Son of Jacques & Clothilde (de Valois de Reni) Zeller
Hartman (The Rev. Mr. Stapleton gives this name as Martin)
Maria Zeller married Saltztius
Barbara (or Barbaralis) married Lerew
Anna Catherine Zeller married John Pontius
Anna Elizabeth Zeller married Battorf.
He was likely the brother of Johannes Zeller, who arrived with him.
"The other Zeller immigrant Johan Zeller, was said to be the brother of Johan Heinrich, but there is no proof of this. However, it is my opinion that they probably were brothers, as they seemed to be doing pretty much the same things at the same time and always lived fairly close to one another. Furthermore, Johan named Heinrich a co-administrator of his will, along with his son, so it seems likely there was a close family relationship. Johan Zeller was closely associated with the widow Anna Potterf. Often on various documents their households were combined. This leads one to believe that Johan was probably married to Anna's daughter. If indeed there was a matriarchal figure in the Zeller family it was probably Anna Potterf rather than Chlotilde De Valois." - Zeller Family Newsletter
The first evidence we find of his existence is the receiving list at St. Catherines Parish in London of June 2 1709 which lists him as single, 30 years of age and a cooper (barrel maker) and does not indicate any children. His religion was Reformed. This would make his birth-date about 1680. However we find out later that he has a daughter who was born in Etzbach Germany so 1675 seems to be a more appropriate birth-date. His apparent brother John Zeller was listed as age 23, single, no dependents and his religious preference was Lutheran. Heinrich's death has been given as Jan 04 1756 in Tulpehocken, Berks Co PA. " - From the Zellers Family Newsletter
The Zellers were french huegenots, forced to free France due to religious persecution, according to many sources.
But again, the Zeller Family Newsletter disagrees and offers this history instead:
"It turns out that the Zeller family and other of our associated families (Walborns, Potterfs/ Batdorfs) were part of a large group of Germans who lived in the Palatinate during the last half of the 17th century. As a result of the Thirty Years War and other conflicts living conditions were very bad for the German common people. The winter of 1708-09 was especially severe. Livestock froze to death, grapevines were killed.There was great familine and suffering among the people. Queen Anne of England sent representatives up and down the Rhine with so called " Golden Books" describing the wonderful opportunities in the "New World". She was eager to get people to go to America to settle the land that the English had claimed in what became New York. The poverty inflicted Germans flocked to London in huge numbers where they became a terrible drag on the English economy.
After a few years of this unsatisfactory life many of the German settlers moved the area of Schoharie NY where they took up land that had been given by the Indians for these people to live on. The two Zellers families among those who moved to Schoharie, but even then the Dutch had already laid claim to the land and finally Governor Keith of Pennsylvania offered them the opportunity to settle in the area along the blue mountains that eventually became Berks Co and the Tulpehocken area.
Fortunately for our research there were records kept on these people which are now available. They included registration lists in Britain, Gov. Hunter's provision lists and the church records of the Reverend Joshua Kocherthal, letters and official documents and others so we are able to piece together quite a bit of documentary information about the Zeller families. Of course these records, like census and other old records having been recorded by human beings do not always agree in every respect. "
The Zeller newsletter explains -
" Johan and Henry both served in the so- called Canadian Expedition of 1711. This was during the War between England and the French for the territory in Canada. A request for 300 volunteers went out and men of Livingstone manor willingly and cheerfully volunteered for an expedition to capture Quebec. The whole thing was poorly planned and ended in a disaster.
"Henrich's wife was said to be Anna Maria Von Briegal and to have been married in Holland. However none of the early records show him having a wife so I think he may have come to America as a widower with one daughter. It seems most likely that he married- Anna Maria Briegel after arriving in America. A George Briegel was in this group of Palatines and it seems likely that Anna Maria was his daughter or possibly sister. But no proof exists and very little is known about George Briegal except that there was also a George Briegal in the Tulpehocken area. " - From the Zeller Family Newsletter
Another source says one of Clothilde's sons married in Holland -
The following is taken from a chapter in the book entitled Notable Women of Pennsylvania, edited by Gertrude Biddle and Sarah Lowrie (Philadelphia, 1942) and is from a short biography of a French woman named Clothilde de Valois:
"Shortly after their son’s marriage in Holland the Zeller’s journeyed to England and the Lady Clothilde, as she was recorded there, place herself, her children, and husband under the protection of Queen Anne, who made them welcome not only in England but, should they choose, in her colonies across the sea. With many of their race and a considerable number of their own class and position, they gladly accepted the chance to begin again in a new world. Clothilde at this time was the sole head of her family, her husband having died, either in London or before their ship arrived at New York in June 1710."
ANNA CATHRINA ZELLER, born ca. 1722; died after 8 DEC 1771; married by the Rev. Stoever 14 JAN 1743, JOHN PONTIUS, born ca. 1718; died after 1790 in Northumberland (now Union) County.44 He had arrived at Philadelphia on the Ship Glascow, qualifying 9 SEP 1738, aged 20.45 He settled in Tulpehocken Township where in 1768 he was rated on 100 acres of land. He appears to have removed to Buffalo Township, Northumberland County, after 1772, when he was a party to the division of his father-in-law's estate, and before 1778.46 Three children were baptized by Stoever: JOHANN HEINRICH PONTIUS, 1 APR 1744, sponsors Heinrich Zoeller and wife; JOHN PETER PONTIUS, 25 OCT 1747; JOHANNES PONTIUS, 18 AUG 1751. On Whitsunday, 1765, his sons ANDREAS, JOHN PETER, and JOHN NICHOLAS PONTIUS were communicants at Host Reformed Church, and at Christmas, 1769, JOHANNES, JOHN GEORGE, and ANNA MARIA PONTIUS, his sons and daughters, communed at the same Church.
Name: John Henry Zeller
Probate Date: 1756
Probate Place: Berks, Pennsylvania, USA
Inferred Death Year: Abt 1756
Inferred Death Place: Pennsylvania, USA
Item Description: Probate Estate Files, Wert, Christina-Zwerentz, Ludwig, 1752-1799
In the name of God Amen!
The Third day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty four, I Johan Henrich Zeller of Tulpehoken in the County of Berks yeoman, calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, but being yet of Perfect mind and memory fo therefor ordain this my las will and testament, that is to say. Principally & first of all I give and recommend my soul in the hands of God that gave it and for my body. I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a Christian like and decent manner at the discretion of my herein mentioned executors, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mightly hand of God and as touching such worldly state wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, devise, and dispose of the same in the following manner set for, that is to say -
First I give and Bequeath to my son Johan George Zeller, and to his Heirs and asigns for ever my plantation whereon I know live, and all my real and irrevocable estate. the Dowry due to my loving wide Anna Maria excepted and upon condition that he my said son Johan George Zeller his heirs and assigns, shall pay unto my herein mentioned executors the sum of two hundered and fifty pounds current money of Pennsylvania in manner and form following. That is toe say forty pounds part thereof for my son Johan Heinrich Zeller Junion. Within four months after my decease, Item forty pounds for my son Johan David Zeller also within four months after my decease, nevertheless if my son John George will keep and maintain his said brethren during their life time. they being simple in victuals and drink. washing and lodging handsomely and to the satisfaction of thier guardian herein mentioned he shall not be obliged to pay any thing for them as long as he keeps them so, and after ????? the said Johan Heinrichs or Johan Favid decease he my said son Johan George shall be requited for the sum given to them by me as aforesaid and shall never pay them, otherwise if he don't keep them so as aforesaid he shall pay such sums for their use and maintenance and what is left after their decease shall be equally divided among and between all my children or their representative. The remainder sum of one hundred and seventy pounds shall be equally divided between the rest of my children or their representatives to wit: Hartman Zeller, John Zeller, Anna Maria Saltzgeber, Barbaralis Lerew, Catrina Pontious, and Anna Elisabeth Battorff, and for the payment of the said sum of one hundred and seventy pounds he shall have a years time after my deceased, provided he doed not offer to sell his land herein bequeathed to him, if so then he shall give security for hte payment of the whole sum of two hundred and fifty pounds before mentioned. As to my moveables I give and bequeath them to my before named loving wife Anna Maria, and what is left after her decease shall be equally divided between my before named nine children or to thier representatives.
Item, I ordain and nominate my son John Zeller and Leonhard Anspach my son in law executors of this my last will and testament, and I do hereby disallow and revoke all and every other former testaments, wills, legacies and executors by me in any way before this time named, willed, and bequeathed. Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have here unto my hand seal the day and year first above written
Be it remembered that I do appoint the aforesaid John Zeller and Leonhard Anspach to guardian said sons John Heinrich and John David who being not able to care for themselves because of their simplicity, until an orphans court in this county shall see cause to appoint others.
Various dates may be confusing because prior to 1752, the English used the Julian calendar and the Germans used the Georgian (Gregorian) calendar. So some dates may be shown as month, day, year/year. Anna Maria Catharina Zeller's death is sometimes shown as January 14, 1748/1749. That is because under the (old) Julian calendar, the new year did not begin until March 25th. So her death on January 14th was considerd as being in 1748
under English records. However, her death date is recorded in church records as January 14th, 1749, because church records used the Georgian calendar. Today we use the Georgian (Gregorian) calendar.