Notes:South First Street

From Pittsburgh Streets

When was "South" added?

Source:Municipal-record-1873@43 (1873-04-28 Common Council): "naming streets. ¶ Also resolution for the appointment of a Special Committee of one from Select and two from Common Councils to change names of streets where the names are duplicated in the city. Passed, and Messrs. A. C. Hays and T. S. Maple appointed on part of Common Council. Not reached in S. C."

Source:Municipal-record-1873@50 (1873-05-02 Select Council): "Resolution for appointment of committee for changing names of numbered streets in South Side whenever duplicated. C. C. named Messrs. Hays and Maple. S. C. concurred, and named Mr. Adams."

Source:Municipal-record-1873@92 (1873-10-13 Select Council): "Resolution authorizing the employment of help in changing names of duplicated streets. Passed."

Source:Municipal-record-1873@129 (1873-12-29 Common Council): "Mr. Hays presented and read the report of the special committee appointed to change the names of the duplicated streets in the city. It stated that there were one hundred and twenty-eight duplicated streets, besides numerous duplicated alleys, and that there were thirteen streets of the same name, &c. The report was received and filed. ¶ Also an ordinance changing the names of duplicated streets and alleys as set forth in an accompanying schedule. Placed on its first reading." — This seems to have been the ordinance in Source:Street-nomenclature and Source:Ordinances-relative-to-street-improvements.

Source:Municipal-record-1873@131 (1873-12-31 Select Council): "unfinished business. . . . Report of committee on duplicated streets."

Source:Municipal-record-1874@15 (1874-02-09 Common Council): "Mr. Siebert, resolution for the appointment of a Committee of five, two from Select and three from Common, for the purpose of carrying out the work commenced last year, in naming duplicate named streets. Passed, and Messrs. Siebert, Aull and Milligan appointed on part of Common Council."

Source:Municipal-record-1874@43 (1874-05-01 Select Council): "Mr. Adams called up the resolution in reference to the appointment of a committee to attend to the renaming of streets on the South side. C. C. passed; S. C. concurred."

When were First through Fifth Streets laid out?

No earlier than 1835: Not shown in Source:Keyon; the land is labeled "Ormsby."

No later than 1845: Fourth Street appears in "Plan of lots situated on the South Side of the Monongahela River, being a part of the Coal Hill Lots Tract in the plan of the Manor of Pittsburgh, now 17th & 18th Wds., laid off for C. Ihmsen," April 16, 1845 (Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3778222).

First, Second, and Third appear in "Plan of building lots situated on Carson Street and Brownsville Turnpike Road near the southern end of the Monongahela River Bridge, being a part of the Coal Hill Lots Tract in the Manor of Pittsburgh, now 17th & 18th Wards, laid off for the Heirs of Sidney Gregg at the request of O. O. Gregg," November 7, 1845 (Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3778212).

"Plan of Town Lots situated in the Manor of Pittsburgh, now 17th Wd., fronting on the Monongahela River, adjoining the west line of the Borough of Birmingham, planned by O. O. Gregg, laid out for N. B. Craig, committee of Sidney Gregg, and for O. Ormsby Gregg, Isaac Gregg, Sarah E. Gregg, and Sidney I. Gregg, proprietors," November 10, 1835 (Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds 3778155), shows the plan for what became the westernmost part of Birmingham in 1838 (see below). West of this plan the land is labeled "Ormsby's Heirs."

"An act to authorize Bernard Connelly, junior, to survey and lay out the town of Smythfield or Somerfield, in Somerset county, and for other purposes," March 30, 1838 (Internet Archive lawsofgeneralass00penn, pp. 161–163):

Section 5. That the limits of the borough of Birmingham in the county of Allegheny, be, and they are hereby extended so as to include the ground described by and embraced within the following boundaries, namely: beginning at the north western corner of the said borough, on the bank of the Monongahela river, thence down the said river by the several courses thereof south eighty-six and one half degrees, west eighty-four perches and seven tenths to a post, thence south two degrees east fifty-seven perches and eight-tenths to a post, thence south sixty-six and three-fourths degrees east one hundred and thirty-three perches and one tenth to a post, thence east twenty-eight perches and seven-tenths to a post, thence south seventy-eights degrees forty minutes, east thirty-six perches and four-tenths to a post, thence north four and one half degrees, east thirty-two perches and six-tenths to the south eastern corner of the said borough, and thence by the southern and western lines of the said borough to the place of beginning.

Section 6. That it shall be the duty of the burgess and town council of the said borough of Birmingham, to make out or cause to be made out, a fair and accurate map or plan of the said extension of the said borough, in which said map or plan shall be set forth and described all streets, squares, lanes and alleys which now are, or which, previous to the making of the said map or plan shall have been laid out and appropriated by private persons, or otherwise, for public use or for the use of the owners of lots fronting thereon, or adjacent thereto, which said map or plan the said burgess and town council shall cause to be recorded in the office for recording of deeds, &c. in and for the county of Allegheny, on or before the first day of April, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-nine, and when the said map or plan shall be recorded as aforesaid, the said streets, lanes and alleys shall forever after be deemed, adjudged and taken as public highways.

"Lessee of Gabriel Swayze, and Mary his Wife, Plaintiffs in Error, v. Robert Burke, D. Sherman, George Jackson, and James Hinsman, Defendants," 1838 (Google Books OP4xAAAAIAAJ, *11–*26):

Ejectment. John Ormsby died in Alleghany County, Pennsylvania, in December, 1805, having a son Oliver, who administered to his estate. He had also a son who had married in Mississippi, and who died in 1795, leaving an infant daughter. Oliver Ormsby filed no inventory of the estate of his father, and never settled an account as administrator; and in 1826, he confessed a judgment in favor of the Messrs. Penns, for a part of the purchase money of a valuable real estate, which had been held by John Ormsby, in his lifetime. In the suit against him for this debt, Mr. James Ross acted as the attorney for the plaintiffs; and in 1827, the real estate was sold under an execution issued by Mr. Ross on the judgment, and was purchased by Mr. Ross for three thousand dollars; he having, before the purchase, given Oliver Ormsby to understand, and having publicly declared, that he would hold the property as a security for the debt due to the Messrs. Penns; and on the payment of the debt, that he would relinquish all claim to it. In April, 1831, Oliver Ormsby paid the debt to Mr. Ross, and took a conveyance of the property. At the same time he gave a receipt, as administrator of John Ormsby, to the sheriff, for the balance of the three thousand dollars. He claimed to hold the property, so purchased, as his own. In March, 1828, Oliver Ormsby wrote to the wife of the plaintiff in this ejectment, who was the daughter of John Ormsby, Jun., stating that his father had not left more property than would pay his debts. There was evidence that less than one tenth of the real estate would have satisfied the judgment for which the land was sold to Mr. Ross. Mr. Ross had no knowledge of any fraudulent purpose of the administrator. The daughter of John Ormsby, Jun., having intermarried with Gabriel Swayze, with her husband, brought an ejectment to recover a moiety of the land which was held by Oliver Ormsby, under the conveyance from Mr. Ross. The court instructed the jury that "in matters of fraud, courts of law and chancery have a concurrent jurisdiction. It is, therefore, within the province of the jury, to inquire whether the conduct and proceedings of Oliver Ormsby, whereby the legal title to the property in dispute became vested in himself, for his exclusive use and benefit, were in fraud of his co-tenant, Mary Swayze; and if they were, the verdict ought to be for the plaintiffs." "That the fraud should be brought to the knowledge of Mr. Ross, and that, if Mr. Ross took a valid title under the sheriff's deed, the title of his vendee would be good, under the circumstances disclosed in the evidence."

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The case, as stated in the opinion of the court, was as follows:

An action was instituted in the District Court of the United States for the Western District of Pennsylvania, by the lessors of the plaintiffs, Gabriel Swayze and wife, citizens of the State of Mississippi, for the recovery of a tract of land in Alleghany County, in the State of Pennsylvania, to October sessions, 1833.

The plaintiffs and the defendants claimed the land under a deed from John Penn, and John Penn, Jun., proprietaries of Pennsylvania; the land forming part of one of the manors reserved by the proprietaries. John Ormsby died intestate in 1791, and left a son, named Oliver, a daughter, Sidney, who intermarried with John Gregg; a son named John, who married and died in the State of Mississippi, leaving a daughter Mary, an infant, at the time of his decease, and who has since intermarried with Gabriel Swayze, the plaintiff in error. In December, 1807, Oliver Ormsby administered to the estate of his father, John Ormsby, and gave the usual administration bonds; but he filed no inventory of the estate of the intestate; nor did he, at any time, settle an account of his administration of the estate.

The estate of John Ormsby, deceased, was indebted to John Penn and John Penn, Jun., for the land purchased from them, in the sum of four hundred and sixty-seven dollars and sixty-four cents; and on the 6th of September, 1826, the administrator confessed a judgment in their favor for the amount of the debt; upon which judgment and execution was forthwith issued by Mr. Ross, their attorney, and the land of John Ormsby was levied on and sold; Mr. Ross being the purchaser of the same for three thousand dollars. At the time of the purchase of the estate, Oliver Ormsby, the administrator, was absent. Mr. Ross declared, in the most public manner, that Ormsby, the administrator, or any of the family of the deceased John Ormsby, might redeem the land at any time, on the payment of the debt and interest. Before the sale, Oliver Ormsby, the administrator, was informed by Mr. Ross that he only wanted the money due upon the judgment, and that he did not intend to buy the land to hold it. Ormsby, the administrator, was in possession of the land at the time of the sale, and continued in possession of it: and at the time of the sheriff's sale, or when the deed for the land was made to him by the sheriff, Mr. Ross paid no money. The rents and profits of the land were continued to be received by Oliver Ormsby; and in April, 1831, he paid to James Ross, Esq., the sum of five hundred and twenty-three dollars, the amount of the judgment, and the interest due thereon, and took from him a conveyance of the land in fee-simple; giving to the sheriff, at the same time, as administrator of John Ormsby, a receipt for the sum of three thousand dollars, less five hundred and twenty-three dollars, the amount of the payment to James Ross, Esq., in satisfaction of the debt due to the Messrs. Penns. The land consists of eighteen coal-hill lots, and of thirty-five acres of land adjoining to them, and is now of great value. It was highly valuable at the time of the sheriff's sale. The defendants were in possession of the property as tenants of Oliver Ormsby, when the suit was commenced.

"Blackmore against Gregg," Sept. 1841 (Google Books MWNTBZa0cKQC, pp. 182–189):

Thomas Blackmore and Jacob Poth against Oliver Ormsby Gregg and Christian Ihmsen. This was an action of ejectment for the third part of thirty acres of land opposite Pittsburgh. A verdict and judgment were rendered for the plaintiff for one-fourth part of the premises; and a writ of error was sued out by each party.

Mrs Jane Ormsby died siesed of a tract of land containing sixty or seventy acres on the bank of the Monongahela, between the bridge and Birmingham. She left four children (or their representatives), who, after the death of their father, would be entitled to their mother's estate; to wit, Oliver Ormsby, Joseph Ormsby, Mrs. Sidney Gregg, and Mary Ormsby, daughter of John Ormsby, Jr., now Mary Swazy, under whom the plaintiffs claimed.

Joseph Ormsby perished at sea in 1803, having first made his will, devising his estate to a son of Sidney Gregg, who also died intestate; so that Mrs Sidney Gregg and her family were entitled to one-half of the tract, and Oliver Ormsby and Mary Swazy each to a fourth.

John Ormsby, Sen., and his wife, Jane Ormsby, had sold two lots off this tract in her lifetime; and after her death, mistaking perhaps the nature of his title as tenant by the curtesy, he conveyed, at two different times, by deed in fee, to his daughter, Sidney Gregg, thirty-three acres of this tract off the upper end. The Greggs took possession of that end of the tract in the lifetime of John Ormsby, and have held in severalty under those deeds to this day; and when Mary Swazy brought her ejectment against Sidney Gregg for her share, she set up title under these deeds of her father, and held by the Statute of Limitations, and set up a claim to a half of the balance under her mother's title.

After the death of John Ormsby, Sen., his son, Oliver Ormsby, took possession of the balance of this tract, together with the lands which had belonged to his father, and he and his heirs have had the possession since. In 1816, Oliver Ormsby petitioned the Orphans' Court to divide this tract of sixty acres between him and his sister, Sidney Gregg, but never proceeded further in the matter.

Mary Ormsby, who has always resided in Mississippi, was born in 1791. In 1810, (while yet a minor, under the age of twenty-one,) she married. Her first husband died in 1814, and in 1815 she married Gabriel Swazy.

In 1829, Gabriel Swazy and wife brought an action for partition of this tract, in which a verdict and judgment were rendered for defendants, which were afterwards reversed in the Supreme Court. Nothing further was done in that suit.

Afterwards, in 1830, they brought an ejectment in the United States Court against Mrs Gregg and Oliver Ormsby, in which a verdict was rendered for defendants.

Afterwards, in 1833, they brought another ejectment against Oliver Ormsby alone for her share in the thirty acres now in dispute in this suit, and recovered a verdict and judgment for the one-fourth of this tract. The defendants sued out a writ of error, which was never prosecuted; and the plaintiffs, without proceeding to take possession, conveyed all their title to the plaintiffs in this case, (by deed, dated the 10th of May 1838,) who have instituted this action of ejectment.

O. Ormsby Gregg, Isaac Gregg, and Moses F. Eaton. Pittsburgh, Her Advantageous Position and Great Resources, as a Manufacturing and Commercial City, Embraced in a Notice of Sale of Real Estate. Johnson & Stockton, Pittsburgh, 1845. Google Books nrJs-DDEN1sC; Historic Pittsburgh 00afu7810m. [view source]gregg-gregg-eaton

The undersigned will dispose of the valuable Real Estate hereinafter described. To those who are acquainted with it, nothing need be said in favor of its advantageous location, but to those at a distance (and it is our principal desire to invite the particular attention and investigation of Eastern Capitalists and Manufacturers to its advantages and value,) it is necessary and proper, to give all the information possible.

This property being a portion of an undivided Estate for the past forty years, a settlement of which and division amongst the heirs now becomes necessary, we offer it for sale.

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The property embraces Thirty Acres of ground nearly opposite the city, being the West end of the borough of Birmingham, and having an extensive front on the South bank of the Monongahela, (our principal business river, where all the different steamers in the Ohio, Lake, and Brownsville trade lie, and where the heavy business of the city is done,) laid out into 230 Lots fronting on 50 feet streets and running back to 20 feet alleys, 8 of which lots are 96 by 390 feet, for manufacturing purposes, and the remainder 24 by 100 feet, for residences, &c.

Ten Acres lying on the bank of the same river immediately above this property and adjoining the East line of Birmingham, 120 lots similarly laid out.

Thirty Acres of Coal Hill Lots, running from near the Monongahela Bridge towards Birmingham, fronting on the two turnpikes.

"An act to incorporate, in the township of Lower St. Clair, in Allegheny county, a borough, to be called 'South Pittsburg,'" March 6, 1848 (Internet Archive lawsofgeneralass1848penn, pp. 106–108):

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in General Assembly met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That the territory lying in the township of Lower St. Clair, in the county of Allegheny, included within the following boundaries:—Beginning on the bank of the Monongahela river, at low water mark, where the western line of the borough of Birmingham strikes said river; thence by said borough line southwardly, so as to include the coal hill lots in the manor of Pittsburg; thence westwardly along the south end of said lots, to the western line of land now owned by the heirs of Samuel Black, deceased; thence northwardly by the line dividing said land of Black's heirs from the land of heirs of Thomas Jones, deceased, to the southern bank of the Monongahela river, at low water mark; thence eastwardly, by low water mark, up the Monongahela river, to the western line of the borough of Birmingham, the place of beginning, to be called the borough of South Pittsburg.