Friday, March 9, 2012

Edward F. Witmer 1878-1918

Edward F. Witmer
Born: Oct 1878
Died: April 19 1918
Married July 27 1899
Celestia Houser
daughter of William H. & Sarah J. Houser
Born: July 1882
Died: after 1930

Children:
William E Witmer
Thomas F Witmer
Fannie May Witmer
Daisy L. Witmer
Susie A. Witmer
Erline L. Witmer
Laura T. Witmer
Lilian S. Witmer


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 - Celestia Born

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


1918-Edward Dies
Lilian was born in 1919 - Celeste must have been pregnant when he 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

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