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He married. December 25, 1813, at Union-
town, Matilda (Thomas) Hook, widow of
Peter Hook (2), who was killed on a Mis-
sissippi river boat near New Orleans in the
fall of 1810. They had one child, Peter Uriah
Hook. She was born April 25, 1790, died
June 19. T874. She was a daughter of Sheriff
William and Ann (Alexander) Thomas, who
before coming to Fayette county lived near
the Laurel Iron Works, near Hagerstown,
Washington county, Maryland. Peter Uriah
Hook was a merchant of Uniontown, elected
burgess in 1842, and a member of the Penn-
sylvania house of assembly in 1851 from Fay-
ette county. He has many descendants in
Fayette county, Illinois, and Colorado. Chil-
dren of Captain Hugh Gorley, who died
young: Eliza Jane, died October 16, 1815,
aged nine months; John, died March 25, 1818,
aged twenty months ; Jane Eliza, died April
14, 1839, aged seventeen ycTrs seven months
twenty-seven days ; Louisa, died April 25,
1854, aged twenty-three years five months



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twenty-five clays. Those reaching mature
jears were:

1. Ann Mary, born February 14, i8ig, died
October 29, 1891 ; married Simon Sampsel, a
native of Maryland; he was a carpenter, and
for many years worked on the building and
lepairuig of coaches running on the old Na-
tional Pike; he died May 14, 1878, aged sev-
enty-three years four months nine days. Thir-
teeii cnildren were born to this union, nine ar-
rived at maturity: George W., born June 23,
1835; Helen Jane, born November 3, 1840,
married Crawford Stillwagon; Ann Elizabeth,
born November 7, 1841, married George L.
Rhodes, of Chicago, Illinois; Alice, born Jan-
uary 23, 1844, married Alexander Montgom-
ery: Teresa, born March i, 1846, married
William Artis; William, born April i, 1847,
married Amy Brooks; Louisa, born June 7,

1848, married Henry Stillwagon, and at the
time of her death, April 8, 1888, was the
mother of sixteen children, fourteen of whom
were living; Henry Aukerman, born June 11,

1849, married a Miss Shaw; John, born De-
cember, 1851, married a Miss Robinson.

2. James Thomas, born March 29, 1824,
died November 9, 1905; he began business
life as clerk on a steamboat operating between
Pittsburgh and New Orleans, later becoming
an owner and running the rivers until the
outbreak of the civil war, when he sold his
interests and returned to Uniontown, where
he becam.e a prosperous merchant. He was
interested in all pubUc affairs; was for ten
years a member of the borough council, and
for many years director of the National Bank
of Fayette county. He married, in 1866, Mrs.
Elizabeth (Miller) Gadd, who died July 25,
1912, in her eighty-third year, widow of Elijah
Gadd, to whom she bore a daughter, Fannie.
March 7, 1854. Children of James Thomas
Gorley: i. Richard, born March 28, 1868. ii.
Charles Holmes, born August 13, 1872, a
tailor by trade; later hotel proprietor, cok<^
manufacturer and coal land speculator, a very
successful operator; married (first) November
15, 1897, Blanche Gregg, who died August i,
1903; married (second) July 19, 1905, L Ethel
Westfall, from whom he is divorced; no issue
by either marriage, iii. Belle, born August 2^,
1874, married October 17, 1907, Dr. William
B. Hamaker, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:
child, Helen.



3. John Randolph, born February 19, 1826;
he learned the siioemaker's trade with his fa-
ther, which he followed for many years; after
his marriage he moved to Muscatine, Iowa,
where he was engaged in the grocery busi-
ness; later removed to Louisville, Kentucky,
where he died December 6, 1897; he married
January 30, 1849, Eliza Murphy, who sur-
vives him, a resident of Louisville, daughter
of William and Eliza (Miller-Shriver) Mur-
phy. Children: i. Lucien B., born February
2, 1850, died December 24, 1886, married Jo-
sephine De Lany and had Lily and Joseph,
ii. James Thomas, born January 2, 1852, a
lawyer, of Louisville, Kentucky, unmarried,
living with his aged mother.

4. Alfred Meason, of further mention.

5. Hugh Alexander, born November 25,
1833; he was educated at the old Madison
Academy, and learned the trade of printer in
the ofifice of the old Pennsylvania Democrat,
then owned and edited by Jacob Beeson Mil-
ler ; he then worked for a time in Baltimore,
Maryland, later going to Illinois, where he
engaged in the dry goods business; after his
marriage he caught the gold fever and went
to California, going around Cape Horn; he
engaged in the dry goods business in San
Francisco; he was much in public life; was a
member of the state legislature of California,
representing the district of San Francisco;
captain of Company D, First California In-
fantry: fought in the civil war; was a writer
of stories and poetry, achieving considerable
fame in the Ifterary world; he died in San
Rafael, Cahfornia, September 14, 1907: he
was a member of the Loyal Legion and of
ihe Grand Army of the Republic; he married
Bell Hamilton, of Michigan, who survives
him without issue.

(Ill) Alfred Meason, fourth child of Cap-
tain Hugh Gorley, who arrived at mature
years, was born April 25, 1828, at Uniontown,
Pennsylvania, died July 13, 1912. He was
educated in his native town, and learned the
trade of a boot and shoemaker under the
direction of his father. He followed his trade
for many years. When the Mexican war was
in progress he enlisted in a company forming
in Uniontown, as did his brother, John Ran-
dolph Gorley, but the company was never
called out. When the civil war broke out he
enlisted in the Eleventh Regiment, Pennsyl-



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vania Reserves, June 20, 1861, serving until
discharged by surgeon's order, January 2,
1862. January 29, twenty-seven days later, he
re-enlisted in Company K, One Hundred and
Twelfth Regiment, Pennsylvania* Heavy Ar-
tillery, and served until the close of the war.
He was a Republican in politics and a mem-
ber of the Lutheran church.

He married, December 3, 1848, Lucinda
Becitty, born October 5, 1830, died April 11,
1903, aged seventy-two years six months,
daughter of William and Mary (Farr) Beatty,
and granddaughter of William Beatty, a na-
tive of old Virgmia. Mary Farr was a daugh-
ter of John (2) Farr, of Lancaster county,
Pennsylvania, a son of John (i) Farr, who,
although a member of the Society of Friends,
joined the continental army and fought for
the cau-e of mdependcnce. John Farr (2)
married Lucinda Hopwood, daughter of John
(i) Hopwood, a native of Virginia and a rev-
olutionary soldier. He was a son of Moses
Hopwood, who came to this country from
England early in the eighteenth century.
Children of Alfred Meason Gorley, the hrst
three mentioned dying in childhood: George
W.. died Decemlier 24, 1856; Louisa B., Jan-
uary 10, 1857; Hattie Elizabeth, September 9,
1868. Those who grew to adult age were: i.
Thomas Skiles, of whom further. 2. Alfred
Ewing, born February 6. 1856; educated in
die public schools; learned tailoring, a busf-
ness in which he has been engaged for many
years. 3. Mary Matilda, -born February 25,
]86i; married June 24, 1879, George B.
Hutcliinson, at one time a prominent attor-
ney at the Fayette county bar ; children : i.
Howard, died aged twenty-one years. ii.
Hearshell, an engineer on the Pennsylvania
railroad, iii. Pearl, married J. Walter Break-
iron, also an engineer on the Pennsylvania
railroad, iv. Helen, married Edward Break-
iron, assist:mt cashier of the First National
Bank at Smithfield, Pennsylvania, v. Mary,
married James Helmick, a plumber of Union-
town, vi. Virginia, unmarried. 4. Rose Ella,
born December 19, 1864, died July 3, 1896;
married March 19, 1885. Harry L. Burnham,
for many years connected with the Dunbar
Furnace Company: children: i. Anna Marce-
iine, born March 20, 1886, died July 31, 1886.
ii. Ewing Edward, born March 10, 1889, mar-
ried Frances Ayer Hill, born February 5,



1891 ; one child, Ewing. iii. Frank, born Au-
gust I, 1891. iv. James Hustead, born Octo-
ber 14, 1892. V. Charles Henry McCreary,
born August 3, iT'; ;.. vi. Haddie Lillian, died
July 3, 1896. aged five months. 5. Hugh
Alexander, born July 14, 1872; he was edu-
cated in the public schools and learned the
trade of printer in the office of the Evening
Standard. He has always been active in poli-
tics ; has held several local ofifices and is now
member of the city council, elected February
16, 1909; time expires December. 1913; since
January i, 1912, has been president of coun-
cil; in Tqi2 he was also appointed deputy
warden of the Fayette county prison; he mar-
ried, in T892, Anneta May, daughter of Jacob
and Katherine (Pence) Dutton ; children:
Thomas Skiles, preparing for the profession of
civil engineer ; Ella Katherine ; Netta May ;
Annabel, and Helen Pauline.

(IV) Thomas Skiles, eldest child of Alfred
Meason Gorley, was born in Uniontown,
Pennsylvania, Septemb'er 14, 1849. He was
educated in the public and private schools,
and at the age of eighteen years began learn-
ing the trade of printer in the ofifice of the
Genius of Liberty, under A. M. Gibson, the
owner. He afterward went to Altoona. Penn-
sylvania, where for about nine months he
worked in the ofifice of The Vindicator, then
owned and edited by James F. Campbell. He
then returned to Uniontown and finished his
trade in the offices of the American Standard
and the Genius of Liberty. He then went to
Pittsburgh, where on his twenty-first birthday
he was out of work and with little money.
He. however, secured a position and for sev-
eral years was employed as compositor on
the Pittsburgh dailies. He then returned to
Uniontown and became foreman of the Amer-
ican Standard composing room. On March
1. 1881,). he purchased from Thomas Hazen a
one-third interest in the Genius of Liberty,
forming a i)artnership under the firm name
of Cook, Marshall & Gorley, an association
that continued four yenrs. In October, 1893,
the Ez'eninq News and the Evening Standard
were consolidated and Mr. Gorley was elected
secretary, treasurer and business manager.
Under his guidance this has been a very pro*
perous enterprise, of which he continues the
business head. He is a Republican in poli-
tics7 and a member of the Methodist Episco-



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pal church. He was made an Odd Fellow
March ;^,, 1871, and is a past noble grand and
representative to the Grand Lodge of Penn-
sylvania, Independent Order of Odd Fellows;
he was made a Knight of Pythias M"rch 9.
1888, and is a past chancellor commander; and
lit was also made a Mason February 10, i8go.
He was married, November 6, 1878, at
Uniontown, by Rev. Robert T. Miller, to An-
nabel Turney, who was born near Union-
town, November 30, 1853, daughter of Joseph
Turney, born in Somerset county, January 7,
1806, one of nine ^brothers, sons of John
Turney. He learned the trade of cabinet-
maker, but after coming to Fayette county
engaged chiefly in farming. In 1856 he re-
moved with hi< family to Clark county, Iowa.
He was a Whig, later a Republican, nnd very
influential in his community. His home
farm, consisting of several hundred acres, was
near Osceola, and there he died m 1883. He
married Sarah Gibson, daughter of Joseph
and Rachel (Phillips) Gibson. Children: Mary
E.; Rachel C. ; Sarah R.; Priscilla; Daniel P.;
Annabel, of previous mention ; Joseph M.
and George W. Children of Thomas Skiles
and Annabel (Turney) Gorley: i. Daniel P.
Gibson, born September 29, 1879, died July 26,
1883; 2. John Harry, born October 24, 1884,
educated in public and private schools, and
began business life in 1902 as a clerk in the
drug store of Moser & Springer; after re-
maining two years he entered the employ of
the News Publishing Company as assistant
to bis father; he married. June 5, 1906, Sarah
Cecilia, born November 25, 1885, daughter
of Albert Gibson and Elizabeth (Steel) INIiller.



The paternal grandparents of
BRANT Samuel E. Brant, of Connells-

ville, Pennsylvania, were both
born in England, although they met and mar-
ried in the LInited States.

(T) William Brant, born in England, came
to the United States w'hen a young man, set-
tling at Bufifalo Mills, Bedford county, Penn-
sylvania, where he became a prosperous
fnrmer, owning between four and five hun-
dred acres of land. He served in the civil
war with three of his sons, whose term of
service covered the four years of the civil
war; two were wounded, but none w^re ViMoH.
The father was active as well as influential in
public afifairs, holding several local ofiFices.



He lived to a good old age, honored and re-
spected. He married Katherine Miller, born
in England; children; Joseph; Henry, a sol-
dier of the civil war; Shannon, also a union
soldier; John, of whom further; Amanda,
Mary, Margaret and three others, who died
in infancy.

(II) John, son of William and Katherine
(Miller) Brant, was born in Bedford county,
Pennsylvania, August 3, 1849. He has lived
the life of a prosperous farmer, owns two
hundred and twelve acres of fertile land with
modern commodious buildings, and is yet en-
gaged in general farming. He is a Repub-
lican and has held several township and bor-
ough ofifices; is a member of the Methodist
Episcopal church and of the Independent Or-
der of Odd Fellows. He married Ellen Gar-
ber, born in Bedford county, died January 3,
1912, daughter of Joseph Garber, born in
England, where he was a miller. On coming
to the United States he settled first at Rox-
ville, then at Accident, ^Maryland. After fol-
lowing his trade for sixty-eight years, he now
resides with his daughter in Bedford county,
aged eighty-seven years. He married and
has issue. Children of John Brant: Aaron of
Newark, Ohio; Emma, married W. U. Sell-
ers; Mina, married W. H. Fairlamb of St.
Louis, Missouri; Samuel Elmer, of whom
further; Dr. Morris U., of Buffalo Mills,
Pennsylvania; Grace, married C. A. Ross of
Washington, D. C; Mae, resides with her pa-
rents ; Ray

(III) Samuel Elmer, son of John and Ellen
(Garber) Brant, was born at Buffalo Mills,
Bedford county, Pennsylvania, August 18,
1S76. He was educated in the public school.
He learned the carpenter's trade, working
almost exclusively on railroad bridge con-
struction. He was thus employed for eleven
years by the Baltimore & Ohio, and two
years by the Pennsylvania railroad. He took
up his residence in Connellsville in 1892.
About 1907 he started in the plumbing busi-
ness as a member of the firm of Stahl &
Brant; dissolved later and continued the
same business with J. A. Workman, as I'rant
& Workman. In 1910 he started the business
on Church street, that he recently sold to W.
E. Sellers. He is a Republican and is now
serving his second term as councilman. He
belongs to the Masonic order, the Odd Fel-
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He married, September 17, 1908, Ada Shu-
maker, born in Hyndman, Bedford county,
daughter of John and Sarah Shumaker, old
settlers of that county. She is a member of
the German Reformed church. * John Shu-
maker is living; his wife Sarah died April 10,
1901. Their children: Norman R., now of
Meyersdale, Pennsylvania; Charles I., de-
ceased; Daisy D., married W. Zufall; Ada,
married Samuel Elmer Brant, of previous
mention; Blanche O., married Henry Pur-
baugh; Grove C; Mrginia L., married John
Cook; Justus C. Children of Samuel Elmer
and Ada (Shumaker) Brant: Robert Eugene,
born September 10, 1909; Sarah Ellen,
March 2"], 191 1.



This family was fotind-
CRITCHFIELD ed in America by
Amos Critchfield, who
went from England to Wales, and shortly
afterward, between the years 1735 and 1745,
came to this country, settling first in New
Jersey, later going to the state of V'irginia.
He married and had six sons, among them
two who settled in Somerset county, Penn-
sylvania: William served in the revolutionary
army, settled in ]\Iilford township, and found-
ed the family still found there; and Benjamin,
of whom further.

(H) Benjamin, son of Amos Critchfield,
resided in X'irginia until the revolutionary
period, when he came to Pennsylvania, set-
tling in what is now Northampton township,
Somerset county, at or rfear the village of
Glencoe, and just east of the Alleghanv
mountains. This part of the county was
rough and mountainous, the soil not of the
most fertile character, but heavily timbered,
this fact probably influencing the few settlers
who came in at first. Chambersburg, Mary-
land, was then the nearest point to obtain the
necessities of life, flour and salt. The early
settlers made lumbering their principal busi-
ness, gradually clearing farms and becoming
fairly prosperous. Many, however, became
discouraged and abandoned their improve-
ments, but Benjamin Critchfield stayed until
his death. He married and left issue, includ-
ing a son Absalom, of whom further.

(HI) Absalom, son of Benjamin Critch-
field, was born in Northampton township,
Somerset county, Pennsylvania, where he
grew to manhood and married. Later he



came to Fayette county, settling in Henry
Clay township, where he engaged in agricul-
ture until his death. He married Rob-
erts, and left issue.

(IV) James, son of Absalom Critchfield,
was born in Somerset county, Pennsylvania,
died in Fayette county, Pennsylvania. He
grew to manhood in that county, learned the
carpenter's trade and later became a photog-
rapher. Later he settled in Henry Clay town-
ship, Fayette county. He served in the civil
war in a company of the Pennsylvania troops,
and died shortly after the close of the war.
He and his wife were members of the Meth-
odist Episcopal church. He married in Som-
erset county, Tabitha Younkin, born in that
county, daughter of Jacob and Tabitha Hart-
zell Younkin, both born in Upper Turkey
Foot township, Somerset county. Her father
was a farmer; several of her brothers served
in the civil war. The Younkins are of Ger-
man ancestry and were early settlers of Som-
erset county. Children of James Critchfield :
I. Cyrus Foster, of whom further. 2. George
W., now a resident of Pittsburgh. 3. Caro-
line; married Harry G. Shepherd, whom she
survives. 4. James (2), deceased; a resident
of Confluence, Pennsylvania.

(V) Cyrus Foster, eldest son of James and
Tabitha (Younkin) Critchfield, was born in
Henry Clay township, Fayette county, Penn-
s^вАҐlvania, July 9, 1863. He never attended
any school, but has acquired his education by
self-teaching and experience. He early
learned the potter's trade, but followed it for
only a short time. He then began learning
the trade of brass molder, but ill health com-
pelled him to abandon that trade. In 1879 he
entered the employ of the Baltimore & Ohio
Railroad Company at Connellsville as a
wiper. He was ef^cient and soon was pro-
moted to engine inspector, passing next to
the position of traveling car inspector, then
brakeman, freight conductor, finally pas-
senger conductor, holding that position until
1903, when he retired from railroad life. For
the next four years he was proprietor of a
hotel at Dawson, Pennsylvania, then engaged
in the real estate business, and is now associ-
ated with the Ohio Fuel Supply Company.
He is a Republican and a member of the Or-
der of Railway Conductors, the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of
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He married, June i, 1886, Lucinda, daugh-
ter of George and Lucinda (Teal) McCor-
mick, and granddaughter of Moses AlcCor-
mick. Both the IMcCormicks and Teals are
prominent Fayette and Westmoreland coun-
ty families; the latter being the founders of
the hospital at Mount Pleasant. Moses Mc-
Cormick, a well-known chair-maker of the
early day, married Elizabeth Buttermore, of
another prominent family of the county. Of
their ten children William is the last sur-
vivor, now living on a farm at Anderson, In-
diana. George McCormick was in the
butcher business in Connellsville until his
death in 1874. Children of Cyrus F. and Lu-
cinda Critchfield: Edward, born August 18,
1886, died September 17. 1892; Lucinda, born
December 17, 1887, died December 19, 1887;
Rockwell, born January 5, 1889; Hartzell,
born September 18, 1891, died February 18,
1892; Foster, born April 7, 1895; Clara, No-
vember 16, 1897; Damon, December 10, 1901.



Although of English birth,
DUGGAN John Duggan is of Irish par-
entage and ancestry. His
father, Bartholomew Duggan, was born 1827
in Ireland, moved quite early in Hfe to Minla-
ton, England, where his son was born. In
1864 he came to the United States and in
1867 made arrangements by which he was
joined by his family which he had left in
England. They resided in Noblestown, Penn-
sylvania, and in 1869 removed to Connells-
ville. Bartholomew Duggan was a miner and
always provided well for his family. He and
his fainily were members of the Roman Cath-
olic church. He died May 3, 1908. He mar-
ried Mary Cummings, born in Ireland in
1824, and yet living.

(II) John, son of Bartholomew and Mary
(Cummings) Duggan, was born in Minlaton,
England, June 5, 1857. He was educated in
the English parochial schools, and after com-
ing to the United States attended public
schools. He worked at various occupations
during his early life, and prior to 1900 was
proprietor of the Columbia Hotel in Con-
nellsville. In the last named year he began
contracting, continuing successfully in this
line for ten years, and has but recently (1912)
returned to the hotel business. In politics
he is an Independent Democrat. He has
served as councilman and as member of the



Merchants' Association, and was active and
helpful in having the bridge between New
Haven and Connellsville made free, it having
heretofore been a toll bridge. The Mer-
chants' Association led in the tight to make it
free, and as chairman of the committee of
that association Mr. Duggan figured promi-
nently in the movement. He and his wife are
members of the Church of the Immaculate
Conception (Roman Catholic) of Connellsville.
He married, September 26, 1883, Madeline
Jeannette Walton, born at Mount Savage,
Maryland, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth
Walton. Children: i. John, of whom further.
2. Madeline, died in infancy. 3. Edward, born
December 18, 1886. 4. one, died in infancy,
unnamed. 5. died in infancy, unnamed. 6.
Herbert, born August 17, 1894. 7. Vincent,
June 14, 1897. 8. Paul, June 2, 1898. 9. Ger-
trude, April 25, 1903. 10. Eugene, November
21, 1904.

(Ill) John (2), son of John (i) and Made-
line Jeannette (Walton) Duggan, was born
Angust 12, 1884, at New Haven, now West
Side, Connellsville, Pennsylvania. His early
education was acquired at the New Haven
public schools, graduating with a good
standing in the high school class of 1901. He
then left home to enter Georgetown Uni-
versity, Washington, D. C. His first course
was in the classical department, in which,
after having taken his degree as Bachelor of
Arts, he took post-graduate work along with
similar lines. After this solid foundation in
liberal studies he entered upon the law course
of the university, graduating therefrom in
1906, and was admitted to the bar of the
supreme court of the District of Cohmibia.
He then returned to Fayette county, Penn-
sylvania, and contintied his legal studies in
tile office of Cooper & \^an Swearengen, and
after passing all the examinations with credit
was admitted to the bar of Fayette county, at
Uniontown, in June, 1909. Mr. Duggan
thereupon opened an office in Uniontown and
embarked upon his profession. His success
lias been marked from the first, and he has
given many indications of decided ability and
an unquestionable promise of future growth.
He is already a conspicuous figure among his
contemporaries at the bar of Fayette county.
He is attorney for the poor directors of Fay-
ette county, and is a member of the board of
examiners for the bar of Fayette county. He



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is a Republican in politics, and is a leading
spirit in the councils of the party, though he
has preferred to dictate policies and shape
the activities of the organizatioij to holding
ofifice. He has, in fact, acted as the power
behind the throne in the nomination of more
than one Republican candidate and exercised
a controlling influence in all political matters
into which he enters. He is a member of the
Church of the Immaculate Conception (Ro-
man Catholic), Connellsville, Pennsylvania.

Air. Duggan married, January 4, 1910,
Edna Byrne, born November 6, 1889, daugh-
ter of John R. and Joanna (Lynch) Byrne, of
Everson, Pennsylvania. Air. Byrne is a
prominent coal dealer of that region, and is



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