Notes:Wylie Avenue

From Pittsburgh Streets

To do

Investigate a possible connection to Andrew Watson and Samuel Brown Wylie.

From a card in the Heinz History Center library: "Wylie Avenue — In 1774 Andrew Watson, a Scotchman, bought 80 acres of land in this district and named one of the streets for his son-in-law, Rev. Sam Wylie of Philadelphia. Source: Carnegie Library, Times, Feb. 3, 1816. Student: Alice Molinengo, July 25, 1947." Presumably that citation means Source:Wylie-wiley, but that source doesn't validate that statement at all. (Source:Fleming-wylie refers to Stephen Quinon, a publisher of historical articles in the Pittsburg Times and Daily News in 1896; Source:Wylie-wiley may have been written by him.) Biography of Samuel Brown Wylie:

"An aged lady: Death of one of the oldest natives of the city: Brief sketch of Mrs. Jane Magee—her descendants," Daily Post (Pittsburgh), 1880-12-24, p. 4, 86361978: "Her father, Andrew Watson, Esq., came to this country from Scotland in 177[4?], and was amongst the pioneers and sturdy woodsmen who founded this city and gave it its early character. Her mother was Margaret Thomson, daughter of Alexander Thomson, who also came from Scotland and settled in Chambersburg, Pa., during the year 1771. ¶ . . . ¶ Andrew Watson, Esq., her father, was a man of large means and with that thrift and application peculiar to his race, soon made his mark in this frontier village and clustered about him in comfortable circumstances a family of ten children, nearly all of whom continued to live in this city until they one by one passed out of existence. Of the daughters one married Rev. Dr. Wylie, one of the most illustrious divines of Philadelphia; . . . . ¶ . . . The Watsons and Thomsons have been noted for two or three generations for their culture and force of character, and amongst them are the Wylies of Philadelphia; . . . ." [full article transcribed in Talk:Watson Street] In particular, [1] has a transcription of Source:Naming-wylie, and then:

Addendum: From a letter of August 20, 1924 from Mrs. M. A. McBride, a descendant of early land owners of the district and for whom Wylie Avenue was named.
Andrew Watson came from Scotland in 1773. In 1774 he bought about 80 acres of land in district known as Silver Banks. Named one of the streets for his son-in-law Rev. Samuel Wylie of Philadelphia who married Margaret Watson in 1802. Later changed to Wylie Avenue.