Horace Edwin Hayden.

Genealogical and family history of the Wyoming and Lackawanna Valleys, Pennsylvania; (Volume 2) online

. (page 88 of 130)
Online LibraryHorace Edwin HaydenGenealogical and family history of the Wyoming and Lackawanna Valleys, Pennsylvania; (Volume 2) → online text (page 88 of 130)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook


der of Odd Fellows, and the Order of United
American ]\Iechanics. Mr. Hatten married, Oc-
tober 5, 1879, Miss Jennette Lewis, who was
born in South Wales and emigrated to the
United States in 1868, daughter of Thomas and
Ann Lewis, and their children are as follows:
Robert, who married Lillian Kettle ; Lizzie, wife
of Daniel Kean, of Bangor, Pennsylvania, and
mother of one child, Margaret Kean ; Herman,
Laura and Ada. The family are members of
the Methodist Episcopal Church of Taylor, and
for three years Mr. Hatten served in the ca-
pacity of superintendent of the Sunday school
connected therewith.



THE WYOMING AND LACKAWANNA VALLEYS.



423



FRANCIS CASWELL. Among the old
residents of Taylor none is more highly re-
spected than Francis Caswell, who for more than
thirty years has made his home in that borough.
Mr. Caswell is a native of Hanham, Gloucester-
shire, England, where he was born February
14, 1842.

In 1868 he emigrated to the Lnited States.
On his arrival in this country Air. Caswell set-
tled in Pennsylvania, making his home for a
short time in Dunmore and then moving to Tay-
lor, where he has resided ever since. He was
employed by the Delaware, Lackawanna and
Western Company, in whose service he remained
for thirty years. For a number of these years
he worked as a miner, finally becoming mine
mason, a position which he held until 1903, at
which time he retired from active service. He
had the misfortune during his experience in the
mines to receive an injury, from which he has
never quite recovered. In 1901 he opened a
store in Taylor, which is conducted by his daugh-
ter. During his residence in Taylor he has built
four houses, two of stone and two of frame. He
is a useful, loyal and patriotic citizen, possess-
ing the fullest confidence and esteem of all who
know him. He is a member of the ^Masonic
fraternitv of Taylor and the Independent Order
of Odd Fellows. He and his family belong to
the Methodist Episcopal Church of Taylor, of
which he is one of the charter members. He
has devoted much time to the Sunday school,
both as teacher and superintendent.

Mr. Caswell married, j\Iay 4, 1863. Amelia
GrifTee, who was born in England December 9,
1841, and eleven children have been born to
them, three of whom, Keziah I., Keziah II. and
Frank, were born before their parents left Eng-
land. The names of the entire family are :
Keziah, who is deceased; Keziah (second), who
is the wife of Frederick Andrews, and their chil-
dren are: Charlotte, Royal, Willard, Wesley,
Fred, Frank, who married Mary John ; children,
F. May, Frank, Wesley, William, and Hannah.
James, who is deceased. Priscilla, who became
the wife of William Jenkins, and is now de-
ceased : they have one child living, Ethel. Adelia,
who is married to Thomas Bayliss ; children :
Amelia, Francis and Irene. Charles, who is de-
ceased. Amelia G., who conducts the store of
which her father is the proprietor. Daisv A.,
who is the wife of Thomas Williams, and they
have one child, Daisy Louise. Ernest, who mar-
ried Alice Harding, have one child, James
Francis. Fred. Mr. Caswell and his children
sustained a severe affliction in the loss of the



excellent wife and mother, whose death oc-
curred February I, 1895. She was sincerely
mourned, not only by her family, but by a large
circle of friends, her many estimable traits of
character having endeared her to all who had
been brought within the sphere of her influence.

MICHAEL J. FOLEY. That portion of
Old Forge known as Rendham has no worthier
or more respected citizen than Michael J. Foley.
Air. Foley is a son of Patrick Foley, who was
born in Ireland, and in 1846 emigrated to the
United States. After spending some time in
other parts of the country he moved in 1855 to
Old Forge, where he passed the remainder of
his life. His wife was Alary Hackett, also a
native of Ireland, and of their eleven children
nine grew to maturity : Anna, Bridget, John,
James, Patrick, Alichael J., mentioned at length
hereafter; James, Sarah and Alargaret. With
the exception of Bridget, Alichael J. and James
(2) all these are now deceased. Mr. and Airs.
Foley, who possessed the respect of all who
knew them, both died in Old Forge, the former
in 1886 and the latter in 1892.

Alichael J. Foley, son of Patrick and Alary
(Hackett) Foley, was born in 1856, at Old
Forge, where he attended the public schools. He
chose the occupation of a miner, beginning as
a breaker-bo}', and passing through the various
positions which a boy is called to fill until he
reached that of miner, which he now holds. Air.
Foley married in 1903, Alargaret Horn, and they
are the parents of one child: Alichael J., junior,
who was born July 21, 1904. The home of Air.
and Airs. Foley is a gathering place for their
many friends. Mr. Foley is at the same time a
true Irishman and a loyal citizen of the Laiited
States, setting an example worthy of the imita-
tion of all our citizens of foreign birth or parent-
age. All his brothers and sisters who reached
maturity were born in this country, and his
brother James is principal of the high school
in Taylor borough. Airs. Foley is a daughter
of Thomas and Catherine Horn, and was born
November 15, 1874, in Ireland, whence in 1893
she emigrated to the L^nited States.

JOHN D. FRANCIS. Alany years' experi-
ence in one of the most responsible and perilous
positions of all those connected with the produc-
tion of coal have given to John D. Francis, of
Taylor, his high and justly deserved reputation
as a miner.

John Francis was born in Wales, and was by
occupation a miner. In 1869 he emigrated to the



424



THE WYOMING AND LACKAWANNA VALLEYS.



United States and settled at Old Forge, where
he found employment in the coal industry. His
wife was Hannah Davis, and they were the par-
ents of the following children : John D., men-
tioned at length herafter ; Annie, deceased ;
Tabitha ; David ; Eliza, deceased ; Catherine ;
Marv, deceased ; Thomas, and Evan. Of these
children John D. is the only member of his
father's family now living in the Lackawanna
valley. Mr. Francis, the father, died in 1886
and his widow is still living.

John D. Francis, son of John and Hannah
(Davis) Francis, was born July 28, 1858, in
Wales, and was eleven years old when the family
crossed the sea and took up their abode in this
country. Since that time, with the exception of
four years spent in the west, he has resided con-
tinuously in the Wyoming and Lackawanna val-
leys. He has passed through all the stages of
the mining industry, having worked his way up
from the position of a slate picker, and was at
one time employed as foreman at Forty Fort, in
the Wyoming valley. For the last ten years he
has held the position of fire-boss, first with
the Delaware and Hudson and now Dela-
ware, Lackawanna and Western Company, and
at present is employed in the Archbald mines.
The fact that for so long a period Mr. Francis
has proved his competence for this most danger-
ous and responsible position is sufficient testi-
mony to his ability and trustworthiness. During
his residence in the west he engaged in silver
mining. Mr. Francis has always been active as
a citizen, and while living in Taylor served as
secretary of the school board. In Luzerne county
also he was a member of this board, and for two
years filled a place in the council of Taylor bor-
ough. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity,
affiliating with Acacia Lodge, No. 579, Free and
Accepted Masons, and also belongs to the Inde-
pendent Order of Odd Fellows, in which order
he holds the rank of past grand. In the Welsh
Baptist Church, of which he and his wife are
members, he holds the office of deacon. Mr.
Francis married, in 1882, in the borough of Tay-
lor, Catherine Morris, and they arc the parents
of four children : Mary E., a graduate of Blooms-
burg; E. Warren; Haydee, and Robert M.,
deceased. Mrs. Francis was born September
7, i860, and is the daughter of James and Mar-
tha Morris, both natives of Wales, who emi-
grated to this country while their daughter was
still a child.

JOHN J. BECKER. It has been remarked
that no foreigners make better citizens of the



United States than do the Germans, and this
valuable element in our population is worthily
represented by John J. Becker, of Taylor.

Mr. Becker's parents were born in Germany.
His mother was Kate Tannein. Her first hus-
band was Charles Mirtz, by whom she became
the mother of four children : George, Charles,
Elizabeth and Kate, who is the wife of Charles
Neuls. After the death of Mr. Mirtz she was
married to Joseph Becker. They resided in Ger-
many until 1867, when they emigrated to the
LTnited States, taking np their abode in Scran-
ton. Mr. Becker died the following year, and
Mrs. Becker died in 1871. Four children blessed
their union, namely : Philippina, Elizabeth, John
J., the subject of this sketch, and a daughter
who died in infancy.

John J. Becker, the youngest child of Joseph
and Kate (Tannein) Becker, was born in Ger-
many in i860, being seven years old when
brought by his parents to the United States.
He received his education in the public schools
of Scranton and in 1878 secured employment on
a farm in Taylor. In 1881 he began to learn the
blacksmith's trade with the Delaware, Lacka-
wanna and Western Company, in whose service
he has remained until the present day. He pos-
sesses the fullest confidence of his employers,
and his financial success is attested by the fact
that he has built for himself a pleasant and com-
fortable home. He is a member of the Inde-
pendent Order of Odd Fellows and the Improved
Order of Red Men. In matters of religion he is
identified with the German Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Becker married in 1891, Kate E. Hilde-
brand, and three children were born to them,
two of whom are living: Jacob J., born in 1892.
and Hilda D., born in 1904. Mrs. Becker is a
daughter of Jacob and Gertrude Hildebrand.
natives of Germany, who emigrated to the
United States in 1866. In 1873 they moved to
Taylor, where they now rcs.ide on a farm. Their
family consisted of five children, four of whom
are living: Frank, Dora M., Henry W. and
Kate E., who was born in 1868, in Archbald,
and became the wife of John J. Becker, as men-
tioned above.

WILLIAM G. HOWELL. No citizen of
Taylor is more widely known or more highly
respected than is William G. Howell. Mr. How-
ell is a son of Joseph Howell, who was born in
South Wales, and followed the calling of a
miner. In 1865 he emigrated to the United
States and settled in Taylor, where he was em-
ployed in the Taylor colliery. His wife was



THE WYOMING AND LACKAWANNA VALLEYS.



425



Lydia Jones, also a native of South Wales, and
they were the parents of three sons : Joseph, de-
ceased ; Evan J., who is one of the managers
for Marshall Field & Company, of Chicago ; and
William G., mentioned at length hereafter. Air.
Howell, the father, met the tragical death which
is so often the lot of a miner, being killed Feb-
ruary 25, 1870, by an accident at the Taylor
shaft.

William G. Howell, son of Joseph and
Lydia (Jones) Howell, was born in 1846, in
South Wales, where he received a limited edu-
cation, the deficiencies of which were supplied
in after years. At the age of seven years he
began to work in the coal mines of South Wales
and continued to do so until 1865, when he em-
igrated to the United States. He settled at
Pittston, where for three vears he worked as a
miner. In 1868 he moved to Taylor and, with
the exception of three years' residence in Scran-
ton, has ever since been a continuous resident of
that place. He has experienced all the vicissi-
tudes of a miner's life, and on April 3, 1869,
had both arms broken as the result of an acci-
dent. He is now reaping the fruits of long
years of arduous toil. Mr. Howell is a public-
spirited citizen and served one term as alderman
of the Twentieth ward. Since 1901 he has held
the office of justice of the peace, having been
elected not only by the votes of the Republican
party, of which he is a stanch member, but by
those of the Democrats as well, a merited trib-
ute to his uprightness of character and liberality
of sentiment. He is past grand district deputy
of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, past
deputy grand sachem of the Improved Order of
Red Men, and past deputy grand chief of the
Knights of the Golden Eagle. He is past na-
tional grand master of the United States Protest-
ant Association, and also belongs to the Knights
of Pythias. For fourteen years he has/ been
correspondent of the Scranton Republican. Air.
Howell married, Januarv i, 1874, Diana John,
of South Wales, and the following children have
been born to them : William, deceased ; Lydia
M., who is the wife of Isaac Davis ; Edith A.,
deceased ; Cordelia, deceased ; Alaud G., de-
ceased ; Olwen M., wife of Professor John B.
Evans, of Carbondale ; Joseph, deceased ; Lenore
E. ; Evan, deceased, and Alundell, deceased.

H. J. DAVENPORT. One of the success-
ful business men of Taylor is H. J. Davenport.
Mr. Davenport is a son of Edward E. Daven-
port, who was born in Sussex county. New
Jersey, and in 1867 moved to Taylor, attracted



thither by the discovery of anthracite coal. His
wife was Margaret Smith, also a native of Sus-
sex county. New Jersey. Mr. Davenport died
in 1875, and was survived by his widow, who re-
sides in Taylor.

H. J. Davenport, son of Edward E. and Mar-
garet (Smith) Davenport, was born October 19,
i860, in Sussex county, New Jersey, and was
seven years old at the time of the removal of
the family to Taylor. He obtained his educa-
tion in the common schools of that town, and
afterward worked in various capacities connected
with the production of coal. He has been in the
service of the Delaware, Lackawanna and West-
ern Company for twenty-nine years, and for
twenty-two years of that time has filled the po-
sition of stable boss. He is a good citizen and
has served two terms as school director. Mr.
Davenport married in 1880, Anna R., born in
i860, daughter of Silas and Elizabeth (Grass)
Randall, both of whom belonged to well known
county families. The following children have
been born to Mr. and Mrs. Davenport : Silas
G., deceased ; Maud E. ; Ralph R. ; Earl H., de-
ceased, and Hanford J.

GEORGE W. BROWN. One of the worthy
citizens of Old Forge is George W. Brown, the
descendant on both sides of ancestors who were
pioneers in the Lackawanna valley. On the pa-
ternal side his progenitors came originally from
Scotland. James Brown was born in 1813, in
Pittston township, and all his life followed the
trade of a patternmaker. He married Lavinia
Carey, also a native of Pittston township, and
of the ten children born to them three are living :
Rozella, Mary, and George W., mentioned at
length hereafter. Mr. Brown died in 1896, at
the advanced age of eighty-three, having sur-
vived his wife many years.

George W. Brown, son of James and Lavinia
(Carey) Brown, was born February 22, 1847,
in Old Forge, which was then Pittston town-
ship. He was educated in the common schools
of his birthplace, and adopted as his occupation
that of a miner. On the breaking out of the
Civil war Mr. Brown desired ardently to offer
his services to the government by enlisting in
the Union army, but this privilege was denied
him on account of his youth until October, 1863,
when he was enrolled as a member of Company
G, Fiftv-second Regiment, Pennsylvania A'olun-
tder Infantry. He participated in the battles
of Fort Johnson, Charleston Harbor, and also in
many minor engagements. Subsequently he
joined General Sherman's forces, and at the



426



THE WYOMING AND LACKAWANNA VALLEYS.



close of the war was honorably discharged. On
his return to civil life he resumed his occupation
as a miner, in which he is still actively engaged
and in which he has achieved gratifying suc-
cess. Mr. Brown married, March 14, 1873,
Rosella, who was born August 31, 1855, in Wyo-
ming, daughter of Silas and Elizabeth (Gress)
Randall, and twelve children have been born to
them : Elizabeth, Florence, Anna, deceased ;
Eva, Maud, Lavina, Margery V., Orpha G.,
Silas, James, Arthur G., and Floyd, deceased.
Elizabeth married David Olmstead, of Pittston,
Pennsylvania, a coal inspector. Florence mar-
ried William Richard, resides at Old Forge ;
their children are : George W., Rozella, Griffith,
William, deceased. Eva married Harry Ha-
ven, reside at Spring Brook, Pennsylvania ;
issue : George W..

GEORGE R. COOPER. An experienced
miner of thirty-two years' standing is George
R. Cooper, of Throop. He was born in Eng-
land, November 15, 1853, and is the son of John
and Isabella (Lambert) Cooper, who both died
in their native country, respected by all who
knew them.

Mr. Cooper was educated in his native land,
where for some years he worked as a miner,
holding every position pertaining to the opera-
tion of mining coal. In 1881 he emigrated to
the United States and settled in the neighbor-
hood of Throop, in which borough he has re-
sided for a number of years. During this time
he has been in the service of the Delaware and
Hudson Company and the Scranton Coal Com-
pany. He is active in township affairs, and his
good qualities as a citizen are appreciated by his
neighbors. He has for some time held the office
of school director. He is secretary of the Ac-
cidental Fund, and a member of the Independ-
ent Order of Red Men. Mr. Cooper married
in 1873 Mary J. Coates, born October 6, 1854,
also a native of England, and of the eight chil-
dren born to them seven are now living : George
E., who is a miner ; Robert, who is a machinist,
married Elizabeth Trutchey, and has one daugh-
ter ; Joseph H., who is also a machinist; John
R., who is a miner ; Nicholas, who is an engineer,
married Elizabeth Parry, and has one daughter,
Jane ; Mary, who is the wife of John Balderson ;
and Edith A. Mr. Cooper's house is one of the
most attractive in the borough, its various ar-
rangements and provisions for beauty, comfort
and convenience bearing witness to the good
sense and refined taste of the owner. During
the great anthracite coal strike Mr. Cooper en-



tertained at his home John Alitchell, president
of the United Mine Workers of America and
vice-president of the Federation of Labor.

JOHN D. PRITCHARD, for the past
twelve years engine dispatcher in the employ of
the New York, Ontario and Western Railroad,
is one of the promising young railroad men in
the Lackawanna valley. He was born at Oly-
phant, Lackawanna countv, Pennsvlvania, June

3. 1865.

Richard Pritchard, father of John D. Pritch-
ard, was born in South Wales, in 1838. His
boyhood and young manhood were spent in his
native land, and in 1864 he decided to test the
business opportunities of the new world and ac-
cordingly emigrated to America. At first he lo-
cated in Beacon, Iowa, and after a short resi-
dence there went to California, where he was in
the employ of the Wells-Fargo Construction
Company, prior to its becoming the Wells-Fargo
Express Company ; this company was construct-
ing the great Northern Pacific route to Cali-
fornia. He then settled in the state of Kansas,
in the vicinity of Kansas City, where he took
a government claim of one hundred and sixty
acres, but ill health caused him to abandon this
and migrate east. In 1876 he took up his resi-
dence in Jermyn, Pennsylvania, where he chose
mining as a means of livelihood, and this occu-
pation he followed up to the time of his death,
December 31, 1883, at the age of forty-six years.
His wife, Mary Pritchard, was born March 16,
1843, in South Wales. In 1856, when thirteen
years of age, she accompanied her parents to
this country, and in the year 1864 became the
wife of Richard Pritchard, that being the same
year in which he emigrated to the United States.
Five children were born to them, two of whom
are living — John D. and Lizzie Pritchard.

The early educational advantages enjoyed by
John D. Pritchard were limited to a two years'
course in the common school of his native town,
where he received an impetus to his subsequent
education. He is not only a self-made man, but
in the true sense a self-educated man. In a gen-
eral way all men are self-educated, but they do
not all acquire their knowledge under adverse
circumstances. Seeing the great necessity of
school advantages and realizing the difficulty of
obtaining one for himself, he entered his name
as a student in the Scranton International Cor-
respondence School. Here he applied himself
so assidudously as to make rapid advancement,
and he thoroughly qualified himself for his pres-
ent position, and also for higher offices, which



THE WYOMING AND LACKAWANNA VALLEYS.



427



will surely be tendered to him in his future ca-
reer. He is highly respected by his fellow-citi-
zens, who, as a mark of their confidence and
esteem, elected him to the oiSce of school di-
rector. He is a worthy member of Aurora
Lodge, No. 523, Free and Accepted Masons ;
Eureka Chapter, No. 179; and Palestine Com-
mandery, No. 14.

On March 11, 1891, Mr. Pritchard was
united in marriage to Lizzie Thomas, who was
born in South Wales, September 5, 1870, daugh-
ter of Daniel and Mary Thomas, of South Wales.
Two children were the issue of this union, one
of whom is living — Fern. Mr. Pritchard erected
a neat and comfortable house in Jermyn, Penn-
sylvania, its surroundings being pleasant and
peaceful, and here he and his family enjoy the
delights and comforts of home.

WILLIAM G. HAILSTONE. The world
has not yet appreciated the toil, inconvenience
and risk the miners experience in the production
of that valuable and indispensable commercial
commodity, anthracite coal. Nor is there a class
of men more maligned or underpaid than the
miners, but still under these adverse circum-
stances he keeps on contributing one of the most
needed products of the earth. Among the miners
there is scattered an uplifting element which
acts as leaven to the whole body, or at least
where it comes in contact with it, and that is the
sons of Scotland, who have left their native
highlands and sought their home in this great
and glorious nation. No foreign element makes
better citizens than do the sons of Scotland, who
are proverbially known for their honestv and
thrift.

William G. Hailstone was born in Scotland,
July 27, 1861, a son of John and Christina
(Green) Hailstone, natives of Scotland, whose
family consisted of three sons : John, a sketch
of whom appears elsewhere in this work ; Will-
iam G., mentioned hereinafter ; and Thomas, de-
ceased. John Hailstone (father) settled in
Moosic upon his arrival in the United States,
and until the time of his decease, in February,
1876, proved himself a loyal and worthy citi-
zen of his adopted country. His widow survived
him for a number of years, passing away in May,
1881. When William G. Hailstone was two
years of age, in October, 1863, his parents emi-
grated to the new world, settling first at Pitts-
ton, Pennsylvania, and later removing to Moosic,
same state. At the age of twelve he began work
at the breaker, but was not employed regularly,
as he attended school until seventeen years of



age, but since that time he has been engaged
continuously in the production of coal, passing
through all the various departments of mining.
During the past twelve years he has held the
position of inside foreman, his time having been
divided between the following companies : Elk
Hill Coal and Iron Company, two and a half
years ; Stevens Coal Company, about three years,
and the Lehigh Valley Company, his present po-
sition, which he holds. Like the majority of
his countrymen, Air. Hailstone is a devoted
member of the Presbyterian Church, and in pol-
itics is a strenuous Republican. He holds mem-
bership in Livingston Court, Ancient Order of
Foresters, at Avoca. In July, 1881, Mr. Hail-
stone and Lillias Galbraith, a daughter of James
and Helen (Smith) Galbraith, were united in
marriage. To them have been born four chil-
dren : James G., Lillian, Mary S. and Wil-
helmina B. Hailstone.

JOHN ALLEN, one of the experienced sta-
tionary engineers of the borough of Dunmore,
Lackawanna county, Pennsylvania, where he has
resided since his emigration to this country from
England under the care of an uncle, in 1867,
at the age of fourteen years, has proved himself
a loyal, law-abiding citizen of this common-
wealth, who is universally respected and es-
teemed, as have so many other men of foreign
birth who have adopted this as their country.



Online LibraryHorace Edwin HaydenGenealogical and family history of the Wyoming and Lackawanna Valleys, Pennsylvania; (Volume 2) → online text (page 88 of 130)