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Gallahers of Clearfield Co., Pa.

Updated November 28, 2012

James C Gallaher
Pittsburgh, PA United States

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Welcome to my genealogy home page. My name is Jim Gallaher and I am currently researching my Gallaher heritage. I have been able to trace my Gallaher lineage back to my Great, Great, Great Grandfather, also named James, to New Washington Pennsylvania.

New Washington is a small village in Burnside Twp., Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. My 3rd Great Grandfather, James Sr., was the first settler in what is now Burnside Twp. Clearfield Co. in 1816. Records I have found, indicate he settled in Clearfeild Co. from Huntingdon County. However, it's not clear if he actually moved from Huntingdon County to Clearfield Co., or "Came" to Clearfield county when the county was formed from Huntingdon Co. Either way, he settled near what is now New Washington. James Sr.'s son Crawford, my g-g-grandfather's bother, is credited with naming the town of New Washington. James Sr. was also a Revolutionary War soldier, and a vetern of thw War of 1812. He and many of my ancestors are buried in the New Washington cemetery. Although I have not been able to confirm it, I suspect he acquired the land as the result of being a Revolutionary War vetern.

My g-g-grandfather, James Jr., was justice of the peace and a prominent businessman in the area for many years. He was involved in farming and the lumber business. He grew the inital 400 acres to over 2,000 acres of virgin timber and coal. Over the years the land has been divided over and over among the descendent children and the mineral rights sold to the coal companies. All that is left today is the Gallaher house that James Jr. built in the early 1880s.

My grandfather James Kelly left New Washington at about the age of sixteen and after living in Columbus, Oh. and Ehrenfeld, Pa., setted near Pittsburgh in the area of where my father grew up and where I was born, grew up, and near where I live today.

I am currently trying to trace James Sr.'s migration to New Washington. He was married to Margaret Ramsey, the daughter of an early settler of Dublin Twp. Huntingdon Co. named John Ramsey. Her family lived in the area near Burnt Cabins and I have found references to an area called "Little Hell" in the 1777 tax assessments for her father in Dublin Twp. that leads me to think my g-g-g-grandfather may have also lived in that area. Recent research indicates he (and/or his parents) may have migrated from New Castle, south of Philadelphia via Braddock's Road and the Kittanning Trail into the area of Chest Creek. At this point I have no substantiating evidence this is the case, but based on Pennsylvania history this is the most likely senario I can determine.

If you have any information about the area of Huntingdon county that used to be called "Little Hell", the Ramsey family, or Gallahers in that area, I am very interested in sharing information. Please email me.


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