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Clarence Fisher's Account
Posted by: Judith Hopping Date: April 05, 2000 at 17:20:47
In Reply to: Accounts of Pitner Origins by Judith Hopping of 170

1. Genealogy of Joseph Fisher and his Descendants (and the allied families of Farley, Farlee, Fetterman, Pitner, Reeder and Shipman) by Clarence Woodward Fisher (LDS microfilm #1036275), p. 187-189: "The religious persecutions that were waged against Huguenots along the Rhine, in the latter part of the seventeenth century which caused many thousands of their best and peace-loving citizens to leave the Fatherland for an asylum of peace and repose on the new continent of America, tradition informs us, were the cause of John Pitner, with his wife and son Henry, a babe four weeks old, forsaking their kindred and country upon the Rhine for America, where refuge was offered to the oppressed and persecuted by the greatest of philanthropists, William Penn.
       "After their arrival in America, they settled in the vicinity of Bristol, in Bucks County, Pa., upon the Delaware River, a locality that was almost entirely populated by Germans. It was in this locality that Henry, the eldest son of John Pitner was reared and grew to manhood, and where he subsequently married and reared his family, devoting his time to agricultural pursuits. This occupation I infer he was engaged in, from the fact that in Vol. XIII of second series of Pennsylvania archives I find the record of the fact that Henry Pitner was assessed one bushel of wheat for forage for the Continental Army in 1778, and the acknowledgment of the collection of the same. The same record also gives his brother, Michael Pitner, credit for furnishing both wheat and forage for the Continental Army the same year.
       "There lived a John Pitner in Newtown township, Bucks County, on the road leading from Newtown to Yardlesville, on the Delaware River. He was assessed in the year 1781 as a tenant, and by occupation a wheelwright. In 1788 he purchased the wheelwright shop, with fifteen acres and seventy-one perches, on the same place as described above; and afterwards made additional purchases of adjacent lands, making him a farm of fifty-six acres where he resided until 1803. I was unable to get his subsequent record.
       "Henry Pitner, after becoming of age, married Deborah Lambert. They located upon a plantation on the Delaware River, residing in what is known as Falls township, Bucks County, Pa., where they reared their family. After 1783 he disappears from the assessment rolls. The only sons I was enable to secure record of are Lambert Pitner, born Aug 2nd, 1753 and an Abner Pitner, who, in 1791, as a single man, was assessed in Fals township, Bucks County, occupation given as a miller, and by trade a carpenter. he moved from this township in 1803.
       "I was unable to secure a detailed record of Henry Pitner and family, but as will be noted in the following letter from Dr. F.R. Pitner, a son of Michael Pitner, who, I think, was the youngest brother of Henry, there will be found an account of the removal of the brothers to Rockingham County, Va., after the close of the Colonial war." [The text of this letter is posted separately].

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