Col. Alexander McBride

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Col. Alexander McBride

Birthplace: Londonderry, County Derry, Ulster, Ireland
Death: October 14, 1878 (82)
Plain Grove Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, United States (Old Age)
Place of Burial: Plain Grove Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Alex McBride and Mary McBride
Husband of Mary McBride and Nancy McBride
Father of David Armstrong McBride; Rebecca Jane Kelly; Alexander McBride, Jr.; Thomas McBride; Sabina Kline and 5 others

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About Col. Alexander McBride

Alexander McBride Sr.,: was born in County Down, Ireland, December 20, 1795, died October 14, 1878 at the residence of his son, Robert Munson McBride, in Scott Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. He was married to Mary (Polly) Armstrong, May 25, 1820, and to Nancy McCaslin, June 1, 1848. Polly Armstrong McBride was born in June 15, 1795, in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, and died April 21, 1847. Nancy McCaslin McBride : (the following is copied from the Bible of Alexander McBride) : Nancy McBride, my wife, left my bed and board, November 3, 1873, after living together for 25 years, 5 months and 2 days, to live with her only son, Samuel McCaslin on his father's old farm, who furnished her a room to live in and took with her all things necessary for house-keeping which she chose, with her expectation of living with ease and comfort near her relations, rather than with me, which I hope and wish she may realize. Alexander McBride, after the seperation, went to live with his son, Robert Munson McBride. Alexander McBride came to America from Ireland about the year * 1813. Not a great deal is known about his early years except that he taught school in a schoolhouse which stood on the south bank of Wolf Creek and just north of the present town of Slippery Rock, Butler County, Pennsylvania. Tradition has it that many of his students were almost grown men and not too suscepitble to discipline. That on one occasion, on coming to the schoolhouse of a morning, he found some of the larger boys were already inside and had the doors barricaded. He promptly went into the woods and cut a substantial blackthorn switch, then climbed to the roof and down the chimney taking the culprits in the rear and making them very willing to get out of the room. Alexander McBride built the first flour mill in the district. It was located on Slippery Rock Creek, just above where it is joined by Wolf Creek, and quite a large dam for power for the mill, - the dam a large area for storage of water. He secured water rights from owners of considerable land ajoining the creek. Many of the deeds for this same property even today mention that water right. He had considerable knowledge of engineering as practiced in those early days, and had much to do with the surveying of various lands which were taken up by settlers in the Eighteen Twenties. He later transported much freight by wagons drawn by four- and six-horse teams from what is now Harlansburg in Lawrence County to Pittsburgh before railways were built in Western Pennsylvania. He operated a general store in Harlsnsburg until just a few years before his death.

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Col. Alexander McBride's Timeline

December 20, 1795
Londonderry, County Derry, Ulster, Ireland
February 26, 1821
Age 25
PA, United States
June 27, 1823
Age 27
Butler County, Pennsylvania, United States
March 3, 1825
Age 29
Slippery Rock, Butler County, Pennsylvania, United States
February 18, 1828
Age 32
Slippery Rock, Butler County, Pennsylvania, United States
June 21, 1828
Age 32
Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States
January 14, 1830
Age 34
Butler, Butler County, Pennsylvania, United States
March 11, 1832
Age 36
Butler, Butler County, Pennsylvania, United States
August 22, 1834
Age 38
Pennsylvania, United States