John Woolf Jordan.

Genealogical and personal history of Fayette county, Pennsylvania (Volume 2) online

. (page 46 of 57)
Online LibraryJohn Woolf JordanGenealogical and personal history of Fayette county, Pennsylvania (Volume 2) → online text (page 46 of 57)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook

Whig, later a Republican. He died in 1873,
aged eighty-two years. He married Kath-
erine Vance, born in Connellsville, daughter
of Crawford Vance an early settler and
soldier of the revolution as were others of
the Vance family. Nathan and Katherine
Shaw had five sons: Solomon, James and
David, who all served in the war with Mex-
ico, David being killed at Vera Cruz ; George

and Isaac, serving in the civil war. The
house in which Isaac Gilmore and Rachel
Shaw were married is still standing, north
of the present city. She was the widow
of McCoy at the time of her mar-
riage to Isaac Gilmore, and had a daughter
Margaret, who married Amos Hutton, a
minister of the Christian church. Children
of Isaac T. and Rachel (Shaw) Gilmore:

I. Joseph, born, March 26, 1836, died Sep-
tember 9, 1836. 2. Elizabeth A., born Octo-
ber 21, 1837; married Joseph Hutton, a
farmer of Indiana county, Pennsylvania;
both deceased. 3. Vance Cyrus, born May

II, 1839, died February 1905, a veteran of
the civil war ; he married Vina Robinson,
and resided in Connellsville. 4. George
Washington, born March 17, 1841 ; married
Sadie Woods ; and was killed, eleven days
after their marriage in 1878, by an explosion
of his own engine on the Pittsburgh & Con-
nellsville railroad ; he was a cavalryman of
the civil war. 5. Sidney C, born October
8, 1842, died 1876; married Albert Bradman,
who died 1878. 6. Catherine Charlotte, born
May 6, 1844; married C. B. Scott, they re-
side in Cleveland, Ohio; he is a retired mer-
chant. 7. Nathan T., born November 15,
1845, died March 17, 1906; he married Mar-
garet Poundstill, and resided in Connells-
ville. 8. David Shaw, born August 27, 1847,
died 1882, married Mary White ; he was a
machinist of Connellsville. 9. Alfred Cooper,
of whom further. 10. John Lester, born
December 5, 1850, (q. v.). 11. Joseph Win-
field, born January 4, 1853; married Harriet
Hitchman; he is a physican of New Stan-
ton, Pennsylvania. 12. Anna Mary, born
March 25, 1854; married J. W. Stillwagon,
a painter of Connellsville. 13. Robert Goble,
born January 21, 1856; married Nannie Or-
bin, resides at Duke Center, Pennsylvania,
where he is foreman of an oil company. 14.
Harriet Clara, born September 2, 1858, died
1884; married Mark W. Marsden of Cam-
den, New Jersey.

(HI) Alfred Cooper, ninth child of Isaac
T. and Rachel (Shaw) Gilmore, was born
in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, February 14,
1849. He was educated in the public schools,
and learned the carpenter's trade under the
instruction of his father. He spent fourteen
years in the Pennsylvania oil fields, but the



balance of his life has been spent in Con-
nellsville. While in the oil fields he was
engaged in erecting derricks, etc. For the
past thirty years, or since 1882, Jie has been
in the employ of the Baltimore & Ohio Rail-
road Company, in their carpenter shops.
When a lad of thirteen years, he ran away
from home to enlist, but went no further
than Pittsburgh, as his youth was so ap-
parent that the recruiting officers would not
listen to his earnest plea to be allowed to
enlist. In 1S80 he erected his present home
on Fairview avenue. He is a Republican,
and with his wife a member of the Christian
church. He also belongs to General Worth
Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows;
and to the Royal Arcanum.

He married, December 19, 1872, Anna
Wharf, born in Belmont, Ohio, daughter
of William (2) and Elizabeth (Tiernan)
Wharf, and granddaughter of William (i)
and Elizabeth W harf of England. William
(i) Wharf landed first, and remained for a
time in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; then
came to Pittsburgh, making the journey
westward over the mountains by wagon.
He was a stonemason and contractor of
bridges, culverts, etc. He and wife are both
buried at Brownsville, Pennsylvania. He
had children: William (2), James, Marga-
ret and Elizabeth, all deceased. William
(2) Wharf was a lad of eight years when
his parents came to Pennsylvania. He be-
came a minister of the' early Methodist
church, and after his first marriage went
to Ohio, where his wife died in 1853. He
also died in Ohio in 1897. He married (first)
Elizabeth Tiernan, (second) Martha James,
having issue by both. Elizabeth Tiernan,
his first wife, was of Irish descent, daughter
of John and Eliza (Newbold) Tiernan. John
Tiernan was an early settler of Fayette
county, a strong Democrat, and for several
years treasurer of Fayette county. He and
his wife, Eliza Newbold, are both buried at
Fayette City, Pennsylvania.

Children of William (2) Wharf and his
first wife Elizabeth Tiernan : Mary Eliza,
married Thornton Krepps ; John T., de-
ceased ; W^illiam C. ; Anna, married Alfred
Cooper Gilmore, of previous mention. Chil-
dren of W'illiam (2) Wharf and his second
wife, Martha James : Elizabeth ; James, died

in infancy; Thomas, now living in Cali-
fornia; Isaac, now living in Ohio; Als-
man Baker, deceased ; Ella, married
Jasper Ansel! ; Jennie; Grant, now liv-
ing in Ohio; Dora. Children of Alfred
Cooper and Anna (Wharf) Gilmore ;

1. George William, born November 31, 1873;
was educated in the public schools and at
Bethany College, W^est Virginia, whence he
was graduated in 1896. He embraced the
profession of teacher, and since 1902 has
been principal of the high school at Wash-
ington, Pennsylvania. He married Rose
Curtis of Bethany, West Virginia, and has
children: Milton Alfred, and Frances Ann.

2. Isaac Tiernan, born September 5, 1875;
a graduate of Connellsville High School,
now in the employ of the United Fuel Com-
pany, and resides at Hazlevvood, Pennsyl-
vania. He married Addah Henry, and has
children : Alfred E., Helen Beatrice, and
Charles Henry.

(Ill) John Lester Gilmore,
GILMORE tenth child of Isaac Thomas

Gilmore (q. v.) and Rachel
(Shaw) Gilmore, was born in Connellsville,
Pennsylvania, on December 25, 1850. He at-
tended the public schools of Connellsville,
and after completing his studies worked at
the machine shops of Boyts, Porter & Com-
pany and for four years was their stationary
engineer. He then served an apprentice-
ship of over three years at the cairpenter
trade, under the instruction of Edward
Clyde, a builder of Connellsville. When oil
was discovered in Butler county he went to
Petrolia, where he erected a building and
opened a grocery store, which he conducted
for seven years all through the oil excite-
ment. He then returned to Connellsville,
where he has since been engaged in build-
ing and contracting, having established an
honorable reputation for reliability and
promptness. He is an active Republican,
and always interested in local political af-
fairs. He is a member of the Christian
church (Disciples of Christ), his wife also
being a member of that denomination. He
also belongs to the Royal Arcanum.

He married, September 25, 1873, Alice
M. Scott, born December 24, 1834, daughter
of Wilson and Ann (Woodward) Scott, and



a great-granddaughter of Crawford (i)
Scott. Children of John L. Gilmore: i. An
infant, died ^lay 14. 1874. 2. Cora lola, bom
April 22, 1875, died October 14, 1880. 3. John
Scott, born December 2"], 1879, married Mar-
garet Gilliland ; he is train despatcher at
Smithfield, Pennsylvania. 4. Beulah L.,
born October i, 1882. 5. Rachel Ann, born
March 27, 1886 died September 25, 1899. 6.
Kate Maydell, born July 25, 1888; married
Guy Reed of Beaver, Pennsylvania, cashier
of the Farmers' Bank of Pittsburgh, Penn-
sylvania. 7. Mary May, born May 8, 1891.
Crawford (i) Scott was born in the village
of Naria, parish of Inniskeel, county Donegal,
Ireland. He died in Ireland, but his widow
came to the United States in 1788. Their chil-
dren, all of whom but Frank came to the
United States September 30, 1788: i. Frank,
died in Ireland about 1833; married and had
three children: Thomas; Anne, died in Ire-
land, married, and had a son, Alexander Bran-
don, now living in Ohio ; John, came to
America in 1788. 2. Thomas, settled in Vir-
ginia. 3. John, settled near Wheeling, now
West Virginia. 4. William, settled in Car-
roll county, Ohio, died May 12, 1849, aged
eighty-seven years ; his wife, Susanna, died
May 12, 1861, at the great age of ninety-six
years; children, all deceased: Thomas,
Mary, John, Susan, Jane, William. 5. Craw-
ford (2), of whom further. 6. Rebecca, died
1823; married Charles Scott; their only liv-
ing child, Thomas, resides at Tabor, Ohio.
Crawford (2) Scott was born in Ireland,
1767, came to the United States with his
family September 30, 1788, settled at Tabor,
Ohio, died September 6, 1844, and is buried
there. He married, 1792, Mary Barnes, born
1775, died May 12, 1845. Children: i.
Thomas, born October 5, 1793, died January
22, 1840, in German township, Fayette coun-
ty, Pennsylvania. 2. Robert, born Septem-
ber 24, 1795, moved to Wayne county, Ohio,
1832, died October 25, 1836. 3. Elizabeth,
born January 22, 1798; married Cunningham
Huston, about 1820; moved to Wayne coun-
ty, Ohio; died May 25, 1865, in Millersburg.
Ohio. 4. John, born April 25, 1800, moved
to Wayne county, Ohio, thence to Carroll,
died October 19, 1858. 5. Rebecca, born Au-
gust 12, 1802; married Jacob Arford ; moved
to Wayne county, Ohio, died July 7, 1841.

6. James, born October 12, 1804, in German
township, died there April 2^, 1876. 7.
Ruth, born September 2, 1806, died October
16, 1885 ; married William Scott, in Carroll
county, Ohio. 8. Wilson, of whom further.
9. Anna, born January 9, 181 1 ; married Dan-
iel Arford, in Ohio ; moved to Napa, Cali-
fornia. 10. William, born August 6, 1813,
moved to Mount Pleasant, Iowa, lost with
baggage train en route to Kansas during
the civil war. 11. Crawford (3), born Octo-
ber 6, 1815, died May 14, 1892, lived in
Carroll county, Ohio. 12. Mary, born Jan-
uary 16, 1819, died October 7, 1892; married,
January 16, 1843, William C. Scott, born No-
vember 23, 1817, lived in Carroll county,
Ohio. 13. Barnes, born January 16, 1821,
lived in Tabor, Ohio. Wilson, eighth child
of Crawford (2) Scott, was born September
30, 1808, died March 13, 1891 ; married, Au-
gust 6, 1831, Ann Woodward, born Octo-
ber 26, 1813, died May 5, 1879, daughter of
Joshua and Sarah (Daniels) Woodward, and
granddaughter of Richard Woodward, who
moved from Chester county to Fayette coun-
ty, Pennsylvania, in 1789. Wilson Scott
was a prominent citizen of Connellsville,
where his death occurred. Among his chil-
dren was Alice M., previously mentioned.

Alexander Fleming of Un-
FLEMING iontown, a prominent manu-
facturer and metallurgical
chemist, is a grandson of Alexander Flem-
ing, who was born June 5, 1822, in the parish
of Inverskeithing, Fifeshire, Scotland, died
at Newmains, May 27. 1888. He married,
January 12, 1844, Isabella Nisbet, born Feb-
ruary 28, 1824, at Bedyeats, Perthshire ; died
November 2^, 1896. They had the follow-
ing children: i. Margaret, born December
2, 1844. 2. John, mentioned below. 3. Gra-
ham, born November 19, 1855. 4. Isabella,
born September i, 1859. 5. Alexander, born
June 4, 1862. 6. James, born November
4, 1864. married Maggie Stewart, at Dykes-
head, August 28, i88s; she was born April
2, i8s9: children: Christina, born Decem-
ber 6, 1886; Maggie H., October 13, 1888;
Alexander, August 25, 1890; Andrew S.,
January 8, 1893 ; James Fleming, October
10, 1891; William, July 20, 1899.

(II) John Fleming, son of Alexander and



Isabella TNisbet) Fleming, was born Au-
gust 6, 1847. He came to this country in
1870, and located at Port Washington, Ohio,
where he obtained employment as a super-
intendent of blast furnaces. After this he
became superintendent of other furnaces in
Ohio. Later he removed to Pennsylvania,
settling first, about 1881, in Mifflin county,
and later in Huntingdon county, where he
had charge of a furnace, going from thence
to Wampum, Lawrence county, and latterly
returned in 1884 to Ohio. He soon came
back to Pennsylvania and spent four years
at Pennsylvania Furnace, going from
thence to Bellefonte and operating the fur-
nace there for two years. He was then en-
gaged by the Cameron Coal & Iron Com-
pany as superintendent. Mr. Fleming has
now retired from active business and re-
sides at McKeesport, Pennsylvania. He
married Elizabeth Cunningham, and they
had the following children : Isabella, wife
of J. A. Little, of McKeesport; Grahmey,
wife of James Bryce, of Homestead, Penn-
sylvania ; David, deceased; Magdaline, wife
of J. C. Neth, of West Newton, Pennsyl-
vania; Harry, of whom further; Alexander,
of whom further.

nil) Alexander Fleming, son of John and
Elizabeth (Cunningham) Fleming, was
born at Airdry, Scotland, October 2"], 1872,
and was brought to this country with his
father's family when two years of age. He
earlv evinced the strong 'scientific bent that
characterized the family ability. He went
to the Carnegie night school, after which he
took a special course in Lafayette College,
Easton, Pennsylvania. The theoretical
knowledge acquired at school he supple-
mented by shop work in the laboratories of
the Bellefonte Furnace Company, the Cam-
eron Iron & Coal Company, the Joseph E.
Thropp Company, Everett, Pennsylvania,
and the Monongahela Furnace, McKees-
port, Pennsylvania. He was then off^ered
a position with the Carnegie Steel Company,
working in their various plants in and near
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1897 ^^ set-
tled at Scottdale, being engaged by the H.
C. Frick Coke Company as chief chemist.
In this position he continued for seven years,
leaving it in 1904 to enter business as an in-
dependent chemist, opening the laboratory

in Uniontown, where he was extremely suc-
cessful, the business having doubled in vol-
ume since its establishment. He has made a
specialty of water analysis, and is an expert
in firebrick manufacture in addition to the
analysis of all kinds of ore, minerals, coal,
coke, etc. He receives commissions from all
parts of the United States, and does the
work for most of the independent firms in
the coke regions. He has had to obtain
assistance in handling the great volume of
work that pours in upon him. He was one
of the incorporators and at one time one of
the stockholders of the Savage Hill Fire-
brick Company of Fairhope, Pennsylvania.
He was also vice-president of the West Vir-
ginia Fire Clay Company, Thornton, West
Virginia, during its existence, and it was
through his experiments and investigations
that the coke-oven brick has been raised to
its present efficiency. Formerly the life of
a firebrick in the ovens was from thirty
days to one year, but through the untiring
efforts of Mr. Fleming the life of a firebrick
has been prolonged to from ten to twelve
vears. He stands at the head of his pro-
fession and has contributed valuable facts
in the metallurgical industry by various in-
vestigations which he has conducted. He
is a member of the American Chemical So-
ciety ; also of Marion Lodge, No. 562, Free
and Accepted Masons, of Scottdale; Con-
nellsville Chapter, No. 283, Royal Arch Ma-
sons ; Uniontown Commandery, No. 49,
Knights Templar; Syria Temple, Ancient
Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine,
at Pittsburgh. Mr. Fleming is in political be-
lief a Republican, but he has never been
willing to accept public ofifice.

He married, September 26, 1895, Jo-
sephine F. Gogley, daughter of Jacob and
Elizabeth (Amic'k) Gogley, of Bedford
county, Pennsylvania. They have four chil-
dren : Ruth. Elizabeth, Marion and Frank
Alexander. Mr. and Mrs. Fleming are mem-
bers of the Methodist Episcopal church, Mr.
Fleming being also a member of the choir.

fill) Harry Flem'ing, son of John and
Elizabeth (Cunningham) Fleming, was
born at Pennsylvania Furnace, Centre coun-
ty, Pennsylvania, August 9, 1884. He was
educated in the McKeesport public schools,
showing at a very early age the mechanical



and scientific turn of mind that dis-
tinguished his father; after leaving school
he was for two years assistant chemist for
the H. C. Frick Coke Company at Scottdale.
He spent some time in ditTerent laboratories
near McKeesport, and has for the past four
years been assistant in the Uniontown Test-
ing Laboratory, and is an important factor
in its success.

The surname of this illus-
FLEMING trous Scotch family was at

first assumed from a person
of distinction who in the days of King
David 1. (1124) a Fleming by birth, came
into Scotland and took the surname Fland-
erensis, or Le Flerning, from the country of
his origin. The statue of the armed knight
to be seen in Furness Abbey, Lancashire,
England, an ancient burial place of the
Fleming family, was placed there genera-
tions ago in memory of Sir John Le Flem-
ing, a crusader. Robert Le Fleming was
one of the great barons of Scotland who
fought and seated Robert Bruce on his
rightful throne. A descendant, Malcolm,
Earl of Wigton, married Janet, daughter of
King James IV. Sir Thomas Fleming, son
of an Earl of Wigton, emigrated to Vir-
ginia in 1616; many of the family followed
him to the same colony, one of whom was
Colonel William Fleming. Another was
the father of James Fleming, born in North
Carolina, 1762, afterward removed to
Ohio, where he died 1832. A branch of the
family was founded in New Jersey by sons
Malcolm Fleming, of Ireland. This branch
founded Flemington, the county seat of
Hunterdon county. New Jersey. Thomas is
a persistent name in this branch, and col-
lateral evidence would indicate that Thomas
Fleming descended from the New Jersey
family rather than from the Virginia
branch of which Governor Fleming was a
conspicuous member.

(I) The first record we have of the Con-
nellsville family is of Thomas Fleming, a
farmer of Westmoreland and Fayette coun-
ties, owning a good farm. In the latter
county he was a man of industry and thrift,
rearing a family that are yet living in the
county. Two of his brothers, Robert and
Abraham are yet living near Scottdale,

(II) Thomas Jackson, son of Thomas
Fleming, was born in Fayette county, Penn-
sylvania, died 1890 or 1891, at Uniontown,
Pennsylvania. He was a farmer until a few
years before his death, when he retired and
resided in Uniontown. His farm was lo-
cated in Dunbar township, where his chil-
dren were born. Both Thomas J. and his
wife were members of the Cumberland Pres-
byterian church. He married Mary Ann
Smiley, born in Fayette county, died 1879,
leaving sons and daughters. A son, Charles
M. Fleming, born March 20, 1854, estab-
lished in the grocery business in Uniontown
in 1888. This record deals with a second
son. Christian L.

(III) Christian L., son of Thomas Jack-
son Fleming, was born in Dunbar township,
Fayette county, Pennsylvania, November 7,
1861. He was educated in the public schools
and grew to youthful manhood on the farm.
He began business life in Uniontown, Penn-
sylvania, forming a partnership with his
brother, Charles M. Fleming, and for three
years operating a grocery. He then entered
the employ of the W. J. Rainey Coke Com-
pany and still continues with that company.
He has been manager of company stores at
Acme, Revere, and Mount Braddock, where
he is now in charge. His residence since
1893 has been in Connellsville, No. 615
North Pittsburgh street. He is a Repub-
lican in politics.

He married, January 29, 1888, Hannah,
daughter of Samuel N. and Jemima (Hum-
bert) Long, granddaughter of Robert Long,
born 1787, a settler of Lancaster county,
Pennsylvania, coming from there to Fay-
ette county. He was a blacksmith and had
a shop at the corner of Main and Meadow
streets, Connellsville. He was one of the
early and strenuous advocates of temperance
and one of the organizers of the first tem-
perance societies in Fayette county. He
married Catherine Foster. Samuel N. Long
was born in Connellsville in 1821. He was a
farmer, a Democrat and a strict Presby-
terian. His first wife, Jemima Humbert,
died quite young. Her children : Humbert,
of Scottdale ; Catherine, married P. S. Mor-
row, of Uniontown ; Hannah, married Chris-
tian L. Fleming fof previous mention). He
married a second wife who bore him : Rob-
ert, deceased; George R., residing in Con-



nellsville; James C, deceased. Two children
of Christian L. Fleming died in infancy.

Mrs. Jemima (Humbert) Long, mother of
Mrs. Fleming had brothers and sisters; Ly-
dia, married Joseph Beatty, of Uniontown ;
Rebecca, deceased, married Robert Husted;
Eliza, married Robert Parkhill, both de-
ceased ; William, deceased ; Robert deceased
Jacob deceased.

The paternal grandfather of
FLEMING James A. Fleming of Con-

nellsville, Pennsylvania, was
born in Scotland. He was a lumberman,
and met his death by drowning in the Jun-
iata river, while following his occupation,
when his son, John J. Fleming, was but two
months old, and his name is therefore not
preserved. He married, and left issue.

(H) John J. Fleming was born about 1838
in Central Pennsylvania, died March, 1908.
He was a millwright and carpenter. He en-
listed in Company D, One Hundred and
Forty-eighth Regiment Pennsylvania Vol-
unteer infantry, and served four years,
attaining the rank of orderly sergeant.
He was engaged in many battles, in-
cluding Chancellorsville where he was
wounded, Fredericksburg, and Peters-
burg. He settled in Connellsville in
1880, continuing there until his death. He
was a Republican in politics ; was always ac-
tive in public affairs, and held several offices
in the township and in the, then, borough
of New Haven. At the time of his death he
was employed in the United States Internal
Revenue Service as store keeper and gauger,
at Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He slipped
and fell on a pavement in that city, broke
his hip, and died in the hospital a short
time afterwards, aged seventy years. He
was a member of the Presbyterian church,
the Grand Army of the Republic and the
Union Veteran Legion. He married Mary
C. Sample, born in Center county, Pennsyl-
vania, daughter of Alexander and Margaret
(Furey) Sample, of Center county. Mrs.
Fleming survives her husband, a resident of
Connellsville. Children of John J. and Mary
C. Fleming: Gertrude, married F. W. Cun-
ningham of Charleroi ; Margaret, deceased ;
James A., of whom further; Frederick, de-
ceased; Virgil, deceased; Mary, deceased.

(Ill) James A., son of John J. Fleming,
was born at Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, Jan-
uary I, 1876. He was educated in the pub-
lic schools, and at the age of eighteen years
entered the employ of the Baltimore & Ohio
railroad as a clerk in the office of the ma-
chinery department. He received several
promotions, and on October 15, 1911, was
appointed freight agent at Connellsville, a
position he most capably fills. He is a mem-
ber of the Presbyterian church, as is his
wife; and belongs to the Baltimore and
Ohio League, and the Knights of the Mac-
cabees. He is a Republican in politics. He
married, September 8, 1899, Emma, daugh-
ter of Samuel McCabe, of Pittsburgh, de-
ceased. Their only child died in infancy.

The immigrant ancestor of the
HART Hart family came with the influx

of Scotch-Irish to New England
before the revolutionary war. Thence he
drifted to Pennsylvania with the Connecti-
cut pioneers. In 1777 the family crossed
over the mountains in Pennsylvania.

(I) John Hart was born in Westmoreland
county, Pennsylvania, and married Eliza
Barr, who was a native of Allegheny coun-
ty. He established a pottery at Washing-
ton, Pennsylvania, the first pottery in that
town, and also conducted potteries at Pitts-
burgh, Pennsylvania, and Birmingham.

(II) William, son of John Hart, was born
in Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, Novem-
ber 23, 1818. He spent his early years and
attended the public schools in Washington,
Pennsylvania. He was associated in busi-
ness with his father and continued in the
pottery business. He enlisted in the Eighth
Pennsylvania Regiment of Reserves during
the civil war for three months, and re-en-
listed for three years. On account of illness
he was sent home and assigned to duty as
provost-marshal in Washington county. In
later years he had a position in the United
States internal revenue service. He was a
communicant of the Presbyterian church.
In politics he was a Republican, and he was
a delegate to the first Republican conven-
tion ever held in Pittsburgh. He died April
21, 1891. He married Elizabeth Oliver, born
January 15, 1822 at Washington, Pennsyl-
vania, died October 26, 1904, daughter of

Online LibraryJohn Woolf JordanGenealogical and personal history of Fayette county, Pennsylvania (Volume 2) → online text (page 46 of 57)