James Martin Yeager.

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born in iJpper Paxton Township, Dauphin Co.. Penna.. July
20, 1850. I. T. Buffington is a son of Josiah Buffington and
Susan Yeager Buffington.

Solomon Buffington. grandfather of Isaiah T. Buffing-
ton, wa^ born in Dauphin Co., and was a farmer and shoe-
maker bv trade, doing business in Dauphin Co. Josiah Buf-
fington father of I. T. Buffington, was born in Upper Pax-
ton Township, Dauphin Co-, Jan. 16, 1826. He was a prom-
inent resident of Elizabethville for forty years, during which
time he was engaged in contracting, cabinet making and
undertaking. He was Postmaster at Eilzabethville, Penna.,
for over twenty years. He died in June, 1900, at the age of


~2 years. I lis wife, Susan Yeager Buffington, died April
rc)i2, and attained the age of 85 years. Their children are
as follows: Isaiah T., residing at Elizabethville, Penna. ;John
W., residing at Newport, Perry Co., Penna. ; Mary, wife of
Andrew Tschopp, deed., residing at Elizabethville, Pa. ; Hen-
rietta, wife of Henry Bickel, residing near Mt. Carmel,
Penna.; Benjamin F-, residing at Elizabethville. Penna.;
Kate, residing at Middletown, Penna. ; Harrv, residing at
Los Angeles, Cal. ; Lizzie, wife of Chas. Potter, residing at
Mifflintown, Penna. ; Emma and Alvah, who died in infancy.
Isaiah T- Buffington, when about three years old. was
brought by his parents to Mifflin Twp., where they remain-
ed for n few years, later removing to Washington Twp.,
where he received his earlv education. At the age of ten
years he went to work on neighboring farms and was en-
gaged as a farm hand for five years. He then began to
learn the trade of cabinet making and carpentry and house
building and followed these branches of business with his
father until he was twenty-two years of age. All this time
he worked for his clothing and board. The next four years
his wages were from $1.75 to $2.00 per day. In 1876 he
entered business on his own account at Elizabethville, Penna.,
as a Cabinet maker and Undertaker and Contractor, con-
ducting this business alone until [888. In the beginning he
worked in a small room ten by sixteen feet and made addi-
tions as business demanded, lie was the builder of many
of the most imposing residences of Elizabethville. In 1888
he formed a partnership with C- \Y. Enders under the firm
name of Buffington & Enders and successfullv carried on a
general planing mill business. On Oct. 1. 1002. this partner-
ship was dissolved by mutual consent and die business was
resumed by T. T. Buffington and is still bein°[ carried on
under the name of the Elizabethville Planing Mill.
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Isaiah T. Buffington was married at Elizabethville,
Penna., Sept. i, 1872, to Mary Kemmerer, a daughter of
Christian and Catharine Fisher Kemmerer of Washington
Township, Penna. Their children are : William E., a grad-
uate of Eastman Business College and George Washington
University, now in the government employ at Washington,
D. C. ; Edward F., died in infancy ; Nellie P., at home, a
graduate of Lebanon Valley College ; Ray K., at home, a
graduate of a business college at Norristown, Penna., now
engaged with his father in business ; George C-, a graduate
of an Embalming School, now engaged as a Funeral Direc-
tor at Elizabethville, Penna. ; Lewis C, at home, Teller in
The First National Bank, Elizabethville, Penna. ; Annie AT.,
died at the age of five years.

Mr Bufnngton's political principles are Republican.
He has served two terms as constable of the Township. Up-
on the organization of Elizabethville as a Borough he was
elected as the Chief Burgess for the first term ; has also
served as school director for six years. He is connected fra-
ternally with the I. O. O. F. Mr. Buffington is President of
the Enterprise Hosiery Mills, also President of the Eliza-
bethville Cemetery Association, also a Director of The First
National Bank of Elizabethville, Penna. Lie belongs to the
United Brethren Church and has been a member of the
Board of Trustees for 26 years. He has been Superin-
tendent of the Sunday School for 15 years and has taken
an active part in all church work.

He has made his own way in the world on his own re-
sources with strong hands and a clear head and a good
heart. His career is successful as it is honorable and his
example is an encouragement and inspiration to all boys
who have to depend upon their own ability and resources.

— History of the Lykens Valley.

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Meet nurse for a poetic child!

l^and of brown heath and shaggy wood,

Land of the mountain and the flood,

Land of my sires! What mortal hand

Can e'er untie the filial band

That knits me to thy rugged strand ?

— Sir Walter Scott,




T II E C l< E I G H T N F A M I L Y

William Creiffhton


T If E



The Creightons

Andrew Creighton was horn in St. Mary's Street, Edin-
burgh, about 1753. Came to this country when a lad of
fifteen; in 1797 was married to Isabella Jones, whose par-

Elizabeth Jacobs Creighton

cuts brought her from Wales to America when she was two
years old. The children of Andrew and Isabella Jones
Creighton were: Joseph, who died in Crawford County, Pa.;
Andrew, who died in Tuscarora Valley; William, died May


8, 1891, in Yeagertown, Pa.; Mrs. Belle Plowman, died near
Altoona, Pa.. January 17, 1896; Thomas, the youngest, died
in Allegheny City, by a fall from a roof.

William Creighton was horn in the Tuscarora Valley,
February 1. [803. and married Elizabeth Jacobs. July 1st.

Mrs. Isabella (( freight* >n) Plowman

»nly daughter of Andrew Creighton. Died near Altoona. Pa., Jan. 1'
1896, in her ninetieth year.

1830. The children of William Creighton and Elizabeth
Jacobs Creighton were: Abram M.. born April 10, [831;
Samuel Creighton, born April 25, [833; Mary Jane, born
Jam;. try 2, [835; married J. M. Yeager, December 28, 1854.
and died March 22. 1873; Harriet Amanda, born December


g, 1839; married Samuel Musser, July 4, 1865; Isaac
Thomas, born May 8, 1843; married Lucy Herbster ; Mar-
garet Ann, born June 9, 1837, died November 7, 1854; Eliz-
abeth Jacobs, born July it, 1846; William, Jr., born April
23, 1852, married August 21, T873,

William Creighton, Sr., died at Yeagertown, Pa., May
8, 1891.

The followng brief notice of the departure of Isabella
'Yeighton Plowman, only daughter of Andrew Creighton
and sister of William Creighton. Sr., of Yeagertown, Pa.,
appeared in the Altoona Tribune on January t8, 1896.

Mrs. Isabella Creighton Plowman

Mrs. Isabella Plowman died yesterday morning (Jan.
17, 1896) at 9.25 o'clock, of old age, at the home of her
grandson, George J. Sager, at P>aker's mines. She was a
native of Juniata county, having been born there February
15, 1806.

She is survived by six children: Mrs. R. J. Sager, of
Parsons, W. Va. ; Mrs. Josephine Schwartz, of Chicago,
111.; Warren Plowman, of Lafayette, Ind. ; Oliver G. Plow-
man, of Cherrvvale, Kan. ; Daniel C. riowman, of Denison,
Tex. ; Wilson L. Plowman, of St. Louis, Mo.

The deceased had been a resident of this city forty-one
years, but left her home on Sixth avenue two months ago
to visit. She was a member of the Presbyterian church for
seventy-five years. The remains will be brought to this
city on the 1.40 train tomorrow afternoon and taken direct
from the depot to the cemetery, where the interment wdl
be made.



Rev. Abram M. Creighton



The Rev. Abram M. Creighton

At the session of Central Pennsylvania Conference held
in Lock Haven, Pa., March, 1882, many of his brethren
were startled when his presiding elder asked for Abram M.
Creighton a supernumerary relation. Though at the time
he seemed to be strong and robust, a fearful disease had
even already marked him for an early death.

Mr. Creighton was born near Yeagertown, Pa., April
16, 1831, and died at Philipsburg, Pa., July 7, 1884.

Under the gracious influence of the Holy Spirit he
was early brought to see his need of a Saviour, and in his
nineteenth year was led to accept Him. His conversion was
very clear, and soon he grew into a strong and vigorous
Christian. All his after life brought forth the fruits of the
Spirit. For some time he attended school at Cassville, Pa.
He was also a student at Williamsport Dickinson Seminary.
This was in preparation for a great work to which God and
the church were calling him. He accepted a license to
preach from the Quarterly Conference of Newville, and in
the spring of 1857 was admitted into the East Baltimore Con-
ference. His first appointment was to the Concord circuit.
The following places were subsequently blessed with his pres-
ence and ministry: 1858, Lock Haven; 1859, Warrior's
Mark; 1860-61, Beaver Meadow; 1862-63, Sunbury; 1864-66,
Montoursville ; 1867-69, Ashland; 1870, Trinity Church,
Danville; 1871-73, Renovo ; 1874-76, Montoursville:
1877-78, Hazleton ; 1879-81, Philipsburg-

On the completion of his third year at Philipsburg, with
failing health himself, and a wife gradually going down in
weakness, he asked to he relieved for a time from the re-
sponsibilities of the ministry. His request was sorrowfully


granted by his brethren, and returning to Philipsburg he
engaged in business. Down to death he commanded the
respect and confidence of the public.

In September, 1883, his faithful wife was called from
their home here to the home above. Side bv side they rest
in the old burying ground near Gray's Church until He who
holds in His hands the keys shall unlock the doors of the

Brother Creighton was a man of noble and commanding
appearance, with a face beaming with kindness — the ex-
pression of a large heart overflowing with love and sym-
pathy. As a Christian he was a "living epistle, read and
known of all men." His religion was practical rather than
sentimental. He excelled in practical things — things use-
ful, rather than in things ornamental. This disposition
found expression in all his pastoral work and in all his
preaching. He aimed at immediate results in saving men
and in building up the church, rather than to build up a
reputation as a great preacher. "His works do follow him."

In all his charges he has left the impress of his prac-
ticed hand. Those who have followed him have been able
to gather much fruit from the seed sown by him. A faith-
ful servant, even unto death, he has gone to his crown. Bro-
ther Creighton's last thought was of others rather than him-
self. The future of his children was the only thought that
seemed to trouble him as he realized the approach of death.
But his faith triumphed, and he calmly prepared for the
journey into the unseen, believing that the rod and staff of
the Good Shepherd would guide him through the valley and
shadow of death, and that the God of the fatherless would
be the God of those who stood watching him as he went


down into the shadows. Surrounded by those to whom he
had last ministered in holy things, he "fell on sleep."

Appropriate funeral services were held in Gray's Church
under the immediate direction of his presiding- elder, the
Rev. James H. McGarrah, assisted by Brothers G. W. Bouse.
\Y. R. Whitney, Dr. J. S. McMurray, George Guyer, and
his pastor, the Rev. J. B. Polsgrove. — Minutes M. E. Church.

Elmira Gray Creighton

Elmira Gray, daughter of Jacob Gray and Margaret
Purdue Gray, of Centre county, and wife of Rev. A. AT.
Creighton, of Philipsburg, Pa., departed this life at nine
o'clock A. M. on Wednesday, September 12, 1882, aged
forty-four years and nine months. She was buried at Half
Moon in the family burying ground on the following Thurs-
day afternoon.

Mrs. Creighton was one of the unassuming, excellent
women of the earth. Her life was given for the comfort
and care of her family. In the sick-room an apt and careful
nurse, and a soothing comforter. Conscientious in her con-
victions of right, she despised anything that did not measure
up to the highest moral standard. She was the youngest of
a family of six daughters, five of whom were married to
Methodist ministers.

During the nearly twenty-fonr years of her married life
she was. while in health, always found at her place in the
house of worship. Hut the last battle is fought and victory
won — the spirit has gone to its Maker and its home.

Her husband and children feel the force of this terrible
shock, and, like all families when invaded by death's ruth-
less hand, are left to view the surroundings with such re-


Rev. Samuel Creighton



flections and feelings as its solemnity alone can inspire. The
relations existing between Mr. Creighton and the editor of
the Journal during the years of the past have been so inti-
mate as to enable us to fully compass the sadness of their
situation, and we tender him and the surviving members of
his family our warmest sympathies and strongest affection
and friendship in this their hour of sorrow and bereavement.
— Philipsburg Journal.

Samuel Creighton

Samuel Creighton was born near Lewistown, Pennsyl-
vania, January 25, 1833. and born again in the fall of 1852.
He united with the Methodist Episcopal Church, and such
were his gifts and graces that in a short time he was given
license to preach and assigned to work under the Elder. In
March", 1854, he joined the Baltimore Conference. By the
division of the Baltimore Conference into the Baltimore and
East Baltimore Conferences, in 1858, he became a member
of the East Baltimore Conference. In the readjustment of
Conference lines, which resulted in the organization of the
Central Pennsylvania Conference in 1868, he became a mem-
ber of that body.

Brother Creighton's appointments were as follows : 1853,
Karthaus; 1854, Manor Hill; 1855-56, Bellefonte Circuit;
T857-8, Mifflinburg; 1859-60, Altoona ; 1861-2, Philipsburg;
1863-4, North Baltimore; 1865-7, Lock Haven; 1868-70,
Lewisburg ; 1871-3, St. Paul's, Danville; 1874-5, Berwick;
1876-8, Lock Haven; 1879-81, Pine Street, Williamsport ;
1882-4, Milton; 18857, Eighth Avenue, Altoona; 1888-92,
Pine Street, Williamsport ; 1893-99, Supernumerary; 1900
Lewistown; 1901-07, Superannuated.

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The period of his superannuation was spent on his farm
near Mackeyville, in the midst of surroundings, to him a
constant delight — beloved by his brethren and honored by
the church.

( )n Sunday, the 8th of September, he was stricken by
paralysis, and on the toth of September, at his Ik (inc. he
passed into light.

After a brief service at the late home of the deceased,
conducted by Brother M. B. Bubb, the clay tenement of Bro-
ther Creighton was borne to the chapel in the Wildwood
Cemetery. Williamsport, where his 'Presiding Elder, the
Rev. B. C. Conner, conducted services, assisted by Brothers
Richard Mallalieu, W. P. Eveland, J. 11. Black, M. B. Bubb,
J. B Stein, James Hunter. T. S. Wilcox. B. II. Mosser, R.
I [. ( Hlbert, E. M. Stevens, and W. W. Evans. J. R. I iazelet
and II. T. Ames joined with the brethren named in tributes
of respect. Carried by his brethren to its last resting place,
the body was then deposited in the grave to await the resur-
rection call.

Samuel Creighton was married May 14, [857, to Miss
Catharine Ryman, of Milesbnrg, Penna., the daughter of
Charles Ryman, a noted local preacher and prominent citizen
of that town. During the pastorate of our brother at Eighth
Avenue, Altoona, she answered the summons to the skies.
leaving him alone, except to the care and companionship ol
a foster daughter, who was taken from him in July, i<)0~.

To accurately estimate the character of Rev. Creighton,
is not an easy task. Horn of a noble, religious and patriotic
ancestry, nurtured in a Christian home, saved by the grace
of God in early life, he was well prepared for the positions
of prominence and power he so acceptably filled to the
delight and edification of those to whom lie ministered.


As a gentleman he "combined dignity with cheerful-
ness, culture with sociableness, a proper reserve blended with
friendliness." In the home, in the social parlor, with men of
business, as minister in the pulpit, he first charmed then by
hooks of steel strengthened friendships once formed. When
free from care and the public, there was a beautiful blend-
ing of the grave and the gay in his life. Never frivolous, in
every position he filled, it could be said of him, he was a
manly man. His Christian experience was rich and full.
One who listened to him for years said of him, "He was
one of the most spiritually minded men within the bounds of
this Commonwealth." There was, therefore, no uncertain
declarations of the eternal verities of God. He lived in the
summits, free from enemies and spiritual disease. This made
him a power in the pulpit, a comforter in the home of sor-
row, an earnest pleader with the unsaved, a mighty director
in winning all classes of society in revival meetings. The
depth of his tenderness and sympathy are known by those
who were privileged to receive his ministry of comfort and
consolation in their hours of deepest sorrow. The sincerity
of his life impressed both saint and sinner. The grace of
God made radiant his face, kindly his word even in rebuke,
and soft his hand in leading the wanderer back into the
narrow way and the saint into the secrets of God. "The sin-
cerity of his life, the purity of his character, the integrity of
his purpose, the singleness of his aim, the mellow geniality
of his spirit, and the tenderness of his heart, marked him as
one of God's noblemen. The influence of such a life is im-
mortal. It will broaden forever by means of other lives
illuminated and redeemed by its touch and power."

As a preacher he was excelled by none in this great
conference. He was not meteoric but rather as the sun shin-

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eth in his strength ; not given to sensation, but clear, positive,
powerful in his declarations; he was a great preacher of
the Word. Those who heard him felt his sermons were too
brief, and went away with the purpose of hearing him a.^ain.
lie was a great preacher because he was a great man. It
is always the man who speaks and makes the impression,
rather than the message. The message and the manner of
delivery are the consequences of what the man is. Having
a clear perception of truth and ability to express his convic-
tions with strength, beauty, fitness and taste. Brother Creigh-
ton's churches were crowded with worshippers and multi-
tudes in practically every charge he served, were lead from
"nature's darkness into the marvelous light and liberty of
the sens of God." I le combined instruction, inspiration, en-
couragement in all his ministrations. Having purity of
thought, mental clearness, delicacy of perception, knowledge
of men and God; he was able to summon "thoughts that
breathe and words that burn." Who that ever heard him in
a revival meeting can forget his appeals? Who that ever
sat under his ministry that did not go from the house of
God purposing to be a better man? lie possessed all the ele-
ments that make a minister successful. Bishop McCabe said
of him: "If 1 could man every pulpit in Xew York City
with a preacher-evangelist like Samuel Creighton, I could
take that City for Christ in a very brief time, lie was great
as an evangelist, great as a preacher, great as a pastor, great
as a financier. Thousands will rise in the judgment and de-
clare him blessed.

After two score years of active service in the ministry,
filling prominent appointments in the Conference, he was
permitted to spend the evening of life, in the quiet and re-
pose of a home in the country any one of us could covet,


awaiting the eclipse of life in a sunset beautiful beyond the
power of words to describe. As he passed into the City of
God, surely he received the "well done" of tbe Father, and
the welcome home of the "loved ones lost awhile" with the
glad greeting of those who had entered the Gates of Pearl
helped by his ministery. In a beautiful casket, covered with
resurrection symbols, surrounded by his brethren of the Con-
ference, who anoint his weary feet with their alabaster boxes
of love as his body is given to the cold earth, while multi-
tudes blessed by his life sobbed out their sympathy over
the great heart silenced forever in this world, the mortal re-
mains of Samuel Creighton were laid to rest in beautiful
Wildwood, in the city of Williamsport. Honored in life,
triumphant in death, crowned in eternity.
"Servant of God, well done; Thy glorious warfare's past:
The battle's fought, the race is won, and thou art crowned
at last." —EDWIN A. PYLES,

In Minutes of Cen. Penn. Conference of M. E. Church.

Mrs. Catharine A. Creighton

Catharine A., wife of the Rev. Samuel Creighton, was
horn in Milesburg, Center County, Pa., May 4. 1833, and
fell asleep in Jesus at ten o'clock P. M., March 4, 1886, at
the parsonage of Eighth Avenue Methodist Episcopal
Church, Altoona.

She was the daughter of the Rev. Charles G. Ryman,
long and favorably known in Methodist circles. She he-
came a Christian in her fourteenth year, and kept the faith
unto the end. Her marriage relation commencing with
May 14, 1857, continued twenty-nine years, during which
time she was a faithful, devoted and efficient helpmeet.


Edward Bright Creighton
>f Philadelphia. Son of Rev. A. M. Creighton



With a vigorous constitution and remarkable nerve force.
she enjoyed excellent health, except during the last six years.
Airs. Creighton had strong attachments for home and its
endearments. She loved the beautiful in nature and in art,
and attracted to herself many special admirers. This was
made manifest in the messages and expressions of sympathy
from friends at home and abroad during her protracted
illness. The hearts she had won in the years turned the
flood-tide of affection thitherward.

She was quiet, thoughtful, undemonstrative, contented.
She was a careful and extensive reader, and worshiped at
the shrine of intelligent convictions. She followed the
Christ ; was in harmony with his great effort in saving the
world, and intrenched her hopes in the Atonement. A life
so full of care, duty and holy triumphs becomes impressive.
Like the Master, Sister Creighton was made perfect
through suffering. Cancer is a cruel power. For six years
she fought it; and never did courage, patience or faith shine
with brighter lustre.

When the writer visited her sick chamber it was on the
Lord's Day at eventide. It was a fitful, stormy day. There
were evidences of comfort and taste, and the deftly-wrought
handiwork of an ever tidy, thrifty and energetic housewife;
but these did not produce the contrast. Without the least
expectation of recovery this Christian woman was as
buoyant, peaceful and happy as if she did not know that
the mystic fingers of death were unloosing the "silver cord,"
or about to throw down at the fountain of life the delicate
"pitcher" or the "golden bowl." High hopes crowned the
hour and touched the sceptre of a love that is infinite, hopes
begotten by the Spirit and faith in the risen Saviour. What
made the contrast? Submission to the divine superintend-


Mary Jane (Creighton) Yeager



ency, and resignation to a cup which the all-wise Father
had prepared, and from which Jesus did not refuse to drink.
Mrs. Creighton conquered through the "crucified."

The funeral services were largely attended. Addresses
were made by the Rev. J. L. Russell, pastor of the Second
Presbyterian Church at Altoona, and the Revs. George War-
ren and James T. Wilson, of Central Penna. Conference.
The body was taken to Williamsport and the interment
made in Wildwood Park Cemetery.

— M. E. Conference Minutes.

Rev. J. R. Akers wrote for New York Christian Advo-
cate, April, 1873 :

"Mary J., wife of J. M. Yeager, and daughter of Wil-
liam Creighton, died at her residence in Yeagertown, Pa.,
March 22, aged 38. For twenty-two years she was a mem-
ber of the M. F. Church, and a faithful follower of the
Lord Jesus. An uncompromising Christian, although a

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