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tember 25, 1826. 3. Susan (of previous men-
tion), married Daniel Collier. 4. Sarah, mar-
ried William Crawford, a saddler and harness
maker, of Uniontown. 5. Mary, born June
23, 1 8 10; married William Ingram, and lived
in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. 6. Rebecca,
born July 18, 1812; married George Martin,
merchant of Uniontown. 7. Marchant, born
September 21, 1814. died young. 8. Juliet,
born March 31, 1817; married Robert Barry,
a merchant of Uniontown. 9. James Car-
michaels (2), born August 3, 1819, died 1851,
unmarried. 10. John S., born September 12,
1823, a merchant of Baltimore, Maryland, and
veteran of the civil war; married Mary Ellen
Rose. Children of Daniel and Susan Collier:
I. Frances, born February 5, 1830; married
Allen Johnson; both deceased. 2. Elvira,
born A"ngust 4, 1831; married (first) Samuel
Griffith, (second) Amos Boggy; all deceased.
3. John James, born April 15. 1833, died May
23," 1890; cultivated the home farm in Georges
township; married Agnes Laidley; both de-
ceased. 4. Marchant, born September 3,
1835; married Harriet Hustead; both living
on their farm in Georges township (191 2). 5.
William Crawford, of whom further. 6.
Elizabeth, born April 14, 1840, died Septem-
ber 22, 1841. 7. Thomas, born May i. 1842;
lie was engaged in farming in Georges town-
ship until 1893, when he retired to his present
residence in Uniontown; married Harriet Ann
Cocklan (or Cochran). 8. Daniel (2). born
January 30, 1845; a farmer; married Louisa
Sturman, and died aged twenty-seven years.
9. James Seaton, born August i, 1849; now a
retired farmer of Uniontown; married Cor-
nelia Brown.



(Ill) William Crawford, son of Daniel and
Susan (Seaton) Collier, was born in Georges
township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, April
^3- iS,37. Jied June 14. 1901. He was edu-
cated in the public school, and passed almost
his entire life on the homestead farm, only
moving a few years before his death, to Fair-
chance. Pennsylvania, where he died. His
farm was a part of the original Collier home-
stead and there he conducted farming opera-
tions until his retirement from active labor.
He was a Republican in politics, and a mem-
ber of the Presbyterian church, his wife also
being of that faith. He married Mary Ann
Longnecker. born 1843, died aged forty-four
years and eleven days; she was the only
daughter of Matilda and Jacob (Moser) Long-
necker, both born in Fayette county, and
members of the United Brethren church.
Jacob Longnecker was a farmer of Georges
township, a Republican in politics, and died
at a good old age in 1894. His wife still sur-
vives him, aged ninety-one years (1912), re-
siding in Pittsburgh, with her son. Their
children- i. Dr. WilHam A., a practicing
physician. Pittsburgh. East End. 2. Mary
Ann (of previous mention), married William
Crawford Collier. Their children: i. Nellie,
married (first) Walter Sterling, (second)
I'Vank Goosman, a lumber merchant of New
Salem. Fayette county. 2. Tula, married
William Defenbaugh. a tinsmith, of Fair-
chance. Pennsvlvania. 3. Ewing. a graduate



M. D. of Baltimore
practicing at Roscoe.



Medical College, now
Pennsvlvania ; married



Lillian Dorman. 4. Elizabeth, married Les-
lie Johnson. 5. Harry, deceased, married
Marv Shoals. 6. Charles William, of whom
further.

(IV) Charles William, youngest son of Wil-
liam Crawford and Mary Ann (Longnecker)
Collier, was born in Georges township, Fay-
ette county. Pennsylvania, October 23, 1877.
He was educated in the De Armon public
school and at P'airchance, Pennsylvania. He
began business life as a grocer's clerk for
Humphrey Humphrey, going thence with the
Union Supply Company at their Fairchance
store, thence to their store at Adelaide, Fayette
county, thence to their store at Leisenring
No. 2. He was then transferred to their
Fairchance store, and in 1903 to their Mc-
Clure store as manager. After six months he



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was transferred to the Raggaley store as man-
ager, remaining two years. He then left the
employ of the Uiiion Supply Company, going
to Pittsburgh, where he purchased a grocery
store at the corner of Climax and Estella
streets. He transacted a large and profitable
business there for four years, then sold out
and returned to the Union Supply Company
as manager of their store at Dearth, Fayette
county. He continued in that position from
July, 1909, until March, 191 1; then served
two months as clerk in their Leith store, un-
til August 21, 191 1, when he was appointed
manager of the company store at ISitner, Fay-
ette county, a position he now most capably
and satisfactorily fills. He is a member of
Fayette Lodge No. 288, Free and Accepted
Masons, and Uniontown Lodge of Perfection.
In politics he is a Republican, and in religious
faith a Presbyterian.

He married. October 23, 1900, Marv Tay-
lor, born in England, January 13, 1882, died
July 21, 191 1, daughter of Joshua and Doro-
thy Taylor both now living at I\Iount Oliver —
he a mine foreman. Child: Charles Ewing,
born July 19, 1909.



The Laufifers are of German
LAUFFER origin, and first settled in

Pennsylvania, "east of the
mountains." later coming to Western Penn-
sylvania, in Westmoreland county, where they
have ever occupied honorable position.

(I) Christian Lautfer, born 1730, died about
1800. He came to Westmoreland county,
Pennsylvania, from Northampton county,
bringing his entire family except Peter. Fte
was a land owner, and had a family of eleven
children. He is buried in the old Bash ceme-
tery, but no tombstone marks the spot. Chil-
dren: Barlot, Christian, Henry, John, Peter,
Adam, Elizabeth, Susanna, Catherine, Mary,
Magdalene.

(II) Henry, son of Christian Lauffer. was
born in Northampton county, died in West-
moreland county, Pennsylvania, in February,
1821, aged sixty-seven years:. He is buried
in tlie Bash cemetery, with his father Chris-
tian. He came to Westmoreland county
when a young m.an with his father and family,
settling near Pleasant Unity, where he fol-
lowed farming all his after life. He married
Barbara Afiison. Children: Henry (2) of



whom further; John, Su.sanna, Marv, (Polly),
and' Elizabeth.

{Ill) Henry (2), son of Henry and Barbara
(Allison) Lauffer, was born in Westmoreland
county, Pennsylvania, December 27, 1793,
died April, 1873. He remained on the home
farm as his father's assistant until the de.ith
of the latter, then moved to a farm west of
Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He became quite
wealthy, owning lands and a lulling mill in
Manor Valley. He married Anna I\Lnry
Gress, born September 3. 1795, died April 2,4,
1870. Children: i. Hannah, born January
12, 1815, died November 5, 1904, married
Isaac Baer. 2. Daughter, born 1817, died
unnamed. 3. Mary Ann, born March 11,
1820, died September 30, 1905; married
J.larch 23, 1837, Peter Waugemnn; eleven
children. 4. John, died aged eighteen years.
5. Jacob F., born March 24, 1822, died Oc-
tober 22, 1891 ; married, 1845, Susanna
Scribs, ten children. 6. Henry, born March
25, 1824, died November 15, 1833. 7. Sam.-
uel, born September 28, 1826, died in 1890;
married Eliza Ellen Buchanan: left son John,
soldier of the civil war. 8. William Paul,
born April 22. 1828, died September 13, 1839.
9. Isaac, of whom further. 10. Paul, born
October 23. 1832, died September 21, 1840.
II. Simon Peter, born August 4, 1837, died
1902; he was a soldier of the civil war.

(IV) Isaac, ninth child of Henry (2) and
Anna Mary (Gress) Laufifer, was born in
Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, May 12,
1830. He was educated in the public schools,
and spent his early life on the home farm.
After his marriage in 1853 he bought a farm
of one hundred and eighty acres in Manor
Valley, which he increased later by purchase
and trade to two hundred and twenty acres.
He conducted general farming operations,
was active, energetic and capable, prosper-
ing to such an extent that he acquired an es-
tate of five farms aggregating seven hundred
seventy acres, also Greensburg real estate,
consisting of dwellings and unimproved city
lots. As years came on he diminished his
holdings by sale, now only retaining about
forty acres. He is a Republican in politics,
but never sought public office. He is a m.em-
ber of the Second Reformed church of Greens-
burg, of which his wife was also a member.
He marritd, March 10, 1853, Lydia Fox, who



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(lied Alarch 8, 1906, rjjiughter of Henry and
I'olly (Mary) Fox, both born in Fayette coun-
ty. Children .

I. Cyrus Markie, who was born Janu-
ary 25, 1854, died April 10, 1855. 2. Anna
Mary, born July 12, 1855; married, June i,
1876, James S. McKeever; resides in Jeanette,
Pennsylvania. 3. William D., born August
J.o, 1856; married, February 2, 1882, Annie E.
Klingensmith; resides at Jeanette. 4. Alice
Rebecca, born January 15, 185S; married,
January 13, 1881, Aloses Mcllvain; resides
near Bouquet, Pennsylvania. 5. Franklin
Edward, born August 7, 1859, died April 5,
1912: married, wSeptember 15, 1896, Emma E.
Klingeman. 6. Henry John, born December
31, t86o: married, February 22, 18S2, Nannie
J. Russell; resides near Irwin, Pennsylvania.
7. Infant, born September 16, 1862, died No-
vember 12, 1862. 8. Elmer E.. of whom fur-
ther. 9. Eli/:abeth Florence", born February
2(>, :867, died .\pril 7, 1877.

(V) Elmer E., eighth child of Isaac and
Lydia (Fox) Lauffer, was born in Westmore-
land county, November 10, 1863. He was
educated in the public schools of Manor Val-
ley (Old Manor Church) and remained on
the home farm until sixteen years of age.
After his marriage in 1889, he located on one
of nis father's farms near Trogger, where he
remained seven years. In 1908 he moved to
Bullskin township, Fayette county, where he
purchased a farm of one hundred and nine
acres where he conducts general farming
operations.

In politics Mr. LaufTer is a Repitblican,
and in religion a Lutheran, his wife also be-
longing to that faith.

He married Anna Elizabeth, daughter of
Elias and Mary Ann (Salvis) Fink, both born
in Indiana county, Pennsylvania, but moved
to Westmoreland county after the birth of
their daughters Ida and Mary Ann. Mrs.
]\Iary Ann Fink died May 24', 1880. ^ Elias
Fink married (second) Elizabeth Kepple.
Children of Elmer E. and Anna Elizabeth
Laufifer .

Olive, bom March 29, 1890; Fink, No-
vember 14, 1891 ; Lydia, October 16, 1893 ;
Edgnr, September 9, 1895; Clarence, March
17, 1898; Elkins, July 20, 1900; Mabel, Feb-
ruary 13, 1902; Kenneth, December 24, 1904;
Wayne,' December 9, 1908; Catherine, June
27, T91T.



This family is of German de-
SNIDER scent, and first made an Ameri-
can settlementtin the colony of
Virginia. The name is spelled with many
variations, usually Snyder or Snider, the lat-
ter a form that has prevailed in this branch
for several generations. The first of record
in this branch is John Snider, who was of
the second generation in America. His
parents settled in Virginia, where the boy
John was born. At the age of ten years he
was carried awy by a band of Indians with
whom he lived ttntil a full grown man. He
then settled among the whites in West Vir-
ginia, owning a farm which he cultivated,
mostly with the labor of others. He had ac-
quired the Indian mode of living, and was
more of a hunter and woodsman than a
farmer. He married and left issue.

(III) Elisha, son of John Snider, was born
in Monongalia county. West A'irginia, where
he lived his entire life. He owned a large
farm, near Rosedale on the south, and was a
prosperous influential man. He married
Edith Britton.

(IV) Colonel Joseph Snider, only child of
Elisha and FMith (Britton) Snider, was born
on the home farm near the state line at Rose-
dale, Monongalia county, West Virginia, Feb-
ruary 14, 1827, died at Point Marion, Fayette
county, Pennsylvania, January 9, 1904. He
was educated in the common school, and lived
on the home farm until his father's death. He
inherited the homestead, but soon after com-
ing into possession sold it and moved to
Wheeling. West Virginia, where he was in
the hotel business for several years. He then
disposed of his interests and returned to agri-
culture, on a farm near Morgantown, West
Virginia, where he remained all his remaining
years oi activity. After his retirement from
the farm he made his home with his son,
Elisha M. Snider, at Point Marion, Fayette
county, Pennsylvania. He served three years
in the war between the states in the 7th Regi-
ment, West Virginia Volunteers, attaining the
rank of colonel. He led his regiment in the
battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, _ and
Chanceilorsville, being wounded once senons-
ly in the head and twice less seriously in the
body. He was a member of the constitution- |
al convention that arranged the details of the j
division of the stnte of Virginia and formed:
the constitution of the new state of West Vir- '



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ginia. He was a member of the Grand Army
of the Republic, and always a strong and ac-
tive Republican. He served two terms in the
lower house of the West Virginia legislature
and two terms in the state senate. As long
as he remained in West Virginia he was ac-
tive and inllucniial in state politics. In re-
ligious faitii he was a member of the Disciples
of Christ, better known as the Christian
church.

He married, in 1844, Margaretta Miller,
born in Greene county, Pennsylvania, in 1824,
died July 7, 1878, daughter of Jacob and JVIury
(Gans) Miller. Jacob Miller was of German
parentage but born in Greene county, where
he grew to manhood; later he moved to Mon-
ongalia county. West Mrginia, where he
owned and conducted a farm near ]\Iorgan-
town. Mary Gans was born in Fayette coun-
ty, Pennsylvania, one of a large fanrily who
are of further mention in this work. Children
of Jacob Miller: i. Dr. Benjamin F., a phys-
ician of Cincinnati, Ohio. 2. Dr. Jonathan
(deceased), was a physician of Fort Scott,
Kansris. 3. Esther (deceased), married Nich-
olas Vandervoort, a farmer near Morgantown,
West Virginia. 4. Rev. Oliver W. (de-
ceased), a minister of the Christian church,
and in early life a professor of learning. 5.
Susannah (deceased), married Berry Baker, a
lawyer of Kingwood, West Virginia. 6.
Laura, resides in Morgantown, West Vir-
ginia. Children of Colonel Joseph Snider:
I. Ollie, died aged six years. 2. Edith M.,
died at age of twenty-t\\l5 years. 3. Elisha
M., a ])rominent citizen of Point Marion, Fay-
ette county, Pennsylvania; president of the
Bank of Point ]\[arion, and manager of the
Jeannette Glass Company; married Bessie
Franks. 4. Frank, of whom further.

(V) Frank, youngest child of Colonel Jo-
seph and Margaretta (Miller) Snider was born
February 26, 1863. at Roscdale, just a few
yards across the line in West \'irginia, but
near the town limits of Rosedale, Pennsyl-
vania. His early education was attained in
the public schools near Easton, West Vir-
ginia, and later entered the University of
West Virginia, whence he was graduated A.
B. in class of 1888. During his university
term he taught two years in the public schools
of Alonongalia county. West Virginia, then
returning and finishing his course. After
graduation he was principal of the high



schools of Parkersburg and Morgantown,
\yest Virginia, and for four years principal
of Blackburn College for girls at Senatobia,
iMississippi. In 1895 he came to Uniontown,
Pennsylvania, and while waiting for favor-
able opportunity to engage in business, taught
in the public schools for one year. In 1897
he became associated with W" F. Frederick
as bookkeeper in his piano establishment.
When the W. F. Frederick Piano Company
was incorporated in 1907, he was elected
treasurer, an office he yet holds. This is a
prosperous company, maintaining stores for
the sale of musical instruments in Washing-
ton, D. C. : -A^ltoona, Pittsburgh, McKeesport
and Uniontown, Pennsylvania; Cumberland,
Aiaryland; Canton and Cleveland, Ohio. The
mam office is at Uniontown, where the rec-
ords, involving an annual busines of one and
a half millions of dollars, are all kept. Mr.
Snider is also a director in the Davis, Burk-
bam and Tyler Company of Wheeling, West
\'irginia, also a piano company. He is a
Republican in politics, and an active member
of the Central Christian church. He is in-
terested in work among the young, and has
been for sixteen years superintendent of the
Sunday school of the Central Christian church.
He married, September 3, 1890, Hannah
IMatilda (Happie) Lyons, born in Fayette
county, Pennsylvania, near Morris Cross
Roads, daughter of Thomas W. and Mary
Parshall Lyons. Children: i. Joseph L.,
born August 25, 1894, now a student at Am-
herst College, Amherst Massachusetts. 2.
Mary L., born December 20, 1895. 3. Mar-
guerite L., born December 20, 1895. 4.
Thomas W. L., born June 13, 1897. died July
24. 1898. 5. Frank L. (2), born August 30,
1898.

The various Snyder, Snider and
SXIDER Sneider families of the United

States spring from the German
famih of "Schneider" (the word meaning in
German "tiilor"). The ancestor of this
branch was born ne:\r Berlin, Prussia, and in
1770 came to America, settling in York coun-
ty, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the revolu-
tionary army, serving under General Washing-
ton from Long Island to Yorktown. He sur-
vived all the danger and hardships of that war,
then retired to the peaceful life of his trade.
But when war was declared a second time



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against Great Britain in 1812, he enlisted and
served during that war. He was a wagon
maker, and carried on that business in York-
county until after 1814, then moved to Wash-
ington county, Pennsylvania, where he died
leaving issue. The supposition is strong that
his name was Andrew.

(II) Andrew (2), son of Andrew (i) Snider,
was bom in York county, Pennsylvania, Jan-
uary 6, 1792, died in Maryland, July 5, 1865.
He grew to manhood in Washington county,
Maryland, and become a wealthy land owner
and pl?.nter, but did not own slaves, cultivat-
ing his farms with free, paid labor. He mar-
ried Rachel McCoy, born in Washington
county, Maryland, in 1797, daughter of An-
drew McCoy, who came to Washington coun-
ty from his native land, Ireland. He mar-
ried Mary Mountz, born in Scotland. Chil-
dren of Andrew Snider: Jacob, James, John,
Henry and several sisters.

(III) John, son of Andrew (2) and Rachel
(McCoy) Snider, was born in Washington
county, Maryland, January 14, 1819, diedDe-
cember 30, 18S9. He grew to manhood on
the home farm and became a teamster on the
old N;nion;d Road, owning two freighting
lines running between Cumberland, Maryland,
and Wheeling, West irginia. He drove a six-
tiorse team on the road for twenty years, and
became a rich man. He is described as "a
clear headed, intelligent, sober, discreet snd
observing man, whose statements could be
relied on as accurate." In 1852, when the
railroad sounded the death knell of the "Old
Pike" iie retired to Hopwood, Fayette county,
Pennsylvania, and thereafter was engaged in
railroLid construction, iron manufacturing and
farming. He built during 1872-1873 a sec-
tion of the Penn.=:ylvania railroad between
Grcensburg and Connellsville, Pennsylvania,
and in 1874 to 1876 the section between Con-
nellsville and Uniontown. He had previously
in 1871 built a line from Uniontown to Fair-
chance. In 1878 he built the "June Bug"
branch line in Westmoreland county, Penn-
sylvania, for the H. C. Frick Coke Company.
In 1864 he bought a farm in South Union
township, on which he moved in 1867, con-
tinuing his residence there until his death.
He also engaged in coal mining, opening the
Snider coal bank in 1867, which for many
years was the source of Uniontown's local
coal supply. His farm of two hundred and



forty acres was well located and yielded
abundantly. As an iron manufacturer he
operated the Redstone Iron Furnace until
1866. He was a good business man and suc-
cessful in all his undertakings. He was a
Democrat, very public spirited, never sought
office, but look an active interest in public
affairs. He married Margaret Pence, born in
Somerset county, Pennsylvania, in 182 1, died
June, 1895, eldest child of William and Mary
i^Shirer) Pence. Her father, Wilham Pence,
born in Eastern Pennsylvania, located in
Somerset county, later at Cook's Mills, now
Tippecanoe, in Fayette county, where he died
ni 1858, but most of his life was spent as a
larm.er in Somerset county, of which county
his wife Mary was a native. Children of John
Snider: i. Andrew, died in infancy. 2.
Mary, unmarried, now living in Uniontown.
3. Henry, died in infancy. 4. William, died
February 16. 1889; was engaged for many
years with his father in railroad construction;
married Olive Morris. 5. Elizabeth, married
L. F. Patterson, and resides in Uniontown.
6. John (2), now living on the old Snider farm
in South Union township; married Belle Sam-
ple. 7. Josephine, married Thomas Rock-
well, novvf a farmer of Nebraska. 8. Lydia,
married John N. Dixon, a farmer of South
Union township. 9. Edward, of whom fur-
ther.

(IV) Edward, fifth son and youngest child
of John and Margaret Pence, was born at
Hopwood, Fayette county, Pennsylvania,
February 17, 1865. He grew to manhood on
the farm in South Union township, his parents
locating thereon in 1867. He attended the
Poplar Lane public school, and worked on
the home farm until he was twenty-two years
of age. He then was appointed manager of
Lhe companuy store at Oliphant, Pennsyl-
vanii, remaining four years. After his fa-
ther's death in 1899 he leased the Snider coal
bank of the other heirs, continuing its opera-
tion for several years. When his lease ex-
pired he associated with two others and
bought a coal and coke plant at Beechwood,
Monongilia county, West Virginia. He was
in charge of this plant 1898- 1901. then it was
sold to the Fairmount Coal Company. From
1901 to 1905, Mr. Snider was manager of the
company store of Hustead & Seamans.at Dun-
bar, Pennsylvania. In the latter yenr he pur-
chased the brick manufacturing plant of Leo-



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naid & Colley. on Coal Lick Run, near Union-
town. He is also interested in coal lands, and
has lumber manufacturing- interests in
Georges township, Fayette county, Pennsyl-
vania. He is an active Democrat, but never
an aspirant for public office. His residence
is a cream brick structure erected in 1907 and
iyo8 at the corner of Nassau and Stockton
streets, one of the fine residence sections of
Uniontown.

He married, March 31, 1885, Josephine
Hustead, born in Georges township, Fayette
county, Pennsylvania, daughter of Captain J.
M. Hustead (see Hustead). Children: i.
Paul Hustead; graduate of Washington and
Jefterson College, class of 1910, now taking-
a post-graduate course in forestry at Colorado
College of Forestry, Colorado Springs, Colo-
rado. 2. Julia, graduate of Washington Sem-
inary, clc'iss of 1909, Washington, Pennsyl-
vania, and attended the State Normal College,
Indiana, Pennsylvania. 3. Edwina.



The Dawsons came to Fay-

DAWSON ette county from Maryland in
1768 and have ever been
prominent in the civil and professional life
of the county. Their first settlement was in
North Union township — that and Uniontown
being the principal family seats.

(1) John Dawson came to the American
colonies prior to the revolution, sailing from
Whitehaven, England. He settled in Prince
George now Montgomery gounty, Maryland,
where he died. He married Rebecca Doyne,
also born in England, daughter of John
Doyne. They had issue including a son
George.

(H) George, son of John and Rebecca
(Doyne) Dawson, was the founder of the fam-
ily in Fayette county. He was a farmer of
Montgomery county, Maryland, and in 1768
settled at Rethelboro, Fayette county, Penn-
sylvania. He died prior to 1785. as on De-
cember 27 of that year a tract of three hun-
dred and twelve acres was surveyed to Elea-
nor, widow of George Dawson, under author-
ity of a certificate from a surveyor in Virginia,
dated March 18, 1785. His wife was Eleanor
Lowe, whom he married in Maryland. They
left issue including a son Nicholas.

(HI) Nicholas, son of George and Eleanor
(Lowe) Dawson, was born in Montgomery
county, Maryland, April 3, 1745, died in Han-



cock county, Virginia, May 31, 1789. He
was with Washington in the Indian warfare
of 1764 and served under him in the revolu-
tion. He was with Colonel Crawford on his
last expedition and narrowly escaped capture.
In 1783 he removed to the "Pan Handle" of
Virginia, now West \'irginia, where he died



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