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He was an active, enterprising citizen, deeply interested in every move which had for its object the good of the borough in which he lived and the promotion of the welfare of the community at large. In him the cause of education found one of its warmest and most ardent friends, and he served a number of terms as school director.
     His marriage with Mary Davis, daughter of William Davis, in 1844, resulted in the birth of four boys and one girl that grew to maturity.
     William W. was born August 15, 1845, and received a good common-school education, after which he devoted his time to assisting his father in his lumber business, part of the time at the retail yard in Philadelphia, but at the time of his death, which occurred in June, 1877, was managing the lumber interests at Kane, Pennsylvania. He leaves to survive him a wife and one child, May.
     John T. was born June 19, 1853, and died June 30, 1853, and died June 30, 1892, leaving a wife and three children to survive him: William, Mary and Annie.
     Upon the death of William W., John T. assumed charge of the lumber interests in McKean and Elk counties, and also several years before his death, engaged in lumbering and oil interests on his own account. He was active in McKean county politics, and for two terms represented that county in the State legislature.
    Abner Griffith was born August 5, 1855, received a good common-school education, and spent one year at Cannonsburg academy, in Washhington county, Pennsylvania. He graduated in medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1879, and at once began practice at Kane, Pennsylvania, but from night exposures contracted lung trouble,
which compelled him to give up his practice during the first year and spend the winter in Florida.
     Upon his return, in 1880, he began practice in Ebensburg, which he continued during the six or seven warmer months for eight years, returning to his farm and orange-grove, near Ocala, Florida, during the winter; but, on account of continued poor health, abandoned his profession entirely in 1888. He now spends his summers in Ebensburg and winters in Florida. He is a member of Summit Lodge, No. 312, Free and Accepted Masons. In 1879 he married Elizabeth Evans, daughter of John J. Evans, of Ebensburg, and this union has been blessed in the birth of three children: Clarence, dying in infancy; Margaret, born November 14, 1890, and Elizabeth, born March 13, 1895.
     Annie E., born December 3, 1858, now living at Kane, Pennsylvania, with her three children: Ruth, Thomas and Dorothy. In 1884 she was married to F. A. Lyte, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who at the time of his death. occurring on June 24, 1896, was cashier of the First National bank of Kane.
     Webster Griffith, born June 5, 1860, and is now actively engaged in the lumber business at Ebensburg.
     He received his education in the common schools of Ebensburg. His father having been elected to the office of Sheriff, Webster was compelled to leave school at an early age and assist in the management of his father's busines interests, remaining with him until he arrived at his majority. Communcing the battle of life on his own account, he formed a business alliance with his brother under the firm name of J. T. & W. Griffith. This firm was engaged in the lumbering and oil business in McKean county until 1892, the date


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