John Philip Altman, Revolutionary war

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John Philip Altman

Birthdate: (49)
Birthplace: Maxatawny, Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: May 29, 1813 (49)
Blairsville, Indiana County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Johann Anthony Altman and Anna Marie DeTar Altman
Husband of Louisa Altman
Father of John Jacob Altman; John Phillip Altman, Jr; John George Altman; Catherine Earhart; Susanna Harrold and 5 others
Brother of Anna Barbara Harrold; Anna Maria Robb Krebs Mechling; David Altman and Johan Wilhelm Altman
Half brother of Jacob Detar and Catherine Jost Watterson

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About John Philip Altman, Revolutionary war

A Patriot of the American Revolution for PENNSYLVANIA with the rank of PRIVATE. DAR Ancestor # A002081


The Moorheads and James Kellysettled near the present Indiana in 1772. On Crooked Creek in the seventies settled James Armstrong, Andrew Sharp, who was killed by the Indians in 1794, the Anthonys, Peelors, Altmans, Colemans, Mabons, Neils, Reeds, St. Clairs, Suttons, and other families whose names are stillprominent in the county,323126

Lived on a farm in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, PA. In 1787, there was a severe storm which blew down their house and killed their infant child, George. They then bought 102 acres near the mouth of Blacklick Creek on the North side of the Conemaugh River where they built a cabin.

"They made it of round timbers and had to make it secure to keep them from the ravages of the Indians." The land is approximately 3 miles down river from the current town of Blairsville, Pennsylvania, which was established in 1818. Indiana County was split from Westmoreland County in 1806 with its southern boundary being the Conemaugh River. Philip and his family are listed in the 1790 US cnesus as follows: "Name of head of family: Altman, Philip; Free white males of 16 years and upward, including heads of families: 1; Free white males under 16 years: 2; Free white Females, including heads of families: 2."

Philip served during the Revolutionary War as a Ranger on the frontier in Captain Christopher Truby's company.

On May 6, 1811, Philip Altman shot Joseph Reed who died of his wounds. He was tried by Court in Indiana, PA for manslaughter and was found guilty of killing Reed, whom he found stealing from his fish basket on the Blacklick Creek. This was the first murder trial in Indiana County and the hand written records of the trial can be found in the Indiana County Court House.

Philip pled "Not Guilty" to the charge of first degree murder which was punishable by death. He was tried before a jury of 12 "lawful men" who found him Not Guilty. He was sentenced to county jail for 6 months and was put on probation for 5 years for manslaughter. (NOTE: The probation was probably really a peace bond; i.e. he was obliged to keep the peace for five years.) He did not outlive his probation and died on May 29, 1813.

Lived on a farm in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, PA.In 1787, there was a severe storm which blew down their house and killed their infant child, George.

Indiana County Pa. Along and near Crooked creek located Andrew Sharp (killed by the Indians in 1794), Benjamin Walker, Israel Thomas, James McCreight, Jacob Anthony, David Peelor, and John Patison. Among the early settlers along the Cone- maugh river, Black Lick creek, and its tributaries, and in the southern part of the county, were Charles Campbell, Samuel Dixon, John McC.rea, John Harrold, Philip Altman, Patrick McGee, Archey Coleman, George Repine, Malachia Sut- ton, William Loughry, Jonathan Doty, Jacob Bricker, James Ewing, James Ferguson, Peter Fair, James McComb, Samuel McCartney, John Neal, Alexan- der Rhea, William Robertson, Daniel Repine, John Shields, Robert Liggot, David Reed, William Graham, Ephraim Wallace, George Mabon, the Ilices, Hugli St. Clair, James McDonald, and William Clark. PHILIP ALTMAN. – Our subject is a grandson of Philip Altman and Louisa Kepple, both natives of Westmoreland county, who settled on Black-lick creek, near is confluence with the Conemaugh river, at a very early day, and were living on the banks of the creek when Capt. Andrew Sharp, in 1794, passed down the creek in his boat, with his family. The children of our subject were: James M., b. 1833, m. to Nancy Munshower; Margaret, b. 1834, m. to John Clingenberger; Mary E., b. 1836, d.; Louisa and Susannah, twins, b. 1838, the former m. to Louis Fair, of Illinois, the latter to Benjamin F. Henry, of this county; Martha Ann, d., b. 1840, m. to Noah H. Hunt, of Ohio; Jane, b. 1842, m. to John Hile; Jacob A., d., b. 1844; Emanuel R., b. 1846, settled in Kansas; Maria Cordilla, b. 1848, yet as home; Samuel, b. 1851, m. to Olive Cribbs, and settled in Kansas; John L. S., b. 1855, d. The homestead of our subject was part of lands taken up by Wilkie’s grant. James M., son of our subject, served in the late war in 206th Pennsylvania volunteers, over eleven months.

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John Philip Altman, Revolutionary war's Timeline

December 28, 1763
Maxatawny, Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 19
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June 12, 1788
Age 24
York, Pennsylvania, United States
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January 4, 1793
Age 29
Indiana, Indiana County, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 31