“Genealogical and Personal History of Beaver County, Pennsylvania”
Editor: John W. Jordan, LL. D.
Illustrated. Volume 2.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1913
Pgs. 7811, 7812 GALVIN
GALVIN – THOMAS J. GALVIN, a prominent citizen of New Brighton, Pa., is of Irish parentage, and was born in Beaver County, Pa., at the place now known as Highland Cut, Aug. 19, 1861. The paternal grandparents on both sides of the house were natives of Ireland, and came from that country to America in the first half of the 19th century, and settled at Bridgewater, Pa. The paternal grandfather was a laborer and remained in Bridgewater until his death.
MAURICE GALVIN, the father of THOMAS J. GALVIN, was also born in Ireland and was educated there. He came to America with his parents in 1843, and like his father was a laborer in Bridgewater until the loss of limb disabled him. For several years after that event he taught school at what is now Cannelton, Pa. About the year 1859 he moved to New Galilee, Pa., and later to a large number of places including Highland Cut, where THOMAS J. GALVIN was born, Pittsburgh, and finally to East Palestine, Pa., where he died in 1881. He had three brothers, all of whom enlisted in the Union army at the outbreak of the Civil War. MAURICE GALVIN also desired to enter the service, but was prevented by the physical disability dependent on the loss of his limb. While still resident in Bridgewater he met and married ANN CONNELL, who like himself had come from Ireland with her parents and settled there. To them were born six children, as follows: MARY, CATHERINE, JOHN, THOMAS J., ROBERT, GEORGE.
THOMAS J. GALVIN was educated in the ninth ward school in the city of Pittsburgh, and later, when only 14 years of age, entered the mines at Palestine, Pa., and remained there for six years, until 1881. He then obtained a position as fireman on the Fort Wayne Railway, a branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad, and has remained ever since in the employ of the latter. He lived in East Palestine until the death of his father, and then moved to Pittsburgh, and worked for a time a fireman on the Beaver Falls accommodation. In 1887 he was promoted to the rank of engineer on a through freight, and in 1909 became engineer on the Beaver Falls local, a position he still holds. He is a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.
MR. GALVIN married, Dec. 16, 1886, ANNA M. DUNBAR, and they have one son, RALPH M., who was educated at the public schools of his birthplace, attending the local high school for two years, and finally took a four years’ course at the University of Pennsylvania, winning the degree of D. D. S. He now lives at home and is a practicing dentist. MRS. GALVIN and her son are members of the Methodist Protest Church.
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