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Sarah Ann (Smith) Struble, was born in Ger-
man township, April i, 1858. He wns brought
up in German township, and there he attended
public school. Afterward he entered the
agricultural department of the Pennsylvania
State College, where he obtained a scientific
agricultural education. Returning home he
engaged in farming and he has continued



steadily in this work, and the combination
of sound theory and practical experience has
given him great success in agriculture. His
own home farm, of about three hundred acres,
has all been put into an excellent state of cul-
tivation and is one of the finest farms in the
county. Seventeen acres have been sold from
his first holdings, having been bought by the
railroad for right-of-way. Besides this fine
farm, Mr. Struble owns one hundred and
thirty-seven acres near Merritstown, Pennsyl-
vania; five hundred acres in Preston county.
West Virginia, and one hundred and sixty
acres in South Dakota. Naturally he is a
well-known man throughout Fayette county.
He has always carefully studied the business
aspect of farming. He is a member of the
Free and Accepted Masons. In politics Mr.
Struble is a Democrat, and he has served as
school director twenty-five years.
, He married, in September, 1890, Anne,
daughter of William McShane, who died No-
vember 27, T911. She was, a member of the
Presbyterian church. Their only child died
in infancy.



Judge David Lynn, who was of
LYNN Scotch-Irish descent, founded

this family in America. He came
from Dublin, Ireland, and settled in Fred-
erick county, Maryland, where he became
prominent. He was a judge under the crown
and held office at the time of the Stamp Act
agitation.

(II) Andrew, son of Judge David Lynn,
was born in Ireland, and came to Maryland,
where he died, leaving issue: Andrew (2), of
whom further; WiUiam and James.

(III) Colonel Andrew (2) Lynn, son of
Andrew (i) Lynn, grew to manhood in Mary-
land. He came to Fayette county with his
brothers, William and James Lynn. William
was a revolutionary soldier, and settled near
Louisville, Kentucky. James settled in In-
diana, while Andrew remained in Fayette
county, where he came in 1761, and entered
a large tract of land, as did his brother Will-
iam, by the method known as "Tomahawk-
ing." William's tract was in Washington
township, extending to the Monongahela
river, including the site of Freeport, now
Fayette City. When he moved to Kentucky
he sold three hundred acres to his brother,
Colonel Andrew Lynn. His "Tomahawk"




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claim held good until 1769, when he made
application to have it surveyed. His petition
was granted, and on August 2, 1769, it was
surveyed, being the first authorized survey
ever made by the government in Fayette
county under the law of 1769. Besides this
the Colonel owned his own "Tomahawk"
claim and several hundred acres in Redstone
and Jefferson townships, including a mill
site. When the revolutionary war broke out
Andrew enlisted in the Continental army and
rose to the rank of a commissioned officer.
lit- served throughout the entire war and was
with Washington at Yorktown. During his
absence from home during the war the au-
thorities compelled his wife to comply with
the law requiring every owner of a mill site
to either erect a mill or abandon the site to
the state. She pluckily faced the situation,
and by the time her husband returned from
the war the mill was completed and grinding
flour and feed for the public. He resumed
his agricultural life and devoted himself to
the improvement of his farm. He died in
1794, and was buried in the family graveyard
on one of his farms, known as Crabtree Bot-
tom, in the "New Purchase," where, about
1814, his excellent wife was laid by his side.
He married Mary Ashercraft, daughter of
Peter and Mary (Ashercraft) Johnson, of
Maryland. Children: i. Nancy Ann, who be-
came the third wife of the Rev. John Corbly,
a Baptist minister; at one time her husband
was confined in Culpeper jail for preaching
the doctrine of complete separation of church
and state. After his release he came to
Greene county, Pennsylvania, where he es-
tablished the Baptist church at Gerrards
Ford, and preached the gospel until his
death. 2. William. 3. Andrew (3). 4. John,
who, in the fall of 1791, became a member of
the United States service during the Indian
uprisings, and was selected as one of eight
scouts by his commander at Fort Wheeling,
Virginia, to ascertain the movements of the
hostile Indians, and while on duty in Ohio
was shot through the heart while lying under
the same blanket with John Crawford, the
latter escaping without injury. John Lynn
was a warm friend of Crawford's, and upon
the birth of a son in Crawford's family he
was named John Lynn Crawford, in accord-
ance with a sacred pledge made by Mr. Craw-
ford twelve years before. 5. Ayers, of whom



further. 6. Captain Isaac, who fought with
Commodore Perry at the battle of Lake Erie,
and won a medal for distinction in that cam-
paign.

(IV) Ayers, son of Colonel Andrew (2)
Lynn, was born in Redstone township, Fay-
ette county, September 15, 1772, died No-
vember 28, 1840. He built a stone house
upon his farm in Redstone, which is yet
standing and occupied, and there several suc-
ceeding generations were also born. He was
a farmer all his life, owned a large farm and
was a prosperous, substantial citizen. He
was a Whig in politics and always active in
public life. In religious faith he was a Bap-
tist. He married Charlotte McFarran, born
in Hancock, Maryland, August 30, 1780, died
January 6, 1855, ^t Canton, Illinois, while on
a visit there to her daughter, Nancy C. Coch-
ran. They left issue as follows: John J.;
Samuel Mc. ; Nancy C, married a Mr. Coch-
ran; Louisa J.; Mary; Isaac, of whom fur-
ther; William; Alexander Mc; Andrew; Har-
riet S.; Dr. James J. and Robert W.

(V) Isaac, son of Ayres Lynn, was born in
the old stone house on the home farm in
Redstone township, Fayette county, Pennsyl-
vania, November 15, 1816, died December 20,
1891. He was a prosperous farmer of Red-
stone, a Whig in politics, later a Republican,
holding many local olifices. He was a Baptist
in religion, and a man of high standing in his
community, as the Lynns have always been.
He married, February i, 1844, Rebecca, born
October 11, 182 1, near Greensboro, Greene
county, Pennsylvania, died September 2."],
1865, daughter of Lewis and Rachel (Jones)
Evans. In 1898 the family home was estab-
lished in Uniontown, where the three living
daughters reside. Children, the first born in
the stone house: i. Lewis Evans, of whom
further. 2. Louisa Johnson, born September
2, 1846. 3. Charlotte Jane, born September
12, 1848; died October 10, 1849. 4. Rachel
Evans, born June 6, 1851. 5. Eliza Bell, Jan-
uary 28, 1855. 6. Robert Wasson, November
14, 1857.

(VI) Lewis Evans, eldest son of Isaac
Lynn, was born in Redstone township, Fay-
ette county, Pennsylvania, November 22,
1844. He was educated in the public schools
and grew to manhood on the home farm, and
for many years followed agriculture as an oc-
cupation. In 1890 he moved to Uniontown,



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and has since been engaged in coke and coal
land operations. He has prospered in busi-
ness and stands well in his community. He
belongs to lodge, chapter, commandery and
shrine of the Masonic order, is a member of
the Presbyterian church and a Republican in
politics.

He married, February 6, 1872, Nancy M.,
born August 25, 1850, died August 14, 1888,
daughter of Jacob and Marjorie (Harper)'
Henderson, of Dunbar township, Fayette
county. Children: i. Jacob H., born Novem-
ber 20, 1872, in Dunbar township, Fayette
county, Pennsylvania; educated in the com-
mon shcools and entered the University of
Virginia at Morgantown. Later he engaged
in the coal and coke business; is now located
in Bucks county, Pennsylvania, at Langhorne,
where he has a fine estate, "Lynnwood." He
still holds his interests in the coal and coke
business. He married Alberta D. Hogg,
daughter of Charles Hogg, of Cadiz, Ohio;
no issue. 2. Mary Rebecca, born September
2, 1874; married D',r. Gregg A. Dillinger, of
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; has one child, Bes-
sie A. 3. Robert L, died in infancy.



This family is believed to be of
DILS German ancestry, although the

name has been greatly changed no
doubt since its introduction into this country.
The earliest record is of Philip Dils, who
married Mary Hagar, in what was then
Springhill township, Fayette county, and set-
tled in the same township about 1807. He
came from near Parkersburg, West Virginia,
and died in 1857, in Nicholson township,
Fayette county, where descendants yet reside.
He was a successful farmer and left each of
his five children a good farm. Philip Dils and
wife both lived to a good old age. Children:
Ann; Benjamin, of whom further; Henry;
Peter; Mary.

(H) Benjamin, son of Philip and Mary
(Hagar) Dils, w^s born in Nicholson town-
ship, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, in 181 1.
He was educated in the public schools of the
township, and after leaving school assisted
his father on the home farm of one hundred
acres. This he inherited upon his father's
death and conducted extensive stock raising
operations, supplying the ment dealers of the
nearby towns and also making large ship-
ments to the cities. In politics he was a Dem-



ocrat and served his township as school di-
rector. He married Elizabeth, daughter of
George and Hannah (Larch) Gans. Children:
Philip; Paul; John; William; George; Ben-
jam.in; Mary Ann, married J. A. Gilbert;
Hannah, married Alexander Moser; Franklin
Pierce; Leander, of whom further; Maria;
Michael.

(HI) Leander, son of Benjamin and Eliza-
beth (Gans) Djls, was born on the old home-
stead farm in Nicholson township, Fayette
county, Pennsylvania, October 17, 1854. He
obtained his education in the public schools,
and after reaching man's estate took entire
charge of the home, farm; later, in 1908, pur-
chasing a farm of one hundred and fifteen
acres, which he now conducts very success-
fully. He is a member of the Patrons of Hus-
bandry and of the Baptist hcurch. His polit-
ical party is the Democratic. The only office
he ever held was that of road supervisor, to
which he was re-elected several times. He
married, in 1881, Elizabeth Poundstone, born
October 16, 1858, daughter of William and
Mary (De Bolt) Poundstone. Children: i.
Jennie L., married Le Roy Brown. 2. Philip
Lawrence, died in infancy. 3. Ida, lives at
home. 4. Alvin Crow, twin of Ida, lives in
Georges township. 5. Leanna Elizabeth, lives
at home. 6. Vanie R., fives at home.



On the paternal side
CUNNINGHAM this family traces to the

Emerald Isle, where
John (1) Cunningham, grandfather of John
A. Cunningham, of Connellsville, was born.
John (i) Cunningham came to the United
States, where he married Anna McClintock,
whose father, Alexander McClintock, was
born in Ireland, came to the American colo-
nies prior to the revolution, and' was a mem-
ber of General Washington's personal guard,
serving seven years, nearly the entire revo-
lutionary period. After the war he came to
Pennsylvania, settling in Somerset county on
Fort Hill, township of Addison, where he
made a clearing and cultivated a small area
until his death at a log rolling, being caught
and crushed under a huge log that caught
him unawares.

(II) John (2), son of John (i) and Anna
(McClintock) Cunningham, was born in Som-
erset county, Pennsylvania, 1806, died 1875.



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He was a farmer all his life. He came to
Fayette county, where he remained for a time,
married and then returned to Somerset coun-
ty, where he owned a good farm. He was a
Republican and always took an active part in
public affairs. Both he and his wife were
members of the Methodist Episcopal church.
He married Elizabeth, born in Connellsville,
1817, died 1898, daughter of George Marietta,
of the prominent Fayette county family of
that name (see Marietta). Children: Wesley;
Fletcher; Brooklyn; Emily, married Frank
Roger; Emmitt; John A., of whom further;
Coston; Melissa, married David Enfield;
Mary ; Belle, who became the wife of Thomas
Grey.

(HI) John A., son of John (2) Ctmningham,
was born in Somerset county, Pennsylvania,
April 17, 1851. He was educated in the pub-
lic schools, worked on his father's farm, and
on arriving at man's estate learned the black-
smith's trade at L'niontown and for ten years
operated a shop in Somerset county. He then
came to Connellsville, where he still continued
at his chosen occupation, having been contin-
uously in business there except for one year.
In 1898 he erected his present commodious
shop at No. 402 South Pittsburgh street, and
in 1905 built a store building adjoining, now
occupied by a grocer. He is a successful man
of business, fie h:is always been modern and
progressive in his business methods, equip-
ping his shop with all aids in the way of im-
proved machinery and devices. At the time
of his coming to Connellsville all smithing
was done by hand labor, and he was the first
to use an engine in the town. In point of
years in business he is the oldest smith in
Connellsville. He is a member of the Meth-
odist Episcopal church, as is his wife, also
of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and
the Knights of the Maccabees.

l\lr. Cunningham married (first) m 1873,
Margaret Romesburg. born in Somerset
county. Children: i. Fletcher, married Ger-
trude Fleming. 2. Thomas, married Stella
Harland. 3. Ethel, married William Young.
4. Clarke, mairied Ella Ansel. 5. Homer,
married Blake McMilbn. 6. Bertha, resides
at home. Mrs. Cunningham died in 1891.
Mr. Cunningham married (second) in 1893,
Sarah, daughter of John Trimpe, of Somer-
set county, Pennsylvania. Children: Ruth,
Paul and Robert.



Richard Poundstone,
POUNDSTONE the first member of
this family about whom
we have definite mformation, was born in
Germany. He came from Germanv in 1754,
and about 1756 settled in what is now Ger-
man township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania.
He married Margaret Baker,' who was born
in Germany. It is not known how many chil-
dren they had, but among these was George,
of whom further; probably also Nicholas
Poundstone who married Elizabeth Everly
was their child.

(II) George, son of Richard and Margaret
(Baker) Poundstone, was born in German
tovv^nship, in 1768, died August 2, 1845.
Across the mountain, then almost impassable,
he drove the first team, and thereafter he did
teaming, more or less, the remainder of his
life. Cumberland, Baltimore and Philadelphia
were among the points to which he went by
team. He became owner of about six hun-
dred acres of land, and was an influential man
in Fayette county. He was one of the found-
ers of the Lutheran church in this county and
was its main support. He married Susanna
Messmore. born in 1771, died ini 1834. Chil-
dren: I. John, of whom further. 2. Susan,

married Dimdy. 3. Jacob, born April

10, 1795, died December 15, 1868; married,
September 27, 1827, Mahala Core. 4. Philip,
married Una Harford. 5. Richard, married
Elizabeth CofTenbaugh. 6. George, born Sep-
tember 18, 1801. died December 3, 1884; mar-
ried, in 1836, Susan Stumm. 7. Katharine,
married Elias Freeman. 8. Margaret, married
Augustus Scott.

(HI) John, son of George and Susanna
(Messmore) Poundstone; was born October
3. 1790, died February 25, 1861. He was a
farmer; in 1842 he was school director, and in
1845 assessor. He was a Democrat, and a
member of the Cumberland church. He mar-
ried Nancy Funk, born March 22. 1794, died
February 25, 1861. Children: r. Susanna,
born August 9, 1813, died December i, 1840.
2. David R., born November 23, 18 14, died
November 11, 1871. 3. George, born July 25,
1816, died in August, 1816. 4. George, born
August 16, 1817, died in September. 1817. 5.
John, born May 6, 1819, died im July, 1819.
6. Adam M., of whom further. 7. Hugh C,
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1899. 8. Nancy J., born December 27, 1824,
died November 12, 1901. 9. Joseph F., born
June 17, 1827, living. 10. William S., born
January 5, 1829, died April 17, 1908. ir. Ben-
jamin, born December 16, 1830, died in Feb-
ruary, 1831. вАҐ12. John M., born December 3,
1831, died January 15, 1832. 13. Robert S.,
born November 30, 1836, died April 13, 1838.

(IV) Adam M., son of John and Nancy
(Funk) Poundstone, was born September 2,
1820, died April 29, 1892. He was a farmer,
and lived on the same farm as his father had
lived on; when he died he left it to his two
sons, Samuel A. and Albert G., who now farm
it together. He had the education of the dis-
trict school; was a Democrat, and a member
of the Cumberland Presbyterian church. He
married, February 8, 1846, Rebecca C,
born August 19, 1829, died November i, 1852,
daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Weibel)
Allebaugh. Children: i. Samuel A., of wiiom

further. 2. , died in infancy. 3. Albert

G., born October 24, 1852, married Mary
EHzabeth Beal, of German township. They
have two children, both unmarried and living
at home: Anna Rebecca, born December 16,
1878, and Estella, born August 26, 1883.

(V) Samuel A., son of Adam M. and Re-
becca C. (Allebaugh) Poundstone, was born
In German township, February 20, 1847. He
is a farmer, and one of the best known men in
Payette county. Although he and his brother
live on the old place, a portion has been sold
from the origmal one hundred and forty-three
acres, and the brothers have one hundred and
ten acres. This farm is near Footdale. The
coal has been sold to the Eureka Coal & Coke
Company. Mr. Poundstone has worked in
the recorder's office at Uniontown for three
years, with Henry A. Witt, and for another
period oi three years with Byron Porter, also
at Uniontown; he was for five years with the
Second National Bank at that place. He is a
member of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, having been initiated in 1868 at Ne-
cessity Lodge at Uniontown. In politics he is
a Democrat, and he has served one term of
three \ears as county auditor.



William Johnston is the
JOHNSTON first member of this family

about whom we have defi-
nite information. It is not known whom he
married. Children: 1. James, deceased; he



was a farmer near Pleasant View, Fayette
county, Pennsylvania; was unmarried. 2.
John, who went m 1849 to California to dig
gold ; returned to Redstone township, Fayette
county, Pennsylvania, where he became a
farmer. 3. Philip L., of whom further. 4.
Lucy, died at advanced age, unmarried. 5.
Sally, died at advanced age, unmarried. 6.
Elizabeth, died young, married George Ge-
hoe. 7. Martha, married George Gehoe. 8.
Robert, who lives on the home farm in Red-
stone township, where he made a home for his
sisters Lucy and Sally; he was unmarried.

(II) Philip L., son of William Johnston,
was born in Jefferson township, Fayette coun-
ty, Pennsylvania, April 24, 1824, died March

3, 1910. He grew up in Jefferson township
on Little Redstone creek, and when he was
a young man learned the trade of cooper,
which he followed all his life. After his mar-
riage he owned a small place in Washington
county, Pennsylvania, above Allenport; soon
aiter this he bought fifty acres near Pleasant
View, in Redstone township. As long as there
was a demand for barrels he worked at his
tiade, and the sons did the work on the farm.
He retired in 1906 and removed to Browns-
ville, where he lived for the remainder of his
life. He w-as a large, strong and enduring
man, weighing one hundred and eighty
pounds. He w"as a Democrat. Although both
he and his wife had been members of the
Baptist church, when he removed to Browns-
ville he presented his letter to the Cumber-
land Presbyterian church at that place.

He married Isabel Maxwell, who was born
at Allenport April 27, 1829, died December
9, 191 1. Her father was born in Ireland; he
was a river man and lived at Allenport. Her
mother was of German birth. Their children:
I. 'Jliomas, died in, middle life; he was a river
man on the Monongahela. 2. Thornton, cap-
tain of a river boat. 3. Alexander, served in
the civil war and was captaini of a river boat.

4. Mary, married they live at Lacon

llhnois. 5. Isabel, married Philip L. John-
ston. 6. Martha, married Robert Wilson;
they live at Fayette City, Fayette county,
Pennsylvania. 7. Jane, deceased; married
Samuel Mansfield, also deceased; they lived
at Fayette City. 8. Caroline, married (first)
Peter Riley, (second) Samuel Fields. Mr.
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widow, living at Allenport. Children of Philip
L. and Isabel (Maxwell) Johnston: i, Mary,
married Allison Reppert; lives at Belle Ver-
non, Penns) Ivania. 2. Dora B., unmarried ;
lives at Brownsville. 3. Josephine, married
Finley Haggerty ; he is a farmer in Franklin
township, Fa\ette county. 4. William E., mar-
ried Bertha Osborne ; he is a farmer and lives
in Greene county. 5. jNIichael Wolf, died
aged thirty-two; unmarried. 6. George
Maxwell, of whom further.

(Ill) George Maxwell, son of Philip L. and
Isabel (Maxwell) Johnston, was born on his
father's place in Washington county, on the
Monongahela river, one mile above Belle Ver-
non, November 2, 1866. He attended Spear's
school, near his birthplace. Also in bovhood
he learned telegraphy at West Belle Vernon.
In 1886 he went to Chicago and was a teleg-
rapher for the Western Union Telegraph
Company. He followed this occupation until
March, 1905, when he returned to Fayette
county and bought sixty acres of the old
Dunn place in Franklin township. Here he
still lives. He makes specialties of small fruits
and garden vegetables. He is a Democrat.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Johnston are members of
the Baptist church at Flatwoods, Fayette
county, Pennsylvania. He married, July 4,
i8y2, Mary, daughter of John and Threna
Johnston, who was born near Manitowoc,
Wisconsin, April 7, 1866. Despite the name,
she is not of the same descent as Mr. John-
ston. Her parents were both born in Nor-
way, although they married after coming to
America, m Wisconsin. Both are deceased;
the father owned a farm of two hundred acres.
Children of George Maxwell and Mary (John-
ston) Johnston: Ruth Marie, born December
14, 1894; George Maxwell, born July, 1896;
Edith, born April 29, 1898; Esther Matilda,
born September 16, 1902.



This family is native to Fayette
SMITH county, Pennsylvania, North

Union township, where Robert
H. Smith was born and has spent his life en-
gaged in farming. He married Eliza F.
Humbert, also born in Fayette county, Penn-
sylvania. Children: Peter F., of whom
further; Jennie, married Clyde D. Kimball,
of Dunbar, Pennsylvania; William W., in
business in Connellsville; Dr. Charles H., of
Uniontown.



(II) Peter F., son of Robert H. and Eliza
F. (Humbert) Smith, was born at the home
farm near Dunbar, North Union township,
Fayette county, Pennsylvania, April 16, 1857.
His early education was obtained in the pub-
he school, finishing his classical study at the
State Normal School at California, Pennsyl-
vania. Having decided upon the profession
of medicine, he entered the medical depart-
ment of the University of Michigan at Ann
Arbor, whence he was graduated M. D., class
of 1887. He began the practice of medicine
at Percy, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, con-
tinuing there for eight years. He then lo-
cated in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, where he
has since been in continuous successful prac-
tice. He is a member of the medical staff of
Uniontown Hospital and a member of the
Pennsylvania State and Fayette County Med-
ical societies. He served a term as coroner
of Fayette county, and is a Republican in
politics.

He married, June 25, 1895, Ruth Eliza
Rinehart, of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.
Children: Charles F. and Eleanor Eliza.



The McCormicks of
McCORMICK Uniontown, Pennsyl-

vania, herein recorded,
descend from Noble McCormick, of Frank-
lin and North Union townships. Fayette
county, Pennsylvania. There were McCor-
micks in Franklin township earlier than 1785,
the name of James McCormick appearing as
a land owmer at that date. Whether Noble
was a son or relative of James is not certain,
although the statement is made that Noble
McCormick was born in Ireland. There are
grounds, however, for the belief that he was
born in Fayette county, 1790- 1800, and that
he was a son of James. Noble McCormick
was a school teacher and a farmer, owning a



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