Genealogy of Franklin / Frank Bittner / Bittinger and Mary Beachley

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According to the genealogy notebook of Gladys (Bittner) Korns of Somerset County PA, Franklin Bittnerís first wife was Mary Beachley, and they had following children:

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According to the genealogy notebook of Gladys (Bittner) Korns, Franklinís second wife was Julia Yutzy, the daughter of George Yutzy, who lived below the Greenville Lutheran Church. Franklin sold his farm to Herman Shockey and moved to Jones Mills to "take her away from her people.

Franklin and Julia had the following children:

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According to Pattysue Murphy, who got her information "mostly from a book her Grandma Bittner kept and passed on to Uncle Leroy":

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According to the Somerset County book "Genealogy of the Relatives of William J. Miller", (Meyersdale, PA: 1963) which was originally written circa 1874 to 1899, but added to later:

"On the 21st of Sept. 1874, I received from Franklin Bittner, the following record of his family.

Franklin Bittner was born in Greenville, Somerset Co., Pa. Jan. 4, 1830, married in Greenville, Somerset Co., Pa.. Aug. 14, 1854, to Mary Beeghley Benjamin Knepper . His wife Mary Beeghley, was born in Elk Lick, Somerset Co., Pa., _________. Died in Greenville, Aug. 14, 1868. Their children are:

Josie, born Nov. 15, 1855; Daniel Wesley, born Aug. 13, 1856; Susannah Catharine, born Jan. 9, 1858; Mary Alice, born Jan. 21, 1860; John Lincoln, born May 26, 1864; Sarah Ellen, born Mar. 16, 1866; Thomas Franklin, born Aug. _____ 1868."

Also from the same book:

"Franklin Bittner is married again and has one child. His address: Pocahontas, Somerset Co., Pa."

After the above two paragraphs, the book states "There is some doubt 'of the correctness of the above record which must be corrected in the future." Brett Lindeman seems to have discovered one such mistake when he found an online photo of a tombstone of a Franklin F. Bittner who is buried at the Mount Calvary Cemetery near Jones Mills, PA. His tombstone indicates that he was born Feb. 25, 1833 and died Aug. 5, 1907. My sister Dana Moore took a trip to the cemetery and found that Franklin is buried next to Julia Bittner, who was born in 1848 and died in 1923. Click here to see a photo. Julia is the name of our Franklin Bittner, and according to my Grandmother, they lived near Jones Mills. The juxtaposition of the graves the makes the Franklin F. Bittner born in 1833 a good candidate to be our ancestor.

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The following from is quoted from an untitled anonymous page from the Bittner File, Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset Co..:

"Mary ___ Beeghly, 1498, (dau of Michael J. Beeghly and Barbara Miller), Pocahontas, Pa., at death, was b. ___ __, 8_- in Elklick twp,. Somerset Co., Pa., d. Aug. 14, 1868, m. Aug. 14, 1854, Franklin __ Bittinger who was b. Jan. 4, 1830 in Greenville twp., Somerset Co., Pa., d. __ __, __, son of ____ Bittinger and ___ ____ Farmer. United Evangelical. She Samuel Miller cemetery, near Pocahontas, Pa. He Mount Zion cemetery, near Jones Mills, Pa. (After her death he m. Julia Ann Werner)"

The page lists Franklin's children as follows:

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The following 1880 census record is that of our ancestor Franklin Bittner, who was living in Somerset County PA at the time:


B356
Pennsylvania Vol. 82 ED 8 sheet 2 line 17
Head of family: Franklin Bittner
Color: W
Sex: M
Age: 48
Birthplace: Pa
County: Somerset
M.C.D.: Greenville
Other Members of Family:

Name

Relationship

Age

Birthplace

Bittner, Julian W

W

32

Pa

- Sherman

S

9

Pa

- John L

S

14

Pa

- Ellen

D

12

Pa

- Norman

S

6/12

Pa

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Henry J. Bittner and Elizabeth _____ (who are buried in the Snyder Cemetery, Melcroft, Saltlick Township, Fayette Co., PA.) had a son named Franklin Bittner, but it is not our ancestor, as proven by a portions of that Franklinís diary that is in the library of the Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset Co.

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Parents of Franklin's wife Mary

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