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Thomas J. Paradiue, brick manufacturer, Erie,
was born in Limerick, Ireland, April 15, 1845, son of
John Paradine, who died in Pittsburg, Pa., in 1860, at
the age of 56 years. He is the eldest of a family of
four children, viz.: Thomas J., William, of Erie;
Joanna, wife of John Moran, and Mary, wife of Pat-
rick O'Connor, of Pittsburg, Pa. He was married
December 28, 1869, to Miss Alary McCarty. The for-
mer died in 1868, and the latter in 1889. This union
has been blessed with two children, viz.; Thomas,
who died at the age of 3 years, and James Paradine,
born December 24, 1874. Thomas Paradine came
from Ireland to America in 1852, and first settled in
Pittsburg in November of that year. For a time he
was apprenticed to learn the machinist's trade, at
which he was employed for two years. At the close of
this period he went to Decatur, III., where he was
successfully engaged in the foundry business. In 1868
he came to Erie and engaged in the coal trade, in
which business he continued until 1892, when he sold
to James and Dennis McCarty. The same year he
purchased sixteen acres of shale in Mill Creek town-
ship, which has an average depth of sixtv feet, adjoin-
ing Glenwood Park. In 1893 William Paradine be-
gan the first successful manufacture of beautiful dry-
red pressed brick from shale in the United States,
which for durability and superior quality are unsur-
passed. He was instrumental in having the U. S.
brick press, one of which is operated at his plant,
manufactured in Erie. His plant has an output of
20,000 brick daily. With two down draft kilns, each
with a capacity of 150,000, the demand is far greater
than the supply. The plant is valued at $25,000.

N. M. Morton, foreman and superintendent of J.

F. Downing's farm. East Mill Creek, a native of New
England, of sturdy ancestry, came to Erie county from
Shutesburg, Mass. A few years prior to this a
brother, O. D. Morton, came from Massachusetts and
located in McKean township, Erie county. N. M.
Morton has since locating in Erie county, made scien-
tific farming his special study, and since 1889 has been
in charge of the Downing farm, which has eighty
acres of the township's choicest land, and which has
shown under the superior management a high state of
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niodious buildings have also been erected and many
decided improvements made. Mr. Morton was born
in 1852, son of Kufiis Knos and Electa (Klmor) Mor-
ton. The former .iie.l in Fel.ruary, IS'.t:'.. at the a,t;e of
82 years. He was a man of |>rnnnnence in his native
town, and politically e.xerted a wide influence as one
whose opinions were estimated as standard. The lat-
ter is a native of Vermont, and still survives at the
age of 70 years. They reared a family of nine chil-
dren, all of whom are living, viz.: Chester E., maker
of gold pens; N. M., Nellie, O. D., Rufus E., Hattie
C, Sylvia, Cornelia anil Lydia. September 23, 1880,
N. M. Morton was married to Miss Elizabeth Smith,
of Summit township. This union has been blessed
with two children, Maude C. and Florence Edith.



Andrew Nicholson (deceased), was born May 13,
1812, in Erie county, and died February 18, 1879. His
father, John Nicholson, was born in County Donegal,
Ireland; came to .'Xmerica in 1783, and located in Erie
county in 1796. Thus, it will he seen, the Nicholson
family were amoni; tlie \ ei-\ earliest nf the sturdy pio-
neers who undertoek the anliioiis ,iiiil dangerous task
of converting the densi'. unhrnkeii uildernesson the
southern shore of l.aki- I'.iie int.i wh.it is to-day one
of the most beautiful .■md |ir.Hlueti\e seitu.ns in the
world. John Nicluilson hia/.ed a path almi,; the ridge
from the farm upon which he located, in West Mill
Creek, to Erie. This was for a greater part of the way
made the line of what is now the Ridge road. John
Nicholson married Isabel Nicholson, a distant rela-
tive, by which union were born eight children, viz.;
John E., Jane, Isabel, Matilda, Rebecca, Andrew,
Eliza and George. The father died September 18,
1828, and Isabel, his widow, died December 25, 1866,
at the advanced age of 93 years. She maintained her
mental faculties till within a few days of her demise.
Andrew Nicholson attended the district schools and
worked on his father's farm. He was married, Feb-
ruary 11, 1846, to Eliza Brindle (who died August 24,
1872), daughter of Matthias and Elizabeth Brindle, na-
tives of Franklin county, Pennsylvania, who came to
Erie county in 1803, settling in Springfield township.
To this union were born four children: John E., Perry
M., in the employ of the Lovell Manufacturing Com-
pany, Erie; Delia I. (married to S. H. Willis), and
George W., who died December 28, 1888. Andrew
Nicholson's parents were members of the Presbyterian
Church; he attended the Methodist denomination. He
died and was buried on the farm on which he was
born. He was a staunch Republican, and took an
active part in the public affairs of the town in which
he passed his long and useful life.

Eliza Nicholson, familiarly known as "Aunt
Eliza," sister of Andrew Nicholson, was born April 15,
1815, on the old homestead where she has since made
her home, first with her parents, then her brother An-
drew, and since his death with her nephew, John E.
She is a lady of rare intelligence, and now, at the ad-
vanced age of 80 years, is in a remarkable state of
preservation, has full use of all her mental faculties,
and commands the love and respect of all who know
her. She has been for sixty-three years a member of
the Methodist Church, and it is hoped that she may
long be spared to the community in which her Chris-
tian spirit has so long been productive of much good.



John E. Nicholson, one of the most prosperous
and progressive farmers of West Mill Creek, was born
on the farm which he now occapies, December 1, 1846,
and is a son of Andrew and Eliza (Brindle) Nicholson,
mention of whom is elsewhere made. Mr. Nicholson
was in the United States gunboat service for one year
on Silver Lake, and since 1865 has devoted his ener-
gies to farming, in which he has been highly success-
ful. He was married, DecemberQ, 1874, to Miss Maria
Hadley, daughter of Mr. Stephen Hadley, of Craw-
ford county,' Pennsylvania. This union has been
blessed with three children: Nellie E., John E. and
George W. Mr. Nicholson and family worship at the
Methodist Episcopal Church. He is a member of the
G. A. R. and the A. O. U. W. In politics he has al-
ways been an active supporter of the principles of the
Republican party, and has rendered much valuable
aid to the party of his choice. He has held many of
the offices of his township.

George W. Nicholson (deceased) was born on the
Nicholson homestead in West Mill Creek township,
January 2, 1853, and was a son of Andrew Nicholson
(whose sketch appears in this work). The farm was
bequeathed to his brother, John E., and himself, and
until the time of his death they continued to do a pros-
perous business, under the firm name of Nicholson
Bros. Mr. Nicholson's education was above the aver-
age farmer's son of that day. He was a great reader
and a close observer of current events, of which he
made extended notes. In his death the community
sustained the loss of one of its best citizens. Mr. Nich-
olson was married, February 18, 1885, to Miss Lorena
Garloch, of Mill Creek, by whom he had one child.
Perry M. Mr. Nicholson was a member of Asbury
Chapel and the A. O. U. W., and was a Republican in
his political views.

Nicholas Whiteman, stone mason and farmer,
postoffice McKean, was born in Bavaria, Germany,
July 13, 1820, and is a son of Casper and Catherine
(Matas) Whiteman, natives of Germany, the former
born in 1778, in Germany. They were the parents of
eight children, viz.: Marquette (deceased), Michael
(deceased), who was a resident of Mitchel county,
Iowa, at the time of his death; Anna (deceased),
George (deceased), Barbara (deceased), Nicholas.Adam
(deceased), John (deceased), he was also a resident of
Mitchel county, Iowa, at the time of his death. Nicho-
las Whiteman came to America in 1848, settled in
Franklin township, bought a farm of fifty acres, and
was engaged in farming and as a stone ma.son for
twenty-two years. He then moved to Middleboro,
Erie county. Pa., and bought a farm of ninety-six
acres, where he now lives, and is in a prosperous con-
dition. His farm is located just out of the town of
Middleboro, and is in an excellent state of cultivation,
with good farm buildings. Mr. Whiteman was united
in marriage, May 1, 1848, to Margaret, daughter
of John Winegart, the fourth of a family of five
children. This union has been blessed with eight
children: Lewis, born February 20, 1855, resident of
McKean; William, born March 13, 1857, living in Mc-
Kean; Joseph, born November 25, 1859, living in
McKean; Daniel, born January 9, 1862; Frances,
November 15, 1864, wife of Fred Brown, of
Mill Creek township; Fidelia, born March
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Edward, born May 3, 1870, livina; on the old home-
stead, and Clara, horn Au-ustin. Is74. Nicholas
Whiteman s.r\.d in ilir lat, «ar m (\,. K, 98th P. V.
1., and was lioncrahK dis, liar-..l Junr -JT, 1865. He
has hidd tlic i.ilic as .il < ounc il twcK i- yiars, and school
director twelve years. The family are members of the
Catholic Church of Middleboro, and in politics he is a
Democrat.

Peter E. Stough, farmer, postoffice Middleboro,
Erie county, was born in Mdl Creek township. Erie
county, Pa.; .March 2], IslS, and is a ,s,.n of |ohn and
Mary (Ea-ievl Ston-li. The fnsl of the Stough family
to come 111 .\nii ma w.is Nicliolas, who came from
Germany and sittlcd 111 1 ,an( .i.^lcr county, Pennsyl-
vania, in isn:;. |olni Sn.nuh, failn-r of Peter E., was
one of the rn-st"s,tt|,-rs ol M,ll t ,-,.,-k township. He
came from L.im asM-. I 'a., and « a^ niai iird in ISp! lo
Mary Eat;ley. daii-liii T ol M.ralLnii I aj.^v. 'Ilu-re
were eleven cliiidrrn m Uii> Iannis , Iim- o| uh.mi are
living: Peter, George, Wdliani, H,irl.,ir,i and Ijddy.
Peter E. Stough was one of the iiiom . r v, iti^ is of
McKean township; he located where la no« ushIcs
in 1851, when the township was all a wil.l.rnrss. .md
now owns a f.uni of 100 aires, si-\enty-hve of which
are under a hi^h st.ai- of nilii\ .ition. Mr. Stough was
married June ■ union were
born three clnl.lriMi, \i/.: Goori;,', florrnrr (do. ,Msed)
and Arthur, Iimiil; in MeKi-.ni township. .Mr. Stough
is a man of sterling honesty and ujirightness, admired
and respected by all his neighbors. He never held
any offices, and in politics is a Republican.

Henry Smith, fariner, postoftice Waterford, Erie
county. Pa., was liorn in McKean townshi]i, September
27, 1846, and is a son of Conrad and Christinia(Knodle)
Smith. Conrad Smith came to America from Ger-
many in 1832, and settled in Princeton, X. J., and lived
there ten years. He then went back to Germany to
live, but after staying there three months he came
back to America and located in McKean township,
where Henry now resides, and lived there until his
death, February 26, 1879, aged 73. He was married in
1842, to Christinia, daughter of George Knodle, for-
merly of McKean township. There were six children
in the Knodle family, and they are all living at the
time of this writing. This union was blessed with
three children: Elizabeth, wife of John H.Blount, of
McKean; Henry and Reinhardt (deceased). Henry
Smith started in life in 1870, where he now resides, on
a farm of 100 acres, in an excellent state of cultivation,
with good buildings, and he is in a prosperous condi-
tion, located thirteen nnles from luie. Ide was united
in marriage with .Ann.i G.ul.ind 1 )ecember 27, 1870.
This union is blessed uith four iliildren: Delia, wife
of James Quigley, of Pittsburg; Clara, Ida and Henry.
Mr. Smith received a common school education. He
never held any offices, and is a highly respected citi-
zen of McKean township. The family are members
of the M. E. Church. Politically he is a Republican.

W. W. Hershey, farmer, Kearsarge, Erie county,
Pa., was born in Lancaster county January 28, 1864,



son of Abraham and Fannie (Tomes) Hershey, of
Summit township. The father of Mr. Hershey came
to this county from Lancaster county in the year 1835,
and settled in Summit township. They are the parents
of three children: W. W., H. B. and Samuel A.
W. W. Hershey married Catherine, daughter of Dan-
iel Biebel, of Kearsarge, who was one of the early
setlers of East Mill Creek township. Daniel Biebel
reared a large family of children, viz.: Louisa, wife
of .'August Cline, ofErie; Barbara, wife of Henry Hein,
of Erie; George, Lizzie, wife of William Sechrist;
John, Charlotte, wife of .Anthony Metz, of Erie; Nick,
Mary, wife of George W'ingerter, of Erie; Catherine,
wife of W. W. Hershey; and Daniel. Mr. Hershey is
the father of the following children: Matilda, Katie,
Amelie, Edward (deceased). He started in life in
McKean township, where he now resides on a fine
farm of fifty acres. Mr. Hershey is a member of St.
Francis Church of McKean.

Henry J. Smith, farmer, postofitice Sterrettania,
was born in Germany July 6, 1830, and is a son of
.Andrew and l-",li/a (Langood) Smith, natives of Ger-
many, the forniir by orrupation :i i)rominent farmer
of that countr\, ulm dud at tin- age of 65 years. To
this union win Imin ,1 nnniK ol four children, as fol-
lows: Henr\ J.; I aw nia r, ol ( i.rniany; Julius, living
in Germany, and lanil, ol (',1 iiii.in\. Hi-nry J, Smith
emigrated to Amerir.i in l^-M, lo. ,it,-i| ni Mi Ki-an
township, and went to work Uy tin d.iy. llo ihon
learned the trade of w.igon-niakin - , and lollowcd that
business for ten years in Sterrettania. He then moved
back to the McGlothen farm and lived there three
years. Then he bought a farm of fifty-seven acres,
where he now lives. He also owns a farm of ninety-
five acres, where his son now lives, with good buildings
and in a high state of cultivation, located on the Town
Line road, nine miles from Erie. He has always been
a hard-working man and is highly respected by all his
neighbors. Mr. Smith was united in marriage October
14, 1855, to Mary, daughter of Christian Veith (de-
ceased), formerly of Fairview township, who by occu-
pation was a prominent farmer of that township.
There were seven children in the Veith family, six of
whom are still living, viz.: Jacob, Christian, Caroline,
Gotleib, William and Louisa. To Mr. Smith and
wife were born seven children: Louisa Emma, wife
of Lewis Rusterholtz, of McKean township; Jerome,
who was married November 17, 1885, to Lena Land
(they were blessed with two children, \'iola and Lena.
He is a member of the I. O. O. F., of Erie, and is serv-
ing the office of school director at the present time);
William, living in McKean township; Bertha, wife of
George M. Steva, of Kearsarge; John (deceased) and
Hattie (deceased). Mr. Smith never held any office.
The family are members of the Lutheran Church.

E. E. Rose, postoffice Sterrettania, was born in
McKean township, March 1, 1866, and is a son of J. C.
and Lena(Dohl) Rose. The first of the Rose family
to come to America was Jacob F. Rose, in 1842; he
settled in Summit township, and lived there until
death. Jacob F. Rose married Christania Faner. To
this union were born six children, four of whom are
now living, viz.: Fred, of Erie; J. C, living in Fair-
view; John, of Summit, and George, of Erie. J. C.
Rose, father of E. E., was born in Germany, Decem-
ber 9, 1831. At the age of 22 years he learned the



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carpenter's trade, which he followed for eight years.
He then bought a farm of sixty acres in McKean
township, where his son now resides, and lived there
until 1891, when he moved to Fairview, and engaged
at carpentering. He was united in marriage January
1, 1860, to Lena, daughtec of John Dohl, one of the old
settlers of McKean township. This union was blessed
with five children: Levi, Mary, Eleni, Perry and Clary.
Levi, born January 19, 1861, in Erie, is now living in
McKean township, where he works a fine farm of 126
acres of land, in a good state of cultivation. He was
married September 25, 1883, to Rettia Rajipold. They
are the parents of five children, viz.: Harvey, Will-
iam, Lester, Arthur and Erwin. J. C. Rose held the
office of school director for a number of years. He is
also a member of the A. O. L'. \V. of Fairview, and a
member of the Evangelical Church. Politically he is
a Republican.

J. L. Schwartz, farmer, postoffice Sterrettania,
Erie county, Pa., was born in Mill Creek township,
June 27, 1860, and is a son of Leo and Rose (Grandler)
Schwartz, natives of Germany. The first of the
Schwartz family to come to America was Leo, in 1867,
locating on Long Island, New York. He only lived
there fourteen months, and, in 1863, moved to where
J. L. now resides. He was married in 1857 to Rosa
Grandler, daughter of Joseph Grandler, formerly of
Germany. There were ten children in the Grandler
family, and the wife of Leo Schwartz was the youngest
child. To this union was born one child, J. L., who
started in business for himself in 1885, farming in
McKean township, where he is now located on a farm
of thirty acres, with the best of buildings and in good
cultivation. The farm is on the Town Line road, nine
miles from Erie, and is in a prosperous condition.
Mr. Schwartz never held office. He is a highly
respected citizen of McKean township, and was
united in marriage February 3, 1885, to Lizzie, daugh-
ter of Lawrence Armbruster, a retired farmer. She
was the youngest of five children. Charles LI., Rosa
C. and Leo L. are the children of this union. The
family are members of the Catholic Church, of Mc-
Kean. He is also a member of the Farmers' Alliance
of McKean township, and is a member of the People's
party. Leo Schwartz, father of J. L., died November
17, 1886, at the age of 59. His widow still survives
him, and is living with her son, J. L.

Thomas Barron, farmer, postoffice McKean,
Erie county. Pa., was born in McKean township,
October 16, 1847, son of Valentine and Marguerite
(Hepburn) Barron. Mr. Valentine Barron was born
May 7, 1821, in Baden, Germany. October 1, 1835, he
started for America, and was thirty-live days on the
ocean. Shortly afterwards lu- went in the employ of
Gen. Charles M. Reed, and reniaiiKcl there for a num-
ber of years. He then married .Marguerite Hepburn,
a native of Scotland. He then went farming on the
Long place, a little west of Erie, and remained there
three years. He next purchased a farm of P. S.
Hammont, in Fairview township, and settled on it,
living there for six years, cultivating it with good suc-
cess. Then he purchased the Schluraff farm in Mc-
Kean, living there ten years. In the meantime, seven
children were born to this union, viz.: Jane, wife of
William Peffer, of McKean; Anthony, Peter J.,
Thomas, Thressa, wife of Jacob Franz, of Corry, Pa.;



Marguerite, wife of Edward McLaughlin, of McKean,
and William. His wife died August 10, 1881, at the
age of 70 years, and, in 1885, he married Mrs. Open-
kinch, then a resident of West Mill Creek township.
He finally moved to Erie, and is living a retired lite.
Mr. Barron was noted for his punctuality, and worthily
earned the respect of his neighbors. Thomas Barron
started in life in 1880 at farming on the old homestead,
having some money to start with; he now owns a fine
farm of 116 acres, under a high state of cultivation.
He was married February 10, 1880, to Elizabeth, daugh-
ter of Fred Yealey, formerly of Erie, Pa., and was
the youngest of a family of four children, three of
whom are now living: EUaS., Robert V., John F., and
Florence A. Mr. Barron served as a school director
for three years, and is a member of the Farmers'
Alliance and the I. O. O. F. The family are members
of the Catholic Church of McKean. Politically he is
a Republican.

Adoiph Rohl, wai,M,nniaktr, postoffice Sterret-
tania, Pa., was born in Cirin.uu J.inuary 22, 1835, and
is a son of Carlton and M:ii-\- iWalnre) Rohl, natives
of Germany; the former by occupalicin a prominent
farmer. He was married to Mary Walcire. To this
union were born five children: Augusta, born in 1837,
and is living in Clarence, N. Y.; Fred, born in 1829,
living in Marilla, N. Y.; William, born in 1835, living
in Marilla, N. Y.; Adolph and Frederick, born in
1840, living in Elmer, N. Y. Adolph Rohl came to
America from Germany November 14, 1858, located in
Erie county, New York, and was engaged m the
wagonmakmg business in Marilla, N. Y., seven years,
and in 1865 he moved to Erie county, Pennsylvania,
and engaged in the wagonmaking business in Ster-
rettania, Pa., where he now owns a nice place
and is doing a good business. He was united in
marriage December 14, 1861, to Lucinda, daugh-
ter of Philip Cook, of Lancaster, N. Y. To this
union were born a large family of children, as
follows: William, born July 19, 1862, living at Clar-
ence, N. Y.; Frederick, born August 25, 1863, died
April 14, 1893; Carlton, born December 19, 1864, and
died January 12, 1866; Lawrence, born May 27, 1866,
living at Sterrettania; Adolph, jr., born June 22, 1869,
living at Ashtabula, Ohio; Lizzie, born December 2,
1872, of Erie; Rettie, born August 8, 1879, living in
Sterrettania. Mr. Rohl is a me"mber of the Lutheran
Church.

Henry Brown, farmer, postoffice McKean, Erie
county. Pa., was born in McKean township, January
3, 1856, and is a 'on of Joseph and Lena (Bernhart)
Brown, natives of Germany. Joseph Brown came to
America from Germany, in 1850, and settled in Mc-
Kean township, Erie county, living there for a short
time. He then moved to Franklin township, and was
engaged in farming for seven years, after which he
came back to McKean township, and now is living a
retired life. He was married in Erie, Pa., to Lena
Bernhart. To this union were born a family of six
children: Jacob, of Mill Creek; Francis (deceased),
Henry, Michael, living in Oregon; J. T., Fred, of Mill
Creek township, and Joseph (deceased). Henry Brown
started farming in 1878, and in 1887 moved to the
place where he now lives, on his father's farm of
seventy-five acres of land. Mr. Brown was united in
marriage, June 24, 1877, to Katie, daughter of Patrick







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