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Posted by: Linda Kitner Devine Date: February 03, 1999 at 10:41:51
In Reply to: KETNER, KETTNER,KITNER,KATNER by Michael Brown of 423

This was provided by my aunt, Helen "Kitner" Scott of San Marcos, CA about 10 years ago.

The Kitner Family

Francis Kitner was born near Salem, NC. His date of birth is unknown. He married Mary Fiddler, also from NC. Francis was a farmer. He and his wife had seven children, we only know of one.
The son, Henry Kitner, was born in NC in 1818. He married Mahala A. Crouse, a native of NC in Feb 1837. In 1838, they resolved to leave the old home and find a new one in the west. He and his father "Francis" started for the Territory of Iowa. The father with a 4 horse team, taking with them all the family. Henry followed with a 2 horse wagon of his own. In it were all the household utensils, restricted to only those things that were absolutely necessary. When the travelers finally arrived in the area of Jacksonville, IL, they were so enchanted by the beautiful scenery and the evident fertility of the soil, they decided to make this their abiding place and not seek further and perhaps fare worse. They took up a tract of 120 acres of land north of Jacksonville IL, all of which they improved in time to a valuable farm. At first, they built a little log cabin for the shelter of the family and covered it with clapboards. Afterwards, he added a small frame house. They later moved to a farm southeast of Woodson, IL.
When the Kitners first came to Morgan Co, the country was so sparsely settled that the most accessable markets were far distant. They had to take their first product to St Louis, going by way of the Mississippi river. Many times they obtained $1.25 to $2.00 a hundred weight for the cattle.

Henry and Mahala were the parents of 9 children, 6 of whom lived:
Elizabeth m Isaac Coffman
Their children were:
David Francis m Florence Mason
Abraham m ?
Jennie m David Parks
Susan m ---- Liming
James m Harriet Sloan

Joseph Frank m Eliza Jane Harney
Their children were:
Melissa m ---- Crowe
Ida m Will Crawley
Anna Mahala m Dick Self
Nettie m Amos Meggison

Mary Mahala m Frank Harney
Their children were:
Eliza Mahala m Jordan McAlister
William Francis m Anna M. Smith
Mary Elizabeth m John Phillip Moxon

Jefferson m Frances Massey
Their children were:
Nell, Minnie, Eva, and Helen

Will Kitner m Louise Tunnel
Their children were:
Fred m Margaret Fitzsimmons
Wilbur (Jack) m Faye Henery
Georgia m Homer Anthony

Edward Kitner m Mollie Letton
Their children were:
Bessie Marie m Harry Goodrich
Henry ?
Dorothy ?

Mary Mahala Kitner, daughter of Henry Kitner was born in 1840 and died in 1927. She married Frank Harney in 1859 in W. Quincy, MO. He was born in 1835 and died in 1911.
Their children were:
Eliza Mahala m Jordan Walker McAlister
Their children were:
Grace Estelle m Roy Brandon
Henry (Harry) (1881-1895)
Bessie (1883-1895)
Carl Francis (1885-1895)
Oliver Dean (1887-1895)
(Note: These deaths were due to a Typhoid epidemic)

Elsie May m Charles Deweese
Their children were:
Dorothy Bernice Davies. They had twin sons. Bevin Owen and Jordan Alan born in 1841.
Mabel Lucille (unmarried)
Russel Marion m Hazel Ezard

William Franmcis m Anna M. Smith
Their children were:
Fred, Maude, Eola, Roy, John and Kenneth

Mary Elizabeth (1868-1931) m John Phillip Moxon (1863-1945)
Their children were:
Effie Mae m George Hall
Frank m Ruth Hayden
Robert Russel (died in infancy)
Mary Madaline m Clyde Owings
Eva Pearl m Louis Michael Boddy

Frank Kitner owned 2 or 3 farms. In his early life, he lived on his place about ½ mile southeast of Woodson, IL. He also had land about 3 miles southeast of Jacksonville, IL. It was known as the Kitner farm for may years. It is now known as the Story farm on the Vandalia Road. Later in life, he bought a place on S Main Road, south of the present Ranch House. This was the Frank Kitner home for many years until his death.

In the 1900’s or before, Jefferson Kitner married Frances Massey. They lived on the corner of the present Mound Road and Massey Lane. The Massey’s owned a large tract of land on both sides of the lane.

Will Kitner lived about 6 miles west of Woodson, Il.

John Russel Harney must have lived on the Kitner farm, southeast of Jacksonville, for Frank Harney who married Mary Mahala Kitner was born there in 1835. Ten years later, the Harneys moved 3 miles southwest of Jacksonville. That place was called the Harney farm and was in the family until it was sold after the death of Mary Elizabeth Harney Moxon in 1931.

Jordan Walker McAlister was a twin to Eliza Frances McAlister. She married George A McKean Sr. They had one son, George A McKean Jr. He married Bess Reid and they had two sons William (Bud) and Jim.

Frank Kitner’s dauthter Melissa married—Crowe. They had one son, Frank. Dauthter Ida married Will Crawley. They had 2 children. Anna who married Gene Curtis, and Frank, who married Geneva Authur. Daughter Anna Mahala married Dick Self. They had one son Joseph. Nettie married Amos Megginson. They had 3 children: Lena (unmarried) Hazel, who married Harry Ling and Claribel, who married James Merrill.

Will (William) Kitner son Wilbur (Jack) had five children:
Harold (1902-1967) m Allene Holland
Their children were:
Jack Griffith m Judy --- live in Kansas City, KS
Their adopted children are Brian (15) and Sarah (9).
Linda m Dean Devine live in Waynesboro, PA
Their children are: Christopher (25), Anthony (24), Dawn (23)

Elinore (1906-1985) m Webb Bear (no children)
Helen (1910- m George Scott
They have one child-Marilyn
Kay (1915-1997) m Roy Young (no children)
William (1920-1996)


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