Monday, February 17, 2014

Pvt. Peter Pontious 1747-1835

Memorial in Pontius Cemetery
(This is not where he is buried?)


Peter Pontius
Born Oct. 22, 1747
Died Mar. 17, 1835
married in 1773
Anna Catherine 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 
Birth date is given in his baptism record as October 22 1747.  He was baptized 3 days later.

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

Baptism - 
Name John Peter Pontius
Birth Date 22 Oct 1747
Baptism Date 25 Oct 1747
Baptism Place Swatara, Pennsylvania, USA
Parent Johannes Pontius
Sponsor Peter Hoffman and his wife

Source Early Lutheran Baptisms and Marriages in Southeastern Pennsylvania

1753 - Anna Catharine Berger Was Born
Birth: Apr. 29, 1753
Bethel
Berks County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: 1835
Snyder County
Pennsylvania, USA

Daughter of HEINRICH "Henry" BERGER/BURGER Jr 1722 – 1792 (recognized for his Revolutionary war service) and ANNA ROSINA FOHRER 1724 – 1819

Per DAR records, died abt 1835 in Pennsylvania, USA

She was born April 29, 1753. Baptism: Apr 1753, Blue Mountain Church also known as Northkill Church at Straustown, in upper Berks Co., Pa.; Leonard Emerick and wife (Catharine Forer) were the sponsors. 


Children of Peter Pontius and Anna Berger are:
*i. Henry Pontius, born 13 Nov 1773; died 1853 in Snyder Co. PA. He married [female] Brause.
*ii. Elizabeth Pontius, born 19 Feb 1776; died 17 Sep 1852.
iii. Catharine Pontius, born 1778; died 1835. She married Charles Stock.
iv. Margaret Pontius, born 15 Dec 1780; died 1860. Married Henry Brouse
v. Peter Pontius, born 1785; died 1850. He married Margaret Raber. Migrated: Stark Co. OH
vi. Joseph Henry Pontius, born 03 Aug 1787 in Berks Co. PA; died 08 Sep 1845 in Perry Co. PA. Married Elizabeth Bause
vii. Rosanna Pontius.
viii. Anna Marie Pontius.
*ix. Barbara Pontius, born 1794 in Centre Twp. Snyder Co PA; died Abt. 1864 in Elkhart Co. IN. Married George Aumiller
x. George Pontius, born 1788; died 1820.
SOURCE: Research courtesy David Pontius (copied from Find A Grave)

Catherine Berger's Baptism
Name: Anna Catharine Berger
Event: Birth
Birth Place: Berks Co., PA
Church: Blue Mountain Church - Upper Tulpehocken Township
Role: Born
Remark: Apr 29,
Household Members:
Name Role
Anna Catharine Berger Born
Anna Catharine Berger Baptized
Henry Berger Father
Mrs. ??? Emrich Sponsor

Leonard Emrich Sponsor

Bef. 1773 - Peter Pontius Married Catharine Berger
U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
Name John Peter Ponttuis
Gender Male
Birth Place PA
Birth Year 1747
Spouse Name Catherine
Spouse Birth Year 1754
Number Pages 1

On April 27, xxxx, married a Pontius, as stated in the Church record. 

"Peter Pontius was born 22 Oct 1747 in Berks County, PA, and died 17 Mar 1835 in what in now Centre Twp., Snyder County, PA. [Snyder County was formed out of Union County in 1855] He married Anna Catherine Berger in Berks Co. PA, daughter of Henrich Berger and Anna Fohrer. She was born 29 Apr 1753 in Bethel Twp. Berks Co. Pa., and died in Centre Twp., Snyder County, PA." - "Descendants of Peter Pontius" by E. Dawson



1773 - Son Henry Pontius Is Born


Henry PONTIUS 1773 – 1854

1774 - Daughter Rosanna Pontius Is Born
Rosanna PONTIUS 1774 – 

1776 - Daughter Elizabeth Pontius is Born
ELIZABETH PONTIUS 1776 – 1852 [m. John Christian Schnure]


1776- 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.

In the U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970
Name: Peter Pontius
Birth Date: 22 Oct 1747
Birth Place: Tulpehocken, Pennsylvania
Death Date: Mar 1835
Death Place: Centre, Union, Pennsylvania
SAR Membership: 56726
Role: Ancestor
Application Date: 20 Sep 1938
Spouse: Catherine Pontius

Children: Henry Pontius

"Peter Pontius served in the Jersey campaign as a private in the Capt. John Leshers Co, Col John Patton's battalion of Berks County Militia.  He was born 1747.
Source: North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000 for Peter Pontius

D Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Book of the Charter Members of the DAR Vol 030

1779 - Daughter Catharine Pontius is Born
Catherine PONTIUS 1778 – 1835


1779 - Lived in Bethel Twp, Berks County


 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)

1780 - Daughter Margaret Pontius is Born
Margaret and Henry are my 6th great grandparents, more information about them can be found at the link above.


1781 - Farmer in Penn Twp, PA
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.  


1782 - Tax List
 Northumberland Co PA

page 315 Proprietary, Supply, and State Tax Lists of the Counties of Northampton and Northumberland for the Years 1772 to 1787 William Henry Egle W.S. Ray, State Printer of Pennsylvania, 1897 - Taxation - 805 pages




1785 - Son Peter Pontius Jr Is Born
Peter PONTIUS Jr 1785 – 1850

1787 - Son Joseph Henry Pontius Is Born
Joseph Henry PONTIUS 1787 – 1845

1788 - Son George Pontius is Born
George PONTIUS 1788 – 1820

1791 - Daughter Anna Maria Pontius is born
Anna Maria PONTIUS 1791 – 1851

1792 - Catherine (Berger) Pontius is mentioned in her fathers will
" after my Decease the said PETER Berger shall pay to his Sister CATHERINE Ponzius the sum of Twenty five Pounds upon the first of May next, but I authorize my Son PETER Berger to deduct the Book Debt from the first Payment. "

See the entire will on Henry Bergers page here - 
http://heathersgen.blogspot.com/2017/03/henry-berger.html

1794 - Daughter Barbara Pontius is Born



Barbara PONTIUS 1794 – 1867 m. George Aumiller

1800 - Purchased more property in Penn Twp
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 the 1800 Septennial Census for Northumberland County 
there are 4 Pontius families listed:
261 Pontius John
262 Pontius Henry
263 Ponsius Peter
264 Pontius Nicholas


1835 - Peter Died
17 Mar 1835

Sources:
Find A Grave
Tombstone
Memorial Stone
"Descendants of Peter Pontius" by E. Dawson
DAR applications


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

Name: Pvt Peter Pontius
Birth Date: 22 Oct 1747
Birth Place: Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death Date: 17 Mar 1835
Death Place: Union County, Pennsylvania, USA
Cemetery: Globe Mills Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Globe Mills, Snyder County, Pennsylvania, USA
Has Bio?: Y
Spouse: Anna Catherine Pontius
Father: Johannes Pontius
Mother: Catherine Pontius
Children: Margaret Brouse 
Elizabeth Schnure 
Barbara Aumiller 
Joseph Henry Pontius 
Peter Pontius 

Henry Pontius

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

Name: John Peter "peter" Pontius
Birth Date: 22 Oct 1747
Age at Death: 87
Death Date: 17 Mar 1835

Burial Place: Mifflinburg, Union County, Pennsylvania, USA




Source: Find a Grave Entry referring to Memorial Marker ONLY, not his actual burial.NOTE: THIS IS A MEMORIAL MARKER in the Pontius Cemetery; not the actual burial Inscription: In memory of/ Catherine/ wife of/ John Peter Pontius/ A Revolutionary/ War Soldier





Probate:
               
Courthouse LewisburgPA, 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, LewisburgPa., Register and Recorder's   Office; Deed Book I, page 63, and 64:
Barbara Aumiller, wife of George Aumiller, formerly Barbara Pontius, of Crawford CountyOhio, 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 CountyPA.  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.


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Biography of John Peter Pontius
From "Descendants of Peter Pontius" by E. Dawson


Peter Pontius was born 22 Oct 1747 in Berks County, PA, and died 17 Mar 1835 in what in now Centre Twp., Snyder County, PA. [Snyder County was formed out of Union County in 1855] He married Anna Catherine Berger in Berks Co. PA, daughter of Henrich Berger and Anna Fohrer. She was born 29 Apr 1753 in Bethel Twp. Berks Co. Pa., and died in Centre Twp., Snyder County, PA.

Peter was born and raised in Tulpehocken Valley of Berks County. He was baptised on 25 Oct 1747, Berks County, Pa., and later 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 in Northumberland County, which is now Union County Pa. Then at a later date the brothers, Peter and John Jr. also moved to Northumberland Co, which became Union Co. and later Snyder County. Peter Pontius lived in Penn Township in 1785. In 1787, he was assessed with 100 acres and personal property.

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 27, 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.

"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)

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.

Burial:
Pontius Cemetery
Mifflinburg
Union County
Pennsylvania, USA


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Research:

http://pontiusgenealogy.com/

Not the right family?  There is another Peter Pontius, and I don't see any of the other children in these records -

Name: John Willhelm Pontius
Event: Birth
Birth Date: 17 Jan 1784
Birth Place: Berks Co., PA
Church: Atolheo Altalaha Lutheran Church
Role: Born
Household Members:
Name Role
Catharina Pontius Mother
Joh. Nicolas Pontius Sponsor
John Willhelm Pontius Born
John Willhelm Pontius Baptized
Margretha Pontius Sponsor
Peter Pontius Fathe



1. From Research Files of Jason Pontius, Pontius Genealogy, (Feb 2002), "Electronic."
2. Church records, Blue Mountain Reformed Church record-Strausstown, Berks Co. PA, Marriage records on
Microfilm.
3. Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Patriot Index, (1966).
4. From Research Files of Jason Pontius, Pontius Genealogy, (Feb 2002), "Electronic."
5. By Charles A. Fisher, Early Pa. Births, Page 98. By Charles A. Fisher.
6. Courthouse Records, Union Co. Pa Deed record. Copied by Eileen Davis Dawson
7. National Archives, Record Group 93 M246, Revolutionary War Service Records, (Ancestry, Inc., 1999).
8. Research Files, E. Dawson, Wills- Elkhart Co.
9. Research Files of Eileen Davis Dawson, Land records Elkhart Co. & Adams Co. IN.
10. Photo copies in possession Eileen Dawson, Land record Crawford Co. OH.
11. Copied by E.Dawson, U.S.Census Returns for Crawford Co. OH.
12. Copied by E.Dawson, U.S.Census Returns For Elkhart & Adams Co. IN.
13. Census Records.
14. Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Patriot Index, (1966).
15. Eileen Davis Dawson, Land Records of Northumberland Co. PA.
16. Lewisburg, Union Co. Pa Deed record.
17. Marriage Records Adams Co. IN, Clerks Office.
18. National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage, (various
by volume (1-152) to 1938, NSDAR, 1776 D. Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006-5392).
19. Photo copies in possession Eileen Dawson, Land record Crawford Co. OH.
20. Indiana Works Progress Administration, Index to Marriage Records, Indiana, (1938-1940).
21. Research Files of Eileen Davis Dawson, Land records Elkhart Co. & Adams Co. IN.
22. Various, "Newspaper or Periodical Article," Various.
23. Decatur Daily Democrat, "Obituaries."
24. Copied by E.Dawson, U.S.Census Returns For Elkhart & Adams Co. IN.
25. Research Files, E. Dawson, Wills- Elkhart Co.
26. Copied by E.Dawson, U.S.Census Returns for Crawford Co. OH.
27. Marriage Records Adams Co. IN, Clerks Office, Marriage returns & Applications for Marriage showing parents
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