In the year 1805, in the city of Glasgow, Scotland, was born Mr. Robert Eadie, father of the subject of this sketch.  In the year 1828 he determined to seek his fortune in America.  After a long and tedious voyage of three months in a sailing-vessel, he found himself on a foreign shore among strangers; but it was not long before he secured work at his old occupation, namely, mining, which he followed until the year 1853, when, on July 6th, he was killed in a mine at Nesquehoning, in which he was working.  He was married to Miss Margaret Hunter, of Pottsville, in the year 1830.  She was born at Paisley, Scotland, in 1810, came to America with her older sister in 1827.  This estimable lady was a first cousin of the celebrated and successful African explorer, Dr. Livingstone, whose record as an explorer has never been excelled.  Mrs. Eadie was the mother of nine children, three of whom are now living, Mr. J. E. Eadie being the second in succession.  He was born Dec. 26, 1835, at New Castle, Schuylkill Co., Pa., and spent his younger days in educating the mind and training the "young idea how to shoot," after which he worked at general work around the mines for about four years, when, in 1854, he secured a clerkship in Packer, Douglass & Co.'s store at Nesquehoning, staying with them until 1857, when he located with Mr. W. W. Blakslee, in his large mercantile establishment at Weatherly, Pa.  In 1866 he sought to make his fortune, and started in business for himself at Rockport, Pa., continuing there until 1869, when he returned to Weatherly, where success has crowned his every effort up to the present time, so that to-day he is among the highest tax-paying citizens in the borough.  He was elected chief burgess in the year 1872, well remembered as the one in which that dreadful disease, smallpox, raged so fearfully, requiring a courageous and fearless board of officers to cope with it.  He also served a year as borough assessor; was poor auditor for six years.  In 1869 he was elected jury commissioner for a term of three years.  On July 3, 1861, he was married to Elizabeth Stetler, who was born at Rockport, Pa., in 1840, where her parents, Joseph and Elizabeth Stetler, resided.  At one time Mr. Stetler and Judge Asa Packer owned together all of that large tract of land lying immediately back of Weatherly borough.  Mr. Eadie's marriage relations have proved to be most happy and fruitful, resulting in eleven children, --eight daughters and three sons.  His oldest son is now learning the machinist's trade in the Lehigh Valley Railroad shops at that place.  His other children, with the exception of two who have died, are enjoying the advantages to be derived from the most successful and well-disciplined public schools of the borough.  In Mr. Eadie we have an example of the diligent, energetic, determined man.  Having but a small amount of means when he began, we find him today among the most prosperous of Weatherly's citizens, and carrying on a business that is second to none.










The History of the Counties of Lehigh & Carbon, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,


Alfred Mathews & Austin N. Hungerford

Published in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1884


Transcribed from the original in July, 2002 by

Vincent E Summers
[3X-great-grandson of David Weatherly Sr., namesake of the town of Weatherly]


Web page by

Jack Sterling

August 2002