Alexander Huston & William J. McWilliams, Co. D, 10th Pennsylvania Reserves

Two Civil war comrades, veterans of four years’ service who fought in the same regiment and the same company, died at Canonsburg within 12 hours of each other. 

Alexander Houston Obit

Alexander H. Huston, aged 68, passed away at noon yesterday, after an illness of several weeks. This morning at 6 o’clock William J. McMilliams died as a result also of a lingering illness, aged 67 years.

Both men served through the Civil war as members of Company D. Tenth Pennsylvania Reserves. Both were natives of Canonsburg, where they had lived practically all their lives. 

Alexander H. Huston had been a contractor in Canonsburg for years but had retired some time ago, He was a prominent citizen, having at one time been burgess. He also held other minor positions in the town’s government. 

He married Elizabeth Harsha of near Canonsburg. She with two daughters Harriett and Jeannette, survive. 

Mr. Huston was a prominent in the old soldiers’ organizations. He was actively identified with both the Union Legion and Thomas Paxton Post No. 126, G.A.R., of Canonsburg. He was a member of the Chartiers United Presbyterian church. Funeral services will be held over his remains at 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon from his late home in West Pike street.1


DEATH CLAIMS COMRADES AT NEARLY SAME TIME 

Two Washington (Pa,) Veterans Die Within Few Hours of Each Other. 

By Associated Press.

William McWilliams Obit

Washington, Pa., Dec. 26 – Two Civil war veterans of four years’ service in the same company, died at Canonsburg within 12 hours of each other – Alexander H. Huston, 68 years old, last night, and William J. McWilliams, 67 years old, this morning. The two served throughout the Civil War as members of Company [D], Tenth Pennsylvania Reserves.

Both were natives of Canonsburg, where they had lived practically all their lives. Mr. Huston was a retired contractor and had served as burgess. His widow and two daughters survive. He was identified with the Union Veteran Legion, of Pittsburgh, and Thomas Paxton post, G.A.R., of Canonsburg. He was a member of the United Presbyterian church. 

He and Mr. McWilliams had been close friends from boyhood and news of the former’s death is believed to have hastened the end of the other man. Mr. McWilliams never married. He lived with his brother, George, and two sisters, the Misses Jeannette and Harriet. Three other brothers are living, Daniel, A.W. and Samuel McWilliams, all of Canonsburg.2 


William James McWilliams (1842-1908) – Find a Grave Memorial

Alexander H Huston (1840-1908) – Find a Grave Memorial

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Brendon is a history buff who loves American History, especially the American Civil War. He is also a direct descendant of William H. Wagner of the 10th Pennsylvania Reserves. Member of the 9th Pennsylvania Reserves Co. A (Reenacting Unit). Creator of The Blue & Gray Historian on Instagram and Facebook. He is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

  1. The Washington Reporter – December 26, 1908
  2. Pittsburgh Daily Post – December 27, 1908