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Notes for Houston 'General' Lafayette Bittick

We can't prove it, but we think Houston 'General' Lafayette Bittick is the son of Isaac Newton Bittick and Susana Jane Morris. The Morris family carried the Lafayette name in their family - using it for male and female members. And, the nickname, 'General' is also common in their family. So, it looks like Houston could be their son - probably J.T. in the 1860 census which is only initials and some are really hard to figure out. In 1870 General Bittick is with his grandmother.
G.L. Bittick or Bitticks and Elizabeth Tarwater were married on 15 or 16 December 1875 in Giles Co, Tennessee.

[see Marriage Records]
Houston L. Bittick, 33, of Roe, to Miss Lee A. Rodgers, 21, of Hynum/Hyunm, Arkansas County, on 31 March 1889 in Monroe Co, Arkansas by J.W. Petty. Marriage Book E, p519. []

Page 519
Marriage License
State of Arkansas}
County of Monroe} To any Person Authorized by Law to Solemnize Marriage—Greeting:
You are hereby commanded to solemnize the Rite, and publish the bans of Matrimony, between Mr. Housten L. Bittick
of Roe in the County of Monroe and State of Arkansas aged
33 years, and Miss Lee A. Rodgers of Hyrum
in the County of Arkansas and State of Arkansas, aged Twenty one years, according to law; and do you offically
sign and return this License to the parties herein named.
Witness my hand and official seal, this 28th day of February A. D. 1889
{seal} C. B. Mills County Clerk

Certificate of Marriage
State of Arkansas}
County of Monroe} I, J. W. Petty do hereby
certify that, on the Third day of Mche A. D. 1889, I did duly and according to law, as commanded
in the foregoing License, solemnize the Rite, and publish the bans of Matrimony between the parties therein named.
Witness my hand, this 5 day of Mch A. D. 1889
My credentials are recorded in Mississippi County, Ark.
The above License and Certificate of Marriage were filed in my office for Record on the 6th day of March 1889


1870 13th Civil District, Bufords Station PO, Giles Co, Tennessee 4 August 1870, p270b & 271a:
#182/182 Bittick Cynthia 72 f M keeping house NC
Egrina 50 f M Tn
Jerome 45 m M farmer $2,355 Tn - citizen
Almira 30 f M Tn
p271a: Campbellsville PO, 6 August 1870
Bittick General L. 15 m W farm laborer Tn - can't read/write [Houston 'General' Lafayette]
Bratten William Y. 13 m W farm laborer Tn - attended school
___ Hyram 18 m B Tn - can't read/write
Phillips Charles 16 m B farm laborer Tn - attended school, can't read/write
[Note: Cynthia, Egrina, Jerome and Almira are enumerated as M [mulatto] but on the next page, General L. Bittick is enumerated as W [white], the others are enumerated as B [black.]
#189/189 Bitticks John R. 37 m w farmer $3,200/1,400 Tn - citizen
Mariah 36 f w keeping house Tn
John M. 3 m w Tn
[I don't think John R. is the father of General L. Isaac Newton Bittick is his likely father - mbg]

1880 13 District, Giles Co, Tennessee bet 6-8 June 1880, ed111, p257a &b:
#106/116 Biddick Houston w m 25 md farming Tn Tn Tn
Mary E. w f 31 wife md keeps house Tn -- Tn - can't read/write
Thomas J. w m 14 step-son single works on farm, attended school Tn Al Tn
9 June 1880, ed 111, p258d:
#131/141 Biddick John w m 48 md farming Tn NC NC
Moriah w f 36 wife md keeps house Tn Va Tn
John M. w m 18 son single works on farm, attended school, can't write Tn Tn Tn
Thomas J. w m 9 son single, attended school Tn TnTn
Wayne w m 2 single Tn Tn Tn
[I don't think John is the father of Houston. Isaac Newton Bittick is his likely father - mbg.]

1900 Helena City, St. Francis Township, Phillips Co, Arkansas 16 June 1900, ed82, p232a:
905 College Street
#566/674 Biddix Houston* head w m May 1855 45 md 11 yrs conductor RR Tn Tn Tn
Lee A. wife w f Feb 1868 32 md 11 yrs 6 born/4 living Tn Tn NC
Harry H. son w m Jan 1893 7 single, attended school Ar Tn Tn
Earl son w m Mar 1896 4 single Ar Tn Tn
Ethel dau w f Mar 1896 4 single Ar Tn Tn
Russell son w m Jun 1899 10/12 single Ar Tn Tn
* has him indexed as Howard but it looks like Houston to me.
[see Other Documents: Death Certificates]

City of St. Louis
Health Department.
No. of Burial Permit: 3079
Certificate of Death
This Certificate Must be Fully and Accurately Filled Out In Ink. Provided by
Section 526, Revised Ordinance, 1900
Name of Deceased: H. L. Bittick [Houston Lafayette]
white, male, married
Date of Death: 1904, Mar, 28
Age: Years: 48
Occupation: Conductor
Place of Birth: US
Birthplace of Father: US
Birthplace of Mother: US
Disease or Cause of Death: Pneumonia; Duration: 1 week
Place of Death: 1600 California, Mo Pac Hospital*
Length of time deceased was an inmate: 6 weeks
Last Residence: Helena Ark
I Certify that I have attended the person above named in his last illness,
who died of the disease stated, on the date above named.
Paul F. Vasterling M.D.
Mo Pac Hospital; Telephone No. 3880 52
Burial Permit.
Office of Health Department, St. Louis, 3/29 1904
I Certify that I have examined the above Certificate and find it to accord
with the requirements of the Charter and Ordinances of the City of St.
Louis; and therefore permission is hereby given to inter the body of the
person therein named in Helena Ark cemetery.
Hoffmiester & Co, Undertaker.
*Missouri Pacific Railroad Hospital

Buried: Helena, Phillips Co, Arkansas - not found

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