History of Allegheny county, Pennsylvania : including its early settlement
Chicago : A. Warner Co., 1889
Cushing, Thomas, 1821.
Pg. 244, 245
HON. RUSSELL ERRETT was born in the city of New York, Nov. 10, 1817.His father was a native of Wicklow, near Dublin, in Ireland, who came to this country in or about 1810, shortly before the outbreak of the War of 1812.His mother was a native of Portsmouth. England.His father served as clerk for Messrs. R. & A. Stewart, who had large interests in real estate in New York City, and he was in their service when he died in 1825, at the early age of 37.His mother remarried in 1827 with ROBERT SOUTER, a native of Scotland...In 1827 his step-father moved to a farm in Washington Valley, Somerset Co., N. J., where the family lived till 1829, when MR. SOUTER came to Pittsburgh and went in partnership with his brother-in-law, ROBERT M. LAREN, who was then running the mill formerly belonging to West Elliott, in what is now Temperancevilles, or the Thirty-sixth ward of the City.In 1835 MR. SOUTER purchased a farm in Robinson Twp., two-thirds of which is now embraced in the borough of Chartiers, where he remained till 1857, when he moved to Hancock Co., W. Va.
In 1832 MR. ERRETT was apprenticed to Andrew Easton, a baker on Scotch Hill, for three years.When his time had expired he went to Louisville, Ky., and thence to Tuscumbia, Ala, where he worked for a time at his trade.He then returned to Louisville, and worked for two years with a Mr. Woolford, formerly of Pittsburgh.The panic of 1837 having paralyzed business in Louisville, he engaged in work on the slackwatering of Green River.Here he contracted the fever and ague, and was compelled to return home.He taught school for a while in Lower St. Clair (now Chartiers township) and in Robinson Twp., then taught during 9 months, in 1838, in Findlay Twp.In 1839 he obtained a clerkship with John M. Snowden, Jr., then in the coal business at the mouth of Saw Mill Run.He remained till 1842, when he was appointed mayor of Pittsburgh, and continued till 1845.Prior to engaging in this service, or in November, 1841, MR. EVERETT was married.During 1842, 1843, 1844 he edited the Daily Sun... In 1883 at the close of his congressional career, President Arthur appointed him U. S. pension-agent at Pittsburgh, which place he filled until May, 1887.
MR. ERRETT is now in his 72 year.He had five brothers and one sister.Of these five of the brothers, HENRY, JOSEPH and JOHN, ARE DEAD; theoldest, WILLIAM , is still living at Fort Laramie, Wyoming, and a younger brother, ISAAC, editor of the CHRISTIAN STANDARD, at Cincinnati, died last year.His sister married JOSEPH JOHNSON and is still living at Hazelwood.His mother died at the age of 83 in 1877.