Thomas J. Betterly (abt 1813-1888) & Elizabeth Sisty (1820-1899)

Thomas J. Betterly (abt 1813-1888)
Elizabeth Sisty (1820-1899)

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Elizabeth Sisty of Nescopeck, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, and Thomas J. Betterly of Berwick, Columbia County, Pennsylvania, were married 3 May 1837 by the Reverend J. Sanks. The two towns are connected by a bridge across the Susquehanna River. Elizabeth was born 1 May 1820 in Salem Township (just to the East of Berwick) in Luzerne County, the daughter of William Sisty and Mary Roth. Thomas was born about 1813 in Pennsylvania, the son of Thomas Betterly and Susan Smith.

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The couple settled for a time in Nescopeck, but by 1850 had moved to Huntington Township (just North of Salem Twp.), Luzerne County, where Thomas had grown up. Living nearby at that time were Thomas’ sister Mary (Betterly) Young and brothers Henry Betterly and Redman Betterly and their families. Thomas and Elizabeth remained there for the rest of their lives. Thomas was both a carpenter and a farmer. They had twelve children, five of whom died young. Charles, the oldest child, became, like his father, a carpenter in Huntington. Wilson was a butcher and owner of the Parlour restaurant in Hazleton. Alford and younger brother Nelson, sometime between 1870 and 1880, like three of their uncles before them, moved to Cohoctah Township, Livingston, Michigan, no doubt to take advantage of the Homestead Act of 1862 which granted 160 acres of land to anyone who would build on and work the land for five years. Susan married Hiram Bower, a blacksmith, and settled in Berwick. Frank took up farming in Huntington. The remaining child – Clark– we lose track of after 1880.

Thomas died 29 June 1888, sixteen days after selling two parcels of land in Huntington – one 9 ˝ acres, the other 17 - to his son Frank for one dollar. Elizabeth died of paralysis 17 January 1899 and was buried at Scott Cemetery in Huntington two days later.


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Last updated: Sunday, 09-Sep-2018 18:57:08 MDT | Author: Larry McGrath