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JEFFERSON COLLEGE

CANONSBURG, WASHINGTON COUNTY, PA

Submitted by Judith A. Florian, webmaster

 

BIOGRAPHIES FOR THE JEFFERSON COLLEGE CLASS OF 1848

WRITTEN BY REV. WILLIAM Y. BROWN, D.D.
of Philadelphia, PA

HE SENT EACH PERSON A "CIRCULAR (e.g. questions)

 

 

NAME BIRTH WHERE PARENTS MARRIED DATE SPOUSE
A. H. AMRINE Alexander H. March 4, 1825  Scotch Ridge, Belmont Co, OH Rachel Latimer and Henry AMRINE Feb. 26, 1856 1st: Rebecca Jane Stanley, d/o Noah, Trumbull Co. Ohio; 2 daughters, 1 died age 1; Rebecca dec'd by 1888

2nd: unnamed, alive in 1888

W. J. BERTOLETTE Sept. 17, 1828 Berks Co., PA 1 was English ;  
1 was German

Dr. D. K. BERTOLETTE and Anna M. KLINE 

Nov. 11, 1853 Catharine Almina Greenwalt
W. Y. BROWN William Y. July 22, 1827 Achor, Columbiana, Ohio William BROWN and Mary M. YOUNG BROWN  married; 2 daughters, 1 attended Oxford Univ.  
MILTON W. BROWN May 21, 1820 Apple creek, East Union Twp., Wayne Co. Oh John J. BROWN and Sarah Mercer BROWN Dec. 22, 1851

Had 9 ch.; 1 daug. died; left 6 daughters & 2 sons

Sarah Finney, d/o David and Hannah, Holmes Co., Ohio 
J. WOODS BROWN Dec. 1, 1826 White Deer Twp., Union Co PA Samuel T. BROWN and Nancy WOODS BROWN Jan 29, 1851 at Easton PA  ; 7 children, 1 son & 2 daugs died before 1888 Maria POLK, d/o William and Catharine, Easton, PA
GEO. W. CLARKE

* Never responded

Dec. 25, 1821 Schellsburg, PA John CLARKE and Mary SMITH CLARKE Sept. 20, 1854 ; 9 children but 3 dead bef. 1888 Nannie Y. BOAL, d/o George BOAL
MATHEW CLARKE Aug. 10, 1823 Pittsburgh, Pa Mathew and Elizabeth WALLACE CLARKE July 6, 1853 at Bucyrus, Ohio ; no children Kate W. Mitchell, d/o Matthew and Hannah Mitchell
*A. B. COOK 
Archibald B.

"Archie"

Sept. 23, 1828 Noblestown, Pa John and Mary KELSO COOK Married Feb. 1872 ; no children Mrs. Frances M. (nee Downing), d. Nov. 29, 1886; d/o Richard W. Downing, Esq.
J. IRWIN COX Feb. 20, 1824 Middlespring, Franklin Co., Pa. John Cox (son of Willam Cox, Carlisle, England) and Maria Paden (d/o Hugh Paden of Donegal, Ireland) April 13, 1858 ; no children Kezia M. McCUNE, d/o Alexander McCUNE, Shippensburg, Pa. 
JNO. K. CRAMER
John K.
Sept. 19, 1824 Williamsport, Washington Co., Md. Ambrose Marmaduke Coghill and Emily ROWAN CRAMER (it does not say Coghill Cramer though) never married, no children N/A
DANIEL CROFTS 1827 near Clarkson Ohio Columbiana Co Ohio not known not stated not stated
ROBERT CURRY June 8, 1821 Murrysville, Westmoreland Co., Pa 2nd son of Robert and Keziah (1st) Dec 26, 1849

(2nd) July 19, 1876

1st: Mary McCloy (d. 1859) youngest daug of Dr. Alexander McCloy
2nd: Jennie B. BOGGS d/o James BOGGS of Allegheny City PA
JNO. R. DUNCAN
(John R.)
John Rea Duncan
July 26, 1826 Fairview, Ohio John and Elizabeth HARVEY DUNCAN May 1, 1851; had 3 sons, but 2 died bef. 1888, other son William J lived in Cambridge, Ohio (1st): Eliza McCurdy of Pittsburgh, Pa. - she died shortly -
(2nd): Mrs. Mary A. RAINEY SCOTT, d/o John and Elizabeth MURPHY RAINEY of Cambridge, Ohio
JAMES ELLIOTT (Jr.) Dec. 6, 1824 Lawrenceburgh, Pa. James ELLIOTT  Dec, 8, 1853 ; several sons, 1 daughter Rachel S. Crane, Wellsivlle, Ohio
JNO. M. GREARY
John M.
unknown Ireland  unknown unknown unknown
ELLIS B. GREGG unknown ? Carmichaels, Green (sic) Co Pa  father, unnamed, lived Carmichaels, Green (sic) Co Pa  unknown unknown
JNO. HARBISON
John

only 16 1/2 years old at graduation, youngest in class of 1848

*No reply rec'd

Dec. 15, 1831 Canonsburg, Pa Adam and Catharine WOODS HARBISON never married? unknown
THOS. M. HILL
T. Moore Hill

*No reply rec'd

Aug. 14, 1821 East Liverpool Ohio Sanford C. and V. B. HILL  Oct. 29, 1851 Elizabeth JONES
Albert G. JENKINS

Confederate

1 of 3 brothers in Class of 1848; youngest of 3

*No reply rec'd

Nov. 10, 1830 family plantation, Green Bottom, Cabell Co., Va. (now WVa) not stated but William and Jeanetta G. Jenkins   N/A
T. J. JENKINS
Thomas J.
Thomas Jefferson Jenkins

Confederate Private to 1863; Major under his brother Gen. Albert G. Jenkins

*No reply rec'd

Nov. 22, 1826 family plantation, Green Bottom, Cabell Co., Va. (now WVa) William and Jeanetta G. Jenkins Nov. 18, 1856 married at bride's parents, Buena Vista, Cabell Co., Va. Susan L. HOLDERBY, d/o Robert and Susan 
Wm. A. JENKINS

Confederate

*No reply rec'd

not stated family plantation, Green Bottom, Cabell Co., Va. (now WVa) William and Jeanetta G. Jenkins Dec. 22, 1853 Julia M. REED
C. P. JOHNSON  
Calvin C.

*No reply rec'd

unknown unknown unknown unknown unknown
**J. F. LAWRENCE

J. FRY LAWRENCE

Feb. 14, 1827 "The Valentine" Louisville, KY Elias D. and Mary P. FRY LAWRENCE Dec. 2, 1853 ; 5 ch, 1 son, 4 daughters Urath Pope, d/o Hon. Patrick H. and Sarah L. BROWN POPE
W. S. LIVINGSTON

*No reply rec'd

unknown unknown unknown unknown unknown
JOHN LYONS

*No reply rec'd

1820 Coshocton, Oh unknown never married, no children never married
W. L. LYONS
Walter L.
Walter Lowrie Lyons
unknown 5 brothers, 4 sisters; parents unknown Family Presbyterian July 7, 1856; 5 sons, 5 daughters "three of whom" are dead (doesn't say which sex); ch named: William P., Minnie, Anna Elizabeth M. Hollister, a teacher Female Seminary Fairfield, Oh, only d/o Hon. Horace and Sarah Hollister, Sallesbury, Ct
W. G. MARCH
William G.
William Gilmore March
March 4, 1826 Madison Twp., Columbiana Co., Ohio Philip and Sarah S. GILMORE MARCH Nov. 3, 1853 in Mt. Jackson, PA home of bride's mother; had 2 daugs, 1 son, youngest dau died June 14, 1873 age 10 (25 yrs after dad grad college) Elizabeth J. ELDER d/o Robert and Elizabeth Elder
JNO. M'EWEN
John McEwen
Sketched by W& J Class of 1847 in Annual of W& J Coll June 1888 Therefore he was not sketched in this book even though he graduated with his BA in 1848, not 1847.      
J. I. M'CARTY
John. I. McCarty
Aug. 28, 1828 Brookville Ind. Abner and Jane 1854; unknown family Mary E. Penson, of Marysville, Cal.
H. C. McFARLAND Henry Cowan McFarland Dec. 4, 1822 [says he was sent over the Allegheny Mts at age 17 in a stage coach to buy goods and went back to Philadelphia) Alexander and Margaret COWAN McFARLAND Nov. 9, 1853; unknown family Caroline S. Barr, d/o Col. Joseph and Eliza of Finleyville, Washington Co Pa
I. N. McKINNEY
I. Newton McKINNEY Isaac Newton 

had a feeble body in childhood; health failed in Junior yr of college

Oct. 20, 1828 Erie, Pa where father was pastor at First Presbyterian Church Rev. Dr. David and Eliza FINLEY McKINNEY   never marrried? never marrried?
JACOB H. MILLER

* See separate page for biography of his ancestors

Feb. 10, 1828  Washington Co PA eldest of 9 sons to Samuel and Mary A. CALKINS  (1st) June 29, 1854 2 children survived, Henry S. Miller and Mariana Miller

 

(2nd) April 18, 1866 ; 2 children, son & daug unnamed both minors in university and select school

(1st) Mary Emily McDONALD, d/o Edward McDONALD, Esq., Washington Co. Pa., she died after end of Civil War

(2nd) Antoinette E. FREW, d/o Samuel FREW, Esq. (Pittsburgh Bar) and Diana WALKER FREW

JOSIAH MILLIGAN

*No reply rec'd

No info. No info. No info. No info. No info.
JNO. J. PATTERSON John J.

Capt of Cal. Co. 1861

Aid-de-camp to Gen. E. C. Williams as a Capt. and served 3 mos under Gen Robert Patterson; 

May 1861: Cpt. 15th Reg't regular army under Col. Fitz. John Porter

Nov. 1861: Appointed paymaster, rank Major 

Aug. 8, 1830 ; youngest still living member of Class Juniata Co., Pa. Willam Hart PATTERSON  and Mary Ann Moore WILSON PATTERSON  (1st) Jan. 30, 1855 at Bellefont, Pa and moved to Academia, Juniata Co., Pa. in 1857 ; 4 living children, William Hart (Wash DC), Silas Moore (business), John J. Jr. (student), daughter at home 

(2nd) Nov. 2, 1887 at Chicago, Ill.

(1st) Lucretia Eliza MOORE, youngest daug. of Silas and Lucretia  H. ___ MOORE of Hollidaysburg, Pa.; Lucretia (jr) died Jan 8, 1884

 

 

(2nd) Miss Mildred May FRANKS, d/o the late Edwin and Henrietta BARNARD FRANKS of Chicago, Ill.

J. WILSON PAXTON Dec. 21, 1827 Gettsyburg, Pa. only child of Dr. John and Jane WILSON PAXTON; father died when J. Wilson was 14 yrs old 1857 in Mississippi 3 yrs after they met; 2 living ch: Helen J. wife of Rev. J. D. PAXTON; and J. Wilson PAXTON, 13 yr old in 1888 unnamed, a southern woman of Mississippi; died 1885
J. B. PENINGTON
Jno. B.
Dec. 20, 1825 near New Castle, New Castle Co, Delaware Thomas McDonough PENINGTON and Henrietta BARR PENINGTON 1848 ; 4 ch Henry R (oldest, Princeton & Naval Aca, Anapolis MD;  1876 Bar, died 1886); Clara, Ida, Mary E. PENINGTON Rebecca A., d/o of Henry ROWAN  and Mary A. ___ ROWAN 
CRYUS L. PERSHING

Ruling Elder Presbyterian Church

Feb. 3, 1825 Youngstown, Westmoreland Co., Pa. Christopher S. PERSHING and Elizabeth LONG PERSHING, moved to Johnstown, Pa 1830, father died April 1836 Sept 23, 1851 ; 7 ch - 5 boys, 2 girls; Frank Royer PERSHING (oldest; druggist); Howel Terry PERSHING, MD; Theodore PERSHING (grad Princeton, now works Harrisburg Aca; Edward Hamilton PERSHING (teaches Englewood, NJ); Cyrus Jr. (Jr Princeton); oldest girl wife Frank Carter, Esq.; Genevieve PERSHING, at home Mary Letitiia ROYER, youngest d/o Hon. John and James* BOGG ROYER

 

 

 

* Note James

W. A. PUGH
Wm. A.
Mar 7, 1829  Rushville, In, spent boyhood there Reu and Catharine ARNOLD May 22, 1851 ; son, Finley PUGH, pharmacist ; daug, Kate PUGH WILSON, coll grad, music, has 2 daughters Nancy Ann BIGGER, d/o Hon. Finley BIGGER and Nancy ___ BIGGER, d/o Gov. Samuel BIGGER
W. A. RANKIN
Wm. A.

*No reply rec'd

No info No info No info No info No info
J. G. REASER
Joseph G.
Nov. 2, 1825 Hartley Twp., Union Co., Pa. George Reaser and Nancy KUHN Reaser Sept. 20, 1849 ; had 8 ch., only 4 alive: 3 sons, 1 daug Agnes B. MUNN, d/o James and Elizabeth
J. W. ROBINSON
James W.

One of the earliest students at Jefferson College

Nov. 28, 1826 Union Co., Ohio John W. and Elizabeth MITCHELL ROBINSON Feb. 8, 1855 ;  1 daug Alice B. ROBINSON, grad Wooster Univ., Ohio; son died age 16yrs Mary J. CASSIL, d/o John and Drusilla GLADDEN CASSIL
A. D. RODGERS
Andrew Denny 
Apr 17, 1830  Shippensburg, Pa. James and Jane LINN RODGERS Oct 1858, Columbus, Ohio ; 8 ch- 4 boys, 4 girls, all minors (in 1888) Eliza G. SULLIVANT, d/o William S. and Eliza G. __ SULLIVANT
W. P. RUTHRAUFF
William Patton 
May 3, 1825 Greencastle, Pa Samuel and Isabella PATTON RUTHRAUFF, W.P is grandson of John RUTHRAUFF May 1, 1850; 5 ch. - 1 son, Charles; 4 daugs.  Eleanor M.; Elizabeth; Margaret I; and Katie (dec'd) Mary Young DOUGLASS, d/o General Ephraim and Ella YOUNG DOUGLASS of Uniontown, PA; Mary Young Douglass RUTHRAUFF died April 20, 1879
James Stockman SHARP

* died in Junior Year Jefferson College  - always said he would die young ; was at head of his class

July 26, 1823 Sharpsburg, Pa James S. and Isabella L. STOCKMAN SHARP never married never married
SOL. A. SHARP
Solomon 

*No reply rec'd

not stated From KY n/a not stated not stated
J. MAX. (Mac) SHARPE
J. McDowell 
Oct. 7, 1830 Newville, Cumberland Co., Pa. Andrew and Rosana McDOWELL SHARPE March 7, 1857 ; 4 ch., 3 died in infancy; 4th Walter K. SHARPE, b. Dec. 24, 1863 Emma L. KING, d/o John and Mary S. __ KING of Chambersburg, Pa., Emma is granddaug. of Hon. William Maclay of Franklin Co PA
W. C. SMITH
Wm. C. William Copley "Billy"
June 20, 1820 near Blairsville, Indiana Co., Pa. Daniel and Elizabeth COPLEY SMITH April 5, 1853 ; 6 ch. - 2 sons, 4 daugs; 2 only living: daug St. Paul, MN, wife of George T. Parmely ; son of "Billy" is businessman Rebecca D. Colburn, d/o James B. Colburn, of Claiborne, Ala. - Rebecca & 4 children died before 1888
G. W. STRAIN
George
April 14, 1824 Cross Creek, Brooke Co., Va (now bef 1888 WVA) Ebenezer Strain and Catharine Russel Strain June 8, 1869 ; son, b. 1862 d. 1864 ; daug went to Perrysburg HS Margaret Elizabeth GROVES, d/o John and Elizabeth __ Groves
J. R. THOMPSON
J. Russell

*No reply rec'd

Sept 15 1823 Washington Co., PA Joseph and Margaret _____ Thompson Dec. 1858 Anna E. Wylie
A. VIRTUE
Andrew
March 4, 1825 ; came to USA age 15  - he shared birthday classmate Alexander H. Amrine Tyrone County, Ireland  James and Isabella WOODS VIRTUE July 4, 1850; 2 boys, 3 girls--1 of each died;  2 girls educated and married young; other son got common school education Nancy Jane HILL, d/o William and Mary ___ HILL, Thompsonville, Washington Co PA
S. B. WILSON

Samuel B.
Samuel Beatty

Feb 20, 1824 6 miles from New Castle, Pa.  

 

Patrick and Rebecca (m. 1804), d/o William MOREHEAD - gr-grandfather, Samuel married Mary Van Weir, a Hollander, owned farm on Marsh Creek, near Gettysburg, Pa, 2 sons Samuel and Marmaduke-- Marmaduke married 1744 Susan Beatty 

April 12, 1854 ; 4 ch: Sarah, dec'd; Anna wife of A.R. Mitchell, WVA; Mary, w/o George Davidson, New Brighton; George, student Elizabeth Robinson, d/o George, sheriff of Beaver Co Pa.

She assisted in husband's law practice

J. H. WILSON  Joseph Hemphill 

 *out of order in book

May 16, 1820 North Lewickly, now Franklin Twp. PA Thomas and Agnes HEMPHILL WILSON Never married Never married
SAM. TOM. WILSON Sam. Tom  Samuel Thomas

 *out of order in book

Nov. 25, 1823 Huntingdon (now Blair) Co., PA Charles (Welsh blood) and Elizabeth THOMAS WILSON, d/o Col. Thomas WILSON, Scotchman m. 1st --Dec. 1851 --1 child, died before its mother

2nd - Dec. 1, 1856 - married 28 yrs - 3 ch. - Abby, oldest, died age 18, Charles George, grad Princeton Coll , 3rd daug. Harriet Kinney WILSON, attended New England Conserv. of Music

1st Abby KERR, 2nd d/o Dr. J. A. KERR, of Canonsburg, Pa, died on Steamer "Allegheny" on the Ohio River, April 1853 of consumption 

2nd -- Sarah H. WARNER (d. 1884), d/o George KINNEY and Eliza CAHOON KINNEY

R. C. WOODS
Richard C.
wintry night Jan 27, 1821 Centre Co., Pa John and Mary ____ WOODS 1862 ; son also in in nursery & fruit business;  and daug.- fine musician Abigail CARR, d/o Elijah and Elizabeth __ CARR of "Lost River" Indiana
ED. E. YOUNG
Edward E. "Ed"
Nov. 28, 1828 farm, near Hanover, York Co Pa Jacob and Maria EICHELBARGER YOUNG April 18, 1854 ; 1 son, Hugh Alexander Young, Dayton, Ohio Elizabeth Alexander, only daug of Dr. Hugh and Margaret HARRISON ALEXANDER of Hanover, Pa
G. I. YOUNG
Garretson I. Garretson Ivester
June 28, 1927 Achor, Columbiana, Co Ohio Peter and Phoebe LEACH YOUNG March 27, 1856 ; 1 daug - 12 when he died in 1871, now a teacher Susan BINGHAM, d/o Oliver Abel and Martha ROTHWELL BINGHAM of Ellsworth, Ohio
NAME DATE WHERE PARENTS MARRIED DATE SPOUSE

 

SEE PART 2 of JEFFERSON COLLEGE CLASS OF 1848 BIOGRAPHIES

SEE PART 1 of JEFFERSON COLLEGE CLASS OF 1848 BIOGRAPHIES

Jacob Miller (class of 1848) Ancestry

Graduates List 1848

Reunion Committee Meeting

 

Source: "Jefferson" 1848: Fortieth Anniversay of the Class of 1948, Jefferson College at Canonsburg, Washington Co., Pa. Providence Hall.  Section called "Historical Sketch of the Class of 1848, Jefferson College, PA by the Rev. William Y. Brown, D. D. pp. 10 - 73.  Buffalo, NY: Gies & Co., Printers, 1889.  

 

A.M. = Associate Degree in Ministry

D.D. = Doctor of Divinity

Esq. = Lawyer

 

*A. B. COOK (Archibald B. or "Archie") has a sketch in Physicians and Surgeons of the US by Dr. Atkinson.  

 

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