JOHN SLOAN, conductor on the Pan Handle railway, residing with his family in Carnegie, was born in Westmoreland
county, Dec. 5, 1838. His parents, Canada and Mary (Williamson) Sloan, were both born in Ireland and married there.
They came to America before 1830, and after a year's residence in Quebec, where they landed, came to Pittsburg,
and from there moved to Westmoreland county. The father farmed there in the summer, and in the winter went from
house to house, plying his trade as a shoemaker. He died Feb. 10, 1861, when about fifty one years old, and his
wife died two years later at about the same age. They were worthy people, respected in the community where they
lived. They were the parents of eleven children, six of whom are living, viz.: Joseph, a stone contractor of Johnstown;
Sarah, widow of James Galbreath, residing in Johnstown; Mary, wife of Nathan Griffey, a farmer in Ligonier valley,
Westmoreland county; John, the subject of this sketch; Matilda, now the wife of Amel Boucher, a member of the police
force of Johnstown, and Frank, a passenger conductor, residing in Pittsburg. The others died in childhood. John
Sloan was educated in the public schools of Ligonier township, Westmoreland county, and after school days learned
to be a miller and followed this vocation ten years. In 1863 he became a railroad brakeman, and was ten months
later given charge of a train as conductor. He has been on the pay roll for thirty eight years, always for the
same company, with the exception of five months, when he came to Carnegie in 1870. He has been in many wrecks and
accidents, but has escaped injury and is still hale and hearty, although one of the oldest conductors on the road.
Mr. Sloan is a genial, pleasant gentleman, and his long service testifies to the esteem in which he is held by
his employers. He was married on Dec. 5, 1860, his twenty second birthday.
Memoirs of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
personal and genealogical with portraits.
Publishers: Northwestern Historical Association
Madison, Wis. 1904.
Allegheny County Pennsylvania Biographies
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