Notes for Thomas Fawcett: NOTE: "Manufacturers of Pennsylvania" p. 172 states that Thomas Fawcett was born in Pittsburgh contradicting the obituary (below). NOTE: In 1890, Thos. Fawcett & Sons located at: 77 Water AND Craft Ave. n Halkett both locations in Pittsburgh. ("Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Directories, 1888-92" as presented on Ancestry.com)
Pittsburgh Press Obituary (see also: picture):
Death of Capt. Thomas Fawcett, Old-time River Coal Operator
Capt. Thomas Fawcett, aged 76 years, widely known throughout the Monongahela, Ohio and Mississippi valleys and who at one time was one of the largest river coal operators in the business, died at 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the Lenhait hotel, Bemus Point, Lake Chautauqua, N.Y. where he was stricken with paralysis.
Capt. Fawcett was born in England and came to this country about 70 years ago. The family settled on the South Side, where he attended school and received his first inspirations to become a great riverman. His first start in business was a small grocery store. Later the business proved prosperous and with the money made in the grocery business he bought up coal lands along the Monongahela river.
The captain for many years was the head of the Fawcett Coal Company. He retired from active business nine or ten years ago. Capt. Fawcett built the towboats Boaz, Oakland, and other well-known river vessels. For many years he owned and lived in a magnificent home in Craft avenue. Lately Capt. Fawcett had been interested in the Cheat Haven Coal Company, and he was a stockholder in many Pittsburgh banks. Death came while his six children were at his bedside. They are Thomas Fawcett, Jr., of Filmore Street; James T. Fawcett of Cheat Haven, Pa.; Louis P. Fawcett of Maryland avenue; Mrs. William Watt of Howe street; Mrs. Henry Lloyd of Dithridge street, and Mrs. L.R. Hartley of Tarentum, Pa.
The remains of the captain will be brought here this afternoon by his children, and the funeral will take place from his late residence, No. 5721 Howe street, the arrangements for which have not yet been made.
Post Gazette -- August 2&3, 1903:
FAWCETT -- On Friday, July 31, 1908 at 4:20 p.m., at Bemus Point, N.Y., THOMAS FAWCETT, SR., aged 76 years. Funeral services at the residence of his son-in-law, W.H. Watt, No. 5721 Howe street, East End, Monday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock. Interment private.
Post Gazette -- August 2, 1903, First Section, page 6:
Funeral of Capt. Thomas Fawcett
The body of Capt. Thomas Fawcett, who died at the Lenhart hotel in Bemus Point, Lake Chautauqua, N.Y., Friday afternoon, was brought to this city yesterday accompanied by his sons and daughters, who were with him at the time of his death. The funeral services will take place tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 at the residence of his son-in-law, William Watt of No. 5721 Howe street, East End. The Rev. Thomas J. Leak, D.D., pastor of the Oakland Methodist Episcopal church will officiate at the services. Oakland lodge No. 535 F. and A.M. of which Capt. Fawcett was a charter member, will be well represented at the services. The pall bearers will be the sons, James, Thomas Jr., and Louis, and the sons-in-law, William Watt, Henry Lloyd and L.H. Hartley. In addition to the three sons and three daughters, he is survived by several grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. David Challinor of Oakland avenue.
More About Thomas Fawcett: Burial: Unknown, Allegheny Cemetery, Section 16, Lot 121. Occupation 1: Riverman.827 Occupation 2: Incorporator and president of Central Bank. Occupation 3: Owner of coal mine.
More About Thomas Fawcett and Margery Haughton: Marriage: 1847
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