Western Pennsylvania Genealogy
Compiled by Douglas H. Lusher


Family Group Record



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David Acheson and Mary Wilson




Husband David Acheson 1 2 3

         Born: Abt 1770 - County Armagh, Ireland
   Christened: 
         Died: 1 Dec 1851 4
       Buried:  - Washington, Washington Co, PA


       Father: George Acheson (1724-1812) 1
       Mother: Elizabeth Weir (1728-1808) 5


     Marriage: 31 Oct 1805 1

 Other Spouse: Elizabeth Young (      -1800) 1 - 1799 1



Wife Mary Wilson 2 6

         Born: Abt 1788 - Ireland
   Christened: 
         Died: 2 Aug 1872 6
       Buried:  - Washington, Washington Co, PA


       Father: John Wilson Esq. (      -1847) 7
       Mother: Catherine Cunningham (      -1857) 8




Children
1 M John Acheson 1

         Born: 
   Christened: 
         Died: 1833 - Arkansas 1
       Buried: 



2 M Judge Alexander Wilson Acheson 9




         Born: 15 Jul 1809 - Philadelphia, PA 9
   Christened: 
         Died: 10 Jul 1890 - Washington, Washington Co, PA 9
       Buried: 
       Spouse: Jane Wishart (      -      ) 4 10
         Marr: 1836 4



3 F Catherine Acheson 1

         Born: 
   Christened: 
         Died: 
       Buried: 
       Spouse: William V. Davis (      -      ) 1



4 M David [1] Acheson 1

         Born: 
   Christened: 
         Died: 1826 1
       Buried: 
       Spouse: Did Not Marry


5 F Mary Jane Acheson 1

         Born: 
   Christened: 
         Died: 1843 1
       Buried: 
       Spouse: Joseph McKnight (      -      ) 1



6 F Margaret Acheson 1

         Born: 
   Christened: 
         Died: 
       Buried: 



7 M William Acheson 11

         Born: 
   Christened: 
         Died: 1873 - Armstrong Co, PA 1
       Buried: 



8 M George Acheson 1

         Born: 
   Christened: 
         Died: 1881 - Iowa 1
       Buried: 



9 M James C. Acheson 12

         Born: 13 Feb 1824 - Washington, Washington Co, PA 13
   Christened: 
         Died: 20 Apr 1895 3
       Buried:  - Washington, Washington Co, PA
       Spouse: Elizabeth Wilson (      -1855) 14
         Marr: 20 Apr 1847 14
       Spouse: Mary E. Mahon (      -1860) 14
         Marr: 1 Oct 1857 14
       Spouse: Mary F. Bureau (1842-1917) 14
         Marr: 1 Sep 1863 14



10 F Eleanor McCullough Acheson 15 16

          AKA: Ellen Acheson 1
         Born: 
   Christened: 
         Died: 
       Buried: 
       Spouse: Rev. Dr. James Irwin Brownson D.D., LL.D. (1817-1899) 16 17 18
         Marr: 9 Jan 1855 15 16



11 M Judge Marcus Wilson Acheson 1 2 11

         Born: 7 Jun 1828 - Washington, Washington Co, PA 2
   Christened: 
         Died: 21 Jun 1906 19
       Buried: 
       Spouse: Sophie Duff Reiter (      -      ) 19
         Marr: 9 Jun 1859 19



12 M David [2] Acheson 1

         Born: 
   Christened: 
         Died: After 1893
       Buried: 




General Notes: Husband - David Acheson


He received a tolerably thorough English education. In the spring of 1788 he left Ireland to join his brothers, John, George and Thomas, in America. Arriving in Washington, Pennsylvania, he immediately went into business with his brother John, who gave him an interest in his contracts with the United States Govern­ment for furnishing Indian supplies, and cavalry and pack horses for the use of the army. He was constantly employed in mercantile transactions, from 1788 to 1791, when he commenced the study of law with James Ross, then a distinguished lawyer of Washington (afterward U. S. Senator from Pennsylvania); but this he subsequently abandoned, having resolved to again embark in business with his brother Thomas, which partner­ship was successfully and harmoniously conducted during their joint lives. He and his brothers, John and Thomas, owned several large stores in the western country-one at Washington, one at West Liberty, West Virginia, one at Muddy Creek, Greene County, Pennsylvania, one at Cincinnati, Ohio, and one in the then Spanish province at Natchez. Some of their stores were opened as early as 1784, and for many years had a large trade from the Ohio country. In 1805 David Acheson was appointed eastern purchasing agent for the firm, which occasioned his removal from Washington to Philadelphia. In 1795, while in his twenty-fifth year, he was elected by the Republican party to represent Washington County in the State Legis­lature, and was re-elected in 1796, 1797 and 1804, respectively. [CBRWC, 27]

Coming with his brothers to America in 1788, he first located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He brought the following letter from the pastor of his father's church: “The bearer, David Acheson, intending to remove to North America, this, therefore, is to certify that he is a young man of sober and good conduct, and son of Mr. George Acheson, an elder of the Seced­ing Congregation of Market Hill, in the County of Armagh, Ireland. This is given under my hand this 30th of April, 1788. David Arnott, Minister.”

In November, 1802, he visited the old country, remaining about six months in England and Ireland.

He married his second wife and they immediately made their home in Philadel­phia, PA, returning to Washington, PA, in 1815, he having practically retired from business.

After his return to Washington, PA, he erected an elegant home and entered busi­ness at Washington, but some investments in real estate having failed, he soon retired from active life. In 1840, then over seventy years of age, he made another trip to Ireland, returning to America two years later. In 1848 he was seized with a par­alytic stroke, but lingered until December, 1851.
The fol­lowing obituary notice appeared in one of the papers: “He was an accurate and close ob­server of public and political affairs, as connected not only with our own Government, but with the prominent nations of Europe, of the diplomacy of which, as well as of their policy, there were but few private men of his day, retiring and unobtru­sive as he was, who better understood or could more accurately delineate. His judgment and conclusions, which were always deliberate and well matured by his deep-thinking, strong mind, were valuable and very highly esteemed by those acquainted with him, whether in public or private life. Thus, during the period of vigorous man­hood, he enjoyed a most extensive popularity and influence in the State of Pennsylvania particularly, and with many of her most distinguished indi­viduals, in her political party history and govern­ment, he was on the closest terms of intimacy; hence his opinions and counsels were always much sought after and greatly valued. As a private friend and in social life Mr. Acheson was a man of ardent and sincere attachments, and where personal effort or labor were needed he never faltered or shrunk by reason of apparent difficulty or threat­ened danger, ever ready and willing to serve his friends at whatever responsibility or personal risk by day or night, at home or abroad.”

He was a leading man of his day, being Republican representative to the State Assembly from Wash­ington County for three terms. At this time the state and national capitals were both lo­cated at Philadelphia, and Mr. Acheson be­came well acquainted with President George Washington and many other leading charac­ters of the time.


General Notes: Wife - Mary Wilson


The surviving children of David and Mary Acheson, for the first time after a lapse of over thirty years, all met at the old homestead in Wash­ington, Pennsylvania, on the occasion of the death of their mother. Her funeral took place August 4, 1872, and the day following they repaired to the graves of their parents, in Washington cemetery, and there agreed that they, and the survivors of them and the last survivor, would annually revisit the graves of their parents on the 31st of October, the anniversary of their marriage.

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Sources


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

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

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

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

5 Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, IL: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893), Pg 129.

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

7 Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, IL: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893), Pg 251.

8 Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, IL: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893), Pg 223.

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

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

11 Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, Her People Past and Present (Chicago, IL: J. H. Beers & Co., 1914), Pg 989.

12 Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, IL: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893), Pg 27, 129.

13 Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, IL: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893), Pg 130.

14 Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, IL: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893), Pg 131.

15 Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, IL: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893), Pg 80.

16 Biographical Annals of Franklin County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, IL: The Genealogical Publishing Co., 1905), Pg 103.

17 Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago, IL: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893), Pg 74.

18 McFarland, Joseph F, 20th Century History of Washington and Washington County, Pennsylvania and Representative Citizens (Chicago, IL: Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co., 1910), Pg 544.

19 John W. Jordan, LL.D, Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1915), Pg 65.


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