WENTZ, John Frederick Sr, of Germany and Montgomery Co PA

John Frederick Wentz, Sr, was born about 1730 probably in Partenheim, Pfalz, Germany, that is, in the Palatinate, and died in 1768 in Upper Salford Township, Montgomery Co PA. He probably arrived in America with his father on the Loyal Judith in 1743.

John Frederick Wentz married at Old Goshenhoppen, Montgomery Co PA, 28 Oct 1755, Anna Margaretha Miller, daughter of Andreas Mueller and Elizabeth Barbara (–?–). She was born about 1735 and died after 1783 in Upper Salford Twp, Montgomery Co PA.[1]

John Frederick and Margaret (Miller) Wentz had these children before his early death[2]:

1. Johann Philip WENTZ. Born ca 1757. He died ca Nov 1811 in Montgomery Co PA. He married Mary Magdalena Pilger and had five children:

            i.            John (1779-)

            ii.            Elisabetha (1783-)

            iii.            Jacob (1785-)

            iv.            Catharina (1790-)

            v.            Mary Magdalena


2. John WENTZ. Born ca 1759. He married Catharine Berner and had one child:

i.            Jacob (1784-).


3. John Frederick WENTZ. Born 20 Feb 1761 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co PA. John Frederick died in York Co PA, after 1820. About 1781, he married Anna Maria Magdalena –?– probably in York Co PA. Born before 1765. Anna Maria Magdalena died in York Co PA after 1820. This family was in York Co in 1790, p 426: Frederick Wents, 1/3/3. They had the following children:

                        i.            (two daughters) (<1790-)

                        ii.            Jacob (1784-1869)

                        iii.            John (1786-1870)

                        iv.            Frederick Jr (1788-1857)

                        v.            Maria Magdalena (1792-)

                        vi.            Catherine (1794-1855)

                        vii.            John Philip (1796-1874)

                        viii.            Susannah (1798-1831)

                        ix.            Lydia (1801-1876)

                        x.            (son) (1800-)


3. Barbara WENTZ. Born ca 1763. She was also called Elizabeth and married John Derr. They had a daughter:

i.            Catrina (1797-).


5. Valentine WENTZ. Born on 15 Feb 1766. He married a woman named Catherine. Their children were:

            i.            Johan Jacob (1793-)

            ii.            Elisabeth (1796-)

            iii.            Valentine (1797-)

            iv.             Johannes (1799-)


6. Anna Margaretha WENTZ. Born 23 Mar 1768 in Upper Salford Twp, Montgomery Co PA. She died 25 Jul 1808. Margaret married Abraham LOHR, who was born 5 Nov 1763. Their children were:

            i.            Catharine (1791-)

            ii.            Anna Maria (1794-)

iii.            Abraham (1800-)

iv.            Andrew (1806-)


© 2009, Kathy Alvis Patterson


[1] Some gedcoms at Ancestry.com identify the groom in this marriage as John Frederick’s uncle, Frederick Wentz, who was born in 1719 in Partenheim and who immigrated to America in 1749 on the Speedwell. Frederick and his wife had six children, different from John Frederick’s children. These researchers claim Margaret Miller as this Frederick’s wife too.

[2] Grandchildren’s names and ages are from “Rudisill-Sponseller Ancestors and Descendants,” posted at Ancestry.com by Vanessa, 21 Dec 2008.

Published on March 18, 2009 at 6:24 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. In Roy Wampler’s book on his Derr family, he discusses a Catharine Wentz who married a Jacob Derr. Catharine Wentz is the daughter of George Wentz and his wife Catharine. George died in Frederick Co. MD in 1791 and owned an 8-acre piece of land in Fredericktown. Can you identify the Jacob Derr discussed in George’s estate settlement papers?? Please reply to me privately on my email address . Thank you

    • I know no more about Barbara (Wentz) Derr and her husband than what i included in my blog statement. I don’t have her as Catherine.

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