Western Pennsylvania Genealogy
Compiled by Douglas H. Lusher


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Judge Alexander Wilson Acheson and Jane Wishart




Husband Judge Alexander Wilson Acheson 1




         Born: 15 Jul 1809 - Philadelphia, PA 1
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         Died: 10 Jul 1890 - Washington, Washington Co, PA 1
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       Father: David Acheson (Abt 1770-1851) 2 3 4
       Mother: Mary Wilson (Abt 1788-1872) 3 5


     Marriage: 1836 6



Wife Jane Wishart 6 7

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       Father: Dr. John Wishart (1780-1864) 8
       Mother: Mary Tate (1794-      ) 8




Children
1 M Dr. John W. Acheson 9

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         Died: Bef 1893
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2 F Mary Acheson 9

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       Spouse: Dr. William R. Childs (      -      ) 9



3 M Capt. David Acheson 9

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         Died: Abt Jul 1863 - Gettysburg, Adams Co, PA
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4 M Alexander W. Acheson 9

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         Died: After 1893
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5 M Joseph M. Acheson 9

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         Died: Bef 1893
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6 M Marcus Cunningham Acheson 9

         Born: 11 Jan 1844 - Washington, Washington Co, PA 9
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       Spouse: Pamelia Gow (      -      ) 10



7 F Martha W. Acheson 9

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         Died: After 1893
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8 M Ernest F. Acheson 9 11

         Born: 19 Sep 1855 - Washington, Washington Co, PA 9
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       Spouse: Janet B. Stewart (      -      ) 9



9 M H. M. Acheson 9

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General Notes: Husband - Judge Alexander Wilson Acheson


He came to Washington, PA, with his parents when he was about five years old, and it was ever afterward his home. He received his primary education in the log school house on the “Fulton House” lot in Washington, and he well remembered in after years the day when school took a recess to see the soldiers pass through the town on their return from the War of 1812, the company which passed by being the “Ten Mile Rangers.” On leaving school he attended Washington College, graduating therefrom in 1827, after which he studied law with William Baird, brother of Judge Baird. In June, 1832, he was admitted to the bar, and after a short time spent in the West commenced the prac­tice of his chosen profession in Washington, PA. For several years he was in partnership with Isaac Leet, who died in 1844, and in 1849 Mr. Acheson formed a partnership with David S. Wilson, under the firm name of Acheson & Wilson, which con­tinued until the senior partner was elevated to the bench in 1866. He was four times appointed dis­trict attorney, before that office was made elective, and was thus honored by three governors of the State-Wolf, Porter and Shunk. He twice re­signed the office, and was again appointed; this and the judgeship are the only offices he ever held. In his younger years he was an ardent Democrat, took an active part in politics, and was several times chairman of the county committee. He was tendered the nomination for Congress and State Senate by that party several times, but always de­clined and devoted himself exclusively to his pro­fession, in which he was eminently successful. Along in the “fifties” the Judge changed his pol­itics. He would not vote for Buchanan, though he had been a personal friend of his father's, who had served in the Assembly with him. In 1860 he voted for Lincoln, and during the war his voice was raised for the Union in every town and town­ship in the county. Though physically unable to go to war himself, he sent five sons who saw more or less service in the field, one of them, Capt. David Acheson, of the One Hundred and Fortieth, being killed while in command of that gallant regiment at Gettysburg.
The Judge was always an ardent temperance man, and when on the bench strictly enforced the laws against liquor selling. He was a conscien­tious, hard-working and able judge. His opinions were seldom reversed by the supreme court, and comparatively few appeals were taken from his de­cisions. He practiced law in the courts of Wash­ington County for a period of fifty-seven years, and in 1885 he received the degree of LL. D. from Parsons College, Iowa. He served several terms as deputy attorney-general for Washington County, and one term as president judge. At the close of this term he renewed the practice of law, asso­ciating with him his son, Marcus C., and nephew, James I. Brownson, Jr. He was widely known as a distinguished citizen of the county, a public-spirited man, and a leading member of the bar. He was an active layman in the First Presbyterian Church (preferring that position to an eldership, which was frequently offered him), a trustee of his alma mater, and with rare zeal and fidelity served as director of several financial institutions, which have been identified with the growth and prosperity of the country. [CBRWC, 28]

He died in 1888. [CBRWC, 29] The same source gives two different years for his death.

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Sources


1 Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, IL: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893), Pg 24.

2 Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, IL: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893), Pg 27.

3 John W. Jordan, LL.D, Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1915), Pg 64.

4 Charles A. Babcock, Venango County, Pennsylvania, Her Pioneers and People (Chicago, IL: J. H. Beers & Co., 1919), Pg 511.

5 Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, IL: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893), Pg 252.

6 Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, IL: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893), Pg 28.

7 William Henry Egle, M.D., M.A, Pennsylvania Genealogies; Chiefly Scotch-Irish and German (Harrisburg, PA: Harrisburg Publishing Co., 1896), Pg 593.

8 William Henry Egle, M.D., M.A, Pennsylvania Genealogies; Chiefly Scotch-Irish and German (Harrisburg, PA: Harrisburg Publishing Co., 1896), Pg 592.

9 Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, IL: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893), Pg 29.

10 Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, IL: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893), Pg 29, 39.

11 The History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Part II (Chicago, IL: A. W. Warner & Co., 1889), Pg 330.


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