HISTORY OF STARK COUNTY: WITH AN OUTLINE SKETCH OF OHIO BIOLOGICAL SKETCHES Page 745
George W Sourbeck restaurant keeper; Alliance; was born in Bridgeport, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, February 26, 1837. He is the oldest son of John Sourbeck, by his second wife (Sarah A. Collier). The subject of these notes was only 7 years old at the time his father was drowned (which event is noted in the sketch of Daniel Sourbeck), therefore he was early in life necessitated to do for himself, and began his career as a driver on the canal from Harrisburg to Nanticoke and Wilkesbarre. This he followed for one season, when he went to Mechanicsburg and apprenticed himself to the shoe and boot trade, and remained there for six years. In 1855 he came to Alliance, and was engaged in his brother’s dining hall at the railroad depot, for about 1 and half years. He went to Youngstown and engaged at his trade for a short time, when he accepted a clerkship at the Union Hotel, where he remained for two years. He purchased the passenger dining-rooms on Liberty street, Pittsburgh, which he conducted for about one year, sold out and returned to Youngstown, Ohio, and January 3, 1861, he married Mary A. Wilson. They moved to Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, where he began to “run” on the P., Ft. W. & C.R.R. and was soon promoted to conductor ship on the road, which position he retained for seven years when he was appointed Night-train Dispatcher, at the outer depot for one year, and then returned to his position as conductor and “ran” one year and resigned to engage in the hotel business in Alliance, having been running the Exchange Hotel about ten months, when on May 22, 1871, it burned. He then opened the restaurant close to the depot, which he has conducted ever since. They have five children viz.-Alva L, Emma S, Harry P, George W Jr., and Lillie.
As the article states above, George "ran" on the Pennsylvania, Ft Wayne & Chicago Railroad (PFW&CP) from 1861 to about 1867-1868. During that time that he was a conductor and ran up into the Beaver Valley, it appears that he had an affair with Mary Galbreath, which resulted in the birth of a son Frederick Galbreath, on December 3, 1867. Shortly after Fred's birth, George and his family relocated to Alliance, Ohio.
This is what I found: The WILL of George Sourbeck, dated January 7, 1890, in part states; referring to his wife Mary, "but in case she should again marry, it is my desire my estate be legally distributed among all my children to wit: Alva L, Emma S, Harry P, George W Jr, & Tillie C, & to Fred Galbreath I desire he be paid ten dollars." "To wit" is legally words for "who are." George identifies, Fred is in fact his son. The ten dollars is a legal maneuver to prevent Fred from contesting the WILL.
Fred is clearly identified as George's son, and at some point, Fred took the last name of Sourbeck. He relocated to Alliance, Ohio prior to 1890, where George's family lived, George being deceased in 1891. At this time, there were other Sourbecks who lived in the town.
George Sourbeck WILL
Emma S Sourbeck 1864-Deceased
Harry P Sourbeck 1877-1905
George Washington Sourbeck 1869-1945
Children of Mary Jane Wilson:
Daniel Sourbeck 1874-1876
Matilda Crosby Sourbeck 1877-1949
Child of Mary Galbreath: Frederick Harrison (Galbreath) Sourbeck 1867-1953