I've downloaded the 19 page pension file for Martin, and will transcribe it when I have time.
son of John Jacob & Anna Margaretha Barbara (Eichenlauber) Zettlemoyer
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
Town or Ward: Albany
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
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.
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.
Maria Magdalena Zettelmeyer
Maria Christina 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)
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.
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."
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 " In another declaration he stated that "he was in the battle of Monmouth being in the detachment commanded by General Lee"
(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!)