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ried Jacob Harris; Alice C, married Isaac
N. Beighley; and Mark M., a leading lawyer
of the Fayette county bar and a prominent
business man ; married (first) Emma J.
Whitsett, (second) Mary Schell.

Jacob Strickler was born
STRICKLER in Bucks county, Penn-
sylvania, son of German
parentage. He grew to manhood in his na-
tive county and was reared in the Menon-
ite faith, to which he always adhered. He
was the owner of Bucks county property
which he sold, and about the year 1789
moved from Bucks county to Fayette coun-
ty, Pennsylvania. On December 22, 1791,
he purchased a tract of three hundred and
ninety-four acres near Scottdale. On this
there was a great deal of timber and a water
power which he utilized to furnish power
for a saw mill and a grist mill both located
on Jacobs Creek. He converted his timber
into lumber as rapidly as possible and ran
the grist mill in grinding for the general
public. He did not come empty handed to
Fayette county, and added largely to his



estate before his death. He was a Whig
in politics and held a good position in the
county. He married Elizabeth Stewart, a
daughter of Jacob Stewart, of Scotch par-
entage. Jacob (2), her brother, was a
landowner, a surveyor, and in 1797 estab-
lished the first newspaper in Fayette coun-
ty, The Fayette Gazette and Union Adver-
tiser, published at Uniontown. A sister of
Elizabeth Stewart married John, a brother
of Jacob Strickler. Children of Jacob and
Elizabeth Strickler: Elizabeth, married
Moses Vance ; Mary, married Alexander
Long ; Jacob B. ; David, a cabinetmaker.

(H) Jacob B., son of Jacob and Eliza-
beth (Stewart) Strickler, was born in Up-
per Tyrone township, Fayette county,
Pennsylvania, October 30, 1791, died Au-
gust 31, 1874. He worked for his father
on the farm and in the mill, inheriting at
his death one hundred and sixty-five acres
of the paternal estate which seems to have
been equally divided by Jacob among his
five children. Jacob B. was a Whig in pol-
itics ; later a Republican, and a local preach-
er of the Methodist church. He drove whis-
key from his harvest fields by raising the
wages of his men. He married Mary Fiscus
born October 18, 1790, died September 12,
1868, daughter of Charles and Serviah Fis-
cus, of Westmoreland county. Children: i.
Joshua, of whom further. 2. Alexander, a
merchant of Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania,
his lifetime home. 3. Henry, deceased. 4.
Maria, married Dr. Covert and lived in
Pittsburgh, where both died. 5. Susan,
married John Sherrick, moved to Illinois,
where both died. 6. Anna, married a Mr.
Gorby. Three children died young.

(Ill) Joshua, son of Jacob B. and Mary
(Fiscus) Strickler, was born in Fayette
county, Pennsylvania, January 21, 1821, died
August 24, 1910. He was a wagoner on
the national pike until 1850, when he mar-
ried and moved to a small farm in Luzerne
township, where he lived happy, prosperous
and contented for half a century. He made
a specialty of raising fine merino sheep,
with which he was very successful. In the
year 1900, just fifty years from his taking
the farm, he moved to a good home he had
purchased at No. 28 Ben Lomond street,
Uniontown, where he lived until his death.

ten years later, in his ninetieth year. He
was a Republican and an official member of
the Methodist Episcopal church, always ac-
tive in church work, as was his wife. He
was hospitable, generous and a man of high
character, attaining a competence through
his own energy. He married, January 31,
1850, Elizabeth, daughter of Benjamin and
Abigail (Randolph) Covert, who lived for
many years in Fayette county, near the
Monongahela river, owning and operating
their own farm. Their children: i. Eliza-
beth, now widow of Joshua Strickler, whose
devoted wife she was for sixty years. 2.
Richard, lived and died in Fayette county.
3. Mary, married David Wakefield. Chil-
dren of Joshua and Elizabeth Strickler: i.
An infant died unnamed. 2. Mary Abigail,
born December 4, 1852, married Albert D.
Conwell, whom she survives. 3. Benjamin
C, born October 3, 1855, resides in Union-
town, married Velma Nealon. 4. Jacob
Arthur, born November 10, 1858, lives in
Uniontown, married (first) Mary Bowlby,
by whom one child was born, Bryan ; he
married (second) Mary Stevens. 5. Edward
Everett, of whom further. 6. Randolph J.,
born April 20, 1869, a farmer of Greene
county, Pennsylvania ; married Jessie Good-
win ; one son. 7. Frank, born November 3,
1872, died in January, 1875.

(IV) Edward Everett, fifth child of
Joshua and Elizabeth (Covert) Strickler,
was born on the home farm in Fayette
county, Pennsylvania, along the shores of
the Monongahela river, December 4, i860.
He was educated in the public school, at-
tended the State Normal at California two
terms, the University of West Virginia,
one term, and Duff's Business College, from
whence he was graduated in 1882. After
completing his studies he entered the em-
ploy of Conwell & Strickler, shoe dealers of
Uniontown, continuing with them as clerk
for about eight years. He then became
bookkeeper in the National Bank of Fay-
ette County and in 1903 was promoted teller,
which position he now holds (1912). He
is also director and secretary of the Mount
Hope Coal Company, and interested in
Uniontown real estate. He is a member of
the First Presbyterian Church ; and belongs
to the Royal Arcanum.




He married, September 3, 1886, Mary
Dawson, born in Fayette county, daughter
of Louis M. and Mary J. Dawson, an old
Fayette county family. Children. Eugenia
Marguerite, born June 3, 1887, married
Albert F. Miller, of Riverside, California;
child, Dorothy Marguerite, born January i,
1912; Edgar E., October 4, 1902. The fam-
ily home is a beautiful brick residence on
South Mount Vernon avenue.

This branch of the Mc-

McCORMICK Cormick family descends

from Moses McCormick,

a chair maker and prominent citizen in the

early day. He married Buttermore,

and left issue : Jacob ; George, of whom
further; Andrew; John; William; Eliza,
married Henry Shaw ; Katherine, married
Jacob Dull ; Mary, married John Freeman ;
Sarah, married Reuben Shaw, (second)
John Stillwagon. The only living child is
William, now residing near Anderson, In-

(H) George, son of Moses McCormick,
was born in Fayette county, Pennsylvania,
died in Connellsville, July i, 1878. He was
for many years engaged in the butcher busi-
ness in Connellsville, was also a chair mak-
er and a skillful glazier. He was a Demo-
crat, and both he and his wife members of
the Methodist Episcopal church. He was a
quiet retiring man, of excellent reputation.
He married Lucinda Teel, died June 30,
1886, whose father was a soldier of the
war of 1812. After that war he retired to
Westmoreland county, where he died. He
was born in Ireland as was his wife Lucinda,
but they met and married in Pennsylvania.
Children of George McCormick; Mary, de-
ceased; Moses, deceased; John T. Hurst;
Emma, married Rockwell Marietta ; Eliza-
beth, deceased; Noble, of whom further;
Matilda, deceased ; Frank, deceased ; Lucin-
da ; George.

(Ill) Noble, son of George and Lucinda
(Teel) McCormick, was born in Connells-
ville, Pennsylvania, February 2, 1853. He
was educated in the public schools, and be-
gan business life on the railroad. He
served on the Connellsville police force and
for several years has been engaged in the re-
tailing of liquor. He is a Democrat in poli-

tics. He. married September 15, 1873, Pris-
cilla Spriggs, born in Wales, daughter ot
Charles Spriggs, born in England, of Eng-
lish parents, but moved to Wales, where he
married and raised a family. Children of
Noble McCormick: Edward, a boss boiler
maker at the Baltimore & Ohio shops ; Hen-
ry, George Walter and Maude, all deceased ;
Norah, widow of Guy Percy, has a son,

The Leckembys of Con-
LECKEMBY nellsville, Pennsylvania,

descend from an English
mill worker who married, lived and died in
England. Children : Thomas, died in Eng-
land ; the others, John, William (of further
mention), and Hannah, all came to the
United States. John Leckemby now lives
at Dunbar, Pennsylvania; Hannah married
Robert Shelley, and lived in Westmoreland
county, Pennsylvania, until her death.

(II) William Leckemby, born in England,
November 18, 1842, was educated and mar-
ried in his native land. In 1868 he came
to the United States, locating in Philadel-
phia, where he was employed in one of
the stocking mills of that city. He soon
afterward left the city and was next at
Ursina, Pennsylvania, where he helped to
build the Brooks tunnel. He then settled
in Meyersdale, Somerset county, Pennsyl-
vania, where for sixteen years he was em-
ployed in the coal mines ; then for eight
years was at Blairsville, Pennsylvania, in
the hotel business; then for eight years at
New Brighton, in the same line, now living
there retired. He is a Republican, and al-
ways active in local affairs, serving as
school director, supervisor and tax collector.
He married Jane Thomas, born in England,
one of a large family, she being the only
one to come to the United States. Children :
James Edward, of whom further; Joseph
Herbert, deceased ; Anna, married Austin
Miller, of Meyersdale ; William Henry, now
living in Cumberland, Maryland ; Carrie,
died in infancy ; Molly, deceased ; Lucretia,
married Walter Stitt, deceased, she lives in
Blairsville, Pennsylvania ; John F., now liv-
ing in Youngstown, Ohio ; Alice K., mar-
ried Edward Weller; Katherine (now de-
ceased), married Dr. Norman Lewis, of



Hooversville, Pennsylvania. Both William He was a stonemason by trade. He owned

Leckemby and wife are members of the
Episcopal church.

(HI) James Edward, son of William
Leckemby, was born in Philadelphia, Penn-
sylvania, March 27, 1869. He was edu-
cated in the public schools of Ursina and
Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, but at twelve
years of age left school and began working
in the coal mines, continuing until 1896.
He then entered the employ of the Balti-
more & Ohio railroad as brakeman. In
1900 he was promoted conductor, a position
he now holds. Since 1902 his home has been
in Connellsville, now at No. 909 Sycamore
street. He is a Republican, and a member,
with his wife, of the Reformed church ; he
also belongs to the Brotherhood of Railway
Trainmen. He married, June 11, 1891,
Martha Witt, born Meyersdale, Pennsyl-
vania, daughter of William (2) and Martha
(Ankney) Witt, and granddaughter of Will-
iam and Martha Witt, old settlers of Somer-
set county, Pennsylvania. Their children :
John, William (2), and Susan. Martha Ank-
ney was a daughter of John and Elizabeth
Ankney, also an old Somerset county fam-
ily. William (2) Witt, born in Somerset
county, was a coal prospector, died 1883.
His wife Martha was born and married in
Somerset county, and still survives. Chil-
dren. I. Minerva, married Benton Younkin.
2. George R. was a sergeant in the regular
United States army, serving in Montana,
now living at Meyersdale. 3. W^illiam G.,
now living at Jenner, Pennsylvania. 4. Ed-
ward, living in Waterloo, Iowa. 5. Silas,
now living in Meyersdale. 6. Samuel, died in
infancy. 7. Martha (of previous mention).

Children of James Edward and Martha
Leckemby: Robert Ross, born January 16,
1892; Merle Ray, April 5. 1894; Eva Mae,
March 27, 1896; Mary Alice, June 11, 1898;
James William, April 17, 1900; Harry Ed-
ward, November 6, 1902; Leroy, July 26,

The Langleys of Fayette
LANGLEY county descend from Ger-
man forbears, who settled
in Eastern Pennsylvania. Their first settle-
ment was made in Redstone township, when
John Langley came at quite an early day.

a fertile farm of one hundred acres, and later
purchased a farm of one hundred and sixty
acres in German township. He followed
his trade and also cultivated his farm all
through life. He prospered and held honor-
able positions in his community. He was a
Whig in politics, but took little part in

public afifairs. He married Phoebe

and had issue: i. John, a wealthy farmer
of Illinois. 2. Aaron, of whom further. 3.
Hiram, born February 13, 1821, married
(first) Rachel Moore and had four children,
(second) a widow, Elizabeth Johnson. 4.
Betty, married Aaron McKnight and had
three children. 5. Hannah, married Robert

(II) Aaron, son of John and Phoebe Lang-
ley, was born in German township, Fayette
county, Pennsylvania, October 7, 1818, died
July 25, 1906. He attended the public
schools in German township, and in that
township lived on and cultivated a farm all
his life. In politics he was a Republican
and at one time was supervisor of roads ; he
was a member of the Presbyterian church.
He married Margaret Moulten, born De-
cember 15, 1818, died July 23, 1888, daughter
of John Moulton. Children of Mr. Moulton :

1. Rachel, married Robert Moss, of Red-
stone township, and had four children. 2.
Elizabeth, married Henry Martin and lives
in Illinois. 3. Annie, married Louis Haney
and lives in the west. 4. Margaret, of pre-
vious mention. 5. Avarilla. 6. John M., mar-
ried a Miss Campbell and had seven chil-
dren. 7. Joseph. Children of Aaron and
Margaret (Moulten) Langley: i. Mary,
born January, 1848; married (first) Manasa
Sedgwick and had two children ; married
(second) David Davidson and had one child.

2. Sallie Annie, married Christopher Wood-
ward and had one son. 3. Avarilla, married
Abraham Moore and had two children. 4.
Alice, married Elijah Tracy and had eight
children. 5. Eliza, married John Frost and
had eleven children. 6. Charles, married
Anna Frost and had one child. 7. Alex-
ander, of whom further.

(Ill) Alexander, son of Aaron and Mar-
garet (Moulten) Langley, was born in Ger-
man township, Fayette county, Pennsyl-
vania, July 4, 1861. He was educated in



the public schools of his native township,
and after leaving school became a farmer,
cultivating the one hundred and fifty-three
acres inherited from his father with such
success that he is considered one of the
best and most uniformly successful farmers
in the county. His farm is richly underlaid
with coal, which is operated by the H. C.
Frick Company, he having disposed of the
rights in 1898. He is a Republican in pol-
itics. He married, October 24, 1890, Ida
Frost, born in Menallen township, August
28, 1866, died June 19, 1909, daughter of Wil-
liam B. Frost, a merchant of Uniontown.
Children: i. George Washington, born
February 22, 1892. 2. Aaron, born March
15, 1893, 3. John, born March 6, 1895. 4-
Margaret, born January 15, 1897. 5. Emily
Ruth, born December 11, 1899, died Febru-
ary 3, 1912.

The Stouft'er family is of
STOUFFER German origin, and on
coming to the United
States settled in . Lancaster county, where
the grandparent of James W., and George
F. Stoufifer, lived prior to settlement in Fay-
ette county in 1806.

(H) John D., son of John Stouffer, was
born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, in
1803, and when three years of age was
brought to Fayette county by his parents.
He grew up a farmer, and also was a miller,
but devoted most of his ^ime to agriculture.
He was a Whig, later a Republican, and a
member of the Presbyterian church. He
died in 1879. He married (second) Betsey,
daughter of Joseph H. Cunningham, a far-
mer and devout Presbyterian of Tyrone
township, Fayette county ; she died in 1856,
aged fifty-three years. He married (third)
Eleanor Fleming, and left issue.

(HI) James W., eldest son of John D.
and Betsey (Cunningham) StoufYer, was
born in Dunbar township, Fayette county,
Pennsylvania, March 25, 1845. He was
reared on the home farm, educated in the
public schools, and followed the vocation of
a farmer until 1871, when he came to Con-
nellsville, Pennsylvania, and for one year
was a clerk in the employ of John Coulson,
then with Spears & Company at Dunbar one
year. In 1875 he moved again to Connells-

ville, where he established a livery business
which he conducted most successfully until
1904. He kept a first-class livery and was
rewarded with a generous patronage. In
1904 he was elected street commissioner of
Connellsville, a position he now holds. He
is a Republican in politics, and previous to
his election as street commissioner, served
two terms in the city council. He is a mem-
ber of King Solomon's Lodge, No. 346, Free
and Accepted Masons; Connellsville Chap-
ter, Royal Arch Masons ; Uniontown Com-
mandery, No. 49, Knights Templar; Con-
nellsville Lodge, No. 386, Independent Or-
der of Odd Fellows, and of the Methodist
Episcopal church. He married, March 25,
1875, Elizabeth Pritchard, born in Connells-
ville, in 1850, daughter of Benjamin and
Harriet (Freeman) Pritchard, early settlers
of Connellsville, where both died. Of their
six children, George F. and Clara are living,
both residents of Connellsville ; children :
both born in Connellsville: i. Charles H.,
born December 4, 1875 ; educated in the
public schools, now a letter carrier in the
United States post office at Connellsville;
married Emma Keck, of Connellsville, and
has James Keck, born December 7, 1906. 2.
Harriet Freeman, born May 13, 1877; mar-
ried A. H. Murrie, of Martins Ferry, Ohio,
now chief clerk at the Laughlin Works of
the American Sheet & Tin Plate Company.
The family home is at No. 412 South Pitts-
burgh street, Connellsville, where he built
a residence in 1889.

(HI) George Fleming Stoufifer, son of
John D. and Eleanor (Fleming) Stouf¥er
was born in Dunbar township, Pennsyl-
vania, July 9, 1862. He was educated in
the public schools of Dunbar township and
New Haven (Connellsville, West Side), con-
tinuing his studies and helping on the farm
until he was fifteen years of age. He then
began learning the carpenter's trade, which
he followed eighteen years. He also was
a painter, a trade he followed three years.
For ten years he was engaged in pattern
making, and for two years he was with the
Boyts-Porter Company. He is now with
the Boyts-Porter Company as pattern mak-
er, and has been with that house in all about
four years. He has resided in Connells-
ville since boyhood, and since 1886 at No.



225 East Fairview street. He is a Repub-
lican in politics and both he and wife are
members of the United Presbyterian church.
He married, August 5, 1884, Maria B.
Harris, born in Butler county, Pennsyl-
vania, September 14, 1859, daughter of Perry
Oliver and Eliza Jane (Miller) Harris, he
born in Butler, his wife in Clarion county,
Pennsylvania. He was a soldier of the civil
war, was taken prisoner, and died in Ander-
sonville prison. His wife died in 1903. Their
children : Mary E., Ella Jane, Anna B., and
Maria B. Children of George Fleming and
Maria B. (Harris) StoufTer: i. Arthur
Harris, born June 2"^, 1885 ; educated in Con-
nellsville ; now a civil engineer; married
Margaret Lewis, of Pittsburgh, Pennsyl-
vania, where they now reside. 2. Homer,
born November 15, 1888, died August 8,

This family early appears in the
SMITH records of Georges township,
Fayette county. The town of
Smithfield was laid out by Barnabas Smith
June 13, 1799, on a tract of land called
"Beautiful Meadows" that he had received
with his wife, Elizabeth Reese. They are
believed to have been the parents of Henry
Smith, a property holder in Georges town-
ship, Fayette county, Pennsylvania. He
was later a farmer of North Union town-
ship, where he died. He married (first)
Keziah Davis, (second) Leah Fields, who
was the mother of his children ; (third)
Eliza Melkey. He was a deacon of the
Baptist church, which he also served as
trustee. Children : Henry P. ; Isaac F. ;
Elias Melton, of whom further; Maria Es-
tep, and Melvina, the latter the last sur-
viving child. She is now living at North
Union township.

(Ill) Elias Melton, son of Henry Smith
and his second wife, Leah Fields, was born
in North Union township, Fayette county,
Pennsylvania, in April, 1839; died May 19,
1879. He was educated in the public school
and went directly from the schoolroom to
the army during the civil war. He enlisted
in the First Virginia Cavalry. During an
action his company was ordered to dismount
and fight as foot soldiers. In obeying the
command his horse reared and fell on him

inflicting injuries from which he never fully
recovered. He, however, served out his pe-
riod of enlistment, three years, then re-
turned and thereafter was a farmer of North
Union township. He was a Republican in
politics and a member of the Baptist church.
He married Antridge, born in North Union
township, daughter of Peter Pegg, a farmer
and stock raiser of that township, who died
at the age of seventy years ; married Agnes
Bosley, and had children : William ; Ed-
ward, deceased ; Antridge (of previous men-
tion) ; Jane, deceased ; Mary Ann ; George ;
Peter (2); Jacob, deceased; Franklin;
James; Louisa; Fuller; Samuel, and one
who died in infancy. Children of Elias Mel-
ton and Antridge Smith: i. Clara, married
Arthur Carstead, a farmer; lives at Atwater,
Ohio. 2. Child who died in infancy. 3. Han-
nah, married William H. Graham, a ganger
in the United States internal revenue serv-
ice, resides in Uniontown. 4. James B., of
whom further. 5. Louisa, married Charles
Keys, a market gardener of Connellsville,
Pennsylvania. 6. Elias Melton (2), a house
painter, married Myrtle Robbins, lives at
Point Marion, Fayette county, Pennsyl-
vania. 7. Fanny Leah, married Andrew O.
Bryson, a farmer of North Union township.
8. Charles Henry, a market gardener of
North Union township ; married Lulu Bry-
son. 9. William A., a farmer on the old
Smith homestead in North Union township,
with his mother who is aged seventy years
(1912). She is a Presbyterian.

(IV) James Benton, son of Elias Melton
and Antridge (Pegg) Smith, was born in
North Union township, Fayette county,
Pennsylvania, September 26, 1867. He was
educated in the public school, and grew to
manhood on the home farm. He began his
business life as a market gardener and a
dairyman, and now owns a farm of eighty-
three acres, which he conducts as a dairy
farm, marketing his entire product among
the hotels of Uniontown. He is a success-
ful, progressive farmer and conducts his bus-
iness on approved modern lines of feeding
and sanitation. His farm is underlaid with
coal, partly by the Pittsburgh vein, but
largely by the Freeport vein. He is a Re-
publican in politics and a member of the
Presbyterian church.



Mr. Smith married, October 10, 1895. Sa-
rah, born in Menallen township, Fayette
county, April 18, 1869, daughter of William
H. Gaddis, a farmer of Menallen township,
now aged seventy-four years. He married
Grace Louisa Preisol, a great-granddaugh-
ter of Jonathan and Edith (Nichols) Sharp-
less, and their children were: i. Howard,
now living in Colorado, a carpenter, gold
miner and real estate dealer. 2. Ida May,
died in infancy. 3. Anna Florence, died aged
seven years. 4. Sarah (of previous men-
tion). 5. Grace Lulla, married Amzi Vail,
a farmer of Menallen township. 6. Jona-
than, now a farmer near Carthage, Mis-
souri. 7. Mabel Ray, married Melvin H.
Bryson, a farmer of Menallen township.
Children of James Benton and Sarah (Gad-
dis) Smith, all born in North Union town-
ship: I. Harold A., born August 5, 1896. 2.
Hazel Grace, twin of Harold A. 3. Mabel
Louise, born July 18, 1898. 4. James Ben-
ton (2), born April i, 1901. 5. Edith Sharp-
less, born October 6, 1902.

Nothing can be told of the
M BALSLEY paternal ancestry of this
■ family except that tradition

says the emigrant ancestor came from Ba-
varia, in Europe. The name has been angli-
cized and so changed that the identity of the
original bearer cannot be discovered. This
record begins with Samuel Balsley, who
came to Fayette county and had four sons
who are believed to have been born in this
country. There is no record of his wife.
Sons: George H., of whom further. 2. John
(q. v.). 3. William, an auctioneer of the
county. 4. Hiram, who lived in New Phila-

(H) George H. Balsley, eldest son of
Samuel Balsley, was born February
14, 1800, in Fayette county, Pennsylvania ;
died October 10, 1871. He was a carpenter
and contractor of Connellsville where most
of his life was spent. He built a residence at
the forks of the Mount Pleasant road about
1830, where all but three of his fifteen chil-
dren were born. This old homestead of the
Balsleys is still standing. He married Sarah

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