Genealogy has become a hobby for me over the last 10 years. For me, it's like a puzzle, I love fitting the pieces together. But over the years, I've researched a lot that does not pertain to our family lines. Some for extended family, some for close friends, and some because I was trying to rule out lines to figure out where our line went exactly. I do not want these notes on my Heather's Genealogy Notes blog - because they are not our lines. But I do like to share all of my research, in case it benefits others. That is what this blog is for - research I have done that does not apply to our own family lines, but may be helpful for someone else.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

David Shultz 1717-1797

David Schultz
Schwenkfeld Immigration Number:  E 9F 7, 7-3a, 7-3b
son of George & Anna (Heebner/Huebner) Schultz
Born 13 Sep 1717 in Armenruh, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Died 25 Apr 1797 in Montgomery County Pa
Married Oct 29 1745
Anna Rosina Beyer
daughter of Abraham & Rosina (Jaekel/Yeakle) Beyer
Born  Aug. 13, 1720
Murdered June 14th 1750
Married 2nd June 22 1758
Elizabeth Lauer
Born 1738
Died 1807

Will of David Schultz:
David Schultze, Upper Hanover
Written Oct. 13, 1794, Probated Oct 30, 1797, Bk. 2, p. 16
To wife Elisabeth, bed, bedstead, 1/3 of household goods and maintenance.
Daus not married to receive as much as married daus. did.
To dau. Mary, 15 pds.
To dau. Rosina, 10 pds.
Personalty to be sold and divided among children.
Farm, 78 acres, for use of wife and children; one child to keep it at valuation and pay legacy to wife, 50 pds.
At wife's death her share to be divided among children.
Rem. to 4 daus. Magdalena, wife of Samuel Loback; Ann, wife of Abraham Clemmer; Mary and Rosina, equally.
Exrs. wife Elisabeth, son-in-law Samuel Loback.
Wits. John Schleiffer, John Schell.

Excerpt from:
Paper read by Mr H WINSLOW FEGLEY at a regular meeting of the Historical Society of Berks County on June 15 1905

"The way I found its location was unique Some years ago while having a social chat with my neighbor Horatio K Schultz a progressive Hereford farmer who owns the farm which was the original tract of Melchior Schultz one of the pioneer Schwenk felders he told me that he had the first map ever made of Hereford Township Here was a diamond indeed among a rich collection of old jewels which happened to be old deeds of yellow parchment On this map are located the sites of the Maybury Furnace as well as Mount Chalfont Furnace I obtained permission to photograph the map and a copy of this photo I gladly present to the Society ti night for its use in a historical way The original map is not obtainable as it is part of Schwenk felder history and Schwenkfelder historians will take good care of the eight by ten yellow parchment sheet The map is in a good state of preservation and shows that the maker was a most excellent penman He was none other than David Schultz the first a son of George Schultz the early Schwerrtcfelder who came to America in 1731 and an able reader writer author immigrant colonist surveyor scrivener law adviser a scholar of German English and Latin He acted as the business agent of the early settlers To unfold the history of this man who settled along the banks of the Perkiomen in Upper Hanover Township is out of place in this paper and space does not allow it but I can hardly pass on without mentioning that he was an employer of Redemptioners among them being Hans Ulrich Seiler who was originally helped by Abraham Beyer the father of Mrs David Shultz who paid Seiler's ship passage from Rotterdam Young Seiler was of a very ugly and surly disposition but kind hearted Surveyor Schultz wished to reform him and so took him into his own household But the result was that Seiler murdered his mistress Mrs David Schultz on June 14th 1750 He was executed the following November and according to the words of Surveyor Schultz Seiler was the first German to be executed in Pennsylvania Such was the life of farmer David Schultz who was kind to his fellow workers During the busy season such as harvest and haymaking he had as high as twenty four men employed He died in 1797 at the age of eighty years being the first and oldest map maker in the Perkiomen region to whom we Berks County historians owe a great debt for the many valuable deeds maps etc of the lower part of Berks County On this old map David Schultz locates the Maybury Furnace in the northwestern part of Hereford Township on what is now the Mensch property A few persons to day claim that the furnace on this site was the Levi Maybury furnace that it was last in blast in 1742 and that the Thomas Maybury Furnace was probably in District Township on land now owned by William Rohrbach in Furnace Dale That this opinion as it really is only an opinion is a fallacy is proved by the map of Surveyor Schultz who made a study of the landowners He was correct beyond a doubt as to the name and also as to the date which shows that the furnace was in blast when he made his map in 1753 and also that stoves were cast by Thomas Maybury at the Hereford Furnace as late as 1767 Mr Maybury himself would not have made such a mistake as to call his furnace Hereford Furnace if it had not been situated on land within the bounds of Hereford Township So we may lay aside the theory that the furnace was in District Township as incorrect." Transactions of the Historical Society of Berks County, Volume 2 Pages 25-27

The following is from "Genealogical Record of the Schwenkfelder Families: Seekers of Religious Liberty who Fled from Silesia to Saxony and Thence to Pennsylvania in the Years 1731 to 1737". Edited by Samuel Kriebel Brecht, A.M. Printed for The Board of Publication of the Schwenkfelder Church, Pennsburg, Pennsylvania. Rand McNally & Company. 1923. [NOTE: The Silesia referenced below was an area of Europe which is now in southwestern Poland. Germany ceded this province to Poland after WW II. The area borders present day Germany and the Czech Republic. The founder of the Schwenkfelder Church, Caspar Schwenckfeld, was born in Ossing, Silesia, which was changed to Ossig (Osiek in Polish), and is still a small town outside of Lubin, Poland, which is outside of Legnica (Liegnitz in German), Poland. For more information, see the website of the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center at: The SLHC is located in Pennsburg, PA.]
   MELCHIOR BEYER was married to Eva, nee unknown.
   Their known children were:
1. Ursula BEYER (BEIER), b. about 1686, d. May 15, 1767,, m. Rev. Balzer (Balthasar) HOFFMAN, b. 1687 in Harpersdorf, Liegnitz, Silesia, d. July 11, 1775, son of Christopher Hoffman and Ursula Anders. Ursula and Balthasar came to Pa. in 1734 with their children and settled in Lower Salford Twp.
 Their children were: i. Anna, b. 1712, d. Jan 16, 1796, m. George Schultz.
                             ii. Rosina, b. Dec. 21, 1718, in O. Hdrf., d. June 14, 1788, m. 1) Christopher Seipt, 2) Christopher Yeakel
                            iii. Christopher, b. Dec. 3, 1727, at Berthelsdorf, Saxony, d. Jan. 29, 1804, m. Rosina Dresher.
2. Abraham BEER (BEYER), b. Aug. 16, 1690 in Nieder Harpersdorf, Silesia, d. Oct. 30, 1754, m. Nov. 1717, Rosina JAECKEL (YEAKEL), b. June 16, 1699, d. July 30, 1770, dau. of Hans and Maria Jaeckel (Yeakel).
Abraham Beer fled with his wife, two sons, three daughters, one foster son, and one foster daughter. When they came to Pa. in 1736, there were three sons and three daughters.
They settled in Worcester Twp., Pa. He was naturalized June 21, 1843, and is the only immigrant Schwenkfelder known to have gone back to Europe after the migration to Pennsylvania, for he again returned to America in 1749 from Holland and brought with him Hans Ulrich Seiler, a Swiss Redemptioner, who murdered Abraham Beyer's daughter, Anna Rosina, wife of David Schultz (see The SCHOLTZE Family.) Abraham and Rosina are both buried in the Methacton Cemetery.
Although Abraham Beyer signed his name as "Beer" to the Oath of Allegiance, he soon changed it to "Beyer." There are more variations in the spelling of this name than that of any other Schwenkfelder immigrant. We find the following variations in spelling: "Beer, Baer, Bar (umlaut over 'a'), Bayer, Bear, Beyer, Boyer, Byer, and Buyer." As a matter of fact in one legal paper the same name was written four different ways, and we find the same man signing one form of spelling at one time and another form at other times.
Children of Abraham BEER (BEYER) and Rosina JAECKEL (YEAKEL) were:
     i. George, b. Dec. 21, 1718 in Nieder Harpersdorf, d. 1736-1739.
    ii. Anna Rosina, b. Aug. 13, 1720 in Nieder Harpersdorf, d. June 14, 1750, m. David Schultz (Scholtze.)
   iii. Abraham, b. Feb. 1722, d. Mar. 6, 1796, m. Barbara Hiestand.
   iv. Anna Maria, b. about Mar. 1, 1725, d. Apr. 10, 1802, m. 1) Abraham Jaeckel (Yeakel), 2) Peter Gerhard, who m. 2nd time, Elizabeth Krauss.
   v. Andrew, b. about 1733, d. Apr. 19, 1773, m. Philipina Weyand.
  vi. Susanna, m. Dirk (Derrick) Casselberry.
 vii. George, b. July 13, 1739, d. Sept. 19, 1744. Buried in Methacton Cem.
3.  Maria BEYER, b. about 1694, d. Mar. 12, 1768, m. Melchior KRAUSS of Neu Armenruhe, b. ?, d. before 1737. Maria Beyer Krauss arrived in Pa. in 1737 with her children. She is buried in the Washington Schwenkfelder Cemetery.
Children of Maria BEYER and Melchior KRAUSS were:
   i. Melchior, b. ?, d. Sept. 16, 1779, unmarried.  ii. Christoph, b. May 19, 1720, in Neu Armenruhe, d. Oct. 23, 1795, m. Susanna Schultz.

 Anna Rosina Beyer was born on 13 August 1720 in Nieder Harpersdorf, Silesia.2She was the daughter of Abraham Beyer and Rosina Yeakel.1 Anna Rosina Beyer was baptized on 13 August 1720 in Nieder Harpersdorf, Silesia. The sponsors at her baptism were Melchior Heydrick, Anna Rosina Hauptman and Helena Beer.2Anna Rosina Beyer immigrated with her parents Abraham Beyer and Rosina Yeakelon 19 October 1736 to Pennsylvania on board the Perth Amboy.3,1 Anna Rosina Beyer married David Schultz, son of George Scholtze and Anna Huebner, on 29 October 1745. The ceremony was conducted by a justice of the peace.4,5 Anna Rosina Beyer and David Schultz were also reported to have married on 19 October 1745.6 As of 29 October 1745,her married name was Schultz.5 Anna Rosina Beyer and David Schultz had no children.5 Anna Rosina Beyer was murdered on the night of on 14 June 1750 in Upper Hanover Township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.7 
     The killer, 18-year-old Hans Ulrich (John) Sailor, was an indentured servant very recently coming into the employment of her husband David. He stabbed her in the throat. He was quickly apprehended and immediately confessed, saying he did it for spite. He was tried, convicted and sentenced on Thursday, 22 October 1750 and hanged in Philadelphia on Saturday, 14 November 1750.8 
     Her funeral was held in Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The text for her funeral sermon was Jeremiah 9:21, which reads: For death is come up into our windows, and is entered into our palaces, to cut off the children from without, and the young men from the streets. (KJV).4 She was buried in New Groshenhoppen Church Cemetery, in Upper Hanover Township, near East Greenville, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.4


1 comment:

  1. I've just researched one of my family lines back to David Schultz. It's been interesting reading so far. This was a dead end line until a week ago for me!