LOOMIS, Anthony
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LOOMIS, ANTHONY WAYNE, eldest son of Ashbel Loomis and Mary Scott, was born April 11, 1806, at Alstead, N. H. The Loomis family in America is descended from Joseph Loomis, who emigrated from Braintree, county Essex, England, in l638, and settled at Windsor, Conn. One of his descendants was Eleazer Loomis, who married Jemima Crandall and removed from Tolland, Conn., to Alstead, N. H., in 1783. He died March 17, 1822, and his wife in April, 1838, at Alstead. Their son, Ashbel Loomis, born September l6, 1779, married Sarah Scott, daughter of Capt. William Scott, one of the first settlers of Petersborough, N. H. Captain Scott was born in May, 1733, in Townsend, Mass.; served in the French and Indian war from 1756 to 1758 in Canada; was in the war of the Revolution, and after the peace of 1783 was a government surveyor on the Western lakes. He died in Litchfield, September 19, 1796, from sickness caused by exposure in his surveying expeditions. Ashbel Loomis died August 31, 1824, and his wife, Sarah Scott, September 10, 1841. They had four children: Anthony Wayne, William, Nancy, married Horace Hamblit, and Mary, married Lewis Slader. Anthony W. Loomis came to Pennsylvania in 1827, and began teaching. He first taught a writing school at Liverpool, and next year at Harrisburg. He subsequently engaged in the lumber trade near the foot of Berry's mountain (now the Wiconisco canal site), and afterwards turned his attention to farming. In 1844 he established the <I>Halifax Herald</I>, which he edited and published about two years, when he began merchandising, lumbering and farming until his death, which occurred at Halifax, August 4, 1864. He was an expert penman, having learned the art under the best masters in Boston, and for a third of a century was one of the leading business men in the region of Halifax. Mr. Loomis was twice married; first, June 3, 1835, to Maria Brubaker, of Halifax, born March 5, 1814, died May 28, 1843, daughter of Joseph and Barbara Brubaker, and there was issue: Albert Scott, Daniel Brubaker, Barbara Ann, and William Anthony; secondly, April 2, 1844, to Mary Murray, of Middletown, born March 14, 1818, daughter of Francis Murray and Margaret Snyder, and there was issue: Francis Murray, Charles Cass, George Otis, Walter Jefferson, Sarah Margaret, and Mary Agnes.