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Is Jonathan Bittick who married Polly Holliday the same Jonathan Bittick, born 1796, who married Jinsy Butler? Jonathan Bittick and Edmund Bittick are both found in early Howard/Boone Co, Missouri. Although they were probably related, there is no information on what that relationship was. For more information on Edmund Bittick, see the Francis-Missouri Bitticks database. We believe that the Jonathan Bittick in early Howard/Boone Co, Missouri is probably Jonathan born 1796, and have included the Howard/Boone County information here.
No marriage record has been located for Jonathan Bittick and Jinsy Butler. Were they married in Missouri or Arkansas?
Date of death listed on his estate inventory. [see Probates--Jonathan Bittick Estate Inventory]
Jonathan and his wife, Jinsy Jane Butler Bittick, are buried in the Bittick Cemetery west of Andice, Williamson County, Texas. The cemetery is located on CR 209. Both graves bear the emblem - Citizen of the Republic of Texas. [see Cemeteries and Tombstones]
Also see photo of Jonathan & Jinsy
Indexed as:
Name:Jonathan Betticks
Marriage Date:23 Dec 1819
Marriage County:Howard Co, Missouri
Spouse Name:Polly Holida

[see Marriage Records--Missouri]
Vol. 1, page 82
J. Bellick [Bettick]
P. Holliday
Missouri Territory Howard County
I do hereby Certify that on the 23rd day of December
1819 I Solemnized Matrimony between Jonathan
Betticks and Polly Holida both of the county
aforesaid Given under my hand July 11th 1820
Tyre Harris, J. P.
Recorded the 17th July 1820
Gray Bynum? clk
21 January 1820--Jonathan Bittix purchases item from George Wilcox estate sale, Boone Co, Missouri

Boone County, Missouri Estate Files
Compiled by Carolyn M. Bartels, 7295 Houston St., Shawnee Mission, KS 66227 pub 1991
FHL: 977.829 P26 v. 1 [book pages are not numbered]
1. Estate of George Wilcox
(The first entry is headed from Howard county; it involves a transfer of papers to the Boone county court. Dated 9 July 1822; signed by Armstead Grundy)
George Wilcox’s will was in Howard county, in it he appointed Lazarus Wilcox as his executor... (another letter in the files from Gray Bynum, dated 23 December 1819, attesting to the validity of the letters of executorship)
21 January 1820... estate was appraised by John Copeland, John Reed and William Barnes.
Among the purchasers at the sale were: ... Jonathan Bittix ... this sold on 22 January 1820.
[copy of list of items sold is very hard to read: one _____ Jonathan Bittix 1..63?]
1821 Boone County, Missouri, Tax List: A Complete Transcription
David P. Sapp, Columbia, Missouri; Copyright 2004
FHL: 977.828 R49s
Boone County’s 1821 Tax Assessment [says in part:]
The history of tax collection in what is now Boone county dates essentially from when Howard county was formed from the northwest part of Missouri territory in 1816. Prior to 1816, very few people lived within the present limits of Boone county but the population began growing at a boom rate starting just about the time of the designation of the original Howard county. From 1816 through 1820, residents within what is now Boone county paid taxes according to the law at that time as part of Howard county.
Boone county was formed out of Howard county by an act of the Missouri Territorial Legislature effective November 16, 1820. Missouri counties were required to collect taxes due the state but they were also authorized to collect taxes that would go into the county treasury. At the Boone County court meeting February 19, 1821, Michael Woods was appointed assessor for the county for the year 1821. At the July 14, 1821, county court meeting the tax levy for 1821 was set (at 50% of the state tax) and the clerk was ordered to make three copies of the corrected assessment lists. Thus we know that the actual tax assessment for 1821 represents taxable real and personal property in the county during the first six months of 1821. There may have been a more precisely defined cutoff date for this list (such as January 1 as is done now) but I have not been able to document the date.
Two lists were made of taxes due in Boone county in 1821. The first (and largest) included the names and taxes for all residents of the county. Non-residents who owned land here but resided elsewhere were included on a separate list. The latter list included only land (acreage and town lots) and not any other categories of personal property. Both lists have been transcribed below and they should be searched separately.
The original document
This wonderful document has been little known or used by Boone county historians or genealogists because it is stored away at the Missouri Historical Society without copies being available elsewhere. (The Missouri Historical Society also has a copy of the 1825, 1827, and 1829-1831 tax lists for Boone county as well as the 1817 and 1819 Howard county tax lists, all of which would be of interest to those researching early Boone county.)
The original document is a paper-covered ledger book that measures 8" x 12¼”. All entries are clear but some of the letters or combinations are difficult to read with certainty because of the script used. The left and right pages together comprise one page of entries. The pages are lined off in neat rows and columns.
One of the three copies ordered by the county court was for the county collector, Overton Harris. It is this copy that has been preserved and from which this transcription is taken. The first page of the book includes the following notation:
A copy of Assessor’s General alphabetical lists of Taxable property in
Boone county Mo for the year 1821
Boon Cty
O. Harris Sheriff & Collector
Received auditors office the 2nd Augst 1821 and charged the Collector
The 1821 tax rate for the state was set at ¼ of 1% of the valuation, plus $1.00 for an unmarried man.
The “alphabetization” of both lists was by first letter of the last name only. Thus all names beginning with each letter were grouped together but they were not further alphabetized. Since sequence in the tax list has no significance, I have reordered the entries to place them in strict alphabetical sequence to make searching easier. I would, however, still caution the user to look at all variants as spellings are known to be inconsistent with later spellings in some cases.
Taxes in the original were calculated to the ¼ of a cent. I have rounded all of the tax amounts to the nearest cent.
The user will notice that there are inconsistencies in some of the numerical values. For example, about 12% of the entries have an error in either one or the valuations or the aggregate amount listed. About the same frequency of errors can be found by comparing a calculation of the tax owed with the amount listed. Some of these errors were introduced by me in the transcript but many of them are in error in the “original” list, which, we must remember was itself a copy of the original assessment list.
Four hundred thirteen (413) slaves over three years of age were counted and valued at around $250 each. The total population in the county at this time was around 4,000, so the slave population represented about 10% of the total.
Ninety-four unmarried men between 21 and 50 paid a poll tax of $1.00. They represented 17% of the total resident tax payers.
The total state taxes assessed that year amounted to about $987 on the 535 “resident” tax payers. This meant the average state tax bill was bout $1.84 with another $0.92 due to the county. The total was equivalent to about a quarter of a beef, or 20% of the average dwelling, or the purchase price of about two acres of land.

Biddicks, Edmund: 1 unmarried man 21-50 years old.
Amount of Taxes: $1.00

Bidicks, Jonathan: 80 acres, Valuation $80
Cattle 3+ years old: 1, Valuation $10
Aggregate Amount: $90
Amount of Taxes: $0.23

Holidah?, Thos.: 160 acres, Valuation: $160
1 Dwelling, Valuation: $18
Horses > 3 years, Valuation: $30
Cattle 3+ years: 2, Valuation: $16
Aggregate Amount: $224
Amount of Taxes: $0.56
Missouri Pioneers of Boone County compiled by InfoTech Publishing
FHL: 977.829 V29m
Originally part of Howard County, Boone County was formed in 1820. The courthouse is located in Columbia, MO.
Because of available river transportation, the original pioneer settlements in Missouri were concentrated along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, forming a sidewise “T”, crossing the state. Counties along Mississippi River were some of the first settled and as the move westward continued, counties along the Missouri River were quickly settled.
Being centrally located along the Missouri River, Boone County is a county rich in genealogical history.
This volume contains material extracted from the “Missouri Pioneers” and “Missouri Miscellany” series of books. The surname index contains over 1,600 names of Boone County Pioneers from the first fifty years.
Book page 1 - Boone County - Original Land Patents
no Biddick or Bittick or anything close, no Holiday or Haliday.
Book page 9: Boone County - 1821 Tax List
Biddicks, Edmund
Bidicks, Jonathan
Boone County, Missouri Combined Land and Property, 1821 and 1825
Jonathan Biddick
Edmund Biddick, L (no acreage listed)*
*this person paid a poll tax only and was probably young and single though a very old man might pay the same small tax. [courtesy of Janie Bittick, 30 Mar 2005]

Edmund and Jonathan Biddick are unknown. Some think that Jonathan is the Jonathan Bittick born 1796 who went to Texas and that Edmund is related to him. More information about Edmund Bittick may be found in the Francis-Missouri Bittick database on this web site.
Tax Lists:
Boone Co, Missouri
1821 - Jonathan Bidicks
1825 - Jonathan Bidicks

1840 Shelby County, Texas
1846 Panola County, Texas
Other books of interest to check:
Boone Co Missouri Plat Book: FHL 977.829 R2 [not on shelf]
Boone Co Missouri Family Maps: FHL 977.829 R22b [not on shelf]
Atlas of Boone Co Missouri: FHL Film 973006 item 4 [not checked] Deed Books very faint

[On her last trip to Salt Lake City, Mary was unable to check these books. Please let us know if you have this information.]
Need 1825 Boone Co, Missouri tax information
Character Certificate for Jonathan Bittick [see Other Documents--Jonathan Bittick Character Certificate August 18, 1835]
August 18, 1835
Free State of Choahuila x Texas
Municipality of San Augustine
I certify that Jonathan Bittick
a native of Tennessee and of the United
States of America is a man of fam
-ily consisting of seven persons and a
man of good moral habits industrio
-us and a good citizen and friendly
to the laws and religion of this coun
-try said Bittick emigrated to this
country in 1830 given at the instance
of the party interested.
August 18 ~ 1835 Nathan Travis Commasary

Character Certificates in the General Land Office of Texas
#126. Bittick, Jonathan [English]
San Augustine Aug 18, 1835
I certify that Jonathan Bittick, a native of Tennessee of the US, a man of family consisting of seven persons, and a man of good... emigrated to this country in 1830.
Nathan Davis, Commissioner

[Character Certificates in the General Land Office of Texas, edited by Gifford White, from the files of the General Land Office, Austin, Texas, p12. Reprinted for Clearfield Company, Inc. by Genealogical Publishing Co, Inc. Baltimore, Maryland, 1993. ISBN No. 0-8063-1251-3]

Note: Man of good... or a similar expression stands for a formal and extended statement of good character and readiness to sign the oath of loyalty to the Mexican government.
Jonathan Bittick Census Enumerations:

1829 Antoine Twp, Clark Co, AR, Sheriff's Census:
Jonathan Bittick
1 male of 21 and under 45 - Jonathan
1 males under 18 - George C. b1826 [Joseph BL b1828, not born yet?]
1 female of 14 and upward - Jincey
1 female under 14 - who?

The First Census of Texas 1829-1836
Census of Municipality of Tenehaw, 1835:
Name Condition Religion Trade Ages
Jonathan Biddic Married Catholic farmer 36
Jane Biddic his wife do 30
George C. son 9
Joseph B. T. (sic) son 7
Elizabeth daughter 5
William S. son 3
Ahire son 3 mo.
Note: Jonathan was not Catholic but in order to obtain land in Texas/Coahuila he had to state he was.
[Residents of Texas 1782-1836, The University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures, Vol. III]

1830 Robertson Co, Citizens of Texas
Jonathan Bittick - 3229 acres

Citizens of Texas 1840 Shelby Co, Republic of Texas
Bittick, Jonathan
Polls [Poll Tax] : 1 [paid for 1 voter in the family]
Land: S1111 [land description]
Other Property: 50 catt [number of cattle taxed]
[The 1840 Census of the Republic of Texas, by Gifford White, pub 1966, Pemberton Press, Austin, Texas.
call # 976.4 C396wh 1840]

1850 No Township, Shelby Co, Texas, 12 & 13 October 1850, p27b:
#382/389 Johnathan Bitticks 55 m farmer $2500 NC
Jiney 45 Georgia
J. A. 15 Texas
Henry W. 13 Texas
Jas N. 8 Texas
Mary C. 5 Texas
Dixon W. 2 Texas

March 1857-August 1858: Record of corn, wheat, meal, & salt bought from/borrowed from/loaned to J. Bittick in Lewis McDowell's Journal [see Heirlooms: Lewis McDowell Journal] [courtesy of Susan I. Nelson]

1860 No Township, Williamson Co, Texas 2 June 1860, p261a:
#22/23 Jonathan Bittick 66 m w farmer $5500/3000 NC
Jinsy 55 f w Georgia
Joseph 17 m w Texas
Mary 14 f w Texas
Dixson 12 m w Texas

24 Aug 1863: Confederate Census/Tax Roll, Williamson Co, Texas found in journal of Lewis McDowell - census of his neighbors residing in Williamson County on 24 August 1863: [courtesy of Susan I. Nelson] [see Heirlooms: Lewis McDowell Journal]
Name White Black Money
M. A. Bittick 5 2 30 [Martha Ann Smith md Jonathan Albert Bittick, Jr.] [Page 1]
Catherine Butler 11 -- 45 [Catherine Woodfin wife of Ahira Butler] [Page 1]
G C Bittick 8 -- 40 [George Crittenden Bittick, md Mary Samford, d. 15 Sep 1864] [Page 1]
J N Bittick 7 3 50 paid [Jasper Newton Bittick b. 1843, possibly his parents, wife & siblings] [Page 2]
Lewis McDowel 8[?] -- -- transcriber of census; age 35 in 1860, b. LA; 1st wife Selina Butler [Page 3]
[Note: J. N. Bittick appears to be Jasper Newton with his wife, Sarah, along with his parents, Jonathan and Jinsy, and his siblings Mary Catherine and Dickson. Who is the 7th person - perhaps an unknown child of Jasper and Sarah who died young?]
Land Records:
See Other Documents--Jonathan Bittick Spanish Land Grant

Spanish Land Grant, October 20, 1835 (7,884,722 sp. varas)

Texas Land Title Abstracts:
Grantee: Jonathan Bittick
Certificate: 150
Patentee: J. Bittick
Patent Date: 11 Jul 1845
Acres: 2976.40
District: San Augustine
County: San Augustine
File: 30
Patent #: 770
Patent Volume: 2
Class: San Aug. 1st

Grantee: J. H. Holeman
Certificate: 28
Patentee: Jonathan Bittick
Patent Date: 15 Oct 1846
Acres: 1476.13
District: Shelby
County: Shelby
File: 13
Patent #: 186
Patent Volume: 3
Class: Shelby 1st

Grantee: Randolph Yarberry
Certificate: 149
Patentee: Jonathan Bittick
Patent Date: 28 Apr 1855
Acres: 920
District: Nacogdoches
County: Wood
File: 827
Patent #: 888
Patent Volume: 9
Class: Nac. 1st

Grantee: Randolph Yarberry
Certificate: 449
Patentee: Jonathan Bittick
Patent Date: 28 Apr 1855
Acres: 555.96
District: Lamar; Nacogdoches; Paschall
County: Hopkins
File: 128
Patent #: 161
Patent Volume: 12
Class: Lamar 1st
Jonathan Bittick to Joseph Rowe, Deed, Shelby County, Texas, 1844 [see Other Documents]
Jonathan Bittick to Puluski Gibbs, Deed, DeSoto Parish, Louisiana, 1847 [see Other Documents]
Courtesy of Johnny M. Bittick:
Elkanah Joseph Bittick's Day Book or Journal, dated October 14, 1904 [see Heirlooms]
Item 4:
Sketch of Jonathan & Jinsy's home
Courtesy of Dorothy L. Miller:
See Other Documents--Biographical article on Joseph Butler Langley Bittick, A Memorial and Biographical History of the Counties of Merced, Stanislaus, Calaveras, Tuolumne and Mariposa, California, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1892

JOSEPH B. L. BITTICK, one of the oldest settlers now living in Stanislaus county, and a pioneer of California, was born in Shelby county, Texas, June 29, 1828. His parents were Jonathan and Jane (Butler) Bittick, the father born in Tennessee, of Welsh ancestry, and the mother a native of Georgia. They were married in Arkansas, and went to Texas under the Austin treaty. The maternal grandfather of our subject, George Butler by name, was one of the leading men of that section of the country, having been appointed as one of the Government Commissioners to pass upon the head rights under the treaty with Mexico, and having also been a member of the Texas Senate. [Note: George Butler was not a member of the "Senate". He was a delegate to the first and second Conventions of Texas in 1832 and 1833, before there was a senate in Texas.]
City Council Agenda of the City of Austin, Texas


ORDINANCES / RESOLUTIONS / MOTIONS - All of the following items may be acted upon by one motion. No separate discussion or action on any of the items is necessary unless desired by a Council Member.

Public Works
9. Approve a resolution to authorize the fee simple acquisition of 2.359 acre tract of land out of the Jonathan Bittick Survey No. 50, said 2.359-acre tract being all of that certain tract of land (called 2.36 acres) conveyed to Rosailia Verna Moore by special warranty deed recorded in Volume 6518, Page 982, of the Deed Records of Travis County, Texas, locally known as 10224 Moores Bridge Road, from Rosailia Verna Moore for the Airport Noise Mitigation Program, in the amount of $93,200 for the land and improvements and $24,050.70 relocation benefits, plus closing costs and moving related expenses in the amount of $10,000, for an amount not to exceed $127,250.70. (Funding in the amount of $127,250.70 is available in Fiscal Year 2003-2004 Amended Capital Budget of the Department of Aviation using airport funds and available Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Grants.)

The following represents the actions taken by the Austin City Council in the order they occurred during the meeting. While the minutes are not in sequential order, all agenda items were discussed. The City Council of Austin, Texas, convened in a regular meeting on Thursday, June 17, 2004 in the Board Room at Lower Colorado River Authority Hancock Building, 3700 Lake Austin Boulevard.
Mayor Wynn called the Council Meeting to order at 10:25 a.m.

The following items were acted on by one motion. No separate discussion or action occurred on any of the items. The consent items were approved on Council Member Alvarez' motion, Mayor Wynn's second on a 7-0 vote.

9. Approve a resolution to authorize the fee simple acquisition of 2.359 acre tract of land out of the Jonathan Bittick Survey No. 50, said 2.359-acre tract being all of that certain tract of land (called 2.36 acres) conveyed to Rosailia Verna Moore by special warranty deed recorded in Volume 6518, Page 982, of the Deed Records of Travis County, Texas, locally known as 10224 Moores Bridge Road, from Rosailia Verna Moore for the Airport Noise Mitigation Program, in the amount of $93,200 for the land and improvements and $24,050.70 relocation benefits, plus closing costs and moving related expenses in the amount of $10,000, for an amount not to exceed $127,250.70. (Funding in the amount of $127,250.70 is available in Fiscal Year 2003-2004 Amended Capital Budget of the Department of Aviation using airport funds and available Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Grants.)
Resolution No. 040617-9 was approved.

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