A short discussion about how we have gathered this information and various historical discrepancies.
The Bottorff Story
A narrative of how the first Bottorffs came to America and the historical events that shaped their exodus from Europe.
The story of the exodus from Europe
Detailed account of how the Palatines were cheated out of their land in Schoharie, New York.
An alternative version of how the Palatines lost their land. Fun reading, but includes some revisionist history.
Trek to Tulpehocken
How the first 33 families to trekked across the wilderness and rafted down the Susquehanna River.
From Schoharie to Tuplehocken.
Church records of the Palatinate German settlers in Pennsylvania. Recounts trek through the wilderness.
The earlier years at Tulpehocken.
A genealogical record of nine generations of the Anspach family going back to about 1490.
History of the Zeller family and early marriages to Batdorf family members.
Livingston Manor Roll
A list of Palatine males over the age of 21 at Livingston Manor in the winter of 1710-1711.
Fact v Fact
Short essay about how various genealogical listings can vary in detail.
Clark County Marriages
A list of Bottorffs who married in Clark County, Indiana prior to 1835.
Understanding how early German names were used.
The Simmendinger Register
A list of families at Livingston Manor in 1710
Bottorff GenealogyThis site is dedicated to the descendants of Morrison Felix Bottorff who was born in 1815, settled in Jefferson County, Iowa, and died in 1906. We have focused on the descendants of his sons, Felix Bottorff and Wilson K. Bottorff.
The records and photographs in this site have been assembled by the descendants of Orville Bensen Bottorff, who was a grandson of Wilson K. Bottorff and the son of Cornelius B. Bottorff. We have included some oral history as well as known details regarding various individuals.
The site consists of two parts: a public genealogy reference area and private area for living descendants. Links to living individuals are restricted to family members and are not available for public viewing.
This is a new site, having gone on line only in March of 2009, thus it is a work in progress. You may see some "pages not found" because they have not been posted yet. We are trying to get pages up and running every day, but coding and cross-linking takes time. We also will be adding a form shortly where we can be contacted if you have any information, or if you are a member of the family trying to locate a living person.
The pages we've put together so far have followed a line from Morrison Felix Bottorff to the descendants of Orville and Edith Bottorff. The site also traces the lineage backwards on the maternal sides as much as possible particularly to Johannes Martin Batdorf, the original ancestor who arrived in American in 1710 and his grandson, Johannes Heinrich Batdorf who served in the Revolutionary War and later changed his name to John Henry Bottorff.
If you have questions, comments or information please contact me at the email address pictured below :
There remain some major omissions on this site. We are still looking for more information about Anna (Dysart) Bottorff, and the entire Dysart family, as well as more information about Julia Elifson, wife of Septimus Giles.
We believe Anna Dysart's grandparents arrived in the US from Ireland sometime around 1846. Her father was named John Dysart and lived in Missouri.
Works in progress:
On-line version of "Rhineland to Graceland" by Edwin C. Dunn. Although this book chronicles the genealogy of the family of Elvis Presley, Chapter 3, is the compelling story of the Palantine's voyage from England to New York City. A good read.
Anna Catharina Batdorf
Jacob Joseph Bottorff
Johannes Martin Batdorf
Johan Adam Batdorf
John Henry Bottorff
Felix Bottorff Line