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Re: Motters in W. MD
Posted by: Ray Schwartz Date: October 07, 2000 at 06:31:16
In Reply to: Motters in W. MD by Ginny Oswald of 169

Ginny, Here is what I have:

William's father and mother:
Lewis (Ludwig) Motter m.Mary Magdeline Martin

Columbia's father and mother:
H W Sprigg m.       Ann

29 Mar 1817- 1885 12 Jan 1822-26 Apr 1843

Parents of his second wife:
William Duffield Bell m.

William's second wife:

Children of marriage to Bell:
Columbia? Mary Martin
died as infant 1846 - 1895

Sarah William Duffield Bell
c1847 - - May 1848 (infant)

Susan Bell Ann Frances Isaac
Aug 1850-1862 1852- 15 Mar 1856

       William was born at Emmittsburg, Frederick County, Maryland. After one year attendance at Pennsylvania College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, he entered Princeton College, and after graduating in 1836, studied law with William Schley and afterwards with Edward A Lynch, at Frederick City. After finishing his legal studies he was admitted to the bar at Hagerstown. For six months he practiced law in Cumberland in partnership with Judge Pearre, who had been his fellow student. He then retired from practice and went to Wheeling, West Virginia, from which place he removed in 1845 to Hagerstown, where he has since remained. In 1857 he was a candidate for the State Senate, but was defeated. In 1859 he was elected State's Attorney. In 1867 he was a member of the State Legislature, being a member of the committee on judiciary and printing, and was regarded as being one of the most active and useful members of the Convention. At the first election for judges under the new constitution in 1867, he was elected associate judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Maryland. Judge Motter is universally recognized as a jurist of unusual learning and strict impartiality, and enjoys the confidence and esteem not only of the community in which he resides, but of the people of his entire district." History of Western Maryland, Vol II, 1882, Washington County, page 1129.

       William was a prominent member of the Bar, and for many years was judge of the Circuit Court for Washington County, Maryland. (History of Frederick County, Maryland.)

       Columbia is buried in the Urbana, Maryland, Zion Episcopal Cemetery. A second Columbia, no dates given, is buried in the Emmittsburg Lutheran Cemetery. (Frederick County Cemeteries)

Date: Fri, 10 Apr 1998; From: "Margaret G. Driskill" <>; To: "Ray D. Schwartz" <>; Subject: Wash Co Motters
Ray, I would not doubt, for one minute, the accuracy of the the information contained in the 2 volume set of the HISTORY OF WASHINGTON COUNTY By Thomas J C Williams. Even the Daughters of the American Revolution accept his work in these 2 volumes, so as far as I am concerned, you can take it to the bank.
Page 762
There is more about a George and Ruanna (Huffer) Motter. "George W S Line was married December 25, 1884 to Martha A., daughter of George and Runna (Huffer)Motter. They went to housekeeping on the "Hillsdale Farm," which was their home from 1885 to 1904."
PAGE 238
This is about a William Duffield Bell, born Sept 20, 1793. His eldest son, Edwin Bell, succeded him in the editorship of the "Torch Light," and published the paper and studied law with William Price until his removal to California in 1849. His eldest daughter married the Hon William Motter, of Hagerstown, Maryland, long a menber of the Bar of this County and one of the purest members of the Judiciary in the State."
I've been 'full time hooked' on genealogy for about 2 years, but I have an older sister who did a lot of our lines and a cousin in Maryland who did my Paternal line, which is where the DAR comes into it. Regards, Margaret

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