Biography of Robert A. Manson
Washington County, PA Biographies

ROBERT ALLISON MANSON, a well known citizen of Canonsburg, whose whole life, with the exception of several years, has been spent in Washington County, was born in Mt. Pleasant Township, February 18, 1857. His parents were John and Emeline (Allison) Manson.

The paternal grandparents of Mr. Manson, lived and died in Beaver County, Pa, They bad the following children: James, John, Robert, David, Buchanan, Jane and Agnes, all of whom are deceased except James, who resides near Hickory and has almost reached his ninetieth year. The maternal grandparents, Samuel and Mary Allison, moved from Beaver County to Hickory, Washington County, where both died. They had the following children: James, Joseph, Samuel, John, Mary, Elizabeth, Margaret, Belle and Emeline. James Allison resides in Washington State, aged about seventy five years. Mary married Alexander McCalmont; Elizabeth married David Cummings; Margaret married Robert Cowden; Belle married James Coulter; and E,eline married John Manson. Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Manson are the only survivors. The latter, now in her seventy first years, resides at West Middletown.

The father of Mr. Manson was born in Beaver County and came to Washington County and settled in Mt. Pleasant Township in early manhood and there engaged in farming until his death, in 1869, aged forty eight years. He was survived by six children, namely: Robert Allison; James Buchanan, who lives on the old homestead in Cross Creek Township, near the line of Hopewell, married Emma, daughter of Alexander MeCalmont; John Franklin, who is a pattern maker in the bridge works at Canonsburg, married Mollie Meneely, who is now deceased; Mary Emma, now deceased, was the wife of J. Frank Brownlee and they lived on a farm in Hopewell Township; Samuel, who is a carpenter by trade, resides at West Middletown with his mother; and Harry Elmer, who died in 1907, is survived by his widow, formerly Lillie Myers, who resides at Los Angeles, Cal.

Robert A. Manson attended the McCarrel's district sehool in. Mt. Pleasant Township, also the Limestone Lane school. After he was eighteen years of age be devoted himself to farm work for six years and thea learned the carpenter trade, working for five years with Samuel McFadden, in Cross Creek Township and afterward worked in different places until his marriage, when he moved to Washington, and two years later from there to Ingram, and two years after that returned to the farm and remained there for seven years. He then resumed carpenter work, locating at Imperial, in Allegheny County. His wife died there March 4, 1900, aged thirty seven years, and on November 15, 1902, be left Imperial and came to Canonsburg and has continued working at his trade in this city ever since.

Mr. Manson was married (first), September 30, 1885, to Miss Ida Jane Morrison, a daughter of James and Martha Morrison, and they bad four children: James Russell, who was born October 9, 1886, is connected with a pottery at Newell, W. Va, married Pearl Smith, and they have one child, Eugene Devid; Robert Harold, who was born May 27, 1890, works on a farm; and Emma Bernice, who was born September 5, 1893, and Martha Agnes, who was born November 30, 1895, both attend school. Mr. Manson was married (second) December 31, 1891, to Miss Mary E. McNutt, a daughter of William and Nancy (Weaver) McNutt. Mr. and Mrs. Manson are members of the Pirst Presbyterian Church at Canonsburg. He is a Republican.

20th Century History Of The City of
Washington and Washington County Pennsylvania
and Representative Citizens
By: Joseph F. McFarland
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Illinois, 1910

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