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birth and iiarentagc, he inherited those qualities
of industry and jjcrseverance which are character-
istic of a large portion of that race. He is a son
of Cliarles and Mary (Fagan) Brady, and was
born in County Mcath, Ireland, en the 4th of
April, 1824.

In early life Peter Bradv engaged in mercan-
tile pursuits in Dublin, Ireland, but being desir-
ous of leading a professional life he attended the

Famous Engineering School at Castle Pollard,
County West Meath, Ireland, for three years,
and was graduated from that institution in 1845.
The following two years he served as assistant
engineer for the British government on ]mblic
works, and in 1848, having decided that the op-
portunities for a successful business career were
far superior in the new world tlian the old, he
emigrated to the United States, and since then has
served under some of the most eminent engineers
of this country. He was associated with Fisher
and Sheafer, of Pottsville, who were considered
among the most skillful surveyors of their day, in
locating land warrants, and assisted in surveying
a part of the coal regions of Pennsylvania. He
was also associated with Professor Henry D.
Rogers, who was the most prominent geologist
of this country at that time, in making surveys
and exploring for coal in the Mahcney and Trev-
erton coal basins. In 1850 Mr. Brady went west
with Colonel Ellwood Morris and made the first
survey of the Marietta & Cincinnati Railroad in
Ohio, from Chillicothe ; from there took part in
the laying out of the Bellefontaine & Indiana Rail-
road. He assisted in making out plans and pro-
files for the letting of the Steubenville & Indiana
Railroad from Steubenville westward, and while
there was appointed principal assistant engineer
of the Pittsburg & Steubenville road, with W.
Milnor Roberts as consulting engineer, and they
located the road from Steubenville to Pittsburg.
He also prepared maps for the letting of the con-
tracts of the road, and spent eiglit years in the
construction and building, making many improve-
ments in the surveys.

On June 14, 1859, he located in Easton,
Pennsylvania, performed the surveying for the
Lehigh & Delaware \\'ater Gap Railroad, and
there became acquainted with Mr. Firmstone,
general manager of the Glendon Iron Company,
and who learned of Mr. Brady's ability as mining
engineer, and at once engaged him to make a sur-
vey of the Hurd Ore Mine in New Jersey, where
lines were in dispute. The line fixed by ]Mr.
Brady became satisfactory to both parties, and
saved a large law suit. After that time Mr. Brady
continued to do work for the Glendon Iron Com-


pany for more than thirty years. He has also
been engaged in the same capacity for the
Thomas and Crane Iron Companies. He served
as chief engineer for the Wihningtcn & Reading
Railroad and made its first location from ^^'il-
mington to Birdsboro, and made many important
surveys in the State of New Jersey, and is con-
sidered as an authority in mining engineering.
Air. Brady received the appointment of land agent
for the Duchess of Leeds and Lady Stafford,
having charge of about ten thousand acres of
land in Bradford and Lycoming counties, Pennsyl-
vania, which he sold for those ladies.

On May 14, 1864, Mr. Brady was united in
marriage to Maria F. Tieniey, a native of Ireland,
and daughter of ^Matthew Tierney, late of Phila-
delphia, Pennsylvania. Their children are :
Charles IMatthew, a civil engineer; Bessie, who re-
sides at home with her parents ; Mary, in religion
Sister Mary Deloras, in the Holy Child Jesus
Convent, at Sharon Hill, Delaware county,
Pennsylvania ; Nellie, now JMother Mary Cather-
ine, of the Holy Child Jesus Convent, of Chey-
enne, Wyoming; and Rose, who resides at home.
The family are zealous and consistent members of
the Catholic church. Mr. Brady adheres to the
principles of the Democratic party, to which he
has always given an active and loyal support.
He served as city surveyor of Easton, Pennsyl-
vania, for several years.

CH.\RLES P. SIEGFRIED, a successful
business man of Easton, Pennsylvania, is a repre-
sentative of an old and honored family of Ger-
man extraction. The pioneer ancestor of the
American branch of the family was Joseph Sieg-
fried ( I ) , who was a brother of Colonel John
Siegfried, of Revolutionary fame. Joseph Sieg-
fried was united in marriage to Anna Alaria
Romig, a native of Northampton (now Lehigh)
county, Pennsylvania, and among the children
born of this union was a son, Isaac Siegfried.

Isaac Siegfried (2), son of Joseph and Anna
]M. Siegfried, was born in Berks county, Pennsyl-
vania, September 14, 1763. He resided in var-
ious portions of the State, and for a number of
years successfully conducted his trade of mill-

wright. Subseqnentlv he purchased a farm in
the vicinity of Nazareth, which he cultivated and
improved, and at the same time devoted consider-
able attention to his trade. He was married, in
.Schoharie county. New York, to Anna Maria
Hochstresser, who was born April 19, 1771. Their
children were : Joshua, Paul, Joseph, Samuel,
Elizabeth Catherine, .-Xnna Maria, and Solomon.
Both Mr. Siegfried and his wife were consistent
members of the Dutch Reformed church. Mr.
.Siegfried died November 6, 1833 ; his wife died
December 2, 1831.

Paul Siegfried {3), second son of Isaac and
Anna M. Siegfried, was born in Northampton
county, Pennsylvania, June 24, 1793, was reared
to manhood on his father's farm and received a
practical education in the common schools of the
neighborhood. During the war with Great Brit-
ain in 1812 he served in the capacity of drummer
boy. He was an upright conscietious man, and
in all the relations of life fulfilled his duties in
a creditable and acceptable manner, He married
Johnanna ]\I. Clewell, and among the children
born to him was a son, Joseph W. Siegfried.

Joseph W. Siegfried (4), son of F'aul and
Johnanna Siegfried, was born in Bushkill town-
ship, Pennsylvania, April 5, 183 1. In earlv life
he applied himself to obtaining a thorough know-
ledge of the trades of miller and millwright, and
these occupations claimed his entire time and at-
tention until 1881. From that year up to the time
of his decease he met with a large degree of suc-
cess in the management of general mercantile
pursuits at Cherry Hill, Northampton county. He
was a man of industry and integrity, and was
chosen by his fellow citizens to serve in various
local offices. He held membership in the Mora-
vian church at Schoeneck, and served as a member
of its board of trustees for many years. Air.
Siegfried married Maria Saylor, who was born at
Jacobsburg, Northampton county, in 1834. Their
children were : James F. ; William ; Emma L., de-
ceased ; Oscar, deceased ; Charles P. ; Howard,
J., and Robert L. Siegfried. The father of these
children died July 8, 1893, and the mother passed
away August 8, 1893.

Charles P. Siegfried (5), fourth son of Jo-



seph W. and Maria Siegfried, is a native of Bush-
kill township, Nortliampton county, Pennsyl-
vania, the date of his birth being August 13, 1865.
During the early years of his life he was a stu-
dent in the public schools of the township, and
after completing his studies he gained his first
business experience as a clerk in a store at Cherry
Hill, of which his father was the proprietor.
After serving in that capacity for a number of
years he filled a similar position in the town of
Bethlehem, and subsequently he settled in Easton,
where he has remained up to the present time.
In 1898 he established a grocery store in the busi-
ness section of the city, which he stocked with a
large and select line of goods, and his business
interests have been so managed as to win the
confidence of the public and the prosperity which
should always attend honorable and well directed
effort. His religious sentiments are in accord with
the tenets of the Moravian church, which was the
faith of his ancestors, and his political views co-
incide with tliose advocated by the Democratic

On July 14, 1891, Mr. Siegfried married
Sarah J. Messinger, a native of Bushkill town-
ship, and daughter of Reuben and Mary Ann
(Ealers) Messinger. One child, who died in in-
fancy, was the issue of this marriage.

engaged in the general commission business in
Easton. was born in that city April 28, 1852, a
son of Lewis A. and Sophia (Hect") Buckley.
The father was born in Warren county, New
Jersey, in 1805, and was a mechanic. When
twenty-one years of age he left his native state
and went to Easton, where he engaged in the iron
and lumber business, developing an extensive en-
terprise, with which he was connected throughout
his active business career. He married Sophia, a
daughter of Rev. John P. Hect, the Lutheran
minister of Easton, and both have now passed
away, the father's death occurring February 10,
1876, while his wife died August 13, 1887. They
were the parents of four sons and two daughters.
John II., the eldest, was a soldier of the Civil war
in Company D, One Hundred and Twenty-ninth

Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry, and died in
1862. Lewis died at the age of eleven years.
Mary died at the age of seventeen years. Annie
died at the age of twenty. Herbert T. is the next
of the family, and Wade, the j'oungest, is a resi-
dent of Brooklyn, New York.

Herbert T. Buckley pursued his education in
the public schools of Easton and in Lafayette Col-
lege. He studied law in the offices of Judges
Kirkpatrick and Scott, and was admitted to the
bar in 1876. Immediately afterward he entered
upon the active practice of the profession, in
which he continued until 1900, when he estab-
lished the general commission business of H. T.
Buckley & Company, in which he is still engaged,
having so directed his atifairs that he is to-day
one of the substantial citizens of Easton.

Mr. Buckley served as town clerk of the bor-
ough of Easton, and was the first city clerk after
the incorporation of Easton as a city. In politics
he is a Republican, and has exerted a wide and
beneficial influence in behalf of public progress,
improvement and reform. Socially, he is con-
nected with Easton Lodge, No. 152, E. and A.
M.; Easton Chapter, R. A. M. ; and Hugh
DePayens Commandery, K. T. He is also well
known in the musical circles of the city, and has
been the organist of the First Reformed church
since 1881. In 1881 ]\Ir. Buckley was married to
Miss Mary Seitz, a daughter of the late Henry
W. and Mary Seitz, and by this union there are
two children, Mary and Henry L.

established physician of Easton, Pennsylvania, is
of Welsh origin, and his ancestral history is writ-
ten in connection with that of his father, upon an-
other page of this work.

He is a native of Pennsylvania, born in Rich-
mond Northampton county, January 17, 1863,
son of John and Mary (Horn) Evans. He began
his literary education in the well equipped public
schools of Easton, where his parents resided, and
pursued his classical studies in Lafayette Col-
lege. He was prepared for his profession in the
Medical Department of the University of Penn-
sylvania, from which he was graduated in 1884,



the year of his attaining his majority. He served
an interneship in the Philadelphia City Hospital,
which afforded him excellent opportunities tor
practical experience to supplement the knowledge
acquired in the class and lecture rooms. In 1887
he took a post-graduate course at Lafayette Col-
lege, and then located for practice in the city of
Easton, where he has built up an excellent patron-
age, his ability and conscientious devotion to .his
patients commanding the patronage of a large
class of the community. He is a highly regarded
member of the County Medical Society and the
State Medical Society. In 1891 he was appointed
to membership on the board of United States Pen-
sion Examiners at Easton. He is a member of
the Masonic order, and has attained to the Com-
mandery degrees. His political affiliations are
with the Democratic party.

Dr. Evans was married, October 2, 1888, to
Miss May Yeomans, daughter of Frederick Yeo-
mans, and of this union was born a daughter,
Elizabeth Yeomans Evans.

gue family, represented in the present generation
by Charles J. Montague, a prominent business
man of Easton, Pennsylvania, originated in Eng-
land, and traces its ancestry to Peter, son of
Eleanor Montague, born in 1603, in Boveny, par-
ish of Burnham, Buckinghamshire. In 1621,
when he was eighteen years of age, he emigrated
to America, settling in Virginia, where he became
the founder of that branch of the Montague fam-
ily with which this narrative is concerned. He
was possessed of high ability and strength of
character, and became a man of broad influence,
and large usefulness. He aided in establishing
the first church and school in the colony of \^ir-
ginia, and was called to various positions of
honor and responsibility. He died in 1659.

Peter (2) son of Peter (i) the emigrant, was
born in Nansemond county, Virginia, in 163 1
or 1632, and inherited from his father large tracts
of land on the Rappahannock river. He married
Ehzabeth Morris, and their children were: i.
!Mary, born about 1661, who married Thomas
Paine, October 23, 1682; 2. Peter, born 1666,

died 1702; 3. William, born 1670; 4. John, bap-
tized May 21, 1682. Peter (3) second child of
P'eter (2) was father of Thomas J. (4), whoso
second wife, Penelope (family name unknown)
bore him a son William (5). William iMontague
was born June 14, 1730, and lived in Middlesex
county, A'irginia. He married, December 21,
1754, Catherine, daughter of Abraham Montague.
Their son William (6) was born about 1758; he
served during the Revolutionary war, and was
wounded in a naval engagement on Chesapeake
Bay. He resided near the village of Montague,
Vriginia. He married, January 14, 1790, Eliza-
beth, daughter of Edward Valentine, of Augusta
county, \"irginia. Their son William V. (7)
born September 3, 1797, married (December,
1824) Mary Ann Barrack. They removed in
1828 to Norfolk county, and thence in 1829 to the
town of Norfolk. His wife died September 29, '
1840, and William V. Montague in 1841 married
Esther Hatton, a widow, and removed to Princess
Anne county. He died in Norfolk, September 10,
1865, and his wife died in the year following.

Robert V., (8) son of William V. Montague
(7) by his first wife, was born September 28,
1827, at Montague, Virginia. He was well edu-
cated, having graduated from William and ^lary
College. He at once entered upon an active and
useful career and was called to various public
positions. January 28, 1847, h^ was married to
Margaret Elizabeth, daughter of John and Ann
Robertson, of Princess Anne county, Virginia.
On account of failing health, Mr. IMontague re-
moved with his family in 1855 to New York city,
and thence to Easton, Pennsylvania, where he
made his home for the remainder of his life.
There he was appointed assistant postmaster, a
position in which he acquitted himself with great
ability and strict fidelity to the trusts committed
to him, until his death, April 4, 1866. He was a
man of unsullied personal character, and a con-
sistent member of the IMethodist Episcopal
church. In politics he was a Republican.

Mrs. Ivlontague. a woman of strong character
and sweetly amiable disposition, left with lim-
ited means and a large family of small children,
gave herself unsparingly to their rearing, and



through her unselfish devotion was enabled to
afford them all an excellent education, and lived
to see. them well established in life. Her death
occurred F"ebruary 14, 1894. She was the mother
of ten children, of whom the three first named
were born in Virginia : i. Elizabeth Virginia, born
in February, 1848, became the wife of Dr. E. L.
Evans, now deceased. 2. Mary Lewis, born in
February, 1850, and died May 14, 1894, became
the wife of Prof. J. J. Hardy, of Lafayette Col-
lege, Easton. 3. Helen Walker, born July 4, 1851,
and died June 22, 1874, became the wife of J.
Wesley Evans. 4. William Barrick, born in New
York city, April 17, 1854. The remaining chil-
dren, named as follows, were born in Easton,
Pennsylvania: 5. Robert John, born December 25,
1856. 6. Alice Josephine, born September 4, 1858 ;
7. Harry Howard, born August 6, i860, died Au-
gust 26, i860. 8. Frank Leslie, born October 6,
1861. 9. Charles Jennings, born October 26, 1863.
10. Lelia Virginia, born September 22, 1865, who
became the wife of Frank E. Crater, of Easton.

Charles Jennings Montague, youngest son of
Robert and Margaret Elizabeth (Robertson)
Montague, received his education in the public
schools of his native city. He was but three years
of age when his father died, and when he was only
twelve years of age he began the carving of his
own livelihood in order to aid his mother. He
entered the book and stationery store of the late
William Maxwell, July 10, 1876, and here, while
laboring industriously, he took advantage of his
opportunities to read liberally, to compensate in
some degree for the want of adequate school in-
struction, and his ambition and diligence enabled
him to acquire a fund of information which
proved an am])le equipment for business and
social Hfe. He remained with Mr. Maxwell until
the death of that estimable man, and shortly after-
wards (January i, 1902) jiurchased the business,
for the conduct of which he had developed every
necessary ability. Mr. Montague is numbered
among the most enterprising citizens and business
men of Easton, and is held in high esteem for his
high character and excellent personal qualities.
He is a prominent member of the Masonic fra-
ternity, affiliated with Easton Lodge No. 152, F.

and A. M. ; Easton Chapter No. 173, R. A. ]\I. ;
Pomp Council No. 20, R. and S. M., and Hugh
de Payens Commandery No. 19, K. T. He is
also a Noble of Rajah Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S.,
of Reading, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Montague was married, June 7, 1888, to
Miss Mary A. Siegfried, and to them were born
three children — Charles Leslie, Lelia Virginia,
and William Maxwell.

CHARLES JACOB ABEL, a veteran of the
Civil war, and at the present time (1903) suc-
cessfully engaged in the manufacture of candy
for the jobbing trade in the city of Easton, Penn-
sylvania, was born at Lewisburg, Northumber-
land county, Pennsylvania, September 10, 1837, a
son of the late John Abel, who was a descendant
of 'Squire Jacob Abel, who came to this country
from Germany, at an early period, and settled in
Easton, Northampton county, becoming one of its
prominent and influential citizens.

John Abel (grandfather) was a son of Jacob
Abel, and his birth occurred in the city of Easton,
Pennsylvania. His business career was devoted
to the occupations of boating, plying his trade
between the cities of Easton and Philadelphia, and
the grocery business which he conducted for a
number of years in Easton. On July 7, 1825,
Governor Shulze appointed Mr. Abel as one of
the commissioners for improving the navigation
of the Delaware river under the act of March 26,
1 82 1. He was engaged for more than three years
in this important work. Mr. Abel and his wife,
Catherine (Bleckey) Abel, were the parents of a
large family of children, all of whom are now

John Abel ( father) was born in Eastnn, Penn-
svlvania, March 29, 1814, a son of John and
Catherine (Bleckey) Abel. After laying aside
his school books he learned the trade of cabinet
maker, which line of industry he jnirsued until
183s and then abandoned on account of impaired
health. Subsequently he established a wholesale
and retail confectionery business in his native
city, manufacturing the goods on the premises,
and this he successfully conducted up to the time
of his death. Mr. Abel was united in marriage to



Maria E. Reichard, born in Easton, Pennsylvania,
in 181 1, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Hay)
Reichard. Their children were : Louisa, wife ot
William W. Cottingham, of Easton ; Charles
Jacob : Elizabeth, wife cf William E. Hammann ;
Emma M. ; Josephine A., wife of George T.
Hammann ; John H. ; Isabel, wife of Howard A.
Hartzell ; J. Edward ; and ^Mary Abel. A full ac-
count of the life cf Mr. John Abel appears under
his own name on another page of this work.

The private school conducted by Dr. Vander-
•veer, at Easton. Pennsylvania, afforded Charles J.
Abel a good English education which was an ex-
cellent preparation for his active business career.
He learned the trade of confectioner with his
father, but later engaged with the Hope Express
Company, which conducted business between
Reading, Peimsylvania, and New York city, anc!
remained an employe of that company until 1862,
the year of the disruption between the north and
south. On August 11, 1862, he enlisted in Com-
pany D, One Hundred and Twenty-ninth Regi-
ment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, serving in
the Army of the Potomac, and participated in the
second battle of Bull Run, Antietam, Kernsville,
and the five days battle of Chanccllorsville. He
was struck by a spent ball, but was not incapaci-
tated from active duty. He served with credit and
distinction during the entire term of his enlist-
ment, and was honorably discharged from the
service of the United States Government in the
middle of May, 1863.

After his return from the war, Mr. Abel re-
sumed his old position with the Hope Express
Company, where he remained for a short period
of time. He was then employed by his father until
1870, when he established a confectionery manu-
facturing plant in Phillipsburg, New Jersey,
which he conducted for fifteen years, and then
disposed of to George M. Alpaugh. He then re-
turned to Easton, Pennsylvania, and established
his present business, that of manufacturing candy
for the joljbing trade, which enterprise has provei!
to be a profitable source of income. Politically,
Mr. Abel is an ardent supporter of the principles
of Republicanism, his first vote having been cast
for Abraham Lincoln, During his residence in

Phillipsburg, Xew Jersey. Mr. Abel served in
the capacity of president of the city council, and
chairman of the finance committee, holding the
latter position for six years. He is a member of
Talmage Post, Grand Army of the Republic, .and
a charter member of Bell Post, the first post or-
ganized in the order. He is also a member of the
Royal Arcanum, I*"rec and Accepted Masons.

On February 15, 1858, Mr. Abel married Mel-
vina Housel, of Bloomsbury, New Jersey, a
daughter of James and Mary Ann (Barnes) Hou-
sel, the latter named being the daughter of Robert
and Nancy (Bachivan) Barnes. Their children
are: i. Minnie B., born in Easton, Pennsylvania,
wife of George ^M. Alpaugh, and they are the
parents of three children — George Adamson, John
Everett, and Elizabeth Alpaugh. 2. Lizzie, wife
of George A. Adamson, and one child has been
born to them — Dorathea Frances Adamson. 3.
C. Percival, who was killed in a street railroad
accident at Bushkill Park, September i, 1902.
4. James Ray. a chemist by trade, married Annie
Alsover, and they are the parents of two children
— Marion and Douglas Abel. 5. Ruth Potter
Abel. The familv are actively interested in the
work of the Lutheran church, in which organi-
zation they hold membership.

FRANCIS !\IICHLER, attorney at law. Eas-
ton, Pennsylvania, whose busy professional life
extended over a period of nearly a decade and
about ten years in the coal business, and who re-
sided in pleasant retirement in the city wherein he
was born and which was the scene of his earnest
activitv, was born in 1830, a son of Peter and
Mar}- (Howell^ i\Iichlcr.

He is a lineal descendant of the Rev. John
Wolfgang Michler, born in Wurtemberg, Ger-
many October 25, 1720. and who came to America
in 1743. The emigrant Michler located at Salem,
North Carolina, where he served as missionary to
the Indians, undergoing many privations and
dangers -incident to such a life. He always main-
tained pleasant relations with the people whom he
came to labor amongst, and was the means of re-
lieving them from many of the oppressions to
which they were subject in face of an ever ad-



vancing population which was destined to crush
them out entirely. He died at Lebanon, Penn-

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