ISAAC LYTLE. Robert Lytle was born in Scotland, his family removing to Ireland when he was fifteen years old. Being dissatisfied he ran away from home at that age, and came to America, locating in Westmoreland county, Penn., which was on the extreme border of civilization. He there grew up to manhood, and married Anne Mason, adopted daughter of Joseph Markle, formerly governor of this State. Her own parents had been massacred by the Indians, and their house burned to ashes, she and little brother witnessing the sad scene from a distance and unobserved by the Indians. They ran to the nearest settlement, which was that of Mr. Markle, and being alone and friendless in the world, he immediately adopted them as members of his own family. After the marriage of Robert Lytle to Anne Mason they came to Allegheny county, Penn., and patented 415 acres of land on the waters of Peters creek. The tract was called Littleton, for which the patent was granted December 11, 1784. To them were born fourteen sons and one daughter, of whom are named, Samuel, Robert, David, John, Joseph, George, Isaac and Abraham (twins), Benjamin, William and Elizabeth (afterward Mrs. Holcroft), none of whom are now living.
Joseph Lytle was born in 1790, at the old home stead in Allegheny county, Penn. He married Margaret Murphy, of Washington county, and re moved to Mercer county, same State, but after some years returned to the old homestead in Allegheny county. Joseph died leaving five children, viz.: Benjamin, Anne, Sarah, Isaac and Mary, Isaac being the only surviving member of the family at this time.
Isaac Lytle, the subject of this sketch, born May 25,1824, removed with his widowed mother to Washington county when he was about seventeen years of age. Shortly afterward he took charge of a store for Graham, Gilfillan & Co., on the Monongahela pike, viz., 'Myers'. Remaining there a year, he removed the stock of goods to Brownsville, and enlarging the business remained there one year, which was in 1845. On December 31, 1846, Isaac Lytle was married to Eliza Jane Gaston, daughter of William Gaston, of Gastonville, Washington county. After their marriage he gave his attention to farming, in 1858 purchasing and locating the farm on which they now reside, at Gastonville, Washington county. Squire Lytle (as he is generally called) is a stanch member of the Democratic party, and served as justice of the peace from 1860 to 1865. He is steward and trustee of the M. E. Church, with which he is identified. The children of this family are nine in number, viz., Frances D.., Marian V., James Warren, Susan E., Robert C., William Gaston, Harry M., Ethel W. and George Herbert, all of whom are living.
Text taken from page 953 of:
Beers, J. H. and Co., Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893).
Transcribed January 1997 by Dawn Marie Madsen of Boise, ID as part of the Beers Project.
Published January 1997 on the Washington County, PA USGenWeb pages at http://www.chartiers.com/.
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