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Oakey's great-great grandparents: George Peter Mertz, Amelia Amanda Hummel, John Ulp Hopewell, Sarah Catherine Young, William H Diehl, Rachel E Kleckner, Henry B Yerger, Catherine Kramer, Patrick Kean Curry, Elizabeth Kohler, Josiah Sparks Pearce, Elizabeth Ann Wright, Nelson Hoshall, Joanna Hampshire, Christopher Slade, Maria Elizabeth Carlin.
Mary's great-grandparents: Theophilus Rivers Lawther, Mary G Harrison, Robert McDougall, Isabella Alexander, George W Herring, Mary E Carroll, Robert Calvin Johnson, Margaret E Lee, Isaac Newell, Elizabeth Gill, (parents of) Jane Somers, (parents of) John Moores, (parents of) Johanna Evelie.
My ancestor John David Mertz of Alsace and Longswamp Township, Berks County is the progenitor, I strongly believe, of all Northumberland County Mertz (also Martz) families through 1820. This includes the families of Jacob Mertz and David Mertz -- said by many to be sons of John Henry Mertz, but I think that conclusion is dead wrong. It also includes the families of Peter Mertz, Conrad Mertz, Nicholas Mertz and Philip Mertz -- who together with Jacob and David -- were the third generation of John David's family and they all migrated from Berks County to Northumberland County before 1790.
In addition to tracking my ancestors and those of my wife, I am tracking as many descendants of John David Mertz as I possibly can. However, due to the limitations of this web site, that I am only allowed to include 2000 individuals in my tree, I have moved my family tree to a different site.
Please contact me with any comments on any ancestors we might share in common.
- John Jacob Mertz 1741-1811 of Rockland (72 KB)
This is the tombstone at Mertz Church of John Jacob Mertz -- b. 18 Aug 1741 son of John Henry Mertz. He and wife Catharina baptized six children at Mertz Church between 1773 and 1792. It is NOT the tombstone of John Jacob Mertz who came from Longswamp before 1790 and died in North'd County, in fact it is proof in my opinion that they were two different men entirely.
- The Author in His Ancestral Home (26 KB)
Mertztown (Berks County, PA) is very near Longswamp Reformed Church where the family of John David Mertz worshipped. It's name honors this pioneer family.
- Family Bible of Sparta, NY Mertz Family (127 KB)
The bible of Joseph W Mertz who was born in Sparta, NY gives the name and birth date of his father Jacob Mertz. So few Mertzes lived in Sparta that Jacob has to be kin to John Jacob Mertz (son of Nicholas) who moved to Sparta before 1800 with sons Conrad and David.
- George Peter and Amanda (Hummel) Mertz Family (51 KB)
My great-great grandparents and 13 of their 14 children which included three sets of twins. One of the twins had died by the time this picture was taken. George Peter came to Point Twp about 1850 and is the progenitor of the Mertz family there.
- Attendees at 1890 Hilbish Reunion in Freeburg, PA (347 KB)
Many descendants of Benjamin Hummel and Catherine Hilbish -- including descendants of George Peter Mertz -- were in attendance. For a complete analysis of each person in attendance and the relationships among them and their common ancestors, follow the link to the Hilbish site below and from there look for the Hilbish Reunion document.
- Tombstone of Jacob Mertz in Lewisburg Cemetery (26 KB)
Jacob Mertz came with his parents to Middleburg (now Snyder County) in about 1790. After his marriage, he and his wife, Mary Catharine Aurand, moved to the Lewisburg, PA (Union County) area and founded the large branch of the Mertz family there.
- Map of Alsace - Ancestral Home of John David Mertz (177 KB)
David lived near the village of Phalsbourg -- follow the main road northwest out of Strasbourg to its northernmost point (note the village of Mertzweiller northeast). Veronica Schneider lived in Saare-Union.
- Haplogroup J2 (M172) (51 KB)
National Geographic's Genographic Project has analyzed my DNA and categorized me (and all my male ancestors) to this group. We were the earliest farmers.
- Haplogroup J2 (M172) -- Page 2 and Map (31 KB)
The map shows the migration of my ancestors out of Africa to the Fertile Crescent and then along the Mediterranean Coast. I believe they then crossed the Alps into possibly Switzerland and finally Alsace.
- Mary Lawther in Blanford Cemetery (69 KB)
Mary is sitting beside the graves of her great-great grandparents -- Theophilus Rivers Lawther and Mary G Harrison in wonderful old Blanford Cemetery in Petersburg, VA.
- Sampson Co, NC Historical Marker (59 KB)
Richard Herring was Mary's ancestor who operated a gun factory in Sampson County in support of the Revolution.
- Blue Ball Inn in New Freedom, PA (82 KB)
Owned by my Hendrix ancestors in the late 1770's. Bought years later by my aunt and uncle -- Mr. and Mrs. Guy A Leader -- who restored the old cemetery without fully appreciating at the time that it was her own ancestors buried there.