Friday, May 4, 2012

Martin Zettlemoyer 1757-1845

Our Zettelmoyer Line

I've downloaded the 19 page pension file for Martin, and will transcribe it when I have time.

Martin Zettlemoyer
son of John Jacob & Anna Margaretha Barbara (Eichenlauber) Zettlemoyer
Born 1757
Died 1845


Jacob Zettlemeyer 1774 –
Jacob Zettlemeyer 1774 –
Martin Zettlemoyer 1776 – 1886
Magnaline Zettlemoyer 1777 – 1876
Magdalena Zettlemeyer 1777 – 1833
John Zettlemoyer 1787 – 1857
Maria Christina Zettlemoyer 1789 –
Peter Zettlemoyer 1792 – 1876
Catherine Zettlemoyer 1793 – 1864


Pennsylvania, Tax and Exoneration, 1768-1801 about Martine Zettlemoyer
Name: Martine Zettlemoyer
Year: 1779
Town or Ward: Albany
County: Berks
Archive Rollname: 316


Name: Martin Zettlemoyer

Pension Year: 1844
Application State: Pennsylvania
Applicant Designation: Survivor's Pension Application File
Archive Publication Number: M804
Archive Roll Number: 2668
Total Pages in Packet: 21

U.S. Pensioners, 1818-1872 about Martin Zettlemoyer
Name: Martin Zettlemoyer
Pension Office City/Town: Philadelphia
Pension Office State: Pennsylvania
Year Range: 1831-1848


Wills always amuse me.  Particularly old wills.  This one was important because I am trying to make sure John really is the son of Martin.  There IS a John mentioned in this will.  He was bequeathed $4.  The maid was bequeathed $500, most of the others mentioned received $50 or $100.  But some of the grandchildren...  "then I bequeath to my daughter Magdalena's Children the sum of twenty five cents."  Uhm...  I know money used to be worth more, but a quarter?  Did they have to split it, or was that a quarter for each of them?  :-)

"Then I bequeath to my son John the sum of four dollars. "

Because the will mentions a son John, and a grandson John "son of my son Martin Zettlemoyer", I want to verify that John (who was bequeathed $4) is the father of "our" son John, and not the uncle...  I also want to get a photo of this will.  It was written in German.  

From Berks County Will Book 9, Page 54:
Will of Martin Zettlemeyer, 1844, Berks Co PA
In the name of God Amen. I the undersigned Martin Zettlemeyer of Greenwich township Berks County and State of Pennsylvania, although I find myself in good health, but yet considering that it is appointed for all Men once to die, and that it is uncertain when our Creator shall call us out of this world, Make and declare herewith this presents (because I am yet of sound mind memory & Judgment, for which I heartily thank God) to be my last Will and Testament, namely, First I commend my immortal soul unto the hands of my God to his eternal mercy, and my Body to the Earth, which my hereafter named Executor shall bury in a Christian manner, as it will seem right to them, and as touching my Worldly Estate consisting in a Farm, situate in Greenwich township Berks County and different kinds of moveable goods, all of which shall be sold by my Executor after my decease and converted into money; Then I bequeath of the money realized, to my Maid Hannah Barrel, the sum of five hundred, 500, dollars, which sum must be paid in advance. To my Daughter Catharine, intermarried to Peter Schmid, she shall have the sum of five hundred pounds, as my other daughters have also received, but the money for which receipts are here, and have inherited of me, shall be deducted from her, namely, of the five hundred pounds. Then I bequeath to Joseph Miller the um of one hundred, 100, dollars. 
Then I bequeath to John Zettlemeyer, son of my son Martin, the sum of fifty 50 dollars. Then I bequeath to my daughter Christina intermarried to John Frey the sum of one hundred dollars, then I bequeath to my daughter Magdalena's Children the sum of twenty five cents. __Then I bequeath to my son John the sum of four dollars. __Further, all the receipts that I have received of my children for money that I gave them, shall be considered as Legacy, and if any thing remains when the before mentioned sums are paid, the residue shall be given to my son Peter and to my daughter Catherine intermarried to Peter Schmid, in equal shares. __And lastly I nominate hereby Peter Klein Esqr. to be my Executor of this my last Will and Testament, and revoke every other heretofore my me made last Will and Testament and declare this, consisting of a Sheet of paper. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, thus done in Greenwich township on the twenty eighth day of June one thousand eight hundred and forty four, 1844. ___
Signed and declared as the last )
Will and Testament of the ) Martin X Zettlemeyer (L.S.)
undersigned Martin Zettlemeyer )
in presence of us. )
s/ Daniel Dressler
s/ Henry Reitz
Translation of the German Will of Martin Zettlemyer decd. By Michael Kraemer Depy. Regr.
Event: Settlement of Martin Zettlemeyer Estate 6 Apr 1849 , Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA

On 6 Apr 1849 Peter Kline filed an account of the estate of Martin Zettlemeyer, who died in 1844 in Berks County, that indicated a value of $362.08. Shortly thereafter he filed a list of disbursements to these heirs:
John Zettlemoyer, grandson
Christina Zettlemoyer, wife of John Frey
John Zettlemoyer (son of Martin Zettlemoyer)
John Riegle, son of Magdalena, daughter of Martin Zettlemoyer
Michael Riegle, son of Magdalena, daughter of Martin Zettlemoyer
Daniel Riegle, son of Magdalena, daughter of Martin Zettlemoyer
Jacob Riegle, son of Magdalena, daughter of Martin Zettlemoyer
George Riegle, son of Magdalena, daughter of Martin Zettlemoyer
Magdalena Riegle, daughter of Magdalena, daughter of Martin Zettlemoyer
Rebecca Riegle, daughter of Magdalena, daughter of Martin Zettlemoyer
Elizabeth Riegle, daughter of Magdalena, daughter of Martin Zettlemoyer
Peter and Catherine, intermarried with P. Smith


St. Paul's (Smoke) Church records suggest that Johann Martin Zettelmeyer was born in Berks Co PA in the year 1757. He was baptised 27 Jun 1757 at Smoke Church by Rev. Daniel Schumacher. The sponsors were Johann Martin and Elisabeth Catharina Rausch.

 In January 1844 Martin filed his application for a Revolutionary War pension in which he stated that on 22 Apr 1844 he would be age 90. That would establish 1754 as his year of birth. However, the church record was contemporaneous with the event and should be more credible, so we may accept that his date of birth was 22 Apr 1757. Martin died on 16 May 1845. It is possible that he was three years old when he was baptized, but that is unlikely. Baptisms normally occurred within a few days or a few weeks after the child was born.

An examination of census information may be of help. Martin was listed in Berks Co PA censuses as follows:

YEAR TWP NAME INFORMATION 1790 Windsor Martin Zettlemeyer 1 M 16 or over, 3 M <16, 5 F 1800 Greenwich Martin Zettlemyer 1 M <10, 1 M 10-16, 1 M 16-26, 1 M 45+ 1 F <10, 1 F 10-16, 1 F 45+ 1810 Greenwich Martin Zettlemyer 1 M 10-16, 2 M 16-26, 1 M 45+ 1 F 16-26, 1 F 45+ 1820 Greenwich Martin Zettlemyer 1 M 45+ 1 F 10-16, 1 F 45+ 1830 Greenwich Martin Zettlemyer 1 M 5-10, 1 M 60-70 1 F 20-30 1840 Greenwich Martin Zettlemoyer 1 M 15-20, 1 M 80-90 1 F <5, 1 F 20-30
The 1830 listing is apparently for this individual, but his age is wrong. In order to get a better idea of his year of birth, only the 1800 and 1840 censuses give much assistance. According to the 1800 census he was born by 1755. The 1840 census indicates that he was born between 1750 and 1760. Just as with his brother George Adam, taken together these censuses suggest that he was born between 1750 and 1755.

Martin was listed as a taxable in Berks Co PA for the years 1779, 1780, 1781, and 1784. He was listed in Albany Township in 1779 but in Windsor Township thereafter. These were two original townships when Berks County was established in 1752; Greenwich Township was created in 1755 from Albany. In his Revolutionary War record Martin stated that he had lived his entire life in Windsor Township, having been born no more than one-half mile away from where he resided in 1844. Yet except for the 1790 census he was consistently listed in Greenwich Township in the censuses. And when he made his will in 1844 he gave Greenwich Township as his place of residence.

Martin was the sponsor for the 9 Nov 1776 baptism of Martin Zetelmayer or Settlemire, the son of his brother Adam. Martin and his wife Margaret (surname unknown) were the sponsors for the baptism of Martin Zettelmeyer, son of George Adam and Christina Zettelmeyer (his brother and sister-in-law), on 2 May 1790. They were the sponsors for the baptism of their grandson Michael, son of Michael and Magdaline Riegel, on 13 Jul 1804. Finally on 23 Sep 1812 they were the sponsors for their grandson Jeremias, son of Johannes ZettelMayer Jr. These baptisms are recorded at St. Paul's (Smoke) Church.

Martin's wife was named Margaret (surname unknown). Martin's estate record helps to identify his descendants. He and Margaret had at least the following seven children:

Jacob Zettelmeyer—he was born between 1774 and 1784 according to the 1790 census information. He was confirmed on Easter Sunday 1795 in the St. Paul's (Smoke) Church. There does not seem to be further information about him and he was not listed in his father's will or in the distribution of the estate. Apparently he died at a relatively young age.
Martin Zettelmeyer
Maria Magdalena Zettelmeyer
John Zettelmeyer
Maria Christina Zettelmeyer
Peter Zettelmeyer
Catherine Zettelmeyer
NOTE:  The above information came from a RootsWeb entry I (David Briggs) found on 10/14/2011.  You will note that in 1790, there were 5 females listed in the home.  Counting one as his wife, then only 3 of the 4 daughters are listed above.  I contend that due to the time and proximity of the Martin Zettlemeyer and Andreas Riegel homes, that the 4th daughter was one Elizabeth Zettelmeyer, born in about 1781, and married to nearby John George Riegel.  Note that "another" daughter, Maria Magdaline, was married to Michael Riegel...perhaps another son of Andreas.  As of this writing, there is still no concrete evidence - only circumstantial.  


(none of the below is documentation of where he served, just notes based on statements he made.  I can find no record that places him anywhere in the war, other then the Pension claim that he made, and received, when he was almost 9o years old) 

"First I was drafted for two months and served under the following officers Captain Jacob Latta and Colonel Baltzer Gehre, we marched to Amboy New Jersey when the british were on long Island, I served out them two months. I think it was in the summer time. It was so long ago I can not give you the dates."

On 22 August the Hessians and British were embarked on ships and on the 24th the at 10 a.m. the 22,000 troops landed on Long Island and moved through New Utrecht to Flatbush. 

On the 15th of September, British troops from Long Island, crossed the East River and routed the American force at Kip’s Bay (presently 34th Street). Washington’s moved his troops to northwestern Manhattan (present day Columbia University). A small force of British and Hessians were involved in a small skirmish at Harlem Heights, the Americans held their position.

 So perhaps August and September of 1776? 

"Second tour of two Months I was drafted for in the following winter under the same officers and was at Bordentown New Jersey. I served out them two months (except Jacob Shappel in place of Jacob Latta)."

(I'm not really sure WHEN Martin would have been here - maybe the winter of 1777?  The winter following - is that the same year, or the next year?  And I am only guessing that his first service was August and Sept 1776, I cannot yet find records of the Col or Capt he mentions.)

1775-1782 – Revolutionary War.  Bordentown was a hotbed of revolutionary fervor with men such as Francis Hopkinson (a signer of the Declaration of Independence), Colonel Kirkbride, Colonel Hoagland, and Thomas Paine. 

1776 – in retaliation for Bordentown’s support of the war, Hessian soldiers under Count Carl Von Donop occupied the town.
between 1777 and 1778 – Thomas Paine lived in Bordentown. He was a close and highly regarded friend of Col. Kirkbride, who lived there. Kirkbride’s first house, Bellevue (in Bucks County, PA), was burned down by the British. Colonel Kirkbride had moved to Bordentown, N. J., and lived at Hill Top, now part of a female college. Colonel Kirkbride built his mansion New Bellevue high up on that portion of Main Street called "Hill-Top." The New Bellevue was much grander than the original Bellevue across the Delaware River.
Paine put most of his savings in a little house (on two tenths of an acre) so as to be near his Col. Kirkbride. Both men were Quakers, together they had helped frame the democratic Constitution of Pennsylvania (1776), had fought side by side, and both had scientific tastes. Paine came to consider Bordentown his home. Bordentown was the only place where he purchased property (a little house on Church Street).

"Third time I was drafted I think was about six months after the time I was discharged the second time; was drafted for two months and served out that tour under Lieutenant George Rappe Captain Jacob Roudermel and Colonel Michael Lindermude, at white Marsh Pennsylvania, Jacob Roudermel I esteemed more than any other officer that I met with on duty."

Capt. Jacob Rodarmel was Capt in the 3rd Co, Second Battilion, Berks Co. 1777
He's also listed in the PA Archives in Capt. John Meyers Company.  A Martin "Barkhymer" is listed on the same page.  No Zettlemoyers, but is it possible the spelling is that off? 
Battle of whitemarsh view.jpg

The Battle of White Marsh was a battle of the Philadelphia campaign of the American Revolutionary Warfought December 5–8, 1777, in the area surrounding White MarshPennsylvania. The battle, which took the form of a series of skirmish actions, was the last major engagement of 1777 between British and Americanforces.

No connection - just another account of going to WhiteMarsh for two months, from another soldiers pension claim - "The said Zachariah Closen further says - Same time in the fall of 1777 he was drafted from Hatfield township aforesaid as a private in a company of militia commandeered by Captain Daniel Bloom of Colonel Bull's regiment. The company marched to Whitemarsh township in the County of Montgomery aforesaid where it encamped. The British were quartered in and about Phil'a. During this time he and about forty others commanded by Capt. Bloom went on a scouring expedition they marched towards Phil'a city until they came to the Robin Hood Tavern. There they saw two American horsemen coming at full speed and about twenty Hessian Cavalry in pursuit of them. When the Hessians saw Captain Bloom's company they halted, several shots were exchanged. This deponent fired five times at them. He is unable to say whether any of the shots fired by Captain Bloom's men took effect or not but he thinks it probable they did from the apparent bustle among the Hessians. They retreated and Capt. Bloom's Company marched across to Germantown and from there to their quarters in Whitemarsh. Sometime in the winter of 1778 the company was discharged and the deponent returned home. This was also called a two month tour.

"Fourth time, I was drafted for two months and served under Lieut George Rappe and Colonel Michael Lindermude in Philadelphia and about five weeks of that time I with the other soldiers had our quarters in a cellar, after the expiration of those five weeks, I with the rest of our company were discharged. I went home, for this five weeks, I never received any pay."

George Rapp, enlisted 5 May 1778. 1820 declaration: " ... in the spring 
preceding the battle of Monmouth he was raised as a Class Man for nine months 
... he was discharged at Mombackus in Ulster County ... in the month of March in 
the year [1779]" In another declaration he stated that "he was in the battle of 
Monmouth being in the detachment commanded by General Lee" 

"Fifth and last time, I was drafted, was for two months, marched to Reading Pennsylvania under Sergeant John Dunkelberger after laying there three weeks was again discharged, and not called for again"

Where I did not find him listed: (and this may be because he only served 5wks - 2months at a time?)

Not in the Revolutionary War File Card File Indexes at PA Archives

(I looked under S too - not there either)
Not in Remonstrance of Inhabitants of Berks County from the "Memorials Against Calling a Revolution" in the Pennsylvania Archives, although Balzer Gehr, whom he mentions serving under, is.   (this is an interesting read!)

Not in the Berks Co Militia

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