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 Peter Black

Peter Black

Birth
Death 7 Jul 1878 (aged 58)
Burial Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio, USA
Plot Section Z, Lot 7
Memorial ID 6288073 · View Source
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From J. Hope Sutor's 1905 "History of Muskingum Co."
Pg 237
Peter Black
Peter Black was born October 6, 1819, in Ramelton, County Donegal, Ireland, and was second son of a family of ten sons and two daughters. He was educated in the parish schools for eight or ten years and was a natural student, but his father was exacting and had a private tutor when the schools were closed.
Mr. Black came to America in 1840, landing at Philadelphia, and journeyed to Pittsburg by stage and, with an elder brother, clerked and saved money, and in 1843 they decided they could embark in business on personal account. The brother was so favorably impressed with Zanesville upon his arrival that he determined to locate here, and a stock of goods was procured and shipped to the "Black Brothers." Peter came as the representative of the firm and rented a small room in a two-story brick on the sited of the Equitable Building Company's offices, 508 Main Street, where the enterprise prospered and was soon moved to the corner room now occupied by the Commercial National Bank, at Fifth and Main, where it remained a few years. About 1850 the firm purchased a row of small bricks on the north side of Main Street, between Sixth Street and Sewer alley, as their business place. About two years later the partnership was dissolved and each operated on personal account, and Peter opened a wholesale department in a room on the site of George R. Fox's store, with the retail trade in the room on the west, a connection being made by arches.
In 1859 a partnership was formed with Alexander Grant, a brother-in-law and resident of Springfield, and a retail business opened at the southeast corner of Main and Third Streets, under the name of Alexander Grant & Company, the upper store being continued under the firm name of P. Black & Company. In 1861-2 the Music Hall Block was completed and in 1863 P. Black & Company moved the wholesale trade to it, and a partnership with another brother was formed, and a store opened in the Star Block, a northeast corner of Main and third Streets, as P. & J. Black, but soon after was associated with S. S. Black and Alexander Grant, as P. Black & Company in the Music Hall Block.
He formed the First National Bank and was its first president, a position he retained upon the consolidation of it with the Muskingum National Bank. In 1877, in conjuction with Dr. W. A. Graham, another brother-in-law, he erected the Clarendon Hotel, and his last business efforts were in connection with that structure, in which he took great pride. He was around the building Saturday, July 6, 1878, looking into details and seemingly in his usual good health, and went home about 4 pm; at supper he declined to eat, as he was not feeling well and went to his room for rest. Dr. C. C. Hildreth called and prescribed for indigestion and left about 11 pm. Mr. Black rested uneasily until about 4 am, when he expressed a more satisfactory feeling and the opinion he would be better in the morning. At 5 am he slept and when the physician called at 7 am and learned he was asleep, directed him to be undisturbed and to be given coffee upon awaking. The wife and daughter soon after entered the room and found that life was extinct.
The funeral was conducted July 10, by Dr. Hoge, who had married him in 1851 to Miss Dorothy Van Hamm, daughter of Dr. John Van Hamm and granddaughter of General Isaac Van Hamm. The casket was borne from his late home, at the northwest corner of Seventh and Market, by his brothers and brothers-in-law; the court house bell was tolled during the period of the passage of the cortege through the city, all business houses on Main Street and upon the route of the procession to Woodlawn were closed until 6 pm and the First National Bank and Clarendon buildings were heavily draped.



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B. at Ramelton, Donegal, Ireland. D. at Zanesville. Emigrated to America in 1840.

Gravesite Details Married Dorothea VanHorn Hamm

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  • Created by: Robert "Rob" Weller
  • Added: 25 Mar 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6288073
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Peter Black (6 Oct 1819–7 Jul 1878), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6288073, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Robert "Rob" Weller (contributor 46505507) .