Rev. Samuel Bottenfield1

M, #1013, b. 1792, d. 28 March 1848
Last Edited=15 Oct 2007
     Rev. Samuel Bottenfield, son of John Bottenfield Sr. and Barbara Hammond, was born in 1792 at Greene County, Pennsylvania.2,3,4 Rev. Samuel Bottenfield was the son of John Bottenfield Sr. and Barbara Hammond.5

It was quite a challenge to find out that Samuel was Shadrach Bottenfield's father. This has been confirmed by going through a wonderful set of books by Catharine Fedorchak called Monroe County Ohio Records, which includes abstracts of newspapers, court records, wills, cemeteries, etc.

My first clues was the Litzenberg book, which includes many Bottenfields and some of their ancestry prior to marriage into the Litzenberg family. In it there is listed a Samuel who married a Margaret Mitchell. Since Shadrach's middle name is Mitchell, I originally guessed that this Samuel was his father.

In the 1840 census there appeared a Samuel Bottenfield in Monroe County, Ohio. He had one son between the ages of 5 and 10, two sons between the ages of 10 and 15, and two between the ages of 15 and 20. He had two daughters under the age of 5, one between 5 and 10. Presumably his wife was between 30 and 40 and he was between 40 and 50.

In the 1850 census there was no Samuel Bottenfield in Monroe County, Ohio. There was a Margaret Bottenfield, age 46. With her were 6 children. There was also an Isaac Bottenfield, age 27, married with two children. Also found on the census in 1850 Monroe County, Ohio was a Hiram, living at an inn and working as a tailor. Hiram Bottenfield was listed as a witness to the marriage of Shadrach and Sarah and I guessed (now confirmed) that he was a brother.

I wasn't able to find Shadrach on the 1850 census. He would have been age 16 and the only 16 year old male appeared to be Theodore. This Theodore was not listed in the will of Samuel Bottenfield, which I later located, though he would have been living since Samuel died in 1848. I have now determined that Theodore was actually Shadrach. Therefore, all children have been accounted for and correspond with the 1840 census.

Rev. Samuel Bottenfield is listed in the will of John Bottenfield Sr. on 17 March 1804; Book 1, page 42, # 68, Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania.
"Will of John Battenfeld deceased. In the Name of God, Amen. I John Battenfeld of Greene County and State of Pennsylvania taking into consideration the shortness of this transitory Life, being sick of Body, but thanks be to God of perfect memory and sound understanding, do make ordain and constitute this my last Will and Testament in the manner following. Firstly: I recommend my Soul to God Allmighty from whom I originnally received it, and my Body to the Earth, from whence it first was taken, to be buried in a plain, decent, christian manner at the discretion of the Executors of this my last Will and Testament, in hopes of a glorious change of this mortal Clay at the happy day of general Resurrection. Secondly: Concerning my worldly Estate, both real and personal wherewith it has pleased God to bless me with in this life, I ordain and devise that after my funeral expenses, and all other Debts due out of the same be properly discharged, my beloved and lawfull wife Barbara remain in full occupation and possession of the same, by and with mutual and filial assistance of my legal Children viz: Susannah, Adam, John, Magdalene, Christine, Samuel, Catharine, and Barbara, to occupy and enjoy the unoluments, and benefits thereof, untill my said son Adam be of maturity, provided nevertheless as long only as the same may be managed in peace, and good understanding; contrarywise either in case of disobedience of my said son Adam, or marriage of my sd. wife Barbara, during the minority of sd. Adam that then and in such case equally as at the time of maturity of sd. Adam, all my sd. property, Lands, Goods and Chattles be sold at public sale, (the said Barbara my wife taking thereof for her own use and over and above her portion herein after mentioned viz. a Cow, good Bed and Bedstead, Six pewter plates and as many spoons, a pewter Platter and Dish, Iron Kettel, a Pot and Thatch-oven, Six knives as many forks, of all which she may take her choice, also a Frying-pan, Chest, Spinning Wheel, Wool-Wheel, Side Saddle, large Bible, Hymn book, and all woven Linnen, Pow, and Lindsey, with all spinnen yarn of any denomination that may be found at my decease, and likewise one third part of the proceeds arising from said sale besides, and the remainder thereof after all sd. deductions be made, to be equally divided amongst my aforementioned eight Children. Lastly, I ordain and constitute hereby my beloved wife Barbara aforesd. Executrix, and Friend William Bell of the County and State aforesd. Executor of this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoding and disannulling all others formerly made by me, declaring this to be my last and no other.

In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal this thirty first day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and three.
                    Johanus battonfield
Signed, Sealed, published, pronounced and declared in the presence of us, testifying the said Testator of perfect understanding at the executing of within Testament.
                    George Shocker
                    Henry Leedes
                    Michael Rointz
                    
Greene County
On the Seventeenth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and four before me John Boreman Register for the probate of Wills and granting Letters of Administration in and for the said County, personally came George Shockar and Henry Leedes two of the subscribing Witnesses to the foregoing and annexed Instrument of Writing, and on their solemn Affirmations did depose and say that they were present and saw and heard John Battenfeld the Testator within named, sign, seal, publish, pronounce and declare the same as and for his last Will and Testament, and that at the time of doing thereof, he was of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, to the best of their knowledge, observation and belief, and further saith not.6


The military service record of Rev. Samuel Bottenfield includes the following: 1st Battalion 26th Regiment PA, War of 1812. As of 25 Aug 2001, this has not been completely verified.7

In the meetings of Monroe County Commissioners 1815-1835, there are numerous mentions of new roads being put in connecting to or from the Samuel Bottenfield land.8

Rev. Samuel Bottenfield married Margaret Mitchell, daughter of Thomas Mitchell Sr. and Eleanor Hill, before 1822.9

In 1830, Rev. Samuel Bottenfield appeared on the United States Census, at Perry Township, Monroe County, Ohio, 2 males under 5, 2 males 5-10,1 male 20-30, 1 male 30-40. 1 female 30-40.10

In March 1830 is a notation in Monroe County, Ohio court rcords: "Samuel Bottenfield, a minister of the Christian Church, came into court and produced his credentials as having been duly entered according to the rules of the said church and that said Bottenfield is a minister in this county, do order the license issued accordingly."11

In 1840, Rev. Samuel Bottenfield appeared on the United States Census, at Perry Township, Monroe County, Ohio, Samuel Bottenfield is listed as having 1 male age 5-10; 2 males 10-15; 2 males 15-20; 1 male 40-50; 2 females under 5; 1 female 5-10; 1 female 30-40.12

Rev. Samuel Bottenfield died on 28 March 1848 at Perry Township, Monroe County, Ohio. In The Spirit of Democracy: "Died at his residence in Perry Township, Rev. Samuel Bottenfield, aged about 56 years, he leaves a wife and a large family."13,14,15

Rev. Samuel Bottenfield left a will On April 22, 1848 issue of Spirit of Democracy was an estate notice for Samuel Bottenfield. Thomas Mitchell, Jr. was Administrator. Thomas Mitchell, Jr. was brother-in-law to Samuel Bottenfield and was an lawyer.

From the Appearance Docket No. 9, p. 219, Oct. 1850: Thomas Mitchell, admr. of Samuel Bottenfield, deceased - petition to sell lands to pay debts vs. Margaret Bottenfield, Isaac Bottenfield, Wm. Bottenfield, Mary Ann Bottenfield, Hiram Bottenfield, Shadrach Bottenfield, Elizabeth Bottenfield, Nancy Ellen Bottenfield, and Margaret Bottenfield."

From the Appearance Docket 9, p. 219, 20 Mar 1851: "Thomas Mitchell, admr. of Samuel Bottenfield vs. Margaret Bottenfield, widow, Isaac Bottenfield, Wm Bottenfield, Mary Ann Bottenfield wife of Samuel W. Dickey, and Hiram Bottenfield, all above adults over the age of 21; and Shadrach Bottenfield, Elizabeth Bottenfield, Rebecca Jane Bottenfield, Nancy Ellen Bottenfield, and Margaret Bottenfield, all infants (meaning under the age of 18 for females and 21 for males.) Petition to sell land to pay debts - filed 20 March 1851. (This record indicates that the complete record is in Record Book 10, page 208 - that reference also has Samuel M. Dickey as a defendant - and shows that the assets of the estate were $1000 and the debts were $1400.) Said decedent died seized of NW 1/4 of S. 17, T.3, R.5 containing 160 acres. Dower assigned to widow, Margaret."

From the 21 July 1852 Spirit of Democracy: "Petition to complete contract - Thomas Mitchell, administrator vs. Margaret Ullom and Jacob her husband of Vinton Co. Ohio, Elizabeth Bottenfield, Rebecca Jane Bottenfield, Margaret Bottenfield, Nancy Ellen Bottenfield of Vinton Co. Ohio, Shadrach Bottenfield of Greene Co. Pa., minor heirs of Samuel Bottenfield, deceased and Isaac Bottenfield, William Bottenfield, Hiram Bottenfield, Mary Ann Dickey and Samuel Dickey her husband of Monroe Co. will take notice that Thomas Mitchell, administrator of the estate of Samuel Bottenfield, deceased filed a petition against them to be authorized to complete a certain contract for the sale of land executed by said decendent in his lifetime to one Peter Stine."

27 Apr 1853 issue of Spirit of Democracy: "These final settlements have been filed: Estate of Samuel Bottenfield, deceased."16,17

Children of Rev. Samuel Bottenfield and Margaret Mitchell

Citations

  1. [S7] Death Certificate, Death certificate of Shadrach M. Bottenfield. photocopy or digital copy is in the personal records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona.
  2. [S1] 1900 United States Census, population schedule; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  3. [S57] 1840 United States Census, population schedule; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com; from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  4. [S106] Ancestry.com, online www//http.awt.ancestry.com.rrp023.ged, Richard R. Parks (Ancestry World Tree), downloaded 2002 and 2003.
  5. [S60] Howard L. Leckey, The Tenmile Country and Its Pioneer Families. A Genealogical History of the Upper Monongahela Valley (Waynesburg, Pennsylvania: Waynesburg Republican, May 25, 1950). Hereinafter cited as The Tenmile Country.
  6. [S85] Recorded Will, Greene County, Pennsylvania Will Books, Book 1, Page 42. photocopy or digital copy is in the personal records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona.
  7. [S61] Catharine Foreaker Fedorchak, compiler, Monroe County Ohio Genealogical Records (Catharine Foreaker Fedorchak: Monroe County Genealogical Society, 1960 - 1986). Hereinafter cited as Monroe County Genealogical Records.
  8. [S64] Monroe County Historical Society, compiler, Monroe County, Ohio: The First Twenty Years Commissioners' Journal 1815-1835 (Woodsfield, Ohio: Monroe County Historical Society, 1986), Pages 74, 79.. Hereinafter cited as First Twenty Years.
  9. [S56] Homer Laurence III Litzenberg, Litzenberger and Litzenberg: Origins of the Names and Families
    (Pennsylvania: Homer Laurence Litzenberg, 1995). Hereinafter cited as Litzenberger and Litzenberg.
  10. [S197] 1830 United States Census, population schedule; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  11. [S61] Catharine Foreaker Fedorchak, compiler, Monroe County Ohio Genealogical Records (Catharine Foreaker Fedorchak: Monroe County Genealogical Society, 1960 - 1986), Vol 3, p. 39. From the Court of Common Pleas, Journal 1, page 225.. Hereinafter cited as Monroe County Genealogical Records.
  12. [S57] 1840 United States Census, population schedule, Perry Township, Monroe County, Ohio, p. 23.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com; from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  13. [S37] 1850 United States Census, population schedule, No longer listed by the 1850 census, yet had a daughter, Nancy, age 3 in 1850.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  14. [S63] Ruth Dougherty Hogue, compiler, Perry Township Gleanings and Cemetery Inscriptions Monroe County, Ohio (Ohio: Monroe County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, 1935), p. 11.. Hereinafter cited as Perry Township Gleanings.
  15. [S61] Catharine Foreaker Fedorchak, compiler, Monroe County Ohio Genealogical Records (Catharine Foreaker Fedorchak: Monroe County Genealogical Society, 1960 - 1986), Vol 6, p. 69. From The 1 Apr 1848 issue of Spirit of Democracy.. Hereinafter cited as Monroe County Genealogical Records.
  16. [S61] Catharine Foreaker Fedorchak, compiler, Monroe County Ohio Genealogical Records (Catharine Foreaker Fedorchak: Monroe County Genealogical Society, 1960 - 1986), Vol 2, p. 41.
    . Hereinafter cited as Monroe County Genealogical Records.
  17. [S61] Catharine Foreaker Fedorchak, compiler, Monroe County Ohio Genealogical Records (Catharine Foreaker Fedorchak: Monroe County Genealogical Society, 1960 - 1986), Vol 7, p. 77.. Hereinafter cited as Monroe County Genealogical Records.
  18. [S37] 1850 United States Census, population schedule; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.