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 James McCullough “Little Jim” Minteer, Sr

James McCullough “Little Jim” Minteer, Sr

Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 1 Jan 1919 (aged 83)
Avalon, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Worthington, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 47523219 · View Source
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From "The Minteers As I Have Known Them" by Josephine Minteer Dickinson (1961 limited-edition private printing of 200 copies), youngest and last surviving of William Minteer and Mary Nicholson's 85 grandchildren:

"Married Eliza Mahaffey who died in 1864, later married Harriet Bonner McNabb, a widow with three children, Laura, Ada and William. Harriet McNabb's children always seemed as though they were of the Minteer family. Laura married my cousin, Will Minteer, Uncle John's son. Will McNabb early went to Pittsburgh to live. Ada married William Eshenbaugh and they made their home in West Sunbury, Pennsylvania. 'Little Jim' was one of the foremost builders in Armstrong County."

From Frank Dumm's writings:

"On March 25, 1835 another son was born to James and Elizabeth Young Minteer. This one was called James for his father, and was known as 'Little Jim' to distinguish him from the other Jims in the family. 'Little Jim', however, did not well describe him, for when a man grown, he stood six feet tall in his stocking feet. James, Jr. (Uncle Jim to us) grew up along with the rest of his brothers and sisters in the old Young Homestead. He did not care for farming, and when 17 left home to learn the carpentering trade with a man named William Dickey in Kittanning. He became an expert workman, and for years was the foreman for Heilman Bros., builders and contractors in Kittanning. Along about 1880 he began to work independently, and built many of the best homes of the day in and about Worthington. One of these was Uncle Joe's house, now owned by Marion Claypoole. In a few years, however, he went back to Heilman's and worked for them until he retired about 1910.

He was married to Eliza Emily Mahaffey. A daughter, Margaret Belle (Cousin Maggie, to us children) was born in 1862. His wife was delicate in health, contracted consumption, and died in 1864. Grandfather Minteer took Maggie and raised her as his own daughter. When about 20 she married William Benton. About a year later she died of measles, and was buried in the Minteer lot in the Buffalo U.P. Churchyard beside her mother. After the death of his wife, Uncle James went back to working for the government which he was doing during the Civil War. At the close of the war Uncle James came home and worked at his trade. In 1866 he was married to Mrs. Harriet Bonner McNabb, whose first husband had been killed in battle during the war. She had three little children, Laura, Ada, and William. Uncle James proved an excellent step-father, and cared for them just the same as for his own three children: Cora, born in 1867, James (Jimmie), born in 1869, and Harry, born in 1875.

Aunt Harriet died in 1890, and she is buried in the Presbyterian Churchyard in Worthington. After her death, Uncle James made his home in Kittanning. He died in 1919, and was buried beside Aunt Harriet. I am copying an old obituary notice which Mother had cut out of the paper: 'James Minteer, Sr., aged 84 died at the home of his son, James M. Minteer, Jr., 316 McKinley Ave., Avalon. He was born in Armstrong Co. and was a member of the Kittanning U.P. Church. Beside his son, James, he leaves another son, Harry F., a daughter, Cora, and two step-daughters.'"

That obituary was false, however, as to his place of death. He died at the Pittsburgh City Home and Hospital at Mayview, in South Fayette Township, Allegheny County, PA. He lived there the last two months and 29 days of his life. The cause of death was shown as Exhaustion of one month's duration, with Senile Psychosis as a Contributory Cause.

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