Friday, March 9, 2012

Edward F. Witmer 1878-1918

Edward F. Witmer
Born: Oct 1878
Died: April 19 1918
Married July 27 1899
Anna Celestia Houser
Born: July 1882
Died: after 1930

Children:
William E Witmer 1901 – 
Elizabeth Jane Witmer 1902 -1936  m. George Emery Sulouff
Thomas F Witmer 1905 –1979 m. Beulah
Fannie May Witmer 1906-1997 – m. Russell Sylvester Houseworth
Daisy Witmer 1909 –1982 M. Roslyn Hackenburg  
Susie A Witmer  1910-1984 M. Probst
Erlean L Witmer 1913-1977 M. Laura
Laura T Witmer 1916-
Lillian S Witmer 1918-


Occupation - River Man - Coal Dredger

Time Line:

1878 -  Edward Born
His death certificate says Phares Ed Witmer.  It was filled out by his father in law.  I suspect, since E.F were his initials on his marriage certificate, that his name was Edward Ferris Witmer?

His death certificate also tells us that his parents were Ed Witmer & "Lizzie" (Elizabeth) Freed

1880
Edward at home with his parents

Name: Edward Witmer
Age: 3
Birth Year: abt 1877
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1880: Union, Snyder, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Son
Marital Status: Single
Father's Name: J. E. Witmer
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Name: Elizabeth Witmer
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Household Members:
Name Age
J. E. Witmer 40
Elizabeth Witmer 39
Alice Witmer 19
John Witmer 14
Jordan Witmer 13
Henry Witmer 10
Ellen Witmer 7
Katie Witmer 5
Edward Witmer 3
Verdilla Witmer 1m

1882 - Anna Celestia Born
Parents: William Henry & Sarah Jane (Snyder) Houser


1899Married Selestia Houser
Age 21
(no parents for Edward on Marriage Application?)




1900 - Age 22

Edaward & Celeste live with Celeste's parents - 

Name: Celesta Witmer
[Celesta Houser]
Age: 17
Birth Date: Jul 1882
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1900: Chapman, Snyder, Pennsylvania
[Snyder]
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Edward Witmer
Marriage Year: 1900
Years Married: 0
Father's Name: William H Houser
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Name: Sarah J Houser
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother: number of living children: 1
Mother: How many children: 1
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
William H Houser 39
Sarah J Houser 36
Thomas A Houser 9
Susan A Houser 7
William W Houser 5
Celesta Witmer 17
Edward Witmer 21
Lizzie Cambel 17
Isaac Cambel 17



1910 - Age 32
Census
Name: Selesta A Witmer
Age in 1910: 29
Birth Year: 1881
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1910: Chapman, Snyder, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Edward Witmer
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Edward Witmer 32
Selesta A Witmer 29
William E Witmer 10
Lizzie Witmer Jr. 7
Thomas F Witmer 5
Fannie M Witmer 3
Darcy S Witmer 1 4/12
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1910 - age 32 Miracode
Name: Edward Witmer
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
State: PA
Age: 32
Color: W
Enumeration District: 0147
Visit: 0054
County: Snyder
Relation: Head of Household
Other Residents:
Relation Name Age Birth Place
Wife Selesta A 29 Pennsylvania
Son William E 10 Pennsylvania
Daughter Lizzie J 07 Pennsylvania
Son Thomas F 05 Pennsylvania
Daughter Fannie M 03 Pennsylvania
Daughter Daisy L NR Pennsylvania

ndependence School Snyder County, Pennsylvania 1. ____________ 2. ___________ 3. ___________ 4. Thomas Witmer 5. ___________ 6. Luke Moyer 1. Iva Houser 2. Gladys Hancock 3. Mary Hancock 4. ___________ 5. Daisy Witmer 6. Anna May Witmer 7. ___________ 8. ___________ 1. Sherman Reigel 2. ___________ 3. ___________ 4. George Campbell 5. Harry Reisel 6. Leonard Ulsh 7. Morris Moyer (Fleck) 8. Bill Witmer Teacher Ralph Ulsh 1. ___________ 2. Jennie Houser 3. Daniel Bickel 4. Bickel girl ? 5. Scott Hulmmel 6. Elizabeth Witmer Note 1: Jennie Houser (Grandma Earnest) and Iva Houser are sisters. Note 2: Campbell’s, Houser’s & Witmer’s are all cousins


1918-Edward Dies
I know Edwards mother was Elizabeth Freed, but it's possible either the newspaper got it wrong, or that she went by Anna.  Everything else lines up.  Ed died April 19th 1918- as shown on his death certificate below.  Elizabeth (Freed) Witmer died April 19th 1918, as shown on her tombstone.  Edward & Celeste had 9 children when Ed died, as cited in the article.  My great grandmother, Elizabeth Jane (Witmer) Sulouff, daughter of Edward, would have been 16 when both her father and grandmother died.



Burial - St John's Cemetery
His death certificate tells us that he was buried in St John's Cemetery.  There are 5 St John's cemeteries in Snyder County, according to Find A Grave.  I can't find a listing for Ed in any of them - nor any other Witmer.  Next I should look to see where Celeste's parents are buried, he may be near them?  Or further research into his parents may provide a lead.

1920 Census
Celestia is a widow in 1920
Elizabeth is still at home, but she will go on to marry George Emery Sulouff

Name: Elizabeth J Witmer
[Elizabeth G Witmer]
Age: 17
Birth Year: abt 1903
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1920: Chapman, Snyder, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Marital Status: Single
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Name: Seluta A Witmer
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Seluta A Witmer 38
William E Witmer 19
Elizabeth J Witmer 17
Thomas F Witmer 14
May A Witmer 13
Daisy L Witmer 11
Susie A Witmer 9
Erline L Witmer 7
Laura T Witmer 4
[4 2/12]
Lillian S Witmer 1
[1 9/12]


1930 Census
Name: Celestia A Witmer
Gender: Female
Birth Year: abt 1882
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Race: White
Home in 1930: Selinsgrove, Snyder, Pennsylvania
View Map
Marital Status: Widowed
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Household Members:
Name Age
Celestia A Witmer 48
Earlean L Witmer 17
Laura T Witmer 14
Lillian S Witmer 12

1957 - Anna Celestia Died



Burial:



Research:
Tiffany Stuck posted this photo on Find A Grave, of Annie May (Fannie May Witmer)
As found on Find A Grave - Birth: unknown Death: unknown d/o Ed & Celestia Witmer. w/o Russell Houseworth Sr.3 daughters ,Olive, Marietta Stevens, n Betty Gearhart. 2 sons Russell jr. &?.she had 4 sisters , Daisy, Laura, Arleen, Suzie, n 2 brothers. Family links: Spouse: Russell Sylvester Houseworth


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