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great Lincoln, and he was a charter member of
West Side Republican Club.

Captain Post married, January 15, 1867, Miss
jMargaret Kinnier, daughter of John Kinnier, a
farmer of Smithville. Of this marriage was born
a daughter, Mrs. Mary Post Dunckle, who sur-
vives the husband and father, as does a sister,
Mrs. A. M. Harrison. Captain Post died on
April 7, 1895, frcni Addison's disease, and the
funeral took place from the Washburn Street
Presbyterian Church, followed by interment in
Forest Hill cemetery. A man of quiet character,
unassuming and undemonstrative he was a model
citizen and yet a few who knew him and noted
his genial personality would think it possible
that one so constituted could bear himself as
he did in times of war. But his record speaks
for him, and bears evidence to the fact known
to the soldier that the man of peaceful disposition
and serene mind is he who, when aroused by
duty and patriotism, is capable of deeds the most

DEAN FAMILY. Walter Dean, the pro-
genitor of this family in America, was born, ac-
cording to Rev. S. Dean, in Chard, England, be-
tween the years 1615 and 1620. He took the
freeman's oath in Massachusetts, December 4,
1638, and if then twenty-one years of age, as is
most probable, he could not have been born later
than 1617. He married Eleanor Cogan, of
Chard, England. Walter Dean was deputy to
the Plymouth court in 1640, and selectman from
Taunton from 1679 to 1686, inclusive, and was
prominent in town affairs. By trade he was a
tanner. His children, residing in Taunton, Mas-
sachusetts, were Joseph, Ezra, Benjamin and
James, of Stonington, Connecticut. There were
probably two other children, but no record is as-
certainable concerning them.

(II) James Dean, son of Walter Dean, hav-
ing learned the trades of blacksmith and iron-
worker at Taunton, afterward resided for a time
at Scituate, Massachusetts, where his first two
children were probably born. February 26, 1676,
the town of Stonington, Connecticut, at a public
meeting, voted to donate twenty-four acres of
land to James Dean for a home lot and one hun-
dred acres of commons to induce him to remove
to that place to there follow his trade of black-



smithing, and many of the leading citizens of-
fered to contribute sums of money to be repaid
in work. A deed from the town of Stonington
to James Dean, dated February 16, 1680, is re-
corded in the town clerk's oiifice at Stonington
in voktme two, page one hundred and twenty-
four, conveying one hundred acres of land. He
began work there in 1676, and became a promi-
nent citizen of the town. He continued to fol-
low his trade at Stonington until 1689, when he
sold out to his son James, and removed to Plain-
field with other pioneers, who settled in what was
called the Quinnebaug country. There he was
elected the first town clerk in 1699. He became
a large landowner at Plainfield and the neighbor-
ing town of Voluntown. He died at Plainfield,
May 29, 1725, and his wife died April 26, 1726.
They had the following children : James, born
October 31, 1674; Sarah, September 4, 1676;
John, May 15, 1678, married Lydia Thatcher,
June 10, 1708; Onecephorus, March 28, 1680,
died the same year ; Mary, March 28, i63o, be-
came the wife of Thomas Thatcher, of Lebanon,
Connecticut; Francis, September 8, 1682; Will-
iam, September 21, 1684, died October 7, 1684;
Hannah, baptized April 4, 1686: William, born
September 12, 1689; Nathaniel, baptized April
2, 1693, married Joanna Fisher, at Dorchester,
Massachusetts, May 17, 1716; Jonathan, bap-
tized April 22, 1695, married Sarah Douglass,
at New London, Connecticut, January 17, 1716.
(HI) Jonathan Dean, son of James Dean,
probably removed with his father from Stoning-
ton to Plainfield in 1698. He became a promi-
nent citizen there and owned much land in Plain-
field and the neighboring town of Voluntown.
He was deputy or a member of the state legis-
lature in 1750-51-53. He was a member of the
Susciuehanna Company, though there is no evi-
dence of his ever having visited the Wyoming
valley or participated in its settlement. He was
married at New London, Connecticut, January
17, 1716, to Sarah Douglass, and their children
were: Mary, born January 10, 1717; Ezra, No-
vember 18, 1718: Phineas, July 19, 1720, mar-
ried Abigail Clark, December 17, 1742; Hannah,
March 24, 1722, married Thomas Gallup, Au-
gust II, 1748: Eliphalet, November 2j, 1723, died
March 9, 1725; Lemuel, November 15, 1725,
married Mary Lawrence, June 26, 1746; Tisdale,
November 25, 1729; Elizabeth, June 5, 1731,
married Micaijah Adams, November 7, 1750; and
Delight, March 8, 1733.

(IV') Ezra Dean, son of Jonathan Dean,
lived to the ripe old age of eighty-eight years,

dying December 14, 1806. Though he had four
wives only the name of the last one, Phoebe Wa-
terman, can be ascertained with any certainty.
He married her April 20, 1774, and she survived
him. It is not definitely known which of his
four wives was the mother of his children. There
is an account of the marriage of one Ezra Dean
to Elizabeth Field, a widow, September 13, 1743,
by Jabez Bowen, Esquire, in the vital records
of Providence county, Rhode Island, but as there
were Ezra Deans at Taunton, Massachusetts, no
great distance from Providence, there is no
means of telling which Ezra this was. July 13,
1759, Ezra Dean and his wife, Rebecca, of East
Greenwich, joined in a deed to Henry Tibbitts
for four acres of land in East Greenwich. In
this deed his occupation is given as that of a
blacksmith, the same as his grandfather, James
Dean, of Stonington. It is said that one of his
wives was from North Kingston, Rhode Island,
and it was in her honor that he gave the name
of Kingston to the town in the Wyoming valley
after the settlement was made at Forty Fort.
The town records of North Kingston were badly
damaged by fire and many names are illegible,
hence, if this marriage was recorded there, the
record is lost. His settlement in the Wyoming
valley was made in 1769, when he was fifty-one
years of age, and he was probably married at
Plainfield as early as 1740, since his son Jona-
than was born in 1741. The records of the First
Congregational Church at Plainfield, kept by the
pastor, David Rowland, show that on May i,
1748, Anna, James and Sybil Dean, children of
Ezra Dean, were baptized. The name of the
wife was not recorded. Ezra Dean was promi-
nently connected with the settlement of the Wyo-
ming valley. His father was an original stock-
holder in the Connecticut-Susquehanna Com-
pany. Ezra early bought the right of Barnet
Dickson, one of the first proprietors, and his
name appears on the list of shareholders record-
ed in volume eighteen, Pennsylvania Archives,
series two, page five. The date of purchase was
recorded at East Greenwich. Rhode Island, and
the following is an abstract of the deed : "Barnet
Dickson, \'oluntown, Windham county, Connec-
ticut, to Ezra Dean, of East Greenwich, Kent
county, Rhode Island, consideration nine pounds,
grants and conveys unto said Ezra Dean, his
heirs and assigns forever, the one full part, right
or share in the Susquehanna purchase, so-called,
which whole right, part or share, individual, I,
the said Barnet Dickson, purchased as being a
partner or member of the body of men of the



.aforesaid colony of Connecticut, who jointly
purchased the said Susquehanna tract of land,
commonly so called, of the Chief Sachems and
Nations, proprietors of the aforesaid country or
land, dated 28 January, 1760; recorded 8 March,
1760.- Acknowledged before John Smith, jus-
tice of the peace of Voluntown, Windham
county, Connecticut." At a meeting of the Sus-
quehanna Compam' held at Windham, Connecti-
cut, on the i6th of November, 1762. Ezra Dean
was appointed on a committee to sell shares at
fifteen pounds each and on the 17th of April,
1763, he was authorized to admit settlers to the
number of forty each to the eight towns laid out
in the Wyoming valley. It is quite probable that
Ezra Dean joined the band of emigrants to the
valley in 1763, as his name appears on a list of
those early settlers published by Stewart Pearce
in his "Annals of Luzerne County.'' The Indians
attacked these settlers October 15, 1763, and
massacred twenty of them, the remainder escap-
ing, after much suffering, to their former homes.
There was no further attempt made by the Con-
necticut Company to occupy their lands at Wyo-
ming until 1769, when Ezra Dean's name again
appears on the list of settlers at Forty Fort. How
long he remained here is not known, but it is be-
lieved that he never lived any great length of
time on his Pennsylvania property or never real-
ized any considerable profit from his holdings.
His land was disposed of by him and his son
Jonathan before its true value was known.

Ezra Dean's children were as follows : Jona-
than, born July 9, 1741, died August 2, 1822;
Anna was baptized May i, 1748; James was
baptized May i, 1748; Sybil, born August 25,
1747, married Joshua Davis, November 19, 1775,
and her children were : Ezra D., Jeffrey, James
and Sybil. The last named died December 20,
1829. Elizabeth, born in 1752, died in 1846-47,
married David Martin, of Providence, Septem-
ber 24, 1769, by whom she had five children :
James, Joseph, Sally, Abigail and Elizabeth : Sa-
rah, born in 1757-58, died AIay24, 1847; Alma
or Almy, born in 1762-63, died in 1846-47, was
married May 20, 1804, to Caleb Williams, of
Cranston, Rhode Island ; William, Ruth. Five
other children probably died young, as there is
no record obtainable concerning them.

(V) Jonathan Dean, the only son of Ezra
Dean, who lived to rear a family and who was
probably the eldest son, died at Abington, Penn-
sylvania, in 1822. There is no record of his
early life. The first record concerning him is
found in the tax list of East Greenwich, Rhode

Island, where his name appears as a taxpayer
in that township for the years 1769-70-71. He
was first married to a Miss Nichols, daughter
of Thomas .\ichols, of North Kingston, Rhode
Island. She probably died soon after. Jonathan
Dean removed to Abington, Pennsylvania, in No-
vember, 1800. being then in his sixtieth year,
year. He did not purchase any land vmder his
own name, but his three sons, Ezra, James and
Jeffrey, took up land in the same neighborhood
under the Meredith & Clymer titles. His sec-
ond wife was Mary Davis, daughter of Jeffrey
and Abigail (Scranton) Davis, of North King-
ston, Rhode Island. They were married Jan-
uary 4, 1775, and their children were as follows:
Ezra, born February 15, 1776, died July 29,
1862; Sybil, born April 14, 1777, died February
10, 1830; Abigail, born June 28, 1778, died Jan-
uary 21, 1842; James, laorn May 7, 1780, died
February 26, 1844; Jeffrey, born September 16,
1 78 1, died June 29, 187 1.

(VT) James Dean, son of Jonathan Dean,
was born at Greenwich, Rhode Island, and was
a young man of twenty years when he settled
with his father at Abington, Pennsjlvania, in
1800. He was married December 28, 1803, to
Catherine Tripp, of Providence, Pennsylvania,
a daughter of Isaac Tripp, the early proprietor
of Providence, Pennsylvania, who settled there
between 1784 and 1787, and granddaughter of
Esquire Isaac Tripp, one of the earliest pioneers-
in the Wyoming valley and who was killed by
the Indians with his son-in-law, Jonathan Slo-
cum, on the present site of the city of Wilkes-
Barre, December 16, 1778. This Jonathan
Slocum was the father of Frances Slocum. the
"lost daughter of Wyoming,'' who was carried
away a captive by the Indians when a child of
five years, was reared among them, married an
Indian chief, reared a family of her own and
when in old age was discovered by her broth-
ers near Logansport, Indiana ; she refustd to
return to civilized life and kindred. Catherine
Tripp, wife of James Dean, was a first cousin
of this Indian captive. James Dean bought a
farm comprising over two hundred acres of land
of Meredith & Clymer, Philadelphia land specu-
lators, in what was known then as Tunkhannock,
but later became Abington township, Luzerne
county, Pennsylvania. It was located about a
mile and a half northwest of Dalton, on the old
road leading to Factoryville. The farm is still
owned by his son, Myron Dean, of Scranton.
James Dean became a prosperous farmer, an en-
terprising citizen of the town. He was captaini



of a local militia company, and was also active
in business affairs. He was a stockholder and
director in the Abington & Waterford Turnpike
Company, and a toll gate was placed at his resi-
dence, and he continued to act as gate-keeper
until the road ceased to be a toll road and was
made a free highway. He was also associated
with George Capwell and others in the erection
of a cotton factory at Factoryville, which enter-
prise, however, proved unprofitable. They aft-
erward erected a saw and grist mill on the op-
posite side of the creek from the factory, and
Mr. Dean built a still house on the stream. In
connection with others he built the first grist-
mill in Abington proper and later became the
sole owner. This mill was located where Elias
Lillibridge erected his fullingmill, which is now
owned by Jasper Shoemaker. In 1802 James
Dean, with his father and a few others, united
with the earliest Baptist church of the neighbor-
hood, the second in the Abington Association,
imder the ministry of the pioneer preacher. Elder
John Miller. James Dean died of dropsy, Eeb-
ruary 26, 1844, aged sixty-three years, nine
months and nineteen days.

The children of James and Catherine Dean
were: Ezra, born July 10, 1805, died February
20, 1877; ^'i" Maria, born December 5, 1807,
died June 25, 1877; Isaac, born June 9, 181 1 ;
Nelson N., born July 11, 1814, died June i, 1879;
Laura W., born September 25, 1817, died April
10, 1848 ; Amasa, born March 27, 1819, died De-
cember 29, 1900 ; Myron, born November 7,
1822, and Mary Anna, born November 6, 1824.

(VII) Isaac Dean was born in Abington,
Luzerne county, now Lackawanna county, Penn-
sylvania. The county was then little more than a
wilderness with here and there a clearing. Be-
ing the eldest son, and his father a heavy man,
inclined to dropsy, he engaged in various enter-
prises outside of the farm. Isaac Dean early
in life became inured to the severe labor of cut-
ting down 'the forests and tilling the newly
cleared land on his father's extensive estate. His
opportunities for acquiring education from books
and schools were meager. A few months' school-
ing in the winter with numerous interruptions
was the total of his educational advantages, but
they equalled those of many of his neighbors.
When quite a young man he purchased grain
and hauled it to Carbondale and Honesdale, sell-
ing it to the Delaware & Hudson Company. He
also devoted considerable time to lumbering on
his father's land and likewise on his own land,
which he bought near Sheik's pond, now called

Lake Sheridan, where he owned and operated
a sawmill. Until thirty-two years of age he re-
mained at home and was the mainstay of his
parents and their large family. In 1843 he mar-
ried Polly Searle Heermans, daughter of Henry
Heermans, the first merchant of Providence,
Pennsylvania. He bought fifty acres of land
from his uncle, George Gardner, and bought
sixty acres from his father adjoining the home-
stead and thus made a home for himself. He
supplemented his farming operations by a butch-
ering business and by buying live stock for
drovers. He amassed a considerable fortune in
this way and through judicious investment of his
earnings. His wife inherited a good property,
which they sold to advantage, making good in-
vestments with the proceeds. When the Second
Na:tional Bank of Scranton was organized in
1863 Isaac Dean was an active promoter of the
enterprise under the leadership of his brother-
in-law, W. W. Winton, in whose judgment and
integrity he placed great confidence. He was
also a partner in the banking house of Winton,
Clark & Company, which was later chartered un-
der the name of the Citizens' and Miners' Sav-
ings Bank and Trust Company of Providence.
Both of these banks failed, involving the greater
part of his fortune. His wife died July 8, 1868.

The children of Isaac and Polly Dean were :
Emma Louise, born November 25, 1844, died
April 24, 1896; Albert W., born March 12, 1846,
married, December 16, 1868, Martha Northup,
and has three children : Harry N., born Septem-
ber 22, 1869; Walter Clark, born April 11, 1878;
IMaurice B., born September 13, 1882. Arthur
D., born January 29, 1849. Miranda Evelyn,
born May 9, 185 1, married, November 3, 1880,
George H. Shires, and has two children : Elsie,
born October 20, 1881 ; Percy, born January i,
1884. George Edgar, born October 27, 1853,
married, April 16, 1889, Josephine Ginsberg, no
children. Florence, born February 17, 1857,
married, September 29, 1885, M. R. Walter, no
children. Isaac Dean died November 15, 1902.

(\TII) Arthur D. Dean, son of Isaac Dean,
was born on the farm purchased by his father
from George Gardner. He acquired his early
education in the district schools, and when fif-
teen years of age entered upon a scientific course
of study at the L^niversity of Lewisburg. later
known as Bucknell, which course he completed
in 1867. During the winter of 1867-68 he taught
school in the district near his home now known
as LaPlume. In 1868 he resumed his studies
at East Greenwich, and in the fall of 1869 en-




Ttered the classical course of Brown University
-at Providence, Rliode Island. There he was
graduated in the class of 1872, receiving the
degree of Bachelor of Arts, while three years
later the degree of JNIaster of Arts was conferred
upon him. In the fall of 1872 he entered the
Jaw school, of the University of Michigan at Ann
Arbor, and afterward became a law student in
•the office of Agib Ricketts, Esquire, at Wilkes-
Barre. He was admitted to the bar January 5,
1875, and remained in the office of his preceptor
1:he first year after his admission to the bar. He
then took offices with Elliott P. Kesner and
Frank C. Sturges. In 1879, ^ y^^'' after Scran-
ton had become the county seat of the new
county of Lackawanna, he removed to that city,
"where he has since been a constant practitioner
•of his profession. He is a director in the United
States Lumber Company, which controls large
timber interests in Potter county, Pennsylvania,
West Virginia, and 300.000 acres in yellow pine
in Mississippi, where the company owns the
JMississippi Central Railroad, with southern head-
'quarters at Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

On i\Iay 11, 1882, Arthur D. Dean married
Nettie E. Sisson, only daughter of Arnold Clark
and Isabel (Green) Sisson, of LaPlume, Penn-
■sylvania. Their children are as follows : Car-
Toll Sisson, born ]\Iarch 27, 1883 ; Russell Heer-
mans, March 19, 1885 ; James Davis, July 22,
1887; an infant son, born July 26, 1891, died
August 2, 1891 : ]\Iariam Isabel, born October i,
1893; ^"d Nettie Catharine, November 22, 1901.
!Mrs. Nettie Dean died November 25, 1901.

HENRY METZ. Among the prosperous
and old-established business men of Scranton
must be numbered Henry Aletz. He is a son of
Adam Metz, who was born in Germany and is
still living in his native country. His wife was
Lizzie Weil, also a native of Germany, and they
yyere the parents of ten children, four of whom
are living and are residents of the United States :
Henry, mentioned at length hereinafter ; Chris-
tine, Kate and Annie. Mrs. Metz, the mother
of the family, is deceased.

Henry ;\Ietz, son of Adam and Lizzie (Weil)
Metz, was born in 1854, in Germany, where he
received his education and also learned the
tailor's trade. In 1881 he emigrated to the
United States and took up his abode in Scran-
ton, where for twenty-three years he has con-
ducted a flourishing business as a merchant
tailor. Both as a citizen and a business man he
possesses the fullest confidence and esteem of

his neighbors. He is a member of the Improved
Order of Red Men. j\Ir. Metz married, in 1877,
Catherine Miller, who was born in 1858, in Ger-
many, and five children were born to them : ■
Mary, who became the wife of Charles Snyder
and is now deceased. She was of a most lovely
and estimable cliaracter and was deeply mourned
by a large circle of friends ; Lizzie ; Henry ;
Adolph, who married Mildred JMeurer and has
two children : Elsie and Margaret ; Charles. With
the exception of the youngest these children were
all born in Germany.

HENRY J. OWENS, a prosperous manufac-
turer of Scranton, is a son of Lewis Owens, who
was born in Wales in 1833, and was a practical
miner. He emigrated to the United States at
an early age, where he prospered in his chosen
calling. He was one of the sinkers who sunk
the Marvin shaft. His wife was Ellen Thorman,
a native of England, and they were the parents
of seven children : William, Henry J., mentioned
at length hereinafter; Sarah, Margaret, Eliza-
beth, Fanny and Nellie. The two last-named
are deceased. Mr. Owens died in 1878, in Wales,
and was survived twenty-four years by his wid-
ow, whose death occurred in 1902.

Henry J. Owens, son of Lewis and Ellen
(Thorman) Owens, was born in 1865, in Scran-
ton, Pennsylvania, and was educated in the com-
mon schools of his native city. It was there,
under the instruction of William Love, that he
learned his trade, which is that of manufacturing
and repairing the tools used by mine-workers.
He became proficient in the art and for nine
years has been in business for himself. His shop
is fitted up with the most modern machinery for
doing the best work in the shortest time and
according to the most approved methods. So
firmly has he established himself in the confi-
dence of the public that his business is constantly
increasing and bids fair to assume before long
proportions which might almost be termed phe-

EDMUND J. ROBINSON was, two years
excepted, during his entire career of great ac-
tivity and signal usefulness a conspicuous figure
in the commercial and public life of Scranton.
He was actively identified with numerous of its
most important business enterprises, and was at
various times called to high places of honor
and trust in which he well subserved the inter-
ests of the community at large. He was a man
of liberal education and cultured taste, a patron



of art, and an admirable figure in the social

He came from a family originating in Ger-
many, and which has been represented in the
valley for three generations. His grandfather,
Philip Robinson, came to his death by accident,
near Moscow, on the Delaware, Lackawanna &
Western Railroad. His son, also named Philip,
was born 'in 1841, in Lauterecken, Rheinpfalz,
Bavaria. He there learned the trade of brewer,
and came with his father and two brothers to
Scranton, Pennsylvania. In 1854 the father and
three sons located in Scranton and laid the
foundations of the present and extensive Robin-
son brewery. Philip Robinson subsequently (in
1868) purchased the plant in its entirety, and
continued its operation until his death in Sep-
tember, 1879. He was active in public affairs,
was a prominent Democrat, and a member of
Schiller Lodge, F. and A. M. ; of the Scranton
Saengerbund, and of Neptune Fire Company.
He married Mina Schimpff, who was also born
in Bavaria, and whose father, Jacob Schimpff,
was long engaged in business in Scranton.

Edmund J. Robinson, son of Philip and Mina
(Schimpff) Robinson, was born March 17, 1868,
in Scranton, and there began his education in the
public schools, completing advanced studies in
the Wyoming Seminary. After leaving the last
named institution he went to Philadelphia, where
he passed two years learning the trade of ma-
chinist. He became a proficient mechanic, but
his destiny led him into another career than that
for which he had prepared himself. Opportunity
came to him in an invitation to enter his father's
brewery in the capacity of bookkeeper. This he
accepted, and he subsequently became manager,
and bore a full part in the development of the
business of the house and in the installation of
the repeated enlargements of its plant ; and, when
the concern was consolidated with the Pennsyl-
vania Central Brewing Company, he continued

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