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J . L 



GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL ANNALS 

■ 



OF 



NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY 



PENNSYLVANIA 






CONTAINING 



A GENEALOGICAL RECORD OF REPRESENTATIVE FAMILIES. INCLUDING MANY OF THE 

EARLY SETTLERS, AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT 

CITIZENS, PREPARED FROM DATA OBTAINED FROM 

ORIGINAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION 



Wlustratefc 



CHICAGO 
J. L. FLOYD & CO. 

1911 






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PREFACE 



TI1H importance of placing in book form biographical 
history of representative citizens — both for its im- 
mediate worth and for its value to coming genera- 
tions — is admitted by all thinking people; and within the 
past decade there has been a growing interest in this com- 
mendable means of perpetuating biography and family 
genealogy. 

That the public is entitled to the privileges afforded by 
a work of this nature needs no assertion at our hands; for 
one of our greatesi Americans has said that the history of 
any country resolves itself into the biographies of its stout, 

<. -1 and representative citizens. This medium, then, 

serves more than a single purpose: while it perpetuates 
biography and family genealogy, it records history, much 
of which would be preserved in no other way. 

In presenting the Genealogical and Biographical An- 
nals of Northumberland County to its patron-, the pub- 
lishers have to acknowledge, with gratitude, the encourage- 
ment and support their enterprise has received, ami the 
willing assistance rendered in enabling them to surmount 
the many unforeseen obstacles to be met with in the produc- 
tion of a work of this character. In nearly every instance 
the materia] composing the sketches was gathered from 
those immediately interested, and then submitted in type- 
written form for correction and revision. The volume, 
which is one of generous amplitude, is placed in the hands 
of the public with the belief that it will be found a valuable 
addition to the library, as well as an invaluable contribution 
to the historical literature of the State of Pennsylvania. 

THE PUBLISHERS. 



INDEX 



Adam, Edwin A 839 

Adam, Emanuel 849 

Adam (Adams) Family 

634, 839, 847 

Adams, Adam C 848 

Adams, Allison C 610 

Adams, Andrew 848 

Adams, Bernard E 634 

Adams, Curtis M 775 

Adams, D. Alonzo 609 

Adams, David N 775 

Adams (Adam) Families . . . 

.. 252, 609, 634, 775, 806, 847 

Adams, General G 610 

Adams, Henry N 806 

Adams, John H 636 

Adams, Merritt S 384 

Adams, Nathan 850 

Adams, Nathan G 252 

Adams. Tobias 850 

Albright Family 371 

Albright, John T 901 

Albright, Joseph 371 

Albright, Mrs. Mary E 901 

Allen, John E 819 

Allison, C. Edward, M. D. .. 

207 

Allison Family 207 

Apgar Family 118 

Apple. Benjamin 301 

Armstrong Family 315 

Aten Family 34 

Auman Family 186 

Auman, George 186 

Auten Family 34 

Auten, Voris 34 

Awl Family 6 

Awl, Robert H., M. D 6 

Ayers, Alfred 263 

Bailey Family 386 

Bailey, Dr. Frank W 386 

Barber, Levi B 920 

Barnhart, Harry C 414 

Barr, John W 408 

Barron, Charles A 591 

Bartholomew Family 273 

Bartholomew, James W. ...274 

Bartholomew, John L 274 

Barto Family 451 

Barto, Oliver S 451 

Bastian, Benjamin F 840 

Bastian Family 840 

Bastress, John E 697 

Batdorf, Adam 449 

Batdorf, Levi B 859 

Bealor, Benjamin A., M. D. 
602 



Bealor Family 602 

Beaver, Simon P 401 

Beck Families 97, 332 

Beck, John A 333 

Beck, John H 97 

Beck, William H 333 

Becker, H. M., M. D 716 

Behrent. Julius 666 

Bergstresser Family 972 

Bergstresser, Franklin A. ..972 

Berkheimer Family 439 

Berkheiser, Daniel N 621 

Berlew Family 859 

Berlew, Jacob F 858 

Best Family 459 

Best, James H 459 

Best, Samuel D 460 

Bieber, Elias 369 

Bieber Family 369 

Billman Family 226 

Billmeyer Family 482 

Billmeyer, Henry 482 

Bingaman Family 86 

Bingaman, Jacob E 88 

Bingaman, Jeremiah Adam . 89 

Bingaman, William 87 

Bingeman, Charles C 87 

Bingeman Family 87 

Bird, Mrs. Clara E 606 

Bird Families 605, 632 

Bird. William B 605 

Blank. Charles F 158 

Blank, Daniel C 938 

Blank Family 158 

Blasser, Abraham D 741 

Blasser Family 741 

Blasser. Jacob D 742 

Bleistein, Rev. A. H 562 

Bloom. Amos 712 

Bloom Families 93, 709 

Bloom, Isaac 93 

Bloom, John 711 

Bloom, Urias 710 

Blue, Edgar 3S5 

Blue Family 385 

Blue, Horace C 935 

Bly, David L 437 

Bobb, Alfred C 226 

Bobb, Peter G 227 

Bohner, David 677 

Bohner, Edwin D 678 

Bohner Family 677 

Bohner, John R 680 

Bohner, Noah R 680 

Bohner, William S 680 

Bolich, Daniel D 309 

Bolich Family 310 

Boone Families 116, 127 



Bordner Family 359 

Boughner Family 56 

Boughner, Thomas P 56 

Bower, Be"njamin F 450 

Bower, Elias E 911 

Bower (Bauer) Families 450, 911 

Bower, Thompson 863 

Boyer, Abraham C 958 

Boyer, Benjamin A 222 

Boyer Families 221, 958 

Boyer, Peter 222 

Boyer, S. Pierce 221 

Boyer, William C 833 

Brady, Capt. John 693 

Brady, Samuel 687 

Brady, Mrs. Sarah L 688 

Braun, William L 473 

Brennan, Thomas L 541 

Brierley, John J 183 

Bright Family 283 

Bright, John M 283 

Broceus, Abram 872 

Broceus, Mrs. Lucy A 872 

Broscious, Charles H 871 

Brosious, Charles H. (Rock- 
efeller township) 868 

Brosious, A. Eugene 867 

Brosious, Charles H. (Dal- 

matia) 867 

Brosious (Brosius) Family.. 866 

Brosious, John F 867 

Brosious, William 1 868 

Brosius, Andrew J 870 

Brosius, Emanuel G 870 

Brosius Family 866 

Brosius, Maurice E 871 

Brosius, William S 869 

Brower, Daniel 265 

Brower, Mrs. Emma H 265 

Brower, John T 264 

Brown, Cyrus 369 

Brown Family 843 

Brown, James C 703 

Brown, John F 843 

Brown, John W 843 

Brown, Mrs. Laura B 34 

Brown, Mrs. Rebecca E. ..370 

Brown, Samuel T 369 

Brown, Simon Peter 33 

Bruner, Capt. Charles J. . . 21 

Bryson Family 432 

Bryson, Capt. James 432 

Brvson, Mrs. Margaret ....432 

Bu'bb, Benneville M 270 

Bubb Family 270 

Bubb. William C 271 

Bucher, Andrew L 225 

Bucher Families 226, 734 



NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA 



Bucher, John \V 734 

Buffington Family 202 

Bumngton, John X 202 

Burd Family 709 

Burd. Isaac C TOO 

Burns, Carey E 302 

Burns Family 302 

Butler, Mrs. Helen M 179 

Buyers Family 985 

Buyers, Howard 985 

Byerlv Family 503 

Byerly, John's 504 

Byerly. Jonathan M 505 

Cabel, Jesse 675 

Cadwallader, Col. George 

B 15 

Cake. John A 71:'. 

Caldwell, Mrs. Mary L 4S1 

Cameron. Henry 958 

Campbell. Ambrose S 746 

Campbell, Delmer F 279 

Campbell, Edwin M 433 

Campbell, Elisha M 132 

Campbell. Mrs. Ella V 433 

Campbell Families .38, 275, 747 

Campbell, James H 27fi 

Campbell, Lemuel 277 

Campbell. William K 279 

Campton, John J 845" 

Carl (Corl) Family 205 

Carl. Henry A 205 

Carpenter, John P 568 

Cawley, A. 987 

Cawley Family 390 

Cawley, Miss Florence J. ..390 

Cawley. John H. 389 

Chamberlain Families ..141,367 

Chamberlain, L. J 764 

Chamberlain, Silas 142 

Chamberlin Families ..141, 367 

Chamberlin, Harry W 366 

Chamberlin, Joseph H 142 

i jhamberlin, Lewis Hi 

Cherry Family 637 

Cherry. Lorenzo D 637 

I iirsu-r. Theodore 211 

Christ. Benjamin F 139 

Christ Family 138 

Christ, Jeremiah M 139 

Clapham, i 'ol. William . . . .7in 
I lapp i EClopp and Klapp) 

Family 46" 

Clapp, William S 460 

Clark. Alfred C, M. I) 201 

( lark. Elmer E 750 

Clark Family 749 

Clark, II. Preston 752 

Clark. Wilson II 750 

irberger, Edward 683 

Cleaver, ( harles L 203 

Clemens, Abram 734 

■ li tens Family 7::.; 

Clemens, Peter 7:;:; 

i m. Gen. Charles M. . .160 

Clement, Charles W 288 

I 1. in. in Families , .64, L60, 732 
I lement, Francis 7:;:; 

Clement. 1 Irnry 65 

Clement, Ira B. 733 

Clement, Ira T 64. 288 

Clement. Peter 

I lewell Familj 824 

Clingan, William 654 

Clinger, I laniel 189 



Clinger Families 189, 363 

Ginger, William Bruce 363 

Coates, John M 898 

Coates, Thomas J 89S 

Coldren Family 205 

Conrad. Charles A 706 

Conrad Families ...286. 705, 970 

Conrad, George 286 

Conrad, George M 705 

Conrad. Harry F 970 

Cooke. Frederick W 95 

Cooper, Alexander 618 

Cooper, David W 612 

Cooper, James 618 

Coulston. William J 898 

Cowden Family 10 

Cramer, George W 514 

Cressinger Family 171 

Cressinger, John B., M. D. . .170 

Crompton, John T 563 

Crone Family 256 

Crone, George E 257 

Crone, George F 258 

Crone, Gotthilf C 251 

Crone, Herman T 2.">s 

Crone. Lewis 257 

Cross. John A 856 

Cruger (Kruger) Family ...660 

Culp. Albert S '. 969 

Culp Family 96S 

Culp, Peter F 968 

Cummings Families ....101, 423 

Cummings, Herbert W 425 

Cummings, Joseph F 101 

Cummings, Robert M 423 

Dagle. George H 448 

Dalius, William 633 

Daniel Family 275 

Daniel, John 275 

Day Family 963 

Dean, William A 407 

Deeter. Harry R 355 

Deibler, Amos K 592 

Deibler. Jacob R 619 

Deitrich Family 253 

Deitrich, Levi 253 

Deitrich, Samuel 253 

Delcamp Family 675 

Delcamp, A. Milton 675 

Deppen, Alexander 903 

Deppen, Benjamin F 58 

Deppen Families ...58, 120, 901 

Deppen, George 902 

Deppen, George E 120 

Deppen, Henry C 903 

Deppen, John E 903 

Deppen, John II 552 

Deppen, Joseph 27 

Deppen, Joseph H 27 

Deppen. Samuel 905 

Deppen, William S 904 

Dewart Family 198 

Dewart. William L 198 

DeWitt, A. T., M. D 289 

DeWitt. Daniel L 916 

DeWitt, David L 915 

DeWitt Family 915 

I U \\ itt. Mrs Susan S 915 

1 (ickerman, Charles II is 

Dickerman Family 4s 

Dietrich Family :.'."■::. 79s 

Dietrich. Levi 

I Jissingei . I lavid C him 

Dissinger, Ira T. C 400 



Ditty Family 279 

Dockey, Elmer W 184 

Dockey Families 184, 381 

Dodge, Charles H 604 

Dodge Family 603 

Dodge, William H 604 

Doney Family 381 

Donmayer Family 830 

Donmayer. Henry J 830 

Dornsife Family 544 

Dornsife, Frederick R 544 

Dougal Family 701 

Dougal, James S., M. D. ...701 

Douty Families 96. 729 

Douty, John B 96 

Douty, William H 9 7 

Dreher, Spencer H 628 

Dreibelbies (Dreibelbis ) Fam- 
ily 759 

Dreibelbis (Dreibelbies), Wil- 
liam 759 

Dreisbach, Miss Edith M. ..255 
Dreisbach Families ....315, 433 

Dreisbach. Hiram 255 

Druckenmiller (Truckenmil- 

ler) Family 406 

Drumheiser, John F 103 

Drumheller, Albert Z 882 

Drumheller, Emanuel C. ...881 

Drumheller Family 880 

Drumheller, Hiram C 881 

■Drumheller, Oliver R 883 

Drumm Family 688 

Drumm, Henry 689 

Drumm, Henry C 689 

Drumm, Jacob E 690 

Drumm. John 690 

Dugan. Mrs. Liberty D 62 

Dunkelberger Families ..49, 123 
Dunkelberger, George A. ..124 
Dunkelberger. Henry W. ..125 

Dunkelberger, Jesiah 50 

Dunkelberger, John H 54 

Dunkelberger. Jonathan .... 51 

Dunkelberger, Luther L 54 

Dunkelberger, Roy 52 

Dunkelberger, Simon F 52 

Dunkelberger, Mrs. Susanna 

„ K 51 

Dunkelberger. Tobias 124 

Dunkelberger, William H. ..966 
Dunkelberger, William L. . . 52 
Dunkelberger. William S. 54 

Durovcik, Paul 82 1 

Eagle, Charles K 703 

Eagle Family 703 

Eagle, John H :o:i 

Earley. Edward 506 

Eckman Family 410 

Eckman, Mrs. Harriet 286 

Eckman, Joseph W 411 

Eckman, Philip 285 

Eckman, William H 410 

Eddy. Peter 224 

Edwards, Richard H. . ..264 

Egolff Family 14s 

Eichholtz, William F 722 

Eisenhart Family C45 

Eisenhart, lohn'H 645 

Ellenberger, I. C. M 134 

Emerick ( Emrick, Emrich) 

_ Family 945 

Emerick, Henry M., M. D. .335 
Emerick, Martin L.. M D 947 



NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA 



Einrich (Emerick, Emrick) 

Family 945 

Emrick, Joseph 94S 

Engle, Jackson M 927 

Ent Family 565 

Ent, James B 565 

Erdly Family 394 

Erdman Family 444 

Erdman, Frank 501 

Erdman, John K 444 

Ettinger Family :: 1 1 

Ettinger, Lewis K 311 

Evans, Benjamin 1 966 

Evans, Thomas A 813 

Everitt, Mrs. Catharine M...418 

Everitt, Enoch 418 

Everitt, Enos 417 

Everitt Family 417 

Fagely Family 81 

Fairchild, Abram 497 

Fairchild Family 496 

Fairchild, Solomon 496 

Falck, Edward H 853 

Falck Family 853 

Farley Family 46G 

Farley, Harry M 468 

Farley, John M 466 

Fasold, Daniel 131 

Fasold, David 130 

Fasold, Eli 132 

Fasold Families 130, 662 

Fasold, Samuel 132 

Federolf Family 82 

Feger, Daniel G 182 

Feger Family 182 

Fegley, David A 826 

Feister Family 470 

Fenstermacher Family ....324 
Fenstermacher, Milton R. .325 

Ferster Family 671 

Ferster, John A 671 

Fetherolf Family 82 

Fetter, Charles H 509 

Fetter, Elias 508 

Fetter Family 506 

Fetter, Isaac 508 

Fetter, John F 509 

Fetter, Nathan E 507 

Fetterolf, Daniel C 84 

Fetterolf, Edward 84 

Fetterolf Family 82 

Fisher, Edward D 398 

Fisher Families .73. 227. 373. 39S 

Fisher, William H 373 

Fisher, William W 73 

Follmer, Mrs. Abbie A 889 

Follmer, Charles F 889 

Follmer, Daniel 8S8 

Follmer. Daniel II 889 

Follmer Family 887 

Follmer, Horace L 446 

Follmer, Rolland S 890 

Follmer, Miss Susanna L. ..889 
Follmer, Mrs. Susanna M. ..893 

Follmer, William 893 

Follmer, William H., M. D. 893 

Forsyth, Tames McQ 20 

Fort Augusta 716 

Fox, Christopher C 158 

Fox, G. Dal 951 

Fox. James 158 

Fox, Miss Joanna 158 

Fox, Obad'iah P l"' s 

Foy (Foye) Family 513 



Frampton Family 23 

Francis Family 41 

Francis, Rev.]. M., D D. ".' 4" 

Francis, William H 835 

Frederick, David P 329 

Frederick, Mrs. Emma C. .329 

Frederick Family 329 

Frederick, Mrs. Jane K 330 

Frederick, John W 330 

Fries, Amandus 472 

Fries Family 439 

Fries, Franklin S 439 

Fry Family 687 

Fry, Landis 687 

Fryer, Thomas G 928 

Fryling, John W 740 

Fuhrmann, P. H 301 

Furman, David A 129 

Furman Family 125 

Furman, Freeman W 476 

Furman, John W 476 



Gable Family 

Gable, Frank A 

Gable, Hon. William 

Galbraith, Bertram 

Galbraith Family 

Galligan, Rev. Charles J. .. 

Garinger Family 

Garinger, Samuel L 

Gass, Charles M.. D. D. S. . 

Gass, Edward F 

Gass Family 251. 

Gass, Horatio W„ M. D. .. 

Gass. Joseph A 

Gass, William J 

Gauger, Anthony E 

Gauger (Gouger) Family .. 

Gauger, Mrs. Mary E 

Gearhart, Cadwallader W. . 

Gearhart Families 

55, 120, 126, 

Gearhart. J. Beaver. D. D. S. 

Gearhart, Robert H 

Gearhart. Samuel G 

Gehres (Kehres) Family ... 

Geise, Daniel 

Geise Family 

Geise, Mrs. Froenica T. ... 

Geist Families 551, 

Geist, John H 

Geist. William B 

Geist, Wilson H 

Geist. Wilson O 

Getter, Jacob B 

Gift'en Family 

Gilland, Rev. James W 

Gillespie, John W 

Glass, John H 

Glass, Richard 

Glass. Samuel 

Glennan, Patrick J 

Glick Family 

Glick. Reuben J 

Glowa, John 

Godcharles, Charles A 

Godcharles, Mrs. Elizabeth 



247 
247 
248 
784 
?s| 
236 
639 
639 
319 
319 
317 
318 
318 
251 
395 
395 
396 
875 

874 

S76 
877 
878 
804 
SI 2 
812 
s 1 :.' 
837 
551 
839 
838 
815 
8 1 6 
377 
172 
17.-. 

'.1; 1 
683 
684 
612 
is;; 
in;: 
558 
943 



Godcharles. Frederic V 

Gold Family 

Gonsar Family 
Goodwill, Anthonj G 

Goodwill Family 

Goodwill, William F 



.942 

. 92 1 

61 

699 



1 rordon, .lames F ;is 1 

( >"s>. j< ihn 

1 rottshall Family 22s 

Gottshall, William B 22s 

Gouger (Gaugei 1 I amily . .395 
Grant, Mrs. Rachel V. ..'.... 47 

Grant, William T 46 

Gray Families 351, 97:'. 

Gray, John A 972 

Greenough; F.ben W 12 

Greenough Family 11 

Greenough, Mrs. Mary C. .. 12 
1 ,1 eenough, William H. ... 12 

Grier. Daniel I 

Crier, Mrs. John A 299 

Gross, Mrs. Amelia 11 944 

Gross, Eberhard 979 

1 iross, I saac M 91 ; 

Grow, William F 

Guffy Family 314 

Guffy, Thomas H 314 

Guyon, I.. 11 479 

Haag Families 469. 975 

Haag, George W 

Haas, Charles 518 

Haas, Edward L :, 1 s 

Haas, Mrs. Emma T. . 519 

Haas Families 266. ;,16 

Haas. Frederick 266 

Haas, Hiram M ;,s-.' 

I laas, John 280 

Haas, John B 519 

Haas. John B. P 31 6 

Haas, John P :, is 

I laas, Joseph. M. D .-,17 

I laas, Mr*. Mercy A. :.'si 

Haas, Mrs. Sarah S 316 

Hackenberg, Albert ?65 

Haile, Michael J 255 

Hancock, George E 70 1 

1 larris Family 217 

Hartlein Family 615 

I Jartlein, George W 615 

Hartman. Charles A i;<>7 

Hartman, Harrison II. . u\m 
Hastings, William P. ... -1, 

1 laupt Families 61, ;>7( 

llaupl. Fred I... M. I) 68 

1 laupt. George W 66 

I laupt. Harry E 669 

1 laupt. Henry 62 

I laupt. John D 62 

I laupt. Joseph II .-,7:> 

Haupt, William T 

I [ause, Charles L 168 

I tause Family (68 

I Ink. John \Y s 1 1 

Heckert, B. Franklin .. , 551 

I I eckert Families 

138, 557, ;; 1. 797 

I [eckert, Janus F 7; 1 

I [edenberg, ( leorge I ) 106 

Heim, I laniel I) 1-: 

I [1 nil Family 1*1 

I I 01111. Pi 1 en al ' I 186 
I leim. ( apl W illiam 1 1 186 

i, Mrs. \1111a R. . 

I leinen Family 

I leinen, I lenry .1 10" 

M. William A 

I [eiser Family 1 si 

1 lelfenstein, Charles P. . . . 19 
I lelfenstein Family ... if 

Helfenstein, John p 



NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA 



Helfenstein, William L. . . . 

Hendricks, Martin L 

Hendrickson Family 

Henrie, John W 

Henry, Martin L 

Herr, August C 

Herring Family 

Herring, Grant 

I leaser Family 

Hesser, John F 

Hetrich, Benneville S 

Hetrich, Charles B 

Hetrich Family 

Hetrich, John S 

Hetrich, Mrs. Mary A 

Hetrick (Hetrich) Family 

Hetrick, John K 

Higgins, Patrick B 

Higgins, William J 

High, Aaron C 

High Family 

High. Mills S 

High, Samuel 

IHlbish (Hilbush) Family . 

Hilbish, John A 

Hilbush, Edwin S 

Hilbush (Hilbish) Family . 

Hilbush, Jacob R 

Hilbush, John D 

Hill, Ferdinand K 

Hill, Joshua F 

Hime (Heim), Charles A . 

Hoch Family 

Hoch, John W 

Hoffman, Asber S 

Hoffman Families 

77, 137, 174, 

Hoffman, Howard D 

Hoffman, Capt. Jacob F. .. 

Hoffman, Jacob G 

Hoffman. John 

Hoffman, W. P. G 

Holland, James J 

Hollenback. D. S., M. D. . 
Hollenback, Edwin E.. 

D. D. S 

Hollenback Family 

Hollenback, Samuel 

Hoover, C. C 

Hoover Families 425, 

I [oover, Henry 

Hoover, Mason I 

Hoover, Raymond F 

Hoover. Wallace A 

Hoover, William A. J 

Hopewell, Mrs. Catherine M 



18 
829 
387 
G31 
931 
962 
36 
36 
956 
956 
899 
899 
899 

S'l'l 

899 
581 
581 
956 
595 
306 
305 
306 
305 
879 
714 
880 
879 
880 
879 
864 
858 
487 

514 
174 



188 
189 
77 
L37 
43!) 
189 
441 
272 

159 
272 
272 
282 
598 
282 
425 
GOO 
601 
599 



Hopewell Family 

Hopewell, John C 

Hopewell. John I ' 

Hopewell, Miss Sarah C. . 
Hottenstein Family 

I [ottenstein, William 1'. 
.Houghton, Millard M 

Houston Family 

Hot* ell Family 

Howell, George M 

Howell, lohn J 

Howells, William H 

Howerter Family 

Hoy, < lharles E 

I I m1>< r Families 352, 

Hubcr, I \ anli. ie S 

Hullihen, 'I'll' >mas 

I nine, Edgar B 



.572 
.572 
.572 
.571 
.."72 
.426 
. 186 

. n i 

.355 
.564 
. 564 
.474 
.935 

846 
! 

599 
.352 
.370 
, 676 



Hummel Family 516 

Hunter, Col. Samuel 986 

lluntzinger Family 656 

Huntzinger, Frederick C. ..658 

Huntzinger, Lewis L 656 

Huston, Matthew 11 

Irland Family 430 

Irvin, William R S50 

Irwin, Jarid C 560 

Jacoby, Ezra R 964 

Jacoby Family v ..964 

John, Samuel 606 

Johnson Family 604 

Johnson. John H 955 

Johnson, Joseph H 604 

Johnston, William T., 

D. D. S 451 

Jones, David J 569 

Jordan, Alexander 949 

Jordan, Miss Mary Hurley .950 
Jordan, Samuel D 949 

Kahler, William S 845 

Kane, Prof. Michael F 721 

Kapp, Amos E 22 

Kapp, Miss Clara M. 23 

Kaseman, Nathan 366 

Kauffman, Mrs. Esther B. .. 76 

Kauffman Family 237 

Kauffman, John R 254 

Kauffman, Josiah M 76 

Kauffman, Levi 238 

Kearins, Patrick F 963 

Kearney Family 589 

Kearney, Matthew A 589 

Kearney, Patrick 852 

Kearney. William E 590 

Keefer. Capt. Benjamin F. .348 

Keefer. Clyde 349 

Keefer Families ...345, 556, 931 

Keefer, George H 556 

Keefer, George W 347 

Keefer, Jacob J 349 

Keefer, John S 348 

Keefer, Lloyd C 349 

Keefer, Peter R 347 

Keefer, Philip W 348 

Keefer, Samuel L 346 

Keefer. William F 931 

Kehler, Daniel W 263 

Kehres (Gehres) Family ..804 

Kehres, Franklin L 804 

Keiffer. Daniel M 821 

Keim. John 183 

Keiner, Mrs. Louisa 633 

Keiner. Walter T 633 

Keiser. Absalom B 614 

Keiser, Edwin L 384 

Keiser Families ...384, 570, 613 

Keiser, George Henry 615 

Keiser, Joseph A 614 

Kellagher, Michael 541 

Keller, Ezra C 842 

Keller Families 42, 842 

Keller, John J., M. D 42 

Kelly Family 330 

Kemble, William P 708 

Kennedy. James F 611 

Kent. Tsaac J 462 

Kerstetter, Emanuel W 833 

Kerstetter Families 580, 601, 833 

Kerstetter, George M: 601 

Kerstetter, Leonard 834 



Ketner Family 642 

Keyser Family 438 

Keyser, Maurice 438 

Kiefer, William, Jr 223 

Kieffer, Abraham 821 

Kieffer Family 820 

Kirk Family 391 

Kirk, Frank E 391 

Klapp (Klopp or Clapp) 

Families 397, 460 

Klase Family 163 

Klase, John H 168 

Klase, Solomon P 165 

Klaus, Frank X S27 

Kleckner, Prof. William M. .577 

Klerx. Heinrich 136 

Kline Family 162 

Kline. J. Simpson 865 

Kline. Mrs. Margaret E. ...163 

Kline, William F 162 

Klinger. David S 550 

Klinger Families 549, 979 

Klinger, George 979 

Klinger, Henry C. 550 

Klinger. Paul 984 

Klock Family 357 

Klock. Felix 359 

Klock, Frank R 358 

Klock, Galen R 359 

Knapp. Joseph P 537 

Knapp. William 617 

Knauer. C. Hull 229 

Knauer Family 229 

Knauff. John 34 

Kniss. Prof. Samuel B 703 

Knittle. Mr>. Annie F 324 

Knittle Family 324 

Knittle. Joseph C 324 

Kobel Family 206 

Koch Families 390, 457 

Koch, Right Rev. John J., 

D. D 718 

Koch, Samuel H 459 

Koch. William H 458 

Kohl, Henry 759 

Kohl, James 758 

Konstankewicz, Rev. John 

Ch 647 

Kopenhaver (Koppenheffer) 

Family .731 

Kopenhaver, Rev. George ..731 

Koppenhaffer Family 732 

Kowaleski, Joseph S., M. D. 

649 

Kreitzer Family 74 

Kreitzer, John H 74 

Kremer, Charles L 941 

Kremer Family 387 

Kremer. John V 386 

Krieger, A. Ralph £62 

Krieger (Kruger) Family ..660 

Krieger, Wilson 662 

Kriner, Byron W 640 

Kriner, George C 641 

Krumm, Franklin E 352 

Kuebler, William H 476 

Kulp, Darlington R 861 

Kulp, George Gilbert 863 

Kulp, Monroe H 862 

Kumer, Fred F 857 

Kunkel, Charles A 840 

Kurtz, Amandus 911 

Kurtz Family 910 

Kurtz, J. TJ 911 

Kutzner. Mrs. Anna M. ...620 



NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY, PENNSYLTA \ I A 



Kutzner, William R 620 

Kuzmicz, Peter C 983 

Lahr Family 37s 

Lalir, Franklin A 379 

Lahr, Jacob 379 

Lahr, Joriah S 381 

Lahr, Prof. M. L. W 380 

Lambright, Joseph 854 

Landau, Harry 643 

Landau, John P 653 

Lark, Charles C 573 

Lark Families 223, 573 

Lark, Henry W 633 

Lark, John B., M. D 223 

Lark, Thomas F 634 

Last, David 904 

Latsha, Abraham 532 

Latsha, Adam 532 

Latsha, Daniel L 531 

Latsha Families 519, 529 

Latsha, Frederick W 530 

Latsha, George H 531 

Latsha, John F 532 

Latsha, Levi R 531 

Latsha, William M 532 

Latshaw, Benjamin F. W. ..519 

Latshaw, Burlington B 522 

Latshaw Families 519. 529 

Laughlin, John T 577 

Lawler, Thomas M 629 

Lawler, Mrs. Virginia M. ..630 

Lawton, Toseph 629 

Leader, Charles C 32 

Leader, Edward M 326 

I. cam, Henry L 713 

Lebo, Harrv A 860 

Lee Family 663 

Lee, William H 663 

Leh, Dennis 390 

Leiby Family 691 

Leiby, Harry E 712 

Leiby, Willard D 691 

Leighou Family 724 

Leighou, I (scar 726 

Leighow Family 724 

Leinbach, Charles F 135 

l.cinbach, D. 135 

I einbach Family '..134 

Leisenring Family 240 

Leisenring, George K 242 

Leisenring. Jacob E 241 

Leisenring, Mrs. Mary 240 

Leisenring, Peter S 241 

Leitzel, Benjamin B 919 

Leitzel, Daniel S 917 

Leitzel. David B 918 

Leitzel Family 916 

Leitzel, Ray G 918 

Leitzel. W. Oscar 919 

Lemon. Thomas i; 43 

Lenker, Adam 72 

Lenker, David. M. D 71 

Lenker Families ...69, 669. 822 

Lenker, George H 822 

Lenker, Trying 70 

Lenker, Jacob F 70 

Lenker. Jeremiah 669 

Lenker, J. Harris 71 

Lentz. Andrew 803 

Lentz Family 803 

Lentz, John H 804 

Leonard. Walter J 962 

Lepley Family 674 

Lepley, Isaac 674 



Lerch, Daniel 420 

Lerch Family 420 

Lerch, Samuel P 420 

Lesher, Charles M 464 

Lesher, Cornelius 814 

Lesher Families ...464, 7::s, 814 

Lesher, George L 815 

Lesher, Robert 46.") 

Lewis, Joseph 475 

Lewis, Lawrence L 3S."> 

Lewis, William B 286 

Linder, William J 978 

Linderman, Fred C 782 

Lindner Family 461 

Lindner, Francis W 461 

Lindner, Harvey L 462 

Lippiatt, Thomas H 656 

Llewellyn, Mrs. Annie G. ..129 

Llewellyn, David 128 

Llewellyn, Miss Effie 129 

Lloyd. William M 35 

Long. Alexander 978 

I. nng, Benjamin C 580 

Long, Daniel C 512 

Long, David D 579 

Long Families 2.57. 512, 578 

Long, George M 513 

Long. Peter D 579 

Long. William E 513 

Lorenz, Frederick W. V. ..715 

Lower. Teremiah 585 

Luekenbill Family 872 

Luckenbill; Thomas J 872 

Lupoid, John W 473 

Machamer Family 335 

Maclay, William 293 

Maier, Henry T 631 

Mailey, John H 556 

Malick, Charles A 444 

Malick. Elmer V 535 

Malick, Emanuel 536 

Malick Families 442. 534 

Malick. George W 536 

Malick, Simon P 

Malick, Solomon E 444 

Mann Family 308 

Mantz, Charles W 249 

Mantz (Mountz or Moutz) 

Family 249 

Mantz, William D 2.51 

Markle, Amandus A 707 

Markle, Mrs. Catharine S. . . 707 
Markle, Mrs. Catherine E. ..708 

Markle. George F 707 

Markle. Martin 706 

Markle. William M 797 

Mark-. Mrs. Ida A 667 

Marks, 1. Wesley [ 

Marr. David P '"'" 

Marr Families 14, 296 

Marsh. Charles X I ' 1 

Marsh Families 218, 

Marsh. N. Thompson .... 
Marshall. Mi-. Elizabeth \. 305 

Marshall. George 

Martin. Alexander 32 

Martin, Charles 1- 

Martin. Charles M, M. D. 

Martin. Edward 

Martin Families 28-, 

Martin, Mrs. Marv A '_•■; 

Martz, Benjamin F 

Martz, Clarence K 

Martz, David P 



Mart/, Edward II 

Mart/. Families 

66, -1. 235, 501, 652, 776 

Martz, Franklin 68 

Mart/. George (> 231 

Mart/. Jacob \ 501 

Martz, Mi Mai - .net 66 

Mart/. Nathan F S4 

Marl/, Reuben F 776 

Martz, William 502 

Mart/. William E 50 

Masser Family 498 

Masser, Felix C 499 

Masser. Franklin 1'... M. D. .500 

Masser. Mrs. I larriet E 591 

Masser. lac, .I. I',.. M. 1). .. .501 

Masser, Jacob C 498 

Masser, Monroe II 499 

M. Ill, I'll, \lllns 913 

Mattern Family 91 ■ 

Mattern, Felix 91 I 

Mattern, Jeremiah 914 

Maj Family 146 

Maj . Samuel E 146 

Maves, lared D 133 

McBride, James 11 980 

\l i i affei i Thomas J 6 I I 

M i I leei j I amily L2 

Met leery, lnhn 12 

McCleery, Mis. Mary M. ... 14 

M< 1 low Family 688 

Mc( ullnm Family 541 

McCollum, Facob I 541 

McConnell, William C 112 

McDonnell Family 178 

McDonnell, Frank J 178 

McDonnell, Peter \ 179 

McKinney Family 258 

McKinney, Samuel 11 !58 

M. Mahan, Charles II '- 

McMahan 1 MacMahan 1 Fam- 
ily 182 

McMullen, lohn T 

Mi \\ ill'. mis. I urn- Q. ... B0 
Mi V\ illiams Familii 
McWilliams, Kimber I . 

M. D 

Meisei Family 

Meiser, Geoi 1 1 

Menapace, Celeste 647 

Mi ngel I lies 3.5.5. 954 

.1, ngel, Frank J 357 

Mengel, John S., M. 1). .. 

Menges, Edward S '■'<'■ 

M,ii"i I amily 

Mi ngi -. John 

Menges, V Facob 195 

Mengi Peter R 

Mertz Families ..84, 501 

Messimer Family 

\1 ettler Family ' ' ~ 

Meyer, Henry 1'. 

Mifflin Family 

Mifflin, Hi. George W. .. 

Mifflin, racob W 

Mil, 1 as M ''- ; 

Miller. Vddison C 

Miller, Burl 

Miller. Edward S 

Miller. Emory I 

Miller Families 

..98, 61 

Mill e U 

Miller, Henry 

M ler, J. \ilam 



NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA 



Miller. John L 616 

Miller. Joseph E 572 

Miller. 'Mrs. Lvdia A 587 

Milk-r. Mike 852 

Miller. Nelson 98 

Miller. Mrs. Tillie C W 

Miner. Theodore 983 

Mingle (Mengel) Family .. 954 

Mingle, I ' . i \ id C 954 

Moeschlin, August 296 

Moeschlin Family 295 

Moeschlin, Julius 295 

Montgomery Families 

213. 285, 312, 157, 644 

Montgomery, II. Bryson ... 

". . . .219, 457 

Montgomery. James 213 

Montgomery. John S. ..:-'17. 313 
Montgomery, William A. .. 

219 

Moore. Henry E 65 

Moore. James R 163 

Moore. John C 619 

Moore. Mr-. Louisa C 
Morgan, Mr-. Vnnie E. . 1 4 4 

Morgan Family 1*4 

Morgan. William H 14:! 

Mi iser Family 415 

Moser, Henry 415 

Mi "■< r, Jaci ib I'. 416 

M<>ser. lohn W 415 

Moser, William H 416 

Moury Family 281 

Moury, Peter 287 

Mowery, Daniel W 288 

Mowery Family 287 

Mowery, Harvey 288 

Muench Family 960 

Muir. Robert 624 

Murdock Family 350 

Murdi ick, Tin imas A 350 

Murdock. William G 

Murrav Family 176 

Murray. Samuel W 170 

Myers. David C 470 

N'eary. Timothy 330 

Newcombe, ( 'harles 11... 
New i ranklin A. . 

Xey. Harry K. G 

Xey Family 

Xi'-ely. Edward V 

Nicely Family 

Nicely, William A 

Nickersi m, I 'harles W !68 

Nickerson, Mi-- Gertrude 

Oakes Family 16 

rdori". Charles D 113 

rdorf, Elmer E 414 

rdorf Family 412 

Oberdorl ..413 

rdorf, Peter (' H3 

iiarles 242 

O'Connor. William P. 

O'Gara, John 969 

' irtler. Ellis F I 

braham I 

dward J 

■ Family 

hn B 

I IttO j-hn P 

1 'It". Mrs. Katie A 

Otto. William II. II. . 



Packer Family 1 

Packer. James C '- 

Packer. John B 1 

Packer. William C 2 

Pardoe Family 321 

Pardoe. Mrs. Lucy T :^22 

Pardoe. William 322 

Park. Silas B 540 

Parmley, George W 96 

Parmley, Mrs. Minnie D. . . . 96 

Paul Family 831 

Paul. George W 831 

Peifer (Peifferi Family . . 681 

Peifer. Jeremiah 680 

Peifer. John J 584 

Peiffer (Peifer) Family .. ..681 

Pensyl, Adam 

Pensyl (Bentzel) Families 

.." ITU. 191, 259, 663 

Pensvl. Joseph E 179 

Pensyl. Oscar W 

Pensyl, William 260 

Pensyl. William H L91 

Persing, Alfred J 175 

Persing. Ambri >se 94 

Persing Families 94. 175 

Pfesterrer. John D 617 

Philippi. William H71 

Philips. Elias . . .' B95 

Philips. Elias K S96 

Phillips. Benjamin 

Phillips. Chilion 897 

Phillips (Philips) Families 

570, 395 

Phillips. George J 896 

Phillips. John 570 

Phillips, Samuel F 455 

Phillips. William 898 

Plunket Family 188 

Plunket. William 188 

Pollock Family 315 

Pollock. Hon. James 189 

Pontius. Abraham W L80 

Pontius Family 180 

Pramuk, Stephen A 905 

Priestley Family 

Priestley. Rev. Joseph :: 

Purdy. Mrs. Mary J 29 

Purdy, Truman H 

Rabuck (Rebuck I Family :- 

Rabuck. John H ?83 

Radel, Elmer I !62 

le. Emanuel S !60 

Radle (Radel) Family > 

Raker, Cornelius 334 

Raker. Edward P> Ill 

Raker Fannin I 33 I, 855 

Raker. Isaac F 110 

Raker, Lewis R 110 

Raker. Mr- Mar\ E 

Raker. William Z 200 

Raup. ('. E 

Raup Family 427 

Reader Family 185 

Reader. William H 185 

Reber Family 303 

Reber, Frank M 

Rebuck Family ■ i 33 

Rebuck, Joel 762 

Rebuck, Luther 

Rebuck. Samuel 

Rebuck, William r64 

Redcay, Abraham 940 



Redcav (Redche, Retge) 

Family 940 

Reed. Abraham H 142 

Reed. C. Oliver 

Reed. Emanuel i 

Reed Families 

125, 14-'. 231, 907 

Reed. Henrv M 909 

Reed. Tesse J 

Reed. Samuel S 

Reed. Simon F 908 

Reed. Sirvetus O. 231 

Reen. Mai. Frederick A. ...434 

Reeser. George C 448 

Reick. Charlei F 828 

Reimensnvder, John J.. A. M. 



Reimensnvder. Rev. J. M. ..698 

Reinhardt. William R 290 

Reitz. Alvin P 

Reitz. Benjamin F 588 

Reitz. Charles J : • .' 

Reitz. Daniel X 790 

Reitz. Daniel Z 793 

Reitz. David W 792 

Reitz, Elias R 

Reitz. Emanuel 789 

Reitz Families .269, 163, 5-7. 7-7 

Reitz. Galen 588 

Reitz. Henry 1 788 

Reitz, Isaac J 589 

Reitz. James 589 

Reitz, James S 789 

Reitz. John L 791 

Reitz. Joseph S 463 

Reitz, 'William H 790 

Remly, Wilson H 42'.' 

Renn. Bertram 1 156 

Renn Family- 155 

Renn. Ira T. 156 

Renn. Xicholas W 157 

Renn. Roland D 156 

Replev Family 72 

Repley, John B 72 

Reynolds Family 435 

Reynolds. Henrv A 436 

Reynolds. William X 436 

Rhoads Family 41) 

Rhoads. Josiah 540 

Rhoads. Walton F 40 

Rice. Fred. M. D 271 

Richard. Henry 

Riche Family 17:: 

Riche. Isaac 17.", 

Richie Family 

Richie, Joseph W 17:; 

Richie. William E 17:: 

Rieger Family 

Rieger, Robert L 670 

Riland. William A 

Rinehart. Charles P 91 

Rinehart Family 91 

Ringler. Harrison 441 

Rishel Families :;77. 961 

Rishel. Isaiah C ::77 

Rishel. Joseph C 377 

Rishel. tosiah R 901 

Rissel, Charles M :;7:: 

Ri-sel Family ::7:; 

Riwr Cemetery (Fisher's 

Ferry I " 

Roan, Rev. John 654 

Roat. Luther E 445 

Robbins Family 370 

Robbins. Harry H 371 



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XI 



Robbins, Jobn H 371 

Robbins, William E 371 

Robenalt (Rovenolt) Family 401 

Robenalt, Lewis F 402 

Robenolt Family 401 

Robenolt, Phineas F 403 

Roberts, George O., D. D. S. 
595 

Robins Family 622 

Robins, Harvey S 622 

Robinson, Dr. Kennedy ....663 

Rockefeller, Charles G 39 

Rockefeller, David P 60 

Rockefeller, Emery 61 

Rockefeller Families ..3S, 59, 67 
Rockefeller, Mrs. Harriet R. 

688 

Rockefeller, Isaac 39 

Rockefeller, Lemuel C 68S 

Rockefeller, Oliver P 67 

Roesler, George 399 

Rogers, E. C 665 

Rohrbach Families 

66, 140, 144, 959 

Rohrbach. George E 146 

Rohrbach, Jacob S 959 

Rohrbach, Mrs. Jennie F. ..140 

Rohrbach, Lloyd" T 144 

Rohrbach, Mjss Mary M. ..960 
Rohrbach, William H. (de- 
ceased) 110 

Rohrbach, William H 66 

Rohrbach. William R 146 

Romig, Aaron S 421 

Roos," Peter 970 

Ross, Alexander 900 

Ross, Emanuel 547 

Ross Family 545 

Ross, Wellington 548 

Ross. William 547 

Rossiter, Charles E 730 

Rossiter Family "29 

Rossiter, William M 730 

Rothermel, Charles H 673 

Rothermel Family 923 

Rothermel, Lazarus W. ...926 
Rothermel. Manasses W. ...926 

Rothermeh Monroe 926 

Rothermel. William W 925 

Rothrock, D. Roswell, M. D. 883 

Rothrock Family 883 

Roush, Earl M 944 

Roush, Robert J 858 

Rovenolt. Charles F 403 

Rovenolt (Robenalt) Family 401 

Ruch. Daniel K 325 

Rupp Family 939 

Rupp, George W 939 

Russell. David P 936 

Russell, Mrs. Lydia 937 

Ruthrauff Family 592 

Ruthrauff, Rev. John F. ...593 

Ruthrauff, Samuel H 592 

Ryon, William W 63 

Samuel. Edmund W-, M. D. 120 

Satteson. Thomas --434 

Savidge Families 636, 748 

Savidge, Simon P '' -' ■' 

Schabo, John 207 

Schabo, John W 977 

Schadel Family 667 

Schaeffer Family 890 

Schafer Family ■ 626 

Schafer, Prof. Norman \\ 
H 626 



Schaffer. Charles F 796 

Schaffer (Shaffer) Family 

31, 793 

Schaffer, Jacob H 796 

Schaffer. John F 31 

Schaffle Family 317 

Schell Family 456 

Schell, Frederick 45G 

Schlegel Family 664 

Schleig Family 99 

Schleig, Peter W 99 

Schneider (Snvder) Family 

777." 781 

Schotzberger (Shotzberger) 

Family 650 

Schrawder, F. F 920 

Schreffler, Daniel S 375 

Schreffler Family 375 

Schultz (Shultzf Family ...495 

Schwalm. Andrew T 685 

Schwalm Family 685 

Schwartz, Daniel S 510 

Schwartz Families 510, 720 

Schwartz, James M 511 

Schwartz. John T- W 720 

Scott, Clayton S 623 

Scott, George W 60S 

Seaman, Adam H 739 

Seaman, Edgar 738 

Seaman Family 73S 

Sechler Family 100 

Sechler, LaFayette 100 

Seiler Families 494. 900 

Seiler, Jacob 900 

Seitzinger Family 271 

Sensenhach, Charles A. . .85] 

Sever. John B 822 

Shade, "Daniel E 122 

Shade Family 121 

Shade, Jacob M 122 

Shade. Richard A 122 

Shaffer, Aaron (Little Ma- 

hanoy) "97 

Shaffer, Aaron (Jordan town- 
ship) 922 

Shaffer, D. Richard 797 

Shaffer. Elias Z 794 

Shaffer (Schaffer) Family .793 

Shaffer. George E 796 

Shay, William Field 700 

Shearer Families .... . .15. 61 l 

Shearer, James 45 

Sheoperson. W. T 203 

Sniffer, Charles 553 

Shiffer Family 553 

Shikellimy 768 

Shikellimy, Anecdote of Is- 
land in Susquehanna .. .243 

Shinier. Elmer S 17 

Shinier. George S 17 

Shinier. Samuel Johnston .. 16 
Shipe Families . , , .267. HI, 649 

Shipe. Frank W 267 

Shipe, Harry P 6,1, 

Shipe, Moses 649 

Shipman, Cullen F 491 

Shipman, Mrs. Emma J 197 

Shipman Family 19 2 

Shipman. Ira 195 

Shipman, John B. 

Shipman. Ralph 196 

Shipman, Saul 194 

Shipman. Mrs. 1 ' ' ...196 

Shipman. Waldo 196 

Shipman. Walter 196 

Shipman. William A 194 

Shoemaker Family 2l < 



Shoop Family 126 

Shoop, Levi M 638 

Shoop, William G 125 

Shotsberger, Galen 

Shotzberger (Schotzberger) 

Family 650 

Shultz, Charles H 495 

Shultz (Schultz) Family ...495 

Minster. David E I 

Simmons, Richard II.. M. I). 493 

Sipe, John A 627 

Slifer Family 419 

Slifer, Harry R 419 

Small, Bruce 210 

Small, Mrs. Susan E. (Young- 
man) 210 

Smeltzer (Schmeltzer) Fam- 
ily 475 

Smith. Miss Caroline E. ...311 

Smith, Daniel E 474 

Smith, Elmer F 480 

Smith Families 362, 630 

Smith. Frank T. G 597 

Smith. Henry B B5 

Smith, Jacob W 311 

Smith, James H 855 

Smith, John J 362 

Smith. Nelson M., M. D. . . . 54 

Smith, Prof. Samuel G 906 

Snvder. Aaron W 

Snyder, A. Morris 

Snyder. D 11 634 

Snyder, David 773 

Snyder. Davjd L. 559 

Snyder, Edwin W 779 

Snyder (Schneider) Families 

" 558, 771, 77*! 

Snyder, Harry E 560 

Snvder. Henry M 

Snyder, Hubert E B36 

Snyder, Israel 

Snyder, raci , D S 

Snvder. tohn M 778 

Snyder, Mrs. Martha G. . 

Snyder. Morris 772 

Snyder, Rudolph 781 

Snj dor. Samuel 772 

Snyder, Silas R 772 

Snyder. Simon S 

Snyder Solomon S 

Snyder, robias 779 

Si >bi I in K 336 

Sober Family 

Sotitcr. Sydnej II 951 

Sowden, Samuel 291 

ers, Foseph E. A 

Spott- (Spatz) Family . . . 
Spotts, Miss ! '■ r 

Spotl s, Harrj E 544 

Spotty Henry 

Stackpole Family 

Stahl, Aaron S 767 

1. Daniel 

Slab! I amilii S 389, I I" 

Stahl. George C 

Stahl. Harvey M 140 

Stahl, Levi 11 

Stamm, Benjamin F 808 

Stamm Family 

Stamm, John w 

Stamm, Levi F 

[i 

I 

niel 

I, I. Irvin 

Still. Samuel 

William E 746 



XI 1 



NOBTHUMBEBLAND COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA 



Stout, Isaac 17 

Straub Families 200, 320 

Straub, Harry J 984 

Straub, Jacob 320 

Straub, Tames H 200 

Straub, John L 321 

Straub, William H 478 

Strausser (Strawser) Family 651 

Stroh Family 92 

Strobecker Family 548 

Strohecker, Jacob W 548 

Strouss, Frank H 590 

Summers, Edgar 418 

Suter, William T 387 

Swab, Mark L 594 

Swanger, John D 965 

Swank, Charles H 668 

Swank Family 668 

Swartz Family 510 

Swenk, Charles H„ M. D. . . .431 
Swenk (Schwenk) Family ..428 

Swenk, Jacob H 430 

Swenk, Raymond 431 

Swenk, Reese H 430 

Swinehart Family 933 

Svpher Family 364 

Sypher, William H :!64 

Taggart, Col. David 9 

Taggart Family 9 

Taggart, Hanna C. H 10 

Taggart, James 10 

Talpash, Theodore 938 

Teitsworth Family 239 

Teitsworth, Matthias 239 

Tierney, Michael P 581 

Timmes, John W 650 

Treon, Adam R 40 

Treon Family 39 

Treon, Dr. Frederick 39 

Tressler, Cornelius M 75S 

Tressler (Dressier) Family 



Tressler, Isaac B 

Tressler, J. C 

Tressler, John 

Tressler, Ray E 

Trexler. Arthur R 

Trexler Family 

Troutman, Benjamin F 

Troutman. Elmer F 

Troutman Families 

532, 684, 735, 

Troutman. George L 

Troutman, Harvey A 

Troutman. Moses H 

Troutman. William L 

Tro.xel Family 

Trucken miller (Druckenmi 

ler) Family 

Truckenmiller, Valentine S. 

Tule. Robert P... M. D 

Turner, George \\ ., Jr. ... 
Tye, P. H 



rs4 

7 ."> 7 
7.->7 
. 756 
.758 
.106 
L07 
.817 



817 
736 
684 
532 

7:i7 



.403 
103 
70S 

.S52 
.938 



Unger Family - !5 

Unger, Warren B25 

Utt Family 890 

Van Alen Family 29 

Van Alen, Gilbert R. 31 

Van Devender Family ....463 
Van Devender, Frank M. ..462 
Vandling (Wendling) Fam- 
ily _ 729 

Van Gasken Family 9S0 

Van Gasken, Wesley 980 



Van Kirk, Charles M 448 

Van Kirk Family 447 

Van Kirk, James W 447 

Vastine Families ..113, 133, 727 

Vastine, Hugh H 117 

Vastine, Mrs. Susan M 117 

Vastine, William 115 

Vincent Families 2S3, 950 

Vincent, John H., Ir 285 

Vincent. John H., Sr 283 

Voris, Clarence G 20 

Voris Family 292 

Voris, Gilbert 292 

Voris. Mrs. Harriet 292 

Voris. John L 293 

Voris, Mrs. Mary B 21 

Vought. Edward B 43 

Vought Family 43 

Vought, Jesse R 45 

Wachter, John 930 

Wagner, Augustus F 798 

Wagner Family 937 

Wagner, Joseph D 937 

Wagner. Mrs. Laenda F. ..798 

Wald Family 555 

Wald, Joshua 555 

Waldron, Charles L Ill 

Waldron F'amilies Ill, 515 

Waldron. Frank P 515 

Walt Family 554 

Walt, William A 354 

Walt, Solomon Z 555 

Weaver Families 646, 818 

Weaver, John A. (born 1863) 

819 

Weaver, John A. (born 1847) 

646 

Weaver, Peter M 819 

Weaver, William H 819 

Weidenhamer, Edward ....528 
Weidenhamer Families .416, 528 
Weidenhamer, Walter L. ...416 

Weiser, Conrad 453 

Weiser Family 153 

Weiser. Peter 455 

Weiser. Samuel H 152 

Weitzel Family 933 

Weitzel, Samuel L 933 

Welter. William 907 

Wendle, William P 375 

Wendling (Vandling) Fam- 
ily 729 

Wenzel, Harvey 471 

Wert Families 79, 743 

Wert. John A 79 

Wetzel, Arthur P. 970 

Wetzel Families 658, 932 

Wetzel. Irvin K 551 

Wetzel, Morris 932 

Whalen, Michael J 974 

Wharton, Charles D., Sr. ... 180 

Wharton Family 480 

Wiest. Carlos 799 

Wiest Family 799 

Wiest. Irwin H S03 

Wiest. fames M S0O 

Wiest, John T S02 

Wilkinson (Wilkison) Fam- 
ily 811 

Wilkinson. Samuel J 812 

Wilkison, Henry N 811 

William-. Thomas R 7S 

Wilson. John F 322 

Wirt, Benneville 744 

Wirt, Daniel W 744 

Wirt (Wert) Families ...79, 743 



Wirt, John 745 

Wise. George F 691 

Wise. Mrs. Mary A 691 

Witmer, Charles' B 523 

Witmer, David H 525 

Witmer, Ephraim D 527 

Witmer Family 522 

Witmer, Francis A 524 

Witmer, Harvey C. ...'....526 

Witmer. Henry S ' 528 

Witmer. Isaac H 522 

Witmer, John H 523 

Witmer, Jonathan H 525 

Witmer, Joseph 527 

Witmer, William D 527 

Wolf, David C 596 

Wolf Families ....106, 568, 596 

Wolf, Frederick W 825 

W r olf, Henry A. 567 

Wolfgang Family 487 

Wol verton Family 695 

Wolverton, Hon. Simon P. .695 

Work, James H 470 

W'ynn Family 824 

Yarnall (Yarnell) Family ...211 

Yarnall, John G 212 

Yeager, Conrad 671 

Yoch, William M 820 

Yocom Family 57,"> 

Yocum, Adonijah F 577 

Yocum Family ">7."> 

Yocum, George W 576 

Yoder (Yodder) Family 566 

Yoder, Webster H 566 

Young, Emanuel W 810 

Youngman, Andrew A. ...209 

Youngman, George B 209 

Youngman, Jacob 210 

Youngman, John 209 

Youngman, John G 208 

Youngman. Miss Louisa H. 210 

Youngman, William 209 

Yoxtheimer Family 742 

Yoxtheimer, George W 7t:.' 

Zartman, Daniel M 106 

Zartman, Daniel R 308 

Zartman. Elias F 105 

Zartman Families ..103, 30S, 809 

Zartman, Landis 809 

Zartman, Samuel M 106 

Zartman, William E 106 

Zerbe, Ambrose L 491 

Zerbe, B. Frank 492 

Zerbe, Charles W 492 

Zerbe. David 493 

Zerbe (Zerbv) Families 4-9. 5S5 

Zerbe, John "W 585' 

Zerbe, Robert B 492 

Zerbe, Thomas 490 

Zerby (Zerbe) Family 489 

Zerbv. William A 493 

Ziegler, Absalom 327 

Ziegler, Edward 328 

Ziegler Family 327 

Ziegler, George E 328 

Ziegler, J. Monroe 

Zimmerman, Aaron P 247 

Zimmerman. Edward B 886 

Zimmerman Family 242 

Zimmerman, Frank 641 

Zimmerman, Peter 246 

Zimmerman, Sebastian 243 

Zimmerman, Siegfried W. .827 
Zimmerman, William A 244 



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JOHN B. PACKER. The Parkers trace their 
descent from Philip Packer, a native of England, 
who came to America and located in Xew Jersey, 
near Princeton, lie married Rebecca Jones, a na- 
tive of Philadelphia. 

Philip I'a.ker (2), son of Philip ami Rebecca 
(Jones) Packer, lived for a time in the forks of 
Cooper's creek, opposite Kensington, Philadel- 
phia, later removing to the vicinity (if Yellow 
Springs in Chester county, Pa. lie married 
Ann ( loates, a nat ive of 1 reland. 

• I; - Packer, eldest son of Philip (2) and 

Ann Packer, was born near Princeton, X. J., on 
the 1th of the 2d month, 1725, and died Jan. 10, 
1805, in Howard township, Center Co., Pa., 
whither he had moved aboul 1794. On dan. 1, 
1752, at Hast Cain meetinghouse, in Chester coun- 
ty, Pa., he married Rose Mendenhall, who sur- 
vived him. dying at Bald Eagle, Clinton Co., Pa., 
in June, 1824, at the advanced age of ninety-one. 

Amos Packer, fifth in the family of James and 
Rose (.Mendenhall) Packer, was horn dan. 30, 
1759, in Chester county. Pa., and married Eliza- 
beth Jones, daughter of Joseph and Lydia Jones. 

Samuel J. Packer, seventh child of Amos and 
Elizabeth (Jones) Packer, was born March 23, 
1799, in Howard township, ('enter Co., Pa. lie 
received a good education for the day. attending a 
local school of the Society of Friends, under the 
superintendence of his father, and while -till a 
boy commenced to learn the trade of printer, serv- 
ing his apprenticeship at Bellefonte, Pa. lie was 
subsequently engaged in journalistic work at Har- 
risburg, this State, and while there reported the 
proceedings of the Legislature. There he formed 
the acquaintance of Hon. Simon Cameron, and the 
friendship then begun between these two strong 
characters lasted through life. Mr. Packer came 
to Sunbury in 1820 and established the paper 
called the Pullich Inquirer, issued at that time 
principally to advocate the reelection of Governor 
Findlav. It was continued for several yi 
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During his career in the publishing business Mr. 
Packet- took up the study of law. under the tutor- 
age of the famous Hugh Pel las. and by devoting 
all his spare time to gaining the necessary prepar- 
ation for the legal profession obtained admission 
to the bar of Northumberland county in L823, be- 
ing formally entered Aug. 23d of that year. From 
that time until his death he devoted' himself to 
legal practice ami to the duties of the various offi- 
cial positions to which he was chosen, and though 
he died at the comparatively early age of thirty- 
Bve years, on Oct. 20, 1834, he left a permanent 
impression upon the legal and public liistor 
his county and State, lie lived at Sunbury. By 
earnest and faithful attention to the law work 
intrusted to him, he soon earned a leading and 

unassailable position i mg the noteworthy h 

practitioners of his time and locality, ami he main- 
tained that position by the mosl thorough and 
painstaking care of ever] trust reposed in him. 
lie was popular as a public speaker, particularly 
at political gatherings, and possessed in a lat 
measure the faculty of u inning his audience to 
his views — a gift which made him a p ti tor 

in the activities of the Whig organization, with 
which he allied himself. On dan. 27, 1824, Mr. 

Packer wa- commissi I prothonotarv, holding 

that office until 1829. From April 20th to No- 
vember, 1829, he was deputj attorni \ gem ral. In 
1836 he was elected to the State Senate, for a 
term of lour vears, and while a membei o al 
body was appointed chairman of a special commit- 
tee mi the Coal Field of l'eim-\ It ania. The report 
he presented, the first made on the subject, was re- 
markable for completeness of detail and exhaust 
treatment of all it- phases, and was lai ion- 

sible for the rapid development of the mining in- 
dustry of the State. In fact, his gt - ity 
throughout the period of hi- legislai ive sei 
filiated to the encouragement of enterprises for 
the development of the material r< Penn- 
sylvania, the Danville & Pottsville railroad being 



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NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY. PENNSYLVANIA 



thi' most important project of this kind in his dis- 
trict which received his aid and support. Its con- 
struction from Sunbury to the Shamokin coal field 
was the direct result of a measure introduced I >y 
him into the Senate and passed through the exer- 
cise of his influence. In f 834 Mr. Packer was the 
Whig candidate for Congress from the district in 
which Northumberland county was included. As 
previously stated, he died Oct. 30th of that year. 
having achieved much in his short but ai 

r. He married Rachel Black, daughter of 
James and Catherine (Cochran) Black, and they 
were the parents of five children, viz. : John B., 
Eliza J.. Jane B., Samuel J.. Jr.. and Mary C. 
(who married Bev. F. B. Riddle). 

John B. Packer. -on oi Samuel J. Packer, was 
born March 21, 1824. at Sunbury, Northumber- 
land Co.. Pa., and received an excellent education, 
principally at Sunbury Academy, then recently 
Wished and under the charge of two classical 
scholars, men of thorough culture and great abil- 
ity as teachers. Prom L839 to I s ! '.' lie was a mem- 
ber of a corps of engineers employed by the State 
in the survey and construction of public improve- 
ments. In 1842 he commenced the study of law 
under the celebrated Ebei i ei Creenough, and was 
admitted to the Northumberland county bar Aug. 
6, 1844. The year following he was appointed 
deputy at! geni , in which capacity he 

served three years. Though he attained more 
than local fame for his ability as a lawyer he was 
very prominent outside of his pn as well as 

in legal circles. He was prominent in the organ- 
ization of and as counsel for many railroad com- 
panies launched in his day. In 1851 he assisted in 
the organization of the Susquehanna Railroad 
Company, since merged into the Northern Central, 
and served many year- as counsel and one of its 
directors. It was originally chartered to connect 
York, Cumberland and Sunbury. and was eventu- 
ally made a part of the Pennsylvania system. Mr. 
Packer acted as counsel for the Philadelphia & 
Krii'. the Pennsylvania, the Lackawanna & Blooms- 
burg and several other railway companies, and 
was concerned in the sale and reorganization of the 
railroad properties of the Shamokin Valley & 
-ville railroad : in fact, there were scarcely any 
i asi - of tin- kind of importance in this county — 
in the litigation resulting from contested land 
titles and in railroad and other cases — with which 
he was not professionally connected. 

In 1855 Mr. Packer became identified with the 
Northumberland Bank, of which he was elected 
president in 1857. serving as such until 1864 
That year it was merged into the First National 
Bank of Sunbury. and Mr. Packer was elected 
president, continuing to serve in that capacity the 
remainder of his life. He was also connected as 
stockholder, director and adviser with the banks 
of Selinsgrove and Lewisburg. Pa. He was one 



of the largest land owners in the State of Pennsyl- 
vania. 

Mr. Packer's public services formed an impor- 
tant part of his well rounded career. He was a 
tariff Democrat prior to the formation of the Re- 
publican party, and represented his county a? 
such in the State Legislature in 1849-50, serving 
on important committees both sessions. In 1868 
he was elected to Congress, representing the Four- 
teenth district, and was reelected four times in 
succession, declining a fifth nomination after re- 
ceiving it. He was a member of Congress from 
1869 to 187 7, during which time he did impor- 
tant committee work, the first term as a member 
of the committee on Banking and Currency, the 
second on Railroads and Canals (of which he was 
chairman), the third term on Post Offices and Posl 
Roads (of which he was chairman) and the fourth 
term on Foreign Affairs. In his public life as in 
legal practice -Mr. Packer always commanded at- 
tention as a speaker, his style being lucid and 
ical. his arguments strong, his eloquence notable 
on occasion. He died July 1. 1891, honored by all 
who had had the privilege of his acquaintance, and 
mourned as a public benefactor whose place was 
iioi easy to fill. 

On May 22, 1851, Mr. Packer married Mary M. 
Cameron, who was born July 2, 1831. daughter of 
William Cameron, of Lewisburg. Pa., and five chil- 
dren were born to their union: William Cameron. 
Rachel (wife of Ferdinand K. Hill). James Cam- 
eron, Mary and Nellie ('. The mother sun 
until Dec. 6, 1905. She was the founder of the 
Mary M. Packer hospital of Sunbury, named in 
her honor, an institution that ha- proved a g 
Messing to the community, tilling a long-felt want. 
She contributed liberally toward its establish- 
ment. 

W I LLIAM CAMERON PA( IKER, of Sunbury. 
is one of the younger element prominent in 
i;e-- circles in that borough, where as secretary 
and treasurer of the Sunderland Lumber Com- 
pany and secretary and treasurer of the Sunbury 
Burial Case Company he is identified with two 
of the most important concerns, in their respec- 
tive lines, in this section of the State of Pennsyl- 
vania. Mr. Packer has already demonstrated his 
right to he counted in the same class of citizens 
as his forefathers for several generation- have 
been. He has all the tntelligen sight and 

executive qualities for which his ancestors were 

is. and he is doing honor to a name which 
has long been considered representative of the 
progress of this region, which in its development 

much to the enterprise of the Packers and 
their business associates. Public education, pub- 
lic improvements, philanthropic projects and all 
the movements which characterize the expansion 
of the community's interests have alwavs received 



NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY, PEXNSYLVA NIA 



their eneouragemenl and support. He is a son of 

the late William Cameron Parker and grandson 
of John B. Packer. 

William Cameron Packer, son of John B. Pack- 
er, was born in Sunbury .May 1. 1852, and was 
identified with that borough throughout his life. 
He received his early education in the local public 
schools, later attending the Wilkes-Barre Acad- 
emy and the Bloomsburg State normal school, from 
which latter institution he was graduated in 1871. 
lie then entered upon the study of law under 
In- father's tuition, was admitted to. the county 
bar Nov. 5, is;-. 1 , and settled in Sunbury for prac- 
tice. Mr. Packer was a thorough student and ex- 
ponenl of the law, for which he had a natural pre- 
dilection, and though a young man at the time 
of his death had long been conceded to be one of 
the ablest legal practitioners in this section. Eis 
practice was large and responsible. Several years 
after his admission to the bar he was appointed 
solicitor for the Pennsylvania Railway Company 
in Northumberland county, and he retained that 
association until his death. He was connected 
with a number of important local business enter- 
prises, being a director of the Firsl National Rank 
oi Sunbury, laid oul the Cameron addition to 
Shamokin, this county, and took an important part 
in the public administration of Sunbury. In 
ls;.'i he became a member of the borough coun- 
cil, in which he continued to serve for several 

years, l a assistant burgess in 1876-78, second 

burgess in 1879-80, and chief burgess from 18S1 to 
L883. During this period, as a result of his efforts. 
the river embankment was constructed, protecting 
the town from damage by flood, and the borough 
debt was materially reduced and refunded at a 
lower rati ol interest, thus saving the taxpayers 
considerable. Mr. Packer was a Republican in pol 

itics. He died June 4. 1886, at tl arly age of 

thirty-four. The following was written by 

who knew him well: "Running through his life 
was a vein of generosity that formed one of his 
prominent characteristics. The poor, into whose 
home his bounteous hand carried comfort and as- 
sistance, are among those who will miss him most 
in the days to come. His friends are numbered 
by thousands, including all classes of society. To 
know him was to love him. and few there are who 
have had that pleasure who do not reci 
kindly deed performed or some cheering word ut- 
tered in the hour of adversity. To the sick and 
afflicted he i- endeared by ties which even death 
can not -ever, for his goodness supplied many 
delicacies and attention- otherwise beyond their 
reach. In all relations of life he was the same — 
honorable, upright, manly and charitable." 

In L873 Mr. Packer married Jennie H. Houtz, 
who wa- born Dec. 9, Is:.?, daughter of Dr. Henry 
('. and Harriet (Boob) Houtz, of Alexandria. Pa. 
- i died April 1. 1883, the mother of the follow- 



ing children: Mary ('.. who is married to Harry 
C. Blue, of Northumberland, Pa.; John B.. b 
dune 1 I. L879, who was educated at Bueknell Uni- 
versity and Yale Law School and is now in the 
lumber business in Philadelphia (he married Oct. 
8, 1910, Mary C. Yorks, of Danville. Pa. ) : and W. 
Cameron. In 1884 Mr. Packer married (second) 
Laura A. Houtz. sister of hi- tir-t wife. She sur- 
vive- him. as do all his children. 

William Cameron Packer was horn May 20, 
1881, in Sunbury, youngest child of William Cam- 
eron and Jennie II. (Houtz) Packer. He re- 
ceived his early education in the local schools, 
graduating from Media Academy in 1898 and 
then entering Bueknell College, where he studied 
two terms. He next became a clerk in the First 
National Bank of Sunbury. where he was em- 
ployed for six years. In 1907 he was one of the 
organizers of the Sunderland Lumber Company, of 
which John L. Miller was chosen president, P. I.' 
Sunderland, vice president, and Mr. Pa. 
retary and treasurer. The offices and yards of 
company are at Sunbury. It is engaged in the 
manufacture and wholesaling of lumber, huh. 
flooring, siding, etc., handling one of the largesi 
businesses of the kind in this portion of the State, 
and enjoys a trade which is expanding steadily. 
All the members of the concern are live bus 
men, able to make the most of the opportun 
afforded in this section, and the company has ev- 
ery prospect of a successful future. Mr. Packet- 
is also secretary and treasurer of the Sunbury Buri- 
al Case Company, which has succeeded to the 
business established by the late Ira T. Clement. 
His achievements thus far entitle him to rank 
among the leading young business men of the bor- 
ough. He js a director of the Firsl National Bank. 

Socially Mr. Packer has beei te active as 

a member of Lodge No. 22, P. X' A. M.. of Sun- 
bury; of Xoitliumherlaud Chapter, No. \; I. p. A. 
M.: of Mount Hermon Commandery, No. 85, K. 
T. : and of the Temple and Americus Clubs. He 
was president of the Temple Club in L910-1 1. 
lie takes an active interest in the welfare of No. 
1 Fire Company, of which he is a men 
uncle being one of its most enthusiastic sup 
He attend- the Presbyterian Chun 

i in March 19, 1905, Mr. Packer was married 
Esther Lucretia Seal, of Millersburg, Pa., and 
they had one daughter, Mar] Cameron. Mrs. 
I' , er died Feb. 24, L906. 

REV. JOSEPH PRIESTLEY, whose re-id, 
a! Northumberland has probably given I 
place a wider celebrity than any other circum- 
stance in connection with its history, was born at 
[head, near }.fr t \<. Yorkshire, England, 
March 13, 1733. His early educat 
tamed nirhr the tuition nil; nds Hague and 

Kirhv. and at the age "I' sixteen he had acquired 



NOETHUMBEBLAXD COUNTY, PEXXSYLVAXIA 



a fair knowledge of Latin, Greek and Hebrew. In 
September, 1752, he went to the academy of Dav- 
entry, where he spent three years, entering the 
ministry as assistant to the Rev. Mr. Meadows, of 
Needham Market, Suffolk, at the conclusion of 
his academic course. There he remained three 
years; during this period his first published work, 
"The Doctrine of the Atonement," was issued. 
The following three years. 1758-61, were spent at 
Xantwick, where he wrote an English grammar 
and "Observations on the Character and Reason- 
ing of the Apostle raid." From 1761 to 1767 he 
taught elocution, logic, Hebrew and the civil law 
in an academy ai Warrington. During this con- 
nection lie met Benjamin Franklin at London, 
and, as the result of this association, began a se- 
ries of experiments in electricity. Ee also gave 
much attention to the subject of political .econ- 
omy. 

In September, 1 7 ( i T . he removed to Leeds, hav- 
ing aee< pted an invitation to take charge of Mill- 
hall chapel. Here the first of his controversial 
treatises was written: he also published an "Essay 
on Government," "A Familiar Introduction to the 
Study ..f Electricity," a "('hart of History," etc. 
Hi- house at Leeds adjoined a brewery, and ob- 
servations of fixed air produced in the process of 
fermentation led to a series of experiments upon 
the nature of the atmosphere, ultimately result- 
ing in that discovery with which his name will al- 
ways he associated. Tie began these experiments 
with hut limited knowledge of chemistry, hut this 
apparent disadvantage undoubtedly contributed 
largely to his success, as he was thus thrown en- 
tirely upon his own resources and led to devise 
new apparatus and modes of operation. His firsl 
publication on the subject of air appeared in 1772; 
it was a small pamphlet on the method of im- 
pregnating water with fixed air. In the previous 
year hi' had already procured g I air from salt- 
petre; he had ascertained the use of agitation and 
of vegetation, as the means employed by nature in 
purifying the atmosphere for the support of animal 
life, and that air vitiated by animal respiration 
was a pabulum to vegetable life; he had procured 
factitious air in a much greater variety of ways 
than had been known before, and he had been in 
the habit of substituting quicksilver in lieu of 
water in many of his experiments. Of these dis- 
coveries he gave an account in his paper before the 
Royal Society in 1773, which deservedly obtained 
the honor of the Copley medal. In this paper he 
announced the discovery of nitrous air: lie showed 
i te use of a burning lens in pneumatic experi- 
ment-: he related the discovery and properties of 
marine acid air: he added much to the little there- 
tofore known of air generated by animal putre- 
faction and vegetable fermentation, ami deter- 
mined many facts relating to the diminution and 
deterioration of air by the combustion of char- 



coal and the calcination of metals. It was not un- 
til dune or .Inly, 1774, that he made the full dis- 
covery of dephlogisticated air (oxygen air: the 
term was introduced to scientific nomenclature by 
Priestley), which he procured from precipitate /» r 
se, and from red lead. He announced this dis- 
covery publicly at the table of M. Lavosier at Par- 
is in October, KM. and about the same time i 
peated his experiments before the scientific chem- 
ists of Paris. 

In a. sketch of this nature it is impossible to 
pursue his subsequenl investigations; enough has 
been said to show that in the brief space of two 
years he announced to the world more facts of 
real importance and wide application in pneu- 
matic chemistry than all his predecessors had 
previously made known. His attention was called 
to the subject purely by the accident of his prox- 
imity to a brew-house at Leeds, where he had am- 
ple opportunity to observe and determine the 
properties of fixed air: one experiment led to 
another, ultimately resulting in the discoveries 
upon which his philosophical reputation is prin- 
cipally founded. 

After a residence of six years at L 1-. he en- 
tered the service of the Earl of Shelhume. with 
whom be traveled in Europe. In 1780 he became 
pastor of a dissenting congregation at Birming- 
ham, where, in 1789, he became involved in a 
controversy regarding the "tesi act": his expressed 
approval of the French Revolution provoked a 
violent attack from Burke in Parliament, and. to 
such an extent had his political views aroused the 
hostility of the Birmingham populace, that, mi 
the 11th of duly. 1791, his residence was burned 
by a mob. This called forth a number of address- 
es, among which were several invitations to be- 
come a member of the French Convention. Dur- 
ing the next three years he resided at London and 
Hackney, hut. finding the hostility of hi- enemies 
unabated, he de ; 'led to leave England, and em- 
barked for America April 7, 1794. The consider- 
ations that induced his location at Northumber- 
land are thus stated in his "Memoirs": 

"At the time of my leaving England, my son, in 
conjunction with Mr. Cooper and other English 
emigrants, had a scheme for a large settlement for 
the friends of liberty in general near the head of 
the Susquehanna in Pennsylvania. And talcing 
it for granted that it would be carried into effect, 
after landing at New York I went to Philadel- 
phia, and thence to Northumberland, a town the 
nearest to the proposed settlement, thinking to 
ie-ide there until some progress had been made 
in it. The settlement was given up: buf being 
here, and my wife and myself liking the place. 1 
have determined to take up my residence here. 
though subject to many disadvantages. Philadel- 
phia was excessively expensive, and this compar- 
ative^ a cheap place; and m\ -mi-, settling in the 



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neighborhood, will be less exposed to temptation 
and more likely to form habits of sobriety and in- 
dustry. They will also be settled at much Less 
expense than in or near a large town. We hope, 
after some time, to be joined by a few of our 
friends from England, that a readier communica- 
tion may be opened with Philadelphia, and that 
the place will improve and become more eligible 
in other respects." 

In the spring of 1795 be began the construction 
of a large house, suitable to bis requirements and 
pursuits, "ii the estate which he purchased to the 
ea.-i of the borough. It was completed in 1797, 
and still stands in a good state of preservation on 
North Way, owned by Robert Scott, Esq. He laid 
out a beautiful lawn, sloping to the canal, and 
se1 "in many shade trees, bul the effecl has been 
altered by the construction of the railroad and 
canal. Here he had a large library and laboratory, 
and on the roof an observatory, which disappeared 
some time ago, and he resumed bis experiments 
and studies. He was offered the professorship of 
chemistry in the University of Pennsylvania, but 
declined, although he delivered two courses of 
lectures in Philadelphia. He corresponded with 
Presidents Jefferson and Adams, and, although 
a voluminous writer on political economy, never 
participated actively in the civil affairs of this 
country, of which he never became a naturalized 
citizen. In religious belief he was a Unitarian, 
and established at Northumberland the oldest 
church of that denomination in central Permsyl- 
vania; lie was also active in promoting the educa- 
tional interests of the community and was one of 
the founders of the old Northumberland Acad- 
emy, the first school of advanced grade in this 
part 61 the State, lie became the owner of many 
thousands of acres in what is now Sullivan coun- 
ty, which he sold to his fellow countrymen very 
cheap in order to induce them to locate there. 
The last years of his life were free from the con- 
troversy and care that entered so largely into his 
experience, and thus he died, in peace and quiet- 
ness, on Feb. 6, 1804. His remains were interred 
in the little Friends' burial ground at Northum- 
berland. The "Memoirs of Dr. Joseph Priestley, 
to the year 1795. written by himself: with a con- 
tinuation, to the time of his decease, hj his son. 
Joseph 1'riestley." were printed by John Binns at 
Northumberland in 1805. 

The centennial anniversary of the discovery of 
oxygen was celebrated at Northumberland in the 
summer of 1874, by a meeting of about fifty of the 
iim-t prominent scientists of the United States 
and Canada. David Taggart delivered the address 
of welcome, and ProfessoT t 'handler, of Colum- 
bia College, New York, presided. Appropriate 
memorial exercises and scientific addresses were 
the feature- of the program. Cablegrams were in- 
terchanged with the Priestley Memorial Commit- 



tee of Birmingham. This convention and the 

demonstrations of a similar nature in England at- 
tracted wide attention. 

The following is taken from a Sunbury news- 
paper of April to. L910: "The old Unitarian 
Church in Northumberland famed for its connec- 
tion with the Priestlej family will remain a me- 
morial chapel and library in the future. 

••'the steps taken by the American Unitarian 
Association, of Boston, toward keeping green the 
memorv of Dr. Joseph Priestley, one of the Eon 
most scientists of Ins da\ and one of the founders 
of Northumberland, are mm being I in 

the renovation of the old Unitarian edifice in 
Northumberland, where the Priestley family long 
worshipped. 

"The church was rapidly falling into decay, and 
had not been used for a lone- time. The trustees, 
who held possession, secured an order of court to 
transfer the property to the association, whose 
main purpose is the preservation of such spots 
of historic interest 

"It is the intention to make a memorial chap- 
el and library out of the church. A cellar is be- 
ing dug, a furnace will he installed, the building 
will he wired for electric lighting, and other im- 
provements will he completed." 

Joseph Priestley, a son of low. Joseph Priestley, 
was born in England in 1768, and after his mar- 
riage came to this country with his father, lie. 
too, became interested in land speculations in Sul- 
livan county, and the vasl wilds which he and bis 
father possessed have long since been converted in- 
to beautiful home- and farm land. His first union 
was formed in England, April 15, 1792, with Eliz- 
abeth Ryland, and they were the parent- of five 
children, namely: Joseph Pawnor: Elizabeth Pay- 
nor, horn Aug. 28, 1798, who was the wife of 
Joseph Parker; Lindsay, horn July '.'1. 1801; 
Marian, born July 26, 1803, who married Rev. Wil- 
liam Power: and Sarah, born April 28, 1807, 
married Robert Wainwright. After the death of 
his wif e Mr. Priestlej returned to England, where 

he formed a second malrin lal alliance with Lu- 

cinda Barton and, as she was opposed to coming 
to America to live, he spenl the remainder of his 
life there, dying September 3, is:'.::. 

Joseph Raynor Priestley, son of Joseph, was 
horn in England March 23, L793, and upon reach- 
ing maturity succeeded to in- father'- prop, 
Although a man of mean- he was largeh engaj 
in farming throughoui his life. On April 
L817, la- was united in marriagi to Fran< es Dun- 
das, and the\ had eight children : Jane I',.. 
Jan. 15, tsi's: Joseph; Elizabeth, horn Aug. •'!. 
1821; Mark- John, horn Jan. 17, 1823; I, lie 

born Feb. 9, is?; ; Mariai born Sept. 22, 1831 ; 

.Ian,. 1» bora Mai !. Is:; . - rah A.. 1 

May 10, 1836. Mr. Priestlej died Nov. L0, 1863, 
ami his wife -ui". ived lnui until I >ec. 18, 1878. II 



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was one of the founders of the First National 
Bank of Northumberland and for many years 
served as its cashier. 

Dr. Joseph Priestlev was torn in Point township, 
Northumberland Co.,' Pa., Sept. 22, 1819, and at- 
tended the private school taught by the Eev. David 
Kirkpatriek of Milton. He then read medicine 
with Dr. James Dougal of Milton, and was gradu- 
ated from the medical department of the Univer- 
sity of Pennsylvania in March, 1844. He took up 
the practice of his profession at Northumberland 
and rose rapidly to a place in the foremost ranks 
of the physicians of that section. During the 
finly years of his practice he had a very large pat- 
ronage and was at all times held in the highest es- 
teem. He was an extensive owner of real estate, 
possessing several farms. He purchased the 
grand old brick building known at the time as the 
"Burr Hotel"'" and remodeled it into a fine home 
and office, in which his daughters now live. This 
property is at the corner of Market and Front 
streets, and faces Market Square park. He prac- 
ticed at Northumberland until his demise. March 
in. 1883. He was a member of the national, State 
and county medical associations, and served as 
president of the county association. He was an 
unswerving supporter of the Republicans party 
from the time of its organization. 

On March 4. 1847, Dr. Priestley was joined in 
marriage with Hannah H. Taggart, who was horn 
Sept. 10, 1825, and died Sept. 28, 1894. This 
union was blessed by the following children: Han- 
nah T.. who married Hasket Derby Catlin. of 
Gouverneur, X. Y.. by whom she had two chil- 
dren, Joseph and Lucy H.. deceased; Joseph Ray- 
nor, who died in childhood; France? D., wife of 
William Forsyth, of St. Paul, Minn.; and Annie 
S. and Jean B.. who settled at the old homestead 
in Northumberland. 

EOBEET HAEEIS AWL, M. D„ was for 
many years a leading medical practitioner of Sun- 
bury, and his influence in the profession was far- 
reaching. But Iris usefulness went beyond its 
limits, though they are wide, for he was called up- 
on to till several public positions, and displayed 
such remarkable judgment in municipal affairs 
that he was consulted in various important move- 
ments. He lived to be over eighty-five and was 
active until a short time before his death. 

Dr. Awl was born Dec. 27, 1819, on his father's 
farm along the old Reading turnpike, in Augusta 
township, about a mile east of Sunbury, Northum- 
1 1 ■ 1 < ounty, now owned by W. L. Dewart. He 
came of notable stock, his paternal grandfather 
having been of the Scotch-Irish rare whose vir- 
tues have had so strong an influence on the de- 
velopment of Pennsylvania; his maternal grand- 
father. William Maclay, one of the most im- 
portant figures in public life in the State in his 



day, and one of the first two representatiu-^ of 
Pennsylvania in the United States Semite; while 
his great-grandfather, John Harris (father of M rs. 
William Maclay), was the founder of the city of 
Harrisburg. 

Dr. Awl's grandfather, Jacob, who came from 
the North of Ireland, spelled The name Aul. and it 
was originally spelled Auld in Ireland. He was 
born in the North of Ireland Aug. 6, 1727, and 
settled in Paxton township. Dauphin Co., Pa., be- 
fore the Revolution, before and during which 
struggle he took an efficient part in Colonial mil- 
itary affairs. He was ensign and lieutenant in 
Colonel Elder's battalion of rangers in the fron- 
tier wars, from 1756 to 1764, taking part in Col- 
onel Bouquet's victory over the Indians at Bushy 
Run, which prepared the way for the capture of 
Fort Pitt by the British and Colonial forces. 
When the Revolution came on he was active in the 
organization of the associated battalions of Lan- 
caster county, which did much efficient service in 
that struggle. He was a contemporary of John 
Harris, mentioned above, and was one of the five 
commissioners who laid out Harrisburg in 1785, 
and Mr. Harris appointed him one of the trustees 
of the land reserved for public uses. Upon the 
formation of Dauphin county he was one of the 
commissioners by whom its boundaries were lo- 
cated. Mr. Aul was a tanner by occupation. In 
1759 he married Sarah Sturgeon, daughter of Jer- 
emiah Sturgeon, and to them were born twelve 
children. Mr. Aul died Sept. 26, 1793, in Paxton 
township. Dauphin county. 

Samuel Awl, fourth son and seventh child of 
Jacob, was born March 5, 1773, at Paxton, ' 
Dauphin county, and was married April 27, 1795, 
at Harrisburg, to Mary Maclay, who was born 
March 19, 1776, at Harris 5 Ferry, second daugh- 
ter of Senator William Maclay. In early man- 
hood he was engaged in mercantile pursuits at 
Harmsburg, and in 1800 removed from Dauphin 
to Northumberland county, where Mr. Awl was 
to take charge of the extensive landed property of 
his brother-in-law, which included numerous 
tracts, locale,] near Sunbury and in other parts of 
the county. They settled on the farm along the 
Reading turnpike, near Sunbury, already men- 
tioned as Dr. Awl's birthplace, and Mr. Awl w-as 
engaged in farming there for many years. But he 
did not devote all his attention to igriculture, 
for he took part in public affairs, officiating in sev- 
eral important positions. In 1805 he was elected 
county commissioner, serving until 1808: he also 
served as county auditor. 1834-37; as justice of 
the peace of old Augusta township, and in other 
offices. He w-as one of the first Masons in the 
county, was a prominent officer of Lodge No. 22, 
at Sunbury, and was one of the few who remained 
steadfast to the fraternity when it was the object 
of public obloquy during the Antimasonic move- 



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ni'iit. He died on his farm Jan. 1, 1843. His 
wife died in Augusta township, Aug. 13, 1823. 
Samuel and Mary (Maelay) Awl had ten children, 
the first, William Maelay, burn before they came 
to .Northumberland county. The others were bom 
upon the farm in Augusta township namely: Mary 
Harris, born in 1802, married William ('. Gear- 
hart, of Hush township, and their surviving chil- 
dren are .Maelay Gearhart and Mrs. Mary Ann 
Lenker (the latter is the widow of John B. Lenk- 
er and mother of the Lenker brothers of Sun- 
bury) ; Charles Maelay died in childhood; Eleanor 
Maelay married Ezra Grossman, printer and pub- 
lisher of New York Citj (their only child, John 
Ira, died of wounds received at the first battle of 
Bull Run); Charles Samuel went out to Illinois 
in early life, engaged in farming, and became a 
prominent residenl of the section in which be set- 
tled, serving as a justice of the peace and taking 
considerable part in public affairs; George Wash- 
ington died when nineteen years old; Sarah Irwin 
married Hon. George ('. Welker, of Sunbury; Hes- 
ter Hall married William Brindle, nephew of 
Governor Ritner; Elizabeth Jane married Daniel 
Rohrbach, whom she survived (she was living in 
Selinsgrove in 1903 at the age of eighty-six) ; Rob- 
ert Harris was the youngest of the family. The 
oldest and youngest became physicians. 

Dr. William M. Awl. the first-born in the fam- 
ily of Samuel Awl. studied under Dr. Agnew at 
Harrisburg. attended one course of lectures at the 
University of Pennsylvania, and graduated from 
Jefferson Medical College. He settled in Ohio, 
where he gained eminent standing in his profes- 
sion, especially in connection with medical and 
benevolent institutions, he having been prime 
mover in the establishment of the Ohio Lunatic 
\-\lum ami the founder of the Ohio Institute for 
the Blind: be served as superintendent of the asy- 
lum from the time it was opened until he retired 
on account of age, and for many years was pres- 
ident of the Association of Medical Superintend- 
ents of American Institutions for the Insane. In 
fact, he was a national leader in his special line, 
being the first person in the United States to pro- 
pose the training of the mentally deficient, at a 
convention held in Philadelphia in 1844. He was 
a skillful surgeon, and in 1827, when yet a very 
young man, he performed an operation then rare- 
lv attempted in America, taking up and tying the 
carotid artery. He died in 1876, at the age of sev- 
enty-seven. 

Robert Harris Awl began going to school when 
about ten years old. at a schoolhouse located along 
the turnpike about a mile from his home, a small 
one-story log building on the Christian Shissler 
farm originally built for butchering, soap and ap- 
ple butter boiling, and similar purposes. It had 
one door and two windows, and a large open fire- 
place, none too large, as school was held only m 



the winter sessions and the cracks in the sides 
made the ventilation too thorough for solid com- 
fort. The furnishings and equipment were as 
primitive as the building itself. The younger pu- 
pils occupied rough board seats without backs, 
placed in the center of the room, the older pu- 
pil- sitting with their backs to the teacher at a 
long desk-like arrangement along one side. A 
bundle of whips within easy reach of the teacher 
was then as much a part of the school equipment 
as books themselves. Books, indeed., were expen- 
sive and therefore scarce. The beginners often 
studied their alphabet from letters pasted on 
(vooden paddles. The teacher set the writing cop- 
ies and mended the quill pens. When the number 
of pupils increased this school was provided with 
more commodious quarters, in the stillhouse of 
Adam Shissler, which stood along the creek road 
leading to Snydertown, on the farm recently 
owned by Lloyd T. Rohrbach. Dr. Awl's first 
teacher, Aaron Robbins, of Sunbury, was a good 
arithmetician and an expert penman. A regular 
schoolhouse was eventually erected in the neighbor- 
hood, along the turnpike (on Mr. Gideon Leisen- 
ring's land), the residents of the vicinity sharing 
the expense, as there were no public school funds 
at the time, and young Awl attended there for 
some time, later going to a school in Sunbury. anil 
to LeBrun's Academy. The idea of free school- 
ing was highly unpopular in the locality in those 
days, being, in fact, but little understood. When 
the question of free schools was first submitted to 
;i vote of the people in the neighborhood Samuel 
Awl. the Doctor's father, was one of the few — 
eight — who voted in its favor. Dr. Awl was very 
active as a youth, noted for his lively disposition 
and physical agility. His more ambitious efforts 
in the latter line were summarily stopped by his 
father when a neighbor boy. trying to imi- 
tate him, fell off a horse he was attempting to ride 
bareback, in a standing position, ami broke his 
leu'. But bis mind was alert, too. When quite 
young he became interested in phrei . and in 

the modest little school n the I .eisenri UlT 

place, before mentioned, where the spelling b 
and debating exercises were held, even attempted a. 
lecture on that subject. When about nineteen 
be chose the medical profession for his life work 
and entered the office of Dr. John W. Peal, of 
Sunbury, who bad quite a large class of tudents 
at the time. Later he became a student at the 
Medical College ot Philadelphia, - eh the 

celebrated Dr. George Met Hellan I < 

George B. Met llellan ) ■ , am! in 

connection with bis work there bad a year's study 
at the Pennsylvania Hospital. He graduated in 
the spring of is IV. in svith Dt McClel- 

lan's son (a brot ra) i and Dr. 

Landis Price, of Sunbury, and soon commenced 
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NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA 



he remained for about two wars, during which 
he made a fair start. Removing then to Halifax, 
same county, a more promising location, he grad- 
ually acquired a practice which entitled him to the 
lirst rank in the neighborhood in his profession, 
his practice extending for many miles over the ad- 
joining territory. Meantime he also became iden- 
tified with the public affairs of the locality, sen 
ing in 1843 as surgeon of the 16th Regiment, 
Pennsylvania Militia, and receiving the nomina- 
tion for the State Legislature in 1845; he was de- 
feated by about two hundred votes. Polities al- 
ways interested him and he assisted in establish- 
ing the Halifax Herald, a Democratic paper. 
After the death of his wife he sold his practice and 
property to Dr. Brown, from Philadelphia, and 
moved West, settling at Columbus, Ohio. He en- 
gaged in general practice until he had established 
a residence in that State, which was accessary for 
his admission as assistant to his brother, then 
superintendent and head physician, at the Ohio 
Lunatic Asylum. After three years at that insti- 
tution as second assistant he resigned, his health 
having become impaired by the close application 
to work and the trying nature of his duties. This 
was at the height of the gold fever excitement, 
and he intended to go to California, starting 
via the overland route. But he was taken sick, 
and turned back, returning to Pennsylvania in 
L849. Settling in Sunbury, near his birthplace, 
he resumed practice, entering upon a career of 
professional and civic usefulness destined to make 
his memory cherished in this vicinity for years to 
come. The extensive acquaintance of his earlier 
life, his old friendships, the reputation he had 
gained in his Dauphin county home, his experi- 
ence in the West, all combined to attract patrons, 
whose confidence and good will were held by his 
faithful and skillful treatment, his manly char- 
acter and kindly, sympathetic disposition. It 
would have been difficult for any of his friends or 
patients to decide which held them most, the ad- 
miration for his conscientiousness and proficiency 
as a physician or the genial good nature which 
made him so welcome everywhere. Eight young 
men pursued their medical studies under his in- 
struction, lie had various professional associa- 
tions primarily a recognition of his eminent worth 
and skill. For fourteen years — between 1855 and 
1888 inclusive — he acted as physician at the coun- 
ty prison, in the old and new jails, by appoint- 
ment of different hoards of commissioners. He 
was an expert surgeon, performing numerous op- 
erations, principally those necessitated by railroad 
accidents, and was highly successful in this branch 
of bis work. For several years he was connected 
with the surgical department of the Packer hos- 
pital in Sunbury as general consultant, having 
been elected and re-elected yearly. He practiced 
until a few years before his death, even after he 



was eighty attending to office practice, for he en- 
joyed good health up to within a few week- of 
the close of his life, and his mental faculties 
remained unimpaired. 

Dr. Awl was a Democrat and an influential 
member of the party for years, working zealously 
in its interests, and he was honored with election 
as county treasurer, which office he held in 1864 
and 1865, at the time the new courthouse was 
built, so that he had the handling of an unusu- 
ally large amount of public funds. He was one 
of the three commissioners to whom was given the 
task of dividing the borough .of Sunbury into 
wards, in 1885. He was also well known in other 
connections, having been president of the North- 
umberland County Agricultural Society, a mem- 
ber of Lodge Mo. 22, F. & A. M., of Sunlmry (he 
was probably the oldest Mason in the State at the 
time of his death), and a member of St. John's 
M. R. Church at Sunlmry for over thirty years. 

As an authority and writer on local historical 
matters Dr. Awl had considerable reputation and 
made a number of valuable contributions to that 
class of literature, lie was instrumental, with 
other Democrats, in the establishment, in 1861, of 
the Northumberland County Democrat. In 1859 
several party leader-, including Dr. Awl. raised 
a fund to enlarge the plant of the Milton Demo- 
crat and remove it to Sunbury; and though this 
plan did not materialize Dr. Awl later purchased 
the equipment of the Democrat at sheriff's sale, 
removed it to Sunbury, and allowed its use in the 
publishing of the German paper, and it subse- 
quently proved the nucleus of the equipment of 
the Northumberland County Democrat outfit. 
His intimate knowledge regarding penal institu- 
tions, combined with his familiarity with the his- 
tory of his section of the county, makes his his- 
tory of "Northumberland County Prisons" (be- 
ginning with the lock-up built for Shikelliiny by 
Conrad Weiser and concluding with an account of 
the present model penitentiary), published in Me- 
ginness's Historical Journal, an authentic and re : 
liable production: he made interesting contribu- 
tions to other publications of Meginness on sub- 
jects of local interest, "The Old Cannon." "The 
First Duel in Northumberland County," "The 
Brady Family." etc.. and assisted in preparing 
other material for similar use: and he prepared 
some "reminiscences" concerning social life in 
the early days for the county history published in 
1891. In this connection it might be mentioned 
that ho himself was one of the adventurous youths 
of Sunbury who planned a midnight expedition to 
Selinsgrove to recapture the old Fort Augusta 
cannon which the Selinsgrove boys had stolen. 
The raid was successful, the cannon being restored 
to it^ rightful place on the river bank at Sunbury, 
and was fired the next Fourth of July with proper 
observances. 



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9 



On March 9, 1843, Dr. Aw] was first married, 
while at Gratztown, Dauphin county, to Eliza 
Bower, of thai county, and they had one child, 
which died in infancy. Mrs. Awl died July 28, 
1846, and on Nov. SI, is I!), shortly after Ins re- 
turn in Sunbury. Dr. Awl married (second) Re- 
becca A. Pursell of thai place, daughter of Peter 
ami Rachel (Miller) Pursell. She died Dec. 11, 
1897, several years before the Doctor, who passed 

away at his hoi m Market square, Sunbury, 

March 13, 1905, alter a week's illness. Ee is 
buried in Pomfrel Manor cemetery. Three chil- 
dren survived him: William Maclay and Ellen 
Emily, both of Sunbury; and Mary P., who mar- 
ried Edward G. Young and lives in Renovo, Pa. 
(her children are John B. Packer and Robert Har- 
ris). 

(OL. DAVID TAGGART, in his day one of 
the Eoremosl citizens of Northumberland and, in- 
deed, of this section ol' the State, a public man of 
bigh standing and influence, came of a family 
which has been identified with what is now the 
borough of Northumberland since 1",;.".. 

Thomas Taggart, the founder of this family in 
America and in Northumberland county, was born 
May ltt. 1728, in Ireland, of Scotch-Irish descent, 
ami emigrated with his brother Roberl prior to 
1750, the young men settling in Philadelphia, 
where Robert became a merchant. About 1775 
Thomas Taggarl arrived at the town of Northum- 
berland, \\heiv he became a leading merchant. 
Settling at Queen and Front streets, near what 
was later the site of Morgan's sice store, he was a 
well known residenl of the" place until his death. 
which occurred April 13, 1788. He married Mary 
Vanderbilt, a native of Philadelphia, who died in 
Northumberland in 1805. Their descendants 
have been prominent in public life, in business 
matters, and in the wars of the country. Their 
family was a large one. viz.: Elizabeth, born June 
15, 1753, married William Bonham, and died 
about 1780 (her son, Thomas, was for many years 
a tanner at Northumberland, but finally removed 
to Wabash county, 111., where he died): Christi- 
ana, horn May 12, 1755, married a Mr. Sample, 
and settled in Allegheny county, this State: Rob- 
ert was born Feb. 18, li-v; ; John, horn June 30, 

1759, died July '.'I. 1759; Catharine, born Sept. 6, 

1760, married ('apt. John Painter, and died in 
1840; Thomas, born Oct. 22. 1762, died Jan. 16, 
1780 (he was killed by InduAis) ; Mary, born Jan. 
lit. 1765, married a Mr. Patterson, a noted fron- 
tiersman of Pennsylvania, and died Feb. 8, 1791 ; 
John, born Julv 11. 1767, died Feb. 8, 1 
David, horn Feb. 2 1 . 1769, died May 17, 1ST': 
William, horn Oct. 3, 1771, died Jan. 24, 1773; 
William CO. known as ••old Major" Taggart, horn 
Aug. 6, 1 "73, kept store at an early day in North- 
umberland and in the latter part of his life re- 



sided in Chillisquaque township, where lie died at 
the age ol' eighty rears: and James was born Jan 
1, lis—. 

David Taggart, son of Thomas, horn in Phila- 
delphia Feb. -.'1, 1769, died May 17, 1st?, m 
was educated in Northumberland, followed mer- 
chandising, and was a prominent Democrat in bis 
tune. He married Mary McCalla, whose father, 
John McCalla. was bom April 22, L739, son of 
Andrew and Mary McCalla. and died Sept. It'. 
1810; his wife. Tamar ( Rich), daughter of John 
Rich, was horn in 1742 and died Sept. v.'. L797. 
Mr. and Mrs. McCalla lived for some years in 
Bucks county. Pa., where some of their older chil- 
dren were born. They hail the following family: 
Sarah, born Dec. 1. 1762; Mary, Sept. 13, L764 
(she was horn in Bucks county and died in North- 
umberland county); William, April 20, 1767; 
Elizabeth, April 7. 1769; Ruth, Sept. IV. 1771 
(Mrs. Welker) ; Margaret, March 6, 1774 (died 
Mar, hi;, 1798) : Tamar, Feb. 7, L776; Martha, 
Feb. 28, 1778; Ann. May ~, . 1780; Susanna, June 
27, 1782; John. Nov. VI. 1785. To David and 
Mar; (McCalla) Taggarl were horn the following 
named children: John is mentioned below ; James, 

who died in Northumberland al t is:,:,, vvas a 

merchant and was engaged for sonic time running 
packets on the canal, and was collector ol' tolls 
on the canal at Huntingdon for many year- (his 
son. Grantham I., became a coal dealer at Savan- 
nah. Ga., and another son, John, was a physician, 
and died at Salt Lake City: his two daughters were 
Mary, who married Marks B. Priestley, and Ger- 
trude, who married Solomon Kreegar) : Sarah 
married Samuel C. McCormick: Mary A. married 
Alexander Colt. 

John Taggart, son of David, horn April 12, 
1796, in Northumberland, was reared and edu- 
cated in his native, county and began bis business 
career as a brewer in the town of Northumber- 
land, where he lived and died. Eis luvwen was 
located near the present steamboat landing. When 
the canal was constructed hi- brewer} was removed 
to give place to if. and be quit the husinc.--. lie 
was appointed canal commissioner h\ Governor 
Ritner, but after holding the position about one 
year resigned, being succeeded bj Thaddeus St 
\eii-. He was a charier member, stockholder and 
director ot the Northumberland Bank, of which 
he wa- president for a number •'( years, and be 
was regarded as an enterprising man in all his 
undertakings. At the lime ol' his death be was 
a Republican in politics. II is deal '•< oci nrred al 
Northumberland Aug. 23, Is;;, and there he ai 
his w ife are buried. The\ wore meinbei - of the 
Unitarian Church. Mr. Taggarl married Hannah 
Collm Buston, a native of Philadelphia, boi n I i 
22, 1796, on Queen street, that city, died Nov. 28, 

1870, and they had children a- follows : I >a\ id 

mentioned bel iw : Matthew Huston, born Feb. 18, 



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18"24. married Rebecca McCurlev, (second) Eliza 
McCurley and (third) Ella.G. Royer (in 1888 he 
purchased the plant of C. A. Godcharles & Co., at 
Northumberland, and on Oct. 1, 1889, the estab- 
lishment became the property of the firm of Tag- 
garts & Howell, manufacturers of iron and of 
iron and steel nails, his interest in this business 
covering a long period) : Hannah, born Sept. 10, 
18 <?.">. married Dr. Jos. Priestley and reared four 
children, Hannah (wife of Rev. H. D. Catlin), 
Fannie D. (wife of William Forsyth, Jr.), 
Anna and Jennie; Capt. James, bom at Northum- 
berland Feb. 4. 1827, married Sarah Cowden, 
daughter of John II. Cowden (he entered the ar- 
my in 1861, organizing the Taggart Guards, of 
which he was elected captain, and he was killed at 
the battle of Charles City Cross Roads, June 30, 
186?): John K., born Nov. V>. 1829, was secre- 
tary and clerk to his brother David in the pay- 
master's department in the army, and died Sept. 
8, 1868. in St. Louis: Mary was born June 13, 
1831 : Francis A., born Feb. 26, 1833, entered the 
employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company at 
Philadelphia (he had children: John, William, 
Joseph and Mrs. Anna Christy). 

Col. David Taggart, born at Northumberland, 
May 28, 1822, received a good education, attend- 
ing the common schools and Dickinson and Mil- 
ton Academies. He read law with the famous Eb- 
enezer Greenough. was admitted to the bar of 
Northumberland county Nov. 7, 1843, and was 
prominent in public life for many years. In 1854 
he was elected a member of the State Senate, in 
which body he served two years, during the last 
year of his term being speaker. In 1S52 he was 
chairman of the Whig State central committee, 
and subsequently became a Republican. For some 
years he was president of the Pennsylvania State 
Agricultural Society. At the outbreak of the Civil 
war he enlisted in the Union service, remaining to 
the close of the struggle. He was in the pay- 
master's department, and after the war entered 
the United States regular army as paymaster in 
the quartermaster's department, with the rank of 
colonel. He was stationed in this capacity at dif- 
ferent points throughout the country for several 
years. Possessing rare gifts as a public speaker, 
he was frequently called upon to deliver addresses 
at patriotic and other celebrations, and he was 
popular and influential wherever known. He was 
prominently mentioned for governor, but he was 
as willing to give his time and efforts to local affairs 
as to those which would bring him more fame, 
and he took an active part in the affairs of the 
borough, serving' as school director and doing his 
duty a- a public-spirited citizen. He died at 
Northumberland June 30, 1888. and is entombed 
in the Taggart mausoleum in Riverview cemetery. 

On May 5. 1848, David Taggart married Anna 
P. Cowden. daughter of John IT. Cowden and 



granddaughter of John Cowden, who was born in 
Ireland, and coming to this country settled in 
Northumberland county, Pa., in which section he 
was one of the earliest merchants. He was post- 
master from 1795 until Jan. 12, 1837. He sold 
his store and residence in 1836. upon his retire- 
ment from business. He married Sarah Hope- 
well, and both lived to old age. They were the 
parents of children as follows: One son died in 
infancy, unnamed: Elizabeth married Dr. Wal- 
lace; Deborah married William McQuhae, a 
Scotch artist, who painted a miniature portrait 
of Robert Burns, the poet, from life: Sarah mar- 
ried Judge Merrill, of New Berlin. Pa.; Mary 
married Judge Bradford : Rebecca married James 
Hepburn; John H. is mentioned below: Anna M. 
married Judge Donaldson. 

John H. Cowden was born in Northumberland 
county, became a very successful business man, 
and amassed a large competence. He was a mer- 
chant, was president of the West Branch Bank 
at Williamsport, Pa., and for some years was own- 
er of the beautiful Packer Island. He died at the 
age of sixty-four years. Mr. Cowden married 
Hannah Pleasants, who died at the early age of 
twenty-seven, the mother of four children: John, 
who died at the age of forty-six: Anna Pleasants, 
Mrs. Taggart; Sarah H.. who married Capt. 
James Taggart: and Hannah P.. wife of William 
Potter Withington, living in West Virginia. 

After Colonel Taggarfs death Mrs. Tag-art 
bought the Martin property on ue en street. 
Northumberland, where she took up her residence. 
To Co]. David and Anna P. (Cowden) Taggart 
were born four children: Helen T. is the widow of 
David H. Clark and resides in Brooklyn. N. Y. : 
John C. died when six year- old : If anna C. H. is 
unmarried and makes her home in Northumber- 
land: James is also a resident of that place. 

James Taggart, son of Col. David Tag- 
gart. was born Feb. 22, 1862, in Northumberland 
borough, and there received the greater part of his 
education in the public schools. He completed the 
freshman year at the University of Lewisburg 
(now Bucknell University), after which he began 
to take an active part in the management of his 
father's affairs, the latter's property including 
three large farms, gardens, fine herds of cattle, 
etc.. and being the only son he was given a large 
share of the responsibility from an early age. 
Though but twenty-six years old when his fat 
died, the care of the large estate fell upon his 
shoulders, but he proved himself equal to the I 
and has conducted all the details of its manage- 
ment in a most able manner. He is a prominent, 
citizen of the borough, a Republican in politics, 
and influential in the various circles in business 
and social life with which he is identified. 

I'm Maid, s. 1892, Mr. Taggart married Mary 
E. Gulick, daughter of William G. and Ellen (Zer- 



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11 



ting) Gulick. of Northumberland, but earlier of 
Ejhish township, this county, where her grandpar- 
ents, Charles ami Hannah (Morgan) Gulick, re- 
sided. Mr. and Mrs. Taggari have no children. 



Matthew Huston, father of Mrs. Hannah Collin 
(Huston) Taggart, was horn July 31, 1759, in 
Warminster township, Bucks Co., Pa., and on 
March 25, 1786, he married Hannah Cox. who 
was horn April 5, 1762, in Kingessing township. 
Philadelphia county. They lived in Woolwich 
township, Gloucester Co., N. J., for some time, the 
firs! two children being born there. They had the 
following family: Andrew ('., born March :',. 
1787: Mary L., horn Aug. 10, 1788 (died Feb. 
26, L790) : Cynthia, born July 28, 1790 (died 
Aug. 31, 179-1 ) : Charles A., born Aug. 31, L793 
(died March 17. 1795); Hannah Collin, born 
Feb. 22, L796 (died Nov. 28, 1870). 

CKEENOUGH. The Greenough family rep- 
resented at present in Sunbury by William H. 
Greenough, a business man of that borough, has 
not been a numerous one, but its members have 
been distinguished in local professional and finan- 
cial circles, Ebenezer Greenough and his son, 
William T. Greenough, haying been brilliant legal 
practitioners, whose association with the North- 
umberland county bar covered more than half a 
century. With the legal career of Eben William 
Greenough, -on of William I. Greenough, the name 
was connected with tin 1 legal profession for the 
hetior part of a century. 

Ebenezer Greenough. great-grandfather of Wil- 
liam 11. Greenough, was horn Dec. 11. 1783, in 
Massachusetts, and graduated ai Earvard in 1801. 
Soon afterward ho left Haverhill on horseback 
for Pennsylvania, in which State he made his 
first location at Wilkes-Barre, accepting the po- 
sition of principal of the academy at that place 
immediately after his arrival. During his con- 
nection with that institution he commenced the 
study of law under Ebenezer Bowman. Remov- 
ing to Sunbury in the latter part of the year 1806, 
he completed his professional preparation under 
Charles Hall, was admitted to the Northumberland 
county bar Jan. 19, 1808, and was continuously 
engaged in the practice of the law from that time 
until his death. Dee. 25, 1847. He was a man of 
large education and high intellectual qualities. 
versatile, forceful, commanding, and he soon at- 
tained a position of pre-eminence among the le- 
gal fraternity which he maintained by his superior 
abilities and acquirements until the close of his 
life. His familiarity with the land laws of Penn- 
sylvania was so thorough that he was noted for his 
skill m the trial of ejectment cases for the de- 
termination of titles under conflicting surveys 
but though concerned in almost every important 
case of the kind in his home county and the ad- 



joining counties he by no means confined bis work 
to that class of litigation, being as frequently en- 
gaged and equally successful in general civil and 
criminal cases. So noted was he for his cleaj m 
logic and force in argument, for self-possession 
under the most trying circumstances, thai in 
later years he was often asked by attorneys of 
other counties in the Northern district to assisl 
in the presentation of their cases before the Su- 
preme court. No distractions, no unforeseen and 
sudden difficulties, ever disconcerted him or took 
his mind off the issue at stake. In cross-examin- 
ation he seldom failed, to produce the desired tes- 
timony from a witness; in addressing a jury he ap- 
pealed to their intelligence rather than to senti- 
ment, and he had the faculty of making his views 
appear so logical as to be incontrovertible. With 
the exception of one term in the State Legislature, 
to which he was elected in 1831, on the Whig tick- 
et, he held no public position, his fame resting up- 
on his professional achievements, which won him 
a conspicuous place among the notable men of 
his day. He was a warm friend of Samuel J. 
Packer, and they worked much together in matters 
of vital interest affecting the public welfare. Dur- 
ing his service in the Legislature lie was a leading 
advocate of internal improvements in Pennsylvania 
and active in the formation of manufacturing and 
corporation laws and he was the author of the 
Lateral Railroad law, although this was probably 
written after he left the Legislature: though he 
was no) subsequently interested officially in public 
affairs they interested him none the less, and his 
influence was an appreciable factor for or against 
any cause. He accumulated what in his day was 
considered a handsome fortune. Mr. Greenough 
married Abigail Israel, a native of Delaware, born 
Dec. 12, 1791, and she survived him man} years, 
dying in 1868. Their family consist* : one son 
and five daughters. 

William I. Greenough, sou of Ebenezer, was born 
May '.'■;. 1821, at Sunbury. He attended the acad- 
emy at that place, and later those of Wilkes Barre 
and Danville, after which he entered Princeton 
College, from which lie w&i graduated in L839. 
He studied law lor three years under it c be- 

fore his admission in the Northumberland county 

bar, Aug. '.'. 1842, and from thai ti n wa 

successful attoi'ue\ ami counselor ai Sunbury. 
I. ilce his father, though interested in public ques- 
tions and matters affecting the general welfare, 
he himself avoided official responsibilities, giving 
his entire nine to the profession for which he 
ed so eminently lilted. I \. ion o 

as a counselor, and thro - as- 

sociated iii the trial im- 

portant case- of the county . His methods in pre- 
iii court ere mui 
followed by his father. II 
! for the absence of unm and 



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irrelevant matter of any kind, presented as if they 
were facts that needed only to be stated, not logic 
laid before a jury to persuade them to his cause. 
For a number of years he was selected as master in 
chancery in many of the leading cases in North- 
umberland county, a tribute to "his judicial qual- 
ifications no less than a compliment to his sound 
deliberative judgment.'* Originally a Whig in 
politics, lie became a Eepubliean upon the organi- 
zation of the party and supported its principles 
the rest of his life. He died in 1893. 

On Sept. 21, 1852, Mr. Greenough was married 
at Danville, Pa., to Mary C, Baldy, who was born 
there Sept. Id. IS'.'?, daughter of the late Peter 
Baldy, of Danville, and died May 20, 1910, at her 
home on Chestnut street. Sunbury. Mr. and Mrs. 
Greenough had two sons. William ami Eben Wil- 
liam, the formeT of whom died in infancy. They 
settled in Sunbury immediately after their inur- 
riage, so tli.it Mrs. Greenough had been a resident 
of the borough for almost sixty years at the time 
of her recent death, and during the greater part 
of that time had occupied the home near the First 
Reformed church, where she died. In her eighty- 
third year at the time of her demise, she had been 
in failing health for some time, hut was not seri- 
ouly ill until the last three weeks. She was buried 
in Pomfrel Manor cemetery. A devout member 
of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, she was one of 
its most devoted workers and liberal supporters, 
and the present prosperity of the parish i- due in 
large measure to her generosity. She built and 
equipped the parish house on South Fourth street. 
a- a memorial to her husband. But her interest in 
her fellow beings was not limited to what she could 
do through the church. Her charity and sympa- 
thies were broad, extending to all who needed or 
deserved them, ami though quietly and unosten- 
tatiously performed her many good deeds will live 
in the hearts of the recipients for all time. Her 
kindness and consideration made her benefactions 
doubly gratifying to the poor and distressed. She 
was a welcome presence among all classes. Mrs. 
Greenough encouraged many material improve- 
ments in the borough by her influence and sup- 
port and her name will long lie remembered with 
gratitude by all who knew her. 

Ebex William Greenough, son of Wil- 
liam T. and Mary C. (Baldy) Greenough, was 
horn ai Sunbury July 3, 18 — . and died there 
April 1. 100.""); b, : . is buried at Pomfret Manor 
cemetery. He was a graduate of Princeton Uni- 
versity, and like his distinguished Father and 
grandfather entered the legal profession, practic- 
ing until his recent death. He laid out the bor- 
ough of Marion Heights, in Mount Carmel town- 
ship. He married Elizabeth Swann llewiti. 
daughti i' "i Horatio Hewitt, a native of England. 
and shi cl i ■■' m June, 1889. They bad three chil- 
dren. Mary, William 11. and Suzette Reeves, Marv 



and William H. living with their grandmother, 
Mrs. Greenough, until her death. 

William Hewitt Greexotjgh was born 
in Sunbury March 30. 1884. He received his 
early education in private schools in Philadelphia, 
later attending Trinity College, at Hartford, 
Conn., and from his youth has been in active busi- 
oess in Sunbury. He has large real estate hold- 
ing-, in the borough, and is associated with various 
business enterprises. Since April, 1905, he has 

been a director of the First National Bank, s 

March 20, 1909, he has been president of the 
Sunbury and Selinsgrove Electric Street Rail- 
way Company. He is a member of Maclay Lodge, 
No. 632, F. l\: A. M., at Sunbury, and a member of 
the Temple Club, of which he was the first pres- 
ident. Mr. Greenough has one of the finest law li- 
braries in the county, having his father's, grand- 
father's and great-grandfather's libraries, a most 
complete and valuable collection. 

JOHN McCLEEEY, late of Milton. -North- 
umberland county, was among the useful citizens 
whose memory will Ion- be gratefully cherished 
in tlh borough where his entire life was passed. 
Coming of a family which had for tun generations 
preceding him maintained its position among the 
leading influences for progress and good in the 
community, he lived up to its best traditions, and 
has left a name typical of the race from which he 
sprang and a i redil to the life he led. 

The McCleery family is of Scotch-Irish Presby- 
terian stock. The early ancestors left Scotland at 
the time of the religion- persecutions and took 
refuge in the North of Ireland. Michael Mc- 
Cleery, a native of Coleraine, Ireland, came to 
America when a young man with his brother John. 
The latter served as a captain in the Revolutionary 
war. and was killed ai the battle of Bunker Hill 
Michael McCleery went first to Virginia and final- 
ly settled on the Cone-toga, in Lancaster county. 
Pa. His wife'- name was Jeanette. 

John McCleery, son of Michael and Jeanette, 
born Oct. 13, 17*67, at the forks of the Conestoga 
m Ear] township, Lancaster county, grew up there, 
attending the subscription school- in his youth. 
When a young man he engaged in mercantile 
pursuits at Harrisburg, whence early in the nine- 
teenth century he removed to Milton. Northum- 
berland county. He was one of the pioneer busi- 
'" -- men at that point, opening a general mercan- 
tile etablishment at the southeast corner of South 
Front street and Broadway, and hi- business was 
typical of the times, his dealings in produce and 
grain reaching large proportions. Transportation 
facilities in those days were very primitive, there 
'in- neither canals nor railroads, and he shipp 
In- grain and produce down the river to market 
in large arks built for the purpose, trading them 
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from merchandising, he purchased a farm south 
of Milton, which later formed a part of the Wil- 
liam Cameron estate and is now owned by J. C. 
Packer. He erected good buildings and followed 
farming there the rest of his days, dying June 21 
L851. 

On Sept. 23, 1802, Mr. McCleery married, al 
Lytic Ferry, Mary Lytic, who was horn there 
March 16, 1774, daughter of Joseph and Sarah 
(Morrison) Lytle; the ceremony was performed 
by Rev. Nathan Souden. Mrs. McCleery's pater- 
nal ancestors were English, while on the mater- 
nal side she was of Scotch-Irish descent. Mr. 
and Mrs. McCleery are buried in the Harmony 
cemetery a! Milton. They had children as fol- 
lows: William: Sarah, hum Feb. 18, 1805, who 
married John L. Watson; Joseph, born dan. 10, 
1807 : dane. bora Feb. I. 1809, who married Rev. 
David \. Junkin ; Elizabeth, bora Sept. lo. 1811 : 
and Mary, born March 16, 1 si |, who married 
Rev. Naiiian Shotwell. 

William McCleery, M. D., eldesl son of John, 
was bora July 31, 1803, at Halifax, Dauphin Co., 
Pa. He was a roung child when he came with 
his parents to Milton, where the remainder of his 
life was passed. He received his early education 
in the famous old Milton Academy, then under 
the principalship of Rev. Dr. David Kirkpatrick, 
which excellent, school was the alma mater of 
many I Vnnsylvanians who became prominent. His 
higher literary training was received at Washington 
College, Washington, Pa., and he then took up the 
study of medicine under Dr. dames S. Dougal, of 
Milton. He completed the course al Jefferson Med- 
ical College, Philadelphia, graduating in 1827, aft- 
er which he was assoi iated in practice with his old 
preceptor at Milton for several -years. His skill 
and personal qualities brought him wide popu- 
larity and patronage and he continued in the ac- 
tive practice of medicine until 1857, in which 
year he turned over his professional interests to 
his son. Dr. dames Pollock McCleery, who was 
a prominent physician of the borough for almosl 
fifty years, retiring in 1905 because of poor health. 
Dr. McCleerj lived in retirement for a time alter 
abandoning his profession, taking a much needed 
rest, hut his mind was too energetic to find relief 
in complete inactivity. While practicing he had 
become interested in the lumber business, and in 
1844 he erected the firsl steam sawmill ever es- 
tablished on the west branch of the Susquehanna, 
at Milton, on what is now the site of the Ameri- 
can Car & Foundry Company's plant. He soon 
turned his attention to the operation of this mill, 
in which he was most successfully engaged to the 
end of his days, dying Dec. 4, 1867. He was a 
man of enterprising and progressive spirit, dili- 
gent in whatever he undertook, and was efficient 
in business as he had been in professional pur- 
suits. Tie occupied the brick residence which in 



nine became the home of his son John (whose 
widow now occupies it) and in which he spent his 
later days. In political sentiment he was original- 
ly a Whig, becoming a Republican on the forma- 
ii if the new partv. 

On Oct, 2, 1828, Dr. McCleery married 
Margaret Pollock, daughter of William Pollock 
and sister of dames 1'ollock. one time governor 
of Pennsylvania, and to this union were horn 
the following children: Mary, horn Sept. 9, 1830, 
married Joseph D. Potts, ol Philadelphia; 
dames Pollock, horn Nov. 13, 1832, was tor years 
in successful medical practice at Milton; Sarah, 
horn Nov. 5, 1834, is deceased: John is mentioned 
below; William P.. horn April 27, 1836, was a 
captain in the 18th Regiment, United States In- 
fantry, during the Civil war. and later served 
against the Indians on the Western plains, but 

he resig 1 his commission in 1868, was for some 

time in business at Trow Pa., and died May 31, 
1907, at Milton. Pa.: Julia J., horn Oct. IS. is II. 
was the wile of Gen. Jesse Merrill. The mother 
of this family died in 1842, at the age of thirty- 
six. 

John McCleery, son of Dr. William, was born 
April 8, is:;;, at Milton, and there received his 
early education, attending the Milton Academy. 
Later he went to Tuscarora Academy, at Juniata, 
and took the classical course at Princeton Uni- 
versity, graduating in 1S5S. His next few years 
were devoted to teaching and reading law. Imme- 
diately after graduating from college he became 
assistant principal of the Milton Academy under 
Rev. W. T. Wylie, and at the same time read law 
with Hon. dames Pollock. Soon after he Ma- 
admitted to the bar the Civil war broke out. and 
although he had entered upon the practice of his 
profession under the most favorable circumstances, 
with ever} promise of immediate success, he did 
not hesitate about entering the I nion ser 
when the calls for troops came. The Pollock 
Guards were organized at Milton under the firsl 
requisition, hut were no! accepted, the complemenl 
o! the county having been Idled. A second e 
was made to enter the sen ice, and on Mm 1 5, 
1861, the companj lefl for Harrisburg, going by 
canal boat. The} were again <■■}• i ted, and n 
turned to Milton, bul having signified their will- 
ingness to enlist for three years they were as- 
signed i" the Reserve I lorp . and on June L, 1861, 
again went to Harrison i the] « 

tered in as Company II. 34th Pennsylvania (5th 
Reserve) Infantry, with John McClei and 
Harry P>. Paxton as captains. Captain Mi 
Cleery tools an active share in all the movements 
of his command, which saw service in the cam- 
paigns in Maryland and West Virginia in 
summer of 1861, and in the summer of 1862 
was engaged in the i " ! ' befori Rich- 

mond. He v Mei hanicsi ille and Gaines' 



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Mill, June 26 and 27, 1862, and in the fierce en- 
counter at Newmarket Cross Roads (Glendale), 
June 30th, where he was twice severely wounded, 
being shot through the thigh and receiving seri- 
ous injury to his spine by a fragment of shell. 
That day he fell into the hands of the enemy, 
and was confined in Libby prison, where he re- 
mained until released cm parole, in July. In 
August he was exchanged, and in September re- 
ported for duty, rejoining his regiment near 
Fredericksburg, Md. But his injuries and im- 
prisonment bad rendered him quite unfit for field 
service and he was ordered home for further con- 
valescence. Finding that his disability was, ap- 
parently permanent, he reluctantly resigned on 
Nov. 25, 1862. Later, however, as bis health 
improved somewhat, he was mustered in as a lieu- 
tenant colonel with the 28th Emergency Regiment, 
at Harrisburg, giving valuable service in that 
capacity during the invasion of the State in 1863. 

As a soldier Captain McCleery measured up 
to the highest standards of efficiency, bringing to 
his duties such intelligence and good judgment 
as to win at once the approving notice of his su- 
perior officers. Though firm in matters of disci- 
pline, he commended himself to the members of 
his command by his strict impartiality and his 
manifest interest in their welfare. In every en- 
gagement in which he took part he gave convinc- 
ing proof of flawless courage. His pleasant rela- 
tions with bis fellow officers gave him an enviable 
reputation for gentlemanliness which he well de- 
served ami which won him universal respect. 

His military service over, Mr. McCleery re- 
turned home and took up the practice of the law. 
in which be was actively engaged until 1891. His 
energy and intelligence also found an outlet in 
the promoting and pushing of large enterprises, 
many of which have been a substantial foundation 
for the prosperity which Milton enjoys .to-day. 
Hi- influence and encouragement were sufficient 
to gather support for a number of the most im- 
portant undertakings in the place, and thus, as 
early as 1864, be was one of the founders of the 
Milton Car Winks, with which be was long identi- 
fied, lie was also among the founders of the 
Milton Rolling Mills, a director of the Milton 
Water Works, and for years president of the Mil- 
ton Trust & Safe Deposit Company, which was 
organized through his efforts Feb. 17, 1887. He 
continued as president of that concern until 
physically disabled lor the duties of the office, bis 
injuries finally resulting in paralysis, so that he 
was compelled to withdraw from all such activi- 
ties. For the last twenty years of bis life he 
suffered continuously, but though dependent 
throughout this long period upon those around 
him for the slightest office he was patient, never 
murmuring at bis affliction or its cause, though 
he drew comfort from the thought that his suf- 



fering was for the good of his country. His 
death, which occurred Dec. 29, 1907, at Atlantic 
City, was doubtless a happy relief to him, but it 
was a loss to his family, his friends and his com- 
munity which will long be regretted. Mr. Mc- 
Cleery was a member of the Presbyterian Church, 
and in political faith a Republican. Socially he 
united with the G. A. R. and the Union Veter- 
ans' Legion. 

On June 6, 1866, Mr. McCleery married Mary 
Helen Marr, and to them were born two children, 
Edward Heber and Margaret Pollock. Edward 
Heber McCleery was born July 25, 1867, in Mil- 
ton, and there attended public school and a select 
school taught by Prof. Elias Schneider. Later 
he went to Lawrenceville Academy, in New 
Jersey, entered Princeton, in the class of 188S, 
and then entered upon his medical studies at Jef- 
ferson Medical College, Philadelphia, from which 
institution he was graduated in 1890. He has 
since been practicing medicine at Kane, Pa., 
where he has met with the most gratifying suc- 
cess. Margaret Pollock McCleery married Hazel 
Baldwin, and they reside in Corning. N. Y. They 
have one daughter, Mary Shaw Baldwin. 

Mrs. McCleery still resides in the old home at 
Milton. She is a daughter of David and Hettie 
L. (Davis) Marr. granddaughter of William Marr 
and great-granddaughter of Joseph Marr. 

Joseph Marr was born June 15, 1750, in North- 
ampton county, Pa., and in 1793 came up the 
west branch of the Susquehanna river to Turbut 
township. Northumberland county, where be pur- 
chased of the widow- of Francis Turbut a tract of 
739 acres, a portion of the estate known as "the 
Colonel's reward." It being a choice piece of 
land, be paid five pounds per acre. In L793 he 
settled thereon with bis family, and there he 
passed the remainder of his life, dying Sept. 3, 
1796. lie married Susanna Trice, who was born 
April 27, 1754, and died Dec. 27, L826. They 
bad six children: Mary, who married Roberi 
Martin; Hannah, who married William Hull; 
David; William, grandfather of Mrs*. McCleery; 
Joseph; and Alem, a prominent attorney, who 
served two terms in Congress. 

David Marr, father of Mrs. McCleery. was born 
on the old homestead. He became a prosperous 
farmer, owning two tine farms, but later took 
up railroad contracting and eventually became a 
woolen manufacturer at White Deer Mi IN. in 
Union county. Pa. He died at the age of forty- 
seven. Mr. Marr was twice married, his first 
union being with Hettie L. Davis, by whom lie 
bad four children: Annie Eliza, who married John 
A. Grier; Mary Helen, widow of John McCleery; 
William, who died in infancy: and Rebecca, who 
also died young. By his second marriage, to 
Harriet Matchin, Mr. Marr had five children: 
William, Alem. Brainard, Alfred and Jeanette. 



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15 



COL. GEORGE B. CADWALLADER, now 

living retired in the borough of Sunbury, was 
long prominent in the affairs of that community, 
in his earlier years in various business relations, 
for a number of years before bis retirement as 
superintendent of the Sunbury Water Company, 
and for several years in his official capacity of 
chief burgess. He attained the rank of colonel 
by brevet during the Civil war, entering the Union 
service as first lieutenant and rising by merit. 
Colonel Cadwallader is a native of Bucks 
county. Pa., born Oct. 20, 1830, near Doylestown. 
Hi- grandfather lived and died in that county. 
Dr. Peter Cadwallader, his father, was also born 
there, died in L832 at Doylestown, where he was 
engaged in the practice of the medical profession, 
and is buried there, in Buckingham township. 
He married Hannah ML Magill, like himself a 
native of Bucks county, and like him, also, of 
Scottish ancestry. She lived to the age of eighty. 
Dr. Peter Cadwallader and his wife had the fol- 
lowing children: Peter died in infancy; John, 
who was a millet and a well known man in this 
section, lived in Montour county, hut died in 
Sunbury and is buried in the old cemetery (he 
never married : ho was a well known member of 
i lie Masonic fraternity here, belonging to Maclay 
Lodge and to the Knights Templars); George 
B. i> mentioned below-; Mary died young. 

George B. Cadwallader spent his boyhood at 
his native place and there received his early educa- 
tion, lie subsequently attended the academy at 
Danville, Pa., and having decided to become a. 
druggist went to Philadelphia to take the course 
at the College of Pharmacy there. Having com- 
pleted his preparation he established himself in 
tin 1 drug business at Danville, thence in is:.; re- 
moving to Shamokin, Northumberland county, 
where lie carried on business as a druggist until 
the outbreak of the Civil war. In April, 1861, 
he entered the Union army, and for over five years 
was engaged in the service of his country, bis 
army record being a notable one. Becoming first 
lieutenant of Company A, 8th Regiment, Penn- 
sylvania Volunteer Infantry, he served three 
months, in August, 1861. re-entering the service 
with the same rank in Company K, 46th Regi- 
ment. Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Promo- 
tions came rapidly. On Sept. 17, 1861, he became 
first lieutenant and quartermaster of his regiment, 
serving thus until duly. 1863, when he was ad- 
vanced to captain and assistant quartermaster, I 
S. A. In March, 1,865, he was brevetted major 
and lieutenant colonel, and subsequently, for meri- 
torious service throughout the war, was brevetted 
colonel, with which rank he was mustered out 
of the service, at Richmond, Va., Sept. 10, 1866. 
He served as quartermaster of Williams's Brigade, 
Army of Virginia, of the 1st Brigade. 1st Division. 
3d Corps, Army of Virginia, and of the 1st Bri- 



gade, 1st Division. i-.MIi Corps, Army of the Poto- 
mac; as post quartermaster at Deehant, Tenn.. 
and Atlanta, Ga. ; was in charge of transportation 
during Sherman's memorable march: in elm 
of national cemeteries at Seven Pines (Fair Oaks I 
and Hollywood; in charge of quartermasters' 
depots at Cleveland, Ohio! and Richmond, Vir- 
ginia. 

In 1867, soon after the close of his army sen i e, 
Colonel Cadwallader came to Sunbury, where he 
has since made his home. He and his brother 
John embarked in the flour and feed business 
under the firm name of John Cadwallader & Co., 
and prospered from the start, operating three 
mills at different points in Northumberland 
county. The business developed to large and 
profitable proportions. In 1869 Colonel Cadwal- 
lader purchased a drug store in Sunbury from 
Dr. John G. Markle & Co., and continued to carry 
it on until 1884, at which time be became general 
superintendent of the Sunbury Nail. Bar and 
Guide Iron Company, manufacturers of consid- 
erable importance to this region. He retained 
that position until 1891, resigning to take the 
position of superintendent with the Sunbury 
Wafer Company, with which he was connected in 
such capacity until his resignation, over ten years 
ago. Though he has relinquished his more active 
responsibilities he is still associated with local 
interests as member of the official board of the 
Sunbury Safe Deposit & Trust Company, of 
which he was one of the original direi tors, having 
been a leading spirit in its organization. II, is 
also president of the Sunbury Mutual Fire In- 
surance Company, of which he was a founder and 
the first vice president. 

The Colonel has always held public-spirited 
ideas regarding the duties of citizens to proteel 
the interests of the community, and in his p 
tion as an influential business man lias been able 
to accomplish much of benefit to his fellow citi- 
zens. They have recognized his efforts b 
ing him to responsible public office, and Ins popu- 
larity lias won him the support of the b< 
of citizens. In 1881 be was elected chief burg 
in which office he served two terms, having been 
re-elected in 1889. In other respects he has also 

l ii a leader. For several years be was foreman 

of No. 1 Fire Company! He was firs! commander 
of the G. A. R. posl a1 Sunbury. is a prominent 
member of the Loyal Legion, and also holds mem- 
bership in the Masonii aging to 
Lodge No. 22, F. X \. M., ami Northumberland 

Chapter, No. K I. R. A- M. He is ;i I,', I 

iii political sentiment. 

In 1870 Colonel Cadwallader married Mrs. 
Georgiana ( Markle) Wolverton, « bo died Maj 9, 
1885. Two daughters were born to this union: 
Mary ( '.. who is unman ■ : it home « lib 

father: and Anna, who married Simon P. Woh 



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ton, Jr., son of S. P. Wolverton, and resides at 
Sunbury. Mrs. Cadwallader's mother was a 
Robin?, a member of tbe first family to settle at 
Sunbury. The site of the Colonel's beautiful 
home, which he erected in 1883 at the corner of 
Fifth and Market streets, was taken up by the 
Robinses, and the property is one of the most at- 
tractive residences in Sunbury. The General has 
been active in building up the borough, having 
erected several residences. 

SAMUEL JOHNSTON SHIMER. late of 
Milton. Northumberland county, was a name that 
-t 1 for leadership in the manufacturing activi- 
ties of that borough for many years. For almost 
forty years the name has been identified with the 
most important interests of the place and its rep- 
resentatives have shown themselves capable not 
only in the executive work of the enterprises but in- 

ge us in the technical requirements, for their 

most valuable products are device- of their own in- 
vention and some of their output has probably 
attained a wider circulation than any other indus- 
trial products of Milton, certain of their special- 
tie- being used in practically every country of the 
globe. Samuel .T. Shinier, iong senior membi i ' oi 
the firm which still bears his name, was a citizen 
of Milton for thirty wears, during which time he 
did as much as any one citizen of the borough has 
done for it- business advancement, especially 
along modern industrial lines. The Milton Manu- 
facturing Company has also been owned by the 
Shimers for over twenty years. 

Samuel Johnston Shimer was born Dec 3, 1837, 
in Bethlehem township, Northampton Co., Pa. 
His parents, Abram B. and Margaretta (John- 
ston) Shimer, were natives of the sai unty. 

Mr. shinier of German descent, Mrs. Shimer of 
Scottish extraction. He was reared on the old 
farm in his native township, where he began his 
education in the public school-, later attending 
an academy at Bethlehem. Upon leaving school he 
engaged in fanning. In October, 1871, Mr. Shim- 
to Milton, whither his brother George had 
preceded him in 1869, and with Georg \pple- 
gate and ('. L. Johnston they formed the firm of 
gate. Shimer & Co., which purchased a trad 
en hundred acres of heavily timbered 
land in Union county, Pa., for lumber operation-. 
They cut the timber and manufactured it into 
lumber, which was hauled to Milton, the n 
shipping point. Their operations were continued 

until owe three thousand acres of timber had 1 n 

cut and marketed, when in 1880, after the Milton 
tire, the firm continued under the name of Shimer 
& Co., Messrs. Johnston and Applegate retiring. 

Meantime, in L873, the Shimer brothers had in- 
vented and patented a matcher head which proved 
to be one of the most valuable devices of the cen- 
tury. In 1872 the linn had establish d a sawmill 



and small planing mill at Milton, at the 
ore-, nt location, in the Third ward, and the n< i i s- 
sities of the work there prompted the invention. 
The plant had been intended originally for the 
manufacture of lumber exclusively, but in tin 
small machine shop came to be run in 
connection, and after the destruction of the 
establishment in the great fire of 1880 it 
was rebuilt as a machine shop for the 
manufacture of cutter heads of their own inven- 
tion, and other specialties. The establisbment was 
a small one at the beginning, but energy and vigor 
were back of it. and tin owni - devoted their 
and attention to pushing the business with such 
success that it soon needed to be enlarged and be- 
i ame one of the mosl i ompletely equipped plants 
in this section. The main building, a two-story 
concrete structure. 72 x 14f>\ feet in dimen- 
sions, is thoroughly prepared for all kinds of work 
in this special line, with engine lathes, planers, 
shapers, millers, drills, ei cetera, and in ano 
building. 3(5 by 315, two-story brick, are the lathes 
and planers upon which the heavier product is 
manufactured. The plant is equipped throughout 
for electrical transmission of power. The matcher 
heads made here are used in all parts of this coun- 
try, as well as in Australia. England. Canada and 
elsewhere, having probably become more widely 
known than any other single manufactured product 
of Milton. 

In 1884 a new plant was erected, in Northamp- 
ton county, Pa., and that year George J. Shimer 
retired from the Milton business to assumi control 
of the new establishment, S. J. Shinier becoming 
sole proprietor of the original plant, which he con- 
tinued under his own name. Later he took his 
two son-. Elmer S. and George >.. into partner- 
ship, the name then taking its present form. S J. 
Shinier & Sons. In the fall of 1886 there was 
established the Milton Manufacturing Company 
for the purpose of manufacturing certain iron and 
- i I specialties, but the business was unsuccessful 
and in the fall of 1888 the plant was purchased 
under Li asi tn Samuel J. Shimer and his sons, who 
reorganized and continued under the same title. 
there being then employed about fifty men. This 
company has since developed until at present their 
employees number about eight hundred and their 
manufactured products are distributed through- 
out the world. 

In 1889 Mr. Samuel J. Shimer originated and 
patented a device for cutting nuts and washers, and 
its production became the chief work of the Milton 
Manufacturing I ompany. After some years the 
manufacture of hoi - and cold pun. hed nuts 

was commenced. S. ,T. Shimer & Sons still i 
tinue the manufacture of cutter head-, cutter 
knivesand bits, which are favorably known and used 
throughout the United State- and Canada. Ir 
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Bigu and perfect machinery especially adapted to 
the manufacture of its products, and to maintain 
the highest possible standards in quality — a policy 
made possible by the inventive genius possessed by 
the members of the Shimer family, and by the in- 
teresl they have always kept up in the perfection 
of mechanical devices generally. They are noted 
for high-grade pin. hut- and for irreproachable 
business standards, a combination which has 
proved effective in winning success of the per- 
manent kind. In the death of Mr. Sai il J. 

Shinier, which occurred June 18, 1901, Milton 
ln.-i one of her foremost citizens. 

Mr. Shinier was one of the incorporators of 
the Milton Trust & Sale Deposil Company, of 
which he served as vice-presidenl many years. A 
gentleman of enterprise, public spirit ami the high- 
e-t integrity, lie was widely known ami universally 
respected. 

(in Sept. 27, I860, Mr. Shimer married Cath- 
arine A. Stout, a native of Northampton county, 
Pa., ami three children were born to this union: 
Elmer S.; Mary ('.. wile .if William A. Eeinen; 
ami George S. Mr. Shpner ami all his family 
united with the Presbyterian Church. lie was a 
Republican in political mailer.-. 

Isaac Stout, Mrs. Stumer's father, was born in 
Northampton county, followed farming there, and 
died dan. .">. 1857. lie married Catharine Clemens; 
a native of Bucks county, but like himself a mem- 
ber of a Northampton enmity family and of Ger- 
man origin. They are buried at Bethlehem, 
Northampton county. To them were horn the fol- 
lowing children: Frederieka Amelia, widow of 
(diailes Christian, i- now (1911) in her uinety- 
si\th year: Mary married Samuel Reigel ; Bar- 
bara died iii infancy; Elizabeth married William 
Sleekier; Anna M. married Jacob Lillie; Louisa 
E. died at the age of twenty-six years, unmarried; 
Dr. Abraham served as a surgeon during i\ir Civil 
war: Lewis II. was also hi the Civil war, in the 
commissary department; Catharine A. is the will- 
ow id' Samuel .1. Shinier, and continues to make 
her home at Milton. 

Elmer S. Shimer, eldest son of Samuel J. 
Shinier, was horn Sept. 1!». 1862. lie received the 
greater part of his education in the public schools 
ol' .Milton, and at the Milton Academy under Pro- 
fessor Schneider, and later attended the Eastman 
Business College, at Poughkeepsie, X. Y. He 
began work in his father"- employ, and remained 
with him continuously, in time becoming a mem- 
ber id' the linn. When the Milton Manufacturing 
Company was established by Ins father, in 1886, 
he became treasurer of the n>:w concern, and upon 
the incorporation of Samuel J. Shinier & Sons, in 
1903, he was made president. As the executive 
officer of this company he holds an important 
place in the industrial 'life of the borough, where 
the value of hi- establishment and its influence on 

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the prosperity of the community are thoroughly 
appreciated. He is a director of the Milton Na- 
tional Bank, and is at presenl serving as a member 
of the school hoard. In politics he is a Republican, 
in religious connection a Presbyterian. 

Mr. Shimer married Margarel S. Lawson, 
daughter of John and Elizabeth (Finney) Lavi 
son. and they have had three children: Elizabeth, 
Samuel J. and Harold. 

George s. Shimer, younger son of Samuel .1. 
Shimer. was horn March 26, L866, and received 
his education in Milton, graduating from the high 

scl I. Like his brother, he has always l o as 

sociated with the Shinier interests at Milton, and 
upon the incorporation of Samuel .1. Shimer & 
Sens, in 1903, he became vice president and treas- 
urer. When the Milton Manufacturing Company 
was established, in 1886, he was made manager, 
and in 1901 became president, and he is also a 
director of the Milton National think. Though 
a man id' large husiness interest-, he ha- always 
maintained a strong interesl in the general wel- 
fare of the borough, and he is at present serving 
as councilman. In politics he is a Republican, 
and like the resi of the family, a Presbyterian in 
religious connect inn. 

Mr. Shinier was married to Lihha S. Moore. 
daughter of John Moore, of Milton, and their fam- 
ily consi-ts of three children: Miriam C, Flor- 
ence E. and George S. 

JOHN P. HELFENSTEIN, of Shamokin, 
who i- engaged in the practice of law and the man- 
agement "f various important business interests, 
is a native of that borough, horn Nov. 26, L856, 
-mi of Charles P. and Caroline II. ( Perkins i Helf- 
enstein. In pursuing the legal profession and in 
the prosecution of business he is following in the 
footsteps of his immediate ancestors, the Helfen- 
steins having been identified with both. His 
father and uncle were not only eminent lawyi 
hut among the most enterprising leaders in the 
developmeni ol' the Shamokin ami Trevorton coal 
Is, the introduction of railroads, and the pro- 
motion of many undertakings which marked the 
beginning of modern industrial conditions 
only in Shamokin ami vicinity bu1 also through- 
out this sei tion of Pennsylvania. 

Alter graduating from the Shamokin high 
school in 1872 John I'. Helfenstein attended a 
Mil,. -, hnnl iii Shamokin, Inr thive ir;ir-. his teach- 
er the first year being Herbert La iduate of 
Yale, is;:: i. and the second year Charles y. Joy 
( Yale, is; I ). [n 1876 he entered 5 ale Coll 
f rom which he was graduated with the degree of 

p, \. in ] SMI. with honors, i lediately tie 

after matriculating a1 the law si hnnl ol thai uni- 
versity, from which he was graduated in 1883. lie 

was entitled to prai Ian in thi Supi rior courts 

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Pennsylvania was admitted to the bar of North- 
umberland county the following year, 1884. 
Meantime he had settled down to business at 
Shamokin, becoming superintendent of the Gas 
Company, which position he held until 1886, when 
he resigned it in order to give more time to his 
professional interests, which were growing to such 
an extent as to demand the greater part of his at- 
tention. However, his time at present is princi- 
pally occupied with the management of his own 
real estate and that of his fathers estate, though 
he retains interests in different concerns includ- 
ed in the field of public utilities, including the 
Gas Company, the Electric Light Company, the 
Mount Carmel Gas Company (of which he is 
treasurer), the Telephone Company and various 
banks. 

Mr. Helfenstein maintains numerous social re- 
lations, being a member of Shamokin Lodge, No. 
255, P. & A. M.; Shamokin Chapter. No. 264, R. 
■A. M. : Shamokin Commandery, No. 77, K. T. : 
Bloomsburg Consistorv (thirty-second degree) ; 
LuLu Temple. A. A. 0" X. M. S., at Philadelphia; 
the Craftsmen's Club of Bloomsburg.; the Cresco 
and Temple Clubs of Shamokin: the Livingston 
Club of Allentown : and Shamokin Lodge of Elks, 
No. 355. lie holds membership in the Episcopal 
Church and has served in a number of the church 
offices. Politically he has been active in the Dem- 
ocratic party, having served sixteen years as com- 
mitteeman of his ward. Hi' lias availed himself 
iif many opportunities to show his broad public- 
spirit on questions of general interest and projects 
affecting the welfare of the community. 

In 1883 Mr. Helfenstein married Carrie At- 
wood Northall, daughter of John Northall, of 
Pottsville. Pa., and they had two children: Esther 
('.. now the wife of Roger Iv. "Williams, of Cynwyd, 
near Philadelphia, and the mother of one son, 
Roger; and Gretchen E.. who died at the age of 
sis years. Mrs. Carrie Atwood (Northall) Helf- 
enstein died in 1902. On Aug. 12, 1908, Mr. 
Helfenstein married (second) Helen C. Holl, 
daughter of Thomas Holl, late of Shamokin. and 
to this union have been born two children: Helen 
Leonard, on July 28, 1909, and John Philip, on 
Aug. 4. 1910. 

HELFENSTEIN. There are few names which 
have more significance in the history of the de- 
velopment and opening of this region than that 
of Helfenstein. The achievements of Judge Wil- 
liam Leonard Helfenstein and Charles P. Helf- 
enstein. brothers, in the promotion of the early 
coal and railroad companies, the forerunners of 
organizations and systems of such strength and 
importance that the history of the State and even 
the nation is bound up in their successful and 
propel' administration, may rightly he classed as a 
solid part of the foundation upon which the in- 



dustrial prosperity and fame of the Common- 
wealth of Pennsylvania have long rested. Her 
coal fields have constituted one of the most val- 
uable sources of her wealth: and their operation 
is so closely associated with the expansion of and 
progress of railroads that the two can scarcely he 
separated. From 1819 on through the most try- 
ing period of their evolution Judge Helfenstein 
wa- at the head of many of the most ambitious en- 
terprises of the kind set on foot. As time has 
proved, he was ahead of his generation in his ideas 
and in the possibilities he foresaw. All his hopes 
were not realized in his own active career in this 
region. But he paved the way for those who took 
u)) his work after him, and he deserves the praise 
of the pioneer in any held, the man who has the 
courage to act upon his convictions. He and his 
brother withdrew from active connection with the 
coal interests of this section about 1>872. 

William Leonard Helfenstein was born 
in 1801 in Lancaster. Lancaster Co., Pa., son 
of John P. and Elizabeth Helfenstein, ami grand- 
son of Pev. Conrad Helfenstein. who came to this 
country from Germany as a missionary of t 1 " 
German Reformed Church. William L. Helfen- 
stein was a small boy when he removed with his 
parents to Carlisle, Pa., and there he grew to man- 

1 1 and received his education, graduating from 

Dickinson College in 1823. Subsequently he 
studied theology at Princeton, with the intention 
of entering the ministry, hut his health failing he 
was obliged to abandon his studies, and thus the 
whole after current of his life was changed. 
Shortly afterward his parents moved to Dayton, 
Ohio, to which place he accompanied them. He 
there entered the law office of Judge Crane, one 
id the eminent jurists of the Miami Valley, 
was admitted to the liar and practiced his pro- 
fession in Dayton for several years quite suci i ■ — 
fully. Meantime he became prominent in the local 
councils of the Democratic party, which nominated 
him for Congress against his old preceptor, Judge 
Crane, and, though the district had a Whig ma- 
jority of over two thousand, his great personal 
popularity cut down the majority to within thirty 
votes of election. After this favorable expression 
nl public opinion he was, in 1835, elected by the 
Legislature judge of the court of Common Pleas 
of the Dayton district, which position be filled in 
a satisfactory manner for the full constitutional 
term of seven years, until 1842. He then removed 
with his parents to Milwaukee, Vis., but finally 
settled in Chicago, 111., where he opened a law 
office and continued the practice of his profession 
for a few years. About this time his attention 
was directed to the undeveloped anthracite coal 
fields of Pennsylvania, and, urged by some of his 
friends to undertake their development, he came 
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is hardly any other one man who did so much 
in this special field, lie w;i- 1 1 n ■ principal pro- 
moter of the company thai founded Trevorton the 
following year. He organized Erom time to time 
a number oi coal i ompanies, among them the Zerbe 
Run, Mahandy Improvement, Carbon Run, Big 
Mountain, (.urn Ridge, Locus! Gap, Locus! Sum- 
mit, and others, and displayed wonderful energy 
and enterprise in the developmenl of the coal fields 
between Trevorton and Mouni Carmel. As one 
of the lir-t in appreciate their immense value he 
became largely interested in nearl} all the besl 
coal lands from Mouni Carmel 1" Trevorton, and 
these were the basis of the several coal companies 
organized by him. He organized and partly built 

the railroad fr Trevorton to the Susquehanna 

river, being the leading spirit in this lertak- 

ing, and laid out the town of Trevorton; he Ma- 
li li ading member of the company that purchased 
the 1 »an\ tile & Pottsville railroad al sheriff's sale, 

changed the i le to the Philadelphia & Sunbury 

railroad, and organized the company that rebuilt 
the road and laid il « ith T rails ; he was the 1< ad 
ing spirit and president of the company that re- 
habilitated the line from Sunbur; to Shamokin, 
built the extension from Shamokin to Mount Car- 
mel ami the branch to Locusl Gap; he was a mem- 
ber ni' the company that laid out Mouni Carmel, 
and was proprietor of tin- towns of West Shamokin. 
Helfenstein ami Gowen City. While president of 
il,,. Philadelphia & Sunbury road, and eager to 

carry the r I through successfully, he risked a 

large part of his persona] estate in the enterprise. 
Being far ahead of the times in which he lived, 
his hop.-- were not realized, and his coal estate 
and railroad interests were consequently sacrificed. 
He then united with his brother, Charles P., in the 
Helfenstein coal lands, and during then- develop- 
ment laid out the town- of Helfenstein, 1868, 
opening a colliery there. Gowen City, and West 
Shamokin, from which enterprises he realized a 
handsome fortune. 

Judge Helfenstein resided in Shamokin and 
Trevorton up to 1860 and then removed to Potts- 
ville. In 1872 he removed from Pottsville to 
New York City and purchased a residence al Mot1 
Haven, in die neighborhood of the metropolis. He 
subsequently became interested in silver and iron 
ore mine- m the republic of Mexico, and spent 
the remaining years of hi- life between New York 
and Mexico. He died of Mexican fever at Du- 
rango, Mexico, in March, 1884, in the eighty-third 
year of hi- age, and his remain- were interred m 
that distant land. . 

Originally a Democrat, the . I edge m 1861 
united with the Republican party and was ever 



fterward an anient Republican. He was a mem- 

er and vestryman of Trinity Episcopal Church 

while at Pottsville. Pa., and superintendent ol 

their mission Sundav school at Fishback, Schuyl- 



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kill county, during hi- residence in Pottsville. 
Judge Helfenstein never married. Wherever be 
made his home he left a wide circle of the warm- 
est admirers and friends, and bis death was deeply 
mourned by all who knew him. The early impres- 
sions made upon his mind while studying for 
ministry at Princeton influenced his whole after 
life, and his character was deeply imbued with the 
most sincere religious sentiments. He was a 

truly charitable man. and was a spontat i- and 

frequent contributor toward the support of reli- 
gious and charitable objects, lie was a fluent and 
logical speaker, and was well versed m the current 
literature id' his day. His lecture on Mexico, its 

mineral resources, and its | pi and their habits 

and customs, delivered in Shamokin, Pottsville 
and other places, was an aide historical add' 
highly spoken of by the local press, and -nil favor- 
ably remembered by his many friends throughout 
the coal region. 

Charles I'. Helfenstein was born Sept. 1'.'. 
1819, in Carlisle. Pa., and .-pent most of his b 
hood in that town. Hi- family moved from there 
to Dayton. Ohio, whence he went to Yale College, 
graduating from there in 1841. He subsequently 
read law for two years in the office of his brotl 
in-law. Judge Benjamin Patton (subsequently of 
Trevorton I. m Pittsburg. In the meantime bis 
family had removed t>> Milwaukee. Wis., and he 
ueni in that place and entered the land offii i 
his brother Albert. About 1850 i to North- 

umberland county to assist his brother, Judge Hel- 
fenstein, in his Trevorton operations and in the 
development of his coal lands. While in Trevor- 
ton he had charge of the lumber interests of the 
companies which his brother had organized, and 
made the acquaintance of Jeremiah Perkins, who 
U ;i> in ( barge of the lumber interests ol another of 
Judge Helfenstein's coal companies. Mr. Perkins 
nras a native of Nev\ Hampshire, was oni 
pioneers of Northumberland county, and resided 
for a number of years in Sunbury. In 1^"' ; > 
Charles P. Helfenstein married Caroline H., eldesl 
daughter of Jeremiah Perkins, and settled in - 

mo in. where he lmilt himself a 1 in the 

f woods between the eastern and western portions 
f the village, as it then was. Hai ing in the mean- 
time purchased the interests oi hie brother 
David McKnight. in the town of Shamokin and 
surrounding country, he i ngaged for several 
in the real estate business, and was for several 
more years in the lumber business. He also 
turned his attention to the developmenl ol 
Helfenstein coal land.-, and. in connection with his 
brother Judge H' Ifenstein, laid out the towm 
Helfenstein and Wesl Shamokin. Alter dis 
[ ng of mosl of In- coal lands in L8' ' tired 

from active business. He resided in I 
which he erected in L855 until Ins death, which 
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first year. He is buried in Shamokin cemetery. 
His widow still occupies the old home in Sha- 
mokin, her daughter and son-in-law, Rear Ad- 
miral Forsyth and wife, making their home with 
her. Four children were horn to Mr. and Mrs. 
Helfenstein: John P., attorney at law at Sha- 
mokin: William L., president of the First Na- 
tional Bank of Trevorton, also a resident of Sha- 
mokin; Elizabeth, wife of T. Pershing, of Phila- 
delphia: and Carrie A.. Mrs. Forsyth. 

Mr. Helfenstein wa* actively interested in many 
of the institutions of his adopted home. He was 
a director of the Northumberland County Bank, 
vice president of the Shamokin Banking Company, 
a stockholder in the Shamokin Water Company, 
line of the corporators and president of the Sha- 
mokin Gas Light Company, and one of the cor- 
porators of the Shamokin Cemetery Company, as 
well as the first president of the institution. Al- 
though a member of the Reformed Episcopal 
Church, he was one of the leading spirits in the 
erection of the First Presbyterian Church of Sha- 
mokin and a liberal contributor to same. He was 
a Republican from the time of the Civil war. but 
never held any political office except that of chief 
burgess ol Shamokin for two terms. He was one 
of the members of the committee of creditors of 
the Jay Cooke estate. 

Rear Admiral James McQueen Forsyth, 
F. S. X.. retired, has long been well known in 
Shamokin, where he has made his home since 1903. 
He was horn dan. 1, 1842, on Long Island, in the 
Bahamas, British West Indies, son of James and 
Catherine Ann (Taylor) Forsyth. His father was 
a planter and magistrate in the Bahamas, where 
he died in 1855. In September, 1853, James M. 
Forsyth came to the United States, spending the 
following few years in Philadelphia, where he 
was graduated from the Central high school in 
l s "»s. He went to sea as a sailor before the mast. 
seining as such from 1858 to 1861, when he 
entered the volunteer navy, with which he served 
during the Civil war. On Sept. 25, 1861, lie was 
linted acting master's mate. He took part in 
the capture of Forts Clark and Hatteras, Aug. 27, 
1861, engagements under Farragul on the Mis- 
sissippi, the engagement with the Rebel ram 
"Arkansas" and at Sumter, Moultrie and other 
fortifications in Charleston harbor. He was pro- 
moted to acting ensign. Sept. 5, 1862, and to act- 
ing master, Aug. 1. 1864. Entering a competitive 
examination for admission to the regular navy he 
passed as No. 23 of sixty-five admitted out of 
nine hundred competing; was made commanding 
master March 14. L868; lieutenant. Dee. 18, 1868; 
lieutenant commander, May, 1878; commander, 
March. 1889; captain, March 3, 1899; and placed 
upon the retiree] list at his own request, Sept. 25, 
1901, after forty years of service, with the rank 
of rear admiral. He commanded at various times 



the TJ. S. S. "Tallapoosa," U. S. protected cruiser 
"Baltimore."" TJ. S. armored cruiser "Brooklyn"' 
and U S. battleship "Indiana:" and was chief 
of the staff of Rear Admiral J. C. Watson, com- 
manding the Philippine fleets. 1899-1S Ad- 
miral Forsyth is sis feet, four inches in height. 
and very erect, a typical officer of the naval service. 
He is a member of the order of the Loyal Legion, 
the Xaval Order of the United States, the G. A. 
R.. the Union League of Philadelphia and the 
United Service; and as a Mason he holds mem- 
bership in Union Lodge, No. 121, F. & A. M.: 
Shamokin Chapter; Shamokin Commandery; 
Caldwell Consistory, thirty-second degree, at 
Bloomsburg, Pa.; and Rajah Temple. A. A. O. X. 
M. S. In 1873 the degree of Master of Arts was 
conferred upon him by the Central high school 
at Philadelphia. 

The Admiral's first marriage was to Mary .T. 
M. Perkins, of Philadelphia, the ceremony taking 
place Aug. 1. 1871, and they had one son. Ja 
Perkins, horn Aug. 20, 1878, now living at Con- 
cord, X. II.: he married Harriet Gilmore, and 
they have two children, Fores McQueen, born dune 
22, 1905, and .lame- Huntington, born duly 17, 
1906. on (id. :. 1903, the Admiral married "(sec- 
ond) Caroline A. Eelfenstein, da .;. . the 
late Charles P. Helfenstein, of Shamokin. Pa., 
and there he has since resided. He has made' trips 
to Shamokin since is;:!. From 1880 to 1885 his 
home was in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. 

CLAPEXCE G. VORIS, late of Milton, was 
for years one of the leading attorneys of Xorth- 
umberland county, where he was in practice for 
over thirty years. His professional connections 
v:rw of the highest and most honorable character, 
and his achievements and methods were of tin. 
kind that reflect credit on the legal fraternity, 
his own high standards making a permanent im- 
pression for good on such procedures generally. 

Mr. Voris was born .Tan. 29, 1851, in Danville, 
Montour county, son of Archibald Gray and Ri - 
becca X. (Prick) Voris and grandson of James 
Voris. His father, horn Nov. 14, 1817, in Chil- 
lisquaque township, Northumberland county, 
at Danville in 1894. He was a contractor and 
builder by occupation, and in 1840 moved to Dan- 
ville, where he followed that business to the end 
of his days, becoming one of the prominent citi- 

■ - of that place. His wife, horn in the borough 
of Northumberland .Tan. 15, 1815, died at Dan- 
ville Aug. 25, 1887. Five of their children grew 
t" maturity: Elizabeth A. (now deceased), Mary. 
Clarence G., Louisa and John G. The parents 
were members of the Presbyterian Church, which 
Mr. Voris served as elder. 

Clarence (.. Voris was reared in Danville and 
there received his early education, attending the 
public schools and the academy. He then em 



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Lafayette College, from which he was graduated 
in 1872, after which he read law with Silas M. 
Chirk, who later served on the Supreme court 
bench. Ee furthered his preparation for the law 
at the Law School of Columbia University, New 
York City, and was admitted to the bar in Indi- 
ana county, this State, in the spring of 1876. 
In 1871 he opened an office at Sunbury, this 
county, was admitted to the bar of Northumber- 
land county Oct. 3, 1877, and continued to prac- 
tice at his original location until dan. 1, 1887, 
when he removed to Milton. At the new location 
be formed a partnership with Col. John McCleery, 
under the firm name of McCleery & Voris, and 
the combination proved \en effective, the firm 
receiving a large share of the best legal work in 
tin- section. The Milton Trust & Sale Deposit 

Company \\a- ai ig their patrons, thai institution 

retaining their services foT many years. .Mr. A or- 
is continued in successful and lucrative practice 
until his death, which occurred at Philadelphia 
Juh 2, 1909. He i- buried at Danville. In re- 
ligious connection he was a Presbyterian, lie was 
a Republican on political questions. 

On March 28, 1888, Mr. Voris married Mary 
<;. Bruner, daughter of Capt. Charles J. Bruner, 
late of Sunbury, a great-grandson of the noted 
Capt. John Brady. Two sons were horn to Mr. 
and Mrs. Voris: Clarence Archibald, who is at- 
tending Haverford College, Haverford, Pa., and 
i barles William I'... who is -till a pupil in the pub- 
lic school. Mrs. Voris continue- to make her 
home in Milton. Like her husband she is a mem- 
be] of the Presbyterian Chun h. 

CAPT. CHARLES J. BRUNER (deceased). 
long a distinguished citizen of Sunbury, North- 
umberland county, was born there tfov. L7, 1820, 
son of Rev. Martin and Mary (Gray) Bruner. the 
former a native of Philadelphia, the latter of Sun- 
bury. The father, a clergyman of the German 
Reformed Church, came to Sunbury when twenty- 
one vears old, moved thence to Hagerstown, Mil.. 
and 'thence to Lancaster, Pa., where he died in 
1852. The mother lived to the age of seventy-five 
years. Captain I'.runer was descended in the ma- 
ternal line from the celebrated Brady family, he 
having been a great-grandson of the noted Capt. 
John Brady. 

Charles J. Bruner came to Sunbury to live m 
is in. He received his literary education in Lan- 
caster, and received a thorough training for the 
l e g a ] profession, studying law under Judge Alex- 
ander Jordan. He was admitted to the Northum- 
berland countv bar Jan. 3, 1843. and at once 
opened an office of his own in Sunbury. tor some 
rears in the earlier part of his professional career 
he was associated with Maj. William L. Dewart 
latter practicing alone. He took a prominent part 



in the Civil war. responding at the first call for 
troops as the leader of Company F. 11th Regiment, 
Pennsylvania Volunteers, organized a- the Sun- 
bury Guards, his command being the first detach- 
ment of troop- to leave Northumberland county 
for service in the Civil war. April 20, 1861. lie 
served about six months, during which time he 
took part in the battle of Falling Waters and was 
afterward in the emergency service for a shorl 
tune, when after the disastrous second battle of 
Mull Run the Confederate army moved toward the 
North. In this service he was captain of Com 
panv D. 3d Regiment, which regimenj was or- 
ganized Sept. 11-13, 1862, and discharged Sept. 
23-25, 1862. 

Captain Bruner was appointed collector id' in- 
ternal revenue for the Fourteenth Pennsylvania 
district by General Grant, and served successively 
under Haves and Arthur, holding the office four- 
teen years in all. He died March 15, 1885. Of his 
legal standing and reputation, we have excellent 
evidence in the resolutions adopted at the meeting 
of the bar held at Sunbury Monday March 30, 
1885, for that purpose, which we quote: 

The bar of Northumberland county, having con- 
vened to take recognition of the death, and to pay 
some seemly tribute to the character and memory of 
the late Charles J. Bruner. Esquire, whose relations as 
a member thereof have always been so honorable, but 
whose untimely decease it has been so suddenly and 
unexpectedly called to deplore, doth resolve. 

First, That his spotless career as a lawyer while in 
active membership of this bar, his exemplary courage 
when in camp and field, while he served his country 
as a soldier in the early and trying days of the late 
Civil war, his enviable record for efficiency and in- 
tegrity as an cifticer in the civil service of the Federal 
government during the fourteen years or more he held 
the important trust of collector of internal revenue for 
the Fourteenth district of Pennsylvania, and his fan 
promise of honorable achievement on his recent return 
to ami renewal of active employment in his profess 
of the law. have made his name and character well 
u i irthy to be held in active memory, and render his 
fame well worthy of perpetuation among the historical 
records of our bar and his virtues and achievements in 
public and professional life well worthy of righteous 
emulation. 

Second, That his learning, the high order of his 
natural abilities, his discriminating judgment and quick- 
ness of perception, and the noble virtues of In- public 
and orivate life, have largely contributed to place him 
in high rank among the just and honorable of his pro 
fession. 

Third, That by his genial manners, his amiable tem- 
per, his affectionate disposition, bis generous impul 
as wrll by his unswerving fidelity in pure and disin- 
terested friendship as by his kindly and beneficent in- 
fluences in social and professional intercourse, he has 
won his way to the -trongest feelings and best im- 
pulses of our hearts. 

Fourth. That a committee of four members of the 
bar be appointed to convey to his family the assurance 
of our heartfelt sympathy with them in this sudden 
and great bereavement, and to. commend them in the 
great depth of tine 'he strong staff tendered 

by him "who tempers the wind to the -horn lamb," 
and fails not to remember the widow or the orphan. 



NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY. PENNSYLVANIA 



but notes in tenderness of mercy even the fall of the 
sparrow. 

Signed, \\ . A. Sober. 
G. W. Zeigler, 
Samuel Heckert. 
P. L. Hackexberg. 

Committee. 

Though Captain Brunei- began life in humble 
circumstances, and accumulated whatever prop- 
erty he had through his own efforts, he left a fair 
competency, and. more than that, he had always 
been liberal in giving to those less fortunate than 
himself. His success never developed in him a 
greed for wealth or selfishness of any kind. Ins 
prosperity being to him a welcome opportunity to 
gratify the impulses of a naturally kind and gen- 
erous disposition. He belonged to the Beformed 
Church and was a prominent member of the I. 0. 
0. F. The G. A. B. posl al Sunbury was named 
in honor of his brother William. 

Captain Brunei- was married June 3, 1852, in 
Sunbury, to Louisa Weiser, a direct descendant of 
Conrad Weiser, the noted Indian interpretei so 
prominent during the early settlement of the 
region around Shamokin, at what is now Sunbury. 
Six children were born to this union: Mary Gray, 
now the widow of Clarence G. Voris, of Milton; 
Elizabeth, who died when less than a year old; 
Louisa, who died when four and a half years old; 
(lull,-, who died when one and a half years old; 
William W.. who died Dec. 7. 1901. in Sunbury, 
Pa. : and Franklin, who died when eight years 

AMOS ELMAKER KAPP was one of the lead- 
ing citizens of the borough of Northumberland 
for over fifty years. In his day he was undoubt- 
edly of the best known men in central Penn- 
sylvania, particularly in the period preceding the 
advent of the railroad, when his connection with 
stage liii'- and canal packets, as a member of the 
firm of Kapp i- Calder, gave him an unusually 
wide acquaintance. He was one of the most en- 
terprising residents of the borough, being the or- 
ganizer of the Fir-t National Bank, a director of 
the Northern Centra] .Railroad Company, a mem- 
ber of the lumber firm of Kapp & Co.. and in many 
wavs identified with important interests of vari- 
ous kinds. 

Mr. Kapp was born Aug. 27, 1809, in Harris- 
bur^. Pa., son of Michael Kapp. one of the pi- 
oneers in the mercantile business at Harrisburg. 
Michael Kapp was born Aug. 1. 1770, in Schaef- 
ferstown, Lancaster Co., Pa., and died at Harris- 
burg July 1. 1830. IF' owned valuable property 
in Harrisburg, upon what is now the Square, and 
there did business until his death. He brought his 

g 1- from Philadelphia by team. Mr. Kapp 

married Mary Elmaker, who was horn May 13. 
1770. daughter of Leonard ami Elizabeth (Baker) 
Elmaker, and died at Harrisburg Oct. 28, 1811. 
Two children were born to this union. Catharine 
and Amos F. The daughter, horn Feb. 8, 1799, 



was the first pupil to graduate from Linden Hall 
Seminary, at Lititz, Lancaster county. She never 
married, and was very well known in Harrisburg, 

where -1 lained at the old homestead until her 

death, Sept. Is. 1880. 

Amos E. Kapp was born in Harrisburg in a 
building which stood in the northwest comer of 
Market square, adjoining the present "Bolton 
Bouse." IF- -pout Ins early years in his native 
, nw . which he loft Dee. 30, 1832, for Northumbi r- 
land, making the journey by stagecoach. He 
passed the remainder of his life there. Immedi- 
ately after his arrival, on .Tan. 1. 1833. he took 
jo of the stagecoach business there, becom- 
ing identified with the famous old line which car- 
ried passengers up and down the river. Forming 
a partnership with William Calder (2), under 
the name of Kapp & Calder, he built up a large 
business. They had two offices, one in Harrisburg 
and one in Northumberland, Mr. Calder looking 
after the Harrisburg office, and in addition to car- 
rying passengers did an extensive business in haul- 
ing from Philadelphia to central Pennsylvania, 
having as many as one hundred horses, the best 
that could be obtained. 

When Mr. Kapp came to Northumberland the 
stagecoach was the only means of transportation, 
and he and his partner not only ran stages hut also 
packets on the canal, following this business un- 
til they were bought out by the Pennsylvania Rail- 
road Company. There were lew men in this sec- 
tion who witnessed so much of its progress as Mr. 
Kapp, and there were few who had more to do 
with its opening up and advancement. He organ- 
ized the First National Bank of Northumberland 
and served as its president; he was identified with 
the Northern Central Railroad Company for mam 
years and served as one of its directors: he was a< - 
five in the lumber business as president of Kapp 
& Co., and deeply interested in the agricultural 
development of his State, serving as president of 
the Pennsylvania State Agricultural Society. 

Mr. Kapp purchased two hundred acres of val- 
uable land in Point township, adjoining the bor- 
ough of Northumberland, and there he made his 
home, dying on that place Sept. 22, 1887. It is 
a very fertile tract and under his management was 
kept in a high state of cultivation. He kept reg- 
stered Jersei cattle, and in many other ways dis- 
played his advanced idea- in agricultural lines. 
The original house on this farm known as Hum- 
mel's Inn was built in 1799 and repaired in 1852. 
The barn was built in 1851. and at the time of 

- icction was the largest barn in the State, be- 
L00 by 50 feet in dimensions. Mr. Kapp re- 
tired from active life in 1 S 7 - > . 

i Mi Fob. 16, Is 11. Mr. Kapp was married at 
Sunbury, by Rev. Mr. Fisher, to Margaret Wigh- 
ington, who was born Dec. 10. 1818, in Mifflin- 
burg, Union Co.. Pa., daughter of George and 
Catharine (Youngman) Wigbington. and died 



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June 13 L868. She was the mother of the fol- 
lowing named children: Clara M.. Amos E. (de- 
ceased), Horace E. (deceased), William ('. (de- 
ceased), Maggie (living in New Jersey, widow of 
Samuel Trump; she has one daughter, Margaret), 
Laura (deceased in infancy), Eelen, Mary E. 
(wife of Frank L. Sheppard, of New York City. 
general manager of the United Railroads of New 
Jersey), Bertha (who is married to P. Leisen- 
ring and has one son, Frank), Annie (living in 
New York City), Cameron (deceased). 

Though over half a century elapsed from the 
time Mr. Kapp lefi Harrisburg until his death, it 
was his custom to visit his Dative city yearly on 
i in ■ animei -;n 3 i.i In- departure and spend the day 
with his friend, William 1>. Boas, of Harrisburg, 
who had accompanied him to the coach when he 
set out in seek his fortune up the river. He was 
active and energetic to the close of his long life and 
interested in the events of the day. the social and 
political . changes which had taken place during 
ins mature years affording him much pleasure, 
lie was present at the inauguration ceremonies of 
sixteen di Herein ".ovornors of Pennsylvania, and 
as six of them served two terms each he attended 
twenty-two inauguration — a record which few 
citizens of the State can equal. 

The Misses Clara and Eelen Kapp lived upon 
the home farm just outside of Northumberland 
until July 20, 1909, when they moved into the 
borough, having sold the old place to the Penn- 
sylvania Railroad Company, the property being 
very desirable for yards, which were established 
there in that year. The station known as Kapp'-. 
on the Pennsylvania road, was named for the 
family. The Misses Kapp are members of the I ». 
A. B. and active and prominent in the social life 
nf the borough, being very hospitable and noted en- 
tertainers. 

FBAMPTON. The Framptons have been a 
prominent family in Pennsylvania, especially in 
the early days in Philadelphia, from Colonial 
times, and some of the descendants of William 
Framptoii. a Friend who was a member of Penn's 
first Provincial council, are living in Northumber- 
land county at iln- day. They are of English 
stock. 

In Burke's "Genealogical and Heraldic History 
of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland" 
the Frampton family of England are spoken of 
a- "Frampton of Moreton in 1355. John De 
Frampton was returned to serve in that year in 
Parliament for the borough of Dorchester in the 
County of Dorset. His son Walter De Frampton 
acquired the manor ami estate of Moreton by mar- 
riage. It was entailed and is in the possession of 
tin- family still. There seems to he a William in 
almost everv generation. Mr. James Frampton 
built the present house at Moreton in 1746 mi the 



site of the aiiinm mansion, also the church in 
1776 on the site of the former church. Ee dull 
in 1784 and was succeeded fcrj his only son, the pres- 
ent James Frampton of Moreton. Col. James 
Frampton served as high -hen IT for the Count] of 
Dorset, in 1793." They have arm- and a crest, the 
latter a greyhound; the motto i- "Perseverando.' 
The family seat is at Moreton in Dorsetshire. 

John Frampton of England, born m 1581, was a 
merchant and a compatn.it nf John Hampden, 
Oliver Cromwell ami other members of the Par- 
liament which resisted the aggressions of Charles 
I., ami founded the English Commonwealth. Ee 
was probably the grandfather of William Framp- 
ton, the ancestor of the American branch. In 
Pennsylvania Archives, and in the Colonial Rec- 
ords, we find numerous references to his sen ii 
and participation in important affairs. He was a 
brother-in-law of Robert Turner (a prominent 
member of Penn's council), with whom we fre- 
quently find his name associated in public ser- 
vice. Hi- business was evidently that of merchant, 
as In- name first appears in the Provincial records 
in the year tils::, as a merchant to whom certain 
hills (given) were due for merchandise: and 
among the proc lings attending a common coun- 
cil meeting -March 1. 1683-84, from minutes of 
the common council, City of New York. 1675- 
1 696, we Rnd the folk™ lie: : 

"Pursuant to an order from the Mayor and al- 
dermen and common Council, bareing date the 
23rd of Feh. 1683-4 appointing us underwritten 
a- A Committee to make a listt of all barques, 
sloopes, ami open boates, Belonging to tin- Porte, 
and to inquire wt vessels are in \n-aiv 
foi- their Dockage Joe returne this underwritten as 
Our Report (233) and cannot understand whal 
vessels are iii Areare. 2 Sloopes — Francis Rich- 
ardson, Win. Frampton." Then follows a lone- list 
of other boats and owners. 

In Xew York is also found a record, 27th da] 
of 9th month, 1678, showing that William Framp- 
ton was present at tin- marriage of George Mas- 
ters and Mary Willis. |lt< : ound in Let 
Library, Yew' York City.] At the Hall of R& 
ords, New York Cilv. there are two deeds, both 
lone documents, one from William Frampton to 
Alexander Farley, Lib. XIII, page 12; date oi in 
strument Oct. 17, 1681 : recorded Ma] L6, L684 : 
place of residence, New York city: Merchant. 
The second is from "Win. fframpton A Elizabeth 
his wife. Grantors, to Daniel Putt-. Grantee. I" 
Lib.. 44th Page. Date of Instrument, May I 
1684. Recorded Mm 27th, 1684." Tl is 
was on \e\\e street, a shori street two bio 
long, extending from Wall street to Exchange 
place. The deed is dated thus: "15th da] in the 
sis and thirtieth year of the reign of Sovereign 
l.i, nl i hat Ii - ye 2nd b] the grai e oi God "f Eng., 
Scot.. Fram e <S 1 reland, I ' I aith." 



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NOETHUMBEBLAJSTD COUNTY, PEN NSYLVANIA 



William Frampton was a large landholder in 
Philadelphia county, as shown in the Pennsylvania 
Archives, where lists are preserved of the first pur- 
chasers of lots in Philadelphia. In a list of those 
purchasing lots of less than one thousand acres. 
"& placed in the back streets of the Front of Del- 
aware, beginning with No. 5 at the South Side. 
and so proceed north as numbered in the 
Draught/ 5 we find the name of William Frampton 
as purchaser of No. 10. In a list of "Old Rights," 
consisting of the first purchases of land from Wil- 
liam Peiin. we find the following: Under ■■Wil- 
liam Framton" the following quantities of land 
in Philadelphia county — "Beturn, Id acres, ".'nd of 
()«t.. 1684"; Warrant. "500 acres. 13th day, 1st 
Mo., 1683"; Warrant. ••Bank Lott, 2nd day of 6th 
Mo., 1684" : Warrant. "2 CityLotts, 17th day of 1st 
Mo.. 1683"; Warrant. "City Lott, 17th day of 1st 
Mo., 1683." In Backs county William Frampton 
had a warrant for 1,500 acres, 5th day of 5th Mo.. 
1686; and in Chester county "Win. Frampton iV 
ors" had an order for 289 acre-. 3rd day of 6th 
Mi... 1686. Besides, it appears that William 
Frampton was the owner of land in Kent county. 
Del., and in Burlington. X. .1. lie died insolvent, 
however, in 1686, and it would seem that his death 
was premature, and somewhat sudden: had he 
lived longer he would probably not have been in- 
solvent. In further confirmation of the theory 
that his death was rather sudden we have the rec- 
ord of his nuncupative will, •■spoken before Sam- 
uel Spicer, Samuel Bulkley at Phila., 9th of 7th 
month. 1686, Proved 8th of 9th month. 1686, by 
said witnesses, Robert Turner having a knowledge 
of the matter. Release of interest by Elizabeth 
Frampton. acknowledged before Robert Turner, 
same date. Win. Frampton, Robert Turner. Win. 
thby. Io-gi-tri>." With the copy of this nun- 
cupative will there is on file the last will and testa- 
ment of William Frampton made the same date 
and properly executed. There are three seals to 
the signature: (1) A Griffin head: ('.'I a head 
pierced by an arrow: ( :i i a lion passant. Wills 
proved at Philadelphia. [Genealogical Society of 
Pennsylvania. Vol. 1. Xo. 1, dune. 1900; New 
York Library — Lennox.] 

Philadelphia was laid out in 1682, and as pre- 
viously noted William Frampton was a memtx 
William Perm's first Provincial council, for the 
governmenl of the Province of Pennsylvania (and 
the lower counties, now called Delaware), and he 
represented Kent county. Del., in that council. 
1 luring tin 1 time he was a member of that body 
Penn was no! in this country, Thomas Holmes act- 
ing as president of the council alternately with 
Thomas Lloyd, for a time, after which the latter 
presided altogether. From the time William 
Frampton became a member of the council he was 
invariably present, his name always appearing in 
the list of the seven or eight members comprising 



that body and recorded as present. He was also 
one of the peace commissioners lor the county of 
Philadelphia, and was one of the three persons 
who jointly filled the office of register general, and 
ua- keeper of the Great Seal. In the "Colonial 
Records, Vol. 1.'" which contains the minutes of 
the Provincial council of Pennsylvania from 
March in. 1683, the date of its first organization, 
to Nov. 27, 1700, we find the following items re- 
garding William Frampton: 

Page 82, record of meeting 12th of 7th Mo., 
His-!: Accounts and hills due to "Win. Framp- 
ton" are given from seventy-eight persons. They 
are for tobacco, pork. Indian corn, wheat, etc., 
chiefly tobacco. 

Page 94, record of meeting 20th of 2d Mo.. 
L683: "•Wm. fframpton being sent for before this 
board, his petition was read, and it was Ordered 
that dames Claypoole, Robt. Turner. Jno. Greene, 
Jno. done-, and Wm. fframpton, or any two of 
them, to have the Keys & to take into Possession 
the estate in the hands of John Yanburson. and to 
Inspect hi- accts in psuance of the same, and to 
make a returne distinctly of said goods & accts to 
this board." 

Meeting -.'1st of 12th Mo.. 1683: "dam,- Clay- 
pool, dn,,. Joanes, & Wm. fframpton made their re- 
turn to this board Concerning the Estate of John 
VandBorsons." 

"Whereupon James Clay] 1 & Wm. fframpton 

were appointed to Inspeel and make up accts of 
John Vanborson, & to give an aect of it to this 
board when they make up the Cr. & Dr." 

"Wm. fframpton makes a report of the refer- 
>i the Council covering estate of John Van- 
borson Lately deceased." 

"The provll Council Ordered Wm. fframpton & 
Samll Carpenter of this town. Marchts. to admin- 
ister on ye behalf id' ye creditors and Heirs of Jno. 
Vanborson, & to make report of what they doe 
there in to this hoard." 

Page 127, meeting 1 -t day of 2d Mo., 1685: 
Wm. Frampton appears for the first time as a 
member of the council. The minutes say : "Wm. 
Clark being attested deposeth that he saw ye re- 
turne of the Sheiritl' of ye County of Kent' for a 
member of Councill, & he did read in the returne 
that Wm. fframpton was ye man Chose for the 
membr of Councill.'" 

"And it being put to the Question whether that 
was sufficienl for him to Sit. past in the Affir ms. 

t IVe." 

"Wm. fframpton was this day attested to keep 
?ei resy." 

"Ordered that Wm. fframpton. Phin. Pember- 
ton & John Cann doe draw up a Bill that all pay 
may be made in kind ace. to contract, also that 
they bring in the Distance of takeing up of Ser- 
vants." 

Meeting 4th day of 2d Mo.. 1685: "Ordered that 



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Win. fframpton draw a new Bill for the Size of 
Caske Exported, and also to be used withm the 
Pro\ ince" etc. 

"Ordered that Jno. Symcock, Jno. ('ami. Win. 
fframpton & Phinehas Pemberton be a Commit- 
tee to draw up the former bills." 

Page 133: "Richard Ingelo CI. Coney Appoint- 
ed for a C uittee Jno. Symcock, Wm. Wood, 

Jno. Cann, Phi. Pemberton, Win. fframpton & 
Tho. Eolmes, to receive proposals from the As- 
sembly." 

The council was aotified of the death of King 
Charles II.: council ordered that Richard Ingelo. 
clerk, read a "publication of King .lames the 2nd 
as King." '1'his proclamation is given, and ends 
with the words: •■AND SO GOD SAVE THE 
KING." 

Page 1 II. meeting 28th of 3d Mo., 1785: In the 
lis! of members noted a- present on this date, the 
same is printed "Win. Frampton." Later it is 
sometimes written "frampton," "Framptone," and 
"fframpton." 

Page 162, meeting 6th day of 9th Mo., 1685: 
"Ordered thai James Claypool, Robt. Turner. 
Sam] Carpenter, John Jones, Win. frampton, Pat- 
rick Robinson, John Test, John Songhors be writt 

i" desireing them to c e forthwith to the Coun- 

cill, they having urgeni business with them about 
the Subscriptions." 

"The persons above mentioned all Came to ye 
Council!, where they Discoursed about ye subscrip- 
tions. Concluded amongsi themselves to meet to- 
gether in ye afternoon to Consult about methods 
how to proceed in order to discharge their Obliga- 
tion and give in aee'l thereof at next Sitting of ye 
Councill." 

".lames Claypool, Whi. frampton," and seven 
others, were made "General Commission of the 
Peace for the Count v of Philadelphia." 

Meeting 16th day of 9th Mo., 1685: Ordered 
that "ye Respective Indian Kings he sent for to the 
Council with all speed to answer their Complaint." 

Page 163, meeting 17th day of 9th Mo., 1685: 
"The undertakers of ye subscription Came to ye 
Council] according to their promise ye Sixth fnstt. 
and Presented their Report with a list of ye Sub- 
scribers and what Subscribed, ye whole amounting 
to 201,19,2 to weh Chris Taylor at ye board sub- 
scribed 6.00.00. The Council! Commended their 
Diligence and promised them their furtherence 
& Assistance therein." 

Meeting 9th day of 11th Mo., 1685: A new Com- 
mission for Kent County was appointed, as the 
old would not serve, inserting the name-; of "Win. 
Southersby, Wm. frampton" etc. in the list. 

Meeting 1st day of 12th Mo., 1685: The Justic- 
es for the County of Philadelphia appeared, con- 
sisting of "Wm. frampton," James Claypool and 
others. "Wm. frampton's petition was read re- 
questing Removal] of j'e Cave- before his Door, 



he being about building a Wharle. It was Grant- 
ed, & a fortnights time given for ye Removal! of 
ye (ioods out of ye Caves." 

Meeting 5th day of 5th Mo., 1686: "Ordered 
that Robt. Turner. Wm. frampton, & Wm. South- 
ersby take charge of ye office of Register Gen'll, 
in as full and ample a manner as Christop Taylor 
had m his Lfe Time." 

Meeting 6th day of 5th Mo., 1686: "Commis- 
sion impowring Robt. Turner. Wm. Frampton, & 
Wm. Southersby to manage ye Register Genii of- 
fice of this Province & Territories, NAu Castle 
only excepted, was this day signed." 

Page 176, meeting 1st day of 3d Mo., L686: 
"Robt. Turner & Wm. frampton were attested as 
Justices of ye Peace for the Towne and County 
of Philadelphia, they having had a Commission 
Lately made." 

Page 178, meeting 11th day of 3d Mo., L686: 
"I "011110111 Ordered John Symcock & Win. framp- 
ton to go with ye promulgated bills to ye Assem- 
bly." 

"Wni frampton having urgent business had 
leave for this day's absence." 
_ Page 179, meeting 12th day of 3d Mo., 1686: 

■ petition of ye frenchmen sent over by 

Bellases was Read Complayning agl Bellases 
agents for not performing ye Contract between 
Bellases & ye frenchmen: 11 was Ordered \t Arth 
Cook John Symcock Robt. Turner Win frampton 
should Examine and Redress the same with all 
K\ ped ition." 

Pages 189-190: On the 3d .lay of the 7th Month. 
1686, council, after a morning session in the usual 
place, adjourned for an afternoon session "al Robt 
Turner's house" "he being sick." "Wm frampton" 
is recorded as being present at both sessions, this 
being hi- last recorded attendance (evidently be 
ing ill). 

Page !!'-">. "Ai a meeting of Council] in the 
Conn. -ill Bouse ye I8tb 9th Mo. L686, I'. M.": 
"The Commission upon ye Death of Wm frampton 
"i ye persons Commissioned for ye manage- 
ment of ye Registry office etc., il was unanimously 
[word missing?] that ye (.cull Registry be pro- 
posed to the acceptation of .lame- Claypoole Senr 
having lately Requested ye same; Upon his con- 
soiit thereunto, a Commission !"■ Drawne i" lm- 
powre him to act therein During ve Govrs Pleas- 
ure." 

Meeting 30th day of the l-t Mo. 1687, P. M : 
"Returne of Kenl Count} send returning Griffith 
Jones to serve in Provl] Council] the Remaining 
part of the line- Wm Frampton Deceased was to 
have served; signed • Obligation a took his place 
in \ e ( 'ouncill." 

The friend-' records referring to William 
Frampton sliov 1 hal lie was presenl ai a monthly 
Hireling in Philadelphia Itlt Mo., 3d, 1684, when 
he was appointed with others to have chargi 



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building a meeting-house for the accommodation 
of Friends. 8th Mo., 7th, 1684, he was appointed 
with another to take the account of what is col- 
lected for poor Friends and give information to 
next meeting. 12th Mo. 3d, Friends belonging to 
the meeting were desired to meet at William 
Frampton's house "to consider what to do in rela- 
tion to poor Friends." 12th Mo., 9th : It is agTeed 
that subscriptions for the poor be paid to Wm. 
Frampton, "who is to pay it to whom the meeting 
shall order." He was also appointed with others 
to assist the poor in providing work for them. etc. 
3d Mo., 1th. His;,: William Frampton "acquaint- 
ing the meeting that he is going to divide his 
bouse and desires Friends that some other place 
be considered anil provided against the Quarterly 
Meeting he and others were appointed to provide 
such a place etc." He is also appointed at this 
meeting to prepare a certificate for certain Friends 
who were about to remove out of the Province. He 
is also desired "to speak to poor Friends that are 
like to lie in want ami that they advise' them the 
properest way Eoi the getting of a livelihood." 3d 
Mo., 5th, 1686, In' is named with another to see 
about tlir money rights of a certain child: 3d Mo., 
3d. appointed on a certain property matter; 4th 
Mo.. 7th, he is desired to pay out certain money 
belonging to the Meeting. This entry of 4th Mo., 
7th. 1(186. is the last one relating directly to him, 
and it appears that he must have died soon after- 
ward, for in the Monthly Meeting held 7th Mo., 
'.'I ih. 1686. the following minute was made: A. B. 
"is appointed by Friends to go to the widow 
Frampton and get those books that belong to 
this meeting, which her husband had in his cus- 
tody. "' Elizabeth Frampton is mentioned as hav- 
ing been appointed on certain matters of busi- 
ness in the meeting on the meetings held 12th Mo., 
35th, 1686. 1st Mo.. 35th, His;. 3d Mo., 29th. 
1687. and 3d Mo.. 27th. 1687. 

In William Penn's "Further Account" of the 
Province of Pennsylvania, published in 1685, he 
mentions the fact that he has built a brick house 
to "encourage others and that from building in 
wood." lie adds: "many have brick houses now 
going ii]i with good cellars." He enumerates hous- 
es built by Arthur .Cook, William Frampton. 
John Wheeler, and others, on Front street chiefly. 
He says: "All these houses have balconies." 

The "History of Philadelphia County" says: 
"Robert Turner's brick house on Front and Arch 
Streets was 1 milt in 1685." The history says fur- 
ther: "Bristol Township adjoined Bucks Co. hav- 
ing Taeony Creek on the east, and Germantown 
south and west of it. The lands in this township 
were taken up by such men as Samuel Carpenter. 
Richard Townshend, William Frampton, Samuel 
Benezet, Griffith Jones, etc." 

William Frampton married Elizabeth, sister of 
Mary, wife of Philip Richards, but as we find no 



record of his marriage it was presumably lost or 
destroyed, as be was too prominent a man for the 
record not to have been made. His widow re- 
married, as in the meeting held 8th Mo.. 36th, 
1688. Richard Basnet or Bassnett and Elizabeth 
Frampton declared their intentions of marriage. 
Elizabeth was desired "to make what reasonable 
provision she could for her children before the next 
monthly meeting." 9th Mo.. 13th, the Friends 
finding nothing to obstruct their marriage set 
them at liberty to accomplish it "according to the 
good order of Truth." No record appears to have 
lieen preserved of their marriage certificate, 
though there is the following record: "At the 
Philadelphia monthly meetina;. Elizabeth Framp- 
ton to Richard Bassnett, 9th Mo., 30th, 1688." 
| There must he another record.] 

Thomas Frampton. son of William, married an 
Ellis, first name unknown, who was probably the 
daughter of Thomas Ellis of Burlington. N. J. 
They had three children: John. Hannah (who 
married David Price) and another child, name un- 
known. [The death of a Thomas Frampton. 10th 
ilo.. 37th, 1726, is mentioned among tin- Friends' 
records. | 

John Frampton, son of Thomas, lived and died 
in Cumberland county, Pa., in Derry township, 
near the town of Carlisle, which was then little 
more than a trading post. He owned a farm. He 
married a Critchfield, first name unknown, and 
they had sons: William, John, Samuel. Nathaniel 
and Arthur, who have numerous descendants in 
various parts of the country. One of Nathaniel's 
descendants became a Mormon. John. Arthur 
and Samuel served in the Revolutionary war, as 
members of the "Cumberland County Rangers." 

William Frampton, son of John, was a very suc- 
cessful and wealthy farmer of Mifflin county. Pa., 
living near what is now Lewiston. He married a 
Staley, and died in 1820. in Clarion county, when 
over eighty years old. and is buried near Church- 
ville, in that county. Previous to his time the 
family had all been Quakers, but be became a 
Baptist, and all his numerous descendants have 
clung to that faith. He had an only son. David, 
and several daughter-, whose descendants are num- 
erous. 

David Frampton, -on of William, born nei 
Lewistown, Pa., removed to a farm near Reids- 
burg, Clarion Co.. Pa. He married Hannah Lo- 
haeh. who was of Holland-Dutch lineage, and they 
had son~ Samuel. William. Abraham. Jonathan. 
David and Reid. and a number of daughters. 

Samuel Frampton, son of David, born in 1810. 
died in 18s;. II,. was a well-to-do farmer resid- 
ing near Clarion, Pa. He married Eveline Rey- 
nolds, granddaughter of a Revolutionary soldier, 
and of Scotch and English descent. They had 
children: Richard: Thomas: Byron Hays: and 
several daughters, one of whom. Ida. is the wit, oJ 



\ ORTB I'M BERLAND ( IOUNTY, PEN \ SYLVAN 1 A 



■r, 



J. S. Wrightnour, D. I>.. a graduate of Bucknell 
University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. 

Byron Hays Frampton, of Clarion, Pa., young- 
est son of Samuel, married Nellie Mohney, and 
they became tin- parents of three children: James 
Villiard (who was a siiid.Mii at Bucknell Univer- 
sity), Samuel and Romaine. 

JOSEPH DEPPEN. though one of the oldest 
citizens id' Mount Carmel, is still one of the most 
prominent business men in that borough, and is 
probably one of tin- best known men in Northum- 
berland county. As pBoprietor for a number of 
years of the "Deppen House" of Mount Carmel, lie 
came in contact with manj citizens of the locality 
in his earlier days, and at one time he owned most 
of the ground now included in the borough lim- 
its, lie was the organizer of the Mount Carmel 
Savings Bank and has been engaged in tin- real 
estate business fur many years. 

Mr. Deppen was born Dec. '.'. isdL in Upper 
Mahanoy township, Northumberland county, near 
Greenbrier. His parents. Abraham and Mary 
(Snyder) Deppen. had a family of six children, 
four of whom are living: Louise, who married Dr. 
Reuben Muth; George, horn in 1836, at Locust 
Gap, this county, who married Mary Mertz (he 
lives in Herndon, Jackson township ) ; Joseph ; and 
Alexander. In 1844 the parents took their family 
out tn Wayne county, Ohio, making the journey by 
wagon. The trip was a remarkable "tie. always 
remembered with interest by all the family. They 
took' up farm land, hut nut finding conditions fa- 
vorable returned to Pennsylvania in 1846 and lo- 
cated at County Line, Lower Mahanoy Township, 
Northumberland county. In the spring of 1848 
Abraham Deppen bought land at Greenbrier where 
he followed farming and tanning, selling this 
place in 1 s r» 1 and In. at in- at Mahanoy, now Peel 
Cross, near Herndon. In the fall of 1852 he pur- 
chased the well known island opposite Herndon, 
where the family lived for a period of fourteen 
years. It was during this time that the bridge was 
built connecting the i-dand with the shore at Hern- 
don, and Joseph Deppen was the first to drive a 
horse over the bridge. It was torn down about 
1875. During the time the Deppen family lived 
on the island occurred the disastrous flood of 
1865. From March 17th to March 81st the is- 
land was all under water and the Deppen family 
had to live in the barn for a week, during which 
the floating sawlogs entered the second-story win- 
dows of the dwelling house. The flood was one 
of the worst which have visited this district and 
the Deppens lost nearly all their possessions. In 
1866 they moved to Herndon and rented the 
island. Abraham Deppen died Aug. 13, 1890. his 
wife Nov. 5. 1868. 

Joseph Deppen attended an old pay school typ- 
ical of the times. It was located in Dauphin coun- 



ty, near the Northumberland county line, and was 
held in the building of a gristmill. The grinding 
of grain and the grinding of an education occurred 
at one and the same time. The seats or ben< i 
were arranged in a circle around the teacher, each 
pupil with his or her hack toward- the instructor. 
When the family moved from near Greenbrier and 
located near Herndon the old Trevorton railroad 
was in process of construction, and In- found em- 
ployment on the job. After attaining hi- major- 
ity he was in the droving hnsiness for three 
ami itt tin:' mercantile business at Herndon for two 
years. From L867 to 1869 he was in business with 
his brother George at Herndon. Pa., in April. 1869, 
locating in Mount Carmel. with which place lie has 
-line been identified. For fifteen years after set- 
tling here he "was engaged in conducting the "Dep- 
pen House," now known a- the "Commercial," and 
after abandoning that line of business was devoted 
principally to real estate. He at one time owned 
most nf the ground mi which Mount Carmel is sit- 
uated, and he sold his property off in lots, making 
a success of his transactions, which have covered 
many years. In 1872 he organized the Mounl 
Carmel Savings Bank, which began business at 
his hotel April !». 1ST v : Amos Vastine was pt 
nleiit nf this institution. Upon the expiration of 
the hank's charter the stockholder- discontinued 
business and a new institution, now known as 
the Union National Bank, was formed. 

Mr. Deppen was not only prominent in business 
\:iii also in the public life of the borough, which 
lie served as treasurer, as treasurer of the council, 
and a- school director. In all his relations with 
his fellow men he gave evidence of public spirit 
ami an intelligent insight into local needs which 
made him a valuable public servant. 

On Sept. ;. 1867, Mr. Deppen married Eva 
Elizabeth Hoffman, daughter of Jacob and Eva 
Elizabeth (Weiser) Hoffman, of Jordan town-hip. 
Northumberland county. Mrs. Deppen died dune 
17, 1896, ami i- buried al St. Peter's Evangelical 
Lutheran Church in Jackson township. She was a 
lifelong member of the Evangelical Lutheran 
Church, which Mr. Deppen and their children 
joined Nov. 3, 1890, He is a Democrat □ pol 
faith. Four children were horn to Mr. ami Mr-. 
I leppen : (1) Lizzie E. is al home, i '.' i Marx- 
Ada married Dr. V. D. Raker, of Shamokin, 
was at one time treasurer of Northumberland 
county, and lhr\ had lour children, Conrad Joseph 
Moses, Ralph Edward, Susan Eva and Alma Eliz- 
abeth. Mt>. Raker died Maj 8, 1898. (3) Josi 
Henry is mentioned belon . (4) Gertt tide -lane 
i- at home. Mr. Deppen resides with his daugh- 
ters ai Xos. L09-] US l testnul street 

Joseph Henri 1 >eppi \. - >f Joseph I leppen, 

(vas born I >» 1". 1874, at Mount Carmel. and r 

received hi- preparatory "dm ation. Ei 

oil from the hij a 1893, an i ntly 



NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA 



attended the business college at Shamokin. gradu- 
ating in 18D4. For two years he was secretary for 
Judge Voris Auten, in 1890 entering Bucknell 
University, at Lewisburg, Pa., graduating in 1900, 
with the degree of Sc. B. Thereafter he studied 
law in the office of Judge Auten, and was admit- 
ted t«i the bar of Northumberland county Dec. 29, 
1902. He has since been engaged in practice in 
Mount Carmel, his office being at No. 32 North 
Oak street. Mr. Deppen has won high standing 
at the bar as a lawyer of thorough training and 
reliable intelligence. Tie has established an ex- 
cellent practice, which is being steadily augmented 
by reason of his conscientious attention to all the 
work intrusted to him. He is a member of the 
Lutheran Church. At the present time lie is treas- 
urer of the Mount Carmel school district and is 
now completing the last year of his third term as 
school director. 

TRUMAN HARVEY PURDY was born June 
•.'<;. 1830, in the village of Purdytown, Wayne Co.. 
Pa., and died April i, 1898, in Sunbury, of which 

place he had I n a citizen I'm' thirty-six years. 

The measure of his influence upon that community 
and upon the various other communities with 
which his interests were linked cannot, however. 
be expressed in a simple statement of time. One 
whose versatile abilities brought him into con- 
tact with many phases of the progressive period in 
which he lived, whose diversity of talents made 
him known to almost every elass. he had a well- 
rounded career — a life unusually well spent and 
lived close to high ideals. His professional work 
as journalist, lawyer and writer won him high rep- 
utation and popularity and gained wide recogni- 
tion of his mental attainments; in the years of 
his early manhood he was a successful political 
leader; throughout his mature life lie displayed 
rare business qualities, his accomplishments in the 
way of industrial development showing a degree 
of foresight and executive faculties of surpassing 
strength. He prospered in his business operations, 
which were not confined to Sunbury. his inter- 
ests in Sunbury being extensive and importanl 
to the evolution of thai place into a modern, pro- 
gressive city; and in association with J. B. Ewing 
he founded the town of Steelton, Dauphin county, 
where he retained large interests. 

Mr. Purdy was a son of Harvey and Ruth 
( ( Hark i Purdy, both natives of Pennsylvania, born, 
respectively, in Wayne and Lackawanna counties. 
They traced their ancestry in this country back 
to Colonial days. The father died Nov. 9, 1847, 
aged forty-six years, the mother Dec. 31, 1852, at 
the age of forty-eight. They had a family of four 
children, three sons and one daughter, namely: 
Drusilla, Myron E., Truman Harvey and Dr. Na- 
thaniel ('., the last named of Allenwood, Pennsyl- 
vania. 



Truman H. Purdy spent his youth at Lewis- 
burg, Union county, and there received his early 
education, also attending Madison Academy at 
Factiiryville. He took the collegiate course at 
Lewisburg University. Leaving that institution 
about 18"iS. he was for the next three years en- 
gaged in newspaper work at that place, having 
established the Union Argus, a weekly Democratic 
paper, which he edited until induced to move to 
Sunbury in 1861. In the stormy days preceding 

tl utbieak nf the Civil war when party lines 

meant much, the need of a Democratic newspaper 
was felt at Sunbury. and selling out his interests 
at Lewisburg Mr. Purdy founded the Northumber- 
land County Democrat, with which he was associ- 
ated, as editor and proprietor, until the winter of 
1866-67, meantime publishing also the German 
Democrat, which went out of existence upon his 
retirement. At the time of his death the following 
paragraph appeared in the Democrat, which is still 
one of the leading newspapers of this section: 
"(Mi this page is announced the death of Hon. T. 
11. Purdy. of Sunbury. He was the founder of 
this paper. He was a Democrat of Democrats, and 
never wavered in support of the principles of his 
party. During the war he suffered for opinion's 
sake, but he was as unbending as the sturdy oak. 
lie died as lie li\ed. true to himself, his family and 
friends and all humanity. We deeply mourn the 
death of our friend and benefactor." Such was 
the opinion his successors were able to voice after 
a lapse of over thirty years, when time had shown 
the wisdom and integrity of his conduct of that 
paper in its early days. Under his management 
the paper grew in circulation from three hundred 
to thirty-five hundred. Reference was made to 
tin- stanchness of his Democracy. Always a zeal- 
ous worker in the councils of his party as an or- 
ganizer or in meeting during the period of his 
active association therewith, he was a forceful in- 
fluence in its local triumphs. In 1862 he made 
sixty-live speeches, and at the election that year 
the party had one thousand majority as against 
sixty-four in 1861. He was elected to represent 
his district in the State Legislature twice, serv- 
ing in 1864-65 and 1865-66, but thereafter bore 
no working part in political affairs. 

Throughout his career as a newspaper man Mr. 
Purdy bad been engaged in the study of law. which 
he began before establishing the Argus. He 
studied at Lewisburg under Judge Bucher. and 
continued his studies at Sunbury under Alex- 
ander Jordan, being admitted to practice in 1866. 
When he disposed of the Northumberland County 
Drill, urn/ in the winter of 1866-<i7 it was to have 
all his time for the practice of law. in which he 
was most successful. In 1881 he was the choice 
of the Demoqrats of the county for president 
judge, but -was defeated for the nomination by 
the -I i' overconfidence of his friends." 



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From the early sixties to the close of his life he 
was prominent in the development of industrial 
enterprises of various kinds, a field in which his 
executive ability had ample scope. Be was not 

afraid to trust to his foresight in real estate in- 
vestment.-, and thus in 1863 he purchased much of 
the laud upon which what is now Hast Sunhurv is 
located, reserving a piece of about two and a half 
acres, upon an elevation overlooking the town, for 
the site of his own residence. He built several 
houses there at a time when there were only one or 
two other buildings on all the ground which now 
forms ahoiit a fourth of the entire greater Sun- 
hurv. His own palatial home, built some twenty 
years before his death, was sold to the Mary M. 
Packer hospital organization at the time the fatter 
body was formed. 

In 1876, in association with -I. I!. Ewing, Mr. 
Purdy purchased mariy acres of land adjoining the 
growing town of Steelton, a venture which proved 
highly profitable. A lew years later ho started an 
addition to Lewisburg, when he built the nail and 
forge works and a furniture factory, being presi- 
dent of the Lewisburg Furniture & Planing Mill 
Company, treasurer of the Lewisburg Mail Works 
and a director of the Lewisburg Steam Forge. He 
was tin- organizer and for many years manager and 
treasurer of the Sunhurv Gas Company. Public 
improvements of all kinds, those changes neces- 
sary to keep a community abreast of the material 
progress of tin- clay, always received his encourage- 
ment ami support, hut he was particularly favor- 
able to projects affecting the advancement of pub- 
lic education, and the establishment of the high 

scl 1 at East Sunhurv was due principally to his 

influence. 

Mr. Purely had literary gifts of a high order. 
and though a busy man never neglei tod his intel- 
lectual pursuits, in which he found his keenest 
pleasure. TTis historical oration. "Sunhurv." de- 
livered ai the centennial celebration duly 4. 1872, 
"a delicious hit id' local history, colored with 
the master hand of one who dearly loved his sub- 
ject." was published in pamphlet form and widely 
read. It is "a most interesting and exhaustive pen 
picture of the town'- history from the time it con- 
tained but a \'v\\ cabins up to the time of the cen- 
tennial. It was the only authentic history of Sun- 
hurv ever prepared and delivered." His "Legends 
of the Susquehanna" is rich in charming verse, in 
which the lore and the legends id' the Indian in- 
habitants id' the region are beautifully told : an- 
other work, "Doubter," a long poem, a religious 
argument of great depth, was also published in 
hook form, hut is now out of print. At the time 
of his death he had in preparation a novel, which 
never reached the press. 

Though gentle in disposition, and tolerant of 
the opinions of others. Mr. Purdy was noted for 
his unyielding defense and advocacy of what he 



believed to he right, and he had the courage of his 
convictions on any question. This trait was espe- 
cially noticeable during the Civil war period. His 
greatest political activity was at a time when party 
differences often came between the besl 'if friends, 
and though he himself was unswerving in his al- 
legiance to the standards of his party, men who 
had been his strongest political opponents became 
his warmest personal friends and admirer-. His 
true nature appealed to intelligent men of all 
minds. This characteristic marked his relations 
with his fellow men throughout life, and his sup- 
port was often solicited when an able and influen- 
tial champion was needed. It is seldom that 
traits conducive to success in so many lines are 
combined in one man. or that talents so diversified 
are so well employed. His name will he revered 
in many circles for years to come. Mr. Purdy is 
buried in Pomfre.t Manor ( emetery. 

On Dec. 19, 1861, at Lewisburg, Mr. Purdy 
married Mary E. James, daughter of the late Dr. 
Robert E. dames and sister id' Robert E. dames, 
the latter of Easton, Pa. Her father was a native 
of Bucks county, Pa., anil lived at Centerville, 
Northampton county, where he died. Four chil- 
dren were horn to Mr. anil .Mrs. Purdy: (1) Rob- 
ert Harvey died in Infancy. (".') Carrie M. is en- 
gaged in missionary work under the auspices of the 
MetliodistChurch. having since 1895 been located at 
Pueblo. Mexico, where she has charge of 130 ifirls. 
(3) Truman J. received his early education in the 

public and select scl Is id' Sunhurv. graduated 

from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, and after 
a course of law study was admitted to the bar of 
Northumberland county, where he i- now engaged 
in legal practice, lie has been particularly suc- 
cessful as a counselor in corporation law. and 
holds rank among the leading junior practitioners 
at the Northumberland county bar. (I) Hiram 
L., who lives with his mother at Sunbury. received 
In.- early education in the public schools of that 
borough and was graduated from Bucknell I'ni- 
versity. He is a civil engineer bj profession and 
one of Sunbury's enterprising young business men. 

YAM ALEN. The Van .Mens have pla.yed so 
important a part in the prosperity of the borough 
of Northumberland for the past forty years and 
more that, no mention of its industries would he 
complete without the record of their achievements. 
Throughout this period their establishmenl has 
been one of the mainstays of the place, for m 
times id' financial depression it has been kept run 
QJng for the benefit of employees when other 
plants closed rather than operate at a loss. \i 
present about one hundred and fifty men find 
profitable employment with the Van Alen Com- 
pany. 

T)ie first of the Van .Mens in America emigrat- 
ed n, this country from Holland, settling in do 



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lumbia county, N. Y. There was born his son 
Gilbert, who followed agricultural pursuits all his 
life. The latter married Annis Moore, of Colum- 
bia county, and they had two children, Reuben and 
Catherine. The daughter married John J. Van 
Volkenburg, a farmer and merchant of Columbia 
county. 

Reuben Van Alen. son of Gilbert, followed 
farming and merchandising at Chatham Center^ 
Columbia count}', N. Y., for a number of years. 
In 1S'?T he moved to Salisbury Mills, Orange Co., 
N. Y.. where he engaged in the manu- 
facture of paper, continuing in that line for 
many year?. He was a man of intelligence and 
superior business ability. The closing years of 
his life, after his retirement from business, were 
spent with his son Timothy at Danville, Pa., where 
lie died. He married Mary Oakley, daughter of 
Timothy and Sallie Oakley, and they became the 
parents of three sons and one daughter, Gilbert P.. 
Timothy 0., Sallie 0. (who died at the age of thir- 
teen years) and Lewis 0. 

Timothv 0. Van Aim was born in Chatham 
Center, Columbia Co., N. Y., Aug. 10, 1819. and 
there passed his early years. He was ten years old, 
in 1829, when his father employed a private 
teacher for him, for two years, and at the age of 
twelve he entered the academy at Kinderhook, Co- 
lumbia county, N. Y., where he studied for two 
years, during that period residing with the fam- 
ily of Dr. Henry Van Dyke. Subsequently he re- 
turned to Orange count}', N. Y.. where he ; i t 
ten, lei! tee school of Nathan Stark, at Goshen, "tie 
year. At the age of fifteen he went to New York 
City, where he served as apprentice in a hardware 
store until 1839. Returning home, he engaged in 
the manufacture of paper and agricultural imple- 
ment? and in the mercantile business with his 
father, continuing tint- lor five years. 

Tn 1811 he went to Danville, Montour Co., Pa., 
to represent the Murdock, Leavitt Company in 
the Montour Iron Works, acting as resident asjent 
of that company. Tin 1 same year he built at Dan- 
ville what was afterward known as the "company 
-tore.'" and in 1846 engaged in the mercantile 
business in association with individual stockhold- 
i i - of the company, under the firm name of T. 0. 
Van Alen & Co. In 1866, in company with George 
M. Leslie and A. H. Voris, Mr. Van Alen built 
a nail factory at Northumberland, Northumber- 
land county, establishing a business which has 
since been one of the features of the industrial 
life of The place. At the time it was opened the 
mill contained five puddling furnaces, one coal 
heating furnace, and fifteen nail machines. In 
1872 Mr. Van Alen purchased the interest of Mr. 
Voris. and in 188fi that of Mr. Leslie. He then 
enlarged the plant, putting in five more puddling 
furnaces, one thirty-ton Smiib's gas heating fur- 
nace and thirty-eight more nail machines, bring- 



ing the annual capacity up to one hundred and 
fifty thousand kegs of cut iron and steel nails. 

In 1891, upon the death of Mr. Timothy 0. 
Van Alen. his five sons took the business, which 
they continued until the plant was destroyed by 
lire in L894. In that year three of the brothers, 
Cornelius G.. Gilbert R. and. Edmund G., with 
William B. Waples purchased the mill property 
of Taggarts & Howell, and rebuilt the mill, open- 
ing it for business in May. 1895. That year the 
Van Alen Company purchased the plant of the 
Keystone Forge Company, located at Elizabeth- 
town. Lancaster Co.. Pa., and moved it to North- 
umberland; this plant is now owned by the mem- 
bers of the Van Alen Company, [saac Cornwall 
ami .1. D. Weekes. In 1908 the Van Alen Com- 
pany devoted the entire mill to forge work and the 
manufacture of nail products, in which they give 
employment to about one hundred and fifty men. 
This establishment has been one of the thriving 
interests of Northumberland throughout its ex- 
istence, bringing prosperity to owners and em- 
ployees alike. 

Mr. Timothy 0. Van Alen always took an \u I 
interest in his home town. Danville, of which he 
was one of the foremost citizens for many years. 
He kept his business in operation through periods 
of financial depression as well as in prosperous 
times, and the appreciation of In- generous policy 
was shown in the high esteem in which his fellow- 
citizens of all classes held him. For many years 
he was a director of the First National Bank of 
Danville, and he served many years as a trustee of 
the State Hospital for the Insane at that place. 
He was a prominent member of the Presbyterian 
Church, and acted as president of the boai 
trustees for a number of years. 

In 1816 Mr. Van Alen married Miss Anne 
Catherine Garretson. daughter of Cornelius Gar- 
retson, an ironmaster of Shippensburg, Pa., and 
their union was blessed with eight children: 
Cornelius G., Gilbert 1.'. (deceased in infancy), 
Gilbert R. (2), Alexander Oakley (bom 1850, died 
1893). Edmund G. (deceased in infancy), Ed- 
mund G. CM. Mary A. (died young i and George 
L. Of these Edmund G. married Margaret Bibby. 

Cornelius G. Van Alen. horn Sept. 25, 1846, is 
vice-president of the First National Bank of Dan- 
ville, and has served as a member of the borough 
council. He is a member of the Presbyterian^ 
Church. He married Marion Beveridge. of New- 
burgh. N. Y., and to them were born seven chil- 
dren. Thomas B. (deceased), Marion B. (married 
J. D. Weekes and lias two children. Rachel and 
Marion). Catherine B. (married John E. Van 
Devender), Henrietta (deceased). James S. (mar- 
ried May Peters anil has one child. Charles), Gil- 
bert B. and George L. The mother of this family 
died, and Mr. Van Alen has since married the 
widow of his brother Alexander 0. Van Alen. 



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Gilbert K. V\\ Ai.ia was bom Sept. 10, 1848, 
in Danville, .Montour Co., Pa., son of Timothy 0. 
Van Alen. Ee married Frances Withington, 
daughter of M. J. D. and Elizabeth G. ( Forsythe) 
Withington, and they are the parents of two chil- 
dren, Timothy <>. and Eelen W. Mr. Van Alen 
was the first eminent commander of Mount Her- 
mon Commandery, Knights Templar, of Sunbury, 
Northumberland county. 

JOHN FREDERICK SCHAFEER, of Sun- 
bury, is considered one of the foremost legal prac- 
titioners of his section of Northumberland county, 
where as boroi o citor for Sunbury from 1899 
to L907, and since in the capacity of corporation 
Lawyer, he has taken pari in some of the most im- 
portant litigation of recent years. His success in 
a number oi involved and notable cases has gained 
him high reputation and enviable standing. Mr. 
Sehaffer was born in Sunbury Sept. •.'('), 1st;;. -,,u 
of John F. and Sarah A. (Houghton) SchafEer, 
and i- a great-grandson of Jacob Sehaffer. The 
I a null name is now frequently spelled Shafer. 

Jacob Sehaffer was born at a small town called 
Soffensburg, on the border line of Germany and 
Switzerland, about three miles from the city of 
Basel. Eis father was in the silk business in 
Soffensburg, where he lived and died. His chil- 
dren, besides Jacob, were Frederick and Hans 
(John ). neither of whom came to America. Fred- 
erick fought under Napoleon, serving as one of 
his bodyguard, was taken prisoner, and died on 
the island of Corsica. The other brother, Hans, 
lived at Soffensburg and corresponded with his 
brother Jacob after the latter settled in America, 
his letters being now in the possession of his great- 
niece.. Catherine Rowland. Jacob Sehaffer also 
fought in Napoleon's army, for seven years, leav- 
ing the army after receiving a serious wound in the 
chest, lie Mas married in Germany to Catherine 
D. Fossinger. who was born May 8, 1771. al 
Frankfort, and they came to this country in 1801 
with one daughter, Catherine, who died when two 
years old. shortly after their arrival here. They 
settled in Reading, Pa. The other children of 
this couple, all horn in this country, were: Sam- 
uel, born in Reading in 1S05, who died Nov. 1 I. 
1891, at the age of eighty-six years, and was buried 
in the Charles Evans cemetery in Reading (he 
served in the Civil war, being one of the oldest 
soldiers who enlisted in the Union service, and 
was a corporal in Company H, 31st Regiment, 
Stale Militia) : John, the grandfather of the pres- 
ent John F. Sehaffer: Frederick, who .lied young : 
and Anna, who married Levi Wunder and died in 
Reading. 

John Sehaffer, son of Jacob, was born in Read- 
ing and early in life learned the trade of tailor, 
which he followed in that city all his life, be 
ing very well known in that connection. He died 



11 Reading al nt 1859. Mr. Sehaffer was quite 

active in the Democratic party in his day. giving of 
bis tune and means to help desirable men to local 
positions, and he was a leading member of and 
worker in the Reformed Church, serving as supi r 

intendent of the Sunday scl I. Hewn- twici 

married, and by his first wile, Louisa Wmckler, 
had a family of four children: John F. : Francis, 
who died luinir. Catherine E., who married Cm 

iel W. Rowland (she is the only ( of her <; eri - 

eration now living, and supplied the information 
concerning the early generations used in tin- ai 
tide; she lives in Reading); and Anna I... who 

died Voll 112'. 

John F. Sehaffer was bom Aug, 3, L834, in 
Reading, and therein his youth learned the tailor's 
trade under his father's instruction. In 1855 he 
located at Lewisburg, Union Co.. Pa., when 
followed merchant tailoring until 1864, and then 
returning to Reading remained there until his 
moval to Sunbury, in the spring of L865. There 
lie was in business until hi- death, which occurred 
Aug. '■'•. L878, and be is buried in Pomfret Manor 

ce leiv. He prospered well in his work. . 

ing employment to a number of people, and was 
also an artist of more than ordinary ability. 
About is."")-. 1 be was married at Lewisburg to Sar- 
ah A Eoughton, daughter id' .lame- Eoughton, of 
Lewisburg, ami they became the parents of four 
children, namely: Anna M., who is unmarried: 
lima II.. born in 1862, who died in L866 ; John 
Frederick; and Helen L., born jn 1872, who died 
in 1892. 

John Frederick Sehaffer grew t<> manhood in 
Sunbury and received his education in (lie public 
schools, graduating from the high school in L884. 
He then became a clerk in the office of the register, 
recorder ami clerk of the Orphans 3 Court, at Sun- 
bury, under George D. Bucher, and also served 
under his successor, Orias Bloom, until August, 
1887. That year be went West, spending about 
three years in California. Colorado and Arizona. 
For a short nine he was employed in the office of 
an abstract and title compan} al Co- ijngeles, later 
finding employment as cashier with Fred Earvey, 
the celebrated proprietor of ;i chain of restaurants 
from Kansas City to San Bernardino, Cab. for 
whom be worked at four different points, San 
Bernardino, Cab. Williams. Ariz.. Needles, Cal., 
and La. I unfa. Colo. Before going West Mr. 

Sehaffer bad passed the prelii arj examination, 

and on his return to Sunbury, in May, L890, 
took up the reading of law- under lion. John B. 
Packer, a distinguished practitioner of that bor 
ough. Mr. Packer d\ ing in 1891, be completed 
!n- studies under George lb Reimensnyder, a 

prom ni lawyer of Sunbury, finishing the course 

in Januarv, L89 i. He was admitted to the bar m 

December of that year. Meantime Mr. Si 

had entered the office of the prothonotary, S. I'. 



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Fausold, under whom he served three years as chief 
clerk. Alter his admission to the bar he remained 
in the office of his preceptor for a year and a half, 
in May, 1896, opening an office of his own in the 
Masser building, where he has since been located. 
From 1899 to 1907 Mr. Schaffer was solicitor for 
the borough of Sunbury, and as such successfully 
defended a number of suits for the municipality. 
He is now the legal representative of the Sunbury 
& Northumberland Electric Railway Company and 
the Edison Electric Illuminating Company of 
Sunbury, which has the first plant installed by 
Mr. Edison personally, he having superintended 
its construction, the installation of all machinery, 
etc. As the attorney for the Sunbury & Northum- 
berland Electric Railway Company Mr. Schaffer's 
most important work was in connection with the 
injunction suit- instituted againsl the corporation 
by liny Webster, acting for the Sunbury & Selins- 
grove Electric Railway Company and the hoi- _ 
of Sunbury. In both instances the Sunbury & 
Northumberland Company scored a complete vic- 
tory. After failing in the injunction suits the 
prosecutors made application to the attorney gen- 
eral for a quo warranto proceeding in the Dauphin 
county courts, but the matter was never brought 
to an issue. It was largely through Mr. Schaffer's 
efforts as attorney for the Sunbury & Northumber- 
land Company that the bridge over the north 
branch of the Susquehanna river, between Sun- 
bury and Packer's Island, was constructed, in 
1910. Be i- a valued counselor and an authority 
whose opinion commands general resp 

(»n .huii' 20, 1906, Mr. Schaffer married Ger- 
trude Lindsay Gervin, daughter of Charles and 
.lain- M. (Brown) Gervin, late of Northumber- 
land, and they have had one daughter, Helen Jose- 
phine. Mr. Schaffer is a member of the Presby- 
terian Church. Politically he is a Democrat, but 
In- takes ii" active part in the work of the party. 

CHARLES C. LEADER, of Shamokin, North- 
umberland count}', is connected with so many 1ms- 
iness interests in that city, of private and public 
importance, that his name is synonymous with all 
that represents its progress and well-being. As 
merchant and hanker he lias been a leader in the 
business life of the city for years. As promoter, 
;1 !, holder and officer of important financial in- 
stitutions his name ami reputation have given the 
confidence needed by such concerns at the outsi i oi 
their career and they in turn have benefited the 
community and increased its possibilities of ex- 
pansion and sound development. 

Mr. Leader was horn July 13. 1843, in Alsace 
township. Berk- Co., Pa., son of Edward Leader. 
and grandson of George Leader, both of whom were 
natives of Montgomery county, this State. The 
grandfather removed to Reading, Berks Co., Pa., 
where he resided until the time id' his death. 



Edward Leader, father of Charles C. Leader, was 
a farmer by occupation. He died in 1859 in Al- 
sace township, Berks county, at the age of forty- 
five years, and he is buried at Alsace Church. He 
was twice married, his first wife being Catherine 
Snyder, his second Hettie Wanner. 

Charles C. Leader was reared on his fathers 
farm in Berks county, and there received his edu- 
cation in the local schools, having also the advan- 
tages nf niie year's study at Schuylkill Haven, Pa., 
before he commenced work. In 1860 he became a 
clerk in the general store of A. .1. Medici', in 
Schuylkill Haven, where he was employed for 
about three years, at the end of that time removing 
with his employer to Pottsville, Pa., where he con- 
tinued with him as clerk I'm- three wars more. 
Returning to Schuylkill Haven in 1 s ( ; r> . he opened 
a -tore of his own, carrying a stock of general mer- 
chandise, and remained there ten years, doing re- 
markably well. However, feeling that lie had ex- 
hausted the possibilities in that line at Schuylkill 
Eaven, he resolved to try his sue. es - here, and 
in 1875 lie established himself at Shamokin. where 
he has continued to reside to the present time. 
During his first three years in that city he was the 
head of the firm of Leader. Muir & Co.. who had a 
-i ire .r Liberty and Independence streets. After 
file firm was dissolved, by mutual consent, in LSLS. 

Mr. Leader opened a <\v\ g Is store of his own at 

Shamokin and Sunbury streets, two years later, in 
1880, removing it to Independence street. In 1881 
he formed a partnership with 1!. ».. Eisenhart, the 
firm name being Leader & Eisenhart, and they were 
a-- iciated for three years, until Mr. Leader bought 
out his partner and took his brother. Edward M. 
Leader, into partnership. When he entered into 
the partnership with Mr. Eisenhart a clothing de- 
partment was added tn the original business, and 
Leadei & Brother continued both tines until 1889, 
when they divided the trade. Charles C. Lead' r re- 
taining the dry goods branch, and Edward M. 
Lead.' thi clothing branch. Mr. Charles C. Lead- 
er, at the time of the separation, established him- 
self in the new building, built in 1889. in which he 
has ever since continued the dry good- business, his 
brother remaining at the old stand on Independ- 
-ti'it. The business was incorporated in 
1908, as tiie ('. C. Leader ,v Si, ns Company, Mr. 
Leader's two sons, Harry K. and Edward 1!.. and 
daughter, E. May Leader, being now- members of 
the firm. He himself continue- to act as president 
ncern. Mr. Leader has always been known 
. - a progressive man in his methods and ideas, and 
when be erected his present dry goods -tore, in 
1889, it was niie of the finest buildings used for the 
purpose in the State, modern in construction, com- 
modious and complete in equipment, pleasant, at- 
tractive, and convenient beyond the ordinary. The 
building is 18 by 125 feet in dimensions, three 
stories and basement, and is devoted entirely to the 





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accommodation of this business, which has en- 
joyed a career of uninterrupted prosperity. 

As the founder of one of the largest and most 

successful dry g Is houses in this section Mr. 

Leader would be entitled to front rank among the 
enterprising business men of Shamokin. Bui he 
has noi devoted himself entirely to this one under- 
taking. A- an extensi I' his first interests, he 

had a dn g I- store at Mount Carmel, Northum- 
berland county, which when the Shamokin store 
was incorporated he -old to his son ('. F. Leader, 
who is conducting il on the same scale and in the 
same progressive style characteristic of the Sham- 
okin store. An earnest desire to please their pa- 
trons may he said to he the keynote of the success 
of (his concern, ami the results commend the policy. 
Liberal management has also been a leading feature 
of Mr. Leader's code, and its wisdom has been 
made apparent by his continued prosperity. 

Several of the -t important financial cor- 
porations in Shamokin count .Mr. Leader among 
their promoters ami founders, and he has been 
identified with their conduct in various capacities, 
bis connection and influence being considered im- 
portant factors in their welfare. He was the lead- 
in-' promoter of the Guarantee Trust & Safe 
Deposit Company, capitalized at $250,000, which 
was organized and began business in March, L896, 
ami has been it- president since the organization; 
he is also president of the First National Bank 
of Schuylkill Haven, of the \Y. 1'. Zartman Lum- 
ber Company (with offices at Shamokin). of C. ( '. 
Leader & Sons Company (dry goods and carpets), 
and of the Hillsboro Telephone Company of Hills- 
boro. Texas. He is a director of the Cement Block 
Company, of Shamokin. of the Mutual Fire In- 
surance Company, of Shamokin. id* the Mississippi 
Telephone Company and of the Auburn Shale 
Brick Company of Shamokin: and a trustee of 
Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster. Pa., 
and of Bethany Orphans' Home, Womelsdorf, Pa. 
Mr. Leader was the prime mover in the establish- 
ment of the First National Bank of Schuylkill 
Haven, which was organized in 1899, with a cap- 
ital of $50,000, and held the office of \ ice president 
until 1904, when he became president. He is a 
member of the building commission for the State 
hospital, including the district of Trevorton, 
Shamokin and Mount Carmel. His services in ev- 
ery position of responsibility have shown his selec- 
tion to be a wise one. Few men have done more 
for the community, though he has not gone into 
the realm of public life, confining his efforts to 
doing the best he can for his fellow men in his 
capacity of private citizen. His gifts to charity 
have been generous and well distributed, his in- 
terest in benevolent projects leading him to sup- 
port worthy organizations, and his sympathy for 
less fortunate fellow beings prompting many pri- 
vate beneficences. 



In May, 1867, Mr. Leader married Amanda R. 
Ketner. of Schuylkill Haven, daughter of Benja- 
min Ketner, and they have had a family of five 
children: Emma May is at home: Charles Frank- 
'in married Cora Pensyl : William C. born in 
181 I. was manager of (he Mouth Carmel More at 
ill" time of his death, in 1899, in a terrible rail- 
road accident on the Lehigh Valley road at Dun- 
ellen, N. J.; Harry lv. a member of the corpora- 
tion of C. C. Leader & Sons Company, married 
Bertha Dress and had two children, Charles C. 
and Richard; Edward R. succeeded In- brother 
William in the management of the Mount ( ar 
mel store and is a member of the corporation of 
C. C. Leader & Sons Company. 

In politics Mr. Leader was originally a Demo- 
crat, but he now votes independently: he is a 
man of strong Prohibition tendencies, and a 
stanch advocate of reforms which have lor their 
object (he permanent elevation of (he human race. 
lie has long been a member of St. John's Re- 
formed Church, and has served main' years as eld- 
er. For twenty-five years, from 1880, he served as 
superintendent of the Sunday school. During the 
Civil war he responded to the call when the in- 
vasion of the State was threatened, enlisting at 
Harrisburg and serving in an emergeni \ regi- 
ment at Wrightsville, York Co., Pennsylvania. 

SIMON PETEE BROWS was a resident of the 

borough of Milton for forty years, during which 
period he was not only considered one of the sub- 
stantial citizens id' that place hut also one whose 
influence counted lor much in the promotion of 

progressive enterprises. He made a great success 

of bis own undertakings, and when he became in- 
terested in public institutions, those bearing on 
the genera] welfare of the community, he gave 
them the same thought which had made his per- 
sonal affairs prosper, intelligent, broad-minded 
and public-spirited, he was a man whose life, 
though unassuming and avoiding rather than seek- 
ing notoriety, was one of continuous usefulness to 
his fellow men as well as to those who had 
right (o claim his attention. 

Mr. Brown was a native of Cnion county, Pa., 
horn Aug. 14. 1843, -on of Cyrus and Elizabeth 
(Wooltrout) Brown whose children were as fol- 
lows: Mary Ann (who married \ao>n Van B 
kirk). Daniel. Reuben, Abram, Obediah (died 
voting), Jeremiah (died young) and Simon Peter. 
The last named was a pupil mi the 31 hools oi 
home locality in Cnion i onntj and later wi at to 
school at Lew ishurg. lie came to Milton about 
1861 and there spent the remainder of his days. 
He began work in the borough as a clerk in 
store of William lleinen. remaining there when it 
W as conducted by the firm of lleinen. Etzler & 
Raush, and later by the lleinen & Schn H om- 
p an y. But he did not conl inuc long in the hum- 



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ble capacity in which he began his connection with 
the business. He became a partner, and after the 
death of Mr. Heinen the firm became Schreyer, 
Brown & Co., continuing thus until Mr. Brown 
withdrew from the association, in 1894. Though 
unostentatious in everything he did Mr. Brown 
was recognized as a most efficient worker by all 
who had any dealings with him. Many of the most 
important movements in Milton counted him 
among their most effective promoters. He was one 
of the organizers of the Milton Water Company 
ami served as director; was for years president of 
the Milton Gas Company and was one of the di- 
rectors of the Milton Xational Bank. He was a 
faithful member of the Presbyterian Church, and 
in politics a Republican. His death, which oc- 
curred April 28, L907, was a distinct loss to the 
community. 

On March 14. 1882, Mr. Brown married Laura 
B. Knauff. daughter of John and Susan (Clinger) 
Knauff. and she survives him, she and her mother 
occupying the beautiful home on East Broadway 
erected by Mr. Brown. 

JOHN KNAUFF, late of Milton, who served 
as assessor of the Second ward of that borough, 

was born in 1833 in Lycoming county, Pa., but 
was long a citizen of Northumberland county. 

Frederick Knauff. his father, was born in L809 
in Germany and was only a boy when he came to 
America, in 1817. He followed farming all his 
life. His wife. Anna, of Schuylkill county. Pa., 
was born in 1810 and survived him, dying in 1885. 
Mr. Knauff's death occurred in 1875. He was a 
Lutheran in religion and a Democrat in politics. 
To Mr. ami Mrs. Knauff were born children as 
follows: John: Henry, who lives in Lewisburg; 
Peter, living in Jersey Shove. Pa.: Daniel, who 
lives in Scranton, Pa.: Abram, deceased: Susan. 
who married John Zere and died in 1860; Mar- 
garet, Mrs. Wagner: Julia Ann. who married 
Peter Heilman and lives in Indiana (they have 
two children. Fred and Lloyd); Catharine, who 
married Edward App : and Matilda, who married 
Harry Noll. 

John Knauff followed farming in his early life, 
later engaging in lumbering for a number of years. 
For over twenty years he was connected with the 
"Milton Car Works as foreman, during the time 
that plant was under the management of Murray, 
Dougal & Co. Although a Democrat in a ward 
which is normally Republican by a majority of 
liai Mr. Knauff was elected assessor a few years 
ago, the second time by a majority of 168, which 
statement needs no comment. He held this office 
during his last years, dying Aug. 1. 1910. His 
trustworthy character ami efficient services were 
well appreciated bv his fellow citizens. 

On Feb. 9. 1856, Mr. Knauff married Susan, 
daughter of Henry and Susanna ( Wagoner) ding- 



er, and their union was blessed with the following 
children: Laura B., win:, is the widow of Simon 
Peter Brown: Amanda Y., Mrs. Crane: Carrie 
(deceased). Mrs. Hanam : and Robert C, who 
married Bessie May Eottenstein and has two chil- 
dren. John A. and Robert S. Mrs. Robert C. 
Knauff is the daughter of Allen S. Hottenstein. 
granddaughter of Charles Hottenstein and great- 
granddaughter of Henry and Catharine (Spohn) 
Hottenstein. 

Though Mrs. Knauff has passed the threescore 
and ten mark she enjoys good health and is active 
beyond the ordinary, and the same was true of 
Mr. Knauff. They made their home with their 
daughter, Mrs. Brown, spending their days in well 

deserved peace and content nt, surrounded by 

all that goes to make life worth living. 

YOR1S AUTEN, of Mount Carmel, judge of 
the courts of Northumberland county, comprising 
the Eighth Judicial district, occupies a conspic- 
uous place among the leading citizens of that 
section of Northumberland county and the State 
of Pennsylvania. His success in both professional 
and business lines indicates the strength and ver- 
satility of his makeup, and his services as judge 
have established him firmly in the confidence of 
the people. 

Judge Aitteii. -on of William Maxwell Auten 
and Sarah (Allison) Auten. was born in Chilli-- 
quaque township, this county. July 8. 1856. His 
original paternal ancestor in this country was 
Adrian Hendricksen Aten, who came from Hol- 
land and settled at Flatbush, Long [sland, in 1651. 
Just when or under what circumstances the let- 
ter "u" was inserted in the paternal name is not 
definitely known. Some of the descendants of this 
hi.' -tor retain the original form of the name. - 

In the latter part of the eighteenth century. 
probably between 1780 and 1800. John Auten 
(Aten), descendant of Adrian Hendricksen, set- 
tled in what is now Montour county. Pa., along the 
banks of the Chillisquaque creek, about nine miles 
from its mouth, where were born Joseph Auten 
ami William Maxwell Auten. grandfather and 
lather of the Judge. John Auten assisted in 
building the first Chillisquaque Presbyterian 
church, a log structure subsequently destroyed by 
the Indians. His son Joseph married Elizabeth 
Maxwell. 

William Maxwell Auten. son of Joseph ami 
Elizabeth (Maxwell) Auten. was born July 7. 
1814. He received a common school education, 
ami when about eighteen years old began to learn 
the trade of millwright, which he followed in con- 
nection with fanning throughout his active years. 
He made his home in Chillisquaque township until 
his death, which occurred Jan. 8, 1891. after a se- 
vere illness of about four weeks" duration. Mr. 
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his township, where he served one term as justice 
of the peace and several terms as school director, 
taking especial interesl in the welfare of the pub- 
lic schools. He was a De -rut and took part in 

the work of the part}', serving as delegate to.eounty 
and Stale convent s. In religion he was a mem- 
ber of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he 
was a conscientious Christian and an earnest stu- 
dent of the Bible, conducting himself in all the 
relations of Life so as to retain the respect ami 
good will of all his fellow men. 

Mr. Auten was twice married. By his first un- 
ion, with Sarah Kline daughter of Joseph Kline, 
he had six children, namely: Joseph II.. Wesley, 
Isaiah. Catharine .1. (Mrs. Samuel (iin'en). John 
.)., ami a sixth which died in early infancy. The 
neither died in IS Is. and Mi'. Auten subsequently 
married Mrs. Saraji < Ulison) Man-, widow of 
John Marr, and daughter of .lames Allison, who 
settled hi Northumberland county in pioneer days. 
Seven children were born to the second marriage: 
James A.. \\ illiam M., Voris, Elizabeth (Mrs. W. 
B. Cox), Edward, George B. M. and Annie (wile 
of Angus Fairchild > . 

Voris Auten grew to manhood in his native 
township, gaining his earl} education there in the 
common schools. Later he attended the academ} 
ami university at Lewisburg, taking part of the 
scientific course at the university and like many 
who follow the professions he taught school while 
preparing for his life work. Tie was engaged lor 
several terms as teacher in the common schools 
of his native township, ami was six years thus 
engaged in the Snnbury schools, meantime, in 
April, L879, commencing the study of law under 
Frank A. Marr, attorney, of Sunbury. lie was 
admitted to the bar of Northumberland county in 
September, 1881, ami in .lunc. 1883, removed to 
Mount Carmel, where he has since been engaged 
in practice, ^n the fall of ISS!) he was elected 
district attornej of the county, and was reelected 
in 1892, serving two terms. In November, 1901, 

he waS el. -(ted judge of the eoullfv COUfts. Sllcll 

is a brief outline of his legal career. Of the steps 
by which he has attained his success, the consci- 
entious fulfillment of every trust reposed in him, 
the skillful handling of all his legal cases and his 
efficient discharge of every duty, we can best judge 
by results. He is a man who has done his best 
a- a citizen, in both the relations which he has 
formed in the pursuit of his professional and 
business interests, and those which the intelligent 
man feels called upon to assume as a useful mem- 
ber of society. Tie is a Democrat in politics. So- 
cially Judge Auten belongs to the 1. O. O. F. and 
the F. & A. M. 

On dune '.). 1887, Judge Auten married Jennie 
1,'eiin. daughter id' Dr. George M. Renn, of Sun- 
bury, and they have had one daughter, Agnes 
Renn, who was born Julv 11. IS!).'!. 



WILLIAM M. LLOYD, of Shamokin, present 

treasurer of Northumberland county, is a citizen 
who enjoys excellent standing- in both business and 
official circles. Before taking his present office he 
filled that of justice of the peace for some time. 
and he has business interests which entitle him to 
be considered one of the substantial men of his 
community. He is a native of the county, of 
Welsh extraction. 

Mathew Lloyd, grandfather of William M. 
Lloyd, was born in the south of Wales, in 1814, 
and came to America in 1854. lie had married 
Mary Powell, also a native of Smith Wales, and 
on coming- to this country they brought their fam- 
ily of three children, two sons and one daughter. 
Mr. Lloyd followed mining throughout his active 
years, and died in 1884 in Shamokin. Coal town- 
ship. Northumberland ( lo., Pa., where he is buried. 
Of the children. William died in Shamokin: Eliz- 
abeth married John Khittle, of Roaring Creek-. 
Columbia Co., Pa., and died at Centralia, that 
county : Thomas is the father of William M. Lloyd. 

Thomas Lloyd, son of Mathew, was born April 
14. 1852, in Nantyglo, South Wales, and came to 
America when very young, landing al New York. 
His first home here was at Minersville, Schuylkill 
Co., Pa., and later he was in Lycoming county, this 
State, whither his father moved in 1858. In 1859 
the family moved to Danville, Montour county, 
remaining there until 1869, when they settled in 
Shamokin. Here and in the vicinity Thomas 
Lloyd has since resided. He worked at mining at 
the various places where the family lived, follow- 
ing that occupation, part of the time in connection 
with contracting, for twenty-five years in all. He 
then embarked in the grocery business, al Mar- 
shallton, in Coal township. Northumberland ooun 
ty, being engaged in that line for about seven 
years, in association with his son William .\L. 
under the name of Lloyd & Sun. Hi- next ven- 
ture was in the hotel business, on the same site as 
he had bis grocery store, ami be continued in tie- 
line for thirteen years, making a success of it. 
Since settling at his present home he has devoted 
all his time to hi- real estate interests, lie pur 
chased property at Edgewood, in Coal township, 
in 190 1 / erecting thereon the line residence he now 
occupies, at No. 1 1 1 > i Arch street. In many ways 
Mr. Lloyd ha- proved himself a trustworthy and 
intelligent citizen, and bis business reputaf 
is unimpeachable. 

On July 1. 1872, Mr. Lloyd married Delilah 
.-Vnn Dilliplane, daughter of Ezekiel Dilliplane. 
She is a native of Roaring ( heel . t lolumbia ( !o., 
Pa. Mr. ami Mrs. Lloyd have had si.\ children: 
William M. : Albert, novt a member of the firm 
of Malick <S Lloyd, manufacturers of overalls and 
shirts at Shamokin, formerly superintendent 
schools iii Coal township (he married Nellie 
Ernst); Lydia A., unmarried; Thomas, M. I 1 ; 



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Edward, 1». D. S., of Shamokin; and Harvey, M. 
P.. of Shamokin. Mr. Lloyd, the father, is a 
member of the I. 0. 0. F. and of the Knights of 

the Golden Eagle. 

William M. Lloyd was born April 9, is;; 1 ,, in 
Coal township, near Shamokin, and attended the 
schools of In- native township. But as was com- 
mon in those days he commenced work at the age 
i.f eight years, as slate picker at the mines near 
Shamokin, following this vocation for four years. 
Then he entered his father's grocery store, clerk- 
ing i here for >r\ri\ vears. after which he engaged 
in the wholesale bottling business, in Coal town- 
ship. He conducted that business until 1900, 
when he was elected a justice of the peace of his 
native township, and he served in that capacity un- 
til he was eleeted county treasurer, in November, 
1908. Though a Republican, Mr. Lloyd was given 
flattering support, having a majority of •.':', 1 rotes 
in his run I'm- the treasurer's oilier. Hi' is well 
and favorably known throughout the county, and 
his successful race for the position was undoubt- 
edly due in large measure to his personal popular- 
ity and his high standing I'm' integrity and moral 
strength. 

Mr. Lloyd is one of the owners of the well 
known "•Windsor Hotel" at Shamokin. of which 
Mr. .1. W. Henrie is in charge, and in this con- 
nection is well known to the traveling public; he 
is vice-president of the company which owns the 
hotel, lie i- president of the Miners' Building 
& Loan Association of Shamokin. of which Charles 
O'Connor i- vice-president. Mr. Lloyd holds mem- 
bership in Shamokin Lodge, B. 1'. < >. Elks, and 
also belongs to the West End Fire Company. 

Mr. Lloyd married Julia Eagan, daughter of 
William Eagan, of Shamokin. and they have hail a 
family of four children: Letitia, Albert, Valeria 
and Lyman S. 

GRANT HERRING, of Sunbury, a dis- 
tinguished lawyer whose professional talent and 
attainments have gained him standing among the 
foremost legal practitioners of the day in Penn- 
sylvania, has been a resident of Northumberland 
county for only a few years. His reputation and 
achievements, however, entitle him to recognition 
wherever he goes. Bloomsburg, Columbia county, 
was his home for a number of years. For a con- 
siderable period he was prominent in Democratic 
politics, hut since January, 1899, he has devoted 
himself to the practice of his profession. Mr. 
Herring was horn May 19, 1862, at Centerville 
(now Limeridge), Columbia Co.. Fa., son of 
George A. and Mary A. (ITes<) Herring. The 
family is of German peasant origin. 

Christopher Herring, the emigrant ancestor, 
came to this country with his wife and eight 
children before the Revolutionary war. They 
were "redemptioners," their services being -old to 



defray the expenses of the passage. Two ,,f the 
eight children were killed in the battle of the 
Brandywine. Another. Ludwick, was the great- 
grandfather of Grant Herring. He settled in Or- 
angeville, Columbia Co., Fa., in 1800. He was a 
teamster and was engaged in hauling produce and 

g Is from Orangeville and Pottsville to Reading 

before the introduction of the railroad system in 
that section. 

John Herring, son of Ludwick, was horn in 
Orangeville, Fa., in 1808, and there resided 
throughout his active life. IF' was a carpenter by 
occupation, and for twenty vears was a carpenter 
foreman on the Pennsylvania canal, between Xan- 
tieoke and Sunbury. Politically he was a Jack- 
sonian Democrat, casting his first vote for Jack- 
son, and adhered to tin' Democratic party until his 
death. For ten years he was justice of the peace 
at Orangeville. In 1889 he moved to Bloomsburg 
and for the rest of his vears lived in retirement, 
dying in 1893. He married Rebecca Snyder, a 
sister of the late Sheriff John Snyder, of Orange- 
ville, and they had eight children, six sons and 
two daughters. 

George A. Herring, son of John, was horn in 
Orangeville, Dee. '.'I. is:;:;, and obtained his edu-. 
cation in the academy at that place. At the age of 
twenty years he moved to Bloomsburg, where he 
learned the trade of molder, which he followed 
for a period of four years in Bloomsburg, 
Illinois and Michigan. Returning home he 
engaged in carpentering with his father. 
building canal boats at Limeridge. Columbia 
county, and continued carpenter work and 
boatbuilding until 1864, when he purchased a col- 
lierv, now known as No. 3, at Shenandoah. Schuyl- 
kill Co.. Fa., in connection with J. AY. Williams. 
Esq., operating it for a U-w years as a member ol 
the firm of Williams & Herring. He then met 
with a serious accident which nearly resulted in 
his death and which terminated his connection 
with the mine. He disposed of his interest and en- 
gaged in merchandising in Shenandoah up to the 
year 1876, when he sold out. During tin- period 
he was eleeted tiva-urer of Schuylkill county, serv- 
ing from 1870 to L873. IF' was one of the organ- 
izers and a director of the Shenandoah Water 

( pany; also a director of the Shenandoah Val- 

le\ Hank. In 1876, owing to poor health, he sold 
bis -tor,' an, I moved to Bloomsburg, purchasing 
a farm two miles from there and also renting a 
tannery, which he operated until 1882. He 
then disposed of the tannery, hut has since 
owned the farm. From 1881 to 1887 he 
served as deputy treasurer of Columbia 
county, and for the following three year- as 
treasurer. In 1894 he was made deputy collector 
of internal revenue for the Twelfth District of 

F lsylvania, with office at Scranton, under his 

-oil Grant, and he has since held that office. Po- 



NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA 



litieally Mr. Herring is a firm supporter of Demo- 
cratic principles and has frequently served as del- 
egate to State conventions from Columbia and 
Schuylkill counties. He was a delegate to the con- 
vention which nominated Pattison for governor, 
the first time he was fleeted, and the delegation 
from Schuylkill county, being the last to east its 
vote, had the distincl ion of naming the Democratic 
candidate, as the vote was very close. Mr. Herring 
married Mary A. Hess, who died in 1893 at the 
age of fifty-seven years, and they became the par- 
ents of three children: Grant; Ida. who resides 
with her father at Bloomsburg; and John, who 
died in March, 1890, at the age of twenty-two 
years. The latter was graduated from Lafayette 
College in June, 188!), and during his junior year 
in college received honors in oratorical contests; 
upon leaving school he began the study of law with 
his brother and continued it until his death. 

Grant Herring attended the common schools of 
Shenandoah until I sic, when he entered the 
Bloomsburg State normal school, to prepare for 
college, remaining there until L879. He then took 
a classical course in Lafayette College, graduating 
therefrom in . I une, 1883, with the degree of A. B. ; 
later he received the A. M. degree from his alma 
mater, lie is an excellent speaker and a fluent 
writer, and in Ins junior year took first honors 
in the oratorical contest. In September, 1883, he 
began the study of law in Bloomsburg with E. R. 
Ikeler. Esq., afterward president judge of the 
Twenty-sixth Judicial district of Pennsylvania, 
and was admitted to the bar in Columbia county 
Fch. •">, 1885. lie formed a partnership with Mr. 
Ikeler on the same day. under the firm name Ike- 
ler & Herring, and they continued together for 
four years, until the former was elected to the 
bench. lie has been admitted to the County, 
United Stales. State and District Supreme courts. 
lie built up a good corporation practice, becom- 
ing solicitor for the Farmers National Bank, attor- 
ney for the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Com- 
pany, for the .lack-on & W Tin Manufacturing 

Company, id' Berwick, and a number of other 
prominent firms. 

Mr. Herring was active in the councils of the 
Democratic party for some years. He was del- 
egate-al-large from Pennsylvania to the Demo- 
cratic National Convention of 1892, which nomi- 
nated Cleveland, and was delegate from his district 
in 1896 to the convention held al Chicago, where 
he was an earnest advocate of sound money doc- 
trines throughout the financial excitement which 
characterized that period. He received a number 
of honors from the party. He was elected to the 
State Senate from the Twenty- fourth district, 
which he represented in that body from 1890 to 
1894, serving in the extra sessions called in 1893 
by Governor Pattison for the investigation of State 
officials. He was the youngest member of that 



bo dy. He was appointed Collector ,,f Internal 

Revenue lor the Twelfth district of Pennsylvania, 
assuming the duties of this office Fch. :;. L892. 
<>n Aug. 1?. 1898, he was appointed president 
judge of the Twenty-sixth Judicial district (suc- 
ceeding his former |, receptor and partner. Mr. Ike- 
ler. in that position), and soon after was oi f 

three judges to decide a contest at a judicial elec- 
tion in Schuylkill county, lie was not a candidate 

for (lie election which took place the following 

November, and in January, 1899, resumed the 
pi ivate practice of his profession, which he fol 

lowed alone at Bloomsburg fr the time he and 

Mr. Ikeler dissolved partnership until he came 
to Sunbury, April 22, 1907, and formed a partner- 
ship with Hon. S. I'. Wblverton. The] prai ticed 
together for two years, since which time Mr. Her- 
ring has practiced alone. His office is in the Boss- 
ier building, at the corner of Market and Fourth 
streets. Sunbury. Mr. Herring's success in han- 
dling the cases intrusted to him has com,, as the 
result of indefatigable devotion to the interests of 
his clients, and his thorough familiarity with 
legal methods m all the courts. His standing, be- 
cause of his brilliancy and conscientious devotion 
of his best efforts to any work he undertakes, is 
id' the highest, and he has a forceful personality 
which attracts the most substantial elements in 
any community. Mr. Herring wa- made a trustee 
of the State normal school at Bloomsburg in 1895, 
and again appointed m 1898; since the latter year 
he has also been a trustee of the Siatc Eospital for 
Injured Persons, located at Fountain Springs, in 
Schuylkill county. 

On Sept. 4. 1885, Mr. Herring married F, ia 

.Tones, of Bloomsburg. daughter of John C. Jones; 
she died Nov. 8, 1910, at the age of forty-nine 
years, the mother of three children. \ iz. : ( 1 ) Don- 
ald Grant Herring, horn Sept. 25, 1886, attended 
Bloomsburg high school, was graduated at Law- 
renceville in 1903, ami then entered Princeton, 
from which university he was graduated with the 

degr f A. B . m L907. lie won the Rhodes 

scholarship for the State of New Jersey, which en- 
titled him to a thive years' course at Oxford Cm 
versify, England, where he wa- graduated with 
honors in dune. 1910. While then' he played 
Rugby football on tin' Oxford side in the inter- 
varsity match between Oxford and Cambridge 
(the only American who enjoys that distinction), 
lb. is now an instructor at Princeton in Wdodrow 
Wilson's department of History, Politic- and 
Economics. ( '-' ) Laura Douglas Herring, born 

Dec. 2 I. 1887, graduated from the Bloo 

State normal school and from Rye Seminary, V 
Y.. entered Vassar College, and subsequently to 
a course at the Damrosch School of Musical An. 
New Yoik- City, studying vocal music. She is now 
preparing to sing in grand opi i a nous 

Madam Milka Ternina. (3) Mildred Herring, 



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born Sept. 24, 1893, graduated from the Blooms- 
burg State normal school, attended Susquehanna 
University, at Selinsgrove, Pa., and is now at 
Rye Seminary, preparing for Vassal' College. 

EOCKEFELLEE. The Eockefeller family has 
long been well represented among the best class 
of citizens in Northumberland county, and one of 
the townships of the county bears the name. The 
family was founded here by Godfrey Rockefeller, 
from whom the brothers to whom this article 
chiefly refers are descended in the fifth generation. 
All the surviving sons of the family of the late 
Lewis Rockefeller are prosperous and substantial 
business men of Sunbury, and there resides the 
family of the late Lemuel ('. Rockefeller. Eis 
brothers, Isaac and Charles (i. Rockefeller, are as- 
sociated in business under the firm name of C. G. 
Rockefeller & Brother, and are proprietors of the 
Sunbury Market House and of the Sunbury San- 
itary Dairy Company, both of which are well pat- 
ronized by the people of the borough. 

The Rockefeller family traces its beginning in 
America to one Peter Rockefeller, who was born 
in Europe in 1710 and on emigrating to America 
settled at Amwell, Hunterdon Co., N. J. He died 
there about 1740, leaving to his son, who was also 
named Peter, 763 acres of land in the county 
mentioned. 

Godfrey Rockefeller, born in 1747, was a son of 
Peter Rockefeller (2). He came to Northumber- 
land county. Pa., in 1780. and took up land in the 
vicinity of Snydertown. He married Margaret 
Lewis, and they had a family of eleven children, 
three sons ami eight daughters. One of the sons 
was the grandfather id' John D. Rockefeller, of 
Standard Oil fame. The other two were John and 
"William, the former the great-grandfather of 
the Rockefeller brothers of Sunbury just referred 
to. the latter the father of David (born Sept. 6, 
isie.') and grandfather of Judge William M. 
Rockefeller (born Aug. 18. 1830), who married 
Emily Jones, daughter of Thomas and Maria 
House] Jones, of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. 

John Rockefeller, son of Godfrey, was the great- 
grandfather of Lemuel C. Charles G. and Isaac 
Rockefeller. 

John Rockefeller, the grandfather, was killed 
on his way home from Reading, at a time when 
much of the country was still a wilderness. He 
married Elizabeth Moore, and they were the par- 
ents of Lewis Rockefeller, mentioned below, their 
other children being a- follows: Henry married 
Elizabeth Morgan and had live children. John, 
.lame-. Jacob, Franklin and Harriet (Mrs. John 
Gulick) ; Michael never married; David was twice 
married, his first wife being Isabella Campbell; 
John married Harriet Kneiss and had five children. 
Mice (wife of Rev. John Bowman), Caroline (Mrs. 
Woods), Anne (wife of Jacob Five'), Elizabeth 



(wife of Jesse Cleaver) and Ella (Mrs. Sanders) ; 
Mary married George Bassett and had -ix chil- 
dren, Lucy, Alda, Ruth. Maggie, Elizabeth and 

t . _e : Hetester married Isaac Eckman and had 

children, Col. Charles (married Sophia Gearhart) 
and David (married Ella Wolfe and had chil- 
dren, Franklin, Alfred. Dyer and Ethel), Eliz- 
abeth (married first Oscar Heller and second 
Joseph Bonner) ; Harriet (married George Mettler 
and had two children, Ella and Susan) and Lewis. 

Lewis Rockefeller, born Sept. 1'.'. 1823, died in 
October. 1898. He married Catherine Campbell, 
who survives him and they became the parents 
of a large family: Lemuel ('., born Nov. 8. 1848, 
is mentioned elsewhere in this publication; Sarah 
married H. Clay Seasholtz and has had one -on. 
David; Isabella died in 1888, at the age of twen- 
ty-five: Hattie married H. C. Lyons: Charles G. 
is mentioned below: Isaac is mentioned below; 
Joseph, born in 1859, died in 1870; David V. mar- 
ried Agnes Cummings; Oliver P. married Jennie 
A. Haupt; Emery was united in marriage with 
Minnie Gonser. 

Mrs. Catherine (Campbell) Rockefeller, though 
now (1910) in her eighty-first year, is active and 
retains all her faculties, and to her excellent mem- 
ory we are indebted for much of the data in this 
article. She enjoys good health, and her kind and 
unselfish disposition keeps her interested in the 
welfare of her numerous descendants and endears 
her to a wide circle of relatives and friend-. She 
now makes her home with her daughter Mrs. Sea- 
sholtz. Her cheerful temperament ami fine Chris- 
tian character have won for her the esteem and 
love of all fortunate enough to know her. She 
was one of ;i family of nine children born to Chris- 
topher and Sarah (Kline) Campbell, the former 
of whom was the son of Christopher Campbell, the 
latter the daughter of Isaac Kline. Isaac Kline 
and his wife Catharine had the following sons: 
Harmon. Henry. Isaac and Christopher. The chil- 
dren of Christopher and Sarah (Kline) Campbell 
were as follows: (1) Isaac married Hannah Camp- 
bell. Children: Dr. John, who died in Philadel- 
phia, Pa. : Lemuel, who married Sally Kersuge : 
James, who married Alice Van Zant: Rebecca, 
who married Joseph Eckman: and Flora, who died 
young. ( '.' i Lemuel married Emma Smith. Chil- 
dren: Dr. Charles, who married Lizzie Enos; Wil- 
liam, who died young; Eli, who died young; and 
Mary, who lives in Sunbury. (3) Abraham died 
young. ( 1 ) Herman married Elizabeth Reed, and 
their son. Edmund, married Mary Haupt. (5) 
Sarah married Charles Eckman, and had two 
children, Frank and Ellard (who married Ella 
Snyder). (6) Ella married (first) Kelso Sav- 
idge, by whom she had three children. Clinton 
(who married Louise Essie and has six children. 
Harry W.. Albert C, Ralph W. E.. Preston M., 
Louise and Lucile), Harrison C. and Lizzie A. 



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(married Willard Robinson). Eer second mar- 
riage was to George Forrester, by whom she has 
had two children, Isabella (Mrs. Clark) and Ellen, 
the latter dying young. (7) Rhoda married Sam- 
uel Oberdorf, and they haw had cloven children, 
Oliver (deceased), [saac (deceased), Hamilton 
(deceased ), [sabella (deceased), Chalmers (de- 
ceased), Mary, Peter, G. Donald (a grad- 
uate of Princeton and now principal of 
the Mount Carmel high school, who married Olive 
A. Kneh), Maurer (married to Amanda Gear- 
hart), William (who married Ollie Wolverton 
and has two children, Calvin and Robert, the for- 
mer a graduate of Bucknell University) and Susan 
(Mrs. Lorenza Eckman, who has two children, 
.lames and Chalmers). (8) Elizabeth married 

(first) I'.I afield Carr, by whom she had two 

sons. James and William, and (second) Charles 
Eoughout, by whom she has two daughters, Vir- 
ginia and 1,'oda. tin' latter the wife of William 
Clark and I he mother of three children, Bessie, 
George and Morris. (9) Catherine married Lew- 
is Rockefeller. 

Charles G. Rockefeller was born Aug. •">, 
1856, mi one of tin: Rockefeller homesteads in 
Upper Augusta township, near lOinesgrove, and 
he and his brother Isaae lived on the farm there 
until they tame to Sunbury in 1906. They are 
now associated in business as C. G. Rockefeller & 
Brother, ami own and conduct the Sunbury Mar- 
ket House and the Sunbury Sanitary Dairy Com- 
pany, Charles G. Rockefeller looking alter the san- 
itary milk and cream depot, where four people are 
constantly employed. This plant supplies about 
eight hundred quarts of Pasteurized milk and 
cream daily to the local market. The Sunbury 
Market House, which is 100 by '.'so feet in dimen- 
sions, was built by them in 1901, several years be- 
fore they removed to Sunbury to manage their in- 
terests from that point, and has been well patron- 
ized by the farmers of this district and by the 
people. of the borough ever since its establishment. 
The brothers own considerable valuable land, hav- 
ing one farm of 1S7 acres, another of Bfty-seven 
acres, and a wood tract of twenty acres and they 
beep help on these tracts all the war around. 
They slock their own farms, and have thirty-five 
head of dairy cattle, also buying considerable 
milk, for which, handled by their excellent meth- 
ods, they find a ready market. 

In February, 1886, Charles G. Rockefeller mar- 
ried Mattie Minnier, of Upper Augusta township, 
and they have had I wo children. Harrison L. and 
Helen P. The son is agent in Northumberland 
ami Snyder counties, Pa., for (he Velie Motor Car 
Company of Moline, ill., and is an able machinist. 
thoroughly familiar with the machinery he 
hand!.-. Mr. Rockefeller ami .his family reside 
on East Chestnul street, near Seventh street, Sun- 
bury. 



^ Isaac Rockefeller was horn Dec. 18, 1858, in 
Upper Augusta township, at Klinesgrove, and 
lived in that township until his removal to Sun- 
bury. He formed a partnership with his brother 
Charles and they were engaged in general farming 
ami dairying-. Their Pasteurized milk has always 
had a ready sale in and around Sunbury, and their 
market house, of which Isaac Rockefeller is the 
manager, is one of the .standard supply depots of 
the borough. These brothers have made and main- 
tained the highest reputation for reliable table 
commodities, and their trade- is one of the largest 
in Sunbury, with a steady increase which speaks 
well for its future. 

In December, 1907, Air. Isaac Rockefeller mar- 
ried Emma Specht, daughter of Adam and Agnes 
Specht. They are members of the Methodist 
Church. 

DR. FREDERICK TREON (also spelled Try- 
on) was a native of Berks county, Pa.. 
and coming to Northumberland county sen led 
in what is now Washington township, where he 
practiced dicine until his death, being a physi- 
cian of wide acquaintance. He traveled around 
on horseback, being a typical "saddle-bag doctor." 
He is buried at the Eimmel Church, of which he 
was a member. He had a large field of 
operation — and in his time rode thousands 
of miles. His wife, whose maiden name 
was Gougler, is also buried at the Himmel 
Church, in Washington township, located near 
Rebuek. They had these children: Michael, horn 
Nov. 8, 1790," died Jan. 2, 1871 (he married a 
.Miss Reitz and they had two children when -he 
died, Isaac and Maricha) ; Dr. George located at 
Muncv. Pa., and was a prominent doctor; Dr. 
Frederick is mentioned later: Benjamin, who was 
a laborer and lived in Washington town-hip. had 
a large family, Joseph, William. Henry. Emanuel, 
Matilda. Sarah. Polly and Ahhie: Peter married 
Sarah Glace and they lived in Little Mahanoy 
(children, Henry. William, and some daughters) ; 
Barbara married Henry Mover and they lived near 
Lewistown, Pa.; Julia married Dr. Smith: Susan- 
na married (first) Abraham Reitz and (second) 

\ - \lr,-A: Ann married Peter Kobe! and they 

lived in Stone Valley (he was a tanner) : Elizabeth 
married Marlin Drumheller; Sarah married Phil- 
ip Moyer, of Snyder county, Pa.; Poll] married 
John Bobb and. they moved to Centre com 
Pennsylvania. 

Hr. Frederick Treon was born Oct. L6, 1 803, 

and died June '.'1. L870. Eis wife, Mar 'oily) 

Reith, daughter of Georgi Ri th, ivas horn Feb. 
:i. isoi). and died May 1. 1859 They are buried 
at the Himmel Church. Ee v ■<- reared in Wash- 
in low n-hiii and r i ion 
in the schools in vogue i da 1 1 
medicine with his father w I ned man 



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for his time, and was about twenty-four years old 
when lie engaged in practice, in Lower Mahanoy 
and Jackson townships. Ee had a large field, and 
went as far as Buffalo Valley and Snyder county. 
He was specially skilled in treating gangrene, and 
people came to him for many miles. He. too, 
like his father was widely known, and his life was 
a useful one, his existence a benefit to the afflicted 
and to his fellowmen generally. Tie lived near 
Rebuck, in Washington township. Like his father 
before him he was a Lutheran in religion. He 
was "nee voted in for township clerk for a joke, 
as he never cared for office. Lis children were: 
Adam R.j Jacob, who died at Ashland, Pa.; Peter, 
who died at Shamokin; and Lovina, who married 
George B. Kiehl (they live in Philadelphia). 

ADAM P.. TREON, an old and respected cit- 
izen of Lower Augusta township, was born July 
23, 1837, son of Dr. Frederick Treon. He is a 
native of Washington (then Jackson) township, 
was reared on the farm, anil received such ad- 
vantages as the local schools afforded, learning to 
read English and "cipher." lie began farming at 
the tender age of thirteen years, and in 1858-59 
began farming for himself in Washington town- 
ship, as a tenant. There he lived and farmed 
until the spring of 1885, when lie crossed the 
mountains and came into Lower Augusta town- 
ship, where lie has a farm of seventy-three acres 
located "it the Hollowing Run Road between Fish- 
erV Ferry and Trevorton. This tract was a Hum- 
mel homestead many years ago, and the property 
originally was much larger. Here Mr. Treon 
has since farmed. He has owned the trad since 
18!>4. before which he farmed it on share-. Mr. 
Treon i- a Democrat and was School Director 
many years, holding the office lor twelve years in 
succession. He was constable seven years, also in 
Washington township, and was also auditor of that 
township; in Lower Augusta township he was 
auditor three years. At present he is a super- 
visor, having been elected in 1906. He is a prom- 
inent and useful citizen. In religious conviction 
he and family arc New Lutherans. 

In 1858 Mr. Treon married Susanna Hoffman, 
daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Hetrich) Hoff- 
man, of Washington township. She died April 
15, L894, aged fifty-sis years, and is buried at St. 
Peter's Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Treon were 
horn the following children: Edward H. married 
Sarah .1. Miller, daughter of Andrew Miller, and 
they reside with his father and follow farming 
(their children are Mabel Ruth, Dennis D.. George 
A, and Jessie Susanna) ; Jeremiah is a farmer in 
Lower Augusta township; Alexander died aged 
twenty-one years after an illness of five years, fin- 
ally becoming blind about one year before he died; 
Galen. Lewis and Daniel died young; Mary mar- 
ried John A. Minnier; John is a resident of Fish- 



er's Ferry, Ta.; Wesley, of Asherton, l'a. : Alice 
died young. 

WALTON F. RHOADS, cashier of the First 
National Bank of Sunbury, the oldest financial 
institution of that borough, has been identified 
with that community all his life, but he belongs to 
an <>1<1 Berks county family, being a son of William 
s. Rhoads ami grandson of Benneville Rhoads. 

The Rhoads family is one of the oldest in Berks 
county, where it was planted in the early days 
of the eighteenth century — some accounts give the 
year 1710 — by several brothers of the name, one of 
whom was John Jacob Rhoads. His nationality 
is uncertain, and in the early tax lists ami records 
his name is also spelled Roth and Roads. In 1753 
he was a taxable resident of Amity township. 
Berks county, and owned considerable land, lie 
was a man of affairs and operated a paper mill 
in Amity township. Tradition has it that oire of 
the sandstone tombstones east of Amityville 
church, whose inscription has become illegible by 
time, marks his grave. His children were: (1) 
Lena married Henry Baum. (2) Jacob in 1778 
was a captain in the Revolutionary army. He 
married Susanna Yoeum and their children were; 
Hannah. Daniel. John. Jacob, Samuel and Eliz- 
abeth. (3) Matthias was a lieutenant colonel in 
the Revolution. He married Elizabeth Gotterin 
and had children: Mary, Esther, ('apt. Jacob, 
Joseph, Abraham ami John. (4) Daniel married 
Magdalena Kerst and they had twelve children: 
David, Peter, Samuel. Jacob. John. Solomon, 
Adam. George, Daniel. Henry, Abraham and 
Mary. (~>) Mary married Mai George Lorah, a 
Revolutionary soldier. (6) Elizabeth married 
Maj. George Lorah after the death of her sister 
Mary. (7) Samuel is mentioned below. (8) 
Christina married Jacob Griesemer. (0) John 
married Catharine Greiner and had children: 
Jacob, Hannah. John. Catharine. George, Mary, 
Eleanor. Elizabeth, William and Samuel. 

Samuel Rhoads, son of John Jacob, married 
Elizabeth Auvenshine. and they became the par- 
ents of children a- follows: William. John. Dan- 
iel. Samuel. Abraham, Elizabeth, and two sons 
that died young. 

Samuel Rhoads, son of Samuel and Elizabeth, 
married Sarah Ludwig and they had children as 
follows: William L. married Lydia Hine: Jonas 
married Rachel Hunter: Abraham L. married 
Harriet Stranh; Frederick lived in Dayton, Ohio; 
Sarah married John Nein and lived in Chester 
county, l'a.. where she is buried: Eliza married 
Samuel Sands and both are buried at Boyertown : 
Benneville married Rebecca Lewis. 

Benneville Rhoads. wdto married Rebecca Lewis. 
was born at Amityville, Berks Co., Pa., and for 
many years lived in Ohio. Among his children 
was a Mm William, father of Walton F. Rhoads. 



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William S. Rhoads, son of Benneville, was born 
May 25, 1835, in Berks comity. Pa., and came to 
Sunbury, Northumberland county, in 1866, 
spending the remainder of his life at that place, 
lie moved hither from Paxtonville (earlier known 
as Beaver Furnace), Snyder Co., Pa., where he had 
been engaged as a bookkeeper, and he followed the 
same work in Sunbury, where he died March 13, 
L891. He is buried in Pomfrei Manor cemetery. 
He became a highly esteemed citizen of Sunbury, 
where Tor fifteen years he served as a member of 
the school hoard from what was then the Third 
ward, serving many years as secretary of the board. 
Politically lie was a Republican, in religion a 
Lutheran, and socialh he belonged to the Knights 
of Pythias and the Odd fellows. Mr. Rhoads mar- 
ried Hannah Koch Francis, who was horn May 25, 
1833, and died Feb. 28, 1907. Thej were the 
parents of the following children: Mary ('. (de- 
ceased) married Elwood 1'. McConnell; Adelaide 
F. married Charles A. Sensenbach, of Sunbury; 
Joseph W. died when eleven years old; Walton F. 
is a resident of Sunbury. 

Walton F. Rhoads wa"s horn Sept. 22, 1860, at 
llecla, Schuylkill county, and received his literary 
training in the Sunbury schools, going to the Sun- 
bury high school. Later he entered the military 
academy at We-t Point, but resigned in 1881, aft- 
er one year's attendance, and returning to Sun- 
bury became employed as I kkeeper in Whitmer 

& Foster's general store. There he remained one 
year, when he became connected in the capacity 
of bookkeeper with the First National Dank of 
Sunbury, with which he has since been associated. 
This was in 1883. From I kkeeper he was pro- 
moted to the position of teller, then to assistant 
cashier, and on Feb. 1, 1909, he became cashier, 
succeeding George W. Deppen. This hank was 
established in 1831, and is one of the substantial 
and reliable financial concerns of Sunbury and the 
adjacent territory. Mr. Rhoads' lone and honor- 
able career in its service has given him the highest 
standing among business men in this section, and 
his personal reputation is equally enviable. Fra 
ternallv he is associated with True Cross Com- 
mandery, No. 112, Knights of Malta, and Maclav 
Lodge, No. 632, F. & A. M., both of Sunbury, and 
he also belongs to the Temple Club and to Good 
Intent Fire Company, No. 1. of Sunbury, of which 
latter organization la' has been treasurer since 
18'95. He and his family attend the Lutheran 
Church. ( 

On Nov. 4. 1883, Mr. Rhoads married Mary C. 
Cooper, daughter "!' Thomas G. and Mary Eliz- 
abeth (Rohrbach) Cooper, who lived in Sunbury. 

Children as follows have I n horn to them: 

Florence Edna, wife of Bruce (I. Prick, who is 
employed in the treasury department at Washing- 
ton, D. C: Bertha Irene: Alma Catharine, who 
died March 'it. 1906, at the age of fifteen war-: 



Thomas W. ; Mary Cooper; Walton Francis dr.: 
and Martha Elizabeth. 

Tin: Francis Family, to which Mr-. Hannah 
Koch (Francis) Rhoads, mother of Walter Fran- 
cis Rhoads, belonged, is also a Berks count) 
family. Her grandfather, Jacob Francis, was born 
Oct. 10, L777, and lived on the farm in Amity. 
near the Exeter township line, now owned by his 
grandson, Jacob S. Francis, in June, 1806, he 
purchased live acres from one Jacob Bower and 
settled upon it for the remainder of hi- life, dying 
there Aug. Hi, 1849. In April. 1810, he added 

twelve acres to || 'iginal tract and more from 

tune to time until he had fifty-four acres. In 1819 
he built the harn which is still standing on the 

place, and in 1X4:! the present dwelling 1 se. He 

was a shoemaker ami farmer, industrious and 
thrifty, and prospered. He was a Lutheran and 
a regular attendant of Amityville Church, and 
he and his wife, Susanna Rosena, are buried in 
the graveyard at Amityville, in Amity town- 
ship. She was horn Oct. 8, 1777, and died Feb. 
'.'I. 1843. They had a family of nine children: 
John, horn Dee. 31, 1801, was married Dec. 3, 
L826, to Elizabeth Susan Snyder; Samuel is 
fully mentioned below; Daniel, horn Aug. 8, 1805, 
was married Dei'. 26, 1829, and died Aug. 8, 1849; 
Jacob, horn Aug. 6, 1 so 7 . married Dec. is. 1843, 
Lydia Yaeger (or Hunter) : Lydia, horn Aug. Hi. 
1809, died Nov. 27, 1824; Elizabeth was' horn 
Oct. Ht. 1S11 ; Catharine was horn .Ian. -.'1. 183 1 ; 
Susanna was horn Oct. 29, 1817; William is men- 
tioned below. 

Samuel Francis, son of Jacob, was horn .Ian. 
31, 1803, ami on Now 25, 1827, married Cath- 
arine Koch, by whom he had children as follows: 
Jacob K. is mentioned below; Abram K. died at 
Pinegrove, Fa.: Rev. Samuel A. K., D. I».. is 
a Lutheran minister located in Philadelphia; Lay- 
anna married Isaac (). Bortz; Hannah K. was 
the wife id' William S. Rhoads, late id' Sunbury, 
Fa.: Dr. Lesher K. lives at Boyertown, Fa.: a 
son. twin of Lesher, died in infancy: Amanda 
married William Brunei", of Amity township, 
Berks count; : Bertolette is a resident of Annt\ 
township, Berks county. 

Jacob K. Fraiuis. -mi of Samuel, was bora 
in Berks county, and died at Harrisburg, Fa., 
when past fifty years of age. lie is buried at My- 
erstown, Fa. In his earlier life he was a teacher, 
later engaging in business as a merchant at Har- 
, isburg. IDs wife, Elinda ( Breitenbach ). died 
Oct, 18, 1908, at the age of eighty-four years ami 
j s buried at Colorado Spiines. (•,,!,,. Their chil- 
dren were a- follows: Elizabeth A., deceased; 
Man' J., who married Thomas I'. Barber and re- 
gies ai ( 'olorado Springs, ( 'olo. : Ida. w ho married 
■]■ s, || u i| ,,,,,! ]i\,.- ;n Colorado Springs; S 
\rw inn. a publisher, of I d I Ri i 4 

M _ mentioned below : Alma E., « ife of D. W. 



42 NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA 

Shetzline, of Philadelphia; and William, a printer, the place coming into his possession in 1901. It 
of Fort Collins, Colorado. had been successively the property of his grand- 
Rev. J. M. Francis, D. D., pastor of Zion*s father and father. The place now contains fifty- 
Lutheran Church, at Sunbury, Northumberland seven acres, valuable land, which is under a profit- 
Co.. Pa., was born March 4, 1865, at Myerstown, able state of cultivation. 

Pa., and has been in the Lutheran ministry for On March 25, 1875, Mr. Francis married Catli- 
almost twenty years. He received his college edit- arine Bitting, daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth 
cation at Gettysburg College, from which he was (Bella) Bitting, of Exeter township, and they 
graduated in 1888 and took his theological course have had a large family, horn as follows: William. 
immediately afterward, at Gettysburg Seminary, Dec. 31, 1875; Charles, Aug. 31, 1ST; (he is de- 
graduating therefrom in 1891. His first charge ceased); Daniel, April 19, 1870: Jacob, dan. 22, 
was at Louisville, Ky.. whence he transferred to L882; James, dan. 3, 1881: Henry, Sept. 8. 1885; 
Columbia City, Ind.. and later to Springfield, 111., Lizzie. April T. 1887 (deceased) : George, March 
becoming quite prominent in the administrative 23, 1888: Sallie, Aug. 23, 1890; Vesta, Nov. :'.. 
work of the church in the latter State, serving as 1893 (deceased) : Pearl, dune 9, 1896; and Lu- 
president of the Lutheran Synod of northern In- ther and Annie, twins, duly 16, 1898. Mr. Fran- 
diana and holding the same position in central eis and his family are Lutherans in religious be- 
Illinois; he was chaplain of the Illinois Legis- lief, members of the Amitvville Church, 
lature for four years, from 1904 to 1908. On May 

17. 1908, he entered upon the duties of his present JOHN JACOB KELLER, M. D.. has been lo- 
charge, at Sunbury, Pa., where he has an im- cated in medical practice al Seven Point-. Rock- 
portant pastorate, the congregation of Zion"s efeller township, since 1890 and during that period 
Church numbering fourteen hundred members, has built up a large practice, his patients being 
He is a devoted and efficient worker and his serv- scattered over a wide territory, some of them in 
ices have proved highly acceptable. Fraternally Sunbury and Trevorton. lie was born Oct. 5, 
he is a Mason, belonging to Maclay Lodge, No. 1861. one mile south of Elvsburg. Northumber- 
632. of Sunbury, and to the consistory at Blooms- land county, son of Jacob Keller, and was named 
burg. for his great-grandfather John Jacob, who was 
Dr. Francis married Eliazbeth M. Toot, daugh- born Nov. 22, 1773. and died April 28, 1817. 
ter of H. S. and Harriet S. (Deardorf) Toot, of aged seventy-three years, six months, six day-. 
Gettysburg, Pa. They have three children: Ray- Hi' came to Northumberland county in his later 
mond T., who graduated from Sunbury high years and settled in Ralpho township. He is bur- 
school in 1910 and is now a student at Bucknell ied at the historic Blue church, at Dark Corner. 
University; Reginald K.. and Robert M. His wife, Mary Magdalina, born Aug. 5, 1777, 

■ Med Aug. 26, is:,;, aged eighty years, twenty-one 
William Francis, son of Jacob, was born Aug. days. His children were: Philip, the Doctor's 
6. 1820, in Amity township, Berks county, where grandfather; Henry, who lived at Bear Gap, Pa.; 
In- -on Jacob S. now resides, lie passed all his Samuel, who lived in Snyder county. Pa.: an- 
life on that farm dying there April 4. 1901. when other son. who lived in Venango county. Pa.: Dan- 
over eighty years old. He owned the place and iel, who lived and died in Ralpho township, North- 
cultivated it. also following shoemaking, and out- umberland county, at Dark Comer Valley (he 
side of his own affairs he was principally inter- was a farmer) : and George, who married Rebecca 
ested in church work, in which he was very active. Hoover, and died in Ralpho township. 
He and his wife were devout Lutherans, and he Philip Keller, grandfather of Dr. John J. 
was deacon and elder in the church, chorister for Keller, was born Oct. ".'. 1803. in Shamokin town- 
many years, and one of the trustees of the cem- ship, Northumberland Co., Pa., and there ob- 
etery board, which he helped to organize. On May tained his education. He married Catherine Roth, 
11. 1843, be married Julian Steinmetz, daughter who was born duly 15, 1806, in Limerick town- 
of Michael and Mary Ann Steinmetz. and their ship, Montgomery Co., Pa. She died Dec. 15, 
children were a- follows: Mary A., born Aug. 1870, aged sixty-four years, five months. They 
15, 1844, married Augustus Redcay and they had these children: Jacob, born Sept. 26, 
lived in Birdsboro, Berks county; Emeline, born 1826; Daniel, born Jan. 17. 1828; Louisa, 
Sept. 3. 1846, .married Samuel McLean: Amanda, born Fell. 22, 1830, who married Jacob Kersch- 
born Feb. 3. 1 s I'-', died aged fourteen years: Jacob ner; Isaiah, born duly 22, 1833, who died 
S. is mentioned below: Ellen, born April 1. L853, young; Marc born Sept. 29, 1838. who died Feb. 

died Oct. 19, 1871: David, born May 10, 1855, 1. 1868, wif William Kreigbaum; and Anna, 

died in infancy. born duly 17. 1841, who died Dec. 3. 1867, wife 

da. oli S. Francis was born Sept. 3, 1850, on of Thomas Smith. 

the Francis homestead in Amity township where Philip Keller settled in Shamokin township and 

he was reared and where he lias spent all his life, followed farming, owning a farm at Elysburg, now 



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the property of Valentine Swank. By trade he 
was a weaver, of both plain and fancy articles, 
turning out bedspreads, {•loth, linen, etc. He was 

a devout member of the German Refor 1 ( Ihurch, 

deeply interested in religion ami a devoted Bible 
student, taking great pleasure in the perusal of 
i lie Scriptures. He died aboul 1884, at the age of 
seventy eight, and is buried at the Blue church. 

Jacob Keller, son of Philip, was born on his 
father's farm at Elysburg, and died in 1896, aged 
sixty-nine year-, seven months, lie is buried at 
the Blue church, of which he was a member, be- 
longing to the Reformed congregation. Having 
learned the trade of carpenter, he was engaged 
on the construction of many coal breakers, and 
later in life he took up farming, owning a farm 
which is now the property of Percy Swank, ad- 
joining the homestead place. He married Rosetta 
Conrad, who survived him dying in 190'5, aged 
seventy years, and they became the parents of thir- 
teen children: Uriah 1!., who is deceased; Ma- 
lissa, wife of .lames Kramer, of Shamokin; Amos, 
who died in Wisconsin; Tillie (deceased), who 
married Luke Bird and lived in Shamokin: Frank, 
who died of typhoid fever when nine years old; 
John Jacob; Viana. who married Leonard Pensyl 
and lives at Shamokin; Hannah, who married 
Harry Kline and lives at Shamokin; Elias Wesley, 
a carpenter, who lives on Dewart street in Sham- 
okin : and four who died young. 

John Jacob Keller received his early education 
in the public schools, and after leaving the Elys- 
burg high school took private instruction and a 

Chautauqua corres] dence course. He then 

taught school for six years, in what is now Ralpho 
township, and began reading medicine with the 
late Dr. S. F. Gilbert, of Elysburg. He completed 
his professional preparation at Jefferson Medical 
College. Philadelphia, from which institution he 
was graduated in 1890 with the degree of M. 1>. 
From thai lime he has been located at Seven 
Points, where he has not only established an ex- 
cellent practice but gained a high reputation for 
skill and conscientious devotion to his duties, and 
a personal standing that is beyond reproach. He 
has been a valuable citizen, and has interested him- 
self in matter- of bus ss a- well as of professional 

concern. Though conservative lie is progressive, 
and his judgment is regarded as reliable among 
those who have hem associated with him in bus- 
iness transactions. He is a large owner of real 

estate in Sunbury, and was oi I' tl gamzers 

and a member of the first board of directors oi 
the Sunbury National Bank. He has served his 

township as scl 1 director and is a Democrat in 

politic.-. Fraternally he is a Mason, holding mem- 
bership in Elysburg Lodge. No. -HI, F. & A. M., 
Northumberland Chapter. No. 1W, ''• A. M., 
of Sunbury, Mount Hermon Commandery, JNo. bo, 
K. T., of Sunbury, and Bloomsburg Consistory, 
thirty-second degree. 



On Feb. 23, L882, Dr. Keller married Cath- 
arine Barron, daughter of Camel and Margaret 
(Slaughterback) Barron, who lived at Elysburg; 
the Slaughterback family came from Juniata 
county. Pa. Five children have been horn to Dr. 
and Mrs. Keller, namely: Myrtle attended school 
at Williamsport. Pa., and later studied at Buck- 
iiell University, at Lewisburg, Pa ; Verna grad- 
uated from the Stale normal school at I'd s- 

hurg. Pa., in 1908, and is now engaged in teaching 
public school, this being her second term: Russell 
died in infancy; Grace died in 1907, when nine 
years old: Gladys is the youngest. Dr. Keller and 
his family worship at the Methodist Church. 

EDWARD B. VOUGHT, proprietor of the Pax- 
inos Roller .Mills, is one of the leading business 
men of his section of Northumberland county, 

where he has resided from young manh 1. He 

is a native of Montour county, this State, 
horn July 30, 1857, son of Esick Howell Vought, 
and is a grandson of John Vought. Sr., the foun- 
der of this branch of the family in Pennsylvania. 
The Voughts are of German origin, and the first 
of the faiuih to come to America settled in New 
Jersey, near what is now Trenton. Among his chil 
dren were the three brothers, John. Daniel and 
Isaac, who came to Pennsylvania and settled in 
this region in pioneer times. A large number of 
Voughts are buried in the section where they 
settled, and most of the dates in this article have 
been taken from tombstone records' gathered by 
Mr. Jerry Vought, of Danville: many of the fam- 
ily, however, had no markers, and some are buried 
at Catawissa, Berwick, and other places, but the 
records have been made as complete as possible 
under the circumstances. 

John Vought, one of the sons of the emigrant 
ancestor who came to Pennsylvania, was born July 
:;. L785. About 1817 be came from New Jersey 
to what is now Mayberry township, Montour Co., 
Pa . making the journe] \\ ith teams, and he was 
among the earlj settlers in that district. He look 
up about twelve hundred acres of land, followed 
farming, and built the first sawmill along the Big 
Roaring creek. He married Hannah Metz, who 
was born Feb. 9, L787, and died June is. i 
upon their farm, where Mr. Vought died Sept. 
30, 1869. They are buried a1 St. John'- Lutheran 
church, also known a- Nought's Prick church, in 
Mayberry township. They had children as follows: 
, John, -I r.. horn June 1, 1807, died I let. 7, 
ins.',. He was a boy when be came with his parents 
to Montour county, w here he followed 
||e married Esther Knillle. who was horn ' I 
11. 1813, and died Dei . 20, L898, and I 
i ; [ldren : Peter II. ; Caroline, who married - 
,,,.] Mutchler: Hannah, who married John Martz; 
Sim- ■''-■ w ho hi 

,j,.,. f the peai e of Ri wnship since is::. 

(;m infant daughter of himself and wife Clara. 



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born Oct. 2, 1875, died Oct. 4. 1875) : Mary, who 
married James Broffel; Julia, born in 1845. who 
died in 1902, wife of Sanrue] Pensyl, who was born 
in 1837 and died in 1897 (their son Elwood, born 
in 1867. died in 1871, and their son John, horn 
in 1873, died in 1874): .lane, who married Jo- 
seph Campbell: and Serenda, wife of S. S. Hel- 
wich. (2) Daniel. (3) Esiek Howell is men- 
tioned below. (4) Valentine, born March 21, 
1814, died Feb. 14. 1901: His wife Maria, born 
Dec. 9, 1821, died May 9, 1881. Their son J. M. 
and his wife Elizabeth had a son born Jan. 1. 
L881, who died tin' same day: and another grand- 
child of Valentine and Maria was Mary Gertrude 
Unger, born March 27, 1882, who died Feb. 14. 
1907, leaving twin sons who were cared for and 
reared by their grandmother, Mrs. J. M. Vought. 
(5) James, born Dee. 30, 1826, died May 9, 1894. 
His wife, Emaline, died April -.A'. 1868. Their 
daughter, Emaline. died Mav 2, 1SC>8: their son, 
Archibald Luther, died June 30, 1867; their 
daughter, Amelia Elizabeth, died May 10, 1866; 
their daughter, Naoma Ann. died March 20, 1866; 
their son, Esick Calvin, died Oct. 23, 1863— all 
dying in infancy or early childhood. Alice Au- 
miller, daughter id' James and Jane Vought, ami 
her young child arc also buried with the Voughts, 
but their graves are not marked. (6) Anna, (7i 
Elizabeth. (8) Leanah, horn April 28, 1819, 
died Nov. ".'■"■'. 1889. She married Thomas 1'. 
Vastine, born Jan. -.'0. 1822, who died Dec. 3, 1885. 
Of their children: Hannah «died May 26, 1867, 
aged fifteen years, eight months, eleven days; 
Sarah Catharine died April 15. 1867, aged eighteen 
years, three months, twelve days: and their son J. 
W. and his wife Emma hail a son horn March 6, 
1893, who died the same day. 

Esiek Howell Vought, son of John Vought and 
his wife Hannah (Metz). died July 29, 1894, 
aged seventy-two years, twenty-one days. He was 
born in Columbia county, and -pent practically 
all his life in Mayberry township, Montour county, 
where he followed farming. He married Louisa 
Crowl, who was born in June. 1819. daughter of 
Harry Crowl. and died in January. 1902. They 
are buried at St. John's Lutheran church in Co- 
lumbia county. Their children were as follow-: 
(1) Annie F... horn April 6, 1844. died Oct. 28, 
1889. CM Marv J. i- deceased. (.3) Henrietta 
married Adam Pensyl and they live at Elysburg, 
Northumberland county. Their son, Edward Ear- 
ns, born June 6, 1871, died March 23, 1873; their 
daughter Linnie. horn July 6, fs75. died Sept. 
4. 1880. (4) Christian M.. who is deceased, 
married Araminta Campbell, who was horn 
March 1". 1855, and died Mav Hi. 1877. Their 
daughter Araminta. horn May I. 1*77. died July 
25, 1877. (5) Sallie E. married A. V*. Long, and 
is deceased. (6) "Margaret married H. V. Hart- 
man and they are living in Ralpho township. 



They have children, May, "Clark, Ray and Wilbur. 
(7) "Alfred Chester, horn May 31, 1855, died July 
15. 1879. (8) Edward B. is mentioned below - . 
CM Joseph H. is living in Sunhury. (Id) Alonzo 
C. is living in Sunbury. Clara E., his wife, died 
July ".'5. 1896, aged thirty years, six months, six 
days; daughter Daisy a. died Feb. 16, 1891, when 
two months old; son Frankie E. died July 16, 
1889, when nine months old; Nora, twin of F. E., 
is living: an infant son died Aug. 29, L896. 

Edward B. Vought was born in Mayberry town- 
ship. Montour county, and was reared upon the 
farm, remaining with his father until he reached 
the age of twenty-two years. At that time he be- 
came engaged in business as a general merchant at 
Union Corners, in Rush township, Northumber- 
land county, where he was located for a period of 
ten years, removing thence to the borough of 
Shamokin. There he remained another ten years, 

conducting a - store at Independence and Lib- 

erty streets, after which he spent a year in the 
lumber business. In 1900 he bought the old mill 
property of J. \Y. Reed, near Paxihos, Northum- 
berland county, and has since conducted the mill. 
This mill was built in 1840, and a milling bus- 
iness ha- been done at this site for the last hund n d 
years. In 1909 Mr. Vought equipped his plant 
with the most improved roller process, and he car- 
ries on a general milling business, in flour, feed, 
etc.. his leading brands of flour being White Loaf, 
White Satin and Gilt Edge. He has become one 
of the foremost business men of hi- section, and 
is quite prominent in public affairs, being at pres- 
ent road commissioner. lie was school director 
l"i six years, during which time he acted as pres- 
ident and treasurer of the hoard, one year in each 
capacity. He is a pasl master of Elysburg Lodge, 
No. 114, F. & A. M. 

Mr. Vought's first marriage was to Mary E. 
Pensyl, daughter of Solomon and Caroline ( Epler) 
Pensyl. She died in ls84 and is buried at Reed's 
church. Three children were horn to this union: 
Caroline L.. Jesse R. and Ambrose J. For his 
second wife .Mr. Vought married Catharine Wil- 
hour, daughter of Peter Wilhour, and they have 
three children : Marion L., Grant S. and Violet E. 



Daniel Vought, one of the three brothers who 
came from New Jersev to Pennsylvania, was born 
I'd. 23, 178'8, and died Dec. 13, 187(>. He set- 
tled in Mayberry township, Montour county, and 
followed farming. His wife. Marv. horn Oct. 22, 
1791, died July 12. 1859. Their children wi 
(1 i Jacob. (2) Peter. (J) Daniel. who«e 
in-law. William Mutehler, born in 1842, died in 
1909. Two sons ( Mutchlers) are buried with him. 
John and Oscar, but no age is given. (4) John 
M. died April 7. 1882, aged fifty-three years, ten 
months, eighteen days. Hi- wile. Elizabeth, horn 
April 26, 1827, d. June 7. 1900, aged seventy-tl 



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15 



years, one ith, eleven days. (5) Samuel died 

March 5, L889, aged fifty-eight years, month, 

twenty days; his wife Catharine died Sept. '.'It, 
1887, aged thirty-eight years, seven months, 
twenty-three days. Their son, Lorenzo E. A., 
horn in is;::, died in 1902. (6) Mary died after 
reaching maturity, but tier grave is not marked. 
(7) Catharine died dan. 2, ISUS, aged forty year-, 
twenty-six days. (8) Sarah A. Dimick, the 
other daughter, also died after reaching maturity, 
hut her grave is not marked, and age is not known 
to the present writer. 



Concerning the posterity of Isaac Vought, the 
third brother who came from New Jersej to Penn- 
sylvania, Z. <). Vought, his son, born July 26, 
1831, died April P.'. L906; the latter's wife, Ma- 
nali. horn Nov. 5, 1835, died Feh. 17, 1900. Their 
daughter, Mar] Gertrude, born Dec-. 29, 1855, 
died Feh. is,' L860; then- son. Chalrles, horn 
Dec. 17, L860, died Nov. 7, 1877. 



A grandson of Daniel Vought, Sr., Henry 
Vought (whose wife's name was Ilattio), laid in- 
fant twins that died May 1:1. 1878; an infant son 
that died March '.'(>, 1875, when one month, sev- 
enteen days old; and another infant son that died 
Dec. 5, 1*882, aged twelve days. 

JESSE R. VOUGHT, who is engaged in the 
flour and i\<t't\ business at Shamokin, Pa., was born 
at Union Corners, Rush township, Northumber- 
land county, June 13, 1881, son of Edward B 
and Mary I-:. ( Pensyl ) Vought. lie received Ins 
education in (lie local public schools and at the 
Elysburg Academy, ami then entered Franklin ami 
Marshall College, at Lancaster, Pa., where he re- 
mained one and a half wars. He then entered 
the shoe hnsiness with his father in Shamokin, 
working with linn during the year 1900 in this 
business, ami next engaged in the milling business 
with his father at Paxinos, where he remained 
until 1909. At thai time he embarked in his pres- 
ent hnsiness at Shamokin, dealing in Hour, feed, 
hay, grain and. straw. His place of hnsiness is 
situated at the corner of Commerce and Ninth 
streets, and he has a flourishing trade. 

Mr. Vought married Leona Linderman, daugli 
ter of William Linderman, of Shamokin, I'a. So- 
cially he is a member of the local lodge id' Elks. 

JAMES a SHEARER, present chief burgess 
of Milton. Northumberland county, is engaged in 
the insurance business in that borough and has 
long been associated with its civil administration, 
having held office — local or county— continuously 
for a number of years. His high standing in the 
borough is attested by the manv marks oi confi- 
dence which have been shown him by his fellow 
citizens. 



Mr. Shearer was horn in 1858 in Limestone 
township, Montour Co.. Pa., and is of [risli de- 
scent, a member of the fourth generation of his 
family in this country. His great-grandfather, 
Michael, who spelled the name Sherred, was a 
native of Ireland and lived and died in that coun- 
try, lie married Esther Dutton, and they had 
three children. Robert, Jane, ami another daugh- 
ter who died at sea while the family were en route 
for America. The mother was remarried, to 
Thomas Wallace, by whom she had -i\ children: 
Susan, who married John Russell ; Esther, wife of 
Samuel DeArmaml (she died in 1851, and he in 
1818) ; Nancy, Mrs. McKinney; Mary, Mr-. More- 
head; Mrs MeKee; and John, who died young. 
About 1780 this entire family came to America, 
settling in Dauphin county. Pa. In 1793 they re- 
moved to Delaware township, Northumberland 
county, where Mr. and Mrs. Wallace lived and 
died. Jane Shearer, daughter of Michael, mar- 
ried William Hunter and settled near Washington- 
\ die, Pennsylvania. 

Robert Shearer, son of Michael, was born in 
Ireland, and was fifteen years old when he came to 
America with the family. Ho also accompanied 
them on their removal to near Warrior Run in 
Northumberland county, and one of his grand- 
daughters, a Miss Shearer of Milton, ha- his 
church certificate lor transfer of membership 
from the Derry Church in Dauphin county, dated 
March •.'(',, l?!):i. lie married Margaret Hutch- 
inson, wdto was horn Oct. 30, L782, and upon his 
marriage purchased a farm of L60 acres in what 
was then Turhtit township, Northumberland 
county (now Limestone town-hip. Montour 
county). Here lie and his beloved wife spent 
their entire married life, his death occurring March 
31, 1839, hers Sept. 15, is.'.d. They were the 
parents of the following children : Esther, El- 
eonore. Margaret, John. Jane and Mary, all hut 
John dying unmarried. 

Joseph Hutchinson, Mrs. Margaret (Hutch- 
inson ) Shearer's father, was horn in 1 ; 1". ami 
in 1762 married Margaret Hutchinson, who was 
born in Kll- Their children n-en born a 
lows' Marv. Jan. 16, 1 Hi-". : Joseph, July L0, 
1765; Jean," June 15, 1761 ; John, July 23, 1770; 
Elder, Feh. :. 1773; Margaret, Jan. 23, 1775 
(died voung) ; Sarah, Nov. '-'J. L777; Andrew, 
Apnl 16, 1780: Margaret (2), Oct. 30, 1782: 
Florence, April 5, 1785. The father of this family 
died Sept. 21, 1804, the mother Jan. 17, L813. lie 
pave the lam! for the burying ground at w arrior 
'i;, m church, entering in Hie deed a provision that 
;mv of his descendant - forever who so desin tl 
should he buried there free. 

John shearer, son of Robert, was born Aug 
1811, and did \pnl 12, 1892, at Milton. He 
purchased bis father"- farm ami that prop- 

n,iil 1885, when he sold the place to i lideon 



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Shoop and moved to Milton, passing the remainder 
of liis days in that borough. Before his removal 
to Milton he had served thirty-five years as justice 
of the peace and there were few better known 
men in his locality. If.- married Catharine Frick 
Oakes. who was born in White Deer Valley, Union 
Co.. Pa., Nov. 21, 1834, and died Nov. 8, L908, 
and they are buried in the upper cemetery at 
Milton. They had a family of five children: Rob- 
ert, now of Duluth, Minn. : Samuel, of Okla- 
homa; Margaret H. : James 0. : and Wallace, who 
died in 1890 (he was serving at the time as sei - 
retary of Milton Lod.se. No. 256, K. & A. M.). 

Judge Samuel Oakes, father of Mrs. John 
Shearer, was horn Dec. 30, L796, and died Dec. 
21, 1867. On March 14. 1822, he married Sarah 
Montgomery, who was horn Sept. 20, L803, daugh- 
tei of Robert (horn 1762) and Catharine (Prick) 
Montgomery (born 1767, died 1805), grand- 
daughter of John Montgomery (horn 1738, died 
1792) and Christiana (Foster) (born 1741, died 
L821), and great-granddaughter of Robert and 
Sarah Montgomery, who came to this country 
from County Armagh, Ireland, in 1737 and set- 
tled in Dauphin county. Ta.: this Robert Mont- 
gomery died Oct. 15, 1776, aged seventy-one 
years, and is buried at Paxton Church, near Ham- 
burg, Pa. To Samuel and Sarah (Montgomery) 
Oakes was born a large family, viz.: Catherine F. 
was born Feb. 14. 1823; Gen. James, born April 
t. 1826, who married Maria Beehn, of Philadel- 
phia, was a captain in the Mexican war. served 
"11 the Western frontier, and was a member of 
the Union Veteran Legion (he died in 1910); 
Sarah J., bora Feb. 7, 1829, married John V. 
G llander, of Milton, and died May 5, 1898; Mar- 
garet, born Aug. 30, 1832, married Titer Hughs 
(associate judge), of Danville, Pa.; Catharine F. 
was the wife of John Shearer: Lucretia, born Sept. 
6, L836, died Si it. 21, 1842: Christiana, born Jan. 
5, 1839, married Dr. C. 11. Dougal and died March 
25, 1873; Caroline, horn Feb. 6, 1841. married 
James D. McGinnes, of Limestoneville, Pa.; Eliza- 
beth, born Sept. 24, 1843, married B. Lyons, of 
Columbia county. Pennsylvania. 

James 0. Shearer spent Ins boyhood days on his 
father's farm. In 1885 he went West, remaining 
until 1887, when he returned Fast and located in 
Milton, finding employment in the Milton Car 
Works. In 1896, with his election as overseer of 
the poor in Milton, he began his connection with 
the official life of the town, and lie continued to 
fill that position for ten years, until 1906, in which 
year lie was appointed chief clerk in the county 
commissioners' office, which is located at Sun- 
bury. There he remained until 1909, when he 
returned to Milton, and the same year he was hon- 
ored with election to the office of chief burgess, 
which he is now filling. He is also deputy protho- 
notary of Northumberland county. It was in 



1902 that Mr. Shearer began the insurance bus- 
iness, which he has since continued, having his 
office at No. 11 Front street. Milton. He has es- 
tablished a profitable patronage in this line, which 
he is constantly widening by his diligent efforts 
and enterprising methods. 

Mr. Shearer has been a well known worker in 
the Democratic organization in this county, and 
was county chairman for his party from 1903 to 
1905. Socially he is a Mason, holding member- 
ship in Lodge No. 256, F. & A. M.. of Milton: 
Warrior Run Chapter, R. A. M.. of Watsontown: 
Williams] M.it Consistory; and Iram Temple. A. 
\ 0. N. M. S. He is a member of the Presby- 
terian Church, to which his ancestors for gener- 
ations, before the emigration to America, have be- 
longed. 

On Sept. 7, 1910, Mr. Shearer married Algie D. 
Lamberson, of Sunbury. 

WILLIAM T.. GRANT, late of Sunbury. 
during his active years one of the prominent cit- 
izens of Northumberland county. His strong char- 
and business ability were demonstrated in a 
life of energetic and successful effort, but he is 
probably besl n membered as he would have chosen 
to be, for his gentle and kindly nature, his unas- 
suming but effective labors in the interest of the 
the general welfare — a career of quiet usefulness 
continued long beyond the ordinary span. He 
was one of the oldesl residents of Sunbury at 
the time of his death, and one of the most re- 
spei ted. 

Mr. Grant was burn Oct. 9, 1828, on the old 
family homestead farm now within the upper part 
of the borough of Sunbury. and was a descendant 
of a family which in the early days bon its -hare 
in the making of history in this section of the 
State. His great-grandparents, Alexander ami 
Anna (Gordon) Grant, came from Scotland and 
settled in what i- now the northwestern part o 
borough of Sunbury, and there they passed the re- 
mainder of their lives. They are buried in the up- 
per graveyard: Z\I r-. Anna Grant lived to be 101 
years old. They brought with them two children. 
Thomas and George, both of whom had been bap- 
tized in the cathedral at Edinburgh. Both served 
in the Revolutionary war, and Gi _■ was killed 
at Stony Point. 

Col. Thomas Grant, son of Alexander and 
Anna (Gordon) Grant, was a colonel in the Con- 
tinental forces during the Revolutionary war. and 
settled in Sunbury after its termination. He was 
a farmer by occupation and remained with his 
father on the homestead, becoming the owner of 
the extensive farm, which is now within the limits 
of the borough. He was a man of intelligence and 
enterprise, a leading citizen of his day, and was 
supervisor of the turnpike company. He died 
June 16, 1815, aged fiftv-eight. while his wife 



NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA 



Deborah (Martin), who was from Northumber- 
land, this county, born Jan. 19, 1763, died Feb. 
22, 1845. They had children: <; 'ge, Mary, Ju- 
lian, Deborah, William. Thomas, Martin, Sarah, 
Roberl (who died in infancy) and Robert S. Of 
these Debora h married Eenderton Smith and had 
children, Elizabeth, Virgellia, Deborah, Julia, 
Annie, Thomas, Mary A., Kenderton and Cad- 
wallader. William (son of Col. Thomas Grant), 
born \m. :. l>s. died Feb. 28, 1838; hi' married 
Dorcas Montgomery (born Dec. 5, 1790, died 
July 3, 1863), and their children were Clarinda, 
Thomas, Roberl Montgomery (born Feb. '.'. 1816, 
died Dec. 37, L840), Deborah (born Feb. 15, 
1818, died Feb. 1. L851 i, Margaret Ann (born 
in 1820, died in 1823), and Mary (who married 
Dr. Reed and had sons Thomas and William). 

Roberl S. Grant, son of Col. Thomas, was born 
Dec! I. [554, in the brick house winch is -till 
standing on the old homestead place, and passed 
his life tin re, dying April 25, 1849. He followed 
farming. He married Elizabeth Dyer, who was 
from the Wyoming region, being of \\ ilkes-Barre, 
and to them were born three sons: William T. 
is mentioned below : George M., born in 1831, died 
in is.".:;: Thomas D., born Nov. 21, 1834, died 
Aug. 13, 1879, while his wife Amelia I)., born 
\|,-il 15, 1839, died dan. 15, 1875. There was 
also a daughter, who died young. The mother 
of tin- family died Feb. 27, 1837, at the age of 
t Inn \ -one. 

William T. (Irani spent his boyhood at the 
home place and received his education in the 

scl I- of Sunbury. At an early age he entered 

the emploj of Eenry Yoxtheimer, who at thai time 
had one of the largest general stores in tins part 
of Pennsylvania, and there he became familiar 
with business methods and laid the foundation of 
his future success. Marrying Mr. Yoxtheimer's 
daughter, he and another son-in-law of that gen- 
tleman, John W. Fryling, formed a partnership 
and became proprietors of this extensive business. 
Mr. (.rant followed merchandising successfully 
for a number of rears, later becoming interested 
in the coal trade' in the Shamokin region, mak- 
ing large shipments from his wharves in Sui 
It was in this connection that he became one ol 
the founder- and officers of the Shamokin National 
Bank. After giving tip the coal business he was 
in the Pennsylvania Railway Company's service 
at Sunbury until he retired because of advancing 
age a few years before his death. 

Though he never aspired to public honor- Mr. 
Grant had such close association with various 
phase- of the life of his borough that he was very 
well known. He was always ready to do his full 
duty as a citizen in private life, and during his 
active business years was diligent in the care of 
his own enterprises, but he invariably found time 
to be a devoted and faithful church worker, and 



in this connection he was known of all over the 
State. He was one of the oldest Episcopal Church 
officers in Pennsylvania, having been a vestryman 
of St. Matthew's Church, at Sunbury, for a period 

of nearly sixty year-, from early manhood until his 
death. All his church duties were efficiently and 
promptly performed, and he was a regular attend- 
ant at services as long as his strength permit 
Sincere and unostentatious in his religious life, 
he carried the principle- of Christianity into all 
his relations with his fellowmen. "His life has 
been an open book, full of usefulness, consider- 
ation for others and gentleness. All hi- ways 
were ways of gentleness, for he was a gentleman, 
and taken all in all his life is worthy of emulation. 
It can he truthfully said the world for 

his having lived in it and there are many sorrow- 
ing hearts in this community, for his friend- and 
acquaintances were legion." Hi- "consideration 
for others" was a trait he carried to the extent of 
speaking well of others or not at all. and wa- so 
marked that it wa- always a pleasure to n 
him. his unfailing kindness and courtesy being a 
matter of heart as well as of principle. In 
home circle, as well as among his neighbors and 
friends, he was. cheerful and thoughtful, a delight- 
ful companion, and loving father and husband, 

whose first thought was for others. \ ig 

business associates he was no less esteemed for his 
clear judgment and fairness to all. His last years, 
after 'ii- retirement from business activities, ■■■ ■ 
enjoved in simple outdoor life, in the cultivation 
of flowers and vegetables, for which he seemed to 
have a gift, Ins success with such ventures being 
remarkable. It was undoubtedly his method of 
living which so prolonged his years, for with the 
exception of the last few months he enjoyed un- 
usual vitality throughout his long life of nearly 
eighty-two rears, In- death takin August, 

1910J at his 1 e on Arch street. Sunbun Ee 

was buried in Pomfrel Manor cemetery. Mr. Grant 
wa- probably one of the oldest Masons in the SI 
at the time of his death, havin ; b© n a membei 
Lodge No. •."- , . F. & A. M.. for ovi 
and for many years he took an active nan in the 
,,.-,,, |. of the fraternity. He was mash c o 
lodge in 1857. 

On Sept. 23, 1852, Mr. Granl n arned I. i 
\ Yoxtheimer. who was born Sept. 30, 1>: ; ". 
daughter of Henry and Nancy ( Bacm 
theimer. and she survived him, with seven children. 
namelv: George E., who is at present secretary 
of the 'school board of Sunbury: Char'.-, ol North- 
umberland, this county: Roberl 1' , who a 
home m Los Angeles, Cal., i m the mil 

business (his wife, Ruth Lola G 
Waterhurv. Conn., ' 9, 1868, . 
I ake Citv Sept. 1. 1903 I ; Lnnie; Ehzabi I 
e rin. Edith, Mrs. William L. Dewarl 

Sunhiiry. 



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HON. CHARLES HEBER DICKERMAX 

.ial Bank, and 
s - ian from the S _ --:onal 

district, is one of 1 this bor- 

ough proudly relV ; as - is best 

inte: - - - member for man; - arm 

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Vermont Mar t IT, 1" _ - 

he enl - ; a soldier in the Revolutionary war. in 

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Mr. Dickerman was married March 10, 1869, at 
Beaver Meadows, Carbon Co., Pa., to Joy Ivy, 
daughter of William and Margaret Carter, natives 
of Cornwall, England, where Mrs. Dickerman was 
born. Four children were the fruits of this union: 
Adelia Margarel (Mrs. Howard II. Williams. 
Plainfield, \. J.), William Carter (vice president 
of tin' American Car & Foundry Company, No. 165 
Broadway, New York City), Grace Beatrice (Mrs. 
Guido C. Vogel, Milwaukee, Wis.) and Joy Chand- 
ler (Mrs. G. W. B. Fletcher, Philadelphia, Pa.). 
The family are attendants of the Presbyterian 
Church, and Mr. Dickerman is a member of the 
Masonic fraternity, and of the Lawyers' Club, of 
New York City. 

DUNKELBEEGEE, a name well represented 
in Northumberland county, originated, according 
tn tradition, from Dunkel Berg, a spur of the 
Black Forest. Little is known of the Dunkel- 
bergers before the time of the Reformation. Dur- 
ing that period they espoused the cause of the Re- 
formers, and their descendants to the present day 
have continued to adhere to Protestant denomina- 
tions. Up to the time of their emigration to the 
New World they were industrious and patriotic 
citizens of what is now the Kingdom of Wurtem- 
berg, in lower Germany, bu1 being deprived there 
of their religious liberty they turned to America, 
coming hither in 1728 by way of the Rheinfeld, 
down the Rhine to Eolland, whence they sailed in 
the English ship "Morehouse," landing at Phila- 
delphia Aug. 28, 1728. They proceeded at once to 
what is nofl Berks county, Pa., locating in Wind- 
sor township, a little southeast of what is now 
the borough of Hamburg. They were frequently 
molested h\ the Indian-. These emigrants were 
(dement. Daniel and John Dunkelberger. Idem- 
ent. who was the ancestor of tl thers (the name 

of his .,,ii Daniel, however, doe- not appear in 
Ins will). a1 -nee paid taxes to the English 
Crown. "Clement/ Doncleberger" is on the first 
list of taxables of Windsor township (1754). He 
paid £6 tax in 1759. At the time of his death, in 
L782, his home was in Windsor township. His 
will, made Feb. 12, 1776, was probated April 8, 
1782, and i- on record in Will Book B, page 38. At 
the time the will was made his wife Anna Maria 
was still living. Their children were (no record 
of Daniel): Clemens, who obtained the planta- 
tion; Catharine, married to Andrew Winiger; 
Mrs, John Beck; John: Frederick: Christopher; 
Elizabeth, married to Michael Deck; Philip: Se- 
vila : Magdalena; and Dorotha. 

John Dunkelberger, grandson of Clement, was 
horn in Windsor township, near Hamburg, m 
1740. He married there and had two sons by that 
marriage, in 1780 (at which time he was a wid- 
ower) urn: with his son George to the northern 

part of the Mahanoy Valley, in Northumberland 
4 



county — that part of Mahanoy now embraced in 
Little Mahanoy township. He received from the 
State a warrant for more than two hundred acres 
of land, located north of Line Mountain and be- 
tween that and Mahanoy creek. The Indians were 
his neighbors, and were friendly to him, hut dur- 
ing the terrible Indian disturbances his family on 
several occasions had to flee for safety. There he 
built a stone grist mill anil stone dwelling bouse. 
In 1814 he is credited with a grist and saw mill 
on Mahanoy creek which mill is said to have been 
the first in that section. He built the mill several 
years after locating in that district. On the John 
Dunkelberger homestead -till stands a large stone 
house, 1"> lo :;:, feet in dimensions, and two and a 
half stories high, which was built in 1818, the year 
in which this pioneer died. Large, well-selected 
stones were used in its construction and the wall 
i- exceptionally strong. 

Alder settling here John Dunkelberger married 
again and had two sons by his second wife. Solo- 
mon and Jonathan, front whom most of the Dun- 

kelbergers are descended. These pi rs are 

buried on their own farm on an elevation below a 

piece of pine w Is. about fifty feet north' ias1 

from a public road. Their graves are marked 
by marble tombstones, inscribed as follows: 

' ' Hier ruhet 

Johanes Dunkelberger 

Gabo. den 2S Sept. 

1745 

Storb den 27 Xovem 

1818 

Alt 73 valir 2 mo 

I Tag 

Text I Bueh Moses 

48 Capitel 21V" 

" Hier mhen die 
gebine von Elizal el h 

I (unkelberger war 
Eine geborne Kahwel 
war geboren den 20ten 
Marz, 1761, and starb 
den 3ten September, 1827 
1st alt worden 66 
Yahr ."> monot und 
12 tag. Text Heob. 

17, Capitel den 11, ver. 5" 
Early members of the Dunkelberger family 
( probably sons of John Sr. and of Frei 
were David, Joseph, Samuel, Solomon, John and 
Daniel (who was lame). The following Dunkel- 
bergers were mentiom d in the first assessment list 

of Little Mahi j township in LSI I : John, F 

erick, Christopher, Chi o >) < -' n : P 

Christopher Dunkelb 
Mahanoy township in L835, mad< In- last will and 
testament (on record a: Sunbury coui Feb. 

,., is:; I. and "' March v. 18 : 

made ample p ' latn " 

arine Items She -hall 

cows, two beds and their beddings, privilege of 
the iiousi . an | -'' to ride when she 



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wants to go abroad. Their children : Abraham 
(received the homestead, cattle, sheep and swine), 
Susanna, Catharine, Ester. Saloiuey. Elizabeth, 
Henry, Daniel. Magdelina, John, Peter. Hannah. 
In a private graveyard in Little Mahanoy 
township, on a farm formerly owned by Frederick 
Dunkelberger (now owned by Galen Raker), is 
a tombstone bearing the inscription: 

' ' Hier ruhet 

Friederich Dunckelberger 

gebo. 1747, storb 

d. 24, Jener 1815 

alt. 67 y. 9 mo. ' ' 

His wife, Catharina, nee Hauer (in), is buried 

at Little Mahanoy church, where may be found 
record of her birth and death. Oct. 18. 1749, and 
Jan. 17, 1831, respectively. Her will is on record 
in Will Book III. page 83: executor, Leonard 
Reed. 

On a farm in Little Mahanoy, on Little Maha- 
noy creek, formerly owned by Christophel Dun- 
kelberger (now owned by Jacob Dreibelbis), is a 
tombstone with the following inscription: 

" Hier ruhet 

Christofel Dunckelberger 

worde geboren den 27 

Hornung, 177", und 

Storb den 29 .Tenner 1827 

Ward alt 53 yahr 11 mo 

nat 2 Tag" 

There is another stone with the inscription: 

"Hier Rhnefc ein Sohn von 

David Dunkelberger 

b. 1831, d. Infancy." 

Eve Feister, the wife of Christophel Dunkelber- 
ger, is buried at the Little Mahanoy Church: she 
was born July 8, 1780, and died Nov. 30, 1830. 

George Dunkelberger, eldest son of the John 
Dunkelberger who came into Northumberland 
county in 1780, settled in the Mahantango Valley. 
in Mahanoy (now Lower Mahanoy) township, 
about 1S02, being one of the early pioneers in 
that region. He attended the Reading markets 
from there. Shortly before his removal he was 
married (in 1800) and he had four sons, Jacob, 
Samuel (who lived in Little Mahanoy) Daniel, 
(who died July IS, 1865; his wife, Catharine, nee 
Wagner, horn 'Aug. 29, 1816, died July 6, 1863) 
and John. George Dunkelberger died in August. 
1837. His will, on record at Stmbury, Pa., in 
Will Book III, page 282, provided by item for 
his wife Elizabeth as follows : 

She shall have a cow, spinning-wheel. 9 bushels 
rye, 3 bushels wheat, 24 pounds beef, 35 pounds 
pork, iron pot, one pan, one bucket, kitchen uten- 
sil-;, etc. The will speaks of four children, but 
only three are mentioned, as follows: Samuel and 
Daniel shall have homestead : John shall have that 
certain tract of land of my old farm. etc. The ex- 
ecutor was John Mowrer. George Dunkelberger 



lived in Upper Mahanoy township, and had land 
at Mahanoy which the Saibals had before him. 
Of George's children. Jacob, the eldest, born in 
1803. in 1850 moved to Hegins township, Schuyl- 
kill county, where he had bought a large farm and 
gristmill near the present town of Hegins. ■ There 
he died in 1871. and was buried in the Evangelical 
cemetery. He had married in 1838 Catharine 
Maurer, and they had eighl children, Moses, 
William, Emanuel, Caroline, Lena. Hannah. 
Mary and Salome. Of these, Moses, born in Ma- 
hantango in 1830, married in 1853 in the locality 
mentioned, Elizabeth Bensinger, and they are 
both living at present at their homestead in the 
town of Hegins. Their children are: R. B. Dun- 
kelberger, a prominent business man of Reading. 
Pa. : Mary Jane, wife of John H. Schrope, a pros- 
perous farmer of Hegins township ; and James H. 
Dunkelberger. living on the homestead farm with 
his two sons, Harry and Ray. 

John Dunkelberger, son of George, was born 
in the Mahantango Valley Sept. 16, 1806, and he 
died March 3:;. 1892, aged eighty-five years, six 
months and seven days. He was a farmer and 
lived in Rockefeller township, near the Shamokin 
township line. His farm consisted of 313 acres, 
upon which he built two barns, rebuilt the present 
bouse, rebuilt the sawmill and erected all the other 
buildings now standing. This farm is now owned 
by John Erdman. John Dunkelberger was a short, 
stout man and was known as "Der dick John.'*' or 
"Sawmiller John.*" He married Lydia, daughter 
of Daniel Beisel. horn April 14. 1811, ami died 
Nov. •'111. 1890, aged seventy-nine years, seven 
months and sixteen days. John and Lydia Dun- 
kelberger are buried at Dunkelberger's graveyard, 
at what was formerly known as the "White 
Church,'" in Rockefeller. They were the last mem- 
bers of this church. John Dunkelberger gave the 
ground for this church and graveyard, and was one 
of its foremost members. They had fifteen chil- 
dren, all deceased, save two. Jeremiah, of Holt 
Co.. Mo. ; and Jesiah. 

Jesiah Dunkelberger. son of John, is 
a citizen of Rockefeller township. Born Jan. 16. 
1849, on his father's homestead, he was reared 
there, and here spent his entire life. He worked 
for his parents until he was twenty -one, then for 
three years farmed the homestead for a quarter 
share of his father's stock. After that he began 
with his own stock for one-half interest, 
which he did for three more years. He then la- 
bored one year when he purchased a farm of 
nearly forty acres in Lower Augusta, living there 
one year. In 1877 he purchased his present farm 
of sixty-eight acres in Rockefeller township and 
built the present barn. He markets his produce 
at Shamokin. 

Jesiah Dunkelberger was married in Decent her. 
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Elizabeth (Dornsife) Raker, of Rockefeller town- 
ship. Their children were sis in number, viz. : Ir- 
win 6., who married Ella Conrad, and lives at 
kut I'iuii. Pa.; Edwin ii.. Daisy and John 
E., \vln> died young; S. Pearl, who married 
Barry Moyer, of Trevorton, Pa.: and Jesse 
P.. who married Emma Riland, lives at 
home and has a son Harry J. Mr. Dunkel- 
berger is a Republican, and served as supervisoj 
for three years. Hi' and Ids family are members 
of the Evangelical Church at Seven Points, where 
the United Evangelical Church is now located. 
Mrs. Dunkelberger was the granddaughter of 
.la, .ill Raker, who lived in Lower Augusta town- 
ship. He was the father of William. <; 'ge, Ja- 
cob, Solomon, Lovina (Mrs. George Long). 

John (Johannes) Dunkelberger, known as "Lit- 
tle Johnny" (brother of George), the other son of 
John by his tirst marriage, was born in Northum- 
berland county, Sept. 1 i. 1775. He died May IT. 
1835, and was buried in Howerter cemetery in 
I pper Mahanoy township. He was a farmer and 
like his brother George settled in Mahantango Val- 
ley, in Mahanoy (now Lower Mahanoy) township, 
Northumberland county, lie married Susanna 
Zimmerman, horn in April, 1785, who died dan. 
19, I860, and their children were: Daniel (set- 
tled in Mahantango Valley), Catharine (married 
a Mr. kiierri. George, John, Joseph, Magdaline, 
Susanna (married Abraham Howerter), Solomon 

and Elizabeth (married Klock). George, 

John ami Joseph are more fully mentioned below. 
Solomon, horn in 1821, died in 1892, at Shamokin. 
He followed the tailor"; trad,'. Tie married Eliza- 
beth Wagner, horn Feb. IT. 1823, died April 6, 
1861, and they had five children. William. Jere- 
miah, Edmond, Ellen and Franklin. John Dun- 
kelberger, the father, died May 17, 1835, in ter- 
ritory now embraced in Lower Mahanoy town- 
ship. He had a tract of twenty-four acres of land 
when he died. His will, made May 5, 1835 (on 
record in Will Book III, page 200), was probated 
June 1?. .1835. It was witnessed by George Haas 
and H. F. Heintzelman. and he names "my 
friends'' Pete Fetterolf and John Maurer, Sr., 
a- executors. 

George Dunkelberger, son of John, was a well 
known farmer at Seven Points, in what is now 
Rockefeller township, where he lived and died. 
lie married Kate Rebuck, and they had children 
a- follows: George, Jonathan. Henry, Tobias, 
Susan, Kate, Harriet. Mary and Elizabeth. 

Jonathan Dunkelberger, son of George, 
was born Julv 1. 1843, at Seveu Points, 
and died Aug. 2i, 1909, at his home in Shamokin. 
being the first of his family to pass away. His 
youthful days were spent upon the home farm 
where he not onlv learned agricultural work hut 
also the butcher's' trade, following it successfully: 
he ua- iii business as a butcher at Taylorsville and 



Locust Dale. Pa., and at the latter place was also 
in the genera] store business lor a time. Ou June 
12. 1893. he moved to Shamokin, and from that 
time lived retired, occupying his home at No. 536 
North Second street during the winter season and 
in the summers moving with his family to a farm 
at Seven Points which he had purchased. Mr. 
Dunkelberger was a man of upright life and 
high ideals, and for years was a prominent church 
worker, belonging to the United Evangelical 
Church, where he taught a class of young men in 
the Sunday-school, for one period of three years 
he missed hut one Sunday al Sunday-school. Be 
was a great Bible student and well versed in the 
Scriptures. 

Mr. Dunkelberger married Susanna K. Kehler, 
and they hail one daughter. Jennie, the decea 
wife of Charles Geist, a young business man of 
SI amokin. Mr. and Mrs. Geist have one son, 
Paul Jonathan. Mrs. Dunkelberger still live- at 
the old home on Second street. She is a grand- 
daughter of John Kehler who lived and died in 
the Mahantango Valley, as did also her father. 
John Kehler. The latter was a farmer. He mar- 
ried Kate Knerr, and to them were horn the fol- 
lowing children: Elias, Joseph, Frank. Joel 
John. Benjamin. Charles. Catharine (married Jo- 
seph Dreibelbis), Harriet (married Jacob Eepler) 
and Susanna (married Jonathan Dunkelberger), 
all now deceased hut Mrs. Hepler ami Mrs. Dun- 
kelberger. 

John Dunkelberger, -on of John ami brother of 
George and Joseph, was born in Mahantango Val- 
ley, in Upper Mahanoy township, and died in 
Shamokin township. He is buried at Dunkel- 
berger's Evangelical Church, in Rockefeller town- 
ship. He and another John Dunkelberger. with 
Henrv Keiser ami George Dunkelberger, built the 
"Dunkelberger Evangelical Church." in Rocke- 
feller township. There is a graveyard, ami there 
rest the founders of this house of worship. John 
Dunkelberger was a carpenter earlier in life, hut 
later became a farmer, owning a 223-acre farm in 
Shamokin township. The old goat-kin deed of 
this land is still in the possession of Mr. William 
L. Dunkelberger, who is hi- -on. This farm is 
now owned by Julius Behrent. Mi'. Dunkelberger 
was an active member of hi- church and class 
leader and exhorter of the Evangelical Church 
which was named after hi- famih He was a 
slim, tall man. Bis wife was Christ ana G> 
who died in her ninetieth wear, her birth occur- 
ring Dee. 21, 1818, and - itli Ma 18. I 

Tlie\ were the parents of nine children : ( I I l.e 

cinda married Elias Bingaman. (2) Lanab mar- 
ried William Kla-e. 1 3) Gabriel was born in 
1S41 and died in 1864. (4) S ilomon n ai 
Lorinda Miller. (5) Simon married Man Ybrdy. 
(6) Jo!, ii mat ried I (?) Mariah 

married < rus Buffin tfon. I 8 | J- is a 



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bachelor, is blind. I Tt- makes his home with his 
brother William L. (9) William L. is mentioned 
below. 

William L. Dunkelberger, sou of John, re- 
sides at Seven Points, in Rockefeller township. 
He was born Aug. 20, L858, in Shamokin town- 
ship, where all his brothers and sisters were horn. 
Reared on the farm lie received his educational 
training in the local schools, and when eighteen 
years of age entered his apprenticeship in the car- 
penter's trade, serving three years, at Shamokin. 
He then farmed for two years, at County Line, for 
Elias Bingaman, went hack- to carpentering again 
for a short time, bought a 65-aere tract in [rish 
Valley and followed farming in connection with 
his carpenter work. He was thus occupied for six- 
teen years when lie sold his tract and went to 
Rockefeller township, where he has an excellent 
trad of seventy acres at Seven Points. 

William L. Dunkelberger was married three 
times, his first wife being a widow, Mrs. Catha- 
rine Underkoffler, and there were no children born 
to this marriage. He married (second) Viola 
Swank and they had two children, Versa, who 
married Bert German; and Roy, who married 
Bessie V. Reitz, and they live at Sunbury, where 
he follows the trade of baker. William L. Dunkel- 
berger married (third) Almeritta Witmer, and 
their children arc: Calvin, Howard. Ralph. Katie. 
Myrtle and Esther. Mr. Dunkelberger is active in 
the Dunkelberger Family Association, which holds 
annual reunions, the reunion of 1910 being held 
at Carsonia Park, Reading, Pa. He is a Democrat 
in politics, and lias served as treasurer of Sham- 
okin township for the school hoard, as a school 
director, and at one time was a delegate to the 
County Convention, lie h active in the P. 0. S. 
of A. at Seven Points, and frequently serve; it as 
delegate. He is a member of the Evangelical 
Church at Seven Points, was class leader and ex- 
horter for years and at present serves as superin- 
tendent of the Sunday-school and is very active 
in all church interests. 

Roy 0. Dunkelberger, who has been engaged 
in the bakery husiness at Sunbury, Northumber- 
land county, since June. Phis, was born Xov. 19, 
1887, in Irish Vallev. Shamokin township, this 
county, son of William L. Dunkelberger and his 
second wife. Viola Swank, lie obtained his edu- 
cation at the Swenk public school, in Irish Valley, 
meantime assisting with the farm work at home 
until he reached the age of fifteen years. At thai 
time he went to Trevorton, where he worked in 
the coal mines about two years, and for the next 
three years he was engaged in threshing. In Octo- 
ber, 1907, he came to Sunbury, where he worked 
for the Adams Express Company for a year and 
a half, on June 1. 1908, purchasing the stock, fix- 
tures and good-will of F. A. Jacobs, in the bakery 
at No. 23 Packer street, lie has continued the 



husiness with such success that it has been neces- 
sary to enlarge the establishment, and he keeps 
three helpers and two teams busy, selling about six 
hundred loaves of bread daily, besides a large 
variety of other bakery goods. He now owns his 
place of business and residence and has his affairs 
in prosperous condition, his thrifty management 
having brought excellent results. Mi-. Dunkelber- 
ger is connected with several insurance companies 
in Sunbury. He is a respected young business 
man of the borough, and has attained a substantial 
position through his own efforts. 

On May 2;, 1908, Mr. Dunkelberger married 
Bessie V. Reitz. daughter of U. P. Reitz. of Seven 
Points, this county. They worship at the First 
United Evangelical Church of Sunbury. 

Joseph Dunkelberger, ->>n id' John, and brother 
of George end John, was horn in the Lower Ma- 
hanoy Valley ami died there at the age of eighty- 
four years, eleven months; he is buried at Union 
Church in Upper Mahantango Valley, lb' fol- 
lowed farming and also did carpenter work. His 
wife was Rachel Pederolf and their children were: 
Flias. born Sept. 54. is I I. who died Oct. 5. 1870, 
in- Schuylkill county, and is buried at the Little 
Mahanoy Church: Henry, now living retired in 
the Mahantango Valley, who owned the "Id home- 
stead for several years; Esther, who married Wil- 
liam Kerstetter : Isaac deceased : Lucetta, who died 
young: Mary, who married David Mowery; Jo ; 
seph, deceased; Simon P.; Hannah, who died 
young; Susanna, who died young; and a son that 
died in infancy. 

Simon F. Dunkelberger, -on of Joseph, was 
horn April 20, 1855, in the Mahantango Valley, in 
Schuylkill county, and lived upon the farm until 
he reached the age of twenty-two year-. 

In 1877 lie came to Shamokin and took up the 
plastering trade, which he has since continued to 
follow, having engaged in the business a- a con- 
tractor on his own account in 1887. He now em- 
ploys from five to twelve men. according to the 
work' he ha^ in hand, ami he has plastered many 
dwellings in the borough in his day. His work- 
is high class, and he deserves the large share of 
the local patronage which comes to him. 

On July 21, 1878, Mr. Dunkelberger married 
Helena Wetzel, daughter of Daniel and Kate ( Keh- 
ler) Wetzel, and five children have been horn to 
them, namely: Estella. married to Harry Rcnn : 
Walter, a traveling salesman, now of Williamsport, 
I 'a., married Anna Willauer; Joseph, of Philadel- 
phia; Mabel, who graduated Erom the Shamokin 
high school with the class of 1911 ; and Goldie, at 
school. The family reside at Xo. 630 West Perm 
street, Shamokin. Mr. Dunkelberger has long 
been an active member of the United Evangelical 
Church, in which he has held the responsible posi- 
tions of class-leader and trustee for twenty years. 



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About 1780 another branch of the family at 
Hamburg moved to Perry county, Pa., and some 
of these later moved to near Niagara Falls. X. Y. 
One descendant of this branch was a delegate to 
the Republican National Convention held in Phil- 
adelphia, when MeKinley was nominated fm- Pres- 
ident the second time. 

Another branch moved to Oley township, near 
Reading, and at the present time quite a number 
live in the city of Reading. In language the Dun- 
kelbergers are mostly Pennsylvania German. 

As the early members of the family, who suffered 
so severely during the Thirty Years' war, showed 
their love I'm- right and liberty by then- active 
participation in thai struggle, so the descendants 
in this country have shown their loyalty ami patri- 
otism by supporting our struggles in the cause of 
independence. Some took part in the Revolution- 
ary war, ami quite a dumber were in the Civil wai 
on the Union side. Some were killed in hat tie. 
and some were wounded, notable among the latter 
number being ('apt. Isaac R. Dunkelberger (son 
of Solomon Dunkelberger ami grandson of John 
D. Dunkelberger), of the lsl Pennsylvania In- 
fantry, who enlisted April 20, 1861, and served 
during the war, was twice wounded, promoted for 
bravery, ami continued in the army until placed 
on the retired list by the Government in 1901 as 
captain of cavalry. I. S. A. lie resides at present 
in California. 



In the direct line of William S. Dunkelberger 
and Luther L. Dunkelberger. both of Shamokin, 
Northumberland county, Henry Dunkelberger 
(grandfather of the former ami great-grandfather 
of the latter) was born May I, 1791. He was an 
early resident of Shamokin. where he had his home 
for 'some time, hut later moved West, dying in 
June, 1875, in Starke county. Ind.. where lie is 
buried. He was twice married, and by his second 
wife, Leah, born Dec. :>. 1799, had children horn 
as follows: Elizabeth, Oct. 29, 1823; Daniel, Sept. 
24. 1826; Hannah. Nov. 5, 1828; Benjamin, Nov. 
2, 1834; Joel, June 14. 1836; George W., May 9, 
1840; Matilda, -Ian. 1. 1843. 

John Dunkelberger, only child of Henry by his 
first marriage, was horn June 8, 1816, on Scotch 
Hill, at Shamokin. in Little Mahanoy township. 
Northumberland county, in a little log cabin which 
is still standing. His mother dying when lie was 
a child, he lived with his grandparents m Mahan- 
tango until he was thirteen, at which age he re- 
turned to his native place, spending the remainder 
of his days there. His association with its business 
and political interests made him one of the best 
known citizens of the place, useful, progressive, 
respected and active to the close of his long lite. 
His early days were spent upon the farm. He was 
engaged' upon the building of the Pennsylvania 
railroad between Shamokin and Sunbury, worked 



in the mines, and later carried on the goal mining 
business in partnership with Reuben and William 
Fagely, continuing in this line for some time, but 
finally disposing of his interest therein to Welling- 
ton Lake. The firm name was changed to John 
Dunkelberger & Co.. who engaged in the mercan- 
tile business, and after his withdrawal from this 
line Mr. Dunkelberger became associated with the 
Shamokin Water Company, on June .">, 1876, suc- 
ceeding Daniel Zuern as superintendent. He con- 
tinued to hold that position, also acting as secre- 
tary of the company, until April. 1886, proving 
competent as well as faithful in the discharge of 
his important duties. Having an intimate knowl- 
edge of the affairs of the company, his valuable 
services were highly appreciated, hut he resigned 
at the time named because he felt that it was due 
to himself to withdraw from active affairs. His 
resignation was accepted with regret by the board 
of directors. However, he did not give up all 
responsibility, as he was appointed tax collector 
for the borough just a few weeks before his death. 
He had served in other official capacities, having 
been elected Dec. 2, 18(14. to a seat in the first 
council upon the incorporation of the borough. 
and he was re-elected at the spring election follow- 
ing. He was the second notary public commis- 
sioned ill the borough. Mr. Dunkelberger was a 
Republican in political conviction. His death, 
which occurred May 30, 1889, at Milton, this 
county, removed a citizen who had witnessed and 
aided the growth of Shamokin from the days of 
its earliest infancy, for the site of the borough 
was little more than a mountain forest and a vallex 
of swamp at the time of his birth. In those days 
wild animals, panthers, hear and deer, were still 
numerous in the region. And here lie lived and 
labored to the end of his span, passing the three- 
score years and ten, with but a brief absence— the 
few months he spent in Indiana. He had moved 
out to that State in 1875, for the purpose of set- 
tling, and bought a farm, but love for the scenes 
of his early home was too strong and he returned 
the same rear. About a week before hi- death 
he had gone with his daughter. Mrs. Phillips, id' 
North Judson, Ind., to visit relatives in the neigh- 
borhood of Milton, when he was suddenly taken 
with his fata] illness. He was a member of the 
Lutheran Church. 

Mr. Dunkelberger was married three ti S. "ii 

Aug. 14. 1836, be married Mary Gass, born Feb. 
7, 1815, who died Oct. 11. 1866. she was a daugh- 
ter of John Gass (died Oct. 8, L861, aged seventy- 
four years) and his wife Margarel (died April 17, 
1864, aged seventy-three years). To tin- union 
w-ere born ten children, viz.: Salome, boi d Feb. 13, 
1837, died March 22, is:;; ; Sarah E. married 
Jefferson Bare; lleiirv. born Dec. 26, 1840, died 
Dec. 28, L893; Mahalia, bom Aug. 28, 1842, - 
Charles Krieger; Susanna, horn .Ian. 26, L844, 



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married Andrew Kreiger, (second) Thomas 
Hughe? and (third) William Gilbert; Amanda, 
born March 24, 1S46, married Francis Moore; 
Mary J., born Aug. 27, 1848, died Aug. 29, L849; 
"William S., born Dec. 12, 1850, is mentioned be- 
low; John A., born April 17, 1854; Margaret L., 
born June '.' ; . l.v.s. married .John 1!. Phillips. 

Mr. Dunkelberger married (second) Lavina Gass 
and (third) the widow of John Van Zant. 

Henry Dunkelberger. son of John, born Dec. 
26, 1840, learned the butcher's trade and followed 
it for some time, later engaging in the hotel and 
restaurant business. He died in Shamokin Dec. 
28, 1893. He married Hannah Huldv. and to 
them were born children as follows: Luther L.. 
Clinton (deceased), Clara (wife of Frank 1\> r- 
stetter) and Bes-ie (who married Michael Slater). 
■ Luther L. Duxkelbekgei;. son of Henry, was 
born in Shamokin in 1S68 and there received his 
education in the public schools. All his active 
years have been spent in the restauranl business, 
and since 1905 la- has been manager tor Emanuel 
Malich, at the West End Cafe, lie is very well 
known in Shamokin. both in his business relations 
and as a member of the I. 0. < ». V. and the Knig - 
of Pythias: he also belongs to the Friendship Fire 
Company and to the Veteran Firemen's Associa- 
tion. The familv are Lutherans in religious con- 
nection. Mr. Dunkelberger'- responsible position 
speaks for his business ability and integrity, and 
his personal standing is also high. 

William S. Dunkelberger, son of John, was 
bom in Shamokin Dec. 12, L850, and there re- 
ceived his education in the public schools. He 
worked in the mines for a time, and when seven- 
teen years old commenced to learn the blacksmith's 
trade, which he followed in all for twenty-three 

vear-. for i u1 seventeen years of this time being 

located at Pine Run. in Lycoming county. He 
then came to Shamokin. in 1S01 opening his res- 
taurant, which is the largest and best place of the 
kind in the city. He occupies the premise- at Nos. 
IOo-IO? East Independence street. Shamokin, 
whore he has become one of the substantial busi- 
ness men. 

Mr. Dunkelberger married Mary E. Lush, who 
was born July 17, 1851, daughter of Jacob Lush. 
of Lycoming county, Pa.: she died June 20, 1901. 
the mother of the following children : Thomas E., 
bom Dec. 10. 1871 : Harrv Warren. Aug. 30, L873; 
Ernst P.. Aug. 15. 1875; John H. July 19, 1877; 
Joseph M., June 5, 1879, died April 19, 1911; Ja- 
A.. Feb. 11. 1881: David M„ Aug. 27. 18S5: 
William. Aug. 20. 1887 (died Sept. 2;. 1881 >. 

Mr. Dunkelberger is a member of the Knights 
of Malta and of the Jr. O. V. A. M. He was one 
of the organizers of the Dunkelberger family asso- 
ciation, and served some tine- a; its treasurer. He 
is a Republican in political views, and in religion 
a member of the United Evangelical Church. 



Johx Henry Dunkelberger, son of William 
S., was born July 19, 1877, at Salladasburg, Ly- 
coming county, Pa. He was twelve years old when 
his father brought the family to Shamokin to re- 
side, and his education, begun in the public sehools 
of his early home, was continued in this borough. 
He attended the high school and later the Sha- 
mokin Business College, from which he was gradu- 
ated in the commercial eoursi . subsequently taking 
a course at the Williamsport Commercial Co! 
from which he was also graduated. After working 
one summer at Eagle's Mere. Sullivan county, be 
went to Philadelphia, in 1900, there finding em- 
ployment on the Evening Telegraph. He remained 
in that city until his return to Shamokin in 1903, 
at which time he became a clerk for Senator W. C. 
McConnell, one of the most prominent bush - 
men of Shamokin. So capable did he prove that 
in 1906 he was given full charge of the office. Mr. 
Dunkelberger is secretary of the Union Brick 
Company of Shamokin, and he is considered one 
of the rising business men of that borough, where 
he has made an excellent name for himself by able 
and diligent service in the discharge of his various 
responsibilities. 

On Jan. 30, 1901, Mr. Dunkelberger married 
Emma M. Thomas, daughter of William B. and 
Elizabeth (Hudson) Thomas, and they have one 
child, Marion Elizabeth. The family are Meth- 
odists in religious connection. Mr. Diinkelbergi 
is a member of the Royal Arcanum and a Repub- 
lican in politics. 

XFLSOX M. SMITH. M. P., of South Dan- 
ville. Northumberland county, has practiced med- 
icine at his present location since 1882. and has 
built up a wide clientele, having high professional 
and personal standing all over the adjacent terri- 
tory. He is a native of Trevor-ton. this county, 
horn Aug. 12. 1857, and belongs to a family 
which ha- 3i t tied in this region for several 

generations. He is a descendant of ITitt Smith, 
who lived in Morristown, X. J., and there mar- 
ried Delilah Morris, a member of the family after 
which Morristown was named. They were the 
parents of Morris Smith, grandfather of Dr. Xel- 
son M. Smith. About 1790 this family proh: 
along with other families who came to Xorthum- 
berland county, Pa., from Xew Jersey, left the 
old home in Morristown and settled in the Irish 
Valley, in what is now Shamokin township, where 
Morris Smith became a well known resident. He 
followed milling throughout his active life. 

Dr. Samuel S. Smith, son of Morris Smith, was 
born in 1828 in Shamokin township, and there 
obtained his early education. When he reached 
maturity he began the study of medicine under the 
preceptorship of Dr. Joseph C. Robbins, who for 
more than forty years was located at Elysb - 
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Pennsylvania, where he studied for two years, 
graduating from that institution. He then Lo- 
cated at Hartleton, Union Co., Pa., where he met 
with marked success in his profession, but after 
a few years he moved thence to Trevorton, where 
he built up a large practice His career was cut 
short by his early death, which occurred in 1862, 
in the thirty-fourth year of his age. He married 
Sarah Reed, daughter of Matthias and Priscilla 
I 1 .arnsworth) Reed, and granddaughter of Jacoh 
and Elizabeth (Dreher) Reed, whose family is 
fully mentioned in the sketch of Servitus 0. Reed, 
elsewhere in this work. Mrs. Sarah (Reed) Smith 
married William Depuy in 1871, his death occur- 
ring in 1873. She si ill survives, making her home 
at Riverside. Six children were born to Dr. Sam- 
uel S. and Small (Reed) Smith: Galen R., who 
lives in Virginia; Nelson M.; William R., who 
lives in Washington ; t llinton S., of Riverside, Pa. ; 
Laura, who married Dr. 1 >. C. Kline, of Reading, 
Pa.; and (Mara, who married Lafayette Sechler, 
of Riverside. 

Nelsdn M. Smith attended the public schools of 

Northumberland ty and later the Danville 

Academy. Bloomsburg State normal school and 
Eastman College, Poughkeepsie, X. V.. after which 
he took up the study of medicine with Dr. Pursell, 
of Danville. Entering the University of Pennsyl- 
vania, he there completed the medical course in 

188'?. since which time he has 1 n located in 

South Danville, which lies jn-t easl of the bor- 
ough of Riverside. He at once built an office on 
Sunbury street, and met with gratifying success 
from the start, enjoying a wide patronage, which 
he has held by his skillful treatment and consci- 
entious devotion to the needs of his patients. Per- 
sonally he is esteemed by all who come in contact 
with him. in any of the relations of life, and he is 
looked upon as one of the most useful and influ- 
ential citizens of the community. He is a member 
of the Montour County Medical Society and of 
the Pennsylvania State Medical Society. 

On Jan. 29, 1885, Dr. Smith married Lillian 
Gearhart, and they occupy a fine home ,, u Gear- 
hart street. Dr. Smith owns considerable real es- 
tate in his own village, and he is the manager of 
the Depew and Gearhart e-tates. in which capacity 
he has shown marked business ability. He is a 
member of the Baptist Church, and fraternally is 
a Mason, holding membership in Danville Lodge, 
No. 516. 

The Gearhart family, to which Mrs. Smith be- 
longs, is one of the oldest and most prominent 
in this part of Pennsylvania. Capt. Jacob Gear- 
hart. her great-grandfather, was born in Stras- 
hui'2'. then a city of France, now of Germany, in 
1735. In 1754 lie came to America, settling in 
Hunterdon countv, X. J. In New Jersey he mar- 
ried Katherine Kline. When the Revolutionary 
war broke out he enlisted, becoming a sergeant m 



the 2d Regiment of volunteers o II mterdon coun- 
ty, X". .1.. was soon promoted to ensign and in 
time reached the rank of captain. In 1776, when 
Washington crossed the Delaware to attack the 
Hessian troops then encamped at Trenton, I ap- 
tain Gearhart was detailed with Captain Van 
Teiiye to take charge of the boats with orders to 
destroy them should the expedition prove a failure. 
Captain Gearhart was with Washington at, Valley 
Forge and took part in the battle of the Brandy- 
wine. In 1790 Captain Gearhart, with his wife 
and family, left the old home in Hunterdon coun- 
ty, X. J., and journeyed by means of horses and 
wagons into central Pennsylvania, encountering 
many difficulties and hardships on the trip. Hpon 
reaching a point near a spring in what is now 
Gearhart township. Northumberland countv. they 
found a deserted log cabin in which they stopped 
to rest. The water was of sui h excellent quality, 
and the hind apparently so fertile, that Captain 
Gearhart decided to locate there, and he pureha 
a tract upon which he settled. He at once began 
to clear this land with the help of his BonSj 
prospered so well that from time to time lie was 
able to add to his holdings, until at the time of his 
death, which occurred in 1813, he owned all the 
land from Kipp's run to Boyd's, for a mile I 
from the hanks of the Susquehanna river. He 
built a frame house upon a slight elevation over- 
looking the river, and it is ^till standing and in a 
good state of preservation, alt! lout one 

hundred and twenty years old. Here his grand- 
daughter, now (1910) in her ninetieth year, re- 
sides. Hi- family consisted of eleven children, 
namely: (1) Jacob, horn in 1763, died at the age 
of seventy-eight. He married Margaret Runkill, 
and they hail a son John, hum in September, 1789. 
The latter married Sophia Brown, and their chil- 
dren were horn as follows: Jacob S.. 1818; Sarah, 
.Ian. 17, lv.'l : Margaret, April 22, 1823 (man 
T. H. Torrence) : Mar] I'.. Sept L5, 1825; Henry 
T., Aug. 7, 1829; Jesse B., Ma] L7, Is:;:;. (2) 
Herman, born in 1765, was the grandfather of 
Mrs. Xelson M. Smith. (3) William, horn in 
1776, died in 1854. lie married Sarah Maclay. 
(4) George married A.chie Runyan, h\ « hue 
had children: Bonham R., Benjamin, Eliza and 
Rebecca. His second wife was Phoebe Lutt, and 
they had three children. Alice, Gi md Her- 

man. (5) John, horn in 1771, died in 1858. To 
him and Lnn (Cool) n i re bora eight 

children : Annie K.. u ': 

ami had children. Sarah (M ! Hoffman), Susan 
M. (Mrs. Hugh Vastine), Spencer C. (t 
Anna Brandon i and Anna : Tunis, n 
Iowa : Jacoh. - i o; William : .1 

u ho moved I 'unty, Pa. : Sarah : ( lathar- 

and Elizabeth. I 6 i Benjamin, i i i Elizabeth 
Depi I lohn 

Gulick. I 9 ) Kate married A I |o) 



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Charles married Sarah Ephland and they had 
three children : Charles Perry, born Jan. 18, 1818, 
married in December, 1850, Agnes Blue, daughter 
of Isaiah and Agnes Blue, and their six children 
were Arthur C. (who died unmarried). Amanda 
(Mrs. S. M. Oberdorf), Edith (who married Phil- 
ip W. Mettler and had Charles G., a captain in 
the United States army. Agnes, wife of John 
Smith: Edith: Alice: John, and Catharine), Mary 
Alice (Mrs. E. M. Eckman). Charles 1'. ami Ger- 
trude (Mrs. George H. Sonneborn). Samantha 
married Thomas Jameson and had four children: 
Charles, who married Mary Lyon and had Nellie 
(Mis. H. Billmeyer). Thomas (married Alice 
Kardisky) anil Louis (who married V. Y. Hideker 
ami later Elizabeth Laubach) : Helen, unmarried: 
Arthur, deceased : and Frank, who married Alice 
Richards and had children Mary and Catharine. 
Arthur and his wife Lucy had four children. Ar- 
thur. Annie, William (married Lena Harnian) 
and Sarah (who married Samuel Detwiler and 
had children Lucy ami Clara). (11) Isaar moved 
to Ohio. 

Herman Gearhart. son of Capt. Jacob, horn in 
1765, died aged eighty-one years. He married 
Abigail Baylor ami they were the parents of the 
following children: Mary, who married Henry 
Yorks and had Clinton. Amanda, and Ellen, who 
married David Dnger; Ceorge, who moved to 
Ohio (he had two sons and two daughters) ; Marg- 
aret, who married Jonas Wolfe ami had Donald. 
Gearhart. Willington, and three daughters : Jacob. 
deceased, who never married: Daniel, who married 
Sarah Koons; William, who died unmarried : Han- 
nah, who lives at Riverside, now (1910) aged 
eighty-nine years: Elizabeth. Ellen. Susan and 
Katie, all of whom died unmarried : and Peter. 

Peter Gearhart, son of Herman, married Celes- 
tia Koup, and to them were horn three children: 
George; Gertrude, Mrs. Charles Chalfont; and 
Lillian, who married Dr. Nelson M. Smith. 

THOMAS P. BOUGHNER. farmer of Ralpho 
township. Northumberland county, is a member 
of a family whose name has been intimately con- 
nected with the progress of that district for sev- 
eral generations. He is a great-grandson of John 
Boughner. a native of Hunterdon county. N. J., 
who in 1814 removed to what is now Snydertown, 
in Shamokin township, Northumberland Co.. Pa. 
The same year he enlisted and served a short time 
on the northern frontier in a company organized 
at Snydertown among his neighbors in Shamokin 
and Rush townships in defense of Erie. He was 
a tanner by trade, and after his settlement at 
Snydertown engaged in the carpenter business. 
continuing to follow same until his death. He 
also lived in Milton and Shamokin for some time, 
but died at Snydertown. He was looked upon as 
one of the enterprising men of his day. and filled 



a number of the minor township offices. In poli- 
tics he was a Republican. To him and his wife 
Margaret (Kolcker), also a native of New Jersey. 
were born six children: Peter: Mahlon, deceased; 
Charity, who was the second wife of Jonas Gilger; 
Susanna, who was the first wife of Jonas Gilger; 
Andrew Jackson, deceased : and William, deceased. 

Peter Boughner, son of John, was born Jan. 
23, 1816, at Snydertown, and received such edu- 
cation as the subscription schools of the day af- 
forded. After learning the carpenters trade with 
In- lather he settled at Shamokin and engaged in 
railroad work. The railroad company later placed 
him in charge of repairs and construction from 
Sunbury to Mount Carmel. When the Shamokin 
Valley & Pottsville railroad, later the Shamokin 
division of the Northern Central, was extended 
from Shamokin to Mount Carmel. he and Mr. 
John Dunkelberger were associated in the work 
of laying the rails between those points, under 
contract. In 1850 lie was placed in charge of 
grading and constructing the streets of Trevorton, 
l>ut with the exception of the period of eighteen 
months he was thus engaged he was continuously 
in the employ of the Northern Central Railway 
Company for thirty years. As member of the firm 
of Boughner & Gilger. who built the first breaker 
at the Luke Fidler mine, and of the firm of Cleav- 
er & Boughner, who built the first two at Locust 
Gap, he was also associated with another industry 
which played a most important part in the devel- 
opment of this rich section. Upon his retirement 
from active business pursuits he purchased the 
farm in Ralpho township where be resided up to 
the time of bis death, in ISO?. He was one of the 
leading pioneers of Shamokin. and one of the last 
survivors of the first settlers of the borough. His 
intimate connection with its affairs through so 
long a period, and his intelligent comprehension 
of the changes which took place during his life, 
were so well recognized that he is spoken of as be- 
ing consulted regarding dates and localities to 
verify points concerning local history. Shortly 
after his death one of the newspapers published an 
interview which took place in 1890 and which is 
quoted in part here as being of considerable inter- 
est in this connection: 

"While vet a mere boy I commenced to work 
with my father at the carpenter trade, hut work- 
was scarce, the times were dull, and little or no 
money was paid. In 183? work was started on 
grading some twelve miles of the Danville & Potts- 
ville railroad between Mount Carbon and Girard- 
ville. This was commonly called the 'Girard 
Road," as Stephen Girard bad the principal inter- 
est in the construction of this part of the eastern 
division. Tn the early part of 1S33 I went to work 
on this line and got my first lesson in railroad 
making. It was a good place to learn the busi- 
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after years when I became railroad boss and super- 
visor. I was then a boy of seventeen years, but 
large for my age. ] was given different kinds of 
work and as I was handy and showed a willingness 
to work I was soon favored with jobs that required 
some skill. My knowledge of the carpenter trade 
helped me very much. 

"Tins railroad of twelve miles, crossing over the 
Broad Mountain direct; was at that time one of the 
greatesl undertakings in the country. Ii was un- 
der the charge of Moncure Robinson, then the 
greatest railroad engineer in this country. Tins 
'Girard Road/ with its heavy masonry, complicated 
st ructures and many planes : its hoisting machinery, 
bridges and a tunnel of sun feet, was a wonderful 
feat in engineering if not entirely satisfactory in 
all its workings. A number of persons afterward 
residents of Shamokin worked here. Among these 
I can recall George Shipe, Jacob Mowery and Mr. 
Katterman, and also Ziba Bird, a contractor, who 
a low years later was connected with laying out 
Shamokin and putting u)i the first house in the 
town proper. And here also was a boy, some two 
year- older than myself, eonneeted with the en- 
gineer force, a- a peg driver and later as a rods- 
man, who a few years later was to become the 
»'reai engineer of the Shamokin coal region. This 
was Kimber Cleaver, and here a friendship was 
formed that was never broken and in after years 
we were associated in several business undertak- 
ings. Ai the close of is:;:! the Girard portion of 
the road was finished and I returned to Snyder- 
town. It was generally understood that the west- 
ern division of the T>. & V. railroad, between Sun- 
bury and Shamokin. would he commenced the next 
year. 

"Early in the spring of is:!f work was com- 
menced on this branch. Here there was a natural 
location for a railroad, as the route followed the 
water courses and therefore much labor and ex- 
pense were avoided. The entire roadbed from 
Sunbnry to Shamokin ami one mile beyond, some 
twenty miles in length, was graded about August 
1st. 1835. A large lone was employed and a 
number of Trish from the public works came on 
this job to handle the pick, shovel and wheelbar- 
row. When the grading was started I went on as 
a common laborer at first, as the wages on the road 
were much better than I could get elsewhere. I 
was soon promoted as it was evident that I had 
some experience in that kind of work. Here 1 
again met my friend Cleaver on the engineer corps, 
who was now promoted to the use of an instru- 
ment. * * '■■ The roadbed was graded 22 feet 
wide, being intended for a double track when the 

second one was n led. This permitted a space 

of 5 feet between the tracks. The track we put 
down was on the north side of the roadbed. While 
the road was being graded, the bridges that were 
to span Shamokin creek at four or five points were 



put up. They were models id' good workmanship 
for those times. It was then decided, as the basin 
at Sunbury to connect with the Pennsylvania canal 
had not been finished, the railroad should only he 
completed to Paxinos, and the remainder of graded 
road when the basin was prepared fm- coal ship- 
ments. During Augusi the work of superstruc- 
ture, as it was then termed, was commenced in 
good earnest and pushed ahead with all possible 
dispatch. Why there was so much baste 1 ivall\ 
cannot tell. Sills by the thousands were hauled 
on the ground, that had been hewed by such of 
the neighboring fanners along the line as had suit- 
able timber. All the sawmills far and near were 
working day and night in sawing white oak rails 
for the track, and strap iron, imported from Eng- 
land (no tariff then), was distributed along the 
whole line. In three months the road wa- com- 
pleted between Sunbury and Paxinos, ready for 
the ears to run. The formal opening of the road 
took place on Nov. 26, 1835, at' Paxinos. :;: ::: * 
I acted as foreman in putting down the track, and 
here my knowledge of the carpenter trade and the 
experience 1 had gained on the Girard road gtood 
me well in hand."' The remainder of the inter- 
view was devoted to a description of the manner 

in which a track was laid before the t lern days 

of T rails and other up-to-date devices. 

In 1837 Mr. Boughner married Margaret Rep- 
ley, daughter of John Eepley, anil she died long 
before him, in 1877. They bad the following chil- 
dren: Henry R., a resident of Shamokin. married 
Sarah Lake, and they have had children. Edwin. 
Emily, Libby, Edna. Ethel, and Mabel (the last 
named deceased): Joseph It. is mentioned below; 
John R. died in Shamokin: Catharine married 
dames A. Shipp and is deceased : Lucy A. married 
A. Hoffman Reed, of l'a\ino>: Somerfield married 
Emma Snyder. Mr. Boughner was one of the 
charter members of the Odd Fellows and Free- 
masons lodges at Shamokin. In political senti- 
ment he was a Republican. 

Joseph R. Boughner. son of Peter, was born in 
1840 in Shamokin. and died Feb. 5, 1907, aged 
sixty-six years, three months, one day. lie is 
buried at Oak drove Church, in Ralpho township. 
.Mi-. Boughner passed his earh years in Shamokin 
and was employed at railroad work with hi- father, 
later, in July, 1862, going to Ohio. There, on 
July 29, 1862, he married Sarah Tanneyhill, 
daughter of Rev. Thomas Tanneyhill. of Scotland, 
and they remained in the Wesl iml I 1864, in 
which year they settled at Shamokin. Mr Bough- 
ner was track foreman on the railroad until 1m. 1. 
later followed farming, and subsequently enga 
in the manufacture of powder in partnership 
with Samuel Frederick, continuing in that busi- 
ness until l s i"' Selling his mill and farm inter- 
ests io a Mr. Weld.i out i men, fnd . 

where hi' was located from October, 1875, until 



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1876, in which year he embarked in the general 
merchandise business at Montandon, Northum- 
berland Co.. Pa., in association with 0. B. Hoff- 
man. There lie remained until his removal to 
Juniata county. Pa., in 1878. After a year in 
the mercantile business there he bought the John 
Beplev farm in Ealpho township, Northumber- 
land county, in 1879, and there he afterward re- 
sided, engaging in farming until his death. He 
had seventy-four acres of land. For some time Mr. 
Boughner was also in the slating business in 
Shamokin. He was a Methodist in religion and 
- ed as steward of his church. Fraternally he 
was a Mason, holding membership in Elystmrg 
Lodge, No. 414. In politics he adhered to the 
doctrines of the Republican party. 

Mrs. Boughner died Jan. 14. 1890, aged fifty- 
five years, ten months, nineti -. and is buried 
at Oak Grove church. They had four children: 
Clark, who died in infancy and was buried in 
Ohio: Annie M.. who lives on the homestead; 
Thomas P., our subject : and Margaret E., who 
died in infancy. 

Thomas P. Boughner. son of Joseph B. Bough- 
ner, was born March 7, 1868, in Shamokin town- 
ship, and attended public school in his boyhood. 
He was with his father in his various removals, 
and was eleven years old when he came to the 
homestead at the Blue church where he has re- 
mained to the present. He is an intelligent and 
prosperous farmer, and a worthy member of a re- 
pected family. 

Mr. Boughner married Lydia Adams, daughter 
of Daniel H. and Sarah A. (Pensyl) Adams, and 
their children are Clarence and Frank. Mr. 
Boughner is a member of the Oak Grove M. E. 
Church, and socially belongs to the P. 0. S. of A. 

BENJAMIN F. DEPPEN, one of the foremost 
business men at Trevorton, is the leading merchant 
of that town and variously identified with its in- 
dustrial progress. He established his general store 
in 1889. Mr. Deppen was born in Jackson 
township, this county, in 1847. The history of his 
family in this country goes back to the early part 
oi the eighteenth century. 

Christian Deppen. the founder of this family 

in Pennsylvania, came hither from the German 

Palatinate, arriving (qualifying) at Philadelphia 

16, 1736. He crossed the ocean on the 

■• Princess Augusta" from Rotterdam. Samu- 

i 1 Merchant, masti s with a number of others 

the Palatinate, their wives and children — in 

all three hundred souls, according to the historian 

Rupp. On the "List of Ship's Foreigners" his 

name ; - given as Christian Dappen, and his age 

as thirty years. In the Captain's book his name 

appears as Christian Teppe. In his will his name 

is written, in plain English, Christian Deppe. 

Thus Ave find ; tin as been considerable un- 



certainty concerning the correct orthography of 
the name. It appears often as Deppe, Depew and 
Dupee, and some genealogists declare its original 
form to have been that of the old French Huguenot 
name. DePui. 

Christian Deppen settled near Womelsdorf, in 
Heidelberg township. Berks Co., Pa. In the tax 
lists of Heidelberg township Christian "Deppy" 
is a=sessed as follows: 1767, on 300 acres. 3 horses, 
'■'< cattle, 3 sheep: 1768, on 150 (?) acres. 4 hoi - - 
1 cattle, 5 sheep: 1779, on 220 a< res, 5 horse-. l-"> 
cattle; 1780, on 395 acres, 5 horses, 1'.' cattle; 
1781, -ii 395 acres. 5 horsi -. 8 cattle. The will of 
Christian Deppe, of Heidelberg township, is on 
record in the Berks county courthouse, as □ 
Sept. '.',. 1775, and probated in ITS?, the year of 
his death. It was witnessed by Philip Mover. John 
Casper Reed and Adam Kalbach, and it begins 
thus: "I, Christian Deppe, an aged yeoman of 
Heidelberg township. Berks County."' As the will 
contains no reference to his wife, it is presumed 
-he was dead at the time it was made. At the Mm. 
of his death Christian Deppe also owned fifty 
- of land in Northampton county. In his 
will he refers to his "eldest and beloved - n, Jo- 
hannes, who shall have fifty pounds over and 
above his other share."' His children as named in 
the will were: Johannes; Barbara (married Peter 
Zimmerman i : Anna i married George Yeakly ) : 
Treanic: Elizabeth: Thomas: Peter: David, who 
died in 1804 (his German will is on record in 
Perks county courthouse); Joseph; Jacob; and 
Abraham, who died in 1840 intestate, and whose 
heir was Richard I'. . B delberg. 

Joseph Deppy (one of the older sons of the 
pioneer Christian) in the Federal Census Report 
of 1T90 is recorded as a resident of Heidelberg 
township, and as the head of a family consisting 
of himself, wife and three sons above sixteen years 
of age. 

Christian, Peter, William and George Deppeiu 
natives of Berks county, were pioneers of North- 
umberland county. They located in that section 
now embraced in Jackson and Washington town- 
ships: in 1778 tlie name of Christian Deppen ap- 
pears in the list of pioneers of Mahanoy township 
(both Jackson and Washington were originally 
embraced in Mahanoy township). This Christian 
Deppen and Peter Deppen, who were pioneers in 
Northumberland county, tradition states were - 
of the ancestor Christian Deppy. The name of 
Peter is found in the will, but Christian is said 
to have been a heavy drinker, and poor probably 
on that account, and for this reason he was not 
mentioned in his father's will. He was unlike his 
brothers. Early in the nineteenth century he went 
to Mercer county. Pa., where he died. He was 
married three times, and among his children were 
a son Washington and a daughter Bet-y. 

Peter Deppen came, a- -tared, from Berks to. 



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Northumberland county, and after living there a 
-hurt period went to Ohio, finally settling in Mis- 
souri, where he was a prosperous fanner. His 
descendants in Missouri and the West are said to 
be many. Among his children were sons Zetic 
ami Andrew. 

William and George Deppen, mentioned above 
as having settled in Northumberland county, were 
grandsons of the ancestor Christian, through his 
oldesl son, John, and from these two spring all the 
Deppens now living in Northumberland county. 

Whether Christian Deppy, the ancestor, was a 
Roman Catholic or nut is uncertain, but tradition 
slates thai lie was. His son Joseph was a Cath- 
olic, as were the latter's children, and a number of 
the family still adhere to thai faith. Most of the 
name now living in Reading are members of St. 
Paul's Catholic Church. There were sixteen per- 
sons by the name of Deppen in the Reading city 
directory for 1908. 

George Deppen, one of the two grandsons of 
Christian mentioned as settling in Northumber- 
land county, was bom dune 2,1, 1787, in Berks 
county, Pa., and in 1810 came to Northumberland 
count] with his brother William, as previously 
stated. He was a lifelong fanner, and upon his 
removal from his native county settled on the farm 
puK ..wned by Isaac Tressler, a tract one and a 
half mile- north of Herndon. This place he 
-old. and purchased an adjoining farm, on which 
stood a gristmill. From the latter property he re- 
moved to the farm now owned by his grandson, 
Samuel Deppen, a line place of fully 200 acres in 
Jackson township. lie died Feb. 7, 1850, 
and his wife. Maria Madg. Greise, a native of 
Berks countv, bom April 3, 1785, Ion- survived 
him, dving Aug. 11. 1869. They are buried at 
St. Peter's i bun h, in Mahanoy township. He and 
his family were Reformed members of St. Peter's, 
which was a Union Church, and lie served as an 
official : In was an old-line Whig in political opin- 
ion. To Mr. and Mrs. Deppen were horn four chil- 
dren: Rebecca, who married John Haas, of Sun- 
bury; William: John, who died at Herndon: and 
Isaac, Who spent most of his life at Herndon and 
died in Snyder county, Pennsylvania. 

William "Deppen, eldes! -on of George, horn in 
1814, was a merchant in Jackson township and at 
other place- in this county for forty years, at one 
Time owned much real estate, and was a prominent 
man in his section. He engaged in the mercantile 
business at Augustaville when a young man. and 
was subsequently at Mahanoy, in Jackson town- 
ship, for eighteen vears. In the spring of 18< 
located at Trevorton, where he was a merchant 
lor about two years, until his retirement from 
business He died Jan. S. 1876, and is buried at 
Mahanoy. in Jackson township. He was a member 
of the German Reformed Church, and a Repub- 
lican in politics. His wife. Susan Lantz, who sur- 



vived him. was of Lower Augusta town-hip. this 
county, and to them were born children as follows : 
Mary, Samuel, William (all three died young), 
Benjamin F., George W. Richard L. (of Sham- 
okin) and Sarah A. (living m Trevorton on the 
old homestead). George W. Deppen. who was 
cashier of the First National Bank of Sunhury, 
died in January, 1909. 

Benjamin F. Deppen attended the school- of the 
home locality, later Millersville State normal 

sel 1. at Lancaster. Pa. Having been appointed 

agenl for the Philadelphia & Reading' Railroad 
Company at Trevorton, he filled that position con- 
tinuously for twenty years, and as such became 
one of the best known men of this district. In 
1889 he began what has proved to be a highly 
successful business career, opening the general 
store at Trevorton which he has since conducted, 
and which he moved to it- present location in 
1898. He has the principal trade of the kind in 
the town, his patrons coming from a wide area. 
Business has occupied all his attention, his inter- 
ests having broadened until he is now identified 
with a number of enterprises. He is a trustee of 
the Trevorton Silk Mills, ami a director of the 
Guarantee Trust & Safe Deposit Company of 
Shamokin, and in 1910 he succeeded the late 
Charles Fritz in his connection with the First 
National Bank of Trevorton. Mr. Deppen is a 
Republican, but takes no part in politics. 

Mr. Deppen's first wife. Su-an (Herb), daugh- 
ter of Daniel Herb, of the Mahantango Valley, 
died in 1888, at the age of thirty-eight. In 1893 

Mr. Deppen married (sec 1) Louisa Leitenl 

er. daughter of Charles Leitenberger, who was 
killed at Minersville, Pa., by the kick of a horse. 
Four children were horn to Mr. Deppen's 
marriage, namely: Laura M. : Susan M.: Samuel 
II.. horn in 1876, who died in L905 (he mar 
Minnie Holshue and they had two children. Wil- 
liam Frank ami Donald II.) ; and William Ralph, 
who married Eva Kline and has two children. 
Russell C and William Robert. 

ROCKEFELLER. The Rockefeller family has 
long been well represented among the best class 
of citizens in Northumberland county, mid oi 
the townships of the county hears the name, which 
was founded here by Godfrey Rockefeller, from 
whom David P. and Emen Roi kefeller, brol 
of Sunbury, are di in the fifth generation. 

The Rockefeller famil] true,- it- beginning in 
America to one Peter Rockefeller, who was born 
in Europe and iii 1710 em ! rii a, set- 

tling at Amwell, Bunterdon Co.. N. J. He died 
th ere about I i 10, leaving to his -on. w ho was 

;l |.,i mil 1 Peter, i i and in the coxinty 

mi in toned. 

Godfr \ Roi kefeller, horn in 1747, was i i 
f Peter Roi ("2). He i ame to Nbrthum- 



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berland county, I':)., in 1789, and took up land 
in the vicinity of Snydertpwn. Tie married Mar- 
garet Lewis, and they had a family of eleven chil- 
dren, three sons and eight daughters. One of the 
sons was the grandfather of John I>. Rockefeller, 
of Standard Oil fame. The other two were John 
and William, the former the great-grandfather of 
David P. and Emery Rockefeller, of Sunbury, the 
latter the father of David (horn Sept. 6, 1802) 
and grandfather of Judge William M. Rockefeller 
(born Aug. 18, 1830), who married Emily Jones, 
daughter of Thomas and Maria (Housel) Join-. 
of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. 

John Rockefeller, son of Godfrey, was the great- 
grandfather of David P. and Emery Rockefeller. 

John Rockefeller, the grandfather, was killed on 
his way home from Reading, at a time when 
much of the country wa- still a wilderne--. He 
married Elizabeth Moore, and they were the par- 
ents of Lewis Rockefeller, their other children-be- 
ing as follows: Henry married Elizabeth Morgan 
ami had live children. John. James, Jacob, Frank- 
lin and Harriet (Mrs. John Guliek) ; Michael 
never married: David was twice married his liv-t 
wife being Isabella Campbell: John married Har- 
riet Kneiss and had live children, Alice (wife of 
Rev. John Bowman). Caroline (Mrs. Woods), 
Anne (wife of Jacob Frye), Elizabeth (wife of 
Jesse Cleaver) and Ella (Mrs. Sanders); Mary 
married George Bassett and had six children, 
Lucy, Alda. Ruth, Maggie, Elizabeth and George; 
Esther married Isaac Eckman and had five chil- 
dren. Col. Charles (married Sophia Gearhart), 
David (married Ella Wolfe and had children, 
Franklin. Alfred, Dyer and Ethel), Elizabeth 
(married first Oscar Heller and second Joseph 
Bonner), Harriet (married George Mettler and 
had two children. Ella and Susan) and Lewis. 

Lewis Rockefeller, born Sept. 12, 1823, died in 
October, 1898. lie married Catherine Campbell, 
who survives him. and they became the parents oi 
a large family : Joseph, born in 1850, died in 1870; 
Lemuel married Hattie McClow and they have 
three children. Catharine, Mary and Margaret : 
Sarah married H. Clay Seasholtz and has had one 
son. David: Isabella died in 1888, at the age of 
twenty-five; Hattie married H. C. Lyons: Charles 
married Mattie Manier and has two children. 
Harrison and Helen: Isaac married Emma 
Specht; David P. is mentioned below: Oliver mar- 
ried Jennie Haupl : Emery is mentioned below. 

Mrs. Catharine (Campbell) Rockefeller though 
now (1911) in her eighty-first year is active and 
retains all her faculties, and to her excellent mem- 
ory we are indebted for much of the data in this 
article. She enjoys good health, and her kind and 
unselfish disposition keeps her interested in the 
welfare of her numerous descendants and endears 
her to a wide circle of relatives and friends. She 
now makes her home with her daughter Mrs. Sea- 



sholtz. Her cheerful temperament and fine Chris- 
tian character have won for her the esteem and 
love of all fortunate enough to know her. She was 
one of a family of eight children horn to Chris- 
topher and Sarah (Kline) Campbell, the former 
of whom was the son of Christopher Campbell, the 
latter the daughter of Isaac Kline. Isaac Kline 
and his wife Catharine had the following sons: 
Harmon. Henry, Isaac and Christopher. The 
children of Christopher and Sarah (Kline) Camp- 
bell were as follows: (1) Isaac married Hannah 
Campbell. Children: Dr. John, who died in Phil- 
adelphia, Pa.; Lemuel, who married Sally Ker- 
suge; James, who married Alice Van Zant: Re- 
becca, who married Joseph Eckman : and Flora, 
who died young. (2) Lemuel married Emma 
Smith. Children: Dr. Charles, who married Liz- 
zie Lee Enos : William, who died young: Eli. who 
died young: and Mary, who lives in Sunbury. 
(3) Abraham died young. | D Herman married 
Elizabeth Reed, and their son. Edmund, married 
Mary Baupt. (5) Sarah married Charles Eck- 
man. and had two children, Frank and Ellard 
(who married Ella Snyder). (6) Ella married 
(first) Kelso Savidge, by whom she had three 
children. Clinton (who married Louis. • Essie and 
has six children. Harry W., Albert C. Ralph W. 
E.. Preston M.. Louise and Lucile), Harrison C. 
and Lizzie A. (married Willard Robinson). Her 
second marriage was to GeoTge Forrester, by 
whom she has had two children. Isabella (Mrs. 
(lark) and Ellen, the latter dying young. (7) 
Rhoda married Samuel Oberdorf, and they have 
had eleven children, Oliver (deceased), Isaac (de- 
ceased), Hamilton (deceased), Isabella (de- 
ceased), Chalmers (deceased), Mary, Peter, G. 
Donald (a graduate of Princeton and now prin- 
cipal of the Mount Carmel high school, who mar- 
ried Olive A. Ruch), Maurer (married to Amanda 
Gearhart). William (who married Ollie Wolver- 
ton and has two children. Calvin and Robert, the 
former a graduate of Bucknell University) and 
Susan ( Mrs. Lorenza Eckman, who has two chil- 
dren, James and Chalmft-s). (8) Elizabeth mar- 
ried (first) Bloomfield Carr, by whom she had two 
son-. James and William, "and (second) Charles 
Houghout. by whom she has two daughters, Vir- 
ginia and Roda, the latter the wife of William 
Clark and the mother of three children. Bessie, 
George and Morris. 

David P. Rockefeller, son of Lewi- ami Cath- 
erine (Campbell) Rockefeller, is a well known 
business man of Sunbury, being president of the 
Sunbury Table Works, manufacturers of exten- 
sion and parlor tables, and similar goods. Mr. 
Rockefeller was horn in Sunbury Nov. 83, 1859, 
and there received his early education in the pub- 
lic schools. After a few years' attendance there 
he went to Philadelphia, where he was a pupil in 
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ing his residence in thai city he clerked for his 
cousin, John Rockefeller, for a period of ten years. 
Returning to Sunbury in 1883, he engaged in the 
bottling business, which he continued to follow 
until 1898. For three years afterward he was 
engaged in the lumber business, and for a similar 
■period in the mercantile business, in 1905 selling 
his stock of merchandise to J. K. Frederick. At 
that time he began the manufacture of tallies, in 
which lie was engaged alone until he established 
the present concern, in May. 1907. The plant is 
located on North Second street, the factory and 
yards covering nearly a city block. The main 
building is 200 feel square, and there is another 
50 by L50 feel in dimensions. The establishmenl 
is equipped throughout with the must modern ma- 
chinery and all improvements designed to facili- 
tate the work, and from seventy-five to eighty men 
are given constant emplo] ni supplying the de- 
mands of the large trade. Mr. Rockefeller has 
devoted himself to the building up of this busi- 
ness, ami his efforts have been rewarded with un- 
usual success, lie is respected and trusted by his 
fellow citizens, who elected him to the borough 
council in 1904, ami he served in thai body from 
thai year until 1908. lie is a Republican in 
polities ami in religion a member of the Presby- 
terian Church. Socially he belongs In the I. O. 
O. F. 

On Sept. 18th, 1891, Mr. Rockefeller married 
Agnes Cummings, daughter of Andrew ami Har- 
riet Cummings, of Washingtonville, Montour Co., 
Pennsylvania. 

Emeey Rockefeller, retired farmer and dairy- 
man, now living in Sunbury, was born June L5, 
1868, in Upper Augusta township, Northumber- 
land county, where he was reared and educated, 
lie lived mi thr family homestead in that town- 
ship I'm' Mime time, ami in 1900 purchased from 
Gen. George B. Cadwallader a fine farm of 154 
acres in Upper Augusta township, fertile ami val- 
uable land, which he cultivated until 1906. That 
year he built a line home mi East Market street. 
in the borough of Sunbury, where he has since 
resided with his family. While mi the farm Mr. 
Rockefeller carried on the dairy business, which 
he has continued since his removal to Sunbury. 
Though unostentatious in his habits and retiring 
in disposition he has always interested himself in 
the public welfare, ami while in Upper Augusta 
township served as a member of the school board 
for twn terms. Since becoming a resident of Sun- 
bury he has been elected to the borough council, 
at present representing the Eighth ward in that 
body. He is an excellent neighbor and friend, 
kind and hospitable, and has the respect of all 
who know him. In religious connection he is a 
member of the Catawissa Avenue Methodist 
Church, of which he has been a trustee since 1909. 

On Jan. 24. 1894, Mr. Rockefeller married 



Minnie Gonsar, and to them were born twn chil- 
dren, Yi-rna and 1 1 i ft*. Mrs. Rockefeller died 
March 12, 1911, aged forty-one years ami was bur- 
ied in Pomfrel Manor county. 

Like her husband, Mrs. Rockefeller was a mem- 
ber of ime of the early settled families of the coun- 
ty- Her grandparents, Samuel and Catharine 
(Line) Gonsar, natives of Schuylkill county, Pa., 
came to Northumberland county in an early day. 
settling m Shamokin township, where they passed 
tin 1 remainder of their lives, dying there. They 
arc buried at Snydertown. He was a farmer and 
miller by occupation. In religion he was a mem- 
ber of the Lutheran Church. He and his wife 
hail a large family, viz.: John, David. Andrew, 
O 'ge, Daniel. Isaac Jacob, Jesse, Sarah (mar- 
ried Benjamin Evert), Harriet (married Jeffer- 
son Miller, of Lewisburg) ami Hannah (married 
John Campbell, of Snydertown). George, Daniel, 
[saac, Jacob and Jesse all lived in Shamokin 
township. 

•lesse Gonsar, father of Mrs. Emery Rockefeller, 
was horn in 1836 and died in 1898, aged sixty-two 
years, live months, sixteen days. He married 
Harriet Houseworth, and she survived him with 
tiieir three children: Minnie. Mrs. Rockefeller, 
now deceased: Laura, who is the wife of Andrew 
Lantz and has one son. Jesse; and Grant, of 
Snydertown, Pennsylvania. 

HAUPT. The Haupl famih in which be- 
longed the late Henry Haupt, long a resident of 
Sunbury ami later of Upper Augusta township, 
Northumberland county, was founded here by 
one George Haupt. There are several distinct 
families of the name in the county, that of Sham- 
okin township bearing no known relationship 

either to il ne here under consideration or to 

the family of which John D. Haupt, of Rocke- 
feller township, is a member. 

G 'ge Haupt was a native of Berks county, 

Pa., and came lo Northumberland county in 1802, 
settling in what was then Augusta (now Rocke- 
feller) township, where he owned mam acres lo 
the east of Augustaville. He was a tailor, and 
followed his trade for some years, hut farming wa- 
ins principal vocation, lli^ farm was later owned 
hv his grandson, \. < I. Haupl i -on of his son 
Samuel ). hut the present owner is John 1 >. Haupt, 

before mentioned. G ge Haupt was a Lutheran, 

and he and his wife, Margaret (Overpecl i, 
buried at the Augustaville (Stone) Church. \< 
cording to the rei ird there he was bom Jul? 1 3, 
1761, and died Feb. 1 1. 1853 : she was born dan. 
21, 1772, and died \n\, 30, 1858. The", wi 

arents of ten < hildren : John : Samuel < horn 
1804, died 1882, who married Lydia Fasold and 
had eight children i George; l»a\ id : Jacob; Hen 
rv: Sebastian, who lived at the corner of Third ami 
Market streets, in the borough of Sunbury; Oath- 



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anile, who married Peter Flook : Mary, who mar- 
ried John Shipe: and Elizabeth, who died when 
twenty-one years old. 

Henry Haupt. son of George, was born May 
30, 1812, in Augusta township, and learned the 
tailor's trade from his father. In 1810 he located 
in Sunbury, at what is now No. 321 Market 
street, in a typical log cabin, and he followed his 
trade until 1853, when his health failed and he 
moved out of the borough, settling in Upper Au- 
gusta township. The change proved beneficial, 
for he lived to the ripe age of eighty-four years, 
dying Feb. 10, 1897. After giving up tailoring 
he became a watchman on the Shamokin branch 
of the Pennsylvania railroad. He is buried in 
the old cemetery at Sunbury. Mr. Haupt was a 
Presbyterian in religious faith, and served as trus- 
ts f the church at Sunbury. He took an inter- 
est in the affairs of the community, and served 
some years as overseer of the poor. His first 
wife, Maria Yordy, died March 26, 1814. the 
null her of two children. Samuel Y. and Freeman. 
His seii md marriage was to Sarah Mowery, who 
was born Christmas Day. 1810, daughter of Henry 
and Elizabeth (Kerschner) Mowery, of Sunbury, 
and died Nov. 4, 1876. There was one child by 
this union. Liberty Dewart, born in Sunbury. 
on the site where she still resides. She married 
in 1871, John 0. Dugan and has three children, 
Harry W., of Plymouth, Pa. : Fannie E.. who 
married Claude E. Wilson, of Sunbury: and Sal- 
lie, who married W. C. Forrester, of Upper Au- 
gusta township. She is an active member of the 
Presbyterian Church. She was named Liberty 
after Miss Liberty Brady, who was born about 
the time the Liberty Bell proclaimed freedom to 
all the inhabitants of the United Colonies upon 
the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, 
July I. 1776, and who was a sister of the six 
Brady brothers, noted Indian fighters and scouts 
of the Susquehanna valley, in Pennsylvania. 

JOHN D. HAUPT. a prosperous farmer of 
Rockefeller township, was born there May 25, 
1851, sun of George G. Haupt, on the old home- 
stead of his family. His grandfather lived in 
Cameron township, this county, where he fol- 
lowed farming, and he and his wife, whose maiden 
name was Gearhart, are buried in that township. 
He owned property. They were Lutherans in re- 
ligious faith. Of their children. John, Jacob and 
Benjamin lived in Cameron township; George. 
G. is mentioned below; Sarah married George 
Derk; TIettie married Gideon Derk, brother of 
George; there were other daughters whose names 
are not given. 

George G. Haupt was born Sept. 12, 1810, in 
Cameron township, and learned the trade of shoe- 
maker, which he followed to s e extent, but 

farming was his principal occupation through 



life. He owned a farm of thirty-three acres in 
Rockefeller township, where he died Jan 11, 
L866. He was a Democrat in politics, and at the 
time of his death was holding the office of over- 
seer of the poor, and it is singular that his asso- 
ciate in office, Daniel D. Conrad, died just two 
weeks before. His wife, Barbara (Dornsife), 
born Feb. 18, 1824. died April 8, 1897. They 
wiiv Lutherans, and are buried at the Augusta- 
ville Church. Their children were: Mary Eliza- 
beth married Simeon Haupt, who was a descend- 
ant of George Haupt (1761-1853 ), of another fam- 
ily resident in the same community, and who had 
Indian blood in his veins; John D. is mentioned 
later; Emeline is the widow of Hyman Shilly; 
Catharine E. married Milton De"\\ 

John D. Haupt has followed agricultural pur- 
suits all his life. His farm consists of 100 acres 
in the southeastern part of Rockefeller township, 
and is the old homestead of George Haupt, who 
was the founder of another Haupt family in this 
neighborhood, being no known relative of John 
D. Haupt. Mr. Haupt raises general crops and 
sells his produce at Trevorton. He is an enter- 
prising citizen and has taken some part in public 
affairs in his locality, having served 'the township 
as school director and roadmaster. In politics 
he is a Democrat. 

In 1883 Mr. Haupt married Matilda Neidig. 
daughter of Solomon and Maria (Conrad) Nei- 
dig, and five children were born to them: Stella 
B., who was married in 1910 to Atwood Wetzel; 
Blanche M., wife of William E. Straub; and Don- 
ald D., Myrtle V. and Hatton II.. at home. Mrs. 
Haupt died Oct. 3, L903, aged forty-one years, 
twenty-five days, and is buried at Augustaville. 

CHARLES M. MARTIN'. M. D., late of Sun- 
bury, was a physician and surgeon of high stand- 
ing in that borough, where he was successfully en- 
gaged in the general practice of his profession 
for nver thirty years. A man of admirable per- 
sonal traits, public-spirited, energetic, progress- 
ive in bis special field of labor and in all that had 
to do with the real good of his fellow nun. he 
was a citizen to be esteemed and valued, and his 
memory will live lung in the hearts of the many 
who knew and appreciated him. Dr. Martin he- 
longed to one of the oldest families of Sunbury, 
having been a grandson of George Martin, who 
came thither among the pioneers. 

■ George Martin was active in the public affairs 
of Northumberland county in his day. serving as 
county prothonotary and for some years as jus- 
tice of the peace. He is buried in the old cem- 
etery at Sunbury. He and his wife Mary had 
children as follows : Rev. Jacob was the father 
of l>r. Martin; George served for thirty-two years 
in the United States army, attaining the rank of 
captain, and was in the Indian Seminole war. 



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through the Mexican war and in the Civil war in the locality of his birth, lie had a very ex- 
(he lived retired in Philadelphia) ; William served tensive general practice, and attended faithfully 
through the Mexican war and m the Union army to all its demands, in addition to which he served 

during the Civil war and attained the rank of for thirteen years as residenl surg i at Sun- 

1 ' l "'- '""• ,IV ''' 1 retired in Philadelphia); bury for the Pennsvlvania Railwavll'ompanv. 1»- 
Charles, who served in the Union army during ing succeeded in that position, upon his death, 
the Civil war, died in Savannah, Ohio, where he by Dr. Drumheller, of Sunbury. He was ap- 
had ma. 1m his home for a number of years; Henry, pointed a member of the board of pension exam- 
fas a resident of Sunbury, entered the Union iners, removed- when the Dei irats c: into 

army during the Civil war and was killed at the power, in 1884, and reappointed in June, 1889. 
battle of the Wilderness; Luther, who lived in His standing in the profession was high, and he 
Elizabeth. \. J., where he was married, was also was honored" with the vice-presidency of the Sun- 
a soldier during the Civil war and was killed at bury Medical Association. In spite of a busy 
ll "' battle of Gettysburg; Betzy married a Mr. professional career he found time for local public 
St ml, and they lived at Selinsgrove, Pa.; Cath- service, acting as member of the borough council 

arine (Kitty) married Peter Khoads and. they and for so years as a school director. He was 

lived near Pittsburg, Pa.; Mary; and two others, also known in social circles, and fraternally was 
All of tins family wen- born ami reared at Sun- a Knight Templar Mason. He was a Republican 
bury. in politics and a Lutheran in religious connection. 

Rev. Jacob Martin, son of George and Mary In 1865 Dr. Martin married, ai Westminster, 
Martin, was born in Sunbury Feb. 11, 1803. anil Md., Sallie H. Shreeve. who died in 1872 at Ow- 
died there in is;?, after a service of fifty years mg's Mills, Md. On Feb. 18, 1873, he married 
in the ministry of the Lutheran Church. His (second) Mary Alice Haas, daughter of John and 
first charge was in New York State, at Dans- Mary (Gheen) Haas, late of Sunbury, and Mrs. 
ville. For some years he was at Westminster, Martin still occupies the large residence at No. 
and at Reisterstown, both in Maryland, each of 141 Chestnut street which the Doctor erected 
his charges comprising four or five congrega- in 1875. To the second union was bom one son, 
tions. He was an able speaker, preaching both William H., on December 28, 1873: he died Nov. 
English and German, and also a good singer, us- 13, 1902, while a student at the University of 
ually leading the church singing. He married Pennsylvania, and he and his father are buried in 
Abbie A. Stevenson, daughter of Henry Steven- Pomfret Manor cemetery, at Sunbury. 
son, who came from Ireland, and she survived 

him but three months. They were the parents WILLIAM W. RYON, of Shamokin, a legal 
of seven children, namely: Henry and George practitioner of over thirty years" standing in that 
died young, but five days apart; Mary E. died borough, was born April 29, Is.",;, at Lawrence- 
young: Margaret married D. Wilson Shryoeek, of ville. in Lawrence township, Tioga Co.. Pa. His 
Greensburg, Westmoreland Co., Pa.: Charles M. parents were George L. and Hannah (Hammond) 
is mentioned below: Harriet married James Lyon, Ryon, both descendants of prominent pioneer fam- 
and they live at Sunbury: Harry died at West- ilies of Pennsylvania, the mother a member of 
minster. Md., when eighteen years old. the Connecticut Hammond family, which came 

Charles M. Martin was born Jan. 15, 1810, to Pennsvlvania in Provincial days. Both of 
at Greencastle, Franklin Co.. Pa. He received Mr. Ryon's great-grandfathers served in the I on- 
liis academic training at Pennsylvania College, tinental forces 'luring the Revolution, one a! 
Gettysburg, Pa., and attended medical lectures taining the rank of colonel and commissary of 
at the University of Maryland. Baltimore, from subsistence in General Anthony Wayne's division. 
which institution he was graduated in March. Several of the name have attained distinction in 
1863. The family was living at Westminster, high offices of public trust. 

Md., during that' period. While in Baltimore John Ryon. Jr.. grandfather of William W.. 
he was a resident student at the hospital and was horn in Luzerne county, and left the Wyo- 
after his graduation received the appointment of ming Valley, where the family had then been set- 
assistant surgeon from Surgeon General Ham- tied for nearly a century, when about eighteen 
mond of the United States army, being assigned years of age. He removed to Elkland, Tioga 
to hospital duty at Frederick. Md.* He remained county, where he became a prominent citizen, tak- 
in the government service until the close of the ing a leading part in the public affairs of thai 
war, after which he located for practice at Owin^s tion, which he represented m the State Senate 
Mills. Baltimore Co.. Md., remaining there until (from the Tioga and Bradford districts) for 
he settled at Sunburv, Northumberland Co.. Fa., eleven years, ami while in the Senate mm, 
in the summer of 1872. From that time until a resolution favoring the nomination oi Andrew 
his death, which occurred Dec. '26. 189?. Dr. Mar- Jackson for P "Inch wa pa ed by both 

tin took high rank as a phvsieian and surseon houses. He was associate judge oi doga i lunty 



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for fifteen years. About eight)' years ago he was 
located at Milton, Northumberland county, as 
superintendent of the Pennsylvania canal, and 
his name, as such, was cut on a stone in the lock 
at Shamokin dam, opposite Sunburv. under date 
of 1829. 

George L. Ryon removed with his family from 
Elkland to Lawrenceville (both in Tioga county) 
about 1849. Their eldest son, George W. Ryon, 
of Shamokin. has been a resident of that borough 
for over forty years and long one of its leading 
citizens. 

William W. Ryon grew to manhood in his na- 
tive township, and received his early education 
in the common schools of Tioga county. Later he 
attended the Mansfield I Pa.) State normal school, 
from which be graduated in June, 1874, and soon 
afterward entered the office of his brother George 
W. Ryon, of Shamokin. to take up the reading of 
law. After his admission to the bar of Northum- 
berland county, in March. 1878, he practiced for 
a short time, until he accepted an appointment 
as deputy sheriff urn lei- Sheriff William M. Weaver, 
with whom he served three years, continuing in 
the position for three months longer under Mr. 
Weaver's successor. John C. Morgan. Mr. Ryon 
then resumed the practice' of his profession, was 
in time admitted to practice in the Supreme ami 
the Superior courts and has continued his legal 
work successfully ami profitably to the present 
day. though he is also interested in a number of 
the most important commercial and manufactur- 
ing enterprises of the borough. He was an orig- 
inal stockholder in the Shamokin Street Railway 
Company, was president of the Shamokin Valley 
Telephone Company, of which he was one of the 
organizers, until it was taken over by the United 
Telephone & Telegraph Company; and a leading 
member of the Shamokin Board of Trade, hav- 
ing been connected with the organization from its 
inception. lie is attorney for the First National 
Bank of Shamokin and for the Union, Home and 
Citizens* Building *.V" Loan Associations,of which 
he was one of the original promoters. 

Politically Mr. Ryon is a Democrat and active 
and influential in the party. Tie is a leading mem- 
ber of St. Edward's Roman Catholic Church of 
Shamokin. 

IRA T. CLEMENT, late of Sunburv. was a 
leading citizen of that community to the close of 
his long life, which covered a period of over eighty- 
five years. In his day there was scarcely a more 
conspicuous figure in the development of the bor- 
ough and the surrounding territory, ami bis de- 
-i ■ ii'lants are classed among the most valuable cit- 
izens there to-day. His interests as merchant and 
manufacturer not only brought to him means and 
influence, but were also the means of enhancing 
the industrial facilities of the entire region. A 



man of strong character, of progressive disposition, 
of foresight, he combined the possession of all these 
traits with sufficient enterprise to launch and car- 
ry through the various undertakings he felt could 
be successfully prosecuted in this section. His 
sons in time engaged in business with him, and in 
the activities of various members of the family 
the position of the Clements among the most 
prominent residents of this section has been well 
sustained. 

Joseph Clement, the father of Ira T. Clement, 
died on Staten Island, New York. He served a- a 
soldier in the Revolutionary war. In 1805, in Sus- 
sex county. N. J., he married Hannah Hazen, 
daughter of Samuel or Ezra Hazen, and to them 
were born three children: Augustus married Car- 
oline Lyons, and died in Sunburv: Sarah was twice 
married, first to a Mr. Hazen and later to Dr. 
Woodbridge, and raised a large family (-lie died 
at Buchanan. Mich.) : Ira T. is mentioned below. 
After the death of Joseph Clement his widow 
married Solomon Smith, of Amherst, Mass., and 
they moved out to Ohio, where they settled and 
reared their family. Mr. Smith died there, and 
Mrs. Smith then came to Sunbmy. Northumber- 
land Co.. Pa., where she -pent several years he- 
fore her death, which occurred June 35, 1868, in 
her eighty-fourth year. She was born April 12, 
1 785, m Woodbury, New Jers 

Ira T. Clement was born dan. 11. 1813. in \>'u 
Jersey. He was a young child wdien he came with 
his mother to Northumberland county, and in fact 
was only five years old when his mother indentured 
him to Jacob Hoover, with whom he lived on what 
i- now the iidd Fellows' Orphanage farm. He 
learned the carpenter's trade, which he followed 
for a few year-;, hut he soon embarked in the mer- 
cantile business on his own account in Sunbury, 
continuing in that line for thirty years. However, 
there were too many opportunities in this then 
opening region to permit him to devote all his en- 
crgies to one field of enterprise. He had a small 
tract of land and a sawmill near Arters station, 
a few miles east of Sunbury. and he worked in the 
woods during the day. getting out hi- logs, which 
he sawed into lumber at night. In 1847 he came 
I" Sunbury, where in that year he built the first 
sawmill established in the place, at what was later 
the site of his table factory on Front street, having 
bought the land shortly after his arrival here, 
from Ebenezer Greenough. Besides conducting 
this place he engaged in the mercantile business, 
his first store in Sunbury being located on Mar- 
io t street, near Third street. He ran the sawmill 
until 1867, when he sold it to William Reagan, and 
it was subsequently owned successively by the 
Sunburv Lumber Company and the firm of Fril- 
ing, Bowen & Engle. After they fai'.ed. in Is' 1 "., 
it was conducted in the interest of their creditors 
until lSSo. when Mr. Clement repurchased it. 





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Meantime, aboul 1868, he had built the first plan- 
ing mill in Sunbury, originally a two-story frame 
building 60 by 80 feel in dimensions, but later 
enlarged considerably to meet the demands of ex- 
panding business. In 1875 the upper story of this 
structure was equipped for the manufacture of 
coffins, but the coffin business grew so rapidly that 
in 1887 a two-story frame building 10 by 140 feet 
was buiH for its sole accommodation. In 1880 Mr. 
Clemen! had begun the manufacture of extension 
tables at the planing mill, and in 1887 liis old mill, 
which as recorded he hail repurchased in 1883, was 
adapted tor this special branch of manufacturing. 
For a number of years Ins combined industries oc- 
cupied an extensive site extending from Front 
streel to Third, th of Race, the saw mill, plan- 
um mill, table factory and coffin factory affording 
employment to one hundred anil twenty-live men, 
with an annual product valued at two hundred and 
fifty thousand dollars. The influence of such an 
establishment mi the general prosperity may he 
easily conjectured. Further, Mr. Clement estab- 
lished the' Sunbury Steam Ferry and Tow Boa1 
Company, of which he was the president, and which 
for many years kept a line of steamboats plying on 
the Susquehanna between Sunbury, Northumber- 
land, Shamokin Dam and other points. lie also in- 
vested heavily in real estate, buying the Kutz farm 
in Upper Augusta township ami the ObeTdorf farm 
in Hast Sunbury, on which he made vast improve- 
ments, and at the time of his death lie owned oyer 
one hundred houses in Sunbury, of which borough 
he was the heaviest taxpayer. He engaged in con- 
tracting to some extent, in 1876-77 building the 
Northumberland county prison; and other build- 
ings, including the city hall and the Moore & 
Diss'inger block on Market street, were of his con- 
struction. In this line he also gave employment to 
a considerable number of men. 

Mr (dement relinquished comparatively little 
control of hi> affairs in Ins old age, being active to 
th,. end of his .lavs. Although rheumatism ai- 
Eected and finally destroyed his power of locomo- 
tion, he never lost interest in the condition and 
management of his numerous business concerns, 
giving them his direct personal supervision, as he 
had been in the habit of doing, and lie continued 
to he a power in local industrial and commercial 
mattes until his death. A horn leader, he was 
foremost in many movements which lane made a 
permanent impression upon the development aid 
welfare of Sunbury. He was one of the pioneer 
casket manufacturers of Pennsylvania, and as sueli 
started a line of industry in Sunbury which con- 
tinues to he one of its business factors. Though 
he never took any direct part in public aftairs he 
had strong convictions on political questions, ami, 
originally a Wine;, changed his allegiance to the 
Republicans and later to the Democratic party. 
He and his family were members of the Reformed 
Church. 



Mr. Clement married, when in his twenty-second 
year, in 1834. Sarah Martz, of Shamokin town- 
ship, daughter of David ami Magdalena (Shissler) 
Mart/., ami twelve children were horn to them, 
namely: Amelia, who died unmarried: Henry; 
Catharine A., who died young; David : a child that 
died in infancy: Mary Jane, who married John 
W. Bucher; Louisa, widow of Henry E. Moure: 
Sarah Frances, who married l>avid C. Dissinger, 
who died before she did: Laura 1.. who married 
Dietrich .lames; Maria W., who died unmarried; 
and Grace and Emma, who died young. Only two 
of this family. Henry and Mrs. Moore, survived the 
father, who died Oct. 28, 1898, attaining the great 
age df eighty-five years, nine months, seventeen 
days. He was buried at Sunbury. 

Henry Clement, the only son of [ra 'I', (dement 
who survived him, is still a resident of Sunbury, 
where he was horn, in what was then Upper 
Augusta township, Sept. 1, 1838. When a mere 
hoy he commenced clerking in his father's store, 
and he was always associated with him in his lum- 
ber and manufacturing interests, for many years 
before Ins father's death being with him in the 
management of his entire business. He stepped 
into a busy career, hut he has proved himself well 
adapted to its demands, as his capable manage- 
ment, of his various interests shows that he not only 
inherited the business hut the ability to look after 
it to advantage. He was one of the pioneers in 
the West Branch lumber industry, but though 
thoroughly progressive he is conservative and has 
a reputation lor sound judgment which ma e 
his opinion on business questions highly valued. 
Though his time is well taken up with his private 
affairs he has found time to serve the borough as 
councilman. He is a Republican in political faith. 
Fraternally Mr. (dement is an Odd Fellow and a 
Mason, belonging to Lodge No. 203, I. ( >. 0. P., 
io Lodge No. '■"■'. F. & A. M.. and to Northumber- 
land Chapter, X". 174, R. A. M. 

On March '.'3, I860, Mr. (dement married Cath- 
arine Geist, of tforthumberland, tins county, 
daughter of John ami Susan I Frederick) Geist, 
and she died in 1899, leaving two children: Jen- 
nie M., who is the wife of William IF Fanes, a 
court stenographer of this and surro ling coun- 
ties; and Ira T., of Sunbury, who married Eliza- 
beth P.. Fisher and has one -on. Henry (dement. 
Jr. 

HENRY I-:. MOORE, late ol Sunbury, where he 

was well known in business hie a- an associate of 
[ ra 'I' (dement, was horn in L842, at Millmonl. in 
Buffalo Vallev. Union Co.. Fa , son of Jacob 
Moore, and died April 3. 1903. Mr. Moore was 
f or many vears engaged as a merchant and ba, 
before coming to Sunbury, and throughout his res- 
idence in that borough was one oi in substantial 
an d highly respected citizens. He married Mrs. 



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Louisa Hauptj widow of George W. Haupt. and 
daughter of Ira T. Clement, They had no chil- 
dren. Mr. Moore was a Lutheran in religious 
connection. 

GEORGE W. HAUPT was born in Sunbury 
Feb. 22, 1840, son o Si -nan and Sarah (Halm) 
Haupt. In his earlier manhood he followed teach- 
ing and won considerable success and local distinc- 
tion in that profession, serving as superintendent 
of the Northumberland county schools from 1866 
to 1868. He resigned Sept. 1, 1868. on account 
of ill health, William J. Wblverton being ap- 
pointed by the State to fill the unexpired term. 
Mr. Haupt studied law under Judge Jordan and 
practiced from the time he was admitted to the 
bar until his death, which occurred Jan. 18, 18T0. 
He was a Presbyterian in religious faith, and a 
Mason in fraternal connection, holding member- 
ship in Lodgi \". 22, P. & A. M. In politics he 
was a Democrat Mr. Haupt married Louisa 
Clement, daughter of Ira T. Clement, and by this 
union there was one son, Wilson. 

FRANKLIN MARTZ, late of Ralpho township. 
Northumberland county, was one of the substan- 
tial and highly respected citizens of his locality 
and a descendant of an old family, his father, 
David Martz, having been born in the county. 

David Martz was bom Oct. 15, 1802, in Lower 
Augusta township, Northumberland county, and 
died Nov. 11. 1S55. Shortly after his marriage 
he located at Paxinos and owned and operated a 
fulling mill there, being quite - cess ul in bus- 
iness. He was a respected man, and for many 
years was chosen to serve as justice of the peace 
a; Paxinos. His wife. Hannah (Evert), born 
Oct. 6, 1S04, died June 9, 1SS0, and they are 
buried at the Blue church in Ralpho township. 
Their children were: Eliza died unmarried: 
Henry, who was a teacher, died unmarried : Mar- 
garet married David Adams; Sarah married 
Emanuel Artman; Franklin is mentioned below; 
Mary married Albert Fisher: David P. is a resi- 
dent of Ralpho township, this county: John, twin 
of David, is deceased: Hannah married Jackson 
Hoffman : Susan died young. 

Franklin Martz was born Dec. 12, 1835, in 
Shamokin township, and received his education in 
the local schools. When a young man he learned 
the carpenters trade, which he followed several 
years. During the Civil war he enlisted in the 
K'.'d Regiment. Pennsylvania Militia, and was 
out eleven months. After he returned home he 
bought a farm in Shamokin (now Ralpho) town- 
ship, of 150 acres, the old Solomon Hummel 
place, and there he lived and farmed until his 
death, which occurred July 21, 1889. He is bur- 
ied at the Blue Church, of which he was a Re- 
formed member, and was serving as elder at the 



time of his death. In politics he was a Repub- 
lican. 

On Oct. 25, I860. Mr. Martz married Margaret 
Fisher, daughter of John and Hannah (Yocum) 
Fisher, who was born in Northumberland county 
Dec. 7. 18-40; she now makes her home at Pax- 
inos. Mrs. Martz is a member of the German Re- 
formed Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Martz 
were born the following children : Henry E. died 
of smallpox when eleven years old; Mary H. died 
in infancy : Catharine A. married William Kreig- 
baum, and they reside at Elysburg, Pa. ; Edwin 
H. lives in Shamokin : William F. married Eliza- 
beth Fisher and they reside in Shamokin: Clar- 
ence K. lives at Paxinos: Ira T. died in infancy: 
John C. died in infancy: Bertha M. married Frank 
Wertley, and they reside at Paxinos. 

WILLIAM H. ROHRBACH, postmaster and 
merchant at Paxinos, has been prominent in the 
business and public affairs of that section of 
Northumberland county for many years, and is 
indeed well known all over the county. He bears 
a name which has long been regarded as the syn- 
onym of progress and executive ability, many 
members of the Rohrbach family having attained 
position and means, and their honorable lives 
have been a credit to themselves and to the com- 
munity as well. 

Mr. Rohrbach was born July 13, 1852, in Cata- 
wissa township. Columbia Co., Pa., son of John 
Rohrbach and grandson of Jacob Rohrbach. The 
family is an old one in Pennsylvania, of German 
origin, being descended from John George Rohr- 
. who emigrated to America about the middle 
of the eighteenth century. He settled in eastern 
Pennsylvania, in Berks county, in the territory 
now embraced in District township, and the family 
is now quite numerous in the eastern end of that 
county. The ancestral homestead is still owned, 
by one of his descendants. He was twice married, 
and by Ms first union had a son Lawrence, who 
had five sons, Daniel, George (who had eight 
children). Christopher (or Stophel, who had 
eleven children), Jacob and Henry. By his sec- 
ond wife, Christiana Moser, he had five children, 
Gi ge, John, Simon, Eva and Christiana. Those 
of the name now living in Berks county are de- 
scendants of Lawrence and John : Simon is said 
to have moved to Catawissa. Columbia county: 
rge to have gone West; Eva married Jacob 
Finkbohner, who after her death married her 
sister Christiana. 

The ancestor of a number of the name now liv- 
ing in Northumberland county devoted himself 
to his business affairs and lived and labored in 
the section of Pennsylvania referred to. He was 
a successful and influential man of his day, al- 
though he had no aspirations toward public honors 
and took no part in anything outside of his pri- 



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vate interests. For many years he conducted a 
charcoal furnace in conjunction with fanning. He 
married Catharine Fenstermacher, and to them 
was born a large family. Their son George, born 
in 1808 in Columbia county, Pa., was the father 
of the late Floyd T. and William II. Rohrbach, 
both prominent citizen? of Sunbury. 

John Rohrbach, - E Jacob and father of 

William II. Rohrbach, of Paxinos, was born Oct. 
15, L819, in Clay township, Berks Co., Pa., moved 
to Columbia county, Pa., with his lather, and in 
L855 came to Shamokin township, Northumber- 
land county. In his early years he had follow-ed 
farming for some time, later being employed in 
the ironworks at Catawissa, Columbia county, and 
after coming t" this region purchased, in part- 
nership with his brother-in-law, William Reed, a 
farm al Reed's station, consisting of about 1T5 
acres. Eere he followed farming until his death, 
which occurred April '.'. 1895, and he is buried 
at St. Jacob's (Eeed's) Church in Ralpho town- 
ship. He married Julian Reed, daughter of Jacob 
and Hannah Reed, and she survives him, making 

her I le a1 Paxinos. They had two children, 

( iara E. and William IF The daughter married 
Amos Epler and both are deceased; they left five 
children. 

William II. Rohrbach was only three years old 
when the family settled m Shamokin township, 
ami after attending the local public schools he be- 

ca a pupil at the Elysburg Academy, then taught 

by Rev. James Wampole. He remained at home, 
assisting his father, until the latter's death, after 
which he took the farm fur five years, conduct- 
ing it until elected county commissioner, in I! 

He filled that office efficiently for our term of 
three pears, and in 1904 took another public posi- 
tion, having been appointed mercantile appra 
in which capacity he served for one year. During 
that time he purchased the business of Miller 
Brothers, general merchants at Paxinos, which he 
has since carried on, and in connection with which 
he has performed the duties of postmaster, to 
which office he was appointed in 1904. Mr. Rohr- 
bach has been prominent in the political and pub- 
lic activities of his township as a zealous member 
of the Democratic partv. He has served a- men 
ber of the election board, and has been elected 
assessor, tax collector and auditor, his work in 
every capacity justifying the flattering -upport 
he received as a candidate. He stands high in 
th( opinion of his fellow citizens and has en- 
deavored to merit their judgment of his character 
and abilities. Socially he is a member and a pas! 
masteT of Elysburg Lodge, No. 41 1. F. & A. M. 
He is a member of the Lutheran Church. 

Mr. Rohrbach married Emma Keifer, daughter 
of Abraham and Maria ( Everlv ) Keifer. of Colum- 
bia countv, Pa., and they have two children. John 
F. and Wallace K. 



OLIVER F. ROCKEFELLER, of Sunbury, 
was engaged in tin- bottling business m that bor- 
ough for many years, and is at present dividing 
his attention between the "".Montour House." at 
Danville, Pa., of which he is a part owner, and his 
extensive real estate interest-. He was born in 
Upper Augusta township, tin- county, Nov. 6, 
1862, -mi of. Lewis and Catherine (Campbell) 
Rockefeller. 

The Rockefeller family has long been well rep- 
resented among the best class of citizens in No: 
umberland county, and one of the townships of the 
countv bear- the name, which was founded 
by Godfrey Rockefeller, from whom David P., 
Emery and Oliver 1'.. brothers, of Sunbury, are 
descended in the fifth generation. 

The Rockefeller family traces its beginning in 
America to one Peter Rockefeller, who was born 
in Europe and in 1710. on emigrating to Amer- 
ica, settled at Aniwell, Hunterdon Co., X. J. He 
there about 1740, leaving to his son. who was 
also named Peter, 763 acres of land in the county- 
mentioned. 

Godfrey Rockefeller, horn in 11 17, was a son of 
Peter Rockefeller (2). He came to Northumber- 
land countv. Pa., in 1789, and took up land in 
the vicinity of Snydertown. He married Mar. 
et. Lewis, and they had a family of eleven chil- 
dren, three sons and eight daughters. One of the 
sons was the grandfather of John D. Rockefeller, 
o Standard Oil fame. The other two were J 
and William, the former the great-grandfather of 
David P. and Emery and Oliver I'. Rockefeller, of 
Sunbury, the latter the father of David (born 
Sept. 6, lsie? i and grandfather of Judge William 
M. Rockefeller (horn Aug. 18, 1830), who mar- 
ried Emily Jones, daughter of Tl las and Maria 

( Housel) Jones, of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. 

John Rockefeller, son of Godfrey, was the great 
grandfather of David P.. Emery and Oliver P. 
Rockefeller. 

John Rockefeller, the grandfather, was kil 
on hi- way home from Reading, at a time when 
much of the country "a- -nil a w ilderness. II 
married Elizabeth Moore, and thej were the par- 
ent- of Feu i- Rockefeller, their other children b ■ 
L n g as follows: Henry married Elizabeth Mor- 
gan and had five children, John. James, Ja 
Franklin and Darnel | Mr-. John Gulii 
Michael never married: David was twice n - 
ried, his first wife being Isabella Campbell ; J 
married Harriet Kneiss and had five children, 
Alice (wife of Rev. John Bowman), Caroline 
(Mrs. Wood- 1. Anne (wi i o Jacob Frye), Eliz- 
abeth (Mile of Jesse Cleavei I and Ella Mrs 
Sanders) ; Mary married George Basseti and 
had six children. I.iev. Ald.i. Ruth, Ma 
Elizabeth and George; Esthei man ied [saai Ei 
man and had five • hildn a, I ol I harles (mar- 
ried Sophia Gearhart), David married Ella 



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Wolfe and had children. Franklin, Alfred, Dyer 
and Ethel), Elizabeth (first married Oscar Heller 
and second Joseph Bonner). Harriet (married 
George Mettler and had two children. Ella and Su- 
san ) and Lewis. 

Lewis Rockefeller, born Sept. 12, 1823, died 
in October, 1898. He married Catherine Camp- 
bell, who survives him, and they became the par- 
ents of a large family: Joseph, born in 1859, died 
in 1870; Lemuel married Hattie MeClow and 
they have three children. Catharine, Mary and 
Margaret; Sajah married H. Clay Seasholtz and 
has had one son, David: Isabella died in 188s. at 
the age of twenty-five; Hattie married II. C. 
Lyons: Charles married Mattie Manier and has 
two children, Harrison and Helen; Isaac married 
Emma Specht; David P. married Agnes Cum- 
mings; Oliver P. married Jennie A. Haupt; Em- 
ery married Minnie Gonsar. 

.Mrs. Catherine (Campbell) Rockefeller 
though now (lull) in her eighty-first year is 
active and retains all her faculties, and to her 
excellent memory we are indebted for much of the 
data in this article. She enjoys good health, and 
her kind and unselfish disposition beeps her in- 
terested in the welfare of her numerous descend- 
ants and endears her to a wide circle of relatives 
and friends. She now makes her home with her 
daughter Mrs. Seasholtz. Her cheerful temper- 
ament and line Christian character have won for 
her the esteem and love of all fortunate enough 
to know her. She was one of a family of eight 
children born to Christopher and Sarah (Kline) 
Campbell, the former of whom was the son of 
Christopher Campbell, the latter the daughter 
of Isaac Kline. Isaac Kline and his wife Cath- 
arine had the following sons: Harmon, Henry. 
Isaac and Christopher. The children of Chris- 
topher and Sarah (Kline) Campbell were as fol- 
lows: (1) Tsaae married Hannah Campbell. 
Children: Dr. John, wdio died in Philadelphia, 
Pa.: Lemuel, who married Sally Kersuge; James, 
who married Alice Van Zant; Rebecca, who mar- 
ried Joseph Eckman; and Flora, who died young. 
(2) Lemuel married Emma Smith. Children: 
Dr. Charles, who married Lizzie Enos; William, 
who died young; Eli, who died young; and Mary, 
who lives in Sunbury. (3) Abraham died voung. 
(4) Herman married Elizabeth Reed and their 
son, Edmund, married Mary Haupt. (o) Sarah 
married Charles Eckman, and had two children. 
Frank and Ellard (who married Ella Snyder). 
(6) Ella married (first) Kelso Savidge, by whom 
she had three children. Clinton (who married 
Louise Essie and had six children. Harry W., Al- 
bert C, Ralph W. E., Preston M., Louise and Lu- 
cile). Harrison C. and Lizzie A. (married Wil- 
lard Robinson). Her second marriage was to 
George Forrester, by whom she had two children. 
Isabella (Mrs. Clark) and Ellen, the latter dying 



young. (7) Rhoda married Samuel Oberdorf, 
and they have had eleven children, Oliver (de- 
ceased), Isaac (deceased), Hamilton (deceased), 
Isabella (deceased), Chalmers (deceased), Mary, 
Peter, G. Donald (a graduate of Prince- 
ton and now principal of the Mount Car- 
mel high school, who married Olive A. Ruch), 
Maurer (married to Amanda Gearhart), William 
(who married Ollie Wolverton and has two chil- 
dren, Calvin and Robert, the former a graduate 
of Bueknell University), and Susan (Mrs. Lor- 
enza Eckman, who has two children, James and 
Chalmers). (8) Elizabeth married (first) Bloom- 
field Carr. by whom she had two >ons. James and 
William, and (second) Charles Houghout, by 
whom she has two daughters, Virginia and Roda, 
the latter the wife of William Clark and the 
mother of three children. Bessie, George ami Mor- 
ris. 

Oliver 1'- Rockefeller, son of Lewis and Cath- 
erine (Campbell) Rockefeller, attended the public 
schools of his native township, and later was a 
pupil at private school in Sunbury. He followed 
farm work until fifteen years of age, when he 
went to Philadelphia. After clerking there for 
live years he returned to Northumberland county 
and settled at Sunhury. engaging in the bottling 
business with his brother David P.. in 1883. After 
an association of fourteen years he bought out 
his brother, in 1898, amf thereafter conducted 
the business ahme till November, 1909, when he 
gave it up after a career of twenty-seven years 
in the one line. He was very successful, and by 
his ability and tine business qualities became one 
of the leading men of Sunbury. He lived retired 
one year, until be and Mr. II. W. Geyer bought 
out the well known "Montour House'" at Dan- 
ville, to which Mr. Rockefeller has given most 
of his time since. He is also a lajge real estate 
owner, the management of his property occupy- 
ing most of his time. 

Mr. Rockefeller married Jennie Alice Haupt. 
daughter of the late Dr. Fred L. Haupt. They 
have no children. He is a member of the local 
lodge of Elks, No. '!><',. and of the Fraternal Order 
of Eagles. In politics he is a Republican. 

FRED L. HAUPT. M. D., late of Sunbury, 
was born in that borough Nov. 11. 1836. He re- 
ceived his preparatory literary training at the 
Dickinson Seminary, at Williamsport. Pa., he- 
gan leading medicine in Sunbury, and completed 
the course at Jefferson Medical College. Phila- 
delphia, in 1861, in which year he commenced 
practice at Sunbury. At the beginning of the 
Civil war he enlisted, as surgeon, for three months. 
serving that term with the 130th Regiment, and 
upon it- elose reenlisted in the same command, 
for three years. His army record is highly cred- 
itable. He was poisoned at Winchester. Va.. con- 



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tracting illness which never wholly left him and 
which eventually was partly responsible for his 
death. After the war he resumed practice at 
Sunhurv. where he not only established a large 
private practice but also served sixteen years as 
surgeon for the Pennsylvania Railway Company, 
some years as physician at the county jail and five 
years as member of the board of pension examiners 
of which he was president. As a surgeon he gained 
high repute and was widely known. He was an 
intimate friend of Dr. dames D. Strawbridge and 
Dr. Martin, and they wen' associated in perform- 
ing many operations. For a number of years he- 
hire his death Dr. Haupt. being unable because 
of poor health to endure the demands of his 
lieaw medical practice, was engaged in the drug 
business a1 the corner of Fourth and Market 
streets, Sunbury. lie died March 16, 1894, and 
is buried in Pomfret Manor cemetery. Few cit- 
izens of the borough were mure generally known 
or respected. Politically he was a Democrat, 
and was elected a member of the hoard of educa- 
tion of Sunhurv. fraternally he belonged to 

Washing! D. C.) City Lodge.. F. A A. M., and 

io the tmproved Order of Red Men. 

In 1866 Dr. Haupt married Angeline Bowen, 
ami to them was born a family of live children. 
four >ons and one daughter, namely: John B., 
bookkeeper, machinist and druggist of Sunbury, 
lives with his mother; Alice Jennie married O. 
1'. Rockefeller; Alexander 11. died at the age of 
forty-one years; William F., horn in 1871, died 
in 1900; Joseph Priestley died at the age of thirty- 
two years 

John Bowen, father of Mrs. Angeline (Bowen) 
Haupt. was a native of Wales ami came to Amer- 
ica about 1825, when four years old. He was 
engaged in business a- a coal operator at Sliam- 
okin, this count}', and was a lumber dealer at 
Sunbury as a member of the linn of Fryeling, 
Bowen & Engel. He died at Sunbury about 
1896, at the advanced age of eighty-live years. 
Mi'. Bowen was a Republican in politics and in 
religion a member of the Reformed Church. He 
married Hannah Barnhart, daughter of Michael 
Barnhart, and they had three children: William. 
deceased; Jane, deceased; and Angeline, Mrs. 
Haupt. 

LEXKER. The Lenker family has many rep- 
resentatives in Northumberland county, descend- 
ants of Adam Lenker (or John Adam Lenker). a 
native of Switzerland, who was one of the pio- 
neer settlers in this region. He located in terri- 
tory now embraced in Lower Mahanoy township, 
and followed farming, the original homestead 
upon which he settled being the farm now owned 
by David Bohner. He was born Dec. 12, 1765, 
died March -?4. 1834, and is buried at the Zion 
church in Stone Valley, as is also his wife. Anna 



Maria: she was horn June 15, 1764, ami died May 
12, 1822. Their children were: Michael, John 
Adam, Jacob, Polly (married John Witmef) and 
Mary (married William Schaffer). 

Michael Lenker. son of Adam (or John Adam) 
Lenker, married Catharine Emerick, and they 
were farming people in Lower Mahanoy township. 
She was horn March 11. 1791, and died Sept. Is*. 
1860. They had children as follows: Abraham, 
Polly, Isaac (born dan. 22, 1818, died March 27, 
1881), Sarah. Catharine. Lydia, Elizabeth, and 
Jacob. 

John Adam Lenker. son of Adam (or John 
Adam), horn Aug. 11. 1789, .lied Oct. 13. 1861. 
He lived in Lower Mahanoy township, his home- 
stead being now the property of Jacob F. Lenker. 
ami was a farmer and stonemason. He and his 
wife Maria (M.) Bobb, horn May 13. 1792, dud 
March 30. 1864, are buried at /.ion's Stone Valley 
church. Their children were: Rev. Nicholas, 
Adam. David. John B., Rev. Michael (who 
died at Lykens. Pa.). Jacob. Elizabeth (married 
dosepli Neglev). Mary (married David Ditty), 
Lydia (married John Wetzel) and Catharine 
(married Jonathan Bonawitz). 

Jacob Lenker. third son of Adam (or John 
Adam), the pioneer, according to one account 
was married in Lebanon county, this State, and 
had no children. This seems doubtful, however, 
as his children are elsewhere given a- follows: 
Jacob. John. Simon (who had a son Peter), Su- 
sanna (Mrs. Losch), Christina (who married John 
Schaffer and died when nearly ninety-three year- 
old ). Catharine (never married I. Peter, and maybe 
others. 

Jacob Lenker. born 1809, son of Jacob, lived 
in Lower Mahanoy township, and died on his 
farm there in 1880. By trade he was a weavei 
of carpet and cloth, bid he also operated his farm, 
the place now owned by Isaac Batdorf. He was a 
Lutheran member of Zion's Church, and lie and 
his wife Susanna (Haupt) are buried at that 
church. Their family consisted of four sons and 
two daughters: Catharine, who married Isaac 
Sehroyer; Jacob, who settled in [owa; Benjamin; 
Henry, who lived and died in Lower Mahanoj 
township; Reuben, of Shamokin, Pa.; and Helena. 
who died unmarried. 

Benjamin Lenker, son of Jacob, was horn in 
Lower Mahanoy township Aug. 29, L836, where 
Michael Lenker now lives, and received his edu- 
cation in the pay scl Is conducted in the aeigh- 

borh 1 during hi- boyhood. Learning the 

trade of stonemason, he followed it for 
twenty-four years, and he al "engaged in 
farming. Though he began life in hum- 
ble circumstances, he became a substantia] man 
through his own industry and thrift, and h 
a much respected citizen of his township, wl 
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Politically he is a Republican. He and his fam- 
ily worship at Zion Union Church, at Stone Val- 
ley, in which he held office for many years, having 
served as deacon, elder and trustee. In 1863 
Mr. Lenker married Mary Wert, daughter of 
Michael and Lydia (Bubb) Wert, and she died 
duly 31, 1887, aged fifty-eight years, six months, 
seven days. Four children were born to their 
union: Jacob F. : Irving; Gertie, wife of Oscar 
Barder, a grocer of Allentown, Fa.: and Boaz, 
of Allentown, a milk dealer. 

Jacob F. Lenker, son of Benjamin, was bora 
June 16, 1SG4. on the home farm, and obtained 
his early education in the public schools of the 
vicinity. Subsequently he spent considerable of 
bis time at home in study, and at the age of twen- 
ty-one he received a license to teach, his first ex- 
perience being at Blassers schoolhouse, in his 
native township. Altogether he taught eighteen 
years in the same district, making an excellent 
record for efficiency, while his personal popular- 
ity made him many stanch friends among his pu- 
pils and associates. In 1886 he began farming on 
bis own accdunt, and he has since followed that 
calling, owning a nice home place of thirty acres, 
which was the homestead property of his maternal 
grandfather, Michael Wert. lie owns another 
tract of 11? acres, and 135 acres of wood- 
land, having in all over three hundred acres! Mr. 
Lenker is one of the intelligent and progressive i it- 
lzens of his locality, and though he has nude a 
success of his personal ventures he has also in- 
terested himself in public affairs, having served 
as auditor and justice of the peace; be was first 
elected to the latter office in 1901, and re-elected al 
the end of his term, in political opinion he is a 
Republican. During the year 1SS6 he spent throo; 
months out West. 

On Aug. 3d. 1886, Mr. Lenker married Mary 
Frymoyer. daughter of Isaac and Catharine (Bow- 
man) Frymoyer, and they have one child, a son 
Oscar. The family are members of Stone Valley 
Church. 

Jacob Frymoyer, grandfather of Mrs. Lenker, 
lived in Lower Mahanoy township, where be fol- 
lowed farming. He died, however, in Snyder 
county. Pa. We have the following record of his 
children: Isaac, Jacob (of Iowa), Catharine 
(married Isaac Phillips). Royal (married An- 
drew Ziegldr), Folly < Mrs. Hummel) and Harriet. 

Isaac Frymoyer, son of Jacob, was born in Lower 
Mahanoy township, this county. He and bis wife 
Catharine (Bowman I are buried in Snyder county. 
Their ehildrent were : Seneries, William. George, 
Joseph, .lane-. Jacob and Mary. 

Irving Lenker, son of Benjamin and Mary 
(Wert) Lenker. was bom March 14. 1865, at 
Iliekorv Corners, in Lower Mahanoy township, 
and was there reared, passing bis early years in 
the manner of the average farm boy. Alter at- 



tending the public schools of his township he went 
to Berrysburg Academy, receiving his first license 
to teach when only sixteen years old. from Coun- 
ty Superintendent Wolverton. He taught his first 
term at Lenker's schoolhouse, in Lower Mahanoy 
township, m the fall of 1883. From that time 
to the present he has taught in all twenty-two 
terms, three in Lower Mahanoy township, fifteen 
in Jackson township ami the borough of Hern- 
don, and one term at Middleburg, Snyder county, 
where he was principal: earlier in his career as 
an educator he was at Danville for one term. Al 
Herndon he was engaged eleven terms in succes- 
sion, having been principal of the schools of thai 
borough for a longer period than any other teach- 
er has served up to this writing. IIi< efficiency 
could have no better commendation, lie lias also 
taught fifteen normal school sessions at Herndon. 
For two years he taught at Gowen City, this coun- 
ty. He is one of the oldest and one of the leading 
educators of this section. Mr. Lenker has always 
been conscientious in the pursuit of his profes- 
sion, and he has continued his studies with a view 
of increasing his efficiency. He furthered his 
early training by study at Lebanon Valley Col- 
lege, and graduated from Central Pennsylvania 
College (now known as Albright College) in 1S90; 
the institution was then located at New Berlin, 
but has since been removed to Myerstown. He 
was granted a professional certificate in 1894 and 
;i permanent certificate in ]*'.<',. 

In 1892 Mr. Lenker took up his home at Hern- 
don, moving away in 1902, after his wife's death. 
For two years be was engaged in teaching al 
Gowen City, and for one year lie was al Allen- 
town, as agent for the Prudential Life Insurance 
Company, returning to Herndon in 1905. lb- 
has since remained in the borough, where in De- 
cember, 1908. he established his present printing 
business and founded the Herndon News, of which 
he is editor as well as proprietor. The paper has 
the largest circulation of any journal in the bor- 
ough, and Mr. Lenker is the leading job printer 
there, doing all kinds of printing and also book- 
binding, his plant being well equipped. Though 
this business was a considerable departure from 
his former line of work he has found it congenial 
and profitable, and he has made a success of it 
by his customary thoroughness and attention to 
detail, profiting by his experiences and surmount- 
ing difficulties witli characteristic steadiness. In 
political faith he is a Republican, and he has 
served five years as justice of the peace at Hern- 
don. His influence has always been given to the 
support of the best causes and his worth as a 
citizen has been demonstrated in his various ac- 
tivities. 

On Oct. 38, 1891, Mr. Lenker married Ella 
Neiman. daughter of James Neiman. of New Ber- 
lin, Pa., and they had three children: Mabel 



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Grace, Lena May and Rex Benjamin. Mrs. lin- 
ker died April 14, 1902, aged thirty-five years, 
and is buried at New Berlin. On Jan. 12, 1907, 
Mr. Lenker married (second) Katie Wagner, 
daughter of Daniel and Mary ( Masser) Wagner, of 
Gowen City, Pa. They have a daughter, Mary 
Hilda. Mr. Lenker and his family worship with 
the Lutheran congregation of Zion Church at 
Herndon, of which he is a deacon. He sang in 
the choir for five years. 



John B. Lenker, son of John Adam and Maria 
(Bobb) Lenker. was a native of Lower Mahanoy 
township. He learned the trade of tailor, which 
he followed in Sunbury for aboui six years. Later 
he became a brick manufacturer and. dealer in 
real estate, as such laying out "Lenker's Addition" 
to Sunbury; he owned the greater part of the site 
of Purdytown. He was a man of affairs, influen- 
tial in the public life of Sunbury, where he served 
as school director, councilman, street commissioner 
and overseer of the poor. He was public-spirited, 

and had as much to do with the advance n.1 of 

the place in other directions as he did in its ma- 
teria] upbuilding, with which he was identified to 
a considerable extent. He buih more than twenty- 
five houses in the borough. He was a prominent 
Freemason, a Republican in polities, and a Luth- 
eran in religion, being an active member of Zion's 
Church at Sunbury, which he served as member 
of the church council. He married Mary A. Gar- 
land, and they are buried in Pomfret Manor ceme- 
tery at Sunbury. The) had children as follows: 
W. O., of Sunbury; John X'.. of Minneapolis. 
Minn.; J. Harris and David, twins; ami Mary G., 
who is unmarried. All but John 1ST. Lenker live 
in the old homestead at the corner of Fourth and 
Chestnut streets. Sunbury. 

J. Harris Lenker, son of John B., horn 
June 27, 1862, in Sunbury. is one of the prominent 
business men of that borough. He and his twin 
brother. David Lenker. are the members of the 
firm of the Sunbury Supply Company, with office 
and warehouse at No. 599 East Chestnut street, 
dealers in limes, sands, cements, fire clay, fire 
bricks, galvanized pipe, iron pipe, sewer pipe, 
plastering hair, common bricks, terra cotta ware, 
and all other building supplies, doing a large busi- 
ness. Mr. J. Harris Lenker is a director of the 
Sunbury Trust & Safe Deposit Company, presi- 
dent of the Middle Creek Electric Company, of 
Sunbury. and with his brother largely interested 
in Sunbury real estate as holders ami dealers, buy- 
ing, building and selling. 

On December 25, 1883, Mr. Lenker married [da 
Badman, daughter of Zacharias Badman, of 
Uniontown, Pa., who died in 1876 when a com- 
paratively young man. of smallpox, which he had 
contracted' while visiting the Centennial Exposi- 
tion at Philadelphia. Two children have been 



born to Mr. and Mrs. Lenker: John E., a civil 
engineer, who graduated from the Sunburv hitrb 
school and from Stale College, at State College, 
Pa., and William 0.. a graduate of the Eastman 
Business College, at Poughkeepsie, X. V.. who is 
now in business with his brother, under the name 
of the Selinsgrove Supply Company. 

Mr. Lenker and his family are members of 
Zion's Lutheran Church at Sunbury. He is a 
Republican on political questions. 

David Lenker, M. D., twin brother of .1. Harris 
Lenker. was educated in the public schools of 
Sunbury, the Missionary Institute al Selinsgrove, 
Wittenberg College, at Springfield, ohm. and Jef- 
ferson Medical College. Philadelphia, graduating 
April 12, 1889. Returning to Sunbury. he was 
appointed physician al the Northumberland Coun- 
ty prison, holding that office for several terms. 
But medical practice did not appeal to him. and he 
became associated with his brother. .1. Hani- Len- 
ker, in business and in the manufacture of bricks, 
which latter they continued for six years, even- 
tually organizing under the firm name of the Sun- 
bury Supply Company. Every war they build 
from two to ten houses in addition to continuing 
the other lines of their extensive business. Len- 
ker avenue is named for this family. Dr. Lenker. 
in association with his brother, has large real 
estate holdings. He is a man of broad intelligence, 
and has taken an active part in the local welfare, 
in which he is deeply interested: he served some 
years as auditor of Sunbury. Dr. Lenker is a 
stanch Republican, and was at one time m*>>t ac- 
tive in the interest of the party. 

John Adam Lenker, another son of John Adam 
and Maria (Bobb) Lenker, was born June 29, 
ISIS, on the old homestead, where Jacob E. Len- 
ker now lives, was a lifelong farmer, and owned 
the property which Michael Linker now owns. He 
was also an extensive contractor, erecting a num- 
ber of county buildings, houses and barns in the 
lower end of the county, a part of the Central 
Pennsylvania railroad, the Mahantango bridge in 
Lower Mahanoy, a number of other bridges along 
the Mahantango creek, and helped to build the 
State road from Tower City t" Tremont. He filled 
various public offices in his locality, among otl 
that of school director, ami in fact was one of the 

leaders in the establishmeni of the free - 1 1 - 

tern in Lower Mahanoy, being long its .principal 
supporter. He was enterprising in giving his in- 
fluence to worthy public movements as well as in 
ili,. conduct of his personal interests, and was a 
active in church affairs, holding all the offices in 
his church. He died March 24, 1881, and is buried 
at Stone Valli belonged. His 

wife. Sarah Massm i I Dec. 1 I. 1821, died 

March 23, 1899. 3 i a dame- John 

\l ner. They bad children as follows: Lizzie, 
wife of Abraham D. Blasser; Jeremiah, deceased; 



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John M., of Lower Mahanoy township; Sallie. un- 
married: Ellen, wife of John H. Snyder; Newton, 
deceased; Adam: and Michael, who has the old 
homestead. 

Adam Lenker, son of John Adam and Sarah 
(Massner) Lenker, was born Jan. 9, 1860, in Lower 
Mahanoy township, and until he reached the age 
of thirty years lived on his father's farm in the 
Mahantango Valley. Moving to Shamokin. he 
lived in that borough three years, engaged as a 
drayman, and then returning to the Mahantango 
Valley he purchased a farm of sixty-five acres, 
which he cultivated for the next twelve years. This 
place was a part of the old William Deppen home- 
stead. Renting that place he removed farther 
north, in the same township, where he became a 
tenant on the A. D. and Jacob Blasser farm, the 
present year (1910) being his fifth on that prop- 
erty. His own place is at County Line and is a 
very desirable tract, but lie rents it because it is 
too small to occupy all bis attention, and bis family 
being a large one he finds a larger place more 
profitable. He was elected a school director of 
Lower Mahanoy township in the spring of 1910. 
In politics he is a Republican. 

On May :. J .">. 1885, Mr. Lenker married Annie 
Engel, daughter of Joel and Catharine (Wald) 
Engel, and they have had twelve children: Birdie 
(who died young), -loci (who died aged sixteen 
years), Howard. Sallie. Annie. Alvin. John, Clar- 
ence. Clara. Irwin, and two that died in infancy. 
Mr. Lenker and his family are Lutheran members 
of the Zion Church at Stone Valley, where many 
Lenkers are buried. 

JOHN B. BEPLEY, of Ralpho township, North- 
umberland county, engaged in farming on the 
place formerly owned by his lather, and which has 
been in this family for about sixty years, was born 
Oct. 27, 1851, on that place. The family is of 
German origin, and the name is also found with 
the spellings Reply ami Hippie. 

Henry Repley, great-grandfather of .John B. 
Bepley. lived in this section, owning and occupying 
the farm now owned by T. B. and Annie Bough- 
tier, in wdiat is now Ralpho township. 

John Bepley. son of Henry, was born Dec. "Jr.. 
1789, and died X'ov. 5. 1864. He spent all his life 
at the homestead in Ralpho (then Shamokin) town- 
ship, following farming and also cabinetmaking. 
and was a well known man in his day. By his 
first marriage, to Jane Zartman, he had four chil- 
dren : Henry: Margaret, Mrs. Peter Boughner : 
Mary. Mrs. Samuel Campbell: and Elizabeth, wife 
of Simeon Campbell (brother of Samuel). His 
second wife, Rachel (Sober), who died March G. 
1877, aged seventy-seven years, four months, was 
the mother of the following children: Jane, born 
in 1836, who married Henry K. Price, and died in 
1874; Savilla. wdio married Harvey Fisher; Lou- 



isa, who married John K. Erdman: and Rebecca. 
who married David P. Martz. All these four 
daughters are buried at the Oak Grove church in 
Ralpho township. 

Henry Repley, son of John, was born April T, 
1820, and died Jan. 16, L882. He was a farmer, 
and with the exception of the period spent in the 
service during the Civil war gave all his active 
years to that occupation. In 1849 and 1850 he 
bought part of the Haas and Porter farms, in what 
is now Ralpho township, having a tract of sixty 
acres upon which he erected all the buildings, ami 
there he farmed until his death. During the Civil 
war he was a member of Company H. 162d Penn- 
sylvania Regiment. He is buried at the Oak 
Grove church, in whose welfare he was interested 
from the beginning, having been one of the organ- 
izers of that church and active in its work. His 
father's home was a stopping-place for the Meth- 
odisl ministers. .Mr. Repley married Mary E. 
Scout, who was born Feb. 15, 1824, daughter of 
John Scout, who was of Scottish extraction. She 
died July 15. 1892. Two children were born to 
.Mr. and Mrs. Repley: Ursula, born Sept. 26, 
L845, who married David H. Snyder, and died 
Nov. 12, 1907 (she is buried at Oak Grove 
Church ) : ami John B. 

John B. Repley attended the public schools ami 
Elysburg Academy, acquiring an excellent educa- 
tion, and he himself long followed the teacher's 
profession, teaching twenty-two terms of school in 
all, in six different schools m Shamokin and Ralpho 
townships. His success in this work has made him 
very well known in this section of the county, his 
efficiency and conscientious devotion to the best 
interests of his pupils gaining him many friends. 
Meantime he had also commenced farming, to 
which he was reared from boyhood, and in Septem- 
ber. 1882, be took possession of his father's old 
farm. He has now- seventy-sis acres, located along 
the Center turnpike between Paxinos and Bear 
Gap, and gives all his time to his agricultural 
work, in which he has prospered by intelligent at- 
tention to Lis land. He has served twenty years 
as assessor in his district, and has always been a 
leading citizen in influencing public opinion for 
the uood of the community, in which he take- a 
public-spirited interest. Politically he is a Dem- 
ocrat. 

On Jan. 25, 1879, Mr. Repley married Kate 
Erdman, who was born May •">. 1850, daughter of 
George and Mary (Knorr) Erdman. and they had 
children as follows: Edward A. is at home; 
Gertrude B., twin of Edward, is the wife of Frank 
Sanders and has two children. Catharine A. and 
Charles L. ; George Henry, who is a carpenter, 
married Clara Crowd, and they live at Shamokin. 
Pa.: John C. is at home: Frank E.. twin of John, 
died in infancy. The mother died Fell. 5, 1908, 
and is buried at the Blue church. 



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73 



WILLIAM \Y. FISHER, who has the leading 
jewelry establishment in the borough of Sunbury, 

is a man who has developed every branch of Ins 
chosen business, a fact which entitles him to rank 
amoii"' the most enterprising citizens of thai place, 
in the best sense of the term. By able manage- 
ment and good judgment he has drawn a high 
class of trade and raised the standards of excel- 
lence in Ins line until, through him, the community 
receives as good service a.- may lie found in the 
larger cities of the State, lie is a native of Mil- 
ton, this county, born Feb. 13, 1861, ami belongs 
to an old family of the county, one which has 
been settled here for a hundred and twenty-five 
years. 

Joseph Fisher, from whom this family traces 
its descent, was burn in Saxony in April. 1734. At 
ilic age of thirteen years, n is -aid. he was appren- 
ticed t" learn a trade, and as was the custom in 
those days lived in bis master's family. This fam- 
ily emigrated to America in 1747, Joseph Fisher 
and Ins sister Elizabeth accompanying them, and 

they landed in New Jersey, where the sister - 

died. Joseph remained in the western pari of 
\ru Jersey and completed bis apprenticeship. On 
June 5, 1764, he married Catharine Minegar, who 
was bom Aug. 21. 1746, in Holland, and they lo- 
cated in Warren county. \". .1. Luring the Revo- 
lutionary war he entered the American service 
from Morris county. X. .1. The home he had es- 
tablished, being amid the scenes of several battles 
ami various movements of the Revolution, was de- 
stroyed and the surrounding lands laid waste by 
the armies, ami he determined accordingly to move 
oni to Pennsylvania. In 1788 he came to North- 
umberland county, on April 7th of that war pur- 
chasing from Samuel Reeder a farm of 100 acres 
along the Little Roaring creek. He lived to a 
good old age. dying Dec. '."'. 1819, after a short 
'illness, and was buried -Ian. 1. 1820, at Catawissa, 
beside his wife, who had died in 1809; thei resl 
in the old burial ground of the Lutheran Church 
at that place. They were the parents of ten chil- 
dren, born as follows: Catharine. June 29, 1765 
(married Nicholas Shipman) ; Henry, Juh 23, 
176 1 ! (married Magdalena Farley); Mary, Dec. 
IS, 1769 (married Samuel Mutchler) ; Hannah. 
Jan. 27. 1772 (married Caleb Farley) ; Elizabeth, 
July 21. 1774 (married John Reeder): John, 
June 10. 1776; Moses, Sept. 23, 1778 (married 
Elizabeth Bear); David. March 6, 1781; Jacob, 
Dec. 18. 1783 (married Margaret Kimbpel) ; Jo- 
seph, May 20, 1786 (married Mary Kimbpel). 

John Fisher, son of Joseph, was born June 19, 
1776, in Sussex countv, X. J- On Aug. 13, 1798, 
he married Elizabeth Mauser, who was born in 
17;:. in Bucks county, Pa., and died ,n 1844 in 
Noble township. Branch Co., Mich. They had 
four children, namely: John married 



arus ; 



Catharine, born June Lb 1801, marrie 



ed 



Thomas Shane; William, born Oct. 19, 1mm;. mar- 
ried Eleanor Blue; Elizabeth, born Sept. in. L80 i, 
married John Ritter. 

William Fisher, son of John, born Oct. 19, L806, 
married Dec. 25, 1827, Eleanor Blue, who was 
bom Nov. 22, 1810, in Mahoning township, and 
after their marriage they resided for a time at 
Danville, when- Mr. Fisher was employed in the 
store of Peter Baldy. Thence they removed to 
.Milton, Northumberland county, and later to Lock 
Eaven, Pa., where they remained seven years. For 
the next three years they lived in Philadelphia, 
during which time Mr. Fisher was burned oul in 
the big fire of 184;). losing everything, lie subse- 
quently returned to Milton, where Mrs. Fisher 
died Jan. 28, 1878, and from that time until Ins 
death Mr. Fisher made his home with bis daugh- 
ter Margaret, who was the wife of Thomas Glover. 
Mr. and Mrs. Fisher were the parent- of nine 
children, born as follows: B. Frank. June 15, 
1829; Samuel ,L, April 8. 1831; William A.. Oct. 
21. 1832 (died Sept. Lb L885) ; John K. lb. 
Sept. 2, 1S34 (died April 12. 1848); Mary E., 
Oct. s. 1836; Charlotte J.. March 25, 1840; Mar- 
garet F... April 2 1. 18 12: Dudley P.. Jan. 8, 

1818 (died Sept. 21, 1850) | Dudley I,'. (2l. Si 

2-".. 1850 (married Sept. 25, L884, Catharine 
Ebright). 

B. Frank Fisher, son of William, born June 15, 
L829, died Oct. 12. 1867. lie was engaged in 
business at Reading, Pa. On Jan. 28, 1858, be 
married Mary P.. Grift, who died Feb. 21. 1878. 
They bad four children: William W.. bom Feb. 
L3, 1861 : Flora E., born Fob. 26, 1863; Harry 
II.. who died in 1865; anil P.. Frank, born Sept. 
Hi. 1866. 

William W. Fisher was a boy of ten when tb. 1 
family moved to Watsontown, tin- county, in L87 1. 
and there bo attended public school. In 1882 
founded a paper at Watsontown known as the Star, 
the first issue of which appeared April 1. IS82. 
lb was in partnership, in this venture, with Lew 
C. Fosnot, who is still interested. Mr. Fisher 
sold his share to Lore Burr in November, 1883, 
and in March, 188 1. the Watsontown Record and 
the Star were merged under the name of the ; 

ord 'iu:l Sh'r. under which title it ha- - : 

published, Lw C. Fosnol and In- -on. J. Clyde 
Posnot, being the preseni o» no-, \ii-m severing 
his connection with the newspaper Mr. Fisher 
entered the stationery and book business in \\ 
sontown, establishing a store in 1885, ami for a 
time ne also published band music. In 1888 bo 
went into the jewelry business at Watsonl 
where be was located for several years. In 1891 
h e settled at Sunbury. having thai rear bought 
the jewelry business of M. - 1 I'- y, at No. :;i I 
Market street, where he has since been estab- 
lished. His stole IS How 01 - 1 "I tlll> 

par j ,,f the State, in regard to both -tuck and 



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equipment, the fittings being attractive and in 
excellent taste, while his comprehensive stock in- 
cludes diamonds mounted and unmounted, watches, 
sterling and plated silverware, cut glass and ob- 
jects of art. A finely equipped repair department, 
conducted at one end of the store, gives employ- 
ment to several workmen, and diamond setting, 
watch and clock and jewelry repairing receive the 
most skillful attention from experienced me- 
chanics. 

A special evidence of Mr. Fisher's enterprise is 
the optical department connected with his store. 
He himself took a course at the McCormick Neu- 
rological College, at Chicago, 111., from which he 
was graduated, receiving his diploma July 19, 
1904. His equipment for the diagnosis of all 
kinds of defective vision is complete, ami his un- 
derstanding of the can-.', treatment and cure of 
the various nervous disorder- and other ills of the 
human system arising from such source has been 
proved in the numerous cases he has successfully 
handled. Thus it will lie seen that his success i- 
due to a combination of qualities which make him 
a valuable member of the community in which he 
resides. He is a Mason of high degree, holding 
membership in Maclay Lodge. No. 632, F. & A. 
M., of Sunbury; in Northumberland Chapter, No. 
174. R. A. M. ; in Mount Hermon Commandery, 
No. 84, K. T., and in [rem Temple. A. A. 0. V. 
M. *., of Wilkes-Barre. He was a. charter mem- 
ber of Mac-lay Lodge and was elected treasurer 
upon the organization, having held that position 
continuously since. He is a past exalted ruler of 
Lodge No. 267, B. P. 0. Elks, of Sunbury, and 
is a member of the Temple Club and of the Amer- 
icus Club, and president of the Sunbury Auto 
Club, which was organized July 30, 1909. In re- 
ligion he is a member of the Reformed Church. 

On April 16, 1894, Mr. Fisher married Susan 
Stroh. daughter of George W. Stroh, of-Sunbury, 
Pa. She died Dec. 8, 1910. 

JOHN HENRY KREITZER, of Milton, 
Northumberland county, proprietor of the largest 
wholesale and retail grocery establishment in that 
section of the State, president and treasurer of 
the Kreitzer Wholesale Candy Company, one of 
the most popular borough officials Milton lias ever 
had. a leader of the Republican party and active 
in almost every phase of the life of his locality, is 
a citizen who deservedly holds the esteem and 
confidence of the entire community. Mr. Kreitzer 
has won his standing by hard work and ability 
in the management of his affairs, and a mere rec- 
ord of his many successful undertakings is suffi- 
cient to show how busy a life he leads. None but 
a man of energy and progressive disposition could 
handle the numerous enterprises he looks after so 
ably, and his judgment has been in demand in 
the execution of public trusts, to which he has 



been called time and again. He belongs to a fam- 
ily of German origin established' in this county 
by his great-grandfather, with whom the record 
of the family history begins. 

Peter Kreitzer, a native of Germany, came to 
America when a young man. settling in Tulpe- 
hocken. Berks Co.. Pa., in 1762, and there lived 
until his death. He was a farmer by occupation. 
He was twice married, his second wife living to 
be 105 years old, and both wives are buried in 
Berks county. There were five children by the 
first union and ten by the second, among them 
being Frederick, who died in Berks county; Wil- 
liam, who went to Illinois, where he died I he has, 
two sons in Texas, both druggists) ; and Balser. 

Balser Kreitzer, son of Peter, was born in Berks. 
county (at what is now Myerstown. Lebanon 
county) in 1800, and about 1826-27 moved to Mil- 
ton. Northumberland county, where he lived and 
died. After his settlement there he did day's 
work at first, but in time became a contractor, his 
principal business being lumbering, in the pur- 
suit of which he cleared off most of the timber 
around Milton. He formed the logs into rafts 
which he took to market. When the old Lutheran 
church on Mahoning street was sold at the time 
of the erection of the new edifice (subsequently 
destroyed by fire) he purchased it and remodeled 
it into a dwelling. He himself was a Lutheran 
in religious belief, and assisted in the building 
of the first church of that denomination in Milton. 
Jn politics he was originally a Whig, later a Re- 
publican, and he took an interest in local affairs, 
holding minor township offices and later borough 
offices. He died in Milton m 1878, at the age of 
seventy-eight years, and is buried in Harmony 
cemetery. His wife. Mary (Zimmerman), of Berks 
county. Pa., died in 1884, at tin- age of eighty- 
four. They had children as follows: John, who 
was killed in the last battle of the Civil war: 
George Washington: Jacob, of Milton, formerly 
a shoe merchant, who married Sarah Beidelman 
and has children. Edith. Sedosia, Bertha. Frank. 
Carrie and George; Reuben, who was killed at 
Milton, on the railroad (he was twice married, 
Ins first wife being Emma Crawford, his second 
Emma Applegate) : Sarah, who married Andrew 
Irvin. and died in 1904; William, who served 
through the Civil war. and who died at Milton 
(he married Rebecca Ehrhart ) : Adam : ami Moses, 
who died in early childhood. 

George Washington Kreitzer (known as Wash- 
ington Kreitzer i. soli of Balser, was the father of 
John Henry Kreitzer. He was bom in 1828 at 
Milton, and as was the custom in that day began 
work early, being only a boy of ten when he began 
driving a team on the Union canal. His fondness 
for horses kept him in such work for some time. 
He drove a packet team for a while and in winter 
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the liver for many years. After a time he learned 
the butcher's trade, and being ambitious he saved 
his earnings, accumulating enough to enable him 
to start business independently. Be formed a 
partnership with Conrad Cares, under the linn 
name of Kreitzer & Carjes, and engaged in the 
meat business in Milton, following that line in all 
for about eight years. After his association with 
Mr. Cares was dissolved he had Charles Boy for 
a partner. Selling out his interest in the meat 
business, he was for a time in the employ of Wil- 
liam Price Hull, dealer in coal and grain, and 
later followed the dairy business. During Ins Last 
years he assisted his sod John. A man of strong 
constitution, he continued to work hard to the end 
of his days and enjoyed it. Be died June 17, 1898, 
in his seventieth year, and was buried in Harmony 
cemetery, lie was a Republican .in polities and 
served two terms as street commissioner. 

Mr. Kreitzer married Mary .1. Lohr, daughter 
of John and Mary A. ("Wilson) Lohr, of lola. 
Columbia Co., Pa., and she survives him, contin- 
uing to make her home in .Milton. The following 
children were born to this union: Mary Cather- 
ine, who married John Byers, and lives near Mil- 
ton; John If.; Sarah Elizabeth, who married 
William Cowles, formerly of Picture Rock, Pa., 
now living at Chester; Abraham L., who died in 
infancy; Ada Nora, who married Augustus Ber- 
ger, of Watsontown ; and William Washington, who 
died aged seven years, ten months. 

John Henry Kreitzer was horn at Milton Oct. 
24, 1858. and received his education there in the 
public schools, which he at hauled until he was 
fourteen years of age. Like his father, he began 
work as a driver on the towpath, and when the 
canal season closed for the winter he found em- 
ployment in the office of William Trice Hull, at 
that time a prominent coal and grain dealer of 
Milton. After two years in his employ he decided 
to return to school, as he was ambitious to gain a 
good education, and he was at his studies again 
for three years. On April 1, 1877, he began clerk- 
in-- for Albert Cadwallader, who had a grocery 
and provision store in Milton; and made such good 
progress in learning the details of this business 
that on Aug. 12, 1879, he was made superintend- 
ent of James Buoy's grocery store on Mahoning 
street. On Jan. 11. 1881, 'he purchased a half 
interest in this establishment from Mr. Buoy, the 
firm name being Buoy & Kreitzer. In May, 1883, 
this partnership was dissolved, Mr. Kreitzer pur- 
chasing Mr. Buoy's interest and continuing the 
business alone. Such was the beginning of his 
present extensive business, the largest wholesale 
and retail grocery house in this section of Penn- 
sylvania. It is located in a tine brick block which 
Mr. Kreitzer owns and adjoining which, in 1891, 
he built a large three-story warehouse; since the 
erection of this building he has enlarged his busi- 



ness to include, besides the original lines of gro- 
ceries and provisions, crockery, wooden and willow 
wares, gram, hay and feed.' In this connection 
he also deals extensively in count n produce, which 

he ships to other markets. In 1894 h ganized 

the Kreitzer Wholesale Candy (' pany, dealers 

in confectionery, fruit and nuts, and he erected 
and owns the building occupied by this concern. 
adjoining his grocery establishment, lie is presi- 
dent and treasurer of this company, of which M. 
C. Kreitzer is assistant treasurer and M. E. Kreit- 
zer secretary. Mr. Kreitzer employs from twenty 
to thirty-five people, ami four teams are used in th 
delivery and transportation of his goods. Since 
L898 Mi-. Kreitzer has also had a retail store in 
Wesl Milton. Union county. Since ism he has 
owned a sand plant two miles south of Milton, 
shipping sand to all parts of Pennsylvania and 
various portions of New York Slat.- for use in 
foundry and concrete work, and a particularly 
line quality for special uses. Such a record of un- 
broken success is the lot of few men. but Mr. Kreit- 
zer has won all his triumphs by hard work and 
upright dealings, and he has the good will of his 
employees and of all who come in contacl with 
him in business or other relations. 

Though he has never neglected his business in 
any way. Mr. Kreitzer has found time to take a 
public-spirited interest in the welfare of the com- 
munity. His influence being valuable, his work- 
is much appreciated, for he has the faculty of in- 
fusing energy into movements thai n I encourage- 
ment and of putting through any work he under- 
takes. He has long been a member of the Board 
of Trade and is serving as a director, taking an 
active part in its enterprises. He is a stockholder 
in the Milton Driving Park ami Fair Association, 

the Mil Knitting Mill and the Milton Trusl & 

Safe Deposit Company. It was principally through 
the earnest efforts he put forth thai the bridge 
which spans the river between Milton ami Wesl 
Milton was built, victory rewarding its advocates 
after three years of hard fighting in I he courts; 
it was opened to travel in 1894. Be is the only 
citizen of Milton who has thrice been honored 
with election to the office of chief burgess, for 
terms of three years each, his 3ei \ ii es e> tend 
from 1894 to 1897, from L900 to L903, and from 
L906 to 1909. The issue upon which he won in 
his latest campaign when a candidate for this o 
was the obtaining of mountain water for the bor- 
ough, and he made good all his pr ises, no place 

in the Stale enjoying purer water or better privi- 
leges than Milton. Mr. Kreitzer had previously 
served three years as councilman, to which office 
| 1( , was elei ted in 188 I ; and three years as auditor. 
to which office he was elected in 1881 ; so thai his 
active participation in public affairs has covered a 
lout; period. He has long been a valued worker in 
the Republican party. Be was elected ward i o 



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niitteeman in 1881 : >or\ed two years as judge oi 
election; and was delegate to the State convention 
in 1902. He was chairman of the Anti-Tramp 
convention that met in Philadelphia May 15, 1901. 

Mr. Kreitzer served nine years as secretary and 
treasurer of the Baptist Sunday school. He holds 
membership in the Presbyterian Church, and so- 
cially he unites with the Royal Arcanum. 

On Feb. 11. 1886, Mr. Kreitzer married Mary 
Catharine Ettla, daughter of Capt. George H. 
and Amanda C. Ettla, and they have one daugh- 
ter. Mary Elizabeth. 

JOSIAH M. KAI'FFMAX (deceased) was a 
prominent citizen of Lower Augusta township, this 
county, until his removal in 1892 to Sunbury. 
where he passed the remainder of his life and 
where his family now reside. He was a man of 
sterling worth and high personal character. Mr. 
Kauffnian was born in Lower Augusta township. 
Jan. 7, 1860, son of Daniel and Sarah (Burns) 
Kauffman and grandson of Daniel and Mary 
(Ressler) Kauffman, of whose family the follow- 
ing still survive: John R., of Sunbury: Levi, of 
Paxton. Pa.: Caroline. Mrs. James Coldren, of 
Sunbury: Lucy. Mrs. Brocious, of Buchanan, 
Mich.; Malinda, Mrs. I. J. Renn, of Asherton. 

Pa.; and Rachel, Mrs. Ja - Lower, of Asherton. 

The family is well known, its various branches 
being well represented throughout this section of 
the country. 

Daniel Kauffman, son of Daniel and Mary 
(Ressler) Kauffman. was bom Jan. 21, 1834. in 
Upper Mahanoy township, this county, and was 
quite young when the family moved to Lower 
Augusta township, where he resided for many 
years, engaging in fanning. Retiring from agri- 
cultural pursuits he removed to Sunbury. when 
elected county commissioner, and there passed the 
last twenty-five years of his life. He served one 
term of three years. 1888-90, as county commis- 
sioner, and at the end of his service in that office 
bought the "Empire House" on Third street, which 
he continued to carry on until a few years before 
his death. He then removed to his late residence 
on Pine street, where he passed the remainder of 
his days in peaceful retirement. About three weeks 
before his death he was taken to the Mary M. 
Packer hospital, where he died after two serious 
operations. Aug. 25, 1910. With the exception of 
this illness Mr. Kauffman. although past seventy- 
six years of age, had enjoyed unusual health, being 
as strong and active as men many years his junior. 
His family had always been noted for remarkable 
vitality, and his death was the first in their circle 
in thirty years. Mr. Kauffman was a good busi- 
ness man and gave creditable service as county 
commissioner, being a citizen highly respected 
throughout his wide circle of friends and acquaint- 
ances. During the Civil war he served the Union 



as a member of the 172d Regiment. Pennsylvania 
Volunteers, and he became a member of William 
A. Brunei' Post. No. 335, G. A. R. : the flag in 
Cameron park flew at half mast upon the occasion 
of his death. 

In 1857 Mr. Kauffman married Sarah Burns, 
daughter of John Burns, of Lower Augusta town- 
ship, and he survived her only a few weeks, her 
death taking place when she was seventy-four 
years old. exactly seven weeks before the day of 
his funeral, which was held August "is. 1910. 
They are buried in the Kauffman lot in Pomfret 
Manor cemetery. Mr. Kauffman was a lifelong 
member of the Lutheran Church, ami the funeral 
services were held at his late home on Pine streel 
by Lev. J. X. Wetzler. of St. Luke',- Evangelical 
Lutheran Church. Mr. and Mrs. Kauffman were 
survived by three children, namely: Silas D.. of 
Coneptoga, X. Y.: Mrs. Clarence Parsons, of Nan- 
ticoke, Pa.; ami Mrs. Morris Swartz, of Urban, 
La., as will as the widow and children of their late 
son. Josiah M. Kauffman. of Sunbury. They bad 
a number of grandchildren ami great-grandchil- 
dren. 

Josiah M. Kauffman, son of Daniel and Sarah 
(Burns) Kauffman. received his early education 
in the puhlic schools of Lower Augusta township 
ami later attended the academy at Selisgrove, this 
county. lb' taught school for seven years in 
Lower Augusta township and one term in Upper 
Mahanoy township, holding a professional certifi- 
cate, ami meanwhile followed farming during the 
summer season, having been trained to that voca- 
tion from early boyhood. He owned the homestead 
of his grandfather Daniel in Lower Augusta town- 
ship ( now the property of H. S. Bowersox) and 
farmed that place for one year; for eleven years 
he lived upon ami cultivated one farm in Lower 
Augusta township. Moving with his family to 
Sunbury in 1892, he there passed the remainder 
of his life, dying April 25, 1908. He is buried in 
Pomfret Manor cemetery. In 1898 he erected the 
building at Nos. 416-418 Market street where Mrs. 
Kauffman is still engaged in business. Mr. Kauff- 
man was an intelligent citizen, capable in the man- 
agement of his own affairs and public-spirited in 
his interest in such matters as affected the general 
welfare. He served as justice of the peace in 
Lower Augusta township, resigning the office when 
he removed to Sunbury. was active in local affairs 
generally and well known socially, belonging to 
Lodge No. 2-2. F. & A. M.. and to the Lutheran 
Church. He was a regular attendant upon church 
services and an efficient worker in church and Sun- 
day-school, serving four years a- Sunday school 
superintendent before his removal to Sunbury. 
He was a stanch Democrat in political matters. 

On July 30, 1882, Mr. Kauffman married Esther 
Bohner, daughter of Henry and Esther (Haas) 
Bohner, of Plum Creek, Northumberland county. 



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and they had a family of four children: Sarah 
Maud, who assists her mother in the millinery 
business, is the wife of Waldo Shipman; Myrtle 
May is a public school teacher in Sunbury; Harry 
S. is an electrician engaged in business at Blooms- 
burg and Danville, Pa.; Bessie Mabel is a trained 
nurse. The family are Lutherans and Presby- 
terians in religious connection. 

When the family removed to Sunbury Mrs. 
Kauffman opened a millinery establishment at No. 
416 Market street, where she is -till located, and 
she enjoys the leading trade in the borough as 
well as a large share of the custom from the sur- 
rounding district. She carries a full line of mil- 
linery, and is an pbliging and capable business 
woman, well deserving the success which has re- 
warded her efforts. In 1909 she erected a double 
residence at Nos. 117-419 Woodlawn avenue, Sun- 
bury. 

CAPT. JACOB I". HOFFMAN, now living re- 
tired at Herndon, Northumberland county, is a 
native of Dauphin county, Pa., and a member of 
a family long established in that section. Mis 
great^great-grandfather settled in Berks county, in 
what was then the Province of Pennsylvania, earl) 
in the eighteenth century, and his great-grand- 
father, John Nicholas Hoffman, was at the battle 
of Brandywine, during the Revolutionary war, 
where he picked up a spent ease shot. The Hoff- 
mans have been patriotic citizens, members of the 
family having served in the Revolution, the war 
of 1812 and the Civil war. At the close of the 
latter five -'ins of Amos Hoffman were -till in the 
service, while another. Henry, had done his part 
also as a soldier. 

Jacob Hoffman, son of John Nicholas, was the 
grandfather of Capt. Jacob F. Hoffman. He was 
horn in the Lykens valley, in Lykens township, 
Dauphin Co., Pa., was a substantial farmer, and 
an influential man in his community, serving as 
member of the State Legislature from 1822 to 
1824. His wife, who was a Ferree, was of French 
descent. They had children as follows: Jacob, 
who lives at Harrisburg, now ( 1910) nearly ninety 
years old: Amos; Hannah, who married John 
Rumberger; Sarah, who married Michael Forney; 
and Mrs. Abraham Hess. 

Amos Hoffman, son of Jacob, was horn in May, 
1809, in Lykens township. Dauphin county, was 
a lifelong farmer, and died at Girardville, Schuyl- 
kill county, about 1S99, in his eighty-ninth year. 
He is buried at Berrysburg, Dauphin county. He 
married Amanda Harper, and they were the par- 
ents of ten children: Henry, who served in the 
Civil war as a private in the 8th Illinois Cavalry; 
Thomas W.. who became a lieutenant colonel in 
the Civil war: Capt. Jacob 1-'.: Edwin A., who 
served as sergeant in the Civil war: John If., who 
was a drummer in the Civil war. though but til- 



teen years old at the time; George M.: Charles 
H.; Joseph W.; Henrietta, wife of William Wil- 
lard : and Adaline, wife of Charles Koser. 

Jacob F. Hoffman was born Dec. 25, 1841, in 
Lykens township. Dauphin Co., Pa., and there 
received his elementary education in the public 
schools, later attending Berrysburg Seminary sev- 
eral terms. For one term he taught school. He 
then engaged in the general merchandise busine-- 
at Pillow, Dauphin county, and afterward at Ber- 
rysburg, where he enlisted for service in the Civil 
war. joining the 26th Regiment of Pennsylvania 
militia, which was among the first troops in the 
field in the emergency just before the battle of 
Gettysburg. This command met White's Cavalry 
and defeated them, then fell back to Fort Wash- 
ington, at Bridgeport, where they were held during 
the battle with other troop-. After the battle thej 
followed Lee as far south as Greencastle. They 
were regularly sworn into the Federal service, uni- 
formed and paid by the Federal government, and 
the regiment has a monument at Gettysburg. The 
company to which Captain Hoffman belonged was 
mustered out at Harrisburg in the latter part of 
July, 1863. After that he went to Harrisburg 
and clerked for Kelker Brothers, and in August, 

1864, he again entered the service, be ling first 

lieutenant of Company A, 208th Regiment. Penn- 
sylvania Volunteer Infantry, which was sent to 
the front with other troops, arriving at Bermuda 
Hundred in September, L864. It was brigaded 
with the 200th, 205th, 207th, 209th and 211th 
Pennsylvania regiments, forming the light brigade 
commanded by Colonel Fatter of the 12th New 
Hampshire Regiment, and which for about two 
months did picket duty between Dutch Gap and 
Petersburg. In the latter part of November it 
was transferred to the Army of the Potomac, in 
which the sis regiments mentioned formed the 3d 
Division of the 9th Army Corp-, commanded by 
i, en. J. F. llartranl't. The brigade did reserve 

duty with the 1st Division, consisting of the 2 

208th and 209th Regiments. On March 25, 1865, 
General Cordon made an assault upon Fort Sti 
man and batteries 9, 10, 12 and 13, which he cap- 
tured. The 1st Brigade, 3d Division, came to the 
rescue and fought the enenr - ssfully. Cap- 
tain Hoffman was wounded in the right thigh dur- 
ing this engagement. W hen thi 2d Bt igade came 
to the reliel ol the I - 1 b ith bi igades charged 

lv, which fled across the lines, and all that 
had been lost to the 1st Division of the 9th Anm 
Corps was recaptured, but with a loss of 1,500 

merj in dead, wounded and captured. On the 

Belfield raid Captain Hoffman had charge of the 
advance guard over the Jerusalem Flank Road, 
also commanding < " ">' \ ol the 208th Regi- 

l:l I)t ;n Hatcher's Fun and Fort Steadiiian. 

After being wounded he was sent to City Point 
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Recovering to some extent, he rejoined his regi- 
ment ai Alexandria. Ya., but was not accepted for 
duty and was sent to Armory Square hospital, at 
Washington, D. C. He was mustered out by order 
of the war department June 23, 186.3. 

Following the Civil war Captain Hoffman and 
his brother Col. Thomas W. Hoffman embarked in 
the general merchandise business at Port Trever- 
i"ii. Snyder Co.. Pa., where they carried on a 
store fur thirty years, doing well throughout that 
period. From 1896 the Captain followed i 
avocations. Meantime, in January. 1891, he had 
taken up his residence at Port Treverton, where 
he made his home until his removal to Herndon, 
Northumberland county, in 1902. There he has 
since lived in comparative retirement, though he 
maintains business relations with the John Win- 
ston Publishing House of Philadelphia, and the 
National Silverware Company of the same city, 
nut being content to be entirely without occupa- 
tion. He is a much respected resident of the 
borough, where he is well known. 

Captain Hoffman's first wife, Martha (Winner), 
daughter of Abraham Winner, of Juniata county. 
Pa., died Oct. 16, 1892, after eighteen years of 
married life, aged forty-one years, ten months, 
twenty-eight days. She- was the mother of two 
sons: Charles 11.. who is engaged as shipping 
clerk at Burnham, Pa., for the Logan Steel & Iron 
i ompany; and Edwin S.. a machinist employed 
at tlii' National Gun Works. Washington, 1>. C. 
On Jan. 2, 1905, Captain Hoffman married (sec- 
ond) Mary Agnes Blasser. daughter of Abraham 
D. Blasser. 

For many years Captain Hoffman lias been an 
active member of the G. A. P.. is at present serving 
as assistant patriotic instructor, and is chaplain 
of John C. Arnold Post. No. 407, of Port Trever- 
ton. In religious matters he is identified with 
the United Brethren Church, of which he has 
been a member since 1874. He held the office of 
class leader fur twenty-two years, was Sunday 
school superintended for eight years, ami is now 
superintendent of the Union Sunday school at 
Herndon. He is also president of the North- 
umberland county district of the State Sunday 
School Association. Captain Hoffman was made 
a Mason in Lafayette Lodge, F. & A. M., in 1869. 

THOMAS REESE WILLIAMS, postmaster at 
Mount Carmel. has in various ways been associated 
with public affairs there, directly or indirectly, for 
many years. He was at one time city editor of 
the Mount Carmel Daily A. ws, was recently rep- 
resentative of the district in the State Legislature, 
and has served as a member of the school hoard 
from the First ward. In all these associations he 
has proved a reliable and capable worker, worthy 
of the trusts reposed in him. Mr. Williams is a 
native of Schuvlkill county, Pa., born Feb. 1. 



1875, at Minersville, but has lived at Mount Car- 
mel since he was a year old. 

David Williams, grandfather of Thomas Reese 
Williams, was a native of South Wales and came 
to America in 1829. His first location in this 
country was at Carbondale, Lackawanna Co., Pa., 
where he was engaged as foreman for the Dela- 
ware & Hudson Canal Company. In 1836 he re- 
moved to Pottsville, Schuylkill Co., Pa., thence 
tn Summit Hill, Carbon Co., this State, where for 
five years he operated the mine known as Spring 
Tunnel. He then became general agent for the 
Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company, which posi- 
tion he held until his death, Nov. 6, 1848. His 
wife's name was Sarah. 

Benjamin H. Williams, son of David and Sarah, 
was born July 19, 1833, at Carbondale, Lacka- 
wanna Co.. Pa., and grew to manhood in this 
State, receiving his education in the various places 
at which the family lived. In 1852 In- went out 
in California, where he spent live years, engaged 
m gold mining. Returning in Pennsylvania he 
ained a year, in 1858 again going to Califor- 
nia, where he continued to reside until 1874. He 
has since made his home in Pennsylvania, and 
■een a resident of Mount Carmel since 1876. 
Fur a number of years after settling in the bor- 
ough he followed coal mining, but he retired from 
that business several years ago, and since 1905 
has been i agaged in the grocery business at No. 
15 North Maple street. He is a substantial ami 
respected citizen of Mount Carmel, where he is 
well known. In politics he is a Republican. 

On June 20, 1859, Mr. Williams married Cath- 
arine Morgan, of Minersville, Pa., and they cele- 
brated the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage 
June '.'ii. 1909. Eleven children were burn tn their 
union, namely : David is a resident of Mount Car- 
mel and engaged as fire boss at the Richard Col- 
liery; George is engaged in the hotel business at 
Mount Carmel ; Franklin is deceased : Wesley is 
superintendent of the Black Diamond coal mine 
near Seattle. Wash.; Thomas Reese is mentioned 
below: Garfield lives at Seattle. Wash.; Emma 
(deceased i was the wife of "Squire William Amour. 
of Mount Carmel: Sarah F. married !!■ - 
Fegley, deceased, and resides at Mount Carmel: 
Carrie is the wife of Henry Marsh and lives in 
Philadelphia: Lottie is the wife of David Muir, of 
Shamokin. Pa.; -Ella M.. unmarried, lives with 
her parents. 

Thomas Reese Williams was a year old when 
his parents settled at Mount Carmel. He attended 
the local public schools and later was a student at 
the Shamokin Business College, front which he 
was graduated, in 1893, after which he did office 
work for some time at Mount Carmel. He nail 
law under Hon. Lincoln S. Walter, at Mount Car- 
mel. and at this period gained his first experience 
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Four years and three months. For one year he was 
city editor of the Mount Carmel Daily News. In 
1905 .Air. Williams bought The well known "Valley 
House" near the Pennsylvania railroad station in 
Mi. urn Carmel, and conducted that hotel for three 
years and three months, making a success of the 
business. In 1908 he was elected to the State 
Legislature on the Republican ticket, receiving a 
flattering majority, and gave most satisfactory 
service throughout his term. He received Ids ap- 
pointment as postmaster of Mount Carmel, to suc- 
ceed the late George H. Cope, on Jan. 28, 1910. 
Mr. Williams is a director of the Minn--' and La- 
borers' Building and Loan Association. 

On Sept. 18, 1902, Mr. Williams married Edith 
Wightman, daughter of Charles and Sarah Wight- 
man. To them bas been horn one son. Glenn. 

JOHN A. WERT, proprietor of the Wert de- 
partment store at Shamokin, has been sole owner 
of that establishment since 1890 and began his 
mercantile career in the borough several years 
previously. His interests have expanded stead- 
ily, his connection with various enterprises of 
the borough showing him to be a man of progress- 
ive as well as active impulses. His ability as a 
manager has had many practical demonstrations. 

Mr. Wert was horn in Jordan township, North- 
umberland county, June 30, 1864, son of Moses 
Wert and great-grandson of Henry Wert. The 
name is spelled Wirt by many members of the 
family, and the earlier spelling was probably 
Wirth. as shown by tombstone records. The Werts 
are of German origin. Adam, the first of this 
line to come to America from Germany, arrived 
in this country with his wife Eva before the Rev- 
olutionary war, and settled at or above what is 
now the site of Millersburg, in Dauphin county. 
Pa. These pioneers had nine sons, who settled 
in different parts of the country, the family be- 
coming scattered over New Jersey, the Carolinas, 
Ohio and through the West, besides having many 
representatives in Pennsylvania. 

John Wert, the second, father of Henry, lived 
in the Lykens Valley, about two miles above Mil- 
lersburg. 

Henry Wert (or Wirt) was a pioneer farmer 
of the Mahantango valley in Northumberland 
county, having settled in that section when the 
Indians still roamed the forests, and the red men 
were neighborly with "Henner" Wirt, to whom 
they bade farewell when they left the region. He 
and his wife Elizabeth are buried side by side at 
the Stone Valley church in Lower Mahanoy, where 
we find the following tombstone records : Johann 
Heinrich Wirth. born Dec. 22. 1769. died June 2. 
1846: his wife Elizabeth, born Nov. 30. 1771, died 
Sept. 6, 1838. They had children as follows: 
John and Michael, who both lived in the Mahan- 
tango valley (Michael was born March 16, 1798, 



died Dec. 27, 1872; wife Lvdia, horn June 18, 
L809, died Sept. 2, 1884) ; Henry and Philip, 
who lived in the Sugar Valley, neai L* 
Pa.; Mrs. Philip Kerstetter; Mrs. Michael Schaf- 
fer, and Mrs. Peter Bis< 

John Wirt, son of Henry, lived for a number of 
years in the Mahantango Valley, in L838 settling 
at Mandata, where be engaged in the milling bus- 
iness. That year he built the frame mill at Man- 
data which is still standing, and he followed the 
business for a number of years, prospering con- 
tinuously. He acquired considerable land about 
Mandata. He and his family worshipped at the 
Stone Valley church, where he and his wife Bar- 
bara, daughter of Matthias Witmer, are buried, 
their tombstone records reading as follows: Jo- 
bannes \\ irth, born Nov. 16, 1795, dud Sept. 8, 
1852; his wife Barbara, bom Nov. 30, 1794, died 
July 30, 1871. Their children were as follows: 
Lvdia married David Campbell; Elizabeth was 
the second wife of David Campbell; Catharine 
married Jacob Garman ; Anna married Frederick 
Snyder; Mary married Martin Harris; Michael 
died soon after his marriage to Mary Leshei : John 
married Judith Wentzel : Daniel (born May 6, 
1829, died Sept. 5, 1855) was a particularly well 
built and strong man, and operated the Mandata 
mill for ten years (he and his wife Rebecca Seiler 
had one son. John, and one daughter, Sarah); 
Moses married Mar; Ann Spotz. 

Moses Wert, son of John, was horn dan. 24, 
1832, in the Mahantango Valley in Lower Ma- 
hanoy township. Northumberland county. Ee 
was a lifelong farmer, living in Jordan township, 
near Mandata (where he had a tract of two hun- 
dred aire-), until fourteen or fifteen years before 
his death, when he retired. Upon giving up 
tive labor he settled m Eerndon, where be died in 
1904. His widow still occupies their home at that 
place. He was a man well known and highly re- 
spected, and though he devoted himself principally 
to the management of his own affairs, ed as 

supervisor. He was a Democrat in politics and in 
religion a Lutheran, his family adhering to the 
same belief. In his earlier years be belonged to 

the Stone Valley Church, but after re ring to 

Eerndon be became a member of the church t : : 
;ill d he is buried in the' Wirt and Shaffer family 
plot at Eerndon. Be was a devout I Ihristian and 
an enthusiastic church worker, serving in various 
, hurch offices and taking a keen interest in 
welfare of the Sunday school. 

Mr. Wert married Mary Ann Spotz and they 
had f our children, namely: Clara Rebecca mar- 
n ,,l George T. Shaffer, of Eerndon, who is de- 
ceased : Emma J. married John P. Tri '. of 

don ; Alveretta, who died in 1886, was 
ul f ( , f Dr. Fred D. Raker, of Shamokin: John 
A. married Ellen S. Eisei tart. 

John A. Wert received the public school ad- 



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vantages in his native township and later attended 
Berrysburg Academy. He remained at home with 
his father until he readied the age of eighteen 
years, since when he has been identified with his 
present line of business. Beginning as a clerk in 
the employ of J. P. Tressler, at Herndon, he came 
thence to Shamokin in 1884 and for one year 
clerked in the store of C. L. Sowers and D. K. 
Haas. Later he was engaged for two wars with 
D. K. Haas, whom he bought out in 1887. in 1888 
forming a partnership with N. ('. Wolverton. They 
did business as Wert & Wolverton until 1890, in 
which year the association was dissolved, and Mr. 
Wert has since done business alone. In 18'.>!i he 
erected the tine store in which the business has 
since been located, at Nos. 315 to 219 West Spruce 
street. The store is well stocked with seasonable 
and up-to-date goods, Mr. Wert having the faculty 
of meeting the demands of his customers and the 
good business judgment to introduce new lines 
which create further demand, the trade multi- 
plying of itself as one good suggestion follows 
another. His high reputation for honorable deal- 
ing he strives to maintain in every possible way. 

Though merchandising has been his principal 
interest Mr. Wert has done what every enterpris- 
ing business man should do, encouraged the intro- 
duction of modern business institutions of every 
kind into his community, and he is a director of 
the Market Street National Bank, director and 
vice president of the Croninger Packing Company, 
and director of the West Ward & Black Diamond 
Building and Loan Association. lie is a prom- 
inent member of Trinity Lutheran Church, in 
which he has held all the offices and has served 
as Sunday school teacher. Fraternally he belongs 
to Lodge No. 664, I. <>. < ». F.. and to Camp No. 
30, P. 0. S. of A., being particularly prominent in 
the latter organization as president of the P. 0. S. 
of A. Hall Association. 

On Jan. 27, 1887. Mr. Wert married Ellen S. 
Eisenhart, daughter of Daniel and Sarah (Beisel) 
Eisenhart, and they have a family of seven chil- 
dren, namely: Alva M., W. Pay. Minnie G., How- 
ard 1)., Norma L.. Sarah E. and Mary E. 

CURTIS Q. M< WILLIAMS is one of a group 
of energetic citizens of Shamokin who have long 
been regarded as arbiters of matters affecting its 
advancement. His judgment and foresight, espe- 
cially in the field of public utilities, have made 
him a valuable factor in their promotion, and for 
a quarter of a century he has been identified with 
almost every important enterprise of the kind un- 
dertaken in the borough. Progressive in his own 
affairs, he has advocated many public improve- 
ments in advance of their apparent usefulness, and 
he is regarded as a farseeing, intelligent business 
man, with a broad outlook on questions affecting 
public and private interests. 



Mr. McWilliams was born in Shamokin Sept. 
in. 1852, son of J. Scott and Catharine (Fagely) 
McWilliams and grandson of Robert McWilliams. 
The latter settled at Elysburg, Northumberland 
county, where he died. He married Margaret 
Craig (a sister of his brother David's wife) and 
they had five children: Sarah (died unmarried), 
John Scott. William J., Samuel W., and Mary II. 
(married Paterson Johnson and resides at Dan- 
ville, Pennsylvania). 

John Scott McWilliams was born in what was 
then Shamokin township, and died in 1893. He is 
buried at St. Peter's (the Blue) church, in Ralpho 
township. Northumberland county, where both his 
wives are also interred. His first wife, Catharine 
(Fagely), died in 1854, and he subsequently mar- 
ried her sister Ellen, who died Feb. 11, 1! 

Curtis Q. McWilliams was reared at Elysburg, 
where he received his early education in the pub- 
lic schools and at the academy. When fifteen years 
old he came to Shamokin, where he had found 
employment as clerk in the store of Valentine 
Fagely, later entering the employ of Reuben ami 
William Fagely, pioneer business men there. Am- 
bitious to gain a better education than he had been 

able to acquire in bis boyh 1. he went to the 

famous Eastman Business College, at Poughkeep- 
sie, N. Y.. in 1870. and the following year was 
given charge of the -tore of William ami Reuben 
Fagely, continuing with them in that capacity un- 
til the autumn of L81 I. He then resumed study 
once more, entering Lafayette College, at Easton, 
Pa., where he remained for two terms. In April. 
1875, he left that institution to look after the vari- 
ous interests of Reuben Fagely, remaining with 
him until he died, after which be acted as executor 
oft lie estate. 

Meantime, on May 1. 1878, Mr. McWilliams be- 
gan his independent business career, becoming a 
partner of the late Darlington R. Kulp in the lum- 
ber business, under the firm name of Kulp & Mc- 
Williams. The following year they added two 
lines, ice and brick, and on .Ian. 1. 1882, W. C. 
McConnell became a member of the firm, which 
from that time was known as Kulp. McWilliams & 
Co. On Aug. to. 1886, this partnership was dis- 
solved. Mr. Kulp taking the lumber interests, 
Messrs. McWilliams and McConnell continuing as 
partners in the ice and brick business until 1903. 
Mr. McWilliams then sold his interests in that 
business. However, he still retains other important 
connections. He is a stockholder in and director 
of the Guarantee Trust & Safe Deposit Company. 
For many years he has been one of the chief work- 
ers in the management of the various water com- 
panies which have had such a large share in the 
prosperity of Shamokin and surrounding places. 
He was one of the corporators of the Roaring 
Creek, Anthracite and Bear Gap Water Companies, 
and served as treasurer of all three of these con- 




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cerns from the time of organization, being presi- 
dent, treasurer and manager of the Bear Gap Water 
Company and president and manageT of the Roar- 
ing Creek Water Company. He is now 
also president of the Shamokin Water Com- 
pany, of which he was the treasurer from 
May, 1886, until 1899. His familiarity with 
the workings of these companies, and his long 
experience in their administration, make him an 
authority and a valuable counselor, as the success 
of the various companies attests. 

Mr. McWilliams was married Oct. 7, 1879, to 
Louisa Geywitz, daughter of John and Anna 
(Schmid) Geywitz, natives of Wurtemberg, Ger- 
many, who came to Shamokin before their mar- 
riage. Mr. Geywitz died in isss, his widow con- 
tinuing to make her ho m Shamokin. To Mr. 

and Mrs. McWilliams were born four children, 
Guv E. (horn Sept. 23, 1882, died Nov. 26, 1898), 
[da Catharine (born May 20, 1885), John Scott 
and Douglass E. The family belong to Trinity 
Lutheran Church. 

Socially Mr. McWilliams is a Mason, holding 
membership in Elysburg Lodge, No. 111. F. & A. 
M., Shamokin Chapter, No. 264, R. A. M., and 
Shamokin Commandery, No. 77, K. T. In polit- 
ical matters he is a Republican. He is a member 
of tin- Union League, Philadelphia. 

FAGELY. The Fagely family is of German 
origin and was founded in Pennsylvania by Jacob 
and .Maria Eve Pagely, who came to this country 
from the Old World in 17:!:! in the ship "Samuel," 
of London. Hugh Percy master, from Rotterdam, 
last from Deal, which qualified Aug. 17, 1733. 
Jacob Fagelv was thirty-two years old at the time. 
In- wile. Maria Eve, twenty-seven; their son, 
Christian, was four years old. 

Christian Fagely, son of the emigrant, had a 
son George. 

George Fagely, son of Christian, had a sen 
Christian, who was the great-grandfather of Mi'. 
Curtis Q. McWilliams, of Shamokin. 

Christian Fagely, son of George, was born Sept. 
28, 1764, in Maiden-creek township. Berks Co., 
Pa., and moved with his family to Shamokin town- 
ship, Northumberland eountyj in 1808. There he 
spent the rest of In- lite, engaged in farming, 
purchasing a large trad of uncultivated land 
which he cleared and improved, becoming one of 
the leading and most prosperous agriculturists 
in his community. He died Dec. 31, 1845, and is 
buried at the Blue church. He was a Lutheran in 
religious faith. His wife. Magdalena (Lehman), 
who was horn April 1. 1773, in Berks county, died 
June to. 1843, and is buried at the Pine church 
in Northumberland county. They were married 
in dune. 1792, and had a large family, a- fol 
Elizabeth, born March 16, 1794, married Henry 
Martz, ami died in May. 1870; Catharine, born 

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I '' e. 1. 1795, married Jacob Unger, and they went 
West, where they died; John was horn Feb. 28, 
Co; ; Benjamin, born Nov. '.'1. 1798, died unmar- 
ried; Hannah, hum Dec. f. 1800, died young; 
Solomon, born dune 19, 1802, died Sept. 6, L883; 
Hannah ('.'). born March 31, 1804, was the last 
survivor of the family; William, born dan. 5, 
L806, died Feb. 17, 1874, unmarried (he was 
first postmaster at Shamokin): Amos was hern 
Feh. 1. 1808; Marv Magdalena, hem March 21, 
1810, died young; Nathan, hern dune 30, 1812, 
left a daughter; Reuben, horn duly 25, I s 1 4 . died 
Peli. 21, 1880, unmarried. 

Solomon Fagely, sen el' Christian, hern dune 
P.'. lso-.'. iu Maiden-creek township. Berks county, 
was reared in Shamokin township, Northumber- 
land county, having been hut six years old when 
the family settled there, lie was educated in the 

com i schools and was reared to farming, which 

he followed principally all hi- life, also conduct- 
ing a hotel at Mount Carniel two years and later 
operating a mill at Paxinos for several year-. He 
then returned to the eld homestead, where he 
farmed the rest of his life, lie was a promii 
man in the community in his day. With his wife 
ami family he belonged to the Lutheran Church, 
and in politics he was originally a Democrat, later 
(after the breaking out id' the Civil war) a Re- 
publican. He died Sept. 6, 1883, and is buried at 
the Blue church. 

In 1823 Solomon Fagely married Maria Eve 
Klase. who was horn Dec. 20, lso:!. in Northamp- 
ton county, Pa., and died Feh. 13, 1881 ; -he. too, 
is buried at the Blue church. She was a daugh- 
ter of Valentine and Maria Eve Klase, the latter 
horn Oct. 1. 1766, in Northampton county, Pa.. 
dying Aug. 2, 1838; -lie is buried at Snydertown, 
Pa. Eleven children were horn to Mr. and Mrs. 
Fagely: Eliza; born Oct. I. 1824, in Shamokin 
township, married Solomon Weaver, .if Sunhury, 
and died Aug. 22, 1879 (she is buried at Sun- 
bury); Valentine, horn in 1826, in Shamokin 
township, lived ai Shamokin in retirement; Ro- 
sanna. horn March 17, 1828, in Shamokin town- 
ship, died Sept. 17. 1883, and is buried al Sun- 
Inirv (she wa- t« ice married, lir-t to John Sober, 
and second to Henry Tregellas, ol Sunbury) ; 

trine, horn Aug. 28, 1830, in S 
township, was the m si « ifi of J. Scot! McWil- 
liams. and .lied Oei. 31, is:.! : Caroline, born dan. 
26, 1832, in Shamokin township, m 
lorHiby Haas, of Shamokin township, died May 
25, 1906, and is buried at the Blue church: Wil- 
]j. 111K born \o\. 20, 1833, in Shamokin township. 
died Aug. •">. 1856, and i- buried at the Blue 
church : Henry K.. horn March 15, 1836, in 
Shamokin township, lived in Sunbu 
was proprietor of the Standard Wire Xail Works 
and of a general merchandisi st ETarrii 

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1, 1839, and is buried at the Blue church: Ellen, 
born Jan. 8, 1840, in Mount Carmel, Pa., was the 
second wife of J. Scott McWilliams, and died Feb. 
1, 1900; Mary Eve. born March 9, 1843, in Sham- 
okin township, died March 21, 1860. and is buried 
at the Blue church: George K., born Nov. 34, 
1845, in Shamokin township, was formerly sheriff 
of Northumberland county. 

FETTEROLF. The Fetterolf (Federolf, 
Fetherolf ) family, two of whose representatives in 
Upper Mahanoy township. Northumberland coun- 
ty, are Edward and Daniel Fetterolf. brothers, is 
of Dutch origin, its founder in this country. Peter 
Federolf, having been a native of Wachbach, Hol- 
land, born in 1699. In 1729 or 1730 he married 
Anna Maria Rothermel, only daughter and eldest 
of the six children of Johannes and Sabilla (Zim- 
merman) Rothermel. In 1730 Peter Federolf and 
his wife accompanied Ins father-in-law to America. 
the \ ing made in the "Thistle," and about 

1732 in- am! his wife and one of her brothers, Leon- 
ard and Rothermel, located in Hereford township, 
Berks Co., Pa., where Peter Federolf acquired a 
large acreage of what has become valuable farm 
land, upon which lie passed the remainder of his 
life, dying there. 11 is property was partly in Here- 
ford township and partly in Longswamp township, 
and lie made his home near what is now Seisholtz- 
ville. near the line of Lehigh county. Leonard 
Rothermel located in Perry township, Berks coun- 
ty, before the Revolution, and there died at an ad- 
vanced age, leaving a large family. 

Peter Federolf was a man of more than ordinary 
importance in his locality, not only because he was 
a large land owner, but because his successful man- 
agement of his own affairs showed him entitled to 
inflitence ami leadership in the conduct of such 
matters as affected the general welfare. He reared 
a family of seven children, who became connected 
by marriage with other substantial old families of 
the county, and all of whom are mentioned in his 
last will and testament (on record in the court- 
house at Reading. Will Book B). made July 19, 
1784, and probated Sept. 16, 1784, showing that 
he died during the summer of that year. The 
witnesses to tin' will were Henry Bortz and Chris- 
topher Sehultz, the executors Paul Groscup. of 
Rockland township, who was the testator's true 
and trusty friend (he was the ancestor of Judge 
Peter Grosscup. the Federal jurist of Chicago), 
Jacob Fetherolf. the eldest son, and Christopher 
Bittenbender, blacksmith, a son-in-law. In later 
years this Christopher Bittenbender obtained the 
original Federolf homestead, on which is located 
the Federolf private burial ground, where the 
emigrant ancestor, Peter, is buried, as well as 
Christopher Bittenbender, his wife, and some of 
their children. The will sets forth that the son 
Jacob was to have three hundred acres of land: 



the son-in-law. Christopher Bittenbender, one hun- 
dred acres of land; the six children of the son 
Peter, who predeceased his father, three hundred 
pounds of money (divided between them): that 
the son Philip, deceased, left one daughter; that 
the daughter Catharine was twice married, first 
to John Siegfried and after his death to Abraham 
Zimmerman: that the daughter Barbara married 
a Helm (name now spelled Hain) : the daughter 
Magdalena married Christopher Bittenbender. who 
was a blacksmith and farmer, and who as previ- 
ously noted eventually acquired the old homestead 
of Peter Federolf. which remained in the Bitten- 
bender name until 1908. About 1840 a valuable 
find of iron ore was discovered on this property, 
and some of the Bittenbenders became wealthy 
thereby, the ore mines being worked until the 
early eighties. 

Jacob Fetherolf was born Feb. 16. 1762, anil 
died April 6, 1823; be is buried at Wessnersville, 
Berks Co.. 1'a. His wife Catharine, born May 12. 
Ciin. died Jan. lo. Lsl'J. (There was a Jacob 
Fetherolf. -on of Peter, who died in Albany town- 
ship in 1823, and whose will is on record in Will 
Book 5, page 112. He left sons John and Peter, i 

The will of a Peter Fetherolf of Berks county 
who died in 1840 is also on record (Will Book 8, 
page 2 12). He died without sons, and John S. 
Ivistler and William Mosser were the executors. 

Johann Peter Fetherolf. ancestor of the North- 
umberland county branch of the family, was born 
June 30, 1 T 7 4 . in Hereford township. Berks coun- 
ty, and was one of the six children of Peter Feder- 
olf. son of the emigrant Peter Federolf. mentioned 
in the tetter's will. He came to this region bi 
his marriage and here wedded Anna Maria Ihm- 
kelberger, who was born Sept. 2. 1772. They lived 
for some years in Cameron township, where their 
children were born, later settling on a large farm 
in Upper Mabantango township, across the line 
in Schuylkill county, which Mr. Fetherolf pur- 
chased from a man named Carl, who got the best 
of the bargain. He did not tell Fetherolf that 
there was a mortgage upon the property, which 
he (Fetherolf) was obliged to pay. so that the 
transaction proved an expensive one. Neverthe- 
less, lie became a most successful man. and by the 
nine of his death had accumulated a large estate. 
His original tract in Upper Mahantango town- 
ship is now divided into three farms, the one on 
which the first sel of buildings was erected, and 
mi which Johann Peter Fetherolf, lived, being now 
the property of William Mattern. When he came 
to the Mabantango Valley the Mahantango creek- 
was alive with fine fish, and he and his family 
found them an acceptable addition to the larder 
in those days when variety in food could not al- 
ways be obtained even by the well-to-do. Johann 
Peter Fetherolf died Nov. 2. 1848, his wife on 
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(Herb) Church, Located immediately across the 
Northumberland county line in Schuylkill county, 
where some of their children also rest. In reli- 
gious faith the family were all Lutherans, Johann 
Peter Fetherolf was a -a. Idler by trade, and he 
was a short-sot man physically. His ten children 
wore: Samuel, Peter, John, Joseph, George, Jo- 
seph ('.!). Daniel, .Mrs. Josiah Geist, .Mrs. Joseph 
Dunkelberger and Mrs. John Zimmerman. We 
give some accouni of the six sons who reached 
maturity. 

Samuel Fetterolf, son of Johann Peter, was 
horn Oct. 11. L800, and died March 29, 1880. He 
was a worker in a fulling or carding mill, where 
wool was manufactured, the old establishment 
standing on the Little Mahantango creek. Later 
he owned am! operated a grist and saw mill, and 
he was a large land owner, having :!<;ii acre- of 
land at Count} Line, in which region he was a mosl 
useful and influential citizen, being a man of ex- 
tensive liusincss interests. In his grist and saw mill 
employment to a number id' hands, and 
ho Imilt a number of dam- or retaining walls. 
upon which ho expended considerable money, and 
which also afforded work lor many men. lie also 
built a large brick li<m>e and several barns. His 
example and encouragement were powerful factors 
for -oml in the development and betterment of his 
section, in more than a material sense. He was 
a pillar of the church of his choice, he and his 
wife being active members of the Evangelical As- 
sociation, and they are buried side by side at the 
Bingaman meeting-house near County Line, the 
Lower Mahanoy Church of that denomination. 
Mrs. Fetterolf, whose maiden name was Rachel 
Maurer, was horn Dec. 15, 1807, daughter of John 
Maurer, of Lehigh county. Pa., and died Sept. 21, 
1889, at the home of her son Daniel. Their ten 
children were: Elizabeth. Mrs. Peter Kehler; 
Catharine, Mr-. John C. Renn; Sarah. Mrs. George 
Kehler: Hannah. Mrs. Isaiah Kiehl: Lydia, Mrs. 
John D. Deibler; Felix, whose wife Elizabeth 

died Au-. 30, 1' aged sixty-four years, six 

months, ten days; Daniel: Samuel: John, and 
Elias. Of this family. 

Daniel Fetterolf, a farmer of Lower Mahanoy 
town-hip. Northumberland county, horn July 1. 
1835, has been an agriculturist all his life In 
1860 he began farming on his own account in 
Dauphin county, at County Lino, being a tenant 
for ten years, 'in 1870 lie purchased hi- present 
farm, a tract of eighty-three acres which was for- 
merly the John Kohl homestead (il was much 
larger in Mr. Kohl's time). Mr. Fetterolf has 
since occupied and cultivated this farm, and he 
has prospered steadily, in 1907 building the at- 
tractive frame residence which now adorns 
propertv. In politics he is a Republican, and he 
has - irved as election officer and filled the position 
of supervisor in his township. His wife. Sarah. 



was a daughter of Joseph and Mary (Shutt) 
Spotts and granddaughter of John Spotts. Two 
children were born to Mr. and* Mr-. Daniel Fette- 
rolf: Amelia (deceased) married Jacob II. Schaf- 
fer, and their only son. Charles F.. is mentioned 
elsewhere in this work: Alexander was accidentally 
killed in a runaway, whin a young man. 

Peter Fetherolf (tombstone inscription Fette- 
rolf), >on of Johann Peter, was boTn Jan. 6, LS0G, 
and died March 16, 1861. He lived in Upper 
Mahantango township. Schuylkill county, follow- 
ing farming. He married Sarah Reiner, born 
Feb. 26, Co:,. w ho died Sept. 13, L887, and they 
had children: Harris, Peter (who was an under- 
taker), Flias, Hettie, Katie. Mary (married Nel- 
son Kiiorr) and Elizabeth (married Isaac Knorr). 
John Fetherolf. son of Johann I' s a 

farmer. His first wife. Whose maiden name was 
Maurer, is buried with him at Kimmel's Church. 
She was the mother of Peter. Daniel and Jessi ; 
and by his second wife, who was a sister oi 
first, lie had one son, Frank Dengler Fetherolf, 
named after his sponsor. Frank Dengler. 

G ge Fetterolf, son of Johann Peter, was born 

March 11. 1809, and died Dec. 31, 1888. By ti 
he was a shoemaker, hut farming was his principal 
occupation. Through his wife he obtained the 
homestead of his father-in-law. Johann Nicholas 
Rebuck, which was located in Upper Mahanoy 
township on the public road between Rough & 
Readj and Urban, now owned by Edward Fette- 
rolf. grandson of George. His wife. Polly (Re- 
buck), born March 30, 1810, was a daughter of 
Johann Nicholas Rebuck (1771-1855) and his 
wife Magdalena Wolfgang (1777-1859). She 
died aged eighty-five war-, three days. Mr. and 
Mrs. Fetterolf are buried at the Salem (Het 
Church, which he served in the offices of deacon 
and elder. They "ere the parents of ten clrildn 
Adam and Emanuel are mentioned later in this 
article: George is a resident of Illinois: Gabriel 
lives at Heplers, Schuylkill county: Dinah died 
unmarried: Amanda married George Wolfgat 
four died young, George and three who were older 
than he. 

Joseph Fetherolf. horn May 25, 1813, died July 
11. is*5. He married A.bby Rice, who was horn 
April 1'.'. 1815, and died Dec. 24, L890, and ; 
were farming people in Upper Mahantango town- 
i, living near Heplers post office. Their chil- 
dren were: Joseph, Daniel, Samuel. Alice, Het 
and Amelia ( married James Thorn 

Daniel Fetherolf, son of Johann Peter, married 
a Miss Miller, and they had one daughter, K; 
who married H nr) I [erb. I 'anii I 
at a comparatively earlj age, of smallpox, ami he 
and his wife arc buried ai Klinger's Church. 
; V ig a Daniel Feterolf buried there, born 
April 27, 1804, diod Aim-. 13, 18 I 
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27. 1834, in Upper Mahanoy township, of which 
his brothers and sisters were also natives, and 
lias passed all his life there, being now one of 
the oldest residents of that section. He received 
his education in the German subscription schools 
conducted during his boyhood, and worked for his 
parents until he reached the age of thirty, soon 
after the Civil war commencing farming for him- 
self on his father's place, where he continued to 
live and work for eighl years. In 187? he pur- 
chased his present place, to which he removed at 
that time, and which consists of 105 acres of 
valuable land. He is a Democrat in political 
connection and a Lutheran in religion, he and 
his family belonging to the Lutheran congregation 
at the Salem (Herb) Church, which he served as 
elder four years. In 1861 he married Mary Brown, 
daughter of Michael and Peggj i Kidman) Brown; 
ten children have been bom to this union: Sarah. 
Lydia, Nathan, Mary. George Henry, David. Har- 
riet. Wilson. Victor, and one that died young. 

Emanuel Fetterolf, son of George, farmed his 
father's homestead, of which he became the owner. 
It is located on the public road between Leek Kill 
and Klingerstown, the latter being his post office. 
He was a useful man in his district, serving as 
school director, and he was an active member of 
the Lutheran congregation at the Salem Church, 
which he served as deacon and elder. He was a 
Democrat in politics. He died Nov. 26, 1894, 
aged fifty-seven years, ten month-, six days, and 
is buried at the Salem Church. Mr. Fetterolf mar- 
ried Catharine Knorr. daughter of John and Cath- 
arine (Schadle) Knorr, and since his death she 
has become the wife of Nathan Steely, of Schuyl- 
kill county. By her union with Mr. Fetterolf she 
was the mother of seven children: Catharine mar- 
ried Samuel Ressjer and they live in Upper Ma- 
hanoy township; Edward is mentioned later: John 
M. died at the age of twenty-seven years, unmar- 
ried : Daniel C. is mentioned later: Emma J. mar- 
ried Samuel Schmeltz and they live in Schuylkill 
county : two died young. 

Edward Fetterolf, a farmer of Upper Ma- 
hanoy township, was born there, on his father's 
homestead. Oct. 2. 1867, and attended the town- 
ship scl I- during bis boyhood. He was reared 

to farming, working for bis parents until be 
reached the age of twenty-four, and in the spring 
of 189] began cultivating his grandfather's place. 
where he lived for fifteen years. He then pur- 
chased the line farm he now owns and occupies, 
which contains fifty-eight acres along the road be- 
tween Leek Kill and Line Mountain. It was 
old John Diehl homestead. Mr. Fetterolf has 
made a number of improvements on tin- property 
during hi- ownership, ami he also owns the home- 
stead of his grandfather. George Fetterolf, now 
comprising 121 acres, lie t- a prosperous, enter- 
prising and highly respected citizen of his dis- 



trict, where he has been chosen to the office of 
school director, in which he has been serving for 
the last five years. 

In December, 1894, Mr. Fetterolf married 
Cevilla Snyder, daughter of Levi Snyder, of Up- 
per .Mahanoy township, whose wife was a Diehl. 
They have no children. Mr. ami Mrs. Fetterolf 
are members of the Salem (Herb) Church, and 
he has served as deacon. 

Damii. ('. Fetterolf, now farming his father's 
old homestead in Upper Mahanoy township, was 
born there Feb. ',. 1871, and received his educa- 
tion in the local common schools. Farming has 
been his occupation all his life, and he worked 
for his parents until be attained his majority. In 
the spring of 1895 he began working the home 
place on his own account, purchasing the property 
from his father's estate. This place was formerly 
the homestead of Paul Brosius, from whom George 
Fetterolf purchased it for his son Emanuel, father 
of the present owner. The house was built many 
years ago and was remodeled by the late Emanuel 
Fetterolf. The barn was erected in 1904 by Daniel 
C. Fetterolf, to replace the one destroyed by lire 
May loth of that year. The farm contain- 110 
acres, which Mr. Fetterolf has under profitable 
cultivation. He i-; an industrious and intelligenl 
worker, and has taken his place among the pro- 
Si ressive farmers of his district. 

On Dec. 26, 1903, Mr. Fetterolf married Lydia 
Rebuck, daughter of Jonas and Rebecca (Malick) 
Rebuck, and they have had two children, Minnie 
G. and Lottie D. Mr. Fetterolf and his famih are 
Lutheran members of the Salem Union Church, 
located jus! across the Northumberland line in 
Schuylkill county. Politically be is a Democrat. 

NATHAN F. MAETZ, of Sunbury, is the old- 
est living member of the Martz family, which has 
been -ruled in Northumberland county for at 
least a century, and he has long been known as 
tin ■■-rand old man" of that borough, where over 
half of his ninety year- have been passed. He is 
a grandson of David Martz. the pioneer of this 
family in Northumberland county. 

The Martz (or Mertz) family is quite numer- 
ous in Berks county. Pa., where, in Longswamp 
township, the first ancestor to come from Ger- 
many made a settlement. The name is perpet- 
uated there by the town Mertztown, in Longswamp 
township, and Mertz's Church in the same section. 
Johannes Martz (also Maertz), the founder of 
this family in America, was one of 242 passengers 
on the -hip -Ann." which sailed from Rotterdam, 
last from Cowes. He was a son of Johannes 
Maertz, of Stockhausen, Wurtemberg, about thirty- 
five miles northwest of Frankfort-on-the-Main, 
ami forty miles northeast of Coblentz, in Germany. 
Johannes Maertz, the emigrant, landed at Phila- 
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of Lyons, Berks county, and the church located 
near his home was named Mertz's Church in honor 
of him. The births of his first four children are 
recorded there. On May 24, 1756, he married 
Rosina Hase, daughter of Melehior Ease. Their 
children were: Johannes, born July 17. 1757; 
Anna .Maria. Dec. '.'. 1760; Maria Salome, May 
24, 1763; Melehior, April 11. 1765; and Peter, 
March 9, 1769. The line in which we are inter- 
ested at present descends from either Johannes 
or Melehior. 

David anil Jacob Martz, brothers, moved from 
Berks or Lancaster county toward the close of the 
eighteenth century, settling on the Shamokin 
creek, three miles smith of Sunbury, in North- 
umberland county. Jacob, however, did not re- 
main long, moving to the Lykens valley, in Dau- 
phin county, where he died ami is buried. David 
Martz was a blacksmith, and followed his trade 
in connection with farming. He married Bar- 
bara Miller, am! they had a family of seven chil- 
dren, five sons and two daughters: David, Henry, 
Peter, Abraham and George, all of whom hut 
Henry moved to Dayton. Ohio, where they died: 
Susan, who married John Richstine, and Eliza- 
beth, who married Abraham Arter. The son Peter, 
of this family, was commissioned associate judge of 
Northumberland county April 1?, is:',:;, qualified 
on the following day, and served a little more than 
a year. 

Henry Martz, son of David, was born on the 
h estead in Shamokin township, Northumber- 
land county, and was a farmer by occupation, lie 
married Elizabeth Fagely, daughter of Christian 
and Magdalena Fagely, pioneer- of Shamokin 
township. Mr. and Mrs. Martz both died in 
Shamokin and are buried in St. Peter's grave- 
yard. They had six children: Hettie, Katie, 
Mary Ann, George, Solomon and Nathan F.. all 
now deceased but the last named. 

Nathan F. Martz was horn July 20, 1820, in 
Shamokin township, Northumberland county. He 
spent most of his early days on the farm and when 
eighteen years old went to Mauch Chunk, where 
be became a clerk in the store of his uncles. 

Nathan and ge Fagely. After eight years in 

their employ he formed a partnership with Robert 
Klotz, under the firm name of Martz & Klntz, and 
they carried on a genera] store for some time, un- 
til Mr. EQotz's enlistment in a military company; 
he served as a lieutenant in the Mexican war. 
During the period of that war Mr. Martz sold out 
tn a Mr. Lowry and went into the butchering bus- 
iness, in which he continued for two years. In 
1851 he came to Sunbury. where he has since 
made his home. Here he was first associated with 
his uncles William and Reuben Fagely, win. 
shipped considerable coal at that time, remaining 
with them until the completion of the Northern 
Central railroad, in 1856. at which time he be- 



came the first baggagemaster for that road at 
Sunlmry. He held the position continuously for 
thirty-five years, until his retirement, ami was un- 
doubtedly one of the most familiar figures in this 
section of Northumberland county. Mr. Martz 
has always been popular with his fellow citizens, 
who have shown him many evidences of their es- 
teem. A social organization of the town has been 
named the Nathan F. Martz Club in his honor. 
Though he has passed the ninetieth anniversary 
of his birth he is remarkably well preserved and 
reads the newspapers assiduously without glasses, 
retaining his interest in local and national events 
ami in everyday affairs of all kinds. He was 
never addicted to the use of tobacco or liquor, and 
enjoys a game of cards as much as ever. Tall and 
of massive build, he has been blessed with a line 
physique, and he is very active for one of his 
years, though he has long since retired from ar- 
duous labors. He speaks both English and Ger- 
man. 

In 1842 Mr. Martz became a member of "Old 
'76 Lodge," at Mauch Chunk, of the 1. O. 0. F., 
and he is now one of the oldest living Odd Fel- 
lows in the United States. His first Presidential 
vote was cast for James K. Folk, hut he Lit the 
Democratic party when Folk took his stand on the 
tariff question and has been a Republican since 
the formation of the party. He has held local 
offices, having served four year- as overseer of the 
poor, and was a member of the town council 
for several years. He has been a member of the 
Reformed Church for seventy-six years, having 
joined when he was a hoy of fifteen. He first 
became a member of the Blue Church in Ralpho 
township, and later was a member of the First 
Reformed Church of Sunbury. in which he and 
all his family have been active workers, lie was a 
member of "the consistory for half a century and 
has long been one of the pillars of the congrega- 
tion. Mr. Martz lived on Market street for many 
years, but since 1885 has made his home at tin 
corner of Fourth street and Woodlawn avenue. 

On Sept. 19, 1848, Mr. Martz married, at 
Allentown, Fliza Samuels, who was bom Sept. 1.".. 
is?;, daughter of Jesse ami Mary (Engleman) 
Samuels, of Allentown. They celebrated their 
sixtieth anniversary Sept. L9, L908, ami Mrs. 
Man/ passed away Sept. '.'1. 1908. Six children 
were horn to this union: One daughter died in 
infancy; William F. is a residenl of Shamokin; 
Jesse s. died in 1856; Edward died Feb. 2, is:,; ; 

Ida A". B. is the wife of W. C. McCo 'II: Mary 

Elizabeth is the wife of Henry I!. Smith. 



Henri l'>. Smith, of Sunbury, ua- born Nov. 
in. 1855, in Womelsdorf, Berks Co.. Pa., -mi of 
Joseph ami Elizabeth ( Haak ) Smith, he being 
the second of their four children, two sons and 
two daughters. The father, who was a lumber 



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merchant, died in 1876, at the 'age of fifty-six whose home he died about 184:!. He is buried at 

vears. The mother continued to live at Womels- the western end of the old graveyard of Zion's 

dorf. Henry B. Smith had received all his school- (Stone Valley) Church. As tradition has it that 

ing by the time he reached his thirteenth year, he was in his twenty-second year when he came to 

when he began to clerk in his native place. At this country, in 1776,. having been born in 17". 1. 

the end of a year he had saved twenty dollars, with he was evidently about ninety at the time of his 

which he started out. intending to go West: By demise. He was a tall, robust man, of strong 

the time he reached Sunbury, Northumberland character and convictions, and lived a peaceful 

county, his money was so nearly gone that he took industrious and useful life. His many descend- 

employment with Clement & Dissinger, merchants, ants in Northumberland county have been num- 

with whom he remained for ten or eleven years, bered among the thrifty and successful farmers 

until he was ready to commence business on his and business men of their respective communities, 

own account. In' 188?. having saved about two He married Anna Reed, born March 11, 1759, 

hundred dollars, he formed a partnership with S. died Dec. 11, 183.'), and they bad six children: 

C. Drumheller and embarked in the coal business. John; Adam: Nicholas: »; ge; Eve, who niar- 

The following year he became associated with Mr. ried and moved West, where she died, leaving one 

Drumheller and Walter Zeigler as H. B. Smith & daughter: and Catharine, who married Peter 

Co., dealers in dry goods. Mr. Zeigler withdrew Hain. 

from this partnership three years later, and Mr. John Bingaman, son of John, born April 27, 

Drumheller two years after that. Mr. Smith do- 1801. died May 10, 1882; his wife Susanna died 

ing business alone as a merchant since 1887. Nov. 20, 1003, aged ninety-eight years, one month. 

Their combined capital at the outset was but three ten days, and both are buried at Georgetown, this 

thousand dollars; Mr. Smith has since increased county, where they died. He owned part of the 

his investment to many times that amount, and he homestead farm, which was later owned by John 

does a wdiolesale as well as a retail business, being Kiehl and was still later purchased by David 

one of the most substantial merchants in the bor- Hain. His children were: Adam, John (better 

ough of Sunburv. known as "Jack"), Sarah (married Enoch Raker), 

On Oct. 24, 1888, Mr. Smith married, in Sun- Mary (married William Wiest) and Eliza (Mrs. 

bury. Mary E. Martz, daughter of Nathan F. Shoil). '■Jack" Bingaman had a son William 

Martz, and they have one daughter. Elizabeth who was known locally as "Haughel Bill," and 

Martz Smith. In religion Mr. Smith is a mem- "Jack's" brother Adam had a son William who 

ber of the Lutheran Church. Socially he belongs was distinguished from his cousin of the same 

to the Patriotic Order Sons of America. Royal name by the cognomen of ''DeuveFs Bill." 

Arcanum and Conclave. Adam Bingaman, son of John the emigrant, 

was born July 5, 1701. in Low-er Mahanoy town- 

BINCAMAN. The Bingaman family now ship, and lived on and cultivated the farm in that 
numerous throughout Northumberland county is township lying adjacent to the property now oc- 
descended from one John Bingaman, one of the cupied by his grandson William E.' Bingaman. 
••Hessian" soldiers (many of them came from He died Jan. 28, 1856, on his home place. He 
llessen Cassel, Germany) sent to this country in owned another tract of 123 acres in the Stone 
the pay of the British during the Revolutionary Valley which had belonged to his father, and 
war, and one of those captured on Christmas night, which is now owned by Edwin Badman. He was 
1776. by Washington at Trenton. Many id' those enterprising, and prospered in his farm work, and 
taken prisoner wire held at Penn Common, at was also a popular auctioneer, crying most of the 
Reading. Berks Co.. Pa., until the close of the sales held in the neighborhood in his day: he was 
war. and John Bingaman was one of those who re- widely known in this connection. He married 
fused to leave this country, of which he became a Hannah Schroyer, born Feb. 0, 1796, died Oct. 
loyal citizen. About 1790 he came to Northumber- 27, 1871, and they are buried at Zion's (Stone 
land county, where his first location was in the Valley) Church, of which he was a Reformed mem- 
vicinity of Mahantango, in Lower Mahanoy town- ber. Their children were : John, Jacob. Abraham, 
ship, about where Levi Kauffman now lives. William. Alexander, and Catharine (married 
There he conducted a hotel on the banks of the Elias Wiest). Elizabeth, wife of Jacob, born 
Susquehanna river, and according to family tra- July 13. 1810, died Aug. 9, 1851. Rebecca, wife 
dition the Indians used to visit him and drink of William, born March 29, 1830, died July 30, 
his applejack. He afterward settled farther north 1866. 

in the township, on a large tract which is now the Nicholas Bingaman. son of John the emigrant, 
farm of Edwin Badman, and there he erected was born Nov. 28, 1708. in Lower Mahanoy town- 
buildings and continued to make his home for ship. He made his home on the farm of 100 acres 
many years. Some years before his death he re- where Benjamin Bingaman now lives, and was a 
tired and went to live with one of his sons, at substantial and industrious man, engaging in 



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huckstering as well as farming for many years; 
he made trips with produce to Tremont and' Don- 
aldson every. week. At the time of his death he 
owned three farms. lie was a leading member 
and supporter of Bingaman's Evangelical Church, 
at the county line, which lie served as class leader 
and exhorter, and was an upright and con i ■ □ 
tious man in all the relations of life. He married 
Marv (Polly) Witmer, who was born Oct. 15, 
1801, daughter of Christophel Witmer, and died 
An-. 11, 188o. surviving her husband many years. 
Ee died June L0, I860. They are buried at Binga- 
man's Church. They had children as follows: An- 
nie married John Kiehl; Catharine married .lohn 
Underkoffler; John: Hannah, who died of small- 
pox, married Isaac Schaffer and they had one son, 
Benjamin: Sarah married George Bohner and 
went to live in Dakota: Mary married Philip 
Grim; William W. and Elias are mentioned be- 
low: Caroline married Cyrus Bufnngton ; Henry 
died in Dakota. Sarah and her brothers Elias 
and William W. are now the only survivors of this 
large family. 

George Bingaman, son of John the emigrant, 
lived lor si, me years with his brother Nicholas in 
Lower Mahanoj township, later moving out to 
Illinois, whither ho made the trip in big cov- 
ered wagons. He located near Polo. His wife 
was a daughter of Philip Zerbe, of Lower Mahanoy 
township, and among their children were: John, 
wdio was a tall man, and who is said to have be- 
come very rich: Jacob, who came East to marry: 
Lovana; and George. Long after reaching matur- 
ity these sons came East to visit. John had no 
children. 

Of the posterity of Adam Bingaman. son of 
John the emigrant, we give herewith the record of 
three lines, those of his sons John, Abraham and 
Alexander. John Bingaman was born in Lower 
Mahanoy township in 1817, and was reared upon 
the farm. Early in life he became a boatman up- 
on the Susquehanna canal, and in the winter drove 
teams to Pittsburg and Philadelphia, transport- 
ing farmers" produce to market. Locating at 
Georgetown, this county, early in the forties, he 
engaged in the coal and lumber business, and in 
1850 purchased what is now known as the "Binga- 
man House," conducting same in connection with 
his other affairs. In 18;.') he built the brick 
store where he was engaged in the mercantile bus- 
iness until his death, and be also had extensive 
agricultural interests. He was an ardent Repub- 
liean in politics, hut never took any part in pub- 
lie matters, his time hem- well occupied with his 
many private concerns. He was a member of the 
I. 0. 0. F. and in religion united with the Re- 
formed Church. He died March 31, 1889. To 
his first marriage, with Louise Brosius, was born 
one son John, wdio lives in Virginia. By his sec- 
ond marriage, with Marv Wiest, who survived 



him, there were nine children, six of whom were 
living in 1890, namely: William 0., Charles C., 
Mary (married Joseph Morgan), Harry W., Fred- 
erick W. ami Lizzie. 

^ William 0. Bingaman, - f John, was born 

Feb. 6, 1856, and received a good education, at- 
tending the academies at Berrysburg and Fiee- 
burg and the State normal school at Shippens- 
burg. In 1875 he entered his father's store as 
clerk, and upon his fathers death he purchased 
the business. He has been a prominent eiti en 
01 G 'getown in public as well as business cir- 
cles (serving as assessor, postmaster and tax col- 
lector of that town and Lower Mahanoy town- 
ship) and as a well known member of the Re- 
publican party. He married Lillie Beaver. -I' 
Snyder county, and they had three children, 
Blanche. John G. and Ella Corrine. The family 
belong to the German Reformed Church. 

Charles C. Bingeman, son of John and Mary 
(Wiest) Bingaman. was horn March 38, 1863, in 
Lower Mahanoy township, anil attended school 
at Dalmatia, receiving a good education. He as- 
sisted his father in the management of in- various 
business interests, store, hotel and farm, coal and 
lumber trade, etc.. ami. his father being the lead- 
ing business man of Georgetown for years, he 
gained ample experience in that connection. He 
eventually engaged in the hotel business at Dal- 
matia (Georgetown) on his own account, conduct- 
ing the •■Bingaman Louse"' for fourteen yea 
He sold it to tlie presenl owner in aboul 1907. 
Meantime he had gone to Jersey Shore. Lycoming 
Co., Pa., where he conducted the "Crawford 
Bouse" for about four years, in January. 1905, 
removing to Sunbury, where he accepted a posi 
tion as traveling man. After two and a hall years 
in that work lie took the "Keystone Hotel" at 
Selinsgrove, this county, which he carried on for 
about two and a half years, in October, L910, 
coming proprietor of the "Hoffman Bouse" at 
Sunbury, one of the leading hotels of mat bor- 
ough. It is located on Third street, south of 
Market, in an advantageous situation near the 
Pennsylvania railway depot ami the posi ofi 
and has forty guests mom-. Mr. Bingeman has 
been well fitted by long business < e to 

make a success of this hotel, which already ha- a 
well established patronage. Bis reputation in 
previous ventures of the kind, his adaptability for 
the business and recognized executive talents all 
augur well for the future of the "Hoffman Bouse." 

Mr. Bingeman is will known sociallv, belong- 
ing to Aerie No. 970, F. < >. E., of Williamsport, 
to the Owls at Sunbury, and to No. I Fire < ■ 

panv. o] f the leading companies in the State. 

whose membership of 'ill leading 

business men of the borough. 

In 188-1 Mr. Bingeman married Ida I.. Roth- 
ermel. daughter of Andrew Rothermel, of Dal- 



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matia. and they have had two children: Clarence, 
who died when four years old ; and Clinton C, his 
father's assistant in business, who married Effie 
Fegley. 



Abraham Bingaman, son of Adam and grand- 
son of John the emigrant, was born Oct. 22, 18 — . 
and died Feb. — . 1!"» — . He was a life-long 
farmer, owning and cultivating the 123-acre farm 
which is now the property of his son William E.. 
and there making his home. He built the pres- 
ent house on the farm now owned by J. fit. Kiehl 
and Daniel Kauffman. Mr. Bingaman served as 
school director of his township before the estab- 
lishment df the free schools. To him and his wife 
Rebecca (Enterline) were born the following chil- 
dren: Adam E., William E., Jacob E.. Belle (mar- 
ried Philip Drumm), Mary (deceased wife of John 
Host) and Jennie (married Adam Dubendorf). 

Adam E. Bingaman, son of Abraham, was born 
Dec. 25, 1851, on the original Bingaman home- 
stead farm in Lower Mahanoy township, and was 
reared to farm life, working for his parents until 
he attained his majority. He was then in the 
employ of his uncle Elias Wiest for some years, 
and for four years burned lime for different par- 
tie.-. For another year he was engaged in hauling 
powder for the Berry Powder Company, and then 
farmed for the same employer three years. For 
one entire year he was ill and unable to work. 
Following this he was engaged in farming for his 
father, for a period of three years, in Lower 
Mahanoy township, and during the next live years 
found work in the lumber woods. He then set- 
tled (in tlie Harry Dornsife farm, where he was 
engaged in farming for six year-, after which for 
four years he was in business threshing and cut- 
ting wood in Little Mahanoy and Jackson town- 
ships. Selling his threshing outfit, he began 
farming at his present place in Little Mahanoy 
township, near Hunter station, in March. 1902, 
this being the old Conrad Raker homestead (his 
post office is Raker). It consists of some fifty 
acres, which Mr. Bingaman has under successful 
cultivation. 

In is;-.' Mr. Bingaman married Margaret Eliz- 
abeth Byerly, daughter of Elijah and Mary (Bow- 
er) Byerly, and they have had a family of twelve 
children: Benjamin F.. who died when eight years 
old: Abraham, of Little Mahanoy township: Mary 
A., who died when five years old : Israel and 
Joseph, both of Little Mahanoy township: George 
and Charles, both at Shamokin: and John, Wil- 
liam. Fred. Isaiah and Eve, all at home. 

Mr. Bingaman and his family are Reformed 
members of Zion's Stone Valley Church. He is 
a Democrat politically, was formerly supervisor 
of his township and is now serving as member of 
the township road board. 

William E. Bingaman. son of Abraham, was 



born April 28, is:>4. in Lower Mahanoy township. 
He worked on the farm for his father until he be- 
came of age. meantime obtaining his education in 
the subscription schools then conducted in the 
neighborhood and the public schools established 
during his boyhood, and still later he attended the 
academy at Freeburg. He received a thorough 
training, and received a license to teach public 
school in Northumberland county in 1874. spend- 
ing his first term at what is known locally as the 
Washington schoolhouse in Lower Mahanoy town- 
ship. In all he taught five terms in his home dis- 
trict. His salary was a dollar a day. or twenty- 
two dollars a month for twenty-two days' teach- 
ing. In the spring of 1880 Mr. Bingaman be- 
gan farming on bis father's place, on shares, and 
in 1882 he purchased his present home in Lower 
Mahanoy township, which at that time contained 
thirty-five acres, to which he has since added about 
thirteen a. res. This farm, which is located on the 
road between Hickory Corners and Pillow, was 
owned Ion- ago by Isaac Winner, a tailor: later 
by Elijah Byerly; next b\ Jacofi Schaffer, and 
after him by William L. Schaffer, whom Mr. 
Bingaman succeeded in the ownership. He is 
a respected and reliable citizen of his township. 
one who hold- the confidence of his fellow citizens. 
a- evidenced by the fact that for six successive 
terms he was chosen auditor of his township. He 
i- a Democrat in politics, and he and his wife are 
Reformed members of /.inn's Union Church of 
Stone Valley. He ha- been a deacon of that 
church -nice 1888. On .Ian. 8, 1876, Mr. Binga- 
man married Mary M. Kiehl. daughter of John 
and Esther (Frymoyer) Kiehl. They have no 
children. 

•I A.COB 1-:. Bingaman, son of Abraham, was born 
May 19, 1857, in Lower Mahanoy township, and 
there grew to manhood. After attending the local 
ols he went to Uniontown Seminary, then 
taught by Prof. Harry Eisenhower, and in 1880 
received a license to teach, following the profes- 
sion a few terms. His iir-t term was spent in 
■Ionian township, his second and third at the 
Stone Valley schoolhouse, and he gave excellent 
satisfaction. However, he returned to the pur- 
suit to which he had been trained from boyh I. 

farming the Lessman place in Lower Mahanoy 
township for three years. He was next engaged as 
a huckster, driving a produce team weekly to 
Pottsville, Minersville and Tremont for six rears, 
during which period he and his family resided at 
Hickory Corners. In the spring of 1896 he he- 
came proprietor of the "Keystone Hotel" at Hick- 
ory Corners, conducting that house very success- 
fully for the next eleven years, and in the spring 
of 1907 moving with his family to Dalmatia 
(Georgetown), where from July' 2d until the 
spring of 1908, he was engaged in no special line. 
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tiona] Hotel" al thai point, the leading first-class 

hotel of this region. It is situated near the North- 
ern Central depot, and lias twenty-two guest 
rooms, provided with all modern conveniences and 
comfortably furnished. This hotel is conducted 
along modern lines, the accommodations are of 
the best, and the place has an appearance of thrift, 
neatness and good management which attracts the 
best element of the traveling public. Mrs. Binga- 
man is an excellent cook, noted for the preparation 
of dainty and original dishes, and her assistance 
has done much to add to the popularity of the 
hotel. Mr. Bingaman own- a lot in Dalmatia, 
some limestone quarry property and four tracts of 
land — totalling twenty-one acres — in Lower Ma- 
hanoy township. He has been active in citizen- 
ship, having served three years as township clerk 
in Lower Mahanoy, and alter the expiration of 
Ins term in that office was twice elected auditor. 
for terms of three years each, lie is a Democrat 
on most political questions, hut independent when 
he thinks it necessary to follow his own convic- 
tions. 

In September, L881, Mr. Bingaman married 
Fietta Harris, daughter of Isaac and Polly 
(Kemp) Harris, and granddaughter id' George 

and (Batteau) Harris, who came from 

Berks county, Pa. Mr. and Mrs. Bingaman have 
had children a- follows: Clara E., who is the 
widow of Harry II. Engel (she has a daughter, 
Helen) ; .lav A.; Winton V. ; Melvin II.; Beulah 
G.; Garrett Q., and Kara I'. Mr. Bingaman and 
his family worship at Zion's (Stone Valley) 
Church, he being a member of the Reformed con- 
gregation, his wife of the Lutheran. 

.lay A. Bingaman, son of Jacob E., was horn 
Oct. 15, L884, in Lower Mahanoy township, at- 
tended the loeal scl Is. and later took a course 

in a Philadelphia Business college and a Imsiness 
course in the Seranton Correspondence School. 
He then obtained a position as clerk in a Philadel- 
phia hotel, where he was engaged for four years, 
in the spring of 1908 returning to Dalmatia. 
where he became clerk for his father at the "Na- 
tional Hotel." 

On Aug-. 1. 1908, Mr. Bingaman married Jen- 
nie B. Lenker. daughter of Cornelius and Rebecca 
(Winner) Lenker' and granddaughter of Isaac 
Lenker and of Isaac Witmer. One daughter, Hel- 
en Constance, has been horn to this union. Mr. 
Bingaman and his family worship with the Ee- 
formed congregation at Zion's (Stone Valley) 
Church. He is a member of the dr. 0. V. A. M. 
at Dalmatia. 

'Melvin H. Bingaman, son of Jacob E., was 
born Feb. 28, 1889, in Lower Mahanoy township, 
and there received his education in the public- 
schools. He is at present engaged in assisting his 
father. He is a Reformed member of Zion's 
( Stone Valley) Church. 



Alexander Bingaman, sun f Adam and grand- 
son of John the emigrant, was born Aug. 35, L838, 
hi Lower Mahanoy township, on what was the 
'"'""'stead of both his father and grandfather. 
He was a farmer by occupation, for forty-nine 
years cultivating the tract now.owned by his son 
Jeremiah A. Bingaman, erecting the house and 
ham on that property in the year L845. He and 
his wife began housekeeping there dan. 1, 1846, 
and he passed all his life on that place. One of 
the well known and highly esteemed citizens of his 
locality, he was for a number of years an official 
of Zion's (Stone Valley) Church, of which he was 
a Reformed member, held the office of township 
supervisor fifteen years, and served aboui the same 
length of time as constable and overseer of the 
poor. Politically he was a Democrat. Mr. Binga- 
man died in his native township July 29, 1895, 
anil is buried at the Stone Valley Church. His 
wife. Catharine Radel, daughter of Michael Radel, 
was horn 1 ice. 25, is:; I. in the second house north 
of the place where she settled upon her marriage, 
and though now over seventy-five years old is well 
preserved and in the enjoyment of good health. 
Five children were born to this marriage: Sophia, 
who died in her fourth year: Agnes, win. died in 
her fourth year: Alveretta, wife of John Reitz, of 
Harrisburg; Jeremiah Adam: and Malinda. wile 
id' John Fetterolf, of Lykens Valley. 

Jeremiah Adam Bingaman, son of Alexander. 
a prosperous farmer and teacher of Lower Mahan- 
03 township, was born in that township June 8, 
1st;;, at the place which is now his home. He 
was reared to farm life, and began his education 
in the schools of the home district, later attending 
the National Pen Art Hall and Business College, 
then located at Canfield Ohio, and the Wot 
Farmington College (also in Ohio), from which 
latter he was graduated in 1892, with the degree 
of B. S. After his graduation he went to Chicago, 

111., where he engaged a- I kkeeper with the 

Sykes Steel Roofing Company, having general 
charge of their office from June 11. IS!)-.', until 
June in, ls'.i I. During the World'- Columbian 
Exposition, held at that city in 1893, he was a 
guard at the fair grounds tor seven and a half 
months. He left Chicago Dee. 23, is' 1 1, and re- 
turning to Pennsylvania taught school in his na- 
tive township for three consecutive terms, at the 
Mahantango schoolhouse. He then taught the 
Stone Valley school for two terms, and Hyerly's 
school in the same township for one term, and ac- 
cepted a school for the following term which, how- 
ever, he resigned alter four months to take a po- 
sition with the Standard nil Company. He was 
with the Baltimore branch, which lias headquar- 
ters at Salisbury, Md., and filled the positi f 

district manager, Ins territory comprising Wi. 
ico ami Dorchester counties, Md.. and Northamp- 
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jacent island in the Atlantic. He held this posi- 
tion from February, 1902, until his resignation, 
in August, 1907, when owing to the condition of 
his health lie deemed it advisable to resume farm- 
ing. He cultivates his father's old homestead, 
which consists of sixty-four acres of fine, fertile 
land, and is making a thorough success of his 
work. In addition to farming he acts as agent for 
the Aermotor Company of Chicago, manufactur- 
ers and dealers in wind machinery, and he also 
installs bathtubs and does various kinds of work 
in these lines. He has been quite active in the 
public affairs of the township, of which he is an 
auditor, and he has been Democratic committee- 
man of his township since 1908, being one of the 
party's stanch supporters in his locality. 

On Dec. 24, 1896, Mr. Bingaman married 
Laura J. Witt, daughter of Peter and Sarah (Em- 
erick) Wert. 



William W. Bingaman, son of Nicholas and 
grandson of John the emigrant, was horn April 8, 
L836, ai the place in Lower Mahanoy township 

where he still lives. With the exception of two 
years when he was engaged with George Bohner 
as an apprentice at the saddler's trade he always 
followed farming throughout his active years, 
beginning on his own account at the age of twen- 
ty-two years, mi his father-in-law's farm. He 
lived eight years at that place, which period and 
the two and a half years he spent at Uniontown 
before his marriage, while in the employ of Mr. 
Bohner, constitute hi- entire absence from the 
home farm. This place comprises ninety-six acres, 
which ilr. Bingaman sold in 1910 to his son Ben- 
jamin, who is now cultivating it. Mr. Bingaman 
always did his own harness-making and similar 
work while engaged in farming. He was a quiet, 
industrious citizen, prospering by hard work and 
g 1 management, has never touched intoxicat- 
ing liquor of any kind, and has never been in 
court even as a witness. In 1855 he married Polly 
Koeher. daughter of Peter and Sarah Kocher, and 
to them were born ten children, four of whom 
are deceased, including Charles. The survivors 
are Jane, Joseph, Benjamin F.. William. Linden 
and Alice. Mrs. Bingaman was born at Orndorf. 
Benjamin F. Bingaman, son of William W., 
was born Jan. '.'. 1860, in Lower Mahanoy town- 
ship, and was two month- old when his parents set- 
tled at the old Bingaman homestead. He has 
been used to farming from earliest boyhood, and 
in 1892 began to work for his uncle Elias Binga- 
man, with whom he farmed for six years. He then 
moved upon his present farm, taking' possession 
of same in the winter of 1910. He is an intelli- 
gent and thrifty worker, a reliable citizen, and a 
man respected wherever known. He and his fam- 
ily are members of Trinity Evangelical Church 
(also known as Bingaman's Church) at the county 



line, and he has been one of the leading workers 
in that congregation, serving as class leader and 
trustee, and in official positions in the Sunday 
school, of which he has been superintendent for 
many years. 

On Aug. 10, 1888, Mr. Bingaman married Jen- 
nie Peiffer, daughter of Henry C. Peiffer, and they 
have had a family of five children : Roy (wdio is 
a teacher in Lower Mahanoy township), Spur- 
geon. Hale, Gertie and Harry. 



Elias Bingaman, -on of Nicholas and grandson 
of John the emigrant, was horn <>rt. 1'?. ls->. in 
Lower Mahanoy township, and there received his 
early education in the pay schools then conducted 
in the vicinity, attending the free schools for one 
winter. He worked for his parents until he be- 
came of age. when he began farming on a ninety- 
acre place adjoining his present home, remaining 
there for twenty-five years. Since 1889 he has 
lived at his present place in Lower Mahanoy, a 
farm of ninety-one acres, but he is not now actively 
engaged in its cultivation, living retired in thi 
enjoyment of the earnings of his earlier years. He 
is a man of upright character and consistenl 
Christian life, a faithful member of the Trinity 
Evangelical Church, in which he has been a most 
dutiful worker, serving many years as classleader, 
trustee and exhorter. 

About 1867 Mr: Bingaman married Lucinda 

Dunkelberger. daughter of John and 

(Geist) Dunkelberger. She passed away Feb. 
28, 1904, aiied sixty-five pears, i leven months, four 
days, and is buried at the Trinity Evangelical 
Church. 

SAMUEL STILL, farmer and fruit grower 
of Lower Augusta township, belongs to a family 
which has for several generations been settled in 
Dauphin county, this State, wdiere the Stills were 
represented among the early residents. The Federal 
Census Report of 1790 shows Benjamin. Charles. 
Christian. David. Elisabeth, John, Samuel, Thom- 
as and William Still as heads of families in the sev- 
eral counties of Pennsylvania. The family to 
which Isaac Still, grandfather of Samuel Still. 
belonged is known to have moved to Dauphin 
county from another section of the State, and it 
is known that the Stills were located in the Lvkens 
Valley before 1800. 

Mr. Still's great-grandfather was an English- 
man, and his wife was a German woman. She 
died at an advanced age. suffering a stroke while- 
sitting at the table. This was when her greats 
grandson, Samuel, was a boy of about seven years. 

Isaac Still, the grandfather, passed his earlier 
life at Elizabethtown, along the Sweet Arrow 
creek, in Lancaster county, and when his son Jacob 
was about six years old moved across the Peters 
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quarters miles from Halifax, Dauphin county, 
where he remained until his death. He was a 
farmer, and willed his farm to his son Jacob. 

Of his six children, one son and live daughters, we 
have record of hut three: Jacob, Polly (married 
John Miller) and Elizabeth (married dames 
Buchanan ). 

Jacob Still, only son of Isaac was horn in 1808, 
and passed practically all his life in Halifax, Dau- 
phin county, where he died at the advanced age 
of eighty-six. lie was a farmer, and came into 
possession of the paternal farm, which he contin- 
ued to cultivate throughout his active years. Bis 
wife Elizabeth (Bailey), horn in 1812, died in 
L869. They are buried at Long's Church in Dau- 
phin county. Twelve children were bora to this 
couple: Mary. Sallie, Jacob, Samuel. David, Han- 
nah. Nancy, William. Maggie, a twin of Maggie 
that died in infancy, 1 >aniel ami Louisa. 

Samuel Still was horn Oct. 11, 1840, in Hali- 
fax, Dauphin county, ami was reared upon the 
farm, where he began work at an unusually early 
age. He handled the plow when only eight years 
old, and continued to work fur his parents until 
he was seventeen, after which he learned the pot- 
ter's trade ai Elizabethville. After four years 
in that line he turned to the carpenter's trade, 
winch he followed for nearly forty years, in the 
boroughs of Shamokin and Herndon and the ter- 
ritory surrounding them. He worked on houses 
in llermlon when the place contained only four 
dwellings. For one year he assisted on bridge 
work at Rondout, N. V. He rose to the grade of 
boss carpenter, and taught the trade to a number 
of apprentices. In lssii Mr. Still bought his 
presenl property, the "Klondyke" fruit farm, in 
Lower Augusta township, to which lie has added 
until now it contains eighty-two acres, in 1902 
buying the homestead of Samuel and Harriet Col- 
dren, formerly a Clements homestead. Mr. Still 
raises considerable fruit, and though now seventy 
years old continues to attend the Sunbury markets 
weekly, finding ready sale 'for all his products. 
He i- a progressive farmer, ami has reaped rich 
returns for his up-to-date methods and careful 
management. 

In 1866 Mr. Still married Rebecca Zearing, 
daughter of John Zearing. of Halifax. Dauphin 
Co., Pa., and to this union were horn eight chil- 
dren, of whom but two survive: Harry, who lives 
at Sunbury; and Sylvester D., of Lewistown, 
Pa. Mrs. Still died about 1883, and she and her 
six children are buried at Zartman's Church, in 
Jackson township. In about 1881 Mr. Still mar- 
ried (second) Rosilla Coldren, daughter of Sam- 
uel and Harriet Coldren, and they have one daugh- 
ter, Hattie J., who is unmarried and lives at 
home. Mr. Still is a member of the Evangelical 
Church at Herndon. 



CHARLES 1'. RINEHART, a prominent cit- 
izen of Upper Augusta township, engaged in gen- 
eral farming and dairying, a man who has been 
thoroughly identified with the development and 
progress of his section, was horn May 19, 1851, 
in Sunbury, near which borough he u,,» lives. 
He is a grandson of John Rineharl ( Rhineharl i. a 
native of Germany. 

John Rineharl was born in 1772, and emi- 
grated to America about 1790. lie had to serve 
three years to pay the expenses of his passage, and 
In- time was bought by one Gideon Wolf, of Lan- 
caster county, Pa., in whose household was also 
Elizabeth Oberhoff, like himself a native id' Ger- 
many, who had conn- to America eighteen months 
before John Rinehart. She was to serve five years 
to defray the cost of the voyage, hut when John 
liineharfs period of redemption had expired, the 
young couple having decided to marry. .Air. Wolf 
released her from the remaining six months of 
her period of service. Young Rinehart could nei- 
ther read nor write at that time, but he was strong 
and industrious, and he made his way in the 
world without assistance. The young couple mar- 
ried as soon as Air. Rinehart was free, but contin- 
ued to live in the Wolf family for another two 
years, after which they continued to live in Lan- 
caster county for several years longer. He was 
naturalized there. He kept hotel until his re- 
moval from that county, paying twelve dollars 
for his license. Removing to Montgomery county 
in 1ST? he remained there a few years, thence com- 
ing to Sunbury, Northumberland county, and 
soon thereafter settling in Upper Augusta (then 
Augusta) township, where Air. Rinehart acquired 
a farm of 100 acre-. lb' also had a piece of prop- 
erty in Sunbury. Besides farming, he did thn 
ing, and one season after threshing his own grain 
he worked out for a tenth, receiving ninety bushels 
of grain as his share that year. He continued 
to farm in Northumberland county until his death. 
which occurred in 1837, and he is buried in the 
lower cemetery at Sunbury. In religious fa 
he and his wife were Lutherans. She died in 
L845. They had children as follow-: Elizabeth, 
Mrs. Steel, lived ill Philadelphia: Sarah. Mrs. 
Collin-, lived in Baltimore; Mrs. Crosby lived in 
Philadelphia; Mary married Martin Euhn and 
they lived out West; Louisa, Ah--. Reed, lived in 
Sunbury; John went to Michigan in an early day 
and there followed fanning: Chai 
,,!' Charles 1'. Rinehart. 

Charles Rinehart, youngest -on of John, was 

born Jan. 31, 1817, in Augusta town-hip. i 
county, and was reared mi Hie homestead. Iii his 
early life he assisled with the farm wo iome, 

hut when a young man he commenced boating on 
the Pennsylvania canal, and followed thai occu- 
pation for about a quarter of a century. M 



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while he resided in Sunbury, whore he became a 
well known citizen, filling a number of the borough 
offices. He built a residence on Front street, where 
he resided from the time he began boating until 
he left Sunbury. In 1868 he bought the farm 
in Upper Augusta township, near Sunbury, now 
owned by his son Charles, and there engaged m 
farming until his death, which occurred in L890, 
when he was seventy-three years and one day old. 
He is buried in the lower cemetery at Sunbury. 
Mr. Rinehart was a Democrat up to the time of 
the Civil war. when he gave his support to Lin- 
coln and thereafter was identified with the Repub- 
lican party. He was actively interested in political 
issues, and did his share in the administration of 
local public affairs, serving as overseer of the 
poor and as school director of his township, 
where he was considered a highly useful citizen. 
In religion he was a Lutheran. Mr. Rine- 
hart married Mary Crissinger, who was 

burn April 24, 1808, daughter of -I b 

Crissinger. and died in 1884, aged sev- 
enty-seven years. Six children were born to 
their union: Martha married George W. Fisher, 
who is now deceased, of Sunbury: Sarah C. mar- 
ried George P. Krohn, of Sunbury: Amelia died 
when thirteen years old; Susanna married Charles 
P. Martin, of Sunbury: Margaret Louisa mar- 
ried William Kreisher, of Sunbury; Charles P. 
lives on the home farm. 

Charles P. Rinehart attended the schools of Sun- 
bury, and began to assist his father at an early 
age, boating on the canal from 1860 to 1868. 'W hen 
seventeen he settled on the farm with his father, 
and has ever since been occupied with the culti- 
vation of that place. On Dec. 16, 1868, he and 
his father commenced the dairy business, which he 
has continued ever since in connection with general 
farming, having now made a specialty of that line 
for a period of forty-two years. He is considered 
one of the most reliable dairy farmers in this dis- 
trict. At present be keeps twenty cows, and his 
dairy products are marketed in Sunbury. Mr. 
Rinehart's farm contains 184 acres and is one of 
the best in the township, not only because of the 
quality of the land but in the way of improve- 
ments, the buildings being substantial and in g od 
order, and the other improvements up-to-date in 
every respect. In 1801 he built the large brick 
residence, which is ecpiipped with all modern con- 
veniences and is a valuable addition to the prop- 
erty. He has not only found time to attend sys- 
tematically to his personal interests, but he has 
taken a public-spirited interest in the general wel- 
fare and has held various local offices. For three 
consecutive terms he was auditor of his township; 
has been a member of the board of supervisors, 
and since ISO!) has been a school director, during 
that time filling all the offices of the board ex- 
cept that of secretary. Politically he is a Demo- 



crat. Socially he belongs to the Royal Arcanum 
and the Conclave of the Lance and Shield at 
Sunbury. When he was a hoy of nine years he wa- 
in Philadelphia just after the election of Lin- 
coln, whom he remembers seeing there. 

On March 12, 1885, Mr. Rinehart married Clara 
Ella Stroh. daughter of John Stroh, of Riverside, 
and they have had five children: William C. who 
graduated from the township schools and later at- 
tended Susquehanna University, now assisting 
hi- father; Mary A.: Charles 0.. who died when 
two years old,; John J., who graduated from the 
Sunbury school in 1011. when sixteen years old: 
and Anna E. Mr. Rinehart and his family are 
Lutherans in religious connection. 

Philip Stroh, the pioneer of Mrs. Rinehart's 
family in this section, was a native of New York 
State, and came to Northumberland county. Pa., 
about the year 1825. He settled in Upper Augusta 
town-hip. at what is now known as Kline-grove, 
and there followed farming, owning a tract of 
land. He died in New York State and is buried 
there. His wife. Elizabeth (Oberdorf), daughter 
of Peter Oberdorf, long survived him, and is bur- 
ied at the Klinesgrove Church, where Mr. Stroh 
and his family were members of the Lutheran con- 
gregation. In politics be was a Democrat. Mr. 
and Mrs. Stroh had the following children: Peter 
lived near Seven Points, this county: Samuel, a 
machinisl of gnat ability, who built rolling mills, 
lived for a time at Danville, Pa., and later at 
Heading. Pa.: Mary Ann married Jacob Evert 
ami they lived in Upper Augusta township: Eliza- 
was Mrs. Kocher; David, a carpenter, lived 
and died at Danville; John, a fanner, lived at 
Riverside ( he was the father of Mrs. Rinehart ) : 
Solomon is mentioned below; William, who was a 
blacksmith, lived and died at Pittston, Pennsyl- 
vania. 

Solomon Stroh. son of Philip, was born June 
13, 1825, in the State of New York, and was 
brought by bis parents to this section. The re- 
moval was made by wagon. He learned the trade 
id' blacksmith, ami proved to be a mechanic of 
unusual skill, making hinge-, handcuffs, and iron 
work for bridges, mills, bouses, etc. He was a re- 
markable man in many ways, and one of the no- 
table citizen- of his time in this region, taking 
an active part in every movement with which he 
was identified. He served some years as council- 
man in Sunbury. He was one of the organizers 
of the volunteer fire department of the borough. 
rendering valuable service to the community as 
head of the Washington Fire Company for a num- 
ber of years. He was a prominent Democrat, party 
chairman of bis ward, and chosen as delegate t 
many county conventions. A prominent member 
of the Odd Fellows fraternity, he was past grand 
of Lodge Xo. 203. passed all the chairs in the en- 
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his town to the meeting of the Odd Fellows' Or- 
phans' Home Association, located near Sunbury. 
For many years he acted as chaplain of his lodge. 
In the days of the old State militia he was an 
officer, and did efficient work in that capacity. A 
strong, robust man, six feet in height, and of 
commanding presence, he was an attractive figure, 
and he was as popular as he was widely known. 
He was a member of /ion's Lutheran Church and 
a zealous worker in its behalf, serving as deacon 
and elder, holding the latter office at the time of 
his death. For some years he was superintendent 
of the Sunday school, which he served efficiently 
as librarian for the long period of thirty years, 
being active in all the departments of the church 
and Sunday school, in both of which he was highly 
esteemed. He died at Sunbury April I?. L898. 
On Sept. L2, 1850^ Mr. Stroh married Mary 
Zimmerman, who was born May I. L827, daughter 
of George and Mary (Hall) Zimmerman, and 

still makes her h i in Sunbury. Though past 

eighty she is well preserved and still active, and 
she is highly esteemed in Sunbury, where she has 

had her I for SO many veins. She. too, is an 

active member of Zion's Lutheran Church, and she 
taught one of the classes in its Sunday school for 
fifty-five years, relinquishing the work only be- 
cause of her advancing years. Her sympathies 
have always been practically shewn in her activity 
in the church work, and she also sang in the choir 
for a number of years. To Mr. and Mrs. Stroh 
were hern eight children, as follows: Naomi, hern 
in 1851, married W. A. Heller, and is deceased; 
George, born in 1853, died in 1856; Samuel, born 
in 1855, is a residenl of Sunbury; Jeremiah, born 
in 1857!, died at Sunbury in 1906; William, hern 
m 1859, lives al Sunbury; Annie F... hem in 1862, 
died m 1874; Stella and Miriam are unmarried 
and at home. 

ISAAC BLOOM, now living retired in Sun- 
bury, has made his home in that borough since 
1872. His active years were for the most part 
spent in lumbering, and as raftsman and pilot on 
the Susquehanna river he became thoroughly fami- 
liar with that stream, upon which he has had man] 
interesting experiences. He was born dan. 27, 
1842, in Pike township, Clearfield Co., Pa., sen of 
John Bloom, and is a descendant of a family now 
numerous in Northumberland and Clearfield coun- 
ties, descended from two brothers who came into 
Pennsylvania from New Jersey. In the archives 
of that Suite are recorded the names of live Bloom 
brothers who served in Baxter's Brigade of New 
Jersey volunteers. One was killed in action. Al- 
ter the war <.ne remained in New Jersey, the 
ether three coming to Pennsylvania. Oi these, 
Stephen Bloom, the ancestor of Unas Bloom, ol 
Sunbury, settled in the Shamokin Hills, in North- 
umberland county; William, the ancestor of Lsaac 



Bloom, whose name opens this article, and of 
Ames Bloom, also of Sunbury, took up a large 
tract of land in Clearfield county; the third set- 
tled in a valley near Bellefont, in Center county, 
where a large number of his descendants have since 
lived. 

William Bloom, as stated, leek up a large tract 
of land in Clearfield county, at what is known as 
the "Peewee's Nest." He was hem in New Jer- 
sey in 1752, and lived to the age of I'M years; he 
is buried at Curwensville, Clearfield county. He 
followed farming on land which he himself cleared, 
and where he erected a log house and barn. His 
wife, like himself a native of New Jersey, also at- 
tained an advanced age, living to be ninety- 
eight. They were the parents of eleven children. 
seven sons and four daughters: Abraham, James, 
Isaac. John. William, Benjamin, Peter, Mary 
(married Matthew Caldwell) and three daughters 
whose names are not recalled. 

From the above somve there is a large poster- 
ity, and we quote the following from the Phila- 
delphia North American of Aug. 18, 1909, as be- 
ing of interest in this connection: 

"The Bloom reunion was held at the 'Peewee's 
Nest,' on the hank of the Susquehanna river, near 
Curwensville. Pa. The Bloom clan is one of the 
largest in Clearfield county. They are descend- 
ants of William Bloom, a oative of New Jersey, 
and a Revolutionary war veteran, who came to 
Clearfield county with his wife in 1796. They 
came up the West branch of the Susquehanna 
river in a canoe and settled on the spot where the 

family reunion was held. The ancestor Bl 

and his helpmate had eleven children, seven sons, 
four daughters, and from them are descended the 
many hundred of Blooms of Clearfield and sur- 
rounding counties. The eighth generation o 
family participated in the reunion in 1909. The 
Blooms have figured extensively in the afiairs of 
Clearfield county since its organization. They are 
a hearty and tall people, noted for longevity and 
multiplicity. Ross Bloom, of near Curwensville, 
who was eighty-eight years old, attended the g 
ering of the family. Benjamin Bloom, » o al 
tended the reunion. ... is seventy-seven 
y ears ,,ld. and the father of thirteen children, 
eleven of whom are living. He has so manj grand 
children that he fears missing some should be en- 
deavor to count them, scores of greal grandchil- 
,!,,.n and sevi n great-great-grandchildren. 

-The Blooms are members of the Democratic 
party. During the Civil war the familj sen! many 
f it's sons to do battle for their country." 

Isaac Bloom, son of William, wa i all his 
brothers and sisters born in Clearfield coi 
He was a farmer bv occupal ion, and owned 
farm on which he died. He married Mar] I Po 
War who survived him, dying in 1870 
i;M .,,,,. anc ] the] had a family of twelve children. 



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six sons and six daughters, namely: Jolm, James 
A., William, George, Eeuben, Benjamin, Caro- 
line (Mrs. Owens), Priscilla (married John Xorris 
and had eighteen eliildren). G-eneise (married 
Samuel Taylor), Mrs. George Ogden, Margaret 
(married Nicholas McCraeken) and Mrs. George 
Garrison. 

Jolm Bloom, Jr., son of Isaac, was horn Feh. 
4, 1809, in Pike township, Clearfield Co.. Pa., and 
was a prosperous farmer, owning about three hun- 
dred acres of land. He served three years as con- 
stable, ami for a number of years as supervisor, 
and was a man well known in his district. He 
was a Democrat in politics and a Methodist in re- 
ligion. On Oct. 24, 1833, John Bloom married 
Mary Ann Jordan, who was horn April 9, 1812, 
eldest of the large family born to John and Eve 
(Lawyer) Jordan, and granddaughter of Peter 
and Mary Magdalena Lawyer. Mr. Bloom died 
in August, 1883, at the age of seventy-four years. 
and his wife died at (he age of eighty-five. They 
are buried at Bloomington, Clearfield county. 
Their children were born as follows: Frederick, 
Sept. 24. 1834: Eliza. March 3, 1836; Matilda. 
Nov. in. is:;; ; Rachel, Dec. It. 1839; [saac, dan. 
27, 1842: John Jordan, April s. L844; Mary J., 
Dec. 21, 1845: Sarah A., Dec. 24, 1847; Susan, 
April 7. 1849: Jerusha, May 11. 1851: Eva A., 
Nov. 7, 1853: Alfred. May 27, 1856. 

Isaac Bloom received his education in the com- 
mon schools of Pike township. He was reared up- 
on the farm, and after reaching manhood contin- 
ued to follow farming during the summer season, 
in the winter time working in the lumber woods, 
with which he was also familiar from boyhood. 
Rafting on the river was a great business in those 
days, aiid he was thus engaged on the west branch 
of the Susquehanna for many years, making his 
first trip when only fourteen years old. He made 
two trips every spring for about fifteen years, 
bringing some of the finest square timber ever 
sent down the river to Marietta. Some of the 
logs he brought down contained 125 feet of good, 
solid timber. For seven years Mr. Bloom engaged 
as a pilot on the Susquehanna, where there are 
many dangerous falls and rocks to be avoided or 
skillfully passed, all known by name to the pilots, 
as "White Break." -Side Pocket," "Stepping 
Stone." "Sandy Harbor," "Meshannon Falls." 
"Wood Rock,"' "Karthus House.*' "Buttermilk- 
Falls." etc. In is:-.' Mr. Bloom and his family 
moved to Sunbury, where they have since resided. 
After settling in this place he was engaged in su- 
perintending lumber jobs for different parties, 
later served five years as street commissioner of 
the borough, was janitor at the courthouse for 
three years and for another three years was boss 
of the carpet weaving department at the North- 
umberland county jail before his retirement, in 
1908. He has been an active Democrat ever since 



he attained his majority, having missed but two 
elections in all that time. He has long been a 
leading member of the Methodist Church, of 
which he has served as trustee and steward since 
1880. As a citizen he has commanded the respect 
of his fellow men in every relation of life. 

In 1867 Mr. Bloom married Sarah E. Kline, 
daughter of John F. and Eliza (Mittler) Kline, 
and to them have been born nine children: Carrie 
K., who is engaged in school teaching; J. Byron, 
who makes his home in Sunbury: ami Charles W.. 
Arthur M., Lucy, Chester C, Emma, Henry 0. 
and Mary F.. all of whom died in infancy. 

John Jordan, Mr. Bloom's maternal grand- 
father, was born Dec. 4, 1790, and Eva, his wife, 
was horn Aug. 8, 1792. They had a large family, 
born as follows: Mary Ann, April 9, 1812; John. 
Maj 12. L814; David", June 10, 1816; Margaret, 
June 15. 1818; Samuel. Nov. 12, 1820; Rachel, 
Nov. 17, 1822; Daniel. July 2. 1825; Janiza, May 
15, 1827 : on,, that died in infanev. Mav 10, 1829; 
Leir, June 17. 1830; Susan. Mav 12. 1832; Wil- 
liam. April 29, 1834; Sarah Ann. July 9. 1836. 

AMBROSE PERSING, senior member of the 
firm of Persing & Cooke, of Arters, Northumber- 
land county, proprietors of the Shamokin Valley 
Roller Mills, was horn Dec. 29. I860, at St. Clair, 
Schuylkill Co.. Pa., son of Matthias Persing. in 
his day a prominent contractor of this county. 
Several generations ago the family was settled in 
Xew Jersey, where William Persing, great-grand- 
father of Ambrose Persing. lived, at Greenwich, in 
Sussex county. There all his children were horn, 
among them being William. Jr.. and John, both 
of whom came to Northumberland county, Penn- 
sylvania. 

William Persing, Jr.. born in Xew Jersey April 
23. 1773, -etiled in Shamokin township. Northum- 
berland county, where he died Feb. 19, is:,:;. IF 
is buried at the old Blue Church. Fie was a man 
of enterprise ami had large interests, engaging in 
farming, building a gristmill which he operated, 
and also carrying on a rope walk and distillery. 
He was an extensive fruit grower, the most ex- 
tensive in his section, using the fruit in his dis- 
tillery. He also made peppermint products. Wil- 
liam Persing was twice married, his second union 
being with Margaret Dimmiek. The children of 
his first marriage were born as follows: Mary, 
KM.',: Philip, 1797; Matthias. 1800; William, 
iso-.'; Samuel, 1804: Isaac. 1807; John. 1809. To 
the second marriage were bom: Hannah, 1812; 
Elizabeth, 1814: a son and a daughter, twins, who 
lived only a few days; Abigail. Feb. 11. 1817: 
Peter. June 28. 1819 ; Rebecca, Dec. 24, L821; 
Daniel. April 10, 1825: and Susanna and Marg- 
aret, twins. July 2. 1S29. 

John Persing. the other son of William Persing 
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March 13, 1775, and on removing to Pennsylvania 
settled in Schuylkill county, where he followed 
farming. Coming later to Northumberland coun- 
ty, be settled in the Irish Valley on land later 
owned by Joseph Bird, and engaged in farming 
and distilling. lie died March 18, 1558, at the 
home of his son Matthias, and is buried in the old 
Presbyterian graveyard near Deiblers station, he- 
low Shamokin. Mr. Persing was married in 1797 
in New Jersey to Anna Eve Larkins, who was 
born March 38, 1776, and died July 13, 1850. 
They were the parents of the following children: 
William, born .March 28, 1791 : Mary, horn Sept. 
12, 1800, who married John Shipman; George, 
born Feb. 1, 1802, who died Nov. 23, 1824 (ins 
death was caused by a falling tree) ; Sallie A., 
born March 2S, 1804, w] arried Michael Tay- 
lor; Catharine, born Oct. 18, 1806, who married 
Isaac Teitsworth ; Benjamin, horn April ", . 1809; 
Matthias, horn Dec. '.'1. 1810; Susanna, horn Feb. 
10, 1813, Mrs. Willitt; Nancy, horn April 1!), 
1815, who married Jacob Goss; Washington, horn 
. I une 3, 1818, of Illinois; and Alfred, born Sept. 
L5, L822, who died Oct. 2:;. 1824. 

Matthias Persing, son of John, horn Dec. 21, 
1810, in New Jersey, was reared on the farm in 
Shamokin township, and himself took up farm- 
ing, owning a 100-acre tract, now the property of 
l\. ( '. Leisenring. By trade he was a stonecutter, 
and he did contracting in thai line, one of the 
last large contract- which he fdled being for part 
of the stone work on the Sunbury, Eazleton & 
Wilkes-Bafre railroad. After this he was associated 
in the contracting business with Andrew Knoble, 
under the firm name of Persing & Knoble. Among 
other important work which Mr. Persing per- 
formed was the mason work on the large coal 
breakers at Shamokin. He was one of the lead- 
ing men of this region in his day. employing huge 
numbers of men, and showing- great ability in all 
his undertakings, which were ambitious enough 
to give him a place among the most progressive 
men of his time. He died April 25, 1874, at Elys- 
burg, and is buried in the graveyard at Reed's 
Church, at Reed's station, below Shamokin. Po- 
litically he was a Republican, socially a Mason, a 
charter member of Elysburg Lodge. No. 414. P. & 
A. M., of which he was a past master "by merit." 
In religion he was a Presbyterian, and served as 
deacon of his church. He married Joanna Parent, 
daughter of John Parent, an Englishman, among 
whose "children were also John. Elizabeth, Sophia, 
Sarah, Caroline and Ellen. Mrs. Persing died 
about 1871. The following children were horn to 
this union: Emanuel S., born in August. 1843, 
who died in 1909 : Alson. who died in infancy. Jo- 
anna, who died in infancy: Emma, Mrs. George 
W. Hefflv. deceased: Hamilton S.. who died at 
Williamsport, Pa. (he left a daughter. Carrie ('.) : 
Edward E.. who died in 1007 at Altoona, Pa.: 



Ida V., Mrs. Adolphus Hart man, deceased; and 
Ambrose. 

Ambrose Persing began his education in the 
schools of the home locality, later attending Elys- 
burg Academy. At the age of eighteen years he 
commenced to learn milling, at Paxinos, and in 
1885 engaged in milling upon his own respon- 
sibility, leasing the mill at Arters for two year.-. 
lie then became associated with Ritter & Son. of 
Lairdsville, Lycoming Co.. Pa., continuing with 
them for two years, at the end id' which time he 
and his brother Emanuel S. Persing formed a part- 
nership, buying the Shamokin Valley Roller Mills 
at Arters, in Upper Augusta township, which 
they operated under the firm name of Persing 
Brothers. In 1892 Frederick W. Cooke boughl 
the interest of Emanuel S. Persing in these null-. 
and he and Ambrose Persing bave sine done bus- 
iness together as Persing & Cooke. They turn out 
a number of popular brands id' wheat flour, Gold- 
en Sheaf and White Falcon among others, and 
make a specialty of buckwheat flour, which is 
famous over a wide territory, having \'vw equals. 
The firm also deals in flour, Iced, grain, etc.. and 
has a large patronage in every line. The busi- 
ness has long been the leading industry of the 
town and vicinity. .Mi-. Persing has taken an ac- 
tive part in the public affairs of his community, 
having served fourteen years as auditor of Upper 
Augusta township, and be is at present assistant 
po-t master at Arters. In political connection he 
is a Republican, and socially be is a Mason, be- 
longing to Elysburg Lodge, No. -II f. F. X- A. M. 

On March 28, 1885, Mr. Persing married tda 
E. Cooke, daughter of Edwin and Catharine 
(Casey) Cooke, and sister of his business partner. 
Mr. and Mrs. Persing have no children. They 
are members of the Church of Chris! at Sunbury. 

FREDERICK W. COOKE, member of the linn 
of Persing & Cooke, proprietors of the Shamokin 
Valley Roller Mills, at Aiders, in Upper Augusta 
township, is not only one of the able business men 
of his section but also well known in his connec- 
tion with its public affairs, lb 1 was horn July 
v;. 1861, in Pottsville, Schuylkill Co.. Pa., son 
of Edwin Cooke, and has passed all his life in 
Northumberland county. 

Edwin Cooke was born in Shropshire, England, 
came to America in IS.",;, and settled down to 
farming in Ralpho township. Northumberland 
Co., Pa., where he had a tract of 150 acres. He 
was a Methodist in religion and particularly in- 
terested in church affairs, helping to rebuild the 
present Oak Grove Church. Me died in L902, at 
the age of -i\t\ live years, and is interred in 
Oak Grove burying ground, near Paxinos. lie mar- 
ried Catharine ( lasey, a native of Limerick, In- 
land, whom he met aboard the vessel while com- 
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old homestead, and is well preserved in spite of 
her advanced years. Six sons and five daughters 
were born to Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Cooke; Edwin 
11.. now of Union Corners. Pa.: John J., who lives 
near the homestead, in Ralpho township; Sarah J. 
(deceased), who married Hamilton Persing; Fred- 
erick W. : Ida E.. wife of Ambrose Persing; George 
W.j of Ralpho township; Daniel W., of Pittsburg, 
Pa.: James A., of Rush township; Kate, who died 
aged five years: Kate wife of W. E. Fisher, of 
Paxinos; and a daughter that died in infancy. 

Frederick \Y. Cooke began to learn the trade 
of miller at Paxinos when twenty years old. For 
seven years he conducted the Shamrock Mill, lo- 
cated near Paxinos (then known as Hughes sta- 
tion mill), and in 1892 formed his present part- 
nership with Ambrose Persing, with whom he 
has since been engaged in the milling business un- 
der the name of Persing & Cooke. This firm lias 
had a career of continuous prosperity, and has a 
large custom, drawn from a wide territory. In 
addition to manufacturing, they deal in flour, feed, 
grain, etc. Among their various brands Golden 
Sheaf. White Falcon ami Silver Cloud are the 
leaders, and their buckwheat flour, of which they 
make a specialty, has a wide reputation, so much 
so that the supply has never been equal to the de- 
mand, although they have never advertised it. or 
done any soliciting. 

Mr. Cooke has no political affiliations, voting 
independently, but lie has taken considerable part 
in the public affairs of his locality, having served 
eighteen years as overseer of the poor in Upper 
Augusta township. He was also supervisor one 
term, refusing to serve longer though re-elected. 
He was elected justice of the peace. I nit refused 
to accept the honor, lie was instrumental in 
having the postofnee at Arters — the only one in 
the township — established, in 1895, was the first 
postmaster, and is still serving in that capacity. 
In 1900 Mr. Cooke took a course in Spencerian 
penmanship under Prof. A. ('. Crawford, of Sun- 
bury, and he became a master of skillful and legi- 
ble penmanship, having a high reputation in that 
capacity. Socially he is widely known, belonging 
to Lodge Xo. 22, F. & A. M., of Sunbury, and to 
Lodge Xo. 203, 1. 0. 0. F.. of Sunbury.' lie was 
originally a member of Elysburg Lodge. Xo. 414. 
F. & A. M., of which he was worshipful master. 
He and his family are members of the Church of 
Christ at Sunbury, of which he is the elder. 

On dan. ■?!». 1885, Mr. Cooke married Laura 
Fenstermacher, daughter of G. Washington and 
Caroline (Zhenders) Fenstermacher. of Franklin 
township, Columbia Co.. Pa. She died Oct. 27, 
1908, aged forty-four years, the mother of six 
children: Frank married Josephine Feffingwell 
and they live in Upper Augusta township: George 
W. married Margaret Pitch and they live at 
Northumberland; Frederick W.. Jr., was drowned 



when seventeen months old ; Jesse A. died of diph- 
theria when five years old: Boy A. is at home; 
ami Ida L. is at "home. On Nov. 111. 1910, Mr. 
Cooke married (second) in Philadelphia Mrs. 
Martha L. Huff. 

GEOEGE W. PARMLEY. deceased, tor many 

years successfully engaged as a florist and mer- 
chant at Shamokin, was of English blood but 
American birth. He was born at Tamaqua, 
Schuylkill county, in L858, son of Samuel and 
Matilda (Ellis) Parmley. 

Samuel Parmley was bom in England, and came 
to America with his firsl wile. After a shorl time 
in New York his wife died, leaving two children, 
Henry (since deceased) and Elizabeth (who mar- 
ried Dallas Van Horn). Mr. Parmley married 
(second) Matilda Ellis, and to this union were 
born: Charles S.; George VV.; Thomas J., of Car- 
lisle. Pa.; and Mary E., deceased wife of Llew- 
ellyn James. Mr. Parmley after his second mar- 
riage settled at Tamaqua, in Schuylkill county, 
where he engaged in a mercantile business and 
prospered. 

George W. ParmleA came to Shamokin in 1884, 
and was firs! engaged in a milling business with 
Andrew Robertson. Later he became a florist, and 
acquired a wide reputation by his success in that 
line. lie also carried on a china store, located at 
Independence and Orange streets, one of the best 
location- in the city, and was so engaged until his 

death. 

Mr. Parmley married Minnie F. Douty, daugh- 
ter of William 11. Douty, and to this union were 
hoi n : George W., Jr. : Samuel C. : J. Hillmer: and 
D ithy L. Mrs. Parmley resides in her com- 
fortable 1 ie at Xo. 126 Church street. 

DOUTY. Mrs. Parmley is a member of a fam- 
ily that was active in pioneer days in Pennsylvania. 

John Bltjndin Douty, her grandfather, was 
a prominent man in the coal regions. lie was 
born near Lambertville. X. J.. May 30, 1812, 5on 
of William and Mary ( Blundin) Douty, Vho came 
to Rush township. Northumberland county, about 
1822. Four years later they removed to Potts- 
ville, where the father became the owner of five 
boats on the Schuylkill canal, John B. being placed 
in charge of one of them. He worked as a boat- 
man until 1842, when he became interested 1 in the 
coal trade at the East Delaware mines. After a 
few years there he went to the West Delaware 

mines where 1 perated until the failure of the 

company in 1851 caused the loss of all he had ac- 
cumulated. In 1852 he came to Shamokin and be- 
gan mining in a small way at the Gap. as a mem- 
ber of the linn of lyase, Douty & Peed. This ven- 
ture met with little success, and in 1856, with 
others, under the name of Bird. Douty & John. 
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end proved successful. In 1859 he withdrew from 
the firm to take charge of the Henry Clay colliery, 
and he acquired a handsome fortune. He opened 
and operated the Brady colliery for a few yen-. 
and in L873 began working the Ben Franklin col- 
liery, at which he was engaged for the remainder 
of his life. He died Nov. L5, 1*; I, in the faith 
of the Presbyterian Church. On May 22, 1836, 
he married Lavinia Jones, daughter of William 
and Catharine Jones, of Reading. They had one 
son, William II. Mr. Douty was a man of decided 
views, and was very tenacious of his opinion. He 
had a kind heart, ami was ever generous to those 
less fortunate than himself. 

William II. Douty, son of John B., was hum 
at Pottsville, Pa., in 1836, and died in October, 
ism;, in Philadelphia, where he was buried. He 
assisted Ins father in the management of his coal 
mines at Shamokin and Doutyville. He was side 
manager of the Ben Franklin colliery at Douty- 
ville, one of the largest mine workings in the an- 
thracite field, ami with John Gabel became the 
owner of the Garfield mine. He was one of the 
chief movers in suppressing the terrible crimes of 
that desperate band of men known as the "Mol- 
lie Maguires," who infested the coal region in 
1! arl\ seventies. He had other business rela- 
tions, however, being engaged in the dry goods 
and grocery business on Sunbury street, his place 
being known as the "Brown Stone Front/ 5 and 
was verj successful in his undertakings. In 1893 
he went to Philadelphia, where he lived in retire- 

nt until his death. lie married Dorothea M. 

Slump, daughter of William and Sarah (Christ) 
Stroup. Their children were: Phoebe, wife of 
Philip Goodwill, of Bramwell, Mercer Co., W. 
Va. ; Minnie F.. widow of George W. Parmley; 
John, of Cumberland, Md. ; and Sallie, wdio lives 
with her sister M rs. Goodwill. 

Mr. Douty was burgess of Shamokin in 1873, 
an office in which his lather's brother, R. B. 
Douty, had been the first incumbent in 1864-65. 
He was the first president ami director of the Ed- 
ison Electric Illuminating Company of Sham- 
okin. which was incorporated Nov. 39, 1882. Mr. 
1 kruty was one of the prominent citizens of Sham- 
okin appointed as a committee to prepare a con- 
stitution and by-laws for the Board of Trade, 
dan. 34, 1887, and he became the first president of 
that important organization. The first attempt 
at fixing up the streets of Shamokin was made 
I . x Mr. Douty and Dr. R. S. Hollenback, both go- 
ing to Harrisburg to appeal to the Legislature for 
a loan of money from the State for that pur- 
pose, as the taxes at that early time were insuf- 
ficient for any improvements of this kind. Mr. 
Douty and his family were Presbyterians. 

JOHN H. BECK, of Rockefeller township, has 
long been considered one of the most progressive 

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farmers of his section f Northumberland county. 
He was hum Aug. 30, 1850, in Frailey township, 
Schuylkill Co.. Pa., ami belongs to a family which 
has been settled in Pennsylvania since Provincial 
times, being a descendant of John Martin Beck, 
who was horn in Europe in the year 1724, and died 
Sept. 29, 1785. His wife. Catharine, was born 
May 1. 1726, and died Oct. 19, 1804. Among 
their children were sons Daniel. John and Jacob 
A Catharine Reck, horn June -.'T. 1766, who died 
duly 2, 1841!, was probably a daughter of John 
Martin and Catharine Beck, who were the grand- 
parents of Gottlieben Hoeckly. 

John H. Beck, the grandfather of John II. 
Beck, was a grandson of John Martin Beck, the 
immigrant ancestor. He was born Feb. 11, 1786, 
in Northampton county, Pa., and settled in Ly- 
kens valley, in Dauphin county, wdrere he fol- 
lowed farming throughout his active years. He 
died June 20, 1855, aged sixty-nine years, four 
months, nine days, and is buried at Dhiontown, 
Dauphin Co., Pa. He gave considerable land to 
the cemetery. He married Susan Greenswicht, of 
Northampton county, and to them were born the 
following children : Daniel : John and David, 
twins: Jonathan'. George; John Jacob; Roily, 
Mrs. Benneville Ossman ; Harriet, Mr-. Wolf (she 
and her husband moved to Ohio) ; Susanna, Mr-. 
Heater: and Christianna, Mrs. Charles Drumin. 

John Jacob Beck, son of John II.. was born 
June 24, 1820, and died May 15, L883. He is 
buried at the Wolfs Cross Road Church, for a 
number of years he was a coal miner, living in 
Audenried, Pa., for several years, and tor three 
years at Hazleton. After his marriage he moved 
to Low-er Augusta (now Rockefeller) township, 
Northumberland county, where he boughl from 
David Shipe the farm of eighty acres upon \\ 
he made his home to the close of his life. He car- 
ried on general farming, in which he prospered 
so well that he was able to buy more land, adding 
materially to hi- original acreage, lie was a Re- 
publican in politics and a Lutheran in religion. 

In the spring of 1848 lie married I 
Shadel. who was born in Schuylkill county Air.'. 
•.'I. 1822, daughter of David Shade!, a nam 
Northumberland county, who married Polly B 
fey, 1 1 - valley, Dauphin county. Sis chil- 

dren v., r« born to Mr. and Mrs. Shade! : Elizabi 
Henry, < laroline, Sarah, ( latharine, and Eve. Mr. 
Shadel passed most of his life in the Lykens val- 
ley and was a hal manufacturer l>\ occupal 
Mr. and Mrs. Beck had three children ; John II. : 
I »,n id, who died u hi : and Louisa, 

who married W. B. faster, Esq., a merchant and 
postma ' : ■ Points, this coi n 

John II. Beck was reared and educated in 
Rockefeller to\i oship, where he ; d all his 
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until he now ha? a tract of 260 acres, where he 
carries on general farming. Ho lias raised con- 
siderable stock, and for many years was engaged 
in the dairy business, running a milk team daily 
to Sunbury. He kept as many as thirty-two cows, 
which were cared for in the most approved hy- 
gienic fashion, his barn being a model modern es- 
tablishment, supplied with running water and var- 
ious other facilities for keeping it cleanly and at- 
tractive. He has also made a number of improve- 
ments in his residence, which is supplied with run- 
uing water ami is a comfortable home, kept up 
with the same care which characterizes all Mr. 
Beck's possessions. He has shown excellent bus- 
iness ability in every branch of his work, which 
has thriven under his management until he is 
justly regarded as one of the leading agriculturists 
of his section. He has interested himself in the 
local welfare, taking part in such movements as 
affect the entire community, and has been particu- 
larly active in local educational matters, having 
served six years as school director, as supervisor, 
tri which office he was appointed by the court, and 
from 1903 to 1906 a- county commissioner; he 
was secretary 'it fche board three years. Politically 
he is a Republican. 

-Mr. Beck's hobby has been music, and he is a 
fine performer on the B-flat cornet, which he has 
played as member of the Seven Points band : he 
has also played the tenor horn with that organiza- 
tion. Socially lie i- a member and past master of 
Lodge No. 414, F. & A. M., of Elysburg, and a 
member of Camp No. 130. P. 0. S. of A., of Seven 
Point-. He and his wife belong to the Lutheran 
Church. 

On Jan. 2. 1868, Mr. Beck married Abbie R. 
Zostman, of Lower Augusta township, daughter 
of Daniel and Esther (Raker) Zostman. both of 
that township, whose children were: Sarah Ann. 
one that died in infancy. Alexander. Harriet. Wil- 
liam. Mary Jane, Rebecca, Catharine. Abbie R., 
one that died in infancy. Daniel and Esther. For 
hi- second wife Mr. Zostman married Susanna 
Conrad, of Lower Augusta. He was a tanner by 
trade, and died in 1890. Mr. and Mrs. Beck have 
had a large family, namely: William Edward, 
who died April 21, 1872; David Albert, horn May 
6, 1871, a dairyman in the Irish valley, in Sham- 
okin township, who married Alberta Dunkel- 
berper: Mary Alice, horn Aug. 26, 1872, wife of 
Harvey E. Miller, a butcher, of Sunhurv; Daniel 
J., horn Dec. 13, 1873. a farmer of Rockefeller 
township, who married Emma J. Maurer and has 
children. Laura Y. and Lloyd E. : George "YW. 
horn June 18, 1875; Harry Luther, horn July IS. 
is";;, who married' Susanna Dunkelberger and 
lives m Shamokin township: John Norman, born 
June 26, 1881; Susan Elizabeth, horn Oct. P.'. 
1883, who married Theodore P. Bennett, of Co- 
lumbia county; Franklin W., horn dan. 20, 1886: 



Abbie M.. born Sept. 30, 1888 : Kate P., born May 
30, 1890; Esther N.. born Sept. 13, 1892: and Or- 
ville E., horn July 23. 1S95. 

Among the family traditions preserved by the 
.Becks are stories of the trouble these pioneers 
had with the Indians during the early days in 
Northampton county. It is said that they suffered 
from several attacks of the savages, from whom 
they were in such danger that they had a place of 
refuge constructed under the floor of their house, 
where they would secrete themselves when the out- 
look was threatening. 

NELSON MILLER, late of Rockefeller town- 
ship, was "in- of the leading farmers of bis section 
for a number of years. He was born there. Jvrne 
14, 1860, nil the homi stead of his father, Solomon 
Miller, who at the time of his death was the old- 
i-i citizen of Rockefeller township, and grandson 
of David Miller. 

The Miller family has long been established in 
Pennsylvania. George Miller, commonly called 
"Hunter George," emigrated from Germany some 
tune during the eighteenth century. He settled 
near Hamburg, in Berks county, Pa., and had sev- 
eral children, of whom nothing is known at pres- 
ent except such history as lias been preserved con- 
cerning the son John. John Miller, born in 1759, 
settled in Shamokin township, Northumberland 
county, prior to 1785. He owned about thirteen 
hundred acres of land situated upon the Centre 
pike, and built his log house upon the south side 
of the road opposite where George W. Miller, his 
great-grandson, now resides. In ITS-") he married 
Catharine Reber, who was horn Sept. 26, 1769, 
and to them were born two sons and two daughters: 
George; David: Elizabeth, who was twice mar- 
ried, first to a Mr. Rockefeller and second 
to a Mr. Wilbour; and Sarah. Mrs. Miller. Be- 
fore his death, which occurred in 1804. when he 
was forty-five years old, George Miller divided his 
property between his sons, David obtaining the 
land on the south side of the valley and George 
that on the north side. His wife, who survived 
him many years, died Aug. 19, 1845, at the age 
of seventy-six years. John and Elizabeth Miller 
are interred in the old Baptist burial ground 
near Deiblers station, in Shamokin township. 

Solomon Miller, father of Nelson Miller, was 
born in August, 1820. in Shamokin township, this 
county, and thence moved to Rockefeller town- 
ship, where he lived for sixty years. For many 
years lie was one of the most prominent residents 
of his section. A prosperous farmer, he acquired 
the ownership of several of the finest farms in the 
township, and had a long active career, retaining 
his physical vigor until well advanced in years. 
He continued to work until five years before his 
death, when he sustained an injury which made it 
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ities. He died July 11, 1909, when almost eighty- 
three, and was the oldest citizen of the township 
at thai time. His death was caused by paralysis. 
Mr. Miller's home was seven miles from Sunbury, 
where his remains were taken for interment, in 
Pomfret Manor cemetery. The community felt 
that id his death it had lost one of its most val- 
uable citizens. He had not only managed his own 
affairs well but had been intimately associated with 
the best interests of his section, encouraging and 
supporting everything thai would advance the 
prosperity of the township, and those in financial 
distress found a true friend in him. Mr. Miller 
had been married three times, his first wife being 
Adaline Kline, who died three or four years after 
their marriage. To this union was born one daugh- 
ter, Theresa, now the widow of Prof. Ira Shipman 
and living in Sunbury. By his second wife. Cath- 
arine (Long), daughter of Daniel Long, there 
were two sons, Nelson and Jefferson, the latter 
now in Texas, where he holds a responsible posi- 
tion in the oil fields. 

Nelson Miller received Ins education in the pub- 
lic schools and was reared to farming, which he 
followed all his life. From the time he was twelve 
years old he had charge of his father's teams. In 
1910 the homestead farm of his father came into 
his possession— one of the finest farm properties 
m Rockefeller township and under an excellent 
state of i nltivation. The farm on which he died, 
and where his widow and family live, contains 
, onsiderabl) over one hundred acres, and in addi- 
tion Mr. Miller owned two adjoining farm-. He 
died Nov. II. 1910, suddenly, succumbing to a 
stroke of paralysis from which he suffered the day 
before. Fifty years of age, and possessing abun- 
dant vitality and splendid physique, he was taken 
away when 'the best part of his life was apparently 
before him. He is buried at the Stone Church 
at Augustaville. The family are Lutherans. At 
the time of his death Mr. Miller was serving 
as supervisor of his township, and he had been a 
member of its school board. He was a man who 
possessed the confidence of his fellow citizens, and 
proved himself worthy of it in the discharge ol 
the dutie, of hi- public trusts. 

On May 13, 1883, Mr. Miller married Lillie ( . 
Klase daughter of Francis and Rebecca (Shaffer) 
Klase, who lived at Stonington, Pa., and seven 
children were born to them: Dora E. : Carl W., 
now farming one of the tracts belonging to his 
father's estate, who married Stella Bartholomew 
and has one child. Arline; Arthur E; Frank b.; 
Ralph W.; Mary T.. who died in childhood; and 
Grace R. 

PETER W SCHLEIG, justic ' the pence and 

retired merchant, of Gowen City, in Cameron 
township, is one of the host known citizens of his 
section of Northumberland county, where he has 



been identified with business and public affairs 
for a long period. He was hern in Cameron town- 
ship April 28, 1845, sen of Daniel and Catharine 
(Weary) Schleig, and comes of a family of Ger- 
man origin. 

Adam Schleig, his great-grandfather, came to 
this country from Germany, and served his 
adopted land in the Revolutionary war. He after- 
ward settled upon the land now owned by Brinton 
Hartline, in Cameron township, Northumberland 
Co.. Pa., and died at the age of seventy years. 
His son Adam, who was horn about 1774. inherited 
that property and passed his entire life there. 
He taught German in the local school.-. He dud 
in Cameron township about 1819, at the age of 
forty-five years. To him and his wife, Catharine 
(Derek), were born six children: Daniel: 
Michael: Martin: Elizabeth: Sarah, Mrs. John 
Derr: and Catharine. Mrs. Philip Kerstetter. 
Elizabeth, who lived in Cameron township, was 
the last survivor of the family. 

Daniel Schleig, eldest son of Adam, was horn 
Aug. 8, 1812, at the old homestead, and died in 
1872, at the age of sixty years. He learned the 
trade of blacksmith, which he followed in connei - 
tion with farming, and was quite a prominenl i 
in his day in the locality, holding minor township 
offices and being an active worker in the Reformed 
Church, which he served as elder and deacon. Id 
politics he was a Democrat. He married Catharine 
Weary, who survived him, continuing to make her 
home' in Cameron township until her death, in 
1897, at the age of seventy-one years. They were 
the parents of six children: Peter W., Joseph, 
Michael. Hannah (wife of Daniel Enarr), Salome 
(wife of Henry Sortman), and Marl in. all now de- 
ceased except 'Peter W. and Hannah. 

Peter W. Schleig was reared upon the old home- 
stead place, which his father inherited and oc- 
cupied. He received his education in the publn 
schools of Cameron township, and when a hoy oi 
thirteen commenced work in the mines, where he 
was employed for sixteen years, filling various 
positions. In 1874 be established himself in the 
mercantile business at Gowen City, which he con- 
tinued for over thirty-five years, retiring June 22, 
1910 since when the store has been carried on 
by his son Andrew H. Schleig. Mr. Schleig, how- 
ever has by no means retired from active partu - 
nation in business or matters of general rate 
In 1009 in partnership with his son Andrew and 
Elias Gonser, he established a telephone com 

for local service which has proved a b o ' < 

community, both as a pn 
for the convenience it has afforded manj 
f the locality. [1 is known as the Gowi i 
branc h of the Bell phone, and has been a highly 
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more prominently identified with the administra- 
tion of loeal public affairs. Mr. Schleig has al- 
ways been an enthusiastic supporter of the cause 
of free education, and as such was repeatedly 
elected to membership on the school board, his 
willing services meeting with the highest approval 
of his fellow citizens. He has also served his 
township as treasurer, auditor, assessor ( five years i 
and justice of the peace, to which office he was 
first elected in 1876, and in which he has served 
continuously since. He has been a lifelong Demo- 
crat, and one of the leading members of the party 
in his township. In every relation of life he has 
won the respeel of all associated with him. So- 
cially he holds membership in Gowen City L dge, 

I. 0. 0. F., and Rebekah Lodge No. 75 of Oowen 
City, Shamokin Lodge, F. & A. M.. and Gowen 
City Cam]), P. 0. S. of A. In religion he is a 
member of the Reformed Church, and has set ed 
six years as deacon. 

Mr. Schleig's Brsl wife, Annetta (Haupt), 
daughter of Benjamin Haupt, died at the age 
of forty-six years. By this union there was one 
son, Andrew 11.. who was born March 28, 1864, 
ived a public school education, and at an early 
age entered the employ of his father, with whom 
he has ever since been associated in business. In 
18S5 he was appointed postmaster at Gowen City 
and he has held the office ever since. lie has 
served the township as auditor and tax collector, 
and served as county auditor two terms. He is 
a Democrat in politics, and has been an active 
citizen in many ways. Leading a busj and useful 
life. He is a member of Gowen City Lodge, I. 0. 
< >. P., and of the encampment, and a member 
of Shamokin Lodge, F. & A. M. He married 
Mary Henninger, daughter of Nathan Eenninger, 
of Cameron township, and they have had two chil- 
dren. Charles ami Goldie. Mr. and Mrs. Andrew 

II. Schleig are members of the Lutheran Church. 
For his second wife Peter W. Schleig married 

Mrs. Lillie A. (Yoder) May. daughter of Enos 
1). Yoder and widow of Harry May, by whom she 
had two children, Joseph G. and Enos D. Her 
father was born in the Mahanoy Valley and moved 
thence to Shamokin, where he engaged in the 
jewelry business : he married Susanna Drumheller. 
Mr. and Mrs. Peter W. Schleig have had these 
children: Rolland L„ Goldie L. and Annie S.. 
all livinsr. Socially Mrs. Schleig holds member- 
ship in -Rebekah Lodge No. 75 of Gowen City, 
the ladies auxiliary of the I. 0. 0. F., and site is 
a member of the Reformed Church. 

LAFAYETTE SECTILER, now a resident of 
the borough of Riverside, was until recently a 
farmer in Gearhart township, in which section 
his family has resided for several generations. 
Mr. Sechler was born in 1860, at Bradys Bend, 
Armstrong Co., Pa., son of Alem Marr Sechler. 



and he is a grandson of Jacob Sechler and great- 
grandson of John Sechler. 

John Sechler was a soldier in the Revolution- 
ary war. In 1775 he purchased from the Penns 
some five hundred acres of land in what is now 
Danville, and built a house not far from where 
the State hospital now stands, in which house, in 
1790, his son Jacob was born, the first male child 
born within the present limits of Danville. The 
old Mahoning burying ground was taken from 
his land. 

History informs us that there were four broth- 
ers of the Sechler family who settled in or around 
Danville. One of these was Rudolf Sechler. born 
in 1772, who married Susanna Douty. He was a 
blacksmith by trade, but later became register and 
recorder of Columbia county. Pa., and in 1821 he 
was appointed justice of the peace, which office 
he held until 1S45, resigning on account id' his 
age. lie died in L857, at the age of eighty-five. 
He was the father of six children, of only on 
whom, at this writing, we have any definite knowl- 
edge, this being H. B. 1). Sechler. who was born 
Jan. 26, 1m is. In his early life he became a 
painter, following that business all hi- active life. 
In 1830 he married .lane Jamison, of Mifflin coun- 
ty. Pa., who died in 1831; in 1835 he married 
(second) Sarah Gearhart. daughter of John Gear- 
hart, and a member of the Gearhart family so 
prominent in this section, and they were the par- 
ents of Harriet (Mrs. John Watters) and Emma 
I Mrs. John Yorgy). 

Jacob Sechler, son of John, born in 1790, was a 
soldier in the war of 1812. IF' married Barbara 
Reese, and they were the parents of a large family, 
of whom we have the following record: (1) 
Abram, born in Danville April 13. LS14. was 
twice married, the first time, in 1835, to Lavina, 
daughter of Asa Pancoast. She died in 1864, 
the mother of five children, of whom are men- 
tioned Mary Alice (Mrs. ffenr; Schick), Sarah 
Jane (Mrs. John Kerwin) and V. YV (of Phil- 
adelphia. Pa.). In 1869 Abram Sechler married 
(second) Harriet Wertman, daughter of John 
Wertman, and to this union was born one child. 
Martha (Mrs. Charles Robinson). ( 2 ) Samuel, 
born in Danville, married Martha Morgan, and 
they were the parents of Jacob, Hannah (Mrs. 
Ends). Dallas. Isaac. John and Mrs. Newberry 
(of fmnbury, Pa.). (.1) Jacob married Susan 
Harris and they were the parents of the follow- 
ing children: Harris, Charles, Anna. Ida and 
Jay. all of whom live in the West, their father 
having moved to that section many years ago, 
settling in Wisconsin, where he founded the town 
still known as Sechlerville. (4) Mary. Mrs. Coxey, 
had children, Jacob Sechler. Martha and Eliza- 
beth, all of whom live in Ohio. (5) Alem Marr 
is mentioned below. (6) Frank R.. born March 
22, 1826, in Mahoning township, Montour county, 



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married in 1850 Abigail Best, and they have chil- 
dren, Barbara (Mrs. Kinney) and Clarke (of 
Philadelphia, Pa.). (7) James moved out to St. 
Louis, Mo. (8) Lafayette, horn in Danville, 
married Eosanna MeBride, and they had four 
children, Margaret (Mrs. Jeremiah Faust). Anna 
(wife of Eev. J. 11. Mortimer), William A. (who 
married Mary Williams and has one son. Jay) 
and Ida M. 

Alem Marr Sechler was bom in 1824 in Dan- 
ville, Montour Co., Pa., and died in 1903. Ee 
was by trade a straightener of iron rails, for rail- 
roads, and straightened the first rail made in the 
iron mills at Danville. In 1854 he purchased a 
farm in Gearhart township, Northumberland coun- 
ty, lying along what is known as Kipp's run, it be- 
ing a part of the tract settled by the Doutys and lat- 
er owned by the Kipps. Mr. Sechler married Em- 
ily Love, daughter of Stephen Fairehild and" Ma- 
hala (Nelson) Love, and they had three children, 
Lafayette, Kate and Gardner Little (who died in 
infancy) ; the daughter married Charles W. Blakes- 
lee, a teacher in the High school at Long Branch, 
N. J., and thej became the parents of three chil- 
dren. Marrion and two sons wdio are deceased. 

Lafayette Sechler was reared on the farm, mean- 
lime receiving his education in the cot on scl Is 

of his home township and at Williamsport, Pa. 
After attaining his majority he continued farm- 
ing, on Ins own account, and upon the death of 

his father he purchased the old h estead in 

Gearhart township, which he carried on until 
1909. At that time he moved to his present home 
in the borough of Riverside, and he has since 
rented his farm, which comprises 156 acres of 
excellent river bottom land. Mr. Sechler has been 
enterprising in his business, and has made a suc- 
cess of his undertakings, hut he has also found 
time to take part in various matters of interest 
to the community generally, and he has filled 
differed township offices, having several times 
held that of school director, lie is a Mason, hold- 
ing membership in Lodge No. 516, F. $ A. M., 
of Danville, of which he is a past master. 

On Oct. 9, 1884, Mr. Sechler married Clarissa 
Smith, daughter of Dr. Samuel S. and Sarah 
(Beed) Smith, and they have two children: 
Blanche is the wife of P. M. Irey, and lives in 
Lewisburg. Pa., where Mr. Irey owns and con- 
ducts what was formerly the Marsh shoe store; 
Paul is in his senior year at the Danville high 
school. The family are members of the Baptisi 
Church, though Mr. Sechler is a Methodist in 
religious connection. 

JOSEPH F. CUMMINGS. of Sunbury, former 
chief burgess, an influential and honored citizen 
of that borough, whose career has made him one 
of its most respected residents, has had Ion- and 
intimate connection with public affairs m Penn- 



sylvania in his capacity of court reporter, a pro- 
fession he has followed for a period of thirty-five 
years. His work has not only taken him into the 
courts of a number of counties in this State, hut 
also into the State Legislative bodies. II.- was the 
first official stenographer appointed in the counties 
of Union, Snyder, Mifflin, Juniata and Perry 
alter the act authorizing their appointment in 
1874 was passed. 

Mr. Cummings was born March 13, L853, at 
McEwensville, Northumberland county, son of 
Alexander Cummings and grandson of .lames 
Cummings, who was a son of John Cummings, the 
first ancestor of this family in America. 

John Cummings landed at Newcastle, whence 
lie proceeded to Philadelphia and from there to 
Sunbury, Northumberland county, lie located in 
Sunbury at an early day. having been a member 
of the town council in 1797. He is known to have 
been possessed of some means upon his arrival in 
the borough. Of Scotch-Irish extraction, he was 
a Presbyterian in religious faith, and he left the 
reputation of having been a man of exceedingly 
kindly disposition. He is buried at Middle Creek. 
Snyder Co.. Pa. His children were: John. 
James; Nancy, who married a Mr. Spence; Eliza- 
beth, who married John Cummings. and died at 
the age of eighty years; and Nancy (the second 
of that name in the family), who married James 
Russell and lived at Danville, Pa. John Cum- 
mings. husband of Elizabeth, was the first sheriff 
of Lycoming county. Pa., served as associate judge 
and was known as ""Judge" Cummings, and in 
1816 was master of the Masonic lodge at Williams- 
port, where they resided. He was the owner of a 
farm on which part of Newberry is bunted. 

James Cummings, son of John, was born July 
11, 1794, and died June 86, L836. For some tune 
lie was a merchant at Washingtonville, Montour 
Co.. Pa., where he was residing al the time of 
his death, winning an excellent reputation as a 
business man. Ee was public-spirited and took- an 
active interest in the affairs of bis time, held the 
rank of major in the State militia, and was a 
member of Lodge No. 22, F. & A. M.. at Sun- 
bury, to which In- father also belonged. On Nov. 
6, 1817, he married Fannie Billmeyer, who was 
bom in 1788, near Washingtonville, now in Mon- 
tour county, daughter of Andrew and Fannie 
Billmeyer, and died April L6, 1835. Mr. and 
Mrs. James Cummings are buried in the Bill- 
meyer private graveyard, six miles east of Milton, 
along the Chillisquaque creek. Their children 
were horn as follows: Andrew. s,-pt. ii. L818; 
Alexander, April 3, 1819; Chri fciana, -Inn,' is. 
1822; Fannie, Man h 16, 1836; Nancy, Sept. 1 1. 
1829. 

Alexander Cummings was bora at Washington- 
ville, Montour Co.. Pa. He became engaged in 
(he hotel business at Mitllinburg. Onion Co., Pa., 



102 NOETHTTMBEELAND COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA 

where he was burned out in 1857, his place of 1S74 he received such appointment to serve in the 

business being completely destroyed, and he him- courts of Union. Snyder, M ifflin, Juniata and 

self so badly injured in the disaster that he died Perry counties. At the beginning of such service 

six months later, in the same year. His wife, he entered the Millersville State normal school, 

Mary E. (Morgan), whom he married Feb. 26, near Lancaster, Pa., and pursued the studies of 

L846, still survives at the age of eighty-six, making the course between courts, and at the expiration 

her home with her daughter at Mexico, Montour of three years entered the office of Hon. S. P. 

county. She is a faithful member of the Tres- Wolverton and remained with him between courts 

byterian Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Cummings until 1881. 

were born six children: James H. (who was For seventeen years Mr. Cummings reported for 

killed at the Billmeyer sawmill, at the age of the courts of Union, Snyder ami Mifflin counti ;, 

miir years, while seated on a sawlog), Robert M., and continues his work in the courts of Juniata 

John J.. Joseph ¥.. Annie F. and Robert A. and Perry counties, in addition to the courts of 

Mis. Mary E. (Morgan) Cummings was born Northumberland county. In his long experience 
Nov. 4. 1824, one mile east of the Chillisquaque as court reporter he has been engaged specially in 
Church, daughter of Robert and Anne (Auten) the counties of Cambria, Blair, Bedford, Hunting- 
Morgan. 'The latter was the daughter of John don, Dauphin. Lebanon, Berks. Adams. Montgom- 
Auten. who was a large land owner ami miller, cry. Delaware. Philadelphia. Lycoming, Clinton 
conducting a- well a sawmill on the Chillisquaque and Elk. 11.- was for seven years official reporter 
creek, having been among the firsi settlers along for the State Board of Agriculture before said 
the said creek to utilize its waters for business body was organized as a department, and he was 
purposes. His farms are now owned by Hon. similarly employed a number of times as reporter 
Alexander Billmeyer. The children of Robert and for the State Horticultural Society, of which he 
Anne Morgan were: John J.. Mary E. (Mrs. i;- a life member. For the past ten years he has 
Cummings), Joseph A. (dud young), Jane, also reported in the State Senate of Pennsylvania, 
Joseph T.. Sarah A. and Robert G. his work including the proceedings of the eommit- 

Mrs. Anne (Auten) Morgan, maternal grand- tee appointed by the Senate and House t" inves- 

niother of the subject of this sketch, was a de- tigate the insane asylums of the State, which re- 

seendent of Adrian Hendrickson Auten and his port was published in book form. In 1880 he was 

wife Elizabeth (Thomas), who came from Hoi- stenographer on the State committee of which Hon. 

land and settled in Flatbush, Long Island, in A. H. Dill was chairman. In 1888 he accompanied 

1651, his descendants having moved to Northanip- the Pennsylvania Miller-' State Association on 

ton Co., Pa., near Delaware Water Gap, in 1764, their trip across the continent to San Fran. - 

and soon thereafter one of the members of the and as far north as Tacoma, Wash., stopping at 

family located in Northumberland county. various places along the rout.' and traveling a 

Ji seph F. Cummings began his education in the week in Yellowstone park. In L890 lie planted a 
common -elm,.]-, and in his youth learned tele- peach orchard of five thousand live- four miles 
graphy in the Milton office of the Philadelphia & south of Sunbury, and with his other duties man- 
Erie Bailroad Company. He was only fourteen aged the growth and product of the orchard for 
vears of age when he took charge of a telegraph twenty years. When the trees became exhausted 
office near Lock Haven, and after a few years' he sold the place. 

service was transferred t<i the day office at Lock Mr. Cummings's wide experience of and thor- 
Haven, where he was operator for the Philadelphia ough insight regarding public affairs has made him 
& Erie and Bald Eagle Vallev roads and the West- a particularly valuable citizen of his home place. 
ern Union Telegraph Company. It was at this He served some yeaTS as a member of the council 
time that he took tip the study of shorthand, with- of the borough of Sunbury. and was subsequently 
out a teacher, ami with no help from any one who elected chie --. m 1891. During his incum- 
nnderstood its practice. This was in 1872, and in bency of that office the first square of vitrified 
spite of obvious disadvantages he had progressed brick paving was laid. He showed his progressive 
so far in 1873 that he was requested to proceed to spirit and intelligent understanding of the nei - 
Erie to take the position of private stenographer to of the community in many ways, chief among 
William A. Baldwin, then general superintendent which was the bringing to Sunbury of a representa- 
of the Philadelphia & Erie railroad. He was the tive of the Lewis Mercer Sewer Construction Corn- 
first incumbent to hold a position of this kind in pany. of New York City, for the purpi - i stab- 
the service of the Philadelphia & Erie Eailroad lishing a general sewer system throughout the bor- 
Company. and he was with Mr. Baldwin when the ough. An agreement was made satisfactory to 
offices were removed to Williamsport. After he the borough council and an ordinance formulated 
had remained a year with Mr. Baldwin the Act to accomplish the object. The authority was aft- 
of Assembly authorizing the appointment of offi- erward vested in a local party, but never com- 
cial stenographers was passed, and in the fall of pleted. He was active in encouraging all move- 



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ments for the benefit of the greatesl number, and 
giving his aid to worthy projects whenever possible. 
He and his family arc members of the Presby- 
terian Church, in the work of which he has ta □ 
an active pari, being ai presenl a ruling elder and 
superintendent of the Sabbath school, which latter 
position he has held for a number of years. He 
has served as a director of the Sunbury Mutual 

Fire In-iir, ■ ( ipinpany from its organization in 

1896. 

Socially Mr. Cu minings is a Mason, being a 
member and pasl master of Lodge No. 22, V. & 
A. M., member aid pasl high priest of Northum- 
berland Chapter, No. 11 I, R. A. M., both of Sun- 
bury, and a member of Bloomsburg Consistory, 
thirty-second degree. He is at present senior 
grand master of ceremonies of the Grand Chapter 
of Holy Royal Arch Masons of Pennsylvania. He 
i- also a member of the Veteran Association of the 
Eastern Divisii I' the Philadelphia & Erie Kail- 
road Company. 

(Mi Dec. 29, 1887, Mr. Curnmings married Emily 
M. (Tmberger, daughter of Dr. John R. and Mary 
E. (Moody) Umberger, "I' Dauphin, Dauphin 
Co., Pa., and they have a family of four children: 
John P.. Mary E., Juliel P. and Joseph F. The 
last named, who was born May is. 1898, is gener- 
ally conceded to l>e the largesl child of his age in 
Pennsylvania. When eleven years of a£e, in the 
summer of 1909, he was four feet, eleven inches in 
height and weighed 226 pounds. Excepl for his 
size he is a normal, healthy boy. Mr. and Mrs. 
Cummings have an ideal home, a large, convenient 
and well appointed residence with all the comforts 
which go to constitute a desirable dwelling place. 

JOHN F. DEUMHEISEE, of Shamokin, for- 
mer chief burgess of that borough and for over ten 
years a member of the borough council, is a citizen 
who has done his -hare in administering the affairs 
of the community in such a manner as to reflei 
credit on both himself and the community. Pur- 
ine- his long service in the council — of which body 
he was president one year — ami his three years as 
chief burgess he was in a position to promote much 
valuable legislation affecting the local welfare, es- 
pei ially as regards improvements in the borou 
public utilities. That he used his powers in the 
most public-spirited manner is attested by his 
long retention in office. He has made a permanent 
place for himself among the citizens of Shamokin 
who have done something for the borough. 

Mr. DrnmheiseT was born Aug. 23, 1837, ai St. 
Clair. Schuylkill Co.. Pa., son of Conrad Drum- 
heiser, a native of Germany, horn near Berlin in 
April. 1831, who came to America when eighteen 
years old. He landed at New York City, hut pro- 
ceeded at once to St. Clair. Schuylkill county, 
where he followed mining. He first came to Sha- 
mokin in 1859, hut his wife died there and lie 



went hack to Schuylkill county, returning to 
Northumberland county m 1860 and reman 
until his death, which occurred June In. 1873. 
At tlie time of Ins death he was in the employ of 
Douty & Baumgardner, at the old Henry Clay col- 
liery, which was operated by Alexander Fulton, of 
Shamokin. and the gas explosion there in which 
he and ten other men lost their lives was the lir-t 
accident of such serious importance in the district. 
Mr. Drumheiser was well known in the town in 

various connections. II 'gani i d the first hand 

ai Shamokin and taught the same, and he was 
known as a composer of music, devoting all the 
time possible to such work, in which he ■ 
keenest enjoyment. He was a charter member of 
the German Reformed Church of Shamokin an. I 
one of its liberal supporters. 

Conrad Drumheiser was twice married, his first 
union being with Elizabeth Neagart, of Schuylkill 
county, li\ whom he hail two children. John F. 
and Charles, the latter also a residenl of Shamo- 
kin. By his second wife. Henrietta Machet, he 
had four children: Elizabeth I married William 
Lewis). Conrad. Philip YV. and Barbara (Mrs. 
Adam-). 

John F. Drumheiser came to Shamokin with 
his father and here received all his education in 
the public schools. When a boy he began v 
at the mines, which he has continued ever since, 
having been employed in that line for the li ag 
riod of thirty-nine years. He is now at the Burnside 
colliery, in the employ of the Coal & Iron Com- 
pany. Mr. Drumheiser is a worker whose intelli- 
gence and reliability can he depended upon. , 
he has the highesl reputation for efficiency. 

In 1879 Mr. Drumheiser married Caroline Vo- 
der, and to this union have been horn the following 
children: Oliver Charles, Raymond, [da May, 
Cora, Gertrude, Malcolm. Helen Irene ami Curtis 
Allen. 

Mr. Drumheiser's public service began with his 
eleel ion as member of the council from the Second 
ward, in 1897. lie served ten and a half vears in 
that position, during which time ded over 

the council for a year. In 1906 he was elected 
chief burgess, and served a- such until 1909. He 
is a Republican in political faith, lie is a member 
of Camp No. 1 19, P. - o \.. in Shamol 
of the We-i End Fire Company, and of the Ger- 
man Reformed Church. 

ZARTMAN. The Zartmans of Jackson town- 
ship, Northumberland county, have I n idem 

with the best .'lenient in thi era! 

general ions past, ami the family 

in this county for over one hundred and fo 

i" of the t ; 1 1 1 1 - I oiintri 

settled in l.an< 

Alexander Zartman and his wife Ann Catharina 
cam e from Germany to ! n the summer of 



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1 '< 28. They were classified with the German Pal- 
atinates, but it is more likely that they came from 
the province of Wurtemberg, possibly from Erlen- 
bach. Their first stopping-place was Philadelphia, 
whence they followed the pike leading to Ham- 
burg, and at length found their way into the re- 
gion of the Tulpehoeken, southwest of Reading, 
in Berks county, not far from the Mudd] Creek 
Lutheran and Reformed Church, where they wor- 
shipped in the years 1728 and 1729. Before 1M". 
however, they located in Warwick township, Lan- 
caster Co., Pa., and in 1738 purchased a tract of 
land near Brickerville, that county, the deed Eor 
which (calling for 197 acres i was given by the 
Penns to Alexander Zartman in about 1750. Ee 
made his last will and testament (recorded at Lan- 
caster, Pa.) Oct. (i. 1762, and it was probated in 
December, that year. His age is not given. He 
lived in America thirty-four years. His wife sur- 
vived him some years. They had two sons, Jacob 
and Alexander, and as there is no record of othei 
offspring it is probable these were their only chil- 
dren. The line in" which we are interested is de- 
seended from Jacob, and is given in detail pres- 
ently. 

Alexander Zartman. sun of the emigrant, was 
born Jul;, 29, 1731, near Brickerville. Lancaster 
Co., Pa., and spent all his life in his native county, 
most likely on the farm he received from his 
father. This property was near Brickerville, and 
Alexander Zartman (2) was a member of the 
Lutheran Church there, at which church he is 
buried. Pie lived to the age of seventy-two war-. 
His homestead remained in the family until about 
1907, descending through his son Emanuel to 
Alexander (3), Jacob. George, David and "Wil- 
liam, son of David. To Alexander Zartman (2) 
and his wife Magdalena were born children as fol- 
lows: John Michael, Alexander. Susanna. Maria 
Elizabeth, Catharine. Emanuel and Margaret. The 
three sons became the heads of large families, and 
their posterity is scattered over many States of the 
Union. 

Jacob Zartman. ancestor of the Zartmans of 
Northumberland county, may have been horn in 
Germany. He received his inheritance from his 
parents in 1754. when they deeded to him seventy- 
one acres of the old homestead. This land Jacob 
Zartman sold to George Graff e in 1759 for £280 
($1,355.20). In about 1768 he came to Mahanoy 
township, Northumberland county, where he pur- 
chased a 122-acre tract at the foot of Line Moun- 
tain. In 1 7 T o John Adam Shaffer deeded a farm 
of 100 acres to Jacob Zartman. of Mahanoy town- 
ship, the consideration being £11, and there, be- 
tween what are now known as Eneass and Otto 
stations, established the old Zartman homestead. 
which after his death was owned by his sons Mar- 
tin and Peter, later by their brother Henry, and 
then, successively, by Henrv's son Martin, Mar- 



tin's son Daniel and Daniel's son Samuel S.. who 
sold it only recently to Edward Hilbush. There is 
a very good spring near the old house, ami there 
stood a beautiful pear tree, from which tour gen- 
erations gathered trait. In February. 1793, Jacob 
Zartman made his last will and testament, ami 
died either that month or the month following. 
He is interred in a private burial-ground in the 
meadow west of the house; he has no tombstone. 
He married Anna Margareth Roemin (Ream), 
and their children were: Henry: Martin: Anna 
Margareth, born Oct. 28, 1755; Susanna: Eve, 
born Oct. 1, 1758 (probably died young: her birth 
and baptism are recorded at Brickerville Church) : 
Peter, born March 3, 1760; Jacob; Anna Maria. 

Henry Zartman. son of Jacob, married Eliza- 
beth Hauser, and they had ten children, nanieh : 
Christena; John Martin, bom Dec. 31. 1774: John 
Henry, born Sept. 5, 1776; John Peter, born Nov. 
30, 1778; John -la, ob, born Dee. 10, 1780 (died 
I-Vb. ;. 1849); Elizabeth; Sophia, born May 12, 
1785; Alexander, born Oct. 29, 1786; Samuel, 
born Lee. 13, 1 ;*>: and Michael. 

John Martin Zartman, son of Henry, was born 
Dec. 31, 1774, and in accordance with the terms 
of his lather's will purchased the obi homestead 
m Mahanoy township. It then consisted of 206 
aires, lb' was born on that place and passed his 
entire life there, dying April 27, 1833; he is buried 
on the farm. By trade lie was a blacksmith. I lis 
wife. Elizabeth (Kniss), born Nov. 19, 1779, died 
Jan. 14, 1854, and they hail three children: Sam- 
uel, born Feb. 23, 1803; Daniel, born May 18, 
1808, who died March 5, 1883 (bis wife Catharine, 
born April 23, 1814, died May 5, 1898) : and Mary. 

Samuel Zartman. son of John Martin, moved 
in 1828 to Jamestown, Greene Co.. Ohio, and died 
July 31, 1856. Like his father he was a black- 
smith by trade. On Feb. 12, 1824. he married 
Margaret Crumrine, who died Feb. 2. 1875. They 
had the following children, the first two born in 
Pennsylvania: Elizabeth Ann Maria. Harriet, 
dames W., Eliza. Adelia. Miranda. Samuel H., 
William Isaac. Charles H., Daniel E. and Essan- 
n ia II. 



Martin Zartman. son of Jacob and Anna Mar- 
gareth Zartman. was born in Lancaster county, 
and in about 1769 moved to Northumberland 
county, wdiere he passed the remainder of his life. 
Under bis father'- will he and his brother Peter 
became joint owners of the homestead at the foot 
of Line Mountain. lie made his last will and tes- 
tament Oct. 2. ISlfi. and it was probated Oct. 2. 
1817. He married Susanna Futler ( Eitler). sister 
of his brother Jacob's wife, and their children 
were born as follows: Elizabeth, April 27. 1780; 
Martin. Nov. 11, 1781 ; Benjamin. March 13, lis:;-. 
William. May 2s. 1785; Eve Magdalene, Oct. 8, 
1795; Margaret, 1797; David. Dec. 30, 1799. 



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in:, 



.Martin (Johann Martin) Zartman, sun of Mar- 
tin, born Nov. 11, 1781, lived in Northumberland 
county, and died May 8, 1849. He was a weaver 
by trade. He married Elizabeth KLobel, born Sept. 
in. 1775, died June 3, 1856, and they had three 
children: Sophia, John, and Sarah Ann (who 
married William Schlappig and moved out West, 
where they died |. 

Benjamin Zartman, son of Martin, born March 
13, 1783, was a farmer in Northumberland coun- 
ty, where he married Mary Stonebraker (Stein- 
bruch). In 181] he knd his family moved out to 
Millville, Butler Co., Ohio, where they arrived Nov. 
9th. He bought land there, reared a large family, 
and died Feb. 18, 183J ; he is buried in the Ziegler 
graveyard, west of Hamilton. Ohio. His children 
(at least our: Daniel, horn in Northumberland 
county) were: Daniel, Jonathan, David. Benja- 
min. William. Sarah. Margaret, Mary, Elizabeth 
ami l.yilia. 

William Zartman. son of Martin, horn in North- 
umberland county May 28, 1785, was a farmer in 
Jackson township, owning and occupying the farm 
there which is now the property of his grandson, 
Samuel M. Zartman. He died April 30, is:,;. 
very suddenly, while engaged in burning brush: 
he was sitting on a fence when overtaken by the 
stroke which ended his life instantly. He is buried 
at Si. Peter's church, at Mahanoy. His first wife, 
Sarah (Herb), who is buried at Hunter, was the 
mother of eleven children, namely: Adam, born 
Aug. 1, 1810; Daniel, horn Sept. 29, 1811; Lydia, 

horn Feb. 12, 1 S 1 4 : (i 'ge II., horn April 4, 

1817: Abraham, horn Deo. 5, 1821; Mary (Polly), 
born in 1824: Rebecca: Harriet: Sarah: Abigail; 
and Hannah, who married Charles Leader. One 
of the daughters married Daniel Reitz, one Simon 
Bohner, and another Adam Campbell. After the 
death of his first wife William Zartman married 
Mrs. Catharine Elizabeth (Wolf) Seiler, who was 
born Feb. 25, 1787, ami died Feb. 22, 1867. They 
had a son Joseph, bom May 11. 1833, who died 
Dec. 21, 1858. 

Adam Zartman. son of William, was horn Aug. 
1, 1810, in Jackson township, ami passed all his 
long life in Northumberland county, dying Dee. 
28, 1889, as the result of an accident, at Herndon. 
He was caught and killed by a fast train on the 
Pennsvlvania railroad, while crossing the track. 
He is 'buried at St. John's Lutheran church. Ih' 
was a lifelong farmer, in 1844 purchasing the farm 
in Jackson township which now belongs to Ins son 
Elias F. Zartman. and he was a well known and 
highly respected resident of his district, _ serving 
many vears as supervisor of his township. On 
Feb.' 27. 1834, Mr. Zartman married Susanna 
Beitz. daughter of Jacob Reitz. of Little Mahanoy 
township, and she died Nov. 2:5. 1842, the mother 
of five children, who were born as follows: Henry, 
Dec. 30. 1834: Hannah. Dec. 25, 1835 (dud Oct. 



3, 1838) : Lydia, Sept. ;;. is:;; ; Abigail, Dee. 24, 
L838 (died Jan. 18, 1894); Eliza, July 11, 1841. 
<in July 8, l si;;. M r . Zartman married (second) 
Susanna Forney, daughter of Peter Forney, and 
by this union there were eight children: Sarah, 
horn April 15, 1845; Harriet, Oct. ;. L846; Polly, 
June vii. 1849; Phoebe, Nov. 21. 1850: Elias F., 
Sept. 14, 1852: Michael, April 13, Is:, I; \|., 
Inula. - » uly 2:,, 1856; Lucy Ann. (let. 22. 1858. 

EL] IS K. Zu.-m \x. -mi of Adam, was hern 
Sept. ,14, 1852, m Jackson township, on his 
father's homestead, and received his education in 
the home district, attending subscription schools 
and for the last two years et hi,- school life the 
live schools. He was reared to farming, which . 
commenced on the homestead place on his own 
account in 1874, and with the exception of 1876 
and 1877, when he lived at Berrysburg, Dauphin 
county, he has been there continuously since. Ih 
was also farming at Berrysburg. In September, 
1890, the Adam Zartman farm came into hi- pos- 
session. It consists ef 188 acres of g 1 land, lo- 
cated in the upper end of Jackson township, and 
is a valuable piece of 'property. Mr. Zartman is a 
thrifty farmer and a representative member of an 
excellent old family. Ih i- a Democrat in pol- 
itics anil has served three years as school director. 

in January. 1873, Mr. Zartman married Han- 
nah Metz, daughter of William ami Kale ( Forney) 
Metz, of Berrysburg, Pa., and they have two chil- 
dren: Henry A. married Nettie Steffy and has 
children, Stanley ('., Warren 1'., Lennie, Hannah 
L. and Edith May. Charles F. married Martha 
Lenker and has two children, Paul Elias and 
Max Alvin. Both the son- live in Jackson town- 
ship, Henry A. Zartman farming for himself and 
Charles F. assisting his father. Mr. Zartman and 
his family are Lutheran members of St. John's 
Church in Jackson township. 

Abraham Zartman. sen n\' William, was born 
Dec. :,. 1821, on the heme place iu,\\ ewned by his 
son, and was a lifelong farmer, successful in In- 
work and active in the public affairs of bis sei 
tion. For many year- be held local " : 
as school director and supervisor, and he was also 
interested in church work as a prominenl tnembei 
ai st. Peter's, where he held tl (Bees of deacon 

and elder. He died Dec. .'! 1 . 1898, and i- huricl 

at that church. Politically lie was a Democrat. 
His wife. Sarah Michael, was hum Nov. 25. L826, 
and died May I". 1880. They had a large family, 
namely: Wilhelmina married Isaac Raker; I 1 
iel M. (deceased) was a resident of Little Ma- 
hano\ township; Hannah married Benjamin I' 
fer: William M. lives near Sunbury: Samuel M. 
is a resident of Jackson township : Joseph M. i 
in Rush township, near Montoursville ; Alice mar- 
ried Galen Latsha; Elizabeth married Levi Drum- 
heller: Man mar: i P, r, brother of 
Benjamin Peifer. 



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Daniel M. Zartman, son of Abraham, was 
born Oct. 21, 1848, in Jackson township, and en- 
tered upon his busy career at an early age. In 
1871 he succeeded Joseph Reitz in business at 
Dornsife, in Little Mahanoy township, a railroad 
station on the Herndon branch of the Reading 
railroad. It is a busy place, being the nearest 
railroad station for the farmers up the Swabian 
Creek Valley, and for twenty-nine years Mr. Zart- 
inan was at the bead of its principal activities 
there. He was no! only a general merchant, but 
also conducted the "Dornsife Hotel," and handled 
coal during the early years of his residence there, 
later adding the lumber business to his ether in- 
terests. He purchased the old Sholly homestead, 
and in time several other tracts. A thorough busi- 
ness man in everything he undertook, he gained a 
large and profitable trade, employing three men 
and lining well in every line be entered. He was 
the first postmaster at Dornsife, his service begin- 
uing m 1879. Ee died Sept. 21, 1909, and is 
buried at St. Peter's, of which church he was a 
Lutheran member. In politics he was a Demo- 
crat, and lie served some years as township treas- 
urer. 

On Jan. 18, 1868, Mr. Zartman married Lana 
Peifer, daughter of George and Kate (Zimmer- 
man) Peifer. They had cue son and one daugh- 
ter: William P. is an extensive lumber merchant, 
having his office and home in Shamokin (he em- 
ploys many men) : Cassie married Fred Dornsife 
and they live at Dornsife. 

Samuel M. Zartman, son of Abraham, was 
born Feb. 3, is;,:,, in Jackson township, was edu- 
cated in the township schools, and continued to 
work on the farm until 1885. That year lie began 
working for the National Transit Company, a sub- 
sidiary of the Standard <»il Company, in which 
employ he still remains. Since 1892 he has made 
his home at Latsha's pumping station (his post 
office being Dornsife). In 1900. after his father's 
death, he obtained the homestead of 1 \~> ;icres in 
Jackson township, which he has since rented out. 
In 1900 he built a large barn. 85 by 38 feet in 
dimensions, upon the property. The old log house 
still standing upon the place is one of the land- 
marks of this region. It is now roughcast. Mr. 
Zartman is a substantial and respected citizen of 
his community, a member of the Lutheran con- 
gregation at St. Peter's Church. Mahanoy. to which 
bis family also belong. 

On June 25, 1882, Mr. Zartman married olive 
Wolf, and they have had three children, one of 
whom is deceased, the survivors being: Aura 
Mabel, who is unmarried and living at home: ami 
Lottie May. wife of Burlington Buhner, of .lack- 
son township. 

Joel Wolf, Mrs. Zartman's grandfather, was a 
farmer in Rockefeller township, owning land there. 
He is buried at Wolf's Cross Road church, which 



was built upon his ground. His wife, whose maiden 
name was Hannebach, bore him the following- 
children: ' Raymus. Lydia, Sallie, Henry (de- 
ceased), Maria (deceased), Harriet, Reuben, and 
Elizabeth ( deceased ) . 

Henry Wolf, son of Joel, was bom in Rockefel- 
ler township, where he passed his life, following 
the trade of carpenter. He died in August, 1896, 
at the age of fifty-eight years. Mr. Wolf was a 
Lutheran in religion, as are the members of his 
family. He married Elizabeth Yordy, daughter 
of Joel Yordy. and to them *vere born seven chil- 
dren: Clara married Gabriel Klinger; Olive mar- 
ried Samuel M. Zartman: Annie married George 
Long: Prazier lives in Rockefeller township: Ray- 
mus is a resident of New York: two died in in- 
fancy. 



David Zartman. grandfather of William E. Zart- 
man. farmer of Jackson township, was born Dec. 
30, 1799, -on of Martin Zartman. grandson of 
Jacob Zartman and great-grandson of Alexander 
Zartman, the emigrant. He was a weaver by trade. 
and lived in Washington township, dying Oct. 30, 
1879, aged 5eventy-nine years, ten months. 

[saae 1>. Zartman. son of David, was horn Nov. 
25, 1835, and is now living at Dalmatia. He mar- 
ried Sarah Campbell. 

William E. Zartman was born Feb. 23, 1864, 
mi the Zartman homestead in Washington town- 
ship, son of Isaac D. and Sarah (Campbell) Zart- 
man. lie was reared to farm life and educated 

in the township schools, at the close of his sel 

days hiring out among farmers in Washington and 
Jackson town-hips. In 1894 he began farming for 
himself, having purchased a tract of eighty-six 
ai res in Jackson township, one and a quarter miles 
northeast of Herndon, where he has since made 
his home. The water facilities on this place are 
unusually good, and Mr. Zartman has cultivated 
the place successfully and profitably. He has by 
good management succeeded in accumulating 
property, owning several houses in Herndon. In 
the administration of local public affairs he has 
done his share as a good citizen, serving six year- 
ns school director of Jackson township. In politi- 
cal opinion he is a Democrat. 

In 1884 Mr. Zartman married Alice Drumhel- 
ler. daughter of Nicholas Drumheller. Three chil- 
dren have been born to them : Abbie married 
Cleveland Kind; (who works for Mr. Zartman. his 
father-in-law) and they have two children. Hilda 
E. and Felix William: Carrie L. and Thomas 
Eugene are at home. Mr. Zartman and his family 
are Lutherans in religious connection. 

ARTHUR R. TREXLER, of Sunbury, propri- 
etor of the largest department store in Northum- 
berland county, is naturally one of the best known 
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owner of this large establishment since 1893, and 
previous to thai, time, as a member of the firm 
of Whitmer & Trexler, was part owner. The busi- 
ness is the oldest in the borough in the dry goods 



line, and has always been foremost among 



cal 



commercial enterprises. 

Mr. Trexler is a native of Snyder county, Pa., 
and comes of a family which has been settled in 
Pennsylvania from the early days, being one of 
the oMest and rnosl numerous in Berks county, 
where the first of the line of whom we have record, 
Peter Trexler. made bis home before 1720. We 
give a record of the early generations in chrono- 
logical order. 

(J) Peter Trexler came to Berks county before 
1720, settling in Oley township. As early as 
Sept. 5, 1720, he was one of the petitioners for 
the erection of the township. It was but a short 
time afterward, however, that he left Berks coun- 
ty, moving to what is now Upper Macungie town- 
ship, Lehigh county, which territory then, covered 
with brush and scrub oak. offered very little in the 
way of attraction to the early settler except the 
abundance of water with which it was blessed. 
He settled near Breinigsville, his land embracing 
what is now the John K. Gonser farm. On Nov. 
18, 1729, he obtained from Casper Wister, the 
patentee, a deed for this land, which deed is one 
of the earliest, if not the earliest, in that region. 
\ seven-years residence was required before nat- 
uralization, and Peter Trexler did not lake out 
his papers until 1730. He and his family were 
the Brsi white settlers in Macungie. and Dr. Helf- 
rich. in his history of the various congregations in 
Lehigh and Berks counties, says: "Way down in 
the valley near what is now Breinigsville lived. 
before the general migration into this neighbor- 

h I. a Trexler family, with whom the Indians 

were very friendly. Mother Trexler often pre- 
sented the Indians with gifts and gave them bread, 
and in return they brought her wild skins and 
showed friendship t<> the pale-faces." 

Peter Trexler died in 1758, and his will, dated 
Dec. 1 ;. 1744, divides hi- estate among his widow. 
Catharine, and three sons and three daughters - 
Jeremiah, John. Peter. Anna. Catharine and Aim 
garet. The son Peter (2) was made executor of 
the will. Peter Trexler and hi- wife were both 
buried in the family cemetery on their farm, but 

the graves, originally marked by soft sandst - 

now waste. I away, cannot lie definitely located. 
Steps were recently taken by the Trexler Family 
Association, in reunion Aug. 28, 1907, to restore 
this ancient burial place of their ancestors, and to 
place a tablet to the memory of Peter Trexler and 
wife. Of the daughters of Peter Trexler noth- 
ing is known, but in the diary of Rev. John Cas- 
per Stoever, Nov. 0. 1732, is the record of the 
marriage of John George Schumacher and Cath- 
arine Trexler. of Macungie. 



(ID Peter Trexler (2), son mi Peter the emi- 
grant, was bom Feb. it. 1721, and was bequeathed 
the homestead near Breinigsville, which had n 
deeded to him in 1748. lie became a man of con 
siderable importance, and was justice of the peace 
from 1752 to 1776, as such, under the Colonial 
system, sitting in the courts at Easton. The iir-t 
election in Northampton county occurred Oct. 1. 
1752, many of the voters being obliged to travel 
twenty-live miles to deposit their ballots. The 
posing parties were the Irish and German -.tile!-. 
Peter Trexler was elected one of the three county 
commissioners. He was a frugal man. of method- 
ical habits, ami in favor of education. When com- 
pelled to be away fr home to attend court, he 

filled his saddlebags with provisions so he could 
board himself. When schools were established in 
Pennsylvania by the English nobility for the pur- 
pose of teaching the English language, Peter Trex- 
ler was made one of the trustees of the William 
Parsons school at Easton. lie died An-. 25, L798, 
and was buried in the family cemetery on the home 
farm. He married Catharine Winck. born Aug. 
',, 1728, died Aug. II. L815, aged eighty-seven 
years, daughter of Casper and Gertrude (Kemp) 

Winck. According to the Lehigh Church I k. at 

her death she left sixty-two grandchildren and 
seventy-nine great-grandchildren. Seven children, 
three sons and four daughter-, survived Peter Trex- 
ler. The sons were Peter, Jonathan and John. 
The daughters: Maria Christine, born Nov. '■'>. 
1 ;.".:;. who married Aug. 1:!. 1776, Peter Haas, and 
died Sept. 13. 1829, the mother of ten children: 
Airs. Philip Fogel; Mr-. Henrj Grim; and one 
of whom there is no record. 

(TIT) Peter Trexler (3), - if Peter of Ma- 
cungie. and flic third of the name was horn Aug. 
15, 1748, and is known as Mertztown Peter; 
quently in the records his name appears as John 
Peter or Horn Peter, lie was a patriot of 
Revolution, serving as captain of the :,ili Company 
of Colonel Breinig's 2d battalion of militia, and 
on May 5, 1783, was made lieutenant colonel. He 
was elected county commissioner in 1782; repre- 
sentative in the General Assembly, 1785-86-87-88, 
thus serving four veal's, the time lira the 

constitution of L776. He died March ]::. 1828, 
a g ec ] seventy -nine years, six months, twenty-eighl 
days, and was buried in the famih cet His 

will | sec Will Book 6, page LSI Feb. 

i;,. LS25. and entered \pril ::. 1828, In- SODS 
Peter, Jacob, Reuben and Jonas being exei utors. 
II,. married I latharine I Irim, daughter of Henrj 
i .rim. voungest son of Geittie Grim. 
,,!' the Grim famih so prominent in I ion. 

She was bom Juh 30, 1757, a I I 328, 

.,„,.,! seventy-one wars less twenty-three days. 

Eleven children were n to Pi ter and < latha 

, i, rim i Trexler. namely: ( 1 ) Maria man ed John 
Folk and had : i s John, ' 



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Anna (Shuman). Catharine (first married to a 
Keizer and second to a Hilbert), Caroline (Guise) 
and Lydia (Guise). (2) John Peter (Jan. 2. 
1777-March 6, 1828) married Rachel Fogel (Sept. 
11. 1784-Jan. 1, 1867) and had children, Caro- 
line (Horlacher), Sarah (Seiberling), Maria (Fo- 
gel) and Jonas. (3) Jacob became the father of 
Eeuben, David, Peter, Jacob. Mrs. James Breinig, 
Catharine (Breinig) and Mrs. Stephen Sawyer. 
(4) Eeuben (1782-1846) was an ironmaster, re- 
siding in Mertztown, Longswamp township, Berks 
i on my, where he also carried on farming and was 
well and favorably known. lie married Anna, 
daughter of Jacob Lesher, a charming, charitable 
woman of refined tastes, and they lived in the old 
Trexler mansion in Longswamp. Thev had chil- 
dren. Col. William (1816-1905), Horatio (who 
lived at Beading, where he was president of the 
National Union Bank). Dr. Lesher (of Fort 
Wayne, father of Mrs. Anna Wertz, of Alleiitown, 
and Mrs. Judith Reno, mother of Claude Trexler 
Reno, of Kutztown), Lucinda (wife of Gen. James 
Rittenhouse) and Caroline (wife of William 
Schall). Mrs. Anna (Lesher) Trexler died in 
1848, aged fifty-four years. (5) Benjamin (1784- 
1855 ) married Maria Drescher, by whom he had 
nine sons and two daughters, and (second) Cath- 
arine Bolich, who bore him one daughter. (6) 
Catharine married a Mr. Haas and had children. 
Judith (Gregory), Nathan. Leana (But/.). Kate 
(Hoffman), Tallie ( Hoffman i. Jonathan T.. Reu- 
ben T. and J. P. T. (?) Jonas is mentioned he- 
low. (8) Anna married Philip Dresher, and had 
two children, Nathan and Judith (Reiter). (9) 
Nathan lived in Longswamp township, where he 
died in February, 1865. His will is on record in 
Will Book 11, page 363. His wife Phebe bore him 
four children, Edwin EL, Maty (Mrs. George 
Schall). Amelia (Mrs. Jonathan B. Grim) ami 
Sarah (Esterly). (10) Daniel died leaving no 
children. (11) Judith married Rev. Isaac Eoeller 
and was affectionately known as "Aunty Roeller." 
She died in 1885. leaving no children. < >n Aug. 
17, 1809, Peter Trexler bought hi- son Benjamin 
a large family Bible, printed in 1798, costing 
seven dollars. This is now in the possession of 
Oliver Trexler (born Dec. 21. 1852), son of Na- 
than and grandson of Benjamin. 

(IV) Jonas Trexler. son of Peter (■"■). was the 
grandfather of Arthur R. Trexler. of Sunbury. 
He was born at Mertztown, Berks county, where 
be lived and died. He married Sarah Hottenstein, 
daughter of Dr. Hottenstein. and they had eleven 
children born to them. We have mention of the 
following: Willoughby (married Amelia Filbert). 
Ahal (or Abyle) II.. David H.. Peter (married 
May Himmel). Sarah (married George Ludwig), 
Angeline (deceased, wife of Milton Allium). Eliza 
(married Harry Miller) and Jonas. 

(Y) Jonas Trexler (2). son of Jonas, horn Nov. 



18. 1820, at Mertztown. went to live at Kutztown, 
Berks county, when a boy, and later to Reading, 
that county. In 1854 he went to Union county. 
Pa., where he first followed farming, being a large 
landowner, and he subsequently engaged in the 
mercantile business at Shamokin Dam. Snyder 
county, where he prospered, becoming one of the 
substantial and well known citizens of that sec- 
tion. He retired from active pursuits ten years 
prior to his death, which occurred April 6. 1906, 
when he was aged seventy-seven years. He is 
buried in the family plot in the Ponifret Manor 
cemetery. Sunbury. Mr. Trexler married Mary 
Elizabeth Good, daughter of George Good. She 
was horn near Milton. Pa., and survives Mr. Trex- 
ler. still residing at the old home in Snyder coun- 
tv. To Mr. ami Mrs. Trexler was born one child, 
Arthur R. 

( VI ) Arthur R. Trexler received his early edu- 
cation in the schools of his native place and took 
a business course at the famous Eastman commer- 
cial school in Poughkeepsie. X. Y. Returning to 
Shamokin Dam. which is near Sunbury. he enti red 
mercantile business on his own account, continu- 
ing thus for six years, meeting with success and 
gaining valuable experience. He has since been 
identified with the business of which he is now 
sole owner. This store was founded by Whinner 
& Foster, which firm was succeeded by Whitmer 
& Trexler when Mr. Trexler acquired an interest. 
As previously stated, he has been sole proprietor 
since 1893. By progressive methods, by anticipat- 
ing the needs of this growing community, by ca- 
tering successfully to the various demands of a 
wide patronage. Mr. Trexler has proved his right 
to he considered a leader in his line of business in 
Northumberland county. The- fact that his house 
is known as "The Old Reliable" is ample proof 
that he merits the confidence and support which 
have been his throughout his career in the com- 
munity: while the growth of his establishment, in 
keeping with other business advances made in the 
borough during his mercantile experience there, 
shows that he meets their appreciation with in- 
creased service and better accommodations, even 
more than the local trade would seem to warrant 
to one less enterprising. The store has maintained 
its place as the largest and best stocked in North- 
umberland county for many years, the lines now 
carried including dry goods and ladies* wearing 
apparel of all kinds, ready to wear suits, cloak-. 
- and other articles of dress, while the gro- 
cery department is fully stocked with the best and 
most desirable goods of every kind. Mr. Trexler 
has long given his principal attention to his store. 
though he has other interests, being a director in 
the Sunbury Trust Company and otherwise identi- 
fied with local concerns. His business standing is 
irreproachable. 

On Jan. 12. 1884. Mr. Trexler married Lillian 



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Thompson, daughter of W. G. Thompson, formerly 
of Thompsontown, Pa. They have two children: 
Thompson A., who is a student at the University 
of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; and Mary E. The 
family occupy a beautiful residence on Arch street, 
Sunbury. 

EAKEE. The Raker family, now aumerously 
represented in several sections of Northumberland 
county, is of German extraction, the founder of 
the name in America coming from Baden, near 
Wurtemberg, Germany, and settling in Montgom- 
ery county, Pa., « here he lived and died. 

Conrad Baker, son of the emigrant ancestor, 
was born in Montgomery or Berks county and 
came to Northumberland county among the pio- 
aeers. According to tradition be firsl settled at 
the "Block House," in one of the eastern counties 
of the State, and he bad a brother who located in 

i of the upper counties of Pennsylvania. Dr. 

William Raker, of Pillow, Pa., and his brother, 
Dr. Morris Raker, of Augustaville, Pa., were sec- 
ond cousins to the descendants of the second gen- 
eration from Conrad Raker, the pioneer in Little 
Mahanoy township, Northumberland county. After 
his marriage Conrad Raker settled at Augusta- 
ville, in what is now Rockefeller township, whence 
he moved two years later to Little Mahanoy town- 
ship, settling on the Little Mahanoy creek and 
following farming there until his death. His 
holdings comprised between live hundred and six 
hundred acres, ami he gave a farm to each of his 
sons, lie was a strong man. of "chunky" build, 
was a great hunter and fisherman, shot many a 
deer, and hail a fight with a bear in which his 
lite was saved by his faithful dog. His adven- 
turous spirit made him well known in this respect. 
In public ami church affairs he was a prominent 
man in his day. serving a- county commissioner 
in 1837 ami L838, and helping to build two 
churches, the Emanuel Lutheran in Little Ma- 
hanoy township and the Stone Church at Augusta- 
ville. In religion he was a Lutheran, in politics 
a Democrat. He is interred in a private burial 
ground on the farm now owned by Kerstetter iV 
Kraemer, at Raker, in Little Mahanoy township; 
this place was named in honor of the family. 
Conrad Baker married Elizabeth (or Rebecca) 
Dunkelberger, of Northumberland county, daugh- 
ter of Frederick, and they bad children as follows: 
Frederick. Jacob, William D., fsaae 1 >. ami Enoch 
D. are all mentioned in detail below: John moved 
out to Illinois:, where he died : Mary (Molly) mar- 
ried Elias Peifer and died at Raker; Barbara 
Alice married Joseph Gass : Esther (Hettie) mar- 
ried Daniel Zartman and died in Lower Augusta 
township; one daughter married George Savage; 
and Bate. (Conrad's wife's name is given as Eliz- 
abeth or Rebecca here, while in another account 
it appears as Barbara; if it was Barbara, then 



the following dates, from Little Mahanoy ceme- 
tery, would apply to Conrad and wife: Conrad 
Raker, horn m Montgomery county, Pa., June :. 
L778, died Sept, I. 1849; his wile Barbara nice 
Dunkel). born April 5, 1779, died Dec. 17, 1838.) 

Frederick Baker, sou of Conrad, was bom Dec. 
21, 1804, in what, is now Rockefeller township, and 
spent all hut three or four years of his life in his 
native county. He went to Lycoming count) after 
his marriage and returning to Northumberland 
settled in Little Mahanoy township, at Little Ma- 
hanoy Church. He was a blacksmith, ami also 
followed carpentering and farming, besides keep- 
ing "Baker's Hotel" for many years. He died in 
Little Mahanoy Aug. 4. 1st I. ami is buried at 
Baker. Like his father he was a well known ami 
active citizen of his section, serving as justice of 
the peace and taking a prominent pari in the 
work of the Lutheran Church. He was a Demo- 
crat in politics. In 1825 Mr. Raker married Eliz- 
abeth Hoffman, daughter of John ami Susanna 
(DrumheUer) Hoffman, who settled in Washing- 
ton township, this county, in 1813. Mrs. Raker 
was born in District township. Berks county, in 
1806. and survived her husband, dying at the age 
of eighty-seven. She is buried at Baker. Seven 
children were born to this union: Con- 
rad II. married Susan Dornsife ami is 
mentioned at length elsewhere in this work; 
Susanna died young; Jeremiah married .bun 
Martin and died in Philadelphia; Harriet 
married Israel Dunkelberger, who was killed in 
the Civil war, and (second) Samuel Dornsife, 
whom she also survived; Catharine married Sam- 
uel Frederick; John II. died Jan. 14, 1862, while 
serving in the Civil war, at Bulla. Mo.; .lane mar- 
ried a Mr. Bechtel. 

Jacob Baker, son of Conrad, was born tpril 26, 
1808, in Little Mahanoy township, ami was one 
of the well known citizens of that locality in 
day, living near the present railroad on pari 
the homestead near Dunkelbergei sta on. lb 
followed farming, and died in Little Mahanoy 
Dei . 2-8, 1869, living to be sixtj one. II - n ife, 
Margaret, whose maiden mime was Zartman, was 
born Jan. 4, 1813, ami .lid June L2, 1883. T 
bad children as follows: Lucinda, Earry, Wil- 
liam, Samuel Z. (died Aug. 19, L892, aged forty- 
eight years, eleven months, fourteen ■ I . > 
Margarette 'lied .Ian. 21, LS88, aged thirty-four 
■.,.;,, .. seven months, twenty-thn I 

Daniel Z. (died July Lb L89£ sixty-two 

wars, two months, twenty-four days; In- wife, 
... died \im. 20, 1905, agi ears, 

ten months, fourtei □ 'be I, ihbie, R> - < lon- 
rail. Cornelius, Alice am 1 ' 

William D. Raker, son of Conrad, was bora 

.lime ;. L812, in Little Mahanoy township, where 

ed in E\ bruary, L887. He is buried at Little 

Mahanoy church.' lie was a farmer, owning 



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thirty acres near Little Mahanoy Church, also 
owned the farm now in the possession of his son 
I sine I-'., and had houses in Trevorton. He was 
an active and progressive citizen, held the office 
of supervisor for many years, and was prominent 
in the Little Mahanoy Church, which he served as 
deacon, elder and trustee. He is buried at that 
church. His wife, Catharine (Fink), daughter of 
John Fink and sister of David Fink, bore him a 
large family, namely: Martin (deceased), Henry 
(deceased), James F. (deceased). Isaac F.. Lewis 
(deceased), Galen (who lives on his farm in Little 
Mahanoy, and is unmarried, his unmarried sisters 
living with him), Elizabeth (unmarried). Mary 
(married Adam Reitz), Sarah (married John 
Field ). Hettie (unmarried), Lovina (married 
William Field), Rebecca (who died unmarried) 
and Susan (deceased, who was the wife of Wil- 
liam Reitz). 

Enoch D. Raker, son of Conrad, was born on 
the farm now owned by his son Edward B. Raker, 
in Little Mahanoy township, and died in that 
township dune 23, 1888, aged sixty-six years, six- 
teen days. Hi- was a farmer, and owned the 120- 
acre tract now in the possession of bis son Edward 
B. A stanch Democrat in politics, he took an 
interest in politics and local public affairs, hold- 
ing office for many years, and was also active in 
the religious life of the community, being a 
Lutheran member of the Little Mahanoy Church, 
of which he was a deacon, elder and trustee. He 
married Sarah Bingaman, daughter of John 
Bingaman (locally known as "Jack"). To Enoch 
I >. and Sarah linker were born three children: 
Edward B. : and Alice and Jane B., twins, the for- 
mer married to Robert II. Hoffman, the latter to 
James Rose. 

Isaac D. Raker, son of Conrad, was born Fee. 6, 
L§25, and died .March 11, 1907. He lived in 
Little Mahanoy. During the Civil war he served 
as county commissioner and subsequently was a 
jury commissioner. In polities he was a Demo- 
crat. His wile. Phoebe A. (Witmer), born Dec. 
(i. 1824. died April :.. 1890. Their children were: 
Ah in. Willie. Clinton. Nelson, Laura. Minnie and 
Jennie. 

•Tames F. Raker, son of William D. Raker, was 
born in Little Mahanoy township, where he was 
a well known citizen, being postmaster and station 
agent at Hunter, a railroad station on the Herndon 
branch of the Philadelphia & Reading mail. I'm' 
many years. He was postmaster at Raker, also in 
Little Mahanoy township, from 1882 until his 
death. The latter post office was established 
through the influence of Conrad 11. Raker, son of 
Frederick and grandson of Conrad, the pioneer 
in this region. James F. Raker .was also a farmer, 
owning a tract of about forty acres near Hunter. 
In politics be was a Democrat, and he served as 
supervisor. He died June is. 1904, aged sixty-six 



years, five months, twelve days. His wife Cath- 
arine (Rothermel), daughter of William Rother- 
mel. died Jan. 12, 1899, aged sixty-two years, one 
month, twenty-four days. Three children were 
born to Mr. and Mrs. James F. Raker : William, 
of Shamokin: Mary, of Hunter. Fa. : and Lewis R. 

Lewis R. Raker, son of James F. Raker, was 
born Jan. 12. 1876, in Little Mahanoy township, 
ami spent his youth upon the home farm, receiving 
hi- education in what is known as the Raker 
schoolhouse. He lives at Raker, where he and his 
wife conduct a grocery store, and also look after 
the post office, he being assistant postmaster. He 
also works as hoisting engineer for the Trevorton 
Coal Land Company. He has his own home, 
and li\ his upright life has made an excellent name 
Eor himself among his fellow citizens, who have 
shown their faith in bis ability and trustworthi- 
ness by choosing him to public responsibilities of 
various kinds. Me was tax collector for nine years, 
and in the spring of 1910 was elected for bis 

see 1 term as township auditor. In politics he 

is a Democrat, lie is also active in the work of 
the Lutheran Church, and is secretary and teacher 
in the Sunday school. 

On Nov. 11, L899, Mr. Raker married Cora 
Deppen. daughter of John Deppen, of Lower Ma- 
hanoy township, this county, and they have one 
daughter, Vema May, and one son. William Lewis. 

[saai F. Raker, son of William D. Raker, was 
born April 20, 1846, on the homestead, and re- 
ceived Ins education in the subscription schools 
conducted in the neighborhood during his youth. 
Farm work has been bis principal occupation, 
though when eighteen years old he went to learn 
the trade of miller with his brother Henry, in 
Juniata county, Pa. He had been there only two 
months when his brother was drafted fur service 
in the Civil war, and it fell upon the shoulders of 
the apprentice to make the flour and do all the 
work of an experienced miller. He continued at 
milling for one and a half years, Earmed lor his 
father twelve years, until the latter died, and then 
did the same for his mother, with whom he re- 
mained twelve years also. At the end of that 
period he bought his present farm in Little Ma- 
hanoy, fifty-five acres of which constituted the 
old Abraham Rothermel homestead. Mrs. Roth- 
ermel died at a very advanced age. To this Mr. 
Raker added two tracts, of forty-two and thirty- 
nine acres, respectively, having 136 acres in all. 
His father. William D. Raker, erected the build- 
ings now on this property, building the house in 
1874 and the barn in 1875. Mr. Raker is one of 
the substantial and esteemed citizens of his com- 
munity, has served as school director and for many 
years as supervisor, being at present one of the 
three roadmasters, and has given efficient service 
in every capacity. Tn political faith he is a Dem- 
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Jn religioD lie is a Lutheran, and he has been 
deacon, elder and trustee of the Little Mahanoy 
( Ihurch. 

In Is;:; Mr. Raker married Wilhelmina Zart- 
nian. daughter of Abraham Zartman, and they 
have had four children: Kate is the widow of 
Albert Raker; Sallie is the wife of John A. Ferster; 
George married Gertie Sipe; Francis died when 
< ighf years old. 

K\<\\ \i;n I'.. Rakek, -mi of Enoch l>. Raker, was 
born July 9, 1853, on the homestead, and was 
reared to farming, working lor his parents until 
he was thirty-five years old. In 1902 he began 
farming for himself at his presenl h e, this be- 
ing the farm which belonged to his grandfather 
and lather in turn. The old buildings, however, 
have .-id been razed. Mr. Eaker is a Democrat 
and for a number of years was active in county 
politics, being dele-ate to many county conven- 
tions of the party. He has held a number of 
offices. F<>r three years, from 1895 in 1898, he 
Mas jury commissioner of Northumberland county, 
having been elected in thai office on his first can- 
didacy by a majority of over si\ thousand votes. 
For eleven years he was constable of Little Ma- 
hanoy township, and he served two years as in- 
spector, lie erected many bridges in the county 
under contract from the county commissioners, 
and has given thorough satisfaction in every way 
and in every capacity. In February, 1900, Mr. 
Raker married Sarah Reed, daughter of Solomon 
Eeed. and they have one daughter, Goldie. 

(I TABLES LAFFEET WALDEON, of Milton, 
ha- been engaged in contracting and building 
since 1879, bis work in this line covering prac- 
tically the entire period of his residence at that 
place, a- he began carpentering when he came to 
Milton, in the spring id' 1871. His patrons in 
this borough and all the surrounding towns are 
numerous, many id' the most substantial buildings 
in this section testifying to the thoroughness of 
his work and the part he has taken in its ma- 
terial development. 

Mr. Waldron's first ancestor in tin- region was 
his great-grandfather, Cornelius Waldron. The 
family has been established in America from Co- 
lonial days, and is of Dutch origin. Baron Waldron, 
its founder in this country, having come from 
Holland to what was then New Amsterdam, now 
New York, in 1660. After the English took pos- 
session of New Amsterdam the family moved to 
Xew Jersey, and Cornelius Waldron, above men- 
tioned, moved from Hunterdon county, X. J-, to 
Pennsylvania in 1785. His first location was near 
Muncy, in what is now Lycoming county, and he 
afterward bought a farm in Brady township, that 
county, still later buying land at the mouth of 
Muddy run, in Northumberland county. He moved 
his family to this place, where he was accidentally 



killed while felling a live. 11,. was laid to rest in 
the old Warrior Eun burying ground. Cornelius 
Waldron served as a captain m the Revolutionary 
war ami after its close was captain of a military 
company. 

Lall'ert Waldron, son of Cornelius, was horn in 
1764 in Hunterdon county, X. .1.. came to Penn- 
sylvania with his father, and purchased the farm 
on Muddy run. But he soon sold it and bought 
ii place about a mile east, in Turhut township, 
from the Kelchner estate — the place afterward oc- 
cupied by his son William. There he passed the 
remainder of his life, dying on his farm in Is:;;. 
His wife. Hannah (Webb), died in 1832, and tln\ 
are buried at the Warrior Run Presbyterian church. 
The family attended services There. Mf. and 
Mrs. Waldron had the following children: John. 
Cornelius, Richard, William. Charles, David. M. 
1'.. Mary (Mrs. Sloat), Sara (who married Mr. 
Sloat after her sister Mary's death). .lane (mar- 
ried James Stadden) and Hannah (who became 
the second wife of James Stadden after the death 
of her sister Jane). Lall'ert Waldron was a tine 
penman, and some of his work now in the posses- 
sion id' his grandson, Charles L. Waldron, of Mil- 
ton, shows unusual ability: though it is over a 
century old it is not faded, and it is well cared 
for by the present possessor, who prizes it highly. 

William Waldron, son of Laffert, was horn Sept. 

17, 181 I. on tl Id farm in Turhut township, and 

received his education in the township schools. 
lie followed farming all his life and prospered by 
dint of industry, winning the respect of all who 
knew him because of his uprighl methods and 
high Christian character. Though his own affairs 
demanded constant attention he was progressive, 
and recognized the fact that a citizen owes his 
duty to his community as much as to his immedi- 
ate personal interests, and he did his share in 
local matters, filling various township offices and 
serving fifteen years as justice of the peace. The 
cause id' free education, not a particularly popular 
one in his early manhood, also received Ins earnesl 
support, and all his children received good ad- 
vantages, lie was an original member of the Tur- 
hut Grange, I'. of II.. and an original stockholder 
of the First National Bank of Milton, giving his 
influence and support to all institutions which in 
his opinion would lie of general benefit. In reli- 
gious connection he was a Presbyterian, an active 
and consistent member of the Milton Church. He 
died 111 1901. 

In IStl William Waldron married Anna Ilil- 
M,.,-t, daughter of Philip and Catherine Hilgert, 
f Chillisquaque township, and -lie died at 
,l l( . a g e of seventy years. Eleven children were 
born to this union : Philip II.. now In ing ai I : 
v,,se. near Philadelphia, who served during the 
Civil war in Compam I'.. L31s1 Penn u \ ol- 
unteers; Hannah J., who married Ephraim 



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Duitch, of Williamsport ; David, who died young; 
Prof. William A., who died a1 Bay City. Mich.; 
May, who married James Marsh, and lives in 
Michigan; Charles Laffert; Frank P.. of Turbut 
township, who married Susan Hummell; George 
W., of Coatesville, Pa., who married Ida Brobst; 
Sarah Elizabeth, of Sunbury, Pa.: John C. who 
married Mary Kerr: and James M.. who gradu- 
ated from the Pennsylvania State College, became 
a civil engineer, was formerly in Georgia and is 
now engaged in the construction of the subway 
and tunnels in New York City. 

Dr. David Waldron, brother of William Wal- 
dron, was born m 1820 in Turbut township. North- 
umberland count}', and died m that township 
April 22, L885. Be stood high in his profession 
and had a large practice, though he was somewhat 
erratic in disposition, and he was honored with 
the office of sheriff of the county, serving from 
L860 l- L863. II*- was a Democrat in p tii - 
From the time he commenced practice until a 
years before his death In- resided at Milton. 

Charles Lafferi Waldron, son of William, was 
born Aug. 26, 1S50, in Turbut township, and there 
grew to manhood. Be assisted his father mi the 
farm from an early age. especially during the sum- 
mer season, hut in tin- winters had good educa- 
tional advantages, being -out to the academies at 
Limestoneville and McEwensville. In the spring 
of 1871 he came to Milton, where he at once began 
to do carpenter work, though he was engaged in 
teaching school during the winters of 1874, 1875 
and 1876. In 1879 ho began contracting and 
building on his own account, and has since de- 
voted himself to that line with most gratifying 
results. lie is a progressive business man. in both 
his work and his methods of handling it. and suc- 
cess has (nine to him because ho has made an earn- 
est effort to do the best possible in his line. Out- 
side of his s ce as school director he has taken 
no direct pari in public affairs. He is a Democrat. 
in politics. 

On Feb. 3, 1876, "Mr. Waldron married Clara 
Sharrow, daughter of Jonathan and Anna (Bar- 
clay) Sharrow. of Lycoming county, and 
have one daughter, Grace Barclay Waldron. who 
is a graduate of the Milton high school. 1896, and 
of the Philadelphia Musical Academy, 1898, being 
particularly accomplished in music. Mr. Waldron 
and his family are members of the Presbyterian 
Church. 

AV1LLIAM C. McCONNELL was horn in Hali- 
fax. Dauphin Co.. Pa., on the 4th day of April, 
I860. ITi- family was one of the oldest in that sec- 
tion, both his father and mother being natives of 
the count} 7 . His parents were George Washington 
and Sarah (Marsh i Mi Connell, both of whom are 
now deceased. 

The early day- of the subjei I of this review were 



spent in his native county, and he received his 
primary education at the neighboring public 
schools. In these institutions he made such ex- 
cellent progress and proved himself such a ready 
student that in 1877 he entered Franklin and Mar- 
shall Academy, located at Lancaster. Pa., in which 
institution he rounded out his education and pre- 
pared him=elf for admission to Franklin and Mar- 
shall College, where he spent two years, during 
which he profited by every opportunity. 

On dan. 1, 188-?. Mr. McConneil associated 
himself as a partner with the firm of Kulp. McWil- 
liams & Company, dealers in lumber, brick and 
ice. For more than four years he remained a mem- 
ber of this business house, and in 1886, when the 
partnership was dissolved and Mr. Kulp continued 
the lumber business. Mr. McConneil and Mr. Mo- 
Williams, the remaining members of the firm, 
formed a partnership under the title of McWil- 
& Mi I onnell, and continued in the ice and 
trade. This firm was dissolved in the spi 
903. 
The business capacity and indomitable energ] 
of Mr. McConneil are best illustrated, however, by 
a statement of the many interests with which he is 
allied, and the public and semi-public enterprises 
which owe a large measure of their success to his 
ready guidance, lie was one of the incorporators 
of tin- Roaring Creek. Anthracite and Bi r Gap 
Water Companies, and his associates in their man- 
agement have indicated their confidence in his abil- 
i v electing him to the presidency of these cor- 
porations, which important position he held for 
several years, discharging the duties thereof with 
rare fidelity. He ha- also been president of the 
Shamokin Water Company, elected in May, 1886. 
Mr. McConneil is a director of the Shamokm Bank- 
ing Company, of which he is now president, and a 
member of the Shamokin Board of Trade, connec- 
tions which aptly show how varied have been his in- 
terests and how diversified his energetii efforts. 
All in all, he is one of the most intelligently and 
thoroughly progressive men of his borough, active 
in every phase of its development. 

Mr. McConneil was appointed a member of the 
commission for the -election of a site and the erec- 
tion of a State Bospital for Injured Persons of 
the Trevorton, Shamokin and Mount Carmel coal 
fields by Gov. Edwin S. Stuart, in pursuance of 
an Act of Assembly passed by the Legislature of 
1907. Upon organization of the commission Mr. 
McConneil was made chairman of the same. The 
hospital is now in course of construction and will 
he open for the reception of patients sometime dur- 
ing the month of October. 1911. The building siti 
and surrounding grounds, equaling about eleven 
a, res, was donated by the Philadelphia & Reading 
Coal & lion Company and W. C. McConneil. 

Thoroughly imbued with the conviction that it is 
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by participating to the greatesl extenl possible in 
the political affairs of the country, Mr. McConnell 
early allied himself with the Republican party and 
has always been a stalwart member of that greal 
political organization. In 1890 lie was a delegate 
i" the State convention which placed George W. 
Delamater in nomination for the governorship, and 
in 1892 he represented the Seventeenth Congres- 
sional District of Pennsylvania in the Republican 
National Convention held al Minneapolis, which 

Ten inated Benjamin Harrison for the presidency 

of the Union. Al the election in November, 1908, 
Mr. McConnell was chosen, as the nominee of the 
Republican part] in the Twenty-Seventh senatorial 
district, comprising the counties of Northumber- 
land, Snyder and Union, to represent the same dur- 
ing i he sessions of 1909 and 1911. 

<*n April II. 1896, he was appointed aide-de 
camp, with the rank of lieutenant colonel, on the 
staff of Governor Hastings. The Union League 
of Philadelphia elected him to membership in that 
famous social organization in February, 1897. 
Colonel McConnell is a member of Elysburg Lodge, 
No. 414, Free and Accepted Masons, of Shamokin ; 
Chapter No. 264, Royal Arch Masons; and Sham- 
okin (' mandery, No. 77, Knights Templar. 

On June 9, 1881, lie was married to Ida V. 
Martz, daughter of Nathan V. and Eliza (Sam- 
uels) Martz, of Sunbury, Pa. Mrs. McConnell is 
a native of Northumberland county. She is the 
mother of two children, William Donald (de- 
ceased) and Katharine Martz. Senator McCon- 
nell and his family are members of the Trinity 
Lutheran Church of Shamokin. 

VASTINE. Abraham Van De Woerstyne, with 
his wife and their three children, viz., John, Cath- 
erine and Hannah, left Holland in the seventeenth 
century and crossed the ocean on a sailing vessel, 
landing in Now York. They soon crossed over 
into Xew Jersey. About the time William Penn 
founded Philadelphia thei came into Pennsyl- 
vania. In 1696 we find them in Germantown, 
Pennsylvania. 

In 1698 John Van De Woerstyne purchased sev- 
eral tracts of land from one Jeremiah Langhorn, 
in Hilltown township, Bucks Co., Pa., and I 
erected a granite dwelling' along the pike leading 
from Philadelphia to Bethlehem. It stood, as 
was the custom in that day. with its gable to the 
road, fronting south, at a point two miles north 
of Line Lexington and four miles southwest from 
Sellersville, Pucks Co., Pa. The name John Van 
D e Woerstyne appears on a number of official pa- 
pers and documents on record in Pucks couirft ; il 
is found on many papers pertaining to 
roads and improvements in Hilltown town- 
ship. John Van De Woerstyne died Feb. 
9. 1738. His wife, Abigail, survived him 
some time. They were the parents of five chil- 
s 



dren, as follows: (1) Abraham, horn May 24, 
1698, died in October, 1772, in Hilltown. He 
married Sara Ruckman, and thej were the parents 
of five daughters: Abigail, married to Andrew 
Armstrong; Ruth, married to James Armstrong; 
Mary, married to Roberl Jameson; Ra6hel, mar- 
ried to Hugh Mears; and Sara, married to Samuel 
Wilson. Thus far we have keen unable to learn 
anything about their descendants. (2) Jeremiah, 
born Dec. 24, 1701, died in Hilltown in November, 
1769. He and his wife Debora were the parents 
of one son and two daughters: Jeremiah died in 
New Britain, Bucks Co., Pa., in April. L778 (his 
wife's name was Elizabeth) ; Martha married John 
Louder; Hannah married Samuel Greshom. (3) 
Benjamin, horn July 9, 1703, died in August, 
11 1:9. (4) John died Feb. 9, 1765, in Hilltown. 
Pa., unmarried. (5) Mary, born March 1, 1699, 
married a Mr. Wilson and remove. 1 to South Car- 
olina. 

Benjamin Vastine. son of John and Abigail, 
was the progenitor of the family in Northumber- 
land county. Pa. He became a member of the 
Friends .Meeting and at one of the meetings held 
in Philadelphia requested permission to hold meet- 
ings in his house. He married Mary Griffith, and 
their union was blessed by the birth of seven chil- 
dren, as follows: Hannah married Emerson Kel- 
I] ; John married Rachel Morgan: Abraham mar- 
ried Elizabeth Williams: Benjamin married Cath- 
erine Eaton (he died in September, 1775); Jon- 
athan married Elizabeth Lewis: Isaac married 
Sara Matthews; Amos married Martha Thomas. 

The name Van De Woerstyne has changed grad- 
ually, first to Voshne, then to Vashtine and lastl] 
to Vastine. The name in Dutch meant forest, 
hence the early settlers often called John Van De 
Woerstyne "Wilderness." 

John Vastine, son of Benjamin and Mary (Gri f- 
fith) Vastine, married Rachel Morgan, and thej 
became the pa rent- of two sons and two daughters: 
Benjamin, who married Mary Van ZanI : Simon, 
who had a son named John: Nancy, and Margaret. 

Abraham Vastine, second son of Benjamin and 
Mary (Griffith) Vastine, married Elizabeth \\ il 
liams. Their family, four sons and two daughters, 
was as follows: John; William; Abraham ; Nan< 
Man , and Jeremiah. This family first settled in 
York county, Pa., and later moved to Hi ntui 

Benjamin Vastine, third son of Benjamin and 
Mary (Griffith) Vastine, married I latl erim Eaton, 
and they were the parents of two sons and two 
daughters, namel] : Marj married Josiah I. mm ; 
Peter married Hannah, daughter of Jonathan \ 

Benjamin married Doto 
Amos Vastine; Elizabeth married Alem Mot 

Jonathan Vastine, fourth - E Benjamin and 

Mary I < rriffitli I Vastini m Peter, 

who was also his son-in-law, came to Northuml 
land coum \ . Pa., n here thi j pun hased largi 



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the former about six hundred acres where later 
Valentine Epler lived, and the latter three hun- 
dred acres near that of his uncle. Jonathan, like 
his father, was a member of the Society of Friends. 
He was a farmer, and built a house on his farm. 
He died about 1830 and is buried in the old Qua- 
ker burying ground at Catawissa, Pa. He married 
Elizabeth Lewis, and their union was blessed by 
the birth of five sons and three daughters, as fol- 
lows: Benjamin married Elizabeth Van Zant; 
Ann married Thomas Robbins; Hannah married 
Peter, son of Benjamin Vastine; Mary married 
William Marsh; John married Catherine Osmun; 
Jeremiah married E. Reeder; Thomas died un- 
married; Jonathan married Nancy Ann Hughs. 

Amos Vastine, sixth son of Benjamin and Mary 
(Griffith) Vastine. married Martha Thomas, and 
svere the parents of two daughters: Dorothy 
married Benjamin, son of Benjamin Vastine: Mar- 
tha married Robert C. Shannon. 

Benjamin Vastine, son of John and Rachel 
(Morgan) Vastine, married Mary Van Zant and 
they were the parents of three sons: Benjamin 
married Elizabeth Hauek: Thomas married Sara 
Ellis; John married Sara Scott. 

Benjamin Vastine, son of Benjamin and Mary 
(Van Zant i Vastine, married Elizabeth Hauck. 
and they were the parents of the following: Mar- 
garet, who married William Savidge; Armand; 
Harriet, who married Al.-m Hughes: Algernon, 
and Thomas. 

Thomas Vastine. son of Benjamin and Mary 
(Van Zant) Vastine. married Sara Ellis, and they 
became the parents of four sons and seven daugh- 
ters: Ann (married George Pensyl), Lucinda 
(married John Adams). Mary, Samantha, Bene- 
ville, Grace Ella. John. Rufus, Thomas J., Jane 
and Sara Matilda. 

John Vastine, son of Benjamin and Mary (Van 
Zant) Vastine, married Sara Scott, and their chil- 
dren were: Hannah, who married Mahlon Huff: 
Ellen: Sara Jane; Benjamin; Catherine, and Isa- 
bella. 

Peter Vastine, son of Benjamin and Catherine 
(Eaton) Vastine, married Hannah, daughter of 
Jonathan Vastine. and their union was blessed by 
the birth of nine children: Catherine, unmarried; 
Elizabeth, who married John Colket; Benjamin. 
unmarried; Mary, who married Henry Johnson: 
Ann. who married Henry Boone: Lydia, unmar- 
ried: Thoma- Jefferson, who married Harriet 
Paxton; Peter E., who married Mary Miller; and 
Jeremiah, unmarried. 

Thomas Jefferson Vastine. son of Peter and 
Hannah (Vastine) Vastine, married Harriet Pas- 
ton, and had children: Peter, Margaret P., Charles, 
1 - ih, Sara and Hannah. 

Benjamin Vastine, son of Benjamin and Cath- 
erine (Eaton) Vastine, married Dorothy, daugh- 
ter of Amos Vastine. They were the parent- of 



two daughters: Martha, wife of Joel Miller: and 
Catherine, wife of Benjamin Miller. 

Benjamin Vastine, son of Jonathan and Eliza- 
beth (Lew i- 1 Vastine, married Elizabeth Van 
Zant. by whom he had one son and three daugh- 
ters: Lewis married Martha Boone; Mary married 

Samuel B le : Ann married Isaac Wolverton; 

Rachel married John M. Housel. 

Lewis Vastine, son of Benjamin and Elizabeth 
(Van Zant) Vastine. married Martha Boone, and 
they were the parents of the following children: 
Hannah (married Dudley Adams), Margaret 
(married Jacob B. Gearhart), Rachel -lane. Eliz- 
abeth (married John II. Morrall), Matilda (mar- 
ried Abraham Gulick), Sara. Martha. William B., 
Lewis B. and George. 

John Vastine, second son oi Jonathan and I. 
abeth (Lewis) Vastine, inherited a portion of his 
lather's farm and built wdiat is known as the old 
-tone houst — it is still standing — where he lived. 
He married Catherine Osmun and their union was 
blessed with four sons and two daughters: (1) 
Thomas P., horn in 1808, married Lanah Vought, 
and they had children: John Willington, who mar- 
ried Emma Fisher; Catherine and Matilda, both 
unmarried : Rosanna, who married George W. Mil- 
ler and was the mother of Gussie M., Florence V., 
Daniel 0. and Both A. (2) William is fully men- 
tioned later. (3) John began the study of medi- 
cine at the age of eighteen, in Jefferson Medical 
College, Philadelphia. Pa., and graduated at the 
age of twenty-one years, bui soon died. (4) Amos, 
born in L813, married Susan Lerch, and died 
Nov. 15, 1889. His principal business was farm- 
ing, but at one time he was engaged in the mer- 
cantile business at Paxinos. He owned some six 
hundred acres of land, which he tilled: and also 
had large real estate interests in Mount Carmel. 
He was one of the promoters of the Mount Carmel 
Savings Bank, of which he was president from its 
organization until his death: was also one of the 
organizers of the ShamoMn Township Fire Insur- 
ance Company and was treasurer of same at the 
time of his death. Politically he was a Republi- 
can, and he filled the office of county commissioner 
from 1871 to 1ST L Mrs. Vastine was the daughter 
of Felix Lerch. one of the pioneer settler- of 
Mount Carmel. Mr. and Mrs. Vastine were the 
parents of the following: Felix, who died young: 
John, who married Kate Bird: Thomas, who mar- 
ried Lizzie Haas, and has children. Amos and Hat- 
tie: Catherine, who married L. S. Persing (chil- 
dren, Anna. Sadie, Amos and Susan) : and Hattie, 
who had two children (Amos and William) by her 
first husband. Olive Reed, and married for her 
second husband William Metz. (5) Margarel 
married Charles Heflev and they were the parents 
of three children. Elizabeth (married Harvey Rob- 
bins and had children Margarel and Josiah or 
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Persing and had children, Harriet and Harvey). 
(6) Sara Ann married Robert C. Campbell and 
was the mother of Abram (died unmarried). John 
L. (unmarried, lives in Danville, Pa.), James C. 
(married Margarel Mettler), and Margaret C, 
Hannah J., Isabella A. and Sara Alice, all four 
of whom died narried. 

Jeremiah Vastine, third son of Jonathan and 
Elizabeth (Lewis) Vastine, married E. Eeeder, 
ami they had a Eamily of one son and three daugh- 
ters, as follows : Mai \ married C. Fisher; Marga- 
ret married D. Robbins; Surrissa married William 

Leighou; Tl as married Eliza Reeder and they 

are the parents of < 'ai herine. 

Jonathan Vastine, fourth son of Jonathan and 
Elizabeth (Lewis) Vastine, married Nancy Ann 
Hughs, and their children were the following: 
Hugh Hughs married Catherine Zimmerman; 
I. iwis married Sara Potts and had one daughter, 
Anna, who married Alfred Hablerstadt; and Ben- 
jamin died unmarried. 

Hugh Hughs Vastine, son el' Jonathan and 
Nancy Ann (Hughs) Vastine, married Catherine 
Zimmerman, and thej were the parents of the fol- 
lowing children: Martha Ann died unmarried: 
William L. married Alice Carded, and had chil- 
dren, Blanche, Jane, Mary and Cera; Oscar mar- 
ried Edna Gillaspy; Mary married John K. Erd- 
niaii. and had children. Hattie. Sara. "Nora, Allen, 
Bert. John, Calvin, Kimher and Frank; Jonathan 
married Cora lies-, and had Charles, Katie and 

: Jacob married M. Smith, and had Ethel. 

Hattie and Grethel; Lewis married Mary Mina- 
maker; Sara C. married E. Campbell and had a 
son Elwood, who is deceased; Harriet married Wil- 
liam Arnold and had children Bessie and Ann: 
Ida married Charles Huffman and had a large 
family, Vergie, Edwin. John. Mary, Wesley, Wil- 
liam Wellington and Frank. 

William Vastine. son of John and Catherine 
(Osmun) Vastine, when he reached the age of 
twenty-one years settled on the farm later occupied 
by his son Simon, and followed farming. He was 
a large land owner, cultivating between 150 and 
500 acres. In religious faith he was a member of 
the Lutheran Church. Politically he was lir-t 
a Whig and later a Republican. He died in 1859. 
In 1832 William Vastine married Elizabeth 
Hursh, who was horn in 1809 and died in 1890. 
To Mr. and Mrs. Vastine were horn the following 
children: (1) Amos will be fully mentioned later 
(2) Jacob H., M. D. horn April 2, 1836, was edu- 
cated in the common schools of his native town- 
ship, at Danville Academy. Shamokin Collegiate 
Institute and Jefferson Medical College, from 
which he graduated in 1858. In 1861 he married 

Sara, daughter of G ge Hughs, of Catawissa, 

Pa., and they are the parents of the following chil- 
dren: Henrietta t married Asa Spencer), Elizabeth 
(deceased). Dr. George H. (married Nettie Pfah- 



ler), William (married Elizabeth Custaborder), 
Marion (married Catherine Sharpless), Harriel B. 
(married Horn,,. Boas), Sara (married Ralph Ray 

Griffith) and Alder (married Mahle )'. 

(3) Hugh II. is fully mentioned below. ( 1 I 
Simon married Elizabeth Faux and they were the 
parent- of Catherine ami Ellen M. (5) Ezra mar- 
ried Sarah Davidson and had two daughters, 
Bethia and Sara M. (6) Elizabeth A. married Dr. 
James Oglesby, M. D., of Danville. Pa., and their 
union was blessed by the birth of two sons, Ge 
(deceased) and William V. (an attorney of Dan- 
ville). (7) Daniel and (8) Ellen died young. 

Amos Vastine, eldest child of William and Eliz- 
abeth Vastine, was born in Bush township. North- 
umberland Co.. Pa., Nov. is. is:::;, and was edu- 
cated in the public scl I- of hi- native township 

and in the Presbyterian Institute at Wyoming, Pa. 
He was reared on a farm, and purchased the 
homestead place, where he subsequently lived nine 
years. In ISC'! he purchased a farm id' 280 acre-. 
whereon he lived until 1890, in which year he re- 
moved to his present home in Danville, Pa. Po- 
litically Mr. Vastine is a Republican, and he has 
served in various township offices and was for sev- 
eral term- a member of the Danville city council, 
of which body he was president. He is a member 
"f the Mahoning Presbyterian Church, of which 
he has for vears been an official. Fraternally he 
belongs to Danville Lodge, No. •-".'I. F. & A. M. 
In 1855 Mr. Vastine married Mahala. daughti i 
Jacob Shultz. of Danville, and they had a family 
of -ix children: (1) Elizabeth died at the age of 
twenty-one years. ('.') William is fully mentioned 
below. ('■'<) Laura M. married Dr. John 1,'. Kim- 
merer, M. D. They left three children. Jeffie, Hel- 
en ( -nice deceased ) and John, the survivors living 
with their grandfather, Amos Vastine. (I) Dr. 
John H. married Helen Beniscoter, and ha- chil- 
dren. Richard B., Roberl and Josephine L. (5) 
Ella Kate, twin of John II.. married Henry S. 
Mains and has one son, Charles Vastine. (6) 
Amos Beaber married Lulu V. MeClure, and i 
have one daughter, Mary F. 

William Vastijte, a retired fa iding in 

West Market street. Dam die. Pa., through win 
efforts and assistance much of the earh, historj of 
the Vastine family here given was obtained, was 
horn in Rush township, in Northumberland coun- 
ty, in 1859. He i- the oldesi -on of Amo- and 
Mahala (Shultz) Vastine. Hi- early boyhood 
days were spent on hi- father's farm, the sum- 
mers in tilling tlie -oil and the winters in attend- 
ing the native schools and later Dam die Academy. 
\fter he reached ih, agi "i maturity he purchased 
a farm of some 320 a, res of river valley land in 
Point town-hip. Northumberland county, which 
he fanned for several years. Eventually he pur- 
chased a beautiful home mm Wesl Market street, 

I !,,n\ ill,., and moved thither. There he has since 



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resided. Mr. Vastine was a successful farmer, and 
by close attention to his work, notwithstanding his 
farm is so large, has made it one of the best in the 
valley. Although he lives in town, he continues 
to give careful attention to his farm. He is a 
Republican, but very liberal minded politically. 
voting for whom he considers the best man. In 
religious faith he and his family are members of 
the Mahoning Presbyterian Church, at Danville, 
and earnest workers in that congregation. 

Mr. Vastine married Elizabeth Boone Gearhart, 
daughter of Maybury Gearhart, and granddaugh- 
ter of William and Sara (Boone) Gearhart, of 
Maybury township, Montour Co., Pa. They are 
the parents of two daughters: Catherine Gearhart 
and Elizabeth Boone, both of whom were educated 
in the Danville schools, graduating from the high 

school. Mrs. Vastine is a descendanl of the B le 

family, a record of which we here append. 

George Boone lived in Exeter, England, and was 
the father of a son whom he also called George. 
George, Jr., was horn in the city of Exeter, Devon- 
shire. England, and when a young man learned the 
blacksmith's trade, following it until the time of 
his death, which occurred in his sixtieth year. He 
had married Sara Uppy, who survived him about 
twenty years, dying at the advanced age of eighty. 
They were t he parents of a son < teorge 

George Boone (3) was hum at the village of 
Stoak, near the cit] of Exeter, in 1666. When a 
young man. as was the custom in that day. he 
learned a trade, ;elei ting that of weaver. He mar- 
ried .Mary Manbridge, who was born in 1669, 
daughter of John and Mary (Milton) Manbridge, 
ami died in 1741. aged seventy-two years. George 
Boone (3) arrived with his family in Philadelphia, 
Pa., (let. lo. 1717. They -pent '-..me time in Ab- 
ington, Pa., and then removed i<> North Wales, 
where they remained two years, thence removing 
tn Oley township. Berks Co.. Pa., where he pur- 
chased 400 acres of land, as the warrants, dated 
1718, show, and settled upon it. The original 
Boone farm is now owned by Morris 11. De 'lurk. 
Mr. Boone died July ". J 7. 17 11. aged seventy-eight 
years. He left surviving eight children, fifty-two 
grandchildren ami ten great-grandchildren, in all 
seventy descendants, all of whom excepting S: n 
and Squire remained and died in Exeter, as the 
record of the Friends' burying ground in Exeter 
shows. 

We have the following record of the descend- 
ants of George (3) and Mary (Manbridge) 
j;, ione : 

(It George Boone (4), born July 13, 1690, died 
Nov. 23, 1753. lie was by profession a teacher, 
for many years held the office of magistrate and 
was a man of prominence in the community. He 
married Debora Howell July 31, 1713; she died 
Jan. ?<;. 17">7. Their children are mentioned he- 
low. 



(V) Sara Boone, horn Feb. 18. 1691 (?), mar- 
ried Jacob Stover and moved to Virginia, later to 
Kentucky. 

( M ) S.piire liooiio. horn Xov. •.'•">. 1696, died in 
17 HI. in North Carolina, whither he had removed 
in 17-"itt. He married Sara Morgan and they were 
the parents of eleven children, nine of whom lived 
io be from eighty-three to ninety-one years o]^ 
one of these being Daniel Boone, the Kentucky 
pioneer. 

(4) Mary Boom', horn Sept. •.<:;. 1699, died dan. 
It:. 1774. She married John Webb, and they 
were the parents of eleven children, one of whom, 
Samuel, removed to Columbia county and settled 
near Espy. Hi- daughter Mary married Morde- 
cai Lincoln, brother of Abraham and son of Morde- 
cai Lincoln, who died in 1 1 36. 

(5) Joseph 11 ie. Imrn April ■">. 1704, died 

Jan. 30, 1776. 11 is wife's name was Catherine. 

(6) Benjamin Boone, horn July 16, 1706, died 
"),t. 11. 1762. In 1726 he married ( first I Ann 
Farmer, at Abington, and they were the parents 
of the following children : John : Susannah. There 
were evidently five children of Benjamin Boone's 
- nd marriage, Mary. Benjamin, dames. Sam- 
uel (whose daughter Rachel married Hezekiah 
Pancoast) and Dianah (or Dinah). The last 
named married Benjamin Tallman, who was a 
son of William and Ann (Lincoln) Tallman. Ben- 
jamin being their only child to live to matur- 
ity and leave descendants. Ann Lincoln, his 
mother, was a sister of Sara Lincoln, who was the 
wife of William Boone. They were the daughters 
of Mordecai Lincoln, whose will was probated in 
• I iitio. 1736. The Tallmans removed to Virginia 
in 1780. Williain and Ann died in Virginia; Ben- 
jamin and Dinah settled in Ohio about 1805 or 
L810. He died in 1820, and she in 1824. 

( 7 i dame- Boone, born July 18, 1709, died 
Sept. 1. 1785. He married (first) Mary Foulke 
and (second) Ann Griffith, and his fi rs t wife was 
the mother of fourteen children. His son James 
was an astronomer and the writer of the Boone 
manuscript, from which records much of the 
amily history has been obtained. Ann. 
eldest child of James and Mary (Foulke). married 
Abraham Lincoln, the posthumous son of Morde- 
cai Lincoln, who died in 1736. Mordecai Lincoln, 
son of this couple, married Julia Maybury, sis- 
ter to Margaret Maybury, who was the wife of 
George, -on of William and Sara Boone. Only 
one child of Mordecai ami Julia (Maybury) Lin- 
coln. Margaret, lived to maturity; she married a 
Mr. Barto. 

To George (4) and Debora (Howell) Boone 
were horn the following children: George (5), 
horn May 3, 171 I (died Sept. 30, 1731 i : Mary, 
Feb. 10. 1716; Hannah, duly 20, 1718: Debora, 
Dec. 18, 1720: Dinah, Oct. is. 1722: William. 
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Jeremiah, Jan. L6, 1729; Abigail, Aug. 9, 1732;' 
Hezekiah, .March 22, 1734. 

William B te, son of George (4), married 

March 26, 1748, Sara Lincoln, who was born in 
January, 1727, and died April 21, 1810. Their 
union was blessed by the birth of the following 
children: Mordecai; William: Mary; George; 
Thomas; Jeremiah; Eezekiah, and Abigail. The 
firsl seven named, together with the mother, had 
certificates from the Exeter Meeting to the Fair- 
fax Meeting in Virginia, under date of Oct. 30, 
L776, and again a return certificate for the mother 
and Mary. William, George, Jeremiah and Hez- 
ekiah from Fairfax to Exeter Meeting. The will 
of William Boone, dated May 23, L768, and pro- 
bated Dec. 6, L771, bequeathed as follows : To Abi- 
gail, wife of Adiii Pancoast, 70 pounds; to repair 
Exeter burying ground; to Mary, 100 pounds at 
age of twenty years; to Mordecai, 50 pounds be- 
fore division ; the remainder of the estate to be di- 
vided equally among sons, and they to be put to 
trades. 

We have the following record of the descend- 
ants of William and Sara (Lincoln) Boone: (1) 
Abigail married Adin Pancoast May 28, 1767. 
He died Dec. 12, 1822; she died March 1 1. L808. 
Abigail had a certificate to Fairfax Meeting and 
another to return to Exeter, and a third from Ex- 
eter to Catawissa, June 28, L797. In the last are 
named children as follows: William Pancoast, 
who married Vashti Cooper (their daughter mar- 
ried dames Evans Lindsay and they were the par- 
ents of a son. William T. Lindsay); Mary Pan- 
coast : and Hezekiah Pancoast, horn dune 8, 1789, 
who married Rachel Boone, March 26, 1814 (she 
was born May 30, 1789, a daughter of Samuel 
Boone, who died on the Fishing Creek in 1811). 
(2) Mordecai died in August, 1774, in Frederick 
county, Md., unmarried. (3) William married 
Susan Parks, of Reading, Pa., in 1778. She had 
a certificate to Pipe Creek Meeting dated L782. 
Their descendants founded Boonsboro, Md. (4) 
Mary married Isaac Lee, at Exeter Meeting, May 
8, 1777. (5) Thomas died in Amity township, 
Berks Co., Pa., Oct. 28, 1823. (6) Jeremiah. 
(7) Hezekiah married Hannah Hughs in Exeter 
township, daughter of George Hughs. Hezekiah 
died in Catawissa township, Columbia Co., Pa., 
and his will was probated April 5, 1827. The 
children of his first wife were: William ami 
George, of Schuylkill county, Pa.; Martha, wife of 
Lewis Vastine; Ann. wife of J. Wolverton; and 
Xewton, who died in Bloomsburg, Pa. By his 
second marriage he had children : Milton, who 
died at Pottsville, Pa. : Surrissa : Hannah : John : 
Jndah (of Schuylkill county) ; Willette, who died 
in Bloomsburg, Pa.; Elizabeth, who died in Potts- 
ville, Pa. (8) George (5) married Aug. 6, 1780, 
in Hereford township, Berks Co.. Pa., Margaret 
Maybury, daughter of Richard and Ann 1 and 



widow of William Maybury. She died April 21, 
1825, aged sixty-five years. Their children were 
born as follows: Sara. Mm L0, lis-- William, 
Nov. 1-.'. 1783; Ann. Aug. 21, L785; Charles, Dec. 
21, L786; Mary. Oct. Is. 1788; George, Aug. 7, 
1790 (died May 30, 1860); Elizabeth, Aug. 23, 
1793; Harriet. Xo\. 22, L795; Margaret, Ma\ 25, 
1798; Rachel, Feb. 5, 1801. 

George Boone (6), son ..f George (5), married 
Hannah Hughs, horn Feb. 9, 1794, died Ma 
11 ■ I s ' I- Children: Edward, born April 1 - 
1811 : Ellis, Dee. 30, 1818; Margaret, Dec. -."J. 
1820; Thomas, Dee. 26, L822; George, March 11. 
I s ■.' 5 . 

Sara B le, born May 10, 1782, married Wil- 
liam Gearhart, and they were the parents of five 
children, as follows: Maybury, Julia Ann, Har 
riet, Eleanor and Amelia Douglas. 

Maybury Gearhart married Margaret C. Nixon, 
and their union was blessed with seven children: 
( 1 ) Sophia G. married Col. Charles W. Eckrnan. 
Children: Catherine G., Hester R. (married 
George Darby) and Elizabeth I'., (superintendent 
of I'.rvn Mawr hospital). (?) William married 
Margaret Thompson. (3) Clarence F. married 
Malissa Burd. Children: Amelia H. and Magda- 
line (married Gustaf Peterson). (4) Amelia s. 
married Hon. IT. M. Hinckley. Children: Sara 
G., John M. (married Mabel Eey), Eleanor (mar- 
ried C. F. Zimmerman), Edna (deceased) and 
Elizabeth Shoop. ( .~> ) Elwood Sayn married Ella 
Creveling. Children: Mary Catherine, Helen 
Sophia, Marion and Eveline Regina. (6) Eliz- 
abeth Boone married William Vastine. Children: 
Catherine Gearhart and Elizabeth Boone. (7) 
George S. married Harriet C. Yetter. Children: 
William L. G. : Julia Ann, married to Samuel 
Harder (children, Arthur and Harriet Y.) ; Har- 
riet, married to Lewis Yetter (-en William G. 
Setter) ; Eleanor, married to David ('lark (daugh 
ter Cordelia is married to George Gearhart and 
has children Eleanor ami Charles); and Amelia, 
married to G. M. Shoop (they have a son William 
G. Shoop). 

Hugh H. Vastine, third son of William and 
Elizabeth (Hursh) Vastine. was born July 22, 
1838, in Northumberland county, and died Sept. 
25, 1908. He was educated in the common schools 
of his native township, at Danville Academy, and 
at Greenwood Seminary, a Friends' institution at 

Milville. 1'a. C| attaining his majority 

married Susan Mettler, daughter of Wilson and 
Anna E. (Gearhart) Mettler, and settled upon a 
farm id' some three hundred acres, which he pnr- 
ed ami where he lived for s wars, follow- 
ing farming. He then moved to Riverside, where 
he put up a line brick house "li what was once a 
pari of the Gearhart farm, the plea-ant home 
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Mm and (laughter. The ground was originally 
taken up by Capt. Jacob Gearhart, Mrs. Vastine's 
maternal great-grandfather. 

Mr. and Mrs. Hugh H. Vastine were the par- 
ents of three children: (1) Wilson M.. born in 
Rush township, was educated in Danville Acad- 
emy under Prof. Kelso; and at Bucknell Univer- 
sity, located at Lewisburg, Pa., from which insti- 
tution he graduated. Since the death of his father 
he has been engaged in overseeing his father's es- 
tate. (2) Elizabeth 1!.. only daughter of Hugh 
II. and Susan M. Vastine, was also educated in the 
Danville Academy, at Danville, Pa., and Buck- 
nell Seminary, at Lewisburg. She now lives with 
her mother at Riverside. (3) Eugh Spencer, sec- 
ond son of Hugh IT. and Susan M. Vastine, was 
bom in Rush township, educated in the Danville 
(Pa.) high school and Dickinson College, at Car- 
lisle. Pa., and now follows farming. He married 
Sarah P. Mettler, daughter of William IT. and 
Julia (Kreigbaum.) Mettler, and their union has 
been blessed by the birth of two daughters, Pauline 
ami Rachel, and one son, Hugh H. 

Mrs. Susan (Mettler) Vastine can trace her pa- 
ternal ancestn to one William Mettler, whose fa- 
ther tame from England and settled in Hunter- 
don cminty. X. .1. He had five sons, viz.: Benja- 
min. I-aae. Philip, Henry and William. The lasl 
named married (first) Katy Ifann and (second) 
Katv Finish, ami there were born to him five sons 
and lour (laughters, viz.: Jonathan, Philip. Mat- 
thias (Tice), John, William. Mary (married Wil- 
liam Taylor), Elizabeth (married Francis Apgar), 
Catherine (married [saac Van Konk) and Sara 
(married Philip Sine). 

William Mettler. son of William and Katy Met- 
tler. was born Aug. 25, 1778, in Hunterdon coun- 
ty, X. J., and married Elizabeth Apgar, daughter 
of William and Katie (Pickle) Apgar. About 
1790 he came to Northumberland county, Pa., and 
settled near Klinesgrove, in Rush township, upon 
lands recently owned bv Harmon Savige. He first 
leased, paying money rent once a year to one < teorge 
Sutton, agent, at Philadelphia, Pa., for the owner, 
who resided in England. Later, when the owner 
came to inspect the lands he purchased 318 acres 
and resided thereon to the time of his death, which 
occurred Oct. 11. is is. He was a member of the 
Methodist Episcopal Church for nearly thirty 
years, and had held several prominent positions in 
the church, such as class leader, steward and trus- 
tee. He was of a charitable disposition, assisting 
imt only his own church but other congregations, 
and he was ever ready to help the needy. He was 
a great Bible student, well versed in the Scrip- 
tures. Politically lie was a Democrat, hut took 
little interest in politics. For his time he had en- 
joyed good educational advantages, was a good 
mathematician, and fond of astronomy. Indus- 
trious, economical and prudent, he reared his large 



family ami lefl an unincumbered estate to his 
heirs. 

His wife, as has been noted, was Elizabeth Ap- 
gar. This name was originally Ebgert or Ebeher. 
The family came from the borders of Lombard, 
in Italy, to Philadelphia in 1749. The records 
show that Sept. 13, 1749, Johan Adam Ebgert 
signed the oath of allegiance. He is said to have 
been one of two brothers who came to this country, 
the other going to Monmouth county, X. .1. Jo- 
han Adam Ebgert was the father of ten son> and 
one daughter. \iz.: Herbert, Henry, Jacob, Peter, 
John, William (who settled near Clinton, Hunter- 
don Co.. X. J.). Adam, Frederick. Conrad. George 
and Catherine. 

William Apgar. of Clinton, X. .1.. horn in 1752, 
died April 9, 1836. He married April 17. 1774, 
Catherine Pickle, daughter of Conrad Fickle, horn 
in 1752, ami died in 1831. To them were horn 
Sve -oiis and seven daughters, viz.: Joanna Ger- 
trude, born March 31, 1775; Hannah, March 3, 
1776 (died young); Elizabeth, 17T7 (died 
young): Xicholas I'.. June 29, L779 (married 
Catherine Manning) : dames. .Ian. 28. ITsi (died 
single); William. Oct. 29, 1782 (died young); 
Elizabeth CM. dune 12, 1785 (married William 
Mettler); Sarah, twin of Elizabeth (2) (married 
Isaac Bloom i ; ( Catherine, Aug. 2, 1 789 (died 
young): Nancy, duly 12, 1792 (married Samuel 
Manning, son of Samuel) : William (2), July 15, 
1794 (died young); George, 1799 (married Eliz- 
abeth McPherson, of Brooklyn). Of these, 

Mrs. Mettler died Feb. 17, [876, at the ripe old 
age of nearly ninety-one years. She had been a 
member of the Methodist Church nearly sixty 
years. As was expressed by her minister, who 
wrote her obituary, "her house was the home of 
the weary itinerant, and a church in which to wor- 
ship God." At the time of her death her descend- 
ants were fourteen children, sixty grandchildren, 
sixty-three great-grandchildren and five great- 
great-grandchildren, a total of one hundred and 
forty-two. It is worthy of record that the resem- 
blance between Elizabeth Apgar Mettler and her 
twin sister Sara A.pgar Bloom was so marked that 
their closest friends were puzzled to know them 
apart. They were married the same day. by the 
same minister, one of them wearing a bit of ribbon 
to distinguish her from the other. Each was the 
mother of fourteen children, the last two of Mrs. 
Bloom's children being twins. 

We have the following record of the seven sons 
and seven daughter- born to Mr. and Mrs. William 
Mettler: (1) Nicholas, horn dune 18, 1803, died 
July 16, 1803. ( ? i Catherine, horn Jan. 17, 1805, 
on Oct. 17, 1822, was married by Rev. John Rhodes 
to Robert Campbell. Their home was first at 
Snydertown, Pa., and later on a farm near there. 
Their children who reached maturity were: Wil- 
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home of her son John, in Snydertown, Dec. 6, 
1881. (.3) Hannah, born ISTov. 27, L806, on April 
i;. L827, was married to William Price, of Clear 
field county, Pa., where she resided until the time 
of her death, July 9, 1892. Their children who 
grew up were Elizabeth, William Lorenzo, Annie, 
Martha, George and Wesley. (4) Isaac !'>.. born 
May 20, 1808, died Dec. 31, 1850, unmarried. 
(5) William, born Jan. 13, 1810, on Oct. 9, 1834, 
was married by Rev. Thomas Taunehill to .lane 
Kline. They lii'st lived on a farm afterward the 
home and property of John F. Kline, then on a 
farm near the old Mettler homestead, and later 
went Wesl and settled on a farm near Joliet, 111., 
where he died Oct. 8, 1885. Their children who 
reached maturity were A. Brittian, Jasper, Mc- 
Kendree, William Henry, Keturah, Harriet Ann 
and Mary Eliza. (6) Sarah, born July 5, 1811, 
on Oct. 21, L831, was married by Rev. Daniel 
Steele to Charles Gearhart, of Danville, Pa., and 
settled mi a farm near Danville. She new makes 

her I ie u ith her sons Weslej . of Scranton, Pa., 

ami Clark, of Locl< Haven, Pa. Her children, who 
grew up, were Susan, William M., Wesley and 
Clark R. She married (second) Andrew Run- 
; an. ( "i ) Eleanor, born April L6, 1813, on Sept. 
10, 1832, was married, h\ Rev. Josiah Forrest, to 
Philip Huff, and located on and afterward pur- 
chased the farm ow 1 l>v Philip's grandfather. 

(8) George, born Oct. 12, lsi i. died Oct. 9, 1824. 
I'.i) Nancy, born Sept. s. 1817, on Dec. 17, 1835, 
was married by Rev. Oliver Ege to William Carr, 
of Siinhiirv. where they located and where she 
died dune is. 1892. She married for her second 
husband ex-Sheriff Daniel Buckley. Of the chil- 
dren born tn her first marriage, the following 

grew up: William M., G 'ge, Bartley, Francis, 

Charles, Alfred and Edward. (10) Eliza, born 
Feb. '.'. 1819, was married h\ Rev. Henry Dill. .Tan. 
.",. 1839, to John F. Kline, and located mi a farm 
near Klinesgrove, Pa., where they both died, the 
Eormer Jan. 30, 1899. Their adult children were: 
Sara; Ellen; Martha; Ann: Henry M.; and Ida. 
Mrs. James Stoner. ill) Lorenzo, born March 
27, 1821, was married Ma\ 31, 1842, by Rev. C. 
A. Hewitt, to Permelia Wolverton. They firsl lo- 
cated in the old stone parsonage near home, then 
at Deiblers Station in Irish Valley, and later came 
to own a farm near Rushville, Pa., wl ere he spent 
most of his life. He died March 17, 1889. His 
adull children were: Charles. William H. and 
Margaret. His second wife was Matilda Eckman. 
daughter of Jacob Eckman. (12) John, born 
dan. 13, 1823, was married dan. 8, 1846, by Rev. 
J. W. Haughawout, to Jerusha Kline. They lo- 
cated on the old farm at Union Corners and then 
for a time ai Elysburg, Pa., where he purchased a 
farm ..„ which lie died May 22, 1889. They were 
the parents of but one child, Preston. I 13) Susan, 
born Oct. 19, 1825, was married dan. 9, 1841. by 



Rev. Alem Brittian, to Isaac DeWitt Kline. They 
first farmed for Mr. Kline's lather, then purchased 
a farm near Mettler's Church mi which he died in 
L861, a victim of the then prevailing typhoid 
fever scourge of Rush tow nship. His widow died 
July 30, 1887. Their adult children were Delia. 

Ella and Garner. (II) E di, the youngesi ol the 

family, horn duly 25, 1827, was married iSTov. 3, 
L853, by Rev. Andrew Barr, to Marj Ann Rob- 
inson, and resided for a time on the old home- 
stead. Later he werd Wesl with his brother Wil- 
liam and located on a farm near Joliet, III. Re- 
turning East lie located on a farm near the Met- 
tler Church, and afterward came to Riverside and 
made his home with his son William. His adult 
children were William I., and Ambrose Apgar. 

William H. Mettler. the only surviving son of 
Lorenzo and Permelia (Wolverton) Mettler. was 
horn in 1848 in Shamokin township, Northum- 
berland county, and was reared upon a farm and 
educated in the common schools. In is; I he pur- s 
chased a farm in Rush township. In 1873 he mar- 
ried . Julia, daughter of Daniel Kreigbaum, ami 
their 11111011 has been blessed with the following 
children: Lorenzo 1'. married Bertha Hartung; 
Elizabeth J. married Dallis G. Pensyl and has one 
>on. d. Mettler; Willard K. married Carrie Pensyl 
and has one daughter, Beatrice; Sarah I', married 
Hugh Spencer Vastine; John D. married Verna 
Enterline; Rachel I.'. is unmarried; Charles Mark- 
died when Bve months old. 

Philip Mettler, -on of William, married Susan 
Carter, and they were the parents of the following 
children: il) William married Elizabeth Wolver- 
ton and had children. I ivne Ann (deci I ed), 
Charles and Amzi. CM Spencer married Rebecca 
Gearhart and had George, Susan and Jasper. I 1) 
Charles married Miram Moore and had one child, 
Amy. (4) Wilson, born in 1813, died Oi t. 8, 
1900. lie married Anna E., daughter of Jo 
and Ann (Cool) Gearhart, and their four children 
were: Sara E., who married Gobin Hoffman, and 
ha- a child Anna. Mrs. William G. William-: 
Susan, who married Hugh II. Vastim: Spencer 
('.. who married Amanda Brandon, ami thev were 
parents of Flora A. (Mr-. C V. Amerman, who 
ha- one child, Ruth) and Spencer W. (died 
young ) : and Anna A., who lives with her sister, 
ilrs. Vastine. (5) Kate married David Rocke- 

fellow and had two Sons, William M.. an ex-judge, 

and Jordan, i 6 i Sarah I and 

her children were Ellen, I latherine, Henrietta and 
Mettler. (7) l do na ed John Eckman 
and had children, Philip (who married Harriet 
Conrad and had a daughter Esther) and Mary 
(unmarried |. (8) Cai ter married M 1 1 
uoui and had < hildren, Laura. Uice, Su an I . 
Philip. Wilson and Jennie. ( 9 i Jonal hac n 
ried Bulah Hoffman and had \nnie and Elizabeth. 
Mrs. Susan \I. Vastine trace- her maternal an 



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eestry to Capt. Jacob Gearhart, who was born in 
Strasburg, then in France, now in Germany, in 
1735, and in 1754 came to America and took up 
his residence in Hunterdon county, X. J. He mar- 
ried Catherine Kline. They were the parents of the 
following children: Herman. Jacob. George, Wil- 
liam, John, Benjamin. Elizabeth. Mary, Kate, 
Charles and Isaac. 

John Gearhart. fifth son of Capt. Jacob Gear- 
hart, married Ann Cool, of Xew Jersey, and in 
1790 removed with his parents to what is now 
Riverside, Pa. Mr. and Mrs. John Gearhart were 
the parents of: Anna E., Jacob, Tunis. William, 
John. Sain. Catherine and Elizabeth. 

Anna E., daughter of John Gearhart, married 
Wilson Mettler, and they were the parents of Mrs. 
Susan Mettler Vastine. 

In her beautiful home at Riverside, surrounded 
by her children and grandchildren, Mrs. Vastine 
and her sister, Miss Anna A. Mettler. live in plen- 
ty and comfort. Hers is a model Christian house- 
hold, characterized by charity and hospitality. 
She and her family belong to the Presbyterian 
Church, with which Mrs. Vastine united when a 
girl in her teens, and she has ever since been a 
faithful member. 

DEPPEX. The Deppen family of Northum- 
berland county to which George Edward Deppen, 
lawyer of Sunburj r , belongs is descended from 
John Deppen, of Berks county, Pennsylvania. 

(I) John Deppen had children as follows: Da- 
vid, of Berks county: Peter, of Berks county, 
whose children were Alexander. William. Isaac, 
George. Andrew. Catherine. Lizzie and Rebecca; 
Christian, whose children were John (by first mar- 
riage ) . Washington, Harriet and Elizabeth (by 
second marriage) : William, great-grandfather of 
Gi irge Edward Deppen: Henry, whose children 
were Gabriel and two daughters: and George, 
whose children were William (father of G. W. 
Deppen). John. Isaac, a daughter whose name is 
not given. Catherine and Elizabeth. 

(II) William Deppen. son of John, was horn in 
1782 in Berks county. He married a Miss 
Maurer. and they were the parents of ten children, 
namely: Mrs. George Snyder (horn in isil). 
Abram, [saac, David (died unmarried), Alex- 
ander. William. Mrs. Winner. Mrs. Boyer. Mrs. 
Bower and John. 

(III) Abram Deppen. born in 1812, died in 
1899. He was a sawyer and farmer by occupa- 
tion, and cleared the first five acres of the present 
site of Shamokin. Later he removed to Locust 
Gap, where he followed farming. After his mar- 
riage he lived in the house which Pat Hester sub- 
sequently occupied, and there bis son George was 
horn. He then moved to what was called the 
Deppen plantation, his father's farm, and later 
purchased a part of the White island, near Hern- 



don, finally removing to Herndon. where he died. 
He accumulated considerable property during the 
course of his industrious life. 

In 1833 Mr. Deppen married Mary Snyder, who 
dieil in 1868. They had four children: Louisa, 
born m 1834, who married Dr. R. H. Muth : 
George, born in 1836; Joseph, horn Dee. 2, is:;;. 
now of Mount Carmel : and Alexander, horn in 
L839. 

( IV | George Deppen, born in 1836, spent his 
early life upon the farm. In 1867 be moved to 
Herndon ami began the grain, flour and feed 
business, which he still carries on. During the 
Civil war he served as postmaster at that place, 
and for thirty years, with hut one intermission, he 
served continuously a- justice of the peace. He is 
a member of the Lutheran Church. His wife, 
Mary (Mertz), born in 1st;, died in 1898. They 
had the following children: Lizzie, horn in 187H. 
who married II. E. Snyder; Laura, who married 
II. E. Engle; George Edward, horn in 1873; and 
Barry C. (horn in 1874), Charles P.. Sue. Car- 

. John E.. Nettie, Raymond and Abram Earl, 
at home. 

( V ) (iicoEGE Edward Deppen received his pri- 
mary education in the local schools, and later at- 
tended the academy at Freeburg, Snyder county, 
for three vears. In 1890 he entered ITsimis Col- 
lege, al Collegeville, Pa., and in 1893 became a 
student at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa., 
from which institution he was graduated, in the 
classical course, m June. 1894. He then took up 
study of law with H. S. Knight, .if Sunbury, 
and wa- admitted to the bar May :'>. 1897, the 
same year opening his office in Sunbury, where he 
has since devoted himself to the practice of his 
profession. He is connected with various social 
bodies at Sunbury, belonging to the Temple Club. 
to Maclay Lodge, No. 632, F. & A. M.. Northum- 
berland Chapter. Xo. 174. R. A. M.. and Mt. Her- 
mon Commandery, No. 85, K. T. He is a mem- 
ber of the National Guard of Pennsylvania, having 
served as regimental sergeanl major, battalion ad- 
jutant, and being at present inspector of small 
arms practice of his regiment with the rank of 
captain. He takes an active part in local politics 
as a member of the Democratic party, ami is a 
member of the Reformed Church, in which he is 
active in the Laymen's Missionary movement. 

On April 17. 1901, Mr. Deppen married Laura 
Koons. of Collegeville, Pa. They have had one 
daughter, who is deceased. 

EDMUND W. SAMUEL. M. D.. of Mount 
Carmel. Northumberland Co., Pa., physician and 
druggist of long standing at that place, represen- 
tative of the Sixteenth Congressional district for 
one term, and a leader in founding and conduct- 
ing several of the most progressive business en- 
terprises which have assisted in the opening up and 



N < ) I ITIIUMBERLAXD ( JOUNTY, I ' E X X S YL YA X I A 



r.M 



development of this section, was born Now 27, 
1857, at Blanavon, England, son of Edmund and 
Mary (Bower) Samuel. 

Edmund Samuel brought his family to America 
in I860 and first located at Scranton, Pa. In 
1861 they removed to Schuylkill county, in 1863 
settling at Ashland, thai county, where they re- 
sided continuously until is;-. 1 . They then lived 
in differenl parts of the county until 18S6, when 
they returned to Ashland and there made a per- 
manent borne. Mr. Samuel was a well known man 
in his day in mining circles, having been super- 
intendent of the Philadelphia & Reading Coal 
and [ron Company for the long period of fifteen 
years, and in 1889 be was a member of the State 
board of mining examiners. His family consisted 
of seven children, three sons and four daughters: 
Edmund W. ; Lizzie. Mrs. Samuel McConnell : 
Thomas P.; William C. ; Mellie; Emma, and 
Gertrude. 

Edmund W. Samuel received a thorough pre- 
paratory education, baving the privilege of four 
years tinder private instructors as well as the ben- 
efits ni the public schools. He began to learn the 
drug business in 1874, when be entered the drug 
store of J. II. Pritchard & Co., at Ashland, and 
meantime also pursued the study of medicine with 
Dr. William R. Owens, of that place. In October, 
1878, he entered Jefferson Medical College, Phil- 
adelphia, from which institution he was graduated 
March 13. 1880, the following month commencing 
practice in Ashland. He remained there only 
until November, however, when he came to Mount 
Carmel, which has since been his field of practice. 
In 188^ be became a member of the drug firm of 
Dr. E. S. Heiser & Co., this association lasting un- 
til July 25, 1889, when he purchased Dr. Heiser's 
interest, becoming sole proprietor of the business. 
His establishment is one of the leading drug 
stores in the borough, or anywhere in this sec- 
tion, and his high personal character is reflected 
in the management and standing of the business. 

Besides making a success of his professional 
work and drug business Dr. Samuel has interested 
himself in local affairs to an unusual extent for 
one of his calling. Few men have had better op- 
portunities to acquire an insight into the greatesl 
needs of the community, and few would have pos- 
sessed the energy to try to put so many different 
plans into successful operation. In 1901 he was 
eh', ted president of the Shamokin & Mount Car- 
mel Transit Company, and he is also president and 
general manager of the Mount Carmel & Locusl 
Cap Trolley 'Company, chartered Dec. 6, C 111 *. 
which in 19*09 built the road from Bear Dale to Lo- 
cust Cap. about two miles long. J. G. McConnell is 
vice-president of the hitter company, 1?. D. Heal 
on, secretary, and William J. Kiefer, treasurer 
Dr Samuel is a director of the Union National 
Bank of Mount Carmel and of the People's Build- 



ing & Loan Association of Mount Carmel; pres- 
ident of the Hazleton Heights Land Company; 

president of the Penn Bond & Mortgage C pany, 

of Brooklyn, X. Y.. and president of the Samuel 
Realty Company, also of Brooklyn, X. Y. He has 
shown great executive skill in the management of 
the various interests he has acquired, to all of 
which he give- his personal attention. 

Dr. Samuel has long been an ardent Republi- 
can, and as such he was elected to Congress in 
1904 as representative from the Sixteenth Dis- 
trict, embracing Northumberland, Montour, I o 
lumbia and Sullivan counties. He has ah 
been particularly interested in the cause of p 
lie education, and has served as a tnembei ol 
local school hoard. 

On April \ J s. 1886, Dr. Samuel married Alice 
Kiefer, daughter of William and Deborah Kiefer, 
of Mount Carmel. and they have had four chil- 
dren, all sons: Frank J., who is now engaged in 
clerking for his father; E. Roger, a student al 
University of Pennsylvania, class of 1913; E. Wil- 
lard. who is in the class of 1911 al the Mount 

Carmel high sel 1: and E. Waller, who is al 

school. 

The Doctor is a member of the Methodisl Epis- 
copal Church, and has various fraternal connec- 
tions, belonging to the I. 0. 0. F.. the K. of M., 
the Royal Arcanum and the Masons Mourn Car 
mel Lodge. No. 378, V. & A. M. ; the Williams- 
port Consistory, thirty-second degree: and I,', 
Temple. A. A. 0. X. M. S. lie is a member of 
the Schuylkill County Medical Society and of the 
Pennsylvania State Medical Society. 

SHADE. The name Shade is well represented 
in business circles in Shamokin. where the broth- 
ers Daniel E., Jacob M. and Richard A. Shade, 
sons of the late Andrew Shade, are establishei 
various lines, identified with local activities and 
well known in Masonic organizations. 

Andrew Shade, great-grandfather of these three 
brothers, was a native of Berks county, Pa. lb- 
was the first of the family in Schuylkill county, 
settling near what is noM Pei it, where he pur- 
chased a tract of land which be ai once began to 
clear. He remained here all his active life and died 
upon his farm. II is son John became owner of the 
homestead, but it is now in the possession Ri 
ben If. Shade, uncle of Daniel, Jaeob and Richa 

John Shade, son of Andrew, moved with his 
father by team from Berks count) . Pa., to Si huyl- 
kill county, settling near Klingerstown. He pur- 
chased a tract of land containing two hundred 
acres, on which he farmed, and be became a 
known man in his district. He died al the age 
of sixty-five years, and is buried at Klwu 

ife, Hannah (Hofl 

They had children: Elizabeth; Andrew; Jacob, 
u ho' was killed h ' ing in the Civil war: 



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NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA 



Emanuel; Katie: Abraham; Polly; Louisa, who 
married John Lants and live? near Seven Points, 
Northumberland county; and Reuben II. . who 
now owns the old homestead near Fearnot. 

Andrew Shade was horn in Schuylkill county. 
When a young man he learned tanning, which 
trade he followed successfully for several years, 
having a tannery about four miles from Tremont, 
Schuylkill county. Selling out he moved to Sny- 
der county, Pa., where he purchased a farm near 
Freeburg on which he remained for some time, in 
L870 removing to Shamokin, where he remained 
about four years. His last days were spent in 
Schuylkill county, where he died in 1895, at the 
age of sixty-four, and was buried at the Metho- 
dist Church near his home. He married Caroline 
Stein, of that county, who died at Shamokin. 
They were the parents of the following children: 
Hannah married John Shoup and they live in 
Missouri; John is living in Kansas: Jacob M. is 
mentioned below; Savilla died young; Daniel E. 
is mentioned Mow: Alice married Emanuel 
Long, a merchant of Shamokin: Mary married 
Daniel Snyder of Shamokin: and Richard A. is 
mentioned below. 

Jacob M. Shade was horn in 1856 mar Beg- 
ins, Schuylkill county, and received his education 
in the public schools. In common with many boys 
of this region he began work at the mines at Sham- 
okin, hut he eventually went to a trade, learning 
the carriage-making business, which he followed, 
being employed at different places, until 1892. He 
-pent some time ai Renovo, Clinton county, whence 
he came .to Shamokin. on dan. '.'. 1892, establish- 
ing the store at No. 509 North Second street 
which he has since conducted. He carries a com- 
prehensive line of groceries, notions, shoes, etc., 
and is well known in his section of the borough 
as one of its most progressive business men. He 
has built up an excellent trade by the most hon- 
orable methods, and is one of the most esteemed 
citizens of Shamokin. His attention lias been 
given chiefly to the care of his business interests. 
but he has served as a member of the school board 
from his ward, the Tenth, for seven years. In 
politics he is a Republican, and in fraternal con- 
nection a member of Renovo Lodge, No. 495, F. 
& A. M., and of the Temple Club of Shamokin. 

Mr. Shade was married three times, (fust) 
Pee. is. isr, . to Emma Maliek, daughter of Dan- 
iel Malick. of Seven Points, Pa.: she died Nov. 
12, 1880. They had one daughter who died in 
infancy. Tic married (second) Mary Rhoads, 
daughter of Daniel Rhoads of Elysburg, Pa., and 
she died Dec. 18, 1881. They had' one son Charles, 
who assists his father, lie married (third) Feb. 
16, 1883, Annie ('. Gray, daughter of John and 
Rachel (Fox) Gray, of Paxinos, Pa., and to this 
marriage came one son Clarence, who died aged 
thirteen years. 



Daxiel E. Shade was horn in 185? near Tre- 
mont, Schuylkill Co.. Pa., and received his edu- 
cation in the public schools. For nineteen years 
after he began to earn his own living he was en- 
gaged at the mines, being employed at the Cam- 
eron colliery. He then embarked in the mercantile 
business, for many years occupying the location 
at Third and Spruce -t reels where his brother-in- 
law, Emanuel Lone, i- now doing business, and in 
connection with his lines of general merchandise 
he dealt in oils. Tin- specialty in time attained 
such proportions ami offered such good prospects 
that he gave up his original business and devoted 
himself exclusively to the oil trade, which be has 
ever since continued. He is manager of what i- 
known as the Merchants Oil Company, with offices 
in the Market Street National Bank building, 
Shamokin. and handles a large wholesale business 
which has not yet by any means reached the limit 
id' expansion. Hi- partners in tin- concern are 
Martin and Charles Jameson, of Warren. Pa., ami 
these two young men are associated with W. B\ 
Stewarl a- proprietors of the Warren Refining 
Company, of Warren. Pa., which furnishes the 
product disposed of by the Merchants oil Com- 
pany, Mr Shade ha- developed the business by 
the exercise of ability ami good judgment, which 
he possesses to an unusual degree, and his suet ess 
lias placed him among the most enterprising men 
of Shamokin. His personal and social standing 

i- equally g !. lie i- a prominent member of the 

Masonic fraternity, holding membership in Sham- 
okin Lodge, No. 255, F. & A. M.: m Shamokin 
Chapter, No. 264, If. A. M.. of which he is a past 
high priest: in Shamokin Commandery, No. ii. 
K. T.. of which he is a past eminenl commander; 
in Willianisport Lodge of Perfection (fourteenth 
degree); Williamsport Consistory (thirty-second 
degree) : and in Rajah Temple. A. A. O. X. M. S., 
of Reading, Pa. He is a Republicanin politics 
and has held the office of school director, serving 
from the Sixth ward. He is a member of the Re- 
formed ( Ihurch. 

Mr. Shade married Sept. 20, 1876. Prances 
Ross, daughter of Thomas and .Anna (Kerrey) 
h'os-.. of Jersey Shore. Pa., and six children have 
been horn to this union: Minnie married Claude 
Morgan and they live in Pittsburg; Gertrude mar- 
ried Ray Kellerman ami they live in Mount Oar- 
mel; Edith is bookkeeper for her father: George 
is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Phar- 
macy; Mabel and Frances are at home. 

Richaed A. Shade was horn July 21, 1871, at 
Shamokin. He attended public school ami was 
ivaivd to farming on his uncle's farm in Dauphin 
township, Schuylkill county, continuing to fol- 
low this occupation until he reached the age of 
twenty-one years. In the meantime, however, he 
had learned harnessmaking, at which he began to 
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with agricultural work. After reaching his ma- 
jority he gave all his time to his trade, and in 
is 1 .) I, returning to Shamokin, established himself 
in business in that line at No. 15 South Market 
street. Pie lias all the latest conveniences Eor car- 
rying mi hamessmaking, and his work is first 
class and in large demand, his trade being exten- 
sive and profitable. His trade is as good as the 
besl in the borough, where he is regarded as a sub- 
stantia.! and desirable citizen, one who holds the 
respect of all who know him. He is a thirty-sec- 
ond-degree Mason, belonging to Shamokin Lodge, 
No. 855, P. & A. M.: Shamokin Chapter, No. 264, 
K. A. M.: ami Bloomsburg Consistory, thirty-sec- 
,,ii,| degree. In religious connection he i< a mem- 
ber nl' the Evangelical Church. 

Mr. Shade's first marriage was to Mamie Wolf- 
gang, who died April 6, 1891, the mother el' two 
children: Allen, who is at borne; ami Normand, 
who died young. <»n April 9, 1895, Mr. Shade 
married (second) Miss Ida Strauh. daughter of 
Elias and Mary (Walborn) Strauh. and to this 
anion have been born five children: Clyde L., 
.lames A.. Edna M.. Richard W. and Leona I). 

DUNKELBERGER. The Dunkelberger fam- 
ily is an old settled and numerously represented 
family nl' Northumberland county, and allied by 
marriage with many other of the foremost fami- 
lies of this region. The name itself, according to 
tradition, originated from Dunkel Berg, a spur of 
the Black Forest, in Germany. Little is known of 
the Dunkelbergers before the time of the Ri Eor 
mation. During thai period they espoused the 
cause nl' the Reformers, ami their descendants to 
the present day have continued to adhere to Prot- 
estant denominations, dp to the time of their 
emigration to the New World the} were industri- 
ous and patriotic citizens of whai is now the King- 
dom of Wurtemberg, in lower Germany, hut heme 
deprived there of their religious liberty they 
turned to America, coming hither in 1728 by way 
of the Rheinfels, down the Rhine to Holland, 
whence they sailed in i he English ship "More- 
house." landing at Philadelphia Aug. 28, 1728. 
Tl,, \ proceeded at once to what is now Berks coun- 
ty Pa, locating in Windsor township, a little 
southeast of what is now the borough of Ham- 
burg. They were frequently molested by the In- 
dians. These emigrants were Clement. Daniel and 
John Dunkelberger. ('lenient, who was the an- 
cestor of the others (the name of his son Daniel. 

however, does imt appear in his will), ai ;e 

paid taxes to the English Crown, "(lenient/ 
Doncleberger" is mi the first list of taxahles ol 
Wimhor township (1754). He paid six pounds 
tax in 175 I. At the time of his death, m 1<82, Ins 
home was in Windsor township. His will, made 
Feb 12. 1776, was probated April 8, 1782 and is 
o„ record in Will Book B. page 38. At the lime 



the will was made his wile Anna Maria was still 
living. Their children were (no record of Daniel) : 
Clemens, who obtained the plantation; Catharine, 
married to Andrew Winiger; Mrs. John Beck; 
John: Frederick; Christopher; Elizabeth, married 
to Michael Deck; Philip; Sevila; Magdalena, and 
Dorotha. 

John Dunkelberger, grandsorj of Clement, was 
born in Windsor township, near Eamburg, in 
1740. He married there and had two sou- by thai 
marriage, in 1780 (at which time he was a wid- 
ower) moving with his son George to the northern 
part of the Mahanoy Valley, in Northumberland 
county — that part of Mahanoy now embraced in 
Little Mahanoy township. He received from the 
State a warrant for more than two hundred acres 
of land, located north of Line Mountain ami lie 
tween that and Mahanoy creek. The Indians were 
his neighbors ami were friendly to him. hut dur- 
ing the terrible Indian disturbances hi- i'amiK on 
several occasions had to flee for safety. There he 
built a stone gristmill ami stone dwelling house. 
In 1814 he is credited with a grisl ami saw null 
on Mahauox creek, which mill is said to have been 
the first in that section. He built the mill sev- 
eral years after locating In that district. On the 
John Dunkelberger homestead still stands a large 

stone house. r> by 35 feci in di nsions, and two 

and a half stories high, which was buiH in L818, 
the year in which this pioneer died. Large, well- 
selected stones were used iii its construction and 
the wall is exceptionally strong. 

After settling here .John Dunkelberger married 
again ami had two sons by his second n ife, Solomon 
and Jonathan, I'r whom most of the Dunkelber- 
gers are descended. These pioneers are buried on 
their own farm, on an elevation below a piece of 
pine woods, ahout fifty feel northeasl from a public 
road. Their craves are marked by marble tomb : 
stmies, inscribed as follows ; 

1 1 ier ruhet 
Johanes Dunkelberger 

i ,:ii o. den 28 Sept 

17 15 
Storb den 27 \" era 

IMs 
Alt 7.". vulir 2 mo 

i Tag 

'text I I'.mli Moses 

is i apitel 21 V. 

Hier ruhen die 
gebine von Elizabeth' 
Dunkelberger war 
l-j I,,- geborne Kahwel 
war geboren den 20ten 
Marz, 1761, und starb 

[ten September, 1827 
1st alt vvorden 
>i niir ." monot inn! 
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John (Johannes) Dunkelberger, known as 
"Little Johnny," one of the sons of John by his 
first marriage, was horn in link- county Sept. 14. 
1775. He died May 17, 1835, anil was buried in 
the Howerter cemetery in Upper Mahanoy town- 
ship. He was a farmer and like his brother 
George settled in Mahantango Valley, in Mahanoy 
(now Lower Mahanoy) township. Northumberland 
county. He married Susanna Zimmerman, born 
in April, 1785, who died Jan. 1!'. 1860, and their 
children were: Daniel (settled in Mahantango 
Valley), Catharine (Mrs. Knerr), George, John, 
Joseph, Magdaline, Susanna (married Abraham 
Howerter), Solomon and Elizabeth (Mrs. dock). 
i ge is I u I ! \ mentioned below. John, who mar- 
ried Christiana Geist, is fully mentioned elsewhere 
in this work. Joseph, who married Rachel Fede- 
rolf, is also mentioned at length elsewhere. Solo- 
mon, horn in 1821, died in 1892, at Shamokin. 
He followed the tailor's trade, lie married Eliza- 
beth Wagner, born Feb. 17, 1823, died April 6, 
1861, and they had five children, William. Jere- 
miah. Edmond, Ellen and Franklin. John Dun- 
kelberger, the father, died May 17, 1835, in terri- 
tory now embraced in Lower Mahanoy township. 
He had a tract of twenty-four acres of land when 
he died. His will, made May 5, 1835, on record 
in Will Book 111. page 200, was probated dune 12, 
1835. It was witnessed by George Haas and H. F. 
Heintzleman, and he names "my friends" Pete 
Fetterolf and John Maurer, Sr., as exei mors. 

George Dunkelberger, son of John, was born 
March 10, 1810, in the Mahantango Valley, and 
was a lifelong farmer. Moving to what was then 
Shamokin (now Rockefeller) township, he settled 
near Seven Points, where he bought a farm of 
160 acres on which he spent the remainder of his 
life, dying there Jan. 6, 1884. He is buried at 
Seven Points. His wife. Catharine Rebuck, daugh- 
ter of John, was born in 1816. end died Oct. 1. 
1895. They had children as follows: Susan, who 
is in Oklahoma: Jonathan, deceased; George, liv- 
ing in Michigan; Catharine, of Sunbury; Eliza- 
beth, of Shamokin; Tobias: Mary, living at Sun- 
bury; Henry W. : and Harriet, living in Sunbury. 
Tobias Duxkelbergei;. son of George, is a well 
known farmer of Shamokin township, where he 
was born, near Seven Points. Dec. 4. 1851. He 
attended the local schools and remained with his 
father until he reached the age of nineteen years, 
after which he was associated with his brother 
Jonathan for five years, engaged in butchering, 
lie then spent two years upon the homestead again, 
after which he went to Shamokin and entered the 
milk business, in which he continued four years. 
He then bought the old Wilkinson homestead of 
seventy-sis acres in Shamokin township, to which 
he added until he now has two hundred acres in the 
one tract, as well as another farm of 145 acres in 
the same township. In addition to general farm- 



ing he makes a specialty of dairying. Mr. Dunkel- 
berger is a progressive man and has taken con- 
siderable interest ami part in various affairs af- 
fecting the welfare of the community, was post- 
master at Yordy for about five years, until the 
office was discontinued upon the establishment of 
the rural free delivery, and is a director in two 
telephone companies. He is a member of the 
M. E. Church, in which he has likewise been ac- 
tive, serving upon the building committee when the 
new church was erected, in 1905. lie has always 
been liberal in his support of religious work and 
enterprises. Fraternally he is a thirty-second-de- 
gree Mason, belonging to Elysburg Lodge, No. 414. 
F. & A. M., Bloomsburg \.<ji.\:ii' of Perfection and 
Bloomsburg Consistory. 

Mr. Dunkelberger married Martha Chamher- 
lin, daughter of Isaac Chamberlin, and they have 
six children: Alverta M., wile of D. A. Beck; 
Mary ('.. wife of Harry Robinson; George A.: 
Susan <;.. wife of H. L. Beck: Herbert 11.: and 
L. Anabel, who graduated from the Bloomsburg 
State normal school in 1910. 

George A. Dunkelbergj i;. son of Tobias, was 
horn .Inly is. 1882, in Shamokin. and was quite 
young when his parents settled at the home in 
Shamokin township where he was reared. He at- 
tended tlie local scl Is. and later was a student for 

two years at the Millersville State normal school, 
in Lancaster county. Returning home he assisted 
his father until his marriage, after which he lived 
for two years upon the farm at Seven Points 
owned by his father. In 1908 he bought the old 
Swank farm, near the upper M. E. Church, where 
he follows agricultural pursuits, also carrying on 
a daily milk business, his route being to Trevorton. 
He is a director of the Irish Valley & Seven Points 
Telephone Company. Mr. Dunkelberger is an 
estimable young man. an active member of and 
worker in the Methodist Church, where he has 
served as president of the Epworth League and 
superintendent of the Junior League. 

In 1905 Mr. Dunkelberger married Hannah If. 
Sober, daughter of l-a.u and. Abigail ( Furman I 
Sober, and they have three children: Verna May, 
Oscar Wallace and Tobias Henry. 

The Sober family came to America from Ger- 
many, and Samuel Sober, Sr., the founder of the 
family in this section, was a native of New Jer- 
sey. He came thence to Pennsylvania, settling in 
Shamokin township shortly after the close of the 
Revolutionary war. and purchased a tract of land 
containing about seven hundred acres, where the 
Sober brothers at one time resided. His wife. 
who maiden name was Moore, was a resident id' 
Shamokin township, and their children were as 
follows: John: Michael M.. horn March 12, 1801, 
who died Nov. 36. 1870 (his wife. Maria, died 
Sept. 2. 1863. aged fifty-two years) : Susan, wdio 
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1814, who died in 1882 (his wife Mary, born in 
1817, died in 1896); and Aaron. Samuel Sober, 
the father oi this family, died about L820. 

Alexander Sober, son oi Samuel, Sr., was born 
in 1807 on the hoi □ Shamokin township, 

Northumberland county, was a farmer throughout 
life, and inherited a.porl ion of the homestead farm, 
living and dying in Shamokin township. Eis 
death occurred in December, 1869. Eis wife, Mary 
Foy, also born in 180? (probably in Rockefeller 
township), survived him manj years, continuing 
to live in her native place Until her death, in 1895. 
Mr. Sober was a quiel and industrious citizen and 
farmer, highly estei his neighbors. Twi 

children, nine sons and three daughters, were born 
to him and his worthy wife, namely: Samuel, who 
- deceased: Beulah, dei eased : I iriah, I \\ ing in 
Shamokin; Morris; Aaron; William A., deceased; 
I -...!> ; Salal hiel, deceased ; Alexander Jordan, de- 
ceased; Mary A., who married Frank Eummel; 
Susanna, who married Jared Neidig; and Joseph, 
h\ ing in Sunbury. 

Isaac Sober, son of Alexander, born Nov. 28, 
Is::;, followed farming and threshing throughout 
his active year-. Be resides in Shamokin town- 
ship. By his marriage to Abigail Furman the 
following children were born: Lillie B. married 
Charles Schrader; Florence A. married Grant 
Smith; Mary It. and Susan E. died young; Amos 
V. is living in California ; John F. lives al homi ; 
George R. is a resident "of Sunbury; Atwood 

lives in Balti 'e; Kane ].. married Earvey 

Wynn; Alvin A. lives in Iowa; Hannah R. married 
Georgi A. 1 lunkelbei srer. 

Daniel Furman, grandfather of Mrs. Isaac Se- 
ller, lived in Shamokin township, Northumberland 
county, and followed farming. He married Rebec- 
ca Moore, and they hail the following children: 
Moore, who was drowned; Annie, who married 
Bevy Taylor and (second) George Campbell; 
Lovina, who married Chris! Yordy; Rachel, who 
married Peter Kreiger; Ale-nil. who died young; 
William, who .lied in Shamokin township: John. 
and Samuel, who died in Shamokin township. 

John Furman. sou of Daniel, followed farming, 
and died in Shamokin township. He learned Aim 
H. Biche, daughter of Moses Riche, and they had 
the loll, .win- children : Moore. M. Riche. Rebecca, 
Catharine, Hannah, Abigail (Mrs. Isaac Sober) 
and Elizabeth J. 

Hexky W. Dtjnkelbergek; - f George and 

Catharine (Eebuck) Dunkelberger, was horn on 
his present farm in Shamokin township Feb. 25, 
1856. He obtained his education in the public 
schools and was engaged with Id- father on the 
farm until he reached the age of twenty-one vears, 
when he went to Michigan. Alter farming in that 
State for eighteen months he returned to his old 
home and learned the trade of butcher al I- 
Dale, following this business for three rears: it 



was during the time the "Molly Maguires" made 
nine- -e exciting in thai sei tion. He was 
engaged in farming on the old homes 
father for some lime, and he subsi quentl , located 
at Weigh Scale-, where he farmed for ten • 
On April 15, 1890, he bought the old hoi 
ninety-six acres of good land, which former!} 
longed to Benneville Keim, of Reading, Pa. He 
i- now successfully engaged in farming and truck- 
ing. Mr. Dunkelberger has atti aded the Shamokin 
markets since 1871, and is as thoroughly familiar 
with the marketing of produce as with its cultiva- 
tion. He is an industrious, respected citizen, and 
has served as overseer of the poor in his districl for 
the past twenty-three year-. Ee i- a Democrat in 
politics, a member of the United Evange 
Church, has been a member of the P. 0. S. of A. 
since 1878, and also belongs to the Brotherhood of 
America. 

Mr. Dunkelberger married Elizabeth Reed, 
daughter of Amos Reed, and they ha 1 i fam- 

ily of eight children, namely: Mabel, who man 
Webster Lot and has one son. Fain ; Charles, a 
dent of Shamokin, who married Susan Behreni and 
has four children, Adelina, Carl, Mabel and Eman- 
uel: Howard, of Snydertown, who married Mary 
Hawk: Yiola : Emma: Charlotte: Arthula, and 
Leon. 

Amos Reed, father of Mrs. Henry W. Dunkel- 
berger, was born -Ian. 1". I s '.' 1 '. in Little Mahat 
township, son of Leonard and Elizabeth (Dunkel- 
berger) Beed. His father, who was a native of 
Berks county. Pa., came to Northumberland county 
with his parents at an early period, tie- family 
settling along Plum cheek, in what is now Roi 
feller township. Leonard Reed was a mason by 
trade. He was a Lutheran in religious faith. Of 
his six children, we have rei ord of hree: 
mon, Elizabeth (wife ol ihrahi - fer) and 
Ames. In 1846 Amos Reed married R 
lv. daughter of Jonathan Fageh , 
1852, the mother of three children: Em; 
Iowa: Mary, wife of Newton Furman. of Williams- 

and Maggie, \\ Lndrew \\ 

Roi kefeller township. Mr. Reed*s second man 
was to Sarah Swim hart. h\ whom hi I ad sis cb.il- 

th, Mrs. Bi nry W. Dunl 
Harriet, « tfe of Luther Ell a, D. 

c. ; Chat lotte, of Nebraska . 3 Benry 

Mi'ller, of Rockefeller towns! i an, c Iowa, 

I ,i_ f [daho. For his third wife Mr. '•' 
married Susanna Trion, wid ! Abt am Reitz. 
A[r. Reed died in 1889 and is buried al the Wolfs 

Road 1 1 cm h. Ee was a member o 
Lutb i Chn , which h and 

m, and in poli i Republican. 

WILLIAM G. SHOOP, o1 Danville, Pa . on 

that place and o 
ng territory, was horn in Danville, only 



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son of Gideon M. and Amelia (Gearhart) Shoop, 

the former of whom was for years one of the fore- 
most citizens of this part of Pennsylvania. 

George Shoop, grandfather of William G. 
Shoop, was born Jan. 1. 1783, in Cumberland 
county. Pa., son of John Shoop. He married 
Elizabeth Cockley, who was born in Dauphin coun- 
ty A]. i-il 30, 1783, and she died July -21. 1832, in 
Sunbury. Pa., Mr. Shoop surviving until June '.'I. 

1849. They were the parents of seven children, 
born as follows: Man Ann. Aug. 30, 1804 (born 
in Cumberland county): John, Sept. If. ISO 1 * 
(born in Sunbury) : Amelia. March 30. 1810 (bon 
in Sunbury) ; Gi irge, Jr.. June 14, 1813; Jere- 
miah. Oct. 1. 1815 (died April 19, 1847 | : Sarah. 
An-. 24, L818 (di,-d Oct. 26, 1818) ; (.id, -on M., 
Jan. 23, 1821. 

Gideon M. Shoop attended public school at Sun- 
b.ury until thirteen years of age, when he went to 
Franklin county. Pa., to learn the art of making 
French buhr millstones, at which be was empL 
for two years. When fifteen he went to Cumber- 
land county, where lie toll,, wed his trade for some 
time, until ready to establish himself in business. 
In 1841 he came to Danville as collecting agent 
for several stage lines, and in that capacity per- 
formed the duty of sorting and distributing the 
mail. In 1S46 he rented the "Brady Hotel," which 
he repaired and improved, added another story and 
changed the name to the "Montour House." by 
which name it is still known. After eighteen 
months in the hotel business he sold out ami 
went into the mercantile business, in which 
he was engaged for several years. On April 
11. 1849, he was appointed postmaster of Dan- 
ville, serving as -itch until Nov. 26, 1852. [n 

1850, when Montour county was formed out of 
Columbia, Mr. Shoop and Dr. Frick were the prime 
movers in the formation id' the new county, and in- 
strumental in it- erei tion. For over thirty years he 
served as a director of the Danville National Bank, 
and he was influential in the promotion of various 
industries in Danville, was a director of the Dan- 
ville Xail £ Manufacturing Company, of the F>an- 
ville Bridge Company, and of a number of similar 
concerns. Mr. Shoop became interested in the 
lumber business as opportunity offered, purchasing 
several tin. r< of timberland in Montour and ad- 
joining counties, cutting the timber and building 
a number of sawmills in which to prepare the lum- 
ber for market. When wood grew scarce in his own 
locality he turned his attention to the South, when:' 
he acquired large interests. This was his last busi- 
ness. One of Mr. Shoop"- pet enterprises was the 
Danville high school, of which he was one of the 
foremost advocates from the time the project was 
first broached. If there was one of his achieve- 
ments which he valued above others it was un- 
doubtedly what he accomplished in this direction. 
For fourteen years previous to his death he was a 



trustee of the hospital for the care of the insane 
at Danville. In political sentiment he was a standi 
Republican, and influential in his locality, but not 
an office seeker: socially he was identified with 
Danville Lodge. Xo. 524. F. &. A. M., and with 
the Royal Arch chapter. He was a prominent 
member of St. Paul's Methodist Church, which he 
served faithfully as president of the board of trus- 
ter,-, steward and teacher in the Sunday school. 
and In- interest extended to the denomination at 
large. In 1880*he was elected a lay delegate to the 
Centra] Pennsylvania Conference, and the same 
vear was elected by the Conference to the General 
Conference which met at Cincinnati. Ohio. His 
death occurred Manh 20, 1909. 

On Dec. '.'. 1846, Mr. Shoop married Amelia 
Gearhart, daughter of William and Sarah (Boone) 
Gearhart, both members of prominent old families 
of this region more particularly mentioned later 
in this article, and to them were born four chil- 
dren: Clarence and Jeremiah, twins, who died 
in infancy: William (I., and GeoXge, who died at 
the age of live years. Mrs. Shoop died Oct. 17, 
1896. 

William G. Shoop, son of Gideon M. and Amelia 
(Gearhart) Shoop. was uiven educational advan- 
tages in bis youth, and upon commencing the 
earnes! business oi life became associated with his 
father, lie has continued the sawmill successfully 
to the pre-ent time, maintaining the high reputa- 
tion established by hi- father in a lone and pros 
ous career. He lias worthily worn a name which 
has been identified with the most progressive in- 
ten -t- of this portion of the State for many years, 
and ha- managed all his interests with an ability 
which entitles him to rank among the most sub- 
stantial men of the vicinity. 

On Dec. "2. 1906, Mr.' Shoop married Mary 
Emma Robertson, of Galesburg, 111., daughter of 
John and Mary (Wallace) Robertson, formerly of 
Cumberland county. Pa. Mr. and Mrs. Shoop re- 
side in the beautiful stone mansion at the corner 
of East Market and Ferry streets. Danville. They 
attend the Presbyterian Church. 

William Gearhart. grandfather of Mrs. Gideon 
M. Shoop. came to Northumberland county, Pa.. 
in 1790 with his brother Capt. Jacob Gearhart, 
William taking up the land between Kipp's run 
and the stream that enters the river above River- 
side. Both had married in New Jersey, from which 
State they moved to this region. William (prob- 
ably the elder) marrying Eleanor De Knight. 
They were the parents of seven children : William. 
Tobias. Aaron. Jacob. Elizabeth (Mr-. Amen-). 
Mary (Mrs. Lamberson) and Ann (Mrs. Aniens) 

William Gearhart, son of William and Eleanor 
Gearhart, died in 1847. He married Sarah Boone, 
and they had five children, born as follows: May- 
berrv. in 1813 : Eleanor, in 1814: Harriet, in 1815 : 
Julia Ann. in ISIS: Amelia, in 1821. 



Northumberland county, Pennsylvania 



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The Boones, Mrs. Gideon M. Shoop's maternal 
ancestors, descended from George Boone (1), who 
lived in England. Eis son, George (2), was born 
in the city of Exeter, Devonshire, England, and 
died at the age of sixty years. By trade he was 

a blacksmith. He rried Sarah Dppey, who lived 

tn the age of eighty, and to their union was born 
George Boone (3), whose birth occurred in 1666 
at the village of Stoak, near Exeter. He married 
Mary Manbridge, who was born in 1669, daughter 
nl' John and Mary (Milton) Manbridge, and dud 
in 1740, in lift- seventy-second year. George Boone 
(•'ii and his wife arrived in Philadelphia Oct. 10, 
1717, spent some time a1 Abington, Pa., then two 
years at North Wales, eventually moving to Oley 
township, Berks county, where they settled. War- 
rants fur In" acres of land there issued to him. 
dated 1718, are mi record. Tin- original home- 
stead is uow owned by Morris DeTurk. This 
George Boone died in Berks county duly 27, 174 7. 
He left eighl children, fifty-two grandchildren, 
and ten great-grandchildren, all of whom excepting 
Sarah and Squire remained and died in Exeter 
township, Berks county, as the records of the 
Exeter Friends burying ground show. We have 
the following record of the children born to George 
Boone (3) and his wife Mary (Manbridge): (L) 
George I li. born July Id,' 1690, died X..v. 20, 
1753. Hi' was a teacher by profession, served as 
magistrate, and was a man of great prominence in 
the community. On Julv 31, Kid, he married De- 
borah Howell, who died Jan. 26, 1757. (2) Sarah, 
born Fed. is. 1691(F), married Jacob Stover. 
They moved to Virginia and later to Kentucky. 
(3) Squire, horn Nov. 25, 1696, died in 1764 in 
Xnrth Carolina, whither he moved in 1750. About 
1745 he erected what was then the largest barn in 
Berks county, a stone structure which remained 
standing until 1875, when it was turn down by 
Mr. DeTurk, who needed a larger building. The 
masonr; was found to he perfect, and the walls had 
to he blasted to pieces in spite of the fact that they 
had stood for over one hundred and thirty years. 
In 1750 Mr. Boone sold his farm to Mr. DeTurk, 
and it has since remained in the hitter's family. 
Squire Boone married Sarah Morgan, an aunt of 
Gen. Daniel Morgan, of Revolutionary fame and 
they were the parents of eleven children, nine of 
whom lived tu the ages of between eighty-three and 
ninety-one years, one of this family being 
Daniel Bonne, the famous Kentucky pioneer. An- 
other was Hawkins Boone, who built Fori Boone, 
at the mouth of Warrior Bun. (d) Mary, horn 
Sept. 2d. 1699, died dan. 16, 1774. She married 
John Webb, and they were the parents of eleven 
children, of whom Samuel moved to Columbia 
county, Pa., settling near Espy. His daughter 
Mary married Mordecai Lincoln, brother of Abra- 
ham, and son of Mordecai, who died in 1735-36. 
(5) Joseph, horn April ■">. 1704, died Jan. 30, 1776. 



Mi- wife's name was Catharine. (6) Benja- 
min, born duly 16, 1706, died Oct. 1 I. 1762. 
In 1726, at Abington, Pa., he married (fii 
Ann Farmer, and they were the pai mts o 
John and Susanna. There were five children 
by the second marriage, Mary. Benjamin, dame-. 
Samuel (whose daughter ' married Hezekiah 
Pancoast) and Dinah, who married Benjamin 
Tallman, -mi of William and Ann (Linco 
Tallman — Benjamin being their only child who 
reached maturity and left descendants. \nn ( Lin- 
coln), his mother, was the sister of Sarah Lin- 
coln, wife of William Boone, and they were daugh- 
ters of Mordecai Lincoln, whose will was probi 
in 1736. Mordecai Lini oln married i sei i 
Mary Robinson, and Sarah and Ann were their 
children : there was also a posthumous son, Abram. 
Among the sons of his first marriage was John, 
who had a son Abraham, who was the father of 

Thomas Lincoln, who m d Xancv Hanks 

became the father of Abraham Lincoln, president 
of the United States. William and Ann ( Lincoln i 
Tallman moved to Virginia, where the} i 
Benjamin and Dinah (Boone) Tallman al 
moved to Virginia, but about 1805-10 the} set 
in Ohio, where he died about 1820 and she about 
is-? i. (7) .lames, born Jul} Is. 1 709, died Si 
1, 1785. He married Mary Foulke and | 
Anna Griffiths, and by his wife Mary had fourteen 
children. One of his sons. James, became an as- 
tronomer; he wrote the Boone manuscript from 
which much of the material used in this article [s 
taken. The eldesl child. Ann. married Abram 
Lincoln, posthumous child of Mordecai Lincoln, 
who died in 1735-36. Mordecai Lincoln, son of 
Abram and Ann (Boone) Lincoln, married Julia 
Mavberrv, sister of Margaret Mayberrv, who was 

the wife of George Boone, - £ William and 

Sarah Boone. Margaret Lincoln, only child of 
Mordecai and Julia (Mayberrv) Lincoln who 
reached maturity, married a Mr. Barto. 

George Boone i l). born July 13, L690, married 
1 leborah Howell, and they had a family of ten chil- 
dren, hm-n as follow-: George (5), Ma\ :;. 1713, 
who died Sept. .'in. 1737 : Marv, Feb. 10, 1716; 
Hannah. Julv 20, 1718; Deborah, Dec. 18, 1720; 
Dinah. Oct. is. 1722: Win.. Sept. 18, I 72 i : Josiah, 
dan. 6, 1726; Jeremiah, dam 16, 1729; Abigail, 
Aug. 9, 1732; Hezekiah, March 22, 1734. 

William Boone, son ol George (4). hm-n Sept. 
is. i 72 I. dud in 1771. His v ill, signed M 

. and probated Dec. 6, 1771. provides for the 
following: To daughter Abigail, wifi \din 

Pancoast, 70 pounds ; to er bury- 

in f ground : to daughter Vlary, LOO pounds a 
of twentv years: d Mordecai 30 pounds be- 
fore division. TIi der of the estate wa- 
in | )e di\ ided equallv among the son-, who « 
to l»e put to trad M 26, M 18, William 
Boone married Sarah Lincoln, who was horn in 



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NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA 



January, 1727, and died April 21, 1810. The 
mother and children Mordeeai, William. Mary, 
George, Thomas, Jeremiah and Hezekiah, by cer- 
tificate members of Fairfax Meeting, Virginia, 
Oct. 30, 1776, were dismissed from Exeter; Sarah 

Boone and her children Mary, William. G ge, 

Jeremiah and Hezekiah wen- dismissed to Exeter 
Meeting by certificate later. Following is the 
record of the children born to William and Sarah 
(Lincoln) Boone: (1) Abigail was married May 
88, 1767, to A < 1 in Pancoast, who died Dec. L2, 
1822. Her death oci nrred May 14. 1808. She 
had a certificate to Fairfax Meeting and another 
to return to Exeter, June 28, 1797, and a third 
from Exeter to Catawissa, and in the last arc 
named children as follows: William, Marv and 
Hezekiah. Of these, William married Vashti 
Cooper and their daughter Mary married James 
Evans Lindsey, by whom she had a son. William 
Lindsey. Hezekiah, bora June 8, 1789, was mar- 
Man-h 26, 1815, to Rachel Boone, who was 
bom May 30, 1789, daughter of Samuei Boone, 
who died <>n Fishing creek in 1811. (2) William 
married Susanna Park-, of Reading, Pa., v, 
L778 had a certificate to Pipi < reek. In 1782 
their descendants founded Boonsboro, Md. (3) 
Mordeeai. (4) Marv married Isaac Lee, I 
Meeting, May 8, 1777. (5) Thomas died Oct. 28, 
L823, in Amity township, Berks Co., Pa. He 
married a daughter of Rii Lee. (6) Jere- 

miah. (7) Hezekiah married Hannah II 
daughter of George Hughs, in Exeter township, 
Berk- Co., Pa. He died in Catawissa tdwnship, 
Columbia (".. Pa., and his will was probated April 
•">. 1827. The children of his first wife were: Wil- 
liam and George, of Schuylkill Co., Fa.: Martha. 
Mrs. Lewis Vastine; Ann. Mrs. J. Wolverton: and 
Newton, who died in Blooi Pa.: the chil- 

dren by the second marriage wen : Milton, who 
died at Pottsville; Surrissa; Hannah: John; 
Judah, of Schuylkill County, Pa.: Willetts, who 
died in Bloomsburg, Pa.: mid Elizabeth, who died 
in p - . Pa. I -i George, horn in 1739, died 
in 1824. He married Hannah Hughs, and to 
them were born the following children: Edward, 
Margaret, T. Ellis, Joseph, William Eidgeway, 
Elizabeth, and Jeremiah, all of whom died early 
in life. The mother of this family died in 1774, 
and Mr. Boone married (second) Margaret May- 
berry, "f Hereford township. Berks Co.. Fa., daugh- 
ter of Mrs. Ann Lee. wife of Richard Lee and 
widow of William Mayberry. By this union there 
were ten children, horn as follows : Sarah. May 10, 
1782 (married William Gearhart) ; William, Nov. 
12, 1783; Ann. Aug. '.' 1 . 1785: Charles, Dec. 21, 
1786; Marv, Oct. 18, 1788; George, Aug. 7, 1790 
(died Ma-v'30, I860); Elizabeth, Aug. 2:!. 1793; 
Harriet. Nov. 22, i;«: Margaret, Mav 25, 1798; 
, ,-!. Feb. 5, 1801. 



DAVID LLEWELLYN, late of Shamokin, was 
prominently connected with the coal mining in- 
dustry in this region for manv years, and was 
also one of the foremost citizens in various other 
phases of the local business development, his as- 
sociation with the Shamokin Banking Company 
and with companies which promoted various pub- 
lic utilities of the borough. invoL ing services which 
give bis name a permanent place among the val- 
uable residents oi this -eetion. 

Mr. Llewellyn, who was born Nov. 20, l^'.'o. in 
i dlly, Wales, was the eldest son of Edward 
and Sarah (Harris) Llewellyn, natives South 
Wale-, who came to this country about 1831. The 
parents first settled in Caxbondale, Pa., in 1836 
moving to St. Clair, Schuylkill county, and in 
1838 to Pottsville, in the same county, where the 
remainder of their lives was passed. The father, 
Mr. Edward Llewellyn, died in 1*44. his wife sur- 
viving until 1866. David, Llewellyn and John 
were their -ons. Mary and Ann. their daug lb rs. 

David Llewellyn came to America with his par- 
ents and began miner's work in early life, work- 
ing at different branches of the business. In 1853 
he located at Mount Carmel, Northumberland 
county, where lie spent several year-, engaged in 
the development of what became known as Bell's 
Tunnel. Thence he went to Locust Gap, where 
in was with Haas & Bowen and other firms as in- 
side superintendent, in 1863 coming to Sham- 
okin to take the position of superintendent 
11; ,i- & Fagely, coal operator-. In 1869 he was 
mitted to the firm and from that time until 1886, 
when he relinquished the coal business, he was one 
of the active figures in the local coal field. He 
held interests in the Cameron. Helfenstein and 
B 2 Mountain mine-, and was one of the prom- 
and wealthy operators of this region, which 
in hi- progress ■ and enterprising - i _ained 
a fresh impetus and an added factor in its pros- 
ty. His la-t business operations were with E. 
B. Patterson, running the Big Mountain col: 

Meantime, as hi- means accumulated. Mr. 
Llewellyn became interested in other line-, and for 

,i! st twenty rears he was officially connected 

with the Shamokin Banking Company. On March, 
•.".i. 1872, he was elected a director of that institu 
tion, and - 14. 1883. was chosen president, 
tilling that office ably until Jan. 20. 1801. He 
was a promoter and one of the original directo 
the Shamokin Electric Light Company and was 
of the directors of the Shamokin Water Com- 
pany. During his residence in Mount Carmel he 
was elected first treasurer of that borough and 
al-o served a- president of the school hoard. In 
politics he was a Republican. Mr. Llewellyn's 
. on N T ov. 18, 1896, removed one of the fore- 
mosl in : ens o Shamokin, one who had been iden- 
tified with the evolution of many projects which 
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ough which it imw bears the reputation of being, 
and one who was farsighted and intelligent 
enough to foresee its possibilities and to show his 
faith by helping to realize them. He was buried 
in the Shamokin cemetery. 

Mr. Llewellyn married (first) Mary Eaine, of 
Columbia county. Pa., and three children were 
born to them: Emma (deceased), William and 
Sarah (wife of NTathan Swank). By his second 
marriage, to Susan Laubenstein, he had six chil- 
dren: Frank. Alice, Ida. Annie, Erne and Kate. 
For his third wife lie married Annie G. Robinson, 
of Pine Grove, Schuylkill Co., Pa., who survives 
him. 

DAVID A. FURMAN, farmer and dairyman, 
has passed mosi of his life in Rockefeller township, 
where his famil} has been settled many years. 
His grandfather, William Furman, lived there 
when the territory in which he resided was known 
as Augusta township. He was a man of affairs 
and various interests, following farming, operating 
a grist and saw mill, and engaging extensively in 
the lumber business, continuing the latter line for 
many years. He gave employmenl to as many as 
twenty-five men in his lumber operations, in the 
course of which he cut many forests. He furnished 
most of the timber used in the construction of 
the Pennsylvania roundhouse ai Sunbury. He 
owned two farms, now owned by Andrew Lentz and 
Tobias Dunkelberger, respectively. In his day he 
was a man of more than ordinary prominence. In 
politics he was a Jeffersonian Democrat, in reli- 
gion a Baptist. Eis wife, Iluklah (Chamberlin), 
who was from the Irish Valley, was born Maj 6, 
1S16, and died Oct. 15, 1885, and they are buried 

in the c itery of the Plum Creek- Church. They 

had three children: John Wesley, and two who 
died in infancy. 

John Wesley Furman was born Aug. 1">. L839, 
in Rockefeller township, and was a lifelong agri- 
culturist, cultivating the place now owned by An- 
drew Lentz. In his day the tract comprised 120 
acres, and lie was an enterprising and prosperous 

farmer, making a pood living and ranking a ig 

the substantial men of the community in his i 
He died in Rockefeller township May 1, 1886, at 
the comparatively early age of Eorty-six years. 
His wife Mary Ann i Fasold), daughter of Jona- 
than Fasold, died Feb. 20. 1893, aged fifty-five 
years, two months, ten days, and they arc buried at 
the Eden (Plum Creek)' Church, where a num- 
ber of their children are also interred. Mr. Fur- 
man was a Lutheran member of the Plum Creek 
Church, and served many years in the church coun- 
cil. He and his wife had children as follows: 
William M. died July 14. 1899, aged thirty-eight 
vears. ten months, seven days; David A. is men- 
tioned below: Calvin X. is a resident of Sunbury; 
Josephine died aged fourteen years; Edward B. 

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is a resident of Shamokin township; Jonathan F. 
is a resident of Sunbury; Charles D. died Oct. 11. 
1894, aged nineteen years, six months, eleven days : 
Anna D., twin of Charles 1>.. died Man b 25, L906, 
aged thirty years, eleven months, twentv-five da 
Martin L. died March G. 1898, aged twenty years, 
one month, seventeen days; Roy died March 15, 
1S99, aged eighteen pears, six month-, twenty-nine 
days. 

David A. Furman was horn April 7, 1863, in 
Rockefeller township, and was there reared and 
educated, being trained to farm work from early 
boyhood. Working for his parents until he at- 
tained his majority, he commenced farming for 
himself in the spring of L884 act ol sev- 
enty-two acres in Shamokin township, w 
remained until 1891. Selling that place, he moved 
to the Amos Epler farm, in the same district, 
wdiere he lived for one year, after his wife's death 

(which occurred in 1892) selling oul at i 

auction and returning to the home ot In- parents, 
where he remained until that place was -old out, 
a year later, on account of hi- mother's death. 
After his second marriage he lived ai Shamokin' 
;>e' Mia pear, al the end of that time returnin; 
farming, in Little Mahanoy township, where hi' 
was thus occupied for eleven years on the William 
Dunkelberger farm. In the spring of l!)o; he 
came to Rockefeller township, where he has a 100- 
acre farm which he purchased Sept. 1. 1906 
old Joseph Cass homestead in the Plum < 
Valley. The land is fertile and well cultivated, and 
Mr. Furman does a large dairy business in addi- 
tion to genera] farming, keeping fron ifteen to 
twenty cows and wholesaling the milk at Sun- 
bury. He is a thrifty and energetic worker, and 
has had excellent returns on all his work. Mr. 
Furman is a Democrat, and is at present 
on the hoard of school direi b his towns 

Mr. Furman's first marriage was to Laura J. 
Adams, daughter of Casper and Elizabeth i Lake) 
Adams, who then lived at Elysburg, Pi 3 ied 
Dec. 29, 1892, aged twenty-nine nine 

months, nine days, and is buried at tb 
Evangelical Lutheran ( Plum Crei I < lurch in 
Rockefeller township. Five children we 
to this union: Ward manic. I Ida Drumheiser, of 
Shamokin; Mary E„ n 

home: < Hyde man ied Flossii She Sun- 

bury; William married Jennie Kembel, of Opp 
Augusta tow nsliip ; Clara In - in. On 

I I, 1. 25, L89 I. M r. Furman man i 

Hannah J. Wagner, and to then born 

children : Phoebe V, John L. an 1! 
\l. He and his amilj are men I den 

Evangelical Lutheran Chut Plum Cr< 

ey, and he is sen i) 

Edward B. Furman, son nf John Wesley Furman, 
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ler) township, received a common school education. 
and remained with his father until the latter died. 
After his marriage he was with his father-in-law, 
Joseph Yeager. for ten year-, after which he spent 
about ten years on the Jonathan Kreigbaum farm 
of forty acres, engaged in dairying as well as gen- 
eral farm work in Shamokin township, which farm 
he now owns. On May 1, 1892, he married Cor- 
delia A. Yeager, daughter of Joseph and Rosanna 
(Farley) Yeager, and their children are Wave 
Marie and Joseph Groevenor. Mr. Furman is a 
member of the Cross Road Church, which he has 
ed as trustee for sixteen years. Politically he 
is ,i 1 1 em oc rat. 



William Furman. grandfather of David A. Fur- 
man, had a brother Samuel, whose son George Fur- 
man lived at Stonington, in Shamokin township. 
They are mentioned elsewhi 

FASOLD. The Fasold family has been settled 

in Northumberland county for almost a hundred 

-. Valentine Fasold (or Fausold), the first of 

the name in this country, having brought his fam- 
ily hither in the year 1816. The brothers Daniel 
and Samuel Fasold (the latter now deceased), of 
Sunbury, were long well known carpenter con- 
tractors of that and other sections of the county, 
and their younger brother, Fli Fasold, now living 
on the old homestead in Rockefeller township, was 
for many years associated with Daniel in such 
work. The members of this family are an 
the best known carpenters of the region. 

Valentine Fasold was a native of Hessen, Gi r- 
many, emigrated about the year 1795, and mad. a 
location in Whitehall township. Lehigh Co., Pa., 
where he lived for some time. He served in the 
war of 1S12. In 1S16 he came to Northumberland 
county, settling on a farm in Shamokin township 
now owned by a Schlegel, and there he remained 
until he died. Like the members of the family 
generally, he was a Lutheran, belonging to the 
church at Augustaville. where he is buried. The 
inscription on his tombstone reads: "Valentine 
Fasold, born in Deutschlaud Oct. 6, 1765, died 
Nov. 16, 1824." He was a weaver by trade. He 
was twice married, his first wife. Christian Xander. 
of Whitehall township. Lehigh Co.. Pa., being Ger- 
man horn. They had three children, as follows: 
Susanna married Abraham Wolf; Mary Elizabeth 
married Henry Dornsife : John, the only son, set- 
tled in Richmond. Ind., and there died. The 
baptismal certificate of Susanna Fasold is i 
the possession of her granddaughter. Mrs. Theo. 
Chester, daughter of Abraham Wolf, and the fid- 
lowing is written upon it in German script: Su- 
sanna Fasold. daughter of Valentine and Chris- 
tian, a horn Xander (in), his wife, was horn into 
this world Oct. 8, 1798, at L0 o'clock in the morn- 
ing, in Whitehall township, Northampton [now 



Lehigh | Co., Pa. She was baptized Oct. 18th of 
year in the Lutheran faith. Her sponsors 
were Johannes Sliehter and his wife Dorothea. 
Valentine Fasold's second wife. Catharine B. 
Schriver, born Dee. 28, L775, died Dec. 31, L858, 
rom Lehigh count}, she was the mother of 
children: Catharine (married Jonathan 
Kreigbaum), Jonathan. Peter i settled m Pottsville, 
Pa.), George, Lydia (married Samuel Haupt), 
Charles (lived in McKeesport, Allegheny t o., Pa., 
and had a family: he was a carpenter). Mary 
(Folly) (married Jonathan Daughenbach) , Jo- 
seph, Sarah (married George Zimmerman), llenrv 
(1821-1885, who lived and died in Rockefeller 
township) and Mary Ann (married Daniel I, 
ger). 

At a reunion of the Fasold family held Dec. 
15, 1885, at Farrow'- drove, in Snydertown, 
Northumberland county, about three hundred de- 
- i udants of Valentine Fasold were present. 

Jonathan Fasold, son of Valentine, was born in 
Lehigh county. Pa., in 1805, ami when eleven 
years old came with his parents to Northumber- 
land county. He owned the farm in Rockefeller 
-hip. on which he died in 1885, and followed 
bis trade of shoemaker in connection with farming. 
He was a Democrat, and he and his family were 
Lutherans. His widow Catharine (Bartholomew) 
survived him a number of years, living on the old 
homestead in Rockefeller township until her death. 
Sept. 5, 1891, at tin- age of eighty-three years, one 
month, twelve days. Their graves are marked by 
a large monument. They had children as fol- 
lows: Jonathan, Elizabeth, Catharine. Mary Ann. 
Simon Peter, David. Hannah and Lucinda (mar- 
ried Saul Shipman). 

David Fasold, a citizen of Rockefeller town- 
ship, was born Aug. 31, Is!'.', -on of Jonathan 
ami Catharine (Bartholomew) Fasold. He was 

reared to farming and learned the trade of s1 - 

mason and paving when a young man. following 
that line of work in Sunbury and the surround- 
ing territory. He has passed the major part of his 
life in Rockefeller township, purchasing the farm 
where he now lives, a tract of ninety-eight acre-. 
about L885. This was part of the John Shipman 
farm. Here Mr. Fasold built a large frame house 
in 1900. and has made a pleasant home. He also 
owns part of his father's homestead, which com- 
prised forty-seven acres, but he sold thirteen ai 
the part on which the buildings were erected, re- 
taining the other thirty-four acres. It joins his 
lai ge farm. Mr. Fasold does general farming, dis- 
posing of his products in Sunbury. Mr. Fasold 
was a member of the township school board and 
during his administration two substantial >. 
buildings were erected in the district, serving as 
models for those that were built afterward. In 
politics he is a Democrat and he and his family 
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has been a useful member of the church, lias served 
in the council many years and has been superinten- 
dent of the Sundaj school many terms, still filling 
the position. 

Mr. Fasold married Ma Dressier, daughter of 
[saac and Luzetta Dressier, residents of Perrj 
county. Pa. Three children have been born to this 
union: Leon Launcelot, Howard Russel and Ed- 
ward Warren. 

Mr. Fasold is a prominent odd Fellow, a mem- 
ber of Augusta Lodge, No. 6] I. al Augustaville, 
which he represented in the Grand Lodge foi - 
era! terms. He was also a member of the En- 

campmenl and filled all its offices. He is a g 

citizen and a man highh esteei 1 wherever known. 



George Fasold, son of Valentine, was born in 
Lehigh county May 25, LS09. He lived and died 
in Rockefeller township. By trade he was a car- 
penter and he did considerable contract work, em- 
ploying a number of men and erecting many 
houses and barns. He owned the farm now owned 
and occupied by his son Eli, and there died Dec. 
13, 1895. When he settled on this tract it was 
all covered with forest, and he cleared it with the 
help of his sons. His wife Mary (Kreiger), a 
daughter of Christian Kreiger, was born March 25, 
1813, and died March 30, 1868. Mr. and Mrs. 
Fasold were Lutherans and are buried at the Plum 
Creels church. He was a member of the church 
council many years. He was a Democrat and 
active in local affairs, serving his township as 

scl i director, supervisor and overseer of the 

poor. He was one of the progressive citizens of 
his district in many respects. Mr. and Mrs. George 
Fasold had a large family, namely: Daniel, men- 
tioned below; Henry, who did not marry; Samuel. 
mentioned below; Jeremiah (1839-1872), who 
married Sarah Kelley and had four children, Rosa, 
Emma, Gertrude (Mrs. Ammon Geist) and Minnie 
(Mrs. Cadwallader Reeser) ; Sarah, who died aged 
sixteen years; Lydia, who married Samuel L. 
Kulp and died when twenty-two years old (their 
daughter Minnie married Albert Teitsworth) ; 
John George, who married Eva Bhoads, and had 
Mary. Ada'. Emily, Ella, Daniel IT., Walter. Reu- 
ben and George; Reuben, who married Sarah 
Malick and had four children. Amy ( Mrs. [saac 
Haas), Elwood' (married Mary Snyder). Mabel 
and Homer; Eli, mentioned below; Albert, who 
married Lucinda Peiffer and had five children. 
Cora, Truman, Molly, and Flora and Lydia, both 
deceased: Sophia, who married Henry Conrad: 
Josiah, who married Florine Shindel and had 
Harry, Mary and Maggie. 

Daniel Fasold, sou of George, was born Oct. 
5, L835, in what was then Augusta (now Rocke- 
feller) township, and there received his educa- 
tion in the public schools, which were just being 
established in that locality. He received a license 



to teach from the first superintendent of North- 
umberland county, Prof. .1. ,1. Reimensnyder, 
being eighteen when he taught his first term, in 
what was then Lower Augusta township; ti las 
three months, and he taught ten terms in all, be- 
ing quite successful in his profession. He had 
learned the carpenter's trade from his father, prai - 
tically growing tip with a knowledge of that b 
lies-:, which he followed during the summers while 
ting, and to which he devoted all his time 
eventually. He was engaged thus from I- t8 to 
L910, a period of sixty-two years in all, and from 
L856 to 1890 was Largely engaged in contract work. 
often employing as many as ten men. Much of his 
work was done in and around Sunbury, but he had 
a reputation which extended beyond thai locality, 
for he was well and favorably known over a radius 
of twenty miles, and was the leading contractor of 
his section for many years. In 1st:-! he built the 
Plum Creek church: he assisted to build Millers 
Cross Road church, in Rockefeller township; put 
up a number of sehoolhouses in that township; 
and assisted as foreman in the erection of the large 
St. Peter's church at Mahanoy, in 1858. In the 
spring of 1895 Mr. Fasold moved to Sunbury, 
where he has since resided, his home being at No. 
448 Catawissa avenue. From the time of his 
settling in the borough he has taken quite an active 
part in public affairs, having served as assessor 
of his district since 1903. While in Lower Au- 
gusta township he was school director one term, 
and also served a term as auditor: in Rockefeller 
township he served two term- as school director 
and two terms as auditor. Politically he affiliates 
with the Democratic party, in whose work he has 
taken an active interest. He has also been an 
energetic church worker, and was long a prominent 
member of the Plum Creek Lutheran congre- 
gation, serving as a member of the building com- 
mittee when the present edifice was erected, in 
1873; he was also deacon, elder and trustee, lie 
and his family now unite with Zion's Lutheran 
Church in Sunbury. 

On Dee. 18, 1856, Mr. Fasold married Elizab 
Bartholomew, daughter of Jacob Bartholomew, 
and they have had three children, one of whom 
died in infancy. II. Frances married Francis 
Culp, a railroad employee, who died in February. 
1911, and they lived in Sunbury; the> had five 
daughters, Laura (who married Joseph l'>. Kline 
and has a daughter, Mildred K.). Elizabeth (who 
graduated from the Stale Normal school at 
Bloomsburg ami is engaged in teaching), Elsie 1. 
aographer), Ruth Evangeline (a milliner, now 
in Middletown, Del.) and Verdie Winifred (wife 
of Edward Harrison and living at Wilkes-Barre, 
p a .). Charles E., a carpenter l>\ trade, formerly 
followed i 

foreman of a gang for the Pennsylvania Railway 
Company, and makes his home at No. 211 Lair- 



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mount avenue, Sunbury; he married Caroline 
Shipe, and they have eight children, Agnes M. 
(wife oJ Joseph Moyer), I-'. Edith (who is married 
and has a son, Kennerl F.i. Sarah (wife of 
Charles Hart. <>f Danville), Daniel S., Irving G. 
(an employee of the Bell Telephone Company), 
Ellis Lee, Francis ami Helen B. 

Samuel Fasold, son of George, was born Feb. 
16, 1839, on the homestead in Rockefeller town- 
ship, and obtained a common school education. At 
an early age he began to learn the carpenter's 
trade under his father'- instruction, and from his 
early manhood worked as a boss carpenter, being 
for a rime engaged at Shamokin and surrounding 
towns. On May ".'1. 1m;;. he ami his wife 
to Sunbury, where they settled permanently, Mr. 
Fasold building the home at \H. 'Mil East Market 
street, Sunbury, in 1869, and it has been occupied 
h\ the family from that time to tie' present. Mr. 
Fasold became one of the leading contractors in 
Sunbury, and in his time had the hulk of the best 
patronage, putting up many residences and large 
business structures, giving employment to a num- 
ber of hand-, and teaching tin' trade to various 
apprentices. He deserved his success, proving him- 
self worthy of tin- confidence shown in him. and 
was honorable ami trustworthy in all his dealings, 
giving honest work in everything he undertook 
and making an excellent name for himself through- 
out this region. Mr. Fasold died Maj 'K 1906, 
at the old home on East Market street where his 
widow still resides, lie was a member of Au- 
gustaville Lodge, I. 0. G. F., and an active mem- 
ber of the Lutheran Church, assisting in the work 
of i liureh and Sunday school : he held the offiee of 
deacon. During the Civil war he was a member 
of Company C, 136th Regiment, Pennsylvania 
Volunteer Infantry. 

On Dee. 25, 1866, Mr. Fa-old married Mary 
Catharine Evert, daughter of John C. and Sarah 
(Weiser) Evert, hue of Rockefeller township, the 
former of whom is buried at Plum Creel; Church. 
Mrs. Fasold was horn in Lower Augusta township. 
Her maternal grandfather, Philip Weiser, was a 
grandson of Conrad Weiser, the noted Indian in- 
terpreter. Three children were born to Mi', and 
.Mrs. Fasold: (1) Ida J. lives with her mother. 
( '.' ) Rev. John ( 'ah in is a minister of the Lutheran 
Church now located at Williamstown, Pa. He 
married Maggie Albert, ami they have had chil- 
dren, Evert L., Robert A.. Hannah Weiser (died in 
infancy) and Marshall. (3) Dolan W. is engaged 
as station agent at Selinsgrove, Pa. He married 
Lulu App, daughter of Solomon App, and they 
have three children, Florence, [rene A. ami Lena 
May. 

Eli Fasold, son of George, was horn in Rocke- 
feller township Nov. 20, 1846. He lived at 1 ome 
and worked tor his parents until he was of age, ami 
was trained t<< carpenter work from an early age; 



when hut fifteen years old he went with his father 
and did such work as he was capable of. he and his 
brother Daniel continuing their father's work after 
his death. They did day's work as well as con- 
tracting, and became the best known carpenters 
in their district. Eli Fasold owns and lives on the 
homestead, which contains fifty-five acres, located 
in the Plum Creek Valley. George Fasold, his 
father, cleared this tract and erected the present 
buildings on it. 

On April :;. 1870, Mr. Fasold married Lydia 
llepner. daughter of John Hepner, of Shamokin 
township. She died Sept. 24, 1905, aged sixty- 
two years, ten days. To Mr. and Mrs. Fasold were 
horn six children: Charles F... now of Shamokin, 
Pa., Carrie E., married to P. L. Klinger, of Rocke- 
feller township; William W. : Milton, of East Sun- 
bury; Christian Fv.; and Jennie P>.. married to 
Charles Snyder. Mr. Fasold and his family are 
Lutheran members of the Plum Creek Church, in 
the work of which he has been very prominent. 
having served mam j-ears as deacon and treasurer. 
Politically he is a Democrat, and ha- been quite 
active in his community, being school director, 
auditor and supi n is >i . 



Joseph Fasold, -on of Valentine, lived in Upper 
Augusta township, where he had a farm. He was 
a stonemason by trade. He and hisj wife, Catharine 

( Hart/ell ). had : Mary Ann. James B.. Lillie and 
( !a1 herine. 

ELIS1IA M. CAMPBELL, a farmer of Push 
township, Northumberland county, was born in 
Shamokin township in 1863, -on of Fli-ha Camp- 
bell, Sr., and grandson id' Henry Campbell, who 
lived in West Virginia and followed lumbering 
and farming. Elisha Campbell, Sr.. was his only 
child. 

Fli-ha Campbell, Sr.. married Hannah Kareh- 
ner, and they were the parents of six children. 
namely: Hannah married Harmon Snyder, 
and they had children. Calvin, William. Mary. 
Cora, Rachel, Jacob and Edith: Sarah married 
George Miller and had children, Elizabeth, Jesse, 
Albert and Orville; Ella married William Ford 
and had four children, all of whom are deceased 
but Hazel: Clara married John Snyder and had 
three children, Greda, Anna and John: Charles 
married Lillie Snyder and has two children, Ray- 
mond and Edward: Elisha M. is a resident of 
Rush town-hip. 

Elisha M. Campbell has followed farming all 
his life. He married Sarah Catherine Vastine, 
daughter of Hugh Hughs Vastine, and to them 
was born one child. Elwood, who is now deceased. 
Mr. and Mrs. Campbell attend the Baptist Church. 

Abram Van De Weestyne, from which Mrs. 
Campbell is descended, came from Holland to 
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in Nct Jersey. In 1698 John Vastine, his son, 
lived in Germantown, Pa. He soon purchased a 
tract of land in Hilltown township, Bucks Co., 
Pa., from one Jeremiah Langhorn, and became 

in £ the pioneers of thai county. Bis wife 

Ainu-ail. whom lie married in New Jersey, survived 
him, his death occurring Feb. 9, 1738; he was 
buried at Hilltown, Bucks Co., Pa. Their chil- 
dren were as follows: (1) Abraham, born May 
21, 1698, died in October, 1773. He married 
Sarah Ruckman and they had five children: 
Abigail married Andrew Armstrong; Ruth mar- 
ried James Armstrong; Mary married Robert 
Jameson; Rachel married Hugh Mears; Sarah 
married Samuel Wilson. (2) Jeremiah, born 
Dec. 24, 1701, died in 1769. lie and Ins wife Deb- 
orah had children: Jeremiah, who died in 1778 
in New Britain, Bucks Co., Pa. (his wife's name 
was Elizabeth) ; Martha. Mrs. John Louder; Han- 
nah, Mrs. Samuel Gresham. (3) Benjamin, bom 
Jan. 9, 1703, was the next in line of descent to 
Mrs. Elisha Campbell. (1) John died Feb. 9, 
1765, in Hilltown, unmarried. (5) Mary, born 
March 1. 1699, married a Mr. Wilson and moved 
to South ( larolina. 

Benjamin Vastine, born dan. 9, 1703, son of 
John, died iii August, 1749. lie married Mary 
Griffith, and they were the parents of the follow- 
ing children: (1) Hannah married Emerson Kel- 
ly. (2) John married Rachel Morgan and had 
children Benjamin (married Mary Van Zant), 
Simon, Nancy and Margaret. Of these, Benja- 
min and Mary (Van Zant) Vastine had three 
son-: Benjamin, who married Elizabeth Hauck 
and had ' Margaret (Mrs. William Savidge), 
Amanda, Harriet (Mrs. Alvin Hughs), Algernon 
and Thomas F. : Thomas, who married Sarah Ellis 
and had Ann (Mrs. George Pensyl), Lucinda 
(Mrs. John Adams). Mary, Samantha, Beneville, 
Grace Ella. John, Rufus, Thomas J.. Jane and 
Sarah Matilda; and John, who married Sarah 
Scott and had Hannah (Mrs. Mahlon Huff), El- 
len, Sarah Jane, Benjamin. Catherine and Isa- 
bella. Simon, son of John and Rachel, married 
and had a son John. (3) Abraham married Eliz- 
abeth Williams, and their children were John. Wil- 
liam, Abraham. Nancy, Mary and Jeremiah. The 
family lived in York county. Pa., for a time, later 
moving to Kentucky. (4) Benjamin, who died in 
September, 1775, married Catherine Eaton, and 
their children were: Mary married Josiah Limn. 
Peter married Hannah, daughter of Jonathan 
Vastine, and had children. Catherine (unmar- 
ried), Elizabeth (married John Colket), Benja- 
min (unmarried), Mary (married Henry John- 
son), Ann (married H. Boone), Lydia (unmar- 
ried), Thomas Jefferson (married Harriet Pax- 
ton and had Peter, Margaret P.. Charles, Joseph, 
Sarah and Hannah). Peter E. (married Mary 
Miller) and Jeremiah (unmarried). Benjamin 



married Dorothy, daughter of Amos Vastine, and 
they had children Martha (married Joel Miller) 
and Catherine (married Benjamin Miller). Eliz- 
abeth married Alem Morris. (5) Jonathan, who 
married Elizabeth Lewi-, is now in the line of 
descenl to Mrs. Elisha Campbell. (6) Isaac mar- 
ried Sarah Matthews. (7) Amos married Mar- 
tha Thomas and they had two daughters: Dor- 
othy, who married Benjamin Vastine, son of Ben- 
jamin: Martha, who married Roberl C. Shannon. 

Jonathan Vastine, son of Benjamin and Mary 
(Griffith) Vastine, married Elizabeth Lewis, and 
their children were: (1) Benjamin married Eliz- 
abeth Van Zant and their children were: Lewis 
V, who married Martha Boone and had Hannah 
(Mrs. Dudley Andrews), Margaret (Mrs. Jacob 
B. Gearhart), Rachel Jane. Elizabeth (Mrs. John 
II. Morrall). .Matilda (Mrs. Abraham Gulick), 
Sarah. Martha, William B., Lewis B. and George: 
Mary, who married Samuel Boone: Ann, who 
man led Isaac Wolverton; and Rachel, who mar- 
ried John M. Housel. ( •' ) Ann married Thomas 
Robbins. (3) Hannah married Peter Vastine, 
- if Benjamin Vastine. (4) Mary married Wil- 
liam Marsh. (5) John married Catherine Osmun 
and had William (married Elizabeth Hursch), 
Amos (married Susan Lerch), Margaret (mar- 
ried Charles Eeffley), Sarah (married Robert 
Campbell), Thomas (married Lanah Vought) 
and John. (6) Jeremiah married E. Reeder, and 
their children were: Mary, who married C. Fish- 
er: Margaret, who married D. Robbins; Surrissa, 
who married William Leighaw: and Thomas, who 
married Eliza Reeder and had children Catherine 
and Elizabeth. (7) Thomas died unmarried. (8) 
Jonathan married Nancy Ann Hughs. 

Jonathan and Nancy Ann (Hughs) Vastine 
had children as follows; Hugh Hughs: Lewis, who 
married Sarah Potts and had one daughter Ann. 
now the wife of Alfred Ealberstattel and the 
mother of one child; and Benjamin, who died 
single. 

Hugh Hughs Vastine, son of Jonathan and 
Nancy Ann (Hughs) Vastine, married Catherine 
Zimmerman, and to them were bora the Eollowing 
children: Martha Ann died single; William L. 
married Alice Cardell and had children. Blam 

Jj is, Mary and Cora; Oscar married Ada Gil- 

|;i-|o : Mary F. married John K. Erdman and had 
children, Eattie, Sarah. Nora, Alice, Bert, John. 
Calvin. Kimber, and Frank: Jonathan married 
Cora Hess and had children, Charles, Katie and 
Chester: Jacob married M. Smith and had chil- 
dren, Ethel, Batten and Grethel : Lewis married 

M ; i , -. \ imaker; Sarah C. married Elisha Camp- 

bell, Jr. : Earriel married William Arnold and 
lil( | | hildren, Bessie and Annie; Ida married 
i lharles Eoffman and had children, Vergie, I 
win, John. Mary, Wesley, William, Lillie 

Frank. 



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NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA 



I. ('. M. ELLENBERGER, present superinten- 
dent of the public schools of the borough of Sun- 
bury, has been engaged in educational work for 
over twenty years, about half of that time as 
teacher and the remainder in his capacity of super- 
intendent. Ee was born Oct. 30, 1863, at Gates- 
burg, Pa., and received bis elementary education 
m the public schools, lie prepared for college at 
Stone Valley Academy and Dickinson Seminary, 
Williamsport, Pa., and toot his collegiate course 
at Pennsylvania State College, from which he was 
graduated in 1890. From 1891 to L894 Professor 
Ellenberger was principal of the Bremen Institute, 
in Kentucky. In 1894 he took the position of 
principal in the high school of Tyrone ( Pa.), Idl- 
ing that incumbency until 1899, when he was made 
superintendent of the Tyrone public schools. He 
continued in that work until he came to Sunbury, 
in 1908, to serve in a similar capacity. Some idea 
of his responsibilities may be gained from a brief 
outline of the educational facilities Sunbury affords 
its youth at the present time. 

The borough is fairly well provided with Large 
and commodious school buildings, well equipped 
for thorough and efficient work. There arc eight 
buildings advantageously located, readily access- 
ible so as to be convenient for the pupils in all the 
various parts of the borough. The borough of 
Sunbury was incorporated as such March 34, 1797, 
h\ Ait of Assembly, and divided into two wards, 
East and West, thus establishing the school district. 
Some time later the first free school was opened. 
on Third street, where the post-office now stands. 

The town grew considerably and was s i divided 

into four wards, and the schools were managed by 
a board of six directors, the hoard meetings being 
held semi-monthly. Previous to 1870 there was no 
Central high school in Sunbury, hut the schools in 
the different wards were partially graded. The 
first step to establish a central high school was 
taken by the hoard of directors in 1870. Bartholo- 
mew's store room, at No. 35 North Fourth street, 
was rented for the purpose, and in December. 
1870, .1. Pi. Miller was elected first principal, at 
a salary of one hundred dollars a month: at this 
time primary teachers received thirty-five to forty 
dollars a month, secondary teachers, fifty-five dol- 
lars, an«l grammar school teachers, sixty dollars. 
The school term was hut seven months. Because 
of poor health Professor Miller resigned almost 
immediately after accepting, and Prof. Elias 
Schneider, who formerly taught in the Sunbury 
Academy, was elected principal in January. 1871. 
Shortly afterward the high school was moved to the 
Second street building, opposite the county prison : 
then to the building on Front street, near the 
Reading railroad bridge, the same building the 
academy had occupied for a short time: then it was 
partly in the Front street building and partly in 
the Eighth ward building. For some time the 



high school was small. Professor Schneider served 
three years as principal, heine. succeeded by W. M. 
Boal, W. II. Black, H. R. Roth, C. I>. Oberdorf, 
Professor Conser, Professor Young, Professor Den- 
nis and Professor Rhodes, the present principal. 
The first regular high school class was graduated 
in 1882, and consisted of three pupils. After sev- 
eral years it was thought superior school advan- 
tages could be secured by consolidating Sunbury and 
East Sunbury, a project which was consummated in 

1895. The scl 1 district then consisted of nine 

wards, a new Central high school was built on 
Fifth street, at the head of Court street, midway 
between Market ami Chestnut streets. In 1893 the 
borough superintendencv was established, C. D. 
Oberdorf being elected superintendent, hi- place as 
principal of the high school being taken by Pro- 
fessor Conser. In 1897 the high school of the 
Sunbury school district took up in quarters in the 

new building. Professor Oberdorf was spec led 

as borough superintendent by Prof. Ira Shipnran, 
who held the office until 1908, since when Prof. 
I. ('. M. Ellenberger has been the incumbent. 

The annual reports indicate the steady growth 
of the schools. In 1860 there were four teachers, 
269 pupils, and the school term was eight months. 
in 1870 there were ten teachers, 672 pupils; term, 
seven months. In 1880 there were fourteen teach- 
ers, 822 pupils; term, eight months. On Dec. i. 
1884, the wards had increased to five, by reason 
of the increase of the borough population, and 
there were in all five school buildings, accommo- 
dating one boys' ami girls' high school, two inter- 
mediate, twd secondary ami three primary schools. 
In 1890 there were nineteen teachers, 1,109 pupils, 
and the term was eight months. In 1900 there 
were forty-two teachers, 2,100 pupils, and the term 
had increased to nine months, as at present. In 
1910 there were fifty-six teachers. 2,504 pupils. 
Including the class of 1910 the Sunbury high 
school has hail 708 graduates, and the East Sun- 
bury high school 63. The State appropriation has 
increased from $213.20 in 1860 to $13,131.83, in 
1910. 

LEINBACH. The brother^ D. 0. and Charles 
F. Leinbach, of Milton, Northumberland county, 
are natives of Turbut township, this county, where 
their father and grandfather lived, but the family 

is an old .a i' I'.erks county, and has been settled 

in Pennsylvania since 1723. 

The first known ancestor of the Leinbachs was 
Henry Leinbach, of Langen-Weibolt, Wetterau, 
Germany, who married Barbara Lerch. 

Johannes Leinbach, Sr.. son of Henry and Bar- 
bara, was born in Langen-Selbold, Wetterau. 
March 9. L674; he was baptized by the Reformed 
pastor. In his native land lie was an organist. On 
Oct. 2, 1700. he married Anna Elizabeth Kleiss. 
who was horn in Eidengup, Wetterau, Feb. '?. 



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1680, daughter of Adam and Elizabeth (Schil- 
linger) EOeiss, and was baptized in the Lutheran 
faith, tn which her parents adhered. Johannes 
Leinbach. Sr.. came to Pennsylvania Sept. 11, 
1 ;•.':;. with Ins three sons and two daughters: 
Frederic, John Henry, John (Johannes, Jr.), 
Joanna Maria and Maria Barbara, the family 
settling in Oley township, Berks county. He was 
"vorsteher" of the Olej congregation, into which 
office he was inducted April 9, 1742. 

Frederic Leinbach, sun of Johannes, Sr., was 
bom in Hochstadt, near Frankforl on the Mam, 
July 15, 1703, and was baptized by the Reformed 
pastor, Rev. Mr. Bender. He was a tailor by 
trade. <»n June 2, 1737, he married Elizabeth 
Prey, of Skippaek, who was born there July 1, 
1719, and was baptized hv Ciinnt Zinzendorf May 
(I, 1742. 

John Henry Leinbach, son of Johannes, Sr., 
was bora Nov. '.'ii, 1705, in Hochstadt, ami was 
baptized in his infancy by the Reformed pastor, 
Rev. Mr. Bender. On Nov. 2, 1739, lie married 
Joanna Herman, bora in Conestoga March Hi. 
1718, and baptized by Count Zinzendorf May 6, 
i; r.'. the same day ;| - Elizabeth Frey, above men- 
tioned. 

Johannes Leinbach, dr.. son of Johannes, Sr., 
was born in Hochstadt Feb. 13, 1712. He accom- 
panied In- parents i" Pennsylvania in 1723, and 
settled as a farmer. On Aug. 12, 1735, lie married 
Catharine Kiehm. of Muddy Creek, and they had 
eleven children, one of whom died in infancy, the 
others being: Frederick. John Daniel. Lewis, 
Abraham, Benjamin, Joseph, Elizabeth, Maria 
Barbara, Johanna and ( iatharine. 



John C. Leinbach, great-grandfather of D. <>. 
and Charles I-'. Leinbach, lived and died in Oley 
township, Berks Co., Pa. His son. 

John C. Leinbach, born in 1796, died in 1853. 
Coming to Northumberland county, he settled in 
Turbul township about 1820, and there he is 
buried, at Paradise. He was a tinsmith by trade 
and a skilled mechanic in various lines, being quite 
famous for the grandfather clocks which he made; 
the lasl one he made is owned by his grandson, 
D. 0. Leinbach. His wife. Mary (Stitzel), was 
born in 1799 and died in 1887 ; she was a member 
of the Judge Stitzel family of Berks county. John 
C. and Mary (Stitzel) Leinbach had two children. 
Daniel S. and Hannah. The daughter married 
John Kutz. of Northampton county, who died in 
Limestone township, Montour county, the mother 
of Daniel (deceased). Emma (married del,,, 
Wdlfinger), Annie (married Judson Derr), Wal- 
la,,, (of Milton, Pa.) and Nelson (of Sunbury, 
Pa.). Mrs. Archer A T an Dyke, sister of John C. 
Leinbach. lived in the Juniata valley. 

Daniel S. Leinbach, father of D. O. and Charles 
F. Leinbach. was horn Aug. 31, 1822, in Turbut 



township, and died Nov. Id. 1902; lie is buried 
at Paradise. He attained prosperous circumstan- 
ces through In- Hv, ii efforts, and was highlj re- 
spected by all who knew him. He owned a line 
farm, containing about one hundred aero, located 
near Follmer's church in Turbut township, re- 
paired the residence on thai tract and huilt a 
new barn. He was independent in politics and an 
active member of the Reformed Church, which he 
served as elder and deacon. Mr. Leinbach married 
Mary Pick, who was horn July 8, 1828, daughter 
of John Pick, and died Dec. •.':;. 1891 : -he is buried 
beside her husband. They became the parents of 
four children : Annie A. is the wife of John Ditz- 
ler, of Turbut township, and ha.- three children, 
Emma, John M. and Charles; John A., now a re- 
tired farmer, who owns the old homestead in Tur- 
but township, married Eliza Bieber; D. ( ). a ml 
< harles F. are mentioned below. 

D. 0. Leinbach was horn July 29, is.")!), near 
Paradise, in Turbut township, Northumberland 
county, and received his education in the township 
schools, lie remained with his father until he 
reached the age of twent y-niie. when he came to 
Milton, Aug. 6, 1880. Here he has since made his 
home. He learned the trade of machinist at the 
well known establishment of S. d. Shimer i\ Sons, 
in Milton, and continued to follow that occupa- 
tion as a journeyman until 1887, when he became 
traveling salesman for the concern, a capacity in 
which lie was engaged until 1894, traveling 

through the States. Territories, and Domini I' 

Canada. Continuing in the service of the above 
named firm, who established the iron Imsine-s 
known as The Milton Manufacturing Company, he 
assumed the salesmanship of this company and 
after years of extensive travel became their Phila- 
delphia representative, a position he now holds. 

lie has been in the -a mploy for a period of 

upwards of thirty-one years. Mr. Leinbach's prac- 
tical experience in the machine shop and hi- me- 
chanical skill are valuable supplements t" his 
ability as a salesman and his judgment in business 
dealings, and the combination of qualities has 
made him an appreciable factor in the suc- 
cess of the company in the field over which he 
has op. anted, lie i- a substantial citizen of Mil- 
ton, and retains his home there, living in the line 
residence which he huilt in 1906, ai No. 398 East 
Broadway. He is a Lutheran and ha- been an 
active worker in the church, which he has serve, 1 
as deacon. 1 n politics lie wears no collar, am! is 
no man's man. 

On March L9, 1889, Mr. Leinbach married Ella 
\|. Khipp. daughter of Peter and Catharine 
(Haag) Klapp, and granddaughter of John Klapp 

and John Haag. \h. .mi Mrs. Leinbach havi 

son. W. Dew ill. wdio was horn March 6, I-' 1 '' 
is now- attendinj i iools. 

i ii irles F. Leinba< h was born dan. 28, L866, 



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in Turbut township. Northumberland county, and 
after attending the local schools went to the acad- 
emy at Limestoneville, Montour county, and to the 
academy at McEwensville, Northumberland county. 
He also spent one year in study at the normal 
school at Hickory. N. C. Upon his return home, 
in 1888. he began clerking in the store of W. L. 
Raup, where he remained five years, subsequently 
clerking one year in West Hilton and then six 
years with the Schreyer & Sons Company, at Hil- 
ton. He has since been in business or his own 
account Pie bought out the grocery of 1». I.. 
Hogue, of Watsontown, which he conducted for 
two years, until 1904, that year returning to Mil- 
ton and establishing himself at his present loca- 
tion, X". 136 Broadway. Here he has a first-i 
store, dealing in groceries, flour and feed, an 
enjoys a steady and lucrative patronage, built up 
by honorable methods and earnesl efforts to p 
his custoi i -. who appreciate his attention to their 
wants and his ability to meet all the requiremi ats 
of his trade. Mr. Leinbaeh is deservedly a much 
respected citizen of the borough in which he makes 
his home. 

On Pec. 27, 1895, Mr. Leinbaeh married Sarah 
i Lahr, who was horn Nov. 11, 1872, daughter 
of William B. and Sarah (Sterner) Lahr, and died 
March 24, L907; she is interred a1 the Harmony 
cemetery, at Milton. Mr. and Mrs. Leinbaeh had 
one daughter, Mary Helen, who was born Ma\ 20, 

1! The family home is at No. 132 Broadway, 

Milton. 

Socially Mr. Leinbaeh is a member ol I as No. 
265, K. 6. E., and Commandery No. 27, K. of H. 
He is active in the work of St. John's Reformed 
Church, which he has served as a member of the 
consistory. 

HEINEICH KLERX, general superintendent 
of the Susquehanna Silk Mills, at Sunbury. stands 
at the head of one of the foremost enterprises i s- 
tablished in that borough as the result of tin 
forts of local business men to enhance the interests 
of this place by drawing industrial capital hither 
with special inducements of convenience and . ■ 
omy of production. That the reciprocal advan- 
tages for which the Susquehanna Silk Mills agreed 
stablish a plant at Sunbury have been exceeded 
to a notable degree may be gathered from the 
citation of a very few statistics. The Sunbury 
Board of Trad, was organized in 1894, and not 
long afterward the industrial committee became 
particularly active in urging the advantages of the 
borough as an industrial center upon capitalists 
in search of suitable locations. Through the in- 
dustrial department of the Philadelphia & Read- 
ing Railroad Company it was ascertained that the 
old established silk manufacturing firm of H. E. 
Sclmiewind, of Germany, was considering the es 
tablishment of a plant in this country. An offer 
was made on the condition that a factory at least 



100 by 300 feet in dimensions be erected, and that 
employment be furnished to at least 250 people. 
That the success of the plant has surpassed the ex- 
pectations of its founders and of the Sunbury citi- 
zens who induced them to choose this location is 
shown in the simple fact that the main mill in the 
Ninth ward occupies an area tOO feet square, tak- 
ing no count of substantial additions, and that a 
working force of over 800 finds constant employ- 
therein. Moreover, another large establish- 
ment, the converting works of these mills, has 
grown out of the needs of this and other mills 
operated by the same concern, giving employment 
to another force of 400 workers. 

The Susquehanna Silk Mills, manufacturers of 
the famous Suskana silks, are operated by a Ger- 
man house of long standing. II. Schniewind, dr.. 
is the present president and treasurer of the Amer- 
ican branch of this concern, Max Siepermann, 
secretary. For ten years before the establishment 
of the plant at Sunbury Mr. Siepermann hail been 
the New York representative of the firm. Through 
him negotiations were entered into with the visit- 
ing representative of the firm by which a plant of 
the proportions above gifen was to lie erected and 
put into operation, a com/pan] being incorporated 
under the laws ,,f the State of Pennsylvania. Mr. 
Heinrich Klerx had at that time been connected 
with the German house for a period of fifteen years, 
and through efficient service in various capacities 
had risen to the position of superintendent. His 
ability, no less than his long and varied experi- 
ence, seemed to qualify him particularly for the 
special responsibilities of the new venture, though 
he was at the time unfamiliar with American meth- 
ods and business customs, and had but slight ac- 
quaintance with the English language. His re- 
sources, however, proved equal to the unusual de- 
mands made upon them. Assuming control 
at the outset, he superintended all the de- 
tails in the construction of the plant and the 
setting up of machinery, and after the factory 
commenced operations soon learned by actual 
contact with conditions here whatever he needed 
to grasp the local situation. The methods 
of his native land combined with the best 
in American commercial tactics have proved 
sufficient to raise the plant under his con- 
trol to foremost standing among the industrial 
institutions of the country. Mr. Klerx has the ad- 
vantage of being a skilled mechanic, and his inven- 
tive faculties have enabled him to produce many 
devices for saving labor in the Susquehanna Silk 
Mills, some of his appliances, in fact, being now 
in general use in similar establishments all over 
the United States. His familiarity with the execu- 
tive and financial intricai Les of this branch of man- 
ufacturing i~ no less comprehensive, and the com- 
bination of faculties which be lias shown in his 
administration of this great plant makes his serv- 
ices invaluable. 



XORTHUMBERLAXD COUNTY, PEXXSYLYAXIA 



1:;; 



In 1903 the Susquehanna Silk Mills established 
another plant, at Marion, Ohio, the demand for 
the product having outgrown the capacity of the 
mills in Sunbury. Ii was erected and equipped 
1 1 1 1 « ! . i the persona] supervision of Mr. tiers — a 
high compliment to his management of the Sun- 
bury plant. Since then two other plants, one at 
Lewistown, Pa., the other at Jersey Shore, Pa., 

have I n put into operation by this concern, the 

ilium office being at Sunbury, where Mr. Klerx 
resides. There are also salesrooms and offices a1 
No. L8 West Eighteenth street, Xew York City. 

In 1903 it was found that another plant, for 
dyeing and finishing the product of the weaving 
mills, would be a desirable addition, and through 
Mr. KleiV efforts this new establishment was also 
located at Sunbury, though it finishes the product 
of all the mills of the concern. Mr. Klerx had full 
charge of all the preliminary arrangements, the 
purchase of suitable property and the construction 
of the factory, which is located in the Fifth ward. 
This new plain, known as the converting works. 
was i ompleted and se1 in operation in I »ei ember, 
L903. In construction and equipment it is second 
tn no establishment of the kind in the State 

Every branch of the silk business has been the 
object of Mr. Klcrx' earnest study. The welfare 
and health of employees, no less than the prosper!! \ 
of the factory, has received his attention from the 
time he took up Ins work here, and it was he who 
organized the Silk Mill Relief Association, which 
pays benefits to employees, members incapacitated 
through accident or illness. Moreover, movements 
looking tn the general welfare have always re- 
ceived his hearty support, for a well ordered com- 
munity means healthful, industrial conditions for 
both employer and employee. 

Socially Mr. Klcrx holds membership and is 
pas! Exalted Ruler in the B. P. 0. Elks. I, 
Xo. 267, the Americus Club, and other organiza- 
tions. 

JACOB G. HOFFMAX, a venerable resident 
of Washington township, Xorthumberland county, 
was born in that district Aug. 1, L836, son of 
William D. and Anna Maria (Gonser) Hoffman. 

John Hoffman, his grandfather, was a native of 
Colebrookdale township, Berks Co., Pa., and was 
a pioneer in Xorthumberland, where he followed 
farming. He is buried at the Reformed and Luth- 
eran Church at Bakers. Pa. He made his home 
in Washington township, along the mountain. 
His wife. ' Susanna (Drumheller), daughter of 
Xicholas Drumheller. a native of Earl township, 
Berks county, came with him tn this county. They 
had children as follows: Jacob D. died in Jackson 
township and is buried at St. Peter's Church (he 
married Rebecca Snvder, bom April 51. 1812, died. 
\w 1.". 1835; their twin sons, Montgomery and 
Cornelius, born Aug. 14. 1835, died in 1835 and 



1836, respectively) ; Henrv D., born .Ian. 9, LS10 
did Nov. in. L889, lived in Washington township^ 
where he followed the occupations of farmer ami 

stonemason (his wife Maria Elizabeth, II, -i- 

rich, horn Sept. 51. 1812, died Feb. 3, 186', i : 
\\ llliani I), i. mentioned below; Elizabeth ma 
Fred Baker: Catharine married Jacob Groh, and 
they located in Missouri. 

William D. Hoffman, son of John, was born 
Dec. 23, L802, in Colebrookdale township, I; 

Co., Pa., ami came to Northumberland h 

with his parents when a young man. He was a 
stonemason ami farmer in Washington tow aship, 
Ins property there including the farm now owned 
by his son Jacob ».. Eoffman; his purchase was 
a much larger trad. He was a Lutheran 
of the Himmel Church, where he held va 
offices, and is buried there. His death oecui 
Oct. •.'. 1885. IB- wile. Maricha or Anna \l 
Gonser, bora Sept. i;. 1812, was a daughter of 
Daniel Gonser, ami came of a verv prosperous 
family. She died May Hi. L899. The children of 
this union were as follows: Daniel Gonser, horn 
June 26, 1832, died Her. 22, i860; Elizabeth mar- 
ried a Mr. Drumheller; John «... horn April 19, 
L835, died Nov. 10, 1868 (his wifi Sarah died May 
9, L90 l. aged sixty-six war-, three months, □ 
teen days): Jacob G. is mentioned below; Maria 
(or Maricha) was the next in the family; Denah 
married Elias Hetrick; William (i. lives at Pillow, 
Pa.; Emanuel died m infancy; Henry <;.. horn 
Sept. 24, 1843, died Feb. 9, 187 I: Conrad <.. was 
the next son: Rudolph A., horn Nov. 8. 1847, died 
Jan. '.i. 1886; Louisa married Henrv Keihl, of 
Billow. Pa.; Benjamin, horn April ','!»'. 1850, died 
Feb. 20, 1861 : Robert G., horn March 27, 1852, 
died March 1. 1851 ; Caroline, horn .Ian. 17, L857, 
died May 13, 1866; Ernestus <i. lives at Billow. 

Jacob G. Hoffman was reared to farm life and 
remained at home working for hi- parents until he 
attained his majority. Meantime he attended the 
subscription schools for a limited period. He 
then learned the blacksmith's trade, which he 
ha- continued to follow, though he has lived 
partially retired since L892. His first home 
was in Washington township, whence he moved 
to Upper Mahanoy, hut after less than two 
years' residence there he returned to Washing- 
ton township, where he svas established lor eight 
years, for three years afterward he was d Jack- 
son township, thence moving to Lower Mahan 
where h : - home was near Hickory Corners for one 
year. From there he moved to In- presenl loca- 
i ion. remainin i rs at thai i ime and nee. ing 

here tor two years, after which he purcha 

... 

1 i -o Ion--, ami there i on! inu- 

■ 1887. Thi- formed part of thi 8 
moii i ad. which originally was 

large, M r. I [offman owi 150 a> res. 



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There are two dwellings on the place. Part of his 
present residence is of log construction and was 
built before 1800, and the stone house was built in 
1819. There is good water on this farm, and 
Mr. Hoffman has been successfully engaged at his 
trade and in agricultural pursuits. He has taken 
an interest in local affairs, was overseer of the 

I lor twelve years, school director six years and 

supervisor one year. Politically he is a Democrat. 
In 1860 Mt. Hoffman married Sarah Drum- 
heller, who was born duly 29, 1840, daughter of 
Nicholas Drumheller and granddaughter of Nicho- 
las Drumheller, a native of Berks county, the 
family being prominent and fully mentioned else- 
where in this work. Twelve children have beell 
born to this union: Emma R. married Frank 
Rothermel and died at the age of twenty, the moth- 
er of three children, one <>\' whom survives; Lilian 
A. married Adam Rebuck ami has two children 
(she is now — 1911 — fifty years of age) : Frank- 
lin L., of the Mahantango Valley, married Cath- 
arine Strohecker, and they have bad fourteen chil- 
dren, nine of whom are living: Francis W., who is 
engaged in farming his father's land, married 
Bertha Klock, and they have had four children, all 
of whom survive: Daniel M. died when four years 
old : John T., \\ ho lives in the Mahantango Valley, 
married Louisa Klinger and they have had five chil- 
dren, all living: Sara J. married Daniel Bordner 
and died at the age of nineteen, the mother of one 
child, deceased: Ira I. died when six months old; 
Ida .1. married John IT. Hoffman and has had 
five children, three of whom are living (they live 
in Lykens, Pa.) ; Rosa May, born March 30, L879, 
married Daniel Kahler, of Washington township, 
who was born Sept. 1. 1875, and they have had 
seven children, Harry A. (born Jan. 3, 1900), 
Howard J. (June is. 1901), Jennie M. (March 
26, L903), Xora Alice (Oct. 23, 1905), Mary Agnes 
(Feb. 3, L907), Irwin D. (Aug. 11, 1908) and 
Claude A. (Sept. 9, 1910); Jacob Edwin, who 
lives in Schuylkill county, married Lizzie Weist 
and they have hail two children, both of whom are 
living; Charles Elmer, who lives in the Mahan- 
tango Valley, married Xora YViest and has two 
children. Mr. Hoffman and his family are mem- 
bers of the Lutheran Church. 



Eaton H. Hoffman, son of Henry, was horn Feb. 
24, 1848, and married Elizabeth Bellman, horn the 
same day. Their children were horn as follows: 
Paul, March 14, 1872 : a -on (that died in infant i. 
Aug. 9, 1873; Susan F.. Sept. 3, 1874; John H.. 
March IS. 1876; William Harvey, July 12, 1878; 
Emina J.. Nov. 11. 1879 ; Daniel L., Oct. 14. 1881 : 
Mary E.. Nov. 29, 1884; Solomon Carev, Nov. -3s, 
1886; Samuel Howard. July 5, 1888.' Of these 
Susan E. married William Dornsife, born Feb. 
20, 1m;;. and they have had four children: A 
daughter, born .lead April 17, 1895; Edith F.. 



born March 6, lsii; (died Oct. 3, L900) ; Dela 
Direne, born July 16, 1900, and Ruth E., born 
Feb. 17, 1909. 

CHRIST. Several members of this family have 
been associated with the business interests of 
Mount Carmel as butchers and dealers in meat, 
the brothers B. F. Christ and J. M. Christ now- 
conducting well equipped stores in the borough, 
where their father. John Christ, was established 
in the same line from is;; until his retirement. 
All have been substantial and useful citizens, a 
credit to their name and the community in which 
they have lived and worked. 

'The father of John Christ died when a com- 
paratively young man. in Schuylkill county. Pa. 
Mis widow married a Mr. Snyder. She had three 
children by her first marriage, namely: Emanuel, 
who settled at Ashland. Fa., where he died (his son 
Isaac li\es at Tamaqua, Schuylkill county i : Julias, 
who died in the Mahantango Valley, unmarried; 
and John. 

John Christ was horn Feb. :). ls;il. and died m 
October, 1905. Early in life he became a drover 
and butcher, and he made Western trips to buy 
cattle, which he drove Easl in the early days. He 
was. however, one of the first dealer- to ship cattle 
by railroad. In Is;; he came to Mount Carmel 
and some time later entered the retail branch of 
the business, in which he continued until his re- 
tirement, selling out to his son B. F. Christ some 
time before hw death. Mr. Christ was a promi- 
nent member of the United Evangelical Church, in 
which he was an active worker. He married Han- 
nah Heckert, who survives him. still making her 
home at Mount Carmel. and they had a family of 
five children, viz.: Emma, widow of J. E. Huber. 
resides at Mount Carmel: Agnes is unmarried 
and living with her mother: Jeremiah M. is men- 
tioned below: Hannah X. is the wife of Rev. C. D. 
Huber. now located at Sunbury. Fa., as pastor 
of the First United Evangelical Church: and Ben- 
jamin Franklin is mentioned below. 

Michael Heckert. Mrs. Hannah (Heckert) 
Christ's lir-i ancestor in America, emigrated from 
Germany some time during the latter part of the 
eighteenth century, and settled in lower Mahanoy 
township, Northumberland Co.. Pa. Of his chil- 
dren, Francis and Yost went West; Peter was the 
father of Mrs. Christ: Elizabeth married Jacob 
Miller, who moved to Armstrong Valley, in Dau- 
phin county. Fa. There may have been other chil- 
dren. 

Peter Heckert. son of Michael, served in the war 
of 1812-15, was honorably discharged, and received 
two tracts of bounty land for his sen ii es. He re- 
mained in Lower Mahanoy township, having taken 
up farm lands there, and died at the age of eighty- 
five years. His wife. Eva, died at tin 1 age of forty- 
nine. They had children as follows: George; 



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Michael; Peter; Elias; [saac; Benjamin; Joseph; 
Riley; Elizabeth (Mrs. [saac Lenker) ; Polly 
(Mrs. Harry Weaver): Sallie; Catherine (.Mis. 
Jacob Wentzel) ; Christina ( Mrs. Aaron Cod rail ) ; 
Hannah (Mrs. John Christ ): and two who died 
in youth. Elias ami Hannah (Mrs. Christ) are 
Dow the only surviving members of this large fam- 
ily, of which the following settled and lived in 
Northumberland county: Peter, whose son Jacob 
is a marble cutter at Millersburg, Pa., and son 
Willis a railroader living at Georgetown (Dal- 
matia), Northumberland county; Elias (now — 
l'.ilo — aged eighty-three), who has ten children, 
all living, Henry A. (of Kansas City. Mo.), Emma 
!•]. ( Mrs. I. .1. Shroyer, formerly of Shamokin, now 
living in Dauphin county, Pa.), Riley \V. (a farm- 
er of Northumberland county), John W. (a mer- 
chant at Begins, Schuylkill county), Mary A. 
(Mrs. John K. Maurer, of Schuylkill county), 
Sarah .1. (Mrs. Jacob Maurer, of Schuylkill coun- 
ty), Joseph I., (a baker, in Girardville, Schuylkill 
county). Lydia A. ( Mrs. John W. Bahner, residing 
near Stonington, Northumberland county), l.i ;ie 
A. (Mrs. Elmer A. Bohner, of Northumberland 
county) I Eli P. (principal of schools at Schuyl- 
kill Eaven, Pa.); Benjamin, who was for years 
a leading furniture dealer ami undertaker in 
Sunbury, and whose children are Dr. (diaries 
(I. Heckort (president of Wittenberg College, 
Springfield, Ohio), Emma (Mrs. Savidge, of 
Sunbury, Pa.); Jennie May (Mrs. Sharon 
Stephens, of Harrisburg, Pa.) ami B. Frank 
(attorney at law, of Sunbury); Polly. AI rs. 
Harry Weaver, whose son George lives in 
Shamokin; ami Hannah. Mrs. John Christ, 
whose children have been previously mentioned. 
Joseph ami Christina (Mrs. Aaron Conrad) re- 
sided in Terry county. Pa.; Joseph was a soldier 
in the Civil war and was shot while' in the act of 
relieving a picket, who did not recognize him. Mi-. 
Conrad was also a soldier in the Civil war, and 
dud of typhoid fever after a forced march to Get- 
tysburg, in 1st;:;, after his term of enlistment had 
expired. Catherine, who married Jacob Wentzel. 
resided in the Slate of Indiana. 

Jer] \i 1 mi M. Christ, son of John and Hannah 
( lleckert ) Christ, was horn March L6, 1867, in 
Eldred township, Schuylkill Co., Pa. He began 
his education in the schools of that locality, re- 
ceiving the rest of his schooling at Mount Carmel, 
whither he removed with his parents in 1877. He 
was in his father's employ until 1892. when _ he 
wen! west, spending eighteen months traveling 
throughout the West and Northwest, finding em- 
ployment at different places. After his return 
home he again worked for his father, until he was 
thirty-two wars old, at which time he and his 
brother became associated with their father under 

the name of John Christ & Sons. At tl ml of 

a -year Jeremiah M. Christ withdrew fr this 



partnership and located in Buffalo, N. V.. where he 
engaged in business on his own account. Return- 
ing to Mount Car I, he established his present 

-lore, at No. 221 South Market street, m L906. 
He deals in groceries, provisions, butter and eggs, 
as well as fresh and smoked meats, and carries 
a large and comprehensive stock in all those lim 3, 
catering to a line class of trade. By upright deal- 
ing and (dose attention to the wants of his cus- 
tomers he has built up a profitable patronage, which 
continues to show a steady increase. Mi-. Christ 
has found time to interest himself in the public 
affairs of the community, and has Wn chosen to 
represent the Second ward in the council. lie 
was formerly a Republican in his political views, 
but since 1909 has supported the Socialist party. 
lie is a member of the Lutheran Church, and m 
social connection belongs to Mount Carmel Lodge, 
No. 378, F. & A. M., to bhe Sons of America and 
to the Knights of Malta. 

On June 3, 1897, Mr. Christ married Alice 
Fagely, daughter of Isaac- and Lydia (Leipens- 
berger) Fagely, of Topton, Berks Co., Pa. Thej 
have had two children. Lydia C. and Benjamin 
Franklin. 

Benjamin Franklin Christ, son of John and 
Hannah (Heckert) Christ, was horn Nov. 3, L874, 
in Eldred township. Schuylkill Co.. I'a. lie re- 
ceived all his education in the public schools of 
Mount Carmel, ami learned the butcher business 
under his father, with whom he was associated as 
a member of the firm id' John Christ & Sons, as 
above stated, and whose interest he purchased in 
1003. In 1907 lie built his fine More at No. L23 
North Oak street, one of the most complete and 
up-to-date meat markets in this district. He also 
conducts another market al No. 135 South <>ak 

street. Mr. Christ c mands a thriving trade, and 

gives constant employment to from twelve to fif- 
teen men. He has a stock farm of his own. com- 
prising 150 acres al Stonington. in Shamokin 
township, tin- county, ami there keeps his cattle 

until they are ready for slaughter, an arrange nt 

which gives him many advantages over the aver 

age dealer. He is a business man of ability I 

resource, enterprising in hi- ideas and methods, 
and his prosperity is the best evidence of his sound 
judgment on such matters. Mr. Christ was one 
the organizers of the Guarantee Trust and Sa 
Deposit Compam of Mount Carmel. one of the 

-1 important financial institutions of the 

borough, and has served a- one of the directors 
throughout the period of its e> isteni 1 . Frater- 
nally he unites with thi Sons of Ami ! the 
local lodge of Elks | No 356 I, and in religion he 
- ;, member of the Evangelical Church. 

0,1 o.t. 1 p 1897, M r. Christ married Annie 
Gross, daughter of Frederick Gross, of Mount Car- 
tel, and ihe\ have two child John Frederick 
and Emil Mar-hall. 



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WILLIAM H. KOHRBACH, late of Sunbury. 
was throughout his active years thoroughly iden- 
tified with the business interests and material 
growth of that borough. He was associated with 
his father for a number of years in the foundry 
business, was superintendent of the Sunbury wa- 
terworks for a period of eight years, and as an in- 
telligent and public-spirited citizen was esteemed 
by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances who 
had known him well through years of business oi 
persona] association. 

Mr. Kohrbach was a member of an old Penn- 
sylvania family. «of German origin, descended 
John George Rohrbach, who emigrated to An 
about the middle of the eighteenth century. He 
settled in eastern Pennsylvania, in Berks county, 
in the territory now embraced in District township, 
and the family is now quite numerous in the east- 
ern end of thai count}'. The ancestral homestead 
is still owned by one of his descendants. He was 
twice married; and by his first union had a son 
Lawrence. By his second wife, Christiana Moser, 
he had five children. George, John, Simon, Eva 
and Christiana. Those of the name now living in 
Berks county are descendants of Lawrence and 
John: Simon is said to have tinned to Catawissa, 
Columbia county; George to have gone West; Eva 
married Jacob Finkbohner, who alter her death 
married her sister Christiana. 

The grandfather of William II. Rohrbach devoted 
himself to his business affairs and was a successful 
and influential man of his daw although he had no 
aspirations toward public honors and took no part 
in anything outside of his private interests. For 
many years he conducted a charcoal furnace in 
conjunction with farming. He married Catharine 
Fenstermacher, and to them was born a large fam- 
ily. 

George Rohrbach, father of William H. Rohr- 
bach, was born in 1808 in Columbia county. Pa. 
11. early became interested in the iron industry 
and continued to follow the foundry ami furnace 
business all his active days. In 1838 he movi 
Northumberland county, locating in Upper Au- 
gusta township, where he resided a tew years, a 
ward removing to Sunbury. There he lived for 
more than half a century, until his death, in 1S9-L 
lie was one of the oldest citizens of the borough 
a! that time. In 183S he had established a small 
foundry a mile east of Sunbury. between the Center 
turnpike and Shamokin Valley railroad. Two 
• later, having secured a location on the south 
side of Chestnut street, between Fourth and Fifth 
-t reets. he removed his business to Sunbury, his 
being the first foundry 'at thai place. He contin- 
ued to operate it tor some years, either individually 
or in association with his brothers William. Jacob 
and Daniel. They were succeeded by Clinton D. 
and Jacob Kohrbach. the latter retiring in favor 
of T. G. Cooper, and in 1866 the firm of Eohrbach 



& Coopi : save place to Rohrbat h & Son, i omposi d 
of George Eohrbach and his son William H. Later 
Jacob Rohrbach (another son of George) was ad- 
mitted, the style becoming Eohrbach & Sons, who 
continued to carry on the business until 1883, when 
the plant was sold to Halfpenny Brothers. 

George Eohrbach was an active member of the 
Lutheran Church and one of the founders of the 
church of that denomination in Sunbury. in which 
congregation he served as trustee for a long time 
and also held other official positions. He married 
Mary ('. Artley. who died in 1887, at the advanced 
age of eighty-eight years. They had a family of 
nine children, two of whom died in infancy, those 
who reached maturity being: Clinton D. carried 
on lumbering and farming as well as the foundry 
business, and died in Upper Augusta township; 
he married Sarah Engle. Jacob engaged in the 
foundry business, was afterward postmaster at 
Sunbury. subsequently lived in retirement and 
in It'll. Elizabeth is the widow of Henry G. 
of Sunbury. Catharine, widow of Harry 
Bourne, also lives at Sunbury. Lloyd T. was a 
business man of Sunbury. Edward died at the . g 
ghteen years. William H. is mentioned below. 

William H. Eohrbach was born Feb. 14. 1845, on 
( Ihestnul -net. Sunbury, and died in that borough 
Feb. 9, 1898. He learned the trade of molder 
and long followed the business with which the 
family has been so closely identifier! in Sunbury. 
being connected with his father's foundry for 
en years. lie also acted as bookkeeper for 
the concern. For eight years he filled the re- 
sponsible position of superintendent at the Sunbury 
waterworks. He was quite active in the material 
improvement of the borough, and erected many 
louses there as a builder, the house in which his 
widow now lives, al Mo. 11" North Eighth street, 
being in fact the third which he put up for his 
own use. Thoroughly public-spirited, he took an 
active part in the promotion of many movements 
which had the benefit of the community generally 
for an object, and though he was a shrewd bus 1 : - 
man he was not selfish in advancing his own ra- 
the expense of others. He had hosts of 
friends, and was highly esteemed wherever known. 
With his family he worshipped at the Lutheran 
Church, and for years he gave of his time and 
means to the furtherance of its work, serving 
many years as deacon and for twenty years as 
Sunday school superintendent. In politics he was 
a Republican, and lie served in the Union army 
during the Civil war. under two enlistment-. 

Mr. Eohrbach married Jennie F. Miller, daugh- 
ter of William M. and Annie (Strickler) Miller, 
of Lower Augusta township, and granddaughter of 
Alexander Strickler, who lived in Sunbury. The 
foUowing children were born to this union: Lloyd 
M.. who died in infancy: Alexander S., who died 
when eiffht months old: Annie F. : Jacob A.: 



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1 11 



Franklin L.. a graduate of State College, an elec- 
trical engineer by professsion, and at present en- 
■ .1- superintendent of a plant at Spokane, 
\\ ash. i he is fond of athletics and an able busi- 
ness man); Eattie M.; Charles E. who is an in- 
\ alid ; and ( llarence < 1. 

CHAMBERLIN. The Chamberlin family of 
Shamokin township has been settled in that part 
of Northumberland county from pioneer days. Jo- 
seph Chamberlin, grandfather of Joseph H. 
Chamberlin and Silas Chamberlain (as one branch 
of the family u rites the name), and of the late 
Lewis ( lhamberlin, i ousins, all of whom make their 
homes in Shamokin township, was born in New 
Jersey, whence lie removed to Pennsylvania at an 
earhj date, settling on land in Northumberland 
county now owned by Silas Chamberlain, tie 
had a fcra,ct of about two hundred acres, and there 
he lived and died, reaching the age of eighty-seven 
years, seven months, fourteen days. Vast im- 
provements were made upon the property during 
his lifetime. Though frequently in danger of be- 
ing molested b\ the Lndians in Hie early days he 
persevered in the work of clearing his land and 
getting n under cultivation. He and his wife. 
Man i Young i. are buried in the cemeten of (he 
Upper Valley M. E. Church. They bad 'the fol- 
lowing children: Peter, who died in Jefferson 
county, Pa.; Rachel, Mrs. Alexander Tharp; 
Annie. Mrs. Moorey; Suldy, Mrs. William Fur- 
man : Mary, wlm married Mahlon Hull ; Cabel and 
[saac, mentioned below; Lewis, who died in Sham- 
okin township; Lemuel, mentioned below; and 
A.icnii, who died in Shamokin township. 

Cabel Chamberlin, son of Joseph, was bora in 
1813, and dieil M a v 2, 1884, aged seventy-one 
years, four months, one day. He was a farmer, 
and owned pari of the old homestead, the farm 
having been divided between him and his brother 
Lemuel. In his young manhood he was engaged 
in teaching for some time. first in the subscription 
schools then commonly conducted in this region 
and later as one of the'first teachers under the free 
school system. He was intelligent ami energetic 
and for many rears a leader in his community. 
On political questions he was ,-i Republican. He 
died upon his farm, and is buried with his wife, 
Mary E. (Krissinger). at the 1 pper Valley M. E. 
church. She died Nov. 20, 1866, aged fifty-two 
years, eleven months, fifteen days. Eleven chil- 
dren were horn to this worthy couple: Sarah mar- 
ried Isaac D. Kline: Lewis is mentioned below; 
Elnorah married Jared Haupt; Annie died Nov. 
6, 1865, aged twenty-four year-: Catharine died 
April -1. 1864, aged twenty-five years: Hulda died 
Jan. -Jo. 1866, aped nineteen years; Emeline mar- 
ried Newton Morgan; John died in is Hi. w Len 
three years old: Mary Ellen died Aug. 10. 1861, 
aged six years; Alfred died at Trevorton, Pa.; 
Oliver died when twenty-two years "Id. 



_ Lewis Chajiberlix, son of Cabel ami Mary 

E. ( Krissinger), was at the ti £ his death, 

April 11; 1911, a retired fanner of Shamokin 
township, lie was born there Aim. ;. L834, and 
was reared to manhood upon the paternal farm. 
In 185? he went to Shamokin borough, where he 
remained for three years, engaged m running a 
stationary engine. Returning to his native town- 
ship, he leased the farm of Miehael M. Sober, his 
father-in-law, and conducted that properh for a 
period ol' five years a- a renter, in 1873 purcha 
tlie tract, which consists of 130 acres 
hmd. It is located in Irish Valley. He erected 
all new buildings on this farm, and the farm ai 
present is one of the very finest in tin- =ei tion, due 
to his unremitting and intelligent care. In addi- 
tion to general farming he made a specialty of 
dairying for about twenty-five years, selling his 
milk m Shamokin. Mr. Chamberlin retired from 
active pursuits in the spring of 1910, hi- son 
George W. taking charge of the farm, lie always 
held the respect of bis fellow citizen-, ami was 

lei ted school director of his township, filling thai 
position faithfully and efficiently. In politics he 
was a Republican, in religion a devout membe 
the M. E. Church, in the work of which he took 
an active part. He is buried at Hi- 1 Summit church 
in Shamokin township. Socially he held member- 
ship m the 1'. 0. S. of A. 

Mr. Chamberlin's first wife. Esther (Sober), 
daughter of Michael M. Sober, died in 1868, lea\ 
in- three children: Calvin, who .lied at the 
of twenty-three; Aha. who died when five years 

old; and Ella May, wife of t. Lie Lawton, who 

is in the coiil business and lives in Virginia. Mr. 
Chamberlin's second marriage "as to Mrs. Eliza- 
beth (Solieri Dresher, wido\i of Jacob Dn 
whom she had these children: Harris M . : Mary 
F., wife of Lemuel Tharp; Spencer II.. of sham- 
okin: William IE. of Shamokin township; Clara, 
wife of c. ('. Wilson; ami Jacob G-., a teachei 
Shamokin township. Two children were 
Le« is ami Elizabi th i Sober | < lhamberlin : Ed- 
ward O., who died in 1906: ami G 'ge W., now 

engaged in farming the homestead in Shamokin 
township, who married Ada S,ott and has chil- 
dren, Au-tin i,.. Wilfred 1'.. I i ! and Mar-. 
(). Mrs. Lewis ( Ihambei Lin d ed April S. I 



|-;i,n ( 'hamhi ■rlain. son - 1 3i pll, ■ '■ i - boi n Mav 

29, LS14, I died on the old h -lead Jan. -. 

1906, in his nil Hi 
upon the home farm, ami fa prin- 
cipal work througl I 

his \-oung H anhoi d 

m the | > ; i y seho e scho 

||i- w ife was al-o a - i irly 

vears. Mr. Chamberlain was not only one oi 
besf know n men in the most 

.1. having many friends who 



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mired and appreciated bis sterling qualities. His 
wife, Mary (Campbell), died May 14. 1885, aged 
ty-one years, seven months, nineteen d: - 
They were the parents of four children: Jan 
deceased; Silas is mentioned below. Martha is 
wife of Tobias Dunkelberger, of Shamokin town- 
ship; Rhode (deceased) was the wife of Aaron 
Raker and had a large family, all dying young 
but one son. Adam G., who died in April. 1911, 
1 twenty-seven years. 

Silas Chamberlain was born July 30, 184S, in 
Shamokin township, and there obtained his educa- 
tion in the public schools. He was reared upon 
the homestead farm, where he has spent all his 
with the exception of four years after his marriagi - 
during which time he was engaged in farming i si ■ 
where. Returning to the old home he took the 
farm, which originally contained about 130 a< res, 
and has added to his holdings until he now lias 
160 acres. His industry has been well rewarded. 
and he is considered one of the substantial fanners 
of his neighborhood, where his honorable life lias 
gained him high standing personally as well as 
in a business way. 

In 1875 Mr. Chamberlain married Den - 
Adams, daughter of David Adams, of Ralplio town- 
ship, this county. They have had a family of nine 
children: Lorenzo D. married Mary B. Moore 
and they have a son. James F. : Ellsworth L. mar- 
ried Maud E. Osmun and they have a son, Lamar 
Ellsworth; William A. Is still at home: Martin 
L. married Myrtle Hamilton and they have three 
children. Elwood H.. Glendine M. and Cornelia: 
Kefurah L„ Adam. Roselda, Evelyn Viola and Ira 
Rankin are at home. Mr. Chamberlain and his 
family are members of the M E. Church. He 
rotes independently, supporting the candidate- he 
considers best regardless of their parry affiliations. 



Lemuel Chamberlin, son of Joseph, was born 
Dec. 16, 1823. and lived and died in Shamokin 
township, passing away Jan. 20, 1906. When a 
young man he learned wheelwrighting. and for 
some time followed that trade, eventually buying 
part of the old homestead, where he followed farm- 
ing until seventeen years before his death. For 
four years he lived in Jefferson county, this Suite. 
returning thence to the homestead, where he died. 
On Oct. 17, 1850, Mr. Chamberlin married Mar- 
garet Boffman, daughter of John C. and Catherine 
( Dunlap) Hoffman. She died duly 14, 1889, aged 
sixty-five years, eight months, seventeen days, the 
mother of two children. Joseph H. and John M.. 
both residents of Shamokin township. Mr. Cham- 
berlin's second marriage was to Ida Bowers, by 
whom he had one son. Lemuel M.. who is now liv- 
ing in Jefferson county. 

Joseph II. Chamberlix, son of Lemuel, was 
born July 31, 1851, in Shamokin township, where 
he is now encased in farming. He obtained his 



education in the local public schools, and re- 
mained at home, assisting his father with the farm 
work until twenty-four years of age, since when he 
has been living at his present location. He has 
a tract of seventy acres, bought of Lewis Chamber- 
lin in 1873, lying along Irish creek, and besides 
this is half owner of another farm in Shamokin 
township. In addition to general farming and 
trucking he has engaged in lumbering to some ex- 
tent, and has prospered in all Iris various under- 
takings. His natural mechanical ability has been 
of great use to him in his work, enabling him to do 
many things for himself, and his handiness has nor 
only saved him hiring much work done but lias 
proved convenient in many emergencies. Mr. 
1 o berlin was one of the organizers of The Irish 
Valley & Seven Points Telephone Company, and 
- serving as one of its directors. 

Mr. Chamberlin married Margaret C. Grove, 
who was born May 15, L856, daughter of Joseph 
and Susanna (Weary) Grove, of Mahantango 
Valley, later of Shamokin township, and they have 
had a large family, bom as follow-: Elleroy, 
•jo. 1872 (died Aug. 12, L876) : Margaret E.. 
Dec. 22, 1877 (married Samuel A. Kopenhafer) : 
Mary E.. Nov. 21. 1879 i married Frank Faiireiis- 
w-orthl : Carrie Y.. Oct. 3, 1881 (married William 
A. Snyder); Lettie M. Sept. 5, L883 (married 
Emanuel Smith) : Ilattie I.. Jan. IS. 1886; Ellis 
I;.. July lo. lssv ,,!,,,,! Jan. 2<<. 1890); Zella D., 
D 23, 1890; Percy A.. Aug. 2". 1892; Prossie 
M.. Nov. ;. 1893; Florence A.. Jan. 2-. 1898. 

Mr. Chamberlin is an active member of the 
United Brethren Church. In politics he is a 
Democrat, and he has lone been prominent in the 
public affairs of his township, which he has served 
sixteen years as school director, also holding the 
offices of treasurer and supervisor. Fraternally he 
is a Mason, holding membership in Elysburg 
Lodge, No. 414. 

ABRAHAM H. REED, a prosperous farmer of 
Shamokin township, was born there Nov. Hi. IS 
son of Jacob Reed, and is a representative of a 
family which has been well and favorably known 
in Northumberland county for over one hundred 
and thirty-five years. It was founded here by 
Jacob Reed, whose posterity is now numerous in 
this section, ranking among the most substantial 
and useful citizens and most highly respected 
members of their various communities. 

Jacob Reed was born in England in 1700, and 
married a Miss Wolford. a native of Switzerland. 
They came to Berks county. Pa., where a -on Jacob 
was born, and later removed to Lebanon, Pa.. 
where a son Casper was born. 

Jacob and Casper Reed, brothers, came from 
Berks county to Northumberland in 1774, being 
among the early pioneers in the region where they 
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land in what is now Shamokin and Ralpho town- 
ships, which land is still owned by their descend- 
ants. Jacob Reed was one of the foremost men of 
his time in the community. He was a skilled me- 
chanic, as a worker both in iron and wood, carry- 
ing 'in such work in connection with farming, 
having a blacksmith and carpenter shop; he had 
natural ability as well as training for mechanical 
work, and n as - ssful and enterprising in every- 
thing he undertook. .Much of the progress of the 
valley in his day owed its initiation to him. He 
was a promoter, in fact the chief advocate for the 
organization, of St. Jacob's Lutheran Church, 
which was named in his honor, and he was the 
Largest contributor toward its foundation and sup- 
port, his skill as a tradesman enabling him to do 
much mure than most of the organizers and sup- 
porters : his brother, ( lasper Reed, donated much of 
the land for the cemetery. In politics Jacob Reed 
•was a Whig. 

In Berks county Jacob Reed had married Eliza- 
beth Dreher, and they had a family of nine chil- 
dren: John. Jacob, David, Matthias, Salome 
(married John Hursh), Catharine (married 
George [lower). Magdaline (married John 
Smith). Eva I married Daniel Haas) and Eliza- 
beth (married William II. Muench, a tinted school- 
master of his time i . 

John Reed, eldest son of Jacob and Elizabeth 
(Dreher) Reed, was born June 5, 1780, upon the 
homestead at Reed's station, and himself owned 
the old Reed homestead, which is now the proper- 
ty id' the Martz family. He was a well known and 
highh respected man of his day. and lived in a 
good old age. dying Aug. 26. 1865, ai the age of 
eighty-five. His wife. Eva G. (Gillinger), born in 
L787, died May IE 1876. They arc buried at 
Reed's church, in Ralpho township. Their chil- 
dren were: Jesse; Maria, Mrs. John Lake; 
Jacob: Elizabeth, Mrs. Casper Scholl; Hannah. 
Mis. Solomon Martz; and Eva C. who married 
William Zuern, this couple moving to Colorado. 

Jacob Reed, son of John Reed, was born at 
Reed's station in 1812, and died Jan. 10, 1852. 
He is buried at Reed's church. Ho took the old 
homestead, which he cultivated all his life. He 
married Maria Hoffman, who was born Nov. 13, 
ISIS, and six children were born to this union: 
Elizabeth, who married Herman Campbell: Jane, 
who died unmarried: John, wdio died unmarried ; 
Abraham H. : Lydia, who married Peter Over- 
dorf; and Jacob G.. a resident of Sunbury. Alter 
Mr. Reed's death Mrs. Reed married (second) 
Daniel Hummel, who was born Sept. 8, ISM. and 
died Feb. 10. 1874; she died Jan. IS. 1907. Mr. 
and Mrs. Daniel Hummel are buried in I le 
United Brethren cemetery in Shamokin township. 

Abraham 11. Reed obtained his early education 
in the common schools near his home, and later 



went to the academies at Lei and Eiysbt 

In his early manhood be taught school for 
terms, in Shamokin township, lie then settled 
down to farming, locating on his present place 
near I'axinos, where he erected a tine residi 
in 1908. All the other building- on the farm have 
been improved and kept in excellent condition - 
the place came into hi.- possession, and be lias 
reputation of being a thorough business man, 
which the success of his various undertakings 
bears out well. He has 130 acres of tine land, all 
under cultivation, and in agricultural matters ami 
affairs of general interest is considered one of the 
leading men in his district, a typical member of the 
substantial old family to which lie belongs. I le has 
served as auditor of his township. 

Mr. Reed married, Feb. 25, 1875, Lucy A. 
I ion -liner, daughter of Peter and Margaret i Reply) 
Boughner, of Ralpho township, this county. They 
have no children. Mr. Reed is a Lutheran, holding 

membership m St. Jacob'- (R 1'- 1 Church. 

Politically he is a Republican. 

WILLIAM II. MORGAN, late of Northumber- 
land, was a prosperous merchant of that borough 
for aluio-t forty years, and at one time served as 
postmaster there. He was a self-made man. uni- 
versally respected, and was long classed among the 
best and most enterprising citizens of hi.- com- 
munity. 

Mi-. Morgan was born Oct. 13, 1.839, ai North- 
umberland, son of Henry and Sarah Morgan. 
Both the parent- were born and reared in Chillis- 
quaque township, where they lived until then re- 
moval to the borough in L828. They had a family 
of eight children, of whom Thaddeus G. settled 
in Chillisquaque township. Martin L.. William II. 
and Mrs. John Ulp lived in Northumberland, ami 
Samuel B. in Watsontown. 

William II. .Morgan began life humbly. When 
a boy of thirteen he husked corn for the sum of 
twenty-five cents a day. and when a few years 
older drove mule teams for various employers, and 
was engaged a- a clerk in the grocer) .-tor. 
Samuel Burkenbine, at the locks. In May. 1861, 
he enlisted iu the Union service, becoming a mem- 
ber of Company B. 5th Regiment, Pennsylvania 
Reserves, the company being commanded bj Cap- 
tain Taggarl i who was killed in th< war | and 
composed principally of men from Northumber- 
land and vicinity. Mr. Morgan served three full 
vears. and bad a fine record a- a soldier. At the 

- id battle of Fredericksburg he was woum 

m the loot and captured, being confined for a 
month in Libby pris 

Returning to Northumberland after the war Mr. 
Morgan clerked aboui a war for W. T. Forsyth. 
In 1S65 he and J. C. Forsyth bought the groi 
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nership until 1ST5, after which Mr. Morgan con- 
tinued the store alone until 1885, when he sold out 
to Evans Brothers. Purchasing the Me Fa Hand 
property on the corner of Queen street and Depot 
alley, he renovated some parts of the building, 
converting one room into a store room, and was 
in the city buying a stock of shoes for the store he 
expected to open when fire (supposedly of incen- 
diary origin) partly destroyed the building. As 
it was built of brick, and the fire department re- 
sponded promptly, it was not ruined, though con- 
siderably damaged, and now repairs were acces- 
sary. The building was long considered one of 
the most creditable business and residence strue- 
- in the borough, being of substantial con- 
struction and well kept up by the owner. Mr. 
Morgan buill up an excellent trade as a shoe 
in. rchant, continuing in the business until his 
death, which occurred Dec. 21, 1904. Mean 
in 1S94, during President Cleveland's second ad- 
ministration, he received the appointment oi 
master. By economy and thrift in his youngei 
years he obtained a fair start, and by continued in- 
dustry and devotion to business h< gained sub- 
stance and standing that made him one of the most 
esteemed residents of Northumberland, a man 
looked up to for his honorable life and high stan- 
dards of conduit. He was a member of the Metho- 
dist Church, though his family belong to the Luth- 
eran denomination, ami socially was an ai 
member o I ip James Taggart Post, No. 350, 
G. A. P., and of the Masonic lodge at Northum- 
berland. At one time he also held membership in 
the Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias. He 
had numerous friends. 

In 1872 Mr. Morgan married Annie E. Stroh, 
daughter of John S. Stroh, who came to Pennsyl- 
vania in the early day-, making the journey in a 
Conestoga wagon, a favored method of transporta- 
tion at the time. Mrs. Morgan proved of 
assistance to her husband in the conduct of his 
business. Thirteen children were born to them, 
two of whom are deceased; the survivors being: 
Minnie A., wife of Harry Barnhart, living in Point 
township i she was a trained nurse before her mar- 
riage i ; Gertrude B., who graduated from the 
Bloom-bur"- Stale normal school and was a 
cessful public school teacher for three terms in 
Michigan before her marriage to Edward Northy, 
of Calumet. Mich., where they reside: F.stelle. 
married to Homer Derk and residing at Northum- 
berland : Mary J., a seamstress, who lives at home : 
Sarah, a milliner, of Philadelphia: John S., night 
clerk for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company at 
Sunbury, Pa.; George A'., of Northumberland; 
Elsie, clerk in George M. Howell's store at North- 
umberland; Eachel C, a clerk in Northumber- 
land: Helen 1. and Ruth E., both of whom are 
attending scl 1. 



LLOYD T. ROHEBACH, late of Sunbury, 
commenced his active career as a lawyer, was for 
several years in his earlier manhood quite prom- 
inent in official — especially court — circles in 
Northumberland county, and for ma-yv years be- 
fore his decease was one of the foremost business 

men of tin- secti if Pennsylvania. Though bis 

commercial interests became large and varied, he 
always kept in touch with the public and political 

Life "I tl untv. and for years was oi £ the 

most valuable workers in the Republican party in 
the state, lie was born Jan. 22, 1839, in Upper 
Augusta township, Northumberland Co., Pa., and 
died at his home on Chestnut -tree:, in the borough 
of Sunbury, March S. 1909. 

The Rohrbach family is of German origin and 
its members were among the early settlers of 
eastern Pennsylvania. The grandfather of Lloyd 
T. Rohrbach lived and labored in that section, de- 
, _■ himself to his business affair-. He was a 
successful ami influential man of his day, although 
he had no aspirations toward public honors and 
took no part in anything outside of his private 
interests. For many years he conducted a charcoal 
furnace in conjunction with farming. He married 
Catherine Fenstermacher, and to them was bom a 
large family. 

George Rohrbach, father of Lloyd T. Rohrbach, 
was born in 1808 in Columbia county, Pa. He 
early became interested in the iron industry ami 
continued to follow the foundry and furnace busi- 
ness all his active days. In 1838 he moved to 
Northumberland county, locating in Upper Augus- 
ta township, where he resided a few years, after- 
ward removing to Sunbury. There he lived for 
nioie than half a century, until his death, in 1894. 
lb- was an active member of the Lutheran Church 
and one iff' the founders of the church of that de- 
nomination in Sunbury. in which congregation he 
ed a- trustee for a long time and also held 
other official position. He married Mary C. Art- 
lev, who died in 1887, at the advanced age of 
ty-eight pears. They had a family of nine 
children, two of whom died in infancy, those who 
reached maturity being: Clinton carried on lum- 
bering and farming as well as the foundry busi- 
ness, and died in Upper Augusta township: he 
married Sarah Engle. Jacob engaged in the 
foundry business, was afterward postmaster at 
Sunbury, and subsequently lived in retirement. 
Elizabeth i- the widow .if Thomas G. Co. .per. of 
Sunbury. Catherine, widow of Harry Bourne, 
also lives at Sunbury. Lloyd T. is mentioned be- 
Edward .lied at the age of eighteen years. 
William was engaged in the foundry business for 
many years ami later was superintendent at the 
Sunbury waterworks. 

Lloyd T. Rohrbach began his education in the 
public schools of Sunbury, receiving his higher 
training at the Missionary Institute (now known 





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as Susquehanna University) al Selinsgrove, from 
winch he was graduated in 1861, and al Pennsyl- 
vania College, Gettysburg, where he spent the 
freshman year of his college life, finishing at 
Selinsgrove. In April, 1861, he became a soldier 
in the Union army, becoming a member of Com- 
pany I-'. I lih Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, 
of which company he served as clerk. During his 
sen ice of aboul three months he took pari in the 
battle of Falling Wain-.. M,|. Going to Earris 
burg, he was assigned to a position in the auditor 
general's office. On his return to Sunbury he 
taught sch. ml in the old academy which stood on 
the preseni site of the former Masonic Temple 
building on Third street, and tools up the study of 
law in the office of Horatio Wolverton, finishing 
hi* legal course with Judge William M. Rocke- 
feller, of Sunbury. He was admitted to the bar of 
this county in L865 and began the practice of Ins 
profession in Sunbury, giving the greater carl of 
his time and attention to law work until 1872. 
During this time he had won a place in the con- 
fidence of his fellow citizens and become very well 
know n. his success being notable. Meantime, how 
ever, he had begun Ins association with the official 
life of the county. In 1868 he was appointed 
United States commissioner, which office he con 

tinued to fill until he resig I n in 1872 to take 

thai of prothonotary and clerk of Orphans' court, 
to which he had been elected. By reelection, in 
1875, he was continued in thai position for six 
years in all. Though a Republican in a county 
conceded al the lime In have a normal Democratic 
majority of from 1,200 to L,500 votes, Mr. Rohr 
bach was lirsl elected by a majority of 600 and 
reelected by a majority of 300. Though not much 
in office after giving up his courl work he con- 

I in I In hold an inlhiciii ial place In i hi' councils 

of his pari y, loi al, State and national, until I he 
end of ins active life, was a Presidential elector in 
1892, and in Isiiii was a prominenl candidate for 
the nomination for State treasurer; he had a 
strong following, but withdrew his name before 
the balloting began, lie served several years as 
member of I he Sunbury school board. 

The extensive business interests, gradually ac- 
quired by Mr. Rohrbach after he entered busi- 
ness life in 1878, in time came to require the 
principal pari of his time and il was probably in 
this connection that he made- his widesl reputa- 
tion. In 1878 he began the manufacture of lime, 
in conjunction therewith also dealing in coal and 
ice, and he continued that business with some 
variations as long as he was in active as ociation 
with such interests. Several years before his re 
tiremeni he gave up the lime business, carry ing on 
the ice and coal trade and the manufacture of 
brick, in which he was interested with his two 
suns. No man in Sunbury was more prominently 
identified with undertakings of importance in the 

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industrial development of the borough. He was 

interested in the Sunbury Nail. Bar and le 

Iron Manufacturing Company, of which he was 
treasurer, and assisted in organizing, in 1882, I le 
Sunbury Water Company, now grown to vasi 
proportions, which he served as secretary and trea 
a rer. 

About four years before his death, which oc- 
curred March 8, 1909, at his home on Chestnui 
street, Sunbury, Mr. Rohrbach reined, being in 
capacitated by ill health to such an extenl thai he 

took no further pari in affairs of import: i Oi 

his previous activity the Sunbury Daily Item said 
at the time of Ins death: "While his business in- 
terests were multiple, he attended to the exai ting 
details with a master hand and rare ability, and 
enjoyed the proud distinction of ha'\ ing the un 

measured confidence and estee £ the public at 

large. He was always quick to further any pro- 
jecl having for its objeel the bettermenl of the 
community's interests. * * :;: The deceased 
lived a life thai was crowded with many accom- 
plishments and good deeds. To his Friends he was 
stanch and true, in spite of any ordeals thai mighi 
spring up, and never turned a deaf ear when ap 
pealed to for a favor or helping hand. He was a 
public benefactor in all thai it implies, regardless 
of Ins persona] interests. In his home life he was 
a kind, devuied husband and father." 

Though always progressive and aggressive in 
his business life to such an extenl thai his succes 

see I inevitable, M r. Rohrbach a as alway - plea 

ant and cordial in his manner and genial to all 
w ith whom he came in con lac I. rinding time for 1 he 
amenities as well as the necessities of existence, 
ami making himself agreeable in all his relation 
Temperate in Ins acts and principles, large hearted 
and liberal in his \ jews, he w as nol only a citi en 
valued in Ins mi n communil v . bul one who w on M 

have I n an accession tn "any community. He 

was ;, member of the Firsl Presbyterian ( 'he 

and iii f its leading workers and supporters, 

serving many years as elder of thai congregation. 
Socially he belonged to Sunbury Lodge, No. 22, !•'. 
& A. M., and in the Masonic chapter. He was 
buried in Pomfrel Manor cemetery , and during 
the funeral the prothonotary 's offii e was closed as 

a mark' of respeel to i v\ ho had worthily filled 

the office in his day . 

On I ice. 20, L866, M r. Rohrbai h was m irried 
to Jennie C. Haas, who was born Nov. 6, 1846, and 
died April 10, 1902. They were the parents of 
three children : John Haa ed) G >rge 

Edward and William R. 

John II vas. lather of the late Mi l. • d T. 
Rohrbach, was born June 22, 1822, in Shamokin 
township, Northumberland county, one of the 
eleven child] Dai el ad Eva I Reed | Haas. 
His early d re spenl on his lather'- farm, 
heri a vot he i nga I in the 'can- 



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tile business and in coal mining, spending: many 
years at the latter business. Ee was a member of 
the firms of John Eaas & Co. and Haas & Fagely, 
of Shamokin, both well known concerns in their 
day. Retiring from the coal business in 1875. 
he became interested in the Sunbury Xail Works, 
with which he was identified until 1894, resigning 
the position of president that year. His other 
business associations were numerous and impor- 
tant. He was president of the Sunbury Water Com- 
pany, a director of the First National Bank, one 
of the first directors of the Shamokin, Sunbury & 
Lewisburg Railroad, and for many years presi- 
dent of the board of directors of the Missionary 
Institute (now Susquehanna University), at 
Selinsgrove. He was also prominent in religious 
work, serving thirty-five years as older in the 
Lutheran Church of Sunbury, and for thirty years 
he was superintendent of the Sunday school of 
thai church. In politics he was a Republican. 

Mr. Haas married Mary Gheen, and they had a 
family of lour children: John Packer, born Sept. 
30, 1849, now deceased; Jennie Clementine, who 
became the wife of Lloyd T. Rohrbach; Mary 
Alice, who was the wife of the late Dr. ('. M. Mar- 
tin: and Louisa, who died in infancy. 



George Edward Rohrbai n. son of Lloyd T. 
Rohrbach, was born in Sunbury Xo\. 24, 1869. 
He received his education in the public schools 
there and gained a thorough business training as 
assistant to his father. A1 the age of eighteen 
years he became a member of the firms of Lloyd 
T. Rohrbach & Sons and the Sunbury Water 
Company, retaining his connection with the for- 
mer concern until 1909, when lie sold his interest 
therein to his brother. William R. When he en- 
tered the firm it was extensively engaged in deal- 
ing in coal and ice (now handling ice only), the 
wholesale coal business being relinquished in Jan- 
uary. 19113. when George E. Rohrbach became man- 
ager of Tin- Sunbury Wain- Company. Mr. Rohr- 
bach has continued his interest in the Sunbury 
Water Company, of which concern — now grown to 
large proportions — he is secretary; is a director of 
the First National Bank of Sunbury: and has 
large holdings in a Southern lumber concern. He 
ha- devoted considerable time to local matters 
affecting the general welfare, having served since 
1903 as a trustee of the Mary M. Packer hospital 
(succeeding his father on the hoard), was a mem- 
ber of the borough council for eight years, from 
1806 to 1904, and has been an active worker in 
the Republican party, serving ;1 s committeeman 
for the First ward. He lias numerous social con- 
nections, being a member of Lodge No. 22, F. & 

A. M., of Sunbury; Northumberland Chapter. No. 
174, R. A. M.: the Temple Club; Lodge No. 267, 

B. 1'- <>. H.. of which he is a past exalted ruler: 
and the Conclave. lie is a trustee of the First 



Presbyterian Church, with which he and his wife 
unite. 

On Christinas Day, 1905, Mr. Rohrbach mar- 
ried Laura Irene Welker, daughter of Cares and 
Abbie (Clement I Welker. of Sunbury. They re- 
- di in the homestead of his father on Chestnut 
street. Mrs. Rohrbach is a member of Fort 
Augusta Chapter. D. A. R., of Sunbury, and is 
prominent in social and civic circles. She mani- 
fests at all times an intelligent and devoted in- 
terest in the affairs of her husband, to whom she 
i- a charming companion. 

William R. Rohbbach, -on of Lloyd T. Rohr- 
bach. was horn in Sunbury, March 5, ISTO. He 
graduated from the Sunbury high school in 1895, 
and the same fall entered Susquehanna University, 
at Selinsgrove, Pa. He entered Bucknell College, 
;i; Lewisburg. Pa., in 1899, and graduated in 190(1. 
after which he became connected with his fattier. 
Lloyd T. Rohrbach, in 1901 becoming a member 
of the firm of Lloyd T. Rohrbach & Sons, in the 
wholesa - - business. In 1902 he became secre- 
tary of the Sunbury Water Company and in 1909 
assumed the duties of treasurer and general man- 
ager of that company, buying out bis father's and 
brother's interest in both the water company and 
the firm of Lloyd T. Rohrbach & Sons. Since that 
nine he has continued the business successfully. 
displaying ability ami initiative in his enterprise. 

Socially Mr. Rohrbach is a member of Mac-lav 
Lodge. No. 635. F. & A. M.: of Williamsport Con- 
sistory, and of | rem Temple, A. A. 0. X. M. S.. at 
Wilkes Barre, Pa. He is also a member of the 
Alpha Tan Omega ami T. & N. E. fraternities, at 
Gettysburg, Pa.: the I. 0. O. F. and Encampment, 
the Temple Club of Sunbury; the Sons of Veter- 
an-, and the Conclave. In politics he i- a Republi- 
can. 

On June 10, 1902, Mr. Rohrbach married. Han- 
nah Derr. daughter of John F. and Susan 
( Knight) Derr, and thev have two children. Lloyd 
Derr and Mary Elizabeth. In 1911 Mr. Rohrbach 
completed his handsome residence on Market 
-t led. Sunbury, a Colonial mansion, and one of the 
most up-to-date homes in central Pennsylvania. 

SAMUEL EGOLFF MAY, engineer of the 
borough of Shamokin. is a representative of a pro- 
fession indispensable to the opening and upbuild- 
ing of a town or country. He is a member of a 
family whose early home was in England, and he 
was horn in Shamokin Oct. 8, L876, -on of Maj. 
James and Mary G. (Snyder) May. 

Joseph May. his great-grandfather, came to 
America from England, accompanied by his wife, 
whose maiden name was Anna C ge. They lo- 
cated in Schuylkill county. Pa., hut later moved to 
Canada, where both died. 

Isaac May. son of Joseph and Anna, was horn 
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c in- i" the New World, he was employed in the 

coal mines in Schuylkill county, Pa., and later in 
the lead mines at Galena, 111. After some time 
spent at the latter place, lie returned to Schuylkill 
county, ami again entered the mines. In 1864 he 
located in Shamokin, ami as the head .if the firm 
el' May, Patterson & Co. operated for ten years the 
Buck Ridge colliery, which was afterward carried 
mi by May, &udenried & Co. He then leased ami 
operated the Burnside I'm' six years, after which, 
under the name of Isaac May & Co., he [eased 
ami operated the Morris Ridge colliery for several 
year--. Tins ended his active participation in busi- 
ness. He was once tin- owner of the Maysville t rat i 
win-re Maysville Park, named after him, is sit- 
uated, ttutsiile Ins coal interests he was engaged 
actively ami officially with several financial insti- 
tutions, being a director of the Northumberland 
Count] National Bank, president of the Miners' 
Trust i\ Sale Deposit Company, one of the origina- 
tors nl' the Firs! National Bank ami its second 
president, lie married Mary Sterling, daughter 
m' John ami Sarah Sterling, nl' Berks county, Pa., 
ami they had fourteen children, among whom 
were James, Elizabeth (Mrs. II. W. Morgan), 
[saac, Jr., Emma (who married A. D. Allen ami 
later M. M. Markle), Jennie (Mrs. A. A. Heiz- 
man), Ida (who married .1. I' 1 . Graeber ami later 
Thomas O'Connor), SusaD (Mr-. W. W. Ryon), 
George, Joseph, Carrie and Laura (Mrs. D. .1. 
Driscoll). Mr. May was a Republican in politics, 
ami a Methodist in religious faith. Mrs. May was 
a member of St. Edward's Roman Catholic Church 
at Shamokin. 

Maj. James Mav. son of Isaac, was born in 
Schuylkill county, Pa., Dee. 4, 1st;;, and there 
attended school and grew to manhood. In 186] 
he enlisted in Company E, -Isth Pa. Vol. Inf.. and 
participated in a number of the noted engagements 
of the Civil war. among these being Bull Run, 
South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, the 
Wilderness (where he won a second lieutenant's 
commission), Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, Peters- 
burg Mine. Knoxvilie. Loudon, Campbell Station 
and Petersburg. In the latter engagement he was 
promoted to first lieutenant, and as such completed 
Ins term of enlistment, serving throughout the war. 
Li 1867 he joined the Pennsylvania National 
Guard, becoming first lieutenant of the Sham. .km 
Guards, later captain, and finally major, serving 
in the latter capacity twelve years. After his re- 
turn from the war he was engaged in a mercantile 
business until 1871, when with his father he began 
the operation of the Burnside colliery. He was 
also interested in tin- Morris Ridge colliery, under 
the firm name of Isaac May & Co.. which later dis- 
solved, after which Morris Ridge colliery was op- 
erated bv May. Troutman & Co.. with Maj. James 
Mat a- senior p. inner. He died Sept. 29, 1905, 
.■ml is buried in St. Edward's cemetery, Shamo 



Pa. Major May was prominent in public life, and 
served the borough three years in ike i ouncil, and 
was treasurer of the Home Building ami Loan 
Association. He wa.- a member of the Military 
Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, 
ami of Lincoln Post, No. 1 tO, G. A. II. Gov. 
II. E. Pattison appointed Major Ma\ one of a com- 
mission to locate the position of the tSth Regi- 
ment during the battle of Antietam. upon which 
g ound a monument was erected : it wa- unveiled 
Oct. 17, 1904. In politics he was a Republican. 
His religious connection was with St. Edward's 
Catholic Church. On .Ian. 31, 1866, he married 
in Shamokin, Pa., Mary Gillen Snyder, 'daughter 
of John A. ami Catherine Styles (Egolff) Snyder, 
and ten of their twelve children reached mature 
years namely: Catherine, born Nov. '.'•'>. 186.6, 
married May 2, 1893, William A. .Mullen, of Sham- 
okin, a powder manufacturer, ami they have had 
two children, John, horn in 1S*.> I at Shamokin, 
and Mary May, horn Dec. 25. 1895, the latter of 
whom died March ?. 1910, and is buried ill St. 
Edward's cemetery at Shamokin. Louise, hum 
March 20, 1870, is the wife of Frank K. Conley, a 
hardware merchant at Shamokin. and they have 
had one child, which died in infancy. Elizabeth 
Egolff, born dan. s. 1872, married .1. Edward 
Gilger, of Shamokin. a clerk in the Shamokin 
post office, and they have had four chil- 
dren, William Mullen, Margaret Mav. and James 
Mav and Edward, twins. Margaret, born Aug. 
5, 1873, is the wife of J. A. Shephard, of the Wood, 

Shephard Varnish C pany, of New- York, Mr. 

Shephard being the patentee of Shephard's Para- 
gon Varnish; Mr. ami Mrs. Shephard have no chil- 
dren. Charles Eeizmann, horn March 2, is;:,, a 
druggist at Shamokin. married Catharine M. Mor- 
ris, of Shamokin. ami they have had two children, 
Richard Morris and Eleanor Claire. Samuel 
Egolff was horn Oct. 8, 1876. Richard Francis, 
born Aug. 17, 1878, is unmarried, and is a min- 
ing engineer at Shamokin. Jeanne, horn Dee. I. 
1881, married Dr. G. O. Roberts, of Savannah, 
Ga., a dentist at Shamokin. and they have had 
one child. Louise Mav. Eleanor Claire born Jan- 
25. 1884, ami .lames Isaac, horn April I. 1890, are 
unmarried. The latter assists his brother Samuel 

Egolff Mav. The ther of i hi- family, Mrs. 

Mary O. Maw still resides at Shamokin. 

Samuel Egolff Ma\ ha- been well fitted for the 
responsibilities of In- position, hi- practical experi- 
ence mill In- seh. ml training both tending to place 
him at the top of his profession. Ik has mm 

careful study of all branches fi i the construi I 

f r oads i" sewerage and the building of water- 
works, ami his u,,rk has W on him a high reputa- 
tion, if,, ha- I n borough engineer since 1905, 

and has done a -real .leal of work for the 

\l r. May is a member of the Militaiw 1 1 
the Loval Legion of ike Enitei Stab -. ike I',. I'. i >, 



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Elks, Sons of Veterans and West End Fire Com- 
pany, and enjoys high social standing. 

EGOLFF FAMILY— an introduction to a part 
nl' the Egolfi family, and some of their descend- 
ants (written in 1896): "The history of the 
Egolff family is quite a lengthy one, although I 
intend to bring up only the descendants of one 
branch of the family: 1 have, of course, reference 
to one of the branches that go hack in a lineal line 
to the first Egolff that landed in the Province of 
Pennsylvania in 1746. The history of this one 
branch will, however, be found sufficiently long, 
as it reaches to the seventh generation qow in this 
year of grace 1896. 

"Michael Egolff, 1st. (On the documents con- 
tained in the German Bible which was printed in 
1 746, in possession of William and Barbara Ego] iV. 
at Carlisle, the name Egolfi is always written with 
a IV at the end of the name. I 

"Michael Egolff, 1st, was the oldesi son of 
Michael and Agatha Egolff. He was born at Eng- 
sladt, in the district of Bahlinger, in the Duchy of 
Wittenberg, on the 26th of April. 1693. His 
mother died in 1698, when he was five years of age; 
his father died in 1734, thirty-six year- after the 
di ath of his mother. 

"Michael Egolff, 1st, was a cooper by trade. He 
was married to Mary Voutsh on the loth of April, 
1735, in the church of Engstadt; his wife Win 
Voutsh was born on the 27th of July, 1704, and 
was consequently eleven years younger than her 
husband. 

"The name of his father-in-law (his wife's fa- 
ther) was Wait in Voutsh, a citizen and farmer 
ai Engstadt; the maiden name of his mother-in- 
law (his wife's mother) was Mary Reisbein, who 
it is said died a premature death when her daugh- 
ter Mary was but six years of age. 

"Michael and Mary Egolff, 1st, had ten children, 
four of whom died in their infancy. The births 
and name- of those that died in their infancy are 
not given on the original documents. The follow- 
ing is the order in which those that grew up were 
born: (1) Michael Egolff, 2d, was born at Eng- 
stadt, mi the 2d of October, 1727. (2) Balthaser 
Egolff, 2d, was born at Engstadt. on the 8th of 
May. 1729. (3) John Egolff, 2d, was born at 
Engstadt, on the 11th of August, 1 732. ( A ) Mary 
Egolff, 2d, was horn at Engstadt, on the 9th of 
Mav, 1738. (5) Martin Egolff, 2d, was born at 
Engstadt, on the Sth of October, 1742. (6) Anna 
Elizabeth Egolff, 2d, was born in all probability 
at Philadelphia on the 15th of October, 1747. 

-£ * -£ % 

"During the fall of 1745 Michael Egolff, 1st, 
conceived the idea of emigrating to the English 
Province of Pennsylvania in North America with 
his family. They left their native town of Eng- 
stadt. as well as relations and friends, in the month 



of March or April, 1746, and journeyed to Rotter- 
dam, one of the seaports of Holland: the name of 
the ship on which they embarked was 'Mary I .alien' : 
W illiam Wilson was the name of the captain. They 
must have been on the ocean considerably over 
one hundred days, for they did not arrive at Phil- 
adelphia until about the 20th of September of that 
year. On the 27th of September, just a few days 
alter they had landed. Michael Egolff, 1st. was 
qualified as a British subject, which was the cus- 
tom then according to the laws of Great Britain. 
They were also going to qualify Michael Egolff. 
2d, thinking him to be old enough, but after as- 
certaining his age, and finding him too young, they 
abandoned it. (Some of the above information, in 
regard to their landing in Philadelphia and being 
qualified as British subjects, can he found in Penn- 
sylvania Archives, Second Series, Vol. 17, pagi 
225.) 

"i if the movements of Michael Egolff, 1st, with 
his family we have information. His three oldest 
smis were pretty well grown up when he arrived in 
this country. According to the traditions in the 
family, he remained at Philadelphia for some 
3. Whether he and his wife ever left the city 
is mil known, hut his children, or some of them. 
alter having been in the city for some? years, pushed 
up iiitn the country, into Lancaster, Berks and 
Montgomery counties, fur it appears there arc quite 
a number of Egolffs, down in that part of the 
State, s.i far we have no account that ever any 
1 V sett led in ( Cumberland county except 
Michael Egolff, 2d. What year he came to the 
county is not known, probably between 1780 and 
1785. The name of lye..] IV can not be found in 
the archives of Cumberland until 1784 or 1785. 
It appears that all tin- Egolffs through Cumber- 
land, Franklin and Perry counties, etc.. spring 
from Hue branch of the family, oamely, that of 
Michael Egolff, 2d. 

"In stating in the above paragraph that Michael 
Egolff, '.''I. was the ancestor of all the EgolfVs m 
tiiis part of the State, it will be understood that 
Grandfather Henry Egolff, 3d, was supposed t" 
he one "f his snti>. although we have no absolute 
nr authentic proof that he was (the matter i- be- 
ing investigated). Should it. however, be proved 
that he was oo1 a son of Michael Egolff, 2d, then 
the descendants of the Egolff family in this part of 

i State would spring from two branches, namely. 
Michael Egolff. 2d, and one of his brother- (2d), 
whatever one would he proved to have been the 
father of Grandfather Henry Egolff, 3d. The de- 
scendants of Grandfather Henry Egolff. 3d, arc 
much more numerous in this part of the State than 
those of the other branch. 

"Now we come to Michael Egolff, 2d, who is the 
i nly Egolff we know of that came to Cumberland 
county. Michael Egolff, 2d. as we have seen, was the 
oldest son of Michael and Mary Voutsh Egolff, 1st. 



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He was bom on the 2d of October, 1727, and was 
nineteen years of age when his lather landed in 
this country. He had learned the coopering trade 
with his father. He was married to Elizabeth (her 
family name is dot given), of Dellenburg, in Nas- 
sau, on the 14th of January, 1 757. It was supposed 
they were married at Philadelphia. They had ten 
children, of whom two died in their infancy. 
There is no record of the births or names of the 
children, and the following imperfecl record of 
them is from family tradition, with the supposition 
that he was the father of Grandfather Henry 
Egolff, 3rd: (1)1 will begin with Grandfather 
Henry Egolff, 3d, who was horn in 1759. (2) Jo- 
seph Egolff, 3d, who was born on the 16th of 
November, L765 (William and Barbara Egolff, 4th, 
children of Joseph Egolff, 3d, who are still living 
at an advanced age in this year of grace 1896, -a\ 
thai they think their father was born in Philadel- 
phia; if it will he proved that Michael Egolff, 2d, 
was the father of Grandfather Henry Egolff, 3d, 
then there is mi doubt that he also was horn there, 
ii> he was horn six years before his supposed 
brother Joseph). (3) Jacob Egolff, 3d (it is not 
known when he was horn). (I) Michael Egolff, 
:!d (it i- not know when he was horn). (5) 
I'olK (or Mary) Egolff, 3d (it is not known when 
she was born |. 

"In the above we have five of the eight children 
of Michael ami Elizabeth Egolff, 2d, accounted 
for: the investigation mentioned, if successful, 
will probably bring the other three to light. With 
this I will close with Michael Egolff, 2d. His wife 
Elizabeth died at Carlisle in Kilo, and he died on 
Wednesday, April 9th, 1817, at the wry advanced 
age of ninety years, bavin:: been born on the 2d 
of October, 1727. They are both buried at the old 
graveyard at Carlisle. 

'Twill now begin with the third generation. 
which brings us a little nearer home. I will take 
them up in regular order, and give such informa- 
tion as is at my command concerning them, ami 
v, ill close with Grandfather Henry Egolff, 3d, and 
his family. 

"Polly (or Mary) Egolff, 3d, a daughter of 
Michael and Elizabeth Egolff, 2d: Concerning 
her and her descendants I know but very little. 
Her marriage to Thomas Mattheson on the 3d of 
.Inly. 1795, is recorded at the parsonage of the 
First Presbyterian Church at Carlisle. They had 
some children. He was a nephew of Grandfather 
Henry Egolff. 3d. 1 was informed that the de- 
scendants of the Matthesons were numerous, some 
of them living north of Carlisle, some m Perry 
county, and others farther west. 

"Joseph Egolff, 3d, son of Michael and Elizabeth 
Egolff, 2d: Of him 1 knew hut little or nothing. 
I do not know whether he was older or younger 
than Grandfather Henry Egolff, 3d. 1 do not know 
when or where he was horn. All I know concern- 



ing him is thai he was never married and thai he 
made his home with the Goshert family, and that 
he died at their house about 183 1 ; or' 1838 (the 
home of the Goshert family was three or hair miles 
north of St. Thomas, Franklin Co.. Pa.). I do 
not know what age he was. He is buried ai the 
Southern graveyard at St. Thomas. 

"Michael Egolff, 3.1: He is supposed to haw 
been a son of Michael and Elizabeth Egolff, 2d, 
hut when and where he was horn is not known, nor 
do I know whether he was a mechanic or a farmer. 
He had a family. 1 only know from family tradi- 
tion that he lived ami died near Mercersburg. 
Co not know what became of his family after his 
death. We have accounts of what might hi' sup- 
posed to he two Michael Egolffs, 3d. They were 
no doubt one and the same person. In the history 
ol Cumberland and Adams counties, printed in 
1886 (second part, pages 101 and 102), it is stated 
that among the members of one of the companies 
that went from Carlisle to assist in subduing the 
Whiskey Insurrection in the western pari of the 
Stale, in 1794, were Joseph and Michael Egolff; 
they were supposed to have been brothers. The 
Michael Egolff, 3d. referred to above, in or near 
Mercersburg, Franklin Co., Pa., where he died 
prior to 1832, was a In-other of Henry Egolff. 3d. 
and is supposed to have been the same Michael 
Egolff, 3d, that was in service during the Whiskey 
Insurrection. The investigation referred to will 
probably throw the desired light on this subject. 

"Joseph Egolff, 3d, a son of Michael and Eliza- 
heth Egolff, 2nd, is supposed to have been horn 
(at Philadelphia) on the Kith of November, 1765. 
lie was a saddler by trade. It is aol known when 
he came to Carlisle, but it is quite likely that he 
came there with his parents about 1780 or 1785. 
Fie carried on his trade in Carlisle for many years. 
He was married twice. The family name of his 
first wile was Catherine Roads. Il is nol known 
what year he was married the first lime. They had 
two children, a son and a daughter: the daughter 
died in her infancy, the son's name was John, lih. 
lie died at Harrisburg on the 5th of November, 
18:1 1, and was buried at Carlisle. Ai the timi 
the Whiskey Insurrection in the western pail of 
the State, in 1794, as we have seen above, he wa- 
in that service with one of the < larlisle c panic- ; 

thej were only in service aboul two months, from 
the tsl of ( Ictober to the 5th of December, of the 
same year, on which dale the] were discharged. 
[Refer to the Historj of Cumberland and Adams 
counties, as requested above. | 

"Whether Joseph Egolff, 3d, was single, married 
or a widower when he entered i he sen ice at the 
time of tin' Whiskey Insurrccl ion is aol 1 imwii In 
the writer, lie was married the second time to 
\i i Barbara Loose, on the 12th of September, 
1810. By this marriage, so far as my information 
woes, there were five children, I h and two 



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daughters; the names of these children are Michael, 
William. Joseph, Elizabeth and Barbara. 1 will 
now give short sketches of the children of Joseph 
and Barbara Loose Egolff, 3d. . . . 

"ill Michael Egolff, 4th. was the oldest of Jo- 
seph and Barbara Egolff's family. He was born at 
Carlisle in 1811. When, in 1832, he became of 
age, he engaged in the mercantile business in his 
native town, in which he. however, only continued 
until July. 1833, when he discontinued the busi- 
ness. He was married to Miss Mary McManus, 
a daughter of Carmack McManus, on March the 
23d, L835, bj the Rev. Mr. Ulrich. Carmack 
McManus was one of the prominent members o 
the Catholic Church at Carlisle; bis daughter Mary 
could not have been a Catholic, as the Rev. Mr. 
Ulrich was the Lutheran minister at Carlisle. 
Michael Egolff, 4th, resides at Albany, X. Y., where 
he has resided for many years. I am not abl 
say what year he left Carlisle. II - tdants 

are quite numerous there, in children, oth, grand- 
children, 6th, and great-grandchildren, 7th. He 

is still in the enjoymeni of g 1 health in this year 

of grace 1896, at the advanced age ol eighty-five 

"(2) Joseph Egolff, lib. is probably next in age 
to bis brothel- Michael. I am not abb' to say what 
he follows, lie was married in the month of June, 
1837, to Susana Mickey, of Perry county. He re- 
sides at Reading, where he has a family of chil- 
dren, 5th, and grandchildren, 6th. 

"(3) William Egolff, 4th, was born at Cat - 
in 1819. lb' has resided a1 Carlisle all his life. 
He resides with bis sister Barbara. They keep 
a private boarding house. William Egolff is now. 
in this year of grace 1896, seventy-eight years of 
age. lb is quite feeble, but is able to be about. 
He was never married. 

"(4) Miss Barbara Egolff. 4th. was born at Car- 
lisle, where she has resided all the time, as stated 
above. She and her brother William reside to- 
gether. She was never married. She is a very 
pleasant conversationalist and enjoys very g 
health for a lady that is past seventy-two yea ■ 
age. 

"(5) Miss Elizabeth Egolff, 4th: Of her I can 
say but very little. She died a few yi - ig and is 
buried at the old graveyard at Carlisle. She was 
never married. 

"Joseph Egolff was in very comfortable circum- 
stance-, and was very much respected among his 
fellow citizens. He owned several properties in the 
town of Carlisle. In the month of March. 1826, 
he was nominated for town council and held i 

lonsible places of trust. His second wife died 
in 1S45 and he having a paralytic stroke was con- 
fined to the house for four or five years, when in 
1850 he followed his wife to the grave at the ad- 
vanced age of eighty-five years. They are both 
buried at the old graveyard at Carlisle. With this 



I will conclude the history of Joseph Egolff, 3d, 
and his family. 

"To all those who are lineal descendants of 
Grandfather Henry Egolff, 3d, the following will 
be the most interesting part of this investigation 
and history, namely, the biographical sketch of 
himself and his family. 

"Henry Egolff, 3d, was a son of Michael and 
Elizabeth Egolff. His birthplace is no doubt 
Philadelphia, where he was born about the year 
1759. We have seen that Joseph Egolff. 3d, a 
brother of his, was born in 1765, at Philadelphia 
also; and as Henry was six years older than bis 
broth - ; - i there is scarcely any doubt but he 
was born at Philadelphia. Of his early life we 
have little or no information. We do not know 
whether he bad learned the trade of bis father. 
namely, that of a cooper, or learned some o 
trade; or whether he followed the business that we 
find him employed in during the most active part of 
bis life, namely, that of a farmer and teamster. 
We are informed through family tradition thai bis 
r, although a cooper by trade, followed farni- 
ng. It is quite likely that he was with bis father 
on the farm until he got married. We have no 
as of knowing where his father was engaged 
in farming, whether in one of the lower counties 
of the State or near Carlisle. We first come a< ross 
Henry's name on the military roll of the Pennsyl- 
vania volunteers who had enlisted to free the 
thirteen colonies in North America from the tyran- 
nical yoke Great Britain. Whether his father 
still resided at Philadelphia at the time of his en- 
listment or had gone to one of the neighboring 

dies west of Philadelphia we do not know. We 

know from public documents of the State archives 
that he was still in the service of the government 
on the 1st of January. 1781. He was among the 
number who received depreciation pay. They were 
[•mined that they should receive what they had 
been promised, dollar for dollar, and not with 
money that they could only pass for forty or fiftv 

- on the dollar. He also received a pension by 
the general as well as by the S eminent. 
The official information in regard to Grandfather 
Henry Egolff and his confreres in the service dur- 
ing the Revolution will be found in Pennsylvania 
Archives, Second Series, Vol. 13, page 64. . . . 

"About two years ace was declared, 

namely, in 1785, we find bis name in the archives 
Cumberland county. After the war of inde- 
pendence he returned to his home, to enjoy the 
fruits of his valor. He had bought about six 

- of land from James Duncan. The land was 
not far from the town of Carlisle. The old home- 
stead where he lived with his wife is on the Wal- 
nut Bottom road, something less than a mile from 
town. The old log house, which was afterward 
weather-boarded, was torn down a few years ago 
and replaced by a brick house. He was at this 



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time aboui twenl | -si s years of age and in all proba- 
bility single yet. Eis father, Michael Egolff, 2d, 
had no doubt now come in Cumberland county, if 
not with all at least with some of his children. 

"It is not known what year he was married. 
What is to bo regretted the most is that we have 
no information at all respecting his wile. We 
do not know her family nor her Christian name. 
Their oldest child, Valentine, was horn in 1790. 
We mav reasonably suppose thai they were mar- 
ried somei ime in the year 1 789. 

"From the conversal ions thai I can remember 
by Mother Green, he lived with his family on the 
hull' farm he had bought near town, where it is 
supposed he wi'in soon after they were married. 

I [e fan I m the summer ; during the w inter 

he would he engaged in teaming from Baltimore 

or Philadelphia to Carlisle and other neighboring 

towns, and later on. when the turnpikes were made 

fcward, he sometimes weni a- far as Pittsburgh. 

"They had eight children, two son- and six 
daughters. .There arc only two or three of them 
the date of whoso birth 1 know very near, tin- resl 
1 must put down promiscuously. The name- of 
the children are as follows: Valentine Egolff, 4th, 
was born in 1790, at Carlisle (died in 1832) ; Mary 
Egolff, Ith. was horn near Carlisle, in 1793; 
Henry Egolff, Ith, was horn near Carlisle (date of 
birth not known) ; Genevieve Egolff, Ith. was born 
near Carlisle (date of birth not known I : Cath- 
erine Egolff, Ith. Sarah Egolff, 4th. .lam- Egolff, 
Ith, were horn near Carlisle (dates of birth not 
known): Malinda Egolff, Ith. is supposed to have 
been horn in 1808, near Carlisle. 

"I will now give some short biographical 
sketches of the above mentioned children and 
their respective families, as well as 1 am able, and 
then resume ami finish the biographical sketch of 
Grandfather Henry Egolff, 3d, himself. 

"Valentine Egolff, Ith. the oldest child of Henry 
Egolff, oil. ami his wife, was horn on the little 
farm of his parents near Carlisle in 1790. I am 
not able to say whether he had any trade or not. 
He was a farmer. It is stated that he married 
young. II'- was married to Miss Elizabeth Martin 
in 1803. She came to America from Belfast, Ire- 
land, in 1800 A. Ih. settled in Carlisle. Pa. Her 
father's name was David Martin. Mother's name 
Elizabeth McCollough. They had six childi 
three sons and three daughters; their name, were 
a- follows: Rebecca, 5th, Samuel. 5th, Elizabeth, 
5th, David, 5th, John. 5th, and Catherine Styles, 
5th. (1) Rebecca Egolff, 5th, was married on 
the 18th of December, 1838, to Daniel Bailey; 
Daniel and Rebecca (Egolff, 5th) Bailey were the 
parents of David Bailey, 6th. David is about fifty- 
or fifty-six rears of age. fie is a widower ami 
has lour children (7th) living, two sons ami two 
daughters. Thev are all grown up. David is an 
ardent member of the G. A. R and 1 thin] - 



holding some distinguished office in the organiza- 
tion. He lost an arm in the Civil war. 11 
seems to be very comfortably fixed at Carlisle. 
I eaiinot sa\ whether David Bailey, 6th, has any 
brothers or sisters or not. (2) Samuel Egolff, oth, 
son of Valentine Egolff, Ith. was nevei married. 
He was of a rather roving disposition. I am not 
able to say whether he had a trade or not. He 
was the owner of five teams which trailed between 
Carlisle and Philadelphia, Baltimore and Pittsburg. 
I saw his name enrolled on an old list of the I nion 
Fire Company at Carlisle. He died and was buried 
at Battle Mountain, Xev.. aboui the year L890. 
(3) Elizabeth Egolff, 5th, daughter of" Valentine 
anil Elizabeth (Martini Egolff, Ith. was horn 
al Carlisle in Mav. 1821. She was married to 
David Snyder at Carlisle. Pa., in October, 1840." 
They have descendants as follows: Sarah Egolff 
Snyder i 6th i. born in August, 1841, died in Jan- 
naiT, 1856, at Carlisle, unmarried. Rachel Sny- 
di r i 6th), horn Oct. 13, 1843, -till living m this 
year (1911), married first Lieut. Harrison Eos 
tick, C. S. A., who was born in 1S33 and died in 
August, 1866, at Washington, D. C. (he was 
buried in the Ashland cemetery at Carlisle); her 
second marriage, which took place al Carlisle Jan. 
9, L872, was to Lewis Bosh, who died at Chambers- 
burg, Pa., Aug. 9, L872, and is buried in the Ash- 
land cemetery at Carlisle. Rebecca Snyder (6th), 
horn at Carlisle in August, 1845, died at Car- 
lisle and is buried there; she married Henrj 
Kaufman, commissary sergeant, U. S. A., who 
is still living (1911), and of this union two 
children were horn, of whom Charles William 
(7th), horn May 23, 1863, now foreman m the 
Linder shoe factory at Carlisle, married Sarah 
Speck, of Carlisle, in November^ 1890; tho\ have 
no children. Jesse IT. Snyder (6th), born Nov. 
25, 1849, a fanner near Carlisle in this yeat 
grace ( 191 1 ) married Laura ( (osh, of Carlisle, Pa., 
and had eight children. 7th, all horn al Carlisle, 
namely: Harrison Fostick. Lewi- Bosh, Mary 
May (Mrs. Fleegal, born in March. 1876), Eliza- 
beth Egolff (Mrs. Garret), Rachel Armstrong 
(horn March I. 1884 ). John Stmts (horn July 29, 
1888 ). Jessie Yates I born in November, 1891 I, 
and Charles Kaufman (born ^pril 9, L894 I. "| I > 
David Egolff, 5th, son of Valentine and Eliza- 
beth (Martin) Egolff, Ith. was born al Carlisle. 
"He was a saddler and harnessmaker. He had 
learned his trade with his grandun le, Joseph 
Egolff, 3d. His name i- also on the same 

men's roll that hi- brother Sai il's is on. I also 

saw his name among a ! ; -t of jun men of Cumb 

land county. He weni to I Hi - some time i a 

in the forties and was marriei to Mary 

Madden, of Galena, 111. No children. He was 
postmaster al Galena, Ulii 

w hen the < California gold fe i e out in 1848 
he could not n ■ ■ on and aci o 



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in 1849 he left Galena for California with Ins 
family, where he died in L869, at Oleta. Cal. 
(5) John Egolff, 5th. son of Valentine and Eliza- 
beth (Martin) Egolff, 1th, was born at Carlisle. 
where he resided all his life. J am not aide to 
say whether he had a trade or not. He married 
Elizabeth Sparr at Carlisle about 1850. They had 
a large family of children (6th) and grandchildren 
(7th). His son Cirus lives in the same log house 
in which his grandfather, Valentine Egolff, 4th. 
lived and died. The house is -till in a very good 
state of preservation and promises to stand for 
many years yet. John Egolff, 5th, died in 1880; 
do lrnt know what his age was. Cannol say 
whether his wile i- still living in this year <>f 
grace, 1896, or not. They had ten children. (6) 
Catherine Styles Egolff, 5th, a daughter of Valen- 
tine and Elizabeth (Martin) Egolff, 4th. was born 
at Carlisle Dec. 25, 1825; died al Shamokin, Pa., 
Oct. 20, 1890. She was married Oct. is. 1st:.. 
at Carlisle. Pa., by 1,\\. Father 1'. Maher, Catholic 
Rector, to John A. Snyder, a brother of I 'avid 
Snyder, who is married to her sister Elizabeth. 
They have descendants as follows: Mary (.. Sny- 
der May (6th), bum July 19, 1846, at Carlisle; 
Samuel Egolff Snyder (6th), born dan. ::. 1848, at 
Carlisle: Edw. Helfenstine Snyder (6th), born 
Sept. 6, L850, at Carlisle; Martin McCullough 
Snyder (6th), born dan. 29, 1854; John Patrick 
Snyder (6th), born dune 15, 1858, at Shamokin; 
James Harrison Snyder (6th), born May :i. 1862 
(died Feb. 16; 1861 i : George Britten Snyder 
idl, :. bora Si pt. 24, 1864 (died July 14. 1891, al 
Shamokin). Of this family. Mary G. Snyder. 
the eld'esl daughter, married Maj. James May. 

"Valentine Egolff. 4th. had considerable finan- 
cial difficulties during bis life. He died at Carlisle 
cf the smallpox on the 10th of December, 1832, 
at the age of forty-two years (ten days bi 
the death of his brother-in-law. Edward Green). 
He is buried at the old graveyard at Carlisle. I 
am not able to say when his wife died. With this 
ographical sketch of Valentine Egolff, 
4lh. including his children as well as some i 
grandchildren, and also some of his great-grand- 
children down to the seventh generation. 

"Mary Egolff, 4th: As she is the immediate an- 
cestor of my family on my wife's side and the bio- 
graphical sketch of her family and her descendants 
si veral generations will make a long chapter, 
T will give the sketches of her brothers and sisters 
first, and then close up with her own. 

"Henry Egolff, 4th. was born at his father's 
home at Carlisle. I cannot say when he was born. 
He was a cripple from his infancy. I was in- 
formed that when he was lying in his cradle a 
drunken man. an acquaintance of the family, i 
to the house and stumbling over the cradle, fell 
heavily on the child, injuring him to such an ex- 
tent thai he was a cripple for life. When he was 



grown up he got himself a small conveyance with 
which he would peddle notions through the coun- 
try. He was never married. After his father 
broke up housekeeping he made hi> home with 
Simon Sholley. at Carlisle. Mrs. Sarah Sholley 
bi ing Henry's sister. He died at Carlisle when 
he was about forty-live year- of age and is buried 
at the old gravel aid at Carlisle. 

"Genevieve Egolff, 4th. was born at her father's 
farm near Carlisle but I am not able to give the 
date of her birth. She was married to a Mr. Hem- 

v 1. 1 do not know his Christian name. I 

have been abh gel but very little information in 
Carlisle in regard to this family, with the exception 
that they weie married at Carlisle, hail a family 
ami lived there, that some of their descendants were 
still in the neighborhood. The old folks are no 

i 'ml ill .lead. 

"Catherine Egolff, 4th. a daughter of Henry 
ff and his wife, was born on her parents' farm 
near Carlisle, but I do not know the date of her 
birth. She was married to Mardicay Duncan, but 
what year they were married 1 am not able to say. 
Mr. Duncan is a shoemaker by trade and lived 
about two miles north of Loudon, in Path Valley. 
where he had a small piece of land which he tilled 
along with In- trade. They bad three children, 
two -ons and one daughter: their names were, re- 
spectively. Alexander (5th). William (5th) and 
Mary (5th). Alexander Duncan was a millwright 
by trade: he died suddenly, while a young man. 
unmarried. William Duncan: Do not know 
whether William had a trade or not : the last I 
heard of him he was in Colorado ; cannot say 
whether he was married or single. Mary Duncan 
was married, but 1 could not learn the name of 
her husband nor the time when they were married; 
after she was married they moved to Michigan. 
Mr. Duncan was married twice. The above named 
children were all by his first wife, be had no chil- 
dren by the second wife. T do not know wdiat year 
his first wife died. When 1 first got acquainted 
with him. in 1845, be was married to his second 
wife and the three children were very near grown 
up. Mr. Duncan died. I think, in 1ST8 or 1879. 
His second wife had died some time before him. 1 
cannot say where he is buried, but 1 suppose at 
Loudon. 

"Sarah Egolff, 4th, was born at the home of her 
parents near Carlisle, but I am not able to give 
the date of her birth. She was married to Simon 
Sholley. but 1 cannot say wdiat year they were 
married. In regard to their children. T do no1 
know how many they had. I can only remember 
two daughters (5th), wdio wen- nearly grown up 
when I tir-t got acquainted with the family, about 
1845. Mr. Si ml lev bad a horse and cart or wagon 
with which be was doing hauling about town. 
Mrs. Sholley kept what was in those days known as 
a cake house. She baked different kinds of sweet 



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cakes and made mead and small beer. From my 
best recollections they left Carlisle for Ohio in the 
fifties. I was informed by some of the relations 
after they bad gone to Ohio thai Mr. an. I Mrs. 
Sholley were both dead, without knowing where 
and when they died, ami that none of the rela- 
tions about Carlisle knew what had beco 
children. Th is all the information I 

could gather in regard to the Sh. >lk'v family. 

"Jane Egolff, 1th. a daughter of Henry Egolff, 
3d, and his wife, was born at the home of her 
parents near Carlisle, hut the date of her birth 
I do not know. Sin- was married to a Mr. Koup. 
! do not know In- Christian name, not- the date 
of their marriage. After they were married they 
resided in Perry county, Pa., where Grandfather 
Henry Egolff, 3d, paid them a visit in 1826. They 
had ten children: I do not know how many sons 
or how many daughters. I do not know what 
their name- were. They are all dead Inn two. 
namely, Henry (ath) and Jeremiah (5th). An- 
other brother, by the name of Jacob, died about 
four years ago, in 1892. The following is all the 
information [ have in regard to the children of 
Mi. Koup and .lane Egolff, 4th. his wife: (1) 
Henry Koup, 5th (born no doubt in Perry county. 
Pa.), in 1-820, lives in Pontiac, Livingston Co.. 
111. Cannot say whether he is a mechanic or farm- 
er. He has a family there. Do not know what 
year he went West, nor do [ know whether lie was 
married before he went to the West or got his wife 
out there. 1 am not able to say how many chil- 
dren they have. (?) Jeremiah Koup. 5th, bom 
(no doubt in Perry Co., Pa.) in 18:52. resides at 
Duncannon, in the same county. 1 do not I 
what his occupation is. He is a widower with five 
children (6th), three sons and two daughters, but 
1 do not know their names, age or occupation. 
( 3 ) Jacob Koup. 5th : Although he is dead, as his 
wife is living vet 1 will relate what little 1 know 
about him. lie was no doubt also bom in Perry 
county. Pa., but T do not know the date of his 
birth. His wife"- Christian name is Josephine, 
but her family name I do not know. They had 
no children. She resides in Duncannon. Perry 
Co.. Pa., where her husband, Jacob Koup, died 
in 1892. With this 1 will have to close the family 
record of Jane EgolfT. 4th. and her husband -Mr. 
Koup. I am sorry that I have not got some in- 
formation concerning the other -even children 
of theirs. 

"Malinda Egolff, 1th. was the youngest of the 
family of Henry Egolff, 3d, and his wife, and was 
probably born in 1808. It is stated in the family 
traditions that Grandmother Egolff, the wife of 
Grandfather Henry Egolff, 3d, died in 1809, that 
several of the children were single vet at the Time 
of her death, and that the youngest ( Malinda 1 
was only a few months old: that Mary, the elde-t 
of the girls, who was then a good -chunk' i 



girl of about sixtei of age, bad the whole 

charge of the family on her shoulders. Malinda 
Egolff, 1th. was married twice-. Her first hus- 
band's name was Sipes; could not say what his 
Christian name was. nor what year she was □ 
ried to him. I don't think they had any children. 
1 cannot say what year he died. Some time a 
the death of her first husband -he ivas ma 
Ja.ol, Albert. Mr. Albert wa- a house carpenter; 
tbej had live children, that are grown up. I am 
not able to say whether they had any children that 
died young. Of the age of their children I am 
not positive, but think the following order is cor- 
rect: Barbara (.".th). Levi (5th), Jacob (5th), 
Samuel (5th), ami Rebecca (5th). The following 
is a shorl biographical sketi o e children and 
other descendants of Jacob and Malinda (Egolff, 
1th i Sipes Albert: ( 1 ) Barbara \ iert was 
at Carlisle: do not know the date of her birth. 
shi- was married to Thomas Jameson. Mr. Jame- 
son is a day laborer. They have five children, 
three sons ami two daughters (6th). The three 
-on- are all married and have families: the two 
daughters are single. (2) Levi Albert was horn 
at Carlisle: do not know what year. Levi i> a 
day laborer. He is married, but I do not know his 
wil.'s family or Christian name: they have two 
daughters (6th), who are both single. ( :: ) Jai 
Albert was bom at Carlisle, hut I cannot say what 
year. He is an engineer ami woi - oi one of the 
railroad companies at Carlisle. He i- a widower. 
He was twice married. He has no children, and 
makes his home with his brother-in-law, Jess 
Hayes, who is married to Jacob Albert's sister Re- 
becca. I li Samuel Albert was horn at Carlisle 
(year not known), lie is married, but 1 do not 
know his wife'.- family or Christian name, lie has 
some children (6th), but I can not say how many, 
nor do I know what he follows, mi Rebecca Al- 
bert, the youngest of Jacob and Malinda i Eg 
4th) Sipes Albert'- family, was bom at Carlisle, 
but 1 do not know the date of her birth. 
is married to Jesse Hayes. Her husband is a 
watchman at one of the & ■ - al Carlisle. 
They have four children. One died in infancy. 
two sons and one daughter (6th) -ur\i. 
Their name- are, i >, Martin and 

Mary. The two son- are married and have fam- 
ilies (7th); the daughter is single. Mrs II 
is a very pleasanl woman. 1 have received a 
good deal of information from her concerning 
some of our relations. This completes the 
graphical sketch of the children and other de- 
scendants of 3 ! Malinda Albert's family. 
* * * Jacob \ summei 
1879. lie had been laid up for some time and 
was quite feeble. I am not abl his 
ane was at the time of his death. His n 

. years before him. The} are both buried 
in the old rd at ( 'arlisle. 



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"Man Egolff, 4th, was the second child and 
the oldest daughter of Henry Egolff, 3d, and his 
wife. She was born at the paternal mansion near 
Carlisle in 1793. Her parent- belonged to the 
Lutheran denomination, in which faith she was 
brought up. The early part of her life was passed 
on her father's -farm, in the pursuit of such work 
as pertains to the female portion of a farmer's 
family, namely, the household affairs, culinary 
duties and the dairy. Schools were scarce in her 
young days, particularly in the country, conse- 
quently her education was limited; however, she 
was able to read quite well, hut 1 do nut think she 
could write. She had plenty of mother wit. good 
common sense and excellent judgment. There 
were eight children in the family, one of them, 
her brother Henry, a cripple for life. Her father 
was engaged in fanning during the spring, sum- 
mer and early fall, and during the winter and 
early spring he was engaged in wagoning. He 
would take country produce to Baltimore or Phila- 
delphia and return laden with merchandise ol 
different kinds, for the business men of Carlisle 
or some of the neighboring towns: and when the 
turnpike was finished westward he would make 
atrip once in a while as far as Pittsburg. In 1809, 
when she was about sixteen years of age -lie as well 
as the rest of the family met with a serious loss in 
the death of her mother. As she was the oldest 
daughter she was placed at the head of the family 
and nearly the whole responsibility of the family 
re-ted on h.-r shoulders. This wa- more particular- 
ly the ease when her father was away with the 
team. But when the war of 1ST,' broke out be- 
tween the United States and Great Britain her 
responsibility increased still more, as her father's 
patriotism (although he had fought for several 
years during the war of Independence, and was 
now past the age of doing military duty) prompted 
him to go again, and according to the family 
tra'ditions he was gone almost three years. 

"If the traditions of the family are correct, the 
young Irish distiller Edward Green, who had ar- 
rived in the United States in 1811, had formed 
the acquaintance of Mary Egolff, 4th. and had ob- 
tained the eonseni of her father to their marriage 
before he left for the army. It is quite likely they 
were married in 1813 or Isl I. She was then about 
twenty or twenty-one year- of age. while her 
young husband was one year Iter senior. 

"After their marriage -he no doubt remained at 
her father's home until he returned from the war. 
She was very conscientious and would not leave 
the family of her father without it being properl] 
cared for. and she thought she could do better her- 
self than anyone else. From information received 
it would appear that her husband continued work- 
ing at the distillery after they were married and 
after her father's return from the army they com- 
menced housekeeping themselves, and lived at or 



near the distillery where he worked, in Cumber- 
land county, a few miles west of Harrisburg, 
where it is quite likely they remained until they 
moved to < lhambersburg. 

"It has been stated that she was born and raised 
in the Lutheran faith. After her marriage she 
became a Catholic, ami I think was received into 
the. church by one of the Jesuit fathers from 
Conewago, who attended the mission at Carlisle. 
She had become a Catholic before thc\ moved to 
Chambersburg. 

"Edward ami Mary (Egolff, 4th) Green had 
eleven children, four sons and seven daughters; 
six of them, three -oris and three daughters, died 
while they were young anil only five, one son and 
fmtr daughters, were permitted to grow up. The 
following are the names of their children and the 
time of their birth, as near as could be obtained: 
ill Edward Green (5th) wa- born in Cumber- 
land county, about the year 1815; died when small. 
(2) Sarah Green (5th) was born at chambers- 
burg on the 5th of June. 1817. (3) Mary Green 
was born near Chambersburg m 1819. (4) 
Margaret Green (5th) was born near Chambers- 
burg in 1821. (•">) Susana Green (5th) was proba- 
bly bom near Chambersburg in 1823; died when 
small. ((!) Elizabeth Green (5th) wa- probably 
born at Bridgeport. Franklin county, in l^-.'l : died 
when small. (,) Catherine Green (5th) was born 
near Bridgeport in is;;:.. (8) Simon Peter Green 
(5th) was born near Bridgeport on the 27th of 
March, 1827. (9) Isabella Green (5th) was born 
near Bridgeport in 1829; died when small. ( 10) 
James Green (5th) was born near Bridgeport in 
L830; died when -mall, ill) John Green (5th) 
was born near Bridgeport in 1831; died when 
small. 

•'Having now finished with the family of 
Grandfather Henry Egolff, 3d. including all his 
children and also some descendants of his belong- 
ing to generations still further off. I will resumi 
and finish his own biography. 

"From the family traditions we have it would 
seem that he lost bis wife in 1809, when some of 
the children were still small, one of them Malinda 
only a few months old. He was still living on his 
little farm and the responsibility of the whole fam- 
ily principally rested on the shoulders of his 
daughter Mary who was then about sixteen years 
of age. 'When in 1812 war broke out between Great 
Britain and the United States he. being then 
about fifty-three or fifty-four years of age, ami 
beyond the age of doing military duty, having he- 
been in the service of the government for 
several years during the war of Independence, the 
fire of his patriotism was kindled anew, and al- 
though his wife was dead, and having no one as 
head of the faniilv except his daughter Mary, he 
shouldered his musket again against the same foe 
he had fought thirty-six years before, with a firm 



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resolve to do as lie had done before — not to return 
until victory had been accomplished. II is stated 
that he was gone almost three years during the war 
of 1812-15 and that his duty during thai time 
was principally on the lakes. Ii is stated in con- 
nection with tin- war thai he and his brother 
Joseph Egolff lost a team laden with flour which 
was taken near Philadelphia by the government. 
The driver of the team was a nephew of their.- by 
the name of Mattheson, a son of their sister Polly 
Mattheson. 

"We have no authentic information when he 
discontinued farming and probably also house- 
keeping, hut it was nil doubi before the year L826. 
His youngest daughter, Malinda, was then about 
eighteen years of age, and although we have no 
record of the date when any of his children were 
married we may suppose that all. or nearly all. of 
them had been married before the year 1826. On 
page 64, Vol. Id. of the Archives of Pennsylvania, 
Second Series, n is stated that Henry Egolff re- 
sided in Perry county, Pa., in 1826. He had no 
d.iiihi broken ii|> housekeeping then and was sim- 
ply staying with his daughter, .lane Koup, who 
resided with her husband and family in Perry 
county. It is quite likely thai some pension money 
was sent to him in Perry county and in that way 
Lis name got into the Stale Archives, as liv- 
ing in Perry county. He had made his home 
at the linn-,' of In- daughter Sarah Sholley, 
in Carlisle. Where his sun Henry, the cripple, 
also made his home, hut he would pay periodical 
visits tn his children, as I was informed. He paid 
his daughter Mary Egolff Green a visit when she 
lived in Path Valley, in is:;;;, after the death oi 
her husband. Then he paid her a visit again in 
L838, when she lived near Chambersburg. 

"Tie must have been of a very retiring dispo- 
sition. In perusing some old hies of Carlisle pa- 
pers, beginning with September, 1814, to June. 
1839, embracing a period id' twenty-five years, I 
never came across his name a single time. There 
were a -ivai many meetings published, some po- 
litical, others Ith of duly celebrations, some re- 
ligious, some social and others business meetings, 
where in many cases the names of those present 
at the meeting or gathering were published, hut 
his name never appeared a single lime. It is stated 
that he could never learn to master the English 
language very well, which might have been a 
reason for him to absent himself from public 
gatherings, hut during the first halt' of the present 
century a great ileal of German (Pennsylvania 
Dutch) was spoken in Cumberland county, and it 
he was not able to speak the English very plain 
there is no doubt he had plenty company of that 
kind, during the time he lived near Carlisle. 

"After having reached a good ripe age he died 
at the house of his daughter, Mr-;. Surah Sholley, at 
Carlisle, on Fridav. April 10th. 1810. in th 



first year oi his age He was buried on Sunday, 
April 13th, with military honors. He is buried 
m the old graveyard at Carlisle, hut as there is no 
tombstone to mark hi- grave, In- grave is uol 
known. With this closes "the history of the most 
importanl person of the Egolff family up to the 
time of writing these biographical sketi he- m the 
year of grace L896, namely, thai of Henry Egolff, 
the patriot of two wars, the war of Independence 
in L776 and the war of L812-15, with perhaps 
smgle exception, that of Michael Egolfi, 1st. Ii 
is not complete in all respects, as 1 would like to 

see it. hut 1 have di in\ besl w ith the material 

at my command." 

RENN. The 1,'enn family has long been well 
known in Lower Augusta township. Northumber- 
land county, where the old homestead of Ira T. 
Renn is still owned by his sou Roland D. Renn, 
who makes his home in Harrisburg, Pa. Bert I. 
Renn, a merchant of Sunburv. and [ra T. Renn, 
his brother, are also sons of [ra T. Renn and 
worthy representatives of this family name. 

Adam Renn, great-grandfather of the brothers 
just named, was born in Germany, and coming to 
America settled about 1800 in Lower Augusta 
township, Northumberland Co.. Pa., living in the 
locality known as Jews Hollow. He was a farmer, 
and owned three hundred acres of land. During 
the war of 1812 he served his adopted country as 
a soldier. He was a Democrat in politics and a 
Lutheran in religion. His wife's maiden name was 
Snyder, and they had children as follow-: Jacob; 
Bernard; Henry, who lived and died in Lower 
Augusta township; and Mary, who married Jacob 
L'heii and lived in Lancaster and Dauphin comi- 
ties. 

Jacob Renn, son of Adam, lived in Lower Au- 
gusta township. In early life he learned butcher- 
ing, which occupation he followed for forty years, 
meantime becoming also an extensive and pros- 
perous far r. He owned a trad of nearly two 

hundred acres, now the property of 11. |. Reitz. 
In his earlier years he was employed a- a boatman 
mi what was known as the Pennsylvania canal. 
He wa- a tall man. six feet in height, strong, ro- 

busl and of military carriage n gh heavy build, 

weighing about two hundred pounds. A Lutheran 
in religion. lie was a zealous church worker and 
contributed liberally to church work, donating two 
; i, [v- of gri mnd u pon » hich to erect St. Peter's 
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lower Augusta. 
I |e served many yei er o urch, and 

was one of die most active in the promotion and 
establishment of ii- hen-,, of worship. In politics 
be was a Democrat. He died March 28. L889, in 
Shainokin. aged eighty-one vears, nine months and 
eight© 

M i'. Renn u a- union he- 

me t Elizabeth Sir der, by w hem he had a la 



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family. We have mention of three: Hiram ; John, 
di \\ infield. Union Co., I'a. : and Henry, of Sham- 
okin, Pa. Bv his second wife, Eve Conrad, born 
Jan. 26, 1810, died Dee. ■.'•-'. 1876, Mr. Renn had 
four children: (1) Isaiah J., born May 30, 1842, 

in Lower Augusta township, grew to manh I 

there, receiving his education in the public schools, 
and like his father followed butchering and farm- 
ing, working at his trade for twenty-five years. I le 
also sold farm implements. He was a prominent 
Democrat of his locality, was elected justice of the 
peace in 1881 and served five terms, was overseer 
of the poor and township auditor, and represented 
his district in the Legislature two terms, being 
firsl elected Nov. 4. 1*90. In Ins active years .he 
occupied a most influential position in the com- 
munity. He died Feb. 21, 1906. In 1863 he mar- 
ried Melinda Kauffman, daughter of Daniel Kauff- 
man, of Lower Augusta township, and he and his 
family are members of the Lutheran Church. ( 2 i 
Samuel C. lived in Lower Augusta township, and 
i- now an old resident of Sunbury. CD Mary L. 
married Lewis Evarts, and they live in Shamokin. 
i 1) Ira T. was the father of the Renn brothers 
mentioned at the opening of this article, 

Ira T. Renn, son of Jacob, was horn Dec. II. 
1850, on his father's homestead in Lower Augusta 
township, and received his education in thi local 
schools. Learning the miller's trade, he followed 
it for a number id' years, after which he began 
farming and stock dealing, owning the place in 
Lower Augusta which now belongs to his son Ro- 
land. There he passed most of his life, prosper- 
ously engaged in farming. For six years he lived 
on the old Adam Renn farm in .lews Hollow, lie 
was an enterprising man. and owned some line 
stock. Mr. Renn died on his farm in Lower Au- 
gusta Dec. 29, 1896, and is buried at the Lutheran 
(lunch in that township. He was an active mem- 
ber el' that church, serving as deacon and elder, 
and was also interested in the success >d' the Demo- 
cratic party, to which he rendered considerable 
service in his locality without caring for the ma- 
terial rewards of office or power. 

In 1869 Mr. Renn married Rachel Kauffman. 
whose father, Daniel Kauffman. late of Lower 
Augusta township, settled on a 150-aere tract in 
that township which he bought from the Silver- 
wood family, large landowners in that section. 
Seven children were born to Mr. and Mis. Renn: 
Roland D. ; Bertram L : Clayton Jacob, deceased: 
Amos S.. of Lower Augusta township: Ira T. : 
Grover Cleveland, of Lower, Augusta township. 
who married Prances Martz, daughter of Samuel 
V. Marl/: Franklin F.. horn July 30. 1888, who 
died May 8, 1S89. 

Roland D. Rexx, son of Ira T.. was horn March 
25, 1870, in Lower Augusta township, and received 
his early education in the common schools. Later 
lie attended the Normal school at Bloomsburg, 



from which he was graduated in 1889, two years 
after which he entered the Eastman Business Col- 
lege, at Poughkeepsie, N. Y., graduating there- 
f f uu in 1891, the same year he entered; he took 
tin.' commercial course. After teaching school for 
a number of years in Northumberland county Mr. 
Renn went into the railway mail service, in 1894, 
and has since been engaged in that work, his run 
being on the main line of the Pennsylvania mad 
between New York and Pittsburg. He makes In- 
home in Harrisburg. but still owns the homestead 
farm in Lower Augusta township. Mr. Renn has 
never Los! his taste for reading, and he has a nice 
library. He is especially interested in agricultural 
and horticultural works, literature on stock rais- 
ing, and history, and he has traced the family 
genealogy on both the paternal and maternal sides. 

On .Tune 11, 1896, Mr. Renn married Jennie S. 
Knisely, daughter of Henry Knisely. of St eel ton. 
I'a.. and they have had one son. Roland R. The 
family are members of the United Brethren Church 
at Harrisburg. 

Bertram 1. Renn, son of Ira T., was horn July 
13, 1872, in Lower Augusta township, was reared 
on the farm and received his education in the pubr 
lie schools. IF began railroading when a boy of 
fifteen, and followed that work successfully for a 
number of years, traveling all over the United 
States. His last railroad position was that of yard- 
master at Chicago lor the Lake Shore & Michigan 
Southern Railway Company, hut though he was 
doing well he resigned and returned East, buying 
an eighty-acre farm in Rockefeller township, in his 
native county. After farming there for two year-, 
he moved to Sunbury. Dec. II. 1909, selling his 
farm at that time, and in November, 1910, dis- 
posing of his farm stock. Upon his removal to 
Sunbury Mr. Renn embarked in the fish, oyster 
and produce business at No. 455 Market street, 
handling fish and clams all the year round and 

oysters and >ea f 1 in season. He also carries a 

line of cigars and confectionery, and during the 
summer months sells ice cream and soft drinks, 
lie enjoyed a good trade from the start, and in 
1910 purchased a business place at the corner of 
Third and Walnut streets. Mr. Renn is a most 
obliging dealer, and by Ins enterprising methods 
and accommodating ways has drawn an excellent 
class of patrons. 

On Feb. 25, 1896, Mr. Renn married Mary E. 
Basom, who is from Newport, Perry county, Pa., 
daughter of John and Jane (Zeiders) Basom. 
They have one child, a daughter. Lillian R. L. 

Ira T. Rexx. son of the late Ira T.. was born 
March 1(1. 1S80, in Lower Augusta township, and 
was reared on the farm. He first attended the 
local public schools, and later was a pupil at Sel- 
insgrove (Pa.) Academy. -and he was only seven- 
teen when licensed to teach by Prof. Ira Shipman, 
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terms, two in his native township and one in Little 
Mahanoy township, but farming has always been 
his principal occupation. He assisted his father 
ami mother until L901, after which he farmed a 
year at home on his own account, in the spring of 
1902 settling in Rockefeller township, where he 
purchased the (Trias Malick homestead. This prop- 
erty consists of eighty-three acres of the best land 
in the township, and there Mr. Renn has since re- 
sided and engaged in fanning. He is an energi Lii 
young man. public-spirited and interested in the 
social welfare of the community as well as in its 
material progress. He lias served in local offices, 
and has taken part in the work of the Lutheran 
Church at Hollowing Run, of which he and his 
family are members, having acted as a member of 
the church council. He is at present superin- 
tendent of the Sunday school at A n g list avi lie. 
Politically he is a Democrat. Mr. Renn has been 
quite active in the Odd Fellows fraternity in his 
-eei am. one of the leading members of Augu-ta 
Lodge, No. 614, of i/ugustaville, which he repre- 
sented at the (Irand Lodge for seven consecutive 
terms. 

On Oct. 3, L900, Mr. Renn married Man- E. 
Barrett, daughter of d antes and Mary (Burns) Bar 
rett, formerly of Selinsgrove and later of Lewis- 
burg, l'a.. where Mr. Barrett died. Mr. and Mrs. 
Renn have two children : F. Fay and Harold W. 

Nicholas W. Renn, who is engaged in farming 
in Lower Augusta township. Northumberland 
county, was born in that township April 25, 1858, 
son of John Renn and grandson of Philip Renn. 

Philip Renn was horn in Pennsylvania and was 
the pioneer of this family in Northumberland 
county, having settled there at an early day in the 
history of Rockefeller township, on the farm now 
owned by the Flemming sisters. It comprises 
about one hundred acres, and Philip Renn built the 
barn still standing there. He prospered in his 
farming operations, doing fairly well for that day. 
He was a Pennsylvania German, and spoke both 
German and English. II.' is buried at the Stone 
Church, one of the oldest churches in that sec- 
tion. His family, two sons and three daughters. 
was as follows: Betzy married John Cornell, who 
fame from Bucks or Montgomery county and lived 
in Rockefeller township; Henry lived in Iowa: 
John lived in Lower Augusta township: Tina mar- 
ried John Flemming and they lived on the Philip 
Renn homestead, where both died; Sarah married 
William Ross and they lived in Rockefeller town- 
ship. 

John Renn, son of Philip, was horn March 3, 
1812, on the Renn homestead in Rockefeller town- 
ship, and lived for the most part in Lower Au- 
gusta township, where he hail a tract of five acre-.. 
upon which place he died March 25, 1893. lie is 
buried at the Mountain Presbyterian Church, lie 
was a laborer, and was a man of powerful build, 



noted for his strength and locally known as "Big 
Foot." On one occasion he was held up at a bridge 
in Schuylkill county by a husky Irishman, who 
told him he could not pass. Renn said. "Yes, I 
will pass" picked up the Irishman and threw loin 
bodily over the bridge; lie died of his injuries. 
During the Civil war Mr. Renn enlisted for three 
years' service, in Company II. 17th Pennsylvania 
Volunteer Infantry, and had served nineteen 
months when honorably discharged, because of the 
close of the war. 11 is wile. Margaret Fry. was 
horn Oct. 24, 1814. in Alsace. France, of u 
place, her father. Jacob Fry. «as also a native. 
She was twelve years old when she came with her 
parents to Pennsylvania, the family locating first 
in Clinton county, at the "Block House." and 
thence removing to Schuylkill county and later to 
Northumberland county, where they lived for two 
or three years. Returning to Schuylkill county, 
Mr. Fry made a permanent settlement there, fol- 
lowing farming until his death. Mrs. John Renn 
died in 1906 at Williamsport, Pa. Ten children 
were horn to her and her husband : Barbara mar- 
ried Andrew Baldy and (second) Edward Picker- 
ine: Sarah married Abraham DeWitt; Maria mar- 
ried Samuel Beck; Catharine married Frank llil- 
bush; Elizabeth married Henry Eisenhuth; Re- 
becca married Osburn Difford; Emma man 
Harry Olmstead; Malimla married Peter Crissin- 
ger; Delila married Galen DeWitt; Nicholas W. 

Nicholas W. Renn was educated in the public 
schools and began working mi the farm for his 
parents at an early age. continuing thus until he 
iva.lied the aye of twenty-eight years. lie then 
married, and for nine years worked i rag farm- 
ers, after which he began working upon the home- 
stead of his father-in-law. 1-a.n Feaster, in Lower 
Augusta township. In June, 1905, he purcl 
this property, which consists of fifty acres, the 
present buildings on which were erected b\ Mr. 
Feaster. Mr. Renn follows general farming, and 
occasionally attend- the Sunburi and Shamokin 
markets. Though he devotes all hi- attention to 
his business affairs, he ha- found time i his 

town-lnp as school director and inspector, in which 
offices he gave excellent sal isfai He - a Re- 
publican in politics. P>.\ thrift and industr 
has attained a substantia] position, and he is a 
respected citizen of his community. 

tin March '.'. L8S6, Mr. Renn married Losi oia 

Feaster. daughter of Isaac and ( lharib i Shipman > 

r. and granddaughter of Jacob Shipman. 

Mrs. Renn was horn Sept. 5, 1856, I died Feb. 

■.'. lso:.. aged thirty-eight years Mr. Renn mar- 
ried her sister, Mrs. Addie Thomas, widow- of S. 
1 1. Thomas, w ho died April 10, 189 I. ai th 
fortv-two voir-. Mr. Renn had no children by 
either union. Four children were horn to Mr-. 
1,'enn'- lirsi marriage, Elva, William. Maud 



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JAMES FOX, for many years one of the lead- 
ing agriculturists of Ralpho township, where he 
had the largesl fruit farm in Northumberland 
county, was a native of Columbia county, Pa., 
born Feb. 28, 1813, in Catawissa township. The 
family was early in Berks county, this State, 
where Mr. Pox's grandfather was born. The lat- 
ter had a family of nine children, six sons and 
three daughters. 

Jacob Fox, lather of the late James Fox, was 
born in Berk* county, and died in 1851 in Colum- 
bia county, l'a.. whither he had removed when a 
young man. He was a stonemason by trade, and 
went to Catawissa, Columbia county, to (ill a con- 
trad he had obtained to build a church. Upon 
the completion of the contract he remained there, 
having taken a liking to the place, and he later 
purchased a farm in Catawissa township upon 
which he made his home, cultivating his land and 
also continuing to follow his trade. He was thus 
engaged for many years and becaine very well 
known in that section, where he made many 
friends. His wife, Rachel (Mclntire), died in 
1836. They had the following children: William, 
Daniel, Hannah (wife of Isaac Irwin). Mary E., 
Price, dames and Jacob. 

James Fox, son of Jacob, spent his early life 
upon the homestead farm in Catawissa township, 
Columbia county, receiving a common school edu- 
cation in the locality. S after the death of his 

father he removed to Northumberland county, 
where he passed the remainder of his long life. 
Tn connection with his brother-in-law, John 
Campbell, he purchased a tract of 426 acres, upon 
part of which he established his home, becoming 
one of the best known and most substantial cit- 
izens of Ralpho township. He was one of the 
most enterprising farmers of his district, and made 
a specialty of fruit raising, having the largest 
fruit farm in the county. In politics he was a Re- 
publican, in religion a member of the Presbyterian 
Church. He died Oct. 16, 1902, in his ninetieth 
year. 

In 1840 Mr. Fox married Elizabeth Campbell, 
daughter of Obadiah Campbell, and she died long 
before her husband, passing away in 1880. Mr. 
and Mrs. Fox are buried at the Mclntire church 
in Columbia county. They had a family of eight 
children, namely: George W. and Isaac N. died 
young; Obadiah P. is mentioned below; Isabella 
married William Cherington ; Joanna now resides 
at Bloomsburg, Ta. : William is also a resident of 
Bloomsburg; Mary J. lives at Bloomsburg; Chris- 
topher C. is a resident of Mount Carmel. 

Obadiah P. Fox. son of James, located at 
Mount Carmel in 1884 and was among the early 
successful merchants there. He died at Mount 
Carmel May 4. 1908, aged sixty-one years. Mr. 
Fox married Elizabeth Campbell, daughter of 
Duncan Campbell, of Rush township, and they 



had a family of four children : Estella, Kimber, 
Howard and Ethel. 

Christopher C. Fox, son of James and Eliz- 
abeth (Campbell) Fox. was born Oct. 4. 1860, 
near Elysburg, Northumberland county. He was 
educated in the public schools of his native town- 
ship and at Elysburg Academy, and remained up- 
on the farm until lie reached the age of eighteen 
years. At that time he became engaged in the 
mercantile business with his brother Obadiah. 
They were at their original location for three 
. after which they were out of the business 
for two years, in 1884 settling at Mount Carmel, 
where they conducted a general store, under the 
firm name of • ). 1'. Fox & Brother. They did a 
successful business until the death of Mr. Obadiah 
P. Fox, May 1. 1908, after which Christopher C. 
Fix closed out tli,. mercantile establishment and 
embarked in the real estate line in association with 
('. II. Robins. They have acquired a profitable 
patronage and are doing a live business. 

On April is. 1895, Mr. Fox married Hattie M. 
•Jones, daughter of Thomas and Rebecca (Gra- 
ham) Jones, of Philadelphia, and they are the 
parents of the following children: Ernestine D., 
Russell .1.. .Marion W. and Benjamin H. Mr. 
Fox is a Methodist in religious connection. On 
political questions he is a Republican. 

CHARLES V. BLANK, senior member of the 
firm of Blank & Gottshall, who have a large mill- 
ing business at Sunbury, owning and conducting 
the City Roller Mills, was born Oct. 31, 1851. in 
Upper Saucon township. Lehigh Co., I'a. lie is 
a son of Jacob Blank and a descendant of John 
George Blank, who founded a family now num- 
erous in Lehigh county, especially in the eastern 
portion. The 1910 city directory id' Allentown, 
that county, gives the names of thirty-two Blanks. 

John George Blank, the earliest ancestor of 
this family of whom we have record, was horn in 
17".'fi and died in 1799. He came to Saucon town- 
ship. Northampton (now Lehigh) county, about 
1750. He married Elizabeth Steinmetz, daughter 
of Valentine Steinmetz, and after the death of 
his father-in-law succeeded to and settled upon 
his estate, taking'up his residence on the site later 
occupied by John H. Lauhaeh. The number of 
his children cannot lie determined, but it appears 
there are several branches of Blanks even in the 
territory now embraced in Lehigh county. His 
son John George Blank had nine children, of 
whom we have the following account: George died 
unmarried: John married Esther Clemmer and 
had six children. George, Charles H. (both re- 
siding in Coopersburg, Lehigh county), Edwin H.. 
Benjamin (both residing in Allentown), Eliza 
(married William P. Weidner) and Elamina 
(married Simon Troxel) ; Jacob married a Miss 
Hintenbeutel. but nothing is known of his de- 



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scendants; Abraham married Mar}' Bali] and was 
the father of Jacob, John G. and Abraham, who 
reside in Upper Saueon township, Mrs. John Lau- 
bach, of Saueon-, and Mrs. John Metzger, of Allen- 
town; Charles married Priscilla Fry and resides 
at Bethlehem, Pa.; David died unmarried; Mary 
married Jacob Bahl and resides at Bethlehem; 
Lydia married Nathan Eberhart and died without 
issue; Sarah married David Schneider and re- 
sides at Emaus, Lehigh < ounty. 

Jacob r.hmk. father of Charles F. Blank, was 
horn in Saueon township, Lehigh county, and 
died in 1864. Ee is buried at Zionsville church, 
in that county, having been a member of the T?e- 
formed congregation of that church. He was a 
wheelwright, learning the trade early in life, and 
followed ii at Emaus until his death. Mr. Blank 
married Sarah Groman, whose father lived in 
Salisbury township. Lehigh county, and she sur- 
vived him many years, dying in 1906, at the age 
ill seventy-five. She is buried at Emaus. Eight 
children, five -"lis and three daughters, were born 
to i his union : Wilson died at the age of six years; 
John is a resident of Emaus. Pa.; Charles F. is 
mentioned below; .lames was drowned when about 
seven years old; George died in 1902 at Bethle- 
hem, Pa. (he had sons James and Harvey) ; Mary 
Aliee married -lames Camburn, of Philadelphia, 
and died in t'909 : Sarah married John Eeinbaugh, 
of Lehigh county, Pa., and died about 1910; Anna 
married Paul Eisenhart, of Emaus. 

Charles !•'. Blank was reared and educated in 
his native county, attending school at Emaus and 
Allentown, to which latter place the family re- 
moved when he was thirteen years old. He worked 
at various vocations until he reached the age of 
eighteen years, when he commenced to learn the 
carpenter's trade at Cetronia, Lehigh county. 
following same, as well as millwrighting, which 
work he began in 1875. He engaged as mill- 
wright in the employ of others until 1888, being 
foreman for four years for the Wolf & Ea- 
maker Company, then of Allentown. Since that 
time he has been in partnership with William B. 
Gottshall. who was also formerly with the Wolf 
& Hamaker Company and like himself a miller of 
thorough experience. Messrs. Blank and Gott- 
shall came to Sunbury in the employ of a Cham- 
bersburg firm to remodel the historic old Eaas 
mill, from the burr to the roller system. They 
soon leased the property and began operations on 
their own account, remaining at that place until 
1895, when they completed the building of the 
large mill they have since occupied. They have a 
three-story building 10 by 230 feet, with a two- 
story addition 115 by .">0 feet, as well as other 
buildings, among which is a large engine house. 
Their business lias extended, in both volume and 
scope, until there are now many interests besides 
flour milling, the firm handling all kinds of flour 



and f I. cement, plaster, and similar commodities 

in large quantities. Their principal brands of 
dour are "B. & G.'s Best," "Flak) Loaf and 
'■White Cloud," the daily capacity of the flour- 
milling equipment being two hundred barrels of 
wheat, seventy-five barrels of rye, seventy-five bar- 
rel- of buckwheal and cornmeal. They manufac- 
ture cattle ami poultry foods, about forty tons of 
chop daily, and the I'.. & (J. Chick and lion food 
has a large -at' not onbj in the Lehigh Valley Imt 
also throughout the Middle States. Their hay 
shed is 111 by 60 feet in dimensions, the grain ele- 
vator has a capacity of 40,000 bushels, and a large 
warehouse is included among the many conven- 
iences of this well equipped establishment. Twen- 
ty-five men are given regular employment. The 
products, which have the reputation of being of 
the highest excellence, are not only in steady 
demand locally and oxer the coal regions, but 
find a ready sale all over the eastern part id' the 
country. Blank & Gottshall have shown their en- 
terprise in the completeness of their plant, which 
is admirably located, facing the Susquehanna riv- 
er and running parallel with the Philadelphia & 
Reading tracks, from which a switch connects with 
the mills: there is also a siding connecting with 
the Pennsylvania lines. An engine of 15(1 horse 
power supplies the motive force for the operation 
of the mills and the power for the electrical con- 
veniences ami comfort of the fine residences which 
the partners have erected on adjoining property. 
As member of a firm whose enterprise is reckoned 
upon as a substantial factor in the prosperity of 
Sunbury, Mr. Blank is one of the most respected 
ami valuable citizens of that borough, lie is an 
intelligent and public-spirited man. as effective ;i 
worker in other fields as in husiness circle-. 

On Aug. 1(1, 1872, Mr. Blank married Ellen 
Jane Lent/, daughter of Josiab and Miranda 
(Shearer) Lent/., the former a lifelong resident of 
the vicinity of Allentown. Mr. and Mrs. Blank 
had one daughter, who died in infancy. The\ are 
active in the work of the First. Reformed Church 
,,f Sunbury, ami Mr. Blank is a member of Mae- 
lav Lodge. No. 632, F. & A. M., of Sunbury. 

EDWIN E. HOLLENBACK, D. D. S., has 
I,,,. n practicing dentistry at Shamokin through- 
out Ins professional career, having begun in com 
pany with his father, one of the oldesl establii 
dentists in the borough. 

Dr. Reuben Eollenback, the father, was bom 
Sept. I. 1841, in Lower Augusta township, near 
Sunbury, Northumberland county, -on of Daniel 
and Elizabeth (Sherry) Eollenback. He received 
his early education in the public schools and was 
reared in his native I lity, being trained to farm- 
ing, «-hich he followed until twenty one years old 
Meantime he had also tal en no teai Ion-. 
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sions, being thus engaged for six years, one year 
in his native township, the rest of the time in 
Coal and Shamokin townships. His older brother, 
Dr. D. S. Hollenback, had entered the medical 
profession, and he. too, had aspirations toward 
such a career, which led him, while teaching, to 
take up the study of dentistry, which he began 
under the tuition of Dr. B. P. Van Boskirk, of 
Selinsgrove. Snyder Co.. Pa. However, he was 
not in a position to devote himself to it entirely 
for a numbeT of years. In 1864 he located at 
Shamokin, where he was engaged as engineer at 
the Big .Mountain colliery two year-, at the end 
of that time resuming teaching, which be con- 
tinued, along with his dental studies, until 1868. 
He then commenced practice in Shamokin. but 
not being quite satisfied with his attainments he 
entered the Dental College of Pennsylvania, at 
Philadelphia, from which he was graduated March 
1, 18". Dr. Hollenback built up a large practice 
by his skillful and conscientious work, and de- 
servedly won a place among the leading pri 
sional men of Shamokin. Moreover, without solici- 
tation on his part, he has been honored with some 
of the mosl responsible public trusts in the gift 
of his fellow citizens, having served one term as 
representative of the Third ward in the common 
council, of which he served one year as president. 
He is an ardent supporter of the principles of the 
Republican party and for many years took a lead- 
ins part in its local activities. In religious mat- 
ters lie has been identified with St. John's Re- 
formed Church, of which he has long been a prom- 
inent member, serving as chorister for many years. 

In 1865 Dr. Hollenback married Dorcas Sober, 
daughter of Michael M. Sober, who lived in the 
Irish Valley in Northumberland county. Three 
children were bom to this marriage, viz.: William 
S., of Reading, Pa., a piano tuner: Hudson S.. 
a dentist, who is located at Mount Carmel, this 
county; and Edwin E. The mother of these 
Oct. 24. 1887. and on Dee. 6, 1888, Dr. Hollen- 
back married Savilla Fidler. daughter of William 
Fidler, of Shamokin. They have had two children, 
Harry Franklin and Flora Lillian. 

Edwin E. Hollenback was horn at Shamokin 
May 25, 1871, and there received his early edu- 
cation in the public schools. He learned the trade 
of carpenter, which he followed for three years, 
and then entered the Pennsylvania College of Den- 
tal Surgery, from which he was graduated in 18,92. 
For several years thereafter he practiced with his 
father, in 1898 opening an office of his own. Dr. 
Bollenback is a general practitioner, but he makes 
lecialty of high-grade crown, bridge and plate 
work, in which line he has a high reputation. His 
practice is large, and has been gained by the most 
honorable methods and satisfactory work, many 
of his patrons having come to him ever since he 
i ommeneed practice. 



Dr. Hollenback married Jessie Hoskings. of 
Pottsville, Schuylkill Co.. Pa., and they have three 
children: Alfred. Martha Dorcas and Annie G. 
The family home is at No. 11? Marshall street. 

GEX. CHAFLFS M. CLEMENT, a leading 
lawyer of Sunbury, was born there Oct. 28, 1855, 
son of (on. John Kay Clement. His ancestors 
were Friends, the Clements having been prominent 
members of that Society in England. 

Oregon ('lenient, the earliest ancestor of whom 
we have record, was a member of Parliament in 
1646 and was one of the famous body of Regicides, 
and with four others was hanged. When Gregory 
Clement was arrested, in 1660, his son James 
escaped, ami emigrating from his native land came 
to America, landing on Staten island. Subse- 
quently hi' located near Camden, in Camden (then 
Gloucester) county. X. J. He became a large 
land owner ami surveyor and his descendants also 
followed that oci on lor a number of genera- 

tions. He married Sarah Field, and their children 
included a son Jacob. 

Jacob Clement, son of James, married Ann Har- 
rison. 

Samuel Clement, son of Jacob and Ann (Har- 
rison), married Rebecca Collins, a granddaughter 
of Francis Collins, who came to America in 1678, 
locating in New Jersey, where he became a man 
of distinction. He served for a time in the ca- 
pacity of judge and was a member of the Provin- 
cial Legislature of Xew Jersey. 

Samuel Clemen! ('.'i. son of Samuel, married 
Mary Fosti r. 

Evan ('. Clement, son of Samuel (2), was born 
in Camden county. X. J. He was associated with 
his father in the manufacture of glass and became 
a man of considerable means. He was a soldier in 
the War of 1812, serving as sergeant major. He 
passed all his life in his native county, where he 
died in 182? at the comparatively early age of 
thirty-seven. He married Hannah Kay. great- 
great-granddaughter of John Kay. the first settler 
of the name in America, who came over in 1683, 
v\a- speaker of the Provincial Assembly of Xew 
Jersey for several years, and one of the council for 
We-t Jersey. John Kay. Mrs. Clement's father, 
married Kesiah Thome, daughter of Capt. Joseph 
Thorne. a soldier of the Revolution. 

John Kay Clement, son of Evan C. and Hannah 
( Ka\ ) Clement, was born Jan. 1. 1820, in Phil- 
adelphia, Pa., and was but seven years old when 
hi- father died. As the latter had failed a short 
time previously, the boy was thrown upon his own 
resources at an early age. He acquired his early 
education in the Friends'" school in his native city, 
and began the study of law when eighteen years 
(dd in the office of his cousin, Richard Howell, of 
Camden. X. J. In 1842. at the age of twenty-two, 
he was admitted to the bar in Trenton, X. J. 





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Soon afterward lie removed to Schuylkill county, 
Pa., where lie iir-i made his Ik. me at Minersville, 
later at Pottsville, practicing law there until his 
removal to Sunbury, Northumberland county, in 
1854. There he continued to live the remainder of 
his days, acquiring a vert extensive practice and 
for many years holding a high place in public af- 
fairs. lli> legal work was mainly in the line of 
criminal law, in which special branch of the pro- 
fession he was one of the foremost lawyers of the 
State, participating in many of the most famous 
cases tried iii his section. He was not only ver- 
satile in the law. but gifted with unusual powers 
■ >; eloquence, and as a pleader had few equals, lie 
practiced law to the exclusion of almost ever) 7 other 
interest, most of his public service being of a pro- 
fessional nature, and he won his high rank in the 
legal fraternity by unswerving devotion to the 
calling of his choice. II is logic and eloquence, 
backed by a thorough understanding of the law, 
made him a powerful ally on either side of a case. 
From 1871 to L878 he was engaged as counsel, on 
one side or the other, in every important criminal 
. ase tried here. "Bear" Dolan, the first "Molly 
Maguire" com ii ted, was successfully prosecuted by 
him in 1872, and he defended Peter McMannes, the 
of that famous hand to he tried. In 1859 
General ('lenient was elected district attorney of 
Northumberland county, was again elected in 
1871, and in is?: again took the ..nice by appoint- 
ment. 

While a resident >.i Schuylkill county he was 
made brigadier general of the State militia, and 
during the Civil war he nut only aided the Union by 
personal service as officer and private, hut also 
used his influence throughout that period in sup- 
port of the Northern cause, lie was captain of 
the Pottsville Light Artillery, which organization 
still exists ns Company F. tth Regiment, P. X. G., 
served in the first battle of Bull Run as aide i . 
Colonel Cameron, and also served as a private of 
Company D, tth Pennsylvania Emergency Militia. 
In 1862 he was made provosl marshal of the 14th 
District of Pennsylvania ami served efficiently un- 
til 1864. He was a Democrat in politics before the 
war. and subsequently a stanch Republican, lie 
served some a member of the council of 

Sunbury. II.- died at Sunbury Oct. 15, L882. 

On May is. L854, General Clement married 
Mary S. Zeigler, of Sunbury, daughter of Isaac 
and Mary | Ever) Zeigler, the former ..I' whom was 
once a prominent leather merchant of Sunbury. 
She survived him. maldng her home in Sunbury 
until her death, April 30, 1908. Five children 
were horn to this union, Charles M. being the only 
survivor. General Clement was an Episcopalian 
in religion, and was a vestryman in St. Matthew's 
Protestant Episcopal Church at the time of his 
death. Fraternally he was a Freemason. 

Charles M. Clement, only surviving member of 
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the family of Gen. John Kav and Mary S. 
(Zeigler) (lenient, received an excellent literary 
training in the academies at Sunbury, Pa., and 

Burlington, X. .1.. leaving school at thi 

seventeen. For tin' aexl -ix year- he was em- 
ployed as clerk' in the prothonotary's office at Sun- 
hurv. and then read law with hi- father, being ad- 
mitted to the bar .March 11. 1878. The January 
following he began practice with his father, with 
whom he was associated in practice until the lat- 
ter'- death. This relation was of the utmost value 
to him. His thorough study of legal princi 
gave him an excellent foundation for hi- wo 
and his aptitude for applying it to practical, ev- 
eryday affairs made him popular with a la 
clientage who appreciate common sense inter] 
tation of ordinary laws. lint though lie has en- 
gaged in gen'eral practice, corporation work has 
I. ecu hi- main line, particularly as a trial b*>> 
in causes affecting corporate interests. From 
April, 1891, to April. 1898, he was associated in 
practice with Hon. S. I'. Wblverton. 

General ('lenient has long been a leading mem- 
ber of the Republican party. From 1879 to 1883 

he was secretary of the county committee, and fr 

1883 to 1888 was chairman of that body, lie has 
served several years as member of the council, and 
oiii' term a- assistant burgess; he was borough 
solicitor, solicitor of the school and solicitor for 

the overseers of the | r for several year-: i- now 

a scl 1 director; on Oct. 1. 1887, he was appointed 

corporation clerk of the State department by 
Charles W. Stone; on Nov. 28, 1890, he was 
pointed by < kivernoT Beaver deputy secretary of the 
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In all these of- 
fices his service was most creditable, showing the 
most intelligent citizenship and public-spirited de- 
votion to the general interest, lie is pi tdent of 
the trustees of the Mary M. Packer hospital at 
Sunbury. 

In is; ? General clement ua- one ol the organ- 
:ers of the Sunbury Guards, < 'ompany E, 12th 
Regiment, P. ST. G., which he "Jo 
He was promoted to the rank of captain in regular 
order and three times i I .1 to sen i ' ca- 

pacity, in L882, lss; and 1892. In 1896 
elected major of the 12th Regiment, in 1898 elect- 
ed lieutenant colonel, and volunteering for ser 
during the Spanish American war was commis- 
sioned lieutenant colonel of the I'.'tli Pennsylvania 
Volunteers, which was mustered out Oct 29, i - 
His eldest son, John Kaj I llement, then a boj 
seventeen, was a corporal in Company E, same 
regiment. On Vug. L7, 1899, Charles M Clen 
„ ;l . e ]ei ted i ilonel ; was reel cted in 1904 and 
[909 ' 29, 

1910 : and on Sept. I, 1910, was I to the 

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the Society of Foreign Wars and the Naval and 
Military Order of bin Spanish American war. He 
is a member of Maclay Lodge, No. 632, F. & A. M., 
Northumberland R. A. Chapter, No. 174, .Mount 
Hermon Commandery, No. 85, K. T., Caldwell 
Consistory, thirty-second degree, and Zembo Tem- 
ple, Mystic Shrine. IK is a past master of his 
lodge and past commander of the commandery. 
General Clement is rector's warden of St. 
Matthew's Church. Sunbury, secretary of the ves- 
try, secretary of the diocesan convention, and has 
been a deputy to the general convention since 1898, 
serving therein on the committees on Admission of 
New Dioceses, on the Prayer Book, and on the 
Commission to Re\ ise the Lectionary. 

On Nov. 19, 1879, General Clement was married 
at Northumberland to Alice Y. Withington, 
daughter of Martin J. P. Withington. Four sons 
have been born to them: John Kay. Martin W., 
Charles Francis and Theron Ball. John Kay 
Clement married Isabel Colvin, and has one son, 
Charles M. Clement, 2d : he is captain of Company 
E, 18th Regiment, X. G. P., and is physicist in the 

Burei E Mines, stationed at Pittsburg. Martin 

W. Clement married Irene II. Higbee, and they 
haw one -on. Martin \\ I - t, Jr.; he is super- 
visor on the Pennsylvania railroad, stationed at 
Philadelphia, and is a captain in the quarter- 
master's department, N . < . . P. Charles Francis is 
practicing law with his father, and is first lieu- 
tenant of Company E, 12th Regiment. \. G. P. 
These three sons are graduates of Trinity College, 
Hart lord. Conn. : John K. is also a graduate of the 
University of Gottingen, and Charles F. of the law 
school of the University of Pennsylvania. Theron 
B. is in the local high school. 

WILLIAM F. KLINE, a leading citizen of the 

I ugh of Snydertown, Northumberland county. 

was horn Sept. 9, 1833, at Klinesgrove. which 
place t- so known in honor of his family. He is 
the last surviving member of his generation of 
the family, which was settled in this region by 
[saac Kline, his great-grandfather. 

One Herman Kline emigrated to America in the 
early part of the eighteenth century and settled 
in Hunterdon county, X. J., where he bought 
considerable land. It is said he was rich, and 
generous to his less fortunate fellowmen. He 
reared a large family of sons and daughters. The 
date of his death is unknown. 

In 1799 three of the sons of Herman Kline 
came to Pennsylvania, two of them (Abraham and 
another) settling on Fishing creek, in Columbia 
oounty. Isaac Kline, one of these three brothers, 
was the progenitor of the family with which 
this article deals. He settled in what is now 
Upper Augusta (then Augusta i township, North- 
umberland county, at or near the site of what is 
now known as Klinesgrove, which village was 



named for the Kline family. It is on the road 
leading from Sunbury to Danville, at the line of 
Upper Augusta and Bush townships. A number 
of the family, of the various generations, are 
buried at the Klinesgrove M. E. Church. In this 
locality Isaac Kline bought four hundred or five 
hundred acres of land, then nearly all forest, and 
he and his family were pioneers in all that the 
name implies. Their nearest neighbors were live 
miles distant. Wild beasts bowled at night around 
the log cabin, rudely constructed, but affording a 
comfortable shelter. There the family made a 
permanent home. Isaac Kline was accompanied 
into the wilderness by his wife. Margaret, and 
their two sons. Herman and Isaac, with their 
wives and families. He settled his oldest son. 
Herman, on the farm now owned by Charles 
Rockefeller, ami made his own home with his son 
Isaac, on the farm now owned by John F. Derr. 
There he died in 1S18, at the advanced age of 
ninety years, a year or two after the death of his 
wife. They are interred in the if. E. Church cem- 
eterv at Klinesgrove. 

Herman Kline, eldest son of Isaac Kline, settled 
in what was then Augusta township. He had a 
family of four sons and four daughters: Elisba, 
who lived on the farm later owned by Charles 
Moore, died in 1875, aged eighty-eight years: 
John, who lived on the farm now in the pen- 
sion of A. D. Moore, died in 1861, aged sixty-nine 
years: [saac, who lived on the farm now owned 
by S. (.. Kase, died in 1878, aged eighty-four 
'in-: David went West while young: Margaret 
became Mrs. Campbell'; Jemima, Mrs. Stroh; 
Polly, Mrs. Campbell; Susan died unmarried. 

Isaac Kline, dr.. the younger son of Isaac Kline, 
lived with his father until his death, in 1804. at 
the early age of thirty-three years. He followed 
farming. His widow, Catharine (Barton), lived 
with her children until her death, in the year 1856, 
at the advanced age of eighty-seven. After the 
death of their grandfather the children of Isaac 
(dr. I and Catharine (Barton) Kline inherited 
!n- estate, there being three sons and one daugh- 
ter, namely: (1) Henry, the eldest, born in 1791 
in Hunterdon county. N. J., obtained the farm on 
which his son Francis A. now lives in Upper 
Augusta township, and died in 1878, aged eighty- 
seven years. His wife. Elizabeth (Forrester), 
died in 18-50. Their children were: John F. (born 
Dec. 25. 181E in Augusta township). Sarah Ann 
(Mrs. Weaver). Jane (Mrs. Mettler. living in 
the West, and the only surviving daughter), Eliz- 
abeth (Mrs. Gilger), Isaac F.. Mary (Mrs. Bas- 
sett), and Francis A. (2) Herman inherited the 
farm now owned by John F. Derr. and spent some 
years of his earlier manhood farming on the 
homestead, later living at Klinesgrove. where he 
operated the Klinesgrove gristmill. He died there 
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Nancy Mettler. Th<<\ left no descendants. (3) 
[saac is mentioned below. ( M Sarah, Mrs. Camp- 
bell, li\'''l on the farm now occupied by her son, 
[saac < lampbell, ami died there in is 1 1. at the age 
of about forty-four, sin- reared a family of ten 
children. 

tsaac Kline, sod of [saac (Jr.) ami Catharine 
(Barton) Kline, was bom Nov. 3, 1803, and died 
Oct. 10, 1876. Be inherited the farm near the 
Klinesgfove Church, a tract of 105 acres, upon 
which he followed farming, and resided thereuntil 
his death. In 1834 In- limit the stone residence 
still standing upon that farm. In politics lie was 
originally an old-line Whig, later becoming a Re- 
publican, and he was particularly active in the re- 
ligious lit'' ot ilic community, being one of the 
pillars nl' the Klinesgrove Methodist Episcopal 
Church, of which he was an organizer, and he 
donated five hundred dollars when the church was 
erected, in 1867. Hi- family were also Metho- 
dists. Mr. Kline married Lucy Ami Forrester. 
who was born Feb. 16, 1804, and died Jan. 8, 1886. 
Thei had three children : ( 1 ) Josiah F.. born Aug. 
29, 1831, married Elizabeth Condon, of Philadel 
phia, and the\ lived in thai city. They had chil- 
dren: Edmund .Tames. William R., Josiah F. ami 
Henry B., the las! named dying young. ('.') Wil- 
liam F. i- mentioned below, i •"> | James F., born 
Oct. 30, L837,died June 5, L888, at Newark. X. J., 
ami is buried at Danville, Pa. lie was a lieuten- 
ant in the 3d Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery dur- 
ing the Civil war. stationed at Fortress Monroe, 
He ami his wife Mar; (McGill) had one child, that 
died iii infancy . 

William 1-'. Kline attended the scl Is of the 

home locality in his early boyhood, and later went 
in Dickinson Seminary, at Williamsport. He 
taught school for one term in Upper Augusta town- 
ship, ar what is now known as Mouni Pleasant 
(then Texas) schoolliouse. From early life he was 
trained to farming, in which he is still interested, 
having a valuable tract of 150 acres all included 
within the limits of the borough of Snydertown. 
He has made various improvements upon this es- 
tate since it came into his possession, ami has tw ice 
remodeled the house during his ownership. In 
1861 Mr. Kline began tanning at Snydertown, in 
1868 putting up the present tannery buildings 
there, replacing tin- original buildings of an early 
tannery. lie continued in this business for a 
period of six years, until the end of 1ST-'!. Mi'. 
Kline'- substantia] success entitles him to a fore- 
n!i.-i place among the business men of his section, 
where he is regarded as a man of excellent judg- 
ment ami ability. In the conduct of borough af 
fairs he has for years been a well known figure, 
lie has been a member of the board of school direct- 
ors, ami served some years as secretary of thai 
bodv: he was the first chief burgess elected in 
Snvdertown, held the office for six d ars in suc- 



cession, and later was elected lor another two 
years. The mere record of the positions to which 
he has been chosen is sufficient evidence of the 
esteem and popularity he enjoys among hi- Eellow- 
meii. He ha- been one of the most prominent cit- 
izens of Snvdertown since its organization. It is 
the largest borough in area in the State, though 
the populat ion is but four hundred. Politii 
Mr. Kline is a Republican. 

In January, 1860, Mr. Kline married Marj 
Margaret Wolverton. who was horn March 13, 
L838, and died duly 2, 1886, tin' mother of | 
children: One that died in infancy; Charles II.. 
also deceased in infancy; and George W., who is 
located at Eleventh ami Wolverton streets, Sun- 
bury. On Feb. 19, 1890, Mr. Kline married i -■ 
ond i Margaret E. Moore, daughter of James R. 
and Priseilla (Martini Moore, of Snydertown, 
who had the following children: James A.. John 
M.. .lane E., Rebecca M., Perry M. and Mar. 
F. Mr. and Mrs. Kline have no children. Mr. 
Kline and his family are Methodists, prominent 
members of the church at Klinesgrove, which Mr. 
Kline served on the hoard of trustees contin- 
uously from 1866 to 1908, being also secretary 
id' that board. He has long been regarded a- one 
of the pillars of the church, and is highly respi i 
ed among its membership. 

JAMES I,'. MOORE, the father of Mrs. William 
F. Kline, was the son of John Moore, who came 
from New Jersey at an early date ami settled in 
what is now Rush township, where he purchasei 
farm. He died upon his farm at the age of fifty 
years and is buried in a grave yard near Deib 
station in Shamokin township. Tie married Rebec- 
ca, daughter of James Moore, and they had these 
children: John. James R., Rebecca, Mary, Anna. 
Miriam. Samuel and Hannah. 

James II. Moore, father of Mrs. Kline. «;i- 
born in Rush township Feb. '.'. L805, and died at 
Olathe, Johnson Co., Kan-.. July 2, 1885. He 
was reared upon the home farm ami in the year of 
1846 went to Morrow county, Ohio, where he fol- 
lowed farming, ami remained until 1872, when he 
went to Olathe, Kans., and there he continued to 
farm. He married Priseilla, daughter .if Atchin- 
son Martin, w ho died in Kansas. They had thesi 
children : James A.. John M.. -lane K.. Rebecca 
M.. Perry M. and Margaret I-:.. now the wife of 
William F. Kline. 

KLASE. The family history in this article on 
the Klases was contributed by Mr. John Hower 
Klase, "f Snvdertown. who intends to amplify it 
and complete the records as tune and opportunity 

permit. liar!', records ill hi- HOD -how 

considerable variation in the spelling 

The German forms are Kloss, Klesz, Kloesz. T 

Anglicized spelling John Klase (Johafl 



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Kloess) appears in the tax record of 1773 for 
Bethlehem township, Northampton Co., Pa., and 
the form- Clase, Glase, Glos, Glosz and Kleiss are 
all found. 

On Nov. 22, L752, one "Johonas Kins-" landed 
in Philadelphia from the ship "Phoenix," Reuben 
Hotter, captain, from Rotterdam and ('owes. The 
emigration records of Philadelphia show Klosses 
here much earlier, as early as 1732, who evidently 
yvere of the same family, as they all settled to the 

i!i of Philadelphia, where they had land grants 

-ii n rwil. Bui this Johanas Kloss is the earliest ar- 
rival to whom the family here under consideration 
can be traced. His family can be very easily traced 
from the records appearing at Eastern, Pa. II' 1 
lived and 'iicd near Bethlehem, and his will, on 
record al Easton, makes grants to i he follow ing 
nine children (who were to receive £5,000 in mon- 
ey besides land-): Valentine, Philip, John, Jr., 
Jacob, Catharine, Michael, Elizabeth (married 
Michael Young), Annie Marie and Christiana. 
The dates of birth and death of "Johon" Klase are 
at presenl net known, but he was still living in the 
year 1804, when he and his wife Catharine appear 
as witnesses at the christening of cue of Valen- 
tine's daughters, Mary Eva, who later married 
Solomon Fegley, father id' George K. Peg 

Valentine Klase, the eldest son of Johonas and 
the head of the family located in Northumberland 
county, Pa., was a resident id' Northampton coun- 
ty, near Bethlehem, win re he owned a farm of two 
hundred acres on what is known as the Dry Land. 
Tins farm appears on the tax list of Bethlehem 
township in 1788, and its location i- known to the 
family, the Klase burying ground being on this 
farm. Valentine Klase married Mary Eva Smit- 
ten, who was born Oct. 1. 1766, and died at Sny- 
dertown, Northumberland Co.. Pa., on the old 
homestead, Aug. V. 1838; -he i- buried in St. 
John's Lutheran cemetery near Snydertown. The 
children of Valentine and Mary Eva were: Jacob, 
Abraham, Michael. Valentine, dr.. Henry, Mary 
Eva and Catharine, all horn in Bethlehem town- 
ship. Northampton county. In the year 1753 
Valentine took out a warrant for fifty acre- of 
land in Northampton county. In the year 1778 he 
entered the service of the Continental army, in 
Captain Reeser's It'n Company of Militia, from 
Fork- township, Northampton county. Pa., 5th 
Battalion: ordered to march July 30, 1778 (Penn- 
sylvania Archives. Second Series. Vol. 14, Page 
591 ) : for which service he was given a grant of 
land, which he never took up. Valentine Klase 
was a farmer up to the time of his death, which oc- 
curred some time between April 12th — when he 
made his will — and May 18th, 1812, when his will 
was probated at Easton, Pa. After the Indian 
troubles had been settled in the northern sections 
of the State and the land- of the last Indian pur- 
chase opened for settlement, he joined himself to 



others of Northampton county and came to fort 
Augusta, or what is now known as Sunburv. Pa., 
and entered into the purchasing of lands. About 
eight miles east of Sunburv he purchased 950 acres 
with an allowance of ''',,, per cent for roads, mak- 
ing 1,000 acres all told. This land lay north of 
the old Leading road, at what is known as Ston- 
ington, comprising a strip nearly one mile wide 
running north to the northern boundary of Sny- 
dertown borough, including what are now the lands 
of John Klase. William Garrow, Jesse Gonsar, 
Jacob Gonsar, II. A. Pensyl, Charles Snyder, ami 
Jake Klase's farm, and part of tin/ Fox farm. 
This tract had been surveyed at an earlier date ami 
was known as the Banover Manor. Same was 
sold to Lewis Dewart and Jacob Snyder, from 
whom Valentine Klase purchased. Jacob Snyder 
erected the first burr mill and saw mill at Snyder- 
town, located on the site of the present mill owned 
h\ Grant Gonsar. The -aid Jacob Snyder was also 
the founder of Snydertown, Pa. [for above see 
die. I ,,i Valentine Kloss]. The date of this pur- 

e by Valentine Klase was L811, as recorded in 
the recorder's office at Sunburv, Pa. After buy- 
ing this land he returned to Bethlehem, with the 
intention of moving here, but meeting with an ac- 
cident he died. His will bequeathed this land to 
lii- willow" and children to he held by them as 
tenants in common, and he appointed his widow. 
Mary Eva, Jacob, Henry, Abraham, children, and 
John Smith, brother-in-law, a- administrators "I' 
- i state, both in Northampton county and North- 
umberland county. He al-o stipulated in his will 
that the land in Northumberland county should 
not be sold before six years after hi> death. Some 
of the family were not suited with the land and 

requested the -ale of si so mi March 10. L816, 

four year- after the purchase of the land, the Leg- 
islature of Pennsylvania passed an act for its spe- 
cial disposal. After this. Iiaving been advertised 

four weeks in a paper published at Easton, Pa., 
it was sold to John Smith, one of the adminis- 
trators, for $11,067.67. The tract was now par- 
- ed out to the following: Jacob, who took the 
southern part, about 200 acres; Valentine, Jr., 
centra] part, ".'on acre-: John Smith. 200 acres of 
northern part; Abraham, one half of the western 
pait (joining John Smith), consisting of von 
acres; the balance being -old to different parties. 
I'iie part that Abraham owned consisted princi- 
pally of the land bought of Jacob Snyder. 
Michael. Henry. Eva and Catharine received their 
share in money. Of this family we have tin* fol- 
low ing record : 

Jacob Klase. son of Valentine, Sr., born oear 
Bethlehem, Pa., dan. 28. 1790, died March is. 
1870, and was buried in St. John's cemetery near 
Snydertown, Pa. He cleared the greater part of 
hi- land for farming, which lie followed through- 
out his life, and it was also the occupation of In- 



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family. They were noted for their hospitality. 
Be buill a stone house at Stonington, which is still 
standing, in a good slate of preservation, and 
buill a sawmill on the stream running past the 
house. He married Polly Schweitzer and had 
these children: (1) Mary. (2) Catharine, horn 
in 1817, married Jacob Weaver, and died in L899. 
She is buried at Rush Presbyterian chinch, in 
Rush township. They lived near Rushtown, Pa. 
Mr. and Mrs. Weaver had the following children: 
Mary, born in 1834, died in 1889 (buried in Rush 
Presbyterian cemetery), who married William 
Cunningham and had Catharine (married S. 
Bailey and had one child, < leorge E.), ( ;. S. ( mar- 
ried Margarel Gulick, and had children. ('. Louis, 
Sarah E., Margarel V and Dessie Marione; G. S. 
Cunningham is living on the old homestead, where 
he is following farming) and Sarah G. (who 
married Rev. Thomas Kerr and they have one 
child, Kathrcn ) : Elizabeth, who married a Mr. 
.Miller and had children, Frank", Warren. Charles. 
Jennie and Samuel; Kate, who married a Mr. 
Bartlet and had one child, Oliver (they live at 
West Pittston, Pa.); and Harriet, horn'in 1835, 
who died in 1909 and is buried in Rush Presby- 
terian church cemetery. (3) Elizabeth was born 
at Stonington, Pa., and died at New Media. Pa., 
aged ninety-two years. (I) Solomon, born at 
Stonington, Pa., died while living at the farm. 
(5) Jacob died unmarried, (<>) Annie Marie 
married a Mr. Lamcrson and lived at Danville, 
where she died. There were no children. (7) 
Leonard died as the result id' an accident al the 
sawmill, lie was unmarried. (S) Samuel is liv- 
ing at Catawissa, Pa., now (lull) in his eighty- 
fourth year. After selling the farm at Stoning- 
ton he moved to New Media, Pa., where he also 
owned a farm, which he sold in 1905. (9) Wil- 
helmina, horn at Stonington; died unmarried. 

Abraham Klase, son of Valentine, Sr., was horn 
in 1792, died in 1850, and is buried in SI. John's 
Lutheran cemetery ai Snydertown. He made use 
of the western half of the northern part of the 
land purchased by his father, consisting of that 
part boughl of Jacob Snyder, whereon was the 
Lji'Miuill and sawmill, and besides following 
farming he operated the mill for several years. 
Meantime he buill a house near the null, and then 
sold the mill to Samuel Gonsar, whose heirs own 
the same, lie married Elizabeth Smith, and they 
had the following children : (1) Hannah married 
George Erieger. CM Prank Klase died in Sham- 
okin township. (3.) Matilda married 'Samuel 
Yetter. ( I) Catharine married a Mr. Brobst and 
moved to Iowa. (5) Eliza married Daniel 
Weaver. (6) William died in California. (7) 
Abraham, horn in 1819, .lied in 1885, and is 
buried at Shamokin. Tie married Catharine Mil- 
ler, horn in 1819, died in 1891, buried at Sham- 
okin, and they had the following children: George 



Washington, horn in 1843, who married Iluldah 
Clark, died in 1908; Amanda, horn in 1844, 
died in 1907; Regina Catharine, born in 1846, 
married A. G. Goodwill; Thomas Jefferson, bora 
in 1849, married Sue E. Bolieh; Martha Chan 
entine, horn in 1851, married A. E. Shissler: 
Franklin Pierce, bora in 1853, died in L854; Mary 
Elizabeth, horn in is:,:,, died in 1S7!) : Addison 
Miller, born in is:,;, died in lss| : [da Rebecca, 
horn in 1859, married W. F. Goodwill; James 
Buchanan, horn in 1861, married Mattie Apple- 
gate. (S) Solomon 1'. was horn June 28, L831. 

Solomos I'. Klase, son of Abraham, bora 
June 28, is:;i. in Shamokin township, is now liv- 
ing retired at the borough of Snydertown. lie be- 
came familiar with farm work in boyhood, and 
when eighteen years old commenced to learn the 
trades of stone mason and stone cutter, which he 
continued to follow until several years ago, giving 
up active work in L900. lie ha,l an excellent rep- 
utation for first-class workmanship, and among 
other undertakings intrusted to him may he men- 
tioned the building of St. Edward's Catholic 
church at Shamokin. of which he had charge as 
superintendent. Mr. Klase is a veteran of the 
Civil war. having entered the Hnion service in 
1862 as a member of Company C (largely re- 
cruited from the territory about Snydertown). 
1.31st Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, under 
Capt. Thomas R. Jones, lie served as corporal. 
He completed a nine months' term, 11111-111": which 
he took pari in the fights at Antietam, Fredericks- 
burg and Chancellorsv ille. lie is a member of O. 
A. E. I'ost Xo. 335, at Sunbury. Politically Mr. 
Klase is a Democrat, and he has taken consider 
able interest in the welfare of his party and the 
affairs of the borough, where he has been ehosen 
for the offices of councilman and tax collector. He 
is ; i member of the Lutheran Church. 

On Nov. 26, IS.", I. Mr. Klase married Jane 
Wittington, who was horn Jan. 1. ls:i |. daughter 
of Jacob Wittington, and died Feb. 19, 1900. His 
second marriage on May II. 1901, was to Sarah 
Evert, daughter iof Isaac Tribley. Mr. KJase 

reared James Mclirido. who is mm a resident of 
Shamokin. 

Henry Klase. son of Valentine, Sr.. was bora 
near Bethlehem, Northampton Co., Pa., settled at 
Snydertown in 1817, and (here conducted a gen- 
era] store, hauling his merchandise from load 
me; ami Philadelphia, by wagon and team. IF 
mm, ved from there to Danville. Pa., w here he died. 
He married Sallie Smith, daughter of John Smith, 
and had the following children : .!<--,■; Mary Jane. 
Mrs. Kesler: Henry: Jacob, and Wellington. 

Jesse, who now live- ;ii Danville, is one of the 

committee of fen of the Klase Family Reunion. 

Michael Klase. son of Valentine, Sr., was bora 
Sept. I. 1794, in Bethlehem township, Northamp- 
ton county, W hen the other 1 hildren came to 



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Northumberland county he concluded to stay at 
the old home. He married and had three chil- 
dren: Daniel. Joseph and William. He paid a vis- 
i: to Ins brethren living in Northumberland coun- 
ty and while on the trip took sick at the home of 
Jacob Klase. where he died. Feh. 22, 1852. His 
.children lived at Allentown and Bethlehem, where 
his descendants are still found. Michael Klase is 
buried in the Klase row in St. John's Lutheran 
cemetery at Snydertown. 

( atharine Klase. daughter of Valentine, was 
born in Bethlehem township. Northampton Co.. 
Pa., Sept. 12, 1796, died June 30, 1875, and is 
buried at St. Jacob's church, near Reed's station, 
in Northumberland county. She married Felix 
i. and early in life moved to Mount Carmel, 
where they engaged in keeping hotel. For a long 
time This was the only house of public entertain- 
menl in Mount Carmel. According to a reference 
in the Northumberland county history they had 
an important hotel stand. Located almosl midway 
between Sunbury and Pottsville, and on the orig- 
inal Indian trail leading to Philadelphia, they saw 
numbers of the red nun as they passed the place. 
Later they conducted a hotel at Paxinos, Pa. 
Their children were: Susan, who married Amos 
Vastine; Benjamin, who lived at Stonington, Pa.; 
Abraham, who lived at Mount Carmel: Sebella, 
who married Jacob Tribley and lived near Ston- 
<n (they were the parents of Rev. D. B. Trib- 
ley, minister of the Lutheran Church at Miuers- 
ville) : and William IL. the youngest, -till living 
at Mount Carmel. the oldest settler living there 
to-day, who, though in his eighty-fourth year, con- 
duets a store and is very bright for a man of his 
pears 

Mary Eva Klase. daughter of Valentine, Sr., 
was born Dec: 20, 1803, died Feh. 13, 1887, and 
is buried at the Blue church near Paxinos. Pa. 
On Fee. 7, 1823, she married Solomon Fegley, and 
they subsequently purchased a farm on what is 
known at present as the Reading road, three miles 
ueM of Paxinos. which they owned for several 

ars. At the end of that time they sold it and 
purchased a place just north on the Center turn- 
pike. Mr. Fegley followed farming nearly his 
whole life, in his early years being occupied to 
some extent in coal mining and railroad building. 
Mr. and Mrs. Fegley had the following children: 
Eliza; Valentine: Rosana, Mrs. Sober: Catharine, 
Mrs. McWilliams : Caroline, who married Wil- 
loughby Hass; William: Harriet: Ellen, Mrs. Mc- 
Williams: Mary; Eva: George K.. living at pres- 
ent at Shamokin. Pa., who is a member of Lin- 
> ..It] Post, G. A. TL. has served as sheriff of North- 
umberland county one term and has been active 
in politics for a number of years (he at present is 
?urer of the Klase Family Reunion); and 
H. K. 

II. K. Feglev. son of Solomon, was born March 



15, 1836, and died Aug. 11. 1910. At an early 
age he went to Sunbury. where he was employed 
by John W. Fry ling in his store. He next engaged 
in merchandising, which he carried on -tie: -- 
fully, and later built a nail mill, in the east end 
of Sunbury. which prospered also. Mr. Fegley 
married Mary O'Brien, of Washington. D. C, and 
their surviving children are: William, who is en- 
gaged in electrical operations in Topeka, Kan-.: 
Mrs. J. A. Lamb, living at Sunbury. Pa.: and 
Mrs. William Colhoun. of Sunbury. 

Valentine Klase, dr.. son of Valentine, Sr., was 
born in Bethlehem township, Northampton ( ".. 
Pa., July 13, 1799, and died April 20, 1872; be 
is buried in St. John's cemetery at Snydertown. 
He married Mary Baker, of Milton, Pa., where 
she was horn Feb. 6, 1794, her family being pi- 
in that section. Mrs. Klase died 
Feb. 11. L884, and is buried in St. John's ceme- 
tery. Mr. and Mrs. Klase settled on a tract of 
land one mile south of Snydertown. same beii 
part of the purchase of Valentine Klase. Sr. Here 
in 1817 they erected a log house and barn, which 
is still -landing and in a good -i i e ■ preserva- 
tion: it is now owned by Charles Snyder, who at 
present owns part of this farm, located a short 
distance south of Snydertown. They cleared the 
land of timber and started farming, which was 
Mr. Klase's occupation until the time of his death. 
In 1823 lie erected a distillery for the manufac- 
ture of liquors. In looking over some of his pa- 
pers we find the price for the distilling of one 

- el of rye was twenty-five cents: whiskey sold 
for forty ceins per gallon. Valentine Klase was 
also engage in the cutting of timber and its 
manufacture into lumber. He owned a tm< 
timber land on Fishing creek, in Columbia coun- 
ty. Pa., the timber for which was sawed up and 
rafted down the creek to the river, thence to Sun- 
bury, where it was disposed of. He was a progres- 
- i man. a- i^ shown by the- fact that he was a 
strong advocate of the free school system. On elec- 
tion day he rode eight miles through eighteen 
inches of freshly fallen snow to cast his vote for 
free school-, being the only one to go from Snyder- 
town. Tin- election carried for free schools by a 
majority of one. so bis efforts were not wasted. 
About the first school held in Snydertown was a 
subscription -chool held at his house for several 
winter-. Jacob Snyder, tin- founder of Snyder- 
town. left a pl.t of ground for school purposes 
Valentine Klase was one of three trustees ap- 
pointed to hold this land 'and they filled this trust 
till there was a regular school board elected by 
Shamokin township, after which the same was 

turned over to them. T rs relative to this 

are .-till in existence. 

On the farm which Valentine Klase owned was 
what was considered to lie a valuable mineral de- 
posit. This was tested for oil in 1869 to a depth of 



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600 Eeet, by drillings. In 1887 it was again tested, 
to a depth of 3,200 feet, for the same purpose, 
neither test showing any signs of oil. On this 
farm is found a mineral spring the waters of 
which may be drunk of freely by man. but the 
same is death to small animals, as they succumb 
almosl .1- soon as they touch the water. The com- 
piler has seen as many as a half dozen dead in it 
.ii one.', some having died apparently just before 
his coming. 

Valentine, Jacob and Henry Klase, along with 
John Smith and Samuel Hoover, were the found- 
ers of St. John's Lutheran Church at Snyder- 
town, which church was erected jointly by Luth- 
erans and those of the German Reformed faith, 
in 1821. 

All the generation of the suns and daughters of 
Valentine Klase, Sr., have passed away. They 
were among the early settlers of Snydertown and 
vicinity, living there and raising families who were 
honest, upright, stalwart men and women. They 
nut only cleared the ground but improved it, 
fought Kack the wolves and panthers, and saw all 
the wild animals depart gradually for thicker for- 
es! lands. The record of the children of Valen- 
tine Klase. Jr., is a- follow - : 

i 1 i ( latharine Klase, daughter of Valentine, Jr., 
martied Abraham Etimert. The] owned and lived 
mi a farm one mile west of Stonington, on the 
Center turnpike, and were engaged in farming 
until the time of his death, which occurred ?erj 
suddenly while he was on a trip to Sunbury. They 
had the following children: David: Martin; Valen- 
tine; Albert; Samuel: Mandis; Mary, who mar- 
ried John Savage and lived in Sunbury; .lane. 
Mrs. Koons, who lives in Watsontown, La.: and 
Anna. Mr-. Hoff. Abraham and Catharine Eim- 
ert ate buried at St. John's Lutheran cemetery, 
Snydertown. 

CM Eva Klase, daughter of Valentine, Jr., was 
born at the homestead at Snydertown and died in 
Ohio. She married George William Lerch and 
early in life they moved to Canton. Ohio, where 
he purchased a farm, which they cultivated until 
his death. They had eleven children, all of whom 
\wie living at the time of the fiftieth anniversary 
of their parent-' wedding, which was celebrated on 
Feb. t. 1891 

(3) John Klase, son of Valentine. Jr.. was born 
Oct. 3, 1821, at the homestead in Shamokin town- 
ship, and died May 12, 1906. lie is buried in St. 
John's Lutheran cemetery, Snydertown. When 
John Klase was but sixteen years of age lie would 
drive a four-horse team to Pottsville, Pa., with a 
load of produce. The trip would take from three to 
four days. Arriving at Mount Carmel, he would 
stay over night, stopping with Felix Lerch, his 
uncle. This hotel being very often crowded, he 
like others would mil up in sheepskin robes and 
sleep on the bar-room floor. At this time there 



were practically do houses after leaving the Weigh 
Scales, near Shamokin, till near Pottsville, and 
he has related how the deer often crossed 
in droves, and toward evening the howl o 
cats and panthers could be heard. While be was 
still a boy .Mr. Arnold shol a panther that 
mred nine feet in length, within a half mile 
of the house, and one morning when sent on 
bring in the horses he found a large black beat 
the pasture fields: the animal scampered awat al 
hi- approach. In his early life he began t 
of music, in which he excelled considering the 
itations of the time-, and he taught singing liool, 
was musician for the military company during the 
battalion days, and led the choir of the Luth 
Church at Snydertown lor forty years. His op- 
portunities for obtaining an education were very 
meager. After attending subscription school sev- 
eral month- during the winter, he had the advan- 
tage "f one winter at an academy in Bethlehem. Pa. 
lie had charge of his father'- lumber interests on 
Fishing creek in Columbia county, where he man- 
ufactured lumber, rafting tin' same down to Sun- 
bury. Buying a piece of land, which now- form- a 
pari of the farm owned by Henry Pensyl, of Ston- 
ington, lie cleared it and farmed there to tin | 
of his marriage. Nov. 8, 1849, to Margaret Evert, 
daughter of Solomon and Rachel (Lorman) Evert, 
of Snydertown. After marriage he moved on 
farm of Mr. Evert, for whom he farmed ten .ear-. 
Then he and his brother Valentine purchased 
John Smith farm, a half mile east of Snydertown, 
which they farmed in partnership for a number of 
rears, at the end id' which period John Klase 
bought Valentine's interest ami continued to live 
on the farm till the time of his death. He was a 
member of St. John's Lutheran Chun Si der- 

town, having joined the congregation when - - 
enteen years of age. under the pastorate of Rev. Mr. 
Shindel. In 1845 he joined Mount Taber Lod 
Odd fellows, located at Shamokin, and several 
years later he and several other- succeeded in s 
ting Shamokin Valley Lodge. No. 527, 1. 0. 0. I'".. 
organized at Snydertown, Mr. Klase being oni 
the charter members. He passed a i lairs, 

was secretary for twenl -ion, and 

helped to build the new odd bellow- Hall more 
than fifty year- after the organization. John 
Klase was one id' the foi en of 1 

in his active oar-, identified with many p 

the life of the community, lie was oi E the iir-t 

-i I directors to serve in 3 iwn borough, 

and held several other boro Bees. He was 

n,,t only trusted and r< iy his fellovi 

izens. bul : their affectionate i i an 

unusual di ild and voting alike addressing 

him familiarly as ■•uncle,- On Mo 
and his w ife M i ited their fiftieth an- 

niversary ] iration was 

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and Mrs. Klase were married by R. A. Fisher, and 
on the occasion of the golden wedding Rev. Mr. 
Wampole, of Shamokin, I'a., was present and gave 
a very interesting talk to the guests. Mrs. Klase 
is now living with her son John. She has reached 
the age of eighty. John and Margaret Klase had 
the following children: (1) Sallie J., born Nov. 
21, 1852, died Aug. 8, 1897. She married Dr. G. 
A. Smith, son of Daniel Smith, of Snydertown, 
and they lived lor ;i short time at Ilartleton, Pa., 
thence moving to Liberty. Tioga <o.. I'a.. where 
the Doctor built up a very lucrative practice. He 
is still living there. .Mrs. Smith came home to vis- 
it her father in the summer of 1897, while he was 
sick, and taking sick while there died at hi- home. 
She i- buried in St. John's Lutheran cemetery at 
Snydertown. She had three children: Bertha »... 
who is a graduate of the Mansfield State normal 
school, and has been teaching for a number of win- 
ters very successfully; Arthur A.. who graduated 
from Bucknell University and later studied law. 
which he is now practicing in Williamsport, where 
he makes his home (he married Alta Shae) ; and 
Leon, who is at home with bis father and is at- 
tending school. ( '.' ) Solomon Ellis, eldesi -on of 
John Klase. was bom at Snydertown. Nov. 12, 
1854, ami as a boy worked on bis father's farm 
during tin' summer months, going to the public 
school during the winter seasons. When twenty he 
attended the Elysburg Academy one or two terms, 
after which he taught public school several terms. 
When fourteen years of age he joined Si. John's 
Lutheran Church anil at once became active in 
both Sunday school and church work, lie has a 
fine record as superintendent of the Sunday school, 
which position he has filled for twenty-five years 
in succession without missing one Sunday in at- 
tendance, lie married Flora Deibler, daughter of 
Jonosoe B. Deibler. of Snydertown, and is living 
at present on the homestead farm of John Klase. 
where he has erected a house and barn, being half 
owner of the homestead. Mr. and Mrs. Klase had 
two children. Mabel, who died at the age of six- 
teen, and Myrle, who is living at home. (•'!) John 
Hower. 

John Howeb Klase, youngesl -on of John 
Klase, was horn March 6, 1864, at the homestead 
at Snydertown. As a boy he worked on the farm 
during the summer months, going to school during 
the winter terms, until sixteen years of age, when 
he went to the Missionary Institute at Selinsgrove 
for one term, thence going to New Berlin for two 
.terms. He then helped to build the Philadelphia 
& Reading railroad through Snydertown. and in 
the year 1884 graduated from the Woods Com- 
mercial College, Williamsport. Immediately 
thereafter lie started cutting and manufacturing 
timber for the coal mines, continuing this lm>i- 
ness alone for five years, when he entered into a 
copartnership with Luther Cooper and enlarged 



the scope of his operations, manufacturing lum- 
ber for all general purpose-. After cutting and 
manufacturing timber for two years in the south- 
ern part of Northumberland county, Mr. Klase 
bought out Mr. Cooper's interest and connected 
himself with S. Bailey, of Danville, Pa., with 
whom he entered into the manufacture of lum- 
ber on an extensive scale in Pern. Juniata. Hunt- 
ingdon and Franklin counties, in which region he 
spenl five years. In 1891 he took a half interesl 
in the homestead farm, which he and his brother 
Ellis bought, later on. each having half of the 180 
acres. He is living at the present time on the old 
homestead farm, in the house built by John Smith 
in the year 1815; it is a stone house, and the 
wall- are a- -olid a- the day the\ were completed. 
John Smith, a brother-in-law of Valentine Klase 
and one of hi- administrator-, lived and died on 
this farm and raised his family there, lie was 
the progenitor of the Smith descendants now in 
that community. He and hi- wife are buried in 
St. John'- cemetery at Snydertown. At his death 
the farm wa- purchased by John Klase and Valen- 
tine, his brother. John Hower Klase is at present 
engaged in farming ami the raisin" of market 
truck, taking special interest in the hybridizing 
of grains and small fruits, in which line he has 
had very good results, in the way of producing 
much hardier species. 

On June 12, 1889, Mr. Klase married Elizabeth 
L. Miller, daughter of Christian and Esther 
( Reed ) Miller, of Paxinos, I'a.. and they have had 
two children, both living: Myrtle May, born April 
It;. 1890, attended public school till seventeen years 
of age, taught Hills school one term, and then 
entered the Bloomsburg State normal school, where 
-he graduated in July. 1910; she is engaged in 
tea. lung at the present time. Maud Esther, the 
younger daughter, horn Feb. '.'i. 1894, attended 
public school till sixteen years of age and at tile 
present time is attending Blxxknsburg State nor- 
mal school, being a member of the class of 1912. 

Mr. Kla-c i- a member of St. John's Lutheran 
Church, and for a number of years was a teacher 
of the male Bible class in the Lutheran Sunday 
school. In 1885 lie joined Shamokin Valley Lodge. 
No. 527, I. <>. <>. F.. of Snydertown. which was 
organized in 1856, and has gone through all the 
degrees; has represented the lodge at the annual 
meeting of the grand lodge several time-: has been 
a representative of his lodge to the Odd Fellows' 
Orphans' Home Association for eight years; has 
served there on the Property committee three 
years, and at present is serving as chairman of the 
hoard of trustees, taking a particular interest in 
the welfare of the home. He joined Royal Ar- 
canum Lodge No. 945, at Sunbury, where he con- 
tinues his membership at the present time, lie i- 
also a member of the ]'. 0. S. of A. He was one 
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and has been active in the work since its establish- 
ment, having been firsi secretary of same and 
historian, lie has served his fellow citizens as 
member of the si I I board and of the town coun- 
cil, as auditor, constable and borough officer. Po- 
litically he is a Democrat. 

(4) Levina Klase, daughter of Valentine, Jr., 
was born at the home near Snydertown; she mar- 
ried Isaac Boughner and they moved early in life 

to Ma Mich., where they engaged in farming 

to the end of their days. They had the following 
children: Jefferson, George, Clara. Bell and Hen- 
ryetta. all living in Michigan as far as known. 

(5) Hannah Klase, daughter of Valentine, Jr., 
was born at the homestead farm near Snydertown. 
She married Daniel Donbach, and the} moved to 
Ringtown, Schuylkill county, where they resided to 

the lii »f her death. Their children were as Eol- 

lows: Catharine, the eldest, married Joseph Kling- 
erman and they moved to Beaver Meadow, where 
he was an employee of the Philadelphia & Reading 
Railroad Company; George, a college graduate, for 
several years was engaged in missionary work in 
the far West, coming hark to Pennsylvania in 1908 
ami engaging in contracting and building at 
Shamokin, where he now resides; Laura, youngest 
daughter of Mrs. Hannah Donbach, is living at 
presenl at Ringtown, Pa., taking care of her father, 
who has become an invalid. 

(li) Susan Klase. daughter of Valentine. Jr., 
was bom at the homestead near Snydertown Dee. 
12, 1833. She received a meager education in her 
youth, attending public school for a few months 
during the winter. In September, 1855, she mar- 
ried George C. Adams, of Ralpho township, son of 
Casper Adams. For several years they lived in 
Snydertown, until Mr. Adams bough! the Adams 
homestead farm in Ralpho township, Northum- 
berland county, to which they moved in 1863, re- 
siding there till the time of Mr. Adams's death. He 
was an active member of and worker in the Ger- 
man Reformed Church, where he held the office of 
deacon for a long time, and he is buried at the 
Blue church near Paxinos. Since his death Mrs. 

Adam- has I n living mostly with her son, G. G. 

Adams, and daughter Mahala. She is a member 
of the German Reformed Church. Mr. and Mrs. 
Adams had the following children: Alvin, who 
met with an accident on the railroad that caused 
his death; Leannah, who married Francis Barrel! 
and they reside at Reading, Pa.; Mahala, married 
to Charles Paul, and residing at Paxinos, Pa. (they 
have one child, Belva, who married Grant Vought, 
now of Emporium, Pa., and has one child) ; and 
General G., youngesl son, horn in Balpho town- 
ship. As a boy General G. Adams worked on the 

farm during the summer months, attending scl 1 

in the winter, lie married Sadie Miller, daughter 
of Christian and Esther (Eeed) Miller, of Pax- 
inos, and after his marriage purchased a store m 



Snydertown. which he conducted for several years. 
Selling it he bought the homestead farm, and en- 
gaged in farming for several years, then conduct- 
ing the hotel at Paxinos lor three vears. lie nexi 
bought Hie "Elysburg Hotel." which he enlarged 
and there he and his wife reside at the |, resent 
time, conducting the hotel alone with their farm. 
They have one chilil. George Hatton, w ho i< at 
home with them. 

(?) Sallie Klase. daughter of Valentine, Jr., 
was hum at the homestead at Snydertown. She 
married Noah Ware and they lived mosl of their 
lives in the northern end of Northumberland coun- 
ty. They had four children: William, who is em- 
ployed conducting a sawmill in operation near 
Catawissa, Pa.: Benjamin, who is married ami 
lives near Washingtonville, 1'a. : Jefferson, who 
is married and lives at Three Rivers, Mich.; ami 
Maryann, who married Albert Hill and resides 
at Milton. Pa. (they have two children I. 

(8) Valentine Klase, son of Valentine, Jr., was 
born at the homestead near Snydertown, in 1830, 
ami died in 1891 at Snydertown, where he is buried 
at St. John's Lutheran cemetery. During his early 
boyhood he worked on the farm during the sum- 
mer months, attending school a (nv months in 
the wintertime. When a young man he learned 
the blacksmith's trade at Snydertown. lie married 
Sophia Evert, daughter of Solomon and Rachel 
(Loniiaii) Evert. After his marriage he conduct- 
ed a shop for several years in Elysburg, Pa., after 
which he and his brother John boughi the John 
Smith farm in partnership, conducting it I'm- sev- 
eral years. Then Valentine disposed of his tnteresl 
to his In-other John and moved on to the Solomon 
Ever! farm, thence to Snydertown. where he 
erected a house and blacksmith shop, and con- 
tinued to reside till the time of his death, lie was 
a member of the German Reformed Church, and a 
well known man. having served in a number of 
the borough offices. He ami his wife had the fol- 
lowing children: Cordelia married George Albert 
Stattzlc and they reside in Snydertown; they have 
hail children, Nora, Maude and Clifford. Alli>on 
married Lydia Startzle and they reside in Snyder- 
town. John Curtis married Catharine Resler, re- 
sides in Snydertown, and ha- one child. Violet. 
Rodella married George Gross ami they moved to 
Mount Carmel. Pa., where -he died, survived by 

o hilil, Alice. The brothel's John Curtis ami 

Allison Klase were I'm- a number of years in part- 
nership, conducting a threshing outfil ami sawmill, 
I. .tier Allison sold out his interest to John Curtis, 
who is conduct ing same ai preseni 

C.i) William II. Klase, son of Valentine, Jr., was 
born at the homestead near Snydertown Jan. ::. 
is? I. Like the resi of the children of the family 
he was employed mi the farm during his younger 
vears, helping to clear the land in the summi 
time and going to school several month- in the 



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winter. When lie became a young man he learned 
the blacksmith's trade, which he followed for a 
number of years at Snydertown. He married 
Susan Adams, daughter of Casper Adams, of 
Ralpho township, Northumberland county, and 
they resided for a number of years on a farm sit- 
uated on the Center turnpike, about two miles east 
of Stonington. In 1861 he moved to a farm a 
hall' mill/ wesl of Snydertown, which he bought, 
and has made his home there ever since. By his 
first wife lie had two children, of whom Maryetta 
is married to Solomon F. Arnold and resides in 
Snydertown (thej have one child, Lula, who mar- 
ried John Deibler ami has two children, Martin 
and Roberl |. Kiter the death of his first w ife 
William II. Klase married Lena Dunkleberger, by 
which union he had two children: P. C, who is at 
home with his parents; ami Agnes, who married 
.1. G. Quick and has two children living, Leon ami 
Mildred, J. <i. being deceased (they live at Snyder- 
town, Mr. Quick being engaged in contracting ami 
building) . 

William H. Kiase. at the present time of writ- 
ing in his eighty-eighth year, is in general good 
health for his age. He i- a member of the German 
Reformed Church, has held numerous borough of- 
lices. and is highly respected in the community. 
At his home some forty members of the family, in- 
cluding his children, grandchildren, sister Mr-. 
Adams, and other relatives, assembled on Jan. 1, 
1910, to celebrate his eighty-sixth birthday, in hon- 
or of which he was presented a handsome Morris 
chair and other gifts. At this time and place the 
Klase Family Reunion was organized. Solomon F. 
Arnold being elected president and John H. Klase 
secretary. The lime appointed for the first meet- 
ing was July 27, 1910, ami Edgewood park. Sham- 
okin. Pa., the place. 

Klase Family Reunion. — The first annual re- 
union of the Klase family was held at Edgewood 
park, Shamokin. La., on July 27, 1910. The no- 
tices and imitations for this affair were sent out 
to the descendants of Valentine Klase (or Klose), 
Sr.. as at the time there was not a complete rec- 
ord of the children of Johonas Kloss. But since 
he began the compilation of this record Mi-. John 
H. Klase has been able to learn who his children 
were, ami finds that Jacob, one of them, moved to 
Milmont. Ohio, in 1851, taking his family, which 
consisted of sons and daughters. This branch, of 
the familv held its second annual reunion at 
Meadowhrook park. Bascom. Ohio, on Aug. 25, 
1910. Mr. John Lower Klase received an invita- 
tion to same, as be did also to a reunion of the 
Hoover family, one of Johonas' daughters being 
married to Henry Hoover. They lived in North- 
ampton county and are the ancestors of the Hoover 
familv living in Northumberland county. The 
rest of the family of Johonas cannot at presenl he 
located and should this sketch he read by any of 



the descendants Mr. Klase desires them to get into 
communication with him as soon as possible. In- 
vitation to the next annual gathering of the Klase 
Family Reunion will be extended to the descend- 
ants of Johonas Kloss as far as known, every ef- 
fort being made to include all the relatives. 

John Smith, one of the early settlers in Snyder- 
town. Pa., was a brother-in-law to Valentine Klase, 
Si-. Mr. Smith settled here in 1811. and Mr. Klase 
finds from the birth of his oldest daughter that he 
built the stone house wherein Mr. Klase resides 
in L815. So that part of the Klase family very 
probahhj came up at the same time about 1811,. 
and settled on the Valentine Klase tract of land. 

The meeting at Edgewood park, on July 27, 
1910, was attended by about three hundred and 
fifty. Mr. Klase's register showing 320 name-. 
while there were several families that did not reg- 
ister. The meeting was called to order by Presi- 
dent Solomon V. Arnold at 1:30 P. M., and after 
he had stated the object of the gathering a com- 
mittee of ten was appointed to serve for one year 
to complete the organization, viz.: C. F. Lerch, 
Silas Klase, George K. Pegley, Jesse Klase, Felix 
Lerch. Mrs. Alice Price. Mrs. Doll. Goodwill, Mrs. 
.lane Koons, Mrs. Mary Savage. and Rev. 1>. I!. 
Tribley. These elected Solomon V. Arnold, pres- 
ident, John II. Klase. secretary, George K. Feg- 
ley, treasurer, to serve for one year. Rolling Green 
park, near Sunbury, Pa., and the second Wed- 
nesday in August, 1911. were chosen as the next 
place and time of meeting. After these arrange 
incnts had been completed Rev. D. B. Tribley was 
introduced and gave a very interesting address 

treating on t! arly immigration to America, the 

faithful honesty and liberality of the early mem- 
bers of the family. The address was well delivered 
anil received with applause. All present en- 
joyed the occasion. 

In writing the sketch of the Klase family, Mr. 
Klase was hampered very much by want of time, 
being obliged to do most of it after working all 
day on the farm, writing generally for an hour in 
the evening. Where dates of birth and death are 
ict given the same were mi-sing from records lie 
had at this time, and he hopes that all the de- 
scendants of the family will cooperate with him 
by furnishing all available dates and giving him 
any information at their disposal, so that the fam- 
ilv record may be properly completed and pre- 
served for future generations. 

JOHN P.. CRESSINGER, M. D., who practices 
in Sunbury, where he has been located throughout 
bis independent professional career, bears a name 

which has long I n associated with professional 

circles in that borough, where his father has been 
a dental practitioner lor over forty years. The 
family has been established in Pennsylvania for 
over a hundred and fifty years, the branch here 



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under consideration having descended from John 

G ge Cressinger, a German count who emigrated 

to America in L753, he being oi f three broth- 
ers who came to this country, William, John 
George and Henrj . 

John George Cressinger settled in Berks coun- 
ty, Pa. Hi' was an officer of the Continental army 
during the Revolutionary war, taking an active 
pari in many of the battles of that struggle for 
independence, and his wife accompanied him 
through the entire period of his service in thai 
conflict. After its close they came to Northum- 
berland county, Pa., settling in Augusta township, 
where they led long and happy lives, attaining a 
ripe old age. They are buried at the White 
Church, a1 the fool of Trevorton mountain. They 
reared four sons, William. John, George and 
Henry. 

Hem* Cressinger, great-grandfather of Di. 
John B. Cressinger, was an officer in the war of 
[812-15. For many years he lived at the moun- 
tain, near the mouth of Shamokin creek. He 
died Aug. 20, L830, and is buried in the lower 
cemetery at Sunbury. He married Margaret 
Renn, and thej had two sons, John P>. and Barney, 
the latter of whom left Sunbury during the fifties, 
and died in Michigan. 

Rev. John 1>. Cressinger, son of Henry, was born 
Jan. 1. 1812, in Sunbury, Northumberland coun- 
ty, ami lived here many years. He became a min- 
ister 'it the Baptist Church, and in that capacity 
organized and built up several churches, preaching 
in hi- native county until hi? removal to Ohio, in 
October, is is. Here In' passed the remainder of 
his lite, and died May 1. 1895. On July 4. 1831, 
he married Mary Baumgardner, who died April 
21, 1881, at the age of seventy-five years, her 
death being caused by an accident. This couple 
were the parent- of eight children, of whom two 
sons and one daughter died in infancy, four sons 
and one daughter reaching maturity. Of the sons, 
Daniel B. enlisted in 1861 in an Ohio regiment, re- 
ceived an honorable discharge from the army in 
1863, and died soon after his return home, at 
Upper Sandusky. Ohio. Isaac and Jacob R., the 
youngest, were twins. Isaac enlisted in 1862 in 
"Company 0. 23d Ohio Volunteer Infantry, was 
captured ai Harper's Perry and confined at Libby 
and Andersonville, and in the tall of 1863 was ex- 
changed, being subsequently discharged on a sur- 
geon's certificate. In January. 1864, he re-enlisted, 
ami he was killed at the battle of Cedar Creek, 
Va., o,t. L9, 1864. 

Jacob R. Cressinger, I>. D. S., -on of 1,V\ John 
P.. Cressinger, was horn May 31, 184 I. at Sun- 
bury. lie received his early education in the com- 
mon schools and took up the study of dentistry 
with his brother. When the Civil war broke out 
he was a student at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohm 
and he enlisted soon at Cleveland, being mustered 



into the service Aug. 27, 1861, becoming a mem- 
bet of Company E, 11-t ohm Volunteer [nfantry; 
with which he served four years and three months, 
receiving his discharge Nov. 27, 1865. He rose 
to the rank of second lieutenant 1>\ brevet. Dr. 
Cressinger was in active service throughoul the 
war. taking part in the battle of Shiloh and the 
siege of Corinth; was on garrison duty a1 Mur- 
freesboro; in the battles of Perryville and Stone 
River, where he was wounded the second da-. ; was 
on duty at Readyville, Tenn., and in the Tulla- 
homa campaign; took part m the engagement 
Ringgold, Gordon's Mills, Chiekamauga, Brown's 
Perry, Orchard Knob and Mission Ridge; and in 
the expedition to the relief of Knoxville. 
lie was mustered out Dec. 31, is.;:;. : u 
Blain's Cross Roads, veteranizing dan. 1, 
1864; took part in the battle ■>( Dand- 
ridge, Tenn., Jan. 16-17, and on Jan. 17th started 
tor home, on a thirty days" furlough. Rejoining 
his command at Chattanooga, Tenn.. March in. 
1864, he subsequently took part in the battles at 
Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca, Adairsville, Dallas. 
Kenesaw Mountain. Culp's House. Knickajacli 
Creek, Chattahoochee River, Pickett's Mills. Peach 
'Five Creek, Atlanta. Utah Creek. Lovejoy Station 
(Ga.), Columbia, Franklin. Nashville, and in the 
pursuit of Hood to Huntsville, Ala. Thereafter 
he was with his regiment in Texas 

After the war Dr. Cressinger completed his 
preparation tor the dental profession, in Febru- 
ary, 1868, settling in Sunbury, where he has ever 
since been engaged in successful practice. Dr. 
Cressinger is the genealogisl of his family, and 
has made considerable research into its early his- 
tory, which interests him exceedingly, lie has the 
little iron hammer carried by his great-grandfa- 
ther uhde serving in the Revolutionary war. and 
by his grandfather while serving in the war of 
1812, used io sharpen the flints of their guns. 

Dr Cressinger is well known in social and fra- 
ternal circles in Sunbury, being a promineni work- 
er in the G. A. P.. an Odd Fellow and a thirty- 
second-degree Mason. He has been particularly 
active in the Masonic fraternity, in which lie 
a most creditable record oi' service. He was h 
ated in September, is;:;, in old Lodge No. 22, ol 
Sunbury, was crafted in October, Is;:;, and raised 
in November, 1873 ; was elei ted ;e< retai 
body m December, and at the end oi his firs! 
year's set vice declined renominal i 

as he w l-hed to paSS the , hairs, which he did. In 

1885 he was again made secretary, and has fil ed 

the position continuously -i an office which he 

| ias also held in STorthumberland ' No. 

1 ; I. R. .\. M .. com inuouslv since In- ction, 

in 1892. He is a leading men 

Baptist < 'Imi'ch. of w hich he In . J. ,!, on 

thirty six vears. an 

( ]i re , tor for thirty-five years. 



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On May 31, 1869, Dr. Cressinger married, in 
Sunbury, Mary A. Brice, and to them were born 
three children, the daughter, Edna, dying when 
eighteen months old. The two survivors are John 
B. and Horace G., the latter now living in Chicago. 
111., where he is connected with the Rubber Man- 
ufacturing & Distributing Company. 

John B. Cressinger was born in Sunbury Dec. 
27 (St. John's Day i. 1871, and obtained his early 
education in his native place. He graduated from 
the Sunbury high school in 1887, after which he 
took a course at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, 
graduating from that institution in 1893, with the 
degree of Ph. B., and subsequently attending the 
medical department of the University of Penn- 
sylvania for three years, graduating in 1896 with 
i in M. 1 1. degree. For fifteen months after his 
graduation he was resident physician at St. Agni - 
hospital, on Broad and Mifflin streets, Philadel- 
phia, at the end of that period settling in Sun- 
bury, where he has built up an extensive practice. 
He met with encouraging success from the start, 
and has become widely known as an able and faith- 
ful physician, devoted to his work, in which he 
finds his keenest pleasure. He is a man of ath- 
letic build, sis feet, two inches in height, and a 
well known figure on the streets of Sunbury. 

On April 1, 1907, l>r. Cressinger married Eva 
Haas, daughter of John B. Haas, of Sunbury. 

REV. JAMES W. (, II. LANK. D. D., pastor of 
the First Presbyterian Church of Shamokin. 
Northumberland county, has served that charge Eor 
the long period of twenty-two years, having re 
mained ten years from the time he was first in- 
stalled, and at present serving the thirteenth yeaT 
of his second period. 

Dr. Gilland was horn Nov. 24, 1853, in Antrim 
township. Franklin Co., Pa., where h