Winebiddle Street

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See also Friendship Avenue, part of which was originally named Winebiddle Street.
Winebiddle Street
Neighborhoods Bloomfield, Garfield
Origin of name Conrad Winebiddle

Winebiddle Street is named for John Conrad Winebiddle (1741–1795, often called simply Conrad Winebiddle), an early landowner in the East Liberty Valley.[1][2][3][4]:112–113[5][6]

Winebiddle was born in Bergzabern, Germany, on March 11, 1741.[4]:112–113,243–244[7] After the deaths of his parents, he emigrated to America. He came with a considerable amount of gold, and established a tannery on the banks of the Allegheny River in present-day Lawrenceville (about where the Allegheny Arsenal was later located). His business was very successful, and he later supplied the Continental Army with beef, leather, and shoes.[1][4]:112–113,243–244[5]

Winebiddle's house was on the Allegheny River, close to the tannery.[2][3]:34[6] In 1761 he married Elizabeth Taub.[1][4]:112–113[7][8] She was the daughter of Casper Taub (or Toupe), who in 1762 received a grant of 303 acres from Colonel Henry Bouquet, the commander of Fort Pitt.[9][8] This land corresponded approximately to the modern neighborhood of Garfield and a part of East Liberty.[9][4]:243–244[10] Casper Taub bequeathed this land to his daughter Elizabeth, and Winebiddle invested his business profits in additional land, so that together their holdings totaled 553 acres in what is now Garfield, Friendship, and parts of Bloomfield and East Liberty.[9][4]:112–113,243–244[5][10] Their estate was named Rumbiddle,[10] likely a pun on Winebiddle.

(Some sources give Elizabeth's maiden name as Weitzel.[1][4]:112–113 After Winebiddle's death, Elizabeth married a William Cunningham,[4]:243–244 so she is sometimes called Elizabeth Cunningham.)

Winebiddle died on September 11, 1795, and was buried in the churchyard of the First German United Evangelical Protestant Church, which he had helped to establish. He and his wife were later reburied in Allegheny Cemetery.[4]:112–113 The Winebiddles had five children, of whom four lived to inherit parts of the estate: Barbara,[a] Kitty, John Conrad Jr., and Philip.[1][4]:112–113,243–244 Barbara Winebiddle married Jacob Negley, Kitty Winebiddle married John Roup, and Philip Winebiddle married Susanna Roup, tying together these three families; see Negley Avenue and Roup Avenue.[1][4]:112–113,243–244[8] John Conrad Winebiddle, Jr., first married Olive Newton, and later married Harriet Fitch Ingalls, who had a daughter named Eveline by her first husband. Eveline married Dr. Augustus H. Gross, and they adopted a daughter named Mathilda; see Evaline Street, Gross Street, and Mathilda Street.[11][12][13][4]:243–244


  1. A Century and a Half of Pittsburg and Her People names the Winebiddles' first daughter Anna Barbara.[4]:112–113,243–244


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