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where he died. 10. Mary Ann (of previous

Children of Thomas Guthridge (2) and
Mary Ann (Henderson) Sherrard: i. David
Cathcart, born March 12, 1851, died at Los
Angeles, California, November 25, 1881 ; mar-
ried Mary Jane Hankins, who died April 12,
1885. Children: Rachel, Thomas G. and
Mary Ann, all deceased. 2. Alexander Conn,
or whom further. 3. Rebecca Ann, born Jan-
uary 15, 1855, died December 11, 1870. 4.
Nancy, born January 23. 1857; married Octo-
ber 10, 1878, Peter Preston Humbert, a farmer
near Little Washington. Pennsylvania; chil-
dren: Thomas S., Martha Jane, Joseph A. and
Elsie May. 5. William Johnson, born Janu-
ary 7, i860, a farmer of Franklin township.
6. Martha Jane, bom June 26, 1862, died De-
cember 28, 1883; married. May 4, 1882. Guth-
rie W. Curry, a farmer and banker of Aurora,
.\'ebra?ka. 7. Jacob Henderson, born January
17, 1S65, died July 17, 1883.

(V) Alexander Conn, son of Thomas Guth-
ridge and Mary A.nn (Henderson) Sherrard,
was born in Dunbar township, Fayette coun-
ty, Pennsylvania, December 28, 1852, in a log
cabin now the site of the Juniata mine shaft.
His early life was passed on his father's farm,
and his education was received at the Sandy

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Hollow schoolhousc in Dunbar township.
Upon the death of his father the care of the
home fell upon his shoulders, and for two
years he cultivated the farm, moving in 1877
to Dunbar township and purchasing one hun-
dred and thirty-seven acres of rich fertile land.
On this in 1892 he built a beautiful country
home and lives there at the present time. Jn
politics he is a Democrat, and is one of the
leading business men of the county. Besides
owning valuable coal lands in Greene and
Washington counties, he holds directorships
on the boards of the following institutions:
Washington Coal and Coke Company, Wash-
ington Run Railroad Company, First Na-
tional Bank of Dawson, Union National Bank
of West Side, Connellsville; Cochran Coal
Company of Morgantown, West Virginia, and
is also director and president of the Little
Kanawha Coal Company of West \ irginia.

He married, August 26, 1875, Elizabeth
(Cooper) Pollock, born February 15, 1853,
died Januarv 26. 1906, daughter of Rev. David
H. and Elizabeth (iMcMullan) Pollock. Her
father was pastor of the United Presbyterian
church of Eaurel Hill for many years. Chil-
dren of Alexander Conn Sherrard: i. Mar-
garet Jane, born January 28, 1877; graduated
from Washington Seminary, June, 1899; lives
at home. 2. Thomas Guthrie, born May 23,
1879, '-'icd March 10, 1882. 3. David Pollock,
born December 23, 1880, died April 22, 1881.
4. Mary Ann, born January 2"], 1882; gradu-
ated from Washington Female Seminary,
June. 1903: lives at horfte. 5. John Core,
bookkeeper in First National Bank, Dawson,
Pa., born April 24, 1883 ; married Helen Quay,
and lives in Connellsville. 6. William
Johnson, born January 10, 1885; graduated
from Carnegie Technical Institute, June,
1912. 7. James Espey (q. v.). 8. Jacob Hen-
derson, born Julv 21, 1889; graduated from
Washington and Jefiferson College, June,
1912. 9. Elizabeth Pollock, born April 8,
1891; attends Washington Female Seminary:
lives at home. 10. Nancy Eleanor, born April
0, 1895; ''Iso a student at W^ashington Female
Seminary; lives at home.

(VI) James Espey, son of Alexander Conn
and Elizabeth (Pollock) Sherrard, was born
in Dunbar township, Fayette county, Penn-
sylvania, Februarv 21, 1887. His early years
were spent in Dunbar township attending
public school in that township and making a

hand on his father's farm in vacation seasons.
He also attended the graded school at Van-
derbilt, Pennsylvania, and graduated in 1906
from the Dunbar township high school. For
one year he attended Washington and Jef-
ferson Academy, then took a course of four
years at Washington and Jefferson College,
graduating in 191 1 with the degree of Bach-
elor of Arts. Since graduation Mr. Sherrard
has been reading law at Uniontown, in the
office of Reppert, Sturgis & Morrow, and ex-
pects to be admitted to the bar — perhaps in
the fall of the present year (1912). He is a
Democrat. He and his wife attend the First
Presbyterian Church at Uniontown.

He married, June 21, 191 1, Pauline Le-
vaughn. daughter of Ralph and Margaret
Jane (Stevens) Watson, who was born at
Washington, Pennsylvania, October i, 1891.
Her parents are living at Washington, where
her father is superintendent of an oil com-
pany; he was born at Olean, New York, in
1868, and his wife is about one year his
junior. Children of Ralph and Margaret
Jane (Stevens) Watson: Pauline Levaughn,
married James Epsey Sherrard; Mildred
Stevens; Dorothy Deane. Child of James
Espey and Pauline Levaughn (Watson) Sher-
rard: Jane Elizabeth, born June 18, 191 2.

This family is of that
McCLINTOCK sturdy North of Ireland
stock, a blending of
Scotch and Irish blood that, transplanted to
America in the eighteenth century, produced
a race of hardy pioneers that, particularly in
Western Pennsylvania, has brought fame and
much material good to the commonwealth.
The ancestor of this family was John Mc-
Clintock, who settled in Cumberland county,
Pennsylvania, prior to the revolution, and
was a soldier of that war. His name is found
on the payroll of Captain John Nelson's com-
pany, April 9 to June, 1781, Cumberland
county militia. The gun he carried is yet pre-
served in the family. He may be the John
who married Mary, daughter of John Will-
iamson, born in Dublin, Ireland, came to
Pennsylvania in 1730, settling at Chester,
where he married Mary Davidson, who came
from Derry, Ireland. She died, aged ninety
years. John McClintock married Mary Will-
iamson before 1771 and died in Somerset
county, Pennsylvania.



(II) John (2), son of John (i) McCHntock,
the Cumberland county farmer and soldier
and Somerset county hunter and trapper, was
born about 1800 in Cumberland county, set-
tled in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, "where
he was engaged in farming. He married

Silbaugh, of German parents, who

came to Pennsylvania before the revolution,
settling later in Somerset county, where the
wife of John (2) was born; they had: William,
Robert S., of whom further; Jane, Harriet,
Esther and Cassie. Of these Cassie and Jane
are vet living (1912).

(HI) Robert S., son of John (2) McCHn-
tock, was born in Somerset county, Pennsyl-
vania, 1840. He grew up familiar with horses
and farm labor, and after his marriage went
to the state of Iowa, where he remained sev-
eral years. In Iowa he was a stage coach
driver, making long drives between the Mis-
sissippi and Missouri rivers with mail and
passengers. When railroads were built
through Iowa the reign of the stage coach
was ended, and the hardy, picturesque drivers
were compelled to seek other employment.
Mr. McClintock returned to Pennsylvania and
purchased a farm in Westmoreland county,
where he died June 5, 1907. He carried on a
teaming business in connection with his farm
for many years prior to his death. He was a
strong IDemocrat, and held many local and
county offices — constable, county supervisor,
etc. He enlisted in the Union army, but dis-
ability caused his early retirement from mili-
tary life. Both Robert and his wife were
members of the Methodist Episcopal church.
He was of a genial, generous nature, and had
many warm friends. He married Charlotte
Burgess, born in Somerset county, 1836, died
1888, daughter of William Burgess, a black-
smith near Listenburg (now Dumas), born in
England and came to Pennsylvania when a
boy. He married and had six children: Will-
iam, Thomas, Nancy, Charlotte, Hylie and
Owen, all deceased. Children of Robert S.
McClintock: William, Cynthia, Charles S.,
Mary, Elizabeth. Milton H. and Robert E.,
of whom further; Florence, Duella.

(IV) Milton Howard, sixth child of Robert
S. McClintock, was bom in Westmoreland
county, Pennsylvania, September 26, 1868.
He was educated in the public schools and
after completing his studies began working
in a printing office, where he learned type-

setting, and worked for five years as a com-
positor on different papers in Pittsburgh and
until 1888. In that year, September 22, he
entered the employ of the Baltimore & Ohio
railroad as brakeman and flagman, and in
1891 was promoted to be freight conductor,
a position he now holds. He owns a good
farm in Lafayette county, six miles from
Connellsville. Since September, 1888, he has
made that town his residence. He is a So-
cialist in political faith and a supporter of the
Methodist Episcopal church. He married.
May 21, 1890, Mary Ada McCoy, born July
27, 1869, in Connellsville, daughter of
James and Margaret McCoy, and grand-
daughter of Matthew and Martha McCoy.
Matthew was born in Scotland, a cooper by
trade, came early to the United States, where
he married Martha Harr. James McCoy was
born in Fayette county, in March, 1838. He
was a cooper by trade and served in the civil
war as a private in a Pennsylvania regiment
of heavy artillery; he died January, 1906.
Martha, his wife, was born 1838 and survives

Children of Milton Howard McClintock:
I. Lillian Gertrude, born May 10, 1892. 2.
Ruth Charlotte, September 18, 1895. 3. How-
ard Ray, May 28, 1898. 4. Edgar Melvin,
December 15, 1901. 5. Sarah Leona, August
16, 1903. 6. Margaret Kathryn, November
29, 1904. 7. Ernest Merle, April 9, 1905. 8.
Mary Elizabeth, December 19, 191 1.

(IV) Robert E., seventh child of Robert S.
McClintock, was born in Fayette county,.
Pennsylvania, January .10, 1879. He was ed-
ucated in the public schools of Belle Vernon
and at West Newton, Pennsylvania, and al-
though reared a farmer entered the employ
of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad in 1899,
beginning as a brakeman and working his
way upward until in 1902 he was promoted a
conductor, a position he now holds. He is a
Democrat and a member of the Methodist
Episcopal church. His wife is a Baptist. He
holds membership in the Order of Railway
Conductors and has served the order

He married, August 18, 1904, Sadie A.
Malone, born in West Newton, Pennsylvania,
daughter of John W. and Mary A. Malone r
her father was born in Westmoreland coun-
ty, her mother in Greene county, Pennsyl-



Children of Robert E. McClintock: i. Will-
iam Emmett, born May 22,, 1906. 2. Walter
Clyde, February 21, 1908. 3. Raymond
Franklin, August 7, 1910. 4. Calvin Harem-
came, June 16, 1912.

The Theakstons of this
THEAKSTOX sketch descend from

John Theakston, born in
England. He had sons, Robert of whom
further; Philip, John, William H., of whom
further. They came to Washington county,
Pennsylvania, at an early date, becoming
prosperous farmers of that county.

(II) Robert, son of John Theakston, was a
farmer of Washington county, Pennsylvania,
and a member of the Wesleyan Methodist
Episcopal church. He died in July, 1865. He
married Emily Ramage, who died in April,
1865. Children: Selby; William Lyle, of
whom further; Samuel Lewis, deceased; An-
drew, deceased; Emma; Lucius, deceased;
Minerva M. L.; Robert, deceased.

(III) William Lyle, son of Robert and
Emily (Ramage) Theakston, was born in
Washington county, Pennsylvania, July 8,
1 85 1. He was educated in the public schools
and had spent his life engaged in farming and
in the livery business. He now resides in
West Brownsville, Pennsylvania, a Repub-
lican and a member of the Methodist Episco-
pal church. He married Lenora Herrington,
born in 1849, daughter of George Herring-
ton, of Greene county, Pennsylvania, and his
wife, Christina (Williams)' Herrington, both
of whom died in Brownsville, Pennsylvania.
Children of William L. Theakston: Fred-
erick, born 1873, living at Speers, Washing-
ton county; Carl, born 1876, died 1906; Har-
ry A., of whom further; Minnie, born 1882,
married Homer Wolford; child George.

(l\) Harry Adelbert, youngest son of Wil-
liam Lyle and Lenora (Herrington) Theaks-
ton, was born in W'est Brownsville. Wash-
ington county, Pennsylvania, June 20, 1879.
He was educated in the public schools and
grew to manhood in his native town. He
worked at various employments during his
earlier years, including seven years in the
Hotel Aubrey and two years in Westmore-
land county, Pennsylvania. In 1907 he be-
came proprietor of the Atwood Hotel in
West Brownsville, which he still conducts.
He is a Republican in politics and a member

of Brownsville Lodge, No. 1356, Fraternal:
Order of Eagles.

He married, December 27, 1900, Emma
Voss, born in Germany in 1876, daughter of
Frederick Voss, who came from Germany to
Washington county in 1884, and now resides
in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Children : Wil-
liam Carl, born December 21, 1902; David
Voss, December 19, 1908.

(II) William H. Theakston, grandfather of
the present generation, and son of John
Theakston (q. v.), came to the United States
with his brothers, Robert, Philip and John,
all settling in Washington county, Pennsyl-
vania, where they ever afterward lived. Will-
iam H. Theakston was a prosperous farmer,
a Republican and a member of the Methodist
Episcopal church. His wife, Eliza (Bowen)
Theakston, was a native of West Virginia.

(III) Oliver J., son of WiUiam H. and
Eliza (Bowen) Theakston, was born in Wash-
ington county, Pennsylvania, died in' East
Bethlehem township, that county, in 1879.
He was educated in the public schools, fin-
ishing his education at the Pennsylvania
State Normal School at California. He was
engaged for a number of years as a teacher
in the public schools, later engaging in mer
cantile life, establishing in Fredericktown,.
where he was a well-known prosperous mer
chant until his retirement in 1876 to his
father's farm, where he resided until hit
death. He married Nellie, daughter of Will
iam Boyd; she died in 1876.

(IV) Frank B., only child of Oliver J. and
Nellie (Boyd) Theakston, was born in Fred-
ericktown, Washington county, Pennsyl-
vania, March 8, 1876. He was an infant when
his mother died and but three years old when
his remaining parent died and left him to the
care of relatives, Townsend H. Theakston,
and an aunt, Mary F. Theakston, who cared
for him during his early years. He was edu-
cated in the public school at Westland, Penn-
sylvania, and for one year attended Washing-
ton and Jefiferson College, but resigned a col-
lege in favor of a business career. He en-
tered the employ of Erasmus Kaiser, the
leading jeweler of Brownsville, Pennsylvania,
and under his capable direction learned the
jeweler's trade in all its detail. He remained
with Mr. Kaiser twelve years, until 1904. On
the 15th of October that year he began busi-
ness for himself in the same line in the Iron



Bridge Building in Brownsville, where he is
now well established and prosperous. He is
a Republican in politics and a member of the
Presbyterian church. He is prominent in the
Masonic Order, belonging to Brownsville
Lodge, No. 60, Free and Accepted Masons;
Brownsville Chapter, No. 164, Royal Arch
Masons; St. Omer Commandery, No. 7,
Knights Templar; Syria Temple, Nobles of
the Mystic Shrine, of Pittsburgh. In Scottish
Rite Masonry he has attained the fourteenth
degree in Uniontown Lodge of Perfection.

He married, September 23, 1908, Jean B.,
daughter of John and Elizabeth Crasser, of
Lonaconing, Maryland.

This family, of Scotch-Irish an-
BLACK cestry and marked with the

strong qualities of that sturdy
race, is one of the very oldest in Pennsyl-
vania, dating as far back as 1730. There its
members have from the beginning been
prominent in legal, political and business life
and leaders in every department they entered.

(I) The first of the family in Somerset
county was James Black, of Scotch-Irish an-
cestry, who is mentioned as an early settler
in Stony Creek township in 1770, he having
emigrated from Adams county, Pennsylvania.
His farm was seven miles east of the present
village of Somerset, close to the old Bedford
Pike. He was a tanner, and had a tanyard in
Stony Creek, mentioned as early as 1798.
His house was the first voting place in the
entire county. He married Jane McDonough
from near his old home along Marsh Creek,
Adams county, and left issue.

(II) Henry, son of James Black, was born
February 25, 1783, in Stony Creek township,
Somerset county, Pennsylvania, and died in
1842. He owned a large farm which he per-
sonally conducted, although he was at the
same time busied with large afifairs. He was
a man of liberal education, served for twenty
years as an associate judge of the county, and
was a member of congress at the time of his
death. He married, and among his children
were sons James (of whom further), and Jere-
miah S. Black. The latter named became one
of the most distinguished men of his day.
He was born January 10, 1810; he rose to a
first place at the Pennsylvania bar; was a
president judge at the age of thirty-two; he
argued many important constitutional cases

before the supreme court of the nation. He
was attorney-general in the cabinet of Presi-
dent Buchanan, and was nominated to the
supreme court bench, but this was on the eve
of the outbreak of the civil war, and he was
not confirmed on account of the absence of
the southern senators who had withdrawn to
"go with their states." He died August 19,
1882, leaving a widow, Mrs. Mary (Forward)
Black and four children; a son, Chauncey
Forward Black, was a leading Democratic
statesman, and lieutenant-governor of Penn-

(Ill) James, son of Judge Henry Black,
and brother of Judge Jeremiah S. Black, was
born in Stony Creek township, Somerset
county, Pennsylvania, between 1812 and 1815
and died at Somerfield, Pennsylvania, at an
advanced age. His boyhood home was a fine
farm on the Bedford Pike, near or a part of
the original Black family homestead, settled
by his grandfather. He later moved to Som-
erfield, Addison township, Somerset county,
where he owned and operated a pottery and
tannery. He married Catherine Johnson, and
they both died in Somerfield. They were
members of the Methodist Episcopal church,
and they reared their family in their own
faith. Children:

1. George. J., born June 6, 1842, died No-
vember 20, 1902. He succeeded to his fa-
ther's business, and for several ye.irs con-
ducted the pottery and large general store
at Somerfield. Later he moved to Myers-
dale and established a pottery for the manu-
facture of stoneware, and also kept a general
store. He was prominent in public life; in
1887 he was elected county treasurer and
served three years; in 1896 he was elected
associate judge and served five years, and at
the time of his death he was collector of
taxes for Myersdale borough. He was a Re-
publican in politics and a member of the
Methodist Episcopal church. He married, in
1 85 1, Sarah ]Margaret Bradfield, of Loudon
county, Virginia. Children: Alverda G., mar-
ried George Hopwood, of Uniontown; Mary,
married Robert H. Koontz; Annie; Susan
L., married William T. Hoblitzel, of Myers-
dale; James Hamilton, a successful business
man of Myersdale; Frank B., one of the great
coal operators of his section; J. Milton, a coal
operator of Somerset.

2. Albert Gallatin, the only Hving member



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of the family, now a retired merchant of Con-
Huence, Pennsylvania, founder of the busi-
ness now conducted by his sons under the
firm name of A. G. Black's ^ Sons Com-
pany. He married Esther Brownfield, who
belonged to one of the most promi-
nent families of Fayette county, and, in
fact, of the state. Albert Gallatin Black
is the father of thirteen children, eight
of whom are still living. Named in the order
of their birth they are as follows: Virgil
Alaro Black, who married Mollie PuUin, and
is a member of the firm of A. G. Black's Sons
Co.; Fannie Black, who married T. J. Schaf-
fer, of Pittsburgh, but now resides at the
home of her father; Martha Jane Black, died
unmarried; Catherine Black, died in infancy;
Thomas William Black, married I illian Dor-
othea Flannigan, and is a member of the firm
of A. G. Black's Sons Co.; Maud Eliza Black,
died in infancy; John Franklin Black, mar-
ried Mary Reynolds, and is in business in
Dickerson Run, Pennsylvania; Maggie Long
Black, died in infancy; James Harry Black,
married May Friend, and is a business man
of Friendsville, Maryland; Charles Egbert
Black, a member of the firm of A. G. Black's

Sons Co., and whose wife was James, of

Connellsville, Pennsylvania; Susan Etta
Black, married A. B. Kurtz, jeweler, of Con-
nellsville, Pennsylvania; Edgar Brownfield
Black, married Hattie Farmer, Uniontown,
Pennsylvania, is also a member of the firm
at Confluence, Pennsylvania; Mary Clyde
Black, died quite young.

3. Newton H., of whom further.

4. James S., one of the earliest bankers of
Myersdale, member for many years of the
banking firm of Philson,' Black & Co., now
the Citizens' National Bank of Myersdale;
married a daughter of Samuel Philson.

5. Sarah Ellen, married James S. Hook, of
Cumberland, Maryland; they later located at
Somerfield, Pennsylvania.

6. Charlotte, married (first) James Hamil-
ton, (second) Charles H. Rush, a merchant
of Cniontown.

7-8. Daughters died in their teens.

(IV) Newton H., third son of James and
Catherine (Johnson) Black, was born in Som-
erfield, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, and
died November 5, 1895. He was educated in
the pubHc schools and was for a time em-
ployed in his father's store. Later he went

to Uniontown as a clerk for his brother-in-
law, C. H. Rush. He later established him-
self in business, having first a store in Hop-
wood and later in Uniontown, also conduct-
ing coal operations, having a mine near the
former place. He was a successful business
man and was held in high esteem. He was
a Republican in politics and a member of
the Methodist Episcopal Church. He mar-
ried Alcinda F. Hopwood, born in Hop-
wood, Fayette county, daughter of Gaddis
and Nancy (Costolo) Hopwood, the father a
native of Fayette county, the mother of
Laurel Iron Works, Monongalia county,
West Virginia.; her father was a local
preacher of the M. E. church and a deeply
religious man, died in the prime of life in
1849, his widow long surviving him and dy-
ing in 1904, aged eighty-three years. Chil-
dren: Alcinda F., married Newton H. Black;
Caroline, burned to death at the age of five
years; William Costolo, died of fever con-
tracted in the army in the civil war; Nannie
G., married Dr. T. F. Farmer, who survives
her, a resident of Confluence, Pennsylvania.

Children of Newton H. Black: i. Herbert
G., born October 26, 1871, died August 23,
1895, unmarried. 2. George A., an orange
grower of the Salt River Valley, residing in
Phoenix, Arizona; married Ada Beam, of
McKeesport, Pennsylvania. 3. William Cos-
tolo, of whom further. 4. Paul, born July 31,
1877, died October 10, 1895. 5- Nannie H.,
born August 25, 1880, died September 6,
1895. 6. Alfred H., died December 5, 1883,
aged one year.

{V) William Costolo, third son of Newton
H. and Alcinda (Hopwood) Black, was born
in Hopwood, Fayette county, Pennsylvania,
April I, 1875. He was five years old when
his father removed his mercantile business
to LTniontown, where the lad was educated
in the public schools, later taking a business
course at Redstone Academy. In 1891, at
the age of sixteen, he entered the employ of
the Baltimore & Ohio railway as clerk in the
Uniontown ticket and freight office, holding
that position five years. On July 31, 1896, at
the age of twenty-one, he was promoted to
the important position of ticket and freight
agent in the same office, and in which he re-
mained for three years, resigning in 1899 to
enter the employ of Armour & Company as
assistant cashier at their Uniontown branch.



and later was appointed cashier in their of-
fice at Grafton, West Virginia. During the
years 1901-02 he was payroll clerk at Plant
No. 2, Continental Coke Company, during its
construction and early operation. On Feb-
ruary II, 1902, he was appointed teller of the
Citizens' Title and Trust Company at Union-
town, and the following year was elected
assistant secretary and treasurer, a position
he has acceptably filled to the present time.
He is also president of the Huntington Bank
Book Company of Huntington, Pennsyl-
vania, and treasurer of the Waltersburg Coke
Company, operating a one hundred and fifty

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