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right homestead, Searights, Menallen town-
ship, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, Sep-
tember 13, 1836.

His early education was obtained in the
township public school, and in 1850 he be-
gan an academic course at Dunlap's Creek
Presbyterian Academy. After leaving the
academy he entered the employ of John
T. Hogg at Brownsville, then engaged in
the banking business. He then became a
student at the Iron City Business College
of Pittsburgh, and in 1859 entered the pre-
paratory department of Kenyon College,
class of 1863, where he was a classmate of
E. L. Stanton, son of the great war secre-
tary, Edwin M. Stanton. During his col-
lege course, Lorin Andrews, president of
that college, resigned his position and raised
a regiment with which he marched to the
front, but he was soon brought home and
entombed near Rosse Chapel, Gambler,

Two years after his graduation he en-
tered the Philadelphia Divinity School,
but ill health compelled him to leave in a
short time and he was forced to abandon
all thought of following the sacred calling
of the ministry. After some time spent in
Washington, D. C, in the general land of-
fice, he returned home, and in 1871 estab-
lished a real estate and insurance agency
in Uniontown. where he has represented
some of the leading insurance companies
of Europe and the United States, and in
which city he has since been identified with
many of the leading industries. In 1873 he
joined with others in organizing and se-
curing a charter for the People's Bank of
Fayette County, of which he was soon after
elected cashier. Upon the death of the presi-
dent. Colonel Ewing Brownfield, in 1889,
he was elected to succeed him in the presi-
dent's office. He remained at the head of
this bank until it was merged into the Cit-
izens' Title & Trust Company, and gained
enviable distinction as a careful and con-
servative financier.

Mr. Searight has pronounced literary tal-
ent and has contributed many well written

articles to the press. He spent several years
in collecting data for the history of the
"Family of Searight in America," which he
wrote in 1893. His book has received com-
mendation from scholars and the press, and
is to be found in many of the leading libra-
ries of the world. It has also been widely
distributed among the various branches of
the Searight family in America, and it will
stand as an enduring monument to the Sea-
right name as long as the English language
is either read or spoken. A number of
paragraphs which appear in this sketch of
the Searight family have been copied from
a review of the above-mentioned book by
W. Scott Garner, of West Virginia.

Mr. Searight has been active in important
diocesan conventions of the Episcopal
church in Pennsylvania; he was a member
of the council when the first division of the
Diocese of Pennsylvania was made; again
when Dr. Kerfoot was elected bishop of
Pittsburgh ; again when Dr. Whitehead was
chosen bishop of the same city, and served
on the committee that notified the bishop of
his election.

Mr. Searight is a member of St. Peter's
Protestant Episcopal Church, has been ac-
tive and useful in the local work of the same
and has served in prominent church office.
He was the first member of the Scotch-
Irish Congress, elected from South Western
Pennsylvania. He is a life member of the
Sons of the American Revolution, a life
member of the Historical Society of Penn-
sylvania, and has contributed liberally to its
collection of valuable works, and a member
of the Fayette County Historical and Gene-
alogical Society. He is a Knight Templar
Mason, and a Jefifersonian Democrat. He
takes a keen interest in the history of his
nation and state, also in the Scotch-Irish So-
ciety of America. He is modest and retiring
in nature, but a man of sterling worth and
an honor to the race that claims him. He is
well known in his city, where his worth is
fully appreciated.

(IV) Elizabeth, youngest
COLVIN child of William (3) (q. v.)
and Rachel (Brownfield) Sea-
right, was born at Searights, Menallen town-
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She received her education at Washing-
ton Female Seminary, then under charge of
Mrs. Sarah R. (Foster) Hanna; a Scotch-
Irish teacher of abihty and reputation. She
married, January 7, 1869, Joseph T. Colvin,
president of the Pittsburgh Bank of Com-
merce, later president of the Tradesmans'
National Bank of Pittsburgh. Mr. and Mrs.
Colvin resided since their marriage in Pitts-
burgh, Pennsylvania. She died November
18, 1908, and is buried in "Homewood Ceme-
tery," Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania. She, like
her sister, Mrs. Shuman, was held in high
esteem by all who knew her.

The American ancestor of

BRINKER the Brinkers of Uniontown,
Pennsylvania, herein record-
ed, was Plenry Brinker, born in Germany,
who came to America with his parents at
an early day, and settled in Butler county.
Their names or place of settlement are not
known, but Henry Brinker is first found in
Westmoreland county. He married Eliza-
beth Henry, and left issue, one son being
Stephen John, mentioned below. Four of
his sons served during the entire civil war
period in the Union army. They were Car-
son B. ; Joseph H., deceased; Simon, de-
ceased; and Columbus, deceased. The
daughters were : Louisa, deceased ; Mar-
garet, deceased ; Rebecca, deceased.

(H) Stephen John, son of Henry and
Elizabeth (Henry) Brinker, was born in
Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania. He
served during the entire period of the civil

He married Alice, daughter of Peter
and Jane (Richey) Leezer, both born in
McKeesport, Pennsylvania. Jane Richey was
a daughter of Abraham Richey. Children
of Stephen John Brinker: i. Harry L., now
chemist for the Ohio Steel Works at
Youngstown, Ohio. 2. Laura Jane, married
John K. Griffith, of Uniontown, Pennsyl-
vania. 3. William H., now of Uniontown.
4. Henrietta, deceased. 5. Samuel P., of
whom further. 6. Lottie, unmarried.

(HI) Dr. Samuel P. Brinker, youngest
son of Stephen John Brinker, was born at
Tarr Station, Westmoreland county, Penn-
sylvania, July 13, 1876. He was educated in

the public schools and at Greensburg Sem-
inary, whence he was graudated, class of

He then entered the College of Phy-
sicians and Surgeons, Baltimore, Maryland,
whence he was graduated Doctor of Medi-
cine, class of 1905. For one year after grad-
uation he was connected with Bay Yiew
Hospital, Baltimore. He was then in Wheel-
ing, West Virginia, for a time at the Emer-
gency Hospital. He was duly certified to
practice by the State Medical Board of
West Virginia, and the same year took the
examination prescribed by the State Medical
Board of Pennsylvania, who in 1906 duly
certified his fitness to practice in the
state of Pennsylvania. In the spring
of 1907 he began practice in Normalville,
Pennsylvania, continuing until November,
191 1, when he came to Uniontown where he
is well established as a skillful, capable phy-

He is a member of the American Medi-
cal Society ; the Pennsylvania .State and
Fayette County ^Medical Societies ; the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows ; Royal
Arcanum ; and Royal Order of Lyons, of
which he is medical examiner. In politics
he is a Republican, but takes little part in
political affairs beyond exercising his right
of franchise as an intelligent and patriotic

He married, Noveirfber 28, 1907, Amy Zoe,
daughter of William Henry (2) and Mary
Agnes (Alfred) Waggy, of Weston, West
Virginia, and granddaughter of William
Henry (i) and Agnes (.Alfred) Waggy, who
came from Germany and settled in Weston,
West Virginia. Her grandfather was a
large slave owner and a prominent citizen.
William Henry (2) Waggy was born near
Weston, where he still resides. Children of
Mr. and Mrs. Waggy : Lillian May, mar-
ried M. W. Smith, now of Baltimore, Mary-
land ; Effie A., married D. B. Givens, of
Weston ; William T., deceased ; Amy Zoe,
of previous mention ; Stella Agnes, mar-
ried K. E. Anderson, of Oklahoma; James
Henry, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Delphi
Dene'lla, married Clarence B. Butcher, of
Weston. Dr. Samuel P. Brinker and his
wife are members of the Methodist Epis-
copal church of Uniontown.




The family is of Ger-
man ancestry, long
seated in the Father-

The earliest of whom we have record
is August Lutterman, a collector of taxes
under the government, who lived and died
in Germany leaving issue. He held office
under King George V. until the fall of the
Hanoverian monarchy.

(IT) Arnold, son of August Lutterman,
was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1833. He
was educated in his native land, and when
a young man came to the United States set-
tling in Cincinnati, Ohio. He learned
the trade of molder and now resides
at Dawson, Fayette county, Pennsylvania.
He is a member of the German Lutheran

He married, in Cincinnati. Ohio, Amelia,
daughter of Fred and Mar}- Xolte.
Fred Nolte was a well-to-do farmer of
Northwestern Indiana, and a veteran of the
civil war, enlisting at Tell City, Indiana, and
received severe wounds at the battles of
Bull Run and Gettysburg. Children of
Arnold Lutterman : August, deceased ; Arn-
old, married Mabel ; Oscar, deceased;

Oliver, deceased; Walter, deceased; Harry
T., of whom further; May, now living in
Toledo, Ohio, married Charles Palmer, three
children; Nannie, deceased; Carrie, de-

fill) Harry T., son of Arnold and Amelia
(Nolte) Lutterman, was born at Cincinnati,
Ohio, July 18. 1873. He was educated in
the public schools of that city, in private
schools, and in Merrill Business College of
Stamford, Connecticut. He began business
life as an accountant, continuing several

In IQ09 he came to Connellsville and
established the Model Dye Works at No.
406 South Pittsburgh street, of which
he is proprietor and manager. He is a
member of the Methodist church and of the
Masonic Order; in politics a Democrat. He
has traveled extensively in almost everv
state in the Union and is a well educated and
thoroughly informed man. He married.
May 2q. 191 2, Anabel, eldest daughter of
James B. Millard, of Connellsville, Pennsyl-

Another branch of the

STRICKLER Strickler family descends
from Conrad Strickler,
born in Germany, through his son Conrad
(2) Strickler. There are said to have been
seven brothers named Strickler who settled
in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, later
coming to Fayette county. They were all
large men except the youngest, who was
called "Little Dave."

(II) Conrad (2) Strickler kept a drover's
stand and house of entertainment on the
"Pike" between Connellsville and Union-
town, was also a farmer and built flat boats,
freighting on the Youghiogheny and Ohio
rivers. He married Elizabeth Varus and
had issue : Jacob, of whom further ; Mary,
married William Snyder ; Conrad, now liv-
ing in California, a fruit farmer; Henry, died
young; John, died aged twenty years ; Eliza-
beth, married Parkhill Blair; David, mar-
ried Lyda Strickler; Samuel, now living
near Vanderbilt, Pennsylvania ; Sarah, mar-
ried John Guiler, whom she survives.

(HI) Jacob, son of Conrad (2) Strickler,
was born in Dunbar township, Fayette
county, Pennsylvania, August 20, 1822, died
May 17, 1908. He worked for his father un-
til his marriage, then moved on the Henry
Galley farm, remaining one year. He then
bought one hundred and twenty-eight acres
in the eastern part of Franklin township, and
a few years later purchased the Oglivee farm
lying in both Dunbar and Franklin town-
ships. In 1892 he built a frame house on
the farm, letting his son William have the
red brick mansion— here he lived until his
death. He was Presbyterian in religion, his
wife a German Baptist or "Dunkard." He
was a Democrat in politics and served as
school director. While he was a very well-
to-do farmer he made most of his money in
cattle raising and dealing, having engaged
in that line very largely.

He married, October 10, 1850, Rebecca
Snyder, born February 14, 1831, who sur-
vives him, residing in Fayette county,
daughter of David and Susan (Hepler) Sny-
der, and granddaughter of Lewis Snyder,
born in Germany, who came to America
and settled in Lancaster with his parents, i
who died and left him without resources.
He was bound out to a cooper who taught '



him his trade. He later came to Fayette
county where he owned a good farm in
Tyrone township, operated a cooper's shop
and made a specialty of bee culture. He
was a German Baptist as were the members
of his family. David Snyder, his son, was
a farmer of Tyrone township, owning his
own farm. He married Susan Hepler, who
died aged sixty years leaving an only child
Rebecca, who married Jacob Strickler.
David Snyder married (second) Sarah Cum-
berland and died near Mount Pleasant at
the foot of the mountains. Their only child
Sidney married James Wiedman and now
lives in Mount Pleasant. Children of Jacob
and Rebecca Strickler: i. David, born July
24, 1851 ; married (first) Lena McGinnis,
(second) Mary Downs, and now lives on
his truck farm near San Francisco, Cali-
fornia. 2. Conrad, born April 6, 1853 ; mar-
ried Sarah Foster and now lives at Smith-
field, Ohio. 3. Susan, born April 12, 1855;
married Aaron J. Fairchild and lives on their
farm in Dunbar township. 4. John, born
May 3, 1857; resides at the home farm in
Franklin township with his aged mother : he
is unmarried. 5. Elizabeth, born September
12, 1858; married William Foster and lives
at Smithfield, Ohio. 6. Sarah, born May
5, 1861 ; married George Bute, now the
owner of four hundred and eighty acres of
land near Omaha, Nebraska, on which he
resides. 7. Joseph G., of whom further. 8.
Benjamin Franklin, born 'January 9. 1865;
married Nan Hornbeck and lives in Frank-
lin township. 9. Flora, born October 11,
1867; married J. H. Edwards, an under-
taker of Vanderbilt, Pennsylvania. 10. Jesse
O., born March 14, 1869; married (first)
Nora Core, (second) Margaret Lewis; he
is a farmer near Curfew, Franklin township.
II. William, born May 26. 1871 ; married
Anna Cowan and lives in Dunbar township,
a farmer. 12. Anna, born February 25,
187s ; married Dr. Jesse Cogan and resides
in Dawson, Pennsylvania.

(IV) Joseph G., son of Jacob and Rebecca
(Snyder) Strickler, was born at the Strick-
ler homestead in Franklin township, Fay-
ette county, Pennsylvania, May 29. 1863,
died October 14, 1911. He attended the
public school, and grew to manhood at the
old farm first purchased by his father. When

Jacob Strickler purchased the Oglivee farm,
Joseph G. became manager of the home-
stead, continuing seventeen years. In Octo-
ber, 1901, he bought a tract of eighty-four
acres in Franklin township, part of the old
Henry Snyder farm. In 1902 he moved to
this farm on which he resided until his
death. He also owned eight hundred acres
of Texas land and one hundred and fifty
acres of West Virginia coal land. He was
a Democrat in politics, serving three terms
as school director. He belonged with his
wife to the Presbyterian church. He was
a hard working, energetic man, very strong
and hearty, but died very suddenly.

He married Margaret Edwards, born in
Dunbar township, Fayette county, Penn-
sylvania, August, 1861, died August 15, 1909,
daughter of Robert and Claussa Edwards —
he born in Virginia, came to Fayette county
when young, became a prosperous land own-
er and farmer; also justice of the peace,
being well known as "Squire" Edwards.
His children : J. H., funeral director of Van-
derbilt, Pennsylvania; Margaret, of pre-
vious mention ; George, deceased ; Zella,
married Alpheus W. Hair ; Alvin', now liv-
ing at Crossland Junction, Fayette county;
Ada, a school teacher of Connellsville, Penn-
sylvania ; Albert, unmarried.

(V) George W., only child of Joseph G.
and Margaret (Edwards) Strickler, was
born on the old Strickler homestead in
Franklin township, Fayette county, Penn-
sylvania, May 17, 1882. He was educated
in the JefTerson school in his native town-
ship and at Ada, Ohio. After finishing his
studies he returned to the home farm and
became his father's assistant. In 1905 he
visited California, remaining a year or more,
working on fruit farms and cattle ranches,
increasing his store of practical knowledge
as well as touring the state and visiting rela-
tives. In 1907 he returned home and assist-
ed in the farm labor until his father's death
in 1911, when he became sole owner by in-
heritance. He continued at the old farm,
a prosperous, modern agriculturist. He is
a Democrat in politics, and a member of the
Presbyterian church. His fraternal society
is the Loyal Order of Moose.

He married Lucy Clelland, born in Pres-
ton county, West Virginia, . daughter of



Frank Clelland, a veteran of the civil war,
now living in Dunbar township. Children
of George W. Strickler: Virginia, born Jan-
uary 5, 1910; Olive, February 8. 1911.

The Stricklers of Fayette
STRICKLER county descend from

Conrad Strickler, born in
Germany, who emigrated to Pennsylvania
where he died. Early settlers in Fayette
county were Abraham, Jacob and Henry
Strickler, who were large landowners in
Upper Tyrone township.

(I) This branch descends from Henry
Strickler, a prosperous farmer of Upper
Tyrone, where much of his property is yet
held in the Strickler name. He married and
had issue, including a son, Henry R.

(II) Henry R., son of Henry Strickler,
was born in Upper Tyrone township, Fay-
ette county, Pennsylvania, where he lived
and died in 1894. He inherited the Strickler
homestead, and was a man of influence and

He was a member of the Methodist
Episcopal church, and in 1821 auditor
of the township. He married Susanna Slon-
aker, also born in Upper Tyrone. Children :
I. Fanny, married Henry Orbin, now a far-
mer of Nebraska. 2. Elizabeth, married
Wesley Stillwagon, and lives in Upper Ty-
rone township. 3. Mary, deceased, married
Thomas Orbin, who died in a southern mil-
itary prison during the civil war. 4. Sus-
anna, died aged sixteen years. 5. George
W., of whom further. 6. Rist D., died un-
married. 7. Nancy Jane, married Benja-
min Rist, a farmer of Upper Tyrone, both
deceased. 8. Catherine, married James
Kaine, now owning and operating a horse
ranch in Kansas. 9. Rebecca, married
Michael Darrh, a locomotive engineer, liv-
ing in Hazlewood, Pennsylvania. 10. Sarah
Ann, married J. C. Moore and lives in Van-
dei^bilt, Pennsylvania.

(HI) George W., eldest son of Henry R.
and Susanna (Slonaker) Strickler, was born
at the old Strickler homestead, in Upper
Tyrone township, Fayette county, Pennsyl-
vania, May 2, 1841, died April 10, 1912. He
was educated in the "Ridge" school, under
the tuition of John Rist. Being the eldest
son he remained upon the home farm ; after

his marriage he continued to reside there,
but in another dwelling. In 1879 he moved
to Georges township, Fayette county, where
he rented the Jacob Franks farm, contin-
uing there for ten years. In 1889 he re-
turned to the home farm, and managed it
for his aged father, until the latter's death,
when it was willed to George W. Strickler,
with the provision that he pay the other
heirs stated sums. He was a Democrat in
politics, and with his wife had been a mem-
ber of the Christian church for forty years.
He was also a member of the Royal Ar-

Mr. Strickler married. May 22, 1863, Mar-
garet S. Cochran, born in Lower Tyrone
township, Fayette county, March 15, 1845,
daughter of Mordecai Cochran (see Coch-
ran III).

Children of George W. and ^Margaret S.
(Cochran) Strickler: i. James C, born
March 22, 1864, died October 26, 1866.
2. Lenora, born November 19, 1865, died De-
cemiber 20, 186,8. 3. Alice, born September
17, 1867, married George Newman and re-
sides at Continental Works No. i, Fayette
county. 4. An infant son, died at birth,
April 8, 1869. 5. Lutellas C, born Febru-
ary 25, 1870, now residing in California, un-
married. 6. Edward, born November 20,
1872, now a railroad contractor, living in
Tacoma, Washington ; married Florence
Rider. 7. George, born November 19, 1873,
residing at home, unmarried. 8. Hugh, born
July 24, 1875, now a coal miner of Lower i
Tyrone township ; married Rose Gault. 9. j
Iva, born July 28, 1877; married Harry
Laughrey, cashier of the Title & Trust
Company, of Scottdale, Pennsylvania. 10.
Walter, born June 3, 1879, now residing on
a homestead claim in Montana, unmarried.
II. Roy, born May 29, 1885, now a farmer
of South Union township ; married Bertha
Sease. 12. Lloyd, born June 29, 1887, a
stationary engineer in a lumber camp in
Washington, unmarried, resides in Tacoma.

Mrs. Margaret S. Cochran Strickler, sur-
vives her husband and continues her resi-
dence on the farm in Upper Tyrone town-
ship. She is a lady of rare charm of man-
ner and a true exponent of the virtues of
the Cochran race who have ever been men
and women of distinction.





(The Cochran Line.)

(I) John Cochran came to the American
colonies about 1745, settling in Chester
county, Pennsylvania.

(II) Samuel, son of John C^chran, born
July 24, 1750, was a soldier of the revolution,
serving with a company enlisted in Cum-
berland county, Pennsylvania. He fought
at Paoli, Brandywine and Germantown, and
spent the winter with the hardy, tried pa-
triots under Washington at Valley Forge.
He married (first) a Quakeress, Esther,
daughter of Daniel John. Her father was
brought to Pennsylvania by William Penn
to preach to the Indians and Quakers. One
of his grandsons, Gideon John, was sheriff
of Fayette county about 1850. Samuel
Cochran came to Fayette county after
the revolution and settled in Tyrone town-
ship, where he purchased a three hundred
acre tract from Joseph Huston, where he
lived until his death. He willed the home-
stead part of his landed possessions to his
youngest son, Mordecai, and the remainder
to his oldest son, James. The latter died a
bachelor in 1875, aged ninety-two years,
having always lived with his brother Mor-
decai, to whose oldest son, James W., he
willed his estate. Mrs. Esther (John)
Cochran died October 8, 1802, leaving six
children: James; Samuel; Isaac; Thomas;
John ; Mordecai, of whom further. Samuel

Cochran married (second) Agnes , who

bore him one child Esther^ who married John
Strickler, of Tyrone township.

(III) Mordecai, youngest son of Samuel
and Esther (John) Cochran, managed the
Cochran farm, which was located at the
western outcrop of the Connellsville coking
coal deposit. In addition to his farming
operations he embarked about 1845 in the
manufacture of coke, an industry that has
brought millions upon millions of dollars to
the Connellsville region. He purchased a
tract on the Youghiogheny river, and erect-
ed four coke ovens that being the begin-
ning of the plant which, in its later develop-
ment, was known as the Sterling Mines,
situated below Broad Ford, in Tyrone town-
ship. These ovens were operated continu-
ously until 1868, when he sold them to his
sons James W., Alexander C. and Lutellas
Cochran. He sent the coke down the

Youghiogheny to the Monongahela and
Lower Ohio, until the i860 decade, when
shipments began by rail. Mordecai Coch-
ran, after settling his coking interests in
1868, continued his farming operations until
his death, December 29, 1880. His three
sons added a large amount of coal land to
the plant; in association with W. H. Brown,
of Pittsburgh, as Brown & Cochran, en-
larged and expanded the business, and until
1873 did the largest coking business in
Pennsylvania. The firm was dissolved by
the death of W. H. Brown and Alexander C.
Cochran. The business, however, remained
in the family, and through James, a nephew
of Mordecai Cochran, and his descendants,
has brought fame and fortune to this justly
celebrated Fayette county family. Mordecai
Cochran married Susannah Welch, who
died August 12, 1873. Children : Three died
in infancy ; Esther, married R. Q. Fleming,
and died in 1872 ; Alexander C, died May
30, 1873; James W., died April 20, 1888;
Lutellas, died September 25, 1892; Mary
Ann ; Margaret S., of previous mention, now
widow of George W. Strickler; Melinda,
married Hugh S. Darsie; Catherine D., mar-

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