LODOWICK MaCARRELL is prominent among the leading attorneys of the borough of Washington, and a lineal descendant of Lodowick McCarrell, a native of Ireland, who came to America and to Washington county in 1780. At Ten Mile and Hickory, in Mt. Pleasant township, he took up a large quantity of land, a great part of which he cleared and improved, and here for years he followed agricultural pursuits. He died in 1851, at the advanced age of eighty-four years, bearing to the last the impress of the stalwart race from which he sprung.
Here he married Martha, daughter of John Lemon, who, together with Andrew Eagleson, was the first settler in Canton township, where he died. He had several daughters, all now deceased, our subject's grandmother being the first to pass away, dying before her husband. The grandparents of Lodowick, Jr., had a family of seven children, of whom the following is a fragmentary record: John died in Lawrence county, Penn.; Thomas is spoken of more fully further on; James died in Beaver county, same State; Andrew died in Mount Pleasant township, on the old homestead; Leman died in Buffalo township, this county, when middle aged; Isabelle (deceased) was the wife of Isaac Hodgens, of Buffalo township; Elizabeth (deceased) was the wife of John Cockins, of Mt. Pleasant township. The father of this family was an elder in the Seceder Church.
Thomas McCarrell, father of Lodowick, Jr., was born in Virginia in 1801. He was thrice married---first, to Miss Esther McNary, of Washington county, who died in 1831, leaving four children, as follows: Martha, who died in January, 1893, at Hickory, this county: Margaret, wife of Joseph Cowden, in Cecil township, near Venice; Dr. John McCarrell, who died in January, 1891, in Wellsville, Ohio, and Dr. James McCarrell, a resident of Allegheny, Penn. For his second wife Thomas McCarrell married Elizabeth McConnaughy, of Washington county, a daughter of David McConnaughy, a farmer, who had come from the North of Ireland to this county prior to the beginning of this century; he and his wife and children are now all dead. Mr. and Mrs. McCarrell, after marriage, settled on the old farm in Mt. Pleasant township, where were born to them the following named children: David M., a physician in Hickory, this county; Leman, farming on the homestead in Mt. Pleasant township; Alexander D., a United Presbyterian minister at Stewart's Station, Westmoreland Co., Penn., and Lodowick, the subject of these lines. The mother died in 1859, at the age of fifty-nine years, and the father, in 1863, married Margaret Martin, who died in 1890. The father died in 1872, a member of the Seceder Church. Politically, he was a Democrat, and filled various county and township offices of trust. He was elected county commissioner in 1853, was associate judge for a term of five years, and was justice of the peace in Mt. Pleasant township seven terms.
Lodowick McCarrel, whose name opens this biographical sketch, was born February 2, 1842, in Mt. Pleasant township, Washington Co., Penn., and received a liberal education at the schools of the locality, working also at times on the farm. Having decided to make the legal profession his life vocation, he entered Jefferson College, from which he graduated in 1867 in the classical course, and then commenced the study of law in the office of Montgomery & Gibson, Washington borough. In 1869 he was admitted to the bar of the county, commenced practice in the following year, and has since continued with eminent success. Mr. McCarrell was married July 25, 1876, to Lida, daughter of Robert Jackson, and to this union one son, Robert L., was born. In his political preferences our subject is an active member of the Democratic party, and in religious sentiment he is of the United Presbyterian faith.
Text taken from page 245 of:
Beers, J. H. and Co., Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893).
Transcribed February 1998 by Ed Macke of Flower Mound, TX as part of the Beers Project.
Published February 1998 on the Washington County, PA USGenWeb pages at http://www.chartiers.com/.
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