W843 George Estep
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[Submitted by David L. Bailey, Hernando, FL]

W843 George ESTEP, son of Elijah ESTEP and Nancy JONES of Alexandria, PA, (1) was born 7 Nov 1833 at Petersburg, West twp, Huntingdon Co PA.(2)   He died of the diseases of old age on 23 Apr 1917 at 5:15 p.m. at Duquesne, Allegheny Co PA (1) at the home of his son, Benjamin H. ESTEP on 319 South 2nd Street.  George is buried in Richland Cemetery, Duquesne, Allegheny Co PA. (3)

George married Elizabeth Ann HOPKINS in Bellwood, Antis twp, Blair Co PA c1854.  A specific marriage date has not been located.  Elizabeth Ann was born 13 Jul 1835 at Bellwood, Antis twp, Blair Co PA.  She died 15 Apr 1901 of pneumonia at Duquesne, PA and is buried in Richland Cemetery. (2)

In the notes of W843-12 James Wood ESTEP there is this comment:  "The story is told how George ESTEP was going to Elizabeth's home one evening before they were married and as he was proceeding along the road he saw a mountain lion and hid behind a tree log until it passed. George ESTEP was noted for being a great story teller.  George was elected twice Burgess of Duquesne before it became a third class city, and on his death bed had probably been elected its first mayor." (2)

George was involved in the movement for incorporation of Duquesne in 1890-91.  See booklet "Duquesne's Silver Anniversary - 1916", housed at the Carnegie Library, Pennsylvania Room, Oakland (Pittsburgh), PA, page 16.  "George was a candidate for the first borough council.  He won a seat in the election, but the seat was declared to be non-existent in what appears to have been a typical western Pennsylvania political game." (5)

In J. F. Diffenbacher's Directory of Pittsburgh, Allegheny and Vicinity 1887, George is listed as ESTEP, George M.  blksmith  Greenfield  av  ab  Second.   He is not listed in the 1888 directory.

Obit from The Times-Observer, Duquesne, PA, Friday Morning, April 27, 1917, page 1

Had Been Prominent in the incorporation and Development of Duquesne --
History of His Busy Life

"Following a long life of usefuless and public service, George ESTEP was called to his last reward on Monday evening, the dissolution taking place at the home of his son, Benjamin H. ESTEP of South Second Street.  Mr. Estep took a prominent part in the icorporation [sic] of Duquesne as a borough and later served two terms as burgess of the town.

"The deceased was born in Petersburg, PA 83 1/2 years ago, and moved in 1877 to McKeesport, where he entered the employ of the National Tube Works.  Some time later he took up his residence in Pittsburgh and then in 1889, he came to Duquesne and accepted a position in the Duquesne tube works.  He was active in the proceedings that led to the establishment of a borough form of government here and at the first election was a candidate for council.  He was one of the those receiving the highest vote, but because of a technical omission in the preparation of the ballots, he lost out in the race.  In 1895, he was elected burgess of the town and, beginning with 1900, he was honored with a second term.

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