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Re: Afro-American Notes, Pittsburgh 1896-1907

Hi Sandra,

We really need to get in touch! I was messing around in the Newspapers at Ancestry since I've found a lot there that mention my family. I put in my grandmother's name and low and behold this is what I found:

Daily Independent, Monessen, PA 12/22/1913
Mock Trial at Wayman Chapel AME
Clerk of Court: Irene Morris (she's my gradmother)
Prosecutor or District Attorney: ALEX PANGBURN

There's a whole lot more about the mock trial.

I also found:

Daily Independent, Monessen, PA 10/26/1915
Mrs. Alex Pangburn served a four course 6 o'clock dinner at her home, 328 Donner Avenue last evening in honor of Miss Irene Morris (my grandmother). The members of Miss Morris' Sunday School class were present. Miss Morris is a daughter of Rev. J.E. Morris, former pastor of the AME Church of this CIty and she expects to leave this week to join her father at Uniontown.

I also found in the Daily Independent of 2/21/1903 mention of Miss Sara Pangburn of Elizabeth,PA who was giving a presentation and wanted to be an elocutionist.

I found 167 hits in Monessen for Pangburn including Alex on a debate team and doing presentations at Wayman Chapel AME.

The really exciting part is that it seems the Pangburns were members of Wayman Chapel when my great grandfather was the pastor and that the families were close. Well, I have 3 or four group photos from Monessen, including several in front of the church from the early 1900's. I am wondering if your Pangburns might be in the pictures, I don't believe they are marked.

Anyway, email me your snail mail and I'll copy the pictures and send them to you to see if you recognize anyone.

Talk to you soon,


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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