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a member of the Pennsylvania state legisla-
ture. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Duggan:
John, born December 2, 191 1. Virginia
Mary, born June 16, 1912. They reside in
Connellsville, though Mr. Duggan has his law
offices in Uniontown.

While Hungary, that land
PAULOVTTS of romance and brave
deeds, claims as her own
many men of world wide fame, and while the
glory of her warriors is as lasting as her own
rugged mountains and the songs of her mu-
sicians as captivating as the songs of her own
native birds, yet it is not a land of great op-
portunity for those not of the nobility, and
many of her sons have left, with regret, their
native land and turned th^jr steps westward
to that land of greater promise — America.

Among those to come to the United States
in later years is the Rev. R. J. Paulovits, son
of Vincent and Barbara Paulovits, both na-
tives of Hungary, ever their home. Vincent
Paulovits was a government superintendent
of country roads, a position of importance.
He died March 26, 1889. Barbara, his wife,
died September 23, 1879. Children: Louis,
born Alarch, 1850; Ernest, January, 1855;
Mncent, December, 1858; Robert J., of whom
further. Four daughters died in infancy.

(II) Rev. Robert J. Paulovits, youngest son
of Vincent and Barbara Paulovits, was born in
Hungary, June 5, 1863. He was educated in
the Archbishop's Lyceum at Esztergom and at
once entered the priesthood of the Catholic
church, for which he had been especially ed-
ucated. He was consecrated and was en-
gaged in priestly offices for the ensuing two

years. In 1897 he sailed for the United
States, going to Cleveland, Ohio, where for
a year he was assistant pastor of the Hun-
garian church, St. Elizabeth of Hungary.
He then organized a Hungarian congrega-
tion at Toledo, Ohio, erected a church and
parish house, school house with meeting hall
and house for the school sisters, and left that
parish in a healthy spiritual and material con-
dition. He next organized a congregation
and built a church at Columbus, Ohio, and
in 1909 came to Connellsville, Pennsylvania,
as a pastor in charge of the Hungarian con-
gregation already established with a church
edifice erected. Father Paulovits has the
spiritual care of two hundred families scat-
tered over four counties, and monthly holds
services in Brownsville and Star Junction.
He is a devoted priest and deems no sacrifice
too great where duty calls. The church at
Connellsville was organized in 1903 and is
in a prosperous condition.

When Father Paulovits first came to the
L'nited States he was the second Hungarian
priest to come here from abroad, and was
selected for the work because of his great
ability as a linguist. In the United States he
gave the sacraments to his people from Con-
necticut to Utah. He heard confessions in
fifteen languages and delivered his sermons
in eight different languages, including Latin
and Arabic and more modern languages.
This ability to hold converse with his people
in their own tongue not only endears him to
them personally, but greatly enhances his
value as a spiritual adviser and gains him a
wonderful influence for their betterment.

It is doubtful if many families
PORTER can show so many early New
England settlers as the Por-
ters. Eight men of that name emigrated to
America prior to 1653, and all but one of
them prior to 1640. Richard Porter settled
in Weymouth, Massachusetts, in 1653. John
Porter was at Hingham, Massachusetts,
three miles distant, and is supposed to have
been a brother of Richard. John Porter set-
tled at Windsor, Connecticut, in 16^8; pre-
vious to this is said to have been of Worces-
ter, Massachusetts. Robert and Thomas Por-
ter, brothers, were among the eighty-four
proprietors of Farmington, Connecticut, in
1640. This branch of the family is especially



noted. Robert was the ancestor of President
Noah Porter, of Vale College, and his gifted
sister, Miss Sarah Porter, who for many
years had the most noted private school in
the country at her home in Farmington.
John Porter was admitted to the church in
Boston January 2^, 1641. John Porter was
made a freeman in Roxbury, Massachusetts,
November 5, 1633. He was a follower of
Rev. John Wainwright and Ann Hutchinson,
suffering banishment to Rhode Island for his
religious opinions. The David Porter fam-
ily, of whom five generations served in the
United States navy, reached the climax of its
distinction in Admiral David Dixon Porter,
whose history is so well known.

The origin of the family name is interest-
ing. The ancestry of John Porter, of Wind-
sor, is traced through sixteen generations
of Englishmen to William de la Grande, a
Norman knight who fought with William
the Conqueror at Hastings (1066) and was
rewarded with estates near Kenilworth, in
Warwickshire, England. His son Ralph or
Roger became "Grand Porteur" to Henry
I, serving from 1120 to 1140. With the adop-
tion of surname the office he held was made
the family name Porter. The ancient coat-of-
arms of this family was: Argent on a fesse
sable between two or three church bells of
the first, crest; a portcullis argent chained,
motto, Vigilantia ct virtuti. The Porters
of this sketch descend from John Porter of
Windsor, Connecticut.

(I) John Porter came to New England in
1630, settled first at Dorchester, Massachu-
setts, and is first recorded in Windsor in
1639. He was for that period a man of con-
siderable wealth, as shown by his will. His
residence was on Little river, near its jimc-
tion with the Connecticut. He died April 22,
1648; his wife Rose died in July, 1647. Chil-
dren born in England: John, born 1620, mar-
ried Mary Stanley; Sarah, born 1622, mar-
ried Joseph Judson; Anna, born 1624, mar-
ried William Gaylor; Samuel, of whom hirth-
er; Rebecca, 1628, died unmarried; Mary,
1630; married Samuel Grant; Rose, 1632, died
1648; Joseph, 1634; James, 1638, married
Sarah Tudor; Nathaniel, 1640, married Sarah
Groves; Hannah, 1642, married John Cole-

(II) Samuel, son of John and Rose Porter,
was born in England in 1626. He was a mer-

chant, and died September 6, 1689. He mar-
ried Hannah Stanley, sister of his brother
John's wife, daughter of Thomas Stanley,
who came from England in the ship Planter
to Lynn, Massachusetts, in 1693. She died
December 18, 1702. Children: Samuel (2),
born April 6, 1660; married Joanna Cooke.
2. Thomas, born April 17, 1663, died May 27,
1668. 3. Hezekiah, born January 7, 1665,
married Hannah Coles. 4. John, born De-
cember 12, 1666, married Mary Butler. 5,
Hannah, born 1668, married John Brown. 6.
Mehitable, born September 15. 1673, married
Nathaniel Goodwin. 7. Experience, born Au-
gust 5, 1676, married Abigail Williams. Ich"-
bod, born June 17, 16 — , married Dorcas
Marsh. 9. Nathaniel, born November 15,
1680, married Mehitable Buell. 10. Stanley,
of whom further.

(HI) Stanley, son of Samuel Porter, was
born April i, 1683. He married, November
^3- '^7^7- Thankful Babcock (also written
early Bodcock). They settled at Coventry,
Connecticut, where he was the first town
clerk. She was a daughter of Jonathan and
granddaughter of Robert Babcock, who cTme
from England in 1648. He was a captain in
the Indian wars. Children of Stanley Por-
ter: I, Mercy, born October 10, i7o8;'mar-
ried Jeremiah Fitch. 2, JNIary, November 16,
1710; married John Sergeant. 3, Jonathan,
of whom further. 4, Noah, August 24, 1715;
married Irene Thompson. 5, Thomas, Sep-
tember 16, 1723; married Annie Woodward.
6, Samuel, August 3, 1725: married Sarah
Caulkins. 7, Sarah, March 25, 1727; married
Jonathan Root. 8, William, October 13,
1728; married Esther Carpenter. 9, Alaria,
June 18, 1731; married Aaron Dewey, 10,
Bethia, July 29, 1734. 11. Nathaniel, Febru-
ary 15, 1736. 12. Elijah, October 12, 1737.

(IV) Jonathan, son of Stanley Porter,
was born March 20. 1713, died March 21,
1790. He married, January 20, 1734. Sarah,
born 1 7 14, died January 21, 1806, daughter
of Daniel and Sarah (Knowlton) Ladd,
granddaughter of Nathaniel Ladd, killed by
Indians at Maquoit, Maine, August 11, 1691,
married Elizabeth Gilman, great-gra".d-
daughter of Daniel (L) Ladd, who came from
England in the ship "Mary and John" in 1634.
Children of Jonathan Porter: i. Thomas
born M.rch 16, 1735; married Zilpah Lyman.




2. Jonathan (2), September 17, 1737; married
Lois Richards. 3. Josiah, of whom further.
4. Noah, October 6, 1742; married Submit
Cooke. 5. Sarah, December 6, 1744; married
Ichabod Jewett. 6. Mary, January 29, 1748;
married Seth Dunham. 7. Phoebe, March
II, 1750: married Jonah Carpenter. 8. Irena,
December 8, 1756; died unmarried, 1790. 9.
Rebecca, 1760; married Solomon Chapin.

(V) Josiah, son of Jonathan Porter, was
born August 21, 1740. He married (first) in
1784, Lois Carpenter, died April 14, 1786,
daugliter of Eliphalet Carpenter, and a de-
scendant of William Carpenter who came
from England in 1638. Hei married (second)
January 10, T787, Chubbuck. Chil-
dren: by second wife: Asahel, born March 3,
1786; Abner, June 10, 1788: George, of whom

(VD George, son of Josiah Porter by his
second wife, was born October 10, 1790, died
August 26, 1845. He joined relatives in
Oneida and Erie counties. New York, later
living in Chillicothe, Ohio, where he died.

(VTI) Edward Tiffin, son of George Porter,
was born in Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1814, died
in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1842, a merchant
of the latter city at the time of his death. He
married Elizabeth Jane Wilson, who survived
him and married (second) Eleazar Robinson,
of Uniontown, Pennsylvania; she was a
daughter of James Wilson, born in Lancas-
ter county, in 1764, and came to Fayette
county, Pennsylvania. 1778. 'James Wilson be-
came a large land owner and served as justice
of the peace of German township from 1807
to 7840. He married (first) Mary H. Robb,
(second) Elizabeth Lowrie. By her second
husband Elizabeth J. Porter hid: William L.
Robinson, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and
Mary E.. wife of Dr. A. P. Bowie, of Union-
town, Pennsylvania. Children of Edward
Tiffin Porter: i. James Wilson, who in early
days was a farmer, now a merchant and real
estate dealer of Indianapolis, Indiana; he
served in the civil war; he married Mary Wil-
son. 2. Edward Tiffin, was a real estnte
dealer of Indianapolis, Indiana; connected
with the Yande family; he moved to Junc-
tion City, Kansas, and died in California. 3.
George, of whom further.

fVni) fieorgc (2), son of Edward Tiffin
and Elizabeth Jane (Wilson) Porter, was

born in Indianapolis, Indiana. October 24,
1S35, died August 8, 1903. He was brought
to German township, Fayette county, Penn-
sylvania, by his mother after the death of her
husband, and made his home with his uncle,
John Wilson. He was educated in Dunlap
Creek Academy. He grew up a farmer, and
for twenty years followed that occupation in
German township. In 1879 l^^ purchased
property in McClelland township and there
established a general store, which he success-
fully conducted until 1894, superintending his
farming operations during the same period.
He disposed of his mercantile business and in
1895' located in L'niontown, where he opened
a general real estate and insurance business,
building up a large and profitable business,
continuing until his death; also owming the
Star farm and coal lands in Fayette county
During his earlier years he taught school in
German township. He was a member of the
Presbyterian church, and at McClellandtown
served the church as elder. After moving to
Uniontown he joined the First Presbyterian
church of that city, and from i8g6 until his
death was also an elder. He was always
prominent in the church, and in 1887 was a
delegate from Redstone Presbytery to the
General Assembly of the Presbyterian church
which met at jNIinneapolis, ^Minnesota, that
year. In politics he was a Republican.

He married. May 9, t86i, Elizabeth
Parshall, born in McClellandtown, German
township, Fayette county, March 9, 1836,
who survives him, a resident of Uniontown ;
she is a daughter of Elias Parshall, a wealthy
farmer, stockholder and grower of German
township (see Parshall X\TII). Children: i.
Elizabeth, born Mtv 23, 1862: married
George Alexander Hogg, and resides in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ; he is a large land
owner and heavily interested in steel manu-
facturing ; children : George Ewing Porter,
born March 9. T88q; Mildred Elizab-th.
March 9, 1891; Sara Constance, February 27,,
i8c)3; Mary Caroline, March 26, 1807; Alice
Trevor, April 9, 1899, and William Cecil,
born January 23, 1904. 2. Edward Tiffin,
born April 3, 1866, formerly a farmer, now
assistant general manager of the Union Sup-
plv Company; he married Julia, daughter of
William McShane, of German township;
children: George, born February 2, 1896;



Edward Tiffin, January 7, 1900. 3. George,
of whom further mention. »

(IX) George (3), son of George (2) and
EHzabeth (Parshall) Porter, was born in Ger-
man township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania,
November 21, 1875. He studied in the town-
ship schools and later attended the high
school in the city of Pittsburgh for two years,
then returned to his home and attended Red-
stone Academy one year. He then entered
Ccrnell University, whence he was graduated
four years later with the degree of Me-
chanical Engineer, class of 1897. He was a
member of the Students' Self-Government
Council and of the Theta Nu Epsilon fra-
ternity. After leaving the university he en-
tered the employ of the Westinghouse Ma-
chine Company, testing gas machines and
engaged in experimental work at the West-
inghouse plant in East Pittsburgh. He left
the employ of that company to become con-
structing engineer for the then Continental
Coke Company. After absorption of that
company by the H. C. Frick Coke Company,
he continued in the same position for three
years. He was with the United States Coal
and Coke Company for a time and again
with the Frick Company one and a half years.
He later located in Uniontown as civil
and mining mechanical engineer. He is
thoroughly qualified and is considered an ex-
pert in his especial lines. He is associated
in many undertakings with J. B. Hogg, and
in others alone. He is a Republican in
politics, and a member of the First Presby-
terian church.

He married, March 28, 1900,', Mary Moore,
l)orn near New Salem, German towmship,
Fayette county, Pennsylvania, September 19,
1S77, daughter of Aaron and Naomi (Grove)
Moore (see IMoore). Child: A'irginia
Adeline, born April 13, 1909. The family
home is at No. 108 Morgantown street,

(The Moore Line.)

Aaron Moore, father of Mrs. JNIary
(Moore) Porter, wis born in German town-
ship, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, died
there in 1869. He was a farmer and stock
raiser. He married Naomi Grove, also born
in German township. Children: i. Mary, of
previous mention. 2. Harry Grove, born
April 29. T879: a farmer on part of the Moore
homestead; married jNIargirct Bailey and has

Mary Elizabeth, born December 14, 1910,
and John Bailey, born October 15, 191 1. 3.
Charles A., born September 8, 1881; married
Mary Seaton and has Charles Wendell and
Mary Sexton, deceased. Aaron Moore was
a son of Abrahami Moore, a grandson of
Aaron Moore, who received a grant of land
from William Penn, a part of which is yet the
Moore homestead farm in German township,
Fayette county.

(1) Through maternal lines Mary (]\Ioore)
Porter descends from Thom?.s Shepherd,,
who came to America from Shropshire,
Wales, with two brothers, John and William,
landing near Annapolis, Maryland. Thomas
settled at Shepherdstown, X'irginia, where he
owned about one thousand acres near "Pack-
horse Ford" on the Potom.ic river in western
Spottsylvania county, Virginia. A settlement
of Germans on his farm was called ]Mechlen-
berg. He was probably born in 1705, died in
1776. He married Elizabeth, daughter of
Robert Van Meter, a w^ealthy planter of
Maryland, who traced his ancestry to the
royalty of Holland. She brought her husband
a tract of one hundred and sixty-two acres
called "Pell Mell," opposite, but a mile below
"Packhorse Ford." Thomas Shepherd built
a high blufif on the Potomac shore, a stone
fort known as "Shepherd's Fort" which stood
until 1812. Here the German settlers of
Mecklenberg gathered when an Indinn alarm
was given. After the death of Thomas
Shepherd, the name of the settlement was
changed to Shepherdstown. Children oi
Thomas and Elizabeth Shepherd: David, born
1734; Sarah, about 1736; Elizabeth, of fur-
ther mention: William, about 1741 ; Thomas,
about 1745: John, 1750; Mary, 1752; Martha,
twin of Mary; Abraham, 1754; Susanna,
175S. David, the eldest son, moved to Ohio
county, Virginia, then including all of now
West Virginia and a part of Western Penn-
sylvania, and settled near Wheeling. He was
a large land owner, and during the revolu-
tion was colonel of Ohio county troops.

(H) Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Shep-
herd, was born at Mecklenberg, Virginia,
October 2, 1738, died 1788. She married. May
3, 1762, William Brown, born September 13,
1724, died July 24, 1801. Children: i. John,
born February 16, 1763. 2. Elizabeth, De-
cember 27, 1764. 3. Thomas Abraham,



Fcbruarv 25, 1767, died November, 1768.
4. ISIary. of whom further mention. 5. Sarah,
married William Esty. 6. William, boin
March 24, 1774, died in infancy. 7. Shep-
herd, born April 14, 1775, a merchant of New
Orleans, killed by a fall in 1817. 8. George
W. (called Barry Washington), born Octo-
ber 22, 1778. living in 1801. 9. Hannah
Matilda, born November 22, 1781, married
Dr. Adams.

(Ill) Mary, daughter of William and
Elizabelh (Shepherd) Brown, was born Sep-
tember 15, 1768, died 181 2. She married,
February 6. 1785, John Grove, a descendant
of Hans Grofif, sometimes Baron Von Wel-
den, of Switzerland, who fled to America in
1696 and some years later settled in Pequa
Valley in Lnncaster county, Pennsylvania. It
was his son, Jacob, who was the progenitor
of the numerous Grove families of Washing-
ton countv, Pennsylvania. Children of John
and Mary (Brown) Grove, all born in Ger-
man township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania.
I. Sarah, married Lemuel Hall. 2. Jacob,
born August 29, 1787. 3. Elizabeth, married

John Spark. 4. Catherine, married

Auld. 5. Shepherd, born March 14, 1793. 6.
John, February, i, 1795, married Anna Mc-
Quilliams. 7. Samy, married Mary Sprinkle.
8^ Levi, born December 6, 1798. 9. Hannah
M., married Eli.->s Parshall. 10. William B.,
married Nancy Allentar. 11. Stephen, mar-
ried Ann Coldren. 12. Harvey, of whom
further mention. 13. Ma^;}^ married John

(I\') Harvey, son of John and Mary
(Brown) Grove, was born February 19, 1806.
He served as school director and two terms
as assessor of the township. He married
Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Lackey, of
German township, Fayette county, Pennsyl-
vania. Children: i. Mary Louise, married
George Hess. 2. Naomi, of whom further,
3. Reuben, married Hettie Higginbotham. 4.
Rhoda. 5. Elizabeth, married (first) William
Jeffries and moved to Dwight, Illinois ; mar-
ried (second) Henry Coonley. 6. Mary.

(\') Naomi, daughter of Harvey and Eliza-
beth (Lackway) Grove, married Aaron

(VI) Mary, daughter of Aaron and Naomi
(Grove) Moore, married George Porter (see
Porter IX).

The Pershall or Parshall
PARSHALL family came to England

with William the Con-
queror and the name Pershale is found on the
I oil of Battle Abbey, erected on the battle-
field of Hastings, 1066. The family is traced
to Sir Richard de Pershall, but no records
exist covering the period 1066 to the reign
of King Edward III, when they are found
seated in Staffordshire. They had probably
been seated there for many generations, as
Sir Richard was a knight of great power,
being high sherifif under appointment from
the King and owned large estates. He mar-
ried Margaret, daughter of Hugh Lord, of
Knightom, and added that manor to his

{il) Sir Adam de Pershall, son of Sir
Richard de Pershall, succeeded him as high
sherifif, and his two wives, both heiresses,
added greatly to his already large possessions.

(III) Sir Adam (2) de Pershall.

(IV) Sir Richard Pershall.

(V) Sir ihomas Pershall, Knight.

(VI) Nicholas Pershall.

(VII) Hugh Pershall, Esquire, the first of
the family to reside at Hornsley in Stafiford-
shire. He was sheriff under Henry VII,

(VIH) Humphrey Pershall. Esquire, mar-
ried Helen, daughter of Humphrey Swinner-
ton. Esquire.

(IX) John Pershall, of Checkley, married
Helena, daughter of John Harcourt, Es-

(X) Richard Pershill married Isabella,
daughter of Thomas Rollerton, Esquire.

(XI) Richard Pershall, Esquire, of Horse-
ley, married Jonanna, daughter of Sir Ed-
mund Fettiplace, of Berkshire.

.(XII) John Pershall, Esquire, among the
first baronets created by King James I, No-
vember 25. 1612, and four years later was
sheriff of the county, married Anne, daugh-
ter of Ralph Sheldon, Esquire.

(XIII) Thomas Pershall. born 1596, mar-
ried Bridget, daughter of Sir William Staf-

(XIV) John Pershall, created a baronet
and became Sir John, died January 13, 1646.

(XV) Sir John (2) Pershall married, in
1660, Frances, daughter of Colonel Thornas
Leigh, of Addington in Cheshire. He died
in 1 701.



(X\"'I) Sir Thomas Pershall, died 1712. He
married a Miss Metcalf and since then the
baronetcy has lain dormant. The arms of the
Pershall baronets were : "Argent a cross
patee fleuy : one cantor Gules a wolf's head
erased of the first." Crest : "A wolf's head ;
sable holding in his mouth a marigold
proper." The Parshalls of Fayette county
descend from Rich.ird Pershall, of the tenth
generation preceding. He had seven sons
and two daughters.

(XI) Edmond, one of the younger sons of
Richard Pershall, went into trade in London,
changing the name to Parshall. He was a
member of the Grocers' Guild and flourished
during the years of the reign of Queen
Elizabeth and under James I. He had a son,

(XII) John, son of Edmond Parshall, mar-
ried and had a son, James.

(XIII) James, son of John Parshall, was
undoubtedly the first pf the name in this
country, but the date of his arrival, the
locality, or his birth are not even matters
upon which traditions throw light. The first
record of him is a deed dated December 12,
1679, showing he was at that time a resident
of Gardiners Island, first called the Isle of
Wight. After his marriage he moved to
Southold, Long Island, where in 1686 his
family consisted, according to the census of
that year, of six white males, two white fe-
males, three male and two female slaves. He
made his will in 1692, and died in Southold.
September 15, 1701. He married Elizabeth,
youngest daughter of David Gardiner,
proprietor of Gardiners Island, who was the
first white child born in Connecticut, April 29.
1636, died July 10, 1689. David was son of
Lion Gardiner, t*rst settler on the island in
1639. "And thus was commenced the first
permanent English settlement within the
present limits of the State of New York."
Lion Gardiner came with his wife, Mary (Wil-
liamson) Gardiner, from Worden, a. town in
Holland where his wife was born, to London,
England, thence to New England, dwelling
at Saybrook, Connecticut, at the mouth of
the Connecticut river, where his son David
was born. He was a native born Scotch-
man, was associated with the party of Hamp-
den and Cromwell, and served in the English
army and under the Prince of Orange in

Holland. James Parshall named in his will
sons, Israel and David, also a "beloved
daughter Mary."

(XIV) David, son of James Parshall, was
born in 1682, died January 25, 1725 or 1726.
He married, about 1705, Mary, daughter of
David and Martha Youngs. She was born
1685, died April 21, 1725. She was a great-
granddaughter of Lion Gardiner, and a
daughter of Colonel John, son of Rev. John
Youngs. David Parshall's will, probated
March 16, 1725 or 1726, mentioned sons,
David, Jonathan and "his daughters" with-
out naming them.

(XV) David (2), eldest son of David (i)
Parshall, made his will March 11, 1759; it
was probated February 28, 1760, and named
David (3), Desire, Elias, Sebil, James, ]\Iehit-
able, John; David's wife was Sebil White, to
whom he was married December 6, 1736.

(XVI) Elias, son of David (2) Parshall.
was probably born at Southold, Long Island,
resided there until 1779, then temporarily

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