Leann, It IS all right in front of your Face but that can happen to anyone. More is right in front of your face than you realise!
The Wentzes were descendants of a sixth century saint and so always built their own churches both in Europe and in America. That is why the Lutheran Evangelical Reformed Church in Baumholder, Germany is the "Wentzes' church" because they built it to their ancestor "Sankt Wendel" or St Wendelin. They came before the Zumbros from Switzerland. And you already have the correct Zumbro line:
1. Buttramieu Zumbro b 1508
2. Jan Zumbro b 1605 Filisur Switzerland m Clara Brinet
3. Tieni Jan Zumbro b 1633 Fillsur Switz. m Uorschala Fuffa
4. Lutzi Zumbro b 1665 m Barbara Tienart
5. Tieni Zumbro b 1694 m1 Anna Eliz Schneider 2Maria Margarethe Gerlach moved to Baumholder, Germany from Switz where he joined the Sankt Wendel Church of the Wentzes named for St Wendelin!
6. Joseph Henrich Zumbro b 1730 Ger. m Marie Eva Wentz
7. Henry Zumbro b 1768 PA m Christina Slotterbeck
See http://www.wentzfamily.com/WentzBook/WentzBookCh6.htm and Joseph Wentz (1772-1861) Son of John and Susanna Dickensheed Wentz
"They moved from here to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in about 1803 or 1804, and lived in a small house that stood in front of the big stone house still standing.
Joseph Wentz later built for his home a large stone house, located on Muddy Run in Martic Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where they lived and reared their family. The place is known as Wentz's Mill."
See http://www.wentzfamily.com/WentzBook/WentzBookCh1.htm#St%20Wendelin St Wendelin b 554 AD son of Ferchard, King of Scots, migrated to Trier in the German Westerreich. d 617 AD. There, in 1327, was breated the city of St. Wendel, Trier district.
The Catholic Church appointed 23 Oct as St Wendel's Day but the Lutheran Reformation moved it to 20 Oct.
Descendants changed the spelling of Wendelin gradually:
Quanzo in 744 A.D.
Wanzo recorded in 761, 762, 790, 797, 802, and 854 A.D.
Wazo 1041 AD "Hic Wazo fuit frater Wenzonis Abbatis Florinis." Here Wenzo was first time in old high German shape.
Wenzonis 1244 recorded near Zell on the Moselle (river).
1277 Wentfeld near Bingen-on-the-Rhine.
1318 a Wentzo recorded as witness.
1341 Wentzo Kyppe at Bingen had litigation with the Convent of Ruppertsberg. (Remember Ruppertsberg in the genealogy and second wife of Zumbro who moved back?)
Wenz as a surname arose in the fourteenth century from Wenzeslaum von der Lorch. There were four brothers, sons of Michael Wenz von St Polten, who arrived from Lower Austria, in Basel, Switzerland in 1444, after the Battle of St James near the city of Basel in year 1444.
Wentz family crest or coat-of-arms are cut on the door of their sepulchres or tombs over 400 years in churchyards in Basel, Switzerland.
In June or July 1731 four brothers, Beltzer, John, George, and Karl sailed in the "Samuel" and purchased land on Skippack Creek in northern part of Philadelphia County later renamed Montgomery County, Penna. and built a church dedicated to Saint Wendelin called Wentz's Church. From those four brothers are descended the Wentzes in Lancaster County.
Peter Wentz b 1680 Partenheim d 1 Nov 1749 Worcester Twp Phila Co (later Montg) PA http://www.wentzfamily.com/WentzBook/WentzBookCh2.htm has exactly your Wentz line as it marries with Zumbro. Carefully check these graveyard markers:
15. Johannes Zumbro
16. Marie Eva Zumbro
[Numbers 14, 15, and 16 are the only tombstones that bear a name other than Wentz.]
Now, just promise you'll put it all together and do a more comprehensive book!
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