Lovisa Kitzmiller

F, b. August 1841, d. 28 September 1918
     Lovisa Kitzmiller was also known as "Louise".1 She was born in August 1841 at Washington Co., TN. She was the daughter of Henry Kitzmiller and Elizabeth Carr. Lovisa Kitzmiller married John Collier Robertson, son of Jesse Robertson and Margaret Collier, on 27 February 1868 at Sullivan Co., TN. Lovisa Kitzmiller lived on 22 July 1870 at P.O. Upper Alton, Madison Co., IL.1 She lived on 1 June 1880 at Girard Twp., Macoupin Co., IL; with her brother Rev. Martin V. Kitzmiller's family.2 She died on 28 September 1918 at Los Angeles Co., CA, at age 77. She was buried in October 1918 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Los Angeles Co., CA.

Children of Lovisa Kitzmiller and John Collier Robertson

Citations

  1. [S3764] 1870 Federal Census, Madison County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 252; FHL #545751.
  2. [S1677] 1880 Federal Census, Macoupin County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 232; FHL #1254232.

Lucille Minnie Kitzmiller

F, b. 22 August 1891, d. 2 June 1942
     Lucille Minnie Kitzmiller was born on 22 August 1891 at Medora, Macoupin Co., IL, Death record shows year 1892, but she was already trimming the years by 1930.1 She was the daughter of David Martin Kitzmiller and Louella Jane Vaughn. Lucille Minnie Kitzmiller married Charles Everett Wilkins on 21 May 1910 at Havre, Chouteau Co., MT, per Tracy Devault's notes:

"In 2003 I exchanged several emails with Bruce Wilkins, a great-grandson of Charles Everett Wilkins through his second marriage to Myra Mae Pierce. Bruce said that Lucile M. Kitzmiller married Charles Everett Wilkins on 21 May 1910 in Havre, Chouteau Co., Montana. He went on to say that Charles and Lucile were divorced on 4 January 1913. At first this seems hard to believe. According to the 1910 Census, just three weeks before their marriage, Lucile was living with her parents in Macoupin Co., Illinois and Charles was living in Montana. However, Bruce backs up his assertion with a very clear copy of their marriage license. Bruce goes on to say that Charles lived much of his early life in Macoupin County, Illinois and that is where he met Lucile. There can be no confusion as to this being our Lucile M. Kitzmiller; the marriage license lists her parents, David Kitzmiller and Lou Vaughn.

Five years after Charles married Lucile, he married Myra Mae Pierce. They had a number of children."

Lucille Minnie Kitzmiller and Charles Everett Wilkins were divorced on 4 January 1913. Lucille Minnie Kitzmiller married Chester Arthur Buck, son of James Henderson Buck and Mary Jane Harford, on 19 November 1919.2 Lucille Minnie Kitzmiller lived on 15 January 1920 at 715 Central Avenue, Alton, Madison Co., IL.2 She and Chester Arthur Buck were divorced before April 1930. Lucille Minnie Kitzmiller lived on 3 April 1930 at 929 Alton Street, Alton, Madison Co., IL, with her parents, marital status "D".3 She married Jewell Hempleman Thornton, son of James Robert Thornton and Margaret E. Hempleman, before 1 April 1935.4 Lucille Minnie Kitzmiller lived on 23 April 1940 at 812 Taylor Avenue, Mt. Vernon, Jefferson Co., IL.4 She died on 2 June 1942 at Mt. Vernon, Jefferson Co., IL, at age 50 Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947. She was buried in June 1942 at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Bellville, St. Clair Co., IL, Find A Grave Memorial# 154643218.

Children of Lucille Minnie Kitzmiller and Chester Arthur Buck

Citations

  1. [S1683] 1900 Federal Census, Macoupin County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 324; FHL #1240324.
  2. [S3773] 1920 Federal Census, Madison County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T625, Roll 389.
  3. [S3774] 1930 Federal Census, Madison County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 540; FHL #2340275.
  4. [S2366] 1940 Federal Census, Jefferson County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 816.

Lucinda Nancy Kitzmiller

F, b. circa 1856
     Lucinda Nancy Kitzmiller was born circa 1856 at Carter Co., TN.1 She was the daughter of Abdiel N. Kitzmiller and Mary Jane Taylor.1 Lucinda Nancy Kitzmiller died at Lagrand, Union Co., OR.

Citations

  1. [S1969] 1860 Federal Census, Gentry County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 620; FHL #803620.

Lulu Francina Kitzmiller

F, b. 20 February 1875, d. 14 May 1962
     Lulu Francina Kitzmiller was born on 20 February 1875 at Highland, Doniphan Co., KS. She was the daughter of Franklin John Wesley Kitzmiller and Lavinia Hartzel. Lulu Francina Kitzmiller married Frederick Frederick on 14 September 1898 at Highland, Doniphan Co., KS. Lulu Francina Kitzmiller was buried in 1962 at St. Joseph, Buchanan Co., MO. She died on 14 May 1962 at Loveland, Larimer Co., CO, at age 87.

Children of Lulu Francina Kitzmiller and Frederick Frederick

Mabel Rose Kitzmiller

F, b. 2 December 1879, d. 25 October 1957
     Mabel Rose Kitzmiller was born on 2 December 1879 at Highland, Doniphan Co., KS. She was the daughter of Franklin John Wesley Kitzmiller and Lavinia Hartzel. Mabel Rose Kitzmiller married Charles L. Sayre on 28 December 1904 at Highland, Doniphan Co., KS. Mabel Rose Kitzmiller died on 25 October 1957 at Ft. Dodge, Ford Co., KS, at age 77.

Magdalena Kitzmiller

F, b. 29 January 1770, d. 30 November 1849
     Magdalena Kitzmiller was also known as "Mollie". She was born on 29 January 1770 at York Co., PA. She was the daughter of Johann Jacob Kitzmiller and Anna Elizabeth Selle. Magdalena Kitzmiller married Gabriel DeWalt, son of Henrich DeWald and Maria Catherine Greaver, in 1790. Magdalena Kitzmiller died on 30 November 1849 at Sullivan Co., TN, at age 79. She was buried in December 1849 at Giesler-DeVault-Feathers Cemetery, Piney Flats, Sullivan Co., TN, Findagrave #39605324.

Children of Magdalena Kitzmiller and Gabriel DeWalt

Margaret E. Kitzmiller

F, b. 3 September 1847, d. 8 March 1931
     Margaret E. Kitzmiller was born on 3 September 1847 at Jonesborough, Washington Co., TN.1 She was the daughter of Martin Kitzmiller Jr. and Elizabeth Christina DeVault. Margaret E. Kitzmiller married Thomas Benjamin Scott, son of James Scott and Mary A. Cowhick, on 13 November 1873 at Macoupin Co., IL. Margaret E. Kitzmiller died on 8 March 1931 at Adrian, Bates Co., MO, at age 83. She was buried in March 1931 at Scott Cemetery (aka Mt. Vernon Cemetery), Amsterdam, Bates Co., MO.

Children of Margaret E. Kitzmiller and Thomas Benjamin Scott

Citations

  1. [S467] 1850 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 898.

Margaret Eileen Kitzmiller

F, b. 5 October 1907, d. 19 October 1994
     Margaret Eileen Kitzmiller was born on 5 October 1907 at San Luis Obispo Co., CA. She was the daughter of Samuel Judson Kitzmiller and Margaret Louise Mitchell. Margaret Eileen Kitzmiller married Bertram W. Hopps. Occupation: School teacher at Berkeley. Margaret Eileen Kitzmiller died on 19 October 1994 at Oakland, Alameda Co., CA, at age 87.

Margaret Nannie Kitzmiller1

F, b. 15 April 1873, d. 11 September 1950
     Margaret Nannie Kitzmiller was also known as "Maggie". She was born on 15 April 1873 at Carter Co., TN.1 She was the daughter of Rev. David Kitzmiller and Elizabeth G. Carriger.1 Margaret Nannie Kitzmiller married (?) Anderson after June 1900, no children. Margaret Nannie Kitzmiller died on 11 September 1950 at Fresno Co., CA, at age 77.

Citations

  1. [S2746] 1880 Federal Census, Carter County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 1247; FHL #1255247.

Margie Lois Kitzmiller

F, b. 1917, d. 1998
     Margie Lois Kitzmiller was born in 1917. She was the daughter of William Cleveland Kitzmiller and Latisha Maralda Barry. Margie Lois Kitzmiller died in 1998. She was buried in 1998 at Monte Vista Memorial Park, Johnson City, Washington Co., TN, Find A Grave Memorial# 108899673.

Martha A. Kitzmiller

F, b. July 1852, d. 1930
     Martha A. Kitzmiller was born in July 1852 at Washington Co., TN. She was the daughter of Rev. Martin V. Kitzmiller and Mary Nancy Crouch. Martha A. Kitzmiller married John Lloyd, son of Peter Lloyd and Hannah Cooper, on 9 January 1873 at Macoupin Co., IL. Martha A. Kitzmiller died in 1930. She was buried in 1930 at Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, Franklin Co., KS.

Children of Martha A. Kitzmiller and John Lloyd

Martha Carr Kitzmiller

F, b. 20 November 1827, d. 4 December 1913
     Martha Carr Kitzmiller was born on 20 November 1827 at Tennessee. She was the daughter of Henry Kitzmiller and Elizabeth Carr. Martha Carr Kitzmiller married Eldridge S. Edwards, son of Rev. Joshua Edwards and Nancy Erwin, on 2 March 1845 at Washington Co., TN. Martha Carr Kitzmiller died on 4 December 1913 at Los Angeles Co., CA, at age 86. She was buried in December 1913 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA, Find A Grave Memorial# 55144969.

Children of Martha Carr Kitzmiller and Eldridge S. Edwards

Martha E. Kitzmiller

F, b. 16 November 1916, d. 20 March 2008
     Martha E. Kitzmiller was born on 16 November 1916 at Kemper, Jersey Co., IL. She was the daughter of James Martin Kitzmiller and Josephine Ellen Cullen. Martha E. Kitzmiller died on 20 March 2008 at Alton, Madison Co., IL, at age 91 OBITUARY

Martha Kitzmiller November 16, 1916 - March 20, 2008
Facts
Born: November 16, 1916; Place of Birth: Kemper, IL; Death: March 20, 2008; Place of Death: Alton, IL; Occupation: Mechanical Engineer
Biography
Martha E. Kitzmiller, 91, died peacefully at 5:00 A.M. March 20, 2008 at Rodewood Care Center. Born on November 16, 1916, in Kemper, IL to James M. and Josephine C. (Cullen) Kitzmiller. Martha attended Illinois State University before moving to Chicago area where she lived and worked for more than 50 years. She retired from Whiting Corporation after a long career as a respected supervisor in the design and drafting department.
In addition to her parents, Martha was preceded in death by her brother, Martin Kitzmiller and sister in law Mary Kitzmiller and her sister Mary Schaefer and brother in law Gene Schaefer, all of Medora. Martha was also predeceased by her lifelong friend, Margaret Reed, with whom she shared a love of travel, family and Chicago sports teams. She will be remembered by her surviving nieces and nephews, Bryan (Trish) Kitzmiller of Medora, Mark (Kathy) Schaefer of Shipman, Marcus (Joan) Schaefer of Piasa, Mary Sue (Don) Smith of Centralia, Martha Jane (Jon) Montgomery of DuQuoin and Sally (Frank) Baron of Miami. In addition, Martha is survived by 14 great nieces and nephews and 4 great great nieces and nephews.
Graveside Services will be held at 1 P.M. on Monday March 24, 2008 at Kemper Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Kemper Cemetery.

Martha Etta Kitzmiller

F, b. 18 February 1868, d. 20 January 1884
     Martha Etta Kitzmiller was born on 18 February 1868 at Sullivan Co., TN. She was the daughter of Henry Carr Kitzmiller and Annis Amie Cox. Martha Etta Kitzmiller died on 20 January 1884 at Sullivan Co., TN, at age 15.

Martha Pauline Kitzmiller

F, b. 6 December 1921, d. 15 June 2000
     Martha Pauline Kitzmiller was born on 6 December 1921 at Johnson Co., TN. She was the daughter of William Cleveland Kitzmiller and Latisha Maralda Barry. Martha Pauline Kitzmiller died on 15 June 2000 at Johnson City, Washington Co., TN, at age 78. She was buried in June 2000 at Monte Vista Memorial Park, Johnson City, Washington Co., TN, Find A Grave Memorial# 108899564.

Martin Kitzmiller1

M, b. 11 February 1772, d. 10 April 1861
     Martin Kitzmiller was born on 11 February 1772 at York Co., PA. He was the son of John George Kitzmiller and Anna Christina Keefauver. Martin Kitzmiller married Mary Elizabeth DeWald, daughter of Henrich DeWald and Maria Catherine Greaver, circa 1798 at York Co., PA. Martin Kitzmiller died on 10 April 1861 at Washington Co., TN, at age 89. He was buried in April 1861 at Buffalo Ridge Church Cemetery, Gray's Station, Washington Co., TN, Headstone legend:

In memory of
MARTIN KITZMILLER
Born Feb. 11, Day 1772
Died Apr. 10, Day 1861.

Children of Martin Kitzmiller and Mary Elizabeth DeWald

Citations

  1. [S29] Charles M. Bennett, Washington County Tombstone Inscriptions, Vol. III., 71.

Martin Kitzmiller

M, b. 13 June 1850, d. 29 January 1940
     Martin Kitzmiller was born on 13 June 1850 at Washington Co., TN.1 He was the son of Martin Kitzmiller Jr. and Elizabeth Christina DeVault.
Note: did not marry. Martin Kitzmiller died on 29 January 1940 at Bates Co., MO, at age 89. He was buried in 1940 at Scott Cemetery (aka Mount Vernon Cemetery), Amsterdam, Bates Co., MO.

Citations

  1. [S467] 1850 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 898.

Martin Kitzmiller1

M, b. circa 1835
     Martin Kitzmiller was born circa 1835 at Washington Co., TN.1 He was the son of David Kitzmiller and Elizabeth Hughes.1

Citations

  1. [S467] 1850 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 898.

Martin C. Kitzmiller1

M, b. 15 January 1858, d. 13 September 1946
     Martin C. Kitzmiller was born on 15 January 1858 at Macoupin Co. (probably), IL.1 He was the son of Abdiel N. Kitzmiller and Mary Jane Taylor.1 Martin C. Kitzmiller lived on 31 January 1920 at Soda Springs, Clackamas Co., OR; census p.9B, marital status "S." He lived on 8 April 1930 at Glendale, Douglas Co., OR. He lived on 20 April 1940 at Glendale, Douglas Co., OR; marital status "S", single. He died on 13 September 1946 at Los Angeles Co., CA, at age 88 dates per California Death Index online at ancestry.com, listed as Martin K. Kitzmiller.

Citations

  1. [S1969] 1860 Federal Census, Gentry County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 620; FHL #803620.

Martin C. Kitzmiller

M, b. 1 May 1924, d. 6 January 1997
     Martin C. Kitzmiller was born on 1 May 1924 at Illinois. He was the son of James Martin Kitzmiller and Josephine Ellen Cullen. Martin C. Kitzmiller married Mary Margaret Denby, daughter of William Cecil Denby and Beulah Roe Baugh. Martin C. Kitzmiller died on 6 January 1997 at age 72.

Martin Eldridge Kitzmiller

M, b. 31 July 1900, d. 4 March 1955
     Martin Eldridge Kitzmiller was born on 31 July 1900 at Kingsport, Sullivan Co., TN. He was the son of John Eldridge Kitzmiller and Frances Elizabeth Hammett. Martin Eldridge Kitzmiller married Elizabeth Belle Doran, daughter of John H. Doran and Curtis Oliva Shipley. Martin Eldridge Kitzmiller died on 4 March 1955 at Sullivan Co., TN, at age 54. He was buried in March 1955 at Beulah Community Cemetery, Kingsport, Sullivan Co., TN, Find A Grave Memorial# 55204613.

Child of Martin Eldridge Kitzmiller and Elizabeth Belle Doran

Martin Kitzmiller Jr.1

M, b. 2 February 1805, d. 1 July 1854
     Note: (from Tracy Devault)

Martin Kitzmiller, Jr. first married on September 22, 1828 in Carter County, Tennessee. His wife was Rebecca Duncan and the couple had three children: Abdiel, Joseph and Mary. The first of a series of tragedies to strike the family of Martin Jr. was in 1836 when Rebecca died. Martin Jr. was left with three small children to care for. On October 5, 1837 he married his double cousin, Elizabeth Christina Davault the daughter of Jacob and Rachel (Kitzmiller) Davault. The next tragedy occurred on April 27, 1847, when Joseph, the second child of his first marriage, died. By now Martin and Elizabeth had seven children of their own. Their names were: James, Jacob, John, Rebecca, Susan, Margaret and Martin III. In December of 1850 the family moved to Macoupin County, Illinois. They were part of a large migration of families from east Tennessee to Illinois. This migration included four of Elizabeth's brothers and sisters. Martin and Elizabeth's last child, Rufus, the only child to be born in Illinois, died at birth on March 25, 1853. Then, on July 1, 1854, Martin himself died.
The series of tragedies was not over with Martin Jr.'s death. Tragedy struck three times in 1859: On November 4th his son Jacob died, a month later on December 14th his daughter Rebecca died and eight days later, on December 24th his daughter Susan died. In 1862 two more sons died: Abdiel on April 4th and James on April 23rd. By 1870, out of a family of three adults and 11 children, only Martin's second wife, Elizabeth and three of her children were still living. They were John, Margaret, Martin III. In 1873 daughter Margaret married Benjamin F. Scott. He died on September 23, 1879, and, two months later, on December 18th, Margaret's mother died.
Sometime after 1880, unmarried brothers John and Martin III and widowed sister Margaret with her two small children moved to Bates County, Missouri. John and Martin III never did marry. Of the two children of Margaret (Kitzmiller) Scott, son James Ralph Scott married but had no children and daughter Euphia Scott, never married.
Based on the information that Newland had at the time he prepared his report, he believed that there were no living descendants of Martin Jr. New information has shown this to be incorrect. Newland had assumed that Abdiel and Mary, the two children from Martin Jr.'s first marriage that were still alive in 1850, had accompanied the family to Illinois. He reported that Abdiel died, unmarried, on April 4th, 1862 in Macoupin County, Illinois. I suspect that Abdiel did not accompany the family to Illinois in 1850. I do know that he was in Tennessee on January 30, 1855, for on that day he married Mary Jane Taylor. After their first child was born, Abdiel and family moved to Illinois where a second child was born. Next they moved to Gentry County, Missouri where a third and fourth child were born. Finally, they moved back to Macoupin County, Illinois where Abdiel died in 1862. (After Abdiel's death, his wife and children moved back to Tennessee.) This marriage of Abdiel Kitzmiller to Mary Jane Taylor, although unknown to Newland, produced children whose descendants are alive today (2004).
As for Mary, the daughter from Martin Jr.'s first marriage, Newland says that she traveled with her father and step-mother to Macoupin County, Illinois. He goes on to say that Mary, also having never married, stayed with the family and eventually moved with her half-sister and two half-brothers to Bates County, Missouri. I have not found any evidence to suggest that Mary ever left Tennessee. In fact, she seems to have completely disappeared after the 1850 Census in Washington County, Tennessee.

Martin Kitzmiller Jr. was born on 2 February 1805 at Boone's Creek, Washington Co., TN. He was the son of Martin Kitzmiller and Mary Elizabeth DeWald. Martin Kitzmiller Jr. married Rebecca Duncan on 22 September 1828 at Carter Co., TN, Martin and Rebecca were first cousins. Martin Kitzmiller Jr. married Elizabeth Christina DeVault, daughter of Jacob Davault and Rachel Dorothy Kitzmiller, on 5 October 1837, Eliza (or Elizabeth) and Martin were double-cousins. Martin Kitzmiller Jr. died on 1 July 1854 at Girard, Macoupin Co., IL, at age 49.

Children of Martin Kitzmiller Jr. and Rebecca Duncan

Children of Martin Kitzmiller Jr. and Elizabeth Christina DeVault

Citations

  1. [S54] Unknown author, John M. Kitzmiller, II and John M. Kitzmiller, "From The Danube To The Susquehanna: 350 Years Of The Kitzmiller Family", Vol I, (1985)., 410 - 411.

Martin K. Kitzmiller

M, b. 11 March 1860, d. 22 November 1922
     Martin K. Kitzmiller was born on 11 March 1860 at Sullivan Co., TN. He was the son of Henry Carr Kitzmiller and Annis Amie Cox. Martin K. Kitzmiller married Mary Jane White on 11 April 1881 at Sullivan Co., TN.1 Martin K. Kitzmiller married Eulia F. McCray, daughter of George W. McCray and Annis M. Cox, circa 1907.2 Martin K. Kitzmiller died on 22 November 1922 at Sullivan Co., TN, at age 62. He was buried in November 1922 at Beulah Community Cemetery, Kingsport, Sullivan Co., TN, Find A Grave Memorial# 55182222. He left a will "To the children of my 1st wife, Mary Jane Kitzmiller, I give unto J. H. Kitzmiller and J. A. Kitzmiller in land and unto J. C. Kitzmiller in money ... my wife Eulia is to receive my place where she lives and after her death to be divided among her children: Maude Kitzmiller, Willie Kitzmiller and Parks Worley Kitzmiller ... I hereby forbid that Clenney Long, sometimes called Clenney Kitzmiller, shall have no home or support with my wife and their children after my death and that he shall not receive any of my property, real or personal."

Children of Martin K. Kitzmiller and Mary Jane White

Children of Martin K. Kitzmiller and Eulia F. McCray

Citations

  1. [S1872] 1900 Federal Census, Sullivan County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1601; FHL #1241601.
  2. [S1694] 1910 Federal Census, Sullivan County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T624, Roll 1522; FHL #1375535.

Rev. Martin V. Kitzmiller

M, b. 20 January 1826, d. 22 June 1907
     Rev. Martin V. Kitzmiller was born on 20 January 1826 at Washington Co., TN.1 He was the son of Henry Kitzmiller and Elizabeth Carr. Occupation: Clergyman -- Pastor of Buffalo Ridge Baptist Church in 1845.1 Rev. Martin V. Kitzmiller married Mary Nancy Crouch, daughter of Joseph Crouch Jr. and Elizabeth Keefhaver, on 29 April 1847 at Buffalo Ridge Church, Gray's Station, Washington Co., TN.1 Rev. Martin V. Kitzmiller lived in 1856 at Girard, Macoupin Co., IL; relocated from Washington County, Tennessee. He lived on 1 June 1880 at Girard Twp., Macoupin Co., IL.2 He married Melvina Lightbourn, daughter of James Lightbourn, on 10 March 1897 at Macoupin Co., IL. Rev. Martin V. Kitzmiller died on 22 June 1907 at Girard, Macoupin Co., IL, at age 81. He was buried in June 1907 at Girard Twp. Cemetery, Girard, Macoupin Co., IL.
Note: From Portrait and Biographical Record, Macoupin County, Illinois, Biograhical Publishing Co., Chicago, 1891, p.449:

REV. MARTIN V. KITZMILLER, Postmaster at Girard, residing in a beautiful rural home in the western suburb of the city, is known far and wide as a former prominent minister of the Baptist Church. For many years he was very active in promoting the growth of the denomination, being instrumental in establishing churches in various places, and though ill-health obliged him to abandon his beloved calling he is still a power in religious circles. He was born in Washington County, Tenn., January 20, 1826. His father, Henry Kitzmiller, was a native of the same county, and was a son of one of its early pioneers, Martin Kitzmiller, who was born in Pennsylvania, and was a descendant of early German settlers of that State.

The grandfather of our subject was a farmer and also a blacksmith and wagon-maker. He removed from his native State to Tennessee, and was one of the first to settle in Washington County, where he bought a large tract of land, and in connection with farming carried on blacksmithing and wagon manufacturing, many of the wagons that he made finding a market in Kentucky. With the proceeds of the sale of some of them he bought a farm in the locality then known as Ohio Falls, and now included in the city of Louisville, Ky. Though he owned that farm for several years he never lived upon it. He died when eighty-six years old at his home in Washington County. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Mary Devault, was a native of Maryland, and died at the age of eighty-four. Those worthy people reared a family of six sons and two daughters, named David, John, Henry, Martin, Jacob, Joseph, Mary and Elizabeth.

Henry Kitzmiller learned the trades of a blacksmith and wagon-maker from his father, but did not follow them. About two years after his marriage he located on a farm which his father gave him, situated across the line in Sullivan County, and actively engaged in agriculture until his death in 1843. In early manhood he married Elizabeth Carr, a native of Washington County, Tenn., and a daughter of Richard and Martha Carr, natives respectively of Virginia and North Carolina, and the latter of English and Scottish ancestry. The mother of our subject died on the home farm in Sullivan County, January 2, 1891, aged ninety-five years. She has reared nine children, namely: Martin V., Martha, Richard C., Mary, Henry, Elizabeth, David, Lovisa and Joseph. David and Joseph are deceased.

Our subject passed his early life in his native State, gaining his education in the local schools. At the age of fifteen he was converted and joined the Baptist Church, with which he has ever since been closely identified. He was licensed to preach in 1844, and continued in the ministry in Tennessee until 1856, when, for the sake of rearing his children in a free State where "honest labor was not degrading," he came to Illinois, having accepted a call to the Baptist Church in Girard. He was the first pastor of the congregation which numbered seven ladies and four gentlemen, who owned a one-fourth interest in what was known as Union Church. During the interval of his pastorate here a neat and comfortable edifice has been erected as a house of worship, and at the time of his resignation the congregation numbered one hundred and eighty-eight members, this being the largest number at any one time from its organization up to that date. He continued to ably discharge the duties of his holy office until 1888, a period of thirty-two years, when he resigned his charge on account of losing his voice.

Those years of active labor in the cause of religion were fraught with great good, and bore much fruit in the increased growth of the church not only here but elsewhere. The following concerning his work was written for this publication:

"About the year 1863 or 1864 the Rev. Mr. Kitzmiller immersed the first person ever immersed at Chatham, Sangamon County, Ill., and as the result of his labors there, a Baptist Church was organized and a house of worship built.

"The house of worship belonging to the Baptist Church at Hickory Point, Macoupin County, was begun and mainly built by him, and when it was completed he preached the sermon of dedication. During his ministry at Girard he gave one half of his time to various other churches, which like that at Girard were just starting and needing the fostering care of a shepherd and leader. The Baptist Church at Auburn, Sangamon County, was one which in that way had his services for a period of from twelve to eighteen years until it became strong. For four years our subject worked in the same way at Carlinville, at Greenfield for two or three years, and at Waverly for six years."

During his ministry Mr. Kitzmiller has baptized about a thousand people, of whom twelve or more have entered the ministry of the Baptist Church. The first person baptized by him was his wife; the second his sister, who soon after became the wife of the Rev. W. C. Newell, who lately died at Mt. Vernon; and the third was a young man, who became a Baptist minister of extensive usefulness in Virginia and Tennessee. It is generally believed that our revered subject has performed more marriage ceremonies than any other minister in the county. The first man married by him was the Rev. William A. Keane, one of the leading Baptist ministers in East Tennessee.

The Rev. Mr. Kitzmiller was united in the holy bonds of matrimony with Miss Mary Crouch April 29, 1847. Mrs. Kitzmiller is a native of Washington County, Tenn., and a daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Keefhaver) Crouch. Mr. and Mrs. Kitzmiller have seven children living, namely: Joseph H., Martha A., James W., Charles M., David M., Laura E. and Eldredge P. Joseph H. a graduate of Hahneman Medical College, of Chicago, is a physician at Taylorville, Ill. Martha married John Lloyd, an extensive farmer and stock-raiser of Franklin County, Ky. James W. is a successful farmer and lumber merchant at Medora. David Martin is associated with his brother James in the lumber business. Charles is assistant Postmaster at Girard. Laura married G. A. Post, clerk and book keeper for the firm of Solomon & Martin, of Palmyra. Eldredge is at home with his parents. Mr. Kitzmiller and his family are very pleasantly situated in their suburban home. The grounds around his house comprise seventeen and one-half acres of land, devoted to fruit growing, gardening and pasturing, and are chiefly under the management of his youngest son, E. P. Kitzmiller.

Mr. Kitzmiller was formerly a Democrat, but of the anti-slavery type. Since the formation of the Republican party he has been a firm advocate of its principles, and his five sons and two sons-in-law follow in his footsteps as regards their political affiliations. Not only has our subject been greatly instrumental in promoting the moral and religious interests of the community, but he has aided in advancing education as a valued member of the School Board, with which he was connected nine years. He received his appointment as Postmaster at Girard from the hands of President Harrison, and entered upon the duties of his office January 20, 1890. His selection for this important position gave universal satisfaction, and he is held in great esteem, and it was believed that no more scrupulous, faithful or efficient official could have been found for the place.

A lithographic portrait of the Rev. Mr. Kitzmiller is presented in connection with this biographical notice.


LETTER from Martin V. (probably VanBuren) Kitzmiller (1926 - 1907) (1) to Nicholas Keefauver, Jr., dated October 25, 1870.

Girard Ill. Oct 25th 70
Mr Nicholas Keefauver,
Dear Uncle;
Some time since I wrote you a letter from Mary asking you to get some one to bid off a couple of Beds &c for her. We suppose the sale has past some time ago, but got no word from you. She wishes me to write you again so she may know what to depend upon. Please let us hear from you soon.
We are all well. The relations are all well also as far as I know. My mother has very good health for one of her age.
The wheat crop is the finest in appearance I ever saw. The corn crop is very fine. We have not had frost enough this fall to kill the potatoes bugs. Volunteer oats is heading out. This is something very unusual for this country.
The health of the country is good.
Nothing of importance more to write. Please write to me at once. Mary joins me in love to you and Aunt Dice and all our old friends.
Yours truly
M. V. Kitzmiller.

Children of Rev. Martin V. Kitzmiller and Mary Nancy Crouch

Citations

  1. [S467] 1850 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 898.
  2. [S1677] 1880 Federal Census, Macoupin County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 232; FHL #1254232.

Mary Kitzmiller

F, b. 28 July 1807, d. 23 December 1896
     Mary Kitzmiller was born on 28 July 1807 at Washington Co., TN. She was the daughter of Martin Kitzmiller and Mary Elizabeth DeWald. Mary Kitzmiller married James Hodges on 25 August 1825 at Washington Co., TN.1 Mary Kitzmiller died on 23 December 1896 at Washington Co., TN, at age 89. She was buried in December 1896 at Allison-Boring-Hodges Cemetery, Boone Lake, Washington Co., TN.

Children of Mary Kitzmiller and James Hodges

Citations

  1. [S97] Washington County, Tennessee Marriages.
  2. [S467] 1850 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 898.

Mary Kitzmiller

F, b. 4 January 1869, d. 26 September 1948
     Mary Kitzmiller was born on 4 January 1869 at Tennessee. She was the daughter of Dr. Richard Carr Kitzmiller and Eleanor V. Bachman. Mary Kitzmiller married William Henry Osborne, son of Enoch Morgan Osborne and Narcissus Emiline Howell, on 2 January 1890. Mary Kitzmiller died on 26 September 1948 at Knoxville, Knox Co., TN, at age 79. She was buried in September 1948 at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Jonesborough, Washington Co., TN.

Children of Mary Kitzmiller and William Henry Osborne

Citations

  1. [S3836] 1910 Federal Census, Hillsborough County, Florida. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T624, Roll 162; FHL #1374175.

Mary Alta Kitzmiller

F, b. 8 January 1910, d. 10 March 1988
     Mary Alta Kitzmiller was born on 8 January 1910 at Tennessee.1 She was the daughter of William Cleveland Kitzmiller and Latisha Maralda Barry. Mary Alta Kitzmiller married George Sylvester Livingston, son of James Murray Livingston and Nora Lee Mohler, on 6 January 1934. Mary Alta Kitzmiller died on 10 March 1988 at Washington Co., TN, at age 78.

Citations

  1. [S1693] 1920 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T625, Roll 1770.

Mary Ann Kitzmiller

F, b. 7 August 1832, d. 26 March 1907
     Mary Ann Kitzmiller was born on 7 August 1832 at Washington Co., TN. She was the daughter of John Kitzmiller and Louisa DeWald. Mary Ann Kitzmiller lived at Canyonville, Douglas Co., OR; Went to Oregon with her father in 1890. She died on 26 March 1907 at Canyonville, Douglas Co., OR, at age 74.
Note: Did not marry.

Mary Catherine Kitzmiller

F, b. 31 August 1825, d. 23 August 1911
     Mary Catherine Kitzmiller was born on 31 August 1825 at Maryland.1 She was the daughter of Samuel Kitzmiller and Catherine Finkbohn. Mary Catherine Kitzmiller married Charles W. Franklin, son of Joshua Franklin and Elizabeth Potter, on 25 March 1847 at Carroll Co., MD. Mary Catherine Kitzmiller lived on 23 July 1860 at Franklin Twp., Carroll Co., MD; Farming.2 She lived on 19 July 1870 at Carroll Co., MD; Farming.3 She died on 23 August 1911 at Taylorsville, Carroll Co., MD, at age 85. She was buried in August 1911 at Bethany aka Covers Corner Cemetery, Carroll Co., MD, Findagrave #71137101.

Children of Mary Catherine Kitzmiller and Charles W. Franklin

Citations

  1. [S1945] 1850 Federal Census, Carroll County, Maryland. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 289.
  2. [S4724] 1860 Federal Census, Carroll County, Maryland. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 471; FHL #803471.
  3. [S1944] 1870 Federal Census, Carroll County, Maryland. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 582; FHL #552081.

Mary D. Kitzmiller

F, b. 11 February 1833, d. 13 April 1905
     Mary D. Kitzmiller was born on 11 February 1833 at Washington Co., TN. She was the daughter of Henry Kitzmiller and Elizabeth Carr. Mary D. Kitzmiller married William Cary Newell, son of John Newell and Sibyl C. Gillette, on 8 March 1854 at Greene Co., TN. Mary D. Kitzmiller lived on 25 June 1860 at P.O. Yates Cross Roads, Sullivan Co., TN.1 She died on 13 April 1905 at Mt. Vernon, Faulkner Co., AR, at age 72. She was buried in April 1905 at Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, Faulkner Co., AR, Find A Grave Memorial# 106918643.

Children of Mary D. Kitzmiller and William Cary Newell

Citations

  1. [S1711] 1860 Federal Census, Sullivan County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 1275; FHL #805275.
  2. [S463] 1870 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 1568; FHL #553067.