William Sharp McCreight

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WILLIAM SHARP McCREIGHT, M. D., of Elderton, Armstrong county, was a practicing physician at Pittsburgh for over twenty years, and has recently returned to his native locality. He was born Dec. 12, 1864, in Plum Creek township, son of James and Jane J. (Carrell) McCreight, and grandson of Andrew and Ann (Sharp) McCreight. The latter was the daughter of Capt. Andrew Sharp, who fought in the Revolutionary war and for his services in the army was granted a tract of land in Indiana county, Pennsylvania.

James McCreight, son of Andrew, was born Oct. 20, 1812, near Shelocta, Indiana county, and removing to Plum Creek township settled at the forks of Plum creek and Crooked creek; living in that township until 1832. Later he moved with his parents to Paradise settlement, about four miles from where Reynoldsville now stands. He soon returned to Plum Creek township, and for seven consecutive winters taught school in a log cabin on what is now the Kimmel farm, on Plum creek. He learned the carpenter's trade and built many barns, also following farming. In the early forties he bought a farm near the junction of the north and east branches of Plum creek, where he resided until his death, in 1888. In politics he was a Republican. He was one of the organizers of the United Presbyterian Church at Elderton, and was one of the two elders. In 1859 he married Jane J. Carrell, and they had a family of eight children: Andrew W., who died in infancy; James Edwin, a builder, now living in Texas (he married Dora Hutchinson, of Kittanning, and had one child, John William, who died in January, 1914); William Sharp; Anna Mary, who died in 1900, in Elderton; Thomas, who died in infancy; John Ralston, an attorney of Washington, Pa., who is married and has one child; Jane Agnes (twin of John R.), who married Taylor Rankin, and lives in Crawford county, Pa., (she has two children, one son and one daughter); and Emma Bell, who died in infancy.

William Sharp McCreight received his preliminary education at Atwood, Armstrong county, and the State normal school at Indiana. He took his medical course at what is now known as the University of Pittsburgh, graduating March 26, 1891, and in 1893 became one of the instructors at that institution, with which he was connected in that capacity for six years, until 1899. He had commenced practice in Pittsburgh, and remained there for twenty-one years after his graduation, but he has become tired of city life, and in 1912 returned to the locality where he spent his early life, settling in the borough of Elderton. He has had a very successful career, both as an instructor and in general practice, and has many friends in and around Elderton, who are glad to welcome him into their midst.

Dr. McCreight was married, Feb. 12, 1902, to Louisa Dorotly Rado, of Pittsburgh, daughter of Henry and Pauline Rado. They have one child, Jean Dorothy, born June 28, 1905, at Pittsburgh.

Source: Page 462, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J. H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 1998 by James R. Hindman for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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