Title: Genealogical and personal history of western Pennsylvania Vol. 3 / editor-in-chief, John W. Jordan.
Author: Jordan, John W. (John Woolf), 1840-1921.
Pgs. 1202, 1203, 1204
RISHER - Settled in Streets Run, now Hays, Allegheny Co., Pa., by DANIEL RISHER, that locality has since been the home of this line of the RISHER family.DANIEL RISHER was born June 21, 1792, died Dec. 31, 1880.He married SARAH CREADY, born May 7, 1791, died May 11, 1875, both dying in Allegheny Co., Pa.Children of DANIEL and SARAH (CREADY) RISHER: MARIA, JOHN C., of whom further; ELIZABETH, MARY, ANN, ITHAMER, LOUISA.They were also the parents of two other children, whose names are not recorded.
(II) JOHN C. RISHER, son of DANIEL and SARAH (CREADY) RISHER, was born at Streets Run, Allegheny Co., Pa., Sept. 14, 1815, died in Allegheny City (Pittsburgh North Side) Jan. 29, 1889.In 1845 he was engaged in mercantile trade in Pittsburgh, and in the gold rush of 1849 joined a party journeying to California, afterward returning, having met with no sensational good fortune.When he came east, he settled in Dravosburg, Allegheny Co., Pa., and was there a coal merchant until his death, gaining a substantial trade and conducting profitable operations.He married NANCY DENNY McCLURE, born in Allegheny Co., Pa., (Z 202 - picture of LEVI RISHER) Nov. 6, 1808, died May 11, 1875, and had children: REV. LEVI, of whom further; AGNES, married STEPHEN S. CRUMP, her death occurring in 1894, his in 1912; DANIEL, died on the homestead in Allegheny Co., Pa.; SARAH CREADY, born Oct. 10, 1845, married WILLIAM SNODGRASS, deceased, of Dravosburg, Pa.; JOHN M., born in 1849, a resident of California.
(III) REV. LEVI RISHER, son of JOHN C. and NANCY DENNY (McCLURE) RISHER, was born in Hays, Allegheny Co., Pa., May 18, 1836.His early education was obtained in the public schools of Streets Run (the former name of Hays) and under private instruction, and after a course in Washington and Jefferson College he entered the Allegheny Theological Seminary.He was graduated from this institution when 26 years of age.He first preached in Montour Church, 7 miles from Pittsburgh, and also at Martinsburg, Pa., his first charge after his ordination being the Amity Church, in Dravosburg, Pa.The ground upon which this church stood and the building had been the gift of his father, his mother naming the edifice, and he ministered to the congregation of this church for 7 years.Another of his charges was the Plains Church, in Butler Co., Pa., of which he was pastor for 6 years, and another was the Fairmount Church.He was throughout his life devoted to his duties as a minister of Gospel, conducting his own ways in accordance with the principles that he taught, and the agent of great good, and was a credit to the ministry of the Presbyterian Church.In matters of political import he was a Republican sympathizer.REV. LEVI RISHER died Sept. 23, 1894, meeting his Maker as one who has served faithfully and well.
REV. RISHER married, June 17, 1862, ELMIRA PAINTER ALEXANDER, born in Callensburg, Clarion Co., Pa., May 2, 1838, daughter of MAJOR HENRY and NANCY ANN (HAYS) ALEXANDER, her father born in Westmoreland Co., Pa., March 22, 1801, died in Callensburg, Pa., Jan. 2, 1894, her mother born in Allegheny Co., Pa., March 31, 1818, died Oct. 16, 1906.MAJOR HENRY ALEXANDER and his wife were early settlers in Clarion Co., she is a daughter of JACOB and JANE (HARDEN) HAYS, pioneers of Allegheny Co.Children of MAJOR HENRY and NANCY ANN (HAYS) ALEXANDER: 1. ELMIRA PAINTER, of previous mention, married REV. LEVI RISHER.2. ALVIN HAYS, of Callensburg, Pa.3. MARY JANE, deceased, married PETER YOUNG.4. SARAH ELIZABETH, married A. B. KLINGENSMITH, of Callensburg, Pa.Children of REV. LEVI and ELMIRA PAINTER (ALEXANDER) RISHER: 1. ALVIN DANIEL, born Oct. 15, 1863; his birth place was the Montour Parsonage, Allegheny Co., Pa., and he was baptized at Callensburg, Pa., now residing in Charlottesville, Virginia; he married MARTHA CORDELIA GRIFFIN, and has: MARY LOU, deceased, RUTH, DANIEL S., and JOHN CALHOUN.2. MARY AGNES, born Oct. 6, 1865, married JAMES HARVEY DUNLEVY, and has RISHER A. and ELMIRA.3. JOHN HENRY, born at Dravosburg, Pa., Feb. 28, 1868, died Oct. 6, 1896; married MARY ANN BRYANT, of Dravosburg, Pa., and was the father of MARGARET and ELMIRA AGNES.4. PERCY ALEXANDER, born at Sewickley, Pa., March 31, 1871, died Feb. 27, 1896; married JENNIE McCALLISTER, and has a daughter, ANNIE.5. DR. FRANK OSBURNE, born in Dravosburg, Pa., Jan. 2, 1880, married BEATRICE CHADOCK; DR. RISHER prepared for his profession in John Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, and Magill University, Canada, and is now engaged in active practice at Shell Lake, Wisconsin; he is the father of one daughter, KATE ELMIRA.