Robert Jacob Whitmire

Robert Jacob Whitmire (1858 - 1913)

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Robert Jacob Whitmire
Born in Butler, PAmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Bulter Co, PAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Butler, PAmap
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Leased his land for oil production as early as 1895. The May 31, 1895 edition of the Butler Citizen contains the following in the "Oil Notes" section:

"M. Fadden's well on the Whitmire was shot, and started off big, it will make from 25 to 50 bbls; rigs are up on the Thompson 10 acres. A Martain, Samuel & Dan'l Whitmire, and McFadden is building No. 2 on the Robert Whitmire."

It is unclear which Whitmire farm M Fadden's well was on. However, No. 2 is clearly being built on Robert's land.

1910: Oakland, Butler, Pennsylvania, United States

  • Robert J Whitmire Head M 51 Pennsylvania
  • Margaret W Whitmire Wife F 48 Pennsylvania
  • Isabella M Whitmire Daughter F 21 Pennsylvania
  • Grace E Whitmire Daughter F 19 Pennsylvania
  • Olive C Whitmire Daughter F 17 Pennsylvania
  • Lester P Whitmire Son M 15 Pennsylvania
  • Mable M Whitmire Daughter F 13 Pennsylvania
  • J Everet Whitmire Son M 8 Pennsylvania
  • Leroy S Whitmire Son M 5 Pennsylvania

Death Cert (#107613) has cause of death "Struck by R.R. Train. Accidental"

He was killed in train/horse&buggy accident. He was taking his daughter's family - the Shoup's - home to Butler following a visit celebrating his 32 anniversary. His daughter, Isabelle Shoup, was nearly killed, but recovered.

He was struck at 5:55pm by the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad (B & LE) #11 going southbound near the Oneida Station on a sharp curve. According to Bessemer records, the #11 was a 4-4-0 style engine.

I need help looking up these references:

  • Butler Citizen 23 Nov 1913 p1 Oneida Station; col 1 "Instantly.."
  • Butler Citizen 24 Nov 1913 p1 “Resolutions”
  • Butler Citizen 26 Nov 1913 “Resolutions”
  • Butler Citizen 25Nov 1913 p3 col 1 "Death..."
  • Butler Citizen 5 Dec 1913

Robert J. is buried at North Side Cemetery.

Find A Grave Memorial# 102975245


  • "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 1 August 2015), Robert J Whitmire, Oakland, Butler, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 99, sheet 10B, family 170, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,375,335.

  • Probate Files (Butler County, Pennsylvania), Ca. 1803-1918; Author: Butler County (Pennsylvania). Register of Wills; Probate Place: Butler, Pennsylvania (Case 603)
  • Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1963. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

  • The Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad, 1869-1969 by Roy C. Beaver, Published by Golden West Books
  • Train Hits Family in Rig. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA). November 24, 1913, pg 9.
  • Train Hits Buggy; One Dead, One Hurt. Pittsburgh Daily Post. (Pittsburgh, PA). November 24, 1913, pg 3.

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Images: 4
Whitmire-Smith Marriage Announcement, Butler Citizen
Whitmire-Smith Marriage Announcement, Butler Citizen

Robert J. Whitmire Portrait
Robert J. Whitmire Portrait

Train Hits Family in Rig
Train Hits Family in Rig

Train Hits Buggy; One Dead, One Hurt.
Train Hits Buggy; One Dead, One Hurt.


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