Horace Edwin Hayden.

Genealogical and family history of the Wyoming and Lackawanna Valleys, Pennsylvania; (Volume 2) online

. (page 30 of 130)
Online LibraryHorace Edwin HaydenGenealogical and family history of the Wyoming and Lackawanna Valleys, Pennsylvania; (Volume 2) → online text (page 30 of 130)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook


came a religieuse of this order and is now known
as Sister Mary Salome, her vows being received
by the late lamented and saintly Rt. Rev. Bishop
O'Hara.

In the summer of 1892 Mr. Elynn, accom-
panied by his wife and two youngest children.
Miss Nellie and Frank, left for a trip to Europe,
and at the time of his departure was apparently
in robust health. On reaching his native land,
after an absence of thirty-nine years, he was
stricken with a fatal illness. It was a dreadful
shock when the family received a cablegram,
reading: "Father dangerously ill," shortly fol-
lowed by another, "Father dead," the date being
July 17th. It was a sad termination to an in-
tended pleasure trip, but, when informed bv the
attending physicians of his fast approaching end,
with the firm faith and confidence that always
characterized his noble soul, Mr. Flynn bowed
his head in humble submission to the all-wise de-
signs of Divine providence. In a spirit of perfect
resignation, he requested that a priest be sum-
moned and fearlessly prepared his soul to meet
"his God. Strengthened and consoled in his last
hours by the grace of the sacraments of the
religion he loved, and so faithfully practiced dur-
ing life, and comforted by the presence of his de-
voted wife and children, he passed to his eternal
reward. Though death overtook him in the home
of his boyhood, his only request was to be brought
home to be buried with his family. The remains
arrived in Scranton, July 27. about 6:30 P. M.,
ten days after his death, and were at once con-
veyed to St. Patrick's Church, where they lay in
state during the night. Hundreds of friends
kept vigil in this hallowed place until the next
morning, when a solemn high Mass of Requiem
was sung by Rev. Father Whelan, the rector, and
a life-long friend of the deceased. Rev. Father
Enright was deacon and Rev. Father Mangan,
subdeacon of the Mass. There were many priests



in the sanctuary. The funeral, which was the
largest ever held in the city, included people from
all walks of life and from all parts of the valley.
Father Whelan delivered a glowing panegyric, in
the course of which he said that Mr. Flynn's hon-
esty, piety, and nobility of character were riches
far greater than even his large possessions. It
was a worthy tribute to one whom all considered
a friend. The entire service and all connected
with it was most touching, and the whole congre-
gation were, for the loss of such a friend, in tears.
The deepest sympathy was felt for the family so
unexpectedly and sadly bereaved. While deprived
of the companionship of husband and father, his
famih' have a sweet consolation in the recollection
of his tenderness in his home, his worth as a man
and a Christian, and the constant prayerful inter-
cession of the holy Sisterhood for their kind bene-
factor, and within whose hallowed circle is safely
sheltered one whom he dearly loved.

THE SCRANTON FAJ^IILY in America
had for its progenitor John Scranton. who, with
others, in all about twenty-five heads of families,
made a settlement in Guilford, Connecticut, in
1639. They came from England, from the village
of Guilford and the counties of Kent and Surrey,
descended from a people who had their rise in
the reign of "Bloody Queen Mary," under whose
persecuting reign their meetings for religious
worship without a liturgy were broken up, and
some of them burned at the stake.

Seeking religious liberty, these early Puritans
(as they came to be known) came to America,
and among them was John Scranton. He was
then probably under thirty years of age, and he
lived until August 27, 1761, and died aged about
sixty. As he was a free burgess, it is presumable
that he was of the company which in Robert New-
man's barn, in New Haven, June 4, 1639, laid the
foundations of civil and religious policy by the
adoption of an order of liberal government. That
he was a man of prominence is attested by the
fact that he was ?. member of the general court in
1669-70. He was twice married; (first) (prob-
ably in England) to Joanna, whose family name is
unknown, and who died July 22, 1661, about ten
years before her husband; and (second) to Ada
(Adaline Hill), the widow of Robert Johnson.
The children of John Scranton were by his first
marriage and were: i. John, Jr., born (prob-
ably 1641). died September 2, 1703, aetat sixtv-
two. 2. Thomas, born about 164^. 3. Sarah,
born May 16, 1643; married John Bushnell.

John Scranton (2), eldest child of the immi-
grant John Scranton, was the first of the family



THE WYOMING AND LACKAWANNA VALLEYS.



14L



name born in Guilford, Connecticut. He was
known as Captain John Scranton, and was nomi-
nated in 1669 to be made a burgess, and at the
next general court he was privileged to take the
freeman's oath. He was twice married; (first)
j\larch 12, 1673-74. to IMary Seward, born Feb-
ruary 28, 1652, daughter of William Seward ; and
(second) December 10, 1691, to Elizabeth Clark,
daughter of John Bishop He died in 1703, aged
sixty-two, and left a large estate to his children
then living. His children were :

1. John, born about 1676, died March 21,

1723-

2. Mary, born about 1678 ; married Joseph
Stone, July 9, 1699, who died February 2, 1743 ;
they had eight children.

3. Alercv, born about 1680 ; married Samuel
Cole (or Cowles), of Cheshire, December 27,
1717.

4. Mehitabel, born about 1682 ; whether of
first or second wife is a question.

5. Elizabeth, born November 4, 1692, prob-
ably of second wife : was married to William
Rowlson, December zj. 1717.

6. Anne, born December 2^, 1693 • married
Ebenezer Munger.

7. Ebenezer, born March 16, 1696.

8. Deborah, born December 3, 1697 ; married
Abel Chittenden, July 5, 1721.

John Scranton (3), also known as Captain
John Scranton. eldest child of Captain John
Scranton, Jr. .lived in East Guilford, Connecticut.
He was a man of considerable property, and in
his will made ample provision for the support of
his negro man and his Indian slave, and privi-
leged them .to choose with which of his children
they should live. He was three times married ;
(first) to Mary Morton, December 12, 1699:
(second) to Mary (or Sarah) Evarts, daughter
of John, and who died October 8, 1749; (third)
to Mary, of Saybrook, daughter of Deacon Fran-
cis Bushnell, whose son's wife was Sarah Scran-
ton. The children of John Scranton were :

1. Mary, born July 6, 1701 : married Benja-
min Bushnell, of Saybrook.

2. John, born April 14, 1703 ; drowned in
Hammonassett river, in 1740; his father saw him
drown, but was unable to rescue him.

3. Josiah, born July 19, 1705 ; died Septem-
ber 8, 1 75 1, aetat forty-six.

4. Sarah, born November 25, 1707.

5. Submit, born June 18, 1712.

6. Noah, born January 20, 1714, died Decem-
ber 4, 1760, aetat forty-si.x.

7., Ichabod, born February 19, 1717: died
December i, 1760, aetat forty-three.



8. Hannah, born March 3, 171S.

9. Ann, born May 16, 1720.

ID. Rebecca, born September 12, 1722.

Captain Ichabod Scranton (4), seventh child''
and fourth son of Captain John Scranton (3), was
a farmer, and lived in Madison, Connecticut. He
was a captain in the old French war, and served
as such in the campaigns against Louisburg and
Ticonderoga. On returning from the latter
place he was seized with smallpox at Albany, New
York, and died December i, 1760, aged forty-
three. He was a man of patriotism, enterprise
and great personal courage, and his death was
mourned as a public calamity. He married Chloe,
born March 3, 1723, died December 3, 1791, aged
sixty-nine years, daughter of Abraham Fowler,
of Guilford. She was a convert under the preach-
ing of the evangelist Whitefield. The children of
Captain Ichabod and Chloe (Fowler) Scranton
were: I. Chloe, died May 26, 1788. 2. Eliza-
beth, died in Bergen, New York. 3. Theophi-
lus, born December i, 1751 ; died February 16,
1827. 4. Abraham, born September 10, 1754.
5. Ichabod, born December 10, 1757: died May
24, 1792: he was an officer of distinction in the
troop of cavalry in the French and Indian war.

Theophilus Scranton (5), third child and eld-
est son of Captain Ichabod and Chloe (Fowler)
Scranton, was a farmer. He married Abigail
Lee, second daughter of Jonathan and Mary Lee,
of Madison, born July 11, 1754, died December
2jf, 1840, aged eighty-five years and six months.
Their children were: I. Erastus, born August

1, 1777. 2. Parnel, born March 10, 1779. 3.
Jonathan, born October 10, 1781. 4. Charlotte,
born January 2, 1783. 5. Chloe, born October

2. 1784. 6. Theophilus, Jr., born April 13, 1786.
7. Hubbard, born May 4, 1788. 8. Lemon, born
May 10, 1790, died August 20, 1791. 9. Icha-
bod Lee, born July 15, 1792. 10. Henry, born
November I, 1794. 11. Abigail, born May 15,
1797, died May 10, 1810.

Jonathan Scranton (6), third son and child of
Theophilus and Abigail (Lee) Scranton, was a
farmer and builder, a constructor of wharves and
breakwaters. He was a leading member of the
church in Madison. He died of erysipelas, July
2". 1847. He was twice married. His first wife
was Roxanna, daughter of Ashbel Crampton,
born May 30, 1789, died December 2^, 1833, aged
forty-four years, and to whom he was married
January 27, 1805. "In her life she exhibited the
purity and excellency of the gospel." She was
the mother of all the children of Jonathan Scran-
ton. After her death he married, in October,
1834, Jemima, daughter of Daniel Piatt, and after



142



THE WYOMING AND LACKAWANNA VALLEYS.



the death of her husband she married Ebenezer
Dudley, June 13, 1853. The children of Jonathan
and Roxanna (Crampton) Scranton were:
I. Erastus Clark, born November 16, 1807. 2.
.Serenox Hamilton, born March i, 1811. 3. Jos-
eph Hand, born June 28, 1813. 4. Mary Rox-
anna, born June 8, 1815. died September 28,
1816. 5. Jonathan Cornelius, born in 1818, died
September 15, 1841. 6. Mary Roxanna, born
April 2, 1820. 7. Catharine Sarana, born April
I, 1822. 8. Samuel Richard, born July 7, 1824,
died July 21, 1826.

Joseph Hand Scranton (7), third child and son
of Jonathan and Roxanna (Crampton) Scranton,
was in early life a merchant in Augusta, Georgia,
and later came to Scranton, where he became
partner and general manager of iron works. He
was twice married. His first wife, whom he mar-
ried August I, 1837, was Eliza Maria, daughter
of Colonel J. Samuel Wilcox, of Madison. She
was born February 22, 1823, and died August 3,
1841, at her father's residence in Madison, while
paving him a visit. Her husband was ill at the
time, and had no knowledge of her death until
afterwards. She was the mother of two child-
ren : I. Joseph Augustine, born in Madison,
Connecticut, July 26, 1838. 2. Eliza, born in
Madison, in August, 1841, died in infancy. Jos-
eph Hand Scranton married (second), July 3,
1843, Cornelia, daughter of Judge William Wal-
ker, of Lenox, Alassachusetts, and their children
were: i. William Walker, born in Augusta,
Georgia, April 4, 1844. 2. Walter, born in Scran-
ton, August 12, 1849. 3. Frances, born in Scran-
ton' November 20, 185 1. 4. Alice, born in
Scranton, in 1854. 5. Arthur. 6. Cornelia.

Theophilus Scranton (6), sixth child and
fourth son of Theophilus and Abigail (Lee)
Scranton, was owner of a line of mail and passen-
ger stages between New Haven and Saybrook,
Connecticut. He was twice married (first),
July 2, 1810, to Elizabeth, born October 26, 1788,
died July 11, 1845, aged forty-five years, daugh-
ter of Chapman Warner, of Guilford, Connecti-
cut; (second) June 23, 1848, to Lucretia, daugh-
ter of Samuel Snow, and widow of Albert Nott.
The children of Theophilus Scranton, all by his
first marriage, were: i. George Whitefield, born
May 23, 181 1. 2. Selden Theophilus, born Oc-
tober 13, 1814. 3. Amelia, born April 10, 1818,
died March 11, 1839, aged twenty-one. 4. Car-
oline E., born February 11, 1820. 5. Charles,
born June 23, 1822. 6. William Lafayette, born
April"i9, 1824, died February ig, 1838. 7. Sarah
Warner, born April 30, 1830, died November 10,
1845.



Colonel George W. Scranton (7), eldest son
and child of Theophilus and Elizabeth (Warner)
Scranton, first carried on an iron manufacturing
business in Oxford, New Jersey. He later, with
his brother, Selden T. Scranton. began iron man-
ufacturing in Scranton, and they are accounted
the originators of the great if not the most com-
plete and extensive works in America. He mar-
ried, January 21, 1835, Jane Hiles, born in 181 1,
a daughter of George and Jane Hiles, of Bel-
videre, New Jersey. The children of this mar-
riage were: i. Elizabeth Warner, born March
17, 1838. 2. William Henry, born June 13,
1840. 3. James Selden, born November 3, 1841.
4. Ellen, born May 19, 1845, died July 11, 1845.

Selden T. Scranton (7), second child and son
of Theophilus and Elizabeth (Warner) Scran-
ton, was a co-partner with his brother. Colonel
George W. Scranton, in the iron manufacturing
business in Scranton. He married, September 3,
1839, Ellen Clarissa, born March 2, 182 1, daugh-
ter of William Henry, of near Nazareth, Pennsyl-
vania.

HON. JOSEPH AUGUSTINE SCRAN-
TON, journalist, founder and proprietor of the
Scranton Republican, member of Congress, etc.,
etc., was born at Madison, Connecticut, July 26,
1838, and is the eldest son of Joseph H. Scranton,
one of the founders of the city bearing the family
name.

When but nine years of age he became a resi-
dent of Pennsylvania. He received an academic
education and at an early age became interested in
politics, affiliating with the Republican party. In
1862 he was appointed by President Lincoln to
the responsible position of collector of internal
revenue for the twelfth district of Pennsylvania,
and held that office until 1866. In 1867 he
founded the Scranton Daily Republican, of which
he has since maintained the sole ownership and
control. This journal, one of the most enterpris-
ing and liberally managed in the state, is energet-
ically Republican in tone, but is also sufficiently
broad in its views to include within the ranks of
its readers a large number of citizens of opposite
political faith, who admire and desire to sustain a
fearlessly honest and on many points essentially
independent newspaper. It is publishrd every
day in the year and a special weekly edition is is-
sued in addition. The plant of the Republican
office, which includes a complete general printing
and binding establishment, and a five-story stone
and brick building, forty by one hundred and
fiftv feet, is reputed to be worth upwards of one
hundred and fiftv thousand dollars.



THE WYOMING AND LACKAWANNA VALLEYS.



143



In 1872 Mr. Scranton was a delegate to the
^Republican national convention held in Philadel-
phia. Two years later he was appointed by Pres-
ident Grant, postmaster of the city of Scranton,
re-appointed by President Hayes in 1878, and oc-
cupied that position nearly seven years, resigning
after his election to the forty-seventh congress.
In 1880 !Mr. Scranton was nominated for the
forty-seventh congress by the Republicans of the
twelfth congressional district of Pennsylvania, the
Lackawanna-Luzerne district, and was elected by
a tiattering majority, being the third Republican
representing the old Luzerne district during a
period of twenty years, and the first representative
from the Lackawanna end of the district since
i860, when Colonel George W. Scranton, a
cousin, was elected, and with the single exception
of Judge Stanton, who served three months of
the unexpired tenn of Hon. W. W. Ketcham.
Soon after his election in 1880 Air. Scranton con-
ceived the project of a Cnited States building for
the city of Scranton, and during the year before
he took his seat he carefully prepared the way for
carrying his plans to a successful issue. At that
time the government had not adopted the policy
of erecting buildings in the smaller inland cities,
and consequently the undertaking was attended
with greater difficvdties and uncertainties than
now appear, when such buildings are being erected
in many cities all over the country. Shortly after
assuming his duties in Washington, Mr. Scran-
ton introduced the bill providing for a postofifice
building in Scranton, and by careful management
and persistent labor secured its passage, thereby
attracting considerable attention, both at home and
elsewhere in the state and country, it being an
imusual success for a new member at his first ses-
sion. At the second session of the term he was
successful in securing an appropriation for the
purchase of a site, and never relaxed his per-
severance until the purchase was made and title
passed. Another notable success achieved by
him during his first term was in securing an ap-
propriation of fifteen thousnd dollars for the im-
provement of the Susquehanna river, between
Wilkes-Barre and Pittston. He was also success-
ful in securing the free mail delivery system for
both Wilkes-Barre and Scranton.

In 1882 he was nominated for Congress from
the same district by the Republicans, but owing
to the efforts of a faction in Wilkes-Barre, who
appear to have been dissatisfied by a local appoint-
ment which Mr. Scranton was instrumental in
having made, he was defeated. The value of his
services was greatly appreciated, notwithstanding,
and in 1884 the party rallied to his support for the



third time and again elected him by a large ma-
jority. In the forty-ninth congress he repeated
his earlier successes. One of the most important
local measures of which he secured the passage
was that instituting sessions of the United States
court at Scranton. In 1886 he received the Re-
publican nomination for the fiftieth congress, but
the jealousy of the faction in Wilkes-Barre,
previously alluded to, which was probably found-
ed in large part, if not wholly, upon the fact that
the city of Scranton had won the government
prizes named, operated to bring about his defeat.
Nevertheless, he was so evidently the man for the
place that in September, 1888, he was nominated
by his party for the fifty-first congress from the
new eleventh district, composed of Lackawanna
county, and was elected, exceeding former ma-
jorities by a surprising vote. "It is a significant
fact," says an observant local writer, in com-
menting upon Mr. Scranton's work, "that when-
ever this district has been represented in congress
by others, the important projects conceived by
Air. Scranton for the interests of the city have
been at a stand-still." Mr. Scranton was again
Republican candidate for congress in 1890, but
was defeated by Lemuel Amerman, who served
in the fifty-second congress. Two years later, in
1892, j\Ir. Scranton defeated Mr. Amerman for
the fifty-third congress and succeeded himself in
the fifty-fourth congress, to which he was elected
in 1894. It will thus be noticed that during a
period of sixteen years Mr. Scranton led the Re-
publican party continuously as its congressional
candidate, having been elected five times and de-
feated three times, serving a period of ten years
in congress.

But Mr. Scranton's usefulness in the national
legislature was not confined to local success. A
sincere "protectionist," he labored earnestly in the
support of all measures that were calculated to
uphold and defend American labor and American
industries against every foreign encroachment and
influence. In this he respected the wishes of his
constituents and voiced his own earnest convic-
tions, the result of long study, observation and
experience on the subject. As a legislator Mr.
Scranton has been loyal to his promises, his con-
stituents and his country. His support at the
polls has not been limited to members of his party,
but has embraced thoughtful men of all shades of
political opinion, who believe in being represented
by a thoroughly honest, patriotic and energetic
man, intelligent and broad-minded enough to
stifle purely partisan feeling in his efforts to se-
cure the common good. Air. Scranton was a del-
egate to the Republican national convention at



144



THE WYOMING AND LACKAWANNA VALLEYS.



Chicago (1888). He has repeatedly been a dele-
gate to state and county conventions, and a suc-
cessful chairman of county committees in both
Luzerne and Lackawanna counties. As a journal-
ist Mr. Scranton stands high among the profes-
sion throughout the state, and the success he has
won for The Republican is widely known and ap-
preciated. As a state leader in the Republican
party he has achieved notable successes and en-
joys an enviable position. His twent}'-one
years' devotion to his professional and political
pursuits are admitted all over the state to have
largely contributed toward wresting the natur-
ally Democratic strongholds of northeastern
Pennsylvania from their former affiliations and
placing and holding the anthracite counties in the
Republican column. Mr. Scranton was treas-
urer of Lackawanna county for the years
i90i-'o2-'o3, having been elected for the term of
three years upon the Republican ticket in 1900.

Mr. Scranton married, June 23, 1863, Ada,
eldest daughter of General A. N. Meylert, of
Scranton. Two children were born of this union :
Robert Meylert, the eldest, is associated with his
father in the publication of The Repnblicaii. and
Lida, who made her debut in Washington society
in 1885-86, during her father's second term in
congress, subsequently became the wife of Captain
D. L. Tate, of Third United States Cavalry.

FREDERICK MOESEL. That integrity of
purpose coupled with energy and determination
will enable a young man to make for himself a
place of definite usefulness and prosperity is well
exemplified in the career o.f the subject of this
brief sketch. He came to America from a foreign
land when a lad of eleven years, and through
industry and good management, attained a suc-
cess worthy the name and is numbered among
the prosperous young business men of the south
side of the city of Scranton, where he has a well
equipped harness store and shop, the same be-
ing located at 433 Cedar avenue.

Mr. Moesel was born in the town of Neu-
stadt-a-Kulm, kingdom of Bavaria, Germany,
February 24, 1879, being the elder of the two
children of Adam and Catherine (Harberstroh)
Moesel. The younger child, John C. is a baker
by trade and vocation, being foreman in a lead-
ing establishment in New York City. The moth-
er of our subject died when he was about three
years of age, January 26, 1882, and his father
subsequently married a second wife, who died
without issue, while of his third marriage were
born seven children, of whom four are living.



namely : Anna, George, Mary and Margaret.
George is engaged in the bakery business in
Scranton, and the other children also reside here.
Adam Moesel (father) immigrated to America
in 1885, and our subjejct was left in the care of
his paternal grandfather in Germany until 1890,
when, at the age of eleven years, he too came
to the United States, having previously received
excellent educational advantages in his native
land, while he continued to attend school for
some time after his arrival in the new world.
He joined the other members of the family in
Scranton, and here he has ever since made his
home, with the exception of two years passed
in the city of New York and six months spent
on a visit to his fatherland. In Scranton he soon
entered upon an apprenticeship at the trade of
harnessmaking under the direction of his ma-
ternal uncle, Lorenz Harberstroh, and in due
time became a skilled artisan at the trade, with
which he has ever since been identified. His-
ambition led him to engage in business for him-
self in 1902, when he established himself at his
present location, opening a shop for the manu- .
facturing and repairing of harness, while his suc-
cess was such that he was soon able to put in
a good stock of harness, saddlery, blankets,
robes, whips and other supplies, and his well
equipped store and shop constitute the head-
quarters for a profitable and constantly increas-
ing business, while the proprietor has so ordered
his course as to gain and retain the confidence
and esteem of all with whom he has had dealings.
He is a musician of considerable ability, and is
a member of the Scranton German Singing So-
ciety and the Round X Club. He enjoys marked
popularity in both business and social circles.

HENRY F. ATHERTON. The life of
Henry F. Atherton affords a conspicuous example
of a noble character self made and an honorable
and useful career selfwrought. licginning life
humbly, without capital, and unaided Ijy influen-
tial friends he attained to a position of honor and



Online LibraryHorace Edwin HaydenGenealogical and family history of the Wyoming and Lackawanna Valleys, Pennsylvania; (Volume 2) → online text (page 30 of 130)