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Jabez Patchin and his family left Wilton
and eventually located at Milton, Saratoga
county, New York. Jabez Patchin and his
son, Captain Samuel Patchin, served in the
Revolutionary War. Captain Samuel
Patchin married Mary Hollister, and settled
at Sabbath Day Point, on Lake George,
New York, where they both died, and their
son, John Patchin, and his wife Elizabeth
Wright, were the father and mother of
Horace H. Patchin above named. Sarah
Weaver, wife of Horace H. Patchin was
bom May 20, 1822, at Bellefonte, Pennsyl-
vania, and died March 10, 1907, at Clear-



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field. She was a daughter of Daniel
Weaver and Mary Williams, his wife, who
was a daughter of Captain Joshua Williams
and Mary Dill, his wife, late of Bellefonte,
Pennsylvania. Joshua Williams was a cap-
tain in the Revolutionary War.



REAM, Norman Bruce,

Soldier, Man of Iiarge Affairs.

The antecedents of Norman Bruce Ream
can be traced back to Andrew Ream, a
German emigrant, who settled in Pennsyl-
vania during the first half of the eighteenth
century. He had a son, John Ream, who
was a patriot soldier in the War for Amer-
ican Independence, and Samuel Ream, his
son, married Mary Rheims, who had issue.

Levi Ream, son of Samuel and Mary
(Rheims) Ream, was bom in 1816, in Som-
erset county, Pennsylvania ; was a farmer
who resided there until his death in July,
1902. He married Highley King, daughter
of Jacob and Eva (Pringry) King, in Som-
erset county, Pennsylvania. She was de-
scended from English-Scotch ancestry, who
came to New Jersey in Colonial days, and
was the mother of several children, among
them a son, whose sketch follows.

Norman Bruce Ream, son of Levi and
Highley (King) Ream, was bom November
5, 1844, in Somerset county, Pennsylvania.
He attended the district schools of his na-
tive county until he was fourteen years of
age and then worked on his father's farm ;
taught school one term of four months, and
traveled about the country making ambro-
types, then a new improvement in photog-
raphy, between terms of the Somerset
County Normal School, which he attended
until 1 86 1, about three years altogether.

He enlisted November 12, 1861, in Com-
pany H, 85th Pennsylvania Regiment, and
served with it through several campaigns
and many battles. He was promoted from
sergeant to second lieutenant in December,
1862; to first heutenant. May i. 1863; was
wounded at Whitmarsh Island, Georgia,
February 22, 1864, and again at Petersburg,



\''irginia, June 17, 1864; was discharged on
account of wounds, August 31, 1864.

After leaving the army he clerked in a
store at Harnedsville, Somerset county,
Pennsylvania, in 1864 and 1865 ; in 1866 he
moved to Princeton, Illinois, where he con-
ducted a general mercantile business. A
year later he removed to Osceola, Iowa,
where he remained until 1871. and con-
ducted a general live-stock and grain busi-
ness, in connection with farming. In 1871
he went to Chicago, Illinois, where he be-
gan trading as commission merchant in
grain and live-stock, in which he was very
successful. Later he became an operator
on the Chicago Board of Trade, and there
laid the foundation of his fortune and sub-
sequent career. In time he became in-
terested in real estate and when, in 1886,
he organized a syndicate to erect a large
office building, it was suggested that the
frame be made of steel, riveted together so
as to form a bridge-like structure ; and thus
he authorized the construction of the first
steel frame building in Chicago, known as
the Old Rookery. He was one of the pro-
moters in the formation of the National
Biscuit Company, which company has
achieved great success due to the introduc-
tion of improved and scientific methods of
baking and wrapping soda and other bis-
cuits. He has also been interested in the
Corn Products Company of Illinois ; the
Pullman Palace Car Company ; and in the
L^nited States Steel Corporation, of which
he is a member of its finance committee. He
was interested in the reorganization of the
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and the Colo-
rado Southern Railroad Company ; has also
financed and built several systems of street
railroads in different cities, and is largely
interested in the First National Bank of
Chicago. During recent years Mr. Ream
has served on the directorates of many
financial and commercial organizations. He
is vice-president and director of the Central
Safety Deposit Company of Chicago, Illi-
nois ; director of the First National Bank of
Chicago, Illinois ; is likewise of the Secur-



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ities Company of New York; and trustee
of the New York Trust Company. He is a
director of tlie Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
Company; the Chicago & Erie Railroad
Company ; the Cincinnati, Hamilton & Day-
ton Railway Company; the Erie Railroad
Company; the Pere Marquette Railroad
Company ; and the Seaboard Air Line Rail-
way Company. He is a director of the
United States Steel Corporation; the Pull-
man company; the National Biscuit Com-
pany; the Franco- American Association:
the Cumberland Corporation ; the Equitable
Life Assurance Society of the United
States ; the Fidelity-Phoenix Fire Insurance
Company of New York ; the Sussex Realty
Company, and the Mount Hope Cemetery
Association.

Mr. Ream married, February 19, 1876,
at Madison, New York, Carrie Thompson,
daughter of Dr. John and Elizabeth Put-
nam; she was born March i, 1852, at Alad-
ison, New York; is descended from a well
known old New England family. Mr. and
Mrs. Ream had children: i. Marion B.
Ream, born in Chicago. Illinois; married
Redmond D. Stephens. 2. Frances M.,
born in Chicago ; married John L. Kem-
merer. 3. Norman P., born in Chicago. 4.
Robert C, born in Chicago ; married Mabel
Wrightson. 5. Edward King, married
Nellie Speed. 6. Louis Marshall.

Mr. Ream is an Independent in politics;
is a member of the Pennsylvania Society of
New York; the Metropolitan Museum of
Arts ; and of the Illinois Commandery of
the Loyal Legion. In Chicago he is a mem-
ber of the Chicago Club; and in New York
of the Union Club, the Art, the Metropol-
itan, the New York Yacht, and the South
Side Club, besides a number of other social
and recreation clubs.



MOSIER, Frank C,

Lawyer, Man of Affairs.

Frank C. Mosier, prominently identified
with the professional progressive, industrial



and business interests of Pittston, Pennsyl-
vania, was born October 8, 1846, on the
paternal farm in Pittston township, son of
Daniel Dimmick and Elizabeth Ann (Ward)
Mosier.

His great-grandfather, John Moeser (the
original form of the family name), was a
native of Germany, and came to America
prior to the Revolution, settling in North-
ampton county, Pennsylvania. He enlisted
in Captain Abraham Miller's company of
Colonel William Thompson's battalion of
riflemen. His name appears on the roll of
Captain Craig's company, ist Pennsylvania
Regiment, Continental Line; and as John
Mosier on the roll of same company before
June, 1777, and afterwards on that of Cap-
tain Simpson's company of same regiment.
Colonel Edward Hand commanding. He
was with the troops who assembled under
Washington at Cambridge, Massachusetts;
served on Long Island; took part in the
battle of Monmouth ; was with "Mad An-
thony" Wayne at Stony Point; and under
the same general in the Georgia campaign.
After this long and creditable service he
returned to Northampton county, where he
made an admirable record for industry and
thrift, becoming owner of fifty acres of land
surveyed to him January 23, 1785, and 400
acres, July 12, same year. His children
were ungratefully deprived of the back pay
due him for his military services.

John Mosier, grandfather of Frank C.
Mosier, was born November 10, 1785, near
Easton, Pennsylvania, and married Sarah
Overfield, born November 22, 1791, daugh-
ter of Martin and Sarah (Ott) Overfield.
Paul Overfield, grandfather of Sarah
(Overfield) Mosier, and maternal great-
great-grandfather of Frank C. Mosier, born
in North Germany in 1715, came when a
child with his parents from the fatherland
to New Jersey, and married Rebecca Mar-
shall. His children were: Abner; Benja-
min; M^artin (married Elizabeth Ott):
Sarah (married Lieutenant Moses Van
Campen) ; Rachel (married Joseph Pen-



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nell) ; Paul (married Hannah DePue) ;
William, and Elizabeth (married Edward
Marshall). Paul Overfield, great-great-
grandfather of Frank C. Hosier, died in
1800.

Martin Overfield, father of Sarah (Over-
field) Mosier, and maternal great-grand-
father of Frank C. Mosier, was born in
1756, and married Sarah Ott, born Novem-
ber 24, 1749. Martin Overfield was in the
Revolution in 1780-81-82, in the Fifth Com-
pany, Fifth Battalion of mihtia of North-
ampton county, Pennsylvania. After the
surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown,
Virginia, on October 19, 1781, and the dis-
banding of Washington's army at New-
burg on the Hudson, Martin Overfield was
mustered out of service and settled in the
backwoods of Monroe county, Pennsyl-
vania, and commenced to help clear up the
primeval forest. He died on his farm in
Middle Smithfield township, on May 25,
1821, and on his tombstone is the follow-
ing: "A soldier of the Revolution under
General Washington."

Sarah (Ott) Overfield, mother of Sarah
(Overfield) Mosier, and maternal great-
grandmother of Frank C. Mosier, died Feb-
ruary 29, 1848, and sleeps by the side of her
husband, whom she survived more than a
quarter of a century. Hon. William Over-
field, son of Martin and Sarah (Ott) Over-
field, became prominent in public life, and
represented Monroe, Pike and Wayne coun-
ties in the House of Representatives and
Senate of Pennsylvania, and filled other
offices with honor, a faithful and honest
servant of the people.

The land whereon is located Sand Hill
Cemetery, was donated to the same by John
Mosier, who passed away on the 7th of
May, 1855, respected by all his neighbors,
many of whom now repose with him within
the shade of the beautiful cemetery, which
will forever remain an enduring monument
to his liberality.

Sarah (Overfield) Mosier died August
14, 1888, in the home she had lived in con-



tinuously for nearly four-score years. The
Mosier homestead is now occupied by her
son, Samuel Overfield Mosier, who bids
fair to pass the century mark.

Daniel Dimmick Mosier, son of John
Mosier and Sarah (Overfield) Mosier, and
father of Frank C. Mosier, was born in
Middle Smithfield township, Monroe county,
Pennsylvania, August 22, 1816, and when
about sixteen years old came to the Wy-
oming Valley. Through the influence of his
uncle, Hon. William Overfield, canal com-
missioner of Pennsylvania, he obtained a
position on the North Branch of the Penn-
sylvania Canal. He was employed by the
State on the North Branch Canal a number
of years, which gave him a good start in
life, for he was enabled to purchase from
John M. Stark a large farm in Pittston
township, from which hundreds of thou-
sands of tons of anthracite coal have been
mined. This valuable property is still own-
ed by the Mosier family, and under lease
with the Erie Railroad Company, successors
of the Pennsylvania Coal Company.

Daniel Dimmick Mosier was married,
January 2, 1842, to Elizabeth Ann Ward, of
Bridgeport, Connecticut. Elizabeth Ann
(Ward) Mosier, mother of Frank C.
Mosier, was the daughter of Victor Ward
and Anna (Mills) Ward.

Thomas Ward, paternal grandfather of
Elizabeth Ann (Ward) Mosier, and ma-
ternal great-grandfather of Frank C.
Mosier, was of English ancestry, and emi-
grated to America and settled in Connecti-
cut previous to the Revolutionan,' War, and
married Anna Wakely. He enlisted in Cap-
tain Samuel Wright's company of Colonel
Samuel Wyllys' regiment, December 2,
1775, and took part in the siege of Boston.
This command, previously General Spen-
cer's, was reorganized for service in 1776 a.s-1
the 22nd Connecticut Regiment of the Con- 1
tinental Line. After the evacuation of Bos-I
ton by the British, it marched under Wash-J
ington to New York and helped fortifj
New York City. On August 24 it was



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ordered to the Brooklyn front, and took part
in the battle of Long Island, August 27, and
was in the retreat of the American army
across the East River on the evening of Au-
gust 29. At White Plains it was in line of
battle on October 27-28 to oppose the ad-
vance of the British forces under General
William Howe. After the retreat of the
British from White Plains, his command
remained encamped in the vicinity of Peeks-
kill, under Alajor-General Heath, until the
expiration of term of service, December 30,
1776. (Record of Conn. Men in Revolu-
tion, p. 107). Thomas Ward applied for a
pension September 28, 1818, which was
allowed. Soldier died at Glastonbury, Con-
necticut, October 5, 1824. (Ref.-Hartford
County, Conn., Pension Roll, p. 45).

X'ictor Ward, father of Elizabeth Ann
(Ward) Mosier, and grandfather of Frank
C. Mosier, was a son of Thomas Ward and
Anna (Wakely) Ward, and was born in
Trumbull, Fairfield county, Connecticut.
He married Anna Mills, daughter of Rob-
ert Mills and Desire (Robertson) Mills, a
daughter of Jonathan Robertson.

Jonathan Robertson, maternal great-
grandfather of Elizabeth Ann (Ward)
Mosier, and great-great-grandfather of
Frank C. Mosier, was of Scotch ancestry,
and settled in Weston, Fairfield county,
Connecticut, at an early date, and on April
14. 1759, enlisted in Captain Samuel Hub-
bell's 5th Company of Colonel David
Wooster's 3rd Connecticut Colonial Regi-
ment. (See Conn. Colonial Record, French-
Indian Wars, 1758-1762, p. 151). His regi-
ment took part in the campaign of 1759
under General Amherst, which began with
the capture of Fort Ticonderoga and closed
with the battle of Quebec, September 13,
1759. which was a glorious victory for Brit-
ish arms, for it added a vast territory to the
Mother Country's possessions in North
America, and made the name of Wolfe, who
fell at the head of his troops, renowned
forever in the annals of Time.
Robert Mills, maternal grandfather of



Elizabeth (Ward) Mosier and great-grand-
father of Frank C. Mosier, was of English
ancestry, and married Desire Robertson,
daughter of Jonathan Robertson, of Wes-
ton, Fairfield county, Connecticut. Desire
(Robertson) Mills, daughter of Jonathan
Robertson, and grandmother of Elizabeth
Ann (Ward) Mosier, survived her husband,
Robert Mills, a number of years, and is
buried in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Eliza-
beth Robertson, sister of Desire (Robert-
son) Mills, in 1782, was married to Thomas
Williams, who came with his father, Thad-
deus Williams, to the Wyoming Valley,
previous to the Revolutionary War. About
January i, 1777, Thomas Williams enlisted
in Captain Samuel Ransom's 2nd Independ-
ent Company (recruited by authority of the
Continental Congress in the Wyoming Val-
ley) of Colonel Durkee's 4th Connecticut
Regiment, which fought under Washing-
ton at Princeton, and upon other battlefields
of the Revolution. Thomas Williams be-
came a non-commissioned officer, was a
courageous soldier and brave Indian fighter.
The name of Sergeant Williams is often
mentioned in the annals of the Wyoming
Valley. He died November 12, 1839, and
is buried in Hollenback Cemetery.

In our country's second conflict with
Great Britain, the Connecticut military rec-
ords show that Victor Ward was a soldier in
the War of 1812 and was in active service
in 1814, when the towns bordering on Long
Island Sound were threatened with attack
by a combined British land and naval force.
He died at Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1827.
Anna (Mills) Ward, mother of Eliza-
beth Ann (Ward) Mosier, died in Plains
township, Luzerne county, in 1834, and was
buried in the Hollenback family burying
ground. In after years her remains were
removed to the cemetery founded by George
M. Hollenback, a son of Mathias Hollen-
back, who was an ensign in Captain Ran-
som's 2nd Independent Company of Colonel
Durkee's 4th Connecticut Regiment, and
who returned to his home in time to take



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part in the battle of Wyoming, fought July

3. 1778.

Elizabeth Ann (Ward J Mosier, mother
of Frank C. Mosier, of Scotch and English
ancestry, was born in Trumbull, Fairfield
county, Connecticut, November 27, 1821.
After the death of her father she came
from Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Plains
township, about the year 1829, with her
mother and grandmother. Desire (Robert-
son) Mills, and became neighbors of her
great-uncle. Sergeant Thomas Williams,
and her mother's brother, David Mills, for-
merly of Bridgeport, Connecticut, who was
the owner of a large farm from which was
mined in after years millions of tons of coal.
Elizabeth Ann (Ward) Mosier became well
acquainted with Sergeant Williams, who
often entertained her with stories of his
many fights with the British Tories and
Indians. She was a continuous resident of
the Wyoming Valley for more than four-
score years. When very young she became
a member of the Methodist Episcopal
Church, in which she always was a faithful
and charitable worker. In the War for the
Union, her only brother, Joseph S. Ward,
fought in the 7th and 12th Regiments, Con-
necticut Volunteers. John Ward, a son of
Joseph S. Ward, also served his country in
the 9th Regiment, Connecticut Volunteers.
Both survived the Civil War, and after the
surrender of Lee's army at Appomattox,
each returned to his home in Bridgeport,
Connecticut, and became members of the
Grand Army of the Republic.

Daniel Dimmick Mosier died May 14,
1889, and Elizabeth Ann' (Ward) Mosier
died March 6, 1909, and both sleep in the
Mosier plot in Hollenback Cemetery.
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The follow-
ing children were born to Daniel Dimmick
Mosier and Elizabeth Ann (Ward) Mosier:
Georgia Mosier (daughter), bom October
18, 1842, October 31, 1865, was married to
Conrad Sax Stark, born April 12, 1836, a
son of John D. Stark and Ann (Sa.x) Stark.



John D. Stark was born April 26, 1797, and
was a grandson of Aaron Stark, who was
slain in the battle of Wyoming, July 3,
1778. John D. Stark, on February 22, 1828,
was married to Ann Sax, born February 15,
1803, died November 25, 1855.

John D. Stark became a prominent citizen
of Pittston township. The last days of his
life were spent on his farm located upon the
banks of Spring Brook, where its waters
commingle with the Lackawanna. His life
was one of industry and usefulness. He
died June 21, 1862, and is buried in the
Stark family plot in Marcy Cemetery, Lu-
zerne county, near the Brick Church, which
was erected in 1853. Many soldiers of the
Revolutionary and other wars repose in
Marcy Cemetery. The first interments
therein were made previous to the year
1790. The date of the death of Ebenezer
Marcy is marked upon his tombstone
(March 20, 1790), at which early time there
were more than one hundred unmarked
graves in this burying ground. Marcy
township, Luzerne county, was named after
Ebenezer Marcy.

Conrad S. Stark graduated at Union Col-
lege, Schenectady, New York, in i860. He
was offered and accepted a professorship in
the Wyoming Seminary, Kingston, Penn-
sylvania, during 1860-61, after which he
studied law with Hon. W. G. Ward, of
Scranton, Pennsylvania, and was admitted
to the Luzerne bar, November 30, 1864. He
died at his home in West Pittston, Pennsyl-
vania, March 26, 1880, in the strength and
vigor of manhood, a leading member of his
profession. At a meeting of the Luzerne
county bar held March 27, 1880, the chair-
man of the meeting, Hon. Charles E. Rice,
now President Judge of the Superior Court
of Pennsylvania, paid an eloquent tribute
to the memory of the deceased.

Georgia (Mosier) Stark died in the State
of Florida, where she was temporarily re-
siding, July 14, 1896. She was a sincere
friend and an affectionate sister and mother.



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and was beloved by all who knew her. Con-
rad Sax Stark and Georgia (Mosier) Stark
are buried in Hollenback Cemetery.

John B. Mosier (son) was born in Pitts-
ton township, August 9, 1844, on his
father's farm, which was cleared up by
David Brown, shortly after the close of the
Revolutionary War. (See Bigsby's "His-
tory of Luzerne County," p. 617; Hayden"s
'"Genealogical and Family History of the
Wyoming and Lackawanna Valleys, Penn-
sylvania," p. 168). He never married, was
successful in business, and accumulated a
large estate. At the time of his death, Sep-
tember 2-], 1889, he was a member of St.
John's Lodge, F. and A. M., Pittston, Penn-
sylvania ; Pittston Chapter, R. A. M., and
a Sir Knight of Wyoming Valley Com-
mandery. Knights Templar, Pittston, Penn-
sylvania. He is buried in Hollenback Ceme-
tery.

Frank C. Mosier ( son ) was born Octo-
ber 8, 1846 (of whom further mention is
hereafter made).

James H. Mosier (son) married Fannie
Field. He is engaged in the real estate and
general insurance business, Pittston, Penn-
sylvania. He is a member of Wyoming
Valley Lodge, F. and A. M.. Pittston, Penn-
sylvania ; Pittston Chapter, R. A. M. ; Wy-
oming Valley Commandery, K. T., Pittston,
Pennsylvania (of which he is a past
commander) ; Lu Lu Temple, A. A. O. N.
M. S. (Mystic Shrine), Philadelphia, Penn-
sylvania ; and Keystone Consistory, S. P.
R. S., 32d degree, Scranton, Pennsylvania,
A. A. S. R. Helen Mosier, his daughter, is
a member of Dial Rock Chapter. Daughters
of the American Revolution, West Pittston,
Pennsylvania.

Frank C. Mosier's birthplace was in Pitts-
ton township, on his father's farm, where
he was brought up, working in the fields,
fishing in the mountain streams, hunting in
the nearby woods, and attending district
school in winter. During these halcyon days
came the Civil War, and the rolling of
drums, waving of flags, and marching of



soldiers to the front, inspired the heart of
every true patriot and lover of his country.
In September, 1862, Lee, with a mighty
host, came up along the Blue Ridge from
Virginia with bayonets flashing, the stars
and bars flying, and martial bands playing,
"Maryland, My Maryland." It was then he
enlisted in Captain Hileman's company, 19th
Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, and
went to the front, where thousands of
patriotic men under Major-General John Y.
Reynolds, stood ready to repel the rebel in-
vader if the Army of the Potomac met with
defeat upon the soil of Maryland, where was
fought the battle of Antietam, one of the
most sanguinary in the history of the Civil
War.

Returning home from the Antietam cam-
paign, he attended Wyoming Seminary,
Kingston, Pennsylvania, and subsequently
obtained a position with the Lackawanna
Iron and Coal Company of Scranton, Penn-
sylvania, where he remained until he enter-
ed the University of Michigan. After com-
pleting his studies at Ann Arbor, he became
a student in the law ofiice of Hon. Fitz Wil-
liam H. Chambers, of Detroit, an ex-mem-
ber of the Canadian Parliament, and later
on judge of the circuit court of Wayne
county. Michigan. After being admitted to
the Detroit bar he returned east and studied
law with Conrad S. Stark, Esq., and was
admitted to the Luzerne bar, February 26,
1874, and still practices his profession in the
Federal Court and in the Supreme, Superior
and other courts of Pennsylvania.

On Wednesday, March 4, 1891, Frank C.
Mosier was married, by the Rev. John La-
Bar, to Lydia Ellen Stark, daughter of John
M. Stark and Sarah (Davidson) Stark, of
^^'yoming, Pennsylvania.

Christopher Stark, son of William Stark,
and great-great-great-grandfather of Lydia
(Stark) Mosier, came of English ancestry,
and was born at Groton, Connecticut, in
1698. On April i, 1722, he married Joanna
Walworth, of New London, Connecticut.
He subsequently removed to Dutchess coun-



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ty, New York, and from thence, in 1772, to
the Wyoming Valley, where he became an
extensive landowner. A number of chil-
dren were born to Christopher Stark and
Joanna (Walworth) Stark, only two of
whom, James Stark and Aaron Stark, we
make mention of in this sketch.

James Stark, son of Christopher Stark,
and great-great-grandfather of Lydia
(Stark) Mosier, was born May 22, 1734.
In 1758 he married Elizabeth Carey, of
Dutchess county. New York. James Stark
enlisted September 17, 1776, in Captain
Ranson's 2nd Independent Company of
Colonel John Durkee's 4th Connecticut
Regiment of the Continental army, and



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