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Re: Pontious/Pontius German Bretheran
Posted by: Harry Pontius (ID *****4975) Date: February 09, 2009 at 12:48:25
In Reply to: Pontious/Pontius German Bretheran by JR Maxwell of 19

I have his father as a Jefferson Pontius and his mother as a Julia Gerrett, both born Pa.

Norman J. was born 4 Mar 1860 in Green Twsp., Stark Co. Ohio and died 6 Nov 1925 in Summit Co., Ohio.

Here is all I have from my miscellaneous files:
Still trying to find the parent of Norman Pontius. Norman d. bfr 1910. In May, James Punches found Norman in the 1900 census, age 45, b. 3/1855, with wife, Sarah age 44, b. 9/1856. (Thank you).
In 1880 Norman "Pountius", age 2?, with Sarah in Coventry twnshp, Summit Co.,OH.
There is no 1890 Summit or Stark Co., OH census record.
In 1870 he may be "Perman" Pontius, pg. 202, Lake twnshp, Stark Co., OH --- the image at Ancestry was unreadable. If you have access to Genforum's, or another source, 1870 census records, I would be interested to know what this says.
Norman's wife was Sarah Kreighbaum, d/o Levi & Nancy; married in Summit Co., OH on 5/10/1877.
Norman & Sarah had the following children:

Oliver C. 9/1877-1930, m. Ida J Yerrick d.1943
Ervin 1879
William H 10/1880
Barbara Ann (aka Lottie) 11/1883 - 2/1964 Wayne Co., OH, m. Thomas Calvin Lance 1875-1951(our line)
Maud 8/1885
Myrtle S 3/1888
Ralph L 12/1895
Urma ~1897 (In 1910 he is age 10, so he isn't the same as Ervin)
Vernis 3/1897
Hattie E 7/188?

Children of Norman & Sarah are thought to have been:

Oliver C. 1877-1930
Ervin 1879
William H. 1880
Barbara Ann (Lottie) 1883
Hattie E. 188
Maud 1885
Myrtle 1888
Ralph 1895
Urma ~1897
Vernis 1897

But, in 1910 Sarah told the census taker that of 9 live births, 7 of her children were then living.

In the 1860 Census she's age: 4 and and 1870 age: 14.
The 1910 OHIO Miracode Census says she's 52 years old.

Database: Ohio 1910 Census Miracode Index
Norman Pontius
Age: 50 State: OH
Color: W Enumeration District: 0175
Birth Place: Ohio Visit: 0268
County: Summit
Relation: Head of Household
Wife: Sarah 52 Ohio
Son: Ralph 14 Ohio
Son: Urma 13 Ohio

Who were the parents of Norman Pontius?
Norman b.~1860 OH d. bfr 1910 OH; m. 5/10/1877 Summit Co., OH to Sarah Kreighbaum (d/o Levi) b. ~1856 OH d. aft 1910.
In 1880 he is a farm laborer, living in Coventry twnshp, Summit Co., OH w/ wife Sarah & sons, Oliver 3 & Ervin 1.
In 1910 Sarah told the census taker that of 9 births, 7 of her children were still living.

Other known children are Barbara Ann (aka Lottie) b. 11/27/1883; Ralph b.~1896; & Urma b. ~1897.

Oliver (1877-1933) m. Ida J Yerrick.

Barbara Ann (aka Lottie) (1883-1964) m. Thomas Lance.

Norman Pontius was probably born in late 1859 or early 1860 (not 1855 or 1857), as he is age 3.12 in the 1860 census. He is living in the household of Henry & Barbara Jarrett, Green twnshp, Summit Co., OH. Henry's 3 daughters are Louisa, Julia & Rebecca. Film M653_1039, pg.151.
In 1870 Norman Pontius, age 10, is in the household of Henry & Barbery Jarrett, Lake twnshp, Stark Co., film M593_1268, pg. 202. I assume that Louisa Jarrett, age 37, is his mother.
Which of the Pontius men, living in Summit Co. around 1860, was Norman's father?
Message Board Post:
Norman Pontius was born in late 1859 or early 1860, as he is three months old in the 1860 census. He is in the household of his Grandfather, Henry Jarrett, in Green twnshp, Summit Co.,OH. His mother is probably Louisa Jarrett, but might be Julia or Rebecca.
On the next page of the census, a nearby farm, lived the family of Frederick Pontius (b.~1809 PA, s/o Nicholas); including his sons, Jefferson and Isaac, one of whom I presume is the father of Norman.
(note: Jefferson m. 1862 to Mary E. Smith, & Isaac m. 1876 to Martha E. Taggert)
In 1870 "Perman" Pontius is age 10, still in the home of Henry Jarrett, although now in Lake twnshp, Stark Co.,OH. As Louisa is still in the household, I suspect she is Norman's mother.
On 5/101877 Norman m. Sarah Kreighbaum (d/o Levi & Sarah). In the 1880 census, they are living in Coventry twnshp, Summit Co., OH. Norman POUNTIUS age 20 b. OH, F b.PA, M b.OH, farming. Sarah is age 22, sons Oliver 3, & Ervin 1.
No 1890 census records survived.
In 1900 Norman, age 45 (?) & Sarah age 44, & children.
In 1910, only Sarah found; she relates that she had 9 live births, and that 7 of the children are then living. These are the children known to me (maybe duplicates, twin, or one born dead?):
Oliver C. 1877-1930
Ervin 1879
William H. 1880
Barbara Ann (aka Lottie) 1883 (our connection) Hattie E. 188?
Maud 1885
Myrtle 1888
Ralph 1895
Urma ~1897
Vernis 1897

William Herman Pontius was born on Oct 12, 1881 and died on May 6, 1951. My information says he lived in Long Lake Park in Summit Co Ohio. He passed away in California at the home of my great aunt. He married Anna Berry.He was my great grandfather, my grandfather was Roy Robert and my father was Gary Lee Pontius. I have found out by an old obit that my great great grandfathers name was Norman Jefferson Pontius, born on March 4th 1860 in Green Township . He was married to Sarah Elizabeth Krieghbaum.
I am very sorry I hadnt gotten back to you before now, I had forgot all about posting for this information.
Thank you
Darlene Pontius Sayre
Pontius GenForum

Norman J. Pontius died 11/6/1925 in Summit Co, OH; Vol#4891, Cert#66148 (see the index at
Here is what the death certificate says:
Norman J. Pontius
726 Romig Avenue
Summit County, OH
Male, White, Married
Wife: Sara Pontius
Born: April 4, 1860
Age 65 y 8 mo 2 days
Occupation: Stationary Fireman ??
Birthplace: Stark County OH
Father: Jefferson Pontius
Father's birthplace: Pennsylvania
Maiden Name of Mother: Julia Gerrett
Birthplace of mother: Pennsylvania
Informant: William Pontius, 351 Wooster Road
Death date: 6 Nov 1925
Cause: Arterosclerosis chronic interstitial nephritis, cerebral haemmorhage, 1918 - relative hemorrhage - blindness, one eye (r) myocorditis
That is the main part of it. There are a few more details but nothing genealogical in nature.
If you would like a photocopy, go to and click on "webmaster." Send me your mailing address and I will send a copy.

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