2. The Account written by Levi Carrol Pitner in 1891:
HISTORY OF PITNER FAMILY
AS REMEMBERED BY LEVI CARROLL PITNER (1891)
Examination of records in the Newberry Library, Chicago, Ill. And the Pennsylvania Archives reveal the fact that due to the persecution of the Huguenots along the river Rhine near the border of France on the Brandywine, perhaps a creek or small Hamlet of that name, John Beuittner with his wife and babe, Henry, a child of four weeks, forsook their kindred and country some time between 1682 and 1690 and left for America where refuge was offered to the oppressed and persecuted by the greatest philanthropist of all time, William Penn.
JOHN took sick and died on the ocean and was buried in the deep.Mother and HENRY settled
in the vicinity of Buck Co., Penn., up on the Delaware River.
HENRY grew to manhood, subsequently married and had three sons: JOHN, HENRY AND MICHAEL.
When the war for independence broke out these three boys enlisted, but only JOHN PITNER, my grandfather, survived the war, for seven years duration.Previous to the war, perhaps seven or eight years, he married and settled in Rockingham Co., Virginia, where the family resided during the war.He had four sons and one daughter, namely, according to birth: JOHN, ADAM, HENRY, ELIZABETH, AND MICHAEL who was my father.
Another account says three sons living of JOHN, but two facts incline me to believe that there were four, namely, JOHN, ADAM, HENRY, AND MICHAEL.The first settled in Virginia or Penn.; ADAM in East Tennessee near Knoxville; HENRY in Georgia and was interested in gold
mines there.Some years ago I saw an administration notice in a Danville, Pa. Paper, concerning the settlement of an estate of JOHN PITNER, deceased, signed by JOHN PITNER, JR., administrator.I wrote to him at once, making inquiries concerning the family history, the reply from his son-in-law saying his father-in-law was old, and did not like to write, and had requested him to write for him, but he did not give any important new facts.
MICHAEL PITNER, youngest son of JOHN PITNER, was born in Rockingham County,
Virginia, July, 1776, and was seven years old when the war closed, I heard my father say when I was a boy, that as he ran to meet his father returning from war, he stepped in his haste on his favorite pumpkin vine and broke off the stem of the largest pumpkin, that was to make a pie for his soldier father's return.
My father at the age of eighteen, left his home in Virginia to live, I think, with his uncle ADAM near Knoxville, Tenn., where he first met CATHERINE RUBEL (sometimes spelled Ruble), to whom he married in 1799.When he asked her good old Dutch father for his daughter, he replied, "Yes, Mike, you can 'haf' my Katie, but remember it is not for today and tomorrow, but for your whole life, so please 'Got' you live so long."
This happy couple, with true American energy, soon started westward across the Cumberland Mountains on two pack horses for Wilson County, Tenn.They selected the site of their future home on the Little Cedar Creek, eleven miles northwest of Lebanon, the county seat, two miles northeast of Little Cedar Lake, and two miles from the Cumberland River, on the north of the Big Cedar Creek, and twenty miles east of Nashville, and eight miles from the residence of General Andrew Jackson, who was afterwards the seventh President of the United States.The smoke rising from the hostile Indian wigwams could be distinctly seen from the spot where they pitched their tents, and for thirty-two years or over, ending in 1837, my father and mother labored and suffered privations of frontier life to build up their home in the wilderness.Here were born to them thirteen children, the first died a few months after birth, all the rest grew to manhood and womanhood, seven sons and five daughters.
[the account of the children of Michael Pitner and Catherine Rubel is appended separately]