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rance married Peter F^ike, the father of the Hon.
Gorden Pike, of Wyoming county, and grand-
father of the late Charles Pike, a lawyer of
Luzerne county.

William Carroll Price attended the Exeter
(New Hampshire) Academy, and there prepared
for Harvard University, which institution he
entered in 1875, remaining there two years. In
1879 he went into the law office of (jeorge M.
Dallas, in Philadelphia, and two years later, in
June, 1881, was admitted to the Philadelphia
county bar. He visited Europe the same year,
traveling mostly on the continent and in (jreat
Britain. He returned home in August, 1882,
and located in Wilkes-Barre, and in October of
that year was admitted a member of the Luzerne
county bar. Mr. Price is an unusually hard worker
and earnestly devoted to study, which, together
with his unusual educational advantages, his
travel abroad, and instruction under a lawyer of
such note as Georsre Dallas, has aided liini in



achieving great success and prosperity in his
chosen profession. ]\Ir. Price is an unmarried
man. In politics he affiliates with the Republi-
can party. He is prominently connected in mili-
tary circles. He enlisted in Company G, Seventh
Regiment, National Guard of Pennsylvania, at
Pottsville, Pennsylvania, September 27, 1877.
Honorably discharged June 14, 1880. Enlisted
as a private in Company D, Ninth Regiment,
April 5, 1884, elected first lieutenant, May 3,
1884, captain, July i, 1887, major, July 5, 1888,
lieutenant-colonel, November 3, 1892, colonel,
June 22, 1894, resigned in 1897.

HENRY E. CEASE, postmaster of Rhone
postofiice, Hanover township, is a descendant of
one of the old pioneers of the Wyoming Valley.
His ancestors were of German stock and worthy
citizens of their adopted country. The first of
this family to come to Luzerne county was Henry
Cease, the great-great-grandfather of Henry E
Cease. He emigrated from Germany when eigh-
teen years of age, landing in Canada, but later
moved to New York city, from whence he came
to Luzerne county, settling at Hunlock's creek,
where he engaged in agriculture, and where the
remainder of his life was spent. His family
consisted of four children, three sons and one
daughter.

Henry Cease, one of the above named family,
and grandfather of Henry E. Cease, married
Mary Sorber, who bore him fourteen children,
twelve of whom attained years of maturity. In
1S20 Mr. Cease located in Plymouth township,
four miles from Nanticoke, where he remained
until his death in 1856, at the age of sixty-seven
years.

Josiah Cease, father of Henry E. Cease, was
born in Plymouth township, March 3, 1833. He
was reared and educated in the vicinity of his
birthplace. He engaged in farming and lumber-
ing, which gave him a knowledge of machinery,
at which he became an expert. Later he operated
for many years a saw mill, located on the site
on which his father built in 1825. He engaged
in the manufacture of lumber and rollers for
mine purposes, and he derived therefrom a profit-
able livelihood. He became one of the promi-
nent and influential citizens of his native place,
and the respect in which he was held was evi-
denced bv the fact that he was chosen to many
offices of responsibility and trust, namely: jus-
tice of the peace, which he held many years :
school director, clerk of the township, and post-
master at Cease Mills postoffice, the latter being
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Mr. Cease married Sarah Jane Ide, daughter of
Oliver and Amanda Ide. To this union six chil-
dren were born : Celesta A., Henry E., IMorgan
A.. Emma L., Thomas J., and Edith i\l., de-
ceased. The demise of j\lr. Cease occurred Aug-
ust 8, 1904; his wife preceded him in death,
passing away April 9, 1898.

Henry E. Cease, eldest son of Josiah and
Sarah J. (Ide) Cease, was born at Cease's Mills,
Pennsylvania, 1857. He was there reared and
educated, and later was engaged in business with
his father until about 1880, when he took a posi-
tion with John R. Lee & Co., merchants, at Avon-
dale, where he remained five years. He then
engaged with Conrad Lee, in Wilkes-Barre, re-
moving to that city, where he resided until 1896.
He then took up his residence in Hanover town-
ship, where he became manager for Lee & Scout-
en, extensive merchants in general merchandise.
In 1901 he received the appointment of postmaster
of Rhone postoffice, and is still (1905) the in-
cumbent of the same, discharging his duties in
such a manner as to win the approbation of the
citizens. He holds membership in the Methodist
Episcopal church, and his political views coincide
with those advocated by the Republican party.
He is a member of Shawnee Lodge, No. 225,
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Plym-
outh ; Fraternal Order of Eagles, Nanticoke ; and
the Knights of Maccabees, Nanticoke.

Mr. Cease married, June 27, 1880, Dora Jane
Hughes, daughter of Henry and Jane (Jones)
Hughes, natives of Wales, who emigrated to this
country in early life. They purchased a farm
in Plymouth township, at what is now Hughes
postoffice, about 1861. Mr. Hughes is one of the
most worthy citizens of his township, has filled
various positions of responsibility and trust,
among them being postmaster at Hughes post-
office, which he held several years. Four chil-
dren were born to Mr. and Mrs. Cease: Alfred
R., who serves as assistant to his father in the
management of his business : Edna M., graduate
of the Stroudsburg Normal school, now a
teacher in the Hanover schools ; Ethel L.. and
Edith J. Mrs. Cease performed the duties of
wife and mother in a most exemplary manner.

JOHN F. WALTER. In the financial cir-
cles of Lackawanna county, no member of the
younger generation is more favorably known
than John F. Walter, of Dunmore. He is a
descendant of old Pennsylvania and revolution-
ary stock. His great-grandfather, Henry Wal-
ter, was a farmer by occupation, and resided
at Newton Center, Lackawanna county, Pennsvl-



vania. His grandfather, Michael Walter, was a
native of New Jersey, but shortly after his mar-
riage moved to Pennsylvania, locating at Falls,
Wyoming county. He was a farmer. He was a
man much respected by all who knew him. He
was an active member of the Methodist Episco-
pal church. He died at Mill City, Wyoming
county, 1 89 1, aged seventy-seven years. His
wife, whose maiden name was Esther Hough,
died 1877, aged sixty-three years. Of the eight
children born to Michael and Esther (Hough)
Walter, seven are now living: Clara, wife of
H. W. Rozelle ; Delia, wife"^ of J. W. Clark ;
William H. ; Eleanora, wife of G. W. Sherwood;
Melvin M. ; INIelissa, wife of J. S. Davis, and
Peter B.

Peter B. Walters, son of Michael and Esther
(Hough) Walter, was born August 4, 1838, in
Falls township, Wyoming county, Pennsylvania.
For a number of years he was engaged in the
livery business in Factoryville, Pennsylvania, and
at the present time (1906) is serving as post-
master of the same town. Early in the Civil war
he enlisted in the Fifty-second Regiment, Penn-
sylvania Volunteer Infantry, and by meritorious
conduct on the field of battle was raised from the
rank of private to that of commissary sergeant.
He participated in the battles of Fair Oaks,
Seven Pines, Antietam, seige of Charlestown
and many others. He married Mary, daughter
of Noah Patric, and granddaughter of Abel
Patric, who served in the Continental army under
General Washington. Noah Patric was born in
1804, was a farmer by occupation, and was one
of the first settlers of Wyoming county. Only
two children were born to Peter B. and Marv
( Patric) Walter. Charles M.. who has been con-
nected with the Delaware and Hudson coal sales
department for a number of years, and John F.,
mentioned in the follovi'ing paragraph. Mrs.
Mary (Patric) Walter, wife of Peter B. Walter,
died June 14, 1905.

John F. Walters, son of Peter B. and Marv
(Patric) Walter, was born July 4, 1878, at Mill
City, Pennsylvania. He received his education
at Keystone Academy, Factoryville, whither his
parents moved in 1884. From that institution
he graduated, and while still a very young man
was appointed assistant postmaster under the ad-
ministration of the late William McKinlev, and
the manner in which he discharged the duties
devolving upon him was satisfactory in the high-
est degree both to his townsmen and to the gov-
ernment. Subsequently he went to Scranton,
was employed as messenger in the Third
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period of time was given the position of book-
keeper, which he retained for five years. In
1903 he was elected cashier of the Fidelity De-
posit and Discount Bank of Dunmore, and the
fact that he still retains this position is sufficient
evidence of his fitness for the same. This bank,
which is one of the substantial and flourishing
financial institutions in the Lackawanna Valley,
was granted its charter in 1902 and opened for
business in May, 1903, with the following offi-
cers : P. J. Horan, president; F. E. Swartz,
vice-president ; and John F. Walter, cashier.
The directors are as follows : P. J. Horan, F.
E. Swartz, J. E. Swift, F. W. Winters, T. J.
Hughes, R. C. Wills, Henry Beyea, A. H. Bern-
stein, John Carney, D. Powell, William Schultz
and M. J. Murray. Aside from his connection
with the Fidelity Bank Mr. Walter is also vice-
president and director of the First National Bank
of Walton, one of the solid old institutions of
southern New York state. He is a director of
the Cain Brothers Coal Company of Pottsville,
Pennsylvania, and largely interested in semi-
bituminous coal companies o.f West Virginia.
Mr. Walter is a member of the Masonic order,
affiliating with Factoryville Lodge, No. 341, of
which he is past master.

Mr. Walter married, May 21, 1903, Grace
Barbour, daughter of George F. Barbour, of
Scranton.

LOUIS ENGLE. Among those old resi-
dents of Lackawanna county who have retired
from active life after making for themselves
honorable records as business men and citizens
is Louis Engle, of Dunmore. He is the son of
Louis and Philipine (Brill) Engle, and was born
in Germany, February 25, 1842.

Mr. Engle was brought to the L^nited States
while still a boy, and has passed the greater part
of his life in Pennsylvania. He was at one time
employed on the Pennsylvania Gravity road, and
for several years was a locomotive engineer on
the Central Railroad of New Jersey. In his
business relations he was a man who commanded
the respect of all, and always bore the reputation
of a good citizen. He has now relinquished his
labors. Mr. Engle married in 1867, Gertrude
Engle, and they have one daughter, Eliza P.,
wife of Thomas Warner, of Dunmore. Five
children have been born to Mr. and ]\Irs.
Warner : Louis W., deceased ; David A., Ruth
A., Emma S., and Naomi J. Mrs. Engle be-
longs to one of the old pioneer families of the
Lackawanna Valley, who have been prominent
in the development of the coal industry. Her



grandfather, John Secor, was a native of France,
and emigrated to the United States some time
prior to 1804. He settled first in New York
state, but subsequently migrated to the Lacka-
wanna Valley, where he became a large land-
owner in Blakely township. He married Polly
Fowler, and they have four sons : Allen, men-
tioned hereinafter ; Asbury, John and Isaac.

Allen Secor, son of John and Polly (Fowler)
Secor, was born March 31, 1804, in Blakely
township, and during his early life was engaged
in agricultural pursuits. He afterward became
identified with the Pennsylvania Coal Company
and also acquired an interest in the ice business.
He was an enterprising and sagacious business
man, whose advice was sought by many. He
married Eliza Dolph, granddaughter of Moses
Dolph, who served in the revolutionary army
under Captain Graham. He married Anna Mc-
Arthur, a native of Scotland, and they had a son,
Alexander Dolph, who was born in Blakely town-
ship. He was a farmer and the owner of a
number of acres of coal land, the value of which
was not then estimated very highly, but which
has since proved profitable to his descendants.
He married Susan London, of Egg Harbor, and
they had sons and daughters: Eliza, born 1804,
in the Lackawanna Valley, became the wife of
Allen Secor, as mentioned above ; Emeline,
Moses, Anna, Ruth, Edward, Alfred, Warren,
Laura, and Mary. Mr. and Mrs. Secor were the
parents of ten children, six of whom grew to
maturity : Alexander, Edward, Ruth A., Allen,
who served as a soldier in the Civil war, was hon-
orably discharged at the close of his term of
service, and is now deceased ; Gertrude, men-
tioned hereafter; and Francis E. In 1848 these
children were deprived of their estimable mother,
who passed away at the comparatively early age
of forty-four. Her husband survived her nearly
forty years, dying in 1883, at the age of seventy-
nine. He left an honored name.

Gertrude Secor, daughter of Allen and Eliza
(Dolph) Secore, was born in 1841, in Blakely
township, where she received her education, and
became the wife of Louis Engle, as mentioned
above. Mrs. Engle is interested in the produc-
tion of coal, having a share in a mine from which
she receives a royalty. For twenty-two years
Mrs. Engle has resided on the site occupied by
the beautiful house in which she now lives, and
which she erected in 1889. She is a member of
the Daughters of the Revolution.

ALBERT I. ACKERLY. In .every com-
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with all projects for the preservation and ad-
vancement of the best interests of their fellow-
citizens, that the mention of the place immediate-
Iv recalls the image of the man. Such a man is
Albert I. Ackerly, of Chinchilla. He is a repre-
sentative of a family which for three generations
has been residents in the Lackawanna \"alley.

John Ackerly (or Akerly, as the name was
originally spelled), was born in Westchester
county, New York, and moved to Delaware
county. New Jersey, whence he migrated to
Abington township, Luzerne county, now Lacka-
■wanna county. He was a carpenter by trade
and a good mechanic. His wife was Elizabeth
Townsend, and thirteen children were born to
them : Isaac T., mentioned hereafter ; Eliza,
Mary P., Justus. Nancy. Kate, Jane, Olive,
Ada, Elsie, Laura, Hiram and another son who
died early in life. Mr. and ]\Irs. Ackerly, the
parents of this large family, were sincerely re-
spected and cordially liked by all who knew
them.

Isaac T. Ackerly, son of John and Elizabeth
(Townsend) Ackerly, was born in 1804, in
Delaware county. New York, and was about
twenty-three years old when he accompanied his
parents to their new home in Abington town-
ship. There he became, in the course of time,
the owner of three hundred acres of land, which,
being a practical farmer, he in a great measure
brought under cultivation. At one time he held
a position with the Delaware and Hudson Canal
Company. He was a popular citizen and was
elected to many township offices. In his younger
days he was captain of a militia company. In
politics he was a Whig, and in religious belief
a ^Methodist.

Mr. Ackerly married Mary Ann Leach, a
■descendant of New England ancestors. Jabez
and Sarah (Chilson) Leach, natives of Connec-
ticut, were the parents of a son, Ephraim, who
was also born in Connecticut. Jabez Leach met
the death of a patriot soldier on the field of
Monmouth, and his widow passed the remainder
of her life in her native state. In 1800 Ephraim
Leach settled in Lackawanna county, on land,
the title of which was found to be defective. The
man to whom Mr. Leach gave power of attorney
to sell the land and also the personal propert}
ran away with the proceeds, and Mr. Leach was
thus left in a new country in well-night destitute
circumstances. The courage with which he
faced and overcame the difificulties which beset
him proved him to be a worthy son of his soldier
father. By dint of industry and perseverance he
succeeded in retrieving his fortunes, and became



the possessor of land in South Abington town-
ship. Here he passed the remainder of his life
as an energetic and prosperous farmer. His
daughter Mary became the wife of Isaac T. Ack-
erly, as mentioned above. Mr. Leach closed his
life of usefulness and endeavor at the age of
eighty-one.

Mr. and Airs. Ackerly were the parents of
six children : Alary E., widow of John Keller ;
Albert I., mentioned hereafter ; Byron F., Bal-
sora, and two who died in early youth. The
death of Mr. Ackerly occurred October, 1882.
In his domestic and social relations his conduct
left nothing to be desired, while as a citizen he
bequeathed to the communtiy the example of
one whose influence was invariably exerted on
the side of right and justice. His widow passed
away March, 189 1.

Albert I. Ackerly, son of Isaac T. and Alary
Ann (Leach) Ackerly, was born August 18,
1834, in South Abington township, where he
received his early education in the common
schools, afterward attending the Wyoming Semi-
nary. Until reaching his twenty-seventh year
he remained on the farm, during a portion of
this time taking charge of the school belonging
to his district. He also studied and practiced
civil engineering to a considerable extent, and
during the construction of the Summit lake and
Griffen lake dams he had charge of that work,
which he executed to the entire satisfaction of
the company. He has been in their service more
or less for a number of years.

On the outbreak of the Civil war Air. Acker-
ly was among those who hastened to take up
arms for the preservation of the Union. He en-
listed August 18, 1861, and on August 31 was
mustered into service for three years as captain
of Company K, Eleventh Regiment, Pennsyl-
vania Volunteer Cavalry, having been promoted
from the rank of lieutenant. The reason for this
lay in the fact that the captain who was to have
organized the company being physically unable
to do so his place had been taken by Lieutenant
Ackerly. With the exception of six men he or-
ganized the entire company, and then by the
unanimous consent of the men was made captain.
The company spent one day in Philadelphia, after
which they went to Washington, District of Co-
lumbia, and thence to the front, participating in
the following battles : Ball's Cross Roads, Camp
Palmer, siege of Sufifolk and Franklin, and also
in manv minor engaments. Alay 4, 1864, Cap-
tain Ackerly was promoted to the rank of major
and On June 25 of that year, at the battle of
Staunton River Bridge, received a wound in con-



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sequence of which he was honorably discharged
September 25, 1864.

Air. Ackerly has always taken an active in-
terest in political affairs. His first presidential
vote was cast for John C. Fremont, and in 1856
he was instrumental in organizing the Republi-
can party in his section of the country. In 1876
he was elected by the Republican vote to a seat in
the state legislature, and in 1873 was re-elected.
He served as a member of the appropriations,
agriculture and judiciary committees, and during
his second term was chairman of the new county
committee. He took an active part in the divis-
ion of Luzerne county out of which was formed
Lackawanna. Mr. Ackerly has filled all the town-
ship offices. He has served as a member of the
local militia, in which he was commissioned lieu-
tenant by Governor Parker.

Mr. Ackerly took an active part in the organ-
ization of Captain Hull Post, G A. R., and upon
its disbandment was instrumental in the organ-
ization of Sergeant George Fell Post at Waverly.
He was a charter member of both organizations
and served as first commander of the former. He
is a master Mason of the lodge at Waverly, has
passed all the chairs in the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows and encampment at Clark's Green.

Mr. Ackerly married, December 24, 1861,
Elizabeth A., born July 5, 1838, daughter of
Benjamin and Mary (Price) Swallow, and a
graduate of Wyoming Seminary. Of the six chil-
dren born to them the following grew to matur-
ity : I. Albert S., of Hempstead, Long Island,
a railroad engineer, married Wilhelmina Griffin,
and has two sons, Sumner C. and Kenneth C.
2. George A., lives at Sheridan, Wyoming state,
married Rose Dunlap, and has three children,
Bessie, Allen D., and Harold. 3. Harry B., a
resident of Chinchilla, married Amy Cosner, and
has two children, Aileen and Luree. 4. Howard
S., of Rockville Center, Long Island, New York,
served in the Spanish-American war, married
Minnie Hulett, and has one child, Dorothy A
During the Civil war Mrs. .Ackerly was an active
member of the Woman's Relief Corps.

HENRY BRUNDAGE CASSELBERRY,
M. D., of Hazleton, born in the village of Co-
nyngham, Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, Decem-
ber 19, 1863, is the only child of the late Dr.
Jesse Roberts and Amanda (Rrundage) Cassel-
berry, and grandson of Richard and Elizabeth
(Miller) Casselberry, on the paternal side, and
of Moses S. and Jane (Brodhead) Brundage, on
the maternal side.

Richard Casselberry (paternal grandfather)



was a native of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and
there for many years followed his trade of tan-
ner. He married Elizabeth Aliller, a native of
Evansburg, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania,
and their children were : John, Philip, Jesse,
Thomas, Marmaduke, Jane and Katherine. Mr.
Casselberry came to his death by drowning in an
old well, he falling in where the boards had
rotted, while in the act of getting a drink of
water. His wife died at her home in Pottstown,
1894, having attained the advanced age of
ninety-four years. Moses S. Brundage (mater-
nal grandfather) formerly resided in Conyng-
ham and later in Hazleton, where his death oc-
curred on March 17, 1873. (See Brundage gen-
ealogy.) His wife, Jane (Brodhead) Brundage,
bore him several children. (See Brodhead gen-
ealogy.)

Dr. Jesse Roberts Casselberry (father) was
born at Pottstown, Montgomery county, Penn-
sylvania. In early life he was apprenticed to a
butcher, but his tastes and inclinations being
averse to that line of work, he abandoned it and
earned a livelihood by teaching music. During
this time he saved sufficient capital to enable him
to enter Jefferson Medical College, and in order
to pursue his course there was obliged to teach
school and music, thus earning the necessary
funds, and in 1856 graduated from that institu-
tion with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He
located in the village of Conyngham where he
continued to practice his profession until 1875,
when he removed to Hazleton and continued to
practice medicine and surgery, particularly the
latter, until the date of his death. He was a
director in the Hazleton Gas Company, of which
he was one of the founders, until his death when
he was succeeded by his son, Henry B. Cassel-
berry. He was a member of the First Presby-
terian Church of Hazleton, in which he was a
trustee for a long period of time, a member of
the A .F. and A. Af. and the I. O. O. F., of Haz-
leton. He was a Republican in politics. Dr. Cas-
selberry married, February 21, 1862, Amanda
Brundage, born in Conyngham, Pennsylvania,
daughter of Moses S. and Jane (Brodhead)
Brundage, afore mentioned, and one child was
born to them, Henry Brundage Casselberry. The
deaths of Dr. Casselberry and his wife occurred
October, 1892, and December 4, 1875, respec-
tively, and their remains were interred in the Old
Brundage Casselberry plot.

Henrv B. Cassellaerry resided in his native
village, Conyngham, until 1871, when his par-
ents removed to Hazleton, where he has since
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Conyngham and Hazleton, and in the fall of 1880
entered Williston Seminary at East Hampton,
JNIassachiisetts, where he remained one year.
During his connection with this school he, with
six other students, founded the "Iota Zeta Fra-
ternity" (now a popular secret society at Willis-
ton and other preparatory schools), and at the
first annual reunion in New York city, in 1886,
he was elected "grand president" of the Alumni
Lodges. In 1881 he entered Lafayette College,
taking the scientific course at that institution. He
then registered as a student of medicine in his
father's ofiice, and April 2, 1886, was graduated
with the degree of Doctor of Medicine from Jef-
ferson Medical College, of Philadelphia. During
his course at the latter named institution he gave
particular attention to the eye, ear, nose and



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