“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. 1023 McGOUN
In the present generations of the MCGOUN family there is found a mingling of Scotch and Dutch ancestry that in the several lines traces to the beginning of the 18th, and in one to the early part of the 17th century, and the early Dutch settlement in New York. The paternal ancestry is Scotch, the family home being near the northern border of Ayrshire, the estate being held by a perpetual lease and having been in the family for many generations. Here the record begins with JOHN McGOUN, an only son, who married and had son, JOHN (2). JOHN (2) married MARGARET RAMSEY, sister of SIR ROBERT RAMSEY, BART, M. P., and he had one son, JOHN (3).
JOHN (3) McGOUN entered the University of Edinburgh. While a student at this University his father died, his mother’s overwhelming grief causing her death a short time after. The son and three daughters thus orphaned being minors, a guardian was appointed for the administration of the estate and to provide for the welfare of the children. One of his first official acts was to arbitrarily remove JOHN McGOUN from college and without asking his consent, or consulting him in any way, to place him in a shop of a weaver to serve an apprenticeship. Then, more so than now, the lot of an apprentice was an undesirable one. To escape the hardships he fled from the home of his employer, or better, his captor, and secured passage on an American bound vessel, arriving in this country through the port of Philadelphia in 1758. He remained for a short time in Chester County, Pa, later settling in Lancaster County, in the same state. He was but 17 years of age at the time and it was his attention to remain in the colonies until he should attain his majority, then to return to Scotland and through legal measures gain possession of his estate, procuring a righteous judgment against the guardian who had so willfully misused his authority and had abused his charge. When that time arrived he learned through correspondence that his guardian had squandered his fortune, had allowed the property lease to lapse and could refund no penny of the inheritance placed in his charge. MR. McGOUN decided to remain in the colonies, so he purchased a farm in Lancaster County, married and applied himself to a life of agricultural pursuits. He was thus engaged at the outbreak of the war for Independence, and at once cast his lot (pg. 1024) with his fellow patriots, joining the army and rising to the rank of captain. He fought for a time under General Anthony Wayne, and participated in the battles of Paoli and Brandywine, also being present at the final surrender of the British forces at Yorktown, Virginia. While he was in the army his wife managed the farm. Sometime after the triumph of the colonists and the establishment of peace between Great Britain and her colonies, MR. McGOUN came to Washington County, Pa., accompanied by his wife, four sons and five daughters. He subsequently took up his residence in North Beaver Township, Beaver County, Pa., now Lawrence County, locating near Mount Jackson. Here he passed his remaining years, being at his death, in 1825, aged 85 years, and was buried in the old Seceder burial ground, near Mount Jackson, in which his wife lies also. Both were communicants of the Seceder faith. He married MARGARET LUSK, daughter of parents born in Ireland, a cousin of the HONORABLE JAMES ROSS, United States Senator. They were the parents of a large family, the youngest of whom was EBENEZER, of whom further.
EBENEZER McGOUN, son of JOHN (3) and MARGARET (LUSK) McGOUN, was born in Pennsylvania, and was a soldier with his brother ROBERT, in the American army in the second war with Great Britain, being stationed at Erie, Pa., guarding the force building Commodore Perry’s fleet. He married MARY, daughter of REV. NICHOLAS and MARIA (WYCKOFF) PITTENGER. The PITTENGER line was originally of Palatinate stock, in Germany, religious difficulties driving them to Holland, when they came to the American colonies about 1700, becoming early residents of Hunterdon County, New Jersey. He considered the acquisition of Wheeling Island as a site for a home, but concluded that it was too low and flat for desirability, and moved northward into Brook County, Virginia, now Hancock County, West Virginia. Here in 1791 he bought a farm near Fairview, owned at the present time by his descendants. In this locality he was a charter member of the Old Flats Presbyterian church, now the Fairview church of that denomination, and the organization of the church officiary, he was the first elder elected by the congregation. His place in the session was taken at his death by his third son, JOHN, who was succeeded by his son ABRAHAM, and the family is now represented in the session by JOHN, son of ABRAHAM, so that never since the founding of the church has there been a time when a PITTENGER has not held an eldership.
NICHOLAS PITTENGER, son of HENRY PITTENGER, studied theology under the teaching of his pastor, Rev. George Scott, subsequently under the Rev. (pg. 1025) John McMillen, D. D., at the old Canonsburg Academy. While a student in the latter institution he lived in a log house that stood in Dr. McMillen’s yard, and there many of his fellow students boarded. The larder was supplied from the home farm at Fairview, NICHOLAS PITTENGER’S daughter MARY carrying provisions between the two places on horseback, when she was a girl of ten years. NICHOLAS PITTENGER was licensed to preach by the Presbyterian of Ohio, Oct. 20, 1803, and on June 27, 1804, he was ordained and attached to the Presbytery of Erie, being installed on Oct. 24, 1804, as pastor of the churches of Westfield, Pa., and Poland, Ohio. He resigned from the charges in 1810, and moved to Rocky Springs, Ohio, where he died April 16, 1831, in the 65th year of his age.
JOHN McGOUN, son of EBENEZER and MARY (PITTENGER) McGOUN, was born at Mount Jackson, Beaver (now Lawrence County), Pa., in 1811, died aged 82 years. He was for many years a resident of Rochester, and attained prominent position in local educational affairs, teaching school in all parts of the county. He was later, for more than 12 years, clerk to the county commissioners, and served one term as county treasurer. Ever a stalwart Republican, he defended and supported that party all his life. He married MARY SMITH, and had two children: SAMANTHA J., lived unmarried with her nephew, J. BLAINE McGOUN; HARVEY SMITH, of whom further.
HARVEY SMITH McGOUN, only son of JOHN and MARY (SMITH) McGOUN, was born in Rochester, Beaver County, Pa., in April 1845. He left school at an early age and obtained employment in a drug store in Pittsburgh, where he was engaged at the outbreak of activities between the forces of the North and the South. He enlisted in the 107th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and was actively engaged during the last two years of the conflict, being present at Lee’s final surrender at Appomattox Court House, thus giving to the family the distinction of having a member in the victorious army at the close of the two most important wars in the history of this continent. After the war he was satisfactory examined by the State Medical Board and was authorized to practice medicine in the State of Pennsylvania, which he began at Beaver Falls, withdrawing from the profession because of failing health. He then became a commercial traveler, that being his occupation at the time of his retirement. He now lives at Beaver Falls, Pa. He and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church.
He married SARAH, born in Newcastle, Lawrence County, Pa., in June, 1847, daughter of JAMES BLAINE and AGNES McKEE; her father, born in Washington County, Pa., died aged 61 years, a carpenter; her mother, born in what is now Lawrence County, Pa., (pg. 1026) died aged 91 years. Children of JAMES BLAINE and AGNES McKEE: 1. MARY, married THOMAS REED, both deceased; lived in Sharon, Pa. 2. JAMES, a soldier in the Union army in the Civil War, was killed in the battle of Cold Harbor. 3. ELIZA, married R. M. JAMESON, and resides in Newcastle, Pa. 4. SARAH, of previous mention, married HARVEY SMITH McGOUN. 5. MARGARET, unmarried, lives in Newcastle, Pa. 6. WILLIAM R., deceased, a grocer of Newcastle. 7. JOHN A., lived retired in Newcastle, of which place he was postmaster. 8. HARRY W., a physician, practicing in Newcastle. Children of HARVEY SMITH and SARAH (McKEE) McGOUN: 1. J. BLAINE, of whom further. 2. MARY, married R. M. PATTERSON, a physician of Beaver Falls, Pa.
J. BLAINE McGOUN, elder child and only son of HARVEY SMITH and SARAH (McKEE) McGOUN, was born in Beaver Falls, Beaver County, Pa., May 27, 1871, and was in his youth a student in the Beaver Falls schools, graduating from the high school in the class of 1888. He then matriculated at Geneva College, discontinuing his studies in that institution after a year and a half, when he obtained a clerical position in the post office, later with the Pittsburgh Company, being so employed until 1895. In that year he entered the law offices of W. H. S. Thomson and J. Rankin Martin, gaining admission to the bar in 1898. For three years he served as deputy register and recorder, from 1896 to 1898 inclusive, and at the end of the time he opened a law office in Beaver Falls, where he has ever since continued. He held in 1909 to 1911 the office of district attorney. He has been admitted to all state and federal courts of his district, his wide practice extending to all. He is attorney for the Dime Savings and Loan Association of Beaver Falls, the only legal connection he has formed with any incorporated interests. He has served two terms as school director of Beaver Falls. His fraternal memberships are in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias, and he and his wife belong to the Presbyterian church.
MR. McGOUN married, Oct. 12, 1892, EMMA G. McKINNEY, born in Pittsburgh, daughter of REV. W. H. McKINNEY, of New Brighton, Pa. Children: 1. MIRIAM G., born June 22, 1893, a student in Geneva College. 2. JEAN, born Nov. 7, 1895, lives at home. 3. JOHN born May 2, 1898. 4. LOUISE, born Sept. 26, 1906. 5. MARGARET, born Feb. 29, 1912.
(PG. 1027 – PICTURE OF J. BLAINES McGOUN)
JUST NOTES ON BOTTOM. DON’T KNOW HOW RELATED.
Title: Genealogical and personal history of the Allegheny Valley, Pennsylvania, Vol. 1
Authors: Jordan, John W. (John Woolf), 1840-1921
DR. SAMUEL MEALS married HANNAH, daughter of WILLIAM and ELIZABETH EMERY, who were natives of Newcastle, Pa., when they moved to Butler County about 1832. MR. EMERY was a farmer by occupation. There were six children in the Emery family: 1. ROBERT was a valiant soldier in the Civil War; he was a carpenter and farmer; died in Fairview, Pa. 2. NANCY, widow of JAMES BLAINE and lives in Newcastle. 3. SEBASTIAN, twin of NANCY, moved to California in the ’50’s and is thought to be living there still. 4. MARY, widow of JOHN HARTZELL; she lives in Sunbury, Pa. 5. JOSEPH, a Methodist minister, and although past 80 years of age is still preaching in California. 6. HANNAH, became the wife of D. SAMUEL MEALS, as already noted. Children of DR. SAMUEL and HANNAH (EMERY) MEALS: 1. DR. NELSON M. 2. MARGARET, wife of WALKER POLLOCK; they lived near Callensburg, Pa. 3. CATHERINE, married WILLIAM STONER, a blacksmith in Clinton County, Pa. 4. CLARA, married (first) JAMES FRENCH, and (second) ALBERT JAMISON, of Canton, Ohio. 5. EMMA, wife of W. L. ELLIOTT, of Clarion County, Pa. 6. ELLA, was the wife of PROFESSOR W. A. BEER at the time of her demise; he resides in Oregon. 7. LOTTIE, wife of JOSEPH COCHRAN; they maintain their home in Parkersburg, West Virginia. 8. SAMUEL W., superintendent of the Carnegie Gas Company in Moundsville, West Virginia.
Title: Genealogical and personal history of western Pennsylvania, Vol. 2
Author: Jordan, John W. (John Woolf), 1840-1921
BENJAMIN F. FAST married NANCY E. FILSON, born in Jefferson County, Ohio, daughter of ROBERT and CAROLINE (GILLESPIE) FILSON of Stark County, Ohio, her mother a daughter of JAMES BLAINE GILLESPIE, a relative of JAMES G. BLAINE, the well-known statesman.
Title: History of Beaver County, Pennsylvania: including its early settlement; its erection into a separate county; its subsequent growth and development; sketches of its boroughs, villages and townships ... biographies of many of its representative citizens; statistics, etc, Vol. 2
Authors: Richard, J. Fraise (Jacob Fraise), 1844-, Henry, Thomas.
The lands purchased by the Society of Economy and now owned by it were purchased from the estate of EPHRAIM BLAINE.
This was EPHRAIM LYON BLAINE, the son of JAMES BLAINE and grandson of COLONEL EPHRAIM BLAINE famous in the Western annals during the Revolutionary period. He was the father of the celebrated Maine statesman JAMES G. BLAINE.
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