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Campbell, Charles Thomas
Clayton, Hon. James H.
Coffman, John J. M.D.
Coffman, Jacob
Coffroth, Alexander Hamilton
Craig, William L
Crawford, Samuel Wylie
Cremer, Rev. W. C.

CAMPBELL, Charles Thomas, soldier, was born in Franklin county, Pa., Aug. 10, 
1823. He received his education at Marshall college. At the outbreak of the 
Mexican war, in 1847, he entered the army as 2nd lieutenant in the 8th U. S. 
infantry, and was promoted to the rank of captain in August, 1847, and was 
mustered out of the service in 1848. He was elected a member of the lower 
house of the Pennsylvania legislature in 1852. In the civil war he was 
commissioned colonel of the 1st Pennsylvania artillery, May, 1861, and 
transferred to the 57th infantry in December of the same year. At Fair Oaks 
he had his horse shot under him and received two severe wounds. He was taken 
prisoner with his whole regiment, but turned upon his captors and succeeded 
in carrying two hundred of them into the Federal lines as prisoners. His 
wounds prevented any further active service, and he was promoted a 
brigadier-general on March 13, 1863, and removed to Dakota.

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Source: HISTORY OF FRANKLIN COUNTY, PA., 1887, page-938-939


Hon. James H. Clayton, Waynesboro ex-member of the State Legislature
from Franklin Countu, and whose portrait appears in this volume as one of 
the representative men of his county and States, was born in Waynesboro.
February 14, 1828, the only son of a family of seven chuldren. His parents
were John and Sarah J. (Foster) Clayton, the former born in 
Franklin Co., Penn., in 1796, and the later in Ireland. John Clayton was 
a contractor and carpenter in early life and later a farmer, he died in 
1848, aged fifty-two years. He was a man of more than ordinary ability.
For a number of years he and Alexander Hamilton were engaged in the real 
estate business, and they were intimate friends and successful men. Our
subject was but ten years of age whom his father became an invalid,
through exposure and overwork. He attended to his father's business until
the later's death, managing his father's farms and general real estate 
business, which was quite extensive, He obtained his education at the
common and high school of Waynesboro, and had a commerical training. He
clerked at Mercersburg, Waynesboro, Philadelphia, Newville (Cumberland Co.),
Pittsburg, Winchester (Va.) and then returned to Waynesborol, where he
has since been engaged in farming. He has been elected to important offices
of trust in his township and town, and later. was elected director of 
the poor of Franklin County, which office he held for three and a half 
years; was elected in 1883 a member of the House of Representatives of
Pennsylvania to fill the unexspired term of the Hon. J. McDowell Sharpe,
and in 1884, was re-elected to the Legislature for a full term. Mr.
Clayton was instrumental in the organization of the First National Bank 
of Waynesboro, and has been a director, and secretary of the board of 
directors for this bank every since its establishment, twenty-two years, 
save one year. He has always taken an active interest in his town, and
has laid out several streets, built and sold a number of houses, and
sold over forty lots. He has been and is still an extensive stockholder
in the AFrick Manufacturing Company, serving as treasurer one year for
the Geiser Company. He has been a member of the I.O.O.F. since he was
twenty-one; has passed all the chairs, and received all the honors
that could be conferred upon him by this order. Mr. Clayton married
December 11, 1860, Miss. Sallie J. Miley, of Washington 
township,this county, born October 9, 1841, near St. Thomas, Franklin
CO., Penn., daughter of John G. Miley (a farmer) and Catherine 
(Wanner) Miley, the former a native of Franklin Co., and the
latter of Berks Co., Penn. Mr. and Mrs Clayton had nine children-
five sons and three daughters living: Charles Brotherton, who manages
his father's farm, attending school; Sallie Phillps, attending private 
select school; Victor Virginins, attending school; Bessie Grace and 
Sadie May. Mr. Clayton has been an elder in the same church since 1868.
His father was of English descent, and the family were old residents
of Pennsylvania and Franklin County.

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JOHN J. COFFMAN, M.D. The medical profession of Franklin Co. 
numbers among its members some unusually bright and skillful physicians
and surgeons, and not the least among these is Dr. John J. Coffman, of 
Scottland, Green township. He was born in Washington county, Md., 
Nov. 23, 1851, son of David and Caroline (Hamond) Coffman.

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   (I) JACOB COFFMAN, his grandfather, was born on the ocean while
his parents were voyaging from their old home in Germany to found a 
new home on the hospitable shores of the New World. They located in 
Lancaster County, PA., and in his young manhood Jacob went to Washington 
county, Md., and there reared his family. The original spelling of the
name was KAUFFMAN, and some of the family spelled it CAUFFMAN, but later
adopted the present-COFFMAN.


SOURCE: BIOGRAPHICAL ANNALS OF FRANKLIN CO., PA 1905 page 323


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COFFROTH, Alexander Hamilton, representative, was born in Somerset, Pa., May 
18, 1828; son of John and Mary M. (Besore) Coffroth, and grandson of John 
Coffroth, a Revolutionary soldier. His father was of Teutonic origin and a 
native of Hagerstown, Md., and his mother was born in Franklin county, Pa. 
They removed to [p.301] Somerset county in 1808, and there the son was 
educated, attending the public schools and Somerset academy. After teaching 
school for a few years he studied law under the Hon. Jeremiah S. Black and 
was admitted to the bar in 1851. He was a delegate to the Democratic national 
convention, Charleston, S. C., in 1860, and in 1862 he was elected a 
representative in the 38th congress, was re-elected to the 39th congress, 
serving 1863-67, and in 1866 declined a renomination. In 1867 President 
Johnson appointed him an assessor of internal revenue. He resumed his law 
practice in Somerset and was a representative in the 46th congress, 1879-81. 
He was a delegate to several Democratic conventions, and in 1886 was elected 
president of the Somerset county bar association. He was married in 1854 to 
Nora, daughter of Jacob Kimmell, Esq., of Berlin, Pa., and their son, A. 
Bruce Coffroth, became a prominent lawyer in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Source: HISTORY OF FRANKLIN COUNTY, PA., 1887, page-771-772


William L. Craig, merchant, Scotland, Penna, was born October 27, 1858, in 
Roxbury, Lurgan Township, this county. His grandfather, John Craig, came from
Scotland, and settled in Franklin County; his old homestead near Roxbury. He was 
a farmer and brewer, and also kept a team on the road between Baltimore and
Pittsburg. He was well known, very successful, and a representative man of his 
time. He married Nancy Charlton, who died the mother of seven children: William 
H., John H., James H., Mary, Nancy, Margaret, and Eliza. James H. waas educated
here; in early life was a teacher; later a merchant, keeping a general store in
Roxbury and Dry Run. He was much interested in political matters, and served as
postmaster at the last mentioned place. March 21, 1850 he married Miss Catherine
daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth (Reed) Stewart, the former a son of George 
Stewart of Lancaster County, who was among the early settlers of the township. 
Mrs. Craig was born March 2, 1831, in Lurgan Township, this county, and died
at the home of our subject October 30, 1884. She was the mother of five children:
James S., John C., Daniel D., William L., and Harry F. Craig. James H. Craig was 
born in Augast, 1823, on the old homestead, and died in the military hospital
in Tullahoma, Tenn. He enlisted in Company A, Sevebty-seventh Pennsylvania 
Volunteer infantry, and was one of the 500 Pennsylvania volunteers who were
taken prisioneers before they were armed and afterward exchanged. He served
under Gen. Grant and participated in many engagements. Our subject, William L.
was a teacher in early life. In 1881 he came to Scotland and embarked in the 
mercantile business. He married, September 24, 1885,  Miss Emma K. daughter
of A. H. Etter. September 1, 1885, he was appointed postmaster at Scotland,
and still  holds that office. He is identified with the Democratic party and
takes a lively interest in political matters. Mr. Craig has in his possession
a rare and genuine Cremona (Stradivarius) violin, valued very highly by 
competent judges.

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Crawford, Samuel Wylie,soldier, was born in Franklin county, Pa., Nov. 8, 
1827; son of the Rev. Dr. Samuel Wylie and Jane (Agnew) Crawford. He was 
graduated at the University of Pennsylvania in 1646 and from the medical 
department in 1850. He entered the U.S. army as assistant surgeon, serving in 
Texas and Mexico, 1851-57, and Kansas, 1857-60. In 1860 he was stationed in 
Charleston harbor and made one of the brave garrison that defended Fort 
Sumter, being in command of a battery during the bombardment. He was 
transferred to Fort Columbus, New York harber, on reaching that city in 
April, 1861. In August, 1861, he was commissioned major, 13th U.S. infantry, 
and in 1862 was made brigadier-general in the volunteer army. He was 
conspicuous at Winchester, and at Cedar Mountain he lost one half of his 
brigade. At Antietam he succeeded to the command of General Mansfield's 
division and was severely wounded in the action of that day. He commanded the 
3d division of the 5th army corps, made up of the Pennsylvania reserves, at 
Washington, D.C., early in 1863, and led them in the hattie of Gettysburg, 
July 1-3, 1863. He was with the army of the Potomac in all the operations 
under General Grant till the surrender, and won promotions at the Wilderness, 
Spottsylvania, Petersburg and Five Forks for conspicuous bravery, his brevets 
reaching that of major-general, U.S. volunteers, and brigadier-general in the 
regular army in 1865. He was mustered out of the volunteer army in 1866 and 
served with his regiment. He was promoted colonel of the 16th U.S. infantry 
in February, 1869, and was afterward transferred to the 2d infantry. In 
February, 1873, he was retired with the rank of brigadier-general, by reason 
of disability consequent to his wounds. He was made a member of the 
Geographical society of Mexico in 1858; a fellow of the Royal geographical 
society of Great Britain in 1879; a member of the Historical societies of 
Pennsylvania and New York, and a member of the military order of the Loyal 
Legion of the United States. He received from the University of Pennsylvania 
the degree of. LL.D. in 1867. He died in Philadelphia, Pa:, Nov. 3, 1892.

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Rev. W. C. Cremer

Rev. W. C. Cremer, Paster was of Zion's Reformed Church, was born in Lancaster 
County, Penn., January 1, 1836, youngest son of Charles and Elizabeth (Albert) 
Cremer. His early life until he was eighteen years of age was passwed on a farm, 
where hw received in the neighboring schools, the rudiments of an education. He 
then returned to the preparatory department of Franklin and Marshall College, at 
Lancaster (previous to that he had received literary instruction from his pastor, 
Rev. D. Y. Hysler). He completed the course at Franklin and Marshall College, and 
was graduatted from the institution in 1861. Immediately after his graducation he 
went to Theological Seminary at Mercersburg, where he completed a course of study 
in theology in1863. He was then called to take charge of the Reformed Church at 
Sunbury, Penn., where he was licensed and ordained May, 1863, and remained as 
pastor of the church for five years. His next appointment was at Westminster, 
Carroll Co., Md., where he remained until coming to Chambersburg in 1876. In August, 
1863. Mr. Cremer was married to Miss. C. M. daughter of Jacob Gruel, of Lancaster 
City, Penn., and to them were born six children, five of whom-one daughter and four 
sons-are living.

Souce: History of Franklin County, Pennsylvania, 1887, page 633


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