John Bottenfield Sr.1

M, #1149, b. 28 September 1756, d. 2 February 1804
Last Edited=6 Jun 2011
     John Bottenfield Sr., son of Hans Adam Battenfeld and Maria Elizabeth Pauster, was born on 28 September 1756 at Essex County, Virginia.1,2 John Bottenfield Sr. was the son of Hans Adam Battenfeld and Maria Elizabeth Pauster.1,3 An alternative birth date possibility was on 27 September 1755.4

John Bottenfield Sr. married Barbara Hammond in 1783 at Washington County, Pennsylvania.4,1,2 John Bottenfield Sr. witnessed the baptism of Barbara Heckendorn on 21 April 1788 at New Jerusalem Evangelical Church, Loudoun County, Virginia.2,5

John Bottenfield Sr. died on 21 February 1798 at Morgan Township, Greene County, Pennsylvania, at age 41. Richard Parks posits that this date may not have been his death date but, instead, may have been the filing date of the will.1,2

John Bottenfield Sr. died on 2 February 1804 at Morgan Township, Greene County, Pennsylvania, at age 47.4 and was buried at Bottenfield Cemetery, Morgan Township, Greene County, Pennsylvania. The headstone for John Bottomfield says the date of death was 2 Feb 1805. This conflicts with the date the will was filed. This cemetery is on private property, mostly buried in fallen trees, new saplings, high weeds, and poison ivy. The headstone was half under a fallen tree. The owners of the property in October 2002 were Clayton and Cathy Albe. It is located near the village of Clarksville. It cannot be seen from the road.1,6

John Bottenfield Sr. left a will 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.7

Children of John Bottenfield Sr. and Barbara Hammond


  1. [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.
  2. [S106], online www//, Richard R. Parks (Ancestry World Tree), downloaded 2002 and 2003.
  3. [S72] Tim Bottenfield, online, Tim Bottenfield (Auburn, Alabama), downloaded 2000.
  4. [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.
  5. [S350] Marty Hiatt, compiler, Early Church Records of Loudoun County, Virginia (Westminster, Maryland: Family Line Publications, 1995), New Jerusalem Lutheran Church, page 201.. Hereinafter cited as Early Church Records of Loudoun County, Virginia.
  6. [S79] Dorothy T. Hennen, Cemetery Records of Greene County, Pennsylvania, Volume 10, Morgan, Washington Townships (P.O. Box 547, Waynesburg, PA 1537: Cornerstone Genealogical Society, 1978). Hereinafter cited as Greene County Cemetery Directory.
  7. [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.