BEYER see Boyers

BLAIN, William

BLAIN, William, 1753 – 1827, of Sugar Creek. (Source: “Early Deaths & Marriages”, compiled by C. L. Mateer, 1996.) pg. 20.

BLAIR, Thomas

Thomas BLAIR died in Westmoreland County but his family came to Armstrong County. Register to see BLAIR under Surnames and Bible Records in the Forum.

BOWERS, Sebastian

Revolutionary War Pension File #S40748
BOWERS, Sebastian. Private, Maryland Line, in a Company commanded by Captain STULL and Colonel GUNBY. Residence in 1823 and 1824 was Kittanning Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. Certificate of Pension issued 23 July 1824 and sent to J. E. BROWN, Esq., Kittanning, Pennsylvania.

Auditor’s Office: BOWERS, Boston. Enlisted 1 June 1778 in the 7th Maryland Regiment. Discharged 1 April 1779. “It is the opinion of the Auditor that the name of the Applicant is spelled wrong on the Muster Rolls; it appears he served in Captain STULL’s Company in the Regiment commanded by Colonel GUNBY.”

18 June 1823, Sebastian BOWERS, aged 63, appeared before the Court in Kittanning, Armstrong County. His residence was Kittanning Township. Being sworn, Bowers declared that he enlisted for nine months in 1778 at Hagerstown, Maryland, in a Company commanded by Captain Daniel STULL, the Regiment commanded by Colonel GUNBY, in the Maryland Line. He said he served 13 months and was discharged at Bonbrook, New Jersey and was in the battle of Monmouth. He is a laborer by trade but unable to maintain himself or family. He has an aged wife. He had a large family to maintain but all have now married and left him except the youngest son, Henry, who resides with soldier and his wife on a tract of land Warranted in the name of Thos. HENDERSON, claimed by the Reverend William FINNEY?, for which an ejectment is brought against this applicant and which he has agreed to give up to the real owner, and this deponent also says that he stands in need of the assistance of his country for his support. Bowers signed his name in German.

23 August 1823. Venango County, Pennsylvania. William JONES of Venango County testified that he knew Sebastian BOWERS and knew of his service and that he, JONES, was enlisted at the same time and place and served in the same Company with BOWERS. Sworn 23 August 1823, Venango County.

Note: I have no proof that Sebastion Bowers is buried in Armstrong County, but he died in 1828 a resident of Kittanning Township so it is nearly certain that he is. The Pettigrew graveyard is a likely spot, since he named Archibald McIntosh an executor of his will.

Pension Roll of 1835, The Mid-Atlantic States. Armstrong County, Pennsylvania
BOWERS, Sebastian, Private.
Annual Allowance: $96.00
Sums Received: $452.49
Description of Service: Maryland Continental Line
Placed on Pension Roll: 23 July 1824
Commencement of Pension: 18 June 1823. Age: 74
Comments: Sebastian Bowers died 3 April 1828

Armstrong County, Pennsylvania Courthouse Records
Will Abstracts. Abstracted by Kathy Lambing Marcinek
BOWERS, Sebastion of Kittanning Township, Armstrong County. Mentions: Loving wife Barbara; land in Kittanning Township bought from David LAWSON; two sons, Henery and Morris; land my son Henery lives on. Appoints friends Archibald McINTOSH and Samuel MECHLING as Executors. Written 13 June 1826. Witnesses: E. S. KELLEY and David REYNOLDS. Registered 26 April 1828, Will Book 1, page 85


Noah Bowser, born 1748-1750, York County, Pennsylvania. Died 1830, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. Married Eunice Ditto who died in Mt. Healthy, Ohio. Service: Private in Captain Peter Zellinger’s Company belonging to the 7th Battalion, York County Militia 1777-1778. This Battalion was organized under the state constitution of 1776. Children: Joseph, born 1775, married Rebecca Dull; Noah, born 1783, married Catharine Bowser; Elizabeth; George, born 1785, married Mary —; John, born 26 February 1784, married Elizabeth Baker. DAR descendant Dorothy Warner, #271573. Source: A roster of Revolutionary ancestors of the Indiana Daughters of the American Revolution. Published 1976, Indiana. Note: Zellinger is also spelled Zollinger. Thank you to Mike Wennin for bringing Noah’s service to our attention. Noah Bowser is also listed on the roster for the 7th Battalion of York County in the History of York County, Volume 1, by George R. Prowell. Noah Bowser died on 27 April 1831 in Buffalo Township, Armstrong County. Source: Mike Wennin. Noah Bowser was his 6th Great Uncle.

BOYD, Daniel

BOYD, Daniel. Died, 9 April 1831 in Plumcreek Township. formerly of Redbank Township. (Early Deaths & Marriages”), pg. 91

BOYERS, Asamus

Boyers, Asamus aka Oysel Boyers aka Byers. Revolutionary Pension File #R1099.
Asamus (or Oysel) Boyers, aged 79, of Allegheny Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, appeared before the court in Kittanning on 17 September 1834. He made oath that he enlisted in August 1776 in the 8th Regiment of Pennsylvania commanded by Colonel McCoy and Captain Wendel Oury. That he enlisted on the farm of Abraham Leisure about seven miles from Hannastown, Westmoreland County. They soon marched to a place about two miles below the Kittanning, remaining there four months, guarding the frontier. They then marched to Philadelphia, thence to Wilmington, then to the Brandywine, where they were engaged in battle 11 September 1777 and were defeated. During the battle, the Regiment was attached to General Wayne’s Brigade. They then went with General Wayne to Paoli. “The British attacked us about nine o’clock at night, being sick I was not in the engagement that we lost a number of brave fellows”.

Asamus (or Oysel) Boyers testified that he was born in Tulpehocken Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, in 1755. He lived in Westmoreland County when called into service, lived in Berks (now Schuylkill) County, and moved back to Westmoreland and then to Allegheny Township, Armstrong County.

23 April 1836. Elizabeth Boyers appeared before a Justice of the Peace stating that she is the widow of Asamus (or Oysel) Boyers, late of Alleghney Township, Armstrong County. They married in Berks County, Pennsylvania in 1794. Asamus (or Oysel) Boyers died 26 February 1836.

2 July 1851. Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Personally appeared in open court for the said county, Abraham Byres, aged 54, resident of Tarentum Township, Allegheny County. He states he is the lawful child of Asmith Byres, deceased, who was a resident of Allegheny Township, Armstrong County at the time of his death. He states his father died 26 February 1836. His mother, Mary Elizabeth Byres, died at Tarentum Township, Allegheny County, on 28 May 1851, and that her maiden name was Mary Elizabeth Weaver. Asmith Byres and Mary Elizabeth Weaver were married on 17 June 1792 at Tulpehocken Township, Berks County, by J. P. Daniel Ludwig. Declarant was the third child, born 15 July 1797. The 1st child was named Mary. Asmith and Mary Elizabeth Byres died leaving five children surviving: Jane Clinglesmith, Abraham Byres, Fanny —-?, Susan Neil, Simon Byres.
Signed: Abraham Buyers.

Note: The spellings of Asmith and Byres were done by a court clerk.

Armstrong County, Pennsylvania Courthouse, Kittanning. Will Abstract.
BEYER, Asamus (also Asmus Byers). Allegheny Township, Armstrong County. He mentions the following sons: John, Henry, David, Abraham and Simon Byers; daughters Catharina Byers, Susana Neal, Fanny Steeps, and Jean Klingensmith. Beloved wife Elizabeth; $100.00 she received from her father. He gives and devises the legacy of Elizabeth Neal to her children Margaret Biraly (also Byrly, probably Byerly), and Abraham and William Neal, all the residue of their mother’s legacy forever. He appoints sons John and Abraham as Executors. Written 29 April 1831. Witnesses: Henry T. Klingensmith and Mary Klingensmith. Asamus Beyer signed in German. Registered 24 March 1836. Will book 1, page 175. Abstracted by Kathy Marcinek.

BOYLE, Daniel

Revolutionary Pension File # S40016. Boyle, Daniel.
Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. 18 December 1820, Daniel Boyle, aged 72 years, appeared before the Court in Kittanning to apply for a pension. He testified that he enlisted for a term of two years in the spring of 1776, at Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. He was in a Company commanded by Colonel Miles and afterward by Colonel Walter Stewart. He was discharged at Valley Forge about 1 January 1778. He states he was in the battles of Brandywine & Germantown. A schedule of his real & personal estate shows the following, his necessary clothing & bedding excluded: A 100 acre tract of land for which he has no title or claim other than an improvement right. Debts due him from Joseph Mercer, Michael Buzzard, David Ramsay, Peter Lobaugh, and Algeo Sawyers. Daniel Boyle owes debts to the following: Night Scott’s heirs, Thomas Jones, Hugh McDonald, John Henry’s estate, Montieth & Pinks, and David Reynolds. He says the only part of his family who resides with him are his three daughters, Elizabeth, aged about 27; Margaret, aged about 25; and Martha, aged 19 years. He was by trade a tailor but failing eyesight made him unable to work but very little.

I found Daniel Boyle in 1820 living in Redbank Township, Armstrong County. It is very likely that he lived in the portion that was taken to form Clarion County in 1839. He is drawing a pension of eight dollars per month in 1828, and is still a resident of Armstrong County. A bit of research would show if he died while still living in that same place and if that place later became part of Clarion County.


General David Brodhead was buried in the churchyard in Kittanning, removed to the new cemetery. Source: 1913 D. A. R. Magazine article.

BROWN, James, Sr.

BROWN, James, Sr. 1742 – 1830. From Rayburn Township, buried in Kittanning Cemetery. (Source: Cemetery Record, Veterans Record (newspaper), and “Early Deaths & Marriages”. And from the “Boston Evening Transcript” of 22 November 1830. Under “Deaths”: In Kittanning, PA. Mr. James Brown, 88, much respected by all who knew him. He served three years and six months in the Revolutionary War. A soldier who had taken his place in the battle of Brandywine for a few minutes, till he could put his flint in order so as to strike fire, was in the meantime killed; also one fell on his right hand in the same battle. Revolutionary Pension file # S 40.750: James Brown, Sr. “In 1825, aged 78 years, a resident of Kittanning, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, and wife Mary. Died November 6, 1830.” The pension file mentions that he was a carpenter. In September 1820, before the court in Kittanning, he states that wife Mary is about 68 years of age, his children are grown and married, but youngest son Robert was lately married and yet resides with them, to take care of his father and his aged and infirm mother. Pension file states he enlisted in Lancaster County on December 1776, for three years & six months, in the 12th Pennsylvania Regiment, a part of the Continental Army. Regiment was reduced and he was drafted into the 3rd Pennsylvania Regiment.


BROWN, John. #S22145, PA Line, soldier was born in 1760 at Hopewell Township in New Jersey and enlisted in Bedford County, PA. Application on 18 September 1833. In Armstrong County, PA at the age of 73, after the war the soldier lived in Mifflin County, PA for 10 years then to Armstrong County, PA. (Source: Abstracts of Rev. War Pension Files, pg. 2231). Also residing in Armstrong County, in 1819. (Source: Penna. Archives, 2nd Series, Vol XIII, pg. 24)
Revolutionary pension file: Resided at Big Cove, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, at enlistment. Was a resident of Armstrong County, Pennsylvania in 1833.

Brown, John. Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. Pensioner. Gratuity:40.00. Annuity:40.00. Granted 15 April 1835. Source: Pennsylvania General Assembly, House of Representatives, Volume 48, part 2, page 226. Date:1838


Joseph Brownlee Claim # W. 3245. Elizabeth Guthrie who first married Capt. Brownlee and then married Capt. Guthrie who served in the Revolutionary War. The data which follows was obtained from papers on file in the pension claim of Joseph Brownlee. While serving in Hannastown, Westmoreland Co., PA, Joseph Brownlee married in 1775, 76, or 77, Elizabeth, whose maiden name was not given. He enlisted in the spring of 1776 as a Lieutenant in Capt. Joseph Irwin’s company of Riflemen in Col. Miles’ Pennsylvania regiment. He was taken prisoner at the battle of Long Island, was exchanged and attached to Col. Stewart’s and Brodhead’s Pennsylvania regiments and was stationed at Fort Pitt and Laurens. Because of an injury in the foot he left the service in 1779 and resided at Hannastown until July, 1782, when the town was destroyed by the Indians and he and his little son, whom he was carrying in his arms, were killed by the Indians at or near Miller’s Fort. His wife, Elizabeth, and child, Jane, were captured and taken to Buffalo and Niagara, where the wife was sold to a British officer for twenty dollars and the child for ten dollars and two gallons of rum. Elizabeth was then sent as a captive to Montreal, was exchanged and returned with the child to Hannastown in July, 1783. (I doubt that Joseph Brownlee ever lived in Armstrong Co. but Elizabeth went on to marry William Guthrie, and they lived in Armstrong Co. See William Guthrie for more.)

BUYERS, George

BUYERS, George, residing in Armstrong County in 1813. On 1 Feb. 1777, Buyer was wounded at Princeton. (Penna. Archives, 2nd Series Vol. XIII, pg. 29.) #S40768, PA. Line. Application on 13 April 1818 in Armstrong Co., PA. In 1820 soldier was age 63 and a resident of Sugar Creek Township, PA and wife Susannah who died about 1817. Buyers was living with son George Buyers and also part time living with a married daughter Jane and also mentioned another married child (not named). (Source: Abstracts of Rev. War Pension Files, pg. 2231)

BYER see Boyers