Hirschlanden, Franconia (Now Germany) to York & Adams Co., PA to Albemarle Co., VA to Washington Co., VA to Lafayette Co., MS to Panola Co., MS; Mid-Seventeen Hundreds to Early Nineteen Hundreds
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Maps above Left to Right: Germany, Virginia and Albemarle Co., VA
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Mattheis Dötter/Doetter was born Abt. 1732 in Hirschlanden, Franconia (Now Germany), and died 30 April, 1802 in Bottstown, York Co., PA. He married Maria Magdalena Strober (Strücker) 19 February, 1754 in York Co., PA, daughter of Martin Strücker and Susanna Unknown.
Children of Mattheis Dötter/Doetter and Maria (Strücker) are:
1. Catharina Dettor, born 12 February, 1757 in York Co., PA; died Bef. 26 April, 1830 in Augusta Co., VA.
2. John Matthias Dettor, born 10 September, 1758 in York Co., PA.
3. John Dettor , Sr., born 12 December, 1759 in York Co., PA; died 15 January, 1833 in Albemarle Co., VA.
4. Maria Magdalena Dettor, born 14 September, 1761 in York Co., PA.
5. Nicholas Dettor, born 12 September, 1763 in York Co., PA; died 28 November, 1799 in Lincoln Co., NC.
6. Maria Elizabeth Dettor, born 30 July, 1765 in York Co., PA; died 12 March, 1857 in Ross Co., OH.
7. Maria Clara Dettor, born 12 February, 1767 in York Co., PA.
8. Susanna Dettor, born Abt. 1768 in York Co., PA; died in VA (Probable).
From a 1915 letter from Henry Hizer to Miss Ruth Dettor, Charlottesville, VA which has translation of the Bible record:
"In the year 1754 have I Mathias Doetter united myself in marriage with Magdalena nee Strederin (the "in" is an ending for female of the surname in German) on the 13th of February.
1.----Dötter(in) was born in the year 1757 the 11th February
2. John Dötter was born 1759, 12th December
3. Maria Magdalena Dötter(in) was born 1761 (Feb.?) 9.
4. Nicholas Dötter was born in the year 1763 (Feb.?)
5. Elizabeth Dötter(in) was born in the year 1765 the 20th of July.
6. (Illegible) Dötter(in) was born in the year 1767 on the 12th of February.
7. (Susana?) Dötter(in) was bonr in the year 1768 on the day of 17......
Also from the Family Bible of Mattheis Dötter:
"Oct 4, 1775, I, Mathias Dötter and my lawfully wedded wife, Maria Magdalena, have brought eleven? children into the world of whom four have been consigned to the earth."
The Will of Mattheis/Matthias Do"tter: York Co., PA, Will BK "K" pp 312-314.
In the Name of God Amen,
I Matthias Detter of Botts Town, Manchester Township in the County of York and State of Pennsylvania being Advanced in age, yet of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding (thanks be to God for the same) and considering the uncertainty of this life, do therefore make and publish this my last Will and Testament in Manner and form following,--that is to say Principally and first of all I Commit my Soul into the hands of Almighty God, and my Body I desire may be decently Buried, and concerning such Worldly Estate as I am Possessed of, I give and dispose of the same as follows.
Impiris, I order all my Just debts and Funeral Charges to be paid by my Executors hereinafter named as Soon as conveniently after my decease.
ITEM, I Give devise and Bequeath unto my dearly beloved Wife Magdalena, all and singular my Real and Personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever the same may be found with the Emoluments therefrom arising, as also all such Ground Rents as are yearly due unto me on Several Lots of Ground in Botts Town, To Hold the same unto her my said Wife, for and during the (word not readable) time of her natural life--And in Case my said Wife should see cause to Sell or dispose of any part of said Estate for her better Support, then my Will is that She may sell and dispose of the same as to her shall seem meet---
ITEM, It (is) my Will and I do Order that at and immediately after my Wife's decease my Executors hereinafter named or the Survivors or Survivor of them shall sell and dispose either by Public or Private Sale as to them shall seem meet and for the best price or prices as can be gotten, All and singular such Real and Personal Estate as shall be remaining after my said Wife's decease wheresover and whatsoever the same may be, and the monies arising from the Sales thereof to be divided into six equal Shares to and amongst my Children and Grand Children in the following manner that is to say, one equal Sixth Share unto my Son John Detter, one other equal Sixth Share unto the Children and Issue of my Son Nicholas Detter deceased, One other equal Sixth Share unto my Daughter Catharina intermarried with Jacob Messencopp, one other equal Sixth Share unto my Daughter Magdalena now the Wife of Jacob Schaffer deducting out of her said Share the sum of One hundred and forty Pounds to be paid to and divided equally amongst her Eight Children which She bare by her former Husband Henry Shultz deceased and in Case any of said Children should die under Age and without Issue, then the Share of them so dying to be equally divided to and amongst the Survivors of them, One Other equal Sixth Share unto my daughter Elizabeth intermarried with Frederick Wehr, and one equal Sixth Share unto my daughter Susanna intermarried with Jacob Erisman (or Chrisman), To Hold to them my said Children and Grand Children and to their respective Heirs and Assigns forever---
And I do hereby Impower my Executors or the Survivors of Survivor fo them to make such Deed or Deeds and Conveyances for such Real Estate as shall be remaining at my Wife's decease, to the purchaser or purchasers thereof as fully and effectually to all intents and Purposes and in as full and Ample a manner as I my self might or could do.---
And Lastly I do hereby Nominate and Appoint my Son John Detter, and my Sons in Law Jacob Messencopp and Jacob Schaffer to be the Executors of this my last Will & Testament hereby revoking all other Wills by me heretofore made, declaring this and no Other to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said Matthias Detter the Testator have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the Thirty first day of March in the year of our Lord One thousand & eight hundred and two.-----
N.B(?) It is my Will and I give and bequeath my large German Bible (words 'to my' stricken) and all my Wearing Apparel to my Son John Detter over and above his equal Share with the rest of my Children the said Bible to remain in my Wife's Possession during her life.
Matthias Do"tter (SEAL)
Signed Sealed published pronounced and declared by the Testator as andfor his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request Subscribed our Names as Witnesses------Michael Saur(?) Jno. Morris, Jr.
*Note the words "one hundred and forty" and "thirty first" being interlined before Signing, on this 31st day of March 1802.
York County, Before me Jacob Barnitz, Register for the Probate fo Wills and granting Letters of Administration in and for the County of York in the State of Pennsylvania personally came Michael Saur and John Morris, Junior, the two Subscribing Witnesses to the foregoing Instrument of Writing and the said Michael Saur on his Solemn Oath and the said John Morris, Jr. on his Solemn affirmation, Do Severally say that they were personally present and Saw and heard the above named Matthias Detter Sign his name unto and Seal and Publish the foregoing Instrument of Writing as and for his Last Will and Testament and that at the time of the doing thereof he the said Matthias Detter was of a Sound and disposing Mind, Memory and Understanding to the best of their knowledge and belief and that they subscribed their names thereto as Witnesses in the presence of the said Testator and at his Request and also in the presence of each other at the same time.-----
Michale Saur Jno. Morris, Jr.
Sworn, affirmed & Subscribed before me at York the 30th Day of April A.D. 1802 J. Barnitz, Regr.
On Back of Will: Last Will and Testament of Matthias Detter (.....can't read about two words...) April 30th, A.D. 1802; all the Excrs. qualified; Inventory in two months(?) Reckoning in a Year or when legally thereunto required. J. Barnitz, Regr.
Letters Testamentary granted to Executors same Day. J. Barnitz, Regr.
Inventory filed June 3, 1802
Recorded in Vol 10, Page 312 J.B.
Inventory (.....group of words can't be read) filed June 20th (or 30th) 18- -
John Dettor , Sr. was born 12 December, 1759 in York Co., PA, and died 15 January, 1833 in Albemarle Co., VA. He married Elizabeth Chapman 20 February, 1781 in Baltimore Co., MD, daughter of Nathan Chapman and Rebecca Griffith.
Grave of John Dettor, Sr. in Albemarle Co., VA
Children of John Dettor and Elizabeth Chapman are:
1. Nicholas C. Dettor, born 28 December, 1783 in York Co., PA; died in Nelson Co., VA (Possible?). He married (1) Elizabeth Unknown. He married (2) Mary Polly Rodes 25 January, 1809 in Nelson Co., VA.
2. Mary "Polly" Dettor, born 20 January, 1788 in Albemarle Co., VA; died Abt. 1870.
3. Elizabeth Dettor, born 24 February, 1792 in Albemarle Co., VA (Possible); died 16 October, 1870.
4. Catherine Dettor, born 08 January, 1796 in Albemarle Co., VA; died 22 July, 1872 in Callaway Co., MO.
5. John Dettor , Jr., born 04 December, 1797 in Albemarle Co., VA. He married Aliza Faris Harris 21 August, 1819 in Albemarle Co., VA.
6. Matthias or Matthew Dettor, born 16 August, 1799 in Albemarle Co., VA; died Bef. 25 January, 1840 in Albemarle Co., VA.
7. Joseph Dettor, born 24 February, 1807 in "Mountain View", Albemarle Co., VA; died 16 September, 1874 in Albemarle Co., VA.
The Will of John Dettor, Sr.
Albemarle Co., VA Will BK "11", pp. 159-161
I, John Dettor, Sen., of the County of Albemarle and State of Virginia do make and ordain this my last will and testament revoking all and every other will by me heretofore made.
First. my will is that all my just debts be punctually and speedily paid after my decease. Secondly. I give unto my beloved wife Elizabeth Dettor during her life and to be for her use and benefit the one third of the tract of land whereon I now live and one third of all my live stock, and all the household and kitchen furniture, five negroes; that is Sam, Stephen, George, Milly and her daughter Mira, and whatever money may be over after paying Hrd. or Tho.(?) Glenn and furnishing the house on the land that I purchased of said Glenn (that is what money is now in hand) I leave to my wife Elizabeth, the money to be disposed of as she thinks proper, the other property to be for her use and benefit during her life, only, except what she may make over a support (if any) that she shall be at liberty to dispose of as she thinks proper. Thirdly. the tract of land on which my son Nicholas Dettor now lives was conveyed to him by deed sometime past he has likewise (..can't read..) sundry property the right and title of all which I now confirm to him and his heirs forever. Fourthly. I give and bequeath to the children of my daughter Polly (that intermarried with William Hays) the tract of land that I lately purchased of Hrd. or Tho. (?) Glenn, and a lot of eleven acres that I purchased of Wm. Turk, and a lot in the town of York that I purchased of Jacob Schultz and a house and lot in the town of Waynesborough (or Yarborough) in Augusta County and two negroes that is Man Juba and Girl Areline and one hundred dollars in cash to be paid by my son Joseph to be paid by him immediately after my wife's decease, or sooner if he can conveniently. The said land and property I give to the children of my said daughter Polly to be equally divided between them at the death of their mother but she is to receive and enjoy the profits and benefits arising from said property during her life and for the comfort and support and for the support of her children but for no other purpose. Fifthly. I give and bequeath to the children of my daughter Elizabeth that intermarried with John Schultz the tract of land on which my son John now lives being the same tract that I purchased of Emmanuel Bear and two slaves, that is Sally and her youngest child called Jim, and one hundred in money to be paid by my son Joseph, said money to be paid immediately after my wife's decease or sooner if he can conveniently the said land and property I give to the children of my daughter Elizabeth to be equally divided between them at their mother's decease but she, my said daughter, is to receive and enjoy the profits and benefits arising from said property during her life for her comfort and support and for the support of her children, but for no other reason. Sixthly. I give and bequeath to my daughter Catherine that intermarried with Thomas Bernard the tract of land on which Job or Joh.(?) Napier now lives and on which the D(is this deceased?) Tho. Bernard once lived, which land I bought of Fanny Farris (?) and one negro called Aggy being the same that I gave her immediately after her marriage and three hundred dollars in money, the money to be paid by my son Joseph and to be payable immediately after my wife's decease, sooner if he my said son Joseph can conveniently do it likewise all the property that I have heretofore given to my daughter Catherine the right and title I now confirm to her and her heirs forever. Seventhly. I give and bequeath to my son John Dettor the tract of land that I purchased of the (cannot read this word) of Francis Browning to him and his heirs forever whereas my said son John has had in his possession a negro man called Bill the said negro, together with all the property that I may have heretofore given him, I now confirm the title to him and his heirs forever and further, whereas I have in times past, paid off sundry executions (?) and amounts for my said son John, my will is that said executions(?) and amounts shall not be brought as a charge against my said son John, but they shall be considered as paid. Eighthly. I give and bequeath to my son Matthias Dettor the tract of land on which he now lives likewise the negro man that he has now in his possession called Peter and one hundred dollars in money, the money to be paid by my son Joseph and paid immediately after my wife's decease or sooner if it can conveniently be done, the right and title of said land and property and all the property heretofore given my son, I now confirm to him and his heirs forever and further whereas I have in times past paid several sums of money for my said son Matthias my will is that said payments made by me for him shall not be brought against him but be considered as fully paid off and satisfied. Ninthly. I give and bequeath to my son Joseph Dettor the tract of land on which I now live to him and his heirs forever (with the exception that his mother is to hold and enjoy for her use and benefit the one third during her life) I likewise give to my said son Joseph one negro called Charles likewise all property that I have heretofore given to my said son Joseph and any property that is called (?) and known to belong to him the right and title I now confirm to him and his heirs forever. I likewise wish it to be understood that the one hundred dollars to be paid to the children of my daughter Polly and the one hundred dollars to the children of my daughter Elizabeth and the three hundred dollars to my son Matthias (*this varies from the Eighth clause which read one hundred dollars) which is to (be) paid to him by my son Joseph, is to be paid by him out of his own fund in consequence of his share in land being more valuable than any of the others and further it is my will that my son Nicholas Dettor may take and keep a negro girl called Eliza and my daughter Catherine may take and keep a negro girl called Jane but when the division of the negroes that is not particularly willed away takes place the said two girls Eliza and Jane shall be brought into the valuation and the said Nicholas and Catherine shall take them each if the valuation as their share is in part of their share (as the case may be) in the division of shares. Again it is my will and desire that immediately after my decease all the property not heretofore disposed of in the will shall be sold (excepting the negroes) and the money arising from said sale, be equally divided between my sons Nicholas Dettor, John Dettor, Matthias Dettor, and Joseph Dettor and my daughter Catherine Bernard, the negroes not particularly willed away including the two girls Eliza and Jane, to be equally divided according to valuation between the last mentioned children, that is Nicholas, John, Matthias, and Joseph and Catherine. Again it is my will that the property which I have left to my wife during her life, and the increase of the negroes (if any) shall at the death of my wife be divided equally into six shares or sold by my executors (abbrv. for) and the money arising from said be divided into six shares and my son Nicholas, and my son John and Matthias and Joseph and my daughter Catherine ro their heirs shall each one receive one share, and the remaining share shall be equally divided between the children of my two daughters Polly and Elizabeth or their heirs. And lastly I constitute and appoint my son Nicholas Dettor and my son-in-law Thomas Bernard exect. to this my last will and testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifteenth day of January 1833.
John (X) Dettor Senior (SEAL)
Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of John Pilson, Michael Wallace, B. K. Johnson
N. B. an answer (?) of part of two lines on page first and the interlining of the words "called Peter" on page second, and the interlining of the word "dollar" in two places on page third was changed before signed
At court held in Albemarle County 11 Feby. 1833
This instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Jno. (John) Dettor, Sr. dec'd and was this day produced into court and being proved by oaths of Jno. (John) Pilson, Michael Wallace and B. K. Johnson subscribing witnesses thereto. Ordered to be recorded.
Teste Ira (cannot read)
Matthias or Matthew Dettor was born 16 August, 1799 in Albemarle Co., VA, and died Bef. 25 January, 1840 in Albemarle Co., VA. He married Elizabeth Farrah Suddarth 09 October, 1821 in Albemarle Co., VA, daughter of William Suddarth and Martha Pleasants.
Marriage record of Matthias & Elizabeth
Children of Matthias Dettor and Elizabeth Suddarth are:
1. Martha Ann Dettor, born Aft. 1821 in Albemarle Co., VA. She married Lemuel or Samuel Bennington 13 August, 1842 in Albemarle Co., VA.
2. John W. Dettor, born Abt. 1825 in Albemarle Co., VA; died in Nelson Co., VA.
3. James W. Dettor, born September 1826 in Albemarle Co., VA; died 03 June, 1900 in Panola Co., MS.
4. Sarah Catherine Dettor, born 29 January, 1829 in Albemarle Co., VA; died 22 April, 1896.
5. Henry Kosciusko Dettor, born July 1831 in Albemarle Co., VA; died 29 May, 1908 in Panola Co., MS.
6. Nicholas Marcellus Dettor, born 09 March, 1833 in Albemarle Co., VA; died 18 November, 1909 in Washington Co., VA.
Photograph of Nicholas Dettor:
From "Guardian's Bonds of Albemarle County, Virginia 1783-1852"; compiled and written by Mary Catherine Murphy, Instructor in Genealogical Research, University of Virginia School of General Studies,
1968. II, pages 461-469.
ORPHANS: Martha Ann, John W., James W., Nicholas M., Sarah C., and Henry K.
PARENT: Matthias Dettor
DATE: 02 Nov. 1841
GUARDIAN: James W. Suddarth
SECURITY: William H. Suddarth
AMOUNT OF BOND: $8,000
Henry Kosciusko Dettor was born July 1831 in Albemarle Co., VA, and died 29 May, 1908 in Panola Co., MS. He married (1) Frances Jane Morris Abt. 1859 in State of Virginia, daughter of John Morris and Rebecca Chapman. He married (2) Jeffie Goodwin 14 January, 1885 in State of Mississippi.
Photographs of Henry K. Dettor:
Children of Henry Dettor and Frances Morris are:
1. Mary Elizabeth Dettor, born 02 January, 1860 in Washington Co., VA; died 25 February, 1937 in Batesville, Panola Co., MS. She married Albert Benjamin Bell 27 January, 1886 in Lafayette Co., MS.
Photograph of Mary and Albert:
2. Alice Virginia Dettor, born Aft. 02 January, 1860 in Washington Co., VA; died 01 February, 1940. She married Joe J. Varner 27 January, 1886 in Lafayette Co., MS.
Photograph of Alice and her family:
Henry moved to Washington Co., VA from Albemarle Co., VA between 1857 & 1858 with his mother, married and unmarried siblings and some aunts, uncles and cousins.
Henry is found on the 1860 Census of Washington Co., VA along with his wife Frances Jane Morris, daughter Mary Elizabeth, his mother, Elizbeth Suddarth Dettor and brother, Nicholas Dettor.
Henry is buried at Mt. Olivet Methodist Church Cemetery in Panola Co., MS. He has a CSA marker and was a Confederate Veteran. Records disagree on his service. His headstone says Co. "B", 27th VA Cavalry. Henry stated in his pension application signed 30 Aug 1900, that he was in the 37th VA CAV, Co., A and enlisted in May 1861 at Albemarle Co., VA,. He stated the captain of this company was Larmer. Larmer was the captain of the 25th, Co., B CAV that Henry's records are found in. Also found H. K. Debtor as a member of the Scott Co., VA militia. This term of service was in April 1862. On the return of documents from the National Archives, it is found that Henry served in the Scott Co., VA militia for a period of two weeks. He was in Company D of the militia and mustered into service in Washington Co., VA on 06 Apr 1862 for a period of two weeks.
Recently it has been found that the 27th Cavalry formed and was later renamed as the 25th. Virginia 27th Cavalry Battalion, Partisan Rangers. Nicknames: Virginia 27th Mounted Rifles Battalion and Virginia Trigg's Cavalry, Battalion, Partisan Rangers.
In 1900 Henry lived next to his married daughter, Alice V. Dettor Varner at Beat 4 on 14 June 1900. Included in his household was his second wife Jeffie Rayburn Dettor and her daughters, Dora and Lily Rayburn.
From "Panola County History" , Volume I, 1987, copyright Panola County Historical and Genealogical Society
'Tales Told Twice ....And Trivia'
DEATH OF MR. HENRY K. DETTOR
The news was received here yesterday that Mr. H. K. Dettor, who lived in the Central Academy neighborhood, had died the night before. He was an old citizen, a Confederate veteran and had a good record. He left the family, one of his daughters being Mrs. A. B. Bell of this town (Batesville). He also had many friends in Beat four. "Panolian", March 12, 1908.
MR. H. K. DETTOR IS NOT DEAD
Last week we had a notice of the death of Mr. H. K. Dettor, an old and respected citizen of the Central Academy neighborhood. This news was wrong. Mr. Dettor was alive and improving a few days ago, we are glad to state. "Panolian", March 19, 1908.
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