DANIEL DAY. The Day family is numbered with the old and influential citizens of Washington county, and of the many who deserve an honored mention in the annals of history, this gentleman is a prominent figure. His father, John Day, was born May 2, 1788, in Morris township, this county, and followed agricultural pursuits from early youth. He was a volunteer in the war of 1812-15 under Gen. Harrison. When a young man he was united in marriage with Sarah Miller, a native of Amwell township, Washington county, who bore him eleven children, namely: Eliza (deceased wife of George Wolfe), a resident of Nineveh, Greene Co., Penn.; Mary (deceased wife of John Brownlee), lived in Prosperity, Morris township, this county; Sally, widow of Robert Baldwin, of Morris township; J. Miller; Daniel, of whom a sketch follows; Harvey, of Lincoln, Neb. (was first married to Caroline McCallam, then to Mrs. Mary Harris, of Wheeling, W. Va.); Annie (deceased), was the wife of Elias Conger (deceased), then became the wife of Dr. Strouse, of Amity, Amwell township, this county; Abigail, wife of H. C. Swart, living in Washington borough; Cyrus, deceased at the age of eight years; Jessie and Mary, both deceased in infancy.
Daniel Day, son of John and Sarah (Miller) Day, was born January 12, 1824, in Morris township, this county, and first attended school in a log cabin twelve feet square, which was erected on the home place. At the age of eighteen years he entered the employ of A. B. Wolf, a cabinet maker of Washington, Penn., with whom he remained two years, then passed several months in Pittsburgh, Penn. In 1846 he was married to Mary Bates, and in 1847 went to Waynesburg, Penn., where he opened a cabinet, furniture and undertaking establishment. In 1854 he sold out and entered a hotel in Waynesburg, which he conducted about eighteen months, then managed the "Old Mansion House" in Washington, Penn., in partnership with his brother Harvey, continuing in that business three years. In 1861 he enlisted, under Capt. Wishart, in Company K, Eighth Pennsylvania Reserves. He joined the regiment at Washington, D. C., then went to Tenallytown, Md., where his regiment was encamped with others of the same division, remaining there about two months. During this time they were engaged in no active service, but were employed on picket duty and incidental work, although alarms were often heard along the Potomac line. In October they moved to winter quarters at Pierrepont (or Langley), Va., and in the spring entered active service. Mr. Day took part in the Seven Days' Fight before Richmond, Va., second battle of Bull Run, and entered Maryland with his regiment. His health failing, Daniel Day was then sent to the hospital, and afterward received an honorable discharge. After his return from the war in 1863, Mr. Day, in 1865, entered the furniture and undertaking business at Canonsburg, Penn., in which he has since continued.
Mrs. Day died a few years after her marriage, leaving three children: Frank, Ann E. (wife of Addison Ruton), and Oello (Mrs. Collins). Of this family Frank is married to Myra V. Mills, of Allegheny City, Penn., and has two children: Emma M. and Daniel Day, Jr. On May 10, 1860, Mr. Day was married to Hester A. Johns, a native of Washington, Penn. Daniel Day is an active member of the Democratic party, and has served two terms as burgess of Canonsburg, and has been notary public for the past ten years. He and his family are members of the Episcopal Church.
Text taken from page 579 of:
Beers, J. H. and Co., Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893).
Transcribed May 1997 by Marsha Richins of Columbia, MO as part of the Beers Project.
Published June 1997 on the Washington County, PA USGenWeb pages at http://www.chartiers.com/.
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