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until 1875, when he went to Nanticoke, where
he has since resided. During all this time he
has been successfully engaged in the grocery
business, which he is gradually merging into
trade in china and glass. He is a stockkholder
in the Nanticoke National Bank. Like most
of his countrymen Mr. Thomas is a natural mu-
sician. He does not remember when he could
not sing, and for thirty years he has been a
teacher of music. He generally organizes for
competition a choir numbering from fifty to
eighty voices. This choir has competed thirty-
three times and has won twenty-seven prizes,
some of them ranging from twelve hundred to
five hundred dollars. Among the valuable gifts
which Mr. Thomas has received from his pupils
are a gold medal of beautiful design, a gold
watch and chain, and a gold-headed ebony walk-
ing-stick. Mr. Thomas has been honored by his
fellow-citizens with election to various offices of
trust and responsibility. From 1879 to 1882 he
served on the school board, and for two years
held the office of tax collector, being one year
collector for the borough and the other for the
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the council, and during one of these years was
president of that body. He is a member of the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Mr. Thomas married in 1862, Ann, da-ughter
of William and Mary Treharne, and eleven chil-
dren were born to them, six of whom grew to
maturity : Mary A... who is the wife of Samuel
D. Thomas ; Sarah J. ; Lizzie, who is married
to Edward Williams; Mafanwy ; Brinley R., who
is coal-shipper for the Pennsylvania Coal Com-
pany ; and Theodore W. In 1897 Mr. Thomas
and his children sustained a great bereavement
in the death of the wife and mother.

The middle initial in the name of Mr. Thomas
is connected with a noteworthy episode in his
life. In 1864 he was drafted by mistake for an-
other David Thomas, who had been dead five
years, and he had some difficulty in convincing
the authorities that he was not the man who was
drafted, and that neither was he a citizen of the
United States, having been but one year in this
country. His name hitherto had been simply
David Thomas, but after the experience we have
related he inserted the W. and has since been
known as David W. Thomas.

JOHN M. STARK was born in Plains town-
ship, February 23, 1819, son of James and Mary
(Alichael) Stark, natives of Pennsylvania, and
of English and German origin, respectively.
John M, Stark was educated in the common
schools, and at twenty-one years of age began
working his father's farm on shares. After la-
boring thus for seven years he became superin-
tendent of the North Branch Canal Company,
serving in that capacitv ten years, and the fol-
lowing eight years filled a similar position with
the Penn Coal Company. He then turned his
attention to farming, conducting his operations
on his farm in Franklin townsliip for six years,
after which he purchased a large farm at W^-o-
ming, where he spent his remaining days. He
operated the first gas works in Pittston, and
manufactured gas from rosin in the year 1861.
For a number of years he was a school director
in West Pittston, supervisor of Franklin town-
ship, and a member of the council of West Pitts-
ton borough. He was a Democrat in politics.

John M. Stark married, October 16, 1841,
Sarah Davison, daughter of Morris and Ann
(Nun) Davison, natives of New Jersey, of Eng-
lish origin. Their children were : George M.,
was a manufacturer of iron roofing in Pittston ;
Harriet E. (Mrs. E. M. Coolbaugh), loanna
(Mrs. Miles Stevens), Mary L. (Mrs. William
Shoemaker), Lydia E. (Mrs. Frank Mosier),



Charles B., died July zy, 1882; Jennie E. (Mrs.
Dr. J. N. Warner). Mrs. Stark is a member
of the Methodist Church.

WILLIAM A. EVANS was a member of
the firm of William A. & M. Evans, of Nanti-
coke, the other member of the firm being his
sister Margaret. Their general store was lo-
cated on the corner of Prospect and Broad
streets.

Evan Evans, father of William A. Evans,
was born in Wales, in which country he resided
up to 1880, when, accompanied by his family,
he emigrated to the United States and located
in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, where he followed
mining. His life in this country was brief, for
in September, 1881, he lost his life in the Grand
Tunnel disaster. His wife, whose maiden name
was Catharine Jenkins, also a native of Wales,
bore him thirteen children, three of whom are
living: Mary A., wife of Llewell Williams, Jr.,
Margaret A., and William A. Evans. In 1883
his widow became the wife of William Jenkins,
who died in 1886.

William A. Evans was born in Wales in 1876.
At the age of four years he was brought to this
country by his parents, who as above related
settled in Nanticoke. He attended the common
schools of that borough, supplementing this by
attendance at the Nanticoke high school, from
which he was graduated, and pursued a course
at the Keystone Academy, at Factoryville, where
he graduated in 1897. The following year he
was engaged as school teacher, and in 1899 he
matriculated at Yale College, graduating from
that institution in 1902 with the degree of Bach-
elor of Arts. In 1901, in partnership with his
sister Margaret, he opened a general store at
the corner of Prospect and Broad streets, on a
small scale, but the business rapidly developed
in volume and importance, and became one of
the leading establishments of that borough. They
conducted business on strictly business princi-
ples, their goods were the best on the market
and fresh from the producer, everything was of
the best quality, hence their large and increasing
patronage.

On October 21, 1903, Mr. Evans married
Sarah Wood, of New Haven, a graceful and
highly accomplished lady. They have one son,
Forrest Tiffany, born October 21, 1905.

WILLIAAI N. GREGORY, one of the sub-
stantial business men of Nanticoke, where he
has resided for more than a quarter of a cen-
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up for himself a business of considerable mag-
nitude and gained an enviable reputation for in-
tegrity and honor, is a native of Muhlenburg,
Luzerne countv, Pennsylvania, born April 27,
1856.

His paternal grandfather was Peter Gregory,
whose wife was a Miss Moss prior to her mar-
riage. They were natives of Connecticut, from
which state they removed to Delaware \'alley,
and finally, in 1790, to Shickshinny. His mater-
nal grandfather was Truman Monroe, a de-
scendant of a family connected with the Ransom
family, the history of which dates back to the
year 1760, at which time they emigrated to this
country. Truman Monroe married Kaziah
Franklin, and their children were : Eliza, born
July 28, 1813 ; William S., born October 25,
1815; Samuel F., born May 5, 1817; Washing-
ton, born in 1820; Sybil, born January 22, 1822;
Mary, born March 31, 1825; Ransom, born Sep-
tember 3, 1827, and Tarbel, born in 1829.

Nelson Gregory, father of William N. Greg-
ory, was born in Luzerne county, Pennsylvania.
He followed the quiet but useful calling of ag-
riculture, and was a man of sterling qualities,
respected and esteemed by all with whom he
was brought in contact. He married Sybil Mon-
roe, born January 22, 1822, daughter of Truman
and Kaziah (Franklin) Monroe, and six chil-
dren were the issue of this union, three of whom
are living, namely : Mrs. Emma Keller, of
Wilkes-Barre ; Mrs. Ada Harnard, of Dorrance-
town : and William N. Gregory.

William N. Gregory attended the common
schools of his native town until fourteen years
of age, when he went to Wilkes-Barre, and en-
tered the employ of Mr. R. W. Haight as an
apprentice to the trade of watchmaker. After
three years' service he went to Bloomsburg and
there completed his trade under the preceptor-
ship of Mr. Lewis Bernard, a prominent and
well known jeweler. Upon the completion of
his apprenticeship he returned to Wilkes-Barre
and continued at his trade there for one year.
He then located in Scranton, but after a resi-
dence of one year there, in 1880, moved to Nan-
ticoke, where he established himself in business
on a small scale. By a strict application to busi-
ness principles he won the confidence of the
public, and after a short period of time his busi-
ness increased to such an extent that he was
forced to remove to larger quarters. Year by
year as his business increased he added to his
stock of goods, and now ranks among the rep-
resentative jewelers in the borough, being con-
sidered by his numerous patrons as one of the



finest mechanics in Wyoming valley. j\lr. Greg-
ory is an active member of the Methodist Epis-
copal Church of Nanticoke, in which he holds
the office of trustee. He is a member of the Or-
der of Heptasophs. He is a stanch Republican
in his political views. Mr. Gregory married,
March i, 1880, Kate E. Bachman, a daughter
of Thomas H. and Lena Bachman, of Wilkes-
Barre. Three children were the issue of this
marriage: Lena S., born 1881 ; Ralph B., 1883-
and Mabel, now deceased. Mrs. Gregory, who
was a consistent and active member of the JMeth-
odist Episcopal Church of Nanticoke, died Oc-
tober 12, 1902.

WILLIAM xMORRISON CROTZER. Nan-
ticoke numbers among her progressive citizens
William Morrison Crotzer. He is a son of
Thomas William Crotzer, who moved from
Union county to Nanticoke in 1885, in which
year he was made postmaster, serving until 1889.
His wife was Isabella Morrison, like himself a
native of Union county, and their family con-
sists of the following children: William Morri-
son, mentioned at length hereafter : Charles
H. ; Margaret Emma ; Annie, deceased ; and Isa-
bella. Mr. Crotzer is now with the real estate
firm of Wood, Harmon & Company.

William Morrison Crotzer, son of Thomas
William and Isabella (Morrison) Crotzer, was
born December 18, 1872, in New Berlin, Union
county, Pennsylvania, and was educated in the
public schools of his native township and also
in those of Nanticoke. In 1887 he began to learn
the jeweler's trade, and since 1902 has been in
business for himself. At his store can be ob-
tained the finest clocks, watches and silverware,
and he keeps also a full line of musical instru-
ments. He has been for seventeen years a mem-
ber of the Nanticoke fire department, and has
filled all its offices up to that of chief. He is
president of the Firemen's Relief Association,
and is a member of Nanticoke Lodge, No. 541,
F. and A. M., the Modern Woodmen of America,
and the Order of Eagles. He also belongs to
the I. O. O. F., No. 331, of Hughesville,
Lycoming county, Pennsylvania. Politically he
is a Democrat, and in religious belief a Congre-
gationalist. Mr. Crotzer married, April 7, 1897,
Margaret A. Jacob, of Nanticoke, and of the
three children born to them TJiomas R. is the
sole survivor.

JOHN J. KENNEDY, who is now (1905)
serving in the capacity of tax collector for New-
port township, is a native of Ireland, born in










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county West Meatli. in 1S48. His parents. John
and Martha (^IcCormick) Kennedy, both de-
ceased, were natives of county West Aleath,
Ireland. Their children were four in number :
Thomas, John J., Alary, and Bridget. John J.
was the only member of the family to emigrate
to the United States.

The early education and training of John J.
Kennedy was acquired in his native land, and
in 1881 he turned his face westward to seek
a new home and new friends in the United
States. He came directly to Newport township,
Pennsylvania, and turned his attention to mining,
which he successfuUv followed up to 1889. He
then engaged in the buying and selling of green
groceries, which also proved a most profitable
means of livelihood. In 1891 he engaged in an
entirely different line of work, erecting two ho-
tels and four dwelling houses, and in this en-
terprise he also prospered exceedingly. Mr.
Kennedy is a Democrat in politics and has been
honored with the following offices ; Postmaster
of Alden from 1892 to 1897; supervisor and tax
collector of Newport township in 1890, and at
the present time (1905) tax collector of the same
township, which office he has held for three
years. Early obliged to become self-supporting,
contact with the world developed in him the
traits of energy, industry and determination that
are among his prominent characteristics.

In August, 1873, in Wales, Mr. Kennedy
was united in marriage to Miss Johanna Byron,
who was born in Monmouthshire, Wales, in 1855,
daughter of Thomas and Catherine Byron, na-
tives of county Tipperary, Ireland, from whence
they removed to Wales, where their deaths oc-
curred. Mrs. Philip Carbarry, of Jessup ; Mrs.
Thomas Magnier, of Jessup, and Mrs. John J.
Kennedy, of Alden, are the only survivors of
the family of Mr. and Mrs. Byron. Two chil-
dren were born to Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy :
Thomas, in Alonmouthshire, England, who was
accidentally killed at No. 2 shaft, Aldefi, Penn-
sylvania, December 25, 1897, and John M., in
Yorkshire, England, a graduate of Stroudsburg
State Normal School, class of 1900, and an able
and accomplished school teacher in Newport
township. In 1905 John M. Kennedy married
IMiss Mary Flaherty, daughter of James and
IMargaret Flaherty, of Sugar Notch, Pennsyl-
vania, and had one daughter, Mary, born May
16, 1905.

MILL FAMILY. John Mill, Sr., was born
near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1730, and
removed to Hanover township, Luzerne county.



with his family in 1802. He and his brother
took an active part in the Revolutionary war, the
latter being killed in said struggle. Among the
children born to John Mill was a son, John Mill,
Jr. John Mill, Sr., died July 2, 1814.

John Mill, Jr., was born near Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, in 1765, accompanied his father
to Hanover township in 1802, and died January

26, 1840. By his marriage to Catherine Klinker
the following named children were born: i.
Mary-, who became the wife of Henry Anheuser.
2. Peter, mentioned hereafter. 3. George, who
married Elizabeth Line and they reared a fam-
ily of six children : Henry, Peter, Charles, Frank,
Sylvester, and Mary. 4. Solomon. 5. John.
6. Catharine. John Mill, Jr., father of these
children, was one of the large land owners in
Hanover township, his estate covering six hun-
dred acres. A portion of this land is still in the
possession of the family, two of his grandchil-
dren residing on the same.

Peter Mill, son of John Mill, Jr., and his
wife Catherine Klinker, was born January i,
1800. He married Mary A. Keithline, born Feb-
ruary 7, 1818, and their children were as fol-
lows: I. Sarah E., now deceased, who became
the wife of Melmont Luke, now deceased, and
they were the parents of one son, Loren Mill
Luke, who married Emilie Lovcland, and they
were the parents of one son, Loveland Luke, who
died July 31, 189S. Loren Mill Luke died Oc-
tober 14, 1898: Emilie Loveland Luke died Oc-
tober 14, 1898. 2. Peter S., unmarried. 3. Sa-
mantha J., unmarried. 4. Mary A., deceased.
Peter Mill, father of these children, died March

27, 1871 : his wife died August 12, 1895.

The Keithline family, of which Mrs. Peter
Mill was a member, date their settlement in
America to a period previous to the Revolution-
ary war. Three brothers, Peter, Charles, Sr.,
and Andrew, participated in the Revolutionary
war, the former named having been commis-
sioned colonel of a regiment, and he performed
some valiant service for the infant republic.
Charles Keithline, Sr., afore mentioned, was the
father of five sons, namely: Jacob, Charles, Jo-
seph, John and Andrew. Jacob resided near the
city of Philadelphia, and his sons were William,
Dr. Peter, and Dr. Charles : John resided in the
city of Philadelphia. Andrew Keithline. son of
Charles Keithline, Sr., was born January 12,
1782, died October 28, 1859. His wife. Eve
(Smith) Keithline, born Rlarch 8, 1781. died
February 15, 1864, was a daughter of George
Smith, a soldier in the Revolutionary war. who
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werer Jane, born February 8, 1804; Susannah,
born March 20, 1806; Sarah, born August 25,
1808; Lydia, born December 16, 1810; Eliza-
beth, born April 9, 1813; Charles, born ]\Iay 3,
1815 ; Mary A., born February 7, 1818, afore-
mentioned as the wife of Peter Mill; and Mar-
garet, born January 3, 1821.

THOMAS D. LLOYD, assistant mine fore-
man for the Susquehanna Coal Company, at
Nanticoke, which responsible position he has
filled in a creditable manner since 1892, a period
of thirteen years, is a native of South Wales,
born January 11, 1856, a son of John and Mar-
garet (Jones) Lloyd, both natives of Wales.
John Lloyd (father), who came to this country
in 1879, his family following in 1880, was a
miner by occupation. He died in 1881, his wid-
ow passed awav in 1894. Their family consisted
of the following named children : David, Thomas
D., Elias, Sarah, Mary A., married William
Price, now deceased ; John and Margaret.

Thomas D. Lloyd was. reared in his native
town, and at the early age of nine years, when
the majority of children are acquiring an edu-
cation, he began to work about the mines. When
eleven years of age he was introduced into the
mines and at the age of fifteen became a miner,
serving in that capacity in his native country
up to 1880, in which year he emigrated to the
United States. On reaching the friendly shores
of this great and glorious country he located at
Nanticoke, Penns)lvania, where he engaged with
the Susquehanna Coal Company. No opening
being ready for him he was placed in the mines
as a laborer, but after two months was promoted
to miner, which vocation he followed for twelve
years. During this period of time he was con-
fined to narrow gangways which proved to be
extremely gasseous, but met with no evil resvdts,
yet he experienced some slight accidents. In
1892 he was promoted to assistant mine fore-
man, or fire boss. The duties of this office is
to examine the mines at least three hours before
the men go to work in order to see that no gas
or imperfect roof or any other cause which
would endanger the life of the miner exists in
the mines. His place is to report all such on
a blank prepared by law for that purpose. His
disregard of these duties would endanger both
life and property, and therefore it is absolutely
important that the most experienced and trust-
worthy men be chosen for this position, for which
thev must pass a rigid examination for fitness
and ability. Twelve years he has walked his
rounds in the deep and damp mine at a depth



of from six to fifteen hundred feet, with the
watchful eye of a sentinel on guard, to see that
no lurking gas or loose rock may endanger the
life of his fellow miner. The particular shaft
to which Mr. Lloyd is attached is No. 2, the
depth of which is six hundred feet. He has
been connected with the production of coal for
twenty-four years, and therefore thoroughly un-
derstands mining in all its branches. He served
two seperate terms on tne examining board of
the fourth district of miners.

Mr. Lloyd, like most of the natives of Wales,
is a singer of some note. He instructs pupils
in vocal music for their various parts in chorus
and choir singing as well as for solos and in-
dividual parts. He is an adept in this art and
has followed it for his own pleasure for a quar-
ter of a century. During his residence in Nanti-
coke Mr. Lloyd has invested his savings in real
estate and is now the owner of two houses, in
one of which he and his family reside. His po-
litical views coincide with those of the Repub-
lican party, and he is a member of the Fraternal
Order of Eagles and the Improved Order of Red
Men. He has served as delegate to the Repub-
lican county convention.

Mr. Lloyd married, March 15, 1880, Annie
T. Jones, a daughter of John and Martha T.
Jones. Four children were the issue of this mar-
riage, all of whom are deceased. They have,
hov.-ever, an adopted daughter, Annie L. Lloyd.

HARRY SIMPSON. Probably few men,
even in patriotic Carbon county, can congratu-
late themselves upon the possession of an an-
cestry so eminently devoted to the service of
their country as that which Harry Simpson, of
Peckville, is entitled to claim. During the war
of the Revolution his forefathers on both sides
served as soldiers in the Continental army, and
their descendants at the time of the Civil war
were enrolled in the ranks of those who fought
for the 'preservation of the Union. The part
borne by his father's family during the latter
conflict was of peculiar and somewhat unusual
distinction, a number of the men taking up arms,
while more than one of the women ministered
to the sick and wounded. The Simpsons are of
English blood, the Carbon county branch of the
race having been founded by the great-great-
grandfather of Mr. Simpson.

William T. Simpson, grandson of the emi-
grant ancestor, married Anna M. Horton, who
came of old Revolutionary stock, and their fam-
ily consisted of five sons and two daughters :
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rod, John S., A. J., Amelia and Margaret. All
are deceased except John S. During the Civil
war all these sons fought in the United States
Jirmv, while the daughter Amelia was engaged
in relief work in the United States arsenal. The
mother of the family was at the same time the
in?pirer of the patriotic spirit by which her chil-
ciitn were animated and their leader in self-sac-
rificing service to their country. While her sons
N.tre in the field she took charge of a hospital
oil shipboard and gave freely of her time and
strength to the Union cause. She was honored
with the friendship of President Lincoln, from
whom she received many kind tokens of appre-
ciation of her work. After her death she was
interred in the Government cemetery at Wash-
ington, District of Columbia, as a tribute of
respect.

George W. Simpson, son of William T. and
Anna M. (Horton) Simpson, was born in 1821,
and learned the trade of carpenter and builder,
which he followed until the outbreak of the Civil
war. He then organized Company 1, Sixty-
seventh Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer In-
fantry-, of which he became captain. He served
four years and was always one of the most dar-
ing and courageous men in the regiment. His
bravery was tested, not only on the battlefield,
but by the more severe ordeal of captivity. At
the battle of Winchester he fell into the hands
of the enemy, and for twenty-one months lan-
g-uished in the various prisons of the south.
At the close of the war he was released and hon-
orably discharged by the government. On his
return to civil life he resumed the work of a
contractor and builder, which he conducted suc-
cessfully until advancing years obliged him to
rest from his labors.

Capt. G. W. Simpson married Louise, born
in 1827, daughter of Abraham and Mahala Hor-
ton. The former, who carried on an extensive
business in Wilkes-Barre, was the descendant
of Revolutionary soldiers, and the latter was
a native of Philadelphia. Of the ten children
born to Captain and Mrs. Simpson the follow-
ing are living: Emma A., wife of J. C. Roberts,
Jr.; William T. ; Anna M., wife of F. P. Det-
willer ; Mahala, wife of W. W. Davenport ;
Laura K., wife of J. W. Good ; George W., Jr. ;
John H., and Harry, mentioned hereafter. Will-
iam T. Simpson inherited a full share of the mar-
tial and patriotic spirit of his ancestors. At the
age of thirteen he enlisted as a drummer boy
in Company A, Twenty-eighth Regiment, Penn-
sylvania Volunteer Artillery. He was under the
command of General Geary, which is equivalent



to saying that he was always in the hottest of
the fight. At the end of three years he was
honorably discharged, but re-enlisted and was
promoted to the post of chief musician. Captain
Simpson, brave soldier, upright citizen and hon-
orable man, died in 1903, at the age of eighty-
two, and his faithful wife expired the same year,
being then seventy-six years of age.

Harry Simpson, son of George W. and Louise
(Horton) Simpson, was born January 13, 1857,
at Munch Chunk, Carbon county, Pennsylvania,
and obtained his education in the common schools
of his native town. In early life he learned the
carpenter's trade, which he followed for eight
years. In 1875 he moved to Luzerne county,
settling at Nanticoke, where he secured a po-
sition as foreman under Superintendent G. T.



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