Joseph Warren Minteer


JOSEPH WARREN MINTEER, general merchant at Craigsville, Armstrong Co., Pa., at which place he is postmaster, was born in West Franklin township, Armstrong county, Nov. 15, 1881, son of James Nicholson and Matilda (Hindman) Minteer.

William Minteer, the great-grandfather, was born in Ireland, as was his wife, Mary Nicholson. They were of Scotch-Irish parentage. Coming to America in the early part of the nineteenth century, they settled soon after in what is now West Franklin township, Armstrong Co., Pa., where they cleared land. They had the following children: James, William, Andrew, John, Joseph, Alexander, Mary (who married Matthew Rayburn), Jennie (who married William Smith), Nelly (who married John Smith), Nancy (who married John Milligan), Betsey (who married Robert Galbraith), and Peggy (who married Anthony Williams).

William Minteer, son of William, and grandfather of Joseph Warren Minteer, was a farmer in Armstrong county. He married Barbara Millen, and their children were: James Nicholson; Mary, who married Richard Smith; and Eliza J., who married Downes Somerville.

James Nicholson Minteer, son of William, was born on the old homestead in West Franklin township on which he spent his entire life, and died there Aug. 31. 1905, at the age of sixty-nine years. He was a representative citizen and successful farmer. He married Matilda Hindman, who survives with three children: Ella B., James Francis, a physician, and Joseph W.

James Hindman, maternal great-grandfather of Joseph Warren Minteer, and his wife Mary (McClatchey) were born in Ireland, and they were pioneers in what is now West Franklin township, Armstrong Co., Pa. James Hindman settled on wild land and began to develop the farm on which George and Mark Hindman reside, and there he died April 28, 1846, when in his eighty-third year. His widow survived to be ninety-one years old, dying Aug. 22, 1856. Their children were: Margaret, who married David Hall; Mary, who married Joseph Armstrong; John; George; James; William, and Andrew.

William Hindman, son of James Hindman, was born in West Franklin township, Feb. 13, 1806. On May 10, 1832, he married Mary, daughter of George and Esther (Beard) Long, natives of Ireland and early settlers in West Franklin township. To William and Mary Hindman were born the following children who reached maturity: George, who served in the 83d Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry; Mary, deceased, who was the wife of Robert Kiskadden; Matilda, who is the widow of James Nicholson Minteer; Miriam; James, who is deceased; William, and Andrew M. In the year 1832 William Hindman and his wife Mary (Long) settled on the farm of 136 acres where their youngest son, Andrew M. Hindman, now lives, and there his death occurred Feb. 5, 1881, at the age of seventy-five years, and that of his wife June 5, 1887, at the age of eighty-two years.

Joseph Warren Minteer remained on the homestead and obtained his education in the local public schools. For three years following his marriage he continued agricultural pursuits, and then turned his attention to merchandising, in February, 1908, embarking in the general mercantile business at Craigsville. He has built up a profitable trade and has won respect and esteem in the community by his honorable methods. He has been postmaster at Craigsville since 1908 and has been a satisfactory official.

On October 4, 1905, Mr. Minteer was married to Ada Irene Dunkle, daughter of Henry C. and Marie (Russell) Dunkle, of Craigsville, and they have three children: John N., Dorothy M. and Ruth M. Mr. Minteer is a member of the United Presbyterian Church. He is an Odd Fellow, belonging to Craigsville Lodge No. 836, and in politics he is a Democrat.

The Minteer family held its second reunion at Alameda Park, Butler Co., Pa., July 28, 1910, when over three hundred members were present and five generations were represented. The Minteers are usually found associated with the United Presbyterian denomination and earnest and active church workers. Four United Presbyterian ministers of the present day are among this family's descendants, namely: Rev. W. E. Minteer, Rev. O. H. Milligan, Rev. F. A. Dumm; and Rev. H. P. Smith.

It is said that the first William Minteer above mentioned, in association with Abram Smith, built the first Associate Presbyterian Church edifice, in 1815, at Slate Lick, Armstrong county. It was a log structure, 33 feet square, and they and their families continued to worship there for many years, deeming it a privilege, although many of them were obliged to walk a distance of five or six miles to reach the place.

Source: Pages 808-809, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by James R Hindman for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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