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John O'Reilly, of Cavan, Ireland at the age of fifteen (15), emigrated to America in the year of 1775. He arrived in the Fort Pitt area (Pittsburgh) of the Colony of Pennsylvania as a bonded servant to a wealthy landowner, Mr. James Robinson, who had paid his passage to America. When the debt was satisfied, he purchased land in what is now the Woods Run Section of Pittsburgh, raised a family and became a farmer for the rest of his life.
Baltazer Embs was an Inn Keeper in Baughman am Rhine, Germany and his son Ferdinand married Jacobina Barber. Their son, Joseph B. Embs at the age of 19, emigrated to America in 1882 landing at the Port of New York. He traveled by train to East Liverpool, Ohio where he worked as a glass blower. Later he moved to Grapeville, PA at the invitation of the owners of Westmorland Glass Company, George and Charles West. He went to work as a glass blower. In 1892 he married Caroline Wehrle who had emigrated from Auld Simmonsweld, Germany to America in 1889. They settled in the town of Grapeville before moving to a farm they purchased in the Lincoln Heights Section of Jeannette, PA.

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