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erected a good brick house in 1855-56 con-
tained about one hundred and sixty acres of
productive land, with coal and other valuable
minerals, and another farm of about one hun-
dred and twenty-one acres. In politics he
was a Democrat. His wife survived him many
years. She was a Baptist. Both were buried
in Mt. Moriah cemetery, Smithfield, Pennsyl-

Children of John and Mary Franks: i. Peter
Hess, whose sketch follows.

2. An infant daughter. Amy Ann, named
for its two grandmothers, was born and died
in 1841 while in Ohio.

3. John Irvin, born July 3, 1843, died Octo-
ber 21, 1858. He was a promising boy.

4. David Jackson, born April 13, 1846; mar-
ried Fannie, daughter of James and Sarah
Daugherty, of New Geneva. First a farmer,
but for years conducted successfully a large
Iiotel at Greensboro, Greene county, opposite
New Geneva. Later he added to the hotel
business a grocery store with Mr. Lee Burns
as oartner. The latter business so increased
in volume that another storeroom on the op-



posite side of the street is also occupied. They
have no children. In politics he has always
been a Democrat.

5. Margaret Caroline, born August 28,
1847; married James Hare, a farmer, and by
trade a blacksmith. They live in SpringhiU
township. They have a large family of grown
children, sume are married. He is a Demo-

6. William W. F., born May 9, 1849, died
September 25, 1858.

7. Mahala, born November 20, 1852; she
married Asbury La Poe, once a prosperous
farmer and business man, but now in poor
health. They have one child living, James
Lindsay, born in 1896. He has a fine, prac-
tical mind, with a good foundation in educa-
tion already laid, promises a life of great use-
fulness. Their home is in Greene county,
Pennsylvania, near Crow's Ferry.

8. Elizabeth Harriet, born February 2t„
1855, died March 25, 1859.

9. Charles Spurgeon, born May 5, 1858;
while a young man he learned the art of pho-
tography and practiced it for some time at
Carmicliaels, Greene county, Pennsylvania.
He married Melissa Stull, of Washington
county, Pennsylvania. He then bought a
small farm in Dunkard township, Greene
county, Pa. In a few years sold out and
moved to Rehway, Iowa county, Wisconsin,
where he is still living. They have two chil-
dren, a son, and a daughter. Pearl, at home.
They are graduates of the high school of

Mary (Hess) Franks, wife of John and
mother of Peter H. Franks, as already noted,
was the daughter of Peter and Ann (Fuller)
Hess. Peter Hess was a son of Peter and
Susanna Hess, who came from Germany to
Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, thence to
Fayette county, Pennsylvania. They were
among the very early settlers west of the Alle-
ghany mountains. Peter, the second, was
l)orn near New Salem, on Dunlap's creek,
about the year 1787. He was a very thrifty
business man, owning large and valuable
farms in German township. He dealt largely
in stock and was known as a drover, driving
large numbers of cattle and hogs to the east-
ern markets. He imported from England and
introduced the first pure blood Durham cat-
tle into the Dunlap's creek valley. When he
moved to Ohio he bought a large tract of rich

land not far from the town of Bloomingburgh,
Fa\ ette county, Ohio. This he improved into
a hne hume, and at death left a large estate.

His wife, A,nn Fuller, was the daughter of
Daniel Fuller, who was born in Ireland about
the year 1777, and came at the age of fifteen
jears first to a Ouaker settlement and soon
after came over the Alleghany mountains and
settled not far from Connellsville, Fayette
county, Pennsylvania. Her brothers and sis-
ters were: James, father of Dr. James Fuller,
deceased. John, a member of the legislature
three' terms, and father of the late Dr. Smith
Fuller Sr., of Uniontown; James, of Perry-
opolis, and Daniel, of near Newtown, Greene
county, Pennsylvania, a very wealthy farmer
and stock man. Mary (Polly) married George
Hess, a brother of Peter Hess, and Elizabeth
(Betsy) married David Jackson, a wealthy
farmer and banker. They have all been dead
many years.

The children of Peter and Ann Hess were:
Fuller, married Mary A. Stevens, of Union-
town, Pennsylvania; he became a wealthy
farmer and lived not far from Washington,
Fayette county, Ohio; a son. Bowman, at the
latter place, still survives. Ann, married Sam-
uel Greenlee; CaroHne, married "Gus" Par-
rott; Elizabeth, never married; Margaret,
married Thomas Porter Greenlee, brother of
Samuel; they were sons of William Greenlee,
of Georges township, Fayette county, Penn-
sylvania; Irvin, who came into possession of
his father's homestead, well improved and
having about eight hundred acres of very rich
land. These children of Peter and Ann (Ful-
ler) Hess were all born in Fayette county,
Pennsylvania, but as noted, all settled and
died in Fayette county, Ohio.

Children of Peter Hess and his first wife,
Eliza (Poundstone) Franks, are as follows:

1. Mary Elizabeth, born in Nicholson town-
ship, May II, 1862, died January 28, 1887.

2. Sarah M., born in same township, October
17, 1863; she married Walter G. Rea, Decem-
ber 25, 1890, a son of !\I:ajor J. Harvey Rea,
of Carmichaels, Pennsylvania; she died at her
home in Albuquerque,' New Mexico, January
25, 1909. To them two children were born,
Anna Ethel. March 18, 1892, died May 26,
1896, and Nellie, May 9. 1896, now (1912) at
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 3. Anna B., born
April 12, 1865; later went to Pittsburgh, and
took a graduating course in M. Garnier's



school of ladies' tailoring and dressmaking.
Returned to Uniontown, established herself in
that business on IMorgantown street, opposite
the Messmore block. In a few years she
changed into a millinery business, sold out
and went west in [898 with her sister, Mrs.
Rea, and settled in business at Pueblo, Colo-
rado. On April 30, 1899, she married John
J. Ryan, a business man. For some years
conducted the St. Remi Hotel in that city. In
1910 quit the hotel and established themselves
in other business. She is a woman of great
business energy. She is a Baptist. They have
two interesting children, William J. and Mar-
tha, who recently at the age of six years gave
readings from Shakespeare, Burns and others,
that excited the admiration and astonishment
of all who heard them. 4. John Fuller, born
April 26, 1867, at McClellandtown, Fayette
county, Pennsylvania, is an able and efificient
Baptist minister. He is now pastor of the
First Baptist church at Alice, Texas. He re-
ceived his education in the public schools, at
Waynesburg College, Denison University,
Ohio, Louisville, Kentucky, and the Western
Pennsylvania Classical and Scientific insti-
tute, Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania. On June
27, 1895, he married Ida Bell, daughter of the
late Benjamin and Caroline (Fulton) Phillips,
of Redstone township, Fayette county, Penn-
sylvania. They have three children living:
Carolyn, now a young woman; Mary and Ful-
ton A son, Charles, died in infancy. 5. Wil-
liam Passavant, born January 22, 1871 ; was
educated in the public schools of Nicholson
township; at University of West Virginia, one
term; at Mount Pleasant Classical institute
and California Normal. He then taught eight
terms in the public schools. For some years
he has been in the real estate business. De-
cember 21, 1899, he married Hester A.,
daughter of Jan)_es and Lucinda (Hogsett)
Hankins, of Uniontown. To them have been
born seven children. Three are dead, the liv-
ing are: Raymond H., Wilbur, Mildred and an
infant son. 6. Hester A., born October ig,
1872, in Nicholson township; for some years
a nurse in East End, Pittsburgh; married,
August 16, 191 1. John J. Gallagher, a well-
to-do farmer of Beaver county, Pennsylvania.
A grandson, E. H. Trader, born October 25,
1884, is the efficient city agent for the Amer-
ican Express Company at Akron, Ohio. He
started at the bottom as driver for the Adams

Express in Uniontown, when sixteen years
old. and rose rapidly through all the routine
of grades in the business to his present re-
munerative but responsible position. In 1905
he married Sara Ullery, of Brownsville, Penn-
sylvania. They have one child, Peter Hess
Franks Trader, born July 6, 1906.

Amy, the eleventh child of Alichael (3) and
Amy (^Furst) Franks, became the second wife
of Jonathan Higgins, who married for his
first wife her older sister, Elizabeth.

Charlotte, twelfth child of Michael (3) and
Amy (Fnrst) Franks, was born October 16,
1816, died January i, 1898. In March, 1840,
she married William H. Trader, born January
15, 1816, died June i, 1889. Both were buried
in St. Jacob's Lutheran church cemetery.
They were members of Mt. Moriah Baptist
church, Smichfield, Pennsylvania. She united
wich the church in 1832. In disposition she
was naturally quiet and retiring, ever true to
her religious convictions. She was a modest
but faith lul follower of her Lord and Master,
and when the end came it was serenely sweet
and peaceful. After her husband's death she
moved in 1890 to her new home on Fayette
street, Uniontown, Pennsylvania, near the
Great Bethel Baptist church, with which she
then united.

Her husband was a rrtan of uncommon busi-
ness energy, and though starting life at the
bottom of the ladder, with the assistance of
his wife, became a rich man for his time. He
owned and lived on a large and valuable farm
in Georges township, near Walnut Hill. He
uas also the owner of other tracts. He was a
fine judge of stock, especially horses, and
made nmch of his wealth in that way. He was
a director of the People's Bank of Uniontown,
Fayette county, Pennsylvania, and as such
was a safe counsellor and his advice in busi-
ness was much sought by the community.

He left an estate that gave to each of his
ten children about $10,000 or its equivalent.
His widow was left amply provided for. The
names of his children in order of age are:
Sarah Ann, Amv, Marv, John, Eliza. Amedee
M., Mahala, William 'H. Jr., Charlotte and
Minnie. Sarah Ann the oldest married Nich-
olas Poundstone, for years a renter, but by
hard work and good management bv him and
his wife, continually added to their savings.
They then moved to' a farm in Marion county,
West Virginia, near Farmington. This was


a farm of about two hundred and thirty acres
and was equally divided between her and her
brother, Amedce M. Trader, a lift from their
father, William H. Trader, Sr. , They after-
ward sold these farms. Poundstone and his
wife moved to Washington county, Pennsyl-
vania, and purchased a good farm six or seven
miles north of Claysvine. xhe wife (Sarah
Ann) died Janunry 3, 1903, aged about sixty-
one years. She was buried at Claysville, serv-
ices conducted by Rev. J. Fuller Franks, now
of Alice, Texas. Her husband survives with
several children. Both husband and wife were
Baptists. Amy married Samuel DefTenbaugh
and lives on a farm in the Walnut Hill neigh-
borhood. i\I:iry married A. S. Richey and
lives in Uniontown. Has a good home with
a liberal supply of means. They have a large,
well-to-do family. John lives in Ashtabula
counlv, Ohio, and is a farmer. Eliza mar-
ried Nicholas Honsaker and is dead. Amedee
M. moved west and bought a farm in Vernon
county, Missouri. Sold this and moved to
^Mountain Park, Oklahoma, where he still
lives. He is worth over $100,000, mostly
made out of coal lands sold in West Virginia.
He married Virginia Freemen, of Walnut
Hill, Georges township. Mahala married
James Sesler, now dead. His widow resides
in Uniontown. William H., Jr., is now owner
of and lives on the old homestead farm for-
merly owned by his father. He married
Nancy Newcomer. He is a good business
man, prosperous and a highly respected and
a useful citizen. A member of the Great
Bethel Baptist church. His wife is a splendid
woman and is well known as an active leader
and organizer in Sunday school work. Char-
lotte, twice married, her first husband being
dead. Her present husband is J. C. Parker,
who owns and conducts a very successful geii-
eral store business at Scottdak\ Pennsylvania.
Minnie, the youngest, married Dr. J. VV. Hig-
gms, said to' be a very skillful doctor and sur-
geon. They live in Denver City, Colorado.

Christina', thirteenth child of Michael (3)
and Amv (Furst) Franks, was born about the
vear i8i'6, died July 20, 1894. She was mar-
ried to James Hess when about thirty-three
years of age. He preceded her in death by
some vears. He was a thrifty farmer, living
near New Geneva. Thev amassed consider-
able wealth during life. Both were members
of the Mt. Moriah Baptist church, Smithfield,

Pennsylvania, at which place they were buried.
In politics he was a Republican. They had
live children. ^[arg:'.ret married Newton
Griffin, son of the late W. P. Griffin, of Nich-
olson township. Shortly after their marriage
they moved to Fayette county, Ohio, where
tney purchased a farm near Washington,
where they now live. They have two sons
who are Baptist preachers. John J., the only
son, is a retired and wealthy farmer, now liv-
ing in D fine home near Uniontown. Is new
in poor health. He is father of Dr. Frank
Hess (dentist), of L^niontown. Also of several
other children. Frances, married Ezekiel
Zimmerman and is living in Wayne county,
Ohio. Harriet married Jacob Galley, now
hves at Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Alsa
C, wife of Ira W. Ross, living at INIasontown,
Fayette county, Pennsylvania.

Henry, fourteenth child of Michael (3) and
AmiV (Furst) Franks, was born November 12,
1818. He married Sarah, daughter of Henry
and (Showalter) Hughn, January 30,
1844, ceremony performed by Rev. Dr. Fair-
child, the bride's pastor. Henry, like most of
his family, was a successful farmer and kept
his farm in first class order. His wife was a
good manager. They spent most of their life
on the farm near New Geneva, once owned
and occupied by Andrew Kramer, his brother-
in-law (noted elsewhere). The farm, with its
substantial buildings, fine orchard and luscious
fruits, general trimness and neatness of the
whole, were the attractive features which at
once stamped it as a first class home in the
best sense of the w^ord, and the owner and his
family as thrifty and contented. He died De-
cember 5, 1892. His wife died October il,
1905. They were both Presbyterians and
their bodies now rest in the Old Frame cem-
etery in Nicholson township. To this union
were born these children, all living: Amy,
married Joseph Burwell, a farmer. They have
two sons and two daughters. Harry, an ex-
pert accountant and bookkeeper; married and
lives in Uniontown. Frank, single, in the em-
ploy of the Bell Telephone Company at
Charleroi, Pennsvlvania; Louis, at home, and
Gertrude, marrie'd. Abraham H.. born May
6, 1847: married Sadie, daughter of Jacob and
Matilda (Hall) Cover. At this time, 191 2, he
owns four hundred and twenty acres ofvvell
improved land and is now a man of consider-



able wealth. He has a large and respected
family of children.

Charles Newell, not married, formerly a
successful farmer, but now retired, having
plenty of means, he can well afford to enjoy
the fruits of his labor and good business judg-
ment. When not traveling he makes his home
with his sister, JMrs. Lucetta A., wife of Frank
P. Goodwin, of Fairchance. She is the young-
est living grandchild of Michael and Amy
(Furst) Franks. Her husband is a successful
business man, conducting a slaughter house,
meat store and grocery. Both Mrs. Goodwin
and her brother, Charles Newell, are Pres-
byterians. He is from principle a strong ad-
vocate of temperance and always casts his
vote accordingly.

Isaac, fifteenth child of Michael (3) and
Amy (Furst) Franks, was born in Nicholson
township, August 15, 1820, on his father's
farm, where he was reared. A large part cif
his earher life was devoted to farming. In
1844 he married Nancy, daughter of Philemon
and Lydia Morgan. He had a vigorous con-
stitution and possessed uncommon energy and
determination of purpose. And the motto,
"Labor Conquers All Things," was practically
demonstrated by him throughout his long life.
As said, he was first a farmer, then a mer-
chant from 1857 to 1859 at Smithfield.

He then engaged in the foundry business
and continued it from 1859 to about 1868. At
this time he owned and lived in a house on
Main street, Smithfield, the home of the late
Alfred Core, J. P., and oposite the inter-
section of Water street; the foundry was on
the adjacent ground eastward. Here his prod-
ucts were stoves, grates and plow points.
Later he moved his business into his new
building on East Main street, opposite Henry
Kyle's. This consisted of a large molding
room, engine house, etc. He manufactured
cane crusliers and fixtures. He took into
partnership John E. Patton and John Mc-
Curdy. In 186S the partnership was dissolved
and he quit the business.

He then went into the mail service. He
carried the mail between Smithfield and Mor-
gantown, West Virginia. In 1874 he moved
to Morgantown and continued in the mail
service, in all about fifteen years. He made
a good and faithful servant for "Uncle Sam."
There were but very few days in all that time
when he failed to deliver the mail. Often the

treacherous Cheat river was in so dangerous
a condition from its winter gorges breaking
up with heavy floods that to attempt crossing
It would seem like almost certain destruction J
and would have filled with fear and deterred 1
a less courageous spirit; he would sometimes
make a detour up or down the river for miles
seeking a possible point of passage, and would
only desist when the risk would be almost cer-
tain destruction. While in Morgantown he
suffered a severe loss in the death of his be-
loved wife, which occurred February 21, 1886.
She was buried at Smithfield in the Baptist
cemetery, where her husband was later buried.

On April 3, 1890, he married (second)
Annie H., daughter of Thomas and Sarah
Kefover, of Nicholson township. He had pur-
chased a part of the old Colonel Henry (Tore
farm, with the old stone mansion and beauti-
ful in itself and surroundings in former years.
Its location is near Old Frame, in Nicholson
township. And now for the first time in sev-
eral generations it passed out of the Core
name, a marked historic family in the early
and later history of Fayette county.

Flere In again established himself as a
farmer, and although well past "three-score
and ten.'" he personally took up the hard labor
of plowing, planting and gathering the ordi-
nary crops, as well as stock raising, improv-
ing his farm and tearing away the old frame
part of the house and rebuilding it, etc. He
was a living dynamo of energy. From youth
he had been a member of the Baptist church.
In politics a Democrat. He was a good cit-
izen and his influence and personality were
felt wherever he went. He died October 12,
1902. His second wife still survives; no chil-
dren were born to this union.

Children of Isaac and Nancy Franks : Lydia
Ann and Michael Skiles Franks. Lydia Ann ,
married John, a son of Rev. Benjamin F. and I
Mariah (Lyons) Brown, of Woodbridgetown,
Springhill township. By this union five chil-
dren were born: Ewing, Charles, Mattie,
Frank and Lolo. All are'dead except Mattie,
who married Humphrey Humphreys, a mer-
chant of Fairchance, and Charles, single. Mrs.
Brown has been proprietor of the well-known ^
Fairchance House for many years. Her cui-
sine and table enjoy an enviable reputation
from Pittsburgh south to Fairmont, West Vir-
^•inia. For some years Mrs. Brown was pro-

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prietor of the noted Glenmoor, a summer re-
sort on Cheat river, a short distance above
Ice's Ferry.

Michael Skiles wr's born IMarch 22, 1849,
in Nicholson township, Fayette c'ounty, Penn-
sylvania, as was also his sister just noted, Mrs.
Lydia A. Brown. He attended the public
schools and Georges Creek academy at Smith-
tield. For fifteen years he taught schools in
West Virginia and Pennsylvania. In May,
1883, he nrirried Ella J., daughter of William
and Mariah (West) Conn, of Smithfield. In
1884 he engaged successfully in the drug busi-
ness at Fairchance. He was a regular regis-
tered pharmacist, and his drug store was first
class in every respect. He was elected justice
of the peace in February, 1889. and held the
office for several terms.

He has been a suffering cripple from a boy,
the result of bone erysipelas, necessitating the
use of crutches, but his great perseverance
and will power broke down all opposing ob-
stacles and won the commend';tion and re-
spect of all. He has three children, all grown
into man and womanhood. Their names are :
William C, Annie and Edgar C. Alichael b.,
with; his family, is now a resident of Warren,
Ohio, and has a good position in business

Phineas, sixteenth and youngest child of
Michael (3) and Amy (Furst) Franks, was
born about 1824 in Nicholson township. He
grew up anri worked on the farm. He had a
thirst for knowledge and u=ed the advantages
of the books he had ana of the inadequate
schools in the neighborhood at the time. He
attended Denison Universitv. Ohio, a few
terms, and at this time thought of preparing
himself for the ministry, but for some reason
he never carried out this laudable ambition.

At the age of twenty-eight or thirty he mar-
ried Nancy Buttermore, of near Connellsville,
Fayette county, Pennsylvania, a sister of the
late Dr. Smith Buttermore. She was an in-
telligent Christian lady, having a most amia-
ble disposition. After his marriage he first
moved in with his parents and engaged in
farming. A few years after this he moved to
A good farm near Brimfield, Noble county,
Indiana. He was there for a number of years.
He then sold out and moved to Vernon coun-
ty, Missouri, where he purchased a farm and
continued the business of farming until 1874,
when the light of his home went out in the

death of his beloved wife. From this time on
we find him a disconsolate wanderer. He was
in Iowa, Kansas, Ncbr-^ska, Idaho, jMontana,
Wyoming; back to Missouri and finally back
to Kendallville. Indiana, where he spent the
remainder of Iiis days with his son, Charles
Spurgeon Franks. The manner of his death
was sad and pathetic, and though he was sev-
enty-nine years old at the time of his death,
yet he was still strong in body and mind. He
went out one morning to clear off some land
of its timber and brush. Not returning at the
noon hour for his dinner, the family became
uneasy and went to the clearing in search for
him. ' Thev found his body crushed by the
bodv of a Frge tree which he had chopped
down and evidently had fallen in an unex-
pected direction. He was a good man, with a
very generous disposition and most highly re-
spected by all who knew him. He was very
religious and maintained his Christian integ-
rity to the last. He was a lifelong Democn't.

The children of Phineas and Nancy Franks
were: George, living at White Hall, near
Butie, Montana, where he owns a large stock
ranch and also a dairy business. He raises
large numbers of horses, cattle and hogs. He
is said to be very rich.

One daughter, Mollie, married Henry Mc-
Culiough, a well-to-do farmer. They live in
Vernon countv, Missouri, and have a small
famUy. Spurgeon, the youngest, was a very
"^uccessiul business man, married and lived m
kendallville, Indiana. He conducted a very
successful loan and real estate business. He
died a few vears after his father.

Peter Hess Franks, son of John Franks,
was born in Fayette county, Ohio, Decem-
ber 18 1839. During his infantile years he
was a' very delicate child, and it was not
thought possible for him to live to manhood.
This sickly condition continued untd he was
about five vears old, at which time his par-
ents, with him and a younger brother, were
returning homeward from a visit to the
Hesses in Ohio. They stopped over night at
Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virgmia).
There the two children contracted what was
called the black smallpox. After recovery
the sickly child grew healthy. As a child he
seemed to have a lively imagination, a good
memorv, and can now relate a number of ht-
tle incidents which happened to his expen-



ence when but little past two years old. When
his parents moved to Geneva in 1S47, ^.s be-
fore stated, he had as yet never attended
school, but his mother had taught him the
alphabet, the spell-easy words, and he could

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