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John Alderson
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Birth: May, 1806, England
Death: Sep. 24, 1878
Pittsburgh
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA

Born in High Ewebank under Stainmore in County Westmorland. Husband of Margaret C. maiden name unknown. Son of Jonathan Alderson and Mary née Beadle Alderson. John, Margaret and daughter Sarah, immigrated in 1830. Father of four. First Pittsburgh City Directory reference for John Alderson was in 1852, he was listed as a shoemaker living at 235 Second Avenue. In 1856 he resided at 235 2nd Avenue, Pittsburgh which was the location of his sawmill. Later, John and his brother-in-law, George Fawcett, owned and operated two saw mills and lumber yards during and after the Civil War. The second mill was located at Brady Street. A John Alderson filed a Declaration of Intent for citizenship on 27 December 1832. John's death was a suicide; he was found drowned in Succop's Pond very near to his home on Shady Lane [Avenue]. This was in the 22nd Ward of Pittsburgh, now known as Squirrel Hill. John was known to be depressed from losses from the Panic of 1873 and other legal difficulties. Alderson Street in Squirrel Hill is named for John and located on his property.

Obituary for John Alderson, dated 24 September 1878 in the Pittsburgh Evening Chronicle.

TWENTY - SECOND WARD SUICIDE.

Mr. John Alderson Drowns Himself in an Ice Pond.

This morning at the early hour John Alderson, an old and highly respected citizen of the Twenty-second ward, committed suicide by drowning, it is supposed. For some time past Mr. Alderson has been despondent, in consequence of financial reverses, and it was noticed by his friends that these troubles lately settled on his mind. He was an administrator of an estate in which the accounts balanced against him, and was also one of the unfortunate stockholders of the United States Bank, which went by the board soon after the Financial Panic of 1873. This morning about 2 o'clock Mr. Alderson escaped from the house and it is believed proceeded to Succop's Ice Pond, three or four hundred yards distant, and threw himself into the water. The pond which is ten or twelve feet deep, was dragged this morning by friends of the deceased, and his body was found. The Coroner was notified, and will hold an inquest this afternoon.

LOCAL BRIEFS - Pittsburgh Post Gazette, September 25, 1878.

Mr. JOHN ALDERSON, a gentleman well known in commercial circles, is supposed to have drowned himself in Succop's Pond, in the 22nd Ward. Tracks were found leading directly from his home to the edge of the water, and a party of men were engaged in dragging for his body yesterday morning.

Obituary from the Pittsburgh Press, September 25, 1878.

Mr. John Alderson, a gentleman well known in commercial circles, is supposed to have drowned himself in Succop's Pond in the Twenty - second ward. Tracks were found leading directly from his house to the edge of the water, and a party of men were engaged in dragging for his body yesterday morning.

Obituary: Pittsburgh Commercial Gazette Thursday, September 26, 1878.

ALDERSON
On Tuesday morning at 2:30 o'clock, JOHN ALDERSON, aged 74 years. The friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from his late residence corner of Shady Lane and Forward avenue, 22nd ward, THIS MORNING at 10 o'clock. Carriages will leave J.L. Williams undertaking rooms, 305 Fifth avenue, at 9 o'clock.


 
 
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 Parents:
  Jonathan Alderson (1775 - 1862)
  Mary Beadle Alderson (1785 - 1849)
 
 Spouse:
  Margaret J. Alderson (1800 - 1883)*
 
 Children:
  Sarah Alderson (1830 - 1883)*
  John H. Alderson (1834 - 1885)*
  William C. Alderson (1837 - 1898)*
  Margaret J. Alderson Sutch (1843 - 1921)*
 
 Siblings:
  John Alderson (1806 - 1878)
  Thomas Alderson (1808 - 1888)*
  William Alderson (1810 - 1894)*
  Mary Alderson Alderson (1811 - 1891)*
  Elizabeth Alderson Baker (1814 - 1873)*
  Sarah Alderson Stubbs (1818 - 1865)*
  Jonathan Alderson (1820 - 1899)*
  Ann Alderson Long (1826 - 1909)*
  James F. Alderson (1828 - 1850)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
OUR FATHER
 
Note: In The 75, Year Of His Age
 
Burial:
Union Dale Cemetery
Pittsburgh
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section C
 
Created by: Bernard C. Alderson
Record added: Dec 05, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81560544
John Alderson
Added by: Bernard C. Alderson
 
 
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- Bernard C. Alderson
 Added: Jan. 26, 2012
 
 
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