Here is a PDF image of Abigail Mottice Creighton‘s estate at her death in 1858 (courtesy George Farris).
I have not gone through this record in great detail (slogging through old handwriting is slow going), but here are a few observations so far:
"The Mottice family moved to Waynesburg in 1920, and lived in what is now known as Frank Miller property on S. Main Street. The home at the time was owned by my Grandmother and Grandfather Dieringer."
From the Canton Repository, Jan 29, 1995:
Merle C. Mottice, age 75, died Friday at his home. He was born in Waynesburg, moving to Florida 24 years ago.
A recurring theme in informal Mottice family histories is that the father of Peter Mottice — whoever he was — was killed at the Delaware crossing before the Battle of Trenton during the Revolutionary War. This story is — so far — unverified. It would be helpful, of course, if we actually knew who Peter's father was, whether James Thomas Mottice or someone else.
Robert N. Mottice served in WWII, entering the service as Private and leaving as a Master Sergeant. He was not shipped overseas like his brother Merle, but served in various capacities in the States including with the Military Police.
His posts included Camp Tyson, TN, Ft. Lewis, WA, Ft. Custer MI, Camp Lordsburg NM, Ft. Clark TX, Camp Maxey, TX, Camp Gruber OK, Camp Rucker AL, Ft. Ord CA, and Ft. Riley KS.
James B. Mottice, son of Peter Mottice and Mary Sibert, and James W. Mottice, son of John B. Mottice and Elizabeth Cachel, have obviously similar names and were born only several years apart — James B. in 1832 and James W. in 1835. This has caused confusion for me in going through family and historical records, and came to a head with an obituary for James "B." that instead is probably for James "W." I am indebted for the clarification to Donna Bott, who is related, I believe to James W. through his wife Louisa Marker.
[Note: This is an updated post based on information subsequently received from Donna Bott. I am indebted to her for providing identification of James W. Mottice and for his photo.]
This tintype photo was in the possession of Robert N. Mottice, and in an envelope labeled, “Tin-type of John C. Mottice and brothers.” Although the image is in rather poor condition, it is one of the oldest Mottice photos I have.
Elizabeth Firestone was the grand-daughter of Peter and Pheby Mottice, and evidently occupied a special place in his heart. She was probably born between 1828 and 1836. I have so far been unable to locate a death record for her. Her mother was evidently Mahala Mottice Davis, daughter of Peter and Pheby.
According to Peter Mottice's will:
Mahala Mottice was evidently a daughter of Peter and Pheby Mottice. I have found no birth or death records for her, but I infer that she was born around 1805 and died between 1828 and 1836.
The first mention of Mahala is in the historical records of the Presbyterian Church in Waynesburg:
Robert N. Mottice, who died in 2003 at the age of 87, was the son of Grant Mottice and Frances Dieringer. This autobiography of his is a compilation of a historical account of his childhood that he wrote while a student at Glenville State College, and personal memoirs he wrote late in life for his 4 grandsons. It was originally recorded on audio tape in 1997.
This is the story of Robert Mottice, grandfather of Ryan, Bret, Kent, and Iain. It was requested by our son Bob to do this is as a tribute to the boys and do something that would add to their recollection of their family when they grew older. I'll start by reading an autobiography that was written by me in my senior year at Glenville State College.
I started high school in Waynesburg in the fall of 1930. The Depression was in full swing now, and money was almost nonexistent. Merle and I got a paper route with some 30 customers. It was the Dover Times, and we made $.10 a day on the route, which was better than nothing. The Whittaker-Greer fireproofing Company of Waynesburg turned over a large tract of land to people during the Depression for community gardens. We had a half acre plot, which my Dad, Merle and I tended.
Jobs were difficult to find that summer of 1934. I worked at the National Fireproofing Company for awhile, did some carpenter work picked some apples, husked corn and clerked at Elsass’ grocery store. Wages were from 10 to $.40 an hour. Of course, retail prices were correspondingly low. My graduation suit, all wool, cost $11.90, which included a hat at no charge.
We were at home in Waynesburg celebrating Mom’s birthday on Dec. 7, 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. With our entrance in the war, draft calls were increased and I received my call to report for a physical on Jan. 19, 1942. We were examined in Cleveland and I passed with flying colors. One month later, I became a GI – Government Issue. The thermometer stood at 20 below zero that morning of February 19 when I kissed Mom goodbye. Merle and Ruth drove me to Akron where we were taken by bus to Camp Perry, OH.
After a short vacation in Florida visiting some army friends, I resumed my work at McKesson & Robbins. In January 1948. I received a promotion to salesman. I liked the work pretty well but had my heart set on going to college. While visiting the campus of Glenville State College in West Virginia in 1949 I decided that this was the time and place for me to go to school.
Before I go into the next phase of my life, let me pull together some loose ends.
I had a very happy home life. My mother was very kind and loving, encouraging me to do well in school, which I did. She was a hard worker. In addition to raising 8 children, cooking, baking, mending clothing, and a thousand and one other household tasks, she found time to help my father by doing house cleaning for people in and around Waynesburg to help out our family budget.
I’m going to jump around a little bit now and go back to when I was a young boy growing up in Waynesburg. Perhaps you might be interested in what activities were available to us in our small town while I was growing up there and what our home life was like.
As I am writing and taping this autobiography for you, your father is compiling a family tree for you on his computer. So I will not include any genealogy on these tapes since he will have it for you on the computer. Instead I will tell you some stories about your ancestors that have been handed down over the years. Some of them may deviate from the truth at times, but they are told to you in good faith.
Now, boys, I would like to read before you from the Bible, chapter four of the Book of Proverbs, and I’d like to have you think that your father is reading these verses to you now. So we’ll pretend that I’m your Dad, and this is what I want you to listen to very carefully and heed.
From an unidentified newspaper article:
Mary Catherine Mottice Stratton, 2-15-1918 to 1-9-2000
Mary Catherine Stratton, age 81, of Waynesburg, passed away Sunday evening in Aultman Hospital after an extended illness.
From a copy of an unidentified but hand-dated "1880" newspaper clipping:
"MOTTICE – Died at his residence in Osnaburg, February 8th of consumption, William H. H. Mottice, aged 38 years, 6 months and 28 days.
From an unidentified newspaper article:
Virginia Kelley Mottice, 8-21-1913 to 1-8-1990
Florida — E. Virginia (Kelley) Mottice died Jan. 8 at Robinson Memorial Hospital.
"DIED: At his residence in Sandy Township, Stark County on the 7th of June 1855, Peter Mottice, Esq., another of the good old pioneer settlers, aged 83 years 4 months and 21 days, leaving 4 sons to mourn his loss.
From an unidentified and undated newspaper clipping:
Marion Eugene Mottice, 11-3-1910 to 11-3-1989
"Marion E. (Jeff) Mottice, age 79, of Highpoint, Brooksville (FL) died Friday, November 3 at his residence.
[Note — Evidence suggests that this transcription is in error, and that it in fact refers to James W. Mottice instead. See this discussion in the forums.]
"James B. Mottice —
Born at Indian Run Valley, Stark Co., Ohio, September 15, 1835, married Eliza Markel in 1857. To them were born 7 children, 5 of them and 13 grandchildren with the widow survive him.
From an unidentified newspaper (though probably Canton Repository), 1938:
"Grant E. Mottice, 72, Dies at Aultman Hospital "Grant E. Mottice, 72, died Wednesday morning at Aultman Hospital following an illness of several weeks.
From an unidentified newspaper, 1967:
Frances Dieringer Mottice, 12-8-1880 to 10-22-1967.
Mrs. Frances Mottice, 86, of 165 Poplar Ave. in Canton, passed away Sunday at Mary Grove Nursing Home after a long illness. A native of Waynesburg, she lived there until moving to Canton in 1959.
Died near Waynesburg, Oct. 7, 1885, Mrs. Elizabeth Mottice, widow of the late John B. Mottice, deceased, aged 75 years, 5 months and 3 days.
From an unidentified newspaper, 1989:
Arnold Lorain Mottice, 3-30-1907 to 10-8-1989
Mr. Arnold "Arnie" L. Mottice, age 82, passed away Sunday evening in Aultman Hospital following a brief illness. He retired from the Ohio Power Co. in 1971 after 38 years of service.
"Miss Abigail Mottice was born October 4, 1833 in Sandy Township and died at Waynesburg, October 9, 1914; age 81 years and 5 days.
"At the age of 15 years she united with the Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg, Ohio and remained a faithful member until her death. She possessed a deep religious nature. In her lifetime she had many opportunities to put into practice the life which she professed. This she never failed to do with the tenderest devotion.
"From a family of ten, Miss Mottice was the last to survive. Her life will ever be a benediction to all who knew her. She leaves to mourn nephews and nieces and many friends. Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church October 11, at 2:00 o'clock."
From an unidentified newspaper, 1988:
Helen Mottice Grein, 7-15-1912 to 6-17-1988
Mrs. Helen M. Grein, age 75, a resident of McKinley Life Care Center, passed away Friday afternoon following an extended illness.
From an unidentified newspaper, 1999:
Ruth E. Mottice Garster, 7-6-1908 to 9-11-1999
Ruth E. Garster, 91, of Canton OH passed away Saturday morning in the Shady Lawn Nursing Home following an extended illness. Born in Canton, OH on July 6, 1908, she was the daughter of the late Grant and Frances (Dieringer) Mottice.
The genealogical search for the Mottice family effectively ends with Peter Mottice, 1772-1855. As I posted previously, we don't know the name of his father or any other details with any degree of certainty.
Peter Mottice, however, is a different story. We have his obituary, his will, historical records, church records, and family records that paint a fairly detailed portrait of Grant Mottice's great grandfather. He was an early pioneer in the area of Waynesburg when it was largely uninhabited and still subject to Indian attack. He was founder and elder of the Waynesburg Presbyterian Church in 1823. He was a Justice of the Peace for the county for many years, and we have his written records of at least a portion of this time.
John Mottice, son of Peter and Pheby Mottice, was born in 1800 and died in 1879. He was the only son of Pheby.
There is uncertainty about his middle name. Charles D. Mottice, in his genealogy of John's half brother James, identifies him as John Crawford Mottice. Charles K. Mottice, in his history of the line that runs through John's son James, identifies him as John L. Mottice. But the 1870 census report identifies him as John B. Mottice, and all other documents list his middle initial as "B".
Robert N. Mottice was the 6th child (out of eight) of Grant and Frances Mottice. He was born in 1916 at North Industry, OH, which is between Waynesburg and Canton. Apparently his middle name was originally "Neal", as this is the name that shows on some early documents though he used "Neil" as his middle name during his adult life.
Peter Mottice was the owner and operator of a tavern in the Sandy Valley during the early 19th century. It was located on what is now Mottice Dr. just outside of Waynesburg. The structure is gone, but I was given several photos by a woman who lived as a young girl in what was probably the old tavern. Both photos were taken around that time and show her family in front of the house.
He was a leader of an ammunition and pioneer squad during that battle and received the combat infantryman badge for "outstanding performance of duty and exemplary conduct in action in the Guam operation."
Grant Edgar Mottice was born on Dec. 6, 1865 in Waynesburg.
In his father's Bible he is referred to at two separate pages as "Edwin Grant" and "Grant Edgar".
He was the son of John C. Mottice and Catherine Gross. He married Frances Dieringer on Dec. 28, 1903, and they had eight children. He died unexpectedly on March 9, 1938 of a ruptured gastric ulcer. He is buried in Waynesburg cemetery.
The photo to the right is undated, but probably before the turn of the century although it could be a wedding photo. It is the best photo of him I know of.
Peter Mottice was a founding elder of the Presbyterian Church in Waynesburg, Oh. The congregation was formed in 1821, and many of the old church records, or session records, still exist. Some of these make reference to Peter and his family, along with his descendants who were church members. In 2009 I was able to make scanned copies of all these session records that, at least at the time, were the only electronic copies of these fragile records.
Who is Philip Mottice? A marker in a family cemetery in Pennsylvania refers to him associated with a death date in 1786. This is the only evidence I have for any Mottices in Pennsylvania prior to the Whiskey Rebellion in 1791. Moreover, the name "Philip" does not show up anywhere in conjunction with the Mottice name.
In addition to being County Commissioner and ruling elder of the Presbyterian Church, Peter Mottice also served as Justice of the Peace in Stark County for a number of years.
This log book records his activities as he discharged his duties as JP. Although we are missing a number of pages — the first page is numbered "82" — many pages remain.
Three years prior to his death in 1855, Peter Mottice made the will that is shown here. There is no indication that he was in declining health, though he was attaining a ripe old age.
This copy of his will is from the Genealogical Archives of the Stark County (OH) Public Library. The original is gone, but this copy on microfiche (along with his other estate documents) was made from the original. It was evidently common practice to not keep original probate material once it was recorded on microfiche or microfilm.
Peter Mottice purchased two plots of land in Stark County — one described as in Osnaburg in 1806 and another described as in Sandy in 1812. One of these — presumably the latter — became the homestead where several generations of Mottices were born. Access was probably via the road now know as “Mottice Dr.” just north of Waynesburg and west of Rt. 43.
The original copy of this document is on microfiche in the Stark County Library in Canton, OH. This is one of the most puzzling documents in the Mottice family history. Naturalization papers exist to confer nationality upon a person. This one clearly states that Peter Mottice was being awarded status as a U.S. citizen in 1847, and that he previously was a citizen of France (King Louis Phiilippe was monarch in 1847). Yet all family accounts have Peter born in the U.S. The reference to him as Peter Mottice Senior was common to distinguish him from his nephew of the same name.
In a collection of historical records entitled, "Gateway to the West, Volume II," the section on Stark Co., Will Abstracts, 1811-1822, page 555 mentions Peter Mottice as an executor of the will of John Hewitt, whose brother James was evidently the first justice of the peace in the area and immediately preceded Peter Mottice in that office:
The following excerpts from this collection of historical records entitled, “Ohio County and Family Histories, 1780-1910, all mention Peter Mottice: 1. Page 470, while discussing early roads in Sandy Twp. shortly after 1806:
Peter Mottice, in addition to being on of the "old pioneers" in Stark County, was one of the first to serve as Justice of the Peace in this area. Much of this job apparently required the adjudication of disputes, as his case log attests. This case log in which he recorded the facts and findings of his job is one of the most interesting documents about the Mottices still in existence.
John C. Mottice served with the 162 Regiment of the Ohio Volunteers during the Civil War. In his service time the 162nd Regiment was deployed at "Valley of the Shenandoah, on the Peninsula, in the Operations of the James River, around Petersburg and Richmond, in the Battle of Monocacy, and in the Intrenchments of Washington." The two documents in this collection are his original discharge and a certificate of recognition for service.
Calvin Mottice died in 1857 at the age if 18. He was the son of John B. Mottice and Elizabeth Cachel.
This notebook of his, which I call a "sketch book", appears to be a collection of handwriting practice exercises and a few other curious revelations of his thoughts. The date of 1857 appears on some pages, so this was evidently written during the last year of his life. There is no indication in any family records why he died young or why this sketch book was kept by the family. I have not looked carefully at every page, so there may be some new information contained here.
Robert N. Mottice graduated from Glenville State College (WV) in 1952. He began his college studies on the GI Bill after he was discharged from the Army at the end of WWII.
He thoroughly enjoyed his four years there, and made many lifelong friends. While at Glenville, he majored in education and earned a number of honors, including the ones shown here. It was at Glenville that he met Maxine Elliott. Although she was younger than he was, she was a year ahead of him at college and graduated from Glenville in 1951. They married after he graduated in 1952.
This announcement appeared in the Ohio Repository (published out of Canton — later to become the Canton Repository) in early July 1821.
John Creighton descendant George Farris points out a death notice for Margaret in the Feb 13, 1818 edition of the Ohio Repository. There reference below to Margaret as still alive in 1823 must be to her mother-in-law, also named Margaret. See the updated notes for Margaret Mottice.
This announcement appeared in the Ohio Repository on December 5, 1816. This is the only known reference to Margaret, daughter of Peter, although I recently found a reference to “Margaret Creighton wife of John Creighton” in the session record for May 25, 1823 in the Waynesburg Presbyterian Church records. Her husband, John Creighton, has the same surname of a good friend of Peter’s and is therefore likely to be his son.
Maxine Elliott and Robert Mottice were married August 18, 1951 in Grantsville, WV.
Photos of the wedding ceremony can by found here.
Below is the transcript of the attached article from the Thursday, Sept. 13 Calhoun Chronicle about the wedding of Maxine Elliott and Robert N. Mottice:
Charles D. Mottice produced this family tree of the descendants of James B. Mottice, who was a son and only child of Peter Mottice and his 2nd wife Mary Sibert. Charles was a great-grandson of John B. through his father Charles E. Mottice and grandfather Charles B. Mottice.
In this genealogy, Jean-Marie Motice is identified as the father of Peter Mottice. Two of Peter's daughters, Margaret and Mahala, are also missing from the list of his children. There are a few other inconsistencies with other genealogies as well, but this is some of the best information I have about the James B.Mottice line.
I have heard the name of Jean-Marie Motice as an ancestor for many years, but have never been able to pin down who he is. I had thought he might be the father of Peter, but there is evidence that Jean-Marie was alive in 1783 which conflicts with other informal family histories about Peter’s father.
But I have recently uncovered a letter sent to my father from Lynn G. Mottice of Mentor, OH in 1982 that fills in some blanks. Here are relevant excerpts from that letter:
The elusive father of Peter Mottice is thought by Charles D. Mottice to be James Thomas. In a letter to Bob Mottice on Aug. 31, 1994, Charles D. says:
"There are records that do indicate Peter's father was named James Thomas Mottice. He was born in Mons, France. He was at an early age forced out of France by the Catholic faith and so all Protestants left France and went to Germany or as close to Germany as they could get. From there [Peter’s] father came to the colonies. As you know, his father went into the colonial army under George Washington."
This is a transcript of a letter written by John Creighton Mottice, son of James B. Mottice.
[Ed. note — this is not John Creighton Mottice, son of John B. Mottice. This is where the lineage gets confusing. Both John Creighton Mottices are sons of half-brothers John B. and James B, whose father was Peter Mottice. James B.'s son was born in 1860 while John B.'s son was born in 1838.]
This historical account of the Mottice family from 1942 comes from Garnett Mottice, who was a descendant of John B. Mottice through his son James W. Mottice. Garnett's parents were Oliver James Mottice (b. 1886) and Hazel Heckaman (b. 1889); Oliver's parents were William Mottice (b. 1862) and Sarah Caroline Farber; William's parents were James W. Mottice (1835-1899) and Louisa Marker (1835-1900); James W. Mottice was a son of John B. Mottice and a brother of John C. Mottice. The copy of this account comes from Dorothy Farber, a relative of Garnett Mottice. This account's version of Peter Mottice's origins differes significantly from what appear to be this historical record, at least based on Peter Mottice's obituary.
This is a letter from Charles D. Mottice to his cousin Jay Mottice of Florida adding some detail to his historical account of the Mottices he wrote previously. It adds a very interesting note on a branch of the family that arose from a child of Peter's by his housekeeper.
From the Canton Repository, March 11, 2012
Marie (Surbey) Mottice
93, of North Canton, died Jan. 2, 2012. She was born Sept. 9, 1918 in Canton to the late Lester and Grace Baum.
Catherine Gross was the wife of John C. Mottice and mother of Grant.
Pheby Mottice is a mystery woman, largely because we do not know her maiden name. If we only had that information we could track down a lot more about her. I conclude that she was born about 1774 and died about 1823, and I explain below how I came up with that hypothesis.
The only Mottice Family Bible I know to be currently in existence is one originally owned by John Mottice and Catharine Gross, so it probably dates from around 1860. It was in the possession of Robert N. Mottice (John's grandson), and before that, of his son Grant Mottice and his wife, Frances Dieringer.
Here are images of 4 hunting licenses held by Grant Mottice for the years 1928-1931.
These documents are significant because they provide information about him that is not available from other sources. They each list his occupation as "Painter." He is described on them as being 5'10" tall and weighing 165 lbs. His eyes were brown, and his hair was brownish-grey.