe- 
maker. Mr. and Mrs. Wahl were the parents of two other sons, namely: 
William F., a resident of Atlantic City, where he has amassed considerable 
capital as the result of speculation in real estate, and Charles F., proprietor of 
a shoe store in Atlantic City, from which he derives a comfortable livelihood. 
John C. Wahl Jr. obtained the greater part of his education in the pub- 
lic schools of Egg Harbor City, the mornings being devoted to the study of 
German and the afternoons to the study of English. He learned the trade of 
shoemaker under the personal supervision of his father, becoming thoroughly 
expert in all branches, and in early life he worked for his father and in vari- 
ous other shoe shops in Atlantic City, acquiring an experience which has 
proven valuable to him in late years, and for a period of time he assumed full 
charge of his father's shoe store. In 1884 he removed to Fernwood. Penn- 
sylvania, and for one year was in the employ of John Fryger, and then estab- 
lished a business of his own, which he has conducted ever since, his patronage 
steadily increasing every vear. In 1889 he erected a frame building, with a 
store for his own use, in which he displays all kinds of foot wear, and in the 
rear of the store has a shop where shoes are manufactured. Fie has the 
largest trade of any store of its kind in that section of Fernwood, and is recog- 
nized as one of the substantial business men of the place. He is a Methodist 



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in religion, a Repnbliciin in politics, and is affiliated with the Improved Order 
of Red Alen and tlie L'nited Order of American Mechanics. 

Mr. Wahl married, 1880, Rebecca Sperber. Children: i. Carl J., born 
November 25, 1891 ; a telegraph operator; married Winifred Bailey; resides 
at Freehold, New Jersey. 2. Harry B., born Angnst 4, 1893: a railroad line- 
man ; unmarried. 



The Green family is well represented throughout the United 
GREEN States, and a large number of them are to be found in the state 
of Pennsylvania, \vhere they have made their mark in various 
directions. 

The grandfather of Sidwell Green, late of Gradyville, Delaware county, 
Pennsylvania, was the father of three sons and two daughters, among these 
being Sidwell, born in Chester, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, whose occu- 
pation was that of a laborer ; Abel G., a well known Methodist minister. 

Sidwell Green Jr. was born in Chester, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, in 
1836, and died at Gradyville, Delaware county, in 1904. He was educated in 
the schools of his native township, and then apprenticed to learn the wheel- 
wright's trade. With this and farming he was identified until his death. The 
greater part of his life was spent on his farm in Delaware county, which he 
cultivated very successfully. He was an active worker in the interests of the 
Democratic party, and served as a county commissioner for a considerable 
period of time. His religious affiliations were with the Methodist church. 

Mr. Green married^ in 1870. Annie Mary, born in 1851. daughter of 
Gilpon and Annie (Speakman) Thompson, the former Ixnii in 1835. died in 
1890. They have had children : Sylvester G. : Daniel W. ; Abel ; Anna M.. born 
in 1868. married. March 27, 1901. Harry Carr, and has children : Hannah 
Marv. born in 1903, Elsie S., born in 1907. and Francis ; Sidwell. the third of 
the name; Grover. deceased; Francis, twin of Grover ; Horace P. Mrs. Green, 
who is possessed of an unusual amount of executive ability, now manages the 
farm very capablv, being assisted in this enterprise by her son and son-in- 
law, Harrv Carr. 



The Wittig family is of direct German extraction. For many 
WITTIG generations it has lived in Germany, contrilniting by its indus- 

trv to the general wealth and prosperity, of the Fatherland. One 
of the principal occupations of the family has been that of piano making, in 
which trade they are among the most expert in their country. They know it 
from the least to the greatest and most important detail, and the factories 
for which they work invariably become famous, not only for the beauty and 
finish of their instruments but also for the exquisite quality of tone. 

Conrad Wittig. the first of the family to emigrate from Germany to this 
country, was born in Germany. 1822. emigrated to the l'nited States in 1848. 
and died in 1900, in Lester. Delaware county. Pennsylvania, his wife having 
died four years previous. He was a piano maker in Germany, and on connng 
to this country he at once engaged in the same line of business, the making of 
pianos at that time being comparatively in its infancy. He located in Philadel- 
phia and was emploved'bv the Shoemaker Piano Company, with whom he con- 
tinued for many years, or until one year after the Lester Piano Manufacturing 
Company was 'organized and incor]5orated. and moved from Philadelphia to 
Lester. Pennsvlvania. where the firm erected a large and complete plant. I\Ir. 
Wittig" was a Republican in politics, giving his allegiance to that party after its 
organization in 1867. and he and all of his familv were members of the Ger- 



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man Lutheran church. Before leaving Germany he had served his time in the 
army, and was for that reason martial in his bearing. .Mr. and Mrs. Wittig 
were the parents of six children, four of whom survive, and among these is 
Herman, of whom further. 

Herman Wittig, son of Conrad Wittig, the German emigrant, was born in 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 12, 1862. He attended the neighborhood 
public schools, and at the age of twelve years entered the employ of 
the Shoemaker Piano Company, and for thirty-nine years has followed this 
.-ocation. In 1886 he engaged with the F. A. North Piano Company, which 
later became the Lester Piano Manufacturing Company, and still later it was 
moved to Lester, where it established a large and perfectly equipped plant. 
Mr. Wittig has remained with this company to the present time (1913). He 
worked from bench to bench, with each removal being promoted to a higher 
place that required skill and experience in advance of the last, until now he is 
assistant superintendent of the plant. This was accomplished through merit, 
for which Mr. Wittig deserves the greatest credit, as no outside influence was 
brought to bear upon the heads of the various departments through which he 
passed, until he attained his present responsible position. He is a member of 
the German Lutheran church, and in 1903 assisted in organizing a church in 
Lester, and later in raising funds for the purpose of building an edifice in 
which the members of that faith might worship. When the church was organ- 
ized it worshipped in a part of the Lester piano factory, and the present struc- 
ture is a credit to both the congregation and the town. In politics Mr. Wittig 
is a Republican ; he served as school director for seventeen years, only retiring 
recently because the demands of his position required all of his time and atten- 
tion. 

Mr. Wittig married, on Thanksgiving Day, 1882, in Philadelphia, Caroline 
Baker, of that city. Children, the first five born in Philadelphia and the re- 
mainder in Lester, all of whom are living at the present time : Herman Jr., born 
December 6, 1883; Caroline. .August 20, 1885; Albert, April 10, 1887: Nellie, 
June 12, 1889; Gertrude, February 27, 1891 ; Clara, September 20, 1892; 
Charles, February 18. 189.;; Anna, February 20, 1896; John, April 5, 1898; 
Margaret, February 21, 1904: Violet, May 3, 1907. 



One of the leading general and dairy farmers of Delaware county, 
JONES Pennsylvania, as well as a breeder of fine cattle, is to be found 
in the person of Marshall L. Jones, of Llanerch. The Jones fam- 
ily is of Swedish origin and settled in New Jersey in 1642. Drifting into 
Pennsylvania during the time of William Penn, they became members of the 
Society of Friends. The Swedish family name was a long one, and difficult 
of pronunciation for the English speaking Friends, and so the newcomers 
were called Jones, and the name was adopted. 

William Jones, son of Robert E. and Ann (Garrett) Jones, married 
Martha Lloyd, and had children: William, a farmer, who had the courtesy 
title of "Doctor ;" Richard Lloyd, see forward ; Robert E., a farmer, and a 
horse dealer in Philadelphia ; Annie, deceased : Mary L. ; Elizabeth G. ; Mar- 
shall L., who was a sergeant in the civil war ; Martha W., deceased. 

Richard Lloyd, son of William and Martha (Lloyd) Jones, was bom in 
Darby, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, September 28, 1820. and died Decem- 
ber 31, 1907. His education was acquired in the public and private schools of 
Darby and Upper Darby, and he was identified with farming interests all of 
his life. He assisted his father on the home farm until he had attained his 
majority, then, in association with his brother, William, went to Montgomery 



9IO DELAWARE COUNTY 

and commenced to farm independently. At the end of one year they took 
charge of another farm and continued their partnership for another foiir 
years. The partnersliip was then dissolved by mutual consent, and in 1847, 
Richard L. took charge of the old Jones homestead and utilized it for generai 
farming purposes until 1886, at which time he turned it over to his son, Rich- 
ard L. Jr., and he settled on a smaller farm at Springton, and made a specialty 
of dairying farming. During the civil war Mr. Jones enlisted in the Six- 
teenth Pennsylvania \'olunteer Infantry, serving under Colonel Wilcox, and 
in Captain Amos Bonsall's company. During the six weeks that this com- 
pany was out it took an active part in the battle of Antietam. He married 
Mary Fryburg, born near Darby, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, September 
9, 1826, died April 24, 1900, daughter of John and Eliza (Phillips) Fryburg. 
Children : Martha L., married Van Leer E. Bond, and lives at Upper Darby 
Station; William H., unmarried; Richard Lloyd Jr., married Sophia Owen 
and is a farmer in Upper Darby township; Eliza F., unmarried, resides with 
her brother, Marshall L. ; J. Walter, married Agnes McLeod, and is in the feed 
business at Clifton, Pennsylvania ; Howard Erwin, married Georgiana A. 
Muth, and is a farmer in Chester county, Pennsylvania; ■Mary A., died at the 
age of two years ; Marshall L. 

Marshall L., son of Richard Lloyd and Mary (Fryburg) Jones, was born 
on the old Jones homestead in Upper Darby township, Delaware county, 
Pennsylvania, September 23, 1864. His education, which was considered a 
very liberal one at that time, was acquired in the public schools of Upper 
Darby township, and this was supplemented by a course at the Friends' School 
in Philadelphia. After completing his education he worked for his father for 
some years, then rented the Fairview farm on the State road, owned by V. E. 
Bond and William H. Jones, and worked this for a period of seventeen years. 
In 1909 he purchased the Pratt property in Chester county, Pennsylvania, this 
consisting of three hundred and fifty acres, laid out in two farms. Four years 
later he sold this property and purchased a farm of two hundred and sixty 
acres in Westtown, Chester county. Pennsylvania. In the year 1913 he removed 
to Llanerch, Delaware county. Pennsylvania, where he now resides, but 
expects to remove to his Westtown farm. He has' imported some of the 
finest pure blood Holstein cattle into the county, and has been engaged in 
retailing milk in the city of Philadelphia for the greater part of a quarter of 
a century. His farm is a model of its kind and size in every respect, and he 
keeps well abreast of the time in all matters. He has taken no active part in 
the political affairs of his county, but takes a deep interest in whatever con- 
cerns the welfare of the community, and casts his vote for the Republican 
party. He attends and his wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal 
church, and he is a member of the local Grange, Patrons of Husbandry. 

Mr. Jones married, November 8, 1905, Laura R. Black. Children: Mary 
Elizabeth, born April 26, 1907, died May 31, of the same year; Marshall L. 
Jr., born January 29, 1909; Russell Black, born October 20, 191 1. Airs. Jones 
is a daughter of Lorenzo D. and Elizabeth L. (Dyson) Black, both deceased, 
the former July 18, 1910, the latter March 3, 1908. They had one other 
child : Mary, who married G. Melvin Young. Lorenzo D. Black was a farmer 
and milk dealer in Philadelphia, and during the civil war enlisted in Com- 
pany B, First Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry, and served throughout that 
momentous struggle. In business affairs Mr. Jones has ever been straight- 
forward and reliable in his dealings, and he is valued among the sterling 
members of the community in which so many years of his life have been spent. 
His has been a useful, busy and upright career, commending him to the confi- 
dence and regard of all vvith whom he has come in contact. 



DELAWARE COUNTY 911 

This is an honored name in Delaware county and has been borne 
WARD right worthily for two generations in the city of Chester by Wil- 
liam Ward, father and son, the former an eminent lawyer and 
congressman, the latter the present chief executive of the city. The descent 
is from John Ward, who, shortly after his emigration from Ireland, died in 
Philadelphia. His wife, Margaret Donnegan, came with him and died in Phila- 
delphia, in 1846, leaving a son, William (i), then aged nine years. 

William (i) Ward was born in Philadelphia, in 1837, died in Chester, 
Pennsylvania, in February, 1895. When he was left an orphan in 1846, It; 
was taken in charge by the management of Girard College, Pennsylvania, being 
one of the first one hundred and fifty boys that became beneficiaries of that 
magnificent institution. He remained at the college until 1852, when he was in- 
dentured to Y. S. Walter, a printer in Chester, which city was ever afterward 
his home. He remained with Mr. Walter for two years, and during that time 
made some influential friends who felt that he was not pursuing the best plans 
in shaping his life, and decided to assist him to a legal education. Judge John 
M. Broomall, who had taken unusual interest in the lad, secured the transfer 
of his bond to himself and then gave him a place in his law office as a student. 
Squire Samuel M. Ulrich (later his father-in-law) agreed to provide him shel- 
ter and clothing during his years of study with the judge. Both men kept their 
promise to the young man, and he was thus enabled to complete a full course 
of legal study and in 1857 was admitted to the Delaware County Bar. He at 
once began practice in Chester and was soon recognized as one of the leaders 
among the younger lawyers. He gained in strength and reputation and was 
of such sterling worth that his early benefactor. Judge Broomall, still further 
honored him by admitting him to a partnership under the firm name Broomall 
& Ward. This became one of the strong legal firms of the county, and per- 
haps transacted a larger business than any other. Later when Judge Broomall 
was elected to congress the entire burden of the business fell upon Mr. Ward. 
He was well qualified for the responsibility, and continued the working head of 
the firm for several years. He won high standing as a lawyer and as a man of 
sterling character. After the return of Judge Broomall from congress he set- 
tled in Media and retired from the firm, his place being taken by his son, Wil- 
liam B. Broomall (now also a judge of Delaware county). The firrn so con- 
tinued until 1877 when Mr. Ward was elected to congress from the sixth con- 
gressional district of Pennsylvania. He carried the wisdom of a trained law- 
yer to his congressional duties, and to this was added a deep patriotism and a 
sincere desire to legislate for the good of his countrymen. He served on im- 
portant committees during his six years service and became one of the strong 
men of the House, a credit to the Republican party and to the state that gave 
him birth. His last term expiring in 1883, he retired to private life, and from 
then until his death he was in active legal practice in Chester. He was the 
trusted legal adviser of many of the large corporations of Chester, including 
the Roach Shipbuilding Company, the Pennsylvania railroad and the large steel 
companies. For five years, 1868-1873, he was a member of the banking firm of 
Ward & Baker ; was for many years city solicitor ; secretary and treasurer of 
the Chester Improvement Company: director of the First National Bank; 
treasurer of the South Ward Water Board, and secretary of the Chester Creek 
and Delaware River Railroad Companies. He was president of the city coun- 
cil for many years : was head of the Water Works Company and in all matters 
of public interest in Chester was a leader. He was faithful not only to his 
clients, but to all the obligations of good citizenship, and left behind him a 
name honored in his profession both in his adopted city and in the state. He 
was a loyal churchman, both he and his wife belonging to St. Paul's Episcopal 



912 DELAWARE COUNTY 

Church, at Chester. Both of the men who were the benefactors of his youth, 
were closely connected with AJr. Ward all through their lives and reaped a rich 
reward of satisfaction over the success that attended him. While Judge Broom- 
all was for years his law partner, Squire Ulrich bore the closer relation of fath- 
er-in-law, the marriage of his daughter, Clara Ecker Ulrich. and William (i) 
Ward occurring February 2, 1862. Mrs. Ward survives her husband, a resident 
of East Fourteenth street, Chester. Children : Samuel Ulrich, an attorney of 
Chester: Dr. John M. Broomall, Pennsylvania State Quarantine physician, ac- 
cidently killed January 21, 1903: William (2), see forward; Catherine: Clara; 
Margaret, and George E.. all residents of Chester 

\\illiam 12) \\'ard, third son of William (i) and Clara Ecker (Ulrich) 
Ward, was born in Chester, Pennsylvania, July 7, 1865. He was educated in 
the public schools and was graduated from Chester High School, class of 
1883. He studied law with his father and was associated with him until 1885. 
when he abandoned the law and entered business life. He established a real 
estate and insurance office in Chester and has continued in that business 
until the present time, having a very large business and handling a great deal 
of real estate of every kind in Chester, and in Pennsylvania and adjoining 
states. He is a Republican in ]3olitics and has devoted a great deal of time to 
the public service. He was elected city controller in 1902, and in 1905 was 
re-elected. In November, 1908, he was elected to the Pennsylvania House 
of Representatives from the First Delaware County Legislative District, and 
in 1910 was re-elected. He served on the following committees : .Vppropria- 
tions, fisheries, insurance, judiciary local, manufacturers and public roads, 
rendering efficient service. In 191 1 he resigned his seat in the house, having 
been elected mayor of Chester, which office he now most capably fills. He is 
a supporter of Republican principles and is a true party man, but in his polit- 
ical career has received warm support from the independent voters, and has 
also a personal following in the ranks of the opposing party. His present 
term as mayor expires in 191 5. 

]\Iayor Ward is a member of the :\Iasonic order, belonging to Chester 
Lodge, No. 236, Free and Accepted ^lasons ; Chester Chapter, Royal Arch 
Masons ; Chester Commandery, Knights Templar, and Lulu Temple. Nobles 
of the Mvstic Shrine, Philadelphia. He is also a member o,f the Benevolent 
and Protective Order of Elks and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He is an 
attendant of St. Paul's Episcopal Church and interested in all that tends to the 
upbuilding of his city. 

He married Rosa M. Mackinson, born in Delta, York county, Penn- 
sylvania, but at the time of her marriage was residing in Bel Air, Maryland, 
daughter of \\'illiam A. and Hannah (Booth! Mackinson, the latter still liv- 
ing. Mrs. Ward is a member of St. Paul's Protestant Episcopal Church, and 
is deeply interested in the social, charitable and religious organizations of 
her city. 

The Harvev family, represented in the present generation by 
HAR^■EY Bartram R.' Harvey, a successful and progressive agriculturist 
of Concordville, has long been seated in the state of Pennsyl- 
vania, his father, grandfather and great-grandfather having been residents of 
Delaware county, contributing their full share to its development and prog- 
ress. 

The first of the name of whom we have knowledge was Alban and Eliza- 
beth Harvev, residents of Birmingham township, Delaware county. Pennsyl- 
vania, where they led lives of activity and usefulness, and reared their chil- 




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dren in the way they should go. Their son, Evans, born in Birmingham town- 
ship, December 11, 1813, died October 8, 1871. He was a farmer on an exten- 
sive scale, deriving therefrom not only a substantial livelihood by hard and 
incessant work, but a competence for his declining years. He married, April 5, 
1837, Hannah G. Marsh, born December 14, i8i6, died June 26, 1889, daugh- 
ter of Dr. Rolph C. and Deborah ( Hill ) Marsh, of Concord township, and 
granddaughter of Christopher and Ann Marsh and of John and Mary ( Gib- 
bons) Hill. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey: Elizabeth, became the wife 
of Edward R. Gilpin; Alban, married Mary P. Marshall; John M., married 
Mary Hannum ; Rolph M., father of Bartram R. Harvey. Rolph M. Har- 
vey was born in Birmingham township, March 12, 1843. He operated a well 
cultivated farm of two hundred and fifteen acres, the estate of Ellis P. Mar- 
shall, deceased, and was the owner of a fine dairy, from which he derived a 
handsome competence. He is a member of the Society of Friends, as are also 
the members of his family, and an independent Republican in politics. He 
married, March 12, 1868, Anna P. Marshall, daughter of Ellis P. and Anna B. 
(Bartram) Marshall. Children; Dr. Ellis M., born February 5, 1869, a 
graduate of Swarthmore College and the Pennsylvania University, married 
Phoebe Scarlett; Charles E., born July 24, 1871, unmarried; Bartram R., 
of whom further. 

Bartram R. Harvey was born at Concordville, Pennsylvania, September 
15, 1885. He attended the Media Friends" School, Swarthmore Preparatory 
School, Cornell College and Pierce Business College. Since attaining his 
manhood he has made a study of agriculture, thus following in the footsteps 
of his forefathers, and has made a decided success of his undertaking, being 
the owner of some of the finest blooded cattle in Delaware county, and his 
handsome residence is beautifully located on top of a hill which commands a 
fine view of the surrounding country for many miles. His religious affilia- 
tions are with the Society of Friends, his political adherence is given to the 
Republican party, and he holds membership in Concord Lodge, Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons, the local Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, and the Auto Club 
of Delaware county. 

Mr. Harvey married, April 5, 191 1, Elsie M. Piersol, born in Easttown 
township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, April 25, 1888, daughter of Charles 
T. and Laura (Gravelle) Piersol, and granddaughter of Peter and Harriet 
(Piersol) Piersol. Child, Bartram Marshall, born April 23, 1912. 



Cyrus Baker, the first of this family to settle in Middletown 
BAKER township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, was a farmer by occu- 
pation, and the owner of a large tract of land. In addition to 
farming he was a cooper by trade, and he and his wife were members of the 
Friends Meeting. He married Hannah Evanson, and they had children; i. 
Joshua, who was also a farmer and cooper, and lived in Aston township, in 
the same county. 2. Sarah Ann, married Daniel Brownell, of Thombury, 
Pennsylvania. 3. Jason, see forward. 4. Eli, a farmer of Thornbury, died 
in Middletown township, Delaware county; married Rebecca Rigdon. 5. 
George, a farmer and stone mason of Middletown township ; married Phoebe 

.' 6. and 7. Elizabeth and Ann, twins. Elizabeth married David Kru- 

ger and lives in Philadelphia ; Ann married Edward Ruth and lives in Middle- 
town township. 

Tason Baker, son of Cyrus and Hannah (Evanson) Baker, was born in 
Middletown township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, 181 1, died March 17, 
1876. His education was the usual limited one of a farmer's son in those 
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days, at the district schools, and (hiring the summer months, even while he 
was attending school, he was obliged to assist in the farm labors. He also 
learned the coopering trade under the supervision of his father, and was engaged 
in this calling for many years. After his marriage he located on the old Baker 
homestead in Middletown township, and spent the remainder of his life there. 
He was a staunch Republican in political matters, but never entertained any 
desire to hold public office. He gave his religious allegiance to th.e Friends 
Meeting, while his wife was a niember of the Methodist Episcopal church. 
He married Rebecca Pinkerton, born in Middletown township, November 19, 
1812, died October 11. 1900. They had children: 1. Mark W., who died in 
1905 at the age of fifty-eight years, was a cooper and contractor living in Mid- 
dletown township. He married (first) Hannah Freeborn, who died in 1877; 
(second) Isabella, a sister of his first wife. He had one child by his first mar- 
riage : Clarence, now living in Middletown township, also a contractor and 
builder, who married Hannah Johnson, and has two children: Florence and 
Mark W. J. Children of the second marriage: Laura and Elizabeth. 2. 
William Penn, see forward. 3. Lydia Emma, always lived on the old home- 
stead with her brother. William Penn, and together they took care of their 
parents in the old age of the latter. 4. Sarah Ann, died at the age of five 
years. 

William Penn Baker, son of Jason and Rebecca (Pinkerton) Haker, wa? 
born on the Baker homestead in Middletown. Delaware county, Pennsvlvania, 
June 29, 1850, and almost his entire life has been spent on those grounds. He 
was educated in the common schools of the county and from 1867 until 1876 
was in the employ of thiT Pennsylvania Railroad Company, as brakeman. flag- 
man and baggagemaster between Philadelphia and Harrisburg, during which 
time he made his home in Philadelphia, ^^'ith the exception of these few years 
he has been engaged in carrying on a general farming business. He is a 
Republican in political adherence. His sister is a member of the Goshen Bap- 
tist Church. Thev are well known and highly esteemed in the entire section. 



The son of ^lichael and Anna Mary (Riley) Barrow. Philip 
BARROW 1\L Barrow, is a lifelong resident of Delaware county. He 

was born in what was then Kellyville, now Clifton, June 11. 
1890, and until thirteen years of age attended the public schools. After work- 
ing for a time in a brickyard at Lansdowne, he became a worker in the 
Wolverton Mills at Cordington, thence to a silk mill for a term of six months. 
He then began learning the trade of stonecutter, continuing eighteen months 
at that emplovment in Philadelphia, but his health failing he was obliged to 
seek a less laborious occupation. He then spent three years working at the 
roofing trade, and on January 29, 191 1. began business for himself in that line, 
establishing his place of business in Swarthmore, where he has succeeded 
beyond his expectations ; honorable, industrious and capable, a successful busi- 
ness life is just opening before him. In political faith he is a Democrat, and 
in religious connection a member of the Roman Catholic church. He belongs 
to the Knights of Columbus : the Total Abstinence Beneficial Society and is 
actively connected with the Swarthmore Fire Company. 

Mr. Barrow married, July 5, 191 1, Anna Agnes, daughter of Hugh and 
Anna (Dillon) Ouinn. Child': Philip M. (2), born August 4, 1912. Mr. 
Barrow's father is yet living: his mother. Anna M. (Riley) Barrow, died 
January 25, 1895. 



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DELAWARE COUNTY 915 

Born in England, Mr. Beniston has been a resident of Pliil- 

BENISTON adelphia and Delaware counties since March 11, 1880. When 

a lad of fifteen years he landed at Christian street wharf, 

Philadelphia, from the steamship "Indiana," after a very rough voyage that 

nearly ended in shipwreck. 

William Beniston, father of Harry Beniston, was born in Kimberly, Not- 
tinghamshire, England, in 1828, died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. February 
25, 1885. He was a contractor and sinker of shafts in the coal mines of 
Kimberly, continuing there until 1880, when he came to the United States, 
settling in Philadelphia, where he lived retired until his death five years after'. 
Both he and his wife were members of the Church of England. He married 
Ann Watson, born in Tewksbury, Gloucestershire, England, in 1828 ; she sur- 
vived her husband until 1895, when she died in England, while there on a visit. 
Children : Theresa, now living in Nottingham, England ; Eunice, also living 
in Nottingham, England; Matthew G., died December 25, 191 1, in Oakland, 
New Jersey, a merchant; William, now residing in Brooklyn, New York, a 
lacemaker; Harry (see forward). 

Harry Beniston, youngest son of William and Ann (Watson) Beniston, 
was born in Kimberly, Nottingham, England, July 8. 1865. He attended 
school fmtil eleven years of age, then began working at the coal mines at 
Annesley, near Newstead Abbey, continuing until he was fourteen. On Feb- 
ruary 25, 1880, he sailed with his parents for the United States, arriving after 
a perilous voyage at Philadelphia, March 1 1 following. He was apprenticed to 
a plumber at No. 33 North Ninth street, thoroughly mastered that trade and 
worked in Philadelphia until 1890, then came to Delaware countv, working 
for five years for William Calhoun at Norwood. In 1895 he began business 
for his own account at Norwood, continuing there until 1901, doing a good 
business. In 1901 he established in the old Lazaretto place at Essington, a 
marine plumbing business, but continued his residence at Norwood until 1901. 
He then moved to Moore's, Prospect Park, Delaware county, taking up resi- 
dence there on March 27. He retained his business of marine plumber at 
Essington to which he has added a ship chandlery department, supplying the 
needs of the hundreds of yachtsmen and boatmen that make Essington an out- 
fitting point. He is a man of fine business ability, an expert mechanic and of 
upright, honorable life. 

In political faith he is an Independent, and in religious faith a member 
of the Protestant Episcopal church. He was president of the Norwood Board 
of Health for several years : belonged to Prospect Lodge, No. 578, Free and 
Accepted Masons, and to Norwood Assembly, Order of Artisans. 

Mr. Beniston married in Philadelphia, in 1886, Kate May, born in Not- 
tingham, England, daughter of Joseph May, who died when she was an 
infant. Five sons of Harry and Kate M. Beniston died young; four daugh- 
ters all living are : Minnie M., married John R. Rodgers, a moulder of Phil- 
adelphia, now living in Norwood ; Eunice H., Edith M. and Marian T., all 
living with their parents. 



A study of the life work of Sydney George Fisher — far from 
FISHER completed — reveals a man of most interesting personality and 

versatile talent. Educated in the law, and of considerable expe- 
rience in that profession, an historian of nation-wide fame, a student of polit- 
ical and social science, and a biographer, it is doubtful if his honors won in 
these fields give him one-half the satisfaction derived from canoeing, sailing, 
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He is a many-side man, and while the intellectual interests of his nature 
are developed, the human side is very much in evidence. With this kept in 
mind, the work of Mr. Fisher in law and literature becomes of double interest. 
His historical works are full of human interest and show originalitv of treat- 
ment, rather startling boldness in the use of modern historical methods, but 
portraying men and occurrences in a manner that one can feel and understand 
is truth and not fancy. His men are real men and not the lay figures that 
Washington and others of our Revolutionary fathers are represented to be by 
most of our historians. He goes to the original sources of information among 
the letters, diaries, documents and old pamphlets of the time. 

Sydney George Fisher was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Septem- 
ber II, 1856, son of Sidney George and Elizabeth ( Ingersoll) Fisher. Sidney 
George Fisher Sr., was born in Philadelphia, ]\Iarch 2, 1809. and died on his 
farm, Forest Hill, north of the city, July 25, 1871. He was a graduate of 
Dickinson College, class of 1827, studied law, and in his early life practiced his 
profession in Philadelphia. He acquired a national reputation as a political 
writer, under the noui dc plume of Cecil and also Kent, writing mostly on the 
civil war problems of slavery and secession. He was a member of the Union 
League of Philadelphia, and an ardent supporter with pen and speech of the 
administration and character of President Lincoln. 

Sydney George Fisher Jr. was brought up on his father's farm, which had 
old forest trees, and two streams running through it; and it was there he 
probably acquired his strong liking for animals, nature, and country life. 
When he was sixteen, both his parents were dead, and he went to boarding 
school at St. Paul's School, Concord, New Hampshire ; entered Trinity Col- 
lege. Hartford, Connecticut, whence he was graduated in the class of 1879, 
with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He has since then received the degree 
of Litt.D. from the Western L'niversity of Pennsylvania, now the University 
of Pittsburgh, the degree of LL.D. from his alma mater, and the degree of 
LL.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. 

He returned to Philadelphia, read law, entered Harvard Law School, and 
in 1883 was admitted to the Philadelphia bar. He continued in practice for 
some vears and was admitted to all state and federal courts of the district, 
attaining rank as a young lawyer of industry and integrity. He wrote a num- 
ber of articles for legal periodicals — "Are the Departments of Government 
independent of each other?'" in the "American Law Review;" "The Suspen- 
sion of the Writ of Habeas Corpus in the War of the Rebellion," in the "Po- 
litical Science Quarterly ;" "The Railroad Leases to Control the Anthracite 
Coal Trade," in the "American Law Register ;" "The Administration of 
Equity Through Common Law Forms in Pennsylvania,"' in the "London Law 
Quarterly Review," afterwards republished in the second volume of "Select 
Essays in Anglo-American Legal History," compiled and edited by the Associa- 
tion of American Law Schools. 

The law could not confine him, however, and to the public at large he is 
known less as the lawyer than as the political economist and the historian. 
While yet a student he commenced his work as a political essayist, attacked 
with vigor in the columns of the "New York Nation." under the sig- 
nature of F. G. S., the spoils system as then practiced, and suggested the for- 
mation of the civil service reform associations, which were almost immediately 
organized and have accomplished such excellent results in obtaining legisla- 
tion against the spoils system and in favor of merit as a tenure of public office. 
This sort of work in the field of political science, begun and long prosecuted 
by the father, has been continued by the son — first, perhaps, as a sacred 
inheritance, but later from a genuine love of his brother and a desire to help 



DELAWARE COUNTY 917 

all reform measures that tend to the public good. Some of his best articles 
are: "Alien Degradation of American Character," published in the "Forum;" 
"Has Immigration Dried Up Our Literature?" also in the "Forum;" and 
"Has Immigration Increased Population?" in the "Popular Science Monthly." 
These proved an important incentive to the formation of the Immigrant Re- 
striction League. Other articles appeared in rapid succession, including "The 
Causes of the Increase of Divorce," afterwards rewritten and amplified ; also 
a pamphlet of very wide circulation called "The American Revolution and the 
Boer War." 

He is the author of a number of books : "The Making of Pennsylvania ;" 
"Pennsylvania Colony and Commonwealth ;" "The Evolution of the Consti- 
tution ;" "Men, Women and Manners of Colonial Times;" "The True Ben- 
jamin Franklin ;" "The True William Penn ;" "The Life of Daniel Webster." 
Among his more recent books attracting wide attention and circulation, are 
"The True History of The American Revolution" and "The Struggle for 
American Independence." These last two books brush the scales from one's 
eyes and give us the story of men, not demi-gods. The latter book, which 
is in two volumes, is a fine piece of book making on the part of publisher as 
well as author, and a most complete history of the American Revolution from 
the point of view of scientific and impartial investigation of the original evi- 
dence by modern historical methods. Mr. Fisher's recent pamphlet, "The 
Legendary and Myth-Making Process in Histories of the American Revolu- 
tion," read before the American Philosophical Society in 1912, points out some 
of the misleading methods by which the history of that period has been writ- 
ten, and leads to the hope that many more histories of men of that period will 
appear from the pen of Mr. Fisher. 

His interest in his alnw mater has not diminished with the years since 
leaving her halls. He is a trustee of Trinity, and her warm friend. He is 
also interested in schools for the blind, and serves on the board of trustees of 
the Pennsylvania Institution for the Instruction of the Blind. As one of the 
managers of the Old Philadelphia Library, on Locust street, which was founded 
by Benjamin Franklin, he has amply proven the worth of his services. 

Active, busy and useful as he is, Mr. Fisher believes in recn^ation and 
sport. His pleasures extend from fine old engravings to golf and farming. 
He has always been fond of using tools, particularly in boat building, and in 
his leisure hours has constructed a number of boats in his well-equipped and 
interesting amateur shop at Essington, his home. He is an active member of 
the Corinthian Yacht Club at that place, and can usually be found there on 
Saturdays and Sundays. He is very fond of reading about natural history, 
biological science and geology. He has always taken a leading part in urging 
the importance of game preservation and has written a number of articles 
on that subject. He is a most enthusiastic conservationist, and believes 
that the time has come for the enforcing of very strenuous measures to pro- 
tect our forests, birds and all natural resources. The wild parts of Florida 
have had a strong attraction for Mr. Fisher for many years, and he has 
cruised in the Gulf of Mexico and made numerous explorations in the interior 
of Florida for sport and nature study, usually in company with his cousin, 
Mr. William M. Meigs, and has traveled extensively through nearly all the 
southern states, particularly the regions where quail shooting can be enjoyed. 
His articles upon the negro problem, and upon scenes and episodes of southern 
life have been widely read. He has also written articles for "Forest and 
Stream," as for example "Two Weeks with the Louisiana French ;" and a 
notable article in "The American Field," entitled, "Have Field Trials Im- 



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proved the Setter?" and another in "The London Field." called "Practical 
Tests for Shotguns." 

Besides the Corinthian Yacht Club, Mr. Fisher belongs to the Univer- 
sity Club and the Franklin Inn Club of Philadelphia, and to the Spring Haven 
Country Club in Delaware county. He frequently spends part of the sum- 
mer at the old Broadwater Club on the coast of X'irginia. and is very familiar 
with the sailing, fishing and other sporting facilities of those channels and 
islands. He is very fond of Delaware county and says that he never felt at 
home until he came there to live, about twenty years ago. He likes to take 
walks in all parts of the county, visiting dairy and grain farms and talking 
to the farmers. The fox hunting, the numerous packs of hounds, some of 
them kept by the old fashioned farmers, and the pretty scenes when the hounds 
and the mounted keepers are out exercising as well as hunting, give a character 
and interest which it would be hard to equal, he says, in any other part of 
America. His favorite district is along the valley of Ridley creek, which 
he considers on the whole the choice of the county's four beautiful streams, 
Darby, Crum, Ridley and Chester. The Delaware river, on which he has lived 
so long, is to him also a very important part of the county. He has always 
found it very difficult to keep away from water and boats. He went to live 
on the Delaware at Essington many years ago, because he found himself so 
strongly attracted by the boats, yachting and Scandinavian sailors that he was 
visiting it, every Saturday afternoon, Sundays and holidays. It was more con- 
venient to live at the place one was perfectly willing to stay in on Sundays 
holidays. Returning to it from his city work every evening, he found a more 
restful and wholesome change than he could find in any other of Pliiladel- 
phia's suburbs. Continual city life does not at all suit him. Most of his 
congenial acquaintances and friends belong to the Corinthian Yacht Club, at 
Essington, and he is at his best among these companions. He has explored 
the Delaware, studied its tides, shoals, islands and geology, and wrote a long 
article on it in the "Philadelphia Sunday Ledger" of October 20, 1912, after- 
wards enlarged anfl reprinted. He has been connected with several of the 
controversies of riparian owners against the interests that narrow the river 
and shoal small harbors. He advocates deepening the Delaware by dredging 
rather than by dikes that act as partial dams to the flood tide. 

The varied richness, vegetation and bird life along the shoals and islands 
of the Delaware, and in the meadows and marshes that spread out like lakes 
at high tide with their vast crops of graceful reeds and red and yellow flow- 
ers are, he often says, far more attractive to the naturalist and real nature 
lover than panoramic tourist rivers like the Hudson. Equally fascinating are 
the remains and records of the Delaware's long geologic history in the days 
of glaciers, ice floes and mighty floods, when they rolled down to the ocean 
the sand and mud that went to build New Jersey and Delaware. 

In religious faith Mr. Fisher is an Episcopalian, but is inclined to regard 
such subjects in the rationalistic way of the Quaker stock, from which he is 
descended on his father's side. On his mother's side he is descended from 
Connecticut forbears. But in all things he is the genuine, sincere man. loved 
most by those who know him best. 



Among the early converts to the faith and principles of the 
BUNTING Society of Friends were Anthony and Ellen Bunting, whose 

long but uneventful lives were spent in the little village of 
Matlack in the heart of Derbyshire. England, where both died in the year 
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Friends, having rounded out one hundred years of life. Three of their four 
sons, John, Samuel and Job came to America in 1678, settling in I'urlington 
county, Xew Jersey, Job later moving to Bucks county. Pennsylvania; Wil- 
liam, the second son remained in England, his son, Samuel, born 1692 came 
to Pennsylvania in 1722, married and left numerous descendants, as have 
his three uncles. 

Alfred Bunting descends from the Philadelphia branch of the family; 
iiis grandfather, Charles S. Bunting, having been born in that city. He was 
a strong patriot during the revolution, although but little more than a boy 
at its commencement. He was a manufacturer and miller at Elk river and 
Octoraro, Maryland, but practically lived his entire life in Philadelphia, and 
there died. He married (first) Fannie Price, (second) Ann Grant, both wives 
being buried in Christ Church burying ground. Fourth and Arch streets, Phil- 
adelphia. All were members of the Society of Friends. Children by first 
wife: Charles Price (of whom further); Christiana, married Hugh De 
Haven ; Hannah, died unmarried. 

Charles Price Bunting, only son of Charles S. Bunting and his first wife, 
Fannie Price, was lx)rn in Elkton, Maryland, February 14. 1793. died in Mar- 
cus Hook, Pennsylvania. He was educated in private schools and grew to 
manhood in Elkton and Philadelphia. He learned the trade of carriage builder, 
later learned coopering, but most his life he was a merchant. He was a Whig. 
but lived to see the Republican party formed and was a strong supporter of 
that party until his death. He was a member and trustee of the Methodist 
Episcopal church for many years, his wife also being a member. He married 
Sarah Longaker, of Ridley township. Delaware county. Children of Charles 
Price Bunting: James C, born January, 1833, died December 18. iqto; .Al- 
fred (of whom further) ; Hannah S., born September 25, 1840. 

.\lfred I'.unting, second son of Charles Price and Sarah (Longaker) Bunt- 
ing was born in Tammany street, Philadelphia, September 5, 1834. His early life 
was spent in Marcus Hook and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ; his education 
being obtained in private schools. He became a civil engineer, and for the past 
forty years has been connected with the United States Engineering depart- 
ment, as surveyor and conveyancer. He is a resident of Marcus Hook, and 
has served as justice of the peace and school director. His life has been an 
active, busy one. full of incident, but lived with a steady purpose, and is a life 
that covering, as it does, more than the scri])tural allotment of years, has not 
been devoid of usefulness to his fellowmen. 

Mr. Bunting is a Prohibitionist in politics ; a member of the Masonic 
order, and although the early Buntings were members of the Society of 
Friends, both Albert and his father departed from tliat faith and joined the 
Methodist Episcopal church. 

Mr. Bunting married Frances M.. daughter of Benjamin F. Johnson, a 
farmer and justice of the ijeace, who married Mary A. Entriken, born in 
Philadelphia. 



This is one of the old families of the state of New Jersey, a branch 
C(~)OK of which settled in Monmouth county near the coast, where Thom- 
as, grandfather of Charles Carl Cook of Essington. Pennsylvania, 
.vas born. He had a farm on Squan river, containing one hundred acres on 
which he had a large farmhouse, used in summer for the accommodation of 
guests. He was twice married and had a large family, most of his sons becom- 
ing sailors and rising to captaincies. One of these. Captain Lewis Cook, died 
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in 1864, bound for New Orleans, and was never heard from again. One of the 
daughters. Caroline Sanborn, was a noted artist of Brooklyn. Thomas Cook 
and his family were members of the Society of Friends, worshipping at the old 
Meeting House in Squan \'illage. perhaps the oldest church in this country. 

Joseph H. Cook, son of Thomas Cook, was born at Point Pleasant. Xew 
Jersey, and died in New York City. He grew up at the homestead in Squan, 
and chose a mercantile life. He located in Philadelphia where he became a 
member of the wholesale and retail grocery firm of Williams & Cook, on Front 
street. He was an able business man and was successful in his undertakings. 
In religious faith he was a Friend and in politics, a Republican. He married 
Anna, daughter of Samuel Farrel and his wife, Phoebe Collins ; children : 
Charles Carl (of whom further) ; .\nna, married and resides in New Mexico; 
J. Horace, superintendent of buildings for the P)Oard of Education of Philadel- 
phia. 

Charles Carl Cook, son of Joseph H. and Anna (Farrel) Cook, was born in 
Philadelphia, in 1852. He attended the Friends school in Philadelphia, and 
Westtown Boarding School, later spending four years at the School of In- 
dustrial Art. He pursued a full course of art study at the latter institution, 
receiving in 1881 the first diploma issued to a graduate of that school. After 
a varied and successful life ]\Ir. Cook located at Essington. where he now re- 
sides. He is secretary of the Philadeli^hia Yacht Club, a position he first ac- 
cepted fourteen years ago. He is a Reiuiblican in politics and a member of the 
Society of Friends. He is unmarried. 



An enterprising citizen and one of the progressive and ener- 
DEMPSTER getic business men of I>elaware county, Pennsylvania, is 
Howard Henry Dempster, who has a good position in the 
purchasing department of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, his headquar- 
ters being at Norwood. He has served his home community in various 
ofificial capacities of important trust and responsibility, and is popular amongst 
his fellow citizens by reason of his congenial disposition and sterling integrity 
of character. 

A native of the Keystone state, Mr. Dempster was born in Chester county, 
Pennsylvania, June 23, 1866. He is a son of James and Christina (Thomp- 
son) Dempster, the former a native of Scotland and the latter also of Scotch 

descent. and Sarah (Thompson) Dempster, paternal grandparents of 

the subject, were born and reared in Scotland, where was solemnized their 
»narriage and where their two children were born. They immigrated to 
America where their deaths occurred. Mr. Dempster, the grandfather, was 
a farmer by occupation and was for many years a resident of Chester county. 
Pennsylvania. He and his wife were devout members of the Presbyterian 
church, in whose faith they reared their children. 

James Dempster was young at the time of his parents' arrival in .\merica. 
In his youth he learned the trade of carder, and for a number of years was 
employed in various woolen mills in that capacity. With the passage of time 
he accumulated some money and engaged in the manufacturing of woolen 
yarns, achieving marked success in that line of enterprise. He was a stal- 
wart Republican in his political convictions and he and his family were mem- 
bers of the Presbyterian church. He married Christina Thompson, who bore 
him eight children, as follows : William, a carder by trade, resides at Ches- 
ter, Pennsvlvania. where he was councilman for several terms : Robert, a 
traveling salesman, now located in Alabama : James, engaged in tlie cement 
business in the city of Philadelphia : Howard H.. mentioned below ; Jennie, 



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the wife of George Nibel, a letter carrier at Chester ; Arthur, in the insurance 
business ; Mabel, married Lewis Barlow, a dairy man ; George, engaged in the 
hotel business. The father of the above children died in 1886, and the mother 
passed to the great beyond in 1877. 

Howard H. Dempster was educated in the public schools of Chester 
county, and as a youth, he worked as hall boy in a hotel in Philadelphia for a 
time. He learned the carding business at Chester, but in 1886 abandoned that 
line of work to accept a position with the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. 
He has been in the employ of the latter concern during the long intervening 
years to the present time, in 1913, his position being an important one in the 
purchasing department. He is a stalwart supporter of the principles and poli- 
cies for which the Republican party stands sponsor, and is ever on the alert 
and enthusiastically in sympathy with all measures projected for progress and 
improvement. He served as a member of the Norwood Board of Health for 
two terms, and for three terms was the able and popular incumbent of the 
office of borough auditor. Mr. Dempster is the owner of a beautiful home 
in Norwood, the same being the scene of many attractive social gatherings. 

In the year 1891 was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Dempster to Miss 
Ida A^irginia Lee, a daughter of Robert and Mary Lee, of Philadelphia. The 
Lee family are members of the Lutheran church. Mr. and Mrs. Dempster 
are the parents of four children, as follows: Clara, born in 1892, was edu- 
cated in the public schools of Norwood, being graduated in 1908, is at home 
with her parents; Warren, born in 1894, was educated in the common schools 
of Norwood and is now working for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company : 
Harold, born in 1898, is attending school in Norwood, being a freshman in 
high school ; Robert Lee, born in 1910. Mrs. Dempster is a devoted wife 
and mother, and she is held in high regard by all with whom she has come in 
contact. 



The Pancoast family of Pennsylvania came to this country 
PANCOAST as earlv as the days of William Peiui. and have been identi- 
fied with the agricultural and other interests of the country 

since that time. The particular branch of which we are about to write can be 

traced, at the present time, only three generations. 

(I) Seth Pancoast is first heard of in Marple township, where he was en- 
gaged in farming. Later he removed to Springfield township, where he died 
at the age of eighty-seven years. He and his family were members of the So- 
ciety of Friends. He married Margaretta Levis, whose ancestors had also 
come to this country in the early colonial days, and who died in Springfield 
township, at the age of eighty-six years. They had children: Margaretta; 
Levis; William; Henrv ; Sanuiel F., see forward; Seth. 

(II) Samuel F., son of Seth and Margaretta (Levis) Pancoast, was born 
in Springfield township, where he died in 1890. He was educated in the public 
schools of his district and, like his father, was engaged in agricultural pur- 
suits. He was a stanch Republican throughout his life, and took an active 
interest in the public affairs of the community. He married (first) Elizabeth, a 
daughter of John Leach, who married Catherine Cokenspiger. and had other 
children: Tohn, Isaac, Charles, William, George, Margaret, Catherine and 
Sarah. Mi". Leach was a blacksmith b)' occupation, and in later years was the 
proprietor of a hotel which he conducted very successfully. Mr. Pancoast 
married (second) Ellen B. Sloan. Children by the first marriage: Mary, who 
married Isaac Lewis : Ella, married William H. Swank ; Seth, married ]\Iinnie 
R. Reynolds; Samuel L.. married Elvira Leedom ; John, deceased; Anna, also 



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deceased. Cliildren by the second marriage: Elizabeth, unmarried: Aialachi 
S., see forward ; Mattie and Laura, deceased. 

(Ill) Malachi .Sloan, son of Samuel F. and Ellen B. (Sloan) Pancoast, 
was born in Springtield township. July 13, 1874. He was the recipient of an ex- 
cellent education, being graduated from the public schools of his section and 
from the West Chester Xormal School. He resided with his parents until he had 
attained the age of sixteen years, at which time his father died, and he then 
went to West Philadelphia to commence bis business life there. His first posi- 
tion was in a grocery store, where he was employed for the period of one 
year at a salary of four dollars a week, and boarrled himself. Returning to 
the old homestead at the expiration of one year, be attended to the cultivation 
of this farm for five years, after which he purchased his present residence, into 
which he moved at once, and has occupied it since that time. It is located near 
the Springfield road in Springfield township, and is kept up in a model manner. 
In addition to cultivating this piece of property. Mr. Pancoast is engaged in 
the meat business, and supplies a large list of customers with all the delicacies 
in this line in a most up to date manner. His businc'^s is in a most flourishing 
v.ondition. and it is constantly increasing. In political matter he is a Reinibli- 
can, and has been of influence in his party in his section. 

Air. Pancoast married. (October 7. kjOj. Lula. born in .Morton. Pennsyl- 
vania. .August 14, 1879, a daughter of Frank B. and Katherine (Harvey) W^or- 
sall: granddaughter of Joseph Maris and Mary T. (Bishop) Worrall : and 

great-granddaughter of Randall and (Mathews) Bishop. Frank Bishop 

and Katherine (Harvey) Worrall had other children: Willard : Randall P... 
married Mary Doyle: Mary. Walter and Deveir. unmarried. Frank B. Wor- 
rall. the father of Mrs. Pancoast. was born near Morton Springfield township, 
i^ a carpenter by trade, and is now living in Morton. Children of Joseph M. 
and Mary T. Bishop Worrall: Randall Bishop, deceased; David T.. married 
Mary Ball : Frank B.. married Katherine Harvey : Daniel W' ilmer. died in early 
youth; Deveir. married Ella Roland; \\'alter. and Edgar Bischop. Mr. Pan- 
coast and his wife have two children : .^amuel F.. born April 26. 1905 ; William 
S., December 30. 1908. 



Enterprise, energ}- and honesty in business, patriotic devotion 
FARIES to country and fidelity to every duty of public and private life, 
these are the distinguishing characteristics of Gilbert Stubbs Far- 
les, of Chester Heights, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, and they have guided 
and controlled his destiny and given him rank among the substantial and valued 
citizens of the county. The family be re]iresents was originallv founded in 
this country by three brothers who came from Belfast. Ireland, one of them 
going to the South, one to the West, and the third locating in the state of 
Delaware. 

William Faries was bom in Smyrna, Delaware, in the year 1800. He was 
a harness maker by trade, a Republican in his political allegiance, and a mem- 
ber of the Protestant church. He married, in 1820. Theresa Magdalena. of 
Basle. Switzerland, and they bad children : Daniel D. ; Joseph ; William, 
died in infancv; .Adeline, died in infancy: .Alexander; Mary E. ; Samuel: 
Sarah D. ; Eliza R. ; William, of further mention. 

William (2) Faries. son of William (i) and Theresa (Magdalena) Faries, 
was born at Smyrna, Delaware. .August 25. 1848. He was engaged in the 
mercantile business as a dealer in hardware. His political affiliations were 
with the Prohibition party, and he served for a time as town and county com- 
missioner. He was a local preacher in the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. 



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Paries married Mary Stubbs, born in Milfonl, England, November 5, 1849; 
she is a daughter of James and Harriet Stubbs, the former born in Derby- 
shire, England, April 13, 1813, the latter born in the same town, December 
25, 1812. Mr. and Mrs. Paries had children: Gilbert Stubbs, whose name 
heads this sketch; Ethel Hall, born Pebruary 5, 1890. 

Gilbert Stubbs Paries, son of William (2) and Mary (Stubbs) Paries, 
was born in Smyrna, Delaware, June 29, 1880. He acquired his education in the 
public schools of his native town and was graduated from the high school in the 
class of 1896; he then became a pupil at the Goldey Commercial College, from 
which he was graduated in 1898. His first business position was in the hardware 
store of his father, and he continued this association for a period of ten years. 
Removing to Concordville in 1908, he there conducted a fruit and poultry farm 
for three years, then abandoned this enterprise and purchased the lumber, 
coal and feed business of J. C. Rhodes & Company, at Chester Heights, in 
191 1. He has been successfully identified with this undertaking since that 
time, and it is in a most flourishing condition. He has always had the courage 
of his convictions in political matters and prefers to form his independent 
opinions. He is always allied with the Reform element in every manner, 
believing that constant progress is at the root of the prosperity of the entire 
country. He has never sought political preferment, but he has served as 
postmaster of Chester Heights, this being a civil service appointment. Pra- 
ternally he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Pellows, and has 
gone through all the chairs. He is a member of and a generous contributor 
to the Crozerville Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Paries married, at Smyrna, 
April 15, 1908, Bertha James Price, born in Smyrna, Delaware, December 17, 
1881. She is a daughter of David James Price, a farmer, now deceased, who 
made a specialty of fruit growing, and whose wife was Anna Burton (Pep- 
per) Price. They had one other child : Harry Wallace Price, deceased. The 
only child of Mr. and Mrs. Paries is: James Price, born January 31, 1912. 



Education and financial assistance are very important factors in 
NELSON achieving success in the business world of to-day, where every 

faculty must be brought into play, but they are not the main 
elements. Persistency and determination figure much more prominently and a 
man possessed of these qualities is bound to win a fair amount of success. 
Julius Nelson, whose career forms the subject of this article, earned his own 
education and during the latter years of his life he has climbed to a high place 
on the ladder of achievement. He is a prominent citizen in Darby, where he 
has won considerable prestige as a builder and contractor. 

Julius Nelson was born in Denmark, October 3, 1870. His great-grand- 
father was Christian Nelson, a native of Denmark, where his birth occurred in 
1745. Nels Nelson Sr., son of Christian Nelson, was born in Denmark in 1797, 
and his son, Nels Nelson Jr., was born in Denmark, October 21, 1829. The 
latter was the father of the subject of this review. Nels Nelson Sr. was a 
tailor by trade and he spent the entire period of his life in his native land, 
where death called him in the year 1874. His wife, whose Christian name was 
Mary, passed to eternal rest in 1873. All their children are deceased. In re- 
ligious faith they were staunch Lutherans. Nels Nelson Jr. was reared to 
adult age in his native land, where he completed a public school education and 
where he was graduated in the military college "Altona," as a member of the 
class of 1853, as a non-commissioned officer. He served as a non-commis- 
sioned officer in the Denmark army for three years but not during war time. 
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county commissioner in iiis home community. He died in Denmark in 1882, 
aged fifty-three years. He married Mary Hanson, a daughter of Knudsen 
Hanson, who was a blacksmith in Denmark, where he died in 1875. They 
were the parents of ten children, as follows: Mary, deceased; Mary, deceased; 
Anna, Mary, Dorothea and Fredericka, all living: Xels, deceased; Nels, living; 
Julius, deceased ; and Julius, the immediate subject of this review. The moth- 
er of the above children died in Denmark in 18 — . 

To the public schools of Denmark. Julius Xelson is indebted for his pre- 
liminary educational training. At the age of fifteen years he immigrated to the 
t'nited States, locating in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he 
subsequently attended the Young Men's Christian Association College, at the 
corner of Fifteenth and Chestnut streets, graduating therefrom in 1901. Im- 
mediately after he went across the continent to California, where he learned 
the trade of carpenter. He returned to Philadelphia in the following year and 
after a brief sojourn in that metropolis located permanently at Darby, where 
he has since won distinction as a house builder. He has erected at least one 
hundred houses in this locality and he has sold all of them except eleven. In 
191 3 he had six buildings in process of construction. In politics he is a Dem- 
ocrat, manifesting great interest in all matters projected for the good of the 
general welfare. As a business man he is reliable and honest and he has many 
loyal friends in Darby. Fraternally, he is affiliated with Lodge No. 131. Free 
and Accepted Masons, of Philadelphia, and with Green Hill Lodge. Xo. 154, 
Independent Order of (Jdd Fellows, in which he has passed through all the of- 
ficial chairs. 

September 24, 1902, occurred the marriage of Mr. Xelson to Miss Emma 
Hanson, who was born in Denmark, in 1875, a daughter of Frederick Hanson, 
a farmer in the old country, where he passed to the life eternal in 1908. at 
the venerable age of seventy-two years. The maiden name of Mrs. Nelson's 
mother was Mary Kofoed and she was born in Denmark in 1845. She is now 
living with her daughter and son-in-law at Darby. Following are the names of 
Mrs. Xelson's brothers and sister: Matilda (in Denmark), Christian (in .\us- 
tralia), Karl. Fred and John. ]\tr. and ]\Irs. Xelson have no children. They 
were reared in the faith of the Protestant Lutheran church and are prominent 
members of the church of that denomination in Darb\-. 



The paternal ancestor of Hugh ?\IcCatYery, of Chester. 
McCAFFERY Pennsylvania, was also Hugh McCafTery, born in county 

Cavan, Ireland, in 1808, died there in 1883, a farmer and 
road contractor. He married Emily Brady, born in county Cavan, in 1813, 
died there 1886. Children, all born in county Cavan: i. Catherine, born 
1838; married Thomas Rooney, who died in ion; she now (1913) 
resides at No. 730 Norris street, Philadelphia. 2. John, born 1840, 
died in Queensland. Australia; a farmer, unmarried. 3. Philip, born 1842. 
died in Chester, Pennsylvania, March, igo8, unmarried. 4. Elizabeth, born 
1843, died in Ireland, in 1905 ; married Bernard Fitzpatrick. a fanner. 5. 
Alice, born 1845. married Thomas Donahoe, a farmer, now residing in 
countv Fermanagh. Ireland. 6. Patrick, born 1847. fl'^fl '" Philadelt)hia. 1899, 
a railroad contractor. 7. Hugh (2). see forward. 8. James, born 1851, died 
in Australia, a farmer. 9. Joseph, born 1853, died in Ireland, a grocer. 10. 
IMichael. born 1855 : married Miss McLaughlin and resides on the old home- 
stead in county Cavan. 

Hugh (2), seventh child of Hugh ( i ) and Emily I'P.rady) McCaffery, 
was born in county Cavan, province of Ulster. Ireland, July 18. 1849. He 




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attended the neighborhood school kept by Master Ciisack until 1863, when 
he left home and came to the United States. He found a home on a dairy 
farm at Darby Hill. Delaware county. Pennsylvania, working there eight 
months, then going to Philadelphia and working for eighteen months as stable 
boy; after which he apprenticed himself to Theodore .Apple, a cooper, with 
whom he worked four years and seven months, becoming an e.xpert mechanic. 
He followed his trade as journeyman cooper from 1869 to 1878, at Baker's 
Sugar Refinery, in Chester. From 1878 to 1880 he was police officer at the 
Pennsylvania railroad depot in Chester. He then returned to his trade at the 
Chester Oil Works, continuing until May 14, 1885. He then engaged in the 
liquor business at Third and Kertin streets, Chester, until 1894, when he pur- 
chased of Samuel Power, the old American House, then standing on the site 
of the present elevated station of the Pennsylvania railroad. On April 
5 he sold this property to the railroad company, and purchased the large 
building at No. 616 Edgemont avenue, which he rebuilt, converting it into a 
modern hotel, naming it the New American House, now one of the leading 
hotels of Chester. He also buih a large garage on the same property, which 
ranks with the largest and best equipped in the state. He is director of the 
Consumers Ice Company, the Lanstraugh Cemetery Association, and the Del- 
aware County Trust Company, all of Chester, and is a trustee of the Penn- 
sylvania Catholic Benevolent Legion. He is a treasurer of Division No. i. 
Ancient Order of Hibernians, an office he has held for the past twenty years. 
He also belongs to Chester Lodge, No. 488, Benevolent and Protective Order 
of Elks, and is a member of the Church of the Resurrection (Roman Catholic) 
of Chester. In political faith he is a Democrat. 

Mr. McCaffery married (first) Mary, born in county Donegal, Ireland, 
in 1849, died in Chester, June 14, 1903, daughter of John and Ellen McGolrick, 
both deceased, he in Ireland, she in Qiester. He married (second) July 25, 
1904, in Philadelphia, ^larian Brady, born there February 22, 1883, daughter 
of Patrick and Catherine (Kernan) Brady, he a safe manufacturer. Chil- 
dren of second marriage: Hugh (3), born in Chester, May 31, 1905: Joseph, 
September 13, 1906. 

The Marshall family, worthily represented in the present 
MARSHALL generation by C. H. Marshall, of Sharon Hill, actively and 

prominently identified with the varied interests of his com- 
munity, is an old and honored one, tracing back many generations, members 
thereof coming over with William Penn, their history being linked with that 
of the state of Pennsylvania. 

(I) John Marshall, the earliest known ancestor of the branch of the farn- 
ily here under consideration, was born in Delaware county, Pennsylvania, in 
which section his ancestors settled upon coming to this country. He followed 
the occupation of farming, bringing his land to a high state of cultivation, and 
therefore he derived from it a goodly crop. He married (first) Elizabeth 
Evens, of Delaware county, Pennsylvania, and (second) Sarah Bonsall. 
Among his children was Charles, of whom further. 

(II) Charles Marshall, son of John Marshall, was born in Delaware coun- 
ty. Pennsylvania, was reared and educated there, spent his active career there, 
which was devoted to farming, and his death occurred there. He was a man 
of influence in the community, taking an active part in its development. He 
married Phoebe Swayne. born in Delaware county, Pennsylvania, daughter of 
Thomas and Elizabeth (Knoblit) Swayne, both natives of Delaware county, 



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and early members of the Friends' Church. Among their children was John, 
of whom further. 

( III ) John Marshall, son of Charles and Phoebe ( Swayne I Marshall, 
was born in Delaware county. Pennsylvania, March lo, 1838, died in February' 
1903. He obtained a practical education in the subscription schools of 
his native county. In early life he removed to Breslin, Philadelphia, becoming 
one of the pioneers of that section, and during his residence there witnessed 
many changes, the land rapidly being transformed from a wilderness to cul- 
tivated fields with farmhouses dotted here and there, and later still streets with 
stores and houses taking the place of the farms. Having been reared to the 
life of a farmer and inured to that toil, he devoted his attention to it upon 
assuming the responsibilities of life, and in addition he set fences for the resi- 
dents of that section, the proceeds from this adding to his income from his 
agricultural pursuits. He was a Republican in politics. He married, in 
1858, Martha Flood, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, daughter of Henry 
and Lydia ( Crise ) Flood, both natives of Philadelphia, and granddaughter 
of John and Charlotte (Evens) Flood. Friends in religion, both of whom 
lived to be over ninety years of age, and granddaughter of Joseph and Eliza- 
beth Crise, Friends in religion, the former named a cooper by trade. Chil- 
dren of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall: C. H.. of whom further; daughter, mar- 
ried a Mr. Lepertis ; J. H.. ex-sherifT of Delaware county ; Isaac and Grant, 
residents of Delaware county. Mr. Marshall returned to Delaware county 
prior to his death. 

(IV) C. H. ?klarshall, son of John and Martha (Flood) Marshall, was 
born in Breslin, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in i860. His parents returned to 
Delaware county, Pennsylvania, when he was six months old, hence he was 
reared and educated there, attending the schools of Darbv township. He first 
secured employment as a butcher at the location of Twelfth and Market 
streets, and there remained until 1887, when he engaged in the coal business at 
Oak Lane in partnership with his brother, J. H., under the style of Marshall 
Brothers, and this connection continued until 1898 or 1899. they achieving a 
large degree of success. The partnership was brought to a tennination by 
C. H. Marshall being elected county commissioner on the Republican ticket ; 
he served for two terms, a period of six years. His term of office expired in the 
year 1905, and in the fall of that year he purchased a half interest in the business 
of John Swayne, the name being then changed to Swayne & Marshall, dealers 
in coal, feed, lime, etc., and this partnership continued until July. 1907, when 
Mr. Marshall purchased the interest of his partner and was the sole owner 
of the business up to September. 1909, when he admitted to partnership Wil- 
liam J. Pabst, and the business is now conducted under the name of Marshall 
& Pabst. It is numbered among the leading business firms of that section of 
the county, the partners being capable men of affairs, conducting their busi- 
ness along progressive lines and in a straightforward business way, which is 
certain to bring good results. Prior to his election as county commissioner, 
Mr. Marshall served as school director of Darby tow^nship, his services on the 
board being of the greatest value. He holds membership in the Benevolent 
and Protective Order of Elks, and in Lodge No. 449, Free and Accepted 
Masons of Philadelphia. 

Mr. Marshall married, November i, 1891, Margaret Coller, and they 
have children : Harold J. Coller, died aged two years ; Lydia. The family 
are members of the Presbvterian church. 



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Among those men who have been actively and prominently iden- 
JOYCE tified with the business and farming interests of Delaware county, ' 
Pennsylvania, for a number of years, is Thomas N. Joyce, of 
Edgmont. 

Nicholas Joyce, his grandfather, was a native of Ireland, where he also 
died at an advanced age. He married Mary Welch, who also lived to a ripe 
old age, and they had fourteen children, of whom the following named came 
to the United States, and raised families here : John, Austen, Jane, Cather- 
ine, Patrick, the last mentioned, deceased. 

John Joyce, son of Nicholas and Mary ( Welch ) Joyce, was born in 
Ireland, and emigrated to this country in 1866, landing in the month of Feb- 
ruary. He settled on a farm of twenty-eight acres, which he purchased in 
Radnor township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, and is still living there. He 
married, in February, 1867, Margaret Hagan, born June 24, 1831, and they 
have had children : Thomas N., see forward ; John, who died at the age 
of twenty-one years. 

Thomas N. Joyce, son of John and Margaret ( Hagan ) Joyce, was born 
in Delaware county, Pennsylvania, February 12, 1868. He was educated in 
the public schools of Radnor township, Delaware county, and then commenced 
to assist his father in the earnest business of life, and in this manner became 
practically well acquainted with all the details of the work to be done and 
the responsibilities incurred in the management of a general and dairy farm. 
At the age of twenty-one years he branched out for himself, and for the next 
eleven years was engaged in the milk business at Wayne. Upon the death 
of his father he continued the management of the homestead farm for a time, 
then sold this property, receiving seven hundred dollars per acre for it, and, 
in 1900, removed to Philadelphia, where he remained until 1904. In that year 
he migrated to Edgmont township, where he has resided since that time. He 
owns his own home in Edgmont, and this is upheld in the best manner. In 
1910 Mr. Joyce purchased one hundred and three acres of land in Edgmont, 
and sold it to advantage two years later. He acquired another farm of like 
size, which he rents to others, while he occupies a smaller home adjoining his 
property. While he was in the dairy business he kept a herd of fourteen cows, 
all fine Ayrshire cattle raised by himself. He is a Democrat in political 
opinion, while his religious affiliations are with the Roman Catholic church. 
Mr. Joyce is unmarried. 

Davis Gravell, of Gradyville, Edgemont township, Delaware 
GRAVELL county, Pennsylvania, descends from ancient English stock, 

long established in the state. The early history of the family 
reads like a romance, and is inseparably interwoven with that of Pennsylvania 
since its founding. 

In 1676, William Penn, son of Sir William Penn, of England, with sev- 
eral associates, obtained from the English Crown, in lieu of sixteen thousand 
pounds due him by the government from his father's estate, a grant of terri- 
tory in the new world, since known as Pennsylvania. By royal charter he 
was made feud proprietor and could settle on it whomsoever he chose. His 
great desire was to establish a refuge for his co-religionists, who at that time 
were undergoing harsh persecutions simply because they were members of the 
religious sect known as Quakers or Friends. In 1680 Penn sailed from Lon- 
don and joined his colony in Pennsylvania, he having sent the majority of them 
across the ocean at his own expense. He inaugurated many improvements, 
among them the laying out of Philadelphia. He returned to England the lat- 



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ter part of 1684, and was instrumental in securing the release from prison of 
sixteen hundred Quakers, whose only crimes were that they were Quakers. 
Among the co-religionists released from jail through the interposition of Wil- 
liam Penn was Edward Grevill, (now written Gravell). After consultation 
with Penn, Grevill determined to leave for America, where he could worship 
in his own way. Accompanied by his wife and young family, he sailed, April, 
1687, from London, and landed two months thereafter in Philadelphia. He 
at once turned his attention to farming as the quickest and surest way of 
earning a support for his family. He was granted a tract of land by special 
order of Penn, which he cleared, fenced a portion and built thereon a stout 
log house. Owing to the wise treaty of lasting friendship with the Indians 
made by Penn in 1683, at Shakumaxon, now Kensington, Pennsylvania, he 
was enabled to live in peace with his red neighbors during his lifetime, and to 
farm unmolested. It was not until a generation or so later that the colony 
began to suffer from Indian hostility, depredations and massacres, during which 
many of his descendants fell beneath the tomahawk and rifle of the ruthless 
savages. Edward Grevill reared seven sons and two daughters. His sons 
farmed in peace, married and reared families, and his daughters married 
neighboring farmers" sons. His descendants are to-day citizens of Penn- 
sylvania. 

(Ij Silas Gravell, a direct descendant of Edward Grevill, was born in 
Delaware county, Pennsylvania, and died in the county of his birth in 1856. 
He was reared on his father's farm, educated in the common schools and was 
a member of the Friends' church. Like all of his race, he was sturdy, upright 
and honorable, a good friend and neighbor. He was a farmer until the day 
of his death. He married Sarah Thompson, born June 22, 1816, in Dela- 
ware county, and died there at the advanced age of ninety-three. She was 
the daughter of Joseph and Sarah Thompson, both of whom were of English 
descent. Among their children was Davis, of whom further. 

(II) Davis Gravell, son of Silas and Sarah (Thompson) Gravell, was 
born December 26, 1852, in Xewtown township, Delaware county, Pennsyl- 
vania. At the age of four years he suft'ered the loss of his father, and was 
reared by his mother on the fami. He received his education in the public 
schools of Aliddletown, Pennsylvania, and on leaving began to farm. This 
he has continued until the present time. He bought, in 1913, nine acres of 
land on which he does intensive farming profitably. In politics he is indepen- 
dent, voting for the man he thinks is best suited to fill the position. He is 
an influential citizen in the community in which he lives, and is highly 
respected throughout Edgemont township. He married (first) in 1878, Sarah 
B. Howard, who died in 1909; married (second) Beulah McCormick, in 191 1. 
Children by second marriage: Mildred, born October 10, 191 1; John, Sep- 
tember 2, 191 2. 

A man of state-wide reputation, through his professional and 
FRIGAR political activity, John Frigar has never held a public office to 

which a salary was attached. He led the Roosevelt forces in 
Delaware county during the campaign of 1912, as chairman of the county ex- 
ecutive committee of the Washmgton party, working zealously for the success 
of his chief. An ardent Republican for forty years, he did not hesitate which 
path to choose when party or principle became the issue. As one of the leaders 
of the progressive movement in Delaware county, he was brought prominently 
before the public, which had hitherto knov>'n him only as a prominent engineer 
and business man of unusual abilitv. 





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John Frigar was born at Trenton, New Jersey, October 14, 1853, son of 
Constantine Frigar, born in Basle, Switzerland, April, 1828. Constantine Fri- 
gar came to the United States in 1S49; lived for a time in Trenton, New Jer- 
sey, then came to Pennsylvania, spent many years in Delaware county and 
died in Philadelphia during the year 1900. By trade he was a shoemaker; in 
politics a Republican, and in religious faith a Lutheran. He served four years 
and three months, enlisting in Company K, Twenty-sixth Regiment Pennsyl- 
vania Volunteer Infantry, taking part in twenty-six battles. At the second bat- 
tle of Bull Run he was wounded, and at Gettysburg received a shot in the hip 
that lamed him for life. 

He married Alary Connor, born in Galvvay, Ireland, died in Chester, Penn- 
sylvania, in her sixty-ninth year, daughter of John Connor, a blacksmith, who 
died in Galway in his eightieth year. Children: John, of whom further; Mich- 
ael, born in 1856, married, in 1880, Caroline Reed; Mary, born in 1859, died in 
1893, unmarried; Catherine, born in 1864, married F. Francis McGinnis ; Ed- 
ward, born 186 1, died aged seven years. 

John Frigar, eldest son of Constantine and Mary (Connor) Frigar, has 
been a resident of Delaware county for fifty-seven years, coming when a child 
of three years. He received his early education in the public schools of Ridley 
Park, and in early manhood began his engineering work in the shops of Miller 
& Allen, of Chester, becoming a machinist and a thorough mechanical engineer. 
He continued his residence in Chester until 1889, when he moved to Boothwyn, 
where he yet resides. In the year 1887 he became chief engineer and superin- 
tendent of the Drexel building, Philadelphia, where he still continues, after a 
service of twentv-five years. He has been identified with several engineering 
works in the city and state, chiefly in an advisory capacity and with the estab- 
lishment of electric lighting plants. He was one of the organizers of the Clin- 
ton Electric Light Company. 

In politics Mr. Frigar was forty years a Republican, but broke party shac- 
kles in 1912, becoming one of the leaders of the progressive movement in Dela- 
ware county, serving the Washington party with all his zeal, as chairman of 
the county executive committee. He has always taken a deep interest in the 
affairs of Delaware county, where his life of uprightness, his sterling manly 
qualities and fearless championship of the principles he believes in, have won 
him a legion of friends. His long years in the county, and association with 
public men and works, have furnished him with an almost inexhaustible fund 
of information concerning prominent men of the county, while his genial per- 
sonality makes him a welcome everywhere. His home in Boothwyn is a model 
country residence, the house built in the English Gothic style, surrounded by 
spacious, well kept grounds, being one of the handsomest in that section. He 
is a member of the Masonic order and of several of the engineers' clubs and 
societies of Philadelphia. 

Mr. Frigar married, October 24, 1874, Martha A. Corbett, of Philadel- 
phia, born April 6, 1856, daughter of Captain John Corbett, born in Marcus 
Hook, a sea-faring man and captain of sailing vessels, died in Philadelphia in 
1898. He married Elizabeth Morris, who died aged ninety-seven years. Chil- 
dren of John and Martha A. Frigar: i. John Emery, born August 5, 1875 ; a 
graduate" in seamanship and navigation from the state and national school ship 
"Saratoga." After leaving school he became the first assistant engineer of the 
Drexel building, Philadelphia. He married, in 1897, Dora Gray, and they 
reside in West Philadelphia. 2. Joseph Harvey, born November 5, 1877 ; edu- 
cated as was his brother ; served during the Spanish-American war as electri- 
cian on the cruiser "St. Paul," commanded by Captain Sigsbee. He is presi- 
dent of the Pennsylvania Alumni of the Nautical School. He married, in 1901. 
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Augusta Brudell. 3. Edward C. Corbett, born December i. 1880: educated in 
the public schools, and is now superintendent and chief engineer of the Frank- 
lin building. 4. Joseph H.. superintendent and chief engineer of the Perry 
building, Philadelphia. 5. May, born May 30. 1883: married Robert C. Stack- 
house. 6. Ella, born AJarch 3, 1886: married, June 10. 1906, John J. Grady. 
7. Louis Pusey, born August 7, 1887, died aged fourteen years. 8. Martha A., 
born .April 11, 1891 ; married, March 21. 1909. Austin E. Sharpless. 9. Ellis 
D. W., born August 2, 1893, graduated in seamanship in navigation : is now in 
Tampico, Mexico, as mechanical engineer for the .'Standard Oil Company. 10. 
Alark H., died aged two years. 11. Helen Marie. 



William B. Fullerton. an esteemed citizen of Essington, 

FULLERT(JX Delaware county. Pennsylvania, descends from good old 

Scotch-Irish stock. His parents. James and Anna (Mc- 

Caslan) Fullerton, were born, the former in Scotland, the latter in Ireland. 

and died when their son was quite small. 

Mr. Fullerton was educated in Philadelphia, where he was born in 1868. 
Being an orphan and having to depend upon his owm exertions for a living, 
at the tender age of eleven years he was taken from school and put to work in 
a brickyard. This was, indeed, hard work for a boy of that age, but voung 
William was a sturdy lad, as well as a determined one, and he continued at 
brick making for two or three years. He was offered a place in a factory in 
Wilmington, Delaware, and having a mind to better his fortunes, he accepted 
It, and there remained several years. He next went with an uncle, from whom 
lie learned harnessmaking, in his old home in Philadelphia. Tiring of this he 
tried farming in the northern part of Pennsylvania. Not having much incli- 
nation, by birth or breeding, for farming, he soon gave up agricultural pur- 
suits and returned to \\'ilmington, and from there went to Chester. Pennsyl- 
vania. He opened a cigar store in Chester after a residence there of some 
years. Selling out this business he was appointed to a position in the Ignited 
States government treasury department in Philadelphia, which responsible 
post he held creditably for some years. An opportunity was offered him 
for the purchase of the Green Bottling Works, in Chester, which later he 
disposed of at a handsome profit. He was appointed factory inspector by 
Governor Pennvpacker. of Pennsylvania, and served well and faithfully in 
this place. He was next oft'ered, and accepted, the post of county detective 
by the district attorney. In this capacity he had many thrilling adventures, 
and some few escapes, and made one of the best detectives that the county 
ever had. Wishing to enter business for himself again, he established, in 1909. 
bottling works in Essington. Pennsylvania, and follows it to the present time 
(1913). He has made a great success of it. and it is to-day one of the chief 
and growing industries of Essington. He is a member of the Knights of the 
Golden Eagle, and the Loyal Order of Moose. In politics he is Progressive, 
and was once a candidate for council in Chester, and made a good campaign 
alone, without help from the organization. He is one of the progressive, up-to- 
date citizens of Essington, and takes an active interest in all local affairs that are 
for the welfare of the town. He married, October, 1893, Rebecca Parker, 
of English descent. Children: i. William B. Jr. 2. Anna. 3. Clara. 4. 
Sarah. 5. Marie. 



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Frank Gillespie, of Oak X'ievv. known to the residents of Del- 
GILLESPIE aware county as one of the most enterprising and public- 
spirited citizens within her borders, is descended from an 
Irish ancestry, to which nation we owe so many of our most valued citizens, 
men who live up to the principles of their adopted country, and who are willing 
if necessary, to render up their lives in order to preserve its honor and integrity. 

Luke Gillespie, the first member of this branch of the family of whom we 
have information, was a native of county Donegal, Ireland, and his death oc- 
curred there after he had attained a venerable age. He gave his entire atten- 
tion to agricultural pursuits. He was a man of sound judgment and strict 
integrity of character, and was a man of influence in the community. He mar- 
ried and among his children was Cornelius, of whom further. 

Cornelius Gillespie, son of Luke Gillespie, was born in county Donegal, 
Ireland, where he was reared and educated. His first employment was as 
teacher in the schools in his native land, after which he was a heckler, one who 
prepares flax for spinning. In 1866 he emigrated to this country, accompanied 
by his wife, and they located in Clifton Heights, Delaware county, Pennsyl- 
vania, where thev spent the remaining years of their lives, he having accumu- 
lated sufficient means to enable him to retire from active pursuits. He married 
Anne Hughes, daughter of James Hughes, who was a farmer of county Done- 
gal, Ireland. Children: i. Luke, of whom further. 2. Jennie, married Thom- 
as Mulligan : resides in Canada. 3. Mary, married James Mullen ; resides in 
Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania. 4. Margaret, married Barney McVeigh ; re- 
sided in Wilmington, Delaware ; she died in 1909. 

Luke Gillespie, son of Cornelius and .\nne (Hughes) Gillespie, was born 
near the town of Kelleygordan, county Donegal, Ireland, in 1841, living at the 
present time (1913) in Oak A'iew, Delaware county, Pennsylvania. He at- 
tained years of manhood in his native land, and obtained a practical education 
in the schools adjacent to his home. In 1864 he came to the LInited States, set- 
tling in Wilmington, Delaware, but shortly afterward he became engineer of 
the Caledonia Woolen Mills in Delaware county, Pennsylvania, serving in that 
position for five years. From that he gradually drifted into the contracting 
business, building the first macadam road in Delaware county. Greenwood ave- 
nue, Lansdowne. Subsequently his son, Frank, entered into partnership with 
him, and they now operate two limestone quarries and conduct an extensive 
contracting business, their specialty being road building. Mr. Gillespie is also 
interested in the Colonial Alanufacturing Company of Clifton Heights, one of 
the leading enterprises of that section. He is a member of St. Charles Catholic 
Church, and takes an active interest in the societies connected therewith. He 
is treasurer of the Temperance A. B. of Kellyville, and president of the I. C. 
B. U. He is a Democrat in politics. He married Mary (Quinn) McGowan, 
born in 1843, died in 1901, her birth occurring in county Donegal, Ireland. Her 
father was a railroad section foreman, and lived in Ireland and Scotland, his 
death occurring in Ireland ; he and his wife were the parents of four children : 
Catherine, died in Scotland; William and James, who served in the British 
army ; Mary, who went to Scotland as a young girl and there married Thomas 
McGowan, who died in Scotland shortly after their marriage, leaving a son, 
Thomas Jr., who now lives in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania, and is president 
of -the Colonial Manufacturing Company of that place. Mrs, McGowan and 
her son came to this country, and she subsequently married Mr. Gillespie. Their 

children: i. Cornelius, married ; resides in Collingdale, Pennsylvania. 

2. Frank, of whom further. 3. Luke, in the employ of the Colonial Manu- 
facturing Company ; resides in Oak View ; married . 4. William, died 



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at the age of forty-one. 5. John, died at the age of thirty ; he was a black- 
smith. Three other children died in infancy. 

(IV) Frank Gillespie, son of Luke and r^Iary (Quinn-McGowan) Gilles- 
pie, was born in Kellyville. L'pper Darby township, Delaware county, Pennsyl- 
vania. Alay 10, 1874. He attended St. Charles Parochial School at Kellyville, 
and after finishing the course there spent two years in the study of telegraphy 
at Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania. During his early manhood he worked at various 
things, but finally entered into business relations with his father, who was suc- 
cessfully engaged in the contracting business, their main work being the con- 
struction of highways. They operate the Oak \'iew Stone Quarry and the Old 
Geckler Quarry at Clifton, Pennsylvania. Since his partnership with his father 
began, Frank Gillespie has assumed the greater part of the management of the 
business, thus relieving his father of many of the arduous duties, and the busi- 
ness has increased in volume and importance each year, it being now recognized 
as one of the many industries which contribute to the growth of the section, 
they employing a large number of hands. Mr. Gillespie has invested his sav- 
ings in real estate, being the owner of considerable property in Oak \'iew, 
where he resides, in Collingdale and Clifton Heights, which no doubt will 
greatlv increase in value in the near future. He attends St. Charles Catholic 
Church, if a Democrat m politics, and a member of the Benevolent and Pro- 
tective Order of Elks and the Knights of Columbus. ]\Ir. Gillespie is a man 
whose genial nature attracts friends, and in all the relations of life he has borne 
himself as a true friend and an honest man of business. 

;\Ir. Gillespie married Jennie AL. born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 
daughter of Charles H. and Alary ( Love) Hagerty, of Oak View, a sketch of 
whom appears in this work. They had one child. Frank, who died in infancy. 



The Delaware county branch of the Edwards family in the 
EDWARDS L'nited States, of which Edmund K. Edwards is the repre- 
sentative, descends from Jacob Edwards, an Englishman,, 
who settled in Delaware county upon coming to this country. The family 
descends from the same Edwards ancestry as did Jonathan Edwards, the 
greatest of American divines, and an early president of Princeton College. 
Jacob Edwards married Margaret Stuart, and had issue: Margaret, married 
Joseph Fell, of Springfield township ; Sarah, never married ; Charles, was an 
expert wheelwright and carpenter, never married ; W'illiam, never married ; 
Edmund Kinsey, mentioned below. 

( n ) Edmund Kinsey, son of Jacob Edwards, was born in Delaware county, 
Pennsylvania, August 31, 1804, there died in 1887, aged eighty-three years. 
He obtained a good education in the public schools, in the institution main- 
tained in A\'est Chester for many years by the well known Jonathan Cause, 
and by a continued course of self-study. For several years he taught in the 
public schools of Delaware county, but spent most of his life engaged in mechan- 
ical work. He learned the wheelwright's trade, becoming an expert workman 
and the inventor of several useful implements. His shop was located on the 
Edgmont road, at what was then Sneaths Corners, he owning and operating 
a farm there. He built many of the wagons and carriages used in the neigh- 
borhood during his day. and added to the list of useful inventions a washing- 
machine and several drills, some of which were patented. He was the edu- 
cated, resourceful mechanic as well as the interested, useful citizen, holding 
many offices of trust, serving with great zeal for many years as school direc- 
tor and collector of school taxes. He was a W'hig in politics, later an ardent. 



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Republican. He was a public-spirited, upright member of the community and; 
bore an honored name, leaving behind him the record of a well spent life. ;,-; • 

He married Jane James, of Aston township, Delaware county, born in; 
1826, died in August, 1888, daughter of Thomas and Maria James; her 
father a blacksmith near Village Green. Children of Edmund K. Edwards : 
I. Charles Stuart, born June 20, 1845, died November 11, 1848. 2. Jacob, 
born September 11, 1846, died the same day. 3. Lydianna, born October 3, 
1847, died March 2, 1906; was a teacher in the public school; she married. 
George Hall, a woolen manufacturer of Chester, he died in 1905, aged fifty- 
nine years. Children : Bertha, deceased ; Edna, a teacher in Lansdowne. 
public schools ; Morton, a steel inspector of Chester, married Anna Glenden- 
ning ; Grace ; Gertrude ; Ethel : Greta ; Maude, married George Saylor, of 
Philadelphia ; Earl, and Natalie, a teacher in Lansdowne public schools. 4. 
Jpseph F., born November 17. 1849, died August 27, 1881. married Frances 
Moffitt, and had a son, Ehvood, who married May Hibbctt and resides in 
"Shawnee-on-Delaware," Pennsylvania. 5. Hannah Maria, married Maris H. 
Taylor, of Fairview, Pennsylvania, whom she survives. Children: Jessie, 
Harry, Clarence, Eva, and Leroy. 6. Jessie J. 7. Margaret F., for several 
years a teacher in the public schools; married J. A. Jenkins, and resides 
in Media. 8. Mary Augusta, for many years a teacher in the Media schools, 
and always a resident on the old farm. 9. Elwood W., born August 15, 1859, 
died May 15, 1880. 10. Edmund K. (2), of whom further. 

(HI) Edmund Kinsey (2), son of Edmund Kinsey (i ) and Jane (James) 
Edwards, was born October 16, 1861, in Chester township. Delaware county, 
at the home farm, where he now resides. He was educated in the public 
schools, finishing his studies at the Chester High School. He has been engaged 
in farming and stock-dealing from his youth, and has always lived on the farm 
in Chester township, formerly owned by his father, and the place of his birth. 
He has greatly improved it, and the rich soil produces bountifully. He is a 
Republican in politics, has served on the school board and is now a supervisor 
of the township. He is a member of the Presbyterian church, and is fra- 
ternally connected with the Improved Order of Red Men and the Knights of 
the Golden Eagle. He is well known, universally liked and highly respected. 

Mr. Edwards married, April 27, 1882, Mary L., daughter of Reuben F. 
and Elizabeth Bonsall, of Upper Darby township. Children: i. J. Carlton, 
educated in the Media High School : learned the plumber's trade, which he 
followed for several years, now traveling salesman for the J. L. Mott Company, 
of Philadelphia; is a Republican in politics, has served as school director of 
Chester township, and is a member of L. H. Scott Lodge, No. 352, Free and 
Accepted Masons. 2. Herman B., educated in Media schools; took a business 
course in Chester Commercial College, at Chester, and is now overseer for the 
Chessauqua Silk Companv of L'pland. 3. Edmund K. (3), educated in the 
Chester High School and Pierce Business College of Philadelphia; now a 
clerk in the emplov of the Harbison Walker Refactories Company, of Ches- 
ter; married, Sep'tember 6, to Nellie Whiteley Webster, daughter of Dr. 
George Webster, of Chester, Pennsylvania. 



An essentially representative and energetic citizen m Darby, 
SIPLER Pennsylvania, is Phillip Henry Sipler, who is here most success- 
fully engaged in the hardware business. He is well known as a. 
man of sterling character and one who has ever been fair and honorable in his 
business dealings. Mr. Sipler is descended from a very old Pennsylvania fam- 
ily and he traces his origin back to staunch Dutch descent. His great-great- 



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grandfather was Phillip Sipler, who was a farmer in Bucks county Pennsyl- 
vania, in the early pioneer days of that section. His son, Simon' conducted 
a tavern at Dunks Ferry, now Croydon, near Bristol, Pennsylvania. Simon 
^'P !'.'■ ^?!^ *<^^^" *ons. all of whom grew to maturity, and one of whom was 
Phillip bipler, grandfather of the subject of this review. A native of Bucks 
county, this state, Phillip Sipler was born April i, 1810. He opened a har- 
ness shop in Darby in 1837, and conducted the same with considerable suc- 
cess during the remainder of his lifetime. He passed to the great beyond Sep- 
tember 6, 1901, at the patriarchal age of ninety-one years. He was an old- 
style Democrat until the emancipation of the slaves when he ceased to vote 
He married Margaret Egee, and to them were born the following children" 
Mary G., was a po]nilar and successful teacher in the public schools of Del- 
aware county for nearly half a century, she died in 1903; Edward D. is 
mentioned in the following paragraph; Rebecca, died as the wife of Dwight 
Ferris, who died in Missouri ; Emma, married J. W. Thorley. and they reside 
in Ohio; Theodosia, was the wife of Frank .Miller at the time of her'demise 
he lives in Paulsboro, New Jersey ; George S., married Kate Tordon and they 
lived in Darby until 1898. when they removed to Philadelphia where he died 
one year later. The mother of the above children died in Darby, July 4, 1850. 
Edward D. Sipler. father of Philip H. Sipler, was born aV Darby, Dela- 
ware county, Pennsylvania, in 1840. As a boy he attended the public schools 
in his native place and subsequently engaged in the harness business with his 
father, eventually succeeding him when the latter died in 1901. He is seventy- 
three years of age at the present time ( 1913 ). but is still active and is carrying 
on a fine business to-day. He had just reached manhood at the time of' the 
inception of the civil war and immediately responded to Lincoln"? call for vol- 
unteers by enlisting for service in the One Hundred and Twenty-fourth Penn- 
sylvania \'olunteer Infantry, Colonel J. W. Hawley commanding. He served 
as a gallant and faithful soldier in that regiment until it was mu.stered out of 
service in 1863, when he re-enlisted in Company I, One Hundred and Ninety- 
seventh Pennsylvania Regiment. He participated in many of the most 
important engagements of the war, and at its close was honorabh discharged 
from service. He attended the great reunion at Gettysburg, July '4, 1913, and 
had a very interesting time exchanging anecdotes with the old veterans" gath- 
ered together in patriotic friendship from the North and the South. He is a 
stalwart Republican in his political proclivities and was a school director at the 
time when the big school building was erected at Darby. He has also given 
efficient service as a member of the town council of Darby. His wife, whose 
maiden name was Sarah Dailey, was born in Ireland, and when a mere child 
came to live in the home of Christian Gaul, in Philadelphia. She was very 
young when she came to America and remembered nothing of Jier parentage. 
She bore her husband four children : Phillip Henry, of this notice ; Mary G., 
is the wife of Joseph Smith, of Darby; Edward D. Jr., is in the emplov of 
the Pennsylvania Railroad Company in Philadelphia ;" Horace T., is engaged 
in the harness business with his father. ]^Irs. Sipler is still living at the age 
of seventy-two years, and she and her husband are devout members of the 
r^Iethodist Episcopal church, in which he was a trustee for many years. They 
are both deeply beloved by all with whom they have come in contact, their 
geniality and generous hospitality winning them friends all over the county. 

Phillip Henry Sipler, first born in a family of four children, is a native 
of Darby. Pennsylvania, where his birth occurred August 29. 1865. After 
a thorough public school training he worked for a number of different business 
concerns until he entered his grandfather's harness shop, in which he was 
employed for eighteen years, at the expiration of which he engaged in the 



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hardware business at Darby, opening a well stocked store under t' e i;-imc of 
P. H. Sipler. He is now the owner of a fine, modern establishment and con- 
trols a splendid patronage in Darby and the territory normally tributary 
thereto. He has money invested in a number of business enterprises in Darby 
and is a member of the board of directors in the Building and Loan Asso- 
ciation of Darby. In politics he maintains an independent attitude, preferring^ 
to give his support to men and measures meeting with the approval of his 
judgment rather tlian to vote along strictly partisan lines. His fraternal affil- 
iations are with Prospect Lodge, Ko. 578, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, 
of Moores, Pennsylvania; and with Orphans Rest Lodge, No. 132, Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows, of Darby, having passed through all the 
olificial chairs of the latter organization. He and the members of his family 
attend the Presbyterian church. 

November 24, 1901, Air. Sipler married Esther J. Boyer, a native of 
Riegelsville, Pennsylvania, and a daughter of Abram Boyer, who followed the 
industry of farming in the same county during his active career. He is now 
living retired at Darby, in the home of Air. Sipler. He and his wife, who was 
Catherine Long in her girlhood days, had two children : Esther J. and Edith. 
Airs. Boyer was born in Durham, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, and died in 
iQii, aged seventy-three years. Mr. and Airs. Sipler have three children: 
Phillip Jr., born in 1902; Edward D. Jr., born in 1905; Howard Dwight, 
born in 191 1. 

Mr. Sipler is a shrewd business man, a public-spirited citizen, and a loyal 
and sincere friend. He is very generous hearted, his charity being only cur- 
tailed by the length of his purse and by the opportunities ofifered. No one 
in Darby is held in higher esteem than he, and his exemplary life serves as an 
incentive to the younger generation. 



The career of Dr. Swain, as an educator, illustrates once again 
SWAIN the great possibilities open to the ambitious, resolute, clean-living 
American boy, be he on the farm, in the shop, or a dweller in the 
city. While Dr. Swain's rise was rapid, his own efforts and ability were the 
contributing factors, neither family, wealth nor influence compelling his eleva- 
tion to a foremost position among modern educators. 

Joseph Swain was born in Pendleton, Indiana, June ii'), 1857, son of Wool- 
ston and Alary A. (Thomas) Swain. His father, a farmer, gave his son the 
benefit of the educational advantages of that section, and his early life was 
spent on the farm. Being ambitious to obtain a college education, after a pre- 
paratory course at the academy in Pendleton the young man entered the Uni- 
versity of Indiana, whence he' was graduated B. L. in 1883 and received the 
degree of Al. S. in 1885. Immediately after his graduation in 1883, he was 
elected assistant in mathematics in his alma mater, continuing until 1885 when 
he was elected associate professor of mathematics, with a year's leave of ab- 
sence, wliich he spent in study at Edinburgh University, Scotland. 

During his college life he won the personal friendship of David Starr Jor- 
dan, and the names Jordan and Swam are found associated in the jniblication 
of numerous scientific papers printed by the National Aluseum. During his 
vear in Edinburgh he obtamed entrance to the Royal Observatory, his experi- 
ence with Piazzi Smyth, being described in a paper entitled "An Experience 
with the Astronomer Royal of Scotland." In 1888 Professor Swain occupied 
the chair of mathematics at his alma mater, but in i8gi transferred his alle- 
giance to Leland Stanford University, being called there by Dr. Jordan to be- 
come head of the department of mathematics. In 1893 Wabash College con- 



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ferred the degree of LL. D. and the same year Dr. Swain was called to the 
presidency of Indiana University, already the scene of many of his successes. 
He continued at the head of the University until 1902. bringing to that institu- 
tion the greatest success of its history. The enrollment was increased to ■j-jz 
students, this, and the marked advance in educational standards, during his ad- 
ministration, indicate clearly the character and methods of President Swain. 
In 1902 he was called to the presidency of Swarthmore College. Swarthmore, 
Pennsylvania, where his efficiency, adaptability, liberal ideas, broad sympathies 
and general knowledge, have accomplished like results. President Swain is a 
member of the National Council of Education: National Educational Associa- 

■ tion ; National Council of Religious Education : the American Association for 
Advancement of Science : president of the Higher Educational Section of the 
National Educational Association ; president of the National Council of the 
^ame association : member of the Contemporary Club of Philadelphia and for 
nine years was a member of the Indiana State Board of Education. He was 

-elected president of the National Educational .Vssociation in July, 1913. Dr. 
Swain's work for the cause of higher education is carried on, not only at the 
institution of which he is the honored head but through the societies noted, 
through the medium of the educational press and from the platform. He is 
virile and forceful as a writer and speaker and fired by an almost holy zeal, ac- 
complishes much that benefits the cause he advocates. He is a member of the 
Society of Friends fHicksite), connected with the Swarthmore ?vleeting. 

Dr. Swain married, September 22. 1885, in Knightstown. Indiana, Frances 
M., daughter of Charles D. Morgan. 



The Kent family of Delaware county are of an old English family. 
KENT The American ancestor of this branch. Thomas Kent, came in 1839. 
although an elder sister. Sarah, wife of James Wilde, had pre- 
ceded him. 

Josiah Kent, father of the immigrant ancestor, lived and died in Lanca- 
shire, England. He married Hannah Lightfoot, from Cheshire, a member of 
the Church of England. Josiah was a Dissenter. 

Thomas Kent, son of Josiah and Hannah (Lightfoot) Kent, was born in 
Middleton, Lancashire. England. j\Iarch 27, 1813, died at Clifton Heights, 
Delaware county, Pennsylvania. October 5. 1887. He had limited opportuni- 
ties to obtain an education, but such as he had were well improved, and at 
no period of his life was mental equipment a handicap to his success. He began 
business life as a weaver in a cotton mill, learning so rapidly and displaying 
such a superior quality of intelligence that at the age of sixteen vears he was 
appointed a foreman. He served as foreman three vears. then took service in 
a silk mill, continuing in that higher form of the weaver's art until his depart- 
ure for the United States in 1839. After the death of his mother in 1838, so 
broken was his health that physicians gave him but a year more of life. This 
led to his determination to come to the United States, where his sister was 
living, wife of James Wilde, who was then engaged in manufacturing on Darby 
creek, Delaware county. Pennsylvania. He sailed from Liverpool in August, 
1839. arriving in Philadelphia, after a stormy voyage of six weeks, on Sun- 
day afternoon. September 30. His health had greatly improved during these 
six weeks at sea, and he at once sought employment. Believing himself unfit- 
ted for manual labor, he decided upon the profession of law, and his first win- 
ter was spent in law study in Philadelphia. He soon found that the confine- 
ment of student life was again undermining his health, and at once sought for 
other openings. .\t thi'; time he found that a mill owned bv Thomas Garrett, 



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located on Darby creek, was for rent, and securing the property he began the 
manufacture of woolen yarns. He- thoroughly understood this business and 
was succeeding finely when the great freshet of August 5, 1843, historic in the 
annals of Delaware county, swept away all his possessions. This did not 
daunt him, but again seeking Thomas Garrett he rented, in 1844, and in 1845 
purchased the mill property on the site of the present Rockbourne mill. Pros- 
perity again attended his efforts, and on November 16, 1846, he purchased of 
James Wilde a mill on the site of the present Union mill. This latter he 
leased to his brother-in-law until J\lr. Wilde's death in 1867, when he remod- 
eled it and added it to his other plant. These mills did a very large business, 
but at the outbreak of the civil war he gave them over to the manufacture of 
cloth to be used in the making of uniforms for the United States army. The 
service thus rendered through patriotism and a desire to serve his adopted 
country was greatly appreciated by the government, and from that time until 
the present government cloth has been a large item in the mill's output. 

Although feeble physically, during the latter years of his life, Mr. Kent 
continued in active supervision of the business until the day of his death in 
1887. He was a successful business man and built up a manufacturing plant 
that under his management and that of his son, Henry Thomas Kent, can show 
a longer record of unbroken prosperity than perhaps any mills in the country. 
He was not a mere money maker, but enjoyed his business for the power it 
gave him to do good. He had strong will power and great faith in the 
future, these qualities supporting him when he saw his possessions sweeping 
away on the turbulent flood, and in every other crisis of life. He became 
a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1845, ^"^1 loyally adopted the 
institutions of his new country. Too delicate- in health and also past the age 
limit for army service, he nevertheless rendered valuable assistance to the 
Union cause with purse and influence. He always took a great interest in 
state and national afi^airs, but never accepted public office. Early in life 
he came under the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg, whose writings were 
published in Latin during the latter part of the eighteenth century and were 
translated by the Rev. John Clowes, of St. John's Church, Manchester, who 
preached and taught for over sixty years in the parish in which Mr. Kent 
spent his English life. He early was led into religious paths, and when a 
young man was a class leader in the village chapel. After becoming interested 
in the New Church teachings he walked twenty miles each Sunday to attend 
three services conducted by Rev. Dr. Bayley, a talented writer and eloquent 
preacher. At these services Mr. Kent sang in the choir, having in his younger 
days, a rich tenor voice. "That all religion has relation to life and that the life of 
religion is to do good," was one of the truths he endeavored to carry out in 
all relations of life. He was ever upborne by an absolute trust in a Divine 
Providence, and from such unseen sources was his frail body filled with a 
courage that never faltered in any crisis or trial of his long life of continuous 
activity. 

Thomas Kent married. May 13, 1852, Fanny Leonard, born March 19, 
1821, on the tract of land originally granted to her ancestor, Solomon Leon- 
ard, who was one of the first proprietors of the town of Bridgewater, IMassa- 
chusetts, with Miles Standish and fifty others. 

The English history of the family of Leonard traces to William the Con- 
queror, 1066, and in America descent is traced from Fanny Leonard to five of 
the Pilgrims who came in the "Mayflower" in 1620, viz ; Edward Winslow, 
Susanna Fuller, Isaac Allerton, Remember Allerton, and Francis Cooke. Re- 
lated families are the Sheppard, Parker, Stearns, Stone, Hosmer, and others 
-distinguished in the service of church and state. Ancestors served in King 



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Philip's war, 1675 : in the Erenoh and Indian war at Lonisburg in 1745 : and at 
Lexington, Bunker Hill, and all through the Revolution. 

The line of descent from Solomon and Alar)- Leonard, of Bridgewater, is 
through their son, John Leonard, who died in 1699, and his wife, Mary ; their 
son, Joseph Leonard, who in 1712 married Hannah Jennings; their son,' Joseph 
Leonard, who married Mary D. Packard : their son, Simeon Leonard, who 
married, in 1817, Boadicea Thompson, and had issue. Boadicea. born 1818. 
Rachel Stone, born 1819, Fanny, of further mention, Eliza and Eloisa, born 
1823. Sarah Louisa, born 1824. 

Fanny, daughter of Simeon and Boadicea (Thompson) Leonard, was born 
in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, March 19, 1821, died at her home in Chfton 
Heights, Delaware county. Pennsylvania, July 30, iqoi. She was a graduate 
of the first class formed in the first normal school in this country, established 
and fostered by Horace Mann. Even in youth she evidenced unusual talent 
and intellectual ability and throughout her entire life she was active and earnest 
in her support of the cause of educatir)n. In her later years she wrote and la- 
bored with vigor, advocating a greater efficiency for our public school system 
and for the most intelligent training of children. She was brought up in the 
Christian faith of the Xew Church, of which her parents were members, and 
became a woman of very strong character, as capable as she was gentle and 
helpful. 

Children of Thomas and Fanny (Leonard) Kent, all born in Upper Darby 
township. Delaware county, Pennsylvania: I. Hannah, born June 3. 1853: 
married, C)ctober 2^. 1873, Frederick Schoti, of ^lassachusetts. Thev settled 
in Philadelphia in 1877. "here Mr." Schoff has successfully engaged in business. 
Mrs. Schoff has been active in educational and progressive philanthropic move- 
ments and was a leader in the establishing of a juvenile court bill for Philadel- 
phia. Children : \\'ilfred Harvey, born November 27, 1874, married, June 20, 
1899, Ethelwyn McGeorge, and has Muriel and Wilmot ; Edith Gertrude, born 
May 15, 1877: Louise, born December 19. 1880: Leonard Hastings, born No- 
vember 7, 1884. 2. Henry Thomas, of further mention. 3. Louise, born April 
13. 1856; married. November 23. 1887, Nathaniel Seaver Keay, of Bridge- 
water. Massachusetts. He was born in Spring\'ale, oMassachusetts. May 4, 
1847. son of Nathaniel Washburn and .Susan Woodworth (Seaver) Keay. The 
Keay family are of English ancestry and the founders of this branch were 
early settlers in Maine, the "Keay Garrison," near Berwick being famous during 
the French and Indian war and during the Revolution. The Seavers came from 
England to Boston in 1630; the original homestead on Seaver street, Roxbury, 
is still in the possession of the family. .A favored name in the family. Nathan- 
iel, has also been handed down through the generations. Dr. Nathaniel Seaver, 
grandfather of Nathaniel Seaver Keay, was an eminent physician of Maine, 
son of Captain Nathaniel .Seaver, an officer of the revolution. Another an- 
cestor fought in King Philip's war, losing his life in the Sudbury fight. After 
the death of his wife Nathaniel Washburn Keay located in Bolivia, South 
America, where he was interested in irrigation, road-building, and agricultural 
enterprises, accomplishing more, it is said, for the real development of Bolivia 
than any other man. He died suddenly in Cocha Bamba. Bolivia, in 1881. Na- 
thaniel Seaver Keay located in Penns\'lvania in 1889 and is secretary of the 
Thomas Kent Manufacturing Company. He is a member of the New England 
Society of the Sons of the Revolution. Louise (Kent) Keay was elected re- 
gent of the Pennsylvania Society. Daughters of the American Revolution, in 
1894, continuing in that office for some time, and was also vice-president and 
director of the national society for a number of years. She was chairman and 
treasurer of the Vallev Forge memorial committee of the Daughters of the 



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Revolution, who erected at \'alley Forge the first monument to the memory 
of Washington and the army that immortahzed the spot by their patient, heroic 
suffering. She is a member of various historical and colonial societies and is 
also an active worker in women's clubs. The Keay home is on Baltimore ave- 
nue. Clifton Heights, the Kent homestead erected by Thomas Kent in i860. 
Children: Alan Kent, born May 25, 1889: Gladys, .April 19, 1891; Louise Na- 
talie, March u, 1893: Carol Seaver, October 28, 1895: Louis Kent, December 
19, 1897 ; Edvthe Leonard, October 10, 1902. 4. Frances Leonard, born .Au- 
gust I, 1858, died March i, 1859. 5. Samuel Leonard, born .August 21, 1859. 
He disposed of his interest in the Kent estate in 1898, and has since resided in 
Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. He is a member of the L'nion League of Phila- 
delphia, Sons of the American Revolution, the Corinthian Yacht Club, and 
many other organizations. He married. May 21, 1885, Annie Josephine .Ahrens. 
Children: Frances, born March 7, 1886; Eleanor, January 16, 1888; Samuel 
Leonard, February 16, 1890: Donald, July 25, 1893: Margaret, March 26, 1898. 
6. Mary .Augusta, born June 22, 1861. She has been an officer of the Pennsyl- 
vania Society of the Daughters of the Revolution since its organization : an of- 
ficer of the national society for many years, and holds membership in other pa- 
triotic societies. She resides in Clifton Heights, where she has erected a beau- 
tiful house on a portion of the family estate. 

Henry Thomas Kent, eldest son and second child of Thomas and Fanny 
(Leonard) Kent, was born in Upper Darby township, Delaware county, Penn- 
sylvania, November 4, 1854. He was educated in private schools in Philadel- 
phia, and at Cornell University. .After leaving college he entered his father's 
woolen mills and became second in management only to his father. .After 
the death of the latter the son carried on the business for the estate until May 
5, 1890, when the Thomas Kent Manufacturing Company was incorporated, 
the stock being equally divided between the five children of Thomas Kent. In 
1898 Samuel Leonard Kent retired, his interest being taken by the other 
owners. Henrv Thomas Kent was elected the first president and treasurer 
of the corporation and so continues at this date (1913). The business has 
greatly extended under his management and the size of the plant largely 
increased. In 1899 a tract at the junction of the Pennsylvania railroad and 
Darby creek, at Clifton Heights, was purchased and a large brick mill erected 
thereon for the manufacturing of fine worsted yarns, one of the finest and 
best equipped of the kind in the United States. It will be recalled that during 
the civil war the woolen mills of Thomas Kent made for the government 
immense quantities of uniform cloth for the soldiers' use. So during the 
Spanish-American war the various mills of the company were operated day 
and night to furnish cloth and goods necessary for the comfort of the army 
suddenly called to the colors. The raw materials used in the Kent mills are 
almost exclusively American-grown wool, the purchases amounting to many_ 
millions of pounds annually. :\Ir. Kent is the capable head of this large busi- 
ness, and has proven a worthv successor of his honored father. He was one 
of the organizers of the First" National Bank of Clifton Heights in 1902, and 
was its president until his resignation in 1913. He is president of the Bed- 
ford :\Iills Companv, of Bedford City, Mrginia ; and is interested u^i many 
minor enterprises. 'He is a member of the Historical Society of Pennsyl- 
vania; the Society of :MavfIower Descendants: Pennsylvania Society, Sons 
of the Revolution': New England Society of Pennsylvania: and the Union 
League of Philadelphia. He is a Republican in politics, and both he and his 
wife are members of the Church of the New Jerusalem (Twenty-second and 
Chestnut streets, Philadelphia), which Mr. Kent serves as trustee. 

He married, October i. 1885, Louise, daughter of Captain Xahum and 



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Phoebe Jane ( Cowing i Leonard, of Massachusetts. Captain Leonard was an 
attorney at law and a veteran officer of the civil war, in which he commanded a 
company of the Fifty-eighth Regiment. Massachusetts \'olunteer Infantrv. Mrs. 
Kent !s a direct descendant of John and Priscilla (Mullins) Alden, of Pilgrim 
fame, her ancestry gaining her admission to the Society of Mayflower Descend- 
ants, and through the patriotic services of her forbears she has gained member- 
ship in the Daughters of the American Revolution. Children of Henry Thoma- 
and Louise ( Leonard > Kent, all born in L'pper Darbv township. "Delaware 
county, Pennsylvania: i. Henry Thomas Jr.. born JulV i6. 1887: educated 
at Penn Charter School, graduated from Cornell University in 1908. 2. Ever- 
ett Leonard, born June 2^. 1889: educated at Penn Charter School and Cor- 
nell University. 3. Russell Hathaway, born August 31. 1891 ; educated at 
Penn Charter School, graduated from Cornell University 1910. 4. Evelyn, 
bom November 9, 1892: educated at Philadelphia private schools. 5. War- 
ren Thompson, born May 19, 1894; a student at Cornell University. 6. 
Rosamond Kingman, born March 29. 1901. The family home of the Kent^ 
IS at Clifton Heights, where Mr. Kent maintains an estate appropriate to his 
means and standing. 

There are turning points in every man's life called opportunity. 
DREWES Taken advantage of they mean ultimate success. The career of 
George S. Drewes is a striking illustration of the latter state- 
ment. Diligent and ever alert for his chance of advancement, he has progressed 
steaddy until he is recognized today as one of the foremost business men of 
Colwyn. where he holds a splendid position as buyer of angora goat hair and 
wool for the Griswold Worsted Alills. He is held in high esteem by his fellow 
citizens, who honor him for his native ability and for his fair and straightfor- 
ward career. As a Republican he has served his community in various import- 
ant offices of trust and responsibility, having been councilman and burgess of 
Darby and of Colwyn, of which latter place he was one of the incorporators. 

The ancestry of George S. Drewes is of staunch English stock, his grand- 
parents having been natives of England, where they passed their entire lives. 
The paternal grandfather. Bernard Drewes, was a tailor in London, where he 
died at the age of eighty years. His wife's maiden name is not given but thev 
were both members of the Church of England, in who-e faith they reared their ' 
children. 

Henry Bernard Drewes, father, was born in the city of London. England, 
where he grew to maturity and where he received an excellent education, both 
in English and German. He early entered upon an api^rcnticeship to learn the 
trade of baker and was identified with that line of enterprise during practically 
the entire period of hi? active career. He came to America as a young man 
and after brief sojourns in the cities of Albany and Schenectady, Newr York, 
came to Pennsylvania, and located for a time in Philadejphia. In the latter 
city he worked in various bakeries and eventually opened a bake shop for 
himself at Lenni. in Delaware county. Subsequently he was engaged in busi- 
ness at Chester and thence removed to Darby, in 1865. there building up a 
splendid trade as a baker. He retired from business in 1885. but his estab- 
lishment was purchased by two of his sons and was conducted under the name 
of Drewes for years after. He was a Republican in his political proclivities, 
but never held office of any description. For two and a half years he served 
in the Union ranks of the civil war. and he died at the home of his son, 
Charles E. Drewes. in Darby, in 1905, at the venerable age of eighty-four years. 
The maiden name of his wife was Ann Rhodes, a native of England and a 



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daughter of Rhodes, a farmer in the vicinity of London, England,. 

where he died. Mrs. Drewes had two brothers, Thomas and Samuel, both of 
whom immigrated to America, and several other brothers and sisters who 
passed their lives in England. All of the Rhodes children are deceased. Mr. 
and Mrs. Henry Bernard Drewes had five children, as follows: Thomas, mar- 
ried Alary Fryburg ; Henry, married .Mice Rhodes; George S., of whom for- 
ward ; Charles E., of whom further ; William, died at the age of six years ; 
Ellen, married William H. Whitney. Charles E., George S. and Henry are 
the only survivors of the above children, and the former is mentioned else- 
where in this work. Mrs. Drewes passed to. eternal rest in 1904, on Fourth 
street, in Colwyn. She and her husband were members of the Methodist 
Episcopal church. 

A native of Lansingburg, New York, now Troy, New York, George S. 
Drewes was born November 1, 1855. He spent the early years of his life at 
Lenni, Pennsylvania, and there attended the Parkmount school. Owing to the 
strenuous period of the civil war during his youth he was unable to secure the 
best of educational advantages. Upon leaving school he entered the bake shop 
of his father in Darby and began to learn the trade of baker. This line of work- 
was not to his liking, however, and after a short time he entered upon an ap- 
prenticeship in the Griswold Woolen Mill in Darby, commencing in the wool 
sorting room. He gradually advanced and in due time became buyer of angora 
goat hair and wool, making numerous trips across the country and visiting 
towns and cities in Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, where 
he purchases material for the milTs uses. He is an energetic business man and 
a very shrewd buyer, his services being invaluable to the concern by which he 
is employed. 

In his political convictions Mr. Drewes is an unswerving Republican. He 
served for thirty-two years as a member of the town councils of Darby ani 
Colwyn, ten years in the former and twenty-two years in the latter, and for 
some years was burgess of the former borough. In 1892 he became one of the 
incorporators of Colwj'n and he served that community as president of the board 
of councihnen for seventeen years and for five years as burgess. He has been 
very influential in bringing about important improvements in both Darby and. 
Colwyn, and his fellow citizens regard him as an authority in all matters af- 
fecting the good of the general welfare. He fraternizes with Fernwood Lodge, 
No. 543, Free and Accepted Masons, of Philadelphia ; with Orphans Rest 
Lodge, No. 132, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, at Darby. 

Mr. Drewes married Harriet E. Heap, whose birth occurred in Phoenix- 
ville, Pennsylvania, and who is a daughter of Joshua Heap, a native of Eng- 
land. Mr. Heap immigrated to the United States in an early day and during 
the civil war gave patriotic service to the land of his adoption as bugler. He 
was an engineer by profession and was prominent in the milling business of 
Delaware county for many years. He died in Darby at the age of sixty-eight 
years, and his cherished and devoted wife, who was Elizabeth Verlinden in her 
girlhood, died aged ninety-one years. Mr. Heap was exceedingly fond of mu- 
sic and was one of the foremost members of the Darby band. To Mr. and Mrs. 
Drewes were born four children, whose names are here entered in respective 
order of birth : William Y., Charles H., Ann R., and George S. Jr. On other 
pages of this work will be found a brief sketch of the career of Charles H. 
Drewes, second in order of birth of the above children. Air. and Mrs. Drewes 
are zealous members of the Mount Zion Methodist Episcopal Church at Darby, 
of which Mr. Drewes is a member of the board of stewards, and there all their 
children have been baptized. Mrs. Drewes is a woman of most gracious re- 
finement and she and her husband are highly thought of by their fellow citi- 
zens, their lives having been exemplary in all respects. 



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Charles Edward Drewes was born in Lansingburg, New York, 
DREWES in 1858. He was eight years of age when his parents came to 

Delaware county, his early life being spent in Rockdale, 
and his education obtained in the public schools of Lima and Darby. 
His life has been spent in the baking business, which he learned witli 
his father. He established a bakery in Darby, a quarter of a cen- 
tury ago: which he has successfully cnnducted until the present date. 1913. 
He has a large business carefully conducted with scrupulous regard for cleanli- 
ness and sanitary law. He has taken an active part in borough affairs, was 
twelve years a member of council and is now serving his third year as borough 
treasurer. He is a member of Fernwood Lodge, No. 543, Free and Accepted 
Masons ; belongs to Fire Companies No. i and 2. and attends the Methodist 
Episcopal church. In political faith he is a Republican. He married, in No- 
vember, 1887, Eliza Browne, born in Philadelphia, daughter of John Trites 
Browne, born in Delaware county in 1839, a car inspector for the Pennsylvania 
railroad, later and for thirty years manager of Fernwood cemetery, retiring in 
191 3, now living at Drexel Hill. He married Anna Louise Freyburg, born in 
Delaware county, died in 1898, aged fifty-seven years. John Trites Browne 
was a son of Henry Browne, great-nephew of Daniel Boone, the mighty hunter 
and brave pioneer. Henry Browne married Ann Eliza Trites, born in Dela- 
ware county, died in 1892. Anna Louise Freyburg, wife of John Trites 
Browne, was a daughter of John L. Freyburg, born in Delaware county, in 1799 
died in 1872, and Eliza Phillips, his wife, born in Philadelphia, in 1803, died 
in 1894. Ella, the only child of Charles Edward and Eliza (Browne) Drewes, 
resides in Darby with her parents. 



Among the progressive and influential citizens of the younger 
DREWES generation in Darby. Cl»rles Heap Drewes holds prestige as a 
business man of distinctive note. Here he is conductmg an up- 
to-date undertaking establishment and he is a director in the Darby Build- 
ing and Loan Association. He has given efficient service as deputy coroner 
of Delaware county, as state registrar and as secretary of the Darby board of 
health. 

Charles Heap Drewes, son of George S. Drewes (q. v.), was born at 
Darby, Pennsylvania, September 25, 1880. He received a good preliminary 
education in the public schools of his native place, and like many boys of his 
community initiated his active career as a millhand in the local woolen mills. 
After being employed there for twelve years, part of the time as combmaker, 
he purchased the undertaking establishment of W. W. James, and has con- 
ducted the same on strictly sanitary principles and in a high-class manner for 
a number of years. His undertaking parlors and equipment are up-to-date in 
every particular, and his place ranks as one of the best of its kind in Delaware 
county. Politically, Mr. Drewes is a Republican. For five years he was 
deputy corner of Delaware county, for four years served as state registrar, 
and at the present time is secretary of the board of health of Darby. He 
never neglects his duty, and his capable service puts him in line for more 
important official positions in the future. He has considerable money invested 
in the Darby Building and Loan Association, of which he is a director. 

September 25, 1906, Mr. Drewes married Miss Ada May Lee. who was 
born at Vineland, New Jersey, and who is a daughter of George L. Lee, a 
retired resident of Darby. Mrs. Lee, whose maiden name was Rhoda Wool- 
ford, bore her husband four children: Charles R., Minnie. Dr. Walter E., 



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and Ada May (Mrs. Drewes). She is living in Darb}-. JNlr. and Mrs. Drewes 
have no children. 

Mr. Drewes is prominent in fraternal circles. He is affiliated with Fern- 
wood Blue Lodge, No. 543, Free and Accepted Masons, of Philadelphia ; 
Orphans Rest Lodge, No. 132, Independent Order of Odd Fellows: Darby 
Lodge of the Junior Order of American Mechanics ; Darby Washington 
Camp of the Patriotic Order Sons of America ; West Philadelphia Lodge of 
the Improved Order of Red Men : and West Philadelphia Lodge of the 
Ancient Order of United Workmen. He is a devout member of the Metho- 
dist Episcopal church, as is also his wife. They are prominent in connection 
with the best social affairs of Darby and their attractive home is noted for its 
generous hospitality. 



Among the venerable and representative residents of Oak 

BROWNE View, who risked their lives in defense of the L'nion during the 

civil war, is John Trites Browne, born in Lansdowne, Delaware 

county, Pennsylvania, July 15, 1837, son of Henry and Eliza (Trites) Browne. 

(I) Browne, the first member of the line here under consideration 

of whom we have definite information, was a native of New York state, where 
he was reared and educated. He was a machinist by trade, which line of work 
he followed throughout the active years of his life, deriving therefrom a lucra- 
tive livelihood. Late in life he removed to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, accom- 
panied by his five sons, all of whom went west prior to the civil war, one of 
whom, Isaac Browne, became a Rebel general. The father resided in Philadel- 
phia for the remainder of his days. 

(II) Henry Browne, one of the five sons abovementioned, was born in 
New York state, in 1810, and died in 1849, at the early age of thirty-nine years. 
After attaining a suitable age he learned the trade of machinist, which he fol- 
lowed as a means of support, and for a number of years resided near West 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He married Eliza Trites, born in Delaware county, 
Pennsylvania, 1820,' died in 1900, daughter of John Trites, a half-brother of 
Daniel Boone, a native of Delaware county, Pennsylvania, where he lived and 
died, attaining the venerable age of one hundred and four years. John Trites 
served in the revolutionary war : he saved up $30,000 in Continental money, 
which he walled up in his log house, but which later became worthless. He was 
the owner of a farm near Kingsessing, Pennsylvania. Children of Mr. and 
Mrs. Browne: John Trites, of whom further; Rebecca, married William 
Helms, and resides at Tinicum, Pennsylvania ; Eliza, married, and resides at 
Tinicum ; Ellen, married Charles Gliken, and resides at Darby, .Pennsylvania. 
After the death of Mr. Browne his widow married Harvey Home, by whom 
she had two children: Phoebe, married, and resides at Philadelphia; Lewis, a 
farmer at Tinicum. Mr. and Mrs. Home resided at Marcus Hook, Delaware 
county, Pennsylvania, where her death occurred at the age of eighty years. 

(III) John Trites Browne, only son of Henry and EHza (Trites) Brown, 
is self-educated, never having enjoyed the advantage of attending school. 
When a very young boy he left home and worked for his board at whatever he 
could find to do, some' of his emplovment being fishing in the Delaware river 
and shooting river birds during September of each year. In i860 he enlisted in 
the United States IMarine Corps and was placed on board the United States fri- 
gate "Sabine," Captain R. B. Lowrie, with a crew of seven hundred. He served 
for six years on her, and during that time was wounded three times. He be- 
came sergeant and captain of a great gun, firing a ball that weighed seven hun- 
dred pounds, and took twenty-five pounds of powder. During the civil war he 



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assisted in the taking of Fort Fisher and participated in a number of other 
battles. After the termination of the war, he left the marine service and at 
first was employed in Allison's Car Works at West Philadelphia, and three 
weeks later, having proven his ability as a mechanic, was promoted to the posi- 
tion of foreman in which capacity he served faithfully for seven years. He 
then accepted the position of foreman at the Fernwood cemetery, Delaware 
county, Pennsylvania, and filled that responsible position to the satisfaction of 
all concerned for thirty-five years, having under his personal supervision twen- 
ty men, all of whom honored' and respected him for his fair and impartial treat- 
rnent of them. Having accumulated considerable capital during his years of 
active service, he erected a substantial house at Oak View, wherein he resided, 
active service, he erected a substantial house at Oak View, wherein he resided. 
He is now a resident of Drexel Hill. He is also the owner of other houses, 
from which he derives an income, and of other valuable real estate. He takes 
a keen interest in politics, but is not an office seeker; is a member of the Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows. 

Mr. Browne married, in September, iS6o, Anna Louisa Freyburg, born in 
Kingsessing, Pennsylvania, died in 1898. Children: i. .-Xnua, married Arthur 
Brown; resides at 'Media, Pennsylvania. 2. Eliza, married Charles Drewes, 
owner of a bakery in Darby, Pennsylvania. 



The Watt family has been established in the state of Pennsylvania 
WATT for a number of years, and came to this country from Ireland, 
bringing with them the thrifty habits which are characteristic of 
those who come from that land. 

John Watt, the first of whom we have record, was of county Fawn. 

Ireland. 

John (2) Watt, son of John (i) Watt, was born in county Fawn, and 
his entire life was spent in his native land. He was twice married, his second 
wife being Mary Ann, daughter of James Rankin, of county Boncrannon. 
Ireland. Children of first marriage: i. Robert, a night watchman in Phila- 
delphia: married Tillie McCartcl and has seven children. 2. Mary, died 
unmarried. Children by second marriage: 3. Samuel George, see forward. 
4. John, married, and has five children living, one dead ; engaged in the gro- 
cery business at Fifty-fourth and Webster streets in West Philadelphia. 5. 
James, married, wife dead, no children; lives retired from business in Cam- 
den, New Jersey. 6. David, unmarried, died in 1913; lived in retirement in 
Delaware. 7. Joseph, unmarried, lived in Ireland; he came here about four 
years ago and "still lives here. 8. Elizabeth, married George Brown and has 
two children. 9. .\lexander, married a Miss Chambers, has no children. 10. 
Annie, married William Bogg, has no children. James Rankin lived and died 
in Bucks county, Pennsylvania, and served as a soldier during the civil war. 

Samuel George Watt, son of John (2) and Mary .^nn (Rankin) Watt, 
was born in county Donegal, Ireland, .August 12, 1851, and died November 6, 
1907. He obtained his education in his native land, and at about the age 
of eio-hteen years emigrated to the LTnited States, and commenced working on 
a fann in Haverford township. Delaware county, Pennsylvania. For some 
time he continued this occupation and, being of a thrifty and industrious 
nature, he rapidly acquired a practical knowledge of the manner of transacting 
business and managing a farm in this country, and it was 'not a very long tune 
before he had amassed a sufficient sum of money to enable him to purchase a 
milk business of his own. At this time he came to Upper Darby, and has 
continued in this business up to the present time. His reliability is best attested 



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by the fact that many of the people who were among his first customers retained 
that relation for many years. In 1886 he purchased the farm of twenty acres 
owned by John Smith, and this he converted into a model dairy farm. The 
same honest and up-to-date methods which characterized his conduct of his 
business from the start were carried into effect with the most satisfactory 
results. In political matters he was a Republican, and he gave his staunch sup- 
port to the party with whicli he was allied. His religious belief was that 
of the Presbyterian denomintaion and he was a most generous donor to the 
church and its missions. 

Mr. Watt married (first) Caroline Transue, born in Bucks county, Penn- 
sylvania, who died in 1892. He married (second) Jennie, daughter of Joseph 
W. and Elizabeth (Hancock) Warwick, the former of Delaware county, Penn- 
sylvania. Children of first marriage : Elwood Samuel, see forward ; Syl- 
vester G., unmarried, is a blacksmith in Chester county, Pennsylvania; Mary, 
married Walter C. Ferry ; Bertha. Children of second marriage : William 
H. and Jennie. 

Elwood Samuel Watt, son of Samuel George and Caroline (Transue) 
Watt, was born in Haverford township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, June 
6, 1885. When he was about one year of age his parents removed to Upper 
Darby township, and after passing through the grammar schools he became a 
student at the Lansdowne High School, which he left at the age of fifteen 
years. He then became the assistant of his father in the conduct of the 
dairy farm, and in this manner obtained a thorough and practical working 
knowledge of this entire business. Finally he purchased his fatlier's milk 
route, and after operating this for a period of five years, decided to go west 
and see something of the country of his birth. One and a half years were 
spent away from his home, the greater part of this time being passed in and 
near Los Angeles, California. He returned to Delaware county in May, 1909, 
with a fund of valuable experience. In June, 1912, he located on the home 
farm, where he is still following dairy farming with a marked degree of suc- 
cess. He gives his active support to the Republican party, and he and his wife 
are members of the Lutheran church. j\lr. Watt married, June 14, 191 1, 
Eva Shoester, born at Millbank. Pennsylvania, ( see Shoester forward ) , and 
they had one child: Ronald, who died at birth, April 19, 1912. 

Leonard Shoester, great-grandfather of Mrs. Watt, was of German des- 
cent and lived in Upper Darby township. He was a carpet weaver and quilt 
maker by trade, and employed six assistants in his carpet weaving, which was 
a large number for that time and section. He served as a soldier during the 
Revolutionary war. He married Sarah Hayes, who was a member of the 
Society of Friends. 

Jacob Shoester, son of Leonard and Sarah (Hayes) Shoester, was born 
in Upper Darby township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, 1801, and died 
in 1876. He was a supervisor on the Delaware county roads for a number 
of years, and served for a long time as school director and ta.x collector. He 
was a Whig when that party was in existence, then joined the ranks of the 
Republican party upon its organization. Farming was his principal occupa- 
tion. He married Phoebe Smith, born in Philadelphia, died in 1889. She 
was a daughter of William and Lydia Smith, who were the owners of a dairy 
farm in West Philadelphia. They were members of the Society of Friends, 
while Mrs. Shoester was a Baptist. Jacob and Phoebe (Smith) Shoester had 
children : Mary, deceased, married William Watkin ; Elizabeth, unmarried, 
lives with Mr. George J. Shoester; Phoebe, married William Watkin after 
the death of her sister ; George Jacob, see forward ; John, Lydia and Sarah, 
died in childhood of scarlet fever. 
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George Jacob Shoester, son of Jacob and Phoebe (Smith) Shoester, was 
born in Keystone, I'pper Darby township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, 
December 19, 1848. He attended the public schools and at the age of four- 
teen years he was apprenticed to learn the miller's trade, under William \\'at- 
kin. At the expiration of three years he went to Powell & Hansell, at Lans- 
•downe, with whom he remained three years, then, for another three vears 
was clerk in the general store of X. J. Reed, in Haverford, Pennsylvania. By 
this time he had accumulated a considerable capital and established himself in 
the milk business with which he was identified for a period of eleven years. 
He then sold this and went to Chester county, where he was the manager of 
the Cochranville Hotel for one year, then returned to Upper Darby, Penn- 
sylvania, and was employed in the flour and feed establishment of \ . E. Bonds 
for three years. He then opened a general store in Keystone, which he con- 
ducted very successfulh- for fifteen years, when he sold it and became shipper 
and receiver for the firm of I. T. Shick & Son, manufacturers and importers of 
millinery goods at West Philadelphia. Mr. Shoester bought a house at Key- 
stone in 1890 and still resides there. He is a Republican, and a member of 
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Junior Order of .American Mechanics 
and Fernwood Lodge. Free and .Accepted Masons. He married, ^larch 19, 
1879, Elizabeth, born in Chester county, Pennsylvania, died March 21, igii, 
daughter of Leedom and Sabina Kirk, of W est Chester, Pennsylvania, where 
the former was a merchant and farmer, but now retired. Children : Emma, 
married Ernest Shick, lives in Highland Park; Jane, married Louis Cobler, 
resides in Philadelphia : Eva, see forward ; Myrtle, unmarried ; Blanch, 
unmarried. The two last mentioned live with their father. 

Eva, daughter of George Jacob and Elizabeth (Kirk) Shoester, mar- 
ried Elwood Samuel Watt ( see Watt ) . 



The career of the late George Drayton, of Delaware county, 
DRAYTOX Pennsylvania, is one which furnishes much food for thought. 
At the time of his death he was one of the leading financier:, 
of his section of the cor.mry, having risen to this eminent position solely by his 
own unaided efiforts. His popularity and splendid reputation were won by be- 
ginning his business crreer as an upright man with no false pretenses, and 
continuing in that path throughout all the years of his long life. He was en- 
dowed in an unusual degree with the ability ,to recognize opportunities when 
thev presented themselves, and of making the best possible use of them. 

His father, John Drayton, was a son of George Drayton, a contractor and 
builder in England. John Drayton came to America in 1820. He was a maker 
of ladies' shoes by trade, and, settling in Philadelphia, he became foreman in 
the shop of De Grasse and Samuel Beans, and held this position until his death 
in February, 1832. He had married, in England, Harriet Bullivant, who came 
to .America in 1820, with their only child, George, and died in 1823. 

George Drayton was born in Hibblestow, near Brigg. Lincolnshire, Eng- 
land, .April 9, 1818, and died at Chester Heights, May 14, 1909. He was two 
years of age when he was brought to this country by his mother, so that m 
everything but the actual fact of birth he was an .American. From his sixth 
to his tenth vear he attended the schools in Philadelphia, which at that time had 
not reached the degree of excellence they have at the present day, and at the 
last mentioned age he was sent to Richard Fimple, a farmer in !\Iarple town- 
ship, where he remained until the age of sixteen years. For the services he 
rendered during this time he received his board and clothing, and he had the 
privilege of attending school for two months in each of three winters. It may 



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very fairly be stated that Mr. Drayton was a self-educated man. He then 
found employment on the farm of Jehu Jones, who paid him five dollars per 
month during the summer, and in the winter months allowed him his board, for 
which he was obliged to care for twelve cows and three horses, and cut suffi- 
cient wood to supply the family needs. He remained with Mr. Jones two 
years, during this time attending school three months every winter, and paying 
for his tuition himself. David Worrell was his employer during the next three 
years, and he paid him ten dollars a month for his work on the farm. At the 
end of the first year he took charge of the farm of Mr. Kenny, where Lans- 
downe is now located, received eleven dollars a month, and held this position 
until his marriage. His course was a continuous but gradually upward one. 
After settling near Springfield Meeting House, Mr. Drayton found employment 
on the farm of his former employer, Jehu Jones, and morning and night walked 
the two miles which lay between that farm and his home. He entered the em- 
ploy of James Ogden in 1846. receiving fifteen dollars a month, on which he 
supported his wife and two children, and also managed to lay aside a little from 
time to time. Two years were spent in the employ of George B. Lownes, after 
which he took charge of the farm of Christopher Fallon, being the sole man- 
ager for a period of nine years. During this time he superintended the erec- 
tion of the buildings on the place in addition to giving all other details his at- 
tention. He bought his first land property, "The Acres," this being the farm 
now owned by Mr. Farnum. He next purchased the "Mendenhall place," and 
was a farmer, trader, auctioneer and engaged in the real estate business. With 
all these varied interests he became a man of considerable importance in the 
community, laid out the town of South Media, and became the owner of real 
estate on Chestnut street, Philadelphia. He opened an office there for the trans- 
action of coal and lumber and was very successful in this enterprise. Chester 
Heights was the next scene of his business activity, as the coal and lumber 
yards he opened there were a success from the very outset. He was obliged 
to withdraw from this last venture ui 1887, owing to the multitude of other 
business interests which claimed his attention. At the outbreak of the civil 
war Mr. Drayton was appointed marshal to take the roll of Concord township, 
and when President Lincoln issued his second call for troops, he at once en- 
usted in Captain B. T. Green's Delaware County Guards, was made quarter- 
master-sergeant of his regiment, was engaged in guard or patrol duty at Read- 
ing, Pennsylvania, and served in this capacity until his term of enlistment had 
expired. 

In the world of finance the record of Mr. Drayton was also a notable one. 
He was one of the organizers of the Media Title and Trust Company, incor- 
porated under the laws of the state of Pennsylvania, January 15, 1891 ; was 
president of the company many years, and under his careful management it 
became one of the financial strongholds of the county. It engages in general 
trust business, deals in real estate, makes loans, receives deposits on interest, 
and attends to the general run of business of institutions of its kind. Mr. Dray- 
ton was also one of the organizers, and the first president, of the Charter 
National Bank of Media, which was opened in .April, 1887. He served as pres- 
ident of this institution until January, 1894, at which time he positively de- 
clined re-election. For many years Mr. Drayton was a staunch supporter of 
Whig principles, his first presidential vote being cast for William Henry Har- 
rison. Subsequently he joined the Republican ranks, and was then for a num- 
ber of years affiliated with the Prohibition party. He was elected county com- 
missioner in 1863, serving three vears. In 1891 he was the candidate for state 
treasurer for the Prohibition party, and in Philadelphia received the highest 
vote cast for any candidate for congress of the party for that year. He was a 



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member of Bradbury Post, Xo. 149. Grand Army of the Republic. He was an 
active member of the Baptist church, and assisted generously in the erection of 
the church of that denomination at Brandywine. He was a lifelong and total 
abstainer from intoxicating drinks, and never used tobacco in any form. 

Air. Drayton married (first) lanuary 29. 1840, Judith Flounders, who died 
November i, 1890. a daughter of James Flounders", of Springfield. He mar- 
ried (second) February 22, 1898, Lottie, a daughter of Thomas W. Johnson, 
of Concord township. Children, all by first marriage: i. Elizabeth, married 
the late Smith Sharpless, and had one child: May. married Perry C. Clark. 
had children : Helen and Ethel : Ethel married George T. Parsons. 2. Han- 
nah, unmarried, died in 1898. 3. John, died at the age of five years. 

On April 9, 1898. Mr. Drayton was the honored gi.iest upon a remarkable 
occasion. On the evening of that day about one hundred and fifty prominent 
men — clergymen, judges, legislators, lawyers, bankers, editors, phvsicians, mer- 
chants and public ofiicials — tendered him a banquet at the Media Club House. 
It was a splendid tribute to a noble life, and was an occasion without a counter- 
part within the history of the county, perhaps of the state. The floral and flag 
decorations were of great beauty, and conspicuously placed was a portrait of 
the honored guest, wreathed in the national colors. An orchestra from Phila- 
delphia entertained with well chosen selections at intervals during the evening, 
a bounteous banquet was served, and appropriate addresses made. Horace P. 
Green, as toastmaster, in his opening address, made a summary of the life work 
of Mr. Drayton, saving in part : ■■\^'hatever he has undertaken to do, he has 
tried with all his heart to do well, and his whole life has been characterized by 
the most thorough, sincere earnestness."' Captain Isaac Johnson said: "His 
object was to benefit his fellow man. Many a poor fellow on his downward 
road has been halted and turned back in the right way by George Drayton.'' 
Ex-Senator Cooper said of him : "His motto was to do right under all cir- 
cumstances." John B. Rhodes said: "His life has been a pure and open one.'"^ 
Remarks of some similar character were made by V. Gilpin Robinson, Profes- 
sor Joseph .Shortlidge and .Samuel Greenwood. Dr. George W. Smith, of 
Philadelphia, read an original poem on "Our Honored Guest," in which the 
entire career of Mr. Drayton was agreeably reviewed, and ended with the fol- 
lowing lines : 

■■.'\ county that can proudly boast 

Of great names all along its line. 
.\nd high among this honored host 

George Drayton's rame shall ever shine." 

Mr. Drayton, in replying to these numerous flattering addresses said: "I 
don't think I deserve any great credit. I owed it to my God and my fellow man 
to do what was right." The simplicity of these few words and the sentiment 
they express, were characteristic of the entire man. It was a principle which 
guided him in every relation of life, and one from which he never deviated, 
even under the most trying financial conditions. His example is one which 
must of necessity be of wide spread and lasting influence, and it is to such men 
that the prosperity and reputation of our country is due. 



The forbears of Dr. C. Irvin Stiteler, both paternal and mater- 
STITELER nal, were early comers to the province of Pennsylv:mia. The 

familv seat was in Upper Uwchland township. Chester county, 
the emigrant Stiteler coming from Germany. The Benners came from Wales 
prior to 1700, also settling in Upper Uwchland township. The Stitelers are 
also connected with the family of Pennypacker, and on October 18, 1877,. 



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many of them were in the train wreck at Kimberton returning from a family' 
reunion, when eight were killed and a number injured. 

Henry Stiteler, son of George Stiteler, was born in Upper Uwchland 
township, Chester county, Pennsylvania, in 1807, died in West Vincent town- 
ship, same county, in March, 1887. He grew to manhood at the home farm 
and became a farmer of his native township, continuing there until he attained 
the age of sixty years, then moving to West Vincent, his home for twenty 
years. He was a deacon of the Baptist church, and in politics a Whig, later 
a Republican. He inarried Penninah Benner, born in Chester county, in 
i8io, died in West Vincent township in 1888; children: George R., a farmer 
of West Pikeland township, died in 191 1 ; Anna, married Jesse Orr. of Read- 
ing, now deceased, a member of the Orr Painter Stove Works Company, and 
she survives him, a resident of Reading; Sarah, died in Upper Uwchland, in 

1912, married Jacob H. Dewees, now a retired farmer and director of the 
Phoenixville National Bank : \Mlliam PL, a veteran of the civil war, died in 

1913, in Chester Springs^ a retired farmer; Mary, married William Mock, a 
farmer of Chester county, whom she survives a resident of West Vincent 
township; John and Henry, died in infancy: Elizabeth, now residing in Read- 
ing, Pennsylvania, unmarried ; I. Newton, A. M. F., now residing in Uwch- 
land, a dealer in coal and lumber. 

I. Newton Stiteler, son of Henry and Penninah (Benner) Stiteler, born 
April II, 1850, is now a resident of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. He is a 
farmer and mill owner, a deacon of the Vincent Baptist church since 1887, 
succeeding his father in that office : superintendent of the Stmday school for 
over thirty years : a Republican in politics, and past noble grand of Lionville 
Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He married Catherine R. Lat- 
shaw, born in Chester Springs, May 19, 185 1, daughter of Jacob and Ann 
(Pennypacker ) Latshaw, both deceased, he a farmer of West Pikeland town- 
ship all his Hfe. Children: i. J. Harry, born September 11, 1875; now 
treasurer of the Orr & Sembower Engine and Boiler Works Company. He 
married Susan Kutz and resides in Reading. One son. L Newton Stiteler Jr., 
born 1901. 2. C. Irvin (see forward). 

Dr. C. Irvin Stiteler. younger son of I. Newton and Catherine R. (Lat- 
shaw) Stiteler, was born in \\'est \'incent township, Chester county, Penn- 
svlvania, December 24, 1877. His education was begun in the private school 
kept by his cousin. Miss Frances M. Stiteler. at Anselma. Pennsylvania, and 
continued in the public schools of West Pikeland township. He then entered 
Chester Springs Preparatory Schools, remaining until 1895, next entering 
West Chester Normal School', whence he was graduated, class of 1897. After 
a year spent at teaching at the Chestnut Grove School in West Vincent town- 
ship, he entered the University of Pennsylvania (medical department), but 
on account of illness was held back a year, but was graduated M. D., class 
of 1903. At the university he was a member of the James Tyson Medical 
Society, and at normal school was a member and for one term president 
of the Moore Literary Society. After receiving his degree he served one term 
as interne in Chester Hospital, then for several months was assistant to Dr. 
F. Farwell Long. In December, 1904, he began practice in Chester, establish- 
ing offices at the corner of Fifth and Welsh streets. He specializes in diseases 
of the eye, ear, nose and throat, and is highly regarded as an authority in 
such cases. He served for several years as clinical assistant in Wills Hospital. 
Philadelphia ; clinical assistant in the Presbyterian Hospital, Philadelphia ; 
resigned position at St. Agnes' Hospital, Philadelphia, 1913: assistant sur- 
geon in the Ear Dispensary of the University of Pennsylvania Hospital ; 
elected ophthalmologist to Chester Hospital, Chester, in 19 13. He has been 



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uniformly successful in his treatment of the before mentioned special dis- 
eases, and is well established in public favor as a skillful and thoroughly reli- 
able specialist. He is a member of the Delaware Countv Medical Society, 
and secretary since Xovember, 1907: member of Pennsylvania State Med- 
ical Society, the American Medical Association, the Physicians Association of 
Chester, the Philadelphia Medical Club, the Penn Club of Chester, the Mod- 
ern Woodmen of America, and in political faith he is a Republican. In religious 
belief he is a Baptist, and a member of the choir of the Fir.st Baptist Church 
of Chester. 

Dr. Stiteler married. January 11, 1912. in Chester. Mary Alma, daughter 
of William M. Ford, a salesman and former treasurer of Delaware county, and 
his wife, Sarah Hustler. 



From Lancashire. England, came Charles Chadwick, born 
CH.ADWICK there in 1831. died in Clifton Heights. Delaware county, 

Pennsylvania, October 24, 191 1, son of William Chadwick, 
a mill worker. Sixty-five of the eighty years of Charles Chadwick's life were 
spent in Clifton Heights, where he was a spinner in the Thomas Kent Manu- 
facturing Company mills. He was a member of the Episcopal church, and in 
politics a Republican. 

Charles Chadwick married, on Christmas Day, 1873. Hannah Pilling, born 
in Lancashire, England, February 14. 1843. coming to the United States in 
1859. Children: Jeannette. married A. .Austin Busby and resides in Clifton 
Heights, child, Marian Jean, born 1907: Bessie May, resides with her mother; 
Charles Edward, married Bertha Story and has a son, Joseph. 



Dr. George Frederick Baier, now a resident of Boothwyn, Dela- 
BAIER ware county. Pennsylvania, having retired from the active prac- 
tice of his profession, is a worthy representative of a family of 
German origin, the various members of which bore their full share in the 
progress and development of the communities wherein they resided, and who 
transmitted to their descendants characteristics which make for noble and use- 
ful manhood and womanhood. 

George Michael Fiaier. grandfather of Dr. George F. Baier, a native of 
Germany, probably a Lutheran in religion, married, in his nati\e land, and was 
the father of at least two sons, George G. and Jacob. George G. Baier, father 
of Dr. George F. Baier. was a native of Mainhardt. Germany, from which 
country he emigrated to the United States, settling in Philadelphia. Pennsyl- 
vania, where he was united in marriage to Dorothea, born in Germany, daugh- 
ter of Andres P. and Elizabeth (Wolroch) Bergmann, natives of Germany, the 
former named a gardener by occupation. George G. Baier was a butcher by 
occupation, a Lutheran in religion, and served during the civil war. 

Dr. George Frederick Baier was born in Southwark. Philadelphia. Penn- 
sylvania. October 7. 1859. He attended the private and public schools of his 
native city, acquiring thereby a practical education, after which he obtained 
employment in a job printing office, remaining for a few years. Deciding to 
engage in a professional career, he matriculated in the Hahnemann Medical 
College, of Philadelphia, from which he received his degree of Doctor of Medi- 
cine, and he was actively engaged in practice at Norwood, Delaware county. 
Pennsylvania, from 1888 to 1912. when he retired, taking up his residence on 
a farm in Boothwyn. where he is enjoying a well earned rest after years of 
constant and unremitting work of the most arduous kind, a tax on both the 



DELAWARE COUNTY 951 

mind and bodv. which every successful physician feels and realizes. He was 
a close, earnest and discriminating student of his profession, and his patronage 
steadily increased in volume and importance, this testifying to his skill and ability 
in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. In addition to his general practice, 
he served as a member of the local board of health (of Norwood) from the 
time of its inception until his removal to Boothwyn. was coroner's physician of 
Delaware county from 1905 to 1907, was school director, tax collector and chief 
burgess of Norwood borough, the duties of which various offices he performerF 
in a highly commendable manner. He is a Lutheran in religion, a Republican 
in politics, and a member of the Blue Lodge, Chapter. Commandery and Shrine.. 
ISIasonic Order, and Artisans" Order of .Mutual Protection, of which he was the 
medical examiner. 

Dr. Baier married, March 31, 1884, at I'hiladelphia, Abigail W. Rice, born 
in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania, August 10, 1862. daughter of John Barnes and 
Rebecca Collins (Kimball) Rice. Children: i. George Frederick Jr.. born 
February 3, 1885 ; a graduate of public and private schools : now a practicing 
physician: married Edna Ebert : one child, George Frederick (3). 2. Johanna 
R., born January 22, 1887: attended public and private schools, graduated in 
Domestic Science : married Howard T>. Hutchinson : one child. Dorothea. 3. 
Abigail W.. born March 22. 1888: a graduate of ]iublic and private schools: a 
school teacher. 4. Joseph W.. born December 21. 1889: attended public and 
private schools. 5. Dorothea B., born March 18, 1892: attended public and 
private schools: graduate in music: married Howard H. IMiller: one child, 
Phylis. 

John Barnes Rice, father of Mrs. Baier, born June 22, 1828, a carpenter 
and builder, married Rebecca Collins Kimball, born in January, 1842, and 
their children were: Abigail W., wife of Dr. Baier: John 13., Charles Edward, 
Sarah Gaynor, Rebecca Lou. John Barnes Rice was a son of Joseph S. Rice, 
bom 1801, married Gaynor Lukens, born 1791, daughter of Robert 
Lukens, bom 1762, and his wife, Sarah (Barnes) Lukens, born 
1762. Sarah Barnes was a daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Pal- 
mer) Barnes, the latter named born 1729. She was a daughter of Thomas 
and Sarah (Michner) Palmer, Thomas, born 1672, being one of the six chil- 
dren of George Palmer, of Surrey, England, who came to America, October, 
1660. All of the above named with the exception of Dr. Baier and his wife 
were members of the Society of Friends (Hicksites). 



Thomas Miller Lord, of Garrettford, inherits in a marked degree 
LORD the energy and perseverance of his forefathers, and the practical 
value of shrewdness and discrimination, combined with strict 
probity, is exemplified in his present prosperous condition. He was born near 
Swart'hmore, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, October i, 1851, son of Thomas 
and Rebecca ( ^ililler I Lord, and grandson of Isaac and Leah Lord, and 
Thomas and Ann ( Shriver) Miller. 

Isaac Lord, grandfather of Thomas M. Lord, was born in England, reared 
and educated there, was a prosperous merchant during his active career, and 
died and was buried there. He married twice, having children by both wives, 
Thomas, of whom further, being a child of the first wife. 

Thomas Lord, son of Isaac Lord, was born at Wrighton, Lancashire, 
England, in 1816, died in 1888, in Clifton Heights, Delaware county, Penn- 
sylvania. After completing his studies, he learned the trade of millwright 
in his native land, becoming an expert loom designer, and he was also an 
engine builder. At the age of twenty-two years he emigrated to this country, 



952 DELAWARE COUNTY 

accompanied by his bride. Susan Lord, whi) died a year later, and settled in 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he worked for John Waitt and for a Mr. 
Geary in their cotton mills as loom designer and cloth designer. In 1864 he 
removed to Clifton Heights and there resided until his death. He was ^ 
member of the Baptist church, in which he played the bass fiddle, being a fine 
musician. ;\Ir. Lord married (second) Rebecca Miller, born in Philadelphia, 
Pennsylvania, in 1816. died in 1900, daughter of Thomas and Ann (Sliriver) 
Miller, who were the parents of one other daughter, Mary, who became the 
wife of William Lord. Thomas Miller was a stone mason by trade and erected 
the Mt. Pleasant church and many other buildings in that locality. He mar- 
ried a second wife by whom he had five children. Mrs. Lord, who was a 
Baptist in religion, bore her husband seven children: i. Mary, married John 
Ousey ; they reside in Chester. 2. Hannah, married John Yates ; thev 
reside in Darby. 3. Thomas Miller, of whom further. 4. Edmund, married 
Sarah Lawson ; he is a retired policeman of the Philadelphia force. 3. John' 
unmarried: a loom fixer by occupation; resides at Clifton. 6. Isaac, 
married ffirst) Emma Seafman, (second) Harriet Ball: resides at Clifton. 
7. Ruth, married James Dixon, now deceased: she resides in Knoxville, Ten- 
nessee. 

Thomas Miller Lord, son of Thomas and Rebecca (Miller) Lord, attended 
the common schools in the neighborhood of his home, beginning his active 
business career at the early age of eleven years, continuing his studies for< 
some time by attendance at night school. He learned the trade of weaving in 
the cotton mills, and in due course of time became an expert cloth designer 
in cotton mills. At the present time (1913) he is a loom fixer in the cotton 
mills located at Twelfth and Carpenter streets, Philadelphia, thus obtaining a 
good livelihood. He is industrious and thrifty and is the owner of consider- 
able real estate in Garrettford in addition to several houses, in one of which 
he resides and from the others derives a fair income. In 1877 he took up his 
residence in Garrettford, at which time he purchased the house in which he 
has since resided. He casts his vote for the candidates of the Republican 
party, believing that form of government to be the best for the country and 
its people. He is honorable and upright in all his actions, and well deserves 
the respect accorded him as one of the substantial and representative citizens 
of Garrettford. 

Mr. Lord married, December 22, 1875, Sarah Leighton, born on Sixteenth 
street, Philadelphia, Pennsvlvania, November 16, 1850, daughter of \\'illiam 
and Jennie Leighton, the former of Irish and the latter of Scotch descent. Mr. 
Leighton was caretaker and overseer of the Giristopher Fallon estates. Chil- 
dren of Mr. and Mrs. Lord: i. William, born December 20, 1877: married 
Susan Powell. 2. Anna, born April 16, 1879; married John Fowler: resides 
at Torresdale. 3. Bertha, born October 31, 1880. deceased. 4. Jennie, born 
March 2, T883: resides at home. 5. Ruth, born September 26, t886: mar- 
ried James Bowden : resides in Springfield. 6. May, born November 28, 
1887; married Isaac Worrell: resides in Garrettford. 7. George, born Feb- 
ruary 22, 1889. died aged six months. 8. Walter, born February 20, 1890: 
married Sarah \'ance : resides in Garrettford. 9. Albert, born November 10, 
1891 : resides at home. An adopted daughter, Esther Simpson, born Novem- 
ber 29, 1896, resides at home. 



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ASTOR. L'NOX AND 
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DELAWARE COUNTY cjs? 

It is said that nothing succeeds Hke success, and this is appar- 
DALTON ently true of the Hfe history of Andrew J. Dalton, prominently: 
identified for many years with the public affairs of Upland bor- 
ough, Delaware county, Pennsylvania. Mr. Dalton has made his mark upon 
his time, and his career will be pointed to as an example worthy of emula- 
tion on the part of future officials who will follow in his footsteps. His devo- 
tion to the public interests is exceptional. 

Andrew Dalton, father of the above mentioned, was born in Carlow 
county, Ireland, and came to America in the year 1845. His education in his 
native land had been but a limited one, and when he came to this country he 
naturally turned his attention to farming, and was for a number of years in 
the employ of the late John P. Crozer. He was a staunch supporter of the 
Democratic party, and died December 2t,, 1891. He married Ann Breen, 
born in Wexford county, Ireland, died in Upland borough, Delaware county, 
Pennsylvania, March 17, 1894, who was the only one of her family to come to 
this country. They had children: Michael, married (first) Ellen Callahan,, 
(second) Annie Hamilton; Martin, unmarried; Garrett, married Mary P>aker ; 
John, died in early youth ; Andrew J., whose name heads this sketch ; Pat- 
rick, died unmarried: Ann, died in infancy; Andrew J., is the only one of 
these children now living. 

Andrew J. Dalton was born in Upland borough, Delaware county, Penn- 
sylvania, March 3, 1850. He attended the public schools of his native bor-' 
ough, and there acquired a sound, practical education. He was about fifteen 
years of age when he entered upon his business career, and this redounds' 
greatly to his credit. Accepting a position as beamer and twister in Crozer's 
Mills, he retained this connection until 1892, a period of considerably more 
than a quarter of a century-. During this long period of time he was also 
active in the public service of the community, being in office as auditor of 
Upland borough for three years, and as tax collector for two years. From 
1892 until 1904, he served as deputy prothonotary, and was then elected to the 
office of prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas, clerk of the Court of 
Greater Sessions of the Pleas, and clerk of the Court of Oyer and Terminer 
and General Jail Delivery, of Delaware county, Pennsylvania. He was 
re-elected to the same office November 6, 1906, and again elected November 2, 
1909, and is serving in this office at the present time. His support of the 
Republican party has always been a strong and ardent one, and has been of 
undoubted benefit to the party. Mr. Dalton is a member of the Young Men's 
Republican Club, the Improved Order of Red Men and the Benevolent and 
Protective Order of Elks, of Chester, Pennslyvania. 

Mr. Dalton married, May 14, 1876, Lucy Guyer, born in Wilmington, 
Delaware, December 10, 1835, daughter of the late David (i^uyer, who was 
born in the state of Delaware, was a brick maker by trade, and died in Upland. 
He was twice married, by his first marriage having children as follows : Caro- 
line, married (first) Daniel Mills, (second) ; Lucy, mentioned above; 

Kate, married Charles Greenlee ; Julia, died unmarried : Harry, married 

Taylor ; Samuel, married Maggie McGonigal. Mr. and Mrs. Dalton 

have had children : Annie, who married John DeHaven White, an attorney, 
and lives in Chester, Pennsylvania ; Emma, unmarried ; Mae, married Clies- 
ter Ahlum, a chemist with DuPont, at Gibbstown, New Jersey; Nellie, mar- 
ried Walter Stine, a chemist with with DuPont ; Mabel, unmarried. 

Mr. Dalton is a man of marked intellectual strength and is of a com- 
panionable and social disposition. He can always be depended upon to con- 
tribute liberally and co-operate heartily in any movement tending to advance 
the general interests or promote the material welfare of the community at 



954 DELA\\ARE COUNTY 

large. He has strong domestic tastes and is a genial and delightful enter- 
tainer. 



The family of which Daniel W'orrall Jetteris, 'SI. D.. of Ches- 
JEFFERIS ter, Pennsylvania, is a worthy representative, trace their descent 
to Robert Jefferis. who em'igrated from Wiltshire, England, 
settling in Lower Chichester, Pennsylvania, in 1683, from whence he moved 
to what is now Chester county, near where the battle of Chadds Ford was 
fought. He married Jane Chandler, of Great Lodge, Wiltshire, England, 
and among their children was William, of whom further. 

William Jefferis. son of Robert and Jane ( Chandler ) Jefferis, married, in 
1724, Elizabeth Ring, and among their" children was Nathaniel, of whom 
further. 

Nathaniel Jefferis. son of William and Elizabeth (Ring) Jeft'eris. was 
born January 8, 1738, died September 30, 1828. He was a joiner" bv trade, an 
occupation he followed with a fair degree of success, and was honored and 
respected in the community in which he resided. He married Mary Chal- 
fant, and among their children was James, of whom further. 

James Jefferis, son of Nathaniel and :\Iary (Chalfant) Jefferis, wa> bom 
in Chester county, Pennsylvania, October — .' 1784. died January 17. 185(1. 
He followed the occupations of farming and carpentering, from which "he 
derived a comfortable livelihood, rearing his children to lives of usefulness 
and activity. He married. March i, 181 1. Esther Edwards, who bore him 
eleven children, among whom was Jervas. of whom further. 

Jervas Jefferis, son of James and Esther (Edwards) Jefferis, was l)orn 
in Chester county. Pennsylvania. November 29. 1813, died in Wilmington, 
Delaware. .August 6, 1851. He attended the common schools in the neigh- 
borhood of his home, obtaining a thoroughly practical education, and for a 
number of years served in the capacity of school teacher. Later he became a 
dry goods merchant in Wilmington, in which city he spent the remainder of 
his life. He was a member of the I'aiitist church, and an old line Whig in 
politics. He married, March 11, 1841, Sarah A. Worrall, born Tulv 17, 1822, 
died Alarch 26, 1897, daughter of Daniel and Sarah ( Aladdock) Worrall, 
of Delaware county, Pennsylvania. Children: Daniel Worrall, of whom 
further; Galena M., married Rabb : Sarah A., married Martin. 

Dr. Daniel Worrall Jefferis. son of Jervas and Sarah A. ; Worrall) 
Jefferis, was born in London Grove, Chester county, Pennsylvania, Decem- 
ber 25, 1841. He was reared principally in Chester county, and acquired an 
excellent education by attendance at Eaton Academy. Kennett Square. Penn- 
sylvania ; Delaware County Normal School. Chester. [Pennsylvania ; Oberlin 
College, Oberlin, Ohio ; University of Pennsylvania, graduating from the 
medical department, March 11, 1865, with the degree of doctor of medicine. 
In September, 1862, he went out with the emergency men, served as ])rivato 
in Twenty-ninth Regiment, New Jersey, 1863, and in the summer of 1864 
served as contract surgeon at City Point Hospital. Petersburg, \'irginia. and 
from Alarch, 1864, to November. 1865. was fir.st assistant surgeon of the 
Two Hundred and Thirteenth Pennsylvania \'olunteers. Returning to Penn- 
sylvania, he practiced medicine for a short time in Chester county, then 
removed to Belmont county, Ohio, where he was engaged in active practice 
until 1870, when he returned to Chester county, Pennsylvania, remaining until 
1873, when he removed to Chester, Delaware count v, where he has a success- 
ful general practice. In addition to his professional duties, which ref|uire the 
greater portion of his time, he served as president of the Chester .School 



DELAWARE COUNTY 955 

Board, mayor of Chester from 1899 to 1902, and president of Select Coun- 
cil from 1910 to 1913. He is also president of Physicians" Association, Ches- 
ter, and physician-in-chief of Chester Hospital. He has been treasurer of 
Delaware County Medical Society for thirty years, a member of the State 
Medical Association, and charter member of the Penn Club, Chester. He is an 
active member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and a Republican in politics. 
Dr. Jeiiferis married (first) in Philadelphia, in 1866, Abigail Eldridge, of 
Chester county, Pennsylvania, who died in 1878. He married (second) Au- 
gust 10, 1882, in Upland, Mary T. Oliver, of Philadelphia, daughter of Henry 
and Rebecca Oliver. Children: Irene J. Still, Lydia J. Higgins, Sara J. 
Curry, Reuben E. JefTeris, Jesse W. Jefferis, Daniel Worrall Jefferis Jr., Mary 
T. Jefferis. 

Andrew Cunningham, born in Philadelphia, Pennsyl- 
CUNNINGHAM vania, removed to Ardmore, Delaware county, Pennsyl- 
vania, in 1904. He has always been a Republican in 
politics. He has three children : Dorothy, Ruth, Robert. 



The Zebleys came to the United States from Germany, settling 
ZEBLEY in Brandywine Hundred, Delaware, where Owen Zebley, grand- 
father of William P. Zebley, and son of the emigrant, was born 
April 25, 1786. When a young man he began farming in Upper (Chichester 
township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, and five years later married, then 
moving to a farm in Bethel township, where he died in 1873 in his eighty- 
eighth year. He was a Whig in politics, later a Republican, and in religious 
faith both he and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal church 
at Bethel, he a trustee and exhorter. He married i\Iary Webster and had issue : 
Margaret, born March 16, 1810, married, February 18. 1830, Dutton Pyle ; 
Thomas W., born January 5, 1812. married Sarah Ann Watt; Elizabeth, 
born February 12. 1814, married, February 24, 1834, Lewis Talley ; Robert, 
born March 6, 1816, married Beulah Pennington; Owen, of whom further; 
Charles, born June i, 1821, died March 22, 1824. All the above are deceased. 
The mother passed away in Bethel, August 24, 1847. 

Owen (2) Zebley, son of Owen (i) and Mary (Webster) Zebley, was 
born in Bethel township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, September 10, 1818, 
died in 1896. He was educated in the public schools of Bethel and Brandy- 
wine Hundred, later learned the cabinetmaker's trade. He followed that branch 
of industry for several years, then became a farmer of Bethel township, con- 
tinuing so until his death. He was an excellent mechanic and as a farmer was 
successful. In political faith a Republican, he served Bethel township for 
many years as supervisor. Both he and his wife were members of the Meth- 
odist Episcopal church at Bethel, which church Mr. Zebley served as trustee all 
his mature life, and as sexton ior thirty years. He was a most useful man in the 
church, and one of its strongest pillars. He married Elizabeth Fetters, born 
in Concord township, Delaware county, died in Bethel, .April 2, 1866, daugh- 
ter of Pennell Fetters, born in Concord township, died in Chester in 1889, 
aged eighty-nine years. His wife, a Miss Pyle, was also born in Concord. 
Children of Owen (2) Zebley: i. Mary EHzabeth, born January 12, 1846, died 
March 9, 1903; married, February 22, 1872, William Morrogh. 2. James R. 
Ayres, born December 23, 1848; married, February 19, 1866, Isabelle Moody. 
3. Rebecca Fetters, born November 14, 1849; married, December 23, 1869, 
Thomas B. Trainor. 4. Amy, born :\Iarch 9 1852 died in childhood. 5. 



956. DELAWARE COUNTY 

William Fetters, of wlnim further. 6. Margaret Emma, born May 8. 1858;' 
married, December 23, 1880, William J. Smith. 7. Lottie J-. born January 8, 
1861 ; married, February 20, 1879, John W. Oskin. With the exception of the 
youngest, who resides in Rrandywine Hundred, the above living children all 
reside in Delaware county, Pennsylvania. 

William Fetters Zebley, youngest son of Owen (2) and Elizabeth fPet-- 
ters) Zebley, was born in Bethel township, Delaware county, Fennsvlvania, 
February- 28, 1855. He grew to manhood at the home farm, obtaining his 
education in the public schools. On attaining a suitable age he began learning 
the stonemason's trade which he has since followed in connection with the 
operation of his farm near Boothwyn Post Office. Delaware county. He is a 
thoroughly capable mechanic, a good farmer and a man of sterling character. 
He is a member of the ^^lethodist Episcopal church, of the Ancient Order of 
L^nited ^^^orkme^, and in politics a Republican. 

Mr. Zebley married, January 26, 18/6, Eliza Amanda Harkins, born in 
Brandywine Hundred. New Castle county, Delaware, April 20, 1855, daugh- 
ter of Thomas Smith and Hannah S. CTaylor) Harkins. ThomaV S. Har 
Tcins was born in Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, died January 8, 1913, aged 
ninety years: his wife died three days before on January 5, 1913, aged eighty- 
five years. She was born in Brandywine Hundred, Delaware. Children of 
Thomas S. and Hannah S. Harkins: i. Emma Louisa, born February 29, 
1848, died December 28. 1891 : married, July 25. 1877. Aaron P.. Farrv. who 
died in March, 1892. 2. Sidney Anna, horn Alarch 31. 1850: married .\twood 
Smith. 3. George Anderson, born January 4, 1852 : married Clara Porter, 
deceased. 4. Hannah Mary, born October ti, 1853; married Abner P. Talley, 
deceased. 5. Eliza Amanda, born April 20, 1855; married, January 26, 1876. 
William Fetters Zebley, of previous mention. 6. Emmor Taylor, born May 
18, 1857: married Kate H. Hance, deceased. 7. Jennie L., born September 
15, 1859: married, in July. 1882. Frank Z. Pennington. 8. Lyrlia Emily. 
born June 2. 1862: married Benjamin Logan, g. Rachel Francis, born Tuly 
15, 1864: married ffirst) John Faynter, (second") Lawrence Hobson. to. 
Margaret Elizabeth, born June 18. 1866: married Frank H. Cloud. 11. Phoebe 
Ella, born November 18, 1868: married Howard E. Poole, deceased. 12. 
Sarah Smith, born January 21, 1870: married, in October, 1898, .'Xlbert W. 
White. Children of William P. and Eliza .\. fHarkinsl Zebley. all living: 

1. Thomas S.. born January 6. 1877: married, March 23, 1900, Cariie !iIason. 

2. William L.. born April 13, 1879: married, April 29. 1903, Jennie P. Mc- 
Loughlin. 3. Owen Trainor. born March 14. 1882; married, September i, 
1904. Susie Trainor. 4. John, born January 2. 1885 ; married Jane Colwell. 
5. George A., born June 25, 1888: married September. 1908. Kate Smith. 6. 
Edwin N.. born December 2, 1892. 7. Earl Powell, born April 14. 1894. 



\\'illiam Chisholm Munro is well fitted for the occupation which 
MUNRO receives his undivided attention, that of gardening, for he pos- 
sesses an artistic, but decidcdl}- practical mind. He is an illus- 
tration of what may be accomplished by those of foreign birth who seek a 
home in this country, where all have equal rights. 

Robert Munro. grandfather of William C. Munro. lived and died in the 
town of \'arness, Scotland, where he followed the occupation of cartwright, 
deriving therefrom a comfortable livelihood for his family. Two of his broth- 
ers participated in the battle of Waterloo, thereby displaying some of the char- 
acteristics of the family, namely bravery and patriotism. Robert ^tunro and 
his wife were the parents of four children : John, of whom further : .-\lexander. 



DELAWARE COUNTY 957 

a stone cutter by trade, emigrated to this country and here died ; Maggie, mar- 
ried James Macbeth, and resides in Edinburgh, Scotland ; name of other child 
unknown. 

John Munro, father of William C. Munro, was born in Tarn von Varness, 
V'arnessshire, Scotland, and is living there at the present time (1913) at the 
venerable age of ninety years, being a powerfully built man, six feet in height. 
In early life he learned the trade of carpenter, which line of work he followed 
throughout the active years of his life, now living retired, enjoying a period of 
rest, a fit sequel to years of hard toil. He and his family are members of the 
Old Established Church of Scotland, and in the community in which they re- 
side are esteemed for their upright characters. He married Jessie Chisholm, a 
native of the same place as her husband, living at the age of eighty-five years,, 
both families being noted for longevity. She is a daughter of William Chis- 
holm, who lived and died in \'arness, Scotland, his death occurring when he 
v^fas over ninety years of age, he and his wife having reared a large family ; 
he was a gardener by trade ; he served as a volunteer at the battle of Waterloo. 
Mr. and Mrs. Munro were the parents of seven children: i. Elizabeth, de- 
ceased. 2. Robert, a tailor by trade : resides in Leaman, Pennsylvania. 3. 
William Chisholm, of whom further. 4. Alexander, a carpenter by trade ; re- 
sides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 5. Jessie, married James McFarlow ; re- 
sides in Ottawa, Canada. 6. Mary, resides at home with her parents. 7. Isa- 
belle. married William Hay ; resides in Scotland ; he is serving as head garden- 
er in Pryershire, Scotland, of a large private estate. 

William Chisholm Munro, son of John and Jessie (Chisholm) Munro, was 
born in Tarn von Varness, Varnesshire, Scotland, April 6, 1869. He attended the 
common schools of the neighborhood, after which he learned the trade of gard- 
ener and florist, for which he was well fitted in every respect. In early m.anhood he 
emigrated to Ottawa, Canada, where he had charge of the governor-general's 
private greenhouses at Readly Hall, retaining this position for two years. Feel- 
ing that he was not thoroughly equipped for his chosen line of work, although 
he was considered an expert, he planned to work in greenhouses in all the 
large cities of the United States and in this way to secure the improved ideas 
of the best florists. Accordingly he worked for short periods in Boston, New 
York, Chicago, St. Louis, and many smaller cities. In 1886 he located in Phila- 
delphia, Pennsylvania, secured employment as florist with several parties in 
that city, continuing until 1913, when he purchased a small greenhouse at Gar- 
rettford, Delaware county, Pennsylvania. He remodelled the same, added a 
number of other buildings, and in many other ways improved the establishment, 
therefore greatly facilitating his work. He now has six extensive, well heated, 
and entirely modern greenhouses, filled with flowers and shrubs of every kind 
to meet every demand. He conducts a wholesale trade in cut flowers, supply- 
ing the New York and Philadelphia markets, and bids fair to build up an enor- 
mous trade, it being yet in its infancy. He resides in a modern brick house ad- 
joining his greenhouses, the grounds'of which are tastefully arranged, thus pre- 
senting a charming picture. Mr. Munro is an Independent in politics, and is 
affiliated with the Free and Accepted iNIasons and the Scottish Clans. 

Mr. Munro married in 1900, Elizabeth Scott, born at Dundee, Scotland, 
her parents having been born, lived and died in Scotland. Mr. Munro is one of 
those restless, energetic business men, whose entire life is an incessant battle, 
whose clear brain brings order out of chaos, and with whom success is an as- 
sured fact in whatever line they turn their energies. 



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The ancestors of Dr. Philip Shuster Willingmyrc came 

WILLIXGMYRE from Scotland to this country prior to the Revolution, 

settling in that part of Mrginia later set oflf as West 

\'irginia. There were several sons in the family and from them descend, so 

far as is known, all of this name in the L'nited States. 

John Willingmyre was born in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania. December 21. 
1848. now living in that city a retired commission merchant. His mother was 
killed by falling from an upper window, and several of his brothers were 
killed in battle during the ci\il war. While practically his whole life has been 
spent in Philadelphia, he has travelled extensively throughout the United 
States. Canada and ?vIexico. He is an educated, well informed gentleman, who 
after a busy life is now enjoying in a quiet way the fruits of his years of ac- 
tivity. He is fond of fishing and out-of-door exercise and gratifies his tastes to 
a full extent. He is a Republican in. politics, and an attendant of the Episcopal 
church. He married Minnie Henry, born in Philadelphia, December 19. 1857, 
daughter of John Henry, born in Germany, died in Philadelphia, aged eighty- 
nine years, a shoemaker. His mother died in Germany aged one hundred and 
fourteen years. He was an extensive traveler and before coming to the 
United States had toured Germany. Russia. Switzerland. France and England, 
speaking the language of each of these countries. He came to the United States 
not long after his marriage. Children of Mr. and Mrs. \\'i!lingmyre : i. John, 
born May 29, 1884; married Marie Roth, of Philadelphia: resides in that city, 
foreman of the foreign shipping department of the John \A"anamaker store. 2. 
Philip Shuster, of whom further. 3. Minnie, born June 21. 1890: married Ed- 
ward Matthias, of Philadelphia, a sheet iron worker. 4. Emma, born Novem- 
ber 17, 1898: resides with her parents. 

Dr. Philip Shuster Willingmyre. son of John and ]^Iinnie (Henry) Will- 
ingmyre, was born in Philadelphia, November 12, 1888. He attended the pub- 
lic schools of Philadelphia, finishing his studies in high school. He then en- 
tered Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, whence he was graduated in 1910 with 
the degree of Doctor of Pharmacy. In the same year he purchased the drug 
store at the corner of Sixth street and Upland avenue in Upland. Pennsylvania, 
established in 1878 by O. P. Hooper, who was succeeded by D. A. Dalton. who 
died in 1909. Dr. Willingmyre has materially enlarged this always popular 
store by purchase of adjoining property and is well established in public favor. 
He is a member of Ki Psi. a College of Pharmacy fraternity: the Woodmen 
of the World: is president of Upland Camp of that same order: member of the 
Knights of Pythias and of the Patriotic Order Sons of America; a charter 
member of Upland Camp and a trustee of the same during the first eighteen 
months of its existence. Dr. \Mllingmyre is interested in several drug manu- 
facturing firms, including the Inter State Drug Company, the Bromo Lithic 
Company and the Kal Pheno Company. He is a Progressive in politics, and 
an attendant of the Baptist church, although he was christened in the Metho- 
dist Episcopal church. He married Alda Irene Sterner, of Philadelphia, daugh- 
ter of Jackson and Mary (Keener) Sterner: child, Alda Mary. 



William Blake McClenachan, son of W. I, Blake and 
McCLENACHAN Ella B. (Barry) McClenachan (q. v.) was born in 

Trainer. Lower Chichester township, Delaware county, 
Pennsylvania, IMarch 13. 1886. While a boy between the ages of six and fif- 
teen years, he attended the public school known as the Trainer Central Gram- 
mar School, whence he was graduated in 1901, proceeding to the Chester High 
School, graduating in the class of 1904. .\t this time he began the study of 








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law, entering the offices of O. B. Dickinson at Chester, where he obtained a 
thorough and practical understanding of legal proceedings, augmented with 
an equally thorough and extensive theoretical knowledge gained from instruc- 
tion under A. B. Roney, a prominent member of the Philadelphia bar. At the 
time he took the state board preliminary examination he was one of the 
thirty successful out of one hundred and ten candidates, and it has been said 
his paper was the best submitted. This is no mean feat for a young man to 
perform, as the state board examinations of Pennslyvania are notoriously dif- 
ficult, and many an aspirant for legal honor has found them his stumbling- 
block. Since 1908, Mr. McClenachan has been practicing law in Delaware 
county, with an office in the Gibson building at Chester. He is acquiring 
a good practice, has an excellent standing among the members of the profes- 
sion, is very active in different organizations throughout the county, and is 
rated one of the rising young men of the Delaware county bar. Politically 
he is a Republican, and for two years served as a member of the county 
committee from Lower Chichester township, as well as filling the office of 
solicitor for the school board and for the township commissioners of Lower 
Chichester. He belongs to the Delaware Count)' Bar Association ; Pennsyl- 
vania State Bar Association ; the American Bar Association ; the Chester 
Club; the Young Men's Republican Club of Chester; the American Academy 
of Political and Social Science, with offices in the Witherspoon Building, Phil- 
adelphia ; the Alpha Boat Club, of Chester, of which he is treasurer, an office 
he has held for the past two years, and is a member, as well as treasurer of 
the Trainer Fire Company. 



For many generations this branch of the Barney family was 
BARNEY seated at Birmingham, England, family records tracing 
to the birth of John Banie}-, in April, about the year 1700. He 
married and had issue. 

(II) Benjamin, son of John Barne}-, was born in Birmingham, England, 

April 10, 1736, died October 28, 1802. He married Sarah , born July 

17, 1740, died October 5, 1819. 

(III) John (2), son of Benjamin and Sarah Barney, was the founder of 
this branch of the Barney family in the United States. He was born in Birm- 
ingham, England, August 16, 1778, came to Pennsylvania, settling near Phila- 
delphia, and died at Fort Penn, July 15. 1842. He was a farmer and stock 
raiser, noted far and wide for the great size of the cattle raised on his farm. 
They were prize winners at fairs and exhibitions, and so proud was he of 
them that pictures in oil were made of several, that are yet preserved in the 
family. His home was in Philadelphia, where he is buried in the old burying 
ground at the Corner of Tenth and South streets. Following is a copy of his 
marriage certificate: 

"Whereas John Barney of the county of New Castle and State of Delaware Son 
of Benjamin and Sarah Barney of Birmingham England and Margaret Levi Daughter 
of Samuel Levis late of the county of Delaware deceased and Elizabeth his wife Having 
declared their intention of marriage with each other These are to Certify whom it may 
concern, that for the full accomplishment of their said intentions, this twenty-second day 
of the ninth month called September in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hun- 
dred and eighteen. They the said John Barney and Margaret Levis in an assembly for 
that purpose convened at the dwelling house of William Jones number Eighty Wood 
street in the county of Phila aforesaid when & where he the said John Barney taking the 
said Margaret Levis by the hand did in a solemn manner declare that he took her the said 
Margaret Levis to be his wife promising with Divine assistance to be unto her a faithful 
and affectionate husband until death should separate them. And she the said Margaret 
Levis did then and there in like manner declare that she took him the s.aid John Barney 



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to be her husband promising with divine assistance to be unto him a faithful and af- 
fectionate wife until Death should separate them. AND for a further Confirmation 
thereof the said John Barney and Margaret Levis she according to custom of marriage 
assuming the name of her husband to these presents set there hands and we these 
names are also hereunto Subscribed being present at the solemnization of the said mar- 
riage and subscription have as Witnesses there to set our hands the day and year above 
written. John Barney Margaret Barney William Moulder Justice of the Peace Witnesses 
?i.\m Jones Rebecca Levis Martha Jones Mary Stoyd Mary Ann Jones Samuel Levis 
William Jones Marshall Loyd." 

Margaret Levis \va.s of an old Delaware county family, prominent in the 
Society of Friends and she was compelled to incur the censure of the Meeting 
for her marriage to Mr. Barney, who was a Methodist. She was the daughter 
of Samuel and Elizabeth Levis. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Barney: Elizabeth 
Levis, born .Vugust 5. 1819, died in September, 1870, married July 25. 1837, 
John Tanner, LL.D. : John Benjamin, of whom further. 

(R") John Benjamin, only son of John (2) and Margaret (Levis) Bar- 
ney, was born in Philadelphia, January 24, 1822. died at Lansdowne, Delaware 
county, Pensylvania. March 27, 1902. He was educated and grew to manhood 
in Philadelphia, then moved to the farm at F"ort Penn, later to his own farm 
at Chadd's Ford. Delaware county, where he was engaged in general farming 
operations all his life. He moved to that place in 1857, and finding the farm 
house too small, added to it to suit his needs. The original house was built 
about 1757. in the early Georgian style, of brick brought from England, and 
yet stands, a handsome house in the best condition. During his school years in 
Philadelphia, Mr. Barney was a classmate of Major General George B. Mc- 
Clellan. the famous commander of the Army of the Potomac during the civil 
war. later candidate for the presidency, and governor of New Jersey. Mr. 
Barney was a Republican in politics and. like his father (a Democrat), never 
accepted any public office. Both he and his wife were meinbers of the Pres- 
byterian church, which he served as an elder for many years. His marriage 
certificate is of interest : 

"Marriage Certificate. This is to certify that on the Eighth day of December. 1842, 
in the City of Philadelphia, and state of Penn.. John B Barney of the state of Delaware 
^1 the one part and Anna P. Knight of Philadelphia.. Penn.. of the other, having agreed 
and covenanted to be together as man and wife, and having plighted the solemn vows of 
Duty and affection, were by me united in the honorable and sacred bonds of lawful matri- 
mony. J. Hunaday, Minister of the Gospel. Ian I-. Clement. John Black." 

The following persons were present at the fiftieth anniversary or the 
golden wedding of John B. Barney and his wife, Anna P. Barney: George 
Karsner Barney, Harrie M. Barney, Leander Marshal, Margaret L. Marshal, 
Alice P. Tanner. Elizabeth W. Longstreth. her bridesmaid; Samuel B. Brown, 
Ellen B. Brown, R. F. Irvin, IMary Clement Irvin, Kate R. Woodword, S. M. 
Garrett. D. H. Garrett. Anna Knight Barney, Ellen Brown Barney, Nellie An- 
trim Barney. George Kersner Barney. James Garrett, Hannah E. Garrett. Isaac 
P. Garrett. S. E. Garrett. E. R. Fackler. Roberta Boyd Fackler. John W. Davis, 
Juliet W. Davis, C. A. Hustan. Frances L. Husten, H. L. Warren. Mary War- 
ren. 

Mrs. Barney was born at Woodbury, New Jersey, .April 2, 1819, died at 
I^ansdowne. Pennsylvania, where she was visiting, December 27, 1905. She 
was the daughter of Joseph Knight, a tailor, and early settler of Woodbury, 
where he died March 17, 1882: he married. July 31, 1796, Edna Woolley, born 
in the same town, and had children: Hannah, born April 21, 1815, married 
John Austin: Charles W., born January 12, 1816: Elizabeth. November 14, 
1817, died March 17. 1822: Anna P., married Mr. Barney, as aforesaid: Mary 
born December 26. 1820. Children of John Benjamin and Anna P. (Knight) 



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Barney: Edna Knight, born August 17, 1S45, died March 18, 1874. married, 
1868, Samuel Brown ; George Karsner, of whom further ; Margaret Levis, 
born August 15, 1863, married, April 21, 1882, Leander Marshall. 

(V) George Karsner, only son of John Benjamin and Anna P. (Knight) 
Barney, was born in the home farm, "Brandywine View," Chadd's Ford, Del- 
aware county, Pennsylvania, November 20, 1851. He was educated in the 
private school kept by J. W. Ferry, on Locust street, Philadelphia, also the 
Shortledge School, Concordville, Delaware county, and has always resided on 
the old farm inherited from his father, situated in the historic Brandywine 
region at Chadd's Ford. The estate consists of 139 acres devoted to grain 
and pasturage, thirty cows being a part of the stock thereon maintained. The 
farm house, built in 1757, already mentioned, contains many souvenirs of the 
past, one of the most interesting being an old bottle covered with the shells of 
barnacles that adhered to it while lying in the salt water. Its history is given 
in the following copy of a framed letter in Mr. Barney's possession : 

"This bottle was recovered from the British Sloop of War 'Alerciiry.' James Mont- 
gomery, commander, which was sunk in the North river seven miles from the city of 
New York, in the year 1777. When found it was full of wine and was "first opened at 
Mr. John Barney's on the occasion of the naming of his son (John Benjamin) on the 31st 
day of January, 1822. The company having regaled themselves with the nectar of Neptune,. 
the bottle was afterward refilled by Mr. Thomas Beaudy with his eight year old Madeira, 
and sealed with his seal. It is the desire of Mr. and Mrs. Barney to leave it with it3 
contents a legacy to their son, the aforesaid J. B. Barney, to remain unopened till he at- 
tain the age of twenty-one years." 

This was probably done, as, added to the above, is the following: "Re- 
opened April I, 1880; refilled with elderblossom wine three years old, made 
by Anna Barney," (his mother). March 25, 1880, was the wedding date of 
George Karsner Barney, who preserved it until April i, 1880, the occasion 
of the celebration of the wedding reception. The portieres which himg in the 
old house one hundred years ago are still preserved. The dining room con- 
tains an immense fireplace, hung with a crane ; the bricks of which the house, 
baking oven, boiler house, kitchen and wood.sheds are built, are said to have 
been brought from England. A volume could be written concerning the inany 
interesting features of the beautiful residence and its contents, the lifelong 
home of Mr. Barney. 

Air. Barney is a Republican in politics, and for twenty-one years has 
served as school director. In religious faith he is a Presbyterian while his 
wife is an Episcopalian. He married, March 25, 1880, Harrie INIay Adams, 
the ceremony being performed by Rev. Henry J- Morton, the same minister 
who had performed the marriage ceremony for her parents just forty years 
previously. She was born June 19, 1855, the only child to survive childhood 
of John Quincy and Henrietta Morton (Tanner) Adams, their only other 
child, Ellen, dying at the age of thirteen months. Their marriage certificate 
reads as follows : 

"John Quincy Adams and Henrietta Tanner. I hereby certify that on the twenty- 
first day of September, 1841. I united in the bonds of Holy Matrimony, John Quincy 
Adams and Henrietta Tanner. In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal. Henry 
j. Morton, Rector of St. James Church, Philadelphia. Pa., Sept. 21st. 1841. Benj. Tan- 
ner, Chas. Logus, John Tanner, B. Tanner Jr.. witnesses." 

John Quincy Adams, born in Grafton, Massachusetts, later a dry goods 

merchant of New York City, died at Vanderbilt Landing, Staten Island, 

August 19, 1870. He married, September 21, 1841, Henrietta Morton Tanner. 

born at No. 104 Chestnut street, Philadelphia, May 2, 1820, died June 16, 

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1878. Children of George Karsner and Harrie May {Adams) Barney: Anne 
Knight, born June 26, 1881, married, January 9, 1903, Harry Rainy Steven- 
son; Ellen Brown, born December 27, 1883; Xellie Antrim, born June 13. 
1886; George Karsner Jr., born June 16, 1892. 

Mrs. Barney traces her ancestry on the paternal side to Andrew Adams, 
who assisted in the establishment of American independence during the war 
of the revolution. He was born in Grafton, October 21, 1751, died August 
25, 1841. He appears with rank of corporal on Lexington alarm roll of 
Captain Luke Drury's company. General \Vard"s regiment, which marched on 
the alarm of April 19th from Grafton. He was also on the pay roll of Cap- 
tain Joseph Warren's company with rank of sergeant, August 21, 1777. He 
married Lucy Merriam, born December 30, 1755. Mrs. Barney traces her 
ancestry on the maternal side to an old and honored family of England, the 
first known member of which came to England with William the Con- 
queror. In the year 1725 Benjamin and John Tanner, brothers, came to this 
country from London, England, and settled near Jamaica, Long Island. John 
Tanner married, 1738, Ann Teibout, who left her native country, Holland, on 
account of her religion. Children: Benjamin, born 1739; John, mentioned 
below; Elizabeth, born 1743, married Samuel Welling; Ann (called Xancy), 
born 1745, married Thomas Welling; Mary, born 1747, married John 
Hinchman. 

Captain John Tanner, son of John and Ann (Teibout) Tanner, born May 
15, 1741, married Ann, born August 27, 1751, daughter of Abraham and 
Lydia Schenck, married, 1747, who were the parents of nine other children. 
Children of Captain and Airs. Tanner: Benjamin, mentioned below; John, 
born July 2J, 1776; Elsie Alaria, born November 9, 1777, married John Fer- 
guson, Esq., of New York; John Jay, born July 28, 1779, died in his twenty- 
second year, unmarried; Abraham, born August 25, 1783, married Hilah 
Conklin, October 28, 1809, in New York City; Elizabeth, born July 16, 1785, 
married in Philadelphia, William Darby, Esq. ; Henry Schenck, born July 14, 
1787, married, in Philadelphia, December 8, 1818, Mary Roberts. Captain 
John Tanner died January 14, 1794, aged fifty-three jears and four months. 
The Schenck family are an old and honorable family of Amsterdam, Holland, 
the first member in this country coming at an early date. They were large 
factors in the building up of this countrj', and some of their descendants were 
owners of factories at Mattewan, Fishkill, New York, and there is also a 
branch of the family in North Carolina in the same business, who pronounce 
their name as if spelled Shenk. 

Benjamin Tanner, son of Captain John and Ann (Schenck) Tanner, was 
born in New York City, March 27, 1775. He married, September 6, 1806, in 
Philadelphia, Mary Bieren, and their children are: Ann, born July 2, 1807; 
John, June 26, 1809, married, in Philadelphia, July 25, 1837, Elizabeth Levis 
Barney; Mary, born March 21, 181 1, married, in Baltimore, jMaryland, April 
10, 1849, William Darby, Esq.; Elizabeth, born February 18, 1813, died Feb- 
ruary 22, 1813; Henrietta Morton, born May 2, 1819, married John Quincy 
Adams, aforementioned as the parents of Harrie Alay (Adams"; Barney; 
Elsie Ferguson, born November 7, 1820, died November 17, 1826; Benjamin 
Jr., born November 2, 1822, married, in Baltimore, Maryland, February 24, 
1848, Mary E. Dryden; all these children were born in Philadelphia. The 
Bieren family, whose name is Bjorn, date back to the Norman chief Bjorn, 
who discovered the northern section of North America, in or about 1002. The 
main branch of his family removed to Sweden and settled in Stockholm and 
Upsala. Benjamin Tanner died November 14, 1848, aged seventy-three years, 
seven months, eighteen days, and his wife died April 24, 1827. 



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Another relative of Mrs. Barney is Louisa Ferguson, a second cousin, who 
married, June 26, 1829, Robert W. Weir, a portrait painter who was for many- 
years the chief drawing master at the L'nited States MiHtary Academy at West 
Point, New York. One of his famous paintings is the "Landing of the Pil- 
grims," now hanging in the rotunda of the capitol at Washington Citv, for 
which many of the family posed in costume. 

Captain Charles Benjamin Tanner, eldest son of Dr. John Tanner, of 
Washington, D. C, mentioned above as the eldest son of Benjamin Tanner, 
entered the service of his country in his nineteenth year as a private in Com- 
pany E, First Regiment Delaware Volunteer Infantry, April 16, 1861 ; was 
mustered in as first corporal May 6, 1861 ; stationed on Bush river, Maryland, 
until August 6, 1861, when the regiment was mustered out owing to the time 
of service having expired. The regiment being reorganized, he re-entered as a 
private, August 7, 1861, and was mustered in as first sergeant of Company H, 
August 23, 1861 ; promoted to sergeant-major January 3, 1862, and to second 
lieutenant April i, 1862. He was wounded at the battle of Antietam, Septem- 
ber 17, 1862, and recommended for promotion for gallantry in assisting to res- 
cue the regimental colors, which had fallen within a few feet of the rebel lines. 
He received promotion to the rank of first lieutenant, and was assigned to Com- 
pany D, First Delaware Regiment, September 23, 1862. On September 10, 

1863, he was discharged on account of wounds received in the battle of Gettys- 
burg, July 2, 1863, and entered the service again as first lieutenant of Company 
H, 69th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, November i, 1864. On Novem- 
ber 8, 1864, he was appointed chief aide-de-camp, with the rank and pay of 
captain, to General Thomas A. Smyth, commanding Second Division, Second 
Army Corps. November 13, 1864, he was wounded in the right knee in front 
of Petersburg, Virginia, while advancing the skirmish line. November 18, 

1864, he was offered the lieutenant-colonelcy of the 69th Regiment Pennsyl- 
vania Volunteers for gallant service in front of Petersburg, but preferred to 
remain on the staff, so this position was declined. February 10, 1865, he was 
recommended for brevet major for gallant services at the battle of Hatcher's 
Run, Virginia. April 7, 1865, General Thomas A. Smyth was mortally wound- 
ed at the battle of Farmville, Virginia, the last engagement of the war. His 
remains were brought to his home at Wilmington, Delaware, by his aide-de- 
camp Captain Tanner, who then joined the division at Washington, D. C, where 
the army was ordered to be mustered out. He resigned May 25, 1865, at the 
close of the war. Following is a list of some of the engagements in which he 
served : May 10, 1862, capture of Norfolk, Virginia ; September 14, 1862, bat- 
tle of South Mountain, Maryland; September 16-17, 1862, battle of Antietam, 
where he was wounded in the right arm; December 11-15, battle of Fredericks- 
burg, Virginia; May 1-5, battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia, (Wilderness); 
July 1-4, 1863, battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where he was wounded 
through the left arm ; November 8, 1864, to April 3, 1865, battles and siege 
of Petersburg, Virginia ; November 13, 1864, horse wounded under him ; Feb- 
ruary 2-4, 1865, battle of Hatcher's Run, Virginia ; February 5, 1865, battle 
of Dabney's Mills ; February 26, 1865, battle of Plank Road, Virginia ; March 
25-29, series of engagements in moving around enemy's flank; March 30-31, 
battle of White Oak Road, Virginia, (temporarily with 20th Regiment India- 
ana Volunteers ,the only regiment of Smyth's engaged) ; April i, 1865, battle of 
the Forks, under General Sheridan, while carrying orders from General Smyth ; 
April 6, 1865, battle of Sailor's Creek (joined with the 69th New York Regi- 
ment, being at Colonel Nugent's headquarters with letters from General 
Smyth) ; April 7, 1865, battle of Highbridge (early morning) ; April 7, 1865, 
battle of Farmville (noon), death of General Smyth, and close of the war; he 



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was also in seven minor engagements, denominated skirmishes ; Suffolk Run, 
Valley of Virginia; Kelly's Ford, Rappahannock river; Uniontown, eight 
miles south of Gettysburg; Forest Run, on the route to Gettysburg; Appomat- 
tox river, three miles below High Bridge, Virginia ; Southside railroad, two 
miles beyond High Bridge. 

Captain John B. Tanner, brother of Captain Charles Benjamin Tanner, 
was also in the civil war, being captain in command of Company H, First 
Regiment Delaware Volunteers, a company he raised in Wilmington, Dela- 
ware. 



The Harvey family is one of the oldest and most highly re- 
HARVEY spected in this country, tracing back for several centuries, its 
members in the various generations having been actively and 
prominently identified with the development of the various communities in 
which they resided, and they have ever been noted for the sturdy worth and 
sterling characteristics which go to make up our best citizens and law-abiding 
and industrious men. 

(I) William Harvey, the pioneer ancestor, was born 9 mo. 5, 1678, in 
Lyd, Worcestershire, England. He came to this country, settling in Pennsyl- 
vania in the year 17 12, purchasing three hundred acres of land in Pennsbury 
township, Chester county, on the Brandywine, then known as Kennet, upon 
which he settled in 1715. The house he erected on this farm is yet pointed out 
as one of the best examples of farm architecture of that period. He was a 
malster by occupation. On shipboard he became acquainted with Peter Osboni 
and his wife, Judith, who were emigrating to America with their two children. 
Shortly after their arrival in Philadelphia Peter Osborn died, and on 6 mo. 
12, 1714, Mr. Harvey married Judith, widow of Peter Osborn, who was born 
at Bilson, Staffordshire, England, 1683, died at the farm on Brandywine, 5 
mo. I, 1750. William Harvey died 6 mo. 20, 1754. He was a member of the 
Society of Friends in England, bringing a certificate from the Friends of Wor- 
cester, which was received by Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, 7 mo. 26, 1712. 
Children of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey: Hannah, born 6 mo. 18, 1715, married 
Jacob Way; William, of whom further; Isaac, born 9 mo. 21, 1718, died 11 
mo. 3, 1802, married Martha Newlin and settled in the south ; Amos, born 10 
mo. 3, 1721, married Keziah Wright; James, born 6 mo. 21, 1723, died 10 mo. 
9, 1784. 

(U) William (2), son of William (i) and Judith (Osborn) Harvey, 
was born in Pennsbury township, Chester county, Pennsylvania, 2 mo. g, 
1717, died there, 4 mo. 24, 1813, at the great and unusual age of ninety-six 
years. He was a farmer, and both he and his wife were members of the So- 
ciety of Friends. He married Ann Evitt. Children : Judith, married Francis 
Lamborn; William, of whom further; Amos, born 4 mo. 7, 1749, died 4 mo. 
15, 1825, married Hannah Pusey; Peter, born 10 mo. 20, 1751, died 9 mo. 13, 
1824, married Jane Walter; Caleb, born 1756, died in infancy. 

(HI) William (3), son 9i William (2) and Ann (Evitt) Harvey, was 
born 6 mo. 3, 1744, at the home farm in Chester county, Pennsylvania. He 
followed the occupation of a farmer, and was one of the prosperous men of his 
day. He and his wife were members of the Society of Friends. He married 
(first) Susanna Pusey: (second) Mary Chandler. Among his children was 
Alban, of whom further. 

(IV) Alban, son of William (3) and Mary (Qiandler) Harvey, was 
born August 14, 1789. He married. November 22, 1810, Elizabeth, born May 



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II, 1791, daughter of William and Deborah (Darlington) Brinton ; she died in 
Dilworthtown, in 1846. Among their children was Evans, of whom further. 

(V) Evans, son of Alban and Elizabeth (Brinton) Harvey, was born 
in Birmingham township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, 12 mo. 11, 1813, 
there passed his entire Hfe, and died October 8, 1871. He was educated in the 
public schools and at Bullock's School in Chester, Pennsylvania, and always fol- 
lowed the business of agriculture, giving his personal supervision to all the 
work and realizing a goodly profit therefrom. He was thoroughly respected 
in the community. He was a member and an elder in the Society of Friends, 
and in political faith a Whig, later a Republican. He erected a house on his 
farm, which was located on the east side of the Brandywine, to which he gave 
the name of "Peacedale." He married, April 3, 1837, Hannah G. Marsh, born 
12 mo. 14, 1816, died 6 mo. 26, 1889, at Wilmington, Delaware, daughter of 
Dr. Rolph C. and Deborah (Hill) Marsh, of Concord township. Dr. Marsh 
was one of the earliest physicians in that section and had a practice extending 
for twenty miles around Concord township. He died at "Peacedale" in June, 
1873. His wife, Deborah (Hill) Marsh, was born in Middletown, Delaware 
county, Pennsylvania, and their old home is now the site of the Delaware 
county almshouse. Children of Evans and Hannah G. Harvey: i. Elizabeth, 
born in 1839; married, January 21, 1858, Edward R. Gilpin and has issue. 2. 
Rolph M., born March 12, 1842 ; resides in Concord township, Delaware coun- 
ty, Pennsylvania; married, March 12, 1868, Anna, daughter of Ellis Pusey 
Marshall; children: Dr. Ellis M., Charles E.. Bertram. 3. Alban, of whom 
further. 4. John M., born November 16, 1850; married (first) Mary Han- 
num, (second) Eliza Allen; he is now engaged in the drug business in Wil- 
mington, Delaware. 

(VI) Alban (2), son of Evans and Hannah G. (Marsh) Harvey, was 
born at "Peacedale," Birmingham township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, 
October 8, 1845, and there spent his early life. He was educated at Short- 
lidges Academy, Concordville ; at Friends Boarding School, Westtown; at 
Chester and Maplewood Institute. He grew up on the home farm and was 
made thoroughly conversant with the labors and duties incidental to that mode 
of life, and in his subsequent career demonstrated the value of his early train- 
ing, being now the senior member of the well known firm of Alban Harvey 
& Sons. His first farm was located in Chester county, Pennsylvania, but since 
1873 he has owned an estate of one hundred and seven acres at Brandywine 
Summit, Birmingham township, Delaware county, upon which he now re- 
sides. He has made a specialty of greenhouse and dairy farming, having 
been most successful in these lines of activity. So successful has Mr. Harvey 
been in greenhouse farming that he is now making an addition to the area 
under glass of an immense house, seventy-two by five hundred feet, one of, 
if not, the largest private greenhouses used for commercial purposes in the 
vicinity. His residence has been thoroughly remodeled and every convenience 
of a city home installed. Mr. Harvey is a Republican in politics, serving as 
road supervisor and school director for many years. In religious belief he is 
a Hicksite Friend. 

Mr. Harvey married. May 21, 1868, Mary P. Marshall, born in Concord 
township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, March 15, 1846, daughter of Thomas 
and Emily (Paxson) Marshall. Thomas Marshall was a direct descendant 
of John Marshall, of Elton, Derbyshire, England, who settled in Darby town- 
ship, in 1687, the line of descent being as follows: Thomas Marshall, born 
1694; Thomas Marshall, born 1727; Thomas Marshall, born 1756; Samuel 
Marshall, born 1789; Thomas Marshall, born October 26, 1818, died August 
22, 1880. At his father's death the farm of two hundred and fifty acres 



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was divided equally between Thomas and his brother, Ellis Pusey Marshall, 
the latter taking the half on which the homestead stood, this being' still owned 
in the family. Thomas Marshall married, December 15, 1841, Emily Paxson, 
of Abinedon Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, born September 13, 1822! 
died May 23, 1907, leaving issue: Philena, born June 15. 1844, married, March 

4, 1869, Charles Temple, of Concord: Mary P., "wife of Alban Harvey. The 
records of the Harvey and Marshall families are to be found in the "Records 
of the Concord Monthly Meeting— Two Hundred and Twenty-fifth Anniver- 
sary." Children of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey: i. Evans, of whom further. 2. 
Emily Paxson, born September, 1875, died in infancy. 3. Edmund .Mban, of 
whom further. 

(VH) Evans (2), eldest son of Alban (2) and Mary P. (Marshall) Har- 
vey, was born in Birmingham township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, Jan- 
uary 18, 1871. He attended the schools of Maplewood and Concord, for two 
years, was a student at Swarthmore College, and later pursued a course in 
Pierce's Business College in Philadelphia. He purchased an adjoining farm 
to his father's, and the house contained thirteen rooms, and according to a 
tablet by the Delaware County Historical Society was built by George and 
Ruth Gilpin in the year 1754. The house was used by Lord Howe as his 
headquarters during the battle of Brandywine, and as a hospital for his 
wounded men after the battle, and is now occupied by Evans Harvey, son 
of Alban and Mary P. Harvey. He operated the farm successfully for some 
time, and when the firm of Alban Harvey & Sons was established he became 
a member of the same, this connection continuing to date. The firm owns 
and operates farms over two hundred acres in extent at Rrandvwine Summit. 
A considerable portion of this ground is under glass and devoted to the pro- 
duction and cultivation of cut flowers, and they also specialize in fine veget- 
ables and mushrooms, producing large quantities. He is a director of the 
Charter National Bank of Media. He is a Republican in politics, taking an 
active interest in local afl^airs, and has served as school director for about 
fourteen years, and road supervisor of Lower Birmingham township, dis- 
charging his duties in an exemplary manner. He is a member of the Hick- 
site Friends, and a member of the Masonic fraternity. He married, October 
19, 1892. Elizabeth C. .Auld, born July 2, 1868, daughter of Charles and Mary 

5. Auld. One child. Mary E., born August 21, 1894, now a student at 
Swarthmore College. 

(VH) Edmund Alban Harvey, youngest son of .\lban (2) and Mary P. 
(Marshall) Harvey, was born at Brandywine Summit. Delaware county, 
Pennsylvania, November 21, 1880. After a course in the public schools of 
Birmingham township, and the West Chester Friends School, he entered the 
Swarthmore Preparatory School, from which he was graduated in 1896, com- 
pleting his education at Swarthmore College, from which he graduated in the 
class of 1900. For two years after leaving college he filled a clerical position 
in the banking department of Peter Wright & Sons, of Philadelphia, but is 
now a member of the firm of which his father was the founder, Alban Har- 
vey & Sons. Mr. Harvey's career is a demonstration of the old aciage, "Blood 
will tell," for like his ancestors he has chosen the calling of bringing tfie 
products of the earth to the use and betterment of his fellowmen. mstead of 
taking part in the eternal warfare of competition consequent on the mercantile 
life of the present day, and while he is still on the threshold of his life's career, 
there is no uncertainty as to what the future will bring to him and his, judg- 
ing from the short period he has already been allowed in which to establish 
his position in the active business life of his epoch. 

Mr. Harvev has; found time to become interested in the various financial 



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institutions of liis locality, and among those which have received the benefit of 
his counsel and connection therewith is the Kennett Trust Company of Ken- 
nett Square, Pennsylvania, of which he is a director. In political belief he 
favors the Republican party, but has never been an active politician, seeking 
for himself only the right of expressing his opinion through the medium of 
the ballot. He is a member of the historic Society of Friends. His clubs are 
the Delaware County Automobile Club, Philadelphia Florists' Club, American 
Carnation Society and the Society of American Florists. His lodge affiliation 
is with the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. 

Mr. Harvey married, September 8, 1909, at Philadelphia, Certrude Cath- 
erine Fleming, born in Philadelphia, September 8. 1885, daughter of Matthew 
and Elizabeth (Morrell-Raul) Fleming, her father being a prominent contrac- 
tor and builder there. Mr. and Mrs. Fleming were the parents of the following 
children: Minnie Morrell : Ellen Brown, married John H. .Ackeson : William 
deceased ; Elizabeth Raul, married Horace Temple ; Gertrude Catherine, afore- 
mentioned. Mrs. Harvey is a member of the Presbyterian church, and takes 
an active part in the younger social life of her home town. 



Richard G. Webster, of Chester, Pennsylvania, descends from 
WEBSTER honorable old English stock that settled in .\merica a hun- 
dred years before the revolutionary war. The immigrant 
progenitor of the family was Eza, or Enoch (the records are not quite clear as 
to his given name), who landed in Massachusetts, and whose numerous sons 
later strayed to the other colonies, particularly Pennsylvania. It is a noted 
name, and some of the greatest statesmen, scholars, instructors, writers and 
soldiers have come from the family to enrich the United States by their 
achievements, knowledge and wisdom. The Webster family of Pennsylvania 
have been farmers in the best sense of the word, with only an occasional mem- 
ber seeking other occupations. The immediate forbear of Richard G. Web- 
ster was William Webster, of whom further. 

W^illiam Webster was born about 1740, in IMiddletown township. Dela- 
ware county, Pennsylvania. He was reared on the Webster homestead and 
educated in the district schools of the day. He was a man of prominence in 
the religious, social, commercial and political life of his community. He mar- 
ried (first) Miss Sharpless, (second) Agnes Yarnell. Children by first mar- 
riage: I. Mary, married William Snieadly, of Delaware county. 2. Lydia, 
married George Smeadly, of Middletown township. 3. Sarah, married .\bram 
Pennell, of jMiddletown township. Children by second marriage : 4. Phoebe, 
born in 1813. now one hundred years old (1913), lives in Waterville, Pennsyl- 
vania, widow of Thomas Y. Hutton. 5. William, of whom further. 6. Caleb, 
married Hannah IMorgan : lives in Middletown township. 7. Ruth, died aged 
thirty. 

\\illiam (2). son of \\'illiam (i) and Agnes ( ^'arnell ) Webster, was 
born on the Webster homestead in ^Middletown township, Delaware county, 
Pennsylvania, in 1816, and died in the same county, October 4, 1891, aged 
seventy-five years. He was reared in the free life of his father's farm, attend- 
ing the district schools. Reaching adult age he chose farming as his life occu- 
pation, and continued it successfully until he retired and purchased a home in 
Media, Delaware county, in 1885. He was a man of great force of character 
and determination, and by close attention to his land and application of modern 
methods he succeeded in accumulating a handsome estate, which has been di- 
vided among his heirs. He married (first) Elizabeth Larkin, born in 1816, 
died March 22, 1877, aged sixty-one; (second) Catherine Scarlett, died in 



968 DELAWARE COL i\ 1\ 

1899, widow of James Scarlett. Children, all by first marriage: i. Hannah, 
born February 23, 1840, died May 20, 1908; married Samuel Moore, of Mid- 
dletown township, who died in Philadelphia; no children. 2. Sarah L., mar- 
ried Joseph Warren Jones, November 7, 1867; two children: Elizabeth W., 
deceased, married Ellis B. Barker, Jane P., died of diphtheria, February 15, 
1884. 3. Nathan, born February 22, 1844, died March 24, 1844. 4. Rebecca', 
born December 18, 1845, died October 30, 1847. 5- Edward, born April 16, 
1847, died 1890 ; married Emma England ; one son, Lawrence. 6. Ruthanna, 
born February 24, 1849, died April 17, 1880; married Samuel Moore, of Ches- 
ter county, Pennsylvania; three daughters. 7. William, born March 6, 1851; 
lives in Philadelphia ; married Dora Cynthia Kester ; two children. 8. Pennell 
W., born August 9, 1853; lives in Media, Pennsylvania; married Mary W. 
Yarnell; two children. 9. Owen Y., born February 26, 1855, died in 1908; -a 
farmer in Middletown township ; married Clara England ; children : Agnes. 
Evelina, England (deceased), Mildred. 10. Elizabeth, makes home with her" 
sister, Mrs. J. W. Jones. 11. Richard G., of whom further. 

Richard G. Webster, son of William (2) and Elizabeth (Larkin) Web- 
ster, was born on the old Webster homestead in Middletown township, Dela- 
ware county, Pennsylvania, June 23, 1861. He received his preparatory edu- 
cation in the township schools and in 1876-77 attended the Westtown boarding 
school. He returned home and was engaged in farm work with his father un- 
til 1885, and on the retirement of the latter he accompanied him to Media. He 
entered the Veterinary Department of the State University, and on graduation 
located in Media, Pennsylvania: in 1895 he moved to Salem, New Jersey, re- 
maining there five years, during which time he established himself in a lucra- 
tive practice. At the expiration of that time he went to Chester, Pennsylvania, 
where he has built up a flourishing business. From 1888 until 1895 Mr. Web- 
ster had charge of the stock of the Williamson Industrial School, also that of 
the Delaware county farm, as well as that of the Burn Brae Hospital, the 
Swarthmore College and other large private and public stables. In 1888 he 
was appointed veterinary inspector of Pennsylvania district by D. E. Solo- 
man, chief of the United States Bureau of Animal Industry of Delaware and 
Philadelphia counties. He had charge of George Abbott's stable for four 
years, making a record for himself in his scientific care of the health of the 
stock. He is one of the best known of the locally prominent men of his coun- 
ty, and enjoys the esteem, respect and confidence of his fellow citizens. He 
is a Republican in politics, but has never held a political office, being too deeply 
immersed in his personal business. He was president and a member of the 
Keystone Veterinary Medical Association of Pennsylvania in 1890, and second 
vice-president of the State of Pennsylvania Veterinary Association, and be- 
longs to the other veterinary associations in the United States, Both he and 
his wife are members of the Friends" Congregation. They reside at the corner 
of Tenth and Keslin streets, Chester. He married, December i, 1S87, .'\nnie 
H. Hutton, of Chester, Pennsylvania, daughter of William and Elizabeth 
(Johnson) Hutton. Children; i. Laura, died August, 1889. 2. Edith, born 
July 13, 1890, died January, 1896. 3. Willa May, born September 27, 1892. 
4. Marian, born April i, 1894. 5. Richard G. Jr., born July 12. 1905, 

William Hutton, father of Mrs, Richard G. Webster", was a native of Wat- 
erville, Pennsylvania. He devoted the best years of his life to milling, where- 
by he amassed a handsome estate. He retired years ago and now makes his 
home with his son, Lawrence, in Chester, Pennsylvania. He mar- 
ried Elizabeth Johnson, of Concord, Pennsylvania. Children: i. De- 
borah, born in 1864; married William Russell, of Chester county, Pennsyl- 
vania; children; Mary, Susie, Jennie. Emma, Arthur, Sadie, Ella. 2. Sallie. 



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born in 1866; married Frank Chandler, of Booths Corner, Delaware county, a 
butcher ; children : John, William, Frank, Albert, Sarah, Mary, Emma, Annie. 
3. Annie H., married Richard G. Webster (see Webster). 4. Minnie, born 
May 17, 1870, died May 17, 1908; married Robert McMillan, who died in 
1900; children: Minnie, Robert, Lawrence, Elizabeth, William. 5. Lillie, 
born March, 1872, died in 1897 ; married Horace Goodly, a farmer, in Ches- 
ter ; children : Tillie and May. 6. William, born May 5, 1874 ; a butcher and 
farmer ; married Annie Booth ; children : Elizabeth, James, Marian. 7. George 
F., born December, 1877; a butcher and farmer; married Clara Booth; chil- 
dren: Arthur, Elizabeth. Clara. 8. Lawrence, born February, 1888; farmer 
.in Chester, Pennsylvania ; married Rhoda Lanhead. 



The Hall family of Chester, Pennsylvania, herein recorded, 
HALL descend from Colonel David Hall, born in Lewes, Sussex county, 
Delaware, a lawyer by profession, who at the time of joining the 
revolutionary army, was practicing at Lewes, then the county seat of Sussex 
county. He was quite young when he entered the army, but rose to the 
rank of colonel, commanding the justly celebrated "Delaware Regiment." His 
commission as colonel was dated April 5, 1777, although he had seen previous 
service in Colonel Haslet's regiment of Delaware troops. He led his regi- 
ment at the battle of Germantown, and was so severely wounded that he never 
again rejoined his regiment. He was elected governor of Delaware in 1802. 
He died in 1818, leaving issue, many descendants yet being found in Sussex 
and Kent counties, Delaware. 

The line of descent from Colonel David Hall is through his son, David 
(2) Hall, born October 13, 1784. He married Elizabeth French and settled 
in Kent county, Delaware. 

Israel Hall, son of David (2) Hall, was born August 3, 1808, died in 
Townsend, Delaware, in 1882. He was a farmer and a local preacher of 
the Methodist Episcopal church. He married a Miss Cordery, of Kent 
county, Delaware, and had issue: i. Willard, never married. 2. John, died 
in service during the civil war. 3. Israel, never married, a veteran of the civil 
war. 4. Edward, never married. 5. James, of whom further. 6. William 
N., a farmer ; resides near ^Vilmington, Delaware ; married Sarah Boggs, who 
bore him three children : Alonzo, William, George. 7. Alice. 8. Molly, mar- 
ried William Daniels and they have two children : Annie and Lillian. 9. 
Sarah, resides in Chester, Pennsylvania: unmarried. 10. George, resides in 
Elizabethport, New Jersey ; married a Miss Slawter, and they have five chil- 
'dren: May, Nina, Claude, Roland, George. 11. Margaret, married John 
Rolph and they have three children : Jesse, Marguerite, Virgil ; they reside 
in Wilmington, Delaware. 

James Hall, son of Israel Hall, was born at Delaware-Hale, Delaware, in 
1837, died in Smyrna, Delaware, in May, 1889. He was a farmer by occu- 
•pation. He served vmder two enlistments in the civil war and received at the 
expiration of both terms honorable discharges from the service. He was a 
member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and a Republican in politics. He 
married Sarah A. Richardson, born in Delaware, October 28, 1846, who sur- 
vives him, residing at Tenth and Upland streets, Chester. Children: i. Wil- 
liam, deceased. 2. Elizabeth, deceased. 3. Jennie, deceased. 4. John David, 
of whom further. 5. William Harvey, married Emma Smith ; resides in 
'Chester. 6. Israel, married Mattie McBride : resides in Chester. 7. Spruame, 
married Margaret Crowther ; resides in Chester. 8. Edgar, married Mary 
^.Cairns ; resides in Wilmington, Delaware. 9. Fannie, married Howard Bowen ; 



970 DELAWARE COUNTY 

resides in Conemaugli. Pennsylvania. lo. George, marrier] Elsie Solomon; 
resides in Chester. 

John David Hall, son of James and Sarah A. (Richardson) Hall, was 
born in Smyrna. Delaware. September lo. 1867. He was educated in the pub- 
lic schools. Until 1886 he was engaged in farming, and in November of that 
year he moved to Chester, entering the employ of the Eddystone Print Works, 
later becoming a foreman, a position he now' holds. He is a member of the 
Independent Order of Mechanics, and is a member and usher in the Madison 
Street IMethodist Episcopal church. He married, March 4. 1888. Harriet 
Ann (Lecture) Hagele. born in Philadelphia. .August 7. 1867. widow of Tohn 
Hagele. who died August 24. i88fi: they were married in Philadelphia. Decem- 
ber 24. 1884. and had one child. Irene, born in Philadelphia, January 18. 1886, 
married. October 20, 1906, George Ferguson, and resides in Chester. Chil- 
dren of John David and Harriet Ann Hall: i. J. Kenneth, of whom further. 
2. Annie, born February 22. 1892, in Eddystone, Pennsylvania; married John 
Hager; resides in Chester. 3. Harvey, born [March 18, "1895. 4- Percy: born 
February 25, 1900. 6. Ethel, born ^iay 17. 1905. 

J. Kenneth Hall, son of John David and Harriet Ann ( Lecture- Hagele i 
Hall, was born in Eddystone, Pennsylvania. September 17. 1889. He attended 
the public schools of Chester until he was thirteen years of age. then after 
a short career as a newsboy, entered the employ of the Eddystone Print 
Works, where he learned the art of printing. Later he worked at his trade in 
Philadelphia and Wilmington, obtaining valuable experience. In October, 
1909, he formed a partnership with Harry Pendleton and started in business 
at Xo. 910 Morton avenue, Chester, their plant consisting of one small press. 
They were successful from the beginning, and for two years continued as 
partners. Mr. Hall then purchased his partner's interest and has since con- 
ducted a flourishing business alone. On ^lay 21. 1912. the business had 
grown to such proportions that he rented the entire second floor at No. 534 
Market street, Chester, and installed a plant valued at several thousand dol- 
lars. His rise has been rapid, and from the one press plant of 1909 to the 
complete equipment of the present time (1913) has been a success, only 
accounted for by untiring energy and the best business management. He is 
master of his business from a technical or mechanical standpoint, and pos- 
sesses a rare executive ability that has placed him in the front rank among 
the younger business men of Chester. He is a member of Chester Council, 
No. 36. Order of Independent Americans; Washington Camp, No. 281, 
Patriotic Order Sons of .America. Both he and his wife are communicants 
of the ]\Iadison Street Methodist Episcopal Church. 

He married. July 25. 1910. in New Holland, Pennsylvania. Eva D. Ber- 
nard, bom in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. October 6, 1887. daughter of Nelson 
G. and Hannah Bernard. Children: i. Charles K., born in Chester, Feb- 
ruary 17, 1912. 2. An infant, yet unnamed. 

Harriet Ann f Lecture-Hagele) Hall, mother of J. Kenneth Hall, is a 
daughter of William S. Lecture, born January 5. 1812. in Philadelphia, died 
there January 5, 1879. He was a carpenter and builder, following his trade 
for many years in Petersburg, Mrginia, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He 
married Georgeanna Weaver, born December 25. 184(1. who survives him, and 
who married a second husband. Children of 5lr. and Mrs. Lecture, born in 
Philadelphia: i. Harriet Ann, wife of John David Hall (see Hall). 2. .Anna 
Irene, born February 3, 1869 : married John Pendleton, born in England, now 
residing in Chester. 3. Elizabeth, born December 27. 1870: married .Albert 
B. Collier, of Philadelphia. Georgeanna (Weaver) Lecture married (second) 
Samuel M. Krauser. who died October. 1912: he was a native of Dnwnington,. 



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Pennsylvania, and in his younger years a lawyer. She also survives her sec- 
ond husband, and is now a resident of Philadelphia. Children by her second 
husband : Guy D,, married Fannie Warner ; Henrietta, married Harry Kirby. 
Georgeanna is a daughter of George Pierce Weaver, born in Philadelphia in 
1817. died there in 1878. He was a captain of police in Philadelphia for sev- 
eral years. He married Rachel Morton, born in Philadelphia in 1819, died 
there in 1855. She was a great-granddaughter of John Morton, a signer of 
the declaration of independence. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Weaver : George- 
anna, of previous mention ; John, a veteran of the civil war, now a resident 
of the Soldier's Home at Hampton Roads, \'irginia, and with his sister, George- 
anna, the only survivors of their family; Emma; Charles; Frances; Sinetta. 



This name was spelled by its first owner in Pennsylvania, 
SHARPLESS Sharpies, but in after years, Sharpless has been univer- 
sally used. The family is one of the oldest in what is now 
Delaware county and from the first settlement they have been loyal and de- 
vout members of the Society of Friends. For substantial worth and upright- 
ness, they have long been noted, later generations holding to the faith and ex- 
ample bequeathed them by their forbears. The founder of the family in 
Pennsylvania was John Sharpies, baptized at Wybunbury, Cheshire, England, 
August 15, 1624, died 4 mo. 11, 1685, near Chester, Pennsylvania. In England 
he was a tenant of Sir Thomas Delves and left his native country to take pos- 
session of land in Pennsylvania, which he had received from William Penn by 
grant of April 5, 1682. The grant covered territory in Nether Providence 
township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania. At the time of his departure from 
England he did not dispose of all his home property, lest he be dissatisfied with 
the New World and should desire to return home. He married 4 mo. (April) 
27, 1662, Jane E. ?iIoor, born 1638, died near Chester. Pennsylvania, 9 mo. i, 
1722. Children: i. Phoebe, born at Mearemore, 10 mo. 20, 1663, died near 
Chester, Pennsylvania, 4 mo. 2, 1685. 2. John, of whom further, 3. Thomas, 
born at Hatherton, England, 11 mo. 2, 1668, died at sea 5 mo. 17, 1682. 4. 
James, born at Hatherton, England, i mo. 5, 1670, married (first) Mary Edge, 
(second) Mary Lewis. 3. Caleb, born at Hatherton, England, 2 mo. 22, 1673, 
died near Chester, Pennsylvania, 7 mo. 17, 1686, from the bite of a snake. 6. 
Jane, born at Hatherton, England, 6 mo. 13, 1676, died near Chester, Penn- 
sylvania, 3 mo. 28, 1683. 7. Joseph, born at Hatherton, England, 9 mo. 28, 
1678, married Lydia Lewis. 

(H) John (2), son of John (i) and Jane E. (Moor) Sharpies, was born 
at Blakenhall, Cheshire, England, 11 mo. 16, 1666, died near Chester, Pennsyl- 
vania, 7 mo. 9, 1747. He married, 9 mo. 23, 1692. at a meeting at John 
Bowater's house in Middletown township, Chester (now Delaware) county, 
Pennsylvania, Hannah Pennell, born 7 mo. 23, 1673, died 10 mo. 31, 1721. 
Children: i. Caleb, born 7 mo. 27, 1693, died 2 mo. 29. 1720. 2. Jane, born 
12 mo. 24, 1693, died 6 mo. 29. 1725. married George Smedley. 3. Hannah, 
born 8 mo. 3, 1697, died 10 mo. 17, 1780; married Henry Howard. 4. John 
born 8 mo. 16, 1699, died 8 mo. 17, 1769; married (first) Alary Key, (second) 
EJizabeth Ashbridge. 3. Phoebe, born 11 mo. 9, 1701, died 3 mo. 29, 1772, 
married Benjamin Hibberd. 6. Rebecca, bdrn 12 mo. 17, 1703, died 9 mo. 30, 
1727. 7. Margaret, born 4 mo. 21, 1706, died 9 mo. 2 (or 28), 1727. 8. Ann, 
born 6 mo. 23, 1708, died 8 mo. 22, 1786; married Samuel Bond. 9. Daniel, 
of whom further. 

(HI) Daniel, youngest child of John (2) and Hannah (Pennell) Sharp- 
ies, was born at Ridley, Pennsylvania, 12 mo. 24. 1710, died there 8 mo. 17, 



972 DELA\\"ARE COl-NTY 

1775. He married, 2 mo. 15, 1736, at Sprmgfield Meeting, Sarah Coppock, 
born 7 mo. 22, 1712, died 11 mo. 30, 1797. daughter of Bartholomew and 
Phoebe (Massey) Coppock. Children: i. Thomas, born 8 mo. 29, 1738, died 
1797; married Martha Preston. 2. Rebecca, born 10 mo. 22, 1740, died 2 mo. 
3, 1796; married John Eyre. 3. Phoebe, born 6 mo. 11, 1744, died 7 mo. 30, 
1746. 4. Abigail, born 9 mo. 29, 1746, died 10 mo. s, 1818; married Solomon 
Mercer. 5. Daniel (2). of whom further. 

(I\") Daniel (2). son of Daniel (i) and Sarah (Coppock) Sharpies, 
was born m Ridley, Pennsylvania, 4 mo. 12, 175 1, died 6 mo. 20, 1816. He was 
a conspicuous figure in the Society of Friends and was appointed overseer of 
Friends Meeting in Chester, Pennsylvania, 12 mo. 30. 1776. being made elder 
5 mo. 31, 1784. He married (first) 11 mo. 22. 1775, at Newtown Meeting, 
Hannah Thomas, born 10 mo. 31. 1751, died 9 mo. 22, 1785. daughter of Isaac 
and Mary (Townsend) Thomas, of Willistown : (second) 11 mo. 20, 1788, at 
Chichester :^Ieeting. Sarah Reynolds, born 12 mo. 15. 1758, died 9 mo. '29, 
1842, daughter of Henry and Sarah Reynolds, of Upper Chichester township! 
Pennsylvania. Children of Daniel (2) and Hannah (Thomas) Sharpies: i. 
Isaac, born 4 mo. 10, 1777, died i mo. 17. 1866. married Elizabeth Larkin. 2. 
John, of whom further. 3. Enos, born 3 mo. i, 1781, died 5 mo. 9, 1866: mar- 
ried (first) Beulah Martin, (second) Hannah Webster. 4.^ Sarah, born 4 mo. 
17, 1783, died 1798. 5. Daniel, born 8 ma. 23. 178:;. died soon after his mother. 
Children of Daniel (2) Sharpies by his second wife. Sarah (Reynolds) Sharp- 
ies: 6. Henry, born 11 mo. 11, 1790. died 11 mo. 19, 1853 :'married Anne 
Mendenhall. 7. Beulah, born 4 mo. 19, 1793, died 3 mo. ^10. 1871 : married 
William Thatcher. 8. Hannah, born 7 mo. 7, 1796, died 11 mo. 28, 1841 : mar- 
ried John Mendenhall. 

(V) John Sharpless, second son and child of Daniel ('2) and Hannah 
(Thomas) Sharpies, was born 9 mo. 31. 1778, died 3 mo. 12, 1854. He after 
his marriage lived on the northern section of his "father's farm, in a house 
he later inherited by the terms of his father's will, together with ninety acres 
of land. In 1826 he purchased at sheriff's sale the adjoining homestead of 
Ellis Roberts, and of his father, Reuben Roberts. On 4 mo. 29, 1816. he was 
appointed overseer of Chester Meeting, a position he retained for several years. 
He married, 10 mo. 13, 1803, at Chichester Meeting, Ruth Martin, born 10 
mo. 17, 1780, died i mo. 17. 1878, daughter of George and Elizabeth fReyn- 
olds) Martin, of Upper Chichester, a niece of his stepmother. Children' of 
John and Ruth f Martini Sharpless: i. Sarah, born 8 mo. 21, 1804, died 3 
mo. 12. 1872; married Thomas Chalkley Palmer. 2. Elizabeth, born 10 mo. 
24, 1806, died 2 mo. 21. 1885: married James Pennell. 3. George, of whom 
further. 4. Lj'dia. born i mo. 2, 1812, died 9 mo. 12, "1898; married Ste- 
phen M. Trimble. 5. Sidney, born 9 mo. 17, 1814: married Haydock Gar- 
rigues. 6. .Abigail, born 3 mo, 7, 1817, died 9 mo. 15, 1823. 7. Beulah. born 
5 mo. 5. 1820: married Isaac Leeds. 8. Lewis, born 9 mo. 22, 1822. died 4 
mo. 8, 1823. 9. John, born 1 mo. 25, 1824, died 11 mo. 22, 1885: married 
Susan H. Pratt. 10. Jane, born 11 mo. 28. 1826: married Charles L. War- 
ner. 

(VI) George, son of John and Ruth (Martin) Sharpless. was born 3 mo. 
I day, 1809, in Nether Providence township, Delaware county. Pennsylvania, 
died 6 mo. 22, 1896. He obtained an education in the public schools and later 
improved this greatly by studying alone. At times his services were greatly 
in demand for survey, a profession of which he had considerable knowledge. 
In partnership with his son. Charles, he held an interest in a steam flour mill 
in Chester for several years. His interest in public affairs was deep and 
unflagging, and as a Republican he held the office of supervisor for thirty 



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years; also being one of the school directors. Religious affairs, too, occupied 
much of his attention and he was one of the most earnest workers of the 
orthodox branch of the Friends Meeting at Twenty-fourth and Chestnut streets, 
Chester, Pennsylvania. In 1839 he erected a stone house upon the property 
originally granted by Penn, and supervised many other improvements, which 
greatly enhanced the value of the estate as well as improving its appearance. 

He married, 5 mo. 9, 1832, at Concord Meeting, Hannah Larkin, born at 
Concord, 8 mo. 5, 1809, died i mo. 10, 1892, daughter of John and Martha 
(Thomas) Larkin, of Concord, Delaware county, Pennsylvania. Children: 
I. Charles, born 3 mo. 14, 1833, died 11 mo. 23, 1896; a miller of Chester, 
Pennsylvania; married, 4 mo. 25, 1861, Hannah Hannum. 2. Thomas, born 
8 mo. 5, 1834, a retired carpenter; married 2 mo. 26, 1862, Cornelia E. Fenni- 
more, and lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 3. Lewis, born 12 mo, 1836, 
died 12 mo. 21, 1898, a machinist: married, 12 mo. 25, 1861, Jane E. Burk. 
4. Nathan, born 10 mo. 22, 1838, a carpenter; married, 8 mo. 17, 1864, EHza- 
beth D. Tomlinson, and lives in Chester, Pennsylvania. 5. Enos, born- 9 mo. 
I, 1840, died 12 mo. i, 1840. 6. Martha S., born 9 mo. 8, 1842; married 
Aaron Harford Cooper, a farmer of Nether Providence township. Delaware 
county, Pennsylvania. 7. William, born 6 mo. 28, 1844, died 6 mo. 14, 1912, 
a farmer ; he was a Republican and held the offices of road commissioner and 
supervisor. 8. Ruth Anna, born 5 mo. i, 1847. She and her brother, Wil- 
liam, always lived at home and cared for their parents until death. They sold 
the old homestead and bought the home in Brookhaven, Chester township, 
Delaware county, into which they moved 4 mo. 2, 191 2, and her brother died 
two months later; Miss Sharpless resides there in the midst of her many 
friends. She is a member of the Society of Friends and very active in religious 
work. 9. George, born i mo. 17, 1849, died 8 mo. 23, 1850. 



A descendant of the emigrant, John Sharpies, of Chester, 
SHARPLESS England, Pennock E. Sharpless is of the seventh genera- 
tion of his family in Delaware county, Pennsylvania. The 
emigrants, John and Jane (Moor) Sharpless, had seven children, of whom 
Joseph was the youngest. 

Joseph Sharpless, son of John Sharpless, was born at Hankelow, Cheshire, 
England, 9 mo. 28, 1678. He married in Haverford Monthly Meeting, Lydia 
Lewis. He died in Middletown, Chester, (now Delaware) county, Pennsyl- 
vania, in the spring of 1757. Of his ten children. Samuel was the fourth. 

Samuel Sharpless, son of Joseph Sharpless, was born in Nether Provi- 
dence township, Delaware county, 12 mo. 7, 1710-1711. died in Middletown, 
II mo. 24, 1790. He married at Concord Meeting, Jane Newlin. Of their 
twelve children, Joel was the youngest. 

Joel Sharpless, soil of Samuel Sharpless, was born in Middletown, Dela- 
ware county, II mo. 28, 1760, died there g mo. 25, 1795. He married at East 
Cain Meeting, Hannah Mendenhall; of their four children, Samuel was the 

eldest. 

Samuel (2) Sharpless, son of Joel Sharpless, was born at Middletown, 11 
mo. 14, 1785, died at Edgmont, 11 mo. 21, 1866, by being thrown from his 
horse. He was a carpenter and farmer. He inherited the homestead from 
his father, that later was the residence of his son, Joel, part of a tract his 
grandfather, Samuel Sharpless, bought from Thomas Grisell. He married, 
I, 5, 1807, in Philadelphia, Ruth Iddings; of his twelve children, William 
was the fifth. 

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died at Tough Kenamon, Chester county, 10-12-1886. He bought a part of 
the homestead from his father, but afterward sold it to his brother, Joel. He 
married, 10-12-1837, Sarah Ann Yarnall, born 4-12-1812, died 11-10-1876, 
daughter of James and Sarah Yarnall, of Middletown. Children : Joseph 
Townsend, died young; Sarah, married Joseph Haines Pyle; Enos, married 
Ellen Wood; Emma, married Edmond Scott; William, married Sarah E. 
Harford; Pennock E. 

Pennock E. Sharpless, son of William and Sarah Ann (Yarnall) Sharp- 
less, was born 5-15-1852, in Middletown, Delaware county, Pennsylvania. 
He was educated in the public schools, finishing his studies and graduating 
from West Chester High School. He then returned to the home farm where 
he remained his father's assistant until of legal age. In 1873 he began dairy- 
ing, making a specialty of high grade butter, his production of fifty pounds 
weekly being taken by private customers in Philadelphia. His success in this 
small way induced him to go into the business more extensively, and in 1876 
he erected and placed in operation the first creamery known in the state of 
Pennsylvania. When he began business at the creamery, the milk was placed 
in pans and the cream removed by hand skimming, but this practice Mr. 
Sharpless soon relegated to the rear, installing at the creamery the "Danish 
Western," the first imported separator that is known to have been used in 
the United States. In 1882 he moved his business to the village of Concord- 
ville, where he purchased the creamery plant of the Farmer's Association. 
His business grew to such proportions that in 1902 he organized a corporation. 
This company has seven branch creameries in Delaware and Chester counties, 
handling about one hundred and twenty-five thousand pounds of milk daily. 
An important department of the business is that of evaporated milk, and still 
another is the manufacture of fancy soft cheese, about one thousand three 
pound boxes being the daily output. So far as known this is the only cream- 
ery plant in the state, making a fancy soft cheese. The product of the Sharp- 
less creameries is of high grade and it is known throughout the trade that their 
trade-mark is above suspicion. 

Mr. Sharpless married, in July, 1854, Phoebe Ann. daughter of Wayne 
Bishop. Children: Percival, born August 25, 1875; Albert, August 10, 
1877; Casper P., November 17, 1878. The family home is at Concordville, 
Delaware county. 



James Turner Springfield, who made a brilliant record 
SPRINGFIELD as a member of the police force, of which he was a mem- 
ber for many years, now enjoying a pension for his ser- 
vices, and who at the present time (1914) is greatly interested in expert gar- 
dening near Drexel Hill, is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, born Octo- 
ber 31, 1859, son of Maurice and Ann (Turner) Springfield. 

(I) James Springfield, grandfather of James T. Springfield, was a native 
of France, from which country he went to England, where he married a 
Welsh woman. Miss Biddle, who accompanied him to the United States, they 
locating in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in which city Mr. Springfield died. 
He was a shoemaker by trade, which line of work he followed both in Eng- 
land and this country. He reared a large family, four of whom are living at 
the present time (1914): Robert, William and Rogers, all of whom are 
living retired in Philadelphia, and Belle, who married Charles Emersel. 

(II) Maurice Springfield, father of James T. Springfield, was born in 
Manchester, England, 1835, died February 18, 1898. In early life he learned 
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conducted a retail shoe store for a number of years, which was a successful 
undertaking. He then entered the United States Custom service at Philadel- 
phia, continuing for a quarter of a century, this long tenure of otifice testifying 
to his capability and faithful performance of duty. He and his wife were 
members of the Episcopal church. He married Ann Turner, born in Bolton, 
near Manchester, England, 1839, died in Philadelphia, 1889, daughter of James 

and (Fielding) Turner, the former of whom came to this country from 

England, locating in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he died. He was an 
ardent Episcopalian, and for a number of years took a leading part in the 
church choir. Mrs. Turner died when her daughter, Ann, was a baby, and 
the latter was reared by Mr. and Mrs. Bromley, of Philadelphia. Children 
of Mr. and Mrs. Springfield: i. James Turner, of whom further. 2. John, 
a retired foreman; resides in Philadelphia. 3. Maurice, a moulder by trade; 
resides in Philadelphia. 4. Lizzie, married James Pusey, now deceased. 5. 
William, employed by the Pennsylvania Traction Company. 6. Anna, mar- 
ried Harry Clemson. 7. Henry, an engineer on the Pennsylvania Railroad. 

(HI) James T. Springfield obtained his education in the pubHc school 
located at the corner of Fortieth street and Lancaster avenue, Philadelphia. At 
the age of fifteen he went to Iowa and lived on a farm with his uncle, Wil- 
liam Turner Bromley, but later returned to his home in Philadelphia. On 
February 28, 1885, he joined the Philadelphia police force, being attached to 
the Sixteenth District Station, located at the corner of Thirty-ninth street and 
Lancaster avenue. He remained there for ten years, performing efficient 
work, meriting the approval and approbation of his superior officers. He 
then became connected with the harbor police force, being placed in the Schuyl- 
kill Harbor boat, serving for thirteen years, during which time he often risked 
his life in saving others from danger, being well rewarded by the consciousness 
of work faithfully performed. In November, 1908, he was placed on the 
retired list and since then has received a pension. He then purchased the 
Hillside farm in Upper Darby township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, near 
Drexel Hill, to which he removed in the spring of 1909, and during the inter- 
vening years he has devoted his attention to gardening, in which he has become 
an expert, and which has also proven successful from a financial standpoint. 
He gives his hearty support to all enterprises for the good of the community, 
is popular among his neighbors, and is respected for his honorable character 
and energetic nature. He is a Baptist in religion, and a Republican in politics. 

Mr. Springfield married, October 28, 1891, Mary Albina Potter, born in 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 22, 1868, daughter of John E. and 
Margaret Ann (Hoffman) Potter. Children: Roy Potter, born /Vugust 28, 
1893; J. Turner, December 8, 1895; Edgar C, May 28, 1901. John E. Pot- 
ter was born in Philadelphia, being the only child of his parents, who were 
residents of Philadelphia, to attain adult years. He was a stage carpenter 
during the early years of his life, but his health failed and he was obliged to 
seek other employment, and accordingly he opened a cigar store at No. 640 
Thirty-seventh street, Philadelphia, which he conducted for thirty years. He 
was one of the company who enlisted his service for three months at the first 
call for men to defend their country in the civil war. He and his wife were 
members of the Lutheran church. She was born at Balla Station, Pennsyl- 
vania, and is now living with her daughter, Mrs. Springfield. She has one 
other daughter, Anne, wife of J. C. McGonigal. Mrs. Potter is the daughte 
of John and Ann (Price) Hoffman, both natives of Philadelphia. The maiden 
name of the mother of Ann (Price) Hoffman was Morton, and her grand- 
father, John Morton, was one of the signers of the Declaration of Inde- 
pendence. 



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The Grisdale family of Clifton Heights, Delaware county, 
GRISDALE Pennsylvania, are of English origin, England having been 

the home of the family for many generations. The first of 
the name of whom authentic record can be found, is John Grisdale, a weaver 

of England. He married Mary , also of English birth: Children: 

John, of whom further: infant, died unnamed; infant died unnamed; Jona- 
than, Thomas, Mary Ann, Elizabeth. 

John (2) Grisdale. son of John ( i 1 and Mary Grisdale, was born in Bol- 
ton, Laughan, England, December 22, 1836. He was educated in the com- 
mon schools of his native country, and obtained his first employment in a cot- 
ton mill. His rise in the business was rapid, and when only twenty-two years 
of age he was promoted to the position of manager. In 1863 he immigrated 
to the United States and worked for two years at the machinists trade, later 
serving an apprenticeship and learning the trade of a mason and bricklayer. 
In 1883 he retired from active labor and has since lived a quiet life of ease. 
The old school house of Clifton Heights was erected upon land sold bv him 
to the borough. He has held several prominent political positions in the bor- 
ough, having been a member of the council for eight years and for two years 
was treasurer. When the local fire department was organized he was one 
of the charter members and contributed his most earnest efforts to raising it 
to its present high plane of efficiency. He is at present inspector for the 
borough. Both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal 
church. 

He married, November 20, i8fii. Catherine Taylor, a native of England, 
who came to America in 1863. Children: Infant died unnamed; Mary Alice, 
deceased : Sarah Jane ; Elizabeth Ann, a trained nurse, bom October 23, 
1868 ; she is president of the Women's Club and a strong advocate of woman's 
political equality ; she is the present efficient treasurer of the borough poor 
fund and active in promoting all good causes. 



The Gettz family of Pennsylvania has been closely identified with 
GETTZ the agricultural and linrticultura) interests of the state since their 
first appearance in it shortly after the revolutionary period. 

(T) George Gettz, the first of whom we have record in this country, emi- 
grated to the United States in the latter part of the eighteenth century from 
Germany, and brought with hirft the habits of thrift and industry which char- 
acterize the Germans, and transmitted them to his descendants. He located 
in the southern part of Philadelphia where he followed truck farming. There 
he purchased a small farm, which he cultivated to its fullest extent. He set 
out many fruit trees and had two houses erected on this land. He was a mem- 
ber of the Lutheran church, and died at the same time as one of his sons. 
about the year 1840. He married Catherine Bruner and became the father of 
seven or eight children. 

(II) George, son of George and Catherine (Bruner) Gettz, was born on 
the homestead farm which he later inherited. For a time he rented a small 
farm on Bucks road, then removed to Fifth and Morris streets, and returned 
to Bucks road, near Eleventh street. During the war of 1812 he was in active 
service, and he affiliated with the Whig party : upon the formation of the Re- 
publican party he gave his political adherence to that organization. He and his 
wife were members of the Lutheran church. He married Margaret, daughter 

of Jacob and (Librain) Westenburger, both of German descent, and 

who lived on a large tract of land which they owned on Point Breeze avenue, 
and which he cultivated : he also owned a number of smaller farms and was a 



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man of considerable wealth. They had nine children all of whom are now de- 
ceased. Mr. and Mrs. Gettz had children; Charles Washington, see forward; 
George, died in Delaware county, Pennsylvania ; Francis, died in Bucks Road ; 
Elizabeth, also now deceased, married Benjamin Hunter; Edward, died in 
Philadelphia; Margaret, married the Rev. S. A. K. Francis, and lives in Phila- 
delphia ; two others died in early youth. 

(III) Charles Washington, son of George and Alargaret ( Westenburger) 
Gettz, was born in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 22, 1829. He 
was the recipient of an excellent education which was accjuired in private 
schools, and upon its completion, engaged in farming on his father's place. 
Later he rented from his mother a farm of fourteen acres, and cultivated this 
as a truck farm. About 1877 he removed to Haverford township and there 
purchased a plot of eighteen and one-half acres, at four hundred and fifty dol- 
lars per acre. He erected a fine, well built house on this land, made many im- 
provements upon it, and is now considered as one of the oldest truck farmers 
in the township. He raises all kinds of garden truck, both of the older and 
the more modern variety. He was one of the organizers of the Trinity Luther- 
an Church, and he and his wife are still members of it. He has been a mem- 
ber of the church council, and for a period of thirteen years he was superin- 
tendent of the Sunday school. He has helped in many ways to organize other 
Sunday schools, and it is due directly to his influence that the attendance is as 
large as it is. In political opinion he is a Republican, and has served as a mem- 
ber of the school board and also as assistant assessor. He has always taken 
an active part when projects were discussed which appeared to be for the 
general good of the community. He was a member of the committees which 
had charge of the construction of good roads, and the general improvements, 
and much credit for these improvements is due to him personally for the good 
results achieved. 

Mr. Gettz married (first) February i. 1852, Maria Field, and they had 
children ; George Charles, is a farmer living near Lancaster, Pennsylvania ; 
David, see forward ; Herbert Winfield, see forward ; Luther, married Phoebe 
Free, died in 1885. Mr. Gettz married (second) December 10, 1866, Sarah 
R. Simon, born in South Philadelphia, and had children : Samuel, has a truck 
and dairy farm near Manoa, Delaware county. Pennsylvania ; Lillie, married 
Thomas Hughes, has five children, and lives in Haverford ; Franklin, is a 
clerk at Bonsall's store, is married and has two children ; Sarah Eva, married 
William R. Hagy, has six children, and lives on the Eagle road in Haverford 
township ; Howard, is a truck farmer and lives near his childhood's home. 

(IV) David, son of Charles Washington and Maria (Field) Gettz, was 
born in South Philadelphia, January 30, 1854. He was educated in the pub- 
lic schools of Point Breeze and then assisted in the cultivation of the home 
farm until his marriage. For a period of sixteen years he then rented his 
father's place and, in 1893, removed to Haverford township to a farm which 
he had purchased some ten years previously. This consisted of eighteen acres 
on the Westchester Pike, and cost about five hundred dollars per acre. He 
erected a good brick house on this land, and solid, well built barns, and made 
many other improvements, and has resided on this property since that time, cul- 
tivating the land as a truck farm. While he is a stanch supporter of the Re- 
publican party, he has never aspired to political office. He and his entire 
family are members of the Lutheran church. Mr. Gettz married, 1877, Han- 
nah E, Simon, born in Southern Philadelphia. She is a daughter of William 
and Margaret Simon, and they have had children as follows ; Margaret, who 
married Fraser Horton, a dairyman, and lives in Haverford township ; Mary 
G. ■ Bertha H. ; David L., who is a partner of his father, married Emma Stan- 

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ley and has children, Margaret, I.ydia and \"iola: Martha, married Rees Hag}- 
and has two children, Ruth and Mary, and lives in Llanerch, Pennsylvania ; 
Edith ; Mabel ; Russell. 

(IV) Herbert Winfield, son of Charles Washington and Maria (Field) 
Gettz, was born in South Philadelphia. March 25, 1862. He received his ed- 
ucation in the public schools of his section of the country, and from his ear- 
liest years has been identified with the tillage of the soil in some form. He had 
a natural inclination and aptitude for gardening, and this he tleveloped still 
further by taking up the florists' trade, which he followed for a period of twen- 
ty years. He owned his own greenhouses on the West Chester road, but after 
the death of his wife he abandoned this calling and becaine manager of a farm 
of seven acres owned by a man in Philadelphia. In 1893 he purchased a half- 
acre lot from his brother, David, and upon this erected two houses, two green- 
houses, other outbuildings, and set out seventy fruit trees, thirteen shade trees, 
ornamental bushes and flowering plants, and has lived there since that time. He 
affiliates with the Republican party in politics, and has served as registry as- 
sessor for eighteen years continuously. He is interested in a number of build- 
ing associations; is a member of the Grange, at Newtown Square; the Pomona, 
of Chester and Delaware counties ; and the state and national grange, having 
passed with his wife through all the degrees. Mr. Gettz married, April 15, 
1885, ^lary Emma, born in Delaware county, died February 24, 1912, a daugh- 
ter of Alfred and Rebecca Hansell. They had no children. Mr. Gettz is a 
member of the Lutheran church. 



The Beals came to the United States from England, where Abram 
BEAL Real, grandfather of Samuel A. Beal, of Media, was born. He 
came to this country in middle life, settled in New York City, and 
after several years became chief prison inspector for the state of New York. 

Dr. William H. Beal, son of Abram Beal, was born in England, came to 
New York City with his parents and there grew to manhood. He studied for 
tlie medical profession, obtained his degree of M. D. and practiced until the 
outbreak of the war between the states, when he was commissioned surgeon, 
serving in a New Y'ork regiment until that war closed. He then resumed 
practice in New York City, continuing until his death. He married Frances 
Lovett, who survived him. 

Dr. Samuel A. Beal, son of Dr. William H. and Frances f Lovett) Beal, 
was bom in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 25, 1872, but until the death 
of his father lived in New Y'ork City. His mother, after being left a widow, 
moved to Philadelphia, which was their home until 1878, when she moved to 
Bucks county, Pennsylvania. There Samuel A. was educated in the public 
schools and in Millersville Normal School. He remained in Bucks county 
until a young man, then deciding upon the medical profession entered Hahne- 
mann Medical College at Philadelphia, whence he was graduated M. D., class 
of 1891. He began practice at Ouakertown, Bucks count}-, remaining one 
year. In 1893 he located in Media, where he is' now well established in gen- 
eral practice. He is regarded as a skillful, reliable and honorable physician, 
and numbers a large clientele among Media and Delaware county's best peo- 
ple. He is a member of the Tri-State and County Medical societies, and has 
been for three years coroner's physician of Delaware county. He is a Repub- 
lican, and both he and his wife are members of the Episcopal church. 

Dr. Beal married, October i, 1902, Anna May, daughter of Harry J. and 
May Lion, of the state of Delaware. Children : Robert and Dorothy. The 
family home and Dr. Beal's office is at No. 33 West Washington avenue, 
Media. 




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Alexander Creelman, of Essington, Delaware county, Penn- 
CREELMAN sylvania, descends from ancient and honest Irish forbears. 

His hardy ancestors were valiant soldiers in many of the 
wars, internecine and foreign, and they were sturdy workers at whatever 
occupation their hands found to do. They loved their country, their church 
and their ruler, and strove with all their might to uphold the three. 

(I) William Creelman, father of Alexander Creelman, was born in Cold- 
rain, Ireland, or thereabout. He was educated in the public school, and in 
early life learned the trade of a dyer, at that time one of the most important 
in Ireland, which supplied other countries with fabrics. In 1843, being dis- 
staisfied with his material progress and having only recently married Nancy 
Gamble, the daughter of a neighbor, he decided to try his fortunes in the United 
States. The two young people crossed the Atlantic, sailing from Liverpool 
and landed in Philadelphia. He at once sought and found employment as a 
dyer in a large house, and he remained in this place until his death. He 
received merited promotions and an increase in salary, and was one of the 
most trusted, as well as reliable, employees the company had. He was the 
parent of five children, three of whom are living, among them being Alex- 
ander, of whom further. 

(II) Alexander Creelman, son of William and Nancy (Gamble) Creel- 
man, was born April 14, 1854, in Philadelphia, ten years after his father emi- 
grated to the United States. He received his education in the public schools 
of his native city, and when yet a lad learned the bricklayer's trade. He worked 
at this for years, becoming one of the most skilled men in Philadelphia in that 
line. He was offered and accepted a place on the Philadelphia police force, 
and remained on it for five or six years. During this time he not only won 
the confidence of his superiors but also the public, especially the women and 
children, who relied on his protection of them. He gave up his position on the 
force and returned to brick laying, and in 1899 moved to Essington, Delaware 
county, Pennsylvania, and again engaged in building houses. Many of the 
handsomest residences and public buildings in the city are of his construc- 
tion. Like his forbears he is a staunch Presbyterian, supporting the church 
generously. In politics he favors the Republican party, and assists it with his 
vote. Mr. Creelman has the respect of all those who know or come in con- 
tact with him. He is a fine example of the man dignifying the position, and 
not the position the man. He holds that there is dignity in labor, let that 
labor be what it may, if the laborer is self respecting, honorable and upright. 
He married (first) in 1879, in Philadelphia, Harriet Hoover; married (sec- 
ond) July 2, 1901, Marian Turvey, of Liverpool, England; child of last mar- 
riage, Elsie. 



This review concerns a family fairly numerous in the State 
STALEY of Pennsylvania, a fine representative of which is Milton L. 

Staley, of ColHngdale. Delaware county. The race has always 
been an energetic one, and its members inclined rather to active than to seden- 
tary employments. They are self-reliant and ambitious, and most of the mem- 
bers of this family accumulate more than the average amount of substance. A 
few, however, are to be found in professional life. For some generations they 
were resident in Montgomery county. The family is a very old one, dating 
back to the beginning of the year 1700, and some claim even earlier than that, 
they having their origin in Germany. 

The first of the line here under consideration of whom we have knowledge 
were William and Elizabeth Staley, great-grandparents of Milton L. Staley, 



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who resided at Barren Hill, the former named a prosperous agriculturist, a man 
of influence in the community, honored and respected by all who knew him. 
They were the parents of seven sons and two daughters, namely : Peter, Jacob, 
William, John, Charles, Samuel, Daniel, Elizabeth, Hettie. The seven brothers 
ages total to 600 years. These brothers all married and had homes within a 
mile of the old homestead, residing there throughout their entire lives, and all 
had large families, William being the father of fourteen sons and two daugh- 
ters. 

John Staley, fourth son of William and Elizabeth Staley, and grandfather 
of Milton L. Staley, married Sarah, daughter of Frederick and Mary Wam- 
pole, the former named a successful farmer, residing at Lafayette, near the 
Schuylkill river. Their family consisted of five sons and five daughters, name- 
ly : Albert, Caleb, Frederick, Levi, Daniel, Elizabeth, Annie, Isabel. Susie, 
Sallie ; all are living except Caleb and are all past sixty-two years old. 

Caleb Staley, son of John and Sarah (Wampole) Staley, and father of 
Milton L. Staley, was a soldier in the civil war, as was also his brother, Fred- 
erick, enlisting in the Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry, known as the Lancers, 
Caleb serving three years, during which time he was wounded once, and tak- 
en prisoner twice, serving m the well known Libby Prison and at Belle Island, 
Virginia. He re-enlisted in Hancock's Veteran Corps, serving one year, and 
was honorably discharged from the United States service at the expiration 
of this period of time. During the war he married Sarah J. Marple, 
born November 22, 1843, '" Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, daughter 
of Enoch and Sarah J. Marple. They were the parents of seven children, 
namely : Charles, Wilford, Albert, Alice, Camelia, Harvey, Milton L. Caleb 
Staley, accompanied by his family, moved to Collingdale, Pennsylvania, 1898, 
where he spent the remainder of his days, and there his death occurred March 
7, 1901 ; he was in his sixtieth year. 

Milton L. Staley was born in Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, April 5, 
1884. When three years old he was taken to Philadelphia and from there to 
Collingdale in 1898. He resided in Collingdale until he attained his manhood, 
acquiring a practical education in the public schools, and with his brothers 
learned the trade of brick laying. After serving a few years as journeyman, 
Milton L. Staley established himself in business in Collingdale as a builder, and 
is now one of the prominent builders of Delaware county, Pennsylvania, hav- 
mg erected squares of houses in Collingdale and has gained a reputation for 
honest and reliable work. He is a Republican in politics, a prominent church- 
man, and an aggressive citizen. He has back of him a splendid ancestry, and 
deserves a prominent place in the history of the successful young men of 
Delaware county, as an example of pluck, industry and progressive business 
qualifications. 

Mr. Staley married, November 22, 1905, Hattie F. Rowles, born in How- 
ard county, Maryland, July 5, 1884. daughter of Charles and Florence (Weav- 
er) Rowles, who were the parents of seven other children namely : Clifford, 
Selby, Harry, Melvin. Elmer, Howard, Malcolm. Mr. Rowles was born in 
Maryland, died in Darby, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, at the age of fifty- 
three years. He was a carpenter by occupation. His wife was born near 
Baltimore, Maryland. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Staley: Russell, born .\u- 
gust 23, 1906; Florence B., born August 21, 1910. 

Mr. Staley is a man of diversified interests, and in connection with this is 
a member of the following named organizations: Orphans Rest Lodge, No. 132, 
Pilgrim Encampment, and Canton Reliance, all of the Independent Or- 
der of Odd Fellows : Darby Lodge, No. 968. Independent Americans ; Darby 
Lodge, No. 106, Daughters of Liberty, and the Three Link Club of Darby. 



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Mr. and Mrs. Staley are members of the Methodist church, he being treasurer 
of the Sunday School and a member of the official board. They are popular 
in connection with the best social activities of their home community, where 
they are honored and esteemed by all who know them. 



Alfred Connor Balch, only child of William Henry and Caro- 
BALCH line Ann (Buswell) Balch, was born in the town of Bath, New 
Hampshire. He there acquired his early education in the pub- 
lic schools, and later he was a student at the McGraw Normal Institute, at Mer- 
rimac. New Hampshire. Upon the completion of his education he commenced 
his business career in the drug business at Springfield, Massachusetts. Sub- 
sequently he went to Chicago, Illinois, where he entered the printing and pub- 
lishing house of Rand, McNally & Company, this connection remaining unin- 
terrupted until 1897, when Mr. Balch went to Philadelphia, and there formed 
a business association with the well known publishing house of J. B. Lippincott 
Company, of which he is now a director. He resides at Lansdowne, Penn- 
sylvania. He has taken a more than ordinary active part in the political attairs 
of the community in which he lives, and as an active supporter of Republican 
principles has served as a member of the common council, and was honored 
with election to the presidency of that body, and he has also served as chief 
burgess. His religious affiliations are with the First Unitarian Church of 
Philadelphia, and his fraternal membership is with Franklin Lodge, No. 134, 
Free and Accepted Masons, which he has served as master, and of which he is 
now a trustee. He is also a member of the Union League Club, of Philadel- 
phia : one of the governors of the Country Club, of Lansdowne ; is also a 
member of the National Press Qub, of Washington, D. C, and several others. 

Mr. Balch married, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 10, 1893, Sophie 
Bloomfield, born in \'ienna, Austria, in 1875. They have children: Walter 
Buswell, born October r. 1895; Frederic Samuel, born June, 1898: Bertram 
Shoemaker, born January, 1902. Mr. Balch is a man of much public spirit, 
and is ever ready to lend his active support to any project which lias for its 
object the general betterment of existing conditions. 

The Balch family has been identified with the interests of the country since 
the early years of the seventeenth century. Their original settlement was in 
New England from which section the descendants have scattered all over 
the LTnited States. They bore their share bravely in all the troubles which have 
come to the country at large, and have numbered in the family many men of 
distinction in the various walks of life. 

John Balch, the immigrant ancestor, came to this country from Somerset 
county, England, in 1623, and settled in Massachusetts at Cape Ann, Beverly 
and \\'eymouth. John, son of John Balch, was born in Naumkeag. in 1628. 
Benjamin, son of John (2) Balch, was born in Beverly, Massachusetts, in 
1654. John (3), son of Benjamin Balch, was born in Beverly, in 1679. An- 
drew, son of John {3) Balch, was born in Beverly, in 1706. Benjamin (2). 
son of Andrew Balch, was born in Beverly in 1747. Abner, son of Benjamin 
(2) Balch, was born in Keene, New Hampshire, March 5, 1774: he married 
Lydia P. Alden and they had nine children. Abner (2). son of .\bner (i) 
Balch, was born in Keeiie, New Hampshire, January i, 1804. where he fol- 
lowed the occupation of farming. He was also occupied as a dyer and fuller. 
He married, at St. Johnsbury, \'ermont, September 2, 1830, Lydia \\''oodbury, 
and they had seven children : Eliza H., Almira, William Henry, Alfred. 
Ellen, Levi C, Byron B. William Henry, son of Abner (2) Balch, was born 
in Bath, New Hampshire, where he was engaged in business as a contractor, 



982 DELAWARE COUNTY 

in which hne of business he was eminently successful. He gave his political 
support to the Republican party, and his religious affiliations were with the 
Congregational church. He married Caroline Ann Buswell, of Lebanon, New 
Hampshire, and they had one son, Alfred Connor, the subject of this sketch, 
who now lives in Lansdowne, Delaware county, Pennsylvania. 



John France, who was a resident of Clifton, Delaware county, 
FRANCE Pennsylvania, was one of the old veterans of the civil war at 
the time of his death, and could look back upon a record of 
which any soldier might be justly proud. He had earned distinction by his 
bravery, by the wounds he had received, and by the meritorious manner in 
which he had comported himself in the numerous battles in which he had taken 
part. Always genial and good humored, it was one of his greatest delights to 
relate the many stirring scenes through which he had passed in the years be- 
tween 1861 and 1865. 

John France was born in Rockdale, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, Au- 
gust 15, 1835, and died at his home in Clifton Heights, the same county, in 
1907. With the exception of the time during which he was in his country's 
service, his life was spent in his native county. Upon the outbreak of the 
civil war, Mr. France left his wife and young children in order to fight for the 
defence of the LInion. He enlisted three times. The first time for a period of 
^hree months in Company C, First Regiment, Delaware Volunteers, under 
Captain Lutton, Colonel Lockwood being in command. This was in May, 
1861. He then re-enlisted in Company E. Eighty-first Regiment, Pennsylvania 
Volunteers, for three years, under Captain J. Alexander and Colonel James 
Miller. In December. 1863, he re-enlisted as a sergeant in Company E, of the 
jame regiment, was advanced to the rank of second lieutenant, March 29, 1865, 
and later advanced to the captaincy of the company. June 29, 1865, he was 
honorably discharged as a non-commissioned officer.- Few veterans are now 
living who were engaged in as many battles as Mr. France, and, strange to say, 
he was wounded but three times. These wounds were received at the follow- 
ing battles: Fredericksburg, December 13. 1862; Deep Bottom, August 16, 
1864; Farmville, April 7, 1865. A list of all the battles in which he was en- 
gaged is : Fair Oak, Charles City, Cross Roads, Malvern Hill, Chantilly, An- 
tietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville. Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spottsyl- 
vania Court House, Deep Bottom. Petersburg, Sailor's Creek, Farmville, and 
a number of smaller skirmishes. 

Mr. France must have had a premonition that his end was approaching, 
for six months prior to his decease, he and two other old veterans — Thomas 
Pratt and George Carr — were engaged in social chat, when Mr. France re- 
marked that he would no longer be among the living in six months' time, and 
that the death of Thomas Pratt would precede his own. This prophecy came 
true. 

Mr. France married. August 15, 1855, Ann Blair, and they had children: 
William ; Charles : Emma ; Mrs. Thomas Walker, of Aston Mills ; Mrs. John 
Riddle, of West Chester: Mrs. Charles Knight, of Lenni : Mrs. Edward Ogden, 
of Chester. 



From David Ogden, who came from England in the "Welcome" 
OGDEN with William Penn in 1682, then an unmarried man. springs John 

Herbert C)gden, of Philadelphia and Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, 
an honored man and citizen. David Ogden. a Friend, after passing the ordeal 
of Friends Meeting in Chester county, Pennsylvania, married Martha Houls- 



DELAWARE COUNTY 983 

ston and settled on a farm of two liundred acres in Middletown, wliere he died 
in 1705. 

Stephen, the youngest of David Ogden's nine children, was married "by 
a priest" abont 1743 to Hannah, daughter of William and Mary (Barnes) 
Surnam, and resided in Springfield township. 

John, second of the nine children of Stephen Ogden, married at Spring- 
field Meeting, Sarah, daughter of James and Mary ((ileave) Crozier, and 
resided in Springfield township near the present borough of Swarthmore. 

John (2), youngest of the seven children of John (i) Ogden, was born 
7 mo. 27, 1788, died 9 mo. 30, 1877. He obtained a good education and for a 
time taught school in Home School House. He was married in 181 3, and in 
1814 came into possession of a farm in Springfield, containing one hundred and 
twenty acres with a stone dwelling thereon, purchased by his father in 1806 
from Captain Gardiner. He was a successful farmer and added to his landed 
possessions by purchases of adjoining property until his acres aggregated five 
hundred, well tilled and valuable. He and his wife lived together on this farm 
sixty-one years, he being eighty-nine at the time of his death. He married 
10 mo. 8, 1813, at Providence Meeting, Hannah W'orrall, born 5 mo. 14, 1794, 
died 4 mo. 7, 1874, daughter of John and Hannah (Thatcher) Worrall, of 
Middletown. 

John Worrall, third of the ten children of John (2) Ogden, was born 
at the Springfield township homestead, 9 mo. 9, 1818. He conducted a cotton 
and woolen manufacturing business for years, retiring from active business 
life about the year 1883. He died in April, 1906, buried in the Friends bury- 
ing ground at Darby, Pennsylvania. He married Susanna Hannah Rhoads. 
Children: Samuel Rhoads. born in Philadelphia. September 20, 1855: John 
Herbert, of whom further: James Clarence, born September 21, 1867. 

John Herbert, son of John Worrall and Susanna Hannah (Rhoads) 
Ogden, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Januarv 28, 1858. His early 
education was obtained in the city public schools, after which he attended 
Friends School in Providence, Rhode Island, then presided over by Professor 
Albert Smiley, a noted educator. He finished studies in a business college in 
Philadelphia, whence he was graduated with honors. In 1876, Mr. Ogden 
entered the employ of the Sharpless Dyewood & Extract Company of Phila- 
delphia, as entry clerk, winning his way upward to his present official posi- 
tion, and is also a director of the company. He is a wise, conservative iDusi- 
ness man and holds integrity and business honor above sordid considerations. 
In politics Mr. Ogden is a Republican, was one of the delegates from Penn- 
sylvania to the national convention held in Philadelphia, which nominated 
William McKinley for the presidency. He has ever been active and prom- 
inent in party councils, and a worker for party success. In religious faith he 
is a Friend. 

Air. Ogden married, October 20, 1886. Louise Passmore, born '2 mo. 14. 
i860, of Paschallville, Chester county, Pennsylvania, daughter of John and 
Mary Passmore. Children: i. Harold P.. born g mo. 27, 1887: graduated 
from William Penn Charter School of Philadelphia, in 1907, and then entered 
L^niversity of Pennsylvania ; now secretary of the J. Milton Hagv Waist 
W^orks of Philadelphia; married, November 16, 1912, Katherine C. Hagy ; 
present residence Lansdowne. Pennsylvania. 2. Susanna R., born 11 mo. 24, 
1890: married. October 22, 1913, Herbert Clifton Hays; resides in Lans- 
downe, Pennsvlvania. 3. Mary L.. born T mo. 3. 1894: graduated Tune, 1912, 
from Lansdowne High School. 4. H. Raymond, born 8 mo. 28. 1895, "ow 
attending school at Chestnut Hill .Academy, graduate of class of T914. The 
family home of the Ogdens is at Lansdowne. Pennsylvania. 



984 DELAWARE COUNTY 

The Woodwards were early settlers of Chester county, 
WOODWARD Pennsylvania, the emigrant ancestor being Richard Wood- 
ward, an Englishman, who in 1687 purchased a tract of 
two hundred and thirty acres in Thornburg township. According to the rec- 
ords of Chester Monthly Meeting of Friends he died on the "jth day of the 
loth month, 1706, aged about seventy years.'" In his will, probated January 8, 
1706, he mentions wife, Jane; son, Joseph; daugliter, Martha Baker; daugh- 
ter, Jane ; daughter, Mary : daughter. Sarah ; "eldest son ;" Richard ; son, 
Thomas, son, Edward, and appoints as executors "my well beloved wife. Jane 
Woodward, and my son, Joseph Woodward." A branch of the family set- 
tled in Kennett Square and were members of the Kennett Monthly Meeting. 
The family has been and is prominent in both Chester and Delaware counties. 

Garrett Lewis Woodward, father of Frank J. Woodward, of Media, was 
born July 18, 1845, ^t Kennett Square, Chester county, Pennsylvania, died 
August 12, 1896. He was educated in the public schools and grew to man- 
hood on the farm. He later located in Lima, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, 
where for twenty-five years he engaged in the meat business, living retired 
during his latter years. He was a Democrat in politics, filling various town- 
ship offices. Both he and his wife belonged to the Methodist Episcopal church. 
He married Eliza Jobson. born February 16, 1856, at Lima. Delaware county, 
Pennsylvania, who still survives him. Children : Frank J., see forward : Anna 
Louisa, married Isaac C. Snyder and resides in ]\Iedia: Harold E., also residing 
in Media. 

Dr. Frank J. Woodward, eldest son of Garrett Lewis and Eliza (Jobson) 
Woodward, was born in Lima, Delaware county, Pennsylvania. May 13, 1876. 
He was educated in the public schools and Palm's Business College. Philadel- 
,)hia. He entered the veterinary department of the University of Pennsyl- 
vania, whence he was graduated in June, 1901, remaining in Philadelphia six 
months after graduating, then locating as a veterinary surgeon at Malvern, 
Chester county, practicing his profession there for three years, most success- 
fully. He then accepted the appointment as veterinary surgeon at Glen Mills 
Reform School, remaining four years. In 1909 he came to IMedia succeeding 
CO the practice of Dr. Thomas D. Young, who died in 1908, Dr. Woodward, 
however, retaining his position as visiting veterinarian at the reformatory to 
the present time. He has been very successful as a veterinarian and at his 
hospital in Media treats all animal cases of both surgical and dental nature. 
His practice is verv large, extending over a vast extent of territory surround- 
ing Media. He is thoroughly reliable in his dealings and has won the entire 
confidence of the farmers and stock owners of the county. He is a member 
of the Keystone \^eterinary Medical Society, the Veterinary Alumni and 
General Alumni Societies, University of Pennsylvania, and the National Vet- 
erinary Society, keeping thoroughly abreast of all medical discovery in treat-, 
ment of diseases of the horse. He has always been an active, loyal Republican, 
a worker for party success, but never seeking or accepting office for himself. 
In religious faith he is a Methodist, both he and his family being active work- 
ers in both church and Sunday school. 

Dr. Woodward married, June 7, 1899, Ida M., daughter of Peter and Bar- 
bara Pratt, of Lima, Delaware county, Pennsylvania. Children: Clarence, 
Ida M.. Phineas, Iradel. Edna. Clififord. The family home is at No. 20 West 
Washington street. Media, where Dr. Woodward also has his office. 



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THE NEW YORKI 
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A8T0R, LtNOX AND 
J'"-°^>' FOUNDATIONS. 



DELAWARE COUNTY 985 

The only son of his parents and of the first American born 

NELSON generation of his family, Mr. William H. Nelson has so entirely 

absorbed the spirit of energetic progress, that characterize this 

■country, that he has outstrippetl competitors and is at the head of the largest 

private grocery business in Chester. 

His father, Joseph Nelson, was born near Belfast, Ireland, in i8i6, died 
in Chester in 1899. He was brought to the United States in 1822 by four elder 
brothers — William, James, John and another, all settling in Lancaster county, 
Pennsylvania. Joseph Nelson became a provision merchant, but later in life 
purchased a farm in Lancaster county, which he successfully cultivated until 
1891, when he retired, and lived in Chester until his death. He was an active 
Democrat and a devoted member of the Belle View Presbyterian Church at 
Gap, Pennsylvania. He was an excellent business man and held in high 
esteem for his upright, manly life. He married Margaret Lytle, born in Lan- 
caster county, in 1815, died in Chester in 1891, a descendant of a family of 
French Huguenots. Children: Martha, died at Gap, Pennsylvania, 1883, 
married Newton Trout, also deceased, leaving a son, Nelson, now a clerk 
with the Pennsylvania Steel Casting Company of Chester ; Anna, married 
Harry Kurtz, of Salisbury township, now a retired farmer living in Gap ; 
Elizabeth, died in infancy; Sarah, now residing with her sister, Anna, unmar- 
ried ; Josephine, married J. Milton Slack, a grocer, deceased without issue, 
she resides in Gap ; William H., see forward. 

William H. Nelson, only son and youngest child of Joseph Nelson, was 
T)orn in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, February 6, 1852. He attended the 
public schools of his district and Parksburg Academy, finishing his studies at 
Millersville State Normal School in 1872. He taught school for two years in 
Salisbury township, Lancaster county, but a business life so strongly appealed 
that he gave up teaching and in 1875 he moved to Chester, becoming clerk in 
the grocery store owned by his brother-in-law. J. Milton Slack. He remained 
with A'Tr. Slack two years, then in 1877 formed a partnership with Simeon 
Lantz, and for two years they operated as Lantz & Nelson. In 1879 he opened 
a store of his own at Third and Pennell streets, Chester, but later was manager 
for Mrs. J. C. Slack at her store. Second and Fulton streets, continuing until 
1890. He then opened the store at No. 427 West Third street, where he now 
conducts one of the largest and most prosperous grocery stores in the city. 
He has thoroughl}' mastered the problems involved in catering to the public 
appetite, and by the excellence of his goods and his square dealing methods, has 
established a bond of confidence that assures him continued prosperity. He is 
president of the Chester Grocers' Association, organized in 1887 as the Busi- 
ness Men's Association, but in 1902, the name was changed to the Grocers' 
Association, and Mr. Nelson elected president. The object of the association 
is co-operative buying, they having a large store house at No. 126 West Third 
street. Mr. Nelson has devoted a great deal of time to this association and as 
president has put forth his wisest effort to have it prove a benefit to its mem- 
bers. In this he has succeeded so well that he has been kept continuously in 
office. His interest in co-operation carries him beyond local limits, and he is 
perhaps the best known retail grocer in the state. He is treasurer of the Re- 
tailers' Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Pennsylvania ; treasurer of the 
Retail Merchants' Association of Pennsylvania, and treasurer of the Penn- 
sylvania Merchants' Trade Paper, published at Erie, Pennsylvania. He is held 
in highest esteem by his brother merchants of these associations as well as by 
the merchants of Chester, and his fellow townsmen. He is a member of the 
Presbyterian church, and for sixteen years has been an elder of the First 
Church of Chester. He is a member of the Penn Club of Chester and is a 



986 DELAWARE COUNTY 

Democrat in politics, actively interested in all that concerns the public good. 

Mr. Nelson married April 15, 1880. in Cape Mav, New lersey, Sarah 
B. Alarcy, daughter of Dr. V. M. D. Marcy, an eminent physician 'of Cape 
May county, and his wife, Mary Bennett, both deceased. Children: Joseph, 
born ]\Iay 20, 1881, graduate of Pennsylvania State College, now an electrical 
engineer with J. G. White & Company, New York City ; Mary ]., born May 
12, 1883, graduate of Chester High School, residing at home; William H. (2), 
born February 17, 1890, graduate of Pennsylvania State College, now a civil 
engineer with J. G. White & Company, New York ; Margaret A., born July 
18, 1892, graduate of Chester High School, residing with her parents. The 
familv home is in Chester at No. 222 West Second street. 



A man's reputation is the property of the world. The laws 
FITZGERALD of nature have forbidden isolation. Every human being 
submits to the controlling influence of others or, as a mas- 
ter spirit, wields a power, either for good or evil, on the masses of mankind. 
There can be no impropriety in justly scanning the acts of any man as they 
affect his public and business relations. H he is honest and eminent in his 
chosen field of labor, investigation will brighten his fame and point the path 
that many others may follow with like success. From among the ranks of quiet, 
persevering citizens, there is no one more deserving of mention in a work of 
this kind than William John Fitzgerald, of Ardmore, Haverford township,. 
Delaware county, Pennsylvania. 

His great-grandfather, Charles Fitzgerald, was born near Glasgow, Scot- 
land, and went to Ireland to purchase horses for the English army. He took 
with him his son. John Fitzgerald, and they traversed nine counties of Ireland 
in order to make their purchases in the most satisfactory and profitable manner. 

John Fitzgerald was very much pleased with conditions in Ireland and 
with the country in general and decided to make his home there. He settled in 
the parish of Pratla. County Clare. Ireland, and, coming to .America in 1840, 
died in this country and is buried in the graveyard of .St. ^Mary's Church, in 
Philadelphia. He married ^Margaret Scanlon. born in Belfast. Ireland, and 
had childrefi : John, see forward: Charles and Michael, deceased, went to Cal- 
ifornia during the "gold fever" of 1849: Catherine, married John Scanlon; 
Mary, married John Ouigley ; Alice, married Charles C. Barry: Elizabeth, died 
unmarried. 

John Fitzgerald was born in Chicago. Illinois, Januarv 2. 1814, died in 
1898. For a time he was connected with Gilliman & Company, liquor dealers, 
then formed an association with the Hamilton Dray Company which later be- 
came the Adams Express Company of Philadelphia. He also had charge of 
all the stevedoring on the Delaware piers and docks for manv vears. .\t the 
time of the civil war he was appointed first assistant inspector in the United 
States Tobacco warehouse. Soon after the close of the civil war he lost the 
greater part of his large fortune in unfortunate investments in the oil fields. 
He was a Whig until the formation of the Republican party when he joined 
its ranks. In religious belief he was a Roman Catholic. lie married (first) 
Brady, by whom he had children : Michael, died at the age of forty- 
six years; Patrick, died at the age of twenty-four. He married (second) 
Mary B. Lee. born in Salisbury, Maryland, 1825, died in 1903. She was the- 
daughter of Charles B. and Catherine (Robeson) Lee, the latter born in Vir- 
ginia. Charles B. Lee was a native of England, and came to this country prior 
to his marriage. He lived at Salisbury, ^laryland. where he was a farmer and 
planter, and he served bravely during the Indian wars. The children of Charles^ 



DELAWARE COUNTY 987 

B. and Catherine (Robeson) Lee were: Charles, deceased, Hved in Chicago; 
Patrick, deceased, lived in Philadelphia ; Mary B., who married Mr. Fitzger- 
ald ; Ann, married Flood ; Catherine, married John Hearon ; Mary, 

married Campbell. Mr. and Mrs. Fitzgerald had children : William 

John, the particular subject of this sketch ; Margaret, now Sister Mary Rose of 
the Kearney Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts ; Mary, married William Barry, 
and lives at No. 1414 Harrison street, Franklin, Pennsylvania ; Catherine, died 
at the age of twenty-one years ; Elizabeth, lived to attain the age of nineteen 
years. 

William John Fitzgerald was born at Byberry, Bucks county, Pennsyl- 
vania, February 7, 1864. He attended school at his native town, then the pri- 
vate school at Andalusia, and subsequently the Academy School at Holmes- 
burg, Philadelphia. He was about to enter \illanova College, when the 
financial reverses of his father rendered this proceeding impossible, and Mr. 
Fitzgerald was obliged to abandon his studies. At this time he was eighteen 
years of age and he at once went to the home farm and assisted actively in its 
cultivation for a time. His subsequent business connections were as follows: 
In the nursery business of Ball Brothers at Holmesburg; gardener for Dr. 
Caleb Horner at Bryn Mawr, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania : gardener for 
R. B. Allison for four years ; for a short time manager for H. H. Harrison at 
Glenside, having full charge of the estate ; gardener for Colonel A. McClure, 
at Wallingford ; again with Dr. Horner at Bryn Mayr ; and since the past five 
years he has beeri a salesman for a varnish company. His home is at No. 303 
Cricket avenue, Ardmore. He takes an active part in local political affairs, af- 
filiating with the Republican party. His religious connection is with St. Den- 
nis Catholic Church, at Oakmont, Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Tem- 
perance A. B. Society, and has never taken alcoholic stimulants. He is a char- 
ter member of the L C. B. U. of \'illanova, a Catholic society. 

Mr. Fitzgerald married, January 15, 1884, Mary Josephine, born in Dov- 
er, Delaware, a daughter of John and Bridget McCaffrey, the former a farmer 
in his younger years, later superintendent of a section on the Western Mary- 
land railroad, on which he was injured and died. Mr. and Mrs. Fitzgerald had 
children : John, married Mamie Donnelly, and resides in Media, Delaware 
county. Pennsylvania; Mary, A. McClure, Helen, Marjorie. 



Among the many institutions that have been planned and 
BREWSTER are operated for the benefit of "God's unfortunates" is the 
school in Lansdowne, known as "The Brookwood School," 
established by Miss Rachel Wood Brewster, for the care and development of 
backward children. Fitted both by nature, education and experience for her 
peculiar field of usefulness. Miss Brewster, with the aid of three resident and 
one visiting teacher, employs all modern thought in the development of back- 
ward minds, and accomplishes results little short of marvelous. (_)wing to 
the peculiar character of her school, but a small number of children can be 
accommodated and all vacancies are promptly filled by those parents with ample 
means to give their child the great advantage of instruction in "Brookwood." 

Miss Brewster is the daughter of Robert C. Brewster, born at Woodbridge, 
New Jersey, in 1835, who for many years was treasurer of the Fifth and Sixth 
Streets Passenger Railway of Philadelphia, now one of the lines owned by the 
Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company. He married Elizabeth Perrine, born in 
New Jersey, in 1838, died in 1908. Mr. Brewster now resides in Williams- 
port, Pennsylvania. Miss Brewster has six sisters: Charlotte, married C. B. 
Jordan, a civil engineer of Upper Darby township, Delaware county, Pennsyl- 



-988 DELAWARE COl'XTY 

vania ; Sarah, married H. P. Lincoln, superintendent of the Wilhamsport divi- 
sion of the Northern Central raih'oad and resides in Williamsport, she is pres- 
ident of the Williamsport Young Women's Christian Association and an ac- 
tive member of the Patriotic Order Daughters of the American Revolution ; 
Anna, deceased ; Roberta, principal of the Kindergarten School in Lansdowne ; 
Jessie, married William C. Schuster, a contractor and builder of Lansdowne ; 
Edith, married F. Evans, a practicing lawyer of Lansdowne. 

The Brewster genealogy of this family traces far into the past and in 
America to Elder A\'illiam Brewster, of the earliest Massachusetts settlement. 

Rachel Wood Brewster, fourth daughter of Robert C. and Elizabeth ( Per- 
rine) Brewster, was born in \'ineland. New Jersey, but from the age of three 
years uritil age of twenty lived in Rahwa\'. New Jersey, which was the home of 
her parents during that time. She received a thoroughly practical education 
and after eight years connection as a teacher with the Peimsylvania Training 
School for Feeble INIinded Children, in Delaware county, and believing the de- 
velopment of such children to be a work worthy of her highest effort, estab- 
lished "The Brookwood School" on Shadeland avenue, Lansdowne, where she 
still continues her labor of sacrifice and duty. She has adopted the methods 
of Montessorri, the talented Italian woman of the present day, and employs 
only the best proven methods of other noted educators, endorsed by her own 
experience, theory and practice. The school, though comparatively small, is 
surrounded by seven acres of fertile land that supply the needed vegetable 
food and furnish an outlet for the surplus energy of the pupils and the required 
out-door exercise. The heated summer months are usually spent by the school 
at some quiet spot at the seashore, where suitable quarters are secured. While 
some children have been with Miss Brewster for the past ten years and always 
will be, manv have left "Brookwood" greatly forwarded and able to take their 
place in the world. 



In 1890 from far away Russia came Jacob Berman, son of 
BERMAN Maurice Herman, who was born and died in Russia, an edu- 
cated Hebrew of talent and ability. 
Jacob Berman was born in Russia (Kave) in August, 1858. He came to 
the tjnited States in 1890, settling in Philadelphia where for the past twelve 
years he has been successfully engaged in the real estate business. He is a 
noted Hebrew scholar, fully and legally authorized to preside as Rabbi. He 
is an Independent in politics and a true follower of the Jewish faith. He mar- 
ried Sarah Raboy, born in Russia, where she was finely educated, daughter of 
Moses Raboy, who, prior to his decease, was recognized by the Russian gov- 
ernment as a leader of his people and bestowed upon him official honors. His 
wife, Zeporah, is also deceased. Children: Albert, a wholesale clothier of 
Philadelphia, married Gertrude Silver and has children Paritz and Nina ; 
Esther, graduate of Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, married Solomon 
Rivales, a highly educated scientist, won an important scholarship at the Uni- 
versity of Pennsylvania, also a gold medal for excellence, is one of the fore- 
most chemists of this country and is a registered manager of pharmacy in 
nineteen states ; Frank, of whom further : Rose, resides in Philadelphia : Louis 
J., a traveling salesman of Nev.- York City: Maurice, graduate of National 
Farms School : Maime. a student in Chester high school. 

Frank, son of Jacolj and Sarah (Raboy) Berman, was born in Kave, Rus- 
sia, March 4, 1883. At nine years of age he came to the L'nited States to 
j"oin his father who had preceded his family by two years. His education be- 
gan in Russia, was in both the Hebrew and Russian languages and in Philadel- 



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phia was continued in English. He began business life as a clerk in a dry 
goods store in Philadelphia, continuing until 1899. He then for two years 
was traveling salesman for the Gilt Edge Company of Philadelphia, then for 
two years under the firm name of J. Perman & Sons, engaged in the manufac- 
ture of clothing in Philadelphia. In 1903 he withdrew and for the next six 
years was salesman and collector in Chester. In 1909 he established a store 
at the corner of Third street and Edgmont, moving the following April to No. 
T^"/ West Third street, Chester, where he has a large store devoted to ladies 
and men's automobile accessories, also house furniture, being a large and suc- 
cessful dealer in these lines. In politics, Mr. Herman is an independent Re- 
publican and in religion an orthodox follower of the faith of his fathers. He 
is a member of the Masonic Carder, holding the thirty-second degree. .Ancient 
Accepted Scottish Rite, Philadelphia Consistory ; member of the Benevolent 
and Protective Order of Elks of Chester ; the Independent Order of Odd Fel- 
lows, Philadelphia, and Chester Lodge, Loyal Order of Moose and to the Brith 
Sholan of Chester. 

He married November 20, 1910, in Philadelphia, Zaida Askins, of that 
city: child, Johanna Goldy, born November 7, 191 1. 



The prosperity of a community or a nation depends not so 
SHARKEY much upon the achievements of the few who attain exalted 

positions, as upon those who carry on the everyday operations 
of life, and carry them on in a methodical and successful manner. This has 
been done in an especially excellent manner by the various members of the 
Sharkey family of which this review treats. They came to this country origi- 
nally from Ireland, and brought with them the best traits of the natives of that 
land of industry and thrift. 

(I) Daniel Sharkey was born in county Donegal, Ireland, 1833, and died 
m America, April 9, 1885. His sisters and brothers, all of whom came to Amer- 
ica and lived in Delaware county, Pennsylvania, were : Frederick ; James ; 
Harry ; Edward ; Bernard, now an attorney in Philadelphia ; William, a book- 
keeper ; and Nancy. Daniel Sharkey came to America as a young man, and- 
his first occupation in this country was to work in the provision business of 
Robert Smith, in Lansdowne, Delaware county, Pennsylvania. Energetic and 
industrious he amassed a considerable fortune, and purchased a farm of sixty- 
eight acres in Upper Darby township, which is now known as Drexel Heights, 
and spent the remainder of his life on this farm. He was an active member of 
St. Charles Catholic Church. He also owned and operated a spinning mill at 
Clifton, Pennsylvania. Small in stature, but of a sturdy, wiry build, it is a 
remarkable fact that all of his sons were more than six feet in height. He 
married Mary Ellen Hannigan, born in Kellyville, Delaware county, Pennsyl- 
vania, 1840, died December 4, 1898. She was a daughter of Philip and Ellen 
Hannigan, both natives of Ireland, who came to Delaware county, Pennsyl- 
vania, about 1840, and located in Kellyville, where he died about 1853. In ad- 
dition to Mrs. Sharkey they had children, all now deceased : John, William, 
Nancy, Susan. Mr. and Mrs. Sharkey had children : Anna. Maggie, Ella, 
Anna, and another daughter, all died at a very earlv age : Frederick, deceased ; 
Daniel, lives in Altoona, Pennsylvania; John, died at the age of eight years; 
Samuel, is a carpenter and lives in East Lansdowne ; Frank, lives in Clifton 
Heights. Pennsylvania ; Milner, holds a position in the post office in Philadel- 
phia : Benjamin, deceased: Clement J-, see forward: Clara, married William 
Gallagher and lives in Chester, Pennsylvania ; Emma, married William Koeh- 



990 DELAWARE COUNTY 

ler, manager of Kent's Manufacturing Company, at Clifton, Delaware county, 
Pennsylvania. 

(II) Clement J., eighth son and thirteenth child of Daniel and Mary Ellen 
(Hannigan)' Sharkey, was born in Garrettford, Delaware county, Pennsyl- 
vania, March 3, 1873. He attended the public schools near his home, and 
there acquired an excellent practical education. At the age of sixteen years he 
devoted his entire time to assisting his father in the cultivation of the home 
farm, and followed this occupation until he was twenty years of age. He 
then found employment in the spinning mill of his father at Clifton, Pennsyl- 
vania, and remained there until 1901, when he purchased the Fernwood Hotel 
in Fernwood, which he has conducted very successfully since that time. The 
service is of the best, and the cuisine is excellent. Mr. Sharkey entertains in- 
dependent opinions in political matters, refusing to be held by partisan ties. His 
religious affiliation is with the Catholic church, to which he is a gen- 
erous donor. 

Mr. Sharkey married, October 7, 1902, Mary McCahill, and they are the 
parents of : William and Florence. 



It would be difficult to discover any of the old American families 
WHITE whose history to the present time has been so indissolubly con- 
nected with that of the Society of Friends, that having been the 
family faith since its founding in the ])rovince of Xew Jersey, most of the 
name still continuing to worship according to its simple tenets. The line of 
George Foster White traces from John White, of England, to Christopher, the 
emigrant, from Ciimrew, Cumberland C(junty, England, born in 1642, died in 
New Jersey, in 12th month, 1693, who married, nth month 16, 1668, Hester 
Biddle, who died in 6th month, 1698. Christopher White arrived at Salem, 
New Jersey, in the ship "Kent," Gregory Marlow, master, 6th month 23, 1677, 
with his wife, his daughter, Elizabeth, his son, Josiah, a maid and a man ser- 
vant. Through Christopher the ancestral line continues to Josiah White, born 
7th month 3, 1675, died in 1713, married, in 1698, Hannah Powell. His son 
Josiah (2), born 6th month 21, 1705, died 5th month 12, 1780, married, loth 
month I, 1734, Rebecca Foster, born loth month i. 1708. died 12th month 6, 
1771. John, son of Josiah (2) White, was born 7th month 9. 1747, died 8th 
month 21, 1785, married 6th month 7, 1775, Rebecca Haines, born 7th month 
27, 1744, died 3rd month 22, 1826, was the father of Joseph White. Another 
of his sons, Josiah, was one of the promoters and organizers of the Lehigh 
Coal and Navigation Company, a vignette portrait of him appearing upon the 
stock certificates of that corporation at the present time. Joseph White was 
born I2th month 28. 17-85, died 5th month 25. 1827, married 12th month 17 
1807, Rebecca Smith, born 3rd month 29, 1787, died ist month 3, 1865. 

Joseph White, in partnership with Elisha Hunt, in 1812 built the "Enter- 
prise," a steamboat of primitive pattern, the first boat to navigate the Missis- 
sippi river against the current under its own power. 

Rebecca Smith was a member of an old English family, descending from 
William Smith, of England, born in 1570; Richard, baptized 5th month 18. 
1595, Richard (2), baptized 8th month 15, i62'6, died in 1688, married Ann 
Yeates ; Samuel, born 3rd month i. 1672, died 4th month 18, 1718, married 
Elizabeth Lovett : Richard, born 7th month 5, 1699, died nth month 9, 1751, 
married 8th month 20, 1719, Abigail Raper, born ist month 6, 1699; William 
Lovett, born 9th month 19, 1726. died 12th month 14, 1794, married 9th month 
15, 1749, Mary Doughty, born ist month 27, 1731, died 5th month 15, 1798; 
Daniel Doughty, born 7th month 29, 1751, died 7th month 27, 1827, married 



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9th month 9, 1772, Elizabeth Scholey, born ist month 24, 1752, died 8th month 
25, 1801, the last two the parents of Rebecca Smith, wife of Joseph White. 

Barclay, son of Joseph and Rebecca (Smith) White, was born April 4, 
1821, died November 23, 1906. He was descended in the seventh generation 
from the Quaker, Samuel Jennings, who was appointed by the Crown the first 
Governor of the Province of West Jersey. He also in the eighth generation 
was a descendant of John Jasper, a merchant of Rotterdam, grandfather of 
William Penn. He was, like his forbears, a member of the Society of Friends, 
and for many years was an elder of that church. He married Rebecca Merritt 
Lamb, born March 22, 1824, died February 20, 1850, daughter of Restore S. 
and Mary (Ridgway) Lamb, of Mount Holly, Burlington county. New Jersey. 
Rebecca Merritt Lamb was a descendant of Ann Mauleverer. an elder of the 
Chesterfield Friends Meeting, New Jersey, who was descended through twelve 
distinct strains from Edward I, of England. (See the Mauleverer Chart His- 
torical Society of Penna.). The descent is as follows: John Abbott married 
3rd month 26, 1696, Anne Mauleverer. Their daughter, jane, born 3rd month 
9, 1701, died 1st month 3, 1780, married, 12th month 16, 1726, Joseph Burr, 
born nth month 5, 1693, died 4th month 13, 1767. Their daughter, Mary, 
born 6th month 11, 1729, died ist month 17, 1802, married nth month 20, 
1747, Solomon Ridgway, born 8th month 18, 1723, died in 1788. Their son, 
Benjamin E, Ridgway, born 6th month 20, 1770, died 4th month 14, 1856; mar- 
ried 8th month 17, 1794, Prudence Borton, born 12th month 25, 1762, died 3d 
month 25, 1854. The daughter of this marriage, Mary, born 6th month 12, 
1795, died 3rd month 25, 1837, married Restore S. Lamb, born 12th month 27, 
1788, died 8 month 16, 1867, one of their daughters being Rebecca Merritt, of 
previous mention, who married Barclay White. Children of Barclay and Re- 
becca Merritt (Lamb) White: i. Howard, born April 12, 1844. 2. Joseph 
Josiah, born January 22, 1846. 3. George Foster, of whom further. 4. Bar- 
clay jr., born February 20, 1850. 

George Foster, third of the four sons of Barclay and Rebecca Merritt 
iLamb) White, was born on his father's farm, "Urie," about one mile from 
Mount Holly, Burlington county. New Jersey, November 13. i847._ His schol- 
astic training was obtained in various primary schools of that locality, finishing 
his studies when fifteen and a half years of age at the Mount Holly Institute, 
conducted by Rev. Sam.uel Aaron and his son, Charles. This was his last in- 
struction in graded schools, although after he had begun his business career in 
Philadelphia he completed a course in business subjects at Crittenden's Com- 
mercial College. In 1863, aged sixteen years, he entered the employ of Lippin- 
cott & Parry, cloth merchants, situated on the southwest corner of Second and 
Market streets, in the capacity of clerk, in the early part of the next decade be- 
coming interested in the lumber business in that city. On January i, 1881, 
he became associated with his brother, Joseph J. White, in the retail sale of ma- 
chinery, and ten years later, still in the same connection, organizing the Penn- 
sylvania Machine Company. This concern's place of business was at No. 31 
North Seventh street, Philadelphia, and until 1900 Mr. White held the posi- 
tions of secretary and treasurer in its organization. During this time he con- 
tracted relations with various financial institutions, and in 1900 he withdrew 
from the mercantile business to give those interests the time and attention that 
their importance deserved, leaving behind him an honorable, successful record 
in the world that had been the scene of his youthful endeavors and his ma- 
ture accomplishments, the many friends that he had formed in that business 
regretting his departure for other fields. At the present time (January i) 
1914, he is actively connected with the following companies, societies, and as- 
sociations, the breadth of human life and action they cover giving an indication 



992 DELAWARE COUNTY 

of the diverse natures of his pursuits : the Lansdowne and Darby Saving Fund 
and Trust Company, of which he has been president, treasurer, and trust offi- 
cer since its incorporation in iyo2 ; the Lansdowne Building and Loan Asso- 
ciation, of which he has been secretary since its organization in 1889; director, 
since 1889, of the First National Bank of Darby; treasurer of the Darby 
Library Company, Darby, Pennsylvania, established in 1743; treasurer of the 
Associated Charities of Eastern Delaware county ; treasurer of the Lansdowne 
Playground Association : treasurer of the Lansdowne Troop, Boy Scouts of 
America : treasurer of Darby Creek Foot-bridge Association ; and is a mem- 
ber of the executive committees of the Darby Home Protection .Society, the 
People's Rights Association of Delaware county, Lansdowne Natural History 
Club, and the Lansdowne Boy Scouts of America; vice-president of the Lans- 
downe Men's Suffrage League.; and is a member of the Historical Society of 
Pennsvlvania, the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, the National Geo- 
graphic Society, the Geographical Society of Philadelphia, and the American 
Academy of Political and Social Science. That Mr. White is able not only to 
render valuable service to all of tlie above organizations but also to derive 
considerable pleasure therefrom is an eloquent testimonial to his wide range 
of human sympathy, which enables him to rise from a committee conferring 
upon the dispensation of charities in the district, hasten to a meeting of a troop 
of Boy Scouts and there receive the Scout's salute as an honored and privileged 
guest. He is closely in touch with all that pertains to the advancement and 
betterment of Lansdowne and Delaware county, ably assisting and encouraging 
each new project for the community's welfare. 

]\Ir. \\'hite married Mary Jeanes Walter, born at No. 1233 Market street, 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 28. 1853, daughter of \Mlliam Penn and 
Sarah (Rhoads) Walter. Sarah Rhoads was a daughter of Joseph and Naomi 
(Thomas) Rhoads. The hardware business of William Penn Walter, estab- 
lished in 1831, is still conducted by his sons, trading under the name William 
P. Walter's Sons. Children of George Foster and Mary Jeanes ( Walter 1 
\\'hite: i. Rebecca Lamb, born January 21, 1878; married Arthur Shrigley, 
an architect, son of John M. Shrigley, president of the W^illiamson Trade 
School; children: Margaret, born November 7, 1904, and Edward White, born 
February 20. 1908. 2. Walter Rhoads White, born January 7, 1887; a grad- 
uate of William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, the L'niversity of Penn- 
sylvania, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School ; now a practicing 
lawver, with offices at No, ion Qnestnut street, Philadelphia. 



Probably no class of manufacturers in the United States can 
STATZELL show so striking an advance, in both output and quality, as 

can the linen shirt, collar and cuff' makers of the United 
States. This great industry is one with which George W. Statzell has been 
intimatelv and prominently connected all his active business life as salesman 
and high official, of one of the largest firms of Troy, New York, that city of 
manufacturing fame. 

The Statzells spring from an ancestry long seated in the Empire of Ger- 
many, from whence came Peter M. Statzell. the founder of this branch in the 
United States in 1800. He settled in Philadelphia, married and reared a fam- 
ily. His son, Peter M. Statzell, married Anna, daughter of Thomas and 
Elizabeth Bartholomew and resided in Philadelphia, where their children were 
born. Peter M. Statzell died in Philadelphia. February 19, 1882. his wife sur- 
viving him. Two onlv of their eight children are now living: George W., 
of whom further, and Cecelia, who married Isaac T. Wolff. 



DELAWARE COUNTY 993 

Henry Clay Statzell, an elder brother of George \V., was born in Philadel- 
phia, August 12, 1852. He attended the public schools, but at the age of 
twelve years became a worker in a mercantile establishment in Philadelphia. 
About 1878 he became manager of the Philadelphia branch of Coon & Com- 
pany, shirt, collar and cuff manufacturers of Troy, New York, and in 1881 
became a member of the firm. In 1891 changes and consolidations resulted in 
the firm Coon & Company forming with Cluett Brothers & Company the new 
firm, Cluett, Coon & Company, with which firm Henry C. Statzell was asso- 
ciated. In 1896 he retired from active business, established his residence in 
Lansdowne and was ever afterward identified with the development and pros- 
perity of that borough until his death, September 8, 1902. Among his inter- 
ests was the Lansdowne Electric Light Company, of which he was one of the 
organizers and president until his death. In religious faith he was an Epis- 
copalian. 

George W. Statzell, son of Peter M. and Anna (Bartholomew) Statzell, 
was born in Philadelphia, February 14, 1858. He attended the public school, 
but at an early age became a worker, beginning his business life as office boy 
in a mercantile establishment in Philadelphia. He decided later to learn a 
trade, and for three and a half years served an apprenticeship with a Phila- 
delphia stair builder, becoming an expert worker and thoroughly familiar with 
all the detail of stair building as then practiced. He did not, however, put 
the knowledge gained into practical use for any great length of time, deciding 
instead to engage in mercantile life. The rapid improvement in laundry 
machinery had driven the once popular paper collar and cuff from the market, 
and that business was being captured by the linen shirt, collar and cuff makers 
of Troy, New York, a city then, as now, the principal seat of this particular 
branch of linen manufacturing. In 1880 he became associated with the Troy 
house of Coon & Company, then a leader in the collar and cuff business. He 
was one of their Philadelphia representatives, his brother, Henry C. StatzelU 
being manager of the Philadelphia branch. Mr. Statzell continued with this 
house during its changes in firm personnel, won a high position in the regard 
of his business associates and in the final firm organization as Cluett, Peabody 
& Company, was chosen vice-president and manager of their selling forces, 
and retired at the age of fifty. No other name than "self-made," hackneyed 
though it be, can describe Mr. Statzell, who from a poor boy rose to the posi- 
tion he occupied, not by any lucky turn of fortune's wheel, but by his own 
efforts, step by step. A resident of Philadelphia until 1894, Mr. Statzell in that 
year moved to Lansdowne which has ever since been his home. He has done 
much to improve that borough, having erected many of the most modern and 
attractive residences there found. He has taken a deep interest in local public 
affairs and aided in many ways the progress of that community, from a small 
country village to a populous, popular, prosperous borough. He is most gen- 
erous in his support of all churches and charities, and has spent a great deal 
of time in foreign travel. He was champion sculler of Philadelphia and Penn- 
sylvania during the eighties ; was captain of Pennsylvania Barge Club of 
Schuylkill Navy for eight years ; commodore of Schuylkill Navy and after- 
wards president of National Association of Amateur Oarsmen ; president of 
the Belmont Cricket Club a cricketer of some note; president of Lansdowne 
C. Club, now president of the Aronamink Country Club. 

Mr. Statzell married. May i. 1877, Alice, daughter of William and Eliza- 
beth (Miller) Bauer. Children: Harlan Page, born September 22, 1878, 
married Adele Clayborn and has Alice and Harlan Page (2) ; Henry Clay (2), 
born June 23, 1884; George Washington, September 28, 1894. 

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994 DELAWARE COUNTY 

For many generations tlie progenitors of Rev. Thomas F. Ryan, 
RYAN of Chester, have been native of the county of Tipperary, Ireland. 
His grandfather, Jeremiah Ryan, was a well to do farmer, a de- 
vout Catholic and all his life lived near Moss Cross Abbey near Tipperary 
where he is buried. His three sons, Thomas F., John and Matthew, all came to 
the United States, both John and Matthew serving in the civil war. John Ryan 
was captured in battle, confined in Libby prison, there contracted disease that 
caused his death not long after his release. Matthew served in the United 
States Navy and after the war settled in California where he was employed in 
the government mint. His son, Matthew (2), took holy orders and is now a 
priest of the Roman Catholic Church located in California. 

Thomas Francis Ryan, son of Jeremiah Ryan, was born in Tipperary, Ire- 
land, and there lived until sixteen years of age. He attended the parish school's 
and was a classmate of the late Archbishop Ryan of Philadelphia. He came to 
the United States at the age of sixteen years, locating in Providence, Rhode 
Island, where he learned the trades of machinist and patternmaker — later he 
came to Philadelphia where for many years he was in the employ of the Sell- 
ers Company, and there died in 1888 aged forty-five years. He was a member 
of the Roman Catholic Church, and in politics an independent Democrat. He 
married Mary T. O'Donnell, born in Limerick, Ireland, came to the United 
States when twelve years of age, living until her marriage in Providence, 
Rhode Island, having there risen to the position of forewoman in Walsh's 
Department Store. After marriage the young couple settled in Philadelphia, 
where they resided in the tenth ward and there all their children were born : 
William H., now chief clerk under the auditor of the Pennsylvania Railroad 
Company, a position he has held for thirty years, now having a force of three 
hundred clerks under his direction ; Rev. Thomas F., see forward ; John P., a 
retired oiificer of the United States Navy, now residing at the American Lega- 
tion in Pekin, China; Mary, resides at No. 5106 Springfield avenue, Philadel- 
phia. 

Rev. Thomas F. Ryan, second son of Thomas Francis and Mary T. 
(O'Donnell) Ryan, was born in Philadelphia, September 20, i860. After pre- 
paratory courses he entered La Salle College, Philadelphia, whence he was 
graduated class of 1880, entered Mount St. Mary's, Baltimore. Maryland, and 
was graduated after a classical and scientific course in 1885. He then entered 
the Theological Seminary connected with Mount St. Mary's, took the full 
course in Divinity following with a two years course at St. Charles College, 
Overbrook, Pennsylvania. He was ordained to the priesthood of the Roman 
Catholic Church, September 12, 1890, and was first stationed at St. Patrick's 
church in Norristown. After a year there, he spent another year at St. 
Agatha's, Thirty-eighth and Spring Garden streets, Philadelphia, then for the 
next ten years was connected with St. Ann's in Port Richmond, Philadelphia, 
with the exception of one year spent as chaplain of Fifth Regiment United 
States Cavalry during the Spanish war. On November 20, 1903, he was ap- 
pointed pastor in charge of the Parish of St. Rosa Lima at Eddystone, Dela- 
ware county, where his labors have been greatly blessed and he still remains. 
During the nine years he has been in charge of the parish he has been in- 
strumental in having a church erected in Ridley Park costing twenty-five thou- 
sand dollars, now fully paid and now a separate parish. The church at Nor- 
wood has also been greatly improved. In Eddystone the old church has been 
torn down, although erected but nineteen years earlier. In its place a beauti- 
ful stone church costing forty thousand dollars was completed in 1910. These 
and other evidences of material prosperity stand as evidences of Father Ryan's 
earnest, well directed efforts, while spiritually the increase has been very large. 



DELAWARE COUNTY 



995 



The parish before its division about ten years ago contained an area of forty- 
two square miles and about three hundred souls that depended on the Catholic 
church for their spiritual food. Now the parish of Eddystone alone contains 
three times that number, the new church providing for the accommodation of 
nine hundred. A faithful minister of God must often await the final judgment 
for the fruits of his labor, but to Father Ryan has it been given to see much 
good resulting from his labors. Scholarly, cultured and in social intercourse, 
the genial, courteous gentleman, he is the forceful, eloquent, earnest orator in 
the pulpit, while as the pastor he is most firm, yet kindly, ever striving by pre- 
cept, exhortation and example to encourage all to a higher and better life. The 
various societies of the church are prosperous and each is doing its utmost to 
carry forward the special object of its foundation. 



The descent of the Roney family of Clifton Heights, Delaware 
RONEY county, Pennsylvania, is English and Scotch. The earliest rec- 
ord of any of its members in this country is of James Roney, a 
printer of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he died aged about fifty years. 
He was a Whig in politics. He married Margaret MacPherson, died in Phil- 
adelphia, aged sixty-five years ; children : Theodore, married Anna Roney ; 
Charles Taylor, of whom further. 

(H) Charles Taylor, son of James and Margaret (MacPherson) Roney, 
was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where his early life was spent, and 
where he died. He obtained an education in the public schools and was grad- 
uated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. For many years he con- 
ducted a pharmacy in Philadelphia and built up a large and profitable business. 
Both he and his wife were members of the Society of Friends. He was a 
Democrat in politics. He married Angelina C. White, of Philadelphia, where 
she resides, aged seventy-three years, daughter of John White, a cabinet 
maker, who died in Easton, Maryland, aged seventy-four years. Child of 
Charles Taylor and Angelina C. (White) Roney: Charles Henry, of whom 
further. 

(HI) Charles Henry, only son and child of Charles Taylor and Angelina 
C. (White) Roney, was born in Camden, New Jersey, June 9, 1861. He wa^ 
brought to Philadelphia when only two years of age and obtained an educa- 
tion in the public schools. Leaving school he was employed for a time as clerk 
in a real estate office, then in the same capacity worked for the John Tucker 
Cigar Company, leaving there to accept his present position with the Pennsyl- 
vania railroad, which is that of ticket clerk at Broad street station, Philadel- 
phia, Pennsylvania. He is a Republican in politics, and with his wife attends 
the Methodist Episcopal church. He is a member of the Volunteer Relief 
Association, Pennsylvania Railroad. He married, June 22, 1888, Anna Long, 
born in Primos, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, May 9, 1869, daughter of 
Adam and Margaret (Allyine) Long, of Philadelphia. Adam Long was born 
in Primos, Pennsylvania, a brick burner, now deceased, and his wife was a 
native of Philadelphia. Children of Adam and Margaret (Allyine) Long: 
Adam (deceased); Rebecca (deceased); Catherine; Elizabeth; Margaret; 
Samuel; John (deceased); William (deceased); Sarah; Anna (of previous 
mention) married Charles Henry Roney; and two who died in infancy. Chil- 
dren of Charles Henry and Anna (Long) Roney: i. Charles Earnest, born 
February 20, 1889, employed in the freight department of the Pennsylvania 
railroad. 2. Violet May, born May 10, 1895. 3. Mildred White, born June 
26, 1901. 

The family home is on Broadway, Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania. 



996 DELAWARE COUNTY 

Joseph M. Colloni, an enterprising and public-spirited citizen 
COLLOM of Drexel Hill, in harmony with advanced ideas, intelligent, 
progressive, whose active career has been above reproach and 
whose success has been well merited, is a descendant of a Scotch-Irish ances- 
try, the founder of the family coming to this country at or near the time of 
the coming of William Penn. They were Friends in their religious belief. 

Asher S. Collom, father of Joseph ^I. Collom, was born near Danboro, 
Bucks county, Pennsylvania, SeptemlDer 27, 1832, died November 14, 1876. 
His parents were natives of Bucks county, Pennsylvania, and died of the chol- 
era in the year 1846, within a week of each other, and they were the parents 
of four children: I. Josephine, married William Gougher ; resided in Bucks 
county, Pennsylvania. 2. Elizabeth, married James Martin; resided in Schuyl- 
kill county. 3. William, owner of a slave ship, and the supposition is that he 
was captured by pirates. 4. Asher S. Collom. Asher S. Collom after com- 
pleting his studies in the public schools, acted in the capacity of school teacher 
for some time, later opened an oyster house in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, was 
the first one to carry express between Doylestown and Philadelphia prior to the 
establishment of the large express companies, conducted a general store in the 
country and was the proprietor of a hotel called "The Lamb," located near 
Doylestown, Pennsylvania. During the civil war he served for ten months in 
the Pennsylvania Infantry, being attached to the hospital corp. He took an 
active interest in local politics, affiliating with the Republican party, and was 
a Friend in religion. He married Mary Catherine Walker, born in Bucks coun- 
ty, Pennsylvania, January 7, 1842, daughter of George and Julia (Brunner) 
Walker, residents of Bucks county, he a farmer and a Presbyterian. Children 
of Mr. and Mrs. Collom : Joseph Moore, of whom further ; George Walker. 

deceased, married Josie , and resided in California ; William Bertram, a 

veterinarian in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, married Emma Werner. 

Joseph M. Collom was born in the town of Danboro, Bucks county, Penn- 
sylvania, February i, 1862. He attended the schools adjacent to his home, 
pursued advanced studies at Doylestown Seminary, and later took a course in 
a commercial college in Philadelphia. His father established a general store 
in Danboro, placing Joseph M. in charge of it, while he looked after his other 
mterests, and when Joseph M. attained the age of eighteen years, his father 
having died three years previously, he disposed of the store. He then took a 
trip out west, traveling extensively through the western states and Mexico, re- 
maining for eight years, and during this time he introduced telephones into 
Mexico, the natives being amazed at the wonderful instruments. In 1888 he 
returned to his native state, locating in Philadelphia, and there engaged in elec- 
trical work for Mr. W. S. Griffith, in whose employ he remained for two years. 
He then accepted a position with the Reading railroad, in the electrical depart- 
»nent, and filled the same for a period of six years. He then became connected 
with Lit Bros., in the electrical department of their extensive store in Philadel- 
phia, and has been so occupied since 1902, giving entire satisfaction in the per- 
formance of his duties. He is also interested in the real estate business, his 
transactions being in the vicinity of his home. He is a Republican in politics, 
and affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Knights of Malta, 
Ancient Order Knights of the Mystic Chain, Improved Order of Red Men and 
Patriotic Order Sons of America. 

Mr. Collom married, November 5, 1888, Nellie B. Black, born in Phila- 
delphia, Pennsvlvania. March 2. 1863, daughter of Jenks B. and Catherine 
Black, both deceased. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Collom: Percy Wilber, born 
Tune 26, 1893; Russell S., born February 2, 1895. The family resides in the 
house erected by Mr. Collom in 1909, on the corner of Drexel and Bonsall ave- 
nues, Drexel Hill. 



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From the days of William Penn, the Garretts have been land 
GARRETT owners and prominent Friends of Chester, now Delaware 
county, including William and Ann (Kirke) Garrett, who came 
in 1684. Seven generations of Garretts have lived in Delaware county, the 
line of descent to Arthur S. Garrett being as follows: William and Ann 
(Kirke) Garrett; Samuel and Jane (Pennell) Garrett; Nathan and Ann 
(Knowles) Garrett; Thomas and Sarah (Price) Garrett; Edward and Abi- 
gail (Sellers) Garrett; George Sellers and Mary W. (Maris) Garrett; Arthur 
Sellers and Hannah Worrel (Ogden) Garrett. 

In each generation the heads of these families have been Friends, and with 
few exceptions the children have adhered to the family faith. In the line of 
Arthur S. Garrett, each generation were farmers, although his father had large 
business interests, principally in banks of the county. 

George Sellers Garrett, of the sixth generation in America, father of 
Arthur S. Garrett, was born in Upper Darby township, Delaware county, 
Pennsylvania, December 20, 1838, died January 16, 1889. He was educated 
in public and private schools, completing his studies at Friends Boarding 
School, Westtown, Chester county, Pennsylvania, intending to enter college, 
but ill health prevented him from doing so. He then returned home and 
thereafter was his father's assistant on the homestead, which consisted of one 
hundred and ninety-three acres, part of the original homestead purchased 
from William Penn by a Mr. Feme and sold by him to a member of the Garrett 
family, the original deed from Penn to Feme being preserved in the family. After 
the death of his father, George S. Garrett engaged in mercantile business and 
became interested in banking institutions, also administering many trusts. He 
was one of the founders of the Thompson-Houston Electric Company. For 
five years he was a director of the First National Bank of Darby, being 
re-elected for a sixth term on the day he was stricken with apoplexy. In 1881 
he succeeded Nathan Garrett as secretary of the Upper Darby Building and 
Loan Association, serving until his death; also was a director of the Media 
Title and Trust Company. He was for several years supervisor of Upper 
Darby and an elected auditor of Delaware county, but declined to serve. He 
was deeply interested in the cause of education, serving for many years as a 
member of the board of managers of the Elwyn Training School for Feeble 
Minded Children, and was for a time trustee of Haverford College. 

In business he was active and enterprising, keenly sagacious, diligent, 
adhering closely to upright, honorable principles which ever brought him 
abundant success. His name was a synonym for integrity, and in his com- 
munity no man was held in higher respect. In his public life he was ever found 
on the side of progress and improvement. Many of the enterprises he assisted 
to develop are now strong and successful. In his private life he was most 
kind, neighborly and considerate. He gave freely to those less fortunate than 
himself, but in such a quiet, unostentatious way that few of his deeds of kind- 
ness were known save to himself and the beneficiary. But his chief interest 
was in his home, and in the midst of his family his noble qualities shone 
brightest. He was a birthright member of the Society of Friends and ever 
guided his life by the teachings of that faith. 

Mr. Garrett married, October 3, 1866, in Chester Meeting, Mary W. 
Maris, born at Upland. September i, 1835, died May 20, 1897, daughter of 
Jesse J. and Mary ( West ) Maris, of Chester. Jesse J. Maris, a highly esteemed 
Friend, was for nineteen years prior to his death president of the Bank of 
Delaware County. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Garrett: Mary M.. born Jan- 
uary 24, 1870; Edward J., April 24, 1872, died April, 1896; Arthur Sellers, 
of whom further; George Spencer, November 2, 1880, died October 28, 1907. 



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Arthur Sellers Garrett, son of George Sellers and Mary W. (Maris) Gar- 
rett, was born in Upper Darby township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania 
November 24, 1873. He attended the Friends Boarding School at Westtown! 
and then entered Cornell University, from which he graduated in the class of 
1897 with the degree of [Mechanical Engineer. In 1902 he founded, in con- 
junction with his brother, George Spencer Garrett, the American Water Soft- 
ener Company, a prosperous concern, engaged in the manufacture and instal- 
lation of mechanical and chemical systems for the purification and filtration 
of water, and of this company Arthur S. Garrett was chosen president in 1908. 
They have installed two filter plants on the Isthmus of Panama for the United 
States government, besides water purification plants for numerous railroads, 
iTianu factories and municipalities, as well as for the U. S. government. The 
offices of the company are at No. loii Chestnut street. Philadelphia. Mr. 
Garrett is a director in the Lansdowne Trust Company, the Lansdowne Build- 
ing and Loan .Association, and trustee of Elwyn Training School for the Fee- 
ble Minded, He is a member of the Engineers' Club of Philadelphia, and 
Cornell Club. 

Mr. Garrett married, in 1906. Plannah \\'orrell Ogden. born at the Ogden 
homestead at Swarthmore, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, in 1873, slaughter 
of Charles T. and .\nna M. Ogden. Children: George Sellers, born July 
25, 1907; Margaret Ogden, July 15, 191 1; Charles Spencer, December" 19, 
1912. Mr. Garrett resides in the old family homestead in Upper Darby, now 
known as Drexel Hill. 



Joseph Wilde, a substantial and esteemed citizen of Dre.xel Hill, 
WILDE where he has resided for over three decades, now retired from ac- 
tive pursuits, was born in Frankfort, now a part of the city of 
Philadelphia. Pennsylvania, August 12. 1838, son of Samuel and Sarah (Shoul- 
ter) Wilde. 

Samuel Wilde, fatlier of Joseph Wilde, was born in Middleton, England, 
1795, died in Springfield township, Pennsylvania, February 14. 1874. His par- 
ents were natives of England. Their children, upon attaining suitable age, em- 
igrated to the United States, among whom were four sons : Samuel, who con- 
ducts a cotton mill at Frankfort, Pennsylvania : James and John, who were 
partners in a cotton mill on Darby creek, Delaware county, Pennsylvania ; Sam- 
uel, aforementioned, who was reared and educated in England, learned the 
trade of cotton spinner, which he followed for some years in his native land, 
in 1836 emigrated to this country, settling in Philadelphia, and at first operated 
a cotton spinning mill at Frankfort, and later purchased a mill at Hayville on 
Darby creek. Springfield township, which he conducted for half a century, pro- 
ducing woolen knitting yarn. He resided in Springfield township above the 
mill. He married, in England, Sarah Shoulter, born near ]\Iiddleton, Eng- 
ftnd, 1798, died in Springfield township, 1872, her parents being natives of 
England, where they lived and died, her father being a saddler by trade. Chil- 
dren of Mr. and Mrs. Wilde: i. .Ann, married William Murphy; at the pres- 
ent time (1914) she is residing near her brother, Joseph, having attained the 
venerable age of eighty-five years. 2. John, deceased: worked in his father's 
mill. 3. James, deceased : was a machinist in his father's mill. 4. Joseph, of 
whom further. 5. William, died in early life. 

Joseph Wilde obtained a practical education in the jniblic schools in the 
neighborhood of his home, and early in life began working in his father's mill, 
continuing until the death of his father. In 1874. in partnership with his 
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and under the name of E. Hay & Company conducted the mill for thirty years, 
producing all kinds of woolen yarn. In icjofi they dis])osed of the business, 
having acctmiulated sufificient capital during their many years of business life 
to retire and enjoy the fruit of their toil. The success which crowned their 
efforts was the result of skill and ability displayed in the management of their 
enterprise, which was conducted along progressive lines and in a straightfor- 
ward and business-like manner. Mr. Wilde is a member of the Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows, and is an Independent in politics. He resides in the 
substantial house on Drexel Hill erected by him in 1880, and is held in high 
esteem by all with whom he is brought in contact. 

Air. Wilde married. July 3, 1863, Mary Jane Morton, born in Darby town- 
ship, Delavi'are county, Pennsylvania, October 28, 1843, died March 2, 1897, 
daughter of Samuel and Mary Morton, the former named having been a butch- 
er by occupation. Children: I. Sarah, married Joseph Carpenter; resides in 
Clifton, Pennsylvania. 2. Mary, unmarried, acts as housekeeper for her 
father. 



George Sheller, of Primos, is well fitted for the occupation 
SHELLER which has received his attention during his active career, that 

of gardener, for he possesses an artistic, but decidedly practical 
mind. Active and upright in every relation to his fellowmen, Mr. Sheller 
has won for himself the confidence and good will of all with whom he has 
been brought in contact, and has long been considered one of the worthy citi- 
zens of his adopted town. 

George Sheller was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 19, 
1855, son of Peter and Catherine (Hoffner) Sheller, both natives of Philadel- 
phia, and the parents of seven children, five of whom lived until recently, two 
living at the present time (1913). Peter Sheller resided in his native city all 
his life, followed the occupation of gardener, from which he derived a good 
livelihood, and by his integrity of character and straightforward business meth- 
ods, won and retained the confidence of all with whom he associated, in bus- 
iness or social life. He was a son of George Sheller, who had the misfortune 
of being deprived of his sight, but this did not deter him from making his own 
•vvay in the world, as he was actively engaged in basket making, having a willow 
garden for that purpose. He was married twice, the christian names of his 
wives being Susan and Elizabeth. George Hoffner, father of Catherine (Hoff- 
ner) Sheller, was a native of Philadelphia, and there for many years was suc- 
cessfully engaged in gardening, which proved a most lucrative enterprise. 

George Sheller attended the public schools of Philadelphia, thus acquiring 
a solid foundation for an active and useful life. When old enough he assi.sted 
his father in his labor, and possessing a natural inclination for that line of 
work he adopted it for his active career, establishing a business of his own in 
Philadelphia, about the year 1881, continuing the same until 1912, a period 
of about three decades, and on February 28, 191 2, removed to Darby township, 
where he purchased eight acres of land, upon which was a substantial house, 
barn and outbuildings, and since then he has here pursued his chosen occupa- 
tion, to which he has added the raising of all kinds of vegetables, his products 
being noted for their excellence. The entire appearance of his property indi- 
cates that he has a thorough knowledge of his business, and that he not only 
looks after the practical side, but also strive to make his place attractive in 
every respect. He is interested in all that pertains to the improvement of the 
community in which he resides, and is willing to contribute his full share in 



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the work. He is a member of the Lutheran church, and his political allegiance 
is given to the candidates of the reform party. 

Mr. Sheller married, January 28, 1889,'Hettie Rile. Children: Harry, 
deceased; Catherine, Sarah, Mary, George, Elsie. Mr. Sheller is in all 
respects a good citizen, and he has also performed well his duty as son, hus- 
band and father. 



Edward John Lyons, proprietor of a fine hardware business in 
LYONS Ardmore, Pennsylvania, is carrying on a successful and extensive 
business which is the legitimate result of his own well directed 
and persevering efforts. Even in a republic like ours, where there is no fav- 
ored road to fame and wealth, where all may aspire to the highest point that 
ambition may set without natural hindrances, individual failures are more num- 
erous than individual successes; and it requires excellent business qualities, 
the closest application and untiring energy, to conquer the circumstances which 
force a man to make his own way upward. 

Thomas Lyons, father of the above mentioned, was born in Ireland, and 
came to America in his early vouth. He settled in Philadelphia, where in the 
course of time he became a well known contractor and excavator. He has 
been engaged in this line of business for many years and has met with well 
deserved success. During the past forty-five years he has been a resident of 
Haverford, Delaware county. Pennsylvania, where he and his wife are mem- 
bers of the Catholic church. He married in Philadelphia, Catharine Lynn, also 
a native of L'eland, and they have had four sons : James, who is a plumber, re- 
sides in Oakmont; Thomas, also a plumber, livesin Ardmore: Edward John, 
whose name heads this sketch : Nicholas, a bicycle dealer, lives in Bryn Mawr, 
Pennsylvania. 

Edward John Lyons was born in Haverford, Delaware county, Pennsyl- 
vania, June 25, 1878. His education was furnished by the public schools of 
Bryn Mawr and the parochial schools, and at a suitable age he was appren- 
ticed to learn the machinist's trade. This knowledge was acquired under the 
auspices of his brother, James, and Mr. Lyons followed this occupation for a 
number of years. In 190Q he established himself in the hardware business, 
opening a store on Lancaster avenue, Ardmore, and has built up a trade which 
is second to none of its size and class in the county. He carries a stock which 
averages twelve thousand dollars, and his business dealing is noted for its in- 
tegrity and reliability. He is a Republican in politics, and he and his wife are 
members of St. Dennis church, on Eagle Road, and generous contributors to 
the support of this institution. 

IMr. Lyons married, in 1904, Mary, born in Philadelphia, a daughter of 

and Catherine C. Wahl. They have no children. The life of Mr. 

Lyons is one of fidelity to duty and of sterling worth, and he has a host of 
warm friends throughout the communitv. 



Thomas Maguire, born in county Fermanagh, Ireland, in 182S. 
MAGLHRE came to the United States in 1848, and died in Chester. Penn- 
sylvania, in July. 1912. He settled first in Lenni, Delaware 
county, Pennsylvania, worked for several years as railroad section hand, fin- 
ally became private gardener for John P>. Roach, of Chester. He was a Demo- 
crat in politics, and a member of the Roinan Catholic church. He married, in 
Delaware county, P>ridget McEntee, who came from Ireland in her sixteenth 
year and died in Lenni in 1910, daughter of Peter McEntee. born in Ireland. 



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died in Delaware county, Pennsylvania. Children : John C, of whom further ; 
Thomas, a textile weaver of Lenni, Pennsylvania, unmarried ; James, a designer 
of Philadelphia, unmarried ; William, a stone cutter, married ; Edward, a 
machinist of Chester, unmarried ; Rose, deceased ; Anna, married W. Costello, 
deceased, a spinning room foreman in Philadelphia, where his widow resides ; 
Mary, married Lawrence Connor, a machinist, and resides in Lenni, Pennsyl- 
vania ; Elizabeth, resides in Lenni, unmarried. 

(II) John C, son of Thomas Maguire, was born in Delaware county, 
Pennsylvania, in 1858, died in Chester, May 23, 1904. He was a grocer at 
Second and Kerlin streets, Chester, many years, but after the financial panic 
of 1900 was employed by the Chester Traction company. He was a mem- 
ber of the Roman Catholic church and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and a 
man of excellent character, highly respected by all. He married Mary J. Cos- 
tello, born in Delaware county, 1862, died in Chester, July i, 1907, daughter 
of William Costello, of Aston Mills. Children: W. P., of whom further; 
Rose, married Martin J. Connolly, of Chester, a molder by trade, now engaged 
in the insurance business ; Margaret, resides in Philadelphia, unmarried ; Mary, 
resides in Philadelphia, unmarried ; Marcella, resides in Philadelphia, unmar- 
ried ; Anna, resides in Philadelphia, unmarried ; Thomas, resides in Philadel- 
phia, unmarried. 

(III) W. P., eldest son of John C and Mary J. (Costello) Maguire, was 
born at Aston Mills, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, January 14, 1883. He 
attended first the parochial, then the public schools of Chester, but was obliged 
to leave school at fourteen years of age, becoming messenger boy for the West- 
ern Union Telegraph Company, continuing as such two years. In 1899 he 
learned telegraphy, but on account of his youth could not obtain an operator's 
position. 

He worked as clerk for E. B. McClenahan in his stationery store 
for eight months. In 1900 he entered the employ of the Johnson Frog and 
Switch Compan}', remaining one year. For the next two j'ears he was with 
the Tide Water Steel Company, and in 1903 was appointed manager and 
operator at Princess Ann, Maryland, for the Western Union Telegraph Com- 
pany. Three months later he resigned to become operator at the West Phila- 
delphia office of the Postal Telegraph Company. In 1905 he came to Chester 
as night operator for the same company, and three months later he was 
appointed manager to fill the vacancy caused by the death of the manager, W. 
H. Larkin. This position he has since most acceptably filled until the present 
date. Mr. Maguire is an Independent in politics, a member of the Roman 
Catholic church and the Loyal Order of Moose. 

He married, October, 1907, in Chester, Mary F. Connolly, daughter of the 

"late James Connolly, who was a clothier of Chester, and his wife, Margaret 

(Crosley) Connolly, now residing at No. 11 19 Parker street. Chester. Children : 

Margaret Helen, born in Chester. July 24, 1908; William Francis, March 

12, 1911. 



James Rawson, a retired business man now living at Llanerch, 

RAWSON Delaware county, Pennsylvania, is a descendant of an old and 

honored English family. He is a man of strong purpose and 

"has been an important addition to the business force of the community in which 

his active business years have been spent. 

Thomas Rawson. his father, was born in Halifax, Yorkshire, England, and 

spent his entire life there. For many years he held the position of foreman in 

.a worsted factory and his death occurred when he was near ninety years of age. 



1002 DELAA\'ARE COUNTY 

rle and his wife were members of the Episcopal church. .Mr. Rawson 
-married Hannah Dickinson, also a native of Halifax, who died in her eighty- 
eighth year. They had children as follows : Thomas, who died in England ; 
Elizabeth, married John Franklin, is now a widow and lives in Halifax, Eng- 
land ; ;\Iary Ann. now deceased, married Aaron Squire : Eliza, unmarried, re- 
sides in Halifax, England ; David, came to the United States in 1880, and died 
in Iowa in 191 1 : James, the subject of this sketch: \\'illiam. is a tailor, and 
lives in Manchester, England. 

James Rawson was born in Halifax, Yorkshire county, England, August 
15, 185 1. The public schools of his native town furnished him with a practi- 
cal education, and he was then apprenticed to the firm of Frederick Smith & 
Company, wire manufacturers of Halifax, remaining with them for a period 
of six years. During the next two years he was in the employ of Richard 
Johnson, of Manchester, England, and then formed a partnership with his 
brother, David, and a Mr. Housen, in the manufacture of wire in Manchester. 
This partnership was dissolved at the ex]jiration of three years, when there 
was a serious business depression in all lines in England, and Mr. Rawson, 
who had had an excellent business offer from the city of Xew York, decided to 
try his fortune in the New World. Upon his arrival here he accepted a posi- 
tion with Carey & Moen, in the same line of business with which he had been 
identified, and then remained with this firm fur a period of two years, at which 
time he received a far more advantageous oiYer from R. H. \Volflf & Co., to 
act as their superintendent, which he did for five years. Mayor Abram S. 
Hewitt, of New York City, then made him a very favorable oflier to go to 
Trenton, New Jersey, in order to take charge of his business interests there 
and introduce better and more original methods, as under the old management 
the business had gone decidedly backward. The factory at Trenton was en- 
gaged in the manufacture of '^pecialties, such as piano wire, watch and clock- 
springs, etc., and Mr. Rawson had full charge for fifteen years, the factory 
gaining in prestige under his able management, and at the end of this time he 
retired, having the intention of going to England and s])ending the remainder 
of his life in his native land. L'nfortunately. Mrs. Rawson was taken seriously 
ill before this plan could be carried out. and her health has never been so fully 
restored as to make the plan feasible. Mr. Rawson is still engaged as a con- 
sulting manufacturer in the line with which he was so actively connected for 
many years. In this direction the knowledge he has gained in the course of 
years of the German, French and .American methods, in addition to his earlier 
experience in the English field, has been of inestimable value. As ]Mr. Rawson 
was an enthusiast in all matters pertaining to athletic sports, especially cricket, 
he decided to make his home at Llanerch, knowing tliat there he would find 
kindred spirits. He has always been an exceptionally good cricket player, and 
for many years past, has never failed to represent some clulj in a match during 
the cricket season. 

]\Ir. Rawson is a member of the Trenton Cricket Club and the Dela- 
ware County Golf Club. His political adherence is with the Republican party, 
and he has served as treasurer of the Llanerch Civic Association. He and his 
wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which he has been 
treasurer for the pa.st six years. Mr. Rawson married, in 1878. Martha Ann, 
born in Halifax, England, a daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Hallowell) 
Roberts. 

They have been blessed with one child : Emily, who mariicd C. C. 
Haven, and lives in Llanerch. They have children : Arthur Rawson, Law- 
rence and Ethel Beatrice. Mr. Rawson is of a social and kindly hearted dispo- 



DELAWARE COUNTY 1003 

sition, and makes friends readily. He has taken an active interest in the move- 
ments tending to the development and progress of the locality in which he has 
made his home, and has been instrumental in promoting its improvement. 



There is no surname in the English language whose derivation 
PALMER is more full of interest than that of Palmer. The use of it 
as a surname traces from the time of the Crusades in the twelfth 
and thirteenth centuries, when the seekers for the Holy Sepulchre carried it as 
their emblem. Charles W. Bardsley, in his work "Our English Surnames," re- 
fers to it as follows : "The various religious wanderings of solitary recluses, 
though belonging to a system long faded from our English life, find a perpetual 
epitaph in the 'directories' of to-day. Thus we have still our 'Pilgrims' or 
'Perlerins' as the Normans termed them. We may meet with 'Palmers' any 
day in the streets of our large towns — names distinctively relating the manner 
in which their owners have derived their title. The 'Pilgrim' may have visited 
the Shrine of St. Thomas of Canterbury ; the 'Palmer,' as his sobriquet proves 
Mad forlorn and weary battled against all difficulties and trod the path that led 
to the Holy Sepulchre." In literature the name frequently appears, always in 
connection with the deeply religious folk who spent their lives in such a holy 
quest. Chaucer, Spenser, Milton, Scott and Shakespeare make frequent refer- 
ence using the name. 

Early in the history of the Society of Friends in England the Palmers 
were devoted members of the sect, braving uncomplainingly the persecutions 
,ind indignities that were heaped upon them for their non-conformity to the 
state religion. Besse, in his "Sufferings of the Quakers," mentions members 
of the family in many places, two of the extracts reading: "In 1659, Thomas 
Palmer and two others were subpoenaed into the Exchange at the suit of John 
Dyke, a priest, for tithes, valued at 14 s. : they appeared accordingly, but refus- 
ing to swear to their an.swer, were imprisoned for contempt in a low dungeon 
at Warwick, twenty steps deep, where the said Thomas Palmer lay ten 
months" ; and "In 1664 Ezekiel Palmer, of Cambridgeshire, had seven cows 
taken, worth 22 pounds, for non-conformity to public worship." 

The first member of the family in Pennsylvania was John Palmer, who 
settled in Concord township, then Chester county, now Delaware, about 1688. 
It is probable that he was one of a class of immigrants known as "Redemp- 
tioners," who pledged themselves to work in payment for their passage after 
they arrived in America. In 1688 a patent on one hundred acres of land was 
granted to "John Palmer his heirs and assigns forever." John Palmer married 
Mary, daughter of Robert Southery. The deaths of John and his wife, Mary, 
occurred within a few years of each other, his in 1742, hers in 1745. Botli 
were members of the Society of Friends. Children: John, of whom further; 
Catherine; Eals (Alice); Margerv : Ann; and Mary. 

(II) John (2), son of John (i) and Mary (Southery) Palmer, was born 
in Concord township, now part of Delaware county, Pennsylvania, about 1690, 
died 5th month, 1771. He followed the occupation of a farmer, first on the 
farm inherited from his father, later on a tract of one hundred and seventy- 
five acres, purchased from Henry Peirce. He was a man of prominence in 
the community and one of the first to promote the establishing of schools. He 
married, 6th month (June) 9, 1714, Martha, daughter of John and Elizabeth 
Yearsley, whose family came to Thornbury, Chester county, Pennsylvania, in 
1700, from Middlewich, England. Children: i. Mary, born 6th month 21, 
1715, died young. 2. John, born 8th month 20, 1717, died young. 3. Isaac, 
bom 9th month 13, 1719, died young. 4. Moses, of whom further. 5. Eliza- 



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betli, born 3rd month 24, 1724. 6. Rebecca, born 8th month i, 1726. 7. Mar- 
tha, born 3rd month 11, 1729. 8. Susannah, born loth month 24, 1731, died 
in infancy. 9. Susannah (2), born 12th month 14, 1732, died young. 10. 
John (2), born 8th month i, 1736, died 4th month, 1793. 

(III) Moses, son of John (2) and Martha (Yearsley) Palmer, was born 
in Concord township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, 5th month 26, 1721, 
died 6th month 20, 1783. In his early life he was instructed in cordwaining, 
but forsook that occupation for the more congenial one of farming. He cul- 
tivated the land obtained from his father in 1748 for many years, and also the 
tract adjoining it on the north, where he made his home for the latter years of 
Tiis life. During his lifetime he acquired a great deal of real estate, which at 
his death he willed to his wife and children in a testament dated 6th month 10, 
1783. He was an adherent to the family faith, a member of the Society of 
Friends. He married 1 first) Abigail, daughter of John and Mary fW'ood- 
w-ard) Newlin, of Concord; (second) Abigail (Sharp) Sharpless, widow of 
William Sharpless, and daughter of Joseph and Alary (Pyle) Sharp, born 2nd 
month 28, 1729, died 2nd month 14, 1805. Her father was an Irish emigrant. 

Children of Moses Palmer by his two marriages, the first, John, of further 
mention, being the only child of his first marriage : 2. ]\Iartha, born 9di 
month 7, 1753, died 2nd' month 18, 1831. 3. ]\Ioses, born 4th month 12, 1757, 
died 8th month 29, 1840. 4. Joseph, born 4th month 21. 1759, died 7th month 
30, 1838. 5. Abigail, born 8th month 26. 1762. died 3rd month 10. 1842. 6. 
Aaron, born 7th month 17, 1765, died 3rd month 10, 1842. 7. Mary, born ist 
month 24, 1768. 8. Ann, born jst month 9, 1771, died about 1821. 

(IV) John, son of Moses and Abigail (Newlin) Palmer, was born in 
Concord township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, nth month 4, 1745, died 
9th month 18, 1801. He erected- buildings on the eastern part of the original 
Palmer tract, afterward bequeathed ~to him by the terms of his father's will, 
and in connection with farming followed the occupation of a saddler. He 
married, 4th month 26, 1769, in Concord Meeting-house, Hannah, born 2nd 
month 18, 1753, died 4th month 11, 1842, daughter of Abraham and Lydia 
(Weldon) ^Martin. \Mlliam Peters and John Brinton, appointed by the 
Friends Meeting to attend the wedding, as was customary, reported that "it 
was orderly accomplished and a good degree of moderation at the house of 
entertainment and where the 3-outh ap])eared otherwise advice was adminis- 
tered." Children of John and Hannah f Martin) Palmer, all born in Con- 
cord township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania: i. Benjamin, of whom 
further. 2. Abraham, born 12th month 16. 1771, died 7th month 2, 1852. 3. 
Moses, born 12th month 14. 1773, died in infancy. 4. Abigail, born 2nd month 
22, 1776, died 3rd month 2, 181 5. 5. John, born 6th month 16, 1778, died 3rd 
month 29, 1868. 6. Lydia, born 1780. 7. Thomas, born 1786, died loth 
month, 1820. 8. Moses (2), born 2nd month 25. 1788, died 2nd month 16, 
1875. 9- Hannah, born 5th month 5, 1790, died 8th month, 1857. 10. Xor- 
ris, born 6th month 15, 1792, died 5th month 10, 1842. 

(\') Benjamin, eldest son and child of John and Hannah (Martin) Pal- 
mer, was born in Concord township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania. 2nd 
month 26, 1770, died loth month 2, 1824. He made his home in Aston town- 
ship, Delaware county, on a tract of land purchased from the Martin family, 
where he was proprietor of a general store and postmaster of the village. After 
his death his wife resided in Upper Providence township, in which locality she 
was familiarly known as ".\unt Nancy." 

He married, in 1800, Ann. daughter rii James and Lydia (Walter) Pen- 
nell, and was complained against for marrying out of Friends Meeting. His 
wife was received into Friends Meeting at Concord, nth month 7, 1810, and 



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took a certificate to Chester Meeting, 4th month 27, 1837. Children of ISenja- 
min and Ann (Pennell) Palmer: i. James Pennell, born 2nd month 26, 1801, 
died i2th month 10. iSCo. 2. Susan, born 8th month 20, 1802, died 6th month 
16, 1865. 3. T. Chalkley, of whom further. 4. John, born 7th month 14, 1806,. 
died 3rd month 16, 1823. 5. Abraham Martin, born 7th month 25, 1808, died 
i2th month 6, 1834. 6. Benjamin (2), born 9th month 19, 1811, died 8th 
month 27, 1841. 7. Lydia Ann, born 5th month 18, 1815, died 2nd month 27,. 
1816. 8. Catherine S., born 5th month 12, 1817, died 2nd month 27, 1904. 

(VI) T. Chalkley, second son and third child of Benjamin and Ann (Pen- 
nell) Palmer, was born in Aston township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania,. 
6th month 8, 1804, died in Media, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, 2nd month 
4, 1883. He attended the public schools and early in life learned the miller's 
trade, his first place of business being Beatty's ]\Iills, on Crum creek, a site now 
occupied by the Springfield Water Works. In 1834 he moved his seat of 
operations to Upper Providence and Marple townships, purchasing the Jones 
mill property, on the same stream as his old mill. In 1866 he purchased the 
homestead of John Sharpless, his father-in-law, in Nether Providence, where 
he and his wife resided until the latter's death, after which he lived in Water- 
ville and later at ]\Iedia, his death occurring in the latter place. Both he and 
his wife were lifelong members of the Orthodox branch of the Society of 
Friends. T. Chalkley Palmer was a Christian gentleman of the highest worth,, 
living an upright life in accordance with the tenets of the faith he professed. 

He married, at Chester Meeting, nth month 5, 1828, Sarah, born 8th 
month 21, 1804, died 3rd month 12, 1872, daughter of John and Ruth (Martin) 
Sharpless. She was a member of the old English family of Delaware county 
(see Sharpless) and a descendant of John and Jane (Moore) Sharpless, who- 
came to Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1682, from Haflierton, Cheshire, England. 
Children of T. Chalkley and Sarah (Sharpless) Palmer: i. Lewis, born ist 
month 13, 1830, died 12th month 31, 1881. 2. John S., born 5th month 17, 
1833. 3- Rebecca, born 6th month 21, 1836, died 9th month 10, 1838. 4.. 
Henry, t)orn istmonth i, 1839. 5. Beulah, born 3rd month 4, 1844. 



(VII) Lewis, eldest son of T. Chalkley and Sarah (Sharpless) 
PALMER Palmer, was born January 13, 1830, died December 31, 1881. 
He was well educated and for five years was a teacher in the 
Westtown Boarding School. He obtained a knowledge of mills and milling 
from association with his father and later purchased the Media grist and saw 
mills, which he successfully operated for several years. He then sold his water 
privileges and power to the borough of Media for the establishment of a water 
works system for that borough, and established a retail ice business in Media 
that was so successful that it was continued by his widow for several years. 
He was a well known naturalist and was an authority on minerals and botany, 
owning a rare collection of valuable specimens. He took a deep interest in pub- 
lic affairs and at the time of his death was a member of the borough council 
of Media. He was a member of the Society of Friends and a man held in 
the highest esteem. 

He married, December 16. 1858, IMary C. Wildman, born March 23, 1838, 
died January 25, 1906, daughter of John (2) Wildman and his wife, Ann 
Comfort, of Lower Makefield township, Bucks county, Pennsylvania. Chil- 
dren : Ruth Anna, born November 24, 1859, died the same day : Thomas Chalk- 
ley, of whom further; Anne, born November 11. 1866, married May 18, 1887. 
George S. Thorp and resides at IMedia ; John W., born July i, 1867, married, 
July I, 1890, Mary W. Yarnell and resides in INIedia. an electrician; Beulah,. 



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born July 27, 1869, married Edward E. Stimson and resides in Philadelphia; 
Sarah S., born December 17, 1872, married May 16, 1894. William S. Evans, 
whom she survives, a resident of Philadelphia : George jNIartin, born Alarch 14, 
1876, married April 16. 1902, Alarian E. Rodgers and is in business in New- 
ark, New Jersey ; Charles W., born August 9, 1879, now professor of science 
at Westtown Boarding School, married Anna C. Stanton : Edith Lewis, born 
]\Iarch 2, 188 1, resides in Media. 

(VIII) Thomas Chalkley, eldest son of Lewis and Mary C. (Wildman) 
Palmer, was born October 23, i860. He prepared at Westtown Boarding 
School, then entered Haverford College, whence he was graduated with the 
degree B. S.. class of 1882. He then took a special course in chemistry at 
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, and in the private laboratory of Prof. 
Henry Trimble. 

He began professional, life as chemist for the Sharpless D_\-e Wood Ex- 
tract Company of Chester, continuing until that company was succeeded in 
1904 by the American Dye Wood Company. He was elected a director of that 
'■.ompany at its organization, a responsible position that he yet holds, being 
also a stockholder. Mr. Palmer ranks very high in the branch in which he 
has specialized and is a recognized authority on the chemistry and use of dyes. 
He has written many papers for technical journals, and is a contributor to the 
publications of societies dealing with N^atural Science. His investigations nat- 
urally led him to rocks and plants and in both mineralogy and botany he is well 
informed. 

Mr. Palmer is a member of the Delaware County Institute of Science, suc- 
ceeding in 1894, John i\I. Broomall as president, and is still holding that posi- 
tion ; member of the Royal Microscopical Society of London; the Academy of 
Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, and vice director of the Section of Biolog)* 
and Microscopy: member of the Eranklin Institute; the Society of Chemical 
Industry of London ; the Chemical Society of France : the Botanical Society of 
Pennsylvania, and the American Chemical Society. He is a Republican in poli- 
tics and a member of the Society of Friends (Orthodox). 

Mr. Palmer married H. Jane Walter, born October 15, 1858, at Parkers- 
ville, Pennsylvania, daughter of William H. and Edith B. Webb. Children: 
X. Walter, born March 30, 1888, in Media, graduate of Haverford College, 
class of 1910, now taking a special course at Massachusetts Institute of Tech- 
nology : he is an electrical and mechanical engineer in the employ of the Amer- 
ican Dye Wood Company. 2. Lewis, born July 28, i88g, graduate of Friends' 
Select School of Philadelphia, 1907 ; spent one year at Haverford College, 
then became manager of his father's farm. The family home is a farm of 
one hundred acres owned by Mr. Palmer in Middletown township. 



The Beaumont family of Yorkshire, England, has long been 
BEAUMONT known as' prominent members of the industrial workers of 

that country. They have have been connected with some of 
the best interests of England, especially in its linen, woolen and cotton manu- 
facturies. About the year 1836 Richard Beaumont, of Yorkshire, emigrated 
to the United States, where the opportunities offered to ambitious young men 
were greater than in the mother country. He landed in Philadelphia, and 
eventually drifted to Watertown, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, and there 
died at the age of forty-eight. He held several important positions in differ- 
ent woolen mills, among them being that of foreman in the carding depart- 
ments. Both he and his wife were devout members of the Protestant Epis- 
copal church, and reared their family in that faith. He married Hannah Mills, 



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born in Chester, Pennsylvania, where she died after his death. They were 
the parents of eight children, four of whom are still living (1913). These 
are : Thomas, lives in Chester, Pennsylvania ; Charles, lives in Chester ; Emma, 
married J. Irvin Taylor, of Chester; Eliza, married Edward Adams, of Cpland, 
Pennsylvania. Those deceased are: William, of whom further; George; 
Thomas and Josephine. 

(II) William Beaumont, son of Richard and Hannah ( Alills ) Beaumont, 
was born March 18, 1851, at Waterville, Delaware county, Pennsylvania. He 
was reared in Darby, Pennsylvania, and received his education in the common 
schools of the day. At an early age he was apprenticed to H. Bickle, a tin- 
smith of Norristown, Pennsylvania. When he had thoroughly learned the 
trade he engaged in it at Norristown and later in Philadelphia, and other towns 
in Pennsylvania. In the meantime he moved to Lenni, Delaware county, 
Pennsylvania, and in conjunction with his brother, George Beaumont, he estab- 
lished a tinsmith shop and they succeeded in building up a lucrative business 
by close attention to it and unfailing courtesy to their patrons. George Beau- 
mont died March 26, 1900, and was succeeded in the partnership by William 
Beaumont Jr., a son of the senior member. Under the new management the 
business continued to prosper and had reached its zenith when Mr. Beau- 
mont Sr. was unfortunately killed in an accident on the Pennsylvania railroad, 
March 18, 1911. He was greatly mourned in the town toward which he had 
contributed much in its upbuilding, and where he was regarded as an indus- 
trious, honorable and progressive citizen. He was highly esteemed by his fel- 
low townsmen and business associates. He was a devoted husband and father 
and afforded his children splendid educational opportunities, thus fitting them 
to cope with the world. He was a Republican by conviction and voted with 
and worked for that party, but never held nor aspired to office. Since his 
death the business has been under the management of William Beaumont Jr., 
assisted by his brothers. Mr. Beaumont married Fannie Miller, daughter of 
Joshua and Anna (Richardson) Miller. Children: i. Annie, born January 
II, 1873; died June, 1877. 2. Richard, bom January 5, 1874; died, January 
19, 1874. 3. Eliza, born June 2, 1875; married William Roberts, of Lenni. 
4. William Jr., born May" 14, 1878; married December 10, 1910. Sarah M. 
Hopkins ; he was educated in the pubHc schools of his section ; under his fath- 
er's tutelage he learned the tinsmith's trade, and in 1900 he was taken into the 
firm as a partner, since which time he has been manager and now runs it with 
the aid of his brothers. He is a member of the Knights of the Golden Eagle, No. 
29, standing high in the order, and is also a member of the x\merican J^Iechan- 
ics, of Chester,"Pennsylvania. 5. Eva, born March 7, 1880; lives at home with 
her mother. 6. Joshua, born March 8, 1882, a graduate of Park and Eckles 
College, and is now an embalmer in New York City. 7. Maggie, born Novem- 
ber 19, 1883; died February 6, 1884. 8. James, born December i, 1884; tin- 
smith in Lenni. 9. John, born March 24, 1886; loom repairer in Ashton 
Mills. ID. Morris, born November 24, 1888; died, July 4, 1889. 11. Harvey 
R., now a tinsmith in Lenni. 12. George B., born January 27, 1890, employed 
in cloth mills at Lenni. 13. Maurice, born February 14, 1892; tinsmith in 
Lenni. 14. Sarah, born February 7, 1894; at home. 15. LeRoy, born October 
2, 1896. 16. Florence, born September 7, 1898. James, John, George and 
Maurice Beaumont are members in high standing in the Order of American 
Mechanics, No. 803. 

(The Miller Line). 

Joshua Miller, father of Mrs. William Beaumont Sr., was a native of the 
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He was a staunch Republican and a member of the Episcopal church. He mar- 
ried Anna Richardson, born in 1836, in Scotland, and died at an advanced age 
in Pennsylvania. She was a devout member of the Protestant Episcopal 
church, but later affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal, at Alount Hope, 
Pennsylvania. Air. Miller died in Chester, Pennsylvania, aged seventy-five. 
Children: 1. James, living in Philadelphia. 2. Joshua, lives in Clifton, 
Pennsylvania. 3. Daniel, lives in Rockdale, Pennsylvania. 4. Josephine, 
married Henry Logan, of Chester, Pennsylvania. 5. Emma, married 
Charles Mathews, of Media, Pennsylvania. 6. Eliza, married George 
Marshall, of Media, Pennsylvania. 7. Annie, widow of Richard Allen, of 
Clifton, Pennsylvania. 8. Fannie, married William Beaumont (see above). 
9. Thomas, deceased. 10. Sallie, deceased, married William Miller. 11. Eliz- 
abeth, deceased ; married William Turner. 



It is a pleasing task to outline the lives of those who have 
ROBERTS come to our shores from other countries and have contributed 
in such marked degree to the prosperity which reigns over 
this land. The pride of America is in her selfmade men, and in return for the 
opportunities she offers she receives the loyal support of those who have found 
homes and protection under the starry emblem of the republic. It is of people 
of this class, the Roberts family of Llanerch, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, 
that this review treats. 

(I) James Roberts was born in England, and came to this country as a 
child with his parents. ' At first they settled in \'alley Forge, Chester county. 
Pennsylvania, and after his marriage, he made liis home in Berks county, in the 
same state. His death occurred in 1909. He was a miner by occupation, and 
he and his wife were members of the Episcopal church. He married Alice 
Tridgeon, also born in England, and brought to this country by her parents 
while she was still a child. She also lived in Valley Forge, where they were 
married. They had children : Thomas, who died in Chester county, in early 
childhood : Rebecca, married Joseph Lahr and lives in Chester county ; Mary, 
married Ora Painter: \\'illiam James, see forward: Richard, born in Chester 
county, is a stone cutter by trade : a child who died : Philip, died in infancy ; 
Philip, died at the age of eighteen years. 

(II) William James, son of James and Alice (Tridgeon) Roberts, was 
born in Berks county, Pennsylvania, November 14, 1867. He was educated in 
the public schools of his district and at a suitable age commenced his business 
career. He was apprenticed to learn the trade of stone cutting, but not finding 
this to his liking, abandoned it in favor of mining in association with his father, 
and was thus occupied until 1893. On Alay 26, 1893, he came to Llanerch, as 
superintendent of the Llanerch Real Estate Company, which was then engaged 
in cutting up the Llanerch district into building plots and streets. He was an 
important factor in the laying out of the town and became the owner of a large 
amount of real property. He continued in office as superintendent of this com- 
pany until about iqio. In the meantime, about 1904, he had embarked in the 
general contracting business, and later added the sale of coal and building ma- 
terials on the West Chester road in Llanerch. This was but a few of various 
enterprises with which he was connected. He is the proprietor of a boarding 
stable for horses, and has added a dray business in order to undertake heavy 
hauling as well as express business. He has twelve men and a number of teams 
constantly in his employ and is one of the most prominent citizens of the town. 
His political affiliations are with the Republican party. Mr. Roberts is unmar- 
ried. 



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One of the best general farmers in the history of Delaware 
RIGNEY county, Pennsylvania, one who was considered an authority by 

all the farmers in his vicinity, was the late John Rigney, whose 
farm was located near Coopertown. He was of Irish birth, his parents being 
Richard and Catherine Rigney, both natives of Ireland, where their lives were 
spent. The father was a fruit grower near the city of Dublin and marketed his 
product in that city. He had three sons and one daughter, of whom Patrick 
and John came to America. Patrick, who settled on a farm in Wisconsin, died 
there at a ripe old age. 

John Rigney was born in Balbriggan, county Dublin, Ireland, June 13, 
1818. and died in Delaware county, Pennsylvania, March 31, 1903. His educa- 
tion was the usual one of a farmer's son of that period, and was acquired in the 
common schools of his section. He labored as an assistant to his father until 
he was more than thirty years of age, then decided to emigrate to America, as 
conditions were not satisfactory in his mother country. He arrived at Phila- 
delphia, and from there went to Haverford township, Delaware county, Penn- 
sylvania, where he rented a farm and engaged in general farming. He culti- 
vated this so successfully that in the course of time he had amassed a sufficient 
capital to purchase a farm of his own. This was located near Coopertown,. 
and he was busied with its cultivation until his death. It consisted of twenty- 
two acres, and he was a pioneer in the field of intensive cultivation. Every- 
thing he did was done in a systematic and scientific manner, and the results he 
achieved fully justified his methods. He gave his political support to the Dem- 
ocratic party, and his religious afifiliation was with the Catholic church. Mr. 
Rigney married Mary, born in Philadelphia, a daughter of John Travis, and 
she died July 25, 1898. Children: Catharine Eulalia, lives in West Philadel- 
phia; Mary Ella, married John C, French, and has had ten children of whom 
seven are now living; Sarah Louise, married Patrick J. Kelly, and lives in 
Llanerch, Pennsylvania ; they have had ten children, of whom nine are now 
living. Mr. Rigney was known as a man of unswerving integrity in all the re- 
lations of life, and this may be said to have been the keynote of a character 
which ever appealed strongly to the confidence and esteem of all with whom he 
came in contact. 



John Howard Mendenhall, one of the leading citizens of 
MENDENHALL Gradyville, and widely known as a most successful horse 
breeder and cattle raiser, is a descendant of one of the 
oldest colonial families of Delaware county. He is of the sixth generation in 
America, being a direct descendant from Benjamin Mendenhall, who with his 
brothers. John and George, came from England in company with William 
Penn, in 1682. John settled in Chester county, while George, after a short 
stay, returned to England. Benjamin Mendenhall married Ann Pennell, of 
Delaware county, and they had fwo sons — Robert and Benjamin. 

Robert Mendenhall was born in 1719; he married Phoebe Taylor, by 
whom he had thirteen children, and of these, John, great-grandfather of John 
Howard JNIendenhall, married Tabitha Newlin, and their children were Cyrus, 
Martha, Esther, John and Anne. 

John, son of John and Tabitha (Newlin) Mendenhall, was born in Edg- 
mont, May 27, 1793. He married, in 1821, Hannah, daughter of Daniel and 
Sarah Sharpless, of Chester township, Delaware county. Children: Rebecca, 
who died : Henry, of whom further : Joseph, who settled in Kansas, where he 
was for many years actively engaged in business. 

Henry, son of John and Sarah (Sharpless) Mendenhall, married Deborah 
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Passmore, of Chester county, b_\- w horn he had children : Alary Ella, who be- 
came the wife of George S. Yarnall : John Howard, of whom further ; Walter 
P., unmarried ; and Anna R., who became the wife of W. Horace Long. 

John Howard Mendenhall, son of Henry and Deborah (Passmore) Men- 
denhall, was born July 26, 1864. He received his early education in the 
Friends' School of his native town, and later attended for three terms the 
famous ^^■esttown Friends" School, after which he returned home to assist his 
father on the home farm. At the early age of eighteen years he determined to 
enter upon life upon his own responsibility, and rented from his father the 
farm of one hundred and forty-three acres, and from the outset and for several 
years he conducted every detail of the work thereon. At the beginning he gave 
his attention to the old-time general farming, but as he progressed he came to 
believe that there were larger opportunities in the breeding of horses and rais- 
ing of cattle. This he determined to make his prime object, and every subse- 
quent step demonstrated the wisdom of his judgment, and success attended him 
from the first, and with constantly increasing measure. In addition to his fine 
stud of horses, which are a source of pride as well as profit, and have the ad- 
miration of horse lovers throughout a large region, he maintains an excellent 
dairy, and his blooded cows afford a daily output of two hundred and fifty 
quarts of milk. His farm also produces large quantities of haj', grain and veg- 
etables, which always find a ready market. 

Mr. Mendenhall gives active and intelligent interest to various lines of 
community affairs. .\ Re])ublican politically, he is a charter member, director 
and active leader in the Republican Club of Media. He has filled various 
township offices, having served for many years as justice of the peace, and for 
more than a score of years as a member of the election board. He is affiliated 
with a number of fraternal societies — the Knights of Pythias, Improved Order 
of Red Men, Junior Order of American Mechanics, and Patrons of Husbandry, 
and in the three last named has filled all the official chairs. As have been his 
ancestors in each generation, he and his family are consistent members of the 
Society of Friends. 

Mr. Alendenhall was married. May 6, 1886, to Aimee Baker, daughter of 
Jackson and Emeline (Mercer) Baker, of Edgemont. Children: Emma Bak- 
er, born July 8, 1887: Joseph Harlan, born August 3, 1890: Alarie Howard, 
born November 11, 1894: and Walter Paul, born June 2, 1902. 



Gifts of money to a city may be used in its adornment and add 
PRATT to its beauty and attractiveness : but the man who founds and 
keeps in successful operation extensive business interests, wherein 
are employed many people, does much more for the substantial development 
and permanent progress of the city than he whose generosity is manifested in 
the other way. Commercial activity is the .life of a community, and those 
who are at the head of activities of this sort are to be considered in the light 
of general benefactors. Edward W. Pratt, of Alanoa, Delaware county, Penn- 
sylvania, is a man of this caliber. His grandparents were natives of Ger- 
many, and when they emigrated to this countr\' they located in Philadelphia, 
making their home where the wheel pump is now to be found in Germantown. 
They had children : Martha, married and lives in Philadelphia : Charles, see 
forward; George, deceased, was a blacksmith in Norristown, Pennsylvania; 
William, deceased, was a farmer ; a daughter, now deceased. 

Charles Pratt, son of the preceding, was born in Philadelphia in 1828. 
and died in November, 1910. In his early life he was a stove molder, being 
in the employ of the McDowell & Leiburgs Stove Works, and subsequently 



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became a teamster. He and his wife were members of the Lutheran church. 
He married Rose Kaltenthaler, born in Rochester, New York, 1827, died in 
August, 1904. She was the daughter of Jacob Kaltenthaler, who was ship- 
wrecked on his way to America, oS the coast of New Jersey, and later made 
his home in Rochester. He was a tanner by occupation, and when he located 
in Philadelphia he established a tannery at Fifth street and Cohatsan creek. 
He had lost the greater part of his fortune in the shipwreck and was obliged 
to take a partner who could provide the necessary funds to carry on the busi- 
ness. He invented the process for making patent leather, but his partner, 
taking advantage of the iact that Mr. Kaltenthaler was without means, 
defrauded him of the honor and proiits of this invention. He had been a sol- 
dier in Napoleon's army for many years; was a member of his body guard at 
the time of his marriage to Marie Louise, and was with him in the Moscow 
campaign. Although he was by birth a German he had spent many years in 
France, and it was from that country that he came to America. He married 
and had children: Frederick, deceased, was a molder; Louise, married (first) 

Mann, ( second ) ■ Shondig ; Jacob, deceased, was a tanner in St. 

Louis, Missouri, being the first man to establish a tannery west of the Mis- 
sissippi river ; Susan, married William Esthonoch ; Rose, who married Mr. 
Pratt ; William, deceased ; several children who died young. Charles and 
Rose (Kaltenthaler) Pratt had children: Charles, deceased; Jacob, deceased: 
William, a farmer, resides at Willistown, Chester county, Pennsylvania ; Ed- 
ward W., whose name heads this sketch ; Anna L., unmarried, lives at P>ryn 
Mawr, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania. 

Edward W. Pratt, son of Charles and Rose (Kaltenthaler) Pratt, was 
born at the corner of Montgomery avenue and Belgrade street, Philadelphia, 
September 22, 1861. Attending the public schools of his native city, he proved 
so apt a scholar that he held second in rank of all who entered the high school 
in his class. Upon leaving this institution he matriculated at the University 
of Pennsylvania, which, however, he left at the end of five months in order to 
engage in the more active work of life. He and his brother established them- 
selves in the express business and transfer agency at Bryn Mawr, their concern 
doing business under the title of Pratt's Express. For thirty years Air. Pratt 
was actively identified with this. In 1905 he rernoved to Manoa, Haverford 
township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, which he had selected as a place 
of residence. He sold his business interests at Bryn Mawr, intending to lead 
a quiet and retired life, but he was too active a man to be contented with this. 
It was no very long time before he again established himself in business, this 
time opening an express and transfer office at No. 9 South Third street, Phila- 
delphia, where he is still doing an extensive business. His fraternal affiliations 
are with the Improved Order of Red Men and the American Mechanics. 

Mr. Pratt married, September 20, 1904, Mabel D. Gray, born in Phila- 
delphia, of German descent. Children: Anna L., born August 6, 1907; 
Wilma, born January 30, 1913. Mr. Pratt is entirely free from ostentation, a 
true American citizen, loyal to his country, his church and his friends. He is 
of a generous and sympathetic nature, and is ever ready with advice and 
material aid whenever there is any question of a charitable project. 



The Janvier family came to this country from France in the 
JANVIER latter part of the seventeenth century, during the reign of Louis 
the Fourteenth, at a time when the Protestants were being per- 
secuted because of their religious views. The immigrant ancestor was obliged 
to abandon a large fortune in France when he fled to this country. His 



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father, Pierre Janvier, fled to Scotland, where he married a countess. Thomas 
Janvier, his son, married Jane Clarke. 

Thomas Janvier, son of Thomas and Jane (Clarke) Janvier, was born 
in New Castle, Delaware. He was a cabinet maker and a merchant, and stood 
well in the business world. He gave his political support to the Whig party, 
and was a devout member of the Presbyterian church. He married Alercy 
Archer, and had children : George, Thomas, Benjamin, Mary, Jane. 

George Janvier, son of Thomas and Mercy (Archer) Janvier, was born 
at New Castle, Delaware, March 4, 1804, died in the same state, December 2^, 
1873. He was a farmer and a coal merchant in Newark and New Castle, 
Delaware. His religious affiliations were with the Presbyterian church, and 
he gave his earnest support to the Republican party. He married Catherine, 
born February 2, 1805, died July 14, 1863. daughter of David Paynter, of 
Philadelphia, and of Catherine (Hall) Paynter, daughter of Governor Hall, of 
Delaware, who served as a colonel during the war of the revolution. Chil- 
dren: Edwin P., born February 25, 1827; Washington, February 18, 1829; 
Emma H., January 13, 183 1 ; Catherine L., April 16, 1833; Mary J., Alarch 
27, 1835; Agnes ]\I., April 30, 1837; Thomas D., August 29, 1839; Margaret 
D., August 16, 1842; Julia H., July 22, 1843; Thomas George, of whom 
further. 

Thomas George Janvier, son of George and Catherine (Paynter) Janvier, 
was born in the town of Newark, Delaware, November 27, 1845. After the 
necessary preparatory training he entered the Polytechnic College of I^ennsyl- 
vania, and completed his education by a course in Bryant & Stratton's Business 
College. Mr. Janvier, a resident of Lansdowne for twenty-five years, has 
accomplished work of a very important character. As civil engineer of Aldan 
borough he laid out and built all the streets of that section ; he constructed the 
first macadam road on Lansdowne avenue, in 1888, from Darby to Garrett 
road, for Joel J. Bailey and A. J. Drexel ; he planned and constructed the 
Lansdowne sewage system. He has been a Republican for many years, and 
has served as borough engineer of Swarthmore, Lansdowne, Aldan, Morton, 
Rutledge and Clifton Heights, all in Delaware county, Pennsylvania. During 
the civil war he was a member of Company B, Seventh Delaware Regiment. 
His fraternal affiliations are with the Order of Free and Accepted Masons; 
the Neighbors' Club, Lansdowne, Pennsylvania ; and he was for twenty years 
a member of the Engineers' Club of Philadelphia, and then resigned. For a 
period of twenty-four years he has served as an elder of the First Presbyterian 
Church of Lansdowne, and is regarded as an ardent, unselfish, consistent Chris- 
tian, whose spirit is never ruffled and whose beautiful home life is an example 
to all. In association with the Rev. Dr. Harper, of the North Broad Street 
Church, he was one of the founders of Penn Chapel, now Harper Memorial 
Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia, and was the first superintendent of the 
Sunday school connected with that institution. 

Mr. Janvier married, at Camden, New Jersey, March 12, 1878, Katharine 
Umsted Reinboth, born in Philadelphia, March 16, 1850, daughter of Joseph 
Diver Reinboth, who was a nephew of Paul Beck, owner of one of Philadel- 
phia's old shot towers, and a financial giant in his day, and whose three sons, 
Chauncey, Harry and Charles Reinboth, were all captains in the Union Army 
during the civil war. Joseph D. Reinboth was one of the founders of the 
West Arch Street Presbyterian Church. He married Sarah Umsted and had 
children: Charles, Harry, Chauncey, Joseph, Katharine LTmsted, aforemen- 
tioned, Sarah U., Elizabeth. Mr. and Airs. Janvier had one child, George Vic- 
tor, of whom further. 

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Umsted (Reinboth ) Janvier, was born in Camden, New Jersey. October 19, 
1881. He was graduated from the William Penn Charter School of Philadel- 
phia in the class of iqoi, and then took a two years biological course at the 
University of Pennsylvania. He was graduated in the class of 1906 with the 
degree of Doctor of Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. He served 
one year as interne at the City Hospital in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. After 
a period as resident physician in the Municipal Hospital of Philadelphia in 
1907, he practiced successfully twenty-two months in Royersford. Pennsyl- 
vania, but feeling that he was too far from medical centres he left there in 
1909 and settled in Lansdowne. Pennsylvania. He spent nine months in post- 
graduate work in Bleckley Hospital. Philadelphia, and the F'olyclinic Hospital 
of Philadelphia. He is now ( 1914) physician to the Lansdowne and East 
Lansdowne Boards of Health, and also physician to the public school svsteni 
of Lansdowne. 

Dr. Janvier is a member of the American Medical Association, the Dela- 
ware County ]\Iedical Society, the Philadelphia Pediatric Society, and an asso- 
ciate member of the Philadelphia Obstetric Society. He is examiner for the New 
England Mutual Life Insurance Company, the ^Mutual Life Insurance Company 
of New York, the i\Ietropolitan Life Insurance Company of New York, and 
the Philadelphia Life Insurance Company. He is assistant in the Dispensary 
for Diseases of Children at the I'niversity Hospital, Philadelphia, as well as 
assistant in the out-patient maternity service of the South Eastern Dispensary, 
a branch of U^niversity Hospital. He is one of the junior physicians of Lans- 
downe, and is working away quietly in the two lines above mentioned, and 
enjoys a good practice in Lansdowne and vicinity. 

Dr. Janvier married, in lOOQ, Margaret Levis Marshall, daughter of Lean- 
der Marshall, twice councilman in Lansdowne borough, one of the founders 
and trustee of the First Presbyterian Church from its first year of existence. 
They have one child. Katharine, born in Lansdowne. Pennsylvania. December 
5. 1910. 



W'illiam John Pabst. an energetic and well known young business 
PABST man. of Sh.aron Hill. Delaware county. Pennsylvania, is a repre- 
sentative of a family which has been resident in the United States 
for a number of generations. 

John Pabst. his grandfather, was a native of Germany, and came to the 
LJnited States about the year 1845. He made his home in the city of Philadel- 
phia, where he established himself in the wholesale liquor business, with which 
he was actively identified until his death. He married Christine Yeager. who 
was born in Germany in 1S20. and they had children: Caroline, ]\Iargaret, 
Charles, John, Sophia, .\melia. William John, see forward: Albert. Adolf. 

William John Pahst. son of John and Christine (Yeager) Pabst. was born 
in Philadelphia, and was educated in Germamown. a suburb of that city. He 
became associated with his father in the business which had been established 
by the latter. He married Lena Miller, daughter of John C. Miller, and had 
children : William John, whose name heads this sketch : John, who died at the 
age of thirteen months. 

William John (2) Pabst. son of William John (i) and Lena (Miller) 
Pabst. was born in Germantown. Pennsylvania. October 29. 1879. He was 
the recipient of a fine education, and was graduated from the Medical Depart- 
ment of the University of Maryland in the class of 1003. the degree of Doctor 
of Medicine being conferred upon h'm. He has never engaged in the practice 
of the medical profession, and spent some time immediately after his gradua- 



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tion on a stock farm. In 1909 he came to Darby, Delaware county. Pennsyl- 
vania, where he associated himself in a partnership with a .Mr. Marshall in the 
coal, feed and building supply business, the firm name being Marshall & Pabst. 
The business is an old and well established one, and under the new and pro- 
gressive methods introduced by :\lr. Pabst. has added to its previous excellent 
reputation. Mr. Pabst is unmarried. 



The founder of the Patton family in Pennsylvania, which is 
PATTOX both numerous and highly respected, members thereof playing 
an important part in the activities of the various comnnmities in 
which they resided, was Patton, a native of Scotland, whence he emi- 
grated to this country, settling in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, where he 
was noted for his thrift and enterprise. Among his children was a son. Robert, 
of whom further. 

Robert Patton was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, where he 
was reared and educated, and where in later life he was the owner of a large 
farm, which he cultivated and improved, and from the proceeds of which he 
was enabled to provide a comfortable home for his family. He married Ta- 
bitha Giles, also a native of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, and thev were the 
parents of three children: i. William, who was a commission merchant dur- 
ing his active career, now leading a retired life. 2. Edward S., of whom 
further. 3. Margaret, married John Shaffer; resides in the southern part of 
Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Patton were strict Presbyter- 
ians, and they reared their children in the same faith. 

Edward S. Patton. second son of Robert and Tabitha (Giles) Patton, 
was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, in 1847. He was reared on the 
home farm, educated in the schools of the neighborhood, assisted his father and 
the neighbors in their farming operations, later owned and operated a farm of 
his own. and in addition to this was a steam engineer, working in quarries, etc. 
He is thrifty and ])ru(lent. ami has prospered in the world's goods, being held 
in high esteem by his fellowmen. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal 
church, and a Republican in politics. He married Caroline Elliott, born in 
Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. 1856, died 1884, daughter of George and 
Margaret Elliott, both natives of Ireland, coming to this countrv after their 
marriage and locating in the southern part of Lancaster county. Pennsylvania, 
where they now- reside, he a tailor by trade. Mr. and Mrs. Elliott had six 
children, namely: i. Samuel, deceased. 2. Allan, a merchant at Richards 
Mere, Maryland: now (1913) aged seventy-four years. 3. Elizabeth, married 
John Wells, a farmer ; they reside in Chester county, Pennsylvania. 4. John, 
deceased, his death resulting from wounds received in civil war. 5. Daughter, 
died young. 6. Caroline, aforementioned as the wife of Edward S. Patton. 
Children of Mr. and I\Irs. Patton: i. Robert, a farmer in Chester county, 
Pennsylvania. 2. Ida. married Walter Faulkner : they reside in Chester coun- 
ty on a farm. 3. Harry E., of whom further. 4. Lulu, resides at her home in 
Lancaster county. Pennsylvania. 

Harry E. Patton, second son of Edward S. and Caroline (Elliott) Pat- 
ton, was born in Lancaster county. Pennsylvania. April 6. 1878. .After complet- 
ing the course in the public schools of his home town, he became a student in 
Banks Business College, Philadelphia, and the knowledge gained there was of 
great value to him in his subsequent career. His first employment was as time- 
keeper for William Grey & Son. with whom he remained for eleven years, and 
during the last few years of this connection he acted as superintendent of the 
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duties. In 1910 he moved to East Lansdowne, Pcnnsvlvania. and in partner- 
ship with Albert J- Turner established a retail business in coal, feed and build- 
ing materials, under the firm name of Patton & Turner, and this has grown to 
large dimensions, being a prosperous enterprise from the beginning. The part- 
ners are men of energy and perseverance, well qualified to conduct their affairs 
in a business-like manner, and the success they have achieved is the direct re- 
sult of their well directed efforts. Mr. Patton is a Republican in politics, and 
has served as township commissioner of Upper Darby tovi'nship. He is a mem- 
ber of Modern Woodmen of America. Mr, Patton married, December 16, 
1903, Lulu E. Kirk, born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, December 21, 
1877. One child, Lenore Aileen, born January 12, 1913. 



]. Lord Rigby, of ^ledia, lawyer and financier, manager of the 
RIliriY Land Title Trust Company of Philadelphia, and otherwise actively 
identified with Delaware county affairs, is a native of that county, 
born August 4, 1864, son of James P. and Elizabeth R. ( Scanlan ) Rigby. His 
father was an Englishman, who came from Stockport, England, in 1854, and 
located in Wilmington, Delaware, where he engaged in the manufacture of 
woolen goods, and with much success; his wife was a daughter of John Scan- 
lan, of Paoli, Chester county, Pennsylvania, who was a large lime burner in 
Christiana, Lancaster county. Children of James P. Rigby: Mary H., who 
became the wife of John McGraw, and they have four children; .\nnie E., 
who became the wife of George Standring, and they have one child: Edward 
H., married Elsie Snyder, and they have one child : Harry LL, at home ; Mar- 
garet H., also at home : and J. Lord, of whom further. 

J. Lord Rigby received his elementary education in the public schools of 
his native place, and he supplemented this with a full course in the College of 
Commerce, Philadelphia. Determining upon an adequate equipment for a 
business career, for four years he pursued law studies in the office and under 
the preceptorship of E. A. Price, of Media. He was now prepared to enter 
upon professional practice, but he was oft'ered a position with the Land Title 
Trust Company of Philadelphia, and his success opened up to him avenues of 
usefulness and success which moved him to turn aside from the calling for which 
he had prepared himself. So acceptable was his service with the large corpo- 
ration with which he became identified, that responsibility after responsibility 
was placed upon him, until at length he was chosen manager, in which import- 
ant position he has served with entire success to the present time. He enjoys 
a large acquaintance in financial and general business, as well as social circles, 
and his genuine high character, geniality and good fellowship are appreciatively 
recognized. 

^Tr. Rigby is an ardent Republican politically, he is a forceful and enter- 
taining speaker, and has frequently occupied the platform upon questions of 
state and national importance. He is a leading member of the Radnor Repub- 
lican Club, the Young Men's Republican Club of IMedia, the Fernwood Repub- 
lican Club, the Keystone Club of Chester, and the Media Social Club, in the 
latter of which he has served as president. He is affiliated with various 
branches of the Masonic fraternity. He has been an extensive traveler 
throughout the L'nited States. Canada and Mexico, and has acquired a fund 
of knowledge such as marks the intelligent and discriminating observer. 

Mr. Rigby married Annie, daughter of ^Mlliam Hurlow, a leading coal 
operator of ]\Iount Carmel, Northumberland county : Children : Hurlow and 
Renee. 



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Pennell Rice, who holds an honored place among the citizens of 
RICE Folcroft, is a representative of a family who have always been hon- 
ored among their neighbors for their many excellent traits of char- 
acter, which have been transmitted in large measnre to their descendants of 
the present day. 

Pennell Rice was born April 28. 1874, son of Edmund T. and ^laria ( Fair- 
lamb) Rice, and grandson, on the paternal side, of Jacob and Zaidee (Taylor) 
Rice, of Delaware county, Pennsylvania, and on the maternal side of Thomas 
and Margaret (Patterson) Fairlamb, of Media, Pennsylvania, great-grandson 
of Joseph and Sidney (Vernon) Fairlamb and of William and Susan (Trim- 
ble) Patterson, and great-great-grandson of Abraham and Lydia Trimble. Ed- 
mund T. Rice ( father) was born near Glen Olden, Ridley township, Delaware 
county, Pennsylvania, September 5. 1839. After completing his studies in the 
public schools, he gave his attention to farming, from which he derived a 
goodly livelihood, and later entered the employ of an insurance company, filling 
that position at the time of his death, August 13, 1901. He and his wife, who 
were married December 24, 1868, were the parents of nine children, as fol- 
lows : I. William F., born March 16, 1871; now a resident of Morton: em- 
ployed in the Centennial Bank. 2. Jacob, born August 31, 1872, died .August 
27, 1901. 3. Pennell, of whom further. 4. Mary P., born September 2-, 
1877, died September 6. 1901. 5. Susan T., born January 10, 1879: a resi- 
dent of Pennsgrove, New Jersey. 6. Edmund T., born November 10, 1880: 
resides in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 7. Elsie J., born June 14, 1882; 
a resident of Glen Olden, Pennsylvania. 8. Charles P., born June 8, 1884; a 
resident of Folcroft. 9. Frank, born October 29, 1890 ; employed as fireman 
on the railroad : resides in West Philadelphia. Pennsylvania. 

Pennell Rice attended the public schools of his neighborhood, completing 
his studies at the age of fifteen, and he then secured employment with the firm 
of Crampton, .\llen Candy Company, remaining for nine years, giving entire 
satisfaction to his employers. Upon the death of his father, in 1901, he as- 
sumed his position with the Prudential Life Insurance Company, serving for a 
number of years, performing the duties devolving upon him in a creditable 
manner, and later resigned from the same in order to enter the employ of A. 
B. Earl, engaged in the fire insurance business, with whom he has since been 
connected. He is a member of the Presbyterian church, and affiliated w'ith 
Lodge No. 527, Ancient Free and .\ccepted Masons. 

Mr. Rice married. July 17, 191 1. Margaret L. Russell, of Darby township, 
Delaware county, Pennsylvania. Child, Robert Russell. ]\Irs. Rice is a mem- 
ber of the ]\Iethodist Episcopal church. Wr. and Mrs. Rice are highly es- 
teemed in the community, having a wide circle of friends who estimate them at 
their true worth. 



The Richardson family, of which John Henry ( Harry) 
RICH.ARDSON Richardson, of Marcus Hook, is a representative in the 

present generation, came to Delaware county. Pennsyl- 
vania, from Cape May, New Jersey. 

Captain Carmen Richardson, grandfather of the Mr. Richardson of this 
sketch, was born at Cape Ma}', New Jersey, and spent the greater part of his 
life as a sea captain and visited manv foreign countries. For many years he 
made his home in Marcus Hook, where his children were born and where his 
death occurred. Both he and his wife, who died at the age of eighty- four 
years, were members of the Methodist church, in which Captain Richardson 



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was a class leader and a trustee. He bad children : George, Carmen, John 
Henry, see forward ; Mary Ann, 

Captain John Henry Richardson, son of Captain Carmen Richardson, was 
born in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, and died there at the age of fifty-six 
years. He also followed the sea, at first making his voyages with his father, 
later engaging almost exclusively in the coasting trade, and rising to have 
command of a vessel of his own. He was a veteran of the civil war, having 
served in the regiment commanded by Captain Bunting. In political matters 
he was a Republican, and both he and his wife were members of the Metho- 
dist Episcopal church at Marcus Hook, Captain Richardson also serving as a 
trustee of that institution. Captain Richardson married Mary T. Marshall, 
who was born in Marcus Hook, where she died at the age of seventy-one years. 
She was a daughter of James Marshall, a carpenter of Marcus Hook. Chil- 
dren: John Henry, see forward: George, born in 1868: James, born in 1870, 
married iNfary Brown: Mary, born in 1872, married Daniel Swope, captain of 
a barge. 

John Henry (2) Richardson, better known under the name of "Harry," 
eldest child of Captain John Henry (i) and Mary T. (Marshall) Richard- 
son, was born at Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, June 10, 1866. He attended the 
public schools of the town, obtaining there a sound, practical education, and 
was then apprenticed to learn the carpenter's trade, at which he also worked 
for a time as a journeyman. Just as soon as he found he had acquired the 
knowledge necessary to the successful carrying out of the plans he had formed, 
he established himself in the contracting and building line, with which he has 
been prominently and prosperously identified up to the present time (1913). 
He has established a reputation for himself for reliability which is second to 
none. Being himself an expert mechanic, he is satisfied with nothing short of 
the best work from the hands of those he employs, and this high quality has 
been the cornerstone of the large building interests he now controls. Mr. 
Richardson is a Democrat in politics, and in religious affairs both he and his 
wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, Mrs. Richardson being 
a steward and a teacher in the Sunday school. He is also a member of the 
L. H. Scott Lodge, No. 352, Free and Accepted Masons, of Chester. 

Mr. Richardson married Katherine Ryland, born in Crumpton, Maryland. 
March 8. 1868. She is the daughter of Edward Ryland, who was born in 
Cecil county, Maryland, where he died in 1900 at the age of sixty-five years. 
He was a photographer, and married Marion Carroll, of Chestertown, Mary- 
land, who survived him. They had children: Marion, born June 10, 1861, 
died unmarried at the age of thirty-five years: Margaret M., born May 17, 
1863, died unmarried at the age of twenty-five years ; Sally B., born Decem- 
ber 14, 1864, married, 1891, Thomas Annon, a farmer: Katherine, referred to 
above: Harry, born November 17, 1871, married, 1908, Ida Roberts; Emma, 
born December 26, 1874, married, 1905, Edward Scott: Madge, born May 15, 

1877, married, 1902, Horn; Edward, born May i. 1879, unmarried; 

Isaac, also unmarried. Mr. and Mrs. Richardson have children : Mary Hooker 
and John Henry. 



The McClures have been residents of Delaware county, Penn- 
McCLURE sylvania, for about three-quarters of a century, and three gen- 
erations have been prominent in the business life of the city 
of Chester. The first of this branch to settle in Delaware county was John (2), 
son of John and Sarah (Oliver) McClure, natives and life-long residents of 
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John (2) McClurc was born in county Donegal, in the year 181O. He 
was educated in the pubhc schools and learned the trade of carpenter. At the 
age of twenty-four years he came to the United States and for several years 
was in railroad employ in bridge building and construction work, holding au- 
thority over others and prospering. He was thrifty and ere long was the own- 
er of fifty-five acres of improved land in Chichester township. Chester county. 
Here he made his home until 1877. when he moved to the city of Chester. He 
was interested in public affairs and during his residence in Chester was en- 
gaged in several enterprises. He was a Republican in politics, but never took 
active part in official life. In religious faith he was a Presbyterian, belonging 
to the Second Church of Chester. He died in Chester in the year i8y6. He 
married (first) Tuly 22. 1852. Fannie Al., died February (\ 1870. daughter of 
Tames Williams," of' Philadelphia. He married (second) in 1877, Anna, daugh- 
ter of Daniel Likens, of Delaware county. Children by first marriage: John 
C. ; William J., see forward; Oliver C. : George W., John A., Robert (i., and 

David P). 

William J. McClure was born in Chichester township, Delaware count\'. in 
June, 1854, died in Chester, Pennsylvania, May 2, 1907. He was educated in 
the public schools of Chester, and at Chester Academy, being a graduate of 
the latter institution. He also took a full course in a business college and be- 
gan business life as a clerk in a grocery store. Soon, however, he left the store 
and for one year w^as an employee of John ]'.. Roach in his shipyard at Ches- 
ter. On January I, 1872. he opened a small cigar store in Chester, which he later 
enlarged and developed until it was the largest retail tobacco store in the city. 
He also became interested officially and otherwise with several important Ches- 
ter business enter])rises. He was president of the Consumers Ice Company ; 
secretary and treasurer of the Chester Brewing Company ; director of^ the 
Delaware Countv Trust Company, and director of the Chester Shipping Com- 
pany, continuing in active business until his death. He was an ardent Repub- 
lican' and was one of the leaders of his j^arty. When the office of comptroller 
was created. Mr. McClure was the first elected incumbent of that office and the 
only candidate for office that ever carried every voting precinct in the city. He 
w^as a member of the Republican State Committee and was one of the trusted 
advisers of the state leaders in matters affecting Delaware county. He was the 
head of the city organization for several years and had a large personal follow- 
in''. Among the well known semi-political organizations of his day was the 
McClure Club, named in his honor. He was a member of the Masonic fra- 
ternity: the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; the Knights of the 
Eagle, and of various political clubs and organizations. He married. June 21. 
1877, Sabina, daughter of James McClay. Children; Fannie M. and William 
T. (2). both deceased, and Joim J., see forward. 

John J. McClure was fiorn in Chester, Pennsylvania, Sejitember 24. 1S86. 
He was educated in the public schools of Chester, Swarthmore Preparatory 
School, whence he was graduated, class of 1905. and spent two years 111 
Swarthmore College. His college career was interrupted by the death of his 
father John J being the onlv Hving son, he became head of the family and at 
once assumed charge of the 'large business interests of the estate. Although 
with little practical business experience he rapidly developed a strong business 
capacitv and was quicklv advanced to positions of great responsibility and 
trust He is secretary and treasurer of tlie Chester Brewing Company, elected 
m September, 1907, and m charge of their business; is largely interested in the 
W T McClure Company; director of the Consumers Tee Comyjany ; director 
of 'the Delaware Countv 'Subwav Companv, until its sale to the Bell Telei)hone 
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1908; elected director of the Cambridge Trust Company in June, 1913; and 
has other business interests of lesser note. 

Air. McClure is a Republican and has taken active part in the political Hfe 
of Chester. He is very jjopular and particularly strong with the voters, his 
endorsement of a candidate having in the past proved almost a guarantee of 
election. In the last mayoralty contest in Chester, one of the bitterest and hard- 
est fought political contests of recent years, he supported the candidacy of 
William Ward Jr., the regular Republican candidate, who was elected. In 
1907 a division in the ranks of the Republican party found Mr. McClure sup- 
porting the reform candidate, the result being the defeat of the regular Repub- 
lican organization ticket. Mr. McClure has asked no political office for him- 
self, but has proved a tower of strength to his friends, and has earned promi- 
nent position among the leaders of his party. He is exceedingly fond of travel 
and in his recreation periods seeks some of the interesting parts of the United 
States for exploration. He has visited about every point of unusual interest 
in the United States, and in 1906 made an extended tour of Continental Europe 
and the British Isles. 

He stands high in the Masonic order, holding life membership in the An- 
cient Accepted Scottish Rite, thirty-second degree, and Lulu Temple, Nobles 
of the Mystic Shrine, of Philadelphia. He is also a life member of the Benev- 
olent and Protective Order of Elks and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. The 
family home in Chester is on Twentieth street and Providence avenue. 



One of the representative men of Gradyville, Delaware 
STACKHOUSE county, Pennsylvania, is Dilworth Stackhouse, a descend- 
ant of one of the old colonial families. In England this 
family is easily traceable back to 1086, and in this country to 1682, in which 
year Thomas Stackhouse and Thomas Stackhouse, uncle and nephew, were 
fellow passengers with William Penn on the ship "Welcome," and came from 
their native village of Stackhouse, near Settle, Yorkshire, England. Thomas 
Stackhouse (uncle) was born about 1635. His wife, Margery (Heahurst) 
Stackhouse, came with him from England, and they arrived at New Castle, 
Delaware, 10 mo. 27, 1682. They settled on a tract of land on the Neshaminy 
creek, in the section now known as Langhorne, Aliddletown township, Bucks 
county, Pennsylvania. One of the first burials at Middletown was that of 
Mrs. Stackhouse, who died shortly after her arrival in this country, 11 mo. 
15, 1682. Thomas Stackhouse married (second) at Aliddletown Meeting, I 
mo., 1702, Margaret, widow of Christopher Atkinson, and settled at Bensalem 
township, where he died in 1706, his will being proved 9 mo. 2, 1706, and no 
children mentioned ; for this reason it is to be presumed that he left none 
He was a grandson of Benjamin Stackhouse, who wrote the Stackhouse Bible 
in 1617. 

Thomas Stackhouse (nephew) was presumably twenty-one years of age 
when he arrived in this country in 1682. He represented Bucks county in 
the Colonial Assembly of the Province in 1711, 1713 and 1715; was re-elected 
the following year but refused to serve. He married (first) at Middletown 
Meeting, 7 mo. 27, 1688, Grace, a daugther of Robert and Alice Heaton. They 
had children : Samuel, John, Robert, Henry, Grace, Alice, Thomas, Joseph 
and Benjamin. He married (second) at Falls Meeting, i mo. i, 171 1, Ann, 
widow of Edward Mayos, and had children : Isaac, Jacob, Ann, Sarah and 
Isaac. He married (third) at Wrightstown Meeting, 8 mo., 1725, Dorothy, 
widow of Zebulon Heston. He died 4 mo. 26, 1744. 

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born 9 mo. 8, 1692; he removed his family to Berwick, on the Susquehanna 
river, Pennsylvania, where he resided until his death in 1788. He married 
Margaret Stone, and had children : Thomas. Joseph, James, Grace, Benja- 
min, .Alice, and Robert, the last named being killed bv "a fall from his horse 
in 1788. 

James Stackhouse. son of Robert and Margaret (Stone) Stackhouse, was 
born II mo. 11, 1725 or 1726, and died 5 mo. 16, 1759, his remains being inter- 
red in the Arch Street Cemetery. He married, 10 mo. 13, 1750, Martha, 
daughter of Samuel and Mary Hastings, and had children: Margaret, Hast- 
ings, Mary, Amos, Amos (second), Martha, James and William. 

The Hastings family trace their ancestry back to 843, when "Hastings 
the First,"' a sea king or pirate Norman chieftain, invaded France and after 
plundering the provinces of the Louvre returned to Denmark or Norway. The 
following year he entered the Seine, approached as far as Paris, and returned 
to his own country laden with the spoils. In 893 he appeared off the coast of 
the county of Kent, England, and entered the Thames, but was defeated by 
Alfred the Great who made prisoners of his wife and two sons and onlv 
restored them to him upon condition that he depart the kingdom. It is claimed 
by the author of "Pictures of Hastings," that the town of Hastings, near the 
sea coast, where the battle of Hastings occurred, was named in honor of this 
Danish pirate. In the year 1200, Henry. Lord Hastings, married Adama, 
daughter of David, Earl of Huntington, and brother of William, King of 
Scotland, who dying without issue, John Hastings, son of Henry Hastings, 
became a competitor for that crown with John Battoir and Robert Bruce. In 
the early records of Chester county. Pennsylvania, the name of Henrv Hast- 
ings as a juror is found as early as September 13, 1681, and as the ship "John 
and Sarah," from London, and "Factor" from Bristol, did not arrive until the 
twelfth of the fourth month following, it is supposed that the Hastings family, 
who owned a large tract of land on the Delaware river between Chester and 
Marcus Hook, were a part of the New Haven colony that settled on the Dela- 
ware about 1640. Joshua Hastings, supposed to be a son of Henrv Hastings, 
resided in the neighborhood of Chester, represented the county in the Colonial 
Assembly, and removed to Philadelphia about 1700. Two sons — John and 
Samuel — survived him. John Hastings married Grace, a daughter of Robert 
.'stackhouse. and their son. Samuel Hastings, married Marv Hill, and had a 
daughter Martha, who married James Stackhouse, as mentioned above. 

Amos Stackhouse. son of James and jMartha (Hastings) Stackhouse, was 
born 5 mo. 4, 1757, and died 4 mo. 5. 1825. He married, i mo. 14, 1779, Mary, 
daughter of John and Susanna Powell, and had children : Susanna, Hast- 
ings, Martha. Powell. Esther, Martha. James. Samuel, Amos, Robert, Robert 
(second), Mary and John. 

The earliest ancestor of the Powell family of whom there is authentic 
record was William Powell, who signed with John Woolston and two hundred 
and ten other Friends the Yearly Meetings "Epistle"' of the 7 mo.. 1(392. against 
George Keith. Robert Powell, presumably a brother of William Powell, caiiie 
in the ship "Kent," 6 mo. 16, 1677, O. S., and settled near Burlington. W'est 

Jersey. He married Prudence , and their son. John Powell, married 

Elizabeth Woolston. Isaac Powell, the 3^oungest of their six children, mar- 
ried Elizabeth Purdey. John, son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Purdey) Powell, 
married Susanna Bryan. Mary, eldest child of John and i^usanna (Bryan) 
Powell, married .Mnns Stackhouse, as above mentioned. 

Powell Stackhouse, son of Amos and Alary (Powell) Stackhouse, was 
born at Mount Holly. New Jersey, 3 mo. 21. 1785, and died 12 mo. 27, 1863. 
He was a cabinet maker by trade and owned valuable property at Front and 



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Vine streets, Philadelphia. He married, i mo. 31, 1809, Edith, daughter of 
Charles and Mary Dilworth. Their children were : Charles D., see forward ; 
Emlen, born January 7, 1812; Joseph D., October 3, 1814; Sarah D., Decem- 
ber 3, 1816; Amos, March 31. 1819; Susanna, January 3, 182 1 ; Anna D., 
January 22, 1823; Powell, died in infancy; Powell, born July 14, 1827; Dil- 
worth and Llewellyn, died in infancy. 

James Dilworth, the pioneer ancestor of the Dilworth family was a min- 
ister and, accompanied by his wife, Ann (Wain) Dilworth, their son, William,. 
and a servant man by the name of Stephen Sands, came from Thornley, Lan- 
castershire, England, in the ship "Lamle," of Liverpool, Captain John Teach, 
and arrived in the Delaware river, 8 mo., 1682. He settled in Bucks county, 
Pennsylvania, and his death occurred i mo. 3, 1698. \Villiam, son of James 
and Ann (Wain) Dilworth, married Sarah, daughter of Richard and Eliza- 
beth Webb, and their eldest son, James Dilworth, married Lydia, daughter of 
George and Lydia Martin. Charles, son of James and Lydia (Martin) Dil- 
worth, married Mary, daughter of John and Sarah Taylor, and his daugh- 
ter Edith became the wife of Powell Stackhouse, as above mentioned. 

Charles D. Stackhouse, son of Powell and Edith (Dilworth) Stackhouse, 
was born November 11, 1809, and was a farmer in Delaware county, Pennsyl- 
vania. He was the owner of one hundred acres, which he utilized partly for 
dairy farming and partly for general production. He was a Republican in 
political matters, and a member of the Friends' Society. He married, Novem- 
ber 27, 1834, Alice Meredith, born February 14, 1814. They had children: 
Joseph M., born November 28, 1835, died January 18, 1901 ; Dilworth, see 
forward; Pennell, born December 17, 1839, married Emma, daughter of John 
and Mary ( Vanderslice ) Winner, and widow of Joseph Pennell Smedley; 
Catherine M., born April 5, 1846, died April 16, 1882; Charles D., born May 
6, 1850, died December 8, 1876. 

Dilworth Stackhouse, son of Charles D. and Alice (Meredith) Stackhouse, 
was born in Philadelphia, November 12, 1837. A part of his education was 
acquired in Philadelphia, and it was completed in Edgemont township, Del- 
aware county, Pennsylvania. He was of an ambitious and energetic nature,, 
and at the age of twenty-one years he established himself independently. He 
is now living on the old family homestead, which he has cultivated as his father 
did before him. He takes no active part in the public affairs of the township, 
as he has been an invalid and unable to walk for some time, but he never fails 
to cast his vote for the good of the Republican party. In religious affairs he is 
a supporter of the Society of Friends. Mr. Stackhouse married, December 
30, 1891, Rebecca S., born May 30, 1848, a daughter of Joseph D. and Sarah 
(Shaw) Stackhouse. They have no children. 



Strong of purpose, persevering in effort, honorable in all busi- 
CUTLER ness transactions, Peter D. Cutler, of Concordville. now re- 
tired from active pursuits, won and maintained a position of 
prestige in commercial circles in the city of Philadelphia, where he was en- 
gaged in business for many years. 

William Cutler, father of Peter D. Cutler, was a native of England, from 
whence he came to this country, settling in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and 
was employed in that city by the Ditson Saw Company, his occupation being 
that of saw maker. He died' in 1902, and his demise was regretted by all with 
whom he had been brought in contact. He married Caroline Green, who bore 
him five children : Hannah, Mary, Peter D., William, Sophie. 

Peter D. Cutler was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 30, 1874. 



I022 DELA\\^\RE COUNTY 

He obtained a practical education by attendance at the public schools of his 
native city, and upon the completion of his studies he served an apprenticeship 
at the structural and ornamental iron business and continued working at the 
same as a journeyman until 1900, in which year he engaged in business on his 
own account in the same line in Philadelphia, continuing with a large degree 
of success up to 191 1, when he retired with a competence, gained by strictly 
attending to every detail, however minute, by giving his personal supervision to 
the work performed, seeing to it that it was of the best quality, and for the 
prompt manner in which orders were executed. Being a man of high moral 
character, the strictest integrity, and possessing executive ability of a high 
order, his influence has been felt in the community, although his residence there 
has been of short duration, he owning an attractive and modern house at Con- 
cordville upon his retirement from business. He is a member of the Episcopal 
church located at Xinth street and Lehigh avenue, Philadelphia ; member of 
William C. Hamilton Lodge, No. 500, Free and Accepted Masons, and his po- 
litical allegiance is given to the Republican party, the principles of which he 
firmly believes in. 

Mr. Cutler married, June 2, 1905, Alice J. Mooney, born in Philadelphia, 
Pennsylvania, daughter of Thomas and Jane (Irvine) Alooney, the former 
named having for a number of years been engaged in the wholesale liquor busi- 
ness in Philadelphia, and whose family consisted of ten children, six of whom 
are living at the present time (1914) namely: Thomes, Elizabeth, Belle S., 
John, James, Alice J. 



\\'hether the elements of success in life are innate attributes of the 
HALL individual, or whether they are quickened by a process of circum- 
stantial development, it is impossible to clearly determine, yet the 
study of a successful life is none the less interesting and profitable by reason 
of the existence of the same uncertainty. A man who measured up to modern 
requirements was the late Edward Hicks Hall, in whose death the community 
lost not only a singularly successful man, but a most worthy and honored citi- 
zen. He was not only successful himself, but was largely influential in the 
success of others, and he has left to posterity that priceless heritage, an hon- 
ored name. Throughout the forty years of his professional career he was 
trusted and esteemed by all with whom he was associated. 

The Hall family are of direct English descent, and the progenitor of the 
line herein followed was the great-grandfather of Edward H. Hall, who was a 
Friend in religion, a member of the Hicksite Branch of that order. Robert 
Hall, son of the emigrant, was for many years a prosperous farmer of Dela- 
ware county, Pennsylvania, the owner of an extensive farm, and served in the 
capacity of justice of the peace. His wife, Elizabeth Hall, bore him a number 
of children among whom was John M. Hall, born on the old Hall homestead 
at Mount Hope, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, in 1806, died at Media, in 
January, 1891. He engaged in agricultm-al pursuits until 1855, when he was 
elected sheriff of Delaware county, which office he filled for two years, and 
then devoted his attention to mercantile business at Media, and was also the 
keeper of the county prison for a number of years. He was a member of the 
Society of Friends. He married Hannah Johnson, born near Village Green, 
Delaware county, Pennsylvania, died in 1873, aged fifty-eight 3'ears, a descend- 
ant of old Quaker stock. Their children were: Joseph J., deceased: Amy A., 
who became the wife of Stephen Reynolds : Edward Hicks, of whom further. 

Edward Hicks Hall was born in Aston township, Delaware county, Penn- 
sylvania, April 15, 1848, died in Media, Pennsylvania, August 27, 1913. His 



DELAWARE COUNTY 1023 

preparatory education was obtained in a small private school near his father's 
home, and in 1855, when his parents removed to Media, he became a pu]Ml in 
the public school there, and later attended the Thomas Griffiths Academy at 
Wilmington, Delaware, and the Friends" Central School at Fifteenth and Race 
streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a diligent and conscientious stu- 
dent and thus acquired an excellent education, being especially proficient in 
mathematics, this proving of especial value to him in his subsequent active 
career. His first occupation was that of clerk in his father's store located at 
the corner of State street and South avenue, Media, in which capacity he 
servSl until 1870, when he entered the office of George R. Darlington, one of 
the oldest estabHshed law offices in Delaware county, and under his competent 
preceptorship was prepared for the profession of law, in the meantime pursu- 
ing a course in surveying, which line of work he followed successfully in con- 
nection with his law practice, performing the surveying of lands and laying 
out of roads in Delaware county, and in the performance of these duties he 
gained many friends, who proved their worth in advancing his interests in his 
later enterprise, aiding materially in the building up of his extensive law prac- 
tice. He was admitted to the bar of his native state in November, 1873. and 
continued in general practice up to the time of his decease, giving especial at- 
tention to civil cases, and in due course of time attained a prominent position 
among his fellow practitioners. He threw himself with all the zeal of his na- 
ture and with all his thorough knowledge of the law into the cause of his 
client, therefore his services were eagerly sought by those who realized and ap- 
preciated this excellent characteristic. He possessed all the attributes of a 
successful lawyer, integrity of character, the judicial instinct and a rare appre- 
ciation of the two sides of every question. He became one of the counsel for 
the American Pipe & Construction Company in 1900, and the extensive area 
of this business considerably increased his practice in the Eastern and Middle 
counties of the state. He was solicitor for the First National Bank of Media 
from October, 1905, until his death, and was also attorney for the Bryn Mawr 
Trust Company and for a number of the most extensive manufacturing con- 
cerns in Dejaware county, these connections testifying eloquently to his prom- 
inence as a lawyer. He kept abreast of the times by constant research and 
study, was a logical thinker and an indefatigable worker, spending considera- 
ble time at his office work, remaining many times far into the night in order 
to thoroughly prepare himself for the duties of the following day. 

Mr. Hall was on terms of intimacy and close friendship with the judges 
of the county, as well as his clients, and took a keen interest and active part in 
public afiFairs. For seventeen years he was an active member of the Media 
Borough Council, of which he was the president for a number of years. He 
was a Republican in politics, but cast his vote for the candidate best qualified 
for office, irrespective of party affiliation. He was reared a Friend, the faith 
of his forefathers, but attended the Episcopal church with his family. He 
kept in touch with his professional brethren by membership in the Delaware 
County Bar Association, of which he was a member for many years, and in the 
Pennsylvania State Bar Association, serving on many important committees. 
He was a member and served as treasurer of the Delaware County Historical 
Society, and a member of George W. Bartram Lodge, No. 298, Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons, of ]\Tedia : Media Chapter, No. 84, Royal Arch Masons : St. 
Albans Commandery, No. 47, Knights Templar; Temple. Ancient Arabic Or- 
der Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, of Philadelphia ; Media Club, and Spring 
Haven Country Club. He was an enthusiastic golfer, deriving his greatest 
pleasure from that sport, and he also enjoyed hunting, often spending his leis- 
ure time in that pursuit. 



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Mr. Hall married, March 9, 1871, Susan A. Barton, daughter of Jonathan 
and Elizabeth (Woodward) Barton, a Philadelphia family. Children: i. Lil- 
lian, born November 20, 1873, died May 29, 1877. 2. Elizabeth, born May 20, 
1885 ; graduated from the Friends" Select School of Philadelphia in 1901, from 
Swarthmore College in 1905, and pursued a post-graduate course at Columbia 
College in 1906. IMrs. Hall and daughter reside in the family home in Media. 



The Evans family, of which a representative in the present gen- 
EVANS eration is D. Ridgway Evans, of Beechwood, Haverford town- 
ship, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, is descended from Evan 
Evans, a native of the Parish of f reeghvs. in Montgomeryshire, Wales. He 
came to America in 1722, and on November 17 of that year, purchased a large 
tract of land adjoining Uwchlan Friends ^^leetinghouse. 

Robert Evans, a descendant in a direct line from Evan Evans, was born 
in Philadelphia, where he also died. He was a lumber merchant, and he and 
his family were members of the Society of Friends. 

Thomas C. Evans, son of Robert Evans, was born in Philadelphia, July 5, 
1818, and died in Wilmington, Delaware. His business occupation was that of 
tanning, and he was a foreman for Jonathan E. Rhoads in Marple township, 
Delaware county, Pennsylvania, for many years. When this tannery was 
removed to Wilmington, Delaware, in 1868, Mr. Evans, whose connection with 
the concern remained unaltected, took up his residence in that city also. He 
was a Republican in pcjlitics, and a member of the Society of Friends. Mr. 
Evans married in Delaware county, Pennsylvania, Phoebe Ann Thompson, born 
in Alarple township, Delaware county, November 27, 1827, died in Wilmington, 
Delaware, in October, 191 1. Her father was a farmer. Children of Mr. and 
Mrs. Evans: Sally P., died unmarried in 1912; D. Ridgway, the special sub- 
ject of this sketch ; Hettie R., never married, and now resides in Wilmington, 
Delaware; William S., died aged twenty-four. 

D. Ridgway Evans was born in Marple township, Delaware county, Penn- 
sylvania, June 13, i860. He acquired a very good education in the public 
schools of Wilmington, Delaware, and was then apprenticed to learn the car- 
penter's trade. \Mth this he was identified in various capacities until he had 
attained his majority, when he went west and remained there for a period of 
two years. Upon his return from the West he made his home in Philadel- 
phia and engaged in general building and contracting, a line of industry with 
which he is still actively identified. His main contracts are executed in Phila- 
delphia and its suburb's. In 1909 he erected a fine residence on Homestead 
avenue, Beechwood, which he has since used for his own home. He has never 
had a desire to hold public oflice, preferring to do his duty in a quiet manner 
as a law abiding citizen, but he casts his vote regularly for the Republican 
party. - He and his wife are members of the Baptist church. 

Mr. Evans married, September 10, 1885, Sally B.. born in Philadelphia, 
daughter of James Haddock. They have had children : Frank, who is a topo- 
graphical dra'ftsman, and lives in Jersey City, married Emma C. Baur : Freder- 
fck S.. born November 7, 1898. The business career of ^Ir. Evans is an illus- 
t'-ation of energv and enterprise which have overcome the difficulties which 
overwhelm manv. and which have achieved success. He is a man of strong 
purpose and sound judgment, and carries forward to completion whatever he 
undertakes. 



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DELAWARE COUNTY 1025 

Descendant of an old English family, Clarence Sill has throughout 
SILL his entire business career been intimately connected with the finan- 
cial circles of Philadelphia through his association with the firm of 
E. \\'. Clark & Company, Bankers and Brokers, one of the most substantial 
and responsible institutions of its kind within the city of Philadel]5hia, and one 
which compares favorably with others of a like character in the state. 

From the earliest records obtainable it is found that his family has been 
resident in England for many generations, his great-grandfather, Sylvester 
Sill, having passed his life in that land. Joseph, son of Sylvester Sill, born in 
•Jarlisle, England, is the one of the line responsible for the introduction of his 
family into the United States, his death occurring in Philadelphia, Pennsyl- 
vania, November 2, 1854. He was a merchant of the older days, being the 
proprietor of a men's furnishing store at No. 521 Chestnut street, later becom- 
ing senior partner of the firm of Sill, Arnold & Leonard, whose place of busi- 
ness was at Front and Chestnut streets, Philadelphia. He was a successful 
business man, prospered in his calling, and made his home in Philadelphia un- 
til his death. He was a painter of no mean ability, never adopting art as a life 
work, but made numerous sketches in water color and oil for his own pleasure 
and as gifts to the many friends who admired his talented artistic prowess. 
He was a lifelong member of the First Unitarian Church, of Philadelphia. He 
married Jane Todhunter, who died January 2j . 1877, and had seven children: 
Joseph, John, Jane, William, Alary, Alfred, of whom further, and Vaughn. 

Alfred Sill, son of Joseph and Jane (Todhunter) Sill, was born in Phila- 
delphia, Pennsylvania. iMay 23, 1837, died in Darby, Delaware county, Penn- 
sylvania, November 2, 1893. He was in the mercantile business during part 
of his active years, as a member of the firm of Middleton, Sill & Company, 
located on Chestnut street, dealers for the most part in cotton, from about i860 
to 1870, and was later a coal and lumber merchant, having yards in the city and 
conducting a profitable business. He was a man of studious nature, fond of 
mechanical devices, and in his latter years was the inventor of a breech-loading 
gun, upon which he obtained a patent, although never engaging in its manufac- 
ture. He was a sergeant in a company of the Third Regiment, Pennsylvania 
Reserves, in 1862, prepared to fight in defence of the great principle involved 
in that conflict between the states if such an issue were unavoidable, although 
it was a principle of his creed, that of the Society of Friends, that members 
thereof should not participate in strife. He was a regular attendant of the 
meetings of the Society in the Meeting House at Fifteenth and Race streets. 
Philadelphia. He married. May 5, 1864, Naomi Passmore Middleton, born in 
Darby, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, November 30, 1839, daughter of Ed- 
win, born September 23, 1803, died January 5, 1875, and Rachel (Hunt) Mid- 
dleton, born October 17, 1808, died April 8, 1882, the marriage of the parents 
having been solemnized at Darby, Pennsylvania, December 15, 183 1. Children 
of Alfred and Naomi Passmore (Middleton) Sill: Edwin Aliddleton, born 
November 15, 1865; Alfred Howard, December 10, 1868: Clarence, of whom 
further ; Florence Middleton, July 27, 1875. 

Clarence Sill, third son and child of Alfred and Naomi Passmore (Middle- 
ton) Sill, was born at No. 1822 Mount Vernon street, Philadelphia, Pennsyl- 
vania, October 12, 1870. In boyhood he attended Friends' Central School, in 
Philadelphia, and was graduated from that institution in the class of 1889. Af- 
ter leaving school he began his business life in the office of E. W. Clark & 
Company, Bankers and Brokers, and has ever since been identified with this 
firm, having through the quarter century of his association therewith come to 
hold a position of trust and responsibility, his fidelity and responsibility having 
been proven bv the faultless execution of many commissions. He has risen 

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1026 DELAWARE COLXTY 

steadily in aiitliority and influence, his part in the direction of the firm's busi- 
ness being prominent and important. Mr. Sill holds membership in the Coun- 
try Club, of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, the .Automobile Club of Delaware coun- 
ty, and the Ocean City Motor Boat Club. r)cean City, New Jersey. His reli- 
gion is that of his father, and he attends the same meeting house at which the 
elder Sill was wont to worship, that at I-'ifteenth and Race streets. Philadel- 
phia. 

He married, at Darby Friends Meeting House. June 12, 1901, May, born 
in Darby, Delaw-are county, Pennsylvania, May 24, 1876, daughter of William 
Skipwith and Annie (Aloore) Bunting. William Skipwith Bunting was born 
September 17. 1848, and was married on December 2. 1870. and died F"ebruary 
12, 1912. His business was insurance. Children of \\'illiam S. and Annie 
(Moore) Bunting: Carroll Moore, Z^lay (of previous mention), married Clar- 
ence Sill, Helen Moore, Lillie Curtis. Mr. Sill and his wife reside in a beau- 
tiful home at No. 36 Owen avenue, Lansdowne. Pennsylvania, although Mr. 
Sill's business necessitates daily trips to Philadelphia, the scene of his activities. 



In the closing year of the eighteenth centur)- the Martin family 
AL-\RTIX of this record came to Pennsylvania, although the first settle- 
ment of the ancestor, William Martin, was at Xew Castle, Del- 
aware. He was a native of the Emerald Isle, and possessing the characteristics 
of his race soon made friends and won from the new world good standing and 
a comfortable living. He married, in Ireland, Fanny Little, and not long after- 
ward sailed for America, their second child, David, being born on the voy- 
age. At an annual reunion of the family held .\ugust 25, 1904, the following 
picturesque narrative was read by one of the descendants of W'iUiam Mar- 
tin : "We were standing upon the bank of the Delaware ime bright day in the 
month of June, watching a sailing vessel from Ireland making her way up 
the river. The sight of a vessel of any description was always an attraction 
to the entire population of a village or nearby places. The vessel made her 
way slowly, after a tedious, anxious voyage of six weeks, but at last stopped 
at the old historic town of Xew Castle. As the passengers leave the vessel, 
our attention is attracted to a man, woman and baby ; the man is William Mar- 
tin ; the woman Fanny Little, his wife, and the child their infant son. David." 
The man. then twenty-eight years of age, soon found Xew Castle too small to 
afford him the opportunity he was seeking and is next found in \\'ilmington, 
Delaware, where for two years he lived at the corner of Fourth and Orange 
streets. He then moved to Du Font's farm on the banks of the Brandy wine, 
which was the family home for thirty years. This farm, so long their home, 
is yet known as "Martin's farm." He was the first overseer for E. J. Dupont. 
and after his years of service was able to purchase his own farm at Red 
Clay Creek, upon which he resided until his death in January. 1850. aged sev- 
enty-nine years. His w'idow. Fannie, continued her residence upon the farm 
until her death in February. 1861. Children: i. Joseph, died in Ireland in 
infancy. 2. David, of whom further. 3. Joseph, married Lydia Wilson and 
has three children. 4. Irenice, married Maria Rankin and had ten children. 
5. Jennie, married James Martin and had ten children, 6. William, married 
Jane Hopple and had ten children. 7. John, married Lydia Clark and had 
three children. 8. Mary, married Poulson Chandler and had eight children. 
9. James, married Elizabeth Chandler and had eight children. 10. Fannie, died 
unmarried. 

(II) David, second son of William and Fannie I Little) Martin, was born 
on the ship which brought hi? parents to .America in 1799. He grew to man- 



DELAWARE COUNTY 1027 

hood at the farm 011 the Brandywine, later became a land owner and extensive 
cattle dealer, laying the foundation for the important meat packing business 
later conducted by his sons. He resided in Chester, Pennsylvania, and owned 
his farm in Delaware county, on which he also resided for many years. He 
died in Centreville, Delaware, March 5. 1866. He married Anne MacMullin, 
born October 3. 1802, and lived to the great age of ninety-two years; she is 
buried in the cemetery of the Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church, Dela- 
ware. Children: i. Jane, born January 15, 1823, married, September 14, 
1841, Job Pyle, a farmer of Chester county, Pennsylvania. 2. Fannie, born 
January 30, 1825, never married. 3. Mary Jane, born June 29, 1827; married 
Bayard Pyle. 4. Joseph J., born August 10, 1829; married Mary Schriver. 
5. William A., born January 5, 1832; married Sarah Brinton. 6. Katherine, 
born August 12, 1834; married, in 1864. Thomas Woodward. 7. Elizabeth, 
born May 5, 1837, died September 11, 1845. 8. Sarah M., born March 26, 
1840; married in 1868, David H. Garrett. 9. Evelyn, born March 11, 1843; 
married, March 3, 1869, John H. Etherington. 10. David B., of whom further. 
Of these ten children, Katherine, Sarah M. and Evelyn are the only survivors 

(1913)- 

(HI) David B., youngest child of David and Anne (MacMullm) Mar- 
tin, was born September 12, 1847. He lived in Philadelphia in his youth, and 
finished his education at Shortlidge's Academy in Delaware county. He began 
active business life as an oil refiner, but later his brother, who was president 
of the Philadelphia Stock Yards Company, interested him in the meat packing 
business in which he was ever afterward most successfully engaged as head 
of the D. B. Martin Company; also was officially connected with the New 
York Sanitary Utilization Company, the New England Sanitary Produce Com- 
pany, the Wilmington Abattoir and Cold Storage Company, and others. He 
was a man of fine executive ability, conducting his large interests with success 
and profit. He was a veteran of the civil war and in politics a Republican, 
influential, but never seeking public office for himself. He died at his home 
in Brandywine Summit, May 17, 1904. He married, in 1869, Marie M. 
LeTourneau, born in Philadelphia, March 18, 1849, and died there aged thirty- 
two years, daughter of Clement LeTourneau, an architectural designer of skill 
and prominence, born in Philadelphia, February 25, 1822, died in Philadel- 
phia, December 14, 1872, and Catherine A. Gorman, born in Philadelphia, 
December 25, 1823, died December 27, 1896. They were married September 
7, 1842. She had a brother, William, who was born August 18, 1843, and 
married in Philadelphia in 1866; and sisters, Annie, born June 25, 1846, mar- 
ried May 15, 1866, Amos Truman, and Amelia, born December 29, 1863, 
unmarried, all living. Michael Clement LeTourneau, grandfather of Mrs. 
Martin, was the first inventor of coal stoves in America. 

Children of David B. and Marie M. Martin: i. Joseph J., of whom 
further. 2. Bertha, died in childhood. 3. Catherine, died in childhood. Both 
David B. Martin and his wife were members of the Olivet Presbyterian 
Church at Thirty-second and Mount Vernon streets, Philadelphia. 

(IV) Joseph J., only son of David B. and Marie M. (LeTourneau) ivlar- 
tin, was born in Philadelphia, April 29, 1873. His youth was spent at his un- 
cle's farm at Chadds Ford, known as "Rocky Hill." This farm was after- 
wards sold to Josephine Way. but he has repurchased it and it is now in his 
possession. He was educated at Cheltenham Military Academy and began bus- 
iness life in his father's office. He continued with his father until the death of 
the latter, then succeeded him in the ownership of the various interests in the 
companies previously enumerated. He has re-purchased the old homestead of 
eighty acres, "Rocky Hill," at Chadds Ford, sold by Joseph J. Martin estate to 
H. C. Way, and there makes his home. It was from the crest of "Rocky 



1028 DELAWARE COL'XTY 

Hill" that the British began the battle of Brandywine, fought during the Revo- 
lution. He maintains extensive business interests and is a director of the 
Third National Bank of Philadelphia. His clubs are the Art, Racquet, Alanu- 
facturers and Yacht of Philadelphia ; the Athletic and Columbia of New York ; 
the Auto Club of America, and others. Both he and his wife are members of 
the Presbyterian church, and in political faith he is affiliated with the Republi- 
can party. 

j\lr. ^lartin married, October 23, 1895, Mary Brinton Talbot, born July 
26, 1873, daughter of C. W. Talbot, a lawyer of prominence born at Honey- 
brook, Chester county, Pennsylvania. February 19, 1850, who married, Febru- 
ary 28, 1872, Mary Jones, born at the homestead farm in Birmingham, Ches- 
ter county, Pennsylvania, February 4, 1846; children: Charles L., born March 
22, 1875: Anna J., born January 6, 1880: Mary Brinton, of previous mention, 
married Charles J. Martin. JMr. and Mrs. Martin have children: Mary Marie, 
born January 11. 1899; Joseph Jefferson, August 31, 1910. 



Henry L. Blatz, the only constructor of boats in Essington, Dela- 
BL.ATZ ware county, Pennsylvania, ranks as one of its progressive anil en- 
terprising citizens. He is the son of John and Caroline (Krouse) 
Blatz, and was born May 16, 1861, in Philadelphia. 

John Blatz was born in Germany in 1830, and dietl in Philadeljihia, Penn- 
sylvania, in 1884. He emigrated to this country in 1847, when he was a lad 
of seventeen, and came alone and unassisted by his family, he having saved 
his money to that end since he was a small child. He learned the baker's trade 
immediately upon landing, by the simple process of seeking employment with 
a baker. So great was his ambition and determination to succeed that he had 
established his own bakery before he was eighteen. It is remarkable when one 
realizes that he came to a foreign country, unable to speak a work of English, 
poor, without friends, and by sheer determination and persistence he had es- 
tablished in less than twelve months after his arrival a bakery. He married 
Caroline Krouse, like himself an immigrant. She came with her parents, from 
Germany, at the age of sixteen, met and married John Blatz when she was 
seventeen and he eighteen. They were the parents of eleven children, all of 
whom they educated in the public schools of Philadelphia, giving them the ad- 
vantages which they were denied in their earlier years. 

Henry L. Blatz, one of the eleven children of John and Caroline Blatz. 
received his education in the public school of his native city. Reaching ma- 
turity he decided that he would not follow his father's occupation, and so 
turned his attention to something else. He canvassed many fields and at last 
selected that of boat building as a pleasant and lucrative one. He was at 
Kensington, Pennsylvania, for many years, and succeeded, for he was dis- 
tinctly his father's son, with his determination to succeed. In November, igog. 
he moved to Essington, since which time he has built every boat used there. 
He employs a number of men, and is kept employed all the while filling his 
numerous orders. He turns out a handsome craft, not only for the residents 
of Essington but other and larger places as well. Air. Blatz is a Republican 
and has been auditor of the township. He is a member of the Foresters, An- 
cient Free and Accepted iMasons and the Loyal Order of Moose. 



At what is now the intersection of Spruce and Fifty-fifth 
SMITH-BOON streets, West Philadelphia, then old Blockley township, 
stood the farm-house of George Smith, and in that house 
Ellen J. and her father, George Washington Smith, were born. 

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home, their town property covering the square now bounded by Market, Chest- 
nut, Sixth and Seventh streets, a tract now the vakie of which can hardly be 
expressed in figures. George Smith was a prosperous merchant tailor, the 
leader in that business, commanding a very large patronage. He was a grand- 
nephew of Mary Ball, mother of George Washington, a part of whose estate 
his son received, when that part lying in Trenton, New Jersey, was sold. 
George Smith purchased the farm in old Blockley, previously mentioned, mak- 
ing it most attractive and the show place of the country thereabout-^. Covered 
now with paved streets and buildings it is almost beyond belief that so short a 
time ago it was a beautiful fertile farm, with blooded cattle grazing in the 
fields and the old house merry with the shouts of children and gtiests from the 
city. George Smith loved a country life and passed his latter years on his 
farm, where he died in his seventy-eighth year. He was a Whig in politics and 
a member of the Society of Friends, his funeral being held from the Friends 
Meeting House in Merion. He married Sarah, daughter of Paul Jones, of 
Merion, a descendant of the old Welsh Jones family — she died at the age of 
ninety-eight years, at her home at Thirty-second street and Woodlawn avenue, 
the site now occupied by Croft and Allen ; she was a birthright member of the 
Society of Friends. Children: Phoebe Roberts; George Washington (of 
whom further ) ; Joseph Ball and Sarah Jones Smith, the latter dying at the 
age of twenty years. 

George Washington Smith, eldest son of George and Sarah (Jones) Smith, 
was born at the farm house in old Blockley (now Spruce and Fifty-fifth streets, 
Philadelphia), in 1801. He was educated in the private Philadelphia schools 
and spent his early life on the old farm. At a suitable age he learned the 
tailor's trade and was associated with his father in business in Philadelphia. 
In politics he was a Whig and Republican, but took no active part in public 
affairs. He was a member of the Society of Friends and a man of high 
character, honored and respected in both business and social life. He died in 
St. Louis, Missouri, while visiting his sister-in-law, on October 15, 1874, in 
his seventy-third year. Mr. Smith married Deborah F. Jones, born on her 
father's farm, now a part of the city of Philadelphia, the house standing near 
the present intersection of Pine and Forty-seventh streets. Her father, Enoch 
Jones, was a coffin and cabinet maker, carrying on business in connection with 
his farm, where he died. His wife, Ann Jones, was no blood relation, although 
bearing the same name. A sister of Enoch Jones, Phoebe (Jones) Hoffman, 
was the mother of Norris Hoffman, after whom Hoffman School is named. 
Deborah F. (Jones) Smith died at No. 3520 Market street. West Philadelphia, 
in her eightieth year, a lifelong member of the Society of Friends. Chil- 
dren of George Washington and Deborah F. Smith : Sarah Ann, born May 
15, 1837, died aged sixty-two years, married William Boon; Joseph B., born 
in 1841, died in his sixty-third year, married January 18, 1865, Harriet Appel; 
Mary, born February 14. 1844, married. May 21. 1862, George Boon; Ellen J. 
(of further mention) ; Paul J. and Emma, died in childhood. 

Ellen J. Smith, daughter of George Washington and Deborah F. ( Jones) 
Smith, was born at the old Smith farmhouse in old Blockley, August 21, 1852. 
She was educated in the Philadelphia public schools and spent her youth at 
the home farm and now resides at her farm in Bethel township, Delaware 
county, which she successfully manages being a woman of business and execu- 
tive ability. She married. May 21, 1870, Charles Boon. Children: Charles 
R., born November 11, 1872, unmarried; Mary Ella, January 7, 1874, died 
aged six months; Deborah, December, 1874, died in infancy; Maurice, July 
4, 1876, died aged two and a half years; J. Henry, born April 7, 1879, unmar- 
ried; Walter, born January 27, 1881, unmarried; Howard, born August 8, 



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1883, died aged nine months; :\Iary Elizabeth, born April 2-j, 1884, died aged 
fourteen years; Eva, born October 27, 1887, married, January 13, 1907, John 
A. Steecker and has Eva B., Mary Ella, John A. (2) and Alexander; Anna G., 
died aged seven months ; Eleanor, died aged eight months ; Paul Jones, born Oc- 
tober 4, 1894, married March 30. 1913. Blanche E. Henning. 



Charles D. Manky Jr., is a member of the family of that name. 
AIANLEY which for a number of generations ha? been prominent in Del- 
aware county. The Manleys trace their descent to Thomas 
Alanley, a successful farmer of that region, who at various times cultivated 
large tracts of land in Chester, Middletown and Newtown. They are also re- 
lated to the old English family of Maddocks and to the De Havens of Philadel- 
phia. Charles D. JManley Sr., father of Charles D. Manley Jr., was a man of 
great energy who made himself felt as a force in the community, as a teacher, 
merchant and lawyer, winning his way into the latter profession in spite of 
great difficulties. He married Margaret Worrell, and to them were born four 
children of whom Charles D. was the third. 

Charles D. Manley Jr. was born in Chester, Pennsylvania, January 4, 1843. 
He was educated in the public schools of the district, and when eight years old 
was taken by his father to Media, whither the family removetl. He began his 
business life at the age of sixteen years, as a clerk for Isaac Haldeman & Sons, 
of Media, continuing with that firm for three years. He then went to Ohio, 
where he spent a year with the Curtis Dry Goods Company, of Mount Vernon, 
Knox county, returning to Pennsylvania in the spring of 1865. He then en- 
tered the employ of Edwin Hall at No. 26 South Second street, Philadelphia, 
but in August, 1866, severed his connection with this employer to embark upon 
a venture of his own and opened a dry goods house at No. 152 North Eighth 
street, Philadelphia, in partnership with Spencer Thompson, under the firm 
name of Thompson & Manley. In 1869 Mr. Thompson retired from the firm 
and left Mr. Manley to continue alone, which he did with success until April. 
1884, when he sold out. In August of the same year he entered the employ of 
Cooper & Conrad, Ninth and Market streets. Philadelphia, remaining there six 
years. In 1891 he engaged with the Joseph Home Company of Pittsburgh, 
Pennsylvania, remaining two years and returning to Philadelphia in the spring 
of 1893, where he engaged with Partridge & Richardson on Eighth street above 
Market. In 1901 he came to Media where he purchased an interest in the 
laundry business of Smith & Son, the same of which he is now the proprietor. 
The business was incorporated in 1904 under the name of the Media Steam 
Laundry, at which time Mr. Manley became superintendent, treasurer and 
manager and has continued the conduct of the concern ever since. He has 
equipped his plant with the best modern machinery and appliances and has 
built up a prosperous business in Media and the surrounding country, drawing 
also a large trade from Philadelphia, where he maintains a branch office. In 
19 1 2 he bought the property on which the laundry building stands, rebuilt and 
enlarged his plant and added the necessary machinery to completely equip it 
for modern laundry purposes. He employs thirty-five people and finds the 
business constantly on the increase. In July, 1913, the corporation was dis- 
continued and Mr. Alanley is now carrying on the enterprise on his own ac- 
count. Mr. Alanley is a Democrat in politics, and although he has never sought 
or accepted any public office is deeply interested in public affairs. He enjoys 
the unique distinction of never having voted at any borough, county, state or 
national election for any candidate not on the Democratic ticket. He is a man 
of energy and business ability and highly regarded by all who know him. 



DELAWARE COUNTY 1031 

Mr. Manley married, September 12, 1903, Anna 1!., daughter of John K. 
and Jane (Knox) Hawthorne, of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. The family home 
is situated at No. 104 West Washington street, antl his business plant at 121- 
123 South Orange street, Media. 



This branch of the Manleys came to Delaware county from 
MANLE\' Ireland, Joseph P., being of the first American born generation. 
He is a great-grandson of Joseph Manley of TuUamore, Ire- 
lanil, who was a merchant and a member of the Society of Friends, and a 
grandson of Thomas Manley, born in Tullamore, Ireland, died at Mount Mel- 
lick, April 29, 1835. He was a merchant and a member of the Society of 
[•■riends, but after his marriage became a Catholic that he might worship in the 
same faith as his wife. He married Ann Keogh, born in Ireland, died at Man- 
chester, England, November 29, 1835 ; children : Thomas K., of whom further ; 
John, Patrick, Elizabeth. 

Thomas K. IManley, son of Thomas and Ann (Keogh) Manley, was born 
in Tullamore, Ireland, May 21, 1805, died at Clifton Heights. Delaware coun- 
ty, Penn,sylvania, September i, 1892. When a boy his parents moved to Mount 
Mellick, Ireland, where he was educated and lived with his parents until he 
was twenty-two years of age. He then spent a short time in Dublin, Ireland, 
later locating in Manchester, England, where he married. He worked in the 
mills of Manchester as a weaver until November 28, 1841, when he embarked 
on a sailing ship for America with his wife, son John, five years of age, and 
Ann, aged ten months. He sailed on the ship "Pelvidere" from Liverpool, but 
after a few days out she sprang so serious a leak that they were obliged to re- 
turn, putting in at Cork, Ireland, for repairs. .Vfter five weeks at Cork, they 
again started across the Atlantic, but heavy weather again brought them into 
distress, and on March 17, 1842, they sought refuge at the island of Santa 
Cruz. After repairing there, the voyage was continued and New York safely 
reached April 17, 1842. After a few months spent in New York, Thomas K. 
Manley moved to Philadelphia, which was his home until 1852, where he manu- 
factured cloth on hand looms. During the "Know Nothing" riots in Philadelphia 
in 1844, he stood guard at St. Philips Catholic Church, Second and Queen 
streets, until danger of its destruction passed. In 1852 he moved to Upper 
Darby township, worked at his trade in the mills along Darby creek, and in the 
fall of 1873 '^"i't th^ house at Clifton Heights in which he died nineteen 
years later. He was a member of the St. Charles Roman Catholic Church of 
Kelleyville, and a member of St. Mary's Beneficial Society and the president 
of the society for several years. He is buried with his wife in the cemetery 
of that parish. 

He married in St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Manchester, Eng- 
land, May 21. 1834, Ann Markey, born in Dundalk, Ireland, March 15, 1816, 
who died in Clifton Heights, February 27, 1895, in her seventy-ninth year. 
She was a daughter of Philip IMarkey, born in Ireland, died in Manchester, 
England, and his wife, Bridget McMahon, born in Ireland and died in Man- 
chester. Of the twelve children of Thomas K. Manley, six died in infancy. 
Those reaching years of maturity are: John, married Sarah A. Hoofstitler; 
Ann T., married Michael McCready ; the two born in England and brought to 
this country by their parents in 1842: the following three born in Philadel])hia : 
Elizabeth A., married James Jordan: Thomas F., married Mary Ann Kelley; 
Joseph P., of whom further : Katherine M., was born at Upper Darby, Dela- 
ware county, Pennsylvania, and married John F. McMenamin. 

Joseph P. Manley, son of Thomas K. and .\nn (Markey) Manlev. was 



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born at Thirteenth and Federal streets. Philadelphia. Pennsylvania. December 
13. 1850. He was edncated in the public schools of West Philadelphia and 
Upper Darby township. Delaware county, Pennsylvania, and learned the trade 
of carpenter, which he still follows. He is a member of St. Charles Boromeo 
Roman Catholic Church, at Kelleyville. and of St. Mary's Beneficial Society of 
the same parish. He is unmarried and resides with his widowed sister. Mrs. 
Katherine M. McMenamin, who for eighteen years has conducted a dry goods 
and notion store in Clifton Heights. Their home at the corner of Sycamore 
and Baltimore avenues was erected by their father in 1873 and has ever since 
been in the possession of the family. His widowed sister, Mrs. .\nn T. Mc- 
Cready, and his niece. Miss Mary F. McMenamin. also reside with him. Jo- 
seph P. Manley in his younger days was a baseball player and for five years 
played on the nine of the Glen wood of Clifton Heights, who won the champion- 
ship of Delaware county. Pennsylvania, in 1872. 



The Levi? family of Pennsylvania is one which has been closely 
LE\"IS identified with the milling and other industries of the state for 
many generations. The American progenitor of this family was 
Samuel Levis, a maltster of Leicester. England, who. before coming to this 
country, in association with William Garrett, purchased 1,000 acres of land 
from William Penn. He emigrated to America in 1684, landing at Chester, 
and, having settled on Darby creek, in Upper Darby, he there built a sub- 
stantial home, which remained in the possession of the family for some gen- 
erations. Many of the most important mills of the state were owned liy him 
and his descendants. 

Samuel Edgar Levis, a lineal descendant of the Samuel Levis mentioned 
above, was born May 12, 1850, and now (1913) resides at Clifton Heights, 
Delaware county, Pennsylvania. His early education was acquired in the 
Friends' Central School and at the public school, and this was supplemented 
by a course in a business college in Philadelphia. L^pon the completion of his 
education he engaged in business with his father, who was a manufacturer of 
woolen and cotton goods, and when the business failed Mr. Levis found employ- 
ment on a farm. Subsequently he went to Los .Angeles, California, where he 
learned the art of surveying, with which he was successfullv connected for a 
number of years. Returning to Clifton Heights in 1891. he retired from active 
business life, and since that time has resided in his beautiful home there. He 
attends the meetings of the Society of Friends, and is a member of the Royal 
Arcanum. 

Mr. Levis married, November 26, 1879, Mary M. Lownes. She is a 
daughter of George I'olton Lownes, born in Springfield townshijj, Delaware 
county, Pennsylvania, January, 1825. now living at the age of eighty-eight 
years, who married Rebecca I!. Welab, deceased. They had children: \\"i\- 
liam. married Florence Thayer; (ieorge Boton. deceased, married Mary Dates- 
man, now residing in Red Lands, California; Hannah D., still living, unmar- 
ried ; Joseph, married Jane Powell ; Edward, deceased, married \'iola Healy, 
who now lives in Los .Angeles, California; Francis, married Lydia Rodgers ; 
Minerva W., unmarried; Jane E., married John H. Webster; and Mary, 
mentioned above. Mr. and Mrs. Levis have had children : Florence, who 
was graduated from the Friends' Central School, married S. Bancroft Trainer, 
of Trainer, Pennsylvania, and is now living in Toronto, Canada ; Oborn, a 
graduate of the Westtown Boarding School, lives in Toronto with his sister : 
George Bolton, a graduate of the Dre.xel Institute, resides with his jiarents ; 
Llannah Darlington, is a juqiil at the \\'csttnwn Boarding .School. 



DELAWARE COUNTY 1033 

The paternal grandparents of Patrick James Keefe, who is en- 
KEEFE gaged in the produce husiness in Haverford township, Delaware 

county, PVnnsj'lvania, were Michael and (Nunan) Keefe, 

who lived and died in Ireland, the former a farmer, and they had children: 
Cornelius, see forward : Patrick, who emigrated to America and made his home 
in New York City. Upon the outbreak of the civil war he enlisted in the Sixty- 
ninth Regiment, New York Volunteers, and fell in the battle of the Wilder- 
ness ; he was unmarried. 

Cornelius, son of Michael and (Nunan) Keefe, was born in coun- 
ty Limerick, Ireland, 1833, and died about 1873. ^^ was a cooper by trade, 
having learned this trade from his father, and took his family to Australia 
about 1 86 1. In 1867 he returned to Ireland, from whence he went to Eng- 
land for a time, then emigrated to America m 1870 and died in the state of 
INlinnesota. He and his wife were members of the Catholic church. He mar- 
ried Margaret Dudey, the only one of her family to emigrate to America. She 
was the daughtei of Patrick and Johanna Dudey, the former a carpenter, and 
she had one sister, Mary. She was born in county Limerick, Ireland, in 1834, 
and died in the United States, in February, 1874. They had children : Cor- 
nelius, died at the age of four years; Johanna, married James Ryan and now 
lives in Ireland; Patrick James, see forward; Mary and John, both died young. 

Patrick James Keefe was born near Sidney, Australia, June 15, 1864. He 
was about three years of age when his parents returned with their family to 
Ireland, and there he attended the national schools until he had attained the 
age of ten years. After the death of his parents he worked on farms until he 
was twenty-two years old. then came to Ardmore, Delaware county, Pennsyl- 
vania, in 1886. For thie period of one year he worked for a Mr. Shay, and then 
had various other positions until 1889, when he establislied himself as a pro- 
duce dealer. By his excellent methods of conducting his business it has in- 
creased to such an extent that he now finds it necessary to have two wagons in 
constant use. In 1894 he built a house for himself on Loraine street, in Ard- 
more Park, Haverford township, Delaware county, Pennsylvania. This he 
still occupies, and in the course of time many improvements have been made to 
the original structure. Mr. Keefe gives his strong support to the principles of 
the Democratic party, and his religious affiliations are with the Catholic church. 
He possesses great energ}', strong determination, and above all, that most es- 
sential factor, good common sense, and from small beginnings he has developed 
a business which is of very satisfactory extent. 

Mr. Keefe married, November 24, 1895, Hannah L., born in Tipperary 
county, Ireland, daughter of Thomas and Margaret .Mligan. Children : Mar- 
garet. Johanna. Thomas, Cornelius. Mary. 



The Watkin family has been established for a number of gen- 
WATKIN erations in Delaware county, Pennsylvania, and its various 
members have been well known and are highly respected citi- 
zens. They came from Wales originally. 

(I) Enoch Watkin was a farmer in and near Delaware county, Pennsyl- 
vania. He married Hannah, daughter of Lewis Knoll, who was of German 
descent. Mr. and Mrs. Watkin were both natives of the United States. They 
had children: Mary; Sarah, married Benjamin Bonsall. a stone mason, and 
they lived on the Providence and Springfield road, Pennsylvania ; Lewis, see 
forw ard ; Isaac, a drover, and later a merchant, lived in Philadelphia ; Cather- 
ine, married Simon Goodman and lived near Ardmore, Pennsylvania. 

(II) Lewis, son of Enoch and Hannah (Knoll) Watkin. was born in 



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Haverford, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, September 9, 1802, and died 
March 9, 1870. He was apprenticed to learn the miller's trade with Jacob 
Wise, whose mill was located on the Wissahickon creek, near Philadelphia. 
About 1826 he came to Upper Darby township, where he rented, and in 1850 
purchased, the Milbank mill, Xathan Sellers' property, and there successfufly 
carried on the milling business for many years. In 1854 he gave it into the 
hands of his son, William, and in his later years purchased a farm of ninety- 
nine acres near the mill. In political matters he was at first a Whig, and af- 
filiated with the Republican party upon its organization. He was a regular at- 
tendant at the Swedenborgian church. He married Rachel, born in Upper 
Darby township, November 24, 1793, died in 1872, daughter of William and 
Mary Moore, the former a teamster in the army during the Revolutionary 
war, and who had children: Jehu, born December 27, 1776: Elizabeth, born 
January 12, 1779, died unmarried; Anne, born May 21, 1781 ; George' born 
March 11, 1783, was a farmer; James, born August '11, 1785, a farmer; Wil- 
liam, born September 22, 1788, a farmer: Rachel, who married Mr. Watkin ; 
Sarah, born January 11, 1796, died unmarried; Mary, born December 16, 1798,' 
married (first) Jospeh Esrey, (second) Edward Thawlev. Mr. and Mrs' 
Watkin had children : Mary, who died at the age of tliirtcen vears ; William, 
see forward. 

(Ill) William, son of Lewis and Rachel (Moore) Watkin. was born in 
Upper Darby township, Delaware county. Pennsylvania, March 21, 1833. He 
attended the "Eastern School" in his native township, being obliged to' walk a 
distance of two and one-half miles to the school everv morning; the Eas- 
tern was where the High School is now located. Later he was a pupil in the 
Ijrivate school of Dr. Guernsey, in what is now Lansdowne, and in the Parmei 
public school in what is now Yeadon borough. At the age of fifteen years he 
had completed his education, and learned the milling business under the per- 
sonal supervision of his father. When he attained his majority in 1854, his 
father gave him full charge of the mill and all connected with it, and after his 
marriage his father erected for him the fine house in which he still lives. In its 
day this was considered one of the finest in the county. Robert Allen was die 
architect and builder. L'pon the death of his father the mill passed entirely into 
the possession of William Watkin. About 1880 he was obliged to rent the mill 
for two years, acting by the advice of his physician. About 1888 he again 
rented it, this time retiring permanently from his active life. Politically he af- 
filiates with the Republican party, and for almost half a century he has served 
as school director of the township. He was brought up in the Swedenborgian 
denomination and has never wavered in his allegiance. He is a member of 
Fernwood Lodge, American Mechanics, and L'nion Star Council. 

Mr. Watkin married (first) May 4, 1858, in Upper Darbv township, Marv 
Shoester, of that township: (second) Phoebe S. Shoester ; both were daugh- 
ters of Jacob and Phoebe Shoester. Children bv first marriage: Mary Emma, 
married Frank P. Johnston, and had Sally and Mary; Sarah P., married Harry 
Dubbs, lives in Media, and had Clara, Bertha and Fannie ; Lewis K., who lives 
in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, married Alverda Lister, and has William, Harry 
and Ella; Clara A., married Lewis W. Zell, has children, Anna E. and Maud, 
and lives in Cardington. Child of the second marriage: Frank Garfield, mar- 
ried Eve E. Stahlnecker, and lives with his father. Mr. Watkin is one of the 
few surviving charter members of the Senior Order of the United American 
Mechanics. Xo. 204. 







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H. 1:1. Aikens, prominent street railway official, is a native of 
A 1 KENS the city of Philadelphia, where he was born November 7, 1876, 
son of James and Margaret (MacDowell) Aikens, residents 
of the same city. 

Mr. Aikens began his education in the public schools of his native city, and 
entered the Protestant Episcopal Academy of Philadelphia. In 1893 he took 
up the study of law in Philadelphia, but was early iliverted from the profes.-^ion 
for which he had expected to prepare himself. In 1897 he became assistant to 
the president of the Philadelphia & West Chester Traction Company. On 
January 17, 1905, he became secretary of the Philadelphia & West Chester 
Traction Company. This marked the beginning of a successful career, and one 
which has brought substantial results to the transportation interests of the city 
of Philadelphia and many important suburban cities and residential districts. 
From the first he manifested a peculiar aptitude for all things relating to the 
improvement and development of street railways, and his rise has been rapid. 
Since January 10, 1910, he has been vice-president of the Philadelphia & West 
Chester Traction Company, and he is a member of the directorates and vice- 
president of various other street railway corporations — the Philadelphia & 
West Chester Traction Company ; the Ardmore & Llanerch Street Railway 
Company ; the Philadelphia, Castle Rock & West Chester Street Railway Com- 
pany; the Philadelphia & West Chester Turnpike Road Company. 

Mr. Aikens is also prominently identified with various other important 
interests, among them the Eastern Securities Company of Philadelphia ; and is 
a member of the Manufacturers' Club of Philadelphia. He is prominent and 
active in athletic and outdoor sports, and holds membership in the Athletic 
Club of Philadelphia, the Malta Boat Club, the Aronimink Country Club, The 
Willows, and The Church Club of Philadelphia. 

With offices in the Commercial Trust Building, Philadelphia, Mr. Aikens 
has his residence at 25 Park road, Llanerch, He takes an interest in the social 
life of that delightful residential place, and golfing is one of his special delights. 
He and his family are communicants of the Protestant Episcopal church. Mr. 
Aikens married Edna M. Freund, daughter of Dr. H. H. Freund, of Philadel- 
phia, and they have two children — Katherine Freund Aikens and H. H. 
Aikens Jr. 



William H. Hershey, an influential citizen of Oakmont, Dela- 
HERSHEY ware county, Pennsylvania, enterprising and public-spirited, 
giving his support to all measures calculated to advance the 
moral and material welfare of the community, is a representative of not only 
one of the most prominent, but one of the oldest families in Pennsylvania, being 
founded in Lancaster county in 1719, its members in the various generations 
being noted for their intelligence and morality, integrity of character and trust- 
worthiness, characteristics which they transmitted to their descendants in large 
degree. 

Joseph Hershey, father of William H. Flershey, was born in Lancaster 
county, Pennsylvania, there reared, educated, learned his trade of oak cooper, 
and married. After leaving the old homestead he first settled in Reading, Penn- 
sylvania, and later removed to Philadelphia, where he died in the year 1S60, 
and he followed his trade in both cities, making a comfortable living for his 
family, to whom he was devotedly attached. He married Elizabeth Schraeder, 
who was born in the vicinity of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, died in the 
year 1903. Both were members of the Presbyterian church, contributing of 
their time and' money to its support. Their children were: William H., of 



1036 DELAWARE COUNTY 

whom further; Jennie, resides with her brother; Sally, twin of Jennie, died 
unmarried; Emma, died in infancy; Julia, died at the age of twenty years. 

\\'illiam H. Hershey was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Xovember i, 
1851. He was educated in the public schools of his native city, and after com- 
pleting his studies served an apprenticeship at the trade of painter, working as 
journeyman at the same for some time, gaining additional knowledge and 
experience, and subsequently became a general contractor in the painting busi- 
ness, employing on an average from three to five men. He takes a keen interest 
in his work, giving to every detail his personal supervision, and thus retains the 
extensive patronage which has come to him as the result of conscientious and 
faithful effort to meet the requirements and wishes of his many patrons. Prior 
to his removal to Eagle Road, Oakmont, Delaware county, he resided in Phila- 
delphia, Pennsylvania, where he was highly esteemed. He holds membership in 
Grace Chapel, a union church; in Potter Lodge, No. 441, Free and Accepted 
Masons ; Improved Order of Red Men ; the Order of Artisans, of Philadelphia, 
and Tabor Benefit Society. He is a staunch adherent of the principles of the 
Republican party, to whom he gave his allegiance upon attaining his majority. 

Air. Hershey married (first) Lydia Cassidy, a native of Philadelphia, Penn- 
sylvania, daughter of Alexander and Mary Cassidy. She died in 1880, in child- 
birth. He married (second) September 17. 1888. Mary McElroy, a native of 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, daughter of Philip and Mary McEIroy. They have 
no children, but their great kindness of heart prompted them to give a home to 
a niece. Ethel H. Seeberger, now the wife of Melvin Detwiler, who well repaid 
them for the love and care bestowed upon her. Mr. and Mrs. Her.shey are 
highly thought of in the community, they leading quiet, retired lives, exerting 
an influence for good u]ion all with whom they come in contact. 



Henry R. Lewis, whose descendants are now residents of Dela- 
LEW'IS ware county, Pennsylvania, was born in England, and at the age of 

thirteen years was brought to this country and made his home in 
the city of Philadelphia. He was apprenticed to learn the carpenter's trade, and 
subsequently also followed that of a cabinetmaker. Finally he engaged in the 
retail furniture business at No. 1204 Market street, with which he was identified 
until 1893, when he retired from active business life, and died in 1894. He and 
his wife were members of the Baptist church, and he was also a member of the 
L'nion League Club. He married Emily Lacey and they had children : Henry 
R. Jr.. a resident of Philadelphia; Wilson, see forward; George W.. who died 

in 1872; Emily, married Van Zant, now deceased; Alary, deceased; 

Laura, married A. P. Benner, and lives in Philadelphia. 

Wilson Lewis, son of Henry R. and Emily (Lacey) Lewis, was born in 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in April, 1839. He was associated with his father 
in the business established by the latter, and died in 1894. During the civil war 
he was in service as an emergency man for a period of three months, and was 
later a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. He and his wife were 
members of the Baptist church and active in church and charitable works of 
all kinds. He took a great interest in the cause of education, and at the time of 
his death was in office as a school director of the twentieth ward. He married 
Mary Williams, who was born in 1844. daughter of John and Hannah (Holmes) 
Williams, both natives of New Jersey, where they were also married. Mrs. 
Lewis is the great-granddaughter of Nathaniel Holmes, who was a soldier 
during the war of the revolution. Hannah ( Holmes) Williams, after the death 
of her first husband, married his brother, and for some vears thev conducted the 



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Ridgway House (hotel), and later the Delaware Hotel. They removed to 
Deiinisville, New Jersey, and conducted a hotel there until they died. By her 
first marriage she had' two daughters and two sons as follows : Frank, who was 
a sea captain, and was lost at sea; a daughter, who died in infancy ; Mary, men- 
tioned above ; John H., lives in Dennisville, New Jersey, where he is engaged 
in farming. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis have had children: Henry R., lives in the 
state of New York, where he is engaged in business as a merchant ; Edwin B., 
see forward; Eva, died at the age of six years; Laura, married E. C. Metlack, 
and resiiles in Philadelphia ; Mary H., married Robert M. Graham, and lives in 
Philadelphia. 

Edwin B. Lewis, son of Wilson and Mary (Williams) Lewis, was born in 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 16, 1864. He attended the public schools of 
Philadelphia until he had attained the age of sixteen years, then having shown 
a natural inclination for drawing he accepted a position with A. Penrose Benner, 
an architect, with whom he remained as a draftsman for a period of thirteen 
years. In 1896 he established himself independently in business as an architect 
and real estate dealer in Lansdowne, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, and was 
successfully engaged in this line of business for a number of years. In 1905 he 
commenced building operations in Lansdowne and its vicinity, and is now 
engaged in the general contracting and building business. He has erected many 
beautiful private residences and other buildings, his structures being not only 
practical, but also a pleasure for the eye to rest upon. Probably the most 
important building he has erected up to the present time is the public school 
building at East Lansdowne. Mr. Lewis is a Republican in political matters, 
and has served his community in a number of public offices, among them being 
as school director for three years, as highway commissioner for a time, and since 
1896 as tax collector. He was secretary of the Lansdowne Fire Company, a 
member of the local Republican Club, and has frequently served as a delegate 
to the county conventions. His fraternal affiliation is as follows : The Order of 
Spartans ; Free and Accepted Masons, being a member of Fernwood Lodge, 
No. 543 ; I'niversity Chapter, Royal Arch Masons ; Corinthian Commandery, 
Knights Templar. Both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Epis- 
copal church. In July, 1890, he erected a very beautiful home for his own use 
in Lansdowne, and has occupied it since that time. 

Mr. Lewis married, December, 1887, M. Belle, born in Dennisville, New 
Jersey, a daughter of John L. and Mary C. James, and they have had children: 
Fannie C, was graduated from the Lansdowne high school ; Laura B., also a 
graduate of the Landsdowjie high school ; Mary W., a student at the above 
mentioned institution. 



Heyburn, a name distinguished in English history for many 
HEYBURN centuries, has been worthily borne in the new world by a 
prominent Pennsylvania family. A branch early settled in 
Delaware county, while the forebears of Weldon Brinton Heyburn, late United 
States senator from the state of Idaho, whose career is herein traced, settled in 
the adjoining state of Delaware, the ancestral acres now being a part of the city 
of Wilmington. They too, however, soon came to Delaware county, Pennsyl- 
vania, settling in the township of Birmingham, where at Chadds Ford, Senator 
Heyburn first saw the light. 

His ancestors were a succession of George Heyburns, beginning with the 
father of the American ancestor. 

George Heyburn was born in New Castle, county Durham, England, Janu- 



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ary 6, 1692. He married Mary Watson, of W'ickham, in the same county, May 
26, 17 18. 

George (2) Heyburn, son of George (i) Heyburn, was born in England 
in 1732. settled in the state of Delaware, became an officer in the English and 
Colonial army and was killed during the Pontiac war at Bloody Run, in western 
Pennsylvania, April 14. 1764. He married Mary Rudolph, but was killed soon 
afterward. 

George 13I Heyburn. only son of George (2) and Mary (Rudolph) Hey- 
burn, was born on the Heyburn homestead in the state of Delaware, January 
15' I7^5> ^ posthumous child, died April 17, 1833. He spent his life on the 
Heyburn estate, now part of the city of Wilmington, and in Birmingham town- 
ship, Delaware count}-, Pennsylvania, where he also owned a farm. He mar- 
ried Elizabeth Burgess. Children : Sarah, married Amasa Baker ; John, mar- 
ried Letitia Brinton ; Elizabeth, married Robert Bullock ; Ann. married Thomas 
BuMock : George, of whom further : Susan, married Ely Seal ; Alary, married 
James Twaddell. 

George (4) Heyburn. son of George (3) and Elizabeth (Burgess) Hey- 
burn, was born at the Birmingham township farm in Delaware county, Penn- 
sylvania, September 9. i8oo, and after a life spent in the cultivation of his own 
acres in Birmingham, died in September, 1878. George (4) Heyburn was a 
Whig in politics, later becoming a Republican. He w'as a member of the Society 
of Friends, inheriting a birthright in the meeting from his father, grandfather 
and great-grandfather, the Heyburns having been Friends from the first settler. 
He married Rachel Brinton, died October 15, 1857, daughter of Edward and 
Letitia (Dilworth) Brinton, a descendant of one of the old Quaker families of 
Delaware county. Children : Edith, married Wesley Matson ; John Brinton, 
of whom further; Letitia. married Menantler Slack; Phoebe, married William 
Gamble ; Anna, married \\'illiam Dutton ; Elizabeth, married Sharpless Dutton ; 
William, died unmarried, a soldier of the One Hundred and Twenty-fourth 
Regiment Pennsylvania \'olunteers. died of wounds in 1862; Emma, married 
Joseph B. Clayton, she is the last survivor and now resides on South Wa'nut 
street, West Chester, Pennsylvania; George Edward, married Sarah A. Smith. 

John Brinton Heyburn, eldest son of George (4) and Rachel (Brinton) 
Heyburn, was born at the Brinton homestead in Birmingham township, Delaware 
county, Pennsylvania. February 14, 1826, died at Chadds Ford. Pennsylvania, 
February 14, 1873. He was educated under private tutors and spent his life 
on the estate inherited from his father. He served as commissioner of Dela- 
ware county and durine the civil war was recruiting officer at Chadds Ford, his 
own services as a soldier having been refused by the examining surgeon on 
account of blindness of one eve. He was a ^^ hig until the formation of the 
Republican party, with which he was ever afterward affiliated. He adhered to 
the family religious faith and was an honored member of the Society of Friends. 
He married Sarah Gilpin, died at Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, May 5, 1912, 
daughter of John Dickinson Gilpin, born October 22, 1799, in New Garden 
township. Chester county, Pennsylvania, and his wife, Sarah (Taylor) Gilpin, 
born in Thombury. Chester county. Pennsylvania, April 6, 1799. Children: 
Hannah, died unmarried; Rebecca, died unmarried; Ann. married Weldon 
Brinton ; Gideon, married Eliza Hevburn. and now resides in St. Joseph. Mis- 
souri, the last survivor of this familv of Gilpin children; Sarah, married John 
Brinton Heyburn, of previous mention ; Elizabeth, died aged three years. Chil- 
dren of John Brinton and Sarah Heyburn: Gideon, born June 4, 1830, died 
unmarried: Georgianna, born April 27. 1851, married, October 29, 1873, J. 
Wesley Batting; Weldon Brinton. of whom further; Elwood Michiner, born 



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August 2, 1853, married, December i, 1874, Miranda Carver; Rebecca Gilpin, 
born January 25, 1856, died in infancy; Marie, born December 22, 1859, mar- 
ried, February 26, 1880, Henry C. Marshall; William, born August 17, 1861, 
married, January 7, 1891, Julia Barrett. 

Weklon Brinton Heyburn, second son and third child of John Brinton and 
Sarah (Gilpin) Heyburn, was born at Chadds Fordi, Delaware county, Pennsyl- 
vania, May 23, 1852, died in Washington, D. C, October 17, 1912. His early 
life was spent on the homestead farm in Birmingham township and his primary 
and preparatory education obtained under private tutors and at Shortlidge's 
Maplewood Academy. He studied law in the office of Edward A. Price, Media, 
and at the University of Pennsylvania, and was admitted to the bar in June, 
1876. He began practice at Media. Delaware county, Pennsylvania, but soon 
afterward moved west, locating and practicing law for a time at Leadville, Colo- 
rado, thence going to Idaho, ever afterward the scene of his great activity. He 
first went to Idaho in 1883, and in the early part of the year 1884 settled perma- 
nently in Shoshone county, that state, in the Coeur d' Alene mining district. He 
was attorney for the Union Pacific and the Oregon & Washington Railroad 
companies, but his special line of legal practice was mining law, although his 
years of practice covered every branch of the profession. He was admitted to 
the supreme courts of the western and northwestern states, the United States 
district and circuit courts and the supreme court of the United States. He was 
a learned and able lawyer, winning a fame that was national. His practice was 
very large and important in its character, and he won position at the bar and a 
name throughout the state that gave him a strong personal following. 

From his first entrance into Idaho he took an active interest in politics and 
reached a point of prominence that caused the Republican leaders of the nation 
to seek his advice and counsel. He was a member of the constitutional conven- 
tion that met in Boise in the summer of 1889, participated in all the deliberations 
of the convention, served as chairman of the committee on judiciary and on 
other important committees. He did not surrender to the free silver wave that 
swept over the west in 1898, but although not a candidate for the office, suffered 
himself to be nominated as the gold Republican candidate for congress in order 
to hold the party together, going down to defeat through the fusion of the "free 
silver" factions of all the parties. He was a delegate to the Republican national 
conventions of 1888, 1892, 1900 and 1904, serving as national committeeman 
from Idaho from 1904 until 1908. In 1903 he was elected by the legislature of 
Idaho to the United States senate, receiving every Republican vote in joint 
assembly and was reelected in 1909. Upon entering the senate he was made 
chairman of the committee on manufactures, which had charge of the pure 
food and drug legislation. The pure food bill, under his direction, was pressed 
forward in the fifty-eighth congress, but a vote was not reached. During the 
interval between the fifty-eighth and fifty-ninth congresses. Senator Heyburn 
gave the subject of pure food legislation careful thought and study. He com- 
pletely rewrote the bill, which had been formerly proposed, eliminated the prin- 
ciple of the establishment of standard by legislation, also struck out the pro- 
visions for the establishment of a board to fix arbitrary standards that would 
be binding upon the courts, leaving the question of the violation of the general 
rules laid down in the act to be determined by the courts. He drew the bill on 
these principles, introduced it at the beginning of the fifty-ninth congress, and 
saw it become a law before the session closed. This is concededi to be one of 
the most important pieces of legislation at any time enacted by congress. 

Senator Hevburn was consistently opposed to the joint admission of Ari- 
zona and New Mexico to statehood and on two occasions defeated the joint 



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statehood bill for their admission to the Union of states. On both occasions 
the vote was a tie ; his being the last vote cast and in the negative. He was not 
opposed to, but on the contrary always favored the admission of all the terri- 
tories to statehood, but always opposed the consolidation of any of the terri- 
tories for admission, on the ground that such a consolidation would eliminate 
geographical divisions in a way that would reduce the representation of the 
west in the United States senate. 

He always favored free pasturage on the public domain, and while strongly 
in favor of protecting forests again,st destructive waste, opposed the policy of 
permanent ownership by the government of forest lands within the states or 
withdrawing such lands from settlement and home-making. He opposed the 
aggi'egation of large holdings of timber or other lands by individuals or corpora- 
tions, believing that tlieir products can best find way into the markets through 
the custom mills and small holdings. The question of public lands and forest 
reserves he discussed from the standpoint of interest to the people of his state. 
He admitted that government lands in Idaho belonged to all the people of the 
United States, but contended that they must come to Idaho, become citizens, 
participate in its govermnent and contribute to the maintenance of the state in 
order to get the use of public lands for grazing, timber or other personal use. 
His speeches on the subject are especially noteworthy and able. He secured 
the enactment of a number of laws of special benefit to the mining agricultural 
and commercial interests of Idaho and consistently stood for the protective 
tariff policy of the Republican party. He was chairman of the joint committee 
of the two houses of congress on revision of the laws of the United States, a 
most laborious task, as the laws had not been revised since 1878. His senatorial 
career was a most creditable one and from whatever standpoint the career of 
Senator Heybiirn be viewed, it will only redound to his honor. He was a 
learned and able lawyer, a wise, patriotic and far-seeing statesman and ever 
loyal to the state that gave him the opportunity to prove his worth. He was a 
prominent member of the Masonic order, holding the thirty-second degree. 
Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, and was a Master Mason, Royal Arch Mason 
and Knight Templar of the York Rite. He was also a Noble of the Mystic 
Shrine and an honorary member of many posts of the Grand Army of the 
Republic. 

Senator Heyburn married, August 12, 1903, Gheretein. daughter of John 
Marshall and Lavinia fPassmore) Yeatman. 



The Hinksons have been a prominent Delaware county family 
HINKSON since 1765, when John Hinkson, his wife and son 'Thomas 

came from Cavan, an inland county of Ireland, lying in the 
provmce of Ulster. He was of German ancestry, although several generations 
of the family had lived in Ireland, planted there by three brothers from Han- 
over, Germany, shortly after the year 1600. John and his wife settled in Upper 
Providence townshij), Delaware county, Pennsylvania, where thev resided on a 
farm and reared a family of seven in addition to the son brought' from Ireland. 

Children : Thomas, married Worrilow : John, of whom" further ; George, 

married Catherine Fairlamb; James, married Elizabeth Crossley : Tane, married 
Thomas D. Weaver : Mary, died unmarried ; Sarah, married William Hawkins ; 
Nancy, married Joseph Dickinson. From John and Jane Hinkson spring the 
different Hinkson families of Pennsylvania, Maryland', Ohio, Illinois and other 
states. 

John (2) Hinkson, son of John d) and Jane Hinkson, was born in Upper 
Providence, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, and became a farmer of Lower 



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Providence. He married, in 1784, Abigail, daughter of Frederick Engle, of 
Chester. Children who reached mature years : i. Jane, married Ambrose Srned- 
ley, a farmer of Middletown township, and died in 1873, in her eighty-ninth 
year. 2. Ann, married David Baker, a carpenter and builder of Middletown 
township. 3. John, of whom further. 4. Mary, married Abraham Hamor, of 
Middletown, later of Hamorton, Chester county. 5. Joseph, a carpenter and 
builder ; married Ann, a daughter of Samuel Black, of Marple. 6. Orpha, mar- 
ried [acob Evans, of Upper Providence, later of Chester township. 7. Fred- 
erick" James, a teacher, clerk, cashier and president of the Bank of Delaware 
County, Chester, entering that bank in 1828, resigning from ill health ; the bank 
is now the Delaware County National Bank ; he was for twenty years treasurer 
of the borough of Chester, also treasurer of the first building and loan associa- 
tion in Chester, organized 1850; in 1856 was elected county judge, and resigned 
before his term expired; was poor director and jury commissioner; he married, 
in 1837, Hannah H. Brobson. 8. Edward Engle, a carpenter and builder, and 
the first building inspector of the city of Chester; he married Sarah, a daughter 
of Samuel Shanter, of Chester. 

John (3) Hinkson, son of John (2) and Abigail (Engle) Hinkson, was 
born in Upper Providence, Delaware county, Pennsylvania, in 1790, died there 
in 1844. He became a prosperous farmer and one of the prominent public men 
of his day. He was a Democrat in politics and was steward of the county 
infirmary'; sheriff of the county ; member of the house of assembly; prothono- 
tary of the county ; clerk of the county and register of wills, serving his county 
long and faithfully. He married (first) Jemima, daughter of Joseph Worrall, 
of Upper Providence. He married (second) Orpha, daughter of Joseph Naide. 
of Chester township. 

Joseph H. Hinkson, eldest son of John (3) Hinkson by his first wife, was 
born" in Delaware county, Pennsylvania, in 1817, died in Chester in 1854. He 
was a prosperous farmer, later moving to Chester, where he engaged in the coal 
and lumber business. He was a strong Democrat and served as treasurer of 
Delaware county. In religious faith he was a Presbyterian. He married, in 
1840, Lydia Ann, daughter of Edward and Mary Edwards, a family of Welsh 
descent and one of the oldest in Delaware county. Children: John Baker, of 
whom further; Edward E., Mary E., Lizzie E., Samuel E., Persifor H., 
Joseph H. 

John Baker Hinkson, eldest son of Joseph H. and Lydia Ann (Edwards) 
Hinkson, was born in Chester, Pennsylvania, October 2, 1840, died there May 
22, 1901. He was educated in Chester public school and academy, later entering 
Lafayette College, whence he was graduated with honors, class of i860. He 
chose the profession of law and pursued his study under the able preceptorship 
of Tohn M. Broomall until his admission to the Delaware county bar in August, 
1863. He