John R. Bittick & Cynthia Rakestraw

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Family Group Record                0127
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Husband's Name   John R. Bittick
 Born:                   Place: North Carolina
 Died:    08 Jan 1837/8  Place: Pulaski, Giles, Tennessee
 Married: 21 Dec 1814    Place: Williamson County, Tennessee
 Father:         ....... Bittick
 Mother:         
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Wife's Name      Cynthia (Sintha) Rakestraw (Reckstraw)
 Born:       Abt 1797    Place: North Carolina
 Died:       Abt 1894    Place: Giles County, Tennessee (last record of)
 Father:         John Rakestraw
 Mother:         Sarah .......
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                      War of 1812 Service (1813-1814)
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Children
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 1. Sex Name
     M  Hiram Bittick
        Born:       Abt 1816    Place: Williamson County, Tennessee
        Died:                   Place: 
        Married:                Place: 
        Spouse:  Sarah .......
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 2. Sex Name
     M  Green Bittick
        Born:    25 Oct 1818    Place: Williamson County, Tennessee
        Died:    09 Apr 1897    Place: Obion County, Tennessee
        Married:                Place: 
        Spouse:  Sarah Brownlow
        Married: 31 Jul 1863    Place: Obion County, Tennessee
        Spouse:  Margaret A. Noah
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 3. Sex Name
     F  Eglina Bittick
        Born:       Abt 1820    Place: Williamson County, Tennessee
        Died:       Aft 1886    Place: 
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 4. Sex Name
     M  Absalom B. Bittick
        Born:    07 Apr 1822    Place: Pulaski, Giles, Tennessee
        Died:    15 Jan 1883    Place: Ulm, Prairie, Arkansas
        Married: 13 Jul 1841    Place: Tennessee
        Spouse:  Eliza Webb
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 5. Sex Name
     M  Jerome Bittick
        Born:    02 Aug 1824    Place: Pulaski, Giles, Tennessee
        Died:                   Place: 
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 6. Sex Name
     M  Isaac Newton Bittick
        Born:    23 Mar 1826    Place: Pulaski, Giles, Tennessee
        Died:       Aft 1860    Place: 
        Married:                Place: 
        Spouse:  Susannah Jane .......
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 7. Sex Name
     F  Elmira (Mira) Bittick
        Born:    07 Apr 1830    Place: Pulaski, Giles, Tennessee
        Died:                   Place: 
        Married: 21 Jan 1867    Place: Obion County, Tennessee
        Spouse:  John M. Claxton
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 8. Sex Name
     M  John R. Bittick
        Born:       Abt 1832    Place: Pulaski, Giles, Tennessee
        Died:    10 Oct 1904    Place: 
        Married: 25 Nov 1865    Place: Giles County, Tennessee
        Spouse:  Ann (Anne) Mariah Parsons
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 9. Sex Name
     M  Samuel F. Bittick
        Born:    18 Dec 1835    Place: Pulaski, Giles, Tennessee
        Died:                   Place: 
        Married: 17 May 1866    Place: Obion County, Tennessee
        Spouse:  Elizabeth Pepper
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Sources of Information: Irene Bittick, Tullahoma, Tennessee; Dorothy L.
Miller, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Correspondence: Jessie Maude Ikard to
Leigh Hendricks, 1930-1981; Lewgene Newell to Dorothy L. Miller, 1981; L.
Cary Bittick to Dorothy L. Miller, 1953; Leigh Hendricks to Dorothy L.
Miller, 1979-1981; Allan Hill to Dorothy L. Miller; Census Records:
Williamson County, Tennessee 1820; Giles County, Tennessee 1830, 1850,
1860, 1870, 1880; Obion County, Tennessee Marriage Records 1824-1877, Grace
Dietzel Gary and Carolyn West Stricklin, 1978, page 262, 316; Giles County
Marriage Book 1865-1870, Jean Burns Cosby, page 3; Family Group Records,
Allan Hill, Dell City, Texas, 1986. 
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                    Giles County, Tennessee Census 1850
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Schedule 1. Free inhabitants in District No. 14 in the County of Giles,
State of Tennessee enumerated by me, on the 10th day of October, 1850. John
McGrew, Ass't Marshal.

174-174   Green Bittick              27  m     Farmer        Tennessee
          Sarah Bittick              26  f                   Tennessee
          John H. Bittick            12  m                   Tennessee
          William T. Bittick         10  m                   Tennessee
          Cynthia Bittick             8  f                   Tennessee
          James L. Bittick            6  m                   Tennessee
          Mary Jane Bittick           4  f                   Tennessee
          Isabella Bittick            1  f                   Tennessee
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Schedule 1. Free inhabitants in District No. 13 in the County of Giles,
State of Tennessee enumerated by me, on the 17th day of October, 1850. John
McGrew, Ass't Marshal.

 41-41    Jerome Bittick             26  m     Farmer        Tennessee
          Cynthia Bittick            49  f                   North Carolina
          John Bittick               18  m     Farmer        Tennessee
          Eglina Bittick             28  f                   Tennessee
          Mira Bittick               16  f                   Tennessee
          Samuel Bittick             14  m                   Tennessee

 43-43    Isaac N. Bittick           23  m     Farmer        Tennessee
          Susannah Jane Bittick      22  f                   Tennessee
          Marcus L. Bittick           2  m                   Tennessee
          James M. Bittick         8 mo  m                   Tennessee
          Mary Nutt                  25  f                   Tennessee
          Henry Rosenbum             21  m     Laborer       Tennessee
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Schedule 1. Free inhabitants in ---------- in the County of Giles, State of
Tennessee enumerated by me, on the ---- day of ---------, 1850. John
McGrew, Ass't Marshal.

181-181   Hiram Bittick              33  m                   Tennessee
          Sarah Bittick              32  f                   Tennessee
          Cynthia Bittick            11  f                   Tennessee
          Newton M. Bittick           9  m                   Tennessee
          John A. Bittick             6  m                   Tennessee
          Mary J. Bittick             5  f                   Tennessee
          Puss (not named) Bittick    2  f                   Tennessee
          Babe Bittick             1 mo  f                   Tennessee
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U.S. Federal Census, Giles County, Tennessee 1850, National Archivles
Microfilm Publication: Microcopy M-432, Roll 879.
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                         Bounty Land Application
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State of Tennessee, Giles County. On this 5th day of April A.D. Eighteen
hundred and fifty five, personally appeared before me, a Justice of the
Peace within and for the County and State aforesaid, Cynthia Bittick, aged
55 years, a resident of Giles County, the State of Tennessee, who being
duly sworn according to law declares, that she is the widow of John R.
Bittick who was a private in the company commanded by Captain James Cowan
in the year 1813-14 against the Creek Indians: that her said husband was
mustered into the service of the United States at Franklin, State of
Tennessee about the 11th day of November A.D. 1813 for a term of four
months and continued in actual service in said war for the term of four
months and was honorably discharged at (blank) about the 19th March A.D.
1814. She further states that the above facts are all she can state or
obtain in relation to her said husband's service. She annexes hereto his
original Certificate of discharge.
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I do hereby Certify, That John R. Bittick has serv'd in my Company of
Rangers From the 11th November 1813 To the 19th March 1814 Having conducted
Himself in a faithful and Soldier like Manner & is hereby Honorably
discharged. James Cowan Capt. R.
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She further states that she was married to the said John R. Bittick in
Williamson County in the State of Tennessee on the 25th day of December
A.D. 1814 by one James Henry, a Justice of the peace, and that her name
before her said marriage was Cynthia Reckstraw: that her said husband died
at the County of Giles and said State of Tennessee on the 8th day of
January A.D. 1838 and that she is now a widow. She further states that
there is no record evidence of her marriage either public or private and
cannot produce the same. She further states that this is (her) first
application for bounty land for said service & that she has never
heretofore applied for or received bounty land. She makes this declaration
for the purpose of obtaining the bounty land to which she may be entitled
under the act approved 3 March 1855.

                              Sintha Bittick
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We, William Sanders and Washington D. Carpenter, residents of Giles County
in the State of Tennessee, upon our oaths declare, that the foregoing
declaration was signed and acknowledged by Cynthia Bittick in our presence
and that we believe from the appearance and materuraty (sic) of the
applicant that she is the identical person she represents herself to be.

                              William Sanders
                   Washington D. (his x mark) Carpenter

The foregoing declaration and affidavit were sworn to and subscribed before
me on the day and year above written: and I certify that I know the
affiants to be credible persons, that the claimaint is the person she
represents herself to be, and that I have no interest in this claim.

                  Edmund H. McCord, J.P. for Giles County

Direct my land warrant to Nathan Adams, Pulaski, Tenn.
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State of Tennessee, Giles County: On this 5th day of April in the year
1855, personally appeared before me, a Justice of the peace in & for the
County and State aforesaid, James Carrel, aged 70 years & William Sanders,
aged 72 years, both residents of Giles County, who being duly sworn
according to law declare, that they were acquainted with John R. Bittick
& Cynthia Bittick his wife for more than twenty years in the life time of
the said John R. Bittick, that they lived in the same neighborhood and not
more than five miles apart from said John R. for upwards of twenty years,
and the said James Carrel states that he was present at the wedding of the
said John R. Bittick and Cynthia Bittick at the house of the said John R.
in Williamson County, Tennessee and know they were married. Affiant further
states that the said John R. Bittick and Cynthia Bittick lived together as
husband and wife from the time of their marriage aforesaid & which was
about the time stated in the foregoing declaration of said Cynthia Bittick,
until the time of the death of the said John R. Bittick, and that they were
regarded as husband and wife throughout the different neighborhoods in
which they lived: that they had a large family of children, as many as
nine, as the fruits of their marriage. He further states that he was with
the said R. Bittick during his last sickness & knows that he is dead & that
he died about the time stated in the foregoing declaration of said Cynthia;
and affiant William Sanders states that the said John R. Bittick & Cynthia
Bittick lived together as husband and wife during all the time of his
acquaintance with them for more than 20 years, that they were regarded as
such in the neighborhood in which they severally resided: & that they had a
large family of children as the fruits of their marriage. Affiant Sanders
further states that he was present and saw said John R. Bittick die &
helped to bury him. And affiant further states(s) that the said Cynthia
Bittick, whose declaration is on this sheet of paper is the identical
person who is the widow of the said John R. Bittick & that she is still a
widow. They together state that they are in no wise interested in this
claim.

                         James (his x mark) Carrel
                              William Sanders

Sworn to & subscribed before me on the day & year above written. I certify
that I am not interested in this claim.

                           Edmund H. McCord, J.P.
                              For Giles County
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State of Tennessee
                       SC
Giles County

I, Edward D. Jones, Clerk of the County Courty of said County, hereby
certify that Edmund H. McCord, Esquire, before whom the foregoing
declaration and affidavit were sworn to and whose genuine signature is
affixed to the certificate of the same, was when he signed said
certificate, an acting Justice of the Peace of said County of Giles, duly
commissioned and qualified and that full credit should be given to all his
official acts.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of
said County at office in Pulaski, this 5th day of April, A.D. 1855.

                             E.D. Jones, Clerk
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Bounty Land Warrant Application 139198, Sintha (Cynthia) Bittick. National
Archives, Washington, D.C.
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                            Pension Application
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                      DECLARATION OF WIDOW FOR PENSION.
                          Act of February 14, 1871

State of Tennessee
                       ss:
Giles County

On this 8th day of September, A.D. one thousand eight hundred and seventy
one, personally appeared before me, Hans H. Aymett, Clerk of the County
Court of record, in and for the County and State aforesaid, Cynthia
Bitticks aged 74 years, a resident of 13th Civil District, County of Giles
and State of Tennessee; who, being duly sworn according to law, declares
that she is the widow of John R. Bitticks, who served the full period of
sixty days in the military service of the United States in the war of 1812,
and who was the identical John R. Bitticks who enrolled in Captain Maury's
Company, -------- Regiment, -------- Brigade -------- Division at
Fayetteville, in the State of Tennessee, on the ---- day of January, 1814
and was honorably discharged at Fayetteville, on the last day of April,
1815: that her recollection is imperfect owing to bodily infirmity and old
age, but she has (endeavored) to give the truth. As to date of marriage she
states that she & (said) John R. intermarried in the winter after his
return from said service. She states that under the Acts of Sept. 1850 &
March 1855 she received bounty land for said service, but cannot give
numbers thereof. At that time she also filed proof of said marriage &
distinct statement of services & other facts when the same was more fresh.
Now she is confined to bed by reason of age & bodily infirmities. She
states further that when in health she could sign her name, but now cannot
& makes her mark. Her Family Bible with record of marriage was destroyed
during the late (Civil) war & she has nothing now to rely upon but memory.
She states however that she was married during the war (of 1812) & about
the time herein stated, that she was married under the name of Cynthia
Rakestraw to said John R. Bitticks on the 25th day of December 18--, by
James Henry, Justice of peace at Williamson County in the State of
Tennessee, there being no legal barrier to such marriage; that her said
husband died at 13th Civil District of said County on the 8th day of
January, 1837: and that she has not re-married since his death; that at no
time during the late rebellion against the authority of the United States
did she or her husband adhere to the cause of the enemies of the
Government, giving them aid or comfort, or exercise the functions of any
office whatever under any authority or pretended authority in hostility to
the United States; that she will support the Constitution of the United
States; that she is not in receipt of a pension under any previous act;
that she makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the
pension roll of the United States under the provisions of the act approved
February 14, 1871; and hereby constitues and appoints with full power of
substitution and revocation, NATHAN ADAMS, Pulaski, Tennessee, her true and
lawful Attorney, to prosecute her claim and obtain the pension certificate
that may be issued; that her Post office is Pulaski, County of Giles, and
State of Tennessee; and that her domicil or place of abode is sd. 13th
Civil District, Giles County.

                       Cynthia (her x mark) Bitticks

ATTEST:

James Carvell
Michael C. Wilsford
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Also personally appeared James Carvelle and Michael C. Wilsford, both
residing at 13th Civil District in the County of Giles, State of Tennessee,
persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who,
being by me duly sworn, say: That they were present and saw Cynthia
Bitticks the claimant make her mark to the foregoing declaration; and they
have every reason to believe, from the appearance of said claimant and
their acquaintance with her, that she is the identical person she
represents herself to be; that her husband, the soldier named in her
declaration, died at or about the time and place stated therein, their
knowledge of his death being derived from the fact that both of them
resided in the District in which said John R. lived most of his life & but
a short distance from him - said Carvell & he were intimate & both state
that from the time stated as to his death, he has not been in this District
& is reported dead. Said Carvell was present & heard his funeral service
preached. Both state that they have known his widow the claimant & that she
has not remarried. They state they have no doubt of his death altho (sic)
they did not see him die; and they know she has remained a widow since his
death; that no time during the late rebellion against the authority of the
United States did she, or her said husband, adhere to the cause of the
enemies of the Government, or give them aid or comfort, and that they have
no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of the claim.

                               James Carvell
                            Michael C. Wilsford

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 8th day of September A.D. 1871; and
I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration, &c., were
fully made known and explained to the applicant and witnesses before
swearing; and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the
prosecution of this claim.

                          Hance H. Aymett, Clerk
                       County Court of Giles County
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State of Tennessee, Giles County:

On this 16th day of May A.D. 1871, personally appeared before me, Hans H.
Aymett, Clerk of the County Court of Giles County aforesaid, William
Sanders, aged 88 years next June, a resident of said County and a man of
probity, truth and fully entitled to credit, who being duly sworn according
to law, states: that he was intimately acquainted with John R. Bittick &
his wife Cynthia the claimant for 48 years & more in the life time of said
John R. & dating from this date would go back to a period of 60 years or
more. He came from North Carolina to Williamson County, Tennessee in
company with said Cynthia. Our families moving together. She was then
single - and settled in the same neighborhood a few miles apart. From this
date he, Said Bittick & wife have known (knew) each other. For more than
ten years after the first settlement we lived in said Williamson County &
then Said John R. & his wife & my family moved to this County, Giles, &
settled in about a mile of each other and were in distance & fact neighbors
to each other. During this last period & up to his death we lived within
less than two miles. I remember well the fact of their marriage. We were
living in sight & I saw them first after their marriage, the date I cannot
state exactly, but I know it was during the war (of 1812) and in the winter
of the year. My recollection of this last fact is based upon this said John
R. & myself belonged to the same beat & when I was drafted, I got a
substitute & John acted and served his time. Said John R. was then married.
Affiant further states he knew well the chldren of said John R. & Cynthia
Bittick, the family being raised about them. Affiant states their ages with
reference to ages of his own children. They had nine children - Eglina was
the oldest - Hiram and my son Dow, I believe are about of an age (the same)
& the latter is near 53 years - then Green, Absalom, Jerome, Newton, John,
Samuel & Elmira ... As before stated, affiant is positive that said John R.
& Synthia were married during the war of 1812 & as he believes about the
year 1813 as stated by said Cynthia in her application for pension. Affiant
further states that he waited on said John R. during his last sickness, saw
him die, & helped to bury him, was with him a day & night in his last
sickness. Affiant further states that said Cynthia has not married since &
still a widow - And that he is not interested direct or indirect in this
claim.

                              William Sanders

Sworn to & subscribed before me the date & year above written & contents
fully made knowm to said William, affiant.

                   H.H. Aymett, Clerk, Giles Cty. Court
                       by W. Houston, Deputy Clerk
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And ... Mahlon Stacey, aged 74 years, a resident of said Giles County, a
man of truth & fully entitled to credit, who being duly sworn according
(to) law, states: that he was well acquainted with said John R. Bitticks &
his wife said Cynthia from the year 1812 to 1830 & lived in said year of
1812-13 at the time of his marriage & for some time afterward in said
Williamson County, Tennessee about 2 miles distanct from them. Affiant
states as a fact that said John R. Bitticks and said Cynthia the claimant,
in said County of Williamson on the 25th day of December 1813,
intermarried. Affiant's wife was at the wedding - and he states further
that his recollection is perfectly distinct as to said fact & date of its
occurrance. Affiant knew several of his children. His oldest daughter &
Hiram the oldest son. He cannot state positively as to the ages of their
chiildren, but from his knowledge would state that he thinks the affidavit
of William Sanders on this page to be correct. Affiant also states that he
lived about three miles apart from them at the time of the death of said
John R. & for several years after his decease in (the) same neighborhood
with his widow, said Cynthia, & has no doubt of the fact of said John's
death & that it was about the time stated by her. He states that said
Cynthia is still a widow & that he has no interest whatever in this claim.

                                Mahlon Stacy

Sworn to & subscribed before me on the 23d day of May 1871 and content
fully made known to said Mahlon Stacey.

                             H.H. Aymett, Clerk
                             Giles County Court
                        by W. Houston, Deputy Clerk
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Pension Application 3263, War of 1812, Cynthia Bittick. National Archives,
Washington, D.C.
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                            Campground Cemetery

Located two miles south of Troy, Tennessee on Campground Road on part of
(the) old Wilson Land Grant.

                            Jane Bittick,
                            Wife of Newt Bittick
                            Died 12-24-1888
                            Age 60 Yrs.
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Cemeteries of Obion County, Tennessee, 1990, Volume 2, page 29.
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                      Descendants of Thomas Kenderdine

                              Generation No. 4

26. JOHN-5 RAKESTRAW (ELISABETH-4 KENDERDINE, RICHARD-3, THOMAS-2,
    unknown-1) was born bef. 1755, and died 1815 in Culpeper (County),
    Virginia. He married SARAH ....... 
      
                Children of JOHN RAKESTRAW and SARAH are: 
 
             i. NANCY-6 RAKESTRAW, b. bef. 1775; m. WILLIAM HICKMAN,
                April 9, 1796, Culpeper, Virginia.

56.         ii. JOHN RAKESTRAW, b. bef. 1775; d. 1822, of Edgefield,
                South Carolina.
 
           iii. JOSEPH RAKESTRAW, b. bef. 1782; m. HANNAH GRANT,
                February 3, 1803, Fauquier, Virginia.

57.         iv. KIMBLE RAKESTRAW, b. 1785, Virginia; d. 1855.
 
             v. RAKESTRAW, b. Bef. 1794.
 
            vi. BIRLEY RAKESTRAW, b. 1795; m. JOHN ROBERSON, August
                24, 1815, Culpeper, Virginia.
 
           vii. CYNTHIA RAKESTRAW, b. 1797, Virginia; m. JOHN
                BITTICKS, 1814, Williamson, Tennessee.
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