Whitesell Family Genealogy Forum
Johann Peter Weitzel, son of Johann Paul Weitzel from Oberingelheim, Germany, was born 10/31/1746 in Lancaster, PA. He married Anna Metz on 3/14/1769 in Lancaster, PA. Anna Metz was born 3/14/1749 in Lancaster, PA. Her parents were Baltzar Metz and and Maria (last name unknown). They moved to Leitersburg, MD about 1775 near Hagerstown, then on to Rockingham Co. VA in 1791. I believe he was known by his middle name of Peter. He served in the Revolutionary Was in Captain Peppel's Company. He also served in several indian campaigns. Peter and Anna are buried at Friedan's Church Cemetery in Rockingham Co VA. There are no stones.
I believe this Peter changed the spelling of the name to Whitesell between 1791 and 1830. In the 1830 Census it shows up as Whitesell. Do you have any information regarding this name change? ----Milton
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