Index for this bio book.
BOOK OF BIOGRAPHIES.This Volume Contains Biographical Sketches
of Leading Citizens of Beaver County, Pennsylvania.Buffalo, N.Y.,
Chicago, Ill.: Biographical Publishing Company, 1899, pp. 217-218.
GEORGE W. MACKALL, who has acted in the capacity of prothonotary of Beaver
county, Pa., for many years, is an active citizen of the borough of Beaver.
He is interested in various enterprises in the town, including the well-known
Beaver Signal Manufacturing Company, and other concerns of equal note. He is
of sturdy Scotch-Irish extraction, and was born in Green township, Beaver
county, July 12, 1842, - his parents being James and Mary (Foster) Mackall.
George W. Mackall's grandfather was Benjamin Mackall, a native of northern
Ireland, who, at the age of twenty-one years, was commissioned a captain in
the Colonial Army, and served throughout the major part of the War of
Independence. He came to Georgetown, Beaver county, in 1802, and was there
engaged in farming; his wife was Miss Rebecca Dawson, by whom he reared a
family of six children, as follows: Jane; James; Thomas; Nellie; John D.; and
Samuel. James Mackall was born at Point-of-Rocks, Md., January 16, 1788. In
1817, he bought two hundred and forty-four acres of land and began
agricultural pursuits; he made all the present improvements upon this land,
and was recognized as an enterprising and progressive farmer. He was a Whig
and a Republican in politics, and served as county commissioner. Religiously,
he was a member of the Episcopal church. In 1815, he married Mary Foster, a
daughter of Thomas Foster; she was born November 7, 1797, and died November
22, 1860, her husband dying August 20, 1874. Their union was blessed by the
following children: Thomas; Rebecca; Benjamin; Phoebe; Jane; John D.; Mary;
Samuel; James; Sarah Ellen; and George Washington. Rebecca married Jesse
Kinsey; Benjamin wedded Mary Dolby; Phoebe was the wife of Milton Calhoun;
Jane was joined in wedlock with James Mackall; John D. married Harriet A.
Cornell; Samuel, a farmer of Green township, Beaver county, married first
Sarah Harvey and had three children, - she died and he married Jennie Dawson;
James, of Georgetown, Pa., married Sidney A. Miller; Sarah Ellen wedded
Harrison Dawson; and George Washington is the subject hereof. He has but two
brothers living, - James and Samuel.
George W. Mackall attended the public schools, and at fourteen years of age
became a clerk in a store at Hookstown, Beaver county, for John Sterling; he
later accepted a like position with Joseph Hall, and then with M. L.
Christler. Like many other boys of his day, he was fond of river life, and
accepted a position as cabin boy on one of the boats that plied up and down
the Ohio River; after several years of this life, he became a second-mate,
but becoming tired of that life, he engaged in boating coal down the river,
for a period of six years; he then became a contractor for oil drilling in
Ohio township and vicinity, after which he conducted a store at Glasgow, Pa.,
and also served as justice of the peace of that village for five years. In
1887, he went to New Brighton, Pa., and became connected with the publication
of the Tribune. In August, 1892, he was elected to the office of
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prothonotary of Beaver county, which made it necessary for him to come to
Beaver, where he has since resided. Mr. Mackall discharged the official
duties of that position in such a thorough manner that he was re-elected.
Since the closing of his term, he has been living in retirement. He is a
stockholder in the Beaver Signal Manufacturing Company; he resides in a fine
house, situated at the end of Fourth street. The subject of this sketch
participated in the War of the Rebellion, having enlisted, in 1863, in
Company H, 56th Reg., Pa. Vol. Inf.; at the expiration of his term he became
a member of Company H, 5th Reg., Heavy Artillery; at the close of the war, he
had been promoted to be a sergeant.
Mr. Mackall was wedded to Miss Mary Jane Calhoun, who was born in 1845, - a
daughter of James and Eliza (Gamble) Calhoun. Her father was a ship
carpenter, and was born in Allegheny county, Pa., but spent most of his life
in Beaver county, building boats. He was the father of the following
children: Seraphina S., the wife of D. S. Hamilton; Nancy Ann, deceased;
Ellen, first wedded to J. McKee, and later to D. A. Jolly; Lucinda, the wife
of Abner Martin; Priscilla, wedded to John Laughlin; Peggie Ann, deceased;
Isabella, deceased, and Elizabeth, twins, - the latter wedded to John Strain;
William G., deceased; Mary Jane, the wife of the subject hereof; and Arvilla,
the wife of S. L. Dawson. Mr. and Mrs. Mackall are the parents of three
children: Howard C.; Mary Eliza; and George Raymond. Howard C. served as
deputy prothonotary for his father, and was married to Roberta Waterson; one
child, Mary Addie, has been born to them. Mary Eliza is the wife of 'Wilbert
W. Knowles, clerk for the P. & L. E. R. R., and has a son, Duane M. George
Raymond is attending Beaver College. Mr. Mackall is a member of the E. M.
Stanton Post, G. A. R., No. 208, of New Brighton; of the Sr. O. U. A. M., No.
301; and of the Elks, of Rochester, No. 283. Religiously, Mr. Mackall and
family are members of the Methodist church. Mr. Mackall's portrait is shown
on the opposite page.