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has since continued. He is a capable, thoroughly
reliable business man, and has attained good suc-
cess in this enterprise. In the same year ( 1885)
he became connected with the Stevens Coal Com-
pany as partial owner, and still retains his in-
terest. This corporation has its head of opera-
tion in West \'irginia, and is a successful en-
terprise.

Albert D. Shonk married, March 4, 1868,
Miss Sarah Hershberger, a daughter of David
and Elizabeth (Singer) Hershberger, now of
Plymouth, formerly of Dauphin county. David
Hershberger was by occupation a contractor, and
followed this in Plymouth. To Mr. and Mrs.
Shonk were born the following children: i.
Fannie, August 20, i86c>. 2. Edward, December
22, 1874 ; he is superintendent in the Stevens Coal
Company of West Virginia. 3. Mabel, born Oc-
tober 2j. 1876. 4. John J., April 6, 1878, ship-
ping clerk in the Stevens Coal Company. 5.
William, July 9, 1880, who is employed by the
Stevens Coal Company as electrician. The death
of Mrs. Shonk occurred Eebruary 5, 1884, when
she was thirty-three years of age. She is buried
in Shawnee cemetery. Albert D. .Shonk mar-
ried for his second wife, February 10, 1886, Miss
Elizabeth Nesbitt. daughter of James Madison
and Jane (Ackley) Nesbitt, of Chase (formerly
Brown's Corners), near Huntsville, Pennsvlvania.

H. e! H.

ELIBEAS FELLOWS STEVENS, de-
ceased, who was a prominent factor in the coal
industry in the Wyoming Valley, was born in
New Columbus, near Shickshinny, Pennsylvania,
February 5, 1846, the son of Benjamin Miller
and Marv (Fellows) Stevens, residents of Cam-
bria, Pennsylvania.

Benjamin Miller Stevens was born January
31, 181 5. He followed the quiet but useful oc-
cupation of a farmer, as had his father before
him. Politically he was a stanch supporter of
the Democratic party, and in church relations
affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal faith, at-
tending church in New Columbus. March 10,
1836, he was married to Mary Fellows, born May



29. 1815, daughter of Elibeas Andreas and Mary
( Smith ) I''ellows, w'ho were the parents of seven
children: Hulda, Amanda, Harriet, Mary, El-
mira, Alfred and Abiel, all married and residing-
in different parts of the country. Of these child-
ren Alfred lives in Chicago. Illinois, and has a
son and son-in-law, who are both eminent phy-
sicians.

Benjamin and Mary Stevens had the following
children: i. Elmira, born December 9, 1836, died
October i, 1898; she was the wife of William
Andrews and mother of four children : Ida, Ar-
thur, Leon and Harold, whose home is in New Co-
lumbus. 2. Francis, born December 9, 1838, died
November 2, 1881 ; wife of Isaac K. Appleman,
deceased : they had one daughter, Anna, also de-
ceased ; they resided in Bloomsburg. 3. Sally,
born February 2, 1841, died November 6, 1871 ;
she married Russell R. Pealer, and had two child-
ren : Anna and Matie ; the family resided at Three
Rivers, Michigan. 4. Abiel, born May 31.
1843, flied February 25. 1892: his wife was Celia
Creveling, who now resides in Hazelton : they
had following children : Walter, deceased : Al-
fred, married Edith Lutz. and had five children r
they reside in Wilkes-Barre : and Benjamin, who
married Lucinda Moon, and who lives with his
wife and son Donald in Hazelton. 5. Amanda
Chapin, born August 25, 1848, died November
28, 1874 ; she married Russell R. Pealer. and they
live in Three Rivers, Michigan, where her hus-
band is now judge. 6. Elibeas Fellows, men-
tioned hereafter. 7. Minerva Permelia. born
November 22, 1850, unmarried and lives at New
Columbus. 8. Zebulon Hall, born Januarv 10,
1854; married Frances Hess of New Columbus,
and their children are : Florence, mar-
ried Arthur Phillips and lives in Berwick ; Carl,
married Grace Burns and lives in New Colum-
bus. Benjamin Miller Stevens, the father of the
above children, died June 9, 1890. His wife sur-
vived him two years, passing away on February
20, 1892.

Elibeas Fellows Stevens, sixth child of Ben-
jamin and Mary Stevens, attended the common
schools of his native place, and later Columbus
Academy. Early in life he engaged in farm-
ing, which occupation he followed with consid-
erable success until his twenty-fifth year, when
he removed to Plymouth, Pennsylvania, where he
was superintendent of No. 12 Dodson mine for
five years. In 1876 he severed his connection
with this company, and assumed charge of the
Nottingham mines, acting as superintendent un-
til 1889. In that year he removed to West Vir-
ginia, locating near Charlestown, and was en-



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gaged as superintendent of the Stevens Coal
Company until 1898. In the above named posi-
tion Mr. Stevens discharged his duties with
credit, and at all times was held in great respect
by his superiors. Besides his other varied busi-
ness interests he was part owner and director of
the following concerns : Stevens Coal Companv,
the Kanawha Coal and Coke Company, and the
Shonk Garrison Coal Company, all located near
Charlestown, West Virginia. At the first named
of these Mr. Stevens opened the mine and it was
named for him. In political matters Mr. Stevens
always strongly defended the principles of the
Democratic party, and was deeply interested in
all party affairs. He held membership in the
Knights of Pythias.

September 30, 1874, Elibeas Fellows Stevens
was married to Miss Elizabeth Davenport Shonk,
of Plymouth, who was born July 24, 1852, the
daughter of John J. Shonk. (See sketch). They
were the parents of four children : Jay, born Feb-
ruary 4, 1877, in Plymouth, who obtained his
early education in the common schools of Ply-
mouth, later attending Dean Academy, Massa-
chusetts ; Buckhannon Seminary, West Virginia ;
and Wyoming Seminary, Kingston, Pennsyl-
vania. He married Miss Monica Utz, of Cov-
ington, Kentucky, February 4, 1903, and had one
child. Jay Jr. 2. Mary, born May 21, i878,Ply-
mouth, died July 8, 1878. 3. Helen, born August
19, 1883, Plymouth, died September 21, 1883.
4. Forrest Garrison, born May 20, 1890, Fairfield,
West Virginia. He is now a student at \N'yom-
ing Seminary.

Elibeas Fellows Stevens died at his home in
New Columbus, April 2, 1898. He was a useful,
honored citizen and had always led an exemplary
life. ■ His generous hospitable disposition had
won for him a wide circle of friends, who sin-
cerely mourned his death. His portrait, which
appears in this work, was placed there by his de-
voted widow as a mark of affectionate regard to
his memory. H. E. H.

CHARLES WESLEY McALARNEY. The
McAlarney family, representatives of which have
been prominently identified with Pennsylvania
history for nearly a century, and with that of the
Wyoming \''alley for a score and a half ^ears,
originated in Ireland and was of good old countv
Longford stock. The immigrant ancestor of
the American branch of the family was John
McAlarney, born December 8, 1805, in the parish
of Streat, county Longford, Ireland. He came to
America in 1819 and settled in Harrisburg, Penn-
.sylvania, where his young manhood was spent



and where he acquired a practical education. He
began his career in life as a school teacher, and
subsequently engaged in manufacturing 'pur-
suits, chiefly in the lumber business. Mv. Mc-
Alarney removed from Harrisburg to the vicin-
ity of Milton, Pennsylvania, later to Selins-
grove, Peimsylvania, and subsequently to Miffiin-
burg, Peimsylvania where his death occurred
May 17, 1876. Mr. McAlarney married Cath-
arine Wilson, who survived hini. She was born
in Donegal township, Lancaster county, Penn-
sylvania, daughter of Thomas Wilson, and
granddaughter of Thomas Wilson, who was a
native of Hagcrstown, Maryland, and a repre-
sentative of one of the old families of that state.
Thomas Wilson (father) was born in Hagcrs-
town, Maryland, removed from thence to Done-
gal township, Lancaster county, Pennsylvania,
and subsequently took up his residence in Eliza-
bethtown, same county, where his death oc-
curred. The children of John and Catharine
(\\'ilson) McAlarney were: Joseph Curtin, died
1897; JMary C, a resident of Mit'fiinburg; Ros-
anna, also a resident of Mifflinburg ; I\Iatthias
Wilson, died December 5, 1900; Dr. William
Maxwell, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : Mrs.
Jerry Rockev, of Dubois, Pennsylvania : Charles
Wesley, mentioned hereafter ; and Emma, died
in early life. The mother of these children died
February, 1891.

Charles Wesley McAlarney, son of John and
Catharine (\\'ilson) McAlarney, was born in
Mifflinburg, Union county, Pennsylvania, De-
cemljcr 20, 1847. After acquiring an elementary
education in the public schools of IMifflihsburg,
he entered the then flourishing Mifflinburg Acad-
emy, pursuing a four years course at that insti-
tution. After leaving the academy he was for
one year engaged in the mercantile business in
Lewisburg, Peimsylvania, at the end of that time
entering the profession of teaching, in t\'hich he
engaged for the following six years. He then
went to Harrisburg, becoming a student of law
in the office of Joseph C. IMcAlarnev, his elder
brother, and reccivino' the benefit of the advice
and wide knowledcre of that attorney, recognized
for years as one of the most eloquent pleaders of
causes at the Dauphin county bar. 'After two
years of study he passed the Dauphin county bar
examinations l\Tay 13, 1873, '^'^''f''' credit to him-
self and his adviser, and was attached to the
Harrisbure office of his brother. Josenh C. I^Ic-
Alarne\-, his preceptor, until 187c;. when he re-
moved to Luzerne county. Pennsylvania, and
opened an office of his own in Plymouth. He was
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7, 1876. He soon became widely known not
only among the legal fraternity of his own county,
but throughout the state. His practice frequently
called him to argue cases before the bars of other
counties, in the supreme court of Pennsylvania,
and also before the benches of other states.
Reared by his perceptor according to the strict-
est code of legal ethics, he possessed, in addition
to the happy gift of personal charm, quickness
and comprehensiveness of mentality, and this,
aided by an easy diction of culture and wide read-
ing, made his legal arguments and political
speeches models of lucid and eloquent utterance.
He was one of the sound lawyers and safe coun-
sellors of Luzerne county, also one of its most
influential and public-spirited citizens. Twenty
years ago Mr. Kulp, in commenting on Mr.
McAlarney's qualities as a lawyer, said: "He is
a safe counsellor and zealous advocate, with the
result of securing to himself the advantage of a
large and constantly increasing clientage." His
temperament is of the conservative order, modi-
fied by only so much of the sanguine as is neces-
sary to the vigorous prosecution of all work de-
liberately undertaken. To the client who trusts
him he is the soul of faithfulness, a fact which
accounts in great part for the lucrative practice
he has been enabled to build up in Plymouth and
vicinity, and the gratifying success that attended
his efforts in the courts.'" Had I\lr. Kulp's sen-
timents been penned two decades later, he could
not have changed his estimate of the worth of
him of whom he wrote, but he might have added
to what was then said and known. Mr. McAlar-
ney was an old-school Democrat, ill health alone
causing him to refuse an elevation to the bench
in Luzerne county. He was in the front rank
of the orators sought after by the Democratic
state committee to take the stump in the closer
campaigns, and to throw in the ballot balance the
weight of his convincing personality.

Mr. McAlarnev married, ]\Iay 27, 1886, Clara
R. Shonk, a daughter of the late John J. and
Amanda (Davenport) Shonk. Two children
were born to them : John, who died in infancy at
IMiffiinburg; and Helen Amanda. After return-
ing to his home in Plymouth from an extended
western tri]i, taken with the hope that benefit to
health would result therefrom, ]\Ir. McAlarney
died October i, 1904. He was laid to rest in
Mifflinburg, in accordance with his own request,
he having maintained a steadfast aiTection for the
place of his birth throughout his entire life, be-
ing accustomed to spend a part of each summer
.at his old home, which has been the scene of



many reunions of the faiiiily, and which is now
occupied by IMisses Rose and Mary McAlarney.
The finieral services in Plymouth were con-
ducted by Rev. Dr. Bradshaw, of the JMethodist
Episcopal church, and at JNlifflinburg the services
at the house and the grave were conducted by
Rev. W. C. Hesser, a lifelong friend of Mr. Mc-
Alarney, assisted by Rev. Vaughn T. Rue, pas-
tor of the Mifflinburg Methodist Episcopal
church. Few men have had more genuine
friends, to whom the news of his death came as a
real grief, and the names of those to whom he
lent a gladly helping hand in moments of need
and distress might be written by scores. His
portrait which appears in this work has been
placed there by his widow in loving remembrance
'of his many virtues, and will, it is believed, be a
source of pleasure to all who knew him.

H. E. H.

THOMAS JEROME CHASE, of Wilkes-
Barre, Pennsylvania, a worthy son of worthy
sires, and a scion of an old New England family,
is a member of the legal profession. He traces
his ancestry to the pioneer settlers of New Eng-
land, men who founded a nation in the face of
difficulties and dangers which would have de-
terred those of less heroic mould.

Gorton Chase, grandfather of Thomas J.
Chase, was a native of Rhode Island. He took
up a farm in Abingtoh, Lackawanna county,
Pennsylvania, which is still in the possession of
the family. He married Freelove Potter, who
bore him ten children, all of whom grew up to be
strong and robust men and women, and one of
them, Mrs. A. W. Gardner, is living at the pres-
ent time (1906), aged seventy years. Mr. and
Mrs. Chase, whose deaths occurred in 1835 and
1858, respectively, were old Puritan Baptists in
religion.

Elisha W. Chase, father of Thomas J. Chase,
was a native of East Greenwich, Kent county,
Rhode Island. During his early childhood he re-
moved with his parents to Abington, Luzerne
county, Pennsylvania. He was a farmer by oc-
cupation. He held membership in the Inde-
pendent Order of Odd Fellows. He married
Welthea Phillips, daughter of Thomas and Betsey
(Phelps) (nee Patterson) Phillips, the former
named a native of Bath. England, born February
22, 1769, died in Abington. 1842, and the latter a
native of Litchfield, Connecticut, born in 1781.
died in Benton 1848. Six children were the issue
of this union, three of whom are living : Thomas
Jerome, see forward ; Mrs. E. V. Slocum, of



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Lackawanna county, i'ennsylvania, and ^Irs.
Sarah Simerell. Elisha W. Chase died at Ben-
ton, Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, 1862, aged
forty-nine years. His wife died in 1856, aged
thirty-three years.

Thomas J. Chase, son of Ehsha W. and
Welthea (Phillips) Chase, was born in Benton
township, Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, May
26, 1844. He first attended the common schools of
Benton, then a select school in the same township
for two years, and then Madison Academy,
Waverly, Pennsylvania, where he completed his
studies. During the summer seasons he assisted
with the labors of the farm and house. During
1863 he taught school in his home town, and dur-
ing 1864 and 1865 in Dutchess county, New-
York. The following year he entered upon the
study of law in the offices of A. H. Winton and
A. A. Chase, at Scranton, and after passing a
creditable examination was admitted to the
Luzerne county bar, November 12, 1866. He
then entered the office of the late E. S. M. Hill,
then mayor of Scranton, remaining until April,
1867, when he removed to Nicholson, Wyoming
county, Pennsylvania, where he practiced his pro-
fession until 1876, a period of nine years, and
then finally settled in Wilkes-Barre, where he is
now attending to a large clientage. He is among
the oldest members of the bar of Luzerne county.
Whilef a resident of Nicholson he was elected and
served as a justice of the peace; he still has in
his possession his commission signed by John F.
Hartranft, then governor of Pennsylvania. He
was also one of the school directors of that
borough, and his incumbency of both offices was
noted for faithfulness and fidelity to duty.

Mr. Chase is a Democrat in politics. He is a
member of the Independent Order of Odd Eel-
lows, in which he takes an active part, having
joined the same in 1874. He has held all the
offices in the subordinate lodge and taken part
in the affairs of the grand lodge. He is president
of the board of directors of the Odd Eellows
Home Association, which in 1905 erected the
magnificent building at No. 21 South Eranklin
street, at a cost of $53,000. In this enterprise Mr.
Chase took a very active and prominent part. In
August, 1862, Mr. Chase enlisted as a member
of Company B, One Hundred and Thirty-second
Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, participated
in the battle of Antietam, and was mustered out
at the expiration of his term of service in Mav,
1863.

Mr. Chase married, September 10, 1874,
Czarena A. Reynolds, daughter of S. P. and



Euphemia (Thomas) Reynolds, of Benton, Penn-
sylvania. Mr. Reynolds was a farmer, and died
at his home in Benton. They were the parents of
three children ; Czarena A., wife of Thomas J.
Chase ; James C, of Scranton ; and Grant, who
resides on the old homestead. Mrs. Reynolds
died in 1864. One child was born to Mr. and
Mrs. Chase — Giles, who died in 1879 ^^ 'he age
of four years. Mrs. Chase is a member of the
Universalist Church, in which she takes a very
active part. Mr. Chase attends the services of
the same church, and is a member of the board
of trustees of the state convention of that de-
nomination. H. E. H.

THE RICE EAMILY. One of the oldest
and one of the best representatives of the Rice
family in this part of Pennsylvania, of the par-
ticular line under consideration here, was Cap-
tain Jacob Rice, late of Dallas, so many years a
real part of the history of that township in its do-
mestic life and in its civil and military affairs.

This Rice family was of German extraction,
and it is said that Captain Jacob's grandfather
fled from Germany to escape compulsory military
service ; he came to America and settled in New
Jersey. This American ancestor, Christopher
Riis, or Rice, was the father of Christon Rice,
who in 1812, with his wife, Sarah Mc]<"arron,
made his wa\- into the Wyoming country in Penn-
sylvania, and located first at Truckville, Kingston
township, and afterwards in Dallas, where he was
almost a pioneer. Christon Rice was born in
New Jersey, December 12, 1780, and his wife,
Sarah McEarron, was born there Eebruary 20.
1780. He was a mechanic, a wagon maker by
trade, and could turn his hand to any kind of me-
chanical work. He was a saw miller, too, and
lumberman, and like all early settlers in Dallas,
cleared up land for farming purposes, shipping
the logs and lumber to markets down the Susque-
hanna : and this same Christon Rice built a water
power mill in Dallas, which is said to have been
the first of its kind in the township. He was a
persevering, industrious man, honest in his deal-
ings, and was generally respected. He lived to
his eighty-fifth year, and reared a family of three
children.

Captain Jacob Rice, the youngest of three chil-
dren, was born in Dallas, June 16, 1817, and died
there, March 6, 1892. He was during his long
and active life one of the foremost men in the
town's afifairs. He was at first a farmer and
lumberman, later a merchant, then a hotel keeper,
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lar resort, Harvey's Lake. It is said, too, that
Captain Rice occupied the first painted house in
Dallas, and also that his was the first spring
wagon used in the town. He always was inter-
ested in military matters, and as early as 1839 was
first lieutenant of the One Hundred and Fif-
teenth Regiment of Pennsylvania militia. On
August 20, 1849, '''^ was commissioned captain
of the Dallas artillery; in 1857 was made lieuten-
ant-colonel of Colonel Rhodes' regiment of state
militia; on May i, i86i, when there was indeed
a "state of war," he was appointed quarter-mas-
ter of the Fifteenth Pennsylvania Volunteer In-
fantry, and on October 12, 1861, was quarter-
master of the Fifty-third Pennsylvania Volun-
teers. His war record was in every way com-
mendable and won for him warm compliments
from commanding officers. He was recom-
mended for promotion, but declined the honor.
Politically Captain Rice was a Republican ; in
religion a Alethodist, and a trustee of that society
in Dallas. He was a member of the Grand Army
of the Republic.

He married, June 25, 1837, Susan Ferguson,
daughter of Alexander and Margaret Ferguson.
Six children were born of this marriage, five
grew to maturity, and four are now living — Ziba
Bennett, George H., William Henry, and Sarah
J. The children wlio died in early life were:
James and John.

William Henry Rice, the junior of these sur-
viving sons, was born in Dallas borough, April
5, 1845. His mother, too, was a native of Dallas,
daughter of Alexander Ferguson and wife Mar-
garet Johnson, descendants of early settlers in
that township. Margaret Johnson Rice died July
12, 1893. William spent his early life on his
father's farm, and was educated in the common
schools of Dallas. When he became of age he
joined with his father in his farming and other
enterprises, and upon the death of the latter suc-
ceeded him in their management. He is known
among his townsmen as an enterprising and pro-
gressive citizen, public-spirited and liberal in the
support of worthy measures for the welfare of
both township and borough. He is a Republican,
and one of the borough councilmen. He mar-
ried, December 25, 1883, Jennie Smith, born
1865, died August 14, 1901, by whoin he had
three children — Edna M., born Alarch 14, 1886;
William Henry, Junior, born November 21, 1888;
and Arthur J., born November 22, 1892. Sarah J.
Rice, sister of Mr. Rice, is now keeping house for
him. I'^or further account of the Rice familv see



sketch of Mrs. S. L. Rogers, elsewhere in this
work. H. E. PI.

PHILIP WALTERS. One of Plymouth's
representative men is Philip \\'alters. He is a
grandson of Philip Walters, who was a malt-
ster of Llanarthney, Carmarthenshire, South
Wales, where his ancestors had lived for many
generations. His son Evan was born in Llan-
arthney and was one of a family of four, one sis-
ter and two brothers being the other members.

Evan Walters had the misfortune to lose his
father when very young, and he was brought up
by his uncle on a farm in Carmarthenshire. Al-
though his education was acquired solely by his
own exertions he was able to read and write both
English and Welsh. He moved to Aberdare,
Glamorganshire, South Wales, where he worked
as a coal-miner for about sixteen years. In 1850
he went to Glynneath, Glamorganshire, where
for three years he conducted a grocery and hotel.
He then moved to Ystalyfera, Glamorganshire,
where he continued the grocery business. Mr.
Walters married Ann, daughter of Daniel Davis,
of Llanon, Carmarthenshire, South Wales, where
the family had been resident for many years. To
Mr. and Mrs. Walters were born the following
children: I. John, who was born about 1836 in
Llanarthney, was a tinsmith in Ystalyfera, mar-
ried, but had no children, and died of pneumonia
about three or four weeks after the death of her
mother and while his brother David was visiting
him. 2. Ann. who was born about 1838 in
Llanarthney, married David Morris, a confec-
tioner and baker at Neath, and had one child,
Lill : after the death of her husband she suc-
ceeded to the business and conducted- it for sev-
eral years. She has now retired, being in com-
fortable circumstances, and is living in Neath
with her daughter and son-in-law, the latter be-
ing the proprietor of a grocery store. 3. David,
born March, 1844, in Llanarthney, was educated,
as were his brothers and sister, at the public
schools, and worked at the tinning trade until
reaching the age of eighteen, when he came to
the United States, landing in New York and
settling in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania. He
worked as a miner at that place and at Lansford,
Carbon county, also at Providence, Luzerne
county, now Lackawanna county. Later he was



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