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a branch of the celebrated Burke family, of Ireland, so famous in history through some of its talented members. Edmund Burke came to New York city, then removed to Baltimore, and finally came to western Pennsylvania, where he was a contractor on a number of pikes. After working on these pikes Mr. Burke went to Bellefonte, and later settled at Strongstown, where he died. To Mr. and Mrs. Creswell were born eight children: Edmund B., of Ebensburg, who is an electrician; Robert E.; Michael and Joseph, who both died in infancy; Kate B., Francis, a civil engineer of Johnstown; Thomas N., who died young, and Ella B., residing with her mother.
    Robert E. Creswell was reared in his native county, received his education in the common schools and the Pennsylvania State Normal school, at Indiana, and then entered the service of the Pennsylvania Railroad company as a receiving clerk at Altoona. After some time spent at Altoona he resigned his position and went West, where he accepted service at Denver, Colorado, with the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad company. He discharged there, very acceptably, the duties assigned him for a number of years; but during the later years of his railroad service he had given some thought to the profession of law, and upon severing his railroad relations at Denver, he entered the law department of the University of Michigan, from which he was graduated in the class of 1889. Returning then to Pennsylvania, he was admitted to the bar of Cambria county, January, 1890, and commenced the practice of his profession in Johnstown, where he has remained ever since. Attentive and diligent, he is growing into a good practice, and becoming well acquainted with the people of the county. He is a democrat, and was postmaster at Strongstown,
Indiana county, rendering satisfaction to the patrons of the office.

ELMER E. DAVIS, the efficient deputy sheriff of Cambria county, is a son of Joseph and Martha (Davis) Davis, and was born July 6, 1862, in Carroll township, Cambria county. Richard Davis, grandfather, was a native of Wales, whence he emigrated and located in Carroll township, where he died. Joseph Davis, father, was born in Wales about 1816, and died 1874. He came to this country with his parents, and helped his father to clear the farm on which he had located in Carroll township. He lived in the latter township all his life, where he followed the pursuits of a farmer.
    He was an old-line whig, but became a republican upon the organization of that party. He was a strong abolitionist, and was an enlisting officer in his township. On account of his strong views on the subject he was made the object of many threats. He was a devout and consistent member of the Calvinistic Methodist church. He married Martha Davis, also a native of Wales, who came with her parents to this country about the same time Richard Davis emigrated. She died in 1892, at the age of sixty-six years. To their marriage twelve children were born: Thomas B., who lives in Ebensburg, this county; Aaron, of Johnstown; one who died in infancy; Owen, who died in Johnstown from the effects of the memorable flood of 1889; Martha Ann, the wife of John T. Lloyd, a minister in the Presbyterian church, now located in South Africa; Caroline, the wife of E. L. Edwards, of Johnstown; Jonathan, a stock farmer, located in Illinois; Richard B., of Nevada; J. Price, of Johnstown; Elmer E.; and Seward B., deceased.

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