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Shallenberger, born in Fayette county, Feb-
ruary 12. 1804, died August 8, 1880. Chil-
dren: I. John, born May 29, 1822, died in

Dayton, Ohio, in 1882. 2. David, born No-
vember 22, 1824, died in infancy. 3. Eliza-
beth, born January 14, 1826, died 1900 ; mar-
ried George Buttermore, of Mt. Pleasant,
Pennsylvania. 4. William Yantz, born May
24, 1828, died in infancy. 5. Daniel, born
January 20, 1830. 6. Kell, April 20, 1832.
7. Sarah, June 29, 1833, died in April, 1877;
married Brookly Buckingham, of Connells-
ville. 8. Captain Joseph, born November 9,
1835, died May 2, 1912; an architect and
builder of Chicago, Illinois; married Adelia
Hadley, of Ohio. 9. Christain, born August
21, 1837, a carpenter and builder of Connells-
ville. ID. George H. (2), born March 31,
1839, died aged two years. 11. Catherine,
born May 8, 1841, died June 23, 1881 ; mar-
ried Rev. Wesley C. Harvey, a minister of
the Baptist church. 12. J. Robinson, of
whom further. 13. Weimer, born May 24,
1845. 14. Samuel, December 21, 1846, died
young. 15. Benjamin, born January 22,
1848, died on the same day as his brother

(Ill) J. Robinson, twelfth child of George
H. and Sarah (Shallenberger) Balsley. was
born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, Decem-
ber 13, 1843. He was educated in the pub-
lic schools, attending the old Pireical. Qua-
ker Grave Yard Rock Ridge schools the few
years allotted him for study and school

He worked with his father until the
outbreak of the civil war, when, not yet
nineteen years of age, he enlisted in Com-
pany H, One Hundred Forty-second Regi-
ment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, as
a private. He was mustered out, with an
honorable discharge, January 25, 1865, with
the rank of first sergeant. He saw hard
service with the army of the Potomac, shar-
ing the fortunes of that army until the
battle of Gettysburg, where in the first day's
battle, July i, 1863, he was desperately
wounded in both thighs and fell about two
hundred yards from where General Rey-
nolds was killed. It will be remembered
that the first day of fighting was in favor of
the Confederates, and as they drove the Fed-
erals back, three of their lines of battle passed
over the prostrate body of J. Robinson Bals-
ley. After the enemy had "been driven back,
he was found still alive by the Union search-



ers and taken to the hospital improvised at
the CathoHc Church in Gettysburg, where
he lay until the 17th of July, hovering be-
tween life and death, when he was taken to
the Cotton Factory Hospital at Harrisburg,
Pennsylvania, but youth and a hardy consti-
tution triumphed, and in the latter part of
December, 1863, he was sent to the Cliffburn
barracks at Washington, D. C, although ut-
terly unfit for the hardships of camp. At first
he had no blankets furnished him, but later
this was remedied. He was attached to
Company A, Seventh Regiment Veteran
Reserves, and was called to the front when
Stuart's Cavalry made its daring raid in the
vicinity of Washington. He continued in
the service until January 25, 1865. His
brother. Captain Joseph Balsley, served in
the Twenty-seventh Regiment, Indiana Vol-

Sergeant Balsley returned to Connells-
ville, after being mustered out of the service,
and for a time was in the employ of the
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company. Later
he entered the employ of James Calhoun &
Company, becoming superintendent of their
planing mill. He continued with them until
1882, when he purchased the old plant of
David W^alker & Company, in Grape Valley,
and began business for himself as principal
owner and manager of the Youghiogheny
Lumber Yard, using the old buildings for
planing mill and shops and the old Fuller
Tannery grounds as his lumber yard. On
the northwest corner of his property he
erected a new building, using the first floor
for offices and the second for a finishing
shop for fine work. Later he erected a two-
story building on Pittsburgh street, on part
of the plot now covered by the McClenathan
Block, which he used as office and supply

About the same time he admitted Dr.
S. S. Stahl to a partnership, continuing
as J. R. Balsley & Company until 1892, when
the business was sold to J. C. Munson and
others and Mr. Balsley retired from business
for a few years. In 1898 he again established
in business under his old firm name, "The
Youghiogheny Lumber Yard," locating in
Connellsville, West Side, where he is yet in
successful operation, specializing in every
form of builders' suppHes and "no order too

small or too large" for his careful consid-

He was a good soldier and as a
good citizen has given much time and atten-
tion to the welfare of his city. He has served
as councilman and school director, giving
to each office the same careful attention as
to his own private business. He has not
allowed his successes of the past to lure him
into inaction, but each day finds him at his
place of business and bearing' his full share
of present day responsibilities. While mem-
ories of the past are dear to him, he plans as
hopefully for the future as though his al-
lotted "three score and ten" had not nearly

He lacks little more than a 3-ear
of having completed a half century of mem-
bership in the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, and for years has been a member
of the Christian Church (Disciples of
Christ). Politically he has always been a

He married November 24, 1867, Catherine
A. Francis, born in Connellsville, April 29,
1847, died November 25, 1908, daughter of
Robert W. and Elizabeth (Radcliffe) Fran-
cis. Robert W. Francis was born May 5,
1797; Elizabeth RadclifTe, August 10, 1806.
Their children.

I. Walker E., who was born Decem-
ber 23, 1828. 2. William, born March 29,
1832. 3. Mary Jane, July 25, 1836. 4. Isaac,
December 10, 1838, died in the hospital at
City Point during the civil war; was first
lieutenant Company H, One Hundred Forty-
second Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer
Infantry. 5. Victoria, born August 16, 1844.
6. Catherine A. (of previous mention). Chil-
dren of J. Robinson and Catherine A. (Fran-
cis) Balsley: i. Isaac F., born September 12,
1868, now a resident of Wilkinsburg, Penn-
sylvania, married Ammaretta Wymer, of
Connellsville, and has J. Robinson (2), a
student at Cornell University, and Anna
Maude. 2. Charles H., born June 30, 1870,
now associated with his father in the lumber
business ; married Viola Keenan, of Con-
nellsville, and has Catherine A. and Ray-
mond. 3. Beatrice V., born March 4, 1876;
married Charles H. May, . of Connells-
ville, who died July 26, 191 1. 4. Benjamin,
born June 17, 1872, died in infancy.



(II) John Balsley, son of
BALSLEY Samuel Balsley (q. v.) was

born in Somerset, Somerset
county, Pennsylvania, came to Fayette coun-
ty, and settled in ConnellsviHe, where he
died. He was a carpenter, and later estab-
lished a wheelwright shop, there building
and repairing wagons. He married Eliza
Bolley, and left issue.

(Ill) Thomas, son of John Balsley, was
born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, Decem-
ber 6, 1833, where he died June 16, 1894. He
attended the public school, and learned the
carpenter and wagon making trades with
his father, an occupation he followed all
his active life. He was a natural mechani-
cal genius, and besides his building and con-
tracting was a good gunsmith and cabinet
maker. He was a Democrat, and a man of
high character. He married Louisa Cra-
mer, born in Dunbar township, Fayette
county, April 26, 1839, who survives him,
a resident of Connellsville (see Cramer).
Children of Thomas and Louisa (Cramer)
Balsley: i. Amanda, born January 19, i860,
deceased ; married J. D. Wilson. 2. Jennie,
born June 22, 1862, died in infancy. 3.
Eliza, born November i, 1861 ; married Da-
vid Percy, of Connellsville. 4. Louise, born
November 11, 1867; married Edward Frock,
of Uniontown. 5. Samuel L., of whom fur-
ther. 6. Worth K., of whom further. 7.
Charles M., of further mention. 8. John,
born April 31, 1881, dece^ased ; a teacher, and
at the time of his death, principal of the
Third Ward public school of Connellsville.
(IV) Samuel Long, eldest son of Thomas
and Louisa (Cramer) Balsley, was born in
Connellsville, Pennsylvania, October 14,
1870. He was educated in the public school,
finishing his studies at Connellsville high
school. He learned the carpenter's trade
with his father, continuing until 1888, when
he entered the employ of the Connellsville
Planing Mill Company, and nearly com-
pleted a quarter of a century's service with
that company. He was promoted shop fore-
man in 1904. In June, 1912, he and his
brother, W. K. Balsley, entered into part-
nership under the name of Balsley Bros.,
general contractors and builders. He is a
member (as is his wife) of the English Lu-
theran church ; he belongs to the Knights of

Pythias, and is a Democrat in politics. He
married, November 5, 1898, Anna Wiant,
born in Connellsville, died August 11, 191 1,
daughter of Paul and Ella Wiant. Children :
Thomas, born March 11, 1900; Louisa, Feb-
ruary 14, 1909.

(IV) Worth K., sixth child and second
son of Thomas and Louisa (Cramer) Bals-
ley, was born in Connellsville, Pennsylva-
nia, April 24, 1875. He was educated in the
public schools of Connellsville, and at the
age of eighteen years began learning the
carpenter's trade under the instruction of
his father, continuing one year. He then
entered the employ of Calhoun & Company
in their planing mill, and for thirteen years
worked in about every capacity that me-
chanical ability was required. During the
last three years with the company he was
outside foreman. In 1904 he started in bus-
iness for himself as a builder and contrac-
tor, and still continues in successful busi-
ness operation. He has become well known
as a reliable, capable contractor, and keeps
a force of men continually employed. He is
interested in undeveloped coal lands in
Greene county, Pennsylvania, and is a stock-
holder in the Dunlap Coal Company. In
1906 he erected his present, but has in
course of construction another residence on
Snyder street, which he will soon occupy.
He is a Democrat, but extremely independ-
ent in political action, voting in local and
county affairs for those whom he considers
best qualified to fill the ofiices. He married.
Thanksgiving Day, 1906, Mary Ray, born
in White Haven, England, February 13,
1879, daughter of John and Sarah (Crosier)
Ray, both born in England. John Ray was
a coal miner in England, holding the posi-
tions of pit boss and fire boss. In 1881 he
came to the United States and settled in
Fayette county, where he has worked in the
Dunbar Wheeler and Morrell mines. He
is now living in Greenwood, a suburb of
Connellsville. His wife Sarah is deceased.
Children, all living in Greenwood with their
father, except William : John, an engineer
in the employ of the Baltimore & Ohio rail-
road ; William, now of Pittsburgh, Pennsyl-
vania ; James, deceased; Clarence, deceased;
Sarah ; Jane ; Stella and Mary. Children of
Worth K. and Mary (Ray) Balsley: Mar-



garet Louise, born October, 1907, died
April, 1908; Ray Herbert, born February 4,
1909; Helen Elizabeth, April 11, 1910.

(IV) Charles M., seventh child of Thomas
Balsley, was born in Connellsville, Penn-
sylvania, October 3, 1877. He received his
education in the public schools, and on ar-
riving at suitable age began learning the
blacksmith's trade under the instruction of
J. W. Buttermore, of Connellsville. After
completing his years of apprenticeship he
worked as a journeyman smith until March,
1905, when he established his own shop and
business on Apple street, in Connellsville.
He remained in that location in prosperous
trade until the autumn of 191 1, when he
moved to a larger and better equipped shop
that he had built on his own land at Sny-
dertown, in the suburbs of Connellsville.
He is well established in pubHc favor and
has a steady, reliable patronage. He is in-
dependent in politics, voting for the man
best fitted to faithfully perform the duties of
the office aspired to. In religious faith he is
a Lutheran. He married, September 17,
1902, Ada S. Kinney, born in Salt Lick
township, Fayette county, daughter of John
and Rachel Kinney. Her father died when
she was six months of age. Mr. Balsley has
no children, but has an adopted son, Rob-
ert, born August 3, 1906, who bears his

(Kramer-Cramer Line).

Louisa Cramer Balsley descends from a
paternal German ancestor and maternally
from Ireland, her grandfather Brown being
born there and the emigrant to Pennsylva-
nia. The German ancestor was Joseph Kra-
mer, born in Germany, came to the United
States and settled in Lancaster county,
Pennsylvania. His wife Sophia was also
born in Germany. They both died in Lan-
caster county.

(II) Henry Cramer, son of Joseph Kram-
er, was born in Lancaster county, February
24, 1786, died in Fayette county, September
7, 1845. His parents died when he was quite
young, and he was reared by an uncle who
deprived the lad of the estate left him by
his father. He was apprenticed to a tailor
and worked at that trade until the war of
1812, when he enlisted and served until the
unusual hardships of army life in Canada

catised him to take quiet leave and return
to the United States. He settled in Fayette
county, where he married in 1821, and later
established a fulling mill in Dunbar town-
ship, where he died in 1845. He married,
November 21, 1821, Jane Brown, born in
Fayette county, December, 1802, died Sep-
tember 5, 1880, daughter of William and
Jane Brown, who came from Ireland about
the year 1800, settling in Fayette county.
Mr. Brown was a weaver of linen and
woolen goods. He died May ir, 1829; his
wife March 16, 1837. Children of Henry
and Jane (Brown) Cramer: i. Mary Ann,
born March 16, 1823, married Harvey
White, of Connellsville. 2. William, born
April I, 1825, now deceased, lived at Van-
derbilt, Pennsylvania. 3. Joseph, born De-
cember 28, 1829, was a teacher in the Con-
nellsville public school. 4. Eliza Jane, born
March 10, 1832, died February 15, 1842. 5.
Henry, born April 2, 1834, died February 3,
1842. 6. Clarissa, born September 18, 1836,
died 1842. 7. Louisa (of previous and fur-
ther mention). 8. Sarah, born September
15, 1841, married Joseph M. Graw.

(Ill) Louisa, daughter of Henry and
Jane Cramer, was born in Dunbar town-
ship, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, April
26, 1839. She was six years of age when
her father died, and until eleven years of
age the family continued in the Dunbar
township home. In 1850 her mother moved
with children to Connellsville, where Lou-
isa Cramer was married to Thomas Balsley,
March 6, 1858. They resided at No. 440
East Fairview avenue for thirty years, until
the husband's death, and Mrs. Louisa Bals-
ley continues her residence there. She and
all her children are members of the Luther-
an church. Thomas Balsley was baptized
in the Presbyterian church but never form-
ally joined the denomination.

This family is of English
HAINES ancestry and traces in Eng-
land to an early date. It is
spelled both Haynes and Haines in early
records, seemingly as the person writing it
was inclined, as the same family names are
written both ways.

(II) The progenitor of this branch is
Richard D. Haines, born in Lincolnshire,



England, son of Peter Haines. He emi-
grated when a young man to the United
States, settHng in Virginia, owning a plan-
tation in Spottsylvania county. He learned
the millwright's trade in England and after
coming to Virginia built several mills in his
county. He prospered in business, and died
on his own plantation at a good old age.
His wife Lucy was born in Spottsylvania
county, daughter of Peter Wren, a Virgin-
ian of English descent. Children: i. John
Franklin, living in Madison county, Vir-
ginia. 2. Sarah Martha, married Christian
S. Brown, of Pennsylvania. 3. James Wal-
ter, of whom further. 4. Angeline, de-
ceased. 5. Lucy Mary, deceased. 6. Joseph
Van Buren, a farmer of Spottsylvania coun-
ty, Virginia.

(HI) James Walter, third child and sec-
ond son of Richard D. Haines, the emigrant,
was born in Spottsylvania county, Virginia,
August 26, 1836. He grew to manhood on
the paternal plantation, and after finishing
his school years learned his father's trade,
millwright. He became an expert workman
and in 1855 spent two years in Texas erect-
ing mills and milling machinery. In 1857
he joined a party going from Texas to the
Pino Alto range of mountains in Arizona
in search of gold. That country then was
in an exceedingly wild and unsettled condi-
tion, the Indians often hostile and the dan-
ger great. Notwithstanding all this he re-
mained in that country several years with
some success, returning to Texas at the
outbreak of the civil war. He reached
Houston, Texas, where he found the entire
city given over to a celebration of the great
victory won by the Confederates at Bull
Run. He at once enlisted in Company A,
Fifth Regiment Texas Infantry, then being
recruited in Houston and composed of the
best class of young men in the city. He
followed the fortunes of the Confederacy
through four years of hard service, served
under General Robert E. Lee in his invasion
of Pennsylvania in Longstreet's division
and under the gallant Pickett was one of
that doomed but immortal division that as
a last resort, on the third day of battle, was
sent on that wonderful charge against the
Union centre strongly intrenched and sup-
ported by batteries. Of Mr. Haines' regi-

ment only one-third came back after a dis-
play of courage that still electrifies the
worjd. He came through the war without
serious injury, and after Appomattox re-
turned to his Virginia home ; but the devas-
tation of war had not spared that section
and later he located in Cumberland, Mary-
land, where he worked at his. trade and in
the mills, sawing lumber for use in build-
ing construction. In 1871 he moved to New
Haven, then a separate borough, now a
part of the city of Connellsville, where he
entered the employ of the Baltimore &
Ohio Railroad Company as shop machinist,
remaining sixteen years. He then went
with the Calhoun Planing Mill Company as
machinery man, continuing with them thir-
teen years. In 1904 he retired and now is
making his home with his son, James L.
Haines, in Connellsville. His life'has been
full of adventures and changes, but now at
seventy-five years of age he is well pre-
served and vigorous.

He married, after the war, Annie Laura
McCarty, born in New Winchester, Vir-
ginia, June 5, 1838, died in Connellsville,
August 9, 1892, daughter of Timothy and
Ann (White) McCarty, born in Bantry,
county Cork, Ireland, where they married.
They came to the United States about 1830,
Timothy, aged twenty-one years, his wife!
a little younger. They were on the ocean
two hundred and forty days, experiencing
frightful storms, one of eight days' dura-
tion that swept them far ofif their course.
They finally landed and the young couple,
after a stay in Newfoundland, Canada, made
their way to Virginia where Timothy Mc-
Carty engaged in farming and working at
his trade of stone mason. During the civil
war their farm, lying in the midst of the
war zone, was often the scene of actual
warfare and on one occasion their barn was
used as a field hospital. Timothy McCarty
died August 21, 1883, in his seventy-fourth
year; Ann, his wife, July 18, 1887, in her
seventy-seventh year. Three of four sons
served in the Confederate army. Children
of Mr. and Mrs. McCarty: i. Cornelius H.,
born in Newfoundland. Canada, December
21, 1832, died in Orlando, Florida, Decem-
ber 3, 1910. 2. Joanna, born August 18,
1834, at Boston, Massachusetts, died at Ste-



phens City, November 15, 1895. 3. William,
born October 26, 1835, died in Pennsylva-
nia. 4. Annie Laura, of previous mention.
5. Timothy, born January 20, 1840, died in
Mexico, Missouri, August 2, 1881 ; he w^as
a soldier of the Confederate army, fought
under General Stonewall Jackson, was
wounded seven times during the war and
finally lost an arm at Gettysburg, which
ended his military career. 6. Joseph, born
January 12, 1842, died January 16, 1842. 7.
Joseph, born February i, 1843, died in Mex-
ico, Missouri, June, 1893; was a soldier of
the Confederacy, serving under General
Stonewall Jackson. 8. John, born April 14,
1845. 9- James, November 5, 1847. 10. El-
len, September 7, 1849, died near Mononga-
hela City, Pennsylvania, September 13,
1874. II. Thomas, born September 12, 1851,
died near Mexico, Missouri, September 6,
1885. 12. Mary Catherine (Craig) born at
Bartonville, Springdale, Frederick county,
Virginia, May 25, 1854; died in June, 1912.
Children of James Walter and Annie Laura
(McCarty) Haines: i. James L., of whom
further. 2. Albert M., of whom further. 3.
W'alter W., of whom further. 4. Margaret,
married Richard Cunningham, a locomotive
engineer of Connellsville. 5. Charlotte Ger-
trude, married Charles N. Vance, a loco-
motive enginer of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
(IV) James L., eldest son of James Wal-
ter and Annie Laura (McCarty) Haines,
was born in Spottsylvania county, Virginia,
October 23, 1866. The family made several
moves and when he was five years of age
they settled in Connellsville, West Side
(then New Haven). He attended the pub-
lic schools until reaching the age of six-
teen years, then began working in Squire
& Nables brickyard during the summer sea-
son. Later he entered the Baltimore &
Ohio machine shops, where he served a
four years' apprenticeship at the machinist's
trade, and spent the next thirteen years in
the company's brass foundry until it was
removed from Connellsville to a more fa-
vorable location. He then spent eighteen
months in Pittsburgh, in the foundry of
Tutman & Hogg, following this with fifteen
months with the Baltimore ¬Ђ& Ohio as fire-
man. The ensuing three years he was mould-
er for the Connellsville Machine & Car Com-

pany. In 1898 he entered the employ of
Boyts Porter & Company, at the Yough
Pump Works, and is still with them as
moulder at their foundry. He is an expert
at his business, and has few superiors. He
is a Republican in politics and a member of
Trinity Lutheran Church, Modern Wood-
men of America, and the Heptasophs.

He married, December 4, 1890, Minnie
Hay, born in Donegal township, Westmore-
land county, Pennsylvania, daughter of
Harmon and Missouri Wringler Hay (see
Hay). Children: i. Helen May, born
March 13, 1892. 2. Sadie Frances, in Alle-
gheny county, Pennsylvania, February 15,
1894. 3. Mary Bell, October 28, 1898. 4.
Harmon Franklin, August 9, 1899. 5.
Charles Edward, December 31, 1901. 6.
Ralph W^illiam, twin of Charles Edward.
7. Emma Lou, born April 29, 1904. 8. Clif-
ford, March 31, 1906. The family are mem-
bers of Trinity Lutheran Church.

(IV) Albert M., second son of James
Walter and Annie Laura (McCarty)
Haines was born at Summit Point, Vir-
ginia, February 18, 1872. He was but a
babe in arms when his parents came to Con-
nellsville, settling on the West Side, then
New Haven. He attended the public
schools, and when yet a boy began to learn
carpentering. When thirteen years of age
he began working in the planing mill of
Calhoun & Company, remaining in their
employ thirteen years, becoming a skilled
mechanic in all forms of mill and construc-
tive carpentry. He also during this period
completed a special course with the Scran-
ton School of Correspondence which fitted
him for a higher position. In 1903 he was
one of the organizers of the Connellsville
Construction Company, of which he is
treasurer and general manager. This has
been a wonderfully successful company,
their ofifices on the fourth floor of the First
National Bank Building being always the
scene of great activity. They keep from
fifty to seventy mechanics constantly em^-
ployed, the number sometimes running to
two hundred and fifty. Started at a period
of unusual building activity in Connells-
ville they secured an immediate foothold
and have constantly advanced until it is the
leading construction company in the city.



The officers are : President, F. F. Evans ;
vice-president, C. N. Hyatt; secretary, D.
E. Treher ; treasurer and general manager,
Albert M. Haines. To the success of this
company the mechanical and executive
ability of the general manager has materi-

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