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united in marriage to Caroline Adams, daugh-
ter of Perry and Alargaret (Bennett) Adams,
of Mehoopany, Wyoming county. Their chil-
dren are: Perry A., Clara B., Ethel RL, Benja-
min F., Margaret, William N. J. ; Roy, deceased ;
Raymond, Pearl E., Anna M., and Hazel D.

WTLLIAM J. THOMAS, a worthy and well
known citizen and a prosperous and practical
farmer of Hanover township, where he leases
and operates a well tilled farm of one hundred
acres, this being one of the oldest farms in the
vicinity and on which is the oldest house stand-
ing in the surrounding country today, is a na-
tive of Wales, born April 14, 1840. His parents
were William and Sarah (Williams) Thomas,
both natives of Wales, in which country their
entire lives were spent.

William J. Thomas received his training and
education in his native land, and there he also
followed farming and mining up to 1887, in
which year he emigrated to the United States.
He came direct to Xanticoke, Pennsylvania, in
and about which borough he has since made his
home. He was employed in the mines of the
Susquehanna Coal Company for eight months,
and Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Coal
Company for about four years. The following
nine years he worked a farm in Plymouth town-
ship, and since then has resided on his present
farm, which is owned by the Susquehanna Coal
Company, whose mines have honeycombed the
interior so that some fields have fallen in or
sunk five feet. On one corner of this farm,
in 1885, there was a cavein in the mines which
entombed twentv-tlirce men, their bodies having



never been discovered. Several of the widows
of these men are .living now (1905) and receive
their house rent from the company. Mr. Thomas
followed mining for twenty-six vears, tiuring
which time he met with no serious accident,
this fact being explained by his extreme careful-
ness. He is a practical farmer as well as an
experienced miner, this fact being clearly demon-
strated by the neat and thrifty appearance of
his broad acres and the buildings thereon. By
economy and thrift Mr. Thomas has accumulated
a sufficient competence to enable both him and his
wife to spend the remaining years of their lives
in the enjoyment of every comfort. In 1901
Mr. Thomas visited the scenes of his boyhood,
spending four months on the trip, and the change
of air and scenery was extremely beneficial to
him, as well as it was a source of pleasure to him
to meet again old friends and associates.

On April 9, 1862, prior to his emigration to
the United States, Mr. Thomas married Eliza-
beth Thomas, daughter of John and Mary
(Thomas) Thomas. Sixteen children were the
issue of this union, all of whom were born in
Wales, and nine of whom attained years of ma-
turity and are married, namely : Mary A., Sarah,
Elizabeth, James, William, Rosina, Margaret J.,
John and Harriet. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas are
the happy grandparents of twenty-nine grand-
children. Their marriage is remarkable from
the fact that the paternal and maternal grand-
parents of Mrs. Thomas also bore the family
name of Thomas.

ALFRED A. ENKE. No higher words of
commendation or praise can be said of any man
than that he has made a prominent place for
himself in the world and honorably fills it. The
most useful and trustworthy men are those who
have risen to a high position by their own ef-
forts, and asserted thereby their right to a place
with those whose names have been handed down
in the pages of history as men worth^■ of recog-
nition. Among these is Alfred A. Enke, presi-
dent of the Nanticoke National Bank, who was
born in Berwick, Columbia count}-, Pennsylva-
nia. June 19, 1851.

The paternal grandfather of Alfred -A. Enke
was John Enke, a native of Germany, who left
his native country during the struggle for in-
dependence between England and the young
colonies, and in this conflict he bore an active
part. He was a man of considerable ability
and intelligence, whose parents had set him
apart for the church, but who thought for himself
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his own career. After the war ceased and the
colonists were victorious, he settled at iMauch
Chunk, Pennsylvania. The maternal g-rand-
father of Alfred A. Enke was Abel Dalbey, who
was a cabinet maker and painter by trade. Both
he and his wife lived to an advanced age, he
passing away at seventy-seven and she at seventy-
six years.

The parents of Alfred A. Enke were Jesse
P. and Hannah (Dalbey) Enke, the former was
born at Alauch Chunk, Pennsylvania, in 1825,
and the latter in Luzerne county, Pennsylvania,
a descendant of a Quaker origin. She died
April, 1863. Their children were seven in num-
ber, three of whom are living at the present time
(1905) : Alfred A., Joseph M., John W.

Alfred A. Enke was reared in Shickshinny,
Pennsylvania, and educated in the common
schools thereof, qualifying himself during this
period for a clerical calling. In 1876 he moved
to Nanticoke, where he has since resided. He
entered the employ of the Susquehanna Coal
Company, and for a period of thirty-two years
held the respect and confidence of its manage-
ment, during the greater portion of which time
he had charge of one of the pay rolls of the
company. He is a member of Nanticoke Lodge,
No. 541, Free and Accepted Masons, of which
he is past master ; Caldwell Consistory, Blooms-
burg : and Irem ■ Temple, Wilkes-Barre. Mr.
Enke has never entered the arena of politics, pre-
ferring to devote his time to business undi-
videdly.

In 1874 Mr. Enke was married to ]\Iiss Mary
A. Rambach, who bore him two children : Dan-
iel Clyde, deceased, and Mary E. Mrs. Enke
died May 10, 1878. In 1881 Mr. Enke was mar-
ried to Miss Ida E. Hess, who also bore him
two children : Emily L., a trained nurse, a grad-
uate of Wilkes-Barre Hospital, and George P.,
-a graduate of Lehigh University in mechanical
engineering, and now employed as a specialist
with the German Insurance Company of New
York City. The mother of these children died
April 4, 1884. In 1888 Air. Enke was married
to Miss .Amy I. Anderson, of Herrick, Bradford
county. Pennsylvania. There is no issue of this
union.

MATTHEW NASH, who has been in the
employ of the Susquehanna Coal Company, at
Nanticoke, for twenty-two continuous years, dur-
ing ien of which he has served in the capacity
of assistant mine foreman, or fire boss, in No.
4 slope, is a man of sterling qualities and ir-
reproachable character, one in whom the com-



pany places implicit confidence. His thorough
knowledge of mining in general, and his complete
understanding of the geography of the mines in
their various ramifications makes him very valu-
able to the company, and should he be removed it
would be difiicult to fill his place. He is a na-
tive of England, born November 20, 1858, the
seventh in order of birth of the thirteen children
born to James and Hannah (Latchen) Nash,
both natives of England. James Nash was a
miner bv occupation. Matthew and his brother
Mark were the only members of the family to
leave their native land, but Mark, who was a
miner by occupation, returned to England, where
he now resides.

Matthew Nash was reared and educated in
the country of his birth, and after laying aside
his school books began the life of a miner. In
March. 1883. attracted by the possibilities ofifered
to young men in the United States, he emigrated
thither and located in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania,
where he has since been a continuous resident, a
citizen in whom his neighbors have implicit con-
fidence. He entered the employ of the Susque-
hanna Coal Company, served twelve years as
miner, and ten years in his present position, as-
sistant mine foreman, having creditably passed
the examination exacted by the mining laws
of the state. His hours are from 3 .\.
M. to 12 M., and his office is to pre-
cede the miners in their descent to the mines
in order to inspect the various headings and
chambers in search of gas and imperfect
roof, either of which would prove fatal
to the life of the miners, who are guided and
governed entirely by the report of the fire boss.
His position is one of the most important in
the production of coal, for on his faithfulness
to duty depends the safety of life and property.
During his experience as assistant mine foreman
no accident has happened to either him or those
who follow him, and during his experience as a
miner he has met with but one accident — being
burnt by an explosion of gas — which incapaci-
tated him for work for three weeks. By the
exercise of thrift and economy he accumulated
sufficient capital to purchase a home for him-
self and family, wherein reigns love, peace and
harmony.

On November 10, 1888, Mr. Nash was united
in marriage to Mary Beynon, of Trumbull
county, Ohio, a most estimable lady who grace-
fully presides over his home. To this union
there were born three children : Cassie. deceased ;
Emily, deceased ; and Howard B. Nash. Mr.
and Mrs. Nash are members of the Baptist



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Church, in which he holds the oiifice of trustee.
Mrs. Nash is the only child of her parents,
Thomas and Catherine (Lewis) Beynon, natives
of Wales, who came to this country in 1855, set-
tling in Ohio, where there were then coal fields,
but which are now fertile fields tilled by the
farmer.

JOHN PRICE, check docking boss of shaft
No. 5, Susquehanna Coal Company, Nanticoke,
which office he has held since 1899, is one of the
representative citizens of that borough and en-
joys the respect and confidence of a wide circle
of friends and acquaintances.

James Price, father of John Price, was a na-
tive of England, a miner by occupation, and he
lost his life by a fire in the mine in which he
was employed in the year 1851. His wife, Alary
Ann Price, survived him many years, passing
away in her native land, England, in 1890. Their
family consisted of three children, two daugh-
ters and one son, namely : Elizabeth, wife of
Joseph Harris, of England ; Sarah, wife of
William Cook, resident of Peckville, and John.
The two latter named emigrated to this country,
they being the only members of the family that
left their native soil.

John Price was born in England, October
14, 1846. He was reared, educated and married
in his native land, emigrating from thence in
1893, and locating at Nanticoke, Pennsylvania,
where he has since resided. He at once became
an employe of the Susquehanna Coal Company,
and in 1899 was appointed check docking boss
of shaft No. 5. a position he held for several
years in England. The duty of this office is to
see that the miners receive justice at the hands
of the docking boss, and because of his thorough
knowledge of mining, and his experience and
familiarity with the production of coal in its
various phases he was chosen for the position,
which was created in the company in 1899. One
of the grievances of the miners in the strike of
that year was the excessive docking or shrink-
age in their production of coal. In the adjust-
ment of that strike a check docking boss was to
be employed to see that each car as it goes to
the breaker is fairly examined and the miners
justly dealt with by the docking boss. During
his incumbency of this .office, Mr. Price has
given entire satisfaction to both the company and
the miners. He is a consistent member of the
Primitive Methodist Church. In politics he is
a stanch Republican.

On January 17, 1883, Mr. Price was mar-
ried to Miss Sarah Robinson, a native of Eng-



land, and they are the parents of six children :
Elizabeth, born 1884, the wife of Wilson Bogart,
of Nanticoke ; Mary, born 1885, the wife of
Thomas Chamberlain, of Nantcoke ; Margaret,
born 1890; James, born 1895, and Robert Dewey,
born 1898.

DAVID L. LLOYD. It may safely be as-
serted that there was no man in Luzerne county
connected with the production of coal who more
thoroughly understood his business than David
L. Lloyd, late of Nanticoke. Mr. Lloyd was
a son of John Lloyd, who was born in Wales,
and in 1856 emigrated to the United States. He
was a miner, and the greater part of his time
after coming to this country was passed in Prov-
idence and Wilkes-Barre. During the Civil war
he served in the army of the United States, re-
ceiving a wound which entitled him to a pen-
sion. His wife was Elizabeth Howell, also a na-
tive of Wales, and their children were : David
L., mentioned at length hereinafter ; Mary, Ann,
Eliza, James and -Albert. Of this number only
the two eldest were born in Wales, and all are
now deceased with the exception of Ann and
Jane. Mr. Lloyd, the father, died in 1889, and
the mother passed away in 1902.

David L. Lloyd, son of John and Elizabeth
(Howell) Lloyd, was born March 4, 185 1, in
South Wales, and was five ■ years old' when
brought by his parents to the United States. He
received a partial education in the schools of
Providence, where he remained until 1869. His
first work was for the Delaware, Lackawanna
& Western Company in the capacity of slate-
picker. As he grew older he was given a posi-
tion in the mines. Later he was promoted to be
fireman at the Wilkes-Barre shaft, but the wages
of miners being greater than those of firemen he
decided to enter the ranks of the former body
of workers. In 1881 he visited New Mexico,
remaining one year, and on his return entered the
service of the Susquehanna Coal Company, with
which he continuously remained until his death,
]\Iay 29, 1905. Beginning as water-tender in
the boiler-house, he had bv strict attention to
duty risen step by step to the position of engin-
eer, which he held for fifteen years, and in the
discharge of the critical duties of which he never
made a mistake. He was stationed at shaft No.
2, which is over six hundred feet deep. He was
a member of the Engineers' Association.

Mr. Lloyd married, March 16, 1873, Jane
Morgan, and of the eleven children born to them
six are living: Thomas, an electrician; John, a
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Mary. Thomas, the eldest son, was one of the
young men who responded to the call for volun-
teers at the outbreak of the Spanish-American
war, enlisting in Company H, Nineteenth Regi-
ment Infantry, United States army. He served
three years and was actively engaged in many
of the severely contested battles. He was in
service in the Philippines, and was honorably
discharged at the close of the war.

WILLIAM O. THOMAS, JR. One of the ,
many Welshmen who have added themselves to
the number of good citizens of the United States
is William O. Thomas, of Nanticoke. He is
a son of William Thomas, who was born on
Llwyncrwn farm in Glamorganshire, South
Wales, an estate on which for over two hundred
years his ancestors had been born and had passed
their lives. The farm consists of eighty acres
of fine, well-tilled land, which is underlaid by
a rich bed of coal. The house is of solid ma-
sonry and is in a good state of preservation.
Mr. Thomas, the elder, is a man of means and of
considerable influence. His wife was Sarah
Johns, and their family consisted of twelve chil-
dren : David, deceased ; Joseph, William O.,
mentioned at length hereafter ; Elizabeth, Na-
than, Ann, Sarah, Mary, Phoebe, and Emily, be-
sides two who died in infancy. William O.,
Elizabeth and Ann emigrated to this country.
Mrs. Thomas, the mother of the family, died
in 1876, and her husband still resides upon the
homestead.

William O. Thomas, son of William and Sa-
rah (Johns) Thomas, was born July 27, 1862,
on Llwyncrwn farm, and was educated in the
common schools. His youth was passed in agri-
cultural pursuits on the homestead, and 1881 he
emigrated to the United States, and settled at
Nanticoke, where he has since lived continu-
ously. He has been twenty-four years in the
service of the Susquehanna Coal Company, and
during twelve years of that period held the crit-
ical position of fire-boss ; never meeting with
anv accident. For nine years he has been as-
sistant mine foreman in No. i shaft, and en-
joys the full confidence of the company. He
is a member of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, and the Knights of Malta.

Mr. Thomas married in 1884, Hannah
Hughes, and nine children have been born to
them : Obert, Bessie, Cordelia, Canwin, William
O., Jr., Margaret, and three deceased. In 1891
Mr. Thomas, accompanied by his wife, visited
his ancestral home, thus enjoying the happiness
of meeting his relatives and old friends and of



looking once more upon the scenes of his boy-
hood.

Mrs. Thomas is a daughter of Joseph Hughes,
who was born in South Wales, and was a me-
chanic and stationary engineer. In 1858 he emi-
grated to the United States, where he was joined
in i860 by his wife and children. He first set-
tled in Philadelphia, where he lived for a num-
ber of years, and in 1874 moved to Nanticoke.
There for several years he worked at his trade,
and later engaged in the hotel business, which
he found very profitable from a financial point
of view. He was for a number of years pro-
prietor of the Pleasant Dale Hotel, which he
conducted with gratifying results. His wife,
Elizabeth Walters, was also a native of Wales,
and they were the parents of ten children, seven
of whom were born in the United States and four
of whom are now living: Sarah A., Thomas.
Rachael and Elizabeth. Hannah, who was born
May 7, 1863, in Philadelphia, and became the
wife of William O. Thomas, as mentioned above,
died November 25, 1905. Mr. Hughes, the fath-
er, died in 1893, and his widow is now living in
Nanticoke at the age of seventy-three.

THOAIAS W. JONES, a resident of the bor-
ough of Nanticoke, where he has enjoyed the
confidence of its inhabitants for twenty-three
vears, during which period of time he has been
in the employ of the Susquehanna Coal Company,
is a native of Wales, born in September, 1855,
a son of John and Sarah (Jones) Jones, both na-
tives of Wales, born respectively in the years of
1834 and 1835. John Jones is a farmer by oc-
cupation, conducting his operations in the land of
his birth. Their family consisted of fourteen
children, four of whom are living: Thomas W.,
mentioned at length hereafter; William T.,
who emigrated to this cq,untry ; Ann and ]\Iary,
both of whom reside in Wales.

Thomas W. Jones was reared and educated in
his native land, after which he became interested
in the production of coal, and for fifteen years
thereafter was engaged in that line of work in
Wales, serving for a number of years in the ca-
pacity of fire boss. In 1881 he left the shores
of his native country to seek fortune, health and
happiness in the land of freedom and independ-
ence. He located in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania,
where he^ engaged with the Susquehanna Coal
Company, in whose employ he still remains, a
fact which speaks volumes for his integrity and
fidelity to duty. For eight of the twenty-three
vears of his active connection with the company
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boss. This is one of the most critical offices in
connection with the production of coal, for on
his faithfulness depends the life of the miner
and property of the company. During his eight
years' incumbency Mr. Jones has met with no ac-
cident from gas or otherwise, and the only acci-
dent to which he was exposed and which proved
serious was on November 21, 1904, when an
€normous quantity of coal fell on his back, al-
most crushing him and incapacitating him for
work for ten weeks. During his residence in
Nanticoke Mr. Jones held the ofifice of police-
man for five years. He is a stanch adherent of
the principles of the Republican party.

Mr. Jones married, January 18, 1879, in
Wales, Ann James, who bore him one son, Rich-
ard W.., who is a graduate of the Nanticoke high
school, and at present time (1905) is employed
as clerk in his native town. Mr. Jones and his
family are members of the Episcopal Church.
They reside in a fine, modern residence on Main
street, Nanticoke, which Mr. Jones had erected
on a lot purchased by him a number of years
ago.

J. B. RANDALL. It is doubtful whether
■or not there can be found in the anthracite belt
a man more thoroughly conversant with the pro-
duction of coal than J. B. Randall, of Moosic.
Mr. Randall is the grandson of Jonathan Ran-
dall, a native of Warren county, New Jersey.
About 1838 he migrated to Luzerne county,
Pennsylvania. His sons were : William, James,
George, Charles and Silas. Mr. Randall was a
farmer and a worthy citizen, and his memory is
still respected in the county.

Silas Randall, son of Jonathan Randall, was
born December 20, 1825, in Belvidere, Warren
county. New Jersey, and was thirteen years of
age when he moved witji his parents to Luzerne
county. He obtained his education in the win-
ter district school, which was held in a log
bouse. At an early age he was apprenticed to
the cabinetmaker's trade, working four years
and nine months before receiving wages, and
subsequently he remained with his master on a
salary. About 1846 he moved to Old Forge,
and for fourteen years worked as foreman of
the Raynor Powder Mills. He also operated a
sawmill for ten years. Later in life he became
an extensive contractor and builder. He was
a man of some prominence in the community
and for several terms served as supervisor of
Old Forge. He was a member of the Masonic
order, affiliating with a lodge at Taylor. In pol-
itics he was a Republican. Mr. Randall mar-



ried in 1854, Elizabeth Gress, a native of Wayne
county, Pennsylvania, and they were the parents
of seven children, six of whom are living: J.
B., mentioned at length hereafter; Charles W.,
who is a carpenter ; Zora C, who holds the po-
sition of engineer; W. J., who is also a carpen-
ter ; Rose, who is the wife of a Mr. Brown ; and
another daughter, who married J. H. Daven-
port. Mr. Randall died in 1901. He was a man
highly esteemed for the strength of character
which had insured his success and had made him
what he was.

J. B. Randall, son of Silas and Elizabeth
(Gress) Randall, was born in 1862, in what is
now Old Forge borough, Lackawanna county,
and received his education in the schools of his
birthplace. Previous to his twentieth year he
engaged in various pursuits, and then applied
himself to the carpenter's trade under the in-
struction of his father. For sixteen years he
followed this trade, and then was for two years
engaged in business as a butcher. For the last
four years he has been outside foreman of the
Hillside colliery, filling his position in a man-
ner alike satisfactory to his employer and to the
men under his control. The latter number one
hundred and thirty isix. The mine has three
openings, two slopes and one shaft, the depth of
which is one hundred and sixty-eight feet. The
output of coal is about one hundred tons per
hour. The mine was formerly the property of
the Pennsylvania Company, but is now controlled
by the Erie Company. Mr. Randall has the
oversight of all the company's property above
ground. He holds membership in the following
fraternal organizations : Acacia Lodge, No. 579,
in which he holds the rank of past master ; Pitts-
ton Chapter, No. 242 ; Wyoming Valley Com-
mandery, No. 57 ; Irem Temple, of Wilkes-
Barre, and the Knights of Pythias. Mr. Randall
married in 1883, Elizabeth Campbell, a native
of Scotland, and they have one son, Silas R.,
who is serving as engineer under his father. He
married, April 22, 1905, Jessie M. Harlos, of
Taylor. He holds membership in the following
fraternal organizations : Moosic Council, No.
216, Junior Order of United American Me-
chanics, and Valley Lodge, No. 499, F. and
A. M.

URIAH SEYBERT, one of the practical
and progressive farmers of Salem township,
owner and operator of sixty-three acres of val-
uable farm land, is a lineal descendant of an old
German family who emigrated to this country
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emigrant was Sebastian Seybert or Seibert
(great-grandfather), who settled in Salem town-
ship, Pennsjlvania, and became the owner of
eight hundred acres of land running from Ber-
wick to Beach Haven. He married a JNIiss Bow-
man, of Lehigh county, Pennsylvania, and their
children were: Michael, Henry, Sebastian, Hunt-
eater, Bernard, Nicholas, Polly, Betsy and Peggy
Seybert.

Hunteater Seybert (grandfather), fourth son
of Sebastian Seybert, was born in Salem town-



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