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Alexander McConnell, Jr
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Birth: Dec. 20, 1816
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Feb. 3, 1903
Cecil
Washington County
Pennsylvania, USA

Son of Alexander and Ann Berry McConnell, husband of Elizabeth Mary McKnight.

Alexander was trained to farm-work until sixteen years of age, when he engaged in milling. He began without previous preparation for his work, but by diligent study of the process of flour-making he wa soon what he set out to be, a good miller. When tewnty-one years of age he was employed to build a mill, which work he entered upon without especial preparation, but he was a natural mechanic, and when the work was completed his emplouer said, Well done!" This caused for him a reputation as a skillful, substantial workman, and he was employed for a number of years in different parts of the country in building mills. He built for Hazlett, Dil, Prigg & Co., the first successful steam-mill in Washington, PA. In 1859 he engaged in farming, which has since occupied his time. While hes has lived a busy life, devoted to his own and his family's interests, he has not been unmindful of his duties as a citizen, and measures for the enhancement of the public weal have found in him a ready and liberal supporter. He gave liberally of his own means, and was instrumental in obtaining the assistance of otheres, for the construction of the Chartiers Valley Railroad. Before he attained his majority he united with the Associate Reformed, now the United Presbyterian Church of Canonsburg, Pa. In 1847 he removed his membership to the Chartiers Cross-Roads United Presbyterian Church, it being nearer to his home, and of that organization he has been a ruling elder for about thirty years. He was married Dec. 8, 1853, to Eliza McKnight of Chartiers township. Two of their children died in infancy and two are living - Joseph M., a farmer, living with his father and John O. who is a member of the senior class of New Wilmington College, Lawrence Co., Pa.

Mr. McConnel has in his possession the old Bible which has been in the family for generations. It bears the following inscription upon its title-page:
"Imprented at London by the Deputied of Christopher barker, Printers to the Queens most Excellent Majestie, 1599."

Source: History of Washington County, Chartiers Township, Pg. 719. 
 
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 Parents:
  Alexander McConnell (1755 - 1825)
  Ann Berry McConnell (1797 - 1855)
 
 Spouse:
  Elizabeth Mary McKnight McConnell (1820 - 1903)
 
 Siblings:
  Prudence M McConnell Oram (1795 - 1886)**
  Nancy McConnell (1797 - 1879)**
  Alexander McConnell (1816 - 1903)
  Elizabeth McConnell (1819 - 1903)**
  Jane McConnell Boyle (1821 - 1899)**
  Matthew McConnell (1821 - 1886)**
  Mary A McConnell Fife (1822 - 1898)**
  John B McConnell (1826 - 1898)**
  James McConnell (1829 - 1903)**
  David McConnell (1831 - 1850)**
  William McConnell (1834 - 1866)**
  Anderson McConnell (1839 - 1878)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Speer Spring Cemetery
Canonsburg
Washington County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: Sharon
Record added: Jun 27, 2007
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Alexander McConnell, Jr
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Alexander McConnell, Jr
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