Samuel Marshfield

M, #664, b. 1626, d. 12 May 1692
FatherThomas Marshfield b. c 1600, d. 5 Oct 1675
MotherMercy? Priscilla? d. 1639
ChartsPedigree of Harry Dale Dick
Pedigree of Eunice Allen Badger
     Samuel Marshfield was born in 1626 at England. He married Esther Wright on 18 February 1652. Samuel Marshfield married Catharine Chapin, daughter of Samuel Chapin, Deacon and Cicely Penny, on 28 December 1664 at Berry Pomeroy, Devon, England. Samuel Marshfield died on 12 May 1692 at Springfield, Hampden, MA.

Family 1

Esther Wright d. 1664
Child

Family 2

Catharine Chapin b. 6 Apr 1626, d. 4 Feb 1712
Children

Citations

  1. [S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.

Catharine Chapin

F, #665, b. 6 April 1626, d. 4 February 1712
FatherSamuel Chapin, Deacon b. 8 Oct 1598, d. 11 Nov 1675
MotherCicely Penny d. 8 Feb 1682/83
ChartsPedigree of Harry Dale Dick
Pedigree of Marjorie Elizabeth Snyder
Pedigree of Eunice Allen Badger
     Catharine Chapin was christened on 6 April 1626 at Berry Pomeroy, Devonshire, England.1 She married Nathaniel Bliss on 20 November 1646 at Belstone, Devonshire, England.2 Catharine Chapin married Thomas Gilbert, son of Thomas Gilbert and Elizabeth Bennett, on 30 June 1655 at Springfield, Hampden, MA.2 Catharine Chapin married Samuel Marshfield, son of Thomas Marshfield and Mercy? Priscilla?, on 28 December 1664 at Berry Pomeroy, Devon, England. Catharine Chapin died on 4 February 1712 at Springfield, Hampden, MA, at age 85.

Family 1

Nathaniel Bliss b. 22 Dec 1622, d. 8 Nov 1654
Children

Family 2

Thomas Gilbert b. 16 Feb 1612, d. 5 Jun 1662
Children

Family 3

Samuel Marshfield b. 1626, d. 12 May 1692
Children

Citations

  1. [S11597] Ancestry.com, Submitted by stevet2116.
  2. [S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.
  3. [S11597] Ancestry.com, Information submitted by autumnskye2008.

Thomas Marshfield1

M, #666, b. circa 1600, d. 5 October 1675
ChartsPedigree of Harry Dale Dick
Pedigree of Eunice Allen Badger
     Thomas Marshfield Killed by Indians. He married Mercy? Priscilla? Thomas Marshfield was born circa 1600 at of Exeter, Devonshire, England. He died on 5 October 1675.

Family

Mercy? Priscilla? d. 1639
Children

Citations

  1. [S84] Unknown author, The American Genealogist, p. 162, July 1988.

Mercy? Priscilla?

F, #667, d. 1639
ChartsPedigree of Harry Dale Dick
Pedigree of Eunice Allen Badger
     Mercy? Priscilla? married Thomas Marshfield. Mercy? Priscilla? died in 1639 at Windsor, CT.

Family

Thomas Marshfield b. c 1600, d. 5 Oct 1675
Children

Elizabeth Edwards

F, #668, b. 29 November 1723, d. 12 March 1795
FatherNathaniel Edwards b. 26 Nov 1694, d. 7 Oct 1745
MotherMary Strong b. 19 May 1701, d. 6 Dec 1729
ChartsPedigree of Harry Dale Dick
Pedigree of Eunice Allen Badger
     Elizabeth Edwards was born on 29 November 1723 at Northampton, Hampshire, MA. She married John Smith, son of John Smith and Esther Colton, circa 1740 at Hadley, Hampshire, MA.1 Elizabeth Edwards died on 12 March 1795 at Hadley, Hampshire, MA, at age 71; Died at age 72.

Family

John Smith b. 20 Jan 1717, d. 24 Mar 1795 or 25 Mar 1795
Children

Citations

  1. [S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.

Nathaniel Edwards

M, #669, b. 26 November 1694, d. 7 October 1745
FatherNathaniel Edwards b. 25 Jun 1657, d. 3 Oct 1731
MotherElizabeth Stiles b. c 1670, d. 5 Apr 1719
ChartsPedigree of Harry Dale Dick
Pedigree of Eunice Allen Badger
     Nathaniel Edwards was born on 26 November 1694 at Northampton, Hampshire, MA. He married Mary Strong, daughter of Samuel Strong and Ruth Sheldon, on 15 May 1720 at Northampton, Hampshire, MA. Nathaniel Edwards married Elizabeth Sikes, daughter of Nathaniel Sikes and Elizabeth Ball, in 1733. Nathaniel Edwards died on 7 October 1745 at Northampton, Hampshire, MA, at age 50.

Family

Mary Strong b. 19 May 1701, d. 6 Dec 1729
Children

Mary Strong

F, #670, b. 19 May 1701, d. 6 December 1729
FatherSamuel Strong b. 5 Aug 1652, d. 29 Oct 1732
MotherRuth Sheldon b. 27 Aug 1663
ChartsPedigree of Harry Dale Dick
Pedigree of Eunice Allen Badger
     Mary Strong was born on 19 May 1701 at Northampton, Hampshire, MA. She married Nathaniel Edwards, son of Nathaniel Edwards and Elizabeth Stiles, on 15 May 1720 at Northampton, Hampshire, MA. Mary Strong died on 6 December 1729 at Northampton, Hampshire, MA, at age 28.

Family

Nathaniel Edwards b. 26 Nov 1694, d. 7 Oct 1745
Children

Nathaniel Edwards

M, #671, b. 25 June 1657, d. 3 October 1731
FatherAlexander Edwards b. 18 Mar 1621, d. 4 Sep 1690
MotherSarah Baldwin b. 25 Jun 1621, d. 3 Oct 1690
ChartsPedigree of Harry Dale Dick
Pedigree of Eunice Allen Badger
     Nathaniel Edwards All children belong to 2nd wife. He married (Miss) Goodman. Nathaniel Edwards was born on 25 June 1657 at Northampton, Hampshire, MA. He married Hepzibah Janes on 17 May 1687. Nathaniel Edwards married Elizabeth Stiles on 17 May 1688 at of Northampton, Hampshire, MA.1 Nathaniel Edwards married Hannah Noble on 12 October 1728. Nathaniel Edwards died on 3 October 1731 at Northampton, Hampshire, MA, at age 74.

Family

Elizabeth Stiles b. c 1670, d. 5 Apr 1719
Children

Citations

  1. [S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.

Elizabeth Stiles

F, #672, b. circa 1670, d. 5 April 1719
ChartsPedigree of Harry Dale Dick
Pedigree of Eunice Allen Badger
     Elizabeth Stiles was born circa 1670. She married Nathaniel Edwards, son of Alexander Edwards and Sarah Baldwin, on 17 May 1688 at of Northampton, Hampshire, MA.1 Elizabeth Stiles died on 5 April 1719 at Northampton, Hampshire, MA.

Family

Nathaniel Edwards b. 25 Jun 1657, d. 3 Oct 1731
Children

Citations

  1. [S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.

Samuel Strong

M, #673, b. 5 August 1652, d. 29 October 1732
FatherElder John Strong b. c 1608, d. 4 Apr 1699 or 14 Apr 1699
MotherAbigail Ford d. 6 Jul 1688
ChartsPedigree of Harry Dale Dick
Pedigree of Eunice Allen Badger
     Samuel Strong was born on 5 August 1652 at Windsor, Hartford, CT. He married Esther Clapp on 19 June 1684 at Northampton, Hampshire, MA. Samuel Strong married Ruth Sheldon, daughter of Isaac Sheldon and Mary Woodford, on 27 October 1698 or 28 October 1698 at Northampton, Hampshire, MA. Samuel Strong died on 29 October 1732 at Northampton, Hampshire, MA, at age 80.

Family 1

Esther Clapp

Family 2

Ruth Sheldon b. 27 Aug 1663
Children

Ruth Sheldon

F, #674, b. 27 August 1663
FatherIsaac Sheldon b. 1629, d. 27 Jul 1708
MotherMary Woodford b. 1636, d. 17 Apr 1684
ChartsPedigree of Harry Dale Dick
Pedigree of Eunice Allen Badger
     Ruth Sheldon was born on 27 August 1663 at Northampton, Hampshire, MA. She married Joseph Wright, son of Samuel Wright and Elizabeth Burt, on 6 November 1679 at Northampton, Hampshire, MA.1,2 Ruth Sheldon married Samuel Strong, son of Elder John Strong and Abigail Ford, on 27 October 1698 or 28 October 1698 at Northampton, Hampshire, MA.

Family 1

Joseph Wright b. 2 Jun 1657, d. 16 Feb 1697

Family 2

Samuel Strong b. 5 Aug 1652, d. 29 Oct 1732
Children

Citations

  1. [S11597] Ancestry.com, Information submitted by nuk_luk.
  2. [S14] Unknown author, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, by Clarence Almon Torrey., p. 843.

Alexander Edwards

M, #675, b. 18 March 1621, d. 4 September 1690
FatherGiles Edwards b. c 1590
Foster MotherSusan b. c 1591
ChartsPedigree of Harry Dale Dick
Pedigree of Eunice Allen Badger
     Alexander Edwards was christened on 18 March 1621 at St. Botolph Bishopsgate, London, Middlesex, England.1 He married Sarah Baldwin, daughter of Richard Baldwin and Isabel Harding, on 28 April 1642 at Springfield, Hampden, MA. Alexander Edwards died on 4 September 1690 at Northampton, Hampshire, MA, at age 69.

Family

Sarah Baldwin b. 25 Jun 1621, d. 3 Oct 1690
Children

Citations

  1. [S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.

Sarah Baldwin

F, #676, b. 25 June 1621, d. 3 October 1690
FatherRichard Baldwin b. 3 Jun 1576, d. w.p. 16 May 1633
MotherIsabel Harding b. c 1582, d. a 1633
ChartsPedigree of Harry Dale Dick
Pedigree of Eunice Allen Badger
     Sarah Baldwin was born on 25 June 1621 at Cholesbury, Buckingham, England. She married John Searles on 19 March 1639 at Milford, New Haven, CT.. Sarah Baldwin married Alexander Edwards, son of Giles Edwards and Susan, on 28 April 1642 at Springfield, Hampden, MA. Sarah Baldwin died on 3 October 1690 at Springfield, Hampden, MA, at age 69.

Family

Alexander Edwards b. 18 Mar 1621, d. 4 Sep 1690
Children

Elder John Strong

M, #677, b. circa 1608, d. 4 April 1699 or 14 April 1699
FatherJohn Strong b. c 1585, d. Jul 1613
MotherEleanor Deane b. c 1586, d. b 24 Apr 1654
ChartsPedigree of Harry Dale Dick (#1)
Pedigree of Harry Dale Dick (#2)
Pedigree of Donald Thomas Spencer (#1)
Pedigree of Donald Thomas Spencer (#2)
Pedigree of Eunice Allen Badger (#1)
Pedigree of Eunice Allen Badger (#2)
     Elder John Strong was born circa 1608 at Chard, Taunton, Somerset, Eng.. He married Margerie Deane on 5 December 1630. Elder John Strong married Abigail Ford, daughter of Thomas Ford and Elizabeth Charde, in 1636 at Dorchester, Suff., MA. Elder John Strong died on 4 April 1699 or 14 April 1699 at Northampton, Hampshire, MA; Age 91.

Family 1

Margerie Deane d. c 1635

Family 2

Abigail Ford d. 6 Jul 1688
Children

Abigail Ford

F, #678, d. 6 July 1688
FatherThomas Ford d. 26 Nov 1676
MotherElizabeth Charde b. 1589
ChartsPedigree of Harry Dale Dick (#1)
Pedigree of Harry Dale Dick (#2)
Pedigree of Donald Thomas Spencer (#1)
Pedigree of Donald Thomas Spencer (#2)
Pedigree of Eunice Allen Badger (#1)
Pedigree of Eunice Allen Badger (#2)
     Abigail Ford was christened at Bridport, Dorset, England. She Emigrated with parents in 1630. She married Elder John Strong, son of John Strong and Eleanor Deane, in 1636 at Dorchester, Suff., MA. Abigail Ford died on 6 July 1688 at Northampton, Hampshire, MA.

Family

Elder John Strong b. c 1608, d. 4 Apr 1699 or 14 Apr 1699
Children

Isaac Sheldon

M, #679, b. 1629, d. 27 July 1708
FatherRalph Sheldon b. c 1605, d. 1651
MotherBarbara Stone b. c 1607
ChartsPedigree of Harry Dale Dick
Pedigree of Eunice Allen Badger
     Isaac Sheldon Sheldon is near Weymouth. He Died at age 79. He married Mehitable Gunn. Isaac Sheldon was born in 1629 at Sheldon, Devon, England. He married Mary Woodford, daughter of Thomas Woodford and Mary Blott, in 1653. Isaac Sheldon died on 27 July 1708 at Windsor, Hartford, CT.

Family

Mary Woodford b. 1636, d. 17 Apr 1684
Children

Mary Woodford

F, #680, b. 1636, d. 17 April 1684
FatherThomas Woodford b. 1612, d. 6 Mar 1668
MotherMary Blott d. b 27 May 1662
ChartsPedigree of Harry Dale Dick
Pedigree of Eunice Allen Badger
     Mary Woodford was born in 1636 at Hartford, Hartford, CT. She married Isaac Sheldon, son of Ralph Sheldon and Barbara Stone, in 1653. Mary Woodford died on 17 April 1684 at Northampton, Hampshire, MA.

Family

Isaac Sheldon b. 1629, d. 27 Jul 1708
Children

Isabel Harding

F, #681, b. circa 1582, d. after 1633
FatherRichard Harding b. c 1515
ChartsPedigree of Harry Dale Dick
Pedigree of Eunice Allen Badger
     Isabel Harding was born circa 1582 at of Cholesbury, Buckinghamshire, England. She married Richard Baldwin, son of Richard Baldwin and Isabel Chase, on 31 May 1598 at Amersham, Buckingham, England. Isabel Harding died after 1633 at Cholesbury, Buckinghamshire, England.

Family

Richard Baldwin b. 3 Jun 1576, d. w.p. 16 May 1633
Children

Elizabeth Charde

F, #682, b. 1589
ChartsPedigree of Harry Dale Dick
Pedigree of Donald Thomas Spencer
Pedigree of Eunice Allen Badger
     Elizabeth Charde Emigrated on John and Mary in 1630. She was buried at Windsor, Hampshire, MA. She was born in 1589 at of Bridport, Dorset, England. She married Aaron Cooke on 2 September 1610 at Thorncombe, Dorset, England. Elizabeth Charde married Thomas Ford, son of Nicholas (Nycholas) (Nichas) Forde and Jelyan Long, on 16 June 1616 or 19 June 1616 at Bridport, Dorsetshire, England.

Family 1

Thomas Ford d. 26 Nov 1676
Children

Family 2

Aaron Cooke
Child

Barbara Stone

F, #683, b. circa 1607
ChartsPedigree of Harry Dale Dick
Pedigree of Eunice Allen Badger
     Barbara Stone Emigrated in 1634. She was born circa 1607 at of Bakewell, Derby, England. She married Ralph Sheldon, son of Arthur Sheldon, on 27 April 1629 at Bakewell, Derby, England.

Family

Ralph Sheldon b. c 1605, d. 1651
Children

Johann Georg Schmidtpeter1

M, #684, b. 1730, d. 23 February 1761
FatherGeorg Schmidpeter b. 30 Mar 1694, d. 14 Dec 1773
MotherMargaretha Heberlin b. 21 Apr 1696, d. 11 Sep 1760
ChartsPedigree of Rayburn Lamson Lewis
     Johann Georg Schmidtpeter was born in 1730 at Ettenstadt, Mittlefranken, Bavaria. He married Catron (Catharine) circa 1752 at SC. Johann Georg Schmidtpeter Emigrated to Neu Carolina according to a note written into the margin next to his recorded birth in the parish record at Ettenstadt. on 10 May 1752. He "Johann Georg Schmidtpeter was born 28 October 1730 in Wollmertzhofen, Ettenstadt, Mittelfranken, Bavaria. Ettenstadt is located a short distance south of Nuremberg, Germany and north of Munich. His name appears in the parish registers as Johann Georg Schmidtpeter, not as "Hans Georg Schmidtpeter" (EVANGELICAL LUTHERN PARISH REGISTERS of Ettenstaat, Bavaria held at Archive in Regensberg; Volume 67-6, page 46).





Johann Georg Schmidtpeter and his wife, Caterin, married sometime before 1751 and together went to "the Carolina" in 1752 according to the church records of Ettenstaat. They arrived from Rotterdam in Charlestown, South Carolina on 2 October 1752, having paid their own passage on the ship Rowand, a snow. (S.C. Council Journals, Petitions for Land, Volume III, page 451, 30 Oct 1752, petition of George SmithPader) The couple immediately settled in the German settlement at Saxe Gotha, South Carolina. Never did John George Schmidtpeter(Smithpeter) reside in Pennsylvania or anywhere outside the Province of South Carolina as asserted by Lee Gandee in Strange Experience, Autobiography of a Hexenmeister.. Nor did John George Smithpeter found the Appii Forum Church (after his death) as asserted in The History of the Lutheran Church in South Carolina (compiled and published by The South Carolina Synod of the Lutheran Church in America, 1971, page 141); in Irmo and the Dutch Fork Legacy (edited by Gene Able, December 1990); and in A Dutch Fork Calendar by James Everett Kibler, Jr. (page 106).





Johann Georg Schmidtpeter died as John George Smithpeter on 23 February 1761 in Saxe Gotha in present Lexington County, South Carolina as a result of being savagely beaten to death by Jacob Weber, a Switzer, and his followers known as the Weberites. (South Carolina Gazette, 26 April 1761, Governor Bull's Letter April 1761 to William Pitt.) He was the son of (2) Georg Schidtpeter (1694-1773) of Wollmertzhofen, Ettenstaat, Mittlelfranken, Bavaria and (3) Margaretha Heberlin. He married Catron about 1751; she was still living as of November, 1761, when she acted as Administratrix of John George Smithpeter's estate (Charleston PRV, Volume V, pp 71-72, 7 Nov 1761, John G. Smithpeter). No records have been found to date to firmly establish what became of her after her husband's death. Caterin and John George Smithpeter had only one known child, John Michael Smithpeter, born 1753 at Saxe Gotha, South Carolina on the north side of the Saluda River (S.C. Deeds, Charleston, Volume Y-5, page 220, 1778.)





(2) Georg Schmidtpeter was born 30 March 1694 in Ettenstadt, Mittelfranken, Bavaria, and died 14 December 1773 in Wollmertzhofen, Mittlefranken, Bavaria. He was the son of (4) Michael Schmidtpeter (1646-1731) and (5) Catharina Pilling (1675-1736). He married Margaretha Heberin 8 January 1721 in Geyern, Mittlefranken, Bavaria.





Margaretha Heberlin was born 21 April 1696 in Burk, Mittelfranken, Bavaria and died 11 September 1760 in Wollmerzhofen, Mittlefanken, Bavaria. She was the daughter of (6) Mathias Heberlin and (7) Elizabetha Beckstein. Other ancestors include Hans Pilling and Catharina Dollman, Caspar Heberlin and Sybilla Strassner; Adam & Elisabeth Beckstein; Catharina Dollman.





Johann Georg Schmidtpeter had seven siblings. (i)Johann Michael Schmidtpeter, born 26 November 1721 and died 4 January 1722 at Ettenstaat, Mittelfranken, Bavaria. (ii) Elisabetha Schmidtpeter, born 21 April 1726 in Ettenstadt. (iii) Anna Catharina Schmidtpeter, born 29 November 1727 in Ettenstadt; she died 17 December 1789. Johann Georg Schmidtpeter was the fourth born child, and the oldest living son of Georg and Margaretha Schmidtpeter. (v) Anna Margaretha Schmidtpeter, born 29 July 1733, in Ettenstadt. (vi) Johannes Schmidtpeter, born 8 May 1737, in Ettenstadt. (vii) Anna Maria Schmidtpeter born 18 October 1740 in Ettenstadt and died March 1766 in Rupmansburg, Mittlefranken, Bavaria. (viii) Georg Michael Schmidtpeter, born c 1742 in Ettenstadt. None of Johann Georg Schmidtpeter's siblings settled outside of Germany.





In 1731 the South Carolina provincial government established a Township Act to attract settlers to the frontier of the Backcountry. Hired agents recruited mainly Protestants from Switzerland and Germany. The Protestant Johann Georg Schmidtpeter, at age twenty, and his eighteen-year old wife, Caterin, went overland from Ettenstaat, Mittlefranken, Bavaria sometime during 1752 to Rotterdam, Holland. They paid their own passage and boarded the ship Rowand, a snow (commanded by Captain Fran) bound to Charlestown, South Carolina. The Rowand made no stops north of Charlestown on its journey from Rotterdam according to ship's records.





Before settling at Saxe Gotha, South Carolina, Johann Georg Schmidtpeter did not live in Pennsylvania at any time. He could not have been excommunicated by the German Reformed Church in Pennsylvania for any bizarre religious practices, nudity, animal sacrifice according to New Testament laws, or using whips as Johann Georg Schmidtpeter (Smithpeter) never lived in that colony at any time. Some historians and folklorists may have mistaken a man named Schmidt with the said Johann Georg Schmidtpeter of Germany and South Carolina. Some German settlers, including Rev. John Nicholas Martin, did come from Pennsylvania and settled at Saxe Gotha. Martin served as minister in 1760 at the Old Zion Church and then went in 1761 to Cedar Creek with many of the Weberites and established a church later known as Appii Forum.





On 24 October 1752 George SmithPader filed a petition for a 100 acre headright of land. The South Carolina Council Journals, Volume III, page 451, dated 30 October 1752, states that he "did in Holland pay his freight and is desirous to settle here with his Family that he has a Wife and never had any land granted him in this Province." South Carolina Plats, Volume 5, 1753, indicates that John George Smith Pader claimed a 100 acres tract of land on the North Side of the Saludie "bartting & bounding to the SWestward by said Saludie and the other three sides bounded by vacant land", with notations of NE 35-3-62 degrees and SE 55-31/62 degrees. This land would have been in what is called "the Dutch Fork" area of the Saxe Gotha settlement.





In about 1755 John George Smithbeader participated in the expedition for the garrisons at Fort Prince George and Fort Lowdoun in the Cherokees, for which he received 42.18.00 pounds current money "for carrying swivel guns." (South Carolina Magazine for Ancestral Research, Volume IV, Spring 1976, No. 2, page 116.)





In May 1756 the South Carolina Memorials record a record for Archibald Dunbar, for 100 acres, of a Plantation or tract of land situated on the North side of the Saluda River bounding to the South on Roimoney and westward by the Saluda to the northward and northeastward by vacant land. Originally granted the 2nd day of January 1756 to John George Smith Peeder and conveyed by him to the memorialist by Lease and Certified by Release bearing the date the 19th and 20h day of May 1756. The recording was entered and witnessed the 2nd day of August 1765 by George Parnam S. Reece.





A plat map shown on page 152C of The Dutch Fork, A Catalog of Early Land Records indicates that Smithpader had land on the North side of the Saluda next to Mathias Wessinger and Jacob Buchter and that the land may have been acquired at some time by John Hipp. However, this plat map only accounts for fifty acres, not for the one hundred acres that John George Smithpeter received as his headright.





Sometime after 1756 John George Smithpeter acquired 200 acres of land on the South side of the Saluda River. This tract of land was sold to John Cleckly (Kleckley), a weaver from Orangeburg district by his only known surviving son, John Michael Smithpeter, a yeoman of Virginia. (South Carolina Deeds, Charleston, Volume Y-5, Page 220, 1778). This property remains in the Kleckley family in the year 2000. Three acres was deeded to the Kleckley Reunion Association. The property is located not far from the site of Dreyer's Mill and the Old Zion Church, near Younginer's Ferry.





About 1753 the settler, John Adam Wingart, petitioned for and received 350 acres of land on Cloud's Creek in the western part of present Lexington County, South Carolina. In January 1758 Wingart's deed was delivered to him from Charleston by John Georg Smitpeader. Wingart's son traded this grant in 1759 for 250 acres next to the Saluda River near the present Lake Murray dam. (Phil Wingard anvlhead@hotmail.com)





During the Cherokee wars March 1760 William Pinckney, Commissioner General of South Carolina, appointed John-George Smithpeter and the merchant, Henry Gallman, of the Congarees to assist in procurring waggons and other carriages to transport tents, baggage, and provisions for the troops involved in fighting the Indians to all or any of the following stages or places, from Monck's corner to Eutaw, from Eutaw to Beaver Creek, from Beaver Creek to the Congarees and to such places as service may require. This edict was ordered by His Excellency the Governor of South Carolina. Others named to assist with the proposals for the contract of these services included Simon Theus of Monck's corner, James McKelvey at the Eutaws, Michael Christopher Rowe at Orangeburg, Samuel Wyly, Esq. and Joseph Kershaw at the Waterees. (South Carolina Gazette, 1 March 1760, 7 March 1760, 14 March 1760,21 March 1760).





In 1760 during the Cherokee wars and the expedition to Fort Prince George, The Statutes at Lark of South Carolina, Volume IV, page 117, indicate the following payments for Colonial Services:


John George Smithpeter, for provisions 108 15 00 pounds


John George Smithpeter, for waggon hire 40 00 00 pounds


George Smithpeter, for wagon hire 420 00 00 pounds





This same record indicates that Godfrey Dreyer provided flour (177 00 00 pounds); Henry Gallman for waggon hire received 485 00 00 pounds; Michael Lightner received 28 00 00 and 390 00 00 pounds for waggon hire; Jacob Fridig received 310 00 00 pounds also for waggon hire. (The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Volume IV, Spring 1976, Number 2.)





The next document on the the life of Johann Georg Schmidtpeter appeared in the South Carolina Gazette, on 25 April 1761 and documents his death. "On the 5th ult. some unhappy wretches, who, in a fit of religious delusion and enthusiasm, had in a most barbarous manner murdered one Michael Hans and Capt. John George Smith Peder on the 23rd and 24th of February lait, at Congarees, were brought down from thence, and committed to jail: Their delusion was so great that they acknowledged the murders, and for some days attempted to justify themselves: But at March Sessions they were too well convinced of their error, when seven of them were indicted and tried, and four convicted, viz. Jacob Wieber, John Geiger, Jacob Bourghart, and Hannah Wieber; who all received sentence of death on the 31st ult. And on the 17th instant, Jacob Wieber was hanged pursuant to his sentence, behaving in a very becoming manner, and dying a true penitent: The other three are reprieved 'till May." (South Carolina Gazette, 25 April 1761, Page 2, Column 2)





Before being hanged Jacob Weber wrote a letter to his children. Some deem this letter to be a confession. (See Weber's Confession.)





On 26 April 1761 Governor William Bull, of South Carolina, wrote a letter to William Pitt, Secretary of State in which he requested "for the blood of Murder, as to Hannah Wieber, John Geiger and Jacob Burghart each with numerous Families" and bearing "the character of being well known, orderly, and industrious to recommend them as Objects worth His Majesty's most gracious Pardon." He stated that in the remote part of the Province beyond the Congarees where there was no Dutch Minister that "these ignorant Germans from a pious desire of having some religion had unhappily formed a Sect of Enthusiasts. Jacob Weiber who unpiously called himself the most High, pronounced to them that Smith Pieter, the person murdered, who it seems differed with him in some points of doctrine, was the old Serpent, and unless he was put to death, the World could not be saved. The deluded people immediately seized Smith Pieter and with all the rage of religious persecution beat him to death without remorse." (William Bull's Letter to Pitt, 26 April 1761, BPRO, Trans. XXIX, pp 80-82).








On 16 May 1761 the following article appeared in the South Carolina Gazette: at a court of Common Pleas held this week, before the honourable William Simpson, Esq; chief justice, -- John Gieger, Jacob Bourghart, and Hannah Wieber (who with Jacob Wieber executed on the 17th ult. were convicted of murder at March sessions, and received sentence of death the 31st of the same month) were admitted to bail, to appear upon recognizance from sessions to sessions, till his majesty's pleasure touching the sentence passed upon them shall be known." (South Carolina Gazette, May 16, 1761, page 3.)





On 7 November 1761 an appraisement of the estate of John George SmithPeter was filed by his wife, Catherine Smithpeter, at Charleston. (Charleston PRV, Vol V, pp -72, 7 Nov 1761). Smithpeter's property, not including his 200 acres on the South side of the Saluda River, amounted to 636.12.6 pounds current money. His property incuded six horses, thirty six head of cattle, twelve hogs, one wagon with tacklings, numerous tools and cooking utensils, one Negro slave girl, ploughs, saddles, pewter plates and tankards. Also of note is that he had a Book of Sermons written in German, a Bible, a Dutch Psalm Book, and English Grammar, ann English New Testament, and two Catechisms. The appraisement was signed by Stephen Corelly, Christian Leibrand, Peter Erhard, and George Hiram. No accounting was made of any cash on hand from his colonial service in 1760 in the Cherokee wars. Also no mention of his having any weapons was made in the Appraisement.





On 4 & 5 November 1778, Michael SmithPeter, a yeoman of the state of Vrginia, sold for 1100 pounds South Carolina money, 200 acres of land to John Cleckly (Kleckley) of Orangeburgh District, SC, a weaver. One hundred fifty acres were originally granted to Frederick Arnold 12 April 1744 and fifty acres granted to Anne Baumgart 13 April 1748, said tracts joining together on the south side of the Saluda River in Saxe Gotha Township. The two tracts had been conveyed to George SmithPeter deceased, and Michael SmithPeter being the eldest son and heir at law. The deed was witnessed by Ben Grubb and Thomas Belcher and proved 6 November 1778 before Ralph Humphreys, JP, by the oath of Benjamin Grubb. The deed was recorded 29 September 1787. (South Carolina Deeds, Charleston, Vol Y5, p 220, 1778)/





Since 1761 numerous accounts have been written about the life and death of John George Smithpeter (Schmidtpeter). The above information has been verified through historical documents. In 1765 Reverend Charles Woodmason wrote and account of the Weberite heresy; then in 1774 Reverend Henry Melchior Muhlenberg recorded an account related to him by Rev. John Nicholas Martin and Rev. Christian Theus in his journal. In 1934 Claude C. Leitner published his version in the Southern Christian Advocate. Julian Mims published an article "Devil's Day at Dutch Fork" in the Sandlapper, March 1971.





The above were followed by a fictitious and undocumented account in 1971 by Lee R. Gandee, a hexenmeister, in his book Strange Experience, The Autobiography of a Hexenmeister, in which he makes many horrific assumptions as to voodoo, sex orgies, nudity, and aberrant behavior. (See Gandee's letter to Lura Glass.) In 1983 Sue Summer and Walter Summer published another wild version in the style of Lee R. Gandee about the heresy and murders in their article "Mysterious Little Mountain: in The State Magazine, July 31, 1983. The next bizarre account in the style of Lee Gandee was published by James Everett Kibler, Jr. in his book A Dutch Fork Calendar. More recently Claudette Holliday has published three articles about the Weberite heresy on 31 December 1997, 11 May 2000, and 18 June 2000 in the Lexington County Chronicle.





Some historians have asserted that after the Weberite heresy, murders and trials that John George Smithpeter, who was killed in February 1761, moved across the river to present Fairfield or Richland County where he and other Weberites founded the Appii Forum Church. As Johann Georg Schmidtpeter (John George Smithpeter) was dead and unless he had truly risen from the dead, he could not have moved anywhere much less could he have founded a church. He may have been misidentified with John George Schmidt who arrived in South Carolina on the ship Elizabeth with his wife in January 1753, along with John Adam Wingard (mentioned above). He may also have been misidentified with John Ulrick Smith, who also came from Rotterdam in 1752 on the Rowand.





Some historians and writers have stated that John George Schmidtpeter (Smithpeter) was kicked out of the Gifted Brethren sect in Pennsylvania and then moved to South Carolina. Historical documents do not support this allegation. As John George Schmidtpeter (Smithpeter) arrived in South Carolina directly from Rotterdam as a young man of twenty and immediately settled the north side of the Saluda River and continued to show a record of being in the province from 1752 to 1761 when he died, he could not have been the Peter Schmidt (Schmidt), who is mentioned as being a preacher of the Giften Brethren sect of Pennsylvania.





A list of immigrants from the Zweibruecken in the Palatinates from Clee and Catharinenburg found in Pennsylvania German Immigrants, 1709-1786 contains an entry of note. In 1750 PETER SCHMIDT of Ingelsheim [Ingolsheim] leaves Germany with his wife and six children for America. The entry states that this is either PETER SCHMIT,arrived 13 August 1750 on the ship Edinburg, or PETER SCHMITT, arrived 28 August 1750 on the ship Phoenix, or PETER SHMIT who arrived 30 November 1750 on the ship Sandwich. The list also contains an entry for Johan Jacob Ham of Bierbach in the same area and who left with his wife for America, arriving 14 September 1753 on the ship Edinburg. Ham was an itinerant Brethren minister who went from Pennsylvania to North Carolina and was expelled from the Brethren and began to preach Universalism. Pennsylvania German Immigrants, 1709-1786, Lists Consolidated from Yearbooks of The Pennsylvania German Folklore Society; Don Yoder, editor; 1980; Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc; pp 318, 324.)





Historians, hexenmeisters, and folklorists have made many assumptions about John George Smithpeter and those who participated in the Weberite cult and murders -- some of which may be true, but most of which is pure fiction and myth.





I invite others who share this history to submit their findings and stories to this website so that together we may bring some light, levity and balance back to the lives of our courageous, if somewhat misguided, ancestors who were doing their best in the most difficult situations.





I thank Lura Glass, Claudette Holliday, Robert H. Geiger, Pelham Lyles, Barbara Reed, James Green III, Gene Jefrries, Phil Wingard and other cont ibutors for their support, kindness, and especially for generously sharing their documentation.








Copyright 2000, All Rights Reserved. Brenda Helen Keck Reed.


6276 Acacia Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618 on 23 February 1761 at Younginer's Ferry, Dutch Fork, Newberry, SC.2 He died on 23 February 1761 at Younginer's Ferry, Dutch Fork, Newberry, SC; Killed by Weberites.3

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Catron (Catharine) d. a 1790
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Citations

  1. [S85] Unknown author, Sandpiper Historical Magazine of South Carolina; Parish Records of Ettenstadt, Bavaria.
  2. [S11672] Weberite Heresy.
  3. [S85] Unknown author, Sandpiper Historical Magazine of South Carolina; Parish Records of Ettenstadt, Bavaria., March 1971, p. 13.

Georg Schmidpeter

M, #685, b. 30 March 1694, d. 14 December 1773
FatherMichael Schmiedpeter b. 7 Oct 1646, d. 11 Dec 1731
MotherCatharina Pilling b. 24 Oct 1652, d. 8 Jun 1736
ChartsPedigree of Rayburn Lamson Lewis
     Georg Schmidpeter Kobler (Baker) by trade. He was buried at Wollmerzhofen, Mttlf, Bav. He "The couple married as fornicators in Geyern." He was born on 30 March 1694 at Ettenstatt, Mttlf, Bav. He married Margaretha Heberlin, daughter of Matthias Heberlin and Elisabetha Beckstein, on 8 January 1721 at Geyern, Mttlf, Bav. Georg Schmidpeter died on 14 December 1773 at Wollmerzhofen, Mttlf, Bav, at age 79.

Family

Margaretha Heberlin b. 21 Apr 1696, d. 11 Sep 1760
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Margaretha Heberlin

F, #686, b. 21 April 1696, d. 11 September 1760
FatherMatthias Heberlin b. 21 Aug 1653, d. 12 Jun 1708
MotherElisabetha Beckstein b. 1658, d. 10 Jun 1708
ChartsPedigree of Rayburn Lamson Lewis
     Margaretha Heberlin was buried at Ettenstatt, Mttlf, Bav. She was christened at Ettenstatt, Mittlefranken, Bavaria. She was born on 21 April 1696 at Burk, Mittlefranken, Bavaria. She married Georg Schmidpeter, son of Michael Schmiedpeter and Catharina Pilling, on 8 January 1721 at Geyern, Mttlf, Bav. Margaretha Heberlin died on 11 September 1760 at Wollmerzhofen, Mittlefranken, Bavaria, at age 64.

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Georg Schmidpeter b. 30 Mar 1694, d. 14 Dec 1773
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Michael Schmiedpeter

M, #687, b. 7 October 1646, d. 11 December 1731
FatherMichael Schmidpeter b. 1603, d. 29 Apr 1675
MotherAnna Maria Nusslein b. 27 Feb 1619, d. 6 Mar 1649
ChartsPedigree of Rayburn Lamson Lewis
     Michael Schmiedpeter Died at age 85. He was christened at Ettenstatt, Mittlefranken, Bavaria. He Steiner. He was born on 7 October 1646 at Ettenstatt, Mttlf, Bav.. He married Catharina Pilling, daughter of Hans Pilling and Catharina Dollmann, on 11 October 1675 at Ettenstadt, Mittlefranken, Bavaria. Michael Schmiedpeter died on 11 December 1731 at Ettenstadt, Mittlefranken, Bavaria, at age 85.

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Catharina Pilling b. 24 Oct 1652, d. 8 Jun 1736
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Catharina Pilling

F, #688, b. 24 October 1652, d. 8 June 1736
FatherHans Pilling b. 1600, d. 23 May 1667
MotherCatharina Dollmann b. 4 Dec 1621, d. 18 Dec 1681
ChartsPedigree of Rayburn Lamson Lewis
     Catharina Pilling was christened at Ettenstatt, Mittlefranken, Bavaria. She was born on 24 October 1652 at Hundsdorf, Mittlefranken, Bavaria. She married Michael Schmiedpeter, son of Michael Schmidpeter and Anna Maria Nusslein, on 11 October 1675 at Ettenstadt, Mittlefranken, Bavaria. Catharina Pilling died on 8 June 1736 at Ettenstadt, Mittlefranken, Bavaria, at age 83.

Family

Michael Schmiedpeter b. 7 Oct 1646, d. 11 Dec 1731
Children

Matthias Heberlin

M, #689, b. 21 August 1653, d. 12 June 1708
FatherCaspar Heberlin b. 1630, d. 18 May 1694
MotherSybilla Strassner b. 1627, d. 20 Dec 1669
ChartsPedigree of Rayburn Lamson Lewis
     Matthias Heberlin was christened at Ettenstatt, Mittlefranken, Bavaria. He was born on 21 August 1653 at Ettenstadt, Mittlefranken, Bavaria. He married Elisabetha Beckstein, daughter of Adam Beckstein, on 4 July 1676 at Ettenstatt, Mittlefranken, Bavaria. Matthias Heberlin died on 12 June 1708 at Burk, Mittlefranken, Bavaria, at age 54.

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Elisabetha Beckstein b. 1658, d. 10 Jun 1708
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Elisabetha Beckstein

F, #690, b. 1658, d. 10 June 1708
FatherAdam Beckstein
ChartsPedigree of Rayburn Lamson Lewis
     Elisabetha Beckstein was born in 1658 at Kaltenbuch, Mittlefranken, Bavaria. She married Matthias Heberlin, son of Caspar Heberlin and Sybilla Strassner, on 4 July 1676 at Ettenstatt, Mittlefranken, Bavaria. Elisabetha Beckstein died on 10 June 1708 at Burk, Mittlefranken, Bavaria.

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Matthias Heberlin b. 21 Aug 1653, d. 12 Jun 1708
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Michael Schmidpeter

M, #691, b. 1603, d. 29 April 1675
ChartsPedigree of Rayburn Lamson Lewis
     Michael Schmidpeter Died at age 72. He 1st child from 1st wife; last 4 from 2nd wife. He was born in 1603. He married Anna Maria Nusslein, daughter of Leonard Nuesslein and Clara Hoffmann, on 6 November 1638 at Ettenstatt, Mttlf, Bav.. Michael Schmidpeter married Ursula on 9 October 1649. Michael Schmidpeter married Catharina Dollmann, daughter of Hans Dollmann, on 26 October 1669. Michael Schmidpeter died on 29 April 1675 at Ettenstadt, Mttlf, Bav..

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Anna Maria Nusslein b. 27 Feb 1619, d. 6 Mar 1649
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Anna Maria Nusslein

F, #692, b. 27 February 1619, d. 6 March 1649
FatherLeonard Nuesslein b. c 1576, d. b 6 Nov 1638
MotherClara Hoffmann b. c 1580
ChartsPedigree of Rayburn Lamson Lewis
     Anna Maria Nusslein was born on 27 February 1619 at Burk, Mittlefranken, Bavaria. She married Michael Schmidpeter on 6 November 1638 at Ettenstatt, Mttlf, Bav.. Anna Maria Nusslein died on 6 March 1649 at Ettenstadt, Mittlefranken, Bavaria, at age 30.

Family

Michael Schmidpeter b. 1603, d. 29 Apr 1675
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Hans Pilling

M, #693, b. 1600, d. 23 May 1667
ChartsPedigree of Rayburn Lamson Lewis
     Hans Pilling 1st wife dau. of Leonhard Albrecht of Hundsdorf. He was born in 1600 at Burgsalach, Mittlefranken, Bavaria. He married Barbara Albrecht on 12 November 1637 at Ettenstatt, Mittlefranken, Bavaria. Hans Pilling married Catharina Dollmann, daughter of Hans Dollmann, on 14 January 1651 at Ettenstatt, Mittlefranken, Bavaria. Hans Pilling died on 23 May 1667 at Hundsdorf, Mittlefranken, Bavaria.

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Barbara Albrecht
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Catharina Dollmann b. 4 Dec 1621, d. 18 Dec 1681
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