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Notes for John Goodrum Bittick, Sr.

J.G. Bittick and J.B. Simmons were married in Monroe Co, Georgia on 19 December 1882. Book E, p119.

Marriage License
State of Georgia, County of Monroe
To any Judge, Justice of the Peace, or Minister of the Gospel:
You are hereby authorized to join
J.G. Bittick and Miss Ginnie B. Simmons in the Holy State of Matrimony, according to the Constitution and Laws of this State, and for so doing this shall be your license. And you are hereby required to return this license to me, with your Certificate heron of the fact and date of the marriage.
Given under my hand and seal, this 20 day of December 1882.
J. T. McGuity {Seal}
Certificate
Georgia, Monroe Counyt
I certify that J.G. Bittick and Jennie B. Simmons were joined in Matrimony by me this 21 day of December Eighteen Hundred and Eighty two.
Jesse Mays, M.G.
Recorded: J. T. McGuity, Ordinary
[courtesy of Dorothy L. Miller]

Clipping from Monroe County, Georgia Paper
December 1882

On Tuesday, the 21st last, at 8 oíclock, p.m. at the residence of the brideís step-father, Mr. D. E. Willis, near, Cabaniss, Mr. John G. Bittick and Miss Jennie B. Simmons, one of Cabiness charming young ladies, a favorite with her acquaintances. The Rev. Jesse Mays officiated. After the delicious refreshments, presents and congratulations of friends there, the bride-groom with his amiable bride and attendants, left to meet the friend and good things awaiting them at his stepmotherís, in Forsyth. The attendants were Mr. John T. Willis and Miss Lula Ponder; Mr. Daniel C. Gibson and Miss Fannie Johnston; Mr. Edgar McCord and Miss Ella Watson.

The reception at Forsyth was attended by a select company of friends of the bride and groom, and was highly enjoyed by all. The evening was unpleasant but ind___ all was happiness and social pleasure.

Mr. Bittick is the son of Mr. Cyrus Bittick, deceased, of Tennessee, and grandson of our most worthy citizen, John Goodrum, deceased, of this county. He is an energetic business young man and promises a successful life. After a few days the happy pair will return to occupy the cottage and farm at Cabiness he has provided for their future home.

[courtesy of Dorothy L. Miller. Copy very faint and hard to read. Handwritten date on article is 19 Dec 1882 but thatís not possible - they didnít marry until 21 Dec 1882.]

Also see Other Documents: Newspaper Articles--John Goodrum Bittick, Sr. & Virginia Roberta Simmons Marriage Announcement
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John G. mentioned in his father's will dated Aug 25 1871 [see notes for Cyrus Samuel Bittick]
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1870 17th District, Nolensville PO, Williamson Co, Tennessee, 31 August 1870, p279a&b:
#175/190 Bittick Cyrus S. 44 m w farm $16,000/1,900 Tn - citizen
Ophelia 26 f w keeping house Ga [McLendon]
John 12 m w Tn [son of Emmaline Goodrum]
Elisabeth 10 f w Tn [dau of Emmaline Goodrum]
Samuel 7 m w Tn [son of Emmaline Goodrum]
Emmett 2 m w Tn [son of Ophelia McLendon]
William D. 39 m w trader $25,000/- Tn [William Darius]
p279b: Martha 36 f w $-/400 Tn [Martha Still, wife of William D.]
Samuel 15 m Black domestic serv Tn
Edward 12 m Black domestic serv Tn

1880 Cabaniss District 467 G.M., Monroe Co, Georgia, 7 June 1880, ed89, p36a:
#109/113 Willis O.B. w m 22 head md in yr farmer Ga Ga Ga
Sallie w f 17 wife md in yr keeping house Ga Ga Ga
Bittick J.G. w m 22 boarder single farmer Tn Tn Ga [John Goodrum]
Minter J.W. w m 21 brother-in-law single works in farm Ga Ga Ga

1900 Forsyth District, Forsyth City, Monroe Co, Georgia 2 June 1900, ed69, p69a:
Jackson Street
#38/39 Bittick John G. head w m Feb 1867 43 md 17 yrs merchant Tn Tn Ga
Virginia wife w f Feb 1863 37 md 17 yrs 7 born/7 living Ga Ga Ga
Robert C. son w m Feb 1884 16 single Ga Ga Ga
Eula dau w f Dec 1886 18 single Ga Ga Ga
Rollie J. dau [son] w f [m] Jun 1888 11 single Ga Ga Ga
John G. son w m Jul 1891 8 single Ga Ga Ga
Lawson H. son w m Aug 1894 5 single Ga Ga Ga
Alice E. dau w f Mar 1897 3 single Ga Ga Ga
Virginia dau w f Apr 1900 1/12 single Ga Ga Ga

1910 Forsyth City & District, Monore Co, Georgia 20 April 1910, ed93, p222a:
#124/138 Bittick John G. head m w 51 md1 26 yrs Tn Tn Ga - superintendent county _?
Jennie wife f w 45 md1 26 yrs 8 born/8 living Ga Ga Ga
Rolley J. son m w 21 single Ga Tn Ga
Cary L. son m w 15 single Ga Tn Ga
Elizabeth A. day f w 12 single Ga Tn Ga
Virginia dau f w 9 single Ga Tn Ga
Florence L. dau 5 single Ga Tn Ga
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Court Records:
Williamson Co, Tennessee
County Court
1871 August, p215:
John is mentioned in Ophelia Bittick's Petition for Dower.

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Obituary
Monroe Advertiser
October [8th], 1917, [Monday]
John Goodrum Bittick
Died on Sunday [7th] morning. Funeral in Forsyth Baptist Church, Tuesday [9th], by Rev. R.L. Bivins. Bittick born in Frankfurt, KY, lived in Cabaniss, GA as a boy. In the mercantile business, served as Chief of Police and Superintendent of Roads. Surviving: wife, children: R.C. of Forsyth, Mrs. A.L. Sasser of Bonaire, R.J. of Forsyth, J.G., Jr of Macon, L.E.[C.] of Lansing, Michigan and Misses [text ends]
[courtesy of Rollie J. Bittick]
[This is the first time his place of birth is listed as Frankfurt, Kentucky. He was probably born in Williamson Co, Tennessee. The publication date is missing from this obituary but the dates for Sunday are 7, 14, 21 and 28 October. There has been confusion concerning the date of John's death - either October 6th or 7th - it has to be the 7th if it was on Sunday. The funeral was held on Tuesday so I believe the date of this must be October 8, 1917.
R.C. = Robert Cyrus
Mrs. A.L. Sasser = Eula Grace, Mrs. Arthur Lee Sasser
R.J. = Rollie Joe
J.G., Jr. = John Goodrum, Jr.
L.E.[C.] = Lawson Cary
unmarried daughters would be = Alice E.; Virginia S. and Florrie L.]
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[copy in possession of Mary Bittick Gallano, great niece of Belle Bittick Clark] part of a letter from Thelma Goodwin to Belle Bittick Clark
Aug 27, 1971
Houston,TX

p1 from Mrs L. Cary Bittick, Sr

1. They came from Franklin and Nashville Tenn to Georgia.

2. According to family tradition three (3) brothers came to Tenn but one soon went to Texas. They were Cyrus Samuel, Joseph and Darius. Darius was supposed to have gone to Texas.

3. She says she has found Bitticks in Missouri but they didn't have any information on the family.

4. Found a Pressley Bittick in Hingham, Mass who was retired and moved to Florida. His people were from Missouri but his father and mother died and he was raised by his mothers people, and doesn't know of the Bitticks.

5. Samuel F. (which could stand for Francis) born Oct 1790 married Elizabeth Goodrum in Williamson County Tenn August 16, 1824.
Their son Cyrus Samuel Bittick married Emmaline Goodrum first and then Ophelia McLendon.
Their son John Goodrum Bittick born Feb 3, 1858 married Jennie Bob Simmons of Monroe Co, Ga (Forsyth) Dec 19, 1882.
These are her husbands parents.

She also has the record of John R. Bittick who married Cynthia Rakestraw.
Their son Green Bittick married first Sallie Brownlow then Margaret Noah - Green Bittick was born 1818 died 1897.
Edward Joseph Bittick son of Green and Margaret Noah married Razzie Stalling 1904 in Tennessee.

Maybe these 3 men that she is talking of is Frances [sic] Bitticks son sense the census said he had 3 sons and 3 daughters in 1790.

Mrs L. Cary Bittick is the President General of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in Forsyth Georgia.
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Buried: Forsyth City Cemetery, Forsyth, Monroe Co, Georgia [See Tombstones: John Goodrum Bittick, Sr.]
John Gary? Bittick
b. Feb 3, 1858
d. Oct 7, 1917
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