Aug 282015
 

One of the very pleasant as well as interesting aspects of exploring family history is encountering distant relatives, and relatives of related families.  They invariably have useful information to share, but beyond that is the enjoyment of simply engaging with them on these matters of shared interest.

Such has been the case for me with a descendant of one of the families that intermingled with the Mottice family during the early days of Stark County.  George Farris is a descendant of John and Margaret Creighton; Margaret’s father and mother were Peter and Pheby Mottice. Continue reading »

Mar 302012
 

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.  

During these deployments he was able to keep a photo record of some of the places he saw and people he served with. This album contains over 500 photos between the years 1941 and 1945.

Mar 292012
 

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.

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Mar 262012
 

Jabez Elliott and his wife Elizabeth Wigner lived in the area between what is now Clarksburg, WV and Ritchie Co., WV.  They are both buried in the Smithville Ayers Cemetery though where they were born is uncertain.  Jabez fought in the War of 1812 and several Indian wars.

Below is much of what we now about him from the original sources, both family and historical:

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Mar 232012
 

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.

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Mar 232012
 

Mary Holshoy was born and baptised in 1844.  The writing on this certificate is old and faded, written in German, and very hard to read.  The date, however, is clearly indicated as 1844, and that the event occurred in Ohio. The first attached image is a photo of the entire certificate. The second is an enlarged scan of only the personal information that has been filled in on the certificate.

Mary was later confirmed in 1862.  This certificate of confirmation is also written in German, though recorded in Ohio. The name of the county is illegible (probably Tuscarawas) as is the month in which the confirmation took place. Her name as spelled on the document is Maria Holshoi.

Mar 222012
 

Here is a baptismal document of some sort, dated November 17, 1872 and written in German that I cannot translate because of the elaborate script.

It refers to "the two spouses" Andreas [Andrew] Dieringer and his "fine wife" who was born "Maria Holzhey", then in large letters "_urde geboren" followed by the date in 1872 and the location in Waynesburg, OH. "Geboren" means "born" in German, but the first letter of "_urde" I cannot decipher and cannot translate.

 

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Mar 222012
 

Millie Elliott, 1891-1976, was the sister of Bernard Elliott and daughter of John A. and Arminda Elliott.

This handwritten genealogy, in the possession of Eula Elliott, Millie's niece, is one of the only surviving examples of her handwriting that I am aware of.  In it she documents her father's and mother's immediate families.  This includes John A.'s brothers and sisters and his mother and father, as well as Arminda's brothers and sisters and her parents.

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Mar 212012
 

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.

Mar 212012
 

Much of what I know of the Diering family comes from a pamphlet entitled "Brief Historical Sketch of the Dieringer Family" by John Wiest and H.J. Dieringer. It traces the family back to a location in what is now the area of Baden-Württemberg in Germany. The date of this writing is uncertain. It mentions a church register there from the sixteenth century, but the first names in this pamphlet are from the 18th century.   Frances Dieringer was the daughter of Andrew Dieringer, the great-great-grandson of Christoph Dieringer identified in this pamphlet, whose contents appear below:

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Mar 212012
 

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:

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Mar 212012
 

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."

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Mar 212012
 

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.]

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Mar 202012
 

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.

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Feb 292012
 

 

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.

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