Early African American Deaths in the Pittsburgh Courier, Book One, from March 25, 1911-December 27, 1912


This book is a compilation of deaths and obituaries that appeared throughout the Pittsburgh Courier community columns and headlines from 1911-1912. These deaths represent individuals who lived in the small towns of southwestern Pennsylvania such as Beaver Falls, Belle Vernon, Braddock, Brownsville, Canonsburg, Connellsville, Charleroi, Erie, Greensburg, Homestead, Elizabeth, McKeesport, Monessen, Monongahela, Oil City, Scottdale, Sharon, Sewickley, Uniontown, Washington, and Waynesburg, as well as Pittsburgh; in eastern Ohio, the towns of Akron, Cadiz, Dayton, East Liverpool, Salem, Smithfield, Warren, Wilberforce, Youngstown and Zanesville; in West Virginia, the towns of Huntington and Wheeling. Other towns across the state of Pennsylvania such as Altoona, Harrisburg and Williamsport are also represented as well as Buffalo and Flushing, New York.

Many of these deaths are just one line long; however, that one line often contains the name of the dead person, their parent’s name and where and when the deceased died. Many of the deaths that appear in this book are much more detailed describing when and where the deceased was born, when they came to a certain area, how long they lived there, whether or not they were a slave, the plantation they came from, and who enslaved them.

Most likely, this invaluable genealogical data is only found in the Pittsburgh Courier. Many of these early settlers were remarkable citizens who established the first churches, schools and social clubs. They were professional and nonprofessional, skilled and unskilled. They were of all classes and represented a variety of religious affiliations.

The beginning of the book contains a listing of all the deaths that are featured in the book and concludes with an every name index at the end of the book.

Marlene Garrett Bransom

2011, paper, 206 pp.

ISBN: 9781558565517