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was graduated from the Allegheny College, then a student at the University
of Pennsylvania, and the Pittsburgh Law School, and is now a lawyer at
the local bar. married Ruth Bartholemew ; Stella G., married L. S. Hoon,
Tr., and lives in Aspinwall, Pennsylvania.




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While the Krill family has only been in the United States a
KRILL little more than half a century, the various members have thor-
oughly identified themselves with conditions here, and have
proved their worth in more than one instance as reliable and valuable citizens.
John Adam Ktill was born in Bavaria, Germany, and emigrated to this
country with his wife and children, about 1857. He soon made his home
at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he entered the employ of the Singer
Nimick Steel Company, with which he was connected until his death, which
occurred at the South Side in 1864. He and his wife were members of St.
Michael's Catholic Church. He married, in Germany, Barbara Snyder,
bom in Bavaria, Germany, and died in Pittsburgh, in 1909, while at the
home of her daughter, Mrs. Diebold. They had children : Adam, a roller,
who died at Milwaukee, Wisconsin ; Frank, a roller, lives at Mount Wash-
ington, Pittsburgh ; Elizabeth, married Michael Diebold. lives in Pittsburgh ;
John, a roller, lives in Milwaukee ; Catherine, married Frank Wulpert, and
lives in Steubenville, Ohio; Joseph L., of further mention: Marie, married
John Vondreau, and lives in Cleveland, Ohio. The four eldest were boni
in Germany, the others in America.

Joseph L. Krill, son of John Adam and Barbara (Snyder) Krill, was
born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 25, i860. He received his school
education in St. Michael's Parochial School, at South Side, Pittsburgh, and
was then apprenticed to learn the barber's trade. He worked in the steel
mills until he was twenty-three years of age, then spent a number of years
in the west. He went to Fort Denton, Montana, where he conducted a
restaurant successfully for some time, then a hotel for one year ; we next
find him at Mayersville, twenty miles from Helena. Montana, where he had
a hotel one year, after which he was in the same line of business in Mil-
waukee for a period of thirteen years. Butte, Montana, was the next scene
of his activities, and he remained tliere three years, and then returned to the
east to visit his people. In 1902 he came to Clairton, Pennsylvania, and there,
at the corner of Miller and Park avenues, erected the Park Avenue Hotel,
of which he is still the proprietor, and which is a model hotel of its size,
and is one of the oldest in the town. ■ He is independent in his political
opinions, and he and his wife are members of St. Clair's Roman Catholic
Church. He has been a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters for
twenty-eight years, and is a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and
the Order of the Moose.

Mr. Krill married (first) in 1880, Rosa Haney. a resident of Mil-
waukee, who died in 1887; he married (second) 1894, in Milwaukee, Matilda
Weisenbacher. Children by first marriage: Clarence William, a miner
living in Montana ; Joseph D., employed by his father. Children by second
marriage: Winfred John, and Millard Thomas, students at St. Vincent's
College ; Ethel Marie, a student at the Sisters of St. Joseph ; Francis Xavier;
Sylvester Lawrence ; Mercedes Margaret.



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The Best family, of which Wesley Benson Best, a lawyer of
BEST Meadville, Crawford county, Pennsylvania, is a member, is now
in its fourth generation in this country, having come here from
Ireland.

(I) David Best, who was born in county Antrim, Ireland, emigrated
to the United States and made his home in Hope, New Jersey, the active
years of his life being spent in the occupations of a minister of the Methodist
denomination. He married, September 24, 1823, Lydia De Witt, born in
that town, the Rev. Thomas Davis officiating. Children born of this mar-
riage: James, who studied for the ministry, and died at the age of twenty-
three years; Elizabeth; David, Jr., see forward; Margaret, was graduated
from Wilmington College, and died at the age of twenty-seven years; Rev.
Wesley C, a minister whose pastorate was in Philadelphia, now deceased;
Rev. Silas Benson, deceased ; Emeline, married the Rev. T. M. Griffith ;
two others, who died in infancy.

(II) Dr. David Best, son of Rev. David and Lydia (De Witt) Best, was
born in Hope, Warren county. New Jersey, April 15, 1828, and died at his
home in Meadville, Crawford county, Pennsylvania, May 20, 1887. He
received his degree as Etoctor of Medicine in 1850, from the University of
Pennsylvania, and was engaged in the active practice of his profession from
that time until his final illness. In i860 he received the Adeundem degree
from the Pennsylvania Medical College, and in 1870 became a member of the
Sydenham Society. During the last mentioned year he was requested by the
secretary of the American Academy of Medicine to become a member of that
body, but the demands of his professional work were so numerous that he
was unable to comply with this request. He was, however, for a number of
years prior to his death, a member of the American IMedical Association.
His professional career was marked by distinguished success, and his kindly
ministrations carried comfort to many beds of pain and sickness. In com-
menting upon the death of Dr. Best the morning after it had occurred, the
Meadville Tribune-Republican said in part: "Loved by all who knew him,
Dr. David Best leaves many behind who will mourn his death and feel deep
sympathy for his afflicted family. In closing, there is but little to say, and
yet much might be written to the honor of the deceased. But few men were
better known in Crawford county, and none more fully filled the measure of
their professional duties than he. The bereaved family have indeed lost a
friend — a husband and father in the full meaning of the words, and yet
they are not alone in their mourning, for he whom they loved so well was
loved by all our people, and all who knew him are made mourners in his
death." In its issue of May 25, 1887, the same paper had the following:

"In Memoriam — At a meeting of the resident physicians, held at the office of
Dr. Cotton, on yesterday afternoon, the following preamble and resolutions were
adopted :

Whereas, Doctor David Best has fallen in our midst by the hand of death, we,
his professional friends and co-laborers, would record our estimate of him as a man
and a physician. Therefore,

Resolved, That in Dr. Best we recognize the upright, honorable man, the good
citizen, the kind husband, unassuming associate, whose natural instincts never per-
mitted him, under any circumstances, to forget that he was himself a gentleman.



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Resolved, That as a friend he never hesitated, when personal sacrifice was de-
manded for another's welfare, and as a philanthropist his chief delight was sought
and found in doing deeds of kindness to those in need of his professional ministra-
tions — often without hope of fee or reward.

iResolved, That the charity for all and malice toward none which characterized
his life, was an exemplification of one of the grand doctrines of the religion that
he professed.

Resolved, That his amiable qualities have enshrined his memory in our hearts
as a perpetual reminder of what a true physician should strive to become.

Resolved, That we recognize in our late brother a successful physician, whose
culture, scientific attainments, clear pathological views and correct diagnosis of
disease have gained for him an enviable reputation in the profession.

Resolved, That the life and character of David Best has thrown a luster around
the profession of medicine in which we all may take an honorable pride.

Resolved, That in his death we have lost a friend, a brother and counselor, en-
deared by many years of association, by intimate knowledge of his character, and
true appreciation of the motives by which his life was actuated.

Resolved, That upon his bereaved family we would not intrude the poor words
of our condolence, but commend them to the source of all consolation, to Him 'who
hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows,' which consolation sustained him
through his protracted sufferings.

Resolved, That these resolutions be published in the county papers and a copy
be presented to the family in manuscript.

C. P. WooDRiNG O. M. Evans

D. M. Calvin T. B. Lashells
Mrs. Eagleson E. H. Dewey
Susan Duncan E. H. Pond

B. Brown Williams J. D. Stoneroad

L. A. Carver J. M. Pond

J. C. Cotton C. W. Thompson

D. W. Hamaker"

Dr. Best married, in 1849, Elizabeth Lockhart, born May 8, 1824, died
July 19, 1892 (see Lockhart line forward). Children: i. Flora Lydia,
' died September 7, 1909; married Merriman C. Harris, now Bishop of Japan
and Corea, in the Methodist Episcopal church. 2. Emily S., married Rev.
J. W. Miles, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 3. Lizzie Virginia, married Robert
G. Graham, and has one son : Rev. Roy, a minister of the Methodist church
at West Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who married (first) Alberta Montrose,
who died July, 1908, (second) Grace McCafferty; by the first marriage he
■had one child: Virginia Best. 4. Dr. Mary Luella, married Dr. Amos
Jesse Newell. 5. Wesley Benson, see forward. 6. Dr. Margaret Blanche,
now engaged in the practice of medicine at Meadville, Pennsylvania.

William Lockhart, grandfather of Mrs. Best, was the emigrant ancestor
of this branch of the Lockhart family, and came to America about 1812.
There is a tradition that he came to this country as early as 1808, but the
first record of him is to be found at Philadelphia, where he settled with
his wife and five children, whose names were : Henry, John, Agnes, James
(of further mention) and David. Three other children, bom in America,
were : William, Catherine and Samuel.

James, son of William Lockhart, the emigrant, was born in county
Antrim, Ireland, August 16, 1802, and died in November, 1855. He mar-
ried, Mary, born October 13, 1802, died September 17, 1879, a daughter of
James and Mary Shrauger. Children: Elizabeth (of further mention),
Margaret, Catherine, Anna, Samuel, Henry S., Daniel W.



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Elizabeth, daughter of James and Mary (Shrauger) Lockhart, married
Dr. David Best, as above stated.

(Ill) Wesley Benson, son of Dr. David and Elizabeth (Lockhart)
Best, was born in Meadville, Crawford county, Pennsylvania, January 12,
1862, and has been a lifelong resident in that town. His earlier education
was acquired in the public and high schools of Meadville, from which he
was graduated in due course. He then became a student at Allegheny Col-
lege, from which he was graduated in the class of 1883. Having decided
upon the profession of law as his life work, he commenced its study in the
office of William R. Bole, of Meadville, and was admitted to the bar as an
attorney. May 11, 1886. Subsequently he was admitted to practice in the
supreme and superior courts of Pennsylvania, and he opened offices at
No. 899 Park avenue, Meadville. He has been active in the public affairs
of the community, having held a number of public offices. Elected district
attorney of Crawford county in November, 1890, he served three years ; was
appointed to fill a vacancy in this offiice in 1901, and served one and one-
half years at that time. Later he did good service in the office of city
solicitor. He served as a member of Company B, National Guard of Penn-
sylvania, for many years, and had risen to the rank of captain of the com-
pany when he resigned. His fraternal and social affiliations are as follows :
Crawford Lodge, Independent Order Odd Fellows, of Meadville; a member
Hope Hose Fire Company, of Meadville ; and formerly a member of Iroquois
Boating and Fishing Club, at Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania. He and his
family are members of the Methodist Stone Church and Christ Church
(Episcopal).

Mr. Best married in Meadville, June 30, 1891, Emma Louise Fowler,
born in Meadville, January 23, 1865. She is the daughter of Daniel and
Lydia Emeline Fowler, whose other children are : Margaret Richmond,
John, Alfred, Daniel G. and Frank C. Mr. and Mrs. Best have one child :
Josephine Elizabetlb, born April 18, 1894. She was graduated from the
Meadville high school, and at the present time is a student at Allegheny
College. Mr. Best has served as a trustee of Allegheny College for many
years, has been a director of the Meadville City Hospital for a long period
of time, was elected corporator of the Greendale Cemetery Association
in 1913, and has served as a member of the board of health of Meadville.
Wesley B. Best died January i, 191 5.



Honorable Almond Benson Richmond, a complete sketch
RICHMOND of whose ancestry appears elsewhere in this work, was

the son of Lawton and Sarah (Townsend) Richmond,
and was born in Switzerland county, Indiana, on April 26, 1825. He re-
moved with his parents to Crawford county, Pennsylvania, where Hie entered
Allegheny College; afterwards taking a medical course in which he was
duly graduated. He practiced medicine for three years, engaging at the
same time in tlie study of law for which he manifested a preference as his
ultimate work in life. In 1848 he was admitted to practice before the courts



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of Crawford county, and became recognized as a criminal lawyer of unusual
promise ; this promise he more than fulfilled in later years, being a re-
markably eloquent speaker and an orator of unusual attainments. Mr.
Richmond's talents and interests were varied, and in every line of his achieve-
ments he excelled. He was greatly interested in philosophy and the natural
sciences, upon which subjects he delivered many public lectures which were
illustrated with apparatus of his own construction. His mechanical in-
genuity was marked, and in 1853 he was appointed assistant director of
machinery at the Crystal Palace. He was also state commissioner at the
World's Fair. Beside his lectures on science and philosophy, Mr. Richmond
delivered lectures on temperance before crowded audiences, his great interest
in the subject making him a most effective speaker in this movement for
reform. As an author he won considerable celebrity ; among his pub-
lished volumes having been "Leaves from the Diary of an Old Lawyer,"
treating of such subjects as "Intemperance and Crime," and "Court and
Prison ;" "A Hawk in an Eagle's Nest" is also a title of one of the treatises
in this able volume written in the interest of the great temperance movement.
His latest published work was his "Review of the Seybert Commis-
sioners' Report," a critical dissection of the work accomplished by the com-
missioners appointed by the University of Pennsylvania, in accordance with
the bequest of the late Henry Seybert, to investigate the phenomena of
spiritualism. Mr. Richmond was also one of the prime movers in arranging
for the celebration of the hundredth anniversary of the foundation of the
city of Meadville : in all matters of historical moment he was deeply in-
terested, and his knowledge in this line was wide and varied. He died in
Meadville, August, 1906. On September 7, 1848, Mr. Richmond was mar-
ried to Miss Mary Morris, born January 27, 1828, died February 5, 1894,
daughter of Levi and Nancy (McKnight) Morris. Children: Lewis Law-
ton, born in 1849, mentioned further; Hiram M., born in 1852, a sketch
of whom appears elsewhere in this work ; Charles E., born in 1859, became
major in the National Guard of Pennsylvania, and is now deceased.

(11) Lewis Lawton, son of Almond Benson and Mary (Morris) Rich-
mond, was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania, June 7, 1849. His education
was received in Meadville, where, with the exception of a few years spent
in Pittsburgh, his entire life was passed. Upon completing his education and
settling down in Meadville, he entered business life as a jeweler; and was
senior member of the firm of L. L. and H. M. Richmond, with which firm
he was connected for over twenty years. He was prominent in social and
fraternal circles as well as in commercial life, and was a member of the In-
dependent A-der of Odd Fellows, in which he was held in high regard. He
was a RepuDlican in his political opinions, and a great admirer of President
Roosevelt. In his religious affiliations Mr. Richmond belonged to the Episco-
pal church, being a man of much dignity and reserve of disposition. He
prospered in his business career, and erected a beautiful residence on Water
street in the year 1907; this being now the home of his widow and daughter.
Mr. Richmond died on November 28, 1912. His wife, to whom he was



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married on April 6, 1875, was a Miss Mary Winifred Day, born April 4,
1853, daughter of Henry Lewis and Winifred Gelston (Coffin) Day (see
Day family) ; she is also a descendant of Sir Isaac Coffin on the maternal
side. Descended thus from two of the oldest and best families in the country,
Mrs. Richmond is a woman of unusual refinement and charm. She has had
the benefit of an excellent education and is a communicant of the Episcopal
church in Meadville; it is due to her that many family records and items
of genealogical interest have been preserved. Mr. and Mrs. Richmond were
the parents of three children, two sons and a daughter: i. Mary W. Rich-
mond, their eldest child, was born February 11, 1876, and has been twice
married. Her first husband, to whom she was married in August, 1898, was
James Gardner, by whom she had two children: Gertrude M., born March 16,
1901 ; James George, born November 22, 1905. Mr. Gardner died in April,
1905 ; and in May, 1909. his widow married Harry Somers McFarland, a
member of one of the oldest families of Meadville, and now in the employ of
the Phoenix Iron Works. There are no children by this marriage. 2. Henry
C, born April, 1877, died August, 1877. 3. George W. Richmond, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Lewis Lawton Richmond, was born January 22, 1880; died in
October, 1905. He was educated at Allegheny College, after which he en-
tered the employ of the Westinghouse Company at Pittsburgh as an electrical
draughtsman. He served ten months during the Spanish-American War,
having enlisted in Company B, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Like his father he
was a member of the Episcopal church.

(The Day Family.)

(I) Robert Day, immigrant ancestor of the Meadville family of this
name, came over to America in the bark "Elizabeth," which sailed from
Ipswich, England, in April, 1634, and arrived at Boston, Massachusetts.
He was born in about the year 1604, being thirty years of age at the time
of sailing. His wife, Mary, aged twenty-eight years, accompanied him.
He was made freeman May 6, 1635, settling first at Newtown, now Cam-
bridge, Massachusetts. His wife, Mary, died soon after reaching America,
in all probability; and he married (second) Elizabeth Stebbins. Children:
Thomas, of further mention ; John, Sarah and Mary.

(II) Thomas, son of Robert Day, the immigrant, was born October 27,
1659; died December 27, 171 1, at Springfield, where he had passed his life.
His will was proved March 25, 1712. He married Sarah, daughter of
Lieutenant Thomas Cooper, her father being killed by the Indians when
Springfield was burned. Children: Thomas, born March 23, 1662; Sarah,
June 14, 1664; Mary, December 15, 1666; John, February 20, 1669, died
1670; Samuel, May 20, 1671 ; John, September 20, 1673; Ebenezer, Feb-
ruary 18, 1676, died June 12, 1676; Ebenezer, September 5, 1677, men-
tioned further; Jonathan, August 8, 1680; Abigail, died October 6, 1747.

(III) Ebenezer, son of Thomas and Sarah (Cooper) Day, was born
September 5, 1677, died September i, 1763; married, April 18, 1700, Mercy
Hitchcock, who died September 29. 1761, aged eighty years. Children:
Ebenezer, born October 23, 1701 ; Mercy, November 4, 1703 ; Luke, July



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2, 1706; Sarah, November 3, 1709; Thankful, December 24, 171 1 ; Timothy,
June 15, 1714; Editha, August 20, 1715; Miriam, March 4, 1718; Timothy,
September 5, 1720, mentioned further; Caleb, September 15, 1723; Elinor,
December 10, 1725.

(IV) Timothy, son of Ebenezer and Mercy (Hitchcock) Day, was bom
September 5, 1720; died September 29, 1797; married, February 6, 1747,
Sarah Munn, who died October 4, 1800, aged seventy-six years. They re-
sided at West Springfield, Massachusetts. Children : Sarah, born June 24,
1748; Timothy, March 13, 1750; Roswell, September 2, 1752; Lewis, July
19, 1754; Thankful, August 10, 1756; Asa, November 19, 1759; Rebecca,
August 20, 1761 ; Edmund, January 17, 1767, mentioned further.

(V) Edmund, son of Timothy and Sarah (Munn) Day, was born
January 17, 1767; died September 2, 1831. He was a resident of West
Springfield, and married, January 16, 1794, Bede Hitchcock. Children:

Adah, born November 10, 1794; Bede, born ; Julia, May 10, 1797;

Harriet, March 23, 1799; Sarah Munn, December 17, 1800; Edmund, Octo-
ber 27, 1802; Maria, June 28, 1804; Diadema, March 22, 1806; Ralph, Feb-
ruary 21, 1808; Julia Ann, February 24, 181 1; Lucy, 1812; Henry Lewis,
December 22, 1814, mentioned further.

(VI) Henry Lewis, son of Edmund and Bede (Hitchcock) Day, was
•born December 22, 1814, at West Springfield, Massachusetts ; died December
16, 1873. His early years were passed in Massachusetts, and when about
twenty years old he went West and engaged in the dry goods business at
Ravenna, Ohio. He became a very successful and prominent citizen of his
adopted city, and was twice elected mayor. He was a member of the Con-
gregational church; and belonged to the F. and A. M., and to the K. T.
of Cleveland, Ohio. He married, May i, 1838, Miss Winifred Gelston
■Coffin, born at Nantucket, Massachusetts, died in June, 1901, at Meadville,
Pennsylvania. Children: Henrietta G., born July 8, 1839, died May 15,
1864; Henry Lewis, born May 6, 1841, died August, 1871 ; Roland G., born
May 13, 1843, died April, 1898; Florence M., born in 1850, now deceased;
Mary Winifred, born April 4, 1853, married, April 6, 1875, Lewis Lawton
Richmond (see Ridbmond II) ; George, born in 1859; Winslow W., born in
1863.



In the early annals of Sugar Loaf township, Luzerne county,
MINICH Pennsylvania, the records of Christ Church, jointly built by

the Reformed and Lutheran congregations, are important.
This church was organized about 1800 and their old log church was built
in 1826. In a list of members of the church, the name of Abraham Minig,
(Minnich) heads the list. In 1822, his name is on a list of taxables in Sugar
Loaf township, furnished the tax collector. Richard Allen. He had a son,
Abraham (2), whose name is found on an election list, of date of March
2.0, 1835. This Abraham (2) Minnich, born about the year 1800, was the
father of Henry A. Minich and grandfather of John Crawford Minich, post-
masters of Saegerstown, Pennsylvania. Abraham (i) MinnicJi, also had a



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son, Jolin, who married I'olly Klase and was the father of Jacob Minnick
and grandfather of Edward Minnick of Conyngham, Pennsylvania, that
branch spelling the name with a "k'' in many instances.

(III) Henry A. Minich, a son of Abraham (2) and grandson of Abra-
ham (i) Minich, was bom in Sugar Loaf township, Luzerne county, Penn-
sylvania, October 8, 1839, died August 25, 1893. He grew to manhood in
'his native township, then journeyed West to Crawford county, Pennsyl-
vania, where he located at Saegerstown. Later he went to Ohio, but did
not remain long, returning to Crawford county, and locating in the borough
of Venango. There he engaged in mercantile life which he continued until
the establishment was destroyed by fire. He then purdhased the roller
process flouring mills at Saegerstown, where he was in successful business
until his death. He was a Republican in politics and a member of the Ancient
Order of United Workmen. He was married in Kingston, Luzerne county,
April 16, 1863, by Rev. Reuben Nelson, to Matilda Bennett Roat, born at
Forty Fort, Luzerne county, April 5, 1843, died at Venango, Pennsylvania,
April 26, 1890; children: Callie, born October 7, 1868, died at Perry, Ohio,
July 8, 1870; Elva, born at Perry, Ohio, May 14, 1873, died May 27, 1893;
Leon Russell, born September 26, 1876, died July 2, 1899; Arthur H., who
died April, 1914, at Saegerstown ; John Crawford, of wihom further.

(IV) John Crawford, youngest child of Henry A. and Matilda Bennett
(Roat) Minich, was born in Venango, Crawford county, Pennsylvania, May
15, 1882. He was educated in the public schools and is a graduate of



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