American Revolution Ancestors
Curtis Lynn Older
(First Seven Biographies Submitted to the Sons of the American Revolution in April 2017)
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1. John Kerr/Carr probably was born about 1745 and is thought to be of Irish or Scotch descent. John married Mary Dougherty on 16 September 1765 in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Mary was a daughter of John and Lilly Dougherty of Peter's Township, now Franklin, County, Pennsylvania. Mary Dougherty was born about 1747 in Peters Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.
John Kerr acquired land in Guilford Township, Cumberland County, which became part of Chambersburg, PA. This area was popularly known as Kerrtown or Kerrstown.
The Kerrtown/Chambersburg house in which the John Kerr family lived stands along the east side of the Conococheague Creek near Hollywell Avenue, just north of Dump Road.
John Kerr's occupation was that of a farmer. John Kerr and his wife, Mary, became the parents of a large family of the Presbyterian faith, consisting of seven children who were highly educated for their time.
Children of John Kerr and Mary Dougherty Kerr:
1) Joseph Kerr, born in 1766, was an Ohio General during the War of 1812 and the 5th United States Senator from Ohio. Two sons of Joseph and Nancy Kerr Sr., Joseph Kerr Jr. and Nathaniel Massie Kerr, died in the Texas Revolution in 1836. Nathaniel died from an unknown cause about February 19th and Joseph Kerr Jr. died March 6, 1836, in the Battle of the Alamo.
2) Jean Kerr married a William McKinley. They settled near Wheeling, Virginia.
3) John Kerr, Jr. was born 15 October 1772. He departed Kerrstown in 1792 for what became the state of Ohio.
4) Sarah Kerr married a Mr. Decamp. They settled near Wheeling, Virginia.
5) James Kerr was born 31 January 1777 in Chambersburg, Cumberland, PA. He was living at Chambersburg in 1858 and 1859 when we was the subject of two depositions given to support the American Revolution pension claims of a Mary Richardson and her sister, Elizabeth Gilchrist.
6) Mary Kerr was born 1788.
7) Samuel Kerr was born in 1778. He died in Franklin County, Ohio, in 1823.
John Kerr appears in a list of Associators and Militia, County of Cumberland, as a Second Lieutenant, Captain William Findley’s Company, Eighth Battalion, Seventh Company, First Call, March 1778. John Kerr received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Pennsylvania Militia on 23 April 1778.
Lt John Kerr was taken prisoner during the Battle of Crooked Billet, 01 May 1778, about 25 miles east of Valley Forge on the outskirts of Philadelphia. He was sent to Long Island, New York, after a brief period in Philadelphia as a POW, where he remained about three years as a prisoner. He probably was released in 1781.
John Kerr died 02 October 1807 and his wife, Mary (Dougherty) Kerr, died in 1815. They and son James are buried at the Falling Springs Presbyterian Churchyard, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.
2. Frederick Fox was born 10 May 1751 in Hesse-Cassel, Germany. He was the son of John Frederick Fox and Christina. The brothers and sisters of Frederick Fox were: Daniel, Magdelin, Michael, and Rachael. John Fox was a skin-dresser by trade. John Fox died between January 17, 1784, when he wrote his will, and December 4, 1784, when his will was probated. Christiana Fox died Aug. 6, 1812, in Sharpsburg, Maryland.
Frederick Fox and his parents probably lived at or near Fox's Gap, Maryland, during the 1760s. Fox's Gap in Maryland is where the Old Sharpsburg Road from Frederick, Maryland, to Sharpsburg, Maryland, crosses the South Mountain.
The Reno Monument, dedicated to U. S. Major Jesse Lee Reno who was killed in the Battle of South Mountain of September 14, 1862, stands at Fox's Gap. On May 2, 1755, the road through Fox's Gap was used by General Braddock, George Washington, and Maryland's Governor Sharpe to travel from Frederick Town to Swearingen's Ferry on the Potomac River during the Braddock Expedition.
Frederick Fox was a farmer and perhaps a tavern keeper. He married Catherine Booker on March 1, 1773, probably at or near Middletown, Maryland. Catherine was a daughter of Bartholomew Booker and Margaret. She was born May 1, 1748.
Frederick Fox served in Joseph Chapline Junior's Company of Militia, Sharpsburg, Maryland, probably between 1775 and 1777. He signed the Patriot's Oath of Fidelity and Support in 1778. Frederick served as a drummer in the Lieutenant Colonel's Company of the 10th Regiment, Pennsylvania Continental Line from April 22, 1777, to January 1, 1781. He probably fought in the battles of Brandywine, Paoli "Massacre", Germantown, and Monmouth and he was at the Valley Forge Encampment.
Frederick was short and of rather stout build and wore his hair in the olden time cue style according to The Fox Genealogy. He was an elder in the Zion Lutheran Church of Middletown, Maryland, from 1787 until 1790.
Frederick Fox and Catherine Booker Fox were the parents of seven children: Christiana, Rose, George, Daniel Booker, Elizabeth, Mary Magdalena, and Joseph. Catherine Booker Fox died November 1, 1800, and was buried in the Middletown, Maryland, area.
Sometime between 1800 and 1807 Frederick Fox married a widow, Susannah (Schutt) Young. She was born April 19, 1754 and died November 13, 1831. Frederick Fox and many of his relatives moved to Ohio in the fall of 1807. Frederick Fox died February 27, 1837, in Miamisburg, Ohio, and was buried in the Gebhart or St. John Cemetery in Miamisburg.
Frederick Fox appears as a head of household in the 1790 Maryland Federal census for Frederick County. The 1800 Maryland Federal census lists Frederick Fox as a head of household in Frederick County. The 1809 Ohio state census for Warren County, Franklin Township, lists Frederick Fox as does the 1810 Ohio Federal census for Warren County, Franklin Township. The 1830 Ohio Federal Census lists the Frederick Fox household of Warren County, Clear Creek Township.
3. John Gouty is said to have been born about 1738 in Dorchester County, Maryland, was probably the oldest of four children of Jacob Gootee and Margery Pritchett.
John Gouty married first Elizabeth Pritchett on November 17, 1769 in Dorchester County, Maryland. Elizabeth Pritchett was born about 1736 and she probably died about 1775 to 1785. She was the daughter of Phunback Pritchett and his wife.
John Gouty and family moved to Caroline County, Maryland, from Dorchester County, Maryland, in the late 1770s. There was no Gootee surname listed in the 1776 Maryland Census for Caroline County. There is a record of the 1778 Fidelity Oath by John Goutee in Choptank Hundred, Caroline County, Maryland. The 1783 Caroline County tax assessment of Caroline County lists John Gootee as the owner of two land tracts, Gootees Lott and Laynes Venture, both in Lower Choptank District Hundred.
John Gouty died in Caroline County, Maryland, on or about August 4, 1818. John Gouty made his will on 28 October 1815 in Caroline County, Maryland. The will was probated 21 August 1818 in the Caroline County Court. Azel Stevens was one of three witnesses and William Stevens was the executor.
U. S. Census records for Caroline County, Maryland, in 1790 and 1800 exist for a John Gouty (or Goutee).
Pritchett Gouty, a son of John Gouty and Elizabeth Pritchett, would marry Mary Griffith, a daughter of Alexander Griffith. Alexander Griffith is listed adjacent to John Gouty in the 1783 tax assessment as the owner of land in Caroline County, Maryland.
John Gouty and Elizabeth Pritchett were the parents of at least five children:
1) Rhoda Gouty, apparently married an Eaton. She died on 21 January 1836.
2) Abel Gouty, born about 1765 to 1770, probably in Dorchester County, Maryland. Abel Gootee died in August 1842 in Caroline County, Maryland. Abel married three times.
3) Britannia Gouty was born about 1765. She married Richard Willis on January 22, 1788 in Caroline County, Maryland. Britannia died January 3, 1826 in Caroline County, Maryland.
4) Pritchett Gouty was born July 4, 1765. He married Mary Griffith about 1800.
5) Cynthia Gouty probably was born about 1780. She married John Nicols on January 15, 1799, in Caroline County, Maryland. John Nicols died before October 20, 1815.
John Gouty's second marriage was to Jemima Brohawn with whom he had two children:
6) Violetta (or Vility) Gouty was born about 1780. She married William Stevens on January 3, 1803, in Caroline County, Maryland.
7) Zachariah Gouty probably was born about 1778. He married first Lucretia Andrew on December 20, 1797, in Caroline County, Maryland.
4. Alexander Griffith was born about 1745 and he died in late 1810 or early 1811 in Caroline County, Maryland.
The will of Alexander Griffith is in the Maryland Archives and listed under index Liber J. R. No. C, page 188. The will was dated August 11, 1810 and it was probated March 5, 1811
Individuals named in the will of Alexander Griffith include:
Sons: Alexander, Abraham and Abel
Daughters: Sophia (wife of Aaron Lewis)
Sarah (wife of Joshua Hobbs)
Mary (wife of Pritchett Gouty)
Henry and Thomas Griffith (sons of Thomas Griffith, deceased)
John and Levi Griffith (sons of Abel Griffith)
Alexander, William and Betsy Griffith (children of Aaron Griffith, deceased)
Dorcas Griffith (widow of son Thomas Griffith)
Nancy Griffith (widow of son Aaron Griffith)
Elihu Shearman, son of Mary Shearman
The Sons of the American Revolution allows membership under an individual who paid the 1783 Caroline County, Maryland, Supply Tax if they lived in Lower Choptank Hundred.
Alexander Griffith qualifies as such. See Maryland State Archives Citation: State, General Assembly, Assessment Record, 1783, MSA S1161-33, Location 01/04/05/046, on microfilm SCM 871-27.
See Caroline County Assessors' Returns and Minutes of the Commissioners of the Tax. 1783. Sharf Collection.
A Return by Stephen Flaharty, Assessor in the Lower Choptank District in Caroline County agreeable to the act to ?rai? the Supplies for the Year 1783.
Children (Griffith), probably all born in Maryland:
i. Alexander Junior
iv. Sophia (wife of Aaron Lewis)
v. Sarah (wife of Joshua Hobbs)
vi. Mary (wife of Pritchett Gowty)
vii. Nancy (wife of William Todd)
viii. Thomas (deceased by August 11, 1810)
ix. Aaron (deceased by August 11, 1810)
5. John Adam Link II was born 31 December 1756. He was the fifth child of John Adam Link I and Elizabeth Miller and he was born in their Oley Hill, PA, home. His grandfather, John Jacob Link, was an ancestor of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
John Adam Link II was baptized in St. Joseph's Church, January 16, 1757, near Oley Hill, Pennsylvania. He grew up at his parent’s home on Israel’s Creek in Frederick County, Maryland. John Adam Link II was confirmed in the Lutheran Church of Frederick, Maryland, on May 25, 1775.
He was commissioned on June 29, 1782, as an Ensign in Captain Peter Barrick's Company, the Catoctin Battalion, Militia of Frederick County, Maryland.
John Adam Link II married Jane Ogle, a daughter of Alexander Ogle and Martha of Frederick, Maryland, in the Frederick Lutheran Church on April 15, 1783. Jane Ogle and her twin sister, Martha, were born September 23, 1761.
John Adam Link II, his wife Jane Ogle, and their first child, Elizabeth Ann Link, moved across the Potomac River in 1784 to take possession of Jane’s inheritance.
The Link Family book includes pictures of the house of John Adam Link I near Frederick, Maryland, where John Adam Link II grew up, a picture of his Shepherdstown area home, a picture of the commission of John Adam Link II as Ensign in Captain Peter Barrick's Company, the Catoctin Battalion, Militia of Frederick County, Maryland, John Adam Link II's war mess kit, shoe and knee buckles and cuff links, and a picture of his blood leeching instrument, box, and the Link seal.
John Adam Link II was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Shepherdstown, Virginia (now West Virginia). John Adam Link II and Jane Ogle were the parents of seven children. The oldest, Elizabeth Ann Link, born January 29, 1784, married George Fox on August 9, 1807, at Shepherdstown, Virginia, now West Virginia. George was the oldest son of Frederick Fox and Catharine Booker. Frederick was in the 10th Pennsylvania Regiment, Continental Line, during the Revolution.
John Adam Link II died September 28, 1835, in Shepherdstown, Virginia (now West Virginia).(23) He was buried near the brick wall of the old St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Jane (Ogle) Link died October 7, 1836, in Shepherdstown, Virginia (now West Virginia).
The will of John Adam Link II lists "my seven children, namely Elizabeth Fox, Catharine Ramspark, Martha Link, Mary Crowe, Rebeccah Demory, Alexander Link & Adam Link Jr."
i. Elizabeth Ann, born January 29, 1784
ii. Maria Catherine, born December 18, 1785
iii. Martha, born October 23, 1787
iv. John Alexander, born March 7, 1790
v. Mary, born December 11, 1792
vi. Rebecca, born February 11, 1795
vii. John Adam III, born September 14, 1797
6. Alexander Ogle - The following information was obtained mostly from The Link Family by Paxson Link.
Alexander Ogle was born May 21, 1730, and he was baptized in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church near New Castle, Delaware. Ogleton, Delaware, near New Castle, Delaware, was named after Alexander's father, Thomas Ogle. Alexander was the youngest of the six children of Thomas Ogle and his second wife, Elizabeth Graham.
Alexander lost both of his parents to death by age four. Grandfather and grandmother Graham became his guardians. At age fifteen Alexander became an apprentice under a wheelwright named David Robinson. At age eighteen Alexander worked under John Springer of Wilmington, where he completed his training at twenty-one years of age.
In 1752 he married Martha, followed his trade and built a house in New Castle. Martha's last name is unknown. Alexander Ogle and his family moved to Frederick County, Maryland, and he made his first purchase, a tract of 250 acres named "Williams Project," on December 16, 1763.
Alexander, about 1770, erected a large stone house on a prominence, a large bank barn, spacious corncrib, walled cave, cisterns, and out-sheds. Just at the foot of the elevation on which stands the house flows Fishing Creek. Here he engineered the mill race for water power and constructed and ran a flour mill and sawmill.
In March 1778, Alexander took and signed the oath of Allegiance to the Cause of the American Colonies, and began supplying the Maryland troops with flour. His only son, Alexander Ogle Junior enlisted in the Continental Army. Alexander Ogle Senior was a patriot of the American Revolution.
Alexander and Martha Ogle were the parents of nine children according to Paxson Link, author of The Link Family.(15) The will of Alexander Ogle, dated February 20, 1783, names only Alexander's wife and six of his children. Three of the nine children of Alexander and Martha apparently died before 1783.
i) Elizabeth was born July 26, 1753. Elizabeth died May 2, 1800.
ii) Rebecca was born May 17, 1755. She died on March 23, 1805.
iii) Susannah was born December 9, 1756. She was not named in the will of Alexander Ogle.
iv) Alexander Junior was born December 25, 1759.
v) Martha, a twin of Jane, was born September 23, 1761.
vi) Jane, a twin of Martha, was born on September 23, 1761. She married John Adam Link II.
vii) Mary was born October 30, 1763. She married Samuel Cook on December 15, 1783.
viii) Jemima was born October 20, 1766. She was not named in the will of Alexander Ogle.
ix) David was born August 6, 1770. He was not named in the will of Alexander Ogle.
Alexander Ogle signed his will on February 20, 1783, and it was probated on March 21, 1783. Martha signed her last testament September 15, 1805, and it was probated January 25, 1806. She was laid to rest beside Alexander in the home burial plot.
7. Robert Ricketts Senior was born 15 January 1765 near Hagerstown, Maryland, according to his Revolutionary War pension claim as confirmed in a letter from Commissioner Winfield Scott to Mrs. W. H. Shonts on May 7, 1927. Also confirmed in the same letter by the Commissioner, "He was allowed pension on his application executed September 18, 1832, at which time he was a resident of Dearborn County, Indiana”. He died February 14, 1853. His widow died February 20, 1853.
Robert Ricketts Senior served during the American Revolutionary War. At the time he entered service, Robert Ricketts Senior lived in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Robert Ricketts Senior is buried in the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Aberdeen, Ohio County, Indiana, in section 22, grave number 117.
Robert married Susannah Willson. She was a daughter of Robert Wilson and his wife Mary Douglas and was born about 1767.
The Estate Papers of Robert Ricketts Senior lists the names of his thirteen heirs as:
1) John Ricketts's heirs
2) Phebe Sheridan
3) Hannah Buchanan, who is dead, leaving nine heirs
4) William Ricketts
5) Susanna Moulton
6) Robert Ricketts Junior
7) Isaac Ricketts
8) Edward Ricketts
9) Elizabeth Blankenship (formerly Elizabeth Larew)
10) Rebecca Winings
11) Margaret Kelso's heirs
12) Sarah Winings
13) Vienna Mouton
John Ricketts was born February 1, 1787, and died February 23, 1843, in Highland Township, Vermillion County, Indiana.
Phebe (Pheobe) Ricketts was born in 1788 or 1789 in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. She died about 1866 in Cave-in-Rock, Hardin County, Illinois.
Hannah Ricketts was born in 1790 or 1791 and died February 13, 1853 at Brown Township, Ripley County, Indiana.
William Ricketts was born January 26, 1792, in Mason County, Kentucky. He died April 1, 1874, at Washington, Woodford County, Illinois.
Susannah Ricketts was born February 21, 1794, in Mason County, Kentucky. She died December 10, 1861, in Decatur County, Indiana.
Robert Ricketts Junior was born July 14, 1795, in Mason County, Kentucky. He died April 6, 1864, in Moorefield, Pleasant Twp., Switzerland County, Indiana.
Isaac Ricketts was born September 15, 1798, in Mason County, Kentucky. He died September 27, 1875, in Paradise, Coles County, Illinois.
Edward Ricketts was born in 1798 or 1799 in Mason County, Kentucky. He died July 19, 1885, in Greensburg, Washington Twp., Decatur County, Indiana.
Elizabeth Ricketts was born January 18, 1801 in Mason County, Kentucky, and died July 14, 1865, in Montgomery County, Indiana.
Rebecca Ricketts was born January 3,1803, in Mason County, Kentucky, and died December 23, 1885, at age 82 in Rising Sun, Ohio County, Indiana.
Margaret Ricketts was born April 24, 1806, in Dearborn County, Indiana, and died March 3, 1854, in Versailles, Ripley County, Indiana.
Sarah Ricketts was born December 24, 1807, in Dearborn County, Indiana.
Vienna Ricketts was born about 1810 in Dearborn County, Indiana.
8. John Royer - approved by the S.A.R. 23 March 2018
John Royer was born 7 December 1743 in Warwick Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He died after 18 April 1831 and before 1 June 1831 in Rockingham County, Virginia. John was the son of Samuel Royer and his wife, Eve, of Warwick Township in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
John Royer married Maria Elisabetha Neu on 20 October 1767. The wedding was officiated by Reverend Casper Stoever. Maria was born on 12 June 1743. There are four different publications that list the wedding date and location.
John Royer was a private serving under the command of a Captain Peter Grubb in the Warwick Township Association in the year 1775. No other record for John Royer of Warwick Township has been found related to his service in the American Revolution.
There is a record for a John Royer in the Revolutionary War Battalions & Militia Index Cards 1775-1783. However, there is nothing on this card to indicate this John Royer was in Warwick Township, Lancaster County. The index also has a card for a Capt. Samuel Royer, a brother of John Royer.
John Royer acquired land from a John Craig Senior on 27 May 1790 in Rockingham County, Virginia. The deed was "made the 27th day of May in the year 1790 by and between John Royer of the County of Rockingham and state of Virginia of the one part and John Craig Senr of the same county and state as aforesaid." The deed was for several tracts of land. This statement implies that John Royer already was living in Rockingham County at the time of his purchase.
The earliest appearance of the Royer (Reyer) name in the Peaked Mountain Church records, Rockingham County, Virginia, is on April 22, 1792, when the names of Elizabeth Reyer (Royers) and Elizabeth Reyer, Jr. are listed. Also, on the same date, John Reyer is listed as one of the Elders. It probably would take a year or two for a man to become an Elder in a church, unless perhaps he already was known to members of the church.
The first appearance of Mary Elizabeth Reyer, the wife of John Royer, in the church records was on the Register of the catechisms, first admitted to the Lord's Supper on October 19, 1794. Also listed on October 19, 1794 are: John Reyer, Peter Reyer, Catherine Reyer, and Elizabeth Reyer. A Nicholas Neu, perhaps a brother of Maria Elisabetha Neu, also appears on that listing.
The children of John Royer and his first wife, Maria Elisabetha Neu and his second wife, Barbara Boyer, are clearly identified in an 1841 Rockingham County Chancery Court case:
Children of John Royer and his first wife, Maria Elisabetha Neu:
1. Peter Royer – orator of court case – plaintiff
2. Philip Royer
3. Christian Royer – state of Ohio
4. Elizabeth – married Daniel Nunemaker – state of Ohio
5. Catherine – unmarried and residing in Rockingham Co., VA
Second wife: Barbary Boyer, widow of John Boyer
1. Henry Royer – state of Ohio
Maria Elisabeth Neu Reyer is buried at the Peaked Mountain Church Cemetery in McGaheysville, Rockingham Co., Virginia. Most Ancestry.com public family trees list her year of death as 1801. However, her tombstone does not indicate a date of death. According to the website, her tombstone reads "Maria Elisabeth Reyer" and her date of birth is given as "12 Jun 1743". No date of death is given. In a column listed as "Headstone Notes" there is a listing that reads "wife(?) of John Reiers". Then, in a "Remarks" column, we find the notation, "Illegible marker 2003-Inscriptions in German-recorded by John W. Wayland in 1930s."
The following court case is necessary to identify John Royer and his children and his marriages: See University of Virginia, Chancery Records Index, Rockingham County, John Royer's administrator versus Peter Boyers et. al., Index Number 1842-002, Original Case Number 007. Also listed as 1842-02-CSC, Chancery Causes John Royer's Adm. vs Peter Boyer etc. The Court Case took place in 1841. Record consists of 44 pages. Website at 22 July 2017: http://www.lva.virginia.gov/chancery/.
9. Jeremiah Yeakel - approved by the S.A.R. 06 April 2018
Jeremiah Yeakel was born 09 April 1736 in Macungie, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He died 10 February 1818 in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. The parents of Jeremiah Yeakel were Hans Heinrich Jäckel and his wife, Susanna (Heydrick) Jäckel.
The story of the Yeakel family is told in The 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.
Jeremiah Yeakel and Susanna Wiegner [38-17] were married 16 June 1763 by Reverend Balzer Hoffman in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. Susanna Wiegner was born 05 August 1740 in Towamencin County, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of Christopher Wiegner (Junior) [E 56] and Anna Schultz [E 150]. She died 12 June 1821 in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.
Jeremias Jäckel (Yeakel) signed the Oath of Allegiance on 02 June 1778 in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. Jeremiah served as a Private in the Northampton County, Pennsylvania Militia, under Captain John Jacoby. John Jacoby was the Captain of the 2nd Company of the Upper Milford Township, Northamption County, Pennsylvania Militia, in 1780 and of the 8th Company in 1783.
Anna Yeakel was born 20 October 1780 in Hoseneck Valley, Pennsylvania. She died 17 July 1840 in Centerville Township, Montgomery County, Ohio. Anna Yeakel married Michael Hillegas in 1798 in Hoseneck Valley, Pennsylvania.
Jeremiah Yeakel lived in Upper Milford Township, Lehigh County, at the time of his death. John Yeakel was the administrator of the Jeremiah Yeakel estate. The accounting for the Jeremiah Yeakel estate was filed on 27 March 1820.
Jeremiah and Susanna (Heydrick) Yeakel were the parents of eight children:
a. Salome, born 27 April 1764; died 15 April 1847, married Benjamin Anders
b. Lydia, born 4 March 1766, died 8 February 1838, married Jacob Kriebel
c. Catharine, born 11 June 1768, died 11 May 1836, unmarried.
d. Maria, born 22 August 1770, died 18 July 1827, unmarried
e. Helena, born 29 September 1772, died 19 November 1859.
f. John, born 15 November 1774, died 17 March 1825, married 1st Susanna Fisher, 2nd Mary Fisher, 3rd Susanna Huff.
g. Rosina, born 10 June 1777, died 18 August 1860, married Henry Wieand
h. Anna, born 20 October 1780, died 17 July 1840, married Michael Hillegass
Jeremiah Jackle (Yeakel) of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, was naturalized 25 September 1751. Jeremiah Jäckel is probably buried at the Hosensack Schwenkfelder Cemetery in Palm Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. His tombstone inscription states "Age 82 Yrs. 10 Mos. & 1 Day".
The name of Michael Hillegas, husband of Anna Yeakel, appears in the Jeremiah Yeakel estate papers. Michael received money from the estate, apparently as payment to his wife. The husbands of other daughters of Jeremiah Yeakel are also listed as receiving money from the estate. "The following persons have received and have given receipts to Jemias Yeakel for a part of his inheritance or ?service? in advance as follows: Michael Hillegas $253.33."
Jeremiah Yeackel appears in the 1772 tax list for Northampton County. Jeremiah Yeakel appears on the 1781 Tax and Exoneration list. Jeremiah Joekel appears on the 1798 Pennsylvania Tax List. Jeremiah Yeakel was appointed as a Guardian for one of his sisters according to an 1805 Court Proceeding.
10. Michael Hillegas Senior - approved by the S.A.R. April 19, 2018
[Note: Perhaps the most important thing to remember about this Michael Hillegas Senior is to not confuse him with the Michael Hillegas who was the Treasurer of the United States.]
Michael Hillegas Senior was born about 1742. He was baptized 4 September 1742. Michael Hillegas Senior died between 10 October 1782 and 2 November 1782. His parents were Adam and Margaretha Hillegass.
Michael Hillegas Senior married Catharine Gery on 10 November 1767 at Upper Hanover Township, Philadelphia Co. (now Montgomery Co.), Pennsylvania. Michael and Catharine were the parents of eight children, two boys and six girls. All eight children are mentioned in the will of Michael Hillegas Senior.
i. Anna Margaretha Hillegas – the oldest child according to the will of her father.
ii. Rebecca Hillegas - baptized 03 April 1770.
iii. John Hillegas - baptized 16 January 1772.
iv. Elizabeth Hillegas - baptized 01 November 1773.
v. Michael Hillegas Junior - baptized 15 November 1775. He married Anna Yeakel, daughter of Jeremiah Yeakel and his wife, Susannah Wiegner. Michael Hillegas Junior received a payment of $253.33 from the estate of Jeremiah Yeakel, father of Anna Yeakel, as payment for his wife's share of her father's estate. Payments from the Jeremiah Yeakel estate were also made to the husbands of the other married daughters of Jeremiah Yeakel.
vi. Eva Hillegas - baptized 20 December 1777.
vii. Catherina Hillegas – unmarried.
viii. Anna Maria Hillegas - born 16 October 1781 and baptized 10 March 1782.
On 3 June 1778, Michael Hillegas Senior signed the Oath of Allegiance to the newly formed United States of America. The State of Pennsylvania passed the Militia Act on 17 March 1777 which was a draft law. Prior to that time, Associators and men in the Pennsylvania Line were volunteers. The Militia Act of 1777 included the following provisions:
1) eight battalion districts were set up in each of Pennsylvania's eleven counties
2) a man's usual place of residence determined his militia battalion
3) each county was under the direction of a County Lieutenant, a civilian employee
4) companies were broken down into eight classes
5) all men were listed by company, battalion, and by class in a permanent roll
6) each of the classes could be called up in rotation for two months of active duty
7) an active duty roll was made for men who served in person or as a substitute,
8) active duty rolls listed men by Co. Captain, not by class as in permanent rolls
9) County Lieutenants kept "fine lists"
Michael Hillegas Senior served as a Private in the 8th Class in the Pennsylvania Militia for the County of Northampton, in the 5th Company under Captain John Roberts. John Roberts was the Captain of the 5th Company of the 1st Battalion in Upper Saucon Township in 1777.
Michael also served as a Private in the 8th Class in the Pennsylvania Militia for the County of Northampton in the 5th Company under Captain John Stahl. John Stahl was Captain of the 5th Company of the 4th Battalion in Upper Saucon Township in 1780 and of the 2nd Battalion in Upper Saucon Township in 1783.
Records of the Pennsylvania Orphans Court provide additional information on the children of Michael Hillegass Senior after his death in 1782. A petition was filed by John Wagner, the stepfather of the minor children of Michael Hillegass Senior, on 24 March 1785 indicating Michael HIllegass Senior left eight children after his death. The two oldest children, Ann Margaret and Rebecca, were above the age of fourteen. The remaining six children, John, Elizabeth, Michael, Eve, Catharina, and Mary were under the age of fourteen.
There was money left in the estate of Michael Hillegass Senior for the children. The court was requested to let Ann Margaret and Rebecca choose their guardians. The remaining children would have a court appointed guardian. Ann Margaret appeared in the court and chose Jacob Gary of Upper Hanover Township in Montgomery County as her Guardian. No Guardian was appointed for Rebecca since she did not appear in court.
Daniel Cooper of Upper Saucon Township was appointed to be the Guardian for John, Michael, and Elizbeth. John Newcomer the Elder of Upper Saucon Township was appointed to be the Guardian for Eve, Catharine, and Mary.
Another Orphans Court was held on the 24th of March in 1787 in Easton in the County of Northampton related to the children of Michael Hillegas Senior. John Newcomer appeared and requested that he be permitted to decline the guardianship for Eve, Catharine, and Mary Hillegas. The court so agreed and appointed Francis Hartman of Upper Saucon Township as the Guardina for the thee children who were still under age fourteen.
Michael Hillegas Junior was buried beside his wife, Anna, at the Gebhart or Saint John Cemetery in Miamisburg, Ohio. The tombstone of Michael Hillegas Junior reads, "Michael Hilligass died Mar. 11, 1859 aged 83 ys. 3 m. 26 d."
Children (Hillegas) born in Pennsylvania:
i. Anna Margaret
viii. Anna Mary
11. Peter Goodner - received notice of approval May 6, 2019 from S.A.R.
The Goodner family probably arrived in America between 1763 and 1774/5. Records in Guilford County and Orange County, North Carolina, indicate the only early identifiable Goodners in the 1700s were as follows: two John Goodners, a Peter Goodner, a Mary Goodner, two Walters, a Jacob, a Henry, and a Conrad. The only Goodner household which appears in the 1790 United States census for North Carolina is that of Mary Goodner.
A John Goodner appears on the 1779 Tax List for Orange County, NC. He is shown having taxable property of $1,001.00. We also know that one John Goodner was deceased by 1784.
Conrad Goodner was born 29 November 1756 according to an American Revolution Pension Application made by Conrad. Conrad, at age 26, married Elizabeth Scherrer, age 17, in 1782. She was the daughter of John Daniel Scherer and Hannah Sophia Dick. Elizabeth was born in Guilford County, NC, on 25 June 1765. Their first child, John, was born 17 December 1783. Conrad Goodner died 27 August 1837 in Nashville, Washington County, Illinois. Elizabeth Scherrer, the wife of Conrad Goodner, died 12 April 1839. Both Conrad and Elizabeth are buried at the Locust Cemetery in Washington County, Illinois.
We learn of one daughter of Mary Goodner, Catherine, through her close relationship over the years to Catherine's brother, Conrad Goodner. Catherine Goodner was born about 1758 and married a William Jackson in Guilford County, NC. "William and Catherine may have accompanied Conrad and Elizabeth Goodner from Sullivan County, Tennessee, to Smith County, Tennessee, thence to Johnson Co., Ill., for the ties of the two families must have been very close for two sons of Conrad to have claimed in marriage two daughters of William and Catherine." Benjamin Goodner (1795-1863) married Nancy Jackson. Francis Acuff Goodner (1799-1853) married Elizabeth Jackson.
Henry Goodner must have been a son of Mary Goodner as indicated by the deed of sale to Jacob Swisher on 12 December 1801.(20) Henry Goodner probably was born about 1777 or 1778. He married an Eleanor Lokey about 1798 in Guilford Co., NC. Several letters of Henry Goodner have been preserved from the early 1800s. These letters indicate that Conrad Goodner and the husband of Mary Goodner were brothers.
The children of Mary Goodner were known to be first cousins to those of Conrad Goodner. Thus, Conrad Goodner and Peter Goodner must have been brothers. A letter dated 12 July 1817 from Henry Goodner to his cousin, Godfrey Goodner, son of Conrad, indicates, "You wrote me that uncle wanted particularly to know how many sons and daughters we have." "Uncle" surely referred to Conrad Goodner. Another letter from Henry Goodner to his uncle, Conrad Goodner, was addressed to "Conrade Goodner, Illinois Territory, Forward by Mr. Nelson. Marked Received Feb. 24, 1817". In the letter Henry states, "Cousins David and Godfrey have been to see me and I have been to see them. My daughter Betsy lived with them for nearly four months." David and Godfrey were two sons of Conrad Goodner.
The only record for Peter Goodner appears in records of the American Revolution for the state of North Carolina.(24) Mary Goodner, maiden name unknown, is the presumed wife of Peter Goodner. She is discussed on pages 19 through 27 in The Goodner Family by Lacey. Mary is the definitely known parent of Walter, Jacob, Henry, Elizabeth, and Mary (Polly) Goodner. Mary Goodner appears as the head of household in the 1790 census.
Mary Goodner first purchased land in her own name from Martin Wirick in Guilford County, NC, on 18 August 1788. Because Mary Goodner purchased land in her own name on 18 August 1788, Peter Goodner must have died by this time. His name does not appear in 1790 U. S. Federal Census.
Mary Goodner died in the later part of 1796. Surviving estate papers refer to her as Widow Goodner on 13 January 1797. On May 25th 1797 Walter Goodner paid six shillings for a coffin for Mary Goodner deceased. Various amounts were paid on May 14th 1798 by Walter Goodner for the estate of the Widow Goodner. There also is a document that includes in the heading "Guilford County May Court 1800" appointing two individuals, John Starrat and Thomas Dick, "to settle the estate of Mary Goodner deceased." A third page is headed, "A list of vouchers for payment made by the administrator of the estate of Mary Goodner deceased in behalf of said estate." This page was signed by John Starrat and Thomas Dick who had been appointed by the court. This form indicates a balance of "£ 129 - 16 - 9 to be divided between five legatees."
The land purchased by Mary Goodner from Martin Wirick in 1788 was sold by her three sons on 12 December 1801. The deed was between "Walter Goodner, Jacob Goodner & Henry Goodner of the County of Guilford and State of North Carolina on the one part and Jacob Swisher of the other part and of the county and state aforesaid." This deed was not proved in court until February 1805.
The Goodners, John senior, son John, and son Peter, probably were living in Guilford County in 1784 in the Reedy Fork community. Conrad probably lived in that community because he married into the Scherrer family who were residents of that community. They all probably attended the Friedens Church which was within a few miles.
By a process of elimination, we conclude that Peter Goodner was the husband of Mary Goodner. We know that the husband of Mary was a brother of Conrad and we definitely know the names of the five children of Peter and Mary.
The children of Peter and Mary Goodner were:
i. Walter Goodner probably was born in 1775 as he was 89 years old when he died on 10 September 1874. Walter married a lady whose first name was Susannah and whose surname is not known about the year 1792 or 1793. Walter settled the outstanding debts for his mother when she died in the later part of 1796.
ii. Jacob was born about 1774 and he died on 26 July 1839, aged 65 years. Jacob Goodner married Hester Witt in what must have been late November 1798. Hester Witt died 19 January 1834, age 65 years. Hester would have been born about 1769. Both Jacob and Hester (Witt) Goodner probably are buried in Ohio County or Dearborn County in Indiana.
Jacob married Mary Ann Harwood on 29 August 1835 in Dearborn Co., Indiana. Apparently Mary Ann died shortly thereafter as Jacob married Zilpah Laforce on 29 June 1838. Jacob died in 1839, aged 63 years. Zilpah married again on 30 April 1840 to Dana Jacobs in Switzerland County, Indiana.
iii. Henry Goodner was born about 1777 or 1778. Goodner married an Eleanor Lokey about 1798 in Guilford Co., NC. Henry is believed to have died during the 1820 to 1830 time period.
iv. Elizabeth Goodner was born about 1778 in North Carolina.(50) She married George Swisher and they were living in Guilford Co., NC, according to the 1800 census.(51) Little is known of their children. A George Swisher age 76 and born in North Carolina and an Elizabeth Swisher age 72 and born in North Carolina were living in Vermilion County, Illinois, in 1850.(53)
v. Polly or Mary Goodner was the last child of Peter and Mary Goodner and she was born about 1780 to 1781. Very little is known of her and her family.(54)
12. John Adam Link I - approved by the S.A.R. 25 May 2018
John Adam Link I was born 13 October 1721 in Grossgartach, Germany.(1) He was the first child of John Jacob Link and Anna Magdalena Neuwirth.(2)
John Jacob Link, with Anna Magdalena (Ana Madlena), his wife, and their four children, landed at Philadelphia on 28 August 1733. They came from Grossgartach, Germany, by way of Rotterdam, aboard the ship "Hope." The ship's master was Daniel Reid.(3) John Jacob Link and Anna Magdalena Neuwirth were ancestors of General and United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower through their sixth and last child, John Matthias Link.(4)
John Adam Link I bought 55 acres of adjoining land on the north side of property owned by his father, Jacob.(5) John Adam Link I married Maria Elizabeth Miller on 31 January 1748 according to Augustus Lutheran Church records.(6) Maria Elizabeth Miller was a daughter of John Jacob Miller and Maria Magdalene Gerber.(7) She was born 17 May 1728.(8)
John Adam Link I was a member of the Oley Hill Church of Berks County, a church of the Lutheran faith.(9) This church also was known as St. Joseph's.
John Adam Link I and Maria Elizabeth Miller were the parents of ten children:
1. John Link was born 15 November 1748.(10) He was murdered sometime after the American Revolution a few miles from Harper's Ferry, Virginia. He was not mentioned in his father's will.
2. Maria Madgalene Link was 30 January 1750.(11) She married Jacob Crabill on 03 January 1778. She was not mentioned in her father's will.
3. Elizabeth Link was born 07 January 1752.(12) She first married Henry Stoner. She was mentioned in her father's will.
4. John George Link was born 21 September 1754.(13) He was baptized 20 October 1754 in the Oley Hill or St. Joseph's Church.(14) John George died at an early age and a later son was given the same name. This first John George Link was not mentioned in his father's will.
5. John Adam Link II was born 31 December 1756 in Oley Hill, Pennsylvania.(15) He married Jane Ogle in Frederick County, Maryland, on 14 April 1783.(16) John Adam Link II and Jane Ogle were the parents of seven children.(17) John Adam Link II died 28 September 1835 in Shepherdstown, Virginia (now West Virginia).(18) Jane (Ogle) Link died 07 October 1836 in Shepherdstown, Virginia (now West Virginia).(19) John Adam Link II was mentioned in his father's will.
6. Anna Catherine Link was born 07 October 1759.(20) She married Jacob Boyer on 25 July 1779. Catherine died at an early age. She was mentioned in her father's will as the wife of Jacob Boyer and the mother of four children listed in the will.
7. John Jacob Link was born 05 December 1760.(21) He married Elizabeth Creager on 20 April 1788. She was born 25 February 1768 and died 16 September 1831. John Jacob Link died 15 February 1846.(22) He and Elizabeth are buried in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Jacob was listed in his father's will.
8. Thomas Link was born 20 November 1763.(23) He married Anna Maria Fout on 22 March 1790. Thomas died on 17 October 1849. Thomas was listed in his father's will.
9. John George Link was born 23 October 1768.(24) The second son of the same name. On 03 January 1809 he married Martha Link, a daughter of his brother John Adam Link II and his wife Jane Ogle. George was listed in his father's will.
10. Daniel Link was born 16 August 1772.(25) He married Catherine Creager on 14 February 1801. She was born in 1778 and she died 10 October 1833. Daniel died 05 June 1857. Daniel was listed in his father's will.
John Adam Link I was a patriot of the American Revolution. He supplied bacon to William Beatty, an agent for the purchase of provisions for the Army, on 22 May 1778.(26) William Beatty was the Sheriff of Frederick County, Maryland, in 1776 and an Agent for purchase of provisions for the army effective 25 March 1778.(27) In June of 1779 or 1780, John Adam Link I loaned $800 to the state of Maryland for the war effort.(28)
John Adam Link I died 24 April 1805 in Frederick, Maryland. He was buried at the Frederick Lutheran Church.(29)
13. Michael Witt - approved by the S.A.R. March 22, 2019
[Note: Witt is German and pronounced Vit, similar to hit or pit.]
Michael Witt Senior was born about 1744. His family was of German origin. Michael must have been married by 1769 when his first child, Esther, was born. His wife's name was Mary at the time he made his will in 1790 in Guilford County, North Carolina. We cannot be sure Mary was his first wife. Mary Witt was born about 1748 and died in 1800 in Guilford County, NC.
Michael Witt Senior was living in Guilford County, North Carolina, in 1790. The Witt family probably lived within a few miles of the Friedens Lutheran Church which stands approximately two miles northwest of Gibsonville, North Carolina, not far from the Reedy Fork branch of the Haw River. This church was also known as Schumaker's.
Michael Witt Senior appears in North Carolina Revolutionary War Pay Vouchers for the years 1779 - 1782. The "Micul Witt" voucher date is 20 November 1781 and the location is Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina. The event type is listed as military service on the voucher. Guilford and Rowan Counties were adjacent counties in 1780.
Other men with a surname of Witt received similar pay vouchers at Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina, and perhaps these men were related to Michael Witt Senior.
There was a little known engagement during the American Revolution near Reedy Fork on 07 March 1781. The forces of Lt. General Charles, Lord Cornwallis attempted to attack the Light Corps under Colonel Otho Williams. The number of men engaged on each side of the contest is now known. It seems very possible that Michael Witt Senior may have been part of this engagement.
Michael Witt and his wife, Mary, were the parents of at least ten children, and all of the children probably were born in Guilford County, North Carolina.
According to the will of Michael Witt, he and his wife, Mary, were the parents of:
i. Esther (Hester) Witt, probably the first child born to Michael and Mary Witt Senior, was born in 1769. She married Jacob Goodner in late 1798 in Guilford County, North Carolina. Hester died on 19 January 1834 at age 65.
ii. Mary (Polly) Witt was born in North Carolina on 15 December 1774 and died at 8:00 AM 05 August 1845 in Gratis Township, Preble County, Ohio. Mary (Polly) Witt married Christian Fall Junior. Christian Fall Junior was born 12 February 1769 in Guilford County, North Carolina, and he died 02 October 1849 in Preble County, Ohio.
iii. John Daniel Witt was born in 1780. He married Elizabeth Fall, a daughter of Christian Fall Senior. Elizabeth Fall was born 13 October 1784.
iv. Michael Witt Junior was born 1 January 1795 near Greensboro, NC. We know he must have been born after 26 March 1790, the date his father, Michael Senior, made his will. He died 04 March 1862 in Lebanon, Boone County, Indiana. Michael Junior married first in 1811 in Guilford County, NC, Susannah Wirrick (Wyrick). She probably was born no earlier than about 1795.
Three Michael Witt Senior daughters Marry into the Shoemaker Family
The North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, page 494, Consolidated Index for 1975-1984, lists three daughters of Michael Witt under the Shoemaker listing. Those three are Jane Witt, Margaret Witt, and Rosanna Witt. The names of these daughters of Michael Witt appear in the will he made in 1790.
v. Jane (Christina Jean) Witt was probably born about 1782 in Guilford County, North Carolina. She married Conrad Shoemaker Junior. Conrad was born in the 1770s, probably in Guilford County, NC.
vi. Anna Margaret Witt was born 27 December 1784 in Guilford County, NC. Anna Margaret Witt married a Daniel Shoemaker about 1803. Daniel Shoemaker was born 27 April 1775 in Guilford County, NC.
vii. Rosannah (or Rosanna) Witt was born 31 March 1786. Rosann Witt married Christian Shoemaker, probably in North Carolina and perhaps around 1805. Christian Shoemaker was born 16 January 1779.
viii. Rachel Witt has not been identified conclusively in any records other than the will of her father, Michael Witt Senior.
ix. Catren Witt probably was born about 1775 in Guilford County, North Carolina. She married John Tetrarch (Tetrick) Fall, probably in March 1794 in Guilford County.
x. Mary Witt married a Roland Wedon. If we assume she was at least 17 years of age when she married, then she would have been born by at least 1779.
14. Jacob Gootee - in preparation for submission to the S.A.R.
15. John Yeakle (Jackel) - in preparation for submission to the S.A.R.