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|Post Date:||October 30, 2010 at 16:26:26|
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LOOK UNDER (II)5.ELIZABETH married ANDREW McKEE
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Title: Genealogical and personal history of western Pennsylvania Vol. 3 / editor-in-chief, John W. Jordan.
Author: Jordan, John W. (John Woolf), 1840-1921
WIGHTMAN - WILLIAM WIGHTMAN, born in county Down, Ireland, came to the province of Pa., prior to the Revolutionary War, and making his way to the westward of the mountains finally settled in what is now Baldwin Twp., Allegheny County. There he cleared a farm in part and erected a stone house, in which he died. This old house stood for over one hundred years and was then taken down. WILLIAM WIGHTMAN was a soldier of the Revolution, and both he and his wife were devout members of Lebanon Presbyterian Church.
(II) WILLIAM H. WIGHTMAN, son of WILLIAM WIGHTMAN, the pioneer settler of the family in Pennsylvania, was born on the Baldwin Twp. farm owned by his parents. There he grew to manhood, married and lived in the old stone house built by his father. Later he became sole owner of the farm, inheriting in part and acquiring the balance of its three hundred acres by purchasing the rights of the other heirs. Later he sold the greater (pg. 1176) part of the homestead farm and bought the Grierson farm near Pittsburgh. But he yearned for the old home and in a few years sold his farm near Pittsburgh and returned to the unsold portion of their homestead farm, but not the old stone house, that being in the possession of others. He continued his residence in Baldwin Twp. until death ended his labors. He was a Democrat in politics, held the office of township supervisor, and with his wife was a member of Lebanon Presbyterian Church, both being buried in the burial ground of that church. He was a man of quiet, industrious habits and bore an excellent reputation. He married OLIVIA CARROLL, whose parents came from New Jersey after the birth of their daughter and settled in Butler County, Pa. Children of WILLIAM H. WIGHTMAN: 1. MARTHA JANE, married ALEXANDER CHAMBERS, and died in Pittsburgh. 2. WILLIAM, died in one of the western states. 3. DANIEL, a lumberman, died in Newark, New Jersey. 5. ELIZABETH, married ANDREW McKEE, and died at McKees Rocks, Pa. 6. JOHN, died in the WEST. 7. JAMES, now living in Washington, D. C., a retired minister of the Presbyterian Church. 8. HENRY BALDWIN, of further mention. 9. MARY, married ROBERT G. JONES; she is still living, a resident of Pittsburgh. 10. CAROLINE, married GEORGE W. BLAIR, who died in Pittsburgh, where she still resides. 11. FRANK, died at the homestead. 12. ALBERT, also died at the homestead.
(III) HENRY BALDWIN WIGHTMAN, son of WILLIAM H. and OLIVIA (CARROLL) WIGHTMAN, was born on the WIGHTMAN homestead farm in Baldwin Twp., Allegheny County, Pa., June 11, 1839, and yet resides there, sixteen acres of his farm being part of the original farm. He was educated in the public schools and Hazlett Academy, and remained at home until August 14, 1862, when he enlisted in Company F, Fifteenth Regiment Pennsylvania Calvary. On the reorganization of the regiment, after heavy losses, he was placed in Company I and served until disabled by a wound in the wrist, received at the battle of Holstone River, East Tennessee. He fought at the battles of Antietam, Stone River, Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, Holstone River and others, besides doing much scouting and raiding duty. He returned to Baldwin Twp. after leaving the arm and for a few years engaged in farming. The post office at Opion was established on the old WIGHTMAN farm and for twenty-nine years he was the postmaster. He then resigned and has since lived a quiet retired life, devoting himself to his orchards of peaches, pears, apples and the culture of small fruits. His home and sixteen acres surrounding it are a part of the old homestead farm, where both his father, himself, brothers and sisters were born. He is Republican in politics, has held the office of township supervisor, and both he and his wife are members of Lebanon Presbyterian Church, which he has served as elder. He is a well-preserved man, quiet and neighborly, well-known and highly esteemed. He carries his seventy-five years well and is interested in all the topics of the day.
MR. WIGHTMAN married CORNELIA CASTOR, born in Allegheny County, Pa., and there died in 1906, daughter of GABRIEL CASTOR. Children: (pg. 1177) 1. OLIVER MAY, now postmistress at Option, residing with her father. 2. A son died at birth. When the post office was established on the old farm there was much discussion over a name. Many were suggested to the post office department, but all were rejected on account of there being other offices of the same name in the state. Finally MR. WIGHTMAN submitted the name “Option,” which was accepted by the department.