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Mary Ann “Polly” Westervelt Alter

Birth
Ross, Butler County, Ohio, USA
Death 2 Mar 1852 (aged 32)
Milroy, Rush County, Indiana, USA
Burial Homer, Rush County, Indiana, USA
Plot Row 14
Memorial ID 46226387 View Source

Mary Ann "Polly" Westervelt Alter (b. January 11, 1820 in Ross, Butler, Ohio; d. March 2, 1852 in Milroy, Rush, Indiana). Family records indicate that she was born at 4:00 in the morning on 11 January 1820.

Father: Abraham Cornelius Westervelt (116504255)(b. 16 December, 1795 in Saddle River, Bergen, New Jersey; d. February 12, 1875 in Harrison, Darke, Ohio). Abraham Cornelius Westervelt moved west from Saddle River, Bergen County, New Jersey in about 1816. He settled in Ross, Butler, Ohio in 1817. He claimed to be born in New York, 1797 and New Jersey, 1794 in the 1860, 1870 and 1850 Censuses for Darke and Butler Counties, Ohio. Fortunately, he remained married to his second wife, Mary Ann (Morris) Dennis Fuller Westervelt, since 1834 and she appeared in all three Censuses with him. He resided in Ross, butler, Ohio in 1817 through after 1850. The 1850 Census for Ross, Butler, Ohio has Abraham Westervelt listed at age 56 and born about 1794 in New Jersey. He married Doritha Anima "Dolly" Shaw (1803-1834) on July 23, 1818 in Butler County, Ohio. They had seven children together. Abraham Cornelius Westervelt, a widower with children, married a second time to Mary Ann (Morris) Dennis Fuller Westervelt 1809-1876) a widow with children on May 14, 1834 in Butler County, Ohio. She died one year after him in Tipton County, Indiana. The 1860 and 1870 Censuses shows Abraham Westerfield (notice the last name changed) and Mary Ann (Morris) Dennis Fuller Westervelt had relocated to Harrison, Darke, Ohio. It shows Abraham as being born in New York in 1797. Abraham Cornelius Westervelt is buried at Friendship Cemetery in Hollansburg, Darke, Ohio.

Mother: Doritha Anima “Dolly” Shaw (156059094) (b. 1802 in Ross, Butler, Ohio; d. March 27, 1834 in Ross, Butler, Ohio). Abraham Cornelius Westervelt and Doritha Anima “Dolly” Shaw were married on July 23, 1818 in Butler County, Ohio. This was her one and only marriage. They had seven children together. Her father was Knowles Shaw Sr. (1757-1831) and mother was Sophia Ogg (1768-1853). Her parents lived most of their lives in Hamilton and Butler Counties, Ohio. Sophia Ogg Shaw Kitley relocated to Rush and Tipton Counties, Indiana after Knowles’ death in 1831 and married John Kitley. Doritha Anima "Dolly" Shaw died at age 32 and is buried at Venice Cemetery in Ross, Butler, Ohio.

Mary Ann "Polly" Westervelt married David T. Alter on April 5, 1838 in Richland, Butler, Ohio. They moved to Milroy, Rush, Indiana in about 1838. They were married for 14 years until her death in 1852. They had five known children: Abraham, Christian, John M. Sr., Francis M. and Benjamin Mason Alter.

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SIBLINGS:

The seven children of Abraham Cornelius Westervelt and Doritha Anima “Dolly” Shaw were:

i. Mary Ann "Polly" Westervelt Alter, (46226387) (b. January 11, 1820 in Ross, Butler, Ohio; d. March 2, 1852 in Milroy, Rush, Indiana). Family history indicates that she was born at 4:00 in the morning. She married David T. Alter on April 5, 1838 in Richland, Butler, Ohio. David T. Alter (155382580) (b. March 22, 1812 in Ross/Richland, Butler, Ohio; d. March 9, 1884 in Milroy, Rush, Indiana). They moved to Milroy, Rush, Indiana about 1838. They had five known children: Abraham, Christian, John M. Sr., Francis M. and Benjamin Mason Alter.
David T. Alter, a widower with children, married a second time on February 2, 1854 in Rush County, Indiana to Catherine Purkhiser Boring (52937069) (b. December 22, 1776 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; d. August 20, 1886 in Decatur County, Indiana). She was a widow of Jacob Henry Boring (b. Baltimore, Maryland (Independent Cities); d. March 28, 1834 in Rush County, Indiana). They were married October, 1813 in Clermont, Ohio. David T. Alter is buried at McCarter Cemetery in Rush County, Indiana, along with his second wife, Catherine.

ii. Sophia Westervelt Saywood (b. 4 August 1822 in Ross, Butler, Ohio; d. unknown). Family history indicates that she was born at 8:00 in the evening. She married Richard W. Saywood on 23 September 1839 in Rush County, Indiana.

iii. Andrew Jackson “Jackson/Jack” Westerfield Sr. (FAG #140453088) (b. 6 November 1824 in Ross, Butler, Ohio; d. September 3, 1896 in Manilla, Rush, Indiana). Family history indicates that he was born at 4:00 in the evening. His death certificate is listed in Rush County, Indiana under "Jack Westerfield" as he frequently used the name Jackson Westerfield since childhood. He was born with the name of Andrew Jackson Westervelt but often went by Jackson Westervelt when living in Butler County, Ohio as a child. He changed his name as a young man in about 1838 (about the same time that he moved to Rush County, Indiana with his sister and brother ). As an adult, he commonly used the name of “Jackson/Jack Westerfield”. He moved to Manilla, Indiana (Rush County) in about 1838. He served in the Civil War for Shelby County, Indiana. During the Civil War he used his real name of Andrew Jackson Westerfield Sr. He had three wives in Rush County, Indiana (Mary Amy Crystal, Eleanor “Nellie” Edwards and Ann Frances Edwards). He used the name Jackson Westerfield in all three marriages. He also had five children between his second and third wife.

iv. John Westervelt (101245733) (b. February 2, 1827 in Ross, Butler, Ohio; d. December 29, 1894 in West Liberty, Howard, Indiana. Family history indicates that he was born at 8:00 in the morning. He moved to Milroy, Rush, Indiana with his older brother and sister in 1838. He was a Civil War Veteran. He married Mary Ann Johnson (101245747) on April 6, 1850 in Rush County, Indiana. Mary Ann Johnson (b. April 6, 1833 in Rush County, Indiana; d. October 20, 1912 in West Liberty, Howard, Indiana). They later relocated to West Liberty, Howard, Indiana. John Westervelt and Mary Ann Johnson had eight children together: Ren, Coon, Florida, Lot, Enis, Jasper, Franklin O. Sr. and Shale Haman Westervelt. They can all be found in the 1860 and 1870 Census for Howard County, Indiana. John Westervelt and Mary Ann Johnson Westervelt are both buried at New Hope Cemetery in Phlox, Howard, Indiana.

v. Martha Ann Westervelt (b. 1 April 1829 in Ross, Butler, Ohio; d. unknown). Family history indicates that she was born at 4:00 in the morning.

vi. Dorothy Westervelt (b. 7 January 1832 in Ross, Butler, Ohio; d. unknown). Family history indicates that she was born at 1:00 in the evening.

vii. Mima Westervelt Stewart (73894312) (b. 3 February 1834 in Ross, Butler, Ohio; d. September 9, 1904 in Richmond, Wayne, Indiana). Family history indicates that she was born on 3 February 1834 at 10:00 in the morning. She married Wellington Stewart (73894319) (b. 1823 in Pennsylvania; d. April 3, 1909 in Richmond, Wayne, Indiana). They were married in Butler County, Ohio. They had five children together. They are both buried at Earlham Cemetery in Richmond, Wayne, Indiana.


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Wife of David T.; Aged 32 y, 1m, 22d


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  • Maintained by: Gary Stanford
  • Originally Created by: Denica
  • Added: 1 Jan 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 46226387
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/46226387/mary-ann-alter : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Ann “Polly” Westervelt Alter (11 Jan 1820–2 Mar 1852), Find a Grave Memorial ID 46226387, citing Hurst Cemetery, Homer, Rush County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Gary Stanford (contributor 48432959) .