“Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania” Vol. 3
Author: Jordan, John W., 1840 – 1941
FRIEND – Among the Princes of the Empire of Steel was the late JAMES WOOD FRIEND, president of the Clinton Iron and Steel Company...
PORTER R. FRIEND, father of JAMES WOOD FRIEND, married REBEKAH J., daughter of JAMES WOOD, who was also the father of two sons: J. THEODORE and CHARLES A. WOOD....
JAMES WOOD FRIEND, son of PORTER R. and REBEKAH J. (WOOD) FRIEND, was born November 2, 1845, on Third Street, Pittsburgh...
MR. FRIEND married, January 4, 1871, MARTHA ANNE McCLELLAN, whose ancestral record is appended to this sketch, and they became the parents of two sons and two daughters: CHARLES WOOD; THEODORE W.; ELIZABETH, wife of WILLIAM HOWARD PARKE, and REBEKAH, wife of HAY WALKER. All are residents of Pittsburgh....Not long before the close of his life, (pg. 1464) MR. FRIEND and his family took possession of a beautiful residence on Squirrel Hill.
The death of MR. FRIEND occurred December 26, 1909....
William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, the famous statesman and “Creator of Modern England,” in whose honor Pittsburgh received her name, was beloved by the American colonies as the champion of their liberties; JAMES WOOD FRIEND, one of the “Creators of Modern Pittsburgh,” was venerated and loved by his native city as an example of business honor and civic virtue. And now, after he has ceased from earth, his memory is an object of reverence and affection, for his works follow him.
THE McCLELLAN LINE.
It is thought that all the families in the United States bearing the name of McCLELLAN, McLELLAN, MacLELLAN and McCLELLAND are derived from one original stock having its home in the southwestern part of Scotland. About 1646, during the religious war, many families of the name removed from Scotland to Ireland, the migration being probably know in Ireland as the “Ulster Plantation”, the settlements being made near Belfast and Dungannon. After 1760-70 numerous families, both from Scotland and Ireland, emigrated to the American colonies, settling in Nova Scotia, New England, New York, Pennsylvania, and the Carolinas. Theologically the McCLELLANS inclined toward Calvinism. Politically they were largely Federalist and Whig and are now principally Republican. In Scotland they were loyal to the king, in Ireland they wore the “Orange.”
“LAIRD” McCLELLAN, founder of the Chester County (Pennsylvania) branch of the family, was of Bannagachen, Ireland, and in 1685 was banished to the American colonies on account of the part he had taken in the wars. He was accompanied by three of his children and the family settled in the New Jersey neighborhood, where they remained until 1689, when news of a favorable change in affairs at home caused the “LAIRD” to resolve to return. On the voyage he was taken prisoner by the French, but finally arrived at home on the last day of October, 1691. The children remained in America and became the progenitors of the Chester County branch of the family.
JOSEPH McCLELLAN, great-great-great-grandfather of MRS. MARTHA ANNE (McCLELLAN) FRIEND, married ELIZABETH EWING, and served with the rank of captain in the patriot army of the Revolution. The following inscription is on his tombstone in the Octoraro cemetery: “An approved officer of the Revolution, an estimable and highly esteemed citizen and a sincere Christian. In life respected and venerated; in death lamented.”
JAMES, son of JOSEPH and ELIZABETH (EWING) McCLELLAN, married MARTHA CALDWELL. Their son JOSEPH was born April 28, 1747, in Chester County, and enlisted at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. July 15, 1776, he was appointed lieutenant of a company of musketeers, under the command of Captain Abraham Marshall, and was promoted to captain in a battalion commanded by Colonel Samuel Atlee. He was transferred to the Pennsylvania Line, Ninth Regiment, and on March 22, 1781, to the Second Regiment, Pennsylvania Line, serving until June 13, 1781, when he resigned from a sense of filial duty, his parents being aged and infirm. He participated in the battles of Long Island, Brandywine and Monmouth. On the back of CAPTAIN McCLELLAN'S commission is a high testimonial to his merit endorsed by General Anthony Wayne. CAPTAIN McCLELLAN married KEZIAH PARKE, born January 24, 1767, and their children were: ANNE, born August 15, 1787, died August 19, 1860, married WILLIAM HEMPHILL; MARTHA, born February 7, 1789, married, 1810, ISAAC ROGERS, and died March 14, 1814; ELIZABETH, born 1794, died in 1799; and JOSEPH PARKE, mentioned below. CAPTAIN JOSEPH McCLELLAN died October 14, 1834, and his widow passed away July 31, 1842.
JOSEPH PARKE, son of JOSEPH and KEZIAH (PARKE) McCLELLAN, was born March 19, 1796, and was a farmer, becoming, in the forties, owner of the historic Green Tree Hotel in West Chester. From 1814 to 1816 he was president of the Bank of Chester County, and held the same position from 1817 to 1819. This is now the National Bank of Chester County. MR. McCLELLAN served as a burgess of West Chester and as sheriff of Chester County. He was a member of Octoraro Presbyterian Church. He married (first) SARAH WHELAN, and (second) MARY ELLIS MILLER. MR. McCLELLAN died February 26, 1861.
JAMES DOWNING, son of JOSEPH PARKE and SARAH (WHELAN) McCLELLAN, married ELIZABETH LITZENBERG, and their children: JOHN; SARAH KEZIAH, married JAMES DAVID RUTH; CHRISTIAN L.; JOSEPH PARKE; MARY; MARTHA ANNE, mentioned below; HENRY; ELLA, who, like MARY, died in early childhood; ANNE HEMPHILL, married HARRY FRIEND; ELIZABETH LITZENBERG, married JOHN W. BETZ; and JOSEPH.
MARTHA ANNE, daughter of JAMES DOWNING and ELIZABETH (LITZENBERG) McCLELLAN, was born December 4, 1847, and became the wife of JAMES WOOD FRIEND, as mentioned above.
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