Charles Westfield, Co. I, 7th Pennsylvania Reserves

History of Luzerne County, Pa., by H.C. Bradsby, 1893.

Christopher C. Westfield, stone-paving contractor, was born in Wilkes Barre June 2, 1848, and is a son of Charles and Julia (Clarke) Westfield, natives of Germany and Ireland, respectively. They were married in New York City, and settled in Wilkes Barre in 1841, where the father, who was a shoemaker by trade, followed his vocation, and was also a contractor on plank roads and railroad. He was sergeant in Company I, Seventh Pennsylvania Reserves; was wounded at Charles City Cross Roads, near Richmond, Va., in the Seven Days’ Fight; he was taken prisoner and sent to Libby, where he remained a month and then exchanged, but while on his way home he died in Philadelphia, where he is buried. His children who grew to maturity were: Mary, Charles A., Christopher C., George W., William P. and Julia. The subject of this memoir was reared in Wilkes Barre, and received a limited education in the common schools. since 1875 he has been engaged as a contractor on street paving, and has filled many important contracts in Wilkes Barre and outside towns, where he is popularly and favorably known. Mr. Westfield has been twice married: his first wife was Mary A., daughter of John Nailes, of Scranton, Pa., and by her he had four children: Vincent, Arthur, Frank and Christopher. He was married, the second time, on February 12, 1889, to Ellen daughter of Patrick Gallagher, of Plains, this county, and by her has one son, Cyril. Our subject is a member of the Catholic Church, and in politics is a Democrat.

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