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for two years and then return to the United States. Entering the employ
of Walter Hammond, a contracting painter, business opportunities too for-
tunate to be neglected detained him in his native country year after year, so
that twenty-five years elapsed before he left the employ of the son of his
first employer and once more came to the United States. He had married
the daughter of his employer and after her father's death they moved to the
United States, settling in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, in November, 1901. Mr.
Lewis was for one year in the service of a Pittsburgh business man, in the
spring of 1902 forming a partnership with J. B. Willetts, a connection that
continued for three years. After the dissolution of this firm he was one of
the organizers of the Carnegie Painting and Decorating Company, being
associated therewith for three years, at the end of that time purchasing the
business established at No. 139 Main street by Fred Schumacher. To this
he has added several new lines, including paints and wall-paper, paper-hang-
ing having become an important department of the business, and performs
work over territory of considerable radius, frequently employing from ten
to fifteen men in his operations. He is numbered among the substantial
business men of Carnegie, and has been a director of the local Board of
Trade, of which he is a member. Politically a Republican, he fraternizes
with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Loyal Order of Moose.

He married, in September, i88r, Mary Ann Louisa Harriet, bom in
West Norwood, near London, England, daughter of Walter and Emily
(Shingler) Hammond, her parents old residents of her birthplace, he a con-
tracting painter, both he and his wife being buried in West Norwood, Eng-
land. Children of Walter and Emily (Shingler) Hammond: i. Emily,
married William Tatnew, and died in England. 2. Mary Ann Louisa Har-
riet, of previous mention, married Thomas Walsh Lewis. 3. Frederick, died
in infancy. 4. Clara, married William Tolhurst, a florist, and resides in
Toronto, Canada. 5. William, a plumber of West Norwood, England. 6.
Hinchman, succeeded his father in business. 7. Elizabeth, married (first)
Joseph Wilson, (second) Perry Hodge, and resides in Niagara Falls, New
York. 8. Maude, married Harry N. James, a commercial traveler, and lives
in Florida. 9. Arthur, engaged in the insurance business, lives in Australia.
10. Horace, died aged fourteen years.

(HI) Harry Lewis, son of Alfred and Harriet (Lewis) Lewis, was born
in Usk, Monmouthshire, England, November 14, 1862, and until he was
fourteen years of age was a student in the public schools, then learned the
harness and saddle making trades. Coming to the United States with his
mother when eighteen years of age, he settled in Pittsburgh, where, not
finding employment at the trade of which he was master, he apprenticed
himself to a contractor. W. J. McMasters, with whom he remained for two
years. In 1883 he located in Carnegie. Pennsylvania, and after being em-


ployed in contracting work until 1890, part of the time as foreman, in that
year formed a partnership with I. N. DuShane, operating as DuShane &
Lewis, general contractors. This business, begun as a local venture, has de-
veloped and grown in a most gratifying manner, and the firm maintains a
force of from fifteen to twenty men, working in Carnegie and neighboring
towns. Among the buildings that have been erected by DuShane & Lewis
are the Carnegie Library, in Carnegie, Pennsylvania ; the First United
Presbyterian Church, of the same place ; St. Philip's Roman Catholic Church,
at Crafton ; the plant of the American Axe and Tool Company, at Glassport,
Pennsylvania ; the Independent Brewery, in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, and
numerous other structures of a public and quasi-public nature, as well as
large numbers of dwelling houses. In 1902 Mr. DuShane and Mr. Lewis
organized the Carnegie Mill and Lumber Company, the former gentleman
president, the latter secretary and treasurer, this concern still continuing in
active and successful business. Politically Mr. Lewis is identified with no
organization or party, but is in hearty sympathy with the cause of Prohibi-
tion. He has served as a member of the Carnegie Board of Trade. With
his wife he is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and belongs to
Centennial Lodge, No. 544, Free and Accepted Masons, and the Sons of St.

He married, November 19, 1891, Maria Ellen, born in Carnegie, Penn-
sylvania, daughter of Henry Bell, an old resident of Carnegie. Children
of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis: Jane Alene, Harry, Jr., employed by his father,
Mary Bell, Wilfred Frank, Stanley Galbraith.

This is an old Dutch family, the first generation in the United
HARGER States uniting his line with an Irish family of equal antiquity,

this effected by the marriage of Peter Harger, his wife,
Catherine, being of Irish birth and ancestry. Peter Harger was born in
Holland, in 1800 emigrating to the United States and locating in Allegheny
county, Pennsylvania, where he married. He obtained land from the govern-
ment and followed the farmer's occupation until his death, being involved in
the internal disturbance known historically as the "\Miiskey Rebellion."' His
wife was born in Ireland, accompanying her parents to Allegheny county,
Pennsylvania. Children of Peter and Catherine Harger: Peter, Jr., George,
of whom further. Milton, John, Catlierine, W'^iUiam.

(II) George Harger, son of Peter and Catherine Harger. was born in
Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, died in that state. He was educated in his
native county, directing his studies with a view toward a legal career, and
with three of his brothers, Peter, John and William, was admitted to the bar,
although he never engaged in practice to any considerable extent. Becoming
the owner of a farm, he cultivated this land and also became a skilled mill-
wright, later erected a mill upon his property and operated it until his death.
His farm was seventy-five acres in extent and this, in connection with his
work as proprietor of a mill, made his daily life a busy one. He married
Catherine, born in Allegheny county. Pennsylvania, daughter of Andrew and


Elizabeth Holmes, her parents of Scotch birth and ancestry, who came to
Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, where he was a farmer, and after half a
century of residence in that place moved to Washington county, Pennsyl-
vania. Children of Andrew and Elizabeth Holmes: Enoch, William, Hiram,
Daniel, Nancy, Fannie, Catherine, of previous mention, married George
Harger, and Eleanor. Children of George and Catherine (Holmes) Harger:
IMary, Harriett, Sarah, Emily, Louisa, Francis, Nancy, Edwin, Holmes, of
whom further. Milton. George and William M. Milton and Peter, uncles
of Holmes Harger, were river pilots who, after floating vessels down the
Mississippi river to New Orleans, there purchased mules and rode them to
their starting point.

(HI) Holmes Harger, son of George and Catherine (Holmes) Harger,
was born in Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, November i6, 1840, and was
educated in the public schools of Snowden township, when fifteen years old
running away from home and obtaining employment on the river as a deck-
hand on coal barges. "Floating" was the method of navigation employed at
that early date, and after floating the canal he performed work of the same
nature on the river, when twenty years of age piloting a couple of coal boats
to New Orleans, the youngest pilot to make that lengthy trip. Through the
many changes in manner of navigation and in power employed he followed
the river until 1913, when he retired from active life, at that time having
owned seven different steam propelled vessels. At the time of the Civil War
he enlisted in the northern service, soon afterward being designated by the
government for service on the river in piloting boats in the government
service. For five years after his marriage he was a resident of New Cumber-
land, Ohio, then moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and for the past sixteen
years has been a resident of Avalon. Pennsylvania. At the time of Pitts-
burgh's Centennial Exposition Mr. Harger prepared a scene for the water
parade entitled "Floating in 1856." which was, in point of realism and effect,
one of the best of the entire celebration, exact attention to detail having been
paid by Mr. Harger. upon whose memory those former scenes are lastingly
painted. In political opinion he has ever been a staunch Republican. He
married, in i860, Rachel Chambers, and has children: Josephine, George,
Holmes Elsworth, of whom further, John W., Ellen W.

(IV) Holmes Elsworth Harger, son of Holmes and Rachel (Chambers)
Harger. was born in Pittsburgh South Side. Allegheny county, Pennsylvania,
September 8, 1864, and was eclucated in the public schools of that place, at
the age of fourteen years abandoning his studies to begin river work, and be-
fore he attained his majority held a pilot's license, a record equalling that of
his father. Soon after he became captain of a vessel in the service of the Mc-
Kinley Coal Company, remaining in that employ for ten years, then spending
nine years in the same capacity with the United Coal Company, three years
with W. H. Flint, and two years with the River Coal Company. Captain
Harger has been in command of boats of all descriptions, and for fewness of
accidents and reliability in time his record is unsurpassed on tlie waters that
he has traversed. Well-known along the river, he is liked wherever known,

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liis many amiable qualities winning him a large circle of friends. He holds
membership in the Masonic Order, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
the Order of Independent Americans, and the Pilots' Association. Reared
in the Methodist Episcopal church, he now belongs to the Christian church, in
the work of which he has ever been active, and is a member of the men's
Bible class connected with that organization. Mr. Harger built his present
house in Avalon, Pennsylvania, in 1902.

He married, August 2, 1883, Hester A. Weaver; children: Harry, died
in infancy; Kirk P., a salesman of Pittsburgh; Pearl, married Harry F'eick,
a bank cashier; George, a dryg clerk, resides at home; Fallie McKinley,
lives at home.

Among the men whose personal exertions have done
CUNNINGHAM so much toward the material prosperity of Turtle
Creek, Pennsylvania, it may be well doubted if any
deserve a more honorable mention than Robert H. Cunningham, senior mem-
ber of the firm of R. H. Cunningham & Sons, general contractors.

John Cunningham, father of Robert H. Cunningham, was a native of
Ireland, where he spent the greater part of his life, receiving his education
in the common school, learning the trade of weaver, and there married
Martha Ackison, also a native of Ireland, and in 1829 they emigrated to the
United States, residing for a time in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
From there they removed to the vicinity of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where
Mr. Cunningham worked at his trade of weaver, and was also a teamster
and farmer, continuing these pursuits until his death, which occurred in
Pittsburgh about the year 1877. He and his wife were members of the
United Presbyterian church. They were the parents of five sons and one
daughter, one of the sons actively participating in the Civil War.

Robert H. Cunningham was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Novem-
ber 30. 1850. After completing his studies in the schools in the neighbor-
hood of his home, he gave his attention to the tilling of the soil, in which
pursuit he was successful, he having been well trained during his youth by
assisting his father in the work on the home farm, and he continued along the
same line until the year 1886, when he removed to Turtle Creek, Pennsyl-
vania, and engaged in the general contracting business, which he has con-
ducted up to the present time (1914) it being now run under the style of
R. H. Cunningham & Sons. His business is in a prosperous condition, owing
to the fact that he gives to it his personal supervision, that he is progressive
in his ideas and honorable in his methods, and he ranks among the substan-
tial business men of his section. In 1896 he erected a fine brick residence in
Turtle Creek, where he has since made his home. He casts his vote for
the candidates of the Republican party.

Mr. Cunningham married (first) March 10, 1874. Mary Catherine
Whitesell. daughter of James and Elizabeth (Yockey) Whitesell. Children:
James S., Martha Bertha, Elizabeth Whitesell, Robert J., Wilda Irene. Will-
iam L. Mrs. Cunningham died May 20, 1891. Mr. Cunningham married


(second) April 12, 1893, Lydia R. Long, born in Westmoreland county,
Pennsylvania, daughter of Michael and Magdalene (Reeger) Long, natives
of Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, and granddaughter on the paternal
side of Philip and Elizabeth (Best) Long, of Eastern Pennsylvania, early
settlers of Westmoreland county, and on the maternal side of John and
Phoebe (Byerly) Reeger, also early settlers of Westmoreland county, Penn-
sylvania. Michael Long was a farmer by occupation, as also his father and
Mr. Reeger, and they were active members of the Reformed church. Mr.
and Mrs. Cunningham are well known in the social life of the community,
in which they take a keen interest, and he is also an active factor in the
various enterprises that are conducive to the growth and development of the
section wherein he resides. Both Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham are members
of the First Presbyterian Church of Turtle Creek.

Although coming to the United States from Wales, his resi-
LLOYD dence for several years, David Lloyd, the American ancestor

of his line, was of English birth and parentage, Wales, as the
birthplace and home of his wife, having been made his home after his mar-
riage until his immigration to the United States. David was a son of John
Lloyd, born in England, where he died. His trade was that of blacksmith,
and for many years he was a dock-yard employee. He and his wife, Eleanor,
were the parents of several children, two of whom came to the United
States: i. John, a coal miner, died in Kittanning, Pennsylvania. 2. David,
of whom further.

(H) David, son of John and Eleanor Lloyd, was born in England, died
in Pennsylvania, November 15, 1887, aged seventy-one years. At the age of
seventeen he went to Wales, where he worked in the mines until 1849, in
which year he immigrated to the United States, being joined the following
year by his wife and two children. They settled on the present site of Hays
borough, and in that locality he was a miner until approaching old age
caused his adoption of a less wearing occupation and he purchased forty-six
acres of land, a tract now occupied by Bellwood, where his death occurred.
His political action was taken in favor of the Republican party, and he and
his wife belonged to the Methodist Episcopal church, his wife surviving him
five years, her death occurring in 1892. aged seventy-six years. He mar-
ried Ann, born in Wales, daughter of William Watkeys, a native of South
Wales, who, after the death of his wife, about 1853 came to the United
States to join his children, his death occurring at the home of his daughter,
Ann, at Six Miles Ferry, Pennsylvania. He was the father of a family, four
children of whom came to the United States: i. Ann, of previous mention,
married David Lloyd. 2. Eleanor, married John Reese, and died at Six Mile
Ferry, Pennsylvania. 3. David, from last report in 1901, in Schuylkill
county, Pennsylvania. 4. William, journeyed to California about 185 1, re-
turned to Pennsylvania and died in Homestead. Children of David and
Ann (Watkeys) Lloyd: i. Thomas, of whom further. 2. John, a retired
steel worker, died in Homestead. Pennsylvania, aged fifty-eight years. 3.


David, died unmarried, aged twenty-eight. 4. William, for a time a
coal miner and afterward a steel worker, died in Homestead, Pennsylvania,
in 1912. 5. Mary Eleanor, died unmarried, aged twenty-five years. 6. Sarah
Ann, married Harry Wilson, and died in Homestead, Pennsylvania, about

(HI) Thomas, eldest son and child of David and Ann (Watkeys)
Lloyd, was born in South Wales, August 10, 1843, ^"d when seven years
of age came to the United States, obtaining his early education in the com-
mon schools, as a youth entering the coal mines. After his marriage he
took a course in Duff's Business College, continuing in mine labor until
about 1872, when for eleven years he was employed in a glass house. He
then entered the grocery business in Homestead, continuing in that line for
about twelve years, after which he passed three years on the old homestead
farm. Returning to Homestead he built an attractive and comfortable home
on Eleventh avenue, and has there since lived retired. At the organization
of the borough of Homestead he was a member of the first council, and was
largely instrumental in the framing of the constitution and by-laws that
govern that community. Both he and his wife are members of the Methodist
Episcopal church, and he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
the Knights of Pythias, and the Royal Arcanum. His early political allegi-
ance was granted the Republican party, but of late years he has been a sturdy
supporter of the Prohibition movement. Mr. Lloyd has been the witness of
long forward strides in the development of the Pittsburgh region, for at the
time of his coming to that locality no railroad line extended west of Pitts-
burgh, and the country gave but few indications of becoming the great in-
dustrial center that it now is. Mrs. Lloyd has also seen these changes, and
well remembers picking blackberries where now stand the mills and resi-
dences of Homestead. As a youth Mr. Lloyd enlisted in the Union army
and was accepted at the recruiting station, but before he had left for the
front his parents compelled his withdrawal because of his boyish years.

Mr. Lloyd married, in 1863, Jeannetta, born near Beck's Run, Alle-
gheny county, Pennsylvania, January 11, 1847, daughter of Thomas and
Margaret (Morgan) Woozley, her parents natives of Wales, her father
born about 1812, her mother about 1815. After their marriage in that land
they came to the United States, settling in Chartiers Valley, Allegheny coun-
ty, Pennsylvania, about 1845. He was at first employed in the coal mines,
later moving to Hays borough, where he was placed in charge of some rail-
road construction and where both died, he in 1850, she in 1866. I\Ir. and
Mrs. Lloyd in 191 3 celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding.
Their union has been a most happy one, she his ready helper in all things,
his inspiration in all of his works, and together they have reared a family
the pride of both and to both a credit. Their children: i. David T., a steel
worker, lives at home. 2. William Charles, died aged eleven years. 3. John
Wesley, died in infancy. 4. Margaret Ann, married Clark S. Lessig, and
resides in Munhall, Pennsylvania. 5. Howard Ellsworth, a minister of the
Methodist Episcopal church, lives in Springdale, Pennsylvania. 6. Elizabeth


Mabel, died aged eight years. 7. Edwin Winfield, died aged five years. 8.
Clara Beatrice, married Herbert G. Bennett, a druggist, and lives in Home-
stead, Pennsylvania.

James W. Jones is a member of a representative Welsh family,
JONES of the type which makes valuable citizens wherever they may be,

and which, though they have not come to the United States in
the great numbers in which many peoples have reached these shores, have yet
contributed a leaven of their own peculiar virtues to the cosmopolitan citizen-
ship of the country. His paternal grandfather was James Jones, a native of
Wales who passed all his life in the land of his birth. He was a teamster
who worked about the steel mills of Monmouthshire, and the parent of three
children вАФ John, the father of our subject; James, who died in his youth, in
Wales, and Mary Ann, who married Leyshon Clarke, a resident of Mills-
boro, England, where she died, and where her children are living at the
present time.

John Jones, the father of our subject was born in Pembrokeshire in
the year 1830. He grew up in his native region and became associated
with a rolling mill in which he remained until the time of his death, which
occurred when he was but forty-seven years of age. He was a conspicuous
and popular figure in the community, and a good and charitable man as
well as possessing great musical talent. He was a member of the Phil-
harmonic Society of Rhymney. Monmouthshire, and organist in the Epis-
copal church there. He went from Pembrokeshire to Rhymney, Wales, al-
most on the Ijorder of England, and there met IMary Ann Powell, with whom
he fell in love, and afterwards married. Miss Powell was a daughter of John
and Mary Powell, natives of Breconshire, where their daughter was born
November 9, 1837. Mr. Powell was a stone mason by trade and to him and
his wife were born seven children, as follows : Henry, who went to
Australia and there died in 1907; John, who came to America and died in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ; David, who spent his entire life in Whales,
finally dying at the town of Penarth ; William, who became a resident of
London, and died there ; Annie, who became Mrs. James Lewis, and in
1856, came with her husband to the United States and made her home
in Poughkeepsie. New York, and died April 15, 1914, and is buried in
Freeland, Pennsylvania ; Margaret, who died single in Australia ; and Mary
Ann, the mother of our subject. The marriage of Mr. Jones and Miss
Powell took place in 1858, and of the union there were born three children,
as follows: John Henry, who came to the United States in 1893 and is
now a resident of Homestead, Pennsylvania, where he is a music teacher
and where he married Miss Joan Davis and by her had five children : James
W. Jones, the subject of this sketch ; and Mary Ann, who, coming to
America in 1887, married Arthur Lewis and is now the mother of his four
children. After the death of her husband Mrs. John Jones came to the
United States in 1887. with her daughter, for the purpose of joining her
son. Mr. James W. Jones. Her death occurred in Steubenville, Ohio,
February 28, 19C6, but she was buried in Homestead, Pennsylvania.

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James W. Jones, second child of John and Mary Ann ( Powell j Jones,
was born June 6, 1863, in Rhymney, Monmouthshire, Wales, and was edu-
cated in the local common schools, attending these until he reached the age
of nine years. He then secured employment in the steel mills, and after
five years of this work, applied himself with customary energy and intelli-
gence to mastering the bricklaying trade. He turned his efforts to such
good account that in two years he had l)ecome proficient with his tools
and was able to sail for America, where he intended to put his ability to
practical use. His coming to the United States was in the year 1886. and
immediately upon arriving he went to Pennsylvania and took up his abode
in Homestead, Allegheny county, in that state. One year later he was fol-
lowed by his mother and sister, who came over to join him; In Home-
stead he first turned his attention to the great steel industry then in process
of its gigantic development, and soon secured a position with the Carnegie
Steel Works, with which concern he continued for thirteen years. At the
end of that period he found himself in a position to engage in business for
himself, and accordingly embarked upon a venture which he had long in
contemplation, a contracting business in brick construction and cement work.
In this venture his native capacity and prudence, and not less his scrupu-
lous adherence to his \vord and the spirit of the contract, made him speedily
successful, and he is still conducting his prosperous business today, being
recognized as one of the oldest contractors in the city of Homestead.
Mr. Jones is a man of substance and a very i:>rominent figure in the com-
munity of which he is a member. He takes an active part in the life of
Homestead in all its various aspects, and nothing of value to the city escapes
his notice or fails to receive his hearty support. He is a member of the
Republican party and takes a keen and intelligent interest in all political
questions, whether of local of .national application. He is a member of
the Masons and of the Veteran Masons, of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, of the Elks, of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and of the Protected

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