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Biddle or Bittle or Büttel Family

John Bittle or Büttel or Bittel(bef 1724-1777) of Pennsylvania

by Jana Stokes

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THE BIG QUESTION

The big question is whether or not he is related to John George Bittle of Urphar, Mosbach, Baden, Germany. John Bittle does seem to be of German origin as he attends a church popular with the Germans and his daughter Mary married a German. For the most part his children's names are similiar to the Büttel's of Urphar, the exception being Francis.

BIRTH BEF 1724

Birth place is unknown, but suspected to be Pennsylvania.

CHILDHOOD

1745

Survey 569 Penn Township. Warrant - Dec 23, 1745, 60 acres to John Bittle, Interest begins March 1, 1724:York - 4513, this warrant lists name as "John Bixler". Survey - March 29, 1750, 114.68 acres to John Bittle. Patent Oct 12, 1812 114.68 acres to Daniel Resk H-8-381; C-16-58. (Sources: FHL US/CAN BOOK 974.841 E7h v. 2 Index and summary to connected draft maps, Manheim and Heidleberg twp, York Co, PA by Neal Otto Hively, Publ N. O. Hively, 1989 & FHL US/CAN Map Case 974.841 E7h no. 5-8.)

Well, the above citation is enough to make your head swim, isn't it?! What's this about 1724?? We will have to go back over this source.

MARRIAGE TO SARAH

We believe John was married to Sarah bef 1748. Her surname may have been Kiefhauer. We should check Kiefhauer probate records.

1748 IN HANNOVER, LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA

On 27 Jan 1748 daughter Anna Maria Büttel (or Mary) was born and on 10 Apr 1748 she was bapt in St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Hanover, Lancaster (later York) County, PA. Anna Maria's witnesses were Philipp Kiefhauer and wife.(Source: FHL US/CAN BOOK Pennsylvania Births York County 1730-1800 by John T. Humphrey. Publ Larjon & Co., Inc. Washington, D.C., 1998. Page 53.)

Anna Maria Büttel may also be the same person as Mary or Salome or Sarah Biddle who was born in 1766 and died 11 Sep 1831. She married Matthias Dolneck. Also spelled Dorneack or Dorneck. See tombstones in St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Hanover, York County for some of their children. Our source for this come from John Beckendorf who writes: Ron Stetzel wrote a book on the Albright family which came from York Co., PA. In it he writes that "Sarah (also known as Mary and Salome) Biddle was born in 1766 and died 11 Sep 1831 as recorded in her burial record. She married Matthias Dolneck. They were the parents of Catherine Ann Dolneck and the grandparents of Matthias Albright. John also writes that: The little we known at present of the family of Johannes Bittle comes from a compliation of "The Accounts of F. H. Gelwick, shoemaker and distiller, 1760-1783," compiled by Neff and Weisser, no date given."

In any case, if Anna Maria and Mary Salome/Sarah are the same person the discrepency in birth dates (1748 vs 1766) make one wonder if perhaps the Anna Maria born in 1748 died and a second child was named Maria Salome. It was common practice if a child died to give his or her name to the next child born.

1749

In 1749 York County, PA created from Lancaster County, PA.

1750

Son Henry Betle 16 Mar 1750 in Christ Evangel. Lutheran Church, York County, PA.

1752 IN HANNOVER, YORK COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA

Son Johannes bapt 27 Sep 1752 St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Hanover, York County, PA.(Source: FHL US/CAN BOOK Pennsylvania Births York County 1730-1800 by John T. Humphrey. Publ Larjon & Co., Inc. Washington, D.C., 1998. Page 53.)

Also, about this time I think wife Sarah died and he remarried to a Susanna. Susanna's maiden name may be Lick or Lück.

1752

Son John born 27 Feb 1752 and bat 7 Jul 1754 in St. Matthew's Lutheran Church. The witness was Peter Lück.

1758 BUYS A HOUSE IN YORKTOWN

The town of York is a reserved estate or manor established in 1741 by the Penns at the intersection of Codorus Creek and the Monocacy Road. Town bought out by General Assembly of PA in 1779. Notes on individual lots: Lot No. 81: Joseph Welshans, locksmith built a house, obtained a warrant, return,patent to him Sep 1753. He and wife convey to John Bittle, Aug 8, 1758; John and wife to George Stoll, butcher, Mar 3, 1761 (Deeds A,480) (Source: FHL US/CAN Book 974.84 B4s no. 45-50. Special Publication Number 47 of So-Central Genea Soc, York, PA. Jan 1992. Notes and Documents Concerning the Manorial History of the Town of York, York Co, PA compiled by Henry James Young. Publ by So Central PA geneal Soc, PO Box 1824, York, PA 17405.)

Also in 1758 Martin Uhlem paid by Michael Bigler sells a Tract of Land situate in Manheim Twp. adjoyning John Biddle - Peter Welty - John Diggs - 61 acres. (Source: FHL US/CAN BOOK 974.R2a York Co, PA Deeds Vol 1-3: 301-302 1 Jul 1758 Mtg - Martin Uhlem of York Town, Shopkeeper to Michael Bigler of Manheim Twp., Yeoman .)

Was also neighbors with George Zacharias of Manheim Twp, a sadler. Which is interesting because Daniel and Appelonia Zacharias sponsor a Kober in 1783, and there is a will of a George Zacharias of Manheim twp, York Co, PA dated Aug 1806. Executors: John Philip Strack & John Young (JUNG). Legatees: (Sister-in-law) Margaret wife of Jacob Casset and Barbara Young (JUNG).

1759

Son John Yost Bittel born 26 Mar 1759.

1761 OF MANHEIM TWP AND A WEAVER

12 Feb 1761 - Between Christopher Schocky of Manheim Twp, Yeoman of the one part & Christian Milheim of sameplace Blacksmith of the other part. A Proprietaries warrant dated the 16 Dec 1758 was surveyed unto Christian Schocky. Tract of Land Situate in Manheim Twp. adjoining Henry Bowman, Peter Wettee, Martin Uhlem, and John Bittle - containing 274 a. warrant & survey remaining in the Surveyor General's office at Philadelphia. Now for the sum of - 150 Pds - all the above tract of - 274 a. - Subject to the residue of the Purchase Money, Interest and Quit Rent due the Proprietaries.

3 Mar 1761 - Between John Bittle of Manheim Twp, Weaver and Susanna his wife and George Stoll of York Town, Butcher - for the sum of - 90 Pds - Lot No. 81 - Proprietaries Patent dated at Philadelphia 27 Sep 1753 granted a certain tract of alnd unto Jospeh Welshantz the following described Lot of Ground situate on the East side of Beaver Street in the Town of Yrok marked on the General Plan as Lot No. 81 - containing in Breadth Notrth & South 57 1/2 feet and in length 250 feet -Bounded westward w Beaver Street - Southward w Lot No. 82 - Eastward with a 20 feet Alley and Northward with Philadelphia Street - Recorded at Philadelphia in Patent Book A Vol 18 Page 173. S. Joseph Welshantz and Magdlena his wife by Indenture dated 8 Aug 1758 sold to John Bittle Lot No. 81. Now for the sum of 90 Pds Lot No. 81.John Bittle signed his name; wife Susanna made her mark.

8 May 1761 - John Beitle of Manheim Twp. to Thomas Armor of the Town of York - for the sum of - 3 Pds - (no acreage given) All my Estate Right Title and Interest of a certain Tract of Land lying in the County of York containing by Warrant dated 15 Jan 1744. Subject to the Residue of the Purchase Money Interst & Quit Rent due the Proprietors. (Source: FHL US/CAN BOOK 974.R2a York Co, PA Deeds Vol 1-3: 547-548.)

15 Dec 1761 - Between Christain Milheim of Manheim Twp, Blacksmith to Samuel Gerber to Dover Twp, Shoemake - A proprietaries Warrant dated 16 Dec 1758 Surveyed a certain Tract of land and laid out unto Christopher Schocky in Manheim Twp. - Land adjoining Henry Bowman - Peter Weltee - Martin Uhlem - John Bittle - containing 274 1/2 a. - Christopher Schocky by Indenture dated 12 Feb last to Christian Milheim all the above described Tract of Land - Recorded at York in Deeds Book A Page 497. Now for the sum of - 165 Pds - to Christian Milheim paid by Samuel Gerber the above Tract of 274 1/2 a. - Subject to the residue of the Payment of the Purchase Money Interest and Quit Rent due the Proprietors. Wts: Jno. Boyd, Hen.y Stevenson Christian Milheim Received on day & date of the above Samuel Gerber the sum of 165 Pds in full. Wts: Jno. Boyd, Hen.y Stevenson Christian Milheim Christian Milheim acknowledged the above as his Act & Deed 15 Dec 1761. Copy compared with the Original at York 22 Feb 1762. Geo. Stevenson, Recorder. (Jana comment: Shauck & Bowman show up later. Bowman's next to Biddle's in Huntingdon Co. Shauck help w/ Jacob Biddle estate in Ohio.) (Source: FHL US/CAN BOOK 974.R2a York Co, PA Deeds Vol 1-3: 544-545.)

1763

1763 Heidelberg Twp, yeoman buys lot of ground situate in the Town of Hanover. This lot would eventually end up with his eldest son John Biddle, Jr. (John Bittle, Jr would sell the lot in 1782 to Daniel Barntiz.)

1764 SON GEORGE BAPT

Son George Bittle ca born.. Also in 1764 from Jacob Lischy's Private Pastoral Record we have Johannes of Peter Schweitzer and Margretha, bap May 13, 1764. Sponsors: Johannes buttel and Susanna. Also in this record we find Daniel Köber and his wife, Maria Eva's dau Anna Margreth bapt. Also in this record are Jost Runckel and Maria Sara who sponsor a child. (Source: FHL US/CAN Film 20,356 The first thing on the film is a type up of the baptismal records of Rev Jacob Lischy. Rev. Lischy served areas in York Co, PA and Frederick (Carroll Co) MD.)

Later, in 1782, George Bittle would ask for George Zacharias to be his guardian. When George Zacharias declined, Casper Reinacher (sp?) or Rinackes (sp?) of the Town of Hanover was appointed.

In 1800 George would be 36 yrs old. 1800 PA Census Index lists a Beyhtel, George Daulphin Co PA 177 10010 21110 00. Perhaps this is him?? Daulphin Co borders York Co on the north.

ALSO IN 1764

In St. Matthew's Lutheran Church a Mary Bittelsen and a Christian Kind witnessed the bapt of Elizabeth the dau of Christoffel Kappele and wife Catharine, born April 1764 and bapt April 23. We assume this Mary to be John Bittle's dau Anna Maria who was bapt 27 Jan 1748 in PA; however it could be that this Mary Bittelsen was Marie Salome Büttel bapt 20 Jan 1748 in Urphar, dau of George Büttel of Urphar. The reason for thinking that the Mary Bittelsen who sponsored the Kappele child was the dau of Johannes Bittle rather than George Bittle of Urphar is because the Johannes Bittle family seemed to have many records in St. Matthew's Church and the Hanover area, where the George Bittle of Urphar family seemed to be in Littlestown, PA by the PA-MD border, with many records found in St. Benjamins or Krieder's Church in Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland. The Anna Maria Buttel bapt 27 Jan 1748 dau of Johannes would be abt old enough (ag 16-21) to sponsor a child at baptism in 1764. Mary Salome/Sarah b 1766 would be too little. However, suppose Anna Maria bapt 1748 dies soon after sponsoring the Kappele child, and her father names his next little girl Anna Maria Salome (Sarah) after his daughter Anna Maria and his first wife, Sarah, who was Anna Maria's mother???

1768

A John Bittle in Heidelberg Twp, York County, PA in mentioned in the 1768 York County Quarter Session Book 9 p. 135. (Source: FHL US/CAN Film 1,449, 258 York County PA Clerk of Courts General Quarter Sessions Docket. Film by PA Muesuem Commission, Harrisburg, PA.)

1772 QUARTER SESSIONS GERMANY TWP/HEIDLEBERG TWP

In 1772 John Bittle, a tenet in the sum of L200 along w/ Adam Sheerman tenet L400 and Henry Workebenad? L200 were all conditioned for the app of Adam Sherman in Book 10 p. 170 of the York County, PA Quarter Session records. Later in the 1772 July Session petitions for license to keep publick houses of entertainment for Germany Twp included Adam Winterode, Peter Gashaw, juior; Adam Sherman and Patrick Mc Sherry. For Heidleberg Twp - John Bittle. (Source: FHL US/CAN Film 1,449, 258 York County PA Clerk of Courts General Quarter Sessions Docket. Film by PA Muesuem Commission, Harrisburg, PA.)

1773 SPONSOR BAPT IN WESTMINSTER, FREDERICK (NOW CARROLL) COUNTY, MD

Bapt of Maria Eva Hartweg. Parents: Georg & Susanna. Jul 28, 1773. Aug 17 1773. Sponsors: Johannes Buttel wife Susanna. All this in St. Ben's or Kreiders Church were Andreas Bittle's childrens bapt are also found! It also makes you wonder if Jacob Hertwick and George Haartweg are the same person.

1774 YORK COUNTY, PA QUARTER SESSIONS

In Book 10 p. 279 July 1774 Quarter Session is The King vs John Biddle. John Biddle indicted for keeping a tippling house. (Also indicted were John Keyser and Mathias Burgher and William Ross?. Then on p. 289 public house license for Heidleberg Twp were John Bittle and Mathias Burger, both on conidtion they pay all g__ors of __use and license.(Source: FHL US/CAN Film 1,449, 258 York County PA Clerk of Courts General Quarter Sessions Docket. Film by PA Muesuem Commission, Harrisburg, PA.)

1774 GRANDDAUGHTER BAPT IN MANCHESTER, CARROLL COUNTY, MD

"Maria Catharina, dau of Johannes BITTEL b 3 Mar 1774 b. 17 Apr 1774 Sponsors: Conrad Schweick." (Source: Maryland German Church Records Vol 10: Zion Church " The German Church", Manchester, Carroll County. Today called Trinity United Church of Christ 1760-1836. Immanuel Lutheran Church Records 1760-1853.)

1776

In 1776 son, Jost Biddle who is now abt ag 23, is in Elizabeth Hundred, Frederick County, Maryland. (Source: MD State Archives http://www.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/stagser/s1400/s1419/html/ssi1419_2.html)

This son, Yost, may have married a Margaret abt 1786 in PA. In any case he appears to have been in Franklin County, PA for the 1800 Federal Census. Franklin County is next to Adams County. In 1810 the PA census index has a listing for a Youst Biddle of Franklin Twp, Franklin County, PA. It may be that he eventually went on to Sugarcreek, Tuscarawas County, Ohio by 1828. If so, did his brothers, George and Francis go with him??

1777 PROBATE INVENTORY: YORK VS NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY

While a probate inventory does seem to exist, I haven't tracked it down. Here's what I know: Bittle, John 1777 (Northumberland Co.) Per book intro: the inventories are filed in 22, four dreawer filing cabinets, located in the storage room to the rear of the Clerk of Orphans Court Office, in the York Co Courthouse. They are filed in "alphabetical disorder", and one may have a difficult time finding a perticular file. Several file holders are now vacnat too. When searching reember to check for any spelling variations of the name. The spellings vary even within the document. (Jana comment: Northumberland Co wasn't created until 1772. It was created fr Lancaster, Berks and Cumberland Co.) (Source: FHL US/CAN 974.841 P22p Index to the Probate Inventories of York County Pennsylvania by David & Brenda Paup).

1779

The tax list of Heidelberg Twp, York County, PA in 1779 shows a Bittle, widow. Also in the list were Micheal Danner and John Erhert.

Also: Came into Court Sufanna Bittle Administratrise of all and Singular the Goods and Chattels Rights and Credits which were of John Bittle late of Heidelberg Twp, deceafed and produced an account of her administration of the Estate of the faid deceafed as fettled with the Register of this County by which it appears that ther is a Balance of the faid Estate, in the Hands of the faid administraatix amounting to the Sum of Two Hundred and Forty Seven Pounds five shillings and Seven Pence, Subject to distribution which being examined and allowed by the Court It is ordered THat the fame be and is hereby confirmed. FHL US/CAN Film 22,152 Orphan Court, York Co, PA 1777-1781 Book D p. 119

In 1782 son John Bittle, Jr and wife Catherine sold some of John Bittle, Sr land.

1785 ORPHAN COURT RECORD, YORK COUNTY, PA

At an Orphan's Court held at York for the County of York on the eighteenth DAy of May in the year of our Lord one thousfand seven hundred and eighty five. (copied) Before Williaam Scott, Daniel Mefserly and JOhn Herbach Esquires Justices & afsignes. The Petition of John Bidle Eldest Son and Heir at Law of John Bidle, late of the County of York Yeoman deceafed was Read to the Court Setting forth That the Petitioners Father lately died Intestate leaving a Widow named Sufanna (since intermarried with Jacob Johnston) and Sundry lawful Children to survive him viz. The Petitioner his eldest Son and Heir at Law Sufanna intermarried with Jacob Hertwick, Mary intermarried with Mathias Furneck, Elizabeth Intermarried with Henry Smith, Jost Bidle, Francis Bidle and George Bidle. That the faid Intestate died Seized and owner of a Mefsuage and Lot of Ground fituate in the Town of Hanover in the faid County known on the General Plan of the faid Town by the Number No 32 Containing in Breadth on York Street fifty seven Feet and an half and in Depth to a Twenty Feet Alley Two Hundred and Thirty feet Bounded Eastward by York Street aforesaid Soouthward by a Lot marked in the General Plan of the faid Twon No. 31 Weftward by a Twenty Feet Alley and Northward by a Twenty Feet Alley with the appurtenances. That the Relict and Children of the faid Intestate hoold the faame as Tenants in Common and undivided. And therefore prays an Inquest may be appointed to View and divide the fame to and amongst the Relict and children of the faid Intestate of the fame will remit of such Divifion without Prejudice to and spoiling the whole, But if the fame will notadmit of fuch Divifion without Prejudice to or spoiling the whle Then to value the whole undivided The Petitioner being Willing and defirous in fuch Cafe to hold the whole undivided and to make Satisfaction to the Relict and other Children of the deceafed of their Shares of the valuation money agreeable to the Directions of the Acts of afsembly in fuch cafe made and provided Whereupon it is considered and ordered by the Court that the Sheriff in his proper Perfon with Twelve good and lawful Men of this Barlough (In the Prefsice of all the Parties who fhall choofe to attend and the Guardians of such of them as are minors they the refpectively having due and previous notice there of Do hold an Inquest on the faid Mefsuae and lot of ground and make Partition thereof with the appurtenances to and among the faid late widow and reprefentives of the faid Intestate if the fame will admit of fuch Partition without Prejudice to or spoiling the whole; but if the fame will not admit of fuch Partition without Prejudice to or spoiling the whole then to value the whole undivided agreeable to the Directions of the Acts of the General Afsembly of the State of Pennsylvania in fuch cafe made and provided And That thte faid Sheriff Do make Return of th faid Inquest As well under the Hand and Seal of the faid Sheriff as to under the Hands and Seals of the faid Jurors upon their Respective oaths or affirmations To the next Orphans Court after the faid Inquistion shall be held.(Source: FHL US/CAN Film 22,152 Orphan Court, York Co, PA 1782-1786 Book E p. 18-19)

Henry Miller Esquire high Sheriff of the county of York came into court and amde return an order of a former orphans court, Whereby he was Commanded to make Partition for the fsuage and Lot of Ground Situated in the Town of Hanover on the County aforesaid and known on the General Plan of the faid Twon by the Number Thirty Two with appurtenances late the Estate of John Bidle deceafed who died intestate to and among the widow and children and reprefentatives of the faid Intestate. If the same would admit of fuch Partition without Prejudice to or spoiloing the whole, otherwife to value the whole undivided. And by the faid Sheriffs Return answered to the faid order and Inquisition thereon contained It appears that the fame will not admit of such Partition in manner aforesaid without Prejudice to or spoiling the whole and that the faid Mefsuage and Lot of Ground with the appurtenances is of the value of three hundred and fifteen pounds Shecie? lawful Money of pennsylvania undivided And which valuation the Court do hereby confirm. And now came into court John Bidle the younger oldest son and Heir at Law of the faid Intestate and Prayed to be permitted to take the faid Mefsuage and Lot of Ground and Premifses with the appartenances late belonging t the faid John Bidle the Elder deseafed at the faid valuation He Paying unto the faid widow and other children and representatives their respective shares thereof. Whereupon It is Ordered and Decreed by the Court that the faid John Bidle the younger be allowed the sum of eleven pounds and three pence the expences and costs of thefe proceedings. That he pay unto Sufanna the late widow now Sufanna Johnston yearly and every year during the Term of the natural Life of the faid Sufanna the sum of six pounds and two pence farthing of like for estate money aforesaid in full for the Right or Claim of Dower of the faid Sufanna out of the faids Mefsuage and Lot of Ground and Premifses, The first Payment whereof to be made in one year from this day. That he retain in his Hands the Sum of Fifty Pounds Thirteen Shillings and three pence half penny and after the death of the faid Sufanna the late widow aforesaid The farther sum of Seventy five pounds six shillings and seven pence in full for his Two shares of the faid valuation as eldest son and heir at Law of the faid intestate. That he pay unto Jacob Hertwick and Susanna his wife (in right of the faid Sufanna within one year from this day the sum of twenty five pounds six shillings and seven pence three shillings of like Money and after the Death of the faid late widow the farther sum of twelve pounds thirteen shillings and three pence half penny of like money in full for the share of the said Susfanna of the faid valluation as one of the Daughters of the faid Intestate. That he pay unto Henry Welfh afsignee of Matthias Furneck and Mary his wife in right of the faid Mary within one year from this day the like sum of twenty five pounds six shllings and seven pence three ferthings of like Money aforesaid and after the death of the faid late widow the further sum of twelve pounds thirteen shillings and three pence half penny in full for the share of the faid Mary of the paid valuation as one of the daughter of the faid intestate. That he pay unto Henry Smith and Elizabeth his wife in right of the faid Elizabeth within one yar from this day the like sum of twenty five pounds six shilings and seven pence three farthings of the money aforesaid and after the death of the faid late widow the farther sum of twelve pounds thirteen shillings and three pence half penny in full for the same of the said Elizabeth as one of the Daughter sof th faid intestate. That he pay unto Henry Welfh afsinee also of Jost Bidle in Right of the faid Jost within one yar from this day the like sum of twenty five pounds six shillings and seven pence three farthings of like money aforesaid and after the death of the faid late widow the farther sum of twelve pounds thirteen shillings and three pence half penny in full for the share of the faid Jost Bidle of the faid valuation as one of the sons of the faid intestate. And that he pay unto Francis Bidle and George Bidle Refpectively or unto their guardians within one year from this day each the like sum of twenty five punds six shillings and seven pence three farthings like money aforesaid and after the death of the faid late widow the farther sum of twelve pounds thirteen shillings and three pence half penny each in full for the shares of them the said Francis and George the faid valuation as two of the SONS of the faid intestate: which faid feveral sums of money including the costs aforesaid are in full of the amount of the faid valuation. (Source: FHL US/CAN Film 22,152 Orphan Court, York Co, PA 1782-1786 Book E p. 35)



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