Ner M Truitt


NER M. TRUITT, a farmer of Madison township, Armstrong county, is a son of George W. and Nancy (Courson) Truitt, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania.

Anderson Truitt, his great-grandfather, married Sally Mathus somewhere in Europe. They came to America shortly before 1812, settling first on the New Jersey shore. A little later they moved to the Cumberland valley, and from there to west of the mountains in 1806-07, making a location on Crooked creek. Not long afterward Mr. Truitt and several neighbors built a boat and went to Cincinnati, his son Thomas remaining on Crooked Creek. Anderson Truitt served in the United States troops in the war of 1812, and was stationed at Buffalo at the time the war closed. He and his wife were both of Scottish and Low Dutch descent. To them were born five children: Thomas, James, Betsey, Polly and Sarah. James married and settled in Illinois. Betsey married and had one daughter, Fannie. Polly, Mrs. Black, had two daughters, and lived somewhere along the Ohio river. Sarah married a Mr. Eastburn and moved to Michigan.

Thomas Truitt, son of Anderson, was born in 1794, and as above stated remained on Crooked creek when his father went to Cincinnati, and there married Lydia Williams in 1813. In 1829 he moved to the Kiskiminetas, some five miles below Saltsburg, and from there in 1834 to Freeport. Thence he moved to the old homestead in what was then Red Bank (now Madison) township, about 1835, locating on the farm now owned and occupied by Miles W. Hetrick. With the aid of his sons he cleared and improved a part of this tract, and here his death occurred. Of the family of eight children born to himself and wife, Anderson married Sarah Caldwell and had nine children: Elizabeth (Betsy) married George L. Hetrick and had eight children; George W. is mentioned below; Thomas married Margaret Bish, but had no children; David J. married Betsey Courson and had ten children; Mary M (Polly) married Michael Buzzard and had seven children; James A. married Sarah Meredith and had six children; William W. married Hannah Kelley and had eight children. Mrs. Polly Buzzard, the only survivor of this family, now in her ninetieth year, lives at Chicago.

George W. Truitt, father on Ner M., settled on the farm of 140 acres now owned by his son, Ner, in 1848. He cleared and worked most of it and resided there all his life. His wife Nancy was the daughter of William Courson, a pioneer of Clarion county, and by her he had three children: Seth C., who is residing in Clarion county; Alcinus G., deceased; and Ner M. William Courson was also a soldier in the war of 1812.

Ner M. Truitt was born in Madison township Aug. 15, 1846, and was brought up on the homestead farm, which since 1802 has been his own. He has since added to it by purchase until it consists now of about 320 acres, more or less, and he has improved it by building a new house, barns, etc., until his place is one of the best in the township. Mr. Truitt also has an interest in the estate of his uncle, Thomas Truitt, Jr.

Mr. Truitt married in 1867 Margaret J., daughter of Michael and Barbara (McKinney) Spangler, of Kellersburg, and they have had six children: Alberta B., wife of James Chestnut; Ira E.; George M., deceased; Thomas T., married to Dessie Slagle; Charles C., married to Dora Rhodes; and Morna B. Mr. Truitt has held various local offices in Madison township, and is most public-spirited, being ever ready to do his share toward promoting the welfare of his community. He is a strong Republican in his political views, and is most popular in his township.

Source: Page 583, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed January 1999 by Connie Mateer for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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