Peter Smith Jr.
Catherine Zettelmeyer
Daniel Riegel Sr.
Maria Magdelina Fisher
Elias Smith
Catherine Riegel
Priscilla Smith


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1. Thomas Witman

Priscilla Smith 2 3

  • Born: 29 May 1859, West Brunswick Twp., Schuylkill, PA 2 3 4
  • Marriage (1): Thomas Witman on 18 Mar 1896 in , Montgomery, PA 1
  • Died: 30 Oct 1921, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA at age 62 3 4
  • Buried: Pottstown: Pottstown Cemetery, Montgomery, PA

  Burial Notes:

Thos. Witman and Priscilla Witman share a tombstone at Pottstown Cemetery.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. appeared in the household of Peter Smith Jr. In a census in 1860 in West Brunswick Twp., Schuylkill, PA. 5 5 The 1860 census recorded related Smith and Riegel families living as neighbors.

Household 306 is Elijah Smith [sic, should be Elias], black smith, age 28. His wife Catherine is 18 [she is the sister of his first wife Pasella Riegel who died in 1857]; and daughters Lizzie 3 [by Elias' first wife] and Priscilla 1. His real estate was valued at $350 and personal estate $150.

Household 310 is William Smith, farmer, 36, with wife Fietta, 34; Emaline, 14; Celetta, 12; Alfred, 9; Thomas, 5; Messura, 3; and Elixander, 11 months when the census was recorded on 18 Jun 1850. Also in the home is farm laborer Peter Spence, 61. William's real estate value is $5700 and personal estate $352.

Household 312 is farmer Daniel Riegel [father of the girls who married Elias Smith], 56, with wife Mary, 56; Lewis, 16; Susannah, 14; Elizabeth, 11. Also in home is servant Elizabeth Sholler, 18, and Joseph Shoppell, 11. Daniel's real estate value is $5000 and personal estate $400.

Household 313 is Joseph Smith, famer, 39, with wife Catherine, 21, and son Francis, 9 months. His real estate is $1200 and personal $152.

Household 314 is Peter Smith Sr., occupation gentleman, 75, with wife Catherine, 65; son Henry, farmer, 30; William, farm laborer, 25; and Hannah, 20. Peter's real estate was $1200, personal $100, and Henry's $3000 and $712.

Household 316 is Peter Smith Jr., farmer, 44, with Catherine, 38; and twin sons Lewis and James, farm laborers, 16. Peter's real estate value is $1200 and personal $165.

Household 324 is John Smith, farm laborer, 45; with wife Matilda, 37; David, 18; Susannah, 14; Sarah, 12; Charles, 6; George, 5; Mary 3; and Franklin, 8 months. John's real estate is $600 and personal $100.

Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. The post office was Orwigsburg.

2. Census in 1870 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 6 The 1870 census recorded in Shenandoah City: Elias Smith, blacksmith, age 40, living with wife Catharine, 29; Lizzie, 10; Pracilla, 11; and Lydia, 10. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. Elias' real estate was valued at $1,500 and personal estate $500. Elias and Catharine cannot read or write.

3. Newspaper: Lebanon Daily News: Smith's Easter Reunion., 13 Apr 1903, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 7 SMITHS' EASTER REUNION.
Mr. and Mrs. Elias Smith Have Descendants With Them.
Mr. and Mrs. Elias Smith, of 443 North Sixth street, spent a joyous Easter with their children and grand-children, the occasion being a family reunion. Not in twenty-five years had all the children and their children been at home at the same time and Sunday was a happy one for all. Besides Mr. and Mrs. Smith there were present: Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Snyder, Mayd, Bertha, Blanche, Elias and William Snyder, Allentown; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Witman, Harvey and Clark Witman, Pottstown; Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Fauber, Alice Fauber, this city; Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Smith, Russel, Lester and Miriam Smith, this city, Miss Irene Smith and Claud Smith, this city.

4. Residence: on 13 Apr 1903 in Pottstown, Montgomery, PA. 7

5. Newspaper: Evening Herald: Mrs. Pricilla Witman, of Pottstown, who spent a few days the guest of Mrs. B. F. Beacher, left today for Danville, where she will visit relatives before returning home., 13 Aug 1920, Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 8 Note: Mrs. Witman is nee Priscilla Smith, the half sister of Bertha Beacher's mother, Lillian Smith.

6. Cause of Death: pulmonary tuberculosis, 30 Oct 1921, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 4

7. Newspaper: Evening Herald, 2 Nov 1921, Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 9 Mrs. B. F. Beacher today received word of the death of her aunt, Mrs. Thomas Witman, of Pottstown. The deceased was before her marrieage Miss Priscilla Smith, a former resident of town and a member of the Methodist church. The funeral will take place Thursday with services in the Fearless Methodist church and interment in at Pottstown.

Priscilla married Thomas Witman, son of Isaac Witman and Mary Kurtz, on 18 Mar 1896 in , Montgomery, PA.1 (Thomas Witman was born on 13 Nov 1845 in Joanna, Berks, PA,1 3 10 died on 9 Aug 1919 in Pottstown, Montgomery, PA 3 and was buried in Pottstown: Pottstown Cemetery, Montgomery, PA 3.)


1, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, Thomas Witman and Precilla Smith, 1896.

2 1860 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Roll 1180 Book 1, Page 406.

3 Find A Grave,

4, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Certificate 966060. Priscilla Witman. Father Elias Smith. Mother Catherine Reigle.

5 1860 United States Census, West Brunswick, Schuylkill, PA, Pages 38-40, Dwelling Houses 306 to 324.

6 1870 United States Census, Elias Smith, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, United States; citing p. 15, family 118.

7 Lebanon Daily News, 13 Apr 1903, page 4. Smith's Easter Reunion.

8 The Evening Herald (Shenandoah, PA), 13 Aug 1920, page 3.

9 The Evening Herald (Shenandoah, PA), 2 Nov 1921, page 2.

10 1850 United States Census, Mary Whitman in entry for Isaac Whitman, 1850.

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