Biography of Robert P. Dickson
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

ROBERT PARK DICKSON. (I) The first of this Dickson family to settle in this country was Thomas Dickson and family, who emigrated from the parish of Tamlet, county Tyrone, Ireland, in April, 1832, and located in the Webster avenue district of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, where he became a coal operator.

(II) John Dickson, son of Thomas Dickson, the emigrant, was born March 21, 1811, in the parish of Tamlet, county Tyrone, Ireland. He accom­panied his parents to this country and attended the public schools, and after finishing his schooling he engaged in the coal business with his father. Their mines were located at Oak Hill, Swissvale, Ireland Station (now Wildwood), on the Allegheny Valley Railroad. John Dickson shipped the first car of coal ever shipped to Pittsburg over the Pennsylvania Railroad. He married, May 23, 1853, Mary Ann Hopkins, widow of James Hopkins, and the daughter of John and Mary (Kelly) McConnell, of Donegal, Ireland. Mrs. McConnell was born in 1807 and died in 1839, in Scotland. John McConnell emigrated to the United States in 1866, locating at Swissvale, where he followed garden­ing for a livelihood. He died March 17, 1884. John and Mary (Kelly) McConnell were the parents of five children as follows: 1. Mary Ann, born September 29, 1828, in Lanarkshire, Scotland. 2. John McConnell, Jr., born November 22, 1830, at the same place, died July 30, 1844. 3. Patrick, born September 22, 1832, served in the Civil war, where he was last heard of. 4. William, born August 4, 1834, met his death in a railroad accident in Aus­tralia. 5. Katherine, born September 4, 1836, died from the effects of a fall in 1848 in Scotland.

John Dickson was a large property owner in Allegheny county. In politics he was a Republican and in church relations was identified with the Swissvale Presbyterian church. He died June 4, 1880. The children born to John Dickson and wife were as follows: 1. Margaret Carson, born Feb­ruary 28, 1854. 2. Eliza Jane, born June 13, 1855. 3. John Negley, born April 24, T857. 4. William Wallace, born December 12, 1858. 5. Rachel Blair, born August 23, 1861. 6. Robert Park, born September 19, 1863, and of whom later. 7. William Brown, born November 6, 1865, now vice president of the United States Steel Corporation. 8 Annie Grant, born August 13, 1867. 9. Catherine, born July 23, 1869. 10. Joseph Henderson, born January 25, 1871. 11. David S. born June 20, 1874.

(III) Robert Park Dickson, sixty child of John Dickson (II) and wife, was born September 19, 1863, at what was then known as Ireland Station, but now Wildwood, on the Allegheny Valley Railroad, in Allegheny county, Pennsylvania. He attended the public schools at Swissvale and Duff's Mercantile College. When thirteen years of aged he was employed by Dr. Dwyer of Penn avenue, Pittsburg, as an office boy. Later he was engaged with the C. D. & P. Telephone Company as an operator, but in 188o he went with the Edgar Thomson Steel Works as a pupit boy. In 1881 he engaged with the Homestead Mills, and worked continuously there as stock clerk and assistant superintendent of transportation until 19o3, when he resigned his position there to engage in the newspaper business in Swissvale, with John E. Lee, under the firm name of Lee & Dickson; this continued from September, 19o3, to October, 1904, when he went with the Duquesne Steel Works of the Carnegie Steel Company, where he is now serving in the capacity of stock clerk, etc.

He was united in marriage October 27, 1886, to Miss Jennie Dunn Longmore, daughter of James and Isabella (Nelson) Longmore, of Allegheny City. Mr. and Mrs. Dickson are the parents of the following children: 1. Robert Evans Reno, born October 2, 1887. 2. Frank Gilman, born November 1888. 3. Thomas Hopkins, born January 28, 1891. 4. James Neglie, born April 1, 1893. 5. Isabella Ramsey, born May 3, 1895. 6. Mary McConnell, born March 10, 1899. 7. Henry Fulton, born September 6, 1900. 8. Charles Loomis, born June 1, 1903.

Mr. Dickson was elected a member of the council at Swissvale, being elected for the three year term, but resigned after serving one year. He is a Republican in politics, but aims to vote for the best man regardless of party lines. He and his wife are members of the First United Presbyterian church of Swissvale and are highly respected citizens.

(IV) Eliza Jane Dickson, second child of John and Mary Ann Dickson, married, June 16, 1881, Charles May Loomis. Mr. Loomis was born October 6, 1847; in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and attended the Old South School. He is now employed in the time department of the Carnegie Steel Company's plant at Homestead. He is a member of the Presbyterian church at Swissvale, belongs to the Royal Arcanum and in politics is a supporter of the Republican party. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Loomis are as follows: 1. Margerie Dickson, born March 26, 1882. 2. John Neglie, born February 12, 1883, died April 27, 1886. 3. Annie Grant, born November 27, 1885. 4. Elizabeth, born February 8, 1889. 5. Charles Lindeman, born March 14, 1893. 6. Mary Louise, born March 7, 1895.

Mr. Loomis' father was Luke Loomis, born January 8, 1794, at East Windsor, Connecticut. He was a book merchant and came to Pittsburg. He was first married December 1o, 1818, but his wife died May 29, 1830, and February 1, 1831, he married Louise Lee. By his first marriage was born: Sarah Frances, June 20, 1820, died March 4, 1822; Henry Hudson, born August 6, 1824, died January 1o, r827. By the second marriage were born the following children: r. Elizabeth, born November 11, 1831. 2 Robert Augustus; born January 13, 1834. 3. Samuel Thompson, born April 12, 1836. 4 Luke, Jr., born April 17, 1838, married Ella Fowler, August 26; 1861. 5. Simeon Rosseter, born January 28, 1841, married Mary L. Alter, February 15, 1866. 6. Reuben Neil, born December 18, 1843. 7. Charles May, born October 10, 1846, married Eliza Jane Dickson, June 16, 1881.

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