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Adam Rath History
Posted by: Cathy Farrell (ID *****9307) Date: October 25, 2006 at 08:29:08
In Reply to: Re: Jane Rath by Cathy Farrell of 349

ALEXANDER RATH (grandfather) - native of Ireland, of Scotch extraction

ADAM RATH married MARY MACYEAL.
They are from County Antrim, Ireland.

1. MARGARET RATH (daughter of ADAM RATH and MARY MACYEAL)

2. JANE RATH (daughter of ADAM RATH and MARY MACYEAL)
Born 1806 County Antrim, Ireland.
Died 9/10/1898 in Jefferson Twp., Pa.

Married JOHN HENRY McELHINNEY around 1819.
Born 11/14/1797 in Pa.
Died 3/1/1866 in Jefferson Twp., Pa.

Both are buried in Lebanon Presbyterian Cemetery, West Mifflin, Pa. Old Part, Row 1.
Cemetery records state JANE RATH McELHENY.

After John's death, Jane apparently remained in her old home, living,
with her sister, MARGARET RATH, and her grandson, JOSEPH W.
KENNEDY. Her sons, WILLIAM and DAVID, evidently inherited the
farmer, and living on the property with their families.

The three families were enumerated consecutively in the 1860-1880
censuses. John Henry was a farmer.

Children of Jane and John:
i . ESTER P. McELHINNEY: 5/24/1820 TO 1854
ii. WILLIAM McELHINNEY: 6/10/1822 TO AROUND 1896
iii. THOMAS JAMES McELHINNEY: 3/22/1824 TO 8/24/1871
iv. DAVID McELHINNEY: 1/4/1827 TO 7/20/1898
v. JANE McELHINNEY: 1830-?













3. ROBERT RATH (son of ADAM RATH and MARY MACYEAL)
Born December 1812 County Antrim, Ireland.

Robert immigrated with his parents to America. He became a successful
farmer. Robert was a member of Mifflin United Presbyterian Church.
Robert was a democrat.

Robert married MARY McFADDEN.

Children of Robert and Mary:

i. MARY J. RATH. She married Mr. Curry.
ii. JAMES H. RATH, b. 1841; d. 7/7/1934
iii. SAMUEL A. RATH
iv. ROBERT M. RATH - He was a farmer, post office Cosgrove.
v. NANCY B. RATH - She married Mr. Morton.
vi. ELLEN (ELLA) S. RATH. She married THOMAS BRIERLY in 1876.
Thomas was born 10/21/1851.
vii. CAROLINE RATH. She married Mr. McClure.
viii. EMMA RATH


HISTORY OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
Cushing, Thomas, 1821
Chicago: A. Warner Co., 1889

pg. 623
ROBERT M. RATH - farmer, postoffice Cosgrove. ALEXANDER RATH, the great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was a native of Ireland, of Scotch extraction. His son ADAM, married MARY MACYEAL, and they had the following-named children: ROBERT, JAMES, MARGARET, MRS. JANE McELHENNY, MRS. MARTHA HEAZLEP, MRS. NANCY McANULTY, JOHN, and ADAM (the last named was a member of the Hampton battery, and was killed at Gettysburg, in the peach orchard). The last-named ROBERT RATH was born in Dec., 1812, in Country Antrim, Ireland, and immigrated to this country with his parents. He had to make his own way in the world, but became a successful farmer. He is a member of Mifflin U. P. Church, and of session; he is a domocrat. He married MARY McFADDEN, and their children are MRS. MARY J. CURRY, JAMES H., SAMUEL A., ROBERT M. (whose name heads this sketch), MRS. NANCY B. MORTON, MRS. ELLEN BRIERLY, MRS. CAROLE McCLURE, AND EMMA.








HISTORY OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
Cushing, Thomas, 1821
Chicago: A. Warner Co., 1889

pg. 765
JAMES H. RATH - farmer, postoffice Elizabeth, a son of ROBERT and MARY (McFADDEN) RATH was born in Mifflin Township, in 1841. His parents settled in Mifflin upward of fifty years ago, and their family consisted of nine children - six girls, five of whom are still living, and three boys. JAMES H. is by profession, a teacher, and received his early education in the schools of the county, and later attended several educational institutions. In 1865 he married ELIZABETH, daughter of WILLIAM and DIANA LOWRIE. He resided for some time in Jefferson Township, and recently moved to the farm purchased by him in Forward Township. His children are CARRIE L., WILLIAM L., WILLIAM L., SADIE M., MAUD J., MINNIE, CHARLEY C., MABEL F. , and GEORGE LYTLE. SUSAN P. LOWRIE is also a member of his household, having made her home with him since 1863. She has taught school for fifteen years, with invariable success. MRS. RATH, after a lingering illness, died Nov. 12, 1887, a member of U. P. Church, of which MR. RATH is also a member.



4. JAMES RATH (son of ADAM RATH and MARY MACYEAL)
Born 1818.
Died 11/8/1904.

Married RACHEL HAMILTON.
Born 1821.
Died 2/18/1894.

James and Rachel are buried in Lebanon Presbyterian Cemetery, West
Mifflin, Pa. Old Part. Row 21-A.

RACHEL RATH (cemetery card reads - daughter of JAMES & RACHEL
HAMILTON RATH; Old Part. Row 21-A. Born 1861 - Died 1879);
buried at Lebanon Presbyterian Cemetery, West Mifflin, Pa.








Children of James and Rachel:

A. WILLIAM B. RATH
Born 9/21/1857 on a farm in Mifflin Twp., Pa.
He was educated in Mifflin Township. William was a farmer all his life.
Lived on the old Patterson homestead.

Married (1) SARAH E. PATTERSON (daughter of ROBERT AND PRISCILLA
PATTERSON) on 2/28/1884.
Sarah was born 6/29/1859 and died in 1891.

Child of William and Sarah:

1. MARY PRISCILLA RATH, now the wife of PAUL STROYER.

Mr. and Mrs. Rath belonged to Presbyterian
Church. William was a republican.
William married (2) JESSIE KLINGENSMITH, of Aspinwall, Allegheny County,
Pa. on 4/14/1917.


HISTORY OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
Cushing, Thomas, 1821
Chicago: A. Warner & Co., 1889

pg. 720
WILLIAM B. RATH, farmer, postoffice Duquesne, was born Sept. 21, 1857 in Mifflin Township, on the old homestead, a son of JAMES RATH. He was educated in his native county, has been a farmer all his life, and is now cultivating the old Patterson homestead. He married Feb. 28, 1884, Sarah E. Patterson, who was born June 29, 1859. Mrs. and Mrs. Rath are members of the Presbyterian Church. Politically he is identified with the republican party.

















Vol. 5. HISTORY OF PITTSBURGH and environs from prehistoric days to the beginning of the American Revolution.
Fleming, George Thornton, 1855-1928
New York: Chicago: The American Historical Society, Inc., 1922

pgs. 260-261
WILLIAM B. RATH - For many years, identified with the development and progress of the various industries of the regions rich in natural deposits of coal, oil, and gas, WILLIAM B. RATH has achieved individual success and also has borne a very practical part in general advance.

Mr. Rath was born on the farm in Mifflin Township, Allegheny County, Pa., Sept. 21, 1857, son of JAMES and RACHEL (HAMILTON) RATH. After gaining a limited, but practical, education in the country schools, he worked around his neighborhood, and by observation and study, acquired a working knowledge of the real estate business, as related to coal lands. He operated in this general branch of real estate in many different parts of the country until , in 1901, his rapidly increasing business led him to establish an office in Pittsburgh. He has developed very extensive interests, and his business now covers most of the central bituminous coal fields, including those in the states of West Virginia, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. Personally, he is also interested in oil and gas properties in Butler County, this State.

Mr. Rath has led a very active life, and has reached a position of influence in his chosen field of endeavor. He takes no vacations, finding keen pleasure in his work. He is a member of the Cheswick Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Rath married (first) SARAH PATTERSON, daughter of ROBERT and PRISCILLA PATTERSON, who died in 1891, leaving one daughter, MARY PRISCILLA, now the wife of PAUL STROYER, they being the parents of one daughter, MARY PRISCILLA. Mr. Rath married (second) JESSIE KLINGENSMITH, of Aspinwall, Allegheny County, Pa. on April 14, 1917."













B. RACHEL RATH
Born 1861.
Died 1879.
Buried in Lebanon Presbyterian Cemetery, West Mifflin, Pa. Old Part, Row 21-A.

According to your records:

C. SAMUEL ADAM RATH, born 1/9/1850
D. ROBERT RATH
E. JANE MARY RATH
F. MARTHA ANNE RATH
G. JAMES RATH, JR.
H. AGNES RATH
I. SARAH RATH

5. MARTHA RATH
Born 1823
Died 1889

Married JOSEPH BRUCE HEZLEP in 1846.
Born 1821 in County Down, Ireland.
Died 1900.

Grandparents of JOSEPH BRUCE HEZLEP:
GEORGE HEZLEP and ESTER BRUCE (descendant of the celebrated
or ROBERT BRUCE); they immigrated from Scotland to Ireland

Parents of JOSEPH BRUCE HEZLEP:
SAMUEL HEZLEP and JANE WALKER (came to America in 1841 and
settled in New Wilmington, Mercy County, Pa., where Samuel and Jane died.)

Children of Martha and Joseph:

i. SAMUEL ADAM HEZLEP
Married ELIZA CURRY.

Children of SAMUEL ADAM HEZLEP and ELIZA CURRY:
i. unnamed
ii. unnamed
iii. unnamed
iv. WILLIAM HEZLEP, resided at Turtle Creek. Not sure of birth order.

ii. to iv. 3 sons died in infancy.



HISTORY OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
Cushing, Thomas, 1889
Chicago: A. Warner & Co., 1821

JOSEPH BRUCE HEZLEP-merchant, post-office Turtle Creek, was born in County Down, Ireland, in 1821. His grandfather, GEORGE HEZLEP, married ESTER BRUCE (a descendant of the celebrated ROBERT BRUCE), and emigrated from Scotland to Ireland. Their son, Samuel, with his wife JANE WALKER and son JOSEPH BRUCE HEZLEP, came to America in 1841, and settled near New Wilmington, Mercy County, Pa., where Samuel and his wife died. When twelve years told JOSEPH B. began linen-weaving, which he followed four years, and became so proficient that he premiums he earned sufficed to keep him in clothing. On arriving in this country he followed farming for a time, then spent two years at blacksmithing, but becoming satisfied that he could not make a skillful mechanic, began peddling goods through the country about Pittsburgh. In 1846 he married MARTHA RATH, a native of this county, and a daughter of ADAM and MARY RATH, natives of Ireland. After his marriage Mr. Hezlep opened a small store in Snowden Township,,,,Whle a republican in principle, he has recently acted with the prohibitionists. His four sons are all deceased; three died in infancy, and SAMUEL ADAM at the age of thirty-five years; the latter married ELIZA CURRY and became the father of four children, only one of whom, WILLIAM, is living, residing with his widowed mother at Turtle Creek.....


6. JOHN
7. NANCY
8. SAMUEL
9. ADAM




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