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George Wesley Albright
Birth: Dec. 15, 1832
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Aug. 25, 1917
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA

George was born to Jacob Albright and Anna Dunlap in 1832, in an area of Philadelphia called Spring Garden.

He left his family's home in Philadelphia sometime before 1850, after completing grammar school. He then went to Harrisburg to apprentice in the printing trade at the Harrisburg Telegraph. At the age of 17, he was living in a boarding house in Trenton, New Jersey (1850 census), starting his career as a printer. He became a reporter and assistant editor on the Trenton State Gazette.

In 1856, he worked on the New York Tribune. At the Tribune, he met and worked with Horace Greeley, the founder of the newspaper and later, a candidate in the 1872 US presidential election.

There many additional locations that he worked in this time period; (note: his son Charles Wesley Albright was born in Pougkeepsie, New York.)

After the Civil War, he moved back Philadelphia where he worked for nearly all the dailies and Sunday papers, "and ultimately became intimately acquainted with all the editors and publishers." Most notably, his daughter Josephine remembered him as a member of the staff of the Philadelphia Ledger.

In 1873, the family moved to Bridgeton, New Jersey, where George became the editor of the first daily paper ever issued in South Jersey. (His son, William J Sewell Albright, was born in Bridgeton).

George married Charlotte Endicott Rogers in Hoboken, New Jersey on December 17, 1854. They likely met in New York through her brother, William C. Rogers, who worked in the printing and publishing trades as did George.

George and Charlotte had eleven children. Their last child was born in 1877 when they returned to live in Philadelphia.

Their children include,

1. Amelia Pertain (1855-1949); m. Lewis Franklin Pertain on Apr. 25, 1881 in Manhattan. They had nine children.

2. Anna Caroline Danby, (1857-1945); m. Thomas W. Danby in 1882. They had four children.

3. William Rogers Albright, born Sep. 30, 1859; lived 11 months.

4. George Albright, born Apr. 30, 1860; died at birth.

5. Edmund Neville Albright, (1862-1863); lived 20 months.

6. Charles Wesley Albright, (1864-1949); m. Anne Rebecca Cox in 1885, in Camden, New Jersey. They had two children.

7. Josephine Clara Albright, (1869-1956); did not marry.

8. Twins, Jane Cooper Albright and George Wilmurt Albright, born Nov. 9, 1873; Jane lived one month and George lived four months.

9. William J. Sewell Albright, (1875-1913); m1. Mary Jane Probst in 1897. They had two children; m2. Lois May Miller on Apr. 27, 1911. No addition children.

10. Charlotte Elizabeth Buffett, (1877-1927); m. William Heber Buffet on Sep. 4, 1900. They had one adopted child.

George served as a Sergeant in Civil War in Capt. William F. Rich's company for short period. He was mustered in with the company in Philadelphia on June 29, 1863.

His name appears in many City Directories in the Philadelphia area as a printer and "compositor", meaning arranger of print type.

George W. Albright is listed in the Chester Directory in 1902, working as a compositor and a home address at 441 Main St., Parkesburg. At this time, Charlotte, was living with the family of their daughter, Anna Danby, in New York City. It is believed that he and Charlotte separated in about 1884.

In the 1900 census, George is seen living in Chester County (PA), and is with a new wife, Jennie Thompson, and has two children, Wilmurt George Albright (b. 1889) and Thomas Garland Albright (b. 1898).

George was featured in an article in the Harrisburg Telegraph (Mar. 5, 1915, page 13) at the age of 82. The article describes his journey as a newspaperman and a printer, an includes his photograph (attached).

His burial in Fairview Cemetery is noted on his death certificate, with his burial date as Aug. 28, 1917.

Daily Local News, West Chester, Chester County, Pa.
December 22, 1916


George W. Albright, Pomeroy, one of the oldest typos in the county to have been working at the case, who celebrated his 84th birthday on December 15th, fell on the pavement and dislocated his hip. He had been enjoying good health and frequently set type at a local printing establishment.

Daily Local News, West Chester, Chester County, Pa.
August 27, 1917


At the age of 85, George W. Albright, who set type beside Horace Greeley, and is well known to most all the printers in Chester County, died Saturday night at the home of his son, Wilmurt G. Albright, Valley Township.

Up until a year ago, when he fell and sustained a fractured him (sic, s/b hip), he worked at the case. He was a member of the Typographical Union, Reading, for many years.

He is survived by a widow, formerly Miss Jennie Thompson, Ireland, and two sons, Wilmurt and Garland, both at home.

ALBRIGHT- In Valley Township, on Saturday, August 25, 1917, George W. Albright.

Relatives and friends may view the remains on Monday evening, Augus 27, at 7 o'clock. Funeral private. Interment at Fairview Cemetery.
Family links: 
  Jacob Albright (1799 - 1866)
  Anna A. Dunlap Albright (1808 - 1891)
  Charlotte Endicott Rogers Albright (1832 - 1916)
  Jennie Thompson Albright (1858 - 1937)
  Amelia Albright Pertain (1855 - 1949)*
  Anna Caroline Albright Danby (1857 - 1945)*
  William Rogers Albright (1858 - 1859)*
  Edmund Neville Albright (1862 - 1863)*
  Charles Wesley Albright (1864 - 1949)*
  Josephine Clara Albright (1869 - 1956)*
  William J. Sewell Albright (1875 - 1913)*
  Charlotte Elizabeth Albright Buffett (1877 - 1927)*
  Wilmurt George Albright (1889 - 1959)*
  Thomas Garland Albright (1898 - 1972)*
  George Wesley Albright (1832 - 1917)
  Sarah Elizabeth Albright Magee (1838 - 1881)*
  Ellen D. Albright Cunningham (1840 - 1881)*
  Albert Alfred Albright (1841 - 1872)*
  Emily Theresa Bryant Albright Hill (1844 - 1909)*
  Edmund Neville Albright (1847 - 1853)*
  Martha Louise Albright Dodge Hill (1849 - 1892)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Obituary transcript sourced by contributor Dan Oh
Fairview Cemetery
South Coatesville
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section 391NE; Grave 1 North
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Record added: Sep 18, 2012
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George Wesley Albright
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George Wesley Albright
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George Wesley Albright
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Rest in Heavenly peace.
- William Neill
 Added: Jan. 1, 2014
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