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Re: Richard Kittle, Indian fighter
Posted by: James M. Holland Date: August 01, 2000 at 05:55:31
In Reply to: Re: Richard Kittle, Indian fighter by James M. Holland of 675

Herbert Richard Kittle's Biography

Herbert Richard Kittle, son of Abraham Kittle and Christina
Westfall was baptisted March 20, 1761, at Deer Park Church,
Ulster County, New York. He married Margaret Elizabeth White
(the daughter of Isaac White), the widow of John Stalnaker,
on June 27, 1785 in Harrison Couny, Virginia (now West Virginia)
they were married by Jacob Westfall. Richard died on January 14,
1831 in Randolph County, Virginia (now West Virginia). Margaret
Elizabeth had two children by John Stalnaker; Rachel and John White
Stalnaker. She was born in 1756 in Frederick County, Virginia and
died in Randolph County, Virginia (now West Virginia) 26 Mar 1846.

Richard Kittle was a celebrated Indian Scout in Tygarts Valley. He
attracted the attention of border settlers of that day and he is
mentioned in Wither's "Border Warfare" as one of the four men who
was unwilling to turn back from pursuing the Indians who had
murdered the settlers in Leading Creek in 1781. Two other men
that step forward to continue the pursuit was Alexander West and
Joseph Friend. Leading Creek became the town of Elkins.

According to my great grandmother Rachel Skidmore Scott, who was
the grand niece of Richard Kittle (her mother was Sarah Kittle
Skidmore, daughter of Jacob and Mary Hendrickson Kittle), Richard
was said to have been in that part of West Virginia (possibly
in Lewis County) as early as 1772, and he was with Hughes, Hacker,
Cutright, Andrew Skidmore (another of my ancestors), and others
when the Indians at Bulltown, in Braxton County, were destroyed,
in a time of peace. Richard was said to have denied that any
Indians were killed, but they ran away. However, in his death bed
confession one of the Cutrights, who died at the age of 105, said
that the Indians were all killed; men, women and children. My
grandmother; Russie Scott, said that she was told by her father
Edward, son of Rachel Skidmore Scott, that he recalled her (his
mother) telling this story. She also said that the white men
dipped their mocassins in bearfat to remove the smell of blood and
then burned the buildings. These native Americans were a peaceful?
tribe from New York State who had settled at Bulltown, named after
their Chief Bull.

Will book number 2, page 259-260, Randolph County Courthouse records
Richard's will. It names wife Margaret; daughters: Jane Kittle, Ann
Wilmoth and Mary Phillips; grandchildren: Nestor, Martin D., Clarissa
(children of his son Isaac Kittle, he died in 1816), John, Richard and
Ann Scott (children of his daughter Agnes [Kittle] Scott). Richard willed
a Negro slave woman named Peg to his wife Margaret and a Negro slave girl
named Phebe to his daughter Jane Kittle. Executors: Isaac White signed
October 8, 1830, probated January 1831. Witnesses: Jacob Kittle and Elijah

Note: He did not mention Agnes Kittle who married Charles Scott, this may
have been because that Agnes had died before he wrote his new will on 8 Oct
1830, the records show that Charles Scott married Agnes on January 7, 1813.
Richard and Margaret are listed as her parents in the marriage records for
Randolph County. He did, however, mention Agnes (Kittle) Scott's children;
John, Richard and Ann in his will.

Richard and Margaret had five children:

1. Isaac born 16 Aug 1786 died February 1816 married Sarah Hardin.
Isaac and Sarah had four children; Nestor, Martin D., Rachel and

2. Ann born 1790 married John Wilmoth 12 Oct 1810 by John Rowan.

3. Agnes born 7 Jan 1793 married Charles Scott on January 7, 1813 by John
Rowan, she died after 1822 (based on her daughter Ann's birth on 31
Jan 1822). Agnes and Charles had three children; John, Richard and Ann.

4. Jane married? (no marriage information found) Charles Scott after
her sister Agnes died. Charles and Jane had two children; James Beeks
and Isaac.

5. Mary born 1796 married Eli H. Phillips. Mary and Eli had ten known
children; John W.S., Sarah Agnes, Ananias, Annis/Anice, Samuel Elliott,
James Riley, Asbury S., Savilla, Susannah and Martha Jane.

The Last Will and Testament of Richard Kittle

I, Richard Kittle, of the County of Randolph and State
being in perfect mind and sound memory and knowing that
it is ordered and appointed for all men to die have thought
it proper to dispose of all this worldly estate with which it
has pleased God to bless me with in the manner and form
following after all my debts are paid. 1st, I owe and bequeath
to my beloved wife, Margarett Kittle, one-third part of all my
real and personal estate which I hold at my death during her
natural life and also the Negro woman named Peg and then to
be divided between the heirs. 2nd, I owe and bequeath to Nester
H. Kittle and Martin D. Kittle one half of a survey of land in
the _____ Creek Settlement containing 203 acres by paying to
their sister Clarrisa Kittle twenty-five dollars and the other
half of said survey to John and Richard Scott by paying to their
sister Ann Scott twenty-five dollars. 3rd, I owe and bequeath to
my daughter Jane Kittle the Negro girl named Phebe and her bed
and pot and the remainder to be equally divided between my
daughters Ann Wilmoth, Mary Phillips, Jane Kittle and Absalom
Phillips daughter Jane Marrah and 5_ly. I constitue and appoint
Isaac White my executor to this my last will and testament and
do hereby disavow and revoke all and every other will or wills
by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my
hand and seal this eighth day of October in the year of Our Lord

Richard Kittle (SEAL)

Signed, Sealed and Acknowledged in the presence of

Jacob Kittle
Elijah Kittle

Probated Randolph County Court January A.D. 1831


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