Family Data Collection - Births about Peter Pontius
Name: Peter Pontius
Father: Johannes Pontius
Mother: Anna Catherine Zeller
Birth Date: 1747
"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."
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.