Bottorff/Batdorf Family Website
Official website of the Bottorff Family
Please check the Guestbook
that you may be able to answer.
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 exodus.
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 1875. It
is alleged that in 1920 50% of the registered voters in Clerk County were
Bottorffs or relatives. Our reunions are also attended by marriage related
relatives including Bowen, Couch, Lewman, Friend, King and other families.
The Bottorff Family Association has its annual reunion on the 4th Sunday
of June at the Ladies Union Club on Charlestown Pike in Prather, Utica,
Clark Co., Indiana. The 2022 date is
June 26, 2022
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
(You may need to click again if Google asks you if you mean Prather, Utica,
Clark.) The Ladies Union Club is on the left in about 1/2 mile.
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.
Some family recipes and photos:
Bottorff family members are invited to post their website URLs and e-mail
addresses here. Please contact the webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org
You@Bottorff.org e-mail addresses. Just send me
your permanent e-mail mailbox address and your first and second choices for
your @Bottorff.org name. I will set up an e-mail forwarding account at
Bottorff.org that will send your Bottorff.org e-mail to your permanent
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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 possibly others.
Updated July 16, 2021