Abishai McCausland

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ABISHAI McCAUSLAND, deceased, was born in Cowanshannock township, Armstrong county, Dec. 25, 1829, son of David and Margaret (Guthrie) McCausland. He was well known in that and Wayne townships, and his death on Nov. 20, 1905, was deeply regretted by all who knew him. He was of Scotch-Irish descent.

David McCausland, the father was for many years a farmer in Cowanshannock township, where he died. He and his wife Margaret Guthrie had children as follows: James, William, David, Jane, Margaret, Rebecca, Jacob, Samuel, and Abishai.

Abishai McCausland was reared on his father's farm and followed agricultural pursuits all his life, spending the greater part of his time on the fine property he owned in his native township. His death occurred at Dayton, Pa., of a sudden attack of heart disease, while he was engaged in talk in one of the mercantile establishments. He was buried in the Glade Run cemetery. A faithful member of the United Presbyterian Church, he took an active part in its work, and in politics was identified with the Republican party.

Mr. McCausland married Mary A. Russell, a daughter or John and Susanna (Weamer) Russell, and they had three children: Susanna J., who died Jan. 29, 1898, aged twenty-four years, two months, eleven days; Margaret B., born June 3, 1878, who was the wife of John M. Holbek, and died Nov. 17, 1906, survived by one son, John Clair; and Mary R., who lives at home with her mother.

After her husband's death Mrs. McCausland continued to live on her farm of 158 acres, in Cowanshannock township, until February, 1907, at that time removing to Dayton, where she has a spacious residence. She still retains the farm, which is rich in coal.

James Russell, grandfather of Mrs. McCausland, came to Westmoreland county from the eastern part of Pennsylvania and followed farming through the rest of his life. He married Margaret Miller, and they had the following children: Margaret, Mary, John, David, Samuel, Isabella, Elizabeth, William, James, Ellen, Caleb and Alexander.

John Russell, son of James and father of Mrs. McCausland, was born in Westmoreland county, Pa. In 1837, he came to Armstrong county with his wife and family and bought a tract of 158 acres, one of the old Kirkpatrick farms, in Cowanshannock township, and there the rest of his life was passed, his death taking place in March 1864; he was interred in Glade Run cemetery. Mr. Russell served as a soldier in the war of 1812. He married Susanna, daughter of Andrew and Catherine Weamer, and they had two children, James and Mary A. The former was a soldier serving in the Civil war at the time of his death. The latter is the widow of Abishai McCausland.

Source: pages 652 Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 1998 by P. Godesky for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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