NEW CASTLE NEWS, Monday, August 16, 1920, p. 3
Descendants of Alexander and Mary Armstrong McBride held their fifty
first annual reunion at Muddy Creek Falls, on Saturday, August 14th,
twenty-nine members of the clan were present. At one o’clock a bountiful
picnic dinner was served, after which a conference for the transaction of
business was held. Miss Eliza Winans McBride, president of the association,
the only remaining member of the second generation, and for many years a
faithful attendant at these reunions, was not able to be present and her
presence was greatly missed. In her absence Raymond Cornelius presided.
It was the unanimous voice of the assembly that the former officers be
retained and a new committee on time and place was appointed; Mrs. Mary
Beisel, Mrs. Thos. Courtney, and Fred McBride.
A special and honored guest at this meeting was Miss Sara Kelly Keister
of Bakers’ Field, California.
NEW CASTLE NEWS, Monday, august 1, 1921, p. 3
The 52nd annual reunion of the descendants of Alexander and
Mary Armstrong McBride will be held Tuesday 16th at the home of Mrs.
Benjamin Beisel, 130 East Wallace avenue. Mrs. Beisel is the daughter of
the late Thomas and Eliza Winans McBride.
NEW CASTLE NEWS, July 7, 1922
The 53rd annual reunion of the descendants of Alexander and Mary
Armstrong McBride will be held in the home of Mrs. William McCune in
New Wilmington Thursday, July 27th. Mrs. McCune is the daughter of
Robert and Sara Martin McBride.
NEW CASTLE NEWS Friday, August 3, 1934, p. 6.
McBRIDE FAMILY HAS SIXTY-NINTH REUNION
Summer is reunion time and scores of them have been held in New Castle
and vicinity, but the one which is the oldest, and deserves special mention,
is that of the McBride family, descendants of Alexander and Mary Armstrong
McBride, which was held on Wednesday, August 1 at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Jay E. McCune, at Plaingrove.
It was Christmas Day 1866, at the close of the Civil War, that Alexander
McBride called all his sons together with their families and the first
organization was effected which has carried on throughout these 69 years.
Sixty representatives of the family from New Castle, Butler, Pittsburgh,
Grove City, Erie and as far away Sebring, Florida, were present and for dinner
at noon, the tables were arranged attractively in the big drawing room of
the old Floyd mansion where the McCune’s reside.
The youngest person present was Jean McCune, the year and a half old
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph McCune of Slippery Rock. She represented the
fifth generation of the family.
Guests from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Harry A. Kelly and daughter from
Sebring, Florida, who have been visiting in New Castle with their daughter
and sister, Miss Ethel Kelly and other relatives in the vicinity for the past
six weeks. Mr. and Mrs. Kelly descended from Rebecca Jane McBride, the second
In the afternoon, there was a business session at which last year’s officers
were retained. President E. A. McBride, slippery Rock; Robert Reed McBride,
Cleveland; secretary-treasurer, Mrs. Mary McBride Beisel, New Castle; assistant
secretary-treasurer, Miss Sara Gill, Portersville.
One death was reported, that of the late Mrs. Murray Cornelius of Butler.
Plans for the 70th reunion will be in the hands of the officers.
A dinner such as the women of the McBride family know how to prepare was
served at 1 o’clock, after which a social period on porches and lawns was
enjoyed to the fullest extent, from the oldest down to the wee darlings of
the fifth generation.
During the afternoon many of the old neighbors cam, some on foot some in
carriages, and some in the modern style, the swift moving auto. They came to
congratulate the descendants of their old time friends, Alexander and Mary
The members of this family are waxing old in years. The combined age of
six of those present being 482 years: the eldest being Mrs. Samuel Gill,
aged 93, who has not attended the reunion for fourteen years owning to feeble
George D. McBride has been a resident of Gallipolis, O., all the years
since the war of 61-65, in which he was a gallant soldier. He is as intrepid
as a school boy still, and journeys to the old homeland every year, to the
reunion of the family, from which neither time nor distance can estrange him.
The social hours were followed by a business meeting, presided over by
George D. to relieve R. M., the president. Much business for the welfare of
the family organization was transacted among which was the taking steps to
erect a suitable memorial over the resting place of the father and mother.
In order to carry this forward to completion during this year, a committee
consisting of R. A. Kelly of Plaingrove, Wm. M. white of New Castle, and Wm.
McCune of Plaingrove, was appointed.
Some years since, R. M. McBride was elected president for life, at this
meeting George D. was re-elected vice-president and Harry Kelly of Butler,
Many regrets and much sympathy was expressed for Mary McBride Beisel,
the historian, who was unable to be present on account of the serious illness
of her husband, Benjamin Beisel of New Castle.
NEW CASTLE NEWS, August 23, 1915
The 50th annual reunion of the descendants of Alexander McBride and Mary
Armstrong McBride will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Beisel
of Wallace avenue on Saturday September 4.
The first reunion was held in Harlansburg at the residence of the elder
McBride in 1865, and they have been held each year since. The last one was
held at the residence of Robert McBride, and about sixty were present. The
officers elected last year were Alexander McBride. President and Thomas
McBride, Secretary. There were present at the reunion held at the residence
of Robert McBride in Scott township, Monday, about 45 members of the family,
and these enjoyed a very pleasant time talking over the days of auld land
syne. Of course the dinner was a grand affair, and was presided over by
Rev. Dr. Walker. After dinner a business meeting was held. This was
presided over by Alexander McBride, President. Letters of regret from
George McBride of Gallipolis, who was unable to be present, was read.
Rev. Dr. Walker, a former pastor at Plaingrove, but now a resident of
Butler county, made a few very appropriate remarks which were intently
listened to and appreciated very highly. It was decided to hold the next
reunion in September, 1886, and that the date be fixed by the president.
The same officers were continued for another year. The reunion will be
held at the same house. Remarks were also made by ___Jonas of the News.
A vote of thanks was tended Walker and the News. They then adjourned
and the pleasures of the day were then taken up again...................?
NEW CASTLE NEWS, Weekly Edition, September 9, 1891
BIG MEN - Belong to the McBride Family
Regarding the McBride family reunion the Butler Eagle says: The reunion
of the McBride families, at the residence of Mr. Amaziah Kelly, of Worth
township, on Saturday, was a very social event. About seventy-five of the
descendants of the late Col. Alexander McBride of Harlansburg, were present.
All of the members of his immediate family, consisting of six sons and two
daughters, with their families, were in attendance. They are as follows:
Thomas McBride, New Castle, Alexander McBride, Harlansburg,
Wm. McBride, Mechanicsburg; Geo. D. McBride, Galipolis, O.; Robert
McBride, Harlansburg; Samuel J. McBride, Eastbrook; Mrs. Amaziah Kelly,
Worth township; and Mrs.Samuel Gill, New Castle. The average height of
these men is over six feet. It is not often that so many stalwart men are
found in one family. Among the connection are a number of excellent musicians,
and music was one of the delightful features of the occasion, in which the
sweet strains of the violin, violincello, cornet, guitar, and organ and
vocal choruses were heard.
NEW CASTLE NEWS, June 29, 1898
A Family Gathering
The annual reunion the McBride family will be held Thursday, the 30th
inst., at the old Tent church half way between Lowellville and New Bedford.
Formal invitations have not been sent to all, but a general invitation is given
and it is hoped that all will respond. A day replete with interest and
pleasure has always been enjoyed at these reunions and it is expected this
year to eclipse all previous efforts and records.
NEW CASTLE NEWS, Wednesday, August 22, 1906
The McBride reunion was held at the home of L. C. Kelly near here last
Friday. Many relatives and friends of the family were present and report
a very pleasant time.
NEW CASTLE NEWS, Wednesday, August 22, 1906, p. 5
The forty-second annual reunion of the McBride family was held Friday
at the home of Mrs. Rebecca Jane Kelly, near Jacksonville, and about 50
people attended. A fine dinner was served after which the following
officers were elected.
President, R. M. McBride of this city; secretary, Roland Kelly of
Beaver Falls, and assistant secretary, Raymond Cornelius.
Those present from this city were R. M. McBride and family, Mrs. Esther
Pardoe, and Rowland Kelly of Beaver Falls.
David, the eldest, married Elizabeth Struthers, and five children were
the fruit of this marriage. One of these, Laura, married John VanHorn and
is now the mother of two children.
Rebecca Jane was married to Amiziah Kelley in 1845, and to these ten
children were born, one of them now being deceased. Mary Melissa, the
oldest, is married to A. M. Cornelius of Butler, and they have 6 children.
Winfield Scott was married to a lady from Nebraska and they have one child.
John Alexander was married to Susan McCune; they have two children. Sarah
Rebecca was married to J. M. Keister in 1884.
Alexander never got married, and though 60 years of age is "willing."
Thomas McBride, of this city, was married to Lyda a. Winans, in 1856 and
two children are living, Mamie, now Mrs. Beisal of Philadelphia, and William.
Sarah A. was married to Samuel B. Gill in 1850, and they have five
children; none are married.
William was married to Eliza Taylor, in 1866 and have three children living.
Austine married Jennie Hutchinson, of Pittsburgh, in 1884.
Robert was married to Sarah Martin in 1858, and have eight children living.
Cora Ida was married to William McCune in 1883, and have one child.
Nettie May was married to George Newton Clark, on the same day and
have one child.
George D., now of Gallipolis, married Annie Stevens, in 1867, and
have no children living.
Samuel J. was married to Mary D. Cotten in 1869, and have two children living.
NEW CASTLE NEWS Tuesday, September 2, 1930
McBride – Armstrong
The sixty-fifth reunion of the descendants of Alexander and Mary Armstrong McBride was held Friday, August 29th in the home of Mrs. Benjamin Beisel, on Wallace avenue, with about forty members of the third, fourth and fifth generations present, from nearby places of Pennsylvania and Ohio.
A fine basket dinner was served by the women of the fourth generation at noon.
The reunion of 1931 will be held in the old home neighborhood of Plaingrove, Lawrence Co., the last week in August with J. McCune as host. Officers elected were: President, E. A. McBride, Slippery Rock; vice president, Robert Reed McBride, Warren, Ohio, secretary and treasurer, Mrs. Mary Beisel, New Castle, assistant secretary and treasurer, Miss Sara Gill, Grant City.
NEW CASTLE NEWS Saturday, August 29, 1931, p. 3.
The sixty-sixth reunion of the descendants of Alexander and Mary Armstrong
McBride was held Thursday, August 27 in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jay
E. McCune in Plaingrove, Lawrence Co., with a splendid representation of the
several branches of these early settlers of the Plaingrove district.
David Armstrong, father of Mary was a soldier of the Revolutionary
war, coming to Plaingrove in 1795, and settled on a claim in the new
David Armstrong, with Thomas Taylor, were a committee of two who
selected in 1799 the name Plaingrove for the new church and the settlement
that been known since then as “Plaingrove.”
Alexander McBride came to America from County Tyrone, Ireland,
about 1815, settled in Plaingrove as a school teacher, and in 1820 married
Polly Armstrong, daughter of David. It is in honor of this father and mother
of eleven children, that the reunions are held once each year.
The first reunion was at Harlansburg, in the home now standing on
the main street of town, at foot of New Castle hill, on the call of the father,
when his sons returned from the Civil war, New Years day 1866.
McBRIDE FAMILY REUNIONS
1873 - 1936
NEW CASTLE COURANT, SEPTEMBER 26, 1873, P.3
The descendants of Alexander and Mary McBride had reunion on the
31st inst., in Hickory township, at the residence of S. J. McBride,
who is the youngest member of the original family. There are seven
sons and two daughters--the oldest being 52 and the youngest 34 years
of age. Also about thirty grand-children and two great grand-children,
all of whom were present. Mrs. McBride died in 1847, and with this
single exception the family is unbroken. Mr. Alexander McBride has
lived eight years beyond the allotted three score years and ten, and
will probably be present at more of his family's pleasant re-unions
of which the one on the 13th inst. was the ninth.
NEW CASTLE NEWS WEEKLY, MAY 27, 1885, P.6
THE MCBRIDE FAMILY
THEIR REUNION MONDAY--HISTORY OF THE FAMILY
Alexander McBride, Sr., came to America from Tyrone, Ireland, in 1817,
at the age of 17 years, & settled at Center, Mercer county where he resided
about three years, and on the 25th of May, 1820, he married Miss Mary
Armstrong, daughter if David Armstrong, one of the first settlers. They began
housekeeping at Center. They remained there until 1824, when they removed
to Slippery Rock township, Butlercounty, and settled part of the old
Armstrong homestead. While residing there, there was born to Mr. and Mrs.
M'Bride Alexander, born in 1825; Thomas, 1828; Sarah Ann, now Mrs.
Samuel B. Gill, 1830; William, 1832; Robert B., 1834; George, 1837; Samuel J.,
1839. Before their removal to Slippery Rock David A. was born in Center in 1821
and Rebecca Jane, now Mrs. Mrs. Kelly, in 1823. All of these are now living
except D. A. McBride, who died in September 1879. On the 21st day of
April, 1847, Mrs. McBride died, as recorded in the family Bible by Mr.
McBride himself, "After living together for 26 years, 10 months and six days
in an agreeable manner." In June 1848, he was married to Mrs. Nancy
McCaslin, who survives him. In 1850 he moved to New Castle and taught
school in the little brick building near the Jefferson street bridge, & which
still stands. He moved to Harlansburg in 1852 and lived there until 1873,
and from that time until his death, October 14, 1879, he resided with his
son Robert near Plaingrove.
NEW CASTLE NEWS Wednesday, July 20, 1927
Descendants of Alexander and Mary Armstrong McBride will have their
annual reunion Thursday July 28 at Memorial park Grove City. A basket
dinner will be served at noon.
NEW CASTLE NEWS Thursday, August 30, 1928, p. 3.
Descendants of Alexander and Mary Armstrong McBride early settlers
of Plaingrove township, will have their annual reunion at the home of
Mrs. Mary McBride Beisel, Wallace avenue, Saturday, September 8.
Dinner will be served at noon.
NEW CASTLE NEWS Monday, September 10, 1928
The 63rd annual reunion of the descendants of Alexander and Mary Armstrong
McBride was an event of Saturday September 8, in the home of Mrs. Benjamin
Beisel, Wallace avenue.
An elaborate dinner was served at noon with 40 present including several
of the fifth generation.
A business meeting followed and officers for the new year elected. President
F. W. McBride of Slippery Rock; Vice president R. Reid McBride, Warren, O.,
secretary and treasurer, Sara E. Gill, New Castle.
The committee to determine the time and place of the next reunion includes
Mrs. Thomas Courtney of Grove City, Mrs. William M. White, New Castle and
Harry L. Kelly of Sebring, Florida.
NEW CASTLE NEWS, August 21, 1907
The forty-third annual reunion of the family of Alexander McBride
was held Saturday at the home of Mrs. Rebecca McBride Kelly, the oldest
daughter and now the oldest living representative of the family. Of the
second generation only two were able to be present. They were Mrs. Kelly
& R. M. McBride of this city. The other three children were unable to attend.
The third and fourth generations were well represented. Although no
definite time and place were set for the next reunion it will probably be
held at the home of Mrs. Benjamin Beisel of this city.
NEW CASTLE NEWS, July 19, 1911
The 47th annual reunion of the descendants of Alexander McBride will be
held Wednesday, July 19, at the home of Mrs. Minnie McBride White on
Neshannock avenue. Mrs. White is a daughter of Robert McBride, one of the
oldest members of the connection.
George D. McBride of Gallipolis, O., Osmond McBride and family of
Pittsburgh, John Van Horn and family of Homestead, as well as relatives
from Beaver, Butler, Mercer and Lawrence counties will be in attendance.
NEW CASTLE NEWS, July 26,1911
McBRIDE REUNION - LARGELY ATTENDED
The 47th annual reunion of descendants of Alexander McBride was held
Wednesday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William M. White of Neshannock
avenue with some 60 relatives in attendance.
R. M. McBride of this city, George D. McBride of Gallipolis, O., and Mrs.
Eliza McBride of the second generation were present in addition to members
of the third, fourth, and fifth generations.
NEW CASTLE NEWS Monday, July 24, 1933
Descendants of Alexander and Mary Armstrong McBride, pioneer residents
of this county, will have the 68th reunion of the family in the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Jay McCune, Plaingrove, Thursday, August 10.
NEW CASTLE NEWS Saturday, August 12, 1933, p. 3.
The 68th annual reunion of the descendants of Alexander and Mary Armstrong
McBride, pioneer residents of Lawrence county, was held Thursday, August 10,
in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. McCune at Plaingrove.
Dinner was served at noon in the beautiful dining room of the McCune home,
with 50 seated at the table to enjoy the contents of the well filled baskets
that had been brought for the occasion. The invocation was given by William
M, White, a member of the family by marriage.
The business meeting was called at 4 p.m. when the report of the events of
the past year of interest to the family was given. One death was reported, that
of the wife of Edwin A. McBride of Slippery Rock, Pa, one birth, a daughter, to
Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Cooper of Slippery Rock, R. D.
The officers of 1932 were retained for the ensuing year and are as follows:
President E. A. McBride, Slippery Rock; vice president Robert Reed McBride of
Warren, O., and secretary, Mrs. (Benjamin) Mary McBride Beisel of New Castle.
NEW CASTLE NEWS Tuesday, July 17, 1934, p. 3.
The 69th annual reunion of the descendants of Alexander and Mary Armstrong
McBride will take place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. McCune, Plain Grove,
Wednesday, August 1. President of the reunion organization is E. A. McBride of
Slippery Rock, Mrs. Mary McBride Beisel of New Castle, secretary.
A family reunion is an occasion when many members of an extended family get together.
Sometimes reunions are held regularly, for example, on the same date of every year.
NEW CASTLE NEWS, Saturday, August 11, 1917
McBRIDE FAMILY HOLDS YEARLY GATHERING
For the 53rd consecutive year the descendants of Alexander and Mary
Armstrong MCBride gathered for a reunion on Friday at the home of Roland
Kelly near Plaingrove. There were more than 60 in attendance and the
day was a delightful one with informal visiting the principal pastime.
A delicious menu was served at noon and the evening and in the
afternoon there was a short business meeting at which the officers of
the last year were re-elected. Mrs. Eliza Winans McBride, of this city
continuing to hold the office of president. The session opened with the
singing of “America” and Mrs. Benjamin Beisel, the historian, gave an
accounting of the happenings in the family during the past year.
Attorney James M. Martin of this city, announced that a bronze tablet,
containing the names of all the men who enlisted in the war of ’61,
there being five members of the McBride family, included in the list,
is to be erected in the Plaingrove Presbyterian church.
Five generations were represented and it was decided to hold the 1918
reunion at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William M. White of Neshannock avenue.
Among the guests were: Mrs. Eliza W. McBride, Mrs. Benjamin Beisel, Mr.
and Mrs. Newton Clark, Mr. and Mrs. Ashley Hill, Mrs. John Trusel and
daughter Helen, Mr. and Mrs. William M. White and family, Mr. and Mrs.
Welty O. Rugh, Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. White and son, James M. Martin of
this city, Warren Jones of Montana, Mrs. John Tracey of North Dakota,
Mrs. Kelly, Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius of Butler, and Mrs. George McCune
NEW CASTLE NEWS, Friday , August 2, 1918
NEW CASTLE GUESTS AT McBRIDE REUNION
Mrs. Eliza Winans McBride, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. White and daughter Helen,
and Mrs. G. N. Clark were New Castle guests at the 60th annual reunion of
the descendants of Alexander and Mary Armstrong McBride, held Tuesday at
the home of Mrs. Thomas Courtney of Grove City. Five generations were
Thirty-five guests from Pittsburgh, Homestead, New Castle and Butler
were present. Officers of the organization were re-elected to serve
Mrs. Beisel of Wallace avenue, this city has invited the family to
meet with her for the reunion next year.
McBride - Bumpus Genealogy
NEW CASTLE NEWS Friday, August 28, 1936, p.3.
McBRIDE REUNION EVENT OF WEEK
For only the second time in the history of all reunions held during
the last 71 years by the Armstrong-McBride family, perhaps the pioneer
organization of them all in this section of the country, the gathering
this year on Wednesday, was held in a public place instead of a private
Sure enough, two bad storms in the afternoon interfered greatly with
the usual attendance. “Rambler’s Rest” along the Slippery Rock was chosen
for the place this year, the guests arriving around noon for the picnic
dinner which was served under shelter.
The afternoon business session was featured by the usual election of
officers which resulted in the officers of the past year being retained:
President, E. A. McBride, Slippery Rock; Robert Reed McBride, Meadville,
vice president; Mrs. Mary McBride Beisel, secretary.
As historian, Mrs. Beisel recalled many facts of interest to the family
among which dated back to 1705 when John Harris (father of Mary Harris,
wife of Alexander McBride from whom the clan descended) built his log cabin
on the banks of the Susquehanna where the city of Harrisburg now stands.
Mrs. Moyer and daughter of Sharon, the former of whom is compiling a
complete history of the McBride and Armstrong connection, reported progress
on her work. Greetings from many of the family who reside north, south and
west were received.
In spite of the bad day the reunion was a happy one, but the gathering
next year will probably be indoors.
NOTE : These articles were transcribed, as is, from the newspaper articles,
with not attempt to correct grammer, spelling or punctuation. There are numerous
factual inaccuracies, the most significant being that John Harris was the father
of Mary Harris, wife of Alexander McBride. Mary Armstong was the wife of Alexander
McBride and the daughter of David and Sarah Harris Armstrong. The father of Sarah
Harris, long thought to be John Harris has been disproved. Sarah’s father was
Rowland Harris of Path Valley, Franklin County, Pennsylvania.
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NEW CASTLE NEWS, July 28, 1922
M’BRIDE FAMILY HAS SUCCESSFUL REUNION
Descendants of Alexander and Mary Armstrong McBride has their 57th
annual reunion Thursday in New Wilmington at the home of Mrs. William
McCune, daughter of Robert M. McBride. It was an unusually successful
and enjoyable event and forty-six were present. Among the visitors were Mrs.
Harry Ow of Dormont, Mississippi, Miss Annie Armstrong of Youngstown,
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Montgomery of Grove City, Miss Mary Bird of
Plaingrove, and Miss Eliza Holmes of New Wilmington.
Dinner was served at noon. Four long tables were placed in the rooms
and were beautifully decorated with bouquets of old fashioned garden flowers.
A business meeting followed the dinner and following officers elected,
president, Fred W. McBride of Sharon, vice president, Robert R. McBride of
Cleveland, secretary, Mary McBride Beisel of this city, and assistant
secretary, Miss Sara Gill of this city. During the meeting four births and
two marriages were reported. Renewing of old acquaintances and a general
good time was enjoyed during the remainder of the afternoon.
The next annual meeting will be held the last Thursday in August 1923.
NEW CASTLE NEWS, Saturday, August 18,1923, p. 3.
The thirty- eighth annual reunion of the descendants of Alexander and Mary
Armstrong McBride will take place Wednesday, August 22, at Cascade Park.
NEW CASTLE NEWS, Monday, July 26, 1926
Sixty-first annual reunion of the descendants of Alexander and Mary
Armstrong McBride will take place Thursday, August 12, at Community
park Grove City. Dinner will be served at noon.
The home of Mr. Jay McCune and family, where the reunion was held, is the beautiful home known as the Floyd Mansion, situated on a level plot, surrounded by a grove of rare and beautiful trees, and splendid farm lands.
Forty-five members of this family were seated for dinner at one long table in the “drawing room” of the mansion. The guest of honor at the head of the table was Mrs. Mary Armstrong Adams, aged ninety two, a fine specimen of womanhood, widow of Wm. Henry Adams and the fourth in line from David Armstrong, and his wife Sarah Harris. Harrisville, Pa. was named for the family of Sarah Harris, wife of David Armstrong.
During the business meeting these officers were elected; President, E. A. McBride, Slippery Rock; vice president Robert Reed McBride, Warren, Ohio, secretary and treasurer, Mrs. Mary McBride Beisel, New Castle. The next reunion will be held the last Thursday in August 1932.
NEW CASTLE NEWS Saturday, August 27, 1932, p. 3.
McBride Reunion at Floyd Mansion
The 67th reunion of the descendants of Alexander and Mary Armstrong
McBride, early settlers of Plaingrove, Lawrence county, was held Thursday,
August 25, in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jay E. McCune, known as the Floyd
Mansion in Plaingrove.
Dinner was served at noon when 45 were seated at one table placed in
the drawing room. The invocation was made by C. W. Herman Hess, a
member of the family by marriage.
The eldest member of the family at the table was Mrs. Mary Armstrong
Adams, aged 92, and the youngest, a dainty little maiden of three,
a member of the tenth generation of this family, which had representatives
present from Sharon, O, Grove City, Butler, Youngstown, O., Volant,
Homestead, New castle.
During the business session the presiding officers were retained;
President, Edward A. McBride, Slippery Rock, and secretary, Mrs.
Benjamin Beisel, New Castle.
George McBride has resided in Galipolis, since the close of the war, but
has returned here for many of the reunions. He and his brother R. M. McBride,
are the only ones remaining of seven sons, four of whom were in the war.
The sumptuous dinner was served after which a business meeting was held
with the vice-president, George D. McBride in the chair. Mrs. Eliza A.
McBride read a history of the family and after the transaction of routine
business the meeting was adjourned to convene again at the call of the
secretary, Harry Kelly of Butler.
The day was enjoyably spent with reminiscences, guests being present from
Grove City, Butler, Pittsburg, Jacksville, and Plain Grove.
NEW CASTLE NEWS, Monday, July 21, 1913, p. 3
McBRIDE REUNION HELD AT PLAINGROVE
The 48th annual reunion of the Alexander McBride family was held at the
beautiful country home of William McCune, at Plaingrove on July 18th.
This would have been the 49th reunion, but owing to the serious illness,
of the now senior member of the family, R. M. McBride, there was no reunion
held last year. Now happily his health has so improved that he was taken to
the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wm. McCune, some weeks since and it was
considered an opportune time to have the reunion of the family, during his
stay there, since Plaingrove was really the old home of the family where
Alexander McBride and Mary Armstrong McBride lived in their youth, married
and raised their family of seven stalwart sons and two daughters.
The reunion was not far from the church where they worshipped from their
youth to old age, when they were called home, and laid in the churchyard
surrounding the old church site, and a few rods from the new and beautiful
It was an ideal day and truly a happy reunion of a family that has ever
been bound together by the strongest ties of filial love; that has fostered
a brotherly an sisterly love that is beautiful to behold.
There were many present from the second down to the fifth generation. For
the first time in many years all surviving members of the second generation
were present., consisting of the sons, R. M. McBride of New Castle and George
D. of Gallipolis, O., and a daughter Mrs. Samuel Gill of Harlansburg, and Mrs.
Thomas McBride of New Castle being the only survivors of those connected by
McBride Family History
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NEW CASTLE NEWS Saturday, August 24, 1929, p. 3.
The 64th annual reunion of the descendants of Alexander and Mary Armstrong McBride, took place Thursday, August 22, in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Courtney of Grove City, grand-daughter of Alexander McBride and daughter of David Armstrong McBride, life long residents of Harlansburg, Lawrence county.
Despite the inclement weather a large delegation was present from New Castle, Slippery Rock, Pa., Warren, Ohio, Sebring and Orlando, Fla.
Following the dinner at noon officers for the new year were elected as follows, President, E. A. McBride of Slippery Rock, vice president, Robert Reed McBride of Warren, O., secretary and treasurer, Mrs. Mary McBride Beisel of New Castle.
The first reunion of this family took place in the home of Alexander McBride at Harlansburg in 1865 at the close of the civil war, when his sons returned. Seven sons and two daughters with their families were present.
Mary Armstrong McBride, daughter of David Armstrong revolutionary soldier, died April 21, 1847. Alexander McBride died October 14, 1878, and both are buried in the grave yard of the Presbyterian church at Plaingrove.
The next reunion will be the last week of August 1930, the place to be named by the following committee, Mrs. Joseph Rudge of Youngstown, Ohio, Miss Dorothy White and Miss Ethel Kelly of New Castle.
NEW CASTLE NEWS Saturday, August 16, 1930
The 65th annual reunion of the descendants of Alexander and Mary
Armstrong McBride will be held at the home of Mrs. Mary McBride Beisel
of 130 Wallace avenue on Friday, August 29th.