History of Washington County, Pennsylvania
L.H. Everts and Co., 1882.
Author: Crumrine, Boyd, 1838-1916
“RICHARD FINLEY was an Irishman who came to this county before 1800, and on the 15th of November, 1799, purchased a small tract of land of William Mitchell, and Nov. 1, 1803, bought 225 acres of Henry Dickerson, a part of “Potatoe Hollow.” He married JANE ANDERSON, by whom he had one daughter, MARY, who became the wife of JOHN McCLELLAND. His lands are now owned by RICHARD McCLELLAN, a son of JOHN and MARY McCLELLAND. The children of JOHN McCLELLAND were NELLY, FRANCIS JANE, RICHARD, and MARGARET. NELLY became the wife of JAMES WALLACE, of Beaver Co., Pa. FRANCIS married MARGARET BROWNLEE, JANE married WILLIAM WALLACE, RICHARD married JANE HOUSE, and MARGARET became the wife of WILLIAM GABBY.
WILLIAM and JOHN GABBY were brothers, and emigrated from Scotland to this country. WILLIAM settled in York Co., Pa., and JOHN settled for a time in Washington Co., Md. In 1784, JOHN GABBY came to Washington Co., Pa...JAMES GABBY was a son of JOHN, and a brother-in-law of JAMES BURNS, who had married his sister JANE. BURNS was a sickle and scythe maker, and lived on this place for several years, and worked at his trade. He emigrated to Ohio, and located on the site of the present city of Cincinnati, there being at that time but three log cabins on the river at the place. MR. BURNS lived here many years, and bought a farm on the Miami River, and lived there till his death. JAMES GABBY married JEANNETTE GABBY, a cousin, and settled on the farm his father purchased, and where he lived and died. His children were MARY, JANE, ANN, WILLIAM, JAMES, JOHN, JOSEPH, MARGARET, and EMILY. MARY became the wife of ROBERT SMILEY, and settled in Mount Pleasant township; JANE married HUGH ALLISON, and settled in Chartiers; ANN and JOSEPH lived single; MARGARET became the wife of ALEXANDER TEMPLETON, and emigrated to Wilmington, Lawrence Co., Pa.; EMILY married JOSEPH THOMPSON; WILLIAM married MARGARET, daughter of JOHN MCCLELLAND, and settled on the old homestead, where he still resides, far advanced in life. It is on this farm that the jail of Augusta Co. was said to have been built, and JAMES GABBY used to say he tore it down and used the logs to build a kitchen Some of the logs are now in the ice-house. WILLIAM GABBY had 13 children. nine of whom are living, MARY, JAMES, MARGARET, WILLIAM, FRANCIS, JANE, HUGH, ROBERT, and ELLA. MARY became the wife of JAMES G. ALLISON, and resides in Nebraska; JAMES married NORA CANE, and settled in Washington; MARGARET married JONATHAN ALLISON, and settled in Chartiers township; WILLIAM married ADA WILSON, and settled in Franklin township; FRANCIS married SARAH WIER, and resides in Morris; JANE married DR. E. H. CARY, of Prosperity, Morris township; HUGH married MATTIE BROWNLEE, and resides in Franklin township.”
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