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Transcribed biography of William McAllister

WILLIAM McALLISTER, one of the early settlers of Porter County, was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, August 18, 1817, and is the eldest of ten children born to John and Mary A. (Graten) McAllister, and the only one of his family in this county. His father was a native of Scotland, and came to this country when very young and resided in Kentucky, where our subjects' mother was born and reared. They moved from Kentucky to Ohio in 1817. William McAllister moved with his parents into Union County, Ohio, where they were among the first settlers, and where he worked at farming until 1848, when he emigrated to Porter County, Ind., and settled near Valparaiso. In 1858, he came to Jackson Township and purchased eighty acres, on which he now lives and which he cleared. He was married, while in Union County, Ohio, to Jane Tunkes, a resident of that county, who died in 1843, leaving two children - Diantha (deceased) and Mary. In 1846, he married Mary A. Scott, of Ohio, by whom he has five children - Frank, Melissa, Isabel, Elizabeth and Gertrude. Mr. McAllister is a stanch Republican; he served as a private in the war of the rebellion in Company B, One Hundred and Fifty-first Indiana Infantry; he was on duty in Indianapolis during his term of service; was taken sick there, and remained there until the war closed; he was discharged in May 1865.

Source: Goodspeed, Weston A., and Charles Blanchard. 1882. Counties of Porter and Lake, Indiana: Historical and Biographical, Illustrated. Chicago, Illinois: F. A. Battey & Company. 771 p.
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