The Generations of Thomas Pine Petznick



Thomas Pine Petznick

Notes for William Gittins Gittins Family
This information was provided by Dorothy Gittins
It is believed the Gittins family first came from Germany, that is, originally. Mr. Oliver Gittins, son of a Thomas Gittins (now deceased) of Carno, N. Wales gave this information to Beatrice Gittins, wife of Thomas Gittins, Griswold, Iowa when she visited Wales in 1937.
William Gittins came to America from Carno, N. Wales between 1865 - 1868. He settled in Pittsburgh [Philadelphia], PA, where he worked in the iron foundries. In 1869 he married Isabella Dines, who came to America when she was sixteen, from the northern part of Ireland and also settled in Pittsburgh [Philadelphia]. From Pittsburgh [Philadelphia] they moved to Stacyville, near Albia, Iowa in 1870, where
they farmed.
William, Anna, Hannah and John were born while living there. From Staceyville, they moved to Cass County, Iowa in 1874, and cut corn on the George Johnson place, which is now known as the Herb Thompson place, two miles north of the Fellows Corner.
While in Cass County, in 1874, he purchased 160 acres of land, now known as the Thomas Gittins place. He purchased this land for fifteen dollars per acre. The post office was located one mile south on the DeWitt place.
It was necessary to haul livestock and grain either to Red Oak, or to Atlantic until around 1878 - 1890 at which time the railroad line connected Red Oak to Atlantic.
Hogs hauled to Red Oak brought 2 - 3 cents (per pound) and corn 10 cents per bushel. Before railroads, it was necessary to travel to Carbon for coal, a distance of about twenty-five miles. Other fuel was corn and cobs.
In 1902 Thomas Gittins, son of William married Beatrice Mary Stevens. They lived with Thomas' father and mother one year, then Thomas & Beatrice moved to the corner place about 1/2 mile away. In 1905, William & Isabel moved to Atlantic, Iowa. They lived there until their death. Isabel died Feb. 1911 - William August 1917.
In 1905, Thomas & Beatrice took over the farm for good. In 1917 the old house was torn down & a new one erected in the same place. Thomas and Beatrice had three children, all born in the old home. They were Burt, Thomas and Lois.
Thomas farmed until he was taken ill in 1941. He died May 19, 1941.
After his death, his wife, Beatrice tried to keep the farm going, but with good help scarce and living alone on the big farm too much, she leased it to Gus Shellburg and moved to Griswold, four miles away. Later an Ed Shellburg took over the farm, leasing it, and moved there with his family.
Death Comes Suddenly, Thursday Morning at home in Atlantic.
Wm. Gittins, one of the best known men in Cass county, for many years a resident of Pleasant township, but who for the past few years has been making his home in Atlantic, passed away Thursday morning after a short illness from acute indigestion. Everything which could be done for the stricken man was done, but it was of no avail and he passed away. His relatives in this part of the county hastened to his side, but death had claimed him before they arrived so rapidly did he sink.
Mr. Gittins was born in Wales, seventy-three years ago, and came to the United States in 1865. He located in Cass county in 1875. He resided on the farm now occupied by his son, Thomas, for many years and it was there that his family was raised. The children who survive him are: W.J, Thomas and John, and Mrs. P.E. Lamborn, of this locality, Miss Anna at home, Mrs. H.S. Linn and Mrs. L.H. Pine, of Atlantic. There are twenty-one grandchildren who also survive him.
Mr. Gittins was a good man. He lived at peace with all the world. His passing away will be widely mourned.
The funeral services were held at the home in Atlantic, Saturday morning at 10:30 being conducted by the Rev. Clarence Bigelow, assistant pastor of the University Place Church of Christ of Des Moines. Services were also held at the Lowman chapel at 2:30. After the services at Lowman the remains were laid away by the side of Mrs. Gittins, who died some six years ago. Another good man has been called to that other home.
For the many acts of kindness the family wish to express their heartfelt thanks.

Gittins Family Tree Information
This information sent to me by my Mother, Mary Louise (Pine) Petznick
Dates are listed where they appeared in the original document. Additional dates will be provided as soon as I get a chance to collect all of the data.
This information was provided by Dorothy Gittins & Beatrice I. Gittins
Thomas Gittins (of Lancaster, Eng) married Hannah Morgan (born in Carno, S. Wales)
Children: (1) Thomas, (2) Robert, (3) John, (4) William, (5) Edward, (6) Elizabeth, (7) Mary, (8) Hannah *
Of the William Gittins branch (came to America in 1865)
William Gittins (Montgomeryshire, Carno, N. Wales) (b. 1844 - d. 1917, acute indigestoin)
(at 18 in 1868) married
Isabella Dines (Dublin, Ireland) (b. 1848 - d. Feb. 2, 1911 kidney disease)
(1) William b. 1870 d. 8/25/55
(2) Anna b. 1872 d. 1947
(3) Hanna b. 1873 d.
(4) John b. 1874 d. 1950
(5) Thomas b. 1876 d. 1941
(6) Margaret b. 1879 d. 1958
(7) Mary Jane b. 6/12/1880 d. 10/20/1941 (Went by Marie)
(1) William Gittins married Della Shifflett

(A) Theron Gittins
Mary Redman


(i) Mary Catherine

(ii) Ruth Jean

(B) Harlan Gittins
Evelyn Nash


(i) Betty Lou

(2) Anna Gittins married George Senholz

(March 1872)

(3) Hannah Gittins married Perry Lamborn

(A) Leta Lamborn
Max Brown


(i) Flora Mae

(ii) Jerrald
Natina Morace
(iii) Elizabeth (Betty)

(B) Ruth Lamborn
Everett Ostrus


(i) Curtiss

(ii) Carol

(iii) Ronald

(C) Mildred Lamborn
George Shaffer


(i) Isabella

(ii) Margaret

(iii) William

(D) Curtiss Lamborn
Elsie (?)

(E) Lucille Lamborn
(1) Harry Swartz (d)

(2) Gilbert Wehrman

(F) Genevive Lamborn
Charles Renick


(i) William

(ii) Robert

(iii) Virginia

(G) Samuel Lamborn
Ruth (?)


(i) Samuel Richard

(ii) Harold Scott

(H) Charles Lamborn
married Aesel Low

(i) Thomas Robert

(ii) Robert Charles

(4) John Gittins married Etta Mae Auld

b. 1877 - d. 1945

(A) Cecil Gittins
Esther (?)

(B) Guy Gittins
Hazel Hurlburt


(i) James

(ii) Ruth Ann

(iii) Larry

(C) Margaret Faye Gittins

(D) Beatrice Gittins

(E) John Gittins
Elsie Pogue

(F) Grace Gittins
Orlie Nelsen


(i) Phyllis

(ii) Dale

(iii) Patricia

(G) Anna Mae Gittins
Chester Book


(i) Glenn Gittins

(ii) Larry

(H) Robert Gittins

(5) Thomas Gittins married Beatrice Stevens

(A) Burt Stevens Gittins
Gretchen Steensen

(June 18, 1938)

(b. June 6, 1905)

(b. Oct. 14, ?)


(i) Jane Agnes (b. July 8, 1939)

(B) Thomas William Gittins
Dorothy V. Locke

(b. Mar. 20, 1907)

(b. Oct. 14, ?)


(i) Mary Anne (b. Oct. 23, 1936)

(ii) Thomas William, Jr. (b. Mar. 27, 1940)

(C) Lois Gittins
Walter E. Heinlen

(b. June 16, 1911)

(b. Mar. 19, ?)


(adopted twin boys - b. Sept. 12, 1940)

(i) Richard

(ii) David

(6) Margaret Gittins married Scott Linn

(A) Ruth Linn
Robert Hansen

(Jun. 19, 1949)

(Mar. 22, 1918)

(b. Jan. 14, 1912)

(7) Mary Jane married Louis Pine

(b. 1880/d. April 13, 1942)

(A) Leon Gittins Pine
Dorothy Arlene Knapp

(July 5, 1942)

(1912 - 1992)

(d. 1979)


(i) Mary Louise (b. August, 1946)

(i) Leon Howard (b. August, 1948)

(B) Mary Louise Pine
Harold Jay Petznick

(b. Jan. 29, 1917)

(b. Dec. 14, 1912/d. Nov. 15, 1992)


(i) Harold Jay (II) (b. Jan. 14, 1948)

(ii) J. Louis (b. Apr. 4, 1952)

(iii) Thomas Pine (b. July 27, 1953)

William Gittins


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