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ough, and has been honored by his fellow citizens
to the highest office a borough can confer, that of
chief burgess, which he creditably filled one term.
He served as justice of the peace five years, and
also as tax collector and school director for a
number of years. He is a member of the Metho-
dist Episcopal Church, a member of Acacia
Lodge, No. 597, Free and Accepted Masons, and
his political affiliations are with the Republican
party, the principles of which great body he ad-
mires and upholds to the best of his ability. In
1886 Mr. Rees married Emma Kohler, daughter
of Melchoir Kohler, of Old Forge, and seven
children were born to them, six of whom are
living, namely: Willis K., Emily, John H., Ern-
stine, Benjamin and Helen Rees.

JAMES CROFT, superintendent of the brick
department of the American Car and Foundry
Company of Berwick, Pennsylvania, is one of the
worthy residents of Beach Haven, Luzerne coun-
ty, where he has made his home since 1902. He
is a native of Stafifordshire, England, born Jan-
uary 28, 1864, a son of Moses and Martha
(Brown) Croft, natives of England, in which



country their deaths occurred. They were the
parents of seven children, as follows : John,
James, JeiTerson, William, Martna, Harry and
Benjamin.

In 1876, when only twelve years of age, after
completing a common school education, James
Croft emigrated to the United States and located
first at Berwick, Pennsylvania, but after a resi-
dence of one year there removed to Danville,
same state, where he remained two years. He
then returned to Berwick, where for fourteen
years he made his home, and in 1902 he pur-
chased the property of Daniel Brader, in Beach
Haven, residing thereon up to the present time.
His position of superintendent of the brick de-
partment of the American Car and Foundry
Company of Berwick is one of trust and respon-
sibility, and has been held by him for seventeen
consecutive years with the perfect approbation
and confidence of that extensive company. .Mr.
Croft keeps his own horse and carriage, in which
he makes the journey to and from his place of
business, a distance of four miles. He is a mem-
ber of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of
Berwick.

On August 17, 1877, while a resident of Dan-
ville, Pennsylvania, Mr. Croft married Elizabeth
Ann Jenkins, born in South Wales, in 1856, a
daughter of Morgan and Ann Jenkins, who emi-
grated to this country from Wales, their native
land, in 1880. They settled in Danville, Pennsyl-
vania, remained there several years, and then re-
moved to Scranton, same state, residing there
until the death of Mr. Jenkins : his widow at
the present time (1905) resides in Berwick. Mr.
and Mrs. Jenkins had six children : Elizabeth
Ann, wife of James Croft; John G., Charles J.,
William, Anna J., and ]\Iary. Four children were
born to IMr. and Mrs. Croft, three of whom are
living, namely: Martha A., Benjamin W., and
Anna M. Croft.

THOMAS G. FORD, a representative citi-
zen of the borough of Nanticoke. where he has
resided for more than three decades, and who is
now serving as assistant mine foreman for the
Susquehanna Coal Companv, was born in South
Wales. April 2. 1858.

Thomas Ford, father of Thomas G. Ford, was
a native of Somersetshire, England, was there
educated, learned the trade of puddler. which he
followed for a number of years, and was united
in marriage to Margaret George, a n-=tive of
Wales. In 1865, having decided to test the busi-
ness opportunities of the United States, he emi-
grated thither, accompanied by his family, and



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THE WYOMING AND LACKAWANNA VALLEYS.



his first place of residence was Pottsville, Penn-
sylvania, where he followed his trade. In 1872
he removed to Nanticoke, same state, and there
took up mining. Later in life he abandoned this
occupation. He was elected to the office of high
constable for Nanticoke and served four years.
His death occurred March 2, 1899, his wife pre-
ceding him, passing away August, 1880. They
were the parents of five children : Thomas G.,
John, Sarah A., Benjamin, and Lizzie.

At the age of seven years Thomas G. Ford
accompanied his parents when they left his na-
tive hills in South Wales for a home in the
United States. For two years the family re-
sided in Pottsville, Schuylkill county, Pennsyl-
vania, the following six years they made their
home in Wilkes-Barre, in the public schools of
which city he obtained his education, and in 1873
they located in Nanticoke, where Thomas' G.
Ford has since remained. At the age of four-
teen years he entered the employ of the Susque-
hanna Coal Company, remaining continuously in
their service from then to the present time
(1905). He began work as a door boy and has
been promoted through various positions up to
his present office, assistant mine foreman, which
he has filled with credit since 1893. He is an
experienced miner, understanding from personal
knowledge all the arts and mysteries of coal
mining, and is therefore competent to take charge
of the interests of the company in the mine and
well qualified to look after the best interests of
the miners also. He is trustworthy and enjoys
the full confidence of the management of the
company which he has served since boyhood.
During his years of usefulness, which are still
in progress,' he purchased a fine, commodious
and comfortable home, which he has by the as-
sistance of his wife most tastefully furnished and
adorned. Mr. Ford served one year on the bor-
ough council and a similar period of time on the
school board. He is a member of the Knights
of Malta, Knights of Pythias, and Nanticoke
Lodge, No. 541, Free and Accepted Masons.
Mr. Ford was married November 18, 1881, to
Hannah Griffiths, who was born in Wales, t86o,
a daughter of Lewis and Ann Griffiths. Their
children are : Maggie, wife of Lewis Smith, a
painter ; Lizzie, wife of William G. Williams,
a tailor by trade ; Mary, wife of William De
Vale; Lewis, Gertrude, wife of D. J. Jones;
John and Rachel Ford.

JAMES HENRY COPPIN, of Nanticoke,
who is serving in the capacity of foreman of the
Nanticoke Water Company, is a man who stands



high in the estimation of all with whom he comes
ir. contact. He is a native of England, born
September 2J, 1868.

His parents, Hugh and Thomasine (Vivian;
Coppin, natives of England, left their native land
for a home in the new world in 1879, locating
in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. From early boy-
hood Hugh Coppin was connected with mining
in rock, was an experienced and expert mechanic,
his work consisting of the cutting of tunnels
and the sinking of shafts. The esteem in whica
he was held by the citizens of Nanticoke was
evidenced by the fact that he was elected high
constable of that borough, and during his in-
cumbency of office discharged his duties in a
highly creditable manner. Their family con-
sisted of five children : James H., Alaurice,
Louise, Ann and John, deceased. Mr. CoppiTi
died March 7, 1889. His widow is living
(1905).

James H. Coppin acquired his preliminary
education in the schools of England, which he
attended until eleven years of age, and his sub-
sequent educational advantages were obtained
in the public schools of Nanticoke, Pennsylvania,
whither his parents removed in 1879. Like the
majority of boys who reside in a mining town,
he became identified with the production of coal.
He worked in the mines in various capacities up
to 1898, when an opening was made for him with
.the Nanticoke Water Companv as an engineer.
He held that positition up to 1902 when he was
promoted to his present office, foreman, which
is one of responsibility as regards the company
and the consumers. He is in charge of the en-
tire system, and is also collector for the com-
pany, whose interests are looked after by Mr.
Coppin with the utmost fidelity and conscien-
tiousness. He is a member of Nanticoke Lodge,
No. 541, Free and Accepted Masons, in which
he is senior warden; Valley Chapter, No. 214,
Royal Arch Masons ; Dieu Le Veut Command-
ery. No. 45, Knight Templars; Irem Temple, of
Wilkes-Barre; John Bunyan Commandery, No.
240, Knights of i\Ialta ; and Nanticoke Lodge,
No. 886, Independent ( )rder of Odd Fellows.
Mr. Coppin is unmarried.

IRVIN P. WALP, of Nanticoke, conduc-
tor on the Pennsylvania Railroad since 1892,
was born in Hollenback township May 15, 1867,
a son of Nathan and Emma (Hart) Walp.

Nathan Walp (father) was also a native
of Hollenback township. He was a shoemaker
by trade and owned and operated a shoe store
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livelihood for His family. He was united in
marriage to Emma Hart, also a native of Hol-
lenback township, and two children were born
to them, Irvin P. being the only survivor. Na-
than Walp died in 1875, when his son Irvin P.
was eight years of age. His widow is living
at the present time (1905).

Mr. Hart, grandfather of Mrs. Walp, was
one of the pioneers of Hollenback township,
where he owned about one thousand acres of
good farm land. He was the father of five chil-
dren : Aaron, Peter. John, Joseph and Mary.
Peter Hart, father of Mrs. Walp, was a resident
of Hollenback township, and there owned a farm
of one hundred and ten acres, which he culti-
vated and improved. He was a man of promi-
nence in the neighborhood, and served in the ca-
pacity of justice of the peace for thirty years.
His wife, whose maiden name was Rebecca
Deets, bore him thirteen children, twelve of
whom attained years of maturity, and six of
whom are living (1905) : Emma, Sarah, Louise,
Martha, Alice and Amelia.

Irvin P. Walp attended the common schools
of Ashley, completing his studies in the schools
of Nanticoke, to which town his parents moved
in 1 88 1. At the age of nineteen years he en-
tered the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad
Company, served as brakeman for two and a
half years, then flagman two and a half years,
and was then promoted to his present position,
conductor, and during his incumbency of office
has never met with an accident or injury. He
is eminentlv fitted by nature and training for the
position he now fills. He is a member of Nanti-
coke Lodge. No. 541, Free and Accepted iMasons,
and a member of the Order of Railroad Conduc-
tors.

On October 17, 1896, Mr. Walp married
Mary M. O'Brien, and four children were born
to them : William H.., Walter A., Helen E., and
Marie E. The paternal grandparents of Mrs.
Walp were Jeremiah and Alary (Donovan)
O'Brien, natives of Ireland. Their son, Dennis
O'Brien, father of Mrs. Walp, was born in
Bradford county, Pennsylvania. For a number
of years he conducted a hotel at Sugar Notch,
after which he turned his attention to mining,
and lost his life at Slope No. i, May 15, 1883.
His wife, Ellen (Stepleton) O'Brien, whom he
married in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, was a na-
tive of Scotland, from whence she emigrated to
this country in young womanhood ; her death
occurred in April, 1895. Their family consisted
of t'.-'elve children, four of whom grew to ma-



turity, and three of whom are living: Ellen,
Michael, and Mary M., aforementioned as the
wife of Mr. Walp.

THOMAS W. PARRY. Throughout the
anthracite coal belt there is no better educated
or more expert miner than Thomas W. Parry,
of Avoca. Mr. Parry is the son of Thomas
Parry, who was born in North Wales,^ but for
-<a number of years made his home in Northum-
berland England. He was an experienced and
practical miner. In 1866 he came to the United
States, and for six months lived in Plymouth,
Luzerne countv, returning at the end of that
time to his home in Northumberland. In 1887
he came again to the United States, and this
time made it his permanent home. His wife
was Mary Hughes, also a native of ^orth \Vales,
and thev were the parents of thirteen children,
nine of whom are living: Thomas \Y.. mentioned
at length hereafter; Rebecca, who married
John Manghan : Peter ; Robert ; David ; George ;
lohn W. • Alfred G. and Katie, who became the
wife of Henrv Morton. The death of Mr. Parry,
the father of' the familv, occurred ^ovember 16
IQO^ Notwithstanding the fact that he had
w^orked in the mines for almost fifty-six years,
he was a well-preserved and vigorous man to
the close of his long life. His widow survives
him and is now a resident of Avoca.

Thomas W. Parrv, son of Thomas and Mary
(Hughes) Parrv, was born in 1866, m North
Wales but passed his boyhood and youth in
Northumberland. England, where he was em-
ployed with his father in the mines. They both
worked in the Waremouth colliery, m Sunder-
land, one of the largest mines in the v|/orld. the
shaft is twenty-one hundred feet deep. Tlie
first manager of this mine was Sir George h.1-
liott There Mr. Parrv worked eight years un-
der 'the supervision of his father, beginning as
a lad of ten years and remaining until 1885.
when he emigrated to the United States, settling
m Scranton, Pennsylvania. There he engaged
with the Delaware. & Hudson Company as la-
borer, but soon moved to Troop where he en-
tered the service of the Pancoast Coal Company,
with whom he remained four years as a miner.
Thence he moved to Richmondale. where he
spent another four vears. While living m Rich-
mondale he took a course in the Internationa
Correspondence School of Scranton, and passed
a creditable examination as mining foreman. He
then entered the Pennsylvania College, where
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as mining engineer. The same year he was em-
ployed by J\Ir. Richmond as foreman. In 1898
he resigned his position, the Thirteenth Regi-
ment, National Guard, in which he held the
rank of first sergeant of Company H, being mus-
tered into service. For eleven months he was
stationed in various parts of the country, but
was not sent abroad. On his return he resumed
his old position as mine foreman, a position
which had been reserved for him, despite the
fact that during his absence the Richmond prop-
erty had passed into the control of the New
York, Ontario & Western Company. He re-
mained with this company for two years, and
then became mine foreman for the Hillside Coal
Company. In 1900 he moved to Avoca and en-
tered the service of the Butler colliery, where
he has since remained. He has charge of two
slopes and a "stripping," with four hundred men
under his control. He is conscientious and faith-
ful in the discharge of his duties toward both
employers and employed, and is trusted and hon-
ored by both. He belongs to the Spanish-Ameri-
can War Veterans, and is a member of the Pres-
byterian Church, in which he holds the office of
trustee. Mr. Parry married in 1901, Mame G.,
daughter of Thomas W. and Mary AlcCrindle,
and they have one child, Wesley G., born in
1904. Airs. Parry was born in Avoca, in 1873.
Her parents were natives of Scotland, who emi-
grated from Glasgow to the United States in
1864. Thomas W. McCrindle was a miner and
a worthy man. He was the father of seven chil-
dren, three of whom are living : John, James and
Mame G., mentioned above as the wife of
Thomas W. Parry.

PATRICK H. McCLELLAN. Among
the enterprising and energetic young men of the
county must be numbered Patrick H. JMcClellan,
of Avoca. He is the grandson of Patrick and
Elizabeth McClellan, of Scotch-Irish origin, who
both died in the north of Ireland. Eight of their
children came to the LTnited States : John, Peter,
William, mentioned at length hereafter ; James
Rose, Sarah, Kate and Elizabeth.

William McClellan, son of Patrick and Eliza-
beth McClellan, was born in Scotland, and in
1870 emigrated to the United States. He set-
tled in Plains, Pennsylvania, where he was con-
nected with the boot and shoe business, which
he thoroughly understood and in which he was
remarkably successful. Subsequently he went to
South Africa in connection with a mining com-
pany, by whom he was employed as bookkeeper.
This occupation he abandoned after a time, and



engaged in the boot and shoe business at Kim-
berly. South Africa. He married Anna, daugh-
ter of John and Mary Pryor, both natives of
Ireland, who emigrated to this country in 1840.
They settled at Plains, where Mr. Prvor en-
gaged in mining and became a prosperous citi-
zen. The children of Air. and Airs. Pryor were:
Anna, born in Plains, became the wife of Will-
iam McClellan, as mentioned above ; Alary, Cath-
erine and Alargaret. Air. Pryor was a man re-
spected by all who knew him. Air. and Airs.
AlcClellan were the parents of one child : Patrick
H., mentioned at length hereafter. The death
of Air. AlcClellan occurred in 1896, at Kimberly,
South Africa. He is survived by his widow.

Patrick H. McClellan, only child of William
and Anna (Pryor) AlcClellan, was born Oc-
tober 12, 1876, in Plains, and in boyhood at-
tended the common schools of his native town-
ship. Later he attended the Wyoming Business
College, at Kingston, from which institution he
graduated in 1893. From that time to the pres-
ent he has been employed by different leading
coal companies in some clerical capacity, and for
the last two years has held the position of book-
keeper with the Delaware & Hudson Company.
His record for efficiency and trustworthiness is
beyond dispute. Air. AlcClellan married in 1898,
Annie, daughter of John Stanton, and they have
one daughter. Alary, born July, 1900. . .

JOHN WATROUS. One of the represent-
ative men of -Lackawanna county is John Wa-
trous, of Dunmore. Air. Watrous was among
the pioneers of the town in which he resides.
He belongs to an English family of good stand-
ing, the American branch of which was planted
in this country some time prior to the Revolu-
tionary war. In that conflict his grandfather,
Jonathan B. Waterhouse (as the name was then
spelled), participated as a ntember of Wash-,
ington's stafif. He married Abia Webster,
whose family was closely connected with that of
Noah Webster, the lexicographer. Air. and
Airs. Waterhouse were the parents of the fol-
lowing children : Elijah, Ichabod, Dudley, Jud-
son, Alorgan, Jonathan B., mentioned at length
hereafter ; and Polly.

Jonathan B. Watrous, son of Jonathan B.
and Abia (Webster) Watrous, was born Sep-
tember 28, 1795, in Connecticut, and was a shoe-
maker by trade, but by reason of his remarka-
ble aptitude was able to engage in various
branches of mechanical industry. While still
a youth he served in the war of 1812. He was
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hunted two days and out of eighteen shots killed
seventeen deer. He married, June 8, 1820, Ala-
tilda, who was born February 17, 1804, in Wayne
county, Pennsylvania, daughter of Joseph and
r\Iatilda Aloore, whose other children were Jo-
seph and Abigail. The following children were
born to Mr. and ]\lrs. Watrous : Egbert, who
had a son. Friend Watrous, who served in Thir-
ty-third Regiment, Pennsylvania Reserves. Jo-
seph, who served in the Civil war and was a
preacher in the Protestant Methodist Church.
Judson ; Dudley, who served in Thirty-third
Regiment, Company B, Pennsylvania Reserves,
through the Civil war; Abigail, who was born
December 25, 1829, died ]\Iay 17, 1901 ; Ar-
menia, who married Rhodes Berry ; Ann, who
became the wife of J. R. Rosencrans ; Lucy, who
married James Black ; John, mentioned at length
hereinafter ; Randolph ; Jane ; Electa, and Win-
field S. Of this large number John and Dudley
are the only ones now living. During the Civil
war the latter served three years in the Third
Penn. Reserves, with rank of orderly sergeant
John Watrous, son of Jonathan B. and Ma-
tilda (Moore) Watrous, was born September 11,
1838, in \\'ayne county, Pennsylvania, where he
was educated in the common schools of Salem
township. His early life was spent in working
on the Gravity road, in the service of the Penn-
sylvania Coal Company, until the Civil war
caused him to abandon his labors in order that
he might offer his services to the government.
In 1864 he was enrolled as a corporal in Com-
pany A, Two Hundred and Thirty-seventh Regi-
ment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He
served ten months, during which time he par-
ticipated in the battles of South Mountain, An-
tietam, Chancellorsville, Piatt's Plantation and
a nuliiber of minor engagements. At the close
of the war he was honorably discharged, and the
same year again entered the service of the United
States, this time as a member of the construc-
tion corps, remaining six months. In 1865 or
'66 he went firing for the Delaware, Lackawanna
& \\'estern Railroad, filling the position sixteen
months. He ne.xt served for a short time in a
similar capacitv on the Erie & Wyoming Rail-
way, and was then promoted to the post of en-
gineer, which he held for two years. He finally
returned to the Delaware, Lackawanna & West-
ern Railroad and remained in the shop for three
years. He was afterward employed as a watch-
man by A. D. and F. M. Spencer. Since 1886
he has been a resident of IDunmore. He is a
member of Hiram Lodge, No. 365, F. and A. AL,



and a charter member of Dunmore Lodge, I.
O. O. F. He also belongs to the Junior Order-
of United American ^^lechanics. He is a mem-
ber of Ezra Griffin Post, No. 339, G. A. R_
Politically he is a stanch Republican. Mr. Wat-
rous married, September 22, i860, Annie M.,
daughter of Eli and Margaret (Quick) Shaffer,
and the following children were born to them :
Ralph, who is deceased ; Frances A., who is a
teacher ; Celia, deceased ; Margaret, who is a
stenographer ; Anna, who is the wife of A. R.
Nash ; Ida ; Abby, deceased ; Lulu, deceased ; and
Seth. Like his father, Mr. ^^'atrous is an ardent
lover of the chase, and is renowned for his
achievements as a hunter.

WILLIAM N. ELLIS, of :\Ioosic, Pennsyl-
vania, is a descendant of one of the pioneer fam-
ilies of Wyoming county, whose industry and
thrift were potent factors in the transformation
of the land from a wilderness to that of well cul-
tivated farms with substantial buildings thereon.
These sturdy pioneers bequeathed to their de-
scendants those characteristics which made thetn
true and loyal citizens of this commonwealth.
William N. Ellis was born at ^^leshoppen, Wyo-
ming county. Pennsylvania, May 6, 1862, a son
of Benjamin and Alelinda (Carrier) Ellis, and
grandson of Levi Ellis, who purchased the home-
stead at Meshoppen in the late 3o"s, the same
remaining in the possession of the family up to
the present time (1905).

Benjamin Ellis (father) followed the occu-
pation of farming, in which pursuit he was very
successful. He was patriotic and loyal to his
country, a fact clearly demonstrated during the
Civil war, when the souls of men were tried,
and the integrity of the nation hung in the bal-
ance. He voluntarily ol¥ered his services in de-
fense of the flag of his country by enrolling him-
self a member of Company E, Fifty-second Reg-
iment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, participated in
a number of battles, and was twice wounded. He
had the honor of being present when General Lee
laid down his arms at Appomattox. He was hon-
orably discharged at the close of the war, and im-
mediately returned to civil life. By his mar-
riage to Melinda Carrier five children were born,
namely: Frank, deceased; Frederick M., Will-
iam N., Mrs. Eva Reighard, deceased, and a
daughter who died in infancy. The mother of
these children died in 1868, and subsequently
Mr. Ellis was united in marriage to Frances Pot-
ter. His death occurred at the homestead in
Meshoppen, in February, 1897.



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William N. Ellis was reared in his native
town, educated in its common schools, and chose
for his vocation the free and independent life of
a farmer. Later he engaged in the stone busi-
ness in conjunction with farming, continuing the
same in his native place until February, 1896.
when he removed to the borough of Aloosic and
engaged in his present business of dairying.
Having inherited a love for pastoral pursuits
from his ancestors, he chose for himself the pro-
prietorship and management of a large and ex-
tensive dairy farm, which is one of the finest
and most extensive in the Lackawanna valley.
His excellent herd of fifty-four cows are thor-
oughbreds and grades, producing on an average
three hundred quarts of milk per day, which com-
mands the highest market price. Mr. Ellis stands
high in the community, and is respected and es-
teemed for his sterling worth and integrity of
character. On December 4, 1883, Mr. Ellis was



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