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by the North Hills Genealogists, ATTN: Elissa Powell, c/o Northland Public Library, 300 Cumberland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237-5455. "Pioneer Cemeteries of Hampton Township, Allegheny County, Pa." compiled by the North Hills Genealogists in 1997 from the tombstones and log book of the cemeteries. This hardbound, library-quality book on 203 acid-free pages contains a 4-page insert including the "Membership Register of the Pine Creek Reformed Presbyterian Church as of May 1 1843" and the "Baptisms of the Rev. John Galbraith from 1843-1865."
This cemetery book documents the final resting places of many settlers of the area. It includes not only complete tombstone readings for the Pine Creek, Depreciation Lands, and Hampton Cemeteries, but also the lot owners' book for the latter and a guide to the other five cemeteries in Hampton Township. Each stone has been recorded exactly with dates, relationships, epitaphs, stonecarvers' names, war veterans and other notations such as the condition of the stone or whether any other marker or a photo of the deceased was present. It also contains many photographs of the gravestones, histories of the cemeteries, and maps of the area, both current and from 1876. An everyname index includes maiden names when known. Only $19.95 plus $3 shipping. (Pennsylvania residents, please add $1.40 tax.) Or you may be able to find it offered on www.eBay.com by typing "Genealogy +Allegheny" in the search box.
compiled in 1986 by Helen L. Harriss, CG and Elizabeth J. Wall. Includes an every-name index with cross references to maiden and married names. $25 plus $2.50 shipping (PA residents add 7% tax). Or you may be able to find it offered on www.eBay.com by typing "Genealogy +Allegheny" in the search box.
This 255-page softbound new book includes an every-name index with cross references to maiden and married names. BUT it is NOT just a listing of names of the deceased and the book and page numbers, but the ACTUAL abstract of the document of who got what, their stated relationship to the deceased, executors, witnesses, and any person whose name appears, including land abutters. This book makes a fine addition to any library, both public and private! Allegheny County and Pittsburgh were the Gateway to the West and not all testators were permanent western Pennylvania residents. For Example:
Will Book I, page 141, No. 84, John Campbell of Jefferson County, VA, dated 21 July 1786 and recorded 13 Jan 1800 Proved before court of Fayette County, Kentucky. Father was Allen Campbell of Snobane, County Tyrone, Ireland. Half-brother: Allen Campbell. Sister: Sarah Beard and her children, if she and half-brother come to America. Brother: Robert Campbell. Refers to: James Milligan, N.Y.C. Controller of Continental Treasury. Executors: James Milligan, Charles Simms of Alexandria, VA, Richard Taylor, William Elliott of Westmoreland Co., PA, Philip Ross of Washington Co., PA to sell slaves, land, and PA/VA warrants. Witnesses: Harry Innis, T. Perkins, Christo Greenup. Codicil dated 5 Apr 1791 annulled James Milligan as Executor.
Another Example from Will Book I, page 15, no. 1: James Whitaker of Washington Co., PA, dated 16 June 1788, recorded 15 June 1789. Wife was Catherine; sons Aaron, Abraham, Isaac, James, Daniel. Daughters Charlotte, Mary, Elizabeth, Ellinor. Refers to money in Maryland; Negro boy; Mulatta girl; Negro girl, Cass; Negro Elinor. Executors are wife, Catherine Whitaker and sons, James and Daniel Whitaker. Witnesses were Simon Fletcher, James Patten, Isaac Hays.
by Helen L. Harriss, CG. $15 plus $2.50 shipping (PA residents add 7% tax) Or you may be able to find it offered on www.eBay.com by typing "Genealogy +Allegheny" in the search box.
Abstracted from the original deed books at the Recorder of Deeds office in Pittsburgh, these earliest books include Depreciation and Donation Lands, plus all of Northwestern Pennsylvania, which was part of Allegheny County until 1800. Although 30 Sep 1788 was the earliest recorded date, there are many references to earlier purchases that were recorded after 1788, or referenced in the description of the land. Many entries in addition to land deeds include manumissions, marriage contracts, estate settlements, etc. A history of Pennsylvania land transactions is in the Introduction. Western Pennsylvania was a gateway to the West and many people did land speculation that did not live there.
Not just a listing of buyer, seller, book and page number but a summary of the deed transaction with witnesses' names and adjacent landholders' names when stated. Contains an every name index in the 78-page softbound book.
Example: Deed book I, page 62: 16 Aug 1786 John Penn Jr. and John Penn to Casper Reel of Pitt Twp., Westmoreland Co. 10 pounds. In Col. Wood's Plan, #413. Virgin Alley, 5th St. Signed: John Penn Jr., John Penn. Witnesses: Peter Miller, John Spooner, Jean Louis Patry. Recorded 24 Jan 1789.
Another example: Deed book I, page 86: 16 Jan 1787. Indenture. Thomas Girty of Pittsburgh and wife Anne to General Richard Butler of same place: "Whereas Johonisse Scanayadge and Cosswantinace, Chiefs or Sachems of the Six United Nations of Indians, by deed of 2 Aug 1749, did bargain and sell unto George Croghan Esq. in fee, a parcel of land situate on Eastern side of the River Ohio to the northward of an old Indian town called Shanopin Town at the mouth of a Run called Two Mile Run .... "
A third example (just too good to leave out!): Deed book I, page 200, dated 2 May 1783. Indenture. Alexander Power of Philadelphia and Jonathan Williams of Nantes in Kingdom of France, merchant; 450 pounds paid by Richard Bache and John Spee of Philadelphia, merchants, on behalf of Jonathan Williams. Tract called "Alexandria" in County of Westmoreland on Salt Creek in Fairfield Twp. 400 acres. Rolls office for Pennsylvania - Patent Book 1, page 528. Signed Alexander Power. Witnesses: William Pollard, William Cavenaugh. Recorded 5 Aug 1789.
by Helen L. Harriss, CG. 77 pp., softbound. $15 plus $2 shipping (PA residents add 7% tax). Over 2,000 documented names of those buried in the oldest burying ground in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with dates and family information when available. Also:
by Helen L. Harriss, CG in 1989. 78 pp. softbound, $15 plus $2 shipping (PA residents add 7% tax) Over 3,000 baptisms at one of Pittsburgh's oldest churches, now Trinity Cathedral. Some date from 1798. Names of the parents and some sponsors are given. Notations such as "step-children of..." or "colored children" are also given.
by Helen L. Harriss, CG, Elizabeth J. Wall, Betty Treat Petrich, Pittsburgh, PA, 1978. 348 pp, softbound, privately published, limited edition. $10 plus $2.50 shipping (PA residents add 7% tax) Or you may be able to find it offered on www.eBay.com by typing "Genealogy +Pennsylvania" in the search box.
In an area that does not have Civil marriage records before 1885, here are over 7,000 marriages listed, many of eloping couples from Ohio and (West) Virginia. The two squires were in West Alexander, Washington County, Pennsylvania with Part I being devoted to Squire Isaac Mayes whose records cover October 1811 to June 1844. Part II are the marriages performed by his son, Squire Joseph Finley Mayes, covering May 1862 to February 1887. Each Part has the brides and grooms listed alphabetically. Examples:
is a 140-page softbound book written in 1996 by the Pine Township Historic Committee. $20 plus $2 shipping. This wonderfully done commemorative book has an everyname index (more names than listed below) and bibliography as well as pictures on almost every page. Dr. Jonas Salk (developer of the vaccine for Polio) lived in Pine township and has a biography in Chapter 8. Chapters include:
1. A Glimps of our Early History (with maps and original landholders names back to 1794)
2. The Settling of Pine featuring segments on the Bower, Brooker, Cole, English, Graham, Logan, Mallerson, Marriner, McClintock, McKinney, McMarlin, Rogers, Swinderman, and Wallace families.
3. Churches and Cemeteries (with maps)
4. Roads and Transportation (with pictures of old conveyances)
5. Township Services
7. I Remember (by local residents)
8. We Remember (biographies of outstanding citizens): Edward Babcock, Ben Paul Brasley, Joe Grom, Dr. Roger Latham, Dr. Jonas Salk, Joe Clifton Trees, and Clarence Hartman
9. Organizations, Community Services & Health Care
10. Parks and Recreation
11. Pine Honors Its Veterans (including names of those who died in WWI and WWII)
12. Pine Pictorial, Portraits
Compiled and published by Helen L. Harriss, CG in 1993.
Compiled and published by Helen L. Harriss, CG in 1986. Softbound, 12 pages. $ plus $1.00 for shipping. (PA residents, please add tax.) Contains the lists of people taxed on List A in Cumberland Township, Dunkard Township, Franklin Township, Greene Township, Morgan Township, and Whitely Township; on List B in Cumberland, Dunkard, Franklin, Greene, Morgan, Richhill, Finley, Morris, and Whitely Townships; on List D in Cumberland, Whitely, Dunkard, Greene, and Morgan Townships; on List E in Franklin, Whitely, Dunkard, Greene, Cumberland, Morgan, and Richhill Townships.