Friday, April 18, 2014

John H. Welsh 1793-1853

John H. Welsh
son of
Born May 4 1793 in Pennsylvania
Died Sep. 20, 1853
Married
Lydia Whitmoyer
daughter of
born 1802
died 1863

Children:
Catherine Welsh 1829 – 
John Welsh 1835 – 
Thomas Welsh 1838 – 
Harriet Welsh 1840 – 



1830 United States Federal Census about John Welsh
Name: John Welsh
Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Turbut, Northumberland, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 2
Free White Persons - Under 20: 4
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 3
Total Free White Persons: 7
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored):

1850
Name: John Welsh
Age: 55
Birth Year: abt 1795
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1850: Lewis, Northumberland, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Family Number: 12
Household Members:
Name Age
John Welsh 55
Lydia Welsh 48
Cathrine Welsh 21
Elias Welsh 16
John Welsh 15
Thomas Welsh 12
Harriet M Welsh 10

Burial:
Turbotville Cemetery, Turbotville, Northumberland County PA

Research:
Death certificate for son William Eli Welsh gives the names for his parents as John Welsh & Lydia Whitmoyer

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Henry D. Conrad 1827 -

Henry D. Conrad
son of
born 1827
died
Married
Lydia
daughter of
Born 1824
Died

Children:
Catherine Conrad 1849 – bef. 1930
Jacob Conrad 1853 – bef. 1930
Hannah Amanda Conrad 1855 – 1930 M. John Edmund Sulouff
Margaret A. "Maggie" Conrad 1858 – M. Fred Leister
Sarah N. Conrad 1860 – 1940 M. Peter Blystone
Joanna Conrad 1863-1942 –  M.  Adam Lauver


1827
Birth
Pennsylvania

1860 - Age: 33
Residence
Monroe, Juniata, Pennsylvania, United States


1870 Age: 43
Residence
Monroe, Juniata, Pennsylvania, United States
Age: 40; Census Post Office: Richfield
(I wish I could read what his occupation is here - but I cannot decipher it)

1870 United States Federal Census about Hary Conrad
Name: Hary Conrad
Age in 1870: 40
Birth Year: abt 1830
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1870: Monroe, Juniata, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Female
Post Office: Richfield
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Hary Conrad 40
Lidia Conrad 35
Catharine Conrad 20
Jacob Conrad 18
Hannah Conrad 16
Margaret Conrad 17
Sarah Conrad 4

Joana Conrad 9

1877 Age: 50
Residence
land of HD Conrad shown in the 1877 atlas for Juniata, Perry & Mifflin counties - Monroe County



1880 Age: 53
Residence
Monroe, Juniata, Pennsylvania, USA

Age: 54; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Self

1880 United States Federal Census about Henry D. Conrad
Name: Henry D. Conrad
Age: 54
Birth Year: abt 1826
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1880: Monroe, Juniata, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Lydia A. Conrad
Father's Birthplace: Ohio
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Laborer

Household Members:
Name Age
Henry D. Conrad 54

Lydia A. Conrad 56

Research:
Hannah's obituary in 1930 lists three sisters:
Mrs Sarah Blystone of Mifflin
Mrs Frederick (Margaret) Leister of McAlisterville
Mrs Joanna Lauver of Sunbury

There are at least 3 Henry Conrads in this general area around the same age.  Many researchers have our Henry confused with Henry Gerome Conrad - but they are in two different census in 1860 & 1870, both with their own wives and children, clearly different men.

There is a Henry D. Conrad here, but no dates given, and no way to determine if this is "Our" Henry
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Conrad&GSfn=Henry&GSby=1830&GSbyrel=before&GSdyrel=all&GSst=40&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=79413813&df=all&

Monday, March 24, 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Johannes Zulauf (1753-1838)

Flag of the Von Knyphausen Regiment of Hessian Soldiers

Johannes Zulauf
Believed to be the son of Walter Zulauf who died in the 7 years war
Born 1753 in Germany
Died 1838 in PA
married  28 March 1783
Maria Margaretha Spahr
daughter of Johann Frederick & Anna Margaretha (Schnaeder) Spahr
Born 14 Oct 1766 
Died 4 June 1841

See Nelson Sulouff's photos & records for this generation here:
http://home.comcast.net/~nsulouff/JZPhotoAlbum.html

Children:
Jacob Sulouff 1783 – 1849
Mary Zulauf 1785 – 1828
Unknown Male #1 Born between 1786 & 1790
Unknown Male #2 Born between 1786 & 1790
John Sulouff 1792 – 1859
Margaret Rebecca Zulauf 1794 – 1850
Susannah Zulauf 1795 – 1828
Elizabeth Sulouff 1798 – 1888
David Suloff 1799 – 1875
George Zulauf 1802 – 1874
Unknown Female born between 1800 & 1805

Time Line

1753
Believed to have been born in Elbenrod, Hesse, Germany.  
    The Family likely migrated from Switzerland to Germany  

Oral tradition, from Elizabeth, his youngest daughter, says that Johannes father was named Walter and that Walter was killed in Germany during the 7 years war.


1776 - Age: 23
15 Aug
Arrival
Staten Island, New York, USA 
Per Hessian millitary records, arrived in the Minnegerode (3rd) company of the Knyphausen Regiment.


Drawing of the uniforms of Hessian troops, Von Knyphausen Regiment, Rall's Brigade - 1776. Uniform on the right is that of the "Gemeiner", a Private


A great article on the Hessians, and the  Knyphauen Regiment in December of 1776

A Hessian Sketch of the first Battle at Trenton

The Battle Of Long Island
http://www.americanrevolution.org/hessians/hess6.html


Zulauf's name is on a document in the Marburg
archives (reference # 4h 328,113f.3a) that lists those who escaped from 
the Trenton debacle.


A Search at HETRINA shows the following:
Zulauf, Johannes – appointed, 12.1776
Zulauf, Johannes – captured, 9.1779
Zulauf, Johannes – captured, 9.1782
Zulauf, Johannes – captured, 11.1782
Zulauf, Johannes – captured, 5.1783
http://lagis.online.uni-marburg.de/en/subjects/gsearch/sn/hetrina?q=zulauf&submit=LAGIS+Search

This is at odds with the research done by Nelson Sulouff, who is the expert on this family line, and only lists Johannes as being captured once. Since I have never researched a Hessian Soldier before, I am unsure how reliable the HETRINA search is, and I'm having a hard time interpreting the results. Make your own interpretations, and please let me know if you understand it better than I do.  :-)






1783  - Age: 30
March 29 1783
Marriage to Maria Margaretha Spahr
Alsace, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States
Record can be found in the records of the Spies German Reformed Church, Alsace TWP, Berks County PA



The journal of German Reformed pastor, Rev. J. William Boos, begun on 15 March 1782, includes an entry dated 28th March 1783 about the marriage of Johannes Zulauff to Maria Margaretha Spahr. Indiscriminate alternations between the two spellings "Zulauff" and "Zulauf" for this surname are found frequently in old German records. (Document copied by the author from original pastoral acts book of Pastor Boos, Schaff Library, Lancaster PA.)

http://home.comcast.net/~nsulouff/JZPhotoAlbum.html


1783 -Age: 30
Robenson Twp, Berks County Pa
Taxed for 5 shillings & 5

1784 Age:31
Robenson Twp, Berks County Pa
Taxed for one cow.

1786 - Age 33
Pennsylvania, Tax and Exoneration, 1768-1801 about John Zulauf
Name: John Zulauf
Year: 1786
Town or Ward: Earl
County: Lancaster

Archive Rollname: 329


1791 - Age: 38

Residence
Newberry Twp., York Co., Pa. 
In late 1791 family moved west across the Susquehanna River into northern York County in what is today called New Market or Fairview Twp.

1793 - Age 40
Pennsylvania, Septennial Census, 1779-1863 about John Zulauf
Name: John Zulauf
Residence Year: 1793
Residence Place: Newbury, York, Pennsylvania

1798 -  Age: 45
Tax List

Residence Newbury, York, Pennsylvania, United States
1 House, 18 by 15.  Barn wood 30 x 20


1800  - Age 47
1800 United States Federal Census about John Zulaff
Name: John Zulaff
Home in 1800 (City, County, State): Newbury TWP, York, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 2
Free White Persons - Males -10 thru 15: 3
Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1
Number of Household Members Under 16: 9
Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
Number of Household Members: 11


1802 - Age: 49

Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, USA 
Bought a farm near Perrysville, now Port Royal in Juniata Co.

1810
1810 United States Federal Census about John Zulauf
Name: John Zulauf
Home in 1810 (City, County, State): Milford, Mifflin, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 15: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44 : 1
Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1
Number of Household Members Under 16: 6
Number of Household Members Over 25: 3

Number of Household Members: 11




1820
1820 United States Federal Census about John Suloff
Name: John Suloff
Home in 1820 (City, County, State): Milford, Mifflin, Pennsylvania
Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 18: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over : 1
Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture: 2
Free White Persons - Under 16: 1
Free White Persons - Over 25: 3
Total Free White Persons: 7

Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other:

In 1820 John's son John Jr, and his son Jacob, are listed right under him in the census

1821 - Land Warrant
Pennsylvania, Land Warrants and Applications, 1733-1952 about John Zulouf
Name: John Zulouf
Warrant Date: 8 Dec 1821
Warrant Place: Milford, Mifflin

Pennsylvania, Land Warrants, 1733-1987 about John Zuloaf
Name: John Zuloaf
Acreage: 0.75
Warrant Date: 8 Dec 1821
Warrant Location: Mifflin


1830 
1830 States Federal Census about John Zouloaff
Name: John Zouloaff
[John Zulouff] 
Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Milford, Mifflin, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 70 thru 79: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 60 thru 69: 1
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 4
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored)

John Zulouff is the first line here, his son Jacob is the last line shown



1838- Age: 85

Death
Port Royal, Juniata, Pa., USA 


Burial - 

Johannes  And Anna Margaretha are buried in Row 15
Old Church Hill Cemetery 
Port Royal (Juniata County)
Juniata County
Pennsylvania, USA





 



Info taken from Find A Grave:
The information below was provided by Rev. Nelson R. Sulouff- His headstone actually looks as if the death year inscribed was 1839 but Juniata Co. court documents in JZ's estate file prove unquestionably that he died in 1838. I believe the discrepancy is accounted for by the fact that the gravestones for JZ and wife were erected about 58 years after JZ died: grandson, David M., of Akron OH returned to visit his birthplace in Port Royal in 1896 and the existing headstones on his grandparents' graves appear to date from ca. 1896 rather than ca. 1838. David M. was by far the most active Sulouff family historian of all known relatives who lived in the 19th C. Without his preservation of baptismal records for his parents, the connection between the Sulouff>Suloff family and the Hessian immigrant named Johannes Zulauf might never have come to light.

Research:


Nelson Sulouff posted the following to the RootsWeb AMREV-HESSIAN mailing list:

I have done extensive research on the Knyphausen Regiment and will be happy to assist other researchers who learn that their immigrant ancestor was in the the Knyphausen Regiment. I will especially enjoygetting to know and comparing notes with descendants of those Hessianswho were in the Minnigerode (3rd) Company of the Knyphausen Regiment.Here's a wee bit of history, mostly dug out of surviving Hessian records: 

My immigrant Hessian ancestor, Johannes Zulauf (JZ), was in the Minnigerode (3rd) Co. of the Knyphausen Regiment. The Knyphausen was one of the regiments in the Mirbach Brigade, First Division. They marched out of Hesse-Cassel on 29 February 1776, followed down river valleys northward to the sea, and began boarding ships in Bremerlehe(Bremerhaven) on 23 March. There were no precedents to follow and thelogistics of the operation was learned as they went along. Duringboarding it was learned that the ships assembled at Bremerlehe wereinsufficient to carry the entire First Division, so the troops ended up sailing in two separate convoys. As a consequence, 3-2/3 companies of the Knyphausen departed Bremerlehe on 17 April and the remaining 154 men of the Knyphausen sailed in a hastily organized second convoy out of the mouth of the Weser River on 18 May. The two convoys joined up outside New York (Raritan) Bay on 12 August, and the Knyphausen Regiment was set ashore on Staten Island on 15 August 1776. For the next four months the Mirbach Brigade was engaged in the campaigns of Long Island, the New York mainland, New York (Manhattan) Island, and New Jersey. The Mirbach Brigade was renamed the Rall Brigade shortly before it moved into Trenton on 14 December 1776. JZ was with the Rall Brigade in Trenton when it was surprised the morning of 26 December 1776 by Washington's famous attack across the ice-laden Delaware. He was one of the 753 soldiers who evaded capture by Washington's army that day, and before the end of December these remnants of the Rall Brigade were mustered into a temporary unit called the "Combined Battalion." The Combined Battalion went into garrison on New York Island for a month of rehabilitation, and by early February 1777 the unit was once again fit for duty. During the summer campaign season of 1777, the new battalion sailed out of New York Bay with about 18,000 British and German troops on about 250 ships headed for Philadelphia. Access to Philadelphia was denied by a chain of fireboats across the Delaware, so they sailed around to the Chesapeake and disembarked on the north bank of the Elk River. JZ, in the Combined Battalion, was among those assigned to cross the Elk and move east along the southern shores of the river, foraging for livestock and food to sustain the invading army during their march against Philadelphia. During the battle of the Brandywine, the Combined guarded the supply wagons, after which they were engaged in holding Wilmington as a hospital and supply point. After Philadelphia was secured by the main force, the Combined moved to the Schuylkill River and crossed to the Philadelphia side in the early hours of 23 October. They spent the winter in Philadelphia, then marched across New Jersey, were engaged in protecting the supply train during the battle of Monmouth, marched on to Sandy Point, sailed across the Bay and reached New York Island the second week of July 1778. The year following their return to New York was uneventful. The Knyphausen Regiment was reconstituted in the Summer of 1779, and the second week of September it was shipped out of New York in a convoy headed for Canada to oppose the French. The fleet ran into a hurricane, and on 26 September 1779 the entire Knyphausen Regiment was captured at sea aboard storm-damaged ships. JZ was among those POWs who were put ashore at Little Egg Harbor in Jersey, held briefly in Philadelphia, and then were sent on to Reading in Berks Co. PA. With hostilities finally ended four years later, the units of the Knyphausen Regiment were rounded up, marched to New York, from which they sailed for their homeland on 15 August 1783. However, the name of Johannes Zulauf was not on the roster of those who sailed. He was back in Berks Co. with his bride of six months. He had found what he wanted in this fledgling new nation. He spent the remainder of his life as a Pennsylvania farmer. He changed his name to Sulouff in the beginning of the 19th Century and became the founding patriarch of a singular family with two spellings for their surname, Sulouff and Suloff. All persons with these surnames are descended from Johannes Zulauf, one of some 6000 immigrant Hessian soldiers who chose to remain in North America after the Revolutionary War. 

Nelson R. Sulouff
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Hans Michael Mauser 1707-1767

Hans Michael Mauser
son of
Born June 11, 1707 in Oeschingen, Germany.
Died
Married bef. 1735
Agatha Gomminger
daughter of
Born
Died

Children:
*Johannes Mauser 1735 – 1828
*Agnes Mauser 1737 – 
*Johann Frederick Mauser 1741 – 1799
*Johann Jacob Mauser 1743 – 1800
*Ann Marie Mauser 1746 – 
*Nicolaus Mauser 1749 – 1826 m. Catharina Henninger
Sarah Mouser 1751 – 1845 M. Nicholas Houk
*listed on ships list at immigration

1707 - Birth
June 11 1707 in Oeschingen, Germany



September 16, 1751 - Arrival
Name: Hs Mich Mauser
Birth Year: abt 1707
Arrival Year: 1751
Arrival Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Age: 44
Family Members:  
Wife Agatha Gomminger; 
  Daughter A Maria 5; 
  Son Nicolaus 2; 
  Son Joh Jac 8; 
  Son Johs 16; 
  Son Joh Friedr 10;
  Daughter Agnes 14


Source Publication Code: 2464

Primary Immigrant: Mauser, Hs Mich

Pennsylvania, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1772-1890 about Michel Mauser
Name: Michel Mauser
State: PA
County: Philadelphia County
Township: Philadelphia
Year: 1751

Database: PA Early Census Index

Nov 26 1751 - Sponsor At Baptism
Check records, this is possibly for his own child, Sarah.
Pennsylvania Church Records - Adams, Berks, and Lancaster Counties, 1729-1881 about Michael Mauser
Name: Michael Mauser
Date: 26 Nov 1751
Event: Baptism
Relation: Sponsor
Location: Berks Co., PA
Church: Dunkel's Reformed Church at Virginsville

Record ID: 291238

Research:
Hans Michael was born on June 11, 1707 in Oeschingen, Germany. A small town south of the present day city of Stuttgart in Wuertemberg, Germany. They first traveled to Rotterdam, Holland where they booked passage on the ship “Nancy” which was captained by Thomas Coatam also of Rotterdam. They arrived in Philadelphia on September 16, 1751. The family first settled in Northampton County, Pennsylvania where Hans Michael had twenty five acres of land surveyed on July 27, 1752. They lived there and supported the colonies as opposed to the English. They then moved to Lincolnton, North Carolina. This area was known as Tyron, but now it is known as Lincoln County.



Monday, February 17, 2014

John Pontios 1718 - 1790



John Pontius
son of
Born 1718
Died  aft 1790
married in 1774
Anna Catherine Zeller
daughter of Henry & Anna Marie (Briegal) Zeller
Born 1722
Died Dec 8 1771

Children:
Johan Heinrich Pontius
John Andrew Pontius
John Peter Pontius
John Nicklas Pontius
John Jr
Maria
George
Catherine
Frederick
Elizabeth



 ANNA CATHRINA ZELLER, born ca. 1722; died after 8 DEC 1771; married by the Rev. Stoever 14 JAN 1743, JOHN PONTIUS, born ca. 1718; died after 1790 in Northumberland (now Union) County.44 He had arrived at Philadelphia on the Ship Glascow, qualifying 9 SEP 1738, aged 20.45 He settled in Tulpehocken Township where in 1768 he was rated on 100 acres of land. He appears to have removed to Buffalo Township, Northumberland County, after 1772, when he was a party to the division of his father-in-law's estate, and before 1778.46 Three children were baptized by Stoever: JOHANN HEINRICH PONTIUS, 1 APR 1744, sponsors Heinrich Zoeller and wife; JOHN PETER PONTIUS, 25 OCT 1747; JOHANNES PONTIUS, 18 AUG 1751. On Whitsunday, 1765, his sons ANDREAS, JOHN PETER, and JOHN NICHOLAS PONTIUS were communicants at Host Reformed Church, and at Christmas, 1769, JOHANNES, JOHN GEORGE, and ANNA MARIA PONTIUS, his sons and daughters, communed at the same Church.

Pvt. Peter Pontious 1747-1835

Memorial in Pontius Cemetery
Peter is buried in Globe Mills Cemetery

Peter Pontius
son of Johannes & Anna Catherine (Zeller) Pontius
Born Oct. 22, 1747
Died Mar. 17, 1835
married in 1773
Anna Catherine Berger
Daughter of Henry Berger
Born 1753
Died 1835

Children:
Henry PONTIUS 1773 – 1854
Rosanna PONTIUS 1774 – 
ELIZABETH PONTIUS 1776 – 1852 [m. John Christian Schnure]
Catherine PONTIUS 1778 – 1835
Peter PONTIUS Jr 1785 – 1850
Joseph Henry PONTIUS 1787 – 1845
George PONTIUS 1788 – 1820
Anna Maria PONTIUS 1791 – 1851
Barbara PONTIUS 1794 – 1867 [m. George Aumiller]


1747 Birth 
Baptism: 25 Oct 1747, Berks CountyPA

Peter was born and raised in Tulpehocken Valley of Berks County.  He was confirmed at the Host Church in Berks Co., on Christmas Day, 1765, with his brothers Andreas and Johan Nicholaus, sons of Johannes Pontius.  The father Johannes and his sons were all living in Berks County until around 1770, when Johannes and his sons Henry, Andrew, Frederick, Nicholas and George located on land along Penns Creek which was in Union and Snyder Co, Pa. Then at a later date the brothers, Peter and John Jr. also came to Snyder Co.

Family Data Collection - Births about Peter Pontius
Name: Peter Pontius
Father: Johannes Pontius
Mother: Anna Catherine Zeller
Birth Date: 1747
County: Berks
State: PA

Country: USA

Military Service
 "One of seven brothers who served in the Revolutionary War, and his father was recognized by the DAR for performing service through the payment of the supply tax. Perhaps an unparalleled dedication by a single family."

PONTIUS, JOHN SR (DAR) Ancestor #: A090541 (father)

PONTIUS, ANDREW (Pvt.) DAR Ancestor #: A090539
PONTIUS, JOHN HENRY (Lt.) DAR Ancestor #: A090540
PONTIUS, PETER (Pvt.) Ancestor #: A090551
PONTIUS, NICHOLAS (Lt.) DAR Ancestor #: A090548
PONTIUS, JOHN JR (Pvt.) DAR Ancestor #: A090542
PONTIUS, GEORGE (Pvt.) Ancestor #: A090537

PONTIUS, Frederick (Pvt.) (undocumented in DAR)

Military service: Aug 1776, Called to duty and participated in Battle of Long Island.

Peter served as a private in Captain John Lesher's Co. of Col. Patton's Battalion, Berks Co. Militia.  This company was organized out of men from Bethel and Tulpehocken township in the western section of the county of Berks.  He was called to duty in August 1776 and tradition has it they participated in that disastrous Battle of Long Island where the war nearly ended with General Washington's army caught on the end of Long Island.  On August 24, much of the Continental Army travels through Philadelphia on the way to counter British General Howe's invasion.  The battle for Long Island NY begins around Bushwick and Brooklyn on August 27.  American troops charged six times but failed to take control.  The American, with a loss of 1,012 against 392 for the British fell back to the entrenched positions on Brooklyn Heights. Washington recognized the futility of further resistance on Long Island.  On a stormy night of August 29, in the dense fog the Americans entire forces are removed from Long Island by Glover's boatmen with a loss of only three stragglers.

"Peter Pontius lived in Penn Township in 1785. Private in Captain Lesher's Company, Berks County Militia. Pennsylvania Archives 5th series, Volume 5, page 150. Died in Centre Township, March 17, 1835. Snyder County Annals, Volume 1, page 26." (Soldiers of 1776, Data of Revolutionary Soldiers of Snyder County Area by Dr. George S. Moyer and Charles F. Snyder, Snyder County Historical Society, Volume I, page 294)

Peter Pontius and his father Johannes are proven Revolutionary Ancestors in the "Daughters of American Revolution" for Eileen Davis Dawson also for her Mother, Helen Roe Davis.  Peter's father (Johannes 1718-1792) is a proven Civil Service patriot serving as a civil officer in Buffalo Twp of Northumberland Co.  He was appointed an overseer of the poor, with John Clark, in 1776, also was a supervisor in 1778, serving to establish American Independence.

DAR Ancestor #: A090551
Military service: Private, served with CAPT LESHER, COL PATTON,BERKS CO,MIL.
Aug 1776, Called to duty and participated in Battle of Long Island.

Residence &  Occupation
10 Nov 1781, Farmer--Penn twp, Snyder Co., Pa.

Peter and his brother John, Jr. moved from Berks County to Northumberland Co., which later becomes Union than Snyder County

Peter purchased 200 aces of land on 10 November 1781 from John Fike in Penn Township for 50 lbs.  

On July 11, 1800, he purchased another parcel of land, which he paid 129 lbs for.  This also was in Penn Township. 

 "Peter Pontius lived in Penn Township in 1785, and is believed to have been a native of Berks CountyPennsylvania. In 1787, he was assessed with 100 acres and personal property.

 In 1779, a Peter Pontius, single freeman, lived  in Bethel TownshipBerks County, and in the same year, a Peter Pontius, tailor, was assessed in Robeson Township, same county.

 One of these men served in Captain John Lesher's Company, Colonel Patton's Battalion of the Berks County Militia. The Peter of this sketch died in what was then Center Township of Union (now Snyder) County, Pennsylvania, on March 17, 1835." (Dr. Charles A. Fisher, The Snyder County Pioneers; Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, 1938; reprinted for Clearfield Company, Inc. Baltimore, Maryland; page 70)

Death - About 1835
               
Courthouse Lewisburg, PA, Clerks Office; Will Book A, Page 478,
Will of Peter Pontius of Centre Twp., Union Co. PA , in which he names his wife Catherine, his children are named as : Henry, Elizabeth Catharine, Margaret, Peter, Joseph, Rosanna, Anna Maria, Barbara, & George, who is deceased.  The will was written in April 8, 1820, and proved March 17, 1835.

Courthouse, Lewisburg, Pa., Register and Recorder's   Office; Deed Book I, page 63, and 64:
Barbara Aumiller, wife of George Aumiller, formerly Barbara Pontius, of Crawford County, Ohio, names her husband as lawful attorney to recover matters in the estate of her Father, Peter Pontius, and also states George Aumiller was the executor of the last will of her Father, Peter Pontius, late of Union County, PA.  Date of Deed, March 7, 1837  
                               
Deeds in Lewisburg Court House Union County, has Henry Pontius,  Executor,  with Charles Stock, George Aumiller, Elizabeth Schnure, Henry Brouse and Frederick Baus  (Bous) signing off the Deeds  in 1841, 1843 & 1844.  It is presumed these are the son-in-laws of Peter Pontius.


Burial:
Name: Peter Pontius
Cemetery: Globe Mill Cem
Location: Snyder Co PA 71
Reference: Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots, Vol.3, p. Serial: 12978; Volume: 2

NOTE: Memorial marker at FAG #54562475:
Pontius Cemetery
Mifflinburg
Union County
Pennsylvania, USA