Biography of William and Mary Fisher
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

WILLIAM FISHER and MARY (DUNLOP) FISHER, his wife, both now deceased, were natives of Paisley, Scotland. Mr. Fisher was born Dec. 22, 1822; attended school, and learned the trade of a broadcloth weaver in Paisley, and came to America in 1845. He located at Canton, Ohio, to which place his brother, James, had come some years before. There he worked for awhile at his trade, when he removed to Pennsylvania, locating at Pittsburg. Finding no opportunity open to him as a weaver, he found employment in various occupations for a time, and then entered the iron works of James Rees as an apprentice. By close attention to his duties, he learned rapidly and was promoted accordingly until he became the foreman of the works. A little later he purchased an interest in an iron mill at Sixteenth street and Penn avenue, and finally bought out the other five partners, becoming the sole owner of the works. About the year 1881 he removed to Twenty fourth and Smallman streets, where he continued the business until his death, which occurred May 5, 1895. During his residence in Pennsylvania he lived in Allegheny city, Glenfield and Pittsburg. In all these places he was affiliated with the Presbyterian church, to which he was a liberal contributor. He was also a prominent Mason, being a member of St. John's lodge, No. 219, F. and A. M.; Zerubbabel chapter. No. 162, R. A. M.; charter member of Ascalon commandery. No. 59, K. T., and Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, thirty second degree, S. P. R. S. Mary Dunlop was the daughter of William Ritchie and Martha (Lang) Dunlop. Her father was a shawl manufacturer of Paisley, and she learned the business of shawl making in her father's factory. At the time of her marriage to William Fisher, she was the widow of Mr. Mackie, but had no children. Her father was a native of Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland; he was twice married, and by his first wife he had several children, all of whom, except William and Mary, died young. After the death of his first wife, he married Isabella Marshall. One son, David, was born to this second marriage. When he was about five years old he removed with his parents to Glasgow, where he learned the business of designing, engraving and lithographing, and since 1890 he has been a resident of Pittsburg. William Fisher and Mary Dunlop were married at Allegheny city, July 3, 1850. To them were born eleven children, viz.: Janet, born April 7, 1851. now the wife of Thomas McNeill, of Homewood, Pa.; Martha, born Feb. 5, 1853, married William Phillips, and died May 3, 1899; David, born Feb. 27, 1855, and died Nov. 26, 1897; William, born Feb. 26, 1857, and died July 22, 1868; James, born Oct. 30, 1858, and died Nov. 21, 1872; Mary, born Nov. 7, 1860, and now the wife of George Gray; Andrew, born April 11, 1863; Elizabeth, born July 24, 1865, and now the wife of A. F. Leggate, a real estate dealer on Fourth avenue, Pittsburg, Pa.; Isabella, born July 24, 1865, now the wife of Albert N. Fames; Margaret, born Dec. 4, 1867, and died Oct. 11, 1888, and Lilly, born March 13, 1870. Mrs. William Fisher died Feb. 2, 1900. Andrew Fisher was born in the third ward, Allegheny city, Pa. He was educated in the public schools of Allegheny city and Glenfield, a private school in Allegheny city, and two years in the Western University of Pennsylvania. He then read law in the office of John Barton & Sons, one of the leading law firms of Pittsburg, and was admitted to the bar of Allegheny county, Dec. 22, 1888, since which time he has been in continuous practice. He practices in all of the local. State and federal courts, though he confines his practice entirely to civil cases. He was married in Allegheny city, Feb. 27, 1890, to Miss Evalina L., a daughter of August and Henrietta Hartje. They have three children: Eleanor Marie, born May 16, 1892; Harold Edward, born Jan. 31, 1895, and Henrietta, born Oct. 21, 1899. The family lives in the twenty second ward, and both Mr. and Mrs, Fisher belong to the Presbyterian church.


From:
Memoirs of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
personal and genealogical with portraits.
Publishers: Northwestern Historical Association
Madison, Wis. 1904.


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