Record of the Wishart Family

By Anne Galloway
Submitted May 1997

[This information came from several sources. A typewritten copy of a mss. by Mr. B. Wishart of So. Minneapolis, MN, whose record ends in 1902; Crumrine's History of Washington Co. PA, 1884; The History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, 1884; family records, and my own researches.]

Dr. John Wishart and Dr. James Wishart who practiced in Washington Co PA in the early 1800s were sons of Dr. David Wishart of Perthshire in Scotland and Bedford Co. PA. It is possible that James Wishart, a charter member of Chartiers Presbyterian Church in Washington Co (1798) was their uncle. The two brothers were born in Scotland and came to the U.S. in 1796 with their parents and other brothers and sisters. They sailed from Greenock, Scotland, on 1 July 1796 and "after a tedious and dangerous voyage, being shipwrecked off Little Egg Harbor," they landed at New York on 8 September.

Dr. David Wishart bought land on Yellow Creek in Bedford Co. and lived there for the rest of his life. He was born on 9 August 1752 in Kincardine, Perthshire, and died after 1830 in PA. His wife was Janet Belches (18 May 1762- d. after 1806), dau of James and Catherine Waterman Belches. David and Janet had thirteen children, two of whom died in infancy.

Dr. John Wishart, their oldest son (24 March 1781-19 June 1864) was b. in Perthshire, grew up in Bedford co., worked on the family farm and studied medicine with his father. "In 1806 he entered the University of Philadelphia, and after a full course graduated in the spring of 1808. He married Mary, a daughter of Robert Tate, Esq., and removed to Washington, and opened an office October 3rd of that year, 'at the house of Mrs. Dodd, nearly opposite the courthouse,' now (1884) the site of Hasting's hardware store and the Washington Savings-Bank." Crumrine.

After Mary's death John m. Martha Wilson, daughter of John Wilson. Dr. Wishart helped to establish a public school system in 1835, and was one of the trustees of the Washington Female Seminary until his death.

Dr. James Wishart (31 January 1789 - 7 July 1849) born in Scotland and educated in PA, set up his practice in Washington Co. He married Jane Hazlett (b. 1 October 1782, Coleraine, IR - d. 27 January 1821, Washington PA.) She was the daughter of Robert and Mary Caldwell Hazlett. They had three children. Dr. James did not want any of his children to become doctors. Jane, the youngest child, died in infancy shortly after her mother's death and was buried in the Old Cemetery in Washington.

Dr. Wishart married 2) Agnes McElwaine (29 January 1800 - 23 April 1856) daughter of Andrew and Margaret Caldwell McElwaine. Mrs. Hazlett and Mrs. McElwaine were sisters, daughters of Hugh Caldwell and Catherine Reanie Caldwell. James and Agnes left Washington and moved to St. Clairsville, OH. Later Dr. Wishart moved to St. Louis, MO.

			Descendants

The children of John and Mary Wishart:
	Dr. David.  Studied medicine with his father, practiced in Washington 
	  and Greene counties.  Served as a lieutenant in the 22nd PA Cavalry 
	  during the Civil War.  Returned to Washington.  Married S. H.? 
	Robert T.  m. Ellen Oliver.  North Strabane, Washington co.
	Janet B.  m. Alexander W. Acheson.
	Mary.  m. David P. Lowrie, New Brighton, PA.
	Margaret W. m. Frank (Alfred) Carter.  Cincinnati, OH.
	Nancy.   n.m.  Washington, PA. 

Children of John and Martha Wishart:

	Dr. John.  Studied medicine with his father, graduated from the Univ. of 
	  Pennsylvania, and served as surgeon with the 140th Regt. during the Civil 
	  War.  M. 1) Sylvia A. Green and 2) Mary McClurg.  Lived in Washington and 
	  Pittsburgh.
	Alexander. m. Rebecca Stockton.  Washington, PA.
	Marcus W.  Erie, PA.
	Ellen.  m. Lewis (Lucius?) Stockton.

Children of James and Jane Hazlett Wishart:

	Mary. 1816-1868.  n.m.  Washington, PA.
	Robert Hazlett.  1818-1897.  m. Mary Catherine Wilkins.  St. Clairsville, 
	  OH and Palmyra, MO.
	Jane.  1820-1821.  Washington, PA.

Children of James and Agnes McElwaine Wishart.

	John.  1822-1825.
	James.  1824-1827.
	Janet B.  1826-?  m. William DeCamps.  Wellsburg, WVA.
	Margaret.  1827-1899.  m. James P. Hesser.  St. Louis, MO.
	Anna.  1831-1922.  m. Simeon Downing.  Shelbina, MO.
	James Monroe.  1836-1902.  m.  Mrs. Marguerite Miller.  St. Louis, MO 
	  and Memphis, TN.
	Elizabeth C.  1838-1894.  m. Robert Montgomery.  Quincy, IL.
 
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