Friday, March 9, 2012

John Edward Witmer 1840-1910

John Edward Witmer
son of John & Polly (Neitz) Witmer
Born April 6 1840
Died April 16 1910
Married 1860
Eva Elizabeth Freed
Born April 5 1842
Died April 19 1918

Children:
Alice Witmer
John Witmer
Jordan Witmer 
Henry Witmer 1870-
Ellen Witmer
Katie Rebecca Witmer 1875-1945 m. Charles Aucker
Verdilla Witmer
Daisy M. Witmer 1882-



Time Line

1840 - John Edward born
April 6
Born in Pennsylvania
Death certificate names his parents as John Witmer & Polly Neitz

1850
Look and make sure there is not another Edward Witmer, age is slightly off...
Name: Edward Witmer
Age: 8
Birth Year: abt 1842
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1850: Chapman, Union, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Family Number: 224
Household Members:
Name Age
John Witmer 50
Rebecka Witmer 40
Mary Witmer 12
Edward Witmer 8

1860 married Elizabeth

1862  Served in Civil War
October 28 1862
Found on the Rolls for Company A, 172nd Regiment

172nd PA Regiment Organization, Service & Battles
Organization
Organized at Harrisburg October 27 to November 29, 1862.
Moved to Washington, D.C., December 2; Thence to Newport News. Va., December 4, and to Yorktown, Va., December 12.
Unassigned, Yorktown, Va., 4th. Corps, Dept. of Virginia, to April, 1863.
West's Advance Brigade, 4th Corps, Dept. of Virginia, to June, 1863.
3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 4th Corps, to July, 1863.
1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 11th Corps, Army of the Potomac, to August, 1863.
Service & Battles - 1863
Garrison duty at Yorktown, Va., till June, 1863.
Dix's Peninsula Campaign June 27-July 7.
Ordered to Washington, D.C., July 9.
Join Army of the Potomac at Hagerstown, Md., July 14.
Pursuit of Lee to Williamsport, Md.
March to Warrenton Junction, Va., July 19-25, 1863.

Ordered to Harrisburg, Pa., and mustered out August 1, 1863

1864 - 184th Regiment is formed. 
May 12 1864
John E. is found on the rolls.

Witmer, John E. Private May 12, 1864 Discharged on Surgeon's Certificate, February 1, 1865

About the 184th Regiment - 
184th PA Regiment Organization, Service & Battles
Organization

Organized at Harrisburg May, 1864.
Ordered to join Army of the Potomac in the field, and reported May 28, 1864.
Attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac.
Service & Battles - 1864
Rapidan (Va.) Campaign May 28-June 12.
Totopotomoy May 28-31.
Cold Harbor June 1-12. Before Petersburg June 16-18.
Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865.
Jerusalem Plank Road, Weldon Railroad, June 22-23, 1864.
Demonstration on north side of the James at Deep Bottom July 27-29.
Deep Bottom July 27-28.
Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30 (Reserve).
Demonstration north of the James at Deep Bottom August 13-20.
Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom, August 14-18.
Ream's Station August 25.
Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run, October 27-28.
Reconnoissance to Hatcher's Run December 9-10.

(John Was discharged before the 184th participated in any battles in 1865)

1865 - Discharged from Civil War Service, Surgeons Certificate
February 1, 1865

1880 - Age 40
Name: J. E. Witmer
Age: 40
Birth Year: abt 1840
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1880: Union, Snyder, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Elizabeth Witmer
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Farm Laborer
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

1900  Age 60
Name: Edward J Witmer
Age: 60
Birth Date: Apr 1840
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1900: Union, Snyder, Pennsylvania
[Snyder] 
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Elizabeth A Witmer
Marriage Year: 1860
Years Married: 40
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Occupation: View on Image
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Household Members:
Name Age
Edward J Witmer 60
Elizabeth A Witmer 58

1910 Age 70
Name: John E Witmer
Age in 1910: 70
Birth Year: 1840
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1910: Union, Snyder, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
[Self (Head)] 
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Eva E Witmer
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
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Household Members:
Name Age
John E Witmer 70
Eva E Witmer 68
Henry Witmer 40
Daisy M Witmer 28


1910 - Death of J. Edward

Burial - Witmer Evangelical Church Cemetery




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