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the business interests of Philadelphia, in which
city he was for many years a well known and
prosperous real estate dealer. By his marriage
with Eleanor Balantine three sons and one
daughter were born to him: i. Charles, a con-
tractor and builder by occupation, who was
largely instrumental in the building up of Johns-
town in its early days, and also recruited a com-
pany of men in Allegheny county, Pennsylvania,
for service in the Mexican war, in which he was



an active participant. He was united in mar-
riage to Miss Grubb, of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
2. Samuel Balantine, an expert mechanic, and
manufacturer of saws, squares, and spirit levels
in the city of Philadelphia ; he died February 10,
1889. He married Meribah Kille Holson, of Phila-
delphia, January i, 1842. 3. John, father of John
Butland, mentioned at length hereinafter. 4.
Lydia, wife of John ]\IcOuade of Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. Charles Butland, the father of
these children, died at his home in Philadelphia.

John Butland (father) v/as born in Philadel-
phia, Pennsylvania, March 14, 1818. He ac-
quired a public school education, and his business
career was devoted to the manufacture of a high
class grade of saws and cutlery. In 1846, dur-
ing the struggle between the United States and
Mexico, Mr. Butland organized a military com-
pany in the city of Philadelphia, and was at once
appointed to the rank of commanding officer.
He was a loyal and public-spirited citizen, and
always took an active interest in all questions
that affected the welfare of his city, state and
nation. He was a member of the Protestant
Episcopal church.

In 1842 Mr. Butland married Mary Ann Barr,
who was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
June 15, 1820, and the issue of this union was
ten children, six of whom are living at the pres-
ent time (1903). Their children were Eleanor,
Charles Leslie, Samuel V., Annie A., John,
George, Mansfield, Robert, Ellen (2), and Will-
iam Butland. Charles Leslie Butland enlisted in
the Thirty-first Regiment Pennsylvania Reserves,
and served during the war of the Rebellion, hav-
ing re-enlisted under the command of General
Hancock on the frontier at the close of the
struggle ; he was severely wounded at the battle
of Fair Oaks. Samuel V. Butland enlisted as a
drummer boy in the One Hundred and Tenth
Pennsylvania Regiment under the command of
General Shields, became a private, and was
wounded at the battle of Winchester. After the
term of his enlistment expired he again entered
the service of the United States army and served
during the entire period of the war. John But-
land, father of these children, died at his home

in Philadelphia, April, i860, his death having
occurred as the result of a railroad accident.
His wife, Mary Ann (Barr) Butland, died in
Philadelphia, August 21, 1900.

Mary Ann (Barr) Butland, wife of John
Butland, was a great-granddaughter of James
and Darcas (Jacquett) Barr, who were the par-
ents of five children. Darcas was the daughter of
Major Peter and Eliza F. (Price) Jacquett, who
were the parents of four children : Nicholas, Dar-
cus, Samuel and Elizabeth Jacquett. JNIajor
Peter Jacquett was a son of French parents, and
prior to his death he liberated all of the slaves
that were in his possession. The following in-
scription is copied from his tombstone :

Wilmington, Delaware.
Sacred to the Memory of Major Peter
A distinguished officer of the Revolutionary
Army, who died at his residence, Long Hook
Farm, near this city, Sept. 13th, A. D. 1834, in
the 80th year of his age; having been born on the
6th of April, 1755. On the 4th of January, 1776,
he joined the Delaware Regiment, and till April
1780, he was in every general engagement under
Washington, which took place in Delaware. Penn-
sylvania, New Jersey, New York and the Eastern
States. He was there ordered to join the South-
ern Army under General Gates, and with the
brave De Calb, he was in the battle of Camden on
the 1 6th of August, in which the Delaware Regi-
ment, consisting of eight companies, was reduced
to two of ninet3'-six men each, the command of
which devolved upon his brave comrade Kirk-
wood and himself, as the oldest officers left of this
gallant band. He was also in the battle of Guil-
ford Court House, the second battle of Camden,
and in the battle of Eutaw Springs, he assisted
in the siege of ninety-six and capture of the vil-
lage of that name and v\'as also in every action
and skirmish under General Green, in whose
army he remained until the capture of Lord Corn-
wallis at Yorktown.

He returned to his native state in 1782 and in
1794 married Eliza F. Price, daughter of Elisha
Price, Esq., of Chester, Penn'a., and as a farmer
he lived upon his paternal estate, until his death.
The brave and honored soldier, the kind and
obliging neighbor and friend.

Mary Ann (Barr) Butland was a grand-



daughter of Joseph and Mary Ann Cummings,
who were die parents of seven children: Peter,
Clarissa, Dolh-, Abraham, Sally, Nathan, and
Margaret Cummings. Joseph Cummings was
born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, located in
Philadelphia in 1778, and his death occurred
about the year 1814. His wife, Mary Ann Cum-
mings, was born in Rhode Island in 1738, her
parents having removed to that state from their
native land, Germany, and her death occurred in
Wilkes-Barre in 1842, aged one hundred and four
years. She was among the number of residents
who barely escaped with their lives in the
Wyoming massacre, after enduring many hard-
ships. While Washington was encamped at
Valley Forge, Mrs. Cummings and several other
women walked from Wilkes-Barre to Philadel-
phia to carry homespun clotliing to their hus-
bands and sons. Her husband was a member
of Washington's army at this time, and there-
fore she received a pension up to the time of her
death. She was an expert shot with a rifle, and
it is related by a witness that she shot at and
badly wounded a large buck near her residence
in Wilkes-Barre. The buck charged her fiercely,
and she split its head with an axe that stood by,
the blow killing it. Joseph Cummings was an
active participant in the war of 1812.

Mary Ann (Barr) Butland was a daughter
of Samuel and Margaret (Cummings) Barr, who
were married at Easton, Pennsylvania, in 1816.
They removed to Philadelphia and resided in
that city for many years, Mr. Barr being engaged
in the boot and shoe business. The following
named children were born to them : William,
Mary Ann, Joseph, and John R. Barr. William
Jacquett Barr, the eldest child, was born in South-
wark, but for a period of twenty-five years was
a resident of the fourteenth ward. In early life
he was a member of the volunteer fire depart-
ment, being connected with the Vigilant Fire
Company. Prior to the war he was employed
in the mint, served as captain of the Warren
Guards of the volunteer soldiery, and when the
struggle began he is said to have been the first
man to leave the mint. He entered the three
months' service as captain of Company C,

Twenty-third Regiment, under the command of
Colonel Dare, and also served in the next six
months' campaign with the same rank. He then
re-enlisted for three years, and served as captain,
of Company F, One Hundred and Eighty-seventh
Regiment, until his discharge on account of sun-
stroke and partial paralysis encountered in his
service. His regiment participated in the battle
at Falling Waters, and ably supported Perkins'
Battery. He was a member of St. John's Lodge,
No. 115, Free and Accepted Masons; Harmony
Chapter, No. 52, Royal Arch Masons ; Mary
Commandery, No. 36, Knights Templar; Post
No. 2, Grand Army of the Republic, and the
Mexican Veterans' Association. Captain Will-
iam Barr was an attache of McCalls' Opera
House. He married Margaret Young, of Phil-
adelphia, and his death occurred at his residence,
1312 Mt. Vernon street, in the sixty-seventh
year of his age. John R. Barr, third son of Sam-
uel and Margaret Barr, located in Easton, Penn-
sylvania, in 1850. He served four terms in
the city council, and was a prominent member
of the following orders : Masonic Lodge, No. 152,
of Easton ; Independent Order of Odd Fellows ;
Improved Order of Red Men ; Society of Amer-
ican Mechanics ; Master Car and Locomotive
Painters' Association of the United States and
Canada. He entered the employ of the Lehigh
Valley Railroad Company as master painter in
1870, and resigned in 1900.

John Butland, son of John and Mary Ann
(Barr) Butland, was born in Philadelphia, Penn-
sylvania, December 15, 1847. After his gradua-
tion from the public schools of Philadelphia he
learned the trade of ornamental painter, and from
1869 to 1871 served in that capacity, and also
filled the position of foreman of the ornamental
department for David Garis of Easton, Pennsyl-
vania. In the latter named year he entered the
service of the Lehigh Valley Railroad at Easton
as master painter, and by the faithful and con-
scientious performance of the duties allotted to
him has been retained in their .employ from that
date to the present time, which covers a period
of thirty-two years. Mr. Butland has always
adhered to the tenets of the Methodist Episcopal



church, and has held the offices of trustee, class
leader, exhorter and Sunday-school superintend-
ent. In politics he is a Republican, and has served
as a member of the state committee for two terms,
also as president of the board of control
(schools). ]\[r. Butland tried to enlist as a drum-
mer boy in the One Hundred and Tenth Pennsyl-
vania Regiment, was rejected on account of size
and age, but went to the front and was brought
home by force of the law. This little incident
served to show the patriotic spirit of the boy, and
this most excellent characteristic has. dominated
and ruled all his actions throughout his entire
career. He is a prominent member of the Royal
Arcanum, the Improved Order of Red JNIen, and
the Master Car and Locomotive Painters' Asso-
•ciation of the LTnited States and Canada.

At Easton, Pennsylvania, November 25, 1870,
Mr. Butland was united in marriage to Katherine
Hillberg, daughter of John and Elizabeth
(Shafer) Hillberg, both of whom were natives
of Germany. John Hillberg was a farmer by
occupation ; his father was an instructor of
music and settled in Northampton county, Penn-
sylvania, in 1836; his mother attained the ex-
treme old age of ninety-six years. Elizabeth
(Shafer) Hillberg died at the age of seventy-six

The following named children were born to
]\Ir. and Mrs. Butland, their births occurring at
Easton, Pennsylvania, and they acquired their
education in the public schools of that city : Mary
Annette, born August 22,, 1871, married, at
Easton, i\Iarch 14, 1891, James Irwin, of Phil-
adelphia. Charlotte Gertrude, born November
I, 1872, married at Easton, March 14, 1891, H.
S. Brader, of Easton. John Rollo, born April 30,
1874. Henry Jacquett, born June 30, 1878,
learned telegraphy and is at present engaged in
his occupation at Trenton, New Jersey ; he mar-
ried, at Bartlett, New Hampshire, April 14, 1903,
Laura M. Smith, of Bartlett, New Hampshire.
Zelda Elizabeth, born August 30, 1887.

Organ Company, recognized as one of the im-
portant manufacturing establishments of Easton,

and favorably known throughout the country,
owes much of its success and prestige to the
mechanical and managerial abilities of its man-
ager, Charles P. Bowlby.

Mr. Bowlby is a native of New Jersey, born
in Washington, in 1848, son of Stacy and Mary
A. (Hazlett) Bowlby, both of excellent families.
The father was a shoemaker by trade. His fam-
ily comprised the unusual number of fifteen chil-
dren, and it is remarkable that all but one came to
years of maturity. Of the sons, three rendered
faithful service to their country during the Civil
war — Whitfield filled out a full term of enlist-
ment, and later was drafted and again entered
the army ; and Levi and Stewart served as team-
sters with the supply trains of the Army of the
Potomac. The father of this family died at the
age of fifty-five years, the mother surviving him
many years, and dying at the age of eighty-three

Charles P. Bowlby was reared and educated
in his native town, where he also learned carpen-
tering, and in which he was engaged until 1876.
He had developed excellent mechanical abilities,
especially in the higher grades of woodwork, and
also a fine musical sense. In 1876 he began the
manufacture of a reed organ which soon became
fainous under its name of the C. P. Bowlby Prin-
cess Organ. Success attended him, and he grad-
ually increased his facilities until his was one
of the leading manufacturing establishments in
Washington, comprising a three-story building
covering an area of 140 by 40 feet, with base-
ment, equipped with a 90 horse-power boiler and
75 horse-power engine, and employing a force of
more than fifty operatives. In 1893 he added the
manufacture of the Princess Piano, which became
as celebrated as its namesake organ, and of these
two splendid instruments he turned out two hun-
dred each month, his shipments reaching as far
as Great Britain, Germany, Australia and New

;\Ir. Bowlby conducted his business with a
high degree of success until 1898, when the gen-
eral financial panic brought unexpected reverses.
In the magnitude of his operations, covering the
entire countrv and extending to foreign lands,



of necessity a larg-e proportion of his assets
were in the form of open accounts and com-
mercial paper which were not immediately col-
lectible or convertible, while at the same time his
own creditors were at home. Entirely solvent in
ordinary times, or if he could await his collec-
tions, he was in need of immediate means to meet
pressing claims. At this juncture one in whom
he reposed confidence, and who had proffered
his assistance in tiding him over a crucial period,
withheld his aid, and Mr. Bowlby suffered the
bitter disappointments of witnessing the wreck-
ing of the business of which he was the creator,
and the sweeping away of the fruits of his many
years of industry. Obliged to close out his
affairs, he closed his establishment, settling up his
affairs in an entirely honorable manner, with no
stain upon his honor nor reflection upon his capa-
bility, and set himself to a new beginning in life.

Mr. Bowlby had, however, established an ex-
cellent reputation as a master of his business, and
in the year following his disaster he was solicited
by the stockholders and directors of the Lawrence
Organ Company, at Easton, Pennsylvania, to
cast his lot with that corporation. He accord-
ingly became manager of the compan}-, in which
capacity he has given to the estabhshment the
advantage of his deep knowledge of organ man-
ufacturing and of the commercial conduct of the
business. Under his superior management the
product of the factory has been largely increased,
and new methods have been introduced in various
departments, inchiding the distribution of instru-
ments direct to the home, without the large ex-
pense incurred under the old method of employ-
ing traveling salesmen, resulting in a decided
saving to the actual purchaser. Mr. Bowlby has
thus been connected with the Lawrence Organ
Company for six years past, and during that
period has added largely to his own reputation
as a man of ability and integrity, as well as to
the capacity and prestige of the great industry
with which he is associated through his intimate
knowledge of every detail of the business and
his conscientious devotion to his tasks.

Mr. Bowlby was married to Miss Mary C.
Sweeney, daughter of William and Barbara

Sweeney ; her father was sheriff of Warren
county. New Jersey, and served for several terms
in the legislature of that state. To Mr. and Mrs.
Bowlby have been born nine children — William
S., Robert W., Florence M., Harry R., Charles,
Mary F., Elizabeth (deceased), Helen A., and
Adeline C, deceased.

AARON RICHARDS is one of the well
known business men of South Easton, where for
a number of years he has conducted a mercantile
enterprise; He is descended from good English
stock, the family having been founded in Amer-
ica at a very early day in the colonization and the
development of the new world, the ancestral home
being established in Pennsylvania, adjacent to
the Lehigh Valley.

The grandfather of Aaron Richards was Jo-
seph Richards. He bore the good old Bible name
which frequently appears in the records of the
family from generation to generation. Accom-
panied by two brothers, he emigrated from Eng-
land to America, but was the only one who re-
mained in Williams township, Northampton
county. Here he married and reared an inter-
esting and prominent family. He' was a farmer
of some means, operating one hundred and
twenty acres of valuable land, and gaining there-
by a very desirable competence. Among his
children was Joseph Richards, Sr., the father of
Aaron Richards. This son was a native of Wil-
liams township, and like most farmers he spent
_an uneventful but useful life, finding in the quiet
pursuits of the farm ample opportunity to exer-
cise his diligence and gain from his labors a com-
fortable living. He operated one hundred acres
of excellent land, fertile and productive, and
never turned aside from agricultural pursuits to
enter any other line of business activity. He
married Miss Elizabeth Miller, who was also
a native of Williams township, and to them were
born the following children : John, William, Jo-
seph, Charles, Jacob, Aaron, Henry and Eliza-
beth, but only four of the number are now liv-
ing. The father was a soldier in the war of 1812,
and did valiant service in defense of his country.
In his neighborhood he was a popular man, of

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good repute, and his upright hfe furnished an
example well worth)- of emulation to his fam-
ily and friends.

Aaron Richards, whose name introduces this
record, was born in Williams township, on the
old family homestead, on the 28th of January,
1837. He was reared and educated there, spend-
ing his youth on his father's farm, and after at-
tending the district schools of the neighborhood
became a student in the Easton Academy. • Dur-
ing the months of vacation and in the leisure
hours he worked on the old homestead, early be-
coming familiar with the duties and labors that
fall to the lot of the agriculturist in the care of
field and meadow. He also engaged in teaching
school for some time, but decided to make neither
of these callings his life work. Thinking that he
would find merchandising a more genial and
profitable field of labor, he turned his attention
to that pursuit, in which he continued for five
years. He then became proprietor of a hotel in
Bucks county, Pennsylvania, and conducted it
successfully until 1876, when he removed to
Easton, where he again engaged in mercantile
business, in which he has continued up to the
present time. He is now one of the representa-
tive merchants of South Easton, well known in
mercantile circles, having controlled a business
that has increased in extent, importance and
volume, since he came to the city.

In 1864, Mr. Richards was united in marriage
to Miss Sarah J. Shank, a daughter of Ephraim
and Catherine Shank. They became the parents
of four children, three of whom are living : Oscar
M., Lillian E., and Newton B. Mrs. Richards
was born in Springfield township, Bucks county,
Pennsylvania, in October, 1845. Both Mr. Rich-
ards and his wife are consistent and faithful mem-
bers of the Lutheran church, in which he holds
the office of elder and treasurer, and in the work
of the church he has taken a very active and help-
ful part, contributing generously to its support.
He is also the treasurer of the cemetery. In
business circles he sustains an unassailable repu-
tation, and he stands to-day strong in his honor
and his good name — a man whom to know is to

respect and esteem. John Richards, a brother

of Aaron Richards, is a prominent and influential
resident of Trenton, New Jersey, and his son,
Erwin Richards, stands very high in the circles
of the Grand Army of the Republic, being now
department commander of the state of New Jer-
sey. He served his country faithfully in the
great struggle for the preservation of the Union,
and was wounded at the battle of Antietam, but
afterward recovered his health and continued
with the army until the close of hostilities, being
now an honored veteran of the Civil war.

Oscar M. Richards, the eldest son of Aaron
and Sarah J. Richards, is one of the intelligent
and progressive physicians of Easton, whose
patronage increases as the public learns of his
medical skill and surgical ability. He was born
in Bursonville, Pennsylvania, in 1866, where his
father was conducting a hotel. After mastering
the rudimental branches of knowledge he pur-
sued a high school course in South Easton, from
which he was graduated, and next entered La-
fayette College, in which he completed a course
with honor in the year 1887. He is also a gradu-
ate of the medical department of the University
of Pennsylvania, in the class of 1890, and he
added to his theoretical knowledge broad and
varied practical experience by serving in the
Presbyterian Hospital as resident physician and
surgeon for a year and a half. He also per-
formed dispensary work for six months, and in
1893 came to South Easton, well equipped for
the practice of his chosen profession. Here he
has built up a lucrative practice, and has erected a
beautiful home. Dr. Richards has served as
councilman for the borough of South Easton,
and has been elected councilman for the eleventh
ward since the annexation of the borough to the
city of Easton. He is now the secretary of the
United States Board of Pension Examiners, and
is a member of the Northampton County Medi-
cal Society and the State Medical Society. He
was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Turner, a
daughter of Amos and Anna V. Turner, and a
native of South Easton, born in 1875. This wed-
ding was celebrated in 1900.

Newton B. Richards, the younger son of
Aaron Richards, has also been provided with



splendid educational privileges. He has studied
for the profession of dentistry, and won the de-
gree D. D. S., but prefers to assist his father in
his mercantile business, and is now one of the
wide-awake, progressive and capable representa-
tives of commercial interests in South Easton.

PETER WILHEL:\I. When, after long
years of earnest labor in some honorable field of
business, a man puts aside all cares to spend his
remaining days in the enjoyment of the fruits of
his former toil, it is certainly a well deserved re-
ward of industry.

"How blest is he who crowns in shades like these
A youth of labor with an age of ease,"
wrote the poet, and the world everywhere recog-
nizes the justice of a season of rest following an
active period of business life. This was vouch-
safed to i\Ir. Wilhelm, recently deceased, at his
home in South Easton.

He was a representative of a family that has
been represented in the Lehigh valley through
several generations. His grandfather, Frederick
Wilhelm, wedded a Miss Alessinger, also a de-
scendant of an old family. Both were natives
of Easton, and were worthy people. Henry Wil-
helm, their son and the father of our subject,
was born in this city, March 6, 1795, and became
a cabinet-maker, following that pursuit through-
out his entire life and becoming a first class me-
chanic. He wedded Miss Susan Eichman, a
daughter of Peter Eichman, a worthy and re-
spected man, and to them were born three chil-
dren: Mary, born in 1818: Peter, born Septem-
ber 28, 1820; and John H., born in 1824. The
father died January 18, 1824, when only twenty-
nine _\ears of age, leaving to his widow the care
of the three children. She survived her hus-
band until October 23, 1887, and ever remained
true to his memory. She was eighty-seven years
of age at the time of her demise, for her birth
occurred on the i8th of January, 1800. The
daughter has also passed away.

Peter Wilhelm was reared and educated in
his native town, where he started out in life on
his own account as a poor boy. By close appli-
cation to his work and faithfulness to duty he

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