HENRY LOMESON KEAGGY is well known in Westmoreland county, as well as that entire section of Pennsylvania, having been for many years employed on the railroads in various capacities, and is at the present time (1906) manager of the Brothers large estate. The family which he represents came originally from Switzerland, but have been settled in America for a number of generations.
(I) John Keaggy, father of Henry Lomeson Keaggy, was born in Switzerland, and came to the United States about 1825. He was a stone mason by occupation, and died in 1843. He married Margaret Lomeson, born in Indiana county, Pennsylvania, 1811, died in Allegheny City, 1893. She was the daughter of John and Ann (Fulkerson) Lomeson, the latter born in Danville. Pennsylvania. John Lomeson (grandfather) built a grist mill at Cherry Run. They had six children, none of whom are now living and among whom were: William, was a farmer and died in Armstrong county; John, was a farmer and died in Michigan; Jerry, died near Homer, Indiana county, Pennsylvania; Henry, who studied medicine, became a prominent physician, and amassed a fortune, which he left to a nephew, Dr. J. B. Keaggy, who lives in Allegheny City, is married but has no children.
John and Margaret (Lomeson) Keaggy had six children: William, married; Margaret, married; Lucy, deceased, married Erastus Gray, who was a railroad engineer and was killed by falling in front of his own engine at Bardocks, on the old Pittsburgh & Connellsville Railroad; David, married; Henry Lomeson, of whom later; and John, married.
(II) Henry Lomeson Keaggy, third son and fifth child of John and Margaret (Lomeson) Keaggy, was born in Indiana county, Pennsylvania, March 25, 1845. He was raised on the farm, receiving a common education, and at the age of fifteen years enlisted in Company G, One Hundred and Seventh Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, December. 1860. He served with the Army of the Potomac until September 1862. He was in six battles and displayed bravery and courage remarkable in one so young. He was wounded in the first battle at Fredericksburg, and was sent to the hospital where he lay for two months and was then sent home. He commenced working on the Pittsburgh and Cleveland Railroad in the capacity of brakeman, and worked his way up through the various positions of conductor and train dispatcher until 1899, when he assumed the management of the Brothers' estate at Greensburg, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania. He is considered a very efficient and capable manager and his services are highly satisfactory to his employers. He married Margaret Kissig Parke, born in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, June 19, 1865, daughter of Robert Matthias Parke, a Methodist preacher, who built the first church in Allegheny City, preaches there, and defrays all the expenses. Robert M. Parke had a family of five children, two sons and three daughters, of whom but two are now living: Margaret Kissig, wife of Henry L. Keaggy, and Helen.
Source: Page(s) 105, History of Westmoreland County, Volume 2, Pennsylvania by John N Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906.
Transcribed June 2001 by Nathan Zipfel for the Westmoreland County History Project
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