Joseph W. Kittinger
| History of Cumberland and Adams Counties, Pennsylvania |
Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co., 1886
H. C. Bradsby with Aaron Sheely
|Transcribed by Vicki Hartman; September 2008 for GenealogyTrails.com|
"JOSEPH W. KITTINGER, farmer, Fairfield, is a son of Joseph Kittinger, who was born in Lancaster County, of Swiss parents, in 1799, and died in Highland Township, this county, in 1882, where his widow now lives with her son, Jacob L. When Joseph was eight years of age his father moved to Buffalo, N.Y., and when he was sixteen years old he was sent to Franklin County, Penn., to learn the trade of a weaver, at which he worked nearly all his lifetime. Later in life he bought and stocked the farm which his sons worked. He was a self-made and self- educated man, fitting himself for a teacher, which profession he followed in winter for many years. He was strictly temperate, and, though never an office seeker, took a warm interest in public affairs. In politics he was an ardent Republican. His wife was Susanna Wortz, of Franklin County, born in 1802. Three of their children died quite young, and five are now living: Tirzah, wife of George Plank, of Franklin Township, this county; Ephraim, married to Mary Cromer and living in Hanover, York County; Joseph W.; Benjamin (first married to Christiana Hulsinger, who died shortly after, then to Amanda Diehl; lives in Mountpleasant Township, this county); and Jacob L., married to Mrs. Evadne, widow of Walter Wellington, of York, and living on the home farm. Joseph W. was born April 25, 1838, on the home farm, where he lived until his marriage, when he rented the old Musselman place for two years, and after that the John Waugh farm, on which he lived for seventeen years, when he bought his present place, of over 150 acres, near the “Company Mill.” His farm shows the results of intelligent care and good management. December 16, 1862, he was married to Hannah M., daughter of Daniel and Martha Plank, of Highland Township, this county. Her father died February 13, 1884, and her mother is now living near Gettysburg. Mr. Plank had been register and recorder of the county; was also a teacher, and for the last twenty years of his life kept the gate-house on the Chambersburg Turnpike. Mr. and Mrs. Kittinger have five children: Minnie May, born December 19, 1863, married to Cyrus Grant Musselman, son of Joseph, of Hamiltonban Township; Effie Lauretta, born May 12, 1866, William Emory, born January 1, 1869, John Waugh, born November 13, 1872, and Martha Plank, born September 11, 1875, living with their parents. Mr. Kittinger is an ardent Republican in politics, and has held many township offices. He had been for the past three years tax collector, and for the two years previous was collector of school tax. He and his wife and three of his children are members of the Lutheran Church, Fairfield, in which he has been deacon for nine years. "
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