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Nancy Adair Houston

7 Jun 1832 -

18 Jan 1900 























  Nancy Adair Houston 


Mrs. Nancy Adair Houston departed from this life at the old homestead in Findley township after a few days illness with pneumonia, January 18, 1900.

Nancy Adair was born in County Antrim, Ireland, Nov. 15, 1810 and was united in marriage with Thomas Houston, June 7, 1832. They came to America on their wedding trip and after a journey of about twelve weeks reached Pittsburg where they started their first home: Here they lived until Dec of 1839 when they came to Findley Township where they purchased a farm which was then almost a wilderness. Upon this farm they lived and labored for over 58 years when Mr. Houston was called up higher, Mrs. Houston remaining for about a year and a half after him. They were the parents often children, seven of whom, Mrs. Mary Wilson of Pardoe; John and Robert of Wolf Creek township: William of Mercer; Rev. H. H. Houston of Struthers, Ohio; Rev. T. A. of New Wilmington and James H. at the old home remain to mourn their loss. But they “Sorrow not as others who have no hope”.

Mrs. Houston gave herself to Christ in connection with his church before she left her mother’s home. she was a member of the First United Presbyterian congregation of Mercer for about 60 years and lived a consistent and godly Christian life, a blessing to her own home and to the neighborhood. Anxious about her children’s welfare up to within a few m minutes of her departure and always ready to lend a helping hand to those in need, as was truthfully said at her funeral, “A mother to the whole community”.

The funeral services were conducted on Saturday at 1:00 by her pastor, Rev. S.W. Gilkey, D.D. assisted by Prof. Jas. B. McClelland D.D. a former neighbor boy. Her six sons carried their mother to her last resting place followed by many neighbors and friends. “There remaineth therefore a rest unto the people of God”.

[Nancy sometimes used the name ‘Agnes”. She is so listed in the 1850 an d 1870 Census for Findley Township, Mercer County, PA. The last name was spelled “Huston” too.

They left Ireland in June [20th] 1832 and arrived in Baltimore on Aug 20th on the ship “Clansman’ Captain Ritchie.

Nancy Adair Houston is buried in the old section of Findley Cemetery.]

Submitted by Jean Todd




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