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burg, the Pennisular campaign, Chancellors-
ville, Gettysburg, South Mountain. After the
war he conducted a meat market, but later De-
came a weaver, and is now living retired. He
married, in i86t, in Fayette county, Mary

Josephine Garver, posthumous child of

and Mary (Krisely) Garver. Her mother
married (second) John Funk, and went w^est,
where she died. Children of Daniel Thomas
Hirleman: i. Alta Josephine, born Septem-
ber 10, 1891, married Frank McDififett, and



has' a child, Evelyn M. 2. Hilda Margaret,
born July 11, 1895. 3- Janies Ellis, August
23, 1896. 4, William Nelson, February 9,
1897. 5. Helen Louise, April 22, 1899. 6.
Gladys, July 1, 1901. 7. Mildred, August 8,
1903. 8. Ruth, November 16, 1904. 9. Edythe,
September 25, 1906. The first four children
have passed through or are now attending
the Connellsville High School.



The Henshaws of \''irginia
HENSHAW descend from Joshua Hen-

shaw, of Dorchester, Massa-
chusetts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and
Frederick county, Virginia. He descended
from an illustrious English ancestry that is
traced to Henry III. of England through
Catherine, the only daughter of Evan Hough-
ton, of Wavertree Hall, and Ellen (Parker)
Houghton, of Bridge Hall, county of Lanca-
shire, England, about the year 1640. Cathe-
rine Houghton married William Henshaw, of
Poxteth Park, near Liverpool, England. Mr.
Henshaw was killed June 20, 1644, at the
storming of Liverpool by Prince Rupert,
fighting against King Charles I. In 165 1 his
wiciow died, leaving two sons, Joshua, aged
seven years, and Daniel, five years. In 1653 the
executor of the estate pretended to send these
boys to school in London and afterward rc^
ported them as having died of the plague. In
reality he sent them to New England and
placed them in the family of Rev. Richard
Mather, of Dorchester, near Boston, an emi-
nent divine, who educated them with the
money forwarded for that purpose. Their in-
heritance was largely appropriated by the ex-
ecutor to his own use, or rather the part
which came from the Houghton family — the
part which came from the Stanleys reverted
to ihe Stanley family.

The youngest of the brothers, Daniel, died
without issue; the eldest, Joshua, married
Elizabeth Sumner, of Dorchester, Massachu-
setts, a relative of Governor Sumner, of Mas-
sachusetts. Children: William, born 1670;
loshua. 1672; John, of whom further; Eliza-
beth; Katherine. The arms of the Henshaw
family are thus described: "Argent a chevron
between three Moor hens proper; quartering
Houghton; Sable three bars argent. Crest:
A falcon proper, billed or beaked and num-
bered sable, preying upon a bird argent."



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(ill) John, son of Joshui Henshaw, and
grandson of William Henshaw, of near Liver-
pool, England, was born in Dorchester, Mas-
sachu-^etts, in t86o. He moved ^om there to
Philadelphia, I'ennsylvania, where he lived a
number of years, and not prospering as he
wished, determined to emigrate to the valley
lying between the Blue Ridge and Great
North Mountain, which was called by Gen-
eral Washington in a letter to General St.
Clair in 1796 "The Garden of America." He
bought land from Lord Fairfax, the proprie-
tor, and also bought out some of the settlers
and located on Mill Creek, Frederick coui;ty,
\^irginia, about thirteen miles west of Win-
chester. His eldest son Nicholas also settled
there with him, also buying land. They erect-
ed two houses, also a log grist mill and a saw-
mill. The log mill was replaced in 1828 by
a stone mill, now in ruins. Some of the
stones from this old mill were later used in
the erection of the new Presbyterian church
at Gerardstown, A'irginia, being donated by
the owner, a descendant. This old log mill
was a large and prosperous one : the flour
made there being hauled to Baltimore, about
one hundred miles away, crossing the Poto-
mac river at Harper's Ferry. He married
early in life and left male issue.

(IV) Nicholas, eldest son of John Henshaw,
was born about 1705, and was married when
he settled on Mill Creek. Frederick county,
Virginia, w'lth his father, and brought a fam-
ily there with him. He built a house and was
Interested in the operation of the old log mill
with his father. He owned land and was well-
to-do. His will was probated in Berkeley
countv, \'irginia, August ig, 1777, that county
having been set oft from Frederick county in

1772. He married Rebecca . Children:

John; William, of whom further; Eleanor.

(V) Captain William Henshaw, son of
Nicholas and Rebecca Henshaw, was born in
1736. He was one of the most active agents
in having the new county of Berkeley erect-
ed in 1772, and became one of the most prom-
inent actors in its early civil and judicial his-
tory- He was a man of werlth, as is evi-
denced by his being bondsman for General
Adam Stephens, the first sherifif ®f Berkeley
•county, the bond being for "One thousand
pounds." He was at the battle of Point
P'easant. October 10, 1774, and present at the



signing of the treaty of peace with the In-
dians at Camp Charlotte near Chillicotl.e,
Ohio. He was lieutenant of the company
raised in Berkeley county to serve one year
in the continental army. On the 4th of Octo-
ber. 1776, this company arrived at Bergen
Point, New Jersey, opposite N)ew York, and
on the 1 2th, 13th and 14th were engaged as
skirmishers at Kings Ridge. There is a tr.i-
dition in the family that Lieutenant William
Henshaw never collected any pay for his rev-
olutionary services. He continued in the
service and rose to the rank of captain. He
died in 1799 and is buried in the old grave-
yard of Christ's Church at Bunker Hill, near
his home. This is a copy of a quaint receipt:
"June, 1799. Received of Levi Henshaw
for a sermon delivered at the burial services
read at the funeral of William Henshaw. de-
ceased, ten dollars. Given under my hand
the 14th day of April, 1800.
Winchester, $10.00,

Frederick county. Alexander Balmain."

He married Agnes (familiarly known as
"Ann" and "Nancy"), daughter of William
and Mary Anderson. Children: i. Nicholas,
of whom further. 2. Levi, born July 22, 1769,
died September 9, 1843; lie was sheriff' of
Berkeley county, Virginia, and member of the
house of delegates; he married (first) Nancy
Davidson, (second) Ann McConnell. 3. Hiram
married Mary McConnell. 4. Adam Stephens,

5. Jonathan Senian, married Elizabeth Staf-
ford and settled in Coshocton county, Ohio.

6. Washington, settled in Greene county, Ten-
nessee. His third wife was a Widow Robin-
son. 7. William Sloughter, was a captain of
the Fifth Infantry, United States Regular
Army, 1808-15; he married Harriet Hyle. 8.
Urich, married, September 29, 1807, Eliza-
beth McDonald. 9. Rachel, married Joseph
Leinmon. 10. Rebckah, married Lewis

Moore. 11. Ruhamah, married Duncan

and settled in Kentucky.

(V'l) Nicholas (2), son of Captain William
Henshaw, was born in 1763, died February
23, 1 82 1. He grew to manhood near Win-
chester, Virginia, and was twenty-six years
of age when he came from the Shenandoah
valley in 1789 and patented two hundred and
fifty-five acres of land in North Union town-
ship, Fayette county. Pennsylvania, then Read-
stone township. Here he cleared a farm and



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lived the remainder of his days. He married
^largaret ]\IcConnell, born 1753, died Febru-
ary 14, 1810, and left issue.

(VII) William (2), son of Nicholas (2)
Plenshaw, was born in North Union township,
Fayette county, Pennsylvania, in 1786, died
March 14, 1845. He inherited lands from his
father and became one of the prosperous
farmers of his township and a man of influ-
ence. He was ruling elder of the Laurel Hill
Presbyterian Church for many years and an
active worker in that church. He married
Ann Parker, who died September 2."], 1845,
aged fifty-eight years. Children, all deceased:
I. Rebecca, married James Campbell. 2.
James Smith, of whom further. 3. Nicholas,
died unmarried. 4. William Harrison, mar-
ried Elizabeth Foster. 5. Clarissa Torence,
married Henry Foster. 6. Caroline, married
James Carter.

(\'III) James Smith, eldest son and second
child of William (2) and Ann (Parker) Hen-
shaw, was born in North Union township,
Fayette county, Pennsylvania, November 20,
1809. died there October 22, 1878. He was
educated in the public schools of Franklin
township. He followed farming all his life,
owning a part of his grandfather's farm which
the latter divided between James W. and his
brother William H. Henshaw. He was a
Democrat in politics, serving as school direc-
tor many years through successive re-elec-
tions. He was a member of the local mili-
tary company, but was not in actual war serv-
ice. He was a member of the Presbyterian
church, and a man of very high standing in
his community. He married (first) Anna
Maria Gray, born October 31, 18 18, in South
L'nion township, died at the old Henshaw
farm in North LTnion township, October 31,
1850, daughter of Nathan and Hannah (Rei-
nier) Gray. Fle married (second) May 4,
1852. Harriet Chalfant, deceased. He nnrried
(third) January 16, 1868. Maria Jane McDou-
gal. Children by first wife: i. Jonathan Crav,
died June 2. 1867. 2. William (3), of whom
further. Children of second wife: 3. Abigail,
born Jinuary 20, 1853, died October 20, 1865.
4. James Parker, born April 16, 1854, died Au-
gust ]6, 1854. 5. Clarissa, born April 28, 1835,
died March 30, 1904; married Samuel W.
]])unn. 6, Elizabeth, born June 24, 1857.
nirrried Hiram Rankin. 7. Samuel Wilson,
born November 26, 1859; married Elizabeth



Hankins. Ciiild of third wife: 8. Mary Mar-
garet, born June 6, 1871 ; married Elias B.
Jeftries.

(IX) William (3), son of James Smith and
Anna Maria (Gray) Henshaw, was born on
the farm first owned by his Great-grandfather
Henshaw, in North Union township, Fayette
county, Pennsylvania, June 10, 1850. He was
educated in the public schools of North
Union, and remained his father's assistant at
tiie home farm until the latter's death. Under
the terms of the will WiUiam and Samuel
Henshaw received the home farm. William
sold his share to Samuel and purchased his
present home, a valuable farm in South Union
township, near Uniontown, where he has since
resided. He is a capable, energetic man of
business and has made his life a successful
one. He is a Democrat in politics, and a
member of Uniontown Grange, No. 1103,
Patrons of Husbandry. While living in North
Union township he was elected supervisor,
serving a full term.

He married, September 24, 1879, Dorcas
Rosetta Hazen, born near Smock, Franklin
township, Fayette county. Pennsylvania, Sep-
tember 13. 1855, daughter of Moses and Car-
oline (Smith) Hazen. IMoses Hazen, born
May 3, 1825, died May 3, 1857, a stone cui-
ter and farmer. ]Moses Hazen joined Browns-
ville Lodge, No. 60. He married Caroline
Smith, born November 10, 1834, in Franklin
township, died June 3, 1901. Children of Mr.
and Mrs. Hazen: i. Dorcas Rosetta, of pre-
vious mention. 2. James Wilson, deceased,
married Hannah Alice Crossland. Children of
Mr. and Mrs. Henshaw, all living at home
except Thomas H., who lives in Philadelphia,
and Ruth R., who died December 2},. 1898;
Lulu Belle ; Caroline Jane ; James Samuel,
graduate of Pennsylvania State College, civil
engineer; Thomas Hazen, graduate of Bow-
man Technical School of Lancaster, Pennsyl-
vania ; Robert Walker; Jessie May; William
\ eech; Ruth Rosetta; George Russell; Elmer
\\'avn<:.



.Tlie origin of this family beyond
HAZEN the sea has not been traced. Re-
cent information locates a family
bearing the name in Newcastle-on-Tyne,
England, in the eighteenth century, and pos-
siblv the fact mav afford a clue to the Eng-




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lish home of the Puritan Edward Hazen, the
emigrant ancestor. The first mention of the
name which has been found occurs in the
records of Rowley, iNlassachusetts: "EHza-
beth, wife of Edward Hazen, was buried
1649, September 18." He was a man of sub-
stance and influence in the town, was over-
seer of selectmen in 1650-51-54-61-65-68,
and judge of delinquents in 1666. In the rec-
ords of surveys, February 4, 1661, he ap-
pears entitled to "seven gates." These re-
late to cattle rights on the town commons,
the average number being three; no one had
more than seven. The inventory of his es-
tate amounted to £404 7s. 8d. Of his first
wife Elizabeth nothing is known further than
her recorded death before mentioned. He
married (second) in March, 1650, Hannah,
daughter of Thomas and Hannah Grant. He
was buried in Rowley, July 22, 1683. His wife
survived him and married (second) March 17,
1684, George Browne, of Haverhill, who,
September 9, 1693, adopted her youngest son
Richard as the sole heir to his large estate.
She diet! February, 1716. Children: i. Eliza-
beth, born March 8, 1650; married Nathaniel
Harris. 2. llannah, born September, 1653;
married William Gibson. 3. John, September
2.'. 1655. 4. Thomas, of whom further. 5.
Edward, born September 10, 1660, died 1748.
6. Isabell, born July 22, 1662; married John
Wood. 7. Priscilla, born November 25. [664.
8. Edney, born June 20, 1667; married Wil-
liam Perkins. 9. Richland, born August 6,
1669, died September 25, 1733. 10. Hepzibah,
born December 22, 1671, died November 29,
1689. II. Sarah, born August 22, 1673; mar-
ried Daniel Wicom.

(II) Thomas, son of Edward and Hannah
(Grant) Hazen, was born February 29, 1658,
died in Norwich, Connecticut, April 12, 1735.
He owned a farm at Rowley at the time of
his father's death. He moved to Boxford,
Massachusetts, prior to March 22, 1690,
where he was made a freeman. He was dis-
missed from the church at Topsfield to be-
come one of the charter members of the
church in Boxford in 1702, and in 171 1 he
moved to Norwich, Connecticut, where he
died. He lived in that part of Norwich called
"West Farms," and with three sons was a
petitioner for its incorporation as a parish in
1716. The village is now called Franklin. He
married, January i, 1683, Mary Howlett, who



died October 22. 1727, daughter of Thomas
(3) Howlett, and granddaughter of Sergeant
Thomas Howlett, one of the first ten settlers
of Agawani (Ipswich), 1632-33, deputy from
Ipswich 1635 and Topsfield 1665, and often
employed in running lines, locating farms
and towns. Children : i. John, of whom furtii-
er. 2. Hannah, born October 10, 1684; mar-
ried . 3. Alice, born June 16, 1686. 4.

Ednah, married October 21, 1724, Joshua
Smith. 5. Thomas (2), baptized May 4, 1690,
died in Norwich, 1776 or 1777. 6. Jacob, bap-
tized April 24, 1692, died December 22, 1755.
7. Mary, baptized September 9, 1694. 8. Lydia,
twin of Mary, married Benjamin Abel. 9.
Hepzibah, baptized May 16, 1697, married
David Ladd. 10. Ruth, died in Norwich, Feb-
ruary 18, 1740. II. Jeremiah, baptized May 3,
1702. These baptisms are all recorded in
Topsfield, Massachusetts.

(III) John, eldest son of Thomas and Mary
(Howlett) Hazen, was born March 2^, 1683,
on the farm at Rowley, Massachusetts. He
moved to Norwich and Lyme, Connecticut,
where he died. He married (first) Mercy,
daughter of John and Sarah (Perkins) Brad-
street, and granddaughter of Governor Si-
mon Bradstreet and' of R-ev. William Perkins.
She died November 22, 1725, in Norwich,
where John Hazen married (second) May 31,
1726, Elizabeth Dart. Children of first wife:
I. John, born February 21, 1711 ; married
March 10, 1734, Deborah Peck (second),
Elizabeth Dart. 2. Samuel, born May i, 1713.
3. Simon, June 4, 171 5. 4. Margaret, July 16,
17 16. 5. Caleb, April 4, 1720; married Sarah
Hamlin, and moved to Carmel, New York. 6.
Sarah, born 1722. 7. Thomas, of whom
further. 8. Daniel, 1824.

(IV) Thomas (2), son of John Hazen and
liis -first wife, Mercy Bradstreet, was born at
Lyme, Connecticut, February 12, 1722 or
1723. He moved to New Jersey, where he
married and had sons born: Thomas (2),
Aaron, Ezekiel, Joshua, Moses, Abraham and
David, the latter the pioneer Fayette county
ancestor of this branch.

(V) David, son of Thomas (2) Hazen, was
born February 6, 1770, died in Franklin
township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, No-
vember II, 1848. In 1808, with his wife and
s!\ children, he made the journey from his
home in Sussex county, New Jersey, by
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county, Pennsylvania, where he purchased a
farm in FrankUn township, on which he re-
sided until his death. He married in New
Jersey, December 6, 1795, Elcy Wintermute,
born in New Jerse}', June 17, 1776, died in
Franklin township, May 3, 1850. Children:
1. George W., born September 2, 1796; mar-
ried Nancy Bowman, of Franklin township,
and moved to Belmont county, Ohio, where
he died leaving issue. The eldest son, David,
a lawyer by profession, lives in Iowa. 2.
Abraham, of whom further. 3. Thomas, born
October 20, 1800; married Phebe Cope, sister
of ex-Sheriff Eli Cope. 4. Elizabeth, Novem-
ber 20, 1802; married Jacob Reicheneker, of
Brownsville. 5. Mary Ann, February 14,
1805; married Joseph Huston of Tyrone
township. Children: Clarissa, married James
Cochran of Dawson, Pennsylvania; Mrs.
Phebe Martin and John Huston, of Dawson,
Pennsylvania. 6. Clarissa, October 15, 1807.
7. Elcy, July 9, 1810. 8. David, March 5, 1814.
9. Sarah, February 25, 1818; married (first)
John McCormick; (second) Henry Cook.

(VI) Abraham, second son of David and
Elcy (Wintermute) Hazen, was born in Sus-
sex county. New Jersey, August 22, 1798,
died October 7, 1870. He was about ten
years of age when his parents came to Fay-
ette county, where his after life was spent.
He learned the blacksmith's trade under the
instruction of his father, but preferred farm-
ing and always followed that occupation. He
first tilled his father's farm, but in April,
1H46, purchased the farm near by on Crab-
apple run, which he cultivated until his death.
He married March 24, 1824, Dorcas Downs,
of Redstone township, born November 4,
1802. died April 15. 1876. Children: i. Moses,
of whom further. 2. William, born April 11,
1827; a farmer; was county auditor of Fay-
ette county, 1857; moved to Washington
county. Pennsylvania, where he served a
term, 1876-1879, as county commissioner;
died July 1, 1903; married November 5, i860.
Eliza A. Hill, of Washington county. Child:
Alpha, ma'-ricd Dr. Fryc. 3. George, born
March 3. 1829; a successful farmer and stock
raiser of Franklin township; married (first)
Mary J., daughter of David Deyarmon; she
died January 2, 1875. He married (second)
April 17, 1880, Caroline C. Carson, of Wash-
ington county. George Hazen died July 5,
1890. Children of first wife: Dorcas, Abra-



ham, David, Belle and Elizabeth, all of whom
married. 4. Elizabeth, died May 2^, 1833.
5. j\larid, born December 4, 1833; died April
28, 1912; married November 17, 1855, Jon-
athan (2) Sharpless, grandson of Jonathan
Sharpless, Senior, who came from Philadel-
phia and was among the early settlers of Fay-
ette county. They have a family and live in
Williams county, Ohio. Children: Elizabeth,
Dorcas, Oliver, Minnie, Benjamin, twin of
jMinnie, and George. 6. Thomas, born Jan-
uary 17, 1836, died May 21, 1896; lived on
the home farm until 1883, when he sold to his
brothers, George and Benjamin, and moved
his residence to Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
He was county commissioner in 1878, was
connected with the Genius of Liberty for
more than four years, retiring March i, 1889.
7. Benjamin W.. born July 22, 1838, a thrifty
farmer and stock raiser, owning the old farm
on Crabapple run; married, 1862, Edith S.,
daughter of James and granddaughter of
William Piersol, who came from Chester to
Fayette county in 1784. Benjamin Hazen
died February 25, 1904. Children: James P.,
Annette. Ella. Wilford (Will) and Leora. 8.
David, born August 9, 1840; died May 17,
1854. 9. Harriet, born November 13, 1842;
married James, only son of Watson Murphy
of Franklin township. Children: Delmer,
Phebe, George, Elizabeth, Dorcas, Annie,
Walter, Watson. 10. Phoebe, born March 10,
1845; married, April 26, 1881, John Arnold,
and lives near Vanderbilt, Pennsylvania.

(VII) Moses, eldest son of Abraham and
Dorcas (Downs) Hazen, was born in Frank-
lin township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania,
May 3, 1825; died May 2, 1857. He was a
stone cutter by trade, but for several years a
farmer and stock dealer. He was elected in
1856 auditor of Fayette county, but only
lived to serve a year. He married, August 24,
1854, Caroline, daughter of Robert and
Rosetta (Shotwell) Smith, of Franklin town-
ship. Children: i. Dorcas, wife of William
Henshaw (see Henshaw). 2. James W., born
February 18. 1857. died December 14, 1908;
married Hannah Alice Crossland.



GORLEY



The emigrant ancestor of

Thomas Skiles Gorley, of

Uniontown, Pennsylvania, was

his great-grandfather, John Gorley, who came

to Pennsylvania with the Scotch-Irish em'gra-



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lion before the revolutionary period and set-
lied in the Cumberland valley, Cumberland
county. He was a farmer by occupation, and
a soldier of the revolution, serving enlist-
ments in Captam John Carothers' company,
Cuniberljnti county (Pennsylvania) militia,
also a member of Captain Huling's company,
with which for a time he was stationed with
the troops at Fort Ticonderoga on Lake
Champlam. After the wnr he removed to
Frederick county, Virginia, settling at New
Town, about eight miles southwest of Win-
chester, where he died. He and his wife are
buried in the Lutheran burying ground there.
His children are as follows in order of birth:
I. John, married a Miss Ferguson; he fol-
lowed in the footsteps of his father and be-
came a farmer, finally settling near Beaver,
Pennsylvania, where he lived and died; to this
union were born six sons. 2. Jane, who mar-
ried William Wickersham ; they emigrated to
Chillicothe, Ross county, Ohio. 3. James,
married a lady whose maiden name was Stone,
and in 1824 emigrated to Cambridge, Ohio;
to this union were born two sons and two
daughters. 4. Annie, married John Crider, a
hatter by trade; they remained and spent their
lives in their native town, raising a family of
six children ; the descendants of this couple
at the present day number seventeen great-
grandchildren that still reside at New Town
l^or as it is at present known: under the name
of Stephen City). 5. Captain Hugh Gorley,
from whom the Gorleys ^f Fayette county,
Pennsylvania, descend.

(11) Captain Hugh Gorley, youngest son of
John Gorley, was born in Frederick county,
Virginia, in 1790, and remained there until he
had attained the age of twenty-one years. His
sister Jane (of previous mention) was then
living in Chillicothe, Ohio, rnd this no doubt
caused him to emigrate to Ohio also. Shortly
after his arrival there the second war with
Great Britam began, and he enlisted. The
btorv of his enlistment is unusual and well
authenticated: An artillery company had been
raised and was on its way to garrison Fort
Meigs, at the mouth of the Maumee river;
among the members of the company was a
young man who had been drafted into the
service verv much against his will. He was
giving so much trouble that the officer in
command was compelled to strap him to the



gun carriage. When Hugh Gorley saw the
young man in such distress and anguish, he
pitied him and offered to take his place in
tile company if the officer would release his
unwilling member, tic was accepted, and
went to Fort Meigs with the company, while
the one befriended went to his home. Hugh
Gorley remained in the army until Proctor's
surrender to General Harrison in the fall of
1813. He then joined a party of men return-
ing to their eastern homes. He continued
with the party until they reached Uniontown,
Pennsylvania, where he decided to remain. A
short time after his arrival he married, and
resided there until his death, September 10,
1861. He established a boot and shoe manu-
facturing business and was very successful,
employing a large force of men and finding
a ready market for his output of goods. He
was active, energetic and enterprising, aiding
in every way to develop and advance the in-
terests of his adopted town. He owned a
good farm of over four hundred acres near
Uniontown, and considerable real estate in
the town. He took active part in public af-
fairs; served in 1828-29 ^s tax collector of the
borough, and was connected with the mili-
tary, thereby obtaining his title of captain.
He was an ardent Whig in politics, and a
member of the Methodist Episcopal church.



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