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ton Courtright, a distant relative of William F.
Courtright, was one of the pioneer postmasters.

Cornelius Courtright was born in 1777, in
Luzerne county, and was a farmer, owning con-
siderable land. His wife was a Miss Winters,,
a native of Jenkins township. They were the
parents of a numerous family, among them a son
Lyman, mentioned hereafter. Mr. Courtright,
the father, died in 1857 at the age of eighty.

Lyman Courtright. son of Cornelius Court-
right, was born in 1822, at Plains, followed the
carpenter's trade and was also engaged in the
lumber business. In this he was successful, but
had the misfortune to see the results of his labors
totally destroyed by fire. He married Anna
Seigal, a native of Northampton county, Penn-
sylvania, and five of their ten children are now
living: William F., mentioned hereafter; H. C,
Alice (Mrs. Killgannon), Ellen (Mrs. Halpin),
and Lydia (Mrs. Pearson). The death of Mr.
Courtright, who was a man universally respected,
occurred in 1867, at the comparatively early age
of forty-five. His widow still survives him, hav-
ing reached her seventy-eighth year.

William F. Courtright, son of Lyman and
Anna (Seigal) Courtright, was born May 23,
1848, at Stoddartsville, Pennsylvania, and re-
ceived a limited education in the schools of
Plains, to which place his parents moved in 1862.
He first worked as a miner in the Burris colliery
in Plainsville, and from there went to the Enter-
prise colliery. In i86g he was made assistant
foreman, becoming foreman in 1872. In 1874
he was made district foreman of the Sibley and
Greenwood collieries, a position which he re-
tained until 1892. In that year he joined Messrs.
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Company, of which he is now manager. From
1878 to 1888, in company with J. B. Winslow,
he conducted a general merchandise store. In
1885 he became a resident of Taylor, where he is
the owner of several buildings. He has been
honored with the office of school director, which
he has filled judiciously and wisely. He and his
familv are members of the Protestant Episcopal
Church.

Mr. Courtright married in 1871, Zelpha,
daughter of Allen and Almeda Winslow, and
five children were born to them, two of whom
are living : Alartha, wife of Thomas J. Davis ;
and Ida, married Thomas Evans.

One of the deceased brothers of Mr. Court-
right was Peter Courtright, who during the Civil
war served in Company G, Eifty-second Regi-
ment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, having
previously served as a member of the Allentown
Independents. He fell a victim to black fever,
passing away at Hilton Head. South Carolina,
thus giving his life for his country.

JAMES TASKER. Eew men have had
longer or more varied experience in connection
with the coal industry than has fallen to the lot
of James Tasker, of Moosic. He is a son of
John and Sarah (Horton) Tasker, both natives
of England. Their children were : James, men-
tioned hereafter ; Sarah, deceased ; William,
Kate, and Susan. Airs. Tasker died in 1870 in
her native country. In 1882 the father and chil-
dren sought a home in the new world.

James Tasker, son of John and Sarah (Hor-
ton) Tasker, was born in 1859. in England, and
received his education in the common schools.
At a very early age he was apprenticed to the
master of a coasting vessel, wnom he served for
four years. At the expiration of his apprentice-
ship he became a deep-sea sailor, and for ten years
spent his time in making voyages to and from
the principal seaports of the civilized world.
After a few trips to the United States he decided
to make his home in the land whither his father,
brother and sisters had repaired, and accordingly
settled in Duryea, in the vicinity of which he has
since resided. He abandoned his life as a sailor,
and after ten years' work in the mines perceived
the advantages as well as the necessity of a thor-
ough knowledge of mining, and therefore took a
course in mine engineering, in which he passed
a creditable examination and was granted a cer-
tificate. In 1894 he became mine foreman in the
Spring Brook colliery of the Delaware & Hud-
son Company, a position which he still holds. In

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this colliery there are five openings in which are
employed two hundred miners who are under the
special control and management of Mr. Tasker,
who considers the interests of his employers and
the welfare of the men witn conscientious impar-
tiality. The output of this mine is about sixty
thousand tons per annum. During his previous
career as a miner Mr. Tasker worked for a num-
ber of the leading coal companies, including the
Austin Coal Company, the Wyoming Land &
Coal Company, the Moosic Mountain Coal Com-
pany, and the Spring Brook Coal Company, now
owned by the Delaware & Hudson Company. He
is a member of King.sbury Lodge, No. 464, F.
and A. M.

Mr. Tasker married, April 13, 1885, Mary E.,
also a native of England, daughter of William
and Ann Rumford. Children are : Ada, Eva,
deceased ; Frederick, James, Junior ; Nellie, Ethel
and Hilda.

JESSE B. CARPENTER, deceased, who
won a good reputation in the business circles of
Pittston, Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, through
earnest and honorable effort and reliable methods,
was a native of Kingston, Pennsylvania, born
January 23, 1840, a son of John S. Carpenter,
who was one of the organizers of the Pittston
Ferry Bridge Company, of which he was presi-
dent for a number of years and a director until
his death in West Pittston, 1898, at eighty-six.
The mother died December 4, 1903.

Jesse B. Carpenter obtained a practical educa-
tion which prepared him for the activities and
duties of life in the common schools of his native
town, and Kingston Seminary. In 1865, upon
the retirement of his father from active pursuits,
he took possession of the old homestead farm in
Exeter township and began truck farming, which
he successfully conducted up to his death. In
1888 he built a greenhouse and engaged in the
florist business, which steadily increased both in
volume and importance during the intervening
years until he was one of the most extensive pro-
ducers in the vicinity of Pittston. He has served
the township of Exeter in the capacity of audi-
tor, and from his elecHtjn in 1890 was a member
up to his death of the council of Exeter, the old-
est in point of service. As a citizen he was ever
alert, earnest and conscientious, keenly alive to
everything which concerned in any way the well
being of the township and county, and the posi-
tions to which he was called afiforded ample evi-
dence of the high estimate placed upon his abili-
ties and character bv his fellow-citizens. He has



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always affiliated with the Republican party, mem-
ber of the I. O. O. F., No. 314, Pittston, Penn-
sylvania, past grand and filled all chairs ; F. &
A. M., St. John Lodge; Pittston Chapter, No.
242 ; Wyoming Valley Commandery, No. 57 :
Nugent Post, of Pittston, G. A. R. Dur-
ing the Civil war Mr. Carpenter enlisted as pri-
vate in Company N, Twenty-eighth Pennsylvania
Regiment, served eighteen months ; was in the
battle at Antietam.

Mr. Carpenter married (first), June 13. 1872,
Charlotte Laird, and they had four children :
Fanny, died in infancy ; John, died at fifteen
years of age : Elizabeth, married William Ken-
nedy, of Dubuque, Iowa ; Jesse B., Jr., resides
at home. Alother of these children died October
26, 1893. He married (second), June 13, 1904,
Mary A. Kern, born in Port Jervis, New York,
daughter of John B., who was born in Heidel-
berg, Germany, came to America at the age of
twenty-two. and located at Port Jervis, New
York, where he resided up to 1855. He served
eighteen months in the Mexican war. Later
came to Pittston, Pennsylvania, where he resided
twenty-five years previous to his death.

Mary A. Kern, mother of Mary A. ( Kern)
Carpenter, was born in Wertenberg. Germany,
died in Pittston, Pennsylvania, 1894 ; had seven
children, three of whom are living: Mary A.,
(Mrs. Carpenter), Mrs. Louis T. Weiscarger,
Mrs. Christian Schultz.

HIRAM McALPINE HONEYWELL, born
March 18, 1848, on the old homestead in Dallas
township, is the son of Willi:.m J. and Sarah Ann
(Perry) Honeywell, of whom see sketch else-
where in this work.

Hiram McAlpine Honeywell spent his early
days on the old homestead, was educated in the
public schools of the township, and at the age of
fourteen years began work on the farm for his
father, continuing same until eighteen years of
age, when he also engaged in lumbering, a busi-
ness which his father was also engaged in. Hiram
at times conducted the lumber mill, continuing
the two occupations for about three years, when
the mill was sold, after 'which he followed the
occupation of farming and lumbering for about
twenty-seven years, when he took up the occupa-
tion of butchering and droving, continuing in this
for about three years in Dallas and vicinity. The
next three years he was in the employ of the
Oneonta Lumber Company and the Lombard &
Clay Company, in Kentucky, railroading and
lumbering, and since then (during the last four
years) in the employ of the Lehigh \'alley Coal



Company as carpenter. In 1882 he went to ?ilex-
ico and there followed lumbering one year. He
now resides in Parsons, Pennsylvania. Mr. Hon-
eywell is a Republican in politics, and for three
vears was a school director in Dallas. In relig-
ion he attends the Methodist Church in Parsons,
of which Mrs. Honeywell is a member. He was
a member of the I. O. O. F. of Dallas for over
thirty years, and was also a member of the Im-
proved Order of Red Men of Dallas.

Hiram McAlpine Honeywell married. No-
vember II, 1868, Martha J. Shotwell, born No-
vember 6, 1848, daughter of Joseph and Acca
(Fulkersin) Shotwell, of Dallas township, form-
erly of Warren county. New Jersey. Hiram and
Martha J. had the following children : i. Estella,
born December 4, 1869, married, February 27,
1890, William Whitebread, of Dallas, and had
four children : Claude, Clarence, F'loy, Ralph ;
they reside in Wilkes-Barre. 2. William Edgar,
born March 10, 1871, married Clara Lewis, of
Sutton Creek, Luzerne county, resides Parsons,
Pennsylvania. 3. Walter J., born August 16,
1875, married Elizabeth Williamson, of Dallas,
and had two children : Leland and Elizabeth : re-
side in Luzerne, Pennsylvania. 4. Granville
George, born April 6, 1879, married Laura Shaw,
of Wilkes-Barre, formerly from Lambertsville,
New Jersey, and had two children : Pearl and
Hazel ; reside Jamaica, Long Island, New York.
Joseph Shotwell, father of Mrs. Honeywell,
was born in Warren county. New Jersey, June
28, 1806, and was a son of Samuel and Phoebe
Shotwell, also of Warren county. Joseph was a
stone mason and came from Warren county, New
Jersey, to Pittston, Pennsylvania, where he fol-
lowed his trade until 1857. He then settled on a
farm in Beaumont, Wyoming county, Pennsyl-
vania, and farmed in connection with his other
work of stone mason for the remainder of his
life. Joseph and Acca Shotwell were the par-
ents of six children : Charles, John, George, Ja-
cob, Sarah, and Martha J., wife of Mr, Honey-
well. Joseph Shotwell died at Dallas in Octo-
ber, 1868, aged sixty-two years, and was buried
in Beaumont cemeterj^ Mrs. Acca (Fulkersin)
Shotwell died at Beaumont, April 6, 1871, and
was also buried in Beaumont cemetery. Mrs.
Shotwell was a daughter of John and Sarah
Fulkersin, of Warren county. New Jersey, and
one of four children : John, Sannul, James and
Acca (Mrs. Shotwell).

THOMAS W. E\'ANS. A list of the lead-
ing market-gardeners of Lackawanna county
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Thomas W. Evans, of Scranton. Both by birth
and parentage Mr. Evans is a Welshman and has
displaved in his career many of those sterling
traits of character which are the source of much
of the success which has attended his countrymen
in the United States, and especially in the state
of Pennsylvania.

William Evans was born in Wales and mar-
ried Mary Walters, a native of the same country.
There were eight children born to them, among
whom were four sons : Henry, Daniel, David,
and Thomas W., mentioned at length hereafter.
The mother of these children died in her native
country, and in 1865 Mr. Evans emigrated to the
United States, accompanied by the four sons
mentioned above. After his arrival in this coun-
try he married again and settled in Pittston,
Pennsylvania. The sons established their father
as a market-gardener on a small scale, and in
1871 associated themselves with him in the busi-
ness under the firm name of Evans Brothers. In
1879 Ml"- Evans died at the age of eighty-four
years. He was an honest, industrious man, hav-
ing the respect of all who knew him.

Thomas W. Evans, son of William and Mary
(Walter) Evans, was born in 1848, in Wales,
and was seventeen years old when he accompa-
nied his father and brothers to the United States.
In the years during which he was associated in
business with his brothers, he acquired a fund of
experience and a thorough knowledge of every
detail of his calling, which have gone far toward
rendering him the successful man he is. In 1900
Mr. Evans moved to Scranton, where he pur-
chased of the Lackawanna Coal Company
twenty-three acres of valuable land, upon which
he raises all kinds of vegetables suited to this
climate. His product has a high market value
because of its freshness and purity and com-
mands the highest prices. He has two hot-
houses, one twenty by forty and the other twent} -
eight by one hundred and four feet, or four
thousand and thirty-two square feet of glass,
under which he raises his plants. He has also
erected on his land two fine dwellings. As a citi-
zen Mr. Evans possesses the sincere respect of
his neighbors and is loyal to the interests of his
home city. He is a member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, in which he has served efii-
cientlv as superintendent of the Sunday-school.
Mr. Evans married in 1874, Lucy Griffith, a na-
tive of Wales, and of the twelve children born to
them ten are now living : Ebenezer, who is a
music teacher ; David, who has studied and prac-
ticed osteopathy and is now a physical director



in the Young Men's Christian Association in
York, Pennsylvania ; Hannah, who is the wife of
John Savage ; Miriam ; Eva, wife of Archibald
Reese : Sara ; Daniel ; Ethel ; Lucy ; and Eleanor.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Evans, brightened as
it is by so many youthful faces, is the centre of
much domestic happiness and social enjoy-
ment.

EMANUEL C. COLE, familiarly known as
''■Man" Cole, was born September 5, 1836, died
October 13, 1886. He was a representative of
one of the pioneer families of the state, and had
inherited the characteristics of thrift, industry
and perseverance which distinguished his an-
cestors. He was prominent both in business and
social circles, and contributed in large measure
to all enterprises which tended toward the im-
provement and welfare of Ashley, Luzerne
county, Pennsylvania. He was also a man of
unimpeachable integrity, his word being as good
as his bond. His straightforward dealing and
his upright life commended him to the coniidence
and esteem of all, and he was justly regarded
as one of the leading citizens of his community.

Josiah A. Cole, father of Emanuel C. Cole,-
was born in Sussex county. New Jersey, 1810.
He was educated in the common and high
schools, graduating from the latter with higl.
honors. He followed the vocation of teachiug
for a number of vears, in which he was emi-
nently successful and for which he was thoi-
oughiy qualified, and then learned the trade of
millwright, which he followed for ? number' of
years. He then turned his attention to lumber-
ing, continuing the same for a considerable
length of time and deriving therefrom a com-
fortable livelihood. He came to this section
when it was but a swamp and built a house at
White Haven, where he carried on the lumber
business for Striker Brothers. Subsequently he
determined to go to the Wyoming valley, locat-
ing at Hendricksburg, now Ashley, and there
spent the remainder of his days, his death oc-
curring September 5, 1875, at the age of sixty-
five years. He married Elizabeth Labded Wil-
son, born 181 2, died 1882, daughter of Jacob and
Lydia (Hains) Wilson. Jacob Wilson was
sheriff of Sussex county, New Jersey, for a
number of years, and was the son of Jacob Wil-
son, who came to the United States from Leeds,
England. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Cole
were Emanuel C, see forward. Jacob Wilson,
born Julv 7, 1840, died Februarv, 1902. Martha
Jane, born November, 1844, married John A.



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Lawn, of Conyngham, Penns_\-lvania. Sara H.,
born September 14, 1848, married John Ric-
Connell, and they have children : Flora Elsie,
born November 27, 1882; Ruth Esther, April 13,
1884; and Frank Wilson, January 19, 1886. Sam-
uel S., born 1850, died September, 1884. Amelia
M., born July 3, 1852, married James W. Die-
fenderfer, of Union county, Pennsylvania. Ed-
ward W., born January 12, 1854, married Eliza-
beth Odenwelder, of C3den\vekler, Pennsylvania ;
he is an engineer and resides in Ashley, Penn-
sylvania.

Emanuel C. Cole, eldest child of Josiah A.
and Elizabeth L. (Wilson) CoJe, was educated
in the common schools of Sussex county, New
Jersey, and accompanied his parents upon their
removal to White Haven, Pennsylvania. He
there pursued advanced studies and later en-
tered Wyoming Seminary, from which institu-
tion he was graduated. For a number of years
thereafter he held various positions with the Le-
high Valley Railroad Company, the Schuylkill
& Lehigh Valley Railroad Company, also Jersey
Central Railroad, on which he served as super-
visor of tracks between Phillipsburg and Green
Ridge. Afterward he engaged in business in
Ashley, but at the expiration of two years' time
his store was destroyed by fire. He then en-
gaged in business in Wilkes-Barre, purchasing
the stock of McNeish & Pease at Five Points,
and also established a store at Parsons in con-
nection with his brother-in-law, Hezekiah Par-
sons, and during his connection with both these
enterprises they proved exceedingly remunera-
tive. At the time of his decease he was inter-
ested in the lumber business, being associated
with J. C. Wells, of Ashley and Wilkes-Barre,
Pennsylvania. Mr. Cole was one of the pioneer
settlers of Ashley borough, having migrated here
from White Haven when the settlement vvas in
its infancy, and was an important factor in its
improvement and advancement along various
lines. He was interesting and progressive, an,i
his influence for good was widely felt throughout
the community. M;r. Cole had two paralytic
strokes, the second depriving him of the power
of speech for eighteen months prior to his death,
but seemingly not affecting his health otherwise.
The day before his death he was apparently in
normal health, but the following morning com-
plained of not feeling well, and, arising about
4 o'clock, he told his eldest daughter, Edna, not
to call him for breakfast, as possibly sleep would
relieve him of his headache. A few hours later
he was found lying on the bed in an unconscious
state, from which he never revived. He left



to his family the priceless heritage of a good
name, which is far better than great wealth.

Air. Cole married, October 10, 1870, Almeda
Adelia Parsons, born July 31, 1843, daughter of
Capt. Calvin Parsons. (See Parsons family.)
Their children were : Effie Parsons and Ethel
Wilson (twins), born August 8, i87i,died in in-
fancy. Edna Elizabeth, born in Ashley, Pennsyl-
vania, September 28, 1872, educated in the public
and high schools, graduated from the latter in
1889, then entered Bloomsburg State Normal
School, from which she graduated in 1893. She
then returned to Ashley and taught in the bor-
ough schools for seven consecutive years, and
now resides at home with her mother. Anna
Dana, born November i, 1873, educated in the
common and high schools of Ashley, married,
December 14, 1899, Roland Bell, of Ashley, and
they have children : Carlos Cole, born January
16, 1900 : and Calvin Parsons, born August 2y,
1905. Ralph Allen, born June 21, 1877, educated
in the schools of Ashley, and now ( 1906) a help-
er in the Ashley shops, and resides at home.
Elsie Pasco, born FelDruary 8, 1881, died Oc-
tober, 1881. Carlos Parsons, born July 14, 1885,
educated in the common schools of Ashley and
Wyoming Seminary, is now engaged in an art
studio of a prominent Wilkes-Barre artist, an I
resides at home with his mother.

GEORGE M. HULL is one of the univer-
sally respected citizens of Blakely, Pennsylva-
nia, and a descendant of one of the first families
in the Lackawanna valley. The Hull familv are
of English extraction, and at an early date in
the history of the colonies settled in New Eng-
land. The first member of whom we have any
authentic history was Gideon Hull, the great-
grandfather of George M. Hull, who was the
father of two sons, one of whom was John Hull,
grand-father of George M. Hull, a native of
Rhode Island, who migrated to Massachusetts,
where he settled, married and reared a family.

William Hull, son of John Hull, and father
of George M. Hull, was a native of Tolland,
Hampton county, Massachusetts. In 1825 he
removed to Blakely, Lackawanna county, Penn-
sylvania, and became associated in business
(selling wooden dishes) with Calvin Barber,
who subsequentlv became his brother-in-law. Mr.
Hull purchased four hundred acres of land on
the east side of the Lackawanna river, where
he resided for three years. After his marriage
in 1831 to Miss Rebecca Parker, he turned his
attention to lumbering and farming, in both of
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of view. He conducted his agricultural pursuits
on a one-hundred-and-thirty-nine acre farm lo-
cated on the west side of the Lackawanna river,
where he built a house for hotel purposes, but
never himself conducted it as a hotel ; later it
was conducted as a hotel by Joseph Kilmore. and
this tract of land his descendants still own. Dur-
ing the building of the Pennsylvania Railroad he
turned his attention to the butcher business,
which he followed for three years. About 1840
he opened a mine on his own property for do-
mestic consumption, and in 1858 he leased the
land on the east side of the Lackawanna river
to the Delaware and Hudson Company, who
now operate the coal on that side of the valley.
During his entire career Air. Hull was a hard-
working man, economical, but not penurious. He
was an active and public-spirited citizen, and
shared the honors of various offices conferred
upon him by his fellow-citizens.

\\'illiam Hull was twice married. First to
Miss Rebecca Parker, as stated above, who died
in 1854, to whom seven children were born, six
of whom grew to maturity, namely: George AI.,
born September 9, 1835, mentioned at length
hereafter; William H., born December, 1836;
John L., born February 16, 1840 ; Phoebe R.,
born in 1842, deceased ; Stephen P., born in
1844; Alonzo, born in 1847: and Oristes T.,
born in 1852. For his second w^ife William Hull
married Miss Maria B. Dewey, in 1861. Three
children were the issue of this union, namely ;
Clara. Thomas, born in 1866 : and Joseph, born
in 1868. William Hull (father) died in Feb-
ruary, 1868. survived by his widow, who is now
residing at Blakely.

George M. Hull, eldest son of William and
Rebecca (Parker) Hull, was born Septsember g,
1835. He was reared and educated in his na-
tive county, and his entire business life has been
connected wnth agricultural pursuits and the sale
of agricultural implements and machinery. He
acted as agent for the disposal of the four hun-
dred acres of land on the east side of the valley.
In October, 1858, he purchased the interest of
his brother William N.. and in 1903 he sold out
the remaining surface to the Delaware and Hud-
son Company. Mr. Hull has served in the of-
fices of school director and assessor of Blakely,
and the manner in w'hich he performed his du-
ties reflects credit upon himself and those who
elected him. He and his family are strong sup-
porters of the Baptist Church, in which body
he holds the offices of senior deacon and treas-
urer, and" is a stanch advocate of the principles



of Republicanism. His ancestors were mem-



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