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Alta Jean Barber

Alta Jean Barber[1, 2]

Female 1891 - 1968

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  • Born  30 Jul 1891  Apollo, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender  Female 
    Died  Jun 1968  Oceanport, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried  Jun 1968  Poke Run Cemetery, Westmoreland Co. Pa., Lot #345 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Written by David Halbstein:

      Alta Jean Barber Alcorn was widowed in 1939. She lived at the farmhouse at Alcorn's Crossroads, Bell Township, Westmoreland County, PA until 1960 or 1961, when she moved to New Jersey to live with her daughter, Anna Jean Alcorn Halbstein. She lived in New Jersey until her death in 1969.

      According to oral family history, the farm had been passed down along the Alcorn family lines for generations. During Alta Jean's lifetime, the farm was owned by her father-in-law, George Edgar, and passed directly to her three children, Robert, Anna Jean, and George. Her husband was suffering from chronic Nephritis during the late 1930's; it is likely that the transfer of property was executed as such because they assumed that Robert would not outlive his father. In fact, they both died in 1939.

      Robert Laurence Jr. moved to Chambersburg, but George stayed on the farm. He built a house about a half-mile away where he raised his family.

      When Alta Jean moved to New Jersey, the farmhouse (circa 1835) began to fall to ruin; in the 1970's and 1980's George undertook the project of its renovation. He eventually sold the house he had built and moved into the house where he lived until his death in 1995. He cut wood from local trees and had paneling made for the different rooms; one was done in local sycamore, another in walnut, another in oak.

      As of this writing (2004) his widow, Georgia Ashbaugh Alcorn lives in the house alone; her daughter Erin LaCrone is nearby with her husband, Rich.


    Person ID  I0130  Halbstein_Parrish Family Tree
    Last Modified  10 Aug 2016 

    Father  William Calvin Orr Barber,   b. 2 Sep 1866,   d. 2 Sep 1916 
    Mother  Elizabeth Alice Kettering,   b. 3 Aug 1869, Kiskiminetas Twp, Armstrong County Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1970, Apollo, Armstrong County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  13 May 1890  Apollo, PA at the home of her parents Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F030  Group Sheet

    Family  Robert Laurence Alcorn,   b. 28 Jun 1889, Greensburg, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1939, Bell Township, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  11 Feb 1915 
    Children 
    >1. Robert Laurence Alcorn, Jr.,   b. 4 Dec 1915, Bell Township, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1968, Chambersburg, PA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Anna Jean Alcorn,   b. 16 Apr 1918, Greensburg, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Dec 1976, Long Branch, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. George Franklin Alcorn,   b. 24 Feb 1927, Alcorn's Crossroads Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 1994, Saltsburg, Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F029  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 30 Jul 1891 - Apollo, PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Jun 1968 - Oceanport, NJ Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Jun 1968 - Poke Run Cemetery, Westmoreland Co. Pa., Lot #345 Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos

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    Birthday celebration, c. 1963?
    Birthday celebration, c. 1963?
    Four Generations
    Four Generations
    Taken shortly after the birth of Robert Laurence Alcorn, Jr., December 1915. Photo likely to be from early 1916. Hannah Cunningham (Spencer) Kettering, age 73; Elizabeth Alice (Kettering) Barber age 46; Alta Jean (Barber) Alcorn, age 24, and Robert Laurence Alcorn, Jr., newborn.
    Alta Jean Barber, circa 1910
    Alta Jean Barber, circa 1910
    This is a portrait of Alta Jean Barber, found in an album belonging to her late son, George Alcorn
    Alta Jean Barber, age One Year
    Alta Jean Barber, age One Year
    Three Barber Girls
    Three Barber Girls
    Myrtle Barber, Violet Barber, Alta Jean Barber, circa 1895
    The R.L.Alcorn family, circa 1936
    The R.L.Alcorn family, circa 1936
    A rare photo of all five Alcorns together. In 1936, Robert L. would have been forty-seven years old, his wife Jean 45. Robert, Jr., would have been twenty-one, Anna Jean eighteen, and George, eight.
    Alta Jean Barber Portraits
    Alta Jean Barber Portraits
    Alta Jean Barber as a young schoolgirl
    Alta Jean Barber as a young schoolgirl
    The Alcorn School, 1924
    The Alcorn School, 1924
    The Alcorn School, 1923
    The Alcorn School, 1923
    Alta Jean Barber, 1914
    Alta Jean Barber, 1914
    This is a portrait taken of Jean just before she married Robert Laurence Alcorn
    Hand-colored portrait of Alta Jean Barber Alcorn
    Hand-colored portrait of Alta Jean Barber Alcorn

    Documents

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    'Meditations of a Retired Teacher'
    "Meditations of a Retired Teacher"
    An autobiographical sketch, written by Alta Jean (Barber) Alcorn, circa 1965
    'Untitled Miscellaneous Recollections'
    "Untitled Miscellaneous Recollections"
    Written by Alta Jean (Barber) Alcorn,found among her belongings
    Alta Jean Barber Obituary, June 17, 1968, 'Valley Daily News', Tarentum, Pa.
    Alta Jean Barber Obituary, June 17, 1968, "Valley Daily News", Tarentum, Pa.

    Headstones
    Alcorn Family Monument
    Alcorn Family Monument
    This monument marks the general area where four Alcorn Families are buried.
    Robert Laurence Alcorn and Jean Barber Alcorn Cemetery Marker
    Robert Laurence Alcorn and Jean Barber Alcorn Cemetery Marker
    The Alcorn Family has a four-sided monument identifying four families; this plaque marks the actual burial plots.

  • Sources 
    1. [S118963] 1900 Westmoreland Census, Roll T623_I499, pp 18A, Enum. Dist. 143 ., Roll T623_1499 pp 18-A, Enumeration District 143.
      Wm Calvin Barber, Head, b. Sep 1866
      Eliz. Alice (Kettering),wife, b. Aug 1869
      Alta Jean, daughter, b. Jul 1891
      Myrtle E, daughter, b. (Jan?) 1893
      Florence V, daughter, b. May 1896
      Elizabeth K, daugher,b. Jan,1898

    2. [S118985] 1930 Census, Westmoreland, Enumeration District 65-10, Sheet17B, 1930 Census.
      Alcorn,Lawrence, "Head", age 42
      Alta Jean, "Wife", age 38
      Robert L. "Son" , age 14
      Anna J., "Daughter", age 12
      George F, "Son", age 3 1/2
      George E, "Father", age 69

    3. [S118984] US SocialSecurity Death Index.
      SSN 181-14-2555, Alcorn,Jean (Alta Jean Barber Alcorn)

      B. 30 July 1891
      D. Jun 1968, Oceanport, NJ

      Card issued Pennsylvania
      Last benefit paid, Oceanport, Monmouth,NJ

    4. [S118984] US SocialSecurity Death Index.
      SSN 181-14-2555, issued Pennsylvania
      Born 30 Jul 1891, Died Jun, 1968
      Place of Last Residence, Oceanport, NJ