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sylvania, at the advanced age of eighty-seven

Nathaniel, son of the Rev. John W. Michler,
was educated at Nazareth Hall, where he was four
years a student, and later was an instructor there.
On leaving school, about 1790, he went to Jacobs-
burg, and thence to Easton, Pennsylvania. He
w^as a man of broad intelligence, excellent busi-
ness qualifications and sterling integrity, and
exerted a commanding influence. He was a mag-
istrate for many years, and for a quarter of a
centurv served as recorder and register of deeds,
a position to which he was originally appointed by
Governor Ritnar, and served longer in that posi-
tion than anybody before or since. He married
Elizabeth, a daughter of Peter Seip, and two sons
were born to them, Peter S., and Thomas.

Peter S. Michler, eldest son of the parents
named, was educated at Nazareth Hall. He en-
gaged in milling on the Bushkill. He was a man
of commanding ability, and rose to occupy a con-
spicuous place in the moral and material life of
the' rapidly developing city of Easton. He be-
came president of the Branch Bank of Pennsyl-
vania, and he was afterwards president of the
First National Bank of Easton. He was the first
president of the Hokendauqua Iron Works, and
was one of the original incorporators and the
president of the Lehigh Transportation Company.
In politics he was originally a Whig, and after the
dissolution of that party he became a Republican.
He served in the state senate, and in that body
proved a capable and incorruptable legislator.
He was a Lutheran in relisfion, and was for manv
years an elder in Christ church. He married
Mary Burroughs Howell, born in 1799, a daugh-
ter of Esick Howell. Husband and wife both
died in 1865. The children born to them were :

George and Howell, both of whom died in

Nathaniel, who was a graduate from the
LInited States Military Academy at West Point,
and served during the Civil war as an engineer
officer on the staff of Generals Rosecrans, Buell,
Meade and Sherman. He made a brilliant record

as an enterprising and courageous officer, and in
the battle of Shiloh two horses were shot under
him. After the war and during the presidency
of General Grant he had charge of the public
buildings in Washington City, and his army
service was continued until his death.

Harriet, who became the wife of Thomas
Conyngham, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Clarence Howell, who was a civil engineer,
and died in early life.

Henrietta, who became the wife of the Rev.
Ur. J. Y. Mitchell, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

William H. H., who was a physician and
served as an army surgeon during the Civil war.

Francis Michler, second child of Peter S. and
Mary Burroughs (Howell) Michler, was born
March 23, 1830 in Easton. He began his educa-
tion at the same institution as did his father,
Nazareth Hall, and then entered Lafayette Col-
lege, from wdiich he was graduated in 1847. He
studied law in the law school of Yale College, and
graduated in 1849. For several years he prac-
ticed his profession in Easton, and his abilities
and integrity commended him to the patronage of
an uncommonly large and influential clientele.

Mr. Michler was married, in 1855, to Julia A.,
daughter of Daniel and Margaret (Henry) Lach-
enour, who are referred to at length on another
page of this work. Of this marriage were bom
the following children: i. Henry D., who has-
been surgeon in charge at the Easton Hospital
from its opening; 2. Howell, who died young;
3. Frances K ; 4. Roosevelt ; 5. Lebbeus C. ; 6.
William Marsh ; 7. Julia A. Alichler. Mr. INlich-
ler died February 26, 1904.

JAMES POLLOCK was born in Boston,
Massachusetts, August 31, 1817. and died No-
vember 29, 1867. His paternal great-great-
grandfather, William Pollock, was born on the
Overtown estate in Scotland. The great-grand-
parents were William and Jannet (Shedden) Pol-
lock. James Pollock, Sr., son of William and
Jannet Pollock, was married to Miss Mary
Lambcrton, whose mother in her maidenhood was
Margaret Douglas. Her parents were James Lee
and Marv Douglas. The former was born on the



Douglas estate, and was a son of the second son
of Sir Robert Douglas, knight, who was a son of
William and Margaret Lamberton. William
Lamberton was born at Douglas Castle, in 1521,
and from him the line of descent is traced down
to James Pollock. James Pollock, second, mar-
ried Helen Hill, at Beith, Ayrshire, Scotland, and
in 1817 they came to America.

James Pollock, third, whose name introduces
this record, was reared in New Brunswick and in
Trenton, New Jersey. He pursued his prelim-
inary education in the common schools, and in
1841 entered Lafayette College with the intention
of preparing for the ministry, but owing to failing
health was obliged to abandon his cherished plans
and assumed other business relations. He there-
fore learned the stone-cutter's trade, and estab-
lished a business in Easton, and there conducted
his enterprise until 1853, when he removed to
Hamilton, Ontario county, Canada, where he car-
ried on business for ten years. At the time of the
Civil war, in July, 1863, ]\Ir. Pollock returned to
Easton for the purpose of enlisting in the Union
army, but his services were rejected on account
of his physical condition. He then resumed busi-
ness in Easton, at the corner of Northampton and
Front streets, and engaged in the manufacture of
fine marble monuments until his death.

On the 29th of April, 1848, Mr. Pollock was
married to Miss Sarah Howell, who was born in
Easton, Pennsylvania, June 30, 1829, a daughter
of Jesse Moore and Deborah (Muirhead) Howell.
The ancestry of the Howell family can be traced
back to John Howell, who was a private in Cap-
tain Tucker's company in the first regiment of
New Jersey militia during the Revolutionary war.
He was born in 1727, and died in 1779. His wife
was Naomi Hart, a daughter of Joseph Hart.
John Hart of this family was one of the signers
of the Declaration of Independence. Their son,
Noah Howell, was born May 22, 1763, and died
September 6, 1801. He was married August 22,
1788, to Hannah Lawrence, whose birth occurred
December 16, 1769, and her death on August 3,
18 14. They were the grandparents of Mrs. Pol-
lock and the parents of Jesse jNIoore Howell,
whose birth occurred in New Jersey, August 9,

1789. He wedded Deborah ;Muirhead, who was
born March 11, 1794, and gave her hand in mar-
riage to Mr. Howell, October 4, 1819. Her death
occurred December 27, 1861. Her ancestral his-
tory as far as authentic record has been preserved
began with John Muirhead, who was born in
Glasgow, Scotland, and married Rebecca Bailey,
of Jamaica, Long Island. His death occurred in
January, 1725. His son Andrew Muirhead was
the father of Jonathan Aluirhead, who was born
!May 7, 1755. To him and his wife ]\Iary was
born on the 25th of June, 1763, a son, to whom
they gave the name of George, and who became a
soldier of the Revolutionary war. George Aluir-
head was under Colonel Seeley and his brother,
John ^Juirhead with John Guild and David
Laming, on the morning of December 26, 1776,
escorted General Washington and his army from
the eight-mile ferry to the. north end of Trenton.
George Aluirhead married Charity Guild, a
daughter of Rev. John Guild, and to this marriage
was born Deborah Muirhead, the wife of Jesse
]\Ioore Howell. Rev. John Guild was pastor ot
the Pennington Presbyterian church.

To Mr. and Mrs. Pollock were born six chil-
dren : Charles Muirhead, born January 26, 1849,
in Easton, Pennsylvania, died November 30,
1897. Helen Hill, born February 3, 1851, is liv-
ing in Easton, Pennsylvania. James, born May
7, 1854, in Hamilton, Canada, died August 13,
1864. Jessie Howell, the next, was born April
6, 1856, in Hamilton. Sarah, born in Hamilton,
December 2, 1858, was married, October 18, 1887,
to Charles K. Swift, and they had two children,
Douglas Pollock, who died at the age of nine
months, and Clement Kinnersley, who was born
in Norwood, Delaware county, Pennsylvania,
July 20, 1890. Casimir Guillot, born February 22,
1861, was married March 17, 1892, to Mary J.

Mr. Pollock died November 29, 1867, and his
wife, long surviving him, passed away February
9, 1902. He was an ardent Republican in poli-
tics, was an upright honorable business man, a
public-spirited and progressive citizen, a faithful
friend, and a devoted husband and father, ^[ore-
over, his life was actuated by the highest prin-



ciples, and was permeated by his Christian faith.
In early hfe he united with the First Presbyterian
church of Easton, and afterward became one of
the organizers of the Dutch Reformed church, in
which he took a most active and helpful part, con-
tributing generously of his means to the cause,
and putting forth every eii'ort in his power to ex-
tend the influence of the church. The Rev. James
K. Mason Knox, pastor of the American Re-
formed church, and later president of Lafayette
College, said of Mr. Pollock : "James Pollock was
a man loving and loveable, a worthy son of a
Godly father. Orthodox as he could not help
being without forswearing his descent, he saw the
lineaments of his Master in his fellow men and
his heart went out toward all mankind. I remem-
ber him to-day for the help he gave me in my
work, help given with the earnestness and delicacy
which are the fruits of the spirit of God."

ROBERT P. RADER, the superintendent of
the Lehigh Water Company, at Easton, is a de-
scendant of Henry Rader, who in colonial days
lived in the vicinity of Bath, Pennsylvania, and
had landed possessions which were quite exten-
sive. He was thereby classed among the wealthy
men of his day. His son, John George Rader, was
born July 27, 1757, and became an officer in the
American army in the war of the Revolution.
He lived upon a farm formerly owned by his
father, and he was married three times. He first
wedded Maria Schick, with whom he lived twen-
ty-four years, and after her death he married her
sister. His third wife was a Mrs. Patterson, a
widow. John George Rader died April 24, 1837.
His son, John, who married a Miss Flick, was the
great-grandfather of Robert P. Rader.

Paul Rader, the grandfather, was born in
Upper Nazareth township, Northampton county,
September 5, 1801, and throughout his business
career followed farming. He resided for a time
in Forks township, Northampton county, and
from 1831 until 1835 was a resident of Lehigh
county. Eis political support was given the
Democracy until i860, when he joined the ranks
of the new Republican party. He belonged to
the Reformed church. In 1820 he married Mary

Ann Nolf, who was born January 24, 1795, and
their children were : Christianne, born November
26, 1822 ; Peter, August 7, 1824 ; Mary Ann, April
14, 1826; Jackson, January 23, 1828; Angelina,
June 7, 1832; Samuel, March 21, 1835; ]\Iatilda,
June 4, 1837; Anna Eliza, August 17, 1839; and
Jacob, March 20, 1821. Paul Rader died Feb-
ruary 24, 1877, and his wife March 3, 1874.

Jacob Rader, father of Robert P. Rader, was
born March 20, 1821, and when fourteen years of
age left his father's farm to become a clerk in a
grocery store in Easton. Six months later he en-
tered the dry-goods store of C. & R. Innis, and
in August, 1843, purchased the stock of his em-
ployer, and has since become one of the leading
merchants of the city. He also assisted in organ-
izing the Easton Gas Company, was a director
of the First National Bank, and became one of
the organizers of the Lehigh Water Company, of
which he has now been the treasurer for many
years. His activities have been of marked benefit
to the city in promoting" its material progress and
substantial improvement. For thirty-six years he
has been superintendent of the Sunday-school con-
ducted in connection with the Reformed church,
and is very active in the different departments of
church work. A prominent Mason, he has been
a member of the consistory since 1865, and his
political support is given the Republican party.
He was married, July 25, 1844, to Mary Ann
Steele, born July 4, 1823, a daughter of John
.Steele. Her death occurred December 21, 1898.
In the family were ten children. Charles Innes,
born October 19, 1845, '^^'^s a Union soldier in
the Civil war, and is now superintendent and gen-
eral manager of a geld mining company in Utah ;
he was married, November 13, 1876, to Susan M.
Sevan. Thomas Jacob, born August 28, 1847, and
now a salesman in Brooklyn, New York, was mar-
ried October 28, 1875, to Sarah E. Neley. Mary
EJizabeth, born May 17, 1850, became the wife
of M. S. Hulick, October 15, 1873. Robert Paul,
born February 2, 1852, is mentioned later in this
record. Frank Steele, born November 19, 1853,
died November 25, 1854. Harry James,
born June 3, 1855, was married June 14,
1876, to Ida Arnold, and died September 27,



1897. Lewis John, born September 13, 1857,
is manager of his father's store. Ella Jennie, born
March 23, 1859. Jennie, born December 15, i860,
was married, October 2, 1879, to David \\".
Thomas, and died January 25, 1890. Carrie May,
born June 18, 1862, was married November 18,
1892, to William C. Merritt.

Robert P. Rader, the third son of Jacob Rader,
of Easton, pursued his studies in public and
private schools of Easton, and at Nazareth Hall,
Pennsylvania. He entered upon his business ca-
reer as an apprentice to the machinist's trade, and
after three years began working as a journeyman.
Four }-ears were thus passed, and in 1875 he be-
came engineer in the employ of the Lehigh Water
company, with which he has now been associated
for twenty-eight years. In 1882 he was made
superintendent of the plant, and has since served
in that capacity.

Mr. Rader is a Republican in politics, and
socially, is connected with the Heptasophs. In
1872 he married Miss Minnie Reifenwarth, of
Stewartsville, Pennsylvania, and to them was born
a son, H. Eugene, April 27, 1875. He was edu-
cated in the public schools and in Lerches prepar-
atory school ,and is now engineer for the Lehigh
Water Company. He has tv,-o children, Ethel E.
and Robert A. Mrs. Rader died April 20, 1894,
and Mr. Rader afterward married Miss J. JNIaud
Stocker, of Martins Creek, Pennsylvania, a
daughter of J. Mackey Stocker. There are two
children of this marriage: Edward M., born
March 4, 1897; and Louisa Steele, born June 5,

SAMUEL RADER, a prominent merchant of
Easton, Pennsylvania, belongs to a family which
has been for at least two centuries resident in
Northampton county, where we first find it rep-
resented by Henry Rader, who was, for a colonist
of that period, a rich man, being a large land-
owner, residing in the vicinity of Bath.

John George Rader, son of Henry Rader.
mentionued above, lived on a farm which had
formetl part of the estate of his father. He took
an active part in the Revolutionar\' struggle, be-
ing one of the officers of the continental army.

He was thrice married, his first wife being Maria
Shick, with whom he lived twenty-four years,
and whose sister became his second wife. On
Ijeing left, for the second time, a widower, Mr.
Rader married the widow of Mr. Patterson. He
died April 24, 1837, leaving a son, John, who mar-
ried a Flick.

Paul Rader, son of John and (Flick)

Rader, was born September 5, 1801, in Upper
Nazareth township, Northampton countv, and
afterward settled in Forks township. From 1831
to 1835 he made his home in Lehigh county, his
occupation there and elsewhere being always that
of a farmer. He was until i860 a staunch member
of the Democratic party, but in that year joined
the ranks of the Republicans, to whose cause he
adhered for the remainder of his life. He mar-
ried, in 1820, Mary Ann Nolf, who was born Jan-
uary 24, 1795, and their children were: Jacob,
born March 20, 1821 ; Christianne, born Novem-
ber 26, 1822: Peter, born August 7, 1824; Mary
Ann, born April 14, 1826; Jackson, born January
3. 1828: Angeline, born June 7, 1832; Samuel,
mentioned at length hereinafter; Matilda, born
June 4, 1837: and Anna Eliza, born August 17,
1839. Mr. and Mrs. Rader, who were regarded
with respect and afl'ection by all who knew them,
were members of the Reformed church. The
death of Mrs. Rader took place March 3, 1874,
and her husband survived her three years, pass-
ing away February 24, 1877, in the seventy-sixth
year of his age.

Samuel Rader, son of Paul and Mary Ann
(Nolf) Rader, was born JMarch 21, 1835, in Forks
township, Northampton county, where during his
early boyhood he attended the common schools.
At the age of nine years he came to Easton, where
he was employed in the store of his brother lacob.
Here he remained, displaying in the discharge of
his duties such industry, ability and faithfulness,
tliat he steadily advanced step by step until he
became a partner in the house, which was thence-
forth known as Rader & P.rcther. For many years
the firm has owed not a little of its prosperity to
the energy and assiduity of the junior partner.
Among the most noteworthy reminiscences of
Mr. Radcr's early manhood is a military experi-



ence which he gained while serving in the army
during the Civil war. Politically, he is a Repub-
lican, adhering firmly to the principles advocated
by that party. He is a member of the Reformed

Mr. Rader married, in 1859, Emma S., daugh-
ter of George S. and Phoebe Maria Miller of
Bethlehem. Eight children were born to Mr.
and Mrs. Rader, five of whom died in childhood.
Those surviving are : George F'aul, who is a
mechanic, married. Amanda V. Weaver, and has
one child, Marie Elizabeth ; Kate Miller, who is
the wife of Harry H. Haines ; and Edith M., who
is the wife of Nicholas J. Hager. Mrs. Rader,
the mother of the family, died December 21, 1884,
her loss being a bereavement not only to her
relatives and near friends, but to all who had ever
felt the influence of her attractive personality.

sentative of various business interests in Beth-
lehem, was born in Brooklyn, New York, Sep-
tember 8, 1844. The family was established in
America by John Prince, Jr., whose father. Rev.
' John Prince, was rector of East Shefford, Berk-
shire, England.

The Prince family had its origin in that por-
tion of England bordering on Wales, and the an-
cestry can be traced back to remote antiquity.
The coat of arms, however, was not granted until
the year 1584, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth.
Shrewsbury and Abby Foregate, in Shropshire,
were then the seat of the family. From that por-
tion of England came John Prince, Jr., in 1633.
He was born in 1610, and was a student of Ox-
ford University, under the tuition of his maternal
grandfather, Rev. Dr. Toldebury. He was ex-
pected to succeed his father as rector of East
Shefford church, but his ideas of church govern-
ment conflicted with those of Archbisho]) Laud,
and because of the displeasure and persecution
which he thus incurred he fled to America. He
is first mentioned in the records of Cambridge,
Massachusetts, as an owner of two lots of land in
1G34, and a memorandum to this record says
"removed to Hull." He was made a freeman
March 4, iCi^S, ^"tl went to Hingham, Massa-

chusetts, at the time of the general dispersion
from Boston in 1635. In 1660 Elder John Prince
was appointed magistrate of Hull by the general
court, and on the 15th of February, 1671, was
selected to decide the controversy between Rich-
ard Stubbs and Samuel Baker. On the 2d of Oc-
tober, 1673, Joseph Howe, of Boston, deeded to
Elder Prince his estate in trust for his wife, Eliza-
beth Bunn, of Hull, under the conditions of the
marriage contract. According to the first family
historian. Rev. Thomas Prince, all of the seven
sons of Elder F'rince followed the sea. In the
Massachusetts archives from 1687 to 1700 are
found numerous records of clearances and ar-
rivals of Captain Job Prince, of the ship "James,"
of Boston ; Captain Thomas Prince, of the "Dol-
phin ;" Captain Samuel Prince, of the sloop
"Gryal," and "Little Otis ;" while Captain Joseph
and Captain Isaac Prince were in the naval serv-
ice. In 1637 Elder Prince married Alice Honor,
who died in 1668, and about 1670 he married
Anna Barston, widow of William Barston, of
Scituate, Massachusetts. In his last will, dated
August 16, 1676, Elder Prince names the follow-
ing children : John, Joseph, Elizabeth, the wife of
Josiah Loring; Martha, the wife of Christopher
Wheaton ; Job, Samuel, Isaac, and Thomas.

John Prince, the eldest son of Elder Prince,
was married in 1672 to Rebecca, daughter of
George and Rebecca (Phippery) Vickerow, of
Hull. She was a cousin of the wife of his
brother. Job Prince — Rebecca Phippery of Bos-
ton. His children were : Joseph, born in 1673 ;
John, November i, 1685 ; Rebecca, who was born
in 1687, and became the wife of Joseph Benson,
of Hull, Massachusetts ; and Experience, born
January 11, 1689. John Prince, the second son,
was the progenitor of the branch of the family on
Long Island. He had two sons, Samuel and
Robert. The latter married Mary Burgess, and
their children were: Mary, the wife of David
Phillips; William, who married Ann Thorn;
Elizabeth, the wife of Arthur Burgess ; Sannicl,
who was born in the city of New York, and mar-
ried Ruth Carman ; Robert, who died young ;
Susannah, the wife of a Mr. Montrose, or




Samuel Prince, born r^Iay 20, 1728, was a sol-
dier in the Revolutionary war. He married Ruth
Carman, April 24, 175 1, and they had nine chil-
dren : Robert, Elizabeth, James, Mary, Samuel,
Samuel (2), Elizabeth (2), jNIarg-aret, and Su-
sannah. Prince street in Xew York city was
named in honor of this Samuel Prince, who owned
a considerable tract of land there. From Robert
Prince is descended the Wintringham family of
Long Island, and from Alary Prince is descended
the Winter family.

Samuel Prince, Jr., born May 29, 1762, was a
soldier in the war of 18 12. He was taken pris-
oner by the British, and sent to the prison in
Elizabeth, New Jersey. He was exchanged, and
afterward became a merchant and importer of
Leghorn and millinery goods on William street,
between Fulton and John streets, in New York.
He died May 23, 1835, and was buried in the
Cypress Cemetery, Williamsburg, Long Island.
On the 15th of November, 1785, in New York
city, he married Mary Norwood, who was born
September 14, 1768, and was a daughter of To-
bias Norwood. The Norwoods were largely
allied to the old Dutch families of New York,
including the \'an Clyft, Van Clyf and Van
Cleeft (as the name is variously spelled) and the
Kool or Cool families. Mrs. Prince died April
15, 1845, and was buried in the Moravian ceme-
tery at Staten Island. Their children were Mary,
born August 8, 1786 ; Samuel, born July 20, 1788 :
William Augustus, born November 24, 1790;
Elizabeth, born December 2, 1792; Sarah (ist),
born June 20, 1794; Sarah (2d), born March
4, 1796: Robert, born January 20, 1798: Alar-
garet, born November 20, 1800; Benjamin, born
July 27, 1803 ; Harriet, born November 22, 1805 ;
Edward, born June 6, 1807 ; an infant boy, born
February 27, 1809; and George Washington,
born in 181 1. The will of Samuel Prince, Jr., is
recorded in the hall of records of New York city.

Robert Prince, father of Abraham C. Prince,
was born January 20, 1798, in New York city.
In early life he practiced dentistry, and after-
ward became an attorney at law, while still later
he engaged in the upholstering business and in
the manufacture of paint. He was the first man-

ufacturer of metallic paint in the United States,
the article being known on the market as Prince's
metallic paint, or mineral brown. The ore from
which this paint was made was discovered by him
in Carbon county, Pennsylvania, where a plant
was erected by him in 1857 for the manufacture
of paint, and the business has been carried on con-
tinuously since by its founder .or his sons. In his
political views, Robert Prince was originally a
Whig, and afterward a Republican. His relig-
ious faith was that of the Moravian church, and
he became one of the founders of the congrega-
tion of that denomination in Brooklyn. He mar-
ried Antoinette Cargill, who was born October
18, 18 16, in New York city, a daughter of Abra-
ham and Antoinette Cargill. The children of
Robert and Antoinette Prince are as follows :

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