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pal of the public schools at Shamokin, Penn., and
organized the high school of that town. In 18'!'4-75
he filled a similar position in Lehighton, Penn. As
a teacher he was enthusiastic and thorough, and as
a disciplinarian very successful. During the years
of his teaching he usually gave a few months each
year to farming. In 1865 he went to Cincinnati,
where he was engaged for a time clerking for the
National Publishing Company. In 1872 also he
served as clerk to the Presbyterian Board of Edu-
cation, Philadelphia. In 1880 he purchased the
Delta Herald, after the paper had had a precarious
existence of eighteen months. Under his care it
has become not only a success as a business venture,
but a power for good which is widely felt, the paper
taking high rank with the older papers of York
County. In 1884 he quit teaching and devoted
himself to the editorial and business management of
his paper. September 14, 1869, he was married to
Miss Martha McCurdy, daughter of W. J. McCurdy,
of Peach Bottom Township, and sister of J. C. Mc-
Curdy, publisher, Philadelphia. She was a most
lovely woman in heart, life and person, and proved
a valuable helpmeet; but after three years of happy
wedded life death removed her to a brighter world.
After trying the world alone for eleven years,
September 27, 1883, he married Miss Fannie K.
Vogt, daughter of Herman Vogt, of York. Miss
Vogt had for several years been a successful teacher
in the public schools of York, and is a lady whose
culture, vivacity and personal attractions win her
friends wherever she goes. Her attainments render
her an efficient help to her husband in his literary
labors. Following this marriage a son was born
November 6, 1884. In life, character and business,
Samuel J. Barnett is upright and very conscientious.
He has been a warm advocate of temperance, and



an active worker in church and Sunday-school. In
youth he united with the Slateville Presbyterian
Church, with which he is still connected, and has
for several years filled the position of Sunday-
school superintendent. In politics he has been a Re-
publican. Three times he ran as candidate for county
superintendent in York County; but though ac-
knowledged to stand head and shoulders above any
other candidate, the strong political sentiment
which was brought to bear against him caused his
defeat. Mr. Barnett now lives in Delta, where he
has built for himself a commodious dwelling and
printing office.

WILLIAM BABTON was born in Peach Bot-
tom Township, York Count}', May 23, 1833, on the
farm of 180 acres now owned and occupied by him.
His parents, William and Elizabeth (Heaps) Barton,
were both natives of Harford County, Md. The
subject of this sketch has passed his entire life on a
farm, and by his industry and skill has acquired a
competence. He has held the offices of assessor,
inspector and school director. He married Miss
Sarah M. Fulks, daughter of Benjamin Fulks, May
23, 1860, and has two sons: John A. and Harry A.
Mrs. Barton is a member of the Slateville Presby-
terian Church.

WALTER BEATTIE was born February 13,-
1810, in Dumfriesshire, Scotland. His parents,
Simon and Nancy Beattie. came to America in
1817, and settled in Peach Bottom Township. The
family consisted of the parents and fourteen chil-
dren — six sons and eight daughters— one daughter
having died on the passage over. Walter, like his
brothers and sisters, was brought up on the farm,
and from his earliest boyhood was accustomed to
hard and incessant labor, receiving his education
during winters in the indifferent county schools of
that day. He purchased in 1838 a tract of land
known asthe "Warm Spring Farm," and at present
owns four farms in addition to a fine mill property
known as Wiley's Mill. The family are members
of the Presbyterian Cliurch, and Walter has been
active in works of charity in the community where
he resides. His too confiding disposition has oc-
casioned him frequent pecuniary losses, nothwith-
standing which he has, by his industry, become one
of the solid men of the county. In politics Mr.
Beattie has never aspired to office, though his fel-
low-citizens have conferred on him various local
positions, among others those of supervisor,
or and collector.

EMANUEL J. BLAIN was born in Fawn
Township, York County, July 16, 1840. His par-
ents, Moses and Sarah ("Bulett) Blain, were natives
of the same place, and of Scotch-Irish extraction.
He is the second of fourteen children, being the.
eldest son. His early life was passed on a farm and
as a clerk in his father's store. Having received a
good education at Bryansville High School and
York County Academy, he devoted about four
years to teaching a public school. He married,
November 31, 1861, Mary S. Webb, daughter of
William Webb, a prominent citizen of Fawn Town-
ship. About 1863 Mr. Blain embarked in the mer-
cantile business at Bryansville, and continued in
the same at that place and at Delta until the open-
ing of the York & Peach Bottom Railroad in 1876,
when he entered the employ of that company as
baggage master, which position he acceptably filled
until February, 1884. He then resigned and re-
sumed his old business as a member of the firm of
Lloyd & Blain at Delta. While a merchant in 187.5,
Mr. Blain invested a large part of his capital in
slate-mining, which proved a failure, and forced
him to make an assignment for the benetit of his
creditors. On settlement of his affairs, however,
every claim was fully paid, which is a conclusive
proof of his business Integrity. He has held the

office of councilman of the borough of Delta and
is a Past Master of Esdraelon Lodge A. F. & A. M.
He and wife are members of the Slate Ridge Pres-
Ijyterian Church.

CAPT. ASAPH M. CLARKE was born in Jef-
ferson County, Penn., February 11, 1844. His par-
ents. Dr. Asaph M. and Rebecca M. (Nichols)
Clarke, were of English extraction. The subject
of this sketch is the eldest of six children — four
daughters and two sons. At the beginning of the
war he enlisted in Company K, Eighth Penn.sylva-
nia Infantry (three months' men), and served
chiefly in Virginia, taking part in the battle of
Falling Water and others. He was honorably dis-
charged July 9, 1861, and in November following
entered Company F, Sixty-seventh Pennsylvania
Volunteer Infantry as orderly-sergeant, and was
promoted to second lieutenant July 37, 1863. De-
cember 13, 1864, he was made first lieutenant of
Company K, and commissioned as captain of the
same company May 1, 1865. During his latter term
of service he took part in the battles of Berryville,
Opequan, Winchester, Mine Run, both engage-
ments at Weldon Railroad, both at Hatch's Run,
Brandy Station, Petersburg, Cedar Creek, Middle-
town, Wilderness, Cold Harbor, White House,
Fisher's Hill and a number of others of minor im-
portance. At Winchester, June 15, 1863, he re-
ceived a wound in his left ankle, breaking the bone,
which caused his capture and subsequent confine-
ment in Libby and Belle Isle until August, 1863.
The promotions he received were for meritorious
conduct and distinguished services, and since the
close of the war he receives a pension on account
of his wound. After his discharge he spent some
time in the study of medicine, and afterward reg-
istered as a law student, but did not complete a
course in either. He was married, June 13, 1869,
to Clara F. Butler, of Brookville, and has one son,
Milton B., living, having lost a daughter, Nora, in
infancy. Capt. Clarke is a member of the Masonic
fraternity, Grand Army, Odd Fellows, I. O. K. M.,
K. of P. and other societies; is at this writing a
justice of the peace, and was a candidate for the
legislature in 1884. He is engaged in the jewelry
business at Delta. The father of our subject. Dr.
A. M. Clarke, was born in Hartford, Conn., March
83, 1808, was taken by his parents in infancy to St.
Lawrence County, N. Y., and in 1819 brought to
what is now Elk County, this State. He was mar-
ried, March 6, 1831, and celebrated his golden wed-
ding in 1881, and died suddenly in the springof 1884.

JESSE T. CRAWFORD, second son of Joseph
and Frances (Taylor) Crawford, was born in the ex-
treme southeastern part of York County, March 35,
1831. His father was of Scotch-Irish origin, and
his mother of the English Taylor family, well known
in the southern part of Harford County, Md.
Soon after their marriage they located on a small
farm in Peach Bottom Township, where they reared
a family of four sons and four daughters— two sons
and two daughters are still living. The subject of
this sketch received a fair education at Chestnut
Level Academy, and adopted the profession of
teaching, a pursuit which he followed almost con-
tinuously for thirty years, in Pennsylvania, Mary-
land and Kentucky. He taught one year in York,
three years in Hanover, Penn., and for eight years
had charge of the high school at Delta, where a
large number of young persons of both sexes were
prepared for teaching. He served five years as jus-
tice of the peace in Peach Bottom Township, and
after the incorporation of Delta, was elected to the
same office in the borough, which office he still
holds. He took an active part in this incorporation,
made the survey, and has been town clerk ever
since. He, in addition to his official duties, does an
extensive business as a surveyor and conveyancer.


He was one of the charter members of Esdraelou
Lodge No. 176, A. P. & A. M.. as well as of the
Delta Building and Loan Association, of which he
is the secretary. He was, iu 1884, a candidate for
county commissioner, but failed to secure the nom-
ination. He married, September 5, 1860, Sarah A.
Healey, of Harford Coflaty, Md., a descendant of
the Ellibott family, of ElHcott's Mills, Md., and has
had five children, four of whom, Elizabeth F., Ag-
nes I., James C. and Joseph R., are living, and one
Minnie J., dead. The eldest daughter is a teacher.
His mother died in 1861, and his father in 1873.

RUDOLPHUS D. DODSON, born in Peach Bot-
tom Township, February 27, 1856, is the youngest of
four sons of Henry and Elizabeth (McCurdy) Dod-
son, the former a native of Ireland, and the latter
of York County, and also of Irish parentage. The
subject of this notice was reared on a farm, attend-
ing school in the winter until, at the age of six-
teen, he entered a drug store in York, where he
remained a year and a half. Some time after this
he began the study of dentistry with Dr. W. C. Mc-
Curdy, in Baltimore County, Md., with whom he
remained two years. Returning to York County he
practiced about two years, and then entered the
Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, where he re-
mained one term. In the fall of 1883 he entered
the University of Maryland, from the dental depart-
ment of which he graduated in March, 1883. Since
that time he has pursued his profession with success
at Delta. He married Miss Rose A. Poist, of Peach
Bottom Township, April 17, 1876, and has two chil-
dren; Henry M. and Elizabeth' O. He is the owner
of a fine house in Delta, lately erected, and though
a young man, has a lucrative practice.

Donegal, Ireland, was born October 10, 1839. He,
with his parents, Henry and Mary Dougherty, came
to America and settled at Delta in 1852. Constan-
tine is the eldest of eight children — four sons and
four daughters. He received a fair education in the
public schools, and was for some time employed in
a slate quarry. At the age of eighteen he began
the trade of blacksmith, and has successfully car-
ried it on ever since. During the war he spent
about two years in the government employ in Wash-
ington, D. C, and Baltimore. He married Miss Kate
Barr, daughter of Hugh and Fannie Barr, of Don-
egal, Ireland, at Philadelphia, June 6. 1866, and has
ten children: James H., Mary E., Fannie, Michael
H., Charles, Francis. Joseph, Kate, Susan T. and
Sarah A. (living), and John F. (who died at the age
of five years). In politics Mr. Dougherty is a Dem-
ocrat. In 1884 he was elected chief burgess of
Delta, though two-thirds of the voters of the
place are Republicans. This fact is an evidence of
the esteem In which he is held by his neighbors.
His father died in 1879, at the age of seventy-three;
his mother is still living. The family are members
of St. Mary's Catholic Church, of Harford County,

EDWARD W. EVANS was born in the slate
district of north Wales, December 7, 1838, and
came to America in 1860. He located in Peach
Bottom Township, where he began work for John
Humphrey in his slate quarry. In the spring of
1861 he went to California, where he, for several
years, engaged in gold mining with varied success.
He afterward traveled extensively through New
Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, meeting with nu-
merous adventures in those almost unexplored re-
gions. In 1865 he came East, and was employed
about two years in Utica and in Washington County,
. N. Y. On his return to Pennsylvania in 1868, he
engaged in mercantile business at West Bangor, as
a member of the firm of William E. Williams & Co.,
where he remained four years. He then resumed
work as a quarryman, and has been so engaged

ever since. In December, 1881, he leased about ten
acres of slate land, and reopened a quarry. After
working a year and a halt to remove the accumu-
lated rubbish, he has succeeded in developing a pay-
ing quarry. He married Miss Mary P. Roberts, at
West Bangor, in 1869. She is of Welsh parents,
and was born on the ocean, while her parents were
on their way to America. They have one child-
Hugh. Mr. Evans is one of the trustees of Bsdrae-
lon Lodge, A. F. & A. M., and is a Republican.

ROBERT T. FRY, son of Elias and Martha
(Groff) Fry, was born at York Furnace, January 20,
1855. His parents are natives of Lancaster County,
but came to York Furnace in 1854, where they still
reside. Robert was married. May 18, 1880, to Ella
E., daughter of R. K. Boyd, of Lower Chanceford,
and has one child— Elias K. He has held the offices
of clerk of Lower Chanceford and assessor of Peach
Bottom Township. His present occupation is that
of general merchant at Coal Cabin, on the Tide

DAVID FULTON was born in Peach Bottom
Township, May 13, 1816. His parents, John andl
Elizabeth (Creswell) Fulton, were like most of the
early settlers of this township, of Scotch-Irisk
descent. John Fulton was, for many years, a prom-
inent school teacher, as well as farmer. He acquired
a large tract of land by his industry and economy,
and was the father of five sons ancl two daughters,
David, the eldest of the family, was educated as a
farmer, and was married June 29, 1839, to Saraii
Jane, daughter of Allen and Margaret (Regan) Mil-
ler. They have had six children: John H., Robert
A., Martha A., Margaret A., Elizabeth J. and Agnes
M,, all of whom reside in Peach Bottom Township,
except Margaret, wife of Thomas Gregg, of Lan-
caster County. Mr. Fulton has filled with credit
the offices of supervisor and school director in hia
native township, and by his own industry hafe
acquired a competency, while enjoying the respect
and confidence of his neighbors. 'The family are ,'
connected with the Slate Ridge Pre.sbyteriao ,

Hugh Glasgow, was born June 39, 1806, on the old ■
homestead, near Slate Hill, York County. His
fatherwas a native of Chester County, and removed ■
wlien a young man, to York County, where he I'e-
sided on the above mentioned farm until his death,
in 1818. He was chosen to represent the district in
the national congress and was associate judge of
this county. While in congress, he secured the
establishment of Peach Bottom Postoffice, the first,
and for many years the only one in the township.
Prior to that time, the nearest office was Bel Air,
Md. His mother Maria (Ramsay) Glasgow, was :
a native of York County, a member of a family,
which for many years has been prominent m thie-
township. They were married in 1804, and she died '
in 1820, leaving four sons, of whom the subject of •
this sketch is the only survivor. He remained on,
the farm until the age of thirteen, when he entered!
a store in Wrightsville, Penn., where he remained
about six years, and then went to Baltimore. Md..
where he remained six years; returning to York
County, he engaged in farming a vocation which he
has since followed. In 1841 ne purchased the farm
of 125 acres, on which he now resides. Tliis farm
is mostly in York County, though the dwelling
house is in Harford County, Md. In 1837 Mr. Glas-
gow married Mary A. Beven, a native of York
County. He has held the office of commissioner of
Harford County, and has always enjoyed the con-
fidence and esteem of his neighbors.

J. WILLIAM HICKMAN, M. D , is the eldest
son of William C. and Victorine E. (Gibbons) Hick-
man. His father was a native of Chester County,
and his mother of Fayette County, Penn. They



are of English descent, and reared two sons and four
daughters. The Doctor was born in Chester Count}',
September 23, 1856, and passed the first sixteen
years of his life on the farm and in the public
schools. Later he spent two years in the State
Normal School, at Westchester, and then entered
the Washington and Jefferson College, where he be-
gan the study of medicine. In 1873 the family
moved to Michigan, where the father died in the
fall of the same year, aged fifty-eight. The re-
mainder of the family resided there two years, our
subject teaching in the public schools. In 1876 he
entered the oflSce of Dr. G. A. Dougherty, at Wash-
ington, Penn., where he pursued his medical studies,
attending one year's lectures at Baltimore, and then
entering Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia,
where he graduated in March, 1879. Shortly after-
ward he came to Delta, where he enjoys a remun-
erative practice, in addition to which he conducts a
drug store. He was married to Miss Hannah J.
Hickman, at York. October 3, 1879, and has one
child— Carrie R. He is a member of the borough
council, a Master Mason, and a member of the
York County Medical Society, and of the Slateville
Presbyterian Church. The Hickman family own
and occupy the same land in Chester County which
was taken up by their ancestors on their arrival in

SAMUEL P. JOHNSON, son of James W. and
Sarah (Wilson) Johnson, was born July 20, 1845, on
the homestead In Peach Bottom Township. His
father was a native of Peach Bottom, and a son of
James Johnson, who came from Dublin, Ireland,
and purchased about 500 acres of land, a part of
which still remains in possession of the family.
James W. Johnson, father of Samuel P., was for
several years justice of the peace. He was noted
for his charity and benevolence, and suffered many
pecuniary losses,in consequence of designing persons
taking advantage of his too confiding nature. He
died September 16, 1884, at the age of seventy-four.
The subject of this s ;etch was reared on the farm,
and for many years had its management. In 1883
he purchased about 300 acres of it, and has since
continued a successful farmer. He married Martha
A. Fulton, December 7, 1869. and has four children;
Sally W., Jam_es, Grace A. and Samuel P. In
1862 he enlisted in Independent Battery I, of
Pennsylvania, and served nine months. Like his
father, Mr. Johnson is respected by his neighbors
and regarded by all as a good citizen.

ROBERT L. JONES, a prominent slate manu-
facturer of Peach Bottom Township, is a native of
Carnaervonshire, in north Wales, was born March
15, 1841; came to Peach Bottom Township in 1860,
engaged in slate quarrying, in the employ of a
Philadelphia company, and afterward for John
Humphrey. August 22, 1863, he enlisted in Com-
pany A, Third Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery, and
served until June 14. 1865. During the last eight-
een months his companj' was on the gun-boat
"Shrapnel." He was never on the sick list nor lost a
day from duty. He was discharged with the rank
of first sergeant at Camp Hamilton, Va., and re-
turned to West Bangor, where he resumed work at
Ms old place, and continued so employed until
1871, when he became associated with four partners
in operating a quarry. Selling out in 1879, he, in
company with P. B. Shank, leased about twenty-
five acres of slate land, and opened a new quarry
about one-fourth mile from West Bangor, which
has proved one of the most productive on the ridge.
He manufactured, in 1883. with about twenty
hands. 2,800 squares of roofing slate. Since 1882
Mr._ Jones has been sole owner, and his entire time
is given to tliemanagement of the business. Though
he attended school in Wales only twb years (be-
tween seven and nine), and about two months In

America, yet he keeps his own books, and directs
his large business unassisted. He married, in Phil-
adelphia, in 1870, Miss Isabella Roberts, a native of
Wales, and has four children: Emma, William J.,
Arthur and Isabella. Both Mr. Jones and wife are
members of the Calvinistic Methodist Church, and
he is treasurer in I he Esdraelon Lodge, A. F. & A.
M., and also treasurer of the Building and Loan
Association of Delta.

FOULK JONES was born in Carnaervon Coun-
tj'. Wales, December 25, 1823, and came to America
in 1848. He settled in Peach Bottom Township, and
engaged in slate quarrying for about eighteen
months, and then crossed to Lancaster County,
where he operated a quarry for about nine years,
after which he returned to Peach Bottom, and
bought a tract of slate land at Slate Hill, on which
he, with a partner, opened a quarry, and worked it
with varied success until 1873, when it was aban-
doned. He was active in building the York &
Peach Bottom Railroad, and was a member of its
first board of directors, and he also contributed
I largely to the construction of the Maryland & Cen-
I tral Railroad, being, for a time, a director and pres-
ident of the Pennsylvania Division. Mr. Jones

York County farms he has conducted a successful
dairy. He has a fair English education, received
in Wales and after he came to America. He mar-
ried, in Lancaster, Penn., November 5, 1885, Miss
Rebecca Marshall, a native of that county, and has
had born to him six children, three of whom are
living: Maggie J., Dienal Wyu and Marshall F. Mr.
Jones has held the office of township auditor and
school director. The family are connected with the
Presbyterian Church.

M. D., of Delta, Peach Bottom Township, was born
in Lower Chanceford Township October 31. 1815.
His parents, John and Margaret (Nelson) Kilgore,
natives of the same township, were of Scotch de-
scent, and had eight children, of whom Dr. K. is

I now the only one living. His father was a farmer,
and subject remained with him until he was fifteen

I years of age, attending the common schools. In
1830 he attended a Latin and Greek school in his
township for one year and nine months, when he
entered the office of Dr. Levingston, of Chanceford

} Township, and continued the study of Latin and
Greek. In 1833 he went to Newark, Delaware

I Academy for one year, then to York Academy for
two years, first as a student and then as assist-

I ant teacher. From there he went to Franklin Col-

i lege. New Athens, Ohio, for two years, and gradu-
ated in 1836 as A. B. ; then he taught at the Acade-

I my at Wheeling, Va., until the spring of 1837. At
the office of Dr. Mcllvain he next began the study
of medicine, and in the fall of 1837 he entered the
Jefferson College at Philadelphia, graduating in

I 1839. He first began to practice at Liverpool,
where he resided four years, then removed to York,

\ and remained until 1848 ; then to Peach Bottom
Township. In 1851 he removed to Delta Borough,
where he has since resided, and is very successful
in his practice. November 24, 1840, he married
Maria Louisa Haller, daughter of George Haller,
Esq., and is the father of ten children: Edwin Hal-
ler, William Nelson, Frances Louisa, Florence Su-
san, Ida Augusta. Clara (deceased), Thomas P.,
Lucy J., John G. (deceased) and an infant unnamed.
The Doctor has held a number of township offices,
such as school director and judge of elections.

THE McCONKEY FAMILY. About the middle
of the last century Hugh and James McConkey, two
brothers of pure Scotch-Irish origin, emigrated from
north Ireland to America. Hugh purchased land,
and located in Lancaster County, Penn., and James



went to Baltimore. John McConkey, probably a

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