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tality stands as a monument more sacred than
marble shafts or bronze.

The educational advantages enjoyed by
James V. Daly, while not as liberal as those of
a college graduate, were practical and thorough,
and the fund of knowledge he now possesses
shows a remarkable retentive memory. Left at
an early age without the governing influence or
support of a father, he has hewn out for himself
a career which is well worthy emulation. His
store, situated on the corner of Noble and Market



streets, Nanticoke, is one of the flourishing es-
tablishments of the borough. It is stocked with
a complete line of general merchandise, which
comes direct from the factory and is retailed to
his customers at a reasonable profit.

WILLIAAI HENRY DODD. Wyoming
county is justly proud of the fact that among its
citizens there are a goodly number who have
rendered service to their country at large and
to the community in which they live, both on the
battlefield and in the council chamber. None in
the ranks of these loyal citizens holds a more
honorable place than William H. Dodd, of Fac-
toryville. He comes of old New England stock,
his ancestors having been residents of Connecti-
cut.

Edward Dodd was born in New York state,
but passed the greater part of his life in Penn-
sylvania. He was a moulder bv trade, and an
industrious, useful man. His estimable wife was
Sarah A., also a native of New York state,
daughter of Isaac Lacey, who emigrated to
Pennsylvania, and in honor of whom Laceyville
received its name. ^Ir. and Mrs. Dodd were
the parents of four sons, two of whom are now
living, one of them being William H., men-
tioned hereafter. There were also born to them
three daughters, all of whom survive to the
present day.

William H. Dodd, son of Edward and Sarah
A. (Lacey) Dodd, was born December 31, 1844,
at Skinner's Eddy, Wyoming county, and re-
ceived his education in his native place and also
at Tunkhannock, whither his parents moved
when the lad was twelve years of age. Two
years later the familv took up their abode in
Montrose, Susquehanna county. There, under
the instruction of his father, William H. learned
the moulder's trade, which he had followed but
a short time when the cloud of civil war dark-
ened the land, and nndtitudes of loyal citizens
rallied to the defense and preservation of the
Union. Although but seventeen years of age,
Mr. Dodd felt within him the stirrings of the
patriotic spirit which had animated his fore-
fathers in their struggle for independence, and
on October 10. 1861, was enrolled as a member
of Companv H, Fifth Artillery, Pennsylvania
Volunteers, under command of Col. Harvey
Brown. During his military service he was pro-
moted to the rank of corporal, and later, for
brave and meritorious conduct, to that of first
sergeant, which he held during the remainder
of his term of enlistment. His regiment partici-
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Pittsburg Landing, Port Hudson, Gettysburg,
Winchester, Spottsjlvania, Petersburg and many
minor engagements. Near Camp Gilbert, Ken-
tucky, Mr. Dodd received a serious wound in
the leg by the bursting of a shell, and on Sep-
tember 19, 1863, 'is sustained a gunshot wound,
as the result of which he lost an index finger.
It was not only on the battlefield that Mr. Dodd
gave proof of his devotion to his country, but in
the endurance of the far more trying ordeal of
captivity. For a time he suffered incarceration
in one of the southern prisons. February 9,
1865, he was honorably discharged at the ex-
piration of his term of enlistment, and February
14 of the same year re-enlisted for three years
in the same regiment. He was one of those de-
tailed to guard the person of Jefferson Davis
in 1865 and '66, during which time the latter
was a prisoner of war at Fortress Monroe. At
this place, during the summer of 1866, he served
as orderly to Gen. Nelson Miles, and in the
autumn of that year rejoined his battery. He
was honorably discharged February 14, 1868,
at Columbia, South Carolina.

On his return to civil life Mr. Dodd resumed
his former occupation of moulding. He settled
in Susquehanna county, and there faithfully
and systematically labored at his trade, his
industry and , ability meeting, in the course
of time, with the success which they so
richly merited. In 1897 he moved to Fac-
toryville, where he has ever since resided.
Mr. Dodd's devotion as a citizen has been equal
to that which he displayed as a soldier. Ever
liberal and progressive, he has sought by every
means in his power to advance the best interests
of his township and county, and his neighbors
have testified to their appreciation of his good
qualities by making him chief burgess of the
borough of Factoryville. He entered upon the
duties of his office in Alay, 1904, and is one of
the most popular and energetic officials of the
town. He belongs to Captain Rice Post, Grand
Army of the Republic ; is a prominent member
of the Masonic fraternity, and affiliates with the
Northern Commandery, No. 16. Politically he
is an ardent and active Republican.

Mr. Dodd married, July 13, 1869, Harriet
P. Hepburn, of Tunkhannock, Wyoming county,
and two children have been born to them : Liz-
zie E. and George A., now deceased. Mrs. Dodd
is an active member of the Ladies of the G. A.
R. and the Order of the Eastern Star.

JOHN LENTES. No citizen of Scranton
enjoys greater popularity or more trulv deserves



the honors which have been conferred upon him
than John Lentes. Both by birth and ancestry
]Mr. Lentes is a German, and while numbered
among the most loyal of American citizens still
cherishes a warm affection for the home of his
childhood and youth.

, Peter Lentes, father of John Lentes, was born
in Germany, and was a carpenter by trade. In
1890 he came to the L'nited States, and is now
a resident of Pittston, Pennsylvania. His wife
was Christina Schuessler, also a native of Ger-
many, and they were the parents of two chil-
dren : John, mentioned at length hereafter, and
a daughter who is now deceased. ]\Irs. Lentes,
the mother of these children, died in her native
country.

John Lentes, son of Peter and Christina
(Schuessler) Lentes, was born August 7, 1856,
in Germany, and received his preparatory edu-
cation in the common schools, in one of which
at the age of fifteen he became assistant teacher.
He afterward entered Strasburg Academy, from
which he graduated in 1877. After receiving
from the government a certificate which honored
him with the dignity of being a government
teacher, he engaged for a time in educational
work, fully demonstrating his ability as a teach-
er. In March, 1881, he came to the United
States and the same year settled in Scranton,
where he opened a German school in the First
German Presbyterian Church in Hickory street.
In September of that year his services were
sought by the Scranton Steel Company, who
placed him in their draughting room, and when
their mill was opened he became first weighmas-
ter in the steel works. This position he retained
for two years and a half, at the end of which
time he was appointed by W. W. Scranton time-
keeper for the railmill, carpenter and foundry de-
partments of the South works. After holding
this office for two years he was promoted to be
assistant to John O. Scranton, superintendent of
the South works. This position he held until
1895, ™ which year he opened an insurance of-
fice, becoming agent for the best fire and life
insurance companies. He was successful in this
enterprise and is still conducting the business.
He is a stockholder in the South Side Bank.
"Mr. Lentes is a public-spirited citizen, and is now
serving his second term as alderman of the Elev-
enth ward. He is also a member of the sinking
fund commission. In 1897 he was appointed
notary public by Governor Hastings.

Air. Lentes is a member of the Knights of
Pythias, Cornet Lodge, No. 431, of Scranton,
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Lackawanna & Western Shop. He is also a
member of several musical societies, having re-.
ceived in youth a thorough musical education,
and having always been a devoted lover of the
art. He is the organizer of the "Junger Maen-
nerchor" and the singing section of "The Ar-
beiter Benevolent Association," and a member
of the Sin King Pond Commission. Politically
he is a staunch supporter of the Democratic plat-
form. He is a member of the German Presby-
terian Church, and served for three years as an
efficient superintendent of the Sunday school.
For eight years he held the position of organist,
and was the leading spirit in organizing a chorus
which gave concerts and v\'as instrumental in
raising three thousand dollars with which to
purchase a new pipe organ. During his service
as organist he officiated on four memorable oc-
casions : the laying of the cornerstone of the
new church,, the dedication of the building, the
dedication of the chimes and the dedication of
the new organ.

Mr. Lentes married, June 4, 1881, Magdalene
Hampel, and four children have been born to
them, three of whom are living : Carl F. W.,
Magdalene and George W. All these children in-
herit the musical talent of their father, who has
cultivated their gift. Carl F. W. Lentes is a
patternmaker by trade, but nevertheless finds
time for devotion to his art, training and lead-
ing his own orchestra in the Presbyterian
Church. He is a member of the Symphony So-
ciety and the P. O. S. of A.

JOHN NICHOLS, of Dunmore, one of the
pioneers of the Lackawanna valley, is a son of
Thomas Nichols, who was born in England,
where he was a needle-maker and an expert in
tempering steel. In 1824 Thomas Nichols emi-
grated to the United States and settled in Ban-
gor, Maine, where he obtained a position in a
marble quarry, his duty being to keep the tools
tempered. After removing to the Lackawanna
valley he turned his attention to mining, and be-
came one of the most experienced miners in that
part of the state. He was a member in good
■standing of the Masonic fraternity. His wife
was Anna Jennings, also a native of England,
and they had thirteen children, four of whom
are living: John, mentioned hereinafter: Jane
Morey ; Victoria Oakley, and Susan Jacobus.
The death of Mr. Nichols occurred in 1854, when
he was but fifty-six years of age, and was the
result of a gas explosion. His widow died at
the venerable age of ninety-eight years.

John Nichols, son of Thomas and Anna



(Jennings) Nichols, was born October 30, 1827,
in the state of Maine, and was but four years old
when his parents moved to Providence, now part
of the city of Scranton. He received his educa-
tion in that part of Scranton known as Dodge-
town, and afterward learned the mason's trade,
which he followed during the remainder of his
active life. In 1852 he entered the service of the
Pennsylvania Coal Company, with whom he re-
mained fifty-two years, proving himself one of
the most competent and trustworthy men in the
force. He has recently been honorably retired
on the pension list. During these fifty-two years
he has made his home in Dunmore, where he
has built several houses and owns considerable
real estate. He has always been a lover of the
field and stream, and is one of the finest shots
in the Lackawanna valley. He is the owner of
a dozen of the best rifles and shotguns made,
some of which cost as much as two hundred and
fifty dollars. He is also an experienced fisher-
man and can whip a stream and land his trout
while the novice is wondering where he shall
find a "lucky place."

Mr. Nichols married in 1853, Mrs. Sarah
A. (Stewart) Beemer, and four children were
born to them, all of whom are deceased. After
the death of his first wife he married, July 23,
igoi, Mrs. Mary (Herring) Keller.

CALVIN PERRIN. The branch of the
Perrin family of which Calvin Perrin, of Lu-
zerne, is a representative, traces its ancestry to
John Perryn, born 1614, died September 13,
1674, aged sixty years. It appears that John
Perryn came from London, England, in the
"Safety," John Grant, master, in August, 1635,
and landed at Braintree, near Boston, Massa-
chusetts. There he married and lived until he,
with Rev. Samuel Newman and his church,
founded Rehoboth, Massachusetts, where he was
buried. His name, variously spelled, subse-
quently appears in the Rehoboth town records.
Ann Perryn, supposed to be his widow, was also
buried at Rehoboth, March 11, 1688. It is pre-
sumed that she was one of the women named
Ann, in the list of passengers that came in the
same ship with John Perryn. Their children
were :

1. Mary, born Braintree, December 22,
1640.

2. John : he was no doubt in Rehoboth be-
fore 1645, b"t fli'^'^1 3t Roxbury, prior to May 28,
1694, while temporarily residing there, probably

with his son Noah. He married Mary ,

who bore him ten children: John (3), born Oc-



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tober 12, 1668, of whom later; Samuel, born
March 10, 1671 ; Mary, April 16, 1673; ^^'
thaniel, April 17, 1675, died September, 1678 ;
Mehitable, born April 19, 1677 ; Noah, born De-
cember 24, 1679 ; Daniel, born March 18, 1682 ;
Nathaniel, born February 9, 1683 ; David, born
February 7, 1684; and Susanna, born August
20, 1687, married Capt. Joseph Chandler, of
Pomfret, Connecticut, and became the maternal
ancestor of the numerous Chandler families.
David, mentioned above, went to Connecticut,
and purchased part of the original Perrin home-
stead of P. Aspinwall, in Putnam county.

3. Hannah, born Rehoboth, July, 1645, mar-
ried Thomas Read, June 16, 1675, and died
March 28, 1710.

4. Abraham, born Rehoboth, March i, 1647,
married, December 27, 1677, and died May 15,
1694.

5. Mary (2) born February, 1649, married
Jacob Armsby, of Rehoboth, December 12, 1676.

John Perrin, son of John and Marv Perrin,
born October 12, 1668, died May 6, 1694, Reho-
both, Massachusetts. Married Sarah ,

and had one child.

John Perrin (4), born March 8, 1692, died
February 28, 1731 : married, 1716, Rachel Ide,
born 1695, died December 4. 1780. Her second
husband was Deacon Edward Glover, but she
was buried beside her first husband. John and
Rachel (Ide) Perrin had six children: i. John,
born March 19, 1717, married three times. His
second wife was Elizabeth Lyons. They had
Huldah, born- December 3, 1743; Chloe, born
December 4, 1745; John, born October 20, 1747.
2. Ezra, born August 6, 1720. 3. Rachel, born
October 18, 1722, married ^larch 15, 1743, Jo-
seph Whittaker. 4. Timothy (5), born October
I, 1724, of whom later.

Timothy Perrin (5), son of John and Rachel
(Ide) Perrin, born October i, 1724, died Can-
terbury, Connecticut, 1816, married and had:
I. Dr. Daniel. 2. Rachel, married Rufus P)Ug-
bee. 3. Mrs. 'Ebenezer Summers. 4. Timothy
(6), of whom later. 5. Jesse, born January 24,
1726, married May 11, 1749, Rachel Ide and had
twelve children. 6. Elizabeth, born November
17, 1728, married October 16, 1750, Caleb Wal-
ker, and had Judge William and Caleb. She
married second, June 10, 1756, Joshua Smith.
7. Huldah, born February 2, 1730, died January

I, 1738.

Timothy Perrin, son of Timothy Perrin,
married, January 5, 1791, Lydia Raymond, who
bore him seven children : I. Lydia, married Wil-
lis Covin, and died in Thompson, Connecticut.



2. Calvin, born September 17, 1793, of whom
later. 3. John, born 1795, married, 1816, .-^bbie
Kimball ; three children : Lorenzo, Jane ancL
Ellen ; he died September, 1853. 4. Lucy, born.
1797, married David Chaffee, in Ashford, Con-
necticut, and in 1821 moved to Luzerne county,.
Pennsylvania. 5. Raymond, born February 2S,
1799, married, April 23, 1820, Mariana Fish;
and had : Thomas, Caroline, Sally and Oliver H.
6. Gurdin, born August 13, 1801, married, Feb-
ruary 13, 1825, Polly Church, and had eleven
children : Elizabeth, Joseph H., Amlon C,
Moses, Helen R., Gurdin, William, Mary, Lydia,
a son who died in infancy, and Judson. 7. Polly,,
died aged twelve years. Timothy Perrin (6),.
father of these children, married (second) Dor-
cas Engells ; five children : Jared, Almon, Larin,.
Salina, and Ezra, all died in infancy. Timothy
Perrin died in 1814.

Calvin Perrin (7), son of Timothy and Lydia
(Raymond) Perrin, born September 17, 1793,
was educated in the common schools, came to
Wyoming Valley early and settled in Kingston,
Pennsylvania, 1819, and was offered a farm on
the fiats, it being in the heart of the wilderness,
and there remained one year. He removed to
higher ground in Northmoreland township, Penn-
sylvania, where he purchased a farm and there re-
mained all his life. The place he abandoned
turned out to be one of the richest coal fields in
the valley. Prior to his removal to Luzerne
county, Pennsylvania, he resided in Thompson
and Ashford, Connecticut. He took an active
part in the War of 1812. He married. May 22,

1816, Polly Lawton, died October 5, 1842, in
Wyoming county, Pennsylvania. He married
(second) Lucretia Shippy ; she died July 24,
1896, aged 102 years. Children of Calvin
Perrin: i. George (8), born September 23,

1817, of whom later. 2. Pamelia, born Febru-
ary 9, 1821, married William White, and died
April 12, i860. 3. Daniel, born December 23,
1822. 4. Betsey, born July 29, 1826, married
John Long, July, 1847. 5- Gurdin (8), born
August 18, 1828, Northmoreland township, Lu-
zerne county, attended the common schools in
winter, worked during the summer on his
father's farm, and later taught school. He
worked on a farm for himself until 1857, when
he moved in the valley, near Pittston, and en-
gaged in the mercantile business. He was a
member of the Methodist Church, in which he
was class leader, steward and member of the
official board. He was a Republican in politics,
and cast his first presidential vote for John C.
Fremont. He married, December 16, 1847,.



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Fanny Jane Lewis, born Pittston, Pennsylvania,
August 8, 1829, daughter of Rev. Oliver and
Cynthia (Smith) Lewis, of Orange county, New
York : four children : Arminda, born September
24, 1848, died December 26, 1864; iMorgan
Lewis (9), born May 5, 1850, mentioned here-
after : Martha J., bom June 12, 1858, married,
June 21, 1879, Eugene Bonstein, of Shickshinny,
Pennsylvania ; Emily A., born June 3, 1862, in
Pittston, Pennsylvania. 6. Polly, born June 9,
1830, died October 26, 1831. 7. Ezra, born
September 29, 1832, married Marie Winters
Gurdin Perrin died December 24, 1866, aged
thirty-eight years, and was buried in Northmore-
land cemetery.

George Perrin, eldest son of Calvin and
Polly (Lawton) Perrin, born September 23,
1817, was a farmer in Wyoming county, Penn-
sylvania. He married, November 5, 1840, Char-
lotte Ferguson, bom March 23, 1823 ; their chil-
dren : I. Mary Elizabeth, born April 25, 1842,
married, December 6, 1862, J. W. Holcomb, who
is a resident of West Pittston, Pennsylvania ; six
children. 2. Calvin, born November 28, 1843,
mentioned hereafter. 3. Harriet, born February
22, 1846, married, March 15, 1877, W. H. Kerr;
they reside in West Pittston, Pennsylvania. 4.
Charles J., born March 6, 1848, married May
10, 1877, Effie Symington: two children; they
reside in West Pittston, Pennsylvania. 5. Cath-
arine, born November 14, 1849, married Sep-
tember 3, 1867, C. D. Simpson; two children.
6. Cynthia, born July 15, 1851, married, May
15, 1871, F. C. Rommell ; she resides in Pitts-
ton, Pennsylvania ; they have one daughter, Gen-
eveive, born Pittston, Pennsylvania, April 25,
1874, married, April 15, 1903, William E. Sax
(see Sax and Griffith families.) William E
and Geneveive (Rommell) Sax have one son,
William Roderick Sax. 7. G. Coray, born
INIarch 28, 1861, married Julia Rommel, and they
are the parents of four children. George Perrin
(father) died April 15, 1875; he was survived
by his wife who passed awav April i, 1898. Their
remains are interred at West Pittston, Pennsyl-
vania.

Calvin Perrin, eldest son of George and
Charlotte (Ferguson) Perrin, was born at
Northmoreland, Wyoming county, Pennsylva-
nia, November 28, 1843. His maternal great-
grandfather, John Ferguson, was a private in the
Revolutionary war, serving in an Orange county
(New York) regiment, commanded by Col. A.
H. Hay, also under Col. Albert Pawling. After
the war he was commissioned lieutenant in a
regiment of Orange countv militia, commanded



by Lieut. -Col. Reuben Hopkins ; was promoted
captain Twenty-ninth Regiment, February, 1804.
He resided in Orange county. New York, until
1818, when he removed to Wyoming county,
Pennsylvania, and died January 24, 1843.

As soon as his strength would allow, Calvin
Perrin began assisting his father with the work
on the farm, continuing the same until he was
seventeen years of age, and in the meantime he
attended the common schools in the vicinity dur-
ing the winter sessions. At that early age he
began his career as a school teacher at Keelers-
burg, Wyoming county, in which capacity he
served for one and a half years, and for a similar
period of time served as clerk in the store of
Benjamin Savior, at Orange, Pennsylvania. In
1864 he enlisted in Company G, Two Hundred
and Tenth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers,
as private, and was promoted to corporal, Octo-
ber I, 1864, under the command of Col. Sargent
and Capt. W. P. Pulmer. He participated in the
following battles : Hatcher's Run, October
27-28, 1864; Belleville raid. North Carolina, De-
cember 7-1 1, 1864; Dabney's Mills, February
5-7, 1865 ; Gravely Run, March 27 ; White Oak
Roads, March 31 ; Five Forks, April i ; Appo-
mattox, April 9, 1865, where General Lee sur-
rendered. Mr. Perrin was one of nineteen young
men who enlisted from his own neighborhood ;
five of them were killed in battle, two died in the
hospital, and all were excused from duty on ac-
count' of illness except Mr. Perrin, who reported
for duty every day with the exception of his
fifteen days furlough, when he came home and
was married, December 30, 1864, and returned to
the battle field. In one engagement he had the
stock of his musket shattered with a ball, another
time had the lock shot off, and several bullet holes
through his clothing, but was never wounded in
any way. On May 30, 1865, he was mustered
out of service at Arlington Heights, Virginia,
was sent to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to receive
his payment, and then returned to his home. His
military record was exceedingly meritorious for
a man of his years, he being only twenty-one
years old at the close of the war.

Mr. Perrin again took up the vocation of
teaching and taught a school in Durland town-
ship for about one year. He then accepted a
position as clerk in the general store of Levi
Winter, at Centremoreland, and in 1871, after
serving there five years, went to West Pittston
and took charge of a store for S. L. Brown. In
1873 he took up his abode in Luzerne and formed
a partnership with Edward F. Payne, of Wilkes-
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and tliey established a general store which they
have conducted to the present time (1905), a pe-
riod of thirty-two years. This long connection is
an excellent proof of the trust each partner re-
posed in the other. The esteem in which Mr.
Perrin is held by his fellow-citizens is evidenced
by the fact that he served as a member of the
school board for twenty years, and as a member
of the town council for three years. He is a
member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of
Luzerne, serving for more than twelve years as
trustee ; a member of the Masonic fraternity,
affiliating with Lodge No. 395, at Kingston; a
member of the Grand Army of the Republic, at
\\'ilkes-Barre ; and a member of the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, at Luzerne.

]\Ir. Perrin married, December 30, 1864, Car-
oline Winters, daughter of Levi and Melinda J.
(Hallock) Winters. Their children: Howard W.
born September 4, 1866, a graduate of Wyoming
Seminary and Princeton College, and now serving
as general sales agent for the Susquehanna Coal
Company, at Philadelphia. He married, June 7,
1894, Alay Ellithorp, daughter of E. L. Elli-
thorp, of West Pittston. JNIr. Perrin is a mem-
ber of the Episcopal Church, and a Republican
in politics. 2. George Herbert, born March 9,
1868, an invalid. 3. Fred, born September 22,
1870; received his education in the Luzerne high
school and the Wilkes-Barre Business College.
He serves as manager for the firm of Payne &



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