Francis Bittle , a head right of Nathaniel Hickman, arrived on the shores of the colonies ca 1653. Francis was the first of our lineage, to emigrate from the British Isles. Most likely coming from the London area, or perhaps having lived in Wales. The given name Francis is consistently used by his descendants. He first located in Northumberland County, VA., which became later Isle of Wight county. His son, Robert left a will in 1681 and it is most interesting to read. The Bittle clan later removed to Southampton County VA, thence to Northampton County NC, where John L Bittle was born in 1806 to John Bittle(1)/Polly Cole. John L Bittle(2) would end up moving to Illinois with his family of 6, where one finds that family in the 1818 Franklin County IL (later Union), census.
Perhaps John Bittle (1) and his family moved to the South Pass…
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