Monday, February 17, 2014

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

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.

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
Union County
Pennsylvania, USA

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