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Catherine Girty & John Bayles Butler Co
Posted by: Paula Good Date: August 24, 2001 at 06:39:13
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My gr-gr-grandparents were George BALES and wife, unknown RUBY, from the Middle Lancaster area of Lancaster Township, Butler County, PA. They had a daughter, my great-grandmother, Mary Ann BALES b. 1861 d. 1945, buried in Zion English Lutheran Cemetery, Middle Lancaster, PA. She married Samuel Frederick Myers b. 1851, d. 1934. I am looking for any information on George BALES and his wife RUBY, and their parents.
In the History of Butler County, PA 1883, I found the following under Connoquesnessing Township: "Colen McDonald lived where Peter Thomas now resides. His sons, William and John, died in Indiana. Among his daughters were Ebbie, Nancy and Flora. John McDonald settled upon a tract east of Norman Graham's farm. HE WAS AWAY AT WORK TO EARN MONEY TO PAY TAXES WHEN JOHN BAYLES SQUATTED UPON THE LAND, AND FINALLY SUCCEEDED IN BECOMING THE POSSESSOR OF IT. BAYLES WAS KILLED BY BEING THROWN FROM HIS WAGON AS HE WAS RETURNING FROM MARTIN'S MILL. HE LIVED ABOUT A WEEK AFTER THE ACCIDENT. This is the only clue I have come across for the BAYLES/BALES/BAILS/BEALES family.
JOHN BAYLES is on the Connoquenessing Twp. 1803 Tax list, and the 1803 Middlesex twp. tax list owning 400 acres, with neighbors, Henry Baumgardner and Jacob Beighley.
John BAYLES b. abt 1753, married CATHERINE GIRTY
John BAYLES b. Dec 12, 1796 married Anny and Jane DAVIS
John Bryson BAILES b. Nov 3, 1838 married Mary Jane McGowan in 1869, d/o John McGowan
Also from the History of Butler County PA 1883 under Connoquenessing Township, the following:
"JOHN GIRTY, a relative, and some say a brother, of SIMON GIRTY, the renowned white savage, was one of the earliest settlers. He lived about a mile south of Whitestown, west of the Franklin road. He died here, and his mother also. They were buried in the woods, and nothing marks their final resting place. Though the family had an unenviable reputation, nothing discreditable is charged against them during their residence here. The early settlers were superstitious, and some of them believed Mother GIRTY to be a witch. For years no youngster dared to pass by her grave alone."
Can anyone shed some light on CATHERINE GIRTY, JOHN GIRTY and MOTHER GIRTY of Connoquesnessing Township, Butler County, PA?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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