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Cambria county in 1828. He had been reared on a farm, and, following in the footsteps of his father, became a farmer. He first located on a farm on Laurel Hill, Jackson township, this county, but only remained there a few years, and then bought sixty acres of woodland, now Cresson Springs. Here he cleared his farm, and made the first improvements at Cresson Springs. Previous to locating on a farm he and his brother were wagoners on the old Pike, between Pittsburg [sic] and Philadelphia and intermediate points. In the days of the old Portage railroad he was employed as fireman, and later as engineer on that once famous road. He lived in Cresson at the time the Pennsylvania railroad was built, and some of the improvements he made at that time are still standing.
In 1854 he sold his Cresson Springs property and removed to Altoona, Pennsylvania, where he remained two years, and then returned to Cambria county, locating at Carrolltown, where he engaged in the hotel business; after four years' experience in this line he returned to his farm life, and located on a farm in Susquehanna township, where Hastings now stands.
He was a democrat in political faith, and about 1847 held the office of county commissioner; at various times he filled a number of local offices in his township. He was a devout member of the Catholic church. In 1824 he married Miss Susan, a daughter of Nicholas Noel, a native of German, who located in Adams county, and engaged in farming. To this marriage was born eight sons and seven daughters: Margaretta, deceased, who was the wife of Edward McClosky; Charles, deceased; Mary Ann, the wife of Wm. Young, of Adams county. William, now located in Arkansas; during the late Civil War he served in the Con-
federate army under Ge. Lee, and was present at Lee's surrender. He was wounded at Pittsburg Landing; Catharine, the wife of James Kirkpatrick, a farmer of Carroll township, this county.
Thomas, a soldier in the late war (Union army) died in the Alexander hospital in 1863; Roselia, deceased; John, a farmer of Susquehanna township, near Hastings; Patrick F.; Samuel, deceased; Jennie, deceased, who was the wife of Augustine Kirkpatrick, and Elizabeth, deceased, who was the wife of Samuel Irwin, of Adams county.
Patrick E. Dillon was reared on the farm, and received his education in the common schools. Inheriting the taste for a farmer's life, he has always followed farming.
In 1868 he bought his first farm; it was located in Chest (now Elder) township, and ontained seventy acres; he has since bought twenty-three acres of adjoining land, all underlaid with coal.
He has been very successful in his agricultural pursuits, and is a first-class general farmer.
THE LLOYD FAMILY. -- The Welsh people began to settle at Ebensburg, Cambria county, about 1796, and among the first settlers was Rev. Rees Lloyd, the founder of the Lloyd family in this county, of whom the following is a short biography, translated from the first volume of the "Cyfaill," in 1838 and written by Rev. George Roberts, of Ebensburg: On the 21st of May, 1838, Rev. Rees Lloyd died at Paddy's Run, Butler county, Ohio, in the eightieth (80th) year of his age. He was born May 1, 1759, in the parish of Llanboidy, Carmarthenshire, Wales. In his youth he united with the Non-conformist church, at Glandwr, Penbrokeshire, which was