The Walthour Family History

My husbands ancestry in Westmoreland County began very early.

I understand the Walthour's were Salzburgers (maybe part of Bavaria at that time) and immigrated on the "Judith" with Capt Quarme 1-22-1745/6.  It was supposedly the 4th Salzburger transport out of that part of what is now Austria. It is said that the intent was to immigrate through the port of Philadelphia, but his ship was captured by the Spaniards and rerouted to the area of Savannah, GA which now is known as Walthourville, GA. John Caspar Waldhauer died early on Dec. 3, 1766, and was quietly buried in the evening of the same day at Ebenezer GA  Aged 70 years. ( Source: George F. Jones & Sheryl Exley.  Ebenezer Record Book, 1754-1781.  Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: 1991)

John Casper had several children, one being Christopher Conrad Walthour who wed Barbara Koch in 1759.  Christopher served in the American Revolution as a private, and in 1785 helped built Walthour Mill where they ground flour.   Apparently Christopher's property was also the site of Fort Walthour, located along Adamsburg Rd and still marked by a sign near the Kohl's parking lot.  When Christopher died in 1808, his property was divided among his children with son Michael obtaining 203 acres.  Michael was born about 1751 and married to Emy (Naomi) Hawk.   Michael's tombstone, dated 1810,  is still legible in the lower section of Brush Creek Cemetery.  Naomi was the child of Conrad and Sara (Williams) Hawk
and was born 1780.  When Michael died, Emy petitioned Westmoreland Orphans Court for custody of the six living minor children, which was granted.   Dr. David Marchand and Jacob Hawk were also appointed to guardianship.
Emy died in 1853 and is supposedly interred at Brush Creek. Conrad Walthour, third son of Michael and Emy, was born 4-18-1803 and christened at Brush Creek Lutheran on  7-10-1803.  He was a farmer by trade.  Conrad wed Christianna Heck/Hecht, daughter of Philip and Elizabeth (Brice) Heck.  He had eight children prior to her death in 1844 whereupon he wed Elizabeth Erret, daughter of Johannes and Maria Erret, and they had two more sons. Conrad died in 1881 and is interred beside Christianna in Brush Creek.   William C Walthour, born 1-21-1829 in Greensburg PA married Margaret A E (unknown) in Westmoreland County prior to 1853.  They had two daughters including Alice Lysle Walthour born 5-13-1853.  Margaret died within a short time and William C remarried Harriet Ann Ament.   All three are interred in St. Clair Cemetery.   Their descendants still number among the County residents.

George Ament Sr was a blacksmith by trade, having immigrated to the area now known as Westmoreland County from what is now York Co.  In May of 1788, according to Deeds obtained from the Westmoreland County courthouse, he purchased 100 acres in Franklin Twp. and by his death had 250 acres and served as tax collector.  George wed Esther Markle in 1786.  She was the daughter of Gasper Markle and Mary Elizabeth Grimm. Esther and George are interred in the Emmanuel Seceeders Cemetery next to the church recently donated (in 2001) to the Borough of Export and previously known as the Friends Thrift Shop. George's son, George, Jr., born in 1788 and married Elizabeth Walton in 1805. Elizabeth was the daughter of Boaz and Mary (Ashton) Walton who are buried in Denmark Manor Cemetery (Woodlawn).  Elizabeth and George are also interred at Seceeders.  Their son, Jacob Ament, was one of the carpenters who built the church located next to the cemetery according to "This is Export" by Helene Smith.  Jacob was a carpenter by trade and family legend holds that he also constructed the horse troughs still visible along the streets of Delmont.  Jacob was born in 1810 and married Elizabeth Waugaman in 1833.  Elizabeth was the daughter of Peter and Rachel Waugaman.  Jacob and Elizabeth had 13 known children and died in 1897
and 1893 respectively.  They are buried in Delmont, PA in Eastview Union Cemetery.

Daniel Steiner was the youngest of his father's six children, and the only minor when his father Henry died in 1857. Henry's wife had died in 1842. A guardian for the children of Henry's older brother,  Jacob (deceased ), petitioned the court to sell Henry's land and divide the proceeds among the children.  One of Henry's brothers stepped in and purchased the estate preserving it for Daniel and deeded it over to him.  It remained in the family until Margaret Householder's death at which time it was sold and the proceeds used by the Barclay Bank to sustain their son, James, for life. Daniel was the son of Henry and Anna Mary (Klingensmith) Steiner.   Henry was born 11-10-1796 and christened at Harrolds Settlement 12-18-1796. Henry had originally inherited the land from his father, Adam Steiner, born 1764 who immigrated to PA about 1780 with his parents.   Adam was married to Anna Margaret Henry.  She was the daughter of Frederick and Catherine (Frantz) Henry of the Henry Massacre.  She was supposedly the child who dispatched the Indian who had murdered her mother.   Adam was the son of Jurg Valentine and Eva Catherine (unknown) Steiner. Jurg was born in Switzerland and immigrated to Northampton about 1766.  He was in the area now known as Westmoreland County by 1780.  He served in the Revolutionary War.

Surnames:  Steiner - Ament - Heck - Klingensmith - Hawk - Waugaman - Walton - Markle - Henry - Stewart

Karen Lucas