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extensive interests in the Allport Coal company, the mines of which are situated on Walnut Run, near Barnesboro. His business acquaintance is decidedly large, embracing many of the most prominent coal operators, both in the Cambria region and in the eastern market, besides having a large circle of friends among the railroad people.
Mr. Allport's family are originally of Norman descent, coming over from Normandy to England with William the Conqueror prior to 1066. He has in his possession the “family tree” extending back to 1585, embracing thirteen generations; it was taken from the church records and could have been extended back several generations further, but not without an immense amount of work, for before that time the country was very unsettled over political wars. The male members of direct descent with the date of birth and death are as follows: William Allport died 1585, William Allport died 1603, William Allport died 1625, John Allport, born 1584, died 1685; John Allport, born 1644, died 1730; John Allport, born 1679, died 1717; William Allport born 1713, died 1808; James Allport, born 1763, died 1816; James Allport, born 1799, died 1854; Hobart Allport, born 1848, died 1893.
Mr. Allport's father is a cousin of the late Sir James Joseph Allport, of Darby, England, under whose management the Midland railway assumed its present proportions. His grandfather was taken into the army at the age of eight years by his uncle, who was commissary general under the Duke of Wellington. He was all through the Peninsular war as well as being an eye-witness of the battle of Waterloo. After the battle he secured several souvenirs, which are still in the family, and are highly prized as relics. In 1816 he was sent to
America in company with a Mr. Carp to learn business and commenced as an importer of hardware; he continued in this business ten years, during which time he boarded at the old City Hotel, near the battery, New York city.
About this time—1826—the firm of Carp, Ellis & Shaw failed; in payment of their debt to him Mr. Allport took three tracts of land in Clearfield county, Pennsylvania; one in Morris township, one at Cramondale and one on Clearfield Creek.
He came to look over his property in 1828, but returned to New York after a brief visit. However, he came back in 1830, settled on the tract in Morris township, near what is now Allport post-office. In 1831 he married Miss Matilda Hunter, of Buffalo Run, Centre county, Pennsylvania.
Mrs. Allport's family were of Scotch descent, but came to America from Ireland long before the Revolution. The first children were three boys, David, Robert and Andrew. The latter, at the age of nineteen, ran away from is home at Lewistown, entered the army under Washington, and served until the Independence of the United States was secured. He was with the army during the dark winter at Valley Forge, and took part in the battle of Trenton, where he secured a pair of Hessian horse-pistols which are yet in the family.
In 1789 he moved to Centre county, where Andrew, Jr., was born one year later. He died about 1819, and is buried with his wife in the cemetery at Indiana town. The son Andrew lived at Centre Furnace from 1813 (when he married a Miss Evans) until 1816, when he moved to Buffalo Run, residing there until his death, in 1873, at the advanced age of nearly eighty-five years. His two children—Matilda, widow of James Allport, and Catherine are still living in Phillipsburg.