John Alton

John Alton
birth: 22 May 1759, Baltimore, MD to Joseph Alton and Mary Buckley
death: 18 Jul 1823, Palmyra Twp., Knox Co., IN
burial: Alton Cemetery, Palmyra Twp., Knox Co., IN

marriage: 1784 in Pennsylvania Catherine Adams birth: 17 Jun 1764, Knox Co., IN to George W. Adams and Polly death:  28 Nov 1820, Knox Co., IN burial: Alton Cemetery, Palmyra Twp., Knox Co., IN

Children of John Alton and Catherine Adams:

  • Benjamin Alton, m. Bellannar Johnson 21 Sep 1820 at Knox Co., IN
  • Joseph Alton, b. 21 Mar 1785 at PA, d. 21 Aug 1858, Knox Co., IN, m. Rachel Jones, 25 Apr 1810
  • Mary Alton, b. 1787 at PA, d. before 1833, m. George Stipes, c.1810
  • Samuel Alton, b. about 1793, d. before 25 Jan 1816, m. Salley Neel
  • Cynthia Alton, b. about 1798 at Lick Creek, Pike Co., KY, d. before 1780, m. David Ritchey, 23 Jan 1816 in Knox Co., IN
  • John Alton, b. 25 Jul 1799 in PA, d. 17 May 1866 at Knox Co., IN, m. Margaret Barekman, 28 Oct 1829, Knox Co., IN
  • William H. Alton, b. 31 Jan 1805 in PA, d. 8 Dec 1781 at Knox Co., IN, m. Martha Jane Van Camp, 28 Jan 1838, Pike Co., IN
  • James Alton, b. 16 Oct 1815, Fayette Co., PA, d. June 1842, Knox Co., IN, m. Keziah Hisic, 4 Oct 1840 at Pike Co., IN

John Alton lived In:

1805- Until his death: Knox County, Indiana

He also lived in Maryland and Pennsylvania

Other Information:

“John Alton was born on May 22, 1759 in Baltimore County, Maryland. He and his younger brother, Benjamin, were farmers and soldiers serving together in the Pennsylvania Rangers on the Frontier. John also served in the Whiskey Rebellion and at Tippecanoe. On March 18, 1778, John Alton signed a Loyalty Oath in Harford County, Maryland, in the Worshipful Mordacai Amos’s Returns in which he swore to the Oath “I do swear that I do not hold myself bound to yield to any allegiance or obedience to George the Third, King of Great Britain … ” (NOTE: This document is held by the Maryland Archives and may be seen at the Maryland Hall of Records in Annapolis, Maryland). In 1782, John Alton served as a Private in the Pennsylvania Rangers on the Frontier in Captain John Dean’s Company in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, with his brother Benjamin during Colonel Crawford’s disastrous expedition against the Indians at Sandusky. He was a Private in Captain John Wall’s Second Battalion in 1782, and, later, Corporal in Captain Bazel Bowel’s Company of Pennsylvania Militia in Fayette County in 1791. At the battle of Tippecanoe in 1811, he was William Henry Harrison’s wagonmaster. John Alton married Catherine Adams in 1784 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. They had 8 children. He migrated to Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana, in 1805. John died in Knox County, Indiana on July 18, 1823.”  — Mike Chapman and Carolyn Chapman, “KinNextions: Family Tree,” ( : accessed 15 April 2017), ID: I19194, John Alton; used with author’s permission.

His will, which was proved on September 15, 1823, bequeathed 400 acres of land in Donation No. 29 to his children: Mary (Alton) Stipes, James Alton, Joseph Alton, and William Alton. His body was interred in the Alton family cemetery located in Old Donation No. 29 six miles from Vincennes.

Collected by Mrs. S. G. Davenport, Vincennes, Indiana:
Married – 1784, Catherine Adams, b. 1764. Ch. Joseph (1785- 1858) m. Rachel Jones; John b. 1799; Cynthia (1798-1867) m. David Richey; Mary, m. George Stipes; William, m. Jane ___; James b. 1815. All these names taken from Will and dates from cemetery (Note: Alton, Knox Co., IN)

Other Sources:
Year: 1790; Census Place: German, Fayette, Pennsylvania; Series: M637; Roll: 8; Page: 32; Image: 579; Family History Library Film: 0568148

Maryland, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1772-1890
In 1778 Oath of Fidelity

Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission; Records of the Office of the Comptroller General, RG-4; Tax & Exoneration Lists, 1762-1794; Microfilm Roll: 327 Year 1786 John Alton living in Menallen, Fayette, PA

Year: 1800; Census Place: German, Fayette, Pennsylvania; Series: M32; Roll: 38; Page: 530; Image: 220; Family History Library Film: 363341

Pennsylvania, Revolutionary War Battalions and Militia Index, 1775-1783
Vol 2 page 719.

Pennsylvania, Septennial Census, 1779-1863 for year 1800 residing in German, Fayette, PA

Find A Grave Memorial# 14003374 shows a military marker:
John Alton
Westmoreland Co Mil
Revolutionary War
May 22, 1759 July 18, 1823

Submitted by:
Dee Schlesser


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s