Robert Darragh, born in 1776, was the son of James Darragh and Christian Stafford of Darraghstown, County Fermanagh, Ireland. He settled first in Philadelphia in 1798 as an immigrant. Relocated in Carlisle shortly thereafter; then moved west to permanently reside at Raccoon Creek, Beaver County. He read law; was admitted to the bar; and pursued business interests. Robert was an early hotel keeper and operated a general store and a warehouse/shipping business at Sharon. (usually skins and pelts headed east). In the War of 1812, Robert funded supplies, arms and ammunition to the community of Warren, Ohio, the village decimated by an Indian massacre. After the war, he built a large iron foundry at Sharon which stayed in business until 1902. The senator was a member and a founder of the Methodist-Episcopal congregation at Sharon, Pennsylvania. He died at 95 years old, July 21, 1872. His wife was Deborah Hart, granddaughter of John Hart, a signer of the Declaration of Independence from New Jersey.