Biography - J Bittle
J. F. BITTLE, farmer, P. O. Jonesboro, was born in this county December 18, 1835, and is a son of John Bittle, who was born in North Carolina, and married in Kentucky to Hannah Kitts, who was the mother of twelve children. Her father, Jackson Kitts, was a soldier under Gen. Jackson in the war of 1812. John Bittle was a farmer, and came to this county in an early day. Our subject, John F. Bittle, went to school in this county, and also married here to Lavina Sheral, who was the mother of five children, viz.: Maranda A., born April 29, 1863; Columbus M., born June 24, 1867; Sarah A., born March 7, 1871; Hannah I., born October 21. 1874; Martha E., born December 1, 1878. This lady died January, 16. 1880, after which Mr. Bittle was married the second time, to Mrs. Julia J. Rhoades, nee Douglas, born December 5, 1841, in Cape Girardeau County, Mo. She is the daughter of Robert and Maria Ann (Hall) Douglas, and the mother of five children, viz.: Alice J. Rhoades, born June 5, 1860, wife of Walter Rhinehart; Robert A. Rhoades, born November 2, 1861; Mary L. Rhoades, born September 22, 1863, wife of Richard Williams; Anna Rhoades, born September 19, 1866; Ford Francis Bittle, born April 5, 1882. At present, Mr. Bittle resides upon a farm of 200 acres, and is connected with the Democratic party.
Extracted 02 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 94.