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land county, where he is yet engaged in
farming and teaming, and yet resides there.
He is a Republican, and a member of the
Church of God. He married (first) Mar-
garet Nicely, born in the Ligonier Valley,
Pennsylvania, near Four Mile Run, in 1844,
died 1884. When she was eight months old
her father was killed by a falling timber at
a barn raising. He married (second) Caro-
line Gongawere. Children of Martin O.
Sherrick and his first wife: i. Curtis Abra-
ham, now living at Carnegie, Pennsylvania.
2. Franklin N., of whom further. 3. Harry,
died February, 191 1.

(VI) Franklin N., second son of Martin
O. and Margaret (Nicely) Sherrick, was
born near Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland
county, Pennsylvania, November 4, 1865.
He was three years of age when his parents
moved to Kansas, and seven when they re-
turned to Tarr Station, Pennsylvania. He
attended the old Bethany public school, and
while yet a growing boy worked around
the coke ovens. Afterward he worked while
a youth driving a mule in the coal mines,
attending school during the winter months.
In 1883, 1884 and 1885 he attended Mt.
Pleasant Academy. In the spring of 1885
he entered Duft''s Business College in Pitts-
burgh, taking a full course and graduating.
His mother died in 1884 and the home was


broken up. After leaving business college
he went to Maryland, working in a lumber
camp. In the winter of 1886 he again
worked in the mines, but a strike was called
and he was one of the strikers. He then
went to Toronto, Canada, and took a two
years course in Ontario Veterinary College,
whence he was graduated in 1888. On Jan-
uary I, i88g, he came to Connellsville and
began veterinary practice. He has estab-
lished a good business and has been contin-
uously in practice among the stock and
horse owners of the county. In the winter
of 1903 he took a post-graduate course at
Chicago Veterinary College. He is a reli-
able practitioner, understands the horse and
his deseases, and has the confidence of the
owners who keep him constantly engaged.
He is a Republican in politics, but takes
little interest in public affairs beyond ex-
ercising his duties as a good citizen.

He married. May 3, 1894, a widow, Mrs.
Mary E. (Shaw) Turley, born in Connells-
ville, daughter of George Washington and
Ellen (Cunningham) Shaw, of Connells-
ville. Children: Ellen, born December 21,
1894; George Dewey, August 2, 1897.

The Pierce family is of ancient
PIERCE English origin, and the name
is spelled in various ways.
The first, Thomas of Charlestown, spelled
his name Pierce, Peirce and Perice. Older
spellings included Pers, Perss, Parrs and
many other forms. The arms of the family
are: Three ravens rising sable, fesse, num-
ette, crest, dove with olive branch in beak;
motto. Dixit et Fecit.

(I) Thomas Pierce, the immigrant ances-
tor, was born in England in 1583-4 died
October 7, 1666. He came to New Eng-
land in 1634 with his wife Elizabeth, who
was born in England in 1595-6, and settled
in Charlestown, Massachusetts. He was
admitted a freeman May 6, 1635 ; was one
of the twenty-one commissioners appointed
September 2^, 1642, "to see that salt peter
heaps were made by farmers of the colony."
He moved to Woburn and was a proprietor
there in 1643, and elected to town offices.
He made his will November 7, 1665, when
aged about eighty-two years, bequeathing
to wife Elizabeth, grandchildren Mary

Bridge and Elizabeth Tufts, "now dwelling
with him" ; to all grandchildren ; to Harvard
College. The widow deposed to inventory
March 22, 1666-7, aged seventy-one years.
Children : John, mariner, admitted to church
at Charlestown, 1652 ; Samuel, married

Mary ; Thomas, mentioned below;

Robert, married February 18, 1657, Sarah
Ayre ; Mary, married Peter Tufts ; EHza-

beth, married (first) Randall, (second)

• Nicholls; Persis, married (first) Wil-
liam Bridge, (second) John Harrison;
Abigail, born June 17, 1639.

(II) Thomas (2), son of Thomas (i)
Pierce, was born in England in 1608. He
lived in Charlestown, in the part now Wo-
burn, and was called sergeant in the re-
cords. He was the progenitor of President
Franklin Pierce. Sergeant Thomas Pierce
was admitted to the Charlestown church,
February 21, 1634. He was an inhabitant
of Woburn as early as 1643. I'"^ 1660 he
was selectman, and served on the committee
to divide common lands. He was one of
the "Right Proprietors" elected March 28,
1667, and also on the committee appointed
by the general court in 1668 to divide lands,
etc. He married, May 6, 1635, Elizabeth
Cole, who died March 5, 1688. He died
November 6, 1683. Children : Abigail, born
August 17, 1639; John, born March 7, 1643;
Thomas, mentioned below; Elizabeth, De-
cember 25, 1646; Joseph, September 22,
1648, died February 27, 1649; Stephen, July
16, 165 1 ; Samuel, February 20, 1654, died
October 27, 1655; Samuel, April 7, 1656;
William, March 20, 1658; James, May 7,
1659; Abigail, November 20, 1660; Benja-
min, married Mary Reed.

(III) Thomas (3), son of Sergeant Thom-
as (2) Pierce, was born June 21, 1645, died
December 8, 1717. He lived in Woburn.
His will was dated November 26, 1717, and
in it he mentioned his children, Timothy,
Rachel and Abigail, and children of his son

Thomas. He married (first) Eliza ,

(second) March 24, 1680, Rachel Bacon,
who was born June 4, 1652. Children, born
in Woburn : Thomas, born February 12,
1670; Timothy, mentioned below; Eliza-
beth, born January 5, 1676, died February
15, 1699; Rachel, July 24, 1681 ; Abigail,
April 14, 1685 ; Isaac, December 23, 1686,



died December 28, 1686; Ebenezer, Decem-
ber 10, 1687, died May 25, 1688; Phebe,
February 13, 1689, died July 12, 1707.

(IV) Timothy, son of Thomas (3) Pierce,
was born at Woburn, January 25, 1673, and
died May 25, 1748. He lived at Plainfield,
Connecticut. His will was dated April 12,
1748. He was one of the most prominent
men in Plainfield, and served as judge of
probate, colonel of the militia, and member
of the governor's council. In his will he
mentioned Mary Pierce, his daughter-in-
law, his grandchildren, sons of his son Tim-
othy, his son Nathaniel, daughter Phebe
Smith, the two children of his granddaugh-
ter Lydia Cortland, son Ezekiel, who was
executor. He had a negro girl Dinah whom
he left to daughter Phebe Smith. He mar-
ried (first). May 27, 1696, Lydia Spaulding,
who died March 23, 1705; (second), Octo-
ber 12, 1709, Hannah Bradhurst, born De-
cember 14, 1682, died April 2, 1747. Chil-
dren: Timothy Jr., mentioned below; Nath-
aniel, born June 3, 1701 ; Jedediah, Febru-
ary 23, 1703, died February 21, 1746; Lydia,
March 10, 1705; Benjamin, June 7, 1710;
Ezekiel, January 8, 1712; Phebe, February
19, 1714; Hannah, May 8, 1717, died Sep-
tember 3, 1727; Abel, June 17, 1720, died
September 4, 1736; Jabez, married Susanna

(V) Timothy (2), son of Timothy (i)
Pierce, was born October 7, 1698. He lived
in Plainfield, Connecticut^ and died before
1761. He married, June 12, 1723, Mary
Wheeler. Children: Lydia, born November
I, 1724; Mary, November 15, 1728; Hannah,
September 8, 1730; Phebe, May 27, 1732;
Timothy (3), May 22, 1734; Azel ; Josiah,
mentioned below ; Sarah, married, Decem-
ber 26, 1768, Squire Sheppard.

(VI) Josiah, son of Timothy (2) Pierce,
was born in 1745, died August i, 1805. He
married Lydia Sheppard. Children : Job,
mentioned below; Azel, June 26, 1773; Pol-
ly, April I, 1775; Josiah, July 21, 1777;
Sheppard, April 29, 1780; Lydia, July 23,
1782; Chester, November 25, 1785, died
1799; Dolly, March, 1788; Augustus, Sep-
tember, 1790.

(VII) Job, son of Josiah Pierce, was born
March 22, 1770, and died in 1827. He lived
in Caledonia, New York. He married (first)

Jerusha Mery, who was born in April, 1780,
died May 6, 1802; (second) Mercy Stevens.
Children, probably not in order of birth :
Sheppard, married Mary E. Pitkin ; Dolly ;
William, mentioned below; Joseph S., born
April 22, 1802 ; Richard ; Edward ; James ;
Job C. ; Caroline, married Moss.

(VIII) William, son of Job Pierce, was
born about 1800, probably at Caledonia,
New York. He settled in Jefferson county,
Pennsylvania. Children : James, mentioned
below ; Joshua, a farmer in the Pierce settle-
ment on the border of Jefferson and Indiana
counties, Pennsylvania ; daughter, mar-
ried W'illiam Odell and lives at Mahaffey's
Station, Clearfield county, Pennsylvania.

(IX) James, son of William Pierce, was
born probably in Jefferson county, Penn-
sylvania. He married Sarah Ann, born
about 1834, died in 1900, daughter of Philip
Harold, a farmer of German ancestry, of
Jefferson county. Children of Philip Har-
old : John, lived near the old homestead in
Jefferson county and followed farming;
Sarah Ann, mentioned above; Mary (Har-
old) Blystone, lived at Green Oak, Indiana
county, Pennsylvania ; Lavinia, lives in In-
diana county; Lizzie, married John R.
Smith, a farmer, and lives near Marion, In-
diana county; Philip, lives on the home-
stead in Jefferson county. James Pierce
was a salesman, and died in 1865. His
children: i. Mary Elizabeth, died young.
2. John H., living in Indiana county, a lead-
ing lawyer; married Martha Josephine
Moore. 3. Mary Jane, died unmarried, aged
thirty. 4. Elliot C, mentioned below. 5.
Emma Catherine, married William Nep-
shild; they live at Cochran's Mills, Arm-
strong county ; he is a farmer. 6. James R.,
married Mary Workman; he lives in Ohio;
she is deceased.

(X) Elliot C, son of James Pierce, was
born in Troutville, Clearfield county. Penn-
sylvania. He was bereft by the death of his
father when he was but four years old. He
attended the district schools in Jefferson and
Armstrong counties, Pennsylvania, begin-
ning to work at the age of eleven years.
Two years later he moved to Larwill, In-
diana, where he learned the trade of up-
holsterer. When he returned home after
three years and a half, he had acquired a



trade, contrary to the predictions of the
neighbors, who had not expected a thirteen-
year-old boy to support himself and make
good. He took a unique way of learning
his trade, starting in business and hiring an
upholsterer to work for him, and learning
his trade not from an employer but from
an employee. He worked for a time at
Fort Wayne, Indiana, and when he was
seventeen returned to Armstrong county,
Pennsylvania, where his mother then lived.
Thence he went to Clearfield, in the same
state, and engaged in business on his own
account as an upholsterer, traveling from
house to house and working in the homes
of his customers. In 1880 he moved to
Lewiston, Pennsylvania. He was then mar-
ried and had one child and no capital. He
entered the employ of McClintock Brothers,
dealers in furniture, for a few months, then
moved to Sunbury, Pennsylvania, to work
at his trade in the furniture store of Mrs.
Greenough. After a few months he had to
leave this position on account of an attack
of malarial fever and went to Enterton on
a visit. When able to work he took a posi-
tion as brakeman on the Pennsylvania Rail-
road and worked six weeks.

In 1881 he moved to Greensburg, Penn-
sylvania, where he started in business with
an upholstery shop. At that time Brown's
drug store was the only store in that town
possessing an awning. He devoted his at-
tention to making awnings and in 1899
when he left the town he had made more
than 1,300 awnings. He came to Connells-
ville and opened an upholstery and awning
shop on West Main street in what was then
New Haven. In 1905 his business had in-
creased to such an extent that he erected a
building for his own use. In politics he is a
Republican. He was a councilman of East
Greensburg after it was incorporated as a
borough. He and his wife are members of
the Methodist Episcopal church. He is a
member of the Royal Arcanum and of the
Modern Woodmen of America.

He married (first) November 12, 1879,
Alberta L. Smith, who was born in Clear-
field county, Pennsylvania, daughter of
John and Martha Smith, of Clearfield. She
died February 28, 1890. He married
(second) August 14, 1891, Agnes B. Zim-

merman, who was born at Greensburg,
Pennsylvania, daughter of Samuel Zimmer-
man. Her father was a contractor and
builder in Greensburg. Child by first wife :
I. Thomas V., born April 19, 1881 ; married,
February i, 1912, Sarah Cooley ; they reside
at Wilmerding, Pennsylvania ; he is in the
employ of the Westinghouse Company.
Children by second wife: 2. Martha E., born
March 22, 1892. 3. John S., October 18,
1893. 4. Anna Rebecca, September 24, 1895.
5. Grace Ethel, November 23, 1898. 6.
Robert C, January 3, 1900. 7. Harold Fran-
cis, January 29, 1902. 8. Muriel Ellis,
March 28, 1904.

The Work family, originally of
WORK England, settled first in Lan-
caster county, Pennsylvania,
after coming to this country. The first of
whom we have record is Samuel Work, born
July 17, 1749, died in 1833. He settled in
Fayette county in 1766 and became a land-
owner of Dunbar township, where in 1799
he was taxed for three hundred and eighty-
two acres of land, four horses, four cows
and one slave. He married and had sons:
John, born 1787, married in 1814, Nancy
Rogers ; Andrew, of whom further, and

(II) Andrew, son of Samuel Work, was
born in Dunbar township, Fayette county,
Pennsylvania, about 1780. and became a
wealthy farmer, owning one thousand acres
of land. He was a Whig in politics, and a
member of Laurel Hill Presbyterian
Church, of which his wife and family were
also members. He married Rebecca Har-
ris. Children : Joseph ; Andrew (2) ; Oli-
phant ; Jane ; Rebecca ; Eliza ; Samuel ; Jacob
H., of whom further; Harriet; Nancy, and
two who died in infancy.

(Ill) Jacob Harris, son of Andrew and
Rebecca (Harris) Work, was born in Dun-
bar township, Fayette county, Pennsyl-
vania, where he died in' 1905, aged eighty-
two years. He attended the public school
and grew to manhood on the home farm.
Later he inherited a part of the Work estate
and continued its cultivation all his life,
then passing title to his son Daniel C. Work.
He was a quiet retiring man and took little
active part in public affairs. He was a




Whig, later a Republican, and was an at-
tendant of the Cumberland Presbyterian
Church, of which his wife was a member.
He married Sarah Craft, born near Browns-
ville, Pennsylvania, daughter of Daniel and
Mary (Radcliff) Craft, a leading Browns-
ville family. Daniel Craft was a farmer and
a landowner, a Whig in politics, and a mem-
ber of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
His children: Altheis ; Isaiah; Daniel;
Mary; Sarah, of previous mention; Caro-
line ; Harriet, and others. Children of Jacob
H. and Sarah Work: i. Daniel C, of whom
further. 2. Andrew, now living in Connells-
ville, a carpenter. 3. Isaiah, died leaving a
daughter, Phoebe. 4. Joseph, died with-
out issue. 5. Samuel, lives near Adelaide,
Fayette county, a farmer. 6. George, a
farmer of Franklin township. 7. An infant,
died unnamed. 8. Jacob, resides in Kansas.
9. Alexander, resides with his brother
George, unmarried. 10. Caroline, died un-
married. II. Emily, died unmarried. 12.
Sarah Jane, died aged twelve years. 13.
Davis, a farmer of Dunbar township.

(IV) Daniel C, eldest son of Jacob Har-
ris and Sarah (Craft) Work, was born
April 3, 1841, on the home farm in Dunbar
township, on the hill overlooking Leisen-
ring No. i, in the same house that is now
his home. With the exception of three years
spent in Franklin township, this farm has
always been his home. He was educated
in the public school, grew up his father's
assistant, later became manager. After his
marriage he farmed in Franklin township
for three years, then when his father also
moved to Franklin he returned to the home
farm, and after the death of the father pur-
chased the interest of the other heirs and
became sole owner. He yet retains ninety-
six acres of the old farm on which he resides
and conducts a general farming business.
He is a Democrat in politics and has served
as tax collector and road supervisor. He
is a Knight of Pythias, and an attendant
of the Methodist Episcopal church, his wife
being a member.

He married (first), in 1865, Sarah Jane
Fleming, born in Ohio ; died in i8g2. He
married (second) Mrs. Melvina Barnhart,
daughter of Alexander and Margaret Hager.
Children of first wife: i. Ewing, married

Flora Aspinwall, died and left six children.
2. Albert, married Nancy Mcllvaine. 3.
Orton, resides in Kansas, unmarried. 4.
William, resides in Columbus, Ohio, with
wife and two children. 5. Daniel, now re-
siding at home unmarried.

This family, represented in
RALSTON Masontown by Patrick H.

Ralston, came to Fayette
county from Canada, where original settle-
ment was made by Hugh Ralston, born in
Scotland. The grand sire, Hugh Ralston,
was a farmer near Edinburgh, his native
city. He married and left male issue.

(II) Hugh (2), son of Hugh (i) Ralston,
was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, one of six
children. He was educated in the common
schools, continuing his studies until he was
fourteen years of age. He then came with
a party of his countrymen to Canada, set-
tling at Bristol. He there drifted into rail-
road employ and became a well-known divi-
sion superintendent of the New York Cen-
tral railroad. He died in Bristol, aged
eight-four years. He was a conservative in
Canadian politics, and a member of the
Presbyterian church. He married Alargaret
Fitzsimmons, born in county Cavan, Ire-
land, died in Bristol, Canada, aged seventy-
eight years, daughter of Patrick Fitzsim-
mons, a farmer of Bristol, Canada. Chil-
dren: Hugh (3), married Ellen Tulahan, and
lives in Bristol, Canada; John W., married
Fanny McGrath, and lives in Connellsville,
Pennsylvania; Rachel, married John Ray,
and lives in Bristol ; Mary Jane, married
James A. McLean, and resides in Toronto,
Canada; Patrick H., of whom further.

(III) Patrick H., son of Hugh (2) and
Margaret (Fitzsimmons) Ralston, was born
in Bristol, Province of Ontario, Canada,
June 5, 1868. He was educated in the public
schools of Hudson, New York, and began
business life as a clerk in a mercantile house
in Hudson, later he came to Fayette county,
Pennsylvania, entering the employ of the
H. C. Frick Coke Company as bookkeeper
at their works at Trotter. He was also sta-
tioned at the West Leisenring works, con-
tinuing in that employ several years. In
1903 he came to Masontown, where he is
now secretary and general manager of the



Masontown Brewing Company. He is a
member of the Roman Catholic church, the
C. M. B. A., Benevolent Protective Order
of Elks, and is past dictator of the Order
of Moose. He married, in 1894, Mary
Evans, born in England, daughter of John
Evans, a miller, and his wife, Matilda Steb-
bins. Of their eight children, three sons
are now living in England, Mary in Penn-
sylvania, and four are deceased. The sons
are John C, Albert and William. Children
of Patrick H. and Mary Ralston, five born in
West Leisenring, and three in Masontown,
Pennsylvania; Hugh E., born June 6, 1895;
Margaret M., July 18, 1897; Angeline, No-
vember I, 1899; Mary K., January i, 1901 ;
Eleanor E., July 24, 1903; John J-, May 5,
1906; Edward, March 24, 1909; Patrick H.
(2), December 25, 1911.

The family springs from
CROWLEY Michael CroUey, born in
Londonderry, Ireland, one
of a family of eight children, whose parents
were residents of the North of Ireland. One
of the seven sons remained in their native
land, six sons and a sister coming to the
United States and settling in Western Vir-
ginia in 1830. Andrew and Hugh became
contractors, and were the principal build-
ers of the Northwestern Turnpike. Am-
brose later was proprietor of a hotel in Cin-
cinnati, Ohio; John and Dennis became far-

(I) Michael Crolley, one of the brothers,
settling near Parkersburg, in now West
Virginia, also became a contractor and, with
his brothers, Andrew and Hugh, worked
for several years constructing the North-
western Turnpike through West Virginia.
Later he engaged in mercantile business,
having a store in Ritchie and Pleasants
counties, West Virginia. He came east to
Wheeling in 1846, to purchase goods for his
store, and it is thought was attacked by
robbers and then thrown in the river. He
married Jane McQuain, born in Gilmore
county, VVest Virginia, of Scotch parents,
sister of Katherine, wife of his brother John
Crowley. Children: l. John, became super-
intendent of a narrow-gauge railroad, and
died at Bellaire, Ohio, in 1907; married
Mary Wheatley, and had : Dennis, Charles

and Leola. 2. Dennis Matthew, of whom
further. After the tragic death of her hus-
band, his widow Jane survived him twenty
years, dying in 1866.

(II) Dennis Matthew, youngest son of
Michael and Jane (McQuain) Crolley, was
born near Parkersburg, West Virginia, Jan-
uary 29, 1845, one year prior to his father's
death. His mother died when he was eleven
years of age, leaving him to the care of his
uncle and aunt, Andrew and Mary Crolley,
with whom he lived in Pleasants county,
West Virginia, until he reached his eight-
eenth year. He served in the government
employ two years, 1864 and 1865. He then
came to Connellsville, Pennsylvania, where
he entered the employ of the Baltimore &
Ohio Railroad Company, becoming an ex-
pert in constructing telegraph lines. The
name Crolley became Crowley on the books
of the company, and was so often misspelled
by others, that he finally gave up opposing
the new spelling and Crowley it has always
remained. Since 1871 he has been foreman
of the telegraph lines for the Baltimore &
Ohio, with offices and residence in Connells-
ville. In 191 1 he was in charge of batteries
on the system. He is a member of the old-
time Telegraphers' Association, and is an
active Democrat in politics, having served
as councilman for seven years. He is a Ro-
man Catholic in religious faith, belonging
to the Church of the Immaculate Concep-
tion. He married Susan Cunningham, born
in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, July 17,
1855, daughter of John and Caroline (Se-
christ) Cunningham. The latter was born in
Ohio, in 1831, died in 1883. John Cunning-
ham, born in 1827, is still living, at the age
of eighty-five years, but for the past ten
years has been paralyzed. He was engaged
in teaming and draying in Connellsville for
many years having contracts for the haul-
ing of most of the coal and building sand
used in Connellsville. He retired from busi-
ness five years before being incapacitated
by paralysis, and now lives at his home at
No. 1330 West Main street. He is a veteran
of the civil war, having enlisted and served
in a Pennsylvania regiment during the last
year of the war. He is a son of William
Cunningham and Sidney Marietta, the lat-
ter born March 24, 1806, daughter of George



Marietta, born June 28, 1780, settling in
Connellsville in the year 1800. Caroline,
wife of John Cunningham, was a daughter
of Henry and Elizabeth (Wjlhelm) Se-
christ, both of whose parents were born in
Germany, came to the United States, set-
tling in Ohio, Henry died in Ohio ; his widow-
Elizabeth came to Fayette county with her
family, locating in Dunbar township, where
the sons engaged in woolen manufacturing.
Children of John and Caroline (Sechrist)
Cunningham: i. Susan (of previous men-
tion), wife of Dennis M. Crowley. 2.
Charles, unmarried, conducts the team-
ing business in Connellsville established
by his father, with whom he resides.
3. Harry, deceased. 4. Albert, deceased,
married Mollie Sellers. 5. Samuel, un-
married, a teamster, residing at home. 6.
Wade, married John Haddock, chief of the
fire department of Connellsville. 7. Lucre-
tia, married Frank Blossom. Children of
Dennis M. and Susan Crowley: i. Hugh,
now a resident of Cumberland, Maryland ;
married Anna Lang. 2. Leona, married H.
E. Schenck (q. v.), cashier of Colonial Na-
tional Bank of Connellsville. 3. John A.,
member of the firm of Horner «Sz: Crowley,
shoe dealers, Connellsville ; married Augus-
ta Herman, of New York. 4. Charles A., of
whom further. 5. Denton. 6. Emma Kate.
7. Clifton. The latter three are living at

(HI) Charles A., fourth child of Dennis
Matthew Crowley, was born in Connells-
ville, Pennsylvania, January 21, 1888. He
was educated in the public school, later at-
tending Gettysburg (Pennsylvania) College
for one term. He left college and in 1903 be-

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