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childhood years were passed at Dundaff, Penn-
sylvania, and at an early age he began to assist
in his father's store, remaining with him until he
was of age, when he succeeded to the manage-
ment. At the first he gave his sole attention to
that business, but after a time began the manu-
facture of window glass. The destruction of his
glass works by fire led him to abandon that enter-
prise, and for some years he operated a tannery.
In 1856 he took up his residence in Scranton,



where he engaged in a wholesale flour and feed
business on Franklin avenue. He was one of the-
projectors and first stockholders of the Delaware,
Lackawanna & Western Railroad Company, and
under Colonel George Scranton served as assist-
ant superintendent of construction between
Scranton and Great Bend. After its completion he
contracted to complete for the same road the tun-
nel at Factoryville, twenty-two hundred and fifty
feet, which herculean task he successfully accom-
plished. He next engaged in operating the Green-
wood coal mines, below Scranton, in partnership
with E. C. Schott, under the corporate title of
the Greenwood Coal Company, and continued in
the coal interest for a period of ten years. He
then became interested in real estate transactions,,
and in various financial institutions. He was-
one of the incorporators of the Second National
Bank, in which he was a director, and for five-
years he was president of the Merchants' and Me-
chanics' Bank. His excellent judgment and keen-
sagacity were well rewarded, and he amassed am-
ple means, but lost the greater part of his fortune
through misplaced confidence, without, however,,
a stain being left upon his honor. During his
later years he passed much of his time in Geor-
gia, where he owned mining interests of consid-
erable value.

General Phinney gained his military title-
from his service in connection with the Pennsyl-
vania militia, having entered the service at the
age of sixteen, and continuing therein until 1863..
He rose from the ranks and passed through all
the grades from lieutenant to brigadier-general,
and serving with honor and soldierlike ability in'
every station. In politics he was a Republican,,
identified with the party from its organization.,
and an ardent advocate of its principles and poli-
cies, yet caring nothing for political honors, and
at various times decfining overtures to become-
a candidate for important position. He was affil-
iated with various bodies of Free Masons and
Odd Fellows. But above all other interests he
placed those pertaining to Scranton, to the ad-
vancement of which, along all lines, material, in-
tellectual, moral and social, he devoted his most
earnest effort, at the same time contributing lib-
erally of his means. His long life of earnest and
useful endeavor closed June 19, 1897.

General Phinney married, in early manhood.
]\Iiss Hannah Hodge, born June, 1817, a daugh-
ter of Henry and Mary (Littell) Hodge, born
Elizabeth, New Jersey. Of this union were born-
two children — Robert and Mary J. Phinney.
Robert became superintendent of the mill o£




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Charles P. Matthews & Sons. Mary J. Phinney
became the wife of Charles P. Matthews. The
mother of these children died August 21, 1858,
and General Phinney subsequently married Aliss
Eunice C. Needham, who was born in Kingston,
and educated at Wyoming Seminary. Her fa-
ther. Benjamin Needham, was a native of Con-
necticut, a geologist and mining engineer by pro-
fession, engaged in those lines of prominence in
the Lackawanna \'alley.

ATHERTON FAMILY. Among the early
representative citizens of the Wyoming and
Lackawanna valleys are the members of the Ath-
erton family, the pioneer American ancestor of
which was Col. Humphrey Atherton, a native of
Dorchester, England, who early in the seven-
teenth century was made a member of artillery
and afterward became captain of his company.
On the breaking out of the Indian war, about
1637, he emigrated to America, where he was
colonial representative for nine years and major-
general in charge of the colonial forces. His
family consisted of ten children, who subsequent-
ly became heads and founders of the various
branches of the family. His death occurred in
1 66 1.

Cornelius Atherton, the second lineal de-
scendant of Humphrey Atherton, was born in
Massachusetts in 1736 and resided near Boston,
where he worked in an armory belonging to
Samuel Adams, who made guns to be used in
the war of the Revolution. Later he moved to
West Point, New York, and while a resident of
that place the "Vulture," a British man-of-war,
anchored near by for the purpose of receiving
the American garrison which Arnold, the traitor,
had designed to deliver to Major Andre for the
sum of ten thousand pounds and a commission
as general. While the "Vulture" lay in wait for
the return of Major Andre, Cornelius Atherton,
knowing it to be an enemy's vessel, procured an
old cannon, drew it up a prominence overlook-
ing the river and fired on the ship. The result
was the departure of the "Vulture," the capture
of Major Andre and the establishment of the
United States. From West Point Mr. Atherton
moved to New Jersey, and from thence to
Shawnee, Wyoming county, Pennsylvania, where
he resided at the time of the massacre of 1778.
As the time for the conflict with the Indians ap-
proached 'his eldest son, Jabez, then eighteen
years of age, begged to be let go in his place,
and accordingly he went, was slain, and his name



now heads the list of killed on the Wyoming
monument.

When the news of the defeat reached the set-
tlement, Cornelius Atherton tore up the floors
of his log house and out of the material made a
raft. Lpon this frail craft he placed the women
and children, also a few necessities, and they
floated down the Susquehanna river to Xanti-
coke, while his two sons, John and Eleazer.
drove the horses and cattle to a place of safety.
At Nanticoke they were met by other refugees,
and they at once formed themselves into an or-
ganized company. They fled through the wild-
est regions of Pennsylvania into New Jersey for-
safety, and their sufferings throughout this re-
treat were heart-rending. They camped at night
in the woods and subsisted on berries, with rye
flour made into mush and eaten with milk ob-
tained from the cows they were driving. When
peace was declared ]\Ir. Atherton, with his two
sons, returned and purchased five hundred acres
of land, where now stands the borough of Tay-
lor, and on this the two sons settled, Cornelius,,
their father, removing to Bainbridge, Chenango
county, New York. It is stated on good author-
ity that he made the first pair of clothier's shears:
ever made in America. He discovered the se-
cret of making steel and entered into a contract,
with Messrs. Reed, iron manufacturers of New
York, but the failure of the manufacturers pre-^
vented him from carrying out his contract. He
was a man of strong traits of character, pos-
sessed a remarkable genius, was a very religious,
man, often reading sermons and exhorting the-
people to do better. In 1761 Cornelius Ather-
ton married ]\Iary Delano, who bore him nine
children, and died in 1774. In 1786 he married
a Miss Johnson, who bore him seven children.
Mr. Atherton died December 4, 1809.

Eleazer Atherton, son of Cornelius and Mary
( Delano) Atherton, was born in 1764. About
1784 he began to clear the land purchased by his
father 'in Lackawanna county, and for three
years resided in the woods alone. He opened
the first vein of coal along the Lackawanna river
and shipped it by sled to Binghamton, New-
York. Accumulating a valuable property, be
built a large mansion, which is still standing in
good repair. He was strongly opposed to the-
drink habit and the use of tobacco. In early life
he was inclined to L^niversalism. but later united
with the Presbyterian Church. In 1790 Mr. Ath-
erton married Alartha Kanaan. who was born in
New Jersey, in ]\Iarch, 1773. He brought his-



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wife to his farm on tlie back of a horse, he walk-
ing by her side. She was a consistent Chris-
tian, faithful in the performance of her duties,
and she was the teacher of the first Sunday
school in Lackawanna county, the session being
always opened with pra}'er. Their family con-
sisted of nine children : Martha, Mary, Thomas,
Margaret, Elisha, Sarah, Joseph, John and Elea-
zer A. Mr. Atherton, father of this family, died
March 3, 1852, aged eighty-seven years and three
months, and his remains were interred in Taylor.
His wife passed away May 31, 1859, at the age
of eighty-seven, and was buried by the side of
her husband.

John Atherton, son of Eleazer and r^lartha
(Kanaan) Atherton, was born in Taylor, Penn-
sylvania, late in the eighteenth century, proba-
bly in the year 1790. He was a prominent and
well-to-do farmer, and was respected and hon-
ored by all with whom he was brought in con-
tact. By his marriage to Catherine Ward the
following named children were born : Phoebe,
Boyd, Caroline, Sarah, James and Ira C.

Ira C. Atherton, son of John and Catherine
(Ward) Atherton. was born in Taylor. Penn-
sylvania, May 17, 1819. He was educated at
the common schools and acquired a fair educa-
tion for the facilities afforded him. When
twenty-one years of age he began to work at
the trade of carpenter, and this he followed for
several years, later turning his attention to team-
ing and farming. He took a deep interest in the
schools of Lackawanna township and was elect-
ed to the office of school director. He also
served in the capacity of poor director. He at-
tended the Presbyterian Church, was a stanch
Republican in politics, and was one of the up-
right men who give prominence tO' a community.
On November 28, 1846, Mr. Atherton married
Mary J. Pulver, deceased, December 21, 1895,
who bore him the following named children :
George C, born in 1846; Mary E., born in 1848,
now deceased, was a successful teacher for thirty
years; Kate L., born in 1851, now the wife of
C. PI. Van Horn; Helen, born in 1854, now the
wife of T. R. Bowen and mother of two chil-
dren : Atherton and Louise Bowen. Georgiana,
born in 1857, is the wife of the Rev. E. L.
Santee, a member of the Wyoming conference
in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and they
are the parents of one son, Ira A. Santee. John
D., mentioned at length hereinafter. \\'illard,
born in 1864, who married Margaret W'hiteford ;
lie has served as assessor and is now vice-presi-
dent of the Taylor Bank. He is a member of



.\cacia Lodge, No. 579, Free and Accepted Ma-
sons, the Junior Order of United American Me-
chanics, and the Modern Woodmen of America.
Mr. Atherton surrounded his family with all the
comforts of life and his children were given the
best educational advantages procurable. His
death occurred June 25, 1897, at Taylor, Penn-
sylvania.

John D. Atherton, son of Ira C. and Mary J.
( Pulver) Atherton, was born in Taylor, Penn-
sylvania, June 3, i860. In 1881, upon attaining
his majority, he engaged in mercantile pursuits,
and from a small beginning he enlarged from
time to time until now his store is one of the
leading ones in the richest borough in the state.
In 1891, after making some needed and desired
changes in the firm, his brother Willard was ad-
mitted into partnership, and now the firm of Ath-
erton Brothers of Taylor is well known through-
out that section of the county. They carry a
large line of goods, which are of the best quality
and sold at reasonable prices, and their motto
is and has been "Do unto others as you would
have them do unto you." Their efforts have been
deservedly crowned with success, and they have
gained an enviable reputation among their busi-
ness associates. As poor director Mr. Atherton
rendered his township faithfid and effective
work. He is an honored member of the Junior
Order of United American Mechanics, Modern
Woodmen of America, and the Heptasophs.

Mr. Atherton was united in marriage to Ruth
B. Ward, and their children are: Mary M., born
December 15, 1895 : J. Carlton, born January 17,
1900, and Willarcl P., born December 21, 1904.

JAMES NELSON WARNER, D. D. S., a
well known dental surgeon of W'ilkes-Barre. Lu-
zerne county, Pennsylvania, traces his ancestry
back to John Warner, of Hatfield, Gloucester-
shire, England, who lived in the reign of Charles
I, one of the most eventful in English history.

I. Andrew Warner was a son of John
Warner, above named. He emigrated to Amer-
ica 1630 and settled at Cambridge, Massachu-
setts, where he was made a freeman 1632. He
removed to Hartford, Connecticut, 1635. He
was a member of the Troop of Horse under Maj.
Jolin Mason, of Connecticut, 1657-58; was a
member of the first church in Hartford, with
his son Daniel. Andrew owned land in Hart-
ford 1639. His estate was distributed there
March 22, 1754. He appears to have sold fif-
teen pieces of land there from 1639 to 1679.
He was also a trooper from Hadley in Capt.





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John Pvnchon's company, ]\Iarch, 1663. He re-
turned to Massachusetts with his son, Daniel
Warner, 1659, was selectman of Hadley 1660,
1668, 1674, and settled in the town of Hadley.
There he died December 18, 1684, leaving six
sons — Andrew, Robert, John, Daniel, of whom
later ; Jacob and Isaac.

II. Lieut. Daniel Warner, son of Andrew
\\'arner, born about 1643, settled in Hadley, in
that part of the town which subsequently became

Hatfield. He married (first) Mary , died

September 19, 1672. He married (second),
April I, 1674, Martha Boltwood, daughter of
Robert Boltwocd. Lieutenant Warner was a
farmer and owned much estate. He was select-
man Hadley, 1667, and ensign Hadley foot com-
pany, October 7, 1674. He died April 30, 1692.
His wife, Martha, died September 22, 1710. They
had seven sons, o,f whom the second son was

III. Andrew Warner, second son of Lieut.
Daniel and ]Mary Warner, was born June 24,
1667, in Hadley, where he resided a number of
years and became a large land owner. In 1696,
in company with Joseph Selden and John Church,
he went to Connecticut^ and together they pur-
chased Twelve Miles Island Fami, situate on
the banks of the Connecticut river, in the towns
of Saybrook and Lyme. In February, 1695,
John Leverett, of Boston (Cambridge), con-
veyed above lands to Joseph Selden. who on June
22, 1697, transferred a part of same to Andrew
Warner, which lands remained in the Warner
family a number of generations. Andrew War-
ner married ( first) Ruth Clarke, by whom he had
three children. She died about the year 1704,
and Andrew Warner married (second), April
4, 1706, Hannah Stannard. He died in Say-
brook (now Chester) and rests in Parker's Point
burying ground, about half a mile above War-
ner's Ferry, on the Connecticut river. The house
in which he lived stood on the old road, about
a quarter of a mile northwest of where the j\lid-
dlesex turnpike crosses the Warner Ferry road.

IV. Andrew Warner, son of Andrew and
Ruth (Clarke) Warner, born Saybrook, January
25, 1703, married Sarah Graves. Andrew War-
ner was a farmer. He died September 23, 1751.
His wife died February 10, 1756. They both
sleep in the old Chester burying ground.

V. David Warner, son of Lieut. Andrew and
Sarah (Graves) Warner, born August 7, 1730.
died 1805, married, 1748, Sarah Ward, of Say-
brook, who died February 20, 1793. David
Warner was a soldier in the Revolutionary war



and served his country faithfully. He enlisted,
as a private in Captain Ely's company, of the-
Sixth Connecticut Continental Regiment, May
8, 1775, and was mustered out December 18,.
1775. He re-enlisted in Major Skinner's troop
of Connecticut light horse, June 10, 1776, and
was discharged August 3, 1776, and on August
13, 1776, he again enlisted in Capt. Seth Warner's
company and served as a seaman on board the
galley "Trumbull," of the Lake Champlain ilo-
tilla, and was discharged November 25, 1776.

\'l. Phineas Warner, son of David and Sa -
rah (Ward) Warner, born Saybrook, 1749, died_
Chester, 1812; married Eunice Church, and they
had six children: Wealthy, John, David, Sam-
uel, Timothy and Phineas.

VII. Phineas Warner, son of Phineas and.
Eunice (Church) Warner, born Saybrook, 1777,.
married Lydia Clarke, of Chester, October 17,
1799. Phineas Warner, accompanied by his.
wife and children, with his brothers, Samuel and.
Timothy Warner, and their lamilies, removed to.
the wilds of northern Pennsylvania in 1809.
These sturdy descendants of Puritan ancestors
from the banks of the Connecticut came with
their ox teams, wagons, droves of cattle and
household goods, through a primeval forest, to
the log house of Elder Davis Dimock, a famous
Baptist preacher, in Bridgewater township,
where, after the gloom of night had again set-
tled upon the Susquehanna county wilderness,
the tired and hungry pioneers were welcomed
with thanksgiving and prayer that preceded a
supper, the memory of which tradition has kept,
alive to this day and generation. The day after
the arrival of the new settlers they left the hos-
pitable home of Elder Dimock. and with their
axes commenced to clear up farms, which are
still in the possession of their thrifty and pros-
perous descendants. Phineas Warner died 1824,
and his wife, Lydia, in 1840. They sleep side
by side in Montrose cemetery.

At the Elder Dimock supper there were pres-
ent these three sons of Phineas and Lydia War-
ner, Davis Dimock Warner, Nelson Clarke
Warner, and Sidney Haswell Warner, of all of
whom later. These brothers and many of their
tlescendants afterwards became prominent in
civil, military, professional and business life,
which is worthy of mention.

VIII. Gen. Davis Dimock Warner, son of
Phineas and Lydia (Clarke) Warner, became a\
brigadier-general in the Pennsylvania state mili-
tia, member of the house of representatives of



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IV'tinsylvania, and assdoiaU' judge cjf Sus(|ik'- itdn'ons Services at the Capture of Selnia, Ala-

hanna couiit\. Jle liacl I'.dward K. and J''reder-. l)aiiia." Captain Warner resides at Montrose.

ick R. He belongs to llie Crand Army of liie Republic,

(len. I'.dward Kaynsford Warner graduated and is a member (if the Susquehanna bar.
fidm the West I'dint Military yVeademy, class l''letcher (lustavus Warner, C S- \ .. son of

of 1S57. I le was an olVieer in the Civil war, and Nelson Clarke Warner, served as a private in

served in the Thii-d .\rlillery and I'irst New Company G, h'iftieth Pennsylvania Infantry, and

Ynvk l.i,!;hl Artillery \diunteers. lie was bre- fouglit in the liattles of Second Hull Run (.Ma-

\eled "Captain, July 1,. iSf)^, for Callant and nassa), Chantilly, South Mu,untain and .\n-

Mevilorinns .Services .'il the I'.attle of Cettys- tietam, Sharjisburg (Missouri), where he was

burg, I'a." Ihexeleil "t'olonel, V. S. N'olnn- dangerously wounded. .Vfter recovering from

teers, August 1, iSiq, for I )istingui.she(l and his wounds he received an honorable discharge

( lallant Services .it the liatlle of (letlsburg, and from the arm}-, lie is a resident of M(i,ntrose,

in the ()perations befoix- retersburg." llreveled and a member of the Crand .\rmy of the Re-

"Major, JMarch i,v, il^f'.S. lor (lallant and Meri- public.

torious .Services at Ihe Siege of Tetersburg, \ a." Capt. ICdson Sciitt Warner, C .S. \'., son of

r.rexeled "l.ienl. (.'olonel, Mai'di i:;, 1X05, for Nelson Clarke Warner, serx'ed at captain of Coni-

( lood C'onducI and (lallant Services during the pan\' L, b'ifty-sixth Regiment I'ennsylvania In-

Rebellion." And also breveted " lirig.-t leneral, finilry, whicli lired the first volley at ( lettvsburg.

C. S. Volunteers, Ajiril ij, i!^()5, for Isiithful and Since tlie clo.se of the Civil war he has held the

Meritorious Services dinMug the ( >|)erations re- ol'lice of postmaster at Montrose.
suiting in the b'.dl of i'viclnnond, \ a., and the 1\. Sidney llaswell Warner, M. ])., son of

.Surrender t)f the Insurgent .Army under ( leneral I'hineas and l.ydia ((."larke) Warner, born

R. E. Lee." (jeneral Wai-ner, after ,1 military .Saybrook, Connecticut, January jd, iSod, can\e

service of more than thirty years, retireil to his to liridgewater township. Susquehanna county,

■old home in Su,s(|uehanna county, I'ennsylvania. i8og. In his boyhood he helped his father clear

He died in New ^■o|•k city, January 2, 1905, up the land on the North road, adjoining the

res])ected and sincerely mourned by conu"ides l'"lder ])a\is Hiiuock clearing. In early pioneer

and frii'uds. and now sleeps in Montrose rem- times the schoolmaster followed the vanguard

'(.'tei'v. I'nder his last will and testament he lelt of civilization, and soon log school houses were

a l;irge sum of money to found a ]niblic library erected here and there in the new settlements,

and to erect a public building at Montrose, tlie .Sidney llaswell Warner early became a teacher,

place of his birth, a lasting monument to the and achieved a lasting reputation for learning and ■

memory of a brave and gallant soldiei- who fonglit literary ability among those who were fortunate

in the armies of the Union. to become his scholars. While engaged in the

I'rederiek Raynsford Warner, U. S. \'., son honorable calling of a school teacher among the
of Davis ]')imock Warner, served as a lirst lieu- rugged hills of Susquehanna county he com-
'tenant in (."aplain Telford's com|)any, l'"iftietli menced the study of medicine. He was mar-
Regiment, Pemisylvania X'olunteers, recruited in ried to Hannah Loomis, of Siiringville, ."^nsciue-
r.radford county. I'ennsylvania. He is now a hamia comity, (October I. 18,^5. a daughter of
resident of Chicago, Illinois, and a successful Horatio Porter Loomis. born in (."laremonl. New
broker and grain dealer. llam|ishire, Jidv 8, 180S.

\'I1I. Nelson Clarke Warner, son of I'hi- Sidney llaswell Warner eoni])leted his med-

neas and l.ydia (t'larke) Warner, became a ical stuilies in i83(); jiassed his examiivation be-

lirominent citi/cn of Sns(|uehaima ctnnity of fore the Massachu.setts Medical Society in 1836.

wliich he was elected sherilT in the year 1S4S. 1 le and was licensed bv this society as a "practi-

had four children. tioner of medicine." in Lenox, Massachusetts,

(."apt, Charles Nelson Warner, C. S. \ .. son No\ember 5, i8,^(). He soon afterwards reiuoved

of Nekson Clarke Warner, graduated from the to Huntington township. Luzerne county, Penn-

Wcst Point Military .\cademy. class of tSoj, In sylvania. where he became iironiinent in his jiro-

II1C Civil war he served in the Second :md I'oni'th t'ession. His certificate is still preserved. He

.Vrtillery. He was bre\-eled "b'irst Lieut. July had live children as follows: (icraldine. Theodo-

.^ i8(Vv lor (lallant and Meritorious Services at sia. Adelaide, Hannah and Jared Diniock ^\■a^-

llie r.allle of ( lett\ sbm-g. Pa.:" and also brevet- ner, I lann.ab (Loomis) Warner died .\]iril 1,^,

•ed "('.iptain. April j. 18(15, for (lallant and Mer- 1844. She was a faithful wil"e, an alTectionate



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mother and a true friend. She died respected
-and loved by all who knew her, and is buried in
the Warner family plot in Pine Grove cemetery,
Huntington township. Dr. Sidney Haswell
\vamer was married, in Philadelphia, Pennsyl-
vania, January 3, 1845, to Cornelia Machette,
born June 10, 1810, and soon afterwards, accom-
panied by his wife, returned to his home in Hunt-
ington township. Mrs. Warner was of French
ancestry, a daughter of Samuel T. Machette, and
his wife, Susan, Nice, of Trenton, New Jersey,
whose father was the founder of Nicetown,
now a part of the city of Philadelphia. Samuel
T. Machette was born November 8, 1786, and
died December 28, 1827. Susan (Xice) Ma-
•chette was born October 27, 1786, and died De-
cember 18, 1859. Paymaster Henry C. Machette,
United States Navy, was a grandson of Samuel
T. and Susan (Nice) Machette. He was pay-
master United States Navy 1864- 1869. He was
retired, and died October 23, 1903. Dr. and Mrs.
Warner were members of the Baptist Church,
Huntington township, and lived happily together
until January 19, 1881, when, after a successful
professional career, he passed to his final reward.
Mrs. Warner survived her huaiband until her
death, May 9, 1897. She now rests in Pine
•Grove cemetery.

X. James Nelson Warner, D. D. S., son of
Dr. Sidney Haswell and Cornelia (Machette)



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