This is a desperate plea for leads, and is a very convoluted story full of many, many surnames. I'll list them first, so you can skip on if none of this pertains to your research:
With all these surnames, this is really the trace of just one person--Jacob1 Wutz (b. PA, d. IA <1830). He had one child, Jacob2 Woods, b. March 28, 1805, Westmoreland County. Jacob2's mother was Catherine Freidt/Freith (b. PA, d. c. 1829), according to Jacob2's baptismal record. It would appear in the baptismal record that Jacob1 and Catherine were not married, and I have found no record of their marriage. I do, however, have information on Catherine's other marriages. In my attempts to trace Jacob1, I have been tracing Catherine's life, trying to find someone who might have information on her relationship with Jacob1, and ultimately Jacob1's ancestors. Through this search through Catherine's life, I have found the following.
Apparently Catherine got around quite a bit. Catherine Freidt/Freith, daughter of Abraham Freidt, was involved:
FIRST MARRIAGE: to Abraham1 Stilwell, m. before 1804, produced 2 children,
Abraham2 and Nancy. There must have been a divorce, because I know Abraham1
did not die until after 1832. This info comes from an indenture in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, dated November 28, 1832. The indenture was in PA, but because all the heirs were not present in PA, another identical indenture was made in OH. The indenture involved a transfer of property from Abraham (F) Freidt's heirs (Catherine's father), at the time, were
all his sons/daughters, listed in the indenture:
Mary (Freidt) Sambro/Zumbro and husband Joseph
Peter Freidt (deceased) and wife Christine (Sambro/Zumbro) Freidt (and their
children, Eva, Henry, Mary, Catherine, Joseph, Peter and John)
All of the above were present at the indenture in PA.
The others were present in OH:
Elizabeth (Freidt) Moyer and her husband Abraham Moyer
Barbara (Freidt) Coy and her husband Jacob Coy
Abraham Stilwell ("heir and legal representative of Catherine Freidt,
SECOND MARRIAGE(?): to Jacob1 Wutz, m?. about 1804, produced one child,
Jacob2 Woods, March 28, 1805. Paul Ruff's records indicate the baptism as showing the
father Jacob1 Wutz and mother Catherina Freith, sponsored by Fredrick and
Margaretha Dorn. I have not researched the Dorns. As was the custom, the
mother's last name was seldom listed unless it differed from the father. In this case, her name *was* different. I can only wonder if Jacob1 and Catherina Freith were married, as there last names were different in the baptism.
THIRD MARRIAGE: to Thomas Leix (1754-1814 PA), m. about 1807, produced
Ellen/Eleanor/Leonora/Clemora, b. January 19, 1808. I do have a copy of the baptismal
record for Ellen as recorded in Harrold Zion Lutheran church (received from
the actual church, not Paul Ruff's records). The sponsor, aka Godmother, was
Leonora Kappel (mostly likely Americanized to Kepple). I am not certain
how the Kepple's fit into the family, however one researcher I know has declared that Catherine's last name was Kepple, based upon this baptismal record. I can't make that assumption. Johannes Leix, Thomas' father, was married to a Margaret Michin. I have one piece of evidence which notes Leonora Kepple's full name as Elnora Michin Kepple.
FOURTH MARRIAGE: to John Wible, m. about 1817. In 1817, a tract of land
was patented to Frederick Shively (note Frederick Sheibely below) by John
Rice, John Wible Sr. and wife Catherine, and John Leix in Unity Township. A
"Summons on Dower", dated August 1822, lists "John Wible and wife Catherine,
late Catherine Lyse widow and relict of Thomas Lyse deceased."
In a petition to Orphan's Court, dated July 9, 1821, heirs of Johannes Leix (Thomas Leix's father)
are listed as:
Margaret, wife of George Beck
Barbara, wife of Jacob Holtzer
Rebecca, wife of George Shaffer
Salome, wife of Frederick Sheibely (note Frederick Shively above)
Veronica, wife of Daniel Ashbaugh
Children of Thomas Leix, deceased: John, George, Margaret wife of. Frederick
Thorn (note these were possibly the sponsors of
Jacob2's baptism), Catherina Altman, Christina wife of Jacob
Seckafoos, and Clemora (Ellen/Eleanor/Leonora) a minor.
Obviously Catherine Freidt and the Leix's and
Dorn/Thorn's travelled in the same circle. These names have all been
popping up throughout the Woods and Leix lines. Just wish I could figure
out where the heck Jacob1 Wutz came from! If you have any information on the Thorn/Dorns or Jacob1 Wutz/Woods or any of the above, I'd appreciate your insight.
If you've gotten this far and aren't throughly confused, I should also note that I have thoroughly investigated the Waltz/Walz family of fame, including Jacob Woods and Keziah Taylor. The dates really don't seem to work, and unless there was an illicit affair with Catherine between this Jacob Woods prior to his marriage to Keziah Taylor, this just isn't the right family. I have never been able to connect with any other genealogist tracing the Jacob Woods m. Keziah Taylor family to determine if there might have been exactly that, however. But information from family letters notes that both my Jacob1 Wutz and Catherine Freidt died prior to 1835, and the Jacob Woods of the Walz family did not die until 1856.
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