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Rev George Witwer
Birth: Aug. 25, 1824
Lancaster County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Oct. 1, 1886
South Bend
St. Joseph County
Indiana, USA

South Bend Times, South Bend, Ind., Fri. Oct. 8, 1886:
"Death of Rev. George Witwer
On Sept. 6, The Rev. George Witwer, residing on the Samption's Prairie road, corner of Samption's street, fell and sustained an internal rupture that after two weeks of suffering, Friday resulted in his death. The symptoms were dangerous from the first, but there were hopes entertained of his recovery from a few days since, when it became evident that he could not last much longer. His death took place this [sic] morning about 8 o'clock and his closing hours were full of peace and resignation, he calling each member of his family and giving them Christian counsel and saintly advice, and expressing a fervent hope that an unbroken family circle would meet him in Heaven. He became unconscious about one hour before his death and passed peacefully away. The funeral took place from the family residence, Sunday afternoon, at two o'clock, elders David Whitmer and Jacob Early officiating. The remains were interred in the city cemetery.

The deceased was born in Earl township, Lancaster county, Pa., August 25, 1824 and was married to Elizabeth Studebaker, sister of the Studebaker brothers, July 7, 1849. The couple were blessed with twelve children, viz., John S., married and residing at Dallas, Texas; Rebecca F., died May 14, 1874; Leah E., South Bend; Maria Ada (Mrs. John M. Mohler), Kingston, Mo.; Timothy W., Chicago; George M., South Bend; Clem S., South Bend; David V ., died April 3, 1865; Edwin C., South Bend; Dora, died Dec. 10, 1868; Jacob F., and Harvey E., South Bend."

The deceased united with the German Baptist church in 1844, and resided in Lancaster County, Pa., until 1850, when he emigrated to Ashland County, Ohio, the home of his wife's parents, and there was called, in 1852, to the ministry with the German Baptist congregation of that place.

He was engaged in the mercantile business in connection with the ministry the greater part of the time until 1863, when he removed, with his family, to LaPorte county, Indiana, and followed agriculture there until 1867. In that year he yielded to urgent calls from the church in Missouri, and went with his family to Hamilton, that state, and there labored in the ministry as an elder in the church until 1881, when he removed with his family to this city.

For the past few years, owing to delicate health, the deceased has been rather retired, although occupying for a time a position in the office of the Studebaker Wagon Works. All the members of the family will attend the family except John S. Witwer, of Dallas, who will be unable to reach here in time. Mr.

Witwer was a man full of Christina graces: lived a life daily exemplifying his professions, active in good deeds, void of offense, and in his death our community loses an upright citizen and an honorable man."

George Witwer is also sometimes mentioned in inventories of Rohrbough Cemetery, Caldwell Co., Missouri, where he served the Brethren congregation for many years. I believe this is because his name occurs on the small stone of his daughter, Dora. The area has been searched and there is no other mention of George.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Isaac Witwer (1791 - 1831)
  Frances Sensenig Witwer (1789 - 1876)
 
 Spouse:
  Elizabeth Studebaker Witwer (1829 - 1909)
 
 Children:
  John S. Witwer (1850 - 1912)*
  Rebecca Frances Witwer Sell (1852 - 1874)*
  Leah Witwer Kopcsay (1853 - 1929)*
  Ada Maria Witwer Mohler (1856 - 1925)*
  Timothy Wilbur Witwer (1858 - 1931)*
  George Mohler Witwer (1859 - 1942)*
  Clement S. Witwer (1862 - 1919)*
  Edwin C. Witwer (1866 - 1921)*
  Dora Witwer (1868 - 1868)*
  Jacob Franklin Witwer (1870 - 1954)*
  Harvey E. Witwer (1872 - 1942)*
 
 Siblings:
  Leah Witwer (1815 - 1888)*
  Daniel Witwer (1818 - 1901)*
  Susannah Witwer Burkholder (1821 - 1910)*
  George Witwer (1824 - 1886)
  Isaac Witwer (1827 - 1897)*
  Barbara Witwer (1829 - 1904)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
City Cemetery
South Bend
St. Joseph County
Indiana, USA
Plot: 26-7-1 West
 
Created by: Denise Witwer Lahr
Record added: Apr 27, 2011
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Rebecca Sell daughter of Geo. Witwer lies here (Rohrbaugh). The Witwer family were important here (Caldwell County, Missouri) in the 60s and 70s. He had a wagon-shop on south Main. Another of his daughters, Dora died 1868 and was among the first buried...(Read more)
- Melissa Keller
 Added: Feb. 24, 2013
 
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