Person:Charles Semple (9)

Charles Semple
m. 16 May 1801
  1. Nancy Semple1802 - 1885
  2. Alexander B. SempleAbt 1804 - 1875
  3. William M. Semple1805 - 1858
  4. Samuel W. Semple1808 - 1890
  5. Ellen L. Semple
  6. Francis Semple
  7. Charles Semple
  8. Mary C. Semple1811 - 1840
  9. John Bonner Semple1815 - 1873
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Name Charles Semple
Gender Male
  1.   Cushing, Thomas. History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: including its early settlement and progress to the present time; a description of its historic and interesting localities; its cities, towns and villages; religious, educational, social and military history; mining, manufacturing and commercial interests; improvements, resources, statistics, etc. Also portraits of some of its prominent men, and biographies of many of its representative citizens. (Evansville, Indiana: Unigraphic, 1978)
    Page 333.

    FRANK SEMPLE, private secretary, Sewickley.

    William Semple, grandfather of our subject, was born in 1771, near Dublin Ireland, came to America in 1795, and at Trenton N. J., learned architecture. He came to Pittsburgh about the year 1800, and worked on the old courthouse on the Diamond. He followed his trade till the latter part of his life, when he kept a hardware store. He died in 1829. He married Anna, daughter of Charles Bonner, who fought in all the principal battles of the Revolution, and they had nine children:

    Nancy Semple
    Alexander B. Semple
    William M. Semple
    Samuel W. Semple
    Mary C. Semple
    Charles Semple
    Ellen Semple
    John B. Semple
    Frank Semple.

    Of these, Samuel W. Semple was a retail dry-goods merchant in Louisville, and later was in the iron business in the Pennsylvania mountains.

    Another son, John B. Semple, the father of FRANK SEMPLE, was born in Pittsburgh, where he was in the wholesale dry goods business, and afterward, and at the time of his death, a member of the firm of Semple & Jones, bankers. He married Mary J. Blair, of Washington, Pa., and they became the parents of three children:

    Louisa Semple, m. Clarke
    Mary Semple, m. Sharpe

    At his death, in 1873, his son FRANK SEMPLE continued the banking business, and in 1881 his partner, John B. Jones, sold his interest, the firm then being known as Semple & Thompson, who conducted the business till 1888, when our subject sold his interest to Mr. Thompson, and has since then been engaged in the railroad business. He was educated in Pittsburgh, clerked in a dry-goods store, and later in a bank, after which he entered Yale College. Later he accompanied Prof. Benjamin Silliman, of Yale College, as private secretary, inspecting mines in California. At present he is attending to the private business of William Thaw.