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William Troth, Lewis Krepps, Joseph 0. King, George P.
Fulton ; School Directors, Henry F. Roberts, Lewis Krepps ;
Assessor, L. Baldwin.

18fi2.— Burgess, Harvey B. Fleming; Council, William E. Mc-
Crory, James Button, Edward Mansfield, John Stofft,J. C.
King; Justices of the Peace, Robert L. Baldwin, Samuel
B. Hamilton; Assessor. Ziba Whiting; School Directors,
Samuel Mansfield, Wesley Larimer, Harvey Barker.

1SC,3. — Burgess, John Cunnard; Council, James Johnston, B.
G. Mullin, James Houseman, L. L. Whiting, Joseph A.
McKee; Justice of the Peace, Wesley Larimer; School
Directors, Van Buren Barker, George M. Geho ; Assessor,
Samuel Larimer.

IStit.— Burgess, P. McPhelin ; Council, J. H. Bugher, Ed-
ward Mansfield, John Pfieghardt. William E. McCrory, R.
G. Mullin; Justice of the Peace, William Eberhart; School
Directors, Joseph King, R. G. Mullin ; Assessor, Daniel
McDonald.

1865.— Burgess, George Whiting; Council, H. B. Fleming,
Samuel Campbell, John Pfleghardt, Thomas Maude, Ziba
Whiting; School Directors, James H. Gordon, William
Campbell. Wesley Larimer, Charles Wilson ; Asses.sor, Wil-
liam Eberhart; Justice of the Peace, George W. Geho.

iseo. — Burgess, Thomas Jacobs; Council, John Pfleghardt, J. C.
King, William Haney, Van B. Barker, Lewis Krepps;
School Directors, John Stofft, Lewis Krepps, Van B, Barker;
Assessor, William Eberhart ; Justice of the Peace, George
AVhiting,

180)7. —Burgess, William E. McCrory; Council, James H. Gor
don, .Samuel Campbell, William Williams, George Markle,
James Reese; School Directors, William Campbell, R, G.
Mullin, Joseph A. McKee, Michael Alter; Assessor, Daniel
.McDon;ild; Auditors. Samuel Mansfield. William Camp-
bell, Calvin Mansfield.

ISfig.—Burgess, William McFee; Council, John Pfleghardt,
William Lenhart, Thornton F. Baldwin, Isaac Sickman,
Daniel Harmany, Ziba Whiting; Justice of the Peace,
.Samuel B. Hamilton ; Assessor, R. L. Baldwin ; School Di-
rectors, AVilliam E. Fraser, Willi.am E. McCrory ; Auditors,
James Todd. Peter MoFeeland, M. Slotterbeck.

ISfiS.— Burgess. Joseph A. McKee; Council, L. L. AVhiting, F.
F. Baldwin, Otho Furlong, Chas. AVilson ; School Direc-
tors, James M. Gordon, James Measters, William Troth;
Assessor, Samuel Larimer: Auditor, R. L. Baldwin.
1870 —Burgess, Louis Krepps; Council, Michael Slotterbeck,
J. C. King, Joseph L, Cooper, George Geho, Robert Wil-
son : School Directors, R. G. Mullin, Michael Alter ; Audi-
tor, S;vmuel Mansfield, John B. Quay.
1871.— Burges.s R. B. Brown; Council, Otho Furlong, Chas.
AVilson, Samuel Means, John Mullin, S, B. Hamilton ; As-
sessor, H. P. Fleming ; Justice of the Peace. AVilliam Camp-
bell ; School Directors, AV. E. Fraser, AVm. E. McClory ;
Auditor. Thomas Brown.
1872.- Burgess. Joseph A. McKee; Council, R. AV. AVilson, AV.



FAYETTE CITi" BUKOUGII.



C. Athey, John PBeghardt, J. P. Kiepps, Allen Mansfield;
School Directors, John Baldwin, I. Y. Sloan, H. B. Frye,
L. L. Whiting; As5ess(jr, William Troth; Auditor, Wil-
liam Troth.

1873.— Griffith Wells; Council, R. G. Mullin, W. A. McCune,
J. I. MclCenna, A. D. Bruce, J. C. King; Justice of the
Peace, Samuel B. Hamilton ; Assessor, H. H. Connelly.

1S74.— Burgess, J.C.King; Council, H. B. Frye, James I.
McKenna, J. L. Cooper, Edward Mansfield, William Troth,
and Wesley Mullin; Justice of the Peace, Joseph A.
McKee; School Directors, H. B. Fry, Allen S. Mansfield;
Assessor, Samuel Larimer.

1S75.— Burgess, William Beatty ; Council, H. B. Frye, James
Hamer, John Pfleghardt, Samuel Mansfield, A. D. Barker,
J. M. H. Gordon ; School Directors, Joseph C. King, Isaac
N. Cooper, Henry Barker, G. R. Thirkield ; Auditor, Wil-
liam McKee; Assessor, Samuel B. Hamilton.

1S76.— Burgess, William Reeves; Council, John Pfleghardt,
James Krepps, Thomas Maude, Charles Wilson, George W.
Patton, William Barker; Justice of the Peace. Harvey
Barker; School Directors, James Campbell, A. D. Barker,
R. G. Mullin ; Assessor, R. W. Wilson : Auditor, R. Lin-

1S77.— Burgess, John H. Baldwin ; Council, James MeCrory,
Leroy Fleming, Jos. L. Cooper, William Troth, H. B. Frye,
I. N. Mullin; School Directors, H. B. Fleming, Daniel
Pfleghardt, John Barker, L. L. Whiting ; Justice of the
Peace, Joseph A. McKee; Auditor, S. B. Hamilton.

1 878.— Burgess, Charles Wilson ; Council, J. Q. McKenna; W.
W. Whitsptt, Thomas Maude, Lewis Billeter, William
Beeves, Jacob Showerman ; School Directors, J. L. Cooper,
I. N. Mullin, John D. Carr, J, N. Cooper; Assessor, R. W.
Wilson; Auditors, George Masters, George R. Wilson:
Justice of the Peace, S. B. Hamilton.

1879.— Burgess, J.L.Cooper; Council, J.W.Gordon, Chas.
Wilson, John Mullin, Samuel Mansfield, John H. Baldwin,
James Q. McKenna; School Directors, John N. Barker,
Thomas Maude; Assessor, L. L. Whiting; Auditor, L. K.
Hamilton ; Justices, G. M. Geho, L. J. Jeffries.

1880.— Burgess, J. L. Cooper; Council, R. G. Mullin, John
Pfleghardt, N. B. Brightwell, W. H. Patton, E. W. White,
James Leonard ; School Directors, S. Mansfield, J. M. II.
Gordon, A. D. Barker, H. B. Frye ; Assessor, A. S. Mans-
field; Auditor, A. D. Geho.

1881.- Burgess, Chas. Wilson; Council, W. H. Binns, L. L.
Whiting, Daniel Pfleghardt, Isaac N. Cooper, Wm. Geho,
J. C. King; Justice of the Peace, T. Mansfield; Assessor,
(i. W. Geho; Auditor, J. M. Briner ; School Directors, H.
B. Frye, J. D. Carr, Thomas Maude, J. M. H. Gordon.

SCHOOLS.
The children of Cookstown were taught in 1812,
and before, in a stone school-house that occupied a
spot upon the present site of Mount Auburn Ceme-
tery, where at that time there was a graveyard. Three
teachers now remembered to have presided there were
De Wolf, Hazlip, and Bosely. In 1816 a school was
established in the village in a building on Water
Street near Union. The structure is now the residence
of Mr. Ziba Whiting. Among those who taught
there were Isaiah Alden, a Presbyterian preacher,
and Maria Dinsmore. In 1818 the people of the
town built upon the. site of the present school-house a
framed edifice, to be free for the holding of a school and



for the use of all religious denominations choosing to
worship therein. Jacob Woods was the builder; Wil-
liam D. Mullin and U. C. Ford were the trustees. Some
of the earliest teachers in that building were Mr.
McCormick, Mr. Bosely, Thomas Tomlinson, Samuel
Griffith, Francis McKee, John Wilson, and John B.
Gould. Mr. Gould gave up teaching there in 1828,
j and removed to Belle Vernon, where he still lives at
the age of eighty-si.\ ye;irs. The house was used for
I school purposes until 1839, when a brick building was
I put up and used chiefly for a public school. The
basement was used as a public hall. School was held
in the brick house until 1870, when the present fine
building was completed. It was commenced in 1869,
and first occupied in the fall of 1870. Wesley Lari-
I mer was the contractor for the mason-work. The
edifice is two stories in height, measures fifty by sixty
feet, and is surmounted with a substantial bell-tower,
whose top is seventy-four feet from the ground. The
entire cost of the building was fifteen thousand dol-
lars. There are six rooms and four school depart-
I ments. In charge of these are Elisha Porter (prin-
1 cipal). Miss Maria Larimer, Miss Mary Malone, and
1 Miss Hattie Harmany. The school directors for 1881
1 are J. D. Carr, H. B.' Frye, Samuel Mansfield, A. T).
Barker, Thomas Maude, J. M. H. Gordon.

CHURCHES.

Cookstown had no regularly a])pointed place of

worship until 1818, when the citizens built a framed

[ house and set it apart to the free use of schools and

I churches, or members of any religious denomination

desirous of having public devotional exercises.

THE METHODIST EPISCOP.VL CHUliCH

was doubtless the first religious organization effected
in the town. A class was formed as early as 1815
and attached to the Redstone Circuit, and until 1820
meetings were held in the stone school-house on the
hill, in Crane's old store-house on the river's bank,

j and in the houses of members. Among the most
prominent of the latter were W. B. Mullin and wife,
Adam Weamer, U. C. Ford, and Margaret and Jane

' Hunter. Mr. Mullin was one of the first class-lead-
ers, and probably the first. In that capacity he offi-

i elated at times until his death. In 1820 the Union
church building was occupied by the Methodists in
common with other denominations, and until 1842 it
was the place of meeting. In that year a brick
Methodist Episcopal Church was built. Its dimen-

I sions are forty by sixty feet, and its seating capacity
about six hundred. Among the early pastors of the
church maybe named Revs. James Sansom, Fleming,
Slicer, and Brockcooner. The present pastor is Rev.
Mr. Mansell ; the class-leader, John Mullin ; the
Sunday-school superintendent, J. D. Carr ; and the
trustees, R. G. JIullin, John Mullin, J. D. Carr, Sam-
uel Brown, and William Beatty. The membership
is sixtv-five.



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HISTORY OF FAYETTE COUNTY, PENiNSYLVANIA.



FREE-WILI, BAPTIST CHURl.'H.

About 1820, Elder John Williams, who had before
that been preaching to the Free-Will Baptists of
Cookstown, organized them into a church, and after
that preached to them in the Union church building.
Under Elder Williams' ministrations the organiza-
tion flourished apace, and in 1845 had grown so strong
that upwards of a hundred people were regularly
present in the congregation each Sabbath. In that
year a house of worship was built, and matters went
on prosperously. By and by Elder Williams found
some disfavor among his people, who considered lie
was growing somewhat dictatorial and aggressive in
some respects. Construing their expressions into
signs of unwarranted interference with him and his
methods, he exhibited a decided independence that
eventually led to his retirement from the charge. In
1853 he resigned, after a service of upwards of thirty
years. That Elder Williams was the mainstay of the
organization after all, is proved by the fact that after
his departure the church slowly but surely saw its
strength and influence waning. Dissensions and
differences multiplied, and as a result a final dissolu-
tion took place in 1860. The meeting-house was sold
to the Presbyterians, and the Free-Will Baptist
Church of this place became extinct.

THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

was organized Oct. 9, 1836, by Rev. James Dorsey, in
the village school-house. Who the organizing mem-
bers were cannot now be told, but among the names
appearing earliest upon the records may be given
those of Ralph Whitsett, Abbia Allen, William
Sowers, Daniel Torry, Nathan G. Hubbs, Edmund
and Samuel Hubbs, Daniel Springer, Robert Stog-
dall, Sarah Sowers, Mary Hubbs, Sarah Stam, Polly
Allen, Deborah Stogdall, Sister Whitsett, Sarah
Springer, Rachel Hubbs, James Dorsey, William
Munnell, Charlotte Allen, Maria Allen, Barbara
Allen, and Elizabeth Hubbs. The records of the
church history are vague and imperfect, and afliird
but little information. It is known that the Union
church building was used as a meeting-house to 1869,
and thill in that year the present church edifice on
Second Street was erected. The membership now
aggregates about one hundred and twenty-five.
The elders are Wesley I/arimer, Edward W. White,
Thomas Maude, Sanuul Mansfield, and James Ha-
mer ; the deacons, (u-nr-c Wliiting, John Coldren,
James L. Krepps, and William W. Whitsett. Sam-
uel Mansfield is superintendent of the Sunday-school.

FAYETTE CITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH.

The Presbyterian Church of Fayette City was organ-
ized about 1870 by members of Rehoboth Church, and
purchase made of the house of worship built by the
Free-Will Baptists and :il MM. Inn, ,1 l.y themaboutl860.
Rev. Mr. Galley was til. lii-i iv-nlar jiastor. Thcsub-
.scribers to the fund fur tlif sujjpi.rt of the pastor in
1872 are nanu'<l herewith, and in that list, it is fair to



a.ssume, appear the names of all or nearly all of the
church-member.s at that period. They were William
Bank, Nancy J. Sisley, Mafy Conrad, Mrs. Sisley
Dit Church, Dr. Stone, J. C. King, Celia McKee, M
Slotterbeck, Mrs. McKee, D. H. Hough, W. A. Mc-
Cune, Daniel Pfleghardt, Mrs. Fulton, Mrs. Stone, Dr.
Conklin, Samuel Galloway, Samuel Clark, J. R. Wil
son, George Clark, Nancy Wilson, Mr. Dunlevy, John
Brown, A. Dunlevy, H. F. Blythe, H. Patton, Sarah
Patton, S. Downs, K. B. Brown, Mrs. Torrence, Mrs.
M. A. Kuntz, J. L. McFeter, Sallie Hunter, Eli Allen,
L. J. Jeff'ries, R. C. Santee, William McCrory, R. G.
Mullin, William Lenhart, Mrs. Mullin, J. Dinsmore,
Cyrus Hough, W. McCrory, Hugh McKee, Joseph
Brown, Mr. Powers, J. Wykoff. The pastor now in
charge is Rev. A. B. Lowes, also in charge of the
church at Belle Vernon. The elders are M. Slotter-
beck and J. C. King. J. C. King is superintendent
of the Sabbath-school. The church membership is
thirty-two.

FAYETTE CITY WOOLEX-FACTORY.
This manufacturing enterprise, located on Downer's
Run, near the borough limits, was founded in 1840 by
its present owner, James Hamer. In 1830, Mr. Hamer
and James Pilling manufactured woolen goods at
Cook's Mills, and in 1835, the firm dissolving, Hamer
moved to the Little Redstone, and in 1840 to Cooks-
town. His manufactured product embraces chiefly
woolen goods and yarns for local supply and country
trade. The factory is supplied with three carding-
machines, one spinning-jack, and one hundred and
fifty spindles. Five hands are usually employed.



The only banking-house ever possessed by Fayette
City was founded by Binns, Cope & Brown in 1875,
who are still the owners of the institution. It is a
private enterprise, but transacts a general banking
business upon an ample capital.

SOCIETIES AND ORDERS.

GuMERT Lodge, No. 252, F. A. M.. was char-
tered Dec. 27, 1850, to Charles H. Conle.v, W. M.;
Adam Shunk, S. W. ; John Swearet, J. W. In 1856
the officers were George Whiting, W. M. ; J. T. C.
Ford, S. W. ; Ziba Whiting, J. W. ; Louis Krepps,
S. D. ; H. Westcott, J. D. ; William Troth, Treas. ;
John Mullin, Sec. ; M. Slotterbeck, M. C. ; William
Gaskill, Tiler. The membership May 1, 1881, was
forty-four, when the officers were A. B. Troth, W. M.;
J. D. Barnum, S. W. ; George Treasure, J. W. ; L. J.
Jeff'ries, Treas. ; Louis Krepps, Sec. ; William Fur-
long, S. D. ; M. Alter, J. D. ; Henry Pendleton, Tiler ;
John Pfleghardt, M. C. ; A. S. Blair, H.

Fayette City Lodge, No. 511, I. O. O. F., was
chartered Nov. 20, 1854. The first officers were
Michael Alter, N. G. ; James Houseman, V. G. ; F.
M. Yost, Sec; E. D. McClellan, A. S. ; John G.
:Miirtin, Treas. Although the lodge h.is contributed



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materially to tlie oigaiiizatioii of lodges at Greenfield
and Belle Vernon, it has still (May 1, 1881) a mem-
bership of ninety-six. It is remarkably j^rosperous
in every way, and boasts a fund of about six thousand
dollars, represented by real estate and bonded invest-
ments. The officers now are Allen Byles, N. G. ;
Euclid C. Griffith, V. G. ; William Beatty, Sec. ; J.
C. King, Treas.

JOPPA LoDciE, No. 3ii6, K. OF P., was chartered
March 25, 1873, to John A. Biviiis, George Treasure,
Albert Downer, M. Alters, S. R. Walters, T. F. Bald-
win, William Vaughn, R. Jones, and T. V. Vaughn.
The members numbered fifty in May, 1881. Then
the officers were William Lindey, C. ; Frank Bell,
V. C. ; Charles H. Mott, P. ; John Pfleghardt, M. of
E. ; George Krepps, K. of R. and S. ; W. P. Vaughn,
M. of F. ; John Pascoe, M. at A.

Agapa Lodge, No. 63, A. O. U. W., was organized
in 1873. In May, 1881, the membership was twenty.
The officers were then as follows : Ralph Gray, M. W. ;
Lewis Kendall, P. M. W. ; Charles Farquhar, Fore-
man; Frank Rutherford, O.; F. T. Baldwin, R. ;
J. T. Brightwell, Financier; H. B. Fleming, Guide;
Henry Belter, 0. W.

MOUXT AUBURN CEMETERY.

This handsomely adorned home of the dead, located
upon a commanding eminence that overlooks the
town, is owned by Samuel Mansfield. It fronts the
State road, and contains four acres, apportioned into
three hundred and thirty-five burial-lots in the form
of a parallelogram. The entrance is through an
arched gateway surmounted with the figure of Hope.
There are neatly-kept paths, bright-looking lawns,
and many tasteful monuments.



BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.



JOHN BELI, COOK.
John Bell Cook, of Washington township, is of the
third generation of that name in this locality. He j
was born Aug. 26, 1808, upon the old Cook liome-
stead in that township. His early education was re-
ceived in the common schools. He learned the busi- '
ness of farming, and resided with his father until his ]
marriage with Matilda Cunningham, of Washington j
township, Fayette Co., Oct. 18, 1837, and then moved I
to a farm on the Monongahela River near Fayette |
City, where he resided sixteen years. Here all of
his children, below named, were born: James was |
born May 14, 1840, and followed farming until Sep- |
tember, 1862, when he entered the army. He died at {
City Point, Aug. 16, 1864, from injuries received in '
the service. His remains were removed in November
of that year to Rehoboth Presbyterian Cemetery.
Sarah A. was born Aug. 23, 1842. She was educated 1



the



1 schools and Blairsville Female Semi-
nary, married Andrew M. Fulton, Esq., of Greensburg,
Jan. 14, 1874, and died December 12th of the same
year. William Johnson, the third child, was born
July 4, 1844, and died in infancy. Joseph A. was
born Dec. 11, 1846. He is a farmer, and resides with
his father. He married Violette H. Elliott, of Jef-
ferson township, Sept. 20, 1876; they have two chil-
dren, Ada and Sallie. The youngest child, Robert
Johnson, was born March 21, 1849. He received his
early education in the common schools, entered Yale
College in 1872, and graduated in 1876. He began
the study of law in Greensburg with A. M. Fulton,
Esq., in 1877, and completed his course in the office
of Hon. John H. Baily, of Pittsburgh. He was ad-
mitted to the bar in 1878, and was married April 26,
1881, to Annie Wells, of Pittsburgh, and sailed for
Europe. He is now in Leipsic, Germany, studying.
They have one child, born in Germany. He was cap-
tain of the Yale boat crew from 1873 until 1876. He
was sent by Yale to England in 1873 to learn the
English stroke.

Mr. Cook has never held a political ofiice outside
of the township, and never sought one. He has been
a member of the Presbyterian Church for many years.
His father, James Cook, was born Aug. 13, 1772,
upon the Cook homestead, and was a farmer. May
6, 1806, he married Mary Bell, who was born in Ire-
land, and emigrated to this country when eleven
years old. They had six children, — five sons and one
daughter. John was the second. The sons were all
farmers. The daughter married a farmer. Only
three of the children are living, — John B., William
E., and Martha Hough.

Mr. Cook's grandfather, Col. Edward Cook, was the "*-
pioneer of civilization in this region. He moved
here in 1770 from Conococheague, Franklin Co.,
where he married Martha Crawford. They had but
one child, James Cook. To his character the legends
of the times say that the inscription upon his tomb-
stone (composed by the Rev. William Wylie, pastor
of the Rehoboth Church of Rostraver township,
Westmoreland Co., from 1803 to 1815), is a fitting
tribute. It is, " In memory of Col. Edward Cook.
He died on the 27th of November, 1808, in the sev-
enty year of his age. Few men have deserved and
possessed more eminently than Col. Cook the con-
sideration and esteem of the people in the Western
country. In public spirit, disinterestedness, and zeal
for the general welfare he was excelled by none. In
private life, his unsullied integrity, liis liberality, and
the amiable benevolence of his temper endeared him
to his friends, and marked him as a sanctuary to
which the poor might confidently resort for relief.
Through a long life of piety and active exertion to
promote the interests of the Christian religion he had
learned to set his heart upon a nobler inheritance
than that of this world. He therefore received the
approach of his dissolution with resignation and com-



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HISTORY OF FAYETTE COUxXTV, PENNSYLVANIA.




COL. KDWARD COOK.



e, under a lively hope that the end of life here
would be to him but the beginning of infinite hap-
piness."

Col. Edward's wife was born Dec. 25, 1743, and
died April 20, 1837.

John B. Cook possesses many of the virtues of Lis
grandsire.



S.AiMUEL C. GRIFFITH.
Samuel C. Griffith was born in Westmoreland
County, Pa., Nov. 28, 171)5. When young his father
moved to Washington township, Fayette Co., and
located upon the farm wliirh his son afterwards
owned, and ui)on which his widow now resides. Mr.
Griftith's (Mi-ly y('ai-> wrir -|mmiI in larm-work, factory-

vrntrcii yi:n> nl' :i;ji lie engaged in school-

For forty years he continued in this work

Tter season, only missing one winter.



work, ;,i
Whvu
teaching
during the

He was one of the best and most widely-known sur-
veyors in the county, ami s|n.'nt Miucli of his time, when
not engaged in teachinii-, in surveying. His father,
William Griffith, becoming involved by indorsing for
some of his neighbors, the iarm was sold by the
sheriff, and Samuel bought it ; that was in 1822. He
was married March 27, 182:?, to Esther Far(|uhar, of



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Mr. Griffith was a member of the Quaker meeting
till the time of his marriage. He was turned out for
marrying out of the Society.

He was a justice of the peace for many years, and
was a general business man, wrote and acknowledged
j many deeds, married people, wrote articles of agree-
ment, etc.

His widow thinks his father's people came from
Wales. His moral status, like that of all Quakers,
was good. He was a jovial man, and a valuable and
respected citizen. He was industrious, always en-
gaged in some useful work. He was much above the
average in intelligence, a great student of mathe-
matics and history. He was a careful workman. His
penmanship was elegant. All of his work was done
well. He died July 11, 1873, mourned by the entire
community. His remains rest in Little Redstone
Methodist Cemetery.



LEVI B. STEPHENS.
Levi B. Stephens was born Oct. 28, 1821, on the old
Stephens homestead, in Washington township, Fay-
ette Co., Pa., where he grew to manhood. His edu-
cation was limited to the district schools of his native
township, where he laid the foundations for an active
and successful business life. On the 10th day of
April, 1845, he was joined in marriage to Miss Mary
Griffith, daughter of Samuel C. and Esther (Far-
quhar) Griffith. She was born in Washington town-
ship, Fayette Co., Pa., Jan. 25, 1824. Their union
has been blessed with three children, as follows :
Elmira, born Jan. 26, 1846, married Jehu Luce,
Oct. 19, 1865 ; Esther J., born Oct. 1, 1848, married
June 29, 1870, to John W. Smith (Esther died Sept.
17, 1878) ; and Adeline, born March 14, 1851, married
Dec. 6, 1877, to James H. McKnight. Arrived at
man's estate, Mr. Stephens first bought the farm now
owned by John Patterson, in Perry township. This
he sold, and in 1850 moved upon the farm in Wash-
ington township, still belonging to his estate. He
afterwards purchased another farm, which he owned
at his death, which occurred Dec. 29, 1874. He is
spoken of by his neighbors as a man of sterling qual-
ities, one whose word was as good as a bond, and one
who, in his dealing with his fellow-men, always remem-
bered the golden rule, " Do unto others as you would
have them do unto you." Mr. and Mrs. Stephens
were for many years members of the Methodist Epis-
copal Church.

LEVI STEPHENS.
The Stephens family is one of the oldest and largest
in Fayette County. The first of whom the family
here have any account was one John Stephens, who
emigrated from Wales when seventeen years of age,
and settled in Eastern Pennsylvania, probably in
Bucks County. He had a son Levi, who came to
Fayette County when about eighteen years of age,



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