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Johann Roth was born February 03, 1725/26 in Saarmund in Mark Brandenburg, Germany, and died July 22, 1791. He married Maria Agnes Phingstag on August 16, 1770.

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Armstrong and Butler Counties of Western PA
One source I found indicated that Marietta was Dr. Roth's foster daughter,
while another called her his daughter. I don't have an address for her
descendants, if there were any. The note by Dr. Fischer indicates that the
papers were split between Thiel and LSTC according to the wishes of Miss
Marietta Roth, so I assumed that she never married and that these wishes were
indicated in her will. Since the items came to us by way of Dr. Fischer, the
archives of Thiel or LSTC may have more information on Miss Roth and her

There were quite a number of Roths who went into the ministry.

Theophilus B. Roth was H.W. Roth's younger brother. Another brother was Dr.
L.M. Roth. T.B. Roth was born to Lewis Roth and Lydia Buechle on Feb. 9,
1853. He was ordained in 1878. He served as the president of Thiel from 1893
to 1903 and then assumed the chair of Latin, Greek and Ethics until 1929. He
died on Nov. 15, 1937. Among his children were Dr. Paul H. Roth, President of
Northwestern Theological Seminary, Minneapolis, and Rev. Samuel H. Roth.

Dr. Paul Hoerlein Roth was born on Dec. 21, 1880 to T.B. Roth and Amalie
Hoerlein. He was ordained in 1906 and served as professor at Northwestern
Seminary from 1917-1952 and as president from 1935-1950. He died on Jan. 13,
1967. One of his children was Rev. Paul L. Roth.

Paul Landers Roth was ordained in 1943. He died on Sept. 19, 1990.

Rev. Samuel H. Roth was born to T.B. Roth and Amalie Hoerlein on Jan. 31,
1891. He was ordained in 1917 and served congregations in Ohio, Minnesota,
Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. He died on Aug. 1, 1969. Among his six children
were Rev. John H. Roth.

David Luther Roth was born to Lewis Roth and Lydia Buechle on Oct. 25, 1847.
He was ordained in 1876 and served congregations in Pennsylvania, New York
and Nova Scotia. He died on March 18, 1935. Among his seven children were Dr.
Paul W. Roth and Rev. Carl C. Roth.

Dr. Paul Wagner Roth was born on Sept. 6, 1877 to David Luther Roth and
Melinda Wagner. He was ordained in 1903 and served as the pastor of the
Lutheran Church of the Epiphany in Milwaukee for many years. He died on Sept.
10, 1966. Among his children were Dr. William W. Roth, Rev. Richard W. Roth
and Dr. Robert P. Roth.

Dr. William W. Roth was born on Oct. 9, 1910 to Paul W. Roth and Rose Marie
Schulzke. He was ordained in 1935 and served as the pastor of St. John's
Lutheran in Springfield, Ill.

Rev. Richard W. Roth was born Aug. 12, 1912. He was ordained in 1937 and
served St. Peter in Forest Park, Ill. for a number of years. He died on Nov.
21, 1975.

Dr. Robert Paul Roth was born Dec. 8, 1919. He was ordained in 1945 and
served as a professor at Northwestern Seminary and at Lutheran Theological
Southern Seminary.

Rev. Carl Cossman Roth was born Aug. 24, 1887 to David L. Roth and Melinda
Wagner. He was ordained in 1913 and served congregations in Minnesota and
Wisconsin. He died on March 12, 1965. His three children included Rev. David
W.C. Roth and Rev. John David Roth.

David W.C. Roth died on March 25, 1998.

Rev. John David Roth was on April 22, 1918. He was ordained in 1943 and
served congregations in Minnesota and Wisconsin and as a U.S. Army chaplain.
He died on July 19, 2001.

Another John David Roth appears to have been a first cousin to T.B., H.W.
and D.L. Roth, although he may have been a brother. He was born to John Roth,
Sr. on Nov. 24, 1841. He indicates that his grand-father, John Roth, was a
missionary to the Delaware Indians, and his father John Roth Jr., was the
first white child born in the state of Ohio. David Luther Roth notes that
Johann Roth, missionary to the Delaware Indians and Moravian Pastor was born
in Saarmund, near Potsdam, Feb. 3, 1726, died 1791. Married Maria Agnes
Pfingstag, born in Wirsche, Wurtemburg, Apr. 4, 1735, died 1805. Four
children: John, Presbyterian minister, John Lewis, first white child born in
Ohio, John David, Colonel 26th Pennsylvania Regiment, 1814, member of
Pennsylvania legislature, died Nov. 6, 1859, and John Benjamin, Blue Water
ship captain, buried in Trinity Church Cemetery, New York. John David Roth
was ordained in 1870 and served congregations in Canada, Pennsylvania,
Nebraska, Indiana and Illinois. He died on March 23, 1922.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Joel Thoreson
Reference Archivist
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
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Chicago, IL 60631
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Descendants of the Moravian minister, the Rev. Johann ROTH and Maria Agnes PFINGSTAG.
Johann / John / Sr. ROTH
Born 03 Feb 1726 Saarmund, Mark Brandenburg, Germany, per ROTH genealogy in the collection of the Moravian Museum, Bethlehem, PA (MMB). Joined the Moravian congregation at Zeist. Arrived Bethlehem, Northampton Co., PA with single brethren in the charge of John Henry SEIDEL on the Moravian ship "Irene." NY to England 06 Apr 1756, arrived NY 02 June 1756, per Transactions of the Moravian Historical Society, (MHS) Vol. V, No. 2. Became Moravian missionary in PA and OH.
Mar. 16 Aug 1770 Maria Agnes PFINGSTAG b. 04 Apr 1735 in Wirsche, Wurttemberg, d. 25 Feb 1805 bur. Nazareth Moravian Church, Northampton Co., PA. After her husband died, "...she went to live with her sons at Hope, New Jersey, in May 1799," per MMB. "Descendants are prominent laborers in the Lutheran Church." (MHS Vol. VII, No. 4)
Died 22 July 1791 York, PA.
Bur. York, PA?

1) Johannes / John / Jr. ROTH / RHOADS
Born 04 Aug 1771 "Tschechseheqanun" per Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' (LDS) International Genealogical Index (IGI). "Tscheschequanick" (Sheshequin) on the Susquehanna River per mother's Lebenslauf, Native American village later known as Ulster, Ulster Twp., Bradford Co., PA. Moravian missionaries visited from 1766, Moravian mission from 1769 to 1772. "John was an innkeeper for a time in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, and its first postmaster. He was an ordained Congregational minister and served a congregation in Mount Hope, Orange County, New Jersey. Later he served as a Presbyterian minister in North Moreland, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania," per MMB.
Mar. 26 Aug 1798 Susanna STAUD / STOUT, LDS IGI gives two places of marriage: Northampton Co., PA or Hope, Sussex (now Warren) Co., NJ, a Moravian settlement.
Died Unknown to author

Maria Susanna RHOADS b. 22 May 1779 Hope Twp., Sussex (now Warren) Co., NJ to John Jr. ROTH and Susanna STOUT per LDS IGI.
Thomas Benjamin RHOADS b. 24 Jan 1802 Nazareth, Northampton Co., PA to John Jr. ROTH and Susanna STOUT per LDS IGI.
John Jr. RHOADS b. 29 Nov 1803 Nazareth, Northampton Co., PA to John Jr. ROTH and Susanna STOUT per LDS IGI.
Lisetta / Lizetta ROTH / RHOADS b. 25 Aug 1807 Nazareth, Northampton Co., PA d. 31 Aug 1807, buried Nazareth Moravian Church, Northampton Co., PA. (MHS Vol. VII, No. 4)
Sarah Eliza RHOADS b. 06 Feb 1809 Hope Twp., Sussex (now Warren) Co., NJ to John Jr. ROTH and Susanna STOUT per LDS IGI.
"Jacob RHOADS" b. 06 May 1811 Hope Twp., Essex (Sussex?) (now Warren) Co., NJ to John Jr. ROTH and Susanna STOUT per LDS IGI. Agrees with MMB.
Julian RHOADS b. 17 Jul 1813 Oxford Twp., Sussex (now Warren) Co., NJ to John Jr. ROTH and Susanna STOUT per LDS IGI.
Benjamin RHOADS b. 23 Dec 1816 Deer Park Twp., Orange Co., NY to John Jr. ROTH and Susanna STOUT per LDS IGI.
David RHOADS b. 18 Jun 1819 Wallkill, Orange Co., NY to John Jr. ROTH and Susanna STOUT per LDS IGI.

2) Johann Ludwig / John Lewis ROTH
Born 04 July 1773, bap. 05 July 1773 by David ZEISBERGER, Moravian settlement Gnadenhutten, Tuscarawas Co., OH, supposedly the first white child born in Ohio territory. "John Lewis ROTH was taken to Pennsylvania when not quite one year of age. He educated himself [at the Moravian schools] Nazareth Hall, [and] Bethlehem, Pa...; "History of Tuscarawas County, Ohio," Chapter Five.
Mar. c.1793 "Miss BECK." Per MMB "...later he removed to Bath, Pa..." Ludwig / Lewis in Moore Twp., Northampton Co., PA Federal Census 1830 and 1840 and died there in 1841.
Died 25 Sep 1841, Bath, Northampton Co., PA.
Bur. Lutheran Church, Bath, Northampton Co., PA. Last request for funeral included references to the Prodigal Son. His tombstone bears the following inscription: "Zum Anderken au Ludwig ROTH, geboren 4th Juli, 1773. Gestorben 25th September 1841, alter 68 Jahre, 2 M., 21 Tage," per MMB.

"John George" ROTH b. c.1795, per MMB.
"Joseph" b. c.1797, per MMB.
"David" b. c.1799, per MMB.
"Anna Louisa" b. c.1801, per MMB.
"Nancy" b. c.1803, per MMB.

3) Johann / John David ROTH
Born 13 June 1775 Mount Joy / Donegal, a congregation served by his father, Lancaster Co., PA. He was "of a choleric disposition" per his father's lebenslauf.
Mar. 1796 Maria Catherine ALTHAUS / ALTSHAUS / ALTHOUSE (b. 08 Jan 1776).
Attended the Moravian school in Nazareth. May have worked at the Henry gun works near Nazareth, Plainfield / Bushkill Twp., Northampton Co., PA. Served in the War of 1812, per MMB. "In 1818 John David was postmaster at Fryesburg [now Coopersburg], Lehigh County, and that same year was elected to the House of Representatives (whether U. S. House or State is not known)." In 1821, moved to Butler Co., PA per MMB.
Died 06 Nov 1859
Bur. Butler Co., PA?

"John" b. c.1797 per MMB.
"Anna Marie" b. c.1799 per MMB. Anna Maria ROTH was bap. 15 Dec 1799 daughter of "David and Catherine" of Dryland Church, Hecktown, Lower Nazareth Twp., Northampton Co., PA per LDS IGI.
"Susanna" b. c.1801 per MMB.
"Salome" b. c.1803 per MMB.
"Elizabeth" b. c.1804 per MMB.
"Benjamin" b. c.1806 per MMB.
"Frederick William" b. c.1808 per MMB.
"Lewis" per MMB. Lewis ROTH was b. 17 Oct 1812, Plainfield Twp., Northampton Co., PA to John David ROTH and Catherine ALTSHAUS per LDS IGI. Per LDS Ancestral File, this Lewis ROTH m. Lydia BEIGHLEY 31 Aug 1837, had
a) Louisa b. c.1837 per LDS Ancestral File.
b) Marietta b. c.1839 per LDS Ancestral File.
c) George W. b. c.1841 per LDS Ancestral File.
d) Lewis M. b. c.1843 per LDS Ancestral File.
e) John M. b. c.1845 per LDS Ancestral File.
f) Theophilus B. b. c.1847 per LDS Ancestral File.
g) D. Luther b. c.1849 per LDS Ancestral File.
"Christian D[avid?]" b. c.1812 per MMB.
"Maria" b. c.1814 per MMB.

4) Johann / John Benjamin ROTH
Born 31 July 1779 Mount Joy (congregation served by the Moravians), Lancaster Co., PA. "Benjamin ROTH" birth record per LDS IGI.
Mar. Miss UNKNOWN per MMB. Was a sea captain per MMB.
Died 1818 per MMB, unknown place.
Bur. Trinity Church Yard in New York City per MMB.

1176. ROTH, JOHANNES, tr. Ein Versuch! Der Geschichte unsers Herrn u. Heylander Jesu Christi. In dass Delawarische übersezt der Unami von der Marter Woche an bis zur Himmelfahrt unsers Herrn. im Jahr 1770 u. 72 zu Tschechschequanüng an der Susquehanna... [1770-1772]. D. 143L. (1-121 and unpaged).

Fly-leaf title: "Ein Versuch, etc. The History of our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ from Passion Week to His Ascension to Heaven. Translated into the Unami Dialect of the Delaware in the years 1770 and 1772 at Tschetschequamink on the Susquehanna ... Translated by Mr. Rhodes." An account compiled from gospel sources and translated by a Moravian missionary. The MS. was discovered in the house of Roth's son, Rev. John Rhodes in 1831.

Donor, Rev. Nicholas Murray, 1832. Cf. note in D. G. Brinton (1885):78-83; letter, Murray to P. S. DuPonceau, July 15, 1831, No. 1174


(The Lutheran Monthly, January, 1945)

John Roth, founder of the American branch of the family, was born February 3, 1726, at Saarmund in Mark Brandenburg, Germany. Though reared a Lutheran he united with the Moravians at Neusalz in 1748, to be commissioned for missionary service in Pennsylvania, June 6, 1756, in a "colony" of single brethren. When they arrived at Bethlehem, John Roth immediately began his labors among the 1ndians at Nain. Acquiring the Delaware tongue, he was in due course ordained, .and in 1756 became assistant to the famous David Zeisberger. Of his accomplishments one item only knits into our narrative now, that being his journey in 1771 with persecuted mission Indians from the Susquehanna towns across the untrodden wilderness of Pennsylvania to a site near the present city of New Castle, Lawrence County. Here he built the town of "Friedenstadt." It was a weary journey; speed about ten miles a day. It had one cheerful interruption; Missionary Heckewelder met the Roth pilgrims at the intersection of the Wilderness and Venango Trails; so pleasant was that camping place to the Missionary that he inspired his son John David with longing to make the location his home. This the son did in 1821, when claiming a tract of forest land he struck the family roots deeply into the Western Pennsylvania soil.

The Missionary did not stay long at Friedenstadt. His call took him on to Gnadenhuetten, accompanied by his wife, Agnes Pfingstag, who shared with him all the bitterness of the frontier. On July 4, 1773, John Lewis was born, the first white child born ~-i what is now the State of Ohio. This child was baptized by David Zeisberger, with two Indians as sponsors, Anton, a Delaware, and Christina, a Mohican.. Recalled to Eastern Pennsylvania by his Church, the Missionary spent his closing years at York. When the Continental Congress fled to that city he served as its chaplain. He died in 1791. In 1898 his remains were brought to the Emanuel Cemetery in Prospect, Butler County, his camp site of 1771.

More About Johann Roth and Maria Agnes Phingstag:
Marriage: August 16, 1770

Children of Johann Roth and Maria Agnes Phingstag are:
  1. +John David Roth, b. June 13, 1775, Mount Joy, Lancaster County, Pa, d. November 06, 1859, Prospect, PA.
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