Bittner Family History
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Here are our Mankamyer ~ Bittner and our Lepley ~ Blume family research papers.

Our relationship with the Büttner (Bittner) family began with the marriage between our maternal great grandfather, Josiah Christian Mankamyer and Ida Belle Bittner. Ida's great-great-great grandparents were Henry Bittner and Dororthea Brallier.

There isn't very much on this family, but we do know Hans Heinrich Büttner, [1] and Hans Michael Büttner [2] came from Germany to Colonial Philadelphia on the ship "Bilander Vernon".

Hennrich Büttner and Hans Michel Büttner took the oath of allegiance on August 1st 1747, [3]  which was conducted by the Honorable Anthony Palmer, Esquire and President Thomas Hopkinson, Esquire. The Foreigners whose names are underwritten, imported in the Bilander Vernon from Rotterdam last from Leith in Scotland, Thomas Ricks, Master, did this day take the forgoing oaths to the Government.  [4] 

•    We, subscribers, natives and late inhabitants of the Palatinate on the Rhine, having transported ourselves and our families into this Province of Pennsylvania, a colony subject to the Crown Of Great Britain, in hopes nad expectations of finding a retreat and peaceable settlement therein, do solemnly promise and engage that we will be faithful and bear true allegiance to His present Majesty, King George the Second, and his successors, kings of Great Britain, and will be faithful to the proprietor of this province, and that we will demean peaceably to all His said Majesty's subjects, and strictly observe and conform to the laws England and this province to the utmost of our powers and understanding.

Henry Bittner may have started his family in early Lancaster or York County Pennsylvania, prior to 1750 when Cumberland County was formed. As early as 1774, Henry was living in the Brother's Valley area of Bedford County Pennsylvania.

•    We know that in 1771 Bedford County, Pennsylvania was formed from Cumberland County, [5]  and in 1795 Somerset was formed from Bedford County. [6] 

End Notes

[1.]  Bittner Name: Alternative Spelling: Buettner, Buetter – Bitnner – Bittener – Betner – Buttner; "Bitner" is the Americanized form of "Buttner" (German); Page 312, Surnames in the United States Census of 1790; American Council of Learned Studies; Genealogical Publishing Co, Inc., Baltimore. 1971. GEN 929.4 A512.

[2.] Büttner Family Ship Register: Children under 16 were not typically listed on the ships manifest.

[3.] Hans Heinrich Buttner and Hans Michael Buttner Ships Passengers: Passengers 15, Heinrich Buttner, and Passenger 16, Hans Michael Buttner, were from Germany. There may be a relationship between these two men, but that cannot be determined; August 1747 Vernon In the Newspaper "Pennsylvania Gazette" of 27 Aug 1747, the report from the Port of Philadelphia Custom-House listing ships entering inward includes the Brigantine Vernon, Thomas Ritchee master, from Leith. Since the list was published weekly and this list was dated 27 Aug1747, the Vernon probably arrived between the 20th and 27th of August.

[4.] Hans Buttner Oath of Allegiance: [List 112C] At the Courthouse at Philadelphia, Augt 1747. Present: The book "Pennsylvania German Pioneers: A publication of the Original Lists of Arrivals In the Port of Philadelphia From 1727 to 1808", page 363.

[5.]  Bedford County Formation: The Handybook for Genealogists, United States of America, 8th Edition, published by The Everton Publishers, Inc., Logan, Utah. County Courthouse Book compiled by Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, MD, 1990.

[6.] Somerset County Formation: The Handybook for Genealogists, United States of America;, 8th Edition, published by The Everton Publishers, Inc., Logan, Utah. County Courthouse Book compiled by Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, MD, 1990.

Bibliography

1. Generations : A history of the Biddinger, Bidinger, Bittinger, & Bittner families of Garrett County, Maryland , by Wayne Bittinger. Parsons, West Virginia, McClain Print Company, 1974.