Notes for Mary Elizabeth Bittick
Her birthdate could be 09 Jul 1843 or 05 Jul 1843.
Cloid Bittick's records list Mary Elizabeth Bittick as born 05 July 1843 but census records suggest she was born c1840. This could indicate she is the daughter of Sarah Henthorn and not Cintha A. If this is correct then Mary Elizabeth is the unknown daughter born c1835-40 on the 1840 census. Unable to locate Mary Elizabeth in 1850 or 1860 census. I don't believe Mary was married at age 13 in 1856 without a parent's permission. Her marriage record states she was of 'lawful age' which could indicate she was 16-18 years of age.
[see Marriage Records]
Hempstead Co, Arkansas Marriage Book A, p241
The State of Arkansas }
County of Hempstead } SS
I Aaron Burleson an acting and duly commissioned Justice of the peace for said County do hereby certify that on then said County on the 17th day of February A. D. 1856 I Celebrated the rites of matrimony between C. M. Harrison of Columbia County Ark and Mary Elizabeth Bittick [or Bittock] of Hempstead County Ark both of law [lawful] age.
Given under my hand Febr'y 18, 1856
Aaron Burlison, J. P.
[courtesy of Dorothy L. Miller]
Mary E. (Bittick) Harrison is mentioned in the following letters as the widowed sister of Christoper Columbus Bittick [See Other Documents: Christopher Columbus Bittick--Documents Regarding Exemption from Military Service] Christopher Columbus Bittick's induction was preceded by these documents:
[not dated, before 28 June 1862]
Hempstead County, Ark
Col B. F. Danly & Gen Tho. C. Handman:
your petitioner, Columbus Bitticks would represent. that he is between the age of 18 & 35 subject to Conscription, & that he has two Brothers in the Confederate Army. That he has two aged & decrepit parents & a widowed sister [Mary E. Harrison] & family to provide for. (All poor) That he is engaged in tilling the soil. That he would have volunteered long since had it not been for the duty that he considered devolved upon him to provide for his aged parents. That he dislikes to go as a Conscript, & pledges himself that should one or both of his brothers return, (one of whom has a dependent family) that he will report himself too the enrolling officer or volunteer if necessary.
Sworn to and subscribed before me, Witness my hand and ____seal S.C. Sendor ?, Clerk, Hempstead County Court Ark.
Signed: C. C. Bittick
[not dated, before 28 June 1862]
We the undersigned neighbors & acquaintances of Columbus Bitticks, know the above statements to be correct & pray that his petition be granted & be exempted from military duty. (Signed)
John W. Willis
I believe the contents to be correct, David Black, A.B. Williams
Office Provost Marshal
Little Rock [Arkansas]
June 28th 1862
It is hereby ordered that the within named C. C. Bittis be exempt from the duties of a soldier under the Conscript Law, owing to the helpless and dependent condition of his two aged parents, a widowed sister [Mary E. Harrison] and family for whom he is providing, and that he has two brothers in the Confederate service, constituting his case a meritorious ___ and one that the Chf. Provost Marshal feels he is authorized in so exempting on the score of humanity. (Provided?) the said C.C. Bittick continue to maintain the the persons as dependent upon him.
By order of Col. B.F. Danley, Chf. Prov. Mar. Dist Ark
per D. F Shall, Maj. Asst P. M.
[Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives, Washington, AR 71862, courtesy of Dorothy Miller)
Confederate States of America
Company D, Hardy's Arkansas Infantry Regiment:
Bittick, Columbus C., Pvt.
Enlisted: 10 Apr 1863 at Washington, Arkansas
*Co F, 24th AR Inf
Who is this:
Mary Harrison, 22, and William Burlison, 22, were married on 20 November 1868 in Hempstead Co, Arkansas.
Is this Mary Bittick Harrison, widow of Calvin? Mary and William both born c1846, unable to locate them in 1870 census.
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