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oven plant at Waltersburg. He is a Repub-
lican in politics, and has served this city as
school director for two terms; is a member of
Fayette Lodge, No. 228, F. and A. M.;
Union Chapter, No. 165, R. A. M.; Union-
town Commandery, No. 49, Knights Tem-
plar; Caldwell Consistory, Bloomsburg,
Pennsylvania, Ancient Accepted Scottish
Rite, thirty-second degree, and of Syria Tem-
ple, A. A. O. N. M. S., Pittsburgh.

Mr. Black married, December i, 1903,
Anna G. Burnham, born at Connellsville,
Pennsylvania, daughter of John H. and
Laura S. Burnham; her father is a machinist,
formerly of Pittsburgh, later of Connellsville,
now residing in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
Children: John Newton, born October, 1905,
died same year; William Costolo, born De-
cember 2, 1906; Herbert Hopgood, July 7,
1911. The family home is at No. 240 East
Fayette street, Uniontown.

There are many families bearing
SMITH the name Smith to be found in
Fayette county and Georges
township. Every nation has contributed to
the group, for does not the name come from
"The Smith that forgeth by the fire?" And
as every nation had a smith, so with the
adoption of surnames, every nation had a

The town of Smithfield is named in honor
of Barnabas Smith, who laid it out June 13.
1799, on land obtained from the father-in-law,
Jonathan Reese. Although the Brownfields
owned all the land around the village, it has
been named Smithfield from the first. Bar-
nabas Smith married Elizabeth Reese and
became the head of a large family of descend-

(I) Squire Solomon Smith was a well-to-
do farmer of Georges township, and an ac-
tive and ardent Democrat. He held the of-
fice of justice of the peace several years, and
was known locally as Squire Smith. He also
served as a school director and was a man
of strong, upright character. He married
(second) Mary Hayden, born in Georges
township, daughter of John, son of William
Hayden, who came from the east to Georges
township in 1781. The village of Hayden-
town was laid out by John Hayden in 1790
on his own land, patented in 1787. Children
of "Squire'' Solomon Smith, two by a first
wife. Jonathan, married Hannah Riffle and
lived in West Virginia; Margaret married
Jacob Johnson, a farmer of German town-
ship, Fayette county; Elizabeth married
Jacob Hayden; Albert H., of whom further;
Keziah, married Lucien Leech, of Smith-
field; Mary Louise, married Albert Johnson,
a farmer, near Bethelboro, Fayette county,

(II) Albert H., only son of "Squire" Solo-
mon Smith by his second wife, Mary (Hay-
den) Smith, was born in Georges township,
Fayette county, Pennsylvania, August 12,
1843, died September 12, 1909. He was well
educated in the public schools, and grew to
youthful manhood on the home farm. At the
age of seventeen years he began teaching in
the public schools, continuing for thirty
terms. During this long period he taught in
many schools, establishing a reputation for
marked ability as an instructor. In 1890 he
retired from pedagogy and entered the em-
ploy of the H. C. Frick Coke Company as
bookkeeper. He was employed by different
plants owned by the company, finally being-
located at the Davidson's works near Con-
nellsville, where he continued until his death.
He was highly regarded in his community,
being a man of more than ordinary attain-
ment intellectually and of high moral char-
acter. He was a Democrat in politics and
was the candidate of his party for county
superintendent of schools in one campaign,
failing, however, of an election, the whole
party ticket being defeated at that election.

He married, February 29, 1865, Mary
Ellen, daughter of Moses and Louisa (Bai-
ley) Nixon. Moses Nixon was a farmer of
Fayette county, owning a farm in Georges
township that later was sold to the Oliphant



Furnace Company, their plant being erected
thereon. He died in 1859. Louisa Bailey was
a daughter of Eli and Perry (Gregg) Bailey,
a Quaker family, formerly of Greene county,
Pennsylvania, later of Georges township,
Fayette county, where they owned a large
farm. Children of Moses and Louisa Nixon:
I. William, married Mary Means and lives in
the state of Montana. 2. Frances, married
Azell Freeman and resides at Mount Pleas-
ant, Henry county, Iowa. 3. Perry Louise,
deceased, married William Dawson and lived
in German township, Fayette county. 4,
Amanda, married Charles Freeman and re-
sides in Denver, Colorado. 5, Presley, de-
ceased, married Carrie Presley and removed
to Mount Pleasant, Iowa. 6. Emily, married
Jacob Painshaw and resides in Mount Pleas-
ant, Iowa. 7. Moses Taylor, a farmer of
Georges township, married Fanny Collins. 8.
Mary Ellen, married Albert H. Smith, of
previous mention. She survives her husband
and resides with her son, Daniel Ray Smith,
in Connellsville. 9. Samuel Gregg, a farmer
of South Union township, Fayette county,
married Anna Williams. 10. Anna Virginia,
married Thomas Ringman, a farmer near
I\Iount Pleasant. 11. Victorine, married Will-
iam Lawhead, of Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
12. Died in infancy. 13. Died in infancy. 14.
Died in infancy. 15. Died in infancy. Chil-
dren of Albert H. and Mary Ellen Smith:
I. Walter Scott, born November 29, 1868,
now of Owego. New York. 2. C. Sheldon,
born June 29, 1870, now residing in McKees-
port, Pennsylvania. 3. Samuel W., born Jan-
uary 30, 1874, now of LTniontown, Pennsyl-
vania. 4. Bessie May, born August 20, 1879,
resides in Mount Sterling, Pennsylvania. 5.
Ida Victorine, born January 23, 1881, died
May, 1881. 6. Daniel Ray, of whom further
mention. 7. Albert Presley, born November
22, 1893.

(Ill) Daniel Ray, sixth child of Albert H.
and Mary Ellen (Nixon) Smith, was born at
Highhouse, near Uniontown, Pennsylvania,
July 10, 1885. He was educated in the pub-
lic schools of the different towns in which his
parents resided during his boyhood, complet-
ing his studies in the Connellsville schools^
After arriving at a suitable age he began
learning the plumber's trade, serving his ap-
prenticeship under F. T. Evans, with whom
he remained seven years. Having now the

expert knowledge and experience necessary,
he located in Dawson, Pennsylvania, and be-
gan business for himself. He shortly after-
ward returned to Connellsville, where on
May 15, 1910, he established in business at
No. 313 West Main street, conducting a
general plumbing business and dealing in gas
fitting and plumbing supplies, becoming
well known and building up a good business.
He is a Democrat, but independent in local
politics. He belongs to the Christian church.
He is unmarried. The family home is at No.
406 Highland avenue, where he resides with
his widowed mother.

This family name is one found in
STONE every part of the United States,

and is one particularly honored.
Congressmen, senators and governors are
frequent in the list of noted men of the name,
while literature, journalism and the profes-
sions have gamed added lustre from their

This record deals with a West Virginia-
Pennsylvania branch, although the principal
character was born in the state of Missouri.
Western Pennsylvania has furnished the
world with startling instances of the rapid de-
velopment of men from depths of compara-
tive obscurity to heights of dazzling altitude,
but conditions of exceptional opportunity and
special privilege added largely to their un-
doubted ability. In the career herein traced
conditions exceptionally unfavorable had to
be overcome and success literally forced from
unwilling fortune. How well a crippled boy
has fought the battle of life, gained the vic-
tory and reached an honorable position at lit-
tle over forty years of age is a story worth
the telling.

(I) Henry Stone, the first of the line here
under consideration, was a native of Germany,
from whence he emigrated to this country in
young manhood, locating in Loudon county,
Virginia, where he engaged in agriculture.
After remaining there a few years he removed
to Monongalia county. West Virginia, and
there he also engaged in farming, added to
which he did considerable teaming in the
early davs of the National Pike. His death
occurred on his farm of forty acres, located
near Maidsviilc, which he owned and tilled.
He married Margaret Murphy. Children:
Joseph, served in the war of 1812: John,



served m Uie war of 1812; Jacob, served in
the war of 1812; George; Henry; James, of
whom further; Sarah; Polly.

{][) James, son of Henry and Margaret
(Murphy) Stone, was born near Maidsville,
on the old Stone farm, in 1806, died in 1872.
He was educated in the common schools of
the neighborhood, and later learned the trade
oi carpenter, which he followed in connection
with farming, continuing thus throughout the
active years of his life. He was a Democrat
in politics. He married Jane Childs, a native
of Fayette county, Pennsylvania, daughter of
Abram Childs, who lived near the White
Rocks. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Stone:
Sarah, married Joseph Parker; Joseph, mar-
ried Margaret Parker; John, unmarried, who
was last heard of in Iowa in 1872; Emanuel,
married Jane Humphrey; Solon, of whom fur-
ther; Theodore, married Julia Wade.

(Ill) Solon, son of James and Jane (Childs)
Stone, was born at Maidsville, West \^irginia,
September 13, 1841. He grew to manhood
in his native state, and followed farming.
When the war between the states called for
every man to show his colors, he enlisted in
the Union army, June 7, 1861, as a private of
Company A, Sixth Regiment, West Virginia
Cavalry, at Morgantown, West Virginia. He
served his three years' term of enlistment and
was honorably discharged at Wheeling, Au-
gusl 13, 1864. He re-enlisted at New Brigh-
ton, Pennsylvania. September 28, 1864, in
Company K. Fiftieth Regiment, Pennsylvania
Volunteer Infantry, to serve "during the war."
He was honorably discharged and mustered
out at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, June 9, 1865,
the war being over. He was engaged during
his first engagement in many battles and
skirmishes, including the brattles of McDowell,
Franklin, Cross Keys, Cedar Mountain, Bull
Run (first and second), Hedgeville, Rocky
Gap, Mill Point, Droop Mountain, and rode
in the noted ' Salem Raid." During his sec-
ond enlistment he fought at Hatcher's Run,
Petersburg, Virginia, Fort Steadman, and at
the battles just preceding Lee's surrender.
His service was long and arduous, serving in
both branches, cavalry and infantry.

He resided at various times in the states
of West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Missouri,
and after the war he removed to Iowa, where
he enga:ired in farming. Later he moved to
Missouri, where he engaged in railroad con-

struction. He returned to West \'irginia in
1873 and was engaged in farming there until
1879, when he removed to the Connellsville
coke region and was employed as manager
and in dififerent capacities in the coke and coal
fields since that time. He is a member of
the Church of Christ (Scientist), and in politi-
cal faith is a Republican.

Mr. Stone married, at Bald Hill, Greene
county, Pennsylvania, January 31, 1866, Zana
Magdelena Dean, born at Maidsville, West
Virginia, June 17, 1847, eldest daughter of
Samuel Dean, born at Maidsville ; a farmer
all his life, a Democrat, and a member of the
Methodist church ; he married, at Smithfield,
Pennsylvania, in 1843, Elizabeth Dusenbevry.
Children of Mr. and Mrs. Dean: Sam M.,
Katherine, Mary L. and Zana M. Isaac Dean,
father of Samuel Dean, married Zana La-
zelle, daughter of William and (Car-
hart) Lazelle. Isaac Dean was a son of John
Wilson Deari. Elizabeth (Dusenberry) Dean
was a daughter of Samuel and Dorothy
(Breakiron) Dusenberry, the latter a daughter

of Frederick and (Carr) Breakiron.

Samuel Dusenberry was a son of John Dusen-
berry, who married Sarah Carhart. This an-
cestry carries to the earliest colonial days and
includes English and French progenitors.
Children of Mr. and Mrs. Stone: Frantz Sie-
gel, born December 7, 1866; Oliver Perry,
July 14, 1868: William' Arthur, of whom fur-
ther; James Francis, September 13, 1872;
Elizabeth Jane, March 12, 1875; Zana Mary,
September 13, 1877; Clyde Victor, May 10,
1880; Ella May. May 31, 1882; Sarah Love,
December 4, 1884; Euphemia, January 15,
1886; Samuel Mack, May 22, 1889; Minnie
Amy, July 28, 1891.

(iV) William Arthur, son of Solon and
Zana M. (Dean) Stone, was born in Carroll
county, Missouri, July 17, 1870. He attended
the public schools of Hopwood, Fayette
county, Pennsylvania, but being one of the
eldest of a family of twelve, he was com-
pelled to seek employment at an early
age. He was but ten years of age when he work in the coke yard at McClure
Station. Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania.
He followed coke burning and mining until
he attained the age of seventeen years, then
began working in a saw mill, where he had
the great misfortune to lose his left leg. This
was a most serious handicap for the young

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man, as his education at that time was exceed-
ingly Hmited. But the loss of his leg, or the
lack of education did not mean that there was'
no future for one so ambitious, and stout-
hearted. As soon as he had recovered from
his accident he began attending school in
Hopwood, under the instruction of Nixon
Canan, who took a deep interest in the boy,
and whose kindly interest INIr. Stone has never
forgotten. Later he took a special course of
three months under the direction of Miss
Hannah Jetfries. whose aid was of greatest
value. Lack of means now compelled him to
quit school and again become a wage earner.
In his crippled condition few occupations were
available, and as the one offering the best
inducements he chose subscription book sell-
ing. The book he gave his principal effort to
sell was the "Golden Censor," whose contents
he committed to memory. He sold a great
many copies of this and other works of a gen-
eral nature. When delivering he seized the
opportunity to become familiar with their con-
tents, and many nights were passed in this
way, not for the sake of reading, but to add
to his store of knowledge. This course of
reading was most beneficinl and strengthened
his mental equipment as nothing else within
his means could. He became known as a
successful salesman, and his services were se-
cured by the Union Publishing' Company of
Chicago to appoint and manage agents. He
accumulated a few hundred dollars, which he
invested in a grocery busitjess and lost. Ho
then became an itmerant vendor of special-
ties, spending fiv. years in street selling in the
different cities of the United States. He again
accumulated some capital and located at Hop-
wood, Pennsylvanii, and again engaged in
storekeeping. To this he added timber spec-
ulation. He prcjspered, arid became financially
interested in the People's Bank of Fayette
Countv at LTniontown, afterward merged with
the Citizens' Title & Trust Company of that
city, of which he is vice-president. Mr. Stone
has other business interests of importance,
being heavilv mterested in the mining and
manufacturing of coke. Starting most humbly
and meeting with the most unfriendly fortune
at the outset of his career, he has attained a
position of trust and honor solelv through his
own indomitable will, hi:-, untiring industry
and the courage to take up arms against ad-
verse fortune. His career is an object lesson

in "grit" that will nerve others to greater ef-
fort. He is a member of the Methodist Prot-
estant churc'a, and a Republican in politics.

xVIr. Stone married, at Buffalo, New York,
August i6, 1893, Bertha May Ingles, born in
Hopwood, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, No-
vember 12, 1876, daughter of Andrew Stewart
and Charlotte Jane Ingles. Andrew S. Ingles
was a merchant, now a real estate dealer of
Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Stone is an
only child, a sister having died in infancy.
Children of Mr. and Mrs. Stone: Wendell
Alien, born April 22, 1894; Bertha Yolande,
January 31, 1897; Nirta Ethelyn, December
28, 1898; Arthur Elwood, April 7, 1901 ; Al-
bert Thomas, May 13, 1903.

This family springs from one
FUEHRER of the numerous Fuehrer
faiuilies of Germany, de-
scendants of Johan Michael Fuehrer, a royal
landscape architect, who died December 12,
1720, at Minden in Westphalia, Prussia, Ger-
many. His descendants are found among the
highest classes in Germany and include ofifi-
cials, army officers and many professional
men. They are so numerous throughout the
Empire that they have held annual reunions
for several years, and have a regular organi-
zation. The secretary of the association is a
minister of the gospel, Rev. A. Fuehrer, re-
siding at Klein Schmalkalden, Germany, who
has a genealogical family tree 01 all those with
whom he is m correspondence. Any of the
family who will write him (in German) and
can give him the place their father or grand-
father was born, can obtain a great deal of
information. A small fee, less or about a dol-
lar annually, will obtain permanent member-
shin in the association.

(I) The Fayette county family descend
from John Fuehrer, born near Berlin, Ger-
many, thirty miles distant, in a small village,
December 14, 1818, son of a Gerinan farmer
who lived and died in his native land. John
Fuehrer grew to manhood in Germany,
where he received a good education and
learned the tailor's trade. In 1836, beingf
then aged eighteen years, he left home and
fatherland, coming to the United States, set-
tling finally in Schuylkill county, Pennsyl-
vania, at the town of Maqua. where_ he
opened a custom tailor shop. He combined
with his business the teaching of instrumental



music, principally the violin, and was an ac-
complished performer on many brass and
stringed instruments. He enlisted as a mu-
sician during the war between the states, be-
ing attached to the band of the Eleventh
Pennsylvania Regiment, Colonel Coulter, of
Greensburg, Pennsylvania, commanding. He
became leader of the band and served his
whole term of enlistment with the Eleventh
Regiment. After becoming a naturalized cit-
izen he became affiliated with the Democratic
party, but cast his vote for Abraham Lincoln
in i860, and ever afterward acted with that
party. After he married he moved to Burke-
ville, Virginia, settling on a farm which he
cultivated until his death. He married, in
Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania, Margaret
Rhinemuller, born in Germany, in an adjoin-
ing province to her husband's birthplace, Sep-
tember 2y, 1827, died in Virginia, daughter of
Nicholas Rhinemuller, a small farmer of Ger-
many, where he lived and died. Children of
John Fuehrer: i. George, of whom further.
2. John W., a resident of Adekide, Pennsyl-
vania. 3. Augusta, married Thomas Cann, of
Richmond, Virginia; 4. Peter, a farmer near
McKeesport, Pennsylvania. 5. Richard Coul-
ter, a resident of Richmond, Virginia. 6,
Lewis, a resident of West Leisenring, Penn-
sylvania. 7, Harry, a resident of McKeesport,

(H) George, eldest son of John and Mar-
garet Fuehrer, was born in Schuylkill county,
Pennsylvania, July 17, 1848. He was edu-
cated in the public schools of Schuylkill and
Carbon counties, attending until the age 0}
thirteen years, then became a breaker boy at
the anthracite coal mines, attending school
at night. He next became mule boy, driv-
ing both in and outside the mines; then ran a
mine pump for a time, which ended his min-
ing career. He obtained a position driving a
delivery wagon, then as clerk in a Luzerne
county store. He then formed a partnership
with another young man, and pooling their
savings had sufficient capital to start a small
country store. They prospered in business
and added a saw mill to their operations. In
x88i he came i'o Fayette county, Pennsyl-
vania, and soon secured a good position as
manager of a store at Leisenring, No. I,
for the Connellsville Coke and Iron Com-
pany. He continued in this position eight
j'ears, then became vard boss at Morgan Sta-

tion for the H. C. Frick Coke Company. He
then resigned and came to Connellsvilltf,
where he began business as an insurance so-
licitor. In a short time he established his
own office and insurance agency, to which
he added real estate dealings in 1896. He
prospered, and still continues both lines, in-
surance and real estate, having built up a
strong agency representing the best foreign
and home companies. His real estate opera-
tions as owner and dealer have been many
and varied in character, but skillfully man-
aged and profitable. He has been located in
the Title and Trust Company Building since
1900, having been the first tenant to occupy
offices in that edifice. He is a member of
the German Lutheran church, and in politics
a Republican. He belongs to lodge and
chapter of the Masonic order, the Knights of
Pythias, Heptasophs and Royal Arcanum.

He married, October 17, 1870, Margaret
Johnson, born in Schuylkill county, Pennsyl-
vania, daughter of Thomas and Mary John-
son; her father was born in England, her
mother in Germany. Children: i. Dora,
born July 28, 1871, died March 31, 1873. 2.
Caroline (Caine), born May 10, 1873, married
Charles Alichael. 3. Charles W., born Mrrch
19, now living in Youngwood, Pennsylvania.
4. Anna Margaret, born ]\Iay 30, 1877; mar-
ried Clarence Marietta. 5. George H., born
November 6, 1879; married Mattie Paine,
Child: George (3), born July 28, 1905. 6.
Bessie May, born November 11, 1881; mar-
ried Harry Kencaid, of Youngwood, Penn-
sylvania. Children: Paul, Helen, Donald.
7. Mary Gertrude, born July 26, 1884, died
December 31, 1886. 8. Bertha Blaine, born
June 13, 1892. 9. Ralph Howard, born De-
cember 3, 1894.


There are several distinct fam-
ilies of this name in the United
States — the Barbour family of
Virginia, which claims descent from John
Barbour, one of the earliest Scotch poets and
historians, — the New Jersey family, the
Rhode Island family, and the Pennsylvania
family. A fifth family came to America from
Scotland, in which were three brothers, —
James Barber, who settled in New York;
David and John, who settled in Centre coun-
tv, Pennsylvania. Judge John Barber held
the first court in Bdlefonte, Pennsylvania, in



1800. The spelling of the name in the early
records of \'irginia was Barber. Some time
previous to the year 1688 Robert "Barbar,"
a cordwainer, came it is supposed from York-
shire, England, and settled in the vicinity of
Chester, Pennsylvania. He was a member
of the Society of Friends and soon became
prominent in the Chester meeting. The
earliest record found of him is in the minutes
of a Quarterly Meeting, held in Walter Fau-
cit's house in Chester, on the sixth of the
twelfth month, 1687. He was one of the
committee appointed to supervise the build-
ing of the first meetinghouse in Chester and
was taxable in 1693. He built a substantial
brick house on the northeast corner of Edg-
mont avenue and Second street, adjoining the
latter day Edgmont House in the city of
Chester. He married Hannah Ogden in
1690, and died without issue in the year 1709.
(H) Robert (2), second son of John "Bar-
bar," of Yorkshire, England, came to Penn-
sylvania about 1699, to join his uncle Robert
"Barbar," mentioned above, as an apprentice
to the shoemaker's trade. At the death of
his uncle, Robert, he inherited a considerable
portion of his estate and soon took his uncle's
place in public and religious affairs. He
seems to have entered actively into politics at
an early age. He was a candidate for sheriff
in 1719; was elected coroner of Chester
county, October, 1721 ; elected member of the
board of assessors of Chester county, 1721.
It was while acting in this capacity that he
discovered the land on the Susquehanna that
he afterward purchased. In 1726 he took up
five hundred acres, where the city of Colum-
bia now stands. John Wright and Samuel
Blunston left Chester and Darby for Cones-
toga, in order to begin a settlement at Sha-
wanah, upon the twelfth day of September,
1728. The tradition is that Robert Barber
preceded them and selected the site. They
were all members of the Society of Friends.
He moved just below where Columbia now
stands in 1728, taking a certificate from the
Chester Meeting, but never delivered it to
any meeting in Lancaster county. He contin-
ued in politics, and at a council held in Phila-
delphia, May 8, 1829, was appointed the first
sheriff of Lancaster. He was for many years

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