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James Minteer
Birth: Jun. 1, 1806
Venango County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jul. 15, 1898
Armstrong County
Pennsylvania, USA

James Minteer was my great-great-great-grandfather. His niece, Josephine Minteer Dickinson, who wrote the book "The Minteers As I Have Known Them", recorded that James and his older brother, Alexander, were born in Venango County. She claimed they lived "about forty miles north" near Scrubgrass Creek, Tionesta, and Tidiote. However, there is no Scrubgrass Creek that far north. But there is one north of Butler, and a Scrubgrass Township there in Venango County, which is the area where I suspect they may have lived before coming south a couple days' journey to the place they settled in Armstrong County.

From the memoirs of Frank Dumm:

"The day [Samuel] was born his mother died at the age of 29 years. This left James Minteer (Grandfather Minteer) with a family of five children, counting his nephew, "Cousin James". His sister, Aunt Mary Rayburn, took the baby, Samuel, and kept him until he was over a year old. She had a baby of about the same age and raised them as twins. Two of Grandfather's other sisters, Betty and Nancy Minteer, not yet married, and his brother Alex's widow, Mrs. Nancy Minteer, kept house for him at different times for about three or four years, then he married Jane Clark. She is the one we knew and loved as "Grandmother Minteer". She proved an excellent step-mother for the five little motherless children who welcomed her as their new mother. I have heard my mother, Uncle John and Uncle James all say that their own mother could not have been any better to them than their step-mother was. Jane Clark had several brothers: William, John, Nicholas, and Samuel Clark. The Leila Clark who married Curtis Minteer was a daughter of Samuel Clark."

From "The Minteers As I Have Known Them":

"James Minteer was a large man and always enjoyed good health. He learned the carpenter trade at the age of eighteen and went to Pittsburgh where he worked on some of the important buildings being constructed in the 1820s. When he went home he walked the forty miles each way. Probably these trips were made more frequent by his anxiety to visit his sweetheart, Elizabeth Young, who lived in a large double log house about one mile south of Worthington. After his marriage he took a tract of timber land in Jefferson County to be near his brother, Alexander. After the tragic death of this brother, they returned to the Young farm about 1833 with their baby son, John Young, who was always known as Young or J.Y. It must have been a large and busy household. James Minteer was a frequent visitor in our home. He seemed to feel a great responsibility for my mother and her children when my father's death left her a widow with six children aged from twenty-two years to nine months. He was very hard of hearing and talked a great deal. It is from listening to these talks he had with Mother that I have the memory of many of these things that I record."

On October 21, 2012 I found William Minter listed among the residents of Irwin Township, Venango County, in 1805. Scrubgrass Township was formed from Irwin in 1806, and it was about that time that the family moved south to Armstrong County.
 
 
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 Parents:
  William Minteer (1778 - 1851)
  Mary Nicholson Minteer (1784 - 1851)
 
 Spouses:
  Elisabeth Young Minteer (1809 - 1839)
  Jane Clark Minteer (1813 - 1892)
 
 Children:
  John Young Minteer (1832 - 1901)*
  James McCullough Minteer (1835 - 1919)*
  Mary Jane Minteer Dumm (1837 - 1926)*
  Samuel Alexander Minteer (1839 - 1863)*
  Martha Elizabeth Minteer Huston (1843 - 1897)*
  William Clark Minteer (1845 - 1925)*
  Nancy Ellen Minteer (1848 - 1863)*
  Joseph H Minteer (1852 - 1938)*
 
 Siblings:
  Alexander Minteer (1804 - 1832)*
  James Minteer (1806 - 1898)
  William Minteer (1808 - 1891)*
  Andrew James Minteer (1811 - ____)*
  Mary Minteer Rayburn (1813 - 1885)*
  Ellen Minteer Smith (1817 - 1891)*
  Elizabeth Minteer Galbraith (1819 - 1906)*
  Margaret Minteer Williams (1822 - 1899)*
  Nancy Minteer Milligan (1824 - 1899)*
  John Minteer (1825 - 1900)*
  Joseph Minteer (1827 - 1878)*
  Samuel Minteer (1830 - 1832)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Worthington United Presbyterian Cemetery
Worthington
Armstrong County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
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