Title: Genealogical and personal history of western Pennsylvania Vol. 3 / editor-in-chief, John W. Jordan.
Author: Jordan, John W. (John Woolf), 1840-1921.
“WILLIAM McROBERTS, of Fairhaven, Pennyslvania, is a grandson of JAMES McROBERTS, of Scotland, who came to America with an English army during the Revolution. He never returned to his native land, having at the first opportunity joined the forces under General Washington.After the war he obtained a large holding of land in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, there married and died.He married NANCY NISHART and had children: JAMES, a justice of the peace for Mifflin township, Allegheny county, for forty-two years; JENNIE; JOHN, of further mention; MARY; ANNIE; ELIZABETH.
(II) JOHN McROBERTS, son of JAMES and NANCY (NISHART) McROBERTS, was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, in 1806, died in Mifflin township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, July 16, 1891.He early journeyed westward, settling in Mifflin township, near what is now Hayes borough, and there worked at his trade, blacksmith.There also came his widowed mother, with her family.She bought one hundred acres of land near her son, paying therefor one dollar and twenty-five cents per acre, and there lived until her death.The other sons also became land owners in Mifflin township and there founded families.JOHN McROBERT conducted a profitable blacksmithing business, and as he prospered bought land until he possessed, in addition to his homestead, several other farms.He became wealthy, his riches all coming from smithy and land.He was a Democrat in politics, and a strict member of the Presbyterian church.He married ELEANOR McCUTCHEON, born in Salem township, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, in 1817, died April, 1856.Children: SAMUEL, deceased; JAMES H., a civil engineer; WILLIAM, of further mention; MARY; SUSAN, deceased; EMMA; MARGARET; NANCY A., born in Mifflin township, February 13, 1840, married, October 6, 1864, GEORGE C. SMITH, born in Allegheny county, September 9, (pg. 1170) 1842, now deceased, son of WILLIAM and SARAH HAYES (CUNNINGHM) SMITH, both of pioneer Allegheny county families, MRS. SMITH resides on her farm at Castle Shannon, in Baldwin township, but has sold one hundred acres to a golf club, her children: RICHARD L., ELEANOR, FRANK, deceased; SARAH E., IDA, WILLIAM.
(III) WILLIAM McROBERTS, son of JOHN and ELEANOR (McCUTCHEON) McROBERTS, was born in Mifflin township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, January 20, 1846.He was educated in the public schools, and all his life has been engaged in farming.Since 1859 he has resided on his farm of seventy-three acres, bought by his father in that year and later inherited by his son, WILLIAM, the present owner.There for many years he has conducted general farming operation, but is now living retired from active business.The nearness of the farm to Fairhaven makes it very desirable, and quite a ready sale and on which several houses have been erected.He is a Democrat in politics, and is a member of the Presbyterian church.
He married (first) in 1869, AMANDA CASTOR, of Elizabeth township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, who died in 1878, leaving children: WALTER, SARAH, HARRY and WILLIAM.He married (second) in 1880: MARTHA MAY, born in county Antrim, Ireland, August 30, 1860, daughter of JOHN and ELIZABETH (MONTGOMERY) MAY, both of Irish birth and parentage.Her maternal grandfather, WILLIAM MONTGOMERY, came from Ireland to the site of the present city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at a very early day, settling in that part known as the “Hog Pond.”He was buried on his own land, the present Monongahela House covering his burial place.One of his daughters, MARTHA, married ANDREW MULHOLLAND, a soldier of the Revolution, and died in Versailles township, Allegheny county, on his way back from the war.MARTHA MULHOLLAND had two children, CATHERINE and ANDREW, the latter kept a boot and shoe store on Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, was very prominent in Masonry and went especially to Europe to have conferred upon him the thirty-third degree, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, not then conferred in this country.Children of WILLIAM and MARTHA (MAY) McROBERTS, his second wife: JAMES MAY, a civil engineer; SAMUEL, deceased; ELIZABETH MONTGOMERY, married EDWARD HAMMEL; SAMUEL, married ELSIE MORTIMER; ESTELLA, deceased; MARTHA MAY; RUTH CLEVELAND, married ROBERT LEE; LINDA; DAVID; ELEANOR; RICHARD SMITH.
JOHN MAY, father of MARTHA (MAY) McROBERTS, born in Ireland, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1862, and for a time lived on Bedford avenue.Later he bought a farm in Baldwin township and there resided until his death, May 30, 1902.His widow yet survives him.They had children: ELIZABETH, died in 1914; MARY; MARTHA, married WILLIAM McROBERTS; SAMUEL, died in infancy; JANE; SAMUEL; JOHN, deceased; LINDA; ANNA GRACE; JAMES; CARRIED; WILLIAM, deceased.”
“History of Allegheny, Pennsylvania”
Chicago : A. Warner Co., 1889
Cushing, Thomas, 1821.
“JOHN McROBERTS, retired, postoffice Homestead, was born May 12, 1806, near Lebanon church, in Mifflin township, a son of JAMES McROBERTS.The latter was born in Franklin county, Pa., where his parents were pioneers, and where his two brothers and three sisters were captured by Indians, in a schoolhouse; the girls were murdered, but the boys were held prisoners, and having been adopted into the tribes, they refused all inducements to return to their parents.JAMES McROBERTS, who was a farmer, came to this county in1799, and married NANCY WISHART, of Scotch descent, by whom he had six children: JAMES, JOHN, JANE, ANN, MARY and ELIZABETH.JOHN learned the blacksmith’s trade with his uncle, HENRY BAIRD, a brother of REV. THOMAS BAIRD, and later in life farmed successfully.In the fall of 1874 he came to Homestead, where he has lived a retired life.He married JANE, daughter of SAMUEL McCUTCHEN, who was driven off by the Indians and fled to Franklin county, where he became a blacksmith.MR. McROBERTS is the father of the following-named children: JAMES H. (a civil engineer), WILLIAM (a farmer), MRS. NANCY A. SMITH, MRS. MARY WILLOCK, MRS. GUSSIE NOLAN, EMILY and MARGARET.MRS. McROBERTS died over thirty years ago.The old people were members of the Presbyterian Church, and were staunch democrats.”