Marchand Street

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Marchand Street
Neighborhood Shadyside
Origin of name John I. Marchand

Marchand Street is named for Dr. John I. Marchand, who lived on Shady Lane (now Shady Avenue) and whose property extended back to Denniston Street, the strip of land where Marchand Street now runs.[1][2] Dr. Marchand was a native of Westmoreland County.[3] He became a physician and moved to the East End of Pittsburgh around 1866.[3][4] In Pittsburgh he was the president of the City Deposit Bank and Trust Company.[5] He died on April 26, 1877, from a stroke of apoplexy.[3]

He was a descendant of Dr. David Marchand (1746–1809), who was born in the canton of Bern, Switzerland, and emigrated at an early age to Hagerstown, Maryland, with his parents, who were Huguenots fleeing religious persecution. He became a physician, and around 1770 he settled on the Little Sewickley Creek in Westmoreland County, about six miles southwest of Greensburg. He was considered "a physician of rare ability" and opened a hospital near his home. All three of his sons also became physicians, as did many of his later descendants.[6][4]


  1. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872.; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1872
  2. Atlas of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1882.; 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1882
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Personal." Daily Post (Pittsburgh), Apr. 28, 1877, [p. 4]. 88175419. [view source]marchand-obit
  4. 4.0 4.1 Lewis Clark Walkinshaw. Annals of Southwestern Pennsylvania, vol. 3, pp. 159–160. Lewis Historical Publishing Co., New York, 1939. Historic Pittsburgh 03aee7995m. [view source]walkinshaw
  5. B. Homans, Jr., ed. The Banker's Almanac and Register for 1875, p. 118. I. S. Homans, New York, 1875. Google Books kG1QAQAAMAAJ. [view source]homans
  6. Franklin Ellis, ed. History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania: With biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men, pp. 627–628. L. H. Everts & Co., Philadelphia, 1882. Historic Pittsburgh 00aft2784m; Internet Archive historyoffayette00elli. [view source]ellis