Hephzibah Sawyer1

F, b. 31 October 1708, d. 1797
FatherCaleb Sawyer1 b. 20 Apr 1659, d. 12 Feb 1755
MotherSarah Houghton1 b. 17 Feb 1662, d. 15 Nov 1751
     Hephzibah Sawyer was born on 31 October 1708 at Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.1 She and Jabez Fairbanks McMartin Family history has Hephzibah Sawyer first married Jabez Fairbanks. She would have been only 10 (unless date of birth is pushed back) and much older than her husband. Also her marriage to William Whitcomb (in Lancaster records) lists her with her maiden name (not usual if she had been married before). on 28 January 1718.2 She married William Whitcomb at Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, on 25 February 1730.1 As of 25 February 1730,her married name was Whitcomb.1 Hephzibah Sawyer died in 1797 at Harvard, Worcester County, Massachusetts.1

Family

William Whitcomb b. 1710, d. 6 Apr 1742
Child

Citations

  1. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.
  2. [S398] Douglas McMartin, Jan 03; Nov 03.

Benjamin Ketcham1

M, b. April 1715, d. 18 July 1816
FatherEphraim Ketcham1 b. 4 Feb 1685, d. bt 8 Aug 1745 - 27 Jan 1746
MotherMary Youngs1 b. 1689, d. bt 1746 - 1778
     Benjamin Ketcham was born in April 1715 at Huntington, Suffolk County, New York.1 Benjamin Ketcham was also known as Benjamin Ketchum.2 He married Elizabeth "Betsey" Sprague at Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, in 1736.3 Benjamin Ketcham lived; NY.1 He was taxed not in 1753 tax list, so perhaps moved to Dutchess County in 1754? In 1754 at Crum Elbow, Town of Amenia, Dutchess County, New York.4 Benjamin was listed as the head of a family on the 1810 Census at Onondaga County, New York, Benj Ketchum [sic] 1 male over 45, 1 female over 45

I am assuming this is the grandfather and not Benjamin (who lived in Easton Washington County) because I do not believe Benjamin the son ever lived in Onondaga County..5 He died on 18 July 1816 at Onondaga County, New York, at age 101.1 He and Elizabeth "Betsey" Sprague 'The Herkimer American newspaper of Aug. 15, 1816, says that 'Benjamin Ketcham died at Onondaga, 18 July, 1816, aged 101, and Betsey had died 19 Feb., aged 102, and they had lived together for 80 years. If so, he was born 1715 (not April, 1716)'-- Marianne Ketcham, May, 1972. DAR Patriot Index. Benjamin b 4 _ 1716; d 10 _ 1817; m Elizabeth Sprague. Private from NY; also in Stork, "Ketcham Kables", vol. 2, p. 13 on 15 August 1816.1,3

Family

Elizabeth "Betsey" Sprague b. 1714, d. 19 Feb 1816
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.
  2. [S419] Clark T. Kenyon, May 2003.
  3. [S276] John M. Ketcham, July 2004; uploaded Sept 2000.
  4. [S420] Dutchess County NY Tax Rolls, http://www.ajcockrell.com/census/ameniany/…
  5. [S64] 1810 US Census, online www.ancestry.com, Name: Kinyon, John
    Township: Not Stated
    County: Onondaga
    State: New York
    Year: 1810
    Roll: M252_34
    Page: 6
    Image: 6.

Elizabeth "Betsey" Sprague1

F, b. 1714, d. 19 February 1816
     Elizabeth "Betsey" Sprague was also known as Elizabeth Betsey Sprague.1 She was born in 1714 at New York.1 Elizabeth "Betsey" Sprague was also known as Elizabeth (Sprague) Ketchum.2 She married Benjamin Ketcham at Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, in 1736.3 As of 1736,her married name was Ketcham.1 Elizabeth "Betsey" Sprague lived; N.Y.1 She died on 19 February 1816 at Onondaga County, New York.1 She and Benjamin Ketcham 'The Herkimer American newspaper of Aug. 15, 1816, says that 'Benjamin Ketcham died at Onondaga, 18 July, 1816, aged 101, and Betsey had died 19 Feb., aged 102, and they had lived together for 80 years. If so, he was born 1715 (not April, 1716)'-- Marianne Ketcham, May, 1972. DAR Patriot Index. Benjamin b 4 _ 1716; d 10 _ 1817; m Elizabeth Sprague. Private from NY; also in Stork, "Ketcham Kables", vol. 2, p. 13 on 15 August 1816.1,3

Family

Benjamin Ketcham b. Apr 1715, d. 18 Jul 1816
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.
  2. [S419] Clark T. Kenyon, May 2003.
  3. [S276] John M. Ketcham, July 2004; uploaded Sept 2000.

James Rathbun1

M, b. 10 April 1707, d. November 1764
FatherSamuel Rathbun Sr1 b. 3 Aug 1672, d. 24 Jan 1757
MotherPatience Throckmorton-Coggeshall1 b. 13 Aug 1669, d. 3 Aug 1747
     James Rathbun was born on 10 April 1707 at Block Island, Newport County, Rhode Island.1 James Rathbun was also known as James Rathbone.2 He married Mary Downing at Block Island, Newport County, Rhode Island, on 7 April 1732.1 James Rathbun died in November 1764 at Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut, at age 57.1

Family

Mary Downing b. c 1712, d. bt 1746 - 1786
Child

Citations

  1. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.
  2. [S712] Barbara Bartholomew, Dec 2004; uploaded May 2004.

Mary Downing1

F, b. circa 1712, d. between 1746 and 1786
     Mary Downing was born circa 1712 at Block Island, Newport County, Rhode Island.1 She married James Rathbun at Block Island, Newport County, Rhode Island, on 7 April 1732.1 As of 7 April 1732,her married name was Rathbun.1 Mary Downing died between 1746 and 1786 at Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut.1

Family

James Rathbun b. 10 Apr 1707, d. Nov 1764
Child

Citations

  1. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.

Jacobus Ostrander1

M, b. 18 November 1716, d. 1783
FatherArent Ostrander1 b. 5 Oct 1684, d. 27 Jun 1742
MotherGertruy Maasen Van Bloemendaal1 b. 22 Jan 1689, d. bt 1736 - 1750
     Jacobus Ostrander was born on 18 November 1716 at Hurley, Ulster County, New York.1 He married Margrietje Heermanse at Rhinebeck Flats RDC, Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, New York, on 29 September 1739.1 Jacobus Ostrander 18 Nov 1716, Kingston DC.1 He died in 1783 at Ghent, Columbia County, New York.1,2

Family

Margrietje Heermanse b. 25 Dec 1715, d. bt 1747 - 1787
Child

Citations

  1. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.
  2. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Fargo Family Tree.

Margrietje Heermanse1

F, b. 25 December 1715, d. between 1747 and 1787
FatherHendrickus Heermanse1 b. c 1685, d. bt 1720 - 1750
MotherAnnatje Van Wageman1 b. c 1690, d. bt 1720 - 1750
     Margrietje Heermanse was born on 25 December 1715 at Kingston DC, Kingston, Ulster County, New York.1 She was 12 known children.1 She married Jacobus Ostrander at Rhinebeck Flats RDC, Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, New York, on 29 September 1739.1 As of 29 September 1739,her married name was Ostrander.1 Margrietje Heermanse died between 1747 and 1787 at New York.1

Family

Jacobus Ostrander b. 18 Nov 1716, d. 1783
Child

Citations

  1. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.

Henrich Graet1

M, b. circa 1720, d. between 1751 and 1791
     Henrich Graet was born circa 1720 at New York.1 He married Maria Catherina Dieterich at New York circa 1745.1 Henrich Graet died between 1751 and 1791 at New York.1

Family

Maria Catherina Dieterich b. c 1715, d. bt 1751 - 1791
Child

Citations

  1. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.

Maria Catherina Dieterich1

F, b. circa 1715, d. between 1751 and 1791
     Maria Catherina Dieterich was born circa 1715 at Catskill, Greene County, New York.1 She married Henrich Graet at New York circa 1745.1 As of circa 1745,her married name was Graet.1 Maria Catherina Dieterich died between 1751 and 1791 at New York.1

Family

Henrich Graet b. c 1720, d. bt 1751 - 1791
Child

Citations

  1. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.

Edward Thurston1

M, b. 25 May 1696, d. 22 February 1776
FatherSamuel Thurston1 b. c 1665, d. bt 1700 - 1740
MotherAbigail Clarke1 b. c 1670, d. bt 1700 - 1740
     Edward Thurston was born on 25 May 1696 at Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island; Family Data Collection - Individual Records
about Edward Thurston
Name:
Edward Thurston

Spouse:
Elizabeth Norton

Parents:
Samuel Thurston , Abigail Clarke

Birth Place:
Newport, RI

Birth Date:
25 May 1696

Death Place:
Newport, RI

Death Date:
22 Feb 1776.2

He married Elizabeth Norton on 9 May 1723 at Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island.3 Edward Thurston died on 22 February 1776 at Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, at age 79.1

Family

Elizabeth Norton b. c 1700, d. bt 1726 - 1776
Child

Citations

  1. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.
  2. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Family Data Collection.
  3. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Family Data Collection; also Ancestry World Tree.

Elizabeth Norton1

F, b. circa 1700, d. between 1726 and 1776
     Elizabeth Norton was born circa 1700 at Rhode Island.1 As of 9 May 1723,her married name was Thurston.1 She married Edward Thurston, son of Samuel Thurston and Abigail Clarke, on 9 May 1723 at Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island.2 Elizabeth Norton died between 1726 and 1776 at Rhode Island.1

Family

Edward Thurston b. 25 May 1696, d. 22 Feb 1776
Child

Citations

  1. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.
  2. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Family Data Collection; also Ancestry World Tree.

John Fletcher1

M, b. 3 June 1709, d. between 1741 and 1781
FatherDeacon Paul Fletcher1 b. 23 Oct 1679, d. 8 Jan 1736
MotherDeliverance Stevens1 b. c 1685, d. bt 1736 - 1757
     John Fletcher was born on 3 June 1709 at Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.1 He married Lydia Patch at Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, on 24 June 1736.1 John Fletcher and John Fletcher We have a problem here. John, son of Paul and Deliverance, was b 1709. If there was another John, son of another Paul (as per p. 65), it is not listed in Chelmsford VR. The only Paul listed in Chelmsford VR is Paul, son of William, baptized 1656 at about 2 yrs (this Paul d Aug 9, 1676 acc to VR Deaths-- the only Paul in Chelmsford VR Deaths). The only Paul marriage is Paul and Deliverance Stevens, at Charlestown, Apr 12, 1705. Yet on p. 63 we have a Paul, b abt 1683. The Paul on p. 29 who was supposed to be son of William and mar Deliverance Stevens would have to have been 55 at age of marriage; and if this was the case, then who was the Paul son of Wm who died in 1676? If the Paul on page 29 is the son of Joshua (and not son of William), then we have the problem that the Paul on p. 29 has 11 children and the Paul on p. 65 has 4 children. John is listed on both lists. The John on page 29 & 203 is supposed to have moved early to Harwich, MA, and then in 1736 to Mansfield, CT. He married Rachel ----- and had at least two children, Richard and Nathan. The John on p. 65 married Lydia Patch and had 4 children, Paul, John, Paul, and Mary, and prob lived in Westford, Lancaster, and Groton MA. The birth of John's ch in Harwich MA and Mansfield, CT are at the same time as the birth of John's ch by first wife! Not easy to do. Needs further sorting out.1 John Fletcher died between 1741 and 1781 at Middlesex County, Massachusetts.1

Family

Lydia Patch b. 24 Nov 1714, d. bt 1743 - 1781
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.

Lydia Patch1

F, b. 24 November 1714, d. between 1743 and 1781
FatherIsaac Patch2 b. 1682, d. 12 Jun 1762
MotherEdith Edwards2 b. c 1692, d. bt 1780 - 1782
     Lydia Patch was born on 24 November 1714 at Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.1 She married John Fletcher at Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, on 24 June 1736.1 As of 24 June 1736,her married name was Fletcher.1 Lydia Patch lived; MA?1 She died between 1743 and 1781 at Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.3

Family

John Fletcher b. 3 Jun 1709, d. bt 1741 - 1781
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.
  2. [S1073] Patch William descendants, online http://www.chbmeng.ohio-state.edu/~brodkey/genealogy/web/…
  3. [S43] Gary Rolph guess.

Samuel Greele1

M, b. 10 May 1721, d. 19 March 1802
FatherSamuel Grele2 b. 22 Dec 1695, d. 25 May 1771
MotherRachel Robinson2 b. 1697, d. 19 Sep 1758
     Samuel Greele was also known as Samuel Greeley.2 He was born on 10 May 1721 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.2,3 He married Abigail Blodgett, daughter of Joseph Blodgett and Dorothy Perham, on 27 May 1744 at Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire; By Rev. Nathaniel Merrill (Early Church Records of Hudson, NH, NEHGR 91:262.)4 Samuel Greele lived; MA, NH; removed Hudson to Wilton 1767.2 Samuel was listed as the head of a family on the 1790 Census at Wilton, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. 1 male over 16; 0 males under 16; 1 female; 1 other person.5 He died on 19 March 1802 at Wilton, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, at age 80.2 He was buried at Wilton, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.2 He From Greeley Genealogy (Greeley A) At one time he bought a little negro slave, two years old, of the name of Enos, and kept him until he was twenty-two years old, when he gave him his liberty. Enos married and had a son whom he named Samuel Greeley. He was one of the grantees of the town of Boyle, N.H., under date of 30 Dec 1752, but as far as can be learned neither he nor his associates settled in the town or vicinity, owing to the then great trouble with the Indians. The territory was afterwards called Gilsum. He was elected clerk in 1747 and again in 1749; and from that time to 1782 he held the office every year excepting 1777, when his son Samuel was elected clerk. He was representative to the General Court to represent Nottingham, Dunstable, and Litchfield in 1762, and probably at other times, but the elction of representatives was not recorded on the Hudson records after 1762. He was last taxed in Hudson 4 Dec 1785, but after 1782 the tax was very small and he was probably taxed in those years as a non-resident. The first gristmill which he built at Barnes Falls, lot 15, 4th range, being one of the lots drawn for mills. He was selectman of Hudson 1745-47 (1750-57), 1759-(61-63), 66, and 79. He was one of the original grantees of township No. 2 (now Wilton, N.H.) from the Masonian proprieters as per their grant dated June 16, 1749, and one of the early settlers in the town. It is said that he furnished the means for building the first gristmill in the town. He settled in the southwest part of the town, and the records, whenever speaking of him, call him Major. He signed the Association Test, 3 June 1776. He is buried in Wilton, the inscription on the stone being Erected to the memory of Major Samuel Greele who died March 19, 1802 in the 83 year of his age NH 1776 census. Samuel Greele, Hudson, Hillsboro (signer), NH State Papers, Vl XXX, p. 71 History of Hilsborough County (Hurd) (p. 473) At a special town mtg June 12, 1775 'chose . . .Samuel Greeley . . a committee of insection.' At an adjourned town meetng September 30, 1776, 'voted to allow Major Samuel Greeley and selectmen. . .for expenses on their march to Lexington fight, five dollars, 1 pound 10 s 0d. July 3, 1780, at a town meeting held at eh houe of Samuel Greeley, inn-holder voted as a town to hire six soldiers f r the term of six months to join Continental army. . . (p. 474) Nottingham soldiers in the Rev (copied fr original paper in the possession of the NH Historical Society). A muster roll of Capt Samuel Greeley's Co who turned out as volunteers from Nottingham West in NH at time of Lexington battle, on the 19th of April 1775 Samuel Greeley, Capt; Jonathan Blodgett; Joseph Greeley. 'Muster-roll also gives the number of days each man served and the number of miles travelled; also the number of pounds of pork furnished and the number of gallons of rum 424 pounds of pork at 60 (?) cent p/lb; 12 gal of rum at 22cents/gal. (p. 475 ) Nottingham West soldiers were known to have been in Capt Walker's company at the battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775 Joseph Blodgett, Joseph Greeley (severely wounded in the ankle). Names give on tax list (to hire schooling and defray cost) indicate they had been in army (Rev.) Some may have been credited on acct due to their sons (Asahel Blodgett, Joseph Blodgett). (Civil War Hudson 13th Regiment enlisted for 3 years left Concord Oct 6 1862 - James M. Greeley, disability at Washington Feb 25, 1863; enlissted in Heavy Artillery Sep 6, 1864; Nathan M. Blodgett, corporal; discharged by order at Porstmouth, VA, Nov. 30, 1863, Company F of First Reg NH 16 Hudson men enlisted Sep 6, 1864 for one year Samuel S. Greeley; James M. Greeley; James S. Blodgett. Hist of Hillsboro Cnty, p. 713 'The first mill in Wilton was the grist mill at Barnes Fals built by Samuel Greele, one of the grantees of the town, the father of Major Samuel Greele, and grandfather of Samuel Greele. It was on lot no 15 in the fourth range, being one of the lots drawn for mills.2,1

Family

Abigail Blodgett b. 18 Feb 1723/24, d. 29 Mar 1818
Children

Citations

  1. [S1272] George Hiram Greeley, Greely Family 1905, page 77.
  2. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.
  3. [S1272] George Hiram Greeley, Greely Family 1905, page 38.
  4. [S565] NEHGS Website, online www.nehgs.org.
  5. [S62] 1790 census, online www.ancestry.com.

Abigail Blodgett1

F, b. 18 February 1723/24, d. 29 March 1818
FatherJoseph Blodgett1 b. 10 Oct 1689, d. 3 Dec 1761
MotherDorothy Perham1 b. 3 Jul 1696, d. 6 Mar 1778
     Abigail Blodgett was born on 18 February 1723/24 at Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire; then called Nottingham West, NH
Hudson History (1913), p. 84-85:
"They probably had another daughter, Abigail,who married in this town May 27, 1744 Samuel Greeley, son of Samuel and Rachel Greeley, b. May 11 1721. They resided in this town until about 1767 when they removed to Wilton. After his death his widow, Abigail, returned here, where she died March 18 1818, in the 95th yr. of her age (Inscription, Blodget Cemeteru.2,3,4 She married Samuel Greele, son of Samuel Grele and Rachel Robinson, on 27 May 1744 at Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire; By Rev. Nathaniel Merrill (Early Church Records of Hudson, NH, NEHGR 91:262.)5 As of 27 May 1744,her married name was Greeley.1 Abigail Blodgett lived; MA, NH.1 She was census 1790 in 1790 at Wilton, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire; 1 male over 16; 0 males under 16; 1 female; 1 other person.6 She died on 29 March 1818 at Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, at age 94; then called Nottingham West, NH.1,4 She was buried at Blodgett Cemetery, Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire; His widow and daughter Abigail are buried in Hudson, NH, their gravestones reading:
Erected
To the Memory of
the Widow Abigail Greele
wife of Major
Samuel Greele late of
Wilton decd who died
Mch 29
AD 1818 in the 95 year
of her age.1,7

Family

Samuel Greele b. 10 May 1721, d. 19 Mar 1802
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.
  2. [S1121] Blodget Descendants, online http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/BookView.aspx, p 10.
  3. [S1141] Kimball Webster, NH Hudson History 1913.
  4. [S1272] George Hiram Greeley, Greely Family 1905, page 77.
  5. [S565] NEHGS Website, online www.nehgs.org.
  6. [S62] 1790 census, online www.ancestry.com.
  7. [S1272] George Hiram Greeley, Greely Family 1905, page 78.

John Cram1

M, b. 10 April 1717, d. between 1765 and 1781
FatherJohn Cram1 b. 12 Jan 1685/86, d. 1759
MotherSarah Holt1 b. 17 Jun 1678, d. 1 Oct 1757
     John Cram was born on 10 April 1717 at Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.1 He was baptized on 4 August 1717 at Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts.1 He married Sarah Harwood at New Hampshire circa 1740.1 John Cram Prob the John Cram who, together with John Cram, Joseph Cram, Jonathan Cram, and Benjamin Cram, petitioned for protection against the Indians in 1744. At that time they resided in Salem-Canada, in a section which in 1749 became No. 2 and in 1761 became Wilton,NH. John Cram is one of the petitioners for incorporation, who were also settlers in No. 2. PETITION FOR PROTECTION AGAINST THE INDIANS To his excellency, Benning Wentworth, Esq, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of his majesty's province of New Hampshire; The petition of the Inhabitants of Salem-Canada, in said province, Humbly shows That your petitioners live in a place greatly exposed to the Indians and have not men Sufficient for to defend us, That tho' there be but few of us, yet we have laid out our estates, to begin in this place, so that we shall be extremely hurt if we must now move off, for we have, by the Blessing of God on our labors, a fine crop of corn in the ground, and tho' we have a Garrison in the town, Built by order of Maj Lovett, yet we have nobody empowered so much as to set a watch among us, nor men to keep it; we would pray your Excellency that we may have some assistance from the Government, in sending us some soldiers, to Guard and defend us, as in your wisdom you shall think proper. Though we are but newly added to this Government, yet we pray your Excellency not to disregard us, but to assist us, that we may keep our estates and do service for the government hereafter. And your Petitioners, as in duty Bound, will ever pray. John Cram, Jr; John Cram; David Stevenson; John Dale; Ephraim Putnam; Abraham Leman; Joseph Cram; Samuel Leman; John Stevenson; Jonathan Cram; Benjamin Cram (fr History of Hillsboro County, NH [Hurd], p. 698, which records this about the Indians 'The Indians of this vicinity consisted principally of the Pawtucket tribe, who had their headquarters, and perhaps derived their designation from Pawtucket Falls, on the Merrimack River, nr Lowell, MA. The back country and the streams feeding tghe Merrimack River were their chief hunting and fishing grounds. No permanent settlements of the aborigines seem ever to have been made in Wilton, though they traversed its territory for game. There were no large ponds or rivers to attract them, and they had no motive to make their habitual residence on the granite hills. They left few, if any, traces behind them- perhaps a few arrow-heads, or hatchets of stone. Mr. Putnam reports that on lot No 13, range 4, in the pine woods east of the Stockwell place, was a place dug out some ten or twelve feet square, which was supposed by many to be an Indiian camp, occupoied when on hunting expeditions. Hill and valley, river and mountan, remain as the unalterable features of nature, but the children of the ancient wilderness have passed away forever, leavng scarcely a trace behind them. The one certain memento of their race is the name of the principal stream, the Souhegan, or Sowhagen, as it was sometimes called, signifying, as is said, in their dialect, 'the river of the plains.' So far as is known, no person belonging to Wilton was carried into captivity or killed by the Indians, except Henry Parker, Jr, in the French and Indian War, 1757, in the massacre of Fort William Henry, on Lake George. When apprehensions of attack arose, the settlers went into neighboring garrisons. Danger existed for about ten years. One garrison was in Milford, near the Peabody place, on the north bank of the Souhegan River. Another was in Lyndenborough, near Mr. Ephraim Putnam's. The anxieties of the pioneers were such, that, in 1744, they sent [the above petition]. A part of Salem-Canada was given to the new township called No. 2, in 1749 granted of a new township from the proprieters holding under the charter of John Tufton Mason, a company of forty six purchaser p. 353 Pioneers of Maine and NH, by Charles Henry Pope (1908; NHSL). Cram, Crame, Cramme. Have John, planter, Boston, proprieter 1635; rem to Exeter; signed combination 5 4 1639; and petition in 1645. Rem to Hampton; bought land in 1658; had deed of land 5 May 1659, from Richard Swain, for love and brotherly affection. M (1) Lydia ----, who is mentioned in records of 1648 as having been mother of Joseph; (2) Hester (Esther); Children Benjamin, Thomas, Mary, Joseph (drowned 24 Jun 1648, ae 15 years), Lydia (b 27 Jul 1648). John Cram and wife Hester deeded land and affects 24 12 1665 to sons Benjamin and Thomas, who agreed to maintain them and pay to the daus Mary and Lydia certain sums of money. He died 5 (1) 1682, 'good olde John Cram, one just in his generation' (Town Record). John was born Apr 10, 1717 in Woburn, MA, acc to the History of Lyndeborough. The History of Andover, MA notes he was baptized Aug 4, 1717. He settled on lot no 14, fifth range, the place where Ephraim Putnam lived before he went to Lyndeborough. , p. 25 between 1740 and 1805 at Wilton, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.2 They resided at Wilton, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, between 1740 and 1805. "John Cram settled on lot No 14, fifth range, the place where Ephraim Putnam lived for a short time before he went to Lyndeborough. The house, built by John Cram, was at the intersections of the roads near the North Cemetery;it was occupied by Stephan Putnam until 1813, when Darius Townsend turnd it into a hatter's shop, for which purpose it was used about ten years. John Cram's descendants were last taxed in Wilton in 1805, and it is notknown that any of his descendants now live inWilton.".3 He was Congregational Church.1 He died between 1765 and 1781 at Hampton Falls, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.1

Family

Sarah Harwood b. c 1720, d. bt 1765 - 1781
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.
  2. [S278] Michael Cram, The Cram Sourcebook, Vl II (The American Line).
  3. [S1162] Abiel Abbott & Sewall Putnam Livermore, NH Wilton History, p 353.

Sarah Harwood1

F, b. circa 1720, d. between 1765 and 1781
     Sarah Harwood was born circa 1720 at New Hampshire.1 She married John Cram at New Hampshire circa 1740.1 As of circa 1740,her married name was Cram.1 They resided at Wilton, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, between 1740 and 1805. "John Cram settled on lot No 14, fifth range, the place where Ephraim Putnam lived for a short time before he went to Lyndeborough. The house, built by John Cram, was at the intersections of the roads near the North Cemetery;it was occupied by Stephan Putnam until 1813, when Darius Townsend turnd it into a hatter's shop, for which purpose it was used about ten years. John Cram's descendants were last taxed in Wilton in 1805, and it is notknown that any of his descendants now live inWilton.".2 Sarah Harwood lived; NH, MA.1 She was Congregational Church.1 She died between 1765 and 1781 at Rockingham County, New Hampshire.1

Family

John Cram b. 10 Apr 1717, d. bt 1765 - 1781
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.
  2. [S1162] Abiel Abbott & Sewall Putnam Livermore, NH Wilton History, p 353.

Joseph Hamblet1

M, b. 31 August 1681, d. 1734
FatherJacob Hamblet1 b. c 1645, d. 1702
MotherMary Adverd1 b. bt 1649 - 1651, d. bt 1690 - 1739
     Joseph Hamblet was also known as Joseph Hamlet.2 He was born on 31 August 1681 at Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.2 He was Woburn selectman 1737, 1738, 1741, 1744.1 He married Susanna Cutler at Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on 14 April 1707.2 Joseph Hamblet lived; del to MA Gen Ct 1735; listed in 1733.1 He died in 1731 at Pelham, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.2,3 He died in 1734 at Pelham, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.4,3 He Another source (from early gen records in MA Historical Soc) has Joseph with 3 sons -- Hezekiah, Joseph, Jacob, who settled Dracut, MA; Hollis, NH; Strafford, NH Woburn VR Marriages has Hamlet, Joseph, and Susanna Cutler, both of Woburn, at Charlestown, 14 Apr 1707.1 He was Nottingham tax list.1

Family

Susanna Cutler b. 8 Nov 1687, d. 1734
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.
  2. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Mellem-Kleen Links.
  3. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Smith-Herndon-Burnett.
  4. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Reuben Hamlet.
  5. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, MA Town and Vital Records.
  6. [S74] FamilySearch.org, online www.familysearch.org, New Hampshire Births and Christenings.

Susanna Cutler1

F, b. 8 November 1687, d. 1734
FatherJohn Cutler1 b. 1656, d. 15 Nov 1709
MotherSusanna Baker1 b. 12 Apr 1663, d. s 1692
     Susanna Cutler was born on 8 November 1687 at Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.1 She married Joseph Hamblet at Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on 14 April 1707.2 As of 14 April 1707,her married name was Hamblet.1 Susanna Cutler Ancestor Exchange cites as sources: Title: A genealogical record of several families bearing the name of Cutler in
the United States
Abbrev: Genealogical Record Cutler
Author: Abner Morse
Publication: Samuel G. Drake, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, 1867
Page: page 16
Quality: 1
Title: A Cutler memorial and genealogical history
Abbrev: Cutler Memorial 1889
Author: Nahum Sawin Cutler
Publication: E. A. Hall & Co., Greenfield, Massachusetts, 1889
Page: page 321
Quality: 2
Title: Vital Records of Woburn, Massachusetts
Abbrev: Vital Records of Woburn
Publication: www.nehgs.org
Page: www.nehgs.org
Quality: 2
Title: A Cutler memorial and genealogical history
Abbrev: Cutler Memorial 1889
Author: Nahum Sawin Cutler
Publication: E. A. Hall & Co., Greenfield, Massachusetts, 1889
Page: page 321.3 She died in 1734 at Rockingham County, New Hampshire.2,4

Family

Joseph Hamblet b. 31 Aug 1681, d. 1734
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.
  2. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Mellem-Kleen Links.
  3. [S569] Harold Henderson, May, 2004; uploaded May 2004.
  4. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Reuben Hamlet.
  5. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, MA Town and Vital Records.
  6. [S74] FamilySearch.org, online www.familysearch.org, New Hampshire Births and Christenings.

Samuel Grele1

M, b. 22 December 1695, d. 25 May 1771
FatherJoseph Grele2 b. 5 Feb 1652, d. 7 Mar 1745
MotherMartha Wilford2 b. 18 Jan 1669, d. 21 Feb 1757
     He was a bricklayer by trade. March 27, 1736, he bought of Richard and Daniel Bartlett, of Haverhill, two hundred acres in Nottingham West, bordering on one side on the Merrimac River; and between this date and Nov. 13, 1742, probably removed there to live. At the latter date he sold Thomas Cottle, of Salisbury, Mass., forty-five acres in Haverhill, Mass., and the buildings thereon. He was elected clerk of the district of Nottingham at the first district meeting, Aug. 9, 1743, and was re-elected each year afterward as long as NOttingham continued as a district. The town of Nottingham West was incorporated by the General Court of New Hampshire, July 5, 1746, and at the first town meeting for the election of officers, which was held July 17th of the same yar, he was reelected clerk. The meeting was held in his house. He was selectman in 1743, 1744, 1746, 1747, and assessor in 1743. History of Hillsborough County, NH, compiled by Duane Hamilton Herd (1885). (p. 457) Hudson is situated on Merrimack R and borders upon Mass line. First settlers found almost unbroken forest of heavy growth of white and pitch pine oak maple walnut and other species. 'Some early settlers engaged for many years in collecting turpentine by 'boxing' the larged pines which after being put into barrels was floated down the river and shipped to England. Moose, deer, wolf, beaver, otter, mink, muskrat, squirrel, wild turkey, partridge. Salmon, shad, alwives and lamprey eels abundant in Merrimack. Deerkeepers 'were elected as late as 1784 and bounties of 6 pounds each for killing wolves, were paid in 752. Last moose killed in Moose Swamp - east end of Hill's meadows around 1800. (p. 460) Joseph Blodgett is on first tax list of 1733 in Nottingham. (p. 47 ) 'Until 1741 the town was supposed to be wholly in MA and was under the laws and jurisdiction of that state; but upon the settlement of the province line in that year, the town was divided and the greater part fell within the limit of NH, and Notting ham in this state became a district and remained as such until 1746. There is no record of any town meeting or district meeting from Nov 22 1741 to Aug 9, 1743 at which last meeting the first district officers were elected. Samuel Greeley selectmen 1743 and again 1745. Samuel Greeley was elected district clerk at the first meting and was reelected each year afterward as long as Nottingham remained a district. (p. 463) Long bitter controversy between NH and MA was settled in 1741 and a charter was granted by General Court of NH July 5 1746 and the name of the town was changed to Nottingham West, there being already a Nottingham in the east part of the state.' (p. 459) 'Nottingham West was incorporated by the General Court of New Hampshire, July 5, l746. (p. 464) First town meeting under the new charter held at the house of Samuel Greeley July 17,1746. Samuel Greeley was elected town clerk and one of 3 selectmen (p. 465) [Samuel Greeley Jr listed as clerk 1747 and Samuel Greeley, Jr.was clerk 1749 to 1781 except 1777 when his son Samuel Greeley, Jr. was clerk. Joseph Greeley Jr.was clerk 1812 to 1815; Asa Blodgett 1818 to 1825 and Reuben Greeley from m 1827 to 1837.] [Among the selectmen from 1746 to 1885 were Samuel Greeley 1746,47,48; Samuel Greeley, Jr., 1750, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56-57, 59, 61, 62-63, 66, Samuel Greeley 1779, Moses Greeley 1811, 12, 13-14, 15-16; Reuben Greeley 1824, 1826, 1827-28; Joseph Blodgett, Jr. 1830; Reuben Greeley 1835, 36, 37; Stephen D. Greeley 1847, 48, 49, 50, 51, 54, 65-66, 67-68] 'March 7, 1748, Deacon Samuel Greeley and John Marshall 'were chosen to go to court to answer citation. . .The prayer of the petitioners was not granted.' (p. 481) Deacon Samuel Greeley and . . .delegates to the New Hampshire Gen Ct to answer a citation in relation to a petition of Josiah Cummings and other inhabitants of the town to be released from paying taxes for the support of Rev Nathaniel Merrill.' (p. 465) Oct 15, 1749, a road was laid out from Rev. Mr. Merrill's [Congregational Church was org Nov 30, 1737 and Rev. Merrill was ordained the same day. He preached until 1796 when he died ] to the meeting-house beginning nr Rev. Mr. Merrill's orchard and running northerly through land of. . . Joseph Blodgett, Deacon Samuel Greeley, to the town land appropriated for the use of the meeting house. This is the same road now known as the Back road or Burns road.' (p. 481) 1762 Jan 15 Capt Samuel Greeley chosen Rep of Nottingham West and Litchfield to represent said towns in the General Assembly. Captain Samuel Greeley was re-elected Mar 4, 1762 [later, Reuben Greeley served as Rep 1829; Joseph Greeley Jr.1837; Stephen D. Greeley 1864] (p. 468) Provincial census 1767 town pop 583 + 2 slaves. 1775 (Census by NH Convention) 549 (22 Men in Army 4 slaves) (p. 467) A post office by the name of Nottingham West was established at the Centre July 12, 1818, and Reuben Greeley was appointed post master at the same time. The name changed to Hudson June 9, 1831 Moderators in the 1820-1885 time period included Joseph Greeley (1820, 1823) and Stephen D. Greeley (1879, 1880).2,3 Samuel Grele was also known as Samuel Greele.4 Samuel Grele was also known as Deacon Samuel Greeley.2 He was born on 22 December 1695 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.2,5,1 He was bricklayer.2 He married Rachel Robinson at Essex County, Massachusetts, circa 1720.2,1 He witnessed Rachel Robinson's death at Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, on 19 September 1758. Aged 61 yrs.2,1 He married Jane French at Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, circa 1759.2,1 Samuel Grele lived; MA, NH.2 He witnessed Jane French's death at Dunstable, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, on 12 June 1762. She died Dunstable MA June 12 or 15 1762.2,1 Samuel Grele married Susanna Hamblet, daughter of Joseph Hamblet and Susanna Cutler, on 9 January 1764 at Nottingham, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.6 Samuel Grele died on 25 May 1771 at Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, at age 75.2,1 He was buried at Blodget Cemetery, Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.2

Family 1

Rachel Robinson b. 1697, d. 19 Sep 1758
Children

Family 2

Jane French b. 1704, d. 12 Jun 1762

Family 3

Susanna Hamblet b. 26 Apr 1712, d. 15 Nov 1794

Citations

  1. [S1272] George Hiram Greeley, Greely Family 1905, page 38.
  2. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.
  3. [S1272] George Hiram Greeley, Greely Family 1905, page 39.
  4. [S1272] George Hiram Greeley, Greely Family 1905, page 77.
  5. [S1272] George Hiram Greeley, Greely Family 1905, page 22.
  6. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Reuben Hamlet.

Rachel Robinson1

F, b. 1697, d. 19 September 1758
     Rachel Robinson was first wife.1 She was born in 1697 at Essex County, Massachusetts; died Sept 19 1758 aged 61 years.1,2 She married Samuel Grele at Essex County, Massachusetts, circa 1720.1,2 As of circa 1720,her married name was Greeley.1 As of circa 1720,her married name was Grele.1,2 Rachel Robinson lived; MA, NH.1 Rachel died on 19 September 1758 at Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. Aged 61 yrs.1,2 She was buried at Blodget Cemetery, Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.1

Family

Samuel Grele b. 22 Dec 1695, d. 25 May 1771
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.
  2. [S1272] George Hiram Greeley, Greely Family 1905, page 38.

Jacob Maurer1

M, b. 1703, d. 1761
FatherHenrick Mourer1 b. 1680
Motherwife ?2 b. s 1685, d. bt 1729 - 1750
     Jacob Maurer was also known as Jacob Meyer.2 He and Rudolph Mourer Marshall Family on Ancestry.com has Jacob a brother of Rudolph and Frederick with unknown father and no other siblings listed.3 Jacob Maurer was born in 1703 at Freinsheim, Bad Durkeim, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.1,2 Jacob Maurer was also known as Jacob Mourer. He and Henrick Mourer The early Mowerys were said to have been French Calvinists (Huguenots). They followed the teachings of John Calvin, a leader of the Church Reformation during the 1500's. The history of this family can perhaps be traced back even further in history to Switzerland from where they relocated to France. Sometime during the 1600's, the Mowerys are thought to have moved from France to Germany because of severe religious persecution, and settled in the Palatinate region of Germany. The family became thoroughly German in speech and manner in the Palatinate. But wars were being constantly fought over the Palatinate, and life was not easy there. The Maurer family probably came into the Palatinate during the 30 years war (1618-1648). Later that same century the war of the Palatinate was fought (1688-1697). Even in Germany they were unable to worship as they pleased. In 1726 Rev. George Michael Weiss organized his congregation in the Palatinate of Germany and they began to make the trip to America. They began by traveling up the Rhine River northward out of Germany to Rotterdam, Holland. There they boarded the ship 'William and Sarah' and were taken to England. The ship's master, William Hill, had to receive permission from the king to take the immigrants to America. After this they began their voyage across the Atlantic and arrived at the port of Philadelphia on Sep 14, 1727. On Sep 21, 1727 they signed an oath of allegiance to King George the Second of England and his successors. There were four Mowerys (they spelled their name Meyer then) that were on the ship arrival list, Elias, Henrick, Tonicus, and Jacob. The Palatinates settled in Pennsylvania became known as the 'Pennsylvania Dutch,' and divided into the 'Gay Dutch' and the 'Plain Dutch' (perhaps dependent on the strictness of observing the Sabbath). Rev. Weiss became pastor of the New Goshenhoppen German Reformed Church in what is now Montgomery County, Pennsylvania about one mile west of East Greenville. Of the Mowerys, there were four brothers and one sister that can be found in the church records there. Jacob, born about 1708 in Germany, Friderich born about 1712 in German, Andreas born about 1714 in Germany, Rudolph born about 1716 in Germany, and Anna Maria born about 1720 in Germany. I haven't been able to find out which of the four brothers that we are descended from, but I think it was Jacob. Ther are still some families of Mowerys living in Pennsylvania in this same area. Most of the Mowerys living in Pennsylvania were 'non-associaters' during the American Revolution. This meant that they refused to fight because of religius reasons. Rudolph Mowery born about 1747 in PA (thought to be a son of Jacob named above) with his wife, Elizabeth, left Pennsylvania and moved south to Salisbury, Rowan County, NC about 1771 . . .' Typewritten mss on Mowery family (by Darrel Dexter?), augmented with information handwritten by Erma Mowery Rolph from an unknown source. The Mowery Family, by Darrell Dexter - On Sep 14, 1727, Patrick Gordon, Lieutnant Governor of the colony of PA ordered a special council meeting to inform the Provincial Council of the arrival of the ship William and Sarah from Holland containing four hundred Palatines 'who beng ignorant of our Language and Laws, & settling in a body together make, as it were, a distinct people from his Majesties subjects.' Four days after the ship arrived at Philadelphia, the ship master, William Hill, prpeared List of ye Palatine Passengers, imported on ye ship Wiliam & Sarah, Willm Hill, Mar. from Rotterdam. Philadelphia ye 18th Sept 1727. The lists coontain four Mowery families and they are believed to be the ancestors of rhe Mowery family of PA NC, and IL. The list gives the names of the head of the family and the number in each family. Elias Meyer, 3 1/2, Henrick Meyer, 4, Henrick (Tonicus?) Meyer, 5, Jacob Meyer, 2. All of these Meyers or Mowerys are prob related. The passenger arrival list is the only record of the first henrick. He did not sign the oath of allegance as did Henrick and Jacob and Elias. Jacob on list of heads of households that attended the New Goshenhoppon German Reformed Ch in Upper Hanover Twnshp, in what is now Montgomery County, PA. The list was prepared sometime between 1736 and 1739 and he is also on a similar list made in 1758. These lists were prepared by the Rev. Georg Michael Weiss which brought the family and 400 other Germans with him to America. The Goshenhoppen Ch is still in existence and stands about one ile west of E Greenville, PA close to the east bank of the Perkiomen Creek. There is a Jacob Maurer fond in the naturalization records at the Philadelphia courthouse. A Jacob Maurer was naturalized there April 3, 1743 and a Frederick Maurer was naturalized at the same date. This could be Jacob and his brother Frederick, but we can not be certain. 1727 to PA.1 Jacob Maurer was also known as Jacob Mouwerer.4 Jacob Maurer was also known as Jacob Mowerer.4 He married Sophia Elizabeth ? at Germany circa 1727.1 In a bio of one of the Mowery's who moved to Illinois, it is stated, the father of (paraphrasing) Rudy & Fred was a Jacob Mowery, who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1729 and later emigrated to North Carolina about 1778. It was not clear if Jacob moved or the family. This family was most likely of German origin. There is one researcher who believes he has found the family in Pennsylvania. The McCubbins collection of family history is the source of most of the secondary material on this family, which points to the primary documents.
Jacob and Sophia had 13 or 14 children.

This individual was found on GenCircles at: http://www.gencircles.com/users/jmowery/3/data/104
SOUR @52050163@.4
Jacob Maurer died in 1761 at Somerset County, Pennsylvania.1,2

Family

Sophia Elizabeth ? b. c 1710, d. bt 1771 - 1781
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.
  2. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, The Cousins Family Tree.
  3. [S323] Bill Marshall, Dec 03, citing June Jones Stapleton-DeLong-Mowery families, private email 12/1/2002. Address e-mail address.
  4. [S385] Jeffrey M. Mowery, accessed Dec 2002.

Sophia Elizabeth ?1

F, b. circa 1710, d. between 1771 and 1781
     Sophia Elizabeth ? was also known as Lisabeth ?2,1 She was born circa 1710 at Germany.2 She married Jacob Maurer at Germany circa 1727.2 As of circa 1727,her married name was Maurer.2 As of circa 1727,her married name was Meyer.1 Sophia Elizabeth ? died between 1771 and 1781 at Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.2 She This individual was found on GenCircles at: http://www.gencircles.com/users/jmowery/3/data/791
SOUR @52050163@.

Family

Jacob Maurer b. 1703, d. 1761
Children

Citations

  1. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, The Cousins Family Tree.
  2. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.

Jacob F Freeze1,2

M, b. 1736, d. May 1792
FatherJacob Friess2 b. 1713, d. 1744
MotherMaria Margaretha ?2 b. 1709, d. 1767
     Jacob F Freeze was also known as Jacob Fries.2 Jacob F Freeze was also known as Jacob F Frieze.2 He was born in 1736 at East Friesland, Lower Saxony, Germany.1,2 He was Farmer?1 He was the child of Jacob Friess and Maria Margaretha ? and immigrated with them in 1738 to at Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; Jacob Fries
25 yo
arrival place Philadelphia, PA.3 He married Magdalena Stapleton at Pennsylvania in 1757.1,2 Jacob F Freeze was also known as Jacob Fries.1 He lived; PA?, NC.1 Jacob was listed as the head of a family on the 1790 Census at Rowan County, North Carolina. Jacob Freeze 3 males over 16; 1 male under 16; 4 females; John Freeze 1 male over 16; 2 males under 16; 3 females; Peter Freeze Jr 1 male over 16; 1 male under 16; 2 females; Peter Freeze Sr, 2 males over 16; 4 males under 16; 5 females.4 He died in May 1792 at Rowan County, North Carolina.1,2 He was buried; may have been buried on his own land.1 'The oldest member of my Fries-Freeze line was Jacob Fries, a German who came to America with his family of four sons: Peter, John, Jacob, and Samuel. He received a land grant on Grant's Creek and was listed in Early Settlers in Rowan County by Eug ne H. Bean as early as 1760. No mention of his wife or any daughters was made as was the custom of the time. Jacob, Sr., died in 1792. He may have been buried on his own land.' 'Freeze family of South Rowan,' #441 in The Heritage of Rowan County. This article then goes on with the family of Jacob Freeze. No confirmation that the Peter Freeze I have is the Peter Freeze son of Jacob Fries.1

Family

Magdalena Stapleton b. s 1737, d. bt 1770 - 1800
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.
  2. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Lynn & Bell Family Tree.
  3. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, US and Canada Passenger and Immigrant Lists Index, 1500's - 1900's.
  4. [S62] 1790 census, online www.ancestry.com.
  5. [S336] Frank Campbell, 8 May 2002; downloaded July 2002.

Magdalena Stapleton1,2

F, b. say 1737, d. between 1770 and 1800
     Magdalena Stapleton was born say 1737 at Albany, Berks County, Pennsylvania.1,2 She married Jacob F Freeze at Pennsylvania in 1757.1,2 As of circa 1760,her married name was Freeze.1 Magdalena Stapleton died between 1770 and 1800 at Rowan County, North Carolina.1

Family

Jacob F Freeze b. 1736, d. May 1792
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.
  2. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Lynn & Bell Family Tree.
  3. [S43] Gary Rolph guess.
  4. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, The Owen Family Tree.

George Shuman1

M, b. circa 1745, d. between 1780 and 1800
     George Shuman was born circa 1745 at Pennsylvania.1 He married wife ? at North Carolina circa 1770.1 George Shuman died between 1780 and 1800 at Rowan County, North Carolina.1 He was census 1790 in 1790 at Rowan County, North Carolina; George Shueman [sic] 1 male over 16, 3 males under 16, 4 females; close by is "Christian Shooeman" [sic].2 As of 1790, George Shuman was also known as George Shueman.2

Family

wife ? b. c 1750, d. bt 1780 - 1810
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.
  2. [S62] 1790 census, online www.ancestry.com.
  3. [S596] Linda Lamonte Knopke, July 2004; uploaded May 2004, sources available upon email request e-mail address.

wife ?1

F, b. circa 1750, d. between 1780 and 1810
     Wife ? was born circa 1750 at Pennsylvania.1 She married George Shuman at North Carolina circa 1770.1 As of circa 1770,her married name was Shuman.1 Wife ? died between 1780 and 1810 at Rowan County, North Carolina.1

Family

George Shuman b. c 1745, d. bt 1780 - 1800
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.
  2. [S43] Gary Rolph guess.

Jacob Boger1

M, b. 12 October 1745, d. 25 December 1831
FatherJohann Philip Boger1 b. 18 Jun 1714, d. bt 1781 - 1790
MotherAnna Margaretha Fix1 b. c 1722, d. bt 1751 - 1790
     Jacob Boger was born on 12 October 1745 at Weisenburgh/ Maxatawny Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.1 Jacob Boger was also known as Jacob Boager.2 He married Barbara Leffler at Rowan County, North Carolina, on 20 September 1772.1 Jacob Boger lived at Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.1 He immigrated in 1773 to Buffalo Creek, Cabarrus County, North Carolina; then Mecklenburg and Rowan County.3 He was a witness Book 2 Minutes of Mecklenburg Co NC Ct of Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions 1788 Oct session entry 221 -- Grand Jury empaneled, Adam Cruse was on jury, so was George Goodman. same book 1790 April sesson entry 306 - (Ferguson, p. 95) - ordered by the court that a public road be laid off int his county in the following manner Viz: Beginning where the public road that leads ffrom Tindals ferry on the Yadkin a southwest course to [where] the mecklenburg line joins said line, thence to Drake harrises, thence into the Great Road leading from Salisbury to Charleston near to Jacob Bogars, which road the following jury are to lay off the straightest and best way [to wit]: George Goodman included. They or any twelve of them be empowered to proceed to lay off such road and that Harris be apointed overseer of said road. with George Goodman Sr. between 1788 and 1790 at Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.1 Jacob Boger same book 1790 April sesson entry 306 - (Ferguson, p. 95) - ordered by the court that a public road be laid off int his county ein the following manner Viz: Beginning where the public road that leads ffrom Tindals ferry on the Yadkin a southwest course to [where] the mecklenburg line joins said line, thence to Drake harrises, thence into the Great Road leading from Salisbury to Charleston near to Jacob Bogars, which road the following jury are to lay off the straightest and best way [to wit]: George Goodman included. Also on list are Benjamin Boger and a Fredk. Bogar, among 12 names. They or any twelve of them be empowered to proceed to lay off such road and that Harris be apointed overseer of said road. in 1790.1 Jacob was listed as the head of a family on the 1790 Census at Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. 1 male 16 and over [Jacob]
3 males unders 16 [Daniel ? Jacob George]
3 females [wife Barbara; Elizabeth; Catherine].4 Jacob was listed as Peter Boger's neighbor on the 1790 Census at Mecklenburg County, North Carolina; Peter Boger, 1 male 16+, 2 males 16-, 5 females.
Peter could be the 1 male 16+
2 males 16- could include Daniel (about 15)
5 females could include Mary (about 16.)5 Jacob Boger witnessed formed from Mecklenburg County (Northeast section). in 1792 at Cabarrus County, North Carolina.6 Jacob was listed as Peter Boger's neighbor on the 1800 Census at Salisbury, Cabarrus County, North Carolina; Peter Bogar 01001 02000 00 (p. 716, next Jacob Boeger)
1 male 10-15 is who?
1 male 45+ would be Peter
2 females 10-15 would be who?
no female above 15; wife died?2 Jacob was listed as the head of a family on the 1800 Census at Salisbury Township, Cabarrus County, North Carolina. Peter Boager 0 1 0 0 1; 0 2 0 0 0; Jacob Boager 0 0 1 1 0; 0 0 1 1 0
1 male 16-25, 1 male 26 thru 44; 1 female 16-25; 1 female 26-44. If this is Jacob the father, then the 1 male 26-44 would be him,although he is 55! Same for her who should be 50. The one male 16-25 could be son George (18); and the one female 16-25 Elizabeth (25). Not an easy fit. IF this were Jacob the son, he would be 23..2 Jacob was listed as Peter Boger's neighbor on the 1810 Census at Cabarrus County, North Carolina; p. 380, next Jacob Boger 00101 00101 00
1 male 16-25 same unknown male in 1800 census
1 male 45 plus Peter
1 female 16-25, perhaps one of the 2 from 1800
1 female 45+, Peter remarried?7 Jacob was listed as the head of a family on the 1810 Census at Cabarrus County, North Carolina, 1 male 26-44; 1 male 45+; 1 female 45+; at end 0 1. Jacob and Barbara would be the 1 male and female 45+. Maybe George the 1 male 26-44? He was recently widowed and without children; not married again until the end of 1810...7 He died on 25 December 1831 at Rowan County, North Carolina, at age 86; now Davie County.8 He died on 25 December 1831 at Rowan County, North Carolina, at age 86.1 He was Evangelical Reformed.3

Family

Barbara Leffler b. c 1750, d. 15 Apr 1819
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.
  2. [S63] 1800 US census, online www.ancestry.com.
  3. [S506] Jerry E. Boger, February 2004.
  4. [S62] 1790 census, online www.ancestry.com, Jacob Boger.
  5. [S62] 1790 census, online www.ancestry.com.
  6. [S515] NORTH CAROLINA HISTORICAL TIME LINE, online http://www.rootsweb.com/~nccatawb/timeline.htm
  7. [S64] 1810 US Census, online www.ancestry.com.
  8. [S497] Win Wood, Jan 2004; uploaded Feb 2003.

Barbara Leffler1

F, b. circa 1750, d. 15 April 1819
     Barbara Leffler was born circa 1750 at Pennsylvania.1 Barbara Leffler was also known as Barbara Loefferin.2 She married Jacob Boger at Rowan County, North Carolina, on 20 September 1772.1 As of 20 September 1772,her married name was Boger.1 Barbara, Elizabeth and Catherine was probably a free white female in Jacob Boger's household on the 1790 Census at Mecklenburg County, North Carolina; 1 male 16 and over [Jacob]
3 males unders 16 [Daniel ? Jacob George]
3 females [wife Barbara; Elizabeth; Catherine].3 Barbara was probably a free white female, age 26 and under 45, in Jacob Boager's household on the 1800 Census at Salisbury Township, Cabarrus County, North Carolina; Peter Boager 0 1 0 0 1; 0 2 0 0 0; Jacob Boager 0 0 1 1 0; 0 0 1 1 0
1 male 16-25, 1 male 26 thru 44; 1 female 16-25; 1 female 26-44. If this is Jacob the father, then the 1 male 26-44 would be him,although he is 55! Same for her who should be 50. The one male 16-25 could be son George (18); and the one female 16-25 Elizabeth (25). Not an easy fit. IF this were Jacob the son, he would be 23.4 Barbara Leffler died on 15 April 1819 at North Carolina.1

Family

Jacob Boger b. 12 Oct 1745, d. 25 Dec 1831
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.
  2. [S497] Win Wood, Jan 2004; uploaded Feb 2003.
  3. [S62] 1790 census, online www.ancestry.com, Jacob Boger.
  4. [S63] 1800 US census, online www.ancestry.com.

Dewalt Lentz1

M, b. 18 March 1742, d. 1812
FatherHans Peter Lentz1 b. 18 Jan 1711, d. 31 Oct 1786
MotherAnna Magdalena Klein1 b. 20 Feb 1711, d. 28 Aug 1769
     Dewalt Lentz NARRATIVE OF PERSONAL HISTORY
OF Dewalt LENTZ
[See the entry on the Personal History of his brother, Bastian Lentz, for the location and history of their native village of Postroff.]

EUROPEAN RECORDS

He appears on p. 463 of the baptismal records of the Hirschland Lutheran Kirchenbuch (Churchbook): '18th of March 1742 - baptism of Joh. Theobald Lenz, mother Anna Magdalena, father Peter Lenz from Postroff. Postroff is a village in the eastern part of the present-day French province of Lorraine near Alsace. Today the region is in the northern part of the Departement of Bas Rhin in France or, one may say, in eastern Lorraine, near Alsace.
In the 16th,17th, and most of the 18th centuries Alsace-Lorraine was an area divided into numerous small domains, and the village of Postroff belonged to the Grafschaft of Nassau-Saarwerden. The area is about 40 miles northwest of the city of Strasbourg.
He is shown in the churchbook as having served as a godparent in the year 1764.

IN PENNSYLVANIA

In Strassburger's Pennsylvania German Pioneers Vol II, p. 802, line 23, the compilers misread Dewalt's signature 'Dibolt Lentz' as 'Dibolt Lertz.' In Old High German, the name Theobald was Theudobald,' meaning 'bold among the people,' Perfectly good German variants of this name are Teobalt, Theobalt, Tewald, Thiebalt, Dibolt, Diebolt, Dewald, Dewalt, Diewald and Diewalt. English clerks often spelled it as Teobald, Tebald, Tebalt, Tebelt, Tewalt, and Deobald. Diebolt Lentz is the spelling shown by Rupp and Engle in their separate works (see Bibliography). His name shows in the baptismal record in their native village of Postroff as Theobald; in Strassburger's work as Dibolt; and in some PA and NC records as Deobald or Theobald but usually as Dewalt or Dewalt, and sometimes but rarely as Duvald.
LENTZ is a very old German name meaning 'Springtime,' and was also written as LENZ.
Dewalt (Diebolt) LENTZ arrived in Philadelphia on 10 Nov 1764 on the ship Boston from Rotterdam via Cowes, England. Dewalt probably had exchanged letters with his older brother Bastian LENTZ who arrived in 1753 and settled in Berks Co., PA, where Dewalt soon joined him. According to family legend in NC, they had two other brothers--John LENTZ and Peter LENTZ--who also lived in NC at times when Bastian and Dewalt lived there. The matter of John and Peter being brothers of Bastian and Dewalt has now been disproved.
Strassburger says that the order of names on the ship's roster is important since people from the same locality usually traveled together as friends or relatives and continued to associate with one another after they arrived in America. The following names were close to D- Diebolt LENTZ: (1) Hans Adam HARTMANN, (2) Peter REITNAUER (RIDENHOUR), (3) George REITNAUER, and (4) Johannes PFLUM. Adam HARTMANN sponsored a son for Bastian LENTZ at Mertz Lutheran Church on 11 May 1768. (On the Organ Church records in Rowan Co., NC, it is found that sponsors were almost always relatives.)
PA had a tax on 'renters' which included unmarried men age 21 or older. Once they married and became the head of a family, they were dropped from this tax list. It became known as the 'Bachelor's Tax.' In 1767, Rockland Twp., Berks Co., PA, Dewalt LENTZ paid 15 shillings tax as a single man for the year 1766 (from PA Archives). He married in March 1767 and would have been dropped from the tax list at that time.
Mertz Church records in Berks Co., PA, p. 212, show that Deobald LENTZ married Elizabeth BECHTEL on 3 Mar 1767. C. F. Fox lists the Bechtel family as among the oldest families in PA, arriving in 1733 as Christopher and Susanna BECHTEL, of Exeter Twp, Berks Co., PA. (This came from Lentz Heritage. WE NEED BIBLIOGRAPHICAL INFO ON FOX.)
C. J. Smith (See Bibliography in Lentz Heritage) shows that Peter BECHTEL, Sr., came to America on ship 'Brothers' from Rotterdam, landing Philadelphia on 22 Sep 1752. He was born 26 Oct 1726, died 7 Jul 1807. His wife was Anna Mareretha, born 6 Jan 1736, died 13 Sep 1791. They had a son Peter BECHTEL, Jr., born 20 Aug 1756, died 16 Feb 1786. The older Bechtels could have ben married by 1746 and may have had a daughter named for her mother, and this daughter may be the one who became the wife of B-Bastian LENTZ who married Mareretha ______ in PA in about 1758 or before. The Elizabeth BECHTEL who married Dewalt LENTZ could have been another daughter of Peter and Anna Mareretha BECHTEL. The kinship of Peter and Christopher BECHTEL is unknown.
PA Archives show that on 5 Nov 1771 Theobald LENTZ obtained land warrants for 50 and 25 acres in East District Twp which joins Rockland Twp. It shows he paid taxes in Rockland Twp. for 1770 and 1771, and in East District Twp through 1781. This date, along with his name showing on a Reform Church list of Communion takers for Easter in 1782 in NC gives us our date for his arrival in NC. It has not been established how he disposed of this land in PA.
Dewalt LENTZ took the Oath of Allegiance to the Colonies on 22 May 1778. He is listed in 1777-1778 as Private, 5th Class, Captain Christopher Folch's 1st Company, 1st Battalion, Berks Co. Militia, according to evidence in 'The Fine Book of Berks County' p. 2. ('The Fine Book of Berks County,' I understand. is a book listing fines levied on individuals in the militia for some reason or another. I understand that the Daughters of the American Revolution refuses to recognize such individuals for their participation in the American Revolution. Someone needs to confirm that this is true.]
Dewalt LENTZ is known to have been a tailor and may have made uniforms for some of the PA militia. [JWL's NOTE: I do not know where JPL obtained this information.]
The PA Archives also show that Bastian LENTZ paid taxes on 135 acres for 1779, and the searcher could not find how he disposed of this land. However, the following year the only person in the township paying taxes on 135 acres was Peter BECHTEL. This leads us to the conclusion that both brothers married daughters of the Bechtel family in Rockland and nearby townships of Berks Co., PA and 'traded' their land to that family, their in-laws.
This would make the children of Bastian and Dewalt LENTZ 'double first cousins,' i.e., first cousins both in the LENTZ family line and in the BECHTEL family line.
Mertz Lutheran Church records in Rockland Twp., Berks Co., PA show that Dewalt LENTZ and wife Elizabeth had their first child, Ann Margareta LENTZ, who was born on 20 Jan 1768, 10 months after the wedding, and baptized there. Notice that the name is the same as her aunt, the wife of Bastian LENTZ and believed to be the same as her grandmother's name. This appears to confirm that the two brothers Bastian and Dewalt married sisters. The child's sponsor was Aunt Mareretha LENTZ.
We can find only four children born to D- Dewalt LENTZ and Elizabeth. All were born in PA. Only one shows in church records. (See 2nd Generation in America.)
Being married to sisters would also help account for their owning adjoining farms in NC and staying close together.

IN NORTH CAROLINA

He arrived in NC from PA before the Easter Communion in 1782, Arends shows that at Easter, 1782, a list of 37 persons, including Dewalt LENTZ, took communion at the Second Creek Church, Rowan Co., NC. Listed with the women was Elizabeth LENTZEN (in German, the 'en' indicates a married woman). This must be D- Dewald LENTZ and wife Elizabeth Bechtel LENTZ. Since he paid taxes in PA in 1781 and his records stop there, the conclusion is that he arrived in early spring, 1782.
On Dec 1785, Devault 'LEANES' entered for 140 acres of land in Rowan Co., NC. This was Dewalt LENTZ, Sr., (As shown in Entry No. 2794, Land Grant Office, Raleigh, NC, Book 75, p. 256.) Issued 53 acres on 20 Dec 1791. It was on the waters of Dutch Second Creek.
Surveyor's report: 'Surveyed land for Devolt LANCE lying on Dutch Second Creek, beginning at a Black Oak, corner to the said Devolt LANCE and on line of Boston LANCE. Containing 53 acres. 23 March 1789.' Chain Bearers were listed as Devolt Lancves and Peter J. Lancs. This would be his sons: D4- Davalt LENTZ, Jr. and D2- Peter J. LENTZ, Devalt (Devolt) Lancves, and Peter J. Lancs. Devalt LENTZ, Jr., was age 9 and Peter J. LENTZ was age about 19. (Rowan Bk. 13, page 82.)
A deed in Rowan Co., NC, proves he was a brother of Bastian. (See Rowan Co. Bk 14, p. 381, 4 Nov 1795) where it states 'Bostian LENTZ, Sr. of Rowan Co. sells his brother Dewalt LENTZ Sr., 50 acres of land for 10 pounds.'
Rowan Co., NC, Book 11, p. 447, 5 May 1788: 'Conrod LINGLE sells 131 acres to Dewalt LENTZ of Rowan for 130 pounds (English money), land on Second Creek in the Dutch Settlement, joining Bostian LENCES, HARTMAN, WINDEL, MILLER, Andres BETS, and Jacob YOSTS, and running with his line to the beginning.'
In the 1790 census of Rowan Co., NC, he is shown as Davolt Lence or Lance, hard to say. It lists: 2 free white males, under 10; 1 free white male, 26-44; 1 free white female under 10; and 1 free white female 16-25.






Rowan Co., NC, Bk 13, p. 135, 21 Jan 1793: 'Dawalt LENTS, Sen., and wife Elizabeth sell his son Peter LENTS, for 40 pounds, two tracts of land, one tract of 53 acres, and the other tract being part of a tract of 131 acres, containing 70 acres, 3/4's and 20 poles. It cornered at his father's still house. Witnesses: Robert LINN, Johannex LENTZ, George (X) H. Holman. Signed: Dewolt LENTZ, Elizabeth (X) LENTZ.'
From the above land transactions, it is shown that D- Dewalt LENTZ listed himself as Dewalt LENTZ, Sr., and therefore had a son Dewalt LENTZ, Jr., his son D2- Peter J. LENTZ had an initial 'J.' in his name. D- Dewalt LENTZ, Sr., already owned land when he secured the above parcels. His son D2- Peter (J.) LENTZ, became a landowner at age about 23 years. Also, Dewalt's farm joined the farm of his brother, B- Bastian LENTZ, Sr.
Since it is known that D- Dewalt LENTZ, Sr., was a tailor, one can assume that he did not need a big farm to go with his tailoring trade, and therefore, sold his land to his oldest son.
Also, since the oldest child of D2- Peter J. LENTZ was born 18 Aug 1791, it is assumed that he married in 1790 and his father helped him set up a homestead nearby in Jan 1793.
The Land Grant Office, Raleigh, NC, shows: Peter LENCE, No. 01, Rowan Co., entered for 200 acres on 4 Jul 1779, on Dutch Second Creek. The '0' in front of the number indicates it was NOT issued. This record will not be found in Rowan Co., only in Raleigh.
The letter to the surveyor dated 29 Dec 1797 orders him 'to survey land for Peter LENCE on 2nd and Buffalow Creeks, joining Jacob TREECE, Boston LENCE, Peter BEVER, and Devalt LENCE'. The surveyor reported on 1 May 1798 that he completed the survey, showing meets and bounds of the 200 acres. His drawing of the property is marked 'Peter LENCE, son of LENCE the snider.' (Snider means tailor in German.)
Raleigh Bk. 687, p. 341: 'Peter J. LENTZ entered for this land again 5 May 1801, and it was issued 23 Nov 1804. (This part should be on records in Rowan Co.)
This tells us that D-Dewalt LENTZ was a tailor and had a son Peter old enough to own land..
The earlier deed of 21 Jan 1793, Bk. 13, p. 135, when Dewalt and Elizabeth sold their son two tracts of land for 40 pounds, also showed the land cornered at a 'branch above said Devalt LENCES still house.' Therefore, Dewalt LENTZ was a tailor and a distiller in a legitimate business.
Rowan, Bk 22, p. 622, 4 Apr 1812, Devalt LENTZ sells his son Peter, for 67 pounds, 5 shillings, land on Second Creek containing 67 1/4 acres. The scribes show he signed it as Drobalt.
Rowan, Bk. 20, p. 562, 1 Apr 1812: Devalt LENTS, Sr. sells to Devalt LENTZ, Jr. land on 2nd Creek and on the Great Rd., containing 292 acres. It says he signed it as Desfobolt.
Rowan, Bk. 22, p. 697, 4 Apr 1812: Dewalt LENTZ sells his son Peter LENTZ, both of Rowan Co., land on Second Creek and Plumb Branch, where the Cross Creek Road crosses it, containing 32 acres. He signed it in German as Desfobolt LENTZ. These are the ways the scribes copied the name Diebolt.
Will Bk. G, p.251, 4 Apr 1812: his Will shows he left his wife $25 and a big assortment of household goods and tools including 'one flesh (meat) fork.' Also, 'Storcks Prayer Book, one Hymn book, and the books we had when I married her.' (Rev. STORCH was pastor of Old Organ Lutheran Church in Rowan Co. 1788-1823, and this may have been a prayer book written in German by this minister. John Paul LENTZ, compiler of LENTZ HERITAGE, never found anyone who knew about this book.) He left the remainder of his money and property to his three children, namely Peter LENTZ, Dewalt LENTZ, and Elizabeth, the wife of John MILLER, to be equally divided without public sale. He specifies that in case of the early death of Elizabeth her children shall inherit her part. He appoints his son Peter LENTZ and his son-in-law John MILLER as Executors of the Will.
The three deeds and the WILL were signed the same way as he signed the boat's roster when arriving in Philadelphia, PA, in 1764--i.e., 'Dibolt Lentz.'
(NOTE: The hand-written German alphabet varied at different times and in different Germanic states. The boat signatures have shown capital letter 'D' made nine different ways; the small 'd' six ways, the capital 'C' ten ways, and the small 'c' six ways. This accounts for the English scribes' inability to read his signatures and copy it in the Deed and Will Books of Rowan Co.)
The Journal of Rev. STORCH of Organ Church shows the following:
(1) Buried Abraham Haltermann on 1 Oct 1798;
(2) Buried wife of Dewalt LENTZ on 23 Sep 1799. (This was Elizabeth.)
(3) Married Dewalt LENTZ to w. (widow) Haltermann on 6 Nov 1800. (Dewalt LENTZ's Will shows her as Mary.)
The SECOND wife of D- Dewalt LENTZ was widow Mary HALTERMANN. The Nussman Genealogy shows Paul NUSSMAN married Hannah HALTERMANN on 20 Aug. 1810. This made him a step-son-in-law of D- Dewalt LENTZ, Sr., and friend of the family. Paul was a son of Rev. Adolphus NUSSMAN, pastor at Organ Church 1773-1774 and 1785-1787. Philip MILLER (1759-1835) was a son of Wendel MILLER (1730-1805) and a brother of John MILLER (c. 1768-1842) who married D3- Elizabeth LENTZ (1777-____), also brother of Philipena MILLER who married P6- Peter LENTZ, Jr. Philip was a brother of a son-in-law of C- Dewalt LENTZ, Sr., John MILLER. Philip MILLER and Paul NUSSMAN witnessed the three deeds and the Will and helped with many family problems and land transactions. Paul was a step-son-in-law of D- Dewalt LENTZ, Sr.
Wendel MILLER was a lieutenant in the Revolutionary War, and a Government Monument was erected to him at Organ Church on 31 Oct 1976.
The diary of Rev. C. A. G. STORCH for Feb 1800 shows: 'Received one barrell of brandy from LENTZ place for household use, price 12 pounds, paid 6 pounds.' This seems to be from the stillhouse of D- Dewalt LENTZ, Sr., who sold to the preacher for half price. The same diary, p. 23, states that Dewalt and Bastian LENTZ paid 18 pounds 3 shillings to Organ Church in 1796-1798. This seems to be D- Dewalt LENTZ, Sr., and B- Bastian LENTZ, Sr. On p. 27, he shows that Peter LENTZ paid 8 pounds in 1800-1801. This could easily have been either D2- Peter LENTZ, the tailor, or B2- Peter LENTZ, the yeoman, ages 30 and 33 respectively. Since D- Dewalt LENTZ, Sr., did not mention the 'Big Kettle' or the still house in his Will, it seems that he had gone out of the distillery business before his death.
The first Temperance Society in NC was established in Guilford Co. in 1822. The fight against alchohol had gone on for some time before this. The diary of Rev. Samuel Rothrock, D.D., p 43, on 1 Apr 1839 shows a Temperance Meeting at the home of Dewalt LENTZ. This is believed to refer to D4- Dewalt LENTZ, Jr., who moved to Iredell Co. sometime after 1840 and shows on the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Statesville as an Elder, soon after the 1840 completion of the church. Of course, the Temperance Meeting could have been held at the home of D27- Dewalt Washburn LENTZ who would have been age 37 in 1839, while D4- Dewalt LENTZ, Jr., who would have been age 59. It seems likely the deacon or elder in the church would be most likely to have such a meeting.
Eight LENTZ families moved to Iredell Co. about this time because the farmers there could not sell their corn without hauling it to Fayetteville since the distilleries had been closed in Iredell. These farmers sold and moved to Illinois, leaving available farms for sale to the LENTZ and other families. The following LENTZ people are known to have moved to Iredell about this time: B7- Jacob, B71- Charles, B78- Adam, Paul Bost and wife B79- Margaret LENTZ, D4- Dewalt LENTZ, Jr., D42- Henry LENTZ, D2B- Solomon and B76- David LENTZ.
In the book 'North Carolina,' Vol. III, (1928) by R. D. W. Connor and the American Historical Society, and also in 'North Carolina,' Special Limited Supplement, American Historical Society (1927), p. 223, states that the ancestors of Dr. Clarence Manteo LENTZ of Albemarle, NC, included five brothers from Germany who first settled for a while in PA. Notice that he is D21253- Dr. Clarence Manteo LENTZ, a sixth-generation American descended from D- Dewalt (Diebolt) LENTZ, Sr.
Pastors STORCH and AHRENDS spelled the name Diebolt as Dewalt, and, in German, this spelling would be pronounced Devalt. If written as Devalt, in German it would be pronounced as Defalt.
D- Dewalt LENTZ, Sr., made his Will in 1812 and all records indicate he died soon after that. No records have been found to locate the place of his burial, but the logical place would have been the Organ Church Cemetery. In any case, in recent years Dewalt's descendents have erected a tombstone for him there. Dewalt Lentz was also known as Diebolt "Dewalt" Lentz.2 He was Marriage; Person Source.3 Unrecognized GEDCOM data: Unknown GEDCOM tag: _UID E624015ABF15DA45AB15733184FD3186F469. He included in research possibilities of John Lentz and Peter Lentz between 1700 and 1800 at North Carolina; 1. The DNA evidence demonstrates that Peter and John can not be sons of Hans Petrus Lentz.
Many people who are interested in Lentz and/or Lance genealogy will have read the book Lentz Heritage, by John Paul Lentz. In this book, John Paul Lentz refers to four Lentz men who lived in the same place at the same time as "brothers". However, no documentation has ever been found to support this claim. Since these four men - John, Peter, Bastian, and Dewalt - seem to be about the same age, and have the same last name, and were in the same place at the same time, it seems reasonable to conclude that they may have been brothers.

It is against this backdrop that a group of people with interest in Lentz and Lance genealogy began to use DNA to determine the actual relationship among these four "brothers".

Let us start with a presumptive hypothesis that John, Peter, Bastian, and Dewalt are all brothers. Then, if we can find direct descendants who derive from each of the four brothers along the all-male line, and compare their DNA, then we should find that in all four cases the Y chromosome is identical, or at least very similar. This is what was done.

For Dewalt Lentz (D), we tested a descendant who was a 4th great grandson. For Bastian Lentz (B), we tested a 3rd great grandson. For John Lentz (J), we tested a 6th great grandson. Then for Peter (P), we tested one descendant who was a 4th great grandson (a 3rd great grandson of Peter's son Samuel (Samuel was Peter's fourth son, hence P4)) and a 5th great grandson (a 4th great grandson of Peter's son John (John was Peter's third son, hence P3)). [Note that when I say "we", I really mean that the samples were analyzed by FamilyTreeDNA.] So we have 5 DNA samples that represent a total of 36 generations (or more precisely, transmission events, the number of times a Y chromosome was passed from a father to his son).

I will neglect to demonstrate the mathematics here except to say it like this: We tested 12 sites on the Y chromosome for each of the 5 volunteers. Let's assume a mutation rate of 0.3% per site per generation (or transmission event). With 36 events times 12 tested sites per event at 0.3%, we should expect to see the following probabilities (rounded).

Number of Mutations: Probability:
0 27.4%
1 35.5%
2 23.0%
3 9.9%
4 3.2%
5 0.8%
6 0.2%
7 <0.03%
8 or more very small numbers
So how many mutations are present in our set of samples, presuming that the four are brothers? Well, there is one present in the J4 sample line (the change in DYS 389i CAUSES the change in DYS 389ii, so it is only one change, in spite of the numbers being different at two sites). Then there are an additional 4 mutations in the Bastian sample line (noting it takes 2 changes to get from 23 to 25 in DYS390). Then there are 4 more mutations in the Dewalt line. So that makes a total of nine. [Note that you do not get to "share" mutations in this case. That is to say, one mutation could not have been responsible for the change in DYS 391 in the Bastian line AND in the Dewalt line. That could be true if you thought maybe Bastian was a son of Dewalt, or something like that. But in our case, if Bastian and Dewalt are considered as brothers, then the changes must have come independently.]

So you can see that we have 9 mutations. And the probability of that happening in 36 transmission events is very close to zero (this would represent a mutation rate about 10x the normal value). So the conclusion is that these four men could not have shared the same father. The DNA demonstrates this. So why do I say that John and Peter are not the sons of Hans Petrus Lentz, instead of saying that it is Bastian and Dewalt who are not the sons of Hans Petrus Lentz? This is because the baptism records for Bastian and Dewalt as sons of Hans Petrus Lentz have been found, whereas no such records have been found for Peter and John. So it is the DNA which demonstrates that they could not have, all four of them, been sons of Hans Petrus Lentz, and it is the paper genealogy which provides the answer as to which ones were sons of Hans Petrus Lentz. Therefore, Peter and John are eliminated as being possible sons of Hans Petrus Lentz.

So from the DNA alone (a conclusion which agrees very well with the paper documentation), I concluded that Bastian and Dewalt are very closely related to each other - close enough to be brothers. John and Peter are also very closely related to each other - close enough to be brothers, but slightly more likely to be close cousins. Our technique is not precise enough to determine these exact relationships unambiguously. But it IS precise enough to determine that all four Lentz men could NOT have been brothers.4 Dewalt Lentz was baptized on 18 March 1742 at Hirschland Lutheran Church, Hirschland, Bas Rhin, Alsace, France; See source information on birth, which contains information on baptism.5,6

He was born on 18 March 1742 at Postroff, Bas Rhin, Alsace, France.1 He was born on 26 June 1745 at Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany.2 He was confirmed in 1754 at Postroff, Bas Rhin, Alsace, France.7 Dewalt Lentz was also known as Johann Theobald Lentz.7 Dewalt Lentz was also known as Diebold Lentz.8 Dewalt Lentz was also known as Dewald Lentz.8 Dewalt Lentz was also known as Dibolt Lertz. Dewalt immigrated, on 10 November 1764. Destination: an unknown place .9,10,5,7 He became an unknown person 's sponsor at an unknown person baptism at Old Mertz Lutheran Church, Bieber Creek, Berks County, Pennsylvania, on 20 July 1766; Sponsored by D- Dewalt (or Dewald Lentz (uncle) and Maria Kleinin ('in'added to signify an unmarried woman.) or Maria Klein.11,10,5
He married Elisabetha Bechtel at Mertz Lutheran Church, Rockland Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, on 3 March 1767.6 Dewalt Lentz was Mustered into militia 1 JUL 1777
between 1777 and 1778 at Berks County, Pennsylvania.5 He Capt Berks County PA Militia 1777-1780; We know that in the years 1777-1780 (Revolutionary War), Bastian was a captain in the Berks County, PA, militia. Also, he and his brother Dewalt show up in the records of the Mertz Lutheran Church in Rockland Twp, PA, where they sponsored children for each other at baptism. PA Archives, Series 3, Vol 18, Berks Co., p 266, show that in 1779 Sebastian LENTZ paid taxes amounting to 26 shillings in Rockland Twp on 135 acres, 4 horses, 3 cattle, no sheep, and that he was the only man paying taxes on 135 acres in the county. (Also see EIGHTEENTH CENTURY EMIGRANTS FROM THE NORTHERN ALSACE TO AMERICA, p. 337.) The Division of Archives & Manuscripts, PA Historical and Museum Commission, sent the following: "This is to certify that one Sebastian LENTZ was commissioned 17 May 1777 as a Captain, 3rd Company, 1st Battalion, Berks County Militia, according to the evidence of an undated Battalion Return." Commonwealth of PA, PA Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, PA, answered our inquiry about Sebastian LENTZ and his service as a captain in the Berks County Militia as follows: "He was elected for three years. We do know he must have served his full three year term until March of 1780 when new elections were held and he was not re-elected captain. This is all we can say for sure from our records."8 M; Bastian was one of two brothers (the other was Diebolt, or Dewalt) who immigrated to America from Germany. Two additional Lentz men, Peter and John, were for many years believed to be brothers of Bastian and Dewalt because of longstanding North Carolina legend and also because all four settled for a while (between 1778 and 1782) in Rowan Co., NC. We are now sure, however, that Peter and John were not brothers of Bastian and Dewalt because Peter and John do not appear in the baptismal records of the same church where Bastian and Dewalt were baptized and as a result of DNA tests conducted using descendants of the four.8 He lived in 1782; arrived in Rowan County NC before Easter 1782; tailor.1 He on 1 January 1789 at Zion (Organ) Lutheran Church, Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina, signed the Constitution of the Organ Church, together with either P or PO; On 1 Jan 1789, the following Lentz people signed the Constitution of Organ Church: Bastian Lentz (Sr. or Jr.?); D- Dewalt Lentz (Sr.); Peter Lentz (B2-, age 27); and Jacob Lentz (B7- age 12). Some others known to have been friends and future in-laws of the Lentz family signed as follows: Peter Barringer, John Adam Cruse, Philip Cruse, Valentine Hornberger, George Michael Heilig, Frederick Miller, Wendel Miller, George Ludwig, (Lewis) Sifford, and William Siffert (Sifford).8 He and Mary ? Rev. STORCH officiated on 6 November 1800. Dewalt Lentz married Mary ? on 6 November 1800 at Zion (Organ) Lutheran Church, Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina; Rev. Storch's Journal states: 'Married Dewalt Lentz to w. (widow) Haltermann on 6 Nov 1800.12,5' Dewalt was listed as the head of a family on the 1800 Census at Rowan County, North Carolina. Davott Lence Sr. 1 male 16-25 (Dewalt? not yet married); 1 male 45+ (Dewalt?); 1 female 0-9; 1 female 10-15; 1 female 45+.13 He witnessed the birth of DeWalt Theobald Miller on 5 December 1801 at Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina; Sponsor grandfather D- Dewalt LENTZ, Sr. (A Lutheran custom for grandparents.)5,14 Dewalt Lentz died in 1812 at Rowan County, North Carolina.1 He was buried at Zion (Organ) Lutheran Church Cemetery, Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina; He is buried in the cemetary of the (Zion) Old Organ Church in Rowan Co., NC, about 40 miles north of Charlotte, NC, off of I-85. The stone is beside his brother's, Bastian's, grave. A new tombstone erected in recent years by descendants reads: DIEBOLT 'DEWALT' LENTZ, 1745-1812, B. IN GERMANY. PVT. 1ST CLASS 1ST CO 1ST BN BERKS CO. MILITIA PA, 1777-1782. (PHOTO OF GRAVESTONE AVAILABLE.)5 NARRATIVE OF PERSONAL HISTORY OF Dewalt LENTZ [See the entry on the Personal History of his brother, Bastian Lentz,for the location and history of their native village of Postroff.] EUROPEAN RECORDS He appears on p. 463 of the baptismal records of the Hirschland Lutheran Kirchenbuch (Churchbook): '18th of March 1742 - baptism of Joh. Theobald Lenz, mother Anna Magdalena, father Peter Lenz from Postroff. Postroff is a village in the eastern part of the present-day French province of Lorraine near Alsace. Today the region is in the northern part of the Departement of Bas Rhin in France or, one may say, in eastern Lorraine, near Alsace. In the 16th,17th, and most of the 18th centuries Alsace-Lorraine was an area divided into numerous small domains, and the village of Postroff belonged to the Grafschaft of Nassau-Saarwerden. The area is about 40 miles northwest of the city of Strasbourg. He is shown in the churchbook as having served as a godparent in the year 1764. IN PENNSYLVANIA In Strassburger's Pennsylvania German Pioneers Vol II, p. 802, line 23, the compilers misread Dewalt's signature 'Dibolt Lentz' as 'Dibolt Lertz.' In Old High German, the name Theobald was Theudobald,' meaning 'bold among the people,' Perfectly good German variants of this name are Teobalt, Theobalt, Tewald, Thiebalt, Dibolt, Diebolt, Dewald, Dewalt, Diewald and Diewalt. English clerks often spelled it as Teobald, Tebald, Tebalt, Tebelt, Tewalt, and Deobald. Diebolt Lentz is the spelling shown by Rupp and Engle in their separate works (see Bibliography). His name shows in the baptismal record in their native village of Postroff as Theobald; in Strassburger's work as Dibolt; and in some PA and NC records as Deobald or Theobald but usually as Dewalt or Dewalt, and sometimes but rarely as Duvald. LENTZ is a very old German name meaning 'Springtime,' and was also written as LENZ. Dewalt (Diebolt) LENTZ arrived in Philadelphia on 10 Nov 1764 on the ship Boston from Rotterdam via Cowes, England. Dewalt probably had exchanged letters with his older brother Bastian LENTZ who arrived in 1753 and settled in Berks Co., PA, where Dewalt soon joined him. According to family legend in NC, they had two other brothers--John LENTZ and Peter LENTZ--who also lived in NC at times when Bastian and Dewalt lived there. The matter of John and Peter being brothers of Bastian and Dewalt has now been disproved. Strassburger says that the order of names on the ship's roster is important since people from the same locality usually traveled together as friends or relatives and continued to associate with one another after they arrived in America. The following names were close to D- Diebolt LENTZ: (1) Hans Adam HARTMANN, (2) Peter REITNAUER (RIDENHOUR), (3) George REITNAUER, and (4) Johannes PFLUM. Adam HARTMANN sponsored a son for Bastian LENTZ at Mertz Lutheran Church on 11 May 1768. (On the Organ Church records in Rowan Co., NC, it is found that sponsors were almost always relatives.) PA had a tax on 'renters' which included unmarried men age 21 or older. Once they married and became the head of a family, they were dropped from this tax list. It became known as the 'Bachelor's Tax.' In 1767, Rockland Twp., Berks Co., PA, Dewalt LENTZ paid 15 shillings tax as a single man for the year 1766 (from PA Archives). He married in March 1767 and would have been dropped from the tax list at that time. Mertz Church records in Berks Co., PA, p. 212, show that Deobald LENTZ married Elizabeth BECHTEL on 3 Mar 1767. C. F. Fox lists the Bechtel family as among the oldest families in PA, arriving in 1733 as Christopher and Susanna BECHTEL, of Exeter Twp, Berks Co., PA. (This came from Lentz Heritage. WE NEED BIBLIOGRAPHICAL INFO ON FOX.) C. J. Smith (See Bibliography) shows that Peter BECHTEL, Sr., came to America on ship 'Brothers' from Rotterdam, landing Philadelphia on 22 Sep 1752. He was born 26 Oct 1726, died 7 Jul 1807. His wife was Anna Mareretha, born 6 Jan 1736, died 13 Sep 1791. They had a son Peter BECHTEL, Jr., born 20 Aug 1756, died 16 Feb 1786. The older Bechtels could have ben married by 1746 and may have had a daughter named for her mother, and this daughter may be the one who became the wife of B-Bastian LENTZ who married Mareretha ______ in PA in about 1758 or before. The Elizabeth BECHTEL who married Dewalt LENTZ could have been another daughter of Peter and Anna Mareretha BECHTEL. The kinship of Peter and Christopher BECHTEL is unknown. PA Archives show that on 5 Nov 1771 Theobald LENTZ obtained land warrants for 50 and 25 acres in East District Twp which joins Rockland Twp. It shows he paid taxes in Rockland Twp. for 1770 and 1771, and in East District Twp through 1781. This date, along with his name showing on a Reform Church list of Communion takers for Easter in 1782 in NC gives us our date for his arrival in NC. It has not been established how he disposed of this land in PA. Dewalt LENTZ took the Oath of Allegiance to the Colonies on 22 May 1778. He is listed in 1777-1778 as Private, 5th Class, Captain Christopher Folch's 1st Company, 1st Battalion, Berks Co. Militia, according to evidence in 'The Fine Book of Berks County' p. 2. ('The Fine Book of Berks County,' I understand. is a book listing fines levied on individuals in the militia for some reason or another. I understand that the Daughters of the American Revolution refuses to recognize such individuals for their participation in the American Revolution. Someone needs to confirm that this is true.] Dewalt LENTZ is known to have been a tailor and may have made uniforms for some of the PA militia. [JWL's NOTE: I do not know where JPL obtained this information.] The PA Archives also show that Bastian LENTZ paid taxes on 135 acres for 1779, and the searcher could not find how he disposed of this land. However, the following year the only person in the township paying taxes on 135 acres was Peter BECHTEL. This leads us to the conclusion that both brothers married daughters of the Bechtel family in Rockland and nearby townships of Berks Co., PA and 'traded' their land to that family, their in-laws. This would make the children of Bastian and Dewalt LENTZ 'double first cousins,' i.e., first cousins both in the LENTZ family line and in the BECHTEL family line. Mertz Lutheran Church records in Rockland Twp., Berks Co., PA show that Dewalt LENTZ and wife Elizabeth had their first child, Ann Margareta LENTZ, who was born on 20 Jan 1768, 10 months after the wedding, and baptized there. Notice that the name is the same as her aunt, the wife of Bastian LENTZ and believed to be the same as her grandmother's name. This appears to confirm that the two brothers Bastian and Dewalt married sisters. The child's sponsor was Aunt Mareretha LENTZ. We can find only four children born to D- Dewalt LENTZ and Elizabeth. All were born in PA. Only one shows in church records. (See 2nd Generation in America.) Being married to sisters would also help account for their owning adjoining farms in NC and staying close together. IN NORTH CAROLINA He arrived in NC from PA before the Easter Communion in 1782, Arends shows that at Easter, 1782, a list of 37 persons, including Dewalt LENTZ, took communion at the Second Creek Church, Rowan Co., NC. Listed with the women was Elizabeth LENTZEN (in German, the 'en' indicates a married woman). This must be D- Dewald LENTZ and wife Elizabeth Bechtel LENTZ. Since he paid taxes in PA in 1781 and his records stop there, the conclusion is that he arrived in early spring, 1782. On Dec 1785, Devault 'LEANES' entered for 140 acres of land in Rowan Co., NC. This was Dewalt LENTZ, Sr., (As shown in Entry No. 2794, Land Grant Office, Raleigh, NC, Book 75, p. 256.) Issued 53 acres on 20 Dec 1791. It was on the waters of Dutch Second Creek. Surveyor's report: 'Surveyed land for Devolt LANCE lying on Dutch Second Creek, beginning at a Black Oak, corner to the said Devolt LANCE and on line of Boston LANCE. Containing 53 acres. 23 March 1789.' Chain Bearers were listed as Devolt Lancves and Peter J. Lancs. This would be his sons: D4- Davalt LENTZ, Jr. and D2- Peter J. LENTZ, Devalt (Devolt) Lancves, and Peter J. Lancs. Devalt LENTZ, Jr., was age 9 and Peter J. LENTZ was age about 19. (Rowan Bk. 13, page 82.) A deed in Rowan Co., NC, proves he was a brother of Bastian. (See Rowan Co. Bk 14, p. 381, 4 Nov 1795) where it states 'Bostian LENTZ, Sr. of Rowan Co. sells his brother Dewalt LENTZ Sr., 50 acres of land for 10 pounds.' Rowan Co., NC, Book 11, p. 447, 5 May 1788: 'Conrod LINGLE sells 131 acres to Dewalt LENTZ of Rowan for 130 pounds (English money), land on Second Creek in the Dutch Settlement, joining Bostian LENCES, HARTMAN, WINDEL, MILLER, Andres BETS, and Jacob YOSTS, and running with his line to the beginning.' Rowan Co., NC, Bk 13, p. 135, 21 Jan 1793: 'Dawalt LENTS, Sen., and wife Elizabeth sell his son Peter LENTS, for 40 pounds, two tracts of land, one tract of 53 acres, and the other tract being part of a tract of 131 acres, containing 70 acres, 3/4's and 20 poles. It cornered at his father's still house. Witnesses: Robert LINN, Johannex LENTZ, George (X) H. Holman. Signed: Dewolt LENTZ, Elizabeth (X) LENTZ.' From the above land transactions, it is shown that D- Dewalt LENTZ listed himself as Dewalt LENTZ, Sr., and therefore had a son Dewalt LENTZ, Jr., his son D2- Peter J. LENTZ had an initial 'J.' in his name. D- Dewalt LENTZ, Sr., already owned land when he secured the above parcels. His son D2- Peter (J.) LENTZ, became a landowner at age about 23 years. Also, Dewalt's farm joined the farm of his brother, B- Bastian LENTZ, Sr. Since it is known that D- Dewalt LENTZ, Sr., was a tailor, one can assume that he did not need a big farm to go with his tailoring trade, and therefore, sold his land to his oldest son. Also, since the oldest child of D2- Peter J. LENTZ was born 18 Aug 1791, it is assumed that he married in 1790 and his father helped him set up a homestead nearby in Jan 1793. The Land Grant Office, Raleigh, NC, shows: Peter LENCE, No. 01, Rowan Co., entered for 200 acres on 4 Jul 1779, on Dutch Second Creek. The '0' in front of the number indicates it was NOT issued. This record will not be found in Rowan Co., only in Raleigh. The letter to the surveyor dated 29 Dec 1797 orders him 'to survey land for Peter LENCE on 2nd and Buffalow Creeks, joining Jacob TREECE, Boston LENCE, Peter BEVER, and Devalt LENCE'. The surveyor reported on 1 May 1798 that he completed the survey, showing meets and bounds of the 200 acres. His drawing of the property is marked 'Peter LENCE, son of LENCE the snider.' (Snider means tailor in German.) Raleigh Bk. 687, p. 341: 'Peter J. LENTZ entered for this land again 5 May 1801, and it was issued 23 Nov 1804. (This part should be on records in Rowan Co.) This tells us that D-Dewalt LENTZ was a tailor and had a son Peter old enough to own land.. The earlier deed of 21 Jan 1793, Bk. 13, p. 135, when Dewalt and Elizabeth sold their son two tracts of land for 40 pounds, also showed the land cornered at a 'branch above said Devalt LENCES still house.' Therefore, Dewalt LENTZ was a tailor and a distiller in a legitimate business. Rowan, Bk 22, p. 622, 4 Apr 1812, Devalt LENTZ sells his son Peter, for 67 pounds, 5 shillings, land on Second Creek containing 67 1/4 acres. The scribes show he signed it as Drobalt. Rowan, Bk. 20, p. 562, 1 Apr 1812: Devalt LENTS, Sr. sells to Devalt LENTZ, Jr. land on 2nd Creek and on the Great Rd., containing 292 acres. It says he signed it as Desfobolt. Rowan, Bk. 22, p. 697, 4 Apr 1812: Dewalt LENTZ sells his son Peter LENTZ, both of Rowan Co., land on Second Creek and Plumb Branch, where the Cross Creek Road crosses it, containing 32 acres. He signed it in German as Desfobolt LENTZ. These are the ways the scribes copied the name Diebolt. Will Bk. G, p.251, 4 Apr 1812: his Will shows he left his wife $25 and a big assortment of household goods and tools including 'one flesh (meat) fork.' Also, 'Storcks Prayer Book, one Hymn book, and the books we had when I married her.' (Rev. STORCH was pastor of Old Organ Lutheran Church in Rowan Co. 1788-1823, and this may have been a prayer book written in German by this minister. John Paul LENTZ, compiler of LENTZ HERITAGE, never found anyone who knew about this book.) He left the remainder of his money and property to his three children, namely Peter LENTZ, Dewalt LENTZ, and Elizabeth, the wife of John MILLER, to be equally divided without public sale. He specifies that in case of the early death of Elizabeth her children shall inherit her part. He appoints his son Peter LENTZ and his son-in-law John MILLER as Executors of the Will. The three deeds and the WILL were signed the same way as he signed the boat's roster when arriving in Philadelphia, PA, in 1764--i.e., 'Dibolt Lentz.' (NOTE: The hand-written German alphabet varied at different times and in different Germanic states. The boat signatures have shown capital letter 'D' made nine different ways; the small 'd' six ways, the capital 'C' ten ways, and the small 'c' six ways. This accounts for the English scribes' inability to read his signatures and copy it in the Deed and Will Books of Rowan Co.) The Journal of Rev. STORCH of Organ Church shows the following: (1) Buried Abraham Haltermann on 1 Oct 1798; (2) Buried wife of Dewalt LENTZ on 23 Sep 1799. (This was Elizabeth.) (3) Married Dewalt LENTZ to w. (widow) Haltermann on 6 Nov 1800. (Dewalt LENTZ's Will shows her as Mary.) The SECOND wife of D- Dewalt LENTZ was widow Mary HALTERMANN. The Nussman Genealogy shows Paul NUSSMAN married Hannah HALTERMANN on 20 Aug. 1810. This made him a step-son-in-law of D- Dewalt LENTZ, Sr., and friend of the family. Paul was a son of Rev. Adolphus NUSSMAN, pastor at Organ Church 1773-1774 and 1785-1787. Philip MILLER (1759-1835) was a son of Wendel MILLER (1730-1805) and a brother of John MILLER (c. 1768-1842) who married D3- Elizabeth LENTZ (1777-____), also brother of Philipena MILLER who married P6- Peter LENTZ, Jr. Philip was a brother of a son-in-law of C- Dewalt LENTZ, Sr., John MILLER. Philip MILLER and Paul NUSSMAN witnessed the three deeds and the Will and helped with many family problems and land transactions. Paul was a step-son-in-law of D- Dewalt LENTZ, Sr. Wendel MILLER was a lieutenant in the Revolutionary War, and a Government Monument was erected to him at Organ Church on 31 Oct 1976. The diary of Rev. C. A. G. STORCH for Feb 1800 shows: 'Received one barrell of brandy from LENTZ place for household use, price 12 pounds, paid 6 pounds.' This seems to be from the stillhouse of D- Dewalt LENTZ, Sr., who sold to the preacher for half price. The same diary, p. 23, states that Dewalt and Bastian LENTZ paid 18 pounds 3 shillings to Organ Church in 1796-1798. This seems to be D- Dewalt LENTZ, Sr., and B- Bastian LENTZ, Sr. On p. 27, he shows that Peter LENTZ paid 8 pounds in 1800-1801. This could easily have been either D2- Peter LENTZ, the tailor, or B2- Peter LENTZ, the yeoman, ages 30 and 33 respectively. Since D- Dewalt LENTZ, Sr., did not mention the 'Big Kettle' or the still house in his Will, it seems that he had gone out of the distillery business before his death. The first Temperance Society in NC was established in Guilford Co. in 1822. The fight against alchohol had gone on for some time before this. The diary of Rev. Samuel Rothrock, D.D., p 43, on 1 Apr 1839 shows a Temperance Meeting at the home of Dewalt LENTZ. This is believed to refer to D4- Dewalt LENTZ, Jr., who moved to Iredell Co. sometime after 1840 and shows on the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Statesville as an Elder, soon after the 1840 completion of the church. Of course, the Temperance Meeting could have been held at the home of D27- Dewalt Washburn LENTZ who would have been age 37 in 1839, while D4- Dewalt LENTZ, Jr., who would have been age 59. It seems likely the deacon or elder in the church would be most likely to have such a meeting. Eight LENTZ families moved to Iredell Co. about this time because the farmers there could not sell their corn without hauling it to Fayetteville since the distilleries had been closed in Iredell. These farmers sold and moved to Illinois, leaving available farms for sale to the LENTZ and other families. The following LENTZ people are known to have moved to Iredell about this time: B7- Jacob, B71- Charles, B78- Adam, Paul Bost and wife B79- Margaret LENTZ, D4- Dewalt LENTZ, Jr., D42- Henry LENTZ, D2B- Solomon and B76- David LENTZ. In the book 'North Carolina,' Vol. III, (1928) by R. D. W. Connor and the American Historical Society, and also in 'North Carolina,' Special Limited Supplement, American Historical Society (1927), p. 223, states that the ancestors of Dr. Clarence Manteo LENTZ of Albemarle, NC, included five brothers from Germany who first settled for a while in PA. Notice that he is D21253- Dr. Clarence Manteo LENTZ, a sixth-generation American descended from D- Dewalt (Diebolt) LENTZ, Sr. Pastors STORCH and AHRENDS spelled the name Diebolt as Dewalt, and, in German, this spelling would be pronounced Devalt. If written as Devalt, in German it would be pronounced as Defalt. D- Dewalt LENTZ, Sr., made his Will in 1812 and all records indicate he died soon after that. No records have been found to locate the place of his burial, but the logical place would have been the Organ Church Cemetery. In any case, in recent years Dewalt's descendents have erected a tombstone for him there.5 He From WWW Bostian Page: Dewalt LENTZ BIRTH: ABT 1745, Germany Lentz, John Paul, Lentz Heritage, Meridional Publications, NC, 1986, p.1. DEATH: 1812, Rowan County, North Carolina Lentz, John Paul, Lentz Heritage, Meridional Publications, NC, 1986, p.1. Father: Hans Petrus LENTZ Mother: Anna Margaretha ??? Family 1: Elizabeth BECHTEL MARRIAGE: 3 Mar 1767, Mertz Church, Rockland Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania Lentz, John Paul, Lentz Heritage, Meridional Publications, NC, 1986, p.1. 1.Ann Margareta LENTZ 2.Peter J. LENTZ , Jr. 3.Elizabeth LENTZ 4.Dewalt LENTZ , Jr. Family 2: Mary HALTERMANN MARRIAGE: 6 Nov 1800, Organ Church, Rowan County, North Carolina Lentz, John Paul, Lentz Heritage, Meridional Publications, NC, 1986, p.5.1

Family 1

Elisabetha Bechtel b. 1742, d. 21 Sep 1799
Children

Family 2

Mary ? b. 1743, d. 1804

Citations

  1. [S1] Rolph and McMillin Ancestors [old Reunion file], 3/11/2002.
  2. [S1555] Page Frick, online www4.ncsu.edu/~lbpage/page-frick.
  3. [S633] Unknown author, John Paul Lentz, LENTZ HERITAGE (Meridional Publications, Wake Forest, NC 27587, 1986, reprinted 1990, LOC Catalog Card No. 85-081714), Chap V, pp. 1, 2, 3, 4. 5, 6, 7.
  4. [S126] Rootsweb.com, online wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com, Lentz DNA Project.
  5. [S7] James Lance, Ancestors and Descandants of Bastian & Dewalt Lentz,.
  6. [S1015] Page-Dunn-Frick-Eagle, online www4.ncsu.edu~lbpage/page-frick/index.html.
  7. [S628] James Lance, Sep 2004, citing Dr. Gerhard Hein Familianbuchen (2 CD's of church records in Alsace),, Hirschland Section p 216.
  8. [S628] James Lance, Sep 2004.
  9. [S635] Ralph Beaver Strassburger and & William John Hinke, Pennsylvania German Pioneers, Vol. I, p. 702, line 23, 'Dibolt Lertz,' misreading of his signature shown in Vol. II, p. 801.
  10. [S849] Annette Kunselman Burgert, Emigrants from Alsace, P. 337.
  11. [S633] Unknown author, John Paul Lentz, LENTZ HERITAGE (Meridional Publications, Wake Forest, NC 27587, 1986, reprinted 1990, LOC Catalog Card No. 85-081714), Chap IV, p. 11.
  12. [S655] Unknown author, Rev. C. A. Storch, Rev. Storch was the pastor of Organ (Zion) Luth. Ch., Rowan Co., NC from 1788 to about 1823. (LENTZ HERITAGE, Meridional Publications, Wake Forest, NC 27587, LOC Catalog Card Number 85-018714), 6 Nov 1800.
  13. [S63] 1800 US census, online www.ancestry.com, Name: Lence, Davott
    Township: Salisbury
    County: Rowan
    State: North Carolina
    Year: 1800
    Roll: M32_33
    Page: 302
    Image: 236.
  14. [S752] Deborah Miller, July 2005; uploaded Aug 2004.