The Stiltner Family Genealogy
Franklin Pierce Stiltner Family in Washington
An excerpt from "The Cascade Mountain Clan" by
Woodrow R. Clevinger, 1971 -
Franklin Pierce Stiltner was born in Buchanan County, Virginia
March 9, 1856 and died in Morton, Lewis County, Washington in 1934. He was the
patriarch of a very large family in the early history of the Town of Morton.
He was the second son of Frederick Stiltner and the grandson of the original
Frederick Charles Stiltner who lived in Buchanan County, Virginia, 1790 -
1845. Franklin married Anna Rosetta Cutlip about 1877 in Buchanan County. With
a number of children they moved northward to Webster County, West Virginia
where the remainder of their children were born. Following work in logging and
sawmilling on the Elk River of West Virginia up to about 1910, Franklin and
his sons now with families of their own, emigrated to Lewis County, Washington
to find work and land. They all came to Morton, Washington from 1912 to 1918
and settled on a 20 acre place on the north limits of this town. Here on a
site often called "Stiltner Flat and Hill" Franklin and his sons,
Samuel, John Wesley, Grant, Edward J., and McKinley cleared stump land and
built homes in north Morton. The youngest son and brother, Burton G.Stiltner
went away to the service of the U. S. Navy in World War I in 1917. By 1930 the
Stiltners were the largest family in the community of Morton. The sons and
daughters of Franklin Pierce Stiltner and Anna R. Cutlin and their children
are summarized here:
- Samuel Frederick Stiltner, b 1879, Buchanan County, Virginia, died Morton,
Washington, 1957. He md (1) Daisy Boggs, two daughters, Luhannah Stiltner, who
md Dan Simmons, and Edna Stiltner who md Dominick Petrucci. By his later
marriages, he had three sons who died in youth - Clay, Frederick and Joseph
Stiltner - and four sons now living in western Washington - Earl Stiltner,
Winlock, Washington, Ray Stiltner, Centralia, Washington, and John Stiltner
and Paul Stiltner, Tacoma, Washington.
- Mary E. Stiltner, b 1882, Buchanan County, Virginia, died Morton, Washington,
1930. She md Hiram C. Bell in West Virginia; their children were Hettie M.
Bell, who md Verl A. Smith, John P. Bell, who md Edith Tucker, and Gladys M.
Bell who md George W. Melville.
- John Wesley Stiltner, b 1880, Webster County, West Virginia, died Morton,
WAshington, 1934. He married Dewey Jane Clevinger and raised a large family at
Morton from 1912 - 1934. John Wesley was a prominent and generous leader among
the Stiltners and Clevingers of eastern Lewis County. He donated part of his
land at Morton as the John Wesley Memorial Cemetery. To the union of John
Wesley Stiltner and Dewey J. Clevinger were born seven daughters and one son:
- Ethel Stiltner, b 1912, Frank F. Stiltner, b 1914, Doris Stiltner, b 1916, md
Dave Justis, Florence Stiltner, b 1917, md Fred Muehlen, Hazel Stiltner, 1919,
died in infancy, Bobbie Stiltner, b 1927, md H. Domaly, Edith Stiltner, b
1929, md Lorren Hudson, and Joan Stiltner, b 1931, md David Spear.
- Grant Stiltner, b 1885, Webster County, West Virginia, died at Morton,
Washington, 1949. He md Sena Clevinger, daughter of Joseph C. Clevinger in
1906. (See Grant Stiltner family.)
- Edward J. "Pete" Stiltner, b 1889 in West Virginia. He married Oma Ware, 1901,
and at Morton raised the following children: Ansel Stiltner, b 1912, md Cora
Hagen and has a large family living in Centralia and Seattle. They are Lorn,
Lorrain, Douglas, Howard, Albert,, Franklin, Hubert, James, David, Virginia,
Robert and Edward Stiltner. Ansel's children born between 1932 and 1955 are
the largest young family of the Stiltner line in Washington. Other children of
Edward J. Stiltner at Morton and Lewis county were Hubert H. Stiltner, b 1914,
d 1960, md Grace Hart and Hettie Stiltner, b 1918, md William Blankenship.
- Lucinda N. Stiltner,, b 1895 in West Virginia, md D. L. Cutright. She is
manager of the Stiltner Motel Cabins at Morton, Washington.
- McKinley "Hack" Stiltner, b 1897 in Webster County, West Virginia. He has been
a spiritual leader of the Stiltners and Clevengers and their associated
families in Lewis County and is the Elder of the Mount Zion, Old Regular
Baptist Church at Morton, Washington. He married Pearl Peer in 1918 and to
this union were born four sons - William Stiltner, b 1918, Louie Stiltner, b
1919,, died 1937, Richard Stiltner b 1926, Jerome Stiltner, b 1935, and five
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