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LE FEVRE, WENTZ FILES

                              FROM JIM TILLOTSON

 

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

 

     ch.  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 fatherí»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]/í▒Johní▒ [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

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

               Marie Waren bur Ferrer), d. 1751)

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

                         1792), d. 1774

 

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