Johann Schwartz (John Swartz) came from a town in Germany, called Schwarenburg about the year 1750. He brought with him to this country his three sons, namely; Michael, George, and Leobaltus, and settled in Northampton County near where Easton, Pennsylvania now stands, and there another son was born to him, named Johann (John), after his father. There have been other children born after Johann came to this country, but we have no record of them or of Johann’s wife.
Michael bought land in Huntington County, and the deed was recorded in in 1819. George owned land in Lycoming County, the deed being recorded Jan 31st, 1815. Leobaltus bought 300 acres in Bedford County, and the deed was recorded Nov. 12th, 1792.
Michael came to what is now known as Lackawanna County and kept a hotel on the Brown Pike, between Slocum Hollow and Drinker’s Beech. His descendants settled all thorough the Beech.
George went to the western part of Pennsylvania and reared a family but we have no record of his descendants.
Leobaltus married Margaret Hoffman, from Holland, and they also moved to Lackawanna County and bought property, which they farmed, and upon which Petrsburg is now built. They also raised a large family and many of their descendants are located in the Wyoming and Lackawanna Valleys.
The descendants of John Schwartz now number into the thousands and are God fearing, respectable and thrifty and are of those who compose the backbone of these United States.
It is claimed by some of the members of the Swartz family that there is in existence a record of the Schwartz family in an old Bible. Also that John Schwartz brought over with him from Germany an old German Bible. These have been lost trace of and information regarding them would be appreciated by all. In the early days of the family the name was spelled Schwartz, but from time to time changes have been made and at the present time some spell it Schwartz, some Schwarts, some Swartz and some Swarts.
Phillip Schwartz, the son of Michael Schwartz, came from Eastern to Bucktown, now called Dunmore, before 1799 and purchased land of the State. “The old tavern, long since vanished, with its round swinging sign and low bar room, one corner of which was fortified with long pine pickets, extended from the bar to the very ceiling, in times of yore was owned successively by Wm. Allsworth, Phillip Swartz, Isaac Dolph, Henry W. Drinker and Samuel DePuy, before its destruction by fire.”
George W, Swartz the second child of Phillip Swartz, moved to Drinker’s Beech in 1846. At one time all the children owned farms between Moscow and Hollisterville, and at this time the farms are owned by the same families, except three.
In the History of the Lackawanna Valley we find this record. “At the Court of Quarter Sessions, held at Wilkes-Barre in 1818, early settlers mentioned were John Besecker, and Jacob Swartz. Mention has also been made in history of Daniel Swartz in connection with the Connecticut claimants in 1784. He was attacked five claimants and much abused, being dragged out of doors by the hair of his head and his wife suffered severely also.
In the book, “Pennsylvania Volunteers” at page 562, Vol. 8, in a letter fro Gen. Potter, dated Sunday, Sept. 18th, 1780, he says: ” visited the volunteers that came from Cumberland, and as soon as we can get provisions, (which was next morning) marched the remnant consisting of 170 men upon the West Branch, to Fort Rice and Fort Swartz and says that Fort Swartz was one mile from Milton. There are many references made to the owning of land by different members of the Swartz family in the Records of Deeds in different counties.
Jacob Schwartz came to this country in 1727 in the ship “William and Sarah from Rotterdam. We find that Jacob had land surveyed for him in Bedford County, March 15th, 1790 fifty acres, and ask he had land surveyed, 100 acres in Perry County in 1836. This Jacob Schwartz was probably a brother of Joh Schwartz who had come to his country previously.
We do not want any to feel slighted as some did not answer our letters asking for information. We have done the best we could with the data we were able to obtain. It would be fine if we could get the address of all of the descendants, as there are so many in the western states.
Each one can recall any times they wish to their own book.
It is hoped that the copies will be carefully preserved by those who receive them, that they will contribute to the pleasure of the members of the family, assist in developing a more general interest in its welfare, prove in some slight degree at least a common bond of unity, stimulate correspondence, extend a personal acquaintance with one another, and in many days promote our mutual happiness and fraternal fellowship.
From the original booklet , “The Schwartz Family” This copy was given to me by my father who was the grand son of Lucea Adelaide Swartz.
The following family lines also come from this booklet – I will note when I add any information that was not in the original booklet.
I have since found more information about this line in Germany so will add it now.
A. Heinz Schwarz born about 1440 in Urach, Reutlingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany He died in 1525 in Urach. No spouse listed but had at least two sons Konrad born 1460 and Heinz Schwarz
B Heinz Schatz born about 1470 in Urach, Reutlingen, Württemberg, Germany. Spouse is listed as Lay Scharz and only one son listed, Heinrich Schwarz Heinz died NACH (?) 1525 in Urach, Reutlingen, Wuttemberg, Germany.
C. Heinrich Schwarz born 1500 in Urach, Reutlingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany and died 1573 in the same town. Married Anna Martha Vietz and had three girls and two boys Barbara, Bertha Anna and Anna Maria: Hieronymus and Isaak
D Hieronymus Schwartz. born 1536 In Urah, Reutlingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Married Barbara Spring and had sons David and Isaak and daughter Maria. there may have been others but they were not listed. Hieronymus died before 1613 in the same town.
E Isaak Schwartz born 22 May 1582 in Urach, Baden-Württemberg, Deutschland his death is unknown. He married Euphrosina no last name. He is two sons listed Heinrich 1614-1677 and Thomas 1616-1683.
F. Thomas Schwartz was born Sep 1616 in Wieler, Karsruhe, Wuttemberg, Germany and died 14 Mar 1683 in the same town. He married Ana Catharina Hendel 1620-1682 three girls and three boys if you are interested in any of their children email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can send you more information on them. for this line we need Leonard Julius Schwartz
G. Leonard Julius Schwartz born1650 in Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland and died about 1750 in the same town. He married Anna Elizabeth Haugh 1670-1750. They had at least one son Heinrich
H. Heinrich Ludwig Schwartz born 1689 in Zurich, Zurich Switzerland and died in 1765 in Tulpehocken, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States They had 8 boys and two girls. The 7th boy was Johann Philip Schwartz born 1730 in Schwartzenburg Province, Germany and died 1827 in Harrisburg Dauphin, Pennsylvania USA
I John Schwartz came from Germany about 1750 Then from Ancestry.com (AC) Johann Phiip Schwartz (John) born 1730 in Schwartzenburg, Schwartzenburg Proving, Germany. He married first Barbara last name unknown, second Caterina Ester Mueller born 1740 in Germany daughter of Valentine Mueller. They were married 20 May 1759 in Lancaster Borough, PA He arrived in PA in 1753. He died in 1827 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA
Children of John and Caterina– Michael ; George ; Leobaltus ; John (from AC) other chidden of John and Caterina Jacob born 1780 in Eastern, PA and Peter born in 1783 in PA
II Michael son of John (Zak – this is your line) From Ancestry.com – born 1755 in Dorndorf , Germany Others say he was born in 1752 in Schwartzenburg, Germany and died in 1835 in Somerset, PA. He arrived in PA in 1768 and was on the tax list in 1783. At that time it shows he owned 1 house, 1 barn and 8 persons lived in his house. His assets included 267 ADL @ 32f ( It is our guess this means he had 267 acre as valued at 32 f an acread. He owned 5 horses valued at L30 or 30 pounds; 7 cows 10-10 (must be taxed 10shilings – 10- pences ) 9 sheep at 1-2-6 and 2 Hills 100 yds. (No guess yet what that means.) Then there is the following 468-16-6 and 5-17-2 and I am not sure what that refers to.
Children of Michael – George 1779; Phillip 1775 Other children of Michael’s include: Matilda b. 13 Nov 1782 in Drinker, Lackawanna, PA and died 14 Nov 1862 in Moscow, Lackawanna, PA ; Rosanna b. 1793 in PA. d. 5 Jan 1885 in South Canaan, Wayne, PA.; Peter b 1795.
III Phillip son of Michael (Zak – this is your line) From Ancestry.com – born before 1800
Children of Phillip by Mary Magdalene – Jacob Children of Phillip by second wife Mrs Weldy – Henry ; Charles; George W.; Peter ; Samuel ; Isaac; William; Mary S Beemer
IV Peter (Zak- this is your line)son of Phillip- married Phoebe Benjamin From Ancestry.com- born 1813 in Lackawanna Co., PA died 3 Feb 1880. Census 1860 Peter ived in Moscow, Luzerne, PA wife Phebe Benjamin born in 188 in NJ married in Monroe, Juniata, PA. He was on the tax list in PA in 1862 and 1863. in 1880 the census records them as living in Madison, Lackawanna, PA and that both his mother and father were born in PA. he was 66 and Pheobe was 62. His occupation was listed as farmer. I also found in the U.S Federal Census Mortality Schedules 1850-1885 a Reverend Peter Swartz – widowed- died of Pneumonia at age 66 in Monroe, Juniata, PA. I am not sure if this is the same Peter but it is to much the same not to be so take it with a grain of salt.
Children of Peter Swartz and Phoebe Benjamin – Mary Ann born 13 Jul 1837 died 8 Aug 1910 ; Susan born about 1842; Abraham born 1842 Martha J born about 1844; Jacob born 1845; Harriet born 1847 died 1860; Merit E. born 1848 died 9 Nov 1939 and Peter E. born Nov. 1854.
V Peter E. (Elwood Peter) son of Peter – born Nov 1854 in PA died Oct. 1854. Married Harriet S. Megargel may4, 1875 in PA Zak’s great great grand father. From U.S. census : 1860 -lived in Moscow, Luzerne, PA; 1870 he lived in Madison, Luzwene, PA 1880 he is listed in Madison, Lackawanna, PA.( I bet he did not move the county lines just moved or was renamed) 1900 he was in Chicopee, War 3, Hampton, MA. ; 1910 still in Chicopee; 1920 still in Chicopee but Edna was the only child living at home; From the city directory he was living in Springfield, MA in 1925.
Children of Elwood Peter and Harriet S. Hubert b. May 4, 1875 in PA; Lida b. 1877 in PA; Lela b. 1878 in PA; Eliza born 1879 in PA; Fay b. Feb 1882 in MA (?); Pansey b. 1885 in PA; Edna b. 1889 in PA; Jessie b. 1891 in MA; Editha born 1894 in MA.
VI Hubert son of Elwood Peter born March 15, 1876 in Moscow, Lackawanna, PA Zak’s great grand father
VII ? Zak’s grand father
VIII Zak’s father
Now for Celina’s line
II Leobaltus son of John brother of Michael- married Margaret Hoffman.
Children of Leobaltus and Margaret – Elizabeth Rasely; Polly Frye ; Kate Warner; George; Lydia Taylor; Henry; Leobaltus; Margaret Stout; Elias
III Elias son of Leobatus first cousin of Philip Married Azuba A. Miller.
Children of Elias and Azuba – George Harley; William Henry; Lydia A. Meader (Web’s wife); John B.; Mary Phillips; Ira M. ; Harriet Delilah ; Emma J.; Edward T.: Charles T; Benjamin M.; M Frank ; L. Adelaide; H.D. ;
IV Lucea Adelaide daughter of Elias second cousin Peter. Married Milton Young.
Children of Lucea Adelaide and Milton Young – Hattie; Mary Jane (they had 20 children all of whom lived to grow up); Earle Agustus ; Dora ; Moulton
V Hattie daughter of Lucea and Milton third cousin of Elwood Peter. Married Ernest Thayer
Children of Hattie and Ernest Thayer Guy ; Herman; Leslie; Angie; baby girl.
VI Guy son of Hattie fourth cousin of Hubert. Married Helen Brown.
Children of Guy and Helen Warren ; Carol; Shirley
VII Carol daughter of Guy fifth cousin of Zak’s grand father married Norman Petts
Children of Carol and Norman Katherine Ann ; Rebecca Ann (Shanti); Patricia Ann ; Joseph Thayer.
VIII Katherine Ann daughter of Carol sixth cousin of Zak’s father. Married Robert Bourbonniere.
Children of Katherine and Robert Celina; Thomas
IX Celina daughter of Katherine seventh cousin of Zak.
I have all the dates and stories of Celina’s line and will put them on at a later date.