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84 years; 3rd, William (see below); 4th,
John ; 5th, Ann, died 26th year ; 6th, Sarah,
married Joseph Spencer, died in her 88th

Major William Sproat — Ancestry: Third
child of Rev. James Sproat, D. D. (see
above). Personal: Born 1757, Guilford,
Connecticut ; of medium height, dark eyes,
light handsome figure, easy in movements,
pleasant manners, of few words, prudent

and careful in remarks. A merchant at
Philadelphia. An original member of the
State Society of the Cincinnati of Pennsyl-
vania. During the Revolution was a ser-
geant, Kent County, Maryland, Company
of Associators of Freemen of Maryland,
under compact of July 26th, 1775; ensign
Maryland Associators; first lieutenant 4th
Regiment Pennsylvania Line, January 3rd,
1777 ; captain-lieutenant 4th Regiment Penn-
sylvania Line, 17th April, 1779; captain 4th
Regiment Pennsylvania Line, 17th April,
1779; captain 3rd Regiment Pennsylvania
Line, January 17th, 1781. Retired January
1st, 1783. Brevet major under Act of Con-
gress. In battles at Valley Forge, Brandy-
wine, Germantown and Monmouth. (Refer-
ences, viz. : Maryland Archives, vol. xi,
page 298 ; Penna. Archives, 2nd series, vol.
10, pages 490-491-451). Died October nth,
1793, Philadelphia, in 36th year, of yellow
fever; buried Laurel Hill Cemetery, Phila-

Married, October nth, 1792, Maria (died
Oct. 17th, 1793), daughter of Colonel John
B. Thompson, of Maryland. (Reference,
viz. : Matrons of the Revolution, by Dr.
Eagle). Issue — One child, James William
Sproat (see below).

Colonel James William Sproat — Ances-
try: Only child of William Sproat (see
above). Personal: Born Philadelphia, July
3rd, 1793. Member of the State Society of
the Cincinnati of Pennsylvania, in right of
his father. Business, merchant. Military
history: In defence of Philadelphia, Sep-
tember 8th, 1814, to January 2nd, 1815.
Captain of Germantown Blues, a light in-
fantry company attached to 2nd Brigade,
1st Division, Pennsylvania Militia, stationed
at Marcus Hook. Commissioned by Gov-
ernor Findlay to be colonel of 47th Regi-
ment of Militia, in 2nd Brigade of the ist
Division, and commissioned by Governor
Snyder, captain of Germantown Blues, Sep-
tember 8th, 1814. (From OflBcial Records.
See also Watson's Annals of Philadelphia,
vol. i, page 330 (ed. of 1877).) Died Au-



gust 15th, 1821, in 29th year, Philadelphia;
buried Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia.

Married, September 24th, 1812, Margaret
Statira Lindsay, of Pictou, Nova Scotia,
died April 30th, 1828, in 31st year; buried
Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia. Issue
— Three children, viz: ist, Harris Lind-
say Sproat (see below). 2nd, Dr. William
Sproat, born August 31st, 1814, died Au-
gust 2ist, 1840; graduate of Princeton, N.
J., also Medical Department of the Penn-
sylvania College ; married ; no issue. 3rd',
Spencer Sheepshanks Sproat, born Septem-
ber 8th, 1815, died July 4th, 1841 ; single;
graduate of Princeton, N. J. ; attorney-at-

Harris Lindsay Sproat, Esquire — Ances-
try: Eldest child of James William Sproat
(see above). Personal: Born August 7th,
1813, Philadelphia. Educated at Lawrence-
ville Academy, New Jersey; graduated at
Princeton, New Jersey, at age of seventeen
years. Graduated at Yale College Law
School. Studied law in the office of John
Sergeant, Esq., of Philadelphia. Admitted
to the Philadelphia bar, June 26th, 1852.
Practiced law in St. Louis, Missouri, and
in Philadelphia. Member of the Presby-
terian church, Philadelphia ; member of
Lodge No. 51, F. and A. M., Pennsylvania.
Member of the State Society of the Cincin-
nati of Pennsylvania, in right of descent
from his grandfather, and vice-president of
the Society. Died January 19th, 1872,
Philadelphia; buried Laurel Hill Cemetery,

Married, July 21st, 1845, to Caroline
Hutchins, born May ist, 1821, Philadelphia,
died September 20th, 1876, Philadelphia,
daughter of William Sheepshanks and Ann
Spencer. Issue — ist, Harris Elric Sproat
(see below). 2nd, Olive Elrica Sproat,
married Charles W. Sparhawk, Philadel-
phia. 3rd, William Sheepshanks Sproat,
died single. 4th, Caroline Sproat, married
Henry Darrach, Esq., Philadelphia.

Harris Elric Sproat — Ancestry: Eldest
child of Harris Lindsay Sproat (see above).
Personal: Born Philadelphia. In 1876 re-

moved to Chester county, Pennsylvania. A
graduate of civil engineering. Elder, super-
intendent of Sabbath school, and treasurer
Presbyterian Church at Dilworthtown, Penn-
sylvania, thirty-one years. Member of the
State Society of the Cincinnati of Pennsyl-
vania, in right of descent from great-grand-
father. President of said Society. Ex-
governor of the Pennsylvania Society of the
Order of Founders and Patriots of Amer-
ica. Member of the Society Sons of the
Revolution. Director Musical Fund Soci-
ety of Philadelphia. Member and on board
of directors of Pennsylvania Society of the
War of 1 81 2. Member Pennsylvania His-
torical Society, Philadelphia. Member of
the Historical Society of Chester County,

Married Eudora Maria Heylin, daughter
'of the late Isaiah B. Heylin, and Maria B.
Stevenson, both of Philadelphia. Issue — Six
children, all living, viz. :

ist, Harris Lindsay Sproat, born Philadelphia.
Educated West Chester State Normal School.
Admitted to Philadelphia bar, November 12th,
1900; to Chester county bar, 1902. Appointed,
190S, Assistant District Attorney of Chester
county, and served in that capacity for six years
until elected in igil the District Attorney of said
county. Married Eleanor Brinton Ramsey,
daughter of Samuel Dickey Ramsey, attorney at
law, of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Issue:
Harris Elric Sproat (2nd).

2nd, Mildred Sproat, born Chester county,
Pennsylvania; married Hon. William Butler Jr.,
of Chester county, Pennsylvania. Issue: 1st,
William Butler (3rd) ; 2nd, Caroline Butler.

3rd, Eudora Adele Sproat, born Chester county,
Pennsylvania; married Theodore Fassitt Fur-
ness, of Philadelphia.

4th, Elric Sparhawk Sproat, born Chester
county, Pennsylvania.

5th, Caroline Darrach Sproat, born Chester
county, Pennsylvania.

6th, Ronald Sheepshanks Sproat. born Ches-
ter county, Pennsylvania.

KELLY, Edward,


Pittsburgh owes no small measure of her
preeminence to her citizens of Irish birth
and parentage. Thei'- versatile genius and



indomitable energy have been felt as vital-
izing and expanding forces in every one of
the essential interests of their adopted city,
inparting impetus to their progress and
breadth to the scope of their transactions.
Conspicuous among those who, during the
last forty years, have represented the real
estate interests of the Iron City, was the
late Edward Kelly, junior, at one time presi-
dent of the City Insurance Company, and
for many years vice-president of the Wash-
ington Trust Company. Mr. Kelly was for
nearly half a century a valued citizen of
Pittsburgh and was intimately associated
with her political, religious and social life.

Edward Kelly was born October 26, 1845,
in county Galway, Ireland, a son of Michael
and Anne (Reilley) Kelly. At the age of
twenty-eight he emigrated to the United
States and settled in the old Fifth Ward of
Pittsburgh. He immediately associated him-
self with an uncle in the real estate business,
and was thenceforth continuously identified
with that line of endeavor. He was for
many years in business for himself in the
downtown section of the city, and was one
of the best known real estate men in Pitts-
burgh. Few were held in higher honor —
none, indeed, could be, for his integrity was
absolutely unimpeachable and every agree-
ment which he made, whether verbal or
written, was invariably carried out to the
letter. About ten years before his death he
retired from active business and was thence-
forth chiefly engaged in looking after his
private interests which included large real
estate holdings throughout the city.

As a progressive and at the same time
wisely conservative business man, Mr. Kelly
was regarded as a safe adviser and his in-
fluence in all boards upon which he served
was potent. For six years he was president
of the City Insurance Company, retiring
during the last year of his life, and at the
time of his death he was one of its directors,
a position which he had held for a long
period. He was one of the founders of the
old Washington National Bank which was

taken over by the present Washington Trust
Company, and of the latter organization he
was for many years vice-president. In all
concerns relative to the city's welfare Mr.
Kelly's interest was deep and sincere and
wherever substantial aid would further pub-
lic progress it was freely given. During his
earlier life he was active in politics and for
some time served as treasurer of the school
board of the old Fifth Ward. Widely but
unostentatiously charitable, no good work
done in the name of philanthropy or religion
sought his cooperation in vain. From the
time of his coming to Pittsburgh to the close
of his life he was a member of St. Paul's
(Roman Catholic) Cathedral, and for a
number of years previous to his death
served on the church committee. He also
belonged to the committees in charge of St.
Paul's Orphan Asylum and St. Joseph's
Protectory, being deeply interested in all
fonns of church work and enterprise.

The fine^ open, strongly-marked counte-
nance of Mr. Kelly, lighted by a pair of
keen blue eyes, showed him to be what he
was — a splendid type of the alert, energetic,
progressive business man with whom ob-
stacles serve rather as an impetus to re-
newed labor than as a bar to progress. A
man of action rather than words, he demon-
strated his public spirit by actual achieve-
ments which advanced the prosperity and
wealth of the community. To whatever he
undertook he gave his whole soul, allowing
none of the many interests intrusted to him
to suflfer for want of close and able atten-
tion and industry. His many estimable
qualities of head and heart surrounded him,
in private as well as in public life, with a
large circle of influential and warmly-
attached friends. He was an exemplary
citizen and a true gentleman.

Mr. Kelly married, November 26, 1884,
Clementine, daughter of Willis and Ellen
(Staton) Hodgson, and they became the
parents of the following children : Edward,
a priest of the Sacred Heart Roman Cath-
olic Church, of Pittsburgh; Willis M., John



C, Helen A., Nanna L., Clementine B.,
Hilda M., Clare A., and Madeline M. Mrs.
Kelly, a woman of rare wifely qualities and
admirably fitted by her excellent practical
mind to be a helpmate to her husband in his
aspirations and ambitions, is a most accom-
plished home-maker, and Mr. Kelly, the rul-
ing motive of whose life was love for his
family, ever found at his own fireside a
refuge from the storm and stress of the
arena of business.

In the death of Mr. Kelly, which occurred
March 20, 1913, Pittsburgh sustained the
loss of a business man of marked force
whose career well exemplified the power of
constant labor well applied, especially when
the effort is joined with personal qualities
which command the esteem and respect of
our fellow men. Such men are indeed rare,
and, whenever found, are an honor to the
community in which they reside. Among
the many tributes to the character and work
of Mr. Kelly was the following resolution
adopted by the Washington Trust Com-

Resolved, That in the death of Edward Kelly,
junior, the Washington Trust Company has met
with a loss which it most keenly feels, and the
vacancy caused by his demise will be difficult to
fill. Modest and retiring, a man of few words,
he was nevertheless a man of action and energy.
He could be depended upon to perform the task
assigned to him with thoroughness and fidelity.
It was these qualities, as well as his ripe judg-
ment, which made him such a valuable official to
this institution. He was a kind husband, a de-
voted father, a sincere friend and a real God-
fearing man.

To words such as these what could be
added? Are they not the highest eulogy?

MURRIN, James B.,

La^vyer, Public OfS.cial.

The present mayor of Carbondale, Mr.
James B. Murrin, is an eminent lawyer of
that place, where he has been practicing his
profession along general lines for more than
half a score of years. He is a native of this
city, where he was born November 30, 1874,

being the son of John Murrin, now de-
ceased, who was an extensive coal operator
here some years ago.

Mayor Murrin was a student at the Car-
bondale High School, and after completing
his studies there entered upon a three-year
collegiate course at Georgetown University,
Washington, D. C. At the conclusion of
the latter course he entered the law office
of James E. Burr, where he remained for
eighteen months ; he was then admitted to
the bar, and has since engaged in the active
practice of the law in this city. His admis-
sion to the bar covered all the courts, State
and Federal, from, the United States Su-
preme Court down; and he has appeared
with great success before all. He has ob-
tained most enviable recognition in his prac-
tice, and is a member of various legal soci-
eties and other important organizations. He
belongs to the Pennsylvania State, Lacka-
wanna County, and Carbondale Bar Asso-
ciations ; and is a member of the board of
directors of the Liberty Bank of Carbon-
dale, of which he is also counsel.

Mr. Murrin has for many years been
prominent in Democratic political circles in
Northeastern Pennsylvania, and has been
delegate to various conventions ; he is now
vice-chairman of the Democratic Central
Committee. In the year 191 1 he was elected
mayor of Carbondale, and so far has proved
a most able and efficient administrator of
municipal aflfairs. His prompt action in re-
moving from office the Carbondale Board of
Health wheu, during the outbreak of small-
pox in August, 1912, that body proved by
its dilatory and ineflectual methods that it
was incapable of dealing with the emer-
gency or of checking and controlling the
situation, won for him the very high regard
of the community and the country at large.
Mayor Murrin took entire charge of the
matter ; he closed the churches, schools,
theatres, and all other places of public as-
semblage, and called in the State author-
ities. This action quieted the dread appre-
hension of the public in Carbondale and



surrounding towns, and met with the hearty-
approval of the press and high medical au-

Mayor Murrin is unmarried, devoting all
of his interests to his high office and the
active practice of the law. He has exten-
sive real estate holdings and other financial
investments, outside of the estate of his
father, which is still being conducted in its
entirety. He is a man in the prime of life
and the full vigor of his faculties ; and the
outlook for an even more distinguished
career in the future, with fuller and more
ambitious service in the affairs of his coun-
try, is a brilliant one. He has the courage
of his convictions, is prompt, strong, and
independent, and has made a wise and able
executive. The people of the city whose
interests he has so well upheld and pro-
tected, owe him a debt of gratitude and
affection which they are ready and willing
to repay.

Mayor Murrin is one of a family of five
brilliant brothers. Dr. Joseph S. Murrin,
one of the best known of these, after hav-
ing graduated at the High School and taken
the course in the Medical Department of
Georgetown University, has become suc-
cessively a member of the staff of George-
town Hospital ; the Episcopal Hospital and
the Children's Hospital, both at Washing-
ton, D. C. ; and the New York Eye, Ear,
Nose and Throat Hospital. Mr. Frank
Murrin, also a graduate of Carbondale High
School, is now general manager of the Mur-
rin mining interests. Mr. John Murrin,
graduating at Carbondale High School and
the School of the Lackawanna at Scranton,
entered Harvard University, where he was
graduated with the degree of A. B. in 1907,
completing a four-year course in three
years ; he is now a registered law student
in the office of his brother, the mayor. Mr.
Hugh Murrin is now a student in the Col-
legiate Department of Georgetown Univer-
sity, having graduated, like his brothers,
from Carbondale High School ; he shows
promise also of a bright future.

WHITLOCK, Sidney Berry,

Glass Manufacturer.

The Whitlock family, from whom Sid-
ney Berry Whitlock is descended, is of New
England extraction. Frederick Whitlock,
his uncle, enlisted in a volunteer regiment
of Connecticut Infantry during the Civil
War, and died in a military hospital. His
brother, Walter Whitlock, enlisted from
Woodbury, Connecticut, in another volun-
teer infantry regiment to serve in the
same war; and Edward Whitlock, another
brother, father of Sidney Berry Whit-
lock, was a sea captain during the earlier
years of his life, but retired to New Mil-
ford, Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania,
where he engaged in farming and manufac-
turing. He was born in 1835, in Brooklyn,
New York, and died in 1903, at his home in
Scranton, Pennsylvania. He married Ellen
Maria Boyle, daughter of James and Maria
Boyle, at New Milford, Pennsylvania. They
had issue four children, namely: i. Sidney
Berry Whitlock, of whom see following. 2.
James Boyle Whitlock, born in New Mil-
ford, Pennsylvania, in 1863. 3. Edward P.
Whitlock, born in 1869, in New Milford,
Pennsylvania; married Mildred Gibson, in
Philadelphia ; issue of this marriage, Elea-
nor Jeaneatt Whitlock. 4. Lillian Phyfe
Whitlock, married Albert \Y. Porter, of
New York City.

Sidney Berry Whitlock, son of Edward
and Ellen Maria (Boyle) Whitlock, was
born April i, i860, at New Milford, Sus-
quehanna county, Pennsylvania. He re-
ceived such education as was afforded by
the public schools of New Milford ; was
then employed by the Lackawanna Iron and
Coal Company, at Scranton, Pennsylvania,
where he remained for several years. He
then became associated with the Scranton
Glass Company and represented them in
Philadelphia until 1896. Meanwhile he en-
gaged in the glass manufacturing business
at Baltimore, Maryland, and later became
financially interested in the Hazel-Atlas



Glass Company of Wheeling, West Vir-
ginia. He represents the last mentioned
company with offices at 256 Broadway, New
York City.

In politics he is a Republican, but does
not take an active part in partisan politics.
He is a member of the Fort Henry Club
of Wheeling, West Virginia; the Pennsyl-
vania Society of New York; the Hardware
Club of New York City; the Indian River
Club of Delaware ; the Mastigouche Fish
and Game Club of Canada; the Atlantic
Yacht Club of Sea Gate ; and the New York
Athletic Club. Prior to his removal from
Pennsylvania, he served about five years as
a member of the 13th Infantry Regiment,
Pennsylvania National Guard.

He married Mae Gaige, daughter of
Henry L. and Mary D. Gaige, in 1888, at
Moscow, Lackawanna county, Pennsylvania.
No children as issue of this marriasre.

McCLUNG, William H.,

Iiaivyer, Professional Instructor.

William H. McClung was born Novem-
ber 22, 1854, in Plum township, Allegheny
county, Pennsylvania, and is a son of the
Rev. Samuel M. and Nancy Cowan (Gil-
christ) McClung. The Rev. Mr. McClung
was one of the prominent divines of his day.

William H. McClung received his pre-
liminary education in public schools, and
after graduating from the Pittsburgh High
School he entered the office of his brother,
Samuel Alfred McClung, a prominent at-
torney of Pittsburgh, afterwards for many
years judge of Common Pleas Court No.
3, of Allegheny county. He was admitted
to the Pennsylvania bar December 16, 1876.
Immediately after his admission to the bar
his preceptor took Mr. McClung into part-
nership, and the two continued for a num-
ber of years. His next partnership was
formed with the Hon. J. A. Evans, and the
two conducted their business under the firm
name of McClung & Evans. This partner-
ship lasted for a considerable time, and

then Mr. McClung became a member of the
firm of Chantler, McGill & McClung. The
firm is known now as Chantler & McClung.
From 1895 to 1905 Mr. McClung served as
one of the lecturers at the Pittsburgh Law
School. The University of Pittsburgh con-
ferred upon him in 1895 the degree of
LL. B. In politics he is a Republican, and
he is a member of the Duquesne, Union,
University and Oakmont Country clubs.

LENTZ, La Fayette,

Retired Railroad Builder and Mine Oper-

La Fayette Lentz, who is a prominent
factor in the business and social circles of
Carbon county, Pennsylvania, has always
displayed the enterprise and progressive
spirit which has made him a typical Amer-
ican. By constant exertion and good judg-
ment, he has raised himself to a prominent
position, has the friendship of many, and
the respect of all who know him.

Conrad Lentz, his grandfather, who set-
tled in Lehigh county, Pennsylvania, prior
to the Revolutionary War, was a school
teacher by profession, and died at an early

John, son of Conrad Lentz, was born in
Whitehall township, Northampton county,
Pennsylvania, in 1795, and died in Mauch
Chunk, in 1875. A shoemaker by occupa-
tion, he abandoned what was in those days
a profitable calling and started as a hotel
proprietor at Mauch Chunk. Later he re-
moved to Weissport, where he also con-
ducted a hotel, returned to Mauch Chunk
for a time, and finally settled at Lehighton.
In the meantime he had also been engaged
in contract work on an extensive scale,
being closely associated with Asa Packer,
and upon the completion of the Lehigh
canal they were the first to run a boat upon
it. He was a leading spirit in the move-
ment which resulted in the division of
Northampton county into the counties of
Monroe, Lehigh, Carbon and Northampton.

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He served as Associate Judge of the Car-
bon County Court, and was later elected to
the office of sheriff by a large majority.
During the War of 1812 he was commis-
sioned a colonel, and thereafter he was
always known as Colonel Lentz. At the
outbreak of the Civil War he was one of the
first to volunteer his services, but they were
refused because of his advanced age. At
the age of seventy he organized a company
of Reserves at Lehighton, Pennsylvania,
and as their captain led them to Harrisburg
in defence of the Union. He was a mem-
ber of the Lutheran church, in which he had
frequently held official position, and was an
honored member of the Masonic fraternity.
Colonel Lentz married (first) Mary Lacer,
who bore him six children, all of whom are
deceased with the exception of La Fayette,
whose name heads this sketch. He married
(second) Julia Winter Barnet, widow of
John Barnet, and had a daughter who is
now the widow of William C. Morris. He
married (third) Elizabeth (High) Metzgar,
also a widow when he married her, by
whom he had : John S. ; Alice, deceased ;
Franklin P.

La Fayette, son of Colonel John and
Mary (Lacer) Lentz, was born at Lehigh
Gap, Carbon county, Pennsylvania, Febru-
ary 29, 1828. His education was the usual
one for a boy in those days, and his first
business position was as clerk in a store in
Parryville, Pennsylvania. Later he devoted
his time and attention to railroad contract-
ing, becoming one of the original con-
tractors of the Lehigh Valley railroad. Im-
portant sections of the Morris & Essex, the
North Pennsylvania, and the Easton & Am-
boy railroads were also constructed under
his direction, and he was the builder of the
Vosburg tunnel in Wyoming county. Coal
mining commenced to engage the attention
of Mr. Lentz in 1868, and since that time
he has been very successful as an operator
in this field near Mahanoy City, Pennsyl-
vania. He became senior member of the
firm of Lentz & Company, a prominent

company conducting its operations at Park
Place, Pennsylvania. Recently Mr. Lentz
has disposed of his coal mining interests and
has withdrawn from active participation in
business matters. This does not, however,
mean that he is leading a life of retirement.
On the contrary, it is just as full as ever of
activity, only this is of another kind. Al-
ways a lover of nature, and natural sports,

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