|Death: ||Oct. 30, 1851|
From the memoirs of Frank Dumm:
"It was in this summer, 1886, that the old Buffalo U.P. Church was torn down, and a new building erected on the same site. This congregation was organized in 1811. It celebrated its Centennial in 1911, at which we were present. It is due for a 125th Year Anniversary next year, 1936. This being the church of my childhood, my earliest recollections are about that old white frame building at the top of the hill, among the oak and hickory trees, and with a lot of maple trees down in the hitching grove, where the teams and spring wagons were securely parked during the time of Church and Sabbath School service.
The Buffalo Associate Presbyterian church was organized in 1811. For a few years before this, services were held in the cabin homes of some of the members. A temporary shelter was first erected, called a "tent", which was nothing more than a platform with a covering over it for the preacher to stand on. The congregation occupied the "pews" in front, which were logs flattened on top, and placed in rows, one behind the other, for the people to sit on. It was a sort of a camp meeting equipment, and was suitable only for pleasant summer and autumn weather. In R.W. Smith's History of Armstrong Co., Pa., published in 1883, it is stated on page 452: "The Slate Lick United Presbyterian church was organized about the year 1812. The preaching on that occasion, and for some time afterward, was in a tent where the present church stands, though occasionally the meetings were held in the woods at other points." Rev. McClintock of Bear Creek was the first preacher of this denomination who labored here, as a supply and circuit rider and missionary, as early as 1808, preaching in the log cabins of the settlers. In 1811, when the congregation began its existence, Rev. John Dickey became the pastor, serving until 1846.
In 1815, a log church 33 feet square was erected. It was probably a hewed log building, the cracks between the logs being filled in with blocks and plastered over with clay mortar, after the manner of the log houses of that period. It must have been a substantial building and well constructed, for it served the congregation for about 30 years, or until 1844, when the frame building I remember so well in my boyhood days was erected. These two church buildings, the log church and the white frame church, used from 1844 to 1886, have a special interest for me. Why the log church I never saw, and which not even mother could remember? Why has it any interest aside from the ordinary for me? It is because of this sentence which I find in Smith's History of Armstrong Co., page 452: 'The first church was a log structure, 33 feet square, built by Abram Smith and William Minteer.' And it further states that the men of the congregation felled and hewed the timber for this house, and that the logs were hauled up the hill by a big yoke of oxen owned by Joseph Miller. One of the two men named as the builders of this log church, back in 1815, there in the wilderness, when all that region was a virgin forest, with here and there a clearing and a settler's cabin and a log barn--one of these two builders of the church was William Minteer. He was my Great Grandfather, on my mother's side. He lived up along the Buffalo Creek valley, at least 8 or 9 miles away."
Some in the family claim that William came from Ireland, others that his real name was Montour and that his family had been a French and Indian mix for several generations. In the 1860 and 1870 Censuses, eight of his eleven children stated that he was NOT foreign born, but that their mother was. In the 1870 Census, William and Mary's places of birth were given as Pennsylvania and Ireland, respectively.
William is the known ancestor of the vast majority of Minteers who live in, or descend from Minteers who lived in, Armstrong, Butler, Lawrence, Allegheny, and Westmoreland Counties in PA, as well as a few in Mahoning County, OH.
He is my great-great-great-great-grandfather. He and his wife, Mary Nicholson, had thirteen children, twelve of whom lived to adulthood and had children of their own. One of the twelve lines ended with the third generation, but all the rest are going strong, into the eighth, ninth, and tenth generations.
Mary Nicholson Minteer (1784 - 1851)*
Alexander Minteer (1804 - 1832)*
James Minteer (1806 - 1898)*
William Minteer (1808 - 1891)*
Andrew James Minteer (1811 - ____)*
Mary Minteer Rayburn (1813 - 1885)*
Jane Minteer Smith (1815 - ____)*
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 (1828 - 1878)*
Samuel Minteer (1830 - 1832)*
In Memory of William Minteer, died Oct. 30, 1851
Aged 73 Yrs.
Buffalo United Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Created by: RobMinteer57
Record added: Nov 23, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62070192