History of Bureau County, IL 1885
TAMPICO AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
A. T. GALER, Princeton, was born September 22, 1817, in Highland County, Ohio. He is a son of Peter and Elizabeth (ALLEN) GALER, natives of Virginia. They were the parents of eight children, who were all married here, viz.: John, Daniel, Jacob, Adam T., Sarah, Catharine, Ruth and Nancy. Of these, only Jacob GALER, a resident of Washington Territory, and Adam T. GALER are Yet living. Our subject came to this county with his parents August 20, 1834. They settled on Section 19 in Princeton Township, where they afterward entered 320 acres of land. The parents both died here, and are buried in Oakland Cemetery. Our subject was married here to Matilda ALLEN, who was born June 18, 1811, of Jackamiah and Jane (ANDERSON) ALLEN, now deceased. They came West by water down the Ohio, and then up the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, landing in Hennepin, Ill., March 21, 1834. They were they were the parents of ten children, viz.: William, Melinda, Matilda, Jemima, Ervin, Anderson, Jane, Jacob, Sarah and Polly. They all reared families; five of them are yet living; of these, Matilda, Jane and Jacob ALLEN are in this country. Mr. and Mrs. GALER are the parents of three children now living, viz.: Joseph, George and Melvina. The latter is the wife of William G. JOHNSON. They have five children: Adam L., William C., Mary M., Nellie J., and Thompson G. Johnson, Joseph and George GALER are residents of Nebraska. The former is now married to Mary THOMPSON; his first wife was Mary HUFFMAN, deceased. He has three children, viz.: Cora, Blanche and Charlie. The latter married Rosa Salesbury. They have four children, viz.: Fred, Ord, Mabel and Tedrow GALER. Our subject is now living on a part of the old homestead: the farm contains 190 acres; he has also 200 acres in Concord Township. He is a Master Mason, and in political matters is connected with the Republican party. He was formerly a strong Abolitionist.