MICHAEL HUGH WITHERS, a prominent business man of Sheridan, who has contributed largely to the growth and development
of his adopted city and state, is a native of Ireland, born June 6, 1865. He is a lineal descendant of Michael
Withers, who was a native of Donegal, Ireland, a grandson of Charles and Mary (Sweeney) Withers, residents of Ireland,
the former of whom followed agricultural pursuits near Derry, and son of Hugh and Kate (Logue) Withers
Hugh Withers (father) was born in Derry, Ireland, 1836. He received a common school education, and later learned
the trade of a stone mason, which he followed for a number of years, now (1907) leading a retired life in his native
land. He was united in marriage to Kate Logne, daughter of Michael Logue, and niece of a cardinal, and their children
are: 1. Michael Hugh, of whom later. 2. Bridget, married, in Ireland, a police officer. 3. Daniel, came to America
in the year 1898, was a molder in the Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia, now a resident of Pittsburg [sic],
running an express through the village. 4. John, remained in Ireland, on the old homestead. 5 and 6. Mary and Kate,
also remained in Ireland on the old homestead. 7. Charles, died young.
Michael H. Withers obtained a practical education in the schools of his native land, and after his arrival in the
United States supplemented this knowledge by attendance at a college in Pittsburg [sic]. He was twenty two years
of age when be sailed from Londonderry on the ship "Virginia," landing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
After his arrival here he spent a short period of time with an uncle, Judge Morris Francis Withers, a judge in
the police court. His first occupation was in the employ of a coal dealer and he later run the mines for the company
he was interested in. In 1896 be took up his residence in Sheridan, Pennsylvania, and there embarked in the coal
business. He now' deals chiefly in builders' supplies, and in addition has erecte4 several houses, which are models
of good workmanship. He is the owner of considerable land, and in many ways is an important factor in the affairs
of the town. He is a member of the Catholic church at Sheridan, and his political allegiance is given to the Republican
party. He takes an active interest in politics, but has never sought or held public office.
Mr. Withers was married in Pittsburg [sic], South Side, October 21, 1896, by Rev. Father Wigley, to Kate Holland,
of Pittsburg [sic], whose parents emigrated to this country from Ireland. Three children were the issue of this
union, as follows: Hugh Morris, born April 12, 1899. Donald and Catherine, who died in infancy. Mrs. Withers died
June 28, 1906, and was buried from the Church of Holy Innocents, of Sheridan, Saturday, June 30, 1906. Solemn high
mass was celebrated by the pastor,' Rev. Father O'Shea, assisted by the Rev. John Brady, of Pittsburg [sic], as
deacon, and Rev. B. J. Hynse, of Braddock, as sub deacon. The sermon preached by Father O'Shea was an exceedingly
touching and well deserved tribute to the womanly virtues and christian character of Mrs. Withers, who performed
the duties of wife and mother in an exemplary manner, and was regarded as the greatest and most eloquent sermon
ever delivered in this valley. Her remains were interred in Calvary cemetery, Pittsburg [sic].
A Century and a half of
Pittsburg and her people.
By: John Newton Boucher
The Lewis Publishing Company
Allegheny County Pennsylvania Biographies
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