Johann Martin Zettelmeyer 1 2
- Born: 22 Apr 1757, Windsor Twp., Berks, PA 2
- Christened: 27 Jun 1757, Windsor Twp.: St. Paul's Lutheran Church (Smoke Church), Berks, PA 2
- Marriage (1): Margaretha
- Died: 16 May 1845, Greenwich Twp., Berks, PA at age 88
Other names for Johann were Johan Martin Zettelmeyer 3 and Martin Zettelmeyer.
He was baptised Smoke Church by Rev. Daniel Schumacher. The sponsors were Johann Martin and Elisabeth Catharina Rausch. Rausch was also the person who witnessed the will of father Johann Jacob Zettelmeyer in 1774.
Noted events in his life were:
1. Residence: in 1779 in Greenwich Twp., Berks, PA. 2 Martin was listed as a taxable in Berks Co PA for the years 1779, 1780, 1781, and 1784. He was listed in Albany Township in 1779 but in Windsor Township thereafter. These were two original townships when Berks County was established in 1752; Greenwich Township was created in 1755 from Albany. In his Revolutionary War record Martin stated that he had lived his entire life in Windsor Township, having been born no more than one-half mile away from where he resided in 1844. Yet except for the 1790 census he was consistently listed in Greenwich Township in the censuses. And when he made his will in 1844 he gave Greenwich Township as his place of residence.
2. Census in 1790 in Windsor Twp., Berks, PA. 4 The 1790 Census lists Martin Zettlemeyer's household with:
1 male 16 or over
3 males under 16
3. Census in 1800 in Greenwich Twp., Berks, PA. 5 The 1800 Census lists Martin Zettlemyer household with:
Under 10 (1791-1800) = 1 son
10-15 (1785-1790) = 1 son
16-25 (1775-1784) = 1 son
45 & over (<=1755) = 1 father Martin
Under 10 (1791-1800) = 1 daughter
10-15 (1785-1790) = 1 daughter
45 & over (<=1755) = 1 wife
4. Census in 1810 in Greenwich Twp., Berks, PA. The 1810 Census lists the household of Martin Zettlemyer with:
1 male 10-16 years old
2 males 16-26 years old
1 male 45+ years old
1 female 16-26 years old
1 female 45+ years old
5. Census in 1820 in Greenwich Twp., Berks, PA. 6 The 1820 Census lists the household of Martin Zettlemyer with:
45 & over (<=1775) = 1 father Martin
10-15 (1805-1810) = 1 daughter
45 & over (<=1775) = 1 wife
6. Census in 1830 in Greenwich Twp., Berks, PA. 7 The 1830 Census lists the household of Martin Zettlemyer with:
1 male 5-10 years old
1 male 60-70 years old
1 female 20-30 years old
7. Pension Martin Zettlemoyer, Revolutionary War, Private under Captain Latta in Regt. Of Col. Gehre, seven months. On 4 Mar 1831 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 8
8. Census in 1840 in Greenwich Twp., Berks, PA. 9 The 1840 Census lists the household of Martin Zettlemoyer with:
1 male 15-20 years old
1 male 80-90 years old
1 female under 5 years old
1 female 20-30 years old
9. Pension for serving in the Revolutionary War. On 22 May 1844 in Windsor Twp., Berks, PA. Military Service Record of Martin Zettlemoyer
(page 440 of records)
Berks Co in the State of Penn who was a Private in the Company commanded by Col. Gehre in the revolution Seven months.
Inscribed on the Roll of Philadelphia at the rate of 23 Dollars 33 Cents per annum, to commence on the 4th day of March, 1831.
Certificate of Pension issued the 22nd day of May 1844
Arrears to the 4th of March '44 $303.29
Semiannual allowance ending 4 Sept '44 11.66
Revolutionary Claim, Act June 7, 1832.
In order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.
State of Pennsylvania
Berks County Ss
Personally appeared before the subscriber one of the associate Judges in and for the County of Berks Martin Zettlemoyer a resident of Windzer Township Berks County and State of Pennsylvania who being duly Sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7th A.D. 1832 I am now in my ninetieth year of age, on the 22nd day of April AD 1844 I will be 90 Years old if I should live so long. I have served in the Revolutionary War, Eight months as a soldier in the Pennsylvania Malitia, in five separate drafts to wit First I was drafted for two months and served under the following officers Captain Jacob Latta and Colonel Baltzer Gehre, we marched to Amboy New Jersey when the British were on long Island, I served out them two months. I think it was in the summer time. It was so long ago I can not give you the dates.
Second tour of two Months I was drafted for in the following winter under the same officers and was at Bordentown New Jersey. I served out them two months (except Jacob Shappel in place of Jacob Latta).
Third time I was drafted I think was about six months after the time I was discharged the second time; was drafted for two months and served out that tour under Lieutenant George Rappe Captain Jacob Roudermel and Colonel Michael Lindermude, at white Marsh Pennsylvania, Jacob Roudermel I esteemed more than any other officer that I met with on duty.
Fourth time, I was drafted for two months and served under Lieut George Rappe and Colonel Michael Lindermude in Philadelphia and about five weeks of that time I with the other soldiers had our quarters in a cellar, after the expiration of those five weeks, I with the rest of our company were discharged. I went home, for this five weeks, I never received any pay.
Fifth and last time, I was drafted, was for two months, marched to Reading Pennsylvania under Sergeant John Dunkelberger after laying there three weeks was again discharged, and not called
for again; I was born within half mile of my present residence and never lived out of the Township; I now receive Forty Dollars per Annum from the State of Pennsylvania; I never before applied to the United States for a pension, It being so long since the war I am unable to give you the months or years in which I served. I have no documentary evidence to offer to corroborate my statements; I don't know any person now living who was with me; I have lately been very much reduced in circumstances and now apply for that which may be due me from the United States.
Sworn and Subscribed before his
me this 30th day January 1844 Martin + Zettlemoyer
s/ Matthias S. Richards mark
s/ Matthias S. Richards
s/ John Quin
The Revd. G F J Yeager a clergyman, residing in the County of Berks and John Quin residing in the same place hereby certify, that we are well acquainted with Martin Zettlemoyer who has sworn and subscribed to the above declaration; that we believe him to be nearly Ninety years old as above stated; that he is reputed and believed, in the neighborhood where he resides, to have been a soldier in the Revolution; and that we concur in that opinion.
Sworn and Subscribed the } s/ G. F. J. Jaeger, Pastor.
day and year aforesaid } s/ John Quin
s/ Matthias S. Richards
And the said Matthias S. Richards Associate Judge does hereby declare his opinion after the investigation of the matters, and after putting the interogataries prescribed by the war department, that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary Soldier, and served as he states, and the Judge further certifies, that it appears to him the Rev. G. F. J. Yeager who has signed the preceding certificate, is a clergyman resident in the County of Berks and that John Quin who has also signed the same is a resident in the County of Berks and is a credible person, and that their statement is entitled to credit.
s/ Matthias S. Richards
10. He signed a will on 28 Jun 1844 in Greenwich Twp., Berks, PA. 3 From Berks County Will Book 9, Page 54:
Will of Martin Zettlemeyer, 1844, Berks Co PA
In the name of God Amen. I the undersigned Martin Zettlemeyer of Greenwich township Berks County and State of Pennsylvania, although I find myself in good health, but yet considering that it is appointed for all Men once to die, and that it is uncertain when our Creator shall call us out of this world, Make and declare herewith this presents (because I am yet of sound mind memory & Judgment, for which I heartily thank God) to be my last Will and Testament, namely, First I commend my immortal soul unto the hands of my God to his eternal mercy, and my Body to the Earth, which my hereafter named Executor shall bury in a Christian manner, as it will seem right to them, and as touching my Worldly Estate consisting in a Farm, situate in Greenwich township Berks County and different kinds of moveable goods, all of which shall be sold by my Executor after my decease and converted into money; Then I bequeath of the money realized, to my Maid Hannah Barrel, the sum of five hundred, 500, dollars, which sum must be paid in advance. To my Daughter Catharine, intermarried to Peter Schmid, she shall have the sum of five hundred pounds, as my other daughters have also received, but the money for which receipts are here, and have inherited of me, shall be deducted from her, namely, of the five hundred pounds. Then I bequeath to Joseph Miller the um of one hundred, 100, dollars. Then I bequeath to John Zettlemeyer, son of my son Martin, the sum of fifty 50 dollars. Then I bequeath to my daughter Christina intermarried to John Frey the sum of one hundred dollars, then I bequeath to my daughter Magdalena's Children the sum of twenty five cents. __Then I bequeath to my son John the sum of four dollars. __Further, all the receipts that I have received of my children for money that I gave them, shall be considered as Legacy, and if any thing remains when the before mentioned sums are paid, the residue shall be given to my son Peter and to my daughter Catherine intermarried to Peter Schmid, in equal shares. __And lastly I nominate hereby Peter Klein Esqr. to be my Executor of this my last Will and Testament, and revoke every other heretofore my me made last Will and Testament and declare this, consisting of a Sheet of paper. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, thus done in Greenwich township on the twenty eighth day of June one thousand eight hundred and forty four, 1844. ___
Signed and declared as the last )
Will and Testament of the ) Martin X Zettlemeyer (L.S.)
undersigned Martin Zettlemeyer )
in presence of us. )
s/ Daniel Dressler
s/ Henry Reitz
Translation of the German Will of Martin Zettlemyer decd. By Michael Kraemer Depy. Regr.
11. Estate: Settlement of Martin Zettlemeyer, 6 Apr 1849, , Berks, PA. 10
On 6 Apr 1849 Peter Kline filed an account of the estate of Martin Zettlemeyer, who died in 1844 in Berks County, that indicated a value of $362.08. Shortly thereafter he filed a list of disbursements to these heirs:
John Zettlemoyer, grandson
Christina Zettlemoyer, wife of John Frey
John Zettlemoyer (son of Martin Zettlemoyer)
John Riegle, son of Magdalena, daughter of Martin Zettlemoyer
Michael Riegle, son of Magdalena, daughter of Martin Zettlemoyer
Daniel Riegle, son of Magdalena, daughter of Martin Zettlemoyer
Jacob Riegle, son of Magdalena, daughter of Martin Zettlemoyer
George Riegle, son of Magdalena, daughter of Martin Zettlemoyer
Magdalena Riegle, daughter of Magdalena, daughter of Martin Zettlemoyer
Rebecca Riegle, daughter of Magdalena, daughter of Martin Zettlemoyer
Elizabeth Riegle, daughter of Magdalena, daughter of Martin Zettlemoyer
Peter and Catherine, intermarried with P. Smith
Johann married Margaretha.