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the peace for about the same time. In 1876 he was elected to the Penn-
sylvania legislature, and in 1878 re-elected, serving in all four years. He
was a prominent member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and
of the Grand Army of the Republic, holding the principal offices in both
organizations. He was a Democrat in politics and both he and his wife
were members of the Presbyterian church.

Doctor Hunter married Sarah A. McClain, born in Huntingdon .

county, Pennsylvania, January 16, 1848, died in Fulton county, May 24,
1890, daughter of James McClain, a farmer of Trough Creek valley,
Huntingdon county, a large land owner, and son of Jesse McClain, an
early settler of Trough Creek valley. James McClain later moved to
Wells Valley in Fulton county, where he died about 1895, leaving three
children: Walter, a farmer of Nebraska; Sarah A., married Dr. Robert
I. Hunter; and Mary (deceased) married John Stunkard. Children of
Dr. Robert Irvin and Sarah A. (McClain) Hunter: i. John Russell,
born in W'dh Valley, Fulton county, Pennsylvania, February 6, 1868,
graduate of Medico-Chirurgical College, Philadelphia, M. D., 1893, now
practicing in Lewistown. He married, September 25, 1895, Mary C.
Wishart; two children: John R. and Donald. 2. Mary J., married H. H.
Bridenstine and resides in Everett, Pennsylvania. 3. Alice Meta, mar-
ried Dr. G. A. R. McClain and resides at Mount L^nion, Pennsylvania.
4. Robert Mc, D. D. S., now practicing at Huntingdon, Pennsylvania;
unmarried. 5. William Scott, of whom further.

(Ill) Dr. William Scott Hunter, youngest son of Dr. Robert Irvin
and Sarah A. (McClain) Hunter, was born in Fulton county, Pennsyl- ^^,^ :
vania. August 3, 1881. He prepared in the public schools, and later at- ' I

tended Juniata College. He chose the profession of dentistry, and after
a course at Philadelphia Dental Colle^^e, Philadelphia, was graduated D.
D. S., class of 1903. He pi:a,<:t;ifie"a i>le );e3r':att-:54xton, Bedford county,
Pennsylvania, then moved to Rp,e(Jsy]lle,'\\;here he is now located in suc-
cessful practice. He is a memJJer Jfjf-ihe-^^jLasonic order, belonging to
Lewistown Lodge, No. ?t>T„ :Fi:e;e-.^ijd/.Acc6j|?ted Masons; Lewistown
Chapter. No. 186, JRoyal Arcfe■.ija6»hs■:■Tie^v^stown Commandery, No. -•

26, Knights Tf^jnplar and is also an Odd Fellow. He is a Republican in
politics^^,^sfTi3 both he and his wife are members of the Presbyterian

Dr. Hunter married. May 10. 191 1, Esther I'riscilla Taylor,


born in Reedsville, Pennsylvania. Dr. Hunter resides on Logan street,
, Reedsville, where he jjurchased a home in 1912.

/ Mrs. Hunter is a daughter of William H. and Rhoda G. (Henry)

Taylor, granddaughter of Henry (2) and Priscilla A. (Kyle) Taylor,
great-granddaughter of Henry (i) and Priscilla (Turbett) Taylor, and
a descendant of Robert Taylor, who came to the Kishacoquillas valley
from Pine Ford, Swatara creek, Dauphin county, when that region
formed part of Lancaster county. He took out a warrant for several
thousand acres of land, much of which is owned by members of the
family. Robert Taylor had five sons : William, Robert, John and
Matthew, the latter being the great-great-grandfather of Esther Pris-
cilla (Taylor) Hunter. Henry (2) Taylor was a life-long farmer of
Brown township, where he was born November 24, 1835. He was
married ( first) October 8, 1850, to Priscilla Ann Kyle, who died January
31, 1869.

William H., son of Henry (2) Taylor, was born on the Taylor
homestead, September 29, 1851. He was educated in the public school
\ and Kishacoquilla Seminary, finishing at Airy View Academy, Port

Royal, Pennsylvania. He taught school for a time, then began mercan-
tile business in Reedsville, but the confinement of indoors told on his
health, and he turned to a farmer's life. In 1879 he began his resi-
dence at Reedsville, where he has since resided. He has been prom-
inent in public and business life for many years, and is one of the sub-
stantial and most highly regarded men of his county. He was one of
the organizers of the Reedsville National Bank; was a member of the
first board of directors and is the present vice-president. He is also a
director of the Farmers' National Bank, at Belleville, and of the Milroy
Banking Company. In _i8go_he was elected commissioner of Miftlin
county, and in 1893 was'rc-felWt-edTiiy.a lairg?r majority than at first. He
is a Republican in politic^.aad'.U'ith .he and his wife members of the
Reedsville Presbyterian ChVtr/:;l3.\.':^e":married, December 16, 1875,
Rhoda G., daughter of Ji',dgfe:j6htr Slid: Rhoda (Taylor) Henry. Judge
Henry died on his eightieth birlKdaj'-stTrriving all btJt five of his thirteen
children. Mrs. Rhoda G. (Henry) Taylor died March ^. 19". Chil-
dren: Ralph H., born February 15, 1879: Kyle McFarlane^"Eebruary
26, 1885; Esther Priscilla, January 13, 1888, wife of Dr. WilliamScott

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The American ancestor of the Warners of Belleville and
WARNER Reedsville, Pennsylvania, was Joseph Warner, born in

England, November 29, 1745, a resident of Gloucester-
shire, where he was a large landowner. He came to Pennsylvania in
1768, settling after his marriage in Cumra township, Berks county. On
March i, 1774, he was married by the Rev. David Fober to Barbara
Grove, born in Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, November i, 1743.
Children : Mary, John, Elizabeth, Joseph, Jacob.

(II) Joseph (2), son of Joseph (i) and Barbara (Grove) Warner,
was born in Cumra township, Berks county, Pennsylvania, May 27,
1784. He was a farmer by occupation, and a Democrat in politics. He
was married in Reading, Pennsylvania, by the Rev. \\'illiam Booas,
June 22, 1806, to Susanna Will. Children: Hannah, born ALirch 8,
1807; Susanna, February 20, 1808; Elizabeth, April 24, iSoj; Harriet,
June 25, 1810; Elisha, mentioned below; Mary, May 10, 1813; Cath-
arine, June 19, 1815; Barbara, April 2, 1817; Levi, December 24, 1818;
Joseph, May 29, 1823.

(III) Elisha, son of Joseph (2) and Susanna (Will) Warner, was
born in Cumra township, Berks county, Pennsylvania, October 6, 181 1,
died February 10, 1892. He was a carpenter by trade, which occupa-
tion he followed in connection with farming, and was a Democrat in
politics. He married, in Reading, Pennsylvania, by Rev. ]\Iiller, Cath-
arine Matz, born in Cumra township, Berks county, PennsyKania,
May 10, 1815. Children: Owen M., born February 7, 1842; Elizahelh
Heiney, August 11, 1843; James Matz, mentioned below; Mary Annie,
June 6, 1849; Obadiah M., May 22, 1853; John Franklin, December
II, 1855.

(IV) James Matz, son of Elisha and Catharine (]\Iatz) Warner,
was born in Cumra township, Berks county, Pennsylvania, August 7,
1845. He received a good common school education, having attended
the Spohn school in Spring township, Berks county, Pennsylvania, at
which school he taught two short terms. His boyhood was spent on the
farm and in the grist mill. In 1871 he removed to McClure, Snyder
county, Pennsylvania, and worked on a lumber operation until 1876,
and during that year and the following he operated in Maryland, and in
1878-79 at Blairs Mills, Pennsylvania. Returning to McCIure he again
operated until 1883, when he moved to the Kishacoquillas Valley, Mifflin

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county, Pennsylvania, and engaged in farming, conducting his operations
upon one of the farms then owned by A. W. Campbell. From that place
he moved to near Menno, on the farm of D. M. Contner, from which
place he moved to the Haughawout farm, where he lived one year,
going from there to the farm of Henry P. Taylor, where he lived for
nineteen years, moving from there to his late home, near Belleville.
During the latter years of his life he devoted a part of his time to lum-
bering, associating himself with Joseph Kelley, of Reedsville, Penn-
sylvania, and later with D. S. Peachey, of Menno, Pennsylvania. Dur-
ing the last summer of his life he purchased the house of Solomon
A. Zook. to which place he had expected to move in the near future,
retiring from the farming business, but expecting to continue in the
lumber business. As a business man he was very careful, his ability
being unquestioned, and he was a man of strong convictions, quiet and
unassuming in his manner, honest in his dealings with men and kindly
disposed toward all. He assisted in the organization of the Farmers'
National Bank, of Belleville, of which institution he was a stockholder,
and also in the organization of the Co-operative Creamery, of which he
was a stockholder. He was always a staunch Democrat and creditably
represented his part}' in county and township offices, serving for three
years as county auditor, nine years as a school director, four years as
a road supervisor, also in several minor township offices. He was con-
firmed in St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, of Sinking Springs,
Pennsylvania, December lo, 1864; family confirmed in St. John's Luth-
eran Church, of Belleville. He was a member of the Junior Order of
United American Mechanics; Knights of Pythias; Kishacoquillas Castle,
No. 160, Knights of the Golden Eagle, of which he was a charter
member and a past officer; Belleville Lodge, No. 302, Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, of which he was past noble grand, and several
years secretary; McVeytown Lodge, No. 376, Free and Accepted
Masons, of which he was a past master; Harrisburg Consistory,
Sovereign Princes of the Royal Secret, thirty-second degree, Ancient
Accepted Scottish Rite, N. M. J. U. S. A.

Mr. Warner married, at Bannerville, Snyder county, Pennsylvania,
in 1873, the ceremony being performed by Rev. W. R. Weind, Anna
Mary Mattern, born in West Beaver township, Snyder county, Pennsyl-
vania, August 30, 1856, daughter of John Jacob and Margaret Jane


(Stull) Mattern, the former of whom was a teacher and cobbler, served
for several years as county commissioner of Snyder county and as
director of the poor, and in a number of other township offices. The
following is a copy of his discharge from the L'nited States army:

"To all whom it may concern : Know ye, That John Jacob Mattern
a Private of Captain Lewis C. Edmonds, Company (I) 184th Regiment
of Pennsylvania Volunteers, who was enrolled on the 27lh day of
August one thousand eight hundred and 64 to serve one year or during
the war, is hereby discharged from the service of the United States, this
2nd day of June 1865 at Munsons Hill, Va., by reason of G. O. Hdqurs.
A. of P. C. S. 1865 (No objection to his being re-enlisted is known to
exist) Said John J. Mattern was born in Lehigh Co., in the State of
Pennsylvania is 41 years of age, 5 feet nine inches high Dark complexion
Blue eyes Dark hair, and by occupation, when enrolled a shoe maker.
Given at Baileys Cross Roads, Va., this 2nd day of June 1865. Juhn
H. Stover Colonel commanding the Regt. ps. This sentence will
be erased should there be anything in the conduct or physical condi-
tion of the soldier rendering him unfit for the Army (A. G. O. No. 99)
H. V. Russel Capt. loth N. T. and A. C. M. 2 Div. 2 A. C. Harris-
burg, June 8 1865. Paid in full, R. A. Haggerty Pay Mas. U. S. A.
Oath of Identity John Jacob Mattern of the township of West Beaver
County of Snyder in the State of Penna on the 27 day of January
in the year one thousand eight hundred and eighty personally appeared
before me the undersigned a Justice of the Peace for the County and
State above mentioned John Jacob Mattern, who being duly sworn
according to law, declares that he is the identical John Jacob Mattern
who was a private in the company commanded by Captain L. C. Ed-
mond in the regiment 184 commanded b)- John H. Stover that he en-
listed on the 27 day of August 1864 for the term of one year and was
discharged at Munsons Hill, Va.. on the 2d day of June 1865, G. O.
H. D. qrs. A. of P. C. S. 1865 J. J. Mattern sworn and subscribed to
before me the day and year above written. N. B. Middleswarth. J. P.
I certify that before whom the al)ove affidavit purports to have been
made is a Justice of the Peace duly authorized to administer oaths,
and that the above is his signature. In witness whereof, I have hereunto
set mv hand and affixed my official seal this 27 day of Jan. A. D. 1880.
at Middleburg, State of Penn'a, County nf Snyder, J. G. Crousc, Clerk
of the Common Pleas and Proth'y. Filed Jan. 27, 1880 at 10:30 a. m.
Recorded Jan. 27, 1880."

Children of Mr. and Mrs. Mattern: Miranda, Howard Wilson, Sarah
Luemma, Cloyd Henry, Anna Mary, Isaac Westley, Alice May, Lizzie


Elvesta. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Warner: i. Sherman Preston, of
whom further. 2. Sadie Maude, born December 7, 1876; married
WilHam Milton Reigle, a locomotive engineer, a son of David and Sarah
Reigle; children: Marie May, Charles Milton, Helen Maude, Esther
Juniata, Anna Elizabeth, Stella Catharine, Frederic Rupp. 3. Frank
Wilson of whom further. 4. Roy Embrose, born January 6, 188 1 ; a
machinist by occupation ; married Rhoda Estella, daughter of Franklin
and Adda Strunk ; children : Mary Lourane, James Franklin, John Scott,
Sherman Preston. 5. Bruce Mattern, born May 10, 1884; ^ locomotive
fireman by occupation ; married Jessie Devall, daughter of Sankey and
Amanda IMcColm ; children : Margaret Ethel, Kathleen Lucile. 6. Arthur
Stull, born January 9, 1886; a graduate of the Belleville high school,
class of 1905; engaged in the banking business; unmarried. 7. Minnie
May, born August 15, 1888; a graduate of the Belleville high school,
class of 1906; married Paul L. Civitts, a farmer, and son of Wilson and
Mary Civitts; children: Camilla May, Wilson Warner.

Mr. Warner died January 23, 1913, at Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania, to
which place he had gone on a matter of business. His remains were
taken to his late residence, near Belleville, where the funeral services
were conducted by Rev. A. H. Spangler, D. D., of Yeagertown, an inti-
mate friend of the deceased, assisted by Rev. C. S. Bottiger, of Belle-
ville. Interment was made in Lutheran cemetery above Belleville, where
the services concluded with the Masonic and Odd Fellowship cere-

(V) Sherman Preston, son of James Matz and Anna Mary (Mat-
tern) Warner, was born at McClure, Snyder county, Pennsylvania, De-
cember 10, 1873. He was educated in the public schools of the Kisha-
coquillas Valley, and at the age of sixteen years entered the employ of
the Pennsylvania railroad. After two years on the Sunbury division
he was promoted to a clerkship at the Lewistown station. Thence to
various points on the road and in responsible positions until 1900, when
he was appointed agent at Reedsville, also junction agent for the Penn-
sylvania and the Kishacoquillas Valley railroads. He is secretary of the
Mifflin County Jewelry Company; was eight years school director of
Brown township: is a Democrat in politics, and both he and his wife are
members of the Lutheran church. He is a member of Lewistown
Lodge, No. 203, F. and A. M. He married, October 18, 1899, Mar-


garet Bricker, born in Lewistown, daughter of M. M. Bricker, the
present sheriff of Mififlin county.

(V) Frank Wilson, second son of James Matz and Anna Mary
(Mattern) Warner, was born in Bellwood, Pennsylvania, October 8,
1878. He was educated in the public schools, Reedsville Academy and
Millersville State Normal, a graduate of the latter, class of 1899. He
taught for two years, the second year as principal of Belleville high
school. From the spring of 1901, until December, 1902, he was engaged
in the freight department of the Pennsylvania railroad at Pittsburgh.
On January i, 1903, he entered the employ of the Reedsville National
Bank as clerk, and in the spring of that year was appointed assistant
cashier of the Belleville Deposit Bank. He continued in this position
until the autumn of 191 1, when he was elected cashier of the newly
organized Farmer's National Bank, of which he was one of the incor-
porators, beginning the duties of cashier in January, 19 12. He is treas-
urer of the Belleville Co-operative Creamery Company (which he also
assisted to organize) ; is treasurer, supervisor and clerk of Union town-
ship. He is a Democrat in politics; a member of Lewistown Lodge, No.
203, F. and A. M., and both he and his wife are members of the
Lutheran church. Mr. Warner married, September 6, 1904, Nellie
E. Dolbeer, born in Ohio, daughter of Rev. W. H. and Eliza
Euxine (Walters) Dolbeer, born in Ohio, but now living at Beaver
Springs, Snyder county, Pennsylvania. Children: Frank Wilson (2),
born February 20. 1907; Dudley Dolbeer, December 31, 1910; Curtis
Wayne, August 14, 1912.

The earliest record of this family is in Snyder county,
HELFRICK Pennsylvania, where Joseph Helfrick was a well-to-do
aericulturalist, the owner of two farms. He was a
member of the Reformed church, married and left issue.

(II) Willoughby. son of Joseph Helfrick, was born in Snyder
county. Pennsylvania. He has followed farming all his life in Union,
Snyder and Mifflin counties, moving to the latter county in 1877, and
settling at Paintersville. where he purchased a farm of sixty acres on
which he now resides. He is a Republican in politics, and both he and
his wife are members of the Lutheran church. He married Susan S.
Miller, born in Union county, died in 1908, daughter of Joseph Miller,


a land-owning farmer of Union county; children: Samuel, a United
States mail carrier, at Laurelton, Pennsylvania; Susan S., married Will-
oughby Helfrick ; Eliza, married John Stover, whom she survives, a resi-
dent of Paintersville, Pennsylvania; another deceased. Children of
Willoughby Helfrick: i. Annie E., married Samuel Hunt, of Lewis-
town; children: Elsie, Susanna, Esther and Joella. 2. Albert C.

(Ill) Albert C, only son of Willoughby and Susan S. (Miller) Hel-
frick, was born in Paintersville, Mifflin county, Pennsylvania, August 11,
1877. He was educated in the public schools and Lock Haven State
Normal School. He taught two terms, then entered Eastman's Busi-
ness College at Poughkeepsie, New York, whence he was graduated,
class of 1898. He then entered the employ of H. C. Jackson, a general
merchant of Lewistown, but soon afterward became clerk in the banking
house of William Russell & Son. In 1900 he was appointed cashier of
the newly organized Belleville National Bank, and became a resident of
Belleville. The Belleville National Bank is one of the well-managed,
prosperous national banks of the county, and is the only national bank
in Mifflin county that is listed by the United States government on its
"Roll of Honor," and stands twenty-seventh on the "Roll of Honor"
list in the United States, and third in the list of Pennsylvania national
banks, and having a capital of less than $50,000. In this connection it is
interesting to know that the foremost bank on that "Roll" is also in
Pennsylvania, the First National Bank of Uniontown. Mr. Helfrick
is a Republican in politics, and both he and his wife are members of the
Presbyterian church. He is also a member of the Masonic order, be-
longing to McVeytown Lodge, No. 376, Ancient Free and Accepted
Masons; also to Belleville Lodge, No. 302, Independent Order of Odd
Fellows; the Rebekahs, No. 427; the Patriotic Order of Sons of Amer-
ica, and the Patrons of Husbandry. He married (first) in 1904, Lenore
Gibboney, who died in 1908, daughter of William M. Gibboney, of
Belleville. Children: Eugene G. and Marlin W. He married (second)
in 1912, Rachel, daughter of Levi and Rebecca Esh.

The first record found of the Hana waits is of
HANAWALT Henry, who on October 31, 1785, warranted three
hundred acres of land in what is now Oliver town-
ship, Mifflin county, and on November 21, 1792, patented another tract


of one hundred acres. Henry Hanawalt, died in 1794, leaving two sons,
George and John.

(II) George, son of Henry Hanawalt, in company with his brother
John, purchased in April, 1802, a tract of land in what is now Wayne
township, of the heirs of James Ross. John Hanawalt moved to that
purchase, but George remained at the home farm. They continued their
partnership until April, 1821, when they divided the property, but each
seemed satisfied with the land they were living on, so George kept the
homestead and John the Ross purchase, in \\'ayne township. John died
in 1829, George in 1832. He served in the revolution, and a relic of that
conflict is still preserved by his great-grandson, Daniel A. Hanawalt. in
the form of a firearm, the barrel of which was part of the musket car-
ried by his sire, when a soldier in the revolutionary army. George Han-
awalt left a widow, Catherine, and children : Margaret, married Hugh
McKee; Ann, married Leopold; Susanna; Joseph, of whom further;

(III) Joseph, son of George and Catherine Hanawalt, was born in
Oliver township, Mifflin county, Pennsylvania, where he also spent his
after life. He was a prosperous farmer and both he and his wife Mary
were members of the German Baptist church, he being a minister. He
left male issue including a son, John S.

(IV) John S., son of Joseph and Mary Hanawalt, was born in Oliver
township, Mifflin county, Pennsylvania, May 20, 1840, died in the same
township May i, 1883. He attended the public .schools and spent his
early life at the home farm. After his marriage he bought a tract of
one hundred acres of partly cleared land, and thereon spent his after life.
He finished the clearing, erected many improvements and brought his
land to a point of high fertility. He was a member of the German Bap-
tist church, and a minister of the branch known as The Brethren, as was
his father and father-in-law. In political faith he was a Democrat, and
served several terms as school director. He married Nancy Snowberger,
born in New Enterprise, Pennsylvania, August 3, 1842, later moved to
McVeytown, where she was married. She survives her husband, has
never remarried and now resides at the Oliver township farm, to which
she moved in early married life. She is a daughter of Daniel Snow-
berger ,a prosperous farmer of Bedford county, Pennsylvania, and a
member of the German church (The Brethren) ; he had several children,


one of them Theodore, a soldier of the Lhiion army, was killed at the
battle of Antietam. Children of John S. Hanawalt: i. Christie Ann,
married Fred J. Sunderland, and lives in Wayne township. 2. Catherine,
married George White, and lives at Burnham. 3. Mary Elizabeth, mar-
ried Henry Rhodes, whom she survives, a resident of Alberta, Canada.
4. Ira. drowned at the age of two years. 5. Joseph Rothrock, married
Effie Rujiert and resides at McVeytown, a teacher in the public schools.
6. Daniel Abraham, of whom further. 7. Charles B., married Bessie
Bailey and resides at Falls Creek, Pennsylvania, principal of schools. 8.
John Miller, married Essie Strawser and farms the homestead. 9. Wil-
liam H., married Phoebe Kirk and resides in Oliver township, a farmer.
10. Ada Margaret, married Robert Strawser, a farmer of Oliver town-

(V) Daniel Abraham, son of John S. and Nancy (Snowberger)
Hanawalt, was born near McVeytown, Oliver township, Mifflin county,
Pennsylvania, June 30, 1873. He obtained his early education at the
Pine Grove public school, later entering Juniata College, whence he was
graduated from the business department, then taking the normal English'
course. After teaching school in Brown township for six years, Mr.
Hanawalt located in Belleville in 1903, having been appointed station
agent for the Kishacoquillas Valley railroad, a position he yet occupies.
He is a Republican in politics, served six years as school director, and is
now secretary of the Belleville board. In MahalYey he served as borough
director. He is a member of The Brethren church, his wife a member of
the Presbyterian church.

He married, in December. 1903. Katherine Cummins, born in Brown

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