Ditch Family Genealogy Forum
SAMUEL S. BOTTENFIELD, who passed out of this life in 1905, was one of theforemost and highly esteemed citizens of Williamsburg, Pa., and besides hisresidence property in this borough was the owner of a farm of 150 acres,located on the outskirts of the borough of Williamsburg. He was born in March, 1834, in Bedford County, Pa., and was a son of John and Barbara (Snowberger) Bottenfield, who previous to their marriage were residents ofChambersburg, Pa. His father was a carpet weaver by trade, but later in life engaged in agricultural pursuits. John and Barbara Bottenfield had three children: Nancy, who was the wife of Simon Ditch; Elizabeth, who was the wife of John Dell; and Samuel S., our subject.Samuel S. Bottenfield obtained a common school education and thenengaged in farming, which he followed successfully during the greater part ofhis life. He was the owner of fine fruit orchards and vineyards, but spent hisdeclining years in retirement at Williamsburg, where he owned a fineresidence, which is still occupied by his widow and daughter. Besides his farm and residence property he also owned what is known as the "big spring"at Williamsburg, which is 140 feet in length with a breadth of thirty-eightfeet and has a flow of 2,700 gallons per minute. This spring contains 83,000 gallons of water in length, and could be opened to twice its present size.The water never changes color, regardless of hard rains, etc., and has been piped to the fine brick residence occupied by the widow of our subject. Mr.Bottenfield was identified with the Republican party in politics, and servedas a member of the school board and of the borough council of Williamsburg.He was a director of the Paper Mills of this borough and was also a directorof the First National Bank.In the fall of 1872 Mr. Bottenfield was joined in marriage with Miss Mary Cowen, a daughter of John and Barbara (Hoover) Cowen, who were residents of Blair County and the parents of the following children: George and David,who were killed in the Civil War; Jacob; Harry; Catherine, who is the wife of George Shiffler; Louisa, who is the wife of D. S. Brumbaugh; Sarah, deceased;Mary; Nancy, who married H. D. Smith; and Edward H. One child was born to Mr.and Mrs. Bottenfield, Nora B., who lives with her widowed mother in Williamsburg. Mr. Bottenfield was a member of the Dunkard church, but his widow and daughter are members of the Presbyterian church.Sell, Jesse C., Twentieth Century History of Altoona and Blair County,Pennsylvania, and Representative Citizens, Chicago, IL: Richmond-Arnold,1911, p. 623.
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