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Clarksburg, West Virginia; Frank; Mary;
Catherine and Martha; the last four live in
Greenwood, Delaware. 7. Emily .S. (of pre-
vious mention), wife of Lebbeus B. Gans.
8. Rose, married John D. Bailey (deceased) ;
he was a broker, belonging to the Pitts-
burgh Stock Exchange, and for many years
w^as known as the oldest member of the
Exchange. 9. Laura, resides in Pittsburgh,
unmarried. Children of Lebbeus B. Gans
and his second wife Emily S. Goe. i. Henry
B., a civil engineer, living in Uniontown,
Pennsylvania; married Harriet Brownfield.
2. William L. of whom further. 3. Catherine
(deceased), married William H. Morgan, of
Morgantown, West Virginia, who survives
her with one child, Emily Josephine. 4. Dr.
Robert A., a physician of New Salem, Fay-
ette county, Pennsylvania ; married Laura
Buckley, of Omaha, Nebraska.

(IV) William L., son of Lebbeus B. and
Emily (Goe) Gans was born on the farm
settled on by his great-grandfather, in
Springhill township, Fayette county, Penn-
sylvania, January 12, 1873. He was educated

in the public schools in Springhill township,
and Bethany College, West Virginia,
whence he was graduated, class of 1895,
after a course in the liberal arts. He was a
member of the college Neotrophian Liter-
ary Society and an active worker. After fin-
ishing his college course he began a course
of legal study under the direction of Howell
& Reppert, in the latter's law offices at
Uniontown, Pennsylvania. In 1897 he was
admitted to the Fayette county bar, and at
once began practice in Uniontown, where
he has been constantly engaged in his pro-
fession ever since. In 1906 he formed a law
partnership with Thomas P. Jones, under
the firm name Gans & Jones, which con-
tinued until the death of the latter, October
24, 191 1. Mr. Gans has since been practic-
ing alone. He is well established in a good
business, and is a leader among the younger
professional men of his city. He is secre-
tary and a director of the Fairchance &
Smithfield Traction Company, and has other
business interests. He is a Republican in
politics, and has served as councilman in
Uniontown. He is a member of the Cen-
tral Christian Church, and the lodge, chap-
ter and commandery of the Masonic order,
York Rite, also a thirty-second degree
Mason of the Ancient Accepted Scottish
Rite, Pittsburgh Consistory.

He married, January 10, 1900, Lucy
Brooke, born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania,
January 5, 1876, daughter of Frank L. and
Mary (McCormick) Brooke, of Uniontown.
She is a member of the Methodist
Episcopal church. Child : William Paul,
born April 19, 1903. The family home is
in South Union township.

This name with many var-
COLBORN iations of spelling may be

traced to Edward Colborn,
who came from London, England, in the
ship "Defence" in 1635, settling at Ipswich,

(II) Robert, son of Edward Colborn, of
Ipswich, settled at Concord, Massachu-
setts ; married Mary Bishop.

(III) Edward (2), son of Robert Colborn,
was born in Massachusetts ; married Mercy

(IV) Samuel, son of Edward (2) Col-



born, was born in Concord, Massachusetts,
died at Hampton, Connecticut. He mar-
ried, November 17, 1727, Elizabeth Halt.

(V) Michael, son of Samuel Colborn, was
born in Connecticut, lived arid died in
Woodbridge, New Jersey ; married Sarah

(VI) Robert, son of Michael Colborn, was
born in New Jersey, January 16, 1753. At
the age of eighteen he was apprenticed to a
foundry man who taught him the trade of
forgeman. He married in New Jersey, and
with wife and three children settled in Tur-
key Foot township, Bedford, (now Somer-
set) county, Pennsylvania, where he en-
gaged in farming and working at his trade
of blacksmith. He was one of the founders
of the first church in Somerset county, built
in 1775, and known as the Baptist church
in the "Jersey settlement." During the
revolution he returned to New Jersey, with
others originally from that colony, and en-
listed as a private in Captain Joseph Luse's
company, Morris county, New Jersey, and
served every alternate month for four years.
After the war he returned to Somerset
county. His farm near Draketown, worked
by his sons while he wrought at the forge,
is yet known as the "Colborn farm." He
died May 16, 1836. He married Effie Wort-
man, born in Morris county. New Jersey,
1753, died in Somerset county, November
25, 1826.

(VH) Abraham, son of Robert Colborn,
was born in Somerset county, Pennsylvania,
December 23, 1789, died on his farm in Tur-
key Foot township, in same countv, October
II, 1843. He was a farmer, and deacon and
elder of the Baptist church. He married
Eleanor Wood Mansey, who died July 11,
1858; nine children.

(Vni) Sylvester, son of Abraham Col-
born, was born in 1808, on the parental farm
in Turkey Foot township, Somerset county,
Pennsylvania, where he continued his resi-
dence until moving to a good farm of his
own. He lived and farmed in Somerset
county all his life. He married Olive Rush,
and left issue.

(IX) David L., son of Sylvester Colborn,
was born April 3, 1827, died 1868. He was
educated in the public school and grew to
youthful manhood on the parental farm. He

purchased a farm in Somerset county which
he cultivated until his death. He married
when young (his wife being but seventeen
years of age), Julia A. Dull (or Doll) of
German descent, born in Somerset county,
in 1833, died 1894, daughter of George and
Catherine (Walters) Dull. Catherine was
a daughter of George and Catherine Wal-
ters, of Somerset county. George Dull was
a skilled blacksmith ; a large landowner at
Mill Run, Springfield township, Fayette
county, Pennsylvania; justice of the peace
and holder of several township offices; he
died November 18, 1880. He married a
second wife, Mrs. Margaret Bell Lyman.
Children of George Dull by first wife, Cath-
erine Walters : Daniel W. ; Uriah ; Rom-
anus, served in the civil war, was captured
by the Confederates and died in a military
prison ; Jacob ; William H. (All the fore-
going were veterans of the civil war and
are all deceased) ; John, a farmer, yet sur-
viving; Julia A. (of previous mention);
Rebecca, deceased ; Mary C, deceased ;
Lucinda, married Alexander Brooks, and
lives in Scottdale, Pennsylvania. Children
of David L. and Julia A. (Dull) Colborn: i.
Lavinia, died in infancy. 2. Rev. Lafayette
S., now a minister of the Baptist church,
located in Alexandria, Ohio. 3. Willis D.,
of whom further. 4. George W., for
twenty years an employee of the Rainey
Coal Company, Bullskin township, Fayette
county. 5. Walter S., a merchant at Mill
Run, Pennsylvania. 6. Andrew Jackson, of
whom further. 7. Anna, died in 1868, two
weeks after her father's death. 8. Sylves-
ter, died in infancy.

(X) Willis D., second son of David L.
and Julia Ann (Dull) Colborn, was born
in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, October
^7' 1855. He was educated in the public
schools of Somerset county. He. took espe-
cial interest in bookkeeping, in which he
perfected himself, and in 1881 entered the
employ of the Rainey Coal and Coke Com-
pany, at Moyer, Fayette county, as book-
keeper, continuing until 1902. In 1903 he
became associated with the Fayette County
Gas Company, beginning as cashier, and is
now superintendent of the Connellsville
division. He is a member of the Christian
church, and the Knights of the Maccabees;
in politics a Democrat.



He married, August 3, 1882, Emma B.
Echard, born in Fayette county, Pennsyl-
vania, October 3, 1861, daughter of Jacob
and Nancy (Rhinehart) Echard, of Fayette
county (see Echard). Children of Willis
D. Colborn : Robert Pattison, born Octo-
ber 8, 1883, now living in Pittsburgh, Penn-
sylvania ; John G., born February 6, 1885;
James E., born January 9, 1889, now living
in Greensburg, Pennsylvania; Harry G.,
born July 25, 1890; Eleanor, June 1892; Ann
Mary, August 5, 1898.

(X) Dr. Andrew Jackson Colburn, sixth
child of David L. Colborn, was born in
Somerset county, Pennsylvania, April 11,
1863. He was five years of age when his
father died, and shortly afterward his
widowed mother brought her family to Mill
Run, Fayette county, where her father,
George Dull, resided. Here Andrew J. was
educated in the public schools, and began
business life as a clerk in the general store
of A. Stickle, remaining five years; he then
spent two years in Connellsville as clerk
for J. A. Zimmerman. He then returned to
Mill Run, established a general store, and
during President Cleveland's first admin-
istration (1885-1889) was postmaster. He
later sold out his business and until 1896
was clerk for W. J. Rainey; was manager
of the Ohio Coal & Coke Company's store ;
then again clerk for Mr. Rainey. During
these years he had been a student of medi-
cine, and in 1896 he entered the medical de-
partment of the University of Baltimore,
whence he was graduated M. D. in 1898.
He at once began practice, locating at Ohio-
pyle, Pennsylvania, where he remained un-
til 1901. He then took a post-graduate
course at Maryland Medical College, and
returned to Ohiopyle, continuing until Jan-
uary I, 1905, when he sold his practice and
located in Connellsville, where he has been
in successful practice. He is a member of
the Fayette county and Pennsylvania State
medical societies, the Independent Order
of Odd Fellows, Knights of Malta, Frater-
nal Order of Eagles, Fraternal Order of
Owls, the Royal Arcanum, Knights of the
Maccabees, Children of Ben Hur, and
Knights of tlie Mystic Senate. In politics
he is a Democrat, and in religious faith a

He married, August 5, 1883, Mary A.
Tannebill, born in Somerset county, Penn-
sylvania, September 4, i860, daughter of
Eli and Jane Tannebill. Eli Tannebill en-
listed from Fayette county and was killed
in the civil war. Children of Dr. Andrew
Jackson Colborn: i. Bessie, born July 31.
1884; married Frank W. Daley, of Ohio-
pyle, Pennsylvania. 2. Harry Earl, born
November, 1885, died 1892. 3. Roy T., born
1887, died 1890. 4. George Dull, born June
19, 1889; graduate of Mt. Pleasant Insti-
tute. 5. Mary Edith, born June, 1895. 6.
Leah, born 1900.

This family is of English descent,
ENOS their progenitors, early settlers
of Somerset county, Pennsyl-
vania. The first of whom we have record
is Jonathan Enos, son of the English emi-
grant. He was a blacksmith of Somerset
county, coming when a young man in 1840
to Connellsville, where he established a
smithy on the north side of East Main
street, in the block numbering in the two
hundreds. He died in Connellsville, Sep-
tember 18, 1876. He married, in Connells-
ville. Mary Keepers, also of Somerset coun-
ty, daughter of Thomas Keepers, who came
from Somerset to Connellsville and kept a
tavern in the early eighteen hundreds. The
Keepers were of German descent. After
the death of her husband, Mrs. Mary Enos
moved to Northumberland county, Penn-
sylvania. Children of Jonathan Enos, liv-
ing in 1900: I. George, of whom further.
2. Emma E., married Henry Kurtz of Con-
nellsville. 3. Dr. Joseph B., of Charleroi,
Pennsylvania. 4. Mary E., married J. K.
Taggart, whom she survived. 5. Edrar
Jonathan, born August r, 1865, a blacksmith
of Connellsville ; married, August 24, 1887,
Sarah Luella, daughter of Abraham H. and
Mary ( Dillinger) Sherrick of Pennsville,
Pennsylvania; children: George, Mary
Lucile and Ora Caroline.

(Ill) George, eldest son of Jonathan and
Mary (Keepers) Enos, was born in Con-
nellsville, April ir, 184Q, died there Octo-
ber 12, 190;. He attended the pul^lic school
and learned the blacksmith's trade with his
father, with whom he worked for several
years, finally establishing a shop of his own.

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Later in life he associated with Henry Wil-
helm and contracted the erection of coke
ovens. They built a great many all over
the coke regions of Pennsylvania, also in
Pocahontas and Bramwell, West Virginia.
He continued in active business nearly to
the end of his life. He was a Democrat,
and served on the city council. He mar-
ried Elizabeth Wilhelm, born in East Lib-
erty (Pittsburgh, East End), Pennsylvania,
1850, died 1884. daughter of John and Mary
Wilhelm. John Wilhelm was born in Ger-
manv, and settled in West Newton, Penn-
sylvania with his parents. He married
there, and prior to the civil war came to
Connellsville, where he built the "Yough
House," and was the proprietor for several
years. Later he sold out and built a brick
house on East Main street, where Lytle's
drug store now is, which was considered
the best house in the town at that time. He
was a pioneer in the manufacture of fire-
brick in this vicinity, in association with
Joseph Soisson and Kilpatrick. He held
several styles of patents on the beehive style
of coke oven, and was the pioneer in that
form of oven construction. He was also
one of the pioneer railroad constructors,
and built the Baltimore & Ohio railroad
between Connellsville and Indian Creek.
After the completion of. his section he rode
on the first locomotive to attempt the bridge
crossing Indian Creek. The structure was
not strong enough to carry the weight of
the engine, which crashed through, fell to
the creek bottom, killing all on board ex-
cept Mr. Wilhelm, who received injuries
that eventually caused his death. He was
a member of the German Lutheran church,
as was his wife Mary; she was born in
Germany, but met and married John Wil-
helm at West Newton, Pennsylvania.
Children of George Enos : John Jonathan,
and George W., of whom further.

(IV) John Jonathan, eldest son of George
and Elizabeth (Wilhelm) Enos, was born
in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, March 22,
1874. He was ten years of age when his
mother died, and was taken bv his grand-
mother Wilhelm. then livine in Alleghenv,
Pennsylvania. He remained there until he
was seventeen vears of age, receiving a
good education in the schools of Allegheny

and Oakland. At the age of eighteen he
returned to Connellsville, where he learned
the blacksmith's trade under the instruction
of his father, whom he succeeded after the
latter gave up the shop and became a coke
oven builder. He continued one year only
in business in Connellsville, then for eight-
een months was in the employ of the Elec-
tric Metal Works at Erie, Pennsylvania.
He again returned to Connellsville, where
he established a livery and boarding stable,
to which he has added general teaming,
street paving, cellar excavating, etc. His
home is in Snydertown, a suburb of Con-
nellsville, where he erected his present
home in 1905. He is a Republican, and a
member of the Luthern church. He mar-
ried, March 2."], 1895, Olive C. Wilt, born
April 23, 1875, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
daughter of Albert and Mary (Dunn) Wilt.
James Wilt was an engineer on the Balti-
more & Ohio, and met his death in a rail-
road accident when his daughter Olive C.
was a young child. Children of John J.
Enos : Mary Elizabeth born December 7,
1895 ; John Clyde, May 8, 1904.

(IV) George W. Enos, youngest son of
George and Elizabeth (Wilhelm) Enos, was
born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, Janu-
ary 5, 1879. He was five years of age when
his mother died and left him to his father's
care. He attended the public schools, and
at an early age was taught the blacksmith's
trade by his father. He was an adept pupil,
and while yet a growing boy was considered
an expert smith. He married when eight-
een years of age, and continued the Enos
shop established by his father on South
street, where he is now in successful busi-
ness. He is a Republican, and a member of
the Lutheran church. He married, Febru-
ary II, 1897, Blanche Shaw, born Septem-
ber 15, 1879, in Connellsville, daughter of
George W. and Emma Shaw.

George W. Shaw is a descendant of
Nathan Shaw, born in Scotland, came to the
United States with his brother James and
settled in Massachusetts. The Shaws were
of English ancestors who for two genera-
tions prior to Nathan Shaw had been seated
in Scotland. Nathan (2). son of Nathan
(i) Shaw, was born in Massachusetts; was
a mill sawyer. He came to Fayette county,



Pennsylvania, when a young man, and
owned a saw mill at Tale's Hollow in the
mountains seven miles east of Connellsville.
His wife Catherine was born in Fayette
county. Four of his sons, Solomon, James,
Lester and David served in the Mexican
war, the latter killed in battle. George W.,
son of Nathan (2) Shaw, was born near
Connellsville, Pennsylvania, 1822. He was
a stone mason and bricklayer working at
his trade in Connellsville until his death,
excepting the time spent in the army. He
enlisted in Company C, Eighty-fifth Regi-
ment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, un-
der Captain Treadwell. He enlisted in Som-
erset county, taking with him several men
from Connellsville. He was wounded in
the arm at the battle of Cold Harbor; but
after recovery rejoined his regiment and
served until the close of the war, attaining
the rank of sergeant. He was a Republi-
can, and served as town constable. In re-
ligious faith he was a Methodist. He mar-
ried Ellen Cunningham, born in Dunl^ar
township, Fayette county, and their children
were :

George W. (2), of whom further; Dorcas,
married J. W. Bishop, of Connellsville ;
Belle, married Hugh Stillwagon ; Nathan,
served eight years in the United States reg-
ular army, and died aged thirty years ;
Clara, married David Randolph, of Con-
nellsville ; Jennie, married Frank Holland,
of Connellsvile ; Mary, married Dr. F. N.
Sherrick, of Connellsville. George W. (2)
son of George (i) Shaw, was born in Con-
nellsville July 4, 1849. He attended the
public schools and learned the blacksmith's
trade at the National Locomotive Works at
Connellsville, working there four years. In
1875 he entered the employ of the Balti-
more & Ohio Railroad Company as black-
smith at their general repair shops at Con-
nellsville. In 1884 he was promoted fore-
man of the blacksmithing department, hold-
ing that position until 1896. He was then
for eight years with the Connellsville
Machine and Car Works as blacksmith,
four years with the American Tin Plate
Company, and now is with the Sligo Steel
and Iron Company. He is a Republican in

He married, May 15, 1872, Emma Ross,

born May 15. 1859, in Connellsville, daugh-
ter of Captain Henry and Nancy (Secrist)
Ross, both born in Pittsburgh. Henry
Ross was an Ohio river steamboat captain.
Children of George W. (2) Shaw : Ger- ^
trude, born November 12, 1874, married
Thomas Cordner (or Gardner), of Connells-
ville; Edward, born September 12, 1875,
resides in Connellsville; George W. (3),
born April 4, 1877, died in infancy; Blanche,
born September 15, 1879, of previous men-
tion; Charles N., born April i, 1882, mar-
ried Emma Lamley; Fred, born Septem-
ber 12, 1884; Bessie, February 17, 1888.

Children of George W. and Blanche
(Shaw) Enos: Helen Gertrude, born
November 17, 1898; Jean, August 17, 1901 ;
George, September 13, 1903; Charles, July
15, 1908.

This is a good old
DEFFENBAUGH German family
planted in Fayette
county by Conrad Defi'enbaugh, a native of
Germany. After his emigration he settled
in Eastern Pennsylvania, later coming to
Fayette county, where he married Margaret
Riffle. They settled on new land and en-
dured all the dangers and privations of the
pioneer. They had a family of seven

(II) Jacob, son of Conrad and Margaret
(Riffle) Deffenbaugh, was born in Fayette
county in 1776. He learned the blacksmith's
trade and was one of the most expert iron
workers in the county. He made axles,
chains, and other needed articles, shipping
to river points. He prospered and owned
three farms of one hundred acres each. He
was a Whig in politics, and a Presbyterian
in religion. He died 1854. He married Eva
Everly, who bore him eleven children.

(III) Jacob (2), son Jacob and Eva
(Everly) Deffenbaugh, was born in German
township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania,
October 26, 1806, died October 25, 1886. He
followed farming all his life, moving to
Nicholas township in 1833 and purchasing
a farm of two hundred acres, conducting
general farming and stock raising. In poli-
tics he was a Republican, and a Presby-
terian in religion, holding the office of elder



in that church throughout his entire mature

He married, September 5, 1833, Sarah Hert-
zog, born in Springhill township^ August 22,
1809, died March 19, 1859. Children: i.
Mary L., born January 26. 1835, died No-
vember 17, 1896. 2. Sarah Jane, born March
12, 1837, died November 21, 1849. 3.
Louisa, born April 10, 1839, died August
18, 1840. 4. John, born May 30, 1841, died
March 11. 1844. 5. William H., of whom
further. 6. Margaret, born July 22, 1846,
died November 11, 1849. 7. Rev. George,
born October 26, 1850; has been a mission-
ary among the Indians in Idaho and Ore-
gon, but has abandoned that because of ill
health, and now has a charge near Port-
land, Oregon.

(IV) \\'illiam Henry, fifth child of Jacob
(2) and Sarah (Hertzog) Defifenbaugh, was
born August 19, 1843, in Nicholson town-
ship, on the old homestead. He was edu-
cated in the public schools of Nicholson
township, later attending Dunlap's Creek
Academy, at which institution his brother
prepared for the ministry. Leaving school
he worked on his father's farm for a time,
finally superintending the entire farm. In
1885 he sold his farm and Greeley-like "went
west," returning two years later and es-
tablishing in the mercantile business at
New Geneva.

In 1894 Mr. DefFenbaugh built a handsome
residence in the town, butMn 1901 heard the
call of country life and purchased a farm of
one hundred acres in Westmoreland county,
remaining there until 1909. He then moved
to Geneva, where he lives a quiet life, re-
tired from active business afifairs. When
a lad he belonged to Captain W. S. Craft's
volunteer company and attempted to enlist
in the regular army, but was rejected be-
cause of his youth. He is an elder in the
New Geneva Presbyterian Church, an office
he holds for life. In politics, the Republi-
can party claims his allegiance. He was
town assessor for one term, and now holds
the secretaryship of the board of education.
He holds an enviable position in New Gen-
eva and is respected and admired as a pub-
lic spirited Christian gentleman.

He married, December 16, 1886. Katlier-
ine Ann Irwin, born March 23, 1857, daugh-

ter of William Irwin, of Stewartsville,
Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania. Child-
ren : I. Edward Robbins, born Decemlier
31, 1887, a prospector in Alaska. 2. Louis
M., born December 23, 1892; attends Kiski-
niintas school.

(Ill) Nicolas Deffen-
DEFFENBAUGH baugh, son of Jacob
(q. V.) and E v a
(Everly) Deffenbaugh, was born in Ger-
man township, Fayette county, Pennsyl-
vania, in May, 1816, died March 26, 1888.
He obtained his education in the pub-
lic schools and then occupied himself on the
home farm, leaving that to conduct his own.
He raised much fine cattle, growing their
feed on the farm. He was a member of the
Cumberland Presbyterian Church and a Re-
publican in politics, holding the offices of
school director and clerk of the board. He
married, April 25, 1844, Henrietta, daughter
of Thomas and Sarah Shroyer. Children :
I. Henderson S., of whom further. 2. John
M., born 1850, lives at Seattle, Washing-
ton. 3. Thomas J., lives in Indiana. 4.
Marietta, married Morgan Wilson and lives
in German township. Her mother makes
her home here.

(IV) Henderson Stewart, son of Nicolas
and Henrietta (Shroyer) Defifenbaugh, was
born in German township, Fayette county,
Pennsylvania, March 25, 1845. He received
his education in the public schools and be-
came a farmer in Menallen township, mov-
ing to German township only to return to
Menallen township, where he conducted the
Thaw farm for four years. In 1902 he pur-
chased the old Griffin farm of one hundred
and seventy-five acres in Nicholson town-
ship and since 1903 has made that place his

He engages in general farming and is a
very successful stock raiser. He is a mem-
ber of the Presbyterian church and a Re-
publican in politics, having served in the
capacity of school director, farm supervisor
and other township offices. He married
January 7, i86g, Margaret Moore, born in
"German township, June 17, 1846, daughter
of John A., a farmer, and Jane Moore.
They have had a family of eight children,
seven of whom are living.



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