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many places during his life, having owned several
farms at different times in Erie county. He practiced
medicine for awhile, but returned to his old love, farm-
ing, and now owns a farm of fifty acres in Greenfield
townshp. Although Mr. Thayer has a leaning toward
the Methodists, he attends various churches, and has
always been an ardent Prohibitionist.



Christiaw Engle, born October 27, 1827, in Prus-
sia, was the third child of Frederick and Mary Engel,
who came to the United States in 1864 and settled in
New York State in April, 1866, came to Erie county,
Pennsylvania, and settled on the farm on which he
now resides. He married in August, 1856, Mary,
daughter of John Ahrens, a native of Prussia. They
have five children: Lena, wife of Henry Neiger, re-
siding in Ridgeway, Pa., with five children; John, who
married Lena Saulkeld; Lotta, wife of Paul Horning,
residing in Clarendon, Pa., with four children; Frank,
who married Hannah Newhouse, and resides in North
East, with four children; Minnie, wife of Paul Team,
residing at Donation Hill, Erie county, with six chil-
dren. Christian Engel is a Lutheran, as is all his fam-
ily. He is a Republican in politics, and has a fine
farm in prosperous condition. Mr. Engel was a mem-
ber of the 2d Reg. in Prussia, and served first three
years, and re-enlisting, served until the age limit. He
participated in the battle of Holstein, one of the great
battles of history, and is one of the prominent figures
of Greenfield township. He has run a dairy in con-
nection with his farm, and at present has ten cows.
The product of his dairy is sold mostly in Erie county.

Isiah Dougaa, was born November 19, 1838, in
Ohio, son of Charles E. and Rachel (Davis) Dougan,
who came from Genesee county. New York, to Erie
county, Pennsylvnia, in 1850. He was second in a fam-
ily of fourteen children; was married March 14,1861,
to Emma, daughter of Barney and Amy (Southwell)
Robinson, who removed first from New York State to
Michigan and then settled in Erie county in 1855.
They have five children: Calvin, who married Mary
Fuller. She died in the spring of 1895, leaving him
with four children: Dora, Lottie, Nettie and Morris,
all living at the homestead. Sarah, wife of Frank Co-
burn, living in Greenfield township, with three chil-
dren, John, Lavern and Benjamin; Perry was married
December 10, 1892, to Mary Burch, who was born in
Michigan March 26, 1872; she is a daughter of Jonathan
and Helen P. (Coulton) Burch, who reside in Crawford
county. Two children are the result of this union,
Helen and Angle; they are living in Greenfield town-
ship on a farm of twenty-five acres, near his father's
farm. Angle, wife of Charles Rice, residing in North
East, with two children, Florence and Floyd. They
are Free Will Baptists, and all Republicans. They
have a farm of fifty acres in prosperous condition.
Mr. Isaiah Dougan participated in the Civil war, being
a member of Co. E, 102d P. V. L, Captain Duvall. He
is a member of the G. A. R.; has held the office of
school director and is one of the successful and pros-
perous farmers of Greenfield township.

Jacob N. Switzer, Findley's Lake (N. Y.) post-
office, was born October 7, 1832, in Bradford, Steuben
county, N. Y., son of William Y. and Dencey (Bee-
men) Switzer. His father was born near Bradford,
son of Henry Switzer, a native of Switzerland. His
mother was the daughter of Alfred Beeman, of Con-
necticut. He came to this country October 8, 1853,
and August 9, 1854, married Mary Jane, daughter of
Henry and Polly Raymond, of Erie county. Two chil-
dren blessed this union: Raymond, who married
Mary Greenman and resides at Knapp's Creek, Cat-
taraugus county, N. Y.; Laney, who is the wife
of James Mcintosh, of Findley's Lake, N. Y. Mr.

Jacob N. Switzer married again March 28, 1878, to
Hannah, daughter of Andrew and Mary E. Haskin, of
Mina, Chautauqua county, N. Y.; she was the widow
of Riley Dorman, to whom she bore one son, Newton

A. Dorman, who lives with them and assists on the farm.
His grandfather, I )rciinL; I ).innan,wasoneof the earli-
est settlers of C li,iiit,iiii|ii,i idunty. New York. An-
other member 1)1 iln- l.niiilv is Jessie E. Williams, a
sister's child, who has In i:(l with them for eight years.
Mr. Switzer's family have an interesting war record.
His grandfather was a captain during the war of 1812;
three of his brothers also being engaged in that mem-
orable war. In the Civil war iVlr. .Switzer was a mem-
ber of Co. E, 102d P. V. I., Capt. S. M. Duvall, of the
6th army corps, 3d div.. Army of Potomac; he is a
member of the G. A. R., since the organization of
Union Post 407, Findley's Lake. He has been senior
vice and junior vice and chaplain. Mr. Switzer is a
Democrat and is liberal on religious questions. He
has a farm of seventy acres, all used for farming and
in an excellent state of cultivation. He has acquired all
he has by his unaided efforts, and is a successful and
self-made man.

David Beujaitiiti Adams was born two miles
from Batavia, N. Y., in January, 1833, the son of John
and Roxanna (Wheaton) Adams. His father was a
distant relation of John Quincy Adams, one of the early
Presidents. Mr. D. H. Adams came to Erie county
with his parents in 1835. He was married January 18,
1855, to Margaret Williams, of North East, daughter
of John and Mary (Venrick) Williams. Seven chil-
dren were the result of this union: James Andrew;
Eva May, wife of William Place, Erie; Rosa Bell, wife
of John Pierce, Erie; E la, wife of Clarence Shadduck,
Erie; George W.; Lester and Sarah (deceased.) Mr.
Adam's wife died February 2, 1877. He was married
again to Catherine, daugnter of John and Elizabeth
Lavis, of Devonshire. l-'iiL hinil, whirc she was born.
She was the wi.lnw nf 1'. 1 '.irlrv, who .11.^1 from the
effect of wounds rr.riv,,! n, ih- HI,,, k Hills while
serving under Gcnir,il C ustrr, ,i iioisinuii ,u row hav-
ing struck him in a skirmish with the Indians. She
has six children living by a former marriage with

B. F. Milford, of Devonshire, England, who was
killed in the battle of the Wilderness in the Civil war.
Three of the children are married: Robert T. Mil-
ford, Altoona, Pa.; Bessie D. Ballard, Erie; Anna E.
Holmes, Chicago. Mr. D. B. Adams was a member of
Co. F, 111th Regt., P. V. I., under Captain Braden,
which was a part of the Army of the Potomac. He
took part in the battles of Gettysburg and Antietara,
where he was wounded, the effects of which he carries
to-day. He is a member of the G. A. R. at Wesleyville.
He has always voted the Republican ticket. Mr.
Adams has never used tobacco or liquor in his life.
He is building himself a home in North East, where
he expects to live at ease the balance of his life. His
family have proved patriotic members of the Republic
in its time of need.

Abel Wilkinsoti (deceased) was born February
28, 1824, in Greenfield township, son of Alanson and
and Anna Wilkinson, who came to Erie county about
1800, from Cayuga county. New York. Alanson was born
in Connecticut m 1780 of English parentage, and par-
ticipated in the war of 1812. Abel Wilkinson was mar-
ried in 1844 to Thankful Sprague, daughter of Abner



Sprague, of Ripley, N. V. Six children were the result
of this union: Barton A., born November 4, 1845, in
Greenfield township, served in the navy on the steamer
" General Thomas " during the late Civil war; he mar-
ried, in 1868, Annarila Carnahan, who died in January,
1882, leaving two children, Frederick Eugene and
Dora. He married, November 15, 1883, Eleanor Rey-
nolds, of Findley's Lake, N. Y., where they now reside
with four children of that union: Agnes May, Grant
Zebulum, Fern and Nora Eleanor. Charles H. was
born January 1, 1846, and married Ellen Atkins in De-
cember, 1870, by whom he had two children, Arthur
Leslie and Blanch. He was married again October 8,
1893, to Carrie Davis, of Greenfield, where they now
reside. George Sprague was born May 8, 1858, and
married October 2, 1873, to Ruby Jane Walling, daugh-
ter of Thomas and Laura A. Walling, pioneers of Erie
county. Threechildren live toblessthis union: Jessie,
who married C. A. Brandeau, of North East township;
Myrtle May, who married Harry Kress, of Greenfield
township, who are living on the Walling home-
stead, and George Henry. George Sprague W^ilkin-
son is an ardent Prohibitionist and member of the
United Brethren Church. Thomas Orlando was born
November 17, 1850, and married, October 4, 1877,
to Asenath E. Walling, another daughter of Thomas
and Laura Walling. Four children bless this union;
Genevieve R., born July 16, 1878; Frank E., March 27,
1881; Grace Mabel, April 8, 1884; Ethel Beatrice, Oc
tober 2, 1890. They are United Brethren, and Mr
Wilkinson is a Republican in politics. He held the
ofifice of town clerk three years, taught school five
terms, attended the Lake Shore Seminary three years,
has a fine farm of 106 acres, which he earned himself
and which is in prosperous condition. Alice M. (de-
ceased) and William H., of Oregon. Mrs. Abel Wil-
kinson died of heart failure March 20, 1860, and is
buried in the Grahamville burying grounds. Abel
Wilkinson was again married April 21, 1860, to Phoebe
L. Bemiss, daughter of Thomas B. and Salinda Bemiss,
of English parentage. Four children were the result
of this union: Sarah M. was born September 9, 1861,
and married November 16, 1893, to James Devine, son
of Bernard and Lucy M. Devine, of North East, of
Irish and English parentage; they have two children,
William James and George Edward; they are United
Brethren in religion, Republicans in politics, and live
on an adjoining farm, which they have earned them-
selves. Phcebe L. was born February 21, 1862, and
married Joseph Dobson April 3, 1880, and have one
child, Cora E. Eva May was born May 12, 1872, and
married February 21, 1891, to Edward J. Smith; they
have one child, Ralph E. The last son, John J., is
married and living on the homestead. Mr. Abel Wil-
kinson was one of the pioneers of Erie county, is a
Republican to the backbone, and was of the first to
enlist in the army during the late war; participated in
the battles of Bull Run, Antietam and Gettysburg,
and was wounded in the neck by the enemy's bullets
in the Wilderness fight. He belonged to Co. C, 140th
Reg., P. V. I., 2d biv. of the army of the Potomac.
He died leaving a life history worthy of a place in the
annals of the nation, and particularly the history of
Erie county.

Henry E. Magvon was born January 25, 1851, in
the State of New York, the third child of E. and Eliza
(Pardue) Magvon. His father was the eldest of four

children of W. and Eliza Magvon, who came to
Greenfield township in 1860. He married in 1842
Eliza Pardue, and the result of that union is three
living children: Elvira Ashton, now living in Green-
field township; Silvesta, living with her father, and
Henry E., who was married in March, 1877, to
Lucy, daughter of John and Dora Wales, of En-
terprise, Warren county. They have four children:
Berney, Fannie, Isabel and Mary. The family are
liberal in their religious views, with a leaning towards
the Methodist Church; are Republicans in politics, and
have earned the farm they live upon themselves. Mr.
Magvon is an enterprising, industrious farmer, also
a contractor and builder in both stone masonry and
carpentery work. He was engaged in 1895 in building a
bridge for the township. He was a member of the State
militia for five years, and took part in that memorable
Homestead labor trouble during the Carnegie strike.

Thomas A. Elliott, agent of the N. Y. C. & St.

L. R. R., Harbor Creek, Pa., was born at Harbor
Creek November 24, 1859, and is a son of Thomas and
Maria (Torry) Elliott. His father, Thomas Elliott
(deceased), was born September 24, 1817, in Harbor
Creek township, Erie county, Pa., and was a son of
Andrew and Elizabeth (Taylor) Elliott, natives of Ire-
land, who came to this country in 1797 and settled in
Harbor Creek township. They were the parents of
nine children, viz.: Polly (deceased), married Mr.
Hampson; Margaret (deceased), married Augustus
Shaw; Eleanor (deceased), married Calvin Leet;
Dorcas (deceased), married William Camp; Rachael
(deceased), Mrs. George Mills; Clarissa, married
Frank Stillman, and now resides at Rosendale, Wis.;
Gilbert (deceased); Plara (deceased), and Thomas
(deceased). Thomas Elliott, sr., was united in mar-
riage in 1843 with Maria C, a daughter of Ira and
Grace (Douglas) Torry. Eleven children blessed this
union: Jennette, born August 17, 1844, wife of Will-
Uiam R. Gray, resides in Boston; Andrew N., born
February 4, 1846, married Abbie D. Cleveland; Mary
M., born March 11, 1848, resides at home; Charles M.,
born March 11, 1848, died March 7, 1850; Henry H.,
born October 19, 1851, married Sina Bristol, resides at
Wilkensburg, Pa.; Harriet A., born February 27, 1850.
died March 7, 1860; Hettie, born February 24, 1855,
died February 10, 1856; Joseph, born December 10,
1857, died Decem.ber 27, 1867; Thomas A.; George M.,
born October 4, 1861, resides in Erie, and Grant, born
February 2, 1864, died January 28, 1870. Thomas
Elliott, sr., was a prosperous farmer and a good citi-
zen; he departed this life November 9, 1864. His
widow, a kind mother, still resides on the old home-
stead farm, which comprises 175 acres of ground,
pleasantly located on the Lake Shore and Nickle
Plate railroads. Thomas A. Elliott was educated in
the Erie Academy and high school. He learned
telegraphy in the office of the L. S. & M. S. at
Harbor Creek, where he worked three years. When
the Nickle Plate R. R. was completed, he entered the
employ of that company as agent, which position he
still holds. Mr. Elliott was married December 22,
1886, to Miss Jennie, daughter of B. B. and Isador
(Burton) Whitley. They have one child, Whitley.
Mr. Elliott has served as town clerk for five years, is
a member of the Ancient Order of United Workrnen;
Masonic order, Knight Templar, and politically is a



C. M. Wood, HarborCreck, Pa., traveling repruscn-
tativeof theWestinghouse Company, of Schenectady,
N. Y., was born in Harbor Creek January 26, 1844, and
is a son of Albert and Mary (Allen) Wood. Albert
Wood was a native of Webster, Monroe county, N. Y.,
and was born in 1809. He came to Erie county about
1830 and settled in Harbor Creek, on a farm about
three miles south of Harbor Creek P. O. C. M. was
the youngest in a family of seven children, viz.:
Charles (deceased), late of Michigan; Lorenzo, resid-
ing in Kalamazoo, Mich.; Lydia and Mary, residing in
Harbor Creek; Harriet, Mrs. J. E. Terry, Corry, Pa.;
Franklin, died in the army at Falmouth, near Fred-
ericksburg, Va., and C. M., whose mother died when
he was six years old, when the father was re-married
to Mrs. Thomas (nee Mozley). They had three chil-
dren, viz., George, Melvin and Alfred, all prosperous
farmers of Harbor Creek. The father died in 1883.
Mr. C. M. Wood was reared and educated in Harbor
Creek, and when a young man served three years in
the Indian service, in civil capacity, in the Northwest.
He then entered the employ of the Westinghouse
Company, of Schenectady, N. Y., as foreman of the
engine department, and three years later, owing to ill-
health, became their traveling representative, in which
capacity he is still connected with that company. He
represents the company generally throughout the
country. He is a member of the Alasonic fraternity,
the Commercial Travelers' Association of America
and the A. O. U. W., and has always been an active

J. W. Throop, Harbor Creek, is one of the enter-
prising young men of Erie county. He was born Sep-
tember 13, 1859, in Harbor Creek. He is a son of
Johnathan and Sarah E. (Greenwood) Throop, the
former a native of St. Clearfield, N. Y., and the latter
of Pennsylvania. Johnathan Throop first came to
Erie county in 1840, as a millwright, and after working
a few years, returned to New York State, but a year
or two later came back to Erie county. He was mar-
ried in November, 18.50, to Miss Sarah Ellen Green-
wood, daughter of Walter and Rachae! (Lyon) Green-
wood, who were old and respected citizens of Harbor
Creek township, and are now dead. J. W. Throop
had one brother, Clarence A., who died November 6,
1888, aged 37. He was an enterprising young business
man of Harbor Creek, and his demise was greatly regret-
ted by the entire community. Johnathan Throop died
June 30, 1882. During his life he followed his occu-
pation in various places throughout the country. The
family lived in Kentucky about five years, where they
were at the time of the war. They also resided a few
years in Illinois and Minnesota. He was foreman for
a time in the Erie Barrel Factory, and later went to
Oil City in the employ of the same company. J. W.,
when about 22 years of age, learned telegraphy, and
was employed on the Lake Shore R. R., on the Erie
and Buffalo division. He was in the employ of that
company about eleven years. At the same time he
was a silent partner of his brother, Clarence, who was
operating a cider and feed mill at Harbor Creek.
Shortly after the death of his brother, he resigned his
position on the railroad, and assumed the personal
management of the cider and feed mill at Harbor
Creek", and to which he has since devoted his atten-
tion. It is the only industry of the kind within a ra-
dius of seven miles, and he has an extensive patron-

age, and does a good business. His cider press is one
of the latest four-screw steam-power presses, which
is capable of squeezing out 100 barrels of delicious
beverage daily. Mr. Throop also carries on a retail
coal business. He was married September 25, 1890,
to Miss Minnie E., daughter of Washington Bunnell,
of Harbor Creek township. They are the parents of
two children, viz.: Gerald W. and Isabella Sarah.
Mr. Throop is a member of the E. A. U., and served
two terms as its president. He is also a member of
the A. O. U. W., of which he is master workman. He
has served two terms as town clerk, and in politics is

Dr. Mark Milton Moore, the eldest of ten chil-
dren, nine sons, and one daughter, was born m Mantua,
Portage county, Ohio, September 29, 1818. On the
father's side he is of Scottish descent, his paternal an-
cestor being one of three brothers who came to Amer-
ica at an early period of its colonial history, for min-
ing purposes, and settled in Connecticut. The min-
ing business was unsuccessful, and the brothers sep-
arated, one remaining in Connecticut, one going to
New Hampshire, and the other to Pennsylvania.
His great-grandfather, Joseph Moore, was a Revolu-
tionary soldier, and as a prisoner of war died before
the struggle closed, on board of a British prison-ship
in New York harbor. Among the ancient family
names are Joseph, Eli, Roger, Dwight, Benjamin,
John and Samuel. His maternal grandmother, on the
father's side, was also of Scottish descent, and her
name was Gillett. On his mother's side, his great-
grandfather, Keyes, was born in Plymouth, Mass.; his
grandfather, Amaziah, in Boston, and his mother,
Betsy, in Ontario county. New York. His grand-
mother's name was Crafts. His gramlfntlvr, Smiiuh-I.
came to Mantua, Portage county, olii", m l-'H' his
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Online LibraryBenjamin WhitmanNelson's biographical dictionary and historical reference book of Erie County, Pennsylvania : containing a condensed history of Pennsylvania, of Erie County, and of the several cities, boroughs and townships in the county also portraits and biographies of the governor's since 1790, and of numerous r → online text (page 161 of 192)