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studies at the Klines Grove Academy. .\t the age
of twenty he began teaching in Shamokin, Penn-
sylvania, where he continued this occupation till
the fall of 1872, when he came to Wilkes-Barre
and became principal of one of the city schools.

In 1875 he entered the medical department of
the University of Pennsylvania, from which he
graduated in 1878. He then returned to \\'ilkes-
Barre and began the ]iractice of medicine, and
during the intervening years has built up a large
and lucrative practice. In addition to his private
professional work Dr. Weaver is surgeon for
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of surgeons for the Wilkes-Barre City and Mercy
Hospitals. He has served as director and presi-
dent of the Xanticoke Light, Heat & Power Com-
pany. Dr. Weaver has ahvays taken a deep in-
terest in educational work, and for twenty-seven
continuous years has served as school director
of Wilkes-Barre. He has been a member of the
A'inth Regiment National Guards of Pennsyl-
vania for fifteen years, the past seven years with
rank of captain, and served as assistant surgeon
and acting surgeon of the Ninth Pennsylvania
Volunteer Infantry (same as Ninth Regiment)
in the Spanish-American war. His wife, then
Miss Abbott, also participated in this war, act-
ing as volunteer nurse. Dr. Weaver is a mem-
ber of Lodge No. 39, Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, of Wilkes-Barre, of which he is a past
grand : Lodge No. 174, Knights of Pythias, of
Wilkes-Barre; and of Lodge No. 109, Benevo^
lent and Protective Order of Elks. He is also
a member of the American Medical Association,
Pennsylvania State ^ledical Society, Luzerne
County ^ledical Society, Lehigh Valley Medical
Societv, The Association of Lehigh \'alley Rail-
road Surgeons, The Wyoming Historical and
Geological Society, The Pennsylvania Society of
Sons of the American Revolution, and the
Westmoreland Club. In politics he is a
Republican. Dr. Weaver has taken much in-
terest in local affairs. He was the original ad-
vocate of the consolidation of the separate school
districts of the city, and was one of the prime
workers in the movement by which consolidation
became an established fact in 1890. Since that
time the schools have made remarkable progress,
and the uniform system brought about by con-
solidation has contributed much to their present
standing. He was appointed one of the orig-
inal trustees of the East Stroudsburg State
Normal School at its organization, and has
been reappointed by the superintendent of public
instruction at the end of each three years since,
having recently received an appointment for three
years more. Dr. Weaver also warmly advocated
the change of mvmicipal government from a spec-
ial to a general charter, and those who contended
for this were successful in 1898.

Dr. Weaver married, December 6, 1898, in
Carbondale, Pennsylvania. Elizabeth Abbott,
daughter of the Rev. B. H. and Sarah Elizabeth
(Farnham) Abbott. (See Farnham genealogy
elsewhere in this work). Sarah Elizabeth Farn-
ham married, June 19, 1867, Rev. Benjamin
Henry Abbott, born November 13, 1831, in Barre,
IMassachusetts, a son of Cyrus and Mary



(Puffer) Abbott, the former named born at
Framingham. Massachusetts, ^Nlay 21, 1806, died
September 21, 1833, and the latter born at Berlin,
Massachusetts, died at Putnam, ^lassachusetts,
1893, daughter of the late Rev. Dr. Rubin Puft'er,
D. D. (See Records.) Cyrus Abbott was a farmer
in Waltham, Massachusettts, where his death oc-
curred. Cyrus and ]Mary (Puffer) Abbott were
the parents of two children ; Mary, born April 4,.
1829, died January 21, 1868, at Whitestone, Long
Island, and Benjamin H., mentioned in the fol -
lowing paragraph.

Rev. Benjamin H. Abbott began his educa-
tion in the public schools of Framingham, ]\Ias-
sachusetts, after which he attended Thedford
Academy, (\'ermont), 1853; .\mherst College-
( Massachusetts ) ,* from which he was graduated
A. B., 1857 ; Bangor Theological Seminary, one
year; General Theological Seminary, New York
city, which he attended two years, and was or-
dained deacon in i860. In 1861 he served at the
Church of the Holy Communion in New York
city, and in the same year was ordained presbyter-
by the Rev. Bishop Horatio Potter, then assis-
tant at the above named church, and was also ap-
pointed chaplain of St. Luke's Hospital, New
York city. He then came to Carbondale, Penn-
sylvania, where he w-as rector o.f Trinity Church
four years, then to Whitestone, Long Island, and
served in Grace Episcopal Church twelve years.
He then v^-ent to Susquehanna, Pennsylvania,
where he served two years as a missionary, and
then to St. Johnland, Long Island, where he was
pastor in an institution founded by Dr. Muhlen-
burg for Aged and Young. After four years of
service in this field his health failed and he re-
turned to Carbondale, Pennsylvania, where he
resided twenty-two years, during the greater part
of which time he performed missionary work.

Rev. Benjamin Henry and Sarah Elizabeth
(Farnham) Abbott were the parents of nine
children : IMarv Elizabeth, born Mav 7, 1868,
Whitestone, Long Island, aforementioned as the
wife of Dr. William G. Weaver, of Wilkes-Barre.
Frances Esterbrook, bo.rn July 12, 1869, resides
at home. Susan, born September 19, 1871. died
January 12, 1876. John Farnham, born February
20, 1873. resides at Newark, New Jersey, and is
accountant for the Delaware, Lackawanna &-
\^'estern railroad. Henry Edward, born January
15, 1875, \\'hitestone. Long Island, residing at
the family home in Carbondale. Louise Graham,
born April 14, 1876, died February 12. 1877.
Louis Benjamin, bom August 29, 1877, is a civil'
engineer; he married, April 8. 1904, Edna Law-



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rence, daughter of Isaac and Bell (Moore) Law-
. rence, and resides at Frostburg, Maryland. Will-
iam Avars, born January 29, 1880, at Susque-
hanna, Pennsylvania, died November i, 1890, in
Carbondale. Helen, born November 7, 1882, re-
sides in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, with her
sister, Mrs. Dr. William G. Weaver.

Dr. William G. and Mary Elizabeth (Abbott)
Weaver are the parents of two children : William
Abbott, born April 19, 1900 ; and Elizabeth Bas-
sett, born September 21, 1903. Dr. Weaver as a
member of the Methodist Episcopal church of
Wilkes-Barre. Mrs. Weaver is a member of, the
Episcopal church.

JOHN EDWIN WATT, deceased, for many
years an influential citizen of Carbondale, Lack-
awanna county, Pennsylvania, where he was ef-
fective in promoting the business, social and
moral advancement of the community, was a rep-
resentative of a family of Scotch origin.

Andrew Watt, grandfather of John E. Watt,
was a native of Scotland. He was a wheelwright
lay trade, and a "workman who needeth not to be
ashamed" of the production of his hands. He
emigrated to this country in 1817, locating near
High Bridge, and in 1825 migrated to Canaan's
■ Corners. Andrew Watt and his wife, Mary
Watt, had the following named children, all of
whom attained years of maturity and were useful
men and women in society: John, Andrew, Mat-
thew, Agnes, Mary, Sarah, and Elizabeth Watt.

John Watt, father of John E. Watt, was born,
in 1809. Like his father, Andrew Watt, he was
a wheelwright by trade, and in the year 1842 he
' moved to Carbondale, Lackawanna county, where
he established a shop. He was a superior me-
chanic and was finally induced to engage in the

• service of the Delaware & Hudson Company as
pattern maker. It must be said of John Watt,
and to his credit too, that he loved independence.
His spirit would not submit to dictation except
from superior minds, and this attitude on his nart
caused a separation between himself and the Del-
aware & Hudson Company. He then turned his
attention to the flour, feed and grain business,

• this being about the year 1850, and he conducted
this enterprise for a number of years at Provi-

• dence, Pennsylvania. He then moved his busi-
ness to Scranton, still retaining his residence in
Carbondale, and later he moved his business to
Carbondale, where he branched out in the gen-

- eral merchandise trade, taking into partnership
with him his sons, and the business was then con-
ducted under the name of John Watt & Sons.



This connection continued until 1884. when John
E. Watt, whose name heads this article, pur-
chased the interest of his father and brother.
John Watt was a man whose business .ability was
second to none ; he was far-seeing and aggres-
sive, and instead of waiting for things to come to
pass he brought them to pass. He was an ar-
dent believer in and supporter of the Methodist
Episcopal church. He was a hearty, robust man,
plain and straightforward in manners, and he
won the respect of all his acquaintances.

John Watt married Harriet M. Freeman,
born in 181 1, a native of Collin covmty, Connec-
ticut, and they lived happily together for fifty-
four years. In 1881 they celebrated their golden
wedding anniversary, surrounded by children,
grandchildren, and a host of friends who offered
their congratulations upon the happy event.
Their children were as follows : Andrew, born
1833, now deceased: John Edwin, born April 16,
1835, now deceased; \\'allace W., born 1838:
Sarah E., born 1842, now deceased : and Frances
B., born 1845. John Watt died at his home in
Carbondale, Pennsylvania, 1885, aged seventy-
seven years. He was survived by his wife, Har-
riet M. (Freeman) Watt, who passed away Sep-
tember 27, 1902, at the advanced age of ninety-
one years.

John Edwin Watt was born at Canaan's Cor-
ners, April 16, 1835. After completing a com-
mon school education he becime clerk for Fred-
erick Grew, a merchant of Carbondale, with
whom he continued in the closest relations and on
the most friendly terms up to, the year 1850, when
he was admitted into partnership with his father.
As stated above he purchased the interest of his
father and brother in the business which was con-
ducted under the style of John Watt & Sons,
which was the leading business establishment in
Carbondale, and up to the year 1885, when he re-
tired from the mercantile business, he conducted
an extensive and enlarged trade. His career as
a business man was clean, satisfactory and lucra-
tive. He was a man of a fine sense of honor and
integrity, possessed a host of friends, and few,
if any, enemies. In 1897 he was appointed pres-
ident of the First National Bank of Carbondale,
a position he filled with credit and satisfaction up
to his demise. He was very conservative in his
management of the banking business, shunned all
doubtful risks, and his relations with his associ-
ates were sociable and aflfable.

Mr. Watt married, in 1865, Martha B.
Wells, daughter of William S. and Jane A. Wells,
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Wells was a self-made man in every respect. He
was a strong Abolitionist during the time when
it took courage to express those convictions. He
was a man who possessed the faculty of making
and retaining many friends. During his busi-
ness career he accumulated sufficient money and
real estate to enrich his children, whose names
were as follows : Charles, Ida, JMary E., deceased ;
Mary A., deceased ; Emma, and Martha B., afore-
mentioned as the wife of John E. Watt, and the
mother of four children, namely: i. William E.,
born July 26, 1871 ; he was graduated from Car-
bondale high school in 1888, irom Wyoming
Seminary in 1890, from the Western University,
■Connecticut, in 1894, and graduated with honors
from the law department of the University of
Michigan in 1896. He was admitted a member
of the Lackawanna County bar in 1899. In 1896
Tie was married to Caroline Innis, of Wilkes-
Barre, Pennsylvania, and they are the parents of
one daughter, Martha, born in 1898. 2. Mary E.,
born 1873, wife of Dr. J. J. Thompson. 3. Fred-
erick G., born 1878. 4. Clara I., born 1884, was a
student at jMount Vernon Seminary, of Wash-
ington, D. C, Mrs. Summers, principal, and in
1904 received the highest honors which that in-
stitution could confer upon its pupils, namely:
membership in the "Order of the Lily." John E.
Watt died at his home in Carbondale, Pennsyl-
vania, June 5, 1901. His death was sincerely
mourned not only by his immediate family but
also by a wide circle of personal friends and busi-
ness associates, who estimated his characteristics
■at their true value.

ALBERT HUNT WELLES, principal of
'Scranton high school, was born in Wilkes-Barre,
Pennsylvania, September 12, 1864, son of An-
■drew Jackson and Anna Meade (Hunt) Welles.

Andrew Jackson Welles (father), born
INIarch 25, 1827, son of Elijah and Milla (Smith)
Welles, of Glastonbury, Hartford county, Con-
■necticut, where he spent his early days, was edu-
cated in public schools and Connecticut Normal
school of New Britain. He taught school at Glas-
tonbury for several years, about 1855 came to
Wyoming, Pennsylvania, and followed teaching
at the Wyoming Institute, then in a flourishing
condition. After remaining about two years in
Wyoming he went to Janesville, Wisconsin, and
for the following eighteen months served as man-
ager in the book store of ]\Ir. Sutherland. At the
expiration of this period of time he returned to
Wyoming and became first acting principal of
the Scranton high school, but after a short ser-



vice there was called to become principal of the
Carbondale high school, which position he held
for three years. He then removed to Wilkes-
Barre and became teller in the First National
Bank, remaining as such for six years, and then,
his health failing him, he returned to his old
home in Glastonbury, Connecticut, where he re-
mained three years or until his death, which oc-
curred July 12, 1872, at the age of forty-five
years. He was a member and deacon of the First
Presbyterian church in Wilkes-Barre. He was a
Republican in politics. He married, December
14, 1857, Anna Meade, daughter of the Rev.
Thomas Poage and Ann Meade (Field) Hunt, of
Virginia. ( See sketch of Susan C. Hunt else-
where in this work.) Andrew J. and Anna Jileade
(Hunt) Welles were the parents of five children:
Susan IMeade, died at the age of two years. Eliza-
beth, wife of the Rev. C. R. Gregory, pastor of
the Memorial Presbyterian Church of Wilkes-
Barre. Thomas P. Hunt, died in Carbondale,
Pennsylvania, aged eighteen months. Albert
Hunt, see below. Anna Meade, died in Wilkes-
Barre, Pennsylvania, aged eight years.

Albert Hunt Welles spent his early days in
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and was educated
in public schools and Lafayette College, Easton,
Pennsyvania, graduating in chemistry in 1889,
receiving master's degree, M. S. in 1902. In
1889 he secured a position as chemist with the
Montgomery Iron Company, Port Kennedy,
Pennsylvania, and later was employed in the lab-
oratory with Parke, Davis & Company of Detroit,
Michigan. In the spring of 1890 he came to Eas-
ton, Pennsylvania, and engaged in chemistry,
manufacturing picric acid for about ten months
under firm name of Davis & Welles, but lay the
decision of the secretary of the treasury this ar-
ticle was put on the free list, which act compelled
the suspension of the business. In December,
1890, he located in Brooklyn, New York, and en-
tered the laboratory of the New York Tartar
Company, of Brooklyn, remaining one year. He
returned to Easton, Pennsylvania, January i,
1892. and became instructor in chemistry in La-
fayette College, remaining as such until June,
1896. He then came to Scranton and became
head of the science department of the Scranton
high school, which was opened September, 1896,
and also equipped the laboratories there. In the
summer of 1903 he was elected principal of the
same school and has occupied that position up to
date (1906). This school is now known as the
Central high school. He was appointed in April,
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of Pennsylvania, Major Levi W^ells, and has been
reappointed under all the succeeding commis-
sioners up to date (igo6). He is a Republican
in politics. He is a member of the Second Pres-
byterian Church of Scranton. He has held mem-
bership in the American Chemical Society since
1 89 1, and is a member of Phi Delta Theta, Col-
lege fraternity, and Phi Beta Kappa, seminary
society.

Albert H. Welles married, August 29, 1895,
Stella D. Leach, daughter of George W. Leach,
of Wilkes-Barre, a sketch of whom appears else-
where in this work, and they have one daughter,
Anna Hunt, born October 4, 1896.

CLAUDE G. Hi\RSCH, a prominent mer-
chant and well known citizen of Wyoming bor-
ough, has both French and German ancestry. He
was born at Seurre, France, March 29, 1849, a
son of George and Claudine (Tlievenin) Harsch,
the former named a native of Germany, and the
latter a native of France, a daughter of Anthony
Thevenin. Their family consisted of three chil-
dren: Claude G, see forward; Emelie, married
George Burens, a commercial traveler of Paris,
France ; Clothilde, a teacher in the public schools
of Paris, France. George Harsch followed the
trade of a shoemaker, lived in Seurre, France,
where he married, and died in Paris, France,
1887.

Claude G. Harsch received an excellent educa-
tion in the public schools of Paris, France, and at
the age of fourteen accepted a position as clerk
in a Paris music store, which he retained for six
years. At the end of this period, 1869, he de-
termined to come to America. He landed at
New York, and immediately secured employment
on a railroad. Here he remained four months,
and then went to Scranton, Pennsylvania, where
he was employed for some time in a saw mill and
in the iron mills. In 1870, during the time of
the great strike in that section, he enlisted in the
state militia and served throughout the strike.
In 1872 he removed to New Jersey and there
worked for three years as weighmaster for Par-
dee & Company, after which he was for four
months captain of a boat on the i\ [orris canal. He
then returned to Scranton and worked for a short
time for the Scranton Water Company, and then
moved to Wyoming and worked in the mines
until 1883, when he accepted a position in the
general store of William Hancock, and remained
there two years. He then went to France in
order to give his daughter better educational ad-
vantages than could be obtained here, and re-

I



mained abroad about one year. Upon his return
to Wyoming, Pennsylvania, he resumed work
with William Hancock and continued the same
for four and a half years, and again visited
France in order to bring his daughter home, and
also to see the great exposition in Paris. After a
short time spent in Europe, Mr. Harsch returned
to Wyoming, Pennsylvania, and purchased from
Mr. Hancock the store in which he had been em-
ployed for so long a time. Since that time he has
conducted a general mercantile business at that
place with unvaried success, and has also engaged
in a number of real estate transactions which have
proved e.xceedingly remunerative. He served in
the capacity of assessor three years, auditor for
two terms, and is now treasurer of the borough.
Mr. Harsch is a member of the Presbyterian
church. He is a staunch Democrat in politics.
He is a man of very progressive ideas and alive
to all the interests of the community in which he
resides. He is a member of the Independent Or-
der of Odd Fellows, and is a past officer in the
following bodies: Canton, No. 31, Wilkes-Barre;
Encampment No. 46, Wyoming ; Rebekah Lodge
No. 231, Wyoming Subordinate Lodge, No. 887,
Wyoming. He is a director in the Orphan Home
of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, at
Sunbury, Pennsylvania. He was formerlv a mem-
ber of the Im]:)roved Order of Red Alen, and now
holds membership in the French Association of
Scranton and the National Protective Legion of
Waverly, New York.

Mr. Harsch married, July 2, 1874, Henrietta
Sutton, born in Peoria, Illinois, March 23, 1858,
daughter of Timothy M. and Jane (Booth) Sut-
ton, natives of New Jersey, and of English and
French descent, granddaughter of Benjamin and
Lecta (Mills) Sutton, and the great-great-grand-
daughter of one Sutton, a native of France, who
came to America with General Lafayette and
fought with him in the Revolution. Benjamin
and Lecta (Mills) Sutton had six children:
Elizabeth, Samuel M., Jane, Timothy M., Mary
A., and Nancy. Timothy M. and Jane (Booth)
Sutton were the parents of two children : Hen-
rietta and Walter. Timothy M. Sutton, born in
Walnut Grove, died in Dover. Mr. and Mrs.
Harsch are the parents of one child, Emelie J.,
born July 31, 1875, who was educated at Limeil,
France, graduated there with the highest honors,
and upon her return to the L^nited States attended
the Wyoming high school. She married Richard
Rapson, of Wyoming, Pennsylvania, who is a
machinist in the cmplov of his father ; (see sketch
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children are: Claude N., born January 29, 1903;
and Charles Alilton, born November 24, 1905.

EDWARD ]\L\CKIN, a resident of Wilkes-
Barre, for over sixty years, was born there Feb-
ruary 27, 1840. He is of Irish descent, a son of
Dennis and Katherine (HotTman) Alackin, the
former a native of Ireland and the latter of the
Wyoming Valley.

Dennis Mackin came to Wilkes-Barre from
Ireland (in 1836), where he was born, and was
a son of Edward Alackin of county Longford, Ire-
land, a stock raiser there, which business his sons
also followed. They were John, Thomas and
Dennis, but Dennis at the age of nineteen years,
ran away and came to Wilkes-Barre. He was a
stonemason by trade, but began mining coal for
the Baltimore Coal company in Wilkes-Barre,
continued in this business for forty years, and re-
tired aged sixty-five years, having acquired real
estate and coal properties froni which he received
royalties. He died October 14, 1879, aged sev-
enty vears, in Wilkes-Barre, and was buried in
the Catholic cemetery there. He married Kath-
erine Hoffman, and they were the parents of eight
children: I. Edward, our subject. 2. John, died in
infancy. 3. Kate, died young. 4. Ellen, deceased,
who married James Dowling, resides in Plym-
outh. 5. Anna, married Albert Parsons, de-
ceased ; she resides in Wilkes-Barre. 6. Mary,
married Peter Frey, of Wilkes-Barre. 7. Jane,
married Charles Bray, resides in Wilkes-Barre.
8. Thomas, resides in Wilkes-Barre.

Mrs. Katherine (Hoffman) Mackin is a de-
scendant of a very old family of the Wyoming
Valley. Ruloff Fisher, great-great-grandfather of
our subject, emigrated from Holland and settled
in Hanover township, Luzerne county, Pennsyl-
vania in 1752, and took up a government claim
of five hundred acres of land near where Hanover
ureen cemetery is now located, and where he and
his wife are now buried. They had six children,
the second being Ellen (great-grandmother), who
married Caleb Billings, also of the valley, and
they had among other children, Elizabeth (grand-
mother) who married Matthias Hoft'man, whose
father emigrated to Orange county. New York,
about 1752; Matthias Hoffman grew up on his
father's farm until eighteen years of age, when
his father gave him a yoke of oxen, and, going to
Easton, he began work with his oxen on the
turnpike then ( 1802) building from Easton to
Wilkes-Barre. After working on the turnpike
to Wilkes-Barre, in the spring of 1803 he disposed
of his oxen there and opened a shoe store in that
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city, where he married Elizabeth Billings, and
had the following children : George ; John ; Will-
iam ; Mary, married John McGuinness ; Katherine
(Mrs. Dennis Mackin, subject's mother) ; Ellen;
and Jane, married John Cress. Matthias Hoff-
man continued in the shoe business in Wilkes-
Barre until he died, in 1882, aged ninety-eight
years.

Edward Mackin, our subject, was educated
in the public schools of his native city and Wvo-
oming Seminary, Kingston, Pennsylvania, gradu-
ating in 1856. He first began active life in 185 1
as an employe of the Baltimore Coal Company,,
while very young, going to school during the win-
ters and working during the summers, picking
slate, and was employed in various capacities
around the mines for several years and became
fireman for the same company on the first loco-
motive in the valley at seventeen years of age,
holding this position during the summer of



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