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descendant of Christian Correll, whose birth is
supposed to have taken place in Bucks county,
Pennsylvania. Christian Correll. when a boy,
was a teamster in the Revolutionary war, and
hauled produce from the section of the state in
which he resided to Washington's army during
its sojourn in New Jersey. Subsequently he
turned his attention to farming, conducting his
operations on a farm which was formerly the
property of Charles Bopt, in Forks township,
Northampton county. In 1760 Christian Correll
married, and his wife bore him two children,
both of whom died in infancy. After the death
of his first wife, Mr. Correll married Catherine
Kessler, and the following named children were
born to them : John, died unmarried ; Nelia, who
became the wife of Henrv Whitesell : Peter, twice
married, grandfather of James W. Correll : Han-
nah, who was the wife of John Raul ; Catherine,
who was the wife of Philip Lent, and they reared
a large family of children : Elizabeth, who was the

wife of George , and reared a family

of several children ; Sarah, who became the wife
of Daniel Schwartz, and subsequently located in
Chester county, Pennsylvania ; Lydia, died un-

married ; George, who lived and died near the
city of Buffalo, New York ; and Mary Ann

George W. Correll (father,) son of Peter
Correll, was born in Forks township, Northamp-
ton county, Pennsylvania, February 22, 1826^
and the early years of his life were spent on a
farm, where he acquired a thorough and compre-
hensive knowledge of the routine work connected
with the occupation of farming. In 1857 he re-
moved to Easton, where he engaged in draying,
and by careful attention to business, reinforced
by the energy and perseverance necessary to suc-
cess in any undertaking, built up a lucrative trade
which he retains at the present time (1903). In
politics Mr. Correll is a stanch Republican, tak-
ing an intelligent interest in all public questions,
and in religion he is a member of the First Re-
formed church, in which he has served as elder
for thirty years. In 1849 George W. Correll and
Caroline Wagner, daughter of Frederick Wag-
ner, were united in marriage, their children be-
ing Susan A., and James W. Correll.

James W. Correll, only son of George W. and
Caroline (Wagner) Correll, was born in Forks
township, Northampton county, Pennsylvania,
June 8, 1852. He attended the public schools of
his native township, and at the age of seventeerr
years began his business career by entering the
employ of Jacob Hay, a wholesale drygoods mer-
chant, where he remained for twelve years. In
1880 Mr. Correll entered into partnership with
F. S. Bixler, in the same line of trade, under
the stvle of Bixler & Correll, and this connection
continued until the year 1897, when 'Sir. Correll
withdrew his interest from the firm and estab-
lished the J. W. Correll Drygoods House, which
he is successfully conducting at the present time
(1903). ]Mr. Correll is a man of great energy,
enterprise, and business ability, and as such would
be certain of achieving success in any undertaking.
Mr. Correll has always been a loyal adherent of
the Republican party, and has served two terms
as president of the common council of Easton.
He is a member of Dallas Lodge, Free and Ac-
cepted Alasons, and past sachem of Saranac Tribe



of Red j\Ien. He has held membership for many
years in the First Reformed church of Easton,

On September 20, 1877, Mr. Correll married
Ida Otto, born in Easton, Pennsylvania, in 1855,
a daughter of John J. Otto. Their children are :
I. George W., Jr., born July 31, 1878, married,
February, 1900, Rhoda Brakley, and they are the
parents of one child, Margaret Brakley Correll ;
George W., Jr., is engaged in business with his
father. 2. John O., born June 20, 1881, also en-
gaged in business with his father. 3. Paul R.,
born January 11, 1885, a student in Lafayette
College, of the class of 1906.

DERRICK HULICK, for many years num-
bered among the most enterprising men of large
affairs of the city of Easton, and held in the
highest regard for his nobility of personal char-
acter and his devotion to the better interests of
the community, was of mingled Welsh and Dutch
blood, and combined in himself the best traits of
the two races whence he sprang.

His father, Henry Hulick, came from ances-
tors who were native to Holland, and aided in
the making of the province which now exists
as the state of New York, and in the peopling of
the adjacent New Jersey region. Henry Hulick
was born in the state last named, where he re-
sided for many years, thence removing to Michi-
gan, near Detroit, where he died. He was a
farmer by occupation, and a man of excellent
■character and disposition. He married Phcebe
Morgan, who was of Welsh ancestry, and was
probably born in New Jersey ; her father, Ben-
jamin Morgan, was a son of the Rev. Joseph

Derrick Hulick, one of the several children
born to Henry and Phoebe (Morgan) Hulick,
was born in the year 1814, in Oxford township,
\\'arren county. New Jersey. He was reared
ujion the parental farm, upon which he remained
tintil nineteen years of age. He had acquired an ex-
cellent English education, and he now entered
the employ of John Drake, wholesale grocer, and
served with such acceptability that only two years
later he was admitted to partnership, the firm

name reading Drake & Hulick. With this estab-
lishment Mr. Hulick was connected for the re-
mainder of his life, and he was a principal factor
in all that entered into the large and continual
development of its business. For a number of
years the firm occupied the old stone house ad-
joining the National Hotel, on Northampton
street, whence a removal was made to the
corner of Fourth and Northampton streets.
Here the business expanded to such pro-
portions that larger accommodations became
necessary, and the firm erected a large building
of its own on South Third street. By this time
the house of J. Drake, Son & Co., as it was now
styled, was transacting a business of such magni-
tude, that it came to be recognized for what it is
to-day, the leading house in its line in the great
Lehigh Valley. During all these years, from the
time of his first connection with it until the very
day of his death, Mr. Hulick gave to the business
his constant and best eiifort. With all the instincts
of the accomplished man of afifairs, he was also
gifted with a rare sense of foresight, and was ever
broadening the policy of his firm, and leading it
into larger fields of enterprise. In all these deal-
ings, whether with his associates or with the
public whom he served, he was always regarded
as the soul of honor and his name was ever taken
as a synonym for all that was honorable and en-
tirely just.

Mr. Hulick was also actively interested in
various important manufacturing and financial
corporations, among them the Thomas Iron Com-
pany of Hokendauqua, the Warren Foundry of
Phillipsburg, the Allentown Rolling Mills, and
the First National Bank. He was a man of
marked public spirit, and was ever among the
most liberal and energetic in promoting and fos-
tering educational, religious and benevolent move-
ments and institutions. His benefactions were be-
stowed liberally, but with discrimination, and he
not only endeared himself to very many by his
deeds of kindness in times of poverty and sor-
row, but also to many others whom he set on the
highway to fortune by his kindly interest, sagac-
ious advice and substantial aid. During the
Civil war he was one of the most ardent of pa-




triots, and he freely gave of his time and means
aiding in the recruiting and equiping of troops,
and in providing for the families of volunteers
while the husband and parent was battling for the
government on far distant fields. In religion,
Mr. Hulick was a Presbyterian, and as a trustee
he was ever among the foremost in promoting
the interest and usefulness of the First Church
of Easton.

On Christmas eve, 1840, Mr. Hulick was
married to Miss Ruth Swayze, who was born
near Hope, New Jersey, daughter of Ezekiel and
Letitia (Coryell) Swayze. Her father, who was
a son of Gilbert Swayze, was a farmer, and died
in early life, when she was a child. Her mother's
father, Joseph Coryell, was a son of John Coryell,
who served in the pratiot army during the Revolu-
tionary war, and was with Washington at the
crossing of the Delaware. The Coryell family
was of Huguenot descent.

Derrick and Ruth (Swayze) Hulick were the
parents of six children: i. Mary Frances, who
became the wife of George B. Titus, deceased.
2. Henry, who died at the age of nine years. 3.
Anna Eliza, who became the wife of James Edgar
Young, deceased. 4. Winfield Scott, who resides
in Easton. 5. William H., who resides in New
York. 6. Edwin, who died in young manhood.

Mr. Hulick died June 27, 1872, and the deep
sorrow which the sad event brought to the com-
munity found expression from both pulpit and
press. The Easton Daily Express made the
announcement in the following:

"Again are we compelled to record the work
of the fell destroyer. Death has been busv within
the past year, removing from our midst some of
the best known of the residents of Easton. Gen-
erally speaking they have passed away after a
longering illness, and when their sufferings have
been so great that death almost seemed a relief.
This time, however, the attack has been sudden,
and in the full vigor of manhood the subject of
these remarks has been stricken down without
any previous warning. We refer to Derrick
Hulick, Esq., who departed this life at his resi-
dence at twenty minutes to 2 o'clock this morn-
ing. ]Mr. Hulick had returned home about 9 :30
p. M., and, as was his habit, sat down in the sitting

room to read. It was his usual custom before
retiring to examine the rear of the house to see
that all the fastenings were secure. For this
purpose it is necessary to go down the winding
stairs in the back building, and, these being usu-
ally dark, as they were last evening, it is sup-
posed that he missed his footing and fell. The
family at the time were sitting on the front stoop,
and it was not until about retiring that they
noticed him at the bottom of the stairs. He was
raised and conveyed to bed, and the family phy-
sician sent for. That gentleman announced that
he had ruptured a blood vessel, and that the
chances of recovery were small. All the assist-
ance that medical science could render was given,
but without beneficial effect, and the patient lin-
gered in an unconscious state until i :4o a. 11.
when he breathed his last. * * * i\Ir. Hulick
was a man of sterling integrity, unquestioned
honesty, and was highly respected by all with
whom he came in contact. His sudden death has
caused a feeling of sadness among his numerous
friends, who deeply sympathize with the stricken
family in their sad bereavement."

HENRY G. SIEGFRIED, cashier of the
Easton National Bank, Easton, Pennsylvania, is
a descendant of an old and honored family of
German origin. His early American ancestor was
Joseph Siegfried, who was a brother of Colonel
John Siegfried, of Revolutionary fame.

Joseph (i) married Anna JMaria Romig, who
was born in Northampton (now Lehigh) count v,
Pennsylvania. Their son Isaac (2) was born in
Berks county, September 14, 1763. He was a
millwright for many years, and his business called
him to various portions of the State. He finally
settled upon a farm about two miles above Naz-
areth, and followed agricultural pursuits, at the
same time giving much of his attention to his
trade. He was married, in Schoharie county.
New York, to Anna Maria Hochstresser, who was
born April 19, 1771. They died, respectively,
November 6, 1833, and December 2, 183 1. Both
were members of the Dutch Reformed church,
and they reared their family in that faith. Their
children were: i. Joshua, born December 24,
1791 ; 2. Paul, born June 24, 1793, who was a
drummer during the war with Great Britain in
1812; 3. Joseph, who died in infancy; 4. Samuel,



of whom more hereinafter ; 5. EHzabeth Catherine,
born July 6, 1801, died in 1867; 6. Anna Maria,
born in 1805 and died in 1818; 7. Solomon, born
in April, 181 1, and died in 1867.

Samuel (3), fourth son and child of Isaac and
Anna Alaria (Hochstresser) Siegfried, was born
in Berks county, Pennsylvania, JMarch 31, 1797.
He was a self-educated man, and of remarkable
talent and attainments. He was so proficient in
knowledge that in early manhood he began his
career as a teacher, and he came to be widely
known as an accomplished instructor. He was
passionately fond of music, and possessed a genu-
ine talent for the art. After he had studied under
Mr. Zurick, the organist of the Reformed church
of Easton, he himself became a successful teacher.
He also built an organ, and made no little repu-
tation as a composer of music for that instrument
and for the choral service of the church. He was,
besides, a self-taught printer and engraver, and
he purchased a quantity of type, made with his
own hands a printing press, and from this equip-
ment he produced, in 1834, the first arithmetic
printed in the German language in the United
States, and the illustrations in which were his own
handiwork. He also established the first Demo-
cratic newspaper in Stroudsburg, which he con-
ducted for about a year, when he removed to
Easton. There he purchased the Independent
Democrat, a German journal, which he edited and
managed for several years with marked ability.
In 1848 he was elected register of Northampton
county, and he discharged the duties of that re-
sponsible position most creditably until 1854,
when he abandoned active pursuits and retired to
a well earned life of quiet during his declining
days. He was an elder in the First Reformed
church of Easton, and politically he was a Demo-
crat. He was married, January 15, 1825, to Eliza
Schweitzer, who was born in Lehigh township,
Northampton county, Pennsylvania, March 19,
1810, and they died, respectively August 12, 1869,
and March 8, 1889. Their children were: i.
Diana P., born May 10, 1826 ; 2. Susan M., born
April 7, 1828 ; 3. Catherine E., born January 29,
1830; 4. Josiah A., born August 24, 1832 ; 5. Oli-
ver W., born August 17, 1834, died September 15,

1836; 6. Reuben H., to be written of further; 7.
Lavina L., born August 9, 1838, died December
6, 1891 ; 8. Neander D., born April 22, 1842, who
was a gallant soldier during the Civil war, and
died December 6, 1870.

Reuben H. Siegfried (4), sixth child and
third son of Samuel and Eliza Schweitzer was
born in the city of Easton, July 17, 1836. He
was educated in the com.mon schools, and in his
early youth entered his father's printing office and
became an expert printer. Later, however, he
became clerk and bookkeeper in a mercantile es-
tablishment. He subsequently accepted the po-
sition of teller in the Easton National Bank, and
retained his connection with that institution until
his death. He was a man of superior business
qualifications, and an irreproachable citizen. He
was a member of St. Mark's Reformed church,
and he was for many years superintendent of its
infant Sunday school. He was also a member
of the Masonic fraternity, and of the Order of
LTnited American Mechanics. His political af-
filiations were with the Democratic party.

Mr. Siegfried married Miss Matilda Griffith,
who was born in Easton, a daughter of Henry and
Mary Griffith ; her father was a native of Twick-
enham, England, and came to Easton in his early
manhood. The children of this marriage were :
I. Clara, who married (first) Dr. Archibald
Bachman, to whom she bore two children, Mar-
jorie and Marion ; her second husband was Robert
Pittenger, and their children were Anna, Peter,
Clyde and Matilda. 2. Anna M., who is unmar-
ried ; 3. Mary, who is the wife of Charles J.
Montague, and their children are Leslie, Lelia
and Maxwell ; 4. Henry G., to be further written
of ; 5. Louis, who is a bookkeeper in a railroad of-
fice, and who married Miss Florence Watmore;
6. William H., who is a machinist, and who mar-
ried Mary Kitchen ; 7. Charles Edward. Tlie
father of these children died March 12, 1881.

Henry G. Siegfried (5), third child and eldest
son of Reuben H. and Matilda (Griffith) Sieg-
fried, was born in Easton, October i, 1867. He
was educated in the public schools of that city,
but discontinued his studies when fourteen years
of age to become a messenger in the Easton Na-



tional Bank. He, however, was ambitious lo ac-
quire knowledge, and, while becoming acquamted
with business methods he followed a course of
reading which afforded him ample equipment in
his future career. He has been connected with
the bank during all the subsequent period, cover-
ing a term of twenty-two years, passing through
all the various departments, and April 29, 1903,
he was advanced to the position of cashier. Thor-
oughly acquainted with all things pertaining to
the responsible place which he occupies, he is also
broadly informed upon general financial affairs,
and is intimately conversant with the many and
varied conditions of his community and its com-
mercial and manufacturing interests. He is a
member of the Brainerd Presbyterian church, and
his political affiliations are with the Democratic

Mr. Siegfried was married, October 23, 1890,
to Miss Anna Stem, a daughter of the Rev. T. O.
and Mary (Young) Stem. Her father is a native
of the village of Cherryville, Northampton county,
and is pastor of the Reformed church in Turbot-
ville, Pennsylvania ; her mother was born in Lan-
caster, Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Siegfried are
the parents of three children — Margaret L., born
July 17, 1893; Miriam, born April 6, 1898; and
Mary, born May 7, 1903.

JOHN ABEL, deceased, for many years an
active and important factor in the manufacturing
interests of the city of Easton, Northampton
county, Pennsylvania, traced his origin to Squire
Jacob Abel, who came to this coimtry from Ger-
many in the early period of the history of Easton,
and was for many years one of its most prominent

Jacob Abel was born in 1744, and at the time
of the signing of the Declaration of Independence
was thirty-two years of age. He was engaged in
the business of boating, and being familiar with
the handling of the Durham boats, a patriot, and
in the vigor of manhood, he assisted in collecting
the boats for the passage of General Washington's
army over the Delaware river for his retreat
through New Jersey after the battle of Brooklyn.
He also carried the mail to Philadelphia for a

time on horseback, the most direct route from the
eastern states and from places on the upper Hud-
son being over the old mine road from Esopus to
Van Campen's mills, above the Water Gap. He
was the owner of the ferry in 1787, and was one
of live who purchased Getter's Island during the
same year, of the Penns. He was the proprietor
of a hotel at the "Point," and his name appears
on the tax list of 1788 as one of the large prop-
erty holders of the town. He was elected justice
of the peace, and held the office many years. His
death occurred in 1822, aged seventy-eight years ;
his children were Jacob and John Abel.

John Abel, son of Jacob Abel, and father of
John Abel, was a native of Easton, Pennsylvania.
He engaged in boating with Durham boats until
the opening of the canals, after which he carried
on boating between Easton and Philadelphia. He
was also for some years engaged in the grocery
business in Easton. On July 7, 1825, he was ap-
pointed by Governor Shulze a commissioner for
improving the navigation of the Delaware river
under the act of March 26, 182 1. The first com-
missioners were Lewis S. Coryell, John Kirk-
bride, and Jacob Shouse, but after the resignation
of the latter named gentleman Mr. Abel was ap-
pointed in his place. He was engaged for more
than three years in this important work. Mr.
Abel married Catherine Bleckey, and they reared
a large family of children, all of whom are now

John Abel, son of John and Catherine (Bleck-
ey) Abel, was born in Easton, Pennsylvania,
March 29, 1814. In early life he learned the
trade of cabinet maker, which he followed up to
the vear 1835, when his health failed him and he
was obliged to abandon that pursuit. He then
established an extensive wholesale and retail con-
fectionery business, manufacturing the goods on
the premises, and in due course of time built up a
large and profitable trade which has been con-
ducted by various members of the family up to the
present time (1903), covering a period of nearly
seventy years. Mr. Abel was formerly an old line
Whig, but upon the formation of the Republican
partv he joined its ranks. He served as a member
of the citv council of Easton. He held member-



ship in St. John's Lutheran church, serving in the
capacity of vestryman for a number of years.

Mr. Abel married Maria E. Reichard, born in
Easton, Pennsylvania, in 1811, a daughter of
Jacob and Elizabeth (Hay) Reichard. Jacob
Reichard was born in Easton, a son of Peter
Reichard. Elizabeth (Hay) Reichard was a daugh-
ter of Peter Hay, a son of Melchoir Hay, Jr., who
was a son of Melchoir Hay, Sr., a native of Scot-
land, whom political reverses led to Germany,
where, after serving with honor in the military
duties in his adopted country, he married a Ger-
man woman. Melchoir Hay came to America
with his two brothers in 1738, took an active part
in the trying struggle of the Revolution, and was
one of the efficient members of the committee of
safety. After the close of the Revolution, Mel-
choir Hay, having sold his South Eason property,
purchased a large farm about three miles west of
Easton, in the locality called the "Drylands,"
where he and his descendants have tilled the soil
for generations.

The following named children were born to
Mr. and Mrs. Abel : Louisa, wife of William W.
Cottingham, of Easton, superintendent of schools ;
Charles J., a confectioner of Phillipsburg, New
Jersey ; Elizabeth, wife of William E. Hammann,
of Easton; Emma M., Josephine A., wife of
George T. Hammann, of Bethlehem ; John H., a
resident of Easton ; Isabel, wife of Howard A.
Hartzell, of Easton ; J. Edward, and Mary. John
Abel, father of these children, died May i, 1891,
and the business was conducted by his widow and
children under the firm name of M. E. Abel, up
to the time of the death of Mrs. Abel, April 27,
1895, and from that date up to the present time
(1903) it has been conducted by the children
under the style of Mrs. M. E. Abel's estate.

HENRY J. STEELE, a practicing attorney
of Easton, president of the Northampton Bar
Association, and vice-president of the State Bar
Association of Pennsylvania, was born in Easton
May 10, i860, his parents being Joseph and Maria
(Burt) Steele. His grandparents were John and
Elizabeth (Unangst) Steele. In his family were
four children : Mary, Elizabeth, Joseph and An-

drew. He died at the age of sixty years, and his
wife passed away previously.

Joseph Steele was born in Easton, in January,
1833, and pursued his education in the school con-
ducted by Dr. Vandeveer in that city. He sub-
sequently turned his attention to general mer-
chandising, conducting a store in Easton up to the
time of his death. He kept in touch with the ad-
vancement of the times in his business career, and
prospered in his undertakings. His political al-
legiance was given to the Whig party until its dis-
solution, when he joined the ranks of the new Re-
publican party. Both lie and his wife were mem-
bers of the Lutheran church. They were married
in 1854, Mrs. Steele having been born in Easton
in 1832, her parents being John and Mary
(Smith) Burt, who were of Scotch ancestry. To
Joseph and Maria Steele were born three children.
Elizabeth became the wife of George H. Derr,
and died in 1884, leaving a daughter, Nellie, now
the wife of Charles M. Lauloach. John, the elder
son of Joseph Steele, died in 1876 at the age of
nineteen years.

Henry J. Steele began his education in the
public schools of Easton, and afterward became
a student in Stevens' Business College. While
attending school, however, he was employed in
mercantile pursuits and at bookkeeping, thus
meeting the expenses of his more advanced educa-

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