George Demuth & Anna Weaver

Descendants of George Demuth and Anna Weaver


1. George DEMUTH b. Cir 1740, occupation Farmer/Adjutant in Revol.,

m. 1766, Anna WEAVER, d. Ca 1792. George died Ca 1789, Ft. Schuyler. Born before 1745; He was adjutant of Bellinger's revol. Regiment. In his will dated 1788 (see Montgomery co. Will books), he calls himself "George Deamewood" and names wife Hannah and grown daughters, Gertrude and Catherine, plus (minors) Anna, Elizabeth, Maria and Margret. Also named were "eldest son George, second son Nicholas, third son John, fourth son Richard and youngest son, Peter." Lived during the Rev. on N. side of Mohawk between Little Falls and W. Canada Creek."

Children of George and Anna:

Baptized as Johann Dietrich DEMUTH John Demuth and Eliz. Foltz were witnesses to his bapt. This Dietrich prob. died young and a second Dieitrich was named after him (see #8 below). Each of the sons (except John & Peter) had the baptismal name of Johann before the names listed here. It was a tradition in German families of this era to use "Johann" as a first name in honor of John the Baptist. The second or sometimes third name was the "rufname" or the name the boy was called by. Only the "rufnamen" are listed here to avoid cofusion.

+ 3. ii Gertrude Charity b. 19 Dec 1767.

+ 4. iii George b. 3 Dec 1768.

5. iv Nicholas DEMUTH b. 15 Jun 1770. Johann Nicholas DEMUTH: Sponsors Nich. Weber (Weaver?) and Marg. ??

Captured by Onandagas and was adopted by a chief. "He could not be induced to quit his savage roaming life" (Denton, 1856). He did visit with relatives who lived near the Onandaga reservation, but wouldn't stay long and would only sleep on the floor. Sister Catherine (m. to Frederick Realls) and Brother George (who may have been captured with him) probably moved to Onandaga Co. near the reservation south of Syracuse.

6. v Catherine DEMUTH b. Ca 1774, m. Frederick REALLS. Catherine died Ca 1850.

Moved to Onandaga with husband and possibly brother George (#4).

+ 7. vi John b. 28 Jul 1774.

+ 8. vii Richard (Dietrich) b. Ca 1776.

+ 9. viii Peter b. 20 Jul 1780.

+ 10. ix Anna b. 28 Jul 1782.

11. x Elizabeth DEMUTH b. 6 Mar 1784, m. (1) 10 Oct 1802, Peter Joh. MEYER,

m. (2) 10 Oct 1802, Jacobus Sternberg.

12. xi Maria DEMUTH b. Ca 1786.

13. xii Margaret DEMUTH b. 12 Sep 1787.

Second Generation

3. Gertrude Charity DEMUTH b. 19 Dec 1767, m. CIR 1786, Johannes Diet. PETRIE.

Children of Gertrude and Johannes Diet. Petrie:

4. George DEMUTH b. 3 Dec 1768, German Flatts,

m. 2 Oct 1790, in pr. m 2, Catherine Jac. CHRISTMANN, b. 3 Jul 1770, (daughter of Jacob CHRISTMAN and Ernestine BELLINGER). George died Onondaga Co. ?.

"He was called "Old Yare" was a boatman, and when an infant was captured by Indians, who cut his ears and put a ring in his nose. When eighteen years old he escaped.... he married a daugher of Jacob Christman, an early settler at Ft. Schuyler. The late David Gray, of Marcy, when a boy, remembered "Old Yare" with his pinked eaers and the ring in his nose. George was living as late as 1832; he was buried at Herkimer. The descendants of the Damuth family are scattered; some went to Onondaga Co., some to Wisconsin, and some to Missouri." (Our County and Its People, Oneida Historical Society, Wager. p. 62, ftn 1) The elipsis leaves out material that confuses this George with his father. It suggests that the George who was captured by the Indians also served in the Revolutionary war after he escaped. However, since this George was born 3 Dec. 1768, that would not have been likely. The capture by the Indians is also documented by Denton in his, "History of Herkimer County" however Denton suggests that two of the children were returned after the restoration of peace, which would have been sooner than when George was 18. Nicholas, evidentally, was never returned which is also corroberated by their father's will.

Children of George and Catherine:

7. John DAMUTH b. 28 Jul 1774, Herkimer, New York, occupation Farmer,

m. 14 Jan 1794, in Dutch Reformed Ch. of German Flatts, Hanna WEBERIN, b. CIR 1775, d. 5 Nov 1856, Sackett's Harbor, NY. John died 23 Oct 1856, Sacket's Harbor, NY. John, along with brothers Peter and Richard were among the first settlers in Hounsfield area, coming there in about 1820. His other brother, George, may have arrived a bit later having lived for a time in Onondaga County. At this writing this is conjecture from Census records of the time. John's birth date is in dispute. The transcription of the Baptismal records of the Dutch Reformed Church of German Flatts has him listed in the year 1782, but that would not match the inf. in his father's will (John is listed as 3rd son).

Children of John and Hanna:

8. Richard (Dietrich) DEMUTH b. Ca 1776,

m. Catharina CLERK, 11 Jul 1773, d. prior to 1826. Johannes Dietrich (Richard) DAMUTH: Living in 1788 acc. to father's will. This Richard can be confused with the Dietrich (Richard) son of Marx and married to Elizabeth Cunningham. Analysis of Census data combined with the discovery of baptismal records at Herk. Ref. Church. for Elizabeth and Julia make this Richard and Catherina the parents of the following children and Richard the son of George and Anna [see letters of Gail Sterling and her mother to Lester Dougherty, whose grandmother has corroberating data].

Children of Richard and Catharina:

m. 24 Dec 1817, in Lenox, Madison Co., NY, Chester MAY, b. 12 Oct 1791, Sturbridge, MA, d. Wisconsin. Hannah died 17 Apr 1879. e-mail From Mark Stahlfaut, Oct 2, 1997: "All I know is what I obtained from the Hoard Museum in Fort A. There were two documents. The first was Hannah May's obituary in the Jefferson County Union, April 18, 1879. It states: "Died in Fort Atkinson, Wis., Thursday morning, April 17th, 1879, Mrs. Hannah May, aged 81 years and 11 months.

Mrs. May was one of the earliest settlers of this town. She was born in Deerfield, Oneida County, NY, May 16th, 1797. Married to Chester May of Lenox, Madison County, NY, Dec. 24, 1817. July 7, 1839, with her husband she came to this town...."

The other document is a May genealogy compiled by H.W. Hein of Brookfield, Wis., dated April, 1972. It states: Chester May, Sr. Born - Oct. 12, 1791, Sturbridge, Mass. (Com. Rec.) Married - Hannah Damuth

Born- May 16, 1797 in Oneida Co. NY (Com. Rec.)

Died - April 17, 1879 (Com. Rec.)

+ 22. ii Polly b. Ca Jul 1800.

23. iii Nicholas R. DEMUTH b. 22 Sep 1804.

24. iv Margaret DEMUTH b. 17 Dec 1806, m. *unknown WARNER.

+ 25. v George R. b. 9 Apr 1809.

26. vi Betsy DEMUTH b. 7 Oct 1812.

27. vii Julia A. DEMUTH b. 15 Oct 1815, m. *unknown NEWELL. Julia died 4 Jul 1891.

28. viii Minard DEMUTH b. 20 Aug 1818,

occupation Pvt Co. C 101st NY Vols, d. Ca Dec 1878, buried: Horton Cem. Twn of Lysander, Onon. NY.

29. ix James DEMUTH (Half Brother?) b. 12 Apr 1826.

9. Peter DEMUTH b. 20 Jul 1780, German Flatts, occupation Blacksmith,

m. Elizabeth WEAVER. Quite sure that this is the Peter Damuth found on the 1850 WI census in Middleton WI, Marquette Co. He is listed in the household of (son?) Robert (30) and d in law Emily E. Robt and Emily had two children at that point, Myron (4) and Ellen E. (1). Peter is listed as being 70 at the time of 1850 census which matches bpt. record in German Flatts. Listed as a blacksmith. Peter moved with John and Richard to the Watertown area, Jeff Co., NY in the 1820s.

Children of Peter and Elizabeth:

Third Generation

17. George DAMUTH b. 8 May 1799, Herkimer or Oneida NY, occupation Farmer,

m. 25 Dec 1825, in Lorraine, NY, Elizabeth TARBELL, b. 31 Mar 1808, Lorraine, NY, (daughter of Asa TARBELL and Sarah (Sally) DOLE) d. 4 Feb 1902, Ft. Atk., WI, buried: Evergreen Cem. George died 18 Mar 1872, Ft. Atkinson, WI, buried: Evergreen Cem. He and his family moved to Ft. Atkinson about 1857. His son George Jr. had already left home and somehow ended up in Shabonna, IL. He and Elizabeth had four sons in the Civil War. One, Samuel, died during the war of disease. I confess that this George could fit in a number of other families. This needs to be corroberated.

Elizabeth: She has a lengthy obituary in the Jefferson Co. Union 1902. Lists all her Children except George Jr. It says she had three sons in Civil War. She actually had four including George Jr. who had died in 1873 acc. to Civil War Pension Application. Her parents were born in Pepperell, MA to a long line of Tarbells dating back to a Thomas who owned land in Watertown, MA in 1644 (earliest record for any Tarbells thus far).

Children of George and Elizabeth:

m. 16 Nov 1843, in Dexter, Jefferson, NY, Joseph LUFF Jr., b. 28 Jan 1822, Sackett's Harbor, Jefferson, NY, d. 9 Nov 1901, Waverly, Humphreys, TN, buried: Waverly, Humphreys, TN.

Joseph: He is listed as "Lucius" in the family Bible but as Joseph Jr. in the Hounsfield Town records as father of "Malon S." and husband of "Charity L." RoseMari Finter has filled in the gap in her information of June, 1994. Joseph is the father's name and Lucius is the first son's name. There had been some communication between the Waverly TN family and the Ft. Atkinson family and Jennie or Libbie Damuth in Fort got the two names mixed up.

35. ii Samuel DAMUTH b. 20 Dec 1826, Sackett's Harbor? Jeff Co. NY, occupation Farmer/Soldier,

m. 14 May 1853, in Fort Atkinson before Civil War, Orrill Melissa WHEELER, b. 26 Sep 1832, Trumbull Co., Ohio, d. 1 Aug 1920, Sandborn Co., S. Dakota. Samuel died 14 May 1865, Mobile Ala. pneumonia (Civil War), buried: Mobile Ala. National Cemetary. Samuel died at the end of the Civil War of Disease. His wife, Orill Wheeler received custody of his minor children 5 March 1866 according to the Probate notices of Jeff Co. (1853-1879). Sam served in the same unit (29th Wis Co. D) as his brother Dolphus.

Orrill: After her husband's death during the Civil War, she "packed up the children and moved to Red Oak, Iowa where she lived as best she could on her Army pension of $12 a month." (e-mail from Doug Damuth, 23 Jun 96).

36. iii George DAMUTH Jr. b. 4 Mar 1829, Hounsfield, Jeff Co. NY, occupation Laborer/farmer,

m. (1) 17 Sep 1857, in Sycamore, IL, by J of P, Maria RICHARDSON, b. Ca 1838, Canada, (daughter of Asa RICHARDSON and Almira MAYBEE) m. (2) CIR 1850, First Wife *UNKNOWN. George died 30 May 1873. George is a mystery. The family Bible records show his birthdate, but there is no record of such a birth in Watertown/Sackett's Harbor area (though I have not checked all Churches at this writing, only Sackett's Harbor Presbyterian). He does not appear on any census indexes of 1850, which suggests that he might have moved to Canada and then, maybe moved down to Shabbona, Il with his future wife's family. He was divorced before marrying Maria according to the records in Dekalb Co. IL. But we have no record of his first marriage. He died in 1873 according to Maria's pension application, but we have no record of exactly where. He was last living in Whitewater, WI (1870 census) 15 miles south of Ft. Atkinson where his parents and brothers and sisters lived. But his family's pension applications were filed from Hampton, IA. There is no record of his death in Wisconsin, Iowa or Illinois that I can find.

Maria: She comes from a Loyalist family from Canada. They were also, evidentally very strong Methodists guessing from naming patterns of her siblings. Also her son is named George "Wesley." Their Eldest Son, Alberto was named Asa Alberto and married at the time of her pension app. in 1889. On pension app she certifies that George Damuth was married previous to their marriage and divorced.

37. iv John C. DAMUTH b. 31 Mar 1831, NY,

m. 21 May 1862, in Ft. A., Joanna M. FOOTE, b. 1 May 1831, Auburn, NY, d. 2 Feb 1893, Ft. At., buried: Evergreen. John died 5 Dec 1914, Ft. Atk., buried: Evergreen.

Joanna: Joanna ties into the Foote family history see p. 893 American Biographical Index. She came to Aztalan, WI in 1857, I assume with parents.

38. v Dolphus S. DAMUTH b. 10 Apr 1839, NY, occupation Farmer,

m. 10 Mar 1867, in Ft. A., Ida CURTIS, b. 20 Mar 1840, Turnbridge, VT, d. 2 Feb 1902, Ft. Atk., buried: Evergreen Cem. Dolphus died 30 Dec 1913, Jeff Co., WI, buried: Evergreen Cem. Dolphus married well. He married the daughter of A.B. Curtis who owned a mill just north of where Dolphus and Ida lived on Curtis Mill Road in Ft. Atkinson. When A.B. died in 1871, Ida received $485.43 as her share of the estate. This according to a statement of 12 Dec. 1871 in the files of the Hoard Museum, Ft. Atkinson. Dolphus was also fairly productive in his life. Very involved with his community, holding several minor public offices. He was a sargent in the Wisconsin 29th during the Civil War and his diary, kept in the year of 1863, resides in the Hoard Museum, given by daughter Jenny when she moved out of the house on Curtis Mill. Dolphus collected a Civil War disability payment because he fell into a ditch or gully on May 1, 1863 trying to get out of the way of an oncoming calvary company. "It was night and dense forest nearby." It was probably early morning, since he went on to fight in the battle of Ft. Gibson by 8 a.m. the morning of May 1. They had been marching all through the night, according to his diary entry of May 1. There is also a picture of Dolphus in the Hoard Museum. He represented his GAR post at an encampment in Milwaukee (Feb of 1887). In a history of Ft. Atkinson by Eugenia PRIDE Damuth, Dolphus is remembered as a "strong Republican."

39. vi Maria DAMUTH b. 15 Nov 1844, Jefferson Co., NY, m. James Hallows.

40. vii Mary DAMUTH b. 8 Jan 1852, Jefferson Co., NY, m. John MCPHERSON.

20. Allen DAMUTH b. 11 Aug 1808, Deerfield (now Utica) Oneida, NY,

m. Anna STEPHENSON, b. Ca 1820, NY City? or at sea bef. arrival, (daughter of John STEVENSON and Mary GRAVES) d. Ca 1918, Hounsfield, (Sackett's Harbor), Jeff Co. Allen died Ca 1869, Hounsfield, (Sackett's Harbor), Jeff Co.

Children of Allen and Anna:

m. Algenia PRIDE, b. CIR 1847, d. CIR 1927, Fort. Edgar died 12 Oct 1891, Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, NY, buried: Evergreen Cem., Ft. Atkinson.

Algenia: Algenia wrote a neat little history of Fort Atkinson that is in the Hoard Museum files. She was a DAR member #62800.

42. ii Chester M. DAMUTH b. Ca 1848, Hounsfield, Jefferson Co. NY, occupation Shaper,

m. Katherine STEWART, b. New York City. Named on the 1860 census of Hounsfield (Sackett's Harbor), NY. He was still living with his widowed mother and younger siblings in 1875. He migrated to Ft. Atkinson to join his brother. He is listed on the 1880 census as living on Edward St., Ft. A near Chester's residence on E. Sherman. He evi- dentally married Kate M. some time after the census of 1875 (June) and before March of 1877. Their son, Wilbur Civill was born in Feb 1878.

Katherine: Personal item in the Jefferson County Union, May 30, 1879: "Mrs. Chester Damuth left Thursday for a visit among friends in Lockport, New York."

43. iii Mary G. DAMUTH b. 18 Sep 1849, Hounsfield, Jeff Co. NY.

44. iv Zaida DAMUTH b. Ca. 1851, m. *UNKNOWN DOUGLAS.

Married to a ? Douglas of Watertown at the time of her sister Sarah's death in 1935.

45. v Allen DAMUTH b. Ca 1852, Sackett's Harbor, Jeff. Co., NY,

occupation Farmer/bus driver/recluse, d. 12 Jan 1934, Sackett's Harbor, Jeff. Co., NY. In Gazateer of Jeff Co. NY he is listed as having inherited the farm. His mother is also listed as the widow of Allen Damuth.

46. vi Elizabeth H. DAMUTH b. Ca. 1853, d. Ca. 1877.

47. vii Jessie M. DAMUTH b. Ca 1864,

m. Morrow MARTIN, d. Vinton, IA (living in 1935). Jessie died Vinton, IA (living in 1935). Married to a Morrow Martin and living in Vinton, IA when her sister Sarah died in 1935.

48. viii Sarah P. DAMUTH b. Cir 1870, Sackett's Harbor, Jeff Co. NY,

occupation teacher/seamstress, d. 12 Jan 1935, Milwaukee, WI, buried: 19 Jan 1935, Village Cemetary, Sackett's Harbor. An article in the Sackett's Harbor area paper tells the story of Sara's death in an automobile accident downtown Milwaukee (January, 1935). She was a teacher in Hounsfield but a dressmaker in Milwaukee. She left behind a $25,000 estate which was divided between two sisters, Mrs. Zida Howland of Waterloo, NY and Mrs. Morrow Martin of Vinton, IA, and her niece, Kate Damuth of Fort Atkinson.

22. Polly DEMUTH b. Ca Jul 1800,

m. Josiah ROOT, b. 24 Jul 1798, d. 12 Oct 1871, Baldwinsville, Onondaga, NY, buried: 14 Oct 1871, Riverview Cemetary, Baldwinsville, NY. Polly died Ca 1877, Riverside Cem. Baldwinsville, NY.

Josiah: The Lesley E. Voorhees Records, Vol. 1, states that there is a War of 1812 Marker on his grave. Aged 73 at death.

Children of Polly and Josiah:

25. George R. DEMUTH b. 9 Apr 1809, Town of Schuyler, Herkimer Co., NY,

m. Cornelia A HARVEY, b. 7 Jan 1816, Hebron, Washington Co., NY, d. 12 Nov 1891, Frankfort Center, Herkimer Co., NY, buried: Frankfort Cemetary. George died 28 Nov 1896, Frankfort Center, Herkimer Co., NY, buried: 1 Dec 1896, Frankfort Center, Herkimer Co., NY. This George's place in this family is contested. I have "sided" with Gail Sterling given the evidence and place him here with "this" Richard rather than Marcus' son as does another source.

Children of George and Cornelia:

d. 31 Dec 1897, Frankfort Center, Herkimer Co., NY, buried: 4 Jan 1898, Frankfort Center, Herkimer Co., NY.

63. ii Cornelia Elizabeth DAMUTH b. 28 Au 1840, Dutch Hill, Herkimer Co., NY, d. 18 Jul 1925.

64. iii George John Harvey DAMUTH b. 22 Jul 1846, d. 28 Dec 1926.

65. iv Isaac Wellington DAMUTH b. 15 Apr 1849.

31. Robert Nicholas DAMUTH b. 8 Feb 1821, Watertown Jeff Co NY,

m. CIR 1845, Emily Elizabeth STONE, b. 23 Jan 1827, Oswego, Oswego, NY, d. 30 Jan 1908, Mineapolis, Hennepin, MN.

Children of Robert and Emily: