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He is now in the employ of the Fayette
County Gas Company. He is a Democrat in
politics, and a member of the Methodist
Episcopal church, and of King Solomon's
Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons.

He married, in February. 1893, Mattie
(Stillwagon) Stillwagon, a distant relative,
daughter of George W. and Jane Efizabeth
Stillwagon. George W. Stillwagon was born
November 15, 1826, died April 13, 1890. His
wife, Jane E., was born June 21, 1829. Chil-
dren of Josiah D. Stillwagon: Hazel, born
November 11, 1893; Josiah David (2), Sep-
tember 30, 1909.



The Henrys of Fayette county,
HENRY Pennsylvania, descend from the

Henrys of Westmoreland coun-
ty, Pennsylvania, who spring from a Scotch-
Irish progenitor, Edward Henry. He was
born in County Down, Ireland, came to the
American colonies and settled in eastern
Pennsylvania prior to the revolution. Several
Henrys served in the Colonial army, and one
Edward Henry, who w'as no doubt the an-
cestor. After the close of the war and late
in ills own remarkable life, he moved to West-
moreland county, Pennsylvania, where he died
many years later, at the great age of one hun-
dred and five years. He left issue, including
a son Edward.

(II) Edward (2), son of Edward (i) Henry,
was born in Westmoreland county, Pennsyl-
vania. He founded a homestead farm near
Madisoii. where he was engaged in agricul-
ture all his life. He married Mary McCauley,
anil left issue, including sons Adam and Ed-
ward. Tlie latter, born on the homestead
farm in 1809, married Susan Coughenour,
from the Shenandoah valley, Virginia. His
son Dr. Hugh Henry, was a noted physician.

(III) Adam, son of Edward (2) Henry, was
born on the homestead farm near Madison,
Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, about
1810. He grew up a farmer, and after leaving
the paternal roof continued the same business
in the township of Penn. Later in life he sold
his f^rm in Westmoreland county and came to
Fayette, purchasing property in Lower Ty-
rone. Here he lived until death. He was a
stroiig Democrat, active in public affairs, and
a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal
church. He married Elsie, daughter of Wil-
liam Campbell, a shoemaker, who in his early
iife was possessed of considerable wealth, of
wiiich he was robbed. Children: i, James
Campbell, of whom further. 2, Nancy, mar-
ried John Bryan, and lived in Westmoreland
county. 3, Emery, married Elizabeth Mc-
Laughlin; is now a retired farmer of Scott-
dale; he married (second) Mrs. D. Fretz. 4,
Margaret, married George Hagerman, of Fay-
ette county. 5, Rev. Joseph, married Califor-
nia Stone'; he is a minister of the Methodist
P^piscopal church, and yet survives. 6, Mary,
married Samuel Cottom, a farmer of West-
moreland county. 7, Jennie, resides in Scott-
dale, unmarried.



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(I\ ) James Campbell, eldest child of Adam
llem-y, was born m 1830, died May 5, 1893.
He attended the district schools in the winter
months, and remained on the farm with his
father until he was sixteen years of age. He
then went to Columbus, Ohio, and entered a
medical school, there taking a full course and
graduatmg. He then returned to Westmore-
land county, and for two years studied and
practiced under Dr. John Stephenson. He
then settled at Tyrone Mills, Pennsylvania,
practicing his profession there four years. In
1868 he located at Dawson, Fayette county,
W'here he contmued in active practice until his
death a quarter "of a century later. He was
a skillful practitioner, and had the confidence
of his comn'iUnity. He had a very large prac-
tice and worked very hard to meet the de-
mands made upon him. He was a member
of the Presbyterian church, and a very strong
Democrat. He married, December 29, 1863,
Mary E. Cunningham, born in Westmoreland
county, daughter of Barnett and Mary (Chain)
Cunningham; the latter born in Columbiana
county, Ohio; the former in Westmoreland
county. After their marriage in Ohio they
came to Westmoreland county, where Mr.
Cunningham bought a farm of one hundred
and thirty acres, which he kept well stocked
with choice live stock, both horses and cattle.
They were both members of the Presbyterian
church ; he was an elder for twenty-one years.
He was a son of Joseph and Keziah (Norris),
born in Fayette county. Lower Tyrone town-
ship. The Cunninghams were of Scotch-Irish
descent. Mary Chain was a daughter of Hugh
and Margery (Cunningham) Chain, both born
in Columbiana county, Ohio, where they both
died. The Chains were early settlers in Ohio.
Children of Barnett and Mary (Chain) Cun-
ningham: I, Joseph Chain, married Mary
McCrary; he was a farmer and saw mill
owner. 2, Keziah Jane, married Daniel Fritz
(both deceased); they owned a fine farm in
Westmoreland county, near Scottdale. 3,
Margery Flizi, married William Hearst, a
farmer in W'estmoreland county. East Hunt-
ington township; both deceased. 4, Hugh,
died aged four years. 5, Cyrus, died aged two
years. 6, ]\Iarv (of previous mention), wife
of James Campbell Henry. 7, Amos, mar-
ried Mary Nelson, whom he survives, a re-
tired fanner of Washington county. 8. Anna,
inr.rried John Hardy, who survived him and



married (second) Martin Wurtz, of Greens-
burg, who survives her since February 11,
1912. 9, Barnett, married Julia Hardy, who
survives her, a farmer. 10. Thomas Jefferson,

was a farmer of Iowa; he married ■

Mason. 11, William Wilson, married Maria
Shellenberger, who survives him on their
Westmoreland farm. Children of Dr. James
Campbell and Mary (Cunningham) Henry:

I, Winnie lone, born February 5, 1865, died
May 5, 1868. 2, Alary Estelle, "born March

II, 1868; married H. Clymer Painter, oi
Greensburg, a hardware merchant. 3, Lettie
E., born October 11, 1870, died October,
1890. 4, Robb Deyarmon, of whom further.
5, Carl Cunningham, born April 15, 1875;
married Letta Kater (or Cator) and resides at
Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, a locomotive en-
gineer. 6, Zola, born April 5, 1880. 7, James
Roy, born November 28, 1883 ; Zola and
James R. reside with their mother in Dawson.

(V) Robb Deyarmon, fourth child and eld-
est son of Dr. James Campbell Henry, was
born in Dawson, Fayette county, Pennsyl-
vania, December 19, 1873. He attended the
public schools, and while yet a boy worked
ill the local printing office. At the age of
fifteen years he began working for the Balti-
more & Ohio Railroad Company as assistant
station agent, learned telegraphy, and re-
mained at the Dawson station five years.
Since leaving railroad employ he has been
engaged with the Cochran interests, first as
bookkeeper. The First National Bank of
Dawson was organized in 1891, and in 1896
Mr. Henry came to the bank as bookkeeper;
in 1905 he was made assistant cashier, and
in 1910 was promoted to cashier. He is a
Democrat in politics and has served on the
school board for twelve years. He is a direc-
tor of the Tri-State Candy Company of Con-
nellsviile, Pennsylvania, a member of James
(Cochran Lodge, No. 614. Free and Accepted
Masons, Connellsville Chapter, No. 283,
Royal Arch Masons, Uniontown Commnnd-
erv. Knights Templar, Uniontown Lodge of
Perfection, and Pittsburgh Consistory, An-
cient Accepted Scottish Rite, in which he has
attained the thirty-second degree. He also
belongs to the Royal Arcanum and the Gmnd
Fraternity. In religious faith he is a Presby-
terian, belonging to the Dawson congrega-
tion.




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He niariied, June 30, 1908, Grace E.
Shroyer, born in Dawson, November, 1883,
daughter of Charles O. and Katherine
(Walker) Shroyer. Charles O. Shroyer is the
present recorder of wills of Fayette county.
Children : Katherine Louise, born July 4,
1909; Mary Margaret, March 18, 191 1.



The Henrys of this sketch de-
HENRY scend from George Henry, a
Scotch-Irishman, who came
from Philadelphia to the town of Bedford,
Bedford county, Pennsylvania, and became a
prominent land owner. He married Eliza-
beth Havener, of German descent. Sons: Dr.
James, Alexander, George; daughters: Eliza-
beth, Rebecca. May, Jane and Sarah.

(HI) William, grandson of George Henry,
was born in Bedford county, Pennsylvania,
where he grew to manhood. Later, in com-
pany with his brother John, he moved to
Somerset county, where they became prosper-
ous farmers, each owning one thousand acres
in Middle Creek township, where they were
the first settlers. He was a Democrat, and
both he and wife Mary were Lutherans.
Children: i, Joshua, now a farmer of Sa-
betha, Kansas. 2, Harmon, died at Sabetha,
Kansas. 3, Rose Ann, married Solomon Gar-
rett, of Somerset county. 4, A daughter, de-
ceased. 5, Marion, of whom further.

(IV) Marion, son of William Henry, was
born in Middle Creek township, Somerset
county. Pennsylvania, January 30, 1840; He
attended the public schools, and has always
been devoted to agriculture and kindred pur-
suits. He inherited a portion of the original
homestead and added to it by purchase until
he owned three hundred acres of the original
tract. He cultivated this successfully, but in
latter years disposed of all but one hundred
and thirty-four acres, on which he now re-
sides. He is a Democrat, and a member of
the Lutheran church. He married Mary Fos-
brink, born in the tow'n of Holland, Germany,
December 25, 1836, daughter of Garrett and
Mary (Riggrear) Fosbrink, both born in Ger-
many, emigrated to the United States in 1836,
when their daughter ]\Iary was three months
of age. Garrett Fosbrink was a farmer, and
owned his ov>-n farm in Somerset county,
Pennsylvania. His wife Mary was a daughter
of Henry Riggrear, born in Germany. In
1836, with his wife, Elizabeth, and Garrett



Fosbrink, with his family (a party of ten), he
left Hanover, 'Germany, and after a voyage of
fifty-four days landed at Baltimore, Maryland.
Here they purchased wagons and teams, com-
ing in that way to Somerset county over the
National Road, then being built. He joined
his four sons, Henry, Fred, Barney and Diet-
rich, who had preceded him to Somerset
county, prospered, and sent home the money
that brought their parents over. The whole
colony of Fosbrinks and Riggrears settled
nearby in Somerset county, where Henry
Riggrear died aged ninety-four years; his
wife, Elizabeth, at the age of eighty-one
years. Garrett Fosbrink, born 1799, died
1856; Mary Riggrear, his wife, born 1816,
died 1886. After they had been in Somerset
county about ten years, Garrett bought a
farm of one hundred and twenty-seven acres
in Upper Turkeyfoot township, where he died,
as did his wife. Previous to coming to the
United States he had served six years in the
German army. They were members of the
Lutheran church. Their children: i, Henry,
born in Germany, a farmer of Donegal, West-
moreland county, Pennsylvania, where he
died. 2. Mary (of previous mention), wife of
Marion Henry. 3, Garrett (2), a veteran of
the civil war, serving in Company G, One
Hundred and Sixteenth Regiment, Pennsyl-
vania Volunteer Infantry, died and is buried
at Myersdale, Pennsylvania. 4. Harmon, a
veteran of the civil war, serving in the Six-
teenth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer
Cavalry; died in Fayette county; a gardener.
5, John. Three other children died in infancy.
Children of Henry and Elizabeth Riggrear;
t, Elizabeth, married Henry Coleman, of
Somerset county, where both died. 2, Frede-
rick, married Anna Struckoff; both died in
Somerset county. 3, Henry, married Eliza-
beth Seafringhouse. 4, Barney, married
Katherine Leary. 5, Mary (of previous men-
tion), wife "of Garrett Fosbrink. 6, Elizabeth,
married John Lucas. 7. Katherine. married
Diedrich LTphouse. 8. John, married Mary
Shope. Q, Dietrich, died in Kansas, the only
one of the family to leave Somerset county;
he mariied Sarah Shawlcy. 10. Anna, mar-
ried Henry Hofelt. Garrett Fosbrink had
three sisters: i, Katherine. married Henry
Nearman. a blacksmith of Baltimore, Alary-
land. 2, Mary, married Joseph Newmeyer, a
silversmith of Baltimore. 3, Elizabeth, mar-



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ried Henry Fogarding, a gardener of Balti-
more.

Children of Marion and Mary Henry: i,
John, a blacksmith and farmer, near the home
farm in Upper Turkeyfoot, Somerset county.
2, Joshua, a carpenter of Scottdale, Pennsyl-
vania. 3, Hiram, a farmer of Upper Turkey-
foot, Somerset county. 4, James, a stone-
mason, living at the old home in Somerset
county. 5, Jacob C, of whom further. 6,
Mary, married Harrison Mognet, a farmer of
Upper Turkeyfoot, Somerset county. 7,
Kate, married Charles Henningkemp, a sta-
tionary engmeer, living at Centreville, Penn-
sylvania.

(V) Jacob C, fifth and youngest son of
Marion and Mary (Fosbrink) Henry, was
born in Middle Creek tow^nship, Somerset
county, Pennsylvania, November 2^, 1870.
He was educated in the public school near-
by, and after a boyhood spent on the farm
began learning the carpenter's trade under
the instruction of his brother-in-law, Harri-
son Mognet. His hours of labor were from
sunrise to sunset ; his wages fourteen dollars
monthly. He was a natural mechanical ge-
nius, and so soon mastered the details of
building construction that after one year with
Mr. Mognet he began contracting and em-
ployed his former boss to work for him. He
continued contracting in the neighborhood of
his home for five years, then in 1900 moved
to Connellsville, Pennsylvania, where for six
months he worked as journeyman for John
Curry & Son. He then began contracting
and building on his own account, continuing
successfully until 1907. In that year he was
appointed s'lpcrintendent and general man-
ager of the South Connellsville Lumber Com-
pany, conducting a general building and retail
lumber business. The present officers of the
company are: Michael Hurley, president;
Jacob C. Henry, secretary and superintendent;
V. H. Soisson, treasurer. The company's of-
fices and yards are in South Connellsville.
Mr. Henry is a member of the Methodist
Episcopal church, as are his wife and chil-
dren. In politics he is an independent.

He married, September 26, 1900, Mary
Susan Younkin, born in Somerset county,
Pennsylv.-inia, daughter of Michael Younkin,
born September 25, 1875, at Kingwood, Som-
erset countv, and Maria McClintock Clawson
Younkin, born in I'pper Turkeyfoot, Somer-



set county, in 1835. Michael was a son of
Frederick and Sarah Younkin, both born in
Somerset county ; he is a farmer. Michael
Y ounkin when fourteen years of age was
taken to Terre Haute, Indiana, by his father,
but wheni the latter returned Michael did not
accompany him. He lived in Kankakee, Chi-
cago, Iowa, Indian Territory and in Arkan-
sas. He was a stage driver for manv years
in Iowa and Indian Territory, and passed an
adventuresome life in the west and southwest
for thirty-hve years. A yearning for family
and home then overtook him, and he returned
to Somerset county. He found his father
alive, and wns persuaded by the latter to again
settle down in his native county and become
a farmer. He died in Somerset county in
1873. He married a widow, Mrs. Anna Maria
^McClintock) Clawson, and had: Fred, now
an attorney of Connellsville, and Mary Susan,
wife of Jacob C. Henry. Their children:
Leona Fern, born February 21, 1902; Ray,
February 27, 1904; Glen, March 8, 1908. The
family home is at No. 359 East Main street,
which iVlr. Henry purchased in 1901.



This family (often spelled
SHERRARD Sherred and Shearer), is

said to have been of Hu-
guenot ancestry, fleeing from the north of
France to Scotland, settling in the Lowlands.
Later a colony composed largely of Sher-
rards settled in County Derry, Ireland, in and
around the village of Newton Limavady.
There William Sherrard was born in 1720,
owned a farm by freehold right, and carried
on linen weaving or manufacturing, employ-
ing many hands. At the age of thirty years
he married Margaret Johnson, a lady of for-
tune and good family. He died in 1771, a
wealthy man, leaving the freehold of one
hundred and thirty-three acres to his sons
John and James, and to each of his daughters
two hundred guineas. William Sherrard had
a brother Hugh, their father being the emi-
grant from Scotland in 17 10. Hugh Sherrard
settled after his marriage near Colerain, across
the Bann Water. His son, also Hugh Sher-
rard, emigrated to America in 1770, settling
on Miller's Run. in Washington county,
I^ennsy'ivania. This Hugh had several sons,
one of whom, William, was killed by the In-
rlians on Raccoon creek, near Florence. It



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was at the house of this Hugh Sherrard that
John Sherrard (of further mention) stopped
on his return from the disastrous Crawford
expedition. Children of Wilhani Sherrard, all
born at Newton Liniavady, County Derry,
Ireland: i. John, of whom further. 2. Eliza-
beth, born 1752; married a AlcConkey; emi-
grated to America; all trace lost. 3. Mar-
garet, born 1755, married and came to the
United States. 4. James, born 1757; by his
father's will he remamed in possession of the
freehold lease. In 1785 he visited the United
States with his mother, but both returned to
Ireland and nothing more is known of either
of them. Tradition says James came again to
the United States after the Irish rebellion of
1798. 5, Mary, born 1760, married and came
to the United States.

(II) John, eldest son of William and Mar-
garet (Johnson) Sherrard, founder of this
branch of the family in the United States, was
born in County Derry, Ireland, in 1750, died
April 22, 1809; buried at Smithfield, Ohio.
He grew to manhood at Newton Limavady
(located about ten miles from Londonderry),
and at the age of twenty-two years lost his
father. Even before this he had been anx-
ious to come to America, and in 1772 he sold
his share in the freehold estate (left him by his
father) to his mother for two hundred guineas.
With this and some other money he sailed for
America in August, 1772, in the ship "Wolf,"
arriving at Philadelphia late in the following
October. He remained there all winter, and
in the spring of 1773 started to seek his for-
tunes west of the mountains. He settled in
Fayette county, near Laurel Hill, making his
home with George Paull. He purchased in
1773 a tract of 3,000 acres, but was super-
seded in its ownership by Thomas Gist, who
held a king's patent. In March, 1774, he
joined a party going to Kentucky, remaining
until June, when the Indians drove them out.
Returning to Fayette county, he selected a
new farm of fourteen hundred acres, going to
Virginia to take out his claim. He then set-
tled for a time in Lancaster county, Pennsyl-
vania, continuing until the spring of 1775,
when he enlisted in a volunteer company of
militia called the "Flying Camp of Pennsyl-
vania." After serving actively for a year or
more, he returned to Lancaster county, where
he was made a naturalized citizen, June 13,
1777, and remained until 1778, then again re-



turned to I'ayette county, taking up his resi-
dence again with the family of George Paull,
who was buried the day of his return from'
Lancaster county. He remained there abouc
four years, and in the fall of 1782 joined many
of his neighbors in the ill-fated "Crawford
expedition, ' but escaped uninjured, return-
ing safely to Fayette county, stopping for a
day with his relative, Hugh Sherrard, in
Washington county. In 1784 he married
Mary Cathcart, and settled on a cleared farm
of sixty acres three miles southwest of Union-
town, on the Connellsville road. Fle con-
tinued in Fayette county until 1794, when
he sold everything he owned in Pennsylvania,
intending Lo move to Kentucky, but his lands
there had been taken by others, and for the
next three years he was employed at Mason's
Furnace, then worked on farms in Fayette
county, later moving to Ohio, where he died.
He was a hard working man but a poor busi-
ness manager, and had a hard time earning
sufficient to support his family. He died in
Smithfield, Ohio, and is buried in the old
Quaker graveyard there. His wife, Mary
Cathcart, whom he married May 5, 1784, died
October 27, 1833, and is buried at Laurel Hill,
Fayette county; she was born near Ennis-
kellen. County Fermanagh, Ireland, Septem-
ber 28, 175 1, daughter of Alexander and Ann
(Gamble) Cathcart, who were married March
J7' 1743-

Children of John and Mary Sherrard: i.
William Johnson, born May, 1785, died No-
vember 7, 1820, unmarried. 2. i)avid Alexan-
der C, born September 2, 1786, married (first)
March 14, 1S16, Elizabeth Irvine, born 1786,
died June 9, 1855-; (second) February 15,
1858, Martha Watt, died June 2, 1880. 3.
John James, born October 28, 1787, married
Sarah Harrah. 4. Robert Andrew, born May
4, 1789, married (first) May Kithcart; (second)
Jane Hindman. 5. Ann, born December 6,
1790, died in infancy. 6. Thomas Gutliridge,
of whom further.

(Ill) Thomas Guthridge, youngest child of
John and Mary (Cathcart) Sherrard, was born
March 18, 1793, in Fayette county, Pennsyl-
vania, near Mason's Furnace. He grew up
on a farm, and when a young man made sev-
eral trips south, freighting flour down the
Ohio and Mississippi with very indifferent
success. On one of these trips, in company
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drowned. Later Thomas G. moved to Green
Creek, Sandusky county, Ohio, where he en-
tered three tracts of eighty acres each, includ-
ing a good mill site. He moved there May 3,
1823, and on March 23, 1824, his body was
found in the Sandusky. There were circum-
stances that looked like foul play, but the
verdict of the coroner's jury was "accidental
•drowning." He was an industrious, energetic
business man, living in friendly intercourse
with all his neighbors, being affable, courte-
ous and kind to all. He married, September
20, 1820, his second cousin, Rebecca, daugh-
ter of Alexander and Mary (Gamble) Conn,
who survived him and married (second) in
1834, Samuel Junk, of Fayette county, Penn-
syhania; she died October 13, 1873. Chil-
dren. I. William Johnson, born October 22,
1822, died without issue, April 22, 1872. 2.
Thomas Guthridge (2) of whom further.

(IV) Thomas Guthridge (2), posthumous
son of Thomas Guthridge and Rebecca (Conn)
Sherrard, was born October 17, 1824, in Dun-
bar township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania,
died March 22, 1874. After her husband's
tragic death his mother returned from Ohio
to Fayette county, where about ten years later
she married Samuel Junk. The boy continued
at home, his stepfather's assistant, until he
was of legal age, then began working as a
farm hand for his uncle, David A. C. Sher-
rard. He then married, and after another
year with Mr. Sherrard, moved to a iifty-acre
farm located where the village of Juniata now
stands. This property belonged to his wife,
having been received from her father. To
this Mr. Sherrard added seventy-two acres,
and also purchased one hundred and fifty acres
of David A. C. Sherrard. He became
very prosperous and prominent in public af-
fairs. He was a man of large athletic propor-
tions and of genial, companionable nature,
having many friends.

He was a strong Democrat, and served as
county director of the poor and school direc-
tor. He was a member of the Presbyterian
church, having been brought up in that faith
by his mother, who was a devoted Christian.
They both belonged to the Laurel Hill con-
gregation.

He married, March 9, 1850, Mary Ann
Henderson, born in Dunbar township, Fay-
ette county, March 8, 1830, died December
23, 1910, daughter of Stuart and Anna (Hunt)



Henderson. Stuart Henderson emigrated to
the United States when a young man, settling
first at Erie, Pennsylvania, and then coming
to Dunbar tovv'nship, Fayette county, where
he became a most successful farmer and land
owner, holding title to between three and four
hundred acres of land on "the Summit," He
and his family were members of the Presby-
terian church at Laurel Hill. Children: 1.
Nancy, bora November i, 1807; married John
Work, a farmer of Dunbar township. 2.
Thomas, born November 30, 1809, a farmer
of Knox county, Illinois, where he died. 3.
Stuart, born JVIarch 11, 1812, died in Knox
county, Illinois, where he was a farmer. 4.
Isaac, born June 23, 1814, a farmer of Men-
alien township. 5. Alexander, born Novem-
ber 22, 1S16, a farmer of Redstone township;
married Phoebe Craft. 6. Harvey, born
March 11, 18 18, a farmer of Frankhn town-
ship. 7. David, born January 26, 1822, a
iarmer of Knox county. 8. Jacob, born March
23, 1824, a farmer of Dunbar township. 9,
Dr. Joseph, born October 19, 1826; practiced
medicine in Illinois, moved to Fayette county,



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