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tiring in 1879, and in 1884 became a direc-
tor of the People's Bank, a position he
held several years. He was also a man-
ager of the Hollenback Cemetery Asso-
ciation, serving as secretary-treasurer
from 1882 until 1896, and was president
of the Hollenback Coal Company. In
1888 he built the Welles Building, on the
public square, that being the first large
office building erected in Wilkes-Barre.
He was an active member of the Wyo-
ming Historical and Geological Society,
and a trustee for many years ; a member
of the board of trustees of Memorial Hall,
the home of Conyngham Post, Grand
Army of the Republic ; and was a
communicant of the First Presbyterian
Church.

This record of business life and public
service of Edward Welles gives little idea
of his true character; in fact, that was
known only to those intimate with him.
He was not a man deeply engrossed in
business ; in fact, did not desire to be
numbered with the captains of industry
who flourished in his day. He, however,
conducted his own affairs well, and al-
though he made some mistakes of judg-
ment, his investments were generally well
selected. He was a man of highest prin-
ciple, esteeming his honor and his promise
sacred. He held to the old ideas in regard
to property, believing it should he held

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intact in the family that accumulated it.
He was most charitable, giving away
probably one-tenth of his income each
year, but doing it without ostentation
and so quietly that few were aware
of the magnitude of his benefactions.
A number of schools in the south and
in the far west received generous aid
from him every year, as did many
other institutions. To his old friends
whom prosperity avoided, he was ever
helpful and to those of his own family not
closely connected, his gifts were large and
frequent. He was much sought for in
counsel and advice, giving freely in that
way as well as more substantially. Dif-
fident and rather reserved in manner, he
cared little for society, but with his old
friends he was most sociable and hospit-
able. He was a great lover of his home,
and was especially fond of his summer
home at Glen Summit.

Literature was perhaps his greatest
passion, and in his quite extensive library
he pursued a wide and varied course of
reading. His well cultivated mind be-
came a veritable storehouse of knowl-
edge, and among his friends he was
known as the "walking encyclopedia,"
and many were the disputed questions of
fact referred to him for final settlement.
He was deeply interested in historical
subjects, especially those relating to the
valley in which his boyhood days were
spent. He was a clear and interesting
writer on historical subjects, and although
he never published his writings in book
form, he frequently contributed to the
local papers. During the last four years
of his life he wrote a series of articles
dealing with the quaint old characters in
the village in which he was born. He
also contributed several articles on his-
torical subjects and events to the "Penn-
sylvania German Magazine," he having
long been interested in the original Ger-



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man emigrants to Pennsylvania and their
descendants. He possessed a keen sense
of humor, and no one enjoyed a good joke
more than he. He was not as ready at
repartee and joke as some, but if he had
a Httle time to prepare himself could be
very witty. But pathos came mo(re
readily than wit, and few there are who
were present a few years ago at a banquet
given Lafayette College alumni, who will
soon forget the beauty and pathos of his
speech in which he called the roll of his
class, all of whom, save himself, had an-
swered roll call in the spirit land.

In his religious faith he held to the
strict interpretation of the orthodox faith
of the Presbyterian church, and he ordered
his life in accordance therewith. Honor,
uprightness and truth characterized his
life, and no descendant of Governor
Thomas Welles ever lived a purer, more
blameless life.

Edward Welles married, August 26,
i8gi, Stella Hollenback, daughter of
George M. and Julia A. (Woodworth)
Hollenback, of Yorkville, Illinois, who
survives him, residing at 28 West South
street, Wilkes-Barre. Her only child is
a son, Edward Welles, Jr., a student at
Lafayette College, class of 1916.



WESTERVELT FAMILY.

The Westervelt family was established
in this country in 1662, by Lubbert Lub-
bertsen Van Westervelt, who settled on
Long Island immediately after his arrival
in New Amsterdam. The record of his
purchase of real estate in Elatbush ap-
pears in Volume B, folio 114, of the Hol-
land records. About 1676 he removed with
his family to Hackensack, New Jersey,
and which has ever since been the head-
quarters of the family. At the organiza-
tion of the Dutch church in that commun-
ity, July 29, 1686, Lubbert Van Westervelt
and his wife, Geesie (Grace), were charter



members, and for many generations the
Westervelts have been identified with the
Dutch and Episcopal churches in that and
other communities in which members of
the family are found. The old Wester-
velt house, built by a grandson of Lub-
bert Lubbertsen Van Westervelt, still
stands at New Hackensack, near Pough-
keepsie, New York, to which place he
moved in 1744. Lubbert Lubbertsen Van
Westervelt and his wife, Geesie, were the
parents of numerous children, among
them being

(II) Roelof, son of Lubbert, senior;
was baptized in Meppel, Holland, on the
loth of March, 1659. He accompanied
his parents to America, and resided on
Long Island during the days of boyhood.
When twenty-nine years of age he mar-
ried, at Bergen, Orsolena or Wesselena,
daughter of Caspar Stymets and Janne-
kin Gerrits, of the same town, on the 25th
of March, 1688. In 1695, in company
with nine others, he purchased from the
Lord Proprietors of East Jersey, for the
sum of one hundred pounds, a large tract
of land embracing some thousands of
acres extending from the Hudson river to
the Overpeck, or English Creek, and run-
ing northerly and southerly a distance of
about two miles. Roelof obtained the
most northerly portion of the tract and
settled upon it, part of said lands still
being in possession of his descendants.
He became a member of the church at
Hackensack in 1687, and was a deacon for
many years. He married, at Schraalen-
burgh, for his second wife. Lea, the
daughter of Jean Demaree and Jacominia
Druens. She was the widow of Abram
Brower. This marriage occurred on the
15th of May, 1731.

(III) Johannes, son of Roelof, was
baptized at Hackensack, July 11, 1696,
and married Egie or Efie, daughter of
Peter de Groot and Belitje van Schaick,



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at the same place. October ii, 1718. They
were the parents of fourteen children.

(IV) Petrus, son of Johannes, was bap-
tized at Hackensack, February 18, 1722.
He married Catelyntje Taeleman, about
1745, and they had children.

(V) Peter, son of Petrus, was born
May 5, 1759. He served in the War of
the Revolution, in Colonel Hawke Hays's
regiment of Orange county. New York
infantry, in the company of Captain Jane-
way, the company being made up of
the descendants of old Dutch families of
New York. (See "New York in the Rev-
olution ;" Archives State of New York —
"The Revolution".) Peter married twice ;
marrying (second) Catherine Blauvelt,
May 16, 1785. He died in 1801.

(VI) Abraham, son of Peter, was born
May 27, 1786. He married Marian Mc-
Kenzie, September 22, 1805, and died
February 10, 1864. Abraham Westervelt
served his country in the War of 1812.
He came to Pittsburgh on or before 1830,
and was for many years connected with
the early business interests of the city.
He was a manufacturer of Venetian
blinds, his factory being located on the
corner of what is now Third avenue and
Market street. The family was promi-
nent in church and musical circles, the
Westervelt home being for many years a
rendezvous for local musicians, among
which were the Tomers, the Mellors, the
Rineharts and the McClatcheys.

(VII) Abraham, son of Abraham (VI),
was born February 26, 1826. He married
Hannah McClatchey, February 15, i860,
and died August 15, 1894. Children of
Abraham and Hannah (McClatchey)
Westervelt: i. Marian McKenzie, born
June 30, 1861. 2. Ida L., born December
5, 1863, married George Hunt Hutchin-
son, March 8, 1894. 3. Harry Clarkson,
see below. 4. Lena C. born August 17,
1869.



(VIII) Harry Clarkson, son of Abra-
ham and Hannah (McClatchey) Wester-
velt, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsyl-
vania, April 14, 1867; was educated in
the schools of Pittsburgh, and Univer-
sity of Pennsylvania ; is practicing medi-
cine in Pittsburgh. He married, Novem-
ber 7, 1900, Frederica Louisa Ballard (see
Ballard line), and they have had children :
I. Harriet Clarkson, born February 10,
1902. 2. Frederick Lyman Ballard, born
July 31, 1903. 3. Peter, born November
22, 1907.

The arms of the Westervelt family are
as follows : Arms — Vert, three fleurs de
lis or. Crest — Two arms in armor, ar-
gent ; hands natural (ppr) out of a ducal
coronet holding a fleur de lis, or. Motto
— Per criicem ad coronam.

(The Ballard Line).

(I) William Ballard was born in Eng-
land, about 1617. It has been believed
by many historians that he is the "Wil-
liam Ballard" who shipped for New Eng-
land March 26, 1634, in the "Mary and
John." He would have been only about
eighteen years old at the time, rather an
unusual age for a Pilgrim ; but he was as-
sociated with several of those who came in
that ship at Newbury, Massachusetts
(where he owned land in 1645) ^"^ An-
dover. He married, at a place and time

not yet ascertained, Grace whose

name and family are not known. An-
dover was the plantation where the
greater portion of Mr. Ballard's life in
New England was passed. The most
ancient entry on the town records of
Andover is a list headed "The names of
all the free house houlders in order as
they came to towne," and the sixteenth
name in this list is "William Ballard."

(II) Joseph Ballard, son of the above
William and Grace Ballard, was born at
date not recorded; married (first) Feb-
ruary 28, 1665, Elizabeth, daughter of

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Edward and Elizabeth (Adams) Phelps,
of Andover ; she died July 27, 1692 ; he
married (second) November 15, 1692,
Rebeckah, widow of Joseph Home
(Orne) ; she died February 11, 1740. He
was of Andover.

(III) Josiah Ballard, son of Joseph
and Rebeckah (Home) Ballard, was born
June 22, 1699, at Andover; married, Au-
gust 7, 1721, Mary, daughter of Thomas
and Mary (Stevens) Chandler, born
March 8, 1702, died April 3, 1779. He
resided at Andover; died December 26,
1780.

(IV) Josiah (2) Ballard, son of Josiah
(i) and Mary (Chandler) Ballard, was
born at Andover, August 14, 1721 ; mar-
ried (intention at Lancaster, March 23,
1743-44), Sarah, daughter of Thomas and
Ruth (Phelps) Carter, born November
10, 1725, and died March 31, 1799. He
resided at Lancaster; was a deacon from
September, 1781, till his resignation,
July 31, 1794. He died August 6, 1799.

(V) William Ballard, son of Josiah (2)
and Sarah (Carter) Ballard, was born at
Lancaster, March 23, 1764; married,
March 19, 1787, Elizabeth, daughter of
Jonathan and Mary (Wyman) Whitney,
born February 14, 1769, died December
7, 1857. He settled in Charlemont about
1789. He was a captain. His death
occurred May 25, 1842.

(VI) Josiah (3) Ballard, son of above
William and Elizabeth (Whitney) Bal-
lard, was born at Charlemont, August 30,
1794; married (first) August 19, 1825,
Margaret, daughter of Aaron and Electa
(Graves) Lyman, who was born Novem-
ber 22, 1800, and died May 2, 1854. He
married (second) Mrs. Sylvia R. Warner,
mother of Charles Dudley Warner. Resi-
dence, Charlemont. He died December
21, i860.

(VII) Frederic Lyman Ballard, son of
Josiah (3) and Margaret (Lyman) Bal-
lard, was born at Charlemont, October i,



1837; married, June 10, i860, Alice Walk-
er (see Walker line) ; settled in Athens,
Ohio, about 1859 ; was three years in Civil
War; removed to Philadelphia in 1876;
died at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
March 20, 1900. Children of Frederic
Lyman and Alice (Walker) Ballard:
Ellis Ames ; Margarette Lyman ; and
Frederica Louisa.

(VIII) Frederica Louisa Ballard,
daughter of Frederic Lyman and Alice
(Walker) Ballard, was born at Philadel-
phia, Pennsylvania, August 12, 1877, and
became the wife of Dr. H. C. Wester-
velt, of Pittsburgh (see Westervelt VIII),
November 7, 1900.

(The Walker Line).

(I) Philip Walker, son of "Widow
Walker," who came from England in
1643; died in 1679; married Jane Butter-
worth, 1654.

(II) Ebenizer Walker married Doro-
thy Abell, born 1676, died 1718.

(III) Caleb Walker, married Abigail
Dean, born 1706.

(IV) Comfort Walker married Mehit-
able Robinson, born 1739, married 1762,
died 1814.

(V) Dr. Ezra Walker married Abigail
Manning, born 1766, married 1787, died
1852.

(VI) Archibald Bates Walker married
Lucy Willis Ames, born 1800, married
1825, died 1886.

(VII) Alice Walker, sixth child, born
1837; married Frederic Lyman Ballard,
at Athens, Ohio, June 10, i860.



CARMAN, Earle P.,

Liavryer, Financial Expert.

Conspicuous among those members of the
Pittsburgh bar who have become promi-
nent within the last decade is Earle Park
Carman, well known not only as a suc-
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expert. Although belonging to the
younger generation of professional men,
Mr. Carman is exceptionally experienced,
having been associated with large enter-
prises from his youth.

Mr. Carman was born in Washington
county, Pennsylvania, and received his
early education in the public schools,
afterwards attending Grove City College
and then studying for his profession at
the West Virginia University, where he
completed the law course in 1906. He
was admitted to practice at the Pitts-
burgh bar, December 15, 1906, in the
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, October
15, 1907, and in the Supreme Court of the
United States, November 11, 1912.

The fact that it was necessary for Mr.
Carman to work his way through college
gave him an advantage which falls to the
lot of every youth so situated, though not
to all with the same fullness of oppor-
tunity with which it came to him — the
advantage of learning at the same time
from books and from life. While a
student, Mr. Carman was employed as
stenographer by various large interests,
including the law firm of Reed, Smith,
Shaw & Beal, of Pittsburgh; the Credit
Department of the Westinghouse Electric
& Manufacturing Company ; and as sec-
retary to W. B. Storey, Jr., then chief
engineer of the Santa Fe railway system,
now vice-president of that system. The
experience thus gained must have been of
inestimable value to the young man, and
that his natural ability had enabled him
to profit by it in no ordinary measure was
apparent from the outset of his career.

From 1906 to 1909, Mr. Carman was
associated with the law firm of Blakeley
& Calvert, of Pittsburgh, devoting his
time largely to the practice of corporation
law in all courts, and rising by dint of
thorough equipment and intense applica-
tion into well-deserved prominence.



From 1909 to the present time he has
practiced alone.

In 1912-13, Mr. Carman traveled abroad
for six months in Europe and South
America, making a study of foreign bank-
ing systems. On his return he became
assistant to the head of the French-Amer-
ican Bank, of Wall street. New York, and
remained in that position until the bank
went into liquidation. Mr. Carman then
returned to Pittsburgh and shortly after-
wards was made receiver of the High
Grade Oil Companies and the Virginian
Coal Company, by appointment of the
Federal Courts in Pittsburgh, New York
and West Virginia.

Mr. Carman is a frequent contributor
to financial periodicals, and an occasional
lecturer on financial topics. His insight
into financial problems is well illustrated
by the fact that he was the first man to
publicly advocate important measures in
the development of the Federal Reserve
banking system which were afterwards
adopted by the Federal Reserve Board
and the National Association of Credit
Men. These measures were suggested by
Mr. Carman in an article entitled "The
Change in Credit Methods Made Neces-
sary by the Federal Reserve Act," which
was published in the "Commercial and
Financial Chronicle," of New York,
April 24, 191 5, later appeared in pamphlet
form, and soon found a permanent place
in financial literature in the libraries of
the American Bankers Association and of
all Federal Reserve Banks.

In the mentality of Mr. Carman, the
legal mind and the mind of the financier
are harmoniously blended and this com-
bination has impressed upon his suc-
cesses a stamp of singular distinction.
Deeply read in the law and in finance,
with an accurate conception of business
psychology and a marvelous memory, he
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his knowledge and an insight into char-
acter which enables him to penetrate all
disguises and renders it well nigh impos-
sible for him to be taken by surprise.
These attributes are well understood by
the public and the profession and have
caused him to be regarded as a very for-
midable antagonist.

Although deeply absorbed in his work,
Mr. Carman is actively interested in
public affairs that make for civic progress
and improvement. He is a member of
the Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce,
and serves on its finance and banking
committee, and is a member of the
Masonic fraternity, and of the Third
Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh.

Mr. Carman is a man of valiant fidelity,
a true friend, and possesses the faculty of
inspiring loyal attachment in others. His
appearance is, perhaps, best described by
the simple recital of what he has accom-
plished, for his face and bearing show
him to be a man who has done what is
recorded of him and indicate that his
present achievements are only a begin-
ning.

(The Carman Line).

The Carman family is one of the oldest
of the Anglo-Saxon race. Its authentic
ancestry, based on official records, begins
in the English nobility of the reign of
Edward the Confessor (A. D. 1042), but
the name appears in the Anglo-Saxon
chronicles in the time of Alfred the Great
(A. D. 871-901), in the genealogies of the
Bishops of Mercia (A. D. 670-796) and is
mentioned by Bede, the first historian of
England. The following is a condensed
chart of the ancestral line of Earle Park
Carman from A. D. 1042 to the date of
his birth :

(i) John Carman, holding a lordship
in Surrey, A. D. 1042, and holding the
same A. D. 1085-86, as per records in
Domesday Book. (2) John Carman of
Surrey, in the list of Sir Knights Crusad-



ers of the English Contingent of the First
Crusade, A. D. 1096. (3) John, 1125,
holds same lands in Surrey. (4) Wil-
liam, 1 149, son of preceding, holds same
lands and manor. (5) William, 1171, son
of preceding, is in the Battle Abbey Char-
ters. (6) Thomas, 1199, son of preced-
ing, in same records. (7) John, 1224, in
Cinque Port Records, and his son, (8)
Henry, 1254, in same records of Harwich
and Herts county. (9) Henry, who is
clearly traced as son of preceding, is in
the so-called second historic census of
England, A. D. 1273, the Rotuli Hun-
dredorum, or Hundred Rolls. He holds
a manor and desmesnes at Hemel Hemp-
stead, and is also referred to as Henry
Carman and "Matilda his wife." (10)
William, 1299, who succeeds as heir, who
has (11) William, born 1325, who has
(12) John, born 1354, who has (13) John,
born 1378, who by wife Ann Stratford
has a son (14) Henry, born 1404, who
succeeds to the estate as only surviving
heir. His son (15) Thomas, born 1430,
has (16) Thomas, born 1459, who has
(17) John, born 1482, who among others
has (18) Thomas, born 15 17; William,
born (?), both Puritan leaders and both
burned at the stake at Norwich, William
in 1557 and Thomas in 1558. With the
latter in the same fire was William Sea-
man, of Mendelsham in Norfolk. Soon
after a daughter of William Carman be-
came the wife of a son of the martyr,
William Seaman. (See Bloomfield's
"History of Norfolk;" Neal's "Puritan
Martyrs," etc).

Thomas Carman, the martyr of 1558
(born 1517) had three sons: (19) Thomas,
born 1539, died 1548, (19) John, born
1 541 ; (19) Henry, born 1547.

Of these, Henry, born 1547, had
Henry, who had Henry, born 1597, who
in 1620 went to Virginia in the ship
"Duty." (See Hotton's "Original Lists
of Immigrants from 1600 to 1700"). Also



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see account of him in "Makers of the
Nation."

We resume the lineage with (i8)
Thomas, born 1517, who had (19) John,
born 1541, who had (20) John, born
1563, who had (21) John, born 1584, who
was the father of

(22) John Carman, the Puritan ances-
tor of Plymouth Colony, who in 1631
came in the ship "Lyon," and was of
Lynn, where in 1632 he had by wife Flor-
ence (daughter of Rev. Robert Fordham)
a son John and (1634) a daughter Abigail.
Next of Wethersfield, Colony of Connec-
ticut, and in 1641 one of the original
patentees of Stamford, Connecticut, and
in 1643, with his father-in-law, of the
committee who negotiated the purchase
of about 120,000 acres of land on Long
Island, extending from Long Island
Sound to the Atlantic ocean, of the
Rockaway and Merrick tribes of Indians.
In 1644 this purchase was confirmed to
himself (John Carman) and six other
Englishmen. Of these, one was the noted
Captain John Seaman, who in 1641 was
co-patentee of Stamford. In 1644 John
Carman was one of the first five families
that settled on this patent — all but one
of the families being of or from Hemel
Hempstead, England, and the settlement
was named Hempstead (originally "New
Hempstead") and the first child born in
the settlement was Caleb, son of John
and Florence Carman.

We now resume the lineage with

(I) John Carman, who came in the
"Lyon" in 1631 and who is first of the
American lineage. His son

(II) John, born in Lynn, 1632, mar-
ried Hannah, daughter of Captain John
Seaman. He had

(III) John, born in Hempstead, Long
Island, 1656, who by wife Mary, daughter
of Simon and Mary Cooper, had

(IV) William, born in Jamaica, Long



Island, in 1680, who by wife, Ann Den-
ton, had

(V) Elijah, born in Jamaica, in 1705,
who by wife, Elizabeth Bloodgood, had
sons Elijah, William, Joshua, Jonathon,
Daniel, Nathaniel, Thomas, Caleb and
Jehiel. Elijah (V) served in the French
and Indian War in Northern New York
and at its close removed with his family
to Monmouth county. New Jersey, where
was born, April 21, 1768.

(VI) Jehiel, who came with other
colonists to Western Pennsylvania in
1784, where he settled in what is now
Washington county, and later in life ac-
quired by patent from the Common-
wealth a large tract of land, some of
which has remained in the family name
to the present time (1915). Four of his
older brothers, Elijah, Nathaniel, Daniel
and Thomas, served in the patriot army
during the Revolution in the famous First
Batallion of the First Regiment of the
Continental Line of New Jersey, all
credited to the quota of Monmouth
county. Another brother, Jonathan, was
in the First Regiment of the New York
Continental Line and was killed at the
battle of Long Island.

In 1795, Jehiel married Margaret Near-
ing, of Washington county, Pennsyl-
vania. He had sons Elijah, Daniel, Jona-
thon, Joseph, Enoch and William Cooper.
In the latter part of his life, he moved to
Jefferson county, Ohio, where he acquir-
ed other lands and died in 1855.

(VII) Elijah, eldest son of Jehiel andl
Margaret (Nearing) Carman, was born
in what is now Independence township,
Washington county, Pennsylvania, Oc-
tober 20, 1797, where he lived during I
practically all of his lifetime of ninety
years. He married Eleanor, daughter of
William and Margaret Richardson, also]
of Washington county, Pennsylvania.
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thon, Jehiel and Louis Wetzel, and four
daughters.

(VIII) Louis Wetzel, youngest son of
Elijah and Eleanor (Richardson) Car-
man, was born in what is now Inde-