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He married Amanda Barron, a member of one
of the oldest and most prominent families of
Bucks county, Pennsylvania. I'hey have five
children: Daniel W., now a student in Lafayette
College; Marion, deceased; Harold, who has also
passed away ; and Norman and Edward C, who
are attending the public schools.

JOHN BACON, treasurer of the Easton
Trust Company, of Easton, Pennsylvania, was
born in Philadelphia, September 30, 1842. The
ancestral history, as far back as there is authentic
record, presents first the name of Sir Nathaniel
Bacon. He was the father of Nathaniel Bacon,
second, who was banished by King Charles II,
for writing a book against the Church of Eng-
land. John Bacon, son of Nathaniel Bacon, sec-
ond, was born in England, and with two brothers
emigrated to America. Although the exact date
of their arrival is unknown, they came before
1685, for in that year John Bacon and one of his
brothers settled in Salem, New Jersey, while in
1688 he married the daughter of Hon. John
Smitli. John Bacon served as justice of the peace

of Salem, New Jersey, from 1696 until 1697, and
again from J699 until 1701. He was a member
of the Society of Friends. His son, John Bacon,
second, was born in March, 1698, in Salem, New
Jersey, maried Elizabeth Smith, and died in 1755.

Job Bacon, son of John Bacon, second, was
born October 6, 1735, and when a young man
went to Philadelphia, where he engaged in mer-
chandising, successfully following that pursuit
throughout his business career. He was mar-
ried, February 24, 1774, to Mary Lownes, who
was born in what is now Springfield, Delaware
county, Pennsylvania, December 18, 1742, and
died June 22, 1803. She was the tenth child of
Joseph Lownes, who was born June 2, 1699,
and died August i, 1781. His grandfather
Lownes was born and lived in England, but after
his death his widow came with her children to-
America, settling in Springfield.

John Bacon, son of Job and Mary (Lownes)
Bacon, was born in Philadelphia, Sep-
tember 4, 1779, and became his father's successor
in business in partnership with Joshua Long-
streth. Subsequently the firm of Bacon and
Longstreth was dissolved, and Mr. Bacon con-
tinued in the business alone until appointed city
treasurer of Philadelphia, in which capacity he
served for thirteen years. He took a leading
and helpful part in the promotion of many pub-
lic enterprises and served as a director and treas-
urer of the Deaf and Dumb Asylum from its
establishment, was a director and inspector of
the Lancaster Turnpike from December 13, 1817,
until his death, covering a period of about forty-
two years, and was inspector and treasurer of the
Eastern Penitentiary from its establishment. He
turned the first shovel of earth at the time the
foundation was begun for that institution, and
was actively interested in the work until the
building was completed at a cost of $673,620.80.
He wedded Mary Ann Warder, September 22,.
1801, and died October 3, 1859.

Charles Warder Bacon, son of John and IMary
Ann Bacon, and father of John Bacon of this
review, was born in Philadelphia, January 25,
1806. He early entered mercantile circles in his
native citv, where he became familiar with the



business, continuing his connection therewith
until 1830. In that year he went to Pottsville,
where he entered the bank at that place, but in
1836 he returned to Philadelphia, where he en-
gaged in the coal trade, and about 1845 entered
the employ of the Schuylkill Navigation Com-
pany, was afterwards made treasurer, and was
connected with the corporation for thirty years,
or until the time of his demise,. May 25, 1875.
He was three times married, his second wife being
Mary Thomas, a daughter of Daniel and Ag-
ness (Johnson) Thomas.

John Bacon, son of Charles Warder and }ilary
(Thomas) Bacon, completed his education in the
Central High School at Philadelphia, in which
he was graduated in the class of 1858. Like his
ancestors, he became connected with mercantile
interests in Philadelphia, and was thus associated
with business circles of that city until 1865, when
he removed to Glendon, Northampton county, to
accept the position of cashier with the Glendon
Iron Company. In 1890 he removed to Easton,
and upon the organization of the Easton Trust
Company became its treasurer, which represents
his business affiliation at the present time.

At the time of the Civil war Mr. Bacon was an
advocate of the L'nion cause. He became a lieu-
tenant in the Thirty-third Regiment (Blue Re-
serves) Infantry, Pennsylvania Militia, and was
twice called out in service. For twenty-five years
while at Glendon he filled the office of justice of
the peace. He is a director of the H. G. Tombler
Grocery Company, a charter member of the
Pomfret Club, and of the Northampton Country
Club. He was brought up in the Society of
Friends. Since living in Easton he has been con-
nected with the Episcopal church.

Mr. Bacon was twice married. His first wife
was Harriet A., daughter of John and Eliza
Knight Vogel, of Philadelphia, who died August
14, 1866. On the 15th of September, 1869, he
was married to Emilie Burke, a daughter of John
and Matilda (Rnnkle) Burke, of Easton. She
was born September 30. 1843. and died December
19, 1901. There were five children by that mar-
riage: I. ;\Iatilda Runkle. bom November i, 1870.
who is the wife of William [Marsh Michler, and

has three children, John Francis, Emilie Bacon
and Margaret Henry. 2. Agnes Thomas, born
December 21, 1871, who is the wife of Frederick
L. Hess, and has one daughter, Anna Baccn. 3.
Charles Warder, born June 24, 1873, died March
5, 1880. 4. John, born October 18, 1876, who
was educated in the Easton schools, married
Jeanette ^Morrow and has one daughter, [Mary
Morrow. 5. Howard Burke, born February 12,
1879, who pursued his education in the schools
of Easton and in Lafayette College, being a grad-
uate in the latter institution as a civil engineer
with the class of 1901.

JOHN S. NOBLE, a banker and broker of
Easton, whose public-spirited interest in the pro-
gress and welfare of his citv has made him one of
its valued residents, was born March 2, 1851, a
representative of an old New England family.

His paternal grandparents were. Rev. Bird-
sev and Elizabeth (Sanford) Noble, the former
a clergyman of the Episcopal church. Their son,
Frederick ^^'. Noble, was born in Middletown,
Connecticut, and pursued his early education in
public and private schools of New England.
When a }'Oung man he removed westward to
Pennsylvania, locating in Easton, where he en-
gaged in the hardware business at the corner of
South Third street and Center Square, where the
Easton Trust Building now stands and which
property he owned. He was successfully engaged
in the conduct of that enterprise until about ten
years prior to his death, his connection with the
mercantile interests of the city covering a period
of four decades. He was also one of the organ-
izers of the [Merchants' Bank of Easton, and be-
came a member of its first board of directors.
He was also identified with other public enter-
prises for the benefit of his community, putting
forth strenuous effort in behalf of measures
that contribute to its material, social, intellectual
and moral advancement. As a diversion from
the cares of a mercantile career he conducted a
fine stock farm, and he became actively interested
in the Farmers' Institute and in the fairs which
were annually held in Easton. His political al-
legiance was given the Whig party until its dis-



solution, when he joined the ranks of the new
RepubHcan party. His rehgioiis faith was that
of the Episcopal church, in which he was reared.
In earl_v manhood he married Anna Sabring, of
Easton, Pennsylvania, a daughter of William L.
and Elizabeth (Davis) Sebring. Her father was
a prominent lawyer of Easton, who served as
associate judge in the county court, and was at
one time a member of the state legislature. Mr.
and Mrs. Noble became the parents of four chil-
dren : John S., Lizzie Sebring and Nina, who are
both deacesed, and Edith N., the wife of William
Hackett, president of the Easton National Bank.
The father died in 1887 at the age of sixty-seven
years, and his wife in 1892, when sixty-five years
of age.

John S. Noble, having completed the studies
that constitute the curriculum of the grammar
schools in Easton, entered the high school of that
city, in which he was graduated, and in 1869
further continued his studies by matriculating in
Lafayette College. A few months later, however,
he put aside his text books and went to Ottawa,
Illinois, with a civil engineering corps. At a
later date he returned to Lafayette College, where
he pursued a special course of study, and he en-
tered upon the study of law in the office of C. ]M.
Anstett, of Easton, who acted as his preceptor.
However, an advantageous business opportunity
presenting itself, he became conected with a hard-
ware store, and opened an establishment, selling
out a number of years later in order to engage
in the insurance, conveyance and brokerage busi-
ness. In 1899 he formed a partnership with H.
T. Buckley, in the private banking firm of H.
T. Buckley & Company, of Easton, and is to-day
one of the foremost representatives of financial
circles in his city. Mr. Noble was one of the
organizers of the Easton board of trade and its
first secretary, and has put forth well directed
and effective eft'ort for the commercial and in-
dustrial development of his city. He was largely
instrumental in securing the establishment of the
Simon silk mills at Easton, and other enterprises
have felt the impetus of his co-operation. For
several years he filled the office of city clerk, and
for more than thirty years has been notary pub-

lic, which position he still holds, serving the
Easton National Bank. His political support is
given to the Republican party, and he belongs to
the McKinley Club. Socially he is connected
with the Improved Order of Red Men, and re-
ligiously with the Episcopal church.

Mr. Noble was married, April 18, 1883, to
Miss Florence Baldwin, of Mauch Chunk, Penn-
sylvania, a daughter of Isaac and Charlotte (Hol-
land) Baldwin. There are two children of this
marriage, Charlotte and John S. Noble.

MICHAEL BUTZ, who was during a long
and peculiarly active career one of the most enter-
prising citizens of Easton, a leading merchant
and manufacturer, and prominent in public af-
fairs, was a descendant of an old and honored
Pennsylvania ancestry. He was born in Palmer
township, Northampton county, Pennsylvania,
January I, 1796, a son of Christian Butz.

Michael Butz, father of Christian Butz, was
born in Springfield township, Bucks county,
Pennsylvania, and his father was a native of the
Pfalz region in Germany. Michael Butz re-
moved in 1763 to Northampton county, and set-
tled upon a farm of 320 acres which he purchased
that year (May 10) from Paul Abel. He was a
member of the first military company organized
in Easton, in 1763, and during the Revolutionary
war he was with the patriot army as a teamster,
using his own team. He lived to an advanced
age, and died in Palmer township, Northampton
county. His wife, who was Elizabeth Messinger,
bore him eleven children ; the sons were Henry,
Michael, Peter, George, Abraham, Christian and
Jacob; the daughters were Mrs. Heller, jNIrs.
Emory, Mrs. Odenwelder and ]\Irs. Hilliand.

Christian Butz, son of Michael and Eliza-
beth (Messinger) Butz, was born in Springfield
township, Bucks county, Permsylvania. Novem-
ber 18, 1756. He was a child when his iiarcnts
removed to Palmer township, Northampton
county, and there was reared on the paternal
farm. He married Mary Wagner, who was of
Quaker descent, and well carried the simple dig-
nity of that people. Her father was Daniel Wag-
ner, who owned a large tract of land on both

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sides of Bushkill creek, and whose home was one
of the most beautiful in the vicinity of Easton.
Mr. Butz moved into Easton and built what was
then one of the most stately residences in that
region, and which even to-day presents a mod-
ern appearance. He was sagacious in business
affairs, conducting his farm with success, and
-also owning and operating a grist-mill, and in his
day was deemed a wealthy man. It is remem-
bered of him that he was among the first to in-
troduce a gig in the neighborhood, which at-
tracted much attention when he and his wife
used it upon the public roads. They were a con-
genial couple, deeply attached to each other and
to their family, and were exemplary members of
the Reformed church. They were the parents of
seven children — Jacob, Daniel, ^Michael, David,
Elizabeth, Susan and j\lary. One of their chil-
dren came to a most distressing death. Airs.
Butz had placed the babe in its cradle, and on re-
turning to the room shortly afterward discovered
to her horror that a snake had buried its fangs
in the little one. Mr. Butz died in 1821, at the
age of sixty-five years. His widow then removed
to Easton, where she passed her declining years
in a comfortable home.

Michael Butz, son of Christian and Mary
(Wagner) Butz, was born in Palmer township,
Northampton county, Pennsylvania, on the fam-
ily homestead, January i, 1796. He was four
years old when his parents removed to Easton,
where he was a student in the old academy, with
Mr. Allies as his teacher. He completed his
education at Doylestown, under the Rev. Mr. Du-
Bois, in whose family he lived during the time.

When sixteen years of age, Alichael Butz en-
gaged in work in his father's mill, meantime re-
ceiving instruction from his brother. In 18 18,
with his brother Jacob, he engaged in a mercan-
tile business in Easton. In 1827 he purchased
the old homestead with its mill, operating the lat-
ter in connection with his store. While generally
successful in business, Mr. Butz also experienced
some serious losses. With his brother, in 1837,
he embarked in a woolen manufacturing busi-
ness, in which they remained for six years, when

thev abandoned the enterprise, having lost con-
siderable means. The venture was, however,
highly advantageous to the town, for it marked
the beginning of what developed into an industry
of great importance. Mr. Butz retired from his
mercantile business in 1856, continuing his mill-
ing business until 1870, and during these periods
he had in his employ at one time or other several
young men who afterwards came to prominence
in commercial life.

Air. Butz was throughout his life active in
all pertaining to community alifairs. In his early
manhood he was a member of the famous Easton
Union Guards, which was from 1816 (the year of
its organization) to 1829, the pride of the city,
its membership being made up of its foremost
young citizens, and he was a corporal when he
marched with it to Philadelphia to join in the
wonderfully enthusiastic greeting to Lafayette
when he visited that city m 1824. For some
fifty years he was a director in the bank which
became the National Bank of Easton, and he
was a member of the town council for many
years. He was a man of unusually wise judg-
ment, keen foresight, public spirit and enterprise,
and it is to be said of him that during his active
career he was an efificient leader in promoting the
best interests of the community. In his personal
life he was considerate and sympathetic. His
aid was freely extended to assist in the establish-
ment of a worthy neighbor, and he afforded
liberally of his means to benevolent and chari-
table objects. He connected himself with the Re-
formed church at the early age of fifteen years,
and he was throughout his life one of its most
exemplary members, and during all his manhood
one of its leading men, serving it usefully in
various official stations. In 1845 he built the
home in which he reared his family, and which
is now occupied bv some of his children, and is
situated on Fourth street, in the heart of the
city. He died November 5, 1889.

Air. Butz married, on October 22, 1822, Eliz-
abeth Shimer, a daughter of Jacob Shimer, and
the following named children, five sons and three
daughters, were born of this marriage :



1. Mary, born July, 1823, died December 5,


2. Eliza, born !\Iarch 12, 1826, died in January,


3. Jacob, born April 3, 1828, died January
10, 1901. He succeeded his father in the mer-
cantile business. His wife was Adelia Bixler,
and they were the parents of four children — ■
Charles M., Elizabeth, Eloise and Lewis.

4. David, born April 21, 1831, died Septem-
ber 10, 1898. He was a lumber dealer by occu-
pation, and he served honorably in the Union
army during the rebellion.

5. Charles, born June 6, 1834, died October
I, 1838.

6. Matilda, born May 5, 1837. She married,
August II, 1869, Henry R. ■ Chidsey, who was
born in Easton, June 16, 1834, a son, of Russell
Chidsey. He was a hardware an4 stove merchant
by occupation. He was a member of the Amer-
ican Reformed church, and was president of the
town council at the time of his death, July 21,

7. Samuel, born September 9, 1840, who be-
come a shirt manufacurer in Easton.

8. Edward, born August 31, 1844. He is a
lumber manufacturer by occupation. He mar-
ried, in 1870, Annie E. Geary, and to them were
born two children — Mary, December 25, 1870,
and Edward, February 6, 1873.

JOHN POLLOCK, one of Easton's oldest,
best known and most highly respected citizens,
was born in Bcith, Ayrshire, Scotland, October
7, 1810, and died in Easton, Pennsylvania, Sep-
tember 17, 1889.

His father, James Pollock, and his maternal
grandfather, Alexander Hill, with their families,
left Scotland for America, July 13, 1817, and
landed at Boston on August 27. In a short time
they moved to Trenton, New Jersey, and a few
years later to New Brunswick, New Jersey, where
they remained for about two years, afterward re-
turning to Trenton, where Mr. Pollock engaged
in biisitiess. James Pollock was a ruling elder
and ;in enthusiastic worker in the First Presby-
terian clun\-h of Trenton for many years. On

his retirement from business, he made his home
in Easton, with his son John, who had preceded
him there. He died December 14, 1856, his wife,
Helen Hill, having died in Trenton, February 20,
1827. Mr. Pollock was the father of eleven chil-
dren : Margaret and James, who both died in
infancy ; Alexander, John, Margaret, Alary,
James, Barbara, Jannet, who died in infancy ;
Jannet, and Helen Hill.

John Pollock, fourth child and third son of
James and Helen (Hill) Pollock, was not quite
seven years old when his parents came to Amer-
ica. He was educated in the schools of Trenton,
New Jersey. When about sixteen years of age
he learned the brushmaker's trade with Joseph
Yard, not only mastering the trade but also-
winning the entire confidence of his employer,
who, on the day the young man was twenty years
of age, sent him to Easton to start and conduct a
branch of his brushmaking establishment. After
managing this business for two years, young Pol-
lock went to Newark, New Jersey, where he em-
barked in business for himself. He remained
there two years, then returned to Easton in 1834,
and purchased the branch store of his former
employer. This business, which is still carried on
in his name, was built up and extended by his
ability and foresight. At the time of his death
he had been engaged in business contiimously
for a longer period than any other resident of

While Mr. Pollock was a force in the industrial
life of the city, this was not the only field in which
his unusual capabilities were brought into action.
He was practically interested in all matters of
public welfare, and e.xerted an influence for
morality and social betterment. It was perhaps
to his Scotch blood that he owed the strong fibre
of his character ; certainlv he possessed in marked
degree the tenacity of purpose and uncompro-
mising principles that distinguish the Scottish
race. In politics he was an ardent Republican.
He was a firm advocate of popular education,
was especially devoted to the interests of the
public schools of Easton, and served as a member
of the board of school controllers for nine years.
Din-inc: his term of office he was conscientious in



the discharge of all his duties and always en-
joyed the highest esteem and confidence of his
associates in the board.

But Mr. Pollock's chief interest was centered
in his church. He was a devout Christian, and
for some years after he came to Easton was prom-
inently connected with the First Presbyterian
church. He was one of the first to take part in
the organization of the Brainerd Presbyterian
church, of which he was at once made a trustee
and deacon, and a few years later he was elected
a ruling elder, which positions he held to the
time of his death. An extract from the minute
book of the session of the church, says : "He pos-
sessed the love and respect of the entire mem-
bership. In his life he was a witness for the
truth. As a counselor he was wise and judicious.
In discipline he was kind and firm, regarding
always the recovery of the offender and the purity
of the church. In intercourse he was loving and
helpful. 'He was a good man and full of the Holy
Ghost.' "' Mr. Pollock was a liberal man in pro-
portion to his means, and in all respects a citizen
in whose quiet unassuming life was found much
to admire and honor.

He married, March 15. 1848, Miss Margaret
McMurtrie, of Easton, Pennsylvania. Their
children were: ■Marv; Henry, who died April 16,
1882; Margaret, died May 20, 1868: William
H., died March 30. 1885 : and Emily. The sons,
after completing their education, were engaged
in business with their father up to the time of
their death. Henry married Katherine A.
Housel, and had three children — Henry Coleman,
IMargaret Jones (deceased), and John Douglas.

Easton, Pennsylvania, who was for many years
widely known as an advanced educator, and who
has for nearlv a quarter of a century played a
distinguished part in the political arena, having
frequently been called by his fellow-citizens to
fill positions of honor and responsibility, is of
Huguenot ancestrv, tracing his descent from
Pierre LaBarre, who with his brothers, Charles
and Abraham, came to America about 1730, and
settled near the Delaware Water Gap. Pierre

LaBarre in his new home led the life of a pioneer,,
clearing land and tilling the soil for himself and
those who were to come after him. He and his
brothers, like William Penn, were very friendly
with the Indians, by whom they were regarded
with feelings of confidence and good will.

Pierre (or Peter) LaBarre, the emigrant an-
cestor, was the father of a son, George, who was
a farmer, and lived to the great age of one hun-
dred and six years. He had two sons, John and
George. The latter was still more remarkable
for longevity than his father had been, inasmuch
as when he died in 1874, he had completed one
hundred and eleven years. The fact that the
family numbers among its members two who had
entered upon their second century of existence
certainly speaks well for the physical endurance
of the race.

Samuel G. LaBarre, son of John, mentioned
above, grandson of George, and great-grandson-
of Pierre, the emigrant ancestor, was born De-
cember 25, 1821, near Slateford, Upper ^Mount
Bethel township, Northampton county, and fol-
lowed in the course of his life the occupations of
both farmer and school-teacher. Politically he
was a Democrat, and took an active part in pub-
lic affairs, serving in 1872 as a member of the
legislature. He was a member of the Baptist
church, in which he held the office of deacon.
He married Sarah Ann Datesman, who was born
November 29, 1828, in Upper Mount Bethet
township. She was of German descent, daugh-
ter of Philip Datesman, a farmer. In th-^ course
of his long and active career, Mr. LaBarre was
regarded by all who were in any way associated
with him as a man w^orthy of the greatest respect
and confidence, by reason of his sound ability and
sterling character.

Alexander Carson LaBarre, son of Samuel
G. and Sarah Ann (Datesman) LaBarre, was
born February 13, 1848, near Slateford, Plpper

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