Old and New Westmoreland, Genealogical and Personal History under Editorial Supervision of Capt. Fenwick Y. Hedley, Vol. IV, The American Historical Society, Inc. new York 1918.
Biography of John P. Kilgore, pp. 1264/65.
John P. Kilgore, long identified with important business interests in Greensburg, enjoys the unique distinction of being the third of his family in lineal descent to hold the highly responsible position of sheriff of Westmoreland county.
He is of Scotch-Irish ancestry, descended from James Kilgore, who came from Ireland before 1740, settling in the Cumberland valley of Pennsylvania. Captain David Kilgore, son of the immigrant, was a fine type of the Revolutionary soldier of Scotch-Irish blood, and which constituted that element of the army which was known as its very backbone, a phrase which has gone into history. Born in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania, in 1745, he had removed to Westmoreland county before the war broke out. In 1776 he was commissioned captain of a company in the Eighth Regiment, Pennsylvania Line. He sold a valuable mill property to procure means for clothing and equipping his men, and for this notable service he neither asked nor received any compensation from the government. He served throughout the entire war, and returning home became one of the most substantial men of the county. He owned three large farms in Westmoreland county and others in Indiana county; for many years he served as a justice of the peace. He married Sarah Mickey.
John Kilgore, son of Captain David and Sarah (Mickey) Kilgore, was born in 1777, while his father was yet in the army, and died November 22, 1847. He was a successful farmer, and held various public offices, among them that of sheriff. He was a staunch member of the Presbyterian Church, and a Democrat in politics. He married Nancy Hunter, born in Ireland, February 2, 1772, died December 22, 1852. She was a daughter of Alexander Hunter, of a prominent Scotch-Irish family.
Alexander Kilgore, son of John and Nancy (Hunter) Kilgore, was born August 10, 1813, and died January 12, 1881. He was a man of strong character and excellent ability, and for three years efficiently discharged the duties of sheriff, entering upon the office in 1871. He married Elizabeth Tulwood, daughter of David Tulwood; she died in September, 1900.
John P. Kilgore, second son of Alexander and Elizabeth (Tulwood) Kilgore, was born in Greensburg, June 18, 1868. He was educated in the public schools, and his entire life has been identified with his native town to whose interests he had devoted his abilities and a commendable public spirit. Since 1898 he has been identified with the Kilgore Bottling Company, and was its active manager until a few years ago, when he passed over to his son, Robert Kilgore, the responsibilities of that position. In 1916 he was elected sheriff of Westmoreland county, and his election was a fine tribute to him as a man of business capability and public spirit, he carrying a majority of 2630, as a Democrat, in face of a normal adverse majority of several thousand. He is now (1917) in the second year of his official term and his conduct of his high office has been entirely creditable to him, and to the universal satisfaction of the community.
Mr. Kilgore married Ada Kuhn, daughter of Frank B. Kuhn, of Mount Pleasant township, Westmoreland county. The children of this marriage are: Robert, born March 10, 1895, at present manger of the Kilgore Bottling Company; and two daughters, Helen Pauline and Rebecca Louise.
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