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mother lived to be one hundred years of age.

Conrad Haas, senior, was a worker in metal,,
and a first-class mechanic. He married Eliza-
beth Gilford, who was also a native of Germany.
The Gilfords are supposed to be of English ex-
traction, who in early days emigrated to Ger-
many and became identified with the country.
In 1848 Mr. and Mrs. Haas emigrated to Amer-
ica, settling in Ithaca, New York. Three chil-
dren were born to them, two of whom are liv-
ing: Charles, of Berwick, Columbia county,
Pennsylvania, and Conrad, junior. Mrs. Haas
passed away in her eighty-fourth year, and her
husband also lived to a good old age.

Conrad Haas, son of Conrad and Elizabeth
(Gilford) Haas, at the age of three years re-
moved with his parents to Luzerne county.
Pennsylvania, where he was reared and edu-
cated in the common schools. In earlv life he
learned the trade of plumber, gasfitter and boiler
maker, and is an expert in metal work of any
kind. While learning his trade he worked in
four different states and for various firms, thus
observing the methods of others and acquiring
knowledge that would be valuable to him in
later years. In 1880 he opened a hardware store
in Hazleton, which he conducted successfully
for twenty years. Mr. Haas is now engaged in
the wholesale liquor and inineral water business,
in which he is eminently successful. Besides
his other various business interests he conducted
an ice plant, which has proved a profitable busi-
ness. He is one of the respected and progress-
ive men of the borough, is a member of the
Brotherhood of the Union, and while in Hazleton
was a member of the council.

In 1871 Mr. Haas married Elizabeth Mei-
krantz, and their children were Henry, Conrad
Elizabeth and Minnie. In 1900. at the death of
his son-in-law, Mr. Creasey. 'Sir. Haas took
charge of his extensive bottling plant, of which
he is now manager and part owner.

WILLIAM TASKER. The coal industry
of the county numbers among its forces no one
more trusted and efficient than William Tasker,
of Moosic. He is a .son of John and Sarah
(Horton) Tasker, both natives of England.
Their children were : James, Sarah, deceased :
William, mentioned hereafter ; Kate, and Susan.
All the living members of this family came to
the United States and reside in Durvea and its



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vicinity. Airs. Tasker, the mother, died in 1870,
in her native land, and the father, at the age of
seventy-four years emigrated to the United
States and now makes his home with his son
WilHam.

William Tasker, son of John and Sarah
(Horton) Tasker, was born in 1863, in England,
and was educated in his native country. In
1883, in company with the other members of
the family, he emigrated to the United States
and settled in Duryea. For some time he filled
various positions in and about the mines, and in
1888 engaged in the grocery business on his own
account. In this venture he was successful and
for twelve years carried on a thriving trade. In
1900 he disposed of the business and accepted
the position of engineer with the Delaware and
Hudson Company, his post of duty being at the
Spring Brook colliery. The fact that he still
retains this position is evidence sufficient of the
confidence reposed in him by the company. Mr.
Tasker married Sarah Smith, whose death oc-
■curred April, 1887. Mr. Tasker married (sec-
•ond), January, 1893, Agnes, daughter of George
and Barbara (Wagner) Miller, and they have
three children : Barbara, Willie and Violet.

JOHN McGAHREN was a native of the
Empire state, having been born at EUicottsville,
Cattaraugus county. New York, March 8,
1852. His father, Patrick McGahren, came
from Cavan, Ireland, in 1846, and locating upon
a farm at Wysox, Bradford county, soon took
position as one of the substantial citizens of the
place. He married Catherine Masterson, daugh-
ter of the late Cornelius Masterson, a native of
Trim, county Meath, Ireland, but who had emi-
grated to America and was living at Newark.
New Jersey, when Patrick McGahren married
his daughter.

John McGahren attended the schools of his
native town, and was afterwanl sent to St. Bon-
aventurc College, Allegany county. New York,
whence he graduated in 1872. He soon after
applied for a position in the public schools of
Wilkes-Barre. His application was successful
and he taught two terms, afterward entered
upon the study of law in the office of Foster &
Lewis. He was admitted to the bar February
14, 1876. For five years he was associated in a
legal partnership with Hon. C. D. Foster, and
for a still longer term sustained the same rela-
tionship to Ex-Judge Garrick M. Harding, and
thereby acquired advantages of which he plucked
the most that they afforded. His start in life
was unaccompanied by any auspicious influences



apart from the mother wit and disposition to
industry with which nature had endowed him.
His studies were prosecuted without meretri-
cious aids, and at times amid discouragements
that would have overcome less ambitious and
determined young men, and his admission to the
bar and entry upon active practice had only the
promise which good abilities and honest use of
them will always fulfill. The measure of suc-
cess he has achieved in his profession equals
that of any other member of the bar, and he
stands well with his brother professionals and
with the community at large. In 1882 he was
the Democratic candidate for district attorney,
and was elected for a term of three years by a
vote of 10,358, as against F. M. Nichols, Repub-
lican, who had a vote of 9,394. He is a Demo-
crat in politics and did good service on the stump
and otherwise for his party whenever called
upon. His services in the office of district attor-
ney were profitable to the county and brought
him a reputation as a practitioner that stood him
in good stead throughout his active career up to
the present time. He prosecuted the pleas of the
commonwealth with all necessary vigor, and yet
not vindictively toward those whose misfortune
it was to fall into the clutches of the violated law,,
and he managed in the pursuit of these methods
to secure conviction in almost every case in
which justice required it, and yet avoid that per-
secution which so often follows the unfairly
accused. Since the expiration of his term of
office, he has filled various positions of trust and
confidence. He was appointed by the court, for
the term of three years, on the board for the
examination of law students who seek admission
to the bar. He has been chairman of the county
convention, and served for several years on the
county committee of the Democratic party. His
advice and assistance have always been freely
given to his party, and as an appreciation of his
services he was at one time tendered the nomi-
nation for judge, and again the nomination for
congress, which he declined to accept. He has
established an extensive and lucrative law prac-
tice, and by his legal attainments and industry
occupies a leading position at the bar.

In 1889 he married Mary E., a daughter of
Matthew INlcVay, a resident of Philadelphia, who
in his lifetime was a warm and intimate friend of
the lamented Samuel J. Randall. Mr. McVay
was well known throughout I'hiladelphia as the
chief of the Democratic forces in the fifth ward
of that city. Two children have been born to
Mr. and Mrs. McGahren, John M. and Walter
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ORR FAMILY. The Orr families of the
Wyoming \'alley. whose several representatives
in each succeeding generation for the last three-
quarters of a century or more have been promi-
nent factors in the civil, professional, political
and business history of that region, are descend-
ants of Joseph Orr, a sturdy son of the north of
Ireland, who immigrated to America in the lat-
ter part of the eighteenth century and settled
first in New Jersey.

Josepli Orr, soon after 1800, removed to the
Wyoming Valley, locating in Wilkes-Barre, pur-
chasing land there May 13, 1809. He married
twice ; the first ceremony was performed near
Water Gap, Pennsylvania, and the second in
Xew Jersey, his last wife having been Elizabeth
Johnson, daughter of Abraham Johnson, of
Kingston township. The Johnsons were from
Johnsonburg, Xew Jersey. John Johnson, treas-
urer of Luzerne county in 1846-47, was a
nephew of Abraham Johnson, whose daughter
Elizabeth married Joseph Orr, the elder of that
name. Joseph Orr subsequently removed with
his family to E.xeter, later purchased a tract of
land in Wilkes-Barre, and afterw-ards purchased
lands where now stands West Pittston. Still
later he removed to Dallas, and died in Trucks-
ville, Kingston township, Pennsylvania. He was
a soldier in the war of the Revolution.

Joseph Orr, son of Joseph and Elizabeth
(Johnson) Orr, was born in Xew Jersey, March
20. 1792. He came to Wyoming later and lived
in Dallas and Kingston townships the greater
part of his life. He was a carpenter by trade. He
married Mary Tuttle, born April 18, 1791, daugh-
ter of John Tuttle and wife Mary Bennett. She
was daughter of Thomas Bennett, of Eorty Eort,
and with two sisters was in the fort at the time
of the Wyoming massacre (see Myers familv
history), and granddaughter of Henry Tuttle,
born Baskingridge, X"ew Jersey, Xovember 24,
1733, and settled in Wyoming, near Forty Fort,
in 1785. This Henry Tuttle was a farmer and
blacksmith, and was a soldier of the Revolution,
and his son John was also a blacksmith and
fought in the Revolution. The children of Jo-
seph Orr and Marv Tuttle were : Miles Covel,
born January 11, 1814: Elizabeth, born Septem-
ber 29, 1819; Ann Maria, born March 8, 1823;
Albert Skeer, born January 21, 1829; and
Charles S., born January 13, 1831.

Albert Skeer Orr, fourth child and only sur-
viving member of the family of Joseph and Mary
(Tuttle) Orr, was born in Wvoming, Pennsyl-
vania, January 21, 1829. During the Civil war



he was sutler of the Fifty-third Pennsylvania
\ olunteers, also for the One Hundred and Forty-
fifth Pennsylvania \'olunteers in the name of
Joseph Athoholdt, and for the Fifth Xew Hamp-
shire \'olunteers in the name of his brother,
Charles S. Orr. He loaded two vessels for this
purpose, and was one-third owner of the goods
in a third vessel when Lee surrendered. He
also was a wholesale dealer to supply other sut-
lers, and was purveyor at General Hancock's
headquarters. After his return from the service
Mr. Orr was postmaster of Wilkes-Barre under
President Arthur. January i, 1872, he was
elected superintendent of the Colville Passenger
Railroad, which position he held until April i,
1892. He took out with others, a charter for the
Wilkes-Barre and Harvey Lake Railroad, built
in 1886. This was later sold to the Lehigh Val-
ley Railroad. He then took out a charter for the
Williamsport Railroad from Wilkes-Barre, but
in its place was built the Wilkes-Barre and
Eastern Railroad, running from Wilkes-Barre
to Stroudsburg to connect with the Xew
York, Susquehanna and Western, at that point.
He graded about thirtv miles of this railroad.
He then built the hotel at Dallas, mentioned be-
low. He was actively connected with a number
of enterprises in Wilkes-Barre, among which was
the laying out of plots and the erection of four-
teen houses, and the development of its real es-
tate interests generally. He is a Republican in
politics. He is a member of the Masonic order.
Lodge Xo. 61. and the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows.

Albert Skeer Orr married. May 12, 1851,
Priscilla Worden, born in Lowreytowm, daugh-
ter of John and Susanna (Morrison) Worden, of
Dallas. Pennsylvania. Their children were: i.
Xathaniel M., born December 12, 1851, an at-
torney at Kane, Pennsylvania, and editor of the
Kane Republican. 2. Emma Delphine, born Jan-
uary 25, 1854, married Charles E. Eberly, of
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and had William and
Charles Eberly. 3. George M., born January 13,
1856, in Erie, Pennsylvania, married Ella East-
erline, and had Helen, Priscilla, Prudence,
Ralph, Albert, Myron and Charlotte E. Orr. 4.
Xellie P., born February 3, 1861, married Leslie
McLean Willison, who is engaged in the western
grain business in Binghamton, X'ew York, and
had Leslie McLean, Priscilla Orr, Thomas Al-
bert, Alexander D., Margaret E., Marion Orr,
Kenneth, Donald, Charles A., died at the age of
four years. 5. Abraham Johnson, married Eliza-
beth Baldwin, in Wilkes-Barre, and their daugh-



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ter Mary Gertrude married Linden Meagley, in
Connecticut. 6. William Grant, mentioned here-
after.

Family tradition has it that Samuel, Peter
and Joseph Worden, brothers, ancestors of iVIrs.
Albert Skeer Orr, came from England about
1760, and settled near New York ; that at the be-
ginning of the revolution Peter and Joseph went
to Nova Scotia, and that Samuel, who was a
blacksmith, and a pronounced Whig, left home
and enlisted in the American army, and was with
General Sullivan's forces sent against the offend-
ing Indians in the memorable campaign of 1779.
He thus became acquainted with the Wyoming
Valley country. He died at Sunbury, Pennsyl-
vania, leaving a wife and five children : Nathan-
iel, in 1796, a ta.xable in Hanover, Luzerne coun-
ty ; Peter, who died in Hanover, aged twenty-
two ; Samuel, Jr., a hatter by trade ; Sally, mar-
ried Abram Line ; and one other daughter. Na-
thaniel Worden married Lana Line, and had ten
jhildren : Samuel ; John, married Susanna Mor-
rison, and had fourteen children, among whom
was Priscilla, who married Albert Skeer l.)rr, and
John H., and Charles W. Worden, who died in
the United States service during the Civil war ;
Peter, Elizabeth, Abraham, Nathaniel, Henry,
Joseph, Clarissa, and Agnes Worden.

William Grant Orr, son of Albert Skeer and
Priscilla (Worden) Orr, was born in Wilkes-
Barre, Pennsylvania, November 28, 1872. He
acquired his education in the public schools of
that city, the Harry Hillman Academy, and the
Nazareth Military Academy, Nazareth, Penn-
sylvania. He then took up the study of medicine
and matriculated in the medical department of
the University of Pennsylvania, where he re-
main.ed about a year and then left on account of
ill health. Ruturning to Wilkes-Barre he soon
afterward joined with his father in erecting a
large sanitarium in Dallas, the son taking charge
of the hotel and the mineral water departments
until 1900, when he came to Wilkes-Barre and
engaged in real estate and bond business, which
he is now successfully following.

Mr. Orr married Carrie S. Phillips, daughter
of Charles D. and Mary (Thomas) Phillips, of
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the former named
being a wholesale dealer in millinery goods in
that city. Mr. and Mrs. Orr are the parents of
the following children : Mildred Phillips, born
June 7, i8g6; William Grant, Jr., born Septem-
ber 13, 1897; Charles Phillips, born April 5,
1899; Leslie Wilson, born May i, 1900; and
Dorothy, born July, 1904.



BOWMAN FAMILY. I. The ancestors of
the Bowman family in America was Nathaniel
Bowman, "Gentleman," who came from England
with Governor Winthrop in 1630. He was one
of the early proprietors of Watertown, Massa-
chusetts, his name being on the records in 1836-
37, but on account of High Church principles
was not admitted freeman until 1636. He re-
moved early to Cambridge Farms (Lexington)
and settled on lands purchased of Edward Goffe,
situated in the southeasterly part of the town,
near Arlington line. He died January 21, 1682.
His will bears date October 21, 1679, and was
proved April 4, 1682. His real estate was in-
ventoried as follows : House and 10 acres of
land, £120; 20 acres of meadow, £50; 70 acres of
upland unimproved, £70. He left the homestead
to Francis, his eldest child. This house was de-
stroyed by fire April, 1905. "History of Lex-
ington."

II. Francis Bowman, born at Lexington,
Massachusetts, 1630, died December 16, 1687.
Married Alartha Sherman, September 26, 1661,
daughter of Captain John Sherman and Martha
Palmer. He had seven children. "History of
Lexington."

III. Major Joseph Bowman, fourth son of
Francis Bowman, was born in Lexington, May
18, 1674, died April 8, 1762. Married Phebe
Barnard, daughter of John Barnard and Sarah
Flemming. Joseph was one of the leading and
influential men of the town, both in municipal
and church affairs. He filled the office of town
clerk, assessor, and selectman repeatedly. He
was on the board of selectmen fifteen years, and
a representative six years. He was also a justice
of the peace for many years. He had nine chil-
dren. "History of Lexington."

IV. Captain Thaddeus Bowman, sixth son of
Joseph Bowman, born in Lexington, September
2, 17 12, died New Braintree, Massachusetts,
May 25, 1806. Married, December 2, 1736,
Sarah Loring, daughter of Deacon Joseph Lor-
ing and Lydia Fiske. Sarah died December 23,
1747. He married (second) Februar\- 8, 1753,
Sybil Woolson, widow of Isaac Woolson, of
Weston. He had thirteen children. He and his
seven sons were in the battle of Lexington, "the
opening act in the great drama of the war for
independence." "History of Lexington."

V. Major Joseph Bowman, second son of
Thaddeus Bowman, born in Lexington. Febru-
ary 18, 1740, died January 3, 1818, in New
Braintree. He married, November 22, 1764,
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Munroe and Sarah Mason. Joseph was an en-
sign of a company of fifty men from the small
town of New Braintree who marched to Boston
on the report of the attack upon the company at
Lexington, on April 19. He soon after joined
the army and commanded a battalion at the liattle
of Bennington, and the other battles which re-
sulted in the capture of Burgoyne. His son
Joseph represented the town of New Braintree
in the general court fourteen years, between 1807
and 1839. He was a member of the governor's
council in 1832-33-34, and senator from the
county of Worcester in 1828 and i82(). He was
al.so president of the Hampshire Manufacturers'
Bank, chosen amnially for twenty-one consecu-
tive years. "Histories of Lexington and Cam-
bridge."

\T. General Isaac Bowman, fourth child of
Joseph Bowman, born in New Braintree, De-
cember 27. 1773, died in Wilkes-Barre, August
I, 1851. Married, April 9, 1806. Mary Smith,
daughter of C)badiah Smith and .Sarah lilinn.
In 1795, at the instigation of his uncles. Captain
Samuel and Ebenezer Bowman, who were per-
manently located in Wilkes-Barre, he settled
there and engaged in the tannery business. He
began his military experience in July, 1798, as a
non-commissioned officer in the "Wyoming
Blues," of Wilkes-Barre, Ebenezer Slocum, Cap-
tain. In October, 1798, he became second lieu-
tenant, and in this position served some time.
In 1806 he was elected first lieutenant of the
"Blues." and subsequentlx' captain. September,
1 814, he was elected colonel of the Forty-fifth
Regiment, Pennsylvania Militia. This regiment
became in 1815 the Second Regiment Pennsyl-
vania Militia, and was commanded bv Colonel
Bowman until 182 1, in June of which year he
was elected brigade in.spector of the same brig-
ade. Eighth Division, F*ennsylvania Alilitia.
which position he held till 1828. In that year he
was elected brigade inspector of the same brig-
ade for seven years. In May, 1810, he was
elected a member of the Wilkes-Barre borough
council. He was a director of a branch of the
Philadelphia Bank, established in Wilkes-Barre
in 1810. the first bank in Luzerne county. No-
vember 14, 1810, General Bowman was commis-
sioned bv Governor Snyder, coroner of Luzerne
county for the term of three years. In 1814 he
was appointed collector of taxes for Wilkes-
Barre. October 19, 1819. he was commissioned
by Governor Findley, sheriff of Luzerne county
for three years, having been elected to that office
as the candidate of the old Federal party, then in
its decadence. He was appointed b\' Governor
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Wolf recorder of deeds and registrar of wills of
Luzerne county for a term of three years, Feb-
ruary 17, 1830; he was reappointed for a second
term January 21, 1833; and by Governor Porter
for a third term February 3. 1839. I-'or thirty-
three years he was a member of Lodge No. 61,
Free .Masons, serving as senior warden, junior
warden, treasurer and worshipful master from
the year 1804 till 1827. — Authority Oscar Jewell
Harvey, from "A History of Lodge No. 61, F^.
and A. M." ( Page 162.)

General Isaac Bowman had si.x children:
Munroe, Horatio Blinn, Joseph, Francis Coring,
Samuel, Mary Louise. Munroe graduated from
the West Point Militarv Academy in 1832; he
was first lieutenant in the First Cnited States
Dragoons, and died at I-'ort Wayne, Indian Ter-
ritory, July, 1839. Horatio Blinn resided in Alton,
Illinois, died there September 17, 1889. Joseph
died in infancy. Francis Loring, born August
27. 1813, died September, 1856, in Oregon. "He
was the organizer and first captain of the Wyo-
ming Artillerists, organized at Wilkes-Barre in
the spring of 1842. In the Mexican war he
served as major of the First Regiment, Pennsyl-
vania Volunteers. From 1849 ^ 1855 was brig-
adier-general of the Second Brigade, Ninth
Division, Pennsylvania Militia, the position and
rank formerly held by his father. In 1855,-
through the friendship of Jefferson Davis, then
United States secretary of war, he was commis-
sioned captain in the Ninth United States In-
fantry." — Ref. "History Lodge No. 61."

\ II. Colonel .Sanuiel Bowman, fifth son of
Isaac Bowman, born in Wilkes-Barre, October 31,
18 18. died April 19, 1889. Married, in Philadel-
phia, by Rev. Mr. Claxton, May 19, 1845, Sarah
Titus. They had the following children ; Katha-
rine Howell, Horatio, Francis Munroe, Ella
Marian, Julia Miner, Sarah Titus. Samuel Bow-
man was captain of the Wyoming .Vrtillerists,
was lieutenant-colonel of the Eighth Regiment,
Pennsylvania Volunteers in the three months'
service in the war of the rebellion. In the be-
ginning of the war, June 19, 1861, was taken
prisoner bv the Confederates on the heights oppo-
site Williamsport, Maryland, was confined four-
teen months at .Salisbury and Raleigh. Through
the influence of family friendship and connection
of Jeflferson Davis he was released in August,
1862. FTom December, 1867, to December, 1870,
he was clerk of the courts of Luzerne county.
]Mary Louise, only daughter of Isaac Bowinan,
was born in Wilkes-Barre, December 31, 1821,
died January 11. 1901.

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Thaddeus and great-great-grandson of Nathaniel
Bowman, was born in Lexington, December 2,
1753, died in Wilkes-Barre, June 25, 1818. Mar-
ried, in Philadelphia, Eleanor Ledlie, November
3, 1784. Samuel Bowman was one of the min-
ute-men on Lexington common 19th April, 1775.
He enlisted in the Continental army January,
1776. He became an ensign in the Third Massa-
chusetts Regiment, commanded by Colonel John
Greaton, and soon commissioned a lieutenant in
the First Massachusetts Infantry, commanded by
Colonel Joseph Vose. This position he held until
the disbanding of the army on the conclusion of
peace in 1783. In September, 1780, he was with
his regiment in camp at Tappan, on the Hudson.
September 28, Major Andre was brought into
camp in charge of Major Benjamin Tallmadge.
Lieutenant Bowman was one of the special
guards of Major Andre during the last twenty-
four hours of his life, and he and Captain Hughes
supported him to the place of his execution at
noon October 2d. Samuel Bowman became a
member of the Society of the Cincinnati soon
after its organization. May 3, 1783. At the close
■of the war he returned to Lexington, Massachu-
setts, where he remained until the latter part of
1786, when he emigrated to the Wyoming Val-
ley and settled north of the village of Wilkes-
Barre on a tract of land covering what is now
called "Bowman's Hill." He erected his house
■on the spot where the residence of the late Colonel
A. H. Bowman now stands. In August, 1794,
what is known in the history of Pennsylvania as
the Whisky Insurrection was beginning to as-
sume threatening and wide-spread proportions
and the governor of the commonwealth issued his
requisition for organizing and holding in readi-
ness, to march at a moment's warning, a corps
of the militia of Pennsylvania, amounting to
5,200 officers and privates. On the 23d of Sep-
tember a meeting of the inhabitants of Luzerne
county was held in the Court House at Wilkes-



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