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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania


J. W. HATHAWAY, deceased, who was a merchant in Carmichaels for many years, was born in Jefferson Township, this county, May 19, 1821, and was a son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Estel) Hathaway.  His mother was born in New Jersey and his father in Pennsylvania, and they were of English and Dutch descent.  When Mr. Hathaway was only one year old his father died, and he was reared by his grandfather, Matthias Estel, who sent him to school and induced him to learn a trade.  He chose the chair-maker’s trade, served a regular apprenticeship, and worked at the business for a time at Newtown.  There be began business as a clerk in a store at the age of sixteen.  At nineteen years of age he went to Carmichaels as clerk.  He was for many years junior member in the firm of Carson & Hathaway, merchants; afterwards buying his partner’s interest he became sole owner of the large merchandising establishment there.  He was an energetic, careful and thrifty manager of business, always exercising the keenest tact in his ventures and investments, yet conducting the same with a motive of honesty and fair dealing toward all, bearing the respect of everybody.  Years ago when Carmichaels was the business center of Greene County Mr. Hathaway—added to a continued large retail trade—did considerable business at wholesale.  He was united in marriage January 1, 1846, with Miss Ary, daughter of William and Keziah (Wiley) Anderson, who were of Scotch-Irish descent.  Her father was a millwright, and she had two brothers in the war of 1812.  To Mr. and Mrs. Hathaway a family of ten children were born, six of whom, together with Mrs. Hathaway, survive the deceased.  The children are—Charles, Samuel, William, Jacob and Lawrence, of Carmichaels; and Mrs. Mary McGinnis, of Lincoln, Ill.  Mr. Hathaway was well known and was regarded as a man of great business ability, sound judgment and sterling integrity.  He had been a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for over forty-five years, and was a ruling elder in that church for thirty-two years.  He was without question a true Christian.


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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania

Samuel P. Bates

Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago. 1888


Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles

The Greene County, Pennsylvania Biographies Project –

Date of Transcription: 29 June 2007

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