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and left two sons, of whom nothing is known.
Samuel and William both died in Philadel-
phia. Robert, the fifth son, came to the then
west, Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania, and later on
to Uniontown. John, the sixth son, married
and had three children, two daughters, Mar-
garet and Mary, and one son, Henry. John
died in Philadelphia of paralysis.

James Patterson, after his marriage to
Sophia Stewart, rented a farm called Unity
and resided there until after the birth of Rob-
ert, the fifth son, when he was appointed pur-
veyor, or buyer, for the line of vessels plying
between Liverpool and Philadelphia owned
by the firm of Foster & McCorkell, Henry
Foster, of this firm, being a cousin of Sophia
(Stewart) Patterson. The supplies for these
vessels included all kinds of live stock, which
were driven to Moville and there shipped by
tender to the ships.

After his change of business he moved
back to a farm at Drumonghil, on which was
a corn mill and some tenant houses, where
he employed a large number of people to care
for his stock and to go with him to the week-
ly fairs, as was the custom,, to buy supplies
to provision the vessels and to drive home
such stock as he purchased. He usually car-
ried a large amount of money on his person,
but he was so well known and so universally
liked that there was no danger in his so do-
ing. It is related that the footpads, of which
there were many in those days, would just
say, "Sure 'tis only Shamus O'Pettherson,
God bless him!" Then Patterson would give
them some drink money and pass on. He
did many things that called for presence of
mind and bravery, one of which caused the
peasantry to make verses about him, calling
him the bravest man in the north of Ireland.

During his last buying excursion he was
seized with a fever and was brought home by
coach unconscious. He never rallied, and
died in less than a week. The physician pro-
nounced it spotted fever.

His wife, knowing very little about his
business, was at a great disadvantage, and
it is said was grossly imposed upon. After a
hard struggle she concluded to come to Phil-
adelphia with her children, bringing with her
the children's nurse, Katy McDermott. After
their arrival in Philadelphia she was assisted
a great deal by her cousin, Henry Foster, in
the management of her family. She died of
yellow fever contracted in visiting the
schooner of Samuel and William at the wharf
in Philadelphia.

(IV) Robert Patterson, the fifth son of
James and Sophia (Stewart) Patterson, was
born on the farm called Enity, March 4, 1808,
at Manor Cunningham. When two and a
half years old his father removed to Drumon-
ghil, where they resided until his father's
death, and later the family removed to Phila-
delphia, Pennsylvania. He attended a day
school in Manor Cunningham for a while,
which was taught by a priest. He then went
to school in Raphoe for six months and was
later tutored by the Rev. Alexander Rentoul
in company with Jack Rentoul (John, later a
Presbyterian minister), the minister's son.
On coming to Philadelphia work was secured
for the older boys in a large white goods
manufactory. Robert was put to attending a
loom, at which he became very expert, and ii
has been his boast that he has woven many
and many a yard of cloth. On coming west
to Pittsburgh he met Lucinda, daughter of
Benjamin FrankHn and Ethalinde (Robert-
son) Winchell, whom he married at her sis-
ter's home in Steubenville, in March, 1837.
His wife, having lost her parents, made her
home with her sister and brother-in-law,
Thotnas and Maria (Winchell) Frey.

After his marriage Mr. Patterson rented a
farm of Squire Boice at Burgettstown, Wash-
mrton county, Pennsylvania. He was very
successful, the business coming to him nat-
ure' lly. Their eldest child, Margaret, was
born' on the farm June 11, 1839. In the
autumn of that year there was much talk of
the opportunities to make money out in the
territorv of Iowa. He concluded to see for
himself,' so he sold off his farming imple-
ments, disposed of his crops and went to
Dnlt.que, Iowa. Arriving there they were
much disappointed to find the town consisted
of but few houses set on a low mud flat, the
country overrun with roving bands of In-



dians, with the principal business of the coun-
try lead mining. To make the best he could
of the situation he opened up a general mer-
chandising business in one side of his house,
and this business he continued until the fall
of 1 841. In the meantime his wife and child
had contracted malaria and were constantly
ill with chills and fever; so tiring of this ven-
ture they came back to Steubenville, travel-
ing down the Mississippi and up the Ohio
river, giving them a long, tiresome trip. They
remained in Steubenville for a short time con-
sidering an offer made to them by an uncle
of his wife, William Robertson, of Stafford
Court House, Virginia, who wanted them to
come there and take charge of his large busi-
ness, which had outgrown his own manage-
ment. William Robertson, in addition to his
large plantation and many slaves, was oper-
ating seven freestone quarries; the product
of these quarries was sent by way of Aquia
to the Potomac and thence to Alexandria and
Washington, where it was used in some of
the finest buildings of the two cities. They
concluded to go, and found the better way
was to go by boat to Parkersburg and across
the country by stage and wagon. Mr. Patter-
son had gone to secure the tickets for the
boat and his wife had left little Margaret in
the care of the proprietor's daughter while
she attended to some necessary things inci-
dent to their journey. When she was hastily
summoned she found the little child's clothes
on fire. She was terribly burned and died at
6 o'clock that evening. The mother was also
badly burned in extinguishing the flames.
Their journey was delayed until after the
burial of the child, who was laid to rest be-
side her grandmother Winchell in the ceme-
tery at Steubenville. Journeying to Stafford
county, they found their uncle and aunt, who
were delighted to have them, and everything
went well for a short time. When Mr. Pat-
terson suggested some improvement in the
work as well as the management of the ne-
groes his uncle did not agree with him, pre-
ferring the old rather slipshod way. This, of
course, led to some hard feeling, and later
Mr. Patterson concluded that he could not
content himself doing work in that way. In
the meantime another daughter was born to

Leaving Stafford, they went to Baltimore
and, not finding anything to suit him in a

business way, he went on to Philadelphia to
visit relatives. After a visit in his old home'
he concluded that they would try their for-
tunes in the far west again. Traveling over I
the National Road by way of Cumberland,
they reached Uniontown and stopped at the !
hostelry of "Natty" Brownfield. By this time |
Mrs. Patterson was so tired that she insisted
that he get into some business ni that town
and settle down. On looking about he found
that he could buy out the meat market of
Samuel Fisher, the agreement being that
Fisher was to continue to take charge of it,
and this he did until his death. At that time
there were few houses that could be rented,
so they had to be contented with one on the
"Natty" Brownfield farm outside of the town
limits, removing from there after six months
to the Benjamin Brownfield house on Mor-
gantown street, opposite the (old) Baptist
church, where they resided for about six
years. On March i, 1849, they moved to the
Isaac Wood farm, which they bought, and
there lived until the death of Mr. Patterson,
which occurred June 14, 1904, at the venera-
ble age of ninety-six years and three months,
his wife having preceded him eight years,
passing away August 14, 1896, at the age of
eighty-one years.

Mr. Patterson led a very busy life, and
amidst his other pursuits carried on his farm-
ing most successfully. He was a strong Re-
publican in behef, only once being known to
vote the Democratic ticket, and that during
the Douglass campaign against the Know-
nothings. He had been most carefully
trained in his youth in the Presbyterian doc-
trines, and although he did not unite with the
church until his later years, his life was gov-
erned by his early teachings and he brought
up his family in the same rigid way and
taught them to be strictly truthful and hon-
orable. It was said of him that his word was
as good as his bond, as many who had busi-
ness dealings with him could attest. He was
also very charitable, but always in a quiet,
unostentatious way, so that only those that
knew him well knew of the many kindnesses
he performed. He was a great student of the
Bible, had a remarkable memory and was
also a great reader of current literature, be-
ing well posted on all the topics of the day.
During the last few years of his life he was
very deaf, which was a great trial to him, for



he dearly loved to discuss the news of the
day and was not slow to form opinions, which
were shrewd and sound. He was for many
years a member of the Scotch-Irish Society.

Robert Patterson and Lucinda, his wife,
had six children: i. Margaret, who was
burned to death when about two years of age.
2. Sarah Virginia, who remained at home and
ministered to her parents until their death.
p,. John William, married Elmyra A. Franks;
he is a farmer near Martinsburg, West Vir-
ginia; has eight children. 4. Annie Elizabeth,
married Albert Darlington Boyd, a promi-
nent attorney of Uniontown (see Boyd IV).
5. Robert Ira, married Margaretta Askew;
he is a successful business man of Union-
town; has four children. 6. Alexander Ham-
ilton, married Annie J. McCray; he is also a
farmer near Martinsburg, West Virginia;
they have had ten children, one of whom has
passed away.

This is another branch of the

BOYD Boyd family descending from

William Boyd, of Virginia, who

came in 1784. a land owner and slave owner

of Bullskin township, surveyed to him in June,

1786, as ''Spring Hill."

(II) James, son of William Boyd, was a
farmer of Tyrone township, Fayette county,
Pennsylvania. He married and had male

(III) George W., son of James Boyd, was
born in Tyrone township, , Fayette county,
Pennsylvania, where he became a prosperous
farmer, retiring late in life to Mount Pleas-
ant, Pennsylvania, where he built a large brick
house which, was his residence until death.
He w'as a member of the Baptist church and
a man of influence. He married Martha
Smith, Fel)ruary 18, 1846; she was also a
Baptist. Children: i. James Smith, of whom
further. 2. Catherine May, born 1848; mar-
ried George Shrader, a farmer, and moved to
Ohio; both living. 3. Emily, born March 3,
185 1 ; deceased; married John Mock, now a
farmer of Ohio. 4. Smith, born April 25,
1853; married and now living in West Vir-
ginia. 5. Mary, born March 11, 1855; mar-
ried Peter Lacns, of Scottdale, whom she sur-
vives. 6. Demsey, born August 17, 1857;
married M' y McMasters; he is a merchant
of Merrittstown, Pennsylvania; both living.
7. Martha, born February 7, i860; married

John Metcalf, a traveling salesman, now re-
sidmg at Lawrence, Kansas. 8. George M.,
born December 24, 1861 ; married and died in
Jop!in, Missouri.

(IV) James Smith, son of George W. and
Martha (Smith) Boyd, was born near Morgan
Station in Upper Tyrone township, Fayette
county, Pennsylvania, December 23, 1846.
He attended the local public school and grew
to manhood on the home farm. After his
marriage he lived two years on his father's
farm, then until February, 1855, lived at Det-
wiler's Mills as manager of Grandfather Det-
wiler's farm, and also did the mill hauling. In
1855 '1^ moved with his family to near Cawker
City, Kansas, where he purchased one hun-
dred and sixty acres of land. He prospered,
and in 1893 purchased an additional two hun-
dred and forty acres on which he moved and
lived until 1906. In that year he sold his one
hundred and sixty acre farm and bought one
hundred acres near Wichita, Kansas. He has
devoted himself mainly to raising alfalfa, that
wonderful crop that has brought prosperity to
the west. He also conducts a line of general
farming operations on his two farms. He is
a Republican in politics and has served on the
school board for many years. He is a mem-
ber of the United Brethren church, as is his

He married Susan Catherine Detwiler, born
at Detwiler's Mills, Bullskin township, Fay-
ette county, Pennsylvania, January 13, 1852,
daughter of Samuel and grandmother -of
Henry and Susan (Staufifer) Detwiler. Henry
Detwiler wis born in Germany, came to the
United States about 1800, settling in Bucks
county, Pennsylvania. He was a miller, and
shortly after coming to Fayette county built a
log mill close to the present mill. He also
built a log house and cleared part of his land,
but confined himself very closely to milling.
His children: i. Samuel, of further mention.
2. Joseph, died a young man. 3. Henry, died
a young man. 4. John S., an extensive stock
dealer and farmer, owning at his death nearly
three thousand acres of good land; he mar-
ried Catherine Atkinson. 5. Jacob, mbved to
VVadsworth, Ohio, where he now resides; in
1849 he joined the "goldseekers," journeyed
to California, but illness compelled his return,
first to Ohio, then to Pittsburgh. 6. Martin,
iivcd and died at Moyer, Fayette county. 7.
Betsev. married Henry Fretts and lived in



Fayette county, Pennsylvania, until her
death. 8. Sarah, married George Atkinson.
Samuel, eldest son of Henry Djetwiler, in-
herited the mill from his father, whose trade
of miller he also followed. He built other
miils on the site of the old log mill and also
carried on extensive farming operations. He
is a devoted member of the United Brethren
church and a man of considerable influence.
He married Elizabeth Fretts, who also sur-
vives. Their children: i. Henry, an attorney
of Uniontown, Pennsylvania; married Jose-
phine Van Gundy. 2. Susan Catherine, of
previous mention. 3. Elizabeth, died unmar-
ried. 4. John Fretts, a physician of Union-
town, Pennsylvania. 5. Anna, married Frank
Burkhart. 6. Joseph M., married Mary Comp.
7. Smith, married (first) Lorena Newcomer,
now deceased; he married (second) in June,
1912, Olive Fretts, of Scottdale. 8. Samuel
M., married Alice Walters. Children of James
Smith Boyd: i. Albert Mason, of whom fur-
ther. 2. Harry Ellsworth, born October 3,
1875; now living on his father's two hundred
and forty acre farm in Kansas; married Delia
Cram. 3. Frank Hanby, born January 3,
1878; now assistant superintendent at the
Waltersburg Coke Works in Fayette county;
married Laura Humphreys. 4. Bessie Marie,
born July 7, 1879; married Edward Anderson,
an employee in the freight department of the
Baltimore & Ohio railroad at Scottdale, Penn-
sylvania. 5. Samuel Detwiler, born October
31. 1881; now manager of a plumbing estab-
lishment at Denver, Colorado ; married Mattie
Keller. 6. Ruth Van Gundy, born October
14, 1884; residing with her parents. 7. John
Clyde, born October 22, 1885; died in in-
fancy. 8. Anna Josephine, born September
12, 1886; married Mark Bohrer, a tinner, now
residing at Smith Center, Kansas. 9. Ralph
Harper, born October 31, 1890; residing at
home; unmarried. to. Azalia Belle, born
April I, 1893: resides at home. 11. Mnx
Dewey, born May 15, 1896; resides at home.
(V) Albert Mason, eldest son of James
Smith and Susan Catherine (Detwiler) Bovd,
was born near Morgan Station in Upper Ty-
rone township, Fayette county, Pennsvlvania,
August 18, 1874. He was a year old when
his parents moved to Detwiler's Mills, where
his boyhood dnys were passed and his early
education acquired at the Gault school in
Buckskin township. He was ten years of age

when the family moved to Kansas, where he
completeti his studies in excellent public
schools. His father then was cultivating
about six hundred acres of land, and as the
eldest son, Albert M., soon became his valued
and trusted assistant. He, however, insisted
upon having an education, attended Cawker
City high school, where he was graduated in
1894. He then attended Kansas State Nor-
mal at Emporia, and taught school for three
terms. He returned to Fayette county in
1898 and entered the employ of the Union
Supply Company at Leisenring No. 3, remain-
ing eleven months. He then engaged with
the W. J. Rainey Company in their store at
Elm Grove, Fayette county, as meat cutter.
After two years he was appointed payroll
clerk, serving as such eleven months, then be-
came yard boss at the coke works, contmu-
ing one year. In June, 1903, he was appointed
manager of the Elm Grove store, a responsi-
ble position, which he now most acceptably
fills. His home is in Elm Grove,- and he also
owns a tract of 320 acres in Kansas. He is a
Republican in politics and has served as school
director. He is a Mason of high degree, be-
longing to James Cochran Lodge, No. 614,
Free and Accepted Masons, at Dawson; Con-
nellsville Chapter, No. 283, Royal Arch Ma-
sons; Uniontown Commanderv, Knights
Templar; Union,town Lodge of Perfection,
and Pittsburgh Consistory, Ancient Accepted
Scottish Rite, in which he holds the thirty-
second degree. He is a member of Laurel
Hill Presbyterian Church and interested in all
the work of his church.

He married, September 19, 1907, IMelissa
McBurney, born in Franklin township. Fay-
ette county, Pennsylvania, daughter of Robert
and Susan (Bute) McBurney. Children:
Susan Mildred, born September 15, 1908;
Grace Antoinette, November 7, 191 1.

This branch of the Boyd f-^mily
BOYD is of Irish birth and parentage.

The Bovds were originallv from
Scotland, but settled in the north of Ireland
several generations ago. The first of this line
of whom we have record was David Boyd,
born in County Down, Ireland, about 1837.
He was an only child, received a good educa-
tion in the public schools, and has alwavs
followed farming as an occupation. He yet
resides near the scene of birth fairly well pre-



served for a man of his years. He is a Liberal
in politics, and a communicant of the Pres-
byterian church. He married Anna McBur-
ney, born m County Down, Ireland, died in
1889, aged sixty years. Children: Archibald,
died m Ireland aged twenty-two years; mar-
ried a Miss Irben. Mary. William, of whom
further. Margaret. David. John. Samuel.
Robert. Ellen. Jane, died in infancy. All
of these livnig children reside in their native
land except William, he being the only one
who emigrated to the United States.

(II) William, son of David and Anna (Mc-
Ijurney) Boyd, was born in County Down,
Ireland, August 2, 1866. He attended the
public schools of the town and grew up a
farmer. At the age of twenty, in 1886, he
came to the United States, finding his way
to western Pennsylvania. He entered the
employ of the Carnegie Steel Company at
Larimer's Station, Westmoreland county, re-,
maming one year, then was transferred to
Douglass Station on the Youghiogheny river,
remaining twelve years. In the early years
after coming to Pennsylvania, he attended
the night schools, adding greatly to his edu-
cational acquirement. About the year 1900
he entered the service of the H. C. Frick
Coke Company, continuing; until 191 1. In
November, 191 1, he was elected justice of the
peace of New Salem, Menallen township,
which office now engages his time. He was
the first of the justices elected under the new
law making the term one of six years instead
of four. He has served as school director
and was assessor of district No. 3, Menallen
township, four years, expiring in 191 1. He is
a Republican in politics and has always been
an active party worker. He is an elder of
the Presbyterian church, his w-ife and oldest
children also being members of that church.
He is a man of high character and holds the
unvarying respect of his community.

He married, October 6, 1897. Mary Weigel,
born in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania (Pitts-
burgh, North Side), daughter of Conrad Wei-
gel, born in Germany, came to the United
States, eng;!ged in mercantile business in
Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, where he died at
the age of sixty-nine years. His wife Mary
survives him, and with her youngest daugh-
ter, Kate, continues the business established
by her husband. Louisa, the oldest daughter,
married Thomas Manning, and resides at

Robbin's Station, Westmoreland county,
Pennsylvania; Mary was the second of the
three daughters of Conrad Weigel. Children
of Mr. and Mrs. Boyd: i. Gladys, born July
21, 1897; Wintield Conrad, July 23, 1899;
William. November 5, 1901 ; Joseph David,
April 10, 1905; James Samuel, December 10,
1910. The family home is at New Salem.

This family descends
McFARLAND from a Scotch-Irish an-
cestry. They first set-
tled in Greene county, Pennsylvania, where
John McFarland, grandfather of John J. Mc-
Farland, of Vanderbilt, Fayette county, was
born. A McFarland figured in the whiskey
rebellion in Greene county and was killed in
one of the conflicts with the authorities.

(II) John McFarland, the first of whom rec-
ord is found, lived and died in Greene county,
Pennsylvania, where he married and left issue.

(III) Jacob, son of John McFarland, was
born m Greene county, Pennsylvania, in 1823,
died 1880. He worked at farming in his
younger days, then learned the carpenter's
trade, which he followed the remainder of his
life, residing at Mapleton, Greene county, and
doing an extensive lumber and contracting
business. He was a Democrat, and with his
wife a member of the Presbyterian church.
He married Susan Brown, born in Greene
county, Pennsylvania, December 17, 1822,
died September 4, 1911, daughter of Jonathan
Brown, of Greene countv. She was a member
of the Methodist Episcopal church. Children:
Rebecca, deceased; Mary Ann, married Job
Chisbo; John J., of whom further; Jesse, mar-
ried Jennie Turney; James Lindsay, deceased;
Caroline, deceased; Sarah Ellen, deceased;
Melinda, married E. W. Waters; Miner, de-
ceased; Thomas, deceased; Alice, married W.
K. Shaw; Jacob, married Annie Crowley;
William, married Alice Morris.

(IV) John J., son of Jacob and Susan
(Brown) McFarland, was born in Mapleton,
Greene county, Pennsylvania, September 25,
1850. Fie was educated in the public schools.
He engaged in the lumber business, operated
a planing mill and was a contractor and
builder of prominence in Uniontown. Penn-
sylvania. In 1892 he engaged in the hotel
business, continuing at Uniontown and at
Dunbar. Pennsylvania, until 1900, when he
disposed of his interests, came to Vanderbilt,



Fayette county, where he has since been the
owner and proprietor of the Vanderbilt Hotel.
He IS an active Democrat served six years
as mercantile appraiser of Fayette county;
was presidential elector in 1896 when William
J. Bryan made his first campaign for the
presidency; delegate to many state and
county conventions of his party and is still
influential in party politics.

He married (first) in 1877, Anna Van Horn,
of Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, who
died In 1887. He married (second) Jennie,
born May 11, 1865, daughter of Dir. B. A.
Feichtner, of Somerset county, Pennsylvania.
Children of first marriage: Frank J., now re-
siding m Dunbar; Caroline, married Earl
Ober. of Uniontown; Anna Winifred, mar-
ried Harry Cochran, of Dawson, Pennsylva-
nia. Children of second marriage: Lindsey
F., born November 18, 1889; John E., born
December 16, 1896.

Frederick Struble, the first
STRUBLE member of this family about

whom we havt definite infor-
mation, was born in Philadelphia. He was
licensed in the September sessions of 1806
to keep tavern in Fayette county, and this he
did at McCiellandtown. It is not known
whom he married. He had a child. Asbury,
of whom further.

(II) Asbury, son of Frederick Struble, was
born at McCiellandtown, January 5, 1809,
died December 3, 1889. In German tovvn-
ehip, l""ayette county, he owned five hundred
acres of land, and was not only one of the
most extensive, but also one of the most suc-
cessful farmers in the county at that time.

He was a Democrat. He married (first)

Sprote, (seconcH Sarah Ann Smith, of Find-
lay, Ohio. Children, seven by first wife and
by second wife the following: Asbury R.,
born June 21, 1856; George Willey, of whom
further; Emma Virginia, married Professor
James M. Hantz; they live at Greensboro.

(III) George Willey. son of Asbury and

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