Mountz, Catherine (b. ?, d. ?)
Note: Sue Dotson of Salisbury, MD is a direct descendant of Valentine Reintzel who arrived in 1738. Her records show that Valentine Reintzel, who was born about 1760 was the first Grand Master of the Masonic Lodge of Maryland and as such participated with George Washington in the laying of the U.S. Capitol cornerstone in 1793.
There is a Reintzel family Bible published in 1739 in Basil, Switzerland that is in the Special Collections Dept. at the Georgetown University Library in DC which lists all of the 1738 Valentine's children, including a Conrad. Sue Dotson has a copy of his will. This Valentine of the ship Friendship in 1738 was a son of Johann Nicholaus Reintzel and his wife Susanna.
In the 1739 family Bible, Johan Nicholaus Reintzel was listed as having died Aug 26, 1769. He was born Jan 13, 1674 or 1675 and was married to Susanna Reintzel(MN). Their son, Johan Valentine Reintzel b 1721 was the one who immigrated on the ship Friendship in 1738. Johan Valentine married Maria Sarah Riegel sometime between 1738 and 1744. Maria Sara Reigle was born in 1714 in Pfeffelbach, Rheinland, Prussia. How Maria arrived in Pennsylvania is, at this time, unknown.
Their children were:
1. Andreas (Andrew) Reintzel, born Oct 18, 1744 who married Catherine ______,b abt 1746.
2. Maria Elizabeth "Mary" Reintzel born March 25, 1747 Berks County PA, and died Mar 3, 1832 in Washington DC. She married John Mountz Sr, born in 1741.
3. Maria Margreta Reintzel born on March 18, 1749, baptized April 9th at the St John's (Host) Reform Church at Tulpehocken.
4. Johan Jacob Reintzel born on Aug 1, 1751 Jacob Reintzel who was baptized, November 16, 1753 at the St. John's (Host) Reform Church at Tulpehocken,
5. Unknown (page was torn) Reintzel b Aug 6, 1752 d. Aug 7, 1752.
6. Conrad Jacob Reintzel born Oct 26, 1753 d. Sep 22, 1792, m. Eva Plotkin
7. Johan Daniel Reintzel b Nov 3, 1755 d. Nov 18, 1828 (He was mayor of Georgetown, DC for many years and had several appointments. by presidents for various positions.) m. Ann Robertson Dec 20, 1800.
8. J:Jorg "George" David Reintzel b July 23, 1758
9. Johan Valentine Reintzel Jr., b Feb 26, 1761 d. 1817, m. Mary Waughop Feb 25, 1799. This seems to be his second marriage but his first is unknown. His son, Samuel, was Sue Dotson's ancestor and he was born prior to 1799.)
10. Maria Magdalena Reintzel, b March 27, 1763
11. Maria Katarina Reintzel b. March 15, 1765
12. John (Johannes Anthony?) Reintzel b. Jan 21, 1767 m. Elizabeth Waughop 1804.
Sue Dotson says
"In 1746, Valentin Reintzel was a trustee for the Blue Mt. (Zion) Reformed Church.
In 1767, Valentine Reintzel paid 6 pounds tax on 100 acres of land and 2 each of horses, cattle, and sheep. This seems to be the last record of this family in PA and all of the men show up in Prince Georges Co., MD by 1776, with the exception of Conrad and Jacob. Conrad died in PA in 1792.
The Reintzel family was very much into real estate. There are numerous land records in the state of Maryland for this family. They were active in the development of Georgetown, DC and are mentioned in many of the historical accounts of Georgetown as having made donations of land for the church, money to build the M Street Bridge, etc. and both Valentine of 1761 and Daniel were quite active in the Masons and local government."
Sue Dotson's direct line is as follows: Johan Nicholaus Reintzel, Johan Valentine Reintzel Sr., Johan Valentine Reintzel Jr., Samuel Reintzel b. abt 1784 DC m. Amelia Ball, William Henry Reintzel b. 1827 DC m. Elizabeth Ansea Faulkner, Charles Henry Faulkner Reintzel b. 1857 DC m. Anne Elizabeth Collins, Edna Ellen Reintzel b. 1899 m. Ernest Bernard Wrenn Sr., Ernest Bernard Wrenn Jr. b. 1921 m. Dorothy Ruth Ross, Susan Elizabeth Wrenn (me) b. 1954 m. Phillip Howard Dotson. Sue and Philip have two children, Craig Curtis Ross Dotson b. 1979 and Cynthia Jean Dotson b. 1981. "
It seems that Jacob above settled in York County, Pennsylvania. In the census of 1800 Jacob Rentzel who was over age 26 but less than 45 was counted in Paradise Township York, County, Pennsylvania along with his wife and a daughter of 10 to 16 years old.
There is no evidence that this family is directly related to Henry Reinsel. It is possible, but proof one way or another awaits more research. These Valentines are included here because it is useful to keep the line identified and thus to be able to separate it from other lines.
It seems from the baptismal record of Jacob and Margareth that Valentine and Sara were members of the Reform Church and this may be true. However, the early records of the Catholic churches in Pennsylvania show many instances were children had been previously baptized by a Lutheran or Reformed minister and when a priest appeared they were baptized as Catholics. From the family bible at Georgetown University one might conclude that they were Lutheran. Then again one wonders why and how the bible ended up at a Jesuit University.
During the period from 1750 to 1763, that is during the French and Indian War, Catholic missionaries were few in number and they do not seem to have kept records. Perhaps they did this to protect their church members from reprisal by the British during the war because most Catholics at that time were German or Irish and may not have been exceptionally loyal to the British.
While the story of the first Valentine is interesting, he is probably not our ancestor. Henry Reinsel may have been a first generation immigrant as Aunt Cora says, or it is possible that someone else, perhaps Conrad from Pine Township, the Valentine who was naturalized in 1764, or Johan Heinrick came first. This link is still to be discovered.
No birth certificate or immigration certificate has been found for the Conrad of Pine Township. The primary clues that he may have been an ancestor is that Henry Reinsel named a son Conrad. Also Conrad married a Catherine Nester and the name Nester appears as the middle name of Guy Nester Reinsel. More research is required to provide documentation one way or the other.
In 1746 Valintine was a trustee for the Blue Mt (Zion) Reformed Church.
In 1767 Valentine Reintzel paid 6 pounds tax on 100 Acres of Land and 2 each of
horses, cattle and sheep.
Note: Baptized at St John's Host Reform Church at Tulpehocken on November 16 1753
Listed in Pennsylvania Births 1705-1800 Vol 1
Note: He was the Major of Georgetown and had several appointments by Presidents for
Valintine His brother was the First Grand Master of The Masonic Lodge of
Maryland and participated with George Washington in laying the Cornerstone of
the Capital in 1793.
Reintzel Family Bible from 1739 is at Georgetown University in the Special
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