The identity of the wife of John Pitner (father of John Pitner who married Elizabeth Fifer; Adam Pitner; Michael Pitner who married Catherine Rubel; and Elizabeth Pitner who married Edward Maxey) has been unknown. Michael Pitner's descendants did not record her name, in any event. I recently decided to request documents from Jefferson County, Illinois where Elizabeth Pitner Maxey resided, just for what the heck, and found a treasure. The following document (which I transcribe below) identifies John Pitner's wife as "Barbary Ricker", sister of Ellis Ricker of Pittsburgh, PA. This identification has some confirmation in a Rockingham, VA land deed from 1794 from John & Barbara Pitner to John Nave. (The document is from Garber, Marianne L. Collection. SC #3066. CARRIER LIBRARY, JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY). Another Pitner document in the collection is a land deed in 1796 of Adam & Liza Pitner. I'm thinking this Adam could be either John's brother (another immigrant and Revolution war soldier) or his son.
Here is the document, a strange little estate transfer -- I think what was going on was that there was a millionaire Pitner/Buttner back in Germany who probably passed away, and the Americans were trying to get their fair share. Elizabeth grants her share of whatever to her two nephews:
As and in consideration of natural love and affection and the sum of one dollar to me in house paid by my two nephews, the one Wilson Pitner, a citizen of the state of Illinois and a member of the Illinois Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal church, the other Franklin R. Pitner a citizen of the county of Clay in said state and both of them sons of my brother Michael Pitner, formerly of the County of Wilson and State of Tennessee and late of the County of Morgan and State of Illinois, deceased, I Elizabeth Maxey of the Town of Mount Vernon in the county of Jefferson and State of Illinois, relict of Edward Maxey deceased and daughter of John Pitner and Barbary Pitner and late of the County of Wilson and State of Tennessee, deceased have granted bargained and sold, and by [ureadable] do grant bargain, sell and convey and [unreadable] unto the said Wilson Pitner and Franklin R. Pitner and their heirs and assigns for ever. All my property both real and personal which [unreadable] or be in [unreadable) Europe -- or the State of Pennsylvania and all estate real and personal to which I may be entitled as one of the heirs of [unreadable] John Pitner. Or Barbary Pitner aforesaid, formerly Barbary Ricker, of Philadelphia, and Sister to Ellis Ricker late of said city, deceased, wherever any portion of said estate real or personal may be situated and also all estate real or personal to which I may be entitled as one of the heirs, descendants or [unreadable] of John Pitner late, of Europe, deceased, wherever the [unreadable] may be situated to have and to hold the foregoing estate, and each and every part thereof to the only use and behoof of the said Wilson Pitner and Franklin R. Pitner, their heirs and assigns forever. And I authorize and empower the said Wilson Pitner to have, receive, collect and receipt for any portion or all of the foregoing estate also to him for the [unreadable] at law as in [unreadable] and to execute such [unreadable] and instruments of [unreadable] as may be necessary in the execution of the [unreadable] hereby granted, also to [unreadable] as any portion herein before granted estate at their discretion, hereby ratifying any act drawn by them in my name in the [unreadable] as fully as though done by me in proper person. In testimony whereof I have [unreadable] by hand and affixed my seal at [unreadable] in the County of Jefferson and state of Illinois this sixth day of January, in the year of Our Lord 1845. Elizabeth Maxey X her mark. State of Illinois Jefferson County, E.W. Ridgway Clerk of the Circuit Court of the County and State [unreadable] do certify that Elizabeth Maxey, widow of Edward Maxey. And who is personally known to me to be the identical person in whom [unreadable] this foregoing deed and power of attorney is executed and the same who signed [unreadable] thereto this day personally before me and acknowledge that she has [unreadable] the same freely and voluntarily for the uses and purposes therein expressed being first duly examined by me of the [unreadable] by reading and explaining the same to her. In testimony whereof I have [unreadable] by my hand and affixed this offical seal of the court at Mount Vernon in said county and said state this 6th day of January, A.D. 1845, E.W. Ridgway, Clerk.