Abraham Vautrin
(1674-1730)
Maria Catharina Brodt
(1676-1750)
Peter Mertz
Abraham Wotring
(1700-1752)
Anna Margaretha Mertz
(1701-1741)
Anna Margaret Wotring
(1725-1763)

 

Family Links

Spouses/Children:
1. Johannes Schneider

Anna Margaret Wotring 1 2 3

  • Born: Fénétrange, , Lorraine, FRA
  • Christened: 20 Oct 1725, Diedendorf: Diedendorf Reformed Church, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, FRA 4
  • Marriage (1): Johannes Schneider 1
  • Died: 8 Oct 1763, North Whitehall Twp., Lehigh, PA at age 37 1 5

   Another name for Anna was Anna Margaretha Wotring.4 6

  Death Notes:

She and her husband were killed by Indians.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. She immigrated from Lorraine on 28 Sep 1733 to Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 1 7 She was listed on the ships registry as age 7.

Traveling together on the ship were friends and families who later intermarried after arriving in Pennsylvania, including the Wootring (Wotring) and Mertz families.

Passenger List
The Ship Richard and Elizabeth - Captain Christopher Clymer
Arriving from Rotterdam via Plymouth, England
September 28, 1733

Men

Francis Schuler 44
Jacob Gripe 21
David Mertz 44
Johan Nicholas Mertz 18
George Leap 56
Johan Conrad Leap 20
Philip Jacob Edelman 25
Matthes Bouser 63
Matthes Bewser 22
Christian Bewser 18
Philip Mire 36
David Edelman 49
Adam Spoon 34
Jacob Hainel 20
Ludwig Rigerd, sick 28
Michael Wise 29
George Shuffard 44
Yoost Heck 35
Jacob Hunsinger 30
Hance Jacob Liebegood 39
Jacob Harmon 40
Hans Jacob Uts 27
Hans Georg Uts 50
Hance Peter Sowmy 59
Hance Jacob Sowmy 22
Hance Peter Sowmy 20
Otto Frederick Sowmy 15
Joseph Shumaker 25
Ulrich Burghalter 40
Johan Nicholas Sager 39
Georg Schenemansgruber 35
Matthes Peck 39
Johannes Wollet 38
Henry Winterberger 26
Hans Sherer 30
Jacob Christ 54
Marcus Christ 17
George Angsted 37
Marcus Beegler 28
Philip Tadigman 36
Johannes Weaver 22
Johannes Rosensteel 19
Abraham Wootring 33
Matthias Rehsh 29

Women

Maria Schuler 47
Veronica Mertz 40
Catherina Leap 50
Anna Christina Leap 24
Margaretha Edelman 26
Esther Bouser 49
Anna Margaretha Mire 40
Anna Barbara Stammin 26
Anna Maria Edelman 54
Anna Elisabeth Bewser 20
Anna Margaretha Spoon 23
Gertrud Shuffard 32
Sophia Glass 28
Eva Maria Heck 35
Margaretha Liebegood 40
Catherina Harmon 33
Maria Catherina Uts 24
Barbara Holler 77
Maria Magdalena 58
Maria Shoemacher 24
Barbara Burghalter 34
Anna Barbara Sager28
Margaretha Schenemansgruber 28
Engelina Peck 37
Anna Margaretha Wollet 24
Maria Magdalena Winterberger 24
Maria Magdalena Sherer 22
Magdalena Christ 44
Eva Catherina --- 31
Maria Barbara Tadigsman 35
Anna Maria Tadigsman 25
Margaretha Weaver 17
Anna Margaretha Wootring 32
Magdalena Wisen 25
Barbara Kossely 25

Boys

Johan Peter Mertz 13 3/4
Baltasar Edelman 4
Daniel Bewser 11 1/2
Jacob Bewser 9 1/2
Johan Henrich Spoon 4
Johannes Shuffard 10
Johan Jacob Heck 6
Johan Jacob Liehegood 10
Dewald Harmon 13
Jacob Harmon 6
Hance Harmon 3 1/2
Hance Peter Harmon 9 mo.
Hance Michael Sowmy 10
Johannes Sowmy 5
Hance Peter Burghalter 1 3/4
Johan Henrich Sager 8
Samuel Sager 2
Johan Christian Sager 2
Antony Peck 12
Johan Henrich Peck 7
George Angsted 6
Johannes Angsted 1
Philip Tarrisman 6
Hance Peter Wootring 9

Girls

Christina Mertz 3 3/4
Anna Maria Leap 14
Anna Margaretha Leap 12
Maria Esther ---- 14
Magdalena Bewser 7 1/2
Anna Maria ----- 4
Anna Catherina -- 1 1/2
Anna Elisabetha ---- 7
Anna Maria - 17 wks.
Anna Catherina Heck 10
Anna Gretha Liebegood 10
Anna Catherina Liebegood 3 1/2
Catherina Harmon 11
Barbara Harmon 8
Catherine Barbara ---- 6 mo.
Anna Barbara Haltin 50
Maria Magdalena Swomy 24
Elisabeth Burghalter 14
Anna Catherina Burghalter 12
Anna Magdalella - 8
Anna Barbara Burghalter 4
Margaretha Burghalter 2 1/2
Anna Maria Sager 12 1/2
Anna Barbara Sager 10
Maria Louisa ---- 3 1/2
Christina Barbara Sager 6 mo.
Anna Catherina Peck 10
Veronica Sherer 4 mo.
Ea Catherina ---- 4
Maria Catherina Tadigsman 9
Anna Maria Tadigsman 3 1/4
Maria Barbara Tadigsman 1/2
Anna Margaretha Wootring 7
Maria Magdalena Wootring 4 1/2
Anna Louisa Wootring 2

2. Cause of Death: In Frontier Forts of Pennsylvania is reproduced an account of an Indian massacre, 8 Oct 1763, North Whitehall Twp., Lehigh, PA. 8
Through the kindness of Miss Minnie F. Mickley, of Mickleys, PA, I have furnished with a sketch, written by her father, Jos. J. Mickley, Esq., in 1875, entitled a "Brief Account of Murders by the Indians, and the cause thereof, in Northampton County, Penna., October 8th, 1763," from which I have taken the liberty of making many extracts, because of the complete manner in which his subject is treated...
Bethlehem, Oct. 9, 1763
Sir: This morning at about break of day, a number of Indians attacked the inhabitants of Allen's Town (Allen Township); have killed several, and wounded many more. Your Captain, who was here yesterday, lays at the house of John Stenton, at Allen's Town, wounded. Several of the soldiers have been killed. I send to Simon Heller, and request him to send a safe hand with it, that you may receive it as quick as possible. Now is the time for you and the men to exert yourselves in defense of the frontier, which I doubt not you will do. I expect to hear from you when you have any news of importance. Send one of your worst men; as it will be dangerous in the day time, send him in the night. The enclosed letter to Mr. Grube (Rev. B. D. Grube, a Moravian Missionary at Wechquetank) I desire you send as soon as possible.
I am &c., TIMOTHY HORSFIELD.
To Lieutenant Hunsicker, Lower Smithfield.
This, however, was not the only mischief done by the Indians. They had come to avenge themselves on those who had ill-treated them, but, unfortunately, their savage nature once aroused, and excited by the first taste of blood, they continued their work of death throughout the whole neighborhood, sparing neither friend nor foe, slaying those who had abused them as well as those who had shown them many continued acts of kindness, until obliged to retreat. The missionary Heckewelder in his Account of the Indian Nations, p. 334, endeavors to palliate their crime by saying that the murder of the innocent people was owing to a mistake on the part of the savages. He remarks that "The Indians, after leaving this house (Stenton's) murdered by accident an innocent family, having mistaken the house they meant to attack; after which they returned to their homes." It was generally believed that they mistook this house for that of Paulus Balliet, which they intended to attack. Mr. Bailliet lived at the place now Ballietsville, and kept a store and tavern, similar to that of John Stenton.
Whatever may have been the explanation, the terrible fact still remains. The following account is given in the Pennsylvania Gazette, being an extract from a letter from Bethlehem, dated October 9:
"Early this morning came Nicholas Marks, of Whitehall Township, and brought the following account, viz:
That yesterday, just after dinner, as he opened his door, he saw an Indian standing about two poles from the house, who endeavored to shoot at him; but, Marks shutting the door immediately, the fellow slipped into a cellar, close to the house. After this said Marks went out of the house, with his wife and an apprentice boy. [This apprentice boy was the late George Graff, of Allentown, then fifteen years of age. He ran to Philip Jacob Schreiber with the news of these murders. He was Captain of a company in the Revolutionary War. In 1786 he resigned as Collector of the Excise, and was Sheriff of Northampton County in the years 1787-88-89. For three years he was a member of the Legislature, then holding its sessions in Philadelphia, from Dec. 3, 1793, to Dec., 1796. He lived many years in Allentown, where he died in 1835, in the 88th year of his age,] in order to make their escape, and saw another Indian standing behind a tree, who tried also to shoot at them, but his gun missed fire. They then saw the third Indian running through the orchard; upon which they made the best of their way, about two miles off, to Adam Deshler's place, where twenty men in arms were assembled, who went first to the house of John Jacob Mickley, where they found a boy and girl lying dead, and the girl scalped. From thence they went to Hans Schneider's and said Mark's plantations, and found both houses on fire, and a horse tied to the bushes. They also found said Schneider, his wife, and three children, dead in the field, the man and woman scalped; and, on going farther, they found two others wounded, one of whom was scalped. After this they returned with two wounded girls to Adam Deshler's and saw a woman, Jacob Alleman's wife, with a child, lying dead in the road and scalped. The number of Indians they think was about fifteen, or twenty.
I cannot describe the deplorable condition this poor country is in: most of the inhabitants of Allen's Town and other places are fled from their habitations. Many are in Bethlehem, and other places of the Brethren, and others farther down the Country. I cannot ascertain the number killed, but think it exceeds twenty. The people of Nazareth, and other places belonging to the Brethren have put themselves in the best posture of defense they can; they keep a strong watch every night, and hope, by the blessing of God, if they are attacked, to make a good stand."
"In a letter from the same county, of the 10th instant, the number killed is said to be twenty-three, besides a great many dangerously wounded; that the inhabitants are in the utmost distress and confusion, flying from their places, some of them with hardly sufficient to cover themselves, and that it was to be feared there were many house, &c., burned, and lives lost that were not then known. And by a gentleman from the same quarter we are informed that it was reported, when he came away, that Yost's mill, about eleven miles from Bethlehem, was destroyed, and all the people that belonged to it, excepting a young man, cut off."

3. Cause of Death: Indian Massacre, 8 Oct 1763, North Whitehall Twp., Lehigh, PA. 5 From "Frontier Forts of Pennsylvania" by Thomas M. Lynch, Vol. I, page 171-174:
The account of this massacre was given in the Pennsylvania Gazette, being an extract from a letter from Bethlehem dated Oct. 9 [1763].

"[from Mickley's] they went to Hans Schneider's and the Mark's plantations, and found both houses on fire, and a horse tied to the bushes. They also found said Schneider, his wife, and three children, dead in the field, the man and woman scalped; and on going further, they found two others wounded, one of whom was scalped."


Anna married Johannes Schneider, son of Hans Ulrich Schneider and Anna Catharina Rohr.1 (Johannes Schneider was born in Diedendorf, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, FRA, christened on 14 Aug 1718 in Diedendorf: Diedendorf Reformed Church, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, FRA 5 and died on 8 Oct 1763 in North Whitehall Twp., Lehigh, PA 1 5.)


Sources


1 Roberts, Charles Rhodes, History Of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, Volume III (Allentown, Pa., Lehigh Valley Pub. Co., 1914.
3 volumes, illustrated, maps.
Prepared by a committee appointed by the Lehigh County Historical Society; chapters contributed by various writers.).

2 Carroll Hamlet (w2qbr@compuserve.com).

3 Bell, Raymond Martin, The Woodring - Watring - Wotring Family of Pennsylvania (Washington, PA.).

4 Burgert, Annette Kunselman, Eighteenth Century Emigrants from the Northern Alsace to America (Camden, Maine: Picton Press, 1992.), Page 552.

5 Burgert, Annette Kunselman, Eighteenth Century Emigrants from the Northern Alsace to America (Camden, Maine: Picton Press, 1992.), Page 444.

6 Ralph Beaver Strassburger, Edited by William John Hinke, Pennsylvania German Pioneers, A Publication of the Original Lists of Arrivals In the Port of Philadelphia (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1966), Page 128.

7 Ralph Beaver Strassburger, Edited by William John Hinke, Pennsylvania German Pioneers, A Publication of the Original Lists of Arrivals In the Port of Philadelphia (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1966), Pages 126-130.

8 Montgomery, Thomas Lynch, Frontier Forts of Pennsylvania, Vol. 1 (1916), Pages 164-174.



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