|Death: ||Aug. 8, 1826|
Alexander McNaughton was born about 1750 in Scotland and is believed to have come to America about 1790. He married Jane Watson in Philadelphia, PA on 9 Oct 1791. They relocated to Bald Eagle Valley, Centre Co., PA where he was engaged in transporting and marketing iron from the eastern furnaces and forges. In April of 1806, Alexander brought his wife and five sons (Samuel, James, John, Daniel, and Alexander) and three daughters (Ann, Jane and Margaret) to what was then Venango Co but now Clarion Co, PA. (Some research suggests Samuel and Ann may have been children of a prior marriage.) Settling on the State Road, Alexander farmed and worked as an auctioneer. His farm became a waystop on the State Hwy. He was known locally as ‘Highland Alex' for his Scottish heritage. Alex died at his home McNaughton Tavern on 8 Aug 1826. In 1845, an iron furnace was constructed near the McNaughton farm. The builders named it Highland Furnace in honor of Highland Alex. As Highland was prounced in the Scottish dialect as Hieland, the spelling became corrupted and appears today as Helen Furnace (though still pronounced by locals as Hieland). Alexander's will, written 17 July 1826, is available at the Venango County Courthouse.
Jennet McNaughton (____ - 1839)
Margaret A McNaughton (____ - 1822)*
Alexander McNaughton (____ - 1837)*
Daniel McNaughton (1798 - 1873)*
Helen Furnace Cemetery
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