I'm following the Dorman family of Broome County and I just came across this bioblurb:
History of Wyoming County Pa., Pg. 516 B.
WASHINGTON W. MINER was born in Chenango, Broome County N. Y., July 13th 1823. He is a harness maker by trade, and began business in Windsor in 1836. In 1847 he became the first harness maker in Pittston, where he married Ellen, daughter of Colonel Burns who died in 1850. In 1859 he married Sophia daughter of Peter Walter. He served in the militia as first lieutenant in 1862, and afterward enlisted for nine months in the 171st regiment, and was discharged August 8th 1863, at Harrisburg. His father, William W. Miner, was also a harness maker. He died in 1865. His mother, whose maiden name was Lydia Dorman, was a native of Broome County N.Y., where she resides.