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Peter Rench13 was born 1699 in Zurich, Switzerland, and died 1771 in Frederick Co., Md.. He married Margarethea on 1720.

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The story of Peter Rench begins almost three centuries ago. Peter was born in Zurich Switzerland in 1699 and his wife, Margaretha in 1702. Peter and Margaretha were the parents of three sons: Joseph, b. 1724; John, b. 1726; and Andrew, b. 1728, all three having been born in Zurich. A daughter Catharine, born after their arrival in Philadelphia in 1736.
Peter Rench, his wife Margaretha, and their three sons, sailed on the ship "Harle" from Rotterdam, Holland and arrived at the Port of Philadelphia, Sept. 1, 1736. There was also among the 388 passengers on this ship, Jonathan Hager, the founder of Hagerstown, Md. This was a three month trip across the Atlantic Ocean, which probably provided ample opportunity for Peter Rench and Jonathan Hager to become well acquainted and remain close friends for the remainder of their lives.
Both Peter and Jonathan remained in Pennsylvania for a period of time. Hager acquired his first land in the present Washington County in 1739. Peter's name first appears in the land records for Washington County when there was patented to him March 18, 1746, a grant of land called "Four Springs" consisting of 200 acres and received another patent March 19, 1753 for a grant of land of 50 acres called "Penny Pack Pond". These two tracts were located at the base of South Mountain near Mt. Aetna, on the east side of the road leading from Cavetown to Boonsboro, where the present farms of Dr. Roger L. Fiery and Dale B. Winders are located. Peter later acquired several thousand acres of additional land, which adjoined the lands of his good friend Jonathan Hager. Peter died in March 1772, and lies buried in the Cemetery of Zion Reformed Church in Hagerstown. His wife, Margaretha survived her husband.
Peter Rench and his three sons were naturalized in Maryland August 31, 1739. Where he and his family lived from that date until his first acquisition of land in Washington County has not been ascertained.
One of the tracts of land owned by Peter was "Dawson's Strife"containing 1915 acres. Following his death, this tract was divided among the three sons by mutual agreement. In the 1783 Tax Assessment List, each of the three brothers is residing on his share of Dawson's Strife. Andrew's portion was 768 acres, John's 671 acres and Joseph's 583 acres. In the history of the Zion Reformed Church by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schwartz, it is learned that the main door of the church opened toward the road leading to Rentch's, new North Potomac St. In Andrew Rench's will, he mentions "the Young's place". In yearly land records of Washington County, we frequently find reference to the road leading from Hagerstown to Rench's Mill. This mill was located on the south side of the Litersburg Pike on Marsh Run.

Will of Peter Rench
Liber A, No. 1, Folio 411. Frederick County Court House, Frederick, Maryland.

"In the name of God Amen, I, Peter Rench of Frederick and Province of Maryland being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, Thanks be to the almighty God, therefor and calling to mind the uncertainties of my body and knowing it is appointed for all men to die, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following. That is to say, First and Principally, I recommend my soul to almighty God who gave it to me and my body to be buried in a Christian and decent manner at the discretion of my executors hereafter named. And as for the worldly estate it has pleased God to bestow on me, I give and bequeath as follows Viz:

"First and principally I will that all my just debts be paid. Item: I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Margaret over and above her thirds allowed by Law her choice of the best mare I shall possess at my decease and if there should not be any of my creatures that will suit or answer my said wife I will that my executors shall buy her a horse out of my estate also I give my said wife the choice of any house on my land to live in during life and the rents yearly due from my three sons Joseph, John, and Andrew yearly to be paid my said wife during life as also what is due me yearly from Jacob Miller and also half a dozen good milk cows and the Meadow and Garden I now use as long as she lives.
Item: I give my three sons, Joseph, John, and Andrew their Heirs and assigns forever all Lands except what I hereinafter bequeath to Son-in-Law- Jacob Miller, to be equally divided among my said three sons, Joseph, John, and Andrew, to be divided among them by four or five honest Free-holders of the County to be chosen by my said three sons each part to be divided to them where they now live equal in quantity and quality.
Item: I give and bequeath to my Son-in-Law, Jacob Miler all that tract of land called "Wood on Platter", containing three hundred and twenty acres more or less to him his heirs and Assigns forever.
Item: I give and bequeath to my four grandsons, Viz, Peter Rench, son of John Rench and Peter Rench, son of Joseph Rench and Michael Rench, son of Andrew Ren(t)ch and Peter Miller, son of Jacob Miller the sum of Twenty five pounds. Each to be levyed out of my estate at my decease and to be put out or upon interest, until my four grandsons aforesaid come to the age of twenty one years and then to be paid to them principal and interest by my executors hereafter named.
Lastly I do hereby appoint and ordain my sons, Andrew and John Ren(t)ch my lawful executors of this my last Will and Testament making null and void all other Wills by me heretofore made done or executed. In Testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this third day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy one.

Peter Rench Seal

Witnesses: Thomas Brooke
John Kellar

Dorothy Bonny
Date of Probate: March 16, 1772

Source of below:


John RAMSBERGH of George ..vs.. Heirs of John Vandel STURRME
Petition for Deed

Johan Vandel STURM issued deed to Peter RENTCH
on 22 Oct 1765 for tracts - Good Wife, Turkey Range
and Res on Turkey Range (Middletown Valley area)
The measurements of the land were incorrect and
it was not til later that this was found and corrected.
By then, Johan Vandel Sturm was deceased and his
heirs had left the state.

On 3 Mar 1784 - Land Indenture for same tracts
to Adam KEPLINGER of Washington Co, MD
from Joseph, John & Andrew RENTCH, of Washington
County, sons and heirs of Peter RENTCH, deceased
wit/ John STULL, John CELLAY?

On 24 Mar 1790, John RAMSBERGH of Georg (farmer)
petitioned for Deed for the same tracts purchased from
Adam KEPLINGER (farmer) fro 679 pounds, 5 shillings.
Keplinger was to have the deed recorded but left it in a
chest and it was not recorded in the timely manner of six
months. Adam Keplinger was then deceased and his
heirs had removed to different parts of the state unknown
to the petitioner.

Johan Vandel STORM
ch/ Michael
......Magdalena w/o Harman YOST

Peter STERM (STORM?) testified the children had all moved
out of state and were all deceased; had left heirs but their
names and locations were unknown. (13 May 1817)

Peter RENTCH's Children -
...Catharine w/o Jacob GRUMBACK
...Esther w/o John BARSTLOCK
...John, dec; (only child - d/ Elizabeth w/o Jacob CELLERY (CELLAY?)
...Andrew, dec
............. Peter, dec
..............Susannah w/o Jonas HOGMIRE
..............Elizabeth w/o John WOLGAMIDE
..............Margaret w/o Henry GRUNBACK
..............Catharine w/o Daniel MILLER
..............Michael, minor?
..............John, minor
..............Mary, minor
Represented by friend, George RAMSBERG

Adam KEPLINGER, dec of Frederick County
ch/ Jacob
.....Magdalena w/o Michael SHOUMAN
.....Catharine w/o Henry SNIDER
.....Elisabeth w/o John ROHR

A clear deed was granted on 10 Apr 1818.
MD State Archives; Frederick Co Chancery Papers
MdHR 17, 898-4211; MSA S 512-4333; Loc 1/37/1/8, dated 3 Feb 1817

Also - MdHR 17, 898-4200; MSA S 512-4322; Loc 1/37/1/6, dated 13 Mar 1817

More About Peter Rench:
Burial: Zion Evangelical & Reformed Church, Hagerstown, Md..
Fact 1: Friends with Jonathan Hager, founder of Hagerstown, Md..
Fact 3: March 18, 1745/46, Purchased "Four Springs" -200 acres near base of South Mountain, Wash. Co., Md..

More About Peter Rench and Margarethea:
Marriage: 1720

Children of Peter Rench and Margarethea are:
  1. Joseph Peter Rench, b. 1724, Germany?, d. 1804, Huntington Co., Pa-Morrisons Cove.
  2. John Stull Rench, b. 1726, Germany?, d. 1772, Washington Co., Md..
  3. +Andrew Rench, b. September 01, 1732, Zurich, Switzerland, d. October 07, 1792, Hagerstown, Md..
  4. Catherine Rench, b. 1734, d. WFT Est. 1735-1828.
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