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Librarian of Pennsylvania Historical Society, Philadelphia AND JAMES HADDEN, of Uniontown, Pennsylvania; author of "Washington and Braddock's Expeditions Through Fayette County," and the reproductions of Judge James Veech's work entitled "The Monongahela of Old, or Historical Sketches of Southwestern Pennsylvania to the Year 1800" ILLUSTRATED Volume II. He attended the public schools in Lower Tyrone township, Fayette coun- ty, Pennsylvania, having previously attend- ed in Putnam county, Virginia. The Stickel family of Con- STICKEL nellsville, Pennsylvania, de- scends from an ancestry long seated in Germany. He served the required number of years in the German army, attaining the rank of lieutenant. He was akso interested in the Mac Farland Lumber Com- pany and in the Indian Creek and Ligonier Valley Railroad Company. They have two children : Eugene Sturgis, born July 23, 1908; August, born December 20, 1911! Sarah Etta Stickel was born at Mill Run, Pennsylvania, and educated at Mill Run. (Bryce) Reed, was born on the old "Mount Hope" farm in Hopewell township, W'ashington county, Pennsylvania, April 5, 1839. He had a deed dated October 15, 1664, from Sean- keet, an Indian Sachem of Hartford, for land "Adjoining Jonathan Gilbert's" in Hartford. He was pensioned in his later years and was on the list of New Haven, Connecticut, pensioners in 1832, and again from Milford, New Haven county, in the list of 1840 (see revolutionary- roll of Connecticut, pp. In 1890 he moved from Jel Terson to Lower Tyrone township. Children of Israel and Eliza Jane Higbee : Edward Carter, of whom further ; Oli- phant P., born October 22, 1871, now a farmer of Lower Tyrone township, Fayette county ; he married Harriet, daughter of Daniel S. (IX) Edward Carter, eldest son of Israel and Eliza Jane Higbee. Leslie Mestrezat (now supreme cour justice of Pennsylvania), and studied under his' able direction until admitted to the Fayette county bar. .\t the same term he was appointed by Judge Ewing to conduct his first case. On February i, 1900, this partnership was dis- solved and the firm of Sterling, Higbee & \ •1 is"l FAYETTE COUNTY 323 Dumbauld organized. Since 1897 '""is home has been in Connellsville, where he has been a potent factor in public afi Fairs ; his deepest interest, perhaps, being in the cause of public education and the improvement of school facilities. He married, September 22, 1897, Emma Lint, born July 15, 1871, daughter of William and Jennie (Kennison) Lint, of Lower Tyrone township, Fayette county. He is a public-spirited citizen, extremely generous, and of a quiet, contented spirit, en- joying the company of his books, and of an intelligent and genial disposition. There is some doubt as to whether Clements was a son of Michael, or a grandson, and son of John Fin- ley. Of the other children of Michael Finley there is no record. He was born in county Armagh, Ireland, February, 1725, died in Rostraver township, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, January 6, 1795.
He married Lyda Travitt, also born in Virginia, where both died leaving issue: i. He grew to manhood in Marshall county, receiving his education in the school of his neighborhood. He was a clerk in hotels at Dawson and Brownsville, continuing in that business for three years. Sarah R., born in Fayette county, daughter of William H. Hardy sons of Scotch-Irish parentage have made glorious records in the upbuilding of the western counties, and the pages of his- tory teem with names that are yet familiar ones, coming among the earliest settlers ; these advance agents of civilization suf- fered and bravely endured all the dangers and privations — even the portion of the pio- neer — and thousands gave their lives that fields might supplant the forest, comfortable homes the tepee, and iron rails the tangled trail along which lurked the savage things of the forest. His regiment was attached to the Army of the Potomac, and from 1863 until the close of the war was engaged in all historic battles fought by that army. Penn- sylvania, and during the great flood at Butchers Run lost all their household goods, and other property. (I) The immigrant ancestor was James Reed, born near Edinburgh, Scotland, where he followed the trade of a carpenter. Penn- sylvania, called Mount Hope, and this tract still remains in the family. He then entered the Western Theologi- cal Academy, from wdiich he was graduated in May. having received his license to preach at the end of his second year in the Theologi- cal Seminary. Cora, born May 23, 1871 ; married Ellis Phillips, a farmer of Franklin township. He married Lydia Skid- more and was a brother-in-law of Edward Adams, son of John Adams, grandson of Jere- my Adams, according to a power of attorney given by Adams to Higby in February, 1696 or 1697, and filed at Hartford (see Hartford probate records, vol. coming'thither from the First Church of Hartford, and with her six children was dismissed to the church in lamaica, October, 1677. When his wife died she was succeeded in the administration of her husband's estate by her son Edward. Children of Zephaniah and his first wife, Mary (Patterson) Carter : Amanda ; Eliza Jane, who married Is- rael Higbee. The Stafford county family later settled in Ken- tucky, where a descendant married Elizabeth, daughter of Robert E. Another Edwards family was of Louisa county, Virginia. He came to Fay- ette county with his parents and became a farmer, owning about two hundred acres of land in Dunbar township, which he cultivated until his death. Children: Samuel C, born May 14, 1896; Eliza C, Au- gust, 1898; Mary Frances, September, 1907. FINLEY Pennsylvania, descend from a Scotch ancestor, Michael Fin- ley, born in Scotland, or possibly Ireland, of Scotch parents, in the decade 1680-1690. D., born 1 71 5, died in Philadelphia, July 17, 1766; he was president of Princeton College, 1761- 66, a man of deep learning and a powerful preacher, an ordained minister of the Presby- terian church. Pennsylvania ; married Ann Lewis ; their eldest son, Joseph Lewis Finley, was lieutenant, cap- tain and major in the revolution. He played an import- FAYETTE COUNTY 325 ant part in the early settlement of Fayette county, Pennsylvania, particularly in Redstone township, where he was the first of the family to arrive in 1765. (V) John E., son of Robert Finley and his second wife, Anna Herford, was born in Red- stone township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, September 23, 1849.
,,^„ Mitri^'f A/^ ■T- Genealogical and e^ Personal History Fayette County PENNSYLVANIA UNDER THE EDITORIAL SUPERVISION OF JOHN W. NEW YORK LEWIS HISTORICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY 1912 1233379 I GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL FAYETTE COUNTY 307 West Virginia. Lyda, married Wesley Goe, a fire boss in the employ of the W. He re- turned to the latter county in 1887 with his parents, remaining until his father's death in 1889. His proficiency as a dratights- man commended him to the topographical department, and he was placed in charge of maps. These interests he still retains and is also president of the Stewarton Lumber Company ; secretary and treasurer of the Superba Coal Conipanv: secretary and treasurer of the Stickel and Buttermore Lumber Company, and has other interests of a minor nature. He married, Septem- ber 25, 1907, Sarah Etta, a daughter of E. Her father was a school teacher many years; his father, James A\'., was one of the oldest school teachers in Fayette county. Stickel was a school teacher several years before her marriage. Parker, born December 4, 1841 ; moved to Pawnee county, Kansas, and is engaged in the farming implement and hardware business at Larned ; married Hannah Walker. Rebecca, born February 29, 1848 ; married Samuel P. His early life was spent on the farm, attending the public school situated thereon and the Academy in Upper Bufifalo. In 1666 he was "Free of Taxes" by vote of the court for making and maintaining the way over Pilgrims Harbor. Fayette county, where he re- sided until his death. who survives him, daughter of Zephaniah Carter, a miller and merchant of Brownsville, Pennsylvania, and his wife Mary, daughter of William and Mary Patterson, all of Fayette county, old, prominent and well known families. Cook, of Brownsville, and Josephine, married ex-Sheriflf Isaac Meason. Children : Donald Mestrezat, Ruth, Brown, Edward Sterling, Emily Jean. mar- ried Lint ; they died near Dawson, Fayette county; their six children are all deceased. He is a Democrat, and a member of the Presbyterian church, his wife of the Methodist Episcopal church. (II) The Finleys of Fayette county descend through Rev. He came to America with his father and brothers in 1734.He was a window glass worker and until 1882 worked at his trade in his native land. He was educated in the public schools, and was fifteen years of age when the family came over to the United States. Mary, married Hugh Cameron and Hves in Linn county, Iowa. In 1868 he came to Fayette county, locating in Con- nellsville. George Hill was born in York county, Pennsylvania, in 1764, and moved with his father and family to Georges Creek township, Fayette county. Mc Cormick, deceased, a farmer of Redstone township. He was quiet and retiring in dis- position and was held in high esteem among his neighbors. Mar- garet, married Jefiferson Burnett and moved to Iowa, where both died. Mary, married James Corder and moved to Illinois, where both died. He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and of the Pres- byterian church. She is also a great-granddaughter of Captain John Moore, and his wife Margaret (Colvin) Moore, who came from ^Maryland in 1765 and settled in Redstone township, Fayette county, on a tract yet owned in the Moore family. He was a farmer of Fayette count}- and a man highly esteemed. colonel of a militia regiment raised to resist invasion dur- ing the civil war.In March of that year he emigrated to the United States, locating in Meadville, Pennsylvania. He began his residence in Meadville, Penn- sylvania, October 4, 1882, continuing there seven years. working in the mines and at coke burning for several years. He studied di- vinity and became a member of the Pres- byterian church, and was for many years pastor of Ligonier Valley Church in West- moreland county, Pennsylvania. (HI) Joseph Newton, son of Finley and Prudence (Grable) Chalfant, was born in Redstone township, Fayette county, Penn- sylvania, September 27, 1844. He and wife were members of the Presbyterian church. Aaron, son of Captain John Moore, married Mary Haney and had : John, William, Abraham. Abraham, son of Aaron Moore, was born in Fayette county, May 17, 1823. He mar- ried Adeline Mc Clean, born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, April 2, 1823. He early settled in West Virginia and at the opening of the civil war purchased the Fairmont Vi\£;iniaii.She is a daughter of Nicholas Toseph and Henriette f Lechien) Dufour, both native Belgians. Angele, born at Ju- met, Belgium, September 2, 1864. Florise, born in Jemappes, Belgium, (also the birth FAYETTE COUNTY 309 place of all the following children). In 1902 he was elected secretary of the Jeannette Win- dow Glass Company, and since 1908 has been manager of the company. He was a strong and early advocate of the extension of the Balti- more & Ohio railroad through Fayette county, and aided all early enterprises pos- sible. He married Jane Violet Swan, born in Fayette county, July 4, 1849, daughter of Presly Swan, who died in Kansas, married (first) Maranda Hibbs, (second) Clarissa Carter. Sarah Anne, born May, 1844; lives in Uniontown, Pennsylvania ; married Jo- seph Campbell (deceased), a farmer of Fay- ette county. There are several families bear- DUNN ing this name in Fayette county, mostly of Irish and Scotch de- scent. Children of David Pichey: Hiram; lohn J., of whom further; Mary, married James Latimer, of Fayette county; Margaret Jane, married James Echard, of Connellsville; Joseph, of near Connellsville; Francis Marion, a carpenter of near Pennsville, Fayette county ; James and Maria, both died in infancy. Ewing Porter, a street car conductor, married Lottie Cooper and lives in Connellsville. Through intermarriage they are connected with some of the oldest families of the county, notably the Craft fam- ily, early settlers at Brownsville.He has been very successful as a glass manufacturer and is the capable efificient manager of a pros- perous enterprise. He was a strong Democrat, and twice represented Fayette and Westmore- land counties in the state legislature. Esther, deceased; married Daniel Mc- Donald, and lived in Brownsville, Pennsyl- vania. Grandfather Dunn, the founder of this branch, was born in county Down, Ire- land, about the year 1780, came to the United States before marriage and settled in Jefiferson township, Fayette county, Penn- sylvania. (III) John J., second son of David and So- phia (Eicher) Richey, was born in Connells- '/// .-///^/y^' • ■■''■ ' 1233379 FAYETTE COUNTY 329 ville, Pennsylvania, March 4, 1839. The Cun- ninghams were an old and prominent family in Ireland, holding position under both church and state appointment. John, married Mary Muir ; children : William, Jane, Robert ; Eliza, died unmarried ; Elizabeth ; all deceased except Jane.
He is thoroughly posted in most of the details in coal mining and shipping. He has served as school director, the pres- ent being the fifth year in that office. Elizabeth, born November 9, 1892; a stu- dent at \'assar College, where she recently won signal honor in a discussion of the now vital question. He has a brother Edward living in Cambria county, Pennsylvania. He made a note of the time, and when a few weeks later he received a letter from his son giving an account of his narrow escapes from death, he saw that the time cor- responded exactly with his own strange experi- ence. Finley was a man of absolute truth 326 PENNSYLVANIA — the reader must settle for himself what was the cause of this wireless intercourse between father and son and separated by three hundred miles of space. His hospitality was proverbial, and his friends were legion. William, lived in Luzerne town- ship, but in old age moved to Brownsville, Pennsylvania. His full brother, Robert Finley, is recorded at length in sketch mentioned. and Maria (Baird) i Mnley, was born in Men- allen township, Fayette cotmty, Pennsylvania, April 7, 1843, died March 11, 1905. Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, serving three years and four months, when he re- ceived his honorable discharge.