Saturday, November 1, 2014

Conrad Whitmore / Whitmoyer 1774-1841

Dan's 4th great grandparents, Paternal Line

Conrad Whitmore/Whitmoyer
Son of
Born abt 1774
Died 1841
married
1st - Unknown
daughter of
Born
Died
2nd Catherine
Daughter of
Born abt 1774
Died abt 1850

(if the baptismal record for Maria is correct - Catherine might be the 2nd wife? Or both wives could have been named Catherine)

Children (15)
"Polly, Katey, Mary, John, David, Lydia, Joseph, William, Simon, Michael, Betsy, Ely, Susan, Adam and Evy Anne."


Polly 
Katey
Maria (Mary?) 1799 - 
John Whitmoyer 1800-1871 m. Catherine "Charity"
David Whitmoyer 
 Lydia Whitmoyer 1802-1863 –  m. John H. Welsh
Joseph Whitmoyer 1806-1877 m. Mary Ann
 William Whitmoyer m. Maria
 Simon Whitmoyer 1810-1849 m. Sallie Kisner
Michael Whitmoyer 1813-1897 m. Sarah
Betsy Elizabeth Whitmoyer  1814- M. John Frederick Reed
Eli Whitmoyer 1816-1872 M. Catherine
Susan Whitmoyer  
Adam Whitmoyer 1821-1895 M. Hannah Taylor
Evy Anne Whitmoyer  


Time Line:

1774 - Conrad Whitmore Born
no source - just a guesstimate.


" My great grandfather had two sons, David and Conrad, and one daughter who married at Bortz and settled at Reading.  David settled near Berwick and had three sons, George, William, and David, and two daughters, one married a Ruckle and the other a Detrick. The sons, George, William and Davidremained at Summer Hill near Berwick.  George had seven sons and five daughters, viz: David, lived at Espy; Charles and Samuel, Joseph and Henry, Eliza and Daniel. The girls married and lived at different places. Katherine, that married a Detrick, had a son who became a lawyer and afterwards a judge at Williamsport, PA. " William had four sons, three of whom are Isaac, Daniel and Hiram that settled around Berwick." All of the children of William and George are now dead except Daniel.

" Conrad, the other son of great grandfather's and our grandfather, settled in Lycoming County, near where Pine Summit now is, and was married twice. He had fifteen children in all, namely, Polly, Katey, Mary, John, David, Lydia, Joseph, William, Simon, Michael, Betsy, Ely, Susan, Adam and Evy Anne.
Excerpt from The Genealogy of the Whitmoyer Family, by Richard F. Whitmoyer. 

"Simon was a son of Conrad WHITMOYER who settled here at an early day. Our subject's (RF Whitmoyer) great-grandfather came from Germany, and had two sons; both settled at Berwick, Penn. Conrad had fifteen children: John, Joseph, Polly, Caty, Mary, David, Lyda, William, Betsy, Michael, Simon, Eli, Adam, Susan Hess, and Ephream. These children moved with their parents to Lycoming County at an early day, there settled and reared families." - Battle bio on Richard F. Whitmoyer

1752 - Berks County Formed
Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Berks county was formed on March 11, 1752 from parts of Chester County, Lancaster County, and Philadelphia County.


1772 - Northumberland County Formed
Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Established in 1772, Northumberland County was created from an 8,000 square mile tract of land lying northwest of Lancaster, Cumberland, Berks, Northampton, and Bedford Counties.


1790
Age: 20
Upper Milford, Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States
Conrad Witmyer
1790 United States Federal Census about Conrad Witmyer
Name: Conrad Witmyer
[Conrad Whitmoyer]
[Conrad Watinger]
Home in 1790 (City, County, State): Upper Milford, Northampton, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - 16 and over: 2
Free White Persons - Females: 2
Number of Household Members: 4

Abt 1797  - Daughter Polly Born
Assuming that the children are listed in birth order in the family history
AND using the 1800 census that tells us there are 3 daughters under 10 in 1800
Ignoring the 2 females and 2 males listed in 1790 -because I can't even guess who they are (children born by 1790 would be over age 10 in 1800)
Assuming the daughters were born fairly close together.
But it's still just a guess with NO information to support it.

Abt 1798 Daughter Katey Born
Assuming that the children are listed in birth order in the family history
AND using the 1800 census that tells us there are 3 daughters under 10 in 1800
Ignoring the 2 females and 2 males listed in 1790 -because I can't even guess who they are (children born by 1790 would be over age 10 in 1800)
Assuming the daughters were born fairly close together.
But it's still just a guess with NO information to support it.

There is a Catherine (Whitmoyer) Dietrich buried in Columbia County PA.  She was first married to Jacob Bittenbender, and married John Dietrick after Jacob's death.  Born March 1 1796, Died August 30 1873. I don't know if this is Katey daughter of Conrad or not.


1799  - Baptismal Record for Maria
Maria Wittmayer was born February 16, 1799, and was baptized March 25 1799.
Record of this is found in the Longswamp Reformed Church Records
Sponsors were Mariga & Samuel Rohrbach  Parents were Conrad & Catherine.  I can find no other records for them, under the various spellings I tried, at this church.  I don't know who Maria is  - but going with the assumption that the children are listed in order of birth in the family history, this would be Mary.

Name: Maria Wittmayer
Description: Baptized
Event: Baptism
Date of Event: 25 Mar 1799
Remarks: Sponsors are married.
Church: Records of Longswamp Reformed Church, Longswamp Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, Baptisms, 1762-1810


1800
Age: 30
Colebrookdale, Berks, Pennsylvania
Conrad Witmyer

1800 United States Federal Census about Conrad Witmyer
Name: Conrad Witmyer
[Conrad Whitmoyer]
Home in 1800 (City, County, State): Colebrookdale, Berks, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 3  ?,?, Maria
Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25: 1
Number of Household Members Under 16: 3
Number of Household Members Over 25: 1
Number of Household Members:

1800 - Son John is born
October 1 1800 (calculated from tombstone)
Died April 29 1871.  Aged 70 years, 6 mos, and 28 days
John is shown in the census in 1850, 1860, and 1870 with wife "Charity", in Columbia County.  In Pine Summit Cemetery, where they are buried, wife "Catherine" is buried beside him, her tombstone says "wife of John" and gives a birth year of 1809.  The census consistently gives her birth year as 1803. I cannot explain these discrepancies.



1801 - Son David Whitmoyer is born
There is a David Whitmeyer who married Elizabeth Hummer in the history of Berks County Pa by Morton Montgomery.  They are buried in Lancaster County Pa. I don't think that David is son of Conrad, the history of Berks County says that David came here from Germany.

1802 - Daughter Lydia Is Born
Born November 29 1802
Jan. 1, 1863
60y 1m 3d

wife of John Welsh, both buried in Union Church Lutheran and Reformed Cemetery, Turbotville PA
John & Lydia are Dan's 3rd great paternal grandparents, you can read more about them here: http://heathersgen.blogspot.com/2014/04/john-h-welsh-1793-1853.html


1806 Son Joseph Whitmyre Born
Born October 16 1806
Died Apr. 18, 1887
Buried in Germany Lutheran Church, Lycoming County Pa
Birth date is calculated from tombstone, but the age in months is hard to read.  I guessed 6 months, making it 80y 6M 2D.

In the 1850 census, the children listed are: Amos Whitmire 18
Catherine Whitmire 15, John F Whitmire 13, George B Whitmire 11, Conrad S Whitmire 9, Henry Whitmire 7, Effey Whitmire 5, Esther Whitmire 2

His wife was Mary Ann - possibly her maiden name was Bogart.
This is NOT the Joseph that died in Reading Pa.



1810- Residence
Age: 40
Bloom, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States
Con Whitmyer

1810 United States Federal Census about Con Whitmyer
Name: Con Whitmyer
Home in 1810 (City, County, State): Bloom, Northumberland, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 4
Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44 : 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15: 3
Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1
Number of Household Members Under 16: 8
Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
Number of Household Members: 10

" Conrad, the other son of great grandfather's and our grandfather, settled in Lycoming County, near where Pine Summit now is, and was married twice. He had fifteen children in all, namely, Polly, Katey, Mary, John, David, Lydia, Joseph, William, Simon, Michael, Betsy, Ely, Susan, Adam and Evy Anne." - Excerpt from The Genealogy of the Whitmoyer Family, by Richard F. Whitmoyer. 

1810 - Son Simon is born
Simon my father, who settled where I now live was a blacksmith by trade
and built probably the first blacksmith shop in that section of the country. He had seven children of which I am one. Six boys and one girl, viz: Leonard, who settled at Charleviox, Mich.; Michael, who was a lawyer, also Colonel of
the Army of the Rebellion, settled at Columbus, Neb.; Clark, at Davenport, Ia.; Richard, at the old homestead near Pine Summit, Columbia County, PA; Rebecca, Gaylord, Amos, all now dead except his youngest one Amos, who is now with us this summer of 1925. -By Mrs. Frank T. Berger, Daughter of Richard F. Whitmoyer

Michael Whitmoyer, a soldier and a lawyer, was born on February 12, 1836, in Columbia County, Pennsylvania. He died on June 7, 1919, in Columbus. He was the son of Simon Whitmoyer, a blacksmith, who was born on March 9, 1810, at Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, and who died on June __, 1849, at Pine Summit, Pennsylvania. Michael Whitmoyer's mother, Sarah Kisner, was born on February 3, 181 1, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and died on April 8, 1885, at Charlevoix, Michigan. In addition to Michael, Simon and Sarah Whitmoyer had five sons and one daughter: Leonard, Clark, Richard, Rebecca, Gaylord, and Amos. Leonard was born on June 5, 1834, and died on May 31. 1907. Clark was born on April 22, 1838, and died on June 25, 1905. Richard was born on September 18, 1840, and died on July 24, 1919. Rebecca was born on July 6, 1843. Gaylord was born on December 30, 1846, and died on April 10, 1863. Amos was born on March 17, 1848, and died in March, 1936. Excerpt from Curry, Margaret. The History of Platte County, Nebraska.  Culver City, California:  Murray & Gee, 1950.
(Read more about Michael under Research at the bottom of this post)


1813 - Columbia County Formed
Age: 43
Columbia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Out of Northumberland County

1813 Son Michael is born
1813-1897

Michael and his wife Sarah (Whiteknecht - according to their son William's death certificate) can be found in Lycoming county in the 1850, 1860 & 1880 census.  I have not yet found him in 1870, but have no reason to believe he's anywhere other than Lycoming County.

They have children Chester, Jeremiah M., Isaiah, & William G. 

wife Sarah died in 1896, the year before Michael. But this letter of administration seems to show that he remarried a Mary before his death in January 1897.

JANUARY TERM No. 30 In the Matter of the Estate of MICHAEL WHITMORE Decd. {At an Orphans Court held at Clarion and for the County of Clarion the 14th day of JAN. A.D.1897 was presented the petition of MARY WHITMORE respectfully represents: That the said MICHAEL WHITMORE late of said County , deceased, DIED ON THE 4TH DAY OF JANUARY A.D. 1897 intestate having to survive him a widow to-wit Your Petitioner, that no letters of administration have been taken out upon said estate , there being no debts remaining unpaid : that the said decedent left an estate consisting entirely of Personlty not exceeding in value the sum of three hundred dollars and your Petitioner desiring to claim the exemption allowed her by law prays your Honorable Court to appoint two appraisers to appraise and set apart to her the estate aforesaid in the manner and with the same effects as if Letters of Administration had been duly issued upon said Estate.
And she will ever pray MARY WHITMORE

1814 - Daughter Betsey Is Born
The death certificate of Charles Washington Reed 1833-1919 tells us his parents were Frederick Reed & Elizabeth Whitmoyer
The death certificate of John F. Reed lists parents John F & Elizabeth Reed

Based on those, I believe Elizabeth marrried John Frederick Reed.  This is further confirmed by her find a grave record, which tells us that Elizabeth Whitmire Reed was born July 14 1814 and died April 23 1880.
In 1850, 1860& 1870 Frederick Reed & Elizabeth arefound in Lycoming County with the following children:
July, George, Michael, Susan, Effey (Lydia E.), Thomas A, Hiram L, George P, John F. & Ida

John Frederick Reeds Find A Grave Entry tells us:
Birth: Feb. 16, 1810
Death: Jan. 2, 1876, USA
He was the son of Solomon Reed. He married Elizabeth Whitmire. He served as a private during the Civil War from July 6, 1863 to August 13, 1863 in Company K, 43rd Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia.


Him & Elizabeth are buried at Germany Lutheran Church, Lycoming County PA. 


1814 - 
Pennsylvania, Land Warrants and Applications, 1733-1952 about Conrad Witmeier
Name: Conrad Witmeier
Warrant Date: 29 Sep 1814
Warrant Place: Bloom, Columbia






Madison Township, the most westerly township in Columbia County, is noted as the only one which is partially drained by the headwaters of Chillisquaque Creek. The "Divide," a sharp ridge, separates this stream from the waters of Little Fishing Creek. At the corner in the northwestern end of Madison Township, where Columbia, Lycoming and Montour Counties meet, is the site of an old Indian town, and the trail from the West Branch to Nescopeck crossed the "divide" just above the village of Jerseytown.
In the year 1776 the Whitmoyers, Billhimes and Wellivers came to this section from New Jersey.

In the year 1776 the Whitmoyers, Billhimes and Wellivers came to this section from New Jersey. Michael Billhime located on Muddy run, where he built a cabin and cleared six acres of land. Daniel Welliver selected a place on Whetstone run, an affluent of Little Fishing creek. The Whitmoyers settled a short distance west of Jerseytown. When the Indian outrages induced the settlers to take refuge in the forts, the Whitmoyers remained. In March, 1780, some of the men went to a sugar camp, leaving several of the women and a few men at home. A son returning the following morning for a forgotten utensil found the whole family dead and scalped. Fearing for his life he fled to Fort Augusta. The next day a party of rangers returned to the spot and buried the bodies. The graves are on the road from Jerseytown to Washingtonville.

Excerpt from Historical and biographical annals of Columbia and Montour Counties, Pennsylvania, containing a Concise History of the Two Counties and a Genealogical and Biographical Record of Representative Families in Two Volumes, Illustrated.  Chicago:  J.H. Beers & Co., 1915.  Volume 2, page 875-876.  (Accessed via Google Books: http://books.google.com/).


1816 Son Eli Whitmeyer is born
 May 3 1816
Eli & Catherine are found in the Lycoming census in 1860 with children
Phineas, Lydia, William, Emanuel, Rebecca, Isabel & Charles
I cannot find this family in 1870 either - I'm guessing they are all under an odd spelling that year.

Eli died August 30 1872


1820
Age: 50
Briar Creek, Columbia, Pennsylvania, United States
Conrod Witmise

1820 United States Federal Census about Conrod Witmise
Name: Conrod Witmise
[Conrad Witmire]
[Conrad Witmire Whitmoyer]
Home in 1820 (City, County, State): Briar Creek, Columbia, Pennsylvania
Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 3
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 15: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 18: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over : 1
Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture: 3
Free White Persons - Under 16: 7
Free White Persons - Over 25: 2
Total Free White Persons: 12
Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other: 12

1821- Son Adam is born
Adam was born November 15 1821, and died July 29 1895. He's buried in Pine Summit Cemetery with a GAR marker at his grave.

Him and his wife Hannah are found in the Lycoming Census in 1850, 1860, 1870
with Children George, Sarah C, Margaret N, Charles,  William, Robert & Jane

In 1880 Adam is a widower.

Their son William's death certificate shows that Hannah's maiden name was Taylor.

1830
Age: 60
Franklin, Lycoming, Pennsylvania, United States
Conrod Witmyer

1830 United States Federal Census about Conrod Witmyer
Name: Conrod Witmyer
[Conrod Whitmoyer]
[Conrad Wtinger]
Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Franklin, Lycoming, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 50 thru 59: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 50 thru 59: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 5
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 9
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 9

1840
Age: 70
Franklin Towship, Lycoming, Pennsylvania, USA

1840 United States Federal Census about Conrd Whitmoyer
Name: Conrd Whitmoyer
[Conrad Whitmoyer]
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Franklin, Lycoming, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 60 thru 69: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 60 thru 69: 1
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 2
Free White Persons - Under 20: 3
Total Free White Persons: 5
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 5


1841 - Conrad Died
Age: 71
Source??  Have not been able to locate his grave.

1850 - 
1850 United States Federal Census about Catharine Whitmore
Name: Catharine Whitmore
Age: 76
Birth Year: abt 1774
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1850: Quincy, Franklin, Pennsylvania
Gender: Female
Family Number: 330
Household Members:
Name Age
Catharine Whitmore 76
Elizabeth Swisher 16

1850 census for Franklin, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania (Surname is spelled "Whitmire"):
John Whitmoyer b. 1800 was in Franklin, Lycoming, PA in the 1840 census; in Madison, Columbia, PA in the 1850 census; and thereafter in Pine, Columbia, PA.

1850 census for Franklin, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania (Surname is spelled "Whitmire"):

John Whitmoyer b. 1800 was in Franklin, Lycoming, PA in the 1840 census; in Madison, Columbia, PA in the 1850 census; and thereafter in Pine, Columbia, PA.

Joseph Whitmoyer with Mary A. b. 1810 #1402 - remained in Franklin, Lycoming, PA.

William Whitmoyer with Maria b. 1810 #1403 - William died in 1860.  His wife and children are living in Jordan, Lycoming, PA in 1860, next door to Michael and Sarah Whitmoyer.

Michael Whitmoyer with Sarah b. 1840 #1471 - lived in Franklin and Jordan, Lycoming County, PA.

Michael Whitmoyer with Joseph Lyon family b. 1835 #1407 - This may be Col. Michael Whitmoyer.  His father, Simon, died prior to the 1850 census.  His mother and some of his siblings were in Madison, Columbia, PA in 1850 and Pine, Columbia, PA in 1860.

Simon Whitmoyer with Jared and Susannah Smith family b. 1821 #1381 - This may be Simon Whitmoyer b. 1831.  Perhaps this Susanna Smith is Conrad's daughter, Susan; although another family tree lists her maiden name as Sones.

Eli Whitmoyer with Catharine b. 1818 #1512 - remained in Franklin, Lycoming, PA.  Father of Phineas Whitmoyer, who married Margaret Wintersteen, daughter of Benjamin Wintersteen.


Adam Whitmoyer with Hannah b. 1830 #1401 - remained in Franklin, Lycoming, PA.


Research:
"Leonard Whitmoyer, farmer in Marion Township, is a native of Columbia County, Pennsylvania.  In April, 1861, he enlisted in the army for three months' service and afterward re-enlisted, remaining in the service until the war closed in 1865.  He was an excellent soldier and participated in a large number of battles.  At the battle of Chancellorsville he received a gun-shot wound in the leg. In August, 1865, he was married at Davenport, Iowa.  In the fall of 1870 they removed from Iowa to Charlevoix County and located on Section 9 in the town of Marion. Mrs. Whitmoyer taught school for several terms walking to and from her school, a distance of several miles, each day.  She was an excellent teacher and a woman of great force of character.  They improved their land, living in their primitive log house until 1888, when they built their present frame dwelling, which is one of the finest farm houses in the county.  Mr. Whitmoyer has about thirty acres under improvement, and also owns one hundred and sixty acres of land in another locality.  He is an enterprising citizen and takes an active interest in all matters of general progress."
Excerpt from:  THE TRAVERSE REGION, Historical and Descriptive, WITH ILLUSTRATIONS OF SCENERY AND Portraits and Biographical Sketches OF SOME OF ITS Prominant Men and Pioneers.  Chicago:  H. R. Page & Co, 1884. (Google eBook)
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Here is a history of the Columbia County/Lycoming County Whitmoyers which was researched by the late Professor Richard F. Whitmoyer as told by his daughter.

The Genealogy of the Whitmoyer Family
by Richard F. Whitmoyer (now deceased)

Our ancestors are of English decent, and have been traced as far back as the tenth century. Having fought under Cromwell, they were compelled to flee from England when Charles II ascended the throne. They embarked in fishing
smacks and sailed to Amsterdam, Holland, about 1660. In the year 1720, they came to America and landed on Long Island at Graves End. My great grandfather and his two brothers were among this party of emigrants. Just
prior to the Revolutionary War they moved from Long Island to Bound Brook in New Jersey, and later on settled near Philadelphia. The three persons previously mentioned, then separated and settled in different parts. One settled at Berwick, PA, another named Peter settled above Danville, PA,
near Jerseytown. Where Jerseytown now is, and was killed by the Indians in 1780. Where the third brother settled in unknown to me.

 Concerning the brother who settled near Jerseytown, we have the following account of his violent death given in the History of Columbia and Montour Counties, on page 264. In the year 1775 this family, with two others, the Billhimes and Wellivers, made their appearance at the headwaters of the Chillisquaque. All came from the region in New Jersey on the opposite side of the Delaware from Northampton County. In their journey they crossed eastern Pennsylvania to Harris' Ferry and followed the Susquehanna and "Frozen Duck" to the Jerseytown valley. 

Michael Billhime located on Muddy Run, where he built a cabin and cleared six acres of land. Daniel Welliver fixed his residence on Whetstone Run, an affluent of Little Fishing Creek. 

The Whitmoyers settled a short distance west of Jerseytown. The dangers incident to frontier life were early realized by the Billhimes and Wellivers, who retired to a place of greater security, but the unfortunate Whitmoyer family remained, thinking the Indians would not disturb them. 

But not so, for on a morning in the month of March 1780, a band of savages came to the ranch of the Whitmoyer family, broke in the door and killed old Mr. and Mrs. Whitmoyer and took the children (4) captive. The eldest son being out to the sugar camp (where they made maple syrup), escaped, and when he returned to cabin and found his parents lying dead and the rest of the children gone, he then ran to Fort Augusta and gave the alarm and the Pennsylvania Rangers hastened to the cabin and buried the dead. On the road to Washingtonville, their graves are still pointed out. The remaining four children the Indians took with them to York State, and were kept there by them until after the Revolutionary War, when they were liberated and settled there, and many of their descendants still live there. John Whitmoyer, one of the decedents, visited me a few years ago and said that the above history was correct concerning his ancestors.

 My great grandfather had two sons, David and Conrad, and one daughter who married at Bortz and settled at Reading.

 David settled near Berwick and had three sons, George, William, and David, and two daughters, one married a Ruckle and the other a Detrick. 

The sons, George, William and David remained at Summer Hill near Berwick. George had seven sons and five daughters, viz: David, lived at Espy; Charles and Samuel, Joseph and Henry, Eliza and Daniel. 

The girls married and lived at different places. Katherine, that married a Detrick, had a son who became a lawyer and afterwards a judge at Williamsport, PA. 

William had four sons, three of whom are Isaac, Daniel and Hiram that settled around Berwick. All of the children of William and George are now dead except Daniel. 

Conrad, the other son of great grandfather's and our grandfather, settled in Lycoming County, near where Pine Summit now is, and was married twice. He had fifteen children in all, namely, Polly, Katey, Mary, John, David, Lydia, Joseph, William, Simon, Michael, Betsy, Ely, Susan, Adam and Evy Anne. 

Simon my father, who settled where I now live was a blacksmith by trade
and built probably the first blacksmith shop in that section of the country. He had seven children of which I am one. Six boys and one girl, viz: Leonard, who settled at Charleviox, Mich.; Michael, who was a lawyer, also Colonel of
the Army of the Rebellion, settled at Columbus, Neb.; Clark, at Davenport, Ia.; Richard, at the old homestead near Pine Summit, Columbia County, PA; Rebecca, Gaylord, Amos, all now dead except his youngest one Amos, who is now with us this summer of 1925.

By Mrs. Frank T. Berger, Daughter of Richard F. Whitmoyer

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From an Ancestry Message Board:

I've been playin-around with Whitmoyer genealogy for about five years now. I'd love to share/swap info with you.Conrad Whitmoyer/Whitmyer was my 5G Grandfather. He's been a "brick wall" for me for a while. My line comes down through Simon, however; Adam's brother. Peter Whitmoyer/Whitmore, of the massacre in Jerseytown, was Conrad's uncle. I do not have the name of Conrad's father or anyone prior, except my Grandfather (GF), Clay thought that it might be John or David.What I do know of my line goes like this:
Conrad was the father of my Simon, Simon (m. Sallie Kisner) the father of Richard F, Richard (m. Mary Elizabeth Shoemaker) the father of Frank G, Frank (m. Anna Stacia Hartman) the father of Clay Wilfred, Clay (m. Verna Elizabeth Kinsey) the father of Glenn Earl, and Glenn (m. Avon Ruth Kershner) was my father.

I have no birth or death dates or anything for Conrad, just a not-very-reliable "guestimate" (from ancestry.com) that he may have been born in Long Island, NY, or Pine Summit, around 1770. My GF couldn't find much on him either. I do know from my GF's notes that Conrad was married twice, one wife was named Catherine, and he had 15 children total.

Some of Conrad's children are buried at Germany Church, in Lairdsville, Franklin Twp, Lycoming Co, and Conrad lived in Franklin Twp, not far from Pine Summit. The homestead (of which I am now half-owner) is very close to the County line, on the Columbia Co side. Conrad and his sons used to hunt there, and later (1813) Simon bought the land and cleared it for farming.
I know from Census data that Conrad lived adjacent to his son Joseph (buried at Germany Church) but I'm not sure exactly where they lived. I've recently been told that he is buried in Old Lairdsville cemetery, but I couldn't find him when I went there this past summer. I do know that Simon and his family are buried at Pine Summit Church.
If you have more or different info, please eMail me.
Thank you so much,
Bill
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Michael Whitmoyer, a soldier and a lawyer, was born on February 12, 1836, in Columbia County, Pennsylvania. He died on June 7, 1919, in Columbus. He was the son of Simon Whitmoyer, a blacksmith, who was born on March 9, 1810, at Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, and who died on June __, 1849, at Pine Summit, Pennsylvania. Michael Whitmoyer's mother, Sarah Kisner, was born on February 3, 181 1, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and died on April 8, 1885, at Charlevoix, Michigan. In addition to Michael, Simon and Sarah Whitmoyer had five sons and one daughter: Leonard, Clark, Richard, Rebecca, Gaylord, and Amos. Leonard was born on June 5, 1834, and died on May 31. 1907. Clark was born on April 22, 1838, and died on June 25, 1905. Richard was born on September 18, 1840, and died on July 24, 1919. Rebecca was born on July 6, 1843. Gaylord was born on December 30, 1846, and died on April 10, 1863. Amos was born on March 17, 1848, and died in March, 1936.

Michael Whitmoyer's early schooling and professional training were completed while he lived in Pennsylvania. He attended Greenwood Seminary in Millville, Dickinson Seminary in Williamsport, and the Pennsylvania State Normal School in Millersville. After finishing his studies at the Normal School in 1860, he began the study of law with Robert E. Clark, an outstanding lawyer of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.

In August, 1862, he undertook the formation of Company E of the 132nd Pennsylvania Volunteers. At the time of its organization, he was elected Captain of the Company. He took part in the battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville, as well as in several skirmishes. He was wounded during the war, but later returned to active duty.

After he had been mustered out of service at Harrisburg on May 24, 1863, Michael Whitmoyer resumed his study of law. He was formally admitted to the practice in 1865, in Bioomsburg, Pennsylvania. Governor John W. Geary of Pennsylvania appointed him aide-de-camp in 1866, and granted him the rank of Colonel in the Pennsylvania National Guard. As a result of this appointment, he was afterwards known as "Colonel" Whitmoyer.

Colonel Whitmoyer was first married in Philadelphia to Hannah Waller, of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, in 1872. Hannah Waller Whitmoyer died in Columbus in November, 1873, shortly after her arrival here. There was one daughter from this first marriage, Laura Claire, who was born on May 7, 1873, and who married Doctor J. C. Reifsnyder. Hannah Whitmoyer wasthe daughter of David J. Waller, a Presbyterian minister. She attended Elmira Seminary, in Elmira, New York, and a finishing school in Brooklyn, New York.

Colonel Whitmoyer's second marriage was to Emma Peckham, of Bradford County, Pennsylvania. On October 23, 1877, they were married at Troy, Pennsylvania. Emma Peckham Whitmoyer was the daughter of Peleg Peckham, a farmer, who was born on September 10, 1817, at Bristol, Rhode Island, and who died on July 17, 1887, in Russell, Kansas. Her mother was Louisa F. Wentworth, who was born on May 2, 1822, at Richfield, New York, and died on July 31, 1900, in Kansas City, Missouri. Emma Peckham Whitmoyer had one brother and one sister: Lowell I., who was born on March 3, 1855, and who died on February 26, 1936; and Harriet Maria, who was born on May 17, 1847, and who died on May 5, 1921.

Michael Whitmoyer and Emma Peckham Whitmoyer had three children: Florence, Gertrude, and Maurice. Florence was born on October 18, 1880, in Columbus. She attended Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, and married Doctor William S. Evans in 1908. Gertrude, the twin sister of Florence, attended Doane College at Crete. Nebraska, and married Francis Howard Geer in 1905. Maurice was born on July 12, 1889. He attended Kearney Military Academy in Kearney, Nebraska, and saw service in France with the 145th Field Artillery. He was a film salesman in Ontario, California, and Chicago prior to his death in Chicago on June 11, 1928.

In 1872, the year before his arrival in Columbus, Colonel Whitmoyer was elected a delegate to the National Republican Convention in Philadelphia that nominated General Grant for President. In 1873, on his arrival in Columbus, he entered into partnership with Leander Gerrard in the practice of law. In 1877, the partnership was enlarged and became the firm of Whitmoyer, Gerrard & Post, Attorneys and Counselors at Law. Members of the firm were active throughout Platte and the adjoining counties, and, from time to time, through western Nebraska. They also practiced in the United States Courts at Omaha and at Lincoln.

Colonel Whitmoyer was regarded as a conservative and conscientious lawyer and counselor. His professional career was characterized by dignity, integrity, and a never-failing care in the performance of his duties. His sense of understanding and his humanity made him a valuable guide to younger men who were getting their start in the practice of law.

He was a member of the Congregational Church, the Republican Party, the Knights of Pythias, the Commercial Club, the Nebraska State Bar Association, and the Grand Army of the Republic.

Excerpt from Curry, Margaret. The History of Platte County, Nebraska.  Culver City, California:  Murray & Gee, 1950.

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