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23, 1894. 15. Francis Joseph, born July 19, 1897. Since being left a widow,
Mrs. Michel has managed the home farm, her sons cultivating its fertile

Among the prominent and representative families of Tarentum
SMITH who have been actively identified with its growth and develop-
ment along various lines, must be mentioned the Smith family,
for many years worthily represented by Jacob B. Smith, now deceased, and
at the present time by Harry T. Smith, his son.

Jacob B. Smith was born in Limburg, Germany, April 27, 1837. He
attended the common schools of his neighborhood, and in 1847, S-t the age
of ten years, came to this country and made his home in Schenectady, New
York; and in young manhood removed to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where
he secured employment in the Novelty Works of that city, being a locksmith
by trade. He went to Natrona with the Pennsylvania Salt Manufacturing
Company, and about the year 1857 removed to Tarentum, still holding his
connection with the Pennsylvania Salt Manufacturing Company. He erected
a house at No. 521 Second avenue, about the year 1867, and for a number
of years prior to his death, which occurred January 22, 1901, lived retired
from active business pursuits. On August i, 1862, he enlisted in Company
F, One Hundred and Twenty-third Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer In-


fantry, and served for nine months, participating in the battles of Fred-
ericksburg, Chancellorsville, Antietam. He also served in the Sixth Regi-
ment Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery for one year, in the Two Hundred and
Twelfth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, re-enlisted August 31, 1864,
and served for one year. He was a member of the Presbyterian church,
and the Indepdendent Order of Odd Fellows, and was a Republican in

Mr. Smith married, in Pittsburgh, September 4, 1858, ceremony being
performed by Rev. Robert Fulton, Anna Irwin, born in Ireland, near Bel-
fast, about the year 1837, died January 23, 1908. Children: i. Sarah Fulton,
born January 14, 1859; became the wife of Auburn E. Long and they are
the parents of two sons : Harry J. and William B. 2. Mary, born April
17, 1861, died August 13, 1880. 3. Harry T., of whom further. 4. Elizabeth
Irwin, born September 23, 1866; became the wife of John Ahrend and four
children were born to them : Anna, deceased ; Carl, deceased ; Edwin ;
Helen. 5. Anna, born May 11, 1871.

Harry T. Smith, son of Jacob B. and Anna (Irwin) Smith, was born
in Tarentum, Pennsylvania, May 17, 1864. He attended the public schools
in the vicinity of his home, acquiring a practical education, and in due course
of time served an apprenticeship at the trade of glass blower, beginning his
labors at the age of eighteen years. He accepted a position with the C. L.
Flaccus Glass Works, remaining in their employ until 1894, and from that
time to the present, a period of twenty years, has been connected with the
Fidelity Glass Company of Tarentum, this long term of service being an
eloquent testimonial to his efficiency and capability. He is an active member
of the First Presbyterian Church, of the Independent Order of Odd Fel-
lows and the Heptasophs. He is a Republican in politics, but has never
sought or held public office.

Mr. Smith married, December 11, 1895, Hallie Rutter, born in Union-
town, Pennsylvania, daughter of George and Henrietta Rutter, both de-
ceased. Children: i. Russell E., born January 6, 1897, now in junior year
of High School. 2. Kenneth F., born May 7, 1899. Mrs. Smith died April
15, 1909-

The family bearing this name has been identified with the
SWART interests of Pennsylvania since Revolutionary days, when they
came to America and settled there.

(I) Jacob Swart came to this country from Germany, which has fur-
nished so many valuable citizens to the United States. He settled in Wash-
ington county, near the Greene county line. He had married in Germany,
his wife being also a native of that country.

(II) Hiram Swart, son of Jacob Swart, was born in Washington
county, Pennsylvania, in 1812, and died at Washington, in the same county,
in 1896. After his marriage he settled on a farm of three hundred and
fifty acres, in Amwell township, which he cleared, and on which he erected
a log house which is still standing (1914). He was a Republican in politics.


and he and his wife were members of the Presbyterian church. He married

(first) , and had children: Sarah, who died young; Henry, was killed

in the Civil War. He married (second) Mary Hastings, a member of an
old Virginia family, who died in 1909, and they had five children.

(HI) William M. Swart, son of Hiram and Mary (Hastings) Swart,
was born in Tenmile township, Washington county, Pennsylvania. After
preparation in the public schools, he attended the California State Normal
School and the Bethany College. Upon the completion of his education he
went to Cleveland, Ohio, where he held a responsible position in the freight
department of the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway Company
from 1892 to 1896. He then went to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he
formed a business connection with Francis L. Robins, buying coal lands for
him until 1906. Since that time he has been identified, independently and
extensively, with real estate interests. In 1908 he purchased an acre of land,
laid it out in building lots, sold these, and the town of Dormont is now
located on this site. In this manner he has been one of the first settlers of
Dormont, and his influence has been felt for good in many directions. Since
that time he has made many purchases of land, laid them out in a similar
manner, and sold them. He built a house for himself on Melrose avenue,
and is residing there at the present time. His business is transacted under the
name of The Mount Lebanon Realty Company, and it has a widespread
and well-established reputation for integrity and reliability. Mr. Swart is
independent in his political opinions, and will not allow himself to be tied
by party, casting his vote for the candidate whom he thinks best fitted to
fill the office in question. He has done some excellent work himself in the
establishment of good government. Mr. Swart has an only child, Leola,
aged three years.

This branch of the ancient Blair family of Scotland and Ireland

BLAIR was founded in the United States by Hugh Blair, who came

from the North of Ireland to Crawford county, Pennsylvania,

in 1802, settling on a tract of virgin land, later the farm of his grandson,

Hugh (2) Blair, grandfather of Professor Parr Dalton Blair, of Meadville,


The Blairs left Scotland with many of the best people of the section
to escape religious persecution. They settled in the North of Ireland where
John Blair, father of Hugh Blair, the emigrant, died at the great age of
one hundred and one years.

Hugh Blair was born in county Antrim, Ireland, in 1741, died in Craw-
ford county, Pennsylvania, January 5, 1837, but five years younger at death
than was his venerable father. He came to the United States in 1802 and
is the American ancestor of a numerous influential family found in many
parts of the Union. He was twice married in Ireland, bringing his second
wife, Jane (Thompson) Blair, with him to the United States. His first
wife, the mother of all his children, bore him eight sons and three daughters.
One of these sons, John Blair, was the father of Hugh Blair of the third
generation in the United States.


(III) Hugh (2) Blair, son of John Blair, was born in West Fallow-
field township, Crawford county, Pennsylvania, at the farm located four
miles north of Hartstown, December 14, 1809, died April 2, 1886. He was a
farmer, owning in 1885 the farm first settled on by his grandfather, Hugh
Blair, the emigrant. He was a rigid Presbyterian, and in political faith a
Democrat. He married, in Mahoning county, Ohio, in 1840, Margaret
Calvin, born in Washington county, Virginia, in 1810, died July 20, 1887,
aged seventy-seven years, five months, twenty-eight days. The Calvins were
residents of New Jersey, later moving to Virginia, but the daily evidences of
the horrors of slavery to which they were opposed, finally caused them to
emigrate, in 1816, to Mahoning county, Ohio. Margaret at the time of this
removal was in her seventh year and well remembered the incidents of the
journey over the mountains. Children of Hugh (2) Blair: Samuel Calvin,
Mary Catherine, John Alexander, of whom further ; Sarah Ann, Martha

(IV) John Alexander Blair, son of Hugh (2) and Margaret (Calvin)
Blair, was born at the home farm in Crawford county, near Hartstown,
Pennsylvania, January 19, 1846. He was educated in the public schools, and
all his life has been engaged in agriculture, although he has engaged at
times in merchandising. He is a carpenter and is the inventor of a most
valuable dairy article, a sanitary milk pail, that he patented. He now re-
sides and operates a farm of one hundred and thirty acres in Steuben town-
ship near Townville. He is a progressive Democrat and has held several
minor township offices. During the Civil War, too young to pass the re-
cruiting officers, he formed a wild plan to run away and join a cousin in
the army, but was thwarted. He is a member of Steuben Grange, Patrons
of Husbandry, and a communicant of the Baptist church. He married, at
Hartstown, Pennsylvania, October 14, 1875, Sarah Elva Hunter, born in
Woodcock township, Crawford county, near Saegerstown, December 13,
1854, daughter of Samuel E. Hunter and granddaughter of David Hunter.
The latter married Catherine Carr and had children : Mary \l., William
G., Griffith W., Nancy, Eliza Jane, Penelope, Samuel E. and John. Samuel
E. Hunter, born in Woodcock township, died in Hartstown, Pennsylvania,
in January, 1887, aged fifty-six years. He married Elizabeth Clark, born
at Watson Run, near Meadville, Pennsylvania, November 3, 1835, died
March 26, 1907. Children: Sarah Elva; William, died in infancy; Harry
Eugene; Edgar Ewing; Anna Drusilla and Bertha Dean. Children of John
Alexander Blair : Parr Dalton, of whom further ; Thomas Lloyd, Mary.

(V) Professor Parr Dalton Blair, eldest son of John Alexander and
Sarah Elva (Hunter) Blair, was born. at Hartstown, Crawford county, Penn-
sylvania, March 28, 1877. He is now superintendent of public instruction
for Crawford county, his entire professional life having been spent in the
educational service of his state. He began his education in the public schools,
and after exhausting the advantages of the township and borough schools
entered the high school of Meadville, and then entered Clarion State Normal
School, whence he was graduated in 1897, taking post-graduate courses in


1898. He also pursued courses of study at Allegheny College at Meadville,
Pennsylvania, and Grove City College, at Grove City, Pennsylvania, the
latter institution conferring the degree of A. B. in 1905, finishing at Harvard
University. During these years of study he was employed teaching in near-
by district and borough schools. Later he was principal of Spartansburg,
and Glen Hazel high schools; he was instructor at Clarion State Normal
School, Beaver College, and principal of Irwin Public School, three years;
supervising principal of Cambridge Springs Public School three years. He
became well known as an educator and was so favorably considered by his
fellow-men that. May 2, 191 1, he was chosen superintendent of pubhc in-
struction for Crawford county for a term of three years, beginning June 5,
191 1, and was re-elected on May 6, 1914, for a term of four years. Pro-
fessor Blair occupies prominent position among the educators of his state
and is known favorably beyond its confines, although a young man. He has
ever been a student and keeps in close touch with the modern world of
education by membership in various bodies of learned men, including the
National and Pennsylvania State Educational associations. As a leader of
men he has been very successful, inspiring, encouraging and leading his
teachers of the county to a greater degree of efficiency. Courses of study
have been rendered more practical and helpful, and the entire educational
system of the county has benefitted by the energy and ability of this capable

During the Spanish-American War of 1898, Professor Blair, then a
student at Clarion State Normal School, offered his services to Captain A.
J. Davis of the Clarion Company, who was also principal of the normal
school. Captain Davis and the other recruiting officers, however, refused to
accept any recruits from the student body, but allowed a reserve company
to be formed, available should another call be made upon Pennsylvania for
men. This company, Mr. Blair joined and prepared for military service
should his services be required. He is a member of Spartan Lodge, Free
and Accepted Masons, Crawford Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
and of the First Presbyterian Church, all of Meadville.

Professor Blair married, August 2, 1905, Allie Belle, born in Spartans-
burg, Pennsylvania, June 3, 1876, daughter of William T. and Amanda
(Holliday) Farley.

Frederick Bolard, or Bolar, son of Qiristian and Saloma
BOLARD Bolard, or Bolar, was born in Amsterdam, Holland, in 1769

or 1770, died August 28, 1836, at Dicksonburg, Crawford
county, Pennsylvania, where he was buried. He was the founder of this
family in America, coming over from Holland in 1785, when he was about
sixteen years of age, and located near Jamestown, Mercer county, Penn-
sylvania. He was a bell maker by trade, and worked as one of the black-
smiths in equipping Perry's fleet in 1812. He married (first) Margaret
North, in Jamestown; (second) Mrs. Elizabeth Nelson. Children by first
wife: Jacob; David, born January zi, 1802, died July 13, 1879; Polly


(Thompson) ; Charity (Thompson) ; Giristopher, of whom further; Cather-
ine (Parker) ; and Frederick. Children by second wife: Elizabeth
(Thompson), and Rachel.

(II) Christopher Bolard, son of Frederick and Margaret (North)
Bolard, or Bolar, was born near Conneautville, Crawford county, Penn-
sylvania, July 16, 1809, died January 7, 1872. He was a farmer, also a con-
tractor and hotelkeeper. In politics he was a Democrat, and he belonged
to the Methodist church. On September 29, 1836, he married Mary Ann
Gray, born July 29, 1813, died May 5, 1872. Children: Frederick David,
of whom further; Mary E., born February 20, 1839, died February 27,
1847; infant son, born and died October 17, 1842.

(III) Frederick David Bolard, son of Christopher and Mary Ann
(Gray) Bolard, was born November 29, 1837, in Woodcock township,
Crawford county, Pennsylvania, died at Water ford, September 10, 1904,
and was there interred. When he was still very young his parents removed
to Meadville, and there he grew up, receiving his education in the public
schools and at Allegheny College. Soon after his marriage in 1862, he
returned to the farm where he was born, near the site of McGut?entown,
and remained there until the fall of 1874; he then removed to Waterford,
at which place he became a tanner and manufacturer, continuing for about
fifteen years, when he retired from business on account of poor health.
He was one of the most prominent business men in his community and was
well known in its social and religious circles, being for many years an
active member of the Methodist church. He was one of the oldest mem-
bers of the Waterford Lodge, Ancient Order of United Workmen, in which
he was held in high esteem. On February 19, 1862, he was married to
Celia Henrietta Hayes, born February 3, 1844, died November 30, 1887
(see Hayes IV). Children: William, born March 6, 1864, died April 9,
1865; Emma, born August 23, 1865; John A., of whom further; Frank
Hayes, February 21, 1871, died December 14, 1894; Charles Frederick, o(
whom further; Clinton, September 7, 1874; Harry H., December 17, 1876;
Laura, November 4, 1878; Floyd, July 5, 1882, died December 24, 1895;
Helen Celia, February 21, 1885.

(IV) John A. Bolard, son of Frederick David and Celia Henrietta
(Hayes) Bolard, was bom October 4, 1867, on the fann in Woodcock town-
ship, Crawford county, Pennsylvania, whence he removed with his parents
to Waterford, Erie county, Pennsylvania, in October, 1874. His education
was received primarily at the Waterford borough schools, after which he
entered Waterford Academy in 1884, and was graduated in 1889. He then
entered the University of Michigan, and was graduated from the law de-
partment in 1902, with the degree of LL.B. After his graduation at the
LTniversity, Mr. Bolard was admitted to practice in the courts of Michigan
and in the Federal courts, being admitted to the bar in Erie county, Penn-
sylvania, in 1903 ; he was afterward admitted to the superior and supreme
courts, and has continued in the practice of his profession ever since. He
has been borough solicitor at Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania, for the
past ten years or more, having removed to this city in IMay, 1902.


Prior to his practice of the law, Mr. Bolard was engaged in his earher
years after having assisted his father in the tannery, in mercantile and
factory employment, spending thus some three years. He then taught
for a year, being principal of the seminary at Jamestown, Pennsylvania.
He has been in newspaper work for six years, as editor of the Waterford
Leader, gaining wide experience and influence in business as well as in the
legal profession. Mr. Bolard was one of the organizers of the First Na-
tional Bank, of Cambridge Springs, and is on the board of directors; he
is also solicitor for the bank. He is a man of considerable influence in the
community, and has taken considerable interest in educational matters, hav-
ing served as a school director for the past twelve years. This is the only
political office to which he has ever aspired, though he has been keenly
interested in politics, having formerly been a member of the Republican
party and now a Progressive. He is also a member of the Free and Ac-
cepted Masons, and of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, being pop-
ular and well known in fraternal circles. Mr. Bolard is an active mem-
ber of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which his wife and children are
also members.

He married, August 4, 1894, in Waterford, Mary Jane Cowan, born
July 15, 1868, on her father's farm near Franklin, Venango county, Penn-
sylvania, daughter of Andrew Jackson and Jennie (Smith) Cowan, who
were the parents of six children, four of whom are now living. Mr. and
Mrs. Bolard have four children, all of whom are attending school: Fred-
erick Cowan, born April 10, 1896; Celia, December 4, 1897; Katherine,
July 5, 1900; George Lawrence, June 16, 1905.

( IV) Charles Frederick Bolard, son of Frederick David and Celia
Henrietta (Hayes) Bolard, was born in Woodcock township, Crawford
county, Pennsylvania, November 8, 1872. He attended the Waterford
grammar schools and Waterford Academy, graduating from the latter in
June 1890. He purchased a half interest in the Waterford Leader, Jan-
uary I, 1893, and a full interest from J. A. Bolard, January i, 1900. He
is a member of the Presbyterian church of Waterford, as is also his wife,
and he is a Republican in politics, having served as postmaster from 1898
to 1901, performing his duties in a highly commendable manner, and was
also a member of the city council. He is a member of Waterford Lodge,
Free and Accepted Masons, in which he served as treasurer for several
years, also trustee, now worshipful master ; Presque Isle Lodge of Per-
fection, of Erie, Pennsylvania ; and Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in
which he has held all principal offices. He married, October 24, 1894, in
Waterford, Pennsylvania, Jennie M., daughter of Frank M. and Emma M.
(Weston) Merritt, who were the parents of four other children, namely:
Charles Weston, died in infancy; Harry Lynn, of Waterford, Pennsylvania;
Charlotte A., married Dr. J. Lloyd Barton, of Reading, Pennsylvania; Ina
Catharine, married Fred R. Powers, of Madison, Ohio. Frank M. Merritt,
father of Jennie M. (Merritt) Bolard, was born in Brighton, Monroe
county. New York, December 14, 1848, died February 13, 1904, at Water-


ford ; he was an agent for the Pennsylvania Railroad ; he married, May 10,
1871, Emma M. Weston, born in Cambridge, Crawford county, Pennsyl-

(The Hayes Line.)

(I) John Hays and his wife Jane came to this country from Ireland
in 1730, one record stating that they came from Donegal, another that they
came from Londonderry. They settled in Chester county, Pennsylvania,
where their dwelling was burned. They then removed to Ntythumberland
county, in 1732, where the)' kept a public house and store. John Hays
died November 16, 1789, aged eighty-four or eighty-five years, and was in-
terred in the burying ground connected with the Presbyterian church near
Weaversville. His wife survived him, dying at Derry, Northumberland
county, Pennsylvania, in 1806, aged about ninety- four years; her home at
the time of her death was with her son Robert. Of the five sons of John
Hays and his wife, all except William, who died young, served in the
Revolutionary War; two of them were said to have been with parties left
to keep up the camp fires at Trenton when Washington surprised the British
at Princeton. Children: i. John, born in Ireland, was two years old when
his parents arrived in this country ; at the outbreak of the Revolution, he
raised a company and marched with it as captain to Philadelphia, in Decem-
ber, 1776; he was thereafter known as Captain John; after the war he
resided in the settlement, engaged in milling, teaming, and farming, until
1790, when he was taken sick during an expedition into Crawford county,
to examine a tract of land which he wished to acquire, and died at Mead-
ville, November 3, 1796; he married (first) October 16, 1760, Barbary
King, (second) Jane Walker, having children by both wives. 2. William,
died young. 3. Robert, of whom further. 4. James, settled at Beech Creek,
Centre county; he served as lieutenant under Colonel Bonquest in the
French and Indian War, and received for his service the tract of land on
which he settled ; he raised a large family ; he was buried in the Hays grave-
yard at Beech Creek. 5. Francis, removed to Tennessee, and was not heard
from after 1808; Jack Hays, of Texas, was one of his descendants. 6. Jane,
married a Mr. Brown, removed to Virginia and returned afterwards to
Pennsylvania. 7. Isabel, married a Mr. Patton, their descendants living
in Centre county, Pennsylvania. 8. Mary, married a Mr. Gray, and after
his death a Mr. Steele. 9. Elizabeth, married Thomas Wilson.

(II) Robert Hays, son of John and Jane Hays, was born in 1742,
died in July, 1819. He was commissioned second lieutenant in the Revolu-
tionary army, on June 15, 1776. After the war he removed, in 1790, to
Northumberland county and settled near Warrior Run Church, where he
lived for nine years. He then moved to a farm a mile south of White Hall,
in Montour county, where he remained for seven years, during which time
occurred the death of his mother, in 1806. Robert Hays next moved to
a farm near Dewart, which at that time was overgrown with woods and
had only a cabin built upon it. His indomitable energy soon changed the
place into a beautiful home, which has since passed into the possession of


his grandsons, Robert and Joseph. He became blind in his old age, and
died at the age of seventy-seven years. His descendants changed the spell-
ing of the name to "Hayes." He married Mary Allison, who died in August,
1835; she vi^as a woman highly esteemed for her Christian virtues and
amiable disposition. Children : John, of whom further ; William, born May
23, 1776; James, May 21, 1778; Jane, May 15, 1779; Joseph, August i,
1780; Mary, January 29, 1783; Sarah, or Sally, May 6, 1785; Elizabeth, or
Betsy, July 21, 1788.

(HI) John Hayes, son of Robert and Mary (Allison) Hays, was
born November 3, 1770, or 1772, died in 1803. He married Margaret Falls;
she survived him and married Bethuel Vincent, the father of William,
Daniel, John H., and Phebe Vincent. Mr. and Mrs. Hayes had two chil-
dren : A daughter, who died young ; and James, of whom further.

(IV) James Hayes, son of John and Margaret (Falls) Hayes, was
born in 1799, his father dying when he was about four years old. After
his mother married Bethuel Vincent, he lived with the Vincent family for

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