|W. F. Holsing was born in Maryland in 1840 and died New Year's Day 1920 in Dunbar Township, Uniontown, Pennsylvania. His wife Jeanette (Jessie) was born in Scotland in 1840. She was one of three sisters. She married W. F. in 1860. They had at least nine children. Sallie Cook 1863-75, Jennie Duncan 1865-85, Ellalou 1867-93, William Judson, Thomas L., Joseph P., Anna M., Albert Z., and Sarah Elizabeth. William J. 1869-1929 became the youngest child when he was 24 after all three of his older sisters passed in their youth. These were hard times.
In 1876 W. F. was elected as a director for the Dunbar Township PA School. The census has him listed as a Mining Boss in 1880 living in North Union, Fayette, Pennsylvania. In 1881 he was a Deacon at the Connellsville Baptist Church.
W. F. was the son of Frederick Wilhelm Holsing, one of the first settlers in Greenock, PA. Records indicate he was born in Germany but there is also a record of his birth in Baltimore. I believe he may have been born on the way over to America with his parents. His older brothers, Henry and Gottlieb are on the ship manifest for the "Harvest" arriving with a guardian in 1846. It was not uncommon for children to be left behind until the family settled in America. Once enough money was raised, the rest of the family would make the voyage. His children were born in Greenock, PA. There are still many Holsings living there.
From "Between Two Rivers” Published by the Elizabeth Township Historical Society in 1976
Greenock was laid out by J.K. Graham, with the town being named by William Black, in 1840.
Some of the principal occupations in earlier years were farming, lumbering, mining, fishing, slaughtering, meat packing and brick making. The earliest and only industry at the time of the founding of Greenock was coal mining and the two mines were Eagle’s Nest Mine on this side of the river and the “Osceola Mine” on the other side.
The early settlers of Greenock were as follows: Wilson; Pflumn; Cloman; Twele; Hanna; Heath; Burland; McLaughlin; Morgenstern; Rojohn; Balsehausen, Kerber; Haidles and the Holsing families.
The Keystone Courier: Connellsville, PA. June 18, 1880. The Greenback Convention "The following ticket was nominated after much confusion: Assembly, Charles S. Seaton and W. F. Holsing."
The Courier: Connellsville, PA. October 3, 1890. "To W. F. Holsing: 1828 acres in Springhill Township, property of J. L. Stents."