Mary Street

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See also Milton Street, which was originally named Mary Street.
Mary Street
Neighborhoods South Side Flats, South Side Slopes
Origin of name Mary Mahon Ormsby Phillips

Mary Street is named for Mary Mahon Ormsby Phillips (1808–1878), daughter of Oliver Ormsby (1767–1832) and granddaughter of John Ormsby (1720–1805).[1][2] She married Elias Phillips (1799–1856) in 1831, and they lived in a house called "The White House" on a tract of land between South 21st and South 24th Streets.[3][4][5][6][7]:32 Mary Street appears in William Darby's 1815 map of Pittsburgh and vicinity.[8]

Other South Side streets are named after Oliver Ormsby's other daughters: Sidney Street, Sarah Street, Jane Street, and Josephine Street. See Ormsby Street for more about the Ormsby family.

Mary Street was not named for a daughter of John Ormsby, as some sources imply;[9][10][11][12] John had no daughter named Mary.[5][7]:19


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  8. Wm. Darby. Plan of Pittsburg and Adjacent Country. R. Patterson and W. Darby, Philadelphia, 1815. Historic Pittsburgh DARMAP0197, DARMAP0198. Reproduced in John W. Reps, The Making of Urban America: A history of city planning in the United States, p. 207, Princeton University Press, Princeton, N. J., 1965 (LCCN 63023414); and in Bruce J. Buvinger, The Origin, Development and Persistence of Street Patterns in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, p. 24. Also reproduced as "Plan von Pittsburg und Umgebungen" in Bernhard, Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (Heinrich Luden, ed.), Reise Sr. Hoheit des Herzogs Bernhard zu Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach durch Nord-Amerika in den Jahren 1825 und 1826, vol. II, following p. 200, Wilhelm Hoffmann, Weimar, 1828 (Internet Archive reisesrhoheitdes00bern, reisesrhoheitdes00inbern). [view source]darby
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  10. Chris Potter. "My husband recently got a job on the South Side, and we noticed there are a lot of streets named after women. How come?" You Had to Ask. Pittsburgh City Paper, Dec. 29, 2005. [view source]south-side-women
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  12. Franklin Toker. Pittsburgh: A new portrait, p. 160. University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-8229-4371-6. LCCN 2009022903. [view source]toker-new