CHARLES ARCHIBALD FRASIER MCINTYRE, late of South Buffalo township, Armstrong county, was born Dec. 29, 1825, in Stranraer, Wigtownshire, Scotland, son of William and Mary (McNish) McIntyre, both of the same place.

William McIntyre was born Feb. 18, 1778, at Stranraer, Wigtownshire, Scotland. He was a cooper by trade, but later took up farming as a means of livelihood. He was married to Mary McNish, a daughter of William McNish, postmaster of the town, on April 9, 1801, and they had eleven children, all of whom were born in Scotland. The following are the names: Jane, William, Jean, Margaret, James, Jessie, Mary Ann, Carolina, John, Charles A.F. and Caroline A.E. Jane, Jean and Carolina died in Scotland. The remaining children and the parents were buried in Allegheny and Armstrong county cemeteries.

William McIntyre came with his family to America in 1832. They were nine weeks crossing the Atlantic ocean. Landing at Baltimore, Md., they came by horses and wagon to Armstrong county, Pa., and located in what is now South Buffalo township, where Mr. McIntyre purchased 250 acres of timberland for which he paid $1.50 in gold per acre, and on which he built a log house, stable, and other buildings. Like all early settlers, his first work was the clearing up of this land, and getting it into the proper condition to raise crops theron. he lived there until his death, at the age of seventy-three years, Jan. 15, 1851. It is said that his death was hastened by his being injured by a falling tree. He was a man well and favorably known for his strict honor, and uprightness in all of his dealings. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church. His wife, who was born March 3, 1782, died Feb. 9, 1880, at the home of her son, John McIntyre, near Freeport, Pennsylvania.

Charles A. F. McIntyre was next to the youngest of his father's children. He was educated in the subscription schools held in his time, and at the age of seventeen was apprenticed to Easley Brothers, house an barn builders, with whom he continued three years. Going to Allegheny City, Pa., he again apprenticed himself, for two years, and followed his trade as journeyman carpenter for fourteen years. Later he went into the contracting business for himself, and continued doing business for about twelve years, but on account of ill health he sold his business and moved from Allegheny City, Pa., to South Buffalo township, Armstrong county, in the spring of 1870. He bought a farm of 183 acres, on which he lived until his death, which occurred on may 1, 1908, when he was aged eighty-two years. He was a United Presbyterian in religious faith, and a Republican in his political views.

Mr. McIntyre married, in Alleheny City, Pa., on Sept. 9, 1851, Mary Robertson, eldest child and daughter of James and Janette Robertson, who was born in Johnstone, Scotland, July 8, 1827. Her father was a loom machinist. He came to America in 1830, settling first at Paterson, N.J., later moved to Richmond, Va., and thence by horses and wagon to Central Missouri, then on the extreme frontier. He was there several years. Returning east, he made the return trip also by wagon, and stopping at Allegheny City, Pa., was induced by some friends to invest the larger part of his money in brick works located at Bolivar, Pa. This investment turned out badly. he then moved back to Richmond, Va., and took up his old trade of loom machinist. His wife Janette died there on Dec. 24, 1852. He was a strong Union man, but on account of his age was debarred from taking part as a soldier in the Civil War. His second wife was Harriet Carlton, of Richmond, Va. She was a woman of considerable wealth, owning a large acreage and several hundred slaves. Mr. and Mrs. Robertson lost the bulk of their fortune during the Civil War, and afterward went to Norwich, Conn., where they spent their declining years. They were buried in the family lot in Hollywood cemetery, Richmond, Va. James Robertson and his wife Janette had born to them six children, as follows: Mary, Janet Orr, William Jacobs, James Reed, Henrietta Nimo and Isabella Thompson. No other children were born to James Robertson and his second wife, Harriet Carlton.

Mrs. Mary (Robertson) McIntyre died June 13, 1901. She and her husband Charles A. F. McIntyre, had ten children born to them. (1) The first child, a daughter died at birth. (2) Charles Louis was born May 27, 1852, in Allegheny City, Pa. (3) Janetta, born in Allegheny City, Pa., died at that place in her fifth year. (4) Frank Frasier, born in Allegheny City, Pa., bought and moved to a farm in South Buffalo township. He married Annie S. Boyd, and after living several years on his farm, sold his property and moved to Pittsburgh, Pa., where he engaged in the manufacture of stained-glass windows. His wife died Jan. 3, 1899. They had two children born to them, Charles and Helen. (5) Mary Elizabeth, born in Allegheny City, Pa., lives with her brother James R. on the old homestead in South Buffalo township. (6) Mary Bell, born in Allegheny City, Pa., married George T. Ralston, and they are living on their farm in South Buffalo township. They had three children born to them, Hugh, Jean and Dorothy. (7) Mary Annie, born in Allegheny City, Pa., married Robert F. Cathcart, a civil engineer of Pittsburgh, Pa., now of San Antonio, Texas. Two children were born to them, Ruth and Robert F. (8) William and his twin brother (9) Jame R., were born in Allegheny City, Pa.; William died June 1, 1896, in his twenty-seventh year. (10) Nellie Y. was born in South Buffalo township, and married to Clifford Stewart, a farmer. Their home is in South Buffalo township. Three children were born to them, Mary Robertson, James Given and Robert McIntyre.

Source: Page(s) 330-332,
Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914

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