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2LT John Abraham Wotring, Sr
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Birth: Oct. 12, 1745
Whitehall
Lehigh County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: 1809
Aurora
Preston County
West Virginia, USA

The Aurora Pioneer Cemetery is located on a hill on what is or was the Dale Stemple farm. This was the original cemetery where all early burials were made. The farm and cemetery are located on the west side of the road to Terra Alta, about 1/3 miles north of Highway 50. With the exception of a few new monuments, most of the old headstones have disappeared and the remaining ones are broken and unreadable. A new military headstone marks the grave of Thomas RINEHART, commemorating his Revolutionary War service. Abraham Wootring (Wotring) also has a Revolutionary marker commemorating his military service. Jay F. STEMPLE has also placed a large granite monument in the cemetery which is dedicated to the pioneers who were buried there “from 1787 through 1845.” The cemetery is unfenced and unprotected so cattle and deer may graze around the stones which probably helps keep the cemetery from becoming overgrown, but has also contributed to many of the older stones being broken off at the base. It is located across the road from the newer Aurora Cemetery. Sadly, when asked about it's location many locals seem unaware of it's whereabouts!

NOTE: Like many other immigrant families, the family name of Wotring is spelled in numerous ways including but not limited to Vautrin, Woodring, Wootring, Watring, and Wotring.

ABRAHAM WOTRING (Last name also spelled as Wootring as shown on his headstone at the right) was born in Whitehall, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania on October 12, 1745 (other records show 1748) the son of Abraham Wotring.

His father, Abraham Wotring and his wife, Anna Metz arrived to the New World on the ship RICHARD AND ELIZABETH that landed at Philadelphia on September 28, 1733 from Alsace, France. John Abraham Wotring was the youngest child of sixteen children born to Abraham Wotring. Some records indicate that Anna Mertz died in 1741 which would be some 7 years before John Abraham was born. Not sure of the name of his birth mother. At his father's death in 1752, only eight of his father's sixteen children were still living.

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JOHN ABRAHAM WOTRING married MARY MARGARET TROXELL in 1766 in Hagerstown, Washington Co., Maryland. Mary Margaret Troxell was born October 25, 1744 in Egypt, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania the daughter of PETER TRACHSEL TROXELL and JULIANA FRAUDHUEGER.

MILITARY SERVICE: According to Militia Act of the State Of Pennsylvania Abraham Wotring was in the military service May 1781 as a part of 2nd Battlion of Militia in the county of Northampton, 4th Company commanded by Cpt. John Moritz as 2nd Lt. Abraham Wotring, Sr.

Abraham and Mary Margaret Troxell's marriage was blessed with nine children. All their children were born in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania except the last son who was born in Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland. It may have been from Hagerstown that the family bravely set out to join Rev. John Stough in 1787 or 1788 in their covered wagon to help establish a new German settlement in the high plateau of the Allegheny Mountains in the western part of what was then Virginia at Carmel now Aurora.

Their marriage was blessed with at least nine children (there may be more):

1.)JOHN NICHOLAS WOTRING, b. April 06, 1767, Northhampton, Lehigh, PA; dod Unknown, Preston Co., Aurora, WV; m. MARGARET, 1789; b. 1768; dod Unknown.
2.)PETER WOODRING, b. 1768, Whitehall, Northhampton Co., PA; d. January 1852, Bordley, Union Co., KY.
3.)JOHN ABRAHAM WOTRING, JR, b. January 09, 1770, Whitehall, Lehigh Co., PA; d. 1817, Preston Co., Aurora, VA.
4.)CATHARINE ELIZABETH WOTRING, b. March 03, 1772, Whitehall, PA; d. Aft. 1834, Preston Co., Aurora, WV.
5.)JOHN DANIEL WOTRING, b. January 09, 1774, Northhampton, Lehigh, PA; d. December 25, 1844, Williams Twp., Northhampton, PA.
6.)DANIEL WOTRING, b. June 28, 1776, Whitehall, Lehigh Co., PA; d. April 15, 1839, Aurora, Preston Co., WV.
7.)MARY SUSANNA WOTRING, b. June 18, 1778, Whitehall, Lehigh Co., PA; dod Unknown; m. ALEXANDER BINGAMON; dod Unknown.
8.)WILLIAM F. WOTRING, b. 1780, Northhampton, Lehigh, PA; d. September 25, 1848, NY, NY.
9.)JACOB WOTRING, b. May 08, 1783, Hagerstown, Washington, MD; d. after September 15, 1850, Preston Co., Aurora, WV.


Both Abraham and his wife Mary Margaret are buried in the Pioneer Cemetery in Aurora, Preston County, (West) Virginia.

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 Spouse:
  Mary Margaret Troxell Wotring (1744 - 1814)*
 
 Children:
  John Abraham Wotring (1770 - 1817)*
  Daniel Wotring (1776 - 1839)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Aurora Pioneer Cemetery
Aurora
Preston County
West Virginia, USA
 
Created by: JeMM
Record added: Sep 15, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76532096
2LT John Abraham Wotring, Sr
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2LT John Abraham Wotring, Sr
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- Shannon
 Added: Aug. 10, 2016
In loving memory of John Abraham Wotring
- The many Wotring/Troxell descendants
 Added: Jul. 11, 2016

- Fran Bundy
 Added: Oct. 6, 2015
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