OLD TIME RECOLLECTIONS of LIGONIER, WESTMORELAND CO, PA
Transcribed by Michael Scott Caldwell, Genweb volunteer
"Dr. Francis "Frank" McConaughy
wrote more than seventy-five articles between 6 May 1891 and 9
December 1893. These articles, detailing his recollections of life in
the Ligonier Valley were published in the Ligonier, PA "Echo" newspaper.
Dr. McConaughy signed all of his articles
"NEIGHBOR" or "A NEIGHBOR"
Search: JOSEPH ELDER for extracts:
The Ligonier Echo" issue of 3 June 1891, p. 1:
"In reference to schools and schoolmasters in my experience and
observation from early in the twenties up to 1839...
"The next school I remember was on the northwest corner of the Pollock land...
"This school was in charge of Master Elder, a rather grave looking
old gent who commanded strict obedience. His son Joseph (Joseph Elder, b. abt 1798-d.1874 - buried Unity Presb Cem)
settled near Pleasant Unity and also followed teaching. father: William Elder d. 1830
He was well versed in mathematics and
surveying, and some college students from the valley and
elsewhere went to him for instruction."
"The Ligonier Echo" issue of 17 August 1892, p. 1:
..[Thomas Smith's] wife was daughter of
my friend and acquaintance Joseph Elder, (Joseph Elder, Jr., b. 1811-d. 1868 buried Ligonier Valley Cem)
brother of the Colonel [Samuel Elder], whom I remember well in their father: Joseph (1770-1858) " " "
former times, when we passed over the mountains, his father: Robert d. 1807 Franklin Co PA
guiding six-horse team, with single line.
The Ligonier, PA, "Echo" issue of 30 November 1892:
...I will now discuss the stage business...
Most of these had farm teams which were used on the road
when not needed on the farm...
Daniel McCoy, Joseph Elder and a brother
of Dr. McCullough followed the road regularly.
9 Aug 1893 "Coalpit" - farm improved by Joseph Elder
and ex-sheriff John Bell.
History of Westmoreland County, PA, vol. 3, by Boucher, 1906:
"Elder family," p. 533-539:
Andrico No. 6 Mine (ca.1915-1930's), near the Elder Farm, Andrico, Derry Twp.
Owners: (ca.1915-1930's) New Alexandria Coke Company, Greensburg, PA
New Alexandria Coke Company Tipple No. 6 was near the Elder farm.
New Alexandria Cemeteries Derry Township
Westmoreland County Pennsylvania
NEW ALEXANDRIA PRESBYTERIAN CEMETERIES
Church Street, New Alexandria (4 cemeteries)
ELDER, James N. [unreadable, broken stone]
ELDER, Margaret, 3/10/1837-5/23/1871 "Wife of J. M."
ELDER, Mary, 8/24/1792-10/3/1881 "Our mother"
ELDER, Mary Lindsay, 5/25/1826-9/12/1868 "Wife of Rev. T. M." [same stone as Rev., Tirzah]
ELDER, Rev. T. M., 3/24/1826-3/21/1911 [GAR marker] [same stone as Mary, Tirzah]
ELDER, Robert D., 10/16/1850, 33 years
ELDER, Thomas, 1/10/1782-4/25/1855 [stone broken off base]
ELDER, Tirzah Mason, 12/24/1823-6/17/1851 "Wife of Rev. T. M." [same stone as Rev., Mary]
ELDER, William, 5/1/18??, 13 years [1 month] 8 days
Old Salem Cemetery, Derry Township, Westmoreland Co PA
Robert (1751-1837) Rev War markers; Francis, Frank N., M. Nettie, Margaret H, Mary, Patsey, Thomas H.
Bio of Rev. Thomas McConnell Elder (Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia...)
(his father Thomas, 1782-1855, F: Robert, 1751-1837, F: David, 1710-1753 F: Robert, 1679-1746.), also:
Col. Samuel ELDER (born at Carlisle PA in 1805 m. Margaret Armour Bell)
"Another line was called "The People's Line" or the
"Good Intent Line". Colonel Samuel Elder, William McCall, and
Samuel Ricker were its chief owners and proprietors."
Ligonier Echo obits: wife Margaret, daughters Margaret, Anna, Mary, son Samuel
Pennsylvania Cemetery Search:
St. Luke's Reformed Presbyterian Cemetery, Pleasant Unity, Westmoreland
Byerly, Mary 1841 1913 "Wife of R. S. Elder"
Elder, Robert S. 3 Jun 1832 25 Nov 1895
Robert Scroggs ELDER m. Mary Byerly
His father: JOSEPH ELDER m. Jane Gageby:
Unity Township, Westmoreland Co PA--History
INDIANA COUNTY, Young Township, Elder's Ridge (Elder's Ridge Academy)
Another Indiana Co PA map showing Elder's Ridge:
BlackLegs Creek, near Saltsburg on the Conemaugh River John Elder Will of 1800, Mary Caruthers Elder 1824
Gilgal Cemetery, East Mahoning, Indiana Co. PA
(Robert, b. 1790, son of David, b. 1752 in Franklin Co)
Elder David Watt s/o Robert & Elizabeth 22 Aug. 1825 24 Apr. 1894
Elder Elizabeth Reed w/o Robert 9 Apr. 1791 25 Aug. 1873
Elder Elizabeth d/o Robert & Elizabeth 1830 1913
&Elizabeth 28 Jan. 1817 4 Dec. 1866
Elder Mary Ann d/o Robert & Elizabeth 1827 1911
Elder Robert Boggs s/o Robert & Elizabeth 15 Apr. 1832 6/7 Jun. 1861
Elder Robert h/o Elizabeth came to E Mahoning in 1835
by covered wagon from Huntingdon Co 29 Feb. 1790 29 Jan. 1859
Robert Y. Elder family of Elder's Ridge, Youngstown Twp., Indiana
Indiana PA County Map:
Robert Elder d. 1807 Will in Franklin Co.
Ligonier Valley cemetery just outside
Section I, row 4: Photo of marker in BELL plot
Joseph Elder, Jr. b. 1811- d. 1868 Will in Westmoreland Co
also his father: Joseph Sr., b. 1770 (in Franklin Co)-d.1858 brother, Col. Samuel ELDER marker
and Eliza (Penrose) Elder, 1816-1889.
--DAR Record of Joseph Jr.'s daughter Mary W. ELDER LOWRY DAR RECORD
WALKER family from Franklin Co. Rev War Soldiers
JOSEPH SR. and JR. bio sketch in Ligonier Valley Historical Society:
Tombstone Inscriptions Beulah Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Churchill, Pennsylvania, (Allegheny County)
ELDER, Eliza L. b. 1806 d. 1878
ELDER, Joseph b. d. 24-Dec-1867
Fannett Township, Franklin Co PA, 1761 Neighbors
Franklin Co History Chap. 7-8 War of 1812: Samuel,
James, John, Robert, Noah
Franklin Co History Chapter 9-11 Agr. Soc of 1859-- James G.
Franklin Co History Chapter 12 Physicians Dr. William Elder, 1834-36
MERCER COUNTY BIOGRAPHIES (Alexander ELDER, son of William):
Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies. ELDER
chapter Selections. Published 1886.
Josiah ELDER bio and other PA counties and histories:
JOSEPH ELDER (1770-1858)
1800 Fannett, Franklin Co PA M32 Roll 38 P. 940
1810 Fannett,Franklin Co PA M252 Roll 54 P. 309 [Warren backside]
1820 Metal, Franklin Co PA M33 Roll 101 P. 115
1830 Fannett, Franklin Co PA M19 Roll 151 P. 219
1840 Fannett, Franklin Co PA M704 Roll 458 P. 263
1850 Ligonier, Westmoreland Co PA M432 Roll 836 P. 8 --Joseph Jr. , Sr (age 80)
LOOKUP in WESTMORELAND Co for 1850 CENSUS of Ligonier Township
ELDER, Joseph, Jr., 28/28
ELDER, Thomas, 14/14
14/14 is George NICELY, 35, Farmer, $1200, Pa.
in his home: Thomas ELDER, 58, Laborer, Md.
Joseph Jr. age 40 (b. abt. 1810- d. 1868) Will of 1868
Elizabeth age 33 (b. abt 1817)
Mary age 9 (b. abt 1841)
John age 7 (b. abt 1843)
Margaret age 4 (b. abt 1846)
Elizabeth 2 (b. abt 1848)
JOSEPH SR age 80 (b. abt 1770)
All born PA
282/282 Nathl. McKELVY, 49, Carpenter, $800, Pa.
Martha, 38, Pa.
Mary, 12, school; Cephas, 8, school; Samuel, 3/12
Charles, 21, Carpenter
Samuel ELDER's daughter Martha J. ELDER m. William Wallace PATRICK
Lewis Nesbitt WALLACE lived south of Pittsburgh, in an estate
named ELLERSLIE, after the WALLACE estate in Scotland.
WALLACE, PATRICK and ELDER burials in Allegheny Cemetery: