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William Martz Died 1803 Somerset County
Posted by: Oakey Mertz (ID *****2431) Date: November 04, 2010 at 06:00:55
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In the records of the Jerusalem Lutheran Church in West Salisbury, (now) Lehigh formerly Northampton County -- the following three births were recorded.

Barbara daughter of William Mertz and Christina born 4 Jul 1775 baptized 20 Jul 1775 sponsors Jacob Haan and wife Maria.

Johan J son of William Mertz and Christina born 4 Aug 1776 baptized 22 Sep 1776 sponsors Jacob Seip and wife Rosina. [I believe his name was Jacob.]

Catherine daughter of William Mertz and Christina born 10 Dec 1777 baptized 15 Feb 1778 sponsors George Mertz and wife Catherine Haanin.

I think I know pretty much every Mertz who was alive and having children in that area in that time period and I just have to wonder if this was the William Martz who died in Somerset County in 1803.

It is said about Somerset William by descendants that he married Christina Hahn -- note the strong Hahn connection for William and Christina of Salisbury.

It is said that William came to Somerset County from Berks County with other Berks County people including Jacob Hahn, so what was William doing in Northampton County? Two answers. One, it was not that far from Berks County and two, I believe several Mertzes related to William moved there from Berks about that time.

Finally, it is said that the four oldest children of William and Christina were: Jacob b.3 Oct 1777, Catharina b.4 May 1779, Susannah b.10 Jun 1788 and Barbara b.abt 1790, no specific date given.

Those dates for Williamís children seem to be etched in stone in the sense that I can find them in 3 family history books, a Somerset County newsletter article on the family and numerous Internet Family Trees. But I have long since learned not to trust anything regarding alleged facts about early people named Mertz. The original source I believe was the work of Hannibal L Mertz and everyone else has simply taken his work as gospel. But in the book credited to him, written post-humously, no real source for any of those birth dates is stated.

So, my question is for any one else with an interest in this family -- does anyone know of an actual source for any of the birth dates of Jacob, Catherine or Barbara? Do their tombstones, for instance, give the dates cited by Hannibal?

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