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capacity of teacher for two years, and the money
thus earned defrayed his expenses through the
State Normal School at ^Mansfield, from which
institution he was graduated at the completion of
the regular course. Resuming his work as a
teacher he successfully engagetl in that profes-
sion for three years, during which time he dili-
gently economized his means in order to further
improve himself. He then matriculated in the
medical department of the University of the City
of New York, and after pursuing the regular
course of lectures was graduated from that insti-
tution with the degree of Doctor of Medicine in
1888. He immediately established an office in
the borough of Peckville, where for three years
he conducted a general practice, and at the ex-
piration of this period of time located at Jermyn,
purchased the residence of Dr. Church, and has
since made his home there. He possesses a vast
amount of broad general and scientific informa-
tion, and by the successful management of his
extensive practice has won an enviable reputa-
tion. His political affiliations are with the Re-
publican party.

In April, 189 1, Dr. Graves married Edith
Page, a native of Peckville, and they are the par-
ents of one son. Albert, born October 8, 1896.

BEIDER ^^â– ELLINGTON WILDE, a mem-
ber of the firm of Wilde & Company, manufact-
urer of knit goods, also manager of the store of
A. Pardee & Company, was born in New Castle
township, near Pottsville, Pennsylvania, Decem-
ber 22, 1854.

The pioneer ancestor of the American branch
of the family was George Wilde, grandfather of
Beider W. Wilde, born in Yorkshire, England,
April 17, 1785. He sailed from Liverpool, Eng-
land, for the United States, May 15, 1826, and
landed in New York city, July 4. 1826. He was
a farmer at Crums Creek, Delaware county,
Pennsylvania, until 1828, followed the same oc-
cupation at Norristown until June, 1830, when
he located near Pottsville, Pennsylvania, where-
he spent the remainder of his life, working about
the mines until his death, April 28, 1833. He
married, December 26, 181 1, Sarah Hardy, born
in Yorkshire, England, 1786, daughter of John
and Nancy (Greenwood) Hardy, and their chil-
dren were: John, born 1813; Jeremiah, 1814;
Joseph, 1816; Jesse, 1817; Alary, 1820; George,
1823 ; Jesse, 1825 ; Sarah, 1827.

Joseph Wilde, third son of George and Sarah
(Hardy) Wilde, and father of Beider W. Wilde,
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ruarv 22, 1816. He came to America in 1826,
and shortly afterward located in Schu^-lkill coun-
ty, Pennsylvania, where he resided until his
death, November 22, 1866. During his active
career he was a farmer, merchant and lumber-
man. In politics he was a follower of Henry
Clay ; he early became a Republican, and while
an intense partisan, a natural leader of men, pop-
ular and able, he always refused to be a candidate
for office. He married Elizabeth Beck, born Sep-
tember 15, 1820, died October 3, 1899, daughter
of Jacob and Anna (Beider) Beck, of Cressoha,
Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania, early in 1845,
and their children are: George J., William J.,
John H., Joseph B., Beider W., Ida V., Elizabeth
and Charles L.

Beider W. Wilde was educated in public
schools, learned the trade of machinist in the
Lehigh' Valley Railroad shops at Hazleton, and
worked there from 1870 to 1890. In the latter
year he resigned from his position of assistant
general foreman to become postmaster of Hazle-
ton, the duties of which office he filled to the sat-
isfaction of all concerned. From 1893 to 1901
he v.'as general purchasing agent for the A. S. '
Van Wickle interests, and since 1901 has been
manager of the store for A. Pardee & Company.
In addition to this he is a member of the firm
of Wilde & Company, manufacturers of knit
goods, the other member of the firm being his
brother, Charles L. Wilde. He has always been
a Republican and has served that party in various
capacities, namely : Delegate to a number of con-
ventions, member of Hazleton borough council,
1886, postmaster from 1890 to 1894, one of the
McKinley presidential electors, 1896, and mes-
senger from that body to carry returns to the
United States district court. He has been a
member of the church from early youth and of
the Hazleton Presbyterian Church since 1887,
has been an elder therein since 189 1, commis-
sioner to general assembly in 1897, superintend-
ent of Sabbath school since 1901. He has been a
member of the Young Men's Christian Associa-
tion since its organization in 1877.

I\Ir. Wilde married, September 20, 1882,
Isabel MacDonald, daughter of William and
Jane (Cowans) MacDonald, the ceremony being
performed at the home of the bride's parents in
Hazleton, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Wilde was edu-
cated in public schools. Her father was born
near Glasgow, Scotland, May 28, 1832, died in
Hazleton, Pennsylvania, April 30, 1904: he was
a miner, mine superintendent and powder manu-
facturer, and served with distinction as first ser-
geant in Company A, One Hundred and Twenty-



eighth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers dur-
ing the Civil war. Jane (Cowans) MacDonald
was born in England, 1836. Children of Mr.
and j\lrs. Wilde: Isabel Florence, born in Hazle-
ton, August 4, 1883, graduated Hazleton high
school, June, 1901, and Wilson College, Cham-
bersburg, June, 1906. John Walter, born Hazle-
ton, February 14, 1886, graduated from Hazle-
ton high school, June, 1903, and immediatelv en-
tered the United States Military Academy at
West Point, New York, as cadet from Twelfth
congressional district, having in February, 1903,
received the appointment as result of competitive
examination. Beider Wellington, Jr., born Mil-
nesville, Pennsylvania, January 19, 1895, ^"^
now a student in Hazleton grammar school.

CHARLES W. RANDALL. Among the
worthy descendants of those sturdy pioneers
who carried civilization into the Wyoming and
Lackawanna valleys must be numbered Charles
W. Randall, of Old Forge. The progenitors of
Mr. Randall were of English and German blood
and their names have long been household words
in this and the neighboring counties.

Samuel Randall, a resident of Warren county,
New Jersey, moved thence to the Wyoming Val-
ley about 1836. His wife was Rachel Wilson, a
native of England, and their family consisted of
the following children : Silas; mentioned here-
after ; James, George, Charles, William, Mary,
Sarah, Fanny, and an adopted daughter, all of
whom are deceased.

Silas Randall, son of Samuel and Rachel
(Wilson) Randall, was born December 20, 1825,
in Warren county. New Jersey, and after the
removal of the family to the Wyoming Valley,
boy though he was, he led a life of arduous toil.
His educational opportunities were limited, but
he acquired knowledge sufficient to fit him for an
eventful and useful life. At the age of thirteen
he was apprenticed to the cabinetmaker's trade,
in which he became so proficient that no man in
either the Wyoming or Lackawanna Valley
could compete with him in the perfection of his
work. While learning the trade he worked
nearly five years without pay, and after the ex-
piration of his time worked eleven years as a
journeyman for his former master. He next
secured a position in a mill, which he retained
until his removal from Wyoming to Old Forge,
which took place in 1846. He there became fore-
man for the Raynor powder mills, serving in this
capacity for fourteen years. During ten years
of this time he operated a sawmill, and after re-
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sive contractor and builder. For ten years he
conducted a flourishing business. Throughout
the neighboring region he enjo}ed a high repu-
tation as a mechanic and an inventor. For a
number of years he held the office of road com-
missioner, and during his term of office made
many necessary improvements in his township.
He was a member of Acacia Lodge, No. 379,
Free and Accepted Masons, of Taylor, the Im-
proved Order of Red Men and the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows.

Mr. Randall married in 1854, Elizabeth Gress,
whose great-grandfather was a native of Ger-
many and was brought to this country by his
parents when but six years of age. One of his
sons, Charles Gress, was born in Northampton
county, Pennsylvania, and at the age of twelve
years was employed in some capacity by General
Washington. He married Elizabeth Smith, also
a native of Northampton county, and they were
the parents of twelve children, one of whom is
still living, Julia, who became the wife of Daniel
Dietrich. One of his sons, Jacob Gress, was born
at Stroudsburg, Monroe county, Pennsylvania,
and was a shoemaker by trade. He owned sev-
enty-six acres of land, and was for some time the
proprietor of the Buck Horn Hotel, so named,
there is every reason to believe, on account of
the number of antlers there displayed, trophies
of the skill of Mr. Gress, who was one of the
most noted hunters of his day, was reputed to
have slain deer by the hundred and was known
to have killed no fewer than seventy-si.x bears.
He was also a musical genius, his mastery of the
violin being something marvellous. His wife was
Susanna Umford, also a native of Monroe coun-
ty, and their children were : John, Rudolph,
Adam, George, Charles, Daniel, Elizabeth, who
became the wife of Silas Randall, as mentioned
above; Hannah, Mary. Sarah A., Julia A., and
Harriet. Of this number the following are de-
ceased: John, Rudolph, Charles, Daniel, Eliza-
beth, and Hannah. The mother of these children
passed away February, 1883, at the age of sev-
enty-six years. The father of the family ex-
pired in the spring of 1899. having nearly reached
the century mark, his age being ninety-four }-ears
and six months.

The following children were born to ^Ir. and
Mrs. Randall: Rosetta, wife of George W.
Brown ; Charles W., mentioned hereafter : Anna
B., wife of H. J. Davenport ; Johnson ; Zura C,
mentioned hereafter ; Warren W., and Christo-
pher. The death of Mrs. Randall, the exemplary
mother of this numerous family, occurred Au-
gust -12, 1900, when she had reached the age of



seventy-two. Mr. Randall, the father, closed
his long life of activity and usefulness August
16, 1902, in the seventy-seventh year of his age.

Charles W. Randall, son of Silas and Eliza-
beth (Gress) Randall, was born in 1856, at West
Pittston, and received his education in the public
schools of Old Forge. When a youth he worked
with his father, who imparted to him a thorough
knowledge of the cabinetmaker's trade, and with
whom he was closely associated until 1886. He
also learned the carpenter's trade and became a
master mechanic, as his father had been before
him. For the last sixteen years he has held the
position of foreman for E. Finn & Son. He has
built for himself an extremely finely finished res-
idence on Main avenue. He commenced it in
1904 and, without quitting the employ of Finn
& Son, he built this spacious, modern residence
within two years and performed all the mechan-
ical work himself, much of it being executed by
him, both exterior and interior, by the light of a
lantern. Thoughtful for the near neighbors who
had retired, he seldom pounded after bedtime.
The skill of Mr. Randall as a cabinetmaker is
seen in the oil and hard-finish woodwork of the
interior of this beautiful residence. Indeed, the
circumstances under which the work was per-
formed is remarkable, but no better workman-
ship can be found in the country. It stands as
a monument to his untiring energy and skill as
a woodworker.

Mr. Randall married, October 28, 1886, Agnes
Davis. They have two children : Eva, born De-
cember 12, 1887; Clarence, born March 4. 1892.
Mrs. Randall is a vocalist of local reputation, and
her daughter inherits her mother's gift and is
receiving a musical education. She is now the
organist in the Old Forge Methodist Episcopal
Church. Mrs. Randall's parents were \\^illiam
and Mary Davis, natives of South Wales, who
emigrated to the United States in 1866. Their
family consisted of fifteen children, seven of
whom are living: Elizabeth. Johanna, David
W.. Agnes, who was born in Catasauqua, Penn-
sylvania, and became the wife of Charles W.
Randall, as mentioned above ; Hannah, Dora, a
noted contralto, married Charles W. Metzger;
and Mirriam, wife of Adam Gshwindt.

Zura C. Randall, son of Silas and Elizabeth
(Gress) Randall, was born July 28. 1864, at C)ld
Forge, and was educated in the common schools
of his native town. Since 1882 he has been con-
tinuously employed as an engineer at the Hal-
stead colliery, and during eighteen years of this
time has operated an engine. His office is one of
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the production of coal, his duty being to regulate
the movements of the cage in which the men are
lowered to their work in the mines. During the
many years in which Mr. Randall has filled this
most responsible position he has met with no acci-
dent, a fact which amply demonstrates his fitness
for its duties.

Mr. Randall married in 1837. Florence
Haven, and thev have two sons: Harrison, born
November 7, 1887; and Zura, born July 27, 1897.
Mrs. Randall is a daughter of C. P. Havan, who
was born at Rondout, New York, the eldest of a
family of eleven children. In 1855 he moved to
Gouldsboro, where he was employed by J. Gould.
On the breaking out of the Civil war he enlisted
in the One Hundred and Forty-fourth Regiment,
Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, for three
years. He saw active service and received a
wound at the battle of Lookout Mountain. On
his return to civil life he moved to Clifton town-
ship, where he bought a farm which was his
home for the remainder of his days. He mar-
ried, December 24, 1858, Arestuna Scott, and
among their children was Florence, born in 1870,
in Clifton township, and became the wife of Zura
C. Randall, as mentioned above. The death of
Mrs. Havan occurred June 9, 1887, ^'""^1 '" ^890
Mr. Havan married Mrs. Sophia Swartz. He
died February i, 1902, his loss being, lamented
as that of a useful and patriotic citizen.

BENJAMIN DORRANCE BEYEA. Peter
and John Beyea, Frenchmen, and owners of a
merchantman bound for New York city, were
captured, presumably by pirates when near the
entrance to New York harbor, and their valuable
cargo of merchandise confiscated. After their re-
lease they found their way to New York city.
This was about the time of the Revolution. They
at once took up arms and fought in the Ameri-
can cause, later joining Washington's army and
fighting throughout the entire struggle. After
the Revolution Peter settled in Dutchess
county, New York, and John went to Connecti-
cut, where he resided, married and became the
ancestor of the branch of the Beyea family repre-
sented in the Wyoming Valley by Henrv Beyea,
of Dunmore, Pennsylvania. The late Benjamin
Dorrance Beyea was also a worthy representa-
tive of this family.

James Beyea, son of John Beyea, and grand-
father of Benjamin D. Beyea, left Connecticut
and crossing the Hudson river settled on the
line between Orange and Sullivan counties
New York, which place was also the home of
the Dorrance family, a sketch of whom appears



elsewliere in this work. James Beyea was ac-
companied by his wife and their infant son James,
and the journey was performed on horseback.
James Beyea had a splendid farm of over six
hundred acres, well developed, and was a very
successful man, standing high in the community
of which he was a member. He and his wife
Vvere the parents of fourteen children, among
whom were: John, James, Samuel, Louis, Wil-
liam, Henry, Adeline, Abbie, Martha, Betsy and
Rebecca. James Beyea died at an extreme old
age, and his wife passed away at the venerable
age of ninety-four years ; both deaths occurred
on the old homestead.

James Beyea, son of James Beyea, and father
of Benjamin D. Beyea, fell heir to the old home-
stead, and devoted his life to following the oc-
cupation of farming. He was a member of the
3^Iethodist church, a Whig in politics, and held
a number of township ofifices. He married Nancy
Dorrance, of Sullivan county. New York, daugh-
ter of Colonel Dorrance, who was on the staff
of General Lafayette (see Dorrance family).
She was one of six children, namely : Nancy,
Dr. Charles, George. John, Fannie and Kathe-
rine, all of Sullivan county. New York. Mr.
and Mrs. Beyea had four children": Catherine
Ann, married a Mr. Ramsey, and died in West-
boro. New York, aged about eighty-si.x years.
Benjamin Dorrance, of whom later. Louis, who
remained on the old homestead, and died aged
about thirty-five years. Henry, married Ellen
Pursel, and had four children: Edwin j\l.,
Henry D., a practicing physician in Philadelphia;
Sarah P., and Mary, who died in infancy. James
Beyea (father) died on the eld homestead, aged
about sixty years.

Benjamin D. Beyea, son of James and Nancy
(Dorrance) Beyea, born April 26, 1825, died
May I, 1897, 3.ged seventy-two years, was a na-
tive of Orange county, New York, his birth oc-
curring near Middletown. The common schools
in the vicinity of Middleton, New York, afforded
Benjamin D. Beyea the opportunity of acquir-
ing a practical education. Subsequently he came
to Pittston, Pennsylvania, and accepted the posi-
tion of cashier of the First National Rank of
that place, fulfilling the duties devolving upon
him in a highly creditable manner. Later he
was associated with Mr. LaCoe in the iron mines
in the Lake Superior region, and for many years
was a coal operator and lumber merchant of
note. For several vears prior to his death he
lived a retired life, enjoying to the full the con-
sciousness of duties and responsibilities faith-
fully and conscientiously performed. He was a




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member, trustee and class leader in the Aleth-
odist church, held membership in the order of
Free and Accepted 3iIasons, and was an adher-
ent of Republican principles. He was a great
lover of nature, and his chief pastime during
leisure hours was angling for the wary trout.

Mr. Beyea married (tirst) a Aliss Shaw, who
died about one year after her marriage. He
married (second), June 17, 1851, Katherine
Stark, of Wilkes-Barre, and they had one daugh-
ter, Mary, born April i, 1857, died August 29,
1865, aged eight years. Katherine (Stark)
Beyea died January 4, 1882, Air. Beyea married
( third j, October 28, 1885, Frances L. Cool,
born February 21, 1846, daughter of William H.
and Jane (Lockhart) Cool, of West Pittston,
formerly of Beaver Meadow, Carbon county,
Pennsylvania, and their children are : Margue-
rite Cameron, born January 8, 1887: and Ben-
jamin Dorrance, Jr., born June 26, 1888.

William Hoppa Cool, father of Frances L.
(Cool) Beyea, was born in Warren county. New
Jersey, September i, 1808, died January, 1900.
He was one of ten children, five sons, John,
Abram, Jacob, Andrew and William Hoppa. and
live daughters born to John and Aiargaret
(Decker) Cool, both of whom were natives of
New Jersey, the latter being a member of a
familv noted for their great stature, her brothers
having been from si.x foot to six foot and five
inches tall. William Hoppa Cool was the grand-
son of William Cool, who lived and died in
Pennsylvania, and who was the father of nine
children : Christopher and four pairs of twins,
namely : Paul and Peter, John and Andrew,
Elizabeth and Mary, and Isaac and Abram.
William H. Cool came from New Jersey to
Conyngham, Pennsylvania, in 1816. and there
resided for nine years ; from there he moved to
Xescopeek, then to Salem, then to Beaver
Meadow, where he resided until 1874, and then
to West Pittston, Luzerne county. In early
vouth he learned the carpenter trade. He was
engaged in mercantile business in Beaver
Meadows for almost forty years, and in 1855
purchased a quarter interest in what was called
the Gaylord slope, in Plymouth, and was inter-
ested in the same until his death. Later he be-
came a powder manufacturer, conducting a large
and prosperous business, but prior to his removal
to West Pittston he disposed of this business.
He was associated in business with such men
as Henderson Gaylord, James S. Mason, of
Philadelphia, Edward and William Frischmuth,
of Philadelphia, and A. G. Brodhead. Air. Cool
was one of the men who helped to make the



country what it is today, and it is said of him
that he was a man of sterling worth, possessing
many of the characteristics of the great Napol-
eon. He commenced life a poor boy, but by
energy and perseverance attained to the posi-
tion of associate judge of Carbon county, in
which capacity he served for many years, and
was known as "Judge." Prior to the Civil war
he was a Democrat and afterwards changed his
allegiance to the Republican party. He was a
member and trustee of the Alethodist church.

William H. Cool married in 1836, Jane Lock-
hart, ninth child of John and Anna (Cameron)
Lockhart, and their children were : Charles H.,
resides in West Pittston ; married Ruth Karr, of
Almond, New York, and their children are :
William I., Frank Warren, Robert, Charles Le-
Roy, and Willard Cameron Cool. Cameron L.,
resides in West Pittston ; he served in the Civil
war and was wounded in the battle of Fair Oaks.
Julia, died at the age of six months at Beaver
Aleadow and was buried at Forty Fort. Wil-
liam H., Jr., died at the age of 21 years at Beaver
Aleadow, and was buried at Forty Fort. Wil-
liam H., Jr., died at the age of twenty-one years
at Beaver Aleadow and was but"ied at Forty
Fort. Frances Lockhart, widow of eBnjamin D
Beyea. Margaret A.,bornMay 20, 1849. J^"^
(Lockhart) Cool died 1870. William H. Cool
married for his second wife Margaret Lockhart.
sister of his first wife.

John and .Anna (Cameron) Lockhart, par-
ents of the two wives of William H. Cool, reared
a family of ten children, as follows : James,
married Susan Santee, of near Huntington,
Pennsylvania, lived on the fann, and had chil-
dren : Marv, Elizabeth. Maria. Rachel. Hamil-
ton, deceased, and Charles. John. Alexander,
married Grace -Adams, of Philadelphia, and had
four children : Alexander Hamilton, Edwin, Mary
Augusta and RRobert ; Marv Augusta married
H. E. Packer, of Alaunch Chunk, connected with
the Lehigh Valley Railroad, son of Asa Packer,
deceased, formerly of the Lehigh X'alley Rail-
road. George, married Alaria Bidlack and had
children : Joseph, John. Isabelle and George, all
but Joseph, deceased. Cameorn. Robert, married
.\nna Wilber, of Bethlehem. Pennsylvania, sister
of E. P. Wilber. Alary. Margaret, mentioned
above as the second wife of William H. Cool.
Jane, mentioned above as the first wife of Wil-
liam H. Cool. Frances.

COLONEL WILLIAAI CARROLL
PRICE, a leading lawyer of Wilkes-Barre,
Pennsylvania, and a man prominent in mili-



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tary circics, being connected with the National
Guard of Philadelphia, was born in St. Clair,
.Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania, March 2, 1858.

His parents were William and Rachel
(Webb) Price. His father was the son of Rees
and Anna Price and was born in Stalverah,
Glamorganshire, Wales, April 15, 1815. He
emigrated to America in 1833, taking up his res-
idence in Pottsville. Later he moved to St.
Clair, where he entered the coal business, in
which employment he was engaged at the time
of his death, April g, 1864. The mother of Wil-
liam Carroll Price, Rachel (W^ebb) Price, was
born April 24, 1825, in Northmoreland, Luzerne
(now Wyoming) county, the daughter of the
late Henry and Abigail (Pike) Webb. She died
in January, 1896. Her father, Henry Webb,
was the editor and proprietor of the Columbia
Democrat, a newspaper of Bloomsburg, Penn-
sylvania, which had been in existence about one
year when he purchased it. His ancestors came
to this country in the seventeenth century and
settled at Braintree, Massachusetts, afterwards
moving to Windham, Connecticut. His parents
were Joel and Caroline (Wales) Webb. Abi-
gail Pike Webb was a daughter of Rachel Dor-
rance, whose father was James Dorrance, a son
of the Rev. Samuel Dorrance, who, about 1723,
emigrated to America from Ireland and settled
in Voluntown, Connecticut. He had two other
sons, John Dorrance and Lieutenant-Colonel
Dorrance, who was killed in the battle and mas-
sacre of Wyoming. He was a great-grand-
father of Benjamin Ford Dorrance, a member of
the Luzerne bar. October, 1794, Rachel Dor-



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