By 1870, the Hollabaugh family had moved to Butler Township in Adams County, Pennsylvania. The post office listed on their enumeration was Middletown which was renamed Biglerville in 1903. George, at age 62, and Elizabeth at 55, owned real estate worth $4000 and personal property worth $1100.
By this time, the two younger children were still at home - Jacob, 18, and Georgianna, 14 - and with them were their older sister, Mary Elizabeth, now a widow at 29, and her daughter, Minnie, 6.
On August 20, 1877, George died at the age of 69. He was buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Gettysburg, PA. In the 1880 census, Elizabeth lived with only Jacob, age 28. Jacob was farming, probably the family farm.
|Tombstone date conflicts with death date given in another source.|
With no 1890 census, we have a large gap in the story of Elizabeth Bittinger Hollabaugh until August 6, 1896, when her death was recorded. She was 81 years old.
George and Elizabeth Hollabaugh and their family probably witnessed closely one of the bloodiest incidents of the Civil War. We also know that at least one of the family claimed to have witnessed Lincoln's delivery of the Gettysburg Address.
Elizabeth and George instilled in their children a sense of confidence and independence that allowed at least four of their children to venture west. Several of the women in the family became entrepreneurs in a time when that was not the norm.
|George and Elizabeth Hollabaugh tombstones, Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg, PA. The flat stone is that of their son, Jacob B. Hollabaugh.|