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tablished on his own farm in the same town-
ship, and is engaged in dairy farming prin-
cipally. His market is Uniontown, where
he disposes of his cream only to the cream -
ery. He is a Democrat in politics, has
served as school director, and is a member
of the Baptist church, his wife of the Chris-
tian church (Disciples of Christ).

He married, January 7, 1882, Emma
Lyons, born at Morris Cross Roads, Spring-
hill township, March 24, 1853, daughter of
John and Clarinda (Litman) Lyons. John
Lyons was born in Springhill township, in
the same house in which his father and
grandfather were born, and died there Jan-
uary 18, 1890. Clarinda (Litman) Lyons
was born in Frogtown, in the same town-
ship. Their children : i. Maria, married
Michael Baker, both deceased ; children :
Louisa : John ; Lizzie, married Thomas Mil-
ler; Minnie; Edwin, deceased; Laura; Re-
becca, married Robert Grove ; Jesse ;
Bertha; Helen, and another, died aged two
years. 2. Rebecca, married Judson Morgan,
a farmer, and lives near Gans Station. 3.
Ann. married Martin Van Buren Scott, and
resides in Dunbar, Pennsylvania, where he
is a blacksmith ; children : Boyd, married
Louisa Ache ; Nellie, married Rev. Wilson
Winbigler; Ned, married Cora Bear; James,
married Edna Duncan ; John and Lelah. 4.
Harriet, married Newton Miller, now a
farmer of Grundy, Iowa ; children : Walter
and Etta. 5. Emma (previous mention),
wife of George Hertzog; no issue. The
mother of these children, Clarinda (Litman)
Lyons, died at the home farm in Springhill
township, aged sixty-three years.



This family descends from
HANNAM English ancestors on the pa-
ternal side and from Ger-
man forbears on the maternal. The English
ancestor was born and died in England, but
lived in America many years, founding the
family in Baltimore, Maryland.

(I) George Hannam, born in England,
came to the United States at the age of
seven years. The family settled in Balti-
more. In later years George Hannam re-



turned to England to claim his inheritance
and settle up the English estate. He was
taken sick and died there about 1838. His
wife was of German parentage.

(II) William John, son of George Han-
nam, was born in Baltimore, Maryland,
January 2"], 1827, died June 9, 1883. He
was educated in the public schools, and
learned the trade of boilermaker and black-
smith. He lived in Lancaster, Pennsyl-
vania, later in Connellsville, where he was
in charge of the Baltimore & Ohio shops
from 1866 until 1883, being foreman of both
the blacksmith and boilermaking depart-
ments. He was a Democrat in politics and
served as member of the city council of
Connellsville. He was a member of the
English Lutheran church in early life and
later became an Episcopalian. He was a
man of great public spirit and aided ma-
terially in the upbuilding of his town. He
married, at Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1854,
Matilda Catherine Reinhart, of German pa-
rentage, who died July 12, 1890. They were
the parents of eleven children, five of whom
are now living (1912) : i. William John (2),
now superintendent of the City Iron Works
at Erie, Pennsylvania. 2. George B., chief
boilermaker at the Cleveland, Ohio, shops
of the Lake Shore & Michigan Central rail-
road. 3. Mary Belle, married J. E. Miller,
of Connellsville. 4. Robert Lee, of whom
further. 5. Maud A., married Quincy San-
born, of Cleveland, Ohio.

(III) Robert Lee, son of John Hannam,
was born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania,
April 28, 1870. He was educated in the
public schools, and when but a boy fourteen
years of age began learning the carpenter's
trade in the Baltimore & Ohio shops. He
began working there April i, 1884, and con-
tinued until January i, 1897, then entered
the employ of the Connellsville Planing
Mill Company where he remained until Feb-
ruary, 1905. In the latter year he was one
of the organizers of the Keystone Planing
Mill Company, of which he has been secre-
tary and manager since its incorporation.
He is a Repul^lican in politics and a member
of the Lutheran church. He married, Octo-
ber 20, 1891, Mary Ada, daughter of William
A. Artis, who was born in 1846, enlisted in
the civil war, serving in Company H, One



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Hundred and Forty-second Regiment Penn-
sylvania Volunteer Infantry, receiving a se-
vere wound at the battle of Gettysburg; he
married Theresa Sampsell, of Uniontown,
Pennsylvania. Children of Robert Lee and
Mary Ada Hannam. Ida Mae, born No-
vember 25, 1892; Robert William, born
September 5, 1901.



Daniel Phillips Gibson was a
GIBSON prominent banker, and real es-
tate owner of Uniontown. He
was born on a farm in Fayette county,
Pennsylvania, April 20, 1827, and died May,
1910, in Uniontown. He attended the com-
mon schools, but also was indefatigable in
his efforts to acquire knowledge by extra
study during his hours at home. At the
age of sixteen years he apprenticed himself
to learn the harness and saddlery trade at
Petersburg, Somerset county, Pennsyl-
vania, with John Morrow, with whom he re-
mained a little over five years. On attain-
ing his majority he located at Upper Mid-
dletown, and was engaged in the harness
and saddlery business from 1848 to 1876, a
period of twenty-eight years. In this town
he was very successful, building vip a large
business, and acquiring the reputation
which he justly deserved of an honest and
reliable business man. He removed to
Uniontown in 1876, choosing it as the center
for a wider field of operations, and his sub-
sequent career attested the wisdom of his
selection. Besides his regular line of work,
he began in 1876 to handle buggies, and
visited the factories, inspected the materials,
and examined the process of construction
from its earliest stages, thus securing him-
self and his customers from imposition in
the quality of the goods which he put upon
the market. Mr. Gibson also engaged in
farming, and was in the general mercantile
business, and, beginning about 1862, for
seventeen years he conducted two general
stores, one at Upper Middletown, the other
at Searights. After establishing himself at
Uniontown he started also a grocery and
hardware store but on account of his ill
health this was sold in 1881. In every field,
success marked his ventures, and the wealth
thus acquired was applied in the purchase
of valuable property in Osceola, Clark coun-



ty, Iowa, as well as a large amount of im-
proved real estate in Uniontown in the shape
of houses and city lots that returned a hand-
some rental. Mr. Gibson was noted for his
good judgment, and plain, shrewd conduct
of business affairs. He lost no chances,
missed no opportunities, made no rash ven-
tures or wild speculations, and was satisfied
with small but certain profits. He is spoken
of truly as one of Fayette county's most
successful business men. He was a valued
member of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, the Masonic order, and of the
Great Bethel Baptist Church, of which he
was a trustee for many years. He was also
one of the oldest directors of the First Na-
tional Bank of Uniontown, being one of the
original stockholders and founders.

The parents of Daniel Phillips Gibson
were Joseph and Rachel (Phillips) Gibson.
Joseph Gilason was born in Fayette county,
Pennsylvania, about 1780, son of John Gib-
son, a native of Ireland. He spent his life
as a farmer, and died in 1830, aged fifty
years. Rachel Phillips was a daughter of
Benjamin Phillips, a farmer of New Jersey,
where his daughter was born, who moved
to Pennsylvania when she was quite young.
Daniel Phillips Gibson, in 1874, married
Hannah Jane, daughter of William Brown,
a well known and prominent Fayette coun-
ty farmer. Their only child was Delia
Pearl, who married Frank Eugene Merts,
on November i, 1905. Born to them, Au-
gust 30, 1908, a daughter, named Donna
Gibson Merts, the only grandchild of Dan-
iel Phillip Gibson.



The first of this family to
GALIARDI leave their own beautiful

Italy and come to the
United States was Rimonti Galiardi, born in
Northern Italy. He is a grandson of Ri-
monti (whose name he bears), Reijina Gal-
iardi, whose lives were spent in their native
land. Their son Philip was born in 1825.
In 1848 he was a soldier of Italy. Residing
in the north where timber was plentiful, he
followed the occupation of wood chopper
and from his earnings supported wife and
children, four of whom lived and died in
Italy, three coming to the United States;
one Gudita, after coming, returned to her




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native Italy. The other two, Rimonti (2)
and Constantine, died in the United States.
Phihp Gahardi died in Italy in 1889. His
wife, Louise Galiardi fa relative before mar-
riage), born 183 1, died in the* land of her
birth in 1904. The family were all devout
members of the Roman Catholic church.

(Ill) Rimonti (2), son of Philip and
Louise Galiardi, was born in Northern Italy,
March 5, 1853. He was educated in the
local schools, early began working at that
trade at which the Italian excels, stone cut-
ting. He served two months in the Italian
army, but was not engaged in actual war-
fare. In 1878 he married, and in 1882, lured
by the knowledge of better conditions across
the seas, left the home of his ancestors to
begin a new life in a new world. He ar-
rived in New York City, April 17, 1882, was
for a time in Buffalo finally locating in
Punxsutawney, Jefferson county, where he
worked at his trade with little intermission
until the winter of 1886, when he returned
to Italy. He had so prospered in the United
States that he determined to settle perman-
ently and become a citizen. Accordingly
he settled all his affairs in Italy, and with
his wife and son Philip came again to Punx-
sutawney, where he resumed work at his
trade, continuing until 1889, when he made
permanent settlement at Connellsville,
Pennsylvania, his present residence. He
secured employment at his trade as a jour-
neyman stonemason, but m 1893 began tak-
ing contracts. He has been very successful
in his building operations; has done a great
deal of coke oven work for the H. C. Frick
Coke Company, and a great deal of concrete
work, etc. He made a second return to
his native land in 1900, visiting friends and
relatives. In 1891 he became a naturalized
citizen of the United States, and has exer-
cised the franchise thus acquired in support
of the Republican party. He is a member of
the Roman Catholic church of Connellsville,
and of the Columbus Independent Italian
Club.

He married, January 8, 1878, Rosa Car-
etti, whose parents, Joseph and Theresa
(Battacecti) Caretti, lived and died in Italy.
In 1906 Mr. Galiardi erected a modern com-
fortable residence at No. 279 Fairview
street, where he now lives. Children: i.



Philip, born in Italy, November i, 1881 ; now
associated in business with his father ; he
married his second cousin, Rosa Galiardi,
and has: Lorretta, born June 28, 1908; Mag-
dalena, born September 21, 1910. 2. Joseph,
born in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, Sep-
tember 15, 1887; now working with his fa-
ther. 3. Louis, born in Connellsville, Penn-
sylvania, February 17, 1892. Two other chil-
dren died in infancy.



Samuel Angle, born in Somer-
ANGLE set county Pennsylvania, of

German parents, settled when
a young man in Morgan county, Ohio. He
followed agriculture as a business all his
life, married, and left issue.

(II) Henry C, son of Samuel Angle, was
born in Morgan county, Ohio, July 13, 1851.
He was educated in the public school, grew
to manhood on the farm, and is now a pros-
perous merchant of Glouster, Ohio. He is
a Republican, and a member of the Christian
church (Disciples of Christ). He married
(first) Mary Kasler, born in Morgan county,
Ohio, died 1888, daughter of Abraham and
Mary Kasler, born in Morgan county, of
German parentage. He married (second)
Mary C. Leffler. Children of Henry C.
Angle, by his first wife: i. Ida, married L.
C. Vest, of Bishopville, Ohio. 2. Dora, de-
ceased. 3. Clara, married Elza Morris, of
Glouster Ohio. 4. John, now living at
Johnstown Pennsylvania. 5. Joseph E., of
whom further. 6. Burt R., now living in
Glouster, Ohio. 7. Mont, now living in
Glouster, Ohio. 8. Frank, now living in
Corning, Ohio.

(III) Joseph E., son of Henry C. Angle,
was born at Glouster, Ohio, January 23,
1882. His mother died when he was six
years old, and from then until he was thir-
teen years of age he attended the public
schools. He then began working for a
plumber and gas fitter, with whom he
learned a great deal of the business. After
two and a half years with his first employer
he entered the employ of the Corning
(Ohio) Natural Gas Company; being but a
boy he was made tool carrier at first, and
gradually advanced. He remained at Corn-
ing until 1901. then came to Connellsville,
where he entered the employ of the Fayette



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County Gas Company as meter reader and
in charge of portions of the line work, but
was soon promoted foreman of the Connells-
ville division. In 1907 he was transferred
to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, to the employ
of the Johnstown Fuel and Supply Company
(a subsidiary company) and was made su-
perintendent of construction of a new plant
being erected in Johnstown. There were
changes of ownership which resulted in Mr.
Angle's appointment as superintendent of
the artificial and natural gas departments of
the Johnstown plant. On February i, 191 1,
he returned to the Fayette Gas Company as
assistant superintendent at Connellsville,
and is now (1912) superintendent of the en-
tire system, which conveys gas in sixteen
cities in Fayette, Green and Westmoreland
counties. He is eminently qualified for his
position, having learned the business from
the very bottom as a boy, and has made gas
his life study. He is a member of the Pro-
gressive Brethren Church, the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows of Johnstown, Penn-
sylvania, Knights of the Maccabees of Con-
nellsville, and affiliates with the Demo-
cratic party.

He married, July 3, 1903, Margaret J.
Bittner, born in Fayette county, daughter of
Annanias and Barbara Bittner, of Bullskin
township. Annanias Bittner is a veteran of
the civil war, serving in a Pittsburgh com-
pany and regiment. Children of Joseph E.
and Margaret Angle : Frank B., born April
8, 1904; Belford, October 27, 1905; Mar-
garet, March 30, 191 1.



The Kerchners descend
KERCHNER from German ancestors
who on coming to Penn-
sylvania settled in Berks county. The first
of record was William Kerchner, a farmer
of Berks county, son of the emigrant from
Germany, and a native born son of Berks.
He married Mary Lint, also born in Berks
county and of German parentage.

(II) James W., son of William Kerchner,
was born in Berks county, Pennsylvania, in
1855. He was educated in the public schools
and learned the painting trade. He located
in Reading, Pennsylvania, about 1887, where
he is engaged in contracting, painting, paper
hanging and interior decorating. He is a
Democrat in politics, and a member of the



The Titus family originally set-
TITUS tied in Greene county, Pennsyl-
vania, where Benjamin F. Titus
was born and grew to manhood. In 1873
he moved to the state of Texas, where he
followed his profession of civil engineer in
the employ of a southern railroad, he mak-



Lutheran church. He married Emma, born
in Berks county, in 1855, daughter of Wil-
liam Sollenberger, born in Pennsylvania, of
German parentage. He was a teacher in the

public schools ; married Sarah , also

of German parentage, but born in Penn-
sylvania: Children of James W. and Emma
Kerchner: i. Warren B., died in infancy. 2.
Morris B., now living in Reading, Pennsyl-
vania, a linotype operator. 3. Lenus Sollen-
berger, of whom further. 4. Mahlon S., a
linotype operator, of Reading, Pennsylvania.
5. William J., clerk in the Pennsylvania
Railroad office at Reading. 6. Robert, a
student. 7. Mary S., a bookkeeper, living at
home. 8. Lizzie, residing at home.

(Ill) Lenus Sollenberger son of James
W. Kerchner, was born in Berks county,
Pennsylvania, August 27, 1880. He was
about six years of age when his parents
moved to Reading, where he was educated
in the public school. After completing his
school years he began business life as an
employee of the Reading Iron Company, in
their laboratory, continuing there two years.
In 1899 he came to Dunbar, Fayette county, as
assistant chemist with the Dunbar Furnace
Company. In 1901 he was advanced to the po-
sition of chief chemist, continuing five years.
In 1906 he was appointed assistant super-
intendent, which position he now holds. He
has private business interests, including a
directorship of the Dunbar Coal Company.
He is a member of the Masonic order be-
longing to Lodge, Chapter and Command-
ery ; also a member of the Modern Wood-
men of America. In religious faith he is a
Lutheran, and in politics is a Republican.

He married, September 11, 1902, Teresa
May, born at Dunbar, Pennsylvania, June
21, 1882, daughter of Louis and Josephine
Baer, of Dunbar, the former now living re-
tired. Children : James Harold, born June
16, 1903; Lenus (2), born May 6, 1907, died
December 4, 1907.



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ing his home at San Antonio. In 1887 he sonic Order, belonging to Uniontown Lodge



returned north and is residing at Point Mar-
ion, Pennsylvania. He is a Democrat in
politics, has always been locally active in
public affairs, filling many of the town of-
fices. He is a member of the Masonic Order,
and a member of the Disciples of Christ
Church, as is his wife. He married Jennie
M. Sadler, born in Fayette county, Pennsyl-
vania. Children: i. Moses F., a resident of
Point Marion, Pennsylvania. 2. Charles L.,
of whom further. 3. Montie Lee, secretary
of the Morris Glass Company of Point Mar-
ion. 4. Bininie Leo, a master plumber of
Point Marion. 5. Garrett Sadler, a master
plumber of Point Marion. 6. Bertie Cotulla,
married Thomas Richmond. 7. Delphus
Denver, a master plumber of Point Marion.
(II) Charles L.. son of Benjamin F. and
Jennie M. (Sadler) Titus, was born in Wi-
ley, Greene county, Pennsylvania, April 9,
1871. He was educated in the public schools
of San Antonio, Texas, and of Point Marion,
Pennsylvania. He later completed a course
in plumbing, heating and ventilation with
the Scranton School of Correspondence ;
after learning the trade practically he es-
tablished a plumbing business in Union-
town, in 1897. He has been very success-
ful and still continues in active business, be-
ing also interested in other enterprises of
profit. He is a member of the State Plum-
bers' Association of Pennsylvania and in
1909-10 was president o^ that body; now
(1912) state vice-president of the National
Association of Master Plumbers, and a
member of the board of directors. He or-
ganized the Southwestern Plumbers' Asso-
ciation, comprising the territory of South-
western Pennsylvania, a portion of Mary-
land and Western West Virginia, serving
the latter organization as secretary. He has
been identified with the Uniontown fire de-
partment for many years, president of the
Hook and Ladder Company since its or-
ganization in 1901, and is assistant chief of
the present fire department. He was a pro-
moter of the newsboys' annual supper in
1909, which has become a permanent fea-
ture of city philanthropic work. He is pres-
ident of the Uniontown committee of safety,
and a Democrat, always actively interested
in city affairs. He is a member of the Ma-



of Perfection, fourteenth degree, and Pitts-
burgh Consistory, thirty-second degree,
Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite. He is ])ast
grand of Uniontown Lodge, Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, and member of the
State Grand Lodge. In religious faith he is a
member of the Central Christian Church,
and with his family active in church and
Sunday school work.

He married, December 25, 1896, Birdie,
daughter of Elisha and Bessie (Franks)
Snider, of Point Marion, Pennsylvania.
Child : Harry Ward, born in Uniontown,
January 18, 1899.



The Hibbs family, originally
HIBBS from England, settled in Fay-
ette county, Pennsylvania, at an
early day. The earliest record found is of
David Hibbs, whose line follows.

(I) David Hibbs was born July 18, 1809,
on the old homestead near New Salem,
Menallen township, Fayette county, Penn-
sylvania, died May 18, 1868. He here en-
gaged in general farming and did an exten-
sive business in live stock, which he raised
and sold, and if the opportunity offered
when he could do so to advantage, he
bought. He was an elder of the German
Baptist church, and in politics a Democrat.
He married, April 18, 1839, Hannah Wal-
ters, born in Masontown, daughter of Eph-
raim Walters. Children: i. Jefferson Wal-
ters, of whom further. 2. Mary, married
Joseph Antram and lives in Uniontown,
Pennsylvania. 3. Harriet, married John
Hess and lives in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
4. Lucetta, married Douglas Ammoris and
lives in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. 5.
George L. died 1907. 6. John Gibson, lives
in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.

(II) Jefferson Walters, son of David and
Hannah (Walters) Hibbs, was born on the
old homestead near New Salem, Menallen
township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania,
January I, 1837, died 1907. He attended
the local schools, finishing his education at
Dunlap Creek Academy. He was a farmer
all his life and owned two hundred acres
of land in Luzerne township, one hundred
and seven acres in Redstone township on
which he engaged in general farming and



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raised much live stock and cattle, specializ-
ing in the production of wool and succeed-
ing in obtaining a very fine grade. He was
a Democrat in politics and held several
township offices ; among them those of
school director and township auditor. He
was a member of the Dunlap Creek Pres-
byterian Church. He married, in 1867, El-
len Abigail, daughter of Theodore Vankirk.
Children : Lula Edna, married Chads Chal-
fant and lives in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
2. Theodore Vankirk, of whom further.

(HI) Theodore Vankirk, son of Jeffer-
son Walters and Ellen Abigail (Vankirk)
Hibbs, was born at the home of his fathers
in Redstone township, Fayette county,
Pennsylvania, December 12, 1873. His edu-
cation was obtained in the public schools
of Luzerne township where his parents
moved when he was young, in the Browns-
ville public schools and at the Streter high
school, Illinois, where he was graduated
from the commercial department, class of
1892. He was engaged in farming with his
father until the latter's death, when he in-
herited the home farm on which he now
conducts general farming, sheep and cattle
raising. He is financially although not ac-
tively interested in coal lands in various
portions of the state. A very successful
venture, which he has lately inaugurated, is
the raising of fruit in Florida. He spends
his winters in the south and gives his or-
chards his personal attention, growing some
of the best oranges and grape fruit pro-
duced in that wonderfully rich and fertile
section. These he ships to Pittsburgh and
the other northern markets, where during
our cold season they are sold for almost
fabulous prices. He is a member of the
Dunlap Creek Presbyterian Church, and a
Democrat in politics.

He married in 1899, Mary B. English,
born in Jefferson township, December i,
1873, daughter of Dr. English, a prominent
physician of Jefferson township.



These families
JACKSON-CURRY joined by marriage
spring one from
an English the other from an Irish ances-
tor. The Jackson progenitor came from Ire-
land and settled in Fulton county, Pennsyl-



vania, where he died leaving a widow and
son.

(II) Mark Jeremiah Jackson, son of the
emigrant from Ireland, was born in Fulton
county, Pennsylvania, December 26, 1835,
died in Bedford county, November 3, 1893.
His mother survived his father, married a
second husband, and went west, never again
returning. The lad was then left to his own
resources at quite an early age. He was
bound out to a miller at Ackersville, in Ful-
ton county, who taught him the miller's
trade, an occupation he followed all his life
with the exception of the three years spent
in the Union army during the civil war,
serving in the cavalry under General Phil
Sheridan. After the war he returned to Ful-
ton county, later moving with his family to
Bedford county, where he settled at what
was known as Jackson's Mills. He erected
a mill which he operated until his death in
1893. He was a well-known influential man;



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