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Episcopal Church, and a liberal contributor to-
wards its maintenance. He is a Republican in
politics.

At Lewisburg, Pennsvlvania, Mr. Lance mar-



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ried Ellen Hancock, born in Kingston, June 30,
1868, educated at the Wyoming Seminary, King-
ston, and at Vassar College. She is a daughter
of William Hancock, born in Wilkes-Barre, Jan-
uary I, 1800, a son of Jonathan Hancock, who
was a large property holder in Wilkes-Barre,
having come to the valley from Snow Hill, Mary-
land. He was at one time a school teacher. (See
Hancock Family.) William Hancock was a very
active and prominent business man, and was
elected on the Democratic ticket to several po-
litical offices, among them being associate judge
He married (first) Laura Smith, of Wilkes-
Barre, and their children were: i. Henry, died
in 1864. 2. Elizabeth, married J. Fuller Rob-
erts, and their children are : Mrs. J. P. Dixon,
of Scranton ; George B. Reynolds, of Virginia,
married Mina Graham, a direct descendant of
William Meredith, first treasurer of the United
States, and their children are: Mrs. George Rice,
of Scranton ; Eleanor Reynolds, of Scranton ;
Laura Reynolds, of California ; Jennie Reynolds,
Clara Reynolds and Henry B. Reynolds ; Fuller,
William and Frank Roberts. 3. Catherine Scott,
married Dr. Samuel Blair, of St. Augustine,
Florida. William Hancock, married (second)
Elizabeth Denison, a daughter of Lazarus Deni-
son, and granddaughter of Col. Nathan Denison.
(See Denison family sketch which appears else-
where in this work). William and Elizabeth
(Denison) Hancock had four children: i. Hi-
ram, born February g, 1850, at Kingston, mar-
ried Sarah Irvin, and their children were: Ellen,
wife of George Rayner, and they reside at Will-
iamson Training School near Philadelphia ;
Mary Elizabeth, widow of Dr. Charles Bowman,
of Philadelphia ; and William. 2. Ellen, afore-
mentioned as the wife of Oscar M. Lance. 3.
Emily Juliette, widow of Simon Peter Hughes,
who was born near Charleston, South Carolina,
1844, was a Lutheran clergyman, and died in
Williamsport, Pennsylvania, June 18, 1904. 4.
James, married Maria Mulford, of Exeter, Penn-
sylvania, and their children were : Henry, de-
ceased ; William, of Wilkes-Barre ; and John.
The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Lance are
as follows : Oscar M., Jr., born in Norfolk, Vir-
ginia, died February 27, 1905 ; John Hancock,
chief engineer for the Spring Brook Water Sup-
ply Company ; Elizabeth Denison, a well known
artist, who has performed considerable work for
different magazines; Katharine Blair, Ruth
Mitchell, William Lyman, Emily Hancock. Hi-
ram Hancock, Mary Hancock, deceased. All of



these children with the exception of the eldest
were born in Plymouth, Pennsylvania.

ALBERT GOULD RICKARD, M. D., de-
ceased, for many years a physician of Plymouth,
also the proprietor of a well patronized drug
store there, was born in Williamsport, Pennsyl-
vania, September 27, 1829, died April 6, 1883.
He was a son of John and Elizabeth (Gould)
Rickard, who were the parents of several chil-
dren, three of whom attained years of maturity.
Elizabeth (Gould) Rickard was born in Penn-
sylvania, daughter of Jacob Gould, who emi-
grated to this state from Connecticut.

Dr. Rickard acquired his literary education in
Wyoming Seminary, Kingston, and his prepara-
tion for the practice of medicine was as a student
in the Pennsylvania Medical College, from which
he graduated. After conducting an ofifice in
Shickshinny, Pennsylvania, for some time. Dr.
Rickard went south, but remained only a short
period of time. Upon his return to his native
state he located in Plymouth, where, by his pro-
fessional skill and ability, he succeeded in build-
ing up an extensive and lucrative practice, and
in connection therewith established a drug store,
which was equipped with a full line of reliable
and pure drugs for the making up of prescrip-
tions, the same being at the present time under
the careful and efficient management of his son
and is one of the leading establishments of its
kind in Plymouth. Dr. Richard built the house in
which his widow now resides, also the drug store,
and his business affairs were conducted in a sys-
tematic manner, thus insuring to him a goodly
return for money and labor expended. He
evinced a deep interest in all that pertained to
the welfare and growth of Plymouth, especially
along educational lines, and for many years
served as a member of the school board. He
was a Republican in politics, and was actively
identified with all the Masonic bodies.

Dr. Rickard married, November 13, 1866,
Liva Albertina, born in Plymouth, Pennsylva-
nia, December 25, 1845, daughter of John B.
and Liva (Davenport) Smith, whose history ap-
]iears in full in the Smith Family sketch which
appears in this work. Their children rire:
John Byron, born Plymouth, September 7, 1867,
married Edith Mayor, two children ; Ellen Eliza-
beth, born Plymouth, October 9, 1869, died Jan-
uary 20, 1872; Stella, born Plymouth, June 25,
1872, married a jeweler at Jo'mstown, and their
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Kate Daisy, born Plymouth, August 2, 1874,
married A. B. Dungan, an electrician cf Allen-
town. May Virginia, born Plymouth, Septem-
ber 17, 1876 ; Emma Gould, born Plymouth, De-
cember 6, 1878, married Harry W. Ruggles, and
they are the parents of one child, Elizabeth Rug-
gles.

JAMES KNOX POLK FENNER, insur-
ance and real estate agent, Ashley, was born in
Shawnee, Monroe county, Pennsylvania, July 20,
1844, son of Abraham and Catherine (Smoke)
Fenner, natives of Pennsylvania, and of early
German origin.

Abraham Fenner was born in Northampton
county, Pennsylvania, April 3, 1796. Subse-
quently he removed to Monroe county, Pennsyl-
vania, and there spent the greater part of his
life, devoting his attention to his trade of stone-
mason and also to the tilling of the soil. He per-
formed a large amount of the stone work of
bridges, many of which are still standing, and
being a thorough and competent workman was
never out of employment. He held the office
of county commissioner for a number of years.
He married Catherine Smoke, a native of Mon-
roe county, Pennsylvania, who bore him fifteen
children, three of whom died in infancy, and
two of whom are living at the present time. The
children who reached maturity are as follows :
I\Iary A., married Josiah Coleman, of Howell,
Michigan ; Hiram, resided in Bucyrus, Ohio ;
George W., a resident of Bucyrus, Ohio ; Ben-
jamin P., who was a resident of Elmira, New
York ; Susan, the deceased wife of James H.
Price, of Henryville, Pennsylvania ; David, de-
ceased : Amanda, married Philip W. Cyphers,
of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania ; Sarah, married
John B. Wallace, of Ashley, Pennsylvania ; Will-
iam, deceased, who was a teacher, justice of the
peace, for twelve years, deputy prothonotary and
clerk of the courts of Luzerne county, and one
of the well known and influential men of Ashley ;
Catherine, married Eldwood Gardner, of Ash-
ley, Pennsylvania ; James K. P., mentioned here-
inafter ; John W., a commission merchant in
Wilkes-Barre, with residence in Ashley. Mr. and
Mrs. Fenner were members of the Reformed
German Church. Their deaths occurred at their
home in Monroe county, aged eighty-three and
sixty-two years, respectively.

James K. P. Fenner received a common school
education, and afterward taught school in ]\Ion-
roe county for two years. In 1863 he came to
^^'ilkes-Barre, where he clerked in a drug store



for three }-ears, and at the expiration of this
period of time took up his residence in Ashley,
Pennsylvania, and engaged in a general mer-
cantile business. After conducting the same for
seventeen )'ears he embarked in his present busi-
ness, insurance and real estate, in which he has
achieved a large degree of success. In 1882 he
built the portion of Fenner's block known as the
"hotel block," and the rest, adjoining and includ-
ing his residence, in 1885. Mr. Fenner has al-
ways taken an active interest in public affairs.
He succeeded his brother, William Fenner, as
justice of the peace in 1891, and has continued
up to the present time and by recent appoint-
ment will continue up to the year 1909. His
first appointment to this office was by Governor
Pattison. He also served as postmaster of Ash-
ley from 1885 to 1889 under President Cleve-
land's administration, has been a member of the
board of burgesses continuously since 1891, the
oldest on the board, and for the past three years
has served in the capacity of chief burgess. He
has served as a member of the county and dis-
trict committees, and in all ways has exercised
an influence in behalf of the party whose prin-
ciples he advocates. He is a member of Coal-
ville Lodge, No. 474, Free and Accepted Ma-
sons, of Ashley, in which he has passed all the
chairs ; also a member of Rose Croix Chapter.

Mr. Fenner married, September 6, 1870, Car-
oline P. Fellows, born in Hyde Park, now Scran-
tqn, Pennsylvania, daughter of J. Turvey and
Marilla (Pettibone) Fellows, of Scranton, na-
tives of Pennsylvania, and of English origin. J.
Turvey Fellows, who was a merchant of Scran-
ton, and Marilla (Pettibone) Fellows, a sister of
the late Payne Pettibone (see Dixon family),
were the parents of five children : Elizabeth
Moser, of Scranton ; Caroline P., aforementioned
as the wife of Mr. Fenner; Martha Heiser, of
Scranton ; Frances Lewis, of Scranton ; and Ed-
ward P., of Luzerne. The children born to Mr.
and Mrs. Fenner are : James, Carrie May, married

Dr. , of Tunkhannock, and they are the

parents of one child, George R. George L., a
graduate of Hillman Academy, studied law with
Judge Halsey, and is now practicing his pro-
fession at Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Sam-
uel Rexford, a bookkeeper, resides in \\'^ashing-
ton. Pennsylvania. Charles A., died at the age
of five months. Mr. Fenner and his family wor-
ship at the Methodist Episcopal Church ; Mr.
Fenner served as superintendent of the Sunday
school connected therewith for a number of
years and his son is now filling that office.



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CHRISTL\N SOFL\N ERNEST SPO-
ERL, general manager of the Collins-Hall Aian-
ufacturmg Compan}'. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylva-
nia, is a native of Neila. Bavaria, born January
13, 1847, the son of Christoph George and Char-
lotte Susanna Simonin (Knopf) Spoerl, also
natives of Neila. The earliest ancestors of this
line of the family of whom there is knowledge
were of French extraction, and left France in
the sixteenth or seventeenth century, settling at
Neila, Bavaria, where the later generations con-
tinued to reside. This family have been manu-
facturers for generations.

(i) Johann Philip Spoerl (grandfather) was
the son of Philip Spoerl. He was a citizeja in
Neila, Bavaria, and he and his son Christoph
George followed the manufacture and dyeing of
cloth goods in their native place for many years.
For twenty-seven years Johann held the office
of burgomaster of Neila. His wife was !Minna
(Freanf) Spoerl. Johann died in Neila at the
advanced age of ninety-one years, and his wife
passed away at the age of ninety years.

(2) Christoph George, son of Johann and
Minna (Freanf) Spoerl. was born in Neila, No-
vember 7, 181 1. He obtained a good education
in the public school and gymnasium (corre-
sponding to our seminaries), and upon leaving
'the schoolroom engaged in business with his
father, continuing until 1853, when he and his
family set sail for America. They sailed in the
ship "Herminia," leaving Neila May 27, and
Bremen, June 15. The journey, was a long and
tiresome one, and they landed in New York city,
August 13, 1853, remaining there but a short
time. They then removed to Leeds, New York,
where Mr. Spoerl was employed in a mill for a
time. Their next removal was to Watertown,
where the father followed his business of manu-
facturer and dyer until 1856, when he returned
to New York, engaging in the furniture business
until i860. Mr. Spoerl lived a retired life until
1864, when he again embarked in the manufac-
ture of furniture in New York with his sons,
which business was successfully conducted until
1883, when Christoph G. Spoerl retired per-
manently from active pursuits. The remainder
of his life was spent at the home of his son John
George at Pearl River. Christoph G. Spoerl
was the founder and one of the directors of the
Neila Hospital, Neila, Bavaria, and also a direc-
tor in a brewing company there. He was also a
member of the town council in Neila for a num-
ber of years prior to his coming to America. Dur-
ing his residence in this country he was a Repub-



lican in politics, and all his life affiliated with the
Dutch Reformed Church, New York, of which he
was an elder for over thirty years.

He married, June 10, 1835, Charlotte Susan-
na Simonin Knopf, born October 6, 1813, daugh-
ter of Johann Nicholas Wolfgang and Johanna
Marie (Hagan) Knopf, of Neila, and grand-
daughter of Andreas and Regina Knopf, also of
Neila. The following named children were the
issue of this marriage: i. Christoph Henry
born in Nelia, December 7, 1836, died in Brook-
lyn, New York, December 6, 1894, aged fifty-
eight years. He married Elizabeth Barth, in
Brooklyn, and they were the parents of Henry
A., Clara, Emil, Selma, Susan and Albert Spoerl.
2. Christian Sofian Ernest, mentioned herein-
after. 3. John George, born at Neila, March 10,
1849. He was twice married, first in Brooklyn,
June 10, 1873, to Eliza Whitaker, who died in
1878; secondly, July I. 1880, to Phoebe Furman,
of Albany, New York. They reside in Pearl
River, New York. 4. Barbara, born in New
York, 1857, died in infancy. The father of the
above named children died at Pearl River. Jan-
uary 13, 1898, aged eighty-seven years, and was
buried at Cypress Hill cemetery, Brooklyn.

Christian S. E. Spoerl, second son of Chris-
toph George and Charlotte S. S. (Knopf)
Spoerl, was but six years of age when his father's
family left their native country. He was edu-
cated in the public schools of Leeds, Watertown
and New York City, being fifteen years of age
when lie was graduated from the Ninth street
school. At the age of sixteen he was apprenticed
to learn the cabinet-making trade with Frank
Spatts, Rivington street. New York city, and has
the record of this indenture still in his posses-
sion. During his term of apprenticeship he took
the Cooper Union preparatory course in English
and drawing, becoming well versed in these sub-
jects. At the termination of his term of service,
when he was nineteen years of age, Mr. Spoerl
entered into partnership with his brother Henry
and his father in the manufacturing business, this
being conducted under the firm name of Henry
Spoerl & Brother, manufacturers of furniture,
locating on Stanton street, New York. This
arrangement existed for five years, when another
brother, John, was admitted to the firm, and the
three brothers conducted the business for two
years, at the expiration of which time ( 1873)
Henry withdrew from the firm and went into
business for himself in New York. Christian and
John moved their plant to Brooklyn and put in
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on more modern lines until 1889 when the part-
nership was dissolved and the business closed
out. John then located at Pearl River, New-
York:, and Christian in Xanuet, a short distance
from Pearl River, where they spent several years
free from the cares of business. Christian, tiring
of a life of inactivity, assumed charge of the up-
holsterv department of J. W. Mason & Company,
New York, remaining there until 1897. His next
removal was to Scranton, Pennsylvania, where
he helped to organize the Collins-Hale [Manu-
facturing Company. Mr. Spoerl is an excellent
business man and holds the position in this firm
of general manager, and is also director and
treasurer. In 1899 the plant was removed to
\Mlkes-Barre, where Mr. Spoerl continues to
hold the same offices of trust and responsibility.
Li political relations Mr. Spoerl generally- votes
the Republican ticket, but reserves the right to
cast his vote for the man whom he considers best
fitted for the office. Fraternally he is a member
of the Royal Arcanum, joining in December,
1879. In matters of religion he and his family
are supporters of the First Presbyterian Church.

Christian S. E. Spoerl married, June 10, 1873,
Alary Whitaker, daughter of Joseph and i\Iary
\\'hitaker, of Brooklyn, New York. She was one
of five children, as follows: ]\Iary ; Eliza, mar-
ried John George Spoerl, brother of Chris-
tian S. E. Spoerl ; Rachel, married Henry
C. Auterbridge, and they had five children,
among whom were ; Blanche, Emma, Jo-
seph ; their residence- is Bermuda; Alaria, mar-
ried Frank H. ^Miller and had four children ; they
reside in Rutherford. New Jersey ; Emma, mar-
ried George F. Reed, and had three children ;
they live in Brooklyn, New York. i\Ir. and ^Irs.
Christian S. E. Spoerl were the parents "of the
following named children : Charlotte ]\Iarie,
born June 27, 1B74: she was educated in the
Brooklyn public and high schools, and her resi-
dence is in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She is now
traveling in Europe. George Christian, born Au-
gust 25, 1881 : he was educated in the Brooklyn
public schools, the Scranton high school, and the
Universitv of Pennsylvania, department of archi-
tecture, from which he was graduated in June,
1903. In 1904 he won the Stewartson Memorial
scholarship prize in architecture. He resides in
Scranton, but is now in Europe. The mother of
the above named children died May 3, 1894.

Mr. Spoerl married for his second wife Mrs.
Jennie Alfretta (Smith) A^eeder, May 30, 1898.
She was born February 21, 1857, the daughter
of Horace E. Smith, of Tohnstown, New York,



and was one of four children ; Borden Dodge,,
married and is the father of two children — ■
Horace and Katherine. Annette, married Dan-
iel Moore ; they reside in Atchison, Kansas. Jen-
nie (Mrs. Spoerl). Agnes Alargaret, n-iarried
William L. Kennedy ; they reside in Johnstown,
New York, and have two children, William and
Horace. Horace E. Smith, father of Mrs.
Spoerl, was dean of the law department of Al-
bany Law School, Lnion College, for ten years.
He practiced the legal profession in Boston, New
York, and Vermont, w-hence he originally came.
He was twice elected to the Massachusetts legis-
lature, and was one of the commission on the
constitution of New York with S. J. Tilden and
others. His death occurred in Johnstown, New
York. ]\Irs. Spoerl's first husband was James
A. Veeder, a member of the Chicago bar. By
him she had a son, Borden Smith \'eeder, born
August 23, 1883, and educated at the Johnstown
public schools, Colgate Academy and Colgate
University, Hamilton, New York. He studied
also in the medical department of the University
of Pennsylvania. ]\lr5. Spoerl was a member of
the Wyoming Chapter, Daughters of the Ameri-
can Revolution, \Vilkes-Barre. being descended
on the maternal and paternal sides from old New
England colonial families. She was a regular
and consistent attendant of the First Presbyterian
Church of Wilkes- Barre. was in charge of the
Industrial School for four years, and one of the
vice-presidents of the Women's Home and For-
eign [Missionary Society. Her death occurred
December 30, 1904, and was sincerely mourned
by a large circle of friends.

[MATTHEW STANLEY KEMP, a preacher
of note, is a descendant of old English and Hu-
guenot families. The Kemp family trace their
name to Saxony, where it originated and meant
warrior. During Henry the Second's time Lord
Chancellor Kemp was a man of reputation, and
General Kemp commanded in Wellington's army
in the battle of Waterloo. Admiral Kemp and
Sir Kemp were also well known in their time.
The Kemps were yeomen and freeholders in Eng-
land prior to the last law which gave everyone a
franchise. The earliest information we have of
the Huguenot ancestry is that Andrew Wartha
came from France with the Huguenots and set-
tled in Cornwall, England.

Mark Kemp, from whom Matthew- S. Kemp
traces his descent in a direct line, was engaged in
mining tin, iron and copper near Helston. Corn-
wall, and his ancestors had lived near there for



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many generations, ^^lark was also a local
preacher in the Methodist Wesleyan Church. At
present the only other known relative is an engi-
neer connected with the Zuyder Zee works in
Holland. Mark Kemp married Anne, of Corn-
wall, England.

Matthew Kemp, son of Mark and Anne
Kemp, of Cornwall, England, was engaged in
farming for a number of years in Cornwall, Eng-
land, and in 1869 came to America, where he set-
tled at Tamaqua. He began mining coal and then
went to Michigan, where he worked in the cop-
per mines. From there he went to Colorado and
worked in the silver mines ; he then came east to
Hazleton, Pennsylvania, where shortly afterward
he died. Before leaving England he married
Elizabeth, daughter of Richard and Anne An-
drew, of Cornwall, and it was through her that
the Huguenot descent is traced. They had five
children : Richard, born in Cornwall, resides
now in Hazleton, married Kate Hadley and had
two children : Richard and Edward. Elizabeth,
deceased, married James Owen, of Freeland,
Pennsylvania, and had si.x children : John, Mar-
garet, Bessie, Lloyd, Nelson and Norman. Caro-
line, a music teacher, who now resides in Hazle-
ton, studied at the New England Conservatory
of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. John, born
July 20, 1869, in Beaver Meadow, and now re-
sides in Hazleton. He spent his early days in
Beaver Meadow, Tamaqua, Mahanoy, and Ha-
zleton. He was educated at the public school,
high school, Georgetown (District of Columbia)
Law School, and Dixon Law School, Carlisle,
Pennsylvania. He graduated at Carlisle in 1901,
and was admitted to the Luzerne county bar Jan-
nary, 1902. He began the practice of law in Haz-
leton and has been there ever since. He has held
the office of school controller. He is a Republi-
can, and a member of the Lutheran church in
Hazleton, Pennsylvania. Matthew Stanley, born
February 23, 1873, see forward.

Matthew Stanley Kemp, son of Matthew and
Elizabeth (Andrew) Kemp, was born February
23, 1873, and has lived all his life in Luzerne
county. At present he resides in Pittsburg. He
spent his early days in Hazleton and its vicinity,
and was educated in the public schools of Hazle-
ton, Gettysburg College and Theological Semi-
nary, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where he grad-
uated in 1897. He entered the Lutheran ministry
at Weisport, Pennsylvania, and was stationed at
Smicksburg, Avonmore and Turtle Creek. Penn-
sylvania. He was president of the East Confer-



ence of Pittsburg Synod, and engaged in literary
work as well. He is tne author of two books,
"Boss Tom" and "Andre Trembat'.i," both of
which were very successful. "Boss Tom" in
particular was reviewed by forty-four newspa-
pers, and there were but two whose criticisms
were adverse. The book portrays mining life
with great fidelity. Mr. Ivemp, as the son of a
miner, being well acquainted with the true facts
of the subject. Mr. Kemp has also been a Bible
missionary in Adams county, Pennsylvania, sell-
ing Bibles when he could and giving them away
when the people were unable to pay for them.
He is a member of the Maccabees and of the In-
dependent Order of Odd Fellows.

KUNKEL FAMILY. About the time the
families of eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey
began to separate and extend settlements into
the regions of western and southern Pennsylva-
nia, the surnames Kunkel and Kunkle were num-
erous in the localities first mentioned. Doubtless
they descended from the same ancestral head in
Germany, and they came to America as early
settlers, some before and others after the Revolu-
tionary war. In both New Jersey and Pennsyl-
vania there were representatives of these sur-
names, and the records indicate that there
were among them several who bore arms during
that contest and proved their loyalty to the cause
for which the American colonies were contend-
ing. Whether any of the Kunkels of the particu-
lar family whose line is here traced were among
the patriots of the revolution is not definitely
known, yet Peter Kunkel probably was within the
borders of Pennsylvania at that time. Like
others of his surname and its several varieties,



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