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Subject:JAMES ELLIOTT of county Antrim married MARY ANN JOHNSTON
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Title: Genealogical and personal history of western Pennsylvania, Vol. 3
Author: Jordan, John W. (John Woolf), 1840-1921

Pgs. 1336, 1337
ELLIOTT – JAMES ELLIOTT, of county Antrim, Ireland, a farmer, was the father of a son, ROBERT ELLIOTT, who in manhood came to this country, settling Allegheny City, Pa., where he resided until his death. He married MARY ANN JOHNSTON, also born in county Antrim, Ireland. Children: JOHN, a soldier in the English army; MARGARET, MARY, NANCY, WILLIAM, ROBERT, JAMES, FRANK, LIZZIE. The family was members of the Presbyterian Church.

WILLIAM ELLIOTT, son of ROBERT and MARY ANN (JOHNSTON) ELLIOTT, was born in Allegheny City, Pa., Oct. 9, 1861. He attended the public schools until 12 years of age, and then became a glass blower’s apprentice in the factory of McCulley & Company, his term of service expiring July 21, 1877, after serving four years. He became an expert bottle blower, and until the present year, 1914, has been continuously employed in the different glass factories of the Pittsburgh district. He owns a farm of 12 acres in Penn Township, where he has resided since July 3, 1901. He is a member of the Bottle Blowers’ Union, is Independent in politics, and belongs to the Presbyterian church.

He married, June 28, 1892, EMMA JANE SPEER, daughter of JAMES and MARTHA JANE (WALLACE) SPEER. The SPEERS, of Scotch-Irish descent, were early settlers at SPEER Landing and Belle Vernon, Pa. REV. SPEER, father of JAMES SPEER, was a minister of the Baptist church. JAMES SPEER was a first class engineer and for 20 years was engineer on Ohio River steamboats, and at one time, with his brother, owned and ran his own boat. Later he became a brick manufacturer and while working at the yards fell from a ladder and was fatally injured. He married MARTHA JANE WALLACE, daughter of ARTHUR and ANNA (GARRETT) WALLACE, the former born in Ireland, the latter a member of the GARRETT family of Philadelphia and Delaware County, Pa., members of the Society of Friends. After coming to the U. S., ARTHUR WALLACE, who was accompanied to this country by his mother, located in Pittsburgh. He freighted over the mountains, operated a business, owned much land along the Monongahela, but later lost his wealth and died at the age of 50 years. Children of JAMES and MARTHA JANE (WALLACE) SPEER: JANETTE, married WILSON M. DAVIDSON; CYRUS, WILLIAM, ARTHUR, JOHN, GEORGE, ANNA, HESTER, EMMA JANE. Children of WILLIAM and EMMA JANE (SPEER) ELLIOTT: MARY MARTHA, deceased; EMMA JANE; WILLIAM; ALBERT, deceased; HOWARD, deceased; RALPH EDWARD; ROBERT, SHERMAN; KENNETH; GEORGE, deceased.