Title: A century and a half of Pittsburg and her people / by John Newton Boucher ; illustrated. Vol. 2.
Author: Boucher, John Newton, 1854-1933.
The ground upon which the Block House stands was purchased from the Penns by Isaac Craig and Stephen Bayard in 1784, and after several conveyances, was sold to GENERAL JAMES O’HARA on September 4, 1805. On the death of GENERAL O’HARA in 1819, it passed by will to his daughter, MARY, who in 1821 married WILLIAM CROGHAN. She died in 1827 leaving an infant daughter, MARY ELIZABETH. In 1842 MARY ELIZABETH married EDWARD W. H. SCHENLEY, a captain in the English army. It remained in her home during all these years (pg. 453) and until she finally conveyed it to the Daughters of the American Revolution of Allegheny County.
While the property was owned by Craig and Bayard, a large brick dwelling house was built on the ground and connected with the Block House, for it was then not supposed to have any historic value. From the time the new house was built until April 1, 1894, both houses were used as a dwelling house, and were leased to various tenants, Mr. Turnbull of Turnbull & Marmie, the early iron masters and distillers of Pittsburgh, and Major Isaac Craig, both having been tenants prior to 1785...The long contests to save the Block House and to secure for the Daughters (of the American Revolution of Pittsburgh) the damages to which they were justly entitled, together with the legislature work was participated in by many of them, but there is one who stands out prominently above all others, who took the lead in all these matters and carried them to a final success. We are glad to do honor to her because of the great work she accomplished, and to name (pg. 454) her as Mrs. Samuel A. Ammon. She is a daughter of the late William M. Darlington, the well known historian and lawyer, and through her mother, Mrs. Mary Carson Darlington, a granddaughter of Richard Butler O’Hara, and great-granddaughter of General James O’Hara of the Revolution...
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