The Slentz Family Introductory Page 
Part of the Swope & Allied Families Study  which, with the Howard & Allied Families Study ,  forms the basis of the Genealogical study Within the Vines. The Slentz Family is Relevant to Adams Co &  Our Adams Countians, found within the  Penna Chapter of Volume I: Our American Immigrants and also to  Germany and Our Germans detailed in Volume II: Our Europeans 
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The Slentz Name is clearly a Germanic  but from whence in Germanic 
culture our Slentz's came remains a mystery. 
The name can be found as STENTZ, SCHLENTZ, STANCE, STANTS , SLENTS, SLENCE as well as SLENTZ  in 18th century American records. Our earliest documentable SLENTZ thus far encountered is John SLENTZ born ca 1792 Pa, who lived in and around Gettysburg, Adams Co.,  Pa, and died 1870 in that county. 

Details on the  possibility of this John Slentz being somehow related to the Henrich STANCE/SLENTZ  arriving Phila, Pa in 1733 &who died testate in York Co, Pa in 1758 are presented further below. Review of often faulty & sometimes wrong data in the four SLENTZ generations attributed to him is provided. It is hoped that by giving an accurate description of the fallacies of our purported Slentz line of Penna, we can actually find the manner to gain it.

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aaaOur  first documentable Slentz was John SLENTZ[identified as John H. SLENTZ in dtr Henriett's obit] who married Anna Maria TROXELL of Gettysburg , Adams Co., Pa in 1815 [See Troxell line intro] . John SLENTZ is first identifiable by census in Adams County, Pa in 1820 at which time he and his wife  lived with their growing family next door to her father . John (John H) SLENTZ died in Gettysburg and left a will in 1870.  Census reveals he was born in Penna ca 1792,  and as husband and father resided in Gettysburg proper, minus presence in  Cumberland Twp. in Adams county occuring in the census of 1850.  His widow is found living in Gettysburg proper Head of Household. According to her obit, Anna Maria Troxell Slentz had 11 children, 8 of whom are mentioned as surviving their mother; The names of her children are not specified.  John Slentz's  will [dated June 25, 1870]  names his wife Anna Maria and eight  children : Jacob, Mary Jane,  Joanna Margaret [found in other primary sources as Annie M] , Elizabeth Catherine (HITE or HEIGHT ), John T., David, Henrietta Louisa (MEALS) and Thaddeus.  A ninth child's obit appeared for Caroline,  showing her  dead on 5 Nov 1834, aged 5 weeks, 6 days.   It is assumed but not certain that the two remaining unaccounted for children of John SLENTZ and Anna Maria TROXELL mentioned in their mother's obit died before their father's will of 1870. The writer's line descends from daughter Henrietta Louisa (MEALS)

The John T Slentz mentioned as son  in John Slentz's  will is perhaps the John T Slentz who married Elizabeth Ann Herr , living with wife and children in tenancy of the McPherson Farm that suffered so greatly for the first days fighting centered on that farm during the Battle of Gettysburg. There are many Slentz's of the region, and more conclusive data supporting this belief is sought.  No known relationship of John T of the McPherson farm  tenancy  to our John (John H) Slentz is  supported in records thus far encountered by me.  Within the Vines welcomes contact from anyone who may know this to be the in-fact case.

Who Our John (John H) Slentz  May Be: There is a Slentz of undetermined first name in Adams County  who produced 21 children , the first of whom to die did so in 1834 and at age 48 . The name and disposition of the Slentz who produced 21 children is not told in the newspaper that informs of his son's death, but the time frame appears to allow for the inclusion of John (John H)  Slentz as one of his many children, for we know that John (John H) Slentz died 1870 and by census was born ca 1792.  It is perhaps notice of John H Slentz's brother's death that appears in  the Gettysburg Centinel, August 12, 1834:  "On 6th, Philip Slentz, 48, eldest of 21 children and first to die ."  See  the 21 Slentz Siblings variously defined.


 

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Henrich STANCE /  Henrich SLENTZ arriving 1733 to Philadelphia from Rotterdam 
His Will and minister's highly description death notation , 
His Progeny ,  and his Total Three Sons: Jacob, Leonard and John [He did NOT have a son Philip[!]
 Whether or not Henrich STANCE  is or is not related to our John Slentz of Gettysburg is NOT known.
The possibility is the reason for his discussion. 

Immigration Records Henrich STANCE/SLENTZ: 
Pennsylvania German Pioneers. A list of ships arriving in Philadelphia 1727 to 1808,   Vol. 1, 1727 to 1775, by Ralph Beaver Strassburger, LL.D.;  edited by William John Hinke, Ph.D., D.D.; 1934 edition. 
Source Transcribed at both Ship's Transcribers Guild2 and Olive Tree Genealogy2A
The ship's list of the Elizabeth, commanded by  Capt. Edward Lee ,  arriving August 27, 1733 to Philadelphia , 
Men's list
Henrich Stance           shoemaker  39
Women's list
Maria Stamce                        31
Children's list
Anna Maria Stance                   11
Maria Catrina Stance                 7
Maria Dorotea Stance                 4
Hance Jacob Stance                   1 1/2 
Daniel I Rupp: Names of German, Swiss and Other Immigrants 1750; pages 88, 90. Recieved in Photo Copy from Mark Zellers2b
 
This list does not include the females on the ship. It  is the presentation of a  German translation of the Ship's list, which Rupp provides in its German form, first translating its introduction, writing: 
"31) August 27, 1733, Palatines imported, ---Ship Eliza, of London, Edward Lee,  Master, from Rotterdam, last from Dover, Males fifty eight above sixteen , females fifty ; Males forty one under sixteen , females forty one. In all 190. (Editor) "
the list shows no females but provides the original german of the record he above translates and then within the names provided 
Henrich SLENTZ  in the adult males and
Hans Jacob SLENTZ in the males under 16. 
The above  Heinrich STANCE disembarking from  the Elizabeth 1733  is later found as Heinrich STENTZ  by evidence of 
his will in York County, and  Henry STENTZ in Pennna records of Christ Evangelical Church burial notation by the minister at the Reformed Church on Kreutz Creek, 16 Oct 1758:
 Henry STENT burial notation Christ Evangelical Church by the minister at the Reformed Church on Kreutz Creek,  16 Oct 1758 : 
"Remarks:Henry, son of late Rudolp and Eva Barbara Stentz, was a member of the Reformed Church and married Anna Maria, who  lived with him 13 years, and had four children, of whom three daughters survive. Married 26 years ago Dorothy Bosserth, who survives him. By his second wife, he had three sons and  five daughters, all living. Was ill for eight days, and was buried  at Reformed Church on Kreutz Creek. " 1


The above indicates that Heinrich Stentz married his second wife circa 1732, prior to emmigration, and that it was the second wife on board the ship. The will of Henrich STENTZ cross correlates with his minister's remarks. 

Henry STENTZ's will is found in York County. His will abstract: 
Stentz, Henry.  December 16,1754 November 17, 1758
Executor:  Omitted.  Hellam Township. 
Wife:  Maria Dorothea Stentz. 
Children of the second Wife:  Leonard,   Maria, Jacob and John. 
Children of the first wife:  Anna, Catharine   and Dorothea. 3
REGARDING THE CHILDREN OF HEINRICH STENTZ AND HIS PURPORTED AND INACCURATELY ASSIGNED SON PHILIP
From the combined information of the above primary sources, it  is evident that Henrich STANCE immigrant on the Elizabeth is the Heinrich STENTZ whose will was proved York County. The will omits children that were mentioned as surviving their father  in the notation given above written by his minister . It is clear though that all those not mentioned in the will were daughters. In   NO way can there be accomodated the [inaccurately] assigned Philip often named son of this Henrich STANCE or STENTZ by SLENTZ family researchers . To recap: 
  • 1) The  minister's burial entry indicates Henry STENTZ's  first marriage to Anna Maria occured ca 1719, that Anna Maria died by ca 1732 when her widower remarried,  and that Anna Maria  bore him four children, three girls of which yet lived  in 1758. These three girls are named in the ship's list of 1733 when they emmigrated with their father , half- brother  and step mother. While it is possible  that the fourth child Anna Maria  bore was a boy,  this child did not emmigrate with the family, and so must be presumed dead and buried in Germany before emmigration in 1733. 
  • 2) The minister's entry reveals that Henry STENTZ's second wife Dorothy BOSSERTH married him ca 1732, bore him 8 children all alive in 1758, three of whom were boys. Some researchers  of the line give the marriage as  4 Apr 1731 occuring Evangelisch, Insheim, Impflingen, Bayern, Germany .  It is assumed that there are extant records of this marriage there to which they or their sources  refer. The specific marriage data has not been verified by me, yet the minister's record makes it clear that Henry STENTZ married his second wife ca 1732 , so the date is plausable and the region important to note for any future endeavor regarding a European branch of Slent'z's of interest. It also solidifies the Hans Jacob Stance, an 18 month old emmigrating with the family, as the first born of Dorothy BOSSERTH. 
  • 3) The will for Henry STENTZ  names three sons, all born to his second wife, providing consistancy to the minister's notation regarding his progeny . 
Heinrich STANCE's / Henry STENTZ's Children
8 Daughters: 
It seems that Heinrich may only have left legacies to his unmarried Daughters. 
  • Anna Maria (Maria) , daughter of the first wife, born Germany ca 1722 , emmigrated to Pennsylvania with her father and step mother,  without husband mentioned in will written 1754 by father,  alive in 1758 
  • Maria Catherina (Catherine) , daughter of the first wife, born Germany ca 1725 , emmigrated to Pennsylvania with her father and step mother,  without husband mentioned in 1754, alive in 1758 
  • Maria Dorothea (Dorothea) , daughter of the first wife, born Germany ca 1729 , emmigrated to Pennsylvania with her father and step mother, without husband mentioned in 1754, alive in 1758 
  • Maria, daughter of the second wife, so born in Pennsyvania after 1733,  without husband mentioned in 1754, alive in 1758 
  • Four other daughters, born to the second wife Maria Bosserth, so born after 1733 in Pennsylvania, all  living 1758, but  not mentioned by name in their father's will written 1754 
  • One of these unnamed daughters might be the Juliana Stentz who married 8 Jul 1761 York, York, Pennsylvania to Johan Martin 'Martin' Shults. Why , if she was still a maid in 1754,  her father would not mention her in his will causes some question to my mind. She is however able to be found assigned as daughter to Heinrich STENTZ and Maria BOSSERTH. See Footnote 1
    Total of Three sons  were
    • Hance Jacob Stance,  1 1/2 [18 months]   old as mentioned on the ship's list of 1733,  first child born to his mother,  and younger half brother to three girls. He is mentioned in his father's will as Jacob, and died after 1758. 
    • John , not in the ship's list and so born in Pennsylvania to his father's second wife Dorothy BOSSERTH ,  mentioned in his father's will as his second wife's son, and dying after 1758. 
    • Leonard , also not in the ship's list and so born in Pennsylvania to his father's second wife Dorothy BOSSERTH ,  mentioned in his father's will as his second wife's son, and dying after 1758. 
    HOW IT IS THAT our known John Slentz (1792- 1870) may ascend to the above described Heinrich STANCE/Henry STENTZ  is NOT known. Certainly it is NOT through the  Philip SLENTZ innacurately but often  assigned his son, discussion of whom follows. 
     
    Purported 2nd Generation SLENTZ, Philip SLENTZ
    Many studying the children of German born Heinrich STENTZ ( immigrant 1733, died York County 1758) incorrectly  insist on including a son Philip SLENTZ  born 1735 among  immigrant  Henry STENTZ's progeny , the absolute invalidity of which is confirmed by the minister's burial notation on Heinrich STENTZ's cross collaborated with  the will of Heinrich STENTZ written 1754. [See  Henry STENTZ's progeny
    To add to the confusion this Philip SLENTZ  born 1735 appears in two quite separate incarnations 
     
    The innacurate inclusion of  Philip Slentz's as progeny of Heinrich STANCE of the 1733 ship's list / Henry STENTZ of the 1758 will and his minister's record likely  involves a baptismal record  of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church York Co., Pa  in which  the baptism of a Philip Stentz [born 1 February 1735]  on  23 February 1735 to a Mr and Mrs Henry Stentz is found recorded. 5 Unfortunately the name of the wife is not included, no doubt part of the reason  for the confusion this baptismal record has created in the studies of Heinrich STANCE/STENTZ 
    It is clear that another,  otherwise unidentified Henry STENTZ had a son Philip as evidenced by the baptismal record. It is unknown if this boy of the record is somehow related direct to the line of John Slentz (1792-1870) of Adams County, Pa.  Researchers of Philip SLENTZ born 1735 present him in two forms:
    Less often encountered is  this Philip Stentz born 1 Feb 1735, stated (incorrectly)  a son of immigrants Dorothy BOSSERTH and Henry STENTZ (died 1758) , and shown in marriage to Catherine Elizabeth HERZOG. In this report of him,  Philip died York Co., Penna 3 Feb 1807. No sources are provided where this incarnation of Philip STENTZ is encountered, and no further identification of this Philip Stentz married Herzog has been yet endeavored by this writer. 

    More often encountered is  this Philip Stentz born 1 Feb 1735, stated (incorrectly) a son of  immigrants Dorothy BOSSERTH and Henry STENTZ (died 1758) . His wife (or some say lover)  is reported  as Brigit MELON, but the wife  is not mentioned in his will, and just how Brigit MELON's name found its way into the family  is completely unclear to me, though she is almost always included by name  in the studies involving this incarnation of Philip STENTZ born 1 Feb, 1735. In this report of him, Philip is  given a death date of 1816, Mt Joy Township.  This is a clear reliance on the will of Philip SLENCE proved 22 Feb 1816 in Mt Joy Township, Adams Co., Pa, but  data substantiating the baptized child Philip STENTZ as the adult Philip SLENCE who died 1816 is not provided where this incarnation appear. . See Purported (Dubious Wife) for  Philip SLENCE who  died 1816  Mt Joy Township, Adams County Pa, and the purported son not mentioned in his will

    It is felt proved  that  the  Philip STENTZ of the 1735 baptismal record of Christ Evangelical Lutheran York Co was not the son of Henry STENTZ and Dorothy BOSSERTH.  It is possible but not proved that the  Philip STENTZ of the 1735 baptismal record of Christ Evangelical Lutheran York Co  is the Philip SLENCE whose will was dated 1816 Mt Joy Township, Adams Co., Pa who is discussed below. 
     
    Philip SLENCE who  died 1816 Mt Joy Township, Adams County Pa,
    His known Progeny: 
    This MAY or may NOT  be the Philip STENTZ  discussed above and found in records Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church York Co., Pa as born 1 February 1735 and baptized  23 February 1735 to a Mr and Mrs Henry Stentz 5 He is not the son of Henry of the Ship and will for reasons given above (see known progeny of immigrant  Slentz) . 
    This Philip SLENCE, who did in fact die 1816 Mt Joy Township, Adams County,  seems a likely candidate for inclusion somehow in the family of our  John SLENTZ of Adams County Pa (1792-1870), and for this reason is here outlined. How others identify him has been discussed just above.
    The Facts on Philip SLENCE died 1816 Mt Joy Township, Adams County, Pa : 
    Philip SLENCE's  will was written  3 dec 1814 and proved 22 feb 1816 in Mt Joy Township, Adams County, Pa. The will names "Children: Mary wife of John HEAGY, Catharine wife of Andrew POLLY, Jacob, Hannah wife of George HEAGY, John(deceased), Sally wife of Jacob ---rine, Margaret wife of John ASHBAUGH; executors: son Jacob, Gilbert BRINKERHOOF; witness: Jacob SNIDER, Henry MICHAEL, John L HINKLE" . 
    No wife is mentioned; It appears she predeceased him. 
    This gentleman is often assigned a suspect wife named Brigitte Melon and a child Philip Melon Slentz whose inclusion as this Philip SLENCE's son is very shakey. See His Purported Progeny just below 
     
    Purported (Dubious Wife) for  Philip SLENCE who  died 1816  Mt Joy Township, Adams County Pa, and the purported son not mentioned in Philip SLENCE's will
    Philip SLENCE  whose will was proved 1816 is often incorrectly shown a son of immigrant Henry of the ship and will and is frequently ascribed by students of the line a wife named Brigit Melon who gave him many children.  In some studies she is not a wife at all, but produced a bastard child named Philip Melon Slentz prior to Philip SLENCE's marriage to an unidentified wife. Brigitte Melon is said to have been born 1732 and said to have died on 31 Jan 1806 either in Penna [as some studies show, without sourcing their material] or  "probably Ireland, as many trees relating to this generation at ancestry.com's world family trees report, also without sourcing their evidence.   When the idea Brigitte "probably died in  Ireland"  is found, no reason for its occurence is given, and it's  mention seems to further muddy what is a very confused and unsubstantiated overall account of her. The record for the marriage of Brigit Melon to Philip Slence whose will was proved 1816 (when a source is offered)  is said to be  2 Jan 1754  , St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Gettysburg, PA record BUT as Gettysburg was not founded until 1780  this is obvious error for place (the Lutheran church of Gettysburg far post dates this time frame)  and further undermines any ability to claim or dismiss this Brigit Melon so often encountered.  I can not find the marriage or any evidence of her in the records of St Marks of Mount Joy Tsp , York (now Adams County)  which is the more obvious place for time where such marriage and its progeny might have ocurred. 

    No record of Brigit Melon has been thus far encountered beyond report of her in studies, none of which offer a deed, marriage, burial record, baptism, bible entry or secondary source  which can be referred to for her substantiation as child, woman, wife or mother . ANY source for her inclusion in this generational level is lacking at present, and greatly desire by this writer.  She is said to be the mother of  Philip Melon Slentz. who predeceased his father (thus  not mentioned in his purported father's will)  and his full name fits into an otherwise unsupported matrynimic involving the elusive  Brigit Melon described just above. I have not yet found a Philip Melon Slentz or Philip M Slentz  in any place beyond these unsourced family studies, and like his mother, this writer welcomes contact from anyone able to inform of the source for his inclusion and ascendancy. 

    Philip Melon Slentz  is said to have been  born  14 Oct 1750 , Hanover,York Co. Pa, and he is said to have predeceased his father, dying 1796 in Heidelsberg Twp, York [now Adams] County.  This is clear reference to the  PHILIP SLENTZ whose will was proved 1796 in Heidlersburg Twp, York (now Adams) Co., Pa,  the actual data on whom  is provided below. 

     
     

    Purported 3rd Generation SLENTZ, Philip SLENTZ  will written Jan 4 1796 , proved 11 Feb 1796 Heidlersburg Twp, York [now Adams] Co
    He too may be thePhilip SLENTZ  found in records  Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church York Co., Pa born 1 February 1735 and baptized  23 February 1735 to an as yet unidentified  Mr and Mrs Henry Stentz
    He is said by many researchers to be the son of Philip Slence who died 1816 Mt Joy Township, thus being unaccounted for in his father's will, I have not yet been able to substantiate this in primary source. In this manner is is shown as Philip Melon Slentz, regarding which questionable  identification see above

    WHAT IS KNOWN
    Philip SLENTZ ,  wrote a will   Jan 4 1796 which was  proved Heidlersburg Twp, York [now Adams] Co, on 11 Feb 1796. 
    His will names  wife Marilis , and children Jacob and Nicholas. Executors were Ludwick GRIVER and John McCREARY. This Philip SLENTZ  is perhaps the Philip SLENTZ who was an executor of the will of Ludwig WYSONG, husband to Mary Wysong and father of a son named  Ludwig. Ludwig WYSONG's   will was written Sept 19, 1784 and proved Sept 29, 1784 in Heidelberg Twp. [according to Wysong researchers, the executor was  Philip Slentz, Jr. 9
    What is THOUGHT
    The son Jacob mentioned in his will may be the Jacob SLENTZ whose son Philip (by Catherine) was baptized Hanover , York County Penna in 1787, the sponsor for whom was also named Philip and so perhaps the child's grandfather.  Jacob may also be the Jacob SLENTZ  found residing in Huntertown (now Hunterstown), Straban Twp,  Adams County, Pa. in 1820, last record of which seems to be 1822. See Jacob Slentz of Straban Tsp 1820 below. 
    Purported 4th Generation SLENTZ: Jacob SLENTZ of Straban Twp, Adams Co., Pa 1820 
    Regarding Jacob Slentz   [possible but not proven  son of Philip SLENTZ's will proved 11 Feb 1796  Heidlersburg Twp, York (now Adams)  Co] 
    The son Jacob mentioned in the will of Philip is felt by this writer to perhaps be the Jacob SLENTZ who lived in Hunterstown, Adams County, Pa. in 1820.  Hunterstown is in Straban Twp. [For geographic references to the townships of now Adams County -Mt Joy, Heidlersberg and Straban particularly -see easily referenced map] He may well be the Jacob SLENTZ whose son Philip was baptized  Emanuel Reformed Church, Hanover, Penn Twp, York County: 
    Philip SCHLENTZ  b. Jan 9, 1787.  bap. Apr 29, 1787.  parents:  Jacob & Catharine.  sponser:  Philipp Schlentz  [transcription by Garry Heagy.  Data confirmed by this writer via "York County Church Records to 1800 " databased at  Ancestry.com] 
    If he IS this Jacob then his father was probably the sponsor for his child. In St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Hanover, York County, there is a list of communicants for 1805 for the son of Jacob  and Catharine SCHLENTZ. named Philip SCHLENTZ  age 19 followed by the name Sarah SCHLENTZ age 17. Philip's age is consistent to the above baptismal record , making Sarah a likely  sister . 

    There is a Jacob SLENCE appearing 1800 census for Mount Pleasant Twp, Adams County, page 20 of source (Ancestry.com census scan)
    :Entries from first column: 2, ,, 1, , 2, , , 1, blank
    appears above  Jacob STONER, under  STONER is Charles SMITH
    11 down from him is philip SLENCE, entries from first column: ,,,,1., 1, , , 1, dash
    Page 21 of source shows Valentine STICKEL just before Jacob SLENCE

    There is a "Jacob SLENTZ  listed in the 1820 census in Hunterstown, Straban township, Adams County  (000010201-000001)"[Transcription provided by Garry Heagy] , while his presence there in 1822 is further defined in the Adams Centinel (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) edition of June 26, 1822   in which appears notice that on the fourth of July, the Hunters-town Volunteers will parade in full uniform, on Thursday the Fourth of July next, precisely at 10 oclock AM -Each member will provide himself with 13 rounds blank cartridges. By order of Jacob SLENTZ, O.S.  June 18.
    I have not YET  been succesful in finding  further mention of Jacob SLENTZ in Straban TWP, ADAMS County, PA  post this date OF  JUNE 26, 1822. . 

    Jacob above described, felt perhaps the Jacob mentioned in Philip SLENTZ's will proved 11 Feb 1796 is said to have been born Frederick Jacob Slentz. though I have been unable to encounter him in any record revealing this full name.  He is said to have married twice, to have produced a score + children, and to have  travelled later in life to Colombiana Co., Ohio, where he is said to have  died 21 Jul 1840, and where many claim him in their ascendancies. There is a documented Slentz who produced 21 children, but his name is not yet discovered in record. 
    THE 21 SIBLING SLENTZS OF ADAMS COUNTY 
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    Adams County pertained to York before 1800. Prior to the Mason Dixon survey southern York [including the region of now Adams] was in dispute with Maryland which also claimed it. The birth of children then would have appeared  first in York, in 1800 to become part of Adams. [For geographic references to the townships of now Adams County -Mt Joy, Heidlersberg and Straban particularly -see easily referenced map

     What is clear is that SOME Slentz of Adams County did produced a score plus one children  for in  the Gettysburg Centinel, August 12, 1834, is  "On 6th, Philip Slentz, 48, eldest of 21 children and first to die ...".  Whether or not the father of these 21 children  was  Jacob Slentz has not yet been supported by data confirming it, but details on Philip in the above obit seem to strongly suggest it IF the Philip dying on the 6th of August 1834 is the Philip of baptismal record Emmanuel Reformed given below. In aggregate the child count by descendant report harvesting  is already 22.  The 21 siblings are in fact not yet identified truly, this is a template for continued study and a review of the siblings as variously mentioned by descendants.  Very few primary sources are offered when these children are mentioned in descendant reports encountered regarding these 21 children. .  I have done searches on the children they mention and provide what I gained from primary mary and secondary sources. I WELCOME CONTACT FROM ANYONE who can provide sources to further identify these persons. 


    The purported  Children of Jacob Slentz as presented by various sources, many of whome are f here provided in aggregate: 
     Philip and Sarah appear somewhat secure here, the remainder less so.  The current count by available aggregate study exceeds the known 21. 

     
  • Philip born 1787  is often mentioned Jacob's son, and he and a probable sister Sarah appear most secure. He is suspected the Philip SLENTZ mentioned in Gettysburg Centinel, August 12, 1834:  "On 6th, Philip Slentz, 48, eldest of 21 children and first to die ...". Research meriting his inclusion as son reveal: 
      • From the records of Emanuel Reformed Church, Hanover, Penn Twp, York County: 
        Philip SCHLENTZ  b. Jan 9, 1787.  bap. Apr 29, 1787.  parents:  Jacob & Catharine.  sponser:  Philipp Schlentz  [transcription by Garry Heagy] Data confirmed by this writer via "York County Church Records to 1800 " databased at  Ancestry.com
        This baptismal record shows one Jacob SCHLENTZ married Catharine and produced Philip, with another Philip SCHLENTZ serving as sponsor. It may well be that  Jacob's father Philip was the  sponsor. 

        From the records of St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Hanover, York County, on the list of communicants, two children are listed:
        Nov 10, 1805
        7. Philip  SCHLENTZ  19
        8. Sara    SCHLENTZ   17" [transcription by Garry Heagy] 
        The age of Philip is consistent with the age of the Philip baptized above, and suggests he had a sister Sara. It may also indicate a wife. 

        page four of the 1820 census for Gettysburg Borough shows
        Philip Slentz, [this is the suspected brother to John H SLENTZ and felt perhaps the Philip SCHLENTZ of the above  . Philips neighbors are John Jinkens and Peter Culp]
        2, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1 , no more entries or just dashes for rest of columns
        two white males under 10, one 26-45 including head of household.  One female under 10, one 16-18, engaged in commerce. ]

        He is felt the Philip SLENTZ mentioned in Gettysburg Centinel, August 12, 1834:  "On 6th, Philip Slentz, 48, eldest of 21 children and first to die ...". 
        This Philip would have been 47 at time of death.

        Probable Children

          • June 21 1826 Republican Compiler: on 4th, william g slentz, 8 s/ Phillip of Gettysburg -appears sort of inbetween the dates, more like June 21 not July 12 newspaper at rootweb transcription. 
          • Jul 12, 1826    On 4th, William G Slentz, 8, s/Philip Slentz, Gettysburg. 
    • Sara , mentioned in communicant record above suggesting she is a sister to the Philip SCHLENTZ also in that record, who is identified by baptismal record as a son of Jacob  and Catharine SCHLENTZ. Sarah is reported to have married Andrew /Alexander   McKEELOP or McKALLIP in many descendant reports, without primary source to which to refer for the information. There are McKillips mentioned in contemporaneous Gettysburg papers, but identification of this husband has not yet been accomplished. The marriage of Sarah to her husband is said to have occured Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania 29 Mar 1808, but the source for this information is not given. 
    • John, a purported son, often shown born between 1783-1800 [about 1793], but without source offered for his inclusion in the group. THIS is the purported son spurring this writer's interest , his purported birth dates matching the  birthyear by census of  John (John H) Slentz who married Anna Maria Troxell  , John (John H)  Slentz  being  the first documentable Slentz of the writer's line. According to letters in the Adams County Historical Society folder, John Slentz  who married Anna Maria Troxell was born 22 Jun 1792, but no source for the date is offered.   There are many John Slentz's in contemporaneous newspaper mention, most of whom are not able to be identified by me specifically. John Slentz who married Anna Maria Troxell 1815 in Gettysburg is  John SLENTZ in census, John H SLENTZ in dtr Henrietta's obit, and his wife is Ann SLENTS  in a census post his death. His will is written John Slentz and was dated 1870. Nowhere is he found   as Jonathan, however, 
      • In the Star (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) December  6  1831  is mention of payment by Jonathan Slentz May 2 1831 87 [cents?- others show digits like 1.87, 25.00 etc) in the Published Borrough Accounts. 
        Is this Jonathan he, and another way to search him? 
    • Jacob, a purported son, is mentioned via the bio entry on his son James, in Stark County, Ohio Biographical Sketches. Regarding James it is said he learned the wagonmaking trade lrom  his father, was a Farmer , and  JP for Paris Twp, Stark Co. It states his  mother was Mary CARR, born in Baltimore,  and that his father  was a native of Pennsylvania who moved to Richland Co Ohio 1823, afterward returned to Colombiana Co, and in 1840 went  to New Franklin, Stark Co Ohio. 

    • No real ascendancy beyond to Pennsylvania is given in this source, and the writer is not aware of any source which names his father. 
    • Edmund, a purported son,  the reason /data for inclusion of whom  is entirely unknown, and about which no more is given. 
    • Joseph, a purported son, the reason /data for inclusion of whom  is entirely unknown, and about which no more is given. 
      • There is  a  joseph Slentz and Joel B Danner exrs of John Slentz vs Riley L Hamilton and George M Howell. Judgement for 423$ " [thusrday feb 6 1879 Star and Sentinel.
    • Bridgit  , a purported dtr,   wife to  Henry SANDERS  by researchers of the line , no detail on reason for her inclusion as dtr;  her marriage is evident in search but her father and place of residence not given. 
      • On the Thursday before the   20 Mar 1811 Edition of the Sentinel appears announcement of the marriage of "Bridgit SLENTZ to Henry SANDERS by Rev MConaughy" No further identification found, although the information appears above and below marriages of others identified of Mt Joy township. 
    • Catherine , a purported dtr,   wife to   Thomas W.  BLACK by researchers of the line , no detail on reason for her inclusion as dtr. 
      • Like Bridgit above, marriage of Catherine SLENTZ to Thomas W Black is found in contemporaneous newspaper mention, but no further identification of the bride is made
          Mar 17, 1819, On 9th, Thomas W. Black to Catharine Slentz by Rev. M'Conaugh. 
        There are many BLACKS in the southern aspect of Adams County, Northern aspect of Maryland, found associated with records of Piney Creek, and other Freredick  and Carroll Co., Md records. BLACKs there are found strongly interfacing with other names of the region, some of Gettysburg proper, many of southern Adams County, including most importantly HEAGY. HEAGY son in law is mentioned in  Philip SLENTZ died 1816  will
    • Elizabeth , a purported dtr with no source cited supporting her inclusion,  is shown when found as the  wife to  John FOUCKS or FOULKS. It may be there is a dtr Elizabeth, but she is not the wife of John FOUCKS or FOULKS. That wife was Mary, a  dtr of William Slentz  [by several sources, including Danner, who first offered her as Elizabeth with no father mentioned  but further defined her as Mary dtr of William-see extracts which follow]  . 
      • John Danner , who wrote volumes relevant to Stark County Ohio in 1904 , presents her twice and in each case a little differently, once as Mary dtr of William SLENCE, once as Elizabeth without father mentioned,and in both cases at time of her marriage to John FOULKS, the  widow of Daniel HESSLER, who died while moving his family to Ohio in 1830, having bought land there in 1829. 

        John Danner calls the wife of John FOULKS  both  Elizabeth without a father mentioned, and  Mary dtr of William SLENCE. According to Terry Mason's site, with research credited to Thomas E. Foulks for the info on John FOULKS and his wife,   she  is  Mary dtr of William SLENCE ,  born Gettysburg, Adams Co., PA. 30 Jan 1800. MUCH info is given on Foulks and his two wives  at this well researched and data footnoted site. Mary was the second wife. 

      Danner writes, 

       " John Foulks married Mary Slence, who was the daughter of William Slence, and they had seven children. Mary had a first marriage to Daniel Hassler, who died while moving his family from Gettysburg, Pa. to Columbiana County, Ohio. Ref: Old Landmarks of Canton and Stark County, Ohio by Danner, Vol II, 1904."  [Terry Mason's Website, with credit of transcription to Thomas E. Foulks ]. 

      In the "Biography-Memoirs of Men and Women of Stark County"   compiled by JOHN DANNER. B.F. Bowen, Publisher 1904, there is the bio of  a descendant  Slentz in which is found: John FOULKS who  in 1830  2nd married "Elizabeth (nee SLENCE)  Hassler,  whose former husband, Daniel Hassler, died while moving his family from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to a tract of land in Columbiana county which he had purchased the previous year. After the death and burial of her husband the widow Hassler continued the journey until reaching her destination and then set resolutely to work to hold her land and meet the payments as they came due. "  [Transcription by C Swope] 
       

    • Barbara Fanny , purported dtr, with no source cited  supporting her inclusion, shown  by students of the line as born 1805 Penna and married to Issac FIKAS. No data offered at any level to support any portion. 
    • Henry , puported son, with no source cited  supporting his inclusion, shown by students of the line as born 1807 Penna, died 1879 place unstated, married it is said on 11 Sep 1828 in Ohio to Lydia KUGLER [sometimes shown DUGLER] said to have been born 11 Mar 1811, Ohio, and died, it is said, DeKalb, IN on 21 Oct 1860. No primary source  offered at any level to support any portion 
      • In searching for Slentz's of Colombiana Co., Ohio  the following was found : 
        1840 U.S. Census Ohio Columbiana West 
        There is a Henry SLANTS  (1100010000000121010)
        Jacob SLANTS 1840 (0001000000100000000010)  who seems too young for the Jacob of Hunterstown, and who  appears Just above 
        Michael  SLANTS (000100000000000010)
    • Abner, purported son, with no source cited  supporting his inclusion, shown by students of the line as born 1808 or 1809 Penna, died 1882, said to have married Christina KING  Lisbon (Columbiana co) Ohio 17 Aug 1828. Of her it is said she was  born Penna 5 Aug 1806, died 55y, 6m, 5d and on 10 Feb 1862, buried Dekalb, Indiana. No primary source  offered at any level to support any portion

    • However, Cemetery search shows
        SLENTZ, Abner, Co. H., 129th Ind. Inf.
         Cristeana, wife of Abner Slentz, d. Feb. 10, 1862, age 55y, 6m, 5d
        Dekalb, Indiana cemetery listings....from rootsweb at URL : http://www.rootsweb.com/~indekalb/cemetery/eddy.txt
    • Elias, purported son, with no source cited  supporting his inclusion, shown by students of the line as born 1810 Penna, died  reported 1878 , 1882 and 3 Apr 1878, married Mary Ann SHULENBARGER Columbiana Co Ohio 22 Sep 1835. Of her it is said , born Columbiana Co Ohio 1 Mar 1815 died Mercer Co, OH. 15 Jan 1879. No primary source  offered at any level to support any portion 
    • Margaretta, purported dtr, with no source cited supporting her inclusion. Said to have been born 1812, Penna, died Ohio, said to have married Columbiana Co Ohio 12 Mar 1835 to Thomas BETZ or  BATES. No primary source  offered at any level to support any portion 
    • Andrew A [Harvey Andrew] SLENTS or SLENCE, purported son, with no source cited supporting his inclusion. Said to have been born Mt. Pleasant Twnsp, Adams county PA 1815, [no primary source offered while notation at source states 'Andrew may have been born in PA in 1816. ' ;  said died  West twp. Columbiana Co Ohio 25 Jan 1897, said buried Moultrie Chapel Cemetery. Shown to have married 19 Mar 1835 E. Rochester (Columbiana Co) Ohio to Grace WILLIS; 2nd 29 Jan 1843  E. Rochester (Columbiana Co) Ohio Mary WILLIS and 3rd on 31 Jul 1854 in Colombiana Co., Ohio to Hannah WILLIS. All three WILLIS wives are shown dtrs of Joseph WILLIS and Deborah KELLEY. [See Ancestors of Christopher Archer Smith  which credits info to "The Biddle Tree on Ancestry.com ] No primary data offered in reference to any part above. 
      • Allen County, Ohio Marriages, 1851-64. County court records located at Lima, Ohio. Family History Library film #   (0901412 - 0901413) show the marriage of Hannah to Andrew. The other two marriages are not found in this source being outside the time frame. No further effort to find the marriages made at present, the inclusion of purported child Andrew  as child not yet sourced to primary data. 
    • Lydia , purported dtr, with no source cited supporting her inclusion. Said to have been born 1817 , Penna. Shown marrying on  18 Nov 1838 no place  [also 22 jan 1835 in Colombiana Co, Ohio ] to Cyrenius BATES. No primary data offered in reference to any part above. 
    • Michael, purported son, with no source cited supporting his inclusion, said to have been born 1819 Penna [12 Mar 1819 Gettysburg ] , and to have died 11 Dec 1895 South Haven MI. Buried Chambers Cemetary, Geneva, Van Buren, Michigan. Said to have married Columbiana Co Ohio 26 Mar 1840 to Elizabeth WILLIS [shown born 10 Jul 1818 Columbiana Co Ohio and died ca 1843 Columbiana Co Ohio] Also found as husband marrying Aug 1, 1844 Colombiana Co Ohio to Deborah WILLIS born 28 Jan 1820 Colombiana Co died before 1828. Found marrying DeKalb, Indiana 13 Oct 1868 to Margaret HAGARTY, born 23 Mar 1833, Ohio, died Van Buren, MI 26 Jan 1909. No primary source  offered at any level to support any portion 
      • In searching for Slentz's of Colombiana Co., Ohio  the following was found : 
        1840 U.S. Census Ohio Columbiana West 
        There is a Henry SLANTS  (1100010000000121010)
        Jacob SLANTS 1840 (0001000000100000000010)  who seems too young for the Jacob of Hunterstown, and who  appears Just above 
        Michael  SLANTS (000100000000000010)
    • Maria Esther "Heddy", purported dtr, with no source cited  supporting her inclusion. Said to have been born 1820 Penna, shown marrying 18 Nov 1838 Colombiana Ohio  to  Jessie VAN METER. No primary source  offered at any level to support any portion 
    • Eliza Louisa, purported dtr, with no source cited supporting her inclusion. Born 5 Dec 1822, died 24 Jan 1900 Dekalf IN. Shown marrying 15 Nov 1838 Columbiana Co Ohio to John George BARNHART born Columbiana Co Ohio 3 Jun 1815, died 26 Feb 1876 Dekalb Indiana . No primary source  offered at any level to support any portion 
    • Nancy Mary Mary, purported dtr, with no data supporting her inclusion. As Mary born 18 Jan 1824, Pa died 18 May 1863 Dekalb, as Nancy born 1814 . Shown marrying Columbiana Co Ohio 7 Sep 1845 to John Soloman  BAUGHMAN born Upper Saucon Twp.,Northampton Co., PA 3 Nov 1812, died DeKalb, Indiana 3 Oct 1884.  No primary source  offered at any level to support any portion 
    • Noah M .,  purported son, with no source cited  supporting his inclusion. Said to have been born  Penna 17 Jun 1824, married 29 Dec 1849 in Ohio to to Mary BIGBY born ca 1830 Ohio. No primary source  offered at any level to support any portion 
    • Jacob, never shown and presented here only because of the following. Nothing regarding him is known or inferred
    • In searching for Slentz's of Colombiana Co., Ohio  the following was found : 
      1840 U.S. Census Ohio Columbiana West 
      There is a Henry SLANTS  (1100010000000121010)
      Jacob SLANTS 1840 (0001000000100000000010)  who seems too young for the Jacob of Hunterstown, and who  appears Just above 
      Michael  SLANTS (000100000000000010)
    Sources for Page

    1. Hertzog, F. J. C. Records, Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, City of York, York County, Pennsylvania, 1733-1800. Manuscript by the translator, 1919. 
    Source Repository: Ancestry.com Lineages, Inc., comp. York County, Pennsylvania, 1733-1800: Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church. [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. 
    Catalogued there under York County, Pennsylvania, 1733-1800: Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church 

    2. Immigrant Ships.  Transcribers Guild. Elizabeth. Rotterdam, Netherlands to Philadelphia 27 August 1733. [List 30 A] Account of the Mens Names of 16 years and upwards, Brought from Rotterdam in the Elizabeth, Capt. Edward Lee. [Qualified Aug. 27, 1733].  "Pennsylvania German Pioneers. A list of ships arriving in Philadelphia 1727 to 1808,   Vol. 1, 1727 to 1775, by Ralph Beaver Strassburger, LL.D.;  edited by William John Hinke, Ph.D., D.D.; 1934 edition.  Transcribed and Contributed by "Anonymous" for the   Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild 18 September 2001. " 

    2A.  Olive Tree Genealogy provides the Ships List Elizabeth,with remark "copied as they appear without alteration or change from the 1934 printing of 'Pennsylvania German Pioneers' A list of ships arriving in Philadelphia 1727 to 1808 , Vol. 1, 1727 to 1775 by Ralph Beaver Strassburger, LL.D. edited by William John Hinke, Ph.D., D.D. This list has the occupation of the individual with age following. Other lists may show letters in parenthesis in the body of the name, this is where the individual made their mark. Other letters following names or titles in   the texts are for subscript letters in the original print. This list is also adjusted to match the updated  list in the Apendix of the above text) [List 30 A] Account of the Mens Names of 16 years and upwards, Brought from Rotterdam in the Elizabeth, Capt. Edward Lee. [Qualified Aug. 27, 1733]. 

    2B. Rupp: Names of German, Swiss and Other Immigrants 1750, pp. 243-245, photocopy recived of Mark Zellers]

    3. Name: Henry Stentz. Abstracts of York Co, PA, Wills, 1749 - 1819  page 119 . General Tome found in  Genforum Library.

    4. James Gettys Hotel pages

    5.  Church: Records of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, City of York, York County, Pennsylvania, 1733-1800. Ancestry.com library

    6. Kevin L Greenholt. Abstracts Adams County Penna Wills  1800-1826 .  Willow Bend Books, Westminster Maryland, 1999. Originlly published 1988. Reprinted 1999. Printed in US. International Standard Book Number: 1-58549-060-1 

    7. Abstracts of York Co, PA, Wills, 1749 - 1819  from Genforum Library p 129

    8. Terry Masons Family History Website " provides excellent data regarding John FOULKS credited to researcher Thomas E. Foulks. It there provided that John Foulks had had a child to his first wife, who divorced him on the basis of  "cruelty and adultery". 

    9. Whistler, John Marquiss. " Some descendents of Ludwig and Mary Wysong : whose first written record was found in York, Pennsylvania, as  of the year 1740"  Eustis, Fla.?: Produced by Silk Screen Mimeoprinter, 1972, 204  pgs. Found in genforum library. 
    This study reviews, among other things,  the will of Ludwig Wysong, notes that in the same document it is likewise spelled WIsong, and also notes that it was written 10 days before being presented by executor Philip Slentz for probate. No relationship is assumed, and the feeling is that Ludwig grew sick and attended as he had to to his affairs;  In this way one can assume he probably utilized a neighbor and friend to accomplish the task. 

    10. Eschbach / Binckley Family the family of Johann Heinrich Eschbach who came to Colonial America aboard the ship "Winter Galley" in 1738 and the family of Caotain Christian Binckley. Prepared by:John Ashbaugh 

    11. Johann Heinrick Eschbach. Descendant report. Part of  The Ashbaugh Family page

    12. Our Slentz Line. Ancestry.com tree. Melanie Hinote [hinm@specent.com] 

    13. Biography-Memoirs of Men and Women of Stark County.   Compiled by JOHN DANNER. B.F. Bowen, Publisher 1904.

    14. Posts by fellow researchers in Genforum and Ancestry  SLENTZ forums. 

  • Footnote 1 . According to the Smoky Mountain Ancestral Quest Website mounted by David L. Beckwith : 
  • Juliana STENTZ was born to "Heinrich STENTZ and Maria Dorethea BOSSERTH. ...Juliana Shultz, widow of Dr. Martin Shultz, and her family moved to Sevier County from Sullivan County, state of Franklin (now Tennessee). They settled in the Emert's Cove area along with Frederick Emert, Richard Reagan, Peter Huskey, and John Roberts. 
    "It is believed that Julliana Shultz lived the remainder of her life in Sevier County, Tennessee with her son, Martin Shultz Jr. and her daughter, Julia Ann Shultz Reagan. It is also believed that Juliana Shultz was buried in the Emert's Cove Cemetery in Pittman Center, Tennessee. 
    "Source: 'Ownby-Watson Family History', Percival David Park, May 1985, p 32. 'Smoky Mountain Clans, Volume 2', Donald B. Reagan, 1983, p 3-6. 'The Book of
    Ragan/Reagan', Donald B. Reagan, 1993, p 401-402. 'Sevier County, Tennessee and Its Heritage', 1994, p 341. " 
    See page relevant at Smoky Mountain Ancestral Quest Website mounted by David L. Beckwith 
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