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RIDDLE FamilyFinder matches WITT in Jefferson Co TN

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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 4:22 am    Post subject: RIDDLE FamilyFinder matches WITT in Jefferson Co TN Reply with quote

WITT Pedigree matching cousins on
RIDDLE's Kit #B175653 FamilyFinder in ELDER DNA project.
RIDDLE also matches “MERCER CO PA” Kit #29820 in “FRANKLIN CO PA” Y-DNA with 95/111 markers.
First 12 markers match exactly -- signficant on

More of WITT paternal line found
in -  HAWKINS TREE by "raymonthawkins"
John Lafayette Witt 1850–1918
Birth 8 DEC 1850 • Jefferson County, Tennessee
Death 20 MAR 1918 • Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee

Another relative listed as died in Jefferson Co TN
is the son of CHARLES C WITT on same TREE.
Joseph Nathaniel Witt 1750–1819
Birth 1750 • Halifax, Halifax, Virginia, United States
Death 14 NOV 1819 • Jefferson, Tennessee, United States

I believe this JOSEPH WITT may have been in the same
whose 2nd wife is listed as "MRS. MARY [_} WITT (1809-1866)".
Joseph is listed on Page 96 of the book "FAMILIES NAMED ELDER IN EAST TENNESSEE."
Title of the Page mentioning JOSEPH WITT,
is about "DUMPLIN BAPTIST CHURCH, Dumplin Community, Jefferson County, Tennessee."
Book is posted on Google Documents (public access):

ELDER kit #10042 matches several descendants’ kits from this book,
for example, Y-DNA kit #322208, posted on the “FRANKLIN CO PA” category of the ELDER DNA RESULTS CHART.

Using Google, I found more about JOSEPH WITT (1849-1819)
From VA to NC to TN ….and a mention of DUMPLIN CHURCH
“There are no censuses available for Jefferson County until 1830.
There is, however, a tax list for 1800 and later tax lists for 1822 and subsequent years. In Captain Carson’s company in 1800, Joseph Witt appears with 160 acres and one white poll, indicating that no sons were yet 21.  Carson’s company, of less than 100 polls, included the town of Dandridge as well as the Dumplin Church and most of its congregation. The next available tax list in 1822 contains only the name of his son John Witt.
…”John Witt, with one white poll and 160 acres, is the only member of the family on the 1822 tax list of Jefferson County. His father’s widow and all his brothers and sisters had already moved away. Sarah Witt, Patsy Witt, Mourning Witt, and Sarah Witt (the wife of James Witt) had all requested and received letters of dismissal from the Dumplin Creek Church in early 1821 just prior to their sale of the inherited land.”

Portrait of ROBERT S. ELDER on FINDAGRAVE webpage
Lists his wives as SARAH MOORE and MARY WITT

Birth: Feb. 16, 1782, Jefferson County,Tennessee,
Death: Aug. 6, 1863, Meigs County Tennessee
"The United Baptist Church was organized on this spot in September of 1827. The deed for the church and cemetery was made by Canfield Tillery on November 27, 1848. This cemetery is sometimes referred to as the Upper Goodfield. In 1860 the church was moved to Decatur. Robert S. Elder, son of Samuel Elder, was one of the first members of the church. The cement cover on his grave has the following inscription "Born on Dumplin Creek, Jefferson County, Tennessee, 1772. A pioneer." He married Sarah Moore on February 16, 1802 in Jefferson Co., Tennessee."
Family links: 
  Sarah Moore Elder (____ - 1840)
  Mary Witt Elder (1809 - 1866)*
[ Children of Robert and Sarah Moore --Plus 2 more on page 11 of book]
  Ava Elder Cate (1802 - 1867)*
  James Elder (1805 - 1866)*
  Nancy Elder Lillard (1809 - 1888)*
  Robert S Elder (1812 - 1868)*
  Hannah Elder (1815 - 1837)*
  Sarah J Elder Housley (1818 - 1885)*
  William B. Elder (1821 - 1879)*

[Children of Robert and Mary Witt - Plus 2 more on page 11 of book]
  Louisa J. Elder (1841 - 1845)*
  Mahala E. Elder Porter (1843 - 1922)*
  Amanda Jane Elder Moore (1847 - 1920)*
  Martha Elder (1849 - 1854)*
  Mary Crayton Elder Morgan (1851 - 1929)*

Burial: Old Goodfield Cemetery
Decatur, Meigs County, Tennessee, USA
Created by: Jan Wallace
Record added: Aug 11, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11517236

So WITT and RIDDLE seem be connected with Nancy Elder Petersen in Jefferson Co TN.
Nancy Elder Petersen
Vancouver, WA USA
Host, ELDER DNA project
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