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History of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania


By: George Dallas Alberts, Pub. 1882, reprinted 2022, 1010 pages, NEW INDEX, soft cover, ISBN #978-1-63914-080-0. Westmoreland County was created in 1773 from Lancaster, Northumberland and Bedford Counties. It lies in the southwestern corner of the state and was the parent county to: Allegheny, Armstrong, parts of Bedford, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, and Washington. These early settlers were of Scotch-Irish, German, Franch Huguenots and English American descent. This book is broken down into two sections. The first is a history of the state by looking at its colony status followed by the county with such topics as: first settlers / pioneers, Indians, formation of county and townships, French occupation, Expeditions to the western portion of the State, Roads and transportation, the Whiskey Insurrection, Medicine, Education, Religion, Newspapers, Slavery, Dunmore's War, Revolutionary War, Civil War, War of 1812, Legal system. In the appendix section, the author has included: a list of negro and mulatto slaves, roster of various Revolutionary soldiers, Roster of various Civil War soldiers, Muster Rolls of the War of 1812. The second is a history of the townships with hundreds and hundreds of biographical sketches interspersed. All this is followed up with a New Index that was produced for this reprint which mentions approximately 23,000 persons.