Wednesday, April 8, 2015

George Lysle - Favorite Photo - 52 Ancestors #14

For this week's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks writing challenge from blogger Amy Crow Johnson of No Story Too Small, the theme is "Favorite Photo."

I have shared many favorite photos in this blog. See all posts with the Wordless Wednesday label HERE.

I included the following picture in a post from 2011 about my third great grandfather, George Lysle.

The reason I like this picture is that it is probably the oldest photo I have that shows one of my ancestors "at work" rather than sitting for a portrait. I am guessing that the trolley cars are carrying coal.

It is believed that the man in the top hat is George Lysle, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1799 or 1800. He was in Allegheny County by the 1840 U.S. Census and became extremely successful in the coal industry in Allegheny County and beyond, as his coal barges traveled the Allegheny River, the Monongahela River, and the Ohio River, all major trading routes from Pittsburgh.

George Lysle was one of nine children born to James Lysle and Mary (Wilson) Lysle, in Pennsylvania. By 1824, he had married Margaret McIlwaine (also born in Pennsylvania) and fathered twelve children with her:
Mary Ann Lysle (1825-1889)
John Wilson Lysle (1826-1879)
Sarah Jane Lysle (1827?-????) - possibly died young
Origan Augustus Lysle (1829-1880)
James M. Lysle (1831-1862 in the Civil War)
Addison Lysle (1834-1908)
Thompson Lysle (1835-1872)
Isabel Lysle (1837-after 1900)
Margaret Jane Lysle (1839-1868)
Caroline Lysle (1841-1914)
George Lysle, Jr. (1845-1900)
Eliza Lysle (1847-1928)

George, Sr. paid income taxes in 1864 and 1865 (U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918, found at and he is found in Pittsburgh city directories throughout the 1860s and 1870s, first with Lysle & Blackmore Co., later with Geo. Lyle & Sons. U.S. Census records (1850, 1860, 1870) show him as a Coal Merchant. Several of his sons joined him in the family coal business, including Addison and George, Jr.

George Lysle, Sr. died a tragic death in January 1877, from injuries sustained in a train accident outside of Washington, D.C., where he was traveling with one of his daughters. I shared some online newspaper accounts about his death here. His wife survived him by almost four years, dying in December 1880.

His body was returned to Allegheny City (now North Side Pittsburgh) for burial in Union Dale Cemetery, where many family members are buried. His FindAGrave memorial can be found here.

I also have a couple of versions of the following photographs of my third great-grandparents:

George Lysle, Sr.
Margaret (McIlwaine) Lysle

I have shared a Surname Saturday post for my Lysle line. In summary, I descend from George Lysle as follows:
George Lysle
George Lysle, Jr.
Marguerite Lysle
Helen Lysle Hunter
My mother

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