|Birth: ||Apr. 2, 1778|
|Death: ||Jan. 16, 1874|
Newspaper article refers to John Charles was an orphan and raised by a couple who spoke Pennsylvania Dutch. His grandaughter, Martha Fisher's son, Rev James Brennan wrote a book "Mine Pit to Pulpit". In the book he mentions that his mother told him that her grandfather, John Charles spoke Pennsylvania Dutch.
According to the best available information, John Charles, soldier of the War of 1812, discovered the first coal in the limit of what is now the city of Hazleton.
This was in 1826, when the coal measures in Beaver Meadows were already being tapped in a primitive fashion.
Charles was a blacksmith in Venison Market, the old name of Conyngham. He found the coal measures when he dug out a groundhog. He took the coal to his blacksmith shop, where he tried it out and found that the "stone coal" as it was called, burned.
Charles, an ancestor of Mrs. Ralph Schwartz, was born of noble family in Ireland, and his real name was Fitzgerald. He was an earl and was one of the political refugees who fled the headsman's axe in 1778, when his parents were beheaded and his two sisters thrust into convents.
He came to the United States, settled first in Northampton County, and was later blacksmith in what is now Conyngham, marrying Miss Margaret Wagner, September 23, 1811. He was 33 and she was 17 years of age. He died January 16, 1874, aged 95 years.
His body is buried in the Vine Street Cemetery, in the circular plot inside the main gate.
From Hazleton Newspaper, Aug. 26, 1941
Margaretten Polly Wagner Charles (1794 - 1871)
Simon S. Charles (1812 - 1885)*
Mary Charles Fisher (1814 - 1890)*
Elizabeth Charles Hill (1817 - 1894)*
Rosanna Charles Grenawalt (1819 - 1908)*
Savilla Fitzgerald Charles Brown (1822 - 1897)*
Margaret Charles Adey (1825 - 1903)*
Catherine Charles Tinney (1827 - 1910)*
Stephen J. Charles (1836 - 1923)*
Vine Street Cemetery
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Record added: Apr 11, 2005
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