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and a member of several secret societies. He
belongs to the Episcopal church. Mr. Kelly
is unmarried.

The Kellys of Connellsville,

KELLY Pennsylvania, descend from

Irish ancestors who settled in

Maryland about sixty years ago and founded

a family of enterprising, steadfast men and


(I) The American ancestor, Michael Kelly,
accompanied by his wife Mary, came to the
United States in 1850, locating at Mount
Savage, Maryland. Michael was a farmer
and soon l^ecame the owner of a good
farm, on which he lived and died. After his
death his farm was found to be underlaid
with valuable coal veins.

The early history of this
JOHNSON family is somewhat obscure.
Various descendants give
varying traditional accounts, and in former
printed works dealing with Fayette county
families discrepant statements are made. The
time of the coming of the immigrant ancestor
to America is given as early in the eighteenth
century; he came from Scotland or Ireland;
he was very young when he came ; his father,
according to one version, died on the route
to America; a German family brought him
up; he lived somewhere in Eastern Pennsyl-
vania. So far there seems to be agreement,
but an attempt to fill out this bare outline



with the Hving details soon meets bewilder-
ing contradictions. The paucity of written
records in a pioneer community, save in ex-
ceptional cases, like those of Massachusetts
and Connecticut, and the natural direction of
the interest and attention of the pioneers of
a new civilization toward the present and the
future, therefore away from the past, quite
explain this phcnonienon. Of few of the
Western Pennsylvania families can the his-
tories be clearly and positively traced in the
eighteenth century; the peculiarity of the
present case is only in the number of definite
but disagreeing traditions. On one other
point there is enough agreement to make a
good probability, namely, that the immigrant
married into the German family by whom he
was brought up.

A probable family line is as follows:

(I) Peter Jonnson, perhaps the immigrant
ancestor, but more probably his son, was
born in Eastern Pennsylvania, and came to
Fayette county, Pennsylvania, in 1790. He
was a farmer and a Mennonite. Whom he
married is not known. Children : Jacob, mar-
ried Susanna Bixler; David, of whom further.

(II) David, son of Peter Johnson, was a
large land owner in Nicholson township,
Fayette county, Pennsylvania, to which he
had come on foot from Hagerstown, Mary-
land. To each of his six sons he gave two
hundred and fifty acres of land, and only
within a few years has this land been alienated
from the Johnson family. The name of his
wile is not known. Among his sons was
Peter, of whom further.

(III) Peter (2), son of David Johnson (and
commonly called Peter of David), was born
about 1800. and died on his two hundred and
fifty acre farm, received from his father, in
Nicholson township, in 1885. He was a
Democrat, never aspiring to office. He mar-
ried Rebecca Fast, born about 1806, died in
1882. Children: David; Francis, of whom
further; Magdalena; John, deceased; Mary
Ann, deceased; Jacob, deceased; Elizabeth;
Margaret; Miles; Daniel J.

(IV) Francis, son of Peter (2), and Re-
becca (Fast) Johnson, was born in Nicholson
Luwnship February 2, 1837, died in German
township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, Au-
gust 31, 1909. He was brought up in Nich-
olson township, and attended the district
school. He cultivated a farm near Mason-

town and died near where German township
adjoins Masontown. At different times he
held many township offices, though they
came to him unsought. His friends were al-
ways numerous, and he is said never to have
had an enemy He was a member of the Free
and Accepted Masons and of the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows. In German township
he was active in pohtics as a Republican He
married (first) Hannah, born about 1840, died
on the home place November 17, 1887,

daughter of and Martha Ache. Her

father was a farmer in Nicholson township

and there died. Children of and

Martha. Ache : Louisa, lives in German town-
ship, near Masontown ; Hannah, married
Francis Johnson; Jefferson, deceased. Mr.
Jolnisun married (second) in 1890 Sarali
(Moser) Galley; she married (first) Joseph
Galley. Children of Francis Johnson, all by
his first wife and all living: i. Lowrey, mar-
ried Mattie Defifenbaugh ; he is a contractor
and builder and fives on Lake street, Chester,
Alabama. 2. AlHson D., born July 5, 1866;
married, October 28, 1892, Lucinda Kine; he
is a furniture dealer at Myersdale, Somerset
count}', Pennsylvania. 3. Emerson Ache; he
married Laura Wright; they live at Union-
town, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, where
he is bookkeeper for C. O. LaClair & Com-
pany. 4. Miles Lester, of whom further. 5.
Cora, married Charles E. Moser, a farmer,
and they live in Iowa. 6. Lindsey, married
Pearl McCann; he farms on the home place,
near Masontown. 7. Clayton S., married a
Miss Provins; he is a dentist at Brownsville,
Fayette county, Pennsylvania. 8. Myrtle,
married Norman Speicher; they live at

(V) Miles Lester, son of Francis and Han-
nah (Ache) Johnson, was born at Masontown
December 23, 1872. His early years were
spent on the home place and he received a
public school education in German township.
In 1892 he graduated from Redstone Acad-
emy. For the next two terms he taught
school in German township. Going to Phila-
delphia for the study of dentistry, he grad-
uated from the Philadelphia Dental College
in 1898, receiving the decree of Doctor of
Dental Surgery. For 'one year he practiced
with Dr. J. W. Jaco at Uniontown. Since
that time he has practiced at the same place
by himself, having his dental office at No. 23



West Main street. He is a Republican. The
earlier generations of the Johnson family
were disposed toward the Mennonite religion,
but the present family are members of the
Third Presbyterian Church, Uniontown.

Dr. Johnson married, June 8, 1899, Lida
Jane, born at Uniontown September 3, 1872,
daughter of Samuel A. and Emma (Marcy)
Loughman. Her father was a blacksmith,
who died at Uniontown in February, 1900,
aged fifty-four years; her mother was a na-
tive of Jefferson township, Greene county,
Pennsylvania, living at Uniontown. Mrs.
Johnson was the only child. Child of Dr.
Miles Lester and Lida Jane (Loughman)
Johnson: Miles Lester, Jr., born January 25,

Of this name, historic both

HOWARD in England and in America,
the origin is doubtful. Dan-
ish, Saxon and Norwegian derivation have all
been suggested. Havard or Haavard is said
to have been a common personal name
among the Northmen; it is thought to be the
source of the English name Howard, having
been left by them in Northumberland and
East Anglia. Authentic records of the How-
ard family extend no further back than the
c'.iirreenth century when the Howards rose
into eminence in Norfolk. There are several
New England families of this name, and
probably others in other parts of the coun-
try. Their connection with the famous Eng-
lish family would be probable, but could
probably not in any case be proved. Of
Americans of this name General Howard was
a notable soldier of the civil war.

(I) Absalom Howard, the first member of
this family about whom we have definite in-
formation, settled before the revolution in
what is now Greene county, Pennsylvania.
Thus he was one of the first settlers in West-
ern Pennsylvania. He cleared a large tract
and was a farmer all his life. It is not known
whom he married, but he had a son, Absa-
lom, of whom further.

(H) -Vbsalom (2), son of Absalom (I)
Howard, farmed on the same lands as his
father had occupied. The name of his wife is
not known, but he had a son, Denune, of
whom further.

(Ill) Denune, son of Absalom (2)^How-
ard, was born, probably in Greene county.

Pennsylvania, in 1802, died in April, 1876.
He attended the subscription schools and
learned the trade of a cooper. About 1825
he left Greene county to settle in Nicholson
township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania. At
Jacob's Creek he established himself in the
cooperage business, and he continued in this
the remainder of his life. For many years he
made barrels at the cement mill, where the
Howard Carriage Company's factory now is,
at Uniontown, on West Peter street. Later he
removed to Masontown, German township,
■ind there he had a shop until his death. Sev-
eral of his sons learned the cooper trade, and
with their help he carried on a large factory
at Masontown. He was an old line Whig,
afterward a Republican, but held no otifice.
Both he and his wife were Dunkards.

He married Sarah Haught, born in 181 1,
died in 1904. She was a remarkable woman.
Her industry was exceptional and her am-
bition corresponded. It is estimated that s'ne
wove enough carpet to reach from Union-
town to Philadelphia. She was also excellent
as a manager. With her other abundant la-
bors she raised a family of sixteen children.
To her encouragement her husband and chil-
dren owe a great part of their achievements.
With all, consecrating and elevating all, she
was a woman of great piety. Children: i.
Naomi, married Benjamin Schaefer, de-
ceased; he was engaged in the glass business;
his widow lives near Point Marion, Fayette
county, Pennsylvania. 2. Mary, married John
Steele; he was a farmer; his widow now lives
at Uniontown. 3. James Madison, born Au-
gust 17, 1840; married, November 10, 1861,
Susannah Miller; he lives at Masontown, is
an extensive manufacturer of wagons and
vehicles and the wealthiest man in his town-
ship; a Republican in politics. 4. Abigail, de-
ceased, married Absalom Longanecker. 5.
Sarah Jane, deceased, married A. J. Lowe. 6.
Jacob Denune, married Mary Knight; he
lives in Belleview, Pittsburgh, and is engaged
in the cooperage business. 7. Absalom, of
whom further. Nine others, deceased.

(IV) Absalom (3), son of Denune and
Sarah (Haught) Howard, was born at M'son-
town, December 29, 1850. He was brought
up at Masontown and learned the trade of
cooper from his father. For many years he
worked for his older brother, James Madison
Howard, in his wagon f.ictory at Masontown.



In i88r he moved to Smithfield, Fayette
county, Pennsylvania, where he carried on
for himself the business of coopering and
manufacturing wagons. Later he bought and
for many years operated a general store at
Smithheld, and he is now living a retired life
at that place. He is a Republican and has
served as tax collector. The Methodist
church claims the allegiance both of himself
and of his wife. He married Rebecca Jane,
born in Georges township, Fayette county,
Pennsylvania, near High Horse, June 3, 1852,
daughter of Alfred and Mary Core. She is
now living at Smithfield. Alfred Core, her
father, died in May, 191 1, in the eighty-fourth
year of his life; his widow is still living at
Smithfield, having reached the age of eighty-
one years. Both were of Fayette county birth
and of Scotch-Irish descent. Mr. Core was
a prominent farmer in Georges township,
from wlience he removed to Smithfield, where
he served for twenty-five yeprs as justice of
the peace. All his life he was an auctioneer,
and through his activity in that occupation
knew everybody for forty miles about. Chil-
dren of Alfred and Mary Core: Emma, mar-
ired James W. Abraham; they live at Smith-
field, and he is a passenger conductor on the
Pennsvlvania railroad; Rebecca Jane, mar-
ried Absalom Howard. Children of Absalom
and Rebecca Jane (Core) Howard: i. Alfred
Core, of whom further. 2. Orville McCor-
mick, born October 21, 1878, unmarried;
about 1898 he came to Uniontown and worked
for seven years in the shoe department of
Maurice Lynch's store; he then attended the
dental department of the University of Pitts-
burgh, graduatmg in 1908, and he became
partner of his older brother in dental work
in Uniontown; he now has a large practice.
He is a member of Fayette Lodge, No. 651,
Free and Accepted Masons, Lodge of Per-
fection at Uniontown, and of the Consistory
m Pittsburgh. He is a member of the Meth-
odist Episcopal church. 3. Leroy Downey,
born October 19, 1882; he is a physician, hav-
mg graduated in 1906 from Jefiferson Medical
College at Philadelphia with the degree of
doctor of medicine, and lives and practices at
Fairmont. Marion county. West Virginia;
married Pearl Sturgis; child: Martha Re-
becca. 4. Lindsey Graham, born February 8,
1889; he is engaged in the insurance business

at Johnstown, Pennsylvania. 5. John Calvin,
born August 24, 1891 ; he works at the Union
Supply Company's office at Uniontown.

(Vj Alfred Core, son of Absalom (3) and
Rebecca Jane (Core) Lloward, was born at
Aiasontown, August 10, 1876. He grew up
at Smithfield, attending the public school
there. Coming as a growing boy to Union-
town, he worked for seven years in the shoe
department of Maurice Lynch's store; two
of his brothers afterward did the same thing,
that department having been for twenty years
managed by one of the Howard family. He
then entered the dental department of the
Western University of Pennsylvania, now re-
named the University of Pittsburgh, from
which he graduated in 19011 and received the
degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery. For one
year he practiced at Smithfield. He then
opened his office at Uniontown, where he has
had from that time a continuous, growing and
successful practice. In 1908 he took into
partnership his brother Orville McCormick
Howard, and they work under the name of
Howard Brothers. Dr. Howard is a member
of Fayette Lodge, No. 651, Free and Ac-
cepted Masons, of the Chapter,, Commandery
and Lodge of Perfection at Uniontown. and
of the Consistory at Pittsburgh; also of the
Indepenilent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a
member of tiic Laurel Club of Lfniontown.
In politics he is a Republican. Dr. and Mrs.
Howard are members of the Methodist Epis-
copal church.

He married, November 29, 1910, Estella
Frazee. born at Hopwood, Fayette county,
Pennsvlvania, daughter of James Ross and
Martha (Frazee) Barnes. Her father is a lead-
ing coal magnate of Uniontown and Hop-
wood. Child: James Ross Barnes, born No-
vember 25, 191 1. The Howard home is at
No. 95 East Main street, Uniontown.

The Boyds came to Fayette coun-
BOYD ty from the Shenandoah valley of

Virginia, the family seat being
near Winchester. They were an influential
family, and of frequent mention in Virginia
records. The founder of the Fayette county
family was William Boyd, who moved from
the Shenandoah valley to Fayette county,
Pennsylvania, in 1784, settling in Bullskin
township; there he founded the Boyd family,

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made illustrious by his sons, grandsons and
great-grandsons. His farm "Springhill," on
■"AIounL's Creek," consisted of two hundred
and forty acres, which was patented to him in
June, 17S6, by the government, is^et owned
in the family. He bore a commission as jus-
tice of the peace, dated 1792. He was a man
of education, and held high positions in the
township. He was a slave owner, and brought
with him from Virginia several slaves, and six
negro children were registered as having been
born to these between 1795 and 1809. He
died in i8j2 and was buried on the homestead
farm. He married and had issue: Thomas,
John, Robert, James, William, Jeremiah and
a daughter. The eldest son, Thomas, m-
herited the homestead, and died in 1855.
John died in 1857. Robert, of further men-
tion. James died in Tyrone township. Wil-
liam moved to Ohio. Jeremiah became a

l^H) Robert, son of William Boyd, was
born m Bullskin township, Fayette county,
Pennsylvania, where he was educated and
grew to manhood. After his marriage he set-
tled in ]\Ienallen township, where he became
a prosperous farmer and a leading citizen. He
was one of the associate judges of Fayette
county, appointed in 1841, serving until 1845.
He married and had issue, including a son

(IH) William (2), son of Judge Robert
Boyd, was horn in Menallen township, Fay-
ette county, Pennsylvania, and there received
his education :md followed .the calling of a
farmer. He was well-to-do' and a man of in-
fluence in his town. He wasa Democrat and
a man of correct Christian life. He married
Jane C. Burgess, and left issue.

(IV) Albert Darlington, son of William (2)
and Jane C. (Burgess) Boyd, was born in Me-
nallen township, Fayette county, Pennsylva-
nia, December 31, 1845. He was educated in
the public schools, alternating his winter
terms of study with summer work upon the
farm. He obtained a good English educa-
tion, and when a young man taught several
terms in the township schools of Fayette
county and one year in Connellsville. He
supplemented his public school study with
two terms at Morgantown Academy (West
Virginia), and while still teaching began the
study of law under the able preceptorship of
Judge Alpheus E. Wilson. He prosecuted his

legal study with all the energy of his nature,
and m 1869 passed the required examinations
and was admitted to the Fayette county bar.
He made rapid progress in his profession
after locating at Uniontown, was admitted to
all federal and state courts of the district, and
comnianded the patronage of the best class
of clients. His natural oratorical gifts brought
him into prominence as a public speaker,
which in turn so impressed the rank and file
of his party that in 1871 he was chosen the
Democratic candidate for district attorney.
He was elected by a handsome majority, serv-
ing with distinction until 1874. He then re-
tired to private practice, and did not again
appear prominently in public life, save as
chairman of the Democratic county committee
until 1898, when he was elected state senator
by an overwhelming majority from the dis-
trict comprising the counties of Fayette and
Greene. He ably represented his district in
ihe senate, served on important committees,
and as a legislator added to the fame already
gained as a lawyer. He continued in active
practice until his death. Senator Boyd was
learned in the law, and seemingly carried the
contents of his valuable law library in his head
so ready was he with quotation of precedent
in cases of similar import, printed and used
as judicial authority. Fie had a large prac-
tice, and was so unselfish that his memory
is lovingly cherislied by men then young at
the bar whom he helped with their first cases.
Among the older strong men of the bar he
stood without a superior, either in legal at-
tainment or in political prominence. He be-
gan practice at the age of twenty-four, and
m his second year successfully prosecuted a
murderer defended by the ablest Uniontown
lawyers. For many years he was engaged in
nearly every noted criminal case in Fayette
county, either for the prosecution or for the
defense. He gradually withdrew from crim-
inal practice and devoted his talents to civil
law, securing even higher position in that
branch of his profession than as a criminal
iawver. He was essentially the Fwyer, his
political offices coming to him as a tribute
from his fellow citizens, and not as the re-
wards of a self-seeking politician. He was
very popular and had a host of loyal friends,
to whom he also was most devoted. He was
a good citizen, always interested and help-
ful in all public improvement and a willing



worker for the public good. His estate,
"Locust Hill," in the east end of Uniontown,
was purchased shortly after his marriage, and
there he spent his happiest hours.

Hp married, September 21, 1872, Annie
Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Patterson, of
Uniontown, who survives him, a well-known
lady of Uniontown. ( See Patterson IV.) She
was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, edu-
cated in Uniontown schools, now a member
of the Presbyterian church and allied societies.
Children, all born in Uniontown: i. Edward
Wilson, a well-known lawyer, associated with
his father until the death of the latter. 2.
Samuel Patterson, an attorney, associated
with his father and brother in legal practice
until the iatter's death. 3. Albert Darlington, a
civil engineer, of Uniontown, Pennsylvania.

4. Wallace Burgess, a civil engineer, now of
Oklahoma. 5. Mary Elizabeth, wife of Charles

5. Bowman; one child, Charles S., Jr.

(.The Patterson Line.)

There is atradition in the Patterson fam.ily
that they have been in Ireland since the
planting of Ulster, and ever since that time
inhabitants of Manor Cunningham; that
their crest was a boar's head; very likely
there was more than that, but that is the
only part handed down in their family.

It is a matter of history that a Patterson,
Robert or James, was one of a company of
gentlemen that came over from Scotland at
the invitation of Charles the First, in the
year of 1613. Each of these gentlemen was
assigned lands, and Patterson was given land
afterward called Manor Fort Cunningham.
This historical fact agrees with the tradition
in the family of Robert Patterson's ancestors.
Another Patterson came over in 1614 and
settled on another quarter called Mone-
gragam, but not far from Robert, hence it is
to be presumed that they were brothers.

(I) The first ancestor whose name we have
was James Patterson, who married Matilda
Bredin, or Breading, or more likely Braddon
Tthe same as the novelist). Mr. Drummond
Grant, an authority, writes that Braddon is
more likely to be the proper spelling of the
name and the others are corruptions. The
children of James and Matilda (Braddon)
Patterson that we know of were James, Sam-
uel and William. There may have been

(II) Of these James, the eldest, inherited
Drumonghil, the home. He married J\Iar-
garet ]\JacIvaine. Ui her family nothing pos-
itive is known except that she was the daugh-
ter of John Alaclvaine, for whom their eldest
son was named. James Patterson, of Drum-
onghil, was always called Esquire, or Squire.
It was not a title, but was applied by the
people to large wealthy farmers. My in-
formant says that it was not only because of
his wealth, but of his superior education, re-
finement and manner of dress. He had three
sons and one daughter, Matilda, or j\Iatty,
who married a farmer named McMonigal and
later came to the United States, where they
were last heard from in Xew Orleans.

John, the eldest son, inherited Drumonghil.
He married a widow named Elizabeth (Betty)
Rankin, who had one child, a daughter. He
had no children of his own, and it is said was
not happy, having married a woman consid-
erably older than himself. He sold Drumon-
ghil and went to Sydney, Australia, in com-
pany with a friend named John Moore, who
later returned to Manor Cunningham after
n-iaking considerable money, anil married.
John Patterson's wife was to have gone to
Sydney later on, but for some reason never
went, and his family never knew what be-
came of him eventually.

Henry (Harry), the second son, went into
the navy, and by his ability won a lieutenancy
which he later resigned. He married a widow
named Sarah Wallace. After his marriage he
lived and died at Doorable, having no chil-
dren. His widow inherited all of his property.

(HI) James, the third son, married Sophia
Stewart, daughter of Alexander and Mary
(Calhoun) Stewart, and had born to them
nine children, five sons and four daughters,
two of the latter, Sarah and IMatilda Anne,
dying quite young. The eldest daughter,
Margaret, married Jeremiah Ralston, and
Mary, the youngest living, married John
Fritz, both of Philadelphia; neither had any
children. Of the sons James, the eldest, with
a cousin, Alexander Stewart, came to Phila-
delphia the year following his father's death
w^ith Captain Foster, and through Captain
Foster's influence secured a position to build
a section of the Erie canal west of Harris-
burg. James never married and died in Phil-
adelDhia. Alexander, the second son, was in
the Mexican war; he never returned to Phil-


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adelphia, and the last heard from him was a
letter written home after the war, but giving
no information as to his intentions for the
future. Samuel, the third, and William, the
fourth, sons, owned and sailed a, schooner
between Philadelphia and the West Indies
with which they brought fruit, etc., etc., to
the Philadelphia markets. .Samuel was mar-
ried, but had no family; William was married

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