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The Achesons


Major General Thomas Acheson (1758-1815)

The Achesons are originally of Scottish descent.  The Acheson family originated in Gossford, Haddingtonshire, Scotland.  King James I of England gave large grants of land in Ulster Ireland to one Archibald Acheson.  This led to the migration of the Acheson family to the northern part of Ireland.
Major General Thomas Acheson came to America in 1786 and settled in Washington, Pennsylvania with his brother, David.  In 1809, he built the mansion house on Main Street in Washington, PA.  He resided there until his death in 1815.
Major General Thomas Acheson was a Commissary-General in the War of 1812.  He commanded the 14th Division of Pennsylvania Volunteers.  He raised and financed a regiment in the War of 1812 and was awarded a sword by Congress.
He married Elizabeth Jane Cummins who was born in Pennsylvania and died in 1839.

Elizabeth Jane Cummins Acheson ( ? - 1839)
The above oil painting hang in the home of South Trimble Lynn, Sr. in Darnestown Maryland.


Major Gen. Thomas Acheson  Miniature on Ivory.

Jane Cummins Acheson

James Cummins Acheson, a son of Thomas Acheson and Jane Cummins Acheson, was born August 8, 1810 in Washington, Pennsylvania.  He married Lavinia Northrop in Franklin, Ohio on October 15, 1838. Lavinia was born in Ohio in 1820 and died in Catonsville, Baltimore, MD on September 8, 1897.  James died on January 12, 1870 in Wheeling, W VA.

Lavinia Northrup Acheson (1820-1897)

Mary Jane Acheson was the daughter of James Cummins Acheson and Lavinia Northrop Acheson.  Mary Jane was born on May 28, 1840 in Columbus, Ohio.  She married Capt. David Lynn III, CSA.