modified and hand colored
by Brian Bottorff
Town crest of Bottorf, Germany
Provided by Paul Bottorff
The Bottorff/Batforf family came from Thuringia, Germany to London in
1709 and then to America in 1710 as part of the Palatinate diaspora.
They settled among the Pennsylvania Dutch, then migrated down the Ohio
River arriving in the general area of Louisville, KY by 1810. While
the family has since scattered across the country, this association has
been maintained by the families that have remained in Kentuckiana, notably
Clark County IN. Attendees are welcome from everywhere. A map in the
Ladies Union Club shows the abundance of Bottorff landholdings in Clark
County in 1875. It is alleged that in 1920 50% of the registered voters in
Clark County were Bottorffs or relatives. Our reunions are also attended
by marriage related relatives including Bowen, Couch, Lewman, Friend, King
and other families.
The 2023 Reunion is scheduled for Sunday
June 25, 2023. This is our traditioonal 4th Sunday date
Location: The Ladies Union Club on Charlestown Pike in Prather,
Utica, Clark Co., Indiana.
Potluck lunch is at 1:00 followed by a short business
meeting. All Bottorff relatives are encouraged to attend.
From Charlestown, IN drive 4 miles southwest on Indiana Hwy 62, then
bear right on Charlestown Pike. From Jeffersonville, IN drive
northeast about 7 miles on Indiana Hwy 62 (3 miles past I-265) then make
an acute left on Charlestown Pike. The Ladies Union Club is on the left
in about 1/2 mile.
(You may need to click again if Google asks you if you mean Prather,
The last Iowa Bottorff Reunion I know of was June 9, 2013, at the
Fairview Lodge on Grant Street near the Carousel, in Story City, IA.
Story City is 10 miles north of Ames on Interstate 35. The Reunion starts
at noon, and is a potluck dinner which requires a serious nap before
driving back home afterwards. Anyone is welcome to attend.
Admission is free, and newcomers aren't expected to bring any food, just
dining tools. Anyone with info on the Iowa reunions please contact
The Batdorf Family History by Virginia Batdorf has been reprinted in
paperback. It is available from Masthof Book Store, 219 Mill Rd.,
Morgantown, PA 19543-9516 phone 610-286-0258 or at their web site at www.masthof.com.
Cost is $21.50 including shipping (book = 18.00 + 3.50 shipping). PA
residents please add sales tax.
Spelling variations: Originally Batdorf, Badtorff and Badtorffin in
Germany, over the years in America the family name has changed to Badorf,
Badorff, Badtorf, Badtorff, Badtorffin, Baddorf, Badtorff, Badtorfin,
Batdord, Batdorf, Batdorff, Battdorff, Battorf, Battorff, Botdorf, Boterf,
Botorff, Bottorff, Bottoroff, Bottroff, Butdorf, Buttorf, Buttorff,
Patturf, Paturf, Poterf, Potter, Potterf, Pottorf, Pottorff, Potturff and