Robert Hemingray

Obituary - Began Glass Career With Phillips & Company Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Married Mary Carroll


Publication: The Pittsburgh Commercial Gazette

Pittsburgh, PA, United States
p. 4, col. 4


Robert Hemingray.


Robert Hemingray, a pioneer of the flint glass trade, died at his home in Covington, Ky., yesterday. He was well known among the glass manufacturers of the Pittsburgh district and by the trade throughout the country. The younger generation of glass men knew him familiarly as "Uncle Bob." Mr. Hemingray was born in Pittsburgh about eighty years ago. Until within the present week he was active as the president of the Hemingray Glass Company with offices in Cincinnati and a large plant at Muncie, Ind. After completing a college course he entered business with Phillips & Co., operating a glass factory which was then located opposite the present offices of Jones & Laughlin on Third avenue. There he remained till after the big fire of 1845, when he went to Covington, Ky., and engaged in the glass business. The Covington plant was subsequently abandoned and a more modern factory erected at Muncie, Ind. In business this esteemed veteran of the glass industry has met deserved success. Throughout his life he has been identified with the Whig and Republican parties. A Christmas greeting was sent to him from Pittsburgh by George V. Marshall which was replied to by a telegram from Mr. Hemingray's son-in-law, Bradford Shinkle. The message stated that "Uncle Bob" was ill and a message a few hours later announced his death. A wife and five children survive him. Miss Mary Carroll, a member of the old Pittsburgh family of that name, became his bride before he left Pittsburgh. The surviving children are Mrs. William Phelix [sic] Felix, wife of Rev. Mr. Phelix of Lexington, Ky.; Mrs. Bradford Shinkle; Ralph G., Daniel, and Robert Hemingray, of Covington, Ky. The sons are interested in the Hemingray Glass Company. The funeral will take place in Covington on Thursday.


Keywords:Hemingray Family : Death
Researcher notes:1. Robert Hemingray was born in 1820 near Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The family moved to Pittsburgh approximately 1830. 2. The office of the Hemingray Glass Company remained in Covington, Kentucky, until approximately 1912 when it was moved to Muncie, Indiana. 3. Although Ralph Gray and Robert Hemingray attempted to locate in Covington, Kentucky, after leaving Pittsburgh, they had to lease a lot in Cincinnati where the first glass works was constructed in 1848. They did not locate in Covington until 1852.
Supplemental information:Robert Hemingray - Death: Articles: 100, 102, 103, 105, 186, 266, 1328, 1330, 1331, 1333, 1340, 3907, 3911, 4582, 4603, 4604, 6835 Robert Hemingray - Pittsburgh - Phillips Glass Works: Articles: 1330, 1718, 4604
Researcher:Bob Stahr
Date completed:January 27, 2005 by: Glenn Drummond;