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Jemima, Liddie, and Esther. (See Harding
Family).

Israel Harding, the grandfather, enlisted in
the Continental army in 1775 in defense of the
rights of the colonists, and served until the close
of the war. He married Liddie Read, and
throughout his entire life followed farming. Their
children were : Benjamin, James, Stephen, Israel,
Clara, Liddie, Amy, Sallie, and Jemima, died
young, unmarried.

.Stephen Harding, father of Palmer Harding,
was born December 26, 1800, learned the car-
penter's trade and followed it in connection with



farming until his death, which occurred De-
cember I, 1879. He married Elsie Wyman and
their eldest son is Palmer Harding. The other
members of the family are as follows: Isaac B.,
born in December, 1823 ; Sarah E., born in 1826,
and married Daniel Bursell ; i\Iary C, born in
1827, and is the wife of Josiah Beidler; John
W., born in 1830, married Elizabeth Wood;
Jane L., born in 1834, the wife of William Tabor ;
Eleanor C, born in 1837, wife of Abram Houck ;
and William A., who was born in 1840, and en-
listed for service in the Union army in the Civil
war in 1862. He was shot and instantly killed at
the battle of Hatcher's Run, Virginia.

Palmer Harding attended the public schools
and spent one term in the Franklin Academy, at
Harford, Pennsylvania. He spent the years of
his minority on the home farm, and on attaining
adult age started out in life on his own account,
teaching school through the winter months and
working at farm labor in the summer. In 1846
he entered the employ of Brown & Thompson,
general merchants, for whom he clerked for a
year, and after his marriage in 1847 h*^ resumed
farming, which he followed until 1859. In that
vear he established a shoe store, which he con-
ducted until 1866, when he purchased a tract of
land and began its cultivation, but on account of
his wife's health he was obliged to leave the farm
after four years. In 1870 he removed to West
Pittston, where he still resides, and since 1879
has held the office of justice of the peace. Dur-
ing the twenty-five consecutive years of his
service, he has never had a decision reversed by
the higher courts. July i, 1847, ^^^- Harding
was married to Miss Mary Seward, and they had
seven children : Prudence C, born ]\Iarch 25,
1848, is the wife of Edwin Compton : Elsie J.,
born February 21, 1850, wife of William H.
Herrmann : Charles, born June 16, 1852, died
j\Iarch 5, 1853 ; Addie E., born March 25, 1855,
is the wife of Charles Huntington ; Alanson B.,
bom March 29, 1857, died March 25, i860;
Daniel P., born May 20, i860, married Katie
James, Mav 20, i88q, and Harry W., born July
"30, 1864, died April 6, 1867. H. E. H.

LAZARUS R. YOUNG, one of the substan-
tial general merchants of Plymouth, Pennsyl-
vania, was born in Plymouth, November 10, 1861,
the son of Charles E. and Frances (Gabriel)
Young, and grandson of Charles and Susan
(Madiera) Young, the former a native of Ger-
many and the latter of Pennsylvania and o-
Dutch extraction.

Charles E. Young was born February 24,



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1803, in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and there
received his educational training. After attain-
ing his majority Mr. Young removed to Ply-
mouth, Pennsylvania, where he engaged in the
coal business. During the time the Nanticoke
dam and canal were in course of construction, Mr.
Young followed the occupation of contractor.
After they were completed he followed canaling
between Wilkes-Barre and Columbia until 1862,
when he retired from active business life. De-
cember 24, 1838, he was united in marriage to
Frances Gabriel, who was born in Plymouth, the
daughter of Henry and Edith (VanLoon) Ga-
briel, natives of Connecticut and Pennsylvania,
respectively. Mrs. Young is the sister of Albert
Gajjriel, whose death occurred May 18, 1890. The
following named children were born to Mr. and
Mrs. Charles E. Young: Oscar, who resides in
Michigan City, Indiana ; Susan E., the wife of
Peter Garrahan, of Wilkes-Barre ; Emma, who
married John Hutchinson, of Zenorsville, Iowa ;
Mary, the wife of W. Lowe, of Plymouth, Penn-
sylvania ; John C, who holds the position of fore-
man at No. 12 shaft in Plymouth Coal Company;
Frances H., the wife of William Connor, of
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania : Lazarus D., de-
ceased ; Lazarus R., mentioned at length herein-
after. The death of Charles E. Young occurred
in 1874, and that of his wife September 25,
1900. The father of Mrs. Young is deceased and
her mother's death occurred January 12, 1886.

Lazarus R. Young obtained his education in
the common schools of Plymouth, Pennsylvania,
and after leaving the school room entered into his
first regular employment as a slate picker in the
Old Washington breaker in Plymouth, remaining
there one summer. He then entered the general
store of Turner Brothers in Plymouth, being en-
gaged as clerk and continuing there until Aug-
ust, 1879. Ii^ that year he entered the employ of
Harvey Yeager. (See sketch elsewhere). In
April, 1886, Darius Yeager, brother of Harvey,
succeeded to the business, and Mr. Young con-
tinued with him until March 21 of the following
year, when he established himself in the general
merchandise business. During his service in the
two establishments above mentioned Mr. Young,
being naturally observing and quick to catch new
ideas, learned much that has been of inestimable
value to him when he embarked in business for
himself. March 21, 1887, Mr. Young opened a
general store at 450 West Main street, Plymouth,
associating himself with Mr. P. H. Garrahan, his
brother-in-law, of Wilkes-Barre. and conducting
business under the firm name of L. R. Young &



Co. This arrangement existed until June 27,
1889, when Mr. Young succeeded to the entire
business. September, 1895, Mr. Young removed
his business to 353 West Main street, opposite
the store of Turner Brothers, where Mr. Young
clerked as a boy. From the very outset his busi-
ness career has been wholly successful. Mr.
Young is pre-eminently a self-made man. Start-
ing in life with few advantages, his is a shining
example of what those success-bringing qualities,
indomitable will, tenacity of purpose and honest
industry can do in the way of aiding a man to
attain to the highest success in any enterprise.
Mr. Young is a man of broad and liberal views,
and is held in the highest regard by his fellow
townsmen. He is the oldest in business of any
man in Plymouth. In politics he accords with the
principles of the Republican party. August 28,
1881, Mr. Young was united in marriage to Paul-
ine A. Prudhoe, daughter of William L. and Mary
(Ross) Prudhoe, natives of England and Penn-
sylvania, respectively, and who were the parents
of the following named children : Joseph W.,
Lauretta, Pauline A. (Mrs. L. R. Young), Jessie
B., deceased ; Ida May, deceased ; James L., Jen-
nie, George, deceased ; and William, deceased.
Mr. Young and his wife attend the Christian
church. Mrs. Young is a descendant of revolu-
tionary stock, one of her ancestors on the Ross
line having been killed in the Wyoming mas-
sacre. H. E. H.

ALFRED HENRY COON, of Kingston, a
contractor, who has been connected with many
notable improvements in various parts of the
United States, was born in Greenfield, then Lu-
zerne, now Lackawanna county, Pennsylvania,
May 28, 1829. He is a son of Jacob and Comfort
(Bolton) Coon, and grandson of Henry and
Margaret (Snyder) Coon.

Mr. Coon is of Holland descent, his grand-
father being born, reared and educated there.
About the year 1770 he emigrated to America,
settling in Kinderhook, New York. Prior to his
emigration he was united in marriage to Marga-
ret Snvder, who bore him the following chil-
dren : Maria, deceased, who became the wife of
Jacob Swartz, they had : Daniel, deceased ; Sallie,
deceased: John, deceased: Lyman and Margaret.
They reside in Scranton, Pennsylvania. John,
deceased, who married Sallie Lutz and the fol-
lowing children were born to them : A\'illiam,
Margaret, Michael, Dianthy, David, John. Oliver
and Abbie, all of these are now deceased. Jacob,
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Thankful Bolton, children : Daniel, deceased ;
Content, deceased ; Augusta, Amanda, Lewis,
]Morris, Julius, Henrietta, and Jessie, deceased.
They reside in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Han-
nah, who became the wife of Edward Lane and
the mother of several children. They reside in
Carbondale. Pennsylvania. William, who mar-
ried Mrs. Stratton, now deceased, and their chil-
dren were : Susan, deceased, who was the wife
of Oscar Ferrel, and Esther, deceased, who was
the wife of Dr. Brady. William Coon, deceased,
resided in Honesdale. Pennsylvania. David, who
married a Miss Hollister, of Hollisterville, Penn-
sylvania, formerly of Virginia ; children : Ada,
who married Dr. Dous, and Elizabeth, deceased.
They reside in Iowa. Anthony, who married An-
geline Burlingame, now deceased : one daughter,
Angeline, now JNIrs. Murray. They reside in
^\'ilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Thomas, who mar-
ried a ^liss Polemus. children: Thomas, de-
ceased, was a lumberman residing in Clearfield,
and one daughter. Thomas Coon, now deceased,
resided for many years in Honesdale, Pennsyl-
vania.

Jacob Coon was born in Kinderhook, on the
Hudson. New York. February 17, 1805. He was
educatefl in the public schools adjacent to his
home, and engaged in farming with his father
at the same place until about sixteen years of age,
when he came to Pennsylvania and worked on
different farms in this section of the state. Sub-
sequently he acquired several farms in Wayne
county, and also engaged largely in contracting
and other work. He built several plank roads
and among the first large contracts was one from
Honesdale to Narrowsburg, Pennsylvania, about
1848. Among others he built the road from In-
dian C)rchard to Mast Hope, on the Erie Rail-
road ; Scranton to Carbondale ; Wilkes-Barre to
Pittston ; White Haven to Bear Creek ; Monti-
cello to Wertsboro ; and others. All of his sons,
including Alfred H., worked with their father on
this and other work, including railroads and
water works. The Delaware, Lackawanna &
Western Railroad from Beach Haven to Wyo-
ming, Pennsylvania, was also a part of his work,
he and his son Alfred H. building about one-half
of it. He also built a part of the Brooklyn Water
Works, his son Alfred H. assisting him there for
a period of two years. Jacob Coon cleared up a
laurel swamp on the present site of Carbondale
and opened the first coal mine there. He also
conducted a boarding house at this place at the
same time (1826), which was the first house in
Carbondale. He then entered the service of the

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Delaware & Hudson Company, openmg coal
mines. Erom Carbondale he went to Greenfield
township, located on a farm and resided thereon
for about nine years, and then moved to Hones-
dale, where he was appointed overseer of turn-
pikes for difl:'erent companies and where he re-
mained about five years. He then entered into
several dift'erent ventures, contracting, farming,
lumbering and the operation of two mills, in all of
which he was highly successful. He was a great
reader, took an active interest in educational
atfairs, and served in the capacity of school direc-
tor. He attended the Episcopal church, was a
member of the militia, a Democrat until Lincoln's
time, later a Radical in politics, and a worthy and
honored citizen, enjoying the acquaintance of a
wide circle of friends. About 1825 Jacob Coon
married Comfort Bolton, born in Portland,
;\Iaine. August 3. 1805, daughter of James and
Martha ( Pettingill ) Bolton, of Portland, :\Iaine,
of Quaker proclivities, and one of a family of
seven children, as follows : Solomon, Patience,
Comfort, \Mlliam, Daniel, Content, and Thankful
Bolton. Seven children were born to ^Ir. and
Mrs. Coon : Elizabeth, who became the wife of
Daniel K. Long, deceased, children : Daniel, de-
ceased ; Alfred, Elizabeth, deceased, and Ella.
The family reside in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.
Alfred H., mentioned hereinafter. Charles, de-
ceased, who married Maria McMullen, children:
Edward, deceased ; and Henry. The family re-
side in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. Douglas, mar-
ried Clara Carl, who bore him one son, Edward.
They resided for some time in Kingston, Penn-
sylvania, and then went west. Augusta. Giles,
deceased, killed while working on one of the con-
tracts with his father : George, deceased. Jacob
Coon, father of these children, while on a con-
tract on the Alorris & Essex Railroad, Easton to-
Hackettstown. Pennsylvania, died at Port Mur-
ray, February 17, 1865, aged sixty years, and was
buried at Glen Dyberry cemetery, Honesdale,
Pennsylvania. His widow. Comfort (Bolton)
Coon, died 1878, aged seventy-three years, at
Honesdale, and was buried by the side of her
husband.

Alfred H. Coon spent his early days at Green-
field, Pennsylvania, accompanying his parents to
Honesdale when eight years of age, in which city
he resided until 1855 when he came to Wyoming
\'alley. He was educated in the public schools
of Honesdale. and after completing his studies
went to work with his father on a contract on
the Lackawanna & Bloomsburg Railroad, now
the Delaware. Lackawanna & Western Railroad,



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and continued with him on various contracts,
meanwhile taking contracts with his father until
1865. In 1857 he built the Kingston Hotel,
which he owned and leased, continuing on con-
tracts until the death of his father in 1865, when
he assumed the management of the hotel and con-
ducted it for three years. At the expiration of
this period of time, 186B, he leased the hotel and
formed a partnership with his brothers under the
firm name of A. H. Coon & Bros., same continu-
ing until 1 87 1. In 1866-67 they built and owned
the Kingston & Wilkes-Barre Horse Car Rail-
road, selling out in the spring of 1868. They
continued contracting, some of their work being
on the Delaware railroad. They also built the
steamboat, "Colonel Wright," which was run on
the Susquehanna river, and later disposed of
their interests in the same. Alfred H. Coon has
also performed a large amount of contract work
for the government and on water works all over
the country. He worked on the Washington,
D. C. Water Works, dredged the Susquehanna,
and built a dike at the head of W. B. Island for
the sfovernment. Mr. Coon also owned a mill at
Luzerne, now conducted by Granville Clark, and
a feed and saw mill at Kingston, which was de-
stroyed by fire, and in addition to these has con-
tinued general contracting on various classes of
work up to the present time (1905). The esteem
in which he is held by his fellowmen is evi-
denced by the fact that he was elected first presi-
dent of the Kingston Railroad Company, director
in the Steamboat Company, director in the Turn-
pike Company, Dallas, and receiver of the Wyo-
ming Valley Brewing Company. He has held
membership in the Knights of Honor for a quar-
ter of a century, and his political affiliation is
with the Democratic party.

Mr. Coon married, July 17, 1856, Lorinda
Marcv, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania,
May 15, 1833, daughter of Reuben, son of Jared,
and Lucy Ann (Wrenton) Marcy (See Marcy
Family), of Kingston, Pennsylvania. Six chil-
dren were the issue of this union : Charles, de-
ceased, who was a resident of Pittsburg : he mar-
ried Josie Lloyd, and they were the parents of
one child, deceased. Alfred, a resident of Kings-
ton, Pennsylvania. Crittenden, a resident of
Kingston, Pennsylvania. Bolton, a resident of
Kingston, Pennsylvania, a well known contractor, _
married Edith M. Harden, who bore him two
children: Harden and Harold. Frank, a resident
of New Orleans. Oswald, a resident of Wilkins-
burg. a suburb of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania ; he
married Annie Costello, and they are the parents



of one child, Kathryn Lorinda. ^Ir. Coon at-
tends the Methodist Episcopal church of Kings-
ton, of which his wife is a member.

H. E. H.

ISAAC A. WEIL, a prosperous merchant
of Plymouth, Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, was
born March 24, i860, 'son of Abraham and He-
lena (Weil) Weil, and grandson of Jacob Weil,
a native of Alsace, Germany, born 1798, and was
a solldier under Napoleon. He was present at the
battle of Leipsic, in the German army, war of
1848. He emigrated from his native country in
1852, settling at Danville, Pennsylvania, where
he was for some years engaged in the mercantile
business, and was later in the same business in
Wilkes-Barre. His first wife. Bertha Netter,
bore him two children, namely: Abraham, of
whom later; and Joseph. After the death of his
first wife, at Altdorf, Baden, he married (sec-
ond) Caroline , and of this union the fol-
lowing children were born : Julius, John, Simon,
Isaac, Caroline and Charlotte. His second wife
died in Germany, and he married (third) Fannie

, who died in Wilkes-Barre in 1867. The

death of Jacob Weil occurred in 1876 in Scran-
ton, Pennsylvania, and his burial was at Wilkes-
Barre.

Abraham Weil, son of Jacob and Bertha
(Netter) Weil, came to this country with his
father's family in 1852, and engaged with him in
the general mercantile business at Danville. From
there he went to Wilkes-Barre, where he re-
mained until 1863, when he removed to Plym-
outh. Abraham Weil married in 1854, Helena
Weil, and of this union children were born as
follows : Bertha, died in infancy. Mary ( Mrs.
Strouse), Anderson, South Carolina. Jean-
nette (Mrs. Heyman), New York. Isaac A., of
whom later. Fannie, died at the age of eight
years. Pauline (Mrs. Lesser). Anderson, South
Carolina. Rosalie, died in infancy. Julius H.,
a resident of Anderson, South Carolina. Abra-
ham Weil died in Plymouth July 22, 1872.

Isaac A. Weil, fourth child and eldest son of
Abraham and Helena (Weil) Weil, obtained his
initial education in the public scnools of Plym-
outh, his intermediate education in Wyoming
Seminary, and his higher education in Freiburg
Gymnasium, Baden, Germany, in which institu-
tion he spent two years. He entered into his
first regular employment as clerk for B. Wurz-
burger, successor to John B. Wood, Wilkes-
Barre. After three years in this emi:)loyment
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and established themselves in the general mercan-
tile business at Plymouth, conducting the estab-
lishment under the firm name of H. W^eil & Son.
This arrangement existed until 1883, when Mrs.
Weil retired from active pursuits. The business
was continued until 1891 under the firm name of
Weil & Strouse, and in that year Mr. Weil suc-
ceeded to the entire business, and is now engaged
in the conduct of the same, under name of Isaac
A. Weil. He is a progressive, enterprising busi-
ness man, and the excellent success with which
he has been attended since the beginning of his
business career is due in a great part to his
straightforward, honest business methods and
general fair dealing. Politicallv Mr. Weil is a
supporter of the Democratic party, and is deeply
interested in the welfare of that organization. He
served his town as councilman for two years.
He is one of the original members of the Ninth
Regiment. Pennsylvania National Guard, and
was quartermaster sergeant for three years and
also treasurer of the company. He is now a trus-
tee of the Armory Association. Isaac A. Weil
married in 1890. Liva S. A'an Loon, who was
born February 26, 1871, daughter of Burton and
Jennie E. (Pinder) Van Loon, of Plymouth.
JNIrs. Weil traces her ancestry back to three of
the old families of the Wyoming \^alley, the
Davenports, Nesbitts and \'an Loons. The \'an
Loons originally came from New York state and
the Davenports from Connecticut. ]\Ir. and Mrs.
Isaac A. Weil are the parents of five children,
viz. : Helen, born December 23, 1892, died Au-
gust 8, 1893 ; Jeannette, born November 13,
1893; Burton, born November 17, 1895; Donald,
born September i, 1898. died September 25,
1902; and Harold, born June 8, 1901.

Robert Davenport, great-grandfather of Mrs.
Wiel, was born in Plymouth, August 13, 1786.
He married Phoebe Nesbitt, who was born in
Plymouth, May 7, 1796, and had: Samuel, born
September 25, 1813; Jane, born October 23,
1815 (to be further referred to) ; Elizabeth born
August 2, 1818; Lydia, born November 17, 1820;
Eliva, born December 28, 1822 ; Sarah. Septem-
ber 17, 1826; and Harrison Newton, January 3,
1833. Jane, second child and eldest daughter of
Robert and Phcebe (Nesbitt) Davenport, mar-
ried Samuel Van Loon, a son of Samuel \'an
Loon, both of whom were born in Plymouth
township. Thev both served as sherift's of Lu-
zerne county, the younger Samuel being elected
in 1859. Of this union the following named chil-
dren were born : Harrison Newton. Robert
Davenport. Burton, to be mentioned further here-
inafter: Livia. \\'ayman. Ziba. Thomas. James,



Samuel, Jr., Mary, Everett and two others who
died in infancy. The father of these children,
Samuel Van Loon, died about 1888, and his
wife passed away in April, 1905, aged eighty-
nine years and six months, and was buried in
the Davenport cemetery, Plymouth. Burton \ an
Loon, third son and child of Samuel and Jane
(Davenport) Van Loon, was a farmer in Plym-
outh township, and also conducted a general
store in Plymouth the greater part of his life.
He married Jennie E. Pinder, of England, of
English descent, and they had children as fol-
lows: Irvin S., died in 1898; Elizabeth ^May,
married L. G. Rice, Wilkes-Barre, and has three
children, Harry J., Walter and Helen; Liva S.
( Mrs. Weil) ; Charlotte, married Mark B. Lock-
yer, and they live in Germantown, Pennsylvania.

JOHN T. PHILLIPS, of Dallas, Luzerne
county, Pennsylvania, was for many years ac-
tively identified with the industrial and commer-
cial atifairs of the Wyoming Valley, and was held
in high esteem for his ability and integrity in
business affairs, and for his nobility of personal
character.

He was born in Washington, D. C, October
3, 1857, son of C. F. and Mary E. (Holtzman)
Phillips. The parents lived, in turn, in Pawling,
Philadelphia and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, in
the latter place residing at the corner of Main and
Union streets, and where the father carried on an
extensive trade in horses and mules. Mr. Phil-
lips died about 1813 : his widow yet survives, and
with her two daughters — Airs. Andrew W. Mc-
Alpine and Aliss Annie Phillips — resides in
\\'ilkes-Barre.

John T. Phillips received his education prin-
cipally in Wilkes-Barre high school and Wyo-
ming Seminary. Then he secured a clerical posi-
tion in the office of the Lehigh Valley Coal Com-
pany, and developed such excellent business abil-
ity that he was soon called to a place of larger
usefulness and greater responsibility as confi-
dential clerk to Albert Lewis, in his extensive
lumber business at Bear Creek, and subsequently
became the general manager. While occupying
the latter position he was associated with Mr. L.
B. Hillard and E. G. JNIercur in a lumber busi-
ness which he established at \\'est Pittston. under
the corporate title of the A\'yoming A'alley Lum-
ber Company. He subsequently removed to Dal-
las, where he built a comfortable home, and en-
gaged in a lumber and railroad tie business. In
1899 he withdrew from his lumber interests in
the Wyoming \'alley, and went to !Mt. Sterling,
Kentucky, where he was associated with the



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Oneonta Lumber Company. He retired fron>
this corporation sliortly before his death, to en-
gage in kimber business upon his individual ac-
count, and which he was prosecuting with grati-
fying success and constantly expanding, until he
succumbed to an illness contracted in the lumber
camps. He was at the north when he first felt
his illness coming upon him, and which on his
reaching his home at Alt. Sterling, Kentucky, de-
veloped into typhoid fever, and it is pathetic to
note that his devoted wife was prostrated at the
same time. His death occurred October 2, 1901,
at the age of forty-four years. Although pass-
ing away thus early, he had demonstrated re-
markable business ability, and had he lived would
doubtless have been numbered among the most
extensive lumber dealers in the United States.

Mr. Phillips was a man of most amiable dis-
position, and was regarded with confidence and
esteem in all circles in which he moved. He bore



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