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good farm in North Union township. He
married (first) a Miss Brown, (second) Sarah
Jane McDonald, who bore him a son,
Charles, who moved to the state of Cali-
fornia. Children by first wife: i. Eliza, mar-
ried Jacob Springer. 2. Mary Ellen, married
Simon Coborn. 3. Rebecca, moved west. 4.
Anna Maria, married Ellis Springer. 5.
Thomas, a farmer of Dunbar township. 6.
Joseph, went west. 7. James, went west. 8.
William Brown, of whom further.

(II) William Brown, son of Noble McCor-



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mick, was born in South Union township,
Fayette county, Pennsylvania. He grew to
manhood at the home farm on the Morgan-
town road and became a weahhy buichex and
cattle dealer. His market in Uniontown oc-
cupied the present site of Ritenour's drug
store.

After his more active years were over
he became an enthusiastic and successful bee
farmer and an authority on the honey bee
and how to profit by his industry. His apiary
was celebrated and attracted interested visit-
ors from all over the state. He was an ardent
Democrat and a member of the Methodist
Episcopal church.

Mr. McCormick married Susan, daugh-
ter of Matthew (i) and EHzabeth (Catlin)
Allen, he a farmer of North Union township,
Fayette county, where he was born of Irish
forbears. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Allen: i.
Matthew (2), served in the Mexican war and
never returned. 2. Susan, of previous men-
tion, wife of William Brown McCormick. 3.
Mary, married John R. Crawford, a farmer;
she is yet living, aged eighty-seven years.
Elizabeth (Catlin) Allen died in 1826. By a
second wife Matthew Allen had: 4. George,
a printer, died aged twenty-five years. 5.
Robert J., a school teacher, married Bertha
Bunker. 6. Josiah, a farmer. 7. James, died
of camp fever during the civil war, in which
he served as teamster. Matthew (i) Allen
was a son of George and Jane (Paul) Allen.
George Allen, born in Eastern Pennsylvania,
was one of the earliest settlers in Dunbar
township, Fayette county; Jane Paul was
born in Fayette county, sister of Colonel
James Paul, the noted Indian fighter of the
early day. Children of Mr. and Mrs. IMcCor-
mick :

I. George A., a butcher and three
times elected sheriff of Fayette county. He
married Alice Barker and lives in Union-
town. 2. Milton Allen, a lumber dealer of
Fairchance, Pennsylvania. 3. Mary, mar-
ried Frank Brooks and lives in Uniontown.
4. Ella, married William Thorndell and lives
in Detroit, Michigan. 5. Elizabeth, married
Ward Howland and lives in Detroit, Michi-
gan. 6. Sophia, married Frederick Ward, a
real estate dealer at East Riverside, New
Jersey. 7. William Calvin, of whom further.
(Ill) William Calvin, son of William
Brown and Susan (Allen) McCormick, was



born at the old McCormick homestead, just
north of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, March 7,
1856, died August 30, 191 1. From childhood
he was practically crippled by rheumatism
and gave little hope of ever being other than
a sufferer all his life. He was well educated,
and when he was sixteen years of age his
father started him in the butcher business at
Dunbar, Pennsylvania. Here he remained
for several years, his rheumatic troubles dis-
appeared, and he became one of the strongest
men in the county. He was stockily built, of
medium height and very quick in all his
movements. He never Hked the butcher busi-
ness, and when he found himself possessed of
perfect health and strength sold out his Dun-
bar business, settling in Uniontown. There
he became a contractor and building supply
dealer. He built a store and yards on the lot
m the rear of the Brunswick Hotel, which
later was partially destroyed by fire. He
then rebuilt at the corner of Beeson and
East Fayette streets, continuing until 1904,
when he erected the extensive buildings
along the Baltimore & Ohio railroad track,
between Jefiferson and Fayette streets, that
are still used by his successors in business.
He was very successful in this business, be-
coming one of the leading contractors in his
city.

He was in business alone until Jan-
uary I, 191 1, when the press of business and
poor health compelled him to admit a part-
ner, John T. Hoover, who took charge of
outside activities of the firm. His work as a
contractor was exceedingly varied, including
street paving, road building, the building of
sewers, reservoirs, coke ovens, buildings and
all similar construction. In the store and
yards department he carried a complete line
of builders' supplies. He was a very ardent
Democrat, serving for nineteen years as
councilman of Uniontown. A feature of his
construction work in Uniontown was the
erection of private sewers, and his estate is
credited with owning more miles of sewer in
Uniontown than the city itself owns, and
from which a goodly income is derived. He
did not confine himself to contracting, but
was interested in other Uniontown activities,
including flouring mills. He was very public
spirited and always ready to lend his support
to any legitimate enterprise. He built and
operated the first street railway in Union-




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town, a line running the length of the city
out to his ball and zoological grounds, "Mc-
Cormick Park." Later his railroad was
shared by others, known as the firm of
Ewing, Hopwood & McCorrftick. About
1880 he became interested with his brother,
George H., in undeveloped coal lands. They
then had little capital, but selected their hold-
ings with great judgment, and held options
on thousands of acres of land in West Vir-
ginia. The panic of 1892 and 1893, however,
compelled them to relinquish their holdings,
being unable to raise money to meet their
payments. Those to whom the option finally
passed became millionaires, thus justifying
the judgment of the AlcCormick brothers,
who would have likewise profited had not the
panic overthrown their plans.

During the early part of the last decade of
the nineteenth century he was appointed by
his brother, George A. (then sherifif of Fay-
ette county), chief constable of the coal and
iron district, to assist in holding in check the
strikers of the county, who were boarding
railroad trains, riding from place to place
and refusing to pay any fares. Mr. McCor-
mick's asistant was "Indian Tom," a half-
breed, who stood six feet ten inches in height,
with courage to match his great size. Their
■duty was to ride on the trains and throw of?
all those refusing to pay fares. In 1893,
while making an arrest, Mr. McCormick had
his skull crushed by a beer bottle, which
wound resulted in blindiies that caused him
to spend the last nineteen' years of his life in
darkness, although, except for a short time,
he continued active in business. Just pre-
vious to this sad event he had assisted in the
•capture of the Cooley gang, a notorious band
of thieves that had infested the district for
some years.

To turn to a less serious side of his life, he
was known as the "father of baseball" in
Uniontown. When a young man he was a
good amateur catcher, and never ceased to
"be an ardent lover and supporter of the na-
tional pastime. He organized the first team
to represent Uniontown, "The Uniontown
Amateurs," and later organized and man-
aged the first professional team representing
Uniontown in one of the minor leagues.
When a team would languish and drop out
he would finance and organize another, start
it off successfully, then turn them over to a



manager, always keeping a team in the
league. The family preserve three large pen-
nants won by his teams in the professional
league. He built, owned and conducted the
first baseball park at Uniontown, having in
addition, as another interesting feature, a
small menagerie and amusements, making it
a popular resort. The before mentioned
street railway was built to connect McCor-
mick Park with the city.

He married (first) ^Margaret Johns, (sec-
ond) Irene, born in 1864, daughter of Will-
iam Wyatt, a soldier of the civil war; a
teamster and in the early days helped in the
construction of the National road. The
Wyatts are an old Fayette county family.
Child of first marriage: i. iMontgomery
Ward, now conducting an employment
agency in Uniontown. Children of second
wife. 2. Beatrice, married Frank Filmore
Hyde, now a bookkeeper living in New Cas-
tle, Pennsylvania. 3. Howell Brown, of
whom further.

(I\') Howell Brown, youngest child of
William Calvin and Irene (Wyatt) McCor-
mick, was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania,
February 21, 1885. He was educated in the
public schools, Madison Academy graduate,
class of 1901, and Virginia Military Academy.
After three years at the latter school he was
obliged to return home, his father's health
requiring that he have the constant compan-
ionship of his son to guide his steps and as-
sist him in the management of his business
affairs. He had become familiar with the con-
tracting busines, even as a boy, and was its
mainstay during his father's last years. He
inherited the business interests of his father
and is now engaged in making final settle-
ments with his partners. He is a clear-head-
ed, energetic young man, and will worthily
fill the place made vacant by the death of his
father. He is a Democrat in politics, a mem-
ber of the Methodist Episcopal Church and a
member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

He married, March 4, 1907, Gail Lancas-
ter, born in Little California, Pennsylvania,
December i, 1890, daughter of Charles and
Ida (Trump) Lancaster, born in Washington
county, the latter still living. Children:
Beatrice, born June 12, 1908; William How-
ell. February 10, 1910. The family home is
the old McCormick residence, No. 41 Iowa
street, Uniontown.



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The emigrant ancestor of
McCORMICK the McCormicks, of Fay-
ette county, Pennsyl-
vania, herein recorded, was Dr. John McCor-
mick, who emigrated from Ireland to Vir-
ginia between the years 1730 and 1740. In
the Orange county, Virginia, records there
is a deed, under date of May 21, 1740, from
Just Hite to "John McCormick, of Orange
county," for three hundred and ninety-five
acres of land. Later he took up other grants
adjoining this property, which was located
in that part of Orange county that later be-
came Jefferson county. West Virginia. It
was on this estate near Summit Point that
in 1840 he built "The White House," which
was still standing in 1903. He was a grad-
uate in medicine of the University of Dub-
lin, and brought to this country with him a
large and valuable medical library, which at
his death was sold to Dr. Cramer, then the
leading physician of Charlestown. He died
in 1768, leaving a wife and eight children.
In his will, made May 8, 1768, and recorded
February 8, 1769, he mentions wife Anne and
sons James, John, Francis, William, George,
Andrew, daughter "Mary Tate, wife to Mag-
nus Tate," and "Jean Bryen, wife to James
Bryen." His wife and son James were
executors of his estate. It is indicated that
he was married before coming to this coun-
try, but the maiden name of his wife cannot
be found. The descendants of his eight chil-
dren are scattered throughout many states.
It is said of the early members of the family
that they were singularly unobtrusive people,
content in happiness derived from their own
family relations, being extremely clannish;
both the men and women were strictly hon-
orable, affectionate, domestic and courteous;
one of their marked characteristics was a
strict regard for the truth. One of the heir-
looms of the family was an old English
prayer book which descended from Dr. John
McCormick to his son Francis, and was
given by him to his son Thomas at his mar-
riage, but was unfortunately destroyed dur-
ing the civil war. In it was the family tree
on parchment; on another page, Dr. John
McCormick in a blue broadcloth suit with
brass buttons; another, the marriage scene;
and yet another, Anne McCormick with a
blue bodice and yellow silk or satin skirt,
with a branch in her hand and a bud ; an-



other, a death scene, coffin, etc., and a notice
of dates, births and death beneath. The dates
were all in the year 1700. Francis, one of the
sons of Dr. John AlcCormick, was born April
17, 1734; one of his two wives was a INIiss
Province, after whom his son Province was
named. Province McCormick served in the
war of 1812 with the rank of colonel. The
name Province was also perpetuated in the
family of William McCormick, but spelled
Provance.

(II) William, son of Dr. John McCormick,
was born about 1736, he being the next son
to Francis, born 1734. He was probably born
in Virginia, as the record of the deed men-
tioned was 1740. He came to southwestern
Pennsylvania about the year 1770, and was
the first settler within the limits of the later
borough of Connellsville, preceding by a few
years Zachariah Connell, in whose honor the
town was named. WiUiam McCormick came
to Connellsville from Winchester, Virginia,
bringing with him a number of pack-horses,,
which he employed in the transportation of
salt and iron and other commodities from
Cumberland, Maryland, to the Youghio-
ghney and Monongahela river settlements.
There were no railroads, and Cumberland
was the nearest point on the old National
Pike. He settled on the Connellsville side
of the river, building his first home of logs
on the river bank directly opposite the home
of Colonel William Crawford, on the west
side of the Youghiogheny river, in 1767, at
Stewart's Crossing, later the borough of New
Haven, now a part of the city of Connells-
ville. He died in 1816, aged a'bout eighty
years. He married Efiie, daughter of Colonel
William Crawford, the revolutionary officer
and famous Indian fighter, whose life and
tragic death at the hands of his savage foes,
has inspired the pen of so many writers.
Colonel Crawford's coming to Western
Pennsylvania antedated William McCor-
mick's by several years, while his coming to-
Stewart's Crossing was about fourteen years,
later than William Stewart's, who lived there
in 1753 and 1754. Another daughter of
Colonel William Crawford married Zacha-
riah Connell, who came soon after 1770 and
made his home with Colonel Crawford until
his marriage to Ann Crawford in 1773; later,
between 1773 and 1778, he moved to the east
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designated in his warrant of survey as "Mud
Island." William and Effie (Crawford) Mc-
Cormick had eleven children, including a son
Provance.

(III) Provance, son of Williairf McCormick,
was born July 29, 1799, in Connellsville, where
he died in 1887. He was a man of good edu-
cation and versatile talent. In early life he
le. rned the carpenter's trade, but after a few
years gave it up. He was the first manufac-
turer of coke in the Connellsville region, and
in 1842 built the first beehive oven construct-
ed in the United States. From his small be-
ginning has grown the now enormous output
that ta.xcs the carrying capacity of the several
railroads entering the coke region of Penn-
sylvania. For many years he was justice of
the peace, and served one term as associate
judge of Fayette county. He married Susan
Bowers, born near Connellsville, died 1868,
of German descent among their children was
a son, Joseph T.

(IV) Joseph Trevor, son of Provance Mc-
Cormick, was born m Connellsville, Pennsyl-
vania, N'ovember 23, 1830, died May 4, 1904.
He received a good education in the public
schools, and after completing his studies
taught school for several years in Connells-
ville. Later he established in the drug busi-
ness, continumg for several years, then se-
cured an appointment as draughtsman in the
Department of Internal Afifairs at Harrisburg,
holding it five years. In 1866 he entered into
a partnership wUh James McGrath and estab-
lished the Connellsville Machine & Car Com-
pany, manufacturing all machinery used in the
mining of coke and transportation of coal.
This was one of the largest enterprises of Con-
nellsville and was always a prosperous one.
Mr. McCormick was treasurer, Mr. McGrath.
superintendent, each owning a half interest
ests, the most important being his connection
Mr. McCormick had other and varied inter-
with the Second National Bank of Connells-
ville, of which he was president until his death.
He was a member of the Masonic order, of
which he was one of the charter members in
Connellsville. In politics he was always a
Democrat. He married, at Connellsville, Oc-
tober 2^, 1855, Susan Newmyer. who survives
him, daughter of Jonathan and Mary (Stick-
ler) Newmver, both born in BuUskin town-
ship, Fayette county. Jonathan Ne"wmyer,



born 1790, was a leading farmer of his town-
ship, son of Peter Newmyer, who came from
eastern Pennsylvania to Bullskin township
during the revolutionary war and purchased
a large farm. Children of Joseph Trevor Mc-
Cormick: I. Karl C, died 1891. 2. Mary
Maud, married Rev. John M. Scott; children:
John M., Jean, Donald M., Roger M., Karl
M., and Malcolm M. 3. Louis Provance, of
whom further.

(V) Dr. Louis Provance McCormick,
youngest son of Joseph Trevor McCormick,
was born in Conneilsville, Pennsylvania, Au-
gust 7, 1866. His early education was ob-
tained in the public schools, after which he
attended Mt. Pleasant Institute in Westmore-
land county, Pennsylvania, later attending
Bridgeton (New Jersey) Institute, whence he
was graduated, class of 1886. He chose medi-
cine as his profession and entered JefTerson
iVIedical College, Philadelphia, whence he was
graduated M. D., class of 1891. He at once
began practice, locating at Connellsville,
where he is now located and well established
as a skillful, popular practitioner. At the out-
break of the Spanish-American war he was as-
sistant surgeon of the Tenth Regiment, Penn-
sylvania National Guard. He volunteered for
service with his regiment, vvas mustered into
the United States service at Mount Gretn ■,
Pennsylvania, May 5, 1898, mustered out Au-
gust 22, 1899, at San Francisco, California.
He served with the Tenth in the Philippi:.es,
and was in the battle and taking of Manila bv
the land forces. He was assigned February
4, 1899, to the United States gunboat "Laguna
de Bay," and during Aguinaldo's insurrection
saw active service, particularly between Feb-
ruary 4 and the following June, in twenty-six
engagements. From August 6 to 14, 1898,
he was in charge of the Manila ambulance
service. From August 14, 1898, to the fol-
lowing February 5, 1899, he was on duty at
the Reserve Hospital at Manila. In August,
1899, the regiment returned to the United
States and was mustered out at San Fran-
cisco. Dr. McCormick is still in service in the
National Guard as surgeon, with the rank of
major. After the war he returned to Con-
nellsville and re-established his practice, hav-
ing offices in the Second National Bank Build-
ing. He is on the surgical staff of the Cottage
Slate Hospital at Connellsville, was president



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of the board of health for several years, and
is a member of the Fayette county and Penn-
sons, Uniontowu Commandery, Knights
svlvania State medical societies, and the
American medical association. He is promi-
nent in the Masonic order, belonging to King
Solomon's Lodge, Free and Accepted Ma-
sons, Conneilsville Chapter, Royal Arch Ma-
Templar; Uniontown Lodge of Perfection,
and Pittsburgh Consistory, Ancient Accepted
Scottish Rite, in which he has attained the
thirty-second degree; and is a noble of Syria
Tem.ple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He is
commander of the local society of the Army
of the Philippines. He is a Democrat, but ex-
tremely independent in political action.

He married, February i, 1906, Kathryn Fel-
singer, born in Northumberland county,
Pennsylvania, August 8, 1S82, daughter of Ja-
cob and Clara Felsinger, both born in Phila-
delphia. Children of Dr. Provance McCor-
mick: Helen, born January 2, 1907; INIartha,
jNlarch 12, 1909.



The McCormicks of Red-
McCORAHCK stone township, Fayette
county, spring from James
McCormick, who settled at an early date. He
is credited with the ownership of land in Jef-
ferson township in 1780 and in Franklin town-
ship in 1785. In 1787 he was naturalized as
a citizen. He died in 1847, aged eighty-five
years. His children, seventeen in number,
settled in various parts of Fayette county;
several in Redstone township.

(II) John C, son of James McCormick,
was a house carpenter of Redstone and a
farmer noted for the excellence of his agricul-
tural methods. In fact, his farm south of
Cook's Mills, during his ownership there was
regarded as a model. He was an ardent Pres-
byterian, and one of the founders of the Cum-
berland Presbyterian church of Pleasant
View, Menallen township. He was assessor
of Redstone township in 1847, and also served
as school director. He died in 1876, leaving
issue.

(III) Samuel, son of John C. McCormick,
was born November 2, 1820, died 1881. He
grew up a farmer and spent his life engaged in
agriculture and kindred pursuits. He was en-
ergetic and very successful in his business
operations. He owned the old Sharpless farm,



later bought the old Davis farm (where his
children were reared), and finally bought the
old Hess homestead near New Salem, where
he died in 1881. He was a strong Democrat,
and a Presbyterian. He married Margaret
Hess, born February 4, 1820, died in Cali-
fornia, Pennsylvania, August 6, 1910. Chil-
dren: I. Mary, born November i, 1845; mar-
ried Henry Johnson, a farmer of Menallen
township, Fayette county. 2. ElUott Evans,
of whom further. 3. Mary Jane, born June
25, 1857, died April 6, 1897.

(HI) Elliot Evans, only son of Samuel and
Margaret (Hess) McCormick, was born in
Redstone township, Fayette county, Pennsyl-
vania, January 20, 1854. He passed his early
life on the home farm and obtained his edu-
cation in the common schools. In after life
he became a successful farmer and took an
unusual interest in machinery and its applica-
tion to farming. His political party was the
Democratic, and he and his wife were mem-
bers of the Methodist church. He died April
5, 1890.

He married, November 15, 1877, Eliza-
beth J. Scott, born in Butler county,
Pennsylvania, daughter of Samuel Scott, who
emigrated to Butler county, Pennsylvania,
from Scotland. Children: i. Elizabeth J., of
previous mention. 2. Emmett, deceased; was
a teacher in Butler and Beaver Falls, Penn-
sylvania. 3, Samuel E., a master mechanic
near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 4. Jennie
Porter. 5. Annie, married John Wagner, de-
ceased, and lives in Butler county. 6. Mar-
garet, deceased. Children of Elliot Evans and
Elizabeth J. (Scott) McCormick: i. Samuel
O., of whom further, 2. Ceorge E., born Au-
gust 29, 1880; married July 11, 1903, Ruth
Hatfield. 3. Emmett Scott, born December
Ti, 1882; assistant train despatcher on Pitts-
burgh, Virginia & Charleston railroad at
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 4. Jessie Brown,
born December 3, 1887; associated in feed
business with brother at New Salem; mar-
ried July 17, 1907, Louisa Murphy, daughter
of ]M. A. Murphy, of Franklin township.

(IV) Samuel O., son of Elliot Evans and
Elizabeth J. (Scott) McCormick, was born in
Redstone township, Fayette county, October
3, 1878.

He was educated in the public schools
of Redstone township and later com-



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pk-tccl a course in Duff's business college at
J'ittsburgli, Pennsylvania. His early life was
passed on the home farm helping his father,
and upon tlie death of the latter he took en-
tire charge of the home farm f&r about two
years.

For five years following he was employed by
Jesse P. Brown, of New Salem, then entering
ihc mercantile business, held a position with
the Shamrock Supply Company, leaving there
to accept a situation as assistant to the super-
intendent at the Bufifington plant of the H. C.
Frick Company. After two years' employ-
ment with the Union Supply Company he en-
tered the feed and builders' supplies business
at New Salem in partnership with Mr. Stev-
enson, under the firm name McCormick &
Stevenson. They opened their store at Boyd's
Mill, and at the end of a year Mr. McCor-
mick purchased his partner's interests. He
lias built up a large and remunerative busi-
ness, covering all the territory included be-
tween Redstone creek on the north, Browns-
ville on the west, Carmichaels, Greene county,
on the south, and Uniontown, Pennsylvania,
on the east. He is a Republican in politics,
and has held several local ofifices, among them
the following: Postmaster at Salem for five



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