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Her father died a young man and her mother
married (second) a Mr. Schnatterley, by
whom she had a son, Henry. Nancy Kendall
wrs the second childi of her parents and had
an elder brother, Samuel, a Baptist minister
of Greenlee, Pennsylvania. She had three
)ounger sisters: Peggy, married Samuel Hall,
a farmer of Springhill township; Charlotte,
married Michael Franks, of Springhill town-
ship; Malinda, married A. Schnatterley.
Children of Isaac and Nancy (Kendall) Crow:
T. Eliza Ann, born January 12. 1823; married
Vincent Parshall, of German township, later
moved to Carroll county. Virginia. 2. Han-
nah, born August 24, 1824. married Samuel
Antrim, of Germnn township; later moved to
La Salle county, Illinois, where she died. 3.
Eugene, born August 20, 1826. died unmar-
ried, aged twenty-five vears. 4. Elizabeth,
married Evans McWilliams, whom she sur-
vives, a resident of German township. 5.
Michael, born September 6, 1830, moved to
Ohio, where he married (first) Sally Kendall,
(second) in Virginia. Susan Bushhorn. 6.
Margaret, born October 7. 1832, died Mnrch
II, 1833. 7. Marv Ann, born January 2, 1834,
married Evans Finley, a farmer, and moved



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to Grand Ridg-e, La Salle county, Illinois. 8.
Harvey, born June 16, 1836, died March 11,
^^37- 9- Joscphns Melanchthon, born No-
vember 9, 1839; married Sarah Parshall and
moved to Grand Ridge, La Salle "county, Illi-
nois, where he died; she now resides in Union-
town. 10. Josiah Brown, of whom further.

(Til) Josiah Brown, youngest child of Isaac
Crow, was born at Crow's Mill. German town-
ship, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, October
10, 1841. He attended the public school of
McClellandtown, and ns the youngest son re-
mamcd on the farm with his pnrents. After
his father's death he purchased the homestead
which he still owns. He continued actively
engaged in the cultivation of his farm until
1905, when he moved to L'niontown, built a
modern home on Ben Lamond avenue, where
he now lives a retired life, after one of suc-
cessful effort. He was a Democrat in earlier
life, but is now a supporter of the Republican
party. He has been a member of the Pres-
byterian churchy WMth his wife, for forty-five
years.

He married, February 8, 1866, Elizabeth
McCombs, born in German township, Fay-
ette county, near New Salfem, December 29,
1841, daughter of John McCombs, born
March i, 180Q, in German township, died
1884, son of William and Margery (Moss)
I\IcCombs, of German township. The latter
died and William McCombs married a second
wife and moved to Ohio. John McCombs was
reared bv an uncle, Jacob Moss, and became
a prominent well-to-do "farmer of German
township. He attended the Presbyterian
church, and his wife was a member of that
church. He married Marv Jane Gallaher,
born Sentember 30, 1818, died September o,
1861, daughter of George and Hannah
(Baird) Gallaher, of Scotch-Irish descent.
Chi'dren of John r^nd Mary Jane McCombs:
I. Eliza, married a Mr. Brown and lived in
Luzerne township. 2. Lydia, married John
Miller and moved to the state of Indiana. 3.
Elizabeth (of previous mention). 4. William,
a farmer of Redstone township, Fayette coun-
ty. 5. Johnson Gallaher, moved to Illinois.

Children, of Josiah B. and Eliz-^beth Crow:
1. Mary Alice, born November 16, 1866, died
Mav 17, 1867. 2. Eliza Ann. born Aueust 4,
1868. married John Blanev and lives in Frank-
lin township; children: William Harold and
Ralph Crow. 3. William Evans, born March



10, 1870 (of whom further). 4. John M., born
April 29, 1872, married Alice Riffle and lives
on the home farm in German township; child:
Caroline E. 5. Frank R., born June i, 1874,
married (first) Emily Parshall, (second) Flor-
ence Brumbaugh; children: Martha, Frank
and Geraldine. 6. Arthur E., born April 22,
1878 (of whom further). 7. Elizabeth, born
February 11, 1880, married Charles Hubbard;
child: Charles. 8. Josiah Benton, born March
30, 1884, married Maude Rush and lives in
L'niontown.

(IVj William E., eldest son of Josiah B.
and Elizabeth (McCombs) Crow, was born in
German township, Fayette county, Pennsyl-
vania, March 10, 1870. He began, his studies
in the district public school, later entering
Pennsylvania State Normal school at Cali-
fornia, whence he was graduated. He taught
school two terms in German township, but re-
signed that profession in favor of journalism
and was reporter on Pittsburgh papers for
three years, 1891 to 1894. He continued his
journalistic career as local editor of the
Lmiontown Standard, and when that paper
was merged with The News, became local
editor of the consolidated Nezvs-Standard.
He had previously studied law with Boyd &
Umbel, of Uniontown, and in December,
1895, was admitted to the Fayette county bar.
One month later he was appointed assistant
district attorney of Fayette county under Ira
E. Partridge, the then district attorney. In
November, 1808, he was elected district attor-
ney, serving most efficiently for three years.
After retiring from office he resumed private
practice, and has so continued until the pres-
ent time, having a large practice in state and
federal courts. He has given much time to
the public service, and is rn active, influential
member of the Republican party. In 1895 ^^^
became secretary of the county central com-
mittee, and in 1899 was elected chairman,
serving three years as the directing head of
the committee." In 1902 he was the candidate
of his party for the state senate, but through
an unfortunate rupture in the party was de-
feated. In 1906 he was again the candidate
for the senate and elected. He served with
distinction, and in T910 was again elected, and
served as president pro tempore of the senate
during the session of 191 1. He has frequently
represented hi? district at the county and state
conventions of his party, and was chairman



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of the Republican state conventions of 1909
and 19 10. He has served in every position
with fidelity and distinction, and is one of the
influential party leaders of western Pennsyl-
vania. His practice' of the law has been con-
tinuous, and his position at the bar is an hon-
ored one. Jrlis offices are in the First Na-
tional Bank building; the family home at No.
127 North Gallatin avenue. Hei is a member
of the Masonic order, being a thirty-second
degree Mason of the Ancient Accepted Scot-
tish Rite. He also belongs to the Benevolent
Protective Order of Elks. His clubs are the
Uniontown Country, the Duquesne, the
Young Men's Tarif? and the Athletic, the lat-
ter three of Pittsburgh. In religious prefer-
ence he is a Presbyterian.

He married, March 24, 1897, Adelaide,
daughter of James I'. Curry, of North Union
township. Children: William J., January 22,
1902; Evan Curry, April 19, 1908; W. E., Jr.,
September 25, 191 1.

(IV) Arthur E., fifth child of Josiah B.
Crow, was born in German township, Fayette
township, Pennsylvania, near McClellands-
town, April 22, 1878. He attended the public
schools, and became later a student at Knox
College, Galesburg, Illinois. He had, how-
ever, decided upon a profession, and leaving
Knox entered Jefferson Medical College at
Philadelphia, 1899, from whence he was grad-
uated M. D. in 1903. For one year he was
resident physician at Jefiferson Hospital, and
in September, 1904, located at Uniontown,
Pennsylvania, where he is now well estab-
lished as a skillful physician and surgeon. He
is a member of the Pennsylvania State and
Fayette county medical societies; Laurel
Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons ; the Or-
dei of Moose; Phi Beta medical frater-
nity and Alpha Omega Alpha. He is a Re-
publican in politics, and a member of the
Presbyterian church. He married, October
12, 1909, Edith M. Abraham, daughter of
Enoch H. and Belle R, Abraham, old resi-
dents of Fayette county. One child, Arthur
E., Jr., born February 18, 1912.



This name is said to be an
ENGLISH additional name, applied for

distinction's sake in Great
Britain in early Norman times, to such per-
sons as were permitted to retain their lands.
Of the American families of this name, the



longest settled in this country is probablv the
New Haven (Connecticut) family, which is
still prominent in that city. The best known
American of this name was William H. Eng-
lish, of Indianapolis, Indiana, a Democr.-itic
nominee for vice-president of the United
States.

(I) English, the first member of this

family about whom we have definite informa-
tion, is said to have come from England to
America, with three sons, one of these being
Henry, of whom further.

(H) Henry, son of English, was

born in England, and died in Alabama. In
that state he lived, a farmer and slave owner.
He was a Whig, and both he and his wife

were Presbyterians. He married Mc-

Cracken. Children: i. Henry; he was a
survevor in Abbama, and went to South Am-
erica, after which knowledge of him was lost.
2. Elbert; a lawyer, and for twenty-two years
chief justice of Arkansas. 3. Alfred, died in
Jefiferson county, Arkansas, in voung man-
hood; he was a farmer. 4. Noah D., of whom
iurther. 5. Cyrus, died in Little Rock, Ar-
kansas, at the age of nineteen. 6. William, a
lawyer in Arkansas, died in Texas. 7-8. Died
young.

(Ill) Noah D., son of Henry and

(McCracken") English, was born in Oc-
tober, 1 82 1, and died in Jefiferson county, Ar-
kansas, in February, 1869. He was raised in
Athens, Alabama, and settled in Jefiferson
county, Arkansas, where he owned 1120 acres
of land and many slaves, and was a great cot-
ton planter. For many years he was county
judge, and he served in the legislature at the
outbreak of tlie civil war. Although he was
a Whig, he was srrongly opposed to secession,
and made many speeches against the attempt
to secede. He married, about 1847, Anna
Eliza, daughter of James and Mary (Caldwell)
Cox, who was born in Saline county, Ar-
kansas, about 1829, and died in Jefferson
county, Arkansas, in October, 1867. Her fa-
ther was a native of Kentucky, born and mar-
ried in Kentucky: thence he went to Benton,
Saline county, Arkansas, where he died. At
that place he was a merchant. His widow
lived afterward with their son-in-law, Noah
D. English, and died in Jefferson county, Ar-
kansas, about 1846. He was a Whig and a
sbve owner, yet he is said to have been a
Ouaker. Mrs. Cox was a Presbyterian.






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Tlieir daughter, Anna Eliza, was brought np
in Sahne county, their only child who lived to
maturity; a brother, James, died in young
boyhood. Mrs. English was an Episcopalian.
Children of Noah D. and Anna Hiza (Cox)
English: 1. Henry J., of whom further. 2.
Mary Leona, born 1851, died about 1868.
3. a' daughter, died young. 4. Elbert T.,
born 1854, died at Benton, young; married
Mary Wright; he was a clerk. 5. William,
died when three years old. 6. Elizabeth, died
when one year old. 7. Stonewall Jackson,
born 1863, died in Cincinnati, Ohio, about
1884. 8. Blonde, born 1865; married Silas
Hayes; they now live in Little Rock, where
he is a printer.

(TVj Henry J., son of Noah D. and Anna
Eliza (Cox) English, was born in Jefiferson
county, Arkansas, February 5, 1849. After
attending private school he finished at S.
John's College, Little Rock, Arkansas, tak-
ing there a three years' course. Then he went
to Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, where he studied for two years,
and graduated in 1873 with the degree of
Doctor of Medicine. For five yenrs he prac-
ticed in Little Rock. In 1878 Dr. English
came to Fayette county, Pennsylvania, and
bought a farm of one hundred and fifteen acres
known as the William G. Patterson farm, near
Grindstone. Here he has lived continuously
from that time. Until 1910 he practiced med-
icine; he has now retired from practice, and
is engaged solely in general farming and stock
raismg. Besides his farm he owns three cot-
tages and a business block at Manatee,
Florida, on the banks of the Manatee river,
near Tampa bay. He is a Republican ; he
has been school director for twenty-one years,
but has never aspired to county office. Dr.
English married ffirst), in Pennsylvania, in
April, 1873, Mary L., daughter of Eli J. and
Mary (Cox) Bailey, who died in 1905. Her
father was a grist and saw mill manager and
gener:il farmer, living at Albany, Pennsyl-
vania. He married (second), in September,
1908, Jessie 1'., daughter of James and Caro-
line Craft. Her father was a farmer and land
owner in Redstone township, Fayette county,
Pennsylvania. Children, all by first mar-
riage: I. P.ailey J., born February, 1876; he
was a physician, practicing at Perryopolis,
Fayette countv. Pennsylvania, and died in
March. Tr,o,S. 2. Marv B., born December,



1874; married T. \'. llibbs; he is a farmer in
Fayette county, Pennsylvania; no children.
3. Josephine, married Stewart Anderson; he
IS a farmer, living near Brownsville, Fayette
county, Pennsylvania. 4. Henrietta, married
C. C. Carter; he is an attorney, and lives at
Brownsville. Children: Ross and Louisa.
5. Noah D., lives in Pittsburgh, and is a rail-
road passenger brakeman. 6. Rufus M.,
born 1887, died January, 1912, unmarried. 7.
Ethel, married iDuncan Porter; he is a plum-
oer at Brownsville; no children.



The ancestors of Charles R.

BERKEY. Berkey, of Connellsville, were
among the earliest settlers of
Somerset county, coming from Germany.
There was a Jacob Berkey came from Ger-
many in 1775 and settled in Berlin, Somerset
county, where he died in 1820. He had nine-
teen children, and from them spring most of
the Somerset county families. Of these are
many influential and prominent in public and
business life, including John Albert Berkey, a
prominent political leader of Somerset coun-
ty, appointed in 1905 by Governor Penny-
packer, banking commissioner of the State
of Pennsylvania. Other early settlers were
two brothers, John and Christopher Berkey,
who settled in the southern part of the county
about 1760 and became large land owners in
Meyersdale and vicinity. From one of these
brothers the family herein recorded descend.

(HL) Adam Berkey, grandson of the
emigrant, was born in Meyersdale, Pennsyl-
vania, about 1780. He moved with his father
to the foot of Laurel Hill, where he lived and
worked at the carpenter's trade until his
death, also engaged in farming. He married
Susan Miller, and left issue.

(IV) Henry, son of Adam and Susan (Mil-
ler) Berkey, was born about 1812, in Som-
erset county, his life long home. He grew
up on the home farm and learned his father's
trade of carpenter, following these occupa-
tions many years. He was a member of the
Evangelical Lutheran church, and was a
preacher of that denomination, officiating in
the earlv churches of the county. He mar-
ried Louise Philson, daughter of William and
Faith Philson, and granddaughter of Robert
Philson, born in County Tyrone, Ireland, in
1759, came to the United States, settling in
Berlin, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, in



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1785. He became a prosperous merchant of
Berlin, and founded a business yet carried on
by descendants. He was associate judge of
the district for twenty years, was a member
of the state legislature, and in 1819 elected
to Congress from the i6th Pennsylvania
Congressional District, a serious accident
compelling his resignation before the comple-
tion of his term of office. He married Julia,
daughter of John Lowry, who bore him
eleven children. He died July 25, 1831. De-
scendants of Robert Philson have ever been
prominent in banking and business in Somer-
set county. The Philson National Bank of
Berlin and the Citizens' Bank of Meyersdale
were founded by his son, Samuel Philson,
and are now presided over by grandsons of
the pioneer. Henry and Louise (Philson)
Berkey were the parents of thirteen children,
ten of whom reached years of maturity.

(V) Annanias, son of Henry and Louise
Berkey, was born in Somerset county, Penn-
sylvania, December 14, 1833. He attended
the public school, and worked on the farm
until reaching a suitable age, then began
learning the carpenter's trade, always a fa-
vorite one in the family. He also owned
teams and did a general hauling business.
He enlisted as a volunteer in Company E,
133rd Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry, in
August, 1862, serving nine months, and see-
ing hard service, including the battles of
Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, return-
ing home with an honorable discharge. He
was drafted in 1865 and served four months
in the 91st Pennsylvania Regiment, but was
not called into active service. He was a
member of the Evangelical Lutheran church,
his wife also being a cornmunicant. He mar-
ried Mary Atchison, who died May 24, 1880,
daughter of James and Mary (Pritz) Atchi-
son, of English and German descent, both
born in Somerset county, where they died.
James Atchison was a good carpenter, and
owned a farm. They were parents of seven
children, one son, Henry Atchison, serving in
the civil war. Children of Annanias and
Mary (Atchison) Berkey, all born in Somer-
set county, and all deceased except William,
Charles R. and Samuel (in order of birth):
Sarah, James Henry, Elizabeth, Louisa, Ida,
William, Charles R. (of whom further),
Emma and Samuel.

(VI) Charles R., son of Annanias Berkey,



was born in Somerset county, Pennsylvania,
j\Iarch 15, 1873. He was educated in the
public schools of Garret, Somerset county,
and began business life as a worker in the
saw mills so plentiful in that region at one
time. January i, 1895, he entered the em-
ploy of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Com-
pany as brakeman, taking up his residence al
Connellsville. He was promoted conductor
December 12, 1900, and is still holding that
responsible position. He is a iliember of the
Knights of Malta and the Order of Railway
Conductors; in politics a Republican.

He married, June 2, 1895, Ella B., daugh-
ter of George and Jane Kyle (Wolheter)
Langford. Children: Leroy F., born July 5,
1896; Victor Herbert, February 5, 1899, died
in infancy; Paul F., born July 30, 1900;
Charles, February 20, 1904; Nellie Veritas,
July 25, 1908.



This family descend from
ALBRECHT George Gustavus Albrecht,
born in Hamburg, Germany.
He was a man of excellent family and educa-
tion, and for many years a teacher in the
Hamburg schools. He married Louisa

, of the same city, where both died.

Children: Gustave, died in Australia; Louisa,
died in South America; George A. (of whom
further) ; and two who died in Germany.

(II) George Alphonse, son of George G.
and Louisa Albrecht, was born in Hamburg,
Germany, April 16, 1827, died at Indian-
apolis. Indiana, May 20, 191 1. He was edu-
cated in his native city, and became a sailor,
following the sea until on one of his voyages
he met his future wife, whom he married on
arriving in the United States, abandoned the
sea, and with her settled at Lawrenceville,
Indiana. He became a furniture maker, and
after a few years moved to Indianapolis,
where he started a furniture factory of his
own which he operated successfully until his
retirement from business. He was a capable
man of business and stood high in the esti-
mation of his fellows. He was a member of
the German Methodist Church of Indian-
apolis, took no part in politics beyond voting
with the Republican party. He was a mem-
ber of the Independent Order of Odd Fel-
lows and the Red Men. He married (first)
Kate Seekamp, born in Germany, October
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married (second) Louisa Leader, born in
England. Children of first marriage: Wes-
ley, deceased; Matilda, now a resident of
Berea, Ohio; Delia, deceased;. Anna, de-
ceased; George Edward, (of whom further).
Children by second marriage: Ella, deceased;
Charles Alphonse, now residing in Indian-
apolis; Rudolph, deceased; Gertrude, mar-
ried Arthur Conn, of Point Marion, Fayette
county, Pennsylvania.

The parents of Kate (Seekamp) Albrecht
were both born in Germany, where her
mother also died. Her father later came to
the United States, where he Uved a retired
life until death. Their children: i. Kate (of
previous mention). 2. Margaret, married
Eugene Engus, came to the United States,
settled in Indianapolis until 1885, when they
moved to Kansas City, where they died. 3.
Richard, died in Indianapolis, in 1903. 4.
John, died at Lafayette, Indiana.

(III). George Edward, youngest child of
George A. Albrecht and his first wife, Kate
Seekamp, were born in Indianapolis, Indiana,
December i, 1865. He was educated in the
public school of that city, finishing his studies
at Kerner"s Business College. He began
business life as clerk in the retail store of H.
P. Wasson, continuing five years; then for
fourteen years was in the employ of the Van
Camp Packing Company, both Indianapolis
concerns. In September, 1906, he came to
Connellsville and became.traveling salesman
for the Westmoreland Grocery Company, a
position he still most capably fills. He has
acquired mining interests, being interested in
mines in Spring Hill township, Fayette coun-
ty. He is a Republican, and has served on
the election board in his ward. He is a mem-
ber, with his wife, of the First Presbyterian
church, and belongs to the Travelers Protec-
tive Association of Indianapolis, also to the
Masonic lodge of Connellsville, Pennsylvania.
He married. May 30, 1904, Lulu Belle Mc-
Gough, born in Parkersburg, West Virginia,
daughter of Captain James McGough, an old
river captain. Child: Sarah Phyllis, born
January i, 1906.

Mrs. George Edwards Albrecht is daugh-
ter of Captain James and Sarah Jane Mc-
Gough, born in Cambria County, Pennsyl-
vania, whose other children were: Mrs. W.



G. Conn, of Point Marion, Pennsylvania, and

Mrs. H. N. Bergmann, of Monongahela,

Pennsylvania, both born in Parkersburg,
West N'irefinia.



The Colliers of Fayette conn-
COLLIER ty, Pennsylvania, descend
trom Irish ancestry. A John
Collier settled in Surrey county before 1668,
and left numerous descendants. William Col-
lier, a "citizen and weaver" of London, Eng-
land, settled in New Kent county, Virginia,
and in 1675 was lieutenant-colonel. He wr.s
the father of Charles Collier, father of John
Collier, who married a Miss Ironmonger.
There is. preserved in Hanover county a will
of John Collier, Jr., dated September 22, 1749,
which names a son John.

(I) John Collier, the first of whom we have
definite record in this line, was born in Vir-
ginia, or Somerset county, Pennsylvania,
about 1770. He w?s the original owner or
proprietor of the old tavern at Mount Au-
gusta, 1805, on the National Pike, continu-
mg as proprietor until his death. He was
also a farmer of Addison township. Somerset
county, where he owned a good farm. He
married and had issue: Joseph, died in ^"ir-
ginia; Daniel, of whom further; John, a re-
tired farmer, died at McKeesport, Pennsyl-
vania; Thomas, died a young man; Perry,
died at the homestead farm, which he owned;
also three daughters.

(II) Daniel, son of John Collier, wis born
in Addison township, Somerset county, Penn-
sylvania, May 9, 1799, died January 24, 1877.
lie grew to manhood on the homestead farm,
and\vhen a young man was proprietor of a
hotel on the National Pike at Mount Augusta,
continuing fifteen years. This tavern, origin-
ally owned by his' father, was of brick, and
one of the largest and most commodious
houses on the Pike, and in the palmy days of
the National Road did a large business.
Daniel Collier continued its proprietor for a
number of years, then sold out to Thomas
Brownfield. ' It wps finally destroyed by fire
and was never rebuilt. In 1836 he moved to
Georges township, Fayette county, where he
purchased a farm and prospered to such an
extent that he finally owned seven hundred
acres of good land and a great deal of other
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ing, feeding and driving to the eastern mar-
kets, having a partner in Loudoun count}',
Virginia. He was a Whig in politics, and a
member of the Presbyterian church. He mar-
ried Susan Seaton, born December lo, 1805,
in Uniontown, died June 11, 1879, daughter
of J.mies Carmichaels and Elizabeth (Swan)
Seaton, who came from Eastern Pennsylvania
to Umontown among the first settlers, and
ran tlie Seaton House, a popular place of en-
tertainment during IJ^t- life of the National
Pike. They were of Scotch descent and left
nameious posteruy. Their children: i.
Hirari,born October 7, 1801 married Sarah
Vorhees. 2. Frances, born 1803, died Sep-



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