I am a descendant of John McNitt (1759-1843) and Eleanor Smiley (1763-1822). My g,g,g grandmother was their daughter Margaret, who married Deodatus Sill in 1811. While searching for family information I have come across a number of other McNitt families living in Rock County, as well as other areas of Wisconsin. I believe a number of them are related, but as yet have no definite proof. Take a look at what I have recorded here, and please let me know if you can help fill in the gaps.
1. John (1795-1873) and Lydia (1802-?) McNitt from Avon, Rock Co., Wisconsin. John and Eleanor McNitt mentioned above had a son named John who married a woman named Lydia Graves. I know no more of that family. However, Margaret's son Nelson Sill came to Avon around 1860 and lived and farmed with John and Lydia. I find it too much of a coincidence that Nelson would have come to Wisconsin and farmed with a John and Lydia McNitt who were not his relatives. I believe John and Lydia were his uncle and aunt. John and Lydia had no children that I am aware of, and Nelson eventually owned all of the land that was once owned by John. John is buried in the Avon Cemetery. I don't know what happened to Lydia. The 1880 census shows her still living in Avon, but with her sister, Hannah Johnson. I have not been able to find any more recent information about her.
2. Daniel (1817?-app.1860) and Weltha (1817-?) McNitt, from Avon Township, Rock Co., Wisconsin. Daniel and Weltha had a son named James (1854-1904) who was a barber in Beloit, Wisconsin at the time of his death. I believe they also had another son named Nathan, born in 1840, in New York. The 1860 census shows Weltha (sp. Welthy) living with a Nathan McNitt and his wife Mary (aka Polly). Also living with them are a Sarah McNitt, age 7, a James McNitt, age 6, and an Alex Sill. Alex was another son of Margaret McNitt and Deodatus Sill. Weltha's husband Daniel would have been Alex's first cousin. There is no mention of Daniel in this census, so I suspect he died sometime between 1853 and 1860. Nathan and Mary went on to have at least 6 kids: Daniel, Nathan, George, Ulysses, Dwight, and Milo. Weltha was still alive in 1900. She was listed as a "charity boarder" of a 7th Day Adventist Preacher in Brodhead, Green Co., Wisconsin. Based on census records, Weltha was born in 1816 or 1817. John and Eleanor McNitt had a son named James who had a son named Daniel, who was born in 1817. I am wondering if the Daniel, husband of Weltha, and the Daniel, son of James, are in fact the same Daniel. I have no proof of this, but once again it seems too coincidental that Alex Sill would have come to Wisconsin to live with someone with the same name as his cousin. Especially when his brother Nelson came to Avon and lived with someone with the same name as his Uncle.
3. William S. (1809-1888) and Christina ( 1806-1851) McNitt from Milton, Rock Co., Wisconsin. William and Christina had at least 2 children, Alexander and Elizabeth. Elizabeth died in 1844, age on headstone illegible, but appears to be a single digit. Alexander was born in New York in 1834. He married Malvina Harvey (1843-1882) and in 1880 they had the following children: Christina, Wiilie, Anna, Grant, Ira, Alexander, and Charles. In 1880 William was listed on the census as McNett and his wife's name was Kate, so he had obviously remarried at some point. William died in 1888 and is buried in the Otter Creek Cemetery, Milton, Rock Co., Wisconsin, next to his first wife Christina and his daughter Elizabeth. Alexander, Malvina, and their daughter Mariette are also buried nearby. John and Eleanor McNitt had a son named William who married Lucy Smiley. I have not seen proof, but have found evidence at the GenForum site that William and Lucy McNitt had a son named William Smiley McNitt born in 1809. I am trying to discover if the William S. McNitt, born 1809, who lived in Milton, Wisconsin is the same person as the William Smiley McNitt born in 1809 to William and Lucy.
4. Here's a few other McNitt's from Wisconsin that I know a little about, but not as much.
a) Clayton McNitt, born in Brodhead, Green Co., Wisconsin in 1890. His parents were George Harris McNitt and Jennie Scoville. I have seen George's birthplace recorded as Wisconsin and as Ohio. I have also found on the internet someone who states George's parents were from Pennsylvania. If that is correct, it is quite possible they are not closely related.
b) Lyman D. McNitt, born in Pennsylvania in 1836. Lyman and his family were living in Whitehall, Trempeleau Co., Wisconsin in 1880. He was married to Mary and had at least the following children: Mabel, Luther, Orson, Ambrose, Lyman, and John. His parents are listed as Philetus and Betsy Ann. I have seen Philetus' birthplace listed as Pennsylvania and as New York. I'm not sure exactly where they are from.
c) James Scott McNitt, born in Ohio. Wisconsin birth records show that James and his wife Ida Ray had at least 2 children born in Green Co., Wisconsin: Jessie, born 1894, and Ray, possibly born in 1886.
d) Lorenzo McNett, born in New York in 1808. Lorenzo came to Wisconsin in 1835 and settled near Cuba City.
e) A number of McNitts, all born in New York, were living in Beaver Dam, Dodge Co., Wisconsin, in 1880. 1) John W., born 1806, married to Julia. 2) Henry, born 1835, married to Jane, children named Howard, Elmer, John, and Anna. 3) E. Crocker, born 1821, married to Melvina, children named Frank, Fred, and Flora.
If any of this looks familiar to anyone, please let me know and help me put together the pieces of my McNitt puzzle.
Edgerton, Rock Co., Wisconsin
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