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a member of a volunteer Pennsylvania infant-
ry regiment, member of the Masonic Frater-
nity, and was weighmaster at No. 10 breaker,
Pennsylvania Coal Company, for twenty-five
years, after which he retired. Ida ]\Iay (Snow-
don) Bennett, born Pittston, Pennsylvania,
May 30, 1869, was one of four children, as fol-
lows : Elihu, Thomas J., Joseph W. and Ida
May. Four children were born to iNIr. and
Mrs. Bennett: Charles Snowdon, ISIarch 13,
1895; Arthur Joseph, July 12, 1898; Robert
Lawrence, December 11, 1900, and TJiomas
Melvin, April 16, 1903. H. E. H.

AMON ARMSTRONG, a real estate deal-
er of Pittston, is a grandson of James Arm-
strong, who emigrated from Ireland — his na-
tive land — to America about 1765. He settled
in Chester county, New York, where it is said
he taught school for several years. He then
removed to Wyoming Valley, Pennsylvania.
In 1774 he married Miss Amy Dickson, and
they had four children : James, Joseph, David
and Nancy. The daughter became the wife
of James Kennedy.

Joseph Armstrong, second son of James
Armstrong and the father of Amon Armstrong,
was born July 4, 1777, in Chester, New York,
and when only four years old accompanied his
parents on their removal to Wyoming Valley.
He was educated in the common schools, and
in early life became familiar with the work of
the farm, which he continued to follow
throughout his business career. He was very
successful and became the owner of twO' hun-
dred and fifty acres of land lying on the east
side of the Susquehanna river. In politics he
was a stanch Democrat, but never sought of-
fice. About 1800 he wedded Phebe Goble,
of Sussex county. New Jersey, and they be-
came the parents of fourteen children : i.
Sarah, wife of John Benedict. 2. Amy, wife
of John Tedrick. 3. Maltiah, wife of ]Michael
Tedrick. 4. John. 5. Phebe, wife of Gil-
bert W. Jones. 6. Mary, wife of Adam Ted-
rick. 7. Zillah, wife of Samuel Price. 8.
James. 9. Amon. 10. David. 11. Lewis.
12. Charles. 13. Joseph. 14. Nancy, wife of
P. C. Miller. Amon is the only one living.

Amon Armstrong'was born ]\Iarch 15, 1818,
on the old homestead farm in Pittston town-
ship, Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, and in
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-hood acquired his education. He worked with
Jais father in the fields until twenty-one years
of age, when he started upon an independent
business career, and for about twenty years
followed farming. He then accepted a posi-
tion as traveling salesman with A. N. Atwood
& Company, of Philadelphia, with whom he
remained for a year, after which he estab-
lished a grocery store in Pittston, conducting
it with success for five or six years. He then
began operating in real estate and has since
■become well known as a real estate dealer of
Pittston, working up a good business there.
He is also a director of the People's Bank of
Pittston. In community affairs Mr. Arm-
strong takes a deep and helpful interest. He
has always given his support to the Demo-
cratic party, and he served as justice of the
peace from i860 until 1865, while for three
terms he was a member of the city council.

Mr. Armstrong married, December 22,
1842, Emeline M. Buckingham, who died Feb-
ruary 8, 1859, and September 25, 1867, he mar-
ried Mrs. Almira Knapp, nee Brown. Of his
four children, all born of the first marriage,
the youngest died in infancy. The eldest, Jo-
seph Oscar, is further referred to. John M. was
"born August 11, 1846. Charles W., born July
10, 1852, died November 28, 1892.

For a number of years previous to the civil
war Amon Armstrong and his wife and three
boys lived contentedly and happily together on
his farm in Tuscarora township, Bradford
county, Pennsylvania, one of the most productive
in the old Wilmot district, made famous by a
Wilmot and a Grow, whose names will ever re-
main bright upon the pages of their country's
Tiistory. The thunder of rebellion's guns trained
by southern slavelords upon the old flag raised
over Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor on one
eventful morning in April, 1861, rolled north-
ward, crossed the Potomac, shook the tomb of
Washington, reverberated along the Alleglienys
-and ominously re-echoing among the hills and
valleys of the Keystone state aroused the pa-
triotic men of Bradford, who were among the
very first to respond to their country's call
"to arms.

Joseph Oscar Armstrong, the eldest son of
Amon and Emaline (Buckingham) Armstrong,
was born October 23, 1843, ^'""^ enlisted at Troy,
Bradford county, in Captain Cadwalader's com-
pany of the One Hundred and Twelfth Regi-
Tnent, Pennsylvania Volunteers. The One Hun-
dred and Twelfth Pennsylvania Volunteers was
•divided in April, 1864, and one part remained in



Washington and the other, in which young Arm-
strong fought, became part of Burnside's Ninth
Corps. Both sections of the regiment were in
the Crater fight on July 30, 1864. The regiment
with Burnside started out with about 1600 men.
About the time the Squire's son was killed it
had been reduced to about 400.

At midnight on May 3, 1864, the Army of
the Potomac, the most formidable body of discip-
lined troops that ever went forth to battle on this
continent, began its march southward, and from
the banks of the Rapidan to the James its history
is written in blood. Young Armstrong fought
through the Wilderness. At Spottsylvania,
where the fighting was most terrific, he took part.
In front of the rebel intrenchments at Cold Har-
bor his regiment was cut to pieces. In the Crater
of Death at Petersburg, Virginia, he and his
brave comrades were entombed with the living
and the dead. Through these terrible scenes of
blood and carnage he passed unscathed until the
fateful i6th of August, 1864, when away out on
the picket line near Petersburg he was hit on the
head by the plunging shot of a Confederate
sharpshooter hid in the top of a tree. He lay
where he fell until the gloom of night en-
shrouded the form of the dying soldier, when he
was picked up and gently cared for by kind
comrades until August 20, 1864, when he passed
away. Late in the autumn of 1864 he was
brought back to his bereaved northern home and
laid to rest in Laceyville cemetery, Wyoming
county, Pennsylvania, and is numbered with the
many thousands of brave and gallant men who
fought under Grant and gave up their lives for
the union before the insurgent army under Gen-
eral Robert E. Lee was compelled to furl its
battle flags and lay down its arms at Ap-
pomattox.

John M. Armstrong, son of Amon and
Emeline M. (Buckingham) Armstrong, was
reared in Bradford county, Pennsylvania,
where he began his education in the public
schools and later completed it in the Wyom-
ing Seminary at Kingston, Pennsylvania.
Then going to McKean county, he embarked
in the oil business as an operator in crude oil.
This he continued successfully from 1877 to
1890, when he came to Pittston and organized
the Pittston Slate Company for the quarrying
of slate, and going to Slatington, Pennsylvania,
he purchased a tract of land and opened the
present quarries of this company, which he has
continued to operate with signal success up to
the present time. Starting this enterprise with
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it to its present point, emplo_ving about one
hundred and fifty men and doing a prosperous
and constantly growing business. Not only
does he look after all the other details of the
business, but also finds the market for the en-
tire output of the plant amounting to thou-
sands of dollars monthly, and yet this busi-
ness is only in its infancy, and it is not
too much to say that if all goes well Mr. Arm-
strong bids fair to take a place with the larg-
est business men in this line in the state. Besides
the office in Slatington he has an office in Pitts-
ton, in which city he makes his home and spends
a part of his time each week and where he is held
in high regard by all of the leading business
men.

Mr. Armstrong married, March 6, 1890,
Adelia Weaver, who was born in Pittston^
where her family were residents for many years.
Of this marriage two children have been born :
Mary E., December 29, 1890: and Arthur Anion
(named for his grandfather), September 20, 1896.

H. E. H.

WILLLA.M IR\'IX HIBBS, a prominent
lawyer of Pittston, Pennsylvania, was born in
Greenwood township, near Thompsontown, Penn-
sylvania, June 3, 185 1.

Jacob Hibbs, grandfather of William I. Hibbs,
was a native of Bucks county, Pennsylvania, from
whence he removed to Greenwood township,
Juniata county, more than half a century ago.
•He followed the occupation of farming in his na-
tive county, and the communities in which he re-
sided found him a very useful citizen. He mar-
ried Margaret Sisom, and five children were born
to them : John ; Edward Montgomery, mentioned
hereafter ; Sarah A., who became the wife of
John McNulty ; Anna, who became the wife of
John Louther ; and a child who died in infancy.

Edward Montgomery Hibbs, father of Will-
iam I. Hibbs, was born in Bensalem township,
Bucks county, Pennsylvania, December 21, 1819.
He followed the useful calling of agriculture,
gaining a comfortable livelihood for his family.
He was united in marriage to Anna C. Potter,
daughter of John and Anna (Harman) Potter,
of Delaware township, Juniata county, Pennsyl-
vania. Their children are as follows, i John
Edward, who died in infancy. 2. William I.,
mentioned hereafter. 3. Margaret Jane, a resi-
dent of Thompsontown, Pennsylvania. 4. Henry
P., an engineer on the Pennsylvania Railroad.
He married Anna Bogenrief, who bore him four
children, as follows : Charles, an engineer for the



Pennsylvania Railroad ; Lloyd, a student at Car-
lisle College ; Addison Ray, a passenger brakeman
for the Pennsylvania Railroad ; Harry, who re-
sides at home. Henry P. Hibbs and his fam-
ily reside at Cresson Springs, Pennsylvania. 5.
George S., a ticket agent at Thompsontown,
Pennsylvania ; he married Alice Smith, and their
children are : Frank, assistant ticket agent at Har-
risburg, Pennsylvania, for the Pennsylvania Rail-
road : George, who assists his father ; and Hazel,
a student at Irwin College, Harrisburg.

William Irvin Hibbs received his educa-
tion at the Millersville (Pennsylvania) Normal
school. He followed the vocation of teaching for
about seventeen years, and during this period he
acquired much information of value to him in the
pursuit of his legal studies, and also yielded him
a clear insight into human nature which after-
wards proved to be of great practical use to him.
His first school was a district school in Walker
township at a place called Red Rock, where he
taught one term. His second school was in
Fernanaugh township, where he taught two
terms. He then went to the town of McVeigh
where he was principal one year in the high
school, after which he was principal for two
years in the high school in the town of Patterson,
Juniata county. The following four years he
served as teacher in iMiffiin county, later was
principal of the high school in Northumberland
county for two years, and in 1883 came to ^^'est
Pittston where he was principal till 1888, when
he resigned. Desiring to become a legal prac-
titioner he read law with L. E. Atkinson, while
teaching, and February 4, 1889, was admitted
to the bar of Juniata county, Pennsylvania.
]\Iarch II, 1890, he opened an office in Pittston,
Pennsylvania, where he has since practiced his
profession, attaining an excellent position among
his professional brethren. He is a Democrat in
politics. For many years he held the position of
school director in West Pittston and aided ma-
terially in the advancement of the schools of that
place. He is a member of the board of managers
of the West Pittston Cemetery Association, pres-
ident of the Kewanee Home Telephone Company,
and one of the directors of the Ft. West Tele-
phone Company, in which he serves as chairman
of the executive committee. He is a member of
the Presbyterian Church, and for a number of
years has served as president of the board of
trustees. He is a member of Valley Lodge, No.
199, Free and Accepted Masons, of which he is
past master ; a member of the Chapter, of which
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William I. Hibbs married, October 28, I891,
Sarah L. McGuire, daughter of David and Sarah
(Lowry) McGuire, of Northumberland county,
Pennsylvania. They are the parents of two chil-
dren : Anna L., born November 25, 1892, and
Helen*?., born Julv 27, 1894; died Mav 30, 1895.

H. E. H.

THOMAS MANGAN. The late Thomas
jNIangan, one of the best known and most re-
spected residents of Pittston. Pennsylvania, was
born in county Mayo, Ireland, and in 1855, when
seventeen years of age, emigrated to America,
settling in Hawley, Wayne county, Pennsylvania,
where he became engaged in the mercantile busi-
ness with his uncle, Thomas ]\Iangan. In 1865
he came to Pittston, Pennsylvania, and pur-
chased the present homestead and established a
general store, which he conducted with signal suc-
cess until 1899, when he retired from business,
and was succeeded by his son, John O'D. Sian-
gan. He was a director in the Miner's Savings
Bank until his death, and was also a director of
the Citizens' Illuminating Company of Pittston,
of which he was one of the organizers. Mr.
IMangan was appointed tax receiver by Judge
Harding when Pittston was a borough, and
served two years. On several occasions he w-as
requested to become a candidate for burgess and
other positions in the city government, but he
declined all of them, preferring to devote his time
to other business. He regarded his citizenship in
the light of a solemn responsibility, and had a
profound sense of its dignity and obligations. In
local politics he cast his vote for the candidates
of the Democratic party, but in national and state
offices he supported the candidates of the Repub-
hcan party. For a number of years he served as
treasurer of the board of trade, holding the office
at the time of his death.

Mr. Mangan was prominent in charity and in
church affairs, and was a wise advisor and coun-
selor when the occasion required. In the work
of St. John's parish he was an active and in-
fluential factor, and when the Jubilee collection
was taken up in the fall of 1904 for the benefit
of the schools he acted as treasurer. He was a
member of the advisory committee of the Par-
ochial Schools Society, and was one of the trus-
tees of the Holy Name Society and of the Knights
of Columbus. In 1893 '""^ ^^'^^ appointed by
Bishop O'Hara to attend the conference of laity
.and clergymen at the ^\'orld's Fair in Chicago.
In 1877 he started on a pilgrimage to Rome and
the Holy Land with several others, but the ship



met with an accident, and they spent thirty-three
days in reaching Liverpool. The pilgrimage was
delayed so long that Mr. Mangan was obliged
to abandon the trip on account of his health. He,
however, visited Ireland and the scenes of his
youth before he returned to his adopted country.

Mr. Mangan married Mary O'Donnell, a
daughter of James and Bridget O'Donnell. and six
children were born to them, two of whom are liv-
ing, namely : Margaret M., the wife of Martin
J. Mulhall, a well-known lawyer of Wilkes-
Barre, and John O'D., who married Grace
O'AIalley, a daughter of the late Dr. Peter O'Mal-
ley, and granddaughter of the late Michael Reap,
first president of the Miners' Savings Bank of
Pittston, Pennsylvania. Two children were born
of this union : Thomas and Mary Grace Mangan.

Thomas Mangan died June i, 1905, in the six-
ty-eighth year of his age. His death caused much
sorrow in Pittston, where throughout his many
years residence he was regarded as a man of
noble impulses, generous nature, frank and sin-
cerelv attached to those once admitted within the
circle of his friendship. The funeral services
were conducted in St. John's Church and con-
sisted of a solemn requiem mass, and the inter-
ment was made in ]\Iarket Street cemetery, Pitts-
ton. At the conclusion of the services Bishop
Hoban, of Scranton. officiated, blessing the re-
mains, and the visiting clergy sang the responses
in unison. Bishop Hoban made many touching
remarks on the christian and manly character of
Mr. Mangan, among which were the following:
"I have known Mr. Siangan for many years and
in all that time regarded him as a christian gen-
tleman in the highest sense. He was a man of
unostentatious charity and kindness of heart, who
took thought on the poor and made religion part
of his daily life." H. E. H.

JONATHAN SHEPHERD FAMILY. The
:period of immigration to America of the mem-
bers of the Shepherd family of the branch under
consideration here must have begun some time
between 1830 and 1850. So far as present ob-
tainable data indicates, the head of the English
branch of the family was Jonathan Shepherd, a
farmer of Yorkshire, a good sturdy specimen of
English yeomanry. This Jonathan had seven
children — John, Thomas, Lawrence, James. Jane,
Ann, and Rachel, all born in Yorkshire.

James Shepherd, like his father, was a farmer,
and" he also was a sheep raiser. Indeed, the fam-
ilv name indicates that even back to remote gener-
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surnames were adopted about the time of the Con-
queror, or about the midde of the eleventh cen-
tury, there must have been at least one ancestor in
the direct line who was a "sheep herd," the ten-
der of a flock, from which origin springs the
name Shepherd, which is a contraction and
derivation of the quoted words. But, however,
James Shepherd was a sheep grower as well as
farmer, and he had a wife, Eleanor, whose father.
Miles Turner, also was a farmer. James and
Eleanor had children : Jonathan, who died in
Ross township, Pennsylvania, aged sixty-nine
years ; Miles, born in Yorkshire, England ; Jane,
Vi'ho married Thomas Park, of Lehman township,
Pennsylvania ; John, who lived and died in Leh-
man township ; and Thomas, of Dallas township,
Pennsylvania. James Shepherd immigrated to
America in 1842 and brought with him the sons
and daughters whose names are noted above. He
lived a short time in Wilkes-Barre and then pur-
chased a farm in Ross township, where except for
two years he afterward lived. He was a fanner
and farrier, something of a mason (stone), and
withal a good, honorable citizen.

]\Iiles Shepherd, son of James Shepherd and
wife Eleanor Turner, bom in Yorkshire, England,
December 22, 1834, was less than eight years
old when he came with his parents to America,
they settling in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. His
schooling in the classrooms began in old York-
shire, and was continued when the family had set-
tled in Luzerne county. He was brought up to
work, at first on his father's farm, and then, when
he was seventeen years old, he began to learn the
trade of carpenter and millwright. This was for
many years his chief occupation in life, and he
also owned and carried on a farm in Lehman
township, following the ancient custom of his
fathers. Now he is a contracting carpenter and
builder, living in Kingston, Pennsylvania. Li
1862 he married Susan Wenner, daughter of Jon-
athan Wenner, a farmer living in Luzerne county,
Pennsylvania. Three children were born to Miles
Shepherd and wife Susan Wenner: James M.,
born Lehman, formerly employed by "his father,
and now a contractor and builder in Kingston,
Pennsylvania. He married Maude Collins, and
they have four children — Blanche, Irene, Miles,
and James Shepherd. Susan E., born Lehman,
married James S. Monks, who was Miles Shep-
herd's partner in business. Lorenzo D., born
Luzerne borough, married and is now living in
Newark, New Jersey. In 1857 Miles Shepherd
returned to his old home in Yorkshire, England,
and visited there about nine months. ;\Ir. Shep-
herd's family are members of the Methodist Epis-



copal Church. In politics he is a Democrat, and'
as such was elected borough councilman in
Kingston two terms. He is a member of the so-
ciety of the Knights of Honor, and an ex-member
of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

H. E. H.

HARRY CORNELL, one of the leading bus-
iness men of Nanticoke borough, is a son of Will-
iam E. and Sarah (Perry) Cornell, natives of
New York and Connecticut, respectively. They
were the parents of six sons and five daughters,
all of whom grew to maturity, and among whouT
were the following: Huldah, who became the
wife of George A. Ingersoll, resides in Nichols,
New York; Adelia, who became the wife of
George Steele, of Owego, New York; Jane, who
became the wife of William Ward, of Bingham-
ton, New York ; John, a resident of Owego, New
York; David, also a resident of Owego, New
York ; Harry, whose name heads this sketch ; and
Lyman, a resident of Broome county," New York..
The death of William E. Cornell occurred in 1872
and that of his widow in 1894.

Harry Cornell, born in Schoharie county.
New York, 1839, was removed by his parents iri
1 84 1 to Owego, Tioga county, where he was
reared and educated. In 1880 he went to the
borough of Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, in order to
engage in the lumber business. Of this enter-
prise he has made a complete success, and is now
one of the large lumber dealers of the W^'oming
Valley. He had a large planing-mill, where he-
manufactured doors, sash and blinds. His plant
covered twelve large lots, and a side-track from
the Pennsylvania Railroad ran into the yards.
His lumber came from the west, north and south,
and he handled Michigan and Wisconsin pine of
superior quality, wdiich was fitted for the builders
in his own planing-mill. Through the Baltimore
markets he purchased southern pine, and his
shingles of red cedar were shipped from Seattle,
Washington. He also carried a full line of build-
ers' supplies. This business was organized in
1880 by Jones, Bergen & Company, Mr. Cornell
being one of the firm. Mr. Bergen subsequently
sold out his interest to his partners, and in 1904
Mr. Cornell purchased the interest of Mr. Ber-
gen, but disposed of the same June i, 1905. On
August I, 1905, JNIr. Cornell purchased his pres-
ent plant, which is about the same dimensions as
his former one, and is now conducting the same
line of business which is constantly developing"
and increasing. Mr. Cornell is one of the citi-
zens whose past contains a war record. In 1862
he responded to the call to arms by enlisting in




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the One Hundred and Thirty-seventh Regiment
New York Vohniteers, but on account of disabil-
ity was discharged in 1863. He is a member of
Nanticoke Lodge, Knights of Malta. In poHtics
he is a stanch RepubHcan.

Mr. Cornell married in 1861, Frances D.
]\Iason. and three children were born to them :
I. Lillie, who became the wife of Lloyd Boone,
and they are the parents of three children:
Amelia, Harry, and Verna. 2. Lulu, who be-
came the wife of Frederick Quoos, and they are
the parents of two children : Howard and
Jessico. 3. Lee H., who is with his father ; he
married Margaret Evans, and two children have
been born to them : Thelma and Ruth. Mrs.
Cornell, the mother of these children, died July
26, 1902. INIr. Cornell married (second), Janu-
ary 9, 1904, Bertha Klump, daughter of Charles
A. Klump of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsvlvania.

■ H. E. H.

PAL:\IER HARDING, who for a quarter of
a century has efficiently served as justice of the
peace at West Pittston, has spent his entire life
in the Wyoming Valley, where his ancestors lo-
cated prior to the Revolutionary war. His great-
grandfather, Stephen Harding, came from Con-
necticut to the Wyoming Valley in 1774, and set-
tled with his family on a farm bordering the Sus-
quehanna river, there carrying on agricultural
pursuits throughout his remaining days. At the
time of the Indian massacre he and his family
took refuge in the old Jenkins fort. His wife,
Amv Gardner, was a sister of Captain John Gard-
ner, who was captured and killed by the Indians.
The children of the family were as follows :
Stephen, born in 1749; Thomas, in 175 1 ; Benja-
min, in 1753, who was massacred by the Red
Men at the time when so many of the settlers of
the valley were victims of their atrocious cruelty ;
Stukey, in 1755, who was killed by the Indians ;
Israel, in 1756; Micajah, in 1761 ; Elisha, in
1763; John, in 1765; William, in 1767; Amy,



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