Four Generations of Voitts


Four generations are represented in this photograph. All are residents of Pittsburgh and, with the exception of the oldest member of the group, Martin Voitt, aged 90, all were born in Allegheny county.

Front row – Joseph C. Roolf, his son, Norman Joseph Roolf; Mrs. Mary Ostein, great-grandaughter; Mr. and Mrs. Martin Voitt, Mrs. Joseph C. Roolf, nee Voitt, and Dorothy Marie Voitt.

Back Row – Mr. and Mrs. John A. Roolf and Mr. and Mrs. John A. Voitt.


I love multi-generational photos. I have an entire category of photos on the website showing four generations. In this case, the Witt family (apparently also known as the Voitt family), sat down for a photograph in early 1921 that found its way into the Pittsburgh Gazette Times, the predecessor to today’s Post-Gazette. This would likely be one of the last, if not last, photographs of the patriarch, Martin Witt. He would die in September of the same year.

“Four Generations of Voitt [Witt] Family,” The Pittsburgh Gazette Times, 4 April 1921, pg 4, col 2; digital image, ( : accessed 2 Dec 2016),

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