As you can see my name is Daniel P. Bitzel from Parkville, MD. I have been handed an archive book with Bitzels going back to 1719 in Leutershausen, Germany. Most of these Bitzels are here in this area. We are descendants of Michael Bitzel and Ava Katharine Schultz. They had a son, Martin Bitzel (Birth 10 Jan 1792) that married Anna Barbara Haerder (Birth 12 Mar 1812) on 12 Mar 1829. They had four sons, George (born 1830), Martin (born 1832), Adam (born 1834) Phillip (born 1843). The father Martin was found dead on 12 Apr 1843. His wife took the sons and a local girl and came to the US in 1848. So you can see, there are a lot of Bitzels around.