LEFEVRE: LEFEVRE, WENTZ

RESIDENCE

WENTZ

?    Abram                                   ? to America

908  Peter                                   PA

454  Peter     1657      Elizabeth           PA

Jacobus             Elizabeth           PA

227  Christine           Jan/John LeFevre    PA

 

LeFEVRE

904  Isaac               Jannelin

452  Abraham   1687      Mary                PA

226  Jan/John            Christine Wentz     PA

113  Margaret  1720      Jan Van Eaton       PA

 

MATERIALS AND REFERENCES

[KBVR] A Van Etten-Van Eaton Genealogy by Kitty Belle Van Eaton Ruggles

[OTWL] Old Times: The Wentz’ and Le Fevres of Worcester, August 17, 1975

NOTE [OTWL] President of the Wentz family is J. Stephan Harper, 2951 Marietta

Ave., Lancaster PA 17601.  Supposed to have the whole genealogy.

Written with check for $10.00 on 15 July 1998

Abram Wentz ([OTWL] Original immigrant)

908-Peter WENTZ, Sr.

Descendent of Abram WENTZ

  1. m *Peter

m *Jacobus

 

NOTE 908-Peter, Sr.

[OTWL] home-on original property.  Oldest cemetery there, being a family cemetery;

Peter Wentz’s grave is supposed to be there.  House has a “funeral door” (full lenth door on second floor for anyone who died up there, couldn’t get them down spiral staircase).

NOTE 908/909-Peter and Jacobus Wentz

[OTWL] Unclear whether Peter or Jacobus (brothers) was direct ancestor:

Ruggles, 1970, says Jacob [OTWL], Chidsey, p. 61 apparently says Peter [OTGe]

454-Peter WENTZ, Jr

Son of 908-Peter WENTZ, Sr.

b. ca. 1657

m. 455-Elizabeth [OTGe]

or

454-Jacobus/Jacob [KBVR] WENTZ

Son of 908-Peter WENTZ, Sr

m. 455-Elizabeth [OTGe, KBVR]

ch. f *Christine

 

NOTE 454-Peter, Jr.

[OTWL] home-Landmark building (Montgomerie County owns and restoring it,  including the farm).  During the Revolutionary War George Washington                           used it as his headquarters on two occations in October 1777 just before the terrible winter at Valley Forge.  There is a plaque on the side of the                                 building.  The house remained a residence during these “Visits”

[OTWL] Schwankfelder Church-Famous in region, genealogy book of how George  Washington used our ancestors home during revolution

NOTE 454-Jacob

[OTWL] John LeFevre and Jacob Wentz each donated one acre of land for erection of German Reformed Church, Wentz United Church, in 1762 in                                      Worcester, near Lansdale.  See Mr. Lester M. Landes, church historian, (3011 Shippack Pike, Worcester PA 19490,  584-6479) who has “Original Map                    of Worcester” showing where all of ancestors property was located.  Original deed in church vault.  He knew where two of original Wentz homes were                    located (See map with Old Times).  Original cornerstone-“1762” which was probably laid with help of our ancestors.  This is third church.  Mr. Krieler                    on Old Church Road has records of graves in graveyard.  Gravestones not helpful.

[OTWL] Jacobus Wentz home-in beautiful setting.  House probably not original but barn is.  Grist mill is gone.

227-Christine WENTZ

Dau. of 454-Peter and Elizabeth WENTZ or 454-Jacobus and Elizabeth WENTZ

m. 226-Jan/John LeFEVRE-see LEFEVRE

d. bef. 20 October 1778 [KBVR] ([KBVR] not mentioned in husband’s will)

Ch. See 226-Jan LeFEVRE

LEFEVRE

[KBVR] Name spelled: Lefevre, Lefeber, Lafever; LeFevre probably correct

HX:  [KBVR] ancestors left France and went to Holand when the Protestants were driven out of France.  From Holland they came to America

[OTGe] Family forebearers from France to Holland when Protestants driven out.  To America in 1683.

[OTWL] Original LeFever home-current owner Heebner has original deed

TODO Review Ulster County NY Material for Le Fevres-may be relatives

904-Isaac LeFEVRE

b. ,ca. 1660 [VEAL]

m1. 1685 [KBVR, VEAL] at Reformed Church, New York NY [KBVR] 905-Jannelin [OTGe]/

Jannekin [KBVR]/Janneken [VEAL] BOUDOUNCK

d. possibly after birth of son Abraham [VEAL]

m2. 23 June 1689 [KBVR, VEAL] Wyntie  dau. of Myndert KORTEN  [KBVR, VEAL] of New Utrecht [KBVR, VEAL]

d. ca. 1731 [VEAL] probably [VEAL] in New Jersey [VEAL]

chm1.m *Abraham

chm2.m  Myndert, m. 2 November 1714 [VEAL] in Dutch Reformed Church [VEAL], New York, NY Catherine VAN BLARCUM ([VEAL] Myndert was living in Bergen Co, NJ at time of marriage; in 1731 he advertised his father’s farm located between, Perth Amboy and new Brunswick, for sale.)

 

NOTE 904-Isaac

[KBVR] to America, 1683 settled in or near New York in a German Community;   1687 took Oath of Allegience in Brooklyn; name appears on several wills

[FILB] Isaac LeFevre arrived NY State in 1709 with wife Catharina and son Abraham Ref 7820 page 440

452-Abraham LeFEVRE

Son of 904-Isaac LeFEVRE

b. ?1687 [OTGe], bap. 3 July 1687 [KBVR, VEAL] at Reformed Church, New York NY   [KBVR]

m. 453-Mary [KBVR, VEAL]

d. ca. 1743 [VEAL]

ch. m *John/Jan/Johannes  [VEAL] had at least one son

 

NOTE 452-Abrahan

[KBVR] Evidently felt the call of the frontier, and, with many Dutch pioneers from New York, crossed New Jersey and into Pennsylvania, perhaps                                          stopping for a short time in Bucks County before finally settling in Philadelphia County in what was then known as New Bristol Township (later                               Worcester Township, now in Montgomery County); here on 5 October 1710 he  purchased 500 acres of land; by a deed from Abraham Le Fevre to                            John Switzer dated 6 June 1720 we learn his wife’s name was Mary

226-Johannes [OTGe, KBVR, VEAL]/John [EASc, KBVR, EWLe]/”John” [VEAL] Jan LeFEVRE/LaFEBRE [EWLe]

Son of 452-Abraham and Mary LeFEVRE

b. prob. [KBVR]/ca. [VEAL] 1708-1710, prob. in Pennsylvania [VEAL], naturalized betw. 9 January 1729 and 1730 [KBVR]

m. long before 1764 [KBVR] 227-Christine WENTZ [KBVR, OTGe]-see WENTZ  dau. of Jacob and Elizabeth WENTZ [KBVR] or Peter and Elizabeth                                  WENTZ [VEAL]

d. late 1778 [VEAL] or early 1779 [VEAL]in Hereford TWP, Berks Co, PA [VEAL], will dated 20 October 1778 [KBVR], proved [KBVR]/probated [EWLe]                         3 February 1779 [KBVR, EWLe], filed in Philadelphia [KBVR, EWLe] 28 October 1778 [EWLe] ([EWLe] identifies will as that of John LaFEBRE,                             father of  Margaret and mother of Abraham; he was far advanced in years.  Of Hereford Twp. Berks Co. Pa.  Children mentioned were John, Isaac,                           Margaretha, wife of John Van Etten, Susanna, wife of Gaberiel Frey, Christina, a late wife of  John Mellig, Elizabeth, wife of Leonard Gressemer &                           Henry

ch. f *Margaret

f  Susanna, m. Gabriel [KBVR, VEAL]/Gaberiel [EWLe] FREY

f  Catherina, m. Jacob BEST [KBVR, VEAL] ([KBVR] settled in Moore Township, Northampton Co [VEAL], PA)

f  Anna Mary, m. Peter MELLIG [KBVR, VEAL]

f  Christina, m. John MELLIG [KBVR, EWLe, VEAL] (brother of Peter [KBVR, VEAL])

f  Elizabeth [EWLe], m. Leonard GREESEMAN [KBVR]/?CREASEMAN [KBVR]/GRESSEMER [VEAL]

m  John [KBVR, EWLe], Jr. [VEAL]

m  Isaac [KBVR, EWLe, VEAL]

m  Abraham [KBVR], m. Elizabeth [KBVR, VEAL]

m  Nicholas [KBVR, VEAL]

m  Henry [KBVR, EWLe, VEAL], the youngest [KBVR]

[KBVR] large family; order of children unclear

NOTE 226-Johannes/John LeFevre

[EASc] kept a public house near the Bushkill in the township of Forks, ca. 6 miles from Easton at the time of the laying out of Easton; petitioned for a licence                   for a “Place of Entertainment for Travelers” on 17 June 1760 in Forks Twp.; see p24

[KBVR] one of the twenty-five taxpayers of Worcester Township in 1734 and paid quit rents prior to this; sold 260 acres of land in Worcester Township                              to his son-in-law John Van Etten on 21 May 1764 for 500 pounds (wife  Christina also signed deed); in 1762 with wife gave an acre of ground                                     in Worcester Township to Wentz Reformed Church (another acre given by Jacob and Elizabeth Wentz) and a new church was built; Will of 20 October                   1778 lists  John as yoeman, of Hereford Township, Berks Co, PA, far advanced in years,  weak in body, but of perfect mind and understanding, does                         not mention his wife, thus must have precceded him in death.

John LeFevre inherited the religeous zeal and perseverence of the Huguenots and the plodding honesty of the Dutch.  He was a member of the Dutch                              Reformed Church and carefully kept and treasured the family bible.  In it he entered with his own hand the births, deaths and marriages of his                                   children.  During the peaceful days he spent in the quiet vally of the Bushkill, he used it to bring up his children in the faith.  During the dark days                           of trial and tribulation, it gave him comfort and hope.  Then as his days grew fewer and fewer and his death approached, he bequeathed to his                                   favorite son Isaac, that, which had been his streangth and comfort, his Dutch Bible.

[OTNC] owned LeFevre Tavern 5 miles from Easton-popular stopping spot for soldiers coming to report to General (or ? then Colonel) Washington

[OTWL] sold land to Jan Van Etten, probably part of the original plot

[OTWL] John LeFevre and Jacob Wentz each donated one acre of land for erection of German Reformed Church, Wentz United Church, in 1762 in                                     Worcester, near Lansdale.  See Mr. Lester M. Landes, church historian, (3011 Shippack Pike, Worcester PA 19490,  584-6479) who has “Original Map                   of  Worcester” showing where all of ancestors property was located.  Original deed in church vault.  He knew where two of original Wentz homes                             were located (See map with Old Times) and later wrote he had positive identification of the original LeFevre home (present owner Heebner glad                               to show it and had the original deed).  Original cornerstone-“1762” which was probably laid with help of our ancestors.  This is third church.                                    Mr. Krieler on Old Church Road has records of graves in graveyard.  Gravestones not helpful.

NOTE 226/227-Abraham

([KBVR] served on Northampton Grand Jury in June 1759; in 1760 purchased  tract of 200 acres in Northern Township, Philadelphia County; in 1761 he                             and wife Elizabeth sold half of this tract)

NOTE ? 226/227-Abraham

[UCPR] p 164 Will of Samuel Beveir dated 3 April 1750, Ulster Co, NY

Daughters Maria and Margriet named, wives of Abraham LeFever/LeFevre son of Jan) and Matthew LeFever/LeFevre (son of Andries), respectively

113-Margaret/Margaretha [EWLe] LeFEVRE

Dau. of 226-John and Christine (WENTZ) LeFEVRE

b.est. [LDSC] 1720 [LDSC, MH] in Knightsfield, Ulster County, NY [MH] or in ? Pennsylvania, chr. 17 April [    ] 1720 [LDSC] in Knightsfield, Ulster                                     Co, [    ] NY [LDSC]

m. 112-Capt. Jan/John VAN ETTEN-see VAN EATON  son of 224-Jacobus and Anna (WESTBROOK) VAN ETTEN

Ch. See 112-Jan VAN ETTEN

[OTWL] Old Times Vol.1 No. 4:The Wentz’ (and LeFevre’s) of Worcester Aug.17, 1975  Norristown, old County seat of Montgomerie County-no records before             1764, need to check in Philadelphia

Worcester, near Lansdale-Wentz United Church

John LeFevre and Jacob Wentz each donated one acre of land for erection of German Reformed Church, Wentz United Church, in 1762.  See                                          Mr. Lester M. Landes, church historian, (3011 Shippack Pike, Worcester  PA 19490,  584-6479) who has “Original Map of Worcester” showing                                 where all of ancestors property was located.  Original deed in church vault. He knew where two of original Wentz homes were located (See map                               with Old Times) and later wrote he had positive identification of the original LeFevre home (present owner Heebner glad to show it and had the                              original deed).  Original cornerstone-“1762” which was probably laid with help of our ancestors.  This is third church.  Mr. Krieler on Old Church                            Road has records of graves in graveyard.  Gravestones not helpful.

Original LeFever home-current owner Heebner has original deed

Peter Wentz, Sr. home-on original property.  Oldest cemetery there, being a family cemetery (Peter Wentz’s grave is supposed to be there).  House has a                             “funeral door” (full lenth door on second floor for anyone who died up there, couldn’t get them down spiral staircase).

Schwankfelder Church-Famous in region, genealogy book of how George  Washington used our ancestors home during revolution  Jacobus Wentz home-                        in beautiful setting.  House probably not original but barn is.  Grist mill is gone.

Jacobus and Peter were brothers, unclear which is our direct ancestor

(Ruggles-1970 says it was Jacob).

Peter Wentz Jr. home-Landmark building (Montgomerie County owns and restoring it, including the farm).  During the Revolutionary War George                                Washington used it as his headquarters on two occations in October 1777 just before the terrible winter at Valley Forge.  There is a plaque on the side                      of the building.  The house remained a residence during these “Visits”

Jan Van Etten, our ancestor, bought land from John LeFevre, probably part of the original plot

Abram Wentz (    –    ) was the original immigrant

President of the Wentz family is J. Stephan Harper, 2951 Marietta Ave., Lancaster PA 17601.  Supposed to have the whole genealogy.

Map included which places 3 homes and church between Landsdale

and Norristown, Montgomery Co, PA

 

OTHER LEFEVRES

[UCHx]

p 68-69 officers of court appointed 25 January 1684

Symon LeFevre

p 69-70 names of Male Inhabitants of Ulster Co in 1689

Laffever       Andies

p 71-73 Signers of Articles of Association 29 April 1775

New Paltz

LeFevre        Isaac

Andries Jr.

Andries

Jonathan

Abraham

Daniel

John

Nathaniel

Petrus

John, Jun.

p 73-75 Hurley

LaFever        Samuel

Simon

Jacob

II: 145 Town of Hurley devided to 168 inhabitants in 1806

LeFevre        Johannes P.    11        159

Jonathan       52

Simon          60

Conrad         50        154

Simon          77

II: 147 Conveyences recorded in town of Hurley:

And for next 30 years:

Simon LeFevre

II: 148 Overseer for Middle District 28 March 1781

Simon LeFevre, Coonradt LeFevre,

II: 150 Principal Town Officers

1837: Cornelius LeFevre

1839-41: Cornelius LeFevre

[VINK] Abraham LeFevre

  1. Isaac LeFevre, b. 1669, m. 1704 Catherine Ferree (dau of Mme

Marie Waren bur Ferrer), d. 1751)

  1. Mary, b. 1715, m. 1739 David Deshter (b. 1711, d.

1792), d. 1774

 

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