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Scotch-Irish descent, the American ancestor
being John Dawson, who came to the Amer-
ican colonies from Whitehaven, England,
early in the eighteenth century. Nicholas
Dawson served with Washington in 1764 and
during the revolution; he was in Crawford's
defeat, and narrowly escaped capture while
helping a bewildered soldier. Children of
Cyrus Millard and Emma (Dawson) Stoner:
I. Edna May, died in infancy. 2. Alberta,



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born July 27, 1884. 3. Sadie, born June 15,
1887; married Carl W. Foore, of Bedford
county, Pennsylvania, and has: Emma Jane,
born May 4, 191 1.



This branch of the Brown fam-
BROWN ily descends from Joshua
Brown, born in England, in
1764. He came to the United States, set-
tling in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, where
he became wealthy and prominent. He
owned at one time one thousand acres of
land, several slaves, and two hotels. Much
of his land was under cultivation, and in addi-
tion to managing his farming operations he
also conducted both hotels. He was inter-
ested in the early establishment of banks, and
seems to have been a man of great energy
and quick discernment. His slaves were
freed by law, but he kept them in his employ
as long as they wished to stay. He died in
1819. He married (second) Catherine Ach-
ards, born in Germany, who lived to be one
hundred and one years of age. By a first
marriage he had nine children; by his second,
three.

(H) Rev. Benjamin F. Brown, son of
Joshua and Catherine (Achards) Brown, was
born in Georges township, Fayette county,
Pennsylvania, August 20, 1816, died Febru-
ary 23, 1906. He was educated in the town-
ship schools and reared upon the farm. He
was ambitious to become a minister, and in
furtherance of his ambition studied and read
until his mind was richly stored. He accom-
plished a course of theological study and re-
ceived from the Baptist church a license to
preach. Later he was ordained and admitted
to membership in the Monongahela Baptist
Association. He filled appointments in Mary-
land, West Virginia and Fayette county,
Pennsylvania, besides work in missionary
fields. He was a faithful minister and sound
exponent of Baptist doctrine, as well as an
eloquent pulpit orator. He retired to his
farm in Georges township in 1895 and spent
his remaining years in practical farming, the
occupation of his early manhood. He inher-
ited one hundred and sixty acres from his
father, to which he added one hundred and
twenty-tive acre? more, also considerable
town property. He served the township as
tax collector and supervisor. He married,
April 5, 1838, Maria, daughter of John and



Catherine Lyons. She was born in Spring-
hill township in 1819, died 1892. Children:
Thomas J., deceased; John L. ; George W.,
of whom further; Sarah A.; Mary C; Re-
becca J., deceased; Orpah, deceased; Benja-
min O.; Ada M.

(HI) George W., son of Rev. Benjamin F.
Brown, was born in Georges township, Fay-
ette county, Pennsylvania. He was educated
in the common schools, and has spent his life
in the pursuit of agriculture. He now owns
and cultivates the old Brown farm in Georges
township, first patented to his grandfather,
Joshua Brown, owned next by his father, Rev.
Benjamin F. Brown, and now by himself. He
is a Democrat in politics, and a member of
the Presbyterian church. He married Mary

C, born in Westmoreland county, Pennsyl-
vania, daughter of Benjamin Rotharmel.
Children: Minnie, married Charles E. Mor-
ton, of Georges township; Anna M., married
Ashbel F. Conn, of Springhill township; Fan-
nie, married James E. Hanly, of Uniontown;
Edw;'rd D., of whom furtlier; Roy J., of
Georges township; Ora S., of Smithfield
borough.

(IV) Edward D., son of George W. Brown,
was born on the homestead farm in Georges
township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania,
June 19, 1877. He was educated in the town-
ship schools, taught for four years, then en-
tered the State Normal School at California,
Pennsylvania, whence he was graduated,
class of 1900. Later leaving Normal School,
he taught for two years, having in 1901 be-
gun the study of law under the guidance of

D. M. Hertzog, of Uniontown. On Novem-
ber 2, 1903, he was admitted to the Fayette
county bar, and at once began the practice
of his profession, locating in Uniontown. He
has been admitted to practice in all the state
and federal courts, and is well established in
his chosen profession. He has business ini^er-
ests of importance outside of his law practice,
together with coal land interests in West Vir-
ginia. He is a Republican, served on the ex-
ecutive committee of the Republican county
committee, and is a member of Uniontown
city council. He belongs to the Fayette
County Bar Association, the Independent Or-
der of Odd Fellows, and is an active member
of the Presbyterian church, as is his wife.

He married, July 20, 1898, Alice, daughter
of Daniel P. and Ella (Lyons) Morgan, of



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Springhill township, Fayette county, Penn-
sylvania. Daniel P. Morgan was a farmer
and cashier of the First National Bank of
Sniithhelcl. Fie was a son of William and
Sarah Ann (Stentz) Morgan, who were mar-
ricii in 1846. Flis grandfather was Colonel
John Morgan, a soldier of the war of 181 2
.nd the Mexican war. He was a son of David
Morgan, who came to Fayette county in 1788
and took up land on Grassy Run. The Mor-
gans are of Welsh extraction. Children of
Edward D. Brown: Morgan H., born Oc-
tober I-]. K902; Lauretta, born September 14,
igo6.



The Hetzels of Connellsvillc,
HETZEL Pennsylvania, descend from a

long line of German ancestors
native to the town of Mulheim, province of
Wittenburg, and for three generations at
least engaged in the slaughter and sale of
meats. The American ancestor, Jacob Het-
zel, was born in Mulheim, Germany, where
he grew to manhood and followed the busi-
ness of his fathers. He came to the United
States in 1846, having been preceded by his
son John the previous year. He settled in
West Newton, Westmoreland county, Penn-
sylvania, where he lived a retired life until
his death in 1859. His wife survived him un-
til the following year. They left issue, four
daughters and two sons; all came to the
United States except Jacob.

(II) Jacob (2), son of Jacob (i) Hetzel, was
born in the town of Mulheim, province of
Wittenburg. Germany, in 1819, died there in
1863. He was a butcher and operated a re-
tail meat market in Mulheim. He married
Mary Slotterbeck, born in Wittenburg, died
in Mulheim, Germany, aged sixty-three years.
Children: Jacob, deceased; John T., of whom
further; Catherine, deceased; Jacobine, de-
ceased; Barbara, unmarried, living in Ger-
many; Louisa, married Mark Slagle and
lives in New York city; Mary, married John
Stroebel and lives in Germany; Wilhelm, of
whom further.

(III) John T., son of Jacob (2) Hetzel, was
born in Mulheim, Wittenburg, Germany, Oc-
tober 12, 1846. He was educated in Germany
and worked with his father in the meat mar-
ket in Mulheim until he was fourteen years
of age, when the father died and the business
was continued by his eldest son, Jacob. John



T. Hetzel remained with his widowed mother
until he was twenty-one years of age, then
was compelled to enlist and perform his
years of service in the German army. After
serving one year he became so filled with the
idea of coming to the United States and join-
ing his uncle, John Hetzel, in Connellsvillc,
with whom he was in correspondence, that
his mother secured his release from the army
by purchasing a substitute. In 1868 he sailed
for the United States. His regiment, the
First Wittenburg Infantry, was badly cut up
at the battle of Metz in the Franco-Prussian
war, only eighty men of the regiment coming
out of that battle unharmed. After a voyage
of fifty days he landed in Baltimore, Mary-
land, and at once came to Connellsvillc,
Pennsylvania, where for a year he worked
for his uncle. John Hetzel, in his meat mar-
ket. He then worked for two years in Pitts-
burgh at the same business, then returned
to his uncle's employ, continuing until his
marriage in 1872. During this period he at-
tended night school in Connellsvillc and im-
proved his knowledge of English. In 1872 he
opened a meat market in the borough of New
Haven (Connellsvillc, West Side), continuing
until 1885. when he built a brick residence
and store at the corner of Main and Third
streets, where he is now in prosperous busi-
ness and is highly esteemed. He is a Repub-
lican and has served four terms in the city
council and on the school board. He and all
his family are members of the Trinity
Lutheran church.

He married, February 4, 1872, Sarah Ann
Blough, born in Fayette county, Pennsyl-
vania, daughter of Benjamin and Mary Ann
(Coughanour) Blough. Children: i. Louis,
died aged two years, nine months and twenty
days. 2. Charles, now living in Pittsburgh.
3. John. 4. Mamie, married E. H. Dillenbach,
of Allegheney City. 5. Harley, now associ-
ated in business with his father; married Belle
Rout, born in Favettc county : children:
Thelma, Grace and John. 6. Saylor.

(Ill) Wilhelm. son of Jacob (2) and Mary
Hetzel, was born in Germany, July 8, 1861,
died in Connellsvillc, Pennsylvania, Septem-
ber 23, 1892. He was educated in the excel-
lent schools of his town, and continued his
residence there until shortly after his mar-
riage, when with his bride he came to the
Ignited States, settling in New Haven, now



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Connellsville, West Side, where he worked
for two years for his brother, John T., there
engaged in the butcher business. He then
started a meat market on his own account on
Pittsburgh street, Connellsville, continuing
until his death from typhoid fever after an
illness of seven weeks. He had built up a
prosperous businessi and was one of the lead-
ing dealers in his line. He was a Republican,
but gave his time entirely to his family and
business, taking little part in public affairs.
He was a member of the German Lutheran
church, as was his wife, but since her hus-
band's death Mrs. Hetzel has been con-
nected with the English Lutheran church. He
married, in Germany, Margaret, daughter of
Philip and Margaret (Snyder) Kraft, both
natives of Germany, where the mother died.
Philip Kraft, a shoemaker, survives her, now
aged seventy-five years. He married (sec-
ond) Philipena Hay, and has Sophia, Kath-
erine and Beana. Children of Wilhelm Het-
zel: I. PhiHp Wilhelm, of whom further. 2.
Louis, now a resident of Mount Vernon, New
York. 3. Lena Louise. 4. Fred, now a stu-
dent at Gettysburg College.

(IV) Philip Wilhelm, son of Wilhelm and
Margaret (Kraft) Hetzel, was born at Con-
nellsville, West Side, September 6, 1884. He
attended the Connellsville schools, was a stu-
dent for two years in high school, then en-
tered Pittsburgh College of Pharmacy,
whence he was graduated April 12, 1905.
Immediately after graduation he entered the
employ of Graham & Company, druggists of
Connellsville, a position he now holds. He
is a duly registered pharmacist and thorough-
ly familiar with all the requirements of his
profession. He served in Company D, Tenth
Regiment, National Guard of Pennsylvania,
two years, eight months, advancing from pri-
vate to first lieutenant, resigning on account
of the demands of his business. He is a
member of the English Lutheran church and
m politics a Republican. He is a member of
the Masonic Order and of the Heptasophs.
His college fraternity is Beta Phi Sigma.

(H) John, son of Jacob (i) Hetzel, was
born in the town of Mulheim, province of
Wittenburg, Germany, March 9, 1822, died
in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, in 1900. He
was educated in Germany and learned the
butcher business with his father, also serving
the required years in the German army. In



1845 he emigrated to the United States, set-
tling in the Germany community at West
Newton, Pennsylvania. He established a
meat market there and was in business until
1867, when he moved to Connellsville, where
he opened a market on Main street, which he
successfully operated until his death. He was
one of the founders and pillars of the German
Lutheran church of Connellsville and a Dem-
ocrat. He married (first) in Germany Bar-
bara Hengstettler, born in the same province
as her husband, about nine miles from the
town of Mulheim, in 1827, died in Connells-
ville in 1861. He married (second) Sarah
Fulmer, born in Westmoreland county,
Pennsylvania, died 1873, daughter of Henry
Fulmer, born in Germany. He married
(third) Maria Iferd, born in Rockport, Som-
erset county, Pennsylvania, died 1880, daugh-
ter of John Iferd, a farmer, born in Ger-
many, died in Fayette county, aged ninety
years. Children of John Hetzel and his
first wife: i. Catherine, deceased, married
John Trainer, and lived in Georgia. 2. Mary,
married Morris English, of Connells-
ville, whom she survives. 3. CaroHne, mar-
ried Quitman Marietta, of Connellsville,
whom she survives. 4. George, of whom
further. 5. Jacob, died in infancy. 6. John S.,
a butcher of Connellsville, died in 1908. 7.
Frank, now a butcher in New York city. 8.
Anna, now of Pittsburgh. 9. Rose, married
Robert Andrews, and lives in Alabama. 10.
Barbara, married John Lesby, of Pittsburgh,
whom she survives. Children of second wife:
II. Henry, now living in Connellsville. 12.
Jacob, now a butcher of Waynesburg, Penn-
sylvania. 13. William, now a butcher of
Wheeling, West Virginia. 14. Lizzie, died
aged eleven months. 15. A son, died un-
named. Children of third wife: 16, Edward
L^riah, of whom further. 17. Charles, de-
ceased. 18. A daughter, died unnamed.

(Ill) George, son of John Hetzel by his
first wife, Barbara (Hengstettler) Hetzel, was
born in West Newton, Westmoreland county,
Pennsylvania, December 2, 1854. He was
educated in the pul^lic schools of West New-
ton and Connellsville, and at an early age be-
came his father's helper in the meat market.,
He thoroughly learned all branches of the
business, and on arriving at man's estate
opened a meat market for himself on North
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three years. He later handled wholesale
meats, and later had another retail shop. In
i8y9 he was appointed city night watchman,
and in i909 was appointed chief of police, a
position he now most ably fills. He is a Re-
publican, and a member of Trinity Lutheran
church, of the Knights of the Maccabees, and
Woodmen of ihe World.

He married, May i, 1881, Catherine Hall,
born in Connellsville, daughter of John and
Elizabeth (Dawson) Hill, both born in Fay-
ette county. Children: i. Cora Edna May,
born May 21, 1883; married (first) Clarence
Mosholder, accidentally killed; she married
(second) Harry Mosholder; children: Clarence
(by first husband), Samuel and Lulu. 2.
George Quitman, born August 8, 1890. 3.
Lena Pearl, born October 25, 1896.

(Hi) Edward Uriah, son of John Hetzel
and his third wife. Maria (Ifred) Hetzel, was
born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, Septem-
ber 16, 1874. He was but six years of age
when his mother died, and after attending the
public schools he became his father's assistant
in the meat market until 1896. He then spent
three years working in other markets until
1899, when he opened a retail meat market
on Pittsburgh near Main street. On March
24, 191 1, his shop was destroyed by fire. He
is a Republican and a member of the Con-
nellsville, city council. He is a member, with
his family, of Trinity Lutheran church. His
fraternal orders are the Benevolent and Pro-
tective Order of Elks a.nd Knights of the
Maccabees.

He married, November 18, 1900, Amelia
Hyatt, born at Draketown, Somerset county,
Pennsylvania, daughter of J. Lewis and Al-
cinda Hyatt. J. Lewis Hyatt is a merchant
of Draketown. Child: Margaret Marie, born
January 14, 1902.



This good old Scotch fam-
CAMPBELL ily name was introduced

into Uniontown, Pennsyl-
vania, by Benjamin Campbell, born in Scot-
land, lie came to the United States and to
western Pennsylvania by way of Hagerstown,
Marvland, traveling by packhorse with his
few belongings over the old National Pike.
He settled in Uniontown among the very
earliest comers and lived there the remainder
of his life. He was a silversmith and watch-
maker, and among the articles carried in his



pack was a set of tools pertaining to this
trade. There was not, however, any visible
opening for a jeweler at that early day, there-
fore he took up land and in other ways pro-
vided for his large family, consisting of wife
and eleven children. He was active and prom-
inent in the early life of Uniontown and left
an honored name that is still an influential one
in the community. A clock made by the old
pioneer is one of the treasured ornaments of
his grandson's law office.

(H) Dr. Hugh Campbell, son of Benjamin
Campbell, was born in Uniontown, Pennsyl-
vania, May I, 1798, died 1895. He was edu-
cated in his native town and at Jefferson Col-
lege, Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania; graduated
in medicine, 1818, at the University of Penn-
sylvania, and became a leading physician of
Uniontown, where he practiced until i860.
He was a warden of the Western Penitentiary,
1865. Like his father, he was a devout and
rigid Presbyterian, and an elder in the church.
He was a fine scholar and linguist. With вЦ†
others he led in the early temperance move-
ment in Fayette county. He was greatly be-
loved in the community, being most sympa-
thetic and tender in his ministrations. He
married (first) Susan Baird, of Washington
county, Pennsylvania, who with her infant
child died a year after marriage. He married
(second) Rachel, born in Baltimore, daughter
of Samuel Lyon, born in Carlisle, Pennsyl-
vania, of Irish parents. She survived him a few
years. Several children of the second mar-
riage died in infancy. Those who reached
maturity were: Samuel, now deceased; Susan
Baird, married James Allison, both now de-
ceased; William Ward, a Presbyterian min-
ister, now residing in Wilmington, Delaware;
Benjamin, now living in LTniontown ; Edward,
of whom further; Hugh, now deceased; Sarah
Louise, unmarried, residing in Washington,
District of Columbia.

(HI) Judge Edward Campbell, son of Dr.
Hugh and Rachel (Lyon) Cr-mpbell, was born
in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, July 24, 1838.
He was educated in private schools, and for
six' years attended Madison College, then
newly founded in Uniontown. He then began
the study of law under the preceptorship of
Nathaniel Ewing, for many years a leading
attorney of Uniontown. now deceased. After
due course of preparatory .study, Mr. Camp-
bell was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar,



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and began the practice of his profession in
Uniontown, his lifelong home. At the out-
break of the civil war he answered the call for
tliree months' men made by President Lin-
coln in April, 1861. As there still seemed
need for soldiers he re-enlisted for three years
m Company E. Eighty-fifth Regiment, Penn-
sylvania V^olunteer Infantry, and served until
November 22, 1864, the date of his honorable
discharge. He entered as a private and was
mustered out as lieutenant-colonel of his reg-
iment, receiving his last promotion October
16, 1863. He saw hard service with the Army
of the Potomac and earned his successive pro-
motions by "gallant and meritorious conduct."'
After the war closed he returned to his inter-
rupted law practice. Having been admitted
to practice in all state and federal courts he
soon established a large business. In i8bb
the death of Judge Samuel A. Gilmore left
a vacancy on the county bench and he was
appointed, by the Governor of Pennsylvania,
presiding judge to fill the unexpected term.
He was, while on the bench, the youngest
presiding judge in the state, being only twen-
ty-eight years of age. He has continued in
practice all his life and has secured an envi-
able reputation as a learned and skilful law-
ver. The law has been to himi a jealous mis-
tress and has had his entire devotion. Keenly
interested in. all that pertains to the welfare
of the city, state or nation, he has never
sought public preferment, preferring the
quieter walks of life. He is a Republican and
a member of the Presbyterian church.



The Hathaways of Union-
HATHAWAY town, Pennsylvania, came
to Fayette from Greene
county, Pennsylvania, the settler in the latter
county, being, it is supposed, of a branch of
the Hathaways of western NeAv York. If this
be correct, they are descendants of John
Hathaway, the first of the name in this coun-
try. He was born in 1617, came from Lon-
don, England, in the ship "Blessing," in 1635,
married Hannah Mallett, and settled at Barn-
stable, Massachusetts. He left a son John,
born August 16, 1658, who married and lived
at Freetown, Massachusetts. His son Jacob,
born 1680, married Philippi Chase. Their
son Isaac (2), born 1705, married Mae Sarah
Makepeace: their son Isaac (2), born 1729,
married Phoebe Bailey; their son Isaac (3),



born 1755, married Jemima, daughter of
Nathan Comstock, who moved in 1796 from
Adams, Massachusetts, to western New Y'ork,
with a large family. Their son, Isaac (4)
Hathaway, born January 2, 1787, at Cam-
bridge, \'ermont, died at Farmington, New
\'ork. April 10, 1858. He married, January
18, 1807, Nancy Richmond. Isaac (4) Hath-
away was of the seventh generation in Am-
erica and if the theory is correct, he was the
father of John Hathaway, who settled in
Greene county, the grandfather of Charles
Hathaway, of Uniontown, Pennsylvania.

(VIII) John, son of Isaac (4) Hathaway,
was born in Farmington, New York, about
1820. He was an early merchant and large
land owner of Carmichaels, Greene county,
Pennsylvania, where he married and left issue :
Samuel, deceased, of further mention; Jacob,
William and Lawrence, all living at Carmich-
aels, Grfjene county, Pennsylvania; another
living in Missouri.

(IX) Samuel, son of John Hathaway, died
at Carmichaels, Greene county, Pennsylvania,
in 1909. He was a man of education and
good business ability, owning and operating
a jewelry store and watch repairing establish-
ment at Carmichaels until his death. He
was a Republican in politics. He married
Ella Jolliflf, born in 1853, daughter of James
and Mardelia (Wylie) Jollifif, he coming to
Carmichaels from West Virginia; she the
daughter of an old settler of Greene countv,
and a justice of the peace. James Jolliff was
a blacksmith. In 1888 he came to LTniontown
with his daughter, Mrs. Hathaway, and her
son Charles, and followed his trade there un-
til his death in 1889. His wife Mardelia sur-
vives, aged seventy-seven years. Children of
Samuel and Ella Hathaway: i. Harold, born
February 28, 1878. 2. Charles, of whom
further.

{X) Charles, youngest son of Samuel and
Ella (Jollifif) Hathaway, was born at Car-
michaels, Greene county, Pennsylvania, April
16, 1880. He was educated in the public
schools of his native town and Uniontown,
graduating with the class of 1897 from the
high school. He then entered the employ
of Conwell (!t Strickler. shoe dealers of
Uniontown. He remained with that firm until
1901, when Mr. Conwell retired on account
of ill health, and he was admitted to a part-
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existed from January, 1901, to May of the
same year. The erection of the First Na-
tional Bank building having thrown John M.
Campbell out of a business location, he pur-
chased Mr. Slnckler's interest in the shoe
business of Strickler & Hathaway, the new
tirm, Campbell & Hathaway, continuing a
successful busmess until January i, 1910,
when Mr. Campbell sold to his partner and
Mr. R. G. Weltner, who have since continued
under the same name, although incorporated.
Iheir busmess is large and prosperous, the
store being modern and finely stocked. In
politics Mr. Hathaway is a Democrat, but
strictly independent in local politics. He is
a member of Fayette Lodge, No. 228, Free
and Accepted Masons, and Uniontown Lodge
of Perfection, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite.
In religious faith he is a Methodist.



1 he American ancestor of
RIDGWAY the Ridgways of Connells-
ville, David Ridgway, was a
native of Ireland, and after coming to the
I'nited States settled first in Philadelphia,
later commg to Greene county, and, it is said,
made the journey westward on foot. He was
a shoemaker by trade, and followed that occu-
pation until his death. His wife, Lydia, born
in Ireland, made the journey across the moun-
tains with him, and died in Greene county,
at the great age of ninety-six years. They



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