The King's Orchard
The King’s Orchard by Agnes Sligh Turnbull portrays the love story of an Irish immigrant, James O’Hara (1752-1819), and Mary Carson of Philadelphia. James sailed to America in 1772. He first met Mary when she was only 13, but already a beauty. James was smitten, but waited until Mary was much older to wed her. Ambitious to succeed in this new county, James journeyed to the wilds of Western Pennsylvania where he survived the dense forests, rugged mountains, and sometimes hostile Native Americans. Gradually he found success as an Indian agent, businessman, and Captain in the American Revolutionary War. Ultimately, he was appointed Quartermaster General of the U.S. Army by President George Washington. Because the Native Americans trusted O’Hara, he was able to provide the army with crucial supplies. James made frequent trips back to Philadelphia where he wooed the young Miss Carson. The couple married in 1783, settled in Pittsburgh, and raised six children. There James amassed a fortune. Together this devoted couple helped to transform Pittsburgh from a rough frontier backwater into the beginnings of a real city.