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were married March 9, 181 1, and resided at
\\'antage. New Jersey, for manv years. Eli De
Witte was a son of Moses and Alargaret De
Witte, who were the parents of fourteen children.
Moses De Witte was a son of Jacob and Leah



De Witte. Capt. Moses De Witte, above men-
tioned, was a captain in the Revolutionary army,
participated in the battle of Minisink, 1779, in
which he fell, but fortunately escaoed the mas-
sacre. Afterwards he removed io Wantage, New
Jersey, and there resided until his death. He
was an able surveyor and a great favorite of the
Indians, who greatly lamented his death.

Thomas W. Kyte resided on his father's farm
in Franklin township until nineteen years of age,
in the meantime attending the public schools in
the vicinity of his home, and Mt. Retirement
Seminary, in Sussex county, New Jersey, pur-
suing his studies in the latter institution during
the summer months, and teaching school during
the winter term. In 1869, when twenty years
of age, he accepted a clerkship in the store of
George B. Rommel, Pittston, Pennsylvania, later
purchased an interest in the business, and sub-
sequentlv succeeded i\Ir. Rommel, being at the
present time ( 1906) the oldest merchant in the
town. Throughout his business career he has
acquitted himself in such a way as to gain the
confidence and esteem of his many customers and
patrons, and his success is the direct result of
his own efforts. He is a member of the Meth-
odist Episcopal Church, in which he serves as
member and secretary of the board of trustees,
also steward. He has taken an active part in
fraternal afifairs, being a prominent member of
the following bodies of the Free and Accepted'
Masons : Pittston Lodge, Royal Arch ]\Iasons,
in which he is secretary ; Blue Lodge, No. 499.
in which he is trustee ; Chapter ; Commandery,
No. 157; Irem Temple, Mystic Shrine: Eastern
Star Association; Grand Association, in which
he is a patron of the Grand Chapter and past
patron for several years. He is also a member
and past officer of Gohonta Lodge, No. 340, In-
dependent Order of Odd Fellows ; Royal Arca-
num ; Heptasophs ; and Maccabees.

Thomas W. Kyte married, September 19,
187 1, Elizabeth Jane Brenton, and their children-
are: Minnie Brenton, a graduate of Wyoming
Seminary, married, September 19, 1890, Sela
Harris Yan Ness, born Newark, New Jersey,
resided until 1892 at East Orange, New Jersey,
and since then at Asbury Park, New Jersey,
where thev own the Lakeland Hotel, and at West
Pittston, Pennsylvania. Edith Louisa, a graduate
of Wyoming Seminary.

GEORGE W. GUTHRIE, M. D., of Wilkes-
Barre, Pennsylvania, is a native of the state, born
in Guthrieville, Chester county, January 28, 1845,.
son of John D. and Thamsin McFarlan (Kerlin)



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Guthrie, and is a descendant of Scotch Presby-
terians, who immigrated early in the eighteenth
century and settled in eastern Pennsylvania.

He completed his literary education in the
Pennsylvania State Normal school in Millers-
ville, 1867, and for some years afterward was
engaged in educational work, teaching in high
schools and academies. Early in 1869, when
twenty-four years of age, he took up the study of
medicine under the preceptorship of Dr. Edward
R. Mayer, of Wilkes-Barre. During the college
year oi 1871-72 he attended lectures at the Belle-
vue Hospital Medical College in the city of New
York, and was graduated with the degree of Doc-
tor of Medicine from the medical department of
the University of Pennsylvania in 1873. For a
few months afterward he was resident physician
to the Philadelphia Hospital, and at the conclu-
sion of the service located permanently in Wilkes-
Barre, where he has since been usefully employed
in the practice of his profession, giving especial
attention to surgery. He is one of the surgeons
to the Wilkes-Barre City Hospital, and president
of the staff, and is also consulting surgeon to the
Pittston Hospital. His prominence in his pro-
fession is attested by the fact that in 1900 he was
president of the Pennsylvania State Medical So-
ciety. He is also a member of various other pro-
fessional and other organizations : The Ameri-
can Medical Association ; the Luzerne County
Medical Society ; the Lehigh Valley Medical So-
ciety : and the American Climatological Societv.
He has ever taken an active part in the life of his
•community, and for nearly thirty years past has
served with marked ability upon the Wilkes-
Barre school board. He is a member of the West-
moreland and Caledonian Clubs, both of Wilkes-
Barre. A man of literary ability as well as of
high professional attainments, he has frequently
delivered addresses and read papers before the
■state, county, and other medical societies, mainly
upon surgical topics.

Dr. Guthrie married, September 24, 1879,
Sarah Hollenback Wright, daughter of Hon.
Harrison Wright. (See Wright family).
They were the parents of six children, as follows :
I. George Donald, born June 23, 1880, Wilkes-
Barre, commenced his education in the public
schools of the city, from which he was graduated.
He then took a biological course at Yale Univer-
sity, froni which institution he was graduated in
190 r. While at the university he was a member
of the Mandolin and Banjo Club. He then en-
tered the University of Pennsylvania, from which
lie was graduated in the class of 1905. While at



the last named institution he was president of the
Wood Society. 2. Malcolm, born November 28,
1 88 1, received his early education in his native
city, graduating from the high school of Wilkes-
Barre. He then entered Yale University and
was graduated from that institution in the class
of 1902. He is now (1905) in the medical de-
partment of the University of Pennsylvania, in
the class of 1906. He is a member of the Mask
and Wig Club, and on the executive committee
of that society, and has appeared in several per-
formances. 3. Bruce, born March 8, 1883, died
April 3, 1883. 4. Kerlin, born October 11, 1884,
died April 15, 1892. 5. Jessie Wright, born Oc-
tober 24, 1886, attended the schools of Wilkes-
Barre and was graduated from the Wilkes-Barre
Institute with high honors in 1905. Is now at-
tending Briar Cliff Manor, class of 1907. 6. Jean
McClintock, born October 13, 1888, now (1905)
attending the \Mlkes-Barre Institute.

CHARLES H. CAMPBELL, of Pittston, is
descended from Scotch ancestry. His grand-
father came from Scotland, settling in Chester
county, Pennsylvania, where he followed farm-
ing throughout his remaining days. His chil-
dren were : John, James and Brooks, twins ; and
Eby.

Brooks Campbell, father of Charles H. Camp-
bell, was born in Chester county, Pennsylvania,
and when a young man removed to Lancaster
county, where he married Christiana Zecher.
After his marriage he settled upon a dairy farm,
and in connection with its operation he had
charge of the repairs of the Lancaster and Phila-
delphia turnpike. Later he removed to Eliza-
beth, Pennsylvania, where he conducted a hotel,
followed farming and also teaming. engas:ing in
the latter pursuit on the road to Philadelphia. In
early life he was a Democrat, later became a \Miig
and subsequently joined the ranks of the Republi-
can party, with which he continued to affiliate
from the time of its organization until his death.
He had eight children : Charles H., Brooks, de-
ceased ; Emanuel, Elizabeth, E. Walter, Cyrus
K.. and Mary and Samuel, who have passed
away.

Charles H. Campbell was born in Lancaster,
Pennsylvania, March 22, 1826, and after attend-
ing the common schools continued his education
in the academy at Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania,
to which city he had removed with his father.
When sixteen years of age he entered the employ
of S. C. Simpson as a clerk iii a general store,
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his father's death he returned to Lancaster and
took charge of a store for his mother, conduct-
ing the enterprise for two years. He next went
to Summit, but after a short time spent in con-
tracting there for the Lehigh Coal & Navigation
Company, removed to Pittston in July, 1849.
Here he took a contract for grading a road for
the Pennsylvania Coal Company, and for a time
was foreman in the employ of that corporation.
He also had a contract from the state for the
building of the accjueduct at Butler Mills Falls
and for the grading of the canal. In 1853 he es-
tablished a livery business in the rear of what is
now the Eagle Hotel at Pittston, but after two
years he sold out and accepted a position as fore-
man with the Lackawanna & Bloomsburg Rail-
road, serving in that capacity for two years. On
the expiration of that period he made a contract
with a coal company for the mining and deliver-
ing of coal, and later he entered the employ of
John Loveland & Company, predecessors to the
J. E. Patterson Company, with which he re-
mained as a clerk and salesman for twenty-four
years. In June, 1886, he accepted a position with
Mercer, Phillips & Company, lumber dealers, and
when the business was re-organized three years
later under the name of the Wyoming Valley
Lumber Company became one of the partners
and continued in the enterprise until 1901, when
he sold his interest to Mr. Mercer. He has since
given his attention to the duties of a salesman
and agent in connection with the business.

]\Ir. Campbell married Eleanor Kertz, a
daughter of Israel Kertz, and they have three
children : E. Walter, born November 2, 1855 ;
Arthur D., May 22, 1858; and Annie P., August
22, 1867. The elder son is married and has four
children : Helen, Frederick W., Alford and Flor-
ence. The family are of the Presbyterian faith.

GEORGE L. KERN is descended from an old
Dutch family, the great-grandfather, Peter Kern,
having emigrated from Holland to. this country
prior to the Revolutionary war. He settled in
Northampton county, Pennsylvania, and after-
ward removed to Plainfield, New Jersey, where
Henry Kern, the grandfather, was born in the
year 1763. In early life Henry Kern learned and
followed the tanner's trade, and in 1815 removed
to West Pittston, Pennsylvania, accompanied by
his family. There he purchased one hundred
and seventy-five acres of land, on which he con-
ducted agricultural pursuits until his death in
1835. He married Susan Allshouse, and they_
became the parents of eight children : John,
Henry, Charles, George, Jacob, Susan, the wife



of Benjamin Crispman ; Catherine, wife of Dan-
iel Turner ; and Lydia, the wife of Charles Chatin.
George Kern, father of George L. Kern, was
born near Plainfield, New Jersey, in 1797, and,
when a youth of seventeen years accompanied his .
parents to Pittston. There he followed farming
throughout his remaining days. He married
Elsie Barnes, and they became the parents of the
following children : Elizabeth, the wife of John
Bardall ; John. Catharine, wife of Simon Bardall;,
James W., Gersham B., Charles and Mary,,
(twins) the latter the wife of William Ives ; Mar-
garet, the wife of John Ayers ; Caroline, wife of
William Clark ; and Alexander H.

George L. Kern was born in West Pittston,.
May 7, 1833, was educated in the common schools
of his native town, and when twenty years of age-
began learning the carjDenter's trade with Sam-
uel Bardall, with whom he remained for two
years. He afterward continued carpentering
under the direction of Simon Ritter for two years,,
when he began business on his own account, en-
tering into partnership with his brother John, as.
contractors and builders. In i860 they built a
coal breaker for the Butler Company, and after-
its completion George L. Kern took charge of the
breaker, managing the business for over seven
years. In 1873 he went to Plymouth, where he
took charge of the lumber yards and carpenter-
work for the Harvey & Kern Company, thus
serving for about six years. On the expiration
of that period he returned to Pittston and has
continued carpentering and building to the pres-
ent time, being now closely identified with the-
building operations of the city. In politics Mr.
Kern is a stanch Democrat, held the office of tax
collector of West Pittston for a time, while in.
other local offices he also demonstrated his ca-
pability and fidelity to the trust reposed in him.
He and his wife were members of the Presbyte-
rian Church.

He married Rachel J. Drum, a daughter of
John Drum, of Warren county. New Jersey.
Their children are : George W., a farmer of Niell
City, Pennsylvania ; Mary, wife of Robert Ben-
nett, of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania ; and Lewis J.,
a carpenter of Pittston, who married Mary A.
McNamara, by whom he has seven children :
Mary, wife of Philip Bennett : Charles H., Sadie,
deceased ; Joseph T., Helen, deceased ; Irene, who
has passed away ; and Ireta.

CHARLES IRVIN THOMAS, a leading
and substantial business man of Wilkes-Barre,
Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, member of the
firm of C. I. Thomas & Company, was born.-



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December 25, 1865, in Pine Creek, son of Martin
Allen and Mary Katherine (Weaver) Thomas.

Allen (great-uncle) was a sailor early

in life, and became a very wealthy man, found-
ing the Allen line oi steamships. He died in
England and left his entire estate to his heirs in
America.

Martin Allen Thomas (father) was one of
four children, namely : Lewis Samuel, a resident

•of Lycoming county; Mary Jane (deceased);
George Christ, a farmer and resident of Lycom-
ing county ; and Martin Allen. Early in life he
learned the shoemaker's trade, but later engaged
in the lumber business in Williamsport, in which
he was very successftil. He was an ardent Re-
publican in his political proclivities, and in church
connections a Methodist. When he was twenty-
eight years of age he married Mary Katherine
Weaver, of Allentown, a daughter of Charles
Weaver, and one of nine children, viz. ; Benjamin,
Valentine, deceased ; Charles, Edward, Linda, re-
sides in Williamsport ; Emma, Frank, Anne, de-
ceased ; and Mary. The following named chil-
dren were born to Martin Allen and Mary Kath-
erine (Weaver) Thomas: Benjamin, born 1863,
a machinist by trade. Charles Irvin, mentioned
hereinafter. Lewis, born 1869, a resident of Will-
iamsport. Robert, born 1872, lives in Allentown.
Burton, born 1874, died in Wilkes-Barre about
1897, and is buried in Williamsport. Gertrude
married Albert McMurray ; they have one son
and live in Allentown. Edward, born 1879, lives
in Allentown. Herbert Ames, born 1881, died in
infancy. Martin Allen Thomas, the father of
the above named children, died in Williamsport,
in 1901, at the age of sixty-seven years, and was
buried there.

Charles Irvin Thomas, second son and child

•of Martin A. and Mary K. (Weaver) Thomas,
obtained his initial education in the public schools
of Williamsport, and later took a two years'
course in Woods' Commercial College, at Will-
iamsport, thereby laying an excellent foundation
for a future business career. At the age of four-
teen years he commenced upon an independent
career, engaging in work with the Williamsport
Planing Mill Company, continuing there for five
years. He then turned his attention to the learn-
ing of the wood-turning trade under Edward
Gundrum, of Williamsport, being thus engaged
for four years, when he removed to Wilkes-Barre,
and was for fourteen years thereafter associated
with Conrad Lee as foreman in charge of the
wood-turning, scroll work and stair work depart-
ment. Deciding to become a contractor. Mr.



Thomas entered the employ of the firm of Pethick
& Curtis, Wilkes-Barre, retaining this connection
for one year. He then formed a partnership with
Joseph Schuler, and established a general and
fancy wood work business. Their establishment
is located on Hazel avenue, Wilkes-Barre, and
the business has been very successful from the
outset* In politics Mr. Thomas affiliates with the
Republican party, and is deeply interested in all
local aflfairs. In religious faith he is a member
of the Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Charles Irvin Thomas married, July 15. 1890,
Annie Maud Fisher, daughter of "SI. L. and Abbie
(Eyster) Fisher, of Sunbury, Pennsylvania, and
one of seven children, viz. : William, Homer,
Frederick, one child, deceased ; Lizzie, Lulu and
Annie (Mrs. Thomas). The following named
children were the issue of this marriage ; Mabel,
Charles. Oda, Blanche, Bertha, Katherine and
Theodore.

DANIEL L. HART, the well-known dram-
atist, playwright and author, whose writings
have always been eagerly welcomed by the public,
is a member of a family that is able to boast of
more than one person of note in literary, profes-
sional and educational lines.

Owen Hart, the great-grandfather of Daniel
Hart, was born in Ireland and died there, having
never left his native soil. He married Molly
Kane, who was also a native of Ireland, and they
had seven children: i. Patrick, of whom further
mention is made ; 2. Thomas ; 3. John ; 4. Bridget,
who came to New York before 1848 and married
Dr. Sweeny, of that city. 5. Katie, who came to
New York with her sister Bridget, and married
James Hamilton. 6. Donnie. 7. Nellie.

Patrick Hart, son of Owen and Molly (Kane)
Hart, was born in October, 1798, in the county
of Sligo, Ireland, and died there May 10. 1825.
He was a very successful man, noted for his fine
horsemanship, and a fine specimen of the coun-
try gentleman of that time. He married, in Sligo,
Mary Gilligan, born June 23. 1800, in the shadow
of Notman Ray, Sligo, Ireland. She was the
daughter of John and Caroline Gilligan, and was
renowned in that section of Ireland for her model
housekeeping. She died in Wilkes-Barre, Penn-
sylvania, January 7, 1893. Patrick and I\Iary
(Gilligan) Hart were the parents of two chil-
dren: Ellen, born May 17, 1823, who. spent her
entire life in the land of her birth, and died in
1848; and John Hart, the father of the subject
of this sketch.

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gan) Hart, was bom February 16, 1825, in the
countv of Sligo, Ireland. He received his early
education in the common schools of that town,
and proved himself an apt scholar, with a very
retentive memory. For some years he followed
in his father's footsteps as a farmer, and was a
verv successful one. But his restless enterprise
was not content with old world methods, and he
determined to emigrate to America. This idea
he carried out, and on June i. 1848, he landed in
the city of New York, but wasted no time there,
starting at once for Wilkes-Barre, by way of
Fasten. Travel at that time was accomplished
by stage coach, and was slow and laborious work.
It took many days to travel over the mountains,
but when he once reached Wilkes-Barre he set-
tled there, and has ever since made it his home.
He thought it a good plan to learn all the details
of a business from the very lowest step, and so
accepted a position as a laborer in the coal fields
of the Lehigh and Susquehanna Coal Compan}-.
He worked there for some time and then went to
the Blackman Coal Company, now known as the
Franklin mine, and when they began to. introduce
machinery he paid the closest attention to all its
workings, realizing that such knowledge would
be a prime factor in assisting him to rise. He
studied the method of running an engine to such
good effect that in 1853 he was given charge of
the first engine that was ever operated in the
Wyoming ^'alley, to haul the coal out o.f the
mines. He remained here for a number of years,
and then accepted a position in the shops. He
worked continuously for thirty-seven years, and
is now living in retirement. His residence is one
of the show places of the city, and here he lives
with his wife and several of his children.

Mr. Hart married, July 26, 1852, Mary Mc-
Donald, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Oc-
tober 12, 1833, daughter of Patrick and Eliza-
beth (Edwards) McDonald, the latter a daugh-
ter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Rice) Edwards.

Patrick and Elizabeth (Edwards) McDonald,
both now deceased, had thirteen children: i.
Elizabeth, married John Batterton. ( See sketch
elsewhere.) 2. James, deceased, who married
Anna Ryan. 3. Mary, married John Hart, as
above. 4. Margaret, married Peter Clark, of
Wilkes-Barre. 5. Ann, married D. L. O'Xiel, of
Wilkes-Barre. 6. Ellen, married P. F. Lynch, of
AMlkes-Barre. 7. Joseph, married Josephine Ryan
and they reside in Freeland, Pennsylvania. 8.
Fanny, married P. H. Camnbell. of Wilkes-
Barre. 9. Luc}-, married Patrick McGreevy, of
Wilkes-Barre. to. John (deceased), married El-



len IMooney, of Freeland, Pennsylvania. 11. Net-
tie, married Attorney Michael Cannon, of
Wilkes-Barre. 12. William, married Mary Creig,
of Pittston, Pennsylvania. 13. Charles, married
Anna Cassedy, of Wilkes-Barre.

John and Mary (McDonald) Hart were the
parents of eight children, six of whom are now
living: i. James, born June 28, 1853, was edu-
cated in the common schools and learned the
trade of an engineer, which he has followed for
thirty years. 2. Michael, born October 10,
1855, was educated in the common schools
and is now an engineer in Ashley : he
married Mary A. Gawley; of Dunmore,
Pennsylvania, and they have four children. 3.
John, born September 19, 1858, was well edu-
cated and accepted a position as teacher in the
school, and taught there for a number of years.
He died November 14, 1899, at the age of forty-
one years. He was greatly beloved by all who
knew him and at his death was mourned by a
large circle of friends. 4. Joseph, born August 15,
i860, was educated in the common schools and
then took a course in pharmac}-. He followed
up his profession, being at present enga,ged in
the drug business with his brother Thomas, in
Wilkes-Barre, where they are very successful.
5. Thomas, born August 15, 1863, educated in
the common schools, and took a co^urse in phar-
macy, then entered into business with his brother
Joseph, in Wilkes-Barre, and still continues the
same. 6. Daniel, of whom further mention is
made. 7. Mary, born July 5, 1874, a very bright
child and the pride of the house, died April 10,
1878, at the age of four years. 8. Gertrude, born
Wilkes-Barre ; she was educated in St. Mary's
and the Mallincradt convents, is a very talented
young woman and a writer of great promise.
She has attended man_\- conventions with her
brother Daniel, the most recent being the conven-
tion of the United Press Clubs of America, held
at Detroit, Michigan, July 15, 1905.

Daniel L. Hart, son of John and Mary (Mc-
Donald) Hart, was born December 29, 1866, in
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, in the house in
which he now resides. He was educated in the
common schools of that city, and at Wyoming
Seminary, Kingston, Pennsylvania. From his
earliest years he showed a decided leaning toward
the field of letters, being always occupied with
his pen. He graduated from W^-oming Sem-
inary in 1886 with honor. In 1886 he com-
menced to write for publication, and since then
he has never been out of the public mind and eye.
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understands how to gain and hold the attention
of his readers. He has been principally engaged
in writing plays, many of which have gained for
him a world-wide reputation. The first of his
plays which was ever staged, entitled "Which,"
was produced in the city of his birth, and was
received with enthusiasm and was an immediate
success. He then wrote "The Footman," "Be-
tween Men," "Underground," "A Daughter of
Dixie," "O'Neil," "Washington, D. C," at short
intervals, each in its turn seeming to add to his
popularity. Mr. Hart's "Government Except-
ance" and a dramatization of Opie Reid's
"Jucklins" was a pronounced success. Soon
after this he wrote his world famous "Parish
Priest," in which the great Daniel Sully made his
greatest hit and became famous. Mr. Hart's pen
is never at rest. Among his other later popular
writings may be mentioned "Australia," "At Old
Point Comfort," "Marching Through Georgia,"
and, his latest though not by any means his least
success, "A Rocky Road to Dublin," which was
also staged in 1905 in New York, and attained
popularity at once. Mr. Hart is a man of great
force of character and personal magnetism, and
it is owing to these ciualities, which he has the
knack of infusing into all he does, that, no doubt
his success is in a great measure due. He is a



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