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Andreas & Frederick Beltz Bedfod Co, Pa
Posted by: Philip R. Beltz Date: March 08, 2000 at 19:06:27
In Reply to: Re: Andreas Beltz from Lancaster Co, Pa by Carol Gawron of 365

Dear Carol Gawron;

Yes, you are on the right track. Forgive me if I have already responded to you on another BBS. Your name is familiar.

Have you seen my response to Linda Paxton?

Your Frederick Beltz, while not the youngest sibling, was a Beltz that remained in Bedford County. Apparently, he was very successful on the west side. He and wife, Rachel Davis, are buried with others, including George Beltz, in the Log Church Cemetery, Shellsburg.

He moved 15 to 20 miles westward and away from his father, to the other/southwest side of the city of Bedford. See Dry Ridge, Manns Choice, New Buena Vista, Shellsburg -- all in Harrison Twp, Bedford Co.

Andrew Beltz was the area blacksmith operating from Charlesville, in the middle of Friend's Cove, Colerain Twp.

Later in life [and really for his sons benefit], Andrew Beltz, with Frederick (and Adam?) in 1803, were co-buyers of what became known and still is known as the Beltz Mill.

The ruins of this grist mill are in a forest, west of Rainsburg/Rainsboro in Friend's Cove, Colerain Twp, Bedford Co, PA.

Early on, the raw land was owned by Wharton(1705 to 1708), Rhoads(1708 to 1770).

Lucile's map notations are not rigorous with respect to partial purchases, splits and sales. The proper use of her map is as a guide for you to do further Court House research.

The grist mill had originally been built and improved by a relative to the famous John Friend: Neeles Friend(1742). Then, Rhoads to Fredregill(1754), Fredregill to Ormsby(1754/5), Pendergrass and Sharsach to Miley(1771 to 1773) and Rose(1784/5), Andrew Beltz(1803 to death in 1806), Frederick Beltz(1803 to 1815 & 1830), and now Morgart.

Lucile Wiley notes, "Frederick Beltz held Rose Farm 1815 to 1830, sold to Peter Morgart, Sr. who sold to Peter Morgart, Jr. "Nosegay" of 209 acres in 1830."

On the RootsWeb BBS for Bedford Co; I have extensive material about this grist mill and surrounding owners from 1705 to the present.

We must all thank one of my favorite ladies, Lucile Wiley. I spent a half hour in her front room parlor with her 90 year-old physician husband in downtown Rainsburg. She lay in bed, having had a stroke several years before. She was excited that someone "cared" about her later-in-life project, the MAP. She wanted everyone to benefit from its use.

She spent many court house hours developing this historical map of the southern end of Friend's Cove.

I am selling that map for $10 (up from $5), to cover duplicating and mailing. You can see the map at the Pioneer Historical Society in Bedford. The "polite thing to do" is to join the Society and to enjoy their collection.

Previously, I made and donated 5 copies of Lucile Wiley's map, with the suggestion that the Society sell them for $5. However, I have not discussed this with them. I do not know if they still have some for sale.

{Which reminds me to go to Kinkos and make another 5 copies. I owe some maps to folks. Genealogy is not my business or employment. Hence, sometimes my economic and financial planning clients and their priorities have interfered with my timely responses to genealogists.}

When Andrew Beltz died in 1806, your Frederick Beltz was the Executor of his Will. That Will is on file at the Bedford Co Court House. The 6 children are mentioned. 5 get 50 pounds each and Frederick got the farm and the responsibility for care of his mother, Julianna Harclerode.

The six were: Catherine, Adam, Andrew, Frederick, Juliana, Elizabeth. [Being away from records these are not in birth order.]

Some of your other comments tend to be true. However, I am at the office, with no notes to very and amplify.


Philip R. Beltz
4370 Lyon Drive
Upper Arlington
Ohio 43220
(614) 442-0644


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