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John Georg Motter was born 05 March 1813 in Rollindau, Canton Aargau, Switzerland. He married Mary [Maria] Amsler.

 Includes NotesNotes for John Georg Motter:
Larry and Joyce, attached is what I have put together on the Motters. Larry, you had the wrong connection in your Motter family. Your Ervin Motter was the son of John, grandson of Gus. Take a look. If you have any questions or see any errors, please let me know. My wife is also a descendant of Gus.

Also I have a ton of information on the Winger family--the family of Gus Motter's wife. They were an old Siverly (Oil City) family with a long, bad history with guns and fire--many accidental shootings, including Gus Motter's father-in-law Jake Winger. There is also a lot of information on the Amsler family which I will forward to you in time (it is not yet in my database). The research was done by someone else.

Joyce, that leaves the Swartzfager and Rex families for you to do!

Cheers, Kipp



Descendants of John Motter




Generation One


1. John1 Motter was born on 5 Mar 1813 in Rollindau, Canton Aargau, Switzerland. He married Maria Amsler , daughter of Samuel Amsler Jr. and Anna Bauman, on 8 Mar 1842 in Casel (Basel), Canton Basel, Switzerland. He died on 17 Dec 1888 in Elk Township, Clarion County, at age 75. He and Maria Motter were buried in Venus Cemetery, Washington Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania.
He and Maria Amsler along with their children Gus and Louisa Motter immigrated circa 1847 to the United States from Switzerland. John was naturalized in 1855 in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania.
John lived in Elk Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. He was a farmer. He purchased 97 acres in Elk Township, Clarion County, in 1855.
He and his family attended both St John's Lutheran Church in Fryburg and St Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church near Venus.
The written record indicates that John and Mary continued to carry on daily transactions in their native tougue. John and Mary both signed their names in German script in a deed selling some land in Paint Township, Clarion County in 1883. In signing the deed John and Mary used the German spelling of their surname--MATTER. John also signed his will in German. On his gravestone in the Venus Cemetery, John's name is also spelled MATTER. Anglicized, the name has become MOTTER.
John left a will in which he bequeathed his farm to his sons John and Henry.
Maria Amsler was born on 12 Jun 1820 in Densburen, Canton Aargau, Switzerland. She died on 27 Nov 1884 in Elk Township, Clarion County, at age 64.

Children of John1 Motter and Maria Amsler were as follows:
+ 2. i. Augustus Adolf2 Motter, born 9 Dec 1842 in Basel or Casel, Switzerland; married Eliza Jane Winger.
3. ii. Maria Barbara Motter was born on 12 Sep 1844 in Switzerland. Maria died young, probably before the family immigrated to America.
+ 4. iii. Bertha Louisa Motter, born 16 Dec 1845 in Switzerland; married John Hamilton Maze.
5. iv. Jacob Robert Motter was born on 28 Jul 1847 in Switzerland. Jacob died young, probably before the family immigrated to America.
+ 6. v. Johan William Motter, born 9 Aug 1848 in Pennsylvania; married Mary Jane McGill.
7. vi. Benjamin Constand Motter was born on 15 Apr 1851 in Elk Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania.
+ 8. vii. Henry Motter, born 5 May 1853 in Elk Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania; married Nettie J. Weaver.
+ 9. viii. John Motter, born 26 Jun 1855 in Elk Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania; married Frankie L. (--?--).
10. ix. Maria Motter was born on 5 Nov 1857 in Elk Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. She married Miles Rickenbrode.
11. x. Rosina Motter was born on 29 Mar 1860 in Elk Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. She married David Seaborn on 12 Apr 1881 in St. John's Lutheran Church, Fryburg, Washington Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. She married (--?--) McCutcheon.
She was known as Rose.
12. xi. Samuel Motter was born on 8 Nov 1863 in Elk Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. He died before 1870.
13. xii. Clara Motter was born on 7 Feb 1868 in Elk Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania.

Generation Two


2. Augustus Adolf2 Motter (John1) was born on 9 Dec 1842 in Basel or Casel, Switzerland. He married Eliza Jane Winger , daughter of Jacob Winger and Maria Sophia Fry, on 6 Oct 1864. He died on 14 May 1929 in Washington Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania, at age 86. He and Eliza were buried in Venus Cemetery, Washington Township.
According to the Motter Bible record, he was named Gustav Adolf. He was known as Gus Motter. Gus immigrated with their parents John Motter and Maria circa 1847 to the United States from Switzerland.
Gus was farmer. He and Eliza lived on a farm between Fryburg and Shippenville in Washington Township, Clarion County.
Gus is head of household in the 1880 Census of Washington Township, Clarion County, . The household consisted of Gus, his wife Eliza, sons Samuel, Gustuv, and John, and daughter Emeline. He was listed as the head of a family on the 1900 Census of Washington Township, Clarion County, . The household consisted of Gus, his wife Eliza W., his widowed son Samuel S., and grandson, Samuel's son, Howard A. He was listed as the head of a family on the 1910 Census of Washington Township, Clarion County, . The household consisted of August Motter, his wife Eliza, and grandson Howard.
Gus and Eliza were members of the St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church Venus, Pinegrove Township, Venango County.
He left a will in which his estate was divided between his son John, daughter Emma Phillips, and grandson Howard Motter.
Eliza Jane Winger was born on 16 Sep 1844 probably in Cranberry Township, Venango County, Pennsylvania. She died on 23 Feb 1927 in Washington Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania, at age 82.

Children of Augustus Adolf2 Motter and Eliza Jane Winger were as follows:
+ 14. i. Emeline3 Motter, born 4 Jul 1864 in Washington Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania; married Charles Henry Phillips.
+ 15. ii. Samuel S. Motter, born Mar 1865 in Washington Township, Clarion County; married Mary Rex.
+ 16. iii. John H. Motter, born 8 Oct 1868 in Washington Township, Clarion County; married Martha Swartzfager; married Margaret Schillinger.
+ 17. iv. Augustus A. Motter, born 6 Jan 1870 in Washington Township, Clarion County; married Lena Lavice Hotchkin.

4. Bertha Louisa2 Motter (John1) was born on 16 Dec 1845 in Switzerland. She met John Hamilton Maze. She died in Apr 1915 at age 69.
John Hamilton Maze was born on 10 Sep 1835 in Pennsylvania. He died on 19 Nov 1909 in Nashannock, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, at age 74.

Children of Bertha Louisa2 Motter and John Hamilton Maze were as follows:
18. i. Leroy3 Maze was born in Oct 1880. He married Goldie Dorothy Gaines on 25 Dec 1909.
19. ii. Edward Willard Maze was born on 25 Jan 1883 in Nashannock, Mercer County, Pennsylvania. He married Alice Gray Delbridge on 23 Jul 1902. He died on 25 Aug 1962 in Whitaker, Pennsylvania, at age 79.
20. iii. Alvin George Maze was born in Oct 1887. He married Mary Wener on 23 Sep 1916.

6. Johan William2 Motter (John1) was born on 9 Aug 1848 in Pennsylvania. He married Mary Jane McGill. He died on 9 Dec 1929 in Eagle Rock, President Township, Venango County, Pennsylvania, at age 81. He and Mary Jane McGill were buried in Plumer Cemetery, Cornplanter Township, Venango County, Pennsylvania.
He was known as William W. Motter.
Mary Jane McGill was born in 1848. She died on 21 Apr 1930 in Oil City, Venango County, Pennsylvania. She was known as Jane.

Children of Johan William2 Motter and Mary Jane McGill were as follows:
+ 21. i. William Henry3 Motter, born circa 1876; married Lulu Belle Crawford.
22. ii. Mary Sylvia Motter was born in 1878. She married John Burns in 1901. She died in 1942. She was buried in Plumer Cemetery, Cornplanter Township, Venango County, Pennsylvania.
23. iii. Leonard Winfield Motter was born circa 1880. He married Katie Karns on 5 Mar 1901 in Oil City, Venango County, Pennsylvania.
24. iv. Clara Geneva Motter married C. W. Johnson.
25. v. Rosella Motter married (--?--) Rodgers. She died on 22 Jun 1976.
She was known as Rose.
26. vi. John Motter married Ida Stephens.

8. Henry2 Motter (John1) was born on 5 May 1853 in Elk Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. He married Nettie J. Weaver on 16 Feb 1886 in St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Venus, Pinegrove Township, Venango County, Pennsylvania. He died on 6 May 1938 in Fryburg, Washington Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania, at age 85. He was buried in Venus Cemetery, Washington Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania.
He was bequeathed his farm in the will left by John Motter.
Nettie J. Weaver was born in Apr 1867.

Children of Henry2 Motter and Nettie J. Weaver were as follows:
27. i. Hattie L.3 Motter was born in Dec 1887. She married Harry Allman.
28. ii. William E. Motter was born in Feb 1888.
+ 29. iii. Charles H. Motter, born 27 Apr 1890 in Marble, Clarion County, Pennsylvania; married Rosella Songer.
30. iv. Benjamin F. Motter was born in Feb 1892.
31. v. Myrtle I. Motter was born in Sep 1893. She married B. E. Morrison.
32. vi. Mabel Motter was born on 30 Aug 1902. She married (--?--) Glass. She married Arthur Lundquist.

9. John2 Motter (John1) was born on 26 Jun 1855 in Elk Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. He married Frankie L. (--?--) circa 1884. He died in 1932 in Elk Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. He and Frankie L. Motter were buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Elk Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania.
He was bequeathed his farm in the will left by John Motter. He was known as John Matter.
Frankie L. (--?--) was born in Oct 1858. She died in 1921 in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Elk Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania.

Children of John2 Motter and Frankie L. (--?--) were:
33. i. Floda Pearl3 Motter was born in Mar 1885. She was unmarried. She died in 1963. She was buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Elk Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania.

Generation Three


14. Emeline3 Motter (Augustus Adolf2, John1) was born on 4 Jul 1864 probably in Washington Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. She married Charles Henry Phillips , son of Charles Phillips and Alice Fish, on 28 Aug 1884 in Christ Episcopal Church, Oil City, Venango County, Pennsylvania. She died on 4 Dec 1957 in Oil City, Venango County, Pennsylvania, at age 93. She was buried in Grove Hill Cemetery, Oil City.
She was called Emma. She and Charles operated Phillip's Grocery Store on Grandview Road, Oil City. Emma continued to run the store after Charles died. She retired in 1938.
Charles Henry Phillips was born on 2 Jun 1862 in Wooster, Ohio. He died on 19 Apr 1936 in Oil City at age 73. He was buried in Grove Hill Cemetery, Oil City. According to the 8 September 1882 issue of the Oil City Blizzard, "Charles Phillips of this city, started for Warren, this morning, in search of a young lady and a minister. He will return a Benedict." A benedict refers to a recently married man, especially one who seemed to be a confirmed bachelor. Since he did not marry for two more years, it seems that his late 1882 journey was not successful. He was a building contractor in Oil City.

Children of Emeline3 Motter and Charles Henry Phillips were as follows:
34. i. Levi Henry4 Phillips was born on 25 Mar 1886 in Oil City. He married Flora B. Miller , daughter of Fred Miller and Matilda Winger, on 7 Dec 1906 in Methodist parsonage, Jamestown, New York. He died on 26 Jul 1976 in Sisters of Charity Hospital, Buffalo, New York, at age 90. He was buried in Sunset Hill Memorial Gardens, Cranberry Township, Venango County.
He and Flora B. Miller had no children.
35. ii. Emma Florence Phillips was born on 1 May 1888 in Oil City. She married John F. Shoemaker on 20 Mar 1908. She died on 30 Dec 1951 in Oil City at age 63. She was buried in Grove Hill Cemetery, Oil City.
36. iii. Charles Augustus Phillips was born on 5 Aug 1890 in Oil City. He died on 10 Sep 1956 in Oil City at age 66. He was buried in Grove Hill Cemetery, Oil City.
37. iv. Frances A. Phillips was born on 30 Nov 1901 in Oil City. She married Charles Limber in 1924. She married Earl L. Osman in Mar 1958. She died on 30 Dec 1977 in Oil City at age 76. She was buried in Grove Hill Cemetery, Oil City.
She had no children.
38. v. James Brooks Phillips was born on 24 Oct 1904 in Oil City, Venango County, Pennsylvania. He married Edith I. Davenport , daughter of Bertram Daniel Davenport and Cordilia Ethel Logan. He married Lottie George on 2 Nov 1960. He died on 30 Mar 1970 in Oil City at age 65. He was buried in Grove Hill Cemetery, Oil City.

15. Samuel S.3 Motter (Augustus Adolf2, John1) was born in Mar 1865 in Washington Township, Clarion County. He married Mary Rex. Samuel died "from spinal trouble" on 15 Aug 1900 in Washington Township, Clarion County, at age 35. He was buried in Pine City, Elk Township, Clarion County.
Mary Rex died before 1900.

Children of Samuel S.3 Motter and Mary Rex were:
39. i. Howard A.4 Motter was born on 30 Nov 1890. He married Weltha Confer on 22 Jan 1912. He died on 21 Nov 1981 in Pinegrove Township, Venango County, at age 90. He was buried in Venus Cemetery, Washington Township.

16. John H.3 Motter (Augustus Adolf2, John1) was born on 8 Oct 1868 in Washington Township, Clarion County. He married Martha Swartzfager. He married Margaret Schillinger. He died on 15 Nov 1941 in Clarion County at age 73. He was buried in Venus Cemetery, Washington Township, Clarion County.
Martha Swartzfager was born on 7 Dec 1872. She died on 3 Oct 1918 at age 45. She was buried in Venus Cemetery, Washington Township, Clarion County.

Children of John H.3 Motter and Martha Swartzfager were as follows:
40. i. Ervin E.4 Motter was born on 1 Nov 1894 in Washington Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. He married Lucy A. Rex. He died in 1974. He was buried in Venus Cemetery, Washington Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania.
41. ii. Ora A. Motter was born on 27 Sep 1896 in Washington Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. He married Ethel Marie Wagner. He died on 3 Jun 1971 at age 74. He was buried in Venus Cemetery, Washington Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania.
42. iii. Elda Viola Motter was born on 23 Jul 1898 in Washington Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. She married Enos Joseph Beichner on 5 Jun 1917 in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. She died on 4 Jan 1993 in Elk Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania, at age 94. She and Enos Joseph Beichner were buried in St. Michael's Cemetery, Fryburg, Washington Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania.
43. iv. Gertrude Motter was born in Apr 1900. She married Roy Rex. She died in 1932.
44. v. Bessie Motter was born on 19 Apr 1900 in Washington Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. She married Homer Long in 1917. She died on 23 Oct 1985 at age 85. She was buried in McKean Cemetery, Lafayette, Pennsylvania.
45. vi. Lloyd Motter was born on 13 Aug 1905 in Washington Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. He married Mildred Wagner. He was buried in Perry Chapel Cemetery, Clarion County, Pennsylvania.
46. vii. Grace Motter. She married Kenneth Phillips. She married James Parks. She died on 22 Jan 1985 in Oregon at age 72. She was buried in Evergreen Memorial Park, Oregon.

Margaret Schillinger was born on 9 Apr 1907.

Children of John H.3 Motter and Margaret Schillinger are:
47. i. Raymond4 Motter.

17. Augustus A.3 Motter (Augustus Adolf2, John1) was born on 6 Jan 1870 in Washington Township, Clarion County, . According to the online California Death Certificate, he was born on 6 January 1883, dying at the age of 76 in 1959. Based on his calculated year of birth from the various census enumerations, it is clear the the birth year given in the death certificate is incorrect. He married Lena Lavice Hotchkin on 16 Jul 1895. He died on 1 May 1959 in Placer, California, at age 89.
He was listed as the head of a family on the 1900 Census of Mead Township, Warren County, . The household consisted of his wife Lena. He was listed as the head of a family on the 1920 Census of Fresno, California, . The household consisted of Augustus and his wife Lena.
Lena Lavice Hotchkin was born on 22 Jun 1874 in Pennsylvania. She died on 13 Nov 1949 in Sacramento, California, at age 75.
Children of Augustus A.3 Motter and Lena Lavice Hotchkin were:

48. i. (--?--)4 Motter was born circa Apr 1912. She died on 27 Sep 1913 in Linesville (now Venus), Venango County.

21. William Henry3 Motter (Johan William2, John1) was born circa 1876. He married Lulu Belle Crawford , daughter of Curtis R. Crawford and Catherine Mary Hogg, on 1 Nov 1900 in Petroleum Center, Cornplanter Township, Venango County, Pennsylvania.
Lulu Belle Crawford was born in Mar 1884.

Children of William Henry3 Motter and Lulu Belle Crawford were as follows:
49. i. Frank4 Motter was born circa 1905.
50. ii. Gertrude Motter was born in 1909.
51. iii. Howard Motter was born in 1915.
52. iv. Elizabeth Motter was born in 1917.
53. v. Lulu Motter was born in 1919.

29. Charles H.3 Motter (Henry2, John1) was born on 27 Apr 1890 in Marble, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. He married Rosella Songer on 8 Jun 1921. He died on 21 Mar 1983 in Franklin, Venango County, Pennsylvania, at age 92.
30.
Children of Charles H.3 Motter and Rosella Songer are as follows:
54. i. Charles L.4 Motter.
55. ii. Ethel Motter married Harold Lechner.
56. iii. Anna Rose Motter married Clyde McMullen.



Printed on: 19 Apr 2004
Prepared by:
Kipp Melat
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Fairfax, VA 22030
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More About John Georg Motter:
Emigration: 09 October 1857, Bremen, Germany to NYC / J. Allers.
Military service: Bet. 1861 - 1865, Co.B 87th Infantry Regiment PA.
Occupation: Farmer.

Children of John Georg Motter and Mary [Maria] Amsler are:
  1. Gustave Motter, b. 1847.
  2. Louisa Motter, b. 1848.
  3. William Motter, b. 1849.
  4. Benjamin Motter, b. 1851.
  5. John Motter, b. 1855.
  6. Mary A. Motter, b. 1857.
  7. Rosena Motter, b. 1860.
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