Thomas D McColgin


THOMAS D. McCOLGIN, a retired farmer of Cowanshannock township and a veteran of the Civil war, was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Aug. 18, 1827, son of Thomas and Maria (Totten) McColgin.

Thomas McColgin was born in Ireland, and came to Pittsburgh in young manhood, where he followed his trade that of a carpenter, until his death. His children were: Caroline, who married James C. McCormick; Ann Maria; Lydia A., Mrs. Melaney; Almira, who married Joseph K. Patterson; John T., and Thomas D.

The maternal grandparents of Thomas D. McColgin were John and Lydia Totten, pioneers of Cowanshannock township. Their daughter Maria was born in the State of New York.

Thomas D. McColgin was reared in Allegheny and Armstrong counties. He settled on a farm of fifty-seven acres in Cowanshannock township in 1850, and this has continued to be his home.

During the sixty years he has lived there he has made many improvements besides clearing his property. During the Civil war he gave valuable service as a soldier, enlisting in September, 1864, in Company K, 5th Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery, and was discharged in June, 1865. During his period of service he was principally engaged as guard against the encroachments of General Mosby. He was also one of those who buried the dead following the second battle of Bull Run.

On Oct. 13, 1857, Mr. McColgin was married to Mary S., daughter of Archibald and Elizabeth (Bricker) Marshall, of Wayne township. Mr. and Mrs. McColgin have had eight children: Oscar; William L.; Luella, who married W. A. Mantz; Anna M., who married E. C. Latimer; Lizzie J., who married J. E. Smith; Grant; Totten T., and Edgar. Mr. McColgin and wife are members of the Rural Valley Presbyterian Church. Mr. McColgin is a member of Anderson Fleming Post, G. A. R., of Rural Valley, and enjoys meeting his old comrades. Politically he is a Republican.

Source: Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed January 2012 by Sara Stewart for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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