Family Grows to Prominence from Humble Beginnings
Robert B. Van Atta, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
There was little to indicate the impact that Frederick Pfoerschin's arrival in America from the French province of Alsace in 1749 would have on Westmoreland County, the nation and the world. When he arrived at Philadelphia on Oct. 2, he had a term of indenture to work to pay for his passage to this continent.
He eventually Anglicized his name to Pershing, married Maria Elizabeth Weygandt, and in 1773 came to Westmoreland County from Frederick, Md. He located at what became the southern edge of Unity Township, then part of Mt. Pleasant Township. Not too long afterward, he built a mill on the headwaters of Nine Mile Run, a short distance from the future village of …
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Publication information: Article title: Family Grows to Prominence from Humble Beginnings. Contributors: Robert B. Van Atta - Author. Newspaper title: Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Publication date: January 6, 2008. Page number: Not available. © 2009 Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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