There are major descrepancies in the genealogy of the Walters family regarding Mary who married Louis PLITT. Review this, then please review the biography below.
Name: Nicola WALTER
Birth: 1720 in Palinate, Rhine Valley, Germany
Death: 21 SEP 1804 in McSherrystown Adams c PA
Event: DR/WB/ WTR Wtr 1
Event: Immigration Data ABT. 1751 Ship "Patience" Rotterdam to Philadelphia arv: 9/9/1751
Nicola WALTER was born 1720 in Palinate, Rhine Valley, Germany, and died 21 SEP 1804 in McSherrystown Adams c PA.
5. MARGARET was born WFT Est. 1705-1730 in Rhine Palatinate, Germany, and died ABT. 1766 in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Children of MARGARET and Nicola WALTER are:
****. i. Nicholas (Jr) WALTER was born 1744 in Rhine Palatinate, Germany, and died 30 NOV 1816 in Baltimore, Baltimore c MD. He married Mary Eva KUHN 13 SEP 1768 in Goshoppen Chapel ( St Pauls Catholic Ch), daughter of George KUHN. She was born 18 JAN 1749/50 in <Hereford? Berksc PA>, and died 9 SEP 1778 in Lancaster, Lancasterc PA. He married *****Anna Maria WEBER 25 NOV 1779 in York Cty, Pennsylvannia. She was born 1764 in <Goshenhoppen (Bally) PA>, and died 26 APR 1806 in McSherrystown, <Adams c> PA.
ii. Joseph WALTER was born ABT. 1746 in Palatine, Rhine Valley, Germany, and died 1790 in Lancaster, Lancaster c PA. He married CHRISTINA WFT Est. 1777-1789. She was born WFT Est. 1742-1761, and died WFT Est. 1777-1846.
iii. Peter (Sr) WALTER was born 1748 in Palinate, Rhine Valley, Germany, and died 10 OCT 1830 in Taneytown, Frederick Cty, Maryland. He married MARGARET WFT Est. 1779-1809. She was born WFT Est. 1741-1766, and died NOV 1830.
iv. John WALTER was born ABT. 1750 in Rhine Palatinate, Germany, and died 21 AUG 1797 in Elkridge, Howard c MD. He married Elizabeth Maidename? WALTER 1783 in Heidelberg Twsp, York Cty, Pennsylvannia. She was born WFT Est. 1747-1772, and died WFT Est. 1798-1860.
v. Mary Ann WALTER was born 1752 in Berks c PA, and died WFT Est. 1780-1846. She married JOHN WFT Est. 1780-1814. He was born WFT Est. 1735-1755, and died WFT Est. 1780-1841.
vi. Lewis WALTER was born 1764 in Lancaster, Lancaster c PA, and died WFT Est. 1765-1854.
2. Nicholas (Jr) WALTER was born 1744 in Rhine Palatinate, Germany, and died 30 NOV 1816 in Baltimore, Baltimore c MD. He was the son of 4. Nicola WALTER and 5. MARGARET.
3. Anna Maria WEBER was born 1764 in <Goshenhoppen (Bally) PA>, and died 26 APR 1806 in McSherrystown, <Adams c> PA.
Children of Anna Maria WEBER and Nicholas (Jr) WALTER are:
i. Anna Maria WALTER was born 10 JUL 1782 in York c PA, and died 18 APR 1812. She married Christian SONIGES ABT. 13 MAR 1801. He was born WFT Est. 1765-1785, and died WFT Est. 1810-1871.
ii. (John) Jacob A. WALTER was born 13 NOV 1784, and died 12 MAY 1865. He married Mary DEAGLE 19 NOV 1810 in Bassilica of the Assumption, Baltimore , Baltimore Cty, Maryland.
iii. Jacob A WALTER was born 13 NOV 1784 in York c PA, and died 12 MAY 1865. He married Mary DEAGLE 19 NOV 1810 in Bassicila of the Assumption, Baltimore, Md by AB J. Carroll, daughter of (Capt) DEAGLE and Elizabeth L'OISEAU. She was born 1791, and died 6 AUG 1865.
****** iv. (John Wilhelm) William WALTER was born 17 NOV 1786 in York c PA, and died 10 APR 1848. He married Margaret BOYD WFT Est. 1819-1823. She was born 1791, and died 21 APR 1824. He married Mary Ann MCGINNIS 22 AUG 1827. She was born 1806, and died 30 JUN 1853.
v. Nicholas Sebastian WALTER was born 24 NOV 1788 in York c PA, and died 10 APR 1798.
vi. Appolonia WALTER was born 27 APR 1790 in York c PA, and died WFT Est. 1816-1884. She married John (Dr.) LOVE 29 SEP 1810 in Baltimore, Baltimore c PA. He was born ABT. 1785, and died WFT Est. 1816-1876.
vii. Elizabeth WALTER was born 12 MAY 1792, and died 18 MAY 1792.
viii. Peter WALTER was born 18 MAR 1794 in Baltimore, Baltimore c MD, and died 11 JAN 1811.
ix. David WALTER was born 25 APR 1796 in Baltimore, Baltimore c MD, and died 6 JUL 1796 in Baltimore, Baltimore c MD.
2. John Wilhelm William WALTER.
3. Margaret BOYD.
Children of Margaret BOYD and John Wilhelm William WALTER are:
i. John Wilhelm Walter WALTER was born 1812.
***** ii. Mary Eliza WALTER was born 1814. She married Louis PLITT.
iii. William Gustavus WALTER was born 1816. He married Margaret PINE.
iv. Emily Appolonia Jane WALTER was born 1818. She married Louis DIFFENDALL.
v. Christopher Columbus WALTER was born 1820, and died 1830.
vi. Benjamin Franklin WALTER was born 1822, and died 1836.
1880 United States Census
Jacob S. SCHELL Self M Male W 45 PA Traveling Clerk PA PA
Mary SCHELL Wife M Female W 40 PA Keeping House PA PA
Mamie SCHELL Dau S Female W 15 MO PA PA
Fred SCHELL Son S Male W 11 MO PA PA
Katie SCHELL Dau S Female W 8 MO PA PA
****Bennie SCHELL Son S Male W 3 MO PA PA
Louis PLITT GFather M Male W 63 1815 PA PA PA
****[See Mary's father's bio] Mary PLITT GMother M Female W 61 PA PA PA
Census Place 5th Ward, Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri
Family History Library Film 1254693
NA Film Number T9-0693
Page Number 474D
Name: Mary Fredrika Plitt
Birth: 16 MAR 1843 in Johstown, Cambria County, PA
Death: 17 AUG 1919 in Los Angeles, California
Marriage Jacob Schumucker Schell b: 29 MAR 1835 in Schellsburg, Bedford County, PA
Married: 16 JUN 1864 in Johnstown, Cambria County, PA
Death: 28 FEB 1886 in Kansas City, Missouri
Jacob's Father: Jacob Schell b: 28 MAY 1789 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jacob's Mother: Maria Dannaker
**** Benjamin Jacob Schell b: 2 JAN 1876 in Kansas City, Missouri
Death: 2 AUG 1962 in Kansas City, Missouri
ADDR: Native Kansas Citian.
Occupation: Real Estate, Architecture
Marriage 1 Nellie Erle Murray b: 27 DEC 1878 in Lexington, Kentucky
Married: 20 APR 1904 in Kansas City, Missouri
Charles Plitt birth unknown married Henrietta Newkirk b. 1832 Germany She died August 27, 1907, interred Reformed cemetery
Charles Plitt was a veteran Civil War. They lived in Johnstown, Cambria Co PA
Children lived in Meyersdale http://genforum.genealogy.com/plitt/messages/16.html
Edward PLITT b c1856
Charles PLITT b. Johnstown, Pa. on March 16, 1861
***Walter PLITT b c 1862
Minnie PLITT married (unknown) Leckey b. c1866 of Cumberland
Jacob b. c1869
***Walter PLITT b 1863 died December 11, 1930
Rev. J. Luther Frantz, of Zion Lutheran Church, of which Mr. Plitt was a member, officiated. Interment in Union Cemetery.
Marriage 1 Susan C LYBARGER b: 1866
Married: 11 OCT 1886 in Summit Twnsp, Somerset Cty, PA
Daughter Mary Grace PLITT b: 1890 in Meyersdale, Somerset Cty, PA [grandaughter of Lucy Anna (Caton)Rubright d/o Henry Studebaker & Catherine Caton Faidley]
Daughter: Mrs. William Lloyd
This contradicts the research of the above... (???)
JAMES MADISON WALTERS. In the fifth year of the nineteenth century Dr. John Jacob Walters, of German birth, but whose father was a native of Holland, came to America, settled in the city of Baltimore and began the practice of medicine. He was an educated physician, having studied and practiced medicine in Germany before leaving that country, and in Baltimore he controlled a large practice and attained a high standing in the ranks of the profession in that state. He acquired a competency and made generous use of his means in contributing to the erection of churches, the establishment of educational institutions and the relief of the poor and the suffering. He was a devout member of the German Reformed church. His wife's family name was Rodgers, and she was descended from one of the old English families of Virginia, whose settlement in the Old Dominion dated to the time of the colony.
In Dr. Walters' family were three sons--Arthur, John and Henry Jacob Walters, and one daughter--Anna Maria Walters. Arthur, late of Baltimore, married and had children--Mary, George, Louis, Kate and Sophia Walters. John, second son, died early in life, unmarried.
*******Anna Maria, only daughter, married Louis H. Plitt, a business man who accumulated a fortune. Both he and his wife are dead.
Henry Jacob Walters, youngest son of Dr. John Jacob Walters, and father of James Madison Walters, of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was born in Baltimore, March 3, 1819. He was given a good common school education, and when quite young left school and home to learn the trade of a saddler. After a time he dropped that employment and followed hunting and fishing in the vicinity of Havre de Grace, Maryland, but on account of an injury to his foot he was obliged to find some other means of support. To that end he came to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, about
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1847 or 1848 and worked there eight years, going about at all times on crutches; but notwithstanding that, during the years of his clerkship, he managed to save eight hundred dollars, which was his starting capital in business life. About 1856 he was taken into a mercantile partnership and engaged in active business pursuits until 1870, when he retired, possessed of a fair share of this world's goods, a good name and the respect of a wide circle of friends.
Mr. Walters was a man of superior business qualifications. An unfortunate accident had deprived him of the means of walking with any comfort, and after that he worked more with his head than his hands; he worked to excellent purpose and provided for himself the comforts of life. About the time of his retirement he was elected justice of the peace of the Third ward of the borough of Johnstown and held that office several years. Politically he was an old line Democrat, in which respect he has been followed by every one of his descendants. At one time, too, he was a member of the Johnstown borough council. He was one of the earliest members of the First Evangelical Lutheran church, and of his means contributed to the support of the church and to other worthy causes.
Henry Jacob Walters married Ellen Melinda Mitchell, born at Jenner Cross Roads, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, July 21, 1830, daughter of James H. and Sophronia (Thatcher) Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell was born in eastern Pennsylvania of Scotch-Irish parents, his father having been a minister of the Protestant church. At one time James H. Mitchell was a school teacher. Sophronia Thatcher was born in Delaware and was a descendant of Commodore Thatcher, of the English navy, of a family of eminent respectability, all Protestants, and its male members all strong Democrats. Of the ten children born to Henry Jacob and Sophronia (Thatcher) Walters seven grew to maturity and are living, viz.: 1. Mary E., married H. A. Bailey. 2. George W. 3. James Madison. 4. Katherine, married Alfred J. Prosser, now deceased. 5. Harry Thatcher. 6. Charles Fink. 7. Jethro William.
James Madison Walters, second son and third child of Henry Jacob and Sophronia (Thatcher) Walters, was born in the borough (now city) of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, July 4, 1855. He is by profession a lawyer, a member of the Cambria county bar, practicing in the courts of that and the adjoining county, the superior and supreme courts of Pennsylvania and the district and circuit courts of the United States. In professional circles in Pennsylvania Mr. Walters is known as a close and constant student of the law. In fact he has been a careful student all through his life, and before he determined to enter that profession was always at work or study. In this connection a brief glance at his earlier life is interesting. His early education was gained in public and pay schools, including the Sunday school of the First Evangelical Lutheran church, and the night school, where he was taught double-entry bookkeeping. When out of school he sometimes worked as clerk in the store where his father was one of the proprietors, and there gained an understanding of practical business methods. At the age of twelve years he drove a cart for his uncle and earned something, also made "tuiers" at A. J. Haws' brick works and worked in the mills of the Cambria Iron Company. During vacation periods, when not busy in the store, he found work to do, such as stripping leaf tobacco, picking stone in the river for the borough at fifty cents a day, helped in cleaning the borough streets, worked in the old Johnstown foundry at cleaning castings preliminary to learning the trade of molder, and at one time was bricklayers' tender, preliminary to learning the trade of brick laying. When he was seventeen years old his father died. After
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that he was clerk and salesman in the store until he attained his majority, when he took up the study of law under the preceptorship of Judge James Potts, of Johnstown, and while reading law he took private day and evening general instruction, including Latin, from Professor John W. Trabert and Professor T. J. Chapman, and special instruction in natural philosophy from Professor Thomas R. Wakefield.
Since he was admitted to practice law Mr. Walters has devoted his attention to professional pursuits, and in law circles in southern Pennsylvania he is known as a capable, thorough and successful lawyer, with whom principles always prevail rather than expedients. He is a firm Democrat and occasionally has stood as his party candidate for both local and general offices. He was the first city solicitor of Johnstown after the city charter and served two terms in that office. At a later time he was the Democratic nominee for the office of district attorney of Cambria county, and twice the candidate of his party for representative in congress from the Twentieth congressional district of Pennsylvania.
He is a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran church of Johnstown, and has served a three years' term as deacon, two years as superintendent of the infant Sunday school, and now is a member of the committee of fifteen trustees of that church. He was a delegate of the Allegheny Synod of the Lutherans of western Pennsylvania to the biennial meeting of the Lutherans of America held at York, Pennsylvania, and in that convention he was selected to deliver the address on "Missions, Home and Abroad," in the historic Old York Lutheran church.
Mr. Walters is a member of the Cambria Bar Association, and at one time served on the bar examining committee for the examination of candidates for admission to practice; member of the board of corporators of the Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital; member and ex-vice-president of Johnstown Board of Trade; past president of the Order of Americus; past exalted ruler and present chaplain of Johnstown Lodge, No. 175, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks; member of the Americus Club, and an honorary member of Vigilant Fire Company of Johnstown.
Among the notable events in Mr. Walters' life there may be mentioned, without reference to chronology, the following: He was the first survivor of the Johnstown flood of 1889 reported saved by the Associated Press; was present and escaped the breakdown of the Pennsylvania railroad platform in 1866 when President Johnson, General Grant and Admiral Farragut stopped at Johnstown, and saw them observe the catastrophe in horror and tears; was present and escaped injury in the passenger run at Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, where several persons were severely injured, was a member of the committee appointed by Mayor Woodruff to visit Washington and urge upon the house committee the necessity of an appropriation sufficient to secure a site and erect a Federal building in Johnstown, was a contributor to the "New York World" fund for the erection of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor; was present and saw the Johnstown Zouaves (among whom was his uncle, William Denny Mitchell) depart as the first company from Johnstown to take part in the Civil war. He numbers among his friends and has spoken from the same platform with such eminent characters in public and political life as Hon. Alexander H. Coffroth, of Somerset, Pennsylvania, the only living ex-member of congress who was a pall-bearer at President Lincoln's funeral, Also Hon. William Jennings Bryan, who honored Mr. Walters' family and mother with a personal visit to his home on Vine street in the city of Johnstown.
In Allegheny City, Pennsvlvania, July 28, 1885, James Madison
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Walters married Anna Bell Lewis, daughter of John and Susan M. (Mourer) Lewis. Mr. Lewis was a veteran of the Civil war, sergeant of Company C; Fifth Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery. By occupation he was a painter. The late Hon. Edward Cowan, ex-senator in congress from Pennsylvania, was Mrs. Walters' uncle, and Dr. Frank Cowan, secretary to President Andrew Johnson, was her cousin. Captain William Cowan, appointed April 19, 1775 (by John Morton, speaker of the Pennsylvania assembly) captain of a company of foot in the Third Battalion of Associators in the county of Cumberland for the protection of the province and the defense of liberty, was her maternal great-grandfather. Captain Thomas Griffith, U. S. A., now major, is her cousin. Children of James M. and Anna B. (Lewis) Walters: 1. Allen Thurman, born July 23, 1886, died September 20, 1888. 2. Anna Margaret, born May 8, 1892. 3. Ellen Louise, born June 6, 1896. 4. Catherine, twin, born January 25, 1901. 5. Virginia, twin, born January 25, 1901.
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