Title: History of Allegheny county, Pennsylvania: including its early settlement and progress to the present time ; a description of its historic and interesting localities ; its cities, towns and villages; religious, educational, social and military history ; mining, manufacturing and commercial interests, improvements, resources, statistics, etc. ; also, biographies of many of its representative citizens
Author: Cushing, Thomas, b. 1821
Pgs. a594, a595
JOHN W. BLACK, farmer, post office Swissvale, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1830, a son of ROBERT and MARGARET (BLACK) BLACK, both natives of Ireland, County Tyrone. ROBERT BLACK, by occupation a white-lead manufacturer with the late P. A. Madarie for 25 years, came to America about the year 1820, and in 1832 located in Pittsburgh, where he died, aged 77 years; his widow survived him ten years. He had ten children, JOHN W. being the fifth. He was educated at the public schools of Allegheny County, and for 30 years was engaged at the trade of glassblower, since when he has carried on farming. In 1851 he married SARAH, daughter of GEORGE and ELIZABETH JACKSON, and two children were born to them: HARRY WINFIELD (who died from injuries received in a railroad collision at Twenty-eighth Street, Pittsburgh, Oct. 9, 1880) and GEORGE JACKSON (also deceased, named for his grandfather). GEORGE JACKSON was born in Derbyshire, England, and came to Pittsburgh in 1820, where he carried on a grocery store on the corner of Smithfield Street and Virgin alley, where the Hotel Duquesne now stands; the property still belongs to his heirs; he died in 1854 of cholera; his widow died on Sept. 1, 1872. MR. and MRS. BLACK are members of the Presbyterian Church; he is a Republican.
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