From the History of Westmoreland County Bio Book 1882 -
The McCormick Family
John and Joseph McCormick, brothers, came from County Tyrone, North Ireland, in 1788, and purchased land around what is now Larimer Station. Joseph never married, and died at an advance age of eightyseven years. John had married Sarah Sloan in his native country before he emigrated. She was a lady of unusual mental attainments for her day, a midwife of considerable note, and a sister of Dr. William Sloan, an Irish practitioner of much celebrity. Their four children born before their emigration were:
3. Jane. First married to Robert Donaldson; secondly to Mr. McDonald of Franklin county; and the third time to Daniel Hellman, who was killed near Larimar Station by a log rolling over on him while clearing land. She had no children.
The children born in Westmoreland County were:
5. John, born Aug 22, 1789
7. Sarah, never married
8. Samuel, setled at Cadiz, Harrison Co., Ohio
10. Elizabeth, married Samuel Osborne at Stewartsville, had eight children.
Of the above seven sons, all but David and Thomas lived to be over eighty years of age. John, the fifth child, was born at his fathr's homestead, across the creek from Larimar Station. He was a tanner, and learned his trade with Caspar Walthour, to whom he was apprenticed in 1894, in his fifteenth year. He built the tannery at Larimer Station, operated it for years, then sold it, and subsequently the land upon which it was erected. He married Esther Sowash, whose ancestors had early settled in Virginia and were of Huguenot extraction. Their children were:
1. William, died in infancy.
2. Eli, born May 14, 1820, and a school teacher from 1843-1854; now magistrate and notary public.
3. John Calvin
4.Sarah, died young.
6. Dr. James Irwin
7. Silas, attorney-at-law
9. Mary Elizabeth, died in infancy
10. Albert, died young.
11. Rachel, married John George
12. Henry H., lawyer in Pittsburgh, Speaker of the House of Representatives in State Legislature in 1874, and six years United States District Attorney for Western District Pennsylvania.
13. Horace Greeley
Dr. James Irwin McCormick, the sixth child of John and Esther (Sowash) McCormick, was born in March, 1828. He attended Washington College, Pa., but graduated at Franklin College, Harrison County, Ohio. he subsequently taught school at Johnstown, Greensburg, and other prominent places in the State. In the spring of 1855 he was appointed by Governor James Pollock as superintendent of the Westmoreland County Schools, which position he held two years, and by his assiduous labors and genius succeeded in raising the standard of the qualifications of the teachers.
He then opened a Normal School at New Derry, which became a popular institution, and one noted for the thoroughness of its training. While conducting this he read medicine with Dr. William Burrell, and after graduating at the Western Reserve Medical College, at Cleveland Ohio, he located at New Florence. Shortly after he located at West Fairfield, and took the practice of Dr. Taylor, then elected tot eh Legislature. In 1871 he removed to Irwin, where he soon acquired a very extensive practice, and took rank as one of the best physicians and surgeions in the county. He was one of the finest classical scholars in the State, and no one in this county ever equaled him in his labors and success in behalf of the free schools. he married Rachel Black, daughter of Samuel and Jane (Mansperger)Black, by whom the following children were born:
2. Samuel Black
4. Margaret Isabella
5. William Henry Harrison
After his wife's death he married her sister, Margaret, who bore him childre, to wit:
2. Mary Alice
4. James Irwin
Dr. McCormick was a Republican in politics, and once the candidate of his party for Congress. He served several years as United States examining physician for pensions. He was an active member of the Masonic order, and of the
Ancient Order of United Brethren. He died Aug. 18, 1881.
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