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stead, then spent one year in Worcester, Massachusetts, mills. He returned
to Pennsylvania at the end of that year, worked two years for the inde-
pendent steel corporation, Jones & Laughlin, in Pittsburgh, then returned


to Homestead. In 1893 he built a hotel at No. 344 Eighth avenue, Home-
stead, operated it until 1895, then sold out and erected a building on the
same avenue, in which he established a gentlemen's furnishing store. He
continued there in a most prosperous business until April, 1913, when he
disposed of his mercantile interests to become a brick manufacturer and
coal operator at Freeport, Pennsylvania, under the corporate name of the
Buffalo Creek Coal & Brick Company. He is manager and a member of the
board of directors of that company, which transacts a large and profitable
business in both its lines. Mr. Rattigan has always ranked high in his com-
munity ; as a steel worker he was an expert, and the large wages he earned
were rightly used and judiciously invested; as a business man he is progres-
sive, energetic and well balanced, his good judgment and sound sense ever
directing him rightly. He is one of the prosperous men of Homestead and
has won his way to success by his own energy and ability. He is a Demo-
crat in politics, and has represented his ward in Homestead city council.
He is an active, devout member of St. Mary Magdalene Roman Catholic
Church, the Holy Name Society, and the Benevolent and Protective Order
of Elks. The family home is at No. 310 Tenth avenue. Homestead, which
Mr. Rattigan purchased.

Mr. Rattigan married, in 1888, Margaret A. Good, born in Monongahela
City, Pennsylvania, daughter of Joseph and Sarah C. Good, both deceased,
he of American, she of English birth. Joseph Good was a well known coal
operator. Children : Eileen, living at home ; John A., private secretary to a
large ranch owner in Nevada ; Margaret, a high school student ; Josephine,
Raymond, Frances. The latter three attend parochial schools.

The ancestors of Dr. Albert T. Zeller, of McKeesport, Penn-
ZELLER sylvania, came to the United States from Germany. Zeller is

an ancient and honorable German family name and in Dr. Zel-
ler's direct line, beginning with his grandfather. Rev. Magnus Frederick
Zeller, eleven generations each produced a mininster of the gospel. Dr. Zel-
ler's wife descends from the Trimble family of Scotland, a family noted
more for its prowess in war. Her father. Colonel James Harvey Trimble,
of Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, was a distinguished officer of the
Union army, serving until the close of the Civil War. The Zellers were
native to the Kingdom of Wurttemberg, Germany, and there Rev. Albert
Zeller, father of Dr. Zeller. first saw the light, March 13, 1833, son of
Rev. Magnus Frederick and Dorothea Frederika (Herwig) Zeller. Rev.
Magnus Frederick Zeller was born in Wurttemberg, September 5. 1S03.
died at Basilheim, Germany, October 8, 1843. He was a minister of the
German Evangelical Church, eleven generations of his ancestors having also
followed that holy calling. Wurttemberg, a kingdom in the southwestern
part of Germany and the third state in size in the German Empire, has long
been noted for the e.xxellence of its higher educational institutions and the
general diffusion of public instruction. Amid such conditions Magnus
Frederick Zeller grew to manhood, obtaining a superior education fitting him


for the pursuit of liis high calling. He lived a life of great usefulness and
in turn transmitted to his posterity the high qualities of mind, inherited by
him from educated high-minded forbears. His wife, Dorothea (Herwigj
Zeller, was born at Erlanger, Germany, April 25, t8oi, died July 14. 1843.
Children : Johann, William, Sophie, Albert.

(H) Rev. Albert Zeller, son of Rev. Magnus Frederick and Dorothea
(Herwig) Zeller, was born in Wurttemberg, Germany, March 13. 1833.
After a long and useful career as a minister of the gospel, he is residing
near Buffalo, New York, with his eldest daughter. He was classically edu-
cated in the superior institutions of his native Wurttemberg, then studied
divinity at the University of Berne, Switzerland, and was regularly ordained
a minister of the German Evangelical Church, a profession embraced by his
forebears in succession from the sixteenth century. At the age of twenty-
two years, in 1855, he came to the United States as a missionary to the
German settlers in western Missouri. He quickly became known as a man
of superior mind and education and not long after his coming was chosen
general secretary of the German Evangelical Church of the United States.
This position he ably filled for a quarter of a century, also filling many
pulpits by invitation, also translating and publishing many books used in
church and school. He then returned to regular pastoral work and served
many important churches until after a continuously active ministerial life,
covering a period of fifty-three years, he retired, full of honors gained in
his Master's cause. He was in pastoral charge of churches in Cleveland,
Buffalo and Rochester, New York, serving the latter church fifteen years
with great acceptability. He possesses the gift of song and during his years
in the ministry his deep bass voice led all others in congregational singing.
Among his published works is a book of American patriotic and other songs,
translated into German for use in the German schools. He also translated
and published in English a book of German folk songs. His life has been
very full and a blessing to his fellowmen. Now at the age of eighty-one
years, the old veteran of the Cross is living a peaceful life near Buffalo,
New York, at the farm of his son-in-law, John Webster, husband of his
eldest child, Marie.

Rev. Albert Zeller married Augusta Burk. born in Wurttemberg. Ger-
many, July 6, 1833, died August 8, 1888, daughter of Rev. Christian Burk.
a University graduate, minister of the Evangelical Church and editor of
Der Christen Bote, a church paper devoted to the interests of the mis«ionary
field. He was a man of brilliant mind and profound learning, influential in
church and most useful in spreading the "glad tidings" of the gospel. He
was thrice married, Augusta being a child of his first wife. Children of Rev.
Albert and Augusta (Burk) Zeller: i. Marie, married John Webster, and
resides on a farm near Buffalo. 2. Paul, a minister of the gospel, now
serving the German Evangelical Church at Scranton, Pennsylvania. 3.
Albert T.. of further mention. 4. Otto, a mechanic living in New York
City; married Sadie Smith. 5. Martha, died at age of ten years.

(HI) Dr. Albert T. Zeller, of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, second son of


Rev. Albert and Augusta (Burk) Zeller, was born in Centerville, St. Clair
county, Illinois, January 19, 1866. His early youth was spent in Illinois,
where in his district the schools were poor and the fever and ague plenty,
consequently his early education was confined to study at home, under the
direction of his honored, scholarly father and mother. When nine years of
age, his fatlier accepted a call to the Cleveland, Ohio, church, and in the
public schools of that city and later in Buffalo, New York, he secured a
good preparatory education. In Buffalo he also attended Elmhurst Academy.
He began professional study in the College of Pharmacy, Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, and after graduation from that institution in 1887, entered
the Medico-Chirurgical College in the same city, whence he was graduated
M. D., class of 1889. He at once began medical practice in Rochester, New
York, and continued there in practice until 1893, when he located in McKees-
port, Pennsylvania, where he still continues in a well established successful
practice, limited since 1907 to diseases of the eye, ear, nose and throat.
Dr. Zeller, in addition to his long years of experience in private practice,
has added to his store of knowledge by post-graduate courses in noted in-
stitutions, at home and abroad. In 1892-93 he did post-graduate work at
the Medico-Chirurgical College, his alma mater. In 1903 he pursued a
special course in Manhattan Eye and Ear Hospital. New York City, and
in 1906-07 studied in Vienna, Austria, specializing in diseases of the eye,
ear, nose and throat. As a specialist in these diseases, Dr. Zeller has attained
high rank and ministers to a very large clientele. During the fourteen years
he devoted to general practice, he acquired prominence in his profession
as a physician of skill and honor, a reputation that he fully maintains as a

He is a prominent member of the Masonic Order, past master of AUi-
quippa Lodge, No. 375, Free and Accepted Masons ; of McKeesport Chapter,
Royal Arch Masons ; Sir Knight of McKeesport Commandery, No. 86,
Knights Templar; and a "Shriner" of Syria Temple, Nobles of the Mystic
Shrine, Pittsburgh. He also belongs to the Heptasophs National Union,
German Beneficial Union, also several other societies, professional and
social, and with his family communes with the congregation of the First
Presbyterian Church. The family residence is at 15 18 Huey street, where
Dr. Zeller erected a fine brick house in 1909.

Dr. Zeller married, June 9, 1897, Harriet T. Trimble, born in Latrobe,
Pennsylvania, daughter of Colonel James Harvey and Margaret (Stevens)
Trimble, both deceased, and granddaughter of William and Sarah Trimble,
of Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, he a farmer occupying part of the
tract on which his American ancestor settled about the year 1740. The
Trimbles, originally Trumbull, came from Scotland, and according to tra-
dition the first of the family to come to America consisted of a party of
twenty Trumbull brothers and two sisters, one of whom married De Witt
Clinton, of New York, the other married a Densmore. None of the brothers,
it is said, weighed less than one hundred and eighty pounds and none were
less than six feet in height. The founders of this branch settled in West-


moreland county, their land bordering the Kishimmitas river. W'ilHam and
Sarah Trimble had issue: Colonel James Flarvey, see forward; Thomas, a
"forty-niner," died in California in 1898; John, died on the old Westmore-
land county homestead; Alice, never married; Caroline, married a Mr.
Blair; Jane, married a Mr. Purvis, and lived in Iowa; Maria, married a
Mr. McWhorter.

Colonel James Harvey Trimble was born near Livermore, Salem town-
ship, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, March 21, 1814, died June 9,
1897. He grew to manhood at the home farm, married and on his wedding
trip visited the state of Iowa. That country pleased him so well that he
purchased a farm near Des Moines and there remained a few years. He
then sold out and returned to the state of Pennsylvania, about the time
of the outbreak of the Civil War. From a youth of eighteen he had been
a member of the Pennsylvania militia, rising to the rank of major and
ever being deeply interested in military affairs. At the outbreak of the
war he aided in recruiting men in Westmoreland and began his own military
career on August 11, 1861, when he enlisted and was chosen captain of
Company C, Fourth Regiment Pennsylvania Cavalry. During his first
three-year term of enlistment he participated in many battles, received
slight wounds in several of them but did not sustain serious injury. He re-
enlisted, September 16, 1864, and from that date until the end of the war
was a regularly commissioned colonel of the Second Pennsylvania Regiment.
Second Brigade, Fifth Division, Ninth Army Corps of the Army of the
Potomac. As captain he led his men at the battles of Fort Donaldson, Pea
Ridge, Hampton Roads, Newbern, Shiloh, Island No. 10, before Richmond,
Antietam, Corinth, Prairie Grove, Fredericksburg, Murfreesboro, Chancel-
lorsville, Port Gibson, Vicksburg, Gettysburg, Chickamauga. Brandy Station
and Knoxville. As colonel of the Second Regiment he was engaged at the
battles of the Wilderness, Spottsylvania. Resaca, Cold Harbor, Petersburg,
Winchester and Appomattox, witnessing the final surrender of Lee's army.
His career was a glorious one and he returned to civil life full of honors.
After the war he located in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where he operated a
general store and engaged in other local enterprises. He there took an active
interest in politics but ever refused office for himself, although ardent in
his support of the Republican party and its candidates. In 1875 he retired
from business, moved to McKeesport and there spent the remainder of his
useful life. When a youth he joined the Salem Presbyterian Church and
was ever a devoted member of that faith, as was his wife.

Colonel Trimble married Margaret Stevenson, born near Latrobe, Penn-
sylvania, December 28, 1835, died June 6, 1899, daughter of William
Stevenson, a weaver of linen. After coming to America with his tliree
youngest brothers, he established the first fulling mill west of the Allegheny
Mountains, in western Pennsylvania. One of his brothers, Francis, became
a hardware merchant of Pittsburgh, the other settled at Little Washington,
Pennsylvania, Washington and Jeft'erson College being built on land he
owned. A sister of these brothers married a 'Mr. McCreight and lived in


the Ligonier Valley. William Stevenson continued linen manufacture until
late in life, when he retired to a farm in Westmoreland county.

Children of Colonel James Harvey and Margaret (Stevenson) Trimble:
I. Isabella, married John Hutchinson, whom she survives, a resident of
McKeesport. 2. Anna, deceased. 3. William S., superintendent of the
Carnegie Steel Mills at East Pittsburgh ; resides in McKeesport. 4. Albert,
a retired resident of McKeesport. 5. Eleanor, a resident of McKeesport. 6.
Harvey, a resident of Port Vue, Pennsylvania. 7. Howard, a resident of
McKeesport. 8. J. Noble, assistant cashier of the City Bank, McKeesport.
9. Harriet T., wife of Dr. Albert T. Zeller, of previous mention. Children
of Dr. and Mrs. Zeller: i. Cyril Theodore, born August 18, 1899, now a
student at McKeesport High School. 2. Beatrice Trimble, born September
14, 1901. 3. Albert Noble, born February 25, 1904,

This is a good old English name, dating from a remote
PIERCE period, and is widely distributed throughout the United States
in its various form of spelling — Pierce, Pairce, Pearce — the
original form of the name being Pers. There is every reason for believing
that some of its bearers, if not all of them, derive their origin from the
ancient Percy family of Northumberland, England, the Hotspurs of the
North. Several genealogies have been written about the different American
branches, but owing to the destruction of early records it is a matter of
some difficulty to make exact connection in every case.

(I) Lewis Pierce, the first of this branch of the Pierce family of whom
we have record, was of English descent, and was a farmer near Mononga-
hela City, Washington county, Pennsylvania. He was a member of the
Methodist Church, and a man of considerable influence in the community
in which he resided.

(II) Amos Pierce, son of Lewis Pierce, was born on a farm near
Monongahela City, Washington county, Pennsylvania, April 17, 1796, and
died February 20, 1867. He was a farmer, and in 1840 built a fine brick
house on the McKillip farm which had been inherited by his wife, and this
house is still used as a residence. Later he bought ninety acres of adjoin-
ing land, on Peter's creek, and on this he lived until his death. He was a
very successful man in the treatment of cancerous diseases, and his patients
came from far and near. In politics he was a strong Republican, and was
a leading spirit in local public affairs. His religious allegiance was given
to the United Presbyterian Church, and it was largely owing to his personal
efforts that the Jefferson United Presbyterian Church was erected. He
married Deborah McKillip, who was the only daughter of her parents who
lived beyond infancy, and as her only brother, James, died in young man-
hood, she was their sole heir. She was born December 8, 1790, and died
April 12, 1875; she was reared strictly in the faith of the Covenanters, and
later joined the United Presbyterian Church:

(III) James M. Pierce, son of Amos and Deborah (McKillip) Pierce,


was born in Jefiferson township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, in 1840,
and died in 1884. His early years were spent in his native township, but
later he purchased a farm of one hundred and forty acres, in Lincoln town-
ship, in the same county, where he resided until his death. He married
(first) Mary Kadoo, born in Snowden township, Washington county, Penn-
sylvania, in 1832, died in 1854 a daughter of Thomas Kadoo of English
descent. He was a farmer and also ran a distillery, and when the temper-
ance wave struck the country in the fifties, he converted his distillery into
a grist mill, and operated this for many years. He was an elder and leader
in the Presbyterian Church, and died at the age of eighty-five years, his
wife dying at the age of eighty-four years. Mr. Pierce married (second)
Sarah Boyd, now living at Boston, Pennsylvania. By the first marriage
there were children : Mary Agnes, married Captain James Large, and lives
at Duquesne Heights, Pennsylvania; Amos McKilHp, of further mention;
Thomas J. Kadoo, lives on a farm in Jefferson township, married Elizabeth
Stewart. Children by second marriage : John Boyd, lives on the farm
in Lincoln township, married Martha Wilson; Louis, has a general and
dairy farm in Lincoln township, married Martha Kerr; Martha D., a school
teacher, lives with her mother.

(IV) Amos McKillip Pierce, son of James M. and Mary (Kadoo)
Pierce, was born in Watertown, Washington county, Ohio, September 23,
1850. He was very young when he was taken to the farm of his grand-
father in Jefferson township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, and there at-
tended the district school, and later studied at Mount Union College. He
then commenced reading medicine in the office of Dr. J. K. Van Kirk, and
finally matriculated at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, from which
he was graduated in the class of 1876 with the degree of Doctor of Medi-
cine. He at once commenced his medical practice at West Elizabeth, Penn-
sylvania, wbcre he has now been located for a period of thirty-eight years,
having won not alone the confidence of his numerous patients, but iheir
sincere affection as well, for he is not alone a physician to them but also
a sympathetic friend and a cheerful helper in all time of trouble. He is a
Republican in political matters, and has served as a member of the council
of West Elizabeth, and of the school board for tw^entv years, and has been
president of the local board of health. He has acted as United States
pension examiner. He and his wife are members of the United Presbyterian
Church, in which he has been an elder for a quarter of a century. He is
a member of the Allegheny County Medical Society, the American Medical
Association and the McKeesport Academy of Medicine. In 1900 he erected
a fine brick residence for himself in West Elizabeth.

Dr. Pierce married, January 4, 1882, Mary Eleanor Heath, born in
Jefferson township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, May 17, 1859, and
they have one child : Glenn McKillip, bom June 10, 1886. He studied at
Westminster College, from which he went to Harvard Medical College,
from which he was graduated, and has now been in practice of his profession


at McKeesport for the past four years. He married Blanche E. Heslyn, and
has one child, Doris, born October 25, 1913.

Samuel Heath, grandfather of Mrs. Pierce, was of Scotch-Irish descent,
and his early years were spent in the state of New Jersey. He was a soldier
in the Continental army during the War of the Revolution, and after his
marriage at an early age, he went west to Allegheny county, Pennsylvania,
where he took up a large tract of land in Jefferson township. He was a
Baptist in religious faith. He married Elizabeth Lichens.

Henry Heath, son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Lichens) Heath, was born
in Jefferson township, in November, 1809, ^^^ died November 24, 1876.
He inherited his father's farm of two hundred and fifty acres, and spent
his entire life there. He was a strong supporter of the Republican party,
and was known as Squire Heath. He and his wife were Presbyterians. He
married (first) Sarah Ann Parkinson, born in Washington county, Penn-
sylvania, in 1827, died June 4, 1859, a daughter of Washington and Sarah
Ann (Kinney) Parkinson, early settlers in Washington county, Pennsyl-
vania, where he was a wealthy farmer. He also had the contract of haul-
ing between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, making this laborious trip over
the mountains. Mr. Heath married (second) in 1871, Susan Cochran.
Children, all of the first marriage: Sarah, died at the age of three years;
Elizabeth, died at the age of one and a half years ; William Henry, lived in
Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, on a farm, and died in 1894; Mary
Eleanor, who married Dr. Pierce, as above mentioned.

Ireland has furnished to this country a great number of
KINLOUGH our most patriotic and public-spirited citizens, men who

have been willing to sacrifice their lives if necessary for
the preservation of the Union, and numbered among this vast number was
the late Martin Kinlough, who was a resident of McKeesport, Pennsylvania,
for twelve years, active in community affairs, esteemed and honored by
all who knew him.

Michael Kinlough, father of Martin Kinlough, was a native of Ireland,
there spent his life and there died in the year 1846. After his death his
widow, Sarah (Murphy) Kinlough, accompanied her son, Martin, to Birm-
ingham, England, and there resided until her death in the year 1879. She
was the mother of three other children, namely : Patrick, William, Sallie,
died in infancy.

Martin Kinlough was born in county Mayo, Ireland, September 27,
1832, died in McKeesport, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, October 24,
1889. He was reared and educated in his native land, after which he served
an apprenticeship at the blacksmith trade, becoming a thorough and prac-
tical workman. At the age of fourteen years, when deprived by death of
his father, he went to Birmingham, England, as aforementioned, and there
worked at his trade for twenty years, assuming the responsibility of looking
after his mother and brothers, quite a hard task for one of tender years, but
it served to strengthen his character and make him thoughtful as nothing


else would have done. Later he emigrated to the L'nited States, locating
in Pittsburgli, Pennsylvania, where he worked as a blacksmith helper for a
number of years, then removed to St. Louis, Missouri, where he remained
for about five years, then returned to Pittsburgh, and about the year 1877
took up his residence in McKeesport, there spending the remainrler of his
days. Pie worked in a number of places, and traveled considerably, thus
adding greatly to his knowledge of men and affairs. He was successful in
his business, accumulating considerable capital which he wisely investefl in
real estate, and at the time of his death was the owner of considerable
property in McKeesport. He was a communicant of the Catholic Church,
and a Democrat in politics. He married, in England, Mary Coan, born in
county Mayo, Ireland, 1840, died in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, October 24,
19 1 3, they having been early sweethearts, growing up together, and being
greatly devoted to each other throughout their entire lives. They were the
parents of nine children, three of whom died in infancy, the others being as
follows: I. Mollie, wife of Thomas Wood, of Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
2. Michael, a resident of McKeesport, Pennsylvania. 3. Catharine J., who
now owns the homestead of her parents located at No. 718 Ridge street,
McKeesport; she devoted her life to the care of her parents, being ever
thoughtful of their comfort and welfare; she is a great reader, being well
versed in history, and she expects in the near future to augment this
knowledge by travel, anticipating a visit to Birmingham, England, her birth-
place, also to Ireland where her parents were born ; her father was four-
teen years of age at the time of the great famine in Ireland, when so many
people died of starvation in the streets, other countries furnishing meal
which was only fit to be fed to cattle. 4. Ellen, widow of Samuel Walker,
of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 5. John, a resident of McKeesport, Penn-

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