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Re: PA, Washington County:Looking for descendents of Ralph S
In Response To: PA, Washington County:Looking for descendents of Ralph Smith ()
In 1950, the late Frank E. Bolden, Reporter for the (old) Pittsburgh Courier wrote a series on the Smith-Simmons Family, the First Hundred Years. It was published in March and April 1950. I believe he told me that he was going to transfer certain documents to the DAR, probably in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh, PA. If you are unaware of these excellent series, I would suggest contact be made with either the DAR, or the Pittsburgh Courier.
There are many descendants in this large family mostly from the Pittsburgh, Hill District; Monongahela, Brownsville, and Centerville, Pennsylvania. They include the Smith, Simmons, McPherson, Reese, Hiltons, and many other, too numerous to list. Mr. Bolden was very much aware of the impact these families had as Black Pioneers of Western Pennsylvania, when he wrote a detailed history of their work and achievements. Although he did not limited his writings to African American History as a reporter, coming from an old family, he understood the need in the future to have documents available for the historian and genealogist. Thus, you will find names, dates, and inter relations described in full detail in his reports.
In fact, he wrote of the Smith Reunion, held in September 1925 for the descendants of Joseph and Henry Smith at the old homestead of Joseph Smith on the Washington Pike, near Brownsville. This article includes who were in attendance by name and location.
If you are familiar with Washington, PA, perhaps, you might also try to find these series at the Citizens' Library or LeMoyne House Library. Marlene Branson, of the African American Genealogical & Historical Society of Pittsburgh, PA, is an authority on the history of Black folks in Washington and Greene Counties in Pennsylvania.
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