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a Republican, and once the candidate of the
party for the state legislature. He was a
member of the Methodist Episcopal church,
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and
the Grand Army of the Republic.

He married Emily Jane Hickson, died
at Connellsville, Pennsylvania, January 12,
1909, daughter of Ephraim and Cecil Hick-
son, both born in Fulton county, Pennsyl-
vania. Ephraim Hickson was a farmer and
a blacksmith. His children : Emily Jane,
of previous mention, Mary, Matilda, Nancy,
Joshua, Caleb, Nathan, Jared, Amos ; all are
deceased except Mary, Nancy and Jared.
Children of Mark J. and Emily J. Jackson:
I. Edward Vincent, born March 11, 1858,
died 1887, unmarried ; always remained at
home. 2. John Upton, born August 9, 1859;
now of Everett, Pennsylvania. 3. Laura,
born April 24, 1861, deceased; married Wil-
liam B. Cams. 4. Minnie, born November
I,. 1862; married Charles M. Leisinger. 5.
Harry Sheridan, born July 11, 1866. 6. Cora,
born February 9, 1870, deceased ; married
B. F. Swartzwelder. 7. Matilda (TilHe),
born July 15, 1872, died in infancy. 8.
Charles W., born December 25, 1874. 9.
George Chester, born October 14, 1878, de-
ceased. 10. Frank Stanley, twin of George
C.

(Ill) Frank Stanley, son of Mark Jere-



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miah Jackson, was born at Jackson's Mills,
Bedford county, Pennsylvania, October 14,
1878. He educated in the public school, and
attended Dickinson Seminary at Williams-
port, Pennsylvania, for one and a half years.
He was taught the miller's trade under the
direction of his father, with whom he work-
ed until the latter"s death in 1893. He con-
tinued milling until 1900, when he moved
to Connellsville, Pennsylvania, entering the
employ of the Connellsville Grocery Com-
pany, remaining five years. He then en-
gaged for several years as commercial trav-
eler until October, 191 1, when he was ap-
pointed manager of the newly established
grocery department of Wright-Metzler
Company, of Connellsville, a position he
now holds. He is a Republican, a member
of the Methodist Episcopal church, and of
the Free and Accepted Masons. He mar-
ried, July 18, 1905, Anna M. Curry, who
died July 31, 191 1 (see Curry).
(The Curry Line)

(i) The paternal great-grandfather of
Anna M. (Curry) Jackson was Samuel
Curry, a farmer of England, who lived and
died in his native land. He and wife Bet-
sey were members of the Church of Eng-
land. Their five children all died in Eng-
land: Samuel, of whom further; John, Mary,
Jens (?), and another died in infancy.

(H) Samuel (2), son of Samuel (i) and
Betsey Curry, was born at Coal Borns, Eng-
land, where he followed farming all his life,
renting land from large estates held by the
English gentry. He died in 1858. He mar-
ried, in 1844, a daughter of William and
Sarah Fallows, who survived and married
a second husband. William Fallows was a
miner. His children : William, John,
Thomas, Peter, Sarah, Helen, Alice and
Janis; are all. deceased except Sarah and
Peter. Children of Samuel (2) Curry: John,
of whom further; James, died in England;
Samuel ; William ; Ralph, died in infancy ;
Thomas ; Ralph, of Mount Pleasant, West-
moreland county, Pennsylvania. Three of
these are living in England; \\'illiam, Thom-
as and Samuel.

(HI) John, eldest son of Samuel (2) Cur-
ry, was born in Priestfield county. Dur-
ham, England, in October, 184s. He
was given little opportunity to obtain an



education, only being allowed four terms of
three months each. He was hired out when
but a small boy to neighboring farmers,
sometimes for six months or more. On the
death of his father in 1858 he was thrown
entirely upon his own resources, being then
a lad of thirteen years. He worked among
the farmers for a few years, then employed
with a cattle dealer and butcher who taught
him that trade. He continued working at
the butcher business until after his marriage
several years, having in the meantime es-
tablished in business for himself. In 1877
he became manager of a farm, and in June,
1879, came to America with wife and five
children. He first settled in the province
of Ontario, Canada, nine miles north of To-
ronto, hiring out to a farmer in summer,
and in winter moving to Toronto and work-
ing at whatever employment he could se-
cure. Two years later he came to Pennsyl-
vania, settling at Mount Pleasant, West-
moreland county, where he worked in the
coal mines for a short time. He was badly
burned in a gas explosion and was obliged
to abandon mining. He worked for two
years at the coke ovens in Bridgeport, then
purchased a farm of three hundred and
eighty-nine acres near Indian Creek, Fay-
ette county, which he cultivated and great-
ly improved. He continued there for eight
years. He had considerable timber on his
tract which he converted into lumber, and
after losing an arm gradually abandoned
agriculture and devoted himself entirely
to the lumber business. He moved to
Hammondville, built a residence, and for
three years engaged in the lumber trade,
thence came to Connellsville and continued
there in the same business until 1905, when
he organized the Curry and Bittner Lumber
Company, of which he is yet secretary and
treasurer. In 1910, in association with his
son, John C. Curry, he formed the lumber
firm of John Curry & Son, which is one of
the successful firms of Connellsville. In
political faith Mr. Curry is a third party
Prohibitionist, and in religious faith a mem-
ber of the Methodist Episcopal church.
He married, May 23, 1867, Isabella Corn,

born in England, daughter of and

Sarah (Corn) Corn. Children of John and
Isabella Curry, first six born in England :



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I. Sarah Ann, born July 23, 1868, died No-
vember, 1878. 2. Mary Isabella, born June
4, 1870; married James D. Bigan. 3. Eliza-
beth, born July 12, 1872 ; married James Wil-
liams, of Uniontown, Pennsylvania. 4. Sam-
uel, born May 15, 1874, died in infancy. 5.
Jane, born i\iay 29, 1875, died. 6. Hannah,
born October 8, 1877 ; married F. C. Bishop, of
IMorgantown, West Virginia. 7. John C, born
in Toronto, Canada, February 14, 1880. now a
partner of John Curry & Son, Connellsville ;
married Cora Slonecker. 8. Anna M., born
in Pennsylvania, February 17, 1883; died
July 31, 191 1 ; married Frank Stanley Jack-
son (see Jackson). 9. Ruth Naomi, born
January 17, 1886, died in infancy.



During the earlier years of the
FOUST nineteenth century, Henry

Foust, born and reared in the
Valley of the Rhine, Germany, came to the
United States with his wife, finally locating
in Somerset county, Pennsylvania. Among
his children he had a son Henry (2), who
lived until maturity in Somerset county,
Pennsylvania; he married in Fayette coun-
ty, Miller, and among his children was

a son, George W.

(Ill) George W., son of Henry (2) Foust,
was born near Indian Head, Salt Lick town-
ship, in 1816. He grew to manhood on the
home farm at Salt Lick; was a farmer in
his earlier years, and served as constable.
Later he removed to a point east of Con-
nellsville, where he was proprietor of the
Drove House, a regular stopping place for
the drovers, who previous to the coming of
the railroads drove their cattle on foot to
Philadelphia and eastern markets. With the
advent of the railroads all this was changed,
and business at the Drove House lan-
guished. He next became proprietor of the
Yough House, in Connellsville, later of the
Page House a large stone hotel on east
Main street. He was a Democrat in poli-
tics, always prominent in local politics, and
served as constable for several terms, but
was defeated for the nomination of sheriff.
He was a member of the Dunkard church.
He died in Texas, at the time of visiting
with his son William, in 1902. He married
(first) Margaret Hostettler, born in Salt
Lick township, died 1854, daughter of Gide-



on and Margaret (Austin) Hostettler. Her
father a farmer of Salt Lick township, was
born in Germany. He married (second) Mrs.
Rachel (Godbyj Swearengen, of Union-
town. Children by first wife : Priscilla,
born 1842, died 1844; William, born 1844,
now a ranchman of Texas ; Samuel M., of
whom further. Susan, born 1849, died 1850;
Thaddeus A., born 1851.

(IV) Samuel M., third child of George W.
and Margaret (Hostettler) Foust, was born
in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania,
September 8, 1846. His mother died when
he was eight years of age, and until he was
sixteen years of age he lived with his grand-
father Hostettler, receiving a good educa-
tion in the public schools. In 1862, he
joined his father, who was then proprietor
of the Yough House in Connellsville, re-
maining until 1868, assisting in the man-
agement of the hotel. From 1868 until 1871
he was employed on the construction of the
Baltimore & Ohio railroad with the en-
gineering gang as axeman and in other ca-
pacities. After this division was completed
and until 1874 he was engaged on the pre-
liminary survey of projected railroad from
New Florence to Indian Head, Pennsyl-
vania, now in part occupied by the Indian
Creek Valley railway. From 1872 until 1880
he was engineer for the borough of Con-
nellsville. In 1880 he was in charge of the
construction of ten miles of the Shenandoah
Valley railroad in Rockbridge county. Vir-
ginia. His next work was the building of
Breakneck reservoir for the Connellsville
Water Company. He was next employed
for six months at Morgantown, West Vir-
ginia, as chief of construction of the Black
Bottle railroad, but on the failure of the
company he returned to Connellsville. For
the next two or three years he was engaged
as civil engineer by the Dunbar Furnace
Company, opening mines, and in other work
of a constructive character. In 1882 he was
again elected borough engineer of Connells-
ville, serving until 1895, with the exception
of three terms. In 1892 he was elected sur-
veyor of Fayette county ; served three years,
and in 1898 was again elected for a term of
three years. In this election, on the first
returns from the county, Mr. Foust was
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two militia companies from Connellsville
and Uniontown, on their way to the PhiHp-
pines, two days after leaving Hawaii, on the
day of election cast their votesf and this
changed the result, giving Mr. Foust a ma-
jority of 8 votes.

In addition to the operations mentioned,
]\Ir. Foust has made extensive surveys in
Southern Fayette county, locating coal lands
and establishing bounderies. He is also
chief engineer of the Union Creek Valley
Railroad Company. He resides on East
Main street, Connellsville, in a frame house
which he erected in 1S98. In politics he is
a Democrat. He married, July 4, 1869,
Eliza Jane Marietta, born in Connellsville,
daughter of Josiah Marietta, a leading citi-
zen of Fayette county, in his day. Chil-
dren : Xina, born 1870, died 1890; May
Bell, born June 20, 1871, married; W. H.
Billhartz, of Knoxville, Pennsylvania; Mar-
garet, born August 31, 1874; married Pro-
fessor W. G. Cans, of Uniontown, Penn-
sylvania.



John Coldren (sometimes
COLDREN spelled Coldron) was a
farmer of Pennsylvania,
married and had issue. Ellis, son of John
Coldren, was born in German township,
Fayette county, Pennsylvania, where he
learned the shoemaker's trade, and in con-
nection with farming made i^ his lifelong bus-
iness in Fayette county. He was a man of
great industry and quiet retiring habits,
much respected by the neighbors. His wife,
Ehzabeth Smith, was born in Georges town-
ship, Fayette county. They left issue.

(Ill) John S., son of Elhs and Elizabeth
Coldren, was born January i, 1848, and is
now living a retired life at Uniontown,
Pennsylvania. He attended the public
schools, and early in life learned the car-
penter's trade, which he followed all his ac-
tive years as journeyman and contractor.
He is a Republican in politics, but never
sought public office. In religious faith, both
Mr. and Mrs. Coldren are Presbyterians. He
married Margaret J. Black, born Septem-
ber 26. 1844, daughter of Andrew and Rose
Ann Black, who died on their farm in mid-
dle life, leaving seven children. Children
of John and ^largaret Coldren: i. Violet



J., deceased. 2. Ira W., of whom further.
3. Raymond I., now living at home, a light
foreman with the West Penn Company. 4.
Emerson A., an electrician, living at home.

(IV) Ira W., eldest son of John S. and
Margaret J. (Black) Coldren was born in
German township, Fayette county, Pennsyl-
vania October 21, 1871. He was educated
in the public schools, finishing his studies
in the local normal school and receiving a
teacher's certificate. He taught for twelve
terms in Fayette county common and nor-
mal schools, then abandoned teaching for a
business career. He worked for a short time
in a store, then on June 22, 1903, entered the
employ of the Evening Genius at Union-
town as bookkeeper, continuing eighteen
months, then became circulation manager, a
position he now occupies with the three
papers printed by the same press — the
Evening Genius, Morning Herald and Gen-
ins of Liberty. In politics Mr. Coldren is a
Republican.

He married, June 3, 1899, Margaret E.,
daughter of John H. and Fanny Newcom-
er, of an old county family. Children : J.
Arlington, born March 2, 1900; I. Burdette,
March 11, 1902; Raymond W., April 13,
1907.



The Hortons of Connells-
HORTON ville, Pennsylvania, herein
recorded, descend from Josiah
Horton, born in Ireland, came to the United
States and settled at Eagle Foundry, Hun-
tington county, Pennsylvania, where he
lived and died a farmer. He married Ru-
hama Griffith, also a native of Ireland. They
had issue, including a son, William T.

(II) William T., son of Josiah Horton,
was born in Huntington county, Pennsyl-
vania, 1854, died 1902. He engaged in the
lumber business in Somerset and Fayette
counties, and had his residence at Ohiopyle,
in the former county, where he died. He
organized and was heavily interested in the
Somerset Lumber Company for many years.
He was a Republican, and served for several
years as justice of the peace. He was a
member of the Methodist Episcopal church,
as was his wife. He married, in 1876, Eliza-
beth Stewart, born in Fulton county. Penn-
sylvania, 1852, died in 1903, daughter of



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James A. and Rebecca (Gibson) Stewart,
both born in Scotland, and early settlers at
Wells Tannery, Fulton county, Pennsyl-
vania. James Stewart was a blacksmith,
and followed that occupation until his death.
Children of William T. and Elizabeth Hor-
ton : David H., of whom further ; Nora A.,
deceased ; Susan L., and Reuben J.

(Ill) David H., son of William T. and
Elizabeth (Stewart) Horton, was born in
Huntington county, Pennsylvania, October
i6, 1878. He was educated in the public
schools of Somerset and Fayette counties,
and Dufif's Business College, from whence
he was graduated in 1897. He was for six
years bookkeeper for a large lumber com-
pany in Maryland. Later he became man-
ager of the Kendall Lumber Company, and
since 1909 has resided in Connellsville. He
is also interested in the Ohiopyle Company,
of which J. L. Kendall of Pittsburgh is
president; David H. Horton, secretary and
treasurer. He is also secretary of the Hus-
ton Lumber Company. Mr. Horton is a
man of fine business qualities, and is high-
ly regarded in business circles. He is a Re-
publican in politics, and prominent in the
Masonic Order, belonging to Meyersdale
Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, and
Harrisburg Consistory, Ancient Accepted
Scottish Rite.

He married, November 9, 1898, Elizabeth
M. Stewart, born in Fayette county, daugh-
ter of George W. and Jennie (Corristan)
Stewart, of an old Pennsylvania family.
Children of David H. and Elizabeth Hor-
ton: Helen Marie, born August 13, 1899;
Walter Harrison, August 27, 1906; Harry
Kendall, May 12, 1909.



The progenitor of the Guihers
GUIHER of Smithfield. Pennsylvania,

is Emmanuel Guiher, who
came to Pennsylvania at an early day, set-
tling in Lancaster county. He was a Mora-
vian and lived according to the strict faith
of the Mennonites. He was buried in the
Moravian cemetery at Lititz, Lancaster
county, Pennsylvania in 1727.

(I) A descendant, Andrew Guiher. prob-
ably born in Dauphin county, Pennsylvania,
lived in ■\Iiffiin and Armstrong counties, Penn-
sylvania.



(II) Dr. James Guiher, son of Andrew
Guiher, was bom in Lewiston, Mifflin
county, Pennsylvania, in 1820, died in 1869.
He was eight years old when his parents
moved to Bradys Bend, Armstrong county,
Pennsylvania, where he received his pre-
paratory education and lived until manhood.
He also attended school at Meadville, Penn-
sylvania, and at Allegheny College. He
prepared for the profession of medicine and
after obtaining his degree located in
Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, and in 1845 be-
gan the practice of medicine there. He be-
came a well-known and skillful physician
and a prominent man of Greene county, in-
terested in many business enterprises. He
married, in 1857, Rebecca Throckmorton.
Children: i. J. A., born 1858, now a lawyer
of Winterset, Iowa. 2. F. T., born i860,
now a machinist of Waynesburg, Pennsyl-
vania. 3. Horace B., of whom further. 4.
W. T., born 1865, now a lawyer of Iowa. 5.
N. A., born 1869, now living in Waynes-
burg.

(Ill) Dr. Horace B. Guiher, son of Dr.
James and Rebecca (Throckmorton) Guih-
er, was born in Waynesburg, Greene coun-
ty, Pennsylvania, August 14, 1862. He was
educated in the public school and Waynes-
burg College. Choosing medicine as his
profession he entered Jefferson Medical
College, Philadelphia, whence he was grad-
uated in the class of 1887. In the same year
he located in Smithfield, Fayette county,
Pennsylvania, where he has since been con-
tinuously in successful practice. Dr. Guiher
is not only a skillful practitioner and highly
esteemed as a man, but is also a leading
financier and business man of Smithfield.
He has taken active part in public affairs
and with deep earnestness labored in the
cause of public health, education and good
government. He was one of the principal
organizers of the First National Bank of
Smithfield and was its first president, serv-
ing in that high position for eight years. He
was also one of the original stockholders of
the Crystal Coke Company, the Crystal Sup-
ply Company and of several other coal and
coke companies of Fayette county.

He was a member of the school board of
Georges township before the incorporation
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for ten years a member of the borough
council. He was the first president of the
borough board of heaUh and has been for
several years borough physician. He is in-
dependent in political action, and a mem-
ber of the Methodist Episcopal church of
Smithfield and president of the board of
trustees of that church. He is a member
since 1894, and an ex-president of the Fay-
ette County Medical Society, a member of
Pennsylvania State Medical Society since
1895, and since 1896 a member of the Amer-
ican Medical Association. He also holds
membership in scientific and other national
societies including: The American Associ-
ation of Advancement of Science ; The Na-
tional Geographical Society and The Amer-
ican Society for the Judicial Settlement of
International Disputes. He has been trus-
tee of Gallatin Lodge, Independent Or-
der of Odd Fellows, of Smithfield,
since 1895. Whether as physician, busi-
ness man, citizen or neighbor, Dr. Giuh-
er meets every requirement and enjoys the
fullest confidence and respect of his com-
munity.

He married, November, 1892, Maud,
daughter of John and Melissa (William)
Brownfield. Children : James M., born Jan-
uary 20, 1897; Mary M., July 7, 1901 ; Edith
R., July 12, 1908.



The first of this family to
CRIBBLE settle irf Fayette county,

Pennsylvania, was John
Gribble, born in Preston county, West Vir-
ginia, (then Virginia) April 29, 1790. He
grew to manhood on the home farm, and be-
gan his business career as a teamster on
the old Cumberland Pike at the age of eight-
een years. He was so employed continu-
ously from 1808 until 1837, when he be-
came proprietor of the old historical "Red
Tavern," located three miles from Browns-
ville. He was one of the characters of his
day and filled well his position in life. He
married Ann Welch. Children : Louis,
John, James, Welch T., of whom further;
Lydia, Harriet, Margaret, Ann, Louisa,
Mary.

(II) Welch T., son of John Gribble,
was born in Fayette county, Pennsylvania,
April 29, 1836. He was educated in the pub-



lic schools, and became a farmer of that
county, also a well-known stock raiser and
dealer. After a life of great activity he is
now living a retired life with his son, Dr.
Gribble, of Fairchance, Pennsylvania. He
is a Democrat in politics. He married Lucy
C. Frost, born in Red Stone township, Feb-
ruary 6, 1836, died February 14, 1910, daugh-
ter of Jesse L. Frost, of Fayette county.
Children: Russell T., of whom further;
Annie, Ellis, John, Margery, Lydia, New-
ton, Lewis, Ida, Jesse; the last three are
deceased.

(Ill) Dr. Russell T. Gribble, son of Welch
T. and Lucy C. (Frost) Gribble, was born
in Redstone township, Fayette county,
Pennsylvania, July 8, 1861. He obtained
his early and preparatory education in the
public schools, then deciding upon the med-
ical profession, entered the University of
the City of New York, whence he was grad-
uated M.D., class of 1885. He began prac-
tice in Tippecanoe, Fayette county, in 1885,
continuing there eighteen months. He then
located in Fairchance, Pennsylvania, where
he is successfully engaged in the practice
of his profession. Dr. Gribble stands high
in his community both as physician and cit-
izen. He is a member of the Methodist
church, and a Democrat in politics. He is
a member of Pine Knob Lodge No. 559,
Independent Order of Odd Fellows ; Fair-
chance Lodge No. 195, Knights of Pythias;
Washington Camp No. 138, Patriotic Or-
der Sons of America ; Modern Woodmen
of America and Royal Arcanum.

He married, December 31, 1887 Luella
Martin, born in Morris, Illinois, June 21,
1866, daughter of Frank H. Martin. Children :
Mary R., born September 30, 1888; Justin
L., January 26, 1891 ; Frank, August 12,
1892, died in infancy; John R., August 16,
1893; Clara August 14, 1895, died Novem-
ber 20, 1897; Joanna F., December 20, 1897;
Lloyd L., September 7, 1906; Charles W.,
October 11, 1907; Luella M., March i, 1910.



The Gilmores of Connells-
GILMORE ville, Pennsylvania, trace on

both paternal and maternal
lines to the empire of Germany. The origi-
nal name was Kilmer, but in the transi-
tion from the fatherland to America this



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family name was lost, and Gilmore took its
place in this branch in America. The ear-
liest ancestor known to this family is Mich-
ael Gilmore, who came to the American
colonies about the revolutionary period,
found his way to Western Pennsylvania,
making settlement at Connellsville, where
he was in trade until his death about 1844.
He married, in Connellsville, Elizabeth,
daughter of Daniel Colestock, who was born
in Germany, came to Connellsville and
started a blacksmith shop, when that city
was hardly yet a village. Several of the
Colestock family served in the revolution.
Elizabeth Gilmore survived her husband
until 1880, being then in her ninety-second
year.

(II) Isaac Thomas, son of Michael and
Elizabeth (Colestock) Gilmore, was born
at Connellsville, May 8, 1814, died there
November 18, 1888. He learned the car-
penter's trade, and carried on a general
building business, including dwellings,
barns, grist mills, all built in the strongest
fashion, mortise and tendon style. He was
well-known throughout the cotmty, and
was highly regarded as a man. He was a
steadfast Whig, later a Republican, and held
many of the local offices, including justice
of the peace, school director and council-
man, after Connellsville became so far ad-
vanced as to take on the dignity of a city.
He was a faithful member of the Christian
church, as was his wife. He married Rachel
Shaw, born at Connellsville, November 6,
1814, died January 10, 1899, daughter of
Nathan and Katherine (Vance) Shaw, and
granddaughter of James Shaw, who came to
Connellsville at an early day, being a con-
temporary of Michael Gilmore. Nathan
Shaw was born in Connellsville, was a mill
sawyer, and helped to work into lumber, a
great deal of the timber with which the sec-
tion abounded in that early day. He was a



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