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Elisabeth Young Minteer
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Birth: Aug. 17, 1809
Death: Feb. 4, 1839

From the writings of Frank Dumm:

"They were married in January 1832 in the Young home, a big double hewed-log house. The minister who officiated at that happy occasion was Rev. John Dickey, pastor for 40 years of the Rich Hill Seceder (Associate Reformed) Presbyterian Church. (I think Rev. Dickey married Grandfather a second time, and baptized every one of his children unless it was Uncle Joe, the youngest.) After their marriage James Minteer and his wife, Elizabeth, settled on a tract of timber he had purchased in Jefferson Co. His older brother, Alexander, lived nearby. It was here that Alexander met his tragic death in 1833. The death of his brother and the failing health of his father-in-law, John Young, were probably the reasons James Minteer stayed there only a year, then went back to Armstrong Co. so he and his wife could take care of her father, two invalid sisters, and the aged grandmother, Mrs. Ann Young. And thus it came about that James Minteer, his wife Elizabeth, their little son John, and their nephew “Cousin James” came back to the Young homestead along about April 1833.
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Taking up the James and Elizabeth Minteer family, we noted above that a son, John Young, was born December 12, 1832, while they were in Jefferson County. Just where in Jefferson Co., I am unable to say. On March 25, 1835, a second son was born, on whom they bestowed the name of James. This, of course, made a multiplicity of Jameses in the family. Grandfather and “Cousin James” already possessed their cognomens, “Old Jim” and “Cousin Jim”, and so Uncle James was popularly known by the title of “Little Jim” Minteer, although like the rest of the Minteers he grew to be a six-footer in his stocking feet. Mary Jane, my mother, was born January 4, 1837. Two years later, February 4, 1839, Samuel Alexander was born. But on that same date the mother died, probably in giving birth to the baby, Samuel. I have told of how grandfather Minteer, when a young man, only 33 years old, was left with a family of little children to care for. Such a situation seems tragic and pitiable. But the Lord always provides a way for those who trust in Him. That way was met in the case of this family. Part of the time Grandfather was a widower one of his sisters, “Aunt Betty”, stayed with him, along with his sister-in-law, Mrs. Nancy Minteer, the widow if his brother Alex, who perished in a blizzard, the winter of 1832-1833, in the woods of Jefferson County. She gave her two older children to some of her people who reared them in their homes. The third boy was “Cousin James”, who Grandfather raised. The baby Alexander, born after his father’s tragic death, she kept with her. After several years, she was married again to a man by the name of Clawson. I have often heard mother speak of “Aunt Nancy Clawson”. I think they moved West. Her sons, William and Alexander Minteer, lived about Kansas City, Missouri. William Minteer was a farmer, but Alexander was a Railroad man, and held a high position as “Boss Carpenter” on the construction force of the Missouri Pacific or some other line. “Cousin James” remained in Pa., where he married, had a large family, and was engaged in the oil business. I think the second boy of that family was never married. His name was Elijah. I remember of Father and Mother often speaking about Elijah Minteer, and I recall his being once at our house when I was quite small.

Of the John Young family, the main subjects of these pages, most of them died in the four years from 1830 to 1834. None of them lived to be more than 30. It was the common belief at the time that they all died of “Consumption”, tuberculosis. I have often heard mother say that they all died of consumption but her mother. I have often wondered whether it really was tuberculosis they had. If it was tuberculosis, it never showed up in any of the descendants in our family, that is in Uncle Young Minteer’s, Uncle James Minteer’s, or in the Dumm family. I do not think that it showed up in the J.Y. Foster family either. It could have been caused by some unsanitary condition about the old log house or its surroundings, where the disease germ came from. Grandfather Minteer’s family, both divisions of it were healthy. I never heard Mother speak of any of them being sickly during their childhood. It has always been a sort of mystery to me why the Young family of children seemed to have been afflicted with a deadly plague, which took them all off so early in life, and the next generation--the Minteer family--were healthy and escaped. The surroundings could not have been responsible for the sickness of the Young children. There was of course some cause, some unhealthy condition in the surroundings, or their way of living, which caused so many of them to be weak and sickly, and finally die just as they were entering manhood or womanhood. It is vain to try to find a cause for it at this late date, but it is an interesting question from a medical and sanitary standpoint." 
 
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 Parents:
  John Young (1778 - 1834)
  Jane Alexander Young (1786 - 1823)
 
 Spouse:
  James Minteer (1806 - 1898)*
 
 Children:
  John Young Minteer (1832 - 1901)*
  James McCullough Minteer (1835 - 1919)*
  Mary Jane Minteer Dumm (1837 - 1926)*
  Samuel Alexander Minteer (1839 - 1863)*
 
 Siblings:
  James Young (1806 - 1830)*
  Annie Young McCullough (1807 - 1832)*
  Elisabeth Young Minteer (1809 - 1839)
  Jane Young (1811 - 1833)*
  Sarah Young (1814 - 1833)*
  Isabella Young Cooper (1816 - 1840)*
  Nancy Young Foster (1818 - 1848)*
  Martha Young (1820 - 1831)*
  Mary Young (1823 - 1830)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Consort of James Minteer
 
Burial:
Rich Hill United Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Cowansville
Armstrong County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Maintained by: RobMinteer57
Originally Created by: Burke Stoughton
Record added: Aug 21, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40928017
Elisabeth <i>Young</i> Minteer
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Elisabeth <i>Young</i> Minteer
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