THOMAS WARRELL BROCKMAN, an enterprising young business man of Morris township, was born January 19, 1863, a son of N. B. Brockman. N. B. Brockman was born of Scotch parents in Claysville, Washington county, and married Elizabeth Warrell, a daughter of Thomas Warrell, of whom subsequent mention is made. Thomas Warrell Brockman, when a small boy, was taken in charge by his grandfather Warrell, with whom he made his home until he had attained his majority. Shortly after this he married Lizzie McMillan, a daughter of John McMillan, of Morris township. For five years after his marriage Mr. Brockman managed the Warrel farm, one- half mile west of Prosperity, which he now owns, and on which he resides . In 1889 he opened a furniture and undertaking business in Prosperity, the undertaking department of which he still conducts on quite an extensive scale, though the furniture department was dropped in 1891. Mr. Brockman is also dealing in real estate in Pittsburgh, Penn. He is one of those genial gentlemen who always look on the bright side of life , and his friends are numerous. In politics he adheres to the principles of the Republican party, though he is not a partisan.
Mr. and Mrs. Brockman are among those who believe in enjoying life, and devote considerable time to travel. During the oppressive summer months of each year they spend the time at some watering place, having in the summer of 1891 made an extensive trip up the great lakes. They are the parents of three children: Sarah, born in May, 1887; Margaret, born in October 1889, and Mabel, born in February 1892.
Mrs. Priscilla Warrell, widow of Thomas Warrell (mentioned above), is the daughter of Luther Day, who was born in 1792, in New Jersey, and came to Washington county with his mother, Bethany Day, in the latter part of the eighteenth century, locating in Morris township. He married Mary Van Kirk, a daughter of William Van Kirk, of Washington county, and to their union eight children were born: William V. (deceased); Daniel, a resident of Morris township; Arvida, also a resident of Morris township; Thomas W., who died when young; Priscilla; Lavina (deceased); Maria and Artemus. Luther Day died in 1880, his wife having preceded him to the grave in 1849.
Priscilla Day was married in 1842 to B. F. McVay, to which union four children were born: Demas Lindley, of Morris township; Elmas D. (deceased); Samuel Bayard, of Morris township, and Wallace (deceased). Mr. McVay died in 1853 and in 1869 Mrs. McVay married Thomas Warrell, a native of Ireland, who emigrated to Washington county in 1824, locating on the farm now owned by his widow, where he died July 23, 1889. Mrs. Warrell is an amiable Christian lady, revered by all who know her.
Text taken from page 646 of:
Beers, J. H. and Co., Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893).
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