William Carl and Kurtis Andrew Swinehart's

Patriot Ancestors

Choose From the Table:
Johan Adam Anspach
Christian Binkley
William Henry Foss Jr
Johan Balthus Foltz
George Michael Herrmann
Johannes Homrickhouser aka John H. Houser
Jacobus Cornelius Joralemon
Johnnes Linnenkohl
Philip Spohn
Andreas Swinehart
Andreas Swinehart Jr.
Thomas W. Swinehart
Peter Troutman
Jacob Zartman
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Johan Adam Anspach- Revolutionary War, Rank- Sergeant in the Continental Army under Captain Michael Furrer's command of Berks Co. PA (Pennsylvania Archives 5th Series, Vol. 5, p. 234) He was stationed at South Amboy, New Jersey, 5 Sept. 1776. From Berks & Schuylkill Journal: Adam and Philip Anspach, sergeants, Capt. Michael Furrer's Company, organized out of men who resided in Tulpehocken Twp. and the western section of Berks. Battalion of Col. John Patton, a prominent iron master of Heidelberg Twp. who carried on the Berkshire Furnace. They were collected together at Womelsdorf, and while there the battalion was supplied with 1068 rations. A record of the march from that place to Perth Amboy was published in this journal. From the article it would seem that the battalion was formed and marched at the same time. "At Womelsdorf, from Aug 1 to 9, getting cloth for tents and making tents. Aug 11, marched at 12 m from Womelsdorf to Sinking Spring, 9 miles. Aug 12 to Reading, 5 miles and detained there by Committee 13 and 14. Aug 15 marched to Levan's (Kutztown), 18 miles. Aug 16 to Bethlehem, 24 miles. Aug 17 to Straw's Tavern, 15 miles. Next day, Sunday, remained there, raining all day. Aug 19, marched to South Branch of Raritan River, 20 mi. Aug 20, to "Punch Bowl", 20 mi. Aug 21 to Bonnamtown, 17 mi; and on 22d arrived to Perth Amboy, 7 mi. Total distance marched, 135 mi." He was given a land grant in Ohio for his services.

The Indian problem the Tulpehocken Region was experiencing may have had an influence on Johann Adam Anspach's decision to take his family to Ohio in 1804 to take advantage of his land grant. In 1801 he moved his family to Lancaster Co. PA, and in 1804, when his children were ages 24-4, he moved to Ohio and settled in New Reading township. (BK A p93 (1801-1803) Chillicothe Land Office - Adam Anshbaugh) The farm was one half mile south-west of New Reading, Perry Co. OH. He purchased property in Section One for $5 per acre. See notes on Peter Obermyer Sr. and the History of Perry Co. by Colburn, 1883, p.499. "He left Berks Co. around 1804 and settled in Perry Co. OH. In 1805, the US government gave Adam a land bounty for his services as a Revolutionary War soldier in Reading Twp., Perry Co. OH. Scott's HISTORY OF FAIRFIELD Co. OH, states that the Anspachs were pioneer settlers prior to 1812. They attended the German Reformed Church at Zion Ridge. His will was probated 5 Mar 1838, with his sons, Jacob and Christian, Executors. Johan Adam Anspach (21 Aug 1754-25 Feb 1838) and his wife, Barbara Bogenreiff (16 Aug 1760-9 Dec 1831), are buried at New Reading Cemetery, Reading Tp, Perry County, OH. Their stones are still standing and legible as of July 1998.

Christian Binkley - Revolutionary War, Rank -Captain, Bucks Co, PA Militia had his own Company 1 Jan 1777.

Christian Binkley came to Ohio in April 1801 to Reading Tp, Fairfield County. He was born 21 Apr 1738 Lancaster Co, PA, married before 1757 to Elizabetha Ried, died 21 Jun 1832 Hopewell Tp, Perry Co, OH. He is buried along side his wife, Elizabetha in the Binkley Ridge Cemetery, Reading Tp, Perry Co, Ohio. His gravestone was eroding badly so the DAR placed a plack (pictured above) on his grave site.


William Henry Foss Jr- World War II, Rank - 1st Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 8th Traffic Regulation Group as a rail transportation regulation officier from 26 Feb 1944 starting as a Private and moving up to Staff Sergeant after his basic training in Louisana. On 29 Aug 1944, he crossed the English Channel arriving at Normandy Beach. From there his division went to Fountain Bleu, France. Soon after his arrival in France he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in the Army's 8th Traffic Regulation Group as a rail transporation regulation officier 3 Mar 1945 and continued at that rank until 27 Sep 1946. He served in Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe. He was responsible for General Patten's funeral preparations.

William Henry "Bill" Foss Jr., the son of William Henry Foss Sr. and Nellie Mae Hoff, born 24 August 1912 at 25 Cathedral Ave, Nutley, Essex Co, NJ and died 1 January 1976 in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut at the age of 63. He is buried in the Spring Grove Cemetery, Darien, Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Johan Balthus Foltz - War of 1812, Rank - 1st Lieutenant, 6th Regiment of 3rd Bridgade under Captain Daniel Colville/Coleman's Virginia Militia, Enlisted in Shenandoah County, Virginia 28 August 1814 for 3 months and 7 days. Was honorably discharged 1 Dec 1814 at Camp Cross Roads, Maryland by Daniel Coleman of the 6th Regiment.

Johan Balthus Foltz was born 7 May 1789 in Shenandoah County, Virginia, married 30 Dec 1813 to Margaret Homrighouser, died 10 Dec 1855 Fairfield County, Ohio. He brought his family of 7 to Ohio after the birth of his 5th child, Elizabeth 5 Dec 1821 probably in the Spring of 1822. His 6th child, Mary was born in Liberty Township, Fairfield County, Ohio 23 Sep 1823. The log family homestead built in Section 8 of Liberty Township shortly after his arrival in 1822 was still standing in 1957. It has since been torn down. Balthus Foltz and his wife Margaret are buried in Sager Cemetery, Liberty Twp., Fairfield County, Ohio.


George Michael Herrmann- Civil War, Private of Capt Heinrich Kloeber's Co. E, 20th Regiment of the New York State Infantry Volunteers, served 1 Jan 1862-1 Jun 1863.

George Michael Herrmann, son of George Michael Herrmann and Anna Catharina Wacker, was born on 27 Sep 1837 in Altdorf, Boeblingen, Baden-Wuertemberg. He emigrated from Wuertemberg February 11, 1854 to NYC. On June 07, 1866 he was married to Barbara "Babette" Dritschel by Rev. H. Raegner of St. Marcus Lutheran Church. To this union were born 8 children of whom five were living at the time of his death on 22 Feb 1898. George and his wife, Barbara are buried in Lutheran Cemetery 67-29 Metropolitan Ave, Middle Village, New York along with 6 of their children.

Johannes Homrickhouser aka John H. Houser

Second Battalion of York Co., Manchester Twp with Capt. Simon Coppen-Hoffer 1779
Johannes Homrickhouser/Humrichhousen, son of the immigrant Johannes Humrighousen Sr. who came on the Ship Judith in 1748 and his wife Maria Barbara, was baptised 28 Apr 1751 by Jacob Lischy. He married to a Maria Barbara resumably Quickel. Johannes was born in York Co, PA and then moved to Shenandoah Co, VA before 1790. He was found in the census of 1810 living next to George Peter Foltz. By 1817 he is in Fairfield County, Ohio buying land. His daughter, Margaret married John Balthus Foltz, a War of 1812 Veteran.

Jacobus "James" Cornelius Joralemon- Revolutionary War, Lieutenant 2nd Reg. Essex Co., New Jersey Militia, was wounded at the battle of Springfield on 7 Jun 1780 and subsequently commissioned Captain in the same regiment.

The following account of the Battle at Connecticut Farms (Springfield) is found in: Moore, Frank, compiler. Scott, John Anthony, Ed. The Diary of the American Revolution, 1775-1781. New York: Washington Sq Press, c 1967, pp. 426-431

"A British officer gives the following account of the recent operations of the royal army in New Jersey:- ‘On Tuesday night, 6th, [June 1780] the British troops made their first landing upon Elizabethtown meadows, and were crossed over by divisions in succession from Staten Island, with some light artillery, taking their route by Elizabethtown and Connecticut Farms, towards Springfield. Dayton's regiment receiving intimation of our approach, retired with precipitation, as did also the other Jersey regiments which compose Maxwell's brigade, from their position near Camp's. The militia of the country, although incapable of making any fixed resistance, did their utmost to incommode the troops upon their march; and collecting from different quarters, they assembled in some force in the vicinity of Springfield, forming a junction with the Jersey brigade at that place; and it is said that in the course of Wednesday, the seventh instant, they were supported by another brigade detached from Morristown. The troops halted upon some heights beyond Connecticut Farms, where they were ordered to take post till such time as the remainder of the artillery, the provision and other wagons, with the corps which brought up the rear, joined the army. From this circumstance it is probable the rebels conceived that whatever might have been the original plan, it was intended to penetrate no farther. Increasing in numbers, they used every exertion in their power, in flying parties, to fire upon the advanced pickets; and during the course of the day they made different attacks upon the body of Jagers, which was advanced upon the Springfield road. This produced much firing upon both sides. During the course of the evening, it is reported that information was received from the southward, which rendered it expedient to defer the object in agitation; and about two hours afterwards the troops returned toward Elizabethtown, without a single shot being fired, taking post upon the heights near the Point. On Thursday the 8th instant, the rebels advanced in some force to Elizabethtown, and made an attack upon the 22nd Regiment, which was posted some little distance in front of the line. This regiment was ordered to fall back, and the rebels conceiving it was the rear guard of the army, they advanced with some rapidity, but were soon checked and retired with precipitation. The loss sustained during the course of this service is inconsiderable; nor can that of the rebels be determined, as they conceal it. Whilst the troops were advancing to Connecticut Farms, the rebels fired out of the houses, agreeable to their usual practice, from which circumstance Mrs. Caldwell had the misfortune to be shot by a random ball. What heightens the singularity of this lady's fate is, that upon inquiry, it appears beyond a doubt that the shot was fired by the rebels themselves, as it entered the side of the house from their direction, and lodged in the wall nearest to the troops, when advancing. The manner in which the rebels aggravate this unfortunate affair in their publications, is of a piece with their their uniform conduct-plausible, but fallacious; nor is it to be wondered at, if a rebellion which originated in falsehood, is prosecuted with deceit. The soldiery received with smiles one moment, and the following instant butchered by a set of people, who, by their clothing and appointments, cannot be distinguished from the quiet inhabitants of the country, may well be supposed to be exasperated. . .in Rivington's Gazette, June 21, 1780

pp. 426-429

From the American standpoint:

Last Tuesday night, (6th June 1780], between eleven and twelve o'clock, a body of British, commanded by General Knyphausen in person, landed at Elizabethtown Point, in Jersey, who, being timely discovered by the American guards, gave the troops that were in town, commanded by Colonel Dayton, an opportunity to assemble; but, on reconnoitring them, their force was found inadequite for an attack. Of course a retreat became indispensable, which was performed in good order, with the enemy in their rear, until they arrived at CT Farms, where they fell in with the Jersey brigade; and being joined by a few militia, posted themselves on an advantageous piece of ground, thinking it advisable to check the advance of the enemy, which, with singular bravery, they effectually did, and annoyed them considerably, driving them back some distance. The British then brought up some field-pieces which played briskly, but happily without any effect. The Americans kept them here about two hours, until they were reinforced by the second division, which had landed some time after the first, and had marched up hastily. They then gained that ground, though not without considerable loss, and some wounded on that of the Americans. Their advance after that was very tardy; yet they seemed to show an inclination to possess themselves of Springfield, until they received a few shot from a piece of cannon, not without some effect; which obliged them again to retreat and the day was spent in continuela skirmishing, by which they suffered amazingly. Since their retreat, forty or fifty of their dead, which they had secretly buried, have been foudn. Among the number it is said, is a son of County Donop, who has met the same fate as his hapless father.

As soon as they came to Connecticut Farms, seven miles from the place of their landing, they began the exercise of their awful cruelty. Although they observed great discipline and decorum in Elizabethtown, yet at the Farms every step was marked with wanton cruelty and causeless devastation. They set fire to, and entirely destroyed the Presbyterian Church, and 14 dwelling-houses and barns, so that there are but two dwelling-houses remaining in that fertile settlement. But, alas! this is only one part of the horrid scene.

In this neighborhood lived the Rev. Mr. James Caldwell whose zeal and activity in the cause of the country had rendered him an object worthy of the enemy's keenest resentment. His vigilance and attention had always evaded every attempt to injure him, and therefore it was now determined to wound him in any unguarded part. Following the absurd principles of too many of our incautious countrymen, he left his wife and family at home, trusting to the politeness and humanity of the enemy towards an amiable woman, and a number of helpless and innocent children, though he did not think it prudent to trust them with his own safety. He had been warned of their utmost hatred of heim, and therefore dissuaded from leaving his family in their power; but alas! his confidence in their benevolence toward the helpless has been his destruction.

Soon after their possessing themselves of the neighborhood, a soldier came to the house, and putting his gun to the window of the room where this worthy woman was sitting, (with her children, and a maid with an infant in her arms, along side of her,) he shot her through the lungs dead on the spot. Soon after an officer with two Hessians came in, and ordered a hole dug and her body throuwn in, and the house to be set on fire. ...

The British being opposed by a regiment of Colonel Dayton's and such militia as could be suddenly collected, made a slow advance till they came to a bridge a the entrance of Springfield, where the militia had an old iron four-pound field-piece, which they used to such purpose that the enemy were driven back for some considerable distance. Being thus encouraged, Colonel Dayton's regiment, and the militia together, pressed upon them, and killed and wounded many of them: the general estimate is about 100 hundred. ...

After the taking of Charleston, the British thought that the militia would all submit, and the Continental Troops desert, but on short notice at least two thousand men showed up. [In the Pennsylvania Packet, June 13, 1780 (newspaper)]

(KIDNEY EXPLOIT) As defined in 1926-27 Belleville Dutch Reformed Church records: Captain James Kidney, Captain Henry Joralemon, Halmack Joralemon and Jacob Joralemon on a dark and winter night caught the British relaxing at a school house dance in Bergen Heights. They selected the highest ranking officer and a Loyalist refugee and bundled them off to a waiting sleigh and brought them back to Second River (Belleville). For several generations the Joralemons proudly exhibited the silver-belted sword of the captured officer. Richard Kidney's home near Smallwood Avenue for years had holes in his front door made by British bullets.

Jacobus (is the Dutch equivalent of James) Cornelius Joralemon, the son of Cornelius Joralemon and Marytje Cadmus, was born December 07, 1748 and married March 17, 1770 at the Second River now Belleville, Dutch Reformed Church, Belleville, Essex Co, NJ to Rachel Spier. From Joralemon Family records in the Second River DR Church Register, his stone was still standing 1927 with the following information: died 1809, aged 60 years. It is assumed that Rachel was buried by his side in the Second River Dutch Reformed Churchyard.

Accepted as a DAR Patriot 23 April 1999, #791626

Johannes "John" Linnenkohl- Civil War, Private, U.S. Army, U.S.M.A.D.A. 2nd Reg. Artillery (West Point Art. Det. with 2nd Lt. Alex S. Webb) from 21 Nov 1859- 1864. Enlisted at Cornwall, Orange Co. He served as a driver/teamster. Reinlisted at NYC in Capt. Chambliss 5th Reg. Cavalry 10 Feb 1864. Discharged 16 Jul 1867 in Cornwall, NY

John Linnenkohl enlisted at Cornwall, Orange Co., NY 21 Nov 1859 at aged 23 for 5 years with the U.S.M.A.D.A. 2nd Reg. Artillery (West Point Art. Det. with 2nd Lt. Alex S. Webb). He served as a driver/teamster. He was 5' 8 1/2 and had brown hair and eyes and ruddy complex. He reinlisted at NYC in Capt. Chambliss 5th Reg. Cavalry 10 Feb 1864 at age 28 for 3 years. He was discharged 16 Jul 1867 in Cornwall, NY at the time being described as sallow complexion and being 5' 9".

John Linnenkohl was the son of William Linnenkohl and ?, born June 08, 1836 possibly in Laudenbach, Witzenhaussen, Hesse-Darmstadt. He was married twice, first to Fredericka who died July 23, 1874 Newark, Essex Co, New Jersey and bore him 4 girls. Her burial place has not been determined. His second wife, Sophie Elisabeth Schaedel Freitag was also previously married and widowed with 2 girls from her first marriage. They were married by Rev. John U. Guenther, Morton St. German Presbyterian Church on December 26, 1875. To this union were born 7 sons. Sophie died of cholera on September 20, 1895 and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Brenner Ave, Newark, NJ as is her first son named William d. 1882. John is buried in a Soldier's Plot in Fairmount Cemetery, Newark, NJ.

Phillip Spohn- Revolutionary War, 2nd Lieutenant in Capt. John Ludwig's Company of Foot, Col. Hollister's Berks Co, PA Regiment at the Flying Camp under General Washington ( June 1776 for 6 months); 1st Lieutenant, 8th Company, 4th Battalion, Berks Co, PA Militia under Capt. Philip Creek/Krick (1777 for 2 months). Was in the Battle of Long Island and the Battle of White Plains with Gen Washington.

Philip Spohn was born on the banks of the Tulpehocking in Berks Co, PA, 11 March 1755, son of Johan Heinrich Spohn and Maria Catherine Unk. He married on 30 November 1777 in Berks Co, PA to Catherine Binkley d/o Rev War Veteran, Christian Binkley & Elisabeth Reid. To this union were born 11 children. Philip and Catherine Spohn and their children lived in Washington Co, MD near Hagerstown after the Rev War and moved in 1804 to Reading Township, Fairfield County, Ohio. Philip served as a Justice of the Peace in both Fairfield and later Perry Counties. Philip Spohn died 23 May 1833 and is buried next to his wife who died 28 Aug 1838 in the Binkley Ridge Cemetery, Reading Township, Perry Co, OH.

Andreas Swinehart- Revolutionary War, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Battalion, Berks Co, PA Militia, 1777 & 1778 Capt. Shable's Company -Seventh Class -; 3rd Battalion, Berks Co Militia commanded by Col Michael Linenmuth, Captain Wetstons Company in Braunshweig, Tp in 28 Apr 1780, 2nd Class; receives Depreciation Pay Brunswick Township 1778

Andreas Sweinhard/t, son of Juerg Michael/Georg Michael Schweinhardt and wf, Eleonora Magdalena Eckert, born ca 1737 in Philadelphia Co, PA and married circa 1759 to Elizabeth Specht. This union produced 11 children. Andreas and Elizabeth lived in Braunschweig Township in Berks Co, PA until after Jan 1786 (date he bought land from Jesse Yarnall). They then moved to Northumberland Co, Augusta Township where Andreas died circa 1804; his wife preceded him in death. His burial place is unknown, but assumed to be somewhere in Augusta Township, Northumberland Co, PA.

Andreas Swinehart Jr.- Northumberland County Army Payroll Ensign 1798.

Andreas Swinehart Jr. (Swinheart), the son of Andreas and Elisabeth Specht Sweinhart, was born July 27, 1764 in Philadelphia County, PA and baptised at the New Hanover Lutheran Church now in Montgomery Co, PA. In 1781, Andrew was hired out to Mr. Peter Reichard to learn carpentry (recorded in the New Hanover Lutheran Church Records). When the family came to Northumberland County circa after 1786-1790 it is assumed that Andrew came also. In 1790 his oldest son, George was baptised by by Rev Matthias Gantzel in Mahanoy Tp., Northumberland Co PA (George Swinehart - Anna Catharine Zartman family Bible).

Andrew Swinheart left Northumberland Co, PA with his wife and at least 7 children, probably 8 and came to Perry County, Ohio circa 1804-Jun 1808 as we know that Daniel was born in Ohio 10 Jun 1808. Federal census records for Fairfield, Perry and Pickaway Counties in Ohio indicated that the first 8 children were born in Pennsylvania most likely all in Northumberland County as the family is seen in the 1800 census in that location.

On his arrival in Middleton, Reading Township, Fairfield County, Ohio now Somerset, Reading Township, Perry County, Ohio, Andrew was employed as a joiner (carpenter). He was a member of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church and bought several lots in Middleton. This deed information is recorded in Fairfield County as Perry County was formed from Fairfield in 1818.

Andrew does not leave an extensive paper trail and as he died intestate. His partition record was filed in the Perry County Common Pleas Court by his son, Samuel Swinehart vs Jacob Swinehart et al August 1838 after their mother died. It does reveal the names of his children and some grandchildren and their place of residence.

Rev. Francis Marion (Mel) Swinehart, great-grandson of Andrew Swineheart Jr. copied the following information from a newspaper clipping that was preserved in the family bible of Samuel Swinehart, son of Andrew and Salome in the possession of Mrs. Louisa Swinehart of Somerset (copies April 1905):- "Died On Mondya morning Mr. Andrew Swinehart aged 68 years, 7 months, 15 days. He was an upright and respectable citizen and left an aged widow, ten children and forty-six grandchildren to deplore his loss. His mortal remains were consigned to the silent tomb in the Lutheran burial grounds on the following day, attended by a large number of relatives and friends who assembled to pay their last respect to their deceased friend. An appropriate discourse was delivered in the German and English language by the Rev. Hinkel, selected by the deceased from Timothy Chapter 4 verses 8 and 9."

Timothy 4:8 & 9 "In Heaven a crown is waiting for me which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that great day of his return. And not just to me, but to all those whose lives show that they are eagerly looking forward to his coming back again."

Andrew Swinheart (as the gravestone records) and his wife Salome (Surname Unknown) are buried in Old Lutheran Cemetery on Gay St, Somerset, OH. Their modest gravestones were still standing circa 1995 with their simply carved weeping willows .

Information from Jurg Michael Schweinhard Family, The German Connection, Jungholzhausen and Beyond Revised Edition June 1998 by Carol Foss Swinehart more than 177 pages with index, illustrations and additional information in the Appendix including "A Tribute to Rev. Francis Marion Swinehart"

Thomas W. Swinehart- Vietnam War, Sergeant, U.S. Army, Military Police, Aug 1969-May 1971

Peter Troutman- Revolutionary War, Private, 3rd Battalion, Capt Weaver's Co, Northumberland Co, PA Militia 1779

Peter Trautman, the son of Johann Peter Trautmann and Anna Elisabetha Gartner, born ca 1738/40 Reichelsheim, Odenwald, Hesse and married abt 1759 to Anna Eva Elisabetha Unk who bore him 5 sons and 5 daughters. He immigrated with his parents on Ship Neptune 24 Sep 1751. Peter's parents lived first in Lancaster Co, PA, then Lehigh County, Northhampton Co, and finally Berks Co before moving to Rowan Co, NC. Peter and his wife, Eva ended up in Mahanoy Tp, Northumberland Co, PA 1781-1814. Peter died Feb/Mar 1809 (will written 12 Feb 1809) Mahanoy Tp, Northumberland Co, PA; his wife died before 14 Feb 1814. The burial place of both is unknown. (This lineage interpretation is controversial - check it out yourself).

Jacob Zartman- Revolutionary War, Private, Ensign Simon Herrold's Northumberland Co, PA Militia, June 1780

Under the Militia Loan of 1 Apr 1784-85, a Certificate of Public Debt, Number 18683 (later cancelled) in the amount of one pound, fifteen shillings was issued on 8 Jun 1791 in the name of Jacob Zartman for a tour of active duty in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, Militia, Simon Herrold Ensign, commanded the detachment.

Hans Jacob Zartman, son of Alexander Zartman and Anna Catharina Unk, born in Ittlingen, Baden before 22 Sep 1722 when he was baptised, was brought by his parents to America in 1728 on Ship Albany. He spent his childhood on his parents' farm in Warwick Tp, Lancaster, Co, PA and attended the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Brickersville, PA. On 14 Aug 1744 Hans Jacob Zartman married Anna Margaretha Riehm/Ream in Warwick Twp. with Rev. John C Stoever performing the ceremony. This union produced 4 sons and 4 daughters. Jacob lived for 45 years in Lancaster Co, PA and then moved in 1768 with his wife and children to Northumberland Co, PA where in Mahonay Township, he purchased 122 acres of farm land. It is presumed that he died on this farm around 1793 and is buried there. No death date is known for Anna Margaretha, but it is presumed she is buried by his side.

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11/16/99 Carol Swinehart