The SLENTZ line: 1st Generation Known America : John  SLENTZ1

Name: John  SLENTZ
Birth: 22 Jun 1792, York (Now Adams) County, Penna2,3
Death: 22 Nov 18703
His will showed Joel B Danner and Jacob his son as executors,  25 june 1870; probated 25 Nov 1870
Resided: Gettysburg,  Adams County, Pennsylvania. Census Entries: Please see link to same, with refereence to 1830-1860 for this entry
Occupation and Municipal Service: As per census he was Farmer In 1850; Day Laborer in 1860; Wagonmaker 1870;   He served on the Gettysburg Town Council (year long appointments to elected position) in 1830 and 1831. In 1832 the act of the council was to lift the anti swine running at large ordinance for 60 days..Director Of The Poor 1827 4
Spouse: Anna Maria (Mary) TROXELL3,6 Marr: 29 Jun 18158
Children: The exact number and order of children are   under research
  • Obit of the Gettysburg Times for Henrietta L Slentz Meals (John's Daughter) indicates she was  (daughter of Mr and Mrs John Slentz "of this place" and " the last of 11 children" showing Mr and Mrs John Slentz resided in Gettysburg and had 11 offspring. The obit gives no info on John's wife's maiden name or the other children of that marriage.   This info is from M B  Frazee, husband to Betty Reinecke Swope [grandaughter of H L  Slentz Meals,  who transcribed the info which she dictated to him.
  • Daughter Johanna Margarets obit read: 1 of 7 children of John and Maria Slentz, Grandfather John Troxell, Contemporary of James Gettys, died 8 Aug 1910 age 80 years 3 months 27 days.5 This one of 7 disputes her sister Henriettas obit that states there were 11 children.
  • Elizabeth Catharine
  • Other Children (one or two-may be one is the unknown father here listed , may include Joseph Slentz )
  • Jacob (~1816->1880)
  • John L (1823-)
  • Mary Jane (1826-1899)
  • Jo(H)anna Margaret [AKA Annie M?]  (1830-1910)
  • Annie M (?) [AKA Johanna Margaret?] [under research] (1830-)
  • Henrietta Louisa (1832-1911)
  • Caroline (Died as Infant) (1834-1834)
  • Thaddeus Stevens (1837-1904)
  • David [under research]
  • Unknown Father [May be any of the boys here or one of the unknown children]


  • 1.1 Elizabeth Catharine SLENTZ3, 9, 10



    Birthdate: Under Research
    Deathdate: Under Research
    Marriage: 7 Sep 184211 Gettysburg Newspaper announcement: Elizabeth, daughter of John,  married Height, Rev. Adam on 7 sept 18429
    Spouse: Rev Adam  (Adam Raby) HITE (HEIGHT)3, 11

    1.2 Other Children (one or two ) SLENTZ

    Obit of the Gettysburg Times for Henrietta L Slentz Meals (John's Daughter) indicates she was  (daughter of Mr and Mrs John Slentz "of this place" and " the last of 11 children"   I was able to identify a total of 8 at the Historical Society in Adams County from  notations of other descendants.
    Possible Child Under Research:
    There is a joseph slentz 34 and a shoemaker in Conewago adams in 1850 census. Unsure if related. Married with children. Wife appears as
    Sarah. Children william, jacob , Louisa.  Groves living with this group in census: Louisa 52 and Jacob 60, John and Nancy 20 and 17.  Are the Groves representative of this Joseph Slentz wife's  family?



    1.3 Jacob SLENTZ


    Birth: abt 1816
    Death: aft 1880, [64 and a printer living with bro Thadeus in 1880 census for Washington DC]
    He was an executor of his fathers will.

    From Steve Strank Dec 2002: Email in part
    More stuff that may interest you or peak your curiosity.  The 1880 census for Washington, DC for the household of Thaddeus Slentz includes Ella Meals, listed as a single white female, 21, born in PA and working at the Gov't P. O.  Which means the printing office as Thaddeus was a printer as was his son, my gggrandfather, Charles Edward Slentz.  Others in the household included Thaddeus' brother Jacob Slentz, another printer, 64 years of age.  There was a 22 year difference between Thaddeus and Jacob.  Others listed were daughters Lilly Slentz, Ella Slentz and Annie Slentz.  Henry was listed as the 9 year old son.
     

    This entry seems to dispute that the jacob mentioned matches the Jacob to which Larry is referring  in the post below and following this pedigree:
    3. Phillip Melon Slentz II. Born on 14 Oct 1750 in Hanover, York, Pennsylvania. Phillip Melon died in York, Pennsylvania on 17 Jan 1796, he was 45.

    Phillip Melon married Marilis Elizabeth, in York, Pennsylvania.
    4. Frederic Jacob Slentz. Born in 1758 in Hanover, Pennsylvania. Frederic Jacob died in West Twp, Columbiana Co., Ohio on 21 Jul 1840, he was 82.

    Post:
    In a will settlement of Jacob SLENTZ of Columbiana Co., Ohio in 1840 a DUNWOODY is mentioned as an heir in PA. Jacob had 24 children and we are missing 3     so one could be a dau. who married a Dunwoody. ANY HELP HERE ?
    You may not have time to do lookups, but my family has a DUNWOODY puzzle. In a nut shell:
    In an 1840 suit filed in columbiana Co., O. by a son John, petions all of his fathers legal descendants in a court case. The deceased was a Jacob SLENTZ. Those in question were listed as follows; (ALL DUNWOODYs) Sarah B.,Caroline, Hugh AT Wm. N. G. DUNWOODY...of Adams Co., PA. We do not know how or where they fit in at ! Jacob SLENTZ was formally from adams Co., PA and lived near Two Taverns in the area of the old St. MARKS church, I believe it is south
    of Gettysberg. Any help or leads appreciated.
    Larry

    For Research based on above?
    Did i see dunwoody at the historical society under Slentz?

    1.4 John L SLENTZ

    Birth: 1823/24

    Found in 1850 census living with father and mother, a carpenter and 26 years old
    Census 1850 a little confusing (Cumberland Township):
    John Slentz  born Penna 58 farmer and RE valued 3800
    Hannah Slentz born Penna 57  (? Hanna?? a misunderstanding of Anna Maria? or Anna?)
    John Slentz a carpenter and 26
    mary J 22
    henrietta 18
    Thadeus 14.
    Cumberland Twp, Gettysburg, Adams...12th day of August 1850

    1.5 Mary Jane SLENTZ3

    Birth: 30 Nov 18263
    Death: 7 Jan 1899, Obit says died 7 Jan 1899 aged 72 y 1 m, 8 d3

    Died unmarried 3 Miss Mary Jane Slentz of Chambersburg, daughter of john and Maria Troxel Slentz, early settlers in Gettysburg, died 7 Jan 1899 aged 72 years 1 month 8 days.12
    She appears in the census for 1850 of Farmer John Slentz and Hannah in Cumberland township :
    Census 1850 a little confusing (Cumberland Township), as it appears to line up in some ways (many family members names and ages, but wife is named Hannah Slentz and they are all in Cumberland, not in the borough of Gettysburg):
    John Slentz  born Penna 58 farmer and RE valued 3800
    Hannah Slentz born Penna 57  (? Hanna?? a misunderstanding of Anna Maria? or Anna?)
    John Slentz a carpenter and 26
    mary J 22
    henrietta 18
    Thadeus 14.
    Cumberland Twp, Gettysburg, Adams...12th day of August 1850
     
     

    June 4 1860 Census Gettysburg Boro:  [Page 6 of hard copy and image number160 in Penna, Adams, Mixed township census]
    Family Dwelling 36/48th family enumerated
    John Slentz, HOH, age 67, Day Laborer , worth real estate 2000, person worth 150
    Anna M , 69
    Mary J , 28
    Joanna,  26
    all persons born Penna

    for the 1870 census she is found with her mother and father
    1870 Census Gettysburg Boro:
    page 34 of Hard copy and Ancestry.com census images of Adams County, Gettysburg Boro Census
    Family Dwelling 191/202nd family enumerated
    John Slentz, 78 year old Wagonmaker, real estate value 2500, personal value 300
    Anna Maria, 76 , Housekeeper
    Mary J, 42

    1.6 Jo(H)anna Margaret [AKA Annie M?] SLENTZ3

    Birth: 11 Apr 1830
    Death: 8 Aug 1910

    Appears she may have gone by the name of Annie, although her given name was Johanna Margaret Slentz. The census entry for 1910 for the home of Elmer Slaybaugh and wife Gertrude Slentz an Aunt Annie M Slentz,  born ca 1830 as 80 in 1910 census and born Penna

     Gettysburg Paper Death Announcement: 1 of 7 children of John and Maria Slentz, Grandfather John Troxell, Contemporary of James Gettys, died 8 Aug 1910 age 80 years 3 months 27 days.13 This one of 7 children of disputes her sister Henriettas obit that states there were 11 children. It also seems to imply she died unmarried.

    June 4 1860 Census Gettysburg Boro:  [Page 6 of hard copy and image number160 in Penna, Adams, Mixed township census]
    Family Dwelling 36/48th family enumerated
    John Slentz, HOH, age 67, Day Laborer , worth real estate 2000, person worth 150
    Anna M , 69
    Mary J , 28
    Joanna,  26
    all persons born Penna

    There is an Annie M Slentz living with Elmer Slaybough and his wife and identified as aunt in the Gettysburg in 1910 census..  Whether she is a sibling in this group or married a son within it is unknown to me, but her age equals that of this dtr Johanna Margaret Slentz.   Elmer Slaybaugh married Gertie (our Henrietta Slentzs daughter). This Annie M Slentz was born in Penna as were her mother and father according to the census.
    Elmer E Slaybough Age: 43 State: PA
    Color: W Enumeration District: 0012
    Birth Place: Pennsylvania Visit: 0088
    County:  Adams
    Relation:  Head of Household
    Other Residents: Wife Annie G 41, Maryland (this is Anna Gertrude Slentz)
    Daughter Mary E 18, Pennsylvania
    Son John E 14, Pennsylvania
    Son Elmer H 03, Pennsylvania
    Aunt Annie M Slentz 80, Pennsylvania (would have been born about 1830)
    Cousin John H 70, Pennsylvania (would have been born about 1840)(this is a miracode index at ancestry.com and the last name is not given at this source) He is listed as a Clerk in State Department, born Penna as were his mother and father in the census entry.
    1910 Census, Adam Co., Penna 14

    Could conversely have been a wife to one of Henriettas brothers

    1.7 Annie M (?) [AKA Johanna Margaret?] [under research] SLENTZ

    Birth: 1830, 80 in 1910 census and born Penna

    She may be the same as Johanna Margaret born 1830
    There is an Annie M Slentz living with Elmer Slaybough and his wife and identified as aunt in the Gettysburg in 1910 census..  Whether she is a sibling in this group or married a son within it is unknown to me. under research.  Elmer Slaybaugh married Gertie (our Henrietta Slentzs daughter). This Annie M Slentz was born in Penna as were her mother and father according to the census.
    Elmer E Slaybough Age: 43 State: PA
    Color: W Enumeration District: 0012
    Birth Place: Pennsylvania Visit: 0088
    County:  Adams
    Relation:  Head of Household
    Other Residents: Wife Annie G 41, Maryland (this is Anna Gertrude Slentz)
    Daughter Mary E 18, Pennsylvania
    Son John E 14, Pennsylvania
    Son Elmer H 03, Pennsylvania
    Aunt Annie M Slentz 80, Pennsylvania (would have been born about 1830)
    Cousin John H 70, Pennsylvania (would have been born about 1840)(this is a miracode index at ancestry.com and the last name is not given at this source) He is listed as a Clerk in State Department, born Penna as were his mother and father in the census entry.
    1910 Census, Adam Co., Penna 14

    Could conversely have been a wife to one of Henriettas brothers

    June 4 1860 Census Gettysburg Boro:  [Page 6 of hard copy and image number160 in Penna, Adams, Mixed township census]
    Family Dwelling 36/48th family enumerated
    John Slentz, HOH, age 67, Day Laborer , worth real estate 2000, person worth 150
    Anna M , 69
    Mary J , 28
    Joanna,  26
    all persons born Penna

    1.8 Henrietta** Louisa SLENTZ15,16

    Birth: 11 Jul 1832, Gettysburg, Penna.17
    Death: 29 Mar 1911, Gettysburg, Penna

    Marriage: Slentz, Henrietta Louisa, dtr of John of Gettysburg,  to Meals, I. G. of Gettysburg 3 Jan 185618

    Gettysburg Times Obit read:
    Mrs. Henrietta L Meals, Widow of Frederick G. Meals , died on last Wednesday at their home on Buford Avenue, Gettysburg, aged 78 years 8 months & 18 days.  Her maiden name was Slentz, the youngest daughter of M r and Mrs John Slentz of this place and the last of 11 children.  The funeral was on Friday, services by Rev J.B. Baker and interment in Evergreen Cemetery,   Gettysburg.  She leaves one son, John Harry Meals of Chambersburg, Mrs. O. C. Reinecke of Jersey City, Mrs Charles Merrilatt of Washington, D.C, Mrs J.H. Schoeff of Asheville, NC, Mrs Elmer E Slaybaugh and Miss Edna Meals of Gettysburg.

    Spouse: Frederick**  (Frederick Gabriel) MEALS15,19,20
    Birth: 27 May 1834, Butler Twp, Adams Co, Penna15,19
    Death: 19 Apr 1905, Gettysburg, Penna
    Father: Gabriel** MEALS (1793-1854)
    Mother: Nancy Anna** BAUGHMAN/BACHMAN (1797-1864)
    Marr: 3 Jan 1856, Gettysburg, Pa By Rev Dr Krauth Of  Lutheran Seminary

    Children: John Harry (1856->1911)
     Ella Blanche**Wahne (1859-1937)
     Nancy Louisa (Died as Child) (1862-1866)
     Mary Grace (1864->1911)
     Anna Gertrude Gertie (1867->1911)
     Carrie Amelia (1867->1911)
     Marian (1872-1893)
     Edna May (1875->1911)

    1.9 Caroline SLENTZ

    Birth: Sep 1834
    Death: 5 Nov 1834, At 5 Weeks 6 Days Of Age

    Nov 11, 1834   On 5th, Caroline, d/John Slentz of this borough, 5w 6d 21 I am assuming this is their daughter, as there were, up until her inclusion, 3 as yet unidentified children to this couple [total 11 in Henriettas obit, 8 found in records ACHS] , and she is said to be John Slentz of this boroughs child.

    1.10 Thaddeus Stevens SLENTZ3

    Birth: 23 Apr 18373
    Death: 14 Oct 19043
    Burial: Evergreeen Cemetery, Gettysburg, Penna22

    Slentz-Thaddeus S. wed Georgie W. Gilbert, dtr of Samuel Gilbert of Gettysburg on Oct 22 1858 by Rev Keiser23
    Slentz, Thaddeus S., Musician and Pvt Co F; mustered Sep 25, 1861, as a volunteer; discharged Nov 20, 1862, when Congress ordered all regimental bands discharged; born Apr 23, 1837; died Oct 14, 1904; from Gettysburg; 5' 9"; married ? October 1858, but she died; children: Lille E. (b. @1862 - married a Parkhurst), Charles E. (b. @1865), and Annie M. (@1877); lived his later years in the Soldiers' National Home in Hampton, Elizabeth County, VirginiaDennis Brandt
    http://genforum.genealogy.com/slentz/messages/21.html

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    Census 1850 a little confusing for the Cumberland township and the wifes name
     (Cumberland Township):
    John Slentz  born Penna 58 farmer and RE valued 3800
    Hannah Slentz born Penna 57  (? Hanna?? a misunderstanding of Anna Maria? or Anna?)
    John Slentz a carpenter and 26
    mary J 22
    henrietta 18
    Thadeus 14.
    Cumberland Twp, Gettysburg, Adams...12th day of August 1850

    June 4 1860 Census Gettysburg Boro:  Residing near his father, as they are on the same page. Thadeus Slentz is found as HOH
    found as family dwelling 33/43rd enumerated is son Thadeus as HOH, a painter, aged 23, no real estate, personal worth 150$ and living with his wife Georgiana, 20
     

    From Steve Strank Dec 2002: Email in part
    More stuff that may interest you or peak your curiosity.  The 1880 census for Washington, DC for the household of Thaddeus Slentz includes Ella Meals, listed as a single white female, 21, born in PA and working at the Gov't P. O.  Which means the printing office as Thaddeus was a printer as was his son, my gggrandfather, Charles Edward Slentz.  Others in the household included Thaddeus' brother Jacob Slentz, another printer, 64 years of age.  There was a 22 year difference between Thaddeus and Jacob.  Others listed were daughters Lilly Slentz, Ella Slentz and Annie Slentz.  Henry was listed as the 9 year old son.

    Spouse: Georgiana W. Georgie GILBERT3
    Birth: 22 Feb 1840, Gettysburg, Adams Co., Penna24
    Death: 10 Oct 187721
    Father: Samuel GILBERT
    Marr: 22 Oct 1858, By Rev. Keiser25

    Children: Henry Buchanon Bucky (1870-1888)
     Lillie E.
     Ella B.
     Charles E (~1865-)
     Annie M (~1877-)

    1.11 David [under research] SLENTZ

    hmmm, is he from the ADHS or what? where did I get his name?
    There IS a David Slentz, Surgeon in the 1860 Gettysburg Adams County Census, page number 36 hard copy, 190 in upper left corner, and page 190 in mixed township adams county ancestry.com subscription
    He is 50 years old, born Maryland and living with a housekeeper Angelina Leister 24

    1.12 Unknown Father SLENTZ

    There is a John H Slentz, Cousin to Mrs Anna Gertrude Slentz Slaybaugh in the 1910 census. His ascendancy is not yet known to me.

    Children: John H (ca1840->1910)


    Census Entries: Bottom aspect of this censsus page 4 readsTotal in Borough:  157, 105, 55, 122, 77, 124, 92, 62, 25, 23, 19, 194, dash, dash, dash, 1, dash, one, dash 3, dash 20, dash 10, dash 12, dash 4, dash 21, dash 19, dash 14, dash 8 , empty Footnote 1820 census
    Columns show first six spaces for Free White Males
    1st under age ten, 2nd 10-16, 3rd  16-18, free white males of age 16 and under 26 who including heads of family, of 26 and under 45 including heads of families, 6th  is  of 45 and upward including heads of family
    Next Entries for Free White Females
    under age of 10 years, of 10 and under 16, of 16 and under 18 , of 18 and under 26 including heads of family, of 26 and under 45 including heads of families, of 45 and upwards including heads of families
    next columns:
    Citizens not naturalized,
    Engaged in Agriculture,
    Engaged in Commerce,
    Engaged in Manufacters

    Next pertains to Slaves,
    Males under 14 , of 14 and under 26, of 26 and under 45, 45 and upwards
    Next female Slaves,
    Females under 14, of 14 and under 26, of 26 and under 45, 45 and upwards
    Next Free Colored Persons,
    Males under 14, of 14 and under 26, of 26 and under 45, 45 and upwards.
    Females under 14, of 14 and under 26, of 26 and under 45, 45 and upwards



     

    Sources

    1. mentioned but wife is not. in MBFrazees notations and interview
    2. Samuel  P Bates, History of Adams County, pennsylvania, Warner, Beers and Co., 1886 Chicago. 2nd Reprint 1980 by The Bookmark Knightstwon, Indiana., Part III (Adams County) Reprinted 1992 Gettysburg Penn, Adams County Historical SOciety, Originally published as History of Cumberland and Adams Counties-1992 reprint of 1886 edition-, p 151.
    3. Letters in the Slentz family file, Adams County Historical Society, Gettysburg.
    4. Samuel  P Bates, History of Adams County, pennsylvania, Warner, Beers and Co., 1886 Chicago. 2nd Reprint 1980 by The Bookmark Knightstwon, Indiana., Part III (Adams County) Reprinted 1992 Gettysburg Penn, Adams County Historical SOciety, Originally published as History of Cumberland and Adams Counties-1992 reprint of 1886 edition-, p 192.
    5. The Republican Compiler, Adams County Newspaper, On line, but this entry may also mean viewed ADAMS Co Historical Society by this writer in thier Microfilm library, http://www.rootsweb.com/~paadams/nxpdeath.htm, 10 Aug 1910 edition.
    6. DESCENDANTS OF Jacob Trachsel, Moderately  Sourced Site; large bibliography; individual data not always cited, RichardLisle, http://www.uftree.com/UFT/WebPages/RichardLisle/TROXEL/index.htm#toc, See Primary Sources: sources numbered 633 abd 634 given by source 632, Troxell Trails.
    7. Gettysburg founded 1806..cant be right. Letters in the Slentz family file, Adams County Historical Society, Gettysburg,
    8. Adams County Sentinel (Centinel) -Spelling varies at Historical Society-mostly Sentinel, Adams County Newspaper published Gettysburg, Sited by the Adams county historical society in mcCurdy file, issue dated july 5 1815.
    9. Ibid. 11 sept 1842 edition-viewed Adams Co Hist Society.
    10. Family History Report, well researched, by John Watts, recieved via mail in Dec 2002
    11. Adams County Sentinel (Centinel) -Spelling varies at Historical Society-mostly Sentinel, Adams County Newspaper published Gettysburg, Sited by the Adams county historical society in mcCurdy file, 11 sept 1842 edition.
    12. Ibid. 10 jan 1899 edition.
    13. The Republican Compiler, Adams County Newspaper, On line, but this entry may also mean viewed ADAMS Co Historical Society by this writer in thier Microfilm library, http://www.rootsweb.com/~paadams/nxpdeath.htm, 10 Aug 1910 edition ; Viewed at Adams County Historical Society.
    14. Link to source on web http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1910pamir&gsfn=elmer&gsln=slaybough&gspl=41%2cpennsylvania&submit=search&ti=0&gss=angs&GS=SLAYBOUGH+ELMER.
    15. Inherited Family Notes from DM Swope-research and interviews.
    16. Ella Blanche Wahne Meals Reinecke narrative transcribed by Murray B Frazee. Wahne was mother in law, and gave her bio to her grandchildren and grandson in law.
    17. Ibid.
    18. Adams County Newspaper Star and Banner. edition of 11 jan 1856.
    19. Ella Blanche Wahne Meals Reinecke narrative transcribed by MB Frazee. Wahne was Fredericks daughter, and gave her bio to her grandchildren and grandson in law.
    20. Census listing. Penna, Adams County,  Gettysburg Borough 1850 Census Roll 743, Page 19.
    21. Adams County Sentinel (Centinel) -Spelling varies at Historical Society-mostly Sentinel, Adams County Newspaper published Gettysburg, Sited by the Adams county historical society in mcCurdy file.
    22. Adams County Historical Association File. file entries burials Slentz family.
    23. Adams County Sentinel (Centinel) -Spelling varies at Historical Society-mostly Sentinel, Adams County Newspaper published Gettysburg, Sited by the Adams county historical society in mcCurdy file, 15 nov 1858 edition.
    24. Adams County Historical Association File. Slentz Burial File Slentz Family.
    25. Adams County Sentinel (Centinel) -Spelling varies at Historical Society-mostly Sentinel, Adams County Newspaper published Gettysburg, Sited by the Adams county historical society in mcCurdy file, edition dated 15 nov 1858.