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Allegheny Township was formed from a portion of Southampton in 1805. It takes its name from the Allegheny Mountain, which forms its western border, and is a portion of that part of Londonderry Township, Bedford County, that was annexed to Somerset County in 1800.

The major borough is New Baltimore which was laid out in 1829 and incorporated in 1874.


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The following information was donated courtesy of John Oester.




Allegheny Township was formed from a portion of Southampton in 1805. It takes its name from the Allegheny Mountain, which forms its western border, and is a portion of that part of Londonderry Township, Bedford County, that was annexed to Somerset County in 1800. The township is traversed by both the Forbes and the Glades roads and their successors. The part north of the Glade Road was annexed to Stony Creek Township in 1801, reaming a part of that township up to 1805. Lying between the Savage and the Allegheny mountains the country is wild and broken, and mostly covered by the Catskill sandstone and Chemung shales. Such being the case, the land in it is not the best for farming purposes, and there is much unimproved land. No coal is found in the township, and except that there may be some beds of fire clay in its southern part, it has no mineral wealth.

Settlements were made slowly in this portion of the county, and it was many years before this township outgrew its primitive qualities. After other portions of the county had comparatively well populated, much of Allegheny remained unimproved and afforded a favorite resort for hunters. As will be seen from the following tax list, the population of the township was small in 1814.

The following were the taxable inhabitants of Allegheny Township in 1814, according to a duplicate list made by Wm. C. Dorsey, Esq., assessor, and Henry Imhoff and John Fleming, assistant assessors: John Black, Jac. Burkhart (weaver), Jac. Burkhart, Dan Burkhart, Sam Burkhart,John Burkhart, Jona Boyer, Henry Boyer (sawmill), Adam Bling (innkeeper), Jos. Cohenour, Cornelius Devore, Wm. C. Dorsey (justice), John Fleming, Christian Grove, Peter Gardner, Christian Gensler, Jas. Galiher (distiller), Val. Honn (innkeeper), Dav. Husband, Henry Imhoff (innkeeper and sawmill), Jac. Kellar, Caspar Kellar, Christian Kinglesparger, Thos. Kennedy, John Lush (shoemaker), Terrance Morrison (weaver), Elizabeth Mull (widow), Mich. Mull, John Mull, Dav. Mull, Jac. Menges, Abram Miliron, Henry Menges,John D. Peterson, (minister), Ph. Purbaugh, Henry Purbaugh, Adam Ross (joiner), Caspar Statler, Andrew Server, John Shaffer, John Shaffer, Jr., Geo. Shaffer, Wm. Tipton, John Teeter, Henry Ware, John Wiely, John Teeter (sawmill), Teeter & Mull, Jac. Weyand, Jac. Yoner, Single freeman: Isaac B. Falkerton, John Knough, Fred. Peterson, Henry Purbaugh, Eli Runman (blacksmith), Abram Shaffer (stage driver), Peter Shaffer, Jonathan & Thomas Tipton (shoemakers), Aquilla Wiely.



See Also, White Horse Mountain and Tavern for more information on other notable early taverns in the township and county.

See Also, The Great Frost or Buckwheat Year and Dividing Ridge for a glimpse into pioneer life in Allegheny Township.

See Also, Lumbering on Dividing Ridge for information regarding early lumber mills in Allegheny Township.


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Linda Marker Simmons has created a map of Allegheny Township.
You can also visit Yahoo Maps to see a generic map of New Baltimore Borough.

Ed McClelland has created USGS Survey Maps of the township as well.


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Some popular surnames from this township include: BLACK, , BURKHART, BOYER, COUGENHOUR (COHENOUR), DEVORE, DORSEY, GROVE, GARDENER, HUSBAND, IMHOFF, KELLER, KENNEDY, MULL, MENGES, PETERSON, POORBAUGH, STATLER, SHAFFER, TILTON, TEETER, and WARE.


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