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6. Isaac, born September 5, 1851, deceased;
married Sarah Brownfield, who survived him
and married (second) Stephen Wadsworth.

7. Levi. 8. Mary, born March 26, 1855;
married (first) William Huston, (second)
Bert McMullen and lives in Uniontown. 9.
Sarah, born August 3, 1856; married Eph-
raim Walters, a retired farmer. 10. Alfred,
born November 9, 1858; now residing upon
the old Maunus Brown homestead; married
Jennie Brownfield.

(V) Levi, sixth son of Abraham (2) and
Hannah (Colley) Brown, was born in
Georges township, Fayette county, Pennsyl-
vania, October 16, 1854. He attended the
Walnut Hill district school and grew to man-
hood on the home farm, always remaining
with his parents. At his father's death he
willed the farm to Levi and his youngest
brother, Alfred. They divided it, Alfred
taking the part on which the old homestead
stood and Levi the part where his father had
lived. Both brothers reside on and cultivate
their respective portions. Levi Brown is a
Democrat in politics, and a successful, ener-
getic and highly-regarded citizen. He mar-
ried, September 12, 1891, Mary Brownfield,
born in Fayette county, daughter of William
Nixon and Elizabeth Caroline (Sackett)



Brownfield. Children: William, born August
28, 1892; Play ford, February 7, 1894; Eliza-
beth, April 28, 1896.



This branch of the Brown
BROWN family of Fayette county,
Pennsylvania, came from
Maryland, where Banning Brown was born
and probably married; he then came to Fay-
ette county, settling in South Union town-
ship. He was of that famous body of hardy
men who drove on the National road in the
long ago hauling goods from Baltimore and
other eastern points to Wheeling, Pittsburgh,
and even as far west as Indiana. He con-
tinued on "the Pike" for several years, then
moved to Licking county, Ohio, where he
died. He was of English descent, and pos-
sessed the characteristics of that race. His
sons and daughters settled near Newark,
Ohio, where descendants are yet fovmd.

(II) Hugh C, son of Banning Brown, was
born in South Union township, Fayette
county, Pennsylvania, in 1826, died in 1882.
He learned the shoemaker's trade with a
cousin, S. K. Brown, and worked at it in
his native town for several years. He secured
a contract from the superintendent. Rev. A.
H. Waters, to furnish boots and shoes used
at the Orphans' Home at Jumonville, Penn-
sylvania, and in the execution of that con-
tract moved to Jumonville, where he died.
He was a veteran of the civil war, serving
in Company F, Fourteenth Pennsylvania
\'olunteer Cavalry, from September. 1862,
until the close of the war. The Fourteenth
was a "fighting regiment," and Company F
was engaged in sixty battles and engage -
ments, not including mere skirmishes. He
was a member of the Methodist Protestant
church, and a Republican of the most pro-
nounced type, having been a Whig and anti-
slavery man prior to the formation of the
Republican party.

He married Phoebe Nesmith, born at
Hopwood, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, in
1837, died September 29, 1888, daughter of
Thomas Nesmith, born near Baltimore,
Maryland. He was a regularly ordained
minister of the Methodist Protestant church
and one of the founders of that church. He
settled at Hopwood, when a young man,
where he erected a factory and engaged in
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also a justice of the peace, thus being legally
equipped to mete out to offenders both "the
law and the Gospel." He was a soldier of
the war of 1812 and drew a pension from the
government. He was noted for his wonder-
tul memory and his finid of interesting infor-
mation. He was always the center of any
group of men who were eager to listen to
his tales of travel and adventure, many of
them personal experiences and others remem-
bered from his reading. He lived in Hop-
wood until he was seventy-five years of age,
then moved to Illinois, settling at Hennepin,
where he died at the age of ninety-two years.
His wife was a Johnson. Their children :
I. William, was a soldier of the civil war,
served in the Eighth Pennsylvania Reserve
Infantry, died during the war and was buried
at Alexandria, Virginia; married Ellen Hacy-
dore, of Hopwood. 2. John, a first lieuten-
ant of the Fourteenth Regiment, Pennsyl-
vania \'olunteer Cavalry, during the civil
w-ar; married a JMiss Hopwood and settled
in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 3. James, first ser-
geant of the Fourteenth Regiment, Pennsyl-
vania Cavalry, serving with his brother in the
civil war; married Jane Wyatt, of Union-
town, Pennsylvania, and moved to Oxford,
Iowa. 4. Drusilla, married Calvin Springer
and moved to California, where she died. 5.
Dorcas, married Rev. James Brown, a Bap-
tist minister, and now is living in Confluence,
Pennsylvania. 6. Ann, married Abraham
Hayden and lived at Hopwood, Pennsylvania,
where both died. 7. Mary, married William
Bosley and moved to Hennepin, Illinois. 8.
Phoebe, of previous mention, wife of Hugh
C. Brown. Their children: i. Thomas
Nesmith. 2. John, died 1912; married Mary
Hayden and lived in Fairmont, West Vir-
ginia, where he pursued his calling of me-
chanical engineer. 3. Mary, married C. S.
Cause, a civil engineer of Uniontown. 4.
William, now a farmer of Shaner Station,
Fayette county; married Ruth Smith. 5.
Hugh C, Jr., deceased; was a machinist;
married a Miss Sisley. 6. Walker, died in
infancy. 7. Walter, died in infancy.

(Ill) Thomas Nesmith, eldest son of Hugh
C. and Phoebe (Nesmith) Brown, was born
in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, December 24,
185 1. He was deprived of early educational
advantages, only having limited training at
Hopwood public schools, but is a natural



student and has acquired a liberal education
by self study and reading in certain lines,
being exceptionally well informed. He
learned the shoemaker's trade under the di-
rection of his father, working at that trade
until twenty-three years of age. He did not
like the confinement nor the work itself and
decided to use his energy in another direc-
tion. He began his flower gardening in a
small way, building his first greenhouse in
1880 at Hopwood, supplying the dealers in
cut flowers and plants at Uniontown with
the product of his skill. In 1883 he moved
his business to Uniontown, built greenhouses
and has been continuously engaged there as
florist, excepting the year 1904, when he was
employed as landscape gardener in Lower
California by the Chase Floral Company. He
does not grow flowers for the trade, nor
handle cut flowers, confining his business en-
tirely to plants of every description for bed-
ding and ornamental decorative purposes.
He is a lover of plants and well informed on
all that pertains to their successful culture.
His business is well established in popular
favor and a constantly increasing one. While
living in Hopwood he was appointed the first
postmaster of that village, serving eighteen
months. He is a Republican in politics and
was twice elected justice of the peace, but
refused to serve on account of business de-
mands upon his time. He is a member, with
his family, of the Methodist Protestant
church.

Mr. Brown is a deep student of geology
and entomology and is a recognized author-
ity, many well written and learned articles
from his pen having appeared in the scientific
journals. He possesses unusual artistic
ability and has on exhibition at the Carnegie
Institute in Pittsburgh his paintings illustrat-
ing the life history of the butterfly, the only
exhibit in the entomological department from
Fayette county. He also furnishes illustra-
tions in oil for the colored plates used in the
entomological journals. He also has done
some most creditable landscapes in oil. In
pursuing his favorite scientific studies he was
obliged to acquire a knowledge of Latin,
which he did thoroughly. His collection of
butterflies, moths, beetles and insects is one
of the rarest and most complete and valuable
to be found outside the great museums. It
fills forty-six full size regular museum cases



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and a great number of smaller ones, contain-
ing fifteen thousand specimens, beautiful and
rare, gathered in Europe, Asia, Africa, Cen-
tral and South America and from the Isles
of the Sea, also a fine North American collec-
tion, including those of his own Fayette
county.

Mr. Brown is preparing a catalogue of the
coleoptera (beetles), found in Fayette county,
fully classified, the only work of its kind ever
published in the county. His geological col-
lection is also an important one, containing
mineral specimens from all over the world.
His library is richly stored with valuable
scientific works on the subjects in which he is
interested. This love of nature is not an ac-
quired one, but is a part of his very nature and
is followed solely for the purpose of acquiring
a more intimate knowledge of the works of
the Creator and of giving that knowledge to
the world. He is a purely unselfish, se)'.-sac-
rificing scientist, striving to better under-
stand the wonderful life that surrounds him.

Mr. Brown married, September 13, 1877,
Sarah Louisa Malone, born in South Union
township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania,
daughter of John William Malone, also a
native of Fayette county. He was a soldier
of the civil war, was captured by the Con-
federates and sent to the Salisbury prison
pen, where he died. His widow did not long
survive him. Their children: i. John Wil-
liam, a farmer of Lower Tyrone township.
2. j\Iary, married Jefferson Condon and lives
near Tulsa, Oklahoma. 3. Sarah Louisa,
wife of Thomas Nesmith Brown. Their chil-
dren: I. Florence Fredonia, married D. D.
Weaver, whom she survives, without issue.
2. Phoebe Ann, married A. B. Click, a glass
worker, now residing at Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Children: Florence and Thomas.

The Nesmith family spring from one of
three sources. Thomas Nesmith, a rigid
Presbyterian, lived near Philadelphia in 1730,
whose descendants settled in Maryland and
West Virginia. It is believed that he is a
brother of Deacon James Nesmith, founder
of the New Hampshire family of John Nes-
mith, who was contemporary with the other
two mentioned. It is not unlikely that
Thomas, John and James were brothers, and
that Thomas and John emigrated to Penn-
sylvania with the McKeens in 1728. The
familv is of Scotch descent, settling in the



North of Ireland, from whence they came to
America. A tradition of the Fayette county
branch is that their progenitor (probably the
Thomas, previously referred to) was a florist
or landscape gardener in Scotland and of
him it is recorded in works on horticulture
that he seeded an inaccessible crag or chff
by discharging seed from a large bore gun.
The great painter, Mr. Nesmith, was also a
Scotchman from this same family. The
family in Fayette county and West Virginia
are known to descend from James Nesmith,
of Maryland, who was undoubtedly a son of
Thomas Nesmith, of Philadelphia, 1730.



This branch of the Clark family
CLARK is of English origin, the one of
whom we have record being
Richard Clark, who settled in Elizabethtown,
New Jersey, in 1678. The Clark estate and
mansion was about a half mile northwest of
the old Wheat Sheaf tavern. He married
and had issue.

(II) Thomas, son of Richard Clark, resided
on the "Upper road" about midway between
Elizabethtown and the village of Rahway,
New Jersey. He was a farmer, married and
had at least three sons and one daughter:
I. Thomas (of whom further.) 2. Abraham,
born 1703, a commander of the troops, lived
directly west of the homestead and outlived
his brother Thomas but fifteen days. 3.
James, of "Connecticut Farms," lived to a
great age. 4. A daughter, married Day.

(III) Thomas (2), son of Thomas (i) Clark,
was born in Elizabethtown, New Jersey,
1 701. He inherited and lived on the home-
stead farm. He was one of the charter
aldermen of the borough of Elizabeth. His
grandson. Dr. Abraham Clark, says: "He
was judge and I believe keeper of the King's
Arms, as many muskets and cartouche boxes
with the letters G. R. on their cover remained
in the house until used by the patriots." He
died September 11, 1765, and was buried very
plainly in accordance with an agreement en-
tered into by several of the leading citizens
to limit display and pomp at funerals. He
married and had an only child, Abraham.

(IV) Abraham, only child of Thomas (2)
Clark, was born in Elizabethtown, New Jer-
sev, February 15, 1726. He was well educated
under competent instructors, making a spe-
cialty of mathematics and civil law. He was



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of a naturally weak and slender form, and
although a farmer pursued in his earlier man-
hood surveying, conveyancing and the giving
of legal advice, the latter scvice given gra-
tuitously, not being a lawyer by profession,
yet competent through a course of legal
study. From the willingness with which he
gave his free legal counsel he gained the title
of "Poor man's counsellor." He early be-
came prominent in public life, first in Essex
county, later in the nation. He was elected
high sheriff of the county of Essex, New
Jersey ; was clerk of the colonial assembly
at Amboy under the Royal Dominion, but
when the coming tempest of war began to
agitate the land and the revoluion dawned,
he, acting under a well settled and solemn
conviction of the justice of the colonial cause,
appeared in the front rank of the revolution-
ary phalanx and devoted his remaining years
to the service of his country. He was an
active member of the committee of public
safety, a coiTstant attendant at popular meet-
ings and a persevering promoter of patriotic
feelings. On June 21, 1776, he was ap-
pointed by the provincial congress of New
Jersey, in connection with Richard Stockton,
John Hart, Francis Hopkinson and Dr. John
Witherspoon, a delegate to the continental
congress. He was one of the strong men
of that body, and with great pride and resolu-
tion affixed his signature to that immortal
document, "The Declaration of Indepen-
dence." On November 3Q, 1776, he was
again elected by the provincial congress of
New Jersey a delegate to the continental
congress and continued with the exception
of 1779 to be annually re-elected a delegate
from New Jersey until November, 1783. In
1788 he again was elected and took his seat
in the national legislature. He was a true
patriot and instrumental in passing many
laws that all worked for the public good.
Two of his sons were officers in the conti-
nental army and both were made prisoners
and confined in the prison ship, "Jersey,"
where they were most mercilessly treated.
In June, 1794, at the adjournment of con-
gress, he retired from public life, dying from
sunstroke in the autumn of that year. He
is buried in the churchyard at Rahway; he
bestowed numerous benefactions upon, this
church.

In 1749 he married Sarah Hatfield, of



Elizabethtown, of the prominent family of
that name. She was born in 1728, died June
2, 1804, daughter of Isaac Hatfield. They
had ten children, among them a son, William.

(\') William, son of Abraham Clark, "The
signer," was born in New Jersey and settled
in Indiana county, Pennsylvania. There was
another William Clark in that county at an
early date who came from Ireland and
founded a numerous family. Our William
Clark was a soldier of the war of 181 2. He
lived in Indiana county until his death. He
married and left issue.

(VI) Samuel, son of William Clark, was
born in Indiana county, Pennsylvania. He
settled in Westmoreland county, where he
kept one of the old time taverns along the
"Pike." He was a great horseman and
dearly loved a horse trade, tisually having
one or more pending. He was very popular
in the township and captain of a militia com-
pany of which he was very proud, frequently
purchasing new uniforms for his men in
order to have them present a neat and sol-
dierly appearance on "general training days."
He married Mary Lippincott, born in West-
moreland county, daughter of Jesse and Jane
Lippincott, both born in Pennsylvania and
residents of Westmoreland county. She was
a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.
Children of Samuel and Alary Clark: 1.
Griffith T. (of whom further mention.) 2.
Harriet, married Cyrus Galley, of Mount
Pleasant, Pennsylvania, a carriagemaker. 3.
Elizabeth, married John Shehey, of Youngs-
town, Ohio, both deceased. 4. Margaret,
married Jacob Hodit. 5. Mary Jane, de-
ceased, married Thomas Porter. 6. Rachel,
now living in Youngstown, Ohio, unmarried.
7. William P., a veteran of the civil war, now
a justice of the peace of Connellsville and the
last male survivor of the family ; he enlisted
in 1862 in Company B, One Hundred and
Eighty-sixth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volun-
teer Infantry, as drummer; after a year's
service he was made chief musician, a posi-
tion he held until the close of the war; he
took part with his regiment in twenty-four
battles, escaping unhurt; he came to Con-
nellsville after the war and has ever since
resided there; he worked for many years at
his trade of carpenter and cabinetmaker; in
1905 he was elected justice of the peace ; he
married Elizabeth Nichol and has: Delia G.,



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married George M. Hosack, an attorney of
Pittsburgh ; Charles, deceased ; Ellen and Har-
riet. 8. Lucretia, married John Elmer Seton,
of Connellsville, both deceased. 9. Henry,
died in infancy. 10. An infant, died at birth.
(VH) Griffith T., eldest son of Samuel
and jNIary (Lippincott) Clark, was born in
Mount Pleasant township, Westmoreland
county, Pennsylvania, died June, 1896. He
was educated in the public schools, and lived
at home until the outbreak of the civil war,
when he enlisted in Company B, One Hun-
dred and Forty-second Regiment, Pennsyl-
vania Volunteer Infantry, and fought from
1862 until the close of the war, attaining the
rank of sergeant. He engaged with his regi-
ment m twenty-tour important battles, includ-
ing Gettysburg, and at the close of the war
marched with the tattered and torn but victo-
rious armies of the nation down Penns\'lvania
avenue in Washington in grand review be-
fore their great chieftain, Abraham Lincoln,
soon to fill the grave of a martyr. After the
war he came to Connellsville, where for
twenty years, until his death, he worked as a
carpenter in the shops of the Baltimore &
Ohio Railroad Company. He was a mem-
ber of the Methodist Episcopal church, as
was his wife; he was also a Republican. Ser-
geant Clark was a good soldier, an upright
citizen and a faithful employee. He was held
in high regard by his fellows and won the
* confidence of his employers.

He married Sophia, daughter of Samuel C.
Sheffler, born m Germany, served in the Ger-
man army in the cavalry, came to the United
States, settled in Hempfield township, West-
moreland county, Pennsylvania, where he
owned and cultivated a good farm. He mar-
ried a woman who was of German birth,
both living to a good age. Among his
treasures was the sabre that he carried in the
German army, which he carefully preserved.
Children of Samuel C. Sheffler: Daniel, de-
ceased; Samuel, now superintendent of a
bank building at Connellsville; Robert; Israel
T., now a farmer near Greensburg, Pennsyl-
vania; Jerome, deceased; Elizabeth, married
Henry Pope and lived in Greensburg; Lois,
married James Davis, of Greensburg; Sophia,
aforementioned, wife of Griffith T. Clark,
Children of Griffith T. Clark: Samuel S.
of whom further ; Laura Rebecca, married
and lives in Cleveland, Ohio.



(VIII) Samuel S., son of Griffith T. and
Sophia (Sheffler) Clark, was born in Con-
nellsville, Pennsylvania, January 30, 1866.
He was educated in the public schools, and
after completing his years of study served an
apprenticeship of five years with A. J. Case
and learned the trade of harnessmaker. He
then spent five years with the Connellsville
Electric Company, becoming an electrical
engineer. For three years he worked at
steam fitting with the Connellsville Brewing
Company, which brings him to the time of
the Spanish-American war. He enlisted in
Company D, Tenth Regiment, Pennsylvania
National Guard, as sergeant, and with his
regiment was mustered into the service of
the United States in 1898. The Tenth was
sent to the Philippines, but Sergeant Clark
was detached and sent back to the United
States as a recruiting officer. He formed a
company which he took to the Sandwich
Islands, being for ten weeks acting captain
of the company. He then continued with
them to Manila and served with the Tenth
during the Aguinaldo insurrection, being in
two engagements with the "Little brown
men." He returned to the United States-
with the Tenth and was mustered out at San
Francisco, August 20, 1899.

After his return to Connellsville he entered
the employ of the Connellsville Brewing
Company as foreman of construction work,,
continuing eighteen months. On January i,.
1 90 1, he was appointed superintendent of the
First National Bank Building in Connells-
ville and so continues. He is a Republican
in politics, and in religious faith inclines tO'
the Methodist belief of his fathers. He is a.
member of Connellsville Lodge, Benevolent
and Protective Order of Elks. He is the last
surviving male member of this Clark branch,,
except his aged uncle. Squire William P.
Clark, of Connellsville. He is an energetic,
resolute, upright citizen and held in high
esteem. He is unmarried.



The earliest ancestor of this-
BRADY branch of the Brady family, of
whom any record can be found,
is John Brady, who was born in Ireland and'
who served in the British army, in which
service he was killed. He married and had
issue.

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Brady, was born in Ireland, died at Atlantic
City, New Jersey, May 29, 191 1. He came
to the United States when but fourteen years
of age; he engaged in the printiwg' business
in New York and Philadelphia for a time,
and also was manager of a hotel in Atlantic
Citv, New Jersey. He was owner ot the
Suiidav Northern newspaper, and later was
an importer of china, with his business lo-
cated in Philadelphia. He has a long and
honorable military record, which began when
in 1848 he was appointed captain of cavalry
in New York City by the governor. On
July 8, 1861, he was commissioned captain
of the First Pennsylvania Artillery, Battery
H, and attached to the Forty-third Regiment,
Pennsylvania \'olunteer Infantry. While
holding this command he was in the siege of
Yorktown, battles of Mechanicsburg and
Fair Oaks. At the latter battle he was in
command of the battery on the right wing
of the Fourth Artillery, and held this position
after the repulse of the corps until refused
aid by the corps commander. He was in the
right wing of the Army of the Potomac at the
Bottoms and Railroad Bridge, after the battle
of Mechanicsville. Through his efforts the
cavalry on the right and rear of the army
was held in check at the battle of Savage
Station. On July 2 and 3, 1862, he covered
the retreat of troops at Malvern Hill. For
valiant service in this engagement he was
promoted to the rank of major, July 19,
1862. He was assigned to the command of
a brigade of artillery. First Division Artillery
Corps; ordered to Urbana on the Rappahan~
nock, December 13, 1862, under H. T. Nagle,
chief of artillery Doubleday Division, and in
January, 1863, he was in command of the
forced march. He was chief of artillery in
Couch's dep irtment in the Valley of the Cum-
berland during the Gettysburg campaign,
and was in charge of the erection works on
the south side of the Susquehanna river,
which checked the advance of Lee's Cavalry
on Harrisburg, September 23. 1863. He was
promoted lieutenant colonel and placed in
command of a brigade of Artillery Reserves
of the Army of the Potomac at Mine Run.
During part of the winter of 1863-1864 he
was in command at Brandy Station, while in
the spring of 1864 he was in Washington,
D. C, in command of Camp Marshall, pre-
paring for the Wilderness campaign. He



was then assigned to organize and command
the Thirteenth United States Colored Artil-
lery at Bowling Green. Another recognition
ot nis services was granted when on March
16, 1865, he was made brevet colonel in rec-
ognition of his services at Fair Oaks, Mal-
vern Hill and Mine Run. He was presented
with a sword by the government for bravery
and gallant service at the battle of Fair Oaks.
He had charge of dismantling the rebel
works in and around Richmond, after Lee's
surrender, with orders to destroy or ship to



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