Elizabeth was the sixth child and second daughter of 15 children born to Samuel Black (Scotch-Irish) and Jane Mansperger Black (German), and was named for her father’s brother’s wife Elizabeth McCullough. At 23 she married Daniel Linhart. They lived in and around Pittsburgh and had five children. Their son Samuel was long-time secretary of the University of Pittsburgh. By all accounts household life was strict, without overt displays of affection. Daughter Bertie said, “Nothing that was fun was permitted in our home,” and made sure the same could not be said of hers.
Granddaughter Lois recalled that Elizabeth was “a little bitty woman. She was very valiant but she wasn’t very big, smaller than I am and of course not so wide either.” She was a great hand with flowers and her back-yard garden. She also taught Lois to sew. After being widowed in 1893 she seems to have lived with the family of daughter Mary Linhart Delavie in Pittsburgh and Cleveland.
ELIZABETH MCCULLOUGH BLACK
born 8 May 1838 Pennsylvania
married 6 March 1862 Daniel Linhart, son of Michael Linhart and Hannah _____, born 18 Sep 1837 Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, died 24 Mar 1893 Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
died 2 September 1915 Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
ANCESTORS: We know her four grandparents but only three of eight great-grandparents, plus the well-researched Mansperger line before that.
COUSINS: Very many. Nine of Elizabeth’s fourteen siblings had children: Mary Black Ewing, John Black, James Black, Rachel Black McCormick, Margaret Black McCormick, Jane Black Fleming, Matilda Black Irwin, Maria Black Kirker, and Josephine Black Torrance.
DESCENDANTS: Three of their six children had children, for a total of twelve grandchildren, surnamed Linhart, Delavie, and Boren.