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Title: Genealogical and personal history of western Pennsylvania Vol. 2; editor-in-chief, John W. Jordan.
Author: Jordan, John W. (John Woolf), 1840-1921.

Pgs. 888, 889 WHIGHAM

ROBERT WHIGHAM, whose parents were of Irish birth, was born on the banks of the Schuylkill River, in Eastern Pa., and came to Versailles Township, Allegheny Co., in early manhood. He was a stone mason by trade, and located in McKeesport, where he was the owner of a farm. He married NANCY STEWART, a daughter of SAMUEL and NANCY S. (DINSMORE) STEWART, who settled in McKeesport in 1785, the former a farmer by occupation. Seven children were born to MR. and MRS. WHIGHAM: JOHN, a carpenter, married CAROLINE TOWNSEND; WILLIAM, married RACHEL GRAY; STEWART, married MARY GRAY, and lived on a farm in McKeesport; ANN, died young; ROBERT, married MARGARET TAYLOR and lived on a farm near McKeesport; HAMILTON; THOMAS, died at the age of 20, while traveling on a boat from Illinois to Pa.; MARGARET, married NATHANIEL CLARK; NANCY, married WILLIAM SILL and lived in McKeesport; ELIZABETH, married JOHN GALATIN, a river pilot; MATILDA, married JAMES CRAWFORD, and they owned and lived on a farm of 240 acres in Mifflin Twp., now Duquesne; RACHEL, married ALFRED O’NEIL and lived in McKeesport. ROBERT WHIGHAM and his wife were members of the Presbyterian Church, and he died in McKeesport at the age of 73.

THOMAS WHIGHAM, a brother of ROBERT WHIGHAM, settled in Mifflin Township, Allegheny Co., on the west bank of the Monongahela River. He married SALLIE McKEE, a daughter of the founder of McKeesport. To this union five children were born: WILLIAM, JOHN, MARGARET, married TOM MORTON; NANCY, married a MR. BAILEY; SADIE, married MR. FRITZ.

HAMILTON WHIGHAM, son of ROBERT and NANCY (STEWART) WHIGHAM, was born at Crooked Run, Versailles Twp., Allegheny Co., Pa., in 1822. He was educated in the public schools and his early years were spent on the farm owned by his father. He was a coal merchant on the Monongahela and Ohio rivers, and followed this for some years. Later he became identified with boat building, and finally retired to private life, having become the owner of property on Shaw Avenue and Locust and (pg. 889) Petty streets. He gave his political support to the Republican party, and he and his wife were members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. MR. WHIGHAM married MATILDA SILL, a daughter of COLONEL JESSE SILL, who fought in the War of 1812, and was the owner of two large farms on the site of the present Christy Park. MRS. WHIGHAM was born in Versailles Twp. in 1825, and died Dec. 2, 1902. COLONEL SILL was the father of 9 children: JOHN, who lived on a farm in Versailles Twp.; WILLIAM, a coal merchant and steamboat owner, lived in McKeesport; MATILDA, mentioned as having married HAMILTON WHIGHAM; RUTH, married WILLIAM MEHAFFEY, a farmer and plasterer; ANN, married MR. ATWATER, a merchant of McKeesport; MARIA, married WALTER FOSTER, living in Pittsburgh, Pa.; SUSAN, married JAMES ESPEY, lived in Washington Co.; ELIZA, married a MR. FOSTER, and another daughter married a MR. WEBB.

MR. and MRS. WHIGHAM had eleven children: WILLIAM, a retired boat builder, lives in California, married (first) LUCINDA WILKINS, (second) CAROLINE CROW; ROBERT, a private in Company I, Sixty-Third Regiment Pa. Volunteer Infantry, died while in service of typhoid fever; ORPHALENA, married BURT PATTERSON, both deceased; COLUMBUS, a steamboat captain, died unmarried at the age of 38; ELIZABETH, married MILLER CHESTER, a carpenter, lives in McKeesport; GEORGE, died unmarried, in McKeesport; ANNIE, died unmarried; THOMAS, a caulker by trade, lives in Jeannette, Pa., married MARY MOORE; MATILDA, died at the age of 14 years; JOHN HAMILTON; IRENE, married HARVEY HUTCHINSON, lives in Buffalo, New York.

JOHN HAMILTON WHIGHAM, son of HAMILTON and MATILDA (SILL) WHIGHAM, was born in McKeesport, Allegheny Co., Pa., June 12, 1861, in the old brick house at the corner of Shaw Avenue and Locust St., now occupied by Walker, the undertaker. He acquired a good education in the public schools of McKeesport, later learning the carpenter trade under Orville Edmundson and Thomas Lysle. He followed this trade for a few years, then became shearman in the tin plate mills at Demmler, where he remained for ten years. In 1905 he entered the employ of the Port Vue tin plate mills and is still employed there. MR. WHIGHAM has passed all his life in McKeesport, except 6 years which he spent in Mifflin Township. He and his family reside at No. 612 Petty St., and are members of the Central Presbyterian Church. His fraternal affiliation is with the Junior Order of United American Mechanics and the Woodmen of the World. On May 10, 1882, MR. WHIGHAM married JENNIE B. WHITE, a daughter of ALEXANDER and ISABEL WHITE, who resided in Mifflin Twp., just across the Monongahela River from McKeesport. She was a school teacher, having taught several years prior to her marriage in the vicinity of her home. MR. and MRS. WHIGHAM have two children: 1. HAMILTON, unmarried. 2. BELLE, who married WILLIAM B. STALLINGS, a wholesale confectioner. To this union have been born two children: JOHN WHIGHAM STALLINGS and WILLIAM B. STALLINGS, JR.

Title: The first one hundred years of McKeesport : an historical and statistical description of the city from its inception until its centennial in 1894 / compiled and prepared by Walter S. Abbott and William E. Harrison, under direction of Centennial Historical Committee.

Pg. 16, Accordingly in 1872 the remains were moved by one of his relatives, the late WILLIAM WHIGHAM, to Versailles Cemetery where they are today, the location being marked by the original headstone erected by his family in the old graveyard. But a handsome granite monument to him as the “Founder of McKeesport” was erected over his remains (and those of his wife and his father), in 1887 by DAVID R. McKEE, as executor of the will of REDDICK McKEE (son of JOHN McKEE, and born in McKeesport, Dec. 7, 1800).

History of Allegheny county, Pennsylvania : including its early settlement...
Chicago : A. Warner Co., 1889
Cushing, Thomas, 1821.


Pg. 368, CHARLES M. BAILEY, river pilot, McKeesport, was born in that city Nov. 24, 1835, son of JOSEPH and NANCY (WHIGHAM). His father was a native of Norristown, Pa., a shoemaker by trade, was among the early settlers of McKeesport, where he embarked in business as a coal operator with his brother, MADISON BAILEY, and WILLIAM WHIGHAM, in which he successfully continued until his death, in December 1850. He had following-named children: WILLIAM M., CHARLES M., CAROLINE (MRS. JAMES WHITAKER), THOMAS MELVIN (who died Sept. 30, 1843), ORPHALENA V. and SARAH A. (MRS. OLIVER P. FRITZ). The maternal grandfather of our subject was THOMAS WHIGHAM, a pioneer farmer of Mifflin Twp. CHARLES M. BAILEY was reared in McKeesport. At the age of 14 he went on the river as a deck-hand, and worked his way up to the positions of mate, captain, and pilot, and since 1854 has followed towing in those capacities between Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Louisville, New Orleans and other points. In October 1860 he married ELIZABETH, daughter of ANDREW COLEMAN, of Mifflin Twp., and has one son, WILLIAM McCLELAN. During the civil war MR. BAILEY in the Civil War towed boats through southern rivers. He has been identified with the First National Bank of McKeesport since its organization; is a member of the C. P. Church, and one of the charter members of Alliquippa Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 375; is a member of the Steamboat Officers’ Protective Association, and has served one term a member of the city council. Politically he is a democrat.