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Notes for Willis Alexander Bittick

See Marriages--Willis Alexander Bittick & Winifred Cromwell
Courtesy of Charles Nahlik:
State of Missouri
County of Jefferson
I the undersigned Justice of the Peace, do certify, that I did on the 15th day of May 1873 join in Marriage Alexander Bittick to Winieferd Cromwell. Given under my hand this 5th day of May 1873.
It was signed by S. Medley, JP
[Book 1870-81, p53]
Hillsboro, Jefferson county, Missouri
FRIDAY, 13 JUNE 1873
BITTICK - CROMWELL. By Samuel MEDLEY, Esq., May 15, 1873. Alexander BITTICK to Winifre CROMWELL, at the residence of the bride's father on Big River.
1880 Election Precinct Smithville, Bastrop Co, Texas 18 & 19 June 1880, ed10, p98d:
#272/273 Bittick Willis A. w m 27 md farmer Mo Mo Mo
Winaford w f 25 md keeping house Mo Va Mo
Martha w f 6 dau single Mo Mo Mo
Sarah A. w f 1 dau single Mo Mo Mo
Therall? Sam W.O. w m 28 boarder single/widow farmer Mo Mo Mo

1900 Justice Precinct 3, Gonzales Co, Texas 20 June 1900, ed53, p127a:
#298/306 Bittick Willot A. head m w Jan 1853 47 widow, farmer, rents Mo Mo Mo
Sada dau w f Sep 1878 21 single, farm laborer Tx Mo Mo
Addie dau w f Oct 1880 19 single, farm laborer Tx Mo Mo
Besie dau w f Aug 1883 17 single, farm laborer Tx Mo Mo
Winnie dau w f Feb 1888 12 single, farm laborer Tx Mo Mo
James son w m Feb 1891 9 single Tx Mo Mo
Cora dau w f Aug 1892 7 single Tx Mo Mo
Adams George share w m Oct 1872 27 single?, farmer on share Tx Mo Mo
Harrison Julius boarder w m Dec 1887 18 single? Tx Tx Tx
Jefferson Co, Missouri Deed of Trust, Book 7, p92, dated 12 Feb 1874:
This Deed, made and entered into this Twelfth day of February eighteen hundred and seventy four between Willis Alexander Bittick and Winnifred Bittick his wife, of the County of Jefferson, State of Missouri party of the first part and George Bowles of the County of Jefferson, State of Missouri, party of the second part, and Hiram J. Bittick and Susan F. Bittick, his wife, of the County of Jefferson, State of Missouri, party of the third part: Witnesseth, That the said parties......

Jefferson Co, Missouri Deed Book 9, p539, dated 14 Dec 1875: [need text]
16 November 1996, phone call from, Jerry Harper, descends from Wm Monroe:
1. Willis Alexander was shot and killed in Welder, TX. He owned a horse stable. His widow, assumed to be Winnie, moved herself and the children up to the Dallas area. [Winnie died 1897]
2. Bessie E. [Eugenia] Bittick - Jerry has birth cert.
3. James W. [Marburger] Bittick - Jerry has birth cert.
Certificate states: James is the 5th child born to Winnie and the 5th child living.
[I show James to be the 6th child born, ie: Martha A. 1874; Sara/Sade 1878; Addie 1880; Bessie E. 1883; Ollie/Oliver Winnie 1888; James 1891.
Courtesy of Charles Nahlik:

October 31, 1890, Winifred and W. A. Bittick sign receipt for $100 bequeathed to her in her father's will. [See Probates: Oliver Cromwell Will, Item 2]
16 November 1996, phone call from, Jerry Harper, descends from Wm Monro
1. Willis Alexander was shot and killed in Waelder, TX. He owned a horse stable.
2. Bessie E. [Eugenia] Bittick - Jerry has birth certificate
3. James W. [Marburger] Bittick - Jerry has birth cert. Certificate states: James is the 5th child born to Winnie and the 5th child living. [I show James to be the 6th child born, ie: Martha A. 1874; Sara\Sade 1878; Addie 1880; Bessie E. 1883; Ollie\Oliver Winnie 1888; James 1891. Martha is on the 1880 Bastrop Co census, 1900 Martha is not listed, perhaps she married? 1900 Gonzales Co census, Willis Alexander appears to be widowed]
Courtesy of Charles Nahlik:

These entries were extracted from the first reel of the Waelder News microfilm, housed in the GonzalesRecords Center and Archive. The dates are from October 1900 to Dec. 31, 1901. The area covered is the northeastern extreme of Gonzales County. The newpaper had four pages weekly, with pages one and fourcarrying state, national and other news. Pages two and three contained the local items.Newspapers of that era gave little information about local folk, except that they were present at a certain date.

BITTCK, MISSES, HAD GUEST; Friday, July 19, 1901 Personal Mention
BITTICK, CHILDREN TO ORPHANAGE IN WACO; Friday, Aug. 23, 1901 Little Locals
BITTICK, MAYBURGER, 10, WITNESS; Friday, Apr 19, 1901
BITTICK, MISS SALLIE, TO WAC0 MONDAY; Friday, Aug. 23, 1901 Little Locals
BITTICK, MISS SALLIE; Friday, Oct. 18, 1901 Epworth League Meeting
BITTICK, MISS, VISITING; Friday, Aug. 16, 1901 Colony Cullings
BITTICK, MISS, WITNESS; Friday, Apr 19, 1901
BITTICK CASEBITTICK, MISSES, HAVE GUEST; Friday, June 28, 1901 Personal Mention
BITTICK, W.A., DIED FRIDAY NIGHT (Obit); Friday, Apr 12, 1901
BITTICK, W.A., DAU. MISS ADDIE, 21, DIED SATURDAY; Friday, Nov. 29, 1901
BITTICK, W.A., HEIRS RECEIVE CHECK; Friday, Oct. 18, 1901
BITTICK, W.A., LIVERY, ADV.; Friday, Mar 29, 1901
BITTICK, W.A., MONUMENT PLACED OVER GRAVE OF; Friday, Aug. 9, 1901 Little Locals
BITTICK, W.A., MONUMENT UNVEILED; Friday, Sep. 6, 1901 Unveiling
BITTICK, W.A., SHOT BY W.W. COOK; Friday, Apr 5, 1901
Courtesy of Mary Bittick Gallano:
FAYETTE COUNTY - HER HISTORY AND HER PEOPLE by F. Lotto, pub 1902, p382-384
This cemetery was surveyed by Kathy Carter and Helen Muras on October 27, 1986.
Willis Alexander BittickJan 24, 1853Apr 5, 1901Father/Sov. Woodman of the World Memorial
Buried: Cistern Cemetery, Cistern, Fayette Co, Texas
b. Jan 24 1853
d. 4 Apr 5 1901
Another link is broken in our household band,
But a chain is forming in a better land.
Erected by Woodman of America
Courtesy of Charles Nahlik:
Extracts from Waelder News, Gonzales County, Texas:
[For complete transcript of these articles see Other Documents: Obituaries & Newspaper Articles, Willis Alexander Bittick]

Willis Alexander Bittick, Newspaper Articles

Waelder News, Gonzales County Texas Archives
Friday April 5, 1901
Monday evening last in a difficulty at the livery stable, W.A. Bittick the proprietor, was shot by W.W. Cook. The ball entered near the Adam's apple and losing itself near the shoulder. Particulars of the unfortunate affair as best obtainable from street talk and one of the witnesses to the affray are about as follows: Bittick was stooping over washing his face when Cook came over and gave him a kick in a playful mood it is said. This made Bittick angry beyond pacification and after some little time spent in unprintable back talk, Bittick went into the ante-room to get his gun from under a pillow. Cook followed him in and got between him and the bed. Bittick then went out into the stable and picked up a hatchet and was going back when Bud Holloway stepped in front of him and tried to disarm him of it. At this juncture, Cook, who was standing (sic) the door of the ante-room, pulled his gun when Junius Fisher, the other witness, encircled him and kept him in the room. While Holloway was scuffling with Bittick and Fisher with Cook in an effort to keep them apart, a shot was fired. Bittick was taken home and has been in a bad way ever since. Cook was taken in hand later by Constable Tomlinson, but early the same night he inadvertently let the gap down and his prisoner went to the woods and has been at large since. Up to the time Cook kicked Bittick they had been good friends and then this happened. How little acts unintentionally continue sometimes lead to grave endings.
As we go to press Mr. Bittick is reported very low and the hope of recovery has been abandoned.

Friday April 12, 1901
I wish to express my sincere thank (sic) for the kindness our friends have shown us in our late trouble and for all the earnest attention they gave my father. Respectfully, Sallie Bittick, Waelder
Texas, April 8, 1901

Friday April 12, 1901
W.A. Bittick succumbed to the gun shot wound and died Friday night of traumatic pneumonia. As mentioned in last week's issue he was shot in the neck by W.W. Cook in a difficulty at the stable the Sunday evening before, lingering till Friday night when his spirit winged its flight to the world beyond. Saturday morning his remains were conveyed to Cistern for burial, many from here attending and especially Woodmen of the World, of which order he was an honored member; the two lodges officiating at the grave, Rev. J.W. Sims held a church service over the body. As the procession reached Cistern every business house was closed as a mark of respect and the funeral was one of the largest ever attended in that burying ground. Mr. Bittick was born at Housser (sic, House) Springs, Mo., January 24, 1853: his wife was also born in that same place and they were married there in 1873. She died and was buried at Cistern June 6, 1897. Six children survive - five girls and a boy. Three of the girls are grown; the other two and the boy are small.
Deceased carried $1000 insurance in W.O.W., but not having been a member long and according to a late ruling of the order his children will only get half that sum. Mr. Bittick had resided in this community several years and the news has heard naught but universal regret at this sudden and untimely taking off; and everyone sympathizes deeply with his children in their loss of a kind father and protector.

April 19, 1901
Before Squire Walker Monday morning, W.W. Cook, who is charged with the killing of W.A. Bittick, had an examining trial and was allowed bond in the sum of $1250; P.D. and R.D. Davis and W.A. Wansley becoming sureties.
Lawyer S.H. Hopkins appeared in behalf of Cook, County Attorney Nixon representing the state.
The following witnesses testified: Miss Bittick, Mayburger Bittick, aged ten, Junius Fisher, Bud Holloway, and Wright Roberson, the latter colored.
The testimony of Fisher and Holloway was substantially as given in these columns at the time of the homicide, with few minor variations, viz: That Bittick was stooping over washing his face when Cook came along and kicked him. This made Bittick very angry and he made known his displeasure in emphatic terms, going into the office room, Holloway testified, corroborated by Fisher, that Cook followed right in behind him all the time offering to make due apologies, but that Bittick was beyond pacification and made straight for the bed where he kept his pistol; that Cook headed him off and then Bittick turned and came out of the room, picking up a hatchet at the door as he did so. When in the gangway he faced about and raised the weapon as if to strike or throw it at Cook if he came out the door. Holloway further testified that he asked Bittick to give him the hatchet or put it up, but that he wouldn't do either, remarking that it was the only thing he had to defend himself with; that Holloway was standing close to Bittick who had the hatchet drawn back at the time the shot was fired.
The little boy testified that he was standing just outside the stable door and that Holloway had disarmed his father of the hatchet when the shot was fired.
Miss Bittick's testimony was to the effect that her father kept his pistol under the pillow of the bed at the stable; that it was there when she made up the bed that morning and was still there after the shooting.
Wright Roberson testified that he was passing along at the time, heard the shot and saw Cook standing out on the ground before the door to the office room; heard Bittick remark, "Will, you have killed me," and Cook made the reply, "That's just what I aimed to do," or words to that effect.
Lawyer Nixon made the point that he could prove by a negro, absent from court, that Cook was heard to remark just prior to the difficulty that he was going down to the stable and raise hell. As this was merely an examining trial for bond, Lawyer Hopkins, to save time, admitted the state could make good it's contention.
Examining of witnesses, all of whom were put under the rule, and the arguments of the lawyers consumed the best part of the day and the court room was well filled by spectators who seemed to be keen to know the facts as drawn out at the trial.

August 23, 1901
Rev. J.W. Sims, Miss Sallie Bittick and the three of the Bittick children went to Waco Monday night where the children, two girls and a boy, entered the Methodist orphanage. The death of their father having deprived them of support and protection. This noble institution comes to their rescue and will care for and educate them. They are bright and promising youths.
[Gonzales County Texas Archives]


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