History of Allegheny county, Pennsylvania : including its early settlement
Chicago : A. Warner Co., 1889
Cushing, Thomas, 1821
Pgs. 517, 518, JACOB A. ALTER, farmer post office New Texas, was born in Plum Twp., in his present house, in June, 1844, a son of JACOB and JANE (BRATTON) ALTER, who were born in Washington Co., April 27, 1802 and Jan. 18, 1802, and died Aug. 7, 1883, and Oct. 26, 1880, respectively. His grandfather, DAVID ALTER, died in this county. His father was a blacksmith, and also owned a farm, which his sons or hired help cultivated; was major of militia, and held many offices in Plum Twp.; was the father of 13 children: GEORGE, ELIZA, SAMUEL, MARY, SARAH JANE, NANCY, MARGARET ANN, LUCINDA, SUSAN, REBECCA, ELVIRA (deceased at 17 years of age), JACOB A. and WILLIAM DANIEL. He celebrated his golden wedding, and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were present to the number of 96. The subject of this sketch received a common school education in Plum Twp., and always lived on a farm and took care of the family. He married, June 20, 1883, JANE HAMILTON, sister of the county superintendent of schools, and daughter of SAMUEL and MARY (PATTERSON) HAMILTON, natives of Washington Co., Pa., and of Ireland. MR. HAMILTON died in Sept. 1864. Three children have been born to MR. and MRS. ALTER: JACOB HAMILTON, HOWARD RUSSELL and MARIE. The family are members of Plum Creek Presbyterian Church. MR. ALTER enlisted in August, 1862, in Co. G, 136th, P. V. I., Col. Bayne, and was discharged in January, same year, on account of sickness.
Pg. 575, SAMUEL C. ALTER, farmer, post office Freeport, son of JACOB and JANE ALTER, was born in Plum Twp., this county, in 1825. His grandparents were from Westmoreland Co., and settled in Plum Twp., where they lived and died. They had 11 children: JOSEPH, NANCY, JACOB, SAMUEL, JOHN, DAVID, HENRY, DANIEL, JEREMIAH, ELIAS and SAMSON. JACOB married JANE BRATTON, a native of this county, and they located in Plum Twp. where he worked at his trade, that of blacksmith. They also died in Plum Twp., leaving children as follows: GEORGE, ELIZA, SAMUEL C., MARY, SARAH JANE, NANCY, REBECCA, SUSAN, MARGARET A., ELVIRA (now deceased), JACOB and WILLIAM. SAMUEL C. in 1854, married NANCY J., daughter of G. W. BEALE, of Harrison Twp., and located on the farm now owned by them. They have five sons: GEORGE W. B., SAMSON J., WILLIAM B., ELWOOD J. and ROBERT L. McCURDY. MR. and MRS. ALTER are members of the Presbyterian Church of Freeport.
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