Kitzmiller Off The Beaten Path
Kitzmiller IS off the beaten path! Here is a little history from the Town of Kitzmiller!
Kitzmiller, Maryland is located on the border between Garrett County, Maryland, and Mineral County, West Virginia. Garrett County, originally part of Allegany County, was settled in the late 18th and early 19th centuries by German immigrants as competition for tobacco and farm land grew in the Chesapeake-Tidewater region and new land was needed.
The earliest families settled primarily in the county’s north-central area, due to the good farmland found there amidst the area’s mountainous terrain. In 1797 Thomas Wilson II, son of a Scottish immigrant to the United States, moved to what is now Kitzmiller with his family and later settled in Altamont, located approximately ten miles from Kitzmiller.
In 1801, his son Thomas Wilson III and bride Susan Bowman purchased a house from Frank Heck.Wilson opened a gristmill in Kitzmiller the next year, and later opened a sawmill. He had several children, including a daughter, Emily Wilson, who married Ebenezer Kitzmiller. During the early 19th century the Bray family also settled in Kitzmiller, joining the Wilson’s as the first settlers in the Kitzmiller neighborhood. The Rafter, Hamill, Harvey, Paugh, and Pew families followed them.
Favorite thing: Tranquility
Fondest memory: visiting a peaceful little town with your own last name is most interesting. I've really only visited a couple of times. Once as a young boy with my parents. Once as a young man with my wife. Kitzmiller is on the border between Maryland and West Virginia.
Fondest memory: The Kitzmueller family emigrated from Austria through Germany in the 1700s. Upon entering the U.S. the name was changed to Kitzmiller. The family settled originally with German settlers in Pennsylvania. However, members eventually wandered and my group settled first in Ohio and then Indiana.
I am lucky to have visited the town of Helfenberg, Austria where the family left and also to now know those still living in Ausria with the Kitzmueller name.
There are various stories about the naming of this town on the MD. W. VA. line. The best story credits a railroad employee who was able to persuade the early railroad to name the town after him when the placed a railroad stop there.
However, the actual story is probably the one I've placed here about Ebeneezer settling in the area
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