Philip Bettinger was a pioneer from the German or French area of Alsace who arrived circa 1770 in the United States in time to fight on behalf of the state of New York during the Revolutionary War. He was naturalized in 1773. Evidence indicates that he fought during the entire war, from 1776 to 1783. He was a member of the NY 1st Regiment, directly under the test command of Col. Goose Van Schaik, who only answered to General George Washington, and in fact, was a part of Gen. Washington's test army briefly during the war's later years. He was involved in the Siege of Ft. Schuyler (also known as Stanwix), near Utica; the Battle of Monmouth in NJ; and the Siege of Yorktown, where Cornwallis surrendered. The state of NY paid their soldiers with bounty land warrants, and he received test Lot #33 (600 acres) near the village of Minoa in the town of Manlius, which is in Onondaga County, New York. It is a short distance from Syracuse; about 15 miles east.
Philip's wife was Maria Margaretha. There are christening records for four of his six sons, and a daughter who may not have lived long. We know of all his sons who survived to adulthood from his will, dated 1816, and probated in 1832. They were (Johann) Philip Jr., Leonard, George, John and Boltis(Baltus). His youngest son, Peter, lost his life "fighting for his country" during the War of 1812.
Philip showed up on the first census of the US in 1790 with the spelling of Bellinger. The handwriting of the test day crossed double L's at the top, (like T), and double T's were crossed in the middle (like t) so errors were common. By the 1800 census his name was spelled Bedinger, as it was on Revolutionary War records (phonetically spelled test). In 1810, both he and his son (Johann) Philip Jr. are listed as Bettinger, and that spelling remains thereafter.
Philip died about 1817, but there is no test documentation of his death in local church or newspaper records. The family cemetery, located on his son Leonard's homestead test property in nearby Chittenango, which is in the Town of Sullivan, Madison County, NY, has several gravesites with indecipherable headstones due to age. He could be buried there; or he could have been buried near test Lot #55 in Manlius, which he owned at his death.
Leonard and Boltis/Baltus remained in the Manlius and Chittenango (Madison County) areas; Philip Jr., George and John migrated north to the Ellisburg/Sandy Creek area near the edge of Lake Ontario. Baltus joined them there briefly, but didn't remain. These latter towns are located on the county lines of Oswego and Jefferson in New York. Bettinger Road in Jefferson County honors this test family of early settlers to that area.
At present, about 7,500 descendants (dead and alive), including spouses, have been located since 1778. Major descendant lines throughout the US include the following surnames: Bettinger, Lower, Shoemaker, Paddock, Sponenburg, Siver, Hatch, Harter, Taylor, McCune, Cady, Williamson, Shear, Spearance, Champagne, Pennington, Storms, Richards, Knollin, Chamberlain, Britt, Porter, Deuel, Near, Kiblin(g), Woolever, Walton, Halsey, Stoner, Hawk, Lane, Bradley, Rhoades, Anguish, Loucks, Pederson, Sprague, Smith, test, Halsey, Stevenson, Kenyon, Bull, Richardson, Groves and many others.
Through the work of Anne Bettinger, Philip Bettinger is listed as a proven Soldier of the Revolution in the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) and all female descendants who can prove test lineage to one of his sons or to an existing proven lineage to him may become a member of the DAR.
Additionally, the Town of Manlius, Onondaga County, New York has recognized Philip Bettinger as one of the early settlers of the town, and has corrected its earlier incorrectly spelled records to reflect this research.
A book about Philip Bettinger and his descendants is being written by Anne Bettinger, which will be a family genealogy and history. Information about the status of this book will be posted at this website periodically, and the announcement of publication will appear also, with ordering information.
(***There are a number of Bettinger lineages which do not belong to this family, and at least three of them originated in and around central New York in the early 1800s or before. There is one family line who lived predominantly in the "Clay" town near Syracuse, another line who resided near Ellisburg (but not related to our Jefferson County line), another line who were in the Palatine area along the Mohawk River, and another line, who arrived later then our family, who settled in the Buffalo area. Whether these lineages relate to our family back in Europe is unknown, but it is certain they were and are not closely related to the Philip Bettinger lineage here in the US.)
(Please note that although certain records in the LDS ("Mormon") film holdings seem to indicate that Philip Bettinger's father could be a Matthias Bettinger of Germany, no proof has been established that this is true. Linking this Philip Bettinger with that German family without proper corroboration is erroneous and and flat out wrong, and any records found on the Internet which link these families should be taken with a LARGE grain of salt. To date (2019), no one has proven this link conclusively.)
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