DITTY, JOSEPH FRANKLIN, was the son of John and Catherine (Woodside) Ditty. David Ditty, his paternal grandfather, married Anna Osmond, by whom he had six children: Andrew, John, Joseph, Mary, and David; all are deceased excepting Joseph. John Ditty, father of Joseph F., was born at Millersburg, and removed to Elizabethville, where he engaged in mercantile business. He was a candidate for the office of justice of the peace at Elizabethville, on an independent ticket, was elected by a large majority, and re-elected for several terms, being recognized as an efficient and conscientious public servant. He removed to Millersburg in 1860, and died January 6, 1861, aged forty-eight years, eight months and sixteen days. His wife Catherine was a daughter of Thomas and Mary (Yeager) Woodside; she is also deceased. They had seven children: William Theodore, married Miss Lydia Houpt, served in the United States army for nine months; re-enlisted and served three years; was taken prisoner and confined in Libby prison and at Andersonville for over eleven months, and liberated at the close of the war; was promoted to corporal and then to sergeant; Anna Mary received her education in the public schools of her native place; Isabella, wife of William Dent; John Peter, enlisted in company B, Twenty-sixth Illinois volunteer infantry, died in the hospital at Keokuk, Iowa, aged seventeen years; Thomas Milton, married Rebecca Taylor, also served in the United States army over two years; Charles Frederick, died aged about twenty-four years; and Joseph Franklin.
Joseph Franklin Ditty served an apprenticeship of two and a half years at mounding, with Foster, Savidge & Co., and worked at the trade at a journeyman for a short time. Later he was occupied with various kinds of work. He is at present in the retail tobacco business in Millersburg. He resides with his sister, Anna Mary, and they occupy a beautiful modern dwelling in that town. Mr. Ditty is a member of Castle No. 332, K. of G. E., at Millersburg. His political views are Democratic. His sister and he attend the Methodist Episcopal church.
Thomas Woodside, maternal grandfather of Mr. Ditty, was a soldier in the war of 1812. He married Mary Yeager, and their children were: Jacob, married Hannah Rumberger; John, married Mary M. Lark; Leah, wife of Henry Straub; Daniel, married Hannah Buffington; Catherine, wife of John Ditty; Joseph, married Hetty Laird; Margaret, wife of Joseph Schnell; Mary, wife of Jairus Mason; Thomas Jefferson, married the widow of A. M. Johnson.
Transcribed by Judy Warner Bookwalter, for the Dauphin County,
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