Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for Conrad BETZER

Residences & events:

Ross Co, OH. Local history said ". . . in the autumn of 1796 Conrad Bitzer and wife came from Berks, Co., PA, by way of Portsmouth and Chillicother, and passed but a single house on their journey up the Scioto River. They lived in the vicinity of Kingston until 1801, when they located on the west half of section eighteen in Colerain Township. Here in the same year was born Elizabeth, probably the first white child born in the township."

1840 Colerain Twp, Ross Co, OH. The census that year recorded his name as Conrod Betzer. He was 60-70 years old and had living in his house: 1 male aged 10-15, 1 female at 5-10, 1 at 10-15, and probably his wife, also 60-70 years old. Next door was Anthony Betzer in the same age bracket.

1850 Same place. The census taker found the aged Conrad and Catherine at 77 and 73 years old respectively. Living with them were 19 year old Mary A Bolander (?) and 10 year old granddaughter, Mary M Barnhart. Next door was son Aaron Betzer and a few doors down were the Haldermans and Mays, relatives.

Again from the local history:

"Conrad, Bitzer, . . . was born at Buffalo Valley, Pa. . . . He was one of the sturdy pioneers of Colerain township, and developed a farm in the heart of the forest; he died at the age of ninety-two years, retaining almost until the very last the remarkable vigor of his youth."

Witnesses to his baptism were Conrad and Margarethe Caspar.

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