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ing are: Eliza, wife of John Price, of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and Richard.
    William Gittings (3d), father of our subject, was born in North Wales, May 29, 1806, and died in Cambria township, January 4, 1870. He was a farmer and a militiaman, thus showing his loyalty to his adopted country. He was a member of the Congregational Methodist church, and a whig, later a republican. His first wife was Mary Morris, a daughter of Richard Morris, of the same township, and they had a family of five children, one son and four daughters. In the order of birth they are as follows: Jane, widow of Thomas D. Lewis, and now a resident of Ebensburg, Pennsylvania; Richard W., our subject; Eliza, wife of William Griffith, of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; Mary, wife of William D. Shumefelt, of Kane, Mekean county, Pennsylvania, and Ann, who died in 1872.
    Richard W. Gittings was brought up on the farm, and educated in the common schools of the township. He has followed farming all his life, and has always lived on the farm owned by his father, which he purchased after his father's death. This farm contains two hundred and twenty-five acres, underlaid with coal and is in good state of cultivation. Mr. Gittings has always been a careful husbandman, and an honor to the men who have followed the occupation designated by George Washington as, “of all others the most delightful.” Futhermore he says, “It is honorable, it is amusing, and with judicious management, it is profitable.” In addition to the old homestead, Mr. Gittings owns, in connection with David R. Edwards, one hundred acres of timber and coal land in Barr township.
    Our subject is a member of the Welsh Congregational church; is a staunch republican, and has held some local offices, and in
the discharge of all his duties, both public and private, he has been earnest and honest. Mr. Gittings is a Welshman, you remember. The nursery rhyme, “Taffy was a Welshman, Taffy was a thief,” surely contains an error; for was a Welshman ever a thief? There must be very few instances in which a Simon pure Taffy was not an honest man.
    Mr. Gittings has his fraternal connections with Beulah Lodge, No. 312, F. and A M., of Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, and Highland Lodge, No. 428, I. O. O. F., of Ebensburg, of which he is a past grand master.
    March 27, 1868, he married Miss Mary Edwards, daughter of Robert E. Edwards, of Cambria township, by whom he had ten children: Eliza, was married to J. A. Young, of Buffinton township, Indiana county, Pennsylvania; William, is a carpenter at Blairsville; Robert, Laura, Mary Emma, David, Henrietta, Herschel, and Ethel May, are at home. Martha Ellen, the ninth child, is dead.

JAMES HOBART ALLPORT,--The subject of this sketch is the second son of Hobart and Edith S. Allport, and was born at Phillipsburg, Pennsylvania, April 13, 1874. He received his education in the public schools of that place, which he attended until the age of fifteen when he was employed in the Pennsylvania railroad office under the chief engineer. An unusual talent for drawing combined with a quick perception of mathematics enabled him to advance rapidly, and in less than three years he held the position of chief draughtsman.
    Mr. Allport remained with the railroad company till 1893 when he joined himself to the Benton Coal company of Hastings, Pennsylvania, as superintendent, which position he holds at the present time. Besides his connection with the Benton Coal company he has

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