Pg. 1011 of Beers, J. H. and Co., Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania; Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893
JOHN DARRAGH was born in Ireland, but emigrating to America at an early day became a prosperous farmer.Of his large family, DANIEL was the second child in order of birth.
DANIEL DARRAGH was born in 1767, in Ireland, and in 1774 came with his parents and brother, JOHN, to America.They located in Nottingham Township, Washington Co., Pa., on the old home farm yet occupied by their descendants, where NEAL and ARCHIBALD, the younger brothers, were born.His sisters were ISABELLA, MARGARET, ELIZABETH, JANE and MARY.DANIEL passed his youth on the home place, and in 1815 was married to SARAH SHELDON, a native of Brownsville, Fayette Co., Pa.Three children were born to his union: JOHN C., moved to California in 1849, then to Nevada, where he died; MARY, wife of HARRIS THUSBAR, died in 1861, at Pontiac, Mich.; and ARCHIBALD B., born September 1, 1826.The father always followed farming, serving his township in almost every office.He took the census of Washington Co. twice, riding on horseback to perform that duty.He died in 1859, followed by MRS. DARRAH in 1865.
ARCHIBALD B. DARRAGH was born on the old place in Nottingham Township, Washington Co., Pa., there securing his early education.In January, 1851, he married MISS AMY GAMBLE, who died in 1853.For his second wife he married, SARAH A., daughter of ALEXANDER GAULT, a representative citizen of Nottingham Township.They have had nine children, four of whom are yet living, viz.: AMY JANE, DANIEL C, ALEXANDER W. and ANNIE E.When the war opened in 1861, the father left his widowed mother, and his wife and children and enlisted in the First Pennsylvania Cavalry as a private, taking part in the Battle of the Wilderness, and the other engagements of the army of the Potomac.He returned home in 1864, having been promoted to the rank of orderly sergeant.He resumed the peaceful life of a farmer. He owns 192 acres of land, including a coal mine, which he sold to the Nottingham Coal Co. at $55 per acre.He has been a county auditor for three years and served in different capacities.MR. DARRAGH now has a deed in his possession which is over 106 years old.
Of the pioneers of this family in America, JOHN moved to Pittsburgh, and was elected the second mayor of the young city; ARCHIBALD entered the U. S. army, and was commission captain; ISABELLA married DANIEL LIGGETT, and lived to be 88 years old; MARGARET married DR. BAIRD, and lived to be 87 years old, and JANE, who married JOSEPH SCOTT, and died in her 86th year.Of the SHELDON family of 5 sisters and 4 brothers, MRS. CHARLOTTE GRAFF is now living in the 84th year of her age.