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Re: Catherine Girty & John Bayles Butler Co
Posted by: DEBI Date: August 24, 2001 at 12:19:32
In Reply to: Catherine Girty & John Bayles Butler Co by Paula Good of 181

Also from the History of Butler County PA 1883 under Connoquenessing Township, the following:
"JOHN GIRTY, a relative, and some say a brother, of SIMON GIRTY, the renowned white savage, was one of the earliest
settlers. He lived about a mile south of Whitestown, west of the Franklin road. He died here, and his mother also. They were
buried in the woods, and nothing marks their final resting place. Though the family had an unenviable reputation, nothing
discreditable is charged against them during their residence here. The early settlers were superstitious, and some of them
believed Mother GIRTY to be a witch. For years no youngster dared to pass by her grave alone."
Can anyone shed some light on CATHERINE GIRTY, JOHN GIRTY and MOTHER GIRTY of Connoquesnessing
Township, Butler County, PA?

As you may have suspected, this is not altogether correct. Mother Girty married a John Turner but for some reason is still known as Mother Turner. She is buried in a small cemetery in Allegheny county.

There was Girty property in Connoquesnessing and there is even still a Girty PA in Armstrong County. FOR RECENT PICTURES visit:

You may have to copy and paste the address as it is long.

Simon GIRTY, the renowned one, moved to Canada and died there.

Thomas GIRTY, his eldest brother stayed in the Western PA region.

Your last name GOOD interests me because my recent research places the name GOOD within the GIRTY realm but I need to do more research on it.


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