Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
MRS. MARY WITTER, formerly Mrs. Huston, was born in Ohio, Feb. 10, 1804. Her father, Jesse Frame, was a native
of Virginia, removing to Ohio in 1803. Her motherís maiden name was Nancy Abshir, who was also a native of Virginia,
and married Mr. Jesse Frame about 1779. Mrs. Witter was the third child in a family of twelve children, and was
married to Mr. William Huston, Dec. 20, 1827, in Ohio, removing to Michigan in 1840, and settling where Mrs. Witter
now lives. Mr. Huston died March 11, 1845, leaving six children to be provided for. Mrs. Huston succeeded by industry
and perseverance in keeping thefamily together until all had reached maturity. In 1852 she was married, the second
time, to Samuel Reynolds, who died in February, 1857, there being only two weeks difference in the time of his
death and that of her son, Jesse Huston, a promising boy of seventeen years. In 1859 she was the third time married,
this time to Mr. John Witter, and removed to Portage Prairie, where she remained nine years, or until the death
of Mr. Wittcr. She then returned to her old home in Galien township, making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Weldon,
who died in 1877, leaving her children to be cared for by her mother.
Mrs. Witter is a remarkable woman; having had no early educational advantages and having seen but little of society,
yet it will afford any one pleasure to visit her. She is ever ready to lend a helping hand to those around her
needing assistance, and has always found enough of this to do; neighbors and friends calling upon her in sickness
or when needing assistance, and always receiving it. Many weaker minds would have been crushed by the sorrow that
has overtaken her during her lifetime, having been called to mourn the ioss of so many of her family, four of her
children have passed on before; but ever remembering that these dark clouds overshadowing her have silver linings,
she goes on cheerfully fulfilling her mission.
History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.