Title: Genealogical and personal history of western Pennsylvania Vol. 2; editor-in-chief, John W. Jordan.
Author: Jordan, John W. (John Woolf), 1840-1921.
“WYLIE - This name is one of fairly frequent occurrence in Ireland, and was probably brought to that country from Scotland during the times of religious persecution. It varies in its form, as WYLIE, WILEY, WILLEY, WYLEY, WYLLEY, etc.
(I) SAMUEL WYLIE was born in the North of Ireland, emigrated to America, and was an early settler in Eastern Pennsylvania. Later he removed to Allegheny county, in the same state, settling in Mifflin township, on a farm of about five hundred acres which he had purchased there. He cleared a part of this, lived there until his death, and is buried in Round Hill Cemetery. He was a member of the Covenanter church. He married and had children: ELIZABETH, born January 29, 1777; JOHN, born June 4, 1778; JAMES, born May 25, 1780; died in infancy; MARGARET, born March 11, 1782; SAMUEL, born November 20, 1783; SARAH, born February 28, 1786; MARY, born May 25, 1787; OLIVER, born February 20, 1790; MOSES, twin of (pg. 1020) OLIVER; JAMES, of further mention; FLORENCE, born June 25, 1795; REBECCA, born September 28, 1797.
(II) JAMES WYLIE, son of SAMUEL WYLIE, was born October 30, 1792, either in Ireland or America, and died near WYLIE Station, Pennsylvania, in 1869. About 1818 he purchased a farm of one hundred and ten acres in Elizabeth township, cleared this and lived on it many years, in an old frame house. With this as a foundation he built, early in the sixties, a substantial brick house, still occupied by his widow, near WYLIE Station. MR. WYLIE married (first) MARY JANE PARKHILL, and had one daughter; MARY JANE, who married CHARLES ORR, has one son, and lives in Peoria, Illinois. He married (second) October 24, 1859, ELIZABETH CALDERHEAD EASTON, born in Scotland, February 6, 1832, who came to this country with her parents in 1852. She is the daughter of JOHN and MARGARET (LINDSAY) EASTON, both natives of Lanarkshire, Scotland, the former born in 1800, died October 25, 1875, the latter born 1806, died August 16, 1881. They emigrated to America about 1852, settling in Elizabeth, now Forward township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, where he was shoemaker and miner, as he had been in his native land. Both were Covenanters, and both are buried in the Elizabeth Cemetery. Children: JAMES, born August 8, 1824, died in March, 1890, at Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, was a coal miner; and had been an invalid many years; THOMAS, born January 4, 1826, died December 26, of the same year; THOMAS, born February 24, 1828, died May 18, 1860, in Elizabeth township, was a coal miner; MARY, born September 18, 1830, married JOHN RUSSELL, died in Elizabeth township, in December, 1888; ELIZABETH CALDERHEAD, mentioned above as having married MR. WYLIE; MARGARET, born December 20, 1833, widow of WILLIAM KIDNEY, lives in McKeesport; JEAN, born December 8, 1836, died August 13, 1838; WILLIAM, born March 15, 1838, died in Elizabeth, was in active service three years during the Civil War; JOHN, born April 21, 1841, died September 27, 1844; BRYCE, born August 23, 1843, enlisted during the Civil War, in August, 1862, in the One Hundred and Fifty-fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and died of fever, October 5, 1862, at Sharpsburg, Maryland; JEAN, born September 5, 1845, died August 9, 1847; MARION, born March 4, 1847, died March 21, --, in Elizabeth township. MR. and MRS. WYLIE had children: SAMUEL JOHN, married CLARA HEIL, and lives on the homestead; JAMES RENWICK, in the real estate business in Wilkinsburg, married LAURA STEELE; MAGGIE LINDSAY, born March 6, 1863, died January 18, 1889; BRYCE EASTON, of further mention; WILLIAM PARKHILL, a partner of BRYCE EASTON WYLIE, his brother, lives in Elizabeth township, married ALMA TUPMAN.
(III) BRYCE EASTON WYLIE, son of JAMES and ELIZABETH CALDERHEAD (EASTON) WYLIE, was born in Elizabeth township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, May 4, 1864. He acquired his education in the public schools and at the Elizabeth Academy, and in 1887, in association with James Whitlatch, established the hardware business of WYLIE & Whitlatch, the partnership lasting two years, and then MR. WYLIE bought out the interest of his partner. The business had been located on Market street, and MR. WYLIE then (next page - B. E. WYLIE) (pg. 1021) associated with himself his brother, WILLIAM P., the firm name becoming WYLIE Brothers. In September, 1889, they moved to their present location, and in 1901, they erected a three story brick building, which now houses their business. They deal in stoves, farming implements, and in hardware and everything pertaining to it. MR. WYLIE is also vice-president of the State Bank of Elizabeth. He is Independent in local politics, and gives his allegiance to the Republican party in national affairs. As a member of the common council of the borough, he has served two terms. He and his wife are members of the United Presbyterian church, in which MR. WYLIE served as trustee for a number of years, and is now ruling elder; his fraternal connection is with the Improved Order of Heptasophs.
MR. WYLIE married, September 4, 1889, LAURA BLANCHE, born in Elizabeth borough, a daughter of CHARLES and MELINDA (MICHINER) THOMPSON, and they have had children: MAUDE L.; BRYCE E., in business with his father, married PEARL McGOWAN, and has one son, WILLIAM P.; MARGARET; SHERWIN M.; HELEN B.”
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