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township, near the old Barricklow farm, in
1820, died December, 1862, daughter of Jesse
and Catherme (Oldshoe) Hudson, both born
in Dunbar township; he a farmer. Their
children: Ehza, of previous mention;
Nathan; Sophia: William and John, twins;
Jemima, Jesse, David, Wesley. Children of
Stephen S. and Eliza (Hudson) Leighty: i.
William, a retired physician and fnrmer of
Stanford, Kansas. 2. Henry S. residing in
Ilhnois. 3. Zachariah Taylor, of whom fur-
ther. 4. Stephen S., a retired farmer of
Hutchinson, Kansas. 5. Margaret, married
Milton Blair and resides in Oklahoma. 6.
Rebecca, married Joseph Piersol and resides
in Perrvopolis, I-'ayette county. 7. Anna,
married Robert Rankin, whom she survives,
a resident of Stafford, Kansas. 8. Eliza J.,
married Davis Woodward and lives near
Wooster, Ohio. 9. Agnes, married George
W. Cox and lives in Woodson county. Kan-
sas. Stephen S. Leighty married (second)
Marv Hare, of West Virginia. Children:
10. Emma, married C. A. Guinn of Union-
town, Pennsylvania. 11. Ulysses G., a
farmer on the old Leighty homestead in Dun-
bar township. 12. John, resides in Washing-
ton, Pennsvlvania.

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(IV) Zachariah Taylor, third child of
Stephen S. and Eliza (Hudson) Leighty, was
born in Dunbar township, Fayette county,
Pennsylvania, January 2, 1847. ye was ed-
ucated in the public schools, and early be-
came his father's helper in the farm work,
starting in the, cornfield at eight years of age.
He has always followed the business of a
farmer and has been very successful. He
owns and resides on the farm which was
owned and operated by his father and which
has also been his lifelong home. He is in-
terested in coal land speculation and in other
business affairs. He is a member of the Pat-
rons of Husbandry, is a Republican, and with
his wife a member of the Presbyterian Church
at Leisenring.

He married (first) October 19, 1871, Martha
Murphy, who died October 24, 1884, daugh-
ter of William Robinson Murphy, born near
Perryopolis, Fayette count3^ He married
(second) December 2, 1886, Anna J. Dufif,
born near Upper Middletown in Menallen
township, Fayette county, January 27, 1862,
daughter of Hugh Thompson and Diana
(Hnrnbeck) Duf¥; he born March 21, 1833,
in Menallen township, she in Washington
county. Pennsylvania, died January 29, 1909.
Hugh T. Duff is a veteran of the civil war and
a farmer. He is of Irish descent. Children
of Zachariah Taylor Leighty and his first wife,
Martha Murphy: i. Frederick Cooper (q.
v.). 2. Meivina Bella, born August 31, 1874;
now residing in Illinois. Cljildren by second
wife, Anna J. Duff: 3. Mary D., born Oc-
tober 13, 1890. 4. Sarah, born February 13,
1892, died March 25, 1900. 5. Esther, born
July 25, 1893. 6. Howard, born June 29,
1897. 7. Inez, born September 27, 1900. 8.
Z. Taylor, born May 29, 1902. 9. Lyda, born
July 5, 1904.

(IID Frederick Cooper

LEIGHTY Leighty, eldest son of Zacha-
riah T. Leighty (q v.). and his
first wife, Martha Murphy, was born in Dun-
bar township, Fayette county. Pennsylvania,
near Eagle school house, March 17, 1872. He
was educated in the public school (Eagle
school) and grew to manhood on the home
farm, continuing his father's assistant until
the spring of 1898, when hei married and' set-
lied on a farm of one hundred and twenty-
eight acres which he had purchased three

years previous. Since then he has added
forty-one acres to his original purchase,
erected new buildings, and brought the prop-
erty to a condition of modern improvements.
He devotes his acres to general farming and
stock raising, having gained a local reputation
as a successful agriculturist. He is a direc-
tor of the Dunn Coke Company, and a stock-
holder of the Union National Bank of Con-
nellsville. He is a Republican in politics, but
has never sought or held public office. He is
a member with his wife of the Cumberland
Presbyterian church and of the Patrons of
Husbandry Grange. He married March 31,
1898, Bertha Mae Critchfield, born in Bed-
ford county, Pennsylvania, daughter of Jacob
Albert and Ann (Wilson) Critchfield, her
father born in Somerset county, Northamp-
ton township, September 8, 1852, and for
many years interested in the coke business,
now a farmer. He married (second) a widow,
Mrs. Mary May. Jacob Albert was a son of
John J. and Julia Ann (May) Critchfield, both
old residents of Bedford county. John J. was
for many years an employee of the Pennsyl-
vania railroad. Their children: i. William
Oliver, settled when a young man in Denver,
Colorado, where he now resides. 2. Jacob
Albert, of whom further. 3. James Frank-
lin, until recently a resident of Bedford coun-
tv. 4. Wintield Scott, a railway conductor,
residing in Altoona, Pennsylvania: 5. Louis
Edward, a resident of Dunbar. 6. John
Howard, a railroad employee of Ellerslie,
Maryland. 7. Charles died young. 8. Ellen.
9. Bella. 10. Mary. 11. Anna. 12 Jennie.
These five daughters all died in one month,
victims of the dreaded disease, diphtheria.

Jacob Albert Critchfield was born in
Somerset county Pennsylvania, September
8, 1852, his'wife', Mary Ann Wilson, in Ful-
ton county. Pennsylvania, in 1855. They
Vi^ere married in Bedford county and about
1873 moved to Fayette county, where they
now reside on a farm. Mary Ann, his wife.
was a daughter of Adam and Rebecca Ann
(Peck) Wilson, both born In Fulton county,
Pennsylvania, where Adam, a farmer and
large land '^wner, died, and his widow yet
resides, but married again to a Mr. Engle,
r.nd has Tohn, Rachel, Anna. WilHam, Reu-
iien and Lucv bv her second husband. Chil-
dren of Adam Wilson: Mary Ann (of pre-



vions mention); Amanda Ella, married Scott
Rohm; and a son who died in infancy. Chil-
dren of Jacob Albert and Mary Ann (Wilson)
Critchlield: Charles Wilson; Bertha Mae (of
previous mention), first wife of Frederick
Cooper Lcighty; William Grover; Thomas
B., a veteran of the Spanish-American war,
serving in the Philippines, where he was
wounded in battle, but recovered; Edgar
Monroe, enlisted in the United States navy,
served his term and later was accidentally shot
while hunting in Arizona. John J. Critch-
field is 2 son of William Critchfield, born in
Somerset county, a farmer, and for many
years a justice of the peace; he owned a great
deal of land in Somerset county, and there
lived and died; he had three children: i.
John J. (of previous mention), who was
drafted and served in Company D, 28th Regi-
ment Pennsylvania Infantry. 2. Jesse, also
served in the Union army, was captured in
batie, and later released on parole. 3. Bet-
sey, married John Baidagan, a farmer of Fay-
ette county.

Children of Frederick Cooper Leighty and
his first wife. Bertha Mae Critchfield: i.
Thomas, born March 13, 1899. 2. Homer
Elroy, August II. 1.900. 3'. James Hamilton,
born November 2, 1902. 4. Albert Taylor,
July 21, 1908. 5. Frederick Cooper (2), May
31. 1910.

(lY) Ulysses S. G. Leighty.
LEIGHTY son of Stephen S. Leighty and

grandson of Henry Leighty,
(q. v.), was born in Dunbar township, Fay-
ette county, Pennsylvania, September 14.
1S67. He grew to manhood on the home
farm, receiving his education in the public
schools. He continued his father's assistant
until the death of the latter when he purchased
the homestead farm of one hundred and two
acres in Dunbar township, where he still re-
sides. He conducts a general farming and
stock raising business and has always pros-
pered. He also owns ten acres of coal land
in Washington county and has other interests.
He is a Republican in politics, but never
sought public office. He is a member of the
Patrons of Husbandry, and with his wife be-
longs to the Presbvterian church of Vander-

He married, December t2, 1889, Frances,
born in Fayette county, daughter of Abra-

ham (2) and Angeline (McBurney) Shallen-
berger. Children: i. Byron Scott, born
August 4, 1893, educated in the common
schools and Leisenring high school, but
forced to abandon his studies through eye
trouble. 2. Orland F., born December 29,

1894. a student at Leisenring high school. 3.
Loretta Cora, born April 11, 1900.

Abraham (2) Shallenberger was a renting
farmer of Dunbar township, was a member
of the Disciples of Christ Church, a Democrat
and assessor of the township. He died in

1895. His widow, also a member of the Dis-
ciples of Christ Church, survives him, a resi-
dent of Vanderbilt, Pennsylvania. Their chil-
dren: I. John P., now engaged in the in-
surance business at Connellsville. 2. Sarah
Mehssa, died in infancy. 3. Jennie, married
Samuel J. Moore, who survives her, a resi-
dent of Iventucky. 4. Elizabeth, married
Charles Martin and resides at Vanderbilt. 5.
Mary Katherine, married U. S. G. Blair and
resides in Connellsville. 6. Carrie, died in
infancy. 7. Frances, of previous mention,
wife of Ulysses S. G. Leighty. 8. Robert, a
fire boss at Vanderbilt. 9. Abraham, mar-
ried Huldali Lother and resides at Vander-
bilt. 10. Angeline, married Joseph Means,
who survives her. 11. Harry, resides in East
Liberty, Pennsylvania. His wife, Angeline
(McBurney) Shallenberger. w-as a daughter
of Robert and Melissa (Wilgus) McBurney,
both born in Fayette county, the latter a
daughter of John Wilgus. Robert McBur-
ney was a merchant of East Liberty, Pennsyl-
vania, also a boat builder and carpenter. His
children: i. Amanda J., married John Park-
hill. 2. Ann, married David Randolph. 3.
Angeline, of previous mention, wife of Ab-
raham (2) Shallenberger. 4. John, deceased,
married Susan Wadsworth. 5. Robert, a
farmer of Franklin township, married Susan

Abraham (2) Shallenberger was a son of
Abraham (1) and Elizabeth (Wollock)' Shal-
lenberger, both born in Connellsville town-
ship. Fayette county. Pennsylvania, and a
grandson of Christian Shallenberger, who
came early to Fayette county and acquired a
large tract of land by "tomahawk" right,
which was afterward patented to him. He
came from Lancaster county to Fayette and
at one time kept a tavern at the "Narrows"



near Connellsville. Elizabeth (VVollook)
ShaHengerber w.'s of German descent. Ab-
raham (i) Shallenberger, son of Christian
Shallenberger, was a blacksmith ^nd farmer
of Fayette county.

This branch of the Smiths of
SAHTH America was early founded in
Fayette county, Pennsylvania,
where the name is publicly perpetuated by the
borough of Smithfield, laid out June 13, 1799,
by one Barnabas Smith. The first definite
record in this branch is of Henry Smith, of
German descent. He was a farmer of Fay-
ette county, which is said to have been his
native county. He married (first) Keziah
Davis; children, all deceased except James

and Alary: Elizabeth, married Speers;

David; Hannah, married Uriah Carter; Eliza
Jane, married Mr. Foster; James B.; Mary,
married Mr. Bosley. He married (second)
Leah Field. Children: Milton, deceased;
Estep, deceased, Maria, deceased, married
James Gaddis; Isaac F., died March 14, igii;
Henry P., of whom further. He married
(third) Eliza Wilkey. Children: Elmer, liv-
ing in Iowa; Alice, married John Cameron,
who lives in Iowa; Lewis, living in North

(II) Henry P., son of Henry and Leah
(Field) Smith, was born on the home firm in
North Union township, Fayette county,
Pennsylvania, October 23, 1835, died at Dun-
bar, same county, in 1905. • He attended the
public school nearest his home, and during
his earlier life was a farmer and stock raiser,
owning the old North LInion homestead. He
then became interested in the butchering busi-
ness, managing stores at Dunbar and Mount
Braddock for Robert Hogsett. In 1879 he
began business for himself, opening a meat
market at Dunbar. He was very successful,
and as his sons grew up admitted them to the
business. He bought cattle all over Fayette
and adjoining counties, also buying live cat-
tle in Chicago, bringing them to Fayette
county in carload lots. His relations with the
farmers with whom he did business were of
the most cordial nature, his reputation for
square dealing, being proverbial. He was a
man of great energy, threw his whole soul
into whatever he had to do, and retained his
interest in his business until the very last; al-
though doing business in Dunbar, his home

was in Uniontown. When really too feeble
to make the journey, he came to Dunbar, was
taken seriously ill, and did not return to his
Uniontown home until carried there by sor-
rowing friends. He was always an active Re-
publican, and in 1893 was a candidate of his
party for county treasurer. In 1892 the op-
position party had elected their ticket in the
county by handsome majorities, yet so great
was Mr. Smith's popularity and the confi-
dence reposed in him by the voters, that lie
was elected by sixteen hundred majoritv. His
vote in Dunbar where he had been so long in
business was practically unanimous. Party
lines were forgotten, all seeming anxious to
testify their esteem in this public manner. He
was a member of great Bethel Baptist church
of Uniontown, his parents having belonged
to the same church. He is buried in Oak
Grove cemetery. He married, in i860, Mar-
gery, daughter of Lewis Stewart, of Menallen
township; she died in February, 1873. He
married (second) in February, 1882, Jennie,
daughter of Horatio N. Griffith, of Georges
township, who survives him. Lewis Stewart
was born in Fayette cotinty; in early life was
a shoemaker, later a prominent farmer. He
married Mary Ann, daughter of William
Worthington, a driver on the "Old National
Pike" between Cumberland, Maryland and
Wheeling, Virginia. Children of Henry P.
Smith and his first wife, Margery Stewart:
1. One died in infancy. 2. William C, of
whom further. 3. Emma, married James
Coombs, of Uniontown, now in the employ of
the W. J. Rainey Coke Company as stable
foreman. 4. Harry L., born March 11, 1870;
now a partner with his brother in the meat
business at Dunbar; he married .\nna AIc-

(HI) V\'illiam C, eldest son of Henry P.
Smith, was born on the North Union town-
ship farm, February 2, 1862, being the third
generation born there. He grew up on the
homestead farm, attending the public school
until eleven years of age, when his mother
died. He was then taken with his younger
brother and sister into the home of their
grandfather Stewart, where he remained until
1882, attending school and working on the
Menallen township farm of his grandfather.
In 1882 he became associated with his father
in the butchering, cattle dealing and meat



market business in Dunbar. He continued
this until the de'ith of Henry P. Smith in
1905. Since then the brothers have con-
tinued the business as partners. They are well
established in a modern well equipped mar-
ket, and command a generous patronage.
William C. Smith was appointed postmaster
of Dunbar in 1906, and is still holding that
office. He is a Republican in politics; mem-
ber of the Royal Arcanum, Junior Order of
American Mechanics, and in religious faith
a Baptist.

He married, October 31, 1S86, Luella Tag-
gart, born in Monongahela City, Pennsyl-
vania, daughter of A. A. Taggart, a con-
tractor and builder of Uniontown, who died
in August, 191 1. Children: lola, married
Ray Guyeton, a druggist of Pittsburgh, Penn-
sylvania; Cecil, his father's assistant in the
store; Clarence, now in the employ of the
Allegheny Supply Company at Pittsburgh;
Harold; Eleanor.

The first of this name to settle

SPARKS in Fayette county was Horatio
Sparks, a farmer and tanner.
He came to the county early; was first a
Democrat, active in the party, but in later
life a Republican. He married Helena Ham-
mond and both died in Fayette county, leav-
ing issue.

(H) Samuel Hammond, son of Horatio
Sparks, was born in Fayette county, Penn-
sylvania, in 1850, died December 7, 1904. He
was reared and educated in Fayette county,
and learned his father's trade, tanning. Later
he established a tannery of his own in Bull-
skin township. He was also a farmer. In
politics he was a Democrat. He married Me-
linda, daughter of Peter Christner, now a res-
ident of Indiana. Children of Samuel Ham-
mond Sparks: William Ketchum; Charles
Boyle; Roy, of whom further; Lida Ham-
mond, Edward, Lena Hammond, Luella B.,
Maud Kitchen, Francis Davis, Samuel Ham-
mond, Clyde, Harriet.

(Ill) Roy, third son of Samuel Hammond
Sparks, was born at Indian Head, Fayette
county, Pennsylvania, July 28, 1876. He was
educated in the public school and followed
farming industriously until he was twenty-
two years of age.

He then came to Connellsville, learned the
carpenter's trade, and for five years was with

the Fayette Lumber Company. In politics
he is a Democrat.

He married, July 28, 1899, Luzetta Viola
Beal, born in Fayette count}' July 28, 1879,
daughter of William L. and Sarah (Miller)
Beal. William L. Beal was born in Somerset
county in 1839; he served in the civil war
three years and eight months in Company B,
One Hundred and Forty-second Regiment
Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry; fought at
Gettysburg and was held a prisoner at Belle
Isle for eight months and three days. He
married Sarah Miller, born in Fayette coun-
ty, 1843, daughter of George Miller. Their
children: Laura Belle, deceased; Nancy
Francina, deceased; Lloyd M.; Ida N.; Lu-
zetta Viola, of previous mention. Children of
Leroy and Luzetta Sparks: Clarence Brooks,
born February 13, 1900; Audrice May, Feb-
ruary 6, 1902; Gertrude, May 10, 1904; Dor-
othy Irene, January 14, 1908; William Ham-
mond, November 28, 1910.

This branch of the many Brown
BROWN families of the United States

descend from a Virginia settler
and from that colony came Wendell
Brown and his sturdy sons, Adam, Mau-
nus and Thomas, to Fayette county, settling
originally on the Provance's Bottom on the
IMonongahela. Jtidge Veech says in his
"Monongahela of Old": "When Washing-
ton's little army was at Fort Necessity or
Great Meadows, the Browns packed provi-
sions, beef and corn to him, and when he sur-
rendered to the French and Indians, July 4,
1754, they retired with the retreating colonial
troops across the mountain to their old Vir-
ginia home." After General Forbes had re-
established English dominion they returned,
but settled not on their old lands, but in what
is now South LTnion and Georges townships,
where they were the first white settlers.
Adam Brown located on three hundred and
twenty-seven acres warranted to him, June
14, 1769. jNIaunus Brown had three hundred
and six acres warranted to him the same day.
Adam Brown, "Old Adam" — as he was called
— boasted of having been a king's lieutenant
in his earlier days, having probably served
with the Virginia provincials in the French
and Indian wars. For his services he claimed
to have received a royal grant of land nine
miles square, extending from near Mount



liradclock along the face of Laurel Hill
southward and westward as far as New
Salem, and it is said that when this land was
being surveyed the surveyor was shot and
by whom no one ever seemed toicnow; thus
ended the survey, but it was supposed that
the work was done by an Indian. The old
lieutenant, it is said, induced many Virginia
acquaintances of the Browns to settle around
him on the grant, the Downards, Greens,
McDonalds, McCartys, Brownsfields, Kin-
dells, Scotts, Jennings and Higginsons. Out
of al)undant caution Adam and Maunus
Brown did not trust to their tomahawk claim,
but entered applications for their land in the
Pennsylvania law office, June 14, 1769, and
had them surveyed soon after. They took
no part in the boundary dispute between Vir-
ginia and Pennsylvania, but it is said that
Adam and some of his associates had em-
ployed an agent to go to London to perfect
the royal grant, but when the revolution
ended the King's power in the colonies,
they gave up the efifort and in due time per-
fected their titles under Pennsylvania.

From this circumstance and from others
of little weight arose the allegation that "Old
Adam" and sundry of his neighbors were un-
friendly to the cause of independence, but
there is no evidence that they ever committed
any act of toryism. The Maunus Browns
were never suspected of any lukewarmness
for the cause, and always retained the fullest
confidence of their neighbors. The Indians
who held the country whea the Browns came
had one or more lead mines in the mountains,
the localities of which they guarded with in-
violable secrecy. The discovery of these
mines by the Browns would have been a
valuable acquisition — many efiforts did they
make to find them and many sly attempts to
follow the Indians on their trips to the mines,
but without avail. Thomas Brown it seems
was most persistent and only escaped death
at the stake through the intercession of a
friendly chief. Later he was again caught
when there was no intercession near and had
all his teeth knocked out with a piece of iron
and a tomahawk. An instance of savage
honesty is told of Brown. In a season of
scarcity they came to them for food; the old
man sold them eight rows of corn — after
they had gone he found they had taken just
eight rows, no more. The Browns held to

their lands, and much of it is yet in the family
name. This line descends through Maunus

(llj Maunus, son of Wendell Brown, with
his father and two brothers, was the first
white settler in South Union township, Fay-
ette county, Pennsylvania, where he had
three hundred and six acres patented him,
June 14, 1769. His lands lay in what became
Georges township, where he lived until a
good old age, possessed much influence and
means. He married and left issue.

(HI) Abraham, son of Maunus Brown,
was born in Georges township, Fayette
county, Pennsylvania, where his entire life
was spent engaged in agriculture. He owned
a farm of three hundred acres, and was
highly respected in his neighborhood. He
was a Democrat and served tne township as
tax collector and poor director. He married
Mary Bend. Children: i. Benjamin, a
farmer, of Georges township; married Eliza-
beth Franks. 2. Isaac, a farmer, owning the
land on which the Peirce Coke Works are
built; he married first a Miss Hutchinson,
second the widow of Thomas Grier. 3.
Maunus, a farmer, of South Union township;
married Sallie Franks. 4. Abraham. 5.
Sarah, married Isaac Bailey, a farmer. 6.
Polly, married Isaac Vance. 7. Rachel,
married James Higinbotham. 8. Clarissa,
married Nathan DeFord, and moved to
Kansas. 9. Susan.

(lY) Abraham (2), fourth son of Abraham
(i) and Mary (Bend) Brown, was born on
the old Brown homestead farm, December
26 (of June 28) 1 81 7, died May 29, 1897.
He attended the common schools and be-
came one of the most wealthy farmers of
the county. He owned at his death seven
farms, aggregating eight hundred acres (part
of it the old Maunus Brown tract), 1)esides
a cash estate of one hundred and fifty thou-
sand dollars. He held most of the township
offices, and was equally active and influential
in the Lutheran church. He was a shrewd
practical farmer, a good judge of values and
a very successful speculator. He was very
liberal in his donations to all churches and
generous to the poor. He was a Democrat
in politics and very influential in the party.
He married, November 18, 1841, Hannah
Colley, born in Fayette county, Pennsylvania,
April 24, 18 1 6, died July i, 1887. Her birth-



place was the old Colley farm along the
National Pike just west of Uniontown, where
her father, Abel Colley, kept a stopping place
for stage coaches, a driver's yard and a house
of entertainment for travelers on the Pike.
He married Nancy Nolen. Children of Abel
Colley: Peter, a farmer of the old home-
stead, deceased; Levi, a farmer, deceased;
Hannah, wife of Abraham (2) Brown; Sea-
right, a farmer of Redstone township, mar-
ried Catherine Smouse; Jane, married Robert
Leedham, a farmer of Fayette county, died
in West Virginia. Children of Abraham
Brown: i. Peter, born February 23, 1843;
a farmer of Georges township; married Mary
Huldah Lawrence. 2. Abraham, born, June
28, 1844; now a farmer of South Union town-
ship; married Harriet Core, deceased. 3.
Searight, born October 2^, 1846; now a re-
tired farmer; married Laura Dawson. 4.
Nancy, born December 8, 1847, deceased;
married Jefferson Walters, a farmer of
Georges township. 5. George, born June
25, 1849; "ow a retired farmer; married
Emma Morgan and resides in Uniontown.

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