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the soil, and from pioneer conditions gained
a competence and an honored name. He be-
came a large land owner, and in his quiet,
retired manner exercised a great influence
in his community. He sought no public of-
tice. but devoted himself to his business and
family. He married Sarah Baker, bom in
Washington county 1S12, died 1897,
daughter of Da\-id Baker, bom of Eng-
lish parents, a farmer and cabinet maker.
Children : Edmund, of whom further : Mar-
garet Minton. Emmeline Day. and others.

{Ill} Edmund, son of Daniel Dunn, was
bom in Washington county. Pennsylvania,
in 1840. He was educated in the public
schools, after which he entered Waynes-
burg College, completing the course but not
graduating. He was a farmer in his earlier
vouth. but when he reached manhood the
great civil war claimed him. and in August.
1862. he followed the example of thousands
and tens of thousands of his race that ral-
lied to the defense of their countr%-"s flag.
He enlisted in Company K. Sixteenth Regi-
ment Pennsylvania \'olunteer Cavaln.-. and
fought until the war closed. His regiment
was attached to the Army of the Potomac,
and from 1863 until the close of the war
was engaged in all historic battles fought
by that army. After the war closed he re-
ceived an honorable discharge and returned
home. Soon afterward he settled in Mis-
souri, where he engaged in farming. He
did not long remain there, but returned to
Pennsylvania, and in 1873 established a
mercantile business in Connellsville. This
he has successfully conducted until the pres-
ent time, being one of the oldest established
dn.- goods merchants in the cit\'. He is a
thoroughly capable, energetic, reliable man
of business, and enjoys the utmost confi-
dence of his community. He is a member of
the Methodist Episcopal church and in poli-
tics is a Republican. He married, in Feb-
ruan.-. 1866. Rhoda Louisa Yeagley. born in
Fayette county. Children: i. Harry, bom
Tanuarv- 6. 1868: educated in the public
schools and Allegheny College, and now as-
sociated in the dr\- goods business with his
father. He is a Republican, and a member



of the Methodist Episcopal church ; married
1897. Mae B.. daughter of Lloyd Johnston,
a retired capitalist. 2. Sarah Phoebe, resides
at home. 3. Elizabeth, deceased.



The Stickel family of Con-
STICKEL nellsville, Pennsylvania, de-
scends from an ancestry long
seated in Germany. The founder in the
United States. August Stickel. was bom in
that country in 1843. a posthumous child ;
when he was but an infant his mother also
died and he was left to the care of an aunt,
and on her death two years later to the
civil authorities. He received a good educa-
tion and became an expert draughtsman.
He served the required number of years in
the German army, attaining the rank of
lieutenant. His proficiency as a dratights-
man commended him to the topographical
department, and he was placed in charge of
maps. In 1874 he came to the United States
and the same year was married, at Meyers-
dale, to Catherine Dahl, who came to the
United States a short time before the arri-
val of Mr. Stickel. The young couple began
housekeeping in Allegheny county. Penn-
sylvania, and during the great flood at
Butchers Run lost all their household goods,
and other property. After the flood they
moved to Mill Run where he established
a store. He was successful and was inter-
ested in several mercantile enterprises. He
again met with misfortune from the ele-
ments, but this time fire instead of water,
and for a second time lost his property, but
undismayed he began business anew, con-
tinuing with great success until 1904. when
he retired from active business life. He
was president and a large stockholder in the
McFarland Lumber Company : head of the
mercantile business of the A. Stickel Com-
panv, operating four stores, which were lo-
cated at Mill Run. Bear Run. Rogers Mill
and Indian Creek. On retiring he disposed
of his interests in the company which was
then organized as A. Stickel and Company.
He also disposed of his interest in the lum-
ber company. He. however, retained his
holdings in the Westmoreland Grocery
Companv and in other less important enter-
prises. He was an energetic, capable man
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in business and financial circles. He was
a Democrat and always took a deep interest
in public affairs. He served as auditor of
Springfield township, Fayette county, for
fifteen years, and held other township of-
fices. During the thirty-four years that
he resided in Mill Run he became deeply
interested in the welfare of his neighbors
and employees, rendering them useful assist-
ance by advice and often more substantial
evidence of his interest. He was a member
of the German Lutheran church, and as long
as health permitted attended services at
Connellsville, there being no congregation
of that denomination at Mill Run. Up to
his fifty-sixth year Mr. Stickel had never
known a day's illness, but during the last
two years of his life he was in very poor
health. During the summer of 1910 he spent
five months at Cambridge Springs for the
benefit of his health, but although under the
care of the best medical practitioners he was
doomed. He died suddenly, February 9,
191 1, while conversing with his wife at the
residence of his son, August Stickel, No.
1008 Chestnut street, Connellsville. He mar-
ried in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, 1874, Ca-
therine Dahl, whom he had known in Ger-
many and came to the United States to
marry, she having preceded him with her
parents. She survives her husband and re-
sides in Connellsville. Children: i. F. W.,
now a member of A. Stickel and Company.
2. Mollie, married C. W. Qernet, of Pitts-
burgh. 3. Ida, married Dr. D. Allison Walk-
er, of Heckla. Pennsylvania. 4. August C, of
whom further. 5. Otto. 6. Milton. 7.
Charles, a student at the Carnegie Technical
School in Pittsburgh.

(H) August C, son of August Stickel,
was born at Mill Run, on March 7, 1880.
j He was educated in the public schools of
Mill Run. Springfield township, Fayette
county, Pennsylvania, and finished his edu-
cation at the State Normal School at Cali-
fornia, Pennsylvania. After working for
three months for the Western Pennsylvania
Street Railway Company, he accepted a po-
sition as traveling salesman for a Connells-
ville wholesale grocery house, continuing
for five years. He became a member of the
A. Stickel Company at Mill Run and leav-
ing the road, devoted himself to the interests



of that company, which was composed of his
father and his older brothers. He was akso
interested in the MacFarland Lumber Com-
pany and in the Indian Creek and Ligonier
Valley Railroad Company. These interests
he still retains and is also president of the
Stewarton Lumber Company ; secretary and
treasurer of the Superba Coal Conipanv:
secretary and treasurer of the Stickel and
Buttermore Lumber Company, and has
other interests of a minor nature. He is a
Democrat in politics. He married, Septem-
ber 25, 1907, Sarah Etta, a daughter of E.
S. Showalter, of Uniontown. They have
two children : Eugene Sturgis, born July 23,
1908; August, born December 20, 1911!
Mrs. Sarah Etta Stickel was born at Mill
Run, Pennsylvania, and educated at Mill
Run. Her father was a school teacher many
years; his father, James A\'., was one of the
oldest school teachers in Fayette county.
Mrs. Stickel was a school teacher several
years before her marriage.



This famous Scotch family was
REED planted in America at the same time

with Breckenridge, Parker, Bruce
and many others, whose ancestors were as re-
nowned in their native land as their descend-
ants have been in this country.

(I) The immigrant ancestor was James
Reed, born near Edinburgh, Scotland, where
he followed the trade of a carpenter. He emi-
grated to the United States in 1785. the voy-
age taking three months. He was the holder
of an original patent to five hundred acres of
uncleared land in Washington count}-. Penn-
sylvania, called Mount Hope, and this tract still
remains in the family. He introduced several
innovations in the county, owning the first two-
story house ever built there. The furniture
also was his own work, the house being fur-
nished throughout in black walnut. The win-
dows were of glass arranged on ])ulleys, very
unusual at that period. After his arrival his
house was the only one on which he worked,
as he devoted most of his time to clearing and
cultivating his land, but when Iiis .sons became
olfl enough to share in the responsibility of
maintaining the home, he did more work at his
trade. He built the first court house in Wash-
ington county, and shortly before his death built
a large brick house, which has always been



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the family home and is now over one hundred
years old. He also operated a carding mill on
his farm and did work for the neighbors from
miles around. He was a Democrat, but took
no active part in politics beyond casting his
vote for honest, upright men for public office.
In religious faith he was a Presbyterian and
a strong follower of John Calvin. He died on
his farm, aged sixty-six years. He married
Jessina Parker. Children: i. John, died aged
ninety- four years ; married Anna Smiley and
lived on a farm in Washington county. 2.
Samuel, married Mary Ann A'incent and lived
on half of the home farm, which he had inher-
ited. 3. Parker, of whom further. 4. Jane,
married Thomas Trussle, a carpenter, and
moved to Missouri. 5. Nancy, married Jacob
Donaldson, a farmer, and lived in Hickory,
Pennsylvania, later moving to Allegheny coun-
ty, Pennsylvania.

(II) Parker, son of James and Jessina (Par-
ker) Reed, was born on the old homestead in
Hopewell township, Washington county, Penn-
sylvania, March 16, 181 1, died March 17,
1871, in the same house in which he was born.
He became a successful sheep raiser, owning
some valuable stock and taking special pride
in his Spanish Merinos, whose wool brought
him a fancy figure. As old age approached he
gave over the care of his farm to his sons and
obtained the agency for the first mowers and
reapers which appeared in the county. In poli-
tics he was a Democrat, but during the civil
war was a sincere and hearty supporter of
Abraham Lincoln. His interest in religious
matters has always been wide and sympathetic.
For forty years he was ruling elder in the Up-
per Buffalo Presbyterian Church, and for near-
ly all of that time was superintendent of the
Sunday school. He always was the delegate
of the church to the synod and twice was a rep-
resentative in the general church assembly when
it was held at New Orleans and New York.
He married Jane A. Bryce, born near West
Alexander, Virginia, now West Alexander,
Pennsylvania, June 7, 181 1, died April 9, 1892,
daugliter of Rev. John and Jane (Stockton)
Bryce. Rev. John Bryce was born in Harford
county, ^Maryland. When he was very young
his parents moved to Washington county. Penn-
sylvania, and here he received his early educa-
tion under the teaching of the Rev. Joseph
Smith. The influence of the teachings of this



good and pious instructor was seen in the next
step of the young man's career, the study of
theolog}' in preparation for the ministry. He
received his license from the Presbytery of Red-
stone in 1788, and a short time later was or-
dained a minister of the Gospel. He was ad-
mitted a member of the Ohio Presbytery and
established a church at West Alexander and
the Forks of Wheeling, where he remained for
twenty years, also preaching in Greene county
and the surrounding country. He married Jane
Stockton, born near West Alexander, who was
a descendant of Frances INIcKamie, of Welsh
descent, one of the founders of the first PreS'
byterian church established in America at Snow
Hill. Maryland. Children of Rev. John Bryce :

1. John, settled in Belmont, Ohio, where he en-
gaged in farming ; married Annie Byers and
has a grandson, Rev. James Byers Bryce, who
preaches near Pittsburgh. 2. Rebecca, married
Samuel Frazier. a farmer, and moved to Mus-
kingum county, Ohio. 3. Frances (Fannie),
married Joseph Blaney, a farmer, and died near
West Alexander. 4. Alice, married William
Craig, a farmer. 5. Margaret. 6. Jane A., of
previous mention. Children of Parker and Jane
A. (Bryce) Reed : i. John B., of whom further.

2. Parker, born December 4, 1841 ; moved to
Pawnee county, Kansas, and is engaged in the
farming implement and hardware business at
Larned ; married Hannah Walker. 3. Rebecca,
born February 29, 1848 ; married Samuel P.
Wilson ; they live on the old home farm in
Washington county, which he purchased from
the heirs. 4. Henry, born May 17, 1852; mar-
ried Anna De Mont, of Kansas : he is an exten-
sive landowner and capitalist of Larned, Kan-
sas. 5. Luther, born October 2, 1854; owns a
large cement manufacturing plant at Osceola,
Kansas.

(Ill) Rev. John B. Reed, son of Parker and
Jane A. (Bryce) Reed, was born on the old
"Mount Hope" farm in Hopewell township,
W'ashington county, Pennsylvania, April 5,
1839. His early life was spent on the farm,
attending the public school situated thereon
and the Academy in Upper Bufifalo. In the
fall of 1858 he entered the junior class of
Washington College and was graduated in
i860. He then entered the Western Theologi-
cal Academy, from wdiich he was graduated in
May. 1863. having received his license to preach
at the end of his second year in the Theologi-
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At the time of his graduation, Rev. Adam
Terrence, pastor of the Presbyterian church at
New Alexandria, Westmoreland county, Penn-
sylvania, had gone to war with a regiment of
that county as chaplain and Rev. "Reed was
offered his pulpit, which he accepted and filled
for one year. On December 31, 1863, he re-
ceived a call to the First Presbyterian Church
of Parkersburg, West \'irginia, remaining there
eight years. His next two charges were the
First Presbyterian Church of Sistersville, West
Mrginia, wdiere he remained eleven years, and
the First Presbyterian Church at Fairmont,
West Virginia, where he was pastor six years.
His present church is the Laurel Hill Presby-
terian in Franklin township, Fayette county,
known as the first Presbyterian church built
"west of the mountains," erected in 1772.

At the time of the arrival of Rev. Reed the
church was in anything but a flourishing con-
dition, but under his guidance it has prospered
spiritually and financially, becoming a great
power for good in the community. The mem-
bership has been increased by over two hun-
dred. A new brick church was erected in 1897 ;
a parsonage built the same year; a house built
for the sexton ; a new ten-acre cemetery laid
out adjoining the old, and independent of all
these improvements the church has eight thou-
sand dollars out at interest. The Rev. Reed's
twenty-four years of service in this community
have borne abundant fruit, and although he is
in his seventy-third year his life is still as use-
ful to his parishioners as it was in the first
days of his ministry. His aVIvice is still as
eagerly sought and as willingly given ; his aid
implored and as lovingly extended as when he
shepherded his first flock in the mountains of
Virginia.

He married, I\Iay 12, 1864, Belle Shields,
born in New Alexandria, Westmoreland coun-
ty, Pennsylvania, February 18, 1841, daughter
of James M. and Elizabeth Shields, both born
in Westmoreland county, of Scotch-Irish de-
scent; he a farmer and elder in the Presby-
terian church. Children : i. Effie, born May 6,
1865 ; married Dr. W. A. Hopwood, of Union-
town. 2. Helen, born November 24. 1869;
married Dr. H. J. Bell, of Dawson, Pennsyl-
vania. 3. Cora, born May 23, 1871 ; married
Ellis Phillips, a farmer of Franklin township.
4. Georgia, born October 24, 1875 ; married
Rev. Dr. F. i\I. Silsley, pastor of the First
Presbyterian Church of Seattle, Washington.



5. Edna, born November 11, 1879; married
Dr. J. :\Ielvin Smith, of Philadelphia, Penn-
sylvania.



Edward or Edwin Higbv, emi-
HIGBEE grant ancestor of Edward C.

Higbee, of Uniontown, Penn-
sylvania, was born in England and settled in
New London, Connecticut, in 1648. The rec-
ords state that he sold his house there for "Five
bushels of wheat and a dog," September 7,
1649, which would indicate, either an inferior
house or a superior dog. In 1674 he was an
innkeeper at Middletown, Connecticut. He
had a deed dated October 15, 1664, from Sean-
keet, an Indian Sachem of Hartford, for land
"Adjoining Jonathan Gilbert's" in Hartford.
In 1666 he was "Free of Taxes" by vote of
the court for making and maintaining the way
over Pilgrims Harbor. About 1675 he moved
to Jamaica, Long Island, and in 1683, and as
late afterward as 1709, he was living at Hunt-
ington, Long Island. He married Lydia Skid-
more and was a brother-in-law of Edward
Adams, son of John Adams, grandson of Jere-
my Adams, according to a power of attorney
given by Adams to Higby in February, 1696
or 1697, and filed at Hartford (see Hartford
probate records, vol. I, p. 288). Lydia his wife
joined the church at Middletown, September
30, 1674. coming'thither from the First Church
of Hartford, and with her six children was
dismissed to the church in lamaica, October,
1677.

(II) John, son of Edward or Edwin Higby,
was born 1658, died in 1688. He married. May
I, 1679, Rebecca, daughter of Samuel Tread-
well, of Fairfield, Connecticut. The Inventory
of his estate was dated December 28, 1688, as
taken by John Hall, Francis Whitmore and Na-
thaniel .Stow (vol. 2, Hartford probate records,
p. 7). When his wife died she was succeeded
in the administration of her husband's estate
by her son Edward. Children : John ; Ed-
ward, of whom further ; Thomas.

(III) Edward, son of John Higby, was born
1684, baptized August 24, 1684. He and his
wife joined the Middletown church, April 26,
1713, and were dismissed, December 19, 1773,
as original members of the new church at
Westfield, Connecticut, where he died Novem-
ber 21, 1775, in his ninety-second year. He
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"Golden Parlour ]\Iining Company," of Wal-
lingford, April 2y, 1737, but the record may re-
fer to a son or nephew. He married, Novem-
ber 29, 1706, Rebecca Wheeler, who died Octo-
ber 22, 1772, at Middletown, Connecticut.
Children: i. John, born at Middletown, July
16, 1707, died in 1790; married, March 9, 1730,
Sarah Candee. 2. Isaac, of whom further. 3.
Rebecca, born 1715. 4. Sarah, 1721. 5. Stephen,
1730. 6. Daniel, moved to Lewis county. New
York.

(IV) Isaac, son of Edward Higby, was born
in 1709 at Middletown, Connecticut. He mar-
ried, in 1730, Dinah Elton. Children: Jane,
Isaac; Samuel, of whom further; Joseph,
Noah, Rebecca, Daniel, Jane.

(V) Samuel, son of Isaac Higby, was born
1732. He married, in 1758, Rebecca Doolittle.
Children : Samuel, of whom further ; Ruth,
Lemuel, Timothy, Isaac, Sylvester.

(VI) Samuel (2), son of Samuel (i) Hig-
by, was born August 14, 1758, died April 23,
1843. He was a soldier of the revolution,
serving as private in Captain Hearst's Con-
necticut Troops, Colonel Erastus Wolcott's reg-
iment, in the siege of Boston, 1776. He was
pensioned in his later years and was on the list
of New Haven, Connecticut, pensioners in
1832, and again from Milford, New Haven
county, in the list of 1840 (see revolutionary-
roll of Connecticut, pp. 383, 654 and 660). He
married, in 1783, Hannah Gilpin. Children :
Betsey, born July 20, 1784; Hannah, June 16,
1786; Roxby. September i. 1788; Samuel Gil-
pin. ]\Iarch 17, 1791, died 1863, married, in
1814, Lucy Marlett; Isaac Riley; Lucy, April
27, 1794; Abigail Riley, January 13, 1797;
Hervey, January 21, 1801, banker and finan-
cier, diecl April 29, 1853, married Charlotte
Baldwin; Benjamin, of whom further.

(VII) Benjamin Higbee, youngest child of
Samuel (2) Higby. was born in Milford. New
Haven county. Connecticut. July 11, 1804.
With him the family makes its advent in Fay-
ette county, Pennsylvania, and the name
changes its orthography to Higbee. He mar-
ried (second) Elizabeth Ball, who bore him
four children. By his first marriage two sons
were born. Children of second wife : Eliza-
beth, deceased ; Sarah, married Elwood Craw-
ford ; Israel, of whom further ; John.

(VIII) Israel, son of Benjamin Higbee, was
born in July. 1835, died October 19, 1910. He
was educated in the public schools, and spent



his life in Fayette county, Pennsylvania. He
was a wagonmaker by trade, but later a farm-
er. In 1890 he moved from JelTerson to Lower
Tyrone township. Fayette county, where he re-
sided until his death. He was a man of high
character with all the excellent traits of his
Scotch-Irish ancestry. He married Eliza Jane
Carter, born November 9. 1833. who survives
him, daughter of Zephaniah Carter, a miller
and merchant of Brownsville, Pennsylvania,
and his wife Mary, daughter of William and
Mary Patterson, all of Fayette county, old,
prominent and well known families. The Pat-
tersons were early settlers of Western Penn-
sylvania and Mary Gibbon Patterson is said to
have ruled the first sheet of white paper made
west of the Allegheny mountains. Children of
Zephaniah and his first wife, Mary (Patterson)
Carter : Amanda ; Eliza Jane, who married Is-
rael Higbee. He married (second) a Widow
Tiernan. Children : Harriet, married Captain
H. B. Cook, of Brownsville, and Josephine,
married ex-Sheriflf Isaac Meason. of St. Louis,
Missouri. Children of Israel and Eliza Jane
Higbee : Edward Carter, of whom further ; Oli-
phant P., born October 22, 1871, now a farmer
of Lower Tyrone township, Fayette county ;
he married Harriet, daughter of Daniel S. and
Sophia Strickler.

(IX) Edward Carter, eldest son of Israel
and Eliza Jane Higbee. was born in Jefferson
township, Fayette county. Pennsylvania. Oc
tober 28, 1869. He attended the public schools
until he had exhau.sted their capacity to ad
vance him, then for one term attended Merritts-
town Academy. After teaching one year he
entered Mt. Union College at Alliance, Ohio,
being then sixteen years of age. He remained
at college three years. After leaving college
he was appointed professor in Monongahela
College at Jefferson, Pennsylvania, remaining
two years. After teaching one term at Waynes
burg College he began the study of law, an
on March i, 1896, entered the law ofifice o
Judge S. Leslie Mestrezat (now supreme cour
justice of Pennsylvania), and studied under his'
able direction until admitted to the Fayette
county bar. June 11, 1S97. .\t the same term
he was appointed by Judge Ewing to conduct
his first case. On September 27, 1897. he
opened offices in Connellsville. Pennsylvania, as
junior member of the firm of Fulton & Higbee.
On February i, 1900, this partnership was dis-
solved and the firm of Sterling, Higbee &



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Dumbauld organized. In 1903 W. H. Brown
became a member of the firm, continuing until
liis death in 1907. In 1909 ^Ir. Dumbauld re-
tired and R. S. Matthews was admitted. In
191 1 Charles L. Lewellyn became a partner, but
the firm name remains the same. Sterling, Hig-
bee & Matthews. The firm maintain offices in
both Connellsville and Uniontown; practice in
all state and federal courts, being one of the
strongest and most successful legal firms in
the county.

JMr. Higbee has always been a Democrat, and
though not active in politics has frequently been
on the stump. In 1898 he was elected solicitor
of Connellsville, and served in that capacity for
ten years. He successfully conducted the liti-
gation establishing the right of the city to the
land known as the "public ground." He served
for six years on the Connellsville school board,
being president three years, and since 1903 has
been a director of the First National Bank at
Connellsville. His chief concern, however, is
his profession, in which he has attained high
standing. He is learned in the law, skillful in
its application and strictly honorable in all his
dealings. Since 1897 '""is home has been in
Connellsville, where he has been a potent factor
in public afiFairs ; his deepest interest, perhaps,
being in the cause of public education and the
improvement of school facilities. He is an
Ancient .\ccepted Scottish Rite Mason.

He married, September 22, 1897, Emma
Lint, born July 15, 1871, daughter of William
and Jennie (Kennison) Lint, of Lower Tyrone
township, Fayette county. Children : Donald



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