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Wjishnigton all guns and munitions of war.

Aside from his own service, at one time his
wife recruited troops and took them to the
front. Such a record in the service of the
United States has seldom been equalled, and
it is a noticeable fact that he was always
among the commanders and not the com-
manded, and, furthermore, that not only did
he fill the various positions which fell to his
lot in a manner satisfactory to his superior
ofifices, but showed such exceptional ability
that he was presented with testimonials from
the government such as are only conferred
on rare occasions. At the time of his dis-
charge from the service after the war, he
was offered the rank of brigadier general,
which he refused, asking only the rank that
he held while in the service of his adopted
country. On all political questions he sided
with the Democratic party, and in religion вЦ†
was a Roman Catholic.

He married in New York City, October
12, 1849, Winifred Mimnaugh. Children:
Frank, died in United States artillery service,
1874; James; Harry, of whom further; Sarah;
Winifred; Rachel; Mary.

(Ill) Harry, son of Colonel James and
Winifred (Mimnaugh) Brady, was born at
Philadelphia, June 13, 1863. He attended
the public schools in Philadelphia and later
with his father moved to Atlantic City. He
was appointed by the governor of New Jersey
as second lieutenant of Sea Coast Artillery
and was honorably retired upon commencing
the study of medicine. In 1897 he was grad-
uated from the Medico-Chirurgical college
with the degree of M. D. and has since prac-
ticed in Chester, New Castle and Gallatin,
Fayette county, Pennsylvania. He has
served as deputy coroner in Fayette county,
and at present is justice of the peace (1912).
In religion he is a Roman Catholic. During



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the Spanish-American war, in 1897, served
with the hiospital trains service between
Philadelphia and Camp Mead, and Florida.
He is a Republican in politics and a member
of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks.
He married. May 3, 1905. Alae, datighter
of John S. and Mary (Hollidayj Gillespie.
John S. Gillespie and the mother of James G.
Blaine, who was Maria Gillespie, were
cousins. Children of Mr. and Airs. Gillespie:
Maud; Mae (of previous mention); Madge;
Wade; Zoe. Children of Harry and Mae
(Gillespie) Brady: i. Jane, born June 3,
1906. 2. Harry Gillespie, born March 16,
1908. 3. Mary, born November 2, 1909. 4.
Rose Maxwell, born December 17, 1910.



The Colliers came to Fayette
COLLIER from Somerset county, Penn-
sylvania, after a previous res-
idence in Kentucky, where the family were
among the pioneer families, as they were of
Missouri. Record cannot be obtained far-
ther back than John, grandfather of Mer-
chant Collier, of Georges township.

(I) John Collier was born in Kentucky, and
died in Addison township, Somerset county,
Pennsylvania. He followed farming all his
life in Addison township, where he came
with his family from Kentucky in middle life.
He was deeply interested in politics, being a
strong and enthusiastic Democrat. He mar-
ried and left issue: John: Joseph; Daniel, of
whom further; Maria, married Samuel Fra-
zer; Thomas, died young; Perry.

(II) Daniel, son of John Collier, was born
in Addisun township, Somerset county, Penn-
sylvania, May 9, 1799, died in Georges town-
ship, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, January
24, 1877. He was educated in the common
schools of Addison township, and later in Hfe
was a stock dealer and farmer. For a time
he and his sister were joint proprietors of
The Burnt House, a tavern at Alotint Augus-
ta, Henry Clay township, later moving to
Georges township. He married Susan
Seaton, born at the Seaton House, Union-
town, Pennsylvania, December 10, 1805, died
June II, 1879, daughter of James C. Seaton,
born October 26, 1780, a hotel proprietor of
Uniontown, where he died. He married
EHzabeth Swann, born December 26, 1779,
died February 30, i860. Children: Hiram;
Frances, born May 6, 1803, died September



25, 1826; Susan; Sarah, married WiUiam
Crawford: Mary, married William Ingraai;
Rebecca, married George Martin ; Merchant ;
Julia, married Robert Berry; James; John,
married Mary Ellen Rose. Children of
Daniel and Susan (Seaton) Collier: i.
Frances, married Allen Johnson. 2. Elvira,
married (first) Samuel Griffin, (second)
Amos Bowlby. 3. John J. 4. Merchant, of
whom further. 5. William, married Mary
Longnecker. 6. Elizabeth, died in infancy.
7. Thomas, married Harriet Cofifman, and
lives retired in Uniontown. 8. Daniel, mar-
ried Louisa Stum. 9. James Seaton, mar-
ried Neal Brown, and lives in Uniontown,
retired.

(HI) Merchant, son of Daniel and Susan
(Seaton) CoUier, was born in Henry Clay
township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, Sep-
tember 3, 1835. He was educated and passed
his early years in Georges township, work-
ing on his father's farm until he attained
man's estate, when he was taken in full part-
nership in the care and cultivation of the
farm. Upon his father's death he inherited
one hundred acres, to which he added one
hundred and fifty acres, as well as one hun-
dred and eighty-five acres in \'irginia. Farm-
ing has been his lifelong occupation, and
fruitful and successful cultivation of the soil
his great delight. Although never seeking
office, he has ever been an earnest upholder
and supporter of Republican principles. In
religious faith he is a Baptist. He married,
February 5, 1857, Hannah Hustead, born in
Dunbar township, January i, 1834, daughter
of Robert Hustead, a farmer, born in
Georges township, died in North Union
township; he married Rebecca Humbert,
born in Georges ownship, died 1910; children:
Eliza; Jane; Hannah (of previous mention);
John; William, married Mary Brown; Abra-
ham, married Sarah Junk; Moses, married
Martha Dtmn : James F., married (first) Jen-
nie Dearth, and lives in L^niontown, Penn-
sylvania, (second) (name not known) ; Robert,
died in infancy; Alcesta, married Fuller
Hogsett (see Hogsett); Mary, married James
Curry. Of these children, Jane, Hannah,
James F. and Alcesta are living.

Children of Merchant and Hannah Collier:
I. Frances, married M. Taylor Nixon (q.
v.). 2. Daniel, born August 7, i860, died
July, 1908; he married Mary Sesler, who sur-



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vives him, a resident of Georges township.
Children: Daisy, died aged nine years; Mer-
chant, married Belle Newcomer, and farms
the homestead; Margaret, died aged four
years; Thomas, married Lola Ensley; Grace;
Ethel; ]\Iary; Daniel; Edgar. 3. Alcesta
Jane, born December 16, 1862; married
James V. Robinson, a farmer of Georges
township; Hannah, resides at home; Rixey,
Marie, Ruth and Merchant, all living at home.
4. Loretta, born October 6, 1865, married
Robert Brownfield, a farmer and dairyman
of Georges township. Children: Phoebe,
died aged twenty years; Isaac, married Mar-
garet Brown, and is a farmer of Georges
township; Hannah, resides at home; Rixey,
married George Brown, and has a son,
Alfred Benjamin; Ethel, resides at home;
Merchant; Robert (2); Rebecca and Ben-
jamin. 5. Robert, born June 19, 1867,
died January i, 1869. 6. Mary, born
January 8, 1869; married (first) Norval
N. Madera, (second) Robert Kennedy. 7.
James F., born October 20, 1871, now en-
gaged in the plumbing and heating business
at Hamilton, Ontario; married Etta Steel;
child: Raymond, born 1909.



(HI) John J. Collier, son of
COLLIER Daniel Collier, (q. v.), was
born in Fayette county, died in
Uniontown, Pennsylvania, May 23, 1890. He
was a farmer of Georges township, Fayette
county, for many years, ojvning a good farm
of one hundred acres. In 1870 he established
a livery business in LIniontown that he con-
ducted until just before his death twenty years
later. He was a Republican, and a member
of the Methodist Episcopal church. He
married Annie Laidley, who died July 18,
1879, daughter of Dr. Thonias Laidley, a
practicing physician of Carmichaels, Greene
county, Pennsylvania; five of her brothers
are yet living (191 2): Thomas, John, Charles,
James anr] Wilbur. Children of Mr. and Mrs.
Collier: William D., a farmer of Somerset
county, Pennsylvania; Thomas L., of whom
further; Frank M., deceased; Ella, married
J. B. Adams; Susan (Sue); Margaret, mar-
ried Frank Eddy, of Salem, Ohio.

(IV) Thomas Laidley, son of John J. and
Annie ff^aidley) Collier, was born in Union-
town, Pennsylvania, December 25, i860. He
was educated in tJ'ie public schools, his years



of study ending with his fifteenth birthday.
He began business life as a dry goods clerk
in the store of Joseph Home' & Company
at Pittsburgh, remaining seven years. He
then returned to L'niontown where for
twenty -five years he was manager of the dry
goods department of Hustead, Seamans &
Company, later with the W'right, Metzler
Company in the same position. In 1909 he
purchased a; jewelry store in the First Na-
tional Bank Building, but did not assume
personal charge until November i, 191 1. He
has a large store stocked with valuable goods
perculiar to the jewelry trade, is well estab-
lished and prosperous. He is a Republican
in politics and served as school director from
1904 to 1908. He is a member of the Meth-
odist Episcopal church, as was his wife; he
also belongs to the Heptasophs and the
Royal Arcanum.

He married, June 28, 1888, Ella, daughter
of Robert and Ella Blackstock, of Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania. Children: Maude, now a
student at Washington and Jefferson college;
Helen, a graduate of Uniontown high school;
Annie, a student in high school; Frank, aged
seventeen years, a student in high school;
Edward, aged fifteen years, a student in high
school.



Barnabas Collier, one of the
COLLIER earliest engineers in the em-
ploy of the Baltimore & Ohio
Railroad Company, lived in Cambria county,
Pennsylvania. During the civil war period
he moved to Uniontown, Pennsylvania, cor-
ner of Church and Iowa streets. About
1870 he moved west with his familv, locating
in Illinois, where he died. His first wife,
Mary, the mother of his children, died in
Uniontown ; his second, Susan, died in Illi-
nois. He was a member of the Cumberland
Presbyterian Church: Children: Albert, of
whom further: Edward; John, all deceased;
Sarah, married Davis Jones, of Denver, Col-
orado.

dl) Albert, son of Barnabas Collier, was
born in Cambria county, Pennsylvania, in
1842. He was educated in the public schools,
and when a young man went west tO Indian-
apolis, Indiana, where he obtained a position
as a clerk in a mercantile house. When the
war between the states broke out he enlisted
in Company K, Seventieth Regiment, In-



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(liana Volunteer Infantry, and served three
years, attaining the rank of corporal. While
in the service he visited Uniontown on a fur-
lough to visit his parents and there became
acquainted with his future wife. After the
war he came to Uniontown, where he was a
clerk for Charles Rush. He was married in
January, 1870, and died June 29, 1871, of
tuberculosis, resulting from an attack of
pneumonia during the war. During a part
of his military life he was clerk in the United
States postoffice at Nashville, Tennessee.
He was a Republican in politics, a member
of the Methodist Episcopal church, and a
sterling young man, whose early death cut
short a promising career.

He married Annie King, born in Union-
town, daughter of Charles and Phoebe A.
(White) King, and granddaughter of Thomas
and Sarah (Hedley) King, who were married
m New Jersey, March 25, 1793. Her mother,
Phoebe A. (White) King, was a daughter of
George and Nancy White, who came from
Ireland to this country. George White was
a student of divinity, preparing for the minis-
try of the Church of England. He partici-
pated with all the patriotic ardor of his race
in the Irish Rebellion, and was so conspic-
uous that a reward was offered for him "dead
or alive." He took refuge beneath a corn
shock at the home of his parents where his
little sister, on pretense of gathering flowers,
carried food to him. After several days he
was smuggled in a hogshead aboard a ship
bound for America, the captain having been
paid a sum of money equal to the reward
placed upon his head by the King. On ar-
riving in this country he first settled in New
York City, subsisting on money sent him
from home. One gift sent him was con-
tained in a walnut chest in which was a till
which was filled with gold guineas and the
balance with fine linens made by his devoted
mother. The chest was preserved in the
family until a recent fire in Uniontown de-
stroyed it with many other valuables.

He first established a wholesale shoe busi-
ness in New York with this money, later
came farther west and engaged in the milling
business. When the second war with Great
Britain broke out he struck a l)low nt his old
enemy, the King, by enlisting in the Amer-
ican army. He there contracted disease,
dying while in the service. Nancy (Craw-



ford) White, his wife was one of the two
daughters of a wealthy Irish land owner. Her
sister fell in love with and married a worker
on her father's estate, which so enraged the
father that he drove her from the house.
The young couple engaged passage for
America, and Mary, who had gone to the
ship to bid her sister "good bye," was at the
last moment persuaded to join them with a
promise that she should be allowed to return
right away. After arriving at New York she
met and married George White, the exiled
patriot. Their five children are all deceased:
Phoebe A., married Charles King, of whom
further mention ; Margaret, Jane, George,
Mary.

Charles King, born in New Jersey, was a
blacksmith and wagon builder. He came to
Connellsville at an early day, and during the
years when the National Pike was the great
highway between the east and west con-
ducted a very large and profitable business.
He was an ardent Whig, one of the only t\vo
in Connellsville at that time. He was a very
genial, popular man, and notwithstanding his
unpopular politics was elected collector of
taxes.

Mr. King was known for his charitable
traits; he helped many a family with coal and
provisions and even money. In fact many
received assistance that they never knew
from what source it came. He was a strong
advocate of temperance and belonged to the
Local Lodge of Good Templars. In religious
faith he was a Presbyterian, as was his wife.
Children of Charles and Phoebe A. (White)
King: i. Thomas G., deceased. 2. Eliza,
deceased, married Cromwell Hall. 3. Sarah,
deceased, married John Moore. 4. Charles
P., resides in Uniontown. 5. Annie, widow
of Albert Collier, of previous mention.

Since the death of her husband Mrs. Col-
lier has continued her residence in Union-
town, where for eighteen years she conducted
a successful millinery business. She now
lives retired at No. 31 Jefferson street. She
is a member of the Methodist Episcopal
church, and is held in high regard for her
womanly virtue. She has a son, Albert B.,
born Eiecember 25, 1871, who resides in
Uniontown. He married Grace, daughter of
the late Robert Knight and his wife, Frances
V. (Bunting) Knight. They have one daugh-
ter, Frances, attending high school.




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Tracing back less than a cen-
SNYDER tury, and the ancestors of the
Snyder family, of Connellsville,
are found seated in Saxony, now ^ part of the
great German Empire. There the grandpar-
ents of Henry P. Snyder lived and died.
They were people in moderate circumstances,
but gave their children the advantages of a
good education and taught them trades or
useful occupations, so that in whatever part
of the world they settled they were capable
of meeting and overcoming the difficulties
that beset the emigrant. Through intermar-
riage this branch connects with the best
blood of Western Pennsylvania, tracing to
Judge AlcCormick and through him to that
hero-martyr, Colonel William Crawford, the
renowned Indian lighter and friend of Wash-
ington, who at last met an awful death at the
hands of his lifetime foes.

(I) Christian Snyder, father of Henry P.
Snyder, was born in Saxony, Germany. He
received his education in the public schools
of that country and learned the trade of stone-
cutter. He served the required term in the
militia, and his military papers indicate that
he was a model soldier as well physically as
mentally. His environment ill-suited his am-
bitions, and in 1845 he emigrated to America.
The Pennsylvania railroad was then under
construction and he found employment at his
trade on a section of the line at Lancaster,
Pennsylvania. He followed the railroad work
westward, and in 1850 we jind him at Greens-
burg, Pa., in the capacity of a successful con-
tractor, having in five years mastered the
language of the country and the business of
building its railroads. A few years subse-
quently he came to Connellsville, where he
secured extensive contracts for building the
Pittsburgh & Connellsville railroad, subse-
quently absorbed by the Baltimore & Ohio
system. Here he married and settled down,
though his business for some years took him
to distant states, where he constructed many
miles of railroad. Later there was plenty to
engage his attention at home. The coking
business developed and he built many coke
plants and bridges throughout the county.
One of his prominent but profitless bridge-
building achievements was the Steubenville
bridge of the Panhandle railroad, which at
the time was one of the wonders of bridge
construction because of its height and length.



The company failed and the contractor got
little money and not much honor. He con-
tinued in active business until the age of
seventy-six, when, in a hale and vigorous old
age, and under some protest, he retired. He
was naturalized in Dauphin county, Pennsyl-
vania, in 1853. He was a Democrat in poli-
tics, but not a strong partisan, and never
sought public office, though he was twice
chosen a member of the city council. He was
a member of the Lutheran faith, and died in
Connellsville January 20, 1904, aged eighty-
six years, highly respected and sincerely
mourned for his rugged integrity and sterling
worth. He married Jane IMcCormick, born in
Connellsville, daughter of Judge Provance
McCormick and Susan (Bowers) IMcCormick.

Judge McCormick was also a man of ener-
getic and enterprising character, though mild
in manner, and held in high esteem for the
purity of his character. Notwithstanding
some claims have been made for pioneer
coke manufacturers of the Connellsville re-
gion who are said to have made coke on the
ground and used it to a very limited extent
in local furnaces and foundries, it is a well-
established fact that Provance AlcCormick,
John Taylor and William Campbell built the
first coke ovens and manufactured the first
merchant coke in the Connellsville region.
Their plant consisted of three ovens just east
of Dawson, on the Youghiogheny river.
They built their own ovens, mined their own
coal and made their own coke during one
season, in the meantime loading it in two
barges constructed by themselves. These
barges they took down the river on the
spring rise of 1842 to Cincinnati, where they
peddled part of the cargo out for foundry
use and traded the balance for a patent iron
grist mill that wouldn't work after they had
packed it back to Connellsville. They gave
up the business in disgust. Their plant was
taken over by the Cochrans, who found
ready sale for their product at a good price
the following year at Cincinnati, and who
came back home, as one of them expressed it,
with more silver dollars than he had ever seen
before. The Cochrans continued in business
and made fortunes. Their descendants are
still represented among the prominent oper-
ators of the Connellsville region.

Judge ]\IcCormick was a son of William Mc-
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Crawford, the personal friend and frequent
personal representative of General George
Washington. Colonel Crawford was one of
the prominent Western Pennsylvania pio-
neers. He was born in 1732, the same
year that gave birth to Washington, and
in the same state, Virginia, then Fred-
erick county, now Berkeley county, West
Virginia. He was the son of a pioneer
farmer, and a pioneer . he remained to
the last. His military service began in
1755, when he was commissioned ensign
by the governor of Virginia and fought
under Washington in the ill-fated Braddock
campaign against the French and Indians at
Fort Duquesne (Pittsburgh) in 1755. He
came out of the battle with honor and was
recommended by Washington for promotion.
He was commissioned captain and accom-
panied the Forbes Expedition against Fort
Duquesne the following year. After hostilities
ceased he returned to the more peaceful pur-
suits of agriculture and surveying. The Pon-
tiac war again called him to arms, and he
rendered efificient service in protecting the
frontier from the murderous forays of the
Indians. Early in 1767 he made a permanent
location on the banks of the Youghiogheny,
within the present city of Connellsville,
then known as Stewart's Crossings, from the
fact that William Stewart had lived there in
1753. He supposed he was settling in Vir-
ginia, but Pennsylvania established her claim
to the territory, which was first Cumberland,
then Bedford, then Westmoreland, and, final-
ly, as now, since 1783, Fayette county. Craw-
ford's services as a civilian and soldier were
conspicuous and continuous during the years
of his residence in the Valley of Youghio-
gheny, In 1770 he was commissioned justice
of the peace for Cumberland county. When
Bedford county was founded, ]\larch i, 1771,
he was appointed by Governor Penn one of
the justices of the peace for the new county,
and in 1773, when Westmoreland was cre-
ated, one of the justices of the court of quar-
ter sessions of the peace and of the court of
common pleas. As he was first named on the
list of justices, he became by courtesy and
usage the president judge of Westmoreland,
the first to hold that office in the county. The
same year he was appointed surveyor of the
Ohio Company by the College of William
and Mary. In 1774 occurred the Dunmore



and Cresap war, when the celebrated speech
was made by Logan, the famed Indian chief
and orator. Crawford became a conspicuous
figure in this war. He commanded a com-
pany scouting on the Ohio ; defended the
frontier; destroyed two ]\Iingo villages near
where Columbus, Ohio, now stands, and per-
formed many other signal services. After
the decisive battle of Point Pleasant, fought
October 10, 1774, which brought compara-
tive peace to the frontier, he retired again to
his home, "Spring Garden," as he had named
it. Washington was a frequent visitor here,
chiefly on business connected with taking up
lands. Correspondence between Washington
and Crawford and the books of Washington
show continuous business relations marked
by uninterrupted friendship and trust from
1750 to 1774, when the opening of the war
of the revolution changed business to war
and the sword again took the place of the
compass. As Washington's agent Crawford
was constantly up and down the valleys of
the Youghiogheny, Alonongahela, Ohio and
Kanawha, selecting, locating and surveying
lands. Correspondence tells of frequent trips
to Williamsburg and Mount A'ernon and vis-
its to the home of Washington, where his
business was transacted. Crawford also took
a prominent part in the boundary dispute be-
tween Virginia and Pennsylvania, but upon
the opening of the Revolution he dropped
county disputes and threw all his energy and
patriotism into the cause of Independence.
He entered the service as lieutenant-colonel
of the Fifth \'irginia Regiment, but was soon
called to the command of the Seventh. Soon
after he was assigned the duty of recruit-
ing a new regiment. He resigned his col-
onelcy of the Seventh and recruited the Thir-
teenth Virginia or West Augusta Regiment.
This was in 1777, under date of February 17.
Congress resolved: "That 20,000 dollars be
paid Colonel William Crawford for raising
and equipping his regiment, which is a part
of the Virginia war levies." In August, 1777,
with 200 of his new recruits. Colonel Craw-
ford joined the army under Washington, near
Philadelphia. He rendered efificient service
in the movements that resulted in the battle
of Brandywine. He participated in the battle
of Germantown, the Long Island campaign
and the retreat across New Jersey. He was
engaged in the defense of Philadelphia and



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