Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Evalina Witt, 1869-1879

Evalina Witt was born in 1869 in Westfield, New York, to Rev. Charles Lewis Witt and his wife Mary Witt. The 1870 U.S. Census for Chautauqua, New York, lists a Lewis Witt, Clergyman, age 22, born in Prussia. His wife was named Mary, and she was age 26. Their four children were; John, age 7; Frank, age 5; Lewis, age 4; and Evalina, age 1. A brief death record, accessed at Family Search, for Evalina Witt stated that she died on April 3, 1879 in Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio. She was buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. By the time of the 1880 U.S. Census, Rev. Charles L. Witt, his wife Mary, and their five children were residing in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. It appears that Rev. Witt and his family resided in Erie County, Ohio for a very short time.

The inscription on the tombstone of Evalina Witt reads:

Evalina (along the top)

Daughter of
Rev. C.L. and M. Witt
Born at Westfield, N.Y.
Apr. 22, 1869
Died Apr. 3, 1879

Our Loved One has Gone to Rest

Over one hundred thirty years after Evalina's brief life ended, her name is still written in stone in Sandusky, Ohio! May Evalina rest in peace.

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