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Mary (Brittain) Witty (abt. 1759 - abt. 1830)

Mary Witty formerly Brittain
Born about in North Carolinamap
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Mary was born c1759 in NC and passed away c1830. She married James Witty c1783 in Guilford, NC. Mary Witty is mentioned in the will of her father, William Brittain, 1794 court proved, as noted in annotated Will Book A by Jane Smith Hill. Children born to James and Mary are noted in the New Garden monthly meetings, and may be found in the Encyclopedia of American Quakers by Hinshaw.

James Witty signed as bond for Rebeckah Brittain and Nicholas Robinson, Nov 21, 1786. Rebeckah was the sister of Mary Brittain Witty.

When James Witty applied for a war pension, he supplied a timeline of being born in 1761 in Guilford, NC and in 1802 moving to Highland, OH, and then Fayette, OH. New Garden monthly meeting notes reflect a move of James and Mary Witty to Miami monthly meeting, as noted in Hinshaw's book. Tax assessment records and census records document the move of the family from North Carolina to Ohio, as noted in sources below.

In 1807 James Witty is enumerated as head of house in the Liberty Township community of Highland Co., OH, page 145 in "The History of Early Settlement of Highland Co. Ohio." From 1818 to 1826 the James Witty household is assessed living on Paint Creek, Jefferson Township No. 4, in Fayette Co. OH. The property was 100 acres purchased from John Spottswood. In 1827 -1834 the James Witty household is assessed living on Rattlesnake Creek in Jefferson Township No. 4 in Fayette Co. Oh. The property was 50 acres purchased from Robert Yancy.


Tax records indexed by Ohio Genealogy Society. Citing multiple county courthouse offices, Ohio.

  • Referenced in New Garden Monthly Meeting page 583 and 522 Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Vol I W. Hinshaw
  • "United States Census, 1840." Database with images. *FamilySearch. : 24 September 2020. *Citing NARA microfilm publication M704. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
  • "United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors,

1775-1783." Database with images. FamilySearch. : 24 September 2020. Citing various published state rosters, United States.

  • "United States Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers, 1818-1872.

" Database with images. FamilySearch. * : 15 September 2020.

  • Citing NARA microfilm publication T718. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1962.
  • Daniel Scott, Esq. A History of Early Settlement of Highland Co. Ohio 1890 page 145.

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