May 14, 2009

Jacob Setzer, immigrant

Family tradition says that Jacob Setzer arrived in Philadelphia, P.A. with his brother Michael on 26 Sep 1753. They sailed to the new world from Rotterdam, Holland, on the ship BROTHERS.

Supposedly Michael 'went west', and Jacob south.

Jacob was a physician. He settled on land belonging to Conrad Bovey (also spelled Bovy, Povey, Poovey, etc.) near the present day town of Newton and eventually married Conrad's daughter Mary Magdalene.

On 10 Dec 1766, Conrad deeded Jacob 196 1/2 acres of land.

Jacob and Mary had 3 boys and the family attended the old Saint Pauls Lutheran Church in the Clark's Creek area, which I believe was in between the present day towns of Newton and Maiden. There were many Pennsylvania Dutch in the area. The original building, a log structure, was known as 'The Dutch Meeting House'. It was struck by lightning and a new church was built in 1757. In 1822 this 'new' church was disassembled and a newer one constructed, using in part logs from the dismantled building.

The newest church had board siding and homemade nails. There were different sections for men, women, children and slaves to sit.

There are many Setzers and Pooveys buried in the cemetery.

I don't know when Jacob died. His widow married Conrad Mingus and had more children. Jacob and Mary Setzer's son Adam Setzer was in the army in 1781 (Revolutionary war), with his step-father Conrad Mingus, so Jacob must have died prior to 1781.

The history of this area of N.C. is a little hard to follow. To the best of my knowledge, it became part of Rowan County in 1753 (about the time Jacob arrived), then Burke County in 1777, Lincoln County in 1779, and Catawba County in 1842. So, without knowing for sure what year Jacob died, I can not say whether he died in Rowan, Burke, or Lincoln County. Some people will even say it was Catawba County, since it is presently in Catawba County.

Setzer Family

The Setzer family is of German origin and came to America on Ship "Brothers", with Capt. Willim Muir, from Rotterdam. George Tobias Setzer landed at Philadelphia, PA., September 14, 1751. Michael Setzer and Jacob Setzer, age 21, were on Ship Brothers and landed in America, September 26, 1753. Reference for this is Penn German Pioneers by Strassburger and Hinke, Vol. 1, pages 551, 553, and 554 and also Rupps Thirty Thousand Immigrant page 312. This drawing is on file with the Library of Australia. Ship "Brothers" was decommissioned in Australia

I plan on taking a trip down to Va this summer to do more hands on research of my grandmothers side of the family. They are all from South Hampton, Va. I hope this will prove worth the trip! I will try to keep up on my post with my findings. I have been very busy lately so I have not been able to put much time into my research.

Another Obit

Mary Elizabeth Deeters of Williamsburg RD 2, died at 7:55 a.m. today in her home. Mrs Deeters was born at Curryville, Pa March 14, 1889, a daughter of Felix and Annie (Frederick ) Showalter. She was married to Perry Deeters Dec 25, 1907 at Oreminea by the Rev John H. Brumbaugh, Mrs Deeters was a member of the church of God of Williamsburg. Surviving are her husband, six children , Mrs Phyllis L. Hatch, Mrs Hazel T. Sayers and Edgar E. of Williamsburg RD2; Mrs Mabel E. Patterson and Clarence W. of Ganister and Gerald E at home; two sisters, Mrs Clara Haney and Mrs Nannie Hoover of Williamsburg; one brother William A Showalter of Williamsburg ; 15 grandchildren and 13 Great grandchildren. Friends will be received at the home after 1 pm Sunday
date penciled on paper 7-11-1959


Obituary of Josephine M. (Gutshall) Patterson, Altoona (PA) Mirror, 13 Jan 2009,
"June 15, 1927 - Jan. 10, 2009
Josephine M. (Gutshall) Patterson, 81, Hastings, formerly of Altoona, died Saturday at Golden LivingCenter-HAIDA Manor, Hastings. Before her brief stay at Golden LivingCenter-HAIDA Manor, Josephine resided with her granddaughter, Josephine Ruckinger and her husband, Jeff, of Blandburg, where the three of them looked forward to the yearly vacations that they took together.
She was born in Mount Union, the only child of the late John R. and Beulah J. (Hamman) Gutshall. She married Robert F. Patterson Nov. 17, 1945, at Fifteenth Street Methodist Church. He died Dec. 13, 1999.
Surviving are children: Carol Skinner, Susan Showalter and Virginia Cruse, all of Altoona, Roberta Frew of Ashville, Jocie Williams of Blandburg and John Patterson of Mapleton Depot; numerous grandchildren, stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a very close cousin, Virginia Kough. She also is survived by special caregivers: Judy Harris, Anna Mae Michaels and Sandy Schirf, who provided loving care.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Jan. 13, 2009, at Leslie E. Axe Funeral Home and noon to the 1 p.m. time of funeral service Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, at Axe & Santella Family Chapel, 1534 Fourth St., Altoona, with Pastor Bernard Bookhammer officiating. Interment at Alto Reste Park Cemetery.
In memory of Josephine, contributions may be made to the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society."