More Washington Co. Beers: Hoffman p. 1079 John J. Hoffman, p. 1079 JOHN J. HOFFMAN, a representative, wide-awake successful agriculturist of Amwell township, was born January 24, 1856, in Washington township, Greene county, Pennsylvania. His grandfather, George Hoffman, came to Greene county at an early day, and took up 250 acres of land. He married a Miss Frye, and they had three sons and four daughters, as follows: Peter (deceased), George, Abraham, Mahala (Mrs. McCarl), Sarah (Mrs. Cameron), Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Eliza Hedley. Mr. Hoffman was a successful business man, and in his political predilections always upheld the principles of the Democratic party. George Hoffman, son of George, was born April 2, 1817, in Washington township, Green county, Pennsylvania, and received his education in the common schools. Although his educational opportunities were limited, he was an earnest Bible student, making himself familiar with all its truths. He was united in marriage with Susan Stegner, of Greene county, Pennsylvania, who formerly lived near Philadelphia, and the following children were born to them: Jane (Mrs. Ross Johns), George, Thomas and John J. Immediately after his marriage, Mr. Hoffman began farming for himself, which vocation he followed very successfully, and in connection engaged to a considerable extent in sheep raising. At one time he had about 1,450 acres of land in his own name, after giving his sons a generous portion to start them in life. He is not a politician, but has held several offices of trust in the township. In religious faith, he is a member of the Baptist Church, and has been one of the most faithful workers in that body. John J. Hoffman passed his earlier years at home, working on the farm in summer, and attending the common school during the winter. He attended the academy at Jefferson, Greene County, one term. On November 16, 1876, he was married to Miss Alice Swart, who was born April 20, 1857, in Amwell township, this County, a daughter of George and Elizabeth Swart, and to this union has come one son, George Clarence, born May 8, 1886. Immediately after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman settled on the farm adjoining his father's in Greene county, Pennsylvania (formerly owned by Samuel Braden), and remained there until the fall of 1890. They then removed to the farm of 182 acres in Amwell township, this county, where they now reside. Mr. Hoffman is also the owner of 287 acres in Greene county. He and his family are honored and useful members of the Baptist Church, and in politics he is a straight Democrat, liberal in his views, and voting more for principle than for political influence. Text taken from page 1079 of: Beers, J. H. and Co., Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893). Beers: Martin p. 1019 Morgan Martin, p. 1019 MORGAN MARTIN, a native of West Bethlehem, and now a citizen of Amwell township, is a descendant of Zephaniah Martin, a blacksmith and a member of the Presbyterian Church, who came with his wife and family from Morris county, New Jersey, about the year 1786. His son, James Martin (grandfather of our subject), married Anna McMyrtre, in New Jersey. Securing a patent for 200 acres of land, they located in West Bethlehem township, this county. They had children born to them as follows: Thomas Martin (married Mary Bradbury in 1821, died September, 1851, aged sixty-five years, leaving three children: John M., residing in Greene county, Penn.; Thomas, who died in Missouri in February, 1892, and David, residing in Kansas); Joseph (of whom a sketch is given below); Zephaniah (a blacksmith, married Belle Hood, to whom were born John and Anna, all of whom are dead); Jane (married Joseph Dunn died, June 13, 1863, aged seventy-two); Joseph Dunn (died December 15, 1865, aged seventy-seven, leaving seven children: Washington (dead ), James, Morgan L., Joseph, William (dead), Anna and John); Sarah (married David Bowman, who removed to Ashland county, Ohio, in 1829, where eight children were born, of whom no recent account is at hand); Elizabeth (married Stephen Jewell in 1822, and removed to Ohio in 1828; they had nine children: James (deceased), Jonathan and Joseph (reside in Ohio), John Martin (deceased), Mary A. (deceased), A. J. Jewell (residing in Iowa), Jacob (residing in Kansas), Patience (deceased), and Sarah J., deceased). Mrs. Elizabeth Jewell died in 1844. The mother of this large family died in 1800. Mr. Martin afterward married Katherine Moore, with whom he resided on the farm until the time of his death in 1827. Joseph Martin (father of our subject) was born on the farm in West Bethlehem township, March 15, 1790, and spent his early years attending school in the winter and working on the farm in the summer. He married Elizabeth Hayden, who died shortly after without issue. He next married Nancy Iams, of Amwell township, December 27, 1821, living at Iams' Mills. John Iams, the maternal grandfather of Morgan Martin, came to Washington county, from Maryland, about 1776, and purchased of a Mr. Keys the property, formerly known as Iams' Mills (now Bissell P. O.), which had been previously patented by a Mr. Kelsey. Mr. Iams and his wife, whose maiden name was Hampson, walked and carried all their worldly possessions from Maryland to Pennsylvania; but being a miller and millwright, he prospered, purchased an old mill on the site of the one now owned by Morgan Martin, and tearing it down erected a new building, where he continued to follow his vocation the remainder of his life. In addition to the mill property Mr. Iams owned about 300 acres of land, and was very successful in business. He died July 4, 1823, leaving the following named children: William Iams (married Delilah Meek, died April 4, 1869, aged seventy-seven years; she died September 6, 1876, aged ninety-three years, leaving ten children: Miller, John H., Elisha, Thomas, Isaac, William, Delilah, Mary, Abraham and Rachel); John Iams (died April 30, 1846, aged thirty-four years and six months); Nancy (who married Joseph Martin); Charity (wife of John D. Smith, died January 19, 1876, aged seventy-seven years). Her husband died March 12, 1876, aged eighty-one years, leaving the following children: Martin, Thomas (deceased), Amos, John, Joseph, Nathan, William, Freeman, Elizabeth, Nancy, and Ira (deceased). Sarah, wife of William H. Hathaway, died April 15, 1838, aged thirty-four years and six months. Mary married Moses Smith, died September 5, 1859, aged fifty- nine years four months and five days. Moses Smith died September 14, 1848, aged forty-one years ten months and twenty-eight days. They had children born to them as follows: John (who died in the army, at the battle of Fair Oaks), Moses, Joseph and Sarah (Mrs. Huffman). Joseph Martin owned 280 acres of land. In politics he was a Democrat, and though not a politician, took an active interest in securing good local government. He died December 25, 1850, aged sixty years, nine months and ten days. Mrs. Martin was a member of the Baptist Church, and died in that faith on January 21, 1879, aged eighty-four years and eleven days. The record of Joseph and Nancy (Iams) Martin's children is as follows: Morgan, born October 19, 1823; Elizabeth I., November 24, 1825, died December 13, 1825; John I., February 8, 1828, died November 8, 1892; Joseph, April 2, 1831, died May 13, 1853; Anna, July 23, 1833; and Sarah, February 1, 1836, all of whom were born in West Bethlehem township. John I. married Elizabeth Barr November 30, 1851, and to them children were born as follows: Joseph (deceased), Sarah (Mrs. Keys), A. Jackson, Martha, Samuel and C. W. Martin, who reside on the farm located by their grandfather in West Bethlehem, Anna married A. P. VanDyke January 25, 1855. To them were born: Leroy M., Nancy (Mrs. Swart), Elizabeth (Mrs. Bebout), Kate M., Hannah C. (Mrs. Allen, deceased), Thomas and Florence A. Van Dyke. Sarah married Neal Zollars November 7, 1860. They had eight children: George, Joseph, Nancy (deceased), Ezekiel (deceased), Grant, Kate, Elmira, and Martha Zollars. Morgan Martin, son of Joseph and Nancy (Iams) Martin, was born October 19, 1823, and remained on the farm until twenty-seven years of age. About 1850 he began the milling business at Martin's Mills (now Bissell post office), of which he is postmaster, which business he has ever since followed with success. On September 18, 1856, he was united in marriage with Anna Reese, daughter of Thomas and Anna (Sunderland) Reese, of West Bethlehem township. To Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Martin have been born eight children, namely: Sanford, born June 18, 1857, married Alice Bigler March 9, 1882, and died September 5, 1889, at Tacoma, State of Washington; Eliza Jane, born December 19, 1859, married October 13, 1883, William S. Bigler (she died August 22, 1887, leaving two children, Israel G., born August 11, 1884, and Estella, born February 11, 1887); William R., born December 28, 1862; Anna, born December 17, 1864; Sarah, born June 8, 1867; Nancy, born August 12, 1869; Mary Ellen, born September 6, 1872, died December 30, 1885, and Lucinda, born October 10, 1874. Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Martin, with their family, belong to the M. E. Church. Politically he is a Democrat, though not a politician. He commenced keeping a general store in 1876, and continues to operate both mill and store with marked success. He built the residence in which he now resides in 1854, and erected the store in 1880, in which is carried on his mercantile business and the business of the Bissell post office. The brothers and sisters of Thomas Reese are: Jesse, Solomon, William, James, Rachel (Mrs. Fisher), Nancy (Mrs. Egy), Sally (Mrs. McCormick), and Sena (Mrs. Scott). The record of the children of Thomas Reese and Anna Sunderland Reese is as follows: William Reese (married Matilda Mikesel, and had born to them: James, Henry, Nancy (Mrs. Miller), Frank, Elsworth, Effie and Ida, the most of whom reside in Illinois. By his second wife he has two children). Henry Reese (married Catherine Argo, had born to them Semantha (Mrs. Cole), William, Addie (Mrs. Routh), Jennie, Lyman, and Oran. By his second wife he had three children, all residing in Illinois). Sarah (married Samuel Braden; their children are named as follows: John Newton (deceased), Leroy, Flora (Mrs. Sharp), Mary Ellen (deceased), Martha, Anna (Mrs. Shrontz), Rebecca (Mrs. Gray), William, Henry, Sarah and Samuel B. Braden, all residents of this county). Rebecca (married John Ferrell; their children are: Elizah, Henry, John S., Jerry, Joseph, A. J., Harvey, Lizzie (Mrs. Keller), Mary (Mrs. Smith), part of whom reside in Iowa, the rest are residents of Nebraska). Isabell (married A. J. Grable, and had born to them: Emerson, Laura, Alvin, Mary, Will, Oscar, Anna, Edward and Lizzie, the most of whom reside in Kansas). Anna (married Morgan Martin as already related). Nancy (married Albert Clarke, and to them were born Alice and William, who reside in Kansas). Mary (married A. J. Garrett, and had born to them Zadie (Mrs. Woodhead), Nora (Mrs. Glogan), Jackson, Martin R., and Daisy. They are residents of Kansas). Lucinda (married Cyrus Critchfield, and to their union was born one son, Sanford Critchfield, who resides at Denver, Colo.). Thomas Reese married Martha Thomas, and had born to their union Anna, John, William, Archibald, Charles and Georgia May, all residents of Coal Centre, this county. Text taken from page 1019 of: Beers, J. H. and Co., Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893). Beers: McAdam p. 626 D. J. McAdam, p 626 D. J. McADAM, professor of mathematics in Washington and Jefferson College, is a native of the Buckeye State, born August 2, 1843, in Moorefield township, Harrison county, a son of John and Susan (Dunlap) McAdam, worthy farming people of that township; the latter a daughter of John and Nancy Dunlap, of Harrison county. They were the parents of children as follows: Nancy, Eliza and Mary (Mrs. John Compher), deceased; Sarah, Mrs. John Lewis; Rebecca, Mrs. Samuel Willoughby; George; D. J. and Margaret (Mrs. James Glasgow). The mother of this family reparted this life in 1849, and for his second wife Mr. McAdam married, in 1851, Harriet Linn, of Harrison county, Ohio, by whom there was no issue. Mr. McAdam died in 1852; he had been a consistent member of the Union Church from his youth up, and for some years was an elder in the same; politically he was a straight Democrat, socially a man of public spirit and enterprise, popular and generally respected. D. J. McAdam was reared to farm work, his education being had at the common schools of his native township, where he proved an apt and diligent scholar and from early life he evinced a strong penchant for study and literature. After leaving school, he spent one year in Franklin college, and then entered Washington and Jefferson College, from which he graduated with honor in 1868. His education being now completed, he assumed the role of educator, his first school being at Harlem Springs, Carroll Co., Ohio, whence, after a year he came to Canonsburg, this county, in which learned town he remained one year, in the capacity of tutor. He then moved to Cadiz, Ohio, and entered the office of Lawyer Estep, with whom he remained one year, at the end of which time he was appointed principal of the schools of Carrollton, Ohio, his incumbency covering three years; the public schools at that place had just been opened, and the work of grading, by virtue of his position, fell on him. In 1873 our subject accepted the chair of Latin in Washington and Jefferson College, but at the end of one year was transferred to the chair of mathematics, in the same college, which he now fills. On July 8, 1875, Prof. McAdam was married to Kate, daughter of Capt. Alexander Wishart, of Washington, Penn., and four children were the result of this union, as follows: Alexander (deceased), Dunlap, John and Kate. His wife died May 8, 1882. Our subject married in May, 1888, Rebecca, daughter of John D. Braden, and two children have come to further bless their home - Braden and George. Prof. McAdam, in his political associations, is an ardent Democrat, and in religion is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Washington. Text taken from page 626 of: Beers, J. H. and Co., Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893). Beers: McCorkle p. 1049 John McCorkle, p. 1049 JOHN McCORKLE, (deceased). The subject of this biographical sketch was a son of Thomas McCorkle, who was born and raised in Adams county, Penn., and there married Esther Terrell, a resident of the same county. They moved to Washington county, Penn., in the year 1810, purchasing a large farm in Cross Creek township. Their family consisted of six children, namely: Robert (died unmarried), Margaret (Mrs. Thomas Ritchey), John (the subject of this sketch), Frances (died unmarried), Jane (wife of Charles Phillip) and Thomas (who married Margaret Welch), are dead. The father followed farming, and in politics voted the Democratic ticket. He was a ruling elder of the Associate, now United Presbyterian Church, at West Middletown. John McCorkle was born June 4, 1803, in Adams county, Penn., and removed when quite young with his parents to Washington county, where he was reared and educated. He was first married January 14, 1834, to Mary McCorkle, of Somerset township, Washington Co., Penn. They had one son, Thomas B. Her death occurred May 25, 1836, and on May 12, 1842, he chose for his second wife Mary, daughter of David B. Hay. David was a son of John Hay, who was born in Scotland, and there married, in 1777, Anna Burns, a near relative of the famous Scottish poet, Robert Burns. The following children were born to John and Anna (Burns) Hay: John, Alexander, James, Ephraim and David B., Jane (Mrs. John McKimman), Anna (Mrs. Thomas Struthers), Catherine (wife of Robert Braden), Elizabeth (Mrs. James Harper), Mary (wife of Archibald Harper). The family emigrated to America, but during the voyage two sons died and the ocean was their winding sheet. After arriving in America they first settled in Lancaster county, Penn. Then the family settled permanently on Miller's run, in Cecil township, where they lost two more sons in youth, immediately after their settlement. Mr. Hay was a Democrat, and in religion a ruling elder of the Seceder Church for many years. David B. Hay was born in 1785 in Lancaster County, Penn., and received his education at his home in Washington county. He was united in marriage, in early life, with Mary, daughter of Patrick McCullough. Their children were Anna (Mrs. Henry Donnell), Mary (wife of John McCorkle), Elizabeth, Jane (Mrs. Robert Scott) and Hannah (died in infancy). The father followed farming. Politically he was a Democrat, and served as justice of the peace for several terms. He was a member of the Associate Reformed Church until his death in 1873, in his eighty-seventh year. He was preceded to the grave by his wife, who died in 1865, being then eighty-one years of age. John and Mary (Hay) McCorkle had no children. He was an active and progressive citizen. Politically he was a Democrat, and religiously a ruling elder in the U. P. Church until his death on July 18, 1863. Mrs. Mary McCorkle, his widow, resides at West Middletown. Text taken from page 1049 of: Beers, J. H. and Co., Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893).
� 1997 2018