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"Thos. Darling, lawyer, dead in Kingston home: Illness of two years fatal to distinguished local resident: Funeral on Wednesday." Evening News (Wilkes-Barre, Penna.), June 14, 1926, p. 3. 181665432.

Illness Of Two Years Fatal To Distinguished Local Resident

Sorrow was general throughout Wyoming Valley today [. . .] the death of Thomas Darling, a leading member of the Luzerne County bar and one of the community's most esteemed citizens, which occurred at 10 o'clock last evening at his home, 225 Butler street, Kingston, following two years' illness.

Thomas Darling, son of the late Edward Payson Darling and Emily Hollenback Rutter, was born in Wilkes-Barre on May 29, 1863, and was educated in the public schools of the city, the Wilkes-Barre Academy and Yale University, graduating from the latter institution in 1886. He read law under the direction of his father and was admitted to practice in the Luzerne County courts in April, 1889. Upon the death of his father in October of the same year he became a partner with his uncle, J. Vaughn Darling as a junior member of the firm of E. P. and J. V. Darling. Judge F. W. Wheaton also came into the firm shortly afterward and the name was changed to Darling and Wheaton. J. V. Darling died in 1893 and and [sic] Judge J. B. Woodward came into the firm, the name then being changed to Wheaton, Darling and Woodward. Later he was associated with Attorney James L. Morris.

Mr. Darling was a member of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution, Wyoming Historical and Geological Society, the vestry of St. Stephen's P. E. Church, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Westmoreland Club, a director in the Bear Creek Ice Company and was for some years a member of the Wilkes-Barre city council and a director of Wyoming National Bank.

Mr. Darling on June 3, 1892, married Emma Childs McClintock, daughter of Oliver McClintock and Clara C. Childs. He was a descendant of Thomas Darling, of English parentage and a descendant of the Puritans of New England. William Darling, son of Eliaki Darlington, was the first of the Darlings to come to Pennsylvania and he settled at Reading, where he became a lawyer of splendid ability. He was aUnited [sic] States Commissioner to the World's Fair, Crystal Palace, London, in 1851. Henry Darling, D. D., president of Hamilton College from 1881 to the time of his death and also moderator of the Presbyterian general assembly in 1881, was an uncle to Thomas Darling.

Edward Payson Darling, father of Thomas Darling, was born in Robeson Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, November 10, 1831 and died in Wilkes-Barre on October 19, 1889. He married Emily H. Rutter on September 29, 1859, and she died on January 21, 1882. Edward Payson Darling was a corporation lawyer and also a counsellor on subjects relating to real estate law. He was identified with some of the most substantial industries and institutions in the community including the Wyoming National Bank, the Wilkes-Barre Gas Company. He was also a member of the board of trustees of the Wilkes-Barre Female Institute, the Osterhout Free Library, the Wyoming Volley [sic] Historical and Geological Society, Harry Hillman Academy and the Young Men's Christian Association.

Although of marked ability as a lawyer and prominent in legal, political, social and financial circles, he was possessed of humility and gentility that endeared hi mto [sic] friends in all walks and stations throughout this locality. He was a lover of home and his public and private life were irreproachable.

Surviving are his wife, Emma Darling and four children, Thomas, Jr., Edward, Clara and Elsie Lowrie Darling, and his two sisters, Mrs. William T. Smedley, of New York City, and Mrs. Arthur Hillman, of Wilkes-Barre, survive. His elder son graduated from Yale last year and is with the Pennsylvania Power and Light Co. The younger is a junior at Yale.

The funeral will be held from the home at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Services will be conducted by Rev. Dr. Flinchbaugh, rector of St. Stephen's Church and interment will be in the family plot in Hollenback Cemetery.