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cially he is affiliated with the lodge, chapter and
commandery of the Masonic fraternity, and is
also a noble of the Mystic Shrine. Religiously, he
is a Lutheran, and politically, a Republican.

Dr. Longacre was married November 10,
1896, to ]\Iiss Cora A. Barrall. a daughter of Dr.
A. Barrall. She was born in Danielsville, North-
ampton county, in 1874, and died July 14, 1901,
leaving a daughter, Hilda ]\I. B., who was born
October 2, 1897, but survived her mother only un-
til December 8, 1901.

JESSE KECK was the son of Solomon and
Margaret (Knause) Keck, in whose family were
ten children, Jesse being the eldest of the sons.
The others are as follows : Daniel, who married
Abbie Sager, and had six children ; Moses, who
married Tillia Dubbs, and has six children ; Solo-
mon, who married Matilda Hartman, and has
five children ; William, who married Celia Romig,
no issue ; Edwin, unmarried ; Hannah, who was
the wife of John Erdman, and had ten children ;
Annie, who was the wife of Enos Erdman, and
had four children — three sons and one daughter ;
Eliza, unmarried ; Louisa, who was the wife of
John Ochs, and had one child.

Jesse Keck, the eldest child of Solomon and
Alargaret (Knause) Keck, married Judith M.
Ubroth, and they became the parents of six chil-
dren — two sons and four daughters — i. Aravesta,
wife of Milton Appel, and mother of two children
— Charles and Ida. Charles Appel married
Tillv Grim and has two children — Charles



and IVIay Appel; Ida Appel became the
wife of William A. Hausman, and their children
are: William A., Frederick A., Jessie, wife of the
Rev. J. J. Schindle, and mother of two children,
Mary and Isabel Schnidle; Margaret, unmarried.
2. Emeline, who died unmarried. 3. Elenora,
wife of Thomas S. Kern, and mother of three
children — Frank K., who married Minerva Butz,
and had one daughter, Miriam; both Mr. and
Mrs. Kern are deceased; Harry, who married
but they live apart, and have one daughter. Hazel ;
Grace, wife of J. Peter Grim, and mother of two
children, Nora and Luther Grim. 4. Jane I., wife
of H. J. Schwartz, and mother of six children,
Iwo sons and four daughters, Lilly J., who died in
infancy ; Jacob J., who married Gertrude Hen-
dricks, deceased, leaving one son Henry J. Jacob
J. married for his second wife Louisa Denninger,
to whom was born one child, now deceased ; Ulys-
ses S., unmarried; Mary A., wife of Dr. A. N.
Miller, and mother of three children — Austin,
Edna and Marion Miller; Estella I., wife of James
F. Fry, and mother of six children — four sons
and two daughters— Bertha H., Clififord, de-
ceased; Harold, Lloyd, Margaret and Marion
Fry : Jennie E., wife of J. I. Seigfreid, and mother
of one son, Freibus Seigfried. 5. Adam J., who
married Amanda Cope, and they were the parents
of two daughters— Minnie (deceased), wife of
George W. Hunsicker ; and Mattie, unmarried.
6. Josiah S., who married Maud Snyder, and had
one child, a daughter, deceased.

HIRAM S. SHIMER, a capitahst of Allen-
town who for three decades was a merchant in
this city, was born in Shimersville, Pennsyl-
vania, in 1838, a grandson of John and

(Van Buskirk) Shinier. His parents were
Charles B. and Anna (Schantz) Shinier, and his
brothers, both his junior, arc Alexander S. and
Lewellyn, the former not active in business inter-
ests in Allentown. The former married Lizzie
E. Bieber, and the latter married Clara Everhart.
Lewellyn Shinier has two children, Howard and

Hiram Shinier began his education in the
public schools, and after mastering the common

branches of English learning entered the Allen-
town Academy for more advanced mental train,
ing. He completed his education in that institu-
tion and then accepted a clerkship in a store in
Schnecksville, F'ennsylvania, where he remained
for three years. Since 1862 he has resided contin-
uously in Allentown, where he was connected
with the general store of Shinier Brothers until
1873. In that year he joined Mr. Dwen H. Laub,
in a partnership under the firm style of Shinier &
Laub, and they opened a carpet store, with which
;\Ir. Shinier was connected for thirty consecutive
years, at the end of which time he retired, his
son Joseph becoming his successor. The firm
handles all kinds of shades, draperies and floor
coverings, and theirs is one of the oldest stores
in the county and the largest in this line, the
stock of goods occupying five floors. Mr. Shimer,
although retired from active connection with
business affairs, is still a director in the Lehigh
Valley Trust Company.

In public affairs he is progressive, and his
co-operation has proved an active factor in many
measures for the general good. He votes with
the Republican party, and is a member of the
Lutheran church. He married S. Emma Witt-
man, a daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Kern)
Wittman. In her father's family were seven
children : Jane, Emma, Agnes, the wife of Jacob
Farr ; Amanda, who is the wife of David Bently,
and has two children ; Fannie, the wife of Dr.
Erdman Thomas, who has been married twice ;
and Albert, who is also married. Unto Mr. and
Mrs. Hiram Shinier has been born one son, Jo-
seph Paul, who succeeded to his father's mercan-
tile business. He married Martha Dutt, now de-
ceased, and they had two children, iMadeline and

Pennsylvania, manufacturer, has long been num-
bered among the patriotic citizens of the land,
and his efforts were largely instrumental in insti-
tuting the movement that resulted in placing the
flag upon the schoolhouses of the United States.
He conies of a family noted for loyalty and pa-
triotic service in the colonial struggles and in



the war for independence, and traces his descent
from eleven patriots who served Pennsylvania
in the Revolution.

He is a direct descendant of Christopher
Heller, who was born in Petersheim, near Bingen,
along the Rhine, in the Province of Pfaltz, Ger-
many, in 1688, and emigrated to America in 1738,
arriving in Philadelphia with his six sons on the
fifth of September of that year. He established
his home in what is now ]\IiIford township, in the
southern part of Lehigh county. He passed the
last few years of his life with his son Daniel, who
lived opposite Lower Saucon church, and where
he died in the year 1778. Of his six sons, Jo-
seph, in early life known as Joe Dieter, was
the oldest, having been born in 1719, and died,
unmarried, in 1800. He was buried at Plain-
field church.

His second son was Johan Simon Heller, born
in 1721. On attaining his majority he purchased
the farm in Lower Saucon township, near
Lower Saucon church. He was one of
the founders of the Reformed church in
that township, and in the year 1763 removed to
what is now known as the Woodley house, in the
town of Wind Gap. Here he assisted in the
organization of the Reformed church in Plain-
field township. His patriotic spirit was mani-
fested by active military service in the French
and Indian war. He had sixteen children, of
whom, Jacob, John, Abraham, and Simon
served in the Revolutionary army. His death
occurred in 1783, and he was buried at Plain-
field church.

Johan Z^lichael Heller, the third son of Chris-
topher Heller, was born in 1724, and died in
1803. and is buried at the ancient burying ground
of the Reformed church, now known as the Lime
Kiln schoolhouse. Daniel, the fourth son, was
born in 1726 and died in 1803. Daniel's children
were John, Jeremiah and JNlichael (the potter).
He was buried in the ancient burial ground at
what is now Lime Kiln schoolhouse.

Ludwig, the fifth son, was born in 1728, and
in early life removed to Hamilton township, Mon-
roe county, where he died in 1807, leaving one

son, John. He is buried in Hamilton township,
at the church which he helped to organize.

The si.xth son, George Christopher, was born
in 1 73 1. He married in early life and settled on
a farm adjoining that of his brother Michael. A
few years later he purchased an adjoining prop-
erty on which was erected a grist mill and a
hemp mill. He was the father of two boys,
Joseph and Michael, who on attaining their ma-
jority were given the property, Joseph taking the
grist mill, and Michael the oil mill. The father
removed to Upper Mount Bethel where he died
in 1805, leaving, besides the two boys, four chil-
dren by a second marriage — Elizabeth, IMagda-
lena, Solomon and Daniel. He was buried at the
Stone church in JMount Bethel township.

Joseph, after a few years, sold his mill to
Michael, and moved to a mill site along the
;\Ionocacy, in Hanover township. Michael was
now the possessor of his father's entire tract of
land in Lower Saucon township, and which is
now embodied in the entire east side of the main
street in Hellertown. Michael was the father of
a large family, all of whom died in infancy, with
the exception of Paul and Tobias, who after their
father's failure removed to what is now Lanark,
Lehigh county, and built the hotel known as
Heller's Tavern.

Johan Michael Heller was a direct ancestor of
William J. Heller, the subject- of this sketch,
and was known as Michael, the elder (Alt vater
Mike). Early in life he purchased a farm on
Saucon creek, in what is now the entire west
side of the main street in Hellertown. In 1746 he
built a stone house which is still standing. He
became the founder of Hellertown, and was an
extensive land owner, prospering in all his busi-
ness affairs, but lost very heavily through the
depreciation of currency during the Revolution,
which, together with his contributions to the
Revolutionary cause, and his gift of several hun-
dred-arce farms to each of his children, left him
comparatively a poor man at the time of his
death. His team was the first to leave Saucon
Vallev loaded with provisions for the starving
army at \'alley Forge. However, he gave not



only assistance of this character, but rendered
active service in behalf of the cause of liberty
as a lieutenant in the army. His children were :
David, who was born in 1751, served a period in
the Revolutionary war, and was a farmer in
Lower Saucon township ; Margaret, who mar-
ried Jacob Kreeling; Heob (Job), born 1765 and
was a farmer in Upper Saucon ; Simon, born in
1758, was a farmer, and settled near Plainfield
church ; Daniel, a carpenter, lived the greater
part of his life in Lehigh county ; Mathias was
a wheelwright and farmer, born in 1763, and
after the Revolution took up a soldier's warrant
for land in Northumberland county, where he
settled and founded what is now known as Hel-
ler's church, near Bloomsburg, Columbia county,
Pennsylvania; Michael, who was known as
"Creek Mike," was born in 1757,' and always re-
mained at the homestead, where he died in the
year 1828.

David Heller, son of Johan Michael Heller,
was the great-great-grandfather of William J.
Heller. He married Elizabeth, daughter of John
Ladenmacher, and their children were Catharine,
who was born in 1773, and died in 1776; Susanna,
who was born in 1774, and died in 1776; Eliza-
beth, born in 1775, and married Jacob Roth, who
became the owner of the homestead immediately
east of Hellertown ; Michael, who was born in
1777, and died in 1816, leaving one son named
Michael, who lived and died in Cunningham val-
ley ; David, born in 1778, learned the trade of a
tanner, and afterwards removed to Lehighton,
Carbon county; Job, born in 1780, and died in
1822, unmarried; Catharine, born in 1780, died
in 1786; Yost, born in 1783; Susanna, born in
1784; Maria, born in 1786; Joseph, born in 1788
and at the age of thirty years removed to Phila-
delphia, where he remained until his death ;
Rosanna, born in 1789, and died in 181 1.

Yost Heller, the great-grandfather, was
reared upon the home farm, and in his early youth
was full of life, fun and merriment. A'lany a
laugh did he cause in the neighborhood by his
merry pranks, but he also commanded the re-
spect of friends and neighbors, and as the years
advanced his attention was given to work that

proved of benefit to the community along ma-
terial and moral lines. He was the most popular
man in Lower Saucon township, and was the first
deacon of Appel's church, and reared his family
according to its teachings, while its principles
formed the rule of his own conduct. He was
married to Elizabeth Shaffer, of a prominent
family of Lehigh county, and their children were
Jacob, Elizabeth, who became Mrs. Bachman,.
and Mary who became Mrs. Weiss, and after-
wards Mrs. Rice.

Jacob Heller, the grandfather, was born in^
1804, and died in Easton, in 1881. Brought up in
the faith of the church, according to its teachings-
he also reared his family in the same way. He
was the first elder in Appel's church. He mar-
ried Sarah Bellits, of Lower Saucon, a descen-
dant of one of the original owners of West Jer-
sey, Lawrence Bellits, and their children were :.
Elizabeth, born in 1825; William, born in 1827;
Josiah B., born in 1829; Jacob, Sarah, John,.
Susan and Emma.

Josiah B. Heller, the father of William J.
Heller, was born in 1829, and pursued his edu-
cation in a school at Hellertown, and under Dr.
Vanderveer at Easton. Subsequently he engaged
in teaching in Easton and in surrounding town-
ships, and he also was numbered among the
music instructors of the Lehigh Valley in his-
da v. After devoting a number of years to edu-
cational work he engaged in farming for a de-
cade, and then returned to Easton, where he con-
ducted a transfer freight line for many years.
He was one of the early members of the Indepen-
dent Order of Odd Fellows at that place, and
took a helpful interest in promoting the lodge and
its growth. His political allegiance was given'
to the Democracy, which he continued to support
until his death, on the 5th of December, 1898.
He married Susan Heinlein, of Forks township,
a descendant of George Heinlein, captain of the
Durham township militia during the Revolution,
and a great-granddaughter of Elizabeth Morgan,
of Morgan's Hill. Their children were : George
B., born in 1853 ; William J., in 1857; Arthur P.,
who was born in 1864, and died in 1903; and'
Lizzie May, born in 1869, married Chester Seip.



A\'illiam J. Heller is indebted to various insti-
tutions of Easton, Pennsylvania, for the educa-
tional privileges he enjo^-ed in his youth. After
putting aside his text books he followed various
pursuits, and became quite widely known because
■of his artistic talent and ability. In 1886, how-
ever, he established his present business, the man-
ufacture of flags, opening the first exclusive flag
factory in the United States. His business has
constantly grown in volume and importance,
and to-day he manufactures nearly one-half of
the flags used in this country. While witnessing
the decoration of a public school building for a
celebration in the year 1886. the idea occurred to
him that the nation's emblem should be seen used
-over school buildings of the country in order to
foster a spirit of patriotism among the children
of the land. He began discussing the idea with
the prominent educators of America and, in fact,
was the founder of the movement which has
embodied his ideas, and deserves great credit for
instituting the patriotic movement which swept
over the country in 1892. He is popular and
well known among workers in patriotic circles,
and was one of the first active members of the
Patriotic League. He has had many honors con-
ferred on him by the Woman's Relief Corps, the
National Congress of Women, and other national
patriotic organizations. He is a charter member
of the George Washington j\Iemcrial Associa-
tion, organized to promote th establishment of
the University of the Uinted States. He is an
honorary member of various leading Women's
clubs in many parts of the country. He has lec-
turned in many of the principal cities of Amer-
ica upon patriotic occasions. His lecture on ''The
Evolution of Our National Ensign" is univer-
sally known. History has always been a most in-
teresting study to him. and he believes in pro-
moting every line of thought that will foster a
love of country and its people. He has made a
study of local Indian history during his leisure
hours, and is now engaged in compiling data for
a history of the Forks of the Delaware. He is a
life member of the Historical Society of Penn-
sylvania, also the Pennsylvania German Society,
a member of the Bucks Countv Historical So-

ciety, and an honorary member of various histori-
cal societies in this and adjoining states. He
takes an active part in public affairs, and is a
member of the Board of Trade and of the Munic-
ipal League of the City of Easton.

JNIr. Heller was married. May 5, 1877, to Miss
Tillie A. Lesher, a daughter of George Lesher,
and a lineal descendant of George Loesch, of
Tulpehocken, Berks county, Pennsylvania, who
gave so generously of his means to assist the
struggling Moravians when they first landed in
this country. His memory is yet perpetuated by
the record of his good deeds, preserved in the
[Moravian archives. Mr. and jNIrs. Heller became
the parents of three children, two sons and one
daughter. The two sons, Ray and Harry, died
in early childhood. The daughter, Bessie Evelyn
Heller, is a lineal descendant of sixteen patriots
who gave active service in the Revolutionary
war, and a great-great-great-granddaughter of
Elizabeth Morgan, of Morgan's Hill, through her
paternal grandmother, Susan Heller, a daughter
of George Bay Heinlein, who was the son of
James Heinlein and his wife Ann Bay, a daughter
of Mrs. Morgan by her first husband Hugh Bay.

Mrs. Morgan's maiden name was Lizzie Bell,
or "pretty Lizzie Bell," as she was known by
nearly every one in Philadelphia, where she was
born and raised. She was the daughter of Jacob
and Ann Bell, residing on Front street, Philadel-
phia, prior to the Revolutionary war. Her pa-
rents were orthodox Quakers, and consequently
frowned upon a certain young grocer, Hugh Bay,
son of Rev. Andrew Bay, a chaplain in the pro-
vincial army, who was getting very intimate with
Elizabeth, and who was not of their faith. They
used mild methods to discourage this intimacy,
and when, a few years later, Hugh made his ap-
pearance dressed in the uniform of a noted ar-
tillerv company in the Revolutionary service, he
was refused admittance to the Bell domicile, and
Elizabeth was compelled to make closer applica-
tion to her studies. All went seemingly well
until the British army was reported coming
toward Philadelphia, when its citizens prepared to
repel the enemy by gathering all ammunition,
collecting old lead and converting it into bullets.



etc. Elizabeth, whether through born intuitive-
ness or from close application to study, at that
opportune time developed character that was one
remarkable feature in after life. She removed the
leaden weights from her father's clock and con-
verted them into bullets for her soldier lover,
Hug^h Bay. This not only caused a flurry in
Quakerdom, but so enraged her father that he
forthwith transported her to Europe to finish her
studies. After the lapse of four years her
father, thinking that she had outlived" her infatu-
ation, brought her home. Elizabeth, however,
true to her first live, was married to Hugh Bay
in the Swede's church, Philadelphia, August i6,
1 78 1. This act so shocked the orthodox Quaker
congregation that they immediately called a
special meeting at which a resolution was passed
expelling Elizabeth from the congregation for
marrying a worldly man, and a certificate to that
effect was given her. What effect all this had
upon her parents is unknown. Her father died
a few years later, and left the greater part of his
wealth to Elizabeth and her mother. Hugh made
a good husband, and maintained a fine home on
the fashionable street. After a marriage of three
years he unfortunately died, leaving only one
child, Anna. Elizabeth remained a widow six
years, when, on September 2, 1790, she became
the wife of Dr. Abel Morgan, a prominent physi-
cian of Philadelphia, and formerly a surgeon in
the Revolutionary army. Two months later her
mother died. With the exception of the birth of
another daughter, nothing eventful transpired
until 1793, when the great epidemic broke out in
Philadelphia, when Dr. Morgan took precaution-
ary measures and removed his family from Phil-
adelphia to the Lehigh Hills, leaving his home in
charge of the colored servants. Dr. Morgan
selected for his retreat a hotel on the top of the
hill overlooking the "Forks of the Delaware."
This delightful locality was a favorite of Dr.
Morgan's when he was surgeon in the Revolu-
tionary army and encamped with his regiment at
Colonel Proctor's headquarters, along the ravine
to the south of what is now Kleinhans's green-
houses, which was then along the main road to
Easton from the south. Dr. Morgan, after see-

ing his family comfortably settled, returned to-
Philadelphia to help stamp out the epidemic.
Elizabeth, not receiving any communication from-
him for upwards of two months, and quarantine
being removed from Philadelphia, concluded tc>-
make a trip there. On her arrival at her Phila-
delphia home she found that the servants -lad de-
camped ; the house had been ransacked from
garret to cellar, and everything of value confis-
cated. At a loss to know what had become of
her husband, she made inquiry of the health of-
ficers, and found that her husband had contracted'
the malady and died within a few days after his
arrival, and was buried in the trench along with
the rest. This double affliction required consid-
erable fortitude to withstand. Finding herself
the second time a widow, she disposed of her fine
home and all her interests in Philadelphia, and
returned to the "Hills" with the purpose of living
in quiet retirement with her two daughters. She
never returned to Philadelphia, but purchased the
hotel property in which she had taken up her
abode, and lived there for upwards of fifty

Mrs. Morgan made good use of her excellent
education. She possessed a fine library, and her
favorite pastime was reading law books, of which
she had a complete set. These were kept on a
bench in the public room, where she would dis-
pense law when occasion required. This room,
in time, became the popular retreat for those of
lier neighbors who could not settle their differ-
ences themselves. They would invariably refer
their case to this improvised court. A request
for her decision was never refused ; both old and
young respected her judgment, and seldom was
there an appeal to a higher tribunal. This con-
dition of affairs brought forth a protest from
the legal fraternity of Easton, who endeavored
by various methods to break up the practice. Re-
flections as to her character and the character of
the place were made, bringing her name into
ridicule with the unthinking. All this unkindness
toward the "Widow" Morgan only increased her
popularity. Few of these gentry of the bar
could boast of a better legal education than
Elizabeth Morgan, and none of a better university



training. Her last will and testament (written by
herself) for scholarly composition and legal con-
struction is the peer of any instrument of any
member of the legal fraternity of her day. Steeled
to adversity ; never showing resentment toward
her traducers; living a good and true life; a kind
and generous neighbor, ministering to the af-
flicted, adjusting neighborly disputes for many
. years, she died October 16, 1839, aged eighty
years, and was buried in the Reformed Cemetery
on Mount Jefferson (now the site of the new
library.) Her obsequies were attended by people
from far and near, her funeral cortege being
nearly two miles long, reaching from the ceme-
tery gates to a point along the Philadelphia road
beyond Lachenour Heights, South Side.

Her second daughter, Hannah Morgan, died
at the age of twenty years. Her first daughter,
Ann Bay, was married to James Heinlein, a son
of Captain George Heinlein. of Durham town-
ship, Bucks county, a prominent figure in the
Revolution. Their children were : George Bay
Heinlein, born 1799; Hugh Bay Heinlein, born
1802; Abel Morgan Heinlein, born 1804; Edward
Bay Heinlein, born 1806 : Morgan Bay Heinlein,
born 1808; Jacob Bay Heinlein, born 181 1 ; John

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