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Elizabeth Knight Bartholomew, and their children
are — William Heysham 3rd, born November 21,
1898: and Elizabeth Knight, born January 31,
1900, and Austin Bartholomew Sayre, born No-
vember 14, 1 90 1.

Anna F. and Catherine I. (8 and 9) twins,
were bom ^larch 2, 1834, and Catherine I. died
June 8, 1859.

Julia Rosalie Sayre (10), born August 3,
1836, died May 5, 1837.

Charles Eugene Sayre (11), born July 23,
1838, died February 2, 1841.

ASFITON C. BORHEK. The family of
which Ashton C. Borhek was a representative
was founded in America by John Andreas Bor-
hek, who was a weaver of Gottingen, Prussia,
and came to the new world with a band of Mor-
avians during the Revolutionary War. He married
at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Anna Maria (Fisch-
el) Borhek, who was born in 1743 and died in
1807, while John Andreas Borhek, who was born
in 1728, died May 14, 1791.

Christian Frederick Borhek, son of John An-
dreas and Anna Maria Borhek, married Anna
Catherine Kindig, who was born May 4, 1780, a
daughter of Andrew Kindig, of Nazareth,
Pennsylvania, and died August 14, 1808. By his
first wife. Christian Frederick Borhek had two
children: Clementine S., born in 1806, and James
T., born in 1808. By his second wife, Mary
Luckenbach, he had the following children : Fred-
erick R.. who married Harriet Hunsicker, and had
children: Helen, who was born January 10, 1810,
and became the wife of August Belling, and the
mother of a large family ; Emily Amelia, who
was born January 8, 1813, and became the wife
of Fred Hoffman, by whom she had a son, Fred-
erick : and Lindora, the wife of Abraham Grosh,
by whom she had one daughter, Mary L.

James T. Borhek, the eldest son of Christian
Frederick Borhek, was born January 6, 1808, at
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he was reared



and educated, attending a Moravian school. .\t
an early age he was apprenticed to Christian
Luckenbach, with whom he learned the trade of a
locksmith and tinsmith. On attaining his major-
ity he went to Philadelphia to learn the trade of a
coppersmith, and upon his return to Bethlehem
he gave his attention to the manufacture of hats,,
buying the business of C. A. Luckenbach. At that
time this was the only industry of the kind on
eastern Pennsylvania, and in his establishment
silk hats were first manufactured in America out-
side of Philadelphia. In 1849 he again changed
his occupation, becoming a lumber and coal mer-
chant and establishing the firm of Borhek &
Knausss. After the death of his partner he carried
on the business alone for a number of years, and
then sold out in i860 to his son, Ashton C.
Borhek, and L. A. Miksch, who in connection
with the lumber and coal trade conducted a gen-
eral merchandising establishment. This, however,
was destroyed in the great freshet in 1862.

For a number of years James T. Borhek filled
the office of justice of the peace, and also served
for two terms as school director. While filling
the former position he was largely instrumental
on various occasions in keeping litigation out of
the courts, inducing contestants to settle their
differences without recourse to the law, and
whether in or out of office his advice and his judg-
ment were ever strictly impartial, and his rulings
extremely free from personal prejudice or bias.
He became a charter member of Keystone Lodge,
I. O. O. F., and was the secretary of the Bethle-
hem Gas Company from its organization until
his death, which occurred July 24, 1888.

James T. Borhek was married, July 5, 1830, to
Marietta Charlotte Brunner, and to them were
born seven children : Albert and Robert, who died
in chiidhood ; Ashton C. ; Morris A., born Oc-
tober 9, 1842: Louisa Catherine, who was born
February 14, 1840, and died in childhood ; James
T., born r)ctober 16, 1844: and Henrv G., who
was born March 13, 1848, and died October
18. 1889. Of this family Morris A. Bor-
hek married Emma Stadiger, and to them
was born a son, Herman S., whose birth occurred
April 15, 1869, and who married Addie Thaver.



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James T. Borhek, Jr., married Ottilia Clauder, a
daughter of the Rev. H. G. and Charlotte
(Ruedej Clauder. She was born on Staten Isl-
and, New York, October 15, 1846, and was edu-
cated in the Moravian seminary at Bethlehem.
Their children are Henry Theodore, born Janu-
ary I, 1877; Emily Louisa, who was born April
10, 1882, and died in early childhood ; Edgar Ash-
ton, born January 10, 1884; and John Leonard,
born November 27, 1887.

Ashton Borhek, son of James T. and Marietta
Charlotte Borhek, was born at the old famil)'
homestead in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Septem-
ber 9, 1837, and was educated in the Moravian
school there. After putting aside his text books
he learned the cabinet-maker's trade under tiie
direction cf R. O. Luckenbach, and after complet-
ing his apprenticeship he became his father's suc-
cessor in the coal and lumber business, as a mem-
ber of the firm of Borhek, Knauss & Miksch, and
was numbered among the enterprising, progres-
sive and successful business men of Bethlehem
imtil his death, which occurred March 6, 1898.
For some years he served as notary public. Long
holding membership in the Moravian church, he
took a very active and helpful part in its work,
and filled many of its offices in a most acceptable
manner. Kindly and benevolent, he was ever
ready to extend a helping hand to those in need of
assistance, and his generous disposition, his
friendly spirit and his fidelity to all that was hon-
orable in the relations between man and man,
made him one of the respected and esteemed citi-
zens of his community. Frequently his advice was
sought on matters of business, for those who
knew him had firm faith in his judgment, and re-
garded him as a man of the utmost relialMlity.

Ashton C. Borhek was married, September
6, 1864, to Louisa E., daughter of Herman and
Sophia (Shelly) Stadiger. Her father was a na-
tive of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, born January
19, 1810, and died January 4, 1866.' He was edu-
cated at Nazareth Hall, and for many years con-
ducted a hotel at Friedenville, Pennsylvania. He
was a son of John Frederick and Susan Eliza-
beth (Bagge) Stadiger. Mrs. Borhek was boriT
in Friedenville, Pennsylvania. July 12, 1845, '^"d



was educated in the Moravian day school. To
Mr. and Mrs. Borhek were born four children :
Emily, who was born August 17, 1865, and died
in childhood ; Estelle, who was born March 19,
1867, and is the wife of Archibald Johnston; and
they have two children — Archibald B., born June
II, 1892, and Elizabeth, born April 8, 1899; ]\lar-
ietta, who was born July 10, 1871, and is the wife
of H. J. Meyers, and they are the parents of two
children, Louise B., born October 19, 1896, and
Helen B., born May 10, igoo ; and Helen, who
was born February 13, 1879, and died August 6,
1891.

CORNELIUS W. KRAUSE. The long and
varied business career of the late Cornelius W.
Krause, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with before
him the prestige of three generations who have
contributed to the development of the town, made
him one of its best-known and most honored
citizens.

Heinrich Krause, the first of the family in
Bethlehem, who was the founder of the family in
this country, was born at Toerpitz, Germany, in
1717. He came to America in 1753, in the
ship, "Irene." In September of that year, he set-
tled in Bethlehem, in company with twenty others
of the Moravian brotherhood from Heimat, in
charge of Dr. Boechler. He was a butcher, and
began work at his calling immediately on coming
into the settlement. He married Katherine Ruch,
on February 16, 1755. The house which he built
on Water street is still standing, and has been
occupied by four generations of the family,
though a considerable addition was made to the
original building on its south side by his grand-
son, John Krause. Two children were born of
the marriage of Heinrich and Katherine (Ruch)
Krause, John Gottlieb, and Anna Johnson, who
married Jacob Schniuck of Nazareth.

John Gottlieb, first child and only son of
Heinrich and Katherine (Ruch) Krause, Was
born January 10, 1759. He w^ork^d with his
father in the market, and at his death in 1792 suc-
ceeded him in business. He was taken into the
Moravian brotherhood in 1771, and in 1792 he
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1761, and died in 1808, leaving two children, John,
and Anna Lisette. April 11, 1809, he married
Margaret Bauer, and five years later, April 27,
1814, he died.

John, only son and eldest child of John Got-
tlieb and Anna Johanna (Stall) Krause, was born
December 3, 1794, and died in 1874. He contin-
ued the business of his father and grandfather,
and took their place as one of the sterling citizens
of the town. April 24, 181 7, he married EHza-
beth Beitel, a woman of German descent. Her
grandfather, Heinrich Beitel, was born in Neun-
dorf, Ober Silicia, January 18, 171 1. His wife
was Elizabeth Paschke, born January 27, 1714, in
Steindorf, Ober Silicia. The couple went to
South America to work in the Surinam mission
field, and spent twenty-three years among the
Indians of Berbice and Pilgerhuth. Their son,
Christian Frederick Beitel, was born at Paramar-
ibo, July 9, 1752. He married a woman named
Fetter, and at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, he oc-
cupied the farm belonging to the Moravian con-
gregation, the buildings of which stood on the
east side of IMain street, between Market street
and Cunow's alley. He died in Xazaraeth, July
3, 1833. His daughter Elizabeth was born March
!• I793' she grew up in Bethlehem, and attended
school in the old castle, on the site of the present
parochial school. The children of her marriage
with John Krause were as follows: i. James
Levin, born Februar}- 12, 1818, and died May
16, 18S7. He was married January 22,, 1844, to
Anna Maria Sneckenburg, and the children of
this marriage were as follows: i. !\Iarcns Augus-
tus, born April 4, 1846; 2. Moulton John, born
April 4, 1848, died August 15. 1848; 3. Elmira
Elizabeth, born ^lay 16, 1850 : 4. Eugene Henry,
born May 23, 1852, died in September, 1853 ; 5.
Jane Maria, born July 29, 1853, died November
3. 1857 ; Emma Louisa, born October 25, 1855,
died November 9, 1857 ; 7. Herman Samuel, born
April 4. 1857, died August 30, 1892: 8. James
Edwin, born July 7, 1858 : 9. \Mlliam Henry,
born February 8, 1861, died September 14, 1861 ;
10. Robert Levin, born November 2. 1863.

2. Cornelia ^lafilda. who was born May 14,
1819, married, April 27, 1847, ^^ iHiam Liebert,



who was born February 18, 1823, near Eniaus,
Lehigh county, Penns}lvania, and became the
mother of four children, as follows : Augustus
Henry, born ]\Iarch 11, 1848; Emma Jane, born
September 5, 1851 ; Morris William, (Rev.), born
August 22, 1855; Franklin John, born February
17, i860.

3. Saraii Eliza, who was born September 27,
1820, married Francis D. Schneller, January 23,
1844. He was born April 26, 1819, and died Sep-
tember 6, 1895. The children born of this mar-
riage are as follows: i. Cornelia Eliza, born
March 7, 1847; -■ Alice Louisa, who was born
September 23, 1851, married James W. Taylor;
3. Maria \'., born October 27, 1856.

4. John Franklin was born March 19, 1822,
and married Ann IMaria Neiser, born November
2, 1832. The children were Ida, born August 28,
1859, died September 7, 1867; Irene, born De-
cember 2, i860.

5. Edward Remandus, born February 16,
1824, died in infancy.

6. Henry Samuel, who was born July 8, 1826,
married, April 8, 1856. Emma A. Clewell, born
]\Iarch 8, 1837, at Schoeneck, Pennsylvania. The
following children were born to the couple : i.
John S.. bcrn November 25, 1857'; 2. Emily Eliza-
beth, born April 27, 1861 ; 3. Laura Louisa, born
April 30, 1864 ; 4. Mary Alice, born December 18,
1867: 5. Clara Amelia, born April 28, i87'2; 6.
Louisa JMaria, born March 30, 1875, died Feb-
ruary 18, 1881.

7. Robert Permenio, born January 13, 1830,
was married February 28, 1854, to Hortensie
Aenelia Weber, born October 6, 1833. The chil-
dren of this marriage were as follows: i. Wil-
liam Augustus, born April 24, 1855, died March
7, i860; 2. Edward John, born November 27,
1S56 ; 3. Robert Henry, born October 10, 1858,
died r^larch 27, i860; 4. Henry Augustus, born
-\Iay 30, i860: 5. Francis William, born ^lay 12,
1861, died September 15, 1861 ; 6. Laura Louisa,
born February 18, 1863, died August 20, 1863; 7.
Elizabeth Augusta, born November 27, 1864; 8.
Eugene Frederick, born November 18, 1865.

8. Edward Sylvester, born March 10, 1833,
died November 24, 1833.



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HISTORIC HOMES AND INSTITUTIONS.



9. Edwin Benjamin, born October 12, 1834,
died October 13, 1855.

10. Cornelius William, of whom a more de-
tailed account follows.

Cornelius William, tenth child and eighth son
of John and Elizabeth (Beitel) Krause, was born
at Bethlehem. Pennsylvania, July 15, 1837. He
was baptized in the Moravian church, which had
been the faith of his fathers for many generations,
bv Rev. J. H. Herman. He grew up in Bethle-
hem, and was educated there in the Moravian
parochial school. After leaving school, in 1853,
he entered the dry goods and grocery establish-
ment of A. Walk & Company, of Bethlehem.
His diligence and business aptitudes made him a
valuable clerk, and he remained with the firm un-
til 1870, when he became a partner in the busi-
ness, the firm being Wolle, Krause & Erwin.
He was afterwards engaged in various enterprises
up to his death, April 2, 1904. Since 1880, he
has been secretary of Lehigh Council, No. 356,
Royal Arcanum. Mr. Krause married in 1863,
Jane Eleanor, daughter of William Theodore and
Belinda (Luckenbach) Roepper, born May 3,
1844. Four children were born of this marriage,
of whom three are living : Arthur Cornehus, born
July 16, 1867, Frederick George, born July 14,
1873, and Paul Theodore, born September 28,'
1878.

CHARLES C. EDWARDS, who for twenty-
eight years has engaged in merchandising in Lans-
ford, Pennsylvania, was born in South Wales on
the 15th of March, 1843. His parents were
Charles and Harriet Edwards, who crossed the
Atlantic to America about 1851, establishing their
home in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where they re-
mained for two years. They then removed to
Stockton, where the succeeding eight years were
passed, and finally took up their abode in Jeddo,
Pennsylvania, where they dwelt until they depart-
ed this life. Charles Edwards was a miner, and
was employed in that labor both in his native
country and in America. The family numbered
nine children, five of whom are living, namely:
John, a retired merchant; Charles C, Jane, Eliza-
beth and Joseph.



During his residence in Scranton, Pennsyl-
vania, Charles C. Edwards acquired a part of his
education. It was while he was living there in
185 1 that he saw the first engine that ran through
that city on the Delaware, Lackawanna & West-
ern Railroad. At Stockton he completed his edu-
cation and became a miner. In 1866 he went to
California, where he also engaged in mining, but
remained on the Pacific coast for only two years,
returning on the expiration of that period to the
home of his parents, who in the meantime had
removed to Jeddo. There Mr. Edwards remained
until 1875, when he came to Lansford, where he
has since resided. He immediately entered into
merchandising in company with his brother, John
C. Edwards, and this partnership was continued
for six years, since which time Charles C. Ed-
wards has been alone in the conduct of his general
mercantile enterprise. His reliable business meth-
ods, straightforward dealing and earnest desire
to please have secured to him a very liberal pat-
ronage, and his business has long since reached
profitable and gratifying proportions.

When the Civil war was inaugurated and the
Union was threatened by the secession in the
south, Mr. Edwards ofifered his aid as a defender
of the country, and enlisted in Company N,
Twenty-eighth Regiment of Pennsylvania Vol-
unteer Infantry, August 19, 1861. He took part
in the battles of Ball's Blufif, Culpeper Court
House, Cedar Mountain, Rapidan Station, second
Bull Run, and Antietam, where he was wounded
through the muscle of the right arm. He was
taken to Columbia College Hospital and examined
by a board of five surgeons, and was discharged
for disability, October 29, 1862. He organized
a Home Guard company in the spring of 1863,
was elected its captain, and served with the said'
company until February, 1864, when he re-en-
tered the service, enlisting in Company C, Eight-
eenth Regiment, Pennsylvania Cavalry. He was
appointed orderly sergeant, and was commis-
sioned as second lieutenant April 8, 1864. He
was offered a commission as captain in Septem-
ber, 1864, by Colonel Brinton, in Company F. of
the .same regiment, but declined it because he did
not wish to leave his own company. He received




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a commission as first lieutenant in Company C,
May 15, 1865. He served under Generals Wil-
son, Custer, and Phil Sheridan, and participated
in the battles of Cold Harbor, White Oak
Swamps, Petersburg. Occoquan Creek, Winches-
ter, Fisher's Hill, Cedar Creek, Waynesboro, and
all the engagements under Sheridan up to the
surrender of Lee. His regiment was then sta-
tioned in West Virginia and part of Ohio until
October 30, 1865, when it was finally mustered
out of the service.

In 1868 Mr. Edwards was united in marriage
to Miss Mary Krauss, and to them were born nine
children, seven of whom reached years of matur-
ity, while six are now living at this writing in
1904. These are Richard, a stenographer ; Mary
Jane, the wife of Harry INIcGinley ; John, a civil
engineer: Allen M.. who is clerking for his fa-
ther ; Gertrude and Hattie. The parents are
members of the Congregational church, in which
Mr. Edwards is serving as a trustee. Socially,
he is connected with Eli T. Connor Post, No. 177,
G. A. R.. of which he has several times been
commander, filling that position at the present
time. He is also a worthy member of Tamaqua
Ledge. No. 238, F. & A. M. His political support
is given to the Republican party, and he was
prominent in the movement which resulted in the
election of the first Republican official elected in
Luzerne ccunty, in 1871. He has served his bor-
ough as councilman, being secretary of the board.
He has also been a member of the school board
and was its president. He is a good business man,
a worthy citizen and a loyal friend.

WILLIAM LLXKEXBACH was born in
Hanover township, Lehigh county, Pennsylvania,
August 6, 1807, and died in Bethlehem, Pennsyl-
vania, July 28, 1803. Tn the year 1740 Adam and
Eva (Spiess) Luckenbach, came from the father-
land to America, and their son John Ludwig was
a direct ancestor of William Luckenbach. He
was born in Germany in 1738, and came to this
country with his parents. He wedded Mary
Magdalene Hottel, and died in 1795. Their son,
John Adam Luckenbach. was born in 1761,
wedded Mary Magdalene Becker, and died in

16



1842. His wife was born in 1761, was married in
1 78 1, and died in 1837.

John David Luckenbach, son of John Adam
and Mary Magdalene (Becker) Luckenbach, and
the father of William Luckenbach, was born in
1783, was married in 1804 to Elizabeth Clewell,
and died in 1850. His wife, who was born in
1783, died in 1867. They had a large family,
namely : Jacob, who married Mary Whitesill ;
George: William: Elizabeth, wife of J. Clinton
Weber ; Henrietta, wife of William Rigg : Anna,
wife of Solomon Shaefer : Matilda, wife of
Charles Jacoby : Rebecca, wife of Ephraim Keck ;
Thomas David, who married Josephine Whit-
meyer ; and Sarah Ann. wife of Edward Babel.

William Luckenbach, third son of John David
and Mary M. Luckenbach, spent a part of his
youth in Hanover township, Lehigh ccunty, and
the remainder of his minority was passed on the
big Moravian farm on the south side of the Le-
high river. At an early age, desirous of learning
a trade, he entered the employ of Benjamin Eg-
gert. whose place of business occupied the pres-
ent site of the Lehigh Valley National Bank, in
Bethleliem. Under his direction Mr. Luckenbach
learned the trades of cabinet-making and carpen-
tering. Like many young mechanics of Bethle-
hem he went to Philadelphia to secure work in
his early journeyman days, but soon returned and
was connected with building operations in Beth-
lehem until the '50's. He then turned his at-
tention to the dry-goods business, successfully
conducting his store until 1871. when he was suc-
ceeded by his son, Captain O. H. Luckenbach,
and his son-in-law, J. Samuel Krouse, the latter
still conducting the business. Mr. Luckenbach
was very successful in his mercantile enterprise
and amassed a very comfortable fortune. He
made extensive and judicious investments in real
estate, and became the owner of valuable property
in Bethlehem and West Bethlehem. He was
quick to recognize and improve busmess oppor-
tunity, and his capable control of his interests
made him one of the capitalists of his home town.

Mr. Luckenbach was a leading and influential
citizen of Bethlehem, and at one time enjoved the
distinction of being the only surviving member of



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the first town council. When the borough was
incorporated he was elected to the town
council, and served for three years. He was a
man of great activity, never satisfied unless he
was performing some sort of manual labor, and
his strong traits of character won him the regard
and respect of his fellow citizens.

William Luckenbach was married three times.
His first wife was Elizabeth Rice, and they be-
came the parents of ten children. Josephine, the
eldest, born October lo, 1831, died November 8,
1844. Owen A., born January 14, 1834, died
October 16, 1890; he married Jane E. Crocker
and had five children — Joseph R., Gertrude W.,
Cany E., Owen F. and Jennie E. Joseph R. (4)
born March 4, 1836, died May 26, i860. William
D. (4) is a resident of Easton. Caroline E., born
May 27, 1838, died June 17, 1862; she was the
wife of Bernard E. Lehman, and had a daughter
Anne W. Lehman, who was born June 4, i860,
became the wife of Edward Sewell, and died July
7, 1885, leaving a little daughter Carrie L. Sewell,
born June 12, 1884. Ellen (6), born September
28, 1842, is the wife of Rev. Charles Nagel, and
has two children — Anna L., who was born Sep-
tember 19, 1872, and died October 31, 1902, and
Marie C born June 16, 1875. Sophia (7), born
April I, 1844, is the wife of Hugh M. Maxwell,
and has a daughter, Grace, born July 14, 1876.
Amelia, born August 10, 1846, died December 22,
1894; she was the wife of Rev. J. Alexander
Rondthaler, and she had nine children, namely :
Ethel, who was born July 2, 1871, and is the wife
of Arthur McCain : Marion, who was born in
February, 1872, and married a clergyman; Rob-
eht, born in August, 1873 ; William D., who was
born in December, 1874, and is married; James,
born in March, 1879; Anna, in 1881 ; Alice, in
1882; Norman, in 1884; and Herald, in 1885.
Anna (9), born Jul}- 7, 1848. is an instructress at
the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. Frances
(10), born February 22. 1851, is the wife of J.
Snmuel Krause, and has four children. Adeline,
who was brrn December 20, 1871, is the wife of
Frank Hamman ; Margaret, born Alay 24, 1873,
is the wife of Henry Morris ; Matthew, born Oc-
tober 2T, 1878, and died December 27, 1878; and



Helen, who was born January 13, 1878, and is the
wife of Fred McCain.

William Luckenbach, by his second wife,
Sarah Ann Zahm, had one daughter, Elizabeth R.,
born June 28, 1856. His third wife, Anna Maria
Kraeder, still survives him. There were no chil-
dren by that marriage.

HON. JACOB B. KEMERER was a man
who exerted strong and beneficial influence in
local public affairs, and his labors as state sena-
tor also proved of value to the commonwealth.
Born in Copper Saucon township, Lehigh county,
Pennsylvania, December 21, 1844. he died in
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, October 16, 1901. His
grandfather, Jacob Kemerer, was one of the
early settlers of Northampton county. Benjamin
Kemerer, the father, was born in that county in
1823, and during many years of an active business
career was engaged in the wholesale dry-goods
business in Philadelphia as a member of the firm
of Rex, Kemerer & Company. At the outbreak
of the Civil war the firm retired from business,
and following the close of hostilities between the



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