Shelby County, Indiana
Among the fine yeomanry of France who followed Lafayette to America to help our people in the war for independence was a young man named Peter Alyea. He joined the patriot army, fought bravely under Washington, took part at Trenton and other battles and altogether proved himself a brave and daring soldier as well as a lover of liberty. He left a worthy son to inherit his name and his descendants at every crisis of the country-s history have shown that the martial fire still burned in their bosoms and devotion to human freedom was a characteristic of their nationality. John Alyea, who was born in New Jersey, migrated to Ohio in the early part of the last century, located in Hamilton county and was there married to Mary Stump, also a native of New Jersey. In 1859 they removed to Indiana and took up their abode in Hancock county, where he ended his days in 1870. His wife survived him many years, but finally met death at Indianapolis in 1907.
Chadwick's History of Shelby County, Indiana, by Edward H. Chadwick, B.A., assisted by well known local
talent, B.F. Bowen & Co, Publishers: Indianapolis, IN, 1909, pg 607-608.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming
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