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As previously stated, Daniel Hiester remained in Montgomery
county until 1774, when he removed to Reading, Pa. He was a
member of the Reformed church of old Goshenhoppen, his name
appearing on the original roll of male members entered in 1746,
by Pastor George Michael Weiss, on the church register. He
lived on a property in Upper Salford township, immediately be-
low the present village of Sumneytown, named after Isaac Sum-
ney, who owned much property in that locality. He became a
foremost man in the neighborhood.

"In 1757 he built a fine two-story brick mansion on the east
side of the turnpike, close to Ridge Valley creek. It was suffi-
ciently prominent to be noted" on the map of Pennsylvania pub-
lished by Nicholas Scull, the Province Surveyor, in 1759. It was
a notable building in its day, and is still standing. A broad hall
runs through the middle of the first story, on each side of which
are spacious parlors ; the second story is divided into bed rooms ;
above this is the roomy garret of the olden time. Heavy eaves
run along the gable roof, and a corresponding cornice forms the
lower part of the gable. It was originally provided with closets
in which to hide plate during troublous times. In 1777 he was
appointed a justice of the peace for Berks county where he was

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then living." — Copied from a Hiester Record by Mr. H. M. M.
Richards of Reading, Pa.

"Daniel Hiester was buried at the stone Bern church in his
wife's grave, which is to the left of him, and they have one grave-
stone." — Hiester Prayer Book.

Catharine (Schuler, or Schulerin) Hiester was born September
loth, 1717, in Schippack, Philadelphia county, died August 17th,
1789, aged 72 years, 11 months and 7 days, and was buried at the
stone Bern church. Her father was Gabriel Schuler, a Nieder
(low) German, or Netherlander.

THIRD GENERATION.



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CHILDREN OF DANIEL


AND


CATHARINE (SCHULER) HIESTER.


Momber of Family


Born


M


rried To Whom Married


Died


Margaretha


Juue 26, 1743
Apr. 9. 1745
June 25, 1747
June 17, 174-J
Sept. 30. 1751
Apr. 17. 1754
June 10, 1757


May














. . . . 1770 Rosina Ilaper

. . . . 17731 lOllzalwth Bausman . . .






Sept. 1. 1824














Mar.


18, 1784 Anna Maria Meyer ....


July 13, 1822





Margaretha married Philip Hahn, who was born March 31st,
[736, died April i6th 1821. They had five children.

FOURTH GENERATION (Continued).

CHILDREN OF MARGARETHA HIESTER AND FUILIP IIAIIN.



Member of Family


Born


Married T<. Wlium Married


Died


Catharine




.T..bn Myers












phufp .:::::;:::

























John married Hanna Pawling, who was born November 25th,
1747, died November 25th, 1822. They had seven children.



FOURTH GENERATION (Continued).

CHILDREN OF JOHN HIESTER AND HANNA PAWLING.



Member of Famllj-


Born


Married


To Whom Married


Died








Margaret Connard

Titlow




































Vandcr3lice..
























i Mar? Beaver













[Daniel Hiester and Rosina Hager had no children.]



s THIRD GENERATION (Continued).

Daniel, in 1784, was elected to the Supreme Executive Council

of Pennsylvania, and in 1787 a commissioner of the Connecticut

1 r land claims. After the Revolutionary War he returned to Berks

\^ county, and was elected a member of the first, second, third and

^ fourth Congresses of the United States. After this he removed

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Hagerstown, Maryland, and was elected from that State a
, member of the seventh and eighth Congresses. During his at-
tendance upon the eighth Congress, he died at Washington, D. C,
'^ and was buried at Hagerstown, Maryland. He was one of those
\who voted for locating the seat of government on the Potomac.
.Daniel Hiester was married in 1770 to Rosanna Hager, who was
Vborn April 21st, 1752, and died January nth, 1810. She was the
I daughter of Captain Jonathan Hager (and his wife Elizabeth, nee
VfKrischner), who was a prominent citizen of Maryland, and found-
Ver, in 1762, of the town of Hagerstown, first called by him Eliza-
bfethtown, after his wife, then later Elizabeth Hagerstown.



THIRD GENERATION (Continued).
Gabriel Hie.ster was married in 1773 to Elizabeth Bausman
who was born September 12th, 1751, died May 8th, 1832. She
survived him eight years, dying in the 81st year of her age.



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FOURTH GENERATION (Continued).

CUILDREN OF GABltlEL UIESTER AND ELIZABETH BAUSMAN.



Mi'ml«!r o( Family


Born


Married


To Whom Married


Died












Gabriel


Jau. 5, 17711
Dec. 8. 1781


1803

Oct. 21, 1SU4


Mary Otto


Sept. 14, 1834
Feb. 13, 1824


M.iry Kosina

William Bausmau


Frpd. Aug. Shulze





















FOURTH GENERATION (Continued).

CHILDREN OF CATHARINE UIESTER AND JONATHAN BISCHOFF.



















ucorge oito














Rosina






















THIRD GENERATION (Continued).

\ViLLi.\ji HiESTER was born in old Goshenhoppen, in Upper
Salford township, where he remained with his parents until he was
seventeen years of age, at which time they moved to Reading, Pa.
( 1774). He went with them to Reading and Hved with them until
he was twenty-seven years old, at which time he moved to Bern
township, having been married to Anna Maria Meyer, March
i8th, 1784 (see Hiester Prayer Book). Anna Maria Meyer was
born in Tulpehockon, Lancaster county, December 28th, 1758, died
October 4th, 1822. Her father was Isaac Myer (or Meier) who
was the founder of Myerstown, Pa. He was born January 4th,
1730, shot July 5, 1770, and is buried at Myerstown at the Tulpe-
hockon church. His other children were John (who married
Catharine Hahn), Elizabeth, Catharine and Eva." — Mr. H. M.
M. Richards.

William Hiester served for one campaign in the Continental
Army, in the company of Captain George Wills, of his brother
Major Gabriel Hiester's Battalion of 1777. — Penna. Archives,
2d Series, Vol. XIV, page 255.

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FOURTH GENERATION (Continued).

CHILDREN OF WILLIAM AND ANNA MARIA (MBYEK) HIBSTER.



Member of Family


Born


Married


To Whom Married


Died




June 22. 1785
Nov. 22, 17S6
Feb. 3, 1T89

Oct. 13, 1795
June 14, 1797
June 9 1803i


Apr. 10. 1810


Hester Muhlenberg . . .


Sept. 12, 1855








Jonathan Miller

Lucy Ellmaker

Edw. Tllghman Clymer


Apr. 21. ISn


William




Maila Catherine . .


June 11, 1818


Mar. 24, 1845




i>'j>>:'jf:/i\!i^


William Eckert


Sept. 22, 1857
Sept. 15, 1854
June 20. 1846
Sept. 15. 1875


John Philip




Phoebe Rauch

Caroline Amelia Musser






July 5, 1848





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Isaac Hiester was a practicing physician and the first presi-
dent of the Reading Gas Company, a member of Christ Episco-
pal Church, and one of the original members of the Charles Evans
Cemetery Company, of which he was president at the time of his
death, September I2th, 1855. His wife was a daughter of General
Peter Muhlenberg, was born April ist, 1785, and died July 21st,
1872, in the 88th year of her age. (See Prayer Book record.)

Elizabeth Hiester married Jonathan Miller, son of Benjamin
Miller and his wife Catharine (Pepper) Miller, and both are
buried at Charles Evans Cemetery at Reading, Pa. Jonathan
Miller died March 24th, 1868. (This last date was given me by
Mrs. N. T. Biddle, San Jose, Cal. (See Prayer Book record.)

William Hiester resided at New Holland, Lancaster county,
and was a Congressman from that district from 1833-1835. (See
Prayer Book record. lA^a^^a^ ,^^-^^ ^./^J^C'^ . t7E-s_<2-du^

Maria Catherine Hiester married Edward Tilghmair Cly
mer, and lived on a farm in the Conestoga Valley near Morgan-
town, Berks county, Pa., until December, 1839, when she moved
to Reading Pa.

Extract from Mrs. Maria C. Clymer's diary: "In December,
1839, we went to Reading into Uncle John's house. Uncle Wil-
liam brought A. Kitty, Mary, George, and myself up in his car-
riage. Hiester had come up some time before to stay with his
Uncle John.

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"Mrs. Clymer was an active manager of the Reading Benevo-
lent Society from the time of her removal to Reading until her
death. For several years she presided as directress of the board,
and was regarded with that affection and respect that her pro-
priety of deportment ever commanded. To a judgment always to
be relied upon was added a gentleness of manner and firmness of
purpose that peculiarly fitted her for the office." — Extract from
Eleventh Annual Report of Reading Benevolent Society, Decem-
ber 30, 1845.

She died in Reading and was buried in the burial ground of St.
Thomas' Church (Episcopal), Morgantown. The funeral sermon
was preached by the Rev. Levi Bull, D.D., from i Cor. 15:51, 52.
Funeral services were performed by the Rev. R. U. Morgan. Her
body was afterward removed to Charles Evans Cemetery, Read-
ing, Pa., as were also those of her husband and infant son, Weid-
nor, and her husband's father and mother. (See Prayer Book
record.)

D.\NiEL JoN.VTHAN HiESTER was a practicing lawyer in Read-
ing, Pa., until a short time before his death, when he went to live
with his sister, Mrs. Maria Heister Clymer, wife of Edward T.
Clymer, in the Conestoga Valley, near Morgantown, Berks county.
Pa. While at her home he was taken sick and died. ( See Prayer
Book record.)

Rebecca Hiester was married to William Eckert of Reading,
Pa., who died June 4th, 1861, aged 65 years and 23 days. (See
Prayer Book record.)

John Philip Hiester was a practicing physician and one of
the most scholarly men that Berks county has produced (Mont-
gomery's History of Berks County). >^'^ ^ ^ ^ -^ ^

He was married three times. First, to -Judith- Hahn, who died
October 31st, 1839. They had no children. Second, to Phoebe

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Ranch, who died June 20th, 1846. They had no children. Third,
Caroline Amelia Musser, born December 28th, 1808, died Novem-
ber 8th, 1875, and was buried at Beloit, Wisconsin. Her father
was John Musser and her mother was Mary Catharine Muhlen-
ber. She was married to Dr. Hiester, July 5th, 1848.



FIFTH GENERATION.

CHILDREN OF ISAAC AND HESTER (MUHLENBERG) HIESTER.


Member of Family


Born


Married


To Whom Married


Died




Oct. 2S. 1812
May 3, 1815
May 15, 1818
Mar. 11, 1829


June 10, 1840


Prlngle Jones




retor Muhlenberg .
William Muhlenher
Frank Muhlenberg




June 12. 1849
June 5, 185C


Julia F. Roland

Ella V. Lauman


Aug. 16, 1878
Apr. 9, 1864



William Muhlenberg Hiester was born in Reading, Pa.,
May 15th, 1818; was admitted to the Reading bar January 7th,
1840. On June 12th, 1849, he married J ulia F. Rol and^ Was



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Pennsylvania State Senator, 1852-1855, and speaker of the same^^^^^g^-. ^
in 1855. Appointed Secretary of the Commonwealth January, f

1858-61, by Governor William F. Packer. (From Muhlenberg ^Z '^^^^ ^
Record, by H. M. M. Richards). His mother was Hester Muh-
lenberg, daughter of General John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg, of
Revolutionary fame, who was born October i, 1746, married April
loth, 1810, died October i, 1807. She, Hester Muhlenberg Hies-
ter, was born April ist, 1785, died July 21st, 1872, at the advanced
age of 87 years. William Muhlenberg Hiester died in Reading
August i6th, 1878, leaving a widow and one child, Isaac, a prac-
ticing lawyer in Reading.

Frank Muhlenberg Hiester, graduate Medical Department
University of Pennsylvania, 1852 ; spent eighteen months in medi-
cal hospital of Paris, France ; followed his profession in Reading,
Pa. Assistant Surgeon 55th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers,
1861, then Brigade Surgeon with rank of major. Medical Direc-
tor, Department of Ohio. (Muhlenberg Record by Mr. H. M. M.
Richards.)





SIXTH GENERATION.

CHILDREN OF WILLIAM MUHLENBERG HIESTER AND JOLIA ROLAND.



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CHILDREN


OP FRANK


MUHLENBERG HIESTER AND ELLA V.


LAUMAN.






•orge Lauman .
ma Muhlenberg
Jwardlne Lauma


.1 May
. Jan.
n Oct.


29,
13,

28.


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Jnne 5,


1857


A
F


Oct'.'"


"'isS9 Job


'H.ciintonMcSberry
n A Ilongerworir











SEVENTH GENERATION.

CHILDREN OF EDWARDINB IJ1.DMAN HIESTER AND JOHN A. HOOGEKWERFF.



■We have decided that it will be less confusing to the reader to
carry down in direct succession as many generations as there are
of the children of William Hiester and Anna Maria (Meyers)
Hiester rather than to give all the generations of the families as
has been the plan followed out in part of this record.



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FIFTH GENERATION (Continued).

CHILDREN OF ELIZABETH HIESTER AND JONATHAN MILLER.


Member of Family


Born


Married


To Whom Married


Died




Oct. 23, 181.3
Apr. 17, 1817


Nov. 6, 1832


James IIu.y Van Reed.


May 1. iv.ii;
July 30. isu-









Juliana Hiester Miller was baptized in her grandfather
William Hiester's house in Bern township, Pa., by a cousin of her
mother, James Reily, V. D. M., of Hagerstown, Maryland. Her
sponsors were William Hiester and his wife Anna Maria Myers.
She was sent to a Moravian school at Lititz, Pa., finishing her
education at Judge McKane's boarding school, which was called
"The Gothic Mansion," and was on Chestnut street, Philadelphia,
between Eighth and Ninth streets. On November 6th, 1832, she
was married to James Huy Van Reed, by Rev. Mr. Hendel, of
Millbach, Pa. Their groomsmen were his brother Joshua Van
Reed and John Jones, and their bridesmaids her cousins, Anna
Hiester and Julia Shultz. In 1854 they moved to San Francisco,
Cal., where they made their home for a number of years, spending
their summers at Mountain View Ranch. Mr. Van Reed died
August 19th, 1884, and his wife died May 1st, 1892, both are
buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, San Jose, Cal., where lies the body
of their son Eugene.

SIXTH GENERATION (Continued).

CHILDREN OF JULIANA MILLER AND JAMBS IIDY VAN REED.



Mrmber of Family


Borh


Married


To Whom Married


Died










Lived 8 weeks.
Feb 2. 1873


Eugene Miller


Apr. e, 18.35
Aug. 23. 181)0
Feb. 4. 1840
Apr. 4, 1841






Kale Josephine . . .
Margaretta Pepper






Nov. 22. 1876

Aug.' is»o


1865


.Noble T. Biddle









Eugene Miller Van Reed was first Consul General of the Sand-
wich Islands to the Court of Japan, from 1866-1873, when he died
aboard the "Japan" in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on his voy-
age home. He was buried in the Masonic Cemetery at the foot of

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Lone Mountain, San Francisco, Cal., in a beautiful spot looking
westward through the "Golden Gate" to the setting sun and the
"Silent Land," "the Land of the Departed." His life has been a
benediction to us all — so loving and kind.

Margaret Pepper Van Reed was married 1865, to Noble T. Bid-
die, a lawyer from Elkton, Maryland. The ceremony was per-
formed in the First Presbyterian Church, Reading, Pa., by Dr.
E. J. Richards, who used the Episcopal service, and her cousin,
Hiester Clymer, gave her away. She went with her husband to
Elkton, Maryland, to live, and there their four children were born.

Mr. Noble T. Biddle was born in 1838, at White Hall, Third
District, near Elkton, Maryland, and was the second child of
Noble Biddle and Francina Miriam Pugh. He attended the school
of Mrs. James Woodford, then Elkton Academy, and from 1853-
1854 New London Academy. He read law with Colonel John C.
Groome, father of James B. Groome, Governor of Maryland, who
was studying at the same time. He was admitted to the Elkton bar
in i860; opened a law office in Elkton in 1867; was elected State
Attorney for four years, county commissioner, and especial auditor
of the Circuit Court in Equity in 1871. Went to San Jose, Cal.,
1881, where he continued the practice of law until the time of his
death, which occurred at Pacific Grove, Cal., November 28, 1902.
He was a Democrat and carried the banner of his party to his last
campaign, 1902. Was a nominee for Supreme Judge by the Dem-
ocratic party in 1902, but was defeated.

William Edward Van Reed lived in San Francisco, Cal., and
was a retired captain of the 5th U. S. Art'y. He died August,



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SEVENTH GENERATION (Continued).

CHILDREN OF MARGARETTA PEPPER VAN BEED AND NOBLE T. DIDDLE



Member of Family


Born


Married


To Whom Married


Died


Florence Van Reed


Aug. 18, 1860
Aug. B. 1860
July 24, 1872
Aug. 13, 1874


Oct. 2, 1895


Benjamin Rickets . . .


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James Noble

Julian Blester ....






June 17, 1903


Eva G. CbamberUn... |



EIGHTH GENERATION.

CHILD OF FLORENCE VAN BEED BIDDLE AND BENJAMIN RICKETS.
Noble George I Sept. 28, 189c| I I



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FIFTH GENERATION. (Continued.)

CHILDREN OF MARIA C. OIESTER AND EDWARD T. CLYMER.



Member of Family


Born


Married


To Wlinm Married


Died


Daniel Roberdeau.
William Blester . .
Edward Myers ....


Mar.
Oct.
July

^Z

Not.


31. 1819
9, 1820
16, 1822
12. 1824
19, 1825
3. 1827


Jane 12, 1855
Jan. 27, 1864




May 5, 1SS9
July 26, 1SS3
May 25, 1883
July 16. 1824
Not. 26, 1878


Valeria Smith

Ella Maria Dietz


Mary Hiester


Aag. 10, 1852
Apr. 3, 1856
Apr. 26. 1881
Jane 29, 186^


William B. Clymer ..
Eliaobetb M. Brooke . .






George Edward . . .


Oan.


8, 1830


Alice Carey Swift


July 7. 1895



Daniel Roberdeau Clymer, eldest son of Maria Catherine Hies-
ter and Edward Tilghman Clymer, was born at the Clymer home-
stead in Caernarvon township, Berks county, Pa., March 31, 1819.
After receiving his education at Lititz, Lancaster county, he en-
gaged in the mercantile business in Reading, Pa., which he pur-
sued until 1852. From 1853-1854 he was mayor of Reading, and
some years later held a position in the East Pennsylvania Rail-
road Company, which he resigned in 1869, after which time he
was not in business. He was also a lawyer, having been admitted
to the bar August 20th, 1857, but was never engaged in the active
practice of the law. He was married at Mercersburg March 31st,
1846, to Delia Pierson, daughter of Silas and Sarah Pierson, of
Morristown, New Jersey. Mrs. Oymer was born January 8th,
1824, and died June 14th, 1861. They had five children. Mr.
Clymer was well known over the whole State and highly esteem-
ed by a large circle of friends. He was a devout member of the
Episcopal church, and was looked upon as a faithful and upright
Christian gentleman. His death occurred after a short illness at
his residence in Reading, Pa., May 5th, 1889. — Extract from a
newspaper article published at the time of his death.
SIXTH GENERATION (Continued).

CHILDREN OF DANIEL ROBERDEAU CLYMER AND DELIA TIERSON.



Member of Family


Born Married


To Whom Married


Died















June 24, 1849


June 22, 1868
July 26, 1800








Bev.it.H.McKim,D.D.






May 28. 1S51
Not. 6, 1854
Oct. 21, 1856


Not. 7. iS7::
Dec 7 IN."''-


_«iw44. Roberdeau Jr






Hiester George . . .






NoT. 21, IS.-^



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SEVENTH GENERATION (Continned).

CHILDREN OF SARAH ANNA MOORE CLYMER AND EDWARD BROOKE.



Member of Family



Annie Clymer

Robert Edward . . .
George Clymer . . .
Frederick Hiester



Mar. 28, 1870

July 7, 1872

June 5, 1875

Oct. 0, 1876



1, 1891
22, 1898
12, 1901



To Whom Married



Blair Lee

Cornelia L. Ewlng

Rhoda Fuller Morris.



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EIGHTH GENERATION (Continued).

CHILDREN OF ANNIE CLYMER BROOKE AND BLAIR LEE.







Phillips Blair

Arthur Fitzgerald .


Dee. I'. i9oo| :::::.::::::::! '///.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'..Ij^^^iLI^^.'.'j^


CHILDREN


OF ROBERT EDWARD BROOKE AND CORNELIA EWIN9^


Rolwrt Clymer

Mnskell Ewlng . . .


Dec. 12, 1898] 1 |

Feb. 19. 19031 1 1


CHILDREN Ol


GEORGE CLYMER BROOKE AND RHODA POLLER MORRIS.


Rhoda Morris


«-• i^^'H 1 1



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FIFTH GENERATION (Continued).
William Hiester Clymer, second son of Maria Catharine Hies-
ter and Edward Tilghman Clymer, was born at the Clymer home-/. /"^^/^
stead in Caernarvon township, near Morgantown, Berks county ^z^lt^**.^,^
Pa., October 9th, 1820. His father dying while the children were
all small, the subject of this sketch was placed in charge of his
uncle, William Hiester, of New Holland, Lancaster county, where
he was in his uncle William's store for a short time and subse-
quently sent to Lititz to school. He afterwards came to Reading
and he and his brother, Daniel R. Clymer, opened a dry goods
store at 518 Penn street. Later they moved their store to the
building on the southwest corner of Fifth and Penn streets, which
property they bought Some years after William Clymer sold out
his interest in the store to his brother Daniel, and, in 1846, he and
his brother Edward M. Clymer purchased the charcoal furnace
at Mt. Laurel, Berks county, where he, William H. Clymer, re-
sided until 1882 with the exception of about two years, from



1864-1866, when he lived in Reading. In i860 he and his broth-
ers purchased the Old Oley charcoal furnace near Friedensburg,
one of the oldest charcoal furnaces in the United States, and
commenced mining iron ore extensively. The Temple furnace,
a large and perfectly equipped anthracite furnace adjoining the
East Pennsylvania Railroad at Temple, five miles north of Read-
ing, was built by William H. Clymer and Company, and run by
them until 1870, when the Temple Iron Company was organized
with William H. Clymer as its president. About 1880 the Cly-
mer brothers had the Mt. Laurel furnace changed from a char-
coal to an anthracite furnace and a railroad, one and a half miles
in length, was built from the East Pennsylvania Railroad at Tem-
ple to the furnace. After these improvements were made the
brothers organized the Clymer Iron Company, a corporation
which included in its operations the Mt. Laurel furnace, Oley
furnace, extensive limestone quarries at Bower's Station, iron ore
mines near Pricetown, and a number of mines along the East
Penn. Railroad. This corporation, of which William H. Clymer
was president, was entirely independent of the Temple Iron Com-
pany, of which he was also the president. About a year before his
death Mr. Qymer resigned the presidency of these companies on
account of ill health and was succeeded by his brother Hiester
Clymer. He, however, retained the presidency of the First Na-
tional Bank of Reading, which he held from 1876 until his death.
He removed with his family to Reading, Pa., September, 1882,
and died there July 26th, 1883. He had a large acquaintance and
was greatly respected for his sterling character. Was a man of
excellent judgment, and his advice was frequently sought upon
many important matters. He was brought up an Episcopalian,
and was a member of Christ church, Reading, at the time of his
death. On June 12th, 1855, he married Valeria, eldest daughter

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of Levi B. Smith. She was born March 14th, 1828, and died
August 17th, 1901. Their family consisted of six childern, all
of whom survived.



SIXTH GENERATION (Continued).

CHILDREN OF WILLIAM HIESTER CLYMER AND VALERIA SMITH.



Emily Smith

Edward Tilghman
William niester .,

Levi Smith

Valeria Elizabeth ,
Frederick Hlester



To Whom Married



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SEVENTH GENERATION (Continued).

CHILDREN OP EDWARD TILGHMAN CLYMER AND ADA BURNO.



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CHILDREN OF LEVI SMITH CLYMER AND CLARA MATILDA RIEGEL.



Apr. 14, 18921.



CHILDREN OP VALERIA ELIZABETH CLYMER AND SAMUEL SMITH HILL. M.D.



Samuel Smith Jr.



FIFTH GENERATION (Continued).

Edward Myers Clymer, third son of Maria Catharine Hiester
and Edward Tilghman Clymer, was born at the Clymer home-
stead in Caernarvon township, near Morgantown, Berks county,
Pa., July i6th, 1822. He went to the local schools in his early
youth, and afterward to the Abbeville Academy in Lancaster
county, and to the academy of Joshua Hoopes, at West Chester.
He then selected the law as his profession, and after pursuing his
legal studies for a while under William Strong, Esq., he entered
the Harvard Law School, from which he was graduated in 1845.
Upon his return to Reading he was admitted to the bar on August
4th, 1845. He then opened a law office and soon acquired a lucra-
tive business, which he continued until 1857, ^'^ which time he



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became thoroughly interested in projecting the East Pennsylvania
Railroad from Reading to Allentown. His efforts in this enter-
prise were entirely successful and he became the first president of
the company and continued in this office until the road was leased
to the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Company. In 1874 he


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