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Osceola 1878
Ivill 1881
Catsburg 1889
Rostraver 1890
Gallatin 1897
Johnetta 1899
Hazel 1902
Marianna 1907
Francis 1903
James Jones 1835
John H. Jones 1866
Thomas P. Jones 1868
William I. Jones 1869
David G. Jones 1871
Harry P. Jones 1873
Mary Agnes Jones 1877
E. Frank Miller 1882
William Ivill 1819
Ann Agnes Ivill 1845
John J. Ivill 1862
William C. Ivill 1881
Harry E. Ivill 1885
W. F. Holsing 1840
W. J. Holsing 1869
Fredrick Holsing 1896
Stella Holsing 1900
James J. Holsing 1902
Holsing Family Photos
Patzsch Family 1912
James Jones 1912
Ann Agnes Ivill 1895
David G. Jones 1915
William I. Jones 1905
W. J. Holsing 1929
John H. Jones 1959
John H. Jones Mayor '05
James Jones B-day '07

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Stacy, Jay & Jim HolsingWelcome to PittBuff.com! My name is Jay Holsing. That's me with my sister Stacy and my Dad, James J. Holsing.

I built this site for my family and anyone else who might be searching for their ancestors. When I was a boy my Grandmother Holsing told me stories about my Grandfather's family and the great coal mining business these hearty and ambitous men had founded in Western Pennsylvania.

Unfortunately my Grandfather {upper left on plaque} James Jones Holsing died in 1965 before I was old enough to hear any historical accounts from him first hand. He was the son of W. J. Holsing, superintendent of the Hazel Mine in Canonsburg PA, and Mary Agnes Jones Holsing, daughter of James Jones the founder of the coal company and family patriarch.

Grandmother showed me this incredible document with the history of the Pittsburg Buffalo Company that she had hidden in her closet. This sparked my first interest in genealogy. The story of their tremendous success was incredible. I made my first small family tree with the help of Grandmother. I still have that document with my Grandmother's handwriting on it! A few years later Roots came out and I did some more research on microfilm at the library. Grandmother died in 1988. I took a long break from my work until the internet came along. The modern age of genealogy research had arrived.

Pittsburg Buffalo Company plaque: 1905
In 2002 I posted a small website with some family and company information and I started to get emails from distant relatives from all over the country! One of my best contacts is Betty Lou Ivell whose contributions to this site are noted. She is a super slueth and has helped me fill in some blanks in my family tree. Her husband is my 3rd cousin twice removed. Try to figure that one out!

PittBuff.com is basically an interpretation of facts and family stories from many sources. Direct quotes from known sources will be noted. Thanks to all who have contributed. Check the Bibliography for a complete list of resources. If you have any comments or anything to contribute it would be appreciated. Feel free to email me. I respond to all inquiries. Maybe we can help each other with our family trees!

Thanks and enjoy your visit, Jay Holsing.                                                My personal website: Holsing.com

That's my Grandfather James Jones Holsing and his 1925 Buick. Smithfield St. Canonsburg PA