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Abraham Pontius, b. January 1849 in Germany


Abraham Pontius was born in Germany in 1849.  He came to America and settled in Memphis, Tennessee sometime around 1868.  There he married Lizzie Uhlm, who was born in Shelby County, Tennessee in January 1857 of German parents.  The 1900 census says they had been married 21 years at that time.  He was a Cigar Maker in Memphis, in partnership with George Horn.  Abraham died in 1915.


According to the 1900 census, Lizzie had 9 children, 6 of whom were still living when the census was taken.  These five are known:


Charles, born January 1881

Edward, born October 1884

Herbert B., born January 1890

Elizabeth, born June 1891

Irene, born November 1895


The 1880 census shows Abraham and "Elisa," probably short for Elisabeth, from which Lizzie would be taken, married with one child living in the household:


Hatty, daughter, age 7


It is assumed that Hatty is the eldest child of Abraham Pontius, as she carries the same last name in the 1900 census.


Following is an excerpt from Chronik Pontius-Familien by Rudi Pontius:



This translates (approximately):  Abraham Pontius, b. 1849, son of Johannes Pontius of Berglangenbach and Katharina Albert of Mettweiler, emigrated in 1881.  Allegedly Abraham Pontius married Lizzie Uhlm in America about 1881.  She was born in 1857 in the American state of Tennessee.  From this marriage five children are well known.  Abraham Pontius died 02.08.1915 in Shelby, Tennessee.  See family Person Number 114 and 170.