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cated Englishman. The best authorities seem to
indicate that Balthazar was born about the year
1620. Just when he came to Connecticut is not
known, but he owned property in L\nie and in
Sa_\'brook early in the history of the colony. Court
records of Hartford mention his name in 1656.
Balthazar was living in Lyme in 1668, for the
records show that he and his three sons, Edward,
Simon and Stephen, were then members of the
train band. One child of Balthazar was said to
have been bewitched to death in 1661. A daugh-
ter, Mary, was the grandmother of Governor
Matthew GriarvoM, of Connecticut. Balthazar
was several times elected to the town committee
and held many positions of trust.

Edward, his oldest son, was in 1682 selected
as an arbitrator in the adjustment of the difficul-
ties between the people and their contractors for
building their new church at Lyme. In Alay,
1686, the town of Lyme laid out twenty-two
acres of land to Edward De Wolf on account of
his work for the town in the matter of the new
meeting house. In 1688 Edward located upon
Eighth Mile river, and was granted the privi-
lege of erecting a gristmill. He afterwards
bought a saw mill near the same locality, and
lived near by his mills, not far from the present
village of Laysville. The tombstone over Ed-
ward's grave in the Duck river burying ground is
the oldest one now to be found in the De Wolf
family. The inscription reads : "Here lieth the
body of Mr. Edward De Wolf, who died March
ye 24th, 1712, in ye 66th year of his age.'' He
left a widow and five sons. The name was grad-
ually changed to Dolph, some using the form De
Wolph, others D'Olph, and finally the present
Dolph. Moses Dolph, the ancestor of the Do.lphs
in this sketch, was a member of a company in an
Albany regiment.

Alexander Dolph, one of the sons of Moses
Dolph, was born in New York state, and migrated
to the Lackawanna Valley prior to 1812. He
settled in Blakely township, east of Olyphant, on
a tract of one hundred acres, which he subse-
quently reduced by advantageous sales to fifty-
five acres. He was a man who commanded the
esteem of all who. knew him. His wife was Su-
san London, the descendant of English ancestors
who were among the early settlers of Cape ]\Iay,
New Jersey. Mr. and j\Irs. Dolph had children:
Moses, Edward, of whom later: Alfred, Warren,
Eliza, Caroline, Laura, and ]\Iarv.

Edward Dolph, son of Alexander and Susan
(London) Dolph, was born December 16, 1814,
in Blakely township, Lackawanna county. In



early life he had few educational advantages, but
by a close study of mankind and a daily observa-
tion of current events he kept in touch with the
age, and became one of the self-educated men of
whom this country is so justly proud. He was
possessed of fine conversational powers, and was
noted for his agreeable qualities. For several
years he followed agricultural pursuits success-
fully, and then engaged in the lumber business,
supplying the new railroads with timber, and
prospering beyond his most sanguine expecta-
tions. In common with other capitalists he be-
came interested in mining, and rendered great
service in prospecting and developing the coal
industry. In this line of endeavor he was much
assisted by his intimate acquaintance with
geology. He was engaged with other men of
means in copper and silver mining in the Lake
Superior country, and was one of the organizers
of a company known as the Scranton Mining
Company. He also had an interest in large tracts
of timber lands in Randolph county. West Vir-
ginia. His fellow-citizens reposed in him the ut-
most confidence, and in compliance with their
urgent entreaties he assumed the office of com-
missioners' clerk at Wilkes-Barre, Lackawanna
county, being at that time Luzerne county. This
office he held for three years, and also served one
year as recorder's clerk. In politics he was an
ardent Whig, and subsequently became a Repub-
lican. Although never an office-seeker he took
an active part in the affairs of the organization.
His religious views partook of the liberality and
benevolence of his nature.

Mr. Dolph married in 1845, Elizabeth Kocher,
of an old and well-known family, and their chil-
dren were : Louis, deceased ; Edward S., of whom
later : Florence E. : Blanche L. : and N. Josette.
Of these the last named married W. G. Robert-
son, and had seven children, five of whom are
living: Charles E., Florence E., John L., Annie
E., and Josette. The death of Mr. Dolph, which
occurred April 4, 1890, was felt as a loss by the
entire community. His sterling integrity of
character and truly charitable disposition had won
the love and respect of all, and his friends could
be counted bv the hundred. His widow expired
in 1898, deeply mourned by her family and sin-
cerely regretted by a large circle of friends.

Edward S. Dolph, son of Edward and Eliza-
beth (Kocher) Dolph, was born in 1855, in Pitts-
ton township, Luzerne county, and enjoyed all
the advantages of the Scranton common and high
schools. He is a graduate of the Po.ughkeepsie
(Dutchess county. New York) College. His
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the office of Isaac P. Hand, and in 1880 he was
admitted to the Luzerne county bar. Mr. Dolph,
as did his father before him, leads a busy life.
Although devoted to the duties of his profession,
in the ranks of which he has made for himself an
honorable place and an assured standing, he yet
finds time for attention to other interests. He is
largely engaged in the production of coal in what
^re known as the Dolph mines, which have been
in operation since 1884. While not a participant
in the stirring scenes of the political arena, Mr.
Dolph is in every sense of the word a model citi-
zen, invariably seeking to promote to the utmost
of his powers the best interests of all classes in the
community. Since 1888 he has been a resident of
the city of Scranton. Mr. Dolph married, De-
cember 23, 1883, Sarah M., daughter of William
Norris, of Poughkeepsie, New York, and they
have two sons: Stanley E. and Harold W., both
of whom are students.

WILLIAM F. HALLSTEAD, numbered
among the oldest and most thoroughly equipped
masters of railway transportation in the state of
Pennsylvania, has been intimately associated
with these interests from his early boyhood, and
his experience has covered practically every de-
partment. The success which he has achieved
has been due to no fortuitous advancement, but
each upward step has logically grown out of his
high self-developed ability.

He was born March 22, 1836, in Benton town-
ship, Luzerne (now Lackawanna) county, Penn-
sylvania. His parents were Orin L. and Mary
(Rivenburg) Hallstead. His father was origin-
ally a farmer, but later entered the employ of the
Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Com-
pany ; he served in the position of justice of the
peace for some vears ; in politics he was a Repub-
lican ; he died at the age of eighty-two years. The
mother was reared in Susquehanna county, and
died at the age of seventy-two years. These par-
ents had thirteen children, of whom but three are
liow living — Mrs. Harding, Mrs. Walker, and
William F. Hallstead.

William F. Hallstead was reared upon the
farm, performing such labor as he was able. He
attended the public schools, and afterward Har-
ford Academy. At the age of sixteen he worked
upon the railroad then in course of construction
between Scranton and Great Bend. When this
section was completed he was given employment
as brakeman on a gravel train, but was soon pro-
moted to conductor, and a few months later was
piade yard dispatcher at Scranton. In I8^6 he
\iecaTne assistant superintendent, and in 186S was



advanced to the position of superintendent of the
northern division, from Binghamton to Main Line
Junction. Shortly after he was placed in charge
of the line from Syracuse to Binghamton, and its
two hundred and twenty-five miles came under
his personal supervision. Later he was appointed
superintendent of the Ltica, Chenango & Susque-
hanna branch, and several years afterward was
given charge of the construction of the line from
Binghamton to Buffalo which he completed in
1883. In 1886 he was appointed general manager
of the entire system. He subsequently became
second vice-president and later president of the
Lackawanna and Montrose Railroad.

In addition to his active connection with these
large affairs, upon which depend in large degree
the industrial and commercial interests of the
Wyoming Valley, Mr. Hallstead has extended
his activities to various other large enterprises
which contributed materiallv to the same ends,
belonging to the directorate of the following
named corporations : The First National Bank
of Scranton, the County Bank, the Pennsylvania
Casualty Company, the Clark & Snover Tobacco
Company, the Suburban Electric Light Company,
and he is vice-president and a director of the Title
and Guaranty Co.mpany. He holds membership
in the Scranton Club, the Cotmtrv Club and the
Engineers' Club.

Mr. Hallstead married, in June, 1858, Miss
Mary Harding, of New Milford, Susquehanna
coimty, Pennsylvania. One child was born of
this union — George M. Hallstead, who married
Miss Stella Coleman and of this marriage were
1x)rn three children : Mary, George and William
F. I-Iallstead.

CYRUS D. JONES, whose great business
ability has found attestation in the success which
he has achieved in the founding and development
of various enterprises of great importance, and
of which a conspicuous example is found in the
Grand LTnion Tea Company, most unique in its
beginning and phenomenally successftil in its
career, is of Welsh descent. Early members of
the family, in the most dramatic and important
epochs in English history, were men of strong
character, unfaltering devotion to principle, in-
vincible courage and great intellectual attain-
ments.

Colonel John Jones, who married a sister of
Oliver Cromwell, was the immediate ancestor of
that branch of the familv from which is descended
Cyrus D. Jones. Colonel Jones was governor of
.•\nglesy ; member of parliament from Wales : col-
onel in the parliamentary army, and one of the





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judges who with Whalley, Goffe and others de-
cided the fate of Charles I. After the restoration
of the Stuarts to the throne in the person of
Charles 11, parliament pardoned all who took
part in Cromwell's dynasty except the judges,
who were condemned to the block. Three of the
number — Whalley, Goffe and Doxwell — escaped
to America, William Jones, son of Colonel Jones,
coming in the same vessel with the two first
named. William Jones had assisted in secreting
the regicides named from the king's oiificers, who
were in close pursuit. The record states that on
]\Iay 13th Whalley and Goffe were conducted by
Jones and his friends some three miles into the
wilderness beyond the mill, where, a booth having
been constructed, the colonists spent two nights.
W'illiam Jones was born in London in 1624,
and there became a barrister of some repute.
July 4, 1659, he married Hannah Eaton, of the
parish of St. Andrew, Holborn, London, young-
est daughter of Theophilus Eaton, governor of
"the colony of Connecticut. Jones came to Amer-
ica the next year, arriving in Boston on July 27,
1660, bringing with him his wife and their sons
William and Nathaniel. He went immediately
to New Haven, where he resided with his father-
in-law. Governor Eaton. He took the oath with
"the following qualifications : "That whereas the
king hath been proclaimed in this colony to be
our sovereign, and we his loyal subjects, I do
"take the said oath with the subordination to his
majesty, hoping his majesty will confirm said
government for the advancement of Christ's gos-
pel, kingdom and ends in this colony upon the
foundation already laid ; but in case of the altera-
tion of the government in the fundamentals
thereof, then to, be free from said oath. The
same dav he was admitted freeman, and five days
afterwards was chosen magistrate at a court elec-
"tion. In May, 1664, he was chosen deputy gov-
ernor of the colony. When the first meeting
"house was built "in the long seat" were William
Jones, John Davenport, IMr. Yale and William
'Gibbard, all men of dinstinction, seated according
'to their social position. In the deed of trust given
by the Rev. John Davenport he "conformed unto
]\Ir. William Jones, assistant of the colony of
Connecticut," certain property stipulated therein.
Deputy Governo,r William Jones, by his wife.
Hannah (Eaton) Jones, had issue: Theophilus,
born October 2, 1661 ; Sarah, born August 17,
1662 : Elizabeth, baptized October 23, 1664 ; Sam-
uel, baptized July 27, 1666 ; John, born October
4, 1667: Devodat, born ]March i, 1670: Isaac,
born June 21, 1671 ; and Abigail Rebecca, born
"November 10, 1679.



Isaac Jones, seventh child and youngest son
of Deputy Governor William and Hannah
(Eaton) Jones, was born in New Haven, June
21, 1671. He moved to Stratford, Connecticut,
and married Deborah Clark, of that town. He
was the founder of the Stratford and Stamford
branch of the Jojies family. Their children were :
Daniel, William, Timothy, Mary, Deborah, Isaac,
Hannah, lacob, James, and Ebenezer.

Isaac Jones, sixth child of Isaac Jones named
above, was born December 23, 1702. His son
John married Elizabeth Cluxton, and their son
Josiah married Sarah Smith. Isaac, son of the
parents last named, was born at Stamford, Con-
necticut, November 11, 1794- He married Lois
Curtis, and had issue as follows: Louisa Jane,
born January 20, 1817; Sally Ann, born Decem-
ber 18, 1818: Isaac S., born July 15, 1821 ; Mary
Elizabeth, born May 6, 1824; Daniel Cyrus, born
May 14, 1827: Henrietta, born November 12,
1832; Lois A., born December 2, 1834; Cornelia
Gertrude, born October 10, 1844.

Isaac S. Jones, third child and eldest son of
Isaac and Lois (Curtis) Jones, was born in Stam-
ford, Connecticut. He was a merchant and be-
came a man of considerable importance, repre-
senting his town in the legislature and being called
to various local offices. He married Frances J.
Weed, of Pound Ridge, New York, a descendant
probably of the Weed family of Stamford, Con-
necticut. Their children were : Francis S., Mary
E., Frank S.. Cyrus D., and Charles F. Jones.

Cyrus D. Janes was born in Stamford town-
ship, Connecticut, May I, 1852. He was there
reared until he was twelve years old, attending the
village schools, where he was well grounded in
the English branches. He subsequently took a
commercial course in Gardiner's Business College
in Scranton. After leaving school he clerked in
his father's store, leaving this to enter upon sim-
ilar employment in New York City, and for a
year afterward served in the wholesale wood and
willow ware house of J. H. Knapp & Co., in the
same city. At the age of nineteen he came to
Scranton, to which place his father had meantime
removed, and there clerked in a store for one year.
At the expiration of that time he sought the co-
operation of his brothers — Frank S. and Charles
E. Jones — and September i, 1872, shortly before
he attained his majority, the firm of Jones Broth-
ers was organized for the conduct of a retail tea
business in Scranton, and they became known as
the Grand Union Tea Company in 1877. Haw
enormously the business was developed from this
small beginning is to be discerned in the fact that
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enterprises in the country, with its one hundred
and seventy-six stores in leading cities, the annual
sales amounting to from six to eight millions of
dollars, and providing employment for an army
of more than three thousand people. The gen-
eral ofiRces of this vast business are in Brooklyn,
New York. Mr. Jones and his brother, Frank S.
Jones, as an individual firm, their brother Charles
F. having retired from the firm several years ago,
purchase all the products and materials used by
the company, importing great quantities of tea,
and furnishing the capital for a large cofifee im-
porting business. They also own the Anchor
Pottery, of Trenton, New Jersey, the output of
which is required in its entirety for the use of the
Grand Union Tea Company. Success has crowned
the efforts of the brothers from the beginning, yet
this result has not been accomplished without the
exercise of the best powers of the merchant —
incessant industr)-, careful judgment and discrim-
inating sagacity. During the more than thirty
years in which is contained the history of the
company, the country has passed through some
of the most serious financial crises, in which scores
of similar enterprises have ended in failure, some-
times of colossal extent. The Grand Union Tea
Company, however, has successfully weathered
every storm, maintaining its prestige unimpaired,
and so holding in hand its resources as to be
enabled to constantly extend instead of curtailing
its operations. In the corporation as it exists to-
day, with its houses dotting the entire country,
Mr. Jones has lived to witness a monument to his
own endeavor of which any man might well be
proud, and which is worthy of being held up as
an example of what may be accomplished by
earnest and honorable effort, and as a complete
answer to the pessimists who would have us be-
lieve that fortune and fame are no longer to be
achieved in this day and through exercise of res-
olution and honorable methods.

In addition to his connection with the Grand
Union Tea Company, of which he is vice-presi-
dent, Mr. Jones holds official position in some
thirty other corporations and firms, among them
the following: The United States Lumber Com-
pany, in which he is vice-president ; the Peoples'
Bank of Scranton, of which he is president ; and
the Traders' Bank of the same city, in which he
is a director. He is at the same time practically
retired from active connection with the great in-
stitutions with which his name is so closely iden-
tified, and. in pursuance of a determination made
many years ago, whereby he limited the period of
his personal effort, is residine in semi-retirement
in the enjoyment of a beautiful home and all the



surroundings which are grateful to one of culture
and refined tastes. Yet, as necessity requires, he
takes an advisorial interest in all the concerns,
with which he is associated, and he has never
ceased to be to his home community one of its
most helpful and liberal members, affording his
influence and means to every worthy object. He
was a trustee in the construction of the Young
Men's Christian Association Building at Scran-
ton, to which he was a large contributor. His
religious affiliations are with the Elm Park Meth-
odist Church, in which he is a trustee and member
of the official board. His personal traits are those
which well mark the ideal neighbor and citizen.
Modestly and without ostentation he is a liberal
benefactor of many charitable and philanthropic
institutions, as well as of the well-deserving
about him who are buffeted by misfortune ia
mind, body and estate. He has traveled much
throughout the United States and Europe. Mr.
Jones is one of the most highly esteemed men in
Scranton, a man of rare genial nature and pleas-
ing personality, who is exteremely popular among
a wide circle of friends, and who is admired
in business circles for the phenomenal success
which has always attended his well-directed
efforts.

Mr. Jones married Miss Mary S. Horn, of
Scranton, and of this marriage have been born
four children : Arthur A., who is secretary and
treasurer oi the Grand Union Tea Company ; he
married Miss Elzena Bixby, and they reside in
Brooklyn, New York. Harvey L., who is also
connected with the corporation named, and mar-
ried Miss Edna Caryl ; they also reside in Brook-
lyn, New York. Helen F. and Frederick B.
Jones, who reside at home.

Frank S. Jones, third child of Isaac S. and
Frances J. (Weed) Jones, was born in Stam-
ford, Connecticut, August 19, 1847. He pursued'
an ordinary course of study in his native town,
and at the age of fourteen entered Eastman's
Business College, Poughkeepsie, New York, from
which he was graduated in 1862. He soon after-
ward entered a New York publishing house as
assistant bookkeeper, and in a few years was ad-
vanced to the position of confidential clerk. Dur-
ing his ten years experience with this firm he was
laying the foundation for his future achievements
and success in life. In 1872, as has been before-
narrated, he became associated with his brothers
in the formation of the Grand Union Tea Com-
pany. He is known for his large benefactions to-
religious, charitable and philanthropic institu-
tions and causes. His residence is in Brooklyn,.
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THOMAS MONIE, J\I. D. It is a true
saying that some men are born poets, and it is
equally true that some men are born physicians
and surgeons. Education can do much in mas-
tering the path which nature prompts us to fol-
low, but if we would be true poets, accomplished
physicians or skillful surgeons we must travel the
road to which Dame Nature points. We are
pleased to say that Dr. Monie is one of those gen-
tlemen who by nature and education is well qual-
ified to fill his present position and profession.
He is by nativity a Scotchman, born June 9, 1868.
He is the son of Charles and Helen Monie, na-
tives of Scotland, who with their family emi-
grated to this country in 1871. They located at
Pittston, Pennsylvania, and later removed to Old
Forge and Moosic. Charles Monie (father) is an
engineer by trade. Twelve children were boirn
to Charles and Helen Monie, nine of whom are
living, namelv : James B., Helen, John C, Isa-
belle N., Elizabeth M., Thomas, Charles, Mary,
and William Monie.

Dr. Thomas Monie acquired his preliminary
education in the common schools of Old Forge
and Moosic, and this knowledge was supple-
mented by a course at the Scranton Business Col-
lege, from which institution he was graduated ;
subsequentlv he entered the Medico-Chirurgical
College of Philadelphia, graduating therefrom in
the year 1899. During the same year he settled
in Archbald, Pennsylvania, where he has since
been successfully engaged in the practice of medi-
cine and surgeny. He enjoys the reputation of
being one of the most skillful surgeons in the
Lackawanna Valley, and his services are in con-
stant demand in critical surgical cases. His
patronage is steadily increasing, owing to his skill
and ability in the diagnosis and treatment of dis-
ease. He is a member of the Lackawanna Med-
iacl Society, the Scranton Clinical and Pathologi-
cal Society, the Pennsylvania State Medical So-
ciety, and the American Medical Association.
He is an honored member of Aurora Lodge, No.
523, Free and Accepted Masons, of Jermyn,
Pennsylvania ; the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows : Royal Arcanum ; and the Heptasophs.

Dr. Monie was married in 1894 to Mary E.
Van Doran, to whom five children were born,
four of whom are living, namely : Margaret I.,
Thomas R., Allen S., and Norval \'. ^Irs. Monie,
mother of these children, died June 2, 1903. Her
demise was sincerely mourned by her own family,
and also by a large circle of friends and acquaint-
ances who esteemed her at her true value.



JACOB THEODORE NYHART, of Scran-
ton, Pennsylvania, is a representative of that
class of men who by their industry, energy and_
perseverance have gained an enviable position in
business circles, and whose name is a synonym
for integrity and honorable transactions. He was
born inHamilton, Monroe county, Pennsylvania,
.April 21, 1842, a son of Simon and Elizabeth
( Ruth) Nyhart, descendants of a good old Dutch
extraction.

Simon Nyhart (father) was a native of Mon-
roe county, Pennsylvania, a tailor by trade, which
line of work he followed during his entire active
career and from which he derived a good liveli-
hood. By his marriage to Elizabeth Ruth, also a
native of Monroe county, Pennsylvania, he was
the father of seven children, three of whom are
living at the present time (1904): Catherine,,
Lana, and Jacob T. Catherine resides near Tay-
lorville, Lackawanna county; Lana resides in
Nazareth, Northampton county ; and Jacob T.
will be mentioned at length in the following par-
agraph. Simon Nyhart died in early manhood,
being only forty-five years of ^ge ; he was sur-



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