A. L. COULTER

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A. L. Coulter, a farmer of Kiskiminetas township, Armstrong county, was born Oct. 12, 1847, in that township, son of Alexander and Leah (Fowler) Coulter.

Alexander Coulter was a native of Ireland, and his wife of Pennsylvania. He came to the United States in 1820. By trade he was a stonemason and contractor, and he owned and operated a fine farm of 200 acres in South Bend township, this county, where his death occurred in 1893. The Lutheran Church held his membership, in which he was prominent as he was in outside life. He and his wife had fourteen children, six of whom survive, A. L. being the fifth in order of birth.

A. L. Coulter attended school until his sixteenth year, when he enlisted, in 1864, in Company B, 11th Pennsylvania Volunteers Infantry, and served until the close of the struggle. Following this service he enlisted in the regular army, Company B, 25th United States Regular Troops, and was promoted to the rank of corporal. Mr. Coulter participated in many hard-fought battles during the Civil war, being in the engagements at Weldon Railroad, Boydton, White Oak, Fire Lake, the capture of Petersburg, and Appomattox Court House, when General Lee surrendered. After Mr. Coulter was discharged from the regular service, he came back to his old home, where his father was still living, and a little later married. Following his marriage he began farming, buying 109 acres of land four miles southeast of Apollo, on which property he has resided ever since. His present comfortable residence was built in 1897, while his barn was put up in 1903. He is a good general farmer, and has succeeded very well in his efforts. Possessing a happy, genial nature, he makes friends easily, and enjoys meeting his old comrades at the meetings of the G. A. R post. Both he and his wife belong to the Lutheran Church at Springchurch (post-office), and he is a deacon of this organization. Politically he is a Democrat.

On Jan. 7, 1873, Mr. Coulter was married, in Armstrong county, to Matilda A. McKinstry, daughter of William McKinstry. Mr. and Mrs. Coulter became the parents of thirteen children: William A., James B., Elder E. Arthur F., Bertha I. (Mrs. C. E. Frederick), Clifton A., Alva B. (Mrs. W. R. Beatty) and Emily, all living; and Norman H., Myrtle Grace, Edward, Bessie and S. S.

Source: Pages 846, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J. H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed April 2002 by James R. Hindman for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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