Armstrong County Surname Queries

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SURNAME Date Submitted Submitter Query


08 Jun 2011

Shirley Tarr Lawson

I am looking for James Arthur Coleman (1865-1956) married to Emma Malvina Fennell (1869-1900). They lived in Armstrong county, PA, probably Adrian.  They had one daughter, Agnes Jane Coleman (1887-1973). She was married to John Loren Tarr (1884-1967). All born at the same place. Any information will be greatly appreciated.


23 Jan 2012

Sandy Gilbreath Schultz

I am researching the family of John Gilbreath, who was born in Armstrong Co., PA, on September 2, 1801


08 Jun 2011

Beth Sloan

My Sloan family was in the Armstrong County area from about 1790 on and I am trying to track some of them. My grandparents lived in Mosgrove and the only name I can remember for a cemetery is Spaces Corner but that doesn't come up on your list. Do you know if there is a cemetery there? My uncle Edward Sturges had them buried there...think he is buried there also.

STEEL, DUNLAP 23 Oct 2013

Marvin Richard Dunlap

My Great-Great Grandmother was Jane Steel.  She married my Great-Great Grandfather, John Dunlap.  The family Bible Marriages, includes “On the 26 day of April 1771 John Dunlap to Jane Steel.  (I think the date is wrong; I think it should be 1814)  The second one, Births, includes “Jane Dunlap, wife of John Dunlap, was born October 18, 1775 at)  The third one, Deaths, includes “”Jane wife of John Dunlap February the 10 1848”  John Dunlap and Jane Steel Dunlap named one of their children Isaac, perhaps named after Jane’s father, Isaac Steel, and they also named a daughter Jane, perhaps named after her mother Jane Steel Dunlap, or her Grandmother, Jane Steel, wife of Isaac Steel.  The young Jane Steel is shown on the pages from the Bible as having been born in 1822 and died in 1842.  John’s father was named James Dunlap, and in the 1807 Assessment List for Armstrong County John Dunlap is listed as owning property in both Toby Township and Sugar Creek Township, and James Dunlap, presumably the father, as owning property in Sugar Creek Township and Buffalo Township.  The 1810 Census for Toby Township, Armstrong County, lists James Dunlap living with one female over the age of 45, presumably his wife, Mary, with no children.  Presumably the children would have had their own homes by this time.  I see that there are a bunch of Steel’s buried in the Steel-Gutherie Cemetery in Perry Township, Armstrong County.  I am speculating that my Jane Steel was related to them.  In particular, I’m wondering if Jane might have been the daughter of Isaac Steel Sr. (1758-1842) and Jane Steel ( 1758-1844).  Isaac and Jane would have been about 37 years old in 1775 when my Jane was born.  This would fit with Isaac B. Steel, the son of Isaac Sr., who would have been born about 1806, according to the Cemetery records.  I haven’t been able to track down where John Dunlap and Jane Steel Dunlap are buried, but one of their children, Samuel S. Dunlap, my Great Grandfather, is buried in Independence Cemetery in Toby Township in what is now Clarion County.  Samuel (12/29/1823-5/26/1897) was born in Armstrong County.

TARR, KIRK, KIRKLAND, MYERS  23 Oct 2013  Richard Tarr
My name is Richard Tarr and I am trying to trace the linage of my Great Grandfather, John Tarr.  According to family members, John was thought to have been adopted by the Tarr Family in East Franklin Township, that his family may have been killed and that his natural given surname was Kirk or Kirkland.  Based on my research, the 1850 census for Franklin Township indicates a John Kirkland age 6 living with the family of Joseph and Mary Tarr.  Also, the 1850 Red Bank Township indicates a John Kirkland age 6 living with the Kirkland family of Moris and Bridget Kirkland.  We believe that John Kirkland and John Tarr, my GGF are the same person.  From tangible information we have on John, we know that he was born Oct. 7, 1844, married Martha Jane Myers, served in the Civil war, died Dec. 01, 1923 and is buried with Martha Jane in the Myers Patton Cemetery.  We also know from the 1850 Red Bank census, that Moris and Bridget Kirkland were from Ireland.  However, we have no clue what happened to Moris, Bridget and their other children.  We have found no death notices, obituaries, cemetery records or anything regarding their demise.  Additionally, we are also stumped with the linage of Martha Jane Myers, born Dec. 13, 1944, died Sept. 1929.  Although Myers was a common name we have been unable to locate her natural parents.

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