Contributed by Diane Emery
March 13, 2003
I am the great great granddaughter of Samuel
Clark Bitner and Elizabeth Eliza (Sanders )Bitner.
Their son Samuel Elkins Bitner, was my Great
grandfather, a very good and very respected man. He
married my Great Grand Mother Lula Frances
(Spillers) Bitner. They moved to East Texas near San
Angelo,Tx. They had a farm at Veribest,Texas.
Their daughter, Hattie Belle( Bitner) King, was
my Grandmother. Her daughter Lula Mae (King) Emery
is my Mother.
I am related to Rebecca Jane (Houston) Spillers
through her marriage to Harvey Nelson Spillers. He
was killed very young in an in an accident, Their
son John Washington Spillers was my
great-great-Grandfather on that side of the family.
He married my great-great grandmother Amanda Adeline
(Sanders) Spillers. There is a great deal of mystery
surrounding her. I haven't found her gravesite or
John's yet, but I did find her 2nd husband John A.
Robinson buried in the Douglass cemetery where
Rebecca is buried. They say Amanda was buried next
to My great great grandfather, but I don't know
where it is this time. John A. Robinson was also
first married to a Spillers, Amanda's husbands
sister. Her name was Martha E. (Spillers )Robinson.
I haven't found her gravesite either. I don't know
where she was buried.
Both Amanda and John Robinson lost their spouses
early it appears. This is probably why they later
married each other because both of them had Spillers
children with their Spillers spouses and wanted to
keep the family together we feel.
My great grandmother Lula Frances Spillers was
the daughter of Amanda (Sanders) Spillers and John
W. Spillers. He too was killed young in an accident
while working they say. My great grandma Lula
Frances (Spillers) married my great grandpa Samuel
E. Bitner. Both of their mothers were Sanders women,
so I am related to the Sanders family at least
twice, but we are not yet sure if they came from the
same Sanders family.
We want very much to solve this mystery.
Other Sanders women also married into the Bitner
family. My great Grandma who is also a Houston,Lula
Frances(Spillers) Bitner was called "The Belle Of
Eden,Texas". A secret admirer left her some rich
bottom land, but she never found out who it was. She
didn't take it, but she always wondered who it was
from. Also, Lula Frances and Sam Bitner are buried
in Mullins cemetery near Veribest and San
My grandma Hattie Belle is buried in
Midland,Texas. She lived to be 87 years old. Grandma
could tell such great stories, and all were true,
but we still haven't proved yet that we are related
to Sam Houston, the general. He claimed us however.