JAMES (JOHN) WITT born (according to 1850 census) to JOHN WITT
(According the record of his first marriage in 1836, the parents of JAMES WITT are listed as JOHN WITT.)
JAMES WITT, son of JOHN WITT, married Saluda Ann (Rudy) Crouch. duaghter of Joseph Croucborn.h. (Source: Quaker Encyclopedia, pa. 1018 if Bedfird Marriage Bonds. Josiah Crouch, surety)
Edwin J. Witt, son of JAMES JOHN WITT and Saluda Ann Crouch,
Jan. 10, 1842
Bedford County Quaker Marriage Bonds:
JAMES WITT & LUCY ANN NEWMAN; David H. Creasey, Surety;
Consent of Margaret Wilks, guardian for Lucy Ann. Married by Rev. William Leftwich.
[WHB – Although some “family trees” identify other persons as James Witt’s wife, this Bedford County marriage bond, is the one that most convinces me. The circumstances of Lucy Ann Newman’s status as orphan, with Margaret Wilks as her guardian, need to be discovered, but Witt, Newman, Creasy and Wilks all appear to be part of Rev. Leftwich’s Baptist community.]
Ann Witt, daughter of JAMES WITT and LUCY ANN NEWMAN, born. [Ann Witt reported as 10 in 1860 census, probably meant to be 16.]
Aurilia Witt, daughter of JAMES WITT and LUCY ANN NEWMAN, born.
James M. Witt, son of JAMES WITT and LUCY ANN NEWMAN, born.
MALINDA JANE WITT, daughter of JAMES WITT and LUCY ANN NEWMAN, born.
[WHB – I think 1848 is probably the right birthyear. Assuming MALINDA JANE was 12 in 1860, as reported in the 1860 census (and 22 in 1870 and 32 in 1880), she would have been 17 or older when married, rather than 14 or 15 if the 1850 0r 1851 birthyears, calculated by assuming her age was 38 on her death record.]
JAMES WITT, Carpenter, AGE 30; WIFE LUCY A AGE 24; Edwin (son of JAMES WITT and Saluda Crouch) 12, Ann M 6, Aurilia C, 4; JANE M, 3; Angeline 1. Living with them is William Cadwallader, 24, carpenter; James Bogart/?Hogart?
MALINDA JANE WITT in 1860 Census as age 12, Western District, Campbell, Virginia, Castle Craig Post Office.
Family Number 282. Others listed JAMES WITT (m, 40,), LUCY A[NN] WITT (f, 35) Ann Witt (f, 10), Madison Overstreet (m, 25), M D Fuller (m 51, millwright). All born Virginia
[WHB – The presence of Madison Overstreet in the household of JAMES WITT suggests descendency from the Witt-Overstreet marriage of a previous generation.]
WHB-Note family 281 is Benjamin Witt (m, 34, carpenter), Francis V Witt (f, 30), Ann E Witt (f, 13) and Mary F (f, 4) All born Virginia. Family 283 is Edwin (I or J) Witt, (m, 22, carpenter), Mary A Witt (17, f) and Baby (m, 1/12 mo).
[WHB – Note from Campbell Chronicles and Family Sketches, Embraching the History of Campbell County, Virginia 1782-1926, by R. H. EARLY; J. P. Bell Company, Lynchburg, VA, 1927.
Small Towns and Villages Chapter IV
“Castle Craig The settlement at Castle Craig is situated about eight miles from Evington,seven miles from Alta Vista, a mile or more from Lynch/s old tavern and two miles from Kingston, on Ward’s Road: it is said to have been given its name by an English woman after a place in England. It possesses a store, a church, post office, several homes and the now (ever present) gasoline station.”
MALINDA JANE WITT married to JOSEPH BURNETT, JR, of Bedford County, VA, son of JOSEPH BURNETT SR and ELIZABETH JOHNSON.
LUCY ANN WITT, daughter of JAMES WITT and LUCY ANN NEWMAN(?) born?
Death of LUCY ANN NEWMAN????
From p. 224 of 1870 census Schedule 1 – Inhabitants in the Western Division, in the County of Campbell, of Virginia, enumberated by me on the 21st day of October, 1870, Post Office: Lynchburg, VA. J M Woods, Ass’t Marshall:
1520/1619 JAMES WITT, age 52, Male White, Carpenter; Elizabeth Witt, age 35, F W, Keeping House; Lucy Ann, age 4, At Home; Ann M. Talbot, age 31, F W, no occupation, Abner Talbot, age 4, M W, at home: Amelia Arnold, age 17, Female Black, Domestic Servant.]
Living next door (1519/1616) is JOSEPH BURNETT, age 28, M W, Stone Mason; J[ANE] M[ALINDA], age 22, F W, Keeping Home; Ida M, age 3, at home; C[LARA] BELL, age 10/12, F W, at home.
Living next door to JOSEPH at 1578/1616 is Jno? D Antony, age 28, M W, Clerk in Store; Henry R. Witt, age 48, M W , carpeter [value of property 150] Nancy R , age 45 F W, Keeping house; Alonzo W, 18 M W, works on farm; H? C?, age 12, M W, at School; Wm H, age 10, M W, at School.
Daughter MALINDA JANE WITT dead at age 41.
[WHB – Although one sees the 1900 death date (even March 5, 1900) for JAMES WITT, I am not yet persuaded that there is credible evidence to support this date.]