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gifts, which he has at ready command, whether
•On the hustings or in pleading a cause before
court or jury.

Mr. Nichols' reverential spirit and literary
abilitv are alike discernable in a noticeable work
from his pen : "An Argument in Favor of the
Bible Narration of Man's Creation, and Dreams
in which Humanity's Future is Revealed and its
Shadows Depicted." In this he touchingly nar-
rates impressions which will appeal to many a
heart in reminiscent thought of a sainted mother :

"^lany years have elapsed since I received~the
farewell kiss and heard the dying prayer of my
dear christian mother — the house in which she
endeavored by her love and tenderness to guard
the susceptibilities of my youth against evil temp-
tations, and with an anxious heart saw me cross
the threshold of manhood — all the associations
in the midst of which she faithfully did her life's
work, the grave within whose solemn walls her
physical presence was hidden forever from my
sight, are many miles away ; but, tmconnected
with all tangible objects I can sit here in the si-
lence of the midnight hour and recall before my
mind's eye her cheering countenance and hear
again the kind and loving words with which she
sought to comfort me in sadness, or make more
gratifying the fruits of success. I can see her
weeping over the missteps of my boyhood, and
smiling her heart's joy when she saw the seeds
of truth and virtue, which she had sown in my
moral nature, beginning to. sprout. I can see her,
O. how distinctly, slowly and without a murmur
fading away under the ravages of disease, and
when the grim presence of death became visible
to her consciousness, in the midst of the tears and
sobs of children, friends and neighbors, with a
calmness that the terrors of her approaching dis-
solution could not disturb, and a reliance upon
the promises of her ]\Iaster, that was absolutely
free from the weakness of doubt or uncertainty,
beseeching God to pour into the broken hearts
at her bedside the consolation of a christian's
hope,

"But equally as distinct I remember the influ-
ence of my mother's physical presence : I can re-
experience the soothing sensations that came to
me from the gentle stroke of her hand upon my



forehead, when sickness, anger or disappointment
beclouded the pleasures and ambitions of my
childhood. When the turmoil and greed of the
business contentions of the world are hidden
from my sight, and I am permitted to meditate
in the quiet and inspiration of solitude, I can
feel in the sensibilities of my soul the touch of
her christian and moral instructions, and in the
purest recesses of my heart the sacred influence
of her last prayer."

Mr. Nichols married, February i, 1874, ]\Iary
Corker, of Norwich, New York, who died Feb-
ruary 2, 1883, leaving children as follows: Flor-
ence Edmonda, Lyman Bennett, Lester Wilson
and Leona M. Nichols. Mr. Nichols married
(second), July 3, 1883, Almina Wilson, of Clif-
ford, Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania, who
died February, 1902, leaving the following chil-
dren surviving her : Francis ]Marion, died De-
cember 24, 1904 : Ruth A., Alice E., William R.,
David James Wilson and Almina Nichols.

WILLIAM THOMAS PERKINS, a resi-
dent of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was born
July 29, 1867, in Plymouth borough, the son of
Henry and Alice (Fox) Perkins, natives of Not-
tingham and Rutley, Derbyshire, England, re-
spectively.

Thomas Fox, maternal grandfather, was a
native of England and came to America about
1862, settling in Plymouth borough, Pennsylva-
nia, on the ^Mountain road now known as Lee
street. He was a farmer by occupation, and
made a home for himself and family in this re-
gion. His wife bore him children, as follows:
I. Alice, married Henry Perkins. 2. Samuel,
born August 18, 1845, married Sarah Bailey,
and they have children, as follows : Laura, Wil-
liam, Zathan, Sara, Fannie, George, Samuel,
Clara and James. Their residence is in Virden,
Illinois. 3. David, deceased, born November 18,
1848, married Jeannette Lewis, daughter of Ben-
jamin Lewis, and their children were: Frank,
born April 28, 1876, married Alice Richards ;
they have one son, Josiah, now deceased. Alice,
born March 15, 1881, married Frederick Picket;
they have one child, a daughter, Jeannette.
Cora, born December 13, 1882. Louis, born
March 2, 1885. Jeannette, died May 9, 1890.
Two other children who died in infancy. David
Fox, the father of these children, died February
12, 1 89 1, and his wife passed away Mav 9, 1890,
and was buried in Shawnee cemetery. 4. Jo-
seph, born April 12, 185 1, died January 16,



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1854. 5. William, born i\Iarch 24, 1856, mar-
ried Sarah Deets; they reside in Braceville, Illi-
nois, and had several children.

Henry Perkins, father of William Thomas
Perkins, was a son of William Perkips. He fol-
lowed the trade of a basket-maker in his native
country, and upon his arrival in the United
States settled in Plymouth. There he found em-
ployment in the coal mines and worked there
until 1870, when he removed with his family to
Streator, Illinois. He worked in the soft coal
mines and was injured by an explosion of gas
in the mines, which injuries resulted in his death
seventeen days after the accident. His wife was
Anna Fox, born February 5, 1843, f^h^ eldest
daughter and child of Thomas and Ann Fox.
Mr. and Mrs. Perkins had children, as follows :
1. Mary Ann, married William J. Owens, of
Plymouth, and their children were : William,
married Susan Michael, and had two children,
Russel Conwell and William John ; Alice, de-
ceased ; Alice, Harry and Walter. 2. William
Thomas, mentioned hereinafter. 3. Harry, born
July II, 1870, married Jessie Reynolds.

After the death of her husband Mrs. Perkins
and her family returned to Plymouth and took up
their residence on the old homestead with Mrs.
Perkins' mother, Ann Fox. There she main-
tained herself and children by dressmaking. Aft-
er two years of widowhood she married John
Rodgers, of Cornwall, England, and they had the
following children: Elizabeth M., born April 15,
1873, died November 5, 1879; and Harriet, born
December 26, 1876, died July 13, 1878. The
death of John Rodgers occurred in 1875 after a
lingering illness, and his wife passed away July
4, 1893, and was buried in Shawnee cemetery.
She was fifty years of age at the time of her
death.

William Thomas Perkins spent his earlv life
on the old homestead and acquired his edtication
in the common schools of the county. At the ten-
der age of nine years he set out to make his own
way in the world, entering into his first regular
employment as a breaker boy, picking up slate
in the mines. The following year, 1877, he was
promoted to regular mine work, continuing in
this employment until March 19, 1885. when he
broke his arm. When he was again able to en-
gage in active pursuits he turned his attention to
the trade of cabinet-making, in which occupa-
tion he became very proficient, and in which he
engaged until 1888.

In 1887 Mr. Perkins took a business course
under the instruction of Professor Mallerv, of



Wilkes-Barre, thus laying a good foundation for
a future business career. In 1888 he entered the
employ of W. E. Renshaw, a wholesale flour and
feed merchant, of Plymouth, and in one year had
advanced to the position of general merchant.
This rapid advancement attests to the confidence
and trust reposed in him by his employers, and
his ability and integrity as a business man. He
continued very successfully as general manager
for Mr. Renshaw for three years, when the busi-
ness was closed up. In 1892 he entered the em-
plov of J. W. Bounds, of Plymouth, but at the
end of one year thus engaged gave his atten-
tion to the painting trade, which he had learned
in connection with cabinet-making. He estab-
lished himself with Mr. S. W. Campbell, of
Plymouth, and remained with him for two years.
For the succeeding fotir years he was occupied
in the contracting business and attained excel-
lent success in this line. In 1899 Mr. Perkins
decided to engage in business on his own ac-
count, and accordingly opened a store in Plym-
outh at No. 124 West Main street. In 1900 he
changed his location to No. 4 East Main street,
and there he is now engaged in the conduct of a
verv successful business, carrying a full and
complete line of paints, oils, etc.. and enjoys an
ever increasing patronage. In his political re-
lations ]\Ir. Perkins affiliates with the Republic-
an party, and is deeply interested in all commu-
nitv affairs. Fraternally he is a member of In-
dependent Order of Odd Fellows, Wadhams
Lodge, Plymouth, No. 826. Ir' matters of re-
ligion he accords with the doctrines of the Prim-
itive Methodist Church, of which l.e is president
of the trustee board, chorister and teacher in the
Sunday school. He and his wife are both active
and earnest church workers.

William Thomas Perkins married, January
9. 1 88 1, Emily Grace Savage, daughter of Rev.
Daniel and Maria M. Savage, who were then
residents of Plymouth, now of Girardsville, Penn-
sylvania. Mrs. Perkins was one of the following
children: Lydia Grace, Benjamin, Rebecca, Alice
Clara, married George S. Stewart, a resident of
Meyersdale, Somerset county. Pennsylvania, and
they have children as follows : Francis Albert.
Cl\de Edgar, Lester, deceased ; Daniel, Robert.
Lester, Marion, Dwight and Helen Margaret.
Maria Louisa, married Absalom Lambert, a resi-
dent of Philadelphia, and had : Gertrude. Annie,
deceased ; Eva Jennie, Annie. Albert and Irene.
Of these children Gertrude married Charles W'al-
ton. a resident of Philadelphia, and has three
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nie (second), marrie;! \\'alter Brilland, also a
resident of Pliiladelphia. and had one child, Will-
iam Samuel. Lytlia Rachel, married Rev. W. J.
Richards ; they reside in Coaldale, Pennsylvania,
and have children : Walter Roland, resides in
Coaldale ; Estelle May, married Daniel Jones, and
they reside in Coaldale ; Edna Grace, William
Ray, Frank and Vera Pearl. Thomas English,
married Airs. Minnie Russell, and had two chil-
dren. Susie Russell and Myrtle. Emily Grace,
now Mrs. William Thomas Perkins. Ida May
Dennison. marrietl Arthur Maul, and has one
child, Lewis Daniel. Florence Lucretia. Will-
iam. Edwin.

Mr. and Mrs. Wiliam Thomas Perkins are
the parents of the following children : Florence,
Louise, Alice, Clara, William Daniel, Sheldon,
Arthur, Walter Thomas and Henry George.

PETER SHUPP, deceased, who was a de-
scendant of an old and honored German ances-
try, was born August i6, 1822, in Luzerne county,
Pennsylvania, on the old Shupp homestead, which
was located on the present site of the Boston
breaker. He was a son of Philip and Susan
( Krupp) Shupp, and grandson of Col. Philip
Shupp, of Revolutionarv fame.

Philip Shupp (father) followed the occupa-
tion of farming, conducting his operations on the
homestead in Luzerne county. He married Su-
san Krupp, who bore him the following children :
I. \\'illiam,' unmarried, who died at Rolling
Prairie, Indiana, about the year 1893. 2. Mary,
married Miner Nesbitt, a farmer of Plymouth
borough, and went to Rolling Prairie, Indiana,
where Mr. Nesbitt followed farming and where
he died about the year 1885. Their children
were : Elizabeth, James, a farmer near Denver,
Colorado ; Louisa, Emily, who resides in Cali-
fornia : Stella ; Katherine. who died in 1904 ;
George, deceased. All of these children were
married with the. exception of Katherine. 3. Pe-
ter, mentioned hereinafter. 4. Elizabeth, mar-
ried John Flanigan, of Plymouth, issue : Emily,
who became the wife of David Bishop ; Louisa :
Mary, who married and settled in Bergen Hill,
New Jersey : Elizabeth, who married and resides
in California ; and Stella. 5. John, who married
and went to La Porte, Indiana. 6. Andrew,
married Sarah Gardner, issue: Thomas, John,
George, Harry and Walter. A sketch of Andrew
appears also in this work.

Peter Shupp was educated in the common
schools of Plymouth. His father died in 1834.
when he was twelve years of age; and he then
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began working on the farm during the summer
months and attended school during the winter
months, pursuing his studies at night, and thus
he acquired a good practical education which
prepared him for the active duties of life. He
followed farming until 1854, when he formed a
partnership with Draper Smith and opened the
first general store in Plymouth, they enjoying
for ten years a large share of the patronage of
the town. At the expiration of the above men-
tioned period of time the partnership was dis-
solved, and Mr. Shupp engaged in business on
his own account, erecting a building at Main
street and Centre avenue, Plymouth, where he
opened a general store. He contintied the man-
agement of the same for a quarter of a century,
or until 1889, when he turned the business over
to his sons, who conducted it for several years.
Mr. Shupp again assumed the management of
the above store, which he conducted for another
five years, after which his son, Charles Shupp,
took charge and conducted it until the death of
his father, which occurred December 10, 1897,
when the business was closed out.

In addition to the management of his gen-
eral store Mr. Shupp was for many years and
up to the time of his decease president of the
Heat, Light and Water Company, and vice-pres-
ident of the First National Bank of Plymouth.
For many years he was a member of the Chris-
tian Church, in which body he held the offices
of treasurer and trustee. He was a Republican
in politics. He was a member of the Independ-
ent Order of Odd Fellows and a member of the
Home Guards of Pennsylvania at the time of
the Civil war, serving for a short period of time,
until the necessity for service was over, when
he, with the others, were discharged.

Peter Shupp married ( first ) , January 7,
1849, Alartha Bangs, born January 4. 1829. at
Plymouth, Pennsylvania, daughter of Alba and
Hannah Bangs. Their children were: I. Flora,
born October 30, i8.:|9, married James G. Mar-
tin, of La Porte, Indiana ; issue : Flora, wife of
Philip Rice, son of Judge Rice, of Wilkes-Barre,
and Ellen. Mr. and Mrs. Martin reside in Wash-
ington, D. C. 2. Irvin, born March 29, 1851,
married and went to Philadelphia, where he re-
mained about twenty-five years, engaged in the
textile business. Their children are : Irvin, Jr.,
married a Miss Patton, of Philadelphia : Mary
and Dorothy. 3. Charles, born September 7,
1852. married Hannah Levi, of Plymouth: issue:
Helen, Kenneth and Ruth. He engaged first in
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partner in a china and glassware store in Phila-
delphia, later conducted his father's store in
Plymouth until it was closed, tiien engaged in
dry goods and furnishing business in ko;iiester,
New York, and is now engaged in the same line
of business in Plaintield, Aew Jersey. 4 and 5.
Alba and Emily (twins), born. INiay 25, 1854;
the former died September 25, 1854, and the lat-
ter September 19, 1854. Mrs. Shupp, the moth-
er of tnese children, died August 25, 1854, aged
twenty-five }ears, seven montns and twenty-one
days.

Peter Shupp married (second), November 8,
i860, Ellen Remmel, born November 30, 1832,
in Ross township, Monroe county, Pennsylva-
nia, daughter of George and Elizabeth (Gress)
Remmel. Mrs. Shupp was educated in the com-
mon schools in Kingston and Wyoming Semi-
nary. She is a member of the Pr.esbyterian
Church, in the work of which she takes an ac-
tive interest, being a member of the Foreign
Missionary Society and the Ladies' Aid Society.
George Remmel, father of Mrs. Shupp, was born
near Easton, Pennsylvania, followed agricultural
pursuits throughout the active years of his life,
and his father was a lumberman in Ross town-
ship. Andrew Remmel, uncle of George Rem-
mel, was a soldier in the war of 1812, and set-
tled near Easton, Pennsylvania, which fact was
unknown to his relatives for several years. Eliza-
beth (Gress) Remmel, mother of Mrs. Shupp,
was born in the vicinity of Stroudsburg, Penn-
sylvania.

GILBERT CAMPBELL MILLER, con-
tracting builder of Plymouth, Luzerne county,
Pennsylvania, was born in Beach Haven, Penn-
sylvania, March 9, 1869, son of Peter and Ma-
tilda (Smith) Young Miller, both of whom were
of German descent, although Peter Miller was
born in France.

Peter Miller came to America when thirteen
years old, and in his mature manhood settled
near Dorrance Corners, Wyoming, on the old
homestead now known as the Rheinhammer
farm. He was an owner of boats which plied the
old canal and the Susquehanna river, and his
brother was also a boatman on the same waters,
making long journeys to Baltimore, New York
and other ports. Peter Miller rendered faith-
ful service to his adopted country during the
Civil war, serving throughout the entire strug-
gle as a member of wlnt was known as the
"Acorn Regiment," the Sixteenth Regiment of
Pennsvlvania N'olunteers. He was a member of



Con^ngham Post, Grand Army of the Republic.
He died October 2, 1903, aged eighty-four years,
at the home of his daughter Alary, at Dorrance
Corners, and his remams were interred in the
Slocum cemetery. He was twice married. His
first wife, Phoebe Miller, died September 7*
1864, aged forty-two years, one month and twen-
ty-one days, while they were living on the Rhein-
hammer farm, and she was buried in the Slocum
cemetery. Of this marriage were born the fol-
lowing children: Samuel H., born December 4,
185 1 : David R., born June 6, 1855, died at Nes-
copeck, Pennsylvania, 1889 ; Daniel R., born Au-
gust 5, 1857, died 1904; Mary, Sarah, Benjamin,
born 1862. Peter Miller married (second) Ma-
tilda (Smith) Young, widow of William Young,
in 1866, and of this marriage was born one child,
Gilbert Campbell Miller. B_\- her first marriage
Matilda (Smith) Young Miller had one child,
William Young, Jr., deceased.

Gilbert Campbell Miller passed his early vears
in Beach Haven, and at the earlv age of nine
}ears began as a mule driver on the canal for his
uncle, making on an average nine round trips a
}ear between Nanticoke and New York, the trip
each way usually occupying a period of thirtv
days. On occasion the trip was varied to Phila-
delphia, Baltimore, Havre de Grace, Harrisburg,
Columbia, Wrightsville, Elkton, Maryland, Del-
aware City, Trenton, New Jersey ; New Bruns-
wick, and other points. The arduous nature of
his calling, and its unremitting labor, are discern-
ible in the fact that on frecjuent occasions the
lad made the trip to Havre de Grace with only
such sleep as he could catch in the saddle on the
mule's back, and while walking alongside the an-
imals with his hands on the traces to support
him. It was while thus engaged that he estab-
lished those habits of industry and persistency
that in after life made him successful in a larger
and more active career. Meantime he was "not
inattentive to the necessity for some educational
preparation, and during the midst of the winters,
when navigation was suspended, he attentlcd the
Beach Haven school, from which he gratluated
at the age of seventeen years. Mr. P. A. Mei.x-
ell, of Wilkes-Barre, a practicing attorney, and
then serving as school director, became attracted
to the young man, and, recognizing in him qual-
ities which if rightly directed would direct him
into a career of large usefulness, secured his ap-
proval to being apprenticed to John Hamilton,
a contracting builder of Nanticoke, to learn brick-
laying, plastering and stone masonry. His first
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his duties being limited to driving a team and
carrying the hod. At the outset of his second
year he gave vigorous expression to his dissat-
isfaction and to his earnest desire to be given
work, no matter how laborious, so long as it
would afford him opportunity to really learn
something of the trades with which he was con-
nected. His solicitations met with a prompt ac-
quiescence, and he was now advanced as rapidly
as his developing abilities would justify, and at
the age of twenty-two years was declared a fin-
ished workman. He worked as a journeyman in
^^'ilkes-Barre and vicinity until 1S96, and this
year, when twenty-seven years old, embarked in
the contracting business upon his own account,
and has been so occupied to the present time, with
the exception of brief periods when he served
the Traction Company in the capacity of con-
ductor, and when he took occasional employ-
ment with George F. Dickover, a contractor of
his own cit}-. In all these years he has made an
excellent record as a mechanic of real ability, and
a business man of entire dependability, honora-
ble in everv particular, and in all things meas-
uring up to the highest standards of personal in-
tegrity.

Air. ]\Iiller w^as formerly a member of the
Independent Order of Odd Fellow^s, affiliated
with the lodge in Plymouth, and of the lodge
of Patriotic Order of Sons of America, of Wap-
wallopen, Pennsylvania. In the line of his oc-
cupations he is a member of the Bricklayers' and
Masons" Union of Ph'mouth, and the Street
Carmen's Union and the Master Plasterers'
Union, both of Wilkes-Barre. He is also a mem-
ber of the Order of Heptasophs, of Plymouth,
and the Musicians' Union of Wilkes-Barre. He
is a Democrat in politics, but sufficiently inde-
pendent to cast his ballot with greater reference
to the qualifications and character of the candi-
date than to the political creed which he pro-
fesses. With his family he attends the Plymouth
Methodist Episcopal Church, and, possessing
fine musical gifts, is a member of its Sunday'
school orchestra.

November 14, 1893, in Scranton, Mr. Miller
married Annie Louise Major, daughter of Will-
iam F. and Sarah (Desmond) Major (both now
deceased), of Plymouth. She was born April
20, 1868, and was educated at the old academy
and the high school in Plymouth. Her father
Avas a son of John and Anna (Case) Major:
for about twenty-five years he was a carpenter
for the Lehigh Valley Coal Company at the Not-
tingham mine, and was subsequently for a num-



ber of years a contractor in I'lxmouth, where he
was well known and held in universal esteem.
To Mr. and Mrs. Miller were born three chil-
dren: Maud, born September 20, 1894: Hazel

Marie, born December 18, 1896 ; and . born

April 22, 1905.

OSCAR MOORE LANCE, of Kingston,
general manager of the Spring Brook Water Sup-
ply Company, was born in Tremont, Pennsylva-
nia, November 11, 1848, a son of William Lyman
and Frances ?ilitchell (Rose) Lance, the former
named having been a half brother of John Fran-
cis, the painter.

William Lyman Lance was born in the citv
of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1817. In early
life he was a partner of William Lyman in an
iron works, and later he became a coal operator,
first at Tremont, then in Wilkes-Barre, and last-
ly at Plymouth. He was the first coal operator
to pay his miners cash for their labor, and was
the first man to use anthracite coal in the smelt-
ing of iron. In 1870 he moved to Norfolk, \'ir-
ginia, and established the ship building works
known as the Norfolk Manufacturing Company,
which he successfully conducted for several vears.
He was progressive in his ideas, genialand court-
eous in disposition, and therefore was respected
in the various communities in which he resided.
He was a chaplain in the ami}- during the Civil
war. He was a member of the Methodist Epis-
copal Church, superintendent of the Sunday
school, and a Republican in politics. His death
occurred in Germantown, wdiere the latter years
of his life were spent. His wife, Frances Alitch-
ell (Rose) Lance, was born in 1818: she was a
Quaker in religion prior to her marriage, but
later united with the Methodist Episcopal
Church, in which she served very faithfully.

Oscar M. Lance was educated at Dickinson
Seminary, Chester Military School and Lehigh
University, graduating from the latter institu-
tion in 1S72. During his entire business career
he has been especiallv interested in water works,
serving for a number of }-ears as superintendent
of the water and light companies of Plymouth
and at the present time is general manager of the
Spring Brook Water Supply company. He main-
tains a keen interest in all public matters and fa-
vors schemes for the promotion of the welfare
of the people. He is a member of the IMethodist



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